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

Donating online is easy!

Donating online is easy!
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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!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Caring for Feral Cats

In recent years, feral cats have been given better status in our communities.  Rather than being considered nuisance animals that need to be removed, communities are embracing their feline neighbors and working together to humanely reduce and eliminate their numbers.  This is a shift in thinking that has become widespread in many areas, but needs to become the norm in all.
We would like to touch on this issue and offer some information and guidance on how to properly and responsibly care for feral cats.

What is a Feral Cat?  There are many philosophies and definitions on what a feral cat is.  However for our purposes here we will define them as:  Unsocialized cats that have either been born in the wild to a cat or a once friendly house cat who became lost or was abandoned and is now unsocialized.

How do I Care for Feral Cats?  Caring for them is relatively simple.  If you plan to take this on however, be sure that you can continually care for the cats daily and can commit to them for as long as they are there.  If not, please contact local resources that will be able to help the animals.  If they are on your own property and have shelter of some sort to keep them from the elements you are already a step ahead.  If they do not have shelter you can make shelters relatively easy.  At the end of this posting there will be additional links, including the types of shelters you can make for feral cats.
Cats, just like all animals require a clean, potable source of water.  If there is not a fresh source of water close by or it requires them to cross in to unsafe areas, such as roads, or neighboring properties that do not want them there, then you can set up self watering stations such as this:



These can be found at any pet supply, farm supply, or walmart/target or other large chain stores.  They are relatively inexpensive and generally pretty sturdy.  You will want to make sure the water is changed daily, and in extreme weather to prevent bacteria or freezing.




You will also want to provide a dry kibble daily for them.  The frequency should be at a minimum of once per day.  Once the cats begin to depend on you for a food source you will want to make sure their feeding times are generally around the same time each day.  This will help you get a good count of who is there, and monitor them for health issues.  This also will help you to identify potential new cats in the colony so that you can take the appropriate measures for them as we will discuss further in this posting.  Some caretakers choose to provide canned food for their feral cats as well. That is perfectly fine to do.  And may be especially helpful for any aging cats that may have difficulty with the dry kibble.

They're fed and sheltered...now what?  The most responsible and successful feral caretaker's have a goal of reducing and eventually eliminating the feral cats in their area.  Let's face it, while many live the life, and survive....if you had the choice, would you rather live outside dealing with all the elements of weather, potential for injury or death due to cars, uncaring humans, predators,  or illness....OR would you prefer to live a life indoors with your choice of lounging station, food, love and affection?  
So how do we reduce the numbers humanely?  That's easy...it is called - Trap, Neuter, Return....or TNR.  Many local humane organizations offer humane traps and instructions on how to properly use them for a small rental fee, or you can purchase them fairly inexpensively at local farm stores such as Tractor Supply or Agway.  There are many programs available in communities all across the nation now that provide low and sometimes free spay and neuter services for feral cats.  There will be a link at the bottom of the page to locate one in your area, or you can call us at the shelter and we can give you some options as well.  Sometimes our own personal vet is willing to help us with this cause.  You will want to call him or her and see what they may be willing to offer.  At the time of spay or neuter we recommend obtaining a rabies vaccine for your feral cat.  The likelihood of recapturing and re-vaccinating year after year may be slim to non existent, but that one vaccine can make a difference.
Spaying and neutering your feral cats will eliminate spread of disease, injuries from fights, spraying from the males, and of course litters of kittens.  If you happen to have a feral mom cat have kittens in your colony, you will want to try to cat the kittens at an appropriate age and socialize them so they can live in homes with families, instead of living outdoors in the colony.  You will also want to have a plan in place for stray friendly cats that show up in your colony.  Whether you take them in yourself and try to find them forever families or you work with a local humane shelter or sanctuary to find them placement, if at all possible, friendly strays should always be given an opportunity to get off the streets.

How do I protect them from being trapped by others or humane agencies?  At the time of spay/neuter most vets will do what they call ear tipping.  It is painless because it is done while they are asleep and heals very quickly so that even when released back outside there is little to no chance of infection during the healing process.
The ear tipping signifies this cat has been spayed or neutered and is being cared for in a colony.  We recommend letting your local agencies know that you are caring for a colony, and the location of that colony so that if they do receive one of your cats you can get them back.  Some low cost programs will also offer to microchip the cats, and we recommend that as well, because its a sure fire way to get your cat back to his or her colony where they are safe.  Most humane agencies don't have a plan for feral cats they receive other than euthanasia.  Eat tipping and microchipping however can save that cat's life.  Another item is signage.  Whether caring for a colony on your own property, or property where you have been given permission to care for the local ferals. A small sign stating that this is a feral colony, managed by, and a contact number or email should someone need to is recommended.  This helps to eliminate the dumping of household cat into the feral colony, as well as letting others know, these cats are cared for, leave them be.

What if one of my cats is ill or injured?  One of the most important aspects of responsible colony care is recognizing an ill or injured cat.  If the cat appears to be injured due to an animal attack and they have not had a rabies vaccination within the last year, you will have to make a difficult decision.  Do we treat and quarantine the cat to monitor for rabies or do we humanely euthanize them.  Some may say, wow that's drastic, but you have to keep in mind, of you treat and release without knowing his or her rabies status you could potentially infect your colony, and runt he risk of getting bitten by a rabid feral cat yourself.  Many times in this process you will have to make tough decisions for the good of the colony, and not just the individual cats.  
You will need to evaluate the extent of the injuries.  This is where having a great relationship with a local vet comes in handy.  You may need to attempt to trap the cat, or they may be in such need that you can carefully corner and catch them.  Be sure to always use thick gloves, a blanket and a carrier or crate large enough that you can put the cat and blanket inside without chance for escape.  From there your veterinarian and his or her trained staff can evaluate the cat.  If you are lucky the injury or illness can be easily treated and the cat released back outside right away.  Other times not.  At that point you will have to determine what you are able to do for this cat.  You may have to make the tough decision to euthanize, in the best interests of the cat. 

What do I do if the cats are not on my property?  This is a very common question, and one that can be easily answered but sometimes the desired outcome difficult to achieve.  Very simply, you must have permission to care for the cats by the owner of the property, whether it be community property or someones personal property.  If its community property or abandoned property then you must acquire appropriate permission or even permitting from your local municipality.  Some municipalities are educated on and open to responsible management of cat colonies. They see the benefit in population reduction, disease and wildlife control, and the over humane perspective of caring for others.  However you may face an uphill battle with a local government who is not so open to the issue.  This is where support from others comes in handy.  Are there others in your community who are willing to assist?  Does your local humane shelter want to get involved and speak on your behalf?  What national organizations are there that can help?  Are there other's doing what you want to do that can help? No worries! We have provided you with a listing of resources below to help answer these and many other questions.  

Links:


Alley Cat Allies, a national network for advocating and caring for feral cats.  They are also a fantastic resource for local Alley Cat Ally members.




Friday, March 11, 2016

Lost and Found Pets...Lets bring them home!

Each year millions of pets go missing from their loving homes, and many unfortunately never make it back home.  Its a devastating statistic and one that we hope to help close the gap on.

One way in which we hope to help, is through microchipping.  Every animal adopted from Pike County Humane Society is microchipped before leaving the shelter.  A lost pet who is microchipped has over a 52% chance of being returned to their owner.  Where that falls apart is failure to maintain current registration information.  Once your pet is microchipped it is very important to update all your contact information...whether it be a new address, new phone number or new email address.  If you have adopted a pet from our shelter and have had any of these changes, please contact us with those changes.  

If you haven't adopted a pet through us and your pet is not currently microchipped, we offer several low coast vaccine clinics throughout the year and provide microchipping at these clinics for the low cost of $20.


Please check out our website for a list of upcoming events and clinics->  Pike County Humane Society

Licensing is another very important way to identify your pet.  In PA all dogs are required to have a county dog license by the age of 3months.  The licenses expire the 31st of December of each year.  The license provides a unique identifier that the finder may call the courthouse with to get your information and return your pet to you.  Some municipalities in PA also require licensing for cats, and works in the same fashion.  You can contact your municipality for more information about pet licensing.

Pet ID Tags are inexpensive and another great way to identify your pet if they become lost.  Its a quick way to keep up to date contact information on your pet,  They do wear out, so check them often to make sure the information is legible should your pet get lost.  

What do I do if I have found a pet?
If the pet has a collar with tags you can use the information on those tags to try to locate the owner. You can also take the pet to a local veterinarian or animal shelter to have them scanned for a microchipped.  If you cannot keep the pet with you until the owner is found you can bring them to a local animal shelter.  If you find a pet in Pike County please call ahead so we can make arrangements to be available for their arrival. In Pennsylvania you can also contact your local dog warden for dogs.  If you find an injured pet, please call 911 and stay with the animal until help arrives, they will transfer the pet to either the shelter or a local veterinarian.  Never try to move an injured animal unless they are in immediate further danger.  When doing so use a blanket and gloves and caution.  Injured animals may bite out of fear or pain.
If you are able to keep the pet with you, please contact the shelter as soon as possible and submit a found pet report.  You can either call the shelter or submit a report through our Lost and Found Report Page.

Other sources to contact are---  Local Police, Local Veterinarians, Local Newspaper and Facebook Lost and Found Groups.

What do I do if I have Lost a pet?
Contact your local shelter, and if you are in Pike County, that would be us.  You can call or you can submit a report through our Lost and Found Report Page.  Contact your veterinarian and any other local veterinarians in your area. If you lost a dog, contact the county dog warden since he will most likely be the person called if your dog is found.  

Other sources to contact are---  Local Police, Local Veterinarians, Local Newspaper and Facebook Lost and Found Groups.




Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Walk for a dog....Pike County Humane Society


You have to do it anyway, so why not walk your dog and raise money for your favorite animal shelter? 

The walk for a dog app is free and easy to use, and it a great program that helps raise much needed funds for our shelter.  All you have to do is go to the app store on your cellular device and download the app.  Once downloaded, they ask for your email address and the charity you want to support.  From there you can either enter our name - Pike County Humane Society, or search us using the state, and then scrolling to our name.  You will be asked to go to your email acct and click the link to verify your email.  Its that simple!  Once you are all set up, all you have to do is open the app on your phone each time you take your dog for a walk.  The application will track your activity for you and the Pike County Humane Society will benefit!  
To learn more please visit their website --->;http://www.wooftrax.com/


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Spring is Almost Here!

Spring is on its way and many of us will be spending more time outside with our favorite furry trail buddies!  There is no better way to get exercise for the whole family and to refresh and recharge.  Here are some special considerations for our trail excursions.
Breed and age of our companion:
All our pets love being with us and they want to please us by keeping up and going wherever we go, but for some of our pets where we go and what we do may not be the best for their health.  Older pets who tire easily should be given moderate exercise.  If your pet seems tired or winded, give them frequent breaks, and be sure to carry plenty of water for them to drink.  Start off with small trips to gauge their tolerance and plan your trips accordingly.  Certain breeds are more athletic and have more stamina than others for hiking trips.  Labs, hounds, collies, and other athletic type dogs do better than others such as english bulldogs, boston terriers, chihuahuas, and even boxers.  Dependent on their size and even their muzzle shape- such as the boxers, bulldogs and bostons, our companions may be more suitable for shorter and easier trips.
Weather:
On cool days our pets can go further and handle more challenging trails and terrain, however on warmers days you should always use caution.  When temperatures are above 75 degrees F it is recommended to choose trails with safe waterway access and plenty of shade.  It is important to check your pet's gums often and make sure they are not over heated.  Some signs of heat stroke in dogs that the average pet parent can recognize, per PetMd.com are:
  • Panting
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
  • Increased body temperature - above 103° F (39° C)
  • Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
  • Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Shock
  • Stoppage of the heart and breathing (cardiopulmonary arrest)
  • Fluid build-up in the lungs; sudden breathing distress (tachypnea)
  • Vomiting blood (hematemesis)
  • Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding
  • Changes in mental status
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors
  • Wobbly, incoordinated or drunken gait or movement (ataxia)
  • Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened
If your pet is in distress please follow these very important and life saving steps, and seek veterinary assistance immediately no matter how well your pet responds to the treatment - 
Early recognition of the symptoms of heat stroke is key to a prompt recovery. If your dog's increased body temperature can be linked to environmental temperature, such as weather, an enclosed room, grooming cage or exercise, the first immediate step will be to attempt to lower the body temperature.

Some external cooling techniques include spraying the dog down with cool water, or immersing the dog's entire body in cool – not cold – water; wrapping the dog in cool, wet towels; convection cooling with fans; and/or evaporative cooling (such as isopropyl alcohol on foot pads, groin, and under the forelegs). Stop cooling procedures when temperature reaches 103° F (using a rectal thermometer) to avoid dropping below normal body temperature.

It is very important to avoid ice or very cold water, as this may cause blood vessels near the surface of the body to constrict and may decrease heat dissipation. A shivering response also is undesirable, as it creates internal heat. Lowering the temperature too quickly can lead to other health problems, a gradual lowering is best. The same guideline applies to drinking water. Allow your dog to drink cool, not cold, water freely. However, do not force your dog to drink.

Environmental hazards, dangerous wildlife and external parasites:
When you are out an about with your pets, you expose them and yourself to poison ivy, poison oak and other poisonous plant life, poisonous snakes, other wildlife, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers etc.  With all these things to consider you will want to acquaint yourself with the area you plan to traverse.  What wildlife might you encounter, what types of snakes are prevalent and how to identify them.  Carry with you protection against ticks and mosquitoes for both you and your pet.  A monthly preventative is highly recommended and a lyme vaccine in case of a bite from an infected tick for your dog is very important.  Always bring a long a little extra preventative for them in highly infested areas if you simply cannot avoid them.  Make sure to protect yourself with your own repellents and preventatives preventative - but never use them on your pets!  
Always keep your pets leashed in areas you are unfamiliar with or where you may be meeting up with other hikers and their pets.  Keep your pet in your sight and under control at all times.  Making sure your pet has good leash and manners with other dogs and people is imperative.  

Taking care of you:
Make sure you always wear appropriate clothing and foot wear.  Carry  plenty of fresh water for both of you every time and carry along a small first aid kit that can be used for both of you.  Some things to include are:
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Band-Aids
  • Vet wrap
  • Gauze
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Eye wash
  • Benedryl
  • Caladryl
Other things to bring along, especially on long trail trips are protein bars or snacks for you, and snacks or food for them.  
The three most important things to remember are to keep hydrated, cool, and aware of your surroundings -temperature and terrain.

Happy hiking everyone!