Tag: Cats

Volunteer with the No More Homeless Pets National Conference

Since this week is national volunteer week and this amazing animal rescue and charity organization are needing volunteers, we wanted to post about the annual No More Homeless Pets National Conference. They are needing volunteers from all over. The conference began in 2001, and has continued a successful run since then. This year the conference will take place between October 10-13 in Jacksonville, Florida. As listed by the conference’s website, these are reasons why volunteers should get involved:

  • Rescue group staff and board members
  • Private and public shelter and animal welfare staff
  • Veterinarians, vet techs and clinic managers
  • Spay/neuter and TNR staff and other animal advocates
  • Volunteers
  • Animal lovers who want to get involved.

Volunteers can also participate varied sessions and workshops of their choice, as well as learn from nationally trained leaders, and connect with fellow animal lovers and enthusiasts. Below are a few ways to volunteer:

  • Volunteers are needed for setup (on Wednesday, October 9, before the conference begins), throughout the conference and for tear-down after the conference ends on Sunday, October 13. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, so you’re encouraged to work in positions that interest you.
  •  All conference volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to commit to working at least one full shift lasting four to four-and-a-half hours. Non-local volunteers are asked to commit to a full day (generally two shifts). Volunteers who work more than one shift a day will have ample break time.
  • Snack foods and lunches will be provided, but all other meals, transportation and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer. Volunteers can book their hotel rooms at the discounted conference rate as long as the hotel has availability.
  • You do not have to register for the conference to attend a session or partial session on the days you are volunteering. For example, if you are working a noon to 4 pm shift on Friday, you could sit in on a session before your shift starts, or catch one after your shift ends on that day. But if you’d like to attend sessions on days when you are not volunteering, you’ll need to register for the conference.

Check out more information by copying and pasting the link below in your browser:

http://conference.bestfriends.org/events/2013-no-more-homeless-pets-national-conference/event-summary-56293e7b36e9433992ba1fdca6154216.aspx

Happy National Pet Day 2013

Today, April 11th, is recognized nationally as Happy National Pet Day! While this is a celebration of our beloved pets, being it furry or feline, reptilian, etc., us pet lovers hold a special place in our hearts for our pet family members. Hence, this is another day to spoil our pets rotten! On the other hand, this day is a solid reminder that we need to encourage our pets with the best care, toys and treats. National Pet Day is also a friendly reminder to adopt your pet from your local animal shelter, not buy them from a pet store or breeder.

This day was founded by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, who has also founded National Dog Day, along with National Cat Day. This day is also to shed light on the harsh fact that over 16,000 pets die in U.S. shelters every day (heartbreaking!), which translates to more than 667 sweet pets breathing their final breath.

These precious animals need us and need our voice. Please head on over to www.petdayusa.com for more ways to become involved and how can donate time and money.

Also, share your pet pictures with us to show your appreciation for pet day, and they’ll be featured on either Pet Nanny Main Line or our sister site, Pet Watchman.

What are you doing to help out on National Pet Day?

Source: http://www.cuinsight.com/press-release/celebrate-national-pet-day-2013-while-saving-money-at-the-same-time.html

http://www.petdayusa.com

A New Allergy Treatment for Cats Eliminates Symptoms for Two Years

 

In Canada, researchers have developed a new treatment for cats that will eliminate their symptoms for at least two years. Researchers tested their new treatment on cats during various researches, which prompted most of the cats to stay well for nearly two years after the treatments. This research was conducted for over 10 years (Wow!), along with testing a vaccine that had almost zero side effects.

If additional tests are deemed productive and further release in positive results, the vaccine might be available in two years.

What do you think? Are you:

  • Cautious
  • Yeah right!
  • Love it!

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Exclusive News: Adopt A Pet In 2012? Foster Pet Deductions May Be Allowed

In recent news, the federal courts are determining if adopting a pet in 2012 is eligible for a tax deduction. Mostly courts throw out such issues, but a court judge just might change their attitude. The reason for the re-consideration? A woman has sued the Commissioner of the IRS for “unreimbursed volunteer expenses while caring for foster cats in her private residence.”The expenses include “payments for veterinary services, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and household.” The suing occurred because of the IRS charging her over $12,000 referencing charitable contribution that was made on her taxes, in which she fought back and she won most of the money in her case. The only compensation she wasn’t reimbursed for were expenses that weren’t linked to pet care in any way.

Because of this determination by the IRS, they will “recognize expenses relating to fostering dogs and cats for approved charities.” An approved charity is one that is not-for-profit, consistent of a 501(c)(3) appointed charity, therefore pet supplies, vet bills, among a few others, will be deductible. Some household utilities could be included, if it is deemed that they are directly associated for and with the fostered pet. Not only are fostered pets with approved charitable organizations considered deductible, but other varied organizations centered around charitable work are also included. It is duly noted that expenses totaling more than $250 must include a letter from the foster organization confirming the volunteer’s status.

Source: Jennifer Viegas- http://news.discovery.com/animals/tax-filers-you-can-claim-foster-pet-expenses-130107.html

‘Did You Know’ News: Doggie DNA To Identify Pet Owners

 

Do you ever see pet owners who let their pets litter (i.e., pee or poop) where they’re not supposed to. When you see this, you’d wish that they’d abide by rules and regulations? Well, if you live in North Texas, you just might get your wish. North Texas apartment complexes are having an influx of pet owners who are letting their pets ‘do their business’ on the complex’s property, and the complex is now collecting the ‘stuff’ to identify those pet owners who aren’t cleaning up after their pet. 

The pet’s DNA will also be kept on file to determine if certain owners will need further reprimanding. Although this new tactic has been developed in North Texas, it is predicted that more local apartment complexes will also begin the process. At this apartment complex, it is mandatory that all owners swab their pet’s DNA, and there will be a grace period of a month to have their pet “swabbed at no cost.”

What do you think of this new tactic? Do you agree that pet owners should have their pet’s swabbed for their DNA, or do you think it’s going just a ‘bit too far’?

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57565512-504083/the-latest-poop-dog-dna-collected-to-identify-pet-owners-who-dont-clean-up/

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