Dog obedience classes offered at South Bark

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Basic Dog Obedience Classes
July 13th – August 24th
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

South Bark
4035 40th Avenue S, Suite C
Fargo, ND

Starting Monday the 13th, Homeward Animal Shelter will offer obedience classes, recommended for dogs six months and older. Space is limited, so anyone wishing to participate must register in advance.

These classes cost $115 for the whole six weeks, and will take place at South Bark, a local dog daycare and grooming salon.

For more information, or to sign up, call the Shelter at 701-239-0077 or send an email to info@homewardonline.org.

– Särah Nour

Missing Pet Posters at Hornbacher’s – Osgood

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Homeward Animal Shelter’s Pet of the Week: Mustache the Cat

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Name: Mustache
Gender: Male
Size: Large
Age Range: Adult

Homeward Animal Shelter has begun a weekly feature called “Pet of the Week.” Each week, one of the shelter animals will have a reduced adoption fee and have fun facts posted about them on the shelter’s Facebook page.

This week’s pet is the handsome and exuberant Mustache. Though he’s nine years old, his personality and energy level are that of a kitten. He loves being the center of attention, so he’d prefer to be the only animal in the house, and wouldn’t fare well with children either. But he’s not hard to please—all it takes to win Mustache over is a good ear scratch, and maybe some wheatgrass for him to munch on.

Despite being carnivorous, cats generally enjoy eating grass. Specialized brands of wheatgrass are sold specifically for pets, as a means to stimulate digestive health and blood circulation. If a cat has consumed a poisonous or inedible substance, or has trouble throwing up a hairball, wheatgrass can help them regurgitate and get rid of the toxins in their body. It can also help with constipation.

If you’re not sure about wheatgrass, contact your veterinarian before buying any for your pet.

Mustache is housetrained, not declawed, and up to date with vaccines. For more information, call Homeward Animal Shelter at 701-239-0077.

– Särah Nour

Kentucky comes home

11232937_1614202948849890_5125726713186190465_nAfter 29 days of extensive searches, trap setups, and media coverage, Kentucky the shelter dog was finally found Friday around 9:30 PM.

Kentucky, a Lhasa Apso / Cocker Spaniel mix, had been rescued from a hoarding situation, and was being transferred to a foster home courtesy of Homeward Animal Shelter when he slipped out of his collar and disappeared. Sightings were reported everywhere from NDSU to Riverwood Park to Hector International Airport to Country Road 31.

The search for this wayward dog brought together shelter volunteers, airport employees, and many concerned citizens. Finally a live trap filled with tuna and hot dogs brought him back to the shelter, where he was promptly given a bath and a checkup.

Kentucky was lucky to come out of the ordeal with only a few ticks and scabs, given that he’d spent his life indoors and had never been socialized or spent time outside. It appears he even managed to find food, seeing as he’s at a healthy weight.

Kentucky will be on his way back to his foster home once he’s been properly leash-trained.

– Särah Nour

 

Adoptable Pet Profile: Alexia at CATS Cradle Shelter

20150606_163346Name: Alexia
Gender: Female
Size: Medium
Age Range: Adult

If you were to visit CATS Cradle Shelter these days, you may be greeted at the door by Alexia, a genteel aristo-cat who was initially kept in a colony room. Due to weight gain during her time there, she was promoted to office cat, which allows her more space and freedom to exercise.

Alexia may be prim and reserved, but she’s also friendly and curious. She’s always following volunteers around to see where they’re going and what they’re doing. When it comes to other cats, she’s easy to get along with, and will willingly give up toys or sleeping spots if another cat wants them.

An ideal home for Alexia would have plenty of space for her to exercise and maintain a healthy weight. She thrives on individual attention, so she’d prefer to be an only cat; either that or a housemate to a quiet, low-key companion.

20150606_161921Obesity in cats often leads to diabetes, arthritis, heart and lung disease, a compromised immune system, and may even make them vulnerable to certain types of cancer. When it comes to feeding time, some owners allow their cats to “free-feed,” meaning they keep the bowl full all day for any time their cat gets hungry. A better option would be to feed them a little at a time throughout the day, as many types of dry cat food tend to be high-calorie.

If your cat needs to lose weight, visit your veterinarian and get their estimate on the cat’s ideal body weight, how much they need to lose, and how many calories they should be fed a day. Find out whether the weight gain is due to overfeeding or to an undiagnosed illness. Also ask your vet about the right types of cat food.

And of course, playtime is essential for any cat owner. Keep them active with toys such as laser lights, cat tunnels, and track toys. Puzzle feeder toys can also be helpful, as they dispense food when the cat bats it around or scratches it up, making them work for it.

For more information on pet health, head to PetMD.com. For more information on Alexia and other adoptable cats at the Shelter, head to their website or call 701-356-7877.

– Särah Nour