Archive for June, 2012

Volunteer at Hillsborough County Animal Services

Recently, we have told you about our exciting work with Save 90 to increase the live release rate of animals at our county shelter.  One of the important components of creating a facility where all healthy and treatable animals find loving homes is a strong volunteer base.  And although ACT loves our volunteers, another great way to help animals is to volunteer at Hillsborough County Animal Services (HCAS).

They have frequent volunteer orientations.  The next one is Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. at HCAS, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa.  There are many ways to help animals that include providing administrative support, fostering a pet by providing a temporary home, assisting with vet exams, walking and training dogs, cleaning kennels, providing enrichment and socialization to dogs and cats and other rewarding work.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.  HCAS does have a Junior Volunteer Program for 16 and 17 year olds seeking community service hours for school.  However, that program is filled until October.

For more information on volunteering at HCAS, contact Cathy Carr, Volunteer Coordinator at HCAS at carrm@hillsboroughcounty.org or (813) 612-5388.

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June 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Kudos to Client Services Rep, Kae

A client contacted ACT in extreme panic when her cat was having seizures because she had accidentally overdosed her with Sergeant’s Flea Prevention with a large dog dose. Our Client Services Rep, Kae, responded quickly by asking the Medical Supervisor if we could help the cat here. The Supervisor told Kae to bring the kitty in immediately.

The cat had tremors and periodic seizures.  We hospitalized the cat for 2 days with fluid therapy.  We are happy to say that this little feline is doing great at home!

Thanks, Kae, for caring about this kitty!

June 7, 2012 at 12:58 am 3 comments

Save 90 Seeks Volunteers

Save90 has been busy and is now reaching out to seek even more volunteers.  Many volunteers will be needed to get the word out about our group and to let fellow members of the community know how they can help to Save 90.  We need volunteers to help us spread the word with social media.  Tell all of your friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers to go to www.Save90.org and sign up to be kept informed of any Save 90 events.

We will also need people to help spread the word about our group by handing out flyers and/or attending events and distributing literature about Save 90 and letting people know how Hillsborough County can start immediately to save the lives of dogs and cats.  Please go to www.Save90.org and sign up today!

June 7, 2012 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

Hurricane and Summer Season Tips for Pets

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is upon us and that means having not only an evacuation plan in place for ourselves and members of our household but also for our four-legged family members.  Plan ahead and should a hurricane or evacuation occur, you will be prepared and ready to deal with the situation.

  • Kennels or carriers for dogs and cats should be an appropriate size.  Kennels should be large enough for a dog to be able to stand up and turn around in.  If you evacuate to a location where your cat will need to remain in his/her carrier for a period of time, make sure it is large enough to contain a small litter box, food and water.  Be sure to list your contact information (name, address, phone number) on the kennel.
  • Make sure that you have not only food for your pets but sufficient water.  On average, a healthy dog drinks about an 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day so be sure to have on hand a sufficient number of gallons to tide you over and ensure you won’t run out of water for your pets.
  • Have your pet microchipped and make sure your microchip is registered.  Registering the microchip ensures that your name and contact information is associated with that microchip number.  It also makes sense to add an emergency contact on your microchip information that is not in the area – just in case you and your pet are separated and you are unable to be reached because of lack of power to local telephones and cell towers.  Remember — microchips are only as good as the information stored in the central database.  Contact your microchip provider to make sure they have all of your current information such as telephone numbers and address.
  • In addition to a microchip, an identification tag with your current cell phone number on a pet’s collar is highly advisable.  This makes it much quicker and easier to reunite a lost pet with his/her owner.
  • Make sure your pets are not only current on their vaccines but that you keep the proof of vaccination easily accessible in case they need to be boarded.  Most boarding facilities will not board a pet without current proof of vaccines.  Bordetella (also medically referred to as “tracheobronchitis”) is a required vaccine for most facilities prior to accepting a pet for boarding.  The bordetella vaccine prevents what is commonly referred to as kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory disease among dogs.
  • Have towels and/or paper towels and large trash bags on hand for cleaning up spills and accidents in the event of an evacuation.

Summer Season Tips

While many of us may enjoy the warmth of the summer sun and soaking in some rays, summer heat can be deadly to our pets.

  • Dogs should be walked before 11 am or after 6 pm to avoid the hottest part of the day.  There are usually a high number of cases of heat stroke in the summer so we need to be extra careful in caring for our pets.  Heat stroke in dogs occurs when a dog’s body is absorbing more heat than it can release.  The temperature in the dog’s body goes up and once the temperature reaches a certain point, the dog’s body is unable to regulate normal functions and damage to the dog’s muscles and organs can occur.  Every year thousands of dogs suffer from heat stroke, a condition which can quickly turn deadly if not treated immediately.  Dogs can experience heat stroke if confined in a hot space, if they are acclimating to hot weather or if they have worked or played too much without a sufficient cooling down period.
  • If your dogs spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure they have plenty of shade at all times and lots of  fresh water every day.  Make sure any water bowls outside are placed in a shaded area so as not to be heated by the sun.  Avoid excessive exercise during those hot days.
  • If you are going to take your dog for a drive in the car, make sure it’s in the morning or evening, as opposed to the middle of the day when the heat is greatest. And remember — NEVER leave a dog unattended, even if only “for a few minutes”, in a vehicle.  The temperature is much higher in the summer and that heat can be deadly for a pet.

Keep these tips in mind and your pets can stay healthy and happy during the summer heat and hurricane season.

June 7, 2012 at 12:47 am Leave a comment


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