Looking for a something special to kick off 2016? PetravelR™ recommends the 19th Annual Penguin Plunge benefitting Pennsylvania’s Humane Society of the Harrisonburg Area (HSHA).
Please come to participate or support HSHA as they “take the plunge” for homeless animals on New Year’s Day! This annual fundraiser has become a central Pennsylvania tradition for both HSHA and the City of Harrisburg. During the event, more than 300 HSHA supporters “take the plunge” into the icy waters of the Susquehanna River, as hundreds more watch from the shore.
There’s still time to register! At the animals’ request, each participant is asked to raise or donate a minimum of $40. Those that raise over $75 will receive an event towel. For teams to receive towels, each member must raise at least $75.
When: Friday, January 1, 2016 – Event registration begins at 10:00 am, Plunge goes off at noon
Where: City Island, Beach Area, Harrisburg, PA
PetravelR™ wishes you and your pets a happy and healthy New Year!
It’s New Year’s Eve, and as you prepare to celebrate another year shot to hell (only kidding – celebrate the incoming year filled with hope and promise!), PetravelR™ wants to remind you of these important tips to keep your pet safe -
Be Prepared – Plan ahead to keep your pet safe, secure, and comfortable:
- Keep your pets on their normal diet because any change can cause severe indigestion and diarrhea,
- Lavish some extra attention on your pets before the festivities begin,
- Give them plenty of exercise during the day, so that they will be less agitated and sleep more restfully,
- Create a comfortable, quiet refuge for your pet with his/her favorite toys, and with doors, windows and blinds closed,
- Ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your pet has a history of extreme uneasiness around loud noises or crowds,
- If you will be out New Years Eve, consider having a neighbor keep a close watch on your pet during the New Year activities.
Fireworks – Exposure to fireworks can can severe burns and trauma to pets (as well as people), and exploding fireworks frighten many animals:
- Keep your pets aware from all fireworks, even unexploded ones, because they often contain toxic substances,
- If you are going out to watch fireworks, be sure to leave your pets at home,
- Keep your pets indoors for the evening, in a comfortable and secure area,
- White noise or soothing music can mask the sound of fireworks,
- Turn on the TV or radio to distract your pets from outside noise,
- If your pet is particularly sensitive to loud noise, consider a Thundershirt or Calming Collar.
Parties – Crowds, party food, alcoholic drinks, and open doors can pose a risk to pets:
- Consider keeping pets in a room with plenty of water and pet food that’s off-limits to guests,
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them because they can be poisonous to pets,
- Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals,
- Make sure every guest agrees NO HUMAN FOOD FOR PETS; the #1 reason for trips to the emergency vet on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day is because a pet is sick from too much or the wrong people food,
- Keep pets away from snack tables and garbage cans,
- Be careful with party favors because a pet can easily choke on Hawaiian plastic leis, the blower attachment of party horns or parts of party hats,
- Don’t put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it because, if ingested — though not highly toxic — they can still cause excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation, or intestinal blockage,
- The phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center is (888) 426-4435.
- Make sure all fences and gates are secure, so if pets escape through an open door or screen, they are confined to the yard,
- Be sure that your dogs and cats are wearing collars and ID tags with up-to-date contact information,
- Microchipping is the best way to insure that your pet can be identified if he/she slips a collar or loses ID tags,
- Keep outside visits to a minimum, but if your pet needs to go out for a “relief” call, make sure to use a leash with a snug fitting collar or harness.
- Whether you are going out, throwing a party, or staying at home to enjoy the evening with your pets, PetravelR™ wishes you a safe and fun-filled New Year’s celebration!
This article was originally published by PetravelR™ on December 30, 2014.
Hello there! I’m Roosevelt, a 3-year old male rat. Did you know that rats are clean and very smart? I’m the perfect apartment pet!
Hi hi hi! I am Artemis, a 2-year-old female Pit Bull mix, brought to the shelter when my owner could not properly care for me. As you can imagine, I am energetic, smart and could benefit from some formal training. I seem to be mostly deaf, so I will need special training. One of the wonderful volunteers here at the shelter has been working with me on learning sign language, and I seem to be doing very well! I am looking for a family that is willing to continue my training and understands that I will need a place to get out my puppy energy. Due to my deafness and tendency to play rough, I’m hoping to find a home without infants or toddlers. I also need a home with no cats. If you’ve got other four-legged or two-legged babies at home and are interested in meeting me, bring everybody into the shelter!
Hello new family! I’m Nico, a 2-year-old male Bengal mix cat. I’m what you’d call a medium sized house cat. And yes, I do have the most beautiful eyes. Adopt me and you can admire me all day long while I purr for you!
Hi!! My name is Popeye! I came to the humane society as a surrender. My previous owner left me with a family member but unfortunately never came to get me so that is why I am here at the shelter. I am a little shy when I first meet new people but give me a few minutes and I will come out of my shell. I am super sweet and love to cuddle! I seem to get along well with other dogs but would be best in a home with no cats or kids under 13. Please come meet me today you will be glad you did!!
Hello! My name is Suzy! I’m a gorgeous domestic medium hair mix female cat. I’m only 9 months old. I’m a small cat, or what we like to call “lap size.” Wouldn’t you love to take me home with you?
The Central Nebraska Humane Society (CNHS) was established in 1967, by volunteers dedicated to the welfare of animals in the community. CNHS is located in the northeast corner of Grand Island, Nebraska. Annually, over 2,500 animals are handled. The organization is staffed with dedicated, compassionate and trained employees, as well as volunteers that assist and enjoy a wide range of involvement from helping with special care needs, fostering, promotional events and educational programs.
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!
Looking for something to do with your canine companion on New Year’s Day. Why not kick off 2016 with a fun run with your dog?
PetravelR™ found these dog-friendly New Year’s runs in South Carolina and Nevada. Check with your local running store or animal shelter to see if there’s one near you! If it’s a fundraiser for homeless animals, even better!
Start the New Year off right with the 34th Annual Hair of the Dog Run and Breakfast in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This run, with its long standing tradition, promises to be a fun event for children and adults of all ages, and the opportunity to run with your favorite canine companion.. After the run there will be a chance for you to celebrate the beginning of 2016 with fellow runners while enjoying breakfast and warm drinks.
For the first time in the history of the Hair of the Dog, the 5-mile and 10-mile course will be USATF certified and a timed event by Go Green Events. If you are interested in a less competitive, fun option – you will still be able to run or walk the 2-mile run. The 10 mile, 5 mile, and 2 mile runs begin at 9:00am on New Year’s Day. Registration fees are $25 for the 2 mile, $30 for the 5 mile, and $35 for the 10 mile race.
Churchill County, Nevada Parks & Recreation invites you to join in the New Year’s 5K Fun Run/Walk. The 5K will begin at Veteran’s Park, 55 W. Williams Avenue (behind City Hall). Check-in and pre-registration will start at 9:00am, with the race beginning at 10:00am (sharp).
The entry fee is $15 per individual or $50 for family of 4 (event T-shirts included if still available on event day), and $3 per dog. No t-shirts for your dog, but the registration fee includes a tennis ball and dog treat!
We hope you and your dog have a great run!
It’s a Classic House New Year’s Eve Party to benefit the Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League!
Steve ‘Sleepy C’ Cinch and Kevin Bumpers will host their second annual New Year’s Eve Party on Thursday December 31, 2015! Come out to the Clifton Martini and Wine Bar at 10427 Clifton Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM and help the homeless pets at the Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League.
No cover charge. All they ask is that you fill the donation bucket at their DJ booth. That’s right . . . the DOOR is 100% free! Just bring a few extra bucks and drop them in the bucket on the DJ table – 100% of these donations will go to the Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League. 100%!!! PetravelR™ loves this – have a great time, help animals, and start off the New Year with some good Karma!
Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League is a tiny group of volunteers from Columbus to Cleveland Heights. In their 10 years of existence, they have fostered and placed over 400 cats and dogs and brought low-cost spay/neuter services to thousands of animals. They focus on helping the neediest of animals that many rescues would ignore due to health status/age/etc. Many of their current fosters are long-term or sanctuary animals due to chronic or terminal medical conditions. But they also have healthy animals available for adoption and work with a small rescue in rural KY by bringing their fosters up north where they actually have a chance to find forever families.
Traveling with your pets over the holidays and need a pet-safe area to let them play? The Oxgord Portable Pop-Up Pet Play Pen (say that 5 times fast after a bit of holiday cheer!) might be your answer.
Your pets can run around and have fun in a safe and contained environment, while you can keep an eye on them through the mesh screens on the sides and top of the playpen. The fabric pet play pen features a removable bottom and pad, removable mesh top, eight mesh windows, two zippered side doors, and storage compartments for pet toys and supplies. The waterproof material makes cleaning up after your pet easy.
The Oxgord Portable Play Pen is easy to set up and take down, and you can take it on all your trips in the included travel tote. The play pen is 45″ in diameter and 24″ high and comes in four colors. Available at HappyTailsPetShop, PetShopUSA, Overstock.com, Jet.com, and Amazon for $30-$39.
PetravelR™ thinks a portable play pen might come in handy if you and your pet get stuck in an airport with a delayed or cancelled flight. Just pop it open and give your dog or cat some time outside of that cramped carrier while you camp out in the terminal.
- Anchor your Christmas tree securely so that climbing cats and wagging tails don’t knock it over, possibly injuring your pets. Consider tying your tree to the ceiling or a doorframe with using fishing line.
- Prevent your pets from drinking the tree water. Fertilizers and preservative chemicals in the water can be poisonous to pets. Stagnant water is also a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested.
- Clean up tree needles frequently. They can be toxic if eaten by your pet.
- Don’t use tinsel, ribbons and garland anywhere that pets can access. Cats are particularly attracted to tinsel and may chew on it. If swallowed, tinsel can become lodged in their digestive tract, causing severe vomiting and dehydration, as well as intestinal obstructions requiring emergency surgery.
- Hang breakable glass and hard plastic ornaments well out of reach. The small glass and metal fastenings can be stepped on or even swallowed by your pet. Shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth and digestive tract.
- Keep lights, wires, extension cords, and batteries safely secured or covered to deter chewing. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock, and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus. Invest in pet-proof extension cords or spray with products such as Bitter Apple or Chew Stop.
- Flowers and festive plants can result in an emergency veterinary visit. Mistletoe, holly, lilies, amaryllis, ivy, hibiscus, balsam, pine, and cedar and are among the common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Mistletoe, especially the berries, is highly toxic, can cause stomach upset, and has the potential to cause fatal heart problems; holly, when ingested, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; many varieties of lilies can lead to kidney failure in cats if ingested; amaryllis can cause vomiting and diarrhea; certain types of ivy, such as English ivy, can also cause severe harm to pets; hibiscus can cause diarrhea. (Poinsettias, although not as toxic as people often think, can still upset your pet’s digestive system.)
- Don’t leave lighted candles unattended (This is a good safety tip, even if you don’t have pets!). The flames and fragrance may be enticing to pets, who may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. The fumes from some candles can also be harmful to birds.
- Potpourris and sachets can be very dangerous and should be kept out of reach of inquisitive pets. Exposure to the essential oils and cationic detergents in liquid potpourris can severely damage your pet’s mouth, eyes and skin and may cause illness or death. Solid potpourris can be toxic if ingested.
PetravelR™ wishes you and your pets a safe and joyous holiday season!
Photos courtesy of the ASPCA and AVMA.
Established in 1967 by volunteers dedicated to the welfare of animals in the community, the Central Nebraska Humane Society (CNHS) maintains a leading role in the sheltering of lost and homeless animals, in educating on the humane care and treatment of animals, by advocating for animal welfare, and working to further the bond between people and animals.
Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the animal lover in your life? Make a tribute gift to CNHS online to honor that special person!
Visit Adopt a Friend to learn more about how you can help the homeless pets at the Central Nebraska Humane Society by adopting, volunteering, or making a tax-deductible donation.
If you still need to do some holiday shopping in the Miami-Dade area, you might be able to bring your dog along.
The Falls Shopping Center at 8888 SW 136 St., Miami, FL now welcomes well-behaved dogs, small enough to be maintained in a stroller, carrier, or held by owner while in the mall! One of the largest open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment locations in the U.S., the Falls features 821,000 square feet of retail space.
Stores that allow dogs inside will have “dog-friendly” signage on their entrance doors or storefronts. Visit the “dog comfort station” at Guest Services for fresh drinking water and doggie treats, courtesy of The Falls and also receive a free The Falls branded doggy bowl!
Whether or not you take your dog shopping, PetravelR™ reminds you to buy your pet a gift!