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Jun 15

Don't Leave Pets in Hot Cars

DogInHotCarEach year, thousands of family pets suffer from heatstrokes or suffocation after being left in a parked car. Even if you are going into a store for just a second, the results can be tragic. In fact, many of the sad stories we hear about animals who die in cars are a result of someone who just had to run in very quickly and grab something. What they and many others don’t realize is that in just minutes your car can heat to dangerous levels, which put your pets at risk.

It actually doesn’t even need to be that hot out for tragedy to strike your pet. In fact, on a day that is just 75 degrees outside, a car can heat to 88 degrees in 10 minutes and rise to 122 degrees in less than an hour. Even with windows cracked, temperatures can be too high and dangerous for pets far too quickly.

What You Can Do

 

If you witness a pet that has been left in a hot car, you must act quickly. Here are a few steps you can take to help save the pet’s life.  

  1. If you see something that looks wrong, don’t be shy, speak up. If there is a pet that is alone in a vehicle call the Humane Society of Greater Dayton immediately at (855) PETS-911. You can also call the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457 or your local police department.
  2. Try to find the car’s owner. If you are in a parking lot where all the cars are clearly going to one store, go inside and have the manager do an announcement over the intercom. The quicker you react to this, the better chances you are giving to the pet for survival.
  3. Educate people by hanging signs in local places such as pharmacies, grocery stores and Laundromats that remind pet owners how important it is to not leave pets unattended in a car.

Together, we can keep our pets safe and healthy during the hot weather season. For more information or for signs to hang up in the stores in your community, contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s cruelty and neglect department at (937) 262-8091.

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 115 years ago, it is the largest and most established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937- 268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org

Mar 24

Why Rabbits Make Amazing Pets

HSGD-3144432As we get closer to Easter it is tempting to splurge on a cute and cuddly bunny as a gift for your children. We encourage all potential adopters to understand that rabbits require a commitment and can live for around 10 years when cared for properly. Don’t adopt a rabbit on a whim. Adopt a rabbit because you love rabbits and are willing to put in the commitment and love needed to give them a great forever home. If you can’t commit to a long-term pet, we recommend maybe giving your child a chocolate rabbit or a stuffed rabbit toy for Easter as an alternative. 

Many people don’t realize that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton works with all types of animals. In fact, we have a rabitat at our shelter with some amazing bunnies and rabbits up for adoption. Rabbits can make amazing pets and can be trained similar to cats. If you have never considered adopting a rabbit before, check out these great reasons why a rabbit could make a great pet for your family!

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Feb 6

How Your Cat Shows You Love

cat on backThey’re furry, they’re cuddly and most importantly they’re cute! Although they express love differently than humans, our cats show love to us in many different ways.  How do your cats say I love you? Here are a few behaviors common in cats who are showing love and affection to their family.

Purring

A cat’s purr can mean a variety of things from happiness to genuine concern. Cats use purrs as another form of communication with humans. In fact, many experts believe that a cat’s purr is a form of submission letting both people and other animals know they offer no sort of threat. Either way, we like to think of purring as a little smile from our pets letting us know they are here. 

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Feb 5

Unconditional Love: The Ultimate Lesson from Pets

dogwithmanWith Valentine’s Day approaching, the planning is underway to give your loved ones flowers, candies, a night on the town and more, but what is Valentine’s Day really about? To me, it is about unconditional love. It is a time to come together and celebrate everything that makes that someone in your life so special.

With all the hype around the holiday, it is easy to get lost in the gifts and presents, but if you need a little inspiration or a way to remember what true love is, look to your pets. Pets are amazing creatures that show unconditional love to us on a daily basis. They are pure and loving and we can learn a lot from them to strengthen our own relationships in life. Here are just a few examples how their unconditional love can help improve our bonds with one another.

 

Facing Hardships

Animals have a way of looking fear in the eyes. Take rescue dogs for example. These dogs literally go into devastated areas sniffing out those in need of help. They do not falter under pressure. They do not run away from that which they fear. Instead, their sole purpose is to help someone in need. If you are having a disagreement in your relationship, take inspiration from these fearless pets. Rather than sweeping your issues under the rug, face them head on. Sit calmly and discuss the problems at hand. In the long run, your relationship will be stronger.

Showing Enthusiasm

Let’s face it; it’s easy to tell when a dog is excited. Their tail starts wagging. They can barely sit still. Their tongue hangs out of their mouth. They are genuinely focused on you. All they want to do is show you how excited they are because you’re in their life. No, you don’t have to wave your arms around or stick out your tongue to greet your significant other, but when they arrive home try to stop what you’re doing to focus on them for a few minutes. What says unconditional love more than your undivided attention and true interest in what is happening in their life? 

Being Loyal

Pets are as loyal as can be. They are here to support you, be your comfort and help you stand tall. They will sit beside you when you feel sick. They will walk beside you when you need a friend. They just want to give you the support and love you need. When your partner is in need, you should be supportive and loyal to them. Stand beside them. Hold them up. Be their rock in times of trouble and cheerleader in times of joy.

So, as this Valentine’s Day creeps closer and closer, try to drown out the hype that revolves around the holiday and focus on what truly matters. Look down to your pets for one of the best lessons life can give you, a true example of unconditional love.

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 115 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org

Dec 28

Four Resolutions Your Pet Can Help You Reach

Dog-NewYearsThe ball has dropped, we’ve sang “Auld Lang Syne” and everyone has made their resolutions to kickoff 2017. Let’s face it though, come February 1 how many of you will have already discarded your resolutions and fallen back into your old habits. Well this year, let’s make a change and keep it in place! Plus by incorporating your pet into your resolution you may be more inclined to stick with them!  Here are just a few common resolutions people make this time of year and how your pet can keep you on track in reaching your goals.

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