2013 SPRING How to avoid common and costly pet health problems Take our disaster kit challenge • RedRover Responders team helps wild animal sanctuary • Tell a teacher about RedRover Readers • Safe Housing grant saves lives Happy Spring! REDROVER BELIEVES STRONGLY (p. 5) to help explain our RedRover in empowering others to take action Readers program and you can take to prevent animal crises and create action by tearing out the page and a more humane society. This particular giving the information about our next issue of Companion includes tips for online training to a teacher in your you to help prepare for a natural disaster community. And, just by maintaining (p. 1) and prevent your pets from your membership and support of encountering common health problems RedRover, you are taking action to (p. 2). Please share these tips with others prevent crises and create a more you know who care about animals. humane world that includes stronger Helping domestic violence shelters set up on-site housing for pets has bonds between people and animals. Thank you! become another powerful way for RedRover to prevent pets from being harmed or killed by abusers as a way to manipulate domestic violence victims (p. 4). We also have a new illustration NICOLE FORSYTH President and CEO In Your Words P.O. Box 188890 Sacramento, CA 95818 TEL 916.429.2457 WEB www.redrover.org FAX 916.429.2456 EMAIL [email protected] TAX ID # 68-0124097 Companion is published quarterly by RedRover and is distributed to its members. © 2013 RedRover. For a listing of RedRover’s board of directors and staff, visit: www.redrover.org/people I work at a domestic violence shelter. We received a call from a victim who was living in her car because she could no longer risk her and her dog Angel’s life by living with an abuser. I contacted RedRover and was so impressed with how fast they helped us get boarding services until the victim could find a safe living option. It was such a joy to witness how much relief and gratitude she displayed once she found out Angel would be well cared for while she went to work and completed her goals to get them a new place. We can’t say “thank you” enough to RedRover and all of its supporters for “providing shelter in a time of storm.” STACEY companion SPRING 2013 I have been a teacher for more than 33 years and sat in many “professional development” trainings. The RedRover Readers training has by far been one of the most professional, practical and relevant courses I have taken. I expected to get some tips for using literature to teach empathy and critical thinking skills, but this course provided me (and my students) with so much more. Karly Noel shared her expertise while also providing resources to ensure my success with this program and its goals of building an empathetic community of future leaders. SUSAN Share your RedRover story on GreatNonprofits.org Disaster PREPAREDNESS Are you prepared? Take the disaster kit challenge WE’RE READY: Take the disaster kit challenge When Superstorm Sandy hit New IF A DISASTER HIT YOUR TOWN, Visit www.redrover.org/ready to Jersey, the damage forced Buddy’s WOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO CARE download our disaster preparedness family apart. The storm left Buddy’s FOR YOUR PET? Take these important checklist, which lists five animal home uninhabitable; his family, heart- steps now to make sure your pets are disaster preparedness essentials and broken, had to leave him at a temporary protected if disaster forces you to evacuate: a guide for putting together your pet pet-friendly place to live. After three ■■ where you can evacuate with your weeks of searching, Buddy’s owner, pet. Going to an emergency shelter Susanne Magdosko, broke down in tears should be a last resort. It is important once she finally found a home that to promptly evacuate with your would accept pets. “I can’t believe it. pets, as you may be unable to return Just this morning we were homeless, home for days or even weeks. and now we have a home,” Susanne said. “Buddy can come home!” ■■ Identify your pets with a tag and ■■ Form a buddy system with a trusted the typical hurricane season– caught neighbor who can evacuate your residents especially off-guard. This pets if you are out when disaster anomaly drove home the important strikes suddenly. be prepared, no matter where they live or what time of year it is. Assemble your kit, then join our “We’re Ready” campaign: Post a photo of you and your pet with a “We’re Ready” sign on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RedRoverOrg to show everyone that you and your pet(s) are evacuation-ready. 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Only you and your In November 2012 she contacted veterinarian can determine which RedRover seeking help to pay for suggestions are right for your pet. emergency surgery for her dog, Chloe, who was suffering with pyometra, an infection of the uterus. Pyometra is a dangerous infec- having my dog spayed tion that can occur suddenly and and the consequences. be deadly if left untreated. It is also If I had known I would have done it much, much earlier.” entirely preventable by having a female pet spayed. “I blame myself for not being educated about not having my dog spayed and the consequences,” Cathy told us. “If I had known I would have done it much, much earlier.” Fortunately for Chloe and Cathy, we were able to issue a RedRover Relief grant to help pay for the emergency surgery, and Chloe has resumed her normal, active life. But Cathy’s situation illustrates Car injuries Each year, we get dozens of RedRover Relief applications for dogs and cats who are seriously injured after being hit by cars. Having a male dog neutered can dramatically reduce his natural tendency to roam in search of a mate – some studies say by as much as 90 percent. Keeping your dogs leashed at all times and training them not to dart out of open doors and to come when called can also prevent unexpected injuries. Check the perimeter of your house for loose boards in your fence or other potential escape routes for pets. Dental disease Periodontal disease, an infection of the gums, has been linked to heart disease, the fact that many pet health diabetes, kidney disease and other problems that cause pet owners serious health problems. Treatment may heartache – and can cost hundreds include removing dental plaque or the and even thousands of dollars – teeth themselves, which typically can be avoided. requires anesthesia and can cost Are you taking simple but hundreds of dollars. To prevent dental potentially lifesaving precautions to problems, brush dogs’ and cats’ teeth prevent your pets from encountering three times a week with a finger tooth- these common health problems? brush and pet toothpaste and schedule routine dental cleanings with your vet. 2 companion SPRING 2013 Fortunately for Chloe and Cathy, we were able to issue a RedRover Relief grant to help pay for the emergency surgery, and Chloe has resumed her normal, active life. Intestinal blockages Most of us know a dog or cat who will Urinary tract disease/obstructions Most common illnesses reported by pet owners applying for RedRover Relief grants eat almost anything. Stringy items like These common problems in cats often dental floss, ribbons and shoestrings are result from low water intake, which particularly dangerous: Once ingested, causes urine to be heavily concentrated. CATS they can become entangled and rip an Using wet food can help because it 1. Urinary blockage/bladder issues animal’s intestines. Keep these dangerous contains more water than dry kibble. Also, make sure your cat always has 2. Dental issues items out of reach. Dispose of pet toys that are damaged or small enough to fresh water to drink, keep litter boxes swallow, and never give your dog leftover clean, and make sure you have enough bones, which can get stuck in the stomach of them – usually one more than the or intestines. “Bones are unsafe no matter number of cats in your household, what their size,” says Carmela Stamper, according to the Cornell University D.V.M., of the Center for Veterinary College of Veterinary Medicine. Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery, or even death.” Heartworm help Share your tips for keeping your pets healthy and happy on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ RedRoverOrg. Think indoor-only dogs are safe? Every spring, RedRover experiences Wrong! Infected mosquitoes can find their a spike in RedRover Relief grant applica- way into your house or bite even in the tions for heartworm treatment. Yet, short time Fido goes to the bathroom out- the disease is completely preventable. side. Remember, cats are susceptible, too. Heartworms are parasites that Pets suffering from heartworm infect mosquitoes. When an infected disease may not exhibit any symptoms, mosquito bites a dog or cat, heart- so it is important to get your animals worm larvae make their way into the tested each year. Take steps now to animal’s bloodstream. They travel talk to your veterinarian about how through the blood vessels to harm best to protect your pets from heart- the lungs, and grow into adults in worm disease. Find our treatment tips the heart. Heartworms cause serious and other pet care information at health issues and even death. www.redrover.org/petcare. 3. Hit by car 4. Eye issues 5. Intestinal blockage DOGS 1. Hit by car 2. Tumor 3. Knee issues/torn ACL 4. Dental issues 5. Eye issues RedRover RESPONDERS RedRover Responders volunteers walk on the wild side Evacuation drill serves two purposes for wild animal sanctuary A TEAM OF REDROVER RESPONDERS Laura Brittingham, a RedRover volunteers had the experience of Responders volunteer from Dayton, a lifetime when they helped relocate Ohio, said the move “was a great a wild animal sanctuary in Florida. example of how being trained in Crowded out by new housing develop- ICS” made for a successful response. ments in Zolfo Springs, Forest Animal “We weren’t providing emergency Rescue (FAR) sanctuary bought a new sheltering, but we were working with site on 80 acres, but a huge challenge animals that could have injured us or remained: how to safely transport themselves if we weren’t listening 138 wild animals to their new home. Lisa and Kurt Stoner, founders and operators of FAR, turned this challenge and following the orders given through our team leads,” she said. Like any emergency response, into an opportunity: They made the flexibility was important. What do you move a sanctuary evacuation drill do when Molly, a 400-pound black and training event. On February 22, bear, refuses to go into her transport 5 RedRover Responders volunteers cage? You say “Okay” and move on to joined 40 experienced volunteers for something else. Her move happened the 4-day drill. Although few of the volunteers had experience with tigers, bears, bats or lemurs, they were all trained and the next day, when her weakness for marshmallows finally led to her successful transport. After four long days, all the animals experienced in the Incident Command were safely relocated without incident. System (ICS) and worked seamlessly The capuchin monkeys happily chattered together, even though many of them away, the tigers checked out their new had just met. habitat, and the bats settled in. RedRover Responders volunteer Craig Dopp of Palm Coast, Florida, Laura summed up the feelings of many of the volunteers: “It was an noted, “RedRover’s participation may absolute honor and privilege to work have been ‘outside the box’ from the with the people who assembled for typical domestic animal response, but it the move, and to actually be trusted was clear that our training translated enough to touch and move these perfectly to this exotic move.” animals. I spent each day in awe of what we were doing.” 4 companion SPRING 2013 RedRover READERS Tear out this page and give it to a teacher! Tell a teacher about the RedRover Readers program ATTENTION TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS! Learn to use the RedRover Readers curriculum to promote empathy and critical thinking. The next online RedRover Readers training begins on May 25. It is hosted by the Humane Society University. Please visit www.redrover.org/readersonline for registration information. Visit www.redrover.org/readers to learn more about RedRover Readers program. Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Sacramento, CA Permit No. 421 P.O. Box 188890 • Sacramento, CA 95818 Companion is printed using vegetable-based inks on paper made entirely from recovered fiber. Share our stories! Leave Companion at your doctor’s office, vet clinic, gym, lunch room or coffee shop. To protect your privacy, please clip out or blacken your name and address above. Domestic violence nonprofit begins sheltering animals BLUE WATER SAFE HORIZONS in United States. With donor support, we Port Huron, Michigan, opened its doors look forward to helping more shelters to pets in 2013 after receiving a Safe build on-site housing for pets this year Housing grant from RedRover. The grant through the Safe Housing grant program. is already paying off, according to staff member Cortney Howe. “A victim of domestic violence called seeking shelter for her and her two cats,” Applications for 2013 RedRover Safe Housing grants are due on May 15 and October 30. Learn more at www.redrover.org/domestic. Cortney explained. “She had been a previous client but had not come into the shelter because she could not bring her cats and was afraid to leave them with her abuser. It was so wonderful to be able to tell her we can accept her cats now.” “She was so happy she broke down in tears,” Cortney added. “Thanks to this grant we were able to get her and her cats out of a dangerous situation and into safety.” Blue Water Safe Horizons is now one of 75 SAF-T (Sheltering Animals and Families Together) shelters in the Court Advocate Cortney Howe and Charlie at Blue Water Safe Horizons RedRover presents inaugural “Outstanding Veterinary Clinic Award” Earlier this year, RedRover presented its first-ever Outstanding Veterinary Clinic Award to the Southern Animal Foundation (SAF) in New Orleans, Louisiana. RedRover gives this award annually to a veterinary clinic that has a strong history of serving all of its clients with compassion and helping animals in need. In 2012, we were especially touched by the extra care SAF provided to JJ, a Chihuahua who was burned in a household accident. After learning of JJ’s heartbreaking story, SAF staff worked tirelessly to make sure he received round-the-clock care for his extensive injuries.
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