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Pets as Easter Gifts? Just Say NO.

Ah, springtime. Warmer weather, blooms bursting forth from the ground and trees – it’s earth’s ways of celebrating new life. Springtime also brings traditional Easter celebrations.

There’s one tradition associated with Easter that needs to end.

Animals should not be Easter gifts.

A few weeks from now, shelters will be bursting with thousands of abandoned animals. In addition to spring litters from unaltered cats and dogs, all those baby chicks, ducklings, or bunnies that were going to be the cutest Easter gift EVER will be vying for space.

In fact, around 80 percent of rabbits found in shelters were Easter gifts. Most will end up being euthanized. Not a very good message to send, is it?

While rabbits can be wonderful pets, they require mature, responsible owners. They are NOT good with children, and they require almost as much work as a dog. They must be house-trained. Rabbits also love to chew things, so the house must be bunny-proofed or they will chew through electrical cords, furniture, baseboards, books, rugs and other items. They must also be spayed or neutered lest they mark the house with urine and feces, or worse – give birth to another litter of little ones. Chicks and ducklings also grow quickly and require a lot of care.

If you are certain you want and can care for a new pet bunny, chicken or duck, that’s wonderful – but please, please, wait until after Easter – remember, there is never a shortage of adoptable pets. In the meantime, go for the stuffed variety. (And don’t forget to keep chocolate ones away from your pets – chocolate is toxic for them.) Hoppy Easter!

Salute to K-9 Veterans Day

National K-9 Veterans Day commemorates the service and sacrifice of American military and working dogs. While military working dogs date back as far as World War 1, it’s celebrated on March 13th as it is the anniversary of the founding of the official U. S. Army K-9 Corps in 1942.

Today, there are approximately 2500 active Military Working Dogs, with around 700 currently deployed overseas with American troops. Their jobs are important ones – sentry dogs, scout and patrol dogs, messenger dogs, casualty dogs tasked with finding injured soldiers, and explosive detection dogs that turn their keen sense of smell to sniff out IEDs and other chemical weapons. Our troops rely on the dogs and their handlers to help keep them safe.

All Military Working Dogs are classified as Non-Commissioned Officers, which places them one rank higher than their handlers, to show respect for the dogs and their work.

The majority of Military Working Dogs are German or Dutch Shepherds or the Belgian Malinois breeds. Additional breeds like Labrador, Golden, or Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are often chosen for specialized roles because they are loyal, smart, and athletic. We are thankful for their service.

2017 Donation Drive – RESULTS Part 2

As the second wonderful organization we were able to collect for during this donation drive, our friends at GrandPaws Pantry were almost as excited as we were with the results! With collection bins at five of our valley locations, once again our amazing family – doctors, employees, and incredible clients – united to create a truly awesome impact.

From collars and leashes, to blankets, litter boxes, toys, food, treats and more, GrandPaws Pantry shelves got a little boost! With nearly 300 donated items, we had to be careful to leave room in the cars for the drivers when loading up the donations! In addition, with our partners matching the donations, a cash donation of $1,250 was also in the mix!

Check out some of the photos here:

As we said previously, we are so proud, honored, excited, and humbled that together, we could help make such a wonderful impact for these great organizations in our community!

(If you missed the Part 1 results from the donation drive, see it here.)

2017 Donation Drive – RESULTS Part 1

Earlier this week, the folks from Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds stopped by to pickup the donations collected on their behalf at 15 of our valley locations. Truthfully, we could not be more proud, excited, and humbled that our INCREDIBLE family – doctors, employees, AND amazing clients – came together in such an incredible way.

An incredibly vast array of desperately needed items were collected, from blankets and towels, to beds, kennels & carriers, wet and dry food (cat & dog), harnesses, grooming tools & supplies, puppy pads, strollers, toys, litterboxes, clothes, and so much more.

Together, we generated:
– A total of 33 donation boxes, containing over 2,6oo items!
– It took 6 SUV’s filled top-to-bottom to transport the donations!
– Our partners matched the donations, and contributed $3,300 in cash!

Stay tuned for Part 2…

UPDATE: See Part 2 of the donation drive results here!)