Washington State Animal Response Team

Today’s tip from PetravelR™ is really a shout-out to an amazing group of individuals – the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART).

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The Washington State Animal Response Team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit all-volunteer organization that helps companion animals and livestock out of immediate crisis and dangerous situations. This includes but is not limited to dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and other small companion mammals. They also deal with chickens, pigs, cattle, horses, llamas, alpacas, goats, and sheep as well as other livestock. For example, if your horse falls into a well, your dog falls over a cliff, your cow gets stuck in a barn wall, or your community needs help sheltering animals for short term issues such as threat of fire, WASART is trained to help out in these situations. WASART deploys in response to call from an animal’s owner or from an agency such as the fire department or sheriff’s office.

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You can also find a wealth of information and important links on the WASART website, from disaster preparedness, to rescue gear manuals to links to state, city and county emergency management sites.



As an all-volunteer organization, volunteers are WASART’s heart and soul and, if you live in Washington state, they can always use your help. You can volunteer for the Technical Rescue Team – the frontline of animal-in-danger rescue work – or other teams and committees, such as the Training Committee or the Outreach Committee. Remember, It’s not all about putting on a harness and pulling an animal out of a sticky situation or of helping out in an emergency animal shelter. Whether your interest is in technical rescue, hospitality, fundraising, training, or other opportunities, WASART has a job for you and they all work toward the same goal—saving lives.

You don’t have to be the hands-on type to help animals in danger. Your financial support can help WASART get the equipment they need to save lives. Because the Washington State Animal Response Team is a 501(c)(3), your contribution is tax-deductible.  And their low overhead and volunteer staff ensures your gift goes right where it’s needed most.

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Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter on Adopt a Friend!

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana is featured on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend this week!

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Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is committed to the humane treatment of animals.  Founded on the principle of community engagement with the goal of building partnerships to save lives, the mission of the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is to provide shelter for animals in transition, serve as advocates for animals and their people, and be a leader in enhancing the human-animal bond.

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Learn more about Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter and the many ways that you can support their efforts to save homeless animals on Adopt a Friend.

Pet-Friendly Cherry Blossoms

It’s Cherry Blossom Festival in the nation’s capital!  Although the cherry blossoms are a bit late this year and aren’t expected to peak before April 11, Park Rangers from the National Park Service are leading Cherry Blossom Festival guided hikes and family programs from now through April 12.

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The cherry blossoms are lovely to see, and PetravelR™ wants you to know that you can even take your dog for a walk among the blossoms with the Park Service’s special Pups & Petals Dog Walk on Sundays March 29 and April 5 and 12.  Just bring your canine companion to Lincoln Memorial Plaza for a two-hour guided tour of the cherry blossoms beginning at 2:00 pm.  All dogs must be leashed.

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And if you are traveling from out of town for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, downtown Washington, D.C. boasts a number of pet-friendly hotels:



Loews Madison Hotel - With the Loews Loves Pets program, upon check-in, every dog or cat receives welcome gifts, including a name tag, bowl, and special treats. A “pet in room” sign helps you relax and lets the housekeeping staff know that your furry one is in residence. To help lighten your travel load, the hotel will also loan you pet beds, litter boxes, litter, scoopers, scratching posts, and other pet accessories. At mealtime, there are gourmet room service pet menus developed by the Madison’s in-house chefs in conjunction with a licensed veterinarian. The hotel also provides dog-walking routes, pet-sitting or pet-walking services, as well as a list of local pet-friendly restaurants.  Guests are allowed up to two (2) pets per room and proof of current vaccinations is required.

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W Washington D.C. Hotel - Their P.A.W. – Pets Are Welcome program invites you to experience W Washington D.C. with your four-legged friend by your side. The W will even enhance their stay with the following amenities: Pet Welcome Kit, Pet Toy, Pet Treat, W Hotels Pet Tag, Clean-Up Bags, Custom W Pet Bed, Food and Water Bowl with Floor Mat, “Pet In Room” Door Sign, Special Turndown Treat, Dog-Sitting and -Walking, Vet and Grooming Services, Special Treats, Leashes and Toys, Litter Boxes and Wee Pads, and Pet First Aid Kits!

And the Kimpton Hotel chain offers three pet-friendly boutique hotels in downtown D.C.!

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The Hotel George - Don’t leave your furry companions behind. The Hotel George Washington, D.C. is a pet-friendly hotel in every way, and they would love for you to bring your VIP (Very Important Pet) along to visit. All pets who stay at Hotel George are VIPs. The hotel provides: Food and water bowls, an information card listing local veterinarians and pet-sitting services, and a map of great dog walks in the neighborhood. And there are no pet fees or deposits. From special attention at check-in to  pet friendly amenities and packages to Washington, D.C.’s pet-friendly environment, this downtown D.C. hotel is the perfect setting for a tail-wagging getaway.

The Hotel Monaco - If you’re looking for a hotel in Washington, D.C. that is dog-friendly, cat-friendly, and even parrot-friendly, the boutique Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. takes care of all its guests in style, including their pet friends. They accept any number of pets without size or weight restrictions and for no extra charge. All pets who stay at Hotel Monaco are VIPs (Very Important Pets). Once you and your pet are checked into your room, the hotel will deliver: A bottle of Evian water; food and water bowls; an information card listing local veterinarians and pet-sitting services; a map of great dog walks in the neighborhood; and a special treat!  Plus, their room service menu includes food for pets, and the pet-friendly front desk staff keeps a stock of complimentary disposable bags handy for your walks.

The Hotel Helix - Give your pets the VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment at Hotel Helix where pets of all types are welcome for no extra fee! There are also two dog-friendly parks near the hotel – S Street Dog Park on S Street at 17th Street NW, and Shaw Dog Park at 1651 11th Street NW, between North Q Street and North R Street.  While Hotel Helix is pet-friendly hotel, they also offer a pet-free floor for individuals with allergies or sensitivities to pets , so all theirs guests, two-legged, four-legged and winged can be assured of a comfortable stay.

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And don’t forget the Kimpton Hotels’ Guppy Love program.  If you can’t bring Spot or Kitty this time, not to worry—Hotel George, Hotel Helix and Hotel Monaco Washington D.C. will bring you a complimentary goldfish to keep you company during your stay. Sometimes a little extra color, companionship and quiet relaxation are all you need. And all without any extra effort— the staff of all three hotels are trained to feed and care for the fish so all you need to do is enjoy.

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is also a pet-friendly hotel.

Before making a hotel reservation, PetravelR™ advises you to check with the individual property for additional information on restrictions, pet fees, and any extra housekeeping/cleaning charges for pets.

Syracuse Pucks for Paws!

PetravelR™ loves to find new and different pet-friendly events.  So how about taking your dog to a hockey game this weekend?!?

The Syracuse Crunch will host their fifth annual ‘Pucks for Paws night at the club’s home game vs. Binghamton on Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m at the War Memorial on 800 South State Street in Syracuse, New York.

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Tickets are $15 for humans and $5 for dogs. All proceeds from the dog tickets will benefit the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation (PMAWF). Humans and dogs will be able to sit together in the stage section of the arena. All dogs must be escorted by their owners at all times on a short leash.  To purchase tickets for ‘Pucks for Paws’ call the Crunch office at 315-473-4444.

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There will also be limited edition ‘Pucks for Paws’ mystery pucks sold for $10 with the proceeds also going to the PMAWF.  The exclusive ‘Pucks for Paws’ pucks will feature the ‘Pucks for Paws’ logo on one side and the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation logo on the other, and will be signed by a member of the Syracuse Crunch!  Along with the pucks the night will feature a silent auction to raise funds for the PMAWF. Local animal rescues, adoptable dogs and vendors will be tabling in Memorial Hall.

Additionally, the Crunch will be conducting a pet supply drive on ‘Pucks for Paws’ night. Donation bins will be placed at the arena doors to collect needed pet supplies for local shelters. Shelters are in need of pet food, blankets, collars, leashes, toys and cleaning supplies.

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The Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation is a not-for-profit organization raises and distributes money to animal welfare organizations throughout Central New York.  Founded in 2008 by Central New York’s meteorologist Wayne Mahar in honor of his mother, who, like Wayne, was an animal lover, the PMAWF supports organizations that help provide unfortunate animals with a second chance of a better life and to date has donated more than $70,000 to local rescues.


Travelin’ Dog Pet Seat

PetravelR™ is always on the look out for gear that will keep you pets safe and happy while traveling or at home.  So today we have the Travelin’ Dog Pet Seat from the Good Pet Stuff Company - 

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The heavy-duty strap hook provides quick and easy hook-up to your pet’s harness and fastens securely with your car’s own seat belt for a secure ride. Strong, wide straps provide support in sudden stops and prevent your pet from being thrown sideways.

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Product Features:

  • Dependable anchor strap fastens through three openings to provide a strong anchor and seat plastic is ribbed and reinforced.
  • Seat is adjustable to your pet’s size. Pets may ride 6″ above the seat with the legs folded under or at a 10″ height with legs extended.
  • Thick foam and fleece seat padding provides your pet a comfortable and attractive riding surface with side padding for additional comfort.
  • Includes removable travel bowl for food and water on the go!

We admit that many dogs don’t enjoy being harnessed and would rather run back and forth in your back seat, but they’re safer if they are restrained in a moving vehicle, the same way your child is safer buckled into a carseat.  And as for those folks who think it’s cute to drive with a little doggie in their lap, well that makes almost as much sense as driving with an infant in your lap!

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The Travelin’ Dog Pet Seat cost about $50-$66 and The is available from online several retailers, including KV Supply, Wag.com, Petco, Hayneedle, and Amazon, and also at many Pet Supplies Plus stores.

Guinea Pig Tips

Adopt a Rescue Guinea Pig Month is almost over - officially, at least. PetravelR™ thinks every month is adopt a rescue guinea pig month, and rescue rabbit, and rescue dog, and rescue cat, and rescue turtle, and rescue gerbil, and rescue  . . . . homeless animal month.

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But before the official Adopt a Rescue Guinea Pig Month comes to an end, for this week’s “Tuesday Tips” we have a cute little “New Pet Tips” video from Petco about guinea pigs.  We think these tips are important not only when you first bring home your pet guinea pig, but also if you relocate with your piggie and he has to adapt to a new home.

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Santa Fe Animal Shelter Adoptables!

Just a reminder that PetravelR™ is spotlighting the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Adopt a Friend.  Today we are featuring some of their wonderful animals who are waiting for forever homes, maybe with you!

If you have made the careful decision to bring a companion animal into your life, chances are that the Santa Fe Animal Shelter has a dog, cat, kitten, puppy, ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, or other fuzzy critter that will match your home and lifestyle.  Here are just a few of them.




Janey is a very gentle and sweet 8 year old white and tan Pointer mix. She weighs 50 lbs. Janey came to us as a stray and is looking to go to her new loving home. She gets along with other dogs and staff and walks very well on leash, but if you have another dog now, please bring him/her in for a meet and greet.





Rogue is a beautiful black American Pitbull terrier who is now available for adoption. She currently weighs 60 lbs and is 6 years old, and is spayed. She is now looking for a new home. Come by the shelter and spend some time with this girl.



Jessie Belle

Jessie Belle

Jessie Belle is a 7 year old female Poodle mix, and is full grown at about 13lbs. She came to the shelter with her buddy Cisco when their owner, a disabled veteran, could no longer care for them. Jessie Belle is very lively and sweet and wants to share her love with you.




Ozzie is a very playful young Mastiff-Pit Bull blend, who is currently helping our behavior staff in introducing shy dogs to play groups. He is a beautiful black and white boy, who is ready for a new and loving permanent home.


Max & Maya

Max & Maya

Max & Maya are a lovely lop house rabbit pair! Maya is the smaller, more adventurous, outgoing bunny while Max is the larger, more reserved/cautious one. Maya allows herself to be held once she knows you, whereas Max prefers his feet firmly on the ground. Nudging is Maya’s way of communicating when she wants attention & Max will ‘thump’ when alarmed. Both are litter-box trained & used to living as free-ranging house rabbits. Maya arrived with a broken leg which shelter vets splinted for 6 weeks & then underwent physical therapy. She now gets around perfectly fine & Max is usually nearby. Bonded rabbits should never be separated since they bond for life.

Really & Thumper

Really & Thumper

Really & Thumper are a wonderful bonded pair of rabbits.  Really is a spayed female, white and black shorthair and Thumper is a neutered male, black and white Dutch.  Really & Thumper are on the timid side, but with the right calm indoor situation & lots of tender loving care, they’ll come around in time.  They need a roomy bunny condo to live in and are already litter-box trained.



Coco is an 8 month old gentle, somewhat shy spayed house bunny with super soft chocolate brown fur. She’d like to find a quiet, indoor home where she will be loved and pampered the rest of her days by kind caretakers. She’ll need spacious indoor x-pen housing to live in since she’s a large bunny & at least 3+ hours of daily exercise time in your rabbit-proofed home.




Chandler is a 4 year old white and tan domestic short hair cat. He came to the Shelter as a stray, and seemed to have gotten into quite a scuff. Our amazing vet staff has taken care of him and is now looking for a safe and loving home. He is quiet and friendly and would love to go home with you.




Mystic is a sweet 8 year old kitty who has a beautiful black and gold coat. She is a big girl, weighing almost 15 lbs, but she would still love a chance to nap on your lap as your new forever pal. SHE GETS ALONG WELL WITH DOGS AND OTHER CATS and would thrive in a home with another pet.




Rapunzel is a 10 year old brown tabby domestic short hair. This little Tiger Stripe weighs about 10 lbs and came to us from the Albuquerque Shelter to find a new home in Santa Fe.





Arturo the gerbil is definitely an interesting newcomer. He is smart, healthy, friendly, and inquistive. He can be an interesting and fun addition to your home.





Lyle is a medium sized fresh water turtle that came to the shelter from California.


Find other adoptable animals on the Santa Fe Animal Shelter website. You can even take a video tour of the Shelter’s Adoptions Center!

Partnered with the community, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is working for change in the lives of companion animals and to end the suffering of all animals.  You can support their efforts through their planned giving and monthly giving programs, by making a secure, tax-deductible donation online, purchasing items online from the New Hope Program Wish List, or donating other much-needed supplies.

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!

NC & TX – Week for the Animals

From March 21 t0 29, 2015, North Carolina celebrates its 7th Annual Week for the Animals. and Texas celebrates its 2nd.

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Throughout the Texas Week for the Animals, educational institutions, animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane organizations across the state will be hosting scores of wonderful animal-related special events. Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens will be joining in, creating and planning exciting activities to celebrate animals and help communities. Events will include adoption fairs, spay/neuter awareness events, shelter days, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, veg fests, ways to help horses, farm animals activities and therapy dogs visiting hospitals and living-assisted homes.  The official Week for the Animals calendar has details on specific events . . . and don’t forget to check out page 2 of the calendar, or you might miss out on the Pooches on Parade Fun Walk/Run or the Peace, Love & Paws Festival!

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North Carolina also has many events planned around the state during its Week for the Animals, from adoption days to nature walks, from animal care presentations to children’s storytime, from spay/neuter and vaccine clinics to educator workshops – the list goes on and on. There will be something somewhere for everyone in North Carolina who cares about animals!

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On Sunday March 29, North Carolina Week for the Animals will hold an official state Prayer for the Animals.  You can join others who would like to observe a moment of prayer for the precious animals during this multi-faith observance from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  Wherever you are, if you can observe a moment for the animals who need us…that collective energy will surely grow and bring light to our cause to love, assist and help them from any and all suffering.

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Weeks for the Animals is a program of Animal World USA-International and are celebrated at different times during the year throughout the United States and around the world.

Animal World USA-International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and is working with organizations, decision makers and the public-at-large to bring about awareness as to the plight of the animals of our world.  They believe in inspiring, educating and empowering communities to understand, love, nurture and protect our amazing animals and planet.

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Waggin on Main Street Walk!

The town of Bargersville, Indiana is holding its Waggin on Main Street Walk tomorrow, Saturday March 21.  If you are in the Bargersville area, PetravelR™ thinks this will be a fun-filled event that you and your dog won’t want to miss.


Registration starts at 11:00 am at 24 North Main Street.  You and your dog can enter the 5-mile walk for a $10 donation, or the 1-mile walk for a $5 donation.  Both walks begin at noon and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Johnson County.

In addition to the 5- and 1-mile walks, Waggin on Main Street will feature food, music, vendors, 50/50 tickets and a Silent Auction. Plus, there will be animals for adoption and pet microchipping!  And don’t forget to bring your donations of dog & cat food, crates, office supplies and gift cards that will be collected for the Humane Society of Johnson County.


The Well-Dressed Guinea Pig – Seriously.

As we’ve mentioned once or twice before, March is Adopt a Rescue Guinea Pig MonthPetravelR™ has blogged about guinea pig rescue groups and tips for traveling with your guinea pig, and today we’ve got some unusual guinea pig gear for you.

The Cavy Cottage is an Australian online retailer dedicated totally to guinea pigs.  They offer a variety of products for your guinea pig, including cages, Cavy Cottage Cuisine mixed to order to ensure quality and freshness, biscuits of hay, bedding, and a range of accessories to enhance your guinea pig’s environment, like cuddle sacks, igloos and houses.  But our favorite accessories are The Cavy Cottage’s guinea pig outfits.

Does your guinea pig need a new dress for that special occasion?

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Or perhaps it’s a costume party -

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Or maybe your piggie prefers a quiet evening at home in his favorite bathrobe -

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And let’s not forget that wedding season is nearly upon us.  Will your GP be a June bride?

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And, finally, something special for the royal piggies -

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A percentage of The Cavy Cottage’s profits go directly to Cavy Cottage Rescue, a small self-funded, family-run rescue based in Brisbane that takes in mis-treated, abandoned, pregnant or unwanted guinea pigs.  So every purchase from their store helps guinea pigs who have come into the Rescue.

PetravelR™ also likes The Cavy Cottage’s philosophy, simply that all Guinea Pigs should lead a safe and healthy life, with the same legislative rights that cats and dogs are finally achieving in the [Australian] legal system. They are promoting this philosophy through:

  • Education at local schools and kindergartens to encourage children to treat animals with care and compassion,
  • Open days where children and adults can come to the shelter to learn how to care for their Guinea Pigs,
  • Discouraging the indiscriminate breeding of Guinea Pigs and sale of mis-sexed and/or unhealthy Guinea Pigs. and
  • Support of Guinea Pigs owners with information for any problems they may have with their pets.

Alas, The Cavy Cottage only ships within Australia, so if you live elsewhere, you’ll need someone Down Under to purchase an outfit for your piggie and mail it to you via international post.