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BC SPCA Wants You To Know Heat Kills In 10 Minutes

27 Jun

HeatKills!

We are dog owners and animal lovers thus why we think it’s important to share this recent message from the BC SPCA.  We have seen ourselves first hand dogs struggling in cars in the heat of the summer.  As the video we’ve included states even temperatures as low as 16 to 20 degrees, which may be comfortable for YOU as a human, is not for a dog. Temperatures inside a vehicle can still reach 38 degrees and dogs have died.  It is unnecessary suffering for these animals.  We appreciate many people are well intentioned and want to take their dogs with them. We certainly get that, but either opt to choose to go places where you know you can take your pet with you, or leave them at home.  We invite you to check out this brief video by the BC SPCA which explains how dogs cooling system works, it’s not very effective compared to us humans especially in certain breeds with a short muzzle.  Take a listen.

 

What to do if you see a dog in distress in a parked vehicle:

  • Note the license plate and vehicle information and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately;
  • Is the animal in distress? Call your local animal control agency, police, or the BC SPCA hotline at 1-855-622-7722 as soon as possible.
  • PLEASE NOTE: It is illegal for members of the public to break a window to access the vehicle themselves; only RCMP and Special Provincial Constables of the BC SPCA can lawfully enter a vehicle. SPCA branch staff and volunteers cannot enter vehicles.
  • Keep emergency supplies – bottled water, a small bowl, a towel that can be soaked in water- in your car so that you help hydrate an animal (if a window has been left open) while you wait for emergency response; a battery-powered fan from a dollar store also can be handy to circulate air.

Show Your Support For Pets In Businesses

Have a pet-friendly business or know of one (businesses that allow pets on the premises)? Download the BC SPCA’s poster that identifies your place as a pet-friendly business (PDF).

Dogs can’t release heat by sweating

In just minutes, the temperature in a parked car can climb to well over 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). Dogs have no sweat glands, so they can only cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws, which they cannot do in a vehicle that has become an oven.  Dogs can withstand high temperatures for only a very short time – in some cases just minutes – before suffering irreparable brain damage or death.

BC SPCA reminds pet guardians to be alert to heatstroke symptoms, which include: exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, anxious or staring expression, weakness and muscle tremors, lack of coordination, convulsions or vomiting, and collapse.

If your dog shows symptoms of heatstroke, you should do the following:

  • Immediately move the animal to a cool, shady place
  • Wet the dog with cool water
  • Fan vigorously to promote evaporation. This will cool the blood, which reduces the animal’s core temperature.
  • Do not apply ice. This constricts blood flow, which will inhibit cooling.
  • Allow the dog to drink some cool water (or to lick ice cream if no water is available)
  • Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment.

“Your dog will be much happier – and safer – at home, with shade and plenty of fresh cool water,” says Lorie Chortyk, General Manager of Community Relations for the BC SPCA.  “It is such a preventable tragedy.” We agree.  In the warm weather, please be kind, leave your pet behind. If you are going to out for some time, get help from neighbours or a dog walker to take your dog out while you are away from home.  There are so many safer options available.

BC SPCA Hosts 10 Things Your Dog Wishes You Knew At The Cultch May 31st

15 May

DogWhoMeThe BC SPCA is hosting a hands on demonstration to find out what motivates your dog’s behavior on Thursday, May 31st at The Cultch. The demonstration will be led by Chirag Patel who is a renowned behavior and training consultant. He uses humane training methods with dogs and will show you how to address some common training issues. He will also provide some tips on grooming your dog as well as discussing matters relating to dogs that experience fear whether it’s new object or in new situations.   You’ll leave with knowledge of how to build a stronger bond with your canine best friend.  Cost of the event is $20 and tickets are available through the BC SPCA.  The event gets under way at 7:00 pm and goes till 9:30 pm.

Rescue Me: Sweet Georgia Girl Would Love A FURever Home

30 Nov

georgiaWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to re- introduce you to a lovely girl named Georgia who we featured earlier this year. She is a 2 year old Labrador Retriever crossed with Pit Bull Terrier. Georgia is a sweet, smart and energetic girl. She loves playing with other dogs and could easily live with a canine companion that has her rough and tumble style of play, but likely not cats.  She’s a little too into them. The girl has had a bit of a rough year though.  Being an energetic young dog with that lab energy, she tore her ACL. She has had surgery to repair it, so she spent a fair bit of time in foster on the mend, but is now fully recovered. Her foster family is now caring for a litter of kittens, so Georgia is now back to kennel life at the Vancouver SPCA.   Georgia would really love a FURever home to call her own where she gets to stay and make new friends.  The Vancouver SPCA thinks she is best suited for a house with a yard as well as an adult only home.  Ideally, Georgia needs her people to have bit of time and attention to give her initially while she settles in before being left home alone for periods of more than 3 – 4 hours.  She quite likes bully sticks and they keep her occupied and entertained whilst hanging out at the kennel. I’m sure if you brought her one, she’d be a friend for life.   If you think you could give this fire ball of energy a FURever home,  Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. You can find them at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca

 

Rescue Me: Cookie Is Looking For Their Forever Homes

2 Nov

gerryWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a couple of animals who’ve been patiently waiting for their forever homes. First off, meet Gerry who is a fun young excitable dog with lots of energy. Thus, he does require an active and patient guardian. Gerry is a white and tan Pit Bull Terrier who is almost 2 years old. He originally came into the Prince George SPCA as a stray and was then later surrendered by his guardian.  Gerry is a very affectionate dog and will shower you with kisses and is a little over eager at times  Some formal obedience classes will help him with his manners and thrive in the right environment.  His friends at the Vancouver SPCA think Gerry is best suited to an adult only home. And if you love snuggling and swimming, you are a great match. These are two of Gerry’s favourite things to do.  If you think you could give this bouncy boy a forever home the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. You can find Gerry at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca. UPDATE: Gerry has been adopted! 🙂

Next up, we’d like to introduce you to Cookie. Cookie is a beautiful sassy cat. She is a black cat that’s 8 years young that requires a cat savvy home, preferably the only one. Cookie we hear has an adorable chirp and loves to roll on her special rug and show off her lovely locks.  She enjoys the cocookiempany of people she knows, but does have a lower petting tolerance than some other cats. So a cat savvy guardian that knows when she needs her alone time is best. Her friends at the Vancouver SPCA think she would be happiest in a quiet adult-only home.  If you think you could give this lovely girl a forever home the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. Again, you can find them and Cookie at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca. We are, as always, grateful if you share this information and help Gerry and Cookie find their forever homes.

Rescue Me: Persian Cross Sky Looking For His Forever Home

14 Jun

 

SkySPCA1Welcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a lovely boy named Sky. Sky is a beautiful persian cross that is 11 years old. He came to the Vancouver BC SPCA after a change in his living environment. So an adult home where he is the apple of your eye would be perfect for him. Speaking of eyes, Sky has stunning baby blue eyes and is a sweet and loving cat. He has a sensitive nature which makes life in the shelter unsettling for him, but his friends at the Vancouver SPCA feel he will flourish in his new home.   Sky is an indoor only cat and with his long hair will require regular brushing. If you can give this sweet boy a forever home, his friends at the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. You can find him at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca

Foto Friday – Record Number of Dogs In Foster With Vancouver BC SPCA

13 May

VanSPCAFostersAs those that follow us regularly know, we are big supporters of the BC SPCA and the work they do. We regularly feature pets waiting for adoption and often they are ones that are a bit harder to place.  In today’s Foto Friday we are featuring a collage of pets that have been patiently waiting for some time in foster for their forever home.  We have learnt that the Vancouver BC SPCA currently has a record number of canines in foster care.  Since they are not in the shelter, they are not as visible to those looking for a pet, but of course just as deserving of that forever home.  As of today’s writing, each of one of the dogs pictured is still waiting.   So today we’d like to give them some virtual love to help them find what they so need and deserve. If you would like more information about any one of these dogs, you can find more information on their website at Vancouver BC SPCA, 1205 East 7th Avenue. You can also reach them by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca. They will be more than happy to arrange a visit for you.  As always, we welcome any shares.

RESCUE ME: Lenny 4 Year Old Tabby Looking For His Forever Home

10 May

LennyWelcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to a lovely boy named Lenny.  Lenny is a 4 year old male tabby that came to the Vancouver BC SPCA as a stray through the Maple Ridge branch.  Although he had permanent ID and they were able to track his owner, he had been missing for a whole year!!  Due to this length of time missing, his previous owners felt it was best that Lenny stay with the BC SPCA so they could find him a more suitable home.  No one is really sure what or where he was for that year, but when found, he had FAD (flea allergy dermatitis) which they’ve treated and his hair is growing in nicely.  Lenny, as you can see from the pic, is a rather handsome boy. As for diet, he does need to remain on a Hypoallergenic diet. Lenny is extremely head shy and does appreciate a safe distance while getting to know people. He does startle easy on hearing loud noises as well as sudden movements, so a home with no children is important. The BC SPCA is working on desensitizing him to touch and creating positive experiences with him, but he will need a dedicated and cat savvy guardian to continue this with him. Lenny had spent some time at the recent satellite adoption center “Catfe” but he found it to be too stressful, so his friends at the BC SPCA say he should be the only cat in the home. Lenny is very playful, loves to chase his toys and loves to play with water. Thus, turn on a tap, he will keep you amused for a long time!  If you think you could give this handsome boy a forever home, the Vancouver SPCA Shelter would love to hear from you. You can find him at 1205 East 7th Avenue or by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca

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