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ASPCA App Helps Us Prepare for Spring Storms

posted April 30th, 2018 by
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ASPCA App Helps Us Prepare for Spring Storms

ASPCA App Helps Us Prepare for Spring StormsSevere weather is in this week’s forecast and that means we need to prepare. The ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®, has an app that will help get you and your pets ready for hostile storms.

Just download the app, and check out its features.

Tap the Disasters icon and learn tips on how to keep your pets safe before, during, and after severe weather.

The information includes making sure your pets have proper identification in case they become lost. There is also an area where you can take a picture of your pet’s medical records, so you can have them on hand if you are unable to access them in an emergency.ASPCA App Helps Us Prepare for Spring Storms

Do you have any other tips that would be beneficial for this coming weather season? Share them with us here in the comments, or on Facebook.

Be safe out there!

Cruelty-Cutter Clashes with my Cleaners

posted April 18th, 2018 by
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Cruelty-Cutter Clashes with my Cleaners

CrueltyCruelty-Clutter Cutter is an app that scans household products and tells you if they are cruelty-free. Cruelty-free means that a certain product has not been tested on animals.

I downloaded the free app and followed the super easy instructions. I began scanning products in my house and was disappointed to see that most of the products in my home were NOT cruelty-free. Check it out.

 

Dawn Dish Soap. Everyone has watched the commercial of good citizens cleaning birds and seals with Dawn after an oil spill. I figured this brand to be safe. I was wrong. Dawn is not cruelty-free.

Cruelty Clutter Gain Fabric Softener. I grew up with this product! The soft smell takes me back to a time where I didn’t have to do my own laundry. I scanned the bottle and my nostalgia turned sour as I saw that my beloved Gain was not cruelty-free.

Oxiclean Laundry Detergent. I love Oxiclean! It cleans clothes so well, but now it just makes me feel dirty. Oxiclean, not cruelty-free.

Dial Hand Soap. “Aren’t you glad you use Dial?” No, I’m not. Not cruelty-free.

Cruelty ClutterHempz Body Lotion. This is my favorite lotion. It’s the only thing that keeps my dry hands from looking like the Crypt Keeper. I am finally in luck. My soft hands clap for joy as I scan the bottle and the green lettering says, Cruelty-Free! Yay!

Sadly, the Hempz Lotion is the only thing I scanned that was cruelty-free. I need to re-evaluate how I shop. When I started keeping house, about twenty years ago, I sought out products based on value and stayed with them. Now, I know better. And knowledge is power, right? Or guilt? Both?

The great thing about Cruelty Cutter is it gives you an option to look for similar products that are cruelty-free. When it comes time to shop, I can simply open the app and see what my alternative choices are.

This app was eye-opening. I’m pretty embarrassed at my support of products that experiment on animals. It will take time to find products I love as much as my usual buys, but I can’t keep purchasing these brands, knowing what I know.Cruelty Clutter

 

 

 

Animal Welfare Expo this Saturday!

posted March 22nd, 2018 by
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Animal Welfare Expo this Saturday!

Animal Welfare Expo 2018What are you doing this weekend? If you’re one of the cool cats in town, you will be heading to Norman for the Animal Welfare Expo this Saturday. Hands Helping Paws teamed up with the Cleveland County Fairgrounds to put on a great day of high-flying dogs, mouth-watering food trucks, great booths, free adoptions, and a special visit from the Kitten Lady.

You can get your pet micro-chipped for $10, watch a disc demonstration by Tornado Alley Disc Dogs, look for a forever friend from Norman Animal Welfare, have lunch at one of the food trucks, and if you have registered, attend a Kitten Workshop by the Kitten Lady. The workshop is sold out of tickets as of today.

What you need to know:

Animal Welfare Expo, Saturday, March 24, 9am – 2pm, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615. E. Robinson Street, Norman.

Tornado Alley Disc Dogs Demo at NOON.

Norman Animal Welfare will have Fee Waived Dog Adoptions.

In addition, NAW is hosting the microchip outreach and will be using the HomeAgain chips. Each chip is $10 each. Dogs must be on a leash and cats in carriers. As an existing HomeAgain customer, you are entitled to basic recovery service for life. None of the annual membership benefits (Lost Pet Alerts, Emergency Medical Hotline, Travel Assistance, etc.) will be available to you unless you choose membership for $19.99/year.

Food Trucks (11am – 1pm) – Big Truck Tacos, Phill Me Up CheesesteaksEskimo Sno

In preparation of puppy and kitten season Norman Animal Welfare will be accepting donations. Below is a list of some suggested items.

DONATION DRIVE FOR PUPPIES/DOGS – Kong’s, collars, leashes, canned puppy food or adult food. Small bags of dry food.

DONATION DRIVE FOR KITTENS/CATS SUPPLIES- Ciao Churu Creamy Purée Cat Treats – Four 0.5 oz. Tubes – Tuna with Chicken Recipe (Walmart); So Phresh Heavy Duty Litter Scoop (Petco); Whisker City® Pet Nail Scissors (PetSmart); SENTRY® PurrScriptions® Flea Cat Comb (PetSmart); ExquisiCat® Naturals Paper Cat Litter – Natural, Fragrance Free (PetSmart); Nursing bottle Kits (Petco, PetSmart, Atwoods); Dry Kibble – Royal Canin® Feline Health Nutrition™ Mother & Babycat Cat Food (Petco and PetSmart); Canned Baby Food – Royal Canin® Baby Cat Instinctive Kitten Food- LOAF in SAUCE (Petco and PetSmart) ; Toys- mice, feathers, crinkle balls;

DONATION DRIVE FOR OTHER SUPPLIES: Paper towels, Dawn Dish Soap original scent 8 FL OZ bottle, Lysol® Dual Action Citrus Scent Disinfecting Wipes 35 ct Plastic Container

Animal Welfare Expo 2018

Calling All Dog Ladies!

posted January 30th, 2018 by
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Calling All Dog Ladies!

Tucked into tCalling All the Dog Ladies!he pages of Facebook, a small group of females chat daily about everything canine. OKC Dogs Moms was created two years ago this month by Lauren Rutledge, a savvy dog owner who wanted a place just for women and their dogs. In the twenty-four months the page has existed, it has accrued 1,331 members who touch on subjects from lost dogs to cute pup pics.

“This group is for women and their pups.” says Lauren. “I am a member of a ton of meetup groups in OKC and there isn’t one place that is specific to just women and dogs.”Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Lauren has two adorable French bulldogs named Peewee and Louie. “They love going on car rides. Seriously, they don’t get excited about anything else like they do about getting in the car!” She loves driving her pups to their favorite places around the Oklahoma City metro, like Hollywood Feed and the Edmond dog park.

What I noticed about this page is the high level of support the members receive and offer each other. Many posts ask for opinions on dog food, veterinarians, pet stores, and training. The comments on these posts are always helpful and informative.

I have not seen any petty drama, which goes hand and hand with social media. These are animal-loving ladies that have formed a gentle community in the crazy world of Facebook. There are also the hard posts. Stories of sickness, loss, and beloved dogs passing on. The kind words of encouragement and sympathy touch my heart.

There are tentative plans for this group to gather together this year. “In 2016 we did a Halloween Party and silent auction. Everything went really well and we had a blast! Looking to do that again in 2018!” Lauren excitedly adds. The group also sells quarterly t-shirts and donates the profits to a local shelter or rescue. The last round of shirts benefited Mutt Misfits. They have a new “Dog Mother, Wine Lover” shirt coming out just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’m glad I came across this page. I think every OKC dog mom needs to benefit from this community of lovely women. It definitely brightens my day!

Calling All the Dog Ladies!

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

posted January 16th, 2018 by
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Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramHands Helping Paws Inc., a cat rescue and adoption organization in Norman, has some exciting news. This month, they have started a TNR program for the area! TNR stands for trap, neuter, and return to help control the cat population by spaying/neutering community cats. Community cats are strays, feral, or alley cats that live on the streets. These colonies of community cats are usually looked after by someone who feeds them in the neighborhood.

Hands Helping Paws is reaching out to these feline ambassadors to trap the cats and bring them in to have them spayed or neutered at no charge.

They started last week with four cats getting the simple operation and today, five more cats will be spayed/neutered.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR ProgramLook at it this way. If a stray female cat has five kittens each year for five years (five years is the average life span of an unspayed female stray), then these 9 nine surgeries will prevent 225 kittens from being born on the streets. That does not include the litters of kittens coming from each hypothetical kitten!

Yes. The math is staggering.

Hands Helping Paws saw this problem and is doing something about it.

If you know of a colony of cats, or would like to donate to this worthy cause, contact Hands Helping Paws on Facebook.

Check out our January/February issue of OKC Pets Magazine to learn more about cat overpopulation and Operation Catnip Stillwater, another TNR organization dedicated to this problem.

Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

All Your Pet Wants for Christmas is…

posted December 22nd, 2017 by
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Hands Helping Paws Launches TNR Program

All Your Pet Wants for Christmas is…

It’s definitely feeling a lot like Christmas today! The temperature is icy, and everywhere I go the twinkling lights of Oklahoma City sparkle cheerily at me from shop windows and neighborhoods. Have you finished your holiday shopping? Were there any furry family members or fluffy friends on your list?

What do our pets really want for Christmas? I asked a few friends and found out!

Oakley got a Christmas bandanna and Carlo got a new Christmas sweater!! It was exactly what they wished for!

 All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Max is a collector of all the treasures! He may be part border collie and part pirate, because of the bounty of things hidden in his yard. He likes to chew on everything! Especially water hoses and flower pots. He would like for Santa to bring him something to help keep him busy… and of course, something on which he can gnaw.

 All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Kaia (right) wants to be able to run and play again. She is not feeling well right now. Rhea (left) wants her sister to get well soon so they can go on adventures!

All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Ruby wants her busy mom to spend more time with her!

All Your Pets Want for Christmas is...

Sophie wants a stuffed toy. And it looks like she got her wish!

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Most of all, our pets just want our love and attention. Be sure to cuddle up with your furry and/or feathered family this chilly weekend, and they will have the happiest of holidays. They deserve it.

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