Please join us for a wine tasting event and auction at Chef Joseph’s at the Connoisseur Room at 115 East Ohio Street downtown on October 27, 2013 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.Read More
As we approach the dog days of summer please keep the following hot weather tips in mind to keep your furry friends happy and healthy:
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, the inside temperature of a parked car reach as high as 130 degress in no time which could lead to fatal heat stroke. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
- Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
There are so many fun ways to raise money for your favorite local animal charity (ahem!). Have you ever considered hosting a fundraising party with your friends?
Turn your next gathering into a Shelter Shower! Charity shower party themes are gaining momentum. Mom-to-be Jamie Lynn Sigler, star of HBO’s “The Sopranos,” recently hosted a baby shower with the help of her friends. All the gifts were donated to families in need. Some couples are also opting to make a list of their favorite charities for guests to donate to in place of the traditional wedding registry. (Don’t forget to include FIACCFI to your list!)
But you don’t need a life-changing event to hold a shower. Make your next cookout a “Barbecue for Bowzer.” Ask all your gurests to bring an item from the Indianapolis Animal Care and Control wish list: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/registry.html?ie=UTF8&id=RAUNIZBHE5XI&type=wishlist
Be sure and send in your Shelter Shower photos so we can share all the creative ways Indy residents are helping out.
Shelter life isn’t an easy life for animals. Some adjust better than others. Puppies, in particular, have a difficult time because of the high risk of disease along with the need to learn basic manners and socialization. Carter, just six months old, was a puppy having these struggles. While at the shelter, Carter quickly developed dermatitis mange, making it necessary for him to be quarantined during treatment. Quarantine also meant that young Carter wasn’t getting any opportunities to socialize.
Not long after his condition cleared, a volunteer named Tiffany Riddle and her husband decided to take Carter home to foster even though they have two dogs of their own. In foster care, Carter flourished. He stayed with the Riddles for seven months before his forever family expressed interest in him. Annie-Len Woodall Hendricks and her family quickly fell in love with Carter.
Now Annie posts pictures and videos of Carter’s training and development as well as Carter lounging around with her two young children. After doing such a great job in basic obedience training, his family decided to begin training Carter as a therapy dog. Annie said of Carter, “I can’t tell you how much he is a Godsend to us.” We, at the Friends think it’s the other way around. Thank you, Annie, for being a Godsend to Carter. We are so happy he is so loved!Read More
Bring the family to Broad Ripple Park on Saturday, October 20th from 12pm – 6pm for a HOWL-O-WEEN Party presented by RadioNOW. Admission is FREE and all proceeds benefit FIACCFI and the Humane Society for Hamilton County. There will be a costume contest for the dogs, a parade / walk, an Alpha K9 University agility course, food trucks, pet paparazzi and more!Read More
This one is for the cats and dogs! Bring all your friends out to our annual Rock & Rollover benefit concert, presented by Pet Supplies Plus Indy, Broad Ripple Animal Clinic, and Fanimation! All ticket sales will go directly to FIACCFI and support our continued work on behalf of the dogs and cats at Indy ACC.Read More
Our sweet Onyx needs a forever home! Living in a shelter for a few months isn’t a dream life, but spending close to a year in a shelter is even worse! Adorable, loving Onyx has had some bad luck this past year. Onyx was surrendered by his owner when he was just seven months old along with his brother because his owner became allergic to cats. Onyx’s brother, Shadow, was quickly adopted. For some strange reason the ACC staff and volunteers can’t figure out, Onyx has been overlooked. Even the dog-only volunteers love Onyx due to his fun-loving, snuggly personality!Read More
Last week, the staff and volunteers at Indianapolis Animal Care & Control were extremely moved by the sacrifice two girls were willing to make in the name of love. These girls met our lovely Georgia (who’d been at the shelter since June!) at the PetSmart Adopt-a-Thon and fell in love. Just a couple of days later, they came to IACC and adopted her. The most moving part is that the girls used the money they had saved to see the band One Direction to adopt Georgia instead.Read More
We’re in the middle of ”Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week” (thanks PetFinder for such a great idea!) and we thought we’d get our community involved. Friends is sure that many of our supporters have “less adoptable” pets of your own, pets that for one reason or another, many people wouldn’t give a second look. It could be that you adopted a senior cat or dog, or a pet that had pre-existing health problems. Maybe you’re one of our supporters who adopted a loving “bully breed” dog, or a dog with “attitude issues.” We’d love to hear your success story with a “less adoptable” pet – who knows, it may encourage others to find an unexpected new family member at Indy Animal Care & Control this weekend!Read More
Our sweet Louie is a playful water bug that loves both people and other dogs. Sadly, however, Louie, a year and a half old stray, has spent the last 6 months living inside a cage at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. Even worse, Louie is Heartworm positive. Heartworm is one of the deadliest diseases a dog can acquire if left untreated. However, it’s also one of the most preventable ailments. A simple pill each month protects animals from Heartworm.
Many people don’t know that Heartworm cannot be spread from dog to dog, but only through the bit of an infected mosquito. Unfortunately, sweet Louie is not the only dog at IACC that is Heartworm positive. While Heartworm treatment is covered in the $60 adoption fee at IACC, it is important to remember that Heartworm treatment is incredibly costly and takes away from other needs at the shelter.Read More