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Halloween Do’s and Don’ts for Cats and Dogs

October 18, 2017

Halloween can be as fun for your pet as for you, but you’ll want to follow these tips to help your cat or dog enjoy a safe holiday.

DO

  • Protect pets from pranks
  • Keep pets away from lit pumpkins
  • License your pet early
  • Put identification on your pet and microchip them

DON’T

  • Feed candy to animals (remember that xylitol is especially poisonous for pets)
  • Put a reluctant pet in a Halloween costume
  • Mix pets and trick-or-treaters at the front door
  • Leave your pet out in the yard

Share a picture of how your pet celebrated Halloween with us! Post a picture on Instagram or Facebook.

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Why We Love Senior Pets

September 18, 2017

Why We Love Senior PetsSeptember is Senior Pet Wellness Month

We love our senior pets! To celebrate Senior Pet Month, here are the top 10 reasons we love senior dogs and cats.

  1. Seniors have more patience and are more low-key, making them great for kids.
  2. Adopting a senior pet usually means your cat or dog is already house trained!
  3. Older pets have already learned how to get along with others by being socialized at a younger age.
  4. Senior pets have outgrown those pesky kitten and puppy behaviors, like chewing up our shoes.
  5. But they can still surprise us with new tricks!
  6. Older cats and dogs can entertain themselves for longer periods of time and take more naps.
  7. Usually, they need less exercise than their younger selves.
  8. The older a pet gets, the more they get to know you and appreciate you.
  9. Seniors are loyal and trustworthy.
  10. Through the years, senior pets have stored up more love to share!

Do you have a senior cat or dog that you love? Head over to our Facebook page and tell us why!

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Celebrate National Dog Day!

August 21, 2017

Saturday, August 26th is National Dog Day!

National Dog Day

How much do you love your dog? We think we have an idea! Here are some ideas to celebrate your precious pup on National Dog Day:

  1. National Dog DayVisit us on Facebook or Instagram to share a picture of your dog.
  2. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.
  3. Throw a National Dog Day party and invite your friends and their pooches!
  4. Let your dog pick out a new dog toy.
  5. Visit your favorite dog park.
  6. Stage a fun photo shoot and enter the National Dog Day photo contest
  7. Check out the National Dog Day shop for t-shirts, totes and more.
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Keep Your Pet Safe! Check Your Microchips!

August 14, 2017

August 15th is National Check the Chip Day. It’s a good idea to check your pet’s microchip with us each year. This way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your chip is functioning and still registered with the microchip provider.

You can also check your chip at AAHA’s Microchip Lookup Page.

Why Should You Microchip Your Pet?

A pet is lost every seven seconds, leaving pets vulnerable and in danger. With a registered microchip, a lost dog is 2.4 times more likely to make it back home. And a lost cat is 21.4 times more likely to make it back home!

Visit our Resource article to learn more about Microchipping Your Pet for Outdoor Safety.

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Fireworks Safety Tips for Your Pet

July 1, 2017

It’s no surprise to pet owners that Independence Day is a cat or dog’s least favorite holiday. From mild irritation to full-blown panic attacks, pets respond almost universally negatively to fireworks.

Fireworks Safety Tips for Your Pet

Follow these tips to keep your dog, cat and other animals safe during the festivities of the 4th of July (and other fireworks-friendly holidays):

  1. Understand that animals are more sensitive to noises, sights and smells than humans are. Something that might not startle you may terrify your cat or dog.
  2. Know when your community’s fireworks show is scheduled and safely lock up your pet indoors before dark. If your pet is outdoors, it might panic and escape your yard.
  3. In the days leading up to July 4th and following the holiday, pay attention to any spontaneous fireworks displays from your neighbors, and bring your pet inside.
  4. If you’re shooting off fireworks on your own property, also secure your pet indoors during the fun. An animal may try to attack a lit firework, escaping your control with surprising strength.

If your pet truly seems like a danger to itself or others during fireworks season, give us a call. It’s possible that mild sedatives could be the right answer for helping your pet stay calm.

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Meet Rick, the Cadillac of Cats

June 27, 2017

Animal Adoption Foundation’s Cat of the Month

Rick

A black, two-and-a-half-year-old male, Rick earns the distinction of Animal Adoption Foundation‘s Cat of the Month just in time for ASPCA’s Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat month.

“With his sleek, shiny fur, we call Rick the “Cadillac of Cats.” His adorable white bootie feet and sweet purr will take your heart on a ride. Rick has a great personality and gets along with everyone he meets. Spend some time with this laid back, charming boy and be prepared to fall in love!”

Animal Adoption FoundationHow to Adopt

Learn more about how to adopt Rick and explore other cats available for adoption at Animal Adoption Foundation’s Adoption Page.

Kitten adoptions are $85, and cat adoptions are $60.

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Adopt One of These Terrific Cats for Just $10!

June 20, 2017

Animal Friends Humane SocietyJune is ASPCA’s National Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month

What better way to celebrate Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month than by bringing home one of these lovely kitties from Animal Friends Humane Society? Right now, adoptions are just $10.

Maggie May

Maggie May

This nine-year-old female has the most beautiful green eyes! She’s black and orange, medium-sized and short-haired. Maggie May came to the shelter in March and is ready to leave for her forever home.

Sue

Sue

This year-old cutie is a black fluffy adventurer. She’s long-haired and medium-sized and came to Animal Friends in April. Sue would love to meet you and win you over!

Yankee

Yankee

Yankee is a two-year-old male cat. His beautiful orange coat is complimented by his bright green eyes. Animal Friends has been his home since May. He’s a big guy in search of a loving home. Would you like to meet Yankee to see if you’re the one he’s looking for?

Jacob

Jacob

This male cat is three years old and came to Animal Friends recently, in June. He’s medium-sized with a lovely white and grey coat. Jacob is short-haired. All he wants is to find his forever home!

How to Start Your Cat Adoption

If one of these cats speaks to your heart and you’d like to learn more, reach out to Animal Friends Humane Society:

1820 Princeton Road
Hamilton, OH 45011

Phone: 513-867-5727
Email: animalfriendshs@butlercountyohio.org

Hours:
Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Wed, Thur 1 PM – 7 PM
Closed Major Holidays

Want to see all the cats available at Animal Friends Humane Society? Check out their Adoptions Page here.

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National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 11, 2017

The second Saturday in May is set aside to make sure everyone has a plan for their pets in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, flood, tornado or other catastrophic event. Watch this video from FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino to learn more.

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

Watch the video: FEMA’s National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

Questions to Ask as You Complete Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

Your disaster preparedness plan for your pet should answer these questions:

  • How will you find your pet if it becomes lost?
  • How will you make sure your pet has the food, water and medications it needs to stay healthy?
  • What will you do if you need to evacuate your home quickly?

The ASPCA and FEMA created a helpful brochure called “Get Ready Now” which outlines the three steps to disaster preparedness

1. Prepare – Get a Pet Emergency Supply Kit

National Animal Disaster Preparedness DayFood. Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water. Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.

Medicines and medical records. Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

First aid kit. Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

Collar with ID tag, harness or leash. Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. In addition, place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit. You should also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

Crate or other pet carrier. If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you provided that it is practical to do so. In many cases, your ability to do so
will be aided by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.

Sanitation. Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches, or those with added cleaners.

A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

Familiar items. Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

2. Plan – What You Will Do in an Emergency

National Animal Disaster Preparedness DayBe prepared to assess the situation. Use whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and ensure your pet’s safety during an emergency. Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency the first important decision is whether you stay put or get away. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and the information you are learning here to determine if there is immediate danger.
In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, watch TV, listen to the radio or check the Internet for instructions. If you’re specifically told to evacuate, shelter-in-place or seek medical treatment, do so immediately.

Create a plan to get away. Plan how you will assemble your pets and anticipate where you will go. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if practical. If you go to a public shelter, keep in mind your animals may not be allowed inside. Secure appropriate lodging in advance depending on the number and type of animals in your care. Consider family or friends willing to take in you and your pets in an emergency. Other options may include: a hotel or motel that takes pets or a boarding facility, such as a kennel or veterinary hospital that is near an evacuation facility or your family’s meeting place. Find out before an emergency happens if any of these facili- ties in your area might be viable options for you and your pets.

Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Talk with your pet care buddy about your evacuation plans and show them where you keep your pet’s emergency supply kit. Also designate specific locations, one in your immediate neighborhood and another farther away, where you will meet in an emergency.

Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning. Discuss the types of things that you should include in your pet’s emergency first aid kit. Get the names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might need to seek temporary shelter. You should also consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. If your pet is microchipped, keeping your emergency contact information up to date and listed with a reliable recovery database is essential to your being reunited with your pet.

Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment. Make a list of contact information and addresses of area animal control agencies including the Humane Society or SPCA, and emergency veterinary hospitals. Keep one copy of these phone numbers with you and one in your pet’s emergency supply kit. Obtain “Pets Inside” stickers and place them on your doors or windows, including information on the number and types of pets in your home to alert firefighters and rescue workers. Consider putting a phone number on the sticker where you could be reached in an emergency. And, if time permits, remember to write the words “Evacuated with Pets” across the stickers, should you flee with your pets.

3. Stay Informed – Know About Types of Emergencies

National Animal Disaster Preparedness DaySome of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an emergency supply kit for yourself, your family and your pets, is the same regardless of the type of emergency. However, it’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region as well as emergency plans that have been established by your state and local government. For more information about how to prepare, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.

Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and make every effort to follow instructions received from authorities on the scene. With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected. Those who take the time to prepare themselves and their pets will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry. Take the time now to get yourself and your pet ready.

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True Stories of Heartworm Disease

April 25, 2017

Watch the story of two dogs who contracted heartworm disease. One dog gets a happy ending, but one is an all-too-true tale of tragedy.

Watch the Video: True Stories of Heartworm Disease

As we wrap up Heartworm Prevention Awareness Month, please share this video, so more dogs and cats can be protected from this deadly and costly disease!

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Heartworm Disease Facts and Myths

April 20, 2017

April is Heartworm Prevention Awareness Month. This disease is so easy to prevent and so difficult to treat! Learn about some facts and myths surrounding heartworm.

Heartworm Disease Facts and MythsHeartworm Disease Facts

  • In the United States, there are 22 different mosquito species that carry heartworm. All of them are active at different times of the day and year.
  • A heartworm-positive dog in the neighborhood substantially increases the risk of infection to healthy dogs.
  • Southeastern Ohio experiences above average heartworm infection rates. There are between 26-99 cases reported per clinic each year.

Heartworm Disease Myths

  • FALSE: Indoor pets are safe from heartworm infection.
  • FALSE: Cats don’t get heartworm disease.
  • FALSE: I could tell if my dog had heartworm disease.
  • FALSE: Dogs taking heartworm preventatives shouldn’t be tested every year.

If your cat or dog isn’t on a heartworm preventative, give us a call and make an appointment!

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A Field Guide to the Most Toxic Plants for Pets

March 14, 2017

Watch for These 11 Common Toxic Plants

As spring approaches, many of us are excited to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with our pets! Some plants you will encounter are toxic to cats or dogs. If you spot them in your yard, consider replacing them. And, steer cleer of them on walks. Also, choose safer alternatives for house plants.

Azalea
Azalea

Yew
Yew

Lupine
Lupine

Oleander
Oleander

Hyacinth
Hyacinth

Morning Glory
Morning Glory

Hydrangea
Hydrangea

Calla Lily
Calla Lily

Day Lily
Day Lily

Easter Lily
Easter Lily

Tiger Lily
Tiger Lily

Has your pet eaten or chewed on any of these plants? Please call us right away at (513) 829-8989!

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Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted – WOW, a Record!

February 28, 2017

Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted - WOW, a Record!

My Furry Valentine at the Sharonville Convention Center was a purr-fect success this year! With 800+ adoptions, last year’s record was definitely broken. It will be a few weeks before we know the official adoption tally, but we couldn’t wait to show you some of our favorite pictures from the event.

Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted - WOW, a Record! Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted - WOW, a Record! Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted - WOW, a Record! Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted - WOW, a Record! Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted - WOW, a Record! Over 800 Cats and Dogs Adopted - WOW, a Record!

See more pictures on My Furry Valentine’s Facebook page. We’re looking forward to next year’s mega-adoption event already!

If you didn’t get a chance to attend My Furry Valentine, but still are looking for a furry addition to your family, check out these animal groups.

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January is National Train Your Dog Month

January 26, 2017

January is National Train Your Dog MonthDo you wish your dog listened a little better? Or maybe has some bad habits you wish you could break? Now’s a great time to make a New Year’s Resolution to engage in dog training. By this time next year, you and your dog could make amazing progress.

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers sponsors National Train Your Dog Month in January– and its website is a great resource. Also, here’s a helpful video from Zak George to put you in a productive training mindset:

Dog Trainers in Cincinnati

Cincinnati and surrounding areas offers many dog training options. When you’re ready to find a professional who fits you and your dog’s needs, these four providers are a good starting point:

  1. Happy Tails Dog Training
  2. Krueger Canine All-Breed Dog Training
  3. Off Leash K9 Training
  4. Unleashed Canine Obedience

If you have any questions for your veterinarian about dog training, please give us a call.

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8 Steps to Walking Your Dog in the Winter

January 19, 2017

8 Steps to Walking Your Dog in the Winter

It might be winter, but a dog’s still got to get out of the house! Follow these steps to keep both your dog and you safe, warm and dry during those January walks.

  1. Make sure you, the human, are properly outfitted.
  2. Put a jacket on your dog. This is especially important for puppies, senior dogs, small breeds and short-haired dogs.
  3. Protect paws with dog booties or pet-safe gels.
  4. Use a secure front-clip harness to prevent pulling.
  5. Walk your dog with a solid leash, not a retractable one. Consider a joggers’ leash, which stays hooked to you if you fall and lose your grip.
  6. Make sure your dogs’ clothing stays dry.
  7. Avoid hazards like frozen ponds. Dogs can fall through thin ice into freezing water, and the may suffer hypothermia or even drown.
  8. When you return, wash your dog’s paws. You don’t want them to lick toxic chemicals like ice melts and salt off their paws.
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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Protect Your Pet from Winter Weather

December 22, 2016

Baby, It's Cold Outside: Protect Your Pet from Winter WeatherOur cats and dogs may have lovely, furry coats, but freezing winter weather is just as dangerous to them as to humans. Animals are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, especially through their paws. For cats, the best approach is to keep them indoors. For dogs, follow these tips during walks and outdoor adventures:

  • Baby, It's Cold Outside: Protect Your Pet from Winter WeatherAfter each trip outside, check your dog’s paws for ice build-up between their toes.  To reduce this ice, you may want to clip the hair between your dog’s toes. Also, be on the lookout for cracked or bleeding paw pads.
  • For dogs with short coats, try a sweater or dog coat. Have more than one, so you can put on a dry one each time you go outside.
  • During walks, your dog may come into contact with irritants or toxins like de-icing fluid or antifreeze. When you return from your walk, wipe down your dog’s paws and belly to keep them from licking it off and being poisoned.
  • Don’t let your dog walk on frozen lakes or ponds. If they fall through, it’s very dangerous!

Finally, the AVMA has great advice for personalizing your winter activities based on your pet’s cold tolerance:

“Just like people, pets’ cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet’s tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog’s walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet’s temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.”

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6 Winter Pet Safety Tips

December 15, 2016

Each winter, we commonly see dogs and cats that have gotten into mischief and need veterinary care. Let’s reduce the number of accidents this season and keep pets safe! Here are our top six pet safety tips for winter and the holidays.

6 Winter Pet Safety TipsDecoration Danger

Pets can get into trouble easily around holiday decorations. Keep these considerations in mind for your pet’s safety:

  • No tinsel
  • Cover the water under your Christmas tree
  • Use metal and string to hang ornaments
  • Tape down electric cords
  • Put out candles when you leave the room

Antifreeze is Toxic

Cold weather chemicals like antifreeze are deadly poison for pets! Keep them out of reach and sealed.

6 Winter Pet Safety TipsCaring for Outdoor Pets

Winter is difficult for outdoor pets. Make sure any animals outside have:

  • Fresh, unfrozen water
  • Warm bedding
  • Wind-free shelter

Poisonous Plants

Many house plants are dangerous to cats or dogs, including:

  • Poinsettias
  • Holly
  • Mistletoe
  • Lilies

Avoid having these live plants in your house. Instead, opt for artificial plants. It will keep your hungry and curious pets safe!

Foods to Avoid

Some holiday foods are loaded with bad stuff for pets. Don’t share any of these foods with your pet:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Bones
  • Onions and garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Candy

Young and Old Pets

Elderly and infant pets are the most vulnerable in cold weather. Keeps trips outside short and bundle them up!

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Help Your Pet Have a Happy Thanksgiving

November 14, 2016

At Thanksgiving, we like to show our pets how thankful we are for their love and devotion. Follow these four tips to help your pet celebrate Thanksgiving safely.

4 Thanksgiving Pet Tips

This great infographic from the Seattle Humane Society shows which foods you can safely share with your dog in moderation:

Help Your Pet Have a Happy Thanksgiving

As the graphic shows, please avoid giving your pets these items. They are toxic!

  • Sage
  • Nutmeg
  • Turkey bones and skin
  • Nuts
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Gravy

Enjoy the holiday with your pet, and let them know how thankful you are for their companionship!

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Adopt a Senior Dog or Cat from Animal Friends Humane Society

November 7, 2016

Celebrate Adopt a Senior Pet Month by helping find homes for some of Animal Friends Humane Society’s lovable senior animals. Senior dog adoptions cost just $75, and all cat adoptions are only $10.

Senior Cats for Adoption

Artie

Artie is an 8-year-old domestic shorthair/mix. He came to the shelter in November 2016, and is a beautiful orange.

Veronica

Veronica also came to Animal Friends in November, and is a brown/black shorthair female.

Senior Dogs for Adoption

Rufus

Rufus is an Australian Cattle Dog mix, and he’s 9 years old. He’s a great size for cuddling.

Toby

Toby the Chihuahua mix is an adorable little guy. He’s 7 years old.

Goofey

Goofey is 10 years old and a furry white/grey Shih Tzu mix.

Do any of these wonderful senior animals speak to your heart? Visit the shelter’s Adoption Page to learn more.

About Animal Friends Humane Society

Animal Friends Humane SocietyAFHS was established in 1952 and is the only open-admission shelter in Butler County. In 2009, we relocated and now occupy a 22,500 sq. foot facility with top-notch amenities for our shelter population in Hamilton. On a typical day, Animal Friends Humane Society houses between 200 and 300 dogs and cats in our facility. We are Butler County’s largest and oldest 501(c)3 non-profit animal shelter. Visit us at:

Animal Friends Humane Society
1820 Princeton Road
Hamilton, OH 45011

Hours:
Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Wed, Thur 1 PM – 7 PM
Closed Major Holidays

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3 Ways to Help Animals in Need

October 18, 2016

 Adopt, Donate or Volunteer with the Animal Adoption Foundation

3 Ways to Help Animals in NeedCelebrate ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by helping animals in our local community. Giving a special dog a forever home is a wonderful way to help, but not everyone is able to make that commitment just now. Read about volunteering  and see if this opportunity might be the right fit for you.

Animal Adoption Foundation is an open and welcoming shelter with volunteer orientation classes and convenient times. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Serving as a shelter volunteer
  • Specializing in cat or dog care
  • Fostering a pet in your home
  • Joining the AAF committee

Visit the shelter website to fill out the volunteer application.

Greg Ollinger – Animal Adoption Foundation’s Volunteer of the Month

Animal Shelter VolunteerMeet Greg! Greg was nominated for Volunteer of the Month because of the many hats that he wears here at AAF.  Greg currently serves on the Board of Directors as our Treasurer.  As Treasurer, he has helped us to make vast improvements in streamlining our financial processes.  When he is not wearing his Accountant hat, he is strapping on his tool belt and addressing the various repair issues that crop up in the shelter.  We call him “MacGyver” because of his ability to fix anything and find solutions, with sometimes minimal resources.

Greg tells us: “I first started volunteering at AAF about four years ago.  My wife Sharon got me involved and I started out doing a few maintenance projects around the shelter.  Since I have an accounting background, the board approached me in 2014 about consulting with them to update and improve their accounting system.  I joined the board in 2015 and became treasurer of AAF later that year.  Today I divide my time at AAF between accounting and shelter maintenance.  This has been a great experience for me and I thoroughly enjoy the staff and volunteers.  I truly believe in the mission of the Animal Adoption Foundation and I am happy to further that effort in any way I can.”

About the Animal Adoption Foundation

Animal Adoption FoundationThe Animal Adoption Foundation is a non-profit no-kill shelter for dogs and cats that have been abused or abandoned. AAF provides a safe and humane environment for dogs and cats that are waiting to be adopted. Our caring volunteers and generous, loving donors enable us to provide a safe and happy haven for our special friends. The shelter currently houses approximately 85 cats and dogs.

Animal Adoption Foundation
2480 Millville Ross Rd.
Hamilton, OH 45013

Adoption Hours:
Tuesday- Friday:  4pm -7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1pm-4pm
*Closed Monday*
*appointments available upon request                                                                 

Volunteer Hours
Monday: 11am- 6pm
Tuesday-Friday: 11am-7pm
Saturday: 11am-4pm
Sunday: 12-4pm

 

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Help Chance the Dog Find a Home!

October 5, 2016

October is ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and we’re featuring the wonderful dogs of Animal Friends Humane Society. Read Chance’s story and help us find him a home!

Meet Chance of Animal Friends Humane Society

Adopt Chance the DogChance was found homeless in Aruba in July 2016. He was named Chance because he deserved a second chance at a good life. It was a struggle to get him to the United States, but he finally made it and has been in a foster home ever since. He is such a great dog. The vet believes he is around 2 years old (give or take) and he still has a lot of young energy in him. He gets along well with dogs with lots of spirited play, but he has an obsession with cats that has not subsided. Chance has worked with a trainer and has learned basic obedience, but sometimes enjoys the occasional chewing of a shoe. He has done well with being house trained with the exception of a few accidents. He would thrive best in a house with a fenced backyard, no cats, and if there are children, they should be big enough to handle a playful dog his size. We are looking for the perfect forever home for this happy boy. If interested in adopting Chance, please complete the pre-adoption questionnaire and either email to animalfriendshs@butlercountyohio.org or fax to 513-887-3525.

About Animal Friends Humane Society

Animal Friends Humane SocietyAFHS was established in 1952 and is the only open-admission shelter in Butler County. In 2009, we relocated and now occupy a 22,500 sq. foot facility with top-notch amenities for our shelter population in Hamilton. On a typical day, Animal Friends Humane Society houses between 200 and 300 dogs and cats in our facility. We are Butler County’s largest and oldest 501(c)3 non-profit animal shelter. Visit us at:

Animal Friends Humane Society
1820 Princeton Road
Hamilton, OH 45011

Hours:
Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Wed, Thur 1 PM – 7 PM
Closed Major Holidays

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Remember Pets in Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

September 28, 2016

Remember Pets in Your Disaster Preparedness PlanAs September comes to a close, we want to highlight National Disaster Preparedness Month. When preparing for a disaster, it can be easy to overlook planning with your pet in mind. But with some advance thought, your cat or dog will have their best chance of making it through an emergency safely.

Create a Grab & Go Bag

If the worst happens, and you need to evacuate your home, a prepared bag of your pet’s necessities can take some of the worry out of the event. It will also help you evacuate safely and quickly. Place the bag in an easy to access and easily remembered spot. Include these items:

  • Remember Pets in Your Disaster Preparedness PlanPet food
  • Feeding bowls
  • Bottled water
  • Collar with tags
  • Pet toys
  • Pet medications
  • Leash and/or rope
  • Muzzle
  • Current pet photos
  • List of contacts
  • Litter box/ waste bags

For more information on disaster preparedness and your pet, read this article from the ASPCA, which includes information on rescue alert stickers, safe havens and designated caregivers. We hope you never experience disaster with your cat or dog, but being prepared is the best course of action.

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The Most Common Signs of Pain in Your Pet

September 19, 2016

September is Senior Pet Wellness Month

Senior Pet Wellness Month

As pets age, they are more likely to suffer from illness. But with loving care and proper medical attention, they can lead happy lives well into their senior years.

Common Signs of Pain in PetsOur pets can’t tell us with words when they are in pain. Watch for these six signs of pain in your cat or dog, and call us right away if you notice:

  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Reluctance to jump onto surfaces
  • Not going up or down stairs
  • Difficulty standing after lying down
  • Overgrooming or licking a particular area
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Immunization Side Effects and Your Pet

August 29, 2016

Immunization Side Effects and Your PetAs we wrap up National Immunization Awareness month, let’s cover some of the side effects of vaccines in dogs and cats. Understanding these side effects will help you know what to expect when your pet is immunized.

Common Vaccination Side Effects

Most common side effects are temporary, although unpleasant for your pet. There’s usually no need to call your veterinarian unless the symptoms persist. Your cat or dog may experience:

  • Quietness
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Tenderness at injection site
  • Small lump or bump at injection site
  • Sneezing

Immunization Side Effects and Your PetLess Common Vaccination Side Effects

There are a few less common side effects that require immediate medical attention. Call your veterinarian right away if your pet shows these symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Diarrhea
  • Facial swelling

Following the recommended immunization schedule is important for your cat or dog’s long-term health. However, if your pet experiences these side effects, share your pet’s reaction with your veterinarian at your next visit.

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Check the Chip Day!

August 9, 2016

Microchip Your PetAugust 15th is HomeAgain’s National Check the Chip Day. It’s a good idea to check your pet’s microchip with your veterinarian each year. This way, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your chip is functioning and still registered with the microchip provider.

A pet is lost every seven seconds, leaving pets vulnerable and in danger. With a registered microchip, a lost dog is 2.4 times more likely to make it back home. And a lost cat is 21.4 times more likely to make it back home!

Visit our recent Resource article to learn more about Microchipping Your Pet for Outdoor Safety.

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Summer Pet Safety: Steer Clear of Asphalt

July 27, 2016

Walking your dog is wonderful activity for you both. Your pet gets exercise and companionship, along with seeing the world and preventing boredom. But in the summer, try to avoid walking your dog on asphalt. Here’s how air and asphalt temperatures compare on a warm, sunny day:

Air Temp

Asphalt Temp

77 degrees = 125 degrees
86 degrees = 135 degrees
87 degrees = 193 degrees

Summer Pet Safety: Steer Clear of AsphaltDogs release heat through their feet, so walking on hot surfaces prevent their body from cooling. At 125 degrees fahrenheit, skin destruction starts to occur within 60 seconds.

To beat the heat, try exercising your dog early in the morning or late at night. We also want to highlight two other walking tips Cesar Milan provides in his article “10 Essential Summer Tips from Cesar:”

Use doggie boots. You can find these at your local pet supply store. If you can’t walk your dog during the early and later hours of the day, this is a good way of protecting him. Heat rises from the ground, especially on surfaces like cement and asphalt, and dogs absorb and release heat through their feet. Just like boots prevent the dog from absorbing the cold in the winter, they also isolate heat.

Let your dog check the weather. Dogs don’t have the Weather Channel, so they don’t know why they are being denied a long walk for the day. Allow your dog to step outside and feel for itself that it is too hot, too wet, or too cold to go on a long walk. Instinctually, the dog will understand that it has to shorten its walk, or simply come back inside where it’s safe.

Avoid asphalt this summer and help your dog keep cool!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Summer Pet Safety

July 11, 2016

The Do's and Don'ts of Summer Pet Safety

July is a very busy month for Companion Care Animal Hospital because there are so many opportunities for pets to get hurt, overheated or exposed to toxicities. Follow our Summer Safety Do’s and Don’ts to keep your pet safe, healthy and away from the emergency room!

DO

  • Provide pets with cool, fresh water at ALL times
  • Keep pets up-to-date on vaccinations and medications
  • Keep pets indoors during the heat of the day
  • Walk your dogs early in the day or later in the evening, when temperatures have cooled
  • Limit jogging or bicycling with your dog
  • Apply sunscreen to pets, especially those with short hair

DON’T

  • Leave pets unattended in cars. See a time-lapse video showing how fast a parked car heats up. 
  • Leave dogs outdoors, unattended on a chain or tether
  • Allow pets near gardening products, pesticides or fertilizers
  • Walk dogs on hot sidewalks or asphalt, which will burn their paws
  • Leave pets outside during fireworks displays
  • Exercise pets without providing frequent access to water
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$10 Cat Adoptions – the Perfect Time to Adopt with Animal Friends Human Society!

June 28, 2016

$10 Cat Adoptions with Animal Friends Humane SocietyAs we wrap up Adopt a Shelter Cat month, we encourage you to consider adopting a cat or kitten from Animal Friends Humane Society.

Enjoy a discounted cat adoption fee of just $10 during the busy season for Animal Friends Humane Society. The fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, feline leukemia testing, and a free bag of cat or kitten food.

Visit Animal Friends Humane Society’s Adoption page to see pictures of their many available cats and kittens. If you’ve ever considered giving a shelter cat a forever home, there’s never been a better time to take a look!

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Help Find Lennie the Cat a Home!

June 16, 2016

Help Find Lennie the Cat a Home!Meet Lennie – Animal Adoption Foundation’s Cat of the Month

Lennie is a sweet girl who was found as a stray. Despite being abandoned by her former owner, she is very loving and forgiving. Lennie is super sweet and doesn’t mind being held. She is very cute cat and gets along with everyone she meets.

This four-year-old grey tabby would make the perfect family pet and would do well with kids too. Spend a minute with Lennie and you’re sure to fall in love with this beautiful girl!

Visit the Animal Adoption Foundation website to learn more about adoption.

About the Animal Adoption Foundation

Animal Adoption FoundationThe Animal Adoption Foundation is a non-profit no-kill shelter for dogs and cats that have been abused or abandoned. AAF provides a safe and humane environment for dogs and cats that are waiting to be adopted. Our caring volunteers and generous, loving donors enable us to provide a safe and happy haven for our special friends. The shelter currently houses approximately 85 cats and dogs.

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Say ‘Goodbye!’ to Ticks and Fleas

May 23, 2016

Applying flea and tick prevention to your pets will keep your pets from becoming infested, but it won’t guarantee a pest-free environment. Ticks and fleas can still make their way into your yard and home. With summer around the corner, follow these simple tips for saying goodbye (and good riddance!) to fleas and ticks.

Create a Tick-Free Zone in Your Backyard

Despite regular, year-round use of preventatives, your pet can still be exposed to ticks– even in your backyard. But did you know you can make your yard less attractive to ticks? It’s all about how you landscape. Here are some simple tricks and techniques you can employ this year to help reduce tick populations around your home.

Create a Tick-Free Zone in Your Backyard

Keep Your Home from Being a Flea Magnet

Fleas flourish in certain environments. Eliminating their enviroment will help prevent infestations in your home and yard. Here’s what fleas love.

Outside the Home

For successful reproduction, fleas select protected, shady, undisturbed areas. For example:

  • Porches
  • Decks
  • Stairs
  • Around doghouses
  • Inside the Home

Inside your home, fleas thrive in these areas:

  • In pet beds
  • Under furniture
  • Buried deep in carpets

What You Can Do to Prevent Fleas

What You Can Do to Prevent Fleas

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May Brings Fleas, Ticks and Allergies

May 3, 2016

Welcome to May! Beautiful weather and outdoor adventures with your pets! This month is also the start of flea, tick and allergy season. Much less exciting.

But with a little prevention, you can save your pet from discomfort and your home from infestations. Flea preventative medications for dogs and cats are very popular, but did you know there is a correct procedure for applying the preventative? Follow the steps in this video to make sure your pet gets the most benefit from flea preventatives:

Watch the video: How to Apply Flea Preventative to Dogs and Cats

Check out our hospital’s chalkboard for more fun and useful facts to help you and your pet have an incredible May:

Fairfield Vet May Theme

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5 Lessons to teach kids about dogs

September 18, 2015

Children often don’t know how to act/treat a dog without learning from an adult first. It’s important to teach kids about body language and interactions to aviod any accidents. In the media, dogs are seen being hugged and kissed with their faces close to their human owners. In real life, however, this may not be the case. By explaining what is and is not ok, you can help ensure your child will always have safe interactions with dogs.
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Easy peanut butter pumpkin dog biscuits

September 17, 2015

Dogs love treats, it’s a fact. This fall instead of buying a bag, try making your own. This easy 3 step recipe is sure to leave your dog begging for more! Happy baking!

What you will need:

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (can use Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan. Or roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper.

4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE SERVING TO YOUR DOG!

5. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

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20 products elephant lovers should own

September 10, 2015

Elephant lovers rejoice, there are products for you! Happy shopping!

1.

This unique throw pillow.

Find it here

2.

This adorable mug.

From World Market

3.

These cuddling salt and pepper shakers.

Get them here

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Fall weather fashion for pet lovers

September 10, 2015

Sweater weather is almost here! For the animal lover, this can mean finally being able to break out your favorite over-sized cat sweater. Check out these fun animal inspired prints.

1. $35 Macy’s

Dog Sweater

2. $21 Amazon

3. $32 Ali Express

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Dogs take measures to keep their paws warm

September 10, 2015

Despite the recent heat wave, fall is fast approaching and temperatures are sure to drop. Take a look at these pups who have their own socks to keep their paws warm during the cold.


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Top 10 toxins in the kitchen

September 9, 2015

1. Chocolate

2. Xylitol (e.g. sugar free gum and candy)

3. Grapes, raisins, and currants

4. Caffeine (coffee and tea)

5. Fatty scraps

6. Onions, garlic and chives

7. Macadamia nuts

8. Unbaked yeast bread dough

9. Alcohol

10. Table salt

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Top 10 toxins for cats

September 9, 2015

1. Topical spot-on insecticides

2. Household cleaners

3. Antidepressants

4. Lilies

5. Insoluble oxalate plants (e.g. dieffenbachia, philodendron)

6. Human and veterinary pain relievers

7. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)

8. Glow sticks

9. ADD/ADHD medications

10. Mouse and rat poisons

 

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Top 10 toxins for dogs

September 9, 2015

1. Chocolate

2. Mouse and rat poisons

3. Vitamins and minerals

4. Human pain and veterinary pain relievers

5. Heart medications

6. Cold and allergy medications

7. Antidepressants

8. Xylitol (e.g. sugar free gum)

9. Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol)

10. Caffeine pills

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Top 10 human medications that are toxic to pets

September 9, 2015

1. Pain relievers

2. Vitamins and minerals

3. Cold and allergy medications

4. Antidepressants

5. ADD/ADHD medications

6. Anticonvulsant medications

7. Anti-anxiety medications

8. Heart medications

9. Muscle relaxants

10. Sleep aids

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Cat Questions Explained By Science

August 28, 2015

John Bradshaw, noted cat scientist and author of Cat Sense (Allen Lane, 2014) answers some questions relating to cat behaviors.

1. Why do cats like sitting in boxes?

"Why do cats love sitting in boxes so much?"

It’s all about security and getting a good vantage point. “When a cat rests it basically wants to feel protected, but it also needs to have some way of looking out,” says Bradshaw.

He’s actually conducted experiments at animal shelters to find out what kind of box cats that had recently come into the shelter liked best. Turns out upside-down boxes with holes cut in them are the most preferred. “The cat will go in and peer out for a period of time,” says Bradshaw. “When the cat gets more confident it may actually rest on top of the box, especially if the box is in a corner.”

Boxes are often new and temporary additions to your cat’s territory. “It’s their natural instinct to explore anything new, so they’ll jump straight in and settle down in it.”

2. Why is my cat obsessed with my feet?

9 Of Your Questions About Cats, Answered With Science

“Feet and hands are about the size of other cats,” says Bradshaw. “So you find that a lot of kittens will get fascinated by them, especially bare feet, and will pounce on them and attempt to play with them almost as if they were another cat.” Some cats grow out of this, and others get discouraged by their owners who don’t want to be constantly scratched up – but some keep the habit into adulthood.

Although it is a possibility that because of a cat’s developed sense of smell, they are attracted to the smell of feet, it is most likely the wriggliness.

3. Is my cat just looking for food or does she actually love me?

“Cats do love their owners,” says Bradshaw.

They show this in two ways: by rubbing their head on your leg (or sometimes a nearby chair leg), and by licking you. Both of those behaviors are things that cats do to other cats to show affection and reinforce a friendship – not because they want something.

4. Why does my cat run around at 4a.m.?

9 Of Your Questions About Cats, Answered With Science

The short answer is: because they want to.

“Naturally, they’re awake for a period of time during the most interesting time of day or night,” Bradshaw says. “Then they’ll nap for a couple of hours, then they’ll wake up again and do something, and so on.”

5. How and why does my cat purr?

"Where does a cat's purr come from and what is it telling me?"

There are three kinds of purr: one is very common, and the other two are rarer. They’re all created by muscles on a cat’s vocal cords that make them rattle together.

You’ll hear the most common purr when your cat is happily sitting on the sofa beside you, but the cat isn’t strictly telling you that it’s happy. “The emotion is secondary,” says Bradshaw. “They’re not telling you that they’re content, what they’re telling you is ‘Stop making sudden movements and pay attention to me.’”

In fact, that’s what the other two purrs – that have subtly different sounds – are asking of you too, just in different situations. One you’ll hear in the kitchen when your cat wants food (“a kind of urgent purr, it’s got a sort of whining noise in it, which some people find quite irritating”). The other is heard when a cat is in distress, and will be familiar to vets who tend to cats after road traffic accidents, for example. “Clearly that cat is in pain and its not happy at all,” says Bradshaw, “but again it’s the same basic message: It’s saying ‘Look after me.’”

6. What’s with the obsession over catnip?

9 Of Your Questions About Cats, Answered With Science

Catnip is a plant in the mint family with a smell that is apparently irresistible to cats. Scientists don’t know exactly how catnip works on cats, or why evolution has hung on to the version of the gene that makes them go crazy for it. Only around two thirds of domestic cats are affected, showing a combination of feeding behaviour and female sexual behaviour, and limited research shows that it affects big cats too.

It doesn’t appear to have any lasting benefits for any of them. “It probably was useful for some dim and distant ancestor of the cat,” says Bradshaw. “But now it’s just a quirk and nothing more than that really.”

7. Why does my cat tread up and down before settling down?

"Why does my cat tread up and down before settling on my lap?"

“This is the treading motion that kittens use to stimulate their mother’s milk,” says Bradshaw, and some cats never lose the idea that their owner is their mother, so they’ll tread on their owner even though they’re never going to extract any milk.

A second possible explanation is that your cat could be trying to mark you. “There are little scent glands between cats toes, and they do tread on things and scratch things to leave scent behind,” says Bradshaw.

But if they always do it just before sitting down, they’re probably just making a bed.

8. Why does my cat HATE some people but love others?

“Some cats are very fussy about who they go up to, and every cat has its own reasons,” says Bradshaw. “It’s probably something that happened to it when it was a kitten.” For example, if the cat was ill when a person who smelled a certain way was around when they were young, new people with a similar smell could get the cold shoulder, even years later.

The main thing is that chances are it’s not the person’s fault, and your cat doesn’tknow something you don’t about your friend it has mysteriously taken a dislike to.

9. Why does the neighbor’s cat stare at me but run away when I stare back?

"Why does the cat next door to me keep staring at me through the window at night, but run away when I stare back. Is it a spy?"

“Cats just stare out of the window all the time,” says Bradshaw. “I don’t think the cat is deliberately trying to stare anyone out.”

Cats interpret stares as a threat, and when two cats stare at each other, one of them will always back down. So the cat next door is probably interpreting the stare as you saying “I’m not a friendly animal”, and running away because of that.

 

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17 Things You Never Knew About The Animals In Your Favorite Movies

August 28, 2015

1. Marley was played by 22 different dogs in Marley and Me. 

Marley was played by 22 different dogs in Marley & Me.

The dog with the most screen time was called Clyde.

2. Since baby pigs grow up rather quickly, 48 pigs were used in the film Babe.

And 48 pigs were used to film Babe, because baby pigs grow up so quickly.

The film had 56 animal trainers on set to handle nearly 1000 animals.

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June 25th Groovin’ on the Green

June 18, 2015

If you missed us at Doggie Date night that is okay! Come see us at Groovin’ on the Green in Fairfield on Thursday, June 25th. We will be doing free toe nail trims for cat and or dog food donations for Partners in Prime

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