Shelters are overflowing with pets this year as more and more people are forced to give up their pets because they can no longer afford to feed them. One 9 year-old boy in Florida, Zach Wilson, didn’t think this was right, so he and his mom, Erica, decided to open the Central Florida Animal Pantry. This pet food bank is helping people in his community keep their pets during tough times. Every Thursday, Erica Wilson and other volunteers open the pantry to distribute pet food to people who can’t afford to buy it. They get the food through food drives and fundraisers like dog washes, which, according to Zach, are his favorite way to raise money. The pantry now feeds more than 300 animals each month, a number that has steadily been growing as word gets out about the pantry. In a typical week, they give out more than 2,000 pounds of pet food. Zach and his mom are even thinking about opening more pantries to keep up with the demand. The pantry also helps with other pet care essentials that people often find difficult to afford. They provide pet supplies like collars and leashes and also help clients find low- or no-cost spay/neuter programs, veterinary care, and grooming. For his outstanding efforts to help pets and their people, the Humane Society of America recognized Zach with the KIND Kid of the Year Award! Check out the full story on the Humane Society website HERE.
Apparently February is Pet Dental Health Month. I just learned that The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that by the age of 2, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of periodontal disease. It has been linked to diabetes, strokes, kidney disease and other life-threatening disorders. So how many of us are […]
When you face an emergency situation, remember, don’t panic, stay calm. If you are at home, always keep your First Aid Kit easily accessible. Procedures for an injured pet – Approach the animal cautiously. Speak calmly and softly. If you must restrain the animal, use a leash, a belt, a rope or a piece of […]
Kids love pets but don’t always want to take on the work involved in caring for them. You probably don’t want to adopt a pet and find yourself doing all the work while your kids have all the fun. So here are some tips for getting your kids to take responsibility for their pet. Even […]