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RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER MARCH 2014 PAID AN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CITY OF IRVING Spring Break Camps will be available at city recreation centers March 10−14. Camp details are on Page 7. PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE Keep Irving Beautiful needs volunteers for the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off. Get details about this opportunity on Page 6. IRVING, TX PERMIT NO. 883 March 2−8 has been proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week in Irving. See tips for emergency preparedness on Page 4. VOL 21 . NO 3 CITY OF IRVING.ORG PET SAFETY, PROPER CARE Irving Dog Park hosts Pet Pawlooza Pet Picasso creates art at Pet Pawlooza Activities, Adoptions, Contests Planned for 2014 Pet Pawlooza Irving’s Dog Park will be transformed into an amusement park for canines during Pet Pawlooza. Preceding the pet festival will be Wags and Whiskers Week, when animals without families can be adopted for little or no cost. Pet Pawlooza will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the Irving Animal Care Campus (IACC), 4140 Valley View Lane. Pet Pawlooza, which celebrates the fourth anniversary of the Irving Animal Care Campus, will be the culmination of a week’s worth of low- to no-cost pet adoption opportunities during Wags and Whiskers Week, March 25−29. u  March 25 – Two animals can be adopted for the price of one on Two-Furr Tuesday. u March 26 – Animal adoptions will be discounted by 50 percent. u March 27 – Dogs weighing 40 pounds and heavier will be available for free adoption. u March 28 – Cats, ages 1 and older, will be available for free adoption on Clare Morris Free Feline Friday. u  March 29 – Free adoptions for animals ages 4 and older; and half off for younger pets. “It is through special events, like Wags and Whiskers Week, when the IACC experiences a boom in adoptions, donations and visitors,” said IACC Shelter Supervisor Ashley Woolnough. “During the 2013 Wags and Whiskers Week, 220 homeless animals found families; $640 in donations were collected to help Irving animals; and the IACC welcomed 880 visitors on the day of Pet Pawlooza.” Pet Pawlooza, which caps off Wags and Whiskers Week, is the pinnacle of pet-friendly entertainment. Dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes will enjoy an atmosphere that can best be described as a caninefriendly amusement park. The canine-carnival will feature pet product vendors, demonstrations, as well as costume and agility contests. Entry fees collected from contest participants and other donations will benefit IACC animals. “Wags and Whiskers Week featuring Pet Pawlooza is all about family as many homeless animals will find loving, forever homes,” Woolnough said. “Excitement for Wags and Whiskers featuring Pet Pawlooza is spreading as this year’s events show promise of being the best yet.” At Pet Pawlooza, children can get a free safety kit. The free child ID kits include photos and fingerprints of children, and a personal data form for parents or guardians to update on an annual basis. Admission to the Pet Pawlooza is free and the first 100 Pet Pawlooza attendees will receive a voucher for a free future pet microchipping service (Irving residents only; one voucher per household). Attending dogs must be on a leash with up-to-date vaccinations. Complimentary shuttle service will be available to transport attendees to Pet Pawlooza from the SanMar Distribution Center parking lot, 4701 Northview Drive, as IACC parking is expected to fill up quickly. The IACC, which is a cooperative partnership between the City of Irving’s Animal Services Department and the DFW Humane Society, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Adoptions must be processed 30 minutes before closing. To see a real-time listing of animals available for adoption or to learn more about the IACC, visit For other information, call Animal Services at (972) 721-7788 or the DFW Humane Society at (972) 721-2256. n The city reminds residents of ordinances that protect pets and people from danger. All dogs and cats 4 months and older must be registered with the City of Irving. The cost of pet registration is $5–$15, depending on whether the pet is sterilized and has a microchip. Instructions for pet registration can be found at animal-services. The city’s leash law makes it illegal for animals to run free in the city limits, even with an owner present (unless at city dog park). Dogs must be restrained using a properly fitting leash, chain, collar or harness that is being held by the owner at all times. Pet Waste Cleanup The city requires residents to clean up after their pets. It is against the law to allow an animal’s waste to remain in any public place or on another person’s private property. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into drainage ways and eventually into the Trinity River where it impacts recreational lakes and sources of drinking water. Tethering Dogs The city also has a ban on unattended tethered dogs. Only responsible pet owners who maintain direct physical control are allowed to tether their dogs. This means the owner must be outside with the dog and near enough to exercise control over the animal at all times in the event it should become necessary to protect an animal or human from harm. Residents also are reminded that it is against the law to leave an unsupervised animal in a parked vehicle. Unattended pets can be impounded. The penalty for violating any of these city ordinances could result in a fine of up to $2,000. For more information, contact Irving Animal Services at (972) 721-2256. as Pe ts on le h in publi n c places

City Spectrum, March 2013

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