Phoenix Mercury teams with no-kill shelter to help save animals
The Phoenix Mercury basketball team is helping the state’s oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter care for more rescued animals and find new homes for them.
The sale of tickets to the June 4 Mercury game at a special reduced price will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA). Discounted tickets are $15 each or two for $25 for lower-level seats that normally sell for $45 each. Ticketholders also will receive a Championship Mercury bag.
The Mercury, who won their second title in three years last October, will play the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the game, go to www.aawl.org, and click on the link.
Canine Companion Consulting
Canine Companion Consulting is now on Facebook. For the month of June, buy one dog training session and get the second one free.
For more information, call Beth at (602) 790-9430 or visit www.CanineCompanionConsulting.com.
Arizona Basset Hound Rescue sets fundraisers
Arizona Basset Hound Rescue will have fundraisers at NYPD Pizza from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 9; the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Florida Marlins game starting at 5:10 p.m. Saturday, July 10; and Claim Jumper from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12.
For details, visit www.azbassetrescue.com.
No-kill shelter needs foster homes
The Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL and SPCA) needs “foster parents” to help stem the tide of needless euthanasia of animals in Maricopa County.
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.
ALGBR needs foster homes
Arizona Labrador & Giant Breed Rescue (ALGBR) is in need of foster homes this summer.
An ALGBR foster is someone who opens their heart and home and agrees to give temporary shelter to a rescue. Most families foster each ALGBR rescue for an average of one to two weeks. You choose which rescue and when you want to foster. Fostering is a great way to teach your children about responsibility, charity and compassion and brings families together.
ALGBR provides a great support team, expertise and a friendly voice when needed.
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.