Is your pet spayed/neutered?
February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and February 25, 2020 is World Spay Day.
The single most important thing that we can do to save cats and dogs from the suffering and death caused by overpopulation is to get our animal companions “fixed.”
The decision to spay or neuter your pet can be the best decision you make for both your pet’s and your community’s long-term welfare.
The surgery provides important health benefits, including longer life expectancy, lower rates of certain cancers and fewer behavioral issues.
The community can benefit too. Spaying and neutering keeps stray pet populations down, which means fewer homeless pets in animal shelters. If just one male and female cat and their offspring are left to breed on their own, they can have over 2,000 cats in just five years!
Spaying and neutering indoor-only pets helps prevent unwanted pregnancies, both in your home and in case of accidental escape.
Each year, more than 6 million dogs and cats wind up in animal shelters in the U.S., and approximately half of them must be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them.
Every February on the last Tuesday of the month, World Spay Day celebrates the importance of animal birth control and encourages all guardians of dogs and cats to have them spayed or neutered.
Did you know that most communities have low-cost spay/neuter clinics that make it easy for everyone to do the right thing and have their animals sterilized?
Call SpayUSA toll-free at 1-800-248-SPAY (1-800-248-7729) to find a nearby clinic. The organization’s phone counselors are available Monday through Friday to offer assistance.
THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN FOR WEATHER CHANGE
COLD WEATHER PET SAFETY TIPS!
Brrrrrr – Grrrrrrr
How cold is too cold for your pets? Since the cold weather is on its way, consider your pets as they are in need of extra attention. The rule of thumb is, when the temperature is below 50 degrees, your pet can be cold and needing help.
All animals are not created equal. Coat type is a big factor for enduring cold temperatures. Huskies, Samoyeds, and other double layered coats are more acclimated to cold temperatures. Greyhounds and Chihuahuas with short coats suffer the most in cold weather.
Color, size, weight, age, and health also factors into how cold tolerant a pet can be. Small animals and thin animals get colder quicker than larger heavier animals. Sick and aged animals get colder quicker as well.
Take into consideration, wind chill, dampness, and activity level to determine if your pet is comfortable outside as cold nights last longer.
How to help your pet: The best option is to bring animals into the house. Animals love to be with their owners, socialize, and snuggle in during cold damp weather.
For other animals not housebroken, a barn, garage, or other weather proof enclosure will help a lot. If the animal has a dog house, the house should have a solid floor and have soft bedding to snuggle into. Old blankets, towels, and straw all make good insulating bedding.
If you notice your pet shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching warm location, holding up a paw, it’s time to get your pet inside, help them get warm, and show them the love they give you!
A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it's deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.
Madera Animal Services Mission
Madera County Animal Services is a county agency whose purpose is to provide humane and professional solutions for animal related problems, to encourage responsible behaviors, and to create a safer environment for people and animals to co-exist.
Through the collaborative and sustainable partnerships, we strive to improve the lives of the animals in our care through the community outreach and education, providing veterinary treatment and preventative care for animals in our shelter. Reuniting lost pets with their families and ensuring positive outcomes through adoption, rescue, or foster programs.
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Madera County Animal Services Staff/Volunteer of 2019
Madera County Animal Services Officer's of 2019