Benji’s Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of pets into permanent, loving homes, will have an adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Petsmart, 855 N. 54th St. Meet some of the wonderful dogs available for adoption and perhaps give one a forever home.
For more information or to see some of the pets that will be available for adoption, visit www.benjisbuddies.petfinder.com.
June 25 marks 12th annual ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’
Businesses across the United States and abroad will go furry this month to celebrate the 12th annual “Take Your Dog to Work Day” on Friday, June 25.
Created by Pet Sitters International in 1999, Take Your Dog To Work Day celebrates the great companions dogs make, raises awareness about the benefits of pet ownership and promotes the need for pet adoption.
For more than a decade, businesses have opened their doors to employees’ Chihuahuas, Labradors, Yorkies, Great Danes and every mix in between on this summer Friday for a fun and fur-filled celebration that boosts employee morale and promotes pet adoption.
Golf tournament benefits Arizona Search Dogs
A golf tournament organized by Half Moon Sports Grill will take place Saturday, June 26 at Stonecreek Golf Club, 4435 E. Paradise Village Parkway, to benefit Arizona Search Dogs.
Registration is available at Half Moon Sports Grill, 2121 E. Highland Ave.
For more information, contact Don Talbot at (602) 697-7666 or visit www.halfmoonsportsgrill.com and click on events.
Christmas in July raises money for MCACC
The Kokopelli Winery & Bistro at 35 W. Boston St. in Chandler is teaming up with the 12k’s of Christmas to celebrate Christmas in July and raise money for Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC).
From July 12 to 16 just mention MCACC and Kokopelli will donate a percentage of your tab to help the animals.
For more information, visit www.kokopelliwinery.net or call (480) 792-6927.
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.