Hard to adopt but easy to love
By Gary J. Kunich (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Christina and Eric Daniels with the three-legged Allegra, right, and their other dog Aggie Friday. The Daniels family is serving as a foster home for Allegra until she can be adopted from Safe Harbor Humane Society. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )
When it comes to the World’s Most Adoptable Dogs, a three-legged, 12-year-old mutt probably isn’t at the top of that list. But if that’s the way you feel, then you probably haven’t met Allegra. Now the Safe Harbor Humane Society wants to find a permanent home for the lovable, mixed-breed pooch, said associate director Colleen Vice. Allegra is one of two hard-to-adopt dogs available at Safe Harbor, she said. The other is Peanut, a 12-year-old Chihuahua with cancerous cysts. “They are both so sweet, and we fell in love with them,” Vice said. Allegra’s former owner, who lost his job, was in tears as he dropped off the dog at the shelter early last week, she said. “He had her for more than 10 years, but lost his job and just couldn’t take care of her anymore,” Vice said. “She is so full of love and energy and followed everyone around here, and she deserves a good home to spend the last few years of her life. ”The black-haired dog is actually a predominantly golden retriever mix. She had gotten out of her home and was hit by a car, which led to an infection in her right, front leg. Despite medical treatment, she had chewed at the wound down to her bone, when her owner brought her in. The Humane Society took Allegra to Kenosha Animal Hospital, which performed the amputation at half price, and now the dog is available for adoption for $50. Employees thought because of her surgery and age, she wouldn’t do well in the kennel, so they placed her in a temporary foster home with Eric and Chrissy Daniels. The family already has one dog and two cats, and tries to help the Humane Society when possible. “She’s really relaxed and took to the family right away,” Eric Daniels said. “She’s an amazingly sweet dog. She slept in the bedroom last night, and follows us into each room, already hopping on her three legs. “We’d even consider keeping her, but if we did, we couldn’t take in any other foster animals. The truth is, though, we know a three-legged animal is going to be a tough adoption, so she might be with us awhile.”Peanut has other medical issues which makes her even harder to adopt out. The cysts make her uncomfortable, but she’s still expected to live at least two or three more years. Surgery will cost about $700 to $1,000. The Humane Society is hoping to get donations to pay for surgery, and find her a permanent home.“People don’t realize that we’re a nonprofit agency, and we don’t have an endless amount of room and resources, but we do what we can, and we depend on the public for a lot of support,” Vice said. “When you see these animals, you can’t help but fall in love with them and do everything you possibly can to help them.”Like Allegra, there is a $50 adoption fee for Peanut.For more information on Allegra or Peanut, call the humane society at 694-4047.The shelter, 7811 60th Ave., is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Action Article for September 2009
by Colleen Vice
HOGS FOR DOGS WAS A GREAT SUCCESS AGAIN! Over $4,000 was raised at our annual poker run and party presented by Cid & Dante’ Bindelli owners of Bindelli’s City Zoo and Safari! Special thanks to George who roasted a pig to perfection for the party. DON’T MISS ZOOGY’S WALK FOR DOGS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 at Lake Andrea. Registration forms are available at Safe Harbor Humane Society at 7811 60th Ave. in Kenosha or go to www.safeharborhumane.com for more information. CAT CARE AND GROOMING: Cats by nature are very clean. A typical cat spends 5 hours a day grooming herself—and 16 sleeping. But sometimes even the most fastidious feline sometimes needs a makeover! Benefits of regularly grooming your cat: Keep your cat’s coat and skin clean and in good condition; Reduce the amount of hair on your clothes and furniture; Decrease hairballs; Help allergy sufferers tolerate your cat better; Reduce damage and injury from sharp toenails; Discover health problems (wounds, fleas, ticks, lumps, rashes, weight loss, ingrown toenails, ear infection) before they become serious; Prevent uncomfortable and unsightly mats; Spend “quality time” with your cat. How often? It depends on the type of coat, and on your cat’s tolerance level. Short and medium-haired cats are generally fine with weekly brushing to remove dead hair and redistribute skin oils. Cats with short hair rarely need to be bathed unless they are unusually dirty or unable to clean themselves due to poor health. Long-haired cats are a different matter. They need to be brushed several times a week or even daily to keep tangles and matting under control. They also may need to be bathed every month or two to keep the long coat clean. Toenails need trimming every 2 weeks or so. Coat care. Some cats adore being groomed, while for others, it takes some getting used to. For best results, choose a time when both you and your cat are relaxed. Start with short sessions at first and build as you both get more comfortable. Begin by stroking your cat with your hands and then move on to the brush or comb. Be gentle around sensitive areas like the belly, haunches, tail, and ears. Always work in the direction that the fur grows. Praise and reward her for good behavior. There are many grooming tools on the market, and you may need to experiment to see what works best for you and your cat. For long-haired cats, it’s good to start with a wide-toothed or shedding comb. This detangles and removes dead undercoat hairs. Then follow with a slicker brush, curry comb, or grooming glove to smooth the coat and make it shine. Mats are often a problem in longer haired cats. For isolated mats, grasp the mat at its base and work with a wide toothed comb starting at the tip and working inward toward the base. Avoid the temptation to cut a mat out with scissors! It is easy to cut the skin by mistake. If matting is severe or becomes unmanageable, consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer. (Taken from CatHealth.com.)
Action Article for August 2009
by Colleen Vice
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR SPECIAL FURRY FRIEND on Saturday, August 8th in Lincoln Park from 1:00 to 5:30 pm. Check out the photographer, Jewel, at Specialtyjewelsphotos.com then click on ‘Monthly Specials’ for more information. COME JOIN LOTS OF DOGS AND THEIR HUMANS FOR OUR ANNUAL ZOOGY’S WALK FOR DOGS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 starting at 9am at Lake Andrea, Picnic Area 5. Last year we had a great turnout and the Lure Coursing is a blast to watch! For more information call 262-694-4047 or go to www.safeharborhumane.com. QUITE A FEW SERIOUS DOG BITE CASES have shown up at Safe Harbor over the past months. How can you tell if a dog may bite? Excessive barking, growling or snarling with teeth showing may mean the animal is getting ready to bite. If the ears are laid back and legs are stiff and tail is up, this may be a warning, or even the hair on the back of the neck standing up. If you continue to do what you are doing, this will cause more anger and the dog could bite. Do’s and Don’ts: Do not stare a dog in the eyes. Do not turn your back and run away. Do slowly walk away sideways. Be firm; say “NO!” and act like you’re the boss. If the dog is angry and jumps on you curl up in a ball on the ground and protect your face. Always ask a dog owner if you may pet their dog before approaching it. What to do if you are bitten: If you are a child, tell an adult right away. If you are bitten by a strange/stray animal try to remember if it was wearing a collar or tag; the type size and color of the animal; the direction the animal went. Wash the wound with soap and water and see a doctor immediately! Report the bite to the local health department. If you own a dog, keep him up to date on all vaccines, especially rabies. Make sure you have a privacy fence with a secure lock and no way for the dog to jump over or dig under; if not, NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG UNATTENDED! Remember, your dog is your responsibility and you may end up paying a huge cost if he bites someone! Why do dogs bite? A dog may feel scared around strangers. Or they may feel left out; for example when a new baby or another pet is brought into ‘their’ home. Sometimes they get over excited when being played with, teased or yelled at. A dog may not want to share her food or special toy. Never grab anything from a dog. We have seen cases where a dog has bitten someone accidentally when playing tug, fetch or when a person tries to break up a fight. Dogs can also be very protective of their human. Just as there are good ways and bad ways to behave with people, there are good and bad ways to behave with animals. Always be kind and gentle with animals; they have feelings too.
Action Article for July 2009
by Colleen Vice
IT’S TIME FOR OUR ANNUAL ‘HOGS FOR DOGS POKER RUN’!!! This year it will be held on Saturday, July 18 with registration from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Bindelli’s Safari, 2232 Roosevelt Rd., Kenosha. ‘Last Bike In’ at 5:30pm at Bindelli’s City Zoo, 4601 7th Ave., Kenosha. Tickets are $15 each and include Poker Hand, Breakfast at the Safari, Pig Roast Party with the Band, ‘Trip’ and Cash Prizes for the Top 3 Poker Hands and great Raffles at the Zoo! If you don’t have a bike and would like to do the run, grab some friends, pile into a car and enjoy the ride! Also, PLAN AHEAD FOR OUR ANNUAL ‘ZOOGY’S WALK FOR DOGS’ DOG WALK coming Saturday, September 12 from 9am to 1pm at Lake Andrea, Picnic Area 5. Last year about 80 dogs and their humans enjoyed the beautiful walk around the lake and over $1,000 was raised for the stray and unwanted ‘babies’ of Safe Harbor. Each year more and more participate and we would love to see over 100 dogs attend! Check out our website at www.safeharborhumane.com for animals who need a home and other great information. DOG FASHIONS AND GROOMING HAVE BECOME A BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY over the past few years. A few things you should know when it comes to ‘dressing’ your dog. Be sure the clothing fits appropriately and that it is never left on too long and wash it regularly. Last month a dog came into the shelter wearing a sweatshirt on a very warm day. It had been left on so long that his fur had been rubbed off on his chest and belly area and caused a skin infection. This type of clothing is fine for colder days and smaller dogs, but still need to be changed frequently. Don’t use tight outfits. They are not dolls and their limbs can easily be damaged by trying to squeeze them into snug outfits. Doggy shoes should be worn for only a few hours at a time; shoes can actually impede their ability to sweat which is done through the pads on their feet. Be sure to keep your furry friend off of hot pavement and sidewalks to keep from burning their pads and shorten walks on frozen surfaces during the winter. Now I do know a few people who have dressed their cats, but I’ve never had one who would tolerate such manipulation. I did put a set of reindeer ears on my ‘Moose’ for the few moments he would sit still at Christmas; it made for a great picture but he wasn’t thrilled with the interruption of his busy napping and snacking schedule! It’s important to check your cat and dogs’ ears for mites and dirt and clean them as needed. Cocker Spaniels and other dogs with floppy ears should be checked very often as they tend to have more moisture and can become a breeding ground. We also see a lot of dogs come to the shelter with nails that have grown out too long; this can become a problem with walking and can cause infections.
Action Article for June 2009
by Colleen Vice
HEY! SAFE HARBOR IS HAVING A MICROCHIPPING EVENT ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20TH FROM 8am-12pm! EACH CHIP IS ONLY $20! Safe Harbor Humane Society on recently signed on with the well-known HomeAgain microchipping company. Why? Over 3,700 animals end up at the shelter each year and more than half of them are strays who have wandered away from home to go on a little adventure. A stray animal is held for 7 days, which in that time, hopefully, the owner will come and find their pet. During the 7 days applications are taken from possible adopters and if the animal is not reclaimed on the 7th day, the pet can go to a new home. Microchipping is a minimally invasive procedure that places a small, rice-sized chip just under the skin, between the shoulder blades and takes merely seconds to insert. The adopter fills out the paper work and calls HomeAgain to register the chip when they get home. HomeAgain is a reputable company and they offer FREE LOST PET INSURANCE. If your pet gets lost, you can contact the company 24/7, posters can be printed out with the picture you provide, and they are sent to local shelters and clinics in their network. If your pet comes to Safe Harbor he or she is ‘scanned’, the chip number is shown and your information is found in our database. If a vet or another shelter scans your pet, HomeAgain is called and they contact you ~ your personal information is never given out to anyone! Are you using another chipping company and you would like to switch? For only $10 you can change to the HomeAgain chip program without re-chipping your pet and receive all the benefits they offer! Also, when you report a lost pet and if anything happens to your ‘baby’ during that time, the insurance covers up to $3,000 of vet bills with only a $50 deductible (some exclusions apply and are shown in brochure). All you do is pay the vet bill, send it to HomeAgain, and you will be reimbursed within a couple of weeks! HomeAgain has teamed up with Petfirst to offer excellent health care insurance for your pet. For shelter chips, the first month is only $5. (Please note: A microchip is not a GPS system, they do not track an animal’s whereabouts.) Still not convinced? Stop by the shelter at 7811 60th Avenue in Kenosha for a brochure. FLEA FACTS: Fleas can infect humans. A female flea lays 25 eggs per day and can lay 500 or more in their lifetime. Eggs take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks to hatch. Flea saliva causes the most common allergies in dogs and cats. Massive flea infection can cause anemia. How do you prevent fleas? Animals can be effectively treated with Frontline, Revolution, or Advantix products; check with your vet for the best flea preventative for your pet. Remember, even if your pet doesn’t go outside, fleas can still get inside! Check out our website at www.safeharborhumane.com for great animals and information!
Action Article for May 2009
by Colleen Vice
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ADOPT OR ‘BUY’ A PET. It sure seems to those of us who process adoption applications and help place our stray or unwanted ‘babies’ in new homes that a lot of people think they can just buy a pet and it will take care of itself. There are a lot of factors to consider prior to adoption or ‘buying’. We wish more people would research dog breeds, not buy from stores that get animals from puppy mills and learn what it takes to be a good pet owner. We have all seen animals running loose around our neighborhood or have seen dogs tied up for long periods of time on a porch or in a yard through all types of weather, many with none of the basics like food, water or shelter. My thought is: How would you like to be treated that way? We see abused and neglected animals come into the shelter way too often and we wonder why someone wanted the animal in the first place? Pets are meant to be Companion Animals. Lap Sitters. Fun and Frisky Furballs. Bed Warmers. Inside Window Ledge Decorations. You get the idea. Their main goals in life are to love and be loved; hmmmmmm, that’s what most of us want. It takes time, patience and money to properly take care of a pet. Don’t get a puppy if you don’t have the time to house train or value your shoes! Kittens climb curtains and get into everything, that’s just what they do! Unfixed dogs and cats tend to escape to mate. Did you know an unfixed male dog can smell an unfixed female up to two miles away? No wonder they want to run! Do you feed your pet a good quality food? Have you considered making sure they are up to date on their vaccines? If your dog or cat gets loose and comes to the shelter they must be up to date on the rabies vaccination in order to reclaim them. What if your pet were to get sick or end up with a broken bone? Do you have the money for veterinarian care? If there are behavioral issues will you take Fido to a trainer to work through the problems? Think about what the responsibility of being a pet owner entails. They are worth having if you care for them! BREAKFAST WITH ELMO IS COMING! Sunday, May 17 at the Moose Club Lodge, 3003 30th Ave. from 8am to 12pm. Bring the entire family out for a good breakfast, a photo opportunity with the Big Guy, Bake Sale and great Raffles! Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids under 12 and Seniors. We’ll see you there. HOGS FOR DOGS POKER RUN will be on Saturday, July 18. For more information on available animals for adoption, hours of operation and upcoming events visit us at www.safeharborhumane.com or stop by 7811 60th Ave. in Kenosha.
Action Article for April 2009
by Colleen Vice
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SAFE HARBOR HUMANE SOCIETY? Lots of new things are in the works. It has been the goal of our board and staff to incorporate a spay/neuter clinic to ensure that all animals are ‘fixed’ before leaving the shelter. With 4000+ animals entering Safe Harbor each year, the over-population problem is obvious and desperately needs to be addressed. Hopefully, with upcoming fund raising events, sales from our retail area and generous donations you will see new construction begin and our goal met by the end of 2009! MICROCHIPPING COMING ON BOARD! Once again, there is a need to help stray animals and their owners find each other by providing Home Again chips with affordable pet insurance offered. Stay tuned for more information about ‘Chipping Clinics’ for the public! HEY KIDS AND PARENTS, BREAKFAST WITH ELMO will be held on Sunday, May 17, at the Moose Club Lodge this year, so mark your calendars and start planning for pancakes, sausage and a photo opportunity with the big orange guy! WE ALWAYS NEED ITEMS FROM OUR WISH LIST ~ PLEASE HELP! Check out animals for adoption, planned events and items always needed on our website at www.safeharborhumane.com. You can even donate through Paypal. HEALTH WATCH INFORMATION, WHAT IS GIARDIA? Giardia is sometimes confused with ‘worms’ because they invade the gastrointestinal tract and can cause diarrhea. Giardia is a one-celled parasitic species classified as a protozoa. Some symptoms are: your pet is reluctant to eat, is vomiting or has diarrhea, your pet’s haircoat is dull, is losing weight, seems weak or depressed or has dark or bloody stools. Most dogs that are infected with Giardia do not have diarrhea or any other signs of illness. When the eggs (cysts) are found in the stool of a dog without diarrhea, they are generally considered a transient, insignificant finding. However, in puppies and debilitated adult dogs, they may cause severe, watery diarrhea that may be fatal. Giardia is diagnosed by a vet performing a microscopic examination of a stool sample specifically for Giardia, which is not usually found during a normal fecal exam, and Metronidazole is an antibiotic used to kill it. Other drugs may also be used if diarrhea and dehydration occur. Giardia can also cause diarrhea in humans and environmental disinfection with diluted chlorine bleach (1:32 or 1:16, one cup in a gallon of water) is recommended if your pet is infected. Thoroughly clean the pet’s living and sleeping areas and allow areas to dry out for several days before reintroducing the pet. Control measures: worm eggs are passed in the droppings of an infected pet. Certain worm eggs can live for a year or more in the soil and are extremely hard to kill. Good sanitation is essential! Remove stools promptly/daily from the area where your pet is confined to prevent reinfection. Stools should be examined microscopically at regular intervals (usually yearly). All information taken from a client information sheet from Wolf Merrick Animal Hospital based on material written by Ernest Ward, DVM, copyright 2005 lifelearn Inc.
Action Article for March 2009
by Coleen Vice
AMAZING PEOPLE, AMAZING TURN-OUT! Our first ever ‘Spay-ghetti Dinner’ was a huge success! Our sincere thanks to Paul DeLuisa from Luisa’s Italian Restaurant in Salem for volunteering his fine cooking services even during a difficult time ~ our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Paul and his family at the recent passing of his brother. (Be sure to check out his amazing fried chicken--one of my favorites!) An enormous thank you to Rich and Diane Smart of the Moose Club Lodge for all of their help ~ their love of animals was obvious! Right at $5,000 was raised and next year it will be bigger and better. The staff, board, and especially the animals of Safe Harbor sincerely thank all of the volunteers who helped out at the event and all who came out to eat, buy raffle tickets and who gave generous donations for our animals! ANOTHER GREAT EVENT ~ THE 2009 CHILI COOK-OFF was held at Bindelli’s Safari Tavern and sponsored by the owners, Cid and Dante Bindelli. It was a lot of fun, the chili entries were yummy, the raffle prizes and bake sale great, and over $1,000 was raised! Thank you, Cid & Dante!!! They will also be hosting and sponsoring our 5th Annual Hogs for Dogs Poker Run scheduled for Saturday, July 18th. More information will be available at www.safeharborhumane.com soon. GO TO ZOOTOO.COM to help Safe Harbor earn points towards winning money for our shelter. We are currently 84th in line and have moved up significantly since the beginning of the program ~ it only takes a few minutes and it could be worth thousands! CAT BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS CAN BE FRUSTRATING and that’s why many people surrender their cats to the shelter. Cat box issues are at the top of the list. Your cat may be trying to tell you he may be having a urinary tract infection or a bladder stone or that some change you made in the home bothers him. If your cat has used her litter box consistently and suddenly doesn’t, have her see the vet to eliminate any possibility of medical problems. If there is a clean bill of health, you may want to try a product called Cat Attract, which is a litter additive containing a scent that naturally attracts kittens and cats to use their litter box. Also, visit the Cats International website for more tips on litter box training, training cats how to use a scratching post and other great information. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help out at the new PetSmart in Kenosha! Stop by the shelter at 7811 60th Ave., or call 262-694-4047 for more information. Volunteer orientations are held every other Saturday from 5-6 pm at Safe Harbor to go over socializing cats, walking dogs, staffing fund raising events, or helping out at Petco and PetSmart. THANKS TO OUR NAVY VOLUNTEERS from Great Lakes for once again pitching in and doing some much-needed repairs; they are a great group of people who love our animals and help out several times a year.
Action Article for February 2009
by Colleen Vice
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.safeharborhumane.com OR STOP BY THE SHELTER at 7811 60th Ave. to see the wonderful animals up for adoption. TRAINING YOUR DOG SHOULD BE A REWARDING EXPERIENCE FOR YOU AND YOUR PET! The following information is from ‘Training Bits’ in Fetch Magazine (www.fetchmag.com) Understanding how dogs think and what shapes their behavior is the first and most important step in communicating with your dog, for that is what dog training is all about…communication. Dogs are actually very simple creatures. They will continue to repeat behaviors that get them what they want (behaviors that are reinforced), and extinguish behaviors that don’t work for them. If we, their trainers, remember this we should be able to understand why they act the way they do. First off, understand that humans are not the only avenue dogs seek reinforcement from. It exists for them in the environment and they will happily partake in it if we allow them to. Canine Behaviorists call these ‘self-rewarding’ behaviors. The more we can see the bigger picture the easier it is to understand why our dogs are doing what they are doing. We can then get creative and come up with ways to change their environment so that they look to us for most of their reinforcement. Pulling on a leash is an example of a ‘self-rewarding’ behavior. Dogs do not mind pulling. They actually like it. It does not cause them the discomfort that we would think it does. They continue to pull because we have trained them to see that it works for them. Even if you reprimand him harshly…this is why harsh training can be very ineffective. Barking in a crate is a very annoying behavior. Dogs do not mind barking. They have to bark long and hard for them to tire of it. If a dog barks in his crate and you let him out you have just reinforced barking in the crate. The next time he will bark longer and louder to get what he wants. So, how do we deal with this? In the case of pulling to a tree, allow your dog to potty before the walk and take him to a tree and have it be YOUR idea. Praise him for relieving himself. Then continue on the walk and be ready to tell him to hell before he gets to every tree well BEFORE he has to start to pull. You may have to leash correct. When he stays with you as you pass a tree, praise him for it. As for barking in a crate, it’s simple. Never let him out when he is barking. If you think he may need to potty, take him out, let him go, and put him back in. Tell him to be quiet. Perhaps cover the crate. When he quiets down for a few moments, that would be the time to let him out. He will get the idea that calm, quiet behavior gets him his freedom. More info next month....
Action Article for January 2009
by Colleen Vice
HELP! During these tough economical times we are all cinching in our belts, tightening our budgets and finding ways to cut back to make what we have stretch. The board and staff of Safe Harbor Humane Society are also looking at ways to do the same, but the animals keep coming in and there is only so much cutting we can do. As with humans, they all need a place to live, food and basic medical help such as vaccinations and blood tests. Unlike humans, they cannot care for themselves and depend on us to take care of them. ‘They’ ask that you don’t forget them and continue to give as generously as possible by bringing in items from our ‘Wish List,’ which can be found at the shelter or on our website at www.safeharborhumane.com or stop by the shelter at 7811 60th Ave. in Kenosha to pick one up. Other ways are to give monetary donations, attend or volunteer at a fund raising event. Our first ‘Spay-ghetti Dinner’ will be held on Saturday, January 24th from 4-8pm at the Moose Club Lodge at 3003 30th Ave. in Kenosha. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for kids under 12. Paul Deluisa of Luisa’s Restaurant will be serving his signature sauce over pasta with meatballs, salad, rolls and dessert ~ you can’t beat that for the price! It’s a nice way to warm yourself up, fill your belly and help the animals of Safe Harbor Humane Society. Stop by and check out the new items in our Pet Supply Center ~ prices on toys, treats, litter boxes, collars, leashes, bowls and many other items are fantastic and all money goes back into the shelter. REPORT ABUSE OR NEGLECT, if you see anyone leaving an animal out too long in the cold with no protection call your local Police or Sheriff’s Department immediately! ANIMAL BEHAVIOR is a subject most shelter employees strive to learn more about. Finding a good match for the various breeds depends on the type of household the new dog will be going into and the breed and temperament of the dog. Is it a busy household with a lot of children? Small children? Is it a quiet home with one adult, two or older teenagers? Is the dog skittish around children? Does the dog protect his food? A dog who has been ‘displaced’ from his original home and ends up in a shelter probably doesn’t understand the concept of being ‘given up’ and may be waiting for the old owner to return to pick him up. This can slow the process of bonding to a new family. If the dog’s underlying temperament is good, she will start attaching to a new family within two to three weeks. A new pet owner can speed up the process with giving him lots of quality time and attention with play, walks and teaching basic behaviors such as ‘look at me’, ‘sit’, etc. (info. from www.paw-rescue.org) Stay tuned next month for more information on Animal Behavior….
Action Article for December 2008
by Colleen Vice
SAFE HARBOR HUMANE SOCIETY PLANS A ‘SPAY-GHETTI’ DINNER FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009! Tickets will go on sale in December, so watch for more information on great food and raffle prizes for this event at www.safeharborhumane.com. SHHS is working hard at making sure every animal that comes into the shelter is vaccinated and spayed or neutered before going to a new home. Much of our donations and fund raising monies are invested in these areas along with feeding our stray and unwanted furry friends and providing necessary medical attention. Unfortunately, Safe Harbor does not have a vet on staff and outside veterinarians are needed. Most offer discounted prices, but the costs are still high. Please give generously with items from our Wish List, attend a fund raising event, or stop by and drop off a few dollars in our ‘Ear Scratching’ or ‘Belly Rub’ canisters. STAGGERING STATISTICS ~ each day 10,000 humans are born in the US, and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control. Others are left to fend for themselves against automobiles, the elements, animals and cruel humans. What can you do to stop the suffering? Spay and neuter your pets! An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total in 1 year 12 cats, in 2 years 57, in 5 years 11,801, in 9 years 11,606,077!! An unspayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies and their puppies’ puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed add up to 15 in 1 year, 2,049 in 4 years and 67,000 in 6 years! (Information taken from www.spayusa.org.) If your unfixed animal got out even one time, he/she could possibly create a chain of ‘descendants’ like those listed with some ending up in a shelter possibly facing euthanasia. Spaying or neutering your pet generally does not change their personality and they do not suffer any crisis identity; it may even reduce the risk of some diseases. FINANCIAL HARDSHIP AFFECTS PETS…Safe Harbor Humane Society encourages families to work at keeping their pets during these hard times and surrendering a beloved pet should be their last resort. If you cannot afford pet food, Safe Harbor and the Salvation Army will help as much as possible in this area; unfortunately, neither organization can help with vaccinations or veterinarian costs. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING at the Prime Outlet stores in Pleasant Prairie; Wednesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 18 from 10am to 6pm and at the Gurnee Borders Bookstore on Saturday, December 13, Sunday the 14th & Monday, the 22nd from 10am to 9pm. Call 262-694-4047 to sign up for a shift! MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE, MAKE A DONATION OF TIME OR MONEY TO HELP OUR STRAY AND UNWANTED ANIMALS!
Action Article for November 2008 by Colleen Vice
EVEN CATS GET A TURN…last month, I wrote about the Parvovirus in dogs; well, it seems that this month our cats have been hit hard with a virus that Tonya Howell, the SHHS Director, and Dr. Brooke Lewis of Care Animal Hospital, are trying to figure out. Several kittens mysteriously died with no symptoms and a few cats, at this writing, have severe diarrhea and high temperatures. Stool samples were taken and have to be sent to a lab outside of Kenosha for analysis. In the meantime, we once again emphatically recommend that all pets are kept current on vaccinations! The shelter was closed for a couple of days to thoroughly bleach kennels, walls, floors, etc. to prevent any spreading of viruses, but you can help by keeping your pet healthy and happy with appropriate vaccines. HELP, SAFE HARBOR NEEDS A SHED! Earlier this year during a summer storm an extremely high gust of wind lifted our metal shed and sent it flying; it landed against our fence at the back of the property and crumbled into unusable pieces. This shed housed dog and cat crates used to transport animals to and from vet appointments, bird cages, and many other items needing protection from the weather. They now all sit outside, are full of water and are beginning to rust. Winter will soon be upon us and we are still without a shed. Craig Murdock with Murdock Construction has volunteered to donate his time to build one along with providing shingles for the roof, electrical work has been donated and now we need the materials! If you can help with this project, please contact the shelter at 262-694-4047. KENOSHA AREA RESIDENTS ARE VERY GENEROUS…and continuously come to the rescue to our cries for help; and, as always, so much help is needed to keep Safe Harbor open for thousands of stray and unwanted animals. We are always needing items from our ‘Wish List’, such as bleach, Pine sol (Lemon, Blue or Green since they mix well with the bleach), liquid laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, 8 ½ x 11 copy paper, letter size file folders, first class postage stamps, gift cards for Petco, PetSmart, Wal-Mart, Office Max, gas cards and cash donations. No dog food is currently needed, but Kitten Chow is always needed. Please drop off your donations at
Action Article for October 2008 by Colleen Vice
PARVOVIRUS ALERT!! Over 20+ cases have been reported recently just in the Kenosha area! This is the largest outbreak reported in many years.
· This Parvovirus is a HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS virus that attacks the intestines and causes sloughing of the inner layers of the intestine. The most common symptoms of this disease (the “intestinal form”) are vomiting and diarrhea.
· Parvovirus is contagious to dogs only—not to cats or people. The degree of illness could range from very mild to unapparent to very severe, often resulting in death. The disease is usually more severe in young dogs (less than 6 months of age), old dogs, Rottweilers, and Dobermans. The younger and smaller the dog, the greater the chance that it will not recover, although several older dogs have contracted it in the Kenosha area.
· Parvovirus is resistant to extremes of temperature (i.e., it survives freezing and extreme heat) and is unharmed by detergents, alcohol, and common disinfectants. Direct transmission occurs when an infected dog comes in contact with a healthy dog. The virus is found in heavy concentration in the infected dog’s stool. Because dogs will usually sniff where another dog has eliminated, this fecal-oral transmission is the most common method of transmission. The virus particles can be easily spread by hands, shoes, clothing, or other inanimate objects (fomites)—this is an indirect source of transmission.
· Clinical signs include vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, depression, and bloody diarrhea with a very foul odor. Infected animals rapidly dehydrate and severe cases progress to shock and death. Early, vigorous treatment of illness caused by canine parvovirus infection can save lives.
· VACCINATE, VACCINATE, VACCINATE! This virus should not be taken lightly. Talk to your vet to be sure your puppy/dog has been properly vaccinated ~ this virus is deadly and the only preventative is vaccination. If you see any symptoms, get to your vet immediately!
· Bleach and more bleach is the only effective way to kill the virus. All surfaces must be cleaned thoroughly, even grass or anywhere the affected dog, or human who has been near an affected dog, may have walked. If an affected animal has been on carpet, it is wise to wait until any other dog has been properly vaccinated before allowing them into the house.
DOG WALK A GREAT SUCCESS! Many thanks to Southport Bank for sponsoring our annual Zoogy’s Walk for dogs on Saturday, September 6 and for all who participated, dogs and humans! Over $5,000 was raised which will be put towards vet bills and spaying and neutering as many animals as possible before they go to new homes. Volunteer orientations are held twice monthly for anyone interested in helping out by walking dogs, socializing cats, assisting at fund raising events, etc. Call the shelter at 262-694-4047 for the dates or more information. You must be at least 16 years old to volunteer. Go to www.safeharborhumane.com to view pets available for adoption or stop by the shelter at
Action Article for September 2008 by Colleen Vice
‘ZOOGY’S WALK FOR DOGS’ will be held at Lake Andrea on Saturday, September 6th this year! Bring your dog and come join the fun while raising much-needed funds! Registration forms are available at the shelter and the fee is only $15 up to the day of the event and $20 on the day of the event. There will be prizes for the top three participants who raise the most money in sponsorships, a kid’s area and a lure course to challenge any breed! THANK YOU TO JIM AND CASSIE PARISE OF PRC RECYLING FOR SPONSORING THE 5TH YEAR OF HOGS FOR DOGS POKER RUN! Thank you also to all who participated and donated ~ over $4,000 was raised to help our animals! Special thanks also to Bindelli’s City Zoo and Safari and Dad’s Screen Printing for their amazing generosity. KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR AN UPCOMING ‘SPAY’GHETTI DINNER THIS FALL! It ‘takes a village’ to keep a shelter open. With over 4,000+ stray and unwanted animals finding their way to Safe Harbor each year, fund raising events and donations from generous contributors are essential for keeping our doors open. We appreciate any help you can give whether monetary or by dropping off items from our wish list. Go to www.safeharborhumane.com for pictures and information about many animals waiting to be adopted, dates of events and for our ‘Wish List.” READ ALL ABOUT IT…no matter what breed dog or cat you have or may be looking into adopting, it’s always a good idea to read up and educate yourself on what to expect. All dogs start out as puppies and they require housetraining, more vet visits and an amazing amount of attention and constant behavioral training, but they live to please you. The next stage is the ‘teens.’ They need reinforcement on training already done (or should have been done as puppies), need much more activity so they don’t become bored, much more supervision and patience. We humans tend to expect them to know how to behave and get upset when things are chewed or destroyed when they are left alone too long. For instance, Jack Russell Terriers are very intelligent dogs and learn quickly, but they are very energetic and need to be kept busy. A Border Collie is a herding breed and may tend to nip the heels of small children or other animals to make them go where they want them to go. Some dogs can be very protective of their territory and families and can be aggressive towards other animals or people that come near. Training and socializing can help with this problem and knowing the breed can help you understand what to expect. Cats also have their own personalities and ‘issues’. Before discarding any animal to a shelter, do everything possible to help resolve their problems, and yours, by going to a trainer, talking with a vet or animal behavior specialist and being patient.