Follow these tips to keep your pet safe this Independence Day:
1. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times!
More Pets are lost on Independence Day than any other day of the year. It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.
2. Don’t Put Insect Repellant or Sunscreen on Your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Pet Use
What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals. The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.
3. Alcoholic Drinks Poison Pets
If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.
4. Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home
The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke. Leave them in a secured, quiet area or leave music or the TV on.
5. Be Prepared if Your Pet Does Escape
If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.
6. Keep Your Pet Away from Glow Jewelry
It might look cute, but your pet could chew up and swallow the plastic adornments. The ASPCA states that while not highly toxic, “excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.”
7. NEVER Use Fireworks Around Pets
While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.
8. Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”
If you are having a backyard barbeque, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats. Keep some pet treats on hand for guests who want to offer your pet a treat.
9. Lighter Fluid and Matches Are Harmful to Pets
The ASPCA lists chlorates as a harmful chemical substance found in some matches that, if ingested, can cause your pet difficulty in breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems if ingested. Hot grills are also dangerous to curious pets, keep them entertained away from the flames.
Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets, according to the ASPCA. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.
If a natural disaster strikes, what will happen to your pet?
Be prepared: make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pet. Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, pet owners, and first responders in danger. Even if you try to create a safe place for them, pets left behind during a disaster are likely to be injured, lost, or worse. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to find out what type of shelters and assistance are available in your area to accommodate pets and to include pets in your disaster plan to keep them safe during an emergency.
Have you included pets in your disaster plan? Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Start today by: Making a plan and preparing a disaster kit
By doing so, you are protecting the health of not only your pet, but yourself, your family, and others in your community.
To get started, familiarize yourself with the types of disasters that could impact your area and consider your options for providing care for your pet(s).
Make a Plan
Disasters can happen without warning, so be prepared for these events:
Make sure your pet(s) wear collars and tags with up-to-date contact information and other identification.
Microchip your pet(s) – this is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated. Always be sure to register the microchip with the manufacturer and keep your contact information up to date with the microchip company.
Purchase a pet carrier for each of your pets (write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on each carrier).
Familiarize your pet with its transport crate before a crisis.
Practice transporting your pet by taking them in for rides in a vehicle similar to one you would be evacuating in.
Practice catching your pet, if needed.
Keep a leash and/or carrier nearby the exit.
Ensure proper equipment for pets to ride in the car (carriers, harnesses, pet seatbelts).
If you do not have a car, make arrangements with neighbors, family and friends.
Decide where you and your pet are going to stay. Based on the severity of a disaster, you may have two options for your pets:
Sheltering in place
Sheltering in a facility away from home (during an evacuation)
Sheltering in Place
When sheltering at home with your pet, make sure the room chosen is pet-friendly in the following ways:
Select a safe room, preferably an interior room with no (or few) windows.
Remove any toxic chemicals or plants.
Close off small areas where frightened cats could get stuck in (such as vents or beneath heavy furniture).
Sheltering during an evacuation
Some jurisdictions will offer companion animal sheltering with general population and functional/access needs sheltering. Check your local media and/or County Emergency website, or ReadyErie (Erie County residents).
If accommodations are needed for your pet(s):
Contact local veterinary clinics, boarding facilities, and local animal shelters. Visit the Humane Society website to find a shelter in your area.
Contact family or friends outside the evacuation area.
Contact a pet-friendly hotel, particularly along evacuation routes.
Make plans before disaster strikes for where you and your pets will go. Be aware that pets may not be allowed in local human shelters, unless they are service animals.
Family or friends outside the evacuation area.
Prepare a Pet Disaster Kit
Prepare a disaster kit for your pet(s), so evacuation will go smoothly for your entire family. Ask your veterinarian for help putting it together. Some examples of what to include are:
Food (in airtight waterproof containers or cans) and water for at least 2 weeks for each pet
Those seriously interested in adopting should visit participating rescues and shelters to complete application in advance of event
A One Buffalo Pet Adoption event is coming to KeyBank Center on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of Western New York’s animal shelters and rescue groups will gather under one roof to spotlight homeless pets that are currently available for adoption, and give members of the community an opportunity to meet a wide variety of pets in one location.
“We are excited to work on an event that is in keeping with the true spirit of One Buffalo and brings together our local animal shelters, rescues and WNY’s pet loving community for one simple mission, to help find forever homes for as many pets as possible,” said Tina Chaudhry, event organizer and co-creator of WNY’s Furtastic Adopt-A-Thon. “We are very grateful for the support of the Bills and Sabres in helping us accomplish our goal of saving the lives of animals.”
This adoption event will help to solve the problem of thousands of animals being killed every day as a result of overcrowded shelters. Each adoption will actually save two lives, the adopted pet and the one that takes its place at the shelter.
Participating animal shelters and rescue groups include:
This list will be updated as more participating shelters and rescue groups are added.
Prospective adopters are encouraged to complete adoption applications in advance of June 16 and must bring a photo ID to the adoption event, along with a landlord’s permission letter if they live in a rented home, and be prepared to cover the adoption fee at the event.
Complimentary parking will be available in the KeyBank Center ramp. Any rescue organizations or pet retail vendors interested in participating in the One Buffalo Pet Adoption event can contact Tina Chaudhry at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Pegula Sports and Entertainment
Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE) is a management company that streamlines key business areas across all Pegula family-owned sports and entertainment properties including the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bandits, Rochester Americans, HarborCenter and Black River Entertainment. PSE aims to be a leader in the sports and entertainment industry by bringing together the individual resources, capabilities and talents of each of its entities to create a cohesive and sustainable brand that together represents the Pegula family’s interest. PSE’s mission is exemplified by its One Buffalo initiative, which unites Western New York and serves as a representation of teamwork through a deeper connection between Buffalo sports teams, fans and the community.
Buffalo, NY – Los Angeles filmmaker Jon Mancinetti will screen his award winning short film Loss and Found at the Riviera Theatre on April 11, 2018. Jon’s film, started via a Kickstarter campaign, is currently on a national tour to share with his thousands of supporters. The event will feature:
PrePAWty at 5:00 PM with drink specials and raffles (Canal Club 62, 62 Webster St., North Tonawanda)
Movie Premiere at 7:00 PM (Riveria Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda)
Meet and Greet with Mancinetti andPostPAWty featuring a red carpet, raffles , and food and drink specials (The Dockside Bar and Grill)
Fix-A-Bull WNY, a bully breed spay/neuter program and Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue will be the beneficiary of funds raised at this event. Fix-A-Bull WNY is thrilled to participate in this national touring event, organized by The Dockside Bar and Grill. Fix-A- Bull WNY has worked with local animal hospitals to spay or neuter almost 300 dogs in Erie and Niagara counties, preventing possibly thousands of puppies that could have overwhelmed local shelters and rescues. Currently, there are over 50 dogs are on a waiting list to be spayed/neutered, and the funds raised this evening will be used for that purpose. Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue has helped thousands of dogs find their ‘furever’ homes and currently has approximately 50 dogs in foster placement. Both organizations are run entirely by volunteers.
Tickets are $15.00 per person and are still available online https://lossandfoundbuffalo.eventbrite.com or at The Dockside Bar and Grill (153 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda 14120). 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Fix-A-Bull WNY and Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue. In addition, every ticket will include a 15% off coupon for food purchased at Canal Club 62 and The Dockside Bar & Grill.
“Fix-A-Bull is honored to join Jon to showcase his film, while raising awareness of fostering. We are also very excited to collaborate with Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue. Collaboration among local rescue groups is critical for successful programs and awareness. When we work together, our community wins. All proceeds from this event will help fund our growing number of spay/neuter applications. Fix-A-Bull fills that financial gap for those responsible bully breed owners that do not qualify for other spay/neuter programs. ” says Danielle Darowz-Grek of Fix-A-Bull WNY.
As part of their Bronze Award, Troop 30808 will be collected non-perishable pet foods for donation to local food pantries. The girls will also be selling fleece pet toys (proceeds to benefit local groups) and each adopted pet will receive a toy in their goody bag! The girls will be offering free face painting during the event as well.
Boy Scout Troop 457:
Troop 457 will have food and drinks available for sale including hot dogs, chips, donuts, soda and bottled water.
Volunteers from the Western New York Chapter American Red Cross will be onsite promoting the Sound the Alarmcampaign. This spring, Red Cross volunteers and our partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods nationwide. Sound the Alarm installation and fire safety events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country, providing a lifesaving service in our quest to reduce death and injury from home fires.
Keep watch as more rescues & vendors are announced!
Carter is male Rat Terrier who is 5 years old weights 10.2 pounds good with kids, crate trained, good on leash,medium energy level. Carter gets along with all.
Hi! I’m Crackers. I’m a 10 week old border collie chow mix. I LOVE to wrestle and play with the dog at my fosters home. I sleep I’m my crate through the night and when my foster mom leaves the house. I’m working on potty training, I either go outside or on my puppy pad. If you are an active person looking for a dog that will have no problem keeping up, I’m the perfect dog for you.
Diamond is a 5 year old female Hound mix. She has had a rough start to life. At some point her left femur was broken, she has hip displaysia on her right side due to readjusting herself to walk with a broken leg. She had also given birth to a litter of pups in the past year and was found as a stray in the middle of a road with her babies. She is very shy at first but warms up quickly with whomever she spends the most time with. She loves to snuggle and hold hands, also loves belly rubs. She would do better in a home as the only dog as she is still learning how to share properly due to her time having to survive on her own. She is housebroken and loves to take walks. She will need daily pain meds and monthly heart worm meds to keep her healthy. If you have an open heart and the time she will make a great companion for someone.
Grizzly is a 10 year young 8 lb chihuahua mix. He is the happiest guy you’ll meet! He is good with dogs all sizes. He’s crate trained and working on potty training. Despite his age he still has a lot of spunk! If you want a dog that loves to play around, but also loves to curl up and cuddle with you, then look no further!
Jax is a 13 week old male Boxer/Shepherd mix. He weighs about 17 pounds and is full of energy! Jax’s favorite pastimes are playing with his brother Opie and snuggling with his humans. Jax is making good progress on walking on his leash and potty training! He’s good with other dogs and doesn’t bother the cats at his foster home at all. He’s also great with his little human friends!
My name is Laverne. I was born around 9/15/17. My foster mom says I’m AMAZING! I’m obviously adorable, I’m smart, playful, loving, and a really good girl. I go into my crate to sleep quietly at night, and always go to the bathroom outside when given the chance. I’m great with kids, the other dogs in my house, but haven’t met cats. Apply now to make me part of your family.
Lena (Lay-na) is a 16 month old Shepard mix looking for her forever family. She is house broken and crate trained, sleeping quietly overnight. She requires a family with patience, as she shows hesitation around loud noises, etc. She is nervous around men, although not aggressive, she barks at her foster Dad when he enters the room. She does however let him pet her and give her love. She is playful, and a home with another playful dog would suit her wonderfully. She loves her 3 foster dog siblings. (We don’t know about cats). She is an incredibly sweet girl, and deserves the best life has to offer. If interested apply now ❤️🐾
Meet Opie! Opie is a 13 week old male Boxer/Shepherd mix. He weighs about 17 pounds and is a sweet little guy. He loves to play with his brother Jax but is just as happy to curl up and take a nap. Opie is learning to walk on his leash and is starting to get the hang of this potty training thing! He’s good with other dogs and the cats are just another member of the family to him. He also does great with the little humans in his house!
Heartworm test (if the dog is over 6 months of age)
*Adoption fee for dogs 6 years old and older is $150
Chi Chi is a 6-7 year old male chihuahua of the long haired variety. Potty trained to go outside. Very loving lap dog. Good with both other dogs and cats.
Rocky is the sweetest 60-pound, 2.5 year old pit bull around. He’s got the sweetest demeanor and is so well-mannered. He plays with his puppy foster brother and 100-pound foster brother very well. Walks well on a leash and is working on crate training. His tail cruises and he loves to sniff. His favorite is booty scratches. Rocky is also good with kids and loves the dog park! This sweet boy deserves the world.
Hi there! My name is Taffy but my foster mom calls me “wiggles” or “Miss McGee” I am all around a wonderful dog. I play extremely well with my sister Toffee and my foster brother Fred. I also have four cat foster siblings that’s I don’t even bother ! I’m part boxer and part sweetheart. I did have a rough start to life, my foster parents can tell because if they move too quickly or raise their voice a little higher then normal I start to panic. But my foster mommy’s hugs always makes me feel better. I love love love giving kisses and cuddling. I walk okay on a leash and my foster rents are teaching me the whole going outside to pee thing. I’m such a gentle little girl looking for my forever home here in buffalo. I do alright off the leash, I don’t stray too far from my foster mom. I share toys and I take treats nicely. I even go in the kennel and don’t make a peep. I’m about one years old and I weight 43 pounds. I don’t know if I’ll get much bigger, but either way I’m okay with it. I know my forever family is out there, looking for me like I’m looking for them. Would you be willing to give me a chance? You will not be disappointed.
Meet Lilly who we call Pinky Lee because of her gorgeous pink skin tones. Lily is a white bird dog about 1 year old and a lean 47 lbs. She was saved at the last minute from a shelter in Georgia and we are very glad she made the trip.
We do not know much about Lilly’s past, she may have had an owner that did not treat her very well as she is a little afraid of loud noises. However, she is slowly learning to trust her foster family and feel safe and loved. She just needs a little time and patience to realize that not all people are bad. Once this shy girl shows you her fun side, you will fall in love. She is a fast learner and knows sit and is working on other commands. She will learn quickly since she loves food and treats of any kind She also loves her ears and belly rubbed and to be with her humans. She plays well with her 2 foster sisters and tires herself out. She is not sure what to make of the snow, but is getting used to going outside in the cold. She walks very nicely on a leash.
I do not think that she ever experienced a full belly, a soft bed, or a toy before she came to NY and is has been a pleasure to see her leave food in her dish and play tug of war. She is very affectionate and loves attention. She would love a home and a family to all her own. If you are interested in making her a part of your family, please apply!
Hello my name is Ebony. I am a very loving lab mix. I am two years old. I am a very active dog. I am really good with other dogs. I am great at meeting new people and new dogs. I walk well on a leash. I always want to be around my foster, whether that be when she is just walking around or laying on her lap. I know sit, lay and come. I am potty trained and crate trained.
Hi. I am Zena and I am from Texas. I am a 2 year old pit bull mix. I love to play and get belly rubs. I have had no accidents in the house. I walk well on a leash and harness. I sit and give paw. I sleep in my cage at night, however I would rather be by my human. I am protective over my foster mom and dad. I don’t want the other dogs near them, I don’t want to share the love and affection, can you blame me, never had it. It takes me time to warm up to the other dogs, but once I do, I play with them. If you are looking for a pup who loves and protects, I am your girl. Remember I am Zena, Princess Warrior.
Hi everyone, I’m George!! I’m a very handsome hound/lab and shepard mix that’s 4 years young. I’m a great guy who loves long walks and likes to cuddle on the couch. I know some simple commands, sit , speak, stay and lay down. Though I like to talk whenever food is around. I’m also 99% potty trained. I do knock on my foster moms door to go outside or I like to wake her up with a bark to let her know I have to go out. I’m very laid back and mellow. I enjoy running in the yard chasing a tennis ball , and I like playing with toys. I’m great with kids of all ages as I’m very gentle for my size. I like to play with other dogs and don’t mind being around cats either! So if you would love all 52 pounds of me and want to meet me , let your volunteer know or get your apps in our awesome website.
Hi friends, I’m Coco! I’m a neutered 2.5-year-old male Terrier Mix from Georgia weighing in at 52 pounds (with a little more weight to be gained)! I’m told I’ve been doing excellent as I settle in in Buffalo – I potty on command outside and fall asleep in my crate, too. I’ve been really excited to explore what’s left of this white stuff outside and I walk well on my leash – sniffing things out is my favorite part! I know how to sit and I listen to my “no” command without trouble – my foster mom says that’s a big bonus! Yay me! I have a small doggy foster brother who I get along with great and I have a history of being good with cats and kiddos, too. I eat and play with my doggy friends without any trouble; I guess there really isn’t anything that gets me worked up. I take a minute to get warmed up and give you my trust, but once I do, I’m a big lover! My foster parents just can’t get enough of my calm and cool temperament – they say I’m an absolute joy to have around and the hugs I love to give make me extra special. I made the journey all the way up to Buffalo because it just felt like this was the place I was going to call home! If you’d like to help me make that happen, please apply to adopt me at buddysrescue.org!
If you’re interested in any dog with Open Arms Rescue of WNY, please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email email@example.com with inquiries.
Our adoption fee is $225, cash or check, for every animal. This includes spay/neuter, vaccinations/deworming and a 15lb bag of TLC Premium Pet Food (www.tlcpetfood.com)
This big boy is a 5 yr old Cane Corso weighing in at 120 pounds. He is a total mush with a big bark then licks your hand 🙂 He’s housebroken, crate trained, great on a leash, good with other dogs, LOVES kids and OK with cats. He has a deformed front leg but doesn’t seem to affect him, can run on it! Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries about Zeus.
Mattie is a 10 yr old Schnauzer/Poodle mix! We was found as a stray, but now in a loving foster home he is housebroken, crate trained and good with dogs and kids. Even though he’s overweight, Mattie loves to walk and will surely lose his winter weight. Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email email@example.com with inquiries about Mattie.
Bruno is a 2 yr old French Bulldog/Staffordshire mix. He’s housebroken, crate trained, great on a leash and loves his snuggles. He’s a shy guy because he got beat up by his siblings for being so mellow but he loves one on one attention. Good with other dogs and kids. Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries about Bruno.
Rosa is a 2 yr old female pitty mix, local stray, obedience trained ,up to date on vaccines, spayed, on heart worm preventative, crate trained, house broken, loves other dogs, not good with cats, LOVES kids! She was afraid of some men but with the help of a local trainer she is facing her fears and gaining confidence!! Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email email@example.com with inquiries about Rosa.
Meet Lucky, a 3 yr old Neutered Male Purebred Papillon. He’s super playful, up to date on vaccinations, and likes other dogs, and cats. His foster is currently working with him on housebreaking and we’re sure he’ll get it down asap! Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries about Lucky.
Hola everyone! My name is Bentley! I’m a Puerto Rican pooch looking for my forever home here in the US. I’ve been through a lot, I grew up on the streets, and people were not kind to me. I was injured pretty badly and I could barely walk. A really nice lady found me and said I was going to be alright, she was going to send me to a place near Buffalo NY! That’s where I met my foster family and we’ve been working really hard everyday, so I can run and play like all of my foster siblings! Even though I’m not the perfect dog, I promise I’m just as fun and loving as any other dog and maybe I’d be the perfect dog for you! -Bentley 🐾
Bentley has certainly put in the work, this 2 year old Beagle mix is ready for adoption! I was impressed by his resilience and strength from the moment I first saw him. He was dirty, emaciated, clearly injured and scared. When we at Open Arms found out that Bentley just needed to continue physical therapy, we knew we were the ones that could do it! Like all dogs, Bentley’s ability to trust and love knows no boundaries. He is house-trained, and UTD. He loves to play fetch and run outside but most of all he just wants to be with his human. Bentley has not mastered climbing stairs yet so we do carry him inside. Please visit www.oarwny.org to submit an adoption application or email email@example.com with inquiries about Bentley.
Meet Cooper, a handsome little 5.5 month old male. He is loving, playful & loves belly rubs. He is a sweet baby boy! Cooper is good with other cats with introduction and we think he’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Cooper is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and neutered.
Meet Juliet, a beautiful little 5.5 month old female. She is loving & playful after she gets over her initial shyness. She loves treats! Juliet is good with other cats with introduction and we think she’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Juliet is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and spayed.
Meet Lily, a beautiful little 5.5 month old female. She is very loving, full of energy & playful. Lily is good with other cats with introduction and we think she’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Lily is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and spayed.
Meet Spot, a handsome little 5.5 month old male. He is very loving & playful after he gets over his initial shyness. He is a sweet baby boy! Spot is good with other cats with introduction and we think he’d do well with a cat friendly dog! Spot is up to date on vaccinations, dewormed, FIV/FeLV negative and neutered.
Meet Onyx, a handsome 3 year old male. He’s super sweet and loves giving kisses. No small kids (he’s scared of them).
Meet Amy, a beautiful little 11 week old female. She’s a loving & playful little girl. She’s a sweet baby girl!
Meet Myrtle, a beautiful little 11 week old female. She’s a loving & playful little girl. She’s a sweet baby girl!
Meet Carrie, a beautiful small 1.5 years old female. She’s a loving & playful little girl. Carrie is good with kids over 5 and MUST go to a home with another dog and fenced in yard. She’s a sweet baby girl!