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Pet Smart Adoption Event (Youree Drive-Shreveport)

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General Membership Meeting Trinity Episcopal Church, 2nd Floor

23 Cane River Green Market Adoption Event

July 10 General Membership Meeting Trinity Episcopal Church, 2nd Floor 14

Pet Smart Adoption Event (Youree Drive-Shreveport)

August 11 Pet Smart Adoption Event (Youree Drive-Shreveport) 14 General Membership Meeting Trinity Episcopal Church, 2nd Floor

Begging for More Purina One or Purina Pro Plan Puppy Food Pedigree or Purina One Adult Dog Food DRY FOOD & CANNED FOOD Accepted

Campti Animals Need YOUR help! Keep Natchitoches Parish Beautiful: Don’t Litter, Spay and Neuter A concerned citizen who was trying to help with spay and neuter in our rural communities wanted to help a family who took in stray dogs and could not afford to have them spayed or neutered, therefore, two dogs over time soon became close to 30 dogs. This concerned citizen had a scheduled trip to Robinsons Rescue, a low cost spay and neuter clinic in Shreveport for 8 of these dogs to try and help with their overpopulation. When the living environment was assessed, it was determined that there was an overwhelmingly number of dogs, puppies and cats and that the eight dogs could not go back into the environment. The trip was canceled and the family determined that they could no longer properly care for them . Thanks to the help of Wurster Vet Clinic, Happy Tails and several community members, many of the dogs have been adopted out. Organizations are full and overwhelmed with the amount of stray dog and dumped dogs and puppy calls we get almost daily. Natchitoches Hope for Paws is doing its best to educate the importance of spay and neuter. This Campti situation got out of control very fast and the owners became so overwhelmed they didn't know what do. There are several more situations such as this Campti one and we can't sit back and allow the innocent animals to suffer. SEVENTEEN puppies were just found in the woods in Flora. There is a problem of overpopulation in Natchitoches Parish. Please help your animal rescue groups on the importance of spay and neuter. Contributed by Director of

NHFP, Jenn Helander


Make a Difference: Volunteer! NHFP is looking for volunteers this summer. It gets extremely hot here and it’s very important that we check on our dogs regularly to make sure they have an adequate amount of food and water. If interested in volunteering contact Danielle Antoon at 318.332.2969 or email natchitocheshopeforpaws@yahoo.com.

Current Police Jury Ordinance: "Animal ownership is encouraged and welcomed within this parish; however, strong emphasis is placed on responsible ownership of animals. Animal owners are encouraged to respect the rights of their fellow citizens and also those of their animals" 4.36 - It shall be unlawful to keep or harbor a dog over six months of age anywhere in an incorporated area of Natchitoches Parish unless a rabies license has been procured for the animal from a licensed veterinarian. Animals must be identified by a rabies tag, or metal plate bearing the owner's correct name and address on its collar. Dogs at large anywhere in the unincorporated areas of Natchitoches Parish without a rabies tag or identification name plate, or tag shall be deemed nuisances and may be impounded. Any person harboring, keeping or allowing an unidentifiable dog to be at large when such dog shall be identifiable is guilty of a violation of this section. 4.37 Nuisances-Infractions: A. The owner or keeper or any dog shall not allow it to be at large and not under control wherein such animal creates a nuisance factor to public and private property and/or the welfare of others. B. All female dogs, while in season, shall be confined in a clean, dry place not accessible to male dogs and kept there during the entire heat season, (three weeks)........... Here is a math challenge for you: One female dog has a litter of 4 puppies. She has the same number of pups twice a year for 6 years. If every puppy born from every litter during those six years has four puppies, how many puppies will have been produced during that 6 year period? If allowed to breed, one female dog can cause the production of 67,000 puppies within 6 years!


Dog Days of Summer: Pet Tips

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Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your dogs, but remember that hot days for your dog feel like its high noon, you're walking barefoot on asphalt wearing a full-length fur coat. By following these simple guidelines, you and your dogs can have a wonderful summer. Never leave your dog in the car unattended. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside the car can reach well over 150-degrees in a matter of minutes. Being locked in the car is similar to what it would feel like if you jumped into a 350-degree oven. If you think it's safe to leave your dog in the car with the air conditioning on, there are many dangers in that too. The worst would be someone stealing your vehicle and your dog; or your engine could stall, killing the air conditioning and possibly killing your dog; or your dog is loose inside the vehicle jumping around inside and he hits the gear shift and your car crashes into the store where you are shopping. Best plan, don't take the dog with you if it is warm outside. Dogs should never ride unprotected in the bed of a pickup truck. They can be thrown out during sudden stops or accidents, or leap out to see something interesting on the side of the road. Riding in the pickup bed is especially dangerous in the summer because truck beds heat up quickly and can scorch the pads of your dog's feet. You may think the wind feels cool as you are driving, but the bed will still be hot and the sun will be beating down upon them. Exercise only the cool of the morning or evening. Dog's don't have an efficient cooling system and can suffer heatstroke while walking or jogging with you on a hot day. Remember, temperatures at two to three feet above the ground where your pet stands can be 20-degrees hotter than at five to six feet up. Even going for a walk can be hard on the dog. Asphalt becomes very hot quickly and can burn their paws, so don't make your dog stand or sit on the hot pavement. Water should be plentiful and clean. Make sure that water is available for your dog both inside and outside. If you are walking your animals bring water along for all of you. Hydration is extremely important when it is warm outside. If your dog is left outside, be sure there is always a well shaded area for him to rest that has plenty of fresh water available. Check for shade and cool water at various times of the day since the sun moves significantly from morning to evening. Misting systems and wading pools will also help to keep your pet cool. Place several containers of water in different locations so your pet always has water available. Water that has been heated up by the sun or tipped over does your pet no good. Because dogs cool by panting, they need to have plenty of water available on hot days. Humidity interferes with your pet's ability to get rid of excess body heat. Your dog only perspires from the area around their paws which is not enough to regulate body temperature efficiently. To rid themselves of excess heat, dogs pant. Air moves through their nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body that is then expelled through the mouth. This is efficient, but is severely limited in high humidity or when the animal is in close quarters. Heavy coated dogs need to be brushed daily to remove dead hair. If you clip your dog during the summer, don't go to bare skin or you will expose him to sunburn. Continued on page 4

Laila is an all white terrier mix who came to us because her caregiver could no longer keep her. She is good with other dogs and people. Laila is DEAF! She is surrounded by dogs barking all around her and she can't hear a thing. When we let her out she stays right by our side. She doesn't know what has happened to her family that she once had. She is a sweet girl and would love a forever home. The shelter life is just too much for her. We are not sure about little children and would be concerned with her disability if a small child walked up behind her. To visit this sweet girl and to find out more about her, please contact Jenn at 318332-2969. Laila is also heartworm negative, has all of her vaccinations and is spayed!


Jump in & Join Us! Don’t forget to join Natchitoches Hope for Paws. Membership levels begin at $10 for youth and $30 for adults! We receive no federal, state, or local government funding for our lifesaving medical and rehabilitative programs or for general operation of our private facility. Please consider making a donation today to help us save lives of homeless animals. Thanks to those who donated $100 or more this past month: Paul Foshee, Jr. ~ Wende Juncker ~ Jody Kane ~ Esther Weir Gold Paw Level ($500): Janie S. Mills Donations from Organizations: Humane Society World Spay Day Contest: $459.18 Fleur De Lee Lee: $4500.00

Fleur De Lee Lee organizers present $4,500.00 to Hope for Paws in memory of Lee Lee Summerell.

A special thanks to all of the vet tech students and NSU volunteers who helped us during the 2011/2012 school year. Also to the LSMSA Animal Welfare Club who gave up many Saturdays to help at the site. We couldn't do it without you!

We couldn’t resist sharing this photo from a friend in Lafayette! Congrats Nicole & Cody!

Continued from page 3: Dog Days of Summer Dogs can benefit from sunscreen too. Dogs with light skin and hair can burn just like their human companions can, complete with pain, peeling and potential for skin cancer. If your dog is "fair skinned" you should keep them away from prolonged sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and when you do go out, put some sun screen on the tips of the ears, the skin around the lips and the tip of the nose.

PO Box 2552 Natchitoches, LA 71457 (318) 332-2969 www.natchitocheshopeforpaws.org

Older, ill or overweight dogs cannot deal with the heat. The have a hard time regulating their body temperature so be certain they stay cool. Brachycephalic breeds with short noses like Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Bullmastiffs and others, need protection from the heat because they can't pant as efficiently as a dog with a longer nose. Antifreeze can kill your dog. During hot weather (and other times too) keep your dogs from drinking out of puddles in the street which can contain antifreeze and other toxic chemicals. Antifreeze has a sweet smell and taste that animals like, but it is extremely toxic so keep your dogs from sneaking sips from puddles. Keep your dog on a leash if you are in an unfenced or unfamiliar area. Being on leash will keep them from getting lost, fighting with other animals, eating and drinking things they should avoid and allows you to keep an eye on their condition. If your dog succumbs to heatstroke, you need to act quickly. Symptoms include: vigorous panting, unsteady gait, thick saliva or froth from the mouth, vomiting, pale gums, lethargy or collapsing. You want to cool him down swiftly, but not so abruptly that you shock his system. Cover him with a sheet and apply cool water. (Don't use ice, this cools them too quickly.) You can also put your pet in a tub of cool (not cold) water. Encourage him to drink, but do not offer ice water. If you are going to rinse him with a hose, let the water run for a few minutes to get the hot water out of the line. Finally take him to the veterinarian. Even if they seem all right, you veterinarian will completely check him over for any lingering effects. Contributed by Kathleen Riley-Daniels; www.examiner.com


Natchitoches Hope for Paws_June 2012 Newsletter