Love is in the air and on Valentine’s Day you naturally think about couples. There are some people that are famous pairs and you immediately recognize their names, Ben and Jerry, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Harry and Meghan. The same can be said about some human/animal duos; Timmy and Lassie, Wilbur and Mr. Ed, Dorothy and Toto, Roy Rogers and Trigger, Bud and Flipper, Bruiser and Elle and Snoopy and Charlie Brown. OK the last pair isn’t a human and animal but they are famous! What about you and your pet? Are you a dynamic duo?
How do we show our pets we love them? Too many people do it through food and their pets pay the price with health issues. Remember Laddie, the 25 lbs. cat that was surrendered to our shelter? He could hardly move he was so fat and the strain on his skeleton and heart was going to take a toll. We just got in what should be a small-medium sized dog that weighs 50 pounds! Not fair to do that to your animal. Considering we have complete control over what our pets eat (unless you let them roam unsupervised) it should be easy enough to keep their weight at a healthy level. Certainly you want to keep your valentine’s chocolates out of your pet’s reach! Not just for weight control but the theobromine in chocolate is poisonous (and can be fatal) to dogs and cats.
Some people show their love by making their pet into a surrogate child. They dress them up in little outfits and insist they go everywhere with them. You may think that is love, but dogs can sleep 16 hours a day and enjoy every second! Being forced to do hours of shopping, walking on hot pavement in crowded street fairs and being underfoot in busy restaurants is no fun for the animal. Let him be a dog! His job could be to guard your home while you are away (and so what if he sleeps on the job!) and you both will enjoy the reunion when you return home.
One thing that shows the world how much you love your pet is a collar with an ID tag on it. That says “my parents love me so much they want to make it easy for anyone to help me get back home.” The back-up to a visible collar and tag is a microchip. That is also important just in case the collar breaks or the tag falls off, or they are removed. That can’t happen with a microchip – it’s a permanent form of identification safely hidden inside the pet’s body. Let us give your pet a valentine’s gift of a microchip and personalized ID tag – free for residents of Rohnert Park and the City of Cotati!
To take advantage of this offer just bring your cats and dogs to the shelter during our open hours (Wed. 1-6:30; Thurs., Fri., Sat. 1-5:30 and Sun. 1-4:30) – no appointment is necessary. The chip is injected under the skin like a vaccine, super quick and easy, and it lasts a lifetime. The ID tag actually takes longer to engrave! This valentine’s weekend give your pets the gift that shows how much you truly care!
Bark After Dark – a dinner and auction to help the animals! Sat., Feb. 22, 6:30-10 p.m. Tickets now available at www.AnimalShelterLeagueRP.org or at the RP Animal Shelter. Come enjoy a fun evening and support the Animal Shelter League!!
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 email@example.com.