Stray Kitten Home for the Holidays

Stray Kitten Home for the HolidaysLisa Scotppetuolo, pet technician at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls, NJ, discussed the idea with her boyfriend of adopting a cat for months. She was just waiting for the “right” time. But one little miracle kitten had plans of her own for winning over Lisa and going home for the holidays.

The playful, cocoa brown and gray kitten was only a few months old when Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Committee Member Ellen Garfunkle found her limping and unable to get around as easily as the other cats in a neighborhood colony. Ellen knew life would be short for any kitty trying to survive in the wild this winter in good health, never mind this little one with special needs.

Ellen scooped up the kitten and brought her to Purr’n Pooch’s Dick Palazzo for guidance. Dick had found a helping hand in Dr. Rachel Gordon of South Branch Veterinary Services who started to help treat the kitten’s medical condition.

Following treatment, Dick fostered the cat and soon everyone at Purr’n Pooch had fallen in love with her. After spending only a few days caring for and playing with the kitten, Lisa knew she was a great fit for her home and this December she became a permanent member of Scotppetuolo family.

Lisa recently discovered that Twinkie loves tricks (and treats). Just in time for holiday entertaining, too!

She trained Twinkie with many of the same techniques used in Purr’n Pooch’s dog training classes. Nothing stops her now as she works with her mom on tricks like sit, twirl, lie down, high five and give kisses. See Twinkie do her tricks in this YouTube video. We can’t wait to see her continued progress and who knows maybe Twinkie will be YouTube’s next celebrity cat!

Twinkie has defied the odds and will spend the holiday home, warm and loved, with her new family snug as a bug in a Christmas stocking.

Unlike Twinkie, many feral and stray cats won’t survive the winter without medical care, food and shelter. Special individuals like Ellen Garfunkle and Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ grantees like All Fur Rescue and Cat Assistance Network care for cat colonies and run trap-neuter-return programs that are key to combatting cat over-population.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal and marine mammal rescue and 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. Learn more about our grant recipients. >

The Foundation raises funds for our grantees through special events organized for all ages, people and pets. Events include our canine run/walk, dog-friendly gala, summer party and collection drives. One of our highly-anticipated events is the Foundation Grantee Breakfast, where unsung heroes from the charities we fund join us for a morning of friendship and celebration as we present them with their grants.

Please consider making a donation to the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and make a difference in the lives of feral and stray cats today by supporting the work of our grantees.

For resources on outdoor cats check out these links:

Humane Society: Learn about the outdoor cats—community (feral and stray) and owned cats—you see outside in your community

Alley Cat Allies: Colony Care Guide 

Volunteer for All Fur Love Rescue

Support U.S. Miltary Working Dog Teams This Season of Giving

Support U.S. Miltary Working Dog Teams This Season of Giving

HELP US BRING SOME HOLIDAY CHEER TO OUR TWO AND FOUR LEGGED HEROES OVERSEAS!

Support U.S. Miltary Working Dog Teams This Season of Giving

This holiday Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts at both locations in Wall and Tinton Falls are collecting donations for U.S. Military Working Dog Teams who have been deployed to the Middle East. We need your help in supplying them with gifts.

Join us on Saturday, January 24 at 2:30 p.m. for a volunteer day at Purr’n Pooch’s Training Hall at 86 Gilbert Street West in Tinton Falls, NJ. On this day, all ages are invited to write letters to the military dog handlers overseas and prepare packages for shipment. Email  info@purrnpooch.com to register.

ITEMS NEEDED

K-9 PRODUCTS

  • K-9 Warming Mats
  • K-9 Boots, Medium & Large
  • K-9 Doggles
  • Collapsible Nylon Dog Bowls
  • Kong 3” Rubber Balls
  • Large Rope Chews
  • K-9 Shampoo & Conditioner
  • K-9 Grooming Tools-Combs,    Brushes, etc.
  • K-9 Nail Clippers
  • K-9 Beds or Sleeping Mats
  • K-9 Blankets
  • K-9 Toothpaste & Toothbrush
  • K-9 Eye Drops
  • K-9 Ear Wash
  • K-9 Advantix, Flea and Tick Treatment
  • K-9 Salves for paws/noses
  • Towels to wipe paws
  • True Chews Chicken Jerky
  • True Chews Beef Bully Sticks
  • K-9 Treats

ENTERTAINMENT

  • Paperback Books and Magazines
  • Electronic Hand-held Games
  • Playing Cards
  • Yo-Yos
  • All-in-one Tools
  • Board Games
  • Duct Tape
  • Movies DVD, new or used
  • Crossword or Sudoko Puzzle    Books
  • AAA, AA, C & D Batteries
  • Writing Materials

FOOD AND SNACKS FOR THE HANDLERS

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Sugar & Creamers
  • Condiments- Hot Sauce, Ketchup, etc.
  • Lemonade Mix
  • Iced Tea Mix
  • Crystal Light
  • Powdered Gatorade
  • Instant Foods
  • Oatmeal 
  • Grits
  • Ragu Express
  • Kraft Easy Mac
  • Crackers and Cheese
  • Power Bars
  • Dried Fruit
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Bubble Gum
  • Hard Candy
  • Instant Soup
  • Tuna
  • Small Canned Foods
  • Chex Mix
  • Chips in Container / No Bags
  • Fruit Cups
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Salad Dressings / No Glass Bottles
  • Rice, Microwavable
  • Meals, Microwavable

TOILETRIES

  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Hair Bands / Hair Clips
  • Nail Polish & Remover Wipes
  • Nail Clippers / Nail Files / Emery Boards
  • Q-Tips
  • Hair Spray (Pump)
  • Small Mirrors
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Cotton Balls
  • Personal Hygiene Razors / Shaving Cream (Non-Aerosol)
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes / Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Eyeglass Lens Cleaner
  • Combs and Brushes
  • Lip Balm / Chapsticks
  • Sun Block
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Moisturizing Eye Drops / Saline Nasal Spray
  • Hand Cream / Skin So Soft
  • Liquid Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex (travel size)
  • Eye Drops (for dry eyes)
  • Throat Lozenges / Cough Drops
  • Cooling Bananas / Neck Scarves
  • Hand Warmers
  • Breath Mints
  • Heavy Duty Socks

Please note that we will only be accepting dog food and treats that are made in the U.S.A.

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays

10 Ways to Prepare for a New Pet Over the Holidays
The holiday season is a very special time of year, filled with joy and celebration. Decorations are everywhere, families gather together and gifts are exchanged. Typically, the gifts we give and receive are traditional or items like clothing, toys, games and household items. But what if Santa decides to bring a very special gift this year? One that can’t be placed in a box and wrapped with a bow. The kind of gift that won’t be forgotten about or replaced in a few months. What if Santa decides to place a new pet underneath your tree?

Welcoming a new dog or cat into your family can be very exciting, especially during such a cheerful and joyous occasion. But at the same time, it can also be hectic and stressful, especially if you are unprepared. Unlike other holiday gifts, a new pet takes a lot of forethought, planning and preparation. If your new pet is a holiday gift for your family, be sure everyone is on board and prepared for a new addition. Many animal organizations and shelters advise against giving pets as surprise gifts – owning a pet is personal decision that requires commitment and responsibility.

As long as everyone is ready for a new furry family member, this may be the best holiday gift you’ll ever receive (your pet will feel the same way!).

Here are 10 ways to  prepare for a new pet during the holidays.

  • Establish house rules with other members of your household before your new pet arrives. If you wish to restrict your pet from using your furniture, gently and consistently discourage him from doing so. Have a comfortable bed available for your pet and encourage him to use it as a place to relax.
  • Discuss the responsibilities of caring for your pet with other members of your household. Will there be a schedule for dog walking? Will someone feed him in the morning, while someone else feeds him at night? Will everyone be involved with training? If so, discuss the training techniques you’ll use in order to stay consistent.
  • Make training fun for your pet and it will be easier for him to learn. Maintain patience, compassion and respect. This will build confidence and make the training process fun for you both. Always view things from his point of view and you will build a bond with your pet and achieve fantastic results and a lifelong friendship.
  •  If you have children, discuss the dos and don’ts for interacting with your new pet. Jumping and yelling can cause a dog to get upset and sometimes snap, especially if he’s the nervous, so it’s best if your child stays as calm as possible around him, at least until he settles in. Cats prefer to be on the ground so let your child know not to carry your feline around the house. Your child should know not to approach your dog from behind, as it could frighten or startle him.
  • If adopting your pet, ask for his medical records. If your pet is a puppy or kitten, he should have been to a veterinarian at least once. He will also need to visit a veterinarian several times during his first year to receive vaccinations and twice a year after he’s one year old. You will need those vaccinations in order to board your pet while on vacation.
  • If you have other pets in your household, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good health before introducing your new pet.
  • Purchase the important items your new pet will need upon his arrival. A collar and leash, bowls, food and lots of toys and bones are all necessities. If he has toys of his own, he’ll be less likely to play with things that are off limits, like your personal items.  If a new feline friend will be joining your family, have scratching posts and perches available.
  • Just like small children, pets can be very curious. Keep them safe and out of trouble by pet-proofing your home. Place chemicals and harmful substances on high shelves or if they are in low cabinets, use childproof latches. Keep trash cans covered or hidden away. Look for holes and small nooks that your new pet could get himself into and block them. Keep any harmful food out of reach. Put away children’s toys and games, especially small ones that can cause choking. Move electrical and phone wires out of reach of chewing.
  • Upon your pet’s arrival, your house may have some holiday decorations that are hazardous to pets. Tinsel and ornaments, dangling lights, candles, gift wrap ribbon, chocolate, fat trimmings and bones from dinner, and certain nuts can all cause harm to your pet. Also, keep in mind that some holiday plants are poisonous. Christmas tree pine needles, holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to pets. Be sure to keep all these things away from your new pet, as well as other pets in your house.
  •  When your new pet arrives, try not to pay less attention to your other pets as they may get jealous. Introduce them, let them get to know each other and spend quality time together both outside enjoying walks, in the yard and inside playing with toys.
Bringing a pet into a home is a great joy and all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts hope to meet your new family member soon. Plan and prepare correctly and you’ll have started a beautiful friendship this holiday season.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France.

Pet Safety During the Holidays

Pet Safety During the Holidays -Tips from Purr'n Pooch

For many families, it can be easy to overlook the needs of our pets once the chaos of planning and parties arrives, so we hope you find our tips helpful for staying safe throughout the season. Pet owners can maintain a sense of calm around the home by staying on schedule for feeding times, sleep, exercise and play. Pets can also sense when we are anxious so keeping to their regular routine is key to giving them the reassurance they seek during any new, unfamiliar activity. Whether you’re entertaining at home or traveling for the holidays, you’ll want to avoid some of the dangers that may have you “paws” for alarm instead of enjoying time together as a family.

Beware of the Dangers to Pets During the Holidays

It is the most wonderful time of the year … or is it? While the holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, the season is also a time of stressful hustle and bustle.  From decorations and parties to holiday travel, November through New Year’s can be a time of big change that tend to turn our pet’s world upside down. For four-legged friends that aren’t used to visitors, holiday gatherings can cause them to become over excited and before you know it your mild mannered pet can turn into a jumping, barking, food grabbing dog. Try introducing your pet to the idea of entertaining by hosting small get-togethers to work on his party manners before the big holiday bash. If your pet still isn’t Mr. Petiquette by party day be sure to set up a safe and peaceful space for him away from the noise and commotion of the holiday gathering complete with water, toys, treats and a bed.

During the holidays, homes also fill with the enticing aromas that come from baking cookies and pies to roasting turkeys. These temptations are hard to resist for anyone, man or pup. While for us the biggest problem might be buttoning our pants after feasting, the repercussions are far more dangerous for our four-legged friends. Veterinarians report higher cases of toxicity during the winter, the result of getting into dangers like baker’s chocolate, artificial sweeteners , table scraps and bones. Keep these dangerous ingredients far from sight and smell and make sure that your guests especially children know not to slip your dog tasty morsels under the holiday table.

For many the holidays aren’t complete until all of the trimmings are displayed around the house. Much of your pretty, shiny decor however attracts cats and dogs and they can suffer injuries such as cuts in their mouths to intestinal blockages from swallowing decorations. Candles and twinkling holiday lights can also cause cause serious dangers. For pets that like to chew, electrical shock can result from gnawing on light wires that run along the floor, tree and windows. Candles should be placed in hard to reach areas as well so that curious pets cannot reach them causing burns or a fire. There are also many toxic holiday plants, which can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, oral irritations, and even death. The most common plants to avoid are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and pine needles. Even the single leaf from a lily plant can be lethal to cats.

Holiday Travel Safety for Pets

Many people will take to the highways during the holidays traveling to visit family and friends and often with their pets, which can bring about a whole new set of dangers to consider. Preparation is key to keeping your pet safe and enjoying the open road. Make sure he travels in the car in a crate, microchipped and wearing i.d. tags so that he is protected and found in case of an accident or unexpected car door opening. Don’t forget to pack your pet’s favorite toys, blanket and his regular food. If your pet does not travel well, it’s best to have him stay at a boarding facility that you trust to supervise him 24-hours a day with plenty of exercise and TLC. You’ll rest better knowing he is safe and secure while you travel. If you’re considering a stay at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, reserve your pet’s visit now as our cattery and dog suites book quickly. Our grooming and spa appointments also need reservations.

Once all of the hustle and bustle has calmed down you and your pet can get back to life as normal. Keep in mind that the holidays may be stressful, but they also offer rare opportunities to spend time quality time with your pets. So enjoy those longer walks and extra cuddle time on the couch.

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, enjoy a safe and jolly time together.

Purr’n Pooch Holiday Pet Photo Contest

Purr'n Pooch Holiday Pet Photo Contest

ENTER YOUR BEST FESTIVE PET PHOTO IN THE PURR’N POOCH PET RESORTS HOLIDAY PET PHOTO CONTEST!

Winner will be featured on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts Holiday Card and receive ….
Prizes for 10 Photos with the Most Votes!

1st Place
Wins “Spa day at PnP” – free bath and day of daycare

2nd through 5th Place
Wins Free Bath

5th through 10th Place
Wins free day of daycare

Contest Starts: Tuesday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m.
Submit Photos by Sunday, November 17 at 11 p.m.
Voting Begins Sunday, November 17 at 11 p.m.
Voting Ends: Sunday, November 24 at 11 p.m.

HOW TO ENTER:
Submit a photo(s) of your cat or dog on the Purr’n Pooch Facebook contest app. You can submit as many photos as you like by the submission date. The entry with the most votes will win the cutie title of the month and $100 for your charity of choice. One vote per day.

ENTER NOW!

PLEASE NOTE TO VOTE:
If you are on the Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts Facebook page to vote for your favorite entry, you need to like the page to vote in the contest. You can vote every 24 hours for your entry of choice. Still having problems? Make sure you have disabled the cookies on your computer so you can view third-party apps. Good luck!

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun

Pet Parties Are Paws Down Fun at Purr'n Pooch

Does your dog’s lifestyle resemble that of the Furry & Fabulous? If so you must be sure to celebrate in style with our professional pet party planners at Purr’n Pooch. From small intimate gatherings for the concerned canine to full scale all out fur flying fun, Purr’n Pooch has you covered.

According to the most recent American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 7% of U.S. dog owners have a holiday or birthday party for their pet. Just ask any of the party animals at Purr’n Pooch and they’ll agree paws down pet parties are a growing trend!

In 2011 pet expert Arden Moore partnered with Pet Sitters International to create National Dog Party Day in conjunction with Take Your Dog to Work Day. This year the event grew to have four host cities that vowed to “work like a dog by day and party like a pup at night” all to benefit worthy pet adoption groups.

Looking to throw a canine celebration of your own? You can count on the experts at Purr’n Pooch to guide you from start to finish by first scheduling a consultation to get your party planning headed in the right direction. If you’re new to throwing a bow wow good time for your friend, the staff at Purr’n Pooch can help you step by step with selecting a theme, invites, decorations, custom cake, specialty teats, goody bags and entertainment.

Purr’n Pooch is able to accommodate any party, indoors or outdoors, depending on the season and your needs. Parties start at $275 and while there is no limit to party size with two or four-legs, it is best to have an accurate guest count so that we arrange for adequate staff to be on-hand to aid in all party goers having a tail-wagging good time.

While a birthday is always a great time to get together, the celebration doesn’t have to be the only special day in the life of your best friend. Consider hosting an Adoptaversary for the rescue pet, Bark Mitzvah, Holiday or Pool Pawty to splurge on your canine companion. There are always the milestone moments like when a young pup graduates from basic training or a puppy/kitten shower to welcome the new addition into the family.

However, perhaps the most important day in the life of any doggie diva is her wedding day! This was evident when Baby Hope walked down the aisle in the world’s most expensive dog wedding last July in NYC. This fancy affair was all to raise funds and awareness for animal welfare with mother of the bride pet lifestyle expert Wendy Diamond hosting a contest through Animal Fair Magazine to find the debonair dog groom. However, most puptials can just be about the ceremony of joining paws in holy muttrimony and the howling good time at the reception.

While all of these party ideas can also be arranged for your fancy feline it is best to keep the guest list to only human party goers – as most cats command the attention of the room.

Get ready to have a dog gone good time with your best friend or a purrfect feline function by booking your next pawty at Purr’n Pooch. Call us at (732) 842-4949 in Tinton Falls or (732) 528-8100 in Wall to schedule an appointment with one of our pet party planners.