Kids & Pets
June 26, 2017
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Pretty deadly Sick Pet RP offering two new summer camps Pet food pantry moves to the Redwood Gospel Mission One-month countdown Hahn Elementary Lifeskill Awards for May, 3rd-5th grades Hahn Elementary Lifeskill Awards for May, K-2nd grades Penngrove School LifeSkill awards May 24 Maria, played by Airlia Lepe “Teacher of the Month” Megan Lesser Evergreen - First, Second and Third Grade Lifeskill Awards Evergreen - Fourth & Fifth Grade Lifeskill Awards Gold mining days at Hahn John Reed - Citizens of the week May 23 Wilsons honored as volunteers Penngrove School - Lifeskill Awards May 21 Monte Vista Spring Fling University Elementary-Lifeskill Awards May 8 War heroes with four legs Tips for summer travel with your pet Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill award winners for March 8 Qin wins 21st Century Student Award Dental exams for pets College choices at Waldo John Reed Citizens of the week winners for May 16 Happy Birthday Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for March 7 University Elementary LifeSkill Award for the week of May 15 Penngrove School LifeSkill award winners for May 10 Middle School Career Fair slated March 16 Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill Award winners for March 1 Waldo Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of May 8 Local students show off their talent Lawrence Jones Middle School Waldo Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of May 15 Local students to compete in Future Chefs on March 15 Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for Feb. 28 Waldo Rohnert Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of March 27 Honor a Graduate in the June 2nd edition! Honors for Zeidler Lawrence Jones Middle School 34th Annual R. P. Fishing Derby, May 20 It’s imperative you keep tabs on your pet’s weight John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week for March 7 Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for March 28 Local Artist donates her painting STEAM and Literacy standouts Dogs need at least 15 hours of sleep per day Stats-help give direction Random act of kindness Are you ready when an emergency arises? John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week winners for March 28 Device that would accurately launch a small ball at the target Older animals prove hardest to adopt out Rabbit lovers must attend Sonoma County ‘Bunfest’ John Reed Citizen of the week winners for May 9 Hahn Elementary Lifeskill Awards (Kindergarten-2nd) for February Displaying fine art Penngrove Life Skill award winners for May 3 Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for Feb. 14 Monte Vista Elementary Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for April 4 Evergreen Elementary Lifeskill Award recipients (1st-3rd) for February Jasmine Lopez received a California State PTA award John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week for Feb. 21 Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for Feb. 21 Animal shelter undergoes renovation Waldo Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of April 10 Thomas Page Lifeskill Awards for month of April Penngrove Life Skill award winners for April 26 Penngrove Elementary School Lifeskill Award winners for Feb. 15 Thomas Page Academy Lifeskill Awards winners for March University Elementary Life Skill Award recipients for the week of April 11 Join our team Dancing in the bubbles is fun University Elementary Lifeskill Award recipients for the week of Feb. 21 John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week for Feb. 28 Monte Vista Student Builders for April 11, 2017 Monte Vista Student Builders for April 18 Hahn Lifeskill Awards (Kindergarten thru 2nd grade) Whale watching an incredible experience John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week for Feb. 14 Penngrove Elementary A Happy Easter to All Monte Vista Student Builders for April 25 Waldo Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders Penngrove School Additional Lifeskill Award winners for Jan. 25 Tech Science Fair champ Evergreen’s Cast A performed Alice in Wonder Land All About Pets -Working at the shelter Monte Vista Student Builders for May 9 Penngrove School Lifeskill award winners for Jan. 25 Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for Feb. 7 Evergreen Elementary Lifeskill Awards winners for March (4th-5th grades) Waldo Rohnert Intermediate Lifeskills Leaders for the week of April 3 Hahn Lifeskill Awards 3rd thru 5th grade Penngrove School Lifeskill Award winners for Jan. 18 Waldo Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of Jan. 30 Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill Award winners for Feb. 8 Monte Vista’s “The Ugly Duckling” Evergreen Elementary First, Second, and Third Grade Lifeskill John Reed Citizen of the week Winners for April 25, 2017 Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for Jan. 31 Allowing older pets to leave with dignity Positive message at University Elementary Waldo Rohnert Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of Feb. 27 Penngrove School Lifeskill award winners for April 13 Manage your pet’s diabetes with home care Hahn Elementary Lifeskill Awards for January (Kindergarten-2nd grade) Hahn Elementary (3rd-5th grade) Lifeskill Awards for January Here’s a story about three dogs and three owners John Reed Elementary John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week for April 4 John Reed Citizens of the week Fee increase at shelter was long overdue John Reed Elementary Citizen of the Week winners for Jan. 31 Happy Birthday Greylin Hahn Elementary Lifeskill Awards (Kindergarten-2nd grade) for March Penngrove School’s Life Skill award for April 11, 2017 Waldo Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of April 24 Evergreen Elementary Lifeskill Award recipients for January (fifth grade) “Give Kids a Smile” event Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders for Jan. 31 Thomas Page Academy Lifeskill Awards for February The 1st graders at University Elementary learn about birds Kids at Rancho softball game John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week winners for Feb. 7 Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill Award winners for Feb. 1 Hahn Elementary Lifeskill Awards (3rd-5th grade) for March Easter Bunny visits Fundemonium Happy Birthday Thomas Page Academy spelling bee winners Thomas Page Academy Lifeskill Awards for January Hahn Elementary Intermediate Lifeskill Awards (3rd-5th grade) for February John Reed Citizens of the week-winners for April 11, 2017 John Reed Citizen of the week winners for April 18 John Reed Elementary Citizens of the Week for Jan. 24 Waldo Intermediate Lifeskill Leaders for the week of Feb. 6 University Elementary School Monte Vista Student Builders Happy Birthday Gavin

Little ones are coming

By: Mickey Zeldes
April 21, 2017
All About Pets

Do you see strange rustling in your bushes?  Hear funny noises coming from under your porch?  It’s Springtime and with the change in season come kittens (among other young).  About this time, they are getting old enough to venture from the nest and you may soon see little fluff balls.  If we are to tame them down and find them homes, it’s critical that they be caught before they are eight weeks old.  That means as soon as you see them, catch them!

Kittens have a shorter, and earlier, socializing period than dogs.  It starts at two-weeks-old (if you are raising kittens it’s important for them to be handled daily at this early age) and pretty much is over by ten weeks.  If kittens are not socialized by then it becomes increasingly more difficult and less successful.  It’s a shame to sentence these young animals to the rough life of a feral when they could be caught early and tamed down.  The important point is not to wait.  Too many people think, I’ll catch them on the weekend, or I’ll try to get them used to coming for food and then I’ll work on getting them to trust me and then I’ll catch them.  NO!  They need to be caught today!  Immediately!

Although it’s true that for super young kittens, with their eyes still closed, staying with the mom is the best thing for them, as soon as they are old enough to walk around and venture a bit on their own they are old enough to be caught and brought in for taming.  Of course if your tame cat had kittens you wouldn’t want to separate them until the kittens are at least seven weeks old (eight is even better), but that assumes that you are handling, playing and socializing the kittens the whole time.  It’s also not in their best interest to be adopted out singly too young – they learn a lot about bite inhibition and appropriate play by remaining with their littermates until they are at least a couple months old.

Along with catching the babies, you definitely want to catch the mom to get her spayed.  Otherwise you will be repeating this scenario again in another three months (gestation is about 63 days and the kittens start moving around at about 4 weeks of age).  Forgotten Felines runs weekly spay/neuter clinics for trapped ferals in our County – call 576-7999 for an appointment and helpful tips and information about how to trap mom-cats.  They can also give you great advice on how to socialize the young, if you are willing to do it yourself – otherwise they will point you in the direction of the animal shelter that services your area.  

We have foster parents who have signed up to help raise these orphan kittens – a very satisfying (and fun) job indeed!  It’s considered the politically correct way to have kittens – all the fun without the lifetime of responsibility!  If you are interested there is more information on our website (rpanimalshelter.org) or at the shelter.  Meantime, don’t just watch these cuties grow up wild out there; all too quickly it will be too late.  Thanks for getting involved and helping them out.  Maybe there is a reason they picked your bush or patio!

 

Upcoming Events: 

“Get Them Back Home” Campaign – Every lost pet should have a way to get back home.  FREE pet ID tag and a back-up microchip are available to all residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati.  No appointment necessary, just come by the shelter during our regular open hours: Wed 1-6:30; Thurs.-Fri-Sat 1-5:30; Sun 1-4:30.

 

Fix-it Clinics – Free spay and neuters for cats; and $60 dog surgeries (up to 80 lbs.) for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents.  Call 588-3531 for an appointment.

 

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at mzeldes@rpcity.org.