<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usThu, 17 Oct 2019 09:52:02 -0700Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:52:02 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>375079121Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[The Dodo]]>375261051Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:30:25 -0700]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>375076821Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[Dog Euthanized After Boarding Heartbreak in North Texas]]>560707941Wed, 18 Sep 2019 18:39:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Grover-091819.jpg

Imagine boarding your dog before vacation, then finding out after you leave, the company is going out of business. That's what happened to one North Texas man, but the story doesn't end there.

Rob Johnson said he dropped his best friend Grover off to be boarded late last month. Just six days later Johnson was at the vet to get Grover euthanized.

"He was my road dog. He was there with me through good times, through death of parents, through major transitions in your life," Johnson said.

Johnson said he dropped off his 12-year-old goldendoodle at The Doggie Oasis in The Colony, a suburb of Dallas Texas, on Aug. 28. The next day, while on business in North Carolina, he got a call saying the company was abruptly closing. He said he was shocked, but was told someone would be there to watch Grover until Johnson returned.

When he went to pick up his dog on Sept. 3, Johnson said the dog was in terrible condition and breathing heavily.

"When I walked in he was laying on the floor and he just looked spent. He didn't even get up to greet me when I walked in," Johnson said. "So I looked at him and I looked at the girl and I said, 'What happened?'"

He said he had counted out daily heart pills for Grover and measured dog food, but much of it was returned.

"Because the medicines are expensive, I counted out the exact amount of meds that he would need for his stay and the amount of food he would need for his stay. When I got back, they gave me meds back and almost half of his food back like he never even received them," Johnson said.

He took him to the vet that same day to get him checked out and said after four hours, he had to make the tough decision to put him down.

"As a pet owner, your dog is always there to protect you and I feel like I let him down because I wasn't there to protect him," Johnson said.

Johnson said he blamed the company for not warning him at dropoff that it was closing. He's also concerned about the care his dog received, but acknowledged with his age and heart condition, it's impossible to know exactly what happened.

NBC 5 spoke with the owner of The Doggie Oasis. She claimed they took care of the dog and gave him the appropriate amount of food and medication.

As for shutting down, she said the decision was made suddenly for financial reasons.

NBC 5 also tracked down the property manager who said he was caught off guard too. He said they put up a lockout notice after they noticed The Doggie Oasis left the space. The property manager said they planned to go after her for future rent money because she abandoned her lease.

Between the cost of boarding and the veterinary bill, he said he spent more than $800. Although he wished he was reimbursed, Johnson said he'd rather the owner never be able to go into the dog boarding business again.



Photo Credit: Rob Johnson]]>
<![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>375075991Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>375074331Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>378846201Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:15:32 -0700]]><![CDATA[NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 Team Up to Clear the Shelters]]>546897331Sat, 17 Aug 2019 22:29:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cts+still.png

NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are teaming up to Clear the Shelters. It's our annual push to find hundreds of animals their forever homes.

We kicked off the nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday.

Dozens of shelters in the Bay Area are participating in the drive, with many waiving adoption fees or offering discounts during our campaign.

In Berkeley, the annual Bark (and Meow) Around the Block event joined NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 for the area's biggest adopt-a-thon and street fair of the year.

This year marked our fifth annual animal adoption drive. More than 1,400 shelters and rescues registered to participate in the campaign.

In the Bay Area, as of Saturday afternoon over 900 animals have found their fur-ever homes and nationwide, at least 89,314 animals have been adopted.  

"We just came in here and saw that they were free and we're going to pick one out," said one of two young brothers who came to the event to choose a cat.

One San Jose man said he originally wanted a chihuahua, but left with a pit bull. "We were just like 'alright cool,' and then I saw him again and I'm like, 'I want him.' That's how that went."

Check out some highlights below.


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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Pet Adoption Process]]>545027512Fri, 16 Aug 2019 05:51:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2019-08-15+at+3.44.42+PM.png

Thinking about pet adoption but feeling unsure or overwhelmed? The ASPCA's Kelly DiCicco breaks down the process of adopting and acclimating your new pet to your home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Videos]]>435018403Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:48:24 -0700]]><![CDATA[Lightning Causes $30K of Damage to New York Animal Shelter]]>512992141Sat, 20 Jul 2019 14:07:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/little-shelter-combo.png

Lightning struck the grounds of a Long Island, New York animal shelter, shattering a memorial fountain and shooting the shards across the facility, causing $30,000 of damage, the shelter said Saturday. 

Little Shelter said its industrial air conditioning unit was destroyed, along with a phone system control panel and the central alarm station were destroyed. 

No animals were hurt. 

A thunderstorm on Wednesday night was part of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry. A lightning bolt struck a tree at the Huntington shelter at about 10 p.m., then traveled to the fountain, the shelter said. 

The fountain shattered and pieces of it were strewn across the grounds, with one even flying over the cat building, the shelter said. 



Photo Credit: Little Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Wee Pups to (Nearly) Take Wing at the Wiener Nationals]]>512862131Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:14:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/wienernationalslosalamitos1.jpg

What sort of sound or catchphrase or verbal indicator might a Dachshund employ when she is ready to run very, very fast?

"Meep, meep" is already taken, of course. "I'm outta here" conveys the spirit of a Dachshund on the move, but that is something a human might say, not a pup who speaks in bark-ese.

Hmm. This is ruff, er, rough.

We'll just assume that the sweet but fleet Fidos that compete in Wienerschnitzel's famous Wiener Nationals have one thing on their minds: Reaching the end of 50 yards in an impressively quick amount of time.

And plenty of Dachshunds will do just that, on Saturday, July 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California.

This summertime tradition is very much about doting on Doxies, and meeting other humans who love these hounds, but there's something even stronger at its strong heart: Raising money for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, which assists in "...finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area."

Lots of people show with their pooches, hoping they can run, but there are rules to know.

Like? A toy or treat may be employed to "entice" your pumpkin to run, but there is no jogging alongside (two people are permitted with each canine participant, one at the starting gate and one waiting at the finish).

Everything to know? Woof woof: It's right here. There's a release waiver, too.

The cost to enter and cheer on these lil' Lassies and Laddies? It's three bucks, and young people 17 and under will be admitted for free.

Los Alamitos calls the Wiener Nationals the venue's "most popular event" of the year, and over 8,500 people attend, per the course.

So arriving early, whether you have a racing pup in tow or not? Smart move.

Dachshunds are famously smart, after all, and if they could talk, they'd certainly advise anyone to head for the Cypress destination well ahead of the first race of the evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.).

Nope, Dachshunds can't fly, but watching all four of their wee feetsies leave the ground at once, as they attempt to reach the finish line first, can make you feel as though you're heart is in flight.

Yes, we said "wee feetsies." Nope, we're not taking it back.



Photo Credit: Wiener Nationals]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Sweet Pea]]>512897721Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:06:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/POTW+Sweet+Pea+A863113.jpg

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Sweet Pea.

There is no better name for this tender and loving cat than Sweet Pea. The name says it all – she is a gentle and sweet cat with the most soft-hearted personality ever. She is ready to warm up to her owner with an open mind and an open heart. Sweet Pea is a four year old spayed female domestic short haired black cat with the biggest heart a cat can have. She enjoys receiving many pets and is also very fond of cuddling and napping. She is hoping to end up in a household with family members who can devote time to pet and care for her, so she can be the sweet and charming cat she wants to be for her new family. Looking for a wonderful cat that will always be by your side and comfort you with endless cuddles and love? Ask for Sweet Pea ID# A863113.

For more information, click here. 

WHEN:  Weekdays 11AM-7PM, Weekends 11AM-6PM

WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Claire]]>511302042Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:15:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/0614+POTW+Claire+.jpg

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Claire.

Claire is a diva with a capital D and we’re hoping to find that special someone who likes a cat with extra personality.  Claire is a stunning 4-year-old spayed female white and orange domestic short hair with piercing amber eyes.  She likes to be brushed, absolutely loves treats and enjoys having a hoard of toys for her amusement.  What Claire doesn’t like is other cats or dogs, so she’ll need to go to a home without any other pets or small children. She’s discerning, but once someone earns her trust, she’ll grant them the honor of her attention. Claire is a diva, but once you pass her test, she’ll be loyal for life.  Are you up to accepting the challenge of a Prima Donna cat?  Ask for Claire ID# A577033.

For more information, click here.
WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 
WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

For more information, click here.

WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 

WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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<![CDATA[Second Chances]]>375069981Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Rosanna ]]>510988081Fri, 07 Jun 2019 14:56:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/0607+Rosanna.jpg

Dazzling, spirted, effervescent even….all words to describe Rosanna the Pit Bull.  This two year old spayed female Pit Bull is always wearing a smile and loves, just simply loves to play and spend time with humans.  Rosanna is dog selective, meaning she is picky about the dog company she keeps.  But don’t hold that against her since who isn’t choosy about the company they keep? Since she’s young and has an abundance of energy, Rosanna would do best in an active home. Ask for Rosanna ID# A859626

For more information, click here.
WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 
WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

For more information, click here.

WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 

WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Aramis]]>510625341Thu, 30 May 2019 11:46:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/0530+POTW+Aramis.jpg

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Aramis. 
And in this corner weighing in at just under an ounce, undefeated in changing people’s minds about rodents as pets and the titleholder of the tiniest feet is Aramis!  Meet Aramis, an adult male brilliant white albino mouse.  Aramis may be pint-sized in stature, but his personality is super-sized.  He’s playful, affectionate and so cute. A mouse is the perfect pet for someone wanting a critter that is not noisy and lower-maintenance than other pets.  No need to walk or groom Aramis, he grooms himself and true to the idiom, he’s as quiet as a mouse. Ask for Aramis ID# A856175. 

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Aramis. 

And in this corner weighing in at just under an ounce, undefeated in changing people’s minds about rodents as pets and the titleholder of the tiniest feet is Aramis!  Meet Aramis, an adult male brilliant white albino mouse.  Aramis may be pint-sized in stature, but his personality is super-sized.  He’s playful, affectionate and so cute. A mouse is the perfect pet for someone wanting a critter that is not noisy and lower-maintenance than other pets.  No need to walk or groom Aramis, he grooms himself and true to the idiom, he’s as quiet as a mouse. Ask for Aramis ID# A856175. 

For more information, click here.

WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 

WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Max]]>510344231Thu, 23 May 2019 14:25:53 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0523+spca+max.jpg

 

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Max. 
Max is a master at the “cat kiss” otherwise known as the slow blink.  This seven year old neutered male white and orange cat is not shy about expressing his love.  He’ll slow blink and follow you around like a besotted admirer, because that’s how Max rolls.  Max loves humans, but other felines, not so much.  Max is seeking a home where he can be the only animal and where he will be an indoor only cat. His needs are rather simple: all your attention and the safety of an indoor life. Oh, and if you have some catnip and treats to spare, all the better. Ask for Max ID# A859805. 
For more information, click here. 
WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 
WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

 

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Max. 

Max is a master at the “cat kiss” otherwise known as the slow blink.  This seven year old neutered male white and orange cat is not shy about expressing his love.  He’ll slow blink and follow you around like a besotted admirer, because that’s how Max rolls.  Max loves humans, but other felines, not so much.  Max is seeking a home where he can be the only animal and where he will be an indoor only cat. His needs are rather simple: all your attention and the safety of an indoor life. Oh, and if you have some catnip and treats to spare, all the better. Ask for Max ID# A859805. 

For more information, click here.

WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 

WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Daisy ]]>510234251Tue, 21 May 2019 14:39:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/0521+spca+daisy.jpg

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Daisy. 
As charming and sweet as the flower she’s named after, Daisy is sure to make your heart swoon.  This ten year old spayed female Chihuahua mix is looking for a home where she can put her tiny doggie feet up and relax with a new family. She’s very affectionate and enjoys the company of other dogs her size.  Aside from occupying laps, Daisy other favorite hobby is eating.  She adores her treats and will be your best friend for life if you provide her with plenty of love and treats. Ask for Daisy ID# A859849. 
For more information, click here. 
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The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Daisy. 

As charming and sweet as the flower she’s named after, Daisy is sure to make your heart swoon.  This ten year old spayed female Chihuahua mix is looking for a home where she can put her tiny doggie feet up and relax with a new family. She’s very affectionate and enjoys the company of other dogs her size.  Aside from occupying laps, Daisy other favorite hobby is eating.  She adores her treats and will be your best friend for life if you provide her with plenty of love and treats. Ask for Daisy ID# A859849. 

For more information, click here

WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 

WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Fiona ]]>509920631Tue, 14 May 2019 14:09:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/0514+fiona.jpg

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Fiona. 
One look at Fiona, and you won’t believe this petite playful gal is twelve years old. She’s a spayed female cat with a lovely solid grey coat.  Fiona’s needs are simple.  She relishes a warm lap to climb into, catnip and a variety of toys to keep her entertained.  While Fiona likes the company of humans, she’s not fond of other animals and should be the only pet in the household.  Seeking a sweet senior cat to enjoy the best life has to offer with?  Ask for Fiona ID# A820010. 
For more information, click here. 
WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame 
WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Fiona. 


One look at Fiona, and you won’t believe this petite playful gal is twelve years old. She’s a spayed female cat with a lovely solid grey coat.  Fiona’s needs are simple.  She relishes a warm lap to climb into, catnip and a variety of toys to keep her entertained.  While Fiona likes the company of humans, she’s not fond of other animals and should be the only pet in the household.  Seeking a sweet senior cat to enjoy the best life has to offer with?  Ask for Fiona ID# A820010. 


For more information, click here


WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

WHEN: Weekdays 11AM – 7 PM, Weekends 11AM – 6PM 

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week - Baron]]>509607551Tue, 07 May 2019 15:31:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0507+Baron+dog.jpg

 

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Baron.
Do you like big mutts? Meet Baron, a giant of a dog with a giant personality. Baron is a three-year-old neutered German Shepherd who weighs 100 pounds.  Not only is Baron extra large, he’s also extra active and would do best with a family prepared to provide him a lot of activity to keep him fit and stimulated. Baron is still working on his social skills and should continue with behavior classes to be the gentleman dog he aspires to be. Because of Baron’s colossal size, he should be adopted into a home with no small children. If interested, ask for Baron ID# A819669.
For more information, please click here.
WHEN: Weekdays, 11AM – 7PM and Weekends, 11AM – 6PM
WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

 

The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA’s Pet of the Week is Baron.

Do you like big mutts? Meet Baron, a giant of a dog with a giant personality. Baron is a three-year-old neutered German Shepherd who weighs 100 pounds.  Not only is Baron extra large, he’s also extra active and would do best with a family prepared to provide him a lot of activity to keep him fit and stimulated. Baron is still working on his social skills and should continue with behavior classes to be the gentleman dog he aspires to be. Because of Baron’s colossal size, he should be adopted into a home with no small children. If interested, ask for Baron ID# A819669.

For more information, please click here.

WHEN: Weekdays, 11AM – 7PM and Weekends, 11AM – 6PM

WHERE: 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame

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<![CDATA[February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month]]>505040442Tue, 29 Jan 2019 14:29:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/SpayNeuter.jpg

Is your pet spayed/neutered?

February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and February 26, 2019 is World Spay Day.

According to Dr. Cristie Kamiya, Chief of Shelter Medicine at Humane Society Silicon Valley, 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.

Humane Society of Silicon Valley is also holding their Senior Dog and Cat Promotion through Sunday, February 3, 2019. All dogs and cats older than five years have a promotional adoption fee of $20.

For information about spay and neuter services at Humane Society Silicon Valley, please click here.



Photo Credit: Jamie Goss]]>
<![CDATA[Empty the Shelters Adopt-a-Thon]]>495201251Thu, 04 Oct 2018 13:48:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/315*120/bissellETS.JPG

Berkeley Humane and the BISSELL Pet Foundation have joined together once again to help you find the love of that special dog or cat at Empty the Shelters on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
October 4, 2018 from approximately 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m, Cathy Bissell and the Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated daily lifestyle show, “Home & Family,” will be filming at Berkeley Humane to capture incredible stories of adoption.
For more information about Empty the Shelters, including all adoption locations and a list of all participating shelters and rescue organizations, please visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets and follow BISSELL Pet Foundation on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter (@bissellpets).
WHEN: Empty the Shelters event is Saturday, October 6, 2018, and open to the public from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Hallmark and Cathy Bissell will be onsite again on Saturday.
WHERE: Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Humane and the BISSELL Pet Foundation have joined together once again to help you find the love of that special dog or cat at Empty the Shelters on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

On October 4, 2018 from approximately 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m, Cathy Bissell and the Hallmark Channel’s Emmy-nominated daily lifestyle show, “Home & Family,” will be filming at Berkeley Humane to capture incredible stories of adoption.

For more information about Empty the Shelters, including all adoption locations and a list of all participating shelters and rescue organizations, please visit www.bissellpetfoundation.org/ets and follow BISSELL Pet Foundation on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter (@bissellpets).

WHEN: Empty the Shelters event is Saturday, October 6, 2018, and open to the public from 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hallmark and Cathy Bissell will be onsite again on Saturday.

WHERE: Berkeley Humane, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA



Photo Credit: Bissell Pet Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Pet First Aid and CPR Class]]>492980471Tue, 11 Sep 2018 12:40:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*183/BerkeleyHumane_Logo_2014_transparentno+tagline.png

 

There is no 911 for your dog or cat. What would you do if your pet was injured and medical care was not readily available?
The recent wildfires are a good reminder that your family disaster preparedness efforts need to include your pets. Berkeley Humane will be hosting a Pet First Aid and CPR class on Saturday, October 13, 2019.
“We are teaching this class in recognition of the 29th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake,” said Jeffrey Zerwekh, Executive Director of Berkeley Humane. “After a major emergency help may not be available right away, if your pet is injured, we want you to be equipped to care for them, potentially even save their life.”
The participants will learn the prior planning and preparation necessary to respond effectively to an animal medical emergency. It will be taught through lecture, discussion and hands on activities. Pet First Aid and CPR is the immediate and temporary care given to an injured or ill dog or cat to sustain life and to minimize further harm and suffering until the animal reaches medical care in the form of an emergency clinic or veterinarian.
Students will receive a Pet first Aid handout and a Certificate of Completion. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and able to undertake moderate physical activity. The class is for people only. No pets allowed.
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Berkeley Humane: 2700 Ninth St., Berkeley, CA 94710

 

There is no 911 for your dog or cat. What would you do if your pet was injured and medical care was not readily available?

The recent wildfires are a good reminder that your family disaster preparedness efforts need to include your pets. Berkeley Humane will be hosting a Pet First Aid and CPR class on Saturday, October 13, 2019.

“We are teaching this class in recognition of the 29th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake,” said Jeffrey Zerwekh, Executive Director of Berkeley Humane. “After a major emergency help may not be available right away, if your pet is injured, we want you to be equipped to care for them, potentially even save their life.”

The participants will learn the prior planning and preparation necessary to respond effectively to an animal medical emergency. It will be taught through lecture, discussion and hands on activities. Pet First Aid and CPR is the immediate and temporary care given to an injured or ill dog or cat to sustain life and to minimize further harm and suffering until the animal reaches medical care in the form of an emergency clinic or veterinarian.

Students will receive a Pet first Aid handout and a Certificate of Completion. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and able to undertake moderate physical activity. The class is for people only. No pets allowed.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

WHEN: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Berkeley Humane: 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710



Photo Credit: Berkeley Humane]]>
<![CDATA[Morgan Hill Shelter Chosen for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro Program]]>492654481Thu, 06 Sep 2018 17:19:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Town+Cats+Pawsitive.jpg

 

Town Cats of Morgan Hill is selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the Autumn 2018 Semester of Cat Pawsitive Pro, a life-saving initiative that introduces positive-reinforcement training to shelter cats. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo® pet food, this innovative training program for shelter cats aims to increase feline adoption rates as well as educate the shelter staff and volunteers on how to implement it.
Jackson Galaxy, star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet and founder of JGP, developed Cat Pawsitive Pro with a team of feline behavior experts. Cats who are exposed to reward-based training methods of Cat Pawsitive Pro gain confidence, experience reduced stress levels and build connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters. The program can help a shy cat learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet an adopter, a feisty cat learn to play nice and an outgoing kitty learn to give an endearing "high five" to his visitors to seal an adoption deal.
Carrie Seay, a feline behavior expert hand-picked by The JGP, will lead the program for the shelter beginning August 23rd. Throughout the fall, Town Cats staff and volunteers will participate in weekly seminars with Seay and will have direct access to the entire training team for specialized consultations about the cats in their care.
Some highlights of the program include: improving cat “adoptability” and feline social skills, particularly for shy or fearful cats and long-term residents, enriching day-to-day life for cats in shelters with physical and mental activity, promoting the human-cat bond, teaching and empowering animal shelter staff and volunteers.
Galaxy will be sharing highlights of the program on The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Facebook , Twitter and Instagram pages. Learn more about Cat Pawsitive at www.catpawsitive.org.

 

Town Cats of Morgan Hill is selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the Autumn 2018 Semester of Cat Pawsitive Pro, a life-saving initiative that introduces positive-reinforcement training to shelter cats. Supported by the Petco Foundation and Halo® pet food, this innovative training program for shelter cats aims to increase feline adoption rates as well as educate the shelter staff and volunteers on how to implement it.

Jackson Galaxy, star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet and founder of JGP, developed Cat Pawsitive Pro with a team of feline behavior experts. Cats who are exposed to reward-based training methods of Cat Pawsitive Pro gain confidence, experience reduced stress levels and build connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters. The program can help a shy cat learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet an adopter, a feisty cat learn to play nice and an outgoing kitty learn to give an endearing "high five" to his visitors to seal an adoption deal.

Some highlights of the program include: improving cat “adoptability” and feline social skills, particularly for shy or fearful cats and long-term residents, enriching day-to-day life for cats in shelters with physical and mental activity, promoting the human-cat bond, teaching and empowering animal shelter staff and volunteers.

Carrie Seay, a feline behavior expert hand-picked by The JGP, will lead the program for the shelter beginning August 23rd. Throughout the fall, Town Cats staff and volunteers will participate in weekly seminars with Seay and will have direct access to the entire training team for specialized consultations about the cats in their care.

Galaxy will be sharing highlights of the program on The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Facebook , Twitter and Instagram pages. Learn more about Cat Pawsitive at www.catpawsitive.org.



Photo Credit: Town Cats of Morgan Hill]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>491185241Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:22:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.]]>
<![CDATA[More than 1,100 Bay Area Animals Find Their Forever Homes]]>491179221Sat, 18 Aug 2018 23:33:47 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLDogBerkeley_3898923.JPEG

Cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals, young and old, are waiting to be adopted into forever homes in the Bay Area on Saturday as a part of NBC Bay Area's #ClearTheShelters adoption initiative.

Holly, a sweet canine who was born on the streets of Puerto Rico, was sent to Miami to be adopted but due to the devastating Hurricane Irma, she had to move again. She was flown to Berkeley where she would eventually meet a couple who took her into their home.

"If I can give a shelter animal a good home, whether they're traumatized or not, I'm doing what I should be doing," said Holly's new family, Erik Hesse, a UC Berkeley professor.

Another dog that was in Berkeley Saturday came from Redding after the area was devastated by the Carr Fire. Maya was adopted at the Berkeley Humane Society along with more than 1,100 other animals all over the Bay Area.

Clear the Shelters, the fourth annual pet adoption drive sponsored by the NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, culminates today with more than 1,200 shelters participating in dozens of communities across the country.

Click here for information on the participating locations across the Bay Area.


Since this year’s event was launched on July 28, more than 42,000 pets have already been taken. To encourage families to find a new pet, whether puppies, older cats, rabbits or iguanas, many of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations are reducing or waiving adoption fees.

The need remains great. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.

Clear the Shelters began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

A year later that number jumped to nearly 20,000 as the adoption drive went national, with more than 400 shelters taking part across the country. Last year, as the event was extended over a month, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters.

So far this year, 76, 348 pets have been adopted nationwide bringing the total number of animals that have been adopted since the campaign began in 2015 to 229,982. 




Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[Adoptable Pets Near You]]>375077641Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:33:04 -0700]]><![CDATA[A Once Scared and Sad Chihuahua Finds Forever Home with Veterinarian]]>491058821Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:37:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/323*120/JuniorSVACA.JPG

Junior, a four-year-old Chihuahua mix arrived at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority after kind citizens found him scared, alone and lost.

Upon intake, Junior showed some pretty serious fear aggression. Difficult to even give a cursory exam to, staff didn’t know what his future held.

The exam revealed that he had severe dental disease. This explained his grouchiness since it was probably very difficult to eat.

His owners never came looking for him and staff knew with his behavioral and dental issues he might be difficult to place.

They immediately started him on an intense socialization program where he started off spending a lot of time in the office of SVACA’s shelter manager.

He was exposed to many people throughout the day. After a few weeks, Junior blossomed into an outgoing, playful, loving, attention-seeking pup, but mostly toward the shelter manager.

The staff knew then that there was hope after all and started having different staff members socialize him each day.

He would eventually learn that whoever he interacted with was safe and a friend. It took some time and effort but he eventually caught on and before they knew it, he was bonding with the entire staff.

They decided to place him up for adoption after some dental work and there he continued to make friends with staff and volunteers.

He was still selective with new people but his behavior had greatly improved.

After about three months one of SVACA’s veterinarians was looking for a canine companion to adopt.

She decided he needed to come home with her. She had done his neuter surgery several months before and recognized this now happy guy.

Their reunion was sweet and from that moment on they became inseparable. Junior is one lucky boy!



Photo Credit: Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority]]>