Archives for July 2012

Hometown Heros

America’s Got Heroes Parade of Heroes

Do you see a hero? Take a few moments and imagine what the world would be like if there were no heroes. Our lives would be so much poorer. It’s doubtful the United States would even exist. Our history has had heroes since Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Robert Morris and others signed the Declaration of Independence.

The Parade of Heroes is the platform utilized to publicly thank and recognize the heroes of Central Pennsylvania. Deb Warner and Jen Spence from PCF were among the few honored citizens who participated in the Parade of Heroes which was part of the 4th Fest Celebration in State College.  They were nominated by Sandy Hoffmaster who has been a dedicated volunteer working with them to make a difference in our community.  The heroes selected to participate in the parade received a commemorative plaque and were transported individually in vehicles through the parade route with their names and town’s highlighted on banners alongside the vehicle. Deb and Jen had the honor of being transported by the beautiful Percheron draft horses owned by Hershey’s of Warriors Mart, PA. Those nominees not selected to be in the parade will receive honorable mentions and a certificate thanking them for their service to their community and country.

Volunteers and Board Members participated in the parade giving out candy and information on the success of what PCF has accomplished to date.  The PCF van was part of the celebration being showcased to the public.

Bark in the Park July 2012

A BIG thank you to Metzger Animal Hospital for sponsoring this event and for supporting all local rescues in our area!

Metzger awarded PCF a $500.00 medical credit based on you, the community voting for our adoption center.  This money helps PCF with emergency medical care for animals in need.  Once again we appreciate your continued support.

We look forward to seeing you again on Thursday, August 16th!

Sophie

Beagle/Purebred:  An adoptable dog in State College, PA
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Norman

Beagle/Purebred:  An adoptable dog in State College, PA
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Rosie

Terrier, Pit Bull/Mix:  An adoptable dog in State College, PA
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Stevie (Special Needs)

Domestic Shorthair/Mix:  An adoptable cat in State College, PA

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June 2012

Summer time brought some happy news to PCF and all of our volunteers.  We placed a total of 241 animals since January into their forever loving homes.  In June 39 animals which included 16 dogs, 22 cats and 1 rabbit are living the life they deserve in a new home of their very own.

One cat clinic was held in June and the numbers will be recorded shortly.

THANK YOU to everyone who has made this journey possible for the animals in our community who need our support!

Happy Fourth of July!

The adoption center will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th and Saturday, July 7, 2012.   We will be open Thursday, Friday,  and Sunday!

Please have a happy and safe holiday and be sure to take care of your furry friends during this time of celebration.   


Bang! Fireworks frighten animals

Fireworks are enjoyed year-round by people but can be a source of fear for many animals.

It doesn’t have to be that way though, so don’t ignore the problem. Seek advice from your Vet or follow these tips to make firework celebrations less frightening for your pet.

 Keeping cats and dogs secure

  • Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times. For example this could be under some furniture or in a cupboard.
  • During firework seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • At nightfall close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.
  • If your pet shows any signs of fear try to ignore their behavior. Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.
  • Never punish or fuss over your pet when it’s scared as this will only make things worse in the long run.
  • Make sure your cat or dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise. Have your pet microchipped in case they do escape.

Just for dogs – before the firework season starts

Planning ahead can help your dog cope with the firework season.

Talk to your vet about pheromone diffusers. These disperse calming chemicals into the room and may be a good option for your dog.  In some cases your vet may even prescribe medication.

Before the firework season starts provide your dog with a doggy safe haven, this should be a quiet area so choose one of the quietest rooms in your home. It should be a place where the animal feels it is in control, so don’t interfere with it when it’s in that area. Train your dog to associate the area with positive experiences, by leaving toys there but not imposing yourself at any time. Use a variety of toys and swap them regularly, putting them away when not in use so that your dog doesn’t become bored with them. With time your dog can learn that this place is safe and enjoyable. So when fireworks happen it may choose to go here because it knows that when it is here, no harm will come to it and so it’s more able to cope. It is important that your dog has access to its doggy safe haven at all times even when you’re not at home.

Just for dogs – when the fireworks start

  • Close any windows and black out the ‘doggy play area’ to remove any extra problems caused by flashing lights.
  • Each evening before the fireworks begin, move your dog to the play area and provide toys and other things that they enjoy. Make sure that there are things for you to do too so that your dog isn’t left alone.
  • Ignore the firework noises yourself. Play with a toy to see if your dog wants to join in, but don’t force them to play.
  • If you know a dog that isn’t scared by noises and which gets on well with your dog, then keeping the two together during the evenings may help your dog to realize that there’s no need to be afraid.

In the long term your dog needs to learn to be less afraid of loud noises. With proper treatment this is possible so that the next firework season will be less stressful for you and your dog.

Just for cats

  • Make sure your cat has somewhere to hide if it wants to. For example this may be under some furniture or in a quiet corner.
  • Don’t try and tempt your cat out as this will cause it to become more stressed.

 Don’t forget small animals

  • If your pets live outside, partly cover cages, pens and aviaries with blankets so that one area is well sound-proofed. Make sure that your pet is still able to look out.
  • Provide lots of extra bedding so your pet has something to burrow in.