Special Thanks to Our Shelter Heroes

Special thanks to the following businesses and organizations who give back to the community by their support of the Humane Society of Allen County. Without these Shelter Heroes we would not be able to fulfill our mission.

These Heroes are not necessarily event sponsors but the things they do go well beyond the annual gift for an event.

Please help us thank these folks. We ask you to please support the businesses and organizations that support us:

Gast Plumbing & Heating

Lima Harley Davidson

The Beer Barrel

Westgate Lanes

Cycleworkx

Banditos

Office Max

Ruby Tuesdays

Chuckie Cheese

Milano Café

Lamens Feed & Seed

 

Dog Walking 101 – Be Safe and Have Fun

So you’ve adopted a new dog, congratulations! Whether you have a puppy or an older dog you both have to become accustomed to walking together.

It’s the Leash You Can Do

What’s the best type of leash? Experts recommend using whatever you feel most comfortable holding. If you are comfortable you will be better able to enjoy the walk with your pet. And better able to control the situation if necessary,

Flexi-leads are best reserved for walks in the park, when it’s safe for a dog to explore a bit further away from her pet parent. They are NOT a good idea if you’re walking in an area with high foot traffic or off-leash dogs, as the long line may get wrapped around your dog, a person’s leg or another dog.

Many people think chain leashes look nice, but they are much heavier than nylon or leather, and they can be very hard on the hands. Even so, they sometimes work well for dogs who like to tug or bite the leash. After all, metal isn’t very tasty.

Leather leashes are a good option because they are easiest on the hands.

Nylon leashes can cut into hands or give a pet parent “leash burn” if a dog pulls a lot or unexpectedly lunges forward. But they come in many stylish colors and designs, and they hold up well after repeated exposure to rain and snow.

Pull Over, Rover!

Constant pulling on the leash makes walks stressful for both of you.

If your dog darts after local wildlife, it may help to walk him when critters are less likely to be out and about; avoid dawn and dusk.

Try using a head halter to walk a dog who’s excitable on leash.

Stay Off the Grass (and Out of the Flower Beds!)

We want you to keep your walks toxin-free:

During the warmer months, it’s important to keep your pet safe from toxic lawn and garden products. Insecticides and certain types of mulch can cause problems for our furry friends—during neighborhood strolls, please be sure to keep your pooch off the lawns of others.

Even though popular spring bulb plants like tulips and daffodils add much to our landscape, they can cause significant stomach problems for our furry friends. If your pooch likes to stop and smell—or nibble—the flowers, please keep him on a short leash during your walks.

So Nice to Meet You!

It’s great that your friendly pooch loves meeting people during walks—but not so great that she jumps up on them.  It doesn’t hurt to reward the dog with a treat—or ask the person whom she’s greeting to offer a treat.

What Is Your Cat Trying to Tell You?

As independent hunters, cats have limited need for an extensive vocal repertory. Cat-to-cat vocalizations are generally limited to communicating with one’s kittens, one’s sexual partners and one’s potential enemies. But there is also an array of vocalizations used by our furry friends when they attempt to communicate with us.

By changing volume, intensity and number of repetitions of the vocalizations and backing them up with expressive body language and olfactory signaling, cats ensure their messages are received and that their needs are met.

The purr is the most common sound issued by cats—and yet one of the least understood. Kittens just a few hours old begin purring as they knead their mother’s chest and nurse. The purr sound is made both on the inhale and the exhale. While purring is often heard when the cat seems content, those familiar with handling cats in pain or near death know that they also purr when under duress, the reason for which is yet unknown.

The second most common vocalization is the meow. Rarely heard between cats, this vocalization seems tailor-made for communication between cats and humans. Early on, cats notice that meowing brings attention, contact, food and play from their human companions. Certain cats seem to alter their meows to suit different purposes, and that some guardians can differentiate between, say, the “I’m Hungry!” meow from the “Let Me Out!” meow.

All threat vocalizations are produced with the mouth held open. These sounds mirror the cat’s intense emotional state. A hiss is uttered when a cat is surprised by an enemy. A high-pitched shriek or scream is expressed when the cat is in pain or fearful and aggressive. Snarling is often heard when two toms are in the midst of a fight over territory or female attention. And a long, low-pitched growl warns of danger.

So what have you and your cat been talking about lately?