PETS OF THE WEEK
Lenny is a 10-year-old, quiet and reserved kitty with a heart of gold. He loves drinking out of tap water faucets and pouncing on a variety of toys. Lenny is the ultimate couch potato and would love to find a home with another respectful, feline friend.
Lola is an affectionate, 7-year-old shepherd mix. This well-mannered girl gets along with other dogs, knows her basic commands, and takes treats gently. Lola has a unique look with beautiful white eyelashes that accompany her gentle and loving personality.
These pets and many more are available for adoption through the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Locations to adopt are the HSTC Main Shelter at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, the HSTC Thrift Store Central at 2585 SE Federal Highway in Stuart, and the HSTC Thrift Store North at 1099 NW 21st St. in Stuart. Normal adoption hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Have a question? Give us a call at 772-223-8822. View all available pets online at hstc1.org!
Monsters & Martinis to Benefit Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
In Photo: The top male and female fundraisers will be crowned king and queen of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s homecoming event. Austin Clifford and Chessa Zanfini earned the crowns at the nonprofit organization’s previous homecoming event.
Palm City — The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is partnering with Barkin’ for a Park to co-host a new howl-o-ween-themed homecoming event titled Monsters & Martinis. The scary affair will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Rockin H Ranch Events Venue, 4181 Southwest Boatramp Avenue, Palm City.
The event will feature a live DJ, light bites, raffles, games, and as with any homecoming event, the crowning of a king and queen. There also will be a costume contest at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased in advance at www.hstc1.org/Homecoming.
Guests are encouraged to create a personalized HSTC Homecoming fundraising page to share with their family and friends. All funds raised from this event will directly benefit the animals in the shelter’s care to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible until they find their “fur-ever” home. A fundraising page may be created here: https://p2p.onecause.com/2022monstersnmartinis
The top male and female fundraisers will be crowned king and queen and will enjoy all the “purrks” of their newfound royalty to include the following: Two tickets to the August 2023 Pup Crawl; two tickets to the October 2023 HSTC Homecoming; choice in naming rights for one animal in adoption at the shelter; a one quarter-page ad in the Clawsmopawlitan, the keepsake program at the Paws & Claws Gala 2023; and one ticket to the Paws & Claws Gala 2023 (with a minimum of $1000 raised).
“With the backing of our supporters and sponsors, we can help more animals in need this year than ever dreamed possible,” said HSTC Communications Manager Sarah Fisher. “It’s an opportunity for a fun night out while helping a great cause.”
Event sponsors include Integrity Garage Door Services, JetLoan Capital, Treasure Coast Urgent Care and Coquina Cove at Martin Downs and key supporters, Walter and Robin Bell.
For more event information, call Community Events Specialist Debbi Greer at 772-600-3214 or email her at DGreer@hstc1.org
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is a no-kill animal welfare organization located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, FL. Since 1955, it has been the leading advocate for animal protection and well-being in the Martin County area. A 501(c)3 private, nonprofit organization, the HSTC is independent and locally operated and relies on donations to support its programs and services. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/hstc1. For more information, visit https://www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.
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Full Shelter Prompts Free Adoptions at Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
In Photo: Lucy and Nelly await their “fur-ever” home.
Palm City — For those thinking of adopting an animal, now is the time! That’s because a full shelter has prompted the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) to offer free adoptions on all animals for the remainder of September 2022.
The waived fees include adoptions of dogs, cats and critters, each with their own personality, size, breed and cuteness! All rabbits and guinea pigs will go home with a free enclosure while supplies last.
The normal adoption fees are $130 for dogs, $50 for cats, $25 for rabbits and $10 for Guinea pigs, which amounts to substantial savings for adopters. Other critter prices vary depending on the type of animal.
The adoption locations are:
• HSTC main shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City (Dogs, cats, and critters)
• HSTC Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Highway, Stuart (Cats only)
• HSTC Thrift Store North at 1099 NW 21st St., Stuart (Cats only)
To see what pets are available to adopt, visit the website, https://hstc1.org/Pet-Search.
For more information, email Adoption & Customer Service Manager Tara Pregnolato at Tpregnolato@hstc1.org or call 772-223-8822.
Out2News September Bark Byte Does Your Pet Get Lonely?
Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News
The short answer is yes. One of the emotions dogs can feel is loneliness. Dogs are pack animals and social creatures; they do not like spending too much time alone. Do not worry though, the good news is that most dogs can be left alone for short periods of time. Unless they have separation anxiety, they will be ok for about four hours at a time. Talking about their loneliness, it is a long-term issue and not something that occurs after a few hours. Taking them on walks, spending quality time with them or if they have another dog in the household will prevent them from feeling lonely.
Signs of loneliness with your dog include:
Becoming more clingy and needy
Unsettled behavior or being destructive,
Lethargy or lack of interest in playing,
If you think your dog is showing signs of loneliness, you can always talk to your vet about solutions and make sure there are no underlying issues. This is important if you are already keeping them occupied and socializing them.
Here are a few simple things you can start today to help your dog feel less lonely:
Put on some music
Give them a spot to look out the window
Take your lunch break with them
Leave them with a fun game
Maybe have a doggie play date or another dog to keep them company throughout the day.
Every dog owner wants their dog to feel happy, loved and satisfied with life all the time. However, work, personal circumstances and busy lives can mean our dogs are left alone more than we would like.
Your dog will appreciate the care you are taking to alleviate his fears and anxiety while he is home alone. He may not know what you are doing, but he will know that he will be all right until you are back home with him, rubbing his belly, kissing his nose, and spending quality time with him. Sometimes we forget how much our pets need us. Their behaviors show us. Long story short love on them when you are with them, they will know you will be back with more of your much-loved kisses and hugs they crave.
OUT2NEWS HOT PAVEMENT CAN BURN PETS' PAWS
Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
I love walking around outside barefoot. It gives me firsthand experience to just how hot some surfaces can get outside in the summer sun. Pavement and other large, dark surfaces are the worst offenders. It is one thing for me, a person, to walk on hot surfaces in the summer. If the temperature is too uncomfortable, I can easily move to a cooler location. But what about our furry friends?
Did you know that walking on hot pavement, as well as other hot surfaces, can burn pets’ paws? When it comes to showing pain, they can’t talk to tell us that their feet hurt during hot weather walks. It is up to us to keep them safe!
Signs of Burnt Paws
Signs of burned paw pads include paw pads that look darker than usual, redness, limping, unwillingness to continue walking, blisters, missing sections or loose flaps on the paw pad, ulcerated patches, and excessive licking or chewing of the foot.
If your dog experiences any of these symptoms, the first step should be cooling his/her paws down. Get your pet away from hot surfaces (grass is usually much cooler than pavement) and, if possible, gently rinse his/her paws with cool water.
Burns are very painful, so the best course of action if you think your pet may have burned paws, is a trip to the veterinarian. Depending on how severe the burns are, your vet may prescribe antibiotics, salves, and/or pain medication. The best option, however, is to prevent burns in the first place!
Pavement Burn Paws
Try to avoid surfaces that commonly get excessively hot in the summer, such as metal, sand, and asphalt. When possible, walk your dog early in the morning or at night after the sun goes down – times when the outdoor temperatures are cooler. If you are not sure whether the pavement is too hot for your pet, try testing the temperate with a bare foot or your hand. If the pavement is too hot for you to comfortably stand on barefoot, or you cannot comfortably keep your hand pressed against it for at least 10 seconds, then chances are it is too hot for your pet as well.
Moisturize the dog's paws daily. Keep a dog's paws well moisturized with Vaseline or a special paw pad balm or cream. Moisturizing the dog's paw pads will prevent cracking, peeling and minor pad cuts. These injuries will cause the dog's pads to become more sensitive once healing is complete, so preventing injury is key.
Practice good paw maintenance. It is easier to spot any potential problems on a paw that is clean and well kept. If, for some reason, you must take your dog out during the hottest parts of the day, consider using doggy shoes or boots to protect your dog’s feet. You may get some strange looks from the neighbors, but at least your pup will not have to deal with painful paws!
Summertime is a fun time to get out and enjoy the outdoors with your furry friend. But before you head out on those long walks or hikes, make sure you have the proper paw protection for your dog. These tips should help keep your pup safe and healthy all season long.
7 Ways to Honor Your Passed Pet
Article Provided by: Monterey Animal Hospital
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet can be one of the most difficult situations to go through. Although it is tough, you can still honor the memory of your lost pet and keep your best furry friend in your heart forever. Here are 7 thoughtful ways to remember your passed pet.
Create a scrapbook
Creating a scrapbook can help you organize any pictures and memorabilia from the time spent with your pet. You can use the scrapbook to tell the story of your pet’s life. Include pictures with captions and stories so you can relive your favorite moments. Personalize your scrapbook with cute stickers and decorations that remind you of your pet.
Get a tattoo
If you are looking for a more permanent tribute, consider getting a tattoo. The memory of your pet will always be with you and you can get creative with the appearance. You could get a portrait of your pet, their name, their paw print, or something more artistic. There is plenty of inspiration online for pet memorial tattoos.
Host a memorial service
Although memorial services are typically reserved for humans, it is possible to host one for your pet. Consider using your backyard or your pet’s favorite park. Gather your loved ones and share your favorite memories of your pet with them. A memorial service will give you the opportunity to celebrate your pet’s life and give them a send off. There are also memorial websites where you can post a tribute to your pet’s life.
Commission a piece of art
There are plenty of artists online that specialize in pet portraits and would love to help you honor your pet’s memory. You can provide an artist with a picture of your pet and give them personal details so they can create a unique piece of art for you. A drawing or painting can be an excellent option. Frame and display the art in your home so you’ll always have your pet nearby.
Make commemorative jewelry or a keychain
A piece of jewelry dedicated to your pet allows you to always carry a piece of them with you. Consider placing a picture of your pet in a locket, or try making a bracelet or necklace. You can use beads shaped as pet-themed items, such as pawprints. Choose colors that remind you of your pet.
Some jewelers are able to incorporate your pet’s ashes in personalized necklaces, bracelets, or rings. You can find pendants to hold the ashes or have a jeweler place them under a gemstone. Explore your community or the internet to find the right artist and memento for you.
If jewelry isn’t your thing, you could also make a keychain. Your pet’s ID tag can be converted into a keychain. An item like this holds many memories that you will cherish forever.
Celebrate your pet’s birthday an anniversary
Although your pet is not physically here, you can still honor their memory on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Spend these days reminiscing about the amazing times you had with your pet and celebrate the fun and loving life that your pet had with you.
Give back to animals in need
Consider donating to your favorite animal shelter or rescue organization in your pet’s name and supporting animals in need. Volunteering your time is also a great way to help your community and make a difference in the lives of other animals. By giving back to others in memory of your best friend, your pet can continue to make a positive impact on the world.
Losing a pet is not easy, but with these ideas, you can keep your pet’s memory alive and celebrate the amazing life they lived.
Did You Know: All About Vultures
Article by: Ashlee Quyle
Several different bird species call Florida home. From iconic birds of prey like the Bald Eagle and Great Horned Owl to wading birds like the Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Storks...but did you know the Wood Storks lesser-known cousin is the vulture?
In South Florida, we see both the Turkey Vulture and the Black Vulture (that we wrongfully nicknamed "Buzzards"). Buzzards are a type of hawk, which both vulture species are not. The first thought that typically comes to our minds when we think about vultures is the instant connection to their attraction to dead animals. That is because, unlike other birds, vultures have an extraordinary sense of smell and can smell carrion (dead animals) when they are only 12-24 hours old. Black Vultures have a much weaker sense of smell, however, and usually rely on their sense of sight to find their meal. They will even watch Turkey Vultures soar lower and lower to a potential meal and then take it from them! Both species of vulture prefer their meals freshly deceased. Vultures are nature's garbage crew and they do their job perfectly!
Believe it or not, vultures are cleaner than you'd think and have special adaptations to keep them that way. Have you ever noticed that vultures are bald? Vultures have these beautifully bald heads to keep the muck from the carrion they feed on from getting stuck in their feathers. They also have strange white-ish-colored feet. Their feet are white because they release their urine and fecal matter onto their feet to not only cool off from the hot summer temperatures but also to clean their feet off from any bacteria or diseases they may have picked up from their meals.
Vultures are also beneficial to the ecosystem. By eating roadkill and other carrion, they clean the environment from any potential diseases or bacteria that could be harmful to other animals and humans. The diseases and bacteria don’t affect them though, due to harboring extremely strong stomach acids. They also help farmers! Farmers used to watch the skies when they needed to find one of their cows giving birth. This was because Black Vultures were keeping an eye out for the afterbirth.
While vultures may be “social” and eat together as a group, they are keen to only be social towards their family group. Black Vultures in particular are highly aggressive to vultures outside of their family. While they don’t have a voice box, they’ll communicate through raspy hisses and grunts or will even bite and peck at outside vultures to keep them away from their meal. Both the Turkey Vulture and Black Vultures are family-oriented. These ground nesters will lay 1-3 eggs and care for and continue to feed their young well after they have fledged.
While we may not find vultures beautiful, they do have many benefits and have been long overlooked. While these birds of prey are powerful, they are not indestructible. Back in the 1940s, they were facing similar problems as the Bald Eagle, Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, and Brown Pelican. The use of DDT was extremely popular at the time, but as we all know, had a very powerful effect on our native birds. Birds that died from DDT were eaten by vultures that passed this harmful pesticide down to them. Females would go lay their eggs, and the eggshell would be too thin to support the mother's weight during incubation, and she would end up crushing the eggs; leading to a rapid decline in population for both species. Since the ban, they have made a very healthy recovery and are once again back to doing what they do best, cleaning nature.
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Create Tasty Treats At Home For Your Dog
Article by: Robin Hall - Out2News.com
Think you can't make delicious treats for your fur babies? Think again. Boo suffered from allergies, so I got to work baking some tasty treats for my furry baby!
Boo said, "moms and dads make treats for the kids why not us?"
Some people don't know that dogs can actually suffer from food allergies just like humans. Cooking our treats is a great way to know exactly what is going into our food.
Maybe (like me) your furry friend is very food motivated and needs some low fat treats to help them keep the weight off. I love being spoiled and mom knows this! So why not make your furry friend some homemade treats?
Below are a few recipes my mom makes for me at during the year. They are very yummy & healthy for all of us. Make sure you watch out though sometimes mom will take a bite!
Salmon Brittle Dog Treats
1 big can of Salmon
2 Cups of all Purpose Flour
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees farenheit. In a large bowl, mix together entire can of Salmon (water and all) and then use a fork to flake it apart. You can use two forks to make this process faster. Next, add flour and eggs. Now mash it all together until you have a nice sticky fish mess!
Take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Flatten out the sticky fish mess on the cookie sheet. The thinner the mix, the crunchier the treats will turn out. Back in the oven for around 30 minutes. If your treats are thick, you can use two spatulas and flip the entire thing over and bake for another 15 – 20 minutes to help dry them out a bit more. As soon as they are done, move it to a cooling rack and let it cool.
Once cooled you should be able to easily cut or break apart the treats! I cut mine into training treat sized pieces! Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Fishy Dog Treats - Salmon & Tuna
14 ounces Salmon (1 can)
7 ounces Tuna in Water (1 small can)
4 Eggs (beaten)
2 cups Flour (whole wheat)
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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the salmon and tuna in a medium bowl. No need to drain. Add the beaten eggs followed by the flour. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
Spread evenly in a lightly greased 12 x 16 baking pan.
Bake for 40 minutes and cool briefly. Cut into 1/2 inch squares and divide into 5 storing bags.
Salmon Swirl Treats
1 can salmon (juices included)
2 cups flour (we made oat flour from rolled oats in the food processor)
Optional: You can add a squirt of fish oil for extra salmony goodness.
Pastry bag with open swirl tip
2 parchment lined cookie sheets
Preheat oven to 350º with both racks near the center but accessible.
Toss rolled oats into the food processor bowl and pulse for about a minute to create oat flour.
Add a can of salmon including the juices.
Pulse to combine well, then add eggs and pulse until dough ball forms.
Check the consistency of your dough. You want a happy medium between easy-to-pipe but not so loose that you lose your swirl definition.
Add water or a little more flour (or cornstarch) if you have something you just can’t work with. You can also set the dough in the freezer for a few minutes if necessary.
Pipe your dough onto parchment-covered cookie sheets.
These should be dry and crunchy, so bake them until you see a little color on the bottom and at the edges.
Total baking time is about 30 minutes, rotating and swapping the pans halfway through. If you need to go longer, check every five minutes until done.
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Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Ranks in Top 8% in the Country for Fiscal Responsibility
Palm City — For the seventh consecutive year, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast has received the highest ranking possible — a coveted 4-star rating — from Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 8% of the charities evaluated have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations.
“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work,” said Michael Thatcher, president & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 8% of the charities we evaluate have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Humane Society of the Treasure Coast outperforms most other charities in America. This rating also sets this organization apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public.”
Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These accountability and transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.
Thatcher added that astute donors are yearning for greater accountability, transparency, and for concrete results from Charity Navigator. The intent of its work is to provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in both the charitable decisions that they make and the nonprofit sector. Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger's Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector.
“We are honored and thrilled to know that such a well-respected organization has ranked us in the top 8% in the country,” said Frank Valente, president & CEO of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. “Not only is this an endorsement of our dedicated team of employees, this consistent high ranking also reassures our donors that their donations are being used wisely to help our shelter animals.”
Charity Navigator uses an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system with the goal of guiding intelligent giving. For more information, visit www.charitynavigator.org.
Dog Skin Problems
Article & Photo by: Alex Jew
Your furry friend can have an itch that he must scratch, however, sometimes the itch can be problematic and if not treated correctly, it can lead to a very sick pooch.
Dogs with Itchy Skin
Pruritus is the terminology for dogs with itchy skin. This is one of the most common reasons that pet owners visit their veterinarian in Collierville. If your dog is persistently itching and scratching, it can keep him up all night and this in turn can keep you up all night. In addition to feeling terrible, your dog can develop secondary infections as they scratch until their skin as lesions and loss of hair from their nails and teeth.
Dogs with Allergies
Your dog can have skin allergies, just as humans do. Allergies can make your dog very itchy. There are three categories of allergies: flea allergies, environmental allergies and food allergies. It is important to find which of these is the culprit, so your dog gets the treatment he needs and becomes itch free and happy again. The treatment for flea allergies includes treating all the pets in your household and your home and yard to alleviate the allergy. Some dogs are allergic to mite dander, pollen, or even some types of grass. This type of allergy may involve allergy shots or medications to get it under control. Food allergies are solved with a very strict food elimination diet, which may take some time, but in the end, it will give you and your dog a great relief with a visit to your animal hospital.
Hot Spots and Sores
External parasites, mainly fleas and mites can cause hot spots and sores on your dog's skin. These items can spread quickly and appear as red and sticky sores. If you notice this, he needs veterinarian attention immediately.
Dog Hair Loss
If your dog is losing hair, it's important to determine the cause with a skin scraping at your local animal hospital. It may be parasites, a thyroid disease or even an adrenal disorder. Your vet can do an exam, decide if the loss of hair is secondary to a systemic disorder and then provide a course of action.
What to Know When Adopting a Senior Pet
Article by: Mark Downs
When most people think of adopting a pet, their first thought is a puppy or kitten. Senior pets are often overlooked at the shelter, and they can have a difficult time adjusting to shelter life. But these “wiser” dogs and cats just might be the perfect match for your family.
Before adopting a pet, it’s best to match your lifestyle with the type of pet you get. It’s not just the breed to think about — age plays a big factor in how much training, exercise, and overall care they’ll need. Puppies and kittens aren’t right for every family, as there is a lot of energy, accidents, and training (especially with puppies) involved to get through the early stages of their lives.
Adopting a senior pet might be a great option — they’re easy-to-love, potty trained, and often require less exercise than their younger counterparts. And, you can teach a dog (or cat!) new tricks or train them out of behaviors you don’t like.
What classifies a pet as “senior”?
Dogs and cats become seniors at different points in their lives. Cats are thought to be senior between the ages of 7 and 11, while dogs are considered senior between the ages of 7 and 9 (large breeds will become senior sooner, while small breeds become senior later). While it’s not always the case, older dogs and cats may have preexisting conditions. However, these are usually already diagnosed, being treated, or successfully managed, making it easier for you to anticipate what medical care your pet will need. It’s important to keep in mind that age is not a disease — older pets can be just as healthy as younger ones!
How to adopt a senior pet
So, what might you expect when you adopt a senior pet? A lot of times, senior pets are fostered rather than housed at your local shelter. This is because older dogs and cats often have a harder time in the shelter environment after spending most of their lives in a comfortable home. The foster parent will likely be able to give you some real-world insight into how your prospective pet has done with other pets, children, and even a variety of sights, sounds, and objects in the home. If the dog or cat is being fostered, your local animal shelter or foster organization will need to coordinate a time for you to meet with your potential pet.
How to care for a senior pet
Now that you've given a sweet senior pet a new home, it’s time to give them a great life. Did you know that only 14% of senior pets undergo regular health screenings by their veterinarian? That’s a shame, since if disease or pain were caught earlier, these pets would live longer, happier lives. And in the long run, catching things earlier can save you money. Make sure to have your veterinarian run point-of-care tests such as blood chemistry, urine, and hematology tests to establish a baseline of their health and to take disease prevention measures.
When you adopt a senior pet, you’re giving them a stable, loving home to live out their years — and they’ll repay you in joy and all the couch snuggles you can handle.
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