2014 Shelter Challenge
Voting has begun! Welcome to the Celebrations 2014 Shelter Challenge, where you can vote every day to help your favorite shelter win. There's more to explore - you can create an account, recruit others to help, and share your rescue story. The shelter with the most votes will win a grant worth $5,000!! To vote for the Jefferson County Humane Society, click on the link below:
Thank you for voting!
We are now open on Mondays!!
The Jefferson County Humane Society has decided to open our doors an additional day, meaning that we are open 5 days a week! Not only are we now open on Monday's, but we have extended the hours, so that people who are just getting off work still have a chance to come in after work and adopt a new furry family member.
Our new hours are:
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN "EXPERIENCED" CAT OR DOG?
Sometimes a kitten or puppy is more than you want to take on. What about an older cat or dog that has some "experience". From the start, you'll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements.
JT 6 years
Cats $15 includes spay/neuter, vaccines, worming, and microchips.
Dogs $25 includes spay/neuter, vaccines, worming, heartworm testing, and microchips
Older animals settle in more easily and are generally less messy. Older cats and
dogs have much to offer - be a hero and open your heart and home to an
"experienced" cat or dog! Our cats and dogs who are 5 years or older
qualify for this adoption special. Our goal is to find them forever homes.
Faline 5 years
Note: if a cat or dog has not been spayed or neutered, then we will have them spayed or neutered by our in-house vet or take them to our low-cost clinic.
How to care for your pet in the winter months
Winter's cold air brings many concerns for
responsible dog owners. Keep the following precautions in mind:
Don't leave your dog outside in the cold for long periods of time. Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings. Be attentive to your dog's body temperature, and limit its time outdoors.
Adequate shelter is a necessity. Keep your dog warm, dry and away from drafts. Tiles and uncarpeted areas may become extremely cold, so make sure to place blankets and pads on floors in these areas.
Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog near frozen lakes, rivers or ponds. Your dog could slip or jump in and get seriously injured.
Groom your dog regularly. Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs may get extra cold, so consider a sweater or coat. Long-haired dogs should have
excess hair around the toes and foot pads trimmed to ease snow removal and cleaning. If you do the trimming, take care not to cut the pads or other delicate areas of the foot.
Feed your dog additional calories if it spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated, so additional calories are necessary
Towel or blow-dry your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow. It is important to dry and clean its paws, too. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking.
Don't leave your dog alone in a car without proper precautions. If the car engine is left on, the carbon monoxide will endanger your dog's life. If the engine is off, the temperature in the car will get too cold.
Dogs cannot talk to us when they are sick. As a responsible dog owner, it is important to pay special attention to your dog's well-being during the winter season. Remember the following health concerns:
Antifreeze, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.
Rock salt, used to melt ice on sidewalks, may irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your dog's feet after a walk.
Provide plenty of fresh water. Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer. Snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water.
Frostbite is your dog's winter hazard. To prevent frostbite on its ears, tail and feet, don't leave your dog outdoors for too long.
Be very careful of supplemental heat sources. Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your dog. Make sure all fireplaces have screens, and keep portable heaters out of reach.
Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness in the winter. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms.
Don't use over-the-counter medications on your dog without consulting a veterinarian.
The winter season brings lots of fun holiday festivities, but pet-owners should keep in mind the following special precautions:
Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are pet poisons! Make sure they are kept in places your dog cannot reach.
Review holiday gifts for dogs to make sure they are safe. Items such as plastic toys and small rawhide sticks may be dangerous.
Remove holiday lights from lower branches of your tree. They may get very hot and burn dogs.
Watch out for electrical cords. Pets often try to chew them and may get badly shocked or electrocuted. Place wires out of reach.
Avoid using glass ornaments. They break easily and may cut a dog's feet and mouth. Refrain from using edible ornaments. Your dog may knock the tree over in an attempt to eat them. Also, commercial ornaments may contain paint or toxins in the preservatives.
Whether your tree is live or artificial, both kinds of needles are sharp and indigestible. Don't leave your dog unattended in the room with the tree.
Tinsel is dangerous for dogs. It may obstruct circulation and, if swallowed, block the intestines.
Alcohol and chocolate are toxic for dogs, even in small amounts. Keep unhealthy, sweet treats and seasonal goodies out of reach.
The holiday season is a stressful time for dogs. Try to keep a normal schedule during all the excitement.
Jefferson County Humane Society ~ 15295 K-4 Highway ~ Valley Falls, KS 66088 ~ 785-945-6600 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org