Archives for July 2013

A Summer of Love for Animal Charity

Summertime at Purr'n Pooch - A Summer of Love for Animal Charity

Summer is a special time at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts. We enjoy seeing many familiar faces in our daycare and boarding and making new friends who love their family pets as much as we do. For more than 40 years, the Palazzo family has been committed to providing Jersey Shore residents and visitors with the very best in luxury pet care, training, grooming and more. When we’re not pampering your pups and cats with birthday parties and strawberry baths, we’re helping animals not as fortunate through the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. 

In 2010, Dick and Mary Palazzo’s daughters Koren and Betsy founded the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals to honor their parents’ incredible life’s accomplishment – a celebration of 40 years in the pet industry. Their gift continues to keep giving and to date grants totaling more than $55,000 have been awarded to nonprofit animal rescue organizations from across the NY/NJ region. Our nonprofit grantees help all kinds of life from stranded seals off the Jersey Shore to canine police dogs protecting communities across NJ. There are many groups, large and small, in need of help and we’re honored to lend a paw in their time of need.

Past grantees include the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, Operation Kindness, Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, All FUR Love Animal Rescue, Monmouth County SPCA, Re Run NJ, Mid Atlantic Bull Dog Rescue, New Life Boxer Rescue, Cat Assistance Network, Greyhound Friends of NJ, Project Animal Worldwide, Special Needs K9, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, and Wag On Inn Rescue.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is run by a volunteer board of veterinarians, pet industry experts, media professionals and others whose work is made possible thanks to the generous support and passion of Purr’n Pooch’s employees, clients and vendors.

You’ve donated food and pet supplies to help families and organizations during Superstorm Sandy; you’ve dressed your best to raise donations for animal charities at our annual “Black Tails Gala”; you’ve shared our “Tails of Love” animations educating children on pet adoption; and you’ve participated in fundraisers from Kissing Booths to pictures with Santa Paws. It’s pawesome to look back on all the fun we’ve had over the last few years! Thank you for your part in making the Foundation such a great success.

Purr’n Pooch Foundation grants are awarded to non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects. More details are available on our website. Please share the grant application with a charity that you think may need our support.

Please also make sure to join us for our upcoming “furstivities” and let’s share our love for animals by raising funds for charities in need of assistance.

Sweet Summer Night Dessert Party
Honoring Our Canine Hero Mac
July 27, 2013, 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Deal Golf & Country Club, Deal, NJ

Purr’n Pooch K9 – 5K Classic Run/Walk
October 6, 2013, 8:00 a.m.
Pier Village, Long Branch, NJ
Dogs are welcome to run/walk in the race. All dogs must be on leash.

Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks

fireworks blog post
For many pets, fireworks can be very scary – the noise, smell and bright, flashing lights can bring on severe anxiety and fear in many dogs and cats. And today fireworks are held at various times of the year with little or no warning for pets and their owners. Left unsupervised, your dog or cat can become disorientated and possibly escape from the house or yard seeking safety only to end up hurt or lost for hours, or even days. If your pet does not have a microchip or identification of any kind on his body, he could even be lost forever. It’s important that as pet owners, we take precautions to ensure our pet’s safety.
Purr’n Pooch offers the following five tips to help keep your pet safe and secure during the big booms of summer fireworks:
1. Provide a safe place for your pet to seek refuge from the noise. Many dogs prefer a small den-like place, such as their crate or bed to rest if they feel frightened or stressed. Cats have hiding down to a science, so you’ll probably find your friend safely and snuggly hiding in a closet or under your bed during the fireworks. Before the fireworks begin, make sure that all your pets are accounted for and protected inside your home before the celebration begins.
2. Avoid leaving your pet alone, in or outdoors, when fireworks are set off nearby. If you must leave your pet home alone, make sure he is left indoors with all windows and doors securely closed and locked. The soft, familiar sounds of an air conditioner, kitchen vent, radio or t.v., if left on while not home, will help to lessen the intensity of the loud booms depending how far you are located from the attraction.
3. Never punish or yell at your pet if he seems alarmed. Instead, act normal and relaxed. Speak calmly and cheerfully to him and try to distract him with toys and treats. You can give him a KONG toy stuffed with treats and let him figure out how to get them out. At Purr’n Pooch we fill a KONG toy with treats, then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer to chill, then later our pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter and try to get the treats out. Certain kinds of treats can also relax pets. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations we have Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats for all different size pets. We also have Churpi Chews, which are all-natural, long lasting products.
4. Apply gentle pressure to your pet’s body to help relieve anxiety. A wrap fastened firmly around his midsection will calm his nervous system through application of a gentle hug-like pressure. We recommend using Thundershirt, which is available at both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL.
5. Protect your pet’s hearing with earmuffs. Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for Dogs are comfortable and lightweight with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for maximum comfort. Make sure however that you dog is  supervised while wearing them.
From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people across the region, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.