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‘National Pet Fire Safety Day’ Prevention Tips to Keep Pets from Starting Home Fires


An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.

An estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by home fires, however, nearly 1,000 house fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets, according to a new data analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
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The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) and ADT Security Services have joined forces once again for the third annual National Pet Fire Safety Day (July 15) to spread awareness about how pets can start home fires but more importantly how to prevent them.

“Not many pet owners realize that their pet can actually be the cause of a devastating fire,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  “Simple preventative measures, such as flameless candles and stove knob covers, can mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.”

Chris and Kay Wardlow of Oklahoma know that all too well.  Their curious dog Lucy was home alone and spied a cake on the stove top. As Lucy tried to get a taste, her paw accidentally hit the stove knob and turned on the gas burner that was under the cake pan. Within minutes, the house was filled with smoke, triggering the Wardlow’s ADT monitored smoke detector. Firefighters were called to the scene, the house was saved and Lucy was rescued.

“Planning for unexpected emergencies like home fires and taking these precautions are an integral part of responsible pet ownership,” Peterson said.

AKC® and ADT offer the following tips to educate pet owners on how to prevent your beloved pet from starting a fire, as well as how to keep your pets safe.

Prevent your pet from starting fires

  • Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove stove knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in flameless candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Beware of water bowls on wooden decks – Do not leave a glass water bowl for your pet outside on a wooden deck.  The sun’s rays when filtered through the glass and water can actually heat up and ignite the wooden deck beneath it. Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.

Keep your pets safe

  • Keep Pets Near Entrances When Away From Home – Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet.  When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Secure Young Pets – Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
  • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Consider using monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center so emergency responders can be contacted when you’re not home. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.  Make sure to update the number of pets listed.

In partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council, pet owners can obtain a free Pet Fire Safety Window Cling on National Pet Fire Safety Day, July 15th at local volunteer firehouses nationwide. For a list of locations, visit www.nvfc.org/windowclings.  The clings are also free online at www.adt.com/pets and will be available this September at your local AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day.  This year’s flagship event will be held in Raleigh on September 25th.  Visit https://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/ for more information on an event near you.  Additionally the clings will be available at Meet the BreedsTM, October 16th and 17th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. For more information, visit www.meetthebreeds.com.

Compliments American Kennel Club and ADT.

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Best Cat Adopt Video


The best Cat Adoption Video ever! Thanks Sioux Falls Area Humane Society! I wished more places would do a video like this!

Adopt! Adopt! Adopt!

For more information go to www.sfhumanesociety.com

The best Cat Adoption Video ever! Thanks Sioux Falls Area Humane Society! I wished more places would do a video like this!
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Garfield the Cat Day


June 19th is Garfield the Cat Day!

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Garfield the Cat Day – That fun loving, lasagna eating cartoon cat, Garfield has his own day. #GarfieldTheCatDay #Garfield

Garfield the Cat Day

Garfield the Cat day is held annually on the 19th of June. Garfield the cat was created by a cartoonist, Jim Davis. He first appeared in cartoon strip on the 19th day of June in 1978. Garfield is a ginger cat. This famous comic character has been syndicated to roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals. Not only that, but Garfield holds a Guinness World Record for being the most widely syndicated comic in 2013.

Garfield the Cat Day - Garfield eating lasagna

The first Garfield the Cat Day was held in 1998, which is on the 20th anniversary of the comic strips birthday. A Boca Raton City Council Member, Wanda Thayer, proclaimed that day as Garfield the Cat Day during a surprise birthday party that was held at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in…

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National Hug Your Cat Day


National Hug Your Cat Day is June 4.

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National Hug Your Cat Day an unofficial holiday for hugging your cat. #HugYourCatDay

National Hug Your Cat Day

This day is held annually on June 4th. Us cats love hugs from our hoomans! I am not sure how this day got started but … MEOW! Meaning It is a purrfectly good day! But really any Hug Your Cat Day should be everyday! Just saying!

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Check out what my daddy hooman wrote about on This Day

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Invasive Tick Detected in Tennessee


Be careful cats and Cat owners …. well all animal owners and hoomans … bad tick in Tennessee. See this blog post from Voices of East Tennessee.

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Invasive Tick Detected in Tennessee – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) today announced the detection of the invasive Asian longhorned tick in Tennessee. #AsianLonghornedTick

The Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 11 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there is no evidence that the tick has transmitted pathogens to humans or animals in the U.S.

Invasive Tick Detected in Tennessee - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) today announced the detection of the invasive Asian longhorned tick in Tennessee. #AsianLonghornedTick
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Crazy Cat Lady Birthday Cake


Crazy Cat Lady Birthday Cake – We saw this online, and knew we had to share this cake idea with our readers. Hoomans love birthday cakes for their birthday, so what kind of birthday cake do you give that crazy cat lady? Well here are some ideas!

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300 Cats Rescued from a Single Toronto Apartment


300 Cats Rescued from a Single Toronto Apartment – yes three hundred as in a herd of cats.

I guess this was one of those crazy cat persons hoarding cats. Surprising the cats were in good health. Ironically, this was the second time in three weeks were over 100 cats where found in a single residence.

“It’s a terrible way for cats to live, if you know that someone has too many cats, it is best to report it sooner rather than later. Unsterilized cats breed prolifically, and with only a nine-week gestation, things get out of control very quickly. To make a report in the City of Toronto, call 311 and you will be directed to the appropriate department.”

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The 300 cats found in a Toronto apartment. (Toronto Cat Rescue)
The 300 cats found in a Toronto apartment. (Toronto Cat Rescue)

No person can keep more than six cats in one dwelling unit, according to Toronto’s municipal code.

If you are in another town or city, check with your local city on how to report cat hoarding, or even animal hoarding.