The Top 5 Reasons to Attend Rescue Me Ohio’s Fourth Birthday Party and Fundraiser

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Who doesn’t love a carnival? To celebrate four years of success in supporting Ohio’s rescue community, Rescue Me Ohio will be hosting a street carnival themed birthday party extravaganza this Saturday in the Columbus area!

We invite you to join us at the Amvets Post 102 (485 Park Ave, Delaware, Ohio) from 1:00-5:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 21st for a fun-filled afternoon. This is an event you don’t want to miss, and here’s why:

Fun Games
What’s a carnival without games? We’ve got everything from Skee Ball, to Ring Toss and a Duck Pond and more! Games are free with admission, and offer the opportunity to win some great prizes.

Awesome Entertainment
DJ Suzy Waud will be playing your favorite hits throughout day (make sure to check out her page for a preview)!

We’ll also have a hypnotist – The Great Dean-O – and a fortune teller to complete the carnival experience. Don’t miss the fortune teller, from 2-4 p.m., and the hypnotist, from 3-4 p.m.

Fantastic Food
Two of Columbus’s favorite food trucks will be on-site: Burrito Bus and Explorers Club. They’ll be donating 10% of all sales during the party back to Rescue Me Ohio, so come hungry!  

Check out their menus in the meantime: Burrito Bus menu, Explorers Club menu.

Prizes, Prizes and More Prizes!
We’ve got so many awesome prizes to give away! Take your chances on a 50/50 raffle, win awesome donated gifts in our Chinese raffle and play your odds on our gift card tree. We’ve got over 20 items to give away in the Chinese raffle, and $1500 in donated gift cards for you to win!13178676_1391461270898042_1072684769317132556_n

Support a Great Cause
What makes the event even more fun? Supporting a great cause! All of the proceeds from the event will go directly to Rescue Me Ohio, helping us cover our operating costs, funding various programs and events to support Ohio’s companion animal organizations and educating the general public.

You can find more information on our Facebook page, or in our press release. Make sure to get their early, too, because the first 50 people through the door will receive a swag bag from Mutts & Co.! We hope to see you there!

Will You Be My Valentine? 10 Reasons Why Pets Make The Best Valentines

This year, why not skip out on all of the fancy dinners, expensive wine and stress of planning the perfect evening? Here’s a fool-proof plan for the perfect Valentine’s Day: spend some quality time with your pet! Keep reading to learn 10 reasons why pets make the absolute best Valentines.

1. They are pretty cheap dates. Your pet won’t expect to eat at the fanciest restaurant in town, or to be given extravagant Valentine’s Day gifts. All they’re looking for is some of their favorite food and snuggles from you!dog.jpeg

2. They’ll let you pick the movie. As long as you’re snuggling on the couch right next to them, your pet doesn’t care what you guys watch. So, bring on the Rom-Coms!

3. No reservations required. Skip out on the hassle of making reservations, or dealing with overcrowded restaurants. Your pet is happy just hanging out at home with you or taking a stroll through the park!

4. Forget the fancy clothes. You don’t need to buy a new dress or put on the three piece suit to impress your furry friend – they won’t ever judge your outfit choice!

5. Pets are easy to shop for. If you want to surprise your pet with a little something, you won’t have to search high or low for the perfect gift. You know what your pet likes, but they will also love anything that you give them.

6. No need to share your chocolate. Actually, don’t share your chocolate with them! Chocolate poisoning is harmful for both dogs and cats, so you can keep that giant heart-shaped box of chocolates all for yourself.

7. There’s no way that you’ll feel awkward, or suffer through small talk. Unlike a blind date or new crush, your pet is your best friend. You’re totally comfortable together and hanging with them on Valentine’s Day is sure to be a stress free time.

8. They’re good for your health! Studies have shown that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels – all of which can help minimize your risk of having a heart attack down the road. Not to mention the impact your pets can have on your overall mood and happiness.

9. They give the BEST snuggles. Want to curl up on the couch and watch a season of your new TV addiction? There’s no one better to snuggle with than your furry friend.

10. They love you unconditionally. Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating the people (and animals) that you love. Pets will love you unconditionally (as I’m sure you love them), and what a good way to spend your Valentine’s day!

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So, put on your favorite pair of sweatpants, turn on a Rom-Com (or thriller, it’s up to you!), snuggle up with your pet and get ready for the best Valentine’s Day yet!

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions: Keeping Your Pet Happy & Healthy This Year

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If you’re anything like me, you probably went into 2016 with a few New Year’s resolutions and the best intentions for keeping them. While my resolve to stick with my resolutions often trickles off slowly throughout the year, there is one that I know I will keep: doing everything I can to make sure my cat remains happy and healthy all year long! Our pets play such an important role in our lives and in our families, so it’s up to us to make sure they’re living the best life possible.

In order to make sticking to this resolution even easier, here are a few tips and tricks to help you ensure a happy and healthy year for your furry friends!

Focus on creating a stress-free, loving environment for your pet

Ensuring your pet is in a happy, loving home will have a positive impact on your pet’s health.  According to this All Animals magazine article, “insecurity causes stress, while boredom and lack of sufficient exercise can lead to obsessive or destructive behaviors.”

Regular playtime and affection for your furry friends will exercise their bodies and their minds. Giving them opportunities to “hunt”, wrestle and chase toys around can help prevent your pets from developing behavioral problems. And, we’re able to build a stronger bond with our pets through playtime and interaction.

Help your pet maintain a healthy weight

Excess weight can bring on an array of health problems for your pet. Obesity increases the risk for other serious health problems like osteoarthritis, heart and respiratory diseases, diabetes and many types of cancers. So, we should be mindful of how much our pets our eating each day, and also what they are eating.

Not sure what your pet should be eating? Your vet can help you find out what the ideal body weight is for each of your pets, as well as provide accurate information about the types and correct amount of food they should be eating. Be mindful of feeding your pet table scraps, too, as food and portions that may be appropriate for humans to eat may not contribute to your pets balanced diet in a positive way (although, I know we all want to share with our furry friends!).

Make sure your pet is properly hydrated

Keeping your pets well-hydrated makes a world of difference in their health. Water helps your pet digest food, regulate body temperature, eliminate waste and allows salt and other electrolytes to pass through the body. Keep them looking and feeling good all year, by ensuring their proper hydration. This is especially critical in those summer months when temperatures are high!

You can ensure that your pet is getting adequate water by making sure clean water is always available throughout the house, and in several places. Additionally, a water bowl with a recirculating fountain may be a good way to encourage your pet to drink more, as many pets enjoy the running water.

Don’t skip out on regular vet visits

Regular checkups for your pets are extremely important. In addition to keeping your furry friend up-to-date on all the vaccinations they need to stay healthy, regular visits allow the vet to identify underlying conditions early on that may affect your pet later in life. They allow you to establish a relationship with your veterinarian, and for your veterinarian to get to know your pet – which is critical in helping them understand when something is wrong and identify the cause. And your vet can provide valuable guidance on things such as the ideal body weight for your pet, how much you should be feeding them, and how much exercise your pet should get.  

How often should you take your pet to the vet? Dr. Barry Kipperman (DVM, DACVIM) recommends at least once per year for animals under the age of 10, and twice yearly after that. By incorporating regular check-ups into your pet’s care, you can ensure your pet is in tip-top shape all year round!

So, as you’re focusing on keeping your New Year’s resolutions, think about making one more – to keep your furry friend happy and healthy this year. These tips will help you and your pet have the best year yet!

Ready For a Dog? Consider These 5 Points First!

Ready For a Dog?  Consider These 5 Points First!

Soooo, you’re finally ready to start one of the best, most rewarding relationships of your life.  One that will forever change your life and heart, in the most wonderful way possible.

You’re ready for a dog!

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Great!  Having a dog has been one of the best experiences of my life thus far, and I bet all other dog lovers will say the same.  It’s one of those things you can’t truly understand until your heart has been captured by a four legged, furry bundle of love that barks, plays fetch and greets you every day like it’s Christmas.

As wonderful as my life is with my dogs, I have to say there are some things I would encourage people to understand before jumping right into getting one.  This is a commitment that can last you 15-20 years so it is crucial to be aware of what’s to come!  Here are 6 points that I think are important to understand.

“I’m sorry, I need to go home now and let my dog out.”

There will be times when you will to need leave happy hour or a holiday party early to go home and let your dog out.  Some of us like having a reason to leave a social gathering after a few hours and in that case, no need to worry!  But if you think you will be gone all day or all night you will need to make arrangements for someone to check in on your pup.

A dog is not meant to be chained up outside for his whole life.

Not all dog lovers may agree that a dog should be allowed on your couch or in your bed, but I think the vast majority of us will agree on this:  no dog should be chained up outside his whole life.  A dog deserves the safety of a warm house and bed of its own.  When we love a dog we quickly learn their needs become our needs, and protecting them against conditions that can harm them is a must.

Food, Water, and Healthcare

Providing food, water, and healthcare are non-negotiable aspects of owning a dog.  And let’s be honest, annual check-ups, nail trimming, grooming, food, treats and toys (because, hey, they need toys!) all add up.  It can be expensive owning a dog, so please make sure you can financially provide for them before you decide to adopt one.  If you can, this is about the only thing that you will glady accept kisses, snuggles and happy homecomings as a “return on your investment.”

Exercise and Training

I’ve read many times that “time is love” and I can handsdown tell you, it’s true when it comes to training and exercising my dogs.  Some days I don’t want to do it.  I’d rather be doing this or that or anything but teaching my pit bull how to walk with me and playing fetch with my Ridgeback.  I do it, however, because they need it and because I love them.  Also because it makes life a lot easier knowing they are healthy and well-behaved.  Two things to truly consider before adopting a dog!

Love and Companionship

There’s no doubt having a dog takes up a lot of time and energy.  Between trips to the vet and trips to the park and trips to PetSmart to pick up carpet cleaner, it may seem like your life revolves around them.  But there’s truly no greater love than the love of a dog.  It’s the thumping of their tail when you walk into a room and the happy cries you hear when you walk through the door after a long day at work and the comfort you feel as they rest their head (or whole body) on you when the day is done.

There is a big price to pay to love a dog but I tell you, for anyone who has ever fallen in love with one… 15-20 years isn’t nearly long enough.  If you feel you are ready and able to adopt a dog, I hope you enjoy one of the best relationships you will ever have!

Why Our Feline Friends Are Better Off Indoors

Considering letting your cat live as an outdoor cat? Read this first.

For those of you cat parents out there, I’m sure you’ve had an internal debate at some point in time about whether or not you should let your cat outside or keep them in doors. As many cats often spend their time staring out the window, or eager to try to sneak out the door every time it’s opened, it may seem like your feline friends would prefer life in the great outdoors.

While it is true that your cat may enjoy spending time outside, what you may not realize is that they are much better off indoors. In fact, allowing your cat to roam around outside as they please can actually put them at great risk. According to this article on paws.org, the average lifespan of an outdoor cat is 2 to 3 years, while an indoor-only cat can enjoy life anywhere from 15-20 years. Speaking as a cat owner myself, I think it’s safe to say that we all would prefer for our cats to have longer, healthier lives!

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So, when thinking about this age-old debate on whether or not to let your cat outside, here are a few reasons you should consider keeping them indoors:

They are safe from diseases, and other ailments, in the comfort of your home.
When roaming around outside, your cat will inevitably come into contact with other outdoor cats, which could easily spread a number of illnesses. That includes serious (and often fatal) diseases like Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Distemper (Panleukopenia) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Other cats can share parasites, ringworm and other kinds of infections, too.

In addition to catching an illness from another cat, your cat can easily pick them up from the mice that they’re hunting and bringing home to you. And, if your cat is spending a lot of time outside, that makes it harder for you to monitor your cat’s health and know when something is wrong.

Cats get cold, too!
Especially with the looming winter weather here in Ohio, it’s very important that your cat stays indoors where you know they are warm! Many humans don’t like being out in the cold – and, our cats don’t either! They risk freezing to death, or suffering from severe hypothermia and/or frostbite, if they spend too much time outdoors in the winter. Just like humans, they don’t enjoy being cold and stuck outside in the snow.

Keeping cats indoors prevents them from getting hit by oncoming cars.
According to earthcaretaker.com, more cats are killed by cars (5.4 million) than in U.S. animal shelters each year. While most cats are pretty fast, it’s impossible to guarantee that your cat will be safe from oncoming traffic when left to roam around outside.  

Outdoor cats risk harm from wild animals and not-so-kind humans.
Other animals pose a major risk to outdoor cats. Whether they encounter owls, coyotes or even  stray or neighborhood dogs, keeping your cat indoors prevents them from an attack and ensures that they are safe from these dangers.

And while, you may love your cat (and animals in general) there are people out there who do not share the same opinions. Cats roaming around the area are easy targets for groups of youths with too much time on their hands, for cat-haters who have no problem using your cat for target practice or selling them to an abusive owner, or for vicious neighbors who will easily remove your cat from their yard whatever way they can. It’s hard to imagine people who could abuse animals, but it’s important to consider the next time you’re thinking of letting your cat go outside.

Keeping your cat indoors may require a lifestyle change for them, if they are used to going outside regularly. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to make sure that they are happy and healthy indoors:

  • Make sure they get plenty of exercise – You can do this by playing with them, and giving them with interactive toys, climbing towers and scratching posts to use when you’re not around.
  • Keep your cat stimulated with various types of toys that allow them to stalk, chase, pounce and kick. Try switching their toys around every now and then to keep it interesting for them.
  • Place perches or towers near a window so that your cat can enjoy the sunlight, and see what’s going on outside from the safety of your home. 
  • Provide a screened-in porch or other enclosure in which they can safely enjoy the outdoors.
  • Leash train your cats so that you can take them on supervised strolls around the neighborhood, and protect them from any potential danger.

Next time you’re considering letting your cat go outside, please consider the reasons outlined above. It may seem like your cat would be happier outside, but in the end they will be much safer and live longer, healthier lives in the comfort of your home!