Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Urgent Missing Pet Alert

14 year old blind and deaf Cocker Spaniel name Pepper walked out of an open
door at her home this morning about 9:30 am near the Farville curve area of
Jonesboro. Her family has been frantically searching for her everywhere.
If you see or find a cocker spaniel, please post information here and call
761 6299.

Monday, December 13, 2010


Chocolate lab name Cocoa has been lost from Crowley's Ridge Road (off Old
Harrisburg Road near Craighead Forest) since Dec. 5th. She has diabetes and
required shots twice a day plus arthritis in her hips. She is 10 years old
with a gray chin. She weighs between 74 and 80 pounds with a calm
disposition. Please email NAFA and we will get your information to the
owners. They are frantic to find her or know her whearabouts.

Friday, December 10, 2010



• Keep an eye on temperatures. When it falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll need to keep all of your pets indoors. Shorthaired dogs, cats and puppies should be kept indoors when the temperature dips below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Keep your pet’s coat well groomed. Matted fur won’t properly protect your pet from the cold.

• Check your garage and driveway for antifreeze and other chemicals. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets, but most brands are very poisonous if consumed and can be fatal. Should your pet ingest any amount of antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately. Consider using pet-safe antifreeze.

• Be careful what you use for melting ice on your porch, sidewalk, deck or driveway. Most ice melting chemicals are highly toxic to pets, whether they lick the water containing the chemical or the pets walk through the melted ice and then lick their paws clean.

• Regularly check your pet’s water to make sure it isn’t frozen. When your pet is outside, make sure there is plenty of fresh drinking water available. Animals can’t burn calories without a fresh supply of water and if they can’t burn calories, they can’t keep warm. Also, use a tip resistant, ceramic or hard plastic bowl rather than a metal one, as your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to cold metal.

• Use a damp cloth to wipe your pet’s feet and underside. Ice melting chemicals can irate and burn the pads of your pet’s feet and will cause serious injury if ingested. Another way to protect your dog’s feet is to spray the pads of their feet with cooking spray or you can purchase boots for your pet.

• Provide a dry, draft free doghouse if you must keep your dog outside for any period of time. It should be large enough to allow your dog to sit and lay down comfortably, but small enough to hold in his body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doghouse should be turned to face away from the wind and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

• Get into the habit of slapping the hood of your vehicle before starting it. In their search to keep warm outdoors, cats often take refuge next to a warm car engine or tire.

• Keep snow from piling high next to your fence. A packed snowdrift will provide a boost for your dog to jump over the fence and escape the safe confines of your yard.

• Consider the amount of exercise your dog receives during cold weather. If your dog stays indoors more, he’s probably getting less exercise and may need less food; however, if your pet is outside often he may need more food to burn the calories necessary to produce more body heat.

If you have further question or concerns please email wanndat@fastdata.net , as our message line is currently being replaced.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act

On Nov. 19, 2010, Congress passed the final version of the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 (HR 5566). When the bill is signed by President Obama, it will become law, providing law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors the tools they need to successfully halt the crush video industry. Crush videos depict animals being intentionally crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated or otherwise subjected to serious bodily injury. To read the entire bill go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c111:7:./temp/~c111UVusLb

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pets as Christmas Gifts

NAFA and Petco and joining together to discourage individuals from giving live pets as gifts at Christmas. We feel so strongly that we now have a special radio commercial on KBTM 1230 during the “Answer to Us” radio program from 4pm to 6 pm weekdays.

NAFA’s last pet adoption day will be Saturday, December 18th. The week before and after Christmas are the worst time to bring a new pet into your home. It sets you and the pet up to fail.

Please take a moment to read and pass on to your friends our information on giving pets as gift.
A Look at Giving Dogs, Cats, Small Animals as Holiday Presents

Pets don't make good Christmas gifts, but there are creative and more sensible ways to giving the gift of a cat, dog or other pet companionship.

During the first few weeks of the new year, animal shelters and humane organizations see a steady stream of cats, dogs, small animals and other pets that were given to someone as a Christmas present or holiday gift.

In the vast majority of cases, giving an animal as a gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter or another holiday is a bad idea and very frequently, the ordeal ends with the dog, cat, pocket pet or other animal at the humane society's animal shelter. But fortunately, there are a few responsible alternatives for people who like the idea of giving a pet as a gift. This article will explore the reasons to avoid giving a puppy or kitten as a Christmas gift, while providing humane and sensible alternatives that will make for a happy pet and happy pet owner.

Why is it a Bad Idea to Give a Puppy or Kitten as a Christmas Present?

There are several reasons why pets that are given as holiday gifts rarely remain in their new home. Consider the following reasons why kittens and puppies make bad Christmas gifts.

The holiday season is hectic. This makes it difficult to bond and care for a new cat, dog, rabbit or other pet. Kittens and puppies require a strict schedule, lots of attention, training, care and love. Combine the pet's needs with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the result is often a pet with behavioral issues, an overwhelmed pet owner, or both.

It's important for a new pet owner to connect with his new pet. It may seem like a good idea to pick out an adorable puppy or kitten for a parent, child or significant other, but this should always be avoided. Picking a pet for another person is much like arranging a marriage. The new pet owner must personally select his/her new cat, dog, guinea pig, hamster, ferret or other pet. When an animal lover decides to adopt a particular animal, there is always an underlying attraction - a reason why that particular person picked that specific pet. This initial attraction is vital - it's the first step in the bonding process between a human and an animal who will be sharing each other's home and lives for the next 1, 2, 5 10 or even 20 years. Selecting an animal to adopt is a very personal process that should be left to the new pet owner.

It may not be the right time for a new pet. It's one thing to say "I'd love a dog." It's another thing to actually visit a breeder or animal shelter to adopt that new dog. Giving a dog, cat or other pet to another person can thrust the new pet owner into a bad position: the new cat, kitten, dog, puppy, ferret or other animal may be cute, and it may have a great personality and this may compel the new pet owner to keep the pet. The emotional element of pet ownership can override the sensible, logical mind that says "I don't have enough time for a puppy," "I don't have enough money to afford the vet bills," or "I travel too much to keep a cat." This can place the pet owner and the animal in a less-than-ideal situation that's unfair to both animal and human.

The person receiving the pet should have a say in picking out the pet. What makes one person choose a pet is not the same as what another person chooses, even within the same breed. It is very important for the person that is going to spend 10, 15 or 20 years with a pet as a family member to choose one that has the look and personality that they find appealing.

It does not set a good example for our children. “Respect for life” is a lifetime learning experience for children. In our current society gifts are exchangeable for even the most minute of reasons. So giving a pet for a gift tells our children that pets are of the same value as their video games, bicycles, Barbie dolls, etc. Giving a living animals is a very important step in a family and should not be taken lightly.

Alternatives to Giving a Dog, Cat or Other Pet as a Christmas Present

While it's never a good idea to give a live animal as a Christmas gift, Hanukkah present, birthday gift or Valentines Day gift, there are a few creative alternatives for someone who wants to give the gift of animal companionship to a loved one.

Give the gift of a few basic pet supplies or a small gift certificate to Petco. This will evoke the question of "What do I need this for? I don't have a dog/cat/hamster/ferret/iguana/etc." It's then that the gift giver can explain that his real gift is an all-expenses-paid trip to the animal shelter or breeder to select his new companion. This enables the gift recipient to select his own pet and it also gives the soon-to-be pet owner an opportunity to postpone the addition of a new pet to the household until the time is right.

Another idea? Create a homemade pet gift certificate, entitling the recipient to the kitten/puppy/ferret/etc. of his choice at the local animal shelter or humane society.

Happy Holidays,

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Labordoodle Regrets

Inventor of labradoodle regrets his work.

If Wally Conron had known what was going to become of the labradoodle, he wouldn't have bred the dog in the first place. It was 22 years ago and Conron, now 81. Conron, who is writing a memoir about life with the labradoodle, says that despite the fact that the dogs have helped so many blind people, he regrets creating the first crossbreed. "I opened a Pandora's box, that's what I did. I released a Frankenstein. So many people are just breeding for the money." Today, people pay ridiculous prices for poodle crossbreeds, and unscrupulous breeders are crossing poodles with inappropriate dogs simply so they can say they were the first to do it. There are cavoodles (cavalier king charles spaniel/poodle), groodles (golden retriever/ poodle) schnoodles (shnauser/poodle), and even roodles (rottweiller/poodle). "A lot of them are just crazy," Conron says. "So many of them have problems. I believe that one-third of dogs bred today are the poodle crosses. People say aren't you proud of yourself, and I say, no. Not in the slightest. I've done so much harm to pure breeding and made these charlatans quite rich."

To read more about how labradoodles came into existence and why he regrets it so go to - http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/nov/13/inventors-idea-regret .

Sorry about yesterday's post,

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tribute to Skunk, a puppymill rescue

A tribute to a Chihuahua named Skunk....

Photo taken by Graycen Colbert

Please follow this link to visit the touching tribute to Skunk.

I will miss you Skunk,

Monday, September 27, 2010

Comfortis & Ivermectin Interaction

Since 2008, the FDA has been giving animal owners warnings about Comfortis and Ivermectic interactions. More and more people are using Comfortis for flea prevention so we thought it would be a good time to rmind individuals about possible serious interactions between the two medications. Rule of thumb - it is better not to give heartworm preventative medications and Comfortis flea preventative medication at the same time.



Thursday, September 16, 2010

On September 15, 2005 - 11 NAFA volunteers and the Clay County Sheriff's Department rescued 33 dogs, 7 exotic birds and 8 doves from a puppy mill in Clay County. We celebrate their liberation, loving homes and the incredible individuals who stepped forward to take these animals into their homes. We herald this as one of NAFA's victories against the puppy mills and the "prisoners of greed" that live in horrendous conditions so their "wardens" can make a living.
Thank you to Twinkie's family for giving her such a cherished life. If you adopted a dog from this rescue please share your story. Contact use through facebook ( www.facebook.com/Nafa.rescue) or our website(www.nafarescue.org).
Thanks for making it possible for us to help animals in these situations with your continued support.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Please check to see if your treats are being recalled. If you by Hartz brand treats some of them are being recalled. Nearly 75,000 bags are included in this recall. The lot number is BZ0969101E. If you fear that your treats may be contaminated or you have questions you may contact Hartz customer service by calling 1-800-275-1414.

Keep your pets safe,

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Warning: Graphic Pictures

One young Great Pyrenees puppy came in with his jaw broken in 3 places. The vet estimates the jaw had been broken for several weeks.

Kitten after kitten, cat after cat, and dog after dog have been pulled from the hoarders situation.

Most come in desperate condition, upper respiratory infections, digestive infections, internal and external parasites just to list a few.

In all, since the case began 30 cats/kittens and two dogs have been taken in by NAFA (Northeast Arkansans for Animals).

Although the individual continues to be compliant with surrendering the animals, she is becoming more and more irritable and unwilling to bring in more animals.

However, NAFA investigators are diligent and will not stop until all the animals are removed and any that might remain (up to 4 under city ordinance) will be completely vetted, vaccinated and healthy.

If you would like to help with the care of these animals please contact wanndat@fastdata.net or for other ways to help visit our wish list on www.nafarescue.org .
Thanks for your support,

Counterfeit Frontline Products Sold on Ebay

The following story is the perfect example of why NAFA recommends that pet owners purchase their pet medications and flea/tick supplies from reputable veterinarians and suppliers who can prove that they purchase their product direct from the manufacturer.

A man pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Providence, Rhode Island on Tuesday, August 31st to selling illegal pet pesticides on the Internet. The U.S. Attorney's office said John Buerman, 51, of Warwick, was selling misbranded Frontline and Frontline Plus products. Buerman pleaded guilty to one count of trafficing in counterfeit goods and using a counterfeit mark. he also pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly distributing and selling misbranded pesticide. The U.S. Attorney's office said Buerman purchased large amounts of counterfeit pesticides for cats and dogs from distributors all over the world, including several in the U.S., Canada, Australia and China. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Buerman created an Ebay store called "Catsmartplus" in 2007 and had more than 3,500 sales over the past three years. Prosecutors said the sales totaled about $175,000.

The U.S. Attorney's office said it learned about the illegal sales after a customer from California purchased the product and one of her cats had an "adverse reaction." Buerman told NBC 10 on Tuesday that he didn't feel that what he was doing was wrong. He said he believed he was saving people money. Buerman is scheduled to be sentenced in January and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

Please buy your treatment products from companies you trust,

Friday, August 20, 2010


The recent case that we mentioned last week has happened if you would like more information on this case please view Cat Hoarder 8/14/2010 .

If you would like more information on hoarding and how to identify it please view Animal Hoarding .

Thanks so much for your support. Any donations will go to help with the care of the animals taken from this situation. You can also view NAFA's Wishlist for more information about things need to care for animals in our care. NAFA's Wishlist


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Merrick Treat Recall Update

Merrick Pet Care expanded the recall of it's "Beef Fillet Squares" and "Texas Hold' em's" dog treats to include all lots of the products, due to possible Salmonella contamination. The company previously recalled 83 cases of the treats for dogs after a sample tested positive for Salmonella contamination. The recalled treats are sold in 10-ounce packages and were shipped to distributors and retailers throughout the U.S. No illnesses have been reported, according to the company. If consumers purchased these treats, they may be returned to the place of purchase for a full rehab. For more information, contact Merrick at 1.800.664.7387.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hot Weather/ August Low Cost Vaccination Clinic

This entire week the heat index is expected to be above 100 degrees each day, although some showers may help on the weekend. This is a reminder for everyone to bring in their pets so they can stay cool like you and me. Here are a few ways to help your pet stay cool during this heat wave.
1) Provide plenty of fresh cool water so that your pets may cool down.
2) Don't leave or keep your pets outdoors for long periods of time.
3) Walk them during the coolest times of the day.
Most importantly, try using common sense. Try wearing a fur coat in this weather and you can feel what your pet feels in hot, humid heat!!

NAFA's sponsored low cost vaccination clinic by Dr. Jack Jones, DVM this Saturday, August 14th from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will provide individuals with handouts that explain tips for helping keep your pet cool. While individuals must qualify for veterinary services- vaccinations, heartworn testing, heartworm preventative (with negative test result), deworming . Literature, help and tips are free. Dr. Jones will also provide tips for immediate action should you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke.
The low cost vaccination clinic will be held at NAFA's Disaster Building which is located at 233 North Gee Street - red and white building at the corner of Gee Street and Dan Avenue across from Riceland Foods. Individuals who arrived too late at the Brookland Clinic on July 31st are eligible for services at this clinic only.

Keep Cool,

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Merrick Pet Care recalled 83 cases of its "Beef Fillet Squares" for dogs after a sample tested positive for Salmonella contamination. The treats are sold in 10-ounce packages, and are marked with lot number 10127 and then number 60116. All have a "Best Buy" date of May 6, 2012. No illnesses have been reported yet. If consumers purchased these treats, they may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, contact Merrick at 1-800-664-7387, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT.



NAFA would like to let you all know that we have been involved with an ongoing investigation of feline hoarding. This investigation will bring dozen of neglected cats to NAFA. Beginning this Sunday we will start posting daily updates so that you can follow the progress of the cats as the journey towards a new life.

Stay Tuned,

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Visit KAIT8's website for farther details (http://www.kait8.com/global/story.asp?s=12930838) or contact NAFA to join the pet parade to drop off school supplies. Contact Wannda at wanndat@fastdata.net if you are interested in bringing your pet. No cats please, the risk of flight is to great at this kind of event.

Pets will wear backpacks and or saddle bags to carry in school supplies.

Hope to see you there,

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Iams and Eukanuba Dry Dog Food Recall

As of July 30, 2010, Procter & Gamble Co., maker of Iams and Eukanuba dry dog foods, is recalling certain varieties of veterinary and some specialized dry pet foods as a precautionary measure because the food might be contaminated with salmonella. The manufacturer said no salmonella-related illnesses have been reported, but it is urging consumers to immediately discard the recalled products. People handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product, according to Procter & Gamble.
For more information or a product refund, call Procter & Gamble at 877-340-8823.
To view a complete list of the recalled products, visit Iams.com.

Please check to make sure you are not feeding this to your companion,

Monday, August 2, 2010

Salmonella in Frozen Reptile Food

If you feed any frozen mice, rats, or chicks from Mice Direct or any store that purchases their product from Mice Direct, this post is for you!
The FDA has discovered Salmonella in a sampling of the frozen mice from the reptile feed supplier. The company urges you to contact them at 888-747-0736 from 9:00a.m-5:00p. m EST Monday-Friday or by e-mail at sales@micedirect. com for instructions on what to do. If you have purchased any frozen products from Mice Direct, DO NOT FEED THEM TO YOUR REPTILES! Call your pet store to see if they use Mice Direct as their supplier if you are unsure.

If you are unsure if you are affected contact the store you purchased from or the manufacturer.



The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures surrounding and in Northeast Arkansas will be in the 100's most of this week. Combined with humidity, heat indexes could exceed 115-118 degrees. Please bring your pets inside during the heat of the day and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Animals that must stay outside should have plenty of fresh water and shade – a dog house is not considered shade.

If you are concerned about pets belonging to others (and it is not an immediate emergency), you can email nafahelp@gmail.com, with the address. We must have a physical address. If we have the name of the owner and/or a telephone number we can get immediate attention for the animals. IMPORTANT: If you see an animal in immediate danger – inside a car or in danger from heat and sun exposure you can call your local Animal Control department or police department to report the matter.Also, please check in with your elderly neighbors, friends or family to make sure they have adequate ventilation.

Please monitor your pets for signs,

Friday, July 30, 2010

Cats & Dogs Premier

Due to the chance of hit or miss storms and heat index of 105+, NAFA does not feel that the animals will be safe at an outdoor event at the Malco. Therefore, the Movie Premier Party of Cats and Dogs has been cancelled.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fourth of July Tips

Independence Day celebrations are great fun for people, but the loud noises and bright lights can be traumatic for pets, especially dogs. The explosions, excited voices and visual stimulation create confusion and fear."

In years past, NAFA has experienced record numbers of runaway and lost pets. Most have been frightened and made frantic by fireworks. But by being aware and thinking ahead, we can keep our pets as safe and comfortable as possible during Fourth of July celebrations.

The following tips will help pet owners to prepare for Independence Day:

If you are going to a fireworks display, leave your pet at home where he will be safest and most comfortable.

Don't leave pets outside. If you cannot bring them inside, cover their outdoor crate or kennel with a blanket to offer them some protection from the bursts of bright lights and loud bangs. A pet’s sense of hearing is acute—over 10 times more sensitive than humans'.

Never leave your pet in the car. A partially opened window does not supply sufficient fresh air for him to breathe, and it creates an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.

Keep your pet away from the front and back doors. Your pet may be under significant stress, which could result in unnecessary injury to others or cause him to dart out the door and become lost.
Create a special area or "den" in your home where your pet feels safe. A properly introduced crate or kennel can be a calming refuge for him.

Some pets become destructive when frightened. If you don't use a crate, be sure to remove items from the room that the pet could destroy or could hurt him if he chewed them.

Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and bright flashes.

Turn on a TV or radio to a talk station at normal volume to distract your pet from loud noises and help him to relax.

If possible, stay with your pet during the majority of the fireworks. A pet often reacts more intensely to loud sounds and flashes of lights when you are not with him.

Always keep proper identification securely fastened to your dog's collar in case he gets out. NAFA offers a free “Reward” Tag system to all dogs in Northeast Arkansas . Consider talking to your veterinarian about implanting a universal microchip in your pet, and make sure that your veterinary hospital and NAFA have your correct contact information in their database.

Independence Day is a time for fun and celebration, by taking these precautions, you and your pets can have a safe and happy holiday experience.

Wishing you a holiday filled with Waggin' Tails not Worried Pups,


Friday, June 18, 2010


Pets face many hazards during the summer months this article will help you to familiarize yourself with some of them. Recognizing what hazard your pet has come in contact with is just part of the battle. If you think your pet may have exposed themselves to a toxic animal or material seek veterinary help immediately.

These amphibians secrete a substance that can irritate a dog’s eyes or tongue. Catching and chewing a toad can cause excessive salivation with disorientation, but is usually not very serious. If your dog has caught a toad, flush his mouth with water to relieve the unpleasant symptoms and then follow up with a call to your veterinarian!

Most pet owners do not realize that some of the mushrooms that grow in their yard are toxic to pets. Pets who like to “graze” will sometimes eat wild mushrooms along with lawn grasses, leading to mushroom poisoning. Some pets, like some people, are allergic to even edible, normally safe mushrooms. Symptoms of mushroom poisoning can range from mild vomiting and diarrhea to severe digestive problems to complete liver failure.

Summer is often a time when people fertilize their lawns and work in their gardens. But beware: Plant food, fertilizer, and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them. In addition, more than 700 plants can produce physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient enough amounts to cause harmful effects in your pet.

Antifreeze is actually a year round hazard. With the warmer temperatures of summer, cars over heat and may leak antifreeze. (This is typically a bright green liquid.) Also, people changing their antifreeze may spill some or leave antifreeze out where pets can access it. Antifreeze tastes sweet and is inviting to pets (and children). It is also extremely toxic in very small amounts. Call your veterinarian immediately if any ingestion is suspected.

Bees, wasps, fire ants and mosquitoes are other painful pests of the summer. Pets that take a curious or aggressive interest in bees or wasp are likely to receive payback in the form of a sting on the nose, head or foot. (Be sure to have Benadryl on hand and discuss its use ahead of time with your veterinarian.)
Fire Ants often march onto the abdomen of a pet lying outdoors enjoying the sun, then sting in synchrony, which is a very painful experience. If your pet is stung by fire ants, hose them off and get your pet to the veterinarian.
Reactions to insect bites and stings range from slight swelling and pain to anaphylaxis, a sudden and severe allergic reaction that can be fatal if not treated immediately.

These activities can also be dangerous during warmer part of the year. So your dog jogs everyday with you and is in excellent shape; why alter the routine? As the weather warms, humans alter the type and amount of clothing worn, and we sweat more. Dogs are still jogging in their winter coat (or a lighter version of it) and can only cool themselves by panting and a small amount of sweating through the foot pads. Not enough! Many dogs, especially the ‘athletes’ will keep running, no matter what, to stay up with their owner. Consider changing the time of day you routinely do this activity to early morning or late evening to prevent your pet from having a heat stroke. (See also BURNS)

Hot sidewalks and parking areas can be painful for pet’s paws. In addition to burns on the pet’s paws, sunburns are more common in the summer months. Areas not protected by fur or dark skin are more prone to burn from exposure to the sun. Pet owners should keep their pet indoors as much as possible during the times of day when the sun is at its peak. If you and your pet are going to be in prolonged sun exposure talk with your veterinarian about the possibilities of using sunscreen to keep your pet from burning.

Many people head for the lake, river, or other body of water this time of year and the family pet is often part of the fun. However, not all dogs are excellent swimmers by nature, especially if he or she has underlying health problems, such as heart disease or obesity to contend with. Consider protecting your pet just as your human family and purchase a life jacket for your pet. If your pet is knocked off of the boat (perhaps getting injured in the process), or it is tired/cold from choppy water or a sudden storm, a life jacket could be what saves your pet’s life.

Ear infections are frequently caused by water getting trapped in a dog’s ear after swimming or bathing. If your pet is frequently in water activities speak with veterinarian regarding specific ear cleaning products that will help dry the ear canal after water exposure to help prevent recurring ear infections.

If your pet stays outdoors, it is important that they have shade and fresh water accessible at all time. A story we (NAFA) are all to familiar with is outdoor pets who suffer from heat stroke because their tether, tie out, or chain got tangled around or stuck under something prohibiting them from reaching their shady area or their water source. Remember that temperatures inside a dog house can reach 100 degrees during the day. Consider bringing your pet inside and put them in a crate, laundry room or blocked off area during the hottest portions of the day.

It is very dangerous, and in some states illegal, to drive with a dog in the back of a pick-up truck. Not only can flying debris cause serious injury, but a dog may be unintentionally thrown into traffic if the driver suddenly hits the brakes, swerves, or is hit by another car. Dogs should ride either in the cab or in a secure crate in the bed of the truck.

If you are traveling outside of your home town, it is wise to check out the Veterinary clinics/hospitals in the area you are planning to visit, before the need arises. It is better to be prepared for an emergency and not have one happen than to panic in an emergency situation, wasting valuable time. Be sure to take your medical records, medications, and pet supplies with you include an emergency contact number for your pets in case of an accident. It is best to carry a gallon of water when you travel, as you never know when you could be stuck in traffic jams or have vehicle trouble on your trip.

Watch for tips for a safe and stress free 4th of July with your pets in our next post.

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How to kill your pet in 30 minutes or less.

Leaving your pet in a vehicle in the heat and humidity we are currently experiencing can be and will most likely be a death sentence. If you see a pet in a car, try to find the owner or, if you are in the city, call Animal Control, they will dispatch an officer. If you are in the county, call the sheriff’s department and tell them that there is a pet in danger of dying.

§ When it's 85F (29C) outside, the inside of your car can reach 102F within 10 minutes; 20 minutes later and the temperature is likely to be 120F;
§ Even when it's only 72F (22C) outside, the car can heat up to 105F within 30 minutes;
§ Leaving the car windows open has a negligible effect on both the inside temperature and the rate at which the car heats up;
§ Your dog is designed to conserve heat and only has sweat glands on his paw pads and his nose;
§ Your dog regulates his temperature by panting - expelling warm air and inhaling cool air. In a hot car he will be breathing in hot air and so fighting a losing battle against heatstroke;
§ Even if you get your dog out of the car and cool him down, he may have suffered long term damage to his brain and internal organs.

NAFA has a special card to put on car windows where animals are left. If you would like a pdf copy of that card visit our website – nafarescue.org, or email our director and she will send you one or answer any of your questions – wanndat@fastdata.net.

Print your Hot Dog Cards here.

Please do not leave your pet in your vehicle,


In the past two days, NAFA has responded to 9 canine, 1 feline and 1 bird call concerning the heat and humidity. Most of these calls have been preventative calls and NAFA was able to advise individuals how to prevent the animals from overheating. Visit our webpagewww.nafarescue.org – for tips on preventing heat stroke or overheating in your animals.

We are sad to say that one call yesterday concerned a beautiful French Mastiff, whose owner was walking the dog in the heat of the day. Neighbors warned the owners and contacted one of NAFA’s volunteer/supporters. By the time NAFA was able to arrive to assist, the dog was already in a coma and as a result it did not survive.
In this posts we will provide information on what to do if your animal suffers from a heatstroke or heat related illness. This information is provided only to stabilize your animal until you can get it to a veterinarian. Medical attention is extremely important.

In simple terms, heatstroke occurs when a dog or cat loses its natural ability to regulate its body temperature. Dogs and cats don’t sweat all over their bodies the way humans do. Canine/feline body temperature is primarily regulated through respiration (i.e., panting). If the respiratory tract cannot evacuate heat quickly enough, heatstroke can occur.
To know whether or not your pet is suffering from heatstroke (as opposed to merely heat exposure), it’s important to know the signs of heatstroke.
A dog/feline’s normal resting temperature is about 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the temperature rises above 105 degrees, physiological changes start to take place, and it begins to experience the effects of heatstroke. At 106 to 108 degrees, the animal begins to suffer irreversible damage to the kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, heart and brain.

If your pet is experiencing heatstroke, you may observe:

excessive panting;
increased salivation;
dry gums that become pale, grayish and tacky;
rapid or erratic pulse;
and possible rectal bleeding.

If the dog continues to overheat, breathing efforts become slowed or absent, and finally, seizures or coma can occur.
The amount of damage a pet sustains when stricken with heatstroke depends on the magnitude and duration of the exposure. The longer and more severe the exposure, the worse the damage will be.

What to do

Pay attention to your pet.

Recognizing the symptoms of heatstroke and responding quickly is essential for the best possible outcome.

Get into the shade.

If you think your pet or an animal you observe is suffering from heatstroke, move it into a shaded area and out of direct sunlight. Apply cool water to the inner thighs and stomach of the dog, where there’s a higher concentration of relatively superficial, large blood vessels. Apply cool water to the foot pads, as well.

Use running water.

A faucet or hose is the best way to wet down your pet’s body. Never submerge your dog in water, such as in a pool or tub – this could cool the dog too rapidly, leading to further complications, including cardiac arrest and bloating.

Use cool – not cold – water.

Many people make the mistake of pouring cold water or ice to cool the pet. When faced with an animal suffering from heatstroke, remember that the goal is to cool the pet. Using ice or extremely cold water is actually counterproductive to this process because ice and cold water cause the blood vessels to constrict, which slows blood flow, thus slowing the cooling process.

Don’t cover the dog.

One of the keys to successfully cooling your pet is ensuring the water being placed on the pet can evaporate. Cover the head or neck only with a wet towel. Don’t wet the pet down and put it into an enclosed area, such as a kennel. Any air flow during the cooling process is helpful in reducing the animal’s body temperature. Sitting with the wet pet in a running car or inside your home with the air conditioner blowing is an ideal cooling situation.

Keep the pet moving.

It’s important to try to encourage your pet to stand or walk slowly as it cools down. This is because the circulating blood tends to pool in certain areas if the pet is lying down, thus preventing the cooled blood from circulating back to the core.

Allow the pet to drink small amounts of water.

Cooling the dog is the first priority. Hydration is the next. Don’t allow the animal to gulp water. Instead, offer small amounts of water that’s cool or let the animal lick ice cubes. If the pet drinks too much water too rapidly, it could lead to vomiting or bloat.
See a veterinarian.

Once your pet’s temperature has dropped, cease the cooling efforts and take the animal to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your pet’s temperature should be allowed to slowly return to normal once cooling has begun. An animal that’s cooled too quickly may become hypothermic.
Even if your pet appears to be fully recovered, the veterinarian needs to check to determine if the heatstroke caused any damage to your dog’s kidneys and liver. The effects of heatstroke can continue for 48 to 72 hours longer, even if your animal appears normal.

Following these instructions will help your pet have a safe and healthy summer,

Monday, June 14, 2010


If this summer is going to be anything like the last few years the thermometer is going to stay stuck on one temperature- HOT.

In weather such as this when not even the moon brings solace from the heat ensuring pets are kept safe and cool is not as easy as just keeping the water bowl full.

As valued members of the family who rely on their owners for protection, pets require special care, and like children, need to be watched over during the hot summer months.

The summer dangers for pets come in a variety of forms including pools, cars, insets, pesticides, fireworks, owners and of course the sun.

However, it is still possible to enjoy the summer months and the outdoors with pets if a few simple rules are followed.

In the next week NAFA will be posting tips on having a great summer with your pets and advice on how to avoid the dangers that accompany summer. This first installment will help you assist animals left by unknowledgeable owners who just are not thinking about the dangers of the summer heat.


Most people are aware that leaving a pet locked in a car on a 90F degree day would be dangerous. However, driving around, parking, and leaving your pet in the car for “just a minute” can be deadly. On a 75F degree day the interior of a vehicle can heat up to 120F – 130F degrees in just minutes, even with the windows cracked.

Did you know that in 10 minutes or less the interior of a vehicle can heat up to 150F degrees.
Did you know that when your pets internal temperature reaches 110F degrees it can have permanent damage to its brain, kidneys, liver or heart? These things can cause the death of your pet.
Did you know that your pet can not sweat to cool off? He must pant and panting hot air will not cool him.


Heat Stroke signs include but are not limited to the following:
· Body temperature of 104F – 110F degrees
· excessive panting
· dark or bright red tongue and gums
· staggering
· bloody diarrhea
· vomiting

These things can lead to a coma or death of a pet.

Short nosed breeds (Bulldogs, Pugs, Shih Tzus, etc.), large heavy coated breeds (Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, Great Pyrenees, etc.), senior pets, puppies, kittens, and animals with heart or respiratory problems are at a greater risk of heat stroke.
If you suspect heat stroke in your pet seek veterinary attention immediately!

Things you can do to help your animal cool down if heat stroke is a possibility:
Use cool water, not ice water, to cool your pet. (Very cold water will cause constriction of the blood vessels and impede cooling.)
Get your pet out of the car or out of direct heat and in a shaded area.
Hose or cool down the animal with cool water. (Find anything you can to wet down your pet with cool water.)
Place water soaked towels on head, neck, feet, chest and abdomen.
Offer ice cubes for the pet to lick on until you can reach a veterinarian.

The objective is to cool the pet down as fast as possible to allow the body temperature to return to normal.

Important Note:
Just because your animal is cooled and “appears” okay, do not assume everything is fine. Internal organs such as liver, kidneys, brain, etc. are definitely affected by body temperature elevation and blood tests and examination from a veterinarian are need to access the damage that has occurred.


No, this is not a coupon to your local hot dog stand; it is something that can help save the life of a pet left in a vehicle in the hot summer sun.

The danger for pets inside a car during the summer can be devastating. NAFA is providing free “Hot Dog Cards” for pet lovers. NAFA suggest that should anyone see a pet inside a vehicle that they leave one of these cards under the wiper of the vehicle. If the animal appears to be in distress please call your local Animal Control or go into the store and have the owner of the vehicle paged. Be sure to write down the license plate number along with the color and make of the vehicle.

You can get copies of the “Hot Dog Card” at NAFA’s Adoption Events held each Saturday at Petco on Caraway in Jonesboro from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. or download them here.

Keep Your Pets Cool & Comfy,
Tut (who is happily laying on his couch)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Couple's Van Stolen With Show Dogs Inside - KAUZ-TV: NewsChannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Couple's Van Stolen With Show Dogs Inside - KAUZ-TV: NewsChannel 6 Now Wichita Falls, TX

URGENT! Our Vallhund friends had their van stolen in WICHITA FALLS, TX this morning at 9am, with their 7 dogs in it. THey were on their way to the SV specialty in Flagstaff. White Toyota Sienna, TX plates. 5 Vallhunds, Norwegian Elkhound, Beagle puppy.Please crosspost and forward, Carol is a contact at 512-799-7976


Thursday, June 3, 2010



MISSING 6-1-10Please keep you eyes out in the Dunwood Addition (Off South CulberhouseRoad) of Jonesboro for 2 missing Shih Tzus. If you see them please call930-0594 - even if you can't catch them. 2 Shih Tzus Oscar - White Lilly - Brown Collars with owners phone number.

Judy lost her way late Tuesday Night (June 1st) near the intersection of Crowleys Ridge and Pine Valley (south of the nursing home on Harrisburg Rd. ) She is tagged and very friendly. Reward if found. Please help her find her way home. Call 870-277-0106 with any information. She is 12 pound, spayed, adult (5 y/o) female with a bobbed-tail. She is wearing a green collar with a purple ID tag and is registered with VetCare.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Come our and enjoy the fun at Petco today from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. NAFA's Spring Animals Fair. Lots of kid and dog events. Picture oppurtunity, Fun Agility, Kids Games. and lots more!! Sorry no adoptable animals will be available today.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010


NAFA volunteers attend an event held at Fox Meadow School year that is called Mini Training Course Day. NAFA goes to help familiarize children with typical and not so typical pets. We try to address what makes a good pet owner and why animals are a lifetime commitment. Only one class talked about taking their animal to a veterinarian. We also teach about Bite Prevention while we are there.

Fun Fact: Well not actually fun or funny, 63 of the 93 students in our sessions that day have been bitten by a dog or cat.

Ciderella, who is a corn snake, goes each year to help kids not be fearful of pet reptiles. She is a very docile snake and has a very temperament. The home she lives in handles her frequently to help her stay friendly. Reptiles do carry salmonella and you should always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after handling a reptile.

This brave little girl is holding Medusa, a Bearded Dragon who is a new addition to the school program. Medusa was blind from eye swelling when she came to NAFA. She has healed quite well. Bearded Dragons are also in the reptile group.

This is Marigold. She is a Guinea Pig.
One of the questions asked is "What kind of animals do not make good pets?"
Here are some of the answers we received through out the day:
White Tiger/Lion
Red Panda
Sting Ray
Jelly Fish
Our favorites however were:
Elephants- "An elephant would not fit in your house."
Skunks- "If it sprays one time it makes the house stink for a week."

The kids answered questions about many things that Ms. Wannda asked. One of the things that was discussed was that if they are to encounter and injured animal, even their own, to have a parent get the animal not them.

NAFA would like to thank Mrs. Pierce for the use of her room for our Mini Course presentation.
NAFA also took packets to hand out to the kids that included an Essay contest to be written about their pet. If your child would like to enter and is in the fourth through sixth grade you can download your form here along with contest rules. Essay's must be submitted no later than 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 19th.
Can't wait for next year,


If you didn't make it to see the performance of Annie Jr. you missed a wonderful opportunity to see some great kids in action and a dog. NAFA was contacted about filling the part of Sandy and this little girl fit the bill. She is available for adoption so she fit in well with the story line.
Here she is with the performer who portrayed Annie.

After performing she was comforted by her coach and mentor, Ella.

Ella comforted and calmed her after her last performance.

All NAFA members in attendance were thrilled with what this scruffy puppy accomplished. She was a good sport about the whole thing.

Annie agreed to pose with Sandy for our photographer. What a lovely pair the two of them make.

This young lady also wanted her picture made with Sandy so of course she graciously obliged.

Warbucks had to get in on the photo session as well.

Thanks to all that came to support these young actors and actresses in their performance of Annie Jr. We would like to thank the teachers, staff, and students for including a rescue animal in your play.
Till Next Time,
P.S. Watch for a post about the Mini Course Day that was held at Fox Meadow last Friday.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


The volunteers were exhausted and supporters were tired of hearing from us, but the result was phenomenal. A total of 15 dogs and 4 cats were adopted through the two day National Pet Adoptathon Event. One family drove from over 4 hours away to adopt one of our puppies. A skittish but wonderful puppy mill Pekingnese was placed in a foster to adopt home. A beautiful yellow lab female went to a disabled boy to help keep him motivated.
The Responsible for Life photo campaign was a big success. These are the first four posters of the campaign. Posters can be seen on Saturday's at Petco during regular adoption hours.

Filling out paperwork after approval.
One beautiful white Persian-Himalayan found a home with an awesome college girl. NAFA rarely adopts to college students because their lives are so hectic and there are such changes in store for them. However, this exceptional young lady is exactly what NAFA looks for in a forever home.
This family graciously agreed that we could use their photo on our blog.
Jewelry available as Mother's Day gifts along with a card. Please come out this weekend and purchase yours. All monies collected will be used to help care for the Spring animal explosion. We are having lots of mothers and babies surrendered right now.
Microchip Clinic was a success also. Microchips were offered at $15.00 each. NAFA will be holding another Microchip Event this Summer.
Each home was a perfect match for their adoption. Thanks to the volunteers for giving up their weekend to make a better life for these deserving animals.

Congratulations to Jonesboro Animal Control for adopting 10+ animals. Their officers donated Saturday time to hold a special 10 am to 4 pm adoption at their facility.

Friday, April 30, 2010


May is Responsible for Life Month
April 30, 2010

NAFA has designated May as "Responsible for Life" month. During May, NAFA will host a variety of programs and events for animal lovers. During the month NAFA will highlight responsible animal families, provide information and activities to inspire a better way of life for animals in Northeast Arkansas. I hope that you, your family (including your furry, feathered, fins and scales) will come and join us for this very important month.

It all starts this weekend, May 1st and 2nd, with National Pet Adoption Weekend. NAFA will be at Petco both days 1 to 4 pm for a extravaganza of activities and opportunities.

Come be a part of the fun.

Lemons make Lemonade

Having an animal for life often means dealing with some behavior issues that can crop up at any time. "If your pet gives you lemons ... make lemonade". So, during the month of May, NAFA will have a lemonade stand at each pet adoption. The lemonade at 25 cents per cup, comes along with a host of behavior modification tips and tricks.

Additionally, NAFA is offering FREE temperament testing for all dogs (by appointment only). You can also enter a drawing for an 7 week dog obedience class - $1.00 per chance or 7 chances for $5.00.

$15 Microchip Clinic - FREE reward Tags

An open door, an unlatched gate, a moment of distraction is all it can take for your pet to go missing. Each year thousands of lost and abandoned animals are taken in by shelters and humane societies across North America. Some of these animals never make it home because they can't be identified.
Many pets find their way home after a short adventure, but many more don't. They can't get home because they can't be identified. 24PetWatch Lost Pet Recovery is there to not only identify your pet, but to reunite you with them as soon as it is found. Thanks to the 24PetWatch microchip, your lost pet can get home to you faster and safer.
This Saturday, May 1st, from 1 to 4 pm, Dr. Jack Jones will be on site at Petco to microchip pets for $15.00. This includes chip registration and FREE NAFA Reward Tags for individuals interested. Space and chips are limited.

Mother's Day Cards
This Mother's Day, honor any special woman who made a difference in your life by supporting NAFA programs that save the lives of homeless pets.

NAFA relies directly on donors like you to help us impact the lives of animals in Northeast Arkansas. Your donation helps to:
Fund innovative and collaborative programs that save the lives of countless animals
Fight animal abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Provide support for low cost services provide by a local veterinarian.
Provide support for all our food bank programs
Provide urgently needed emergency relief for animals after disasters
Promote healthy relationships between people and pets
Each card - 5 different styles available - is printed on high gloss card stock and comes with a quality envelope. You may also add a "Responsible for Life" necklace in a variety of colors for only a few dollars more - $5.00 donation - Card only -- $10.00 donation - Card and Necklace.

Consider stopping by Petco on May 1, 2 or 8th 1 to 4 pm to get your card, honor a special woman in your life and help the animals of Northeast Ark. For more information email wanndat@fastdata.net or visit us at www.nafarescue.org or Facebook.

If you don't live in the area where you can stop by to purchase cards, you can email wanndat@fastdata.net. She will send you a flyer with all five card styles. Pick a style and we will mail the card for you - or UPS card and jewelry to that special someone. You can send a donation to us by mail - yes, we will trust you. Or, we can send you a pdf to print out a card and give it to that special woman in your life.

Poster Campaign Launched

During Responsible for Life Campaign, NAFA will premiere a dozen posters depicting the reasons why animals are rehomed, abandoned or surrendered to shelters/rescues.

These artistic posters use satire and humor to inform the public about these issues. Each week during May NAFA will unveil three different posters in this campaign.

Please stop on Saturdays to see these posters or visit our website as they become available.

Help us spread the word.

A special thanks to NAFA volunteers and supporters for allowing us to use them and their beloved pets to educate the general public.

Is your pet an "Artist"

Beginning Sunday, May 2nd, NAFA is holding a "Pet Artist" contest. There are three categories to enter - "Paw Print Art", "Tail Art" and "Unusual Pet Art". Artwork must be 8 1/2 x 11" or 10 x 12 and on paper. Artwork will be judged on creativity, beauty and appeal. Artwork must be accompanied by photo of the animal artist. Artwork can be turned in from May 15th thru May 20th. All artwork will be posted at our Animal Fair. Winners will be announced at 3:30 on Saturday, May 22nd at Animal Fair. Grand Prize winner will receive $100 in cash, Category 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded gifts and certificates.

Stop by Sunday or any Saturday 1 to 4 pm at Petco, to pick up your application and rules. Sample artwork will be on display beginning next week.

FREE stuff for you and your pet

Stop by and pick up a free Bumper Sticker, Bandanna or Temporary Tattoo from Petfinders. We also have free temporary tattoos for the kids and treats for your pets.

As you can see, May is busting at the seams with opportunities for you, your family and your pets. I hope to see you at some of our activities. While most of these activities aren't really fundraisers (we hope they will just improve the lives of animals in our community), we are hoping that May will help us raise the final dollars needed for our Low Cost Spay/Neuter clinic. I very gracious supporter has agreed to match funds that we raise during May up to $2,500. I will be discussing this more next week.

As most of you already know, NAFA does not have any paid employees, so all donations go directly for the care of the animals. I hope you find something in this month’s plethora of activities that will spark you to make a donation to NAFA.


Wannda Turner Northeast Arkansans for Animals

Sheets and blankets still needed
Spring brings pregnancy and litters of puppies and kittens. This means our foster homes use more and more blankets and sheets for whelping. If you are doing spring cleaning and you come across some sheets and blankets you don't need, please consider donating them to our mommas and babies. You can just drop them on the back deck of our Animal Services Building at the corner of Gee Street and Dan Avenue.

Just wanted to keep you up to date,

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May - Responsible for Life Month

NAFA has designated May as “Responsible for Life” month. During May, NAFA will host a variety of programs and events for animal lovers. The first weekend, May 1st and 2nd, is National Pet Adoption Weekend so NAFA will be hosting pet adoption events at Petco both days. Check out our month of events:

Saturday, May 1st & Sunday, May 2nd - 1 to 4 pm - Petco Jonesboro

Pet Adoption

Responsible for Life Kick-off - Free Bumper stickers - Bandannas - Temporary Tattoos from Petfinder - Enter your pet in a drawing to win $100 worth of Petco products

TAG NEA - Free Reward Tag and recover system for your pets

$15.00 Microchip Clinic by Dr. Jack Jones - SATURDAY ONLY

Lemonade Stand - 25¢ Lemonade - Behavior Modification and Help - “If your pet hands you lemons … make lemonade”

Mother’s Day Cards/Gift Sale - Honor the special woman you know with a card and gift - donation to NAFA to support programs to save homeless pets - $5.00 and $10.00 donation

Introduction of Responsible for Life Poster Campaign - First 3 posters in Campaign will be on display.

Pet Artist Contest Begins - Sunday at 3:00 - Categories include “Paw Print Art”; “Tail Art” and “Unusual Pet Art”. Let your pet create a masterpiece at home and enter it win $100.00 cash.

COME JOIN THE FUN ALL MONTH - For more information email wanndat@fastdata.net or visit our website http://www.nafarescue.org/http://tutstake.blogspot.com/http://www.facebook.com/NAFA.rescue - or call our message line 870-932-1955 and a volunteer will call you back.

Come join the fun,


Monday, April 5, 2010


This cat had an old wound that Dr. Jack also checked on while he was sedated.
Thank you to Jack Jones, D.V.M. for his services. Dr. Jack with NAFA volunteers assisting neutered almost 50 cats this past Saturday.

After surgery all cats were monitored in their kennels. Many of the cats done at these clinics are feral (wild) cats.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


With Easter right around the corner, pet stores are stocking up on bunnies, ducks, and chicks.
Many parents are tempted to buy these adorable critters as children's Easter gifts. This is NOT
a good idea. People don't always realize that these cute, cuddly baby animals grow up into large, not so cute and cuddly adults. Little bunnies grow into 10 lb rabbits. Downy chicks and ducklings sprout "ugly" feathers.

Rabbits, chicks, and ducks are not "low-maintenance" pets. They require constant temperatures, special housing, excellent nutrition, and daily care. The responsibility of caring for them is far too great for a child or busy adult.

Cute little ducks and chicks can pose health risks. Ducks and chickens can be carriers of salmonellosis - an intestinal disease that can be transferred to humans. Salmonellosis is especially dangerous in children and people with weakened immune systems (such the elderly).

Baby animals are very fragile.

They can be accidentally killed or permanently injured if handled too roughly. This is a very common cause of death in Easter pets.

These animals require a long commitment. The average life span of a rabbit is 5-10 years, and 12+ is not uncommon. The average backyard chicken lives between 7-8 years. Ducks can live up to 15 years.

Most chicks, ducks, and bunnies given as Easter gifts die within a few weeks of the holiday.

- Rabbits require as much work as a dog or cat and can live 10-15 years.

- They do NOT make good pets for children (they can inflict painful bites and scratches). Due to fragile bones and backs, they must also be picked up and supported in a specific way that is difficult for children.

- Rabbits must be provided with large quantities of timothy hay and vegetables (mostly dark leafy greens), and limited quantities of commercial rabbit pellets.

- They also eat their own feces (called 'cecal pellets') in order to extract all of the necessary
nutrients from their high-fiber, hard-to-digest diet.

- Rabbits should be kept indoors if possible. Outdoor housing is not recommended because outdoor conditions can be very dangerous to a rabbit's health due to outdoor predators, weather extremes, boredom, loneliness, and depression.

- Cages with solid flooring are always preferred to those with wire mesh floors, due to the fact that the wire is hard on rabbits' feet and nails. If a wire mesh bottomed cage is used, it is necessary to provide a solid place for the rabbit to rest on (such as a grass mat).

- Cages should have enough room to allow the rabbit to lay down across the width of the cage,
to sit up on its hind legs without its ears touching the top of the cage, and to lay on the floor
outside of its hiding place. Most pet stores stock only cages of an appropriate size for very small
rabbits. Larger breeds require multi-floor cages, such as those designed for ferrets or chinchillas.

- Cages should have: a place to hide, a food dish, a litter box, a water bottle, toys, and a hay

- Rabbits need at least 4 hrs a day outside of their cages for exercise.

- Rabbits must be spayed or neutered or they will mark your house with feces and urine.

- According to the House Rabbit Society, rabbits "are suffering the same fate as our other
companion animals -- abandonment. It's a sad fact that no matter where you live, you are
within 10 miles of a rabbit who needs a home".

- Without the protective oils produced by their mother, a duckling's down soaks up water like a sponge. They will tire quickly and drown if left unattended by water.

- A duckling is a fully grown duck in about 30 days.

- Ducks are not suitable pets for children. They can pinch and peck aggressively if provoked.

- Contrary to popular belief, bread and crackers are not a good staple food for ducks. They need
a well balanced, varied diet, from pelleted mash, vegetable trimmings, algae, plants, snails,
meal worms, night crawlers, coy food, feeder goldfish, and grass.

- Ducks require a constant supply of fresh, clean water for drinking, swimming, eating, and
cleaning themselves.

- Ducks do not have the physical anatomy required (a sphincter muscle) to be potty trained.
They are very messy.

- Domestic ducks will NOT survive in the wild. Unlike their wild duck cousins, domestic ducks
cannot fly to safety when predators attack. They cannot migrate to food when existing food
sources disappear in the winter. Without human intervention, they often starve to death or are
euthanized by animal control workers.

- Even in the city, predators are a major threat. Dogs, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, cats, rats, and snakes are all possible predators.

- Pet ducks should never be caged once they are full grown. If you can't allow your duck to roam your entire yard, give them an area of their own that is clean, safe from predators, and accessible for daily maintenance and feeding. They also require some sort of shelter (a dog kennel, etc.) from the elements. Wire bottom cages are NOT suitable as they can cause severe foot injuries.

- The largest, most experienced chicken hatcheries only guarantee about 90% sexing accuracy - that means you might end up with a constantly crowing, nasty tempered rooster!

- Roosters, and even some hens, can become very aggressive.

- Keeping chickens is illegal in some cities.

- Chickens can make a great deal of noise, especially after laying eggs.

- Chickens need to be outdoors at least part of the day. They love to scratch in dirt, take dust
baths, eat tender new shoots (remember that some house plants can be poisonous), and lay
sprawled out in the sun.

- Chicken houses need perches at varying levels and a laying box.

- Even in the city, predators are a major threat. Dogs, coyotes, raccoons, and opossums can be
devastating. Young chicks can be killed by cats, rats, and snakes.

Spread the word that live animals do not make good gifts for Easter. Instead of live animals, give children (and adults) critter shaped chocolate and marshmallow treats. Stuffed animals are also great gifts for animal lovers.

Have a safe and happy Easter,