South Side Pets News & Notes
Pet oxygen kits donated
GREATER AKRON — Several local fire departments are among those that recently received a donation of oxygen masks specially designed to help save pets’ lives in case of a fire or other emergency.
Coventry, Green and New Franklin fire departments received some of the 45 masks that were donated by Invisible Fence® Brand’s Project Breathe in Barberton March 28.
Company officials said the masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when rescued from a fire.
Departments receiving the masks also received training from Barberton High School nursing students at the event.
Students in the Barberton City Schools helped raise money for Project Breathe. Through the effort, Invisible Fence has donated more than 10,000 pet oxygen masks to fire departments throughout the United States, according to company officials.
For details, go to www.invisiblefence.com/O2.
‘LOK Fun Dog Show by ZTO’ benefiting women’s shelter
AKRON — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.® Zeta Theta Omega (ZTO) Chapter will present the “LOK Fun Dog Show by ZTO,” which will benefit the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties.
The LOK was established at the Akron Community Foundation in March 2010 on behalf of Marissa Alexander Norwood, who battled brain and spinal cancer from 2007 to 2009. While she was enduring brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, she challenged people to join her “legacy of kindness” by supporting programs that helped abused and abandoned animals, victims of domestic violence and children facing life-threatening illnesses. Norwood, who died in 2009, asked that her legacy of helping others continue.
The LOK Dog Show will take place May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hardesty Park. The entry fee for all people is $5. There will be free demonstrations. Dog owners can enter their pets in contests for $5 per category.
Sponsorship is available on several levels. Participants will be recognized on the LOK website at www.legacyofkindness.org and at the ZTO website at www.aka-zetathetaomega.org. Participants also can donate prizes.
Bark in the Park planned by Humane Society
|Springfield resident Alishia Zaucha enjoyed the 2012 Bark in the Park event with her springer spaniels Rascal and Cocoa at Springfield Lake.|
|Photo: Lew Stamp|
The 1-mile pledge walk also features a pet expo. Pet owners are welcome to attend and walk with their pet and are asked to raise at least $100 for PAWSibilities, which aids animals that are the victims of cruelty, neglect, illness and injury. Those who raise at least that amount will receive a T-shirt and a bandana for their dog.
“This is one of our top-rated and most attended events, and we are striving to make the event bigger and better than ever for 2013,” said PAWSibilities Executive Director Karen Hackenberry.
There will be police dog demonstrations by B.A.R.K, raffle prizes, contests and other activities. PAWSibilities also will showcase adoptable dogs.
Registration is $5, but participating pets and children 12 and younger can participate for free. On-site registration will begin at 11 a.m., with the walk starting at noon at the park, 2459 Canfield Road. The Pet Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, go to www.summithumane.org.
Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are still available. For details, contact Heather Kinaitis at 330-487-0333, ext. 232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April is Pet First Aid Month
GREATER AKRON — Pet owners are reminded to be prepared to handle medical emergencies this month.
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) has offered advice to pet owners, as April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. The nonprofit organization is urging pet owners to put together pet first-aid kits that can be used at home and on the go.
To assemble a first-aid kit, NAPPS recommends putting the following into a waterproof container: important phone numbers, including your pet’s veterinarian, an after-hours animal hospital and the National Animal Poison Control Hotline (800-222-1222); nonlatex gloves to prevent the spread of contaminants; gauze in a variety of sizes to wrap wounds; adhesive tape to secure gauze and bandages; ice pack to reduce swelling; hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting; antiseptic wipes, topical antibiotic ointment and rubbing alcohol to clean wounds; thermometer to check for fever; and muzzle to prevent biting (if pet is not vomiting, choking or coughing).
NAPPS officials add the best way to determine if a pet is suffering from an injury or needs medial attention is to evaluate and observe its behavior. When in doubt, pet owners should contact their veterinarian.
Pet owners should strive to lessen the chances of an injury or health emergency for their pet by doing the following:
- Create a pet-friendly home by making sure that dangerous items are out of pet’s reach.
- Secure human foods, since even small amounts of some foods pose a risk for pets.
- Check your pet’s collar to be sure it fits properly.
- Supervise pets during play and when they are eating treats.
- Involve the family so all members know first aid and pet safety.
- Take a class, such as those offered by local pet organizations and some American Red Cross locations.
Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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