Sunday, February 7, 2010

 

Strategies for Keeping Pets in Challenging Situations

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CAWS | Community Animal Welfare Society
CAWS Adoption Day Partner
Living Safari Adoption Events 
Come see us the second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our newest adoption-day partner, Living Safari.
6540 S State St.
SLC UT
(801) 266-0241
 
This is in addition to adoption days at PetSmart in Salt Lake City and Orem. Visit our calendar for more information. You can also visit all of our available animals through our recently spiffed-up CAWS website.

CAWS animal Annabelle
Annabelle was adopted from CAWS in 2003. The adopter’s girlfriend said she has IBD and was going to dump her at the Humane Society, so we acted fast and found a place for this sweet baby. She is struggling to understand why she has been abandoned and is a bit shy at first. But, once you start petting her she will come out and appreciate the offered affection. For now we are treating her as a special needs girl who is in need of a special adopter who is willing to commit to her for life.

CAWS animal Maya
Maya was adopted in 2008 but had to be returned due to changes in the adopters' lives. She has a beautiful brindle coat and is small for a boxer/lab, weighing in at 40 lbs. She is crate trained, great with kids, and great with other dogs, but she does try to be the alpha female with other dogs.

CAWS animal Candi
Candi is a very affectionate girl. She does well with children, dogs, and cats! Want to see her stand on her hind legs? Just hold your hand out like you might pet her. She is so very sweet and joins her foster mom for naps and sits on her lap to watch TV.

CAWS animal Patrone
We rescued Patrone, a pit bull terrier mix, from the Humane Society so he would not be euthanized.The Humane Society employees loved his gentle personality, and he is very loving and affectionate. He gets along well with other dogs and is gentle with children.

CAWS animal Thomas aka Bonkers
Thomas (aka Bonkers) loves to play. He's great with cats, dogs, and new situations. Again, he LOVES to play and would do great in a home with other cats or on his own with lots of toys.
A Great Valentine’s Day Gift That Lasts!
You could buy a bouquet of red roses that will last for about a week and cost about $70, or you could give your loved one a lasting gift that costs about the same and will mean so much more! There are still a few spots left for our PAWS for CAWS pet-photo fundraiser. Call Monica at 801-566-0829 to make your reservation today, and give your loved one a beautiful gift he or she will cherish forever.
 
For Keeps…
Strategies for Keeping Your Pet in Tough Situations
Community Animal Welfare Society is off to an incredible start in 2010, and we hope to impact the lives of even more animals this year. In 2009, CAWS brought in a total of 505 animals and adopted out 473. The year was especially challenging, as the economic climate not only diminished the number of donations CAWS received, but also caused a significant increase in the number of animals in need of help. This 'perfect storm' produced a critical situation for animals with more need and less funding. Almost daily we receive cries for help from people who can no longer take care of their animals. CAWS would like to extend a special thank you to all who have supported the efforts of CAWS, even in these tough economic times, by taking in additional fosters, making generous donations, or finding other creative ways to help CAWS and the animals of Utah. If you would like to help, please consider a one-time or monthly donation to CAWS.
 
Aside from economic strain, many animals are brought in or returned for four main reasons: the owners move, have a baby, have allergies, or get frustrated with a pet’s improper urination.
 
The fact that CAWS requires an adopter to return an animal if it isn’t a good fit or if he or she is unable to keep it is an important policy that sets us apart from so many other groups. But if you find you are facing one of these common challenges for pet owners, there are options that can allow you to keep your furry family member.
 
Moving. We have seen many committed owners successfully move a pet to the next town, across the country, or to the other side of the world. The key is planning ahead. Visit the veterinarian to make sure your animal is healthy and to determine if any medications will help make the move easier. Ease stress by keeping you pet secluded in a secure place away from all the noise and activity on moving day—both at the old residence and at the new one. Keep your pet comfortable: Use a sturdy carrier for transport. Find pet-friendly hotels if you need to travel overnight and airlines if you need to fly. Finally, once you arrive at your new home, unpack your pet’s toys, food bowls, bed, etc., right away so your pet will have familiar items around them and begin to settle in. (Also, if you adopted from CAWS, make sure you send us your new address!) 
 
New Baby. Your first “baby” may experience some sibling rivalry with the new arrival, but there are many things you can do before the baby comes to prepare your pet. First, talk to your vet and your pediatrician to get their advice. Spay or neuter your pet if you haven’t already, and address any pet training issues. Get your pet used to reduced attention, new smells, different noises, and additional rules gradually. The Humane Society of the United States has a number of creative suggestions to make it easier. 
 
Allergies. Pet allergies don’t have to mean that you can’t have a furry friend. There are a number of actions you can take to reduce the dander and allergens in your home so you can all live together comfortably. Bathe your pet regularly with allergen-reducing shampoo to cut down on the allergy-causing protein residue from saliva. (It’s best to get your pets accustomed to bathing early in life. Bathing a full-grown cat without prior training is unquestionably “entertaining.”) Another option is to take your pet to the groomer to be bathed. Shut the bedroom door to keep the pet off the bed. Use HEPA air cleaners. Vacuum, dust, and sweep weekly, and wash fabrics regularly. Install hard floors in lieu of dander-trapping carpet. Wash your hands after handling the animal. As a last resort, medications can be used. Talk to your allergist to discuss your options.
 
Inappropriate Urination. This is one of the most common reasons cats are returned, and it is definitely unpleasant! If your cat is spayed or neutered and has been litter-trained but continues to urinate around the house, there are a number of things to do:
  • Visit the veterinarian first to ensure there is no medical reason behind the behavior. A urinary tract infection or inflammation is painful for the cat and can lead to avoidance of the box.
  • Identify and adjust any stress- or anxiety-inducing situations that may be triggering unwanted urination or box avoidance.
  • Make sure the litter box is cleaned daily and is in a quiet space where your cat feels safe.
  • Be sure you have a large enough litter box. Cats, like us, prefer a bigger bathroom. Indeed, some complaints have been resolved when we find out a big kitty has been given a small litter box—bigger box, better use!
  • Avoid scolding and punishment, which will likely compound the problem.
For more suggestions, About.com’s Outside the Box articles cover the issue thoroughly.
 
If you would like more information about any of these topics, feel free to contact CAWS at cawsdotorg@aol.com
 
Remembering a Special Cat
In September of last year, we wrote about Magpie, the resident greeter at the Wild Bird Center. We are sad to note that the much beloved kitty passed away quietly on December 23. Sheri & Owen Hogle sent us a message in remembrance of this sweet soul:
 
Despite the frailty that came with her age, Magpie had breakfast and greeted people on Wednesday morning. She started failing that afternoon, and we took her to the vet, who informed us her kidneys had failed. We held her and said our goodbyes and closed her eyes. We are convinced that she now is the official greeter in heaven. Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful girl 14 years ago when we adopted her as a "senior." She touched thousands of lives at the Wild Bird Center and was deeply loved and cherished. Although we miss her terribly, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to share our lives with this incredible cat.

CAWS - Community Animal Welfare Society
P.O. BOX 17825 • Salt Lake City, UT 84117 • 801.328.4731 • www.CAWS.org • email: cawsdotorg@aol.com








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