All My Children Wear Fur Coats (the podcast) was honored to speak today to Stephen Bardy, Executive Director of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO). Steve shared with the listeners some of the exciting initiatives being undertaken by PAGO to make the lives of Central Florida pets better.
The Pet Apartment Registry is making an impact. More than twenty-one (21) apartment communities in Central Florida now participate. PAGO has a goal of 100 pet friendly communities as part of their program. A participating apartment community has no breed or size restrictions for dogs and also welcomes cats. PAGO has learned there is a 7:1 return on investment for communities that participate. In addition to having higher and longer occupancy rates, communities that allow pets of all breeds and sizes are safer. People are outside, walking their dogs, talking to each other and are more aware of their surroundings. Steve says, "You may not know your neighbor's name, but you will likely know their dog's name!" The Pet Apartment Registry has resulted in fewer dogs being surrendered to PAGO because someone couldn't find a "dog friendly" community.
The Community Cats initiative is working to Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) feral or community cats. A community cat is a cat that lives outside, is not owned by one person and may be cared for by a number of people. Sometimes these cats are feral, but some are tame but don't live inside. TNR programs are designed to alter (spay and neuter) free-roaming cats to reduce the overall cat population. Cats in Florida can have two litters a year because of the moderate climate. The ASPCA reports that in just seven years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens! Reducing the number of kittens born annually will result in an overall reduction of community cats. PAGO estimates there are approximately 70,000 community cats in Orange County, Florida. PAGO is working directly with larger colonies of more than 30 cats. Other organizations like Care Feline TNR are working with midsize cat colonies and Orange County Animal Services through their "dial 311" program is working with individuals who may have one or two cats in their neighborhood. The Orange County program is ideal for residents who are willing to have the cats on their property but would like them to be sterilized and vaccinated. The Orange County Animal Services TNR program is free to Orange County residents for up to five cats per household.
The Pawsitive Care Program allows responsible, senior or terminally ill Pet Parents to sign up in advance for the re-homing of their pet when they are no longer able to care for the pet. Forms are available online for submission. PAGO requests but does not require a donation to participate in this very valuable program. Animal Care Trust USA is also available for consultation for Pet Parents that want their Loved Pet to stay at home or if they have horses or other pets (like parrots) that need a Forever Home.
Thanks to Steve Bardy and the PAGO team for all the great work they do. You can participate at one of their annual fundraising events like the upcoming Dine for Paws , FurBall or Paws in the Park. Volunteers and donations are welcomed as well. If you have an elementary or middle school student, check out PAGO's summer camp for kids. Look for PAGO on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram!
Today's show on All My Children Wear Fur Coats featured Rachel Clark with the Community Health Coalition. Their mission is to eradicate rabies one vaccine at a time. You can find more information at knockoutrabies.org. Rachel and her husband John, a veterinarian live in Vero Beach, Florida but are passionate about rabies throughout the world, especially Malawi and Zambia.
In the United States we tend to think about rabies from the perspective of getting our pets vaccinated at regular intervals. What we don't think about is rabies from a world view. Rachel says, "Every year around 60,000 people die from rabies. Most of these deaths occur in children under the age of 15." By vaccinating dogs and eliminating rabies around the world, we are also saving the world's children.
You don't have to be bitten by a "rabid" dog to get rabies. Dogs can be infected with rabies and you may not even know. A playful puppy could be infected and accidentally nip you or lick a scratch on your arm or leg. In AFrica, the majority of transmission is via canine bites or saliva transmission.
Rabies symptoms in humans can mimic other illnesses, including meningitis or the flu, so there isn't always a proper diagnosis when someone gets sick. Treatment for a person who has rabies is not the horror story we might remember from our childhood, but still requires four innoculations that can be very painful. Only one person in the world is known to have survived rabies - death from rabies is unfortunately, a certainty. The cost of treatment is not only painful, but expensive and getting access to the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) may require travel to an urban area with quality medical care. This type of treatment is not easily accessible for those who live in poor, rural areas.
In the developing world, people cannot afford basic care for themselves, not to mention getting vaccines for the dogs. Over the last few years, Rachel and John have successfully vaccinated approximately 16,000 dogs. If 70% of the dogs can be vaccinated, then rabies can be eliminated. You can see pictures of the communities they have helped by visiting knockoutrabies.org. Other organizations that can provide information include the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and Rabies Free Africa. The Rabies Free Africa program hopes to eliminate rabies by the year 2030 through their Zero by 30 initiative.
Ask your veterinarian to enroll int he Rabies Free Africa program where a portion of each dollar you spend vaccinating your pets can go toward eliminating rabies around the world. A gift of Ten Dollars ($10.00) will vaccinate a child's dog from rabies and distemper, another major cause of mortality in young dogs.
Pet Connect App
Todays show was super exciting! We met Jason Hanny and Hector Ocasio, the co-founders of Pet Connect, a petfriendly application for your phone. You can visit the app store on your phone today to download! I've already downloaded mine and it was super easy - you can also use your FaceBook account so you don't have to create or enter a user name and password.
Pet Connect offers Pet Owners a one-stop petfriendly application for all things pet related. You can upload all of your pet's information AND you can connect with the petfriendly businesses in your area that you use to provide excellent care for your loved pet. You can even share your pet's information with other family members who have also downloaded the application.
The idea for Pet Connect grew out of an experience where Mason, Hector's beloved dog needed emergency vet care and they were out of town, in a community where they didn't know the pet service providers. A google search sent them to an empty building - the vet clinic had moved and they hadn't updated their online information.
For Business Owners, Pet Connect is the best app for showcasing your petfriendly business and all of its offerings. There are three opportunities - basic ($0), enhanced ($9 per month) and premier ($59/month). There's a choice that's right for you. Not for profit organizations can get an enhanced listing for life, free of charge.. Reach out to Pet Connect for more information.
Pet Connect has a number of strategic business partners. One viital company is Get Your Pet, a company we've featured on All My Children Wear Fur Coats on a past show. The mission of Get Your Pet is to keep dogs and cats from ever seeing the inside of a shelter, so they can love and be loved in new homes. Saving lives. Unburdening shelters. Creating community to make a difference. That's the mission of Get Your Pet.
Today's guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats was Susan Chamberlain, an Executive Board member with the Long Island Parrot Society. The Long Island Parrot Society was founded in 1985 as a bird club. They hold monthly meetings, provide outreach, networking and a lost and found service for parrots.
There's lots to think about before getting a bird:
1. Birds live a really long time. As a result, be prepared for a lifetime commitment - yours and the bird. Be sure to include your bird in your estate planning by creating a pet trust with sufficient money to provide for lifetime care. Be sure and identify a pet caregiver willing to take on the responsibilities of your bird.
2. Birds can bite. Be prepared to learn about their behaviors and their body language. You will want to become educated about the unique needs of birds.
3. Patience. Birds require lots of patience and care.
4. Mess. Birds can create a mess with their feathers and dander. Susan tells us your vacumn clearner will be your new best friend.
5. Noise. Birds are not silent. They like to make noise including squawks, chirps, songs, talking, etc. Some can be as loud as 135 decibels (a jet liner is 140).
6. Socia Environmentl. Birds are social. They want and require your attention, especially cockatuoos.
7. Expense. Birds can be expensive. There is the cost to acquire, the cost of their cage, their toys, their food, their veternary care. Anytime you acquire a new pet, it's smart to be aware of all of the costs associated with that pet. A three (3) day stay in a bird hospital could cost as much as $1,000.00!
8. Family. It is important to think about your bird in the context of your family. Who will provide care? Whose bird will it be? Birds can be particular about who they love (like)..
9. Bird Illnes.. Birds can get sick and need to have regular veterinary care. It's important to locate an avian veterinarian prior to getting your first bird.
Before bringing a new bird into your home, there are some other important considerations. There are some every day items that can be hazardous to birds; non-stick cookware and appliances; scented candles, aerosol sprays, new carpet, spray paints and other household pets. Introduce birds into a multi-pet family slowly. Keep fish tanks covered. Don't allow cats to get their paws or dogs to get their noses into cages.
Get the biggest cage you can afford, along with toys and perches of different media. Make sure bar spacing will keep your bird safe, as well as provide opportunities for climbing. Avoid bars that could cause a foot to get trapped.
Thanks again to Susan Chamberlain and the Long Island Parrot Society.
Today's guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats on Mixlr.com was Joyce Belcher, the Formulator and President of Herbs for Life, Inc., also known as Sustenance Herbs. She became passionate about organic pet supplements after she lost five (5) of her Loved Pets in less than 14 months. She trusted conventional medicine and still had her heart broken.
This led Joyce on a path of discovery to create Sustenance Herbs and create a line of products designed to address common pet concerns with organic supplements. She makes supplements for horses, dogs, cats and sheep. There is a product for just about every ailment or concern a Pet Parent might have.
Sustenance Herbs can address concerns from parasites to heart worms to ticks and Lyme disease. She recommends an annual detox, starting two (2) weeks before and ending thirty (30) days after annual rabies vaccines. For itchiness you might consider her Omega 3 Gold with anchovy oil.
Joyce had lots of good suggestions and invited listeners to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the ebook, The Vital Pet by Dr. William Falconer. She also recommended seeking out holistic veterinarians at ahvma.org - The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
A big thanks to Joyce for creating organic products for our Loved Pets.
Doc's pet parent died without a plan. As a result, Doc and his sister, Rasha went to live at the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims, Florida. With the help of Diane Delano and Animal Care Trust USA, Doc met his new family! Look how happy they all are! We are so happy for Doc and for the Zancas!
Make sure your loved pet has a plan if something happens to you. Animal Care Trust USA is here to help.
Today's show on All My Children Wear Fur Coats featured Jen Leary, a 12 year veteran firefighter and founder of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. Her organization serves the pets and families in the Philadelphia, PA area when they are affected by a fire or natural disaster. She had some excellent fire safety tips for pet owners and lovers.
Winter is fire season - especially in northern climates where people are using space heaters and kerosene heaters to help ward off the winter cold. These can be a source of potential home fires. Since 63% of American families have pets, our pets can be vulnerable, especially if home alone. Disaster preparedness is going to be your best defense to insure your pets and your family have the best chance of survival. Here are a couple of good tips:
1. Working smoke alarms in all rooms - especially those where pets might be housed. Alarms should be tested regularly (monthly is best) and batteries should be replaced when daylight savings begins. If your smoke alarms are monitored, even better.
2. Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. This can mean up to an additional 30 minutes, precious time when survival is at stake. If you are concerned about being able to hear other family members, use a baby monitor type system. She recommended Close Your Door for more information.
3. Have a family fire escape plan and practice it. Even pets can be taught what to do when they hear the fire alarm. Use treats and positive reinforcement to encourage them to go to an escape route. Consider that a scared pet is more likely to hide than to run toward fire trucks with sirens and firefighters crashing through doors and breaking windows. Most pets that don't survive were hiding because they were frightened and went to a place they felt safe. This is especially true for house cats and dogs that rarely go outside. Part of your plan should include a family meeting place so all members go to the same place. More fatalities occur because family members return to the burning home in search of family members or pets.
4. Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen. Both can get burned or injured if hot food stuffs are pulled off of stoves/counters.
5. Have emergency carriers for pets within easy reach and stocked with staples you might need. Practice putting cats in and out of the carriers.
6. Always have two ways out. This should be part of your family emergency plan.
7. Create a buddy system with neighbors so they can be on alert in the event of a disaster. Make sure they know where they can reach you in an emergency.
Jen also shared some stories of hero pets that warned owners of a fire so that family members could get to safety. She said it is not only dogs, but also cats, birds and even rabbits that have been credited with sounding the alarm.
Being prepared is the ultimate name of the game. Whether it is planning for a fire or other disaster, planning ahead is key. Estate planning that includes your pets in the event of a disability or death is also an important part of making sure all family members are protected in the event of an unexpected event. Animal Care Trust USA and our team of legal professionals can help you protect your pets today!
Join us Mondays at 3 p.m. for All My Children Wear Fur Coats - a weekly radio podcast hosted on mixlr.com. Each week our host, Peggy Hoyt, interviews a petfriendly guest. Today's guest, Lindsay Meyers with Primal Pet Foods taught us about pet nutrition and the benefits of a raw diet. Join us each week as we explore the ever changing world of pets. All My Children Wear Fur Coats is sponsored by The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan and Animal Care Trust USA.
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