PetSmart Charities’ national adoption weekend is April 30 to May 2
The next PetSmart Charities Second Chance for Love National Adoption Weekend will be April 30 through May 2 at all 1,149 PetSmart stores in the United States and Canada. The goal is to find lifelong, loving homes for 18,500 dogs, cats and other pets from shelters and rescue agencies across North America. More than 2,000 agencies that care for homeless pets are expected to participate.
To adopt a pet, visit the PetSmart Charities’ adoption center inside any PetSmart store in the U.S. and Canada from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. The nearest location is at 855 N. 54th St. in Chandler.
Remaining events this year are scheduled for the weekends of Sept. 10 to 12 and Nov. 12 to 14.
For more information, visit www.petsmart.com.
Adopt a kitten
This 1-and-a-half-month-old male kitten up for adoption is very vocal, playful, and cuddly.
There are studies that show that black cats are especially friendlier than other colored cats, are better able to handle urban life, and are more inclined to live in groups of cats. There are other studies that say that black cats may be more immune to some viruses.
For more information, call Ahwatukee Foothills resident Beth Friedman at Canine Companion Consulting at (602) 790-9430 or visit www.CanineCompanionConsulting.com.
Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic supports PCH pet therapy program
The Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic has become the signature fundraiser for the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the program.
Tee-it-up at Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, on Friday, April 30, and support the hospital’s four-legged friends that provide hope and healing to patients. Registration starts at 7 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
This tournament is endorsed by the Southwest Section of the PGA. The $275 registration fee includes continental breakfast, tee gift, golf, lunch, silent auction and awards.
For more information, including online registration forms, visit www.cbre.com/swingforekidsgolfclassic.
For questions contact Jacky at (602) 469-5666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
No-kill shelter needs foster homes to save more animals from euthanasia
As people and pets continue to lose their homes and “kitten season” begins, the state’s oldest and largest no-kill shelter is appealing for “foster parents” to help stem the tide of needless euthanasia of animals in Maricopa County.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL and SPCA), which found homes for more than 2,600 dogs and cats last year, plans to increase adoptions this year to at least 3,000.
“Many of the animals that find permanent homes through our organization get their start in our Foster Care Program,” says Shannon Blizzard, Director of Operations for AAWL & SPCA. “Through this program, volunteers can mean the difference between life and death for many of the animals that we rescue.”
AAWL & SPCA rescues adoptable animals - many of which are already scheduled for euthanasia - from other area shelters. All animals are medically and behaviorally screened and treated as needed, and are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, all of which are included in a reasonable adoption fee.
For more information about the foster program, go to www.aawl.org and click on “Foster a Pet” or call (602) 273-6852, ext. 100.
PetSmart Charities exceeds $100M in funding for animal-welfare efforts in the U.S.
PetSmart Charities has exceeded $100 million in cumulative funding for animal welfare efforts in the United States. All funding supports programs and services that are dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets.
PetSmart Charities ended fiscal year 2009 on Jan. 31 having provided more than $109 million in funding since its inception to local animal-welfare groups and shelters to support pet adoptions; low-cost, high-quality, high-volume and targeted spay/neuter initiatives for dogs and cats; emergency relief; and innovative efforts such as the Rescue Waggin’ program.
Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Five Star Publications helps homeless pets
Five Star Publications in Chandler is committed to helping abandoned Arizona pets find new homes. Joining forces with RESCUE, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization based in Maricopa County, Five Star has pledged 20 percent of its proceeds from book sales toward RESCUE’s life-saving mission – rescuing cats and dogs from euthanasia by matching them with loving, lifelong homes. When placing an order either by phone or online, customers must simply mention the promotion code “RESCUE.”
Although Five Star Publications is currently featuring its four-legged and scaly friends, all Five Star titles are eligible for the RESCUE promotion.
For more information, call (866) 471-0777 or visit the online bookstore at www.FiveStarPublications.com.
More information about RESCUE is available at www.AZRescue.org.
Homeless animals have a new place to call home
Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary has opened its doors to homeless, neglected and abused animals from all over the Southwest. With hundreds of animals euthanized in Maricopa County shelters each week, Tranquility Trail rushed to the rescue to open its doors nearly a year early. The goal is exclusively to give sanctuary to those animals deemed disposable and to educate the people of Arizona on proper care of rabbits, dogs, horses and a myriad of other animals once considered unadoptable.
The current facility at 7701 E. Gray Road, Suite 105-106, Scottsdale, is temporary as a 2-acre parcel is being developed.
Tranquility Trail serves the community through programs of rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, humane education and community outreach for companion animals in Arizona.
For more information, call Kelly Ames at (480) 406-7301 or visit www.tranquilitytrail.org.
Learn how to protect yourself from dog bites
Dogs bite for many reasons. Remember that they are animals and a bite is a form of communication. Dogs may bite out of fear or pain. A mother dog with very young pups might bite out of the maternal instinct to protect her babies. Dogs can also bite if they have been pestered too much – it’s their way of saying no.
There is no way to guarantee a dog won’t bite, but you can significantly reduce the risk. Spay or neuter your dog. It can reduce the desire to roam and fight. Properly train your dog. Take him to obedience training where positive reinforcement (rewards, not punishment) is used. Teach him how to walk on a leash. Socialize your dog so he is used to different experiences.
Teach your children how to interact safely with dogs. Most dogs don’t like hugs and kisses. Face-to-face contact is one of the most common causes of bites to the face. Encourage children to scratch the dog on the chest or side of neck. If a strange dog approaches, teach your child to stay still. This also works if the family dog gets too frisky and aggressive. As a parent, you need to supervise your children when they are interacting with dogs. Pet and touch dogs together. Spend family time together so the dog can get used to your younger children.
For more information on dog bite prevention or spaying and neutering, call (602) 506-PETS (7387) or visit www.pets.maricopa.gov.
Yoga with your pet
Mesa-based Yoga4Dogs has launched a new DVD that partners people with their pets for an unforgettable yoga experience. The Yoga4Dogs DVD allows pet lovers to bond with their dogs while getting fit and staying in shape.
Featuring various poses for people with small or large dogs, Stevens shows viewers how to master doga (yoga for dogs) moves. The DVD offers exercises for pet owners and their dogs together, as well as workouts for pet owners only.
The DVD also comes with free doggy recipes and shows viewers how to give relaxing doggy massages.
To learn more, visit www.Yoga4Dogs.com or call (480) 664-0037.