Furry Fursday: Meet Checkers

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October 26, 2017

Meet Checkers!

Checkers is a handsome Terrier mix who is only 1.5 years old and is looking for his forever family. This big guy is quite friendly and plays well his dog friends, but would love to have a human to give him all the attention he deserves. Checkers has a laid-back personality, and although he would love to play in the park or go on walks, he also just likes to hang out and enjoy some time relaxing. Adorable Checkers can often be found with his little tongue peeping out of his mouth, an adorable habit which many of the staff will comment fondly on. With such a personality and handsome face, it’s a wonder Checkers has been at the Humane Society for over 7 months already. Come in to the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center today and see if you can spot Checkers and his little tongue lounging in his room.

 

Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween! Here are some safety tips from the ASPCA to ensure everyone in the family, even your pets, have a fun but safe Halloween!

1. Lock Candy Away

Kids love to stash candy in their rooms, but a dog’s keen sense of smell will lead him to even the most cleverly hidden treasure. Contact a veterinary professional right away if your pet does get into Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar-free and contains xylitol.

2. Ditto the Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are used to help keep kids safe while they are out in the dark. Pets (especially cats) find these glow sticks to be a lot of fun and often puncture them. While most of the sticks are labeled as non-toxic, they do have an extremely bitter taste and pets who bite into them may begin drooling and racing around the house. A little treat or sip of milk will usually stop the taste reaction.

3. Have Pets Identified and Visible

There are a lot of extra people on the streets at Halloween, and that combined with strange costumes can spook pets and cause them to bolt. If you take your pet out after dark, make sure he or she wears a reflective collar and is securely leashed. And make sure your pet has proper identification on the collar.

4. Keep Pets Calm

Even pets who are kept indoors may experience intense anxiety over the large number of strangely dressed visitors. Keeping your pet away from trick-or-treaters may do the trick, but if you think more will be needed be sure and speak with your vet well in advance about options to help calm your pet.

5. Check Those Costumes

Costumes can be fun for the whole family. However, if you are planning on dressing up your best bud, ensure that the costume fits well and isn’t going to slip and tangle the pet or cause a choking hazard if chewed on. And never leave a costumed pet unattended.