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Jammy is 3 years old and has been at the shelter for about a year. She arrived with a traumatic injury to her leg which is now almost fully healed after many months of treatment. She is affectionate, food motivated, and smart. Jammy will make a wonderful companion for a very lucky someone. Her adoption fee has been waived by a generous donor!

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Nacho is a curious 8-year-old pup that loves to explore his surroundings. This energetic boy would do great as the only dog in the home. Nacho has so much potential and even passed a 6-week basic obedience class at our shelter! He is such a smart boy who loves to learn and play. Nacho has been waiting for a home since November of 2021 and is more than ready to finally find his special person!

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!

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Humane Society’s Christmas in July to Celebrate the Spirit of Giving for Shelter Animals

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In Photo: Volunteers Chris Cauvin and Sandy Lund are preparing for the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s Christmas in July campaign.

Stuart — From July 1-31, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will be celebrating the spirit of giving by featuring a “Giving Tree” at its two thrift store locations in Stuart and its Palm City shelter. Additionally, from July 6-31, the stores are encouraging shoppers to get a jump on Christmas buying by featuring items related to the December 25 holiday.

The Giving Trees feature tags that represent a specific need and corresponding donation amount at the humane society’s Palm City shelter, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave.; Thrift Store Central, 2585 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart; and Thrift Store North, 1099 NW 21st St, Stuart.

There are several ways for the public to participate:
• Pull a tag from one of the trees at the shelter or one of the thrift stores.
• Visit the Virtual Giving Tree online and donate at www.hstc1.org/christmas.
• Shop at either of the humane society’s thrift stores.
• Shop the humane society’s Amazon Wish List at https://amzn.to/3xAuRZR. When supporters shop from the humane society’s Amazon Wish List, Amazon automatically ships their order directly to the shelter.
• Donate a wrapped present to be placed under the Christmas in July tree at the shelter or thrift store.
• Call a humane society Christmas elf at 772-600-3216 to make a Christmas in July
donation over the phone.
• Donate in person at the Palm City shelter or one of the thrift stores.

“The purpose of this creative campaign is to celebrate the spirit of giving that brings us so much joy and happiness, while providing valuable and necessary care to homeless and helpless animals at our community's open-access, no-kill shelter,” said Sarah Fisher, the humane society’s communications manager.

For more information, visit www.hstc1.org/Christmas, or call 772-600-3216.

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.

7 Ways to Honor Your Passed Pet

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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.


Kit-Tea Party to Benefit the Humane Society of St. Lucie County

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Article by Shannon Glendinning / Photos by Karla Ramirez
Fort Pierce -On Sunday June 12th, the Humane Society of St. Lucie County hosted an afternoon Kit-Tea at the Fort Pierce Woman’s Club.

There was a 3-course serving of sandwiches, scones, and desserts. In addition to a wide variety of tea, our Executive Director, Glenn Camelio, was brewing up any coffee drink you could imagine. Meowmosas never stopped being poured! Not only one, but three of our kittens were adopted at this event! Proceeds from this event, over $3k, benefited the homeless animals of Port St. Lucie as well as the Fort Pierce Woman’s Club.

“First, we would love to thank the Women's Club of Fort Pierce and their fabulous volunteers. They helped to create our 1st ever Kit Tea PARTY which all the attendees had a great time and enjoyed the company of a few of our feline friends we had out to adopt. What a great event and we look forward to the 2nd Annual Kit Tea Event next year.” – Glenn Camelio, Humane Society of St. Lucie County Executive Director.

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care and safe shelter for homeless animals and education to the community on responsible pet ownership.

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In Photo: Alexis Camelio & kitten

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In Photo: HSSLC Kitten & Adopter

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Pup Crawl to Support the Humane Society of St. Lucie County

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In Photo: Sheila Moncada, Motorworks Brewing Brand Manager & Shannon Glendinning, HSSLC Dir. of Mark. & PR & Jeannie Christopher with HSSLC Adoptee Arya

Article by: Shannon Glendinning / Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham and Karla Ramirez
Fort Pierce - On Saturday June 11th, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Humane Society of St. Lucie County (HSSLC) hosted a Pup Crawl in Downtown Fort Pierce. Together, HSSLC villagers and friends, both 2-legged and 4-legged, walked from one stop to another where they received one free Motorworks beer at each participating establishment along the way. Throughout the pup-crawl there were competitions at each establishment. People who would participate, would be awarded a lei. Christine Iannotti was the most lei’d at the end of the crawl and was awarded a gift certificate to Revive Therapy Port St. Lucie.

Between the ticket sales and raffle ticket sales for the Yeti of Cheer, the Pup Crawl raised over $3k for the homeless animals residing at the Humane Society of St. Lucie County.

The participating bars were Cobb's Landing, Pickled Restaurant and Bar, Taco Dive, Pierced Ciderworks, and 2nd Street Bistro. This event was made possible thanks to Motorworks Brewing and we are so grateful for community partners like them! “Great event...really appreciate the support of the other pubs and restaurants that participated. A big thank you to Cobb’s Landing for letting us host the Event. Can’t wait to do it again in October!” – Sheila Moncada, Brand Manager at Motorworks Brewing.

The Humane Society of St. Lucie County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care and safe shelter for homeless animals and education to the community on responsible pet ownership.

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Out2News June Bark Byte How to Keep Pets Healthy and Happy This Summer

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Article by: Robin Hall

Summer is here, and we are all feeling the heat! With the rising temperatures and humidity, “Pets can suffer from heatstroke, dehydration, even sunburn. All pets are at risk. You should take immediate action if the pet is panting excessively or has difficulty breathing, has an increased heart and respiratory rate, dry gums, glazed eyes, drools, appears tired, weak or in a stupor.

Put your pet in the shade or air conditioning and apply cool—not cold—water to reduce the animal’s core body temperature. “Get help from your veterinarian as soon as possible.”

Hot weather tips for pets during the summer:

Never leave your dog in the car — never. Even on a pleasant day, temperatures in a parked car with the windows rolled down can exceed one hundred degrees within 10 minutes.

“It only takes a few minutes for a dangerous level of heat to build within the interior of a car,” says Marks. “Dehydration, heatstroke, and even brain damage to the dog or cat can occur.”

Take walks in the cooler parts of the day and carry water with you for you and your dog. Remember asphalt gets extremely hot. If you cannot hold your hand on the asphalt for 30 seconds, it is too hot to walk your dog.

Make sure your dog has ample shade and a constant source of cool water when outside. Consider an inexpensive child’s plastic pool as a quick cool down for your pet or a spray from the garden hose.

Summer is the high season for fleas and ticks of all kinds, and the appropriate application of veterinarian-recommended tick medication can help keep your pet free from these pests.

Summertime hazards to pets include:

Toxic agents that could be consumed such as plant food and fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides.

 Slug, snail, mole, and gopher baits


 Citronella candles

 Insect coils that may be around the home and yard.

A compost bin or garbage may result in an emergency visit to the veterinarian with your pet having uncontrolled, non-stop shaking.

The heat, loud noise and confusion of crowded summer events can stress pets and is not an enjoyable experience for them.

Leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared, or disoriented, so it is best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home.

Enjoy your summer, make sure to stay safe and take loving care of your furry friends.

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Out2News Bark Byte Spring Dangers: A Pet Health Checklist

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Article & Photo by: Robin Hall – Out2News

As the weather gets warmer, you spend more time outdoors with your pet, keep in mind that the flea population increases with the warm weather. Fleas require a living host for survival, your dog or cat is an easy target. Fleas tend to attach themselves to your pet’s ears, underbelly, tail, and paws. Indications of fleas include excessive itching, bleeding or oozing skin, biting, chewing, and licking at the skin. You may notice "black pepper" appearing specks, which may be "flea dirt". Protect your pet from the misery of fleas and a possible severe allergic reaction to flea saliva.

Garden and Yard Poisons

There is nothing like looking at a lawn for months to get you excited about working on your yard! Before you do, remember that mulch, fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides can all be toxic if your cat or dog ingests even a little bit. Keeping your pet in the house when you are working on the yard. Curious pets may be inquisitive about newly appearing smells and objects. Be sure that you read and follow the directions exactly as stated on any yard product labels. When not in use, keep products in a sealed container well out of your pet’s reach. Toxic plants
With so many flowers to smell, grass to chew, and bushes to jump into! Your pet may not be aware that some of these plants are toxic.

Heartworm Prevention

When a mosquito infected with heartworm bites your pet, the parasite transfers to their body. It lodges in the chambers of the heart and in the lungs, this may eventually make it impossible for your pet to breathe. A single heartworm can grow to a size of twelve inches inside of your pet’s body. Heartworm also reproduce rapidly, making it challenging to treat an advanced infestation. Make certain that your pet has heartworm protection.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is one of the most serious tick-borne illnesses that your pet can receive from a single tick bite. The most common symptoms of Lyme disease include skin infections, arthritis, lethargy, and fever. It is important to check their body for ticks each time they come in from outside. Prompt removal is critical since infection from a tick typically does not start to spread for 48 hours. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the tick off your pet in a straight line. Avoid twisting the body of the tick since this could cause parts of its body to break off and remain lodged in your pet.

Similar to humans, dogs can become bothered by all the pollen floating around in the air during spring. There is also the extra exposure to grass that could cause allergies to flare up this season. You will know if your dog is suffering from allergies if they have some of the following symptoms:

Runny nose and eyes – more than usual
Excessive scratching, chewing, or licking, either in one area or all over
Snoring – more than usual

Avoid spring allergies by bathing them regularly and keeping your house as clean as possible. Your vet might also recommend medication to help them get through this pollen-filled season.

One thing to keep in mind is do not share your antihistamines with your pet. Antihistamines are not harmful to your pet, but they are just not as effective as you might think.

Dogs in Cars
During the cooler months, it might not have been much of an issue to leave your furry friend in the car while you ran into the coffee shop. And even during spring, we might not think much of leaving our pet in the car for a few minutes. We often think of heat stroke only during the height of summer when the temperatures really get up there. But heat stroke can happen during spring, too, especially in those areas with unpredictable weather patterns. If you are going to run errands with your pet, opt for pet-friendly businesses so that your pet can come in with you. If dog-friendly businesses are not common in your area, it is best to leave your dog at home. They will give you sad puppy eyes, but it is best for them to avoid a hot car.

You and your pet are ready to head into spring!  You can have the best season ever by making sure your pet is safe and happy this spring!

Looking for a Paddle Buddy? Look no Further - Meet Casper

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Article by Shannon Glendinning, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Photos by: Karla Ramirez

Casper will follow you wherever you go, even into a kayak. Thanks to Get Up And Go Kayaking- Fort Pierce we were able to give Casper the most relaxing day out with a kayak trip to the Fort Pierce Inlet. It does not matter whether you enjoy being a couch potato or getting out in the sun kayaking, rescue dogs, make an excellent companion and Casper might be the companion you have been looking for. Casper just hit his one-year mark at our shelter, let’s make sure he gets the forever home he deserves today. This gentleman is well rounded, kind, gentle, and loves everyone he meets. Walking on a leash isn’t a problem for him, and he sits on command. Float by and see what he is all about. If you cannot adopt him, float this information on over to someone who might!

“The Humane Society of St Lucie County would love to thank Get Up and Go Kayaking - Fort Pierce for getting one of our favorite fellas Casper out for a trip in the high seas and for a photo op. By getting our dogs out to see more than just the shelter, it gives them a chance to relax, decompress, and be the fur-ever pet they want to be. If you are interested in Casper or any of our other furry residents, please come by for a visit and do a meet and greet. Thank you all for your support and hope to see you soon.” – Glenn Camelio, Executive Director. We are open for visitation Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00AM-5:00PM. Hope to see you soon.

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Did You Know: All About Vultures

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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

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1 big can of Salmon
2 Cups of all Purpose Flour
2 Eggs

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

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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

22 Mar Salmon Swirl Treats

1 can salmon (juices included)
2 cups flour (we made oat flour from rolled oats in the food processor)
2 eggs
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.

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Dog Skin Problems

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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)[1]. 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[2]? 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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