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Pet Theft Awareness Class

Posted on: February 7th, 2013 by CCSPCA

Pet Theft Awareness Class

Saturday, February 9 at 3pm
Tuesday, February 12 at 6pm.

This class is free to the public with the goal of raising awareness to pet theft currently affecting our community.

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Neuter Day helps reduce strays!!

Posted on: October 5th, 2012 by CCSPCA

Stanley Neuter BoyOur Neuter Day on October 1st did prove to be Neuter-ific! Although not as many people showed up for their low cost neuter as we hoped, we did have many grateful families take advantage of saving money while doing the right thing for their pets.

Stanley is one of them, he was a kitten found on the streets, taken in by a caring family that wants to give him a lifetime of love including providing for his needs. Stanley did voice his opinion about being separated from his safety net , his home, while at the George Whittell Animal Hospital for his neuter, so he was really happy when his family picked him up that afternoon. Now Stanley will not have offspring that may not be as lucky as him to make it off the streets.

Of the 64 neuters that we had scheduled for Neuter Day, 33 did show up, 12 cats/kittens and 21 dogs/puppies. There are many families that would like to be able to spay or neuter their animals, and do need the low cost options to be able to do so. We hope to remind those that schedule for our next Spay Day or Neuter Day that your spot is important, valued and sought out by others. If for any reason you’re not able to make it in with your animal for sure on the surgery day, please allow another family to take your spot.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this neuter day a success in saving and bettering lives, please watch for the next Spay / Neuter Day coming soon!

Girl Scout Troop 2302

Posted on: February 23rd, 2012 by CCSPCA

The animals could smell the special cookies made for them by Girl Scout Troop 2302 as they entered the building! Many happy tails and wiggly bodies could be found during the Girl Scout’s visit when they got to give the dogs their treats. Troop 2302 learned about safety around animals, toured the Animal Center, even got to see the horses (because they were super at being very quiet)!
After their tour and cookie giving, they all came back to the Education Building to get our goodies for them and their special “Animal Shelter” Badge to add to their vests. Thank you Girl Scout Troop 2302 for the joyful visit, for learning how to help animals, and for sharing such an honorable moment!!
Girl Scout Troop 2302
Girl Scout Animal Shelter Badge

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by CCSPCA No Comments

Thanksgiving is a time to sit around the table with family and friends and enjoy a big dinner and the company of one another – but we mustn’t forget the furry members of our family either! There are a few tips to remember when Thanksgiving rolls around that we wouldn’t normally think about. Keep these in mind to make sure your pet stays healthy and away from danger so we can all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey and Chicken Bones Should Never Be Given To Pets, as they can be deadly. Bones splinter easily and can cause choking or internal ruptures. Watch for signs of gagging and retching.

String used in securing a roasted turkey can be very tempting to pets because of all the juices it absorbs. If eaten, the string can cause choking and/or serious intestinal problems and blockage requiring surgery to save the animal’s life. Sometimes it can even be fatal.

Pets are not “Party Aniamls”! It is not funny to give a helpless creature alcohol just so you can get a laugh; while the pet suffers from gastrointestinal problems.

Our Yummy Chocolate desserts are toxic to pets, even in small amounts. Chocolate contains Theo bromine, a caffeine-like substance that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, seizures and disorientation.

Do not give aspirin or any painkillers containing acetaminophen to cats. They are toxic!

Don’t give that dog a bone

Posted on: October 20th, 2011 by Animal Hospital No Comments

Pets & Bones CCSPCA

I had a surprise visit from a news crew about a year ago, because the USDA had issued a warning to pet owners for them not to feed chicken bones to their pets.  Veterinarians have been warning us for years, but I have some extra advice for the USDA: pet owners should not give their animals ANY kind of bones.  Very often, vets have to extract bone pieces from intestines, stomachs, or elsewhere less appealing.

The common response is one of two things:

  1. “I have been doing it for years.” Even though there hadn’t been problems until now, there is no reason to think they couldn’t happen at any time.
  2. Don’t they hunt in the wild? Yes, they do, but they tend to leave the bones behind. They leave the bones largely untouched after eating the meat.

Pet foods are perfectly balanced and contain well-researched nutrition.  Anything else we give them just upsets the balance.

Here are some other tips:

  • The more you have to pay for a food, the better it is. You get what you pay for with dog food because the ingredients are of a higher quality.  
  • Also, look for a statement that the food has been tested with AAFCO feeding trials, not just AAFCO nutritional guidelines.

Dr. Katy Byrd

Care for specialty pets

Posted on: September 25th, 2011 by Animal Hospital

Animal Care Plan

I am wonderfully amazed by the creatures I encounter. When a veterinarian has an opportunity to save a life, she rarely turns it down just because she is venturing into unfamiliar territory.  Our license allows us to conquer any kind of animal medicine, surgery, or dentistry.  Shelter vets especially have to always be prepared to improvise and adapt because we see such a diverse and wide ranging assortment of animals come through our clinic.

There are, however, real exotic pet specialists (such as Chinchilla Orthopedic Surgeon).  I am not one of them, but–so far–my own exotic pet, a Chinchilla, has thrived.  But, before you get a Chinchilla–or any other pet, especially an exotic one–make sure you have a relationship with a vet that works on that particular species otherwise, you might not be prepared with a plan of action if your pet has an accident. The price to acquire a pet is never the bulk of the money you will spend on it and unless your ready and able, you may not be able to help your pet in a time of need. Making sure your vet has the expertise to help you when you need it with your specialty pet is an often overlooked part of acquiring a pet. Don’t be stuck without a care plan.

Dr. Katy Byrd

We S.A.V.E

Posted on: September 2nd, 2011 by CCSPCA No Comments

This feature will always be for volunteers, because it always fits. Volunteers save lives, through all of their actions! The action we are featuring in this edition is the dedicated weekend action we currently have going on. If you are going to get the family together all at the same time to pick out the perfect pet for the family, it will almost always be on the weekends. Dedicated volunteers know this and they give up their free time to come into the shelter to help animals find homes.

Dogs need walking, sunshine, exercise, interaction, training, fun, and this is why we need so many volunteers on our EAT Team (Exercise, Attention & Time). Some of our “above and beyond” volunteers not only participate by being on the EAT Team, they give the gift of a voice to our homeless animals looking for a loving home. They tell potential adopters who the animals are and what we have learned about them.

Lefty who was featured in our last edition was one of those fortunate dogs that benefited from a volunteer’s voice. Lefty had a life story to be told and he also had great personality traits that our special volunteers learned and told to a family looking to adopt one on Saturday. Lefty found his forever home because of that voice.

Animals cannot speak for themselves, but spend some time in an animal shelter and you will quickly learn that some animals do a good job of communicating and don’t really need as much of a voice as others. Some animals need many voices to find them a home. Our large breed dogs have the least chance at a new home.

Bella, who could have been a large Saint Bernard/Rottweiler mix, but then again, she could have been any number of very large breeds mixed together, needed a volunteer’s voice to tell adopters that she was a very sweet, very large puppy who just did not know her own strength or size, but who was more than willing to listen and to adjust. She found her home.

Our staff’s hearts are lifted by these special volunteers because they know how great the animals are but don’t get to spend the time they would like with adopters to share all their great qualities, but when volunteers become regulars, they can quickly share the individuality of a certain animal. Then the volunteers can spend the needed interaction time with potential adopters to share their voice, their stories, and their life.

We have seen a steady increase of adoptions on the weekends due to this great volunteer practice of sharing the voices of the animals! Thank you volunteers! We love you, our hearts are healed and given hope by you, lives are saved and well lived because of you!

Flea Allergies

Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by Animal Hospital

CCSPCA Flea Info

As a veterinarian, I see a lot of Flea Allergic Dermatitis. Its important for pet owners to know that this uncomfortable condition is easy to prevent.

Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD) is a skin condition caused by excessive fleas. They bite the skin causing a reaction that can lead to rashes, bumps, hair loss and other irritation skin conditions. The first thing we can do to prevent FAD is prevent fleas! Keeping fleas off your pet gets easier as the technology and medication to prevent them improves. We have so many safe effective options for animals of all shapes and sizes… just ask you veterinarian. Veterinarians know so much about the fleas that we know exactly how to combat them, both in the yard and on the pet.  Cat? Dog? Sheep? We can keep parasites away!

There are a couple things to avoid when you think about flea prevention and the first one is flea collars. That’s right, flea collars are the least effective method of preventing fleas! The collar could potentially poison your pet, but it won’t poison the fleas.  Fleas long ago became immune to the chemicals in flea collars.  They don’t even keep fleas off of the neck anymore!

Many great products exist that are effective flea killers.  Although you can purchase some great products (like Bayer’s Advantage line) at many pet stores, you might be surprised that you still need to see your veterinarian.  For one thing, many products are cheaper at the veterinary hospital and one thing you can’t necessarily get at the pet store is good, solid advice.  Veterinarians have spent many years with many trials and errors learning how to design a flea control program just for you.

Contact your vet today and get the right advice for flea prevention!

– Dr. Katy Byrd

George Whittell/CCSPCA Animal Hospital

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
By Appointment Only
Closed for Lunch
12:00pm – 1:00




4th of July Safety

Posted on: June 29th, 2011 by CCSPCA No Comments

Happy would like to remind you to Celebrate Safely this 4th of July


We make the following suggestions:

  • Make sure all fences and gates are secure.  Keep your pet indoors if possible with curtains shut or windows covered. Secure them in a crate if possible. Even walking them on a leash in their own yard during the fireworks can be lifesaving.
  • Make sure your pet has its license or identification tag on their collar, including microchip information. Update all microchip and ID tag information if your contact information has changed. *Our Microchip Special of $20 including registration runs until July 31st in our Adoption Center.
  • Check with your veterinarian about tranquilizers for your pet. Never use human medications.
  • Turn on a radio or TV to help block out the sound of fireworks.
  • Notify family or visitors if you have any animal/s that need to remain indoors so that they don’t accidentally let them out.
  • Make sure to keep your pets away from BBQ’s, sparklers, fireworks and citronella candles.
  •  Do not take your pet with you to large celebrations.
  • Do not place glow ropes or other festive party favors on your pets. Do not leave pets unattended in costumes or accessories.
  • Keep your pet hydrated.  Don’t forget to refill your pet’s bowl with water during your celebration.
  • When your pet is missing, check in person at the CCSPCA.

The shelter is located at: 103 S Hughes and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 6 days a week -open at 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Community Ambassadors

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by CCSPCA No Comments

We are consistently expanding our Volunteer Program and have continued to reach out to the community in search of more volunteers. We try to have our volunteers (more…)

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