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May 17-23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week

PASADENA, Calif. - - According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 4.5 million people most of them children are bitten by dogs every year. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA reminds pet owners and parents that most dog bites are preventable.

Early warning signals include:

  • Closed mouth
  • Stiff body
  • Wide eyes with the white of the eye visible (also known as whale eyes)
  • Raised hackles (the ridge of hair along the dog’s spine and base of its tail)
  • Actively trying to get away or shows lack of interest
  • Curled lips exposing canines
  • Growling, which is the best indicator that a dog is uncomfortable

"“The key to dog bite prevention is understanding those signals so you can take action before matters escalate,” says Carol Ann Heinis, Behavior Supervisor at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “It is a good sign when a dog shows that is it stressed or uncomfortable. It’s much better to have a dog who vocalizes its discomfort by growling, rather than a dog that does not and goes right into a bite.”"

Another important way to prevent bites is by teaching children how to interact with pets and unknown dogs. Important tips include:

  • Always ask a pet owner permission to pet a dog.
  • Teach children to pet on the chest or on the sides of the chest. Most dogs do not like hugs and kisses, or being petted on the head.
  • Never tease a dog or disturb it while sleeping, eating or guarding an item, such as a toy.
  • If an unfamiliar dog approaches, stand still, be silent and avoid eye contact.

Enrolling a dog in an obedience class or teaching it a few commands can help strengthen the bond between the owner and dog, and, in turn, help prevent bites. For information on dog bite prevention, call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s Behavior Helpline at 626.792.7151 ext. 155. For more information on National Dog Bite Prevention Week, visit https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention-Week.aspx.

Golf Tournament Raises $265,000 for Animals

PASADENA, Calif. - - The 16th annual Doglegs, Birdies & Eagles Golf Tournament teed off Monday, April 20 at the San Gabriel Country Club. More than $265,000 was raised for the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS), exceeding the $245,000 goal set by event organizers. Event co-chairs Georgia Coye, Roslyn DeForest and Dan Lien worked closely with PHS event coordinators to make it the most successful year yet. More than 144 golfers participated in the annual fundraiser for the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. The day began with a putting contest, a full 18-hole course and the helicopter ball drop opportunity drawing. Six buckets filled with 1,200 golf balls were airlifted by helicopter and were spilled onto the fairway. Five winning balls landed in the hole granting winners $1,047.50 each. A live and silent auction and an awards dinner concluded the event.

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“We can’t thank the players, donors, staff at the San Gabriel Country Club and volunteers enough,” says PHS President/CEO Steve McNall. "It’s great to see people come together over a friendly game of golf to help animals in need."

Proceeds from the tournament will help provide nourishing food, safe shelter and veterinary care to the approximate 12,000 animals PHS cares for every year. The shelter’s next signature event the 17h annual Wiggle Waggle Walk is set for Sunday, September 27 at Brookside Park in Pasadena. Fetch more information at pasadenahumane.org.

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.

Foster Friday at The Shelter Shop on 5/1

Looking for a furry bundle of joy? Meet foster kittens this Friday, May 1 at The Shelter Shop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. These young animals are available for adoption and ready to find loving forever homes. Adopted foster animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped to help them start life on the right paw. Get pre-approved for adoption by submitting your application to foster@pasadenahumane.org.

While at the Shelter Shop, stock up on all the necessities for your new animal companion including kitten food, bowls, beds, accessories and more. Plus, what you spend at the Shelter Shop, helps the animals at the shelter.

Join us this Foster Friday and open you hearts and homes to these young animals in need! Can't adopt, but want to help young animals? Consider becoming a PHS foster parent. Learn more at our upcoming Fostering 101 Info Session on Wednesday, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hop Into Summer Rabbit Adoption Event

 

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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!

PHS Closed on Easter

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will be closed Sunday, April 5 in observance of the Easter holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 7 at 9 a.m. If you have an animal-related emergency, call 626.792.7151. Glendale residents please call toll-free 818.240.9100.

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA launches "Community Cat" — a month long campaign to spay and neuter free-roaming cats: Sponsored by PetSmart CharitiesŪ, "Community Cat" provides free spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for feral and stray cats

PASADENA, Calif. (March 23, 2015) — During the month of April, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will offer no-cost spay and neuter surgeries, plus free rabies vaccinations as part of “Community Cat,” PetSmart Charities' spay/neuter campaign to alter free-roaming cats. If left unaltered, unowned feral and stray cats produce large quantities of unwanted kittens each spring, flooding local animal shelters and leading to higher euthanasia rates. By taking a proactive approach and getting the cats fixed now, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will help lessen the impact of the coming kitten season.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle can be beneficial, improving the health of the cat by reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

"Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old," says Steve McNall, president/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. "Most people don’t want to see the cats they’re feeding get pregnant over and over again, so our "Community Cat" campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to catch and sterilize their cats.”

This special free rate is available to all residents of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Caņada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. Residents feeding free-roaming cats who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the "Community Cat" campaign when scheduling their appointment. Appointments are based on availability. For more information or to schedule an appointment, interested persons should visit www.pasadenahumane.org/snip or call 626.792.7151 ext. 166.

PetSmart Charities' "Community Cat" campaign will provide $634,692 to spay/neuter clinics across the United States to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for 13,713 free-roaming cats during the month of April.

About Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Caņada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org.

About PetSmart Charities PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmartŪ stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

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.
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    If you have further questions, call us at 626.792.7151.

March Madness Adopt-a-thon March 19-22

March Madness Adopt-a-thon

Test your slam dunks and 3-pointers for a chance to receive up to $15 off pet adoption fees starting Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22.

Adopters have 3 tries to shoot and can receive $5 off cat and dog adoption fees for every basket made — up to $15! All adopters receive a basketball key chain for as a gift. View all of our pets looking for homes at www.pasadenahumane.org/adopt Adoption hours are Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is located at 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91105.

The 12 Days of Cat-mas

PASADENA, Calif. (December 11, 2014) - - The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA kicks off its “12 Days of Cat-mas” to help cats and kittens find homes just in time for the holidays. The adoption promotion lasts until Dec. 24.

The reduced adoption fees for felines decrease every day for the following days:

  • Thursday, Dec. 11 $12
  • Friday, Dec. 12 $11
  • Saturday, Dec. 13 $10
  • Sunday, Dec. 14 $9
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16 $8
  • Wednesday, Dec. 17 $7
  • Thursday, Dec. 18 $6
  • Friday, Dec. 19 $5
  • Saturday, Dec. 20 $4
  • Sunday, Dec. 19 $3
  • Tuesday, Dec. 23 $2
  • Wednesday, Dec. 24 $1

 

“Cats have caught up with dogs as the most popular pet and PHS has a large variety of shapes, ages and sizes,” says Steve McNall, president/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “Cats are in need of loving homes every time of year.”

The reduced adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, the first set of vaccinations and a microchip. Adoption hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Mondays. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is located at 361 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena 91105. View all of the furry felines looking for homes at www.pasadenahumane.org/adopt.

About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org.

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Black Friday Specials

Make this season even more special for pets with 15% off accessories, popular high-quality food, yummy treats and toys containing black (excluding clearance items and Frontline Plus for cats and dogs) at the Shelter Shop. If you're looking to give the gift of a forever home, take $15 off adoption fees for any pet with black markings. Offers only valid on Friday, November 28.

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Thanksgiving Hours of Operation

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. The shelter will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, November 28.

If you have an emergency involving an animal, please call 626.792.7151. PHS officers are available 24/7 for emergency response. Make this holiday the best one yet for your pets with these suggestions.

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff and animals at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA!

Shelter Pets for Vets

PASADENA, Calif. (November 11, 2014) -- In honor of military veterans and active service members, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is offering a new adoption program called, "Shelter Pets for Vets." Beginning on Veterans Day, the ongoing adoption program will seek to help service men and women who are looking to adopt a pet connect with the right four-legged friend.

The "Shelter Pets for Vets" program provides free adoption and vaccination services for veterans and military personnel.

"We're proud to support the brave men and women of our armed forces in this small way,” says Steven McNall, Vietnam veteran and president and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “Our hope is that, through this program, we can give back to these individuals and show our appreciation for their sacrifice."

For more information, contact adoptions@pasadenahumane.org or visit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at 361 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105. View all animals available for adoption at www.pasadenahumane.org/adopt.

About the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org.

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Be Kind to Animals Week May 4-10

Golf Tournament Raises $237,000 for Animals

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Pet Safety During the Holidays

Behavior Specialty Seminars

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Thanksgiving Shelter Hours

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November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

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Buy Tickets to the San Marino Motor Classic

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