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4th of July Safety Tips for Pet Owners

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As we are getting ready to celebrate the long holiday weekend, Homeward Animal Shelter would like to offer the following 4th of July Safety Tips to all pet owners:

* Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

* Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

* Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma.

* Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

* Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression.

* Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets’ severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

* Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. The luminescent substance contained in these products is highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

* Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression.

 

 

 

Adopt-a-Bull Promotion

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Our shelter currently has 6 pit bulls who are all staying at our shelter, and unfortunately, pit bulls become easily depressed/stressed in a kenneled environment. To encourage people to fall in love with these adore-a-bull dogs, we are offering reduced fees and a special “pit package” for any pit bulls adopted between now and June 20th.

The “pit package” includes training by Vigilant K9, food, treats, toys, and a collar.

Stop in to the shelter to meet these adore-a-bull dogs!

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, we’re offering 50% off adoption fees on all cats 6 months and older during the month of June.  Now’s the purrfect time to find your new feline friend! Don’t delay, a shelter cat is waiting to share its love with you!

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Dog Walking Volunteers Needed

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Do you love being around dogs? Do you want to give back to your community? How about doing both at the same time?

Homeward Animal Shelter is currently seeking dog walking volunteers to fill several open shifts at our shelter. Volunteers are asked to commit to a 2 hour shift, one day a week, for a minimum of 3 months. Dog walking volunteers spend time with our dogs, taking them for walks, playing fetch with them, brushing them, training them, and just plain loving them! If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please fill out a volunteer application here. (Please note that dog walkers must be at least 17 years of age or older).

Shifts currently available are:

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays
1pm-3pm

4pm-6pm

12pm-2pm

2pm-4pm

3pm-5pm

4pm-6pm

2pm-4pm  

3pm-5pm

 

11am-1pm 3pm-5pm

4pm-6pm

If you have any questions about volunteering, you can call us at 701-239-0077 ext. 1 or email us at volunteer@homewardonline.org. Thank you!

ASPCA Awards Homeward with Grant to Animal Care Expo

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Homeward Animal Shelter has recently been awarded a grant from the ASPCA for one of their staff members to attend the Animal Care Expo in Las Vegas. The Animal Care Expo will have various seminars available for animal welfare professionals to attend that will educate them on the most up-to-date information in the industry. Vendors will also be available to showcase new equipment and supplies that will help to provide shelter animals with the best care possible. Homeward Animal Shelter is grateful for the opportunity that attending this expo will provide and can’t thank the ASPCA enough for the grant that will allow them to do so.

ASPCA Awards Homeward with Grant

Homeward Animal Shelter is pleased to announce that the ASPCA has awarded Homeward Animal Shelter with a $2,500 grant to purchase Accel disinfectant/supplies for the shelter. Accel disinfectant is an accelerated hydrogen peroxide disinfectant which is highly effective at preventing the spread of common illnesses in a shelter environment. The switch to this new disinfectant will allow for more effective cleaning, as well as saving staff time, as we are currently use a multi-step process to disinfect kennels.

Homeward Animal Shelter is grateful for the grant opportunity provided by the ASPCA.

 

We’re Looking to Hire a Volunteer Coordinator

We are looking to hire a Volunteer Coordinator–is this the job for you?  This is a part-time position (20-25 hours/week) during the week; hours will vary/are flexible. At times, the Volunteer Coordinator may also be asked to fill in as an Animal Care Technician if/when needed, which may include occasional weekends.

Duties include:

  • Recruitment, training, and supervision of all volunteers
  • Maintaining a schedule for approximately 180 volunteers
  • Data entry of volunteer information
  • Communicating to volunteers via phone, email and a private Facebook group
  • Assistance with adoption events, as needed
  • Assisting with customers and/or animal care duties occasionally

Must have experience with Microsoft Office (particularly Word and Excel) and have excellent communication skills, both in person and on the phone. Must enjoy working with people as well as animals.

If interested, please send a resume to Anna at aschaumburg@homewardonline.org or stop in to the shelter to pick up an application. Thank you!

Who Will Be The Next Paws Walk Grand Marshal?

The Search for the Next Paws Walk Grand Marshal begins… Do you think your pet has what it takes to lead the 26th Annual Paws Walk?

Join us in the fun as we hold a photo contest to choose the Grand Marshal for the 26th Annual Paws Walk!  The lucky winner will lead the Paws Walk on July 19th at Rheault Farm.

Paws Walk Grand Marshal Contest – Running May 5th thru May 25th. Click here for contest rules and to get your pet entered.

 

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26th Annual PAWS WALK

Join us for the 26th Annual PAWS WALK on July 19th at Rheault Farm!  Click here for more information on this event and how you can participate.

Click here to print off a pledge form and start collecting donations today!  To make a Paws Walk donation online or to start your own Paws Walk Fundraising page visit: https://www.razoo.com/us/story/26th-Annual-Paws-Walk.

2016 Paws Walk ad for web

Vote for Our Shelter for the “People’s Choice Award”!

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And the winner is…….

The ChamberChoice Awards recognize the best of the best when it comes to businesses in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. Homeward Animal Shelter is honored to be nominated this year and YOU can help us win the People’s Choice Award! Voting ends Friday, May 13.‪#‎ChamberChoice16

Vote today for Homeward Animal Shelter here: https://fmwfchamber.wufoo.com/forms/scg9bw51douy3q/