P.A.W.S: They’re waiting for you!

By Carolyn Marsh | May 13, 2014
Skye

We have kittens. Did we mention we have kittens? We do — eight adorable furry little bundles waiting for their fur-ever home. Pictured is Skye, a torti and the only girl in the bunch, and then Sawyer, Sergio, Sargent and Sebastian, her  four brothers. These very playful, very cuddly little kittens will bring love into your heart, and joy and laughter into your home. The adoption fee includes spaying/neutering and the first distemper and rabies vaccines. The kits have also been dewormed and given flea-control treatment. How could you — or anyone — say no to any of those adorable faces? Drop by today if you don’t believe us!

Those of us who love animals, ours or not, know how important it is to make sure they have a safe home to live in. But many homes are full of toxins, disguised as standard household items, that can injure or kill our beloved beasts. Here is a list from the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center of the 10 toxins at the top of the list of poisons that harmed or killed domestic pets in 2013:

1. Prescription human medications: The types of medications pets were exposed to reflect the most common medications prescribed for people: cardiac medications (especially antihypertensive), closely followed by antidepressants and pain medications.

2. Insecticides: Insecticides were the cause of the APCC’s second most common call, representing a wide range of toxicity from mild stomach upset to potentially life-threatening signs.

3. Over-the-counter medications: Calls ranged from potentially serious pet ingestion of such substances as NSAIDs and acetaminophen, to ingestion of far less dangerous fish-oil capsules.

4. Household items: Cleaning products, glues and paints are too often within the reach of pets and remain major exposures with high potential for serious consequences.

5. Human foods: Pets, especially dogs, cannot seem to get enough of human foods. Unfortunately, they can’t tell that the delectable pizza crust they got last night was okay but the pound of grapes on the table today is not.

6. Veterinary medications: This category dropped down two spots in 2013 as more people become aware that chewable medications are very tasty and pets will ingest entire bottles if they have access.

7. Chocolate: Chocolate ingestion accounts on average for more than two dozen calls a day to the APCC. Easter, Halloween, Valentine’s Day and Christmas are particularly high-volume chocolate toxicity days.

8. Rodenticides: Rodenticides are manufactured to kill mice and rats, but they can also kill pets if ingested.

9. Plants: Most plant calls involved houseplants. While there are plenty of dogs looking to chew on plants, they are even more popular with cats.

10. Lawn and garden products: Lawn and garden products round out the top 10, and many of these exposures were due to people not storing the products out of the reach of pets.

Take a good look around your house to make sure that there is nothing accessible that could harm your furry friends. They trust you to keep them safe

(This information is provided by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center . For more information visit aspcapro.org/poison.)

Wish list this week: canned cat food, Purina Kitten Chow, non-clumping litter, dog toys and dog collars.

Oh, and don’t forget we have kittens! Kittens remain one of life’s greatest joys, and they’re waiting for you — along with the rest of our wonderful four-footed population — at our shelter at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, our phone number is (207) 236-8702 and pawsadoption.org is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.

Skye's brothers
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