➤ 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
Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has signed a 10-year lease to establish Cornell University Veterinary Specialists (CUVS), a satellite referral and 24-hour emergency care hospital located at 880 Canal Street in Stamford, CT. The hospital is expected to open in early 2011 and will provide veterinary specialty and emergency critical care services to patients referred by their local veterinarians. CUVS will not engage in general practice and will be the largest and most comprehensive University-affiliated veterinary specialty/emergency and critical care, satellite facility established to date.
The decision to open a referral/emergency clinic in the New York metro area was an outcome of the College’s strategic planning process that involved many outside stakeholders, members of the College community, and veterinarians. CUVS will be housed in a 20,000 square-foot building, as part of the $3 billion Harbor Point mixed-use urban redevelopment project,.
Board-certified specialists will offer high-end treatments and procedures, such as orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, cardiology, and imaging. Additional services will be added over time, in consultation with referring veterinarians. In order to provide the most complete care possible, CUVS veterinarians and staff will also be able to leverage the expertise and equipment located at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY. Via videoconferencing and onsite housing accommodations, CUVS will allow students the opportunity to see specialty and referral medicine in a practical, higher volume environment typical of metropolitan areas.
CUVS will expand the number of veterinary options available in the region; compete fairly based on the quality of medicine and client services offered; and meet a number of significant needs for the College and the profession. It will expand Cornell’s role in specialty medicine by creating an integrated veterinary medical center that supports clinical research and expands the educational experience for veterinary residents and students seeking their doctor of veterinary medicine degree. The facility will include a tiered auditorium and overnight rooms for rotating students and residents. It will also allow Cornell to effectively deliver continuing education programming to veterinarians in the New York metropolitan area.
“This is an exciting and innovative initiative for Cornell and one that will combine the best elements of private practice and advanced, discovery -based medicine ,” said Michael Kotlikoff, Austin O. Hooey Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. For more information about CUVS and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, visit: www.vet.cornell.edu/.
First NYC Pet Show, A Success
Thousands of pet-lovers and their furry companions came out to the NYC Pet Show hosted by CCK Global Events, and the American Pet Products Association (APPA). This consumer pet show was the first-of-its-kind for New York City and far exceeded expectations.
“We had everything from portable waste pick-up bags and ready-to-bake treats for dogs, to couture clothing and toilet-training kits for cats,” said Bob Vetere, APPA president.
Special guest, Cesar Millan, best-selling author, dog trainer and popular star of the hit TV series, “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan” signed autographs and posed for pictures with his fans. “We knew how popular Cesar was among pet lovers, but we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the crowds around our vendor participants as well. Mike Fiorentino of CCK Global Events remarked, “We couldn’t have asked for a better first-year.”
The NYC Pet Show is set to return again next year May 21-22, 2011. Please visit www.nycpetshow.com.
Adopt-A-Dog’s 23rd (wow!) Puttin’ On The Dog Show & Festival
Puttin’ On the Dog, Adopt-A-Dog’s for-fun dog show and festival takes place on Sat., Sept. 25 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT (Exit 3 off I-95). All-day admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and children over 5; under 5 are free. Throughout the day, there will be a dog show with seventeen categories, such as Biggest Lap Dog, K-9 Krooners, A Pooch Who Can Smooch, and Clever K-9 Tricks to enter your dog in. This family venue is a crowd pleaser with dogs and cats for adoption, police demonstrations, celebrity judges, great food, clowns, children’s play area, silent auction, grab bags, lots of vendors, and more.
Danbury Animal Welfare Society’s 21st Annual Walk PLAN NOW!
Come out Sunday, September 26, 2010 and enjoy a stroll or heart-pumping exercise with the pride and purpose of Animal Rescue. Learn and share about the many ways our favorite felines and canines help make us happy and healthy. They’ll have a festive morning in celebration of the health benefits of animal guardianship starting at the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center on School Street in Bethel, CT.
Registration begins at 9:00 am and the Walk begins at 10:15. Visit the vendors; participate in contests such as Fastest Eater, Waggiest Tail and Best Catcher.
This annual event is absolutely essential to raising the critical funds needed to operate our life-saving shelter. Your funding support allows DAWS to offer animal welfare education and community assistance. Most importantly, it enables DAWS staff and hundreds of volunteers to save the lives of helpless cats and dogs daily. Each dollar raised furthers their Mission of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming.
Registration is $25 and all registered participants receive a reusable tote bag filled with goodies. As a fundraising Walk they ask participants to collect pledges; collect $50 and receive an embroidered baseball cap, collect $100 and also receive a commemorative T-shirt. They are grateful to our top sponsors: Wags Doggie Daycamp and Boarding, Paul Caso Landscaping, The 10 Minute Dog Training, Brookfield Animal Hospital. For more info visit www.daws.org.
APPA Announces 3rd National Children’s Pet Poetry Contest
American Pet Products Association (APPA) President, Bob Vetere announced that the organization will be accepting poems for the 3rd Annual APPA National Children’s Pet Poetry Contest through their public awareness campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL).
“Our goal with the Pets Add Life campaign is to help engage our nation’s youth in the joys and benefits of pet ownership,” Vetere said. “Last year we received a great response to the contest from students, parents, teachers, and principals alike, and we’re looking forward to another great year of creative pet poems by inspired children across the country.”
Third, fourth and fifth grade students are invited to write a poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and then post it on-line at www.petsaddlife.org or mail their poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 45 Winter Street, Reno, NV 89503. Deadline is January 31, 2011 at 5:00pm EST. To learn more visit www.petsaddlife.org.
Local Shelter Cat Shares Top Honors In National Contest
Completely unaware of her new status as a world-famous cat, Pepper goes about her everyday routine–lounging, eating, greeting volunteers, interacting with the other cats in her room, and waiting for someone to adopt her–at Norwalk’s Pet Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). The 15-year old, domestic short hair cat’s newfound celebrity comes courtesy of her recent win in Petfinder.com’s “Whisker Awards” photo contest, which included entries from across the United States.
The photo taken by a longtime PAWS volunteer was selected by visitors to Petfinder’s website as one of the two favorites from the six-cat final “Best Picture” ballot (culled from nearly 1,350 initial entries). All came from profiles of cats and kittens listed as up for adoption by shelters and adoption groups on Petfinder.
The contest, which ran from June 1st to 21st to help celebrate “Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month,” provided cat lovers everywhere with the opportunity to vote once per day for their favorite photo in five “CATegories” (the others were “Best Newcomer, “Best On-Screen Duo, “Best Comedic Performance, and “Cattiest”).
And in Pepper’s case, the votes indeed came from just about everywhere, thanks to the ubiquitous nature of the Internet. Pepper received support not just from friends here in Connecticut, but also from ones across the U.S. and from countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
“To know Pepper is to love her, so when we learned she was a finalist, we did everything we could to get the word out,” said PAWS Director Adrienne Statfeld. “Our volunteers with blogs about PAWS animals wrote special postings; others dedicated their Facebook statuses to Pepper; and our volunteers and staff emailed friends, family and colleagues with appeals to vote. As the contest progressed, we were really moved to see so many people from all over voting for her, and encouraging others to do so.”
Pepper’s win brings with it increased visibility (and hopefully a “forever” home) not just for her, but also the other cats and dogs currently residing at PAWS. The shelter will also be receiving 20 “Hide, Perch & Go” boxes, which are designed to give cats control over their environment, reduce stress and help them adapt to their new surroundings, and a five-tier cat tower donated by Kuranda USA.
“The idea behind the Whiskers was to raise awareness of the more than 125,000 homeless cats on Petfinder.com right now, which are often overlooked in shelters and rescue groups,” said Betsy Saul, the co-founder of Petfinder.com. “With this fun, online photo contest, our hope was to give adorable, adoptable cats like Pepper the opportunity to take center stage.”
PAWS is a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless pets. For more information visit www.pawsct.org; call 203-750-9572.
Tame Your Pet’s Anxiety With
The Thundershirt This Summer
Until the invention of the Thundershirt, treatment options for dog anxiety were limited to drugs or professional behavior modification techniques. The Thundershirt is a safe, inexpensive way to calm pets’ nerves during noisy storms and commotion. The slight amount of constant pressure pets feel while wearing the Thundershirt is enough to calm their nerves and address noise phobias and separation anxiety. The Thundershirt is also effective in treating a wide variety of pet behavioral problems, including separation anxiety, excessive barking, crate and travel anxiety, leash pulling and overexcitability. Visit www.thundershirt.com or call 866-892-2078.
School Complex Dedicated To Newman’s Own
In recognition of the long-standing ties and strong support from Newman’s Own and Newman’s Own Foundation, Green Chimneys renamed its school complex The Newman’s Own Education Center on June 17.
“This renaming salutes Newman’s Own commitment to education and to making the world a better place,” said Green Chimneys founder Dr. Samuel B. Ross Jr. “Newman’s Own has always had a strong commitment to helping children and making their lives better and more fulfilled. Paul Newman’s amazing dream of numerous camps for critically ill children, clowns in children’s hospitals, work in Africa and all his efforts on behalf of non-profit organizations are an inspiration to us all. By renaming our education center, we are not only honoring Paul’s memory, but saluting the continuing efforts of Newman’s Own to build a brighter future for the next generations.”
The link between the two organizations started about 25 years ago when the son of Green Chimneys’ founder saw an article that Paul Newman was planning to open a camp for seriously ill children. David Ross urged his father to connect with Newman, and Dr. Ross followed his son’s advice. Dr. Ross got involved in the first Hole in the Wall camp in Connecticut, served on its board and developed a strong friendship with Newman’s Own.
“Today is a celebration of friendship,” said Bob Forrester, president of Newman’s Own Foundation. “Dr. Ross and Green Chimneys have served as a great source of inspiration to Paul and Newman’s Own. We hope that The Newman’s Own Education Center will inspire future generations and instill them with the value and power of philanthropy.” The dedication ceremony was followed by a lively parade of animals from the Farm and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is instrumental in Green Chimneys’ animal-assisted therapy programs. After the formal ribbon cutting, wildlife specialist Paul Kupchok released a rehabilitated red-tail hawk back into the wild with a little help from a student and Tom Indoe of Newman’s Own.
“The bird release offers a powerful parallel to the healing process here at Green Chimneys,” said Joe Whalen. “Children work with staff to rehabilitate injured wildlife, which are released when they are strong enough to fly off and survive on their own.”
AKC / Responsible Ownership
Each year, the American Kennel Club calls on its nearly 5,000 affiliated dog clubs and all other pet-related organizations from around the country to participate in AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days. The nationwide initiative educates the public about the importance of being a responsible dog owner and celebrates the deep bond between humans and their canine companions. For more information, visit www.akc.org.