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National Pet Theft Awareness Day

February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day. It is also a day to show our pets some extra love by participating in National Pet Theft Awareness Day. According to PetFinder as many as 2 million animals are stolen each year and only about 10% ever find their way back home. We’ve gathered up some tips to help keep your pet safe.

Prevention

  1. Ensuring your pet has a collar and tags as well as a microchip might not deter a thief, but in the event they are recovered they certainly can help get them back home. They can also really help if your pet gets lost.
  2. Keep your dog on a leash. Wandering dogs can often be a target of thieves, and it is also a law in Michigan. (Side note from the author: I have almost picked up dogs thinking they were strays because they were running off leash way ahead of their owners or who were in the street or far from any homes. Not everyone who picks up your dog necessarily has nefarious intentions, but keeping them on a leash could help prevent them from getting picked up).
  3. Leaving your pet unattended outside your home can also put them at risk, especially if it is for long periods of time.
  4. Don’t leave your pet unattended in public places. Dogs tied up outside of stores and such can easily be swept away by a thief.
  5. Many pets have also been stolen out of cars. If you are out running errands, it is much safer to leave your pet at home. In hot or cold weather it is also a bad idea to leave your pet in a car, so there are many reasons not to bring your pet along on your trip to the store.
  6. Spay or neuter your pet. Some people steal pets with the intention of breeding them.
  7. Be cautious of what information you provide about your pet, especially how much you paid for them if they are purebred and where you live. No one likes to think the worst of people, but you never know.

If you think your pet may have been stolen

  • File a police report.
  • Talk to people who may have been nearby when it happened. Gather as much information as possible.
  • Contact local vets and animal shelters. Make them aware that your pet was stolen and give them a description and your contact information in case they show up.
  • Watch Craigslist, Facebook Free & For Sale pages, newspaper, etc for a pet fitting your pet’s description.
  • Hang up posters in your area with a detailed description of your pet and a photo if possible. Offering a reward could also possibly get someone to come forward.

We never want to think about the worst happening to our own pets, but it never hurts to take precautions just in case.

Sources

https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/lost-and-found-dogs/prevent-pet-theft/

Change a Pet’s Life Day

In honor of Change a Pet’s Life Day we would like to tell you about the cats who have been at CCHS for the longest. They are all great cats, and we would love to see each and every one of them find their purrfect home. While we aren’t open today we would love to encourage anyone interested in any of our animals to fill out an application, which you can find on our website, or maybe share this with someone you think might be interested in one of these great pets. The number of days next to their name is how long they have been at the shelter as of January 24, 2019.

Alyse – 192 days

Poor Alyse has been at the shelter since July. Deep down she is a sweetheart, but she is just so stressed out at the shelter. She isn’t the biggest fan of other cats, so as you can imagine she gets really stressed out sometimes. This leads her to give a less than accurate first impression at times. When things are nice and calm Alyse can be so affectionate. We just know that once she is in a nice calm home she will blossom into an amazing cat. She just needs someone who will give her a chance.

Alyse

Moogan – 137 days

Anyone who has met Moogan knows she has a big personality and an even bigger voice. This girl loves people and she will follow you around the cat room meowing at you with her deep little voice just begging for pets. While other cats aren’t her favorite, she might tolerate a calm friend who would leave her be. She also doesn’t seem to mind calm dogs too much. How is such a wonderful little cat still at the shelter? She belongs in a home curled up on someone’s lap purring away.

Moogan

Kaz – 135 days

While she might act shy at first, don’t let her fool you. She absolutely loves people, and she can be quite the little cuddlebug! She also doesn’t mind other cats, though she would prefer a calm feline friend who would leave her be. This little lady also has a playful side! She just loves batting toys around with her enormous feet. Please don’t let the shy act fool you! She is a very affectionate gal who would love to be your new couch potato.

Kaz

Penelope – 132 days

Is that a purring cat bed? Nope! That’s Penelope! Penelope loves to curl up in a cat bed and purr very loudly in hopes that someone will come give her some pets. This girl would prefer a calm home with no other animals, though she might be okay with a mellow canine or feline friend. Older kids would be best with this sweet and sassy girl, as she doesn’t have a lot of patience for any young kids bothering her. She can be quite the cuddlebug, but she also enjoys having time to herself too and isn’t overly needy. She loves toys too, and this big girl could definitely use some exercise! She will also need someone who will take the time to brush her regularly to keep her coat looking beautiful. This girl has such a big personality, and anyone would be lucky to have such a lovely cat in their home.

Penelope

Brady – 127 days

This guy LOVES to play! You will often catch him running around his kennel like crazy chasing a toy. He can be a little shy with new people at first, but once you spend a little time with him he can be very sweet. He isn’t an overly cuddly cat, but he does love pets. He isn’t very fond of other cats, and he does not seem to like dogs at all. With Brady around you don’t need any other pets though! He is such a fun cat. If you’re looking for a super playful friend, this guy would be great for you!

Brady

Raise the Woof to Benefit CCHS!

It’s time to Raise the Woof for the Copper Country Humane Society! Join us at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock on Saturday, January 19th for a fun night of laughs. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:30.

Tickets are $20.00 each or two for $30.00

Get your tickets online now by visiting here: 
https://www.events.org/CCHSMI01/viewevent.aspx?id=124890

Season of Giving

#GivingTuesday is the start of our Season of Giving! Before the end of this year we are hoping to encourage everyone to give however you are able.

We would love to see all our animals find their furrever homes before the holidays, so we will be posting lots of pictures and videos of our adoptable pets for anyone who is looking to adopt.

Not able to adopt? Another way you can give is through donations. Monetary donations and sponsorships help so much in paying for vet care and supplies needed to care for our animals. Donating items off our wishlist is very helpful too!

Volunteering is another great option! Volunteers are welcome during our open hours and are able to walk dogs (up until a half hour before closing), play with cats, take animal photos, and sometimes we have cleaning or other tasks we need help with.

We recognize not everyone is able to adopt or has the money to donate, but we would love to encourage everyone to help however they are able. Aesop couldn’t be more right when he wrote, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Don’t feel like you have to spend hours volunteering or donate large quantities. Every little bit helps.

It’s our amazing community’s support that allows to provide the absolute best care for our animals. We couldn’t do it without you!

#Giving Tuesday

See how you can help CCHS this holiday season by clicking the image below!

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Pet Safety Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving can be a wonderful time full of time with family and friends and of course delicious food! We’ve gathered some great tips to keep your pet safe and happy during Thanksgiving too.

If you’re leaving town for a few days, find a boarding facility for your pets or make sure to have someone stop and check on your furry friends. Water bowls can tip over and accidents can happen, so it’s always better to be safe and have someone check in on them.

If Thanksgiving dinner is at your house, a little preparation can go a long way. Taking your dog for a walk or having some serious playtime before guests arrive can help wear them out. A tired pet is less likely to get into trouble. If you have a pet who tries to run out the door, warning guests or keeping your pet in a separate room when guests are arriving might be a good idea. Having a calm place where your pet can hang out during dinner is never a bad idea, especially if your pet gets nervous having new people around or is overly inquisitive about the tasty smells. Kongs, other puzzle toys, or dog bones can also help distract your pet. Feeding your pets before dinner can also help. Full tummies will make them less tempted to convince your guests to give them samples. Speaking of samples, make sure guests are aware of the hazards of giving your pet table scraps, especially small children. Supervising any time your pet spends with children is always a good idea too for everyone’s safety.

Some things to be extra cautious about keeping away from pets:

  • Bread dough
  • Chocolate and desserts, especially those containing xylitol
  • Fatty foods and nuts – these can cause pancreatitis
  • Garlic, onion, etc.
  • Raisins, currants, and grapes
  • Turkey brine – this can cause salt toxicosis
  • Raw/undercooked turkey, turkey bones, twine, skin, drippings, and gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Sage
  • Nutmeg
  • Candied yams
  • Butter
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Trash – that corn cob or turkey carcass could prove a bit too tempting for your pet

There are a few Thanksgiving foods that are safe to give your pets, but remember all things in moderation. Some things that are usually okay to give your small amounts:

  • Well cooked turkey with no bones – just remember brined turkey and seasonings can still be dangerous
  • Green beans
  • Plain pumpkin
  • Apples
  • Carrots

Keep your vet’s emergency contact number on hand just in case.

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

 

Sources:

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/thanksgiving-safety-tips

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/418553359102567397/?lp=true

https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/uncategorized/thanksgiving-pet-safety-tips/

https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/living-with-your-dog/10-tips-for-a-safe-thanksgiving/

http://irresistiblepets.net/2013/11/thanksgiving-food-dogs-cats/

https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/seasonal/top-ten-tips-for-feeding-pets-thanksgiving-leftovers

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