Posted in Neutering, Puerto Rico, Spaying, Uncategorized

Spaython for Puerto Rico


Spaython for Puerto Rico – The Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of 22 organizations from around the world will begin the first round of the Spayathon for Puerto Rico June 3 to 9, 2018. This ground-breaking initiative aims to spay and neuter at least 20,000 cats and dogs at no cost to pet owners across the Commonwealth by May of 2019, providing much needed assistance to the people and animals of Puerto Rico.

Spaython for Puerto Rico

With the support of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, and in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Examiners and the Puerto Rico Veterinary Association, the Humane Society of the United States formed a coalition of partners to carry out this historic endeavor.

Spaython for Puerto Rico

“This is the first time such a broad collection of national and international groups has come together to intensively reduce the population of animals across an island,” said Tara Loller, Senior Director, Strategic Campaigns and Initiatives.  “We could not make this historic event happen without the generous participation of each and every coalition member.”

Maddie’s Fund® and other non-profit organizations, including PetSmart CharitiesPetco FoundationGreaterGood.org and The 20/22 Act Society, are providing the financial support necessary to carry out this initiative.  Other groups like Banfield FoundationBest Friends Animal Society and Rescue Bank are providing critical supplies, such as vaccines, pet food and crates.

Veterinary teams from EmancipetViDASVeterinarians for Puerto RicoMaddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, and Helping Paws Across Borders will provide high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter services in locations across the island.

Ground support is being provided by Puerto Rico-based groups, including The Humane Society of Puerto RicoThe Sato ProjectThe Puerto Rico Dog FundFriends of Culebra AnimalsWild at Heart Foundation and Our Big Fat Caribbean Rescue.

In addition to altering tens of thousands of animals, the Spayathon for Puerto Rico campaign also aims to create lasting change for the island by ensuring that dozens of veterinary professionals will receive high quality, high volume spay and neuter training through ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. And at the conclusion of the campaign, all of the surgical equipment, supplies and other assets leftover will be donated locally to help establish a lasting high quality, high volume spay/neuter infrastructure on the island.

The no-cost spay/neuter clinics will take place throughout the following dates:

Round 1: June 3-9, 2018 – Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
Round 2: November 3-9, 2018 – Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
Round 3: February 3-9, 2019 – Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce, San Juan and Vieques
Round 4: May 3-9, 2019 – Cabo Rojo, Ceiba, Culebra, Manati, Moca, Ponce and Vieques

Press Release: The Humane Society of the United States.

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Posted in Collar, Cone Collar, Joel the Brave, Neutering, Towel Collar, Uncategorized

The Homemade Cone Collar Adventure


It has been awhile since you heard from me!

I got neutered! I now cannot have any kittens. A special thanks to the Humane Society of Jefferson County, TN and the vet doctors they used for this low cost neuter. So I don’t lick my self, my momma hooman made me a homemade cone collar.

She used a black construction type paper, maybe crafting paper. Cut a circle in the dead center of it, about the size of my regular collar. I saw her cut a corner section out. Then she rounded the four corners. After that, my momma hooman and daddy hooman put it on me and fastened it with some tape.

Joel the Brave and a homemade cone collar to help prevent licking after being neutered. | Photo Credit Steve Patterson
Joel the Brave and a homemade cone collar to help prevent licking after being neutered. | Photo Credit Steve Patterson

It was fun trying to get use to this device. It didn’t help I was still feeling the effects of the anesthesia. Plus, some pain in my hind leg area.

I kept it on all night long. I got to cuddle with my momma hooman, then my daddy hooman. I often went to the bedroom door, where my sister, Lilly Bug was. @lillybugpatterson. I kept doing a rotation of that.

I tried to get this thing off me, but nothing seemed to work. I know it kept me off balance. I couldn’t see around me. I couldn’t use my whiskers to know if I can fit in places. When I would jump off the bed, It seemed front heavy. I would always run the cone part into walls and furniture in the bedroom.

It wasn’t comfortable at all, but it worked! I couldn’t lick where the incision was.

However, after my daddy hooman left for work this morning, I was able to free myself from the homemade cone collar. I had it on all night long too. My momma hooman saw that and made me a different one her friend Sandy made for her dog when he had this done. It used a towel and tape. The Towel Collar.

Joel the Brave and a Towel Collar to help prevent licking after being neutered. | Photo Credit Heather Patterson
Joel the Brave and a Towel Collar to help prevent licking after being neutered. | Photo Credit Heather Patterson

I am also glad to see I have an updated picture of me on the blog graphics. Thank you my daddy hooman!

Check out my hoomans blogs!

Momma Hooman blogs at SimplySpokn.

Daddy Hooman blogs at Courageous Christian Father

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Posted in Cats, Dogs, Pets, Uncategorized

Is a pet right for your family?


Is a pet right for your family? Pets often make wonderful additions to a household. Parents not only love pets because animals bring smiles to their children’s faces, but also because pets teach kids about responsibility.

Is a pet right for your family?

But the decision of whether or not to bring a pet into a home is a complicated one that parents would be wise to give ample consideration before making their final decision. The following are a few factors parents can consider when deciding if now is the right time to bring a pet into their household.

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Is a pet right for your family?

Finances

Money is often overlooked when deciding whether or not to bring a pet into a home.But pets can be expensive, and the potential cost of pet ownership must be fully explored. Pet adoption fees are often negligible, but families who prefer a purebred dog can expect to spend considerably more money than they would if they were to adopt a mixed breed dog from the local shelter. In addition, a pedigreed cat is likely to cost more than a cat adopted from the shelter. But those initial fees are only a small part of the expenses associated with pet ownership. Medical costs, including routine veterinary visits and medication, pet insurance, food, and grooming costs can add up over time, so families already working on thin budgets might find it’s not financially prudent to bring a pet into their home until their finances stabilize.

Families who tend to travel a lot also must consider the cost of sheltering the animal when they are out of town, while renters should determine if bringing a pet into a home will incur a higher rental deposit or if the animal is likely to cause damage, as puppies and kittens tend to do, that will ultimately cost them money when they move out of their rental.

Time

Some pets require more attention than others, so heads of a family should consider just how much time they have to devote to pet ownership. Dogs tend to need the most attention among the more popular household pets, so families whose schedules are already full may find that pets who don’t need so much attention fit their lifestyle better. For example, cats don’t need to go for daily walks and tend to be more independent than canines, making them ideal pets for on-the-go families. When deciding if a pet is right for your family, give heavy consideration to how much time your family spends at home, and if you decide to adopt a pet, choose one that won’t be negatively affected by your schedules.

Demeanor

When considering bringing a pet into a home, parents should consider both their own demeanor, their kids’ demeanors and the demeanor of the pet they are thinking of adopting. Dogs have their idiosyncrasies, but breeds tend to exhibit similar behaviors. Labrador retrievers, for example, tend to be active and energetic, while a typical English bulldog might be more laid-back and less prone to running around. Active families who enjoy spending time outdoors might prefer a more active dog, while families who enjoy relaxing at home might want a dog that’s equally comfortable lounging around the house.

When considering cats, families should speak with a professional, be it a veterinarian or a representative at the local animal shelter, about the demeanors of different breeds to ensure they make the best decision. Parents of young children likely want a cat that’s playful as opposed to one who is likely to be standoffish with curious kids.

Future

The future is another thing parents must consider before bringing a pet into their home. Parents whose careers are stable might make better pet owners than those angling for a reassignment or looking to change careers. An unfortunate side effect of the recession that began in 2008 was that many families were forced to relocate when one or both parents lost their jobs but found opportunities elsewhere. Upon moving, these families realized the family pet could not make the trip, which led to shelters being flooded with homeless pets. If your family’s future is in question, delay adopting or buying a pet until your situation is more stable. If all is well in your career and your family is firmly entrenched in your community, then now might be a great time to bring a pet into your home.

Article Compliments of MetroCreative. FP145152

Posted in Joel the Brave, Lilly Bug, New Graphics, Uncategorized

New Graphics!


We now have new graphics thanks to our hooman daddy.

Thank you! Check them out below!

2 Cats and a Blog (Lilly Bug and Joel the Brave) https://2catsandablog.wordpress.com
2 Cats and a Blog (Lilly Bug and Joel the Brave)
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2 Cats and a Blog (Lilly Bug and Joel the Brave)

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Posted in Rabies, Uncategorized

Get the facts on rabies


Get the facts on rabies – The World Health Organization says rabies causes thousands of deaths every year, despite readily available tools to manage the disease.

Get the facts on rabies

Humans and animals can get rabies any time of year, though humans and household pets may be at greater risk in warm weather because that’s when they tend to spend the most time outdoors. Children who spend time outside playing may be especially susceptible because they may not recognize rabies warning signs in animals afflicted with the disease.

Get the facts on rabies

Rabies might not be as rampant in North America as it is in other areas of the world, but it still is a dangerous threat.

What is rabies?

Considered a zoonotic disease, rabies is transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. With the exception of Antarctica, rabies is present on all continents. In the United States, rabies has been reported in every state except Hawaii. The WHO reports that most cases of rabies in humans occur in rural areas where effective treatments are not readily accessible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says half of the people who die from rabies are under the age of 15.

Rabies was named for the Latin word “to rage.” That’s because animals that are affected by rabies can sometimes act as if they’re angry. Pets may act strangely and become unapproachable. Rabies attacks the brain and spinal cord. As the disease progresses, animals can develop hypersensitivity to light and sound as well as paralysis of the nerves that control the head and throat.

How is rabies contracted?

Rabies is a virus that is spread through contact with saliva from an infected animal. This occurs when an infected animal bites another animal or person, but it also can be contracted if that animal licks a scratch or open wound. Being bitten or licked may not immediately cause rabies symptoms, however. WHO says thorough cleansing and immunization within a few hours after contact with a suspected rabid animal can prevent the onset of the disease. Once symptoms appear, such as fever and pain, rabies can be fatal.

Which animals get rabies?

Rabies only affects mammals naturally. These can include dogs, cats, cows, horses, foxes, and skunks. Many people attribute rabies to raccoons. The CDC has indicated that raccoons are the most common wild animal with rabies. In the United States alone, about 93 of every 100 reported cases of rabies are in wild animals.

Rabies prevention

Vaccinations can protect domestic pets against rabies. In fact, rabies shots are required by law in many areas.

People should steer clear of wild animals to avoid rabies. Never walk up to a wild animal and be careful of pets that are unfamiliar. Animals afflicted with rabies may exhibit peculiar behavior or act out of characters (i.e. nocturnal animals roaming during the day). Anyone who suspects a sick animal should promptly call the local animal control center and have an officer come and check it out.

Treated food is sometimes used to prevent the spread of rabies among wild animals. The animals eat the medicated food, which immunizes them.

For more information on rabies prevention in pets, contact your veterinarian.

Article compliments of MetroCreative. HW166137

Posted in New Year, Uncategorized

Meowy New Year


@joelthebravecat and I would like to Wish you a Meowy New Year!

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I heard that 2018 is the Year of the Dog … I think they have the wrong!

I agree with my hooman that Every Year is the Year of the Lord!

Check these other New Year Related Blog Post of my hoomans

  1. Changing Calendar Unchanging God
  2. Christian New Years Resolutions
  3. Baby New Year – The Origin

That Baby New Year one is very interesting read!

 

 

Posted in Christmas, Uncategorized

Waiting for Santa Paws


I’m laying by the stockings waiting for Santa Paws
Yea I know I’m by Joel the Braves stocking but … Hey! Speaking of Christmas Stockings check out their history
https://www.courageouschristianfather.com/history-christmas-stockings/ 

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Meowe Christmas!