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BC SPCA Wants You To Know Heat Kills In 10 Minutes

27 Jun

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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.

Rescue Me: K.D. & Lange – Two Chihuahuas Looking For Their Forever Home(s)

11 Jan

Welcome to the next installment of Rescue Me in which we feature pets waiting for adoption at the Vancouver BC SPCA. Today we would like to introduce you to 2 lovely little Chihuahuas.  They are K.D. and Lange and came together to the Vancouver SPCA through a cruelty investigation.  These two girls are 7 and 8 years old respectively.  It would be nice to see K.D. and Lange go  to a new home together, but their friends at the Vancouver BC SPCA think they would both adjust to being adopted separately with some love and understanding from their new pet savvy guardians. Both girls would be able to go to a home with another dog as long as it is a calm, patient and confident canine, but neither would be suitable in a home with young children. The girls are a bit nervous, but gaining more confidence with the help of the staff and volunteers at the Vancouver BC SPCA, so much so they are now wagging their tails when it’s time for their walk. They are not fully house trained yet, but staff and volunteers have been working with them. Both K.D. and Lange would love a lap to curl up on and each would smother you with kisses.  The girls are hanging out behind the desk with the staff at the Vancouver BC SPCA Branch, so feel free to stop by and say hi to these two lovely girls.  You can see them at 1205 East 7th Avenue or if you have questions, you can contact the Shelter by telephone at 604-879-7721 or by email at vancouver@spca.bc.ca. As always, we thank you in advance for sharing this information to help these lovely girls find their FURever home.

Foto Friday – STILL A Record Number Of Canines In Foster At Vancouver SPCA – Can We Change That?

20 May

VanSPCAFostersSo as many know that follow us regularly, 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 last week’s Foto Friday we featured a collage of pets that have been patiently waiting in foster for that forever home.  We mentioned that the Vancouver BC SPCA currently has a record number of canines in foster care.  As of last week’s writing, all the dogs are STILL WAITING, so we are giving them another chance, as they so deserve, for that forever home on today’s Foto Friday.  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, but today we ask that you do. Please share so these canines can finally find their forever home.

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.

Barks & Parks In Strathcona Park Thursday July 24th

23 Jul

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The Strathcona Residents Association, with special thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, will be hosting a community art project Barks & Parks this Thursday, July 24th in Strathcona Park. Barks & Parks is designed to celebrate the dog culture and park stewardship in Strathcona Park.  Local residents will be collecting photos of neighbourhood dogs, printing them on waterproof material and attaching them to a park fence to create some fun and interest in the park.  There will be an on-site photo shoot from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Northeast Corner of Strathcona Park (Venables and Raymur). If you wish to participate, come on down with your furry friend.  But should you not be able to make it Thursday evening, you can still join in the fun. You are invited to send a photo of your dog by August 15th (preferably a close-up face shot, portrait orientation) to Strathconabarksandparks@gmail.com.

Rescue Me – Teak & Shadow Looking For Their Forever Home

24 Jun

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Welcome to the first installment of Rescue Me.  Two weeks ago we featured the SPCA’s over 60 year history in East Vancouver.  Every two weeks we will be featuring animals waiting to be adopted into their forever homes.    This week we would like to introduce you to Teak and Shadow.  They are actually media darlings having recently been featured on Global BC News.

Teak and Shadow are quite the duo.  Happy dogs until their previous guardian passed away and they found themselves without a home. Teak and Shadow are completely bonded like canine sisters, so it is imperative that they are adopted together. Teak is a 12 year old fluffy Pomeranian who loves to eat and will always have a smile for you.    Shadow, also 12, is a very cute schnauzer-terrier cross and if you watch the Global video clip, you will see she is quite the dancer.   Both dogs are a bit shy and timid in their new environment after the loss of their guardian. To help reduce their anxiety, their new home should be patient and willing to work on slow introductions to new people and situations.   These girls are vocal so are best suited for a detached house with people that are home most of the day, but like all dogs need their leisurely walks. Like all animals up for adoption,  Teak and Shadow deserve their forever home. So if you sound like the right companion for them, or know someone who might be, the Vancouver SPCA is waiting to hear from you.

By way of update, the darling blind cat Snowflake featured on June 10th is still waiting for her forever home. As are the little dachsunds, Wendy and Joey. Do you know someone that might be able to give them their forever home?  Please let them know with an email, a call, a tweet or a Facebook share.

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Teak

New In Town – Dharma Dog Daycare

6 Mar

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Nik and Joanne Fabisiak are a busy couple these days. Not only are they pregnant and expecting their first child in few months, they just opened a new business, Dharma Dog Daycare, located at 1434 E 57th Ave, Vancouver, BC (Knight & 57th Street). Nik is a canine behaviour therapist and has extensive experience working with dogs. He is also a long time resident of East Vancouver.  Outside of dog daycare, Dharma Dog Daycare, will be offering grooming, dog walking and before long boarding and a shuttle service for pets. Monday, March 4th was their grand opening and as such, they are offering 50% off daycare services in the month of March. Also, if you are one of the first 500 likes on Facebook/Twitter, you could win a year’s worth of dog daycare.  To learn more about the services they offer and pricing, visit their website, Facebook page or pop in with your pooch to say hello.

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