Holidays are upon us and with the holidays we have the normal cautions. Keep your pets away from holiday decorations (including holly & ribbons), and foods (turkey skin, drippings, gravy, mushrooms, onions, corn on the cob, raisins/grapes, sage, bread dough, chocolate or alcohol and of course, turkey or chicken bones) and candy canes, chewing gum and anything containing Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can kill dogs. Some of these things are toxic & can make your pet very ill, some are deadly. A word to the wise.
This holiday season we were part of raising money for a little guy, Chaps, a bully puppy who was born with spinal stenosis which left his rear legs unusable. The specialist told his rescue that if surgery were done very soon, there was a 90% chance that it would be successful & Chaps would have the use of his rear legs. With the support of a lot of people we were able to raise $2,300 toward that surgery. On December 3, 2019, Chaps underwent surgery. Within 48 hours he was standing (not for long, but for the first time in his very young life, he was standing on four legs. Within 72 hours, he was taking his first steps (looked like your Uncle Joe after too much to drink, but he was actually walking). Just a few days ago, his unending supply of puppy enthusiasm, he actually tried running, which the vet specialist has dampened just a bit to allow him more time to heal.
New Year 2020 will find Paws & Claws Fur Ever adding discussion/news board to this website and leaving Facebook. More information coming shortly. We hope you’ll bookmark the board when it is added so you can join in the discussions.
Until next time, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and of course, Happy New Year from all of us at Paws & Claws Fur Ever. We hope 2020 is an especially great year for you and those you hold dear.
Nanci, Cherie, Cheryl, and Bill
School is back in session and the daily routine has or is returning to the pre-summer norm. Many pet owners use this time of year to go through the pet check list, vaccinations, pre-winter grooming, license updates, and checking micro-chip registrations. Don’t forget that last one. Too many of us get our dogs and/or cats chipped, register with the service and then just simply forget to update the information when needed. If the chip registration isn’t kept current, the chip is useless. If you move, change your phone number, or the pet’s registered owner passes, updating the registration with the service is a must. At least 6 times a year we get reports of found dogs that are chipped but when checked, the chip information is invalid.
This time of year is also a good time to check your fence line. If you have a fenced area that your pets use to enjoy the outdoors at home, take a few minutes and check the fence line for tears or holes that are easy to overlook during the summer months when foliage can hide such problems.
Don’t forget to enjoy the beauty that is unique to this time of year, but don’t forget to also stay vigilant, it also comes with unique challenges.
Until next time, Nanci
Summer time is here and you know what that means…hot weather and the dangers that brings. Do Not Leave Your dog or child in a closed car, even for 10 minutes. This is what can happen to the interior temperature:
At 70 degrees outside, inside it will be:
89 degrees in 10 min. – 99 degrees in 20 min. – 104 degrees in 30 min.
At 80 degrees outside, inside would be:
99 degrees in 10 min. – 109 degrees in 20 min. – 114 degrees in 30 min.
You can see the trend here. It only gets more dangerous as the outside temps increase. Dogs do not have the ability to cool themselves through sweat as humans do.
But closed cars are not the only danger. Pet owners often don’t consider until the damage is done by the temperature of pavement. Your taking your dog out for a walk and the outside temp is 78 degrees, not too hot, but asphalt at that air temp will be 114 degrees and concrete will be 95 degrees. It the outside temp is 85 degrees, asphalt will be 130 degrees and concrete a hot 105 degrees. It only gets worse as the air temp rises. At 125 degrees (pavement temp) skin destruction can happen within 60 seconds. A rule of thumb, if it is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for their paws. Stop and think.
There are some big and fun changes coming to Paws & Claws this summer and fall. We will be posting our upcoming fundraisers both online and local events in the next two weeks. So be sure to check them out. Where applicable we will provide ticket information with each event announcement.
This fall (just in time for the Holiday Season) we’ll be opening an online store with a lot of original, one of a kind items for the humans owned by discerning pets. We’ll post details in September, so be sure to watch for that. In addition, we’ll have some exciting news for those who want to join the team from both near and far.
As always, there is no way I could do any of this without the dedicated work and determination of our Board members. Thank you Cherie, Cheryl and Bill…you make this all possible.
Until next time..love your pets like family, because they are – Nanci
Our first newsletter of 2019 is here. With winter comes dangerously cold temperatures. Be sure your pets are INSIDE, even if they normally deal with the elements outdoors. The wind chills this winter have been extremely dangerous to man & beast alike. A dog who likes snow and/or cold isn’t equipped to judge the dangers, you are so it is up to you to be human in the equation.
UPDATE ON STEVIE NICK: Stevie Nicks has been adopted by one of our followers who saw her story on our Facebook page. She lives with a lady and her nephew & the smile on her face attested to the fact that she is one very happy dog. Thank you everyone who donated and/or shared her story.
We have raised 80% of our goal in our Facebook fundraiser. If you are on Facebook, please consider donating whatever you can, no amount is too big or too small. We appreciate you continued support. It makes it possible for us to continue helping rescues like Handsome Dan Rescue from which Stevie Nicks was adopted. Thank you so much. The link to the fundraiser is:
If you are not on Facebook, but would like to make a donation, mail your check/money order, made payable to Paws & Claws Fur Ever and address it to: Paws & Claws, P O Box 390215, Omaha, NE 68139
That’s our report. We will be putting together ideas for fundraiser for rescues over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back for future editions.
Until next time, Nanci
Our 4th edition of Paw Prints is here. We are into the 2018 Holiday Season and we hope you are enjoying this festive season. There are some important things to keep in mind for your pet’s safety this season. We’ve added them to our page on Facebook. Be sure to take a few moments and check them out…many have to do with foods that can be toxic to pets.
Paws & Claws Fur Ever has a new fundraiser currently on Facebook. We decided it would be beneficial to hold a fundraiser now to cover ALL our 2019 operating expenses (apprx $700) so that EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR raised during 2019 will go to help the animals. The fundraiser got off to a great start, but then stalled with first the Thanksgiving holiday and then all the other fundraisers hitting social media. Our fundraiser will continue through the New Year. Donate what you can (no donation is too small) and share the fundraiser with others. As always we deeply appreciate your support.
Wishing you a wonderful, happy holiday season and the very best in the New Year. This is our last newsletter of 2018. See you next year.
Until Next Time – Nanci
Our third edition of Paw Prints is here. We have some updates, so here goes:
- A new GoFundMe campaign has begun. We are raising money to go toward the fees needed to register as a 501(c)3 organization under IRS rules. This designation will open opportunities that will allow us to better serve the rescues/no-kill shelters in saving/re-homing dogs and cats. Please check the GoFundMe page at: https://tinyurl.com/ybq36zrg If you are able to donate, please do. Please share our page with others to help spread the word.
- In 2019, we will be holding quarterly General Membership meetings in conjunction with the Executive Board Meetings.The dates, times and locations will be posted on our Paws & Claws Fur Ever Member Group on Facebook. If you are in the Omaha area, stop by and join us.
- We are in the process of setting up member advisory committees. Information is posted on the Facebook Paws & Claws Fur Ever Member Group. To join the group, you must be a follower of Paws & Claws Fur Ever on their Facebook page.
Those are our updates for this issue. Please remember our GoFundMe page. Next issue will be uploaded in about 4 weeks. We’ll have information on Executive Board assignments and a really sweet way to enjoy your holiday goodies and help the animals at the same time.
Until next time, thank you for your continued support. – Nanci
This is the second online edition of Paw Prints (scroll down for early edition).
We are happy to report that the summer fundraiser raised a combined total of over $350. We are so grateful for the support of our followers and friends. Because of your support we were able to make a $100 contribution to a fund to cover the medical costs for a sweet pea by the name of Stevie Nicks at the Handsome Dan Rescue. Because of those who donated to her medical fund, she is now doing amazingly well..with only very minor remaining issues that are being treated successfully. More importantly, Stevie Nicks is now available for adoption. We are sending our good wishes and hope that her journey continue and find her in a loving forever home. Meet Stevie Nicks…
There is now a Paws & Claws Fur Ever Member Group on Facebook for those who would like to become more active and participate in P&C4E events and board meetings. If you are interested in joining, check it out. To join you must also follow the Paws & Claws Fur Ever page on Facebook. Again, please understand this is not a passive group. Members are expected to participate in whatever way possible considering their location. If you have any questions or concerns, as always, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In September, we will be publishing our Executive Board meeting schedule for the remainder of 2018 and the first half of 2019 with a suggested list of agenda topics.
At this time, it is our hope to have one online fundraiser event before the end of the year. We will have more details as the plans come together. We hope we can rely on your continued support.
Until the next time, thank you all with a special thanks to our fabulous Board of Directors, Cherie Clark, Cheryl Montgomery & Bill Clark.
This is our first online edition of Paw Prints, the Paws & Claws Fur Ever newsletter.
July 5th – Omaha, NE Freddy’s Fundraiser was very hectic. The restaurant had recently changed policy on fundraisers requiring that those buying food, drink or frozen custard & wanting their purchase to be credited to the fundraiser had to tell that to the cashier when paying for their order. Well, it seems that the drive-thru cashier ignored those instructions thinking that at the end of the evening, all sales would added. Not the case. As a result we were denied drive-thru sales credit and probably didn’t receive full credit for dine-in orders either, since it appeared at least one cashier didn’t know how to note the fundraiser when ringing sales. It appears we raised less than $80 for the 4 hours spent canvassing diners and drive-thru patrons. We will not return to the Millard Freddy’s anytime soon.
July 3 – Aug 5 – GoFundMe Fundraiser A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for a special project. We will be using donations raised on this page to cover adoption costs for long-time residents of the Handsome Dan Rescue in RI in memory of the dog for whom the rescue is named. Handsome Dan was the youngest of the Vicktory dogs rescued from a dog fighting ring operated by Michael Vick & his partners. Their rescue and subsequent second chance changed the way survivors of dog fighting are evaluated. Last week, Danimal (as he was called) crossed Rainbow Bridge. His family continues to run the rescue that bears his name. Please consider donating what you can to this special project. You can find the GoFundMe page at: gf.me/u/jkchit As always if you prefer, you can mail a check/money payable to Paws & Claws Fur Ever, P O Box 390215, Omaha, NE 68139. Please indicate that the donation is to be credited to the Adoption Project.
We are still looking to do an auction and shirt sale later this year. Details will be announced as they are completed.
Thank you for your continued support. A special thanks to our fabulous Board of Directors, Cherie Clark, Cheryl Montgomery & Bill Clark.
Until next time — Nanci