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Traveling around the country gives me the unique opportunity to talk to folks all over about our mutual love of animals and the challenges facing our fur friends and families. We have been working hard at rescuing as many animals as possible out of our CA shelters and helping to educate the public on the importance spay/neuter and the implications of pet overpopulation. We encourage you to do the same the same in your communities. If you are unsure of resources, reach out to your local rescue groups - they are a wealth of information and can use your support! We here at LBWF will continue to help our animals in need here in CA as well as providing education across the nation, but we can't do it without your continued support. Please consider making a much needed and much appreciated donation to our LBWF rescued dogs in need.With love and warmth,
Linda Blair
Cool Weather is Heading our Way!
Cool weather is upon us and the winter months will soon be settling in. It's time to prepare people and pets alike for the cold winter weather. Please remember to keep your pets warm and move them indoors during cold temperatures. To protect them from slippery ice, use kitty litter which will allow for traction and keep their delicate paw pads safe from irritation. Don't forget to check in on your senior neighbors and their pets too! Community is everything!
Changes in Animal Abuse Legislation!
Starting in 2016 the FBI will reclassify animal abuse in their reporting system, which means it will be a top tier federal crime. This change will allow them to track and quantify animal abuse case and will hopefully result in stronger punishment and accountability. You can do your part by reporting all signs of abuse or neglect to your local authorities. 
National Pit Bull Awareness Month and National Pit Bull Awareness Day Oct. 24th!
This month is national pit bull awareness month and pit bull and pibble lovers around the country are making strides at educating folks about this loveable, snuggly breed! Interestingly enough, one large "animal protection" group has come out speaking against the breed. They have their own horrible, delusional, media seeking agenda. It's unfortunate and won't stand. The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation loves all animals and we must all continue to show what an amazing breed this dog really is. 

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Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of two best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend:

Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers

By Dr. Judith Samson-French

A Must-Read For All Dog Lovers




Many of us can’t imagine our lives without our dog. We share pictures of them with our followers on Instagram, repost cute BuzzFeed links featuring them on our Facebook feeds, and spoil them with treats and toys – all in exchange for the incomparable love, warmth and companionship that only a canine can provide.

But how much do we really know about our four-legged friends? And is it possible that we’re often inadvertently compromising their health, safety…even life?

In 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend: Tales of Caution For Dog Lovers, internationally renowned veterinary surgeon, researcher and philanthropist Dr. Judith Samson-French exposes what happens when the good intentions of well-meaning owners go awry. With case files from Dr. Samson-French’s practice, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend invites readers into a bustling veterinary hospital, where life-and-death are everyday realities that a little education in simple do’s and don’ts of responsible canine care would see avoided.

Tackling polarizing issues such as cancer treatment, adoption, greyhound racing, medical errors and choke collars head on, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is a compassionate but unflinching reality check that no dog owner can afford to miss.

A dog with no name will be fed for 3 days with the proceeds of sales of 39 Ways. Among the topics and themes explored in it are:

· How to play the role of the pack leader – not alpha dog – if you have multiple dogs to avoid BDLD (Big Dig Little Dog) deadly encounters

· Spills that can kill: which household liquids to keep away from your dog

· Gobble, Gobble: Why you should absolutely not allow your dog any fatty leftovers this or any other Thanksgiving

· The Irresistible Puppy: What to avoid when adopting

· And many, many more!

“Although identifying details have been altered to protect the anonymity of all involved, 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is in no way a work of fiction,” states Dr. Samson-French. “The stories you will find on these pages, about more than 39 real-life canine companions, are all true. These events should not have happened, but they did, and our challenge now is to learn from them. By reading about these dogs, what went wrong for them and how it could have been prevented, I hope to empower you to protect your own pet from a similar fate.”

About the Author:

A veterinary clinician and surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Judith Samson-French owns and operates a veterinary hospital in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. A graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.) and the University of Alberta (M.Sc.), she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College.

She is currently leading a groundbreaking project that involves implanting contraceptives in unwanted dogs to prevent the births of countless dogs with no names. The DWNN project has initiatives in Alberta, Labrador and Curacao, and profits from the sales of her books Dogs With No Names and 39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend are donated to the DWNN charity, of which Samson-French is founder.

In 2013, Dr. Samson-French was awarded the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award, and featured in/on the National Post, CBC, Canadian Geographic, The Bark and more. She is also a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, and holds a Canadian Securities Course certificate – an education that has supported her work as a social entrepreneur and now sees her launch a Dogs With No Names jewelry line.

39 Ways To Not Kill Your Best Friend is currently available via the DWNN website, Amazon and in select chain and independent brick-and-mortar bookstores throughout North America.

Find Dogs With No Names on Facebook and YouTube.

Website: http://dogswithnonames.com/

Leave your pets out of Halloween festivities

  • Before the trick-or-treating starts, put your pets in a quiet room where they will be safe from all the Halloween activity.
  • Even if you are just having friends over for a Halloween party, keep your pets away from the festivities in their safe room. Masks and costumes change how people look and smell to a pet, so even familiar people may become frightening.
  • When going out trick-or-treating, leave your dog at home. Dogs can be easily excited by the Halloween commotion, and a bite or lost dog will quickly end the evening’s fun.

Keep treats out of reach

  • After you've let your pets out of their safe room, place treats safely in a high cabinet secured with a lock or child-safety latch. Many foods, such as chocolate, gum, and xylitol (a sweetener used in many foods) are hazardous to them.
  • Keep treats away from your children unless you are observing them. Children may make the harmful mistake of sharing with their four-legged friends.
  • Keep on hand the number for the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline: 888-426-4435. (The hotline charges a fee of $65 per case.) If you suspect your pet has eaten something that's bad for her, call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately.

Avoid the dangers of decorating

  • Introduce your pets to their safe room before you decorate indoors. Changes to your home can make your pets, especially cats, nervous or frightened.
  • Never leave your pets alone with Halloween decorations.
  • Be aware of which decorations pose threats. Some hazards are obvious, like lit candles (fire hazards and toxic to birds if scented). Here's a partial list of other dangerous decorations: rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (possible poisons), fake cobwebs (can choke or entangle pets and wildlife), potpourri (toxic to birds), and strung lights.

Head off outdoor horrors

  • Bring your pets indoors before night falls. Cats are always safest inside with you, but on Halloween it’s especially important to secure all pets inside.
  • In case they escape, make sure that all of your pets are wearing tags with current IDs (and consider microchipping them). Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of opportunities for a pet to slip outside and disappear into the night. Proper ID will help you reunite with your lost pet.

Visit humanesociety.org/halloween for the full list.

NYC Animal Planning Task Force Urges Pet Owners to
Plan Ahead in Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Agencies provide disaster preparedness tips, remind public that shelters are pet friendly

NEW YORK—At the request of the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), animal welfare agencies in the OEM’s Animal Planning Task Force urge pet owners to develop an emergency evacuation plan to keep their families and pets safe before Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New York City.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team (NYC VERT) are reminding pet owners that all evacuation shelters are pet friendly. Several evacuation shelters opened their doors this afternoon, and pet owners should check the OEM's Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder to locate the nearest evacuation zone, and the system will direct pet owners to the proper facility. The public can also obtain this information by calling 311.

“The best thing you can do for you and your pet is to plan ahead before Hurricane Sandy makes landfall,” said Dr. Dick Green, director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA. “Don’t wait until the last minute to see if the storm will affect your neighborhood. Act now, find your nearest evacuation shelter, and tune in to your local news to monitor the storm’s condition. And remember, all of the City’s evacuation shelters for humans are pet friendly, so please take your pets with you if you need to evacuate.”

The Animal Planning Task Force offers the following tips on disaster preparedness:

  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification. Micro-chip your pet as a more permanent form of identification.
  • Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid supplies. Take this with you if you evacuate.
  • Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
  • Choose a designated caregiver who can take care of your pet in the event you are unable.

Low-lying areas of the city that are most at risk for flooding and other damage and are designated as “Zone A” low-lying areas in the Coastal Storm Plan include: Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens; South Beach; Midland Beach; low-lying areas on Staten Island; and Battery Park City in Manhattan. For details and updates, please visit the OEM’s website at www.NYC.gov/oem, or call 311 to find an evacuation center.

New York City's Office of Emergency Management created the Animal Planning Task Force to develop plans for disasters — both natural and otherwise. The task force includes representatives from the ASPCA, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, AC&C, HSUS, NYC VERT, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, American Red Cross in Greater New York, Bideawee, Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Veterinary Medical Assistance Team One.

These agencies have also committed resources that include animal sheltering, veterinary support, search and rescue, supplies, staff, volunteers, and transport to provide aid in the days ahead.

For more information on disaster preparedness and safety tips from the ASPCA, please visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness/. For updates on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the animals in New York City, please visit http://blog.aspca.org/content/how-prepare-your-pets-hurricane-sandy.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Animal Care & Control
Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) is the largest pet organization in the North East, with nearly 40,000 animals rescued each year. As a non-profit organization since 1995, AC&C has been responsible for New York City’s municipal shelter system; rescuing, caring for and finding loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in New York City. AC&C facilities operate in all five boroughs to service all NYC communities.

About the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie’s Fund®, The Pet Rescue Foundation, with support from the ASPCA, is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working with Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at AC&C shelters. To achieve that goal, the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, helps its Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) work to their highest potential to increase pet adoptions and spay/neuter rates, with the goal of transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org.

About The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. For more than a half-century The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. We are supported by more than 11 million Americans. The HSUS - Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. On the Web at humanesociety.org.

About New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team
New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team is a volunteer group of veterinarians, brought together by their work following 9/11, who are dedicated to supporting New York City's working and companion animals in times of disaster.


(Aug. 10, 2012)—In response to reports of a possible increase in thefts of pets nationwide, The Humane Society of the United States reminds pet owners that there are simple steps you can take to keep your pets safe.

“The Humane Society of the United States urges pet owners to be aware of where the animals are at all times,” said Inga Fricke, director of sheltering and pet care issues for The HSUS. “Losing a pet is a devastating experience and we urge people to take these extra precautions to ensure the safety of their pets.”

  • Never leave your pet outdoors unattended. Your pet should be safely indoors at all times, and should always be within your sight or earshot when outdoors.
  • When outdoors, your dog should be in a securely fenced yard. Pets who normally stay near home can become frightened, or enticed to leave by an interesting sight or smell, and may not be able to find their way home – they may not be technically stolen, but are gone nevertheless.
  • Always check to ensure that fence gates are securely closed before allowing your dog outdoors, and regularly check for holes in or under the fencing that a dog could slip through.
  • Never leave your pet tied outside a store or alone in a car, even if you will be inside for just a minute. A well-meaning individual may actually believe your pet has been abandoned, and take her away in an attempt to ensure her safety.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag with your current contact information included. It is a good idea to microchip your pet, and put the tag that identifies the microchip company and ID number on her collar.
  • Build a pet-friendly network of neighbors who can monitor suspicious activity in your neighborhood and intervene if they see your pet walking with a stranger.
  • Report a missing pet immediately to police and animal control authorities, and mobilize your neighborhood to help search for her.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

-The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) offers five fast tips for owners who plan on bringing Fido to the office-

(Greenville, SC) – As thousands of dog owners prepare to bring four-legged friends to the office during Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog to Work Day® Friday, June 22, APDT, a professional organization of more than 6,000 dog trainers, offers tips to keep in mind for the safety of everyone in the office. In addition, pet owners looking for qualified training programs are encouraged to use the APDT’s extensive resources to find the best trainers in their area for everyday safety.


“Not only should pets be properly trained before being brought to the workplace, but preparing the office beforehand is also important,” said Mychelle Blake, APDT Executive Director. “‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ also serves as a great reminder for pet owners to ensure their dogs are trained correctly to help avoid unwanted behaviors such as biting or barking in unfamiliar environments. Whether bringing home puppies or older dogs, we encourage owners to enroll in our C.L.A.S.S.® program to successfully train dogs using positive methods.”


These easy-to-follow tips will help owners remain safe and courteous during Take Your Dog To Work Day:

· Ask yourself:

a. Is my dog happy and relaxed around all kinds of people or other dogs?

b. Is my dog fearful or anxious in new places?

c. Is my dog well house-trained and well mannered?

If you answered ‘no’ to any of the above, please reconsider bringing your dog to work.

· Talk to your co-workers and/or post a note in the break room letting them know your dog will be visiting on Friday.

· Contact your vet to ensure your dog is up-to-date on rabies and other vaccines.

· Ensure your pet is well-groomed, bathed, and parasite-free (fleas, ticks, mites, etc).

· Download signage to hang on your door on Friday, to let co-workers know there is a dog in the office. (See www.takeyourdog.com)

According to the American Pet Product Association, 2011/2012 National Pet Owners Survey, three percent of dog owners (equating to 1.4 million people) take their dogs to work regularly and also bring their pets on routine errands more than twice a week. With increased public and professional exposure, it’s essential dogs are well-trained and safe toward others, which is why the APDT has developed it’s educational program, Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.). The proactive program encourages owners to use positive reinforcement techniques to train dogs for “real life skills” while helping build stronger relationships with pets and features three training levels. Assessed skills in each level vary in the amount of difficulty before pets ‘graduate.’ In addition, owners can also search an online database for certified C.L.A.S.S. trainers and instructors across the country.


For more information on C.L.A.S.S. visit www.mydoghasclass.com. For more information on the APDT visit www.apdt.com or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To learn more about Take Your Dog To Work Day, visit www.takeyourdog.com.



About APDT:

Founded in 1993, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of more than 6,000 trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. APDT’s primary mission is to represent and advance the dog training profession through education and advocacy while increasing public awareness of dog friendly training techniques. http://www.apdt.com

About Take Your Dog to Work Day®

First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day. http://www.takeyourdog.com/index.php

Peggy Frezon is an author, pet columnist, and multiple award-winning freelance writer from New York. She contributes regularly to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is published in more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her work can also be seen in magazines such as Woman’s World, Teaching Tolerance, Pockets and others, and in books including The Ultimate Dog Lover, Miracles and Animals, Soul Matters, and David Jeremiah’s Grace Givers. She writes two web columns, Pawsitively Pets and Animals 4 People, is a staff writer for Be the Change for Animals, and blogs at Peggy’s Pet Place. Her first book is Dieting with my Dog (Hubble & Hattie, 2011).

Kelly--photo by Jennifer May

photo by Jennifer May

A native of the Green Mountain State of Vermont, Frezon studied Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Writer’s groups include the League of Vermont Writers and Marbleshapers. Peggy and her husband Mike have two children, and share their home with their spaniel-dachshund rescue dog, Kelly.

NAPPS Provides Holiday Safety Advice for Pet Parents

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.— The leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and the holidays are just around the corner. Soon it will be time to hang decorations and kickoff the holiday baking season. The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, encourages pet parents to protect the lives of their pets during the holiday season.

“Candles, wires, and chocolate can be fatal for a pet if left too accessible,” said John D’Ariano. “We urge pet parents to keep decorations that can be a danger to their pet’s health out of reach.”

Baking and trimming the tree are often holiday traditions in many pet parents’ homes.  As the excitement of the season approaches, we must remember to keep our pets away from dangerous treats and decorations. With so much extra décor and treats in the house, pet parents must keep a close watch on their pets, especially during the holidays. NAPPS encourages pet parents to decorate with their pets in mind, keeping any dangerous materials out of Fido’s reach.

Before including pets in the holiday festivities, NAPPS advises pet parents to take the necessary precautions and the following tips into consideration to ensure a safe and happy holiday for the whole family.

Holiday Safety Tips to Remember as you Celebrate the Season:

Reduce Stress
Strangers and large groups in the home can create excitement—and stress—for pets.

Consider these methods for reducing pet stress during gatherings:

-Reduce holiday stress for pets by maintaining regular exercise and feeding routines during the holiday.

-Exercise dogs shortly before a party to reduce stress.

-Provide a private room or area where pets can retreat to avoid the stress.

-During a busy party or day, a pet placed outdoors (including by a well-meaning guest), can be forgotten and freeze. Make sure someone is assigned to each pet to check on them during regular intervals.

-Dogs should be trained on how to greet guests—when greeting guests at the door, consider placing dogs on a leash. 

General Tips
-Holiday plants with berries can be toxic, cause vomiting or worse, especially holly, mistletoe and poinsettias.

-Candles, incense and menorahs can all be dangerous to pets. Keep them out of reach of pets or have them supervised when lit.

-Potpourri and tobacco products left out can be toxic to pets.

-Be careful how you attach costumes to pets. Pets can choke on rubber bands, string, ropes and ribbons. These items can also cause discomfort if put on too tight or left on too long.

-Chocolates can be toxic and fatal to pets; forego nice displays of chocolates if they will be unattended and easily accessible to pets.

-Provide healthy treats for guests to give pets.

-Guests should be prepared by letting them know you have a pet or pets, and providing a few simple tips on invitations:

     "Please don't feed Whiskers, or leave food or beverages where she can reach them."

     "Please stay with children when greeting and playing with Dusty."

     "Please do not let or take Sparky out of the house without checking in with me or Bob, so we can give you the lay of the land." (Unannounced walks will not let you warn the walker about neighborhood dangers).

     "Please let us know if you're bringing a pet."

-Keep bones (especially splinter-prone poultry bones) away from pets.

-Keep lids on garbage cans and keep them secure when no one is in the kitchen. Animals can smell treats from the next room!

-Don't leave alcoholic beverages unattended.

-Secure trees to both the floor and ceiling, if possible, to prevent them from falling.

-Pine needles can choke and puncture intestines. If you have a live tree, consider how you deal with this common problem.

-Consider what ornaments you will place on more reachable low-hanging branches. Place ornaments with string hangers vs. metal hooks down low.

-Food on Christmas trees can tempt your pets. Consider whether or not hanging candy canes, ginger bread, popcorn or cranberries is a good idea.

-Make sure pets cannot get at the water in the tree base. Tree water can contain fertilizers and bacteria.

-Tinsel is attractive to pets and can block intestines or choke; consider an alternative decoration for your tree.

-The holidays bring increased use of electrical cords, which can be chewed through and cause electrocution. Tape them over, put them under rugs, or spray them with a non-toxic, bad-tasting ingredient, such as Bitter Apple.

-Many children's toys have small parts, which can be seen by pets as enticing play toys.  Children should know the harm that can come to the family pet if they don't pick up and put away all of the pieces of their games and toys.

About NAPPS: NAPPS is the only national nonprofit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of professional pet sitters. The Association aims to help the pet owning public, those interested in pet sitting, and professionals engaged in the in-home pet care industry by fulfilling its vision statement, serving as "the most respected authority in professional pet sitting." It does so by providing the tools and support to foster the success of its members. Additionally, pet parents can benefit from NAPPS' free resources including a disaster preparedness guide, tips on how to select a pet sitter, and a nationwide referral service,. To find a pet sitter in your area, check out NAPPS' nationwide "Pet Sitter Locator" at www.petsitters.org. For more information on NAPPS, please follow @TheNAPPS on Twitter or join us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheNAPPS.


(LOS ANGELES, CA) September 8, 2011 - SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority; www.seaaca.org) has released a list of tips to help pet owners keep their pets safe from wild animals. As communities grow and expand into previously undeveloped areas, wild animals (coyotes, raccoons, snakes etc.) are losing much of their natural habitat. As a result, they are becoming more acclimated to urban and suburban surroundings and can navigate access into residential areas and back yards. This encroachment of wild animals can be a problem for domesticated pets including cats and dogs. Wild animals can easily hurt, maim or even kill household pets that do not have the survival skills or temperament to defend themselves from wild animals.

To help pet owners, SEAACA has provided some guidance to keep domestic pets safe from wild animals. Some of SEAACA’s tips include: 

·      Do not leave food outside. Wild animals can be expert foragers. If you leave food outside (leftovers, pet food or anything else), it can be a magnet for wild creatures, which then can create an unsafe encounter with your pet.

·      Do not let your pet roam outdoors. If you live next to hills or more natural terrain, you might have many wild animals nearby. When domestic pets roam in these areas, they can be targets for attack.

·      Get your pet vaccinated. Wild animals can be a mode of rabies transmittal. Ensure your pet is vaccinated just in case he or she is attacked and infected.

·      Notify the authorities. If you notice a wild animal or animal tracks near your home, immediately contact your local animal control or wildlife service agency. They have the resources and skills to handle these situations and make your environment safer for your pet.

·      Protect your home. Make sure wild animals cannot get into your home through open doors or windows. Many wild animals roam in the nighttime, when you and your pets are sleeping and may not hear them enter your home. Lock and secure your doors and windows before you go to bed.

·      Clear your surroundings. Excessive debris, vegetation, fallen trees and hillside brush and shrubs can be enticing hiding places for snakes and other wild animals. Clear the areas around your home to avoid unwelcomed surprises for you and your pets.

·      Keep your pet on a leash. When hiking or walking trails with pets, make sure to keep them on leashes that are at most six feet in length. Longer leashes or no leashes at all, can allow your pet to explore hidden areas and possibly uncover snakes or other wild animals. 

“As our population continues to grow and we encroach upon wildlife, we need to be extra vigilant about pet safety,” noted SEAACA Executive Director, Dan Morrison. “With a few smart precautions, we can protect our much-loved pets from dangerous encounters with wild animals,” he added. 

For more information about pet safety or SEAACA, please visit www.seaaca.org, or call the appointment line at 562-803-3301 ext. 251.   

SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority) provides animal care and control services for 14 cities in southeast Los Angeles County and northern Orange County, including Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Buena Park, Downey, Lakewood, La Palma, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate and Vernon. SEAACA's Animal Care Center located in Downey reunites pet owners with lost pets and assists new pet owners with pet adoptions. SEAACA’s Animal Wellness Clinic, also located in Downey, spays and neuters all adoption animals plus provides vaccinations and microchipping to the general public. For more information about SEAACA, please visit www.seaaca.org.

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