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May is a chock full of celebrations for dog lovers that will delight purebred and mutt fans, rescuers, and fur moms. There are specially designated days to observe, a treasured canine competition to watch, and a fun local event to hit. Let’s take a look!

Right out of the gate on May 1 is National Purebred Day with the motto, “Celebrating the Heritage, Diversity and Predictability of the Purebred Dog.” This day was founded almost ten years ago by writer Susi Szeremy. She believes that purpose-bred dogs should be recognized and preserved through education and awareness.

Today there are more than 400 purebreds, and they’re defined as those who can trace their pedigree/

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North Yarmouth, ME — Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home and the Maine POM (Pet Oxygen Mask) Project will benefit from a pet first aid/CPR class taught by Cumberland, Yarmouth and N. Yarmouth Animal Control Officer Bobby Silcott. The class will be held on Sunday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the N. Yarmouth Fire Dept., 463 Walnut Hill Rd.

Participants will learn how to administer pet CPR, medications, and treat emergencies including wounds, choking, bleeding, fractures, electrical shock, heat stroke, seizures, care for eye, paw and ear injuries, and more.

Silcott, a former 30-year veteran of the Naples Fire Department and an ACO since 2006, has also worked for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. As a firefighter/EMT, he saw firsthand the tragedy of people losing pets, a situation sometimes avoidable if first responders had been equipped with pet oxygen masks at the scene. He began raising funds for the POM Project in 2009, also receiving instructor training in pet first aid/CPR, actively teaching classes throughout New England since that time.

“As of January, the POM Project has donated more than 600 sets of pet oxygen masks to fire/rescue departments,” said Silcott. In addition to saving companion animals, they are also used for K9 law enforcement working dogs in the line of duty. “There is no downside to educating people about how to save their companion animals. I am very fortunate to be a part of all this and raise funds for life saving pet oxygen masks in the process,” he added.

Laurie Dorr, president of Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home, said, “We are grateful to Bobby, who totally volunteers his time, for providing expert instruction in the essential efforts involved in caring for our pets. Though he raises funds for the POM Project, his agreement to share class proceeds is but a small measure of his immense generosity and compassion.”

Cost of the class is $80 which covers a reference book and certificate. Funds go to purchase a kit of small, medium and large pet oxygen masks for local fire and rescue departments, as well as to Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home. Class size is limited to 20 and advance reservations are necessary. Please contact Laurie Dorr at 207-831-6020 or email finallyhomerrh@gmail.com.

Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home adopts and cares for needy senior dogs and networks to help other senior dogs find their “furever” homes. Visit www.finallyhomemaine.org.

To learn more about the Maine POM Project, visit www.mainepomproject.org or contact Bobby Silcott at 207-595-5644.

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Dear Dog News Readers, Hooray for May! For me, I feel a bit refreshed and energetic this time of year because the winter months are behind us, we have more sun, and things start to turn green and colorful once again. From here on out until it gets cold again, we will spend as much time outside as we can.

Pepper just turned nine on April 14th. She has a little bit of gray on her chin, and there are small things that I notice that might be a little different, but I don’t think most would guess that she is nine years old. She still has a lot of energy and looks great! She eats her fruits and veggies! She recently got to visit Kate at Water Bark Wellness for a couple of swims, and she couldn’t have been happier. I’m sure she’d stay there all day if she were allowed. We also took a couple of nice walks in spots where we know we won’t run into many other dogs.

If you have read my previous letters, you know that Pepper has reactivity issues when we encounter dogs on walks out in public which keeps us home a lot. I have bought a fresh new package of hot dogs which is what we use for counter conditioning, and we’re going to give it another effort at least until it gets too busy or too hot. She does like to get out and sniff other places. Happy Mother’s Day to all the dog moms and human moms out there! Keep an eye out on our calendar. ‘Tis the season when fun doggie and pet events will begin!


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“It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them” ― John Grogan

Welcome to May! I love spring days that remind us that the longer, warmer days are here and soon we’ll live with color all around us again! It brings me such peace to see the flowers bloom and to get my hands back into the garden soil. It also means we can walk our pups without bundling up and dealing with mud season! That alone is a win. For those of you new to Furry Words, I’m a psychic for people and pets with most of my readings being done over the phone. I can connect to your pet long distance the same way I can connect with them in heaven- I simply tap into their energy. Here are some of the questions I received on my Sara Moore Enlightened Horizons Facebook page. Just a reminder that a reading is not a replacement for licensed medical care. Enjoy!

Nicole asked about Diana, her Sharpei. “Was she in pain?” I feel what the animal is or was feeling, and I don’t feel sharp pain, but I kind of get gas pains in my belly. It’s almost crampy but not as bad as you thought it was. She also said she was working you a bit because she LOVED all the extra attention she was getting. When I was three, I got a shot in my butt cheek and limped for a week. When my cousin Meg came over, she asked if I wanted a horsey ride and let me tell you, I hopped right on! When I got off, my limp mysteriously reappeared. Diana is a little embarrassed I’m telling you

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the energy at the end to sustain his life. For that he is sorry. You were his world, and it’s kind of like the tale of star-crossed lovers who have so much potential but life or illness gets in the way. That being said, I see him with your dad in heaven.

this, but she is also grateful that she didn’t suffer. The end of her life was timed perfectly.

Donna C. had a white Lab/ Pointer mix named Hans. “Is he OK now, and did he understand all the medical stuff he went through and that I was trying to help him?” He said that there were times where it was like being rushed into an ER after a car accident and not really understanding what was happening because things moved really fast, but he always felt safe and taken care of. He is sorry that the efforts were futile (his word), but he did not have

Jen B. has a French Bulldog named Bumple and wants to know how she’s healing from her brain infection and if she’s in pain. My ears actually feel a little fuzzy to me when I tap into her energy, like I’ve been at a really loud concert close to the speakers. Her brain feels tired, which is interesting, not like tired after a concussion, but almost…energetically bruised? I don’t think I’ve ever tried explaining this feeling before! The only longterm side effect that annoys her a little is the ears. She almost didn’t make it, and the minute she made peace with that, she recovered. This is a lesson in surrendering for you. As I told my son the other night, when you’re faced with a situation that overwhelms or confuses you, when you go to bed, simply let it go and give it to your higher power to sort out. You both did that, and it worked!

Kathy C. wants to know if Murphy, her Springer Spaniel, is confused or scared at night. Nope. There’s a LOT of energy that swirls around you Kathy, and he’s feeling all of it though! You’re a soul who is a master manifester, and when you ask for something, you usually receive

it. When you go to bed, it’s like the ghosts in Harry Potter flying all over the room putting away your stuff or energy from the day. It’s actually really neat to see, but Murphy kind of wishes he didn’t. He knows he’s safe around it, but it’s like being in a hotel, going to bed, and the cleaning staff starts vacuuming around you. I’m chuckling at this, but it’s a lot for him. You can ask the staff to keep helping you, but to please do it a little more quietly!

Katie wants to know what Poppy, her Shepherd in heaven, thinks of her life after death, and does she think of her brother dog Bodie the Goldendoodle? The first answer is about Bodie. She checks in with her the same way you’d look up an old high school or college friend. She sort of takes a peek, smiles at her successes and joy, but it’s not her responsibility to maintain that and just knowing she’s happy is enough. As for heaven, she is being very silly and showing me a cartoon of a dog laying on her side, eating meat off a bone, and then licking her fingers. I’d say she’s loving it!

Thank you to those who submitted questions, and I hope you enjoyed hearing what your pup had to say. If you’d like a longer reading or to learn more about Sara, go to www. enlightenedhorizons.com and follow her on Facebook.


Q. Why is my dog eating dirt?

Ask the Vet… Eating

A. Dogs do like to eat some odd stuff. Some eat dirt. This can be frustrating for the guardian, but figuring out the reason is important for your dog. Dogs do eat some odd stuff like garbage, poop, rocks, and dirt. Most of the time it is the puppy who eats the dirt. Puppies, like all babies, experience their new world by putting everything in their mouths. They usually outgrow this desire. When these pups continue to eat dirt or start eating dirt at an older age, the causes should be explored.

In the spring dirt has collected all the winter flavors and may be very tasty. This would be self-limiting as the weeks go by. Many folks add bone meal to their gardens in the fall and again in the spring. Dogs love bone meal. It is part of a natural diet. The problem is the grade of bone meal used in gardening. Grease drippings from the back yard grill

will seep into the ground making it irresistible to Fido. Contaminants such as winter run off from roads and walks, pesticides, herbicides, and other toxins can also be in the soil, which are a concern. Parasites in the dirt is another problem with your pup’s dirt eating habit. Sometimes a basket muzzle is needed when your pup is on a walk or unsupervised in the yard.

Some dogs have a behavioral

problem called obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD is where the dog has no control over an excessive repetitive behavior like chewing feet, digging the carpet, or eating dirt. Seeing a veterinary behavioralist would be needed to diagnosis this disorder and to treat your best friend. More common is a bored Fido. Dogs need physical and mental engagement. Many pups are either left outside or inside all day without much to do. Dogs are creative and can find ways to relieve this boredom. They may get into your house plants, start landscaping your yard or their kennel. Giving him plenty of sniff walks, mental stimulation, and constructive interaction with you and the family can solve the problem.

Another reason is a diet lacking in minerals, vitamins, and other micronutrients. Many bags of kibble have been sitting around for weeks or longer since made. With time some of the nutrients disintegrate, others are not fully bioavailable. If a homemade diet is lacking, especially in calcium and other minerals and vitamins, dirt eating can occur. Addition of a high-quality vitamin mineral mix may resolve

the dirt eating. Sometimes your dog is looking for a healthy mix of probiotics. These are often found in the soil. Adding a quality pre and probiotic to the diet may do the trick.

There may be health issues causing your dog to eat dirt. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and hypothyroidism are two possible concerns when dirt eating becomes a problem. Anemias will stimulate Fido to eat dirt because of the lack of iron. With IBD, absorption of nutrients can be difficult. When Fido has an upset stomach, dirt eating can help soothe the stomach and intestines because of the clay in the soil. Caution needs to be taken so your pup doesn’t get intestinally impacted. Extreme dirt eating, especially with other symptoms, needs to be taken seriously. It is important to have your best friend examined by a veterinarian.

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genealogy back three generations. While many purebred dogs no longer serve their original purpose – think of the Dalmatians who once led fire trucks – responsible breeders are committed to maintaining them as close to their original standards as possible. For information on beloved breeds and to share yours, facebook. com/NationalPurebredDogDay.

Going hand in hand with National Purebred Day is the 147th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Westminster Week features over 3,000 top-ranked dogs in various competitions, with 15 Maine dogs participating. The major dog groups participating are Sporting (with Bracchi Italiani as the newest recognized breed), Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. An exciting tidbit is that the show is returning to NYC after a twoyear stint in upstate New York due to COVID-19.

The competition begins May 6th with Westminster’s Canine Celebration Day including the Masters Agility Championship, the Masters Obedience Championship, Dock Diving, and Freestyle Obedience demonstrations. On May 8th and 9th, there’s daytime breed competitions and Junior Showmanship preliminaries. Evenings will feature Group judging, Junior Showmanship Finals, and concludes with Best in Show on May 9th. Check local listings for the 16+ hours of coverage on FOX Sports. Tune in and keep an eye out for the Maine competitors to cheer them on.

The first Sunday in May – this year it’s the 7th – is Mayday for Mutts, a holiday to spread love for and acceptance of mixed-breeds aka mutts. The purpose is to encourage animal shelter adoptions, giving these pets not only a terrific home but a great life. There are plenty of local shelter pets to visit and get to know if you’ve been thinking of adopting. Some may offer a trial period such as foster-to-adopt programs. This allows you to see if the mutt not only fits into your home but meshes with resident animals.

Mutts are widely accepted as being a few or more breeds, and their popularity has grown. In 1974, the canine movie about a stray mutt, Benji, hit screens, and the 4-legged star took America’s hearts. By 1978, the Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America, aka MBDCA was founded,

and they offered events for those excluded from purebred comps. (MBDCA is dissolving, but the St Louis chapter will remain.)

May 8th is National Catahoula Leopard Dog Day. Catahoula is part of the breed’s name in honor of their origin, the Catahoula Parish in Louisiana. The Catahoula Leopard Dog, an intense and high energy breed, is also referred to as Catahoula Cur, Catahoula Hog Dog, Catahoula Hound, and Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog.

Catahoula Rescue of New England: Houlas & Heelers Inc. is an allvolunteer group based in Warren. Founder and Director, Shannon L. Nachajko, is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming this independent thinking breed. Their mission is to advocate for homeless Catahoula Leopard Dogs, Australian Cattle Dogs, and mixes thereof. They pull their dogs mainly from high-kill southern shelters. When asked about her preferred breed despite their unique personality, she answered quickly, “You have to be able to look beyond what you see on the surface with a Catahoula. They are beautiful dogs, but that is not a reason to get one. If that is why you are attracted to one, look elsewhere because these dogs make you a better owner, trainer, and dog lover every day. Between testing our knowledge and leadership and what they already know, they are more than amazing and keep you on your toes.”

Next on the calendar is National German Shepherd Day on May10th. GSDs as they’re often called, are known for their courage, loyalty, and guarding abilities. These reasons are why they excel as police, military, and search and rescue partners. They’re

also well-suited as guide dogs for the blind.

Tuesdi Woodworth, President of Miracle German Shepherd Rescue (based in the Mid-coast area), said her love for GSDs began 35 years ago when she adopted her first one. “They are so intelligent and quick to learn. Because of their intelligence they are also extremely sensitive and intuitive and can have a wonderful sense of humor – making them a real joy to have around. The very traits that make them so desirable for a lot of people, though, also make them not suited for everyone, and I urge people to think long and hard about whether a GSD is the right breed for them.”

GSDs must have a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. They require plenty of socialization, so they don’t

their needs. That said she added, “For the right people though, who make the effort to give them the tools they need, they make an absolutely wonderful family companion.”

National Dog Mom’s Day is on the second Saturday in May – this year it falls on the 13th. It was created by the founder of the lifestyle brand, Dig Dates (a dating app to connect dog lovers!), and author of The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy, Colleen Paige. The day is designed to honor the bond between moms and their beloved pooches.

The best way to reinforce that bond is to spend quality time together. Get out and walk together, sit on a patio and have lunch (order a children’s burger for your sidekick), stop at a pet store and pick out a new toy. If your day is busy, at least take a quick drive to a custard stand together for a doggie cone. Your pal will thank you.

If you want to take a road trip or you’re near Augusta, leash up your fur kid and get to Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s 30th Annual Mutt Strut at Youth Memorial Park & Buker Community Fields, 22 Armory Street, at 10 am. Check pethavenlane.org.

Finally, May 20th is National Rescue Dog Day. The day was founded in 2018 by Lisa Wiehebrink, children’s book author and Executive Director of Tails That Teach, an organization that helps children learn the kind and proper treatment of their pets. She believes in celebrating the rescue dog in your life and advocates adopting, fostering, and volunteering for shelters or purebred rescues (and mixes thereof) to save lives.

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Her words struck me so intensely that you might have thought I’d been physically hit. I heard, “she doesn’t love you.” That’s not exactly what she said about my dog, but that’s the message I received.

Most hands went up, including mine, when the puppy class instructor asked, “who thinks dogs have a natural desire to please their owners?” “Of COURSE they do,” I thought. There I was, brand new to dog ownership but very much buying into “the desire to please,” “alpha status,” and “no people food” myths, along with many others. Those are the messages I’d heard and believed, and now this woman was telling me that they may not be accurate.

It’s hard to accept, digest, and embrace information that conflicts with what we believe in, especially when there is an emotional attachment involved. Add a hearty dose of longstanding habit, all the “they say” experts, and it becomes exceptionally difficult to change a way of thinking or doing, no matter what we are trying to change.

unrealistic concepts such as “desire to please” and “unconditional love.” We humans thrive on the feeling of being important, in control, and superior, so it gives us the warm fuzzies when we say, “my dog loves to please me” (e.g., “I am a demigod”). We are also quick to blame the dog when he fails to please us. We place ourselves at the summit of nature’s hierarchical pyramid. In doing so, we miss out on seeing the world from our dogs’ perspective, and we may interpret their behaviors solely through our human lens. This affects our relationship, training, and more. The dog can never live up to our expectations.

Does it make sense for one species to exist solely to please or “protect” another species when there’s nothing in it for him? From an evolutionary standpoint, it would be disastrous to sacrifice oneself for the benefit of another.

would be filled with dogs who only did what humans liked in the perpetual pursuit of pleasing us. And I would be out of a job I love because no dog would ever need training. Our dogs can love us deeply without the need to “please” us.

This is the lesson I learned in that class so long ago. I learned that I had to separate my emotional desire to be my dog’s raison d’etre from the reality that she was a sentient being whose Number One was, and always would be, herself. I took the onus off her to understand what I wanted and put it on me to help her learn that pleasing me meant, pleasing her in the process.

“The Concept that dogs have an innate desire to please us is a direct result of our desire to be demigods.”

“OUCH.” Right?

That quote is one of my favorites because it effectively captures the essence of why we may hold onto

What does “please” mean, anyway? We throw that word around a lot when we talk about our companion animals. Well, not cats. I’ve not heard much about “pleasing” and cats. But why not? We share our lives with them, too (by the way, you can train cats).

Where is the line?

If dogs truly wanted to please humans, I argue that there would be no “problem dogs”, no stray dogs, no dogs in need of homes, no dogs who pulled on leash or chased bicycles. The world

Dogs learn that our pleasure may predict something good for them, but we shouldn’t misconstrue this by claiming our pleasure is the inspiration for their behavior. It all comes around to patterns: if the consequence to a behavior is something a dog values, the dog is likely to repeat it, regardless of whether or not it pleases us.

All this being said, I do believe that we dog owners want to please our dogs on a regular basis! Proof? The US pet care market is valued at over $200 billion. That’s a lot of toys, treats, beds, and food!

Now go out there and please your dog some more.

Happy Training!

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In-Person Dog Classes: Are They Right for Every Dog?

Dog classes can be beneficial for many dogs, but in-person classes may not be appropriate for every dog. There are various factors to consider when deciding if an in-person class is right for your dog.

1. Is your dog fearful or anxious? Dogs that are friendly, outgoing, and sociable with both dogs and people generally do well attending in-person classes. These dogs are more likely to enjoy interactions with other dogs and new people in a controlled and predictable environment. Fearful or anxious dogs often find in-person classes overwhelming and scary which means they are less likely to learn, you are less likely to learn, and their behavior could escalate over time into barking, lunging, growling, snapping, or biting.

2. What if my dog is aggressive? Dogs with a history of aggression, excessive barking,

or lack of impulse control should not attend in-person classes. These dogs may require an evaluation by a veterinary behaviorist or a specialized behavior modification program with a qualified professional instead. Often online classes are best suited for these dogs where they and you can learn foundation behaviors in the safety of their own home.

3. What about puppies? Many in-person and online classes are designed for specific age groups. Puppies can benefit from early age-appropriate socialization in these classes as they learn critical social skills. Older dogs may require different types of class structure based on their age-related needs. When attending puppy socialization classes, it is important to make sure your puppy is not overwhelmed, has received age-appropriate vaccinations, and is free from obvious signs of disease (vomiting, diarrhea, runny noses, coughing, and skin lesions).

4. What about my dog’s overall

issues, respiratory problems, or contagious disease should not attend in-person classes. Consult with your veterinarian if your dog has any health concerns and always consider your dog’s health and well-being when enrolling in classes. Online classes may be more appropriate for these dogs once all medical conditions have been addressed by your veterinarian.

5. What if my dog has never attended training classes before? Dogs with little to no previous

training can still benefit from classes. However, you may want to start with an online class or private training session first. The behaviors and skills that a dog needs to learn can vary, and there really is not a “one size fits all” to training. Dog training is more about training the human than it is the dog. This means you are the student and not your dog. During in-person classes, it can sometimes be difficult to receive the individualized personal attention needed, therefore an individual online class or one-on-one training may be more appropriate.

Dog classes can be beneficial for many dogs, but it is important to consider the above factors when deciding if an in-person class is right for your dog. Consulting with a qualified professional such as a veterinarian, veterinary behaviorist, or certified dog trainer can help you make the informed decision of which type of class may be best for your dog.


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Puppy ownership is a rewarding experience filled with laughter, play, and snuggles. However, a new 4-legged addition to the family is not without its challenges and anxious moments. Every pet owner wants the best for the pet, and having a knowledgeable team of pet professionals to assist you is helpful. The pet professional team should consist of a veterinarian, a trainer, and a groomer. These professionals will aid in keeping your new friend healthy physically and emotionally. If the pup is a long or curly-haired breed, it will need to visit the groomer more than other professionals. For this reason, setting puppies up to have successful, positive grooming experiences is essential. Home handling and early appointments increase a puppy's chances of accepting and enjoying professional grooming.

Puppies often enter their new homes at 8 to 16 weeks old, an impressionable time in their development. As a result, frightening or painful experiences will undoubtedly shape their view of

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specific settings. Conversely, repeated positive adventures are written in their memory for life. Puppies introduced to regular gentle handling and home grooming lessons will accept it as a normal part of life. Preparing your pup for professional grooming can be simple and easy. Home handling sessions are a time to bond with your new puppy and should begin when you bring them home. Focus your first sessions on teaching your pup to be comfortable and relaxed while being held. Once you have mastered calm cuddles incorporate the following steps:

1. Touch the puppy's coat all over. Note sensitive areas like the feet, ears, tail, face, or belly.

2. Give them a gentle massage and work on the sensitive areas. Rub the paw pads, the legs, inside the ears, the tail, and the muzzle.

3. Place grooming tools next to the puppy, such as a comb and a soft slicker brush. Allow the puppy to sniff the tools.

4. Introduce the puppy to brushing. Begin with the less sensitive areas like the back and sides. Start with 2 to 3 slow, gentle strokes at a time. Praise and treat your pup for remaining calm.

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Puppies have short attention spans and limiting grooming sessions to a few minutes daily is best. Only advance to the next step when the puppy is calm and comfortable. Observe your puppy for signs of stress, including but not limited to excessive yawning, trembling, whimpering, and trying to get away. Puppies may show signs of stress if you advance to the next step before they are ready. Enrolling your new companion in a beginner puppy class will help you navigate introducing your pup to new situations.

Puppies should meet the professional groomer as early as possible after their puppy vaccination series at 14 to 16 weeks old. Vaccinations protect against infectious diseases and are especially important when taking your new friend to public spaces frequented by other dogs. Consider making appointments early to be sure your puppy receives vaccinations on schedule so as not to delay its first visit to the groomer. Carefully select a grooming salon

that offers puppy appointments during slower times of the day to minimize distractions. The first few puppy visits will provide time for a positive introduction to the grooming environment with minimal grooming. When your puppy is comfortable with grooming tools, the groomer will focus on trimming high-priority areas such as the face, feet, and fanny. Be patient with your groomer and puppy; it may take one or two sessions before the puppy is ready for an all-over haircut. Grooming is part of dogs' lifelong training to keep them in their best shape. Routine home care and handling sessions are an excellent way to bond with your pets and keep them happy to see the groomer.

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More and more people are choosing to travel with their dogs these days. If you run a search online for top pet-friendly states, you will find Maine at the top of most lists. Here you will find more than 300 dog parks, beaches and trails, and hundreds of accommodations and stores that will welcome you and your dog.

Many of Maine’s pet-friendly lodging accommodations may provide special pet welcome packages that can consist of water bowls, treats, toys and blankets. It is always a good idea to also bring something familiar with you from home, a bed or a favorite toy to help them feel more comfortable. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and travel with a copy of their vaccination records.

While Maine laws do not permit non-service dogs inside restaurants and there are many with designated outdoor seating or picnic areas where your dog may be allowed to join you. It is always best to check with the restaurant in advance.

For the outdoor enthusiasts hiking is a great activity to enjoy with your dog. Maine boasts many beautiful trails, parks and beaches to explore. Your options vary from a simple one-hour walk to a day trip or overnight adventure. Most public areas will require your dog

to remain on leash; however some may allow off leash time during certain parts of the day including Maine’s many designated dog parks.

If a city atmosphere is more your speed, check out dog friendly Portland. There you will find a variety of fido-friendly activities from annual pet events, harbor cruises, live outdoor music, petfriendly galleries, retail shops and sidewalk cafes.

No matter which activities or adventures you choose, be sure to read and follow all posted dog guidelines.

For a full list of pet-friendly parks, beaches and trails, pick up a copy of petMAINE, a statewide resource published in collaboration with Downeast Dog News (to request a copy via email: jenn@ downeastdognews.com).

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• When traveling or out on adventures, bring along plenty of water to help prevent

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• Make sure your dog has been treated for fleas and ticks. Ticks carry many diseases including Lyme. If you spend time outdoors check yourself and your dog for ticks throughout the day and before you head inside.

• Dogs can sunburn. Breeds with fair skin and fur have an increased risk, as do dogs with shorter, thinner fur.

and nerve damage, gastrointestinal symptoms, and skin irritations. Algae blooms typically occur during the warmer months. Fortunately, most Maine lakes are not known to support blooms. To learn more or to view a map of lakes that may be at risk visit:

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• Always clean up after your dog!

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needs to learn to deal with windy conditions as opposed to a calm day.

Agility, Obedience, Tracking Tracking What is Needed for Foundation

In order for your dog to be successful in tracking, he needs to learn to work through many situations which can be highly variable. Your dog must learn to deal with scent contamination on the track. Depending upon the test and the area, contamination could be very high (a school playground) and very low (a quiet country field). Your dog must learn to handle contamination and lock onto the

“track” scent. Your dog must learn to discriminate the “track” from cross tracks – something which has crossed the main track – for example; a rabbit, mouse, dogs, people, horses, bicycles, etc. He has to learn to negotiate turns to the left and right, at 90-degree angles, and more open (softer) turns. He

If dogs are working at more advanced level tests, they need to realize tracks can go anywhere someone can walk; through hedgerows, woods, across roads, over stone walls, or down stairs, around buildings, through breezeways, any place someone could walk. There will also be obstacles along the way on some tracks, such as drainage ditches, low stone walls, fences, heavy brush, woods, small streams, etc. Depending on the type of test, there will also be distractions – wildlife, wildlife droppings, apples, turkey feathers, farm animals, hay bales, farm equipment, other dogs, people, dumpsters, sirens, children, cars, etc.

Articles, which are objects the dog is supposed to find along the track, can be anywhere; sometimes soon after a turn, sometimes a long way from a turn, sometimes a little off track to the left or right, or placed on a bench or low wall, or on the side of some steps. Dogs must learn to look for articles anywhere along the track. Do not become habitual and therefore predicable where you place the articles. Keep it interesting.

Dogs need to learn to deal with time variables on the track. They

should be able to deal with fresh scent and also be able to deal with tracks several hours old. Scent is relative to the conditions. If conditions are good, aged scent will not be as hard to track. If conditions are difficult – hot, dry, windy – even fairly fresh scent will be harder to follow. Dogs need to be exposed to different conditions and time frames in order to work them out. Dogs need to be able to work for the duration of the length of their track. They need both physical and mental stamina. This does not mean you need to run full length tracks every time you train. Short pieces of tracks presenting different problems will keep tracking interesting and increase mental stamina. Walking, hiking, swimming, and retrieving can all help condition your dog physically.

So, each of the above variablescontamination, cross tracks, turns, wind, obstacles, distractions, articles, time (age) and distance - all need to be considered when training. Do not combine too many variables and make the track too difficult. Success is what will build confidence. When your dog shows confidence with each one of these variables, you will have created a solid foundation for tracking.

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Carolyn Fuhrer has earned over 130 AKC titles with her Golden Retrievers, including 4 Champion Tracker titles. Carolyn is the owner of North Star Dog Training School in Somerville, Maine. She has been teaching people to understand their dogs for over 25 years. She is also an AKC Tracking Judge. You can contact her with questions, suggestions, and ideas for her column by e-mailing carolyn@northstardogschool.com.

No matter who started it, no one wants to see his dog in a fight. Dog fights can result in dog bites with severe injuries to the dogs and people involved. In rare cases, they can also result in death.

The journey to stopping a dog fight and possibly a dog bite starts before you choose a dog and bring the dog home. Or, as Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

To start your journey, commit to learning about: Canine Behavior

What we know about dogs has changed dramatically in the past three decades. If we want to do what is best for our dogs and ourselves, we must commit to learning about them. They are far more complex than your cell phone, and you cannot learn what you need to know in a 30-second TikTok or 5-minute YouTube video. Unfortunately, there are still many mistaken beliefs about dog behavior.

• I must be dominant over my dog and be the Alpha-FALSE! Dogs are not wolves, and even among wolves, dominance only plays a role in breeding. *

• Aversives such as shock, prong, and choke collars are necessary to train dogs and prove you are the AlphaFALSE! Leading pet care professional organizations recommend aversives NEVER be used with any dog as they are unnecessary and can harm the dog's welfare. They can increase aggression. *

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and teach others that dogs get to offer consent to interactions just as we do.

it erupts into a fight. You will also know when the dog consents to interaction with you and others.

The best place to learn about canine behavior, emotions, and body language is in a class taught by a professional dog trainer or behavior consultant accredited by an independent testing organization. *

Other places to start your education on canine communication are these books: On Talking Terms With Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas, A Kids' Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! by Niki Tudge, and Doggie

Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend by Lili Chin.

How to Choose a Dog Wisely Equally important to learning about your dog is choosing the best dog for you. Remember, adding a dog to your home is a lifetime commitment. *

Dogs do not experience emotions-FALSE! Dogs smile in joy, run in fear, fight in anger, and can become very attached to one another and people. *

• Dogs must accept everything we do to them, even if it causes pain or fear-FALSE! I’m unsure if this belief is due to human ignorance or arrogance, but it is unacceptable and unethical. We need to be ready to stand up for our dogs


As primates, we tend to vocalize our feelings, often quite loudly. However, dogs use many body parts to communicate with one another and us, typically before barking or growling. This is how they show us what they are feeling and whether they consent to our coming closer or are asking us to stay away. When they vocalize, they are stressed to the max and on autopilot. *

Take the time to learn how a dog communicates visually. If you do, you can often get your dog out of a difficult situation before

Different dogs were bred for various physical and temperamental characteristics. For example, some breeds were specifically bred to be very gregarious around other dogs and people; others were bred to guard and be naturally suspicious of those outside their family unit. Dogs bred to be friendly will be less likely to get into an altercation. If you need assistance finding the right dog for you and your family, talk to a pet care professional who does not sell or rehome dogs. * Fear, an emotion often associated with reactivity in a

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Don Hanson lives in Bangor, Maine, where he isthe co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) and the founder of ForceFreePets.com, an online educational resource for people with dogs and cats. He is a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A) accredited by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB)and a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP). Don is a member of thePet Professional Guild (PPG), where he serves on the Board of Directors and Steering Committee and chairs the Advocacy Committee. He is also a founding director of Pet Advocacy International (PIAI). In addition, Don produces and co-hosts The Woof Meow Showpodcast,available at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts/,the Apple Podcast app, and Don's blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com.The opinions in this post are those of Don Hanson.

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I had the opportunity to catch up with Heather Labbe, Founder and President of the Limerick, Maine based New England Lab Rescue aka NELR. DEDN covered this 501(c) (3) non-profit a few years back. At that time, Heather explained NELRs’ roots dated back to a long night at Maine Medical Center. Her husband Gary was a patient there, and while visiting him, she scrolled through Facebook.

She noted a link on her own page about a shelter Lab facing euthanasia. She was determined to save that Lab—countless hours and phone calls later, she had a foster home and transportation arranged. In the morning, she called the shelter to inform them that someone was coming to rescue the dog. He was pulled and successfully rehomed. NELR was off and running.

They’ve grown by leaps and bounds thanks to Heather, her board of directors, and countless dedicated volunteers. Driven by the love of the Lab breed, this almost 13-year-old organization has rescued over 3,000 Labs, largely from southern states and Puerto Rico. Even during the pandemic, they saved roughly 350 Labs. They all have a special place in her heart, “I think they really know [that they were rescued]. They’re so appreciative.”

NELR relies on social media for alerts on those facing an untimely demise, usually due to shelter overcrowding. They have volunteers willing to drive to a shelter at a moment’s notice. Once the dog in jeopardy is pulled, it is vetted and fostered in the state of origin. When deemed healthy and okay to travel, it is transported on its freedom ride north.

Dogs are fostered locally for at least a few days, so they can relax before being adopted—there’s great stress associated with that long drive. Because of this added component, Heather said there’s a huge need for foster homes across Maine and New England. (Visit their website link below for info.)

Heather doesn’t take her many volunteers and fosters (and their spouses/partners who pitch in) for granted. She recently hosted an appreciation event at a Kittery lobster house. “I love to treat them for their kindness.” Heather’s husband, Gary, addressed the group and emphasized fostering with a lighthearted tone: “[Heather and I] have had 300 fosters in the past 12 years, and we’re still married and happy.” (Heather explained that number included puppy


She shared that one of those foster dogs was a then 2-year-old high-kill shelter dog with behavioral problems. He had been chained in a shed for much of his young life and had neck injuries to prove it. Within hours of reading about his plight, she’d arranged for his rescue from South Carolina. The dog worked well with NELR’s trainer, and Heather and Gary now have the 4-year-old white English Lab named Rudder—he’s also the non-profit’s official ambassador.

Visit their website at newenglandlabrescue.com/ for info on donating, fostering, adopting, and the link to their Facebook page which highlights all their adoptables. Martingale collars and leashes are welcome, mail them to NELR, PO Box 58, Limerick, Maine 04048.


Jack and his siblings were rescued from down south and brought north to the land of pampered fur babies to find their forever families. Jack is your typical, adorable puppy full of fun, exploring and naps. He's a little bit shy as he's getting used to a lot of new changes, but when given the opportunity, he loves snuggling up to his people for hours! He'd love a dog sibling in his new home to help show him the ropes. He is "as sweet as pie" according to his fosters, who adore him, but he will need patience and a family that will be super proud of all the progress he makes. As with all puppies, training is strongly recommended. See more info on him at our website, newenglandlabrescue.com.

Jack and his siblings were rescued from down south and brought north to the land of pampered fur babies to find their forever families. Jack is your typical, adorable puppy full of fun, exploring and naps. He's a little bit shy as he's getting used to a lot of new changes, but when given the opportunity, he loves snuggling up to his people for hours! He'd love a dog sibling in his new home to help show him the ropes. He is "as sweet as pie" according to his fosters, who adore him, but he will need patience and a family that will be super proud of all the progress he makes. As with all puppies, training is strongly recommended. See more info on him at our website, newenglandlabrescue.com.

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FAIRY, 1 year old, Shepherd Mix

Almost completely deaf and blind, she spent the winter at the Maine State Prison as part of the Pope Memorial Humane Society

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View more available dogs on our website, downeastdognews.com. Many rescues are showing dogs by appointment only right now. Some rescues do not offer phone numbers and require you apply online. Please see the contact info. highlighted in yellow below each dog.

RILEY, 2 years old, Mixed Breed

He loves to be active and would love to go on adventures with his future family. He will make a great hiking companion. He seems fine with other dogs, cats are unknown, and great with kids who can handle his size. He knows a few commands already and works on them every day.

FMI: www.pawsadoption.org

SARGE, 2 years old, Hound Dog

He has hunting experience in his past home, and boy does it show! He is focused outside, nose to the ground, following tracks, and running in circles. Sarge is a strong boy who will need work on his leash manners, but he is incredibly friendly. He is also a huge cuddle bug loves car rides, and stuffed kongs!

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CHEVY, 9-10 years old, Mixed Breed

This gentle giant is Chevy, and he is the sweetest and easiest going guy!!!!! He is so loving and affectionate that he visits nursing homes. Chevy is 90 pounds of pure love and joy. He would love a home where he can be the one and only fur baby, but we promise he will be all you need.

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years old, Pitbull Mix

She is fully trained, does not need a crate, as she is nondestructive if left alone. She is good with older, calmer dogs (cats unknown) and kiddos! She loves all people and is very affectionate.

FMI: www.pulledfromthepits.com

TRUDY, 4 months old, Pyrenees Mix

She is very sweet and gentle, and loves to snuggle, play and romp. She is a fast learner, both curious and adventurous. She is crate trained and sleeps throughout the night. Trudy will be a wonderful addition for a very lucky family. She loves everyone and everything!

FMI: www.fetchinghope.com

KELLEY, 7 years old, Pit Bull Terrier

She enjoys life in the slow lane. She likes getting to know people who are calm, quiet and understand personal space when it comes to meeting strangers. Butt scratches and snacks are a must, she is not picky! Home home with people over the age of 18 and without small creatures

FMI: www.pethavenlane.org


1 year old, Pitbull Mix


A lowrider built boy! He is a shelter favorite! He is great with everyone and everything! We would like to get him out asap, unfortunately, we are at capacity. If we get an approved foster/adopter, Moose can make a jail break!

FMI: www.pulledfromthepits.com

MIMI, 4 years old, Australian Cattle Dog

She would be great as the only dog. Mimi loves to run and play. She is house trained and crate trained. She prefers woman! She is affectionate and will follow you around. She is a true heeler in that when she bonds to her person she loves them with all her heart!

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TASHA & SCOUT, bonded pair, 8&6 years

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Tasha (8) and her younger brother Scout (6) need a forever home together! These two goons adore walks, swimming, and rides in the car. They have lived with young kids and love their people. Would be best that there not be other dogs or cats in the home.

FMI: www.olddogsnewdigs.com

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Black Mouth Cur Mix

Miss Daisy is a very sweet, friendly, playful girl. She loves walks and is learning how to walk better on a leash. She loves being by the water, and going for boat rides. She loves to play, but also will snuggle up with you on the couch. Daisy is dog selective and would do best as the only dog in the home.

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JASMINE, 4 years old, Mixed Breed

Loves kids, she is currently fostered at a home in Maine with kids 7+ years old. She really loves treats, and does little spazzy dance moves to show her appreciation. She would probably do best in a home with no other dogs, but it may be possible to introduce her to another dog over time. No cats.

FMI: www.blessedbethebullies.com

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May C lendar

To submit or get more information on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com

These events are currently scheduled as of our production date however please check with the event organizers to ensure they are still taking place on these dates.


Saturday, May 6

Rockland 12PM - 3PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.


Sunday, May 7


American Kennel Club Tracking Dog

Excellent Test (TDX). Hosted by On Track Agility Club of Maine. Location: North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. Interested in learning about tracking? Come and watch AKC Judges judging the teams in the beautiful fields in Somerville. This test is an advanced tracking test for handlers and their dogs who are being tested to earn this prestigious AKC TDX title. Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@myfairpoint.net FMI.


Saturday, May 13


Register as a walker, register as a team, or register as a virtual walker! All monies raised will help support Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s mission to provide hope, healing and second chances to each animal that comes through their doors. There are some paw-some price incentives for top fundraisers! FMI or to register: give.pethavenlane.org/MuttStrut2023


Saturday, May 13

Augusta, 9AM – 3PM

Beginners and Beyond Beginners

Tracking Workshop with AKC Tracking Judge Carolyn Fuhrer. Benefits On Track Agility Club of Maine. Location: Viles Arboretum, Hospital St., Augusta. Annual spring workshop for beginners who want to learn the wonderful sport of tracking with their dogs. This is where it all begins. Working Teams: $175. Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@ myfairpoint.net FMI.


Saturday, May 13

Thomaston 12PM-3PM

Join PMHS staff and volunteers as we celebrate National Be Kind to Animals Week at Pope Memorial Humane Society 25 Buttermilk Lane, Thomaston. Rain or shine. Meet some furry or feathered friends, try out the “Be A Vet” station, make toys for the shelter animals, there will be games, crafts, snacks and more. No entry fees. popehumane.org


Sunday May 14 Rockland 12PM - 2PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at 235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.


Tuesday, May 16

Rockland, 11AM – 1PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure? Bring them down to Pet Quarters located at

235 Camden St, Rockland and Shannon Nachajko from Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.


Saturday, May 20 TBD

On Track Agility Club of Maine Tracking Certification Day. Certification tracks will be available for handlers and dogs to try to achieve AKC tracking certification. For more details and information, please contact Kathy at kduhnoski@ myfairpoint.net or call (207)691-2332.


May 18-21


The Southern Maine Coastal Classic presents four days of AKC All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 174 Bruce Hill Road, Cumberland, Maine. Shows run from Thursday, May 18, through Sunday, May 21, 2023, beginning at 8am

each day, outdoors rain or shine. FMI visit yckc.org or Facebook: York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc.


Saturday, May 20

Thomaston, 12PM – 2PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure?

Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue.


Sunday, May 21

North Yarmouth, ME 10AM – 3PM

Finally Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home and the Maine POM (Pet Oxygen Mask) Project will benefit from this pet first aid/CPR class. Held at the N. Yarmouth Fire Dept., 463 Walnut Hill Rd. The class is $80 which covers a reference book and certificate. Funds go to purchase oxygen masks for local fire and rescue departments, as well as to Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home. Class size is limited to 20 and advance reservations are necessary. Contact Laurie Dorr at 207-831-6020 or email finallyhomerrh@ gmail.com.


Wednesday, May 24 Portland

Bring your dog to a Sea Dogs game 6PM – start the game with a parade around the ball field led by Slugger, then enjoy the game in the leftfield grandstand. Tickets are available at seadogs.com, or by calling 207-879-9500. Only 300 tickets available. www.milb.com


Saturday, May 27*

No. Yarmouth, 9AM – 3PM

To Benefit: Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue And Retirement Home in No. Yarmouth. Where: White Pine Community Church, 94 Cumberland Rd. *Rain Date June 3rd. Come do your Christmas shopping early! Furniture, pocketbooks, baked goods, clothing, housewares, pet items, and much, much more!!!

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Exploring Maine with your dog? Check out our 2023 petMAINE Guide featuring: Dog Parks, Beaches, Trails, Daycares, Kennels, Retailers, Lodging, Activities and more! To request a copy — Call Jenn: (207) 706-6765 or email: jenn@downeastdognews.com View online at: petMAINE.com PETMAINE.COM DOWNEASTDOGNEWS.COM Dog Parks Beaches Trails Daycares Kennels Retailers Pet-friendly Lodging Dining Activities and more! THE ULTIMATE GUIDE ENJOYING MAINE WITH YOUR PETS!

DOG BITES from page 11

dog, can come from many places, including your dog's genes. For this reason, I encourage you to meet the parents of any dog you think about bringing home. If either parent displays fearful or timid behavior, their offspring will likely be on the fear spectrum. *

If you choose to get a rescue dog, you may not know much about their lineage and probably will not get to meet the parents. Rescues typically



Where: White Pine Community Church, 94 Cumberland Road, No. Yarmouth

When: SATURDAY, 5/27/23 @ 9 AM – 3 PM * Rain Date 06/03/23

have a rough start in life. They may have been orphaned, seldom get the socialization needed as a puppy, and may have experienced physical and emotional trauma. Shelters usually do a great job, but we can all agree that ending up in a homeless shelter would be traumatic for any person or pet. Therefore, we need to be very patient with a rescue as it may be several weeks or months before the dog feels comfortable in a new home. While a rescue dog will unlikely start a

training class immediately, seeking immediate help from a credentialed professional could shorten the adjustment time. *

I recommend completing all the steps above at least one month before bringing your new dog home. Next month I will discuss what you can do if you have a dog that is reactive to people or other animals.

*Supplemental materials on this topic can be found on my blog at https://forcefreepets.com/blog/

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Midcoast Humane Announces Public, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics

Brunswick, ME – In response to a rising trend in unaltered pets and unplanned litters entering its shelter, Midcoast Humane is hosting a Public Spay/Neuter Clinic for dogs and cats. The clinic will take place at the shelter’s facility at 5 Industrial Parkway on Monday, May 22nd. All surgeries include the rabies vaccine, feline and canine distemper vaccines, microchips, pain medication and nail trims.

“We’ve heard from countless people in our area that are unable to afford spay and neuter surgeries for their pets. Access to affordable spay/neuter services is critical in ensuring the Midcoast region is able to prevent pet overpopulation. These clinics will provide an opportunity for pet owners to attain these vital services for their pets at a more affordable rate,” stated Jess Townsend, Executive Director of Midcoast Humane. She continued, “Over the past year, we’ve noticed a substantial increase in the number of litters being surrendered to the shelter. We suspect that number is tied to the significant number of pets adopted during the pandemic, coupled with rising veterinary costs and fewer available veterinary appointments due to lack of staffing”.

In a study published in September of 2022, researchers at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine identified nearly 3 million spay/neuter surgeries nationwide that were disregarded during the pandemic.* Those missed surgeries, combined with a lack of affordable care and veterinary staff shortages, could create challenges for animal shelters in the years to come.

“Spaying and neutering dogs and cats not only prevents unwanted litters, but also benefits animals by reducing unwanted behaviors and helping them live longer, healthier lives than their unaltered counterparts,” stated Dr. Menolly Cote, Medical Director at Midcoast Humane. She continued, “The best and easiest way to keep generations of pets out of shelters, and reduce strain on shelters nationwide is to spay and neuter your pets.”

These lower cost clinics are intended to help the people who live in the communities served by Midcoast Humane, from Falmouth to Somerville. There are a limited number of spots available, and registration is required. The fees are: Feline Spay $130, Feline Neuter $100 - $130. Canine surgeries are based on the weight of the dogs and range from $225 dollars for dogs under 25 pounds to $350 for dogs over 91 pounds. Optional services include the Feline Heartworm test ($45), Canine Heartworm Test ($45), E- Collar ($10) and Deworming ($10).

Sponsorship of these fees may be available for some individuals, and will be determined on a case-by- case basis by the level of need and animals affected. This clinic is not intended to replace the relationship between pet owners and their veterinarians, which is crucial to helping pets live their healthiest lives.

Pet owners who wish to participate in these clinics must make an appointment by emailing Midcoast Humane’s Community Resource Manager, Tammy Walsh, at twalsh@ midcoasthumane.org or calling (207) 449-1366 x303. For a full list of the 39 towns Midcoast Humane serves, visit MidcoastHumane.Org. About Midcoast Humane

Midcoast Humane is one of Maine’s largest animal shelters, caring and finding homes for nearly 3,500 animals in a typical year, and assisting thousands more through its programming. It is the contracted animal shelter of 39 towns along Maine’s Midcoast across 1,000 square miles from Falmouth to Somerville. For more information, visit midcoasthumane.org.

*Guerios, S. D., Porcher, T. R., Clemmer, G., Denagamage, T. & Levy, J.K. (2022, September 17). COVID-19 associated reduction in elective spay-neuter surgeries for dogs and cats. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2022.912893/full

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