Category Archives: Pets

DFW animal shelters recommend pet owners create an emergency plan

Dog wearing a mask is seen on a street following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in ShanghaiThe shelters – Dallas Animal Services, Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, the Humane Society of North Texas, Irving Animal Services, SPCA of Texas and Tri-City Animal Services – recommend preparing a supply kit for your pet as a backup plan for pet care or boarding if you become hospitalized.

“Your family must have a plan in place to ensure your pets receive proper care if you were to fall ill with COVID-19 or unable to visit the store for an extended period of time,” said Ed Jamison, director of Dallas Animal Services. “The past few weeks have shown us just how quickly this situation can change and it’s important to prepare for any possibility.”

The shelters recommend staying up-to-date on COVID-19 facts from sources like the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the American Veterinary Medicine Association.

“If admitted to the hospital, the ideal plan is for your pet to stay at home and receive care from another family member,” said Dr. Tim Morton of Fort Worth Animal Care and Control. “However, it’s important to prepare for all possible scenarios, so we recommend requesting help from a friend or neighbor.”

In addition to considering emergency boarding, shelters recommend updating your pet’s microchip information and preparing an emergency supply kit for your pet, which should include:

  • Two weeks’ worth of food and medication.
  • Vaccination records and veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Collar with ID tags.
  • Daily pet care instructions.
  • A crate, leash, carrier and toys or treats.

For assistance obtaining pet food or medical care for pets, visit the SPCA of Texas’ Pet Resource Center.

For pet owners in need, pet food is available through Don’t Forget to Feed Me, 5825 E Rosedale St., and the Community Food Bank, 3000 Galvez Ave.

Proper care is important for all members of the family, even the four-legged ones.

Source: https://texaspolicenews.com/default.aspx?act=Newsletter.aspx&category=News+1-2&newsletterid=73018&menugroup=Home

How much is that doggie in the window? And where’s the window?

By Stacey Doud

AnimalSvcsSite2For folks that are hoping to adopt a dog or cat from the Grapevine Animal Shelter, a surprise may be in store for them instead of a family pet.

Right now, only rubble occupies the lot at 500 Shady Brook Drive. The shelter was relocated to Coppell at the end of November 2019 so that the existing building could be demolished. A new, larger facility will take its place. This new building will be almost three times larger than the original.

The project is being paid for by a 2017 bond election.

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Graphic Courtesy of the City of Grapevine

“We are very excited to provide a functional and beautiful building that will be meet best practices and provide health and safety for the animals, visitors, volunteers, and staff,” a representative of the shelter said.

“The thing that struck me about the building that used to be here was the size. I could see why they would want to increase the size of the new building and give it a lot more footage,” said Jim Goucher, Superintendent of Steele & Freeman, Inc. Construction Managers.

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“We have a Fall 2020 completion date, and the weather can play a big factor in that. Right now, we are tracking on target for that,” Goucher said. “We are getting beat on by the rainy weather, but we anticipate an on-time finish. Currently we are setting the foundation into place, along with the grade support beams, the plumbing and the slab. Once we get that done, it gives us something to go straight up with,” Goucher explained.

Goucher also said that several citizens have come to the site, either because they weren’t aware of the construction or had questions about where they can go to adopt a pet.

All adoptable Grapevine animals are still available at Coppell Animal Services, located at 821 S. Coppell Rd. Coppell, TX 75019. They are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5pm and Sunday from 1pm – 5pm. The phone number at the Coppell location is 972.304.3515.

Cats are available at the Southlake PetSmart store, located at 200 Village Center Drive. The phone number at PetSmart is 817.251.6848 and they are open Monday – Saturday from 9am until 9pm and Sunday from 10am until 7pm.

To reach Grapevine Animal Services, call 817.410.3370. They continue to provide field services, such as responding to animal concerns and loose/stray animals, deceased animal pickup, ordinance enforcement, and animal bite reporting.

To learn more about Grapevine Animal Services, visit https://www.grapevinetexas.gov/1251/Animal-Services\

Editor’s Corner – When unconditional love is suddenly gone: Coping with the loss of a beloved pet

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I’m sure I don’t have to point out that there have been many publicized deaths in the United States lately. From mass shootings to one-on-one occurrences, they all seem senseless to me. It may seem odd for a journalist to say this, but I honestly have not willingly watched one single news program on TV (sometimes I’m trapped in a doctor’s office with the news on, but I try to ignore it) for over 25 years. This “news fast” has helped with my mood over the years, and if something really big happens, I’ll hear about it from family or friends.

The one thing that I could never prepare for was the death of my 15 year-old dog, Izzy Boo.

I swear – sometimes it’s easier to lose a person than a pet. Dogs (and cats, when they feel like it) give you unconditional love and are always excited to see you when you come home. Sure, they may need to be walked every few hours or wake you up in the middle of the night to be fed, but, in the grand scheme of things, having a pet delivers many benefits the human owner.

There’s even a branch of therapy called “pet therapy” in which trained professionals bring well-trained dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs and other sweet creatures to visit people in the hospital or even in hospice. Petting a dog or cat has been scientifically shown to lower blood pressure, slow down heart rates that are too high, lower respiration rates and generally help the person feel calmer. And if you’ve ever owned a pet that you were well bonded with, you know that they know if you don’t feel well and generally follow you around because they have an instinct to help.

Izzy Boo was a Japanese Chin, which is not a well-known breed in the U.S. I remember picking him up from the Japanese Chin Rescue Society. The lady that had been fostering him started crying when I took him, and over the years, I found out why.

Izzy Boo had “never met a stranger.” He loved people, other dogs, cats and even my pet turtles. I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body. Sometimes I wish he had been a jerk because maybe his passing wouldn’t hurt so bad.

Izzy Boo came to us when he was about three years old. He was a smarty pants, and learned all kinds of tricks, like “high five,” sit, shake and he’d also run in circles on command (“Chin Spins”).

He was with me through my daughter growing up and moving out, my own divorce and moving away and he spent his last few years as a companion to my mother, who moved with me.

One Friday, we took him to the vet for what we thought was allergies. It turned out that he was dealing with massive heart failure, and so we had to make the difficult decision to send him to Sweet Dog Heaven. I couldn’t stay in the room, but my mom did.

When a person passes away, it can be sad, tragic or even expected, but it is never easy. Funerals are for the living, as we like to think that our person has gone to a better place. But when a pet dies, even though we take them in knowing that we’ll probably outlive them, it can make the world seem silent and empty.

I hope you’re chasing squirrels in Dog Heaven, Izzy Boo, and that you know that you were loved.

If you have recently lost a pet and are having trouble coping, click HERE for some tips and compassion.

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Grapevine Animal Shelter offers low-cost vaccinations

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When: Saturday, September 8 & Saturday, November 3 from 10am – 12pm

Where: Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center: 500 Shady Brook Dr.

Details

Dogs:
  • Rabies: $5 
  • DHPP: $10 
  • Bordetella: $10 
  • Heartworm Test: $20 
  • Heartworm Preventative: $25-$35 
  • Canine Influenza: $15 
  • Lepto $10
  • Lyme: $15

Cats:

  • Rabies: $5
  • FVRCP: $10 
  • FelV: $10 
  • FelV/FIV Test: $20

Other Services:

  • General Dewormer Strongid-T $5.00 
  • Tick/Flea Prevention $12.00 
  • Tapeworm Dewormer Droncit $10.00 
  • Home Again Microchip $30.00 

No appointment necessary! Services provided by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection:
www.texasforthem.org.

For more information, call (817) 410-3370 or visit animalservices.grapevinetexas.gov.

 

Hot Dog! Grapevine Animal Shelter gives tips for keeping your pet cool this summer

There is only ONE REASON you should ever leave a dog in a hot car, and Alan from Grapevine Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is about to show you why. In addition to the dangers of hot cars, please keep in mind that streets, sidewalks, and patios can also damage your pets’ paws, so please be mindful of the heat. If you aren’t comfortable walking barefoot, neither will your best friend. Stay cool, Grapevine!

Fireworks safety for pets

Here are some tips from Grapevine PD to keep your pet safe and healthy tonight.

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Tips for keeping pets safe on July 4

More pets get lost on July 4 than any other day of the year. Here are some tips from Petfinder.

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