This weekend, meet your feline valentine


This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Homeward Animal Shelter will hold their special Love a Cat Promotion, with all adoption fees 50% off. Anyone hoping to adopt a cat can stop by the shelter during its hours of operation.

– Särah Nour

Diamond in the Ruff to hold microchip clinic for pets


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Diamond in the Ruff Microchip Clinic
Saturday, January 30
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

South Bark
4035 40th Avenue S
Fargo, ND 58104




In just one week, Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue will host a microchip clinic for cats, dogs, and other types of pets in need of permanent identification.

For just $30, pets will be given a quick, painless injection, which will implant them with a registered microchip that contains their address and contact information. If microchipped, lost pets have a significantly better chance of being reunited with their owners.

Proceeds from this event will go toward the rescue’s annual Giving Hearts Day fundraiser.

Any owners who wish to schedule an appointment should send an email to

– Särah Nour

Lost Pets of Minnesota and North Dakota




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For more information on missing pets in your area, please follow these Facebook pages:

Lost Cats North Dakota

Lost & Found Cats of Minnesota

Lost Dogs North Dakota

Lost Dogs Minnesota

Heart of the Valley

– Särah Nour

Dog walkers needed at Homeward Animal Shelter

1935017_1682321738704677_2077010754115223619_nDog-walkers are essential to any shelter, as adoptable dogs thrive on human interaction, exercise, and outdoor stimulation. Most of the time, Fargo’s Homeward Animal Shelter has no shortage of pet-lovers willing to volunteer their time.

However, recent weather developments have led to a shortage of volunteers, as few are willing to brave the cold. The shelter is currently looking for dog-walkers willing to commit weekly two-hour sessions for a minimum of three months.

Luckily, Homeward Animal Shelter has rules in place to keep both the dogs and their walkers safe and comfortable. If it’s colder than 10-15 degrees, dogs are only taken out for bathroom breaks or short walks. Otherwise volunteers can just spend time playing or cuddling with them in their kennels.

When it comes to taking dogs out in cold weather, owners should first take them in for wellness exams, to be sure they don’t have medical conditions that could worsen in lower temperatures. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances have a harder time regulating their body temperatures, while elderly pets have lower tolerance for the cold and are prone to slipping and falling on ice.

In any case, no dog should be kept outside in the cold for extended periods of time. Just as dogs can suffocate in hot cars during the summer, they can also freeze in cold cars during the winter, so leaving them unattended is not a risk worth taking.

Although many owners enjoy putting sweaters on their dogs, the most vulnerable parts of their body are their paws. Protective socks and shoes can be bought online and at pet stores, and owners should frequently check their paws for signs of cold-weather injury or ice accumulation between their toes.

Other risks include antifreeze, deicers, and other chemicals commonly used in winter, which animals can easily step in. To be safe, clean your dog’s socks and shoes and wipe down their paws upon coming back inside.

If the dog starts limping, shivering, whining, slowing down, or looking for places to burrow in, bring them inside immediately, as these could be signs of hypothermia or frostbite, which need a veterinarian’s immediate attention.

Dogs can often become lost in winter because snow and ice can hide scents that would help them find their way home. Therefore, always be sure the dog has a well-fitting collar and microchip with up-to-date identification and contact information.

For more information on volunteering with Homeward Animal Shelter, head to or contact the volunteer coordinator at

This article previously appeared in the High Plains Reader.

-Särah Nour

Drinking smoothies for Giving Hearts

D25th Street Fusion Piciamond Fusion Fundraiser
Saturday, January 23rd
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

25th Street Fusion
1450 25th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103

This Saturday the 23rd, Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue will host the Diamond Fusion Fundraiser, taking place at the local smoothie and juice shop, 25th Street Fusion.

From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the shop will provide a special drink called the Diamond Flurry, with part of the proceeds going toward the rescue. As this event is affiliated with Giving Hearts Day, any money raised will be doubled, courtesy of a generous sponsor.

Diamond in the Ruff works to rescue, rehome, and rehabilitate animals in need, with the aid of volunteers and an extensive foster network, all backed up by community donations.

– Särah Nour