As I watched my friend and fellow volunteer Chris haul rolls of paper towels and jars of peanut butter into the warden’s office last week, I realized many people do not know that the warden’s office can always use these types of donations. These are extra items that are not furnished and it makes the employee’s work there a little easier and the dogs time there just a little better.
I realized I had not seen the pound dogs enjoying peanut butter filled kongs for quite some time. Sometimes being a volunteer there, I become blind to the simple joys the dogs are missing.
Please, if you are so inclined, you might drop a donation of peanut butter at the Portage Co. Dog Warden’s Shelter.
Other items they could use are:
- rolls of paper towels
- dog toys
- soft dog treats
- heavy duty laundry detergent
- medicated shampoo
- flea and tick preventative
- heartworm preventative
- Cap Star
- and remember the peanut butter!
So many of the dogs are coming in this time of year with hair loss due to flea allergies. If no one has given them flea preventative or bathed them, these poor dogs scratch and chew until they are raw. Time and TLC grows the hair back and they shine once more.
I am waiting for the incidents of heartworm to surface. This has been a bad year for mosquitoes. The dogs that have gone all summer without heartworm preventative will soon be showing up positive. Seems like it is all just never ending, but we all do what we can and the small contributions by many make a huge difference for both animals and workers at the pound.
If you wish to donate any of the above listed items at the warden’s office, the dogs (and their caregivers) would greatly appreciate it! The Portage Co. Dog Warden’s Shelter (the building in the middle) is located at 8120 Infirmary Rd., Ravenna, Ohio. You can reach them at 330-297-6924. They are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or 9 a.m. – noon on Saturdays.
PetFix Spay/Neuter Clinics – an answer to cat overpopulation
Although the dog warden’s shelter does not handle cats, they do provide a service to help the cat owners of the area. The Portage Co. Dog Warden’s Shelter partners with Petfix Northeast Ohio. Once a month the mobile clinic comes to the facility. PetFix Northeast Ohio is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to ending pet overpopulation in our region by promoting the importance of spay/neuter and making spay/neuter surgeries affordable.
Since I answer the voice mail for Rose’s Rescue, I know the stray cat problem is a big one, so I urge everyone owning a cat to get them spayed or neutered. I get call after call about stray cats and litters of kittens, and there is nothing I can do to help. Most do not want to adopt an adult cat, and there are just so many kittens available. The only solution is getting the animals fixed.
Petfix will even spay or neutered feral cats, however, they must be brought in a live trap. If the cats can be handled, then they must be brought in a cat carrier. The animals go home the same day. Your cat will also receive a rabies shot. So the cost for feral and female cats totals to $51.00. Male cats total to $41.00. The warden’s office only takes cash or checks.
Please, if you have cats that need to be fixed, call the warden’s office at 330-297-6924 and get signed up for the next Petfix clinic. Also, please, please pass this information on to others.
Check out the Petfix website for a list of other facilities that hold the mobile clinics. .
Pick and Click – Amazon Wish List Donations
It’s easy to donate! The Portage Co. Dog Warden has a wish list through Amazon which makes it super easy to contribute – just pick and click! Pick which item you would like to give and in a few clicks it’s completed. Prices are as low as $2.28! Take a peek at what available by CLICKING HERE.
Fun Events for People and Fur Friends
Attend the Fall Family Fun Fest & Bark BOOnanza coming up on September 27 and enjoy contests, food, doggie trick or treat bags, and a barkin’ good time for all!
Then on October 4, 2014, The Friends of the Pound will have adoptable dogs from Portage County Dog Warden’s Office and Shelter at the Streetsboro Pet Supplies Plus from 9 am to noon. They will also be accepting any donations at this time. You can find them at Pet Supplies Plus the first weekend of every month.
Once again I am asking you all to be part of the solution rather than the problem!