Vaccinating Your Pets: Why It’s So Important

Vaccinating Your Pets: Why It’s So Important

Regular preventative pet healthcare is essential in keeping your furry friend happy and healthy. Vaccines are a simple way to protect your pet from highly contagious and often deadly diseases, and improve your pet’s overall quality of life.

In fact, experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Some of the most common vaccinations recommended by veterinarians include:

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Dogs

  • Rabies: a fatal viral infection of the brain and nerves that affects mammals – infection usually occurs through bites from infected animals, most commonly skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats
    * Vaccination for both dogs and cats is recommended, and is required in most states
  • Canine Parvovirus: a highly contagious virus that attacks a dog’s gastrointestinal tract; it is transmitted through oral contact with infected feces
  • Canine Distemper: a viral illness that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system of dogs; it can be spread through the air, through direct contact with an infected animal or via contaminated objects
  • Bortadella: a bacteria commonly associated with respiratory disease in dogs and a common cause of kennel cough; it is highly contagious and can be transmitted through the air or direct contact.
    * Although Bortadella isn’t one of the “core vaccines” that are recommended for most pets, the vaccine is a common requirement when boarding your dog.

For dogs, an alternative option to routine vaccinations are titer tests. These tests, which can be performed by your veterinarian can help determine if a previous vaccine is still protecting your dog.

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Cats

  • Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV): the FIV disease weakens a cat’s immune system, leaving cats dangerously vulnerable to serious infections
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): a viral disease that weakens the immune system and is often passed from mother to kitten or through exposure to an infected cat’s saliva or other body fluids
  • Feline panleukopenia: Also known as feline distemper, this highly contagious viral illness attacks cells in the lymph nodes, bone marrow and intestinal tract. It is spread from cat to cat through contact with body fluids or contaminated objects.
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis and Feline calicivirus infection: infectious diseases that often cause upper respiratory disease in cats.

Unfortunately, many people forgo vaccinations and routine healthcare for their pets because they are unable to afford this care. That’s why Rescue Me Ohio (RMO) and Ohio Voters for Companion Animals (OVCA) are sponsoring two upcoming H.O.P.E. Clinics, which offer affordable vaccinations for Ohio pets. The first clinic that we will be sponsoring will be this Sunday, April 30th, in the Columbus area. Please read our press release, or visit our Facebook events page for full details.

Learn more about pet vaccination by visiting the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Vaccination FAQ page. For more information about the H.O.P.E. Clinics that RMO and OVCA are sponsoring, please contact us.

Outside of Ohio? Visit the Humane Society’s website for a directory of organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary care needs.

 

Nowhere to Go But Up: One Day in Meigs County

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

It’s been a few months in the making, but Rescue Me Ohio’s first official Spruce Up Day at Meigs County Dog Shelter in Pomeroy, Ohio was just two days ago.  What started with a picture of a sad beagle needing rescue has turned into a multi-phase renovation project of the building and its operations.

The beautiful thing about this project was that it isn’t at all Rescue Me Ohio coming in to “save” the shelter in a poor town–instead, it is a collaborative effort between the warden, local volunteers and members of Rescue Me Ohio to do what can be done to give the dogs a better place to stay–all we are doing is helping shoulder the burden for a while and providing some momentum to see the loving volunteers’ dreams come true.

The day itself was beautiful and sunny, which helped amplify the warm feelings among the group.  Volunteers came from all over the state to join forces with the warden and local community members there to lend a hand.  Soon, the grimy walls became bright blue with fresh coats of paint…

The blue walls are bright and cheery, and soon the concrete floor will receive several coats of epoxy to provide easier cleaning.
The blue walls are bright and cheery, and soon the concrete floor will receive several coats of epoxy to provide easier cleaning.

…and the constantly backed-up drain was snaked out and repaired by our commercial plumbers who came to help.

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It was amazing the amount of progress we made for just one day!  But we still have so far to go and need some help.  The next phases of the renovation will include overhauling the kennel area and building individual kennels for the dogs, improving the electrical system, obtaining more supplies and organizing them, and fixing the ceiling.  Then, we will write some grants to try and obtain some funding to sustain the operations of the shelter and provide medical care to the dogs as they come in.

If you’d like to help out on our next day, or you know of some supplies that you can get donated, please let me know at ksummers @ rescuemeohio.org!  We still need lots of help and keep looking for great volunteers who want to join our efforts!  Keep watching for more information on Spruce Up Day: Phase II!

Rescue Me Ohio visits Columbus Pet Expo

On a chilly weekend in mid-April, Rescue Me Ohio set up a booth with the Humane Society of Delaware County at the Columbus Pet Expo.  It was the biggest event that RMO has ever attended so far, and was a great way to meet current fans (thanks for stopping by!) and discuss our mission with those that didn’t know about us.

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From Friday through Sunday, members of Rescue Me Ohio were there to discuss with the expo attendees what animal rescue means to them and how RMO is working to fill in the gaps that exist within the community.   We worked to encourage people to foster, cross post, donate, or do whatever else they possibly could to get involved in rescue.  It was great to see that so many people who stopped by already believe in or are involved in rescue at some level!

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HSDC brought adoptable dogs every day and they were a huge hit with the people passing by!  The dogs got lots of attention and the shelter received donations and interest!  I heard that many of the dogs brought to the event ended up being adopted already, which is awesome!

This event was a huge success, and was so great meeting the wonderful fans out there who stopped to chat!  Please spread the word and rescue!

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Helping Hands Campaign meets Meigs County

I love being a part of Rescue Me Ohio because between all of the members, there can be dozens of great ideas floating around every day.  If you could see us behind the scenes, you could liken it to a beehive or ant colony–constant activity and members of a community hard at work for the betterment of our surrounding society!  It’s an amazing experience, truly, especially when some of the ideas get put into motion.

Which brings me to the topic at hand–how the Helping Hands Campaign came to be.  One day, an amazing woman and dedicated volunteer at the Meigs County Animal Shelter named Rebecca reached out to a member of RMO (Suzan) with a picture of a sad beagle who needed rescue.  Suzan, in turn, shared the photo with the rest of the beehive and we buzzed around it!

“Does anyone know a rescue who will take him?”  “Wow, he looks so sad.  Let’s ask _____ if they have room.”  “Hmm, it looks like that kennel could use some sprucing up.”  Thus, the idea was born.

Spring Spruce Up Day!–Meigs County Dog Pound
May 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
41790 Fairgrounds Rd, Pomeroy, OH 45769

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With the support of Meigs County commissioners, wardens and volunteers, we are gathering a group of volunteers who can address some of the main concerns of the shelter and seeking donations to cover it.  We’ve got certified plumbers, electricians and contractors on board, as well as general handy-people.  And we have people who just want to be there to do what they can and maybe play with some dogs! We’re planning to paint and seal all of the concrete, change out the fencing and make some more kennels, hook up some appliances and find rescues for the dogs there at that time.

We’re very excited, but we need more supplies and the event is less than three weeks away!  If anyone can help, please message us on Facebook or e-mail me at ksummers@rescuemeohio.org.

Contractor Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Pet Supplies

Other

Concrete paint/epoxy Heavy duty hoses Linens, towels, blankets Vinyl fabric rolls
Painting supplies Scrub brushes/mops Elevated dog cots Rat traps
Sand Bleach Dog toys Freezer
Chain link fencing/posts Magic Erasers Dog food pails Gift cards
Cinder blocks Rags/cloths HW/Flea preventative Drop ceiling grid system
Concrete Dewormer Ceiling tiles
Electrical boxes Crates/pens Industrial fans
Plywood/lumber Slip leads

We also have an Amazon Wishlist set up at: http://amzn.com/w/34IBJM4XU88RM.
Keep updated at our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/494038940644252/

We here at Rescue Me Ohio understand that not every shelter can have a lot of resources and support.  We understand that most people are trying as hard as they can to do what is right with what they have.  Rescue Me Ohio does not judge or criticize these situations because the rescue community doesn’t need any more of that.  We are just here to help and do what we can to support the efforts of shelters and rescues in this state.  We just want to fill in the gaps that exist–and if you want to help us, we’d love to have you join us on the first of what we hope to be many successful Helping Hands campaigns.

“Have a heart, adopt!” Changing Hearts Rescue Adoption Event

It was a crisp, clear winter day in Alliance.  Warm inside Tractor Supply Company were several rescues for an adoption event and rabies vaccine clinic.  Rescue Me Ohio members were assisting Changing Hearts Rescue volunteers and four of their adorable foster dogs at a Valentine’s themed adoption event–“Have a heart, adopt!”

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We all had a great time getting to know the people and dogs of Changing Hearts Rescue!  There was a lot of traffic in the store and many people interested in their adoptable dogs!  Several adoption applications were handed out, and several people came who had already completed adoption applications just to meet the dogs.

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Changing Hearts is blown away and touched by all the interest they have been receiving lately!  Now that more dogs are getting adopted, they are able to rescue more.  Thank you so much to their supporters!

There are still 18 days left in February to spotlight this rescue, so look for more updates about them on our Facebook page!  We’re continuing the Tastefully Simple Fundraiser, “Have a heart, foster!” until February 28, so be sure to place an order.  Changing Hearts could use some more foster homes, so if you are in the Youngstown area, be sure to email them at changingheartsrescue@aol.com.  Lastly, please like Changing Hearts’ new Facebook page and help them grow their support group.  With your help, more dogs can and will be saved by this amazing group!

“Have a heart, foster!” February Fundraiser

As you may have noticed from our Facebook page, Rescue Me Ohio’s February spotlight rescue is Changing Hearts Rescue from Newton Falls, Ohio.

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A little bit about them:

Changing Hearts Rescue was started in November of 2011 by two animal lovers who met while fostering for another rescue. When they first started, their main focus was on helping pet owners place dogs they could no longer keep. Eventually they expanded to helping pounds, as well as even a few breeder surrender dogs. Today, they also take special needs dogs.

Changing Hearts use foster homes for the dogs they rescue. They believe that providing the animals they rescue with foster homes enables them to successfully place them into permanent homes. This is because while the dogs are in foster homes, it is easier to monitor how they will react to everyday occurrences, such as door bells, vacuum cleaners, televisions, etc. Keeping the dogs in a shelter
environment does not provide the best assessment of how they will behave with a family.

Changing Hearts doesn’t euthanize when they don’t have available foster homes. Any dog already placed in a foster home remains there until a forever home is found. If a dog comes into rescue and there isn’t an available foster, the dog will be kenneled until a foster home becomes available. This is a temporary measure; a dog will not remain kenneled any longer than it takes a foster to become available.

The rescue screens all potential fosters and all potential adopters. There is an application process that must be adhered to and anyone who wants to adopt must first be approved through the organization. Once a dog joins its adoptive family, the adopter is required to keep the rescue updated. They require adopters to update them after the first two weeks of adoption, followed by a 6 month update, and then a yearly update.

Currently, Changing Hearts focuses on dogs, but in the future they are considering taking in cats and other small animals. Additionally, they hope to set up a special fund to help people who cannot afford vet care for their own animals because due to a change in their financial circumstances.

Should this rescue find that they cannot place a dog, they will reach out to other rescues for help.

As you might have noticed, our goal with spotlight rescue is to have at least one event and a fundraiser.  This month’s fundraiser was graciously offered by an RMO fan, Tracy, and her delicious Tastefully Simple products.  I’ve used their products for years and they make dinners delicious and easy, and the dip mixes are definite crowd-pleasers!   This month’s special is a tasty Valentine’s Day product, a Very Cherry Cheeseball an Chocolate Twisty Grahams.  530699_10152519264845235_1085685620_n

Just click here to order under the fundraiser: http://tinyurl.com/bzbmnyl.  All proceeds benefit Changing Hearts Rescue!

Be on the lookout for details about our adoption event with Changing Hearts on February 16th!

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If you are an Independent Consultant/Sales Representative of a product line and would like to help raise funds for our spotlight rescues, please email Kristen, the Fundraising & Events Manager at ksummers@rescuemeohio.org.  

We’ve Got the Zoomies for our Birthday!

Whoever said that getting older isn’t fun was never part of an organization like this!  Here at Rescue Me Ohio, we were proud to celebrate our first anniversary at the Zoom Room in Columbus.  In true animal rescuer fashion, though, we graciously shared our joy with our spotlight rescue, Measle’s Animal Haven Pit Bull Rescue and Sanctuary.  Measle’s rescuers and their five adoptable dog were the true stars of last night’s show.

So what did you miss if you couldn’t attend last night?

A great venue

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If you haven’t been to this place, you need to check it out!  Not only is it a pet store and dog training facility, dogs can have parties there!  For a great price, dogs get two hours to romp around with their doggie friends, have a mini-training lesson on the agility equipment, and then have a doggie disco (and yes, there are disco balls!).  Oh, and they get a peanut butter doggie cake, too!  We had a great time there not only because the facility is great, but because the owner, Becky (pictured above) is one of the coolest, nicest people you’ll ever meet!  We can’t wait to partner with her again in April.  Keep your eyes peeled for more details on that event!

Awesome raffle prizes

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Thanks to generous and creative donors, we had some wonderful raffle baskets!  We had a spa basket, doggie dad basket, beautiful clutches that were made without harming any animals, dog toy basket, among many others!  Lucky winner got to take home great prizes and all proceeds from raffle ticket sales went home with Measle’s.

Beautiful adoptable dogs

Being that the event was at the Zoom Room, we just had to have dogs there!  A total of five adoptable dogs came from Measle’s and they were a hit!

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Their bios and pictures are even pinned to an adoption board at Zoom Room so they get even more exposure.

Generous donations

Although the event was free and sponsored by Rescue Me Ohio, we asked that people in attendance bring a donation for Measle’s as a small entry fee.  But we were blown away by the generosity of our guests–just look at all the wonderful things the rescue now has, all thanks to you!  It’s hard to believe, but there were even more donations not pictured here that were already loaded up.

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Food and cake

What’s a birthday party without food and birthday cake?!  Of course, the dogs had their own very special Three Dog Bakery cake donated by the Zoom Room.

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But, best of all, the party was special because of you, our fans, our followers, our supporters.  We would not be as successful at rescuing animals if it weren’t for you all sharing and posting!  We are hitting the ground running in 2013 and have a lot of exciting things in store for you, so keep checking back as we grow.  This is going to be the best year yet for animals in Ohio–we can feel it and we will do it!