Paws Humane

Shelter Pet Appreciation Day!
November 30, 2010, 10:31 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I got an email yesterday from The Shelter Pet Project saying how today is Shelter Pet Appreciation Day and how we can help get people to adopt more pets from shelters.  For some reason, it’s a common misconception that pets from shelters have something wrong with them. So for one full day, let’s show everyone just  how great shelter pets really are!

To celebrate, join The Shelter Pet Project in asking animal lovers to post to Facebook telling the world about a great shelter pet you’ve known and loved.  This doesn’t take anything fancy, just share your pet’s name and story, favorite memories, or how you met and fell in love with your shelter pet. You can post by status update, sharing a photo, linking a blog post, or sending a Tweet.  Just make sure that you tag “Shelter Pet Project” in your post, so that all the posts will be on their fan page, showing everyone all the shelter pet stories.  I also chose to tag PAWS Humane, since that is where I adopted my sweet babies!

The Shelter Pet Project is a public service ad campaign sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund in partnership with the Ad Council and the entire animal welfare movement.


Turkey Week Adoptions
November 28, 2010, 7:55 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Events

Congratulations to the 12 no-longer-homeless pets who got adopted at PAWS last week!  It is now the kick off to the holiday season and I’m hoping that each week I check on the adoptions the number will get higher and higher!

I don’t have anything new for today, I just got back from my Thanksgiving break with my family, but keep checking this week for new posts.  I just have a few reminders (and also a correction!):

  • The Happy Howlidays event is coming up soon (I think the first time I mentioned this I had the wrong time)!
  • Also, make sure you turn in your Foster Application for the Foster for the Holidays program by December 15!  These sweet pets need some love for the holidays too!

Turkey Day Pet Tips
November 23, 2010, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Informational, Uncategorized

Taken from the ASPCA website

This Thanksgiving my sweet pup, Zoey, will be coming with me to visit my family.  For many of us, sharing the holiday season with our pets is important, but we also have to remember that there’s a limit as so how much they can participate.  After all, we all know it wouldn’t be a good idea to cut a slice of pie for Fido or Mr. Whiskers!

I will be out of town until Monday, so I just wanted to leave you with a few  Thanksgiving Safety Tips from the ASPCA website to keep in mind while you’re celebrating with your pup or kitty:

  • Turkey Treats. If you’re going to feed your pet a little piece of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked.  Raw or undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria! Yuck!
  • Stuffing Safety. Sage is a common herb to put in Thanksgiving stuffing, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
  • Raw bread dough is a no-no! According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach.  As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.  And I don’t know about you, but surgery is NOT something I want during the holidays!
  • Sweet Treats. If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • Tummy Troubles. A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays (which is probably what humans should do too!)
  • A Feast for Fido. While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy. (Zoey absolutely LOVES green beans in her Kong!)

I hope you’ll keep these tips in mind while you’re feasting with your loved ones.  If you’re looking for a new addition to your family to join you for the holidays, then definitely stop by the PAWS Humane shelter!  Don’t forget, Foster for the Holidays is coming soon! Just fill out a foster application (available on their website)  and either email it at or deliver it to the shelter by December 18.  Every pet deserves to have a warm, loving home during the holidays!

Hello, Shasta and Toby!
November 22, 2010, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Uncategorized

Today I decided to head over to the shelter after class and pick one dog and one cat to put in the spotlight.  The selection process consisted of me asking the adoption counselors, “Hey, who should I cuddle with today?”  I then spent 30 minutes with each animal.  Now I know being with them for a half an hour each isn’t going to tell you everything about their personality but it can at least give you a glimpse.


Carrol, the cat adoption counselor, suggested that I cuddle with any cat in the cat condos, since they don’t get as much attention as those that are in the cat colonies (in the big rooms).  So after walking in the room and hearing a million meows, my eyes fell on 9 month old, Shasta.  Shasta gave me her fair share of meows but wasn’t quite as mouthy as some others.  Instead of petting her in her condo, I took her into an adoption room.

If curiosity killed the cat, then I honestly don’t know how Shasta has survived!  This little lady went around the room and sniffed every inch of it, examining every nook and cranny.  She was so caught up in the newness of the room that she didn’t even pay me any attention as I sat in the middle, attempting to snap some photos of her.  After about five minutes, she brushed past me (what seemed like on accident), meowed, and started purring.

From then on the purring didn’t stop.  Even when she insisted on jumping onto every thing in the room (2 chairs, 2 small tables, and 1 desk), she would keep coming back wanting me to stroke her.  She never settled in my lap because she couldn’t stop exploring the room, but I have a feeling if she got more comfortable in the room she would have happily snoozed on me.


As for Toby, a six month old Terrier/mix, the dog adoption counselor, Ashley, directed me toward his room.  He was just put on the adoption floor today, and she said he wants nothing more than a lap to lay on.  When I approached the door, Toby immediately jumped on the door, barking.  To me I couldn’t see how this pup was calm enough to even think about laying on my lap!  According to Ashley, her and the other counselors are pretty sure he suffers from separation anxiety, but his previous owner said that he is crate trained (which is the best way to combat anxiety).

When I came in the room, Toby was definitely hyped up.  Luckily he had plenty of toys in his room that we played with to blow off steam.  After just a few minutes, he was ready to cuddle.

For thirty minutes he sat by me, laid by me, and even laid on me a few times, the entire time with his tongue hanging out and panting.  It didn’t surprise me to find out that he is good with all people and even friendly with cats and dogs.  He is definitely not a lazy dog though.  After a little while of relaxing, he’d get right up and grab a toy to play for a little while, then went right back to relaxing.  He also knows how to sit, shake, and lay down!

Hopefully, you’ve gotten a taste of some of the pets at PAWS, but remember, it’s only a taste!  If you really want to get to know one of them, you’re more than welcome to go by the shelter and hang out with them yourself.

Until next time!

Adoption Update & New Pets!
November 21, 2010, 8:52 am
Filed under: Adoptions

The adoption totals are in!  There were 22 adoptions this week:

  • 10 cats
  • 10 dogs
  • 1 bird
  • 1 rabbit

Looks like it’s been a good week, but there are plenty of other homeless pets to be adopted!  Take cats Vinnie Vango and Gypsy, for example.  These sweet Persian cats are at PAWS because their owner is dying of terminal cancer and due to his health had to surrender them.  His last request was that they be adopted together.  These little babies are five years old (remember, that isn’t old for a cat!) and if adopted together, their adoption fee is $275.  Gypsy and Vinnie  have been spayed & neutered, are current on vaccinations, FeLV/FIV negative and micro-chipped (just like all the pets at the shelter)!

Vinnie Vango (left) and Gypsy (right)

December Promotions, Specials & Events
November 20, 2010, 5:12 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Events, Uncategorized

PAWS has quite a few things planned for this holiday season, including adoption specials and events!  Here are some things happening in the month of December:

Adoption Special

  • $25 off of Cat Adoptions
  • $50 off of Dog Adoptions

Veterinarian Services Promotions

  • Chihuahua $60 Spay/Neuter for the entire month of December (look for more details in my previous post!)

Happy Howlidays Event
December 11th from 4-7 pm @ the PAWS Humane shelter

This even is a great opportunity to bring the kids and your furry family members to PAWS Humane for a day filled with holiday fun! You’ll be able to get your photo taken with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa and snacks. Children can decorate frames, stockings, and cards for friends and family. Admission is free, but they ask you to bring an item from the wish list for an orphaned shelter pet and help them celebrate the Holiday Season.  Donations wouldn’t hurt either!

Foster for the Holidays
To me, this is one of the most important programs PAWS does over the holidays.  Foster for the Holidays is an opportunity to provide a homeless pet with a holiday season that they wouldn’t get at the shelter.  If you’re  interested in helping give these shelter pets the best Holiday season,  complete the Foster Application (which can be found on their website) and email to or deliver to PAWS by December 18th.  Accepted participants will receive confirmation and can visit PAWS December 17th -19th to preselect their potential foster pet.  Foster pet pickups will be December 22nd and returns will be January 4th.  Those who decide to adopt their foster pet (and I hope you do!) will be able to complete the final paperwork and receive their ‘Foster for the Holidays’ discount on January 4th.

Adoptions and Events!
November 19, 2010, 10:46 am
Filed under: Adoptions, Clinic, Events

Yesterday there was a total of 5 adoptions!

  • Scooter (Cockatiel–5 years old)
  • Jazzy (Rabbit–8 months old)
  • Julie (Cat, Shorthair–2 months old)
  • Coco (Pomeranian Mix–1 year old)
  • Riley (Chihuahua Mix–4 years old)

Congrats to these sweet pets and also to the adopters!

I'm Jesus. Adopt me!

Even though 5 are gone, there are still PLENTY that need adopting (like Jesus).  Check out the PAWS website at and look under “Pets” to see who is up for adoption.  Right now there are 43 cats and 20 dogs that all need a forever home!

Within the next week I’ll be going to PAWS to do some animal cuddling and then I’ll post my experience with a particular animal (who will it be?!).

Also, Saturday, November 20 (TOMORROW!) PAWS will be offering both you AND your dog flu vaccinations provided by local Winn Dixie pharmacists.  Yes, dogs can get the flu too, and it definitely doesn’t feel better than when you get it.  So come by PAWS tomorrow from 1:15pm to 4:30pm for your vaccinations.  Vaccinations for dogs are only $10 and $23 for you (FREE to those with Tricare and Medicare).  This is an awesome deal, so call today to make your appointment: (706)565-0035     (PAWS only provides services to animals that have been spayed/neutered)