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

Purr’n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

Purr'n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

Purr’n Pooch Foundation recently awarded grants to 11 non-profit animal welfare organizations. The organizations will use the grants for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.

The 2013 grantees are MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue, New Life Boxer Rescue, German Shorthaired Point Rescue, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, All Fur Love Animal Rescue, Project Animal Worldwide, Wag On Inn Rescue, Tabby’s Place: A Cat Sanctuary, Operation Kindness, Greyhound Friends of New Jersey and the Monmouth County SPCA.

Without the help of grants and donations, these organizations would not be able to continue rescuing animals, caring for them and finding them forever homes with loving families. Here are just a few stories from the organizations we’ve been able to lend a paw.

MIDATLANTIC BULLDOG RESCUE

MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue (MABR) is an NJ non-profit organization with experienced volunteers on a mission to help bulldogs in need. MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue volunteers provide a safe and loving home for bulldogs in transition. Mick is just one of the many bulldogs from MABR who found a forever home. Here is his story.

Mick, a 5 year old male bulldog, was in a shelter in Philadelphia for over one year while legal charges against his owner were being processed. Mick was seized along with a female bulldog Bea and several other breeds of dogs. The Philadelphia SPCA was able to adopt out Bea to a family, as she only required a spay. When the SPCA called and asked if MABR would take Mick into its rescue, they informed them that he needed extensive medical care the shelter was unable to give him.

At his first vet visit they planned to neuter him, have his nasal passages widened and have his tail amputated. Cathy Kittell of MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue received a call from Dr. Schull at Richmond Valley Vet informing her that Mick had a mass on his spleen. The decision was made to perform a splenectomy and biopsy the mass. Dr. Schull was able to neuter him at the time of surgery.

The biopsy came back clean, and two weeks later Mick had surgery for tail amputation, nasal passages and upper and lower double entropion surgery. Mick also has deep calcification in both of his ears (he is mostly deaf) and has a double luxating patella. He also has limited vision from the years of his eyes being untreated. The foster family has managed to control his ear condition and he will see an orthopedic specialist in the future. With the help of grants and donations, MABR was able to afford medical care for Mick.

Mick was adopted on June 24, to the family that adopted Bea. MABR was able to reunite Bea and Mick, who had not been together since March of 2013. They did remember each other as Cathy was told they slept side by side their first night together.

On June 19, MABR filmed a segment on News12 NJ’s “The Pet Stop” with show host and Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Trustee Dr. Brian Voynick. Mick was the star of the show and a hit with the host and viewers  Here he is, happy and healthy mugging it up for the camera.

NEW LIFE BOXER RESCUE

New Life Boxer Rescue is a non-profit organization which spans over the northeast region of the United States. Its foster homes are spread out across the country. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the lives of Boxers who are at risk of being neglected, abused or forced to find new homes for reasons not in their control. Dupree, a very special dog, is just one of the many boxers who found love and care at New Life Boxer Rescue. He hasn’t found his forever home yet, but is currently being loved and cared for by his foster mom Patricia of New Life Boxer Rescue. Here is his story.

Dupree came into New Life Boxer Rescue blind. He is a loving, sweet boy. As a special needs boxer, his chances were not good for finding his forever home. After numerous visits to the vets, they found out that Dupree could possibly be a candidate to have his sight restored. Dupree was operated on at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) and the doctor was able to save his sight in one eye. His second eye was too far gone and was subsequently surgically removed. New Life Boxer Rescue had to raise over $4000 for his surgery.

Dupree pulled through with flying colors. Ellen Garfunkle of New Life Boxer Rescue said, “We hope he will eventually find his special family that will love him as much as we do.”

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER RESCUE

German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue (GSP Rescue) is a network of dedicated volunteers who have the capacity to love their breed beyond the regard they hold for their own personal dogs. Rescue dogs come from shelters and pounds, from which they must be pulled, given health care, reconditioned or trained and placed. An unwanted dog may also come directly from a home where circumstances have changed. In these cases, the organization helps the family find an appropriate new home for the dog. Here are a just two stories of special pups rescued by GSP Rescue.

Mr. G (which stands for Ganado) was loved very much by his adopted parents Michelle and Dino. He was just shy of 15 when he passed in his mother Michelle’s arms this year. In his lifetime he traveled to many states far and wide including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. Mr. G’s mom Michelle intends to turn his adventures into a book. Dino and Michelle are active GSP Rescue of NJ volunteers because of Mr. G.

Henry was surrendered by his owner who no longer had time for him before he was rescued by GSP Rescue. He now lives happily with his adoptive parents Melanie and Daniel.

MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING CENTER

With the assistance of grants and donations, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is able to continue to help rescue, rehabilitate, release and preserve marine mammals and sea turtles.

To apply for a Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals grant visit www.purrnpoochfoundation.org

 

LEND A PAW AND PARTY FOR A PURPOSE AT
THE 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER GALA

JULY 23 ~ 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.

To support the Foundation’s work, please join us on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 -10:00 p.m. for our 5th Annual Summer Gala at Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, 512 Seawaneka Avenue in Oceanport,NJ. The evening will raise lifesaving funds to support the efforts of nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organizations.The night features beautiful sunset views on the Shrewsbury River, live music, 50/50 cash drawings, silent auctions, a delicious menu by the Lusty Lobster, wine and beer by Vic Rallo and 90 + Cellars, decadent desserts, coffee station by Court Liquors and Rook Coffee  music, dancing and more.

Learn more and purchase tickets online now. >

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SUMMER GALA SPONSORS

Purr'n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

New Training Classes Starting Soon!

New Training Classes Starting Soon at Purr'n Pooch

PUPPY BASIC

Starts Wednesday, January 8, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

ADULT BASIC I

Starts Thursday, January 9, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

ADULT BASIC II

Starts Tuesday, January 7, 2014  –  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

7-week training programs focus on obedience instruction in sit, stay, down, come and to walk nicely on leash. Owners will learn to communicate more effectively with their pet, learn what motivates certain behaviors, how to read canine body language and more! (First class no dogs – humans only) $200.

ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION

These 1.5 hour one-on-one sessions are designed to focus on specific areas of behavior and obedience. Owners will learn to communicate more effectively with their pet, what motivates certain behaviors, coping with complex behaviors, how to read canine body language, how to harness and redirect the energy of their dog, and much more! $125 per 1.5 hour session.

PRIVATE IN-HOME INSTRUCTION

Private In-Home Instruction classes are designed for owners who can’t join classes at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts because of physical or traveling limitations, and/or for dogs who are not candidates for on-site classes. $150 for 1.5 hours of instruction.

Classes are held at the Purr’n Pooch Tinton Falls, NJ Training Hall.

To register, please call 732.842.4949 or email info@purrnpooch.com.

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.

Introducing Your New Baby To Your Pets and Pets to Baby

Introducing Your New Baby To Your Pets and Pets to Baby

Bringing home a new baby is a joyful time for expectant parents. You’ve planned for months, attending child birth classes, reading books galore, shopping for gadgets and clothing, and taking in baby care tips from friends and family. You may have overlooked one step however – preparing your pet for baby’s arrival.

At Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts, we’ve enjoyed teaching and watching our clients and two generations of Palazzo children enjoy healthy and beautiful bonds with their pets. The dogs, cats, horses and children all understand that it’s important to respect one another, in and outside of the home environment. If you do not take the basic steps necessary to prepare your pet(s) for the family’s new bundle of joy, your dog or cat may exhibit unwanted behavior and anxiety, causing stress in the home.

On Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. join Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort’s Founder Dick Palazzo and Trainer Karen Fazio as they share tips and strategies for preparing your pet for baby’s arrival. Let’s create a joyful homecoming for the entire family, two and four legged. We look forward to having you join us!

A $10 donation to support the nonprofit work of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals is requested to attend. Email info@purrnpooch.com to register.

SEMINAR TOPICS

• Importance of obedience training for dogs of all ages
• Baby and dog-proofing the home
• How to effectively and safely introduce baby-related items safely to an environment with a family pet
• The variety of ways in which dogs are likely to react if not prepared in advance of baby’s arrival
• Changing sleeping and attention schedules and how they may affect household pets
• How to cope with the loss of sleep
• Myths and truths about presenting a child to a pet for sniffing
• What to do with the pet the day baby arrives
• How to manage visitors and pet interactions
• The truths and myths surrounding alpha leaders in the home
• Preparing a pet for frantic schedules and stressed parents
• How to prevent reactivity to wheels and other fast-moving objects
• Safety protocols for baby-dog interactions

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