New Website!

Please visit our new and improved website! And be sure to check back often for more information about events, pet care and news from our shelter.

http://www.pikecountyhumanesociety.com

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Some seasons aren't so great...


We all know about the four seasons....Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall...however, there are are three other pseudo seasons in animal welfare.  Puppy and Kitten season are the first two.  Sadly they coincide with Spring and Summer and while they may sound cute.  They are not.  Shelters across this country brace themselves each spring and hope and pray they can find homes for all the new babies coming through their doors. While we are lucky that our set up allows for 98% of our pets to be adopted, many other shelters, especially in our region are not as lucky.  So what can YOU do to help??
The first and most important thing you can do is spay or neuter all of your pets.  (You can even spay and neuter rabbits!)  The first key to reducing the number of unwanted pets is preventing them in the first place.  There is no need to breed when there are so many in need.
The second thing you can do is make sure that when you acquire a new pet it is done through adoption from a reputable shelter or rescue organization.  Adoption agencies spay or neuter all pets before they go home with their new family.
Lastly, make every effort to keep your pets.  We understand there are situations where it is unavoidable, but most relinquishments of animals to shelters are 100% preventable...because its a simple matter of their family honoring the lifetime commitment they accepted when they brought their pet home.  If you cannot honor that commitment, please do not obtain a pet.  That may sound harsh, but considering 4 million pets lose their lives each year simply because no one came to adopt them, its simply common sense.
Over all the power to reducing the overwhelming issue of homeless pets is in our hands.  It is not an animal problem, its a responsible people problem

Friday, May 13, 2016

Great Events for the Weekend!!


This weekend, don't miss our 2 Day adoption event at the Country Kettle, 2523 Milford Rd, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.    We will be there both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm with several amazing move in ready pets, just waiting to come home with you! All pets available for adoption are fully vetted and pre-lvoed and spoiled by our amazing staff and volunteers!

For our followers in the Philadelphia area.  We will also be attending the Langhorne Pet Fair at Mayor's Park in Langhorne, PA.  We will be there from 10am to 3pm with information about our organization and the great services we provide.  You will also have the opportunity to meet 2 of our very special needs pets along with their awesome foster mom, and our shelter director.  Come out to a great event, we would love to meet you!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Coexisting with Wild Neighbors

Today's post isn't about our domestic friends per say, but our animal community as a whole and how we can all live in balance.  Spring is a beautiful time of year, and with it comes new life all around us, especially in the wild animal kingdom, and sometimes our wild kingdom and domestic collide.  Barney the dog finds a nest of baby bunnies, or we come upon a baby bird hopping in the grass, a large rain or wind storm comes through and you find a baby squirrel on the ground.  The main question, is how can we help and not hurt mother nature, and how to we know when it is time to intervene?  Below are a few short to do's and not to do's.  When in doubt however, or if the animal is in imminent danger, please contact your local wildlife rehabilitation center, or the game commission immediately,  Never try to raise a baby animal yourself, always refer to a wildlife rehabber in your area.  They are licensed and trained professionals.

Never assume that an animal is abandoned/orphaned without careful research of the situation.  Doing so can jeopardize the survival of the baby animal.

Here are a few tips to ensure you are making an informed decision:
  • Rabbits leave the nest for most of the day.  They feed their young in the early morning hours and the twilight hours in the evening. This serves two purposes...one the nest is only barely covered in the ground by leaves and brush, or grass...if mom were to sit with her babies throughout the day, predators would know where her babies are.  The other purpose is in reference to the time of day she feeds...during these hours vision for most animals is disrupted and makes it harder for them to see mom at the nest feeding her babies. 
    • If you find a baby rabbit whose eyes are not opened and they are not actively hopping about on their own, try to locate the nest and put the baby back, Use the nesting you find to cover the babies up again. To ensure mom is coming back take two small twigs and criss cross them over the nest.  If you come back after normal feeding time and the twigs have been disturbed then you can safely assume mom is still caring for her babies. 
    •  Always look for rounded bellies on the babies too.  You can use these same steps if you accidentally uncover a nest,  
    • If mom is not coming back or you know for sure mom is not able to come back.  Put the baby or babies in a dark, quiet place, even take some of the nesting and cover them with it, and call your local rehab center or game commission for immediate assistance.  Do Not attempt to feed or care for the babies on your own.  
    • Bunnies are extremely sensitive and a licensed and trained rehabber is their best chance for survival at this point.
  • Many of our northern native birds are what we call ground fledgers.  So when the babies have developed enough feathers for short flights they will hop out of the nest to the ground and mom will encourage them to hop and jump flapping their wings until they can do short flights up to low bush branches and eventually take off and fly to higher ground.  Mom is usually near by.
    •  If you have ever approached a feathered, hopping baby and you see a and hear an adult flying and crying frantically...that's mom.  She is trying to get you away from her baby and she will put herself in harm's way to save that baby.  Even to the point of acting as if she is injured and an easy target for predators to lead them away from her babies. 
    •  If the baby you find is not feathered and hopping around, wearing gloves, or using a small towel, you can attempt to locate the nest and put the baby back.  If you cannot, put the baby in a shoe box, or other small box with lots of soft tissues keeping them warm, and try to keep the environment around them as quiet as possible.  DO NOT feed them or give them water. 
    •  Immediately contact a local rehab center or the game commission for immediate assistance.  
  • Like rabbits, the Doe will leave her fawns in a safe area while she forages.  She rarely is very far from them.  Never assume a fawn is abandoned unless you know for sure the mother is deceased.  
    • If you come upon a sick, injured or definitely orphaned fawn call for immediate assistance.  Deer are often covered in ticks and other parasites, and are also extremely sensitive to stress.  Removing them from the area without proper equipment and training can badly injure them. 
  • Baby Squirrels can sometimes fall out of the nest, or their tree gets chopped or blown down or another animal disturbs the nest.  
    • If you can find and safely put the baby back in the nest that is the first option.  The other is keeping the area secure and a close watch on the baby from a distance to see if mom is coming back.  
    • If its clear mom is not returning to rescue her baby, place them in a warm small container...with holes for air of course and contact your local rehab center or game commission.
While it is very tempting to raise a baby wild animal on your own, or care for an injured animal it is against the law.  And in many cases if caught, not only will you be heavily fined, the animal, if believed unable to return to the wild, will be destroyed, and therefore your good intentions can have damaging consequences.  


The goal is to never handle a wild animal unless absolutely necessary, and if you have to be sure to always wear gloves and or use a towel to wrap them in gently to prevent injury and to calm them for transport.  ALWAYS refer to a professional for help, and remember that their mom is their best chance for survival.  Even in a professional rehab center some animals do not respond to the care and survive.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Thank you for a Successful Fund Raiser!

Thank you to everyone who donated their cooking skills, their time, services, goods and money for our Italian Dinner on Saturday April 30th!  It was a fantastic evening, with great food, and many wonderful friends, old and new.  We look forward to seeing you all at our next big fundraiser!
 

 

 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Update on Checkers

Checkers is doing very well in her foster home and is receiving all the love and attention she could ever want from her awesome foster mom and dad!  We have set up a YouCaring Fundraiser in hopes that we can raise enough money to offset the expenses we have already incurred for her care.  No matter, she will receive the best care from us and we will get her on the road to her very own Happily Ever After.  Please share the following link with friends and family and consider making a small contribution today:  https://www.youcaring.com/pike-county-humane-society-for-checkers-the-border-collie-558368
  Even $1 is $1 closer to our goal and helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of pets in need.  Thank you!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Fish Tale!




Pike County Humane Society has many amazing friends in the veterinary community.  Some who perform miracles for pets!  Please check out the following link to read the incredible story!http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/lehigh-county/index.ssf/2016/03/a_real_fish_tale_lehigh_valley.html

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Checkers Needs Your Help!

A beautiful border collie named Checkers is in need of your help today.  She was brought up from another organization to the Pike County Humane Society in hopes that she would be better able to find the loving family she deserves.  Checkers is a small and loving girl that has not had a good life.  The transferring organization caring for Checkers was having a great deal of difficulty placing her because she only had one eye and so many passed her up because in their eyes she wasn't perfect.  But she is!
Unfortunately just before her transport was to take place to Pike County, she was brutally attacked by three dogs.  When she was finally on her way to our little oasis, Barry Heim, our Director and a volunteer noticed something was horribly wrong and she was rushed to an emergency facility where she underwent life saving surgery.  She is going to require extensive ongoing care and veterinary treatment for the near future.  We are asking for donations for Checkers so that we can continue to provide this type of life saving care to her and the many other animals that will come in to our care just like her in the coming year.   Please use the paypal button on our page to make a donation today or mail to the address to the right of this posting.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support, and Checkers does too.
To learn more about Checkers' ordeal please read the letter below in her own words.....




A CHANCE FOR CHECKERS


Dear Friends and Supporters,
My name is Checkers.  I am a 6 year old Border Collie and I haven't had a very nice life so far.  I have 1 eye, am missing teeth, I am very thin and have an old fracture on my back leg.  I was almost put to sleep, (I thought that meant a long needed rest) when a nice shelter said they would take me and make my life a lot better.

While I was waiting for them to get me, I went to visit a few other dogs to make friends.  They were not nice dogs.  I was brutally attacked by 3 other dogs.  I was rushed to a vet where he was supposed to have fixed my leg.  I was in excruciating pain.  When I was finally going to this nice shelter, everyone noticed a bad smell.  I had to be rushed to an emergency hospital in the middle of the night.

I had gangrene in my leg. The doctors took off my bandage and 1/2 of my leg was hanging by a piece of skin. The doctors said that they would have to take my leg and also my tail because the dogs broke that too.  While taking more tests, the hospital found that I was anemic also.  I was ready to just give up.  I was tired of the fight.  Until, I met the nice, caring and oh so compassionate people from the nice shelter.  They told me not to give up and promised they would take care of me.

Why would any shelter want to help me? That is what this nice shelter does. I heard them talking to the doctors that my operations would take time and money.  So, I am asking for them.  Please find it in your heart to help with a donation towards my hospital bill.  They helped me, please help them.

Thank you, Pike County Humane Society for caring enough for a worn out, beat up Border Collie that will always be grateful for a chance to know what love really is.

Love,
Checkers

Thursday, April 7, 2016

How can something so small do so much damage?



It 'tis the season...the season of the tick.  Many people are already finding ticks in large abundance and we are only in the first week of April.  Mnay of us have grown up around them for decades and not though much about them other than they are gross, painful and annoying.  Unfortunately however, these tiny pests carry a large number of diseases.  The threat is so great that the CDC has an entire area of their website dedicated to tick borne diseases...http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/.  The most common among them is Lyme Disease.  Lyme Disease used to be considered a southeastern US problem, but it has spread far and wide and become very prevalent in our region.  Each year veterinary offices and clinics are seeing an increasing number of Lyme positive pets.  Most commonly in dogs.  If your pets are contracting it from tick bites, that means the incidence of humans contracting it from ticks is high as well.  You can only catch Lyme Disease from an infected tick, so if your pet tests positive you have no concern of catching the disease from them.
Prevention is the key to reducing your chances and your pet's chances for infection.  There are many preventatives available through your veterinarian office - they range from topical applications to pills and collars.  You should never buy over the counter preventative for your pets without consulting with your veterinarian first.  Many larger stores now carry the same medications as your veterinarian, but a consult with him or her should be the first step.  Never use Hartz, Seargents or other generic products as they have been proven to cause severe allergic reactions in animals ranging from skin burns and irritations to seizures and even death.  Another highly recommended preventative measure is providing your dogs with a lyme vaccine.  The initial vaccine has to be boosted in 4 weeks, but after that only a yearly booster is required.  When walking your dog outside, it is always good to brush them through thoroughly after your walk.  This way any ticks that have come along for the ride but have not attached or died from their preventative treatment will be brushed away and not given the opportunity to attach to your pet, or to you.  To learn more about tick borne illnesses in pets please visit: PetMd
We don't want to protect just our pets, but we need to take care of ourselves as well.  Wearing light colored clothing, tucking our pants in our boots when hiking and wearing longer sleeves can be helpful.  Using a spray or lotion to repel ticks is also a good idea. There are many products on the market from Deet based products to natural compounds.  You should take the opportunity to have a brief discussion with your family physician regarding their recommendations on the best and safest products for you to use.  Another trick to keeping them from attaching is taking a tape roller, like the one you have for pet hair, and rolling all over your clothes and even your head after walking outside.  The tape can pick up any little critters crawling on your clothes or person.  Spring and summer are fantastic seasons to spend lots of outdoor time with your dogs and we want you both to stay happy and healthy while doing so.

Monday, April 4, 2016

THANK YOU Dingman Twp Fire House and Pike County Humane Society Volunteers!

We want to extend a huge thank you to the Dingman TWP Fire House for their hospitality Saturday April 2, 2016 and for allowing us to host our low cost vaccination clinic there!  We are as always, very grateful for our community partners who make it possible for us to offer such services to the public.  We also want to thank the many pet parents who came out to have their pets vaccinated and microchipped...some of you even had your pet's portraits taken and purchased tshirts and other great goodies form our sale table.  Please visit our Events page for upcoming fundraising and community events.  We hope to see you there!
 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vaccine Clinic April 2nd!

Don't Miss this weekend's Vaccine Clinic at the Dingman Firehouse in Dingman Twp.  The clinic will run from 12pm to 5pm.  We will have our Tshirts and Sweatshirts for sale.  This week we will also have Spring Pet photos available for a small donation of only $5.  As a reminder, Pennsylvania requires a rabies vaccination for dogs and cats 3 months of age or older.  We highly recommend getting their other annual vaccines for their overall health and protection.  We will be offering microchips for pets for only $20 which comes with life time registration.  Microchipping is the number one pet recovery option should your pet be lost or stolen.  Visit our website for more information about the clinic and the services offered.
www.pikecountyhumanesociety.com

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Easter is only a few days away....




And we just want to remind folks that at Easter time we understand it is hard to resist those bunnies and baby chicks and ducklings....however we ask that if you cannot provide a lifetime of love and care for them, that you do resist.  The best Easter bunnies to get are the chocolate variety...and who doesn't love Peeps?
If you are considering a live pet, we ask that you wait until after the holiday and spend some time researching them.  Rabbits are cute and cuddly looking, but they require a lot of dedication.  They are extremely smart and social animals, and require much more attention than being put in a cage and left outside.  We urge you to visit the House Rabbit Society website to learn more about pet rabbits.
If you are interested in getting chickens and ducks, please note that they require special housing, food, Ducks and Chickens require their own special housing, diet and exercise as well as socialization and you can learn more about them by visiting http://www.backyardchickens.com/  and For the Birds.  We hope everyone has a great holiday!