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Shelter stories – week 3

Rochester Animal Services has lots of dogs and cats available for adoption. Visit the shelter at 184 Verona Street, at the corner of Brown Street, right near Frontier Field.

So it’s week three of my volunteering at the shelter, and I’ve been thinking about starting a blog about my experiences, maybe even doing some follow up stories about people who adopt. Not sure if it’s a separate blog or can just be incorporated into this one (or if they’ll let me talk to people after they’re finished with the adoption process).

But I’m definitely learning a lot and seeing a side of animal care and rescue I never knew about.

I volunteer at the front desk, which means that I help answer phones, file paperwork, and generally spend much of the time I’m saying, “I’m a new volunteer ” to explain why I seem to have no idea what’s going on.

Sometimes it’s mind boggling. You’d be surprised, for example, by the number of pet owners who either attempt to be their own vets or who eschew the vet altogether because it costs too much money. 

My first day I took a call from someone who had given their dog worm medicine, was still seeing worms in the stool and wanted to know if it was safe to give the dog another dose.  I asked him what his vet said, and the dog owner explained that he didn’t take the dog to a vet; he just ordered the shots and medicine over the internet and dosed the dog himself.

Sometimes it’s sad.

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Weighing the pros and cons of getting another dog

Scout and Bandit have a busy day at The Funny Farm

A friend recently got a new puppy, a cute little pup that’s energetic but so far very well behaved. And now they’re considering getting another puppy and becoming a two dog family.

As the occasional pack leader of a two dog, one cat, eight chicken household (to the public, David’s the leader but we all know who really runs the show … Bandit …) my advice would be … DON’T DO IT!!!

OK, I’m just kidding. A little.

A year and a half into our two dog adventure, I can say that with absolute certainty that I wouldn’t give up either dog for all the money in the world. But the truth is that we went into the second dog decision pretty blind.

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10 ways to get your dog ready for your summer vacation

Scout and Bandit love to ride in the car.

More many pet owners, a summer vacation just isn’t complete unless the family dog comes along for the trip. As you plan to head out for some family fun, here are some ways to make sure your pet has a good time, too:

1) Before you leave, check with your vet to make sure that your dog is healthy enough for travel, that vaccinations are up-to-date, and that you’ve packed enough of any medications you might need while you’re away. Some areas of the country deal with different animal diseases, so make sure you’ve prepared your dog for heartworm, fleas and ticks.

2) Make sure that your dog has the proper identification on him. A tag on his collar with your cell phone or the number where you are staying while traveling is helpful, and if possible, have your dog microchipped with your information and your vet’s information. Tags and collars can be lost when a dog strays, so make sure that whoever finds Fido can find you.

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