National Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Adopting a senior animal is an instant friend for life. Did you know that every year, millions of adoptable animals are killed? With an adult pet, what you see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you’ll be able to spot the characteristics you’re looking for. Shelters and rescue groups are able to assess the personality of each pet for adoption, and carefully help match you to the pet that best matches your lifestyle.

Check out our featured senior pets on the home page and help them find the home of their dreams!

When you open your heart and your home to an older animal who needs help, they really do show their appreciation for the rest of their life! Pets who have been uprooted from their homes, or have had difficult beginnings are likely to bond completely and deeply with their new human caretakers who they view as heroes. Pets who find themselves in the shelter or at a rescue group because of a death or other tragedy in their former human family usually go through a mourning period. Once they are adopted, however, they usually want nothing more than to please their new hero—YOU! No matter what circumstances brought them to the shelter or rescue group, older pets for adoption are exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions. But first you have to adopt one!

Help PCF find homes for the animals in our care.

Adopted – 422 animals to loving homes.
Spayed/Neutered – 144 animals (This does not include cat clinics).
TNR Clinics – Held 8 Clinics and spayed/neutered 231 cats.

National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, visit the dogs available at PCF or call about our dogs in foster care.  Some of our best furry companions can be found at shelters and rescues.  There are a lot of misconceptions about the shelter animals that just are not true.  They DO NOT all have behavioral problems or come from abusive situation.  The top reasons people give their pets up for adoption have little or nothing to do with the animal itself. 

Help PCF find home for the animals in our care.

Adopted – 359 animals to loving homes.
Spayed/Neutered – 129 animals (This does not include cat clinics).
TNR Clinics – Held 8 Clinics and spayed/neutered 231 cats.

Where are we NOW!

Since opening our doors from January-September 30, 2012,  we have

Adopted – 359 animals to loving homes.
Spayed/Neutered – 129 animals (This does not include cat clinics).
TNR Clinics – Held 8 Clinics and spayed/neutered 231 cats.

Other Accomplishment Include:

Business
• Launched the new Pets Come First Website.
• Recreated a new look and feel for the Pets Come First Facebook Page
• Created a Board/Fundraising/Grant Writing Team
• Created Volunteer Coordinator position to recruit/train/schedule volunteers for the adoption center, special events, and fundraising.
• Set up new Adoption/Surrender/Foster Care policy and procedures
• Revamped and created new operating policies and procedures
• Researched/Implemented new Adoption Center Software
• Implemented a new Accounting System
• Re-evaluated and renegotiated contracts on all billing setup by PSPCA to save on monthly operating costs
• Set up new postage system

Building
• Cleaned/Scrubbed/Disinfected and repainted office, kennels and the two cat rooms
• Removed dropped ceiling in cat room and added 2 ceiling fans
• Reorganized the cat room to create a welcoming and fun environment
• Created an additional back office work for greater efficiency
• Designed/installed/raised funds/fixed lighting for a new PCF sign – donated by Metzger Animal Hospital
• Removed damaged wooden fencing and debris from runs
• Replaced lighting and repainted outdoor post and railings
• Working on redesigning the landscape
• Added decor features to create insulation to help with heating and cooling the facility

Programs
• Implemented a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program for cats and dogs, working with local Veterinarians
• Implemented a monthly TNR clinic
• Coordinated with local businesses delivery and drop off of weekly donations
• Started compost for grass clippings and horse manure
• Implemented a Recycling Program eliminating 2 dumpsters

Barn
• Applied/Granted funds to repair drainage problem at the horse barn
• Installed a concrete pad, stall flooring and new mats.
• Phase 2 will include installing storage and shelving units in the barn
• Applied/Granted fund for spaying & neutering cats

Fundraising
• Held the Fourth Annual Dog Jog Fundraiser
• Held many other successful fundraising events
• Totaling approximately $60,000 in 7 months.

Other
• Jabco-Maggi Motors donated a van to transport animals to and from medical appointments.
• Gavek Graphics donated decals for the van
• Repaired/Maintained all outside equipment-lawn mowers, riding garden tractor, weed eater and snow blower
• Create a storage area for all fundraising supplies and facility supplies.
• Set up a separate area for medical and grooming

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.

 

Dog Jog Results 2012

Thank you to the 157 furry friends and their 252 human participants, who grabbed their sneakers, along with the Sponsors, Rescue/Vendors and Volunteers, who made The Fourth Annual Dog Jog 5K a reality!

This years’ Dog Jog once again was a BIG SUCCESS! It is because of all of you who hold a special place in your heart for the animals who are both a part of your families and for those who deserve the opportunity to have a loving home. We could not do it without you! [Read more…]

The Fourth Annual Dog Jog is here!

Grab your sneakers and your furry friend and come out and enjoy a day with the dogs.  PCF is the proud organizer of this community event where family, friends, and colleges come together to raise money for the local animals in our area.   Help us make a difference in our community, one animal at a time!   [Read more…]

Successful Grand Opening Week

Thank you for coming out to celebrate Pets Come First Grand Opening Week! We could not have done it without all of you. The award-winning Seven Mountain Wine Cellar has generously agreed to allow Pets Come First supporters to purchase their specially labeled Pets Come First “Puppy Love” wine until February 29, 2012. [Read more…]