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April Is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month – Be a voice for animals

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Whether you choose to raise awareness via social media, sign an online petition, help an animal rescue group, or report neglect or abuse in your own town, you can be a voice for animals this month!

4 Ways You Can Be A Voice For Animals

Use your virtual voice
These days being a voice for animals can be as easy as the click of your computer mouse. One of the key factors in getting critical animal protection legislation passed is for lawmakers to hear from their constituents. Check out the website for an animal welfare group whose aims you support, and you will usually find easy-to-use petitions and letters to lawmakers – all you have to do is sign!

Raise awareness
Share positive, educational posts that support your local animal rescue or promote animal protection in your social media this month.

Help a local shelter
Even if your local animal shelter isn’t actively involved in animal cruelty legislation, they have helped many victims of animal neglect and cruelty in their time. Volunteer, organize a fundraiser, or donate to help them continue their good work!

Report cruelty
If you see animal cruelty or neglect in your neighborhood, report it to the appropriate local agency. Not sure what constitutes cruelty or who to report it to? Check with your local animal shelter, police department, or animal control agency.

(Source: Chase’n Tails Mobile Pet Styling Newsletter) 

Sip for the trip: PAWSitive Supporters Fundraiser

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PAWSitive Supporters is partnering with Southern Journey Transports to provide a chance for Cobb County animals to find a new fur-ever home in Massachusetts. Each transport costs approx. $2,000 and the goal is to do one transport a month.

Join PAWSitive Supporters at the MARIETTA WINE SHOP on the Square 5-7 p.m., April 30. Plan a date night out and have dinner afterwards at some of the great restaurants the Square has to offer.

Suggested donation is $10 for a taste of some great wines! Click here for event flyer. For more visit www.pawsitivesupporters.org

 

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Good Mews Animal Foundation Spring Flea Market Announced

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Good Mews Animal Foundation will be holding its annual Spring Flea Market starting Friday, April 25 and continuing weekends until Sunday, May 25. Hours on opening day, Saturdays, and Friday May 10th are 9am-5pm; hours on Sundays are Noon-5pm. New merchandise will be on display each weekend. The Flea Market will be held at Sandy Plains Exchange Shopping Center, 1862 Sandy Plains Road at Scufflegrit Road in Marietta, behind Quick Trip -the same Publix shopping center where the Good Mews Holiday Décor Market was held.

Good Mews also needs your help collecting items to make the flea market a success. Donated items will be accepted at the storefront on Saturdays from 10 am-2pm and Sundays from 12-3pm through Saturday, May 10. Check the website (www.goodmews.org) for all the latest Spring Flea Market information, including what items are being accepted. All donated items are tax deductible with receipts provided and 100% of the proceeds benefit the cats and kittens of Good Mews.

To help with planning, please notify Kelly (kmcnamara@goodmews.org) of your planned donation drop-off time. Items must be in good condition and working order. Not being accepted: Tools & Automotive Items, Large Exercise Equipment, Mattresses/Box Springs, Drop Side Cribs, Used Baby Car Seats, Fax Machines, Printers, Large Appliances, Computers, Keyboards, Overhead Light Fixtures, Ceiling Fans, Clothing (Adult/Children), or Holiday/Christmas Items.

The Spring Flea Market benefits Good Mews Animal Foundation, a local non-profit organization, which operates a volunteer-based, no-kill shelter for homeless, abused and abandoned cats. Located at 736 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA, the shelter provides a cagefree environment for its residents, offering them comfort and security while assertive adoption programs find them happy, loving homes. Good Mews has a strong commitment to the practice of spaying and neutering as the most important step in reducing the pet overpopulation problem. Good Mews also promotes public  awareness regarding the value of pets, animal welfare and quality human-animal companionship through educational and outreach programs.

To join this growing organization, or to find out more about what you can do to help, call 770-499-CATS (2287) or visit www.goodmews.org.

 

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FREE Seminar at Dog City

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Dog City Bakery will host a FREE seminar on April 2, sponsored by Vital Essentials

Attend a FREE Dog Nutrition and Raw Feeding seminar at Dog City Bakery on Wednesday, April 2, from 6:30-8:30pm.

The seminar will be hosted by a Vital Essentials representative. He will discuss raw feeding and dive into dog nutrition as a whole. Everyone who attends the seminar will receive 20% off their Vital Essentials purchase.

Dog City Bakery is located in East Cobb at 4369 Roswell Road, 30062.

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Top Toxins That Poison Our Pets

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Happy National Poison Prevention Week! In 2013, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois, handled nearly 180,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which are everyday household items.

Thousands of pet parents called our 24-hour poison control hotline last year. Read on to learn more about common household items that resulted in frequent calls to APCC, and find out why they’re so dangerous to our furry friends.

1. Prescription Human Medications

We handled 24,673 cases regarding human prescription medications—the top offender for the sixth year in a row—in 2013. The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to include: heart medications, antidepressants and pain medications. Many instances of exposure occurred when pet parents dropped their medication when preparing to take it, and before they knew it, Fido had gobbled the pill off the floor.

2. Insecticides

Insecticides are used in the yard, home and on our animals, and nearly 16% of all calls to our poison hotline in 2013 were related to insecticides. Always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your yard.

3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications

Over-the-counter human products, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and herbal supplements, accounted for nearly 15% of calls to APCC in 2013. Many of these products are tasty to pets, and some can be life threatening if ingested.

4. Household Products

Our poison hotline fielded nearly 17,000 calls about general household products in 2013. Household toxins range from fire logs to cleaning products.

5. People Food

Human foods are often appealing to pets, especially dogs. In 2013, people foods clocked in as the fifth most common pet poison. Pets can get themselves into serious trouble by ingesting onions, garlic, grapes, raisins and the sugar substitute xylitol, among other common food items.

Check out our full list of the top 10 pet toxins of 2013. Remember: if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.

(Reprinted from aspca.org.

 

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6th Annual Indoor Yard Sale To Benefit Mostly Mutts

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Mostly Mutts is holding their 6th annual indoor yard sale at Sprayberry Square Shopping Center, 2550 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 200 in Marietta/East Cobb 30066 during the weekends of Feb. 28 to March 2, March 7 – 9, March 14 – 16, and March 21 – 23.

“Whether you donate, shop or both you are making a difference in a dog or cat’s life,” says Tammy Turley, Executive Director of Mostly Mutts. Items for sale include antiques, furniture, electronics, pet supplies, home and garden décor, children’s clothing, games, toys, collectibles, sporting goods, etc.

The hours of operation are as follows:

  • Fridays (Feb. 28, March 7 & 14): 10AM – 4PM
  • Saturdays (March 8, 15 & 22): 10AM – 4PM
  • Sundays (March 15, 22 & 23): 12AM – 4PM

They will be accepting donations of food for Pet Buddies Food Pantry. Please bring unopened, unexpired dry and canned dog and cat food during the sale. According to the Humane Society of America, four million cats and dogs –about one every eight seconds– are put down in U.S. shelters each year.

Atlanta alone euthanizes around 100,000 animals per year. Many of these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation.

Mostly Mutts is an all volunteer-based, licensed shelter and 501(C)3 organization that has placed over 3,000 animals since its inception in 2004. The mission of Mostly Mutts is to work closely with animal control officers and other rescue organizations to reduce the number of animals euthanized at local shelters. Mostly Mutts provides housing, health care, training, plus physical and emotional care to adoptable animals until they find a new home. Visit Mostlymutts.org or call 770-325-7387 for more information.

 

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PAWSitive Supporters indoor yard sale

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PAWSitive Supporters, which lends a hand at the Cobb County Animal Control, is having an indoor yard sale each weekend in March to benefit Cobb County Animals. The dates are March 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29. The hours are 10 am-4pm each day.

The yard sale will be held at the storefront next to Top Dog Boutique, 2615 George Busbee Pkwy, Kennesaw 30144. A hundred percent of the proceeds will go to support animals at Cobb County Animal Control. Cash or check accepted.

PAWSitive Supporters fund raises to help support homeless & abandoned animals in Cobb County

Donations of unopened, unexpired dry or canned dog/cat food will be accepted for Cooper’s Cupboard pet food pantry.

For more info, call 678-723-5644.

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Free Dog Nutrition & Raw Feeding Seminar

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On Wednesday, April 2, from 6:30-8:30pm, enjoy an educational evening with Vital Essentials representative Jason at Dog City Bakery. He will go over raw feeding and dive into dog nutrition as a whole. After the seminar receive 20% off your Vital Essentials purchases.

Dog City Bakery is located at 4369 Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30062. Register at the store.

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Classic Subaru of Atlanta donates “Rescue Mobile” to Mutt Madd-ness Dog Rescue

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After a year-long “Share the Love” Promotion, Subaru of Atlanta presentedMutt Madd-ness with a new Subaru Outback  creatively wrapped for the rescue.

“All of us – the dealership, the organization and our East Cobb community have worked very hard toward this goal, it means the world to our dog rescue group and we would love to share our wonderful news with our neighbors. We have a very generous, dog passionate community and we cannot wait to let them see us “rollin’ for the rescue,” said Karen Tucker with Mutt Maddness.

Wiggles, their Subaru Mascot, was on hand for the February dedication.

Photos taken by Michael Drewitz

 

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Mostly Mutts Needs Support & Connections For Fundraising

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It’s time again for the Annual Flea Market benefiting Mostly Mutts.  This is the single biggest fundraiser each year for the Mutts and they “ain’t too proud to beg.”

The 2014 donation drive has gotten off to a slow start and the recent weather events have put their hardworking volunteers behind in collecting donations for the sale. Mostly Mutts is asking the community to help. The biggest need is for furniture, garden furniture and decor.  Another requested item is gift cards to be used in Gift Basket raffles.

There is also a great need for volunteers for every phase of the Market:  from helping with incoming donations, setup and pricing of merchandise,  to working at the market itself.

Please help support the Flea Market and in turn support the MUTTS. For more information, email Paula Kellam at Market@mostlymutts.org or paulakellam@aol.com.

 

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