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Local Group Protests Universoul Circus at UB

Local Group Protests Universoul Circus at UB

BUFFALO, NY-  Dozens of outraged citizens from across Western New York will gather outside the UniverSoul Circus big top at UB South Campus tonight to begin a three day protest highlighting the hidden cruelty behind animal circuses.  Holding signs reading "SLAVERY IS ALIVE AND KICKING!" and "ANIMAL CIRCUS IS A SOULLESS ACT," protesters aim to raise public awareness about the egregious cruelty and violent training methods associated with animal circuses.   

The USDA has cited UniverSoul exhibitors multiple times for violation of the Federal Animal Welfare Act.  Violations include failure to provide veterinary care, medical records, and adequate space and failure to properly maintain transport

Northtowns Pet Blog: Fourth of July Safety Tips

Northtowns Pet Blog: Fourth of July Safety Tips

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma.

Northtowns Pet Blog: No Cost Ways to Support Your Local Shelter

Northtowns Pet Blog: No Cost Ways to Support Your Local Shelter

With a few simple changes to your daily online behavior, you can support animal welfare organizations and your favorite local shelters and rescues without spending a penny. Here's how: Visit Freekibble.com and Freekibblekat.com and donate ten pieces of tasty kibble to shelter pets when you answer a daily trivia question at one or both of the sites.

Northtowns Pet Blog:Is Your Pet Ticked Off?

Northtowns Pet Blog:Is Your Pet Ticked Off?

A common parasite, especially during the summer months, is the tick. Ticks can be found in most climates. Although they are most often found in wooded, damp and grassy areas before they attach to a pet. Some tick bites are harmless, but others can cause skin damage, irritation, hypersensitivity and anemia.

The most common diseases transmitted by tick bites are Lyme disease, tick-borne fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. If left untreated, these diseases can cause severe health problems that can be fatal. The following are warning signs that your dog or cat may have a tick-borne disease.

Lyme disease symptoms:
• Arthritis
• Lameness
• Depression
• Loss of appetite

Tick-borne fever symptoms:
• Weakness
• Cough
• Labored breathing
• Fatigue
• Discharge from the nose or eyes

Northtowns Pet Blog: Packing Your Dog’s Travel Bag

Northtowns Pet Blog: Packing Your Dog’s Travel Bag

More and more people are traveling with their dogs these days.

It’s great for the dogs, who otherwise might be sent off to the kennel. But, it does mean more work for the adult trip planners who have to pack the family members’ bags as well as the dog’s travel bag.

A little planning before you and the dog leave home can go a long way in minimizing stress and insuring that you have the dog’s basic needs covered for the time you and the family are away from home.

 

Start by getting a travel bag for the dog. You want one that is big enough to hold the dog’s food and water bowls as well as the items needed to fill them.

There are a few basic items that should be included in your pet’s travel luggage. First, count the days you will be away and pack enough food to cover your dog. It is a good idea to include a little extra. You never know when something like foul weather may come up and delay your return home.

Well-behaved Adult Dogs Awaiting Adoption at Pet Connection

Well-behaved Adult Dogs Awaiting Adoption at Pet Connection

Thinking about adding a dog to your family but dreading the "puppy stage?" Have you ever considered adopting an older dog? Pet Connection Programs Inc. currently has five dogs at the shelter in need of a loving home. 

Founded in 1984, Pet Connection is a maternity and special care nonprofit animal shelter located at 12935 Williston Road in Marilla. Adoption hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Adoption fees are just $150 for puppies and $80 for dogs six months or older. The adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, distemper/parvo combo shot, rabies shot (if old enough), deworming, microchip, bag of food, free health exam and more. Older dogs also spend time with our trainer and dedicated volunteers before heading to their forever home.

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”