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HSTC Pets of the Week

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Evan

At over 13 years old, Evan has had plenty of time to perfect is lovey-dovey nature. We are almost positive that Evan is the most affectionate cat you will ever meet. How did a 13 year old love-bug like Evan wind up here at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast? His owners had to make the heartbreaking decision to surrender Evan to us after he was diagnosed with diabetes and they could no longer afford to provide Evan with the proper care. Evan has been in the care of HSTC since the beginning of December. His diabetes is now regulated with insulin injections and a special diet. With his diabetes under control, Evan is now ready to find his new family to shower with love and affection. He is accepting visitors at the HSTC main shelter in Palm City. You can view Evan and all of his adoptable friends online at hstc1.org!

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Cora-May

Cora-May is so shy that she was absolutely miserable here in the shelter. However, she had a blast in her foster home. She loved playing and exploring with her doggie foster siblings. Cora-May is also an expert cuddle-bug and enjoys spooning on the couch or in the people bed.

Cora-May is looking for a home that realizes she has a long road ahead of her and that she may never be an outgoing, boisterous pup. She needs a home that will boost her confidence and give her time and space to adjust to her new home; a doggie sibling or two wouldn’t go amiss either. Cora-May is 3 years old and weighs in at about 42 pounds.

 

Deidre Huffman – Adoption Manager

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave – Palm City, FL 34990

(772)600-3204  / dhuffman@hstc1.org

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Hairballs Usually A Minor Inconvenience

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Article & Photo by: Shannon Borrego

In Photo: Tristan models freshly brushed coat

Hairballs; if you own a cat, chances are you’re familiar with them. These little “gifts” are often found deposited on your favorite Persian carpet, your pillow, or the sofa.

Don’t blame your cat when he coughs up a hairball, though. His behavior isn’t designed to offend you. These tightly packed, cylindrical wads of hair are the byproducts of your cat’s grooming efforts. During the grooming process, he swallows hair that collects in his stomach where it builds up until it is regurgitated through the hacking, coughing process that signals the imminent arrival of a hairball.

Trichobezoars, as hairballs are known in the scientific community, are usually nothing to be worried about. However, Dr. Guglielmino, a veterinarian quoted in the article, “A Hairy Dilemma,” warns, “…if your cat is lethargic and refuses to eat for more than a day or so, or has repeated episodes of unproductive retching, you should consult your veterinarian without delay.” The vet can determine whether the hairball has created an intestinal blockage. A blockage is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that may be treated through a protocol of hydration and use of a laxative, or, in the worst cases, surgery. (Cornell Feline Health Center)

The best way to combat hairballs is to help prevent their development in the first place. One easy way to do that is by brushing your cat. Regular brushing will reduce the amount of hair a cat ingests while self-grooming. It’s also a great way to help maintain the health of your cat’s coat while providing the opportunity to bond with your feline buddy.

Hairball prevention products are another way to minimize hairball formation in your cat’s stomach. Your veterinarian can recommend a petroleum-based paste that is administered orally once or twice a week. There are also specially formulated foods for hairball prevention available in the cat food aisle of most stores. Both products help the hair to pass through the cat’s digestive system without lodging in the stomach.

Hairballs may be inevitable, much like taxes, but, unlike taxes they are usually just a minor inconvenience. With a little extra care, you can help prevent their formation, or at least reduce their frequency, so you won’t find yourself stepping in something unpleasant in the middle of the night.

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Avoiding “Forever” Home Failure Should Be A Priority

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Article by: Shannon Borrego

Photos by: Donna Loew
Maurice: A young cat recently returned to CFF due to adopter’s allergies

Finding a “forever” home sounds like the perfect outcome for a homeless cat, doesn’t it? And, for many cats it is. An adopter meets the cat, falls in love, and the pair goes on to spend many rewarding years together.

But what about those cases in which the adoption doesn’t work out? What happens when the home isn’t “forever” after all? Perhaps a family member develops allergies, or an unexpected move makes it difficult to take the cat, or the adopter just decides he doesn’t want a cat after all.

For those of us who work with rescue animals, the thought of relinquishing a pet seems almost unimaginable. We see our pets as family members, for better or for worse. But it doesn’t always work that way. At Caring Fields Felines, we recognize that when an adoption fails, the cat needs to be assured of safe sanctuary and the opportunity to find another home. That’s why we ask adopters to sign a document agreeing to return the cat to us should they need to relinquish it. Of course, we see that as a last resort. There are often solutions that enable the adopter to keep the cat when some modifications are made in the home.

The best way to avoid the sad dilemma of an unwanted cat is proper planning beforehand. Adopting a pet should never be an impulse decision, nor should a pet be given as a surprise to an unsuspecting recipient. The responsibility to provide a lifetime of care to any animal should not be taken lightly.

One of the common reasons for returning a cat is a family member’s development of allergies. This problem can sometimes be avoided by spending time with cats before adopting. An afternoon spent at CFF’s sanctuary playing with the cats is a great way to determine if one is allergic.

Timing is another important factor in deciding whether to adopt. If you face a move in the near future, it probably isn’t the best time to adopt. Some apartment complexes or rental homes have policies prohibiting pets, thus necessitating a choice between the home or the pet. Better to wait and adopt later!

Adopting a new cat should be an exciting beginning to a lifetime of rewarding companionship. Before taking the plunge, please consider the long-term commitment needed, and take steps to avoid the possibility of relinquishing the cat later.

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Avoiding “Forever” Home Failure Should Be A Priority

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Article by: Shannon Borrego

Photos by: Donna Loew

Ferrari: A young cat recently returned to CFF when owner moved

Finding a “forever” home sounds like the perfect outcome for a homeless cat, doesn’t it? And, for many cats it is. An adopter meets the cat, falls in love, and the pair goes on to spend many rewarding years together.

But what about those cases in which the adoption doesn’t work out? What happens when the home isn’t “forever” after all? Perhaps a family member develops allergies, or an unexpected move makes it difficult to take the cat, or the adopter just decides he doesn’t want a cat after all.

For those of us who work with rescue animals, the thought of relinquishing a pet seems almost unimaginable. We see our pets as family members, for better or for worse. But it doesn’t always work that way. At Caring Fields Felines, we recognize that when an adoption fails, the cat needs to be assured of safe sanctuary and the opportunity to find another home. That’s why we ask adopters to sign a document agreeing to return the cat to us should they need to relinquish it. Of course, we see that as a last resort. There are often solutions that enable the adopter to keep the cat when some modifications are made in the home.

The best way to avoid the sad dilemma of an unwanted cat is proper planning beforehand. Adopting a pet should never be an impulse decision, nor should a pet be given as a surprise to an unsuspecting recipient. The responsibility to provide a lifetime of care to any animal should not be taken lightly.

One of the common reasons for returning a cat is a family member’s development of allergies. This problem can sometimes be avoided by spending time with cats before adopting. An afternoon spent at CFF’s sanctuary playing with the cats is a great way to determine if one is allergic.

Timing is another important factor in deciding whether to adopt. If you face a move in the near future, it probably isn’t the best time to adopt. Some apartment complexes or rental homes have policies prohibiting pets, thus necessitating a choice between the home or the pet. Better to wait and adopt later!

Adopting a new cat should be an exciting beginning to a lifetime of rewarding companionship. Before taking the plunge, please consider the long-term commitment needed, and take steps to avoid the possibility of relinquishing the cat later.

www.cffelines.org

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Humane Society of the Treasure Coast 4th Annual Pup Crawl

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Stuart – On Saturday, August 4th the 4th Annual Pup Crawl presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, was held in downtown Stuart!

This year’s theme was “Harry PAWtter”! The event was dog friendly and restaurants participating were: Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg. Free Drinks, raffles prizes and best dressed to impress were featured throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this event went to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Contact them: 772-600-3211 for more information.

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Stuart – On Saturday, August 4th the 4th Annual Pup Crawl presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, was held in downtown Stuart!

This year’s theme was “Harry PAWtter”! The event was dog friendly and restaurants participating were: Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg. Free Drinks, raffles prizes and best dressed to impress were featured throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this event went to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Contact them: 772-600-3211 for more information.

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Stuart – On Saturday, August 4th the 4th Annual Pup Crawl presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, was held in downtown Stuart!

This year’s theme was “Harry PAWtter”! The event was dog friendly and restaurants participating were: Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg. Free Drinks, raffles prizes and best dressed to impress were featured throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this event went to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Contact them: 772-600-3211 for more information.

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Humane Society of the Treasure Coast 4th Annual Pup Crawl

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Stuart – On Saturday, August 4th the 4th Annual Pup Crawl presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, was held in downtown Stuart!

This year’s theme was “Harry PAWtter”! The event was dog friendly and restaurants participating were: Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg. Free Drinks, raffles prizes and best dressed to impress were featured throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this event went to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Contact them: 772-600-3211 for more information.

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Stuart – On Saturday, August 4th the 4th Annual Pup Crawl presented by the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, was held in downtown Stuart!

This year’s theme was “Harry PAWtter”! The event was dog friendly and restaurants participating were: Mulligan’s Beach House Bar & Grill, Spritz City Bistro, Vine & Barley Stuart, Sneaki Tiki and the Crafted Keg. Free Drinks, raffles prizes and best dressed to impress were featured throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this event went to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Contact them: 772-600-3211 for more information.

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Pet Photo Project to Elevate Importance of Shelter Pet Adoptions

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Local businesses will be displaying cutouts of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s shelter pets as part of the “Drive Adoptions” campaign.

Palm City – In an effort to raise awareness regarding the importance of pet adoptions, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and photographer Adam Goldberg are collaborating on a “Drive Adoptions” campaign.

Goldberg is a traveling pet photographer who holds pet photo fundraisers for shelters across the United States. The project involves Goldberg taking photos of shelter pets, producing large-scale cutouts of them, and then displaying them at local businesses to promote shelter adoptions and attract people to adopt the photographed pets.

The humane society’s role is to secure area companies to sponsor the campaign and display the standalone cutouts. HSTC Corporate Gifts Officer Candace Callahan is seeking car, boat and other motor vehicle dealerships to help “Drive Adoptions” by sponsoring this campaign. The campaign will be launched starting November 5 during “National Shelter Appreciation Week.”

Goldberg will be photographing shelter pets for the campaign from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 7, at the humane society’s Palm City shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City.

“AGoldPhoto Pet Photography is excited to partner with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and bring awareness to pet adoption with this unique project,” said Goldberg. “Placing life-size cut outs of shelter pets, where the community will least expect them, is our approach to helping control pet overpopulation.”

For information on how to sponsor this campaign, contact Candace Callahan, via email at ccallahan@hstc1.orgor by calling (772) 600-3216.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit www.hstc1.orgor call (772) 223-8822.

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Pet Photo Project to Elevate Importance of Shelter Pet Adoptions

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The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is seeking sponsors for its “Drive Adoptions” campaign that will showcase cutouts of actual adoptable shelter pets at sponsoring businesses.

Palm City – In an effort to raise awareness regarding the importance of pet adoptions, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and photographer Adam Goldberg are collaborating on a “Drive Adoptions” campaign.

Goldberg is a traveling pet photographer who holds pet photo fundraisers for shelters across the United States. The project involves Goldberg taking photos of shelter pets, producing large-scale cutouts of them, and then displaying them at local businesses to promote shelter adoptions and attract people to adopt the photographed pets.

The humane society’s role is to secure area companies to sponsor the campaign and display the standalone cutouts. HSTC Corporate Gifts Officer Candace Callahan is seeking car, boat and other motor vehicle dealerships to help “Drive Adoptions” by sponsoring this campaign. The campaign will be launched starting November 5 during “National Shelter Appreciation Week.”

Goldberg will be photographing shelter pets for the campaign from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 7, at the humane society’s Palm City shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City.

“AGoldPhoto Pet Photography is excited to partner with the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and bring awareness to pet adoption with this unique project,” said Goldberg. “Placing life-size cut outs of shelter pets, where the community will least expect them, is our approach to helping control pet overpopulation.”

For information on how to sponsor this campaign, contact Candace Callahan, via email at ccallahan@hstc1.orgor by calling (772) 600-3216.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit www.hstc1.orgor call (772) 223-8822.

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Max the Cat Inspires Loves at First Sight

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Article By: Shannon Borrego

Photo by: Pauline Glover

It was love at first sight. Our eyes met across the room and my heart skipped a beat. He approached, his gaze never leaving mine. I couldn’t help myself; I reached out, and tenderly scratched him between the ears.

I’m talking about Max, of course; an adorable, affectionate and very adoptable cat. We met in the break room at Caring Fields Felines’ sanctuary. But, alas, our love affair was not meant to be. I already have a full house of pets at home and bringing in another cat is not an option. Some other lucky adopter will find a future with Max.

His story is a tale of abandonment and rescue, culminating in his arrival at CFF. Who knows where Max’s life began. He was first discovered by a kind couple in Hobe Sound who discovered him hanging out with a group of homeless cats they feed. The other cats were shy and skittish, unaccustomed to people. But not Max. Max loved people! Clearly, he had belonged to someone in the past.

The couple soon realized that Max needed the chance to find a home. They contacted Pauline Glover at CFF, and she agreed to take Max in. That was four years ago. Inexplicably, Max is still looking for that home! Ever cheerful, he seems grateful and happy for the attention he receives from the volunteers and staff. However, if he had his way, he’d be sitting in someone’s lap all day. As he patiently awaits adoption, he “talks,” naps, and plays with the other cats.

When I first saw Max, I thought he was a Scottish Fold. However, his charming little crinkled ears aren’t due to breeding; as is common among cats who’ve spent a lot of time outdoors, he suffered hematomas in both ears. Of course, he’s been treated medically, and all is well, but the crinkly ears are a permanent feature. The look simply adds to his charm.

If you are considering adopting a cat, I highly recommend that you come out to CFF’s sanctuary in Palm City and meet Max. He’s got it all; looks, personality and manners! Take some time to sit and play with him—I promise, you’ll fall in love. While you’re there, take a tour of the five-acre property, visit the large cage-free enclosures, the cattery with kittens, and the peaceful pond area. CFF can be reached by calling 772-463-7386.

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Dr. Kittams Helps Improve Medical Care for CFF Cats

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In Photo: Dr. Julie Kittams with her vet tech, Amber; photo by Pauline Glover

Article by: Shannon Borrego

A trip to the vet is a stressful experience for most cats. After suffering the indignity of placement in a carrier, the cat endures a scary trip in the car to a place that smells like medicine and, frequently, like DOGS! By the time he meets the vet, the cat is in a panic.

In most cases, this process is an unavoidable aspect of getting cats the medical care they need. However, Caring Fields Felines recently found a way to reduce the stress; Dr. Kittams and her mobile veterinary unit enable our sanctuary cats to be treated without ever leaving the property!

Dr. Julie Kittams, veterinarian, expert surgeon for high-volume spay and neuter procedures, and all-around friend to rescue organizations, now comes to CFF’s sanctuary twice a week to attend to the needs of our cats.

This new service has enabled CFF to establish a complete protocol of preventative care for all our residents, including the feral cats! Every cat can now be assessed, vaccinated, and given dental care regularly. Dr. Kittams has even established a mini-clinic in our medical center with supplies and instructions, enabling minor problems to be handled by staff members in between Dr. Kittams’ visits.

Every Monday and Friday, the mobile van rolls onto the property where playpens filled with cats await spay or neuter surgery. Carriers are lined up to transport the cats post-surgery, and staff and volunteers ready themselves for a busy day.

Dr. Kittams, who has been specially trained in shelter medicine technique, is able to complete routine spay/neuter surgery on 30, 40, even 50 cats in one day. By 4:00 p.m. the last cat has been gently settled in a safe space for recovery, and the big mobile unit lumbers away.

Veterinary services are offered by Dr. Kittams in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. As President and Lead Veterinarian for Operation S.O.S., a non-profit organization, her focus is on addressing animal welfare and providing a cost-effective solution to feline and canine overpopulation.

Operation S.O.S. has been a godsend to CFF and other rescue groups. Thanks to Dr. Kittams, we have been able to spay and neuter more cats each week, and at a lower cost than ever before. The money saved can now be utilized to help even more cats. This is good news for homeless cats throughout the Treasure Coast whose welfare depends upon groups like CFF.

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New Pet Therapy Programs Bring Comfort and Joy

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In Photo: Paws to Empower-Dianne Robinson, Jessie Clifford, Bill Strachan & Spencer, and Joan Dutton

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Palm City – Misty’s Pals — the pet therapy arm of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in Palm City — is bringing more joy and comfort to even more Martin and St. Lucie county residents with the addition of two new programs.

Misty’s Pals pet therapy volunteers, along with their trained therapy animals, are now making monthly visits to Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie and the Martin County Court System in Stuart.

At Tradition Medical Center, the volunteers are making regular visits to the third floor, where they’ll greet parents, caregivers and children in the pediatrics unit, and the surgical and medical rooms on the fourth and eighth floors. The visits are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday.

At the Court House, Misty’s Pals’ Paws to Empower program is aimed to comfort parents, guardians and children who are involved in dependency court cases. Pet therapy teams visit on the first and third Thursdays and a set Monday of the month. Those visits are from 8:45 a.m.-10 a.m.

“A trained pet therapy animal can help relax both children and adults who are experiencing stress,” said Jessie Clifford, director of humane education of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. “Sometimes all it takes is an opportunity to feel the unconditional love of a pet.”

A pet therapy dog provides psychological or physiological therapy to individuals other than their handlers. These dogs have stable temperaments and friendly, easy-going personalities. Typically, they visit hospitals, schools, hospices, nursing homes and more. For more information, call the Jessie Clifford at (772) 486-4168 or visit the website www.hstc1.org.

About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.

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CFF Conference Room Undergoes Makeover

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“If these walls could talk….” This familiar phrase came to mind when I learned of the renovation that was just completed in the cattery conference room at Caring Fields Felines. I think the walls would have a lot to say. In this room dreams were born, strategies developed, and decisions made that affect the many cats we strive to help each day.

Not only has the room been used for meetings, but it has provided storage space for everything from Christmas trees to dozens of bags of cat litter. Mailings have been prepared, auction baskets created, and even refreshment stations set-up in the room.

How well I remember the no-frills space as it looked when we first moved in–bare, dingy walls, a dull cement floor, and a utilitarian table with mismatched chairs. Of course, over the years attempts have been made to brighten the place up with pictures and shelves; but, even the beautiful stained-glass artwork donated by Jan Brush wasn’t enough to overcome the general feeling that one was working out of a basement. All that changed with the room’s recent facelift!

Our hardworking volunteers and staff pooled their talents to transform the conference room from drab to delightful! Donna Kern provided funding for linoleum flooring and George Carden took on the task of installing the floor. Kathy Kienke wielded her trusty paintbrush to refresh the walls and crown molding. Meanwhile, John Pavela donated a conference table with matching chairs. The result is a much cheerier space, conducive to brainstorming.

Of course, the conference room will never be the sort of “serious” space one finds in law offices and banks. For one thing, there will always be a few cats padding around the room and walking across the table during meetings. We are a cat rescue organization, after all. And, as in the past, the space will be modified from time to time to accommodate our needs during events.

Someday, perhaps, CFF will be in the position to build an educational center complete with meeting rooms and such. Such a building is on our wish list. However, in the meantime, we are thrilled with our newly renovated conference room.

No doubt, the conference room walls will be privy to many more plans, much laughter, and ongoing progress as CFF carries out its mission to make the world a safer, happier place for our feline friends.

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Domestic Cats Find Niche in Namibia

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The Namib Desert is a vast expanse of barren, rocky sand and towering dunes. By day, the sun beats down mercilessly, and, at night, temperatures plummet. It’s hard to believe that wildlife could survive in this brutal terrain. However, the area is home to jackals and oryx, desert-adapted elephants and…domestic cats.

You read that correctly. Miraculously, feral cats eke out an existence in this hostile environmen. To be sure, the cats live near pockets of humans, scavenging for morsels discarded by the tourists that come to marvel at the dunes and track the desert-adapted elephants.

My first glimpse of a cat during my Namibian sojourn occurred when our trusty Land Rover pulled into a truck stop in a tiny town called, appropriately, Solitaire. This truck stop looked like every other truck stop, except for one thing; a long queue of people snaked out a door leading into a shop labelled “Bakery.” The air was filled with the tantalizing scent of cinnamon and pastry. It turns out this little hole in the wall is famous for its apple pie. Apparently, word had gotten out among the feral cats, too. A beautiful, healthy-looking calico sat in the sun, dozing. Around her, I glimpsed a few other cats lurking in the shadows. Unfortunately, the line was too long to wait for pie, so we reluctantly pulled back onto the highway and continued north to our next lodge.

Several hours later, we pulled into Camp Kipwe. Here, we were welcomed with fresh lemonade and greeted by the friendly resident cat! We were told that Chloe had ruled the lodge even longer than the camp manager. No one could remember exactly when Chloe had arrived, but someone vaguely recollected she had appeared with a previous manager from South Africa. Over the years, Chloe had given birth to a couple of litters, but, thankfully, she has now been spayed. She still has the occasional run-in with members of the local feral cat population who challenge her for food, but one can hardly blame them. Life is tough in the desert.

Before winding up my trip, I did get one last glimpse of another domestic pet feline. Africat, a big cat rehabilitation facility near Etosha, has a little pet cat that hangs out in the visitors’ center.

It’s nice to know that even in the wilds of Namibia, domestic cats have found a niche.

www.cffelines.org.

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2018 South East BunFest Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

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Stuart – On Saturday, June 2 from 10:00- 4:00 pm the South East BunFest was held at the Kane Center. The Kane Center is located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. The 7th annual Southeast Bunfest is a one day event dedicated to rabbits and Guinea pigs.

Hosted by the Humanes Society of the Treasure Coast to raise awareness for furry friends. The cost of the event was $5.00 per person/Kids 10 and under were Free. There were lots of great tips how to make rabbits happy, a blessing of the rabbits,Critter Spa, Bunny Playground, Adoptable Critters, Vendors, Rescue Groups, Glamour Photos, Kids’ Zone, Raffles, Silent Auction, Hop & Flop Shop, Educational Seminars and lots more!

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Stuart – On Saturday, June 2 from 10:00- 4:00 pm the South East BunFest was held at the Kane Center. The Kane Center is located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. The 7th annual Southeast Bunfest is a one day event dedicated to rabbits and Guinea pigs. Hosted by the Humanes Society of the Treasure Coast to raise awareness for furry friends. The cost of the event was $5.00 per person/Kids 10 and under were Free. There were lots of great tips how to make rabbits happy, a blessing of the rabbits,Critter Spa, Bunny Playground, Adoptable Critters, Vendors, Rescue Groups, Glamour Photos, Kids’ Zone, Raffles, Silent Auction, Hop & Flop Shop, Educational Seminars and lots more!

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Stuart – On Saturday, June 2 from 10:00- 4:00 pm the South East BunFest was held at the Kane Center. The Kane Center is located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. The 7th annual Southeast Bunfest is a one day event dedicated to rabbits and Guinea pigs. Hosted by the Humanes Society of the Treasure Coast to raise awareness for furry friends. The cost of the event was $5.00 per person/Kids 10 and under were Free. There were lots of great tips how to make rabbits happy, a blessing of the rabbits,Critter Spa, Bunny Playground, Adoptable Critters, Vendors, Rescue Groups, Glamour Photos, Kids’ Zone, Raffles, Silent Auction, Hop & Flop Shop, Educational Seminars and lots more!

Proceeds from Bunfest are donated to HSTC to help care for the small critters at the shelter. To find out more about the critters that you might have questions about visit them at www.southeastbunfest.org.

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2018 South East BunFest Humane Society of the Treasure Coast

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Stuart – On Saturday, June 2 from 10:00- 4:00 pm the South East BunFest was held at the Kane Center. The Kane Center is located at 900 SE Salerno Road in Stuart. The 7th annual Southeast Bunfest is a one day event dedicated to rabbits and Guinea pigs. Hosted by the Humanes Society of the Treasure Coast to raise awareness for furry friends. The cost of the event was $5.00 per person/Kids 10 and under were Free. There were lots of great tips how to make rabbits happy, a blessing of the rabbits,Critter Spa, Bunny Playground, Adoptable Critters, Vendors, Rescue Groups, Glamour Photos, Kids’ Zone, Raffles, Silent Auction, Hop & Flop Shop, Educational Seminars and lots more!

Proceeds from Bunfest are donated to HSTC to help care for the small critters at the shelter. To find out more about the critters that you might have questions about visit them at www.southeastbunfest.org.

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Martin Downs July Newsletter

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mosquito Watch
The rainy season brings lots of standing water, which in turn brings those pesky mosquitoes. Not only are they a nuisance to you, they can be harmful to your pet as well. Mosquitoes transmit the fatal Heartworm, and if your pet is not protected they are at risk. Dogs and cats alike should be on a monthly preventative, or the 6 month injection available for dogs, in order to prevent this disease from spreading to your pet. If your pet is indoors only, don’t think they are safe from mosquitoes!! How many times have you had to kill them in your house? Even indoor cats, who have never stepped foot outside, can contract the disease if not prevented, and there is NO CURE for cats!

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Bufo Toads

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Another side affect of all this rain is Bufo Toads or Cane Toads.

Standing Water Issues
With the heavy rain comes a few other issues we need to worry about at this time of year. With all of the rain fall from the past month we have had a lot of standing water, which can cause many issues in itself. Not only does the mosquito breed in standing water, which can cause heartworm disease, as described above, we have to worry about Leptospirosis, Giardia and Coccidia.

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Leptospirosis is an infectious disease that causes serious illness in dogs, other animals, and can even spread to humans. Leptospirosis lives in water or warm, wet soil, and the most common way dogs become infected is by coming into contact with the urine of infected animals, usually by swimming in or drinking contaminated water or playing in areas where infected urine is present. Wildlife is a known carrier of this disease so your own backyard can become a hazard for your pets when flooding has occurred. It can enter the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth or through a break in the skin caused by a cut or scratch. Once a dog is infected, the dog will then become a carrier and spread the disease each time it urinates. Some dogs may have no obvious symptoms, but early signs usually appear a week after infection and may include fever, muscle weakness, and loss of appetite or energy. Vomiting and diarrhea may follow after a few days, causing dogs to become dehydrated and very thirsty. We advise you to seek medical care from a veterinarian if any of the symptoms occur. If you are unsure if your pet may be at risk, we do offer the leptospirosis vaccine to prevent it.

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Giardia is a protozoan parasite that is infectious to both humans and pets. In the environment Giardia cysts can survive in water and soil as long as it is relatively cool and wet. A host animal will accidentally swallow a cyst when drinking from a puddle, toilet, or when licking fur. After ingestion the protozoa will attach to the lining of the intestines and can cause diarrhea in your pet. After infection, it takes 5-12 days in dogs or 5-16 days in cats for Giardia to be found int he stool sample. Some animals may never show symptoms but can still be infected with this protozoa. Because cysts can stick to the fur of the infected pet, it can be a source of re-infection, and can even infect you! Proper hand washing and washing of the pets rear end is advised to help prevent the spread of the cysts. At Martin Downs Animal Hospital we have adopted a protocol of sending our fecal samples to the outside laboratory, Antech, and every sample submitted is not only tested for the regular intestinal parasites, but a Giardia test is done as well.

 

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Hurricane Season Is Here
June 1st marks the beginning of the dreaded hurricane season. While we always hope nothing will happen to our area, it is always a good idea to prepare early, instead of waiting until disaster is about to strike. Start getting supplies you need for you and your pet, update all your pets microchip information if you have moved or changed phone numbers, have your pets vaccination records handy, and figure out a plan now.

Martin Downs Animal Hospital is a hurricane shelter for pets. If you think you will need to drop off your pet in the unfortunate event of a hurricane please stop by to grab one of our Hurricane Brochures. We fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, and there are some special requirements if you decide to board your pet during the storm. Please make sure you are aware of these protocols early.

 

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Urine / Fecal Specimens
If you are suspicious of a urinary tract infection or your pet is getting blood work the day of your appointment, please bring in a urine sample or DO NOT walk them when you arrive to the hospital. This helps to ensure we can collect a sample when the time comes. You can even call from the parking lot and a technician can meet you at your vehicle to collect a sample, so your pet can walk and relieve themselves before entering the building.

Also, if you are coming in for an annual, it is likely we need to collect a stool sample to test for parasites. It is much easier and nicer for your pets if you could bring us a sample. Some dogs will defecate for us but most will not, and do not prefer us to stick a fecal loop in their bum to get one.
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Donations Needed

Martin Downs Animal Hospital is in need of any old towels and small blankets. If you have any you can spare, donations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Bella Fund
Martin Downs Animal Hospital would like to remind you about the Bella Fund that we have set up for our hospital.

The Bella Fund was started in honor of Bella, an adorable, young Poodle Mix who ingested a foreign body. While the family wanted to have the life saving surgery, they were financially unable to afford it due to family health problems. When faced with euthanasia as the only option, the hospital pulled together to provide the surgery for her at no cost to the family! Bella is now alive and well, living a happy life with her family that adores her.

Bella’s story inspired the hospital to start a fund, in her honor, to help other families financially in need of emergency care for their pets. We have Bella Fund T-Shirts that we sell at our hospital for $20 and 100% of the proceeds from the T-Shirt sales are added directly to the Bella Fund.

As our Bella Fund is starting to dwindle, we are asking you for any donations you would like to add to help a needy pet or to stop by and buy a Bella Fund shirt to help with this great cause!

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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

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Crystal – Receptionist
Crystal started her career at Martin Downs Animal Hospital in September 2015.
In her spare time, Crystal enjoys enjoys spending time with her family, including her 2 boys, Adam and Gerritt as well as going to the beach.
She has 2 pets including:
• Cabo – Catahoula Leopard Hound / Weimaraner Mix
• CC – Catahoula Leopard Hound

PET HOLIDAYS

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June 1st marks the beginning of Adopt-A-Cat Month, and the height of kitten season. Each spring, thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means that your local shelters have tons of cute, cuddly kittens, in addition to all of the mellow, older cats, and everything in between.

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If you are on the hunt for a new furry, clawed friend don’t forget to check out Domino’s Cat Rescue League. Martin Downs Animal Hospital has been partnering with the non-profit organization for many years. They always have several cats and kittens up for adoption looking for forever homes. Take a look at the article above to see one of the sweet cats waiting to be adopted at Domino’s House.

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Pet Dental Services will be here to perform non-anesthetic dentals on the following dates:
• July 27, 2018
• August 31, 2018
• September 28, 2018
• October 26, 2018
• November 30, 2018
• December 28, 2018
If you would like to know if your pet is a candidate, please call us and schedule an appointment. For more information please follow the link… petdentalservices.com

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Out for a Walk in the Neighborhood!

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Just two cute babies walking in the neighborhood!!!!!!!! Photo was taken just because. You can do this too and send us your photos.

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Easy Homemade Raw Dog Food

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Flaxseed Dog Biscuits

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Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats

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Paradise Pooch Pet Services

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Lisa takes good care of me at Paradise Pooch!

Paradise Pooch does lots of things, she does dog grooming,walking and pet sitting,equine care and she is licensed and insured.

Some of the added conveniences of mobile grooming over a traditional salon include:

You avoid taking time from your busy schedule to drop off and pick up your pet(s)…We come to You!
Your pet avoids the stress of traveling in the car and being left in a strange environment.
You and your pet receive the full one-on-one attention from a professional pet stylist.
Your pet is never confined in a cage or kennel.

Book your pet for a holiday pampering with Lisa at Paradise Pooch – 508-237-1601.

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Paradise Pooch Pet Services In Stuart

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Stuart — Your pooch will be the talk of the dog park. At Paradise Pooch Lisa knows that your pets are special member of the family and your best friends. Your pet will be pampered and treated with love and care.

Paradise Pooch brings professional state of the art grooming services to your home. This is a mobile pet grooming salon and pet care company. Lisa comes with a lifetime of experience raising her own pets as well as caring for others.

Paradise Pooch mobile grooming van is climate controled for your pets comfort at all times.The van is fully equipped with a full size tub and hydrolic table. We will accommodate your schedule and come to your home or your office.

Going away or just taking a day trip? Our pet sitting and dog walking services are customized to meet your pets needs. We make visits to your home and take care of all your pets needs while you are away.

Meet Lisa on her website at paradisepoochpetservices.com or FaceBook page for more details.

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Out2News 2018  Past Pets of the Week!!!!!!!

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All Pets Go To Heaven

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Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.

All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.

A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.

The bond that we form with animals can be very deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal can have an impact on us that is as great, or even greater, than the loss of a family member or friend. This bond is what makes our interactions with animals rich and rewarding, but also what makes the grief process so complicated. The grief can seem to come in waves, may be brought on more intensely by a sight or sound that sparks your memory, and may seem overwhelming at times.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience, and not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.Anger and guilt often follow denial.

Your anger may be directed toward people you normally love and respect, including your family, friends or your veterinarian. People coping with death will often say things that they do not really mean, unintentionally hurting those whom they do not mean to hurt.

Depression is a common experience after the death of a special pet. The tears flow, there are knots in your stomach, and you feel drained of all your energy. Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible to perform and you may feel is isolated and alone. Many depressed people will avoid the company of friends and family.

You will come to terms with your feelings. You begin to accept your pet’s death. Resolution has occurred when you can remember your pet and your time with them without feeling the intense grief and emotional pain you previously felt. Acceptance and resolution are normal and do not mean that you no longer feel a sense of loss, just that you have come to terms with the fact that your pet has died. Everyone experiences the stages of grief, grieving is always a very personal process. Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

Memorializing a pet can be a healthy part of the grieving process. A framed photo or a photo album can help remind a pet parent of their pet. Some people keep the ashes of their pets and bury them in a spot favored by their pet. Creating a journal that includes stories about the things your dog did will help you focus on the good times you spent together.   Photographs record those special moments and lock them forever in time. Have a professional portrait painted as a memorial to your dog companion. If you enjoy gardening, plant a tree, perennial, bush or shrub in memory of your dog. Donate to an animal organization in your dog’s name.  Some pet lovers place a brick or stone with their pet’s name painted on it in their gardens or they buy specially designed and inscribed grave markers if their pet is buried on their property.

Realizing that a seemingly trifle, yet possibly most-significant part of pet ownership is doing the right thing for our pets at the end of their lives. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things we can do. Loving animals teaches us something about ourselves and so does letting them go…

Out2 Bark Byte is dedicated to Robin Hall’s – Owner of Out2News best friend “Teddy”. RIP 8/4/2015

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