Volunteer Kennel Modifiying Workshop

Are you handy? We’re not, but even we can do this project! Our Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) needs your help in modifying our emergency shelter kennels. The kennels we have, have an interlocking system that is not very cooperative. We will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, Oct 6th from 10am-2pm at the Fair Building to modify our shelter kennels and we NEED helpers!

Lunch included.

Please contact Jess at 307-734-2441 or [email protected] for more info

Be a Part of our Local Pets’ Safety Plan

With Hurricane Florence rearing her ugly head on the East Coast and a tropical depression expected in Southern Texas and Louisiana to follow, we are hoping for the best for all walks of life, but we are especially worried about the pets. Crowded shelters in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina have been featured in the news pleading to their local communities for help in fostering or adopting these animals ASAP. The heartbreaking truth is that many of these animals face the fate of euthanasia due to the impending risk of the shelter they are held at facing flooding, and the overcrowding the shelters will experience during recovery. Often when people are evacuated from their homes they surrender their animals to shelters. When those shelters become full and more animals are displaced during the storm these animals run the risk of being euthanized due to overcrowding and lack of help and resources. Many nonprofit rescue groups have stepped in and transported existing shelter animals to safer areas up North where rescues have room for them. There are still many more homeless pets in these danger zones that need help.

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, or landslides are happening every season. Dick Green, head of the ASPCA’s disaster response unit, said in a statement from a recent article by the Washington Post (link to the full article below), “We can’t stress enough how important it is to incorporate pets into evacuation plans to keep families together and pets safe.” As one of our staff dogs, Kingston, looks up at me with his “Feed me eyes,” I can’t help but wonder, WHAT IS MY PLAN? Luckily, being on the PAWS staff, I know that PAWS of Jackson Hole is ready for local families who are faced with the same question. Our Disaster Animal Response Team works with Teton County Emergency Management in times of disaster when local pets need help. When they say go, we go.

Driving by KMART this summer, you’ve seen our disaster trailer. Inside that trailer is equipment to set up an emergency shelter for up to 150 local pets. Our team is trained by an American Humane instructor yearly. Jackson has been rather lucky when it comes to natural disasters, although they seem to happen all around us. What can you do to be part of the recovery process if the Greater Jackson area is hit with a natural disaster? Become a Disaster Animal Response Team member. Be a part of the safety plan for local pets in times of disaster. PAWS is currently recruiting new D.A.R.T. team members and we are planning on hosting a Disaster Sheltering for Companion Animals weekend course in late October in Driggs, Idaho. If you are interested in learning more about the course and joining our team please contact Jess: [email protected]

We hope all the people and pets in Hurricane Florence’s path are able to evacuate to a safer area. If you would like to read some of the latest articles about the efforts being made for pets in the communities that are expecting Hurricane Florence please follow the links below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/09/13/desperate-scramble-save-abandoned-animals-florences-path-euthanasia/?utm_term=.0e3c1bdf6a57

 

Dart Group of PAWS Jackson Hole

D.A.R.T. members at last year’s training weekend.

End of Summer RUFF-DATE

Here is your end of summer PAWS RUFF-DATE.

First paw first, we have updated our website! Check it out: www.pawsofjh.org. We especially love our new events page that will keep you in the know for upcoming events that we are participating in or hosting: https://pawsofjh.org/events/

As many of your blog readers know, PAWS of Jackson Hole has 9 community pet and people programs, and while these programs are offered year-round, summer tends to be extra busy around the PAWS office. We’d love to catch you up on what 5 of our programs have been up to this summer.

Our Spay and Neuter Voucher Program’s numbers are higher than they were last year at this time. This increase means more pet owners are spaying and neutering their pets and community cats and not allowing them to contribute to the number of unwanted pets in our communities. Last year at this time we had issued 534 spay/neuter vouchers and as we check the numbers so far this year we have issued 722 vouchers! Check out some of our recent voucher recipients:

The Star Valley Oreo Cookie kittens and their new brother

Rosco of Star Valley, WY

Ember Rose of Jackson, WY

The 3 Meow-ing Amigos of Jackson, WY

Dallise and her new mom, Teton Valley, Idaho

A TNR kitty candidate. Trapped, Neutered, Returned to their home

If you attended our Tuxes and Tails Gala this past June you were able to meet Bullet and view his story. If you haven’t watched “Bullet, the Story of a Blind Dog,” please do so via our homepage. Bullet was a special case that we approved for MedFund. Our MedFund program offers financial assistance to Teton County, WY pets and their people in need when a medical emergency occurs. We have started to grant funding for Good Samaritan cases in our sister communities. We want those who find injured stray animals to feel comfortable getting them into a medical professional. Bullet has been absolutely thriving in his new life and his rescuers Aska and Will have decided to keep them as part of their family for good. So far this year PAWS has granted MedFund assistance to 53 local pets and their people.

Bullet feeling the love after a night at Tuxes and Tails.

Blind dogs can paddle board too!

Bullet and mom Aska on a recent backpacking trip.

Backpacking for the Bullet-dog is exhausting.

Summer is PRIME Mutt Mitt season. Our Mutt Mitt maintenance team has been working hard through the summer weather, rain or shine our boys are out there! We replaced our Mutt Mitt waste cans at the beginning of June, the new cans are bigger and easy to see from afar for depositing of used mitts.

Our Mutt Mitt Maintenance Leader, Brian installing our new trash can in Game Creek.

We introduced a new PAWS Summer Trail Ambassador Team to our Education/ Outreach program. 13 PAWS Trail Ambassadors cruised the multi-use popular trails of our area donning out rewards to responsible owners and spreading the paws-itivity. We thank all of you ambassadors for your work this summer and a special meow-out to the Snake River Brew Pub and Persephone Bakery for donating the high value human rewards for our ambassadors to reward the extra do-gooders. Did you see our PAWS tent at R-Park’s Solstice party or the summer markets? How about out on the trails? We partnered with Friends of Pathways and put up our tent most Friday’s at a popular spot. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the tent we’ll be out this Friday 9/7 at Emily’s Pond from 10:30-3:30pm. We always have treats and water for the pups and fun PAWS and Friends of Pathways shwag, face it your water bottle needs a PAWS sticker!

A rewarded pup and her Dog Friendly Jackson Hole map toting human.

PAWS Trail Ambassador, Ali Dunford heading up the King.

PAWS volunteer Hollie, and adoptable hunk Hank at the People’s Market.

Staff dog Kingston doing Trail Outreach at Emily’s Pond.

PAWS Board Member Dick Beck and Staff Member Shawn Meisl at the Farmer’s Market.

We have recently added another staff member to our PAWS team. Nancy Van Buskirk joined our staff in April as our Office and Volunteer Coordinator. Nancy has given the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter’s volunteer program a reboot over the spring and summer. Shelter staff is often tied up in administrative duties, adoptions, medical emergencies, and facility upkeep. Adding Nancy to manage the volunteers at the shelter has allowed volunteers to have more flexibility in their schedules and more communication with the shelter staff and potential adopters. Nancy leads volunteer orientations and trainings weekly. If you’d like to become apart of the shelter volunteer squad please email Nancy: [email protected] Many of the long-term dog residents of the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter have recently been adopted. We’d like to thank all of the volunteers and staff who have dedicated their time to these animals. All of the walks, pets, training sessions, and love you gave them aided in their readiness to seamlessly transition into their new homes with their new forever families.

Current adoptable dog Nugget out on a weekend walk with a shelter volunteer.

Volunteer recruitment and appreciation pizza party. Pizza sponsored by Cutty’s- many thanks!

Domino enjoying the good life in her new mom’s car! Domino was at the Jackson Shelter for over a year. CONGRATS DOM!

Well its been fun catching you all up on some of our summer doings here at the office and out in our communities. We hope to see all of you at Old Bill’s Fun Run this weekend. You won’t be able to miss our big orange PAWS tent and our friendly dog mascot walking around the Town Square.

 

 

 

 

 

The Auto Greenhouse Effect

Well we think it’s safe to say that summer is HERE! I learned yesterday after leaving my own pup in my car with the windows down for 30 minutes that leaving-your-dog-in-the-car season is over. A parked car in the sun can resemble a greenhouse’s heating effect. Car windows act to both absorb the sun’s rays and insulate your vehicle. Let’s not forget that the sun feels hotter and is stronger because of our high altitude. We humans can release heat from our bodies through sweating but dogs (and cats) do not have an advanced self-cooling system as we do. ALL dogs are at risk of heat stroke and could die or have irreversible health damages due to heat stroke.

PAWS has created a car temp chart that is handy to keep in your own car to remind you of what temps equal danger for your dog, as even we who have pups and paws on the brain at all times can be guilty of forgetting as the seasons change. It’s never a bad idea to have frozen water bottles for them to lay on or allow them to get wet before getting into your car if there is a chance that you may need to run into the grocery store and leave them behind. Yes stinky, but better stinky than sorry!

Feel free to pick up one of these handy charts from our office or look for our PAWS tent this summer, we’ll be out and about at many community events as well as on the trails and pathways.

If you do see a dog in distress in a car we urge you to call the Sheriff’s Department at 307-733-2331 to have an officer come and check out the scene.

Spring Into Summer Pet Safety

Dare we say summer will soon be here? Us at the PAWS office (both human and dog) are so excited for the upcoming fun in the sun! Our most accident-prone staff dog Milo and our oldest dog on staff, Kingston are currently sitting at my feet reminding me that we should get some pet safety tips out to our readers so their pet comrades stay in tip top summer shape.

MILO & KINGSTON’S SPRING INTO SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
1) With the snowpack quickly melting, rotting and odiferous wildlife carcasses are coming to the surface. Milo told us that these findings are incredibly irresistible to him and his dog friends. Its best to keep your dog on a leash while walking in areas that these temptations may exist and to always be aware of what your pup is putting in their mouth as these perished animals can make your dog very sick.

2) Wildlife carcasses aside, also be aware that human folks use DITRAC cakes and other types of rat poison to keep the pests from moving into their homes season to season. If dogs or cats find a poisoned vole or mouse and ingests it, it can do them serious harm and will need to see its vet immediately.

3) The tortoise always wins when it comes to getting back into summer hiking shape, especially with the more senior puppers. Kingston wants all of you owners of the oldies out there to ease into your summer hiking schedule. Start slow and small, summiting a park bench along a flat trail still counts as making it to the top!

4) Buzzing bees are more apparent this time of year and are fun-moving snacks for some curious canines, but if caught can result in a painful and swollen snout and mouth (Kingston can attest to this experience first-paw). If your pooch catches its prize, having Benadryl on hand will help ease their pain and embarrassment. The standard dose is 1 mg per pound. Dabbing coconut oil topically to the wound and/or adding it to their food will help as well. Always best to check with your vet before administering the medication.

5) Allergy season is upon us and cats and dogs can ACHOO-too! You may witness your cat wheezing and their eyes watering. If they are indoor cats try and limit the amount of time you keep your windows open. If your outdoor cat is having these annoying symptoms consider keeping them inside during this high season of pollen and other allergens. When symptoms persist and your animal can’t shake the discomfort a trip to the vet may be needed.

6) Mild temps outside still create cooking temps in cars. The PAWS office receives numerous phone calls each summer from concerned citizens who have found a dog in distress inside a hot car. Even if it’s only 70 degrees outside, the inside of a car can easily reach to over 100 degrees within 40 minutes. Avoid leaving your pets in the car for long periods of time, never in the heat of the day, and ALWAYS provide fresh cold water, leave windows part way down, and park in the shade. When outside temps reach above 80 degrees its best to not leave them in a parked car period.

Spring has Sprung and the Kittens are Coming!

Bye bye Winter, hello Spring, or as we in the animal biz call it, KITTEN SEASON!

Kitten season is the time of year (typically early spring through early fall) when animal shelters and rescues are flooded with, you guessed it, unwanted litters of kittens. It is most common for cats to give birth in the early spring, peaking in the summer, and usually tapering down in the early fall. The easiest way to help reduce the number of unwanted kittens is to have your pet cat spayed or neutered. PAWS of JH just so happens to have an excellent spay and neuter voucher program that issues free to low cost surgery vouchers in the Greater Jackson areas (more info below).

Surely, altering your own cat helps offset the number of unwanted litters, but there is more that we can do to really help make a dent into the amount of unwanted kittens born each year. PAWS of JH is expanding our efforts to reduce the growing number of feral cats in the Greater Jackson areas. Unchecked populations of feral cats lead to suffering and the spread of communicable diseases.
Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) is the most humane way to get control of the feral cat population. These cats are accustomed to living outdoors and would not thrive in a shelter or home environment. The kindest thing we can do for these cats is to care for them and make sure their populations are controlled. Over time, these healthy colonies will diminish due to halting the reproduction cycles, our harsh climate, old age, and natural predation. Currently PAWS works with two local trappers who will go to your property, trap the feral cats, bring them to a local vet to be altered, and then return the cats to you. They’ll even give you free cat food to keep the colony fed and happy. PAWS of JH will cover the surgery costs and has resources for donated cat food.

WAYS TO HELP
1. Spay/ Neuter your own cat. If the cost of surgery isn’t something you have budgeted for this year please fill out a spay/ neuter voucher application via our website and we will contact you shortly. https://pawsofjh.org/programs/spay-neuter/
2. Be aware of feral/stray/outdoor cats living on your property and have them altered. Please call the PAWS office at 307-734-2441 if you have cats living in your backyard, shed, barn, etc and PAWS can get a trapper out to your property to trap them, transport them to the vet, and return them. This time of year you may see mother cats with litters and the best thing you can do for these babies is to get them spayed or neutered before allowing them to live on your property or attempt at adopting them out to the public. Kittens are able to start reproducing at four months of age.
3. Be a friend to the feral felines. Once the cats have been altered provide them with food, water, and adequate shelter. These cats prefer to be out on their own and “wild,” but do need a little help from their human friends. Putting out cat kibble and fresh water will help keep these cats healthy as well as improve your relationship with them. There is trust in food. If your property does not have a separate cat friendly shelter you can make outdoor cat boxes for very little money.
Check out this DIY example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpW69fNzcjc
4. Adopt don’t shop. If you are in the market for a feline addition to your home please adopt from one of our local shelters or rescues. Your new cat will come spay/neutered, fully vetted, and most importantly you will be saving two cat lives, the one you’ve adopted and the one that will quickly takes its place.
5. Volunteer. Interested in being part of the kitten season solution? PAWS of JH is currently recruiting cat-trappers in Star Valley, Jackson, and Teton Valley so we can continue to expand our efforts and always have a trapper ready when needed. PAWS can provide training with an existing trapper for those who are not trap-savy. PAWS will provide all of the needed supplies for successful and safe trapping. Not into trapping? Please spread the word to your friends, co-workers, and neighbors that our TNR and Spay/Neuter Voucher programs exist and that we are happy to help! Feel free to contact our office at 307-734-2441 or [email protected] for any additional information.