17TH ANNUAL WIGGLE WAGGLE WALK COMING SEPTEMBER 27
By: Pasadena Humane Society
PASADENA, Calif. (August 3, 2015) - - Get your walking shoes on and grab a leash, it’s Wiggle Waggle Walk time! Animal lovers and their canine friends are invited to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s 17th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk a community fundraiser for animals at Brookside Park adjacent to the Rose Bowl. Organizers hope to raise $400,000 from the event, which will provide food, shelter and medical care to homeless animals, nearly 12,000 of which are taken in by the PHS every year. The Walk will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 27.
Thousands of people and their dogs are expected to take part in the walk. Form a team, join a team, or register as an individual. Walkers can choose either a one-mile or three-mile route around the outside of the Rose Bowl stadium before enjoying a free Pet Expo at Brookside Park. Participants do not need a dog to join the fun, just a desire to help animals.
“The Walk is our biggest fundraiser of the year and so much fun for everyone,” says Carol Kirby, Chairman of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s Board of Directors. “It’s inspirational to see thousands of people and over a thousand dogs all gathered together to help the animals in our community.”
Participants are encouraged to fundraise for the animals by creating personal web pages through Wiggle Waggle Walk website and asking family, friends and co-workers for donations. Non-walkers, and those unable to attend the event, can also create fundraising web pages through this site. Entrants who raise $75 will receive an official Wiggle Waggle Walk T-shirt. Registration is free.
Check-in starts at 8 a.m. at the entrance to Brookside Park. The walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the Pet Expo will be open until 1 p.m. The Pet Expo will feature K-9 demonstrations, a variety of pet product booths, food trucks, and canine contests. Brookside Park is located at 480 North Arroyo Blvd in Pasadena. Sponsors include Wells Fargo, VCA Animal Hospitals and Boehringer Ingelheim. For more information, visit www.wigglewagglewalk.org.
PASADENA HUMANE SOCIETY AIMS TO “CLEAR THE SHELTER” ON AUGUST 15
By: Pasadena Humane Society
PASADENA, Calif. (July 30, 2015) - - The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, along with nearly 50 animal shelters across Southern California, is participating in “Clear the Shelters,” a day long adoption event spearheaded by NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles. On Saturday, August 15, the adoption fee for all dogs and cats will be reduced to $20 and the shelter will hold extended adoption hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“I’m proud that our stations are working with so many local animal shelters throughout the Southland to help rescue thousands of animals,” said NBC4 President and General Manager Steve Carlston. “This is an exciting initiative to support an important community cause and mobilize millions of people to adopt a pet from their neighborhood shelter.”
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is located at 361 S. Raymond Avenue in Pasadena, California. The event is open to anyone looking to adopt a pet; not just residents of our service cities. Regular adoption policies and screening apply. To expedite the adoption process, download and print an adoption application in advance on our website. If you rent, bring proof you are allowed to have a pet at your residence. Ample parking is available onsite. View all animals at the shelter at pasadenahumane.org/adopt
The public is encouraged to begin posting photos with their pets on social media using the hashtag #CleartheShelters and #DesocuparAlbergues. Photos will begin posting on photo galleries at www.NBCLA.com and www.Telemundo52.com now through August 15.
COYOTE SAFETY IN TIMES OF DROUGHT
By: Pasadena Humane Society
Coyote activity in residential areas is on the rise. Wildfires, years of drought, and continued urban development, have all contributed to the increase of coyotes in residential neighborhoods.
Residential areas are appealing to coyotes because they provide a constant source of food and water. As coyotes settle in our cities, the once fearful coyote has become more accustomed to human activity and more brazen in its actions.
Since May 2015, several incidents involving coyotes and young children in Orange County have reinforced the need to be mindful of native wildlife and take measures to keep ourselves and our pets safe.
How can I prevent coyotes in my neighborhood?
- Keep small pets inside, especially at dawn and dusk when coyotes are most active
- Never offer food to coyotes. To ensure our safety, coyotes must remain fearful of humans.
- Remove outdoor food sources, including pet food bowls and unsecured trash cans.
- Water is as appealing as food. Remove water sources from your yard—pet food bowls, watering cans, etc.
- Encourage your neighbors to do the same.
What if a coyote approaches?
- Do not walk towards the coyote.
- Do not run if a coyote approaches. Make loud noise to try to scare the coyote.
- Try to make yourself appear as big and scary as possible.
- Pick up small children or pets.
Be Kind to Animals Week May 3-9
The first full week in May is National Be Kind to Animals Week. This national observance,started in 1915, highlights the important role animals and wildlife play in our lives. Here are 10 ways to be kind to animals:
- Take your pets in for their annual veterinary exam and vaccinations
- Spay or neuter your cat, dog or rabbit to help stop the tragedy of pet overpopulation
- Learn more about local urban wildlife and humane ways to coexist
- Teach children kind ways to treat animals
- Report animal cruelty
- Adopt from your local shelter and give the gift to a second chance to life
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter or rescue organization
- Donate gifts, items on our wishlist, automobiles or shop at our affiliates to continue our mission of compassion and care for all animals
- Make sure your pet is wearing current ID tags and is microchipped
- Spend extra quality time with your pet
PHS offers many programs and services that maintain and enrich the animal-human bond. From adoptions to spay and neuter services to behavior and training classes and humane education, PHS is here for the animals.
Hop Into Summer Rabbit Adoption Event
From lop ear and lionhead to dwarf and ruby-eyed bunnies, PHS has many rabbits in need of a home.
Here are some furry facts about bunnies:
- They can live up to 10 years.
- They are ground dwellers so they feel most comfortable on the ground.
- They like to have places to hide and retreat. A cardboard box or short PVC pipe can make great additions to their hutch.
- They need a lot of wooden toys to chew on as their teeth never stop growing.
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is reducing rabbit adoption fees to $15 for one rabbit or $20 for two. Adopters will receive a coupon for a free nail trim at our monthly clinic, as well as a free gift from The Shelter Shop. The adoption fee includes the spay/neuter surgery and a microchip. View all of rabbits looking for homes at www.pasadenahumane.org/adopt. Hop into summer by adopting a shelter rabbit today!
Hot Weather Safety Tips & Videos for Pets
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA recommends the following tips to keep your pets cool in hot weather:
- Keep your pets hydrated with plenty of cool water.
- Provide shade and water, if your pet is outside.
- If you want to exercise your pet, do so during the early morning or later evening hours.
- Your dog's pads can burn easily when walking on asphalt, artificial grass, tile, cement or other similar surfaces. Walk them later in the evening or early in the morning when it's cool.
- You can put sunblock on your dog's nose, ears and belly to prevent sunburn. Ask your veterinarian what brand you should use.
- For rabbit owners: Place a two-liter frozen bottle of water in your rabbit's hutch. This acts as a natural air-conditioner.
- For cat owners: Place your cat in a sink or bathtub with a few ice cubes to play with. This way your cat can have fun and stay cool at the same time!
- For dog owners: Fill a kiddie pool with shallow water and let your dogs play around in it. Make sure to supervise your dogs while they play.
- Do not leave your pet in the car. If you see an animal left in a car in hot weather, you can report it to us. Call 626.792.7151 and ask to speak with Field Services.
- Last, but not least, if your pet is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, heavily salivating, and/or immobile) take him/her immediately to your veterinarian for assessment.
Watch our videos below for additional tips:
If you have further questions, call us at 626.792.7151.