National Animal Safety and Protection Month  


National Animal Safety and Protection Month in October reminds us of the responsibility that come with domesticated animals and pets. Not only does National Animal Safety and Protection Month raise awareness, but it provides tips and tools to help us be more prepared in the event of an emergency or illness.

Whether the animals in our lives are part of the family or our livelihood, we never expect an emergency. No matter what we do, accidents happen. Take steps to be prepared and be aware.

  • Be proactive. Keep all animals up to date on immunizations. Farmers, ranchers and pet owners, and hobbyists all follow the vaccination schedule set forth by their veterinarian.
  • Pet-proof your home and property. Remove or secure choking hazards and toxic chemicals. Make your home pet-friendly and safe.
  • Identify your animals. Place tags securely on collars and even label collars with your contact information. If you have more uncommon pets, take pictures in the event they get loose.
  • In a disaster, have a plan. Who will be responsible for locating each animal in the house? How will you transport them? If it’s a fire, human life takes priority. However, place decals on windows and doors with the number of humans and each kind and number of pets residing in the home. Keep them up to date.
  • Learn basic first aid. Caring for your animal at home will prevent a minor injury from becoming severe. Always call your veterinarian if you are unsure.
  • Know your animal. If your animal’s behavior changes, watch for signs of illness. Is he injured or spent too much time in the heat? Contact your veterinarian before giving human over the counter medications.


We all love Happy Endings! 

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Discarded, mistreated and malnourished, Sunshine finds a loving home!

On October 10th, Officer Gray responded to a call to pick up an abandoned dog on Avenue 21. Upon arrival, Officer Gray found a friendly, super skinny, but frightening looking medium sized dog. The paws were swollen, over half the hair was missing, the skin was oozing blood and covered in scabs. The dog smelled with the infection.

Upon closer inspection, this female dog was very young (less than a year) had one blue eye, one brown eye, and was very friendly. This friendly young dog was easily transferred to the Animal Services truck for transport to the Madera County Animal Shelter. Upon arrival, it was determined she was suffering from Demodectic Mange and a secondary skin infection.

Puppies and young dogs are more prone to Demodex than adult dogs. Dogs that are stressed, ill or have a compromised immune system, can develop demodex infections as well. The secondary bacterial infection subsequent to the demodex can be life threatening if not treated properly.

If you have a pet with skin problems, please contact your veterinarian immediately. The treatment is simple and effective. Prevent the suffering and help your pet that only wants to provide you with unconditional love.

Sunshine is a very lucky and loved dog today. Her mange and skin infections are being treated, she is being well fed, and most importantly adored and loved by her new owner.

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If your cold, they are cold. Pitbull in sitting in snow 



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.

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    check your car for cats in cold weather






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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.

Check us out on Facebook at: Madera Animal Shelter