VVAPL Blog

April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Do you know what to do if your pet is choking? What if you suspect heat stroke? How about if your pet ate something poisonous? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has important First Aid Tips for Pet Owners. Here are several: Keep pet medical records accessible in case of an emergency

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April Is National Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month

The ASPCA estimates an animal is abused every 60 seconds. The news reports on the worst cases of dog fighting, puppy mills and animal hoarding, but abuse takes many forms – dogs left on chains for hours, hitting pets, breeding pets until they’re no longer of use, and giving pets no

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National Poison Prevention Week March 19 - 25

Congress passed a Joint Resolution, Public Law 87-319, on September 26, 1961, authorizing the President to issue annually a proclamation designating the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week, in order to aid in bringing to the American people the dangers of accidental poisoning. On

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Tail Waggin' Look at 2016

2016 was a Pawtastic year for VVAPL Humane Society. Here’s a few of the highlights: Finding forever homes is our top priority, once again attending off-site events and partnering with rescues. In total, 1546 pets found their forever homes, including 159 going to rescues. Thanks to a generous

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Fairy Tail Ending at VVAPL Thanks to Microchip

Three years ago in San Bernardino, Bella, a poodle under one year, was in her fenced front yard one minute and gone the next. After an unsuccessful search of their neighborhood and shelter, Jonathan and his wife were convinced someone took their baby. As days turned to weeks and then months, all

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March Microchip Madness

My dog never leaves the yard. My cat never leaves the house. My pet never… Never say never with pets. A gate is left open and out goes your pet. A door is left ajar, and your pet escapes. Thunder storms, fireworks, and any number of things can scare a pet into doing the

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Love Your Pet Day

February 20 is Love Your Pet Day, basically Valentine’s Day for pets. It’s a day to give your pet some special attention for all the unconditional love they give you. Here’s some suggestions to make the day special: Spend quality one-on-one time: Does your pet have a favorite

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

An estimated 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter shelters nationwide every year. Of that number an estimated 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized nationwide every year. The majority of animals entering shelters are strays, and it’s estimated only 10 percent are spayed or

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Cats and dogs need their teeth brushed on a regular basis, as well as a yearly dental exam. Unfortunately, many pet owners neglect this area of pet health. According to the American Veterinary Dental College, periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in adult cats and dogs. Eighty

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Rotary Club and VVAPL Form Purr-fect Partnership

Love of community and the desire to give back is why many people join Rotary clubs. Members share ideas and work together on projects near and dear to their hearts, funded by the monthly donations of club members. This year the Rotary Club of the High Desert is helping pets in a new way. You might

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