JULY 1, 2010

Keeping our pets safe for 4th of July

    Fourth of July fireworks frighten a lot of our pets. Our pets, cats and dogs alike, aren't used to sudden explosions. These explosions go on for quite some time. Sometimes they start on the third of July and go through the fifth of July. The flashing lights that suddenly appear can also affect our pet’s behavior and cause panic.

    Some of are lucky and our pets don't seem to be bothered by the sudden lights and explosions. For those of us who have pets that panic there are things we can do to keep our pets safe. Every year July 3-5 come with many stray dogs and cats that ran from their home in a state of panic.

    Some things you can do are first and foremost; keep your pets inside your home. You won't have to worry about your pet running and getting lost or getting hit by a car. NEVER take your dog to a fireworks display.

    Keep your dog in a confined room, with no windows or have the curtains drawn. Turn on a television or radio. This will help your pet feel safe.

    If your pet paces, or acts nervous, play with your pet. Play its favorite game. Some pet owners opt to take their pets for a ride before the fireworks start and come home after the fireworks display ends.

    It is very important to always have a collar, on both your cats and dogs. Always have a pet ID tag attached to your pet’s collar. If your pet does stray that Pet Id Tag will help get your beloved pet back to you. Remember to have a stretch safety collar for your cat. If you tug on your dog’s collar and it comes over the dogs head, you can bet your dog can slip the collar. Always be sure it is snug enough so that your dog cannot slip that collar off. A collar with no pet id will not help you get your pet home. Let’s all enjoy the 4th and keep our pets safe.

Our policy on strays

   All stray dogs and cats are vaccinated upon arrival for their safety and the safety of the other dogs and cats. They are also neutered and spayed on the sixth (6) day. All costs are the responsibility of the owner claiming the dog. Strays are held for five (5) days and then are for adoption.

Wish list:
Dog and kitten food needed

   Dog food is really needed-adult only.

   ***We need large stainless steel bowls for water.*** We also need treats for training. Small milk bones and other tasty treats are great.

   **Please donate kitty/cat food.** We have 11 cats/kittens now. Dry kitten food, Purina kitten food is ok. Friskies canned food, ground only, is also greatly needed! Please help us help them.***

   We are almost out of blankets. Please donate your clean used ones.

   We really need canned and dry cat/kitten food and litter right now. We also need small ceramic bowls for the kitten and cat food. We also need covered litter pans.

   We need towels to bathe our dogs and cats. Please don’t throw your old towels away—we will put them to good use.

   ***We need nylabones and tug toys for the dogs/puppies and toys for our cats/kittens right now.***

   You can drop all donations of food, toys, blankets, etc. at Orofino Builders Supply. Steve and Leila Crockett continue to be animal lovers and great supporters. 

   Remember, your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for thinking of us!

   Our mailing address is: Clearwater Humane Society, P.O. Box 2063, Orofino, ID 83544.

 For adoption:
By appointment only
Any questions call

   Please call to see if we have the perfect dog or cat for you!

   For any information on any of our animals, call 476-9823. Please leave your name, telephone number, and the reason you are calling. Please speak clearly and slowly.

Lost and found

Marley   “Marley,” pictured, went missing the week of June 21 while owner was on vacation. Owner writes, “Marley was taken from my home. He is 10-11 months old. He is part poodle mix. He is neutered with all current shots. He is part of our family and my son's best friend. Marley thinks he's a big dog and will bark like he's tough, but he's a sweet dog under that big dog ego. Marley loves deer and tries to play with them, but more often then not the deer chase him. He plays fetch and is somewhat trained, hates cats but loves kids. Marley was last seen in my home....he's a small dog that couldn't have gotten out on his own and my son has been gone, so I know he didn't let him out. If Marley would have gotten out...he's a homebody and would not have gone anyplace else. Marley is white with curls on his back that make him look like he has a mohawk. He's a small dog with a big personality. Please, help us find our family member....I miss him dearly and are sad without him.”

   Older dog found on Grand Avenue, Orofino on June 28. Altered. Has collar, but no pet ID tags. Pictured left.

   “Choco,” went missing June 12 in the Orofino area. He is a caramel brown-colored lab mix with one small white spot on his chest, and weighs 75 to 80 pounds. He has a microchip, but no collar. Choco walks with a slight limp. He’s very friendly.

   Cat went missing June 9 from the Kalaspo Avenue/Orofino Elementary School area. She is very friendly, and has been spayed. She is long-haired, black, gray, brown striped with white around her neck and white on her paws. Her owner moved and cannot find her. Please call if you have seen this can - she needs to get back to her owner.

   Lost from Middle Road in Cavendish. Female Australian Shepherd/Border Collie cross wearing a collar with ID information.     Owners are devastated. If you have any information, please call 9823.

   Lost on 5/16/10 from 118th St. area off highway 12, female black cat, smaller in size. Her name is Jiggs. She is 18 years old and has recently been ill and needs medical attention. If you have seen a smaller black cat in this area please call us: the owner is offering a reward and is very concerned about getting Jiggs back. 

   Lost on 5/9/10 from Legacy Lane, three miles out of Kendrick heading toward Dworshak. Female dog, ten years old, spayed, wearing a dark brown or black collar with pet ID tag. Her name is Cassie. She is a shepherd/Lab X with floppy ears and is gray with black markings. Please call if you have any information.

   Went missing on April 30 in the Canoe Camp area of Hwy. 12. Female, spayed, six year old cat, mostly white coat with black/brown/tan patches. Has blue eyes. Not wearing a collar. If you have seen this cat, please call 476-9823.

   If you find a stray dog, please contain the dog or cat, if you feel it is safe to do so, and then call. Many times I get a call from someone that has a stray but by the time I get there the person calling says the dog ran off.

   Please contain in a yard or tie the dog until I get there. We want to keep these poor dogs safe and either find their owners or get them a wonderful lifetime home.

   All stray dogs and cats are vaccinated and wormed upon arrival for their safety and the safety of the other dogs and cats. They are also neutered and spayed after a five (5) day waiting period. All costs are the responsibility of the owner claiming the dog or cat. Strays are held for five days and then are up for adoption.

   If you recognize any of the above strays and know who the owner is, please call. We want to get these wonderful dogs and cats back to their homes. Call 476-9823.