5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR DOG HEALTHY THIS SPRING
Longer days, warm weather, and weekends spent frolicking with your furry friends all mean one thing–spring is here! As we emerge from our winter hibernation and prepare our yards, gardens, and home for the upcoming months, we don’t want to forget our pets. Increasing temperatures also mean the return of several health threats to our dogs and cats. Use this simple guideline to help make the blue skies and sunshine as fun and safe as possible.
- Use heartworm and flea and tick preventive
Now. For everyone except those living in the coldest environments, your dog or cat should be receiving year-round monthly heartworm preventive. If you’ve been off heartworm preventive, be sure to have your pet tested prior to starting. As temperatures reach the 70s, biting insects like mosquitoes become very happy and prolific. In no time you’ll be swatting and reaching for the repellant. Now is also the time to make sure your pet is protected against fleas and ticks. If you wait until you see fleas and ticks to prevent them, it’s too late. You’ve got an infestation in your yard, house, or both. This year brings some new options for flea preventives so be sure to ask your vet about the latest advancements.
- Avoid weekend-warrior syndrome
Each spring it inevitably happens: the first warm weekend appears and people think they need to make up for four months of inactivity. They take their out-of-shape, overweight selves with their out-of-shape, overweight dogs and decide to walk five miles, hike up their favorite mountain trail, or play an intense game of catch or Frisbee. Whatever it is, it’s too much and somebody gets hurt. This is the time of year when human ER clinics see injured knees, backs, and shoulders and veterinarians see torn cruciate ligaments, strains and sprains, and a variety of aches and pains. Take it easy. Gradually build up your strength and stamina and understand your dog needs time to adapt as well. This is especially true in older pets. What is only four to six months to you is more like two to three years to them. And if you do overdo it, be sure and have your pet checked out immediately. The sooner you have even a minor injury checked out and treated, the sooner your pet can return to enjoying the season.
- Get the right gear
Today’s active pets can be better equipped than ever before. Having the right gear can increase not only the number of activities you can do with your pet but can also increase you and your pet’s enjoyment. High-quality harnesses, portable water bowls, and cool toys are items every dog lover should have on hand. For the more adventurous, doggie backpacks, protective clothing and glasses, life vests, and water toys are available. Whatever your interests, the correct equipment makes the time spent with your pet pal that much more fun.
- Spring clean carefully
As you hasten to clean out your garage and prep your yard, remember these activities may pose a risk to your pet. Many cleaning agents, fertilizers, pesticides, weed-killers, and even mulch can all be dangerous to dogs and cats. Last spring I had a client who accidentally left a container of liquid plant food out on her porch. Her cat drank some and developed kidney failure. Luckily, the cat survived, but it could’ve easily been much worse. Remember, our pets can’t read warning labels. Look out for your little ones as you go about greening your homes.
- Save a life this spring
Longer days also mean pets go into “heat.” For many stray, homeless, and neglected dogs and cats, this means unwanted litters. Animal shelters and rescue groups are typically stretched to capacity during spring. The economic downturn has resulted in fewer donations and more abandoned pets, creating even tougher conditions for animal shelters. Do what you can: volunteer, help with a pet adoption drive, promote spaying and neutering in your community, collect food, whatever. If you know someone looking for a pet, encourage adoption or rescue. We often think of November and December as a time of giving. Make Christmas come early for needy pets in your area this spring.
With a little foresight and planning, spring can be the best time of year for your pet. Go out and catch some rays, break a sweat, and give thanks for the times you share with your loved ones, both two- and four-legged!
WELCOME to Adopt Me! Dog Rescue
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs of all breeds, vetting them, training them and then finding them suitable forever homes. We are a small group and intend on staying that way, our goal is to use our resources on training and vetting the dogs, so when adopting a dog from Adopt Me! you will know that the training has been started vetting is thorough and they will adjust easier to a new home.
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue is a foster based rescue so we can only take in animals as room is available. We are a no kill rescue, we work on training issues and do everything possible to find quality homes for the dogs, we will not, however, place a dangerous dog back out into the public.
None of our adoptable dogs are kept in kennels; they are all fostered in our homes and live with our own personal pets and families. All pets are vetted, altered, they are house trained or have started their training, they are socialized, started on obedience training and have begun the spoiling aspect of family life!!
Many of our animals come from local impound facilities where they would have been euthanized if we had not rescued them. This is their chance at a new home; they are great dogs whose only flaw was their color, size, location or lack of training.
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue does its best to assure all animals are healthy prior to going to their new homes. However, there is no guarantee when adopting an animal, there are things that veterinarians miss. We recommend re-worming along with an exam by your regular vet within 5 days of the adoption. Medical needs may come up at the new owner’s expense; it is part of being a pet parent. Many of these dogs came from very poor situations; their lives depend on us and their new owners.
Adopt Me! Dog Rescue spays or neuters all dogs before adoption; they are also vaccinated for Parvo/Distemper, wormed, heartworm tested and microchipped.
Donations can be made using the PayPal button or mailing to Adopt Me! Dog Rescue PO Box 1750 Minnetonka MN 55345. THIS IS ONLY A MAILING ADDRESS! Thank you very much!!!
Adopting a friend…
To adopt a dog, fill out an application and email it to us at email@example.com Then we will contact you back and set up a time for you to come and meet the friend you are interested in. (We do ask for references and you must have landlord approval). If we feel it is a good match we will then schedule a home visit and then complete the adoption.
WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY ADOPTION, as we live with these animals and know their needs better than anyone else at this time.
Adoption fees vary per animal, we do not negotiate fees, they barely cover the vetting costs. Our goal is a forever home for each animal in our program.
Surrendering a Pet…
ADOPT ME! Dog Rescue does take in owner surrender dogs. Please remember we are a small group and do not always have foster space available. For information on surrendering a dog please call 612-419-2075.
We will not take in dogs that have shown any aggression towards humans or other dogs. Since the dogs live in a foster home we can not risk injury to our foster parents or the other dogs in the foster home.
Unfortunately, we do not take cats or kittens. We recommend advertising your cats and try to find homes for them on your own. We are strictly a dog rescue.
Until there are none, rescue one.
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED!!!
We have several dogs in desperate need of a
Some are “special needs” dogs
IF you are willing to open your heart and home –
WE NEED YOU!!!
We pay for all expenses and provide food.
You provide the LOVE!
Questions or for more information call:
Shellie 952-334-1939 or Sue 612-419-2075
ADOPT ME! DOG RESCUE
had a fun time attending the
“No Kill Walk for the Animals”
on May 5, 2012
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters
we were able to raise an amazing amount in pledges
that will be put to good use in caring for our dogs!
It was a great turnout and we had a lot of folks
stop and chat with us about rescue and adoptions.
Looking forward to next year!
“Adopt Me! Dog Rescue” is looking for those “SPECIAL SOMEONES” who are willing to provide a temporary FOSTER HOME for homeless furry kids. We have several dogs that are need of a foster home now and we would like to save more dogs, but need foster homes to put them into.
If you can help please email or call!
What a GREAT day for Adopt Me! Dog Rescue!!!
A local company in Burnsville MN, ChartHouse Learning Corp (the home of the FISH! Philosophy) donated $502.00 to us. Every year the company chooses a non-profit place to donate to and this year they chose Adopt Me! Dog Rescue. The 16 employees had a silent auction where everyone brought in items from their homes to donate and others placed bids on items of their interest. They then gave 100% of the money raised to us for our dog rescue needs.
If you’re looking for a good cause regarding donations, please remember us. Maybe you could top the donation we received today!!
We are thrilled to announce that the book
RESCUE DOGS OF THE TWIN CITIES
is ready to buy!
This 68-page photo book showcases beloved dogs who were rescued & adopted by dog lovers in the Twin Cities metro area. The proceeds of this book (after costs) benefited the hard working rescues in & around the Twin Cities.
HOW TO BUY!!
Buy the book online: (CLICK HERE)
“Rescue dogs aren’t broken, they’ve simply experienced more life than other animals. If they were human, we’d call them wise. They would be the one’s with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don’t pity them.
Do something! Help to rescue. Donate. Volunteer. Foster. Adopt.
And be proud to have their greatness by your side.”NKWFTA Pledge Form 2015