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Talkin' Pets News

March 21, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Jurassic World Reptiles

Producer - Lexi Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guests - Sara Amundson is the President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund and she will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/21/20 at 5pm ET to discuss animal protection legislation.

COUNTRY NEWCOMER JOE HANSON RELEASES “CATHARTIC” SINGLE “PART OF ME” PREMIERED BY THE BOOT - Joe will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/21/20 at 630pm ET to discuss his music and pets with a gift package give away

By Sara Amundson and Kitty Block

As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, we are asking Congress to act quickly on an important bill that would ensure that millions of animals held in research laboratories and enterprises like puppy mills and roadside zoos across the country are not forgotten.

The Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act, H.R. 1042, introduced last year by Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Peter King, R-N.Y., is ripe for passage, with more than 200 bipartisan cosponsors. The bill would require all facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including commercial animal dealers, exhibitors and research labs, to have emergency response plans for the animals in their care when disaster strikes.

This commonsense idea has been on the table for many years, but the urgency to pass it is greater today than ever before. With cities and states imposing quarantines and curfews, and businesses shuttering their doors and asking employees to stay home, animals in institutional settings are extremely vulnerable to neglect and/or abandonment. Our federal government has a responsibility to protect them, and to hold such facilities accountable.

The PREPARED Act would require regulated facilities to submit plans that identify emergency situations, including human and natural disasters (pandemics, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.), power outages and animal escapes, and institute specific policies and protocols to respond to these emergencies. Plans would need to include instructions for evacuating the animals, shelter-in-place, provision of backup food and water, sanitation, ventilation, bedding and veterinary care.

We already know that not including animals in disaster plans can lead to terrible outcomes. After Hurricane Katrina, more than 600,000 animals were abandoned. Some people refused to evacuate and lost their lives because they couldn’t bear to abandon their pets. At our urging, Congress then went on to pass the PETS Act, which required state and local authorities to take into account—and to plan for—the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals before, during and after a disaster. Unfortunately, the law did not cover commercially owned animals, which is the reason the Humane Society Legislative Fund has been pushing for the PREPARED Act.

Not requiring commercial facilities to have a plan in place also places undue burden on first responders, the local community and nongovernmental entities involved with rescue efforts. Because of Katrina and many other deployments, the Humane Society of the United States knows firsthand the difficulties of providing care for thousands of animals in a significant disaster, and the COVID-19 crisis is a disaster of a greater scale than our country has ever experienced.

Facilities doing National Institutes of Health-funded research are already required to have disaster plans for their animals, as are those accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The PREPARED Act would simply level the playing field to ensure that puppy mills, roadside zoos and other regulated facilities also have emergency response plans. It’s a win-win for the businesses too, because it helps them safeguard their activity while ensuring animals they use are not abandoned without care in a time of crisis.

The world around us is changing every day. As we focus on keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we cannot and should not forget the millions of voiceless animals in puppy mills, roadside zoos and research labs. They need our help now, more than ever. Please take a moment to contact your federal legislators and urge them to cosponsor the PREPARED Act if they haven’t yet, and do all they can to get this bill passed immediately.

Kitty Block is President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

Talkin' Pets News

March, 14, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Technical Consultant - Bob Page

Special Guest -  Dr. Dana Varble from NAVC will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 3/14/20 at 5pm ET to discuss Pets and the Coronavirus

Talkin' Pets News

March 7, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media / Techinical Adviser - Bob Page

Special Guests - Dr. Carole Lieberman - 5pm ET to discuss the spread of the Coronavirus and the mental effects on society...  

Rising country star Karissa Ella’s poignant music video for her single “More Like Her” off her EP Blossom is on CMT.com and she will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/7/20 at 635pm ET to discuss he music, love of pets and wanting to be a foster pet parent

Talkin' Pets News

February 29, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-host - Jasmine the Dog Trainer, Tampa, Florida

Producer - Lexi Lapp Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Lea Price, Director of Communications for the Doris Day Animal Foundation will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/29/20 at 630pm ET to discuss Doris, her love of animals, the foundation and the property from the estate of Doris Day Auction

Talkin' Pets News

February 1, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Gino Sassani - Reptile breeder and specialist

Producer - Lexi Adams

Reporter - Dan Adams

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist Introduces Petfax Act to Combat Puppy Mills Protect Consumers, Holly Gann, Director of Public Affairs Animal Wellness Foundation will Join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 5pm ET to discuss

Alyssa Trahan is making waves with her first release of the year, “Memories Not Dreams" and will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/01/20 at 635pm ET to discuss her new single

David MacNeil, CEO of WeatherTech will join Jon & Talkin' Pets at 720pm ET to dfiscuss his dog Scout and the 6 million dollar Super Bowl ad

 

(Nov. 11, 2013) – After confirmation of two new flu-like canine viruses in the Tampa Bay region, The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association cautions dog owners in the area to avoid places where dogs socialize or congregate.

Last week, Hillsborough County Animal Services announced that several dogs at its shelter tested positive for respiratory coronavirus and pneumovirus. Dogs at the shelter were tested as part of a Cornell University research study.

Barry Kellogg, VMD, HSVMA’s senior veterinary advisor said: “If you notice your dog has runny eyes, a runny nose, or is sneezing and/or coughing, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.”

Management of canine infectious respiratory disease in dogs housed in close proximity to one another remains a challenge, and it is critical that veterinarians working in and with animal shelters are familiar with its various causes. CIRDC is commonly known as “kennel cough.” The pneumovirus and respiratory coronavirus are just two of the viruses that cause respiratory diseases.

Any of these upper respiratory infections cause an illness similar to when a human gets the flu; however, these are not the same disease as the Canine Flu. The viruses are not usually deadly, but infected animals should be given veterinary care, including antibiotics for secondary infections. While respiratory coronavirus and pneumovirus are not contagious to humans or cats, Hillsborough County Animal Services – the only shelter in the area – has taken steps to confine the viruses. The shelter temporarily halted adoptions, and will only accept sick or injured dogs, dogs who have bitten someone and dogs deemed “dangerous.”

There is no way to prevent outbreaks such as this, but animals vaccinated for the upper respiratory complex may fare better in such situations. Pet owners should make sure their animals are properly vaccinated. A consultation with a veterinarian who understands both your situation and the vaccines available will determine which vaccines are best for your animals.

Additional Resources and Information

  • Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, a shelter medicine specialist with the ASPCA discussed the two new viruses in her session entitled “Emerging Canine Infectious Respiratory Diseases,” part of the scientific program at the 2013 Western Veterinary Conference. Veterinarians can read the sessions notes here.

 

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association was formed as a home for veterinary professionals who want to join together to speak out for animals, engage in direct care programs for animals in need, and educate the public and others in the profession about animal welfare issues. The HSVMA is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- on the Web at humanesociety.org.