The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has set September 26 as the date for its eighth annual “Vet School for a Day” program. “Vet School for a Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the College of Veterinary Medicine’s campus in Athens and is designed to educate high school juniors and seniors about the wide variety of careers available in veterinary medicine. The day includes a tour of the teaching hospital, a panel discussion by faculty veterinarians in a variety of specialties and the opportunity for high school students to meet veterinary student leaders. Students also will learn about the high standards for admission to the college and what they need to study to be prepared for veterinary school.
Investing a little time and effort before you leave can pay big dividends when traveling with your pet. Here are some tips that can help keep you and your pet on the road to happiness: If traveling by car, the experts at the ASPCA recommend using a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Make sure it’s large enough for your pet to move around in. It can help if you let your pet get used to the carrier before you leave.
Sharing the house with pets is a barking good time, yet it can leave much to be desired when it comes to creating a stylish home. Krisybelle Pet Products has banished the bland, big-box store pet beds to the back porch, and invites their clients to tailor their pets’ beds to their complete specifications. Their custom pet beds are an innovative way to dress up a room, match decor styles, and jazz up bedtime. Customers simply send Krisybelle their fabric, and they’ll take it from there to create something beautiful. For those without a fabric choice on hand, Krisybelle will search out the perfect material to meet their customer’s desires. Choose from adorable pouf beds and high-sided options that will keep Fido or Fifi comfy and cozy. The beds are machine washable so owners can keep fur and dirt at bay.
Bark for Life of Gwinnett, a non-competitive fundraising dog walk event that honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions and cancer survivors (human and canine), will be held on July 21, 9 a.m.-noon, at Pinckneyville Park, Medlock Pavilion, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, 30071. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Among the biggest victims of the economic recession are the once beloved family pets surrendered to shelters as their owners deal with extended joblessness. The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year – and 3 to 4 million are euthanized.
“We don’t have firm numbers but we know anecdotally that the communities that have been hardest hit by the economic downturn are seeing that reflected in their shelter intake numbers,” says Inga Fricke, director of sheltering issues for the U.S. Humane Society. “And, unfortunately, while the majority of the public is in favor of adopting pets from shelters, very few – usually about 20 percent – actually do. That has recently gone up slightly to the mid-20s.”
With the warmer weather on its way and already taking hold in the state of Georgia, many allergy sufferers are already stocking up on medication and neti-pots to get them through the season. While you plan ahead for the yellow pollen that is sure to coat Georgia soil in a few weeks, don’t forget about your pets. Pets are just as prone to seasonal allergies as people and can suffer through severe itching and other problematic symptoms during the season.
Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) is a comprehensive animal welfare organization in DeKalb County. AARF was founded in 2002 as a 501(c)3 organization licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Since 2002, AARF has saved the lives of over 1000 pets from euthanasia at county shelters. AARF is a no-kill organization, which means they never euthanize pets, except in extreme circumstances where a pet is suffering from untreatable pain or illness. AARF also offers a spay/neuter program to assist pet owners with the cost of altering their pets, a humane education program for children, and a seniors-for-seniors pet program.
That’s a cardinal! There’s an American goldfinch! Wait, do you hear a blue jay? America is going to the birds…literally. Birdwatching, also known as “birding” amongst true enthusiasts, is the fastest growing hobby in the United States, second only to gardening.
In July 2008, Twan, a DeKalb County Police canine, was shot in the face while investigating a rob-bery on Moreland Ave. Twan was transported to the North DeKalb Veterinary Clinic on Lawrenceville Hwy., where he was stabilized and his life saved. Twan is back on the job today, thanks to Dr. Max Katz and his staff, who have been caring for DeKalb County’s Police, Fire, Sheriff’s Dept. and School System canines for the last four years.
Ahimsa House was named a winner of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program and received a brand new 2011 Toyota Highlander Hybrid on December 20 for use in transporting pets to safety from abusive situations. Decatur-based Ahimsa House is Georgia’s only nonprofit dedicated to addressing the connec-tions between animal cruelty and domestic violence. Forty-eight percent of domestic violence victims delay escaping abuse for fear the batterer will kill their pets. Few domestic violence shelters allow pets.