➤ National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
➤ National Dog Day
➤ Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
➤ National Holistic Pet Day
➤ Happy Healthy Cat Month
➤ National Disaster Preparedness Month
A new program benefitting the Adopt-A-Dog shelter in Armonk, NY, called “Feed the Need” launched last month. Retailer Pet Pantry Warehouse will promote the program with special displays in their five stores to encourage shoppers to participate in the “Feed the Need” initiative.
Customers will be able to buy and donate either a 5 lb., 15 lb. or 30 lb. bag of Blue Buffalo dog food that will go directly to feed the hungry residents at the Adopt-A-Dog shelter.
Allyson Halm, president and executive director of Adopt-A-Dog said, “We want to keep our dogs as healthy as possible and now we know they will be getting the best food available. Even the adopted dogs will be sent home to their new families with a supply of food and coupons for future purchases.”
Horses & Humans Research Foundation
HHRF has been busy this Fall! They’ve awarded a $50,000 research grant to study how boys with post-traumatic stress disorder respond to equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP).
The grant, the eighth one awarded by HHRF in seven years and the second one awarded in 2013, has been given to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University for the study, “Effects of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Male Youth.”
Led by Principal Investigator Megan Mueller, Ph.D., research assistant professor at the Cummings School and a developmental psychologist, and co-investigator Leslie McCullough, Ph.D., MSSW, LCSW, of Washburn University, the research team will examine 60 boys between the ages of 10 and 18 with post-traumatic stress.
Specifically, they will measure post-traumatic stress symptoms before, during and after exposure to a combination of EFP and traditional therapy, as well as the effect of the human-animal bond on this program.
“EFP has been shown to be effective in reducing children’s anxiety over attending therapy and in treating emotional and behavioral challenges,” noted Principal Investigator Megan Mueller. “However, we need additional research on the efficacy of equine-based psychotherapy in addressing the needs of youth who have experienced trauma to support evidence-based practice in this field.”
Camp Bow Wow & The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation
For one week in August, Camp Bow Wow and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation lent a paw to the community of Newtown, CT. In early 2012, the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation launched a new philanthropic initiative called Scout’s Angels. For their inaugural cause, Scout’s Angels raised donations to send two therapy dogs to Newtown. With the help of Camp Bow Wow and all the wonderful supporters around the country, Scout’s Angels had the opportunity to train Cashew (Labrador Retriever) and Nutmeg (Whippet Mix) and presented them to the community on August, 13th.
With the support of The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, Camp Bow Wow & Scout’s Angels spent the entire week in Newtown hosting events such as a book reading for kids at the public library, visiting a senior center, hosting a Yappy Hour for first responders and a Bark B-Que for Sandy Hook families and school staff. 5 therapy dogs and their therapist, known as the Scout’s Angels Canine Care Team joined Camp Bow Wow and The Sandy Hook Promise throughout the week’s events.
Nutmeg and Cashew have a new permanent home in Newtown, CT where they will be available to the community.
To donate to the Scout’s Angels Initiative that will bring the Scout’s Angels Canine Care Team to locations around the country after a tragedy, go to www.scoutsangels.org. For additional information about Camp Bow Wow, please visit www.campbowwow.com.
Pet Adoption Event & Holiday Wreath Sale
The Stratford Animal Rescue Society will be hosting a Pet Adoption Event & Holiday Wreath Sale on Saturday December 7th from 11am-4pm at the Stratford Animal Control Facility, 225 Beacon Point Rd. There will be holiday wreathes, kissing balls & cemetery blankets available for purchase but all those that pre-order by visiting our website by 11/27/13 will receive a discount. Stop down to view the pets available for adoption, browse in our boutique or purchase your holiday decorations.
All proceeds benefit homeless animals. Tax deductible donations of pet food, gift cards or cat litter are always appreciated.
For more information: www.StratfordAnimalRescue.com.com.
World’s Tallest Dog, Giant George, Dies
There’s a lot more space in the Nasser family home following the death of their record-breaking dog Giant George. The blue Great Dane, was 1.1m (3ft 7in) from paw to shoulders and double that size when on his hind legs.
He died in Tucson, Arizona, just a month before he was due to turn eight.
Announcing his death on Facebook, David and Christie Nasser wrote: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we announce Giant George died last night. George passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. We appreciate the love and support you have given him over the last several years. We look forward to honoring his spirit by continuing his charitable works.’
George had gained notoriety after appearing on several talk shows and having a book based on him released. The giant dog, who had lived with the Nasser family since he was seven weeks old, has received a number of tributes from his fans on Facebook.
Organic Boni-Bel Farm & Country Store At Green Chimneys
Boni-Bel Farm & Country Store launches its annual Holidays on the Farm celebration on November 30th. Stop by to pick up a fresh-cut, sustainably grown tree, handmade wreath, custom-arranged gift basket, and more! Come to check a few things off your to-do list, and stay a few extra minutes to celebrate the season with us
Set on Boni-Bel Farm, the Country Store offers high-quality organic foods, homegrown fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted gift items and products from local farms and vendors, and Green Chimneys students!
Serving primarily as a vocational training site, the Country Store introduces Green Chimneys students to the operations and service functions of a retail store. Students are involved in all aspects including, customer assistance, product labeling and display, inventory, and sales. In their work with the Boni-Bel vocational program, students also learn how to grow and make products for customers to enjoy. Our most popular items are local, raw honey and the maple syrup made by our students.
Unique gifts from local artisans include handmade birdhouses, glass ornaments, pottery, and other crafts. The store also features crafts and information from the Shark Finatics, an active Green Chimneys student group that advocates for education, research and preservation of sharks and other oceanic life.
Boni-Bel Farm Country Store is located at 301 Doansburg Road, Brewster, NY. Just down the road from the Green Chimneys campus. Have a question, call 845-278-2060.
New York Metro Reptile Show
The New York Metro Reptile Show will be held Sunday, January 5 at the Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Receive a $1 discount off adult admission with their ad on page 23 of this issue.
Thousands of live pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates on display and for sale. Books, supplies, cages, and more! 200+ vendor tables. Buy breeder direct and save! Sorry, no personal pets allowed.
People Can Be Buried In Pet Cemetery Plots, State Says
Move over, Rover. New rules announced by New York state this month will allow animal lovers to have their ashes buried with their pets.
The regulations end a dispute that began in 2011 when state officials refused to allow the ashes of New York City police Officer Thomas Ryan to be interred next to his Maltese dogs in the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery.