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RED CROSS RESPONSE TO KILAUEA LAVA UPDATE #2

HONOLULU, HI- May 4, 2018: Two Red Cross shelters remain open for residents evacuated from their homes due to the Kilauea lava threat at the following locations:

               Pahoa Community Center (15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pāhoa, HI 96778)

               Keaau Community Center (16-186 Pili Mua St, Keaau, HI 96749)

As of noon on Friday, there were approximately 200 residents at the Pahoa Community Center and 2 residents at the Keaau Community Center.

The Red Cross recommends that people prepare their emergency kits for 14 days and bring their emergency supplies with them to shelters. Full details about what the kit should contain are available at www.redcross.org/hawaii (see Programs and Services/Disaster Preparedness).

Water - 1 gallon per person per day

Food - non-perishable

Flashlight

Radio -NOAA Weather Radio

Extra batteries

First aid kit

Medications & Medical items

Manual Can opener

Multi-purpose tool

Personal hygiene items

Copies of Documents (prescriptions, proof of address, deed/lease to home, insurance policies and proof of identity

Cell phone with chargers

Family Contact Information

Cash

Bedding

Change of clothes

Towels

Dishes

You may also need:

Baby supplies - bottles, baby food & diapers

Games and activities

Comfort items

Pet supplies - collar, leash, ID, food, water, carrier, bowl & medications

 

The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world.  To send a contribution, mail your check to American Red Cross, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 or make a secure online donation at redcross.org/hawaii or call (808) 739-8109.

 

For more updates, follow the Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @HawaiiRedCross. You can also contact the Hawaii Chapter at 808-734-2101 or visit redcross.org/hawaii.

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AKC® HUMANE FUND CELEBRATES TENTH ANNIVERSARY

 

New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund, a non-profit organization committed to supporting responsible pet ownership, is proud to announce that 2018 marks its ten-year anniversary.

 

The idea to create the AKC Humane Fund was presented to the Board of Directors by Dennis B. Sprung and it achieved 501c3 status in 2008. It was created with the mission to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. The Fund set out to provide financial support to organizations that educate adults and children about responsible pet ownership, provide for the health and wellbeing of all dogs, and preserve and celebrate the human-animal bond. Charitable and educational activities include: Breed Rescue Grants, Grants to Domestic Violence Shelters that accept pets, Scholarships, Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE Awards) and funding the AKC Library.


“Over the past decade, the AKC Humane Fund has been making great strides to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible ownership,” said AKC Humane Fund President Doug Ljungren. “Countless contributions have been made through the Fund to establish educational programs, provide grants to organizations and assist breed rescue, and we see no signs of stopping. We are excited to see what’s in store for the future of this charitable organization that has made such a difference in the animal-loving community.”


Each year, through its John D. Spurling Scholarship, the AKC Humane Fund awards five scholarships totaling $10,000 to full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the wellbeing of dogs and responsible pet ownership. The Fund gives back to the sport of dogs through its George Ward Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to apprentice handlers pursuing academic and professional enrichment. In 2017, two grants of $5,000 each were awarded through this program.

 

The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. These grants make it possible for women’s shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse. The Fund has contributed to more than 120 Domestic Violence Shelters since its inception in 2008.

 

Additionally, The AKC Humane Fund is dedicated to assisting groups that protect pets, including those involved in pet welfare, rescue and health. Its rescue grant program provides financial assistance to not-for-profit canine clubs and rescue groups that take on significant, rescue-related expenses. Through its Sandy Fund Grant, which was founded after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, The AKC Humane Fund supports organizations that are performing disaster relief services in their communities. The Fund has donated $40,000 to hurricane relief efforts through this program in 2017.

 

To learn more about the AKC Humane Fund and its other programs and awards, visit http://www.akchumanefund.org/.

 

Support the AKC Humane Fund by taking surveys: sign up for the Survey Monkey Contributes survey panel, choose AKC Humane Fund as your charity, and for every survey you complete, the AKC Humane Fund will receive $0.50. Get started here: https://contribute.surveymonkey.com/sign-in.

 
 

Talkin' Pets News

April 21, 2018

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Natalia Morris, oldest sister and main songwriter for SOUTHERN HALO as well as a big pet lover, will join host Jon Patch 4/21/18, live on Talkin’ Pets at 630pm ET to discuss & give away their upcoming album, Just Like in the Movies

~ ISLE OF DOGS and Wes Anderson Launch CrowdRise Campaign to Benefit Best Friends Animal Society ~

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Click the image above for a special video message from Wes Anderson about the contest

Every day, more than 4,100 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters, simply because they don’t have safe places to call home. Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing. They believe that by working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All by 2025.

  • 6 people will win the full set of 6 figures
  • These sets are 6 of only 100 ever made
  • They will NOT be sold in any stores
  • These figures were designed and hand finished in London by the same puppet makers who created the puppets for the film
  • Each set comes with 5 dogs and Atari
  • This is your chance to own a piece of Wes Anderson and "Isle of Dogs" history

Every $10 is a chance to win, so $50 = 5 entries

Click Here for the official CrowdRise page.

No purchase or donation necessary to enter or win

 

-Pet Industry’s Premier Event, held March 21-23, in Orlando, FL, celebrated major milestones

at high-energy, record-breaking Show-

(Stamford, CT) —Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA) is proud to announce Global Pet Expo 2018 successfully wrapped its 14th Show with record-setting size during the three-day Premier Industry Event. Global Pet Expo, presented by APPA and the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), boasted a Show Floor spanning 352,300 net square feet of exhibit space to accommodate the growing number of attendees and booths.

 

Global Pet Expo, where the pet industry met All Under One Roof, experienced impressive growth in the number of exhibiting companies with 1,164, up three percent from 2017, with 272 first-time exhibitors making their debut at the Show. The Show Floor also expanded with 3,523 booths, a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s Show. Total buyer attendance was 6,508, representing 77 countries from around the world.  More than 2,100 buyers attended Global Pet Expo for the first time, which is a 26 percent increase from 2017. 

 

“As the premier industry trade show, it is of the utmost importance to Global Pet Expo officials that we continue to expand the offerings and enhance the trade show experience for attendees each and every year,” said Darmohraj.  “And, we’re excited to announce the Show Floor will be even bigger and better than ever at the 2019 Show.”

 

This year’s Global Pet Expo was marked with high energy and enthusiasm as attendees and exhibitors were more engaged than ever before. New educational and networking opportunities and increased social media engagement created a constant buzz on the Show Floor.  For the first time, mini educational sessions took place in the New Products Showcase that were so well attended there was standing room only. And the debut of aquatic seminars in the Aquatic Lounge on the Show Floor were a welcome addition for members of the aquarium industry.

 

Overall, the 2018 expanded Academy was a huge success attracting nearly 1,800 attendees, up 12.5 percent from last year. The Academy, managed by PIDA, featured 20 speakers offering 35 hours of retailer education on topics such as social media marketing, competing with online retailers, merchandising tips, customer service solutions and the hottest topics in employment law.

 

Social media engagement was also at an all-time high, as the Show employed the latest trends to reach thousands of users.  Compared to last year, 25 percent more people were retweeting, mentioning and hash-tagging about Global Pet Expo 2018 on Twitter, while on Instagram, the #GlobalPetExpo hashtag was used nearly 10,000 times. New for this year, Global Pet Expo took advantage of the growing popularity of Instagram stories by posting our own, while more than a hundred people mentioned the Show in their Instagram stories.  Global Pet Expo also received over 1,000 Facebook live views, and the Show’s Snapchat filter was seen by more than 5,000 people.

 

Global Pet Expo featured more than 1,000 entries in the impressive 30,000 square-foot New Products Showcase, as more buyers turned out than ever before, casting twice as many votes for their favorite products. Now in its eighth year, the New Products Showcase “Best in Show” awards ceremony took place on the Show Floor where awards were handed out to Best in Show, Second and Third place winners across nine categories. Petronics, Inc. took home the top prize in the Cat category with their new “Mousr” and Aquapaw, LLC took home top Dog category award with their new “Aquapaw Pet Bathing System.” With more entrants and more votes cast than ever, buyers narrowed down top picks to determine the winners. Visit the press center on GlobalPetExpo.org for a full list of the New Products Showcase winners.

 

Global Pet Expo also garnered national media attention from those within the industry and outside the industry as outlets were eager to share the latest trends and products with their pet-owning audience. From representatives covering for NBC, CBS, Fox, USA Today, industry trade publications and more, Global Pet Expo provided fun and exciting content on endless amounts of pet product and ownership information. 

 

2018 also marked a commemorative year for both associations as they celebrated milestone anniversaries, APPA’s 60th and PIDA’s 50th, at a special reception for their members held during Global Pet Expo.

 

“It is remarkable to think that this organization, founded by a small group of distributors meeting in Chicago in 1968, continues to provide value to distributors, their suppliers and customers all these years later,” commented PIDA president Steve King. “We are very proud of our legacy of service to the pet industry and look forward to helping our members thrive as they face future challenges and opportunities.”

 

Similarly, APPA was founded by a group of 17 companies in 1958, and six decades later consists of over 1,200 domestic and international pet product manufacturers, importers and livestock suppliers, representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.

 

“As we’ve looked back at how The Association got its start with just a few key players in such a small industry at the time, it’s amazing to see the progress we’ve made that has led us to where we are today, part of a 69 billion dollar industry,” said Bob Vetere, president and CEO of APPA.

 

During Global Pet Expo, APPA released its annual pet industry spending figures- announcing a record-breaking $69.51 billion in pet spending for 2017, up from $66.75 billion in 2016.  Estimated spending for this year is $72.13 billion; another 3.7 percent growth.

Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. It is not open to the general public. The 2019 Global Pet Expo will take place Wednesday – Friday, March 20-22, 2019 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. For details, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

 

“The level of attendee and exhibitor engagement was fantastic this year, creating such high energy and buzz throughout the Show, making it the most successful Global Pet Expo to date,” added Darmohraj.

 

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Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2018 Show featured 1,164 exhibitors, 3,523 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. Additionally, 6,508 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. The 2019 Show will take place March 20-22, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes more than 1,200 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. APPA is also proud to grow and support the industry through the following initiatives: Pets Add Life (PAL), the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), The Pet Leadership Council (PLC), the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), Bird Enjoyment and Advantage Koalition (BEAK), and the Pet Care Trust.  Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) has represented the interests of pet product distributors since 1968. The mission of PIDA is to enhance the well-being of the wholesaler-distributor, to promote partnerships with their suppliers and customers and to work cooperatively with other organizations in fostering the human-companion animal bond. Visit www.pida.org for more information.

 

 

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world's largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that 23 exceptional students from 16 states have been awarded the American Kennel Club (AKC®) Junior Scholarship for 2018. The scholarships are offered to high school, college and graduate school students, and range from $500 - $2,000.

“These young men and women are dedicated not only to the sport of purebred dogs, but to their academics as well,” said Mari-Beth O’Neill, VP Sport Services. “It gives us great pleasure to reward these students with our AKC Junior Scholarships. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors in their studies and involvement with dogs and The American Kennel Club.”

Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance and involvement in AKC events. They are required to submit documentation that they are members of a club and have volunteered to work, as well as an essay on how the applicant has been involved with providing education about purebred dogs within their school and/or community.

This years’ recipients are a diverse representation of the canine sport. They have accomplished a great deal in the dog world and participate in many sports, including conformation, agility, hunt tests, obedience, and more. These young men and women plan to continue in the sport, as well as judge and continue their families’ breeding programs.

2018 Junior Scholarship Recipients

First Name

Last Name

State

Alexandra

Backos

PA

Taylor

Del Duca

CO

Jennifer

Necker

NM

Justin

Schultz

IL

Amelia

Smith

NY

Diana

Chan

CT

Amy

Clark

IN

Matelyn

Cobban

MO

Mary

Ctibor

GA

Elizabeth

Ctibor

GA

Kaitlyn

Dreese

PA

Grace

Freeman

MO

Carroll

Giese

PA

Zachary

Gulaboff Davis

OR

Madison

LeRoy

WI

Claire

O'Neil

CA

Steven

Reiss

NY

Annika

Dechert

WY

Katharina

Grohowalski

KY

Taylor

Scott

OK

Amanda

Swanson

NY

Rebekah

Woodworth

CT

John

Woodworth

CT

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About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

42k+ Sign Care2 Petition Calling for PetSmart Grooming to Close
After Numerous Dogs Die in Its Care
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Four dogs have died in the company’s care in just five months
NEW JERSEY -- A corgi who died in a New Jersey PetSmart’s grooming care last week has become the
fourth pet to die in the company’s care nationwide this year. A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart shut
down its grooming care until an investigation into root causes is completed and changes have been made
has gathered over 42,000 signatures.
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An 8-year-old corgi named Abby became the latest PetSmart grooming casualty. Owner Chuck Crawford
said he dropped off his two dogs at a PetSmart grooming center in Tom’s River, New Jersey, only to
receive a 20-second “crude” phone call telling him to pick up Abby’s body.
In late December in Flemington, Danielle DiNapoli’s bulldog Scruffles died while in the company’s
grooming care, too. PetSmart said an internal investigation found the groomers involved followed "all
policies and procedures,” but the dog’s family was unable to speak to the groomer involved, and
PetSmart refused to write a written report summarizing the investigation.
A Care2 petition demanding PetSmart investigate and release a public report concerning the death
gathered over 91,000 signatures.
PetSmart told TODAY that the animal deaths were separate and unrelated, and it has formed a task force
to evaluate its grooming procedures.
“After Scruffles the bulldog died, the outrage caused PetSmart to launch a comprehensive review to
change the way they do grooming,” said Care2 petition author Kelsey Bourgeois. “But obviously pets are
still getting hurt and dying in the meantime. This is why we need to insist PetSmart halts it grooming
programs in all stores until root causes are identified and changes have been implemented.”
A third Care2 petition is calling for a national “Scruffles’ Law” to be implemented, which would allow pet
owners to due for damages. All together, the three Care2 petitions have gathered over 150,000
signatures.
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“[A] beautifully written look at modern veterinary medicine…the bond between humans and animals—are explored in a series of chapters, each centering around a single case…Fincham-Gray, who also has an MFA in creative writing, has created a wonderfully introspective look at the role of the veterinarian.”

Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Affecting dispatches from the life of an animal doctor…Pet fanatics and animal lovers in general will savor these bittersweet stories exploring the enduring human-animal bond. A fervent, anecdotal memoir infused with heart, compassion, and a natural love for animals on every page.”

Kirkus Reviews

“The medical aspects of the narrative will likely draw future veterinarians to the book, but it’s the tales of Fincham-Gray’s patients that will keep general readers hooked.”  

Publisher’s Weekly

“Written with candor, humility, and humor, this memoir tells of the professional evolution of a veterinary medicine graduate to a more seasoned internal medicine practitioner. This compelling read is highly recommended for anyone interested in veterinary medicine or who has a love of animals.”

Library Journal

MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS

A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss & Hope

 
   

 

SUZY FINCHAM-GRAY

A Spiegel & Grau Hardcover & eBook | On Sale April 10, 2018

A heartwarming literary debut, MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope (Spiegel & Grau; On Sale April 10) by Suzy Fincham-Gray, explores the relationships we share with the animals in our lives, and the decisions we must make when they become sick.

Since she was a young girl, Fincham-Gray knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating from school in London, she began a journey that would take her from her home along the English-Welsh border to an Emergency Room in inner-city Philadelphia, where she treated her first (but not last) dog rushed in with a gunshot wound, to eventually landing in San Diego, where she now works at a private practice. Throughout her career, she has collected thousands of stories that have shaped both her personal and professional life.

Each chapter of MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS is centered around, and named after, an animal Fincham-Gray has treated, drawing readers into her consulting room and behind the scenes to understand the complex challenges veterinarians face. We meet, among others, Zeke, a 16lb silver-brown tabby who suddenly stops eating; Ned, a rescue dog from Mexico with an unexpected illness; and Sweetie, a young pit bull terrier, whose emotional story illustrates the lengths doctors and owners will go to save a pet. Each animal comes with an owner equally as memorable, who experience varying traumas of their own. Entwined with stories of her patients, Fincham-Gray shares intimate details about her own pets that found their way into her life when she least expected it, and when she needed them the most.

Throughout her life, Fincham-Gray has maintained a passion for writing and holds an MFA from the University of California, Riverside. As her veterinary career progressed, she discovered writing to be an outlet through which she could explore the intersection of art and science in veterinary medicine, and work through the ethical and moral dilemmas she faced at work.

Fincham-Gray says, “When I first considered writing a book I was determined not to write a memoir. However, as I explored the subjects that interested me, I returned again, and again, to the career I have pursued for almost thirty years. This journey has required that I take a deeper and clearer look at my role, whether as a veterinarian or as an owner, and I have come to understand more about human relationships through my patients. I am a different doctor now than when I started writing this book, and I continue to evolve, as I view the difficulties I face daily in a new way.”

Fincham-Gray offers a unique, insider perspective on caring for an animal, and writes with the same tenderness she brings to her patients. Rich in warmth and humor, MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALSis a memorable story about the compassion, healing, and joy that animals bring to our lives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Suzy Fincham-Gray is a veterinary internal medicine specialist based in San Diego. She holds her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, did her internship and residency at University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MFA from University of California, Riverside at Palm Desert. She lives in San Diego with her husband, daughter, three cats, and two dogs.

 

 
   

 

In an interview, Suzy Fincham-Gray can discuss:

The risks and rewards of international pet adoption: The transportation of homeless pets across the country and around the world has been on a significant rise over recent years. International rescue organizations, animal welfare groups, and concerned citizens have worked to bring animals in need to the U.S. for re-homing. As a result, thousands of animal lives have been saved, but there must be more awareness and education brought to the detection and spread of disease beyond natural geographic boundaries.

Why pure-bred dogs are causing a canine health crisis:While society encourages the search for the cutest, perfectly-sized, or most uniquely colored pure-breds, science tells a different story. Human-controlled canine breeding is leading to hundreds of serious, potentially fatal, diseases hidden in their genes, including debilitating orthopedic problems, difficulty breathing and premature death. Recent DNA testing has allowed more accurate warnings of such diseases, but with the fluctuation of canine trends such as, for example, the recent popularity of squashed-faced breeds like the French Bulldog, more knowledge must be had of potential consequences.

Understanding the financial burdens of healthcare, and knowing how much is too much to spend: In 2017, it was estimated that Americans spent over $69 billion on their pets with 23% going towards veterinary bills. Intensive medical care and high risk surgeries can run into thousands of dollars with the most advanced treatments costing significantly more. Insurance is currently not mandatory for anyone adopting a pet and there is no form of animal Medicaid to cover what owners cannot afford, leading euthanasia to be an all too common consequence of an owner’s financial limitations. Pet owners must monitor disease and set care goal boundaries to know when it’s ethically and financially time to end the life.

What are veterinary specialists, and why your pet might need one: In the United States, there are more than 11,000 veterinarians in 22 recognized specialties. Like humans, pets with more complicated diseases that require advanced diagnostics, such a laparoscopy or MRI scans, and treatments, including chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and neurosurgery, can be referred to a specialist. Increasingly, veterinary specialty hospitals are popping up in major metropolitan areas across the U.S., offering care previously only available in university veterinary hospitals.

The special needs of geriatric pets: Domestic animals are enjoying longer, healthier lives than ever before—the average canine life expectancy has doubled in the last four decades, and indoor cats are living twice as long, on average; But with extended longevity comes the responsibility of caring for older pets with specific health needs, knowing what signs to look for that may indicate disease, and understanding ways their lives need to be made more comfortable.

What pets can teach us about the euthanasia debate: Healthcare-by-proxy, where healthcare decision making is taken on by a patient’s loved ones, is increasingly relevant in today’s medical world. Humans are living longer than ever before with recent life-saving and life-extending measures pushing the boundaries of longevity, but where do we draw the line. Veterinarians, who must advocate for their patients while also considering the wishes of the pet’s family, have been faced with this dilemma for decades.

More Praise for MY PATIENTS AND OTHER ANIMALS

"Fincham-Gray writes beautifully and thoughtfully, giving readers rare insight to the making of a compassionate doctor. Her passion for both science and the animals she cares for, combined with her eloquence as a writer, made me want Suzy as both my dogs' veterinarian and my own friend. My Patients and Other Animals is a fascinating, heartwarming read."

Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Dog Lived (and So Will I) and The Dogs Were Rescued (and So Was I)

“Suzy Fincham-Gray's My Patients and Other Animals isn't just about one woman's love and care for animals and the people who love them, or about this veterinarian's big heart and deep intelligence, it's also about the ethical complexity of caring for other living beings, and a clear-eyed look at what binds us to other creatures of the world and why it matters. It's also about what it takes to have a humane heart, and how this makes all of us, pet owners or animal lovers or not, more human. A beautiful, tender, and magnificent read.”

Emily Rapp Black, New York Times Bestselling author of The Still Point of the Turning World and Poster Child: A Memoir

“[Suzy Fincham-Gray] writes extremely well, and her enthusiasm shines through on every page…I enjoyed reading this book, and while doing so I was made aware of the author’s absolute dedication to her work; like James Herriot she portrays her profession in a very good light.”

Jim Wight, author of The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father

“If you have ever heard a cat purr or felt a dog lick your hand, you will find this poignant—and often exhilarating—story of a young veterinarian’s journey into the science of caring for animals an irresistible read. My Patients and Other Animals will break your heart, give you hope, and send you running to the nearest shelter to adopt a pet.”

Mark Haskell Smith, author of Naked at Lunch

“My Patients and Other Animals is a gem of a book. Dr. Suzy Fincham-Gray's nonstop life taking care of all sorts of nonhuman animals in need is a deeply inspirational and personal journey, a model for all, filled with joy, sorrow, tears, love, and loss. We are the lifeline for other animals—we try to keep them alive and thriving, and also have to make heart wrenching end-of-life decisions with their best interests in mind and in heart—and this beautifully written and moving diary of Fincham-Gray's selfless work clearly shows how the life of every single individual matters and that science can take us only so far. Love and heart are necessary when we work with others who are totally dependent on us. I can only hope that the nonhumans with whom I share my life and I will receive the care and love she brought to each and every animal who came her way. My Patients and Other Animals should be required reading for all students and practitioners of veterinary medicine.”

Marc Bekoff, coauthor of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence In the Human Age and author of Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do

“This beautifully written book treads the narrow path between technical correctness and overly scientific terminology that endangers losing the reader. The passion that the author has for her patients and indeed for her vocation may be seen as a devotion bordering on an obsession. It is the story of a life of almost single minded love of the science of veterinary medicine and of care for the patients entrusted to her care. It should be read by all who care, whether for animals or humans, as it exemplifies how a life can be spent devoted to others, the pursuit of excellence, the moral and ethical dilemmas that scientific advances in treatments generate and above all the costs and benefits, mentally, physically and economically of the animal-human bond.” 

Peter Jinman, Emeritus President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and    Emeritus President of the British Veterinary Association

“If only Suzy Fincham-Gray treated people, too. My Patients and Other Animals is a book of great heart and compassion that speaks for the ones we love who never get to speak—at least not in words.

Part history, part memoir, part journey into the complicated questions we all face about life

and death and who has the power to control both.”

—Tod Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of Gangsterland

"A beautifully written collection of memories, capturing the relationship between disease, humans,

animals, and a veterinarian's love to heal all."

Dr. Justine Lee, author of It’s a Cat’s World…You Just Live in It and It’s a Dog’s Life…but It’s Your Carpet

Delivery Scanning Technology Linked to Decrease from 2016

April 05, 2018 


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"Any dog can bite" poster

SAN DIEGO — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,244 in 2017 — more than 500 fewer than 2016. Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is showcasing technology that alerts mail carriers of potential attacks while releasing its annual list of cities where the most dog attacks were recorded. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

“We’re encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in San Diego, where postal employees suffered 46 attacks — the fifth ranked city in 2017. “The totals are still too high, but we’re confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.”

Enhancing Employee Safety
DeCarlo highlights USPS safety measures that alert mail carriers to dogs on their delivery routes. The Package Pickup application on usps.com asks customers to indicate if there are dogs at their addresses when they schedule package pickups. This information is provided to carriers on their delivery scanners which send alerts if an unleashed dog is reported in a delivery area.

“The scanners that our carriers use to confirm a customer’s delivery include a feature for them to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address,” said DeCarlo. “This information is particularly helpful for substitute carriers who fill in for regular carriers on their days off.”

 information provided to carriers on delivery scanner

DeCarlo is in San Diego Thursday, April 5, to kick off National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which runs Sunday, April 8, through Saturday, April 14. The Postal Service, joined by the American Humane, American Veterinary Medical Association, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance, is driving home the message that dog bites are a national issue and education can resolve the issue.

Half of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

DeCarlo gave the following tips and encouraged sharing them using the hashtag #preventdogbites. A video on dog bite prevention tips is available on the Postal Service’s YouTube channel.

  • If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, estimates that more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year with 800,000 seeking medical attention for these bites — more than half of them being children.

“Two-thirds of the injuries occurring in children four years or younger are to the head or neck region, and studies have also shown that the greatest percentage of dog-bite fatalities occurred among children and unsupervised newborns left with dogs — something that should never occur,” said Mark Stubis, chief communications officer, American Humane.  “To help, American Humane offers a free online booklet, ‘Pet Meets Baby,’ with valuable information on introducing a new child to a home with a pet — or a new pet into a home with a child available for families with children.”

Insurance company State Farm reports that in 2017, it paid more than $132 million as a result of 3,618 dog-related injury claims. The average cost paid per claim was $36,573. “State Farm is also one of the few insurance companies that does not exclude homeowner or renter insurance coverage because of the breed of dog owned,” said Heather Paul, State Farm public affairs specialist. “The company reinforces that responsible pet ownership and educating children about how to safely interact with dogs is key to reducing dog bites.”

“Veterinarians see firsthand the needless heartbreak a dog bite can cause,” said Dr. Mike Topper, AVMA President. “We know that dog bites are not a breed-specific issue and that any dog can bite. We also know that most bites can be prevented through education. Your veterinarian and the AVMA have extensive resources designed to keep your pup, no matter what their breed, a happy, healthy member of your family and community.

2017 Dog Attack Rankings by City
A total of 6,244 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2017. The top 30 city rankings are below. Some cities share the same rankings as they experienced the same number of attacks.

 

Office City

Office State

CY-17

CY-16

1  

HOUSTON

TX

71

62

2  

LOS ANGELES

CA

67

80

3  

ST LOUIS

MO

52

31

4  

CLEVELAND

OH

49

60

5  

SAN DIEGO

CA

46

57

6  

BALTIMORE

MD

44

36

6  

SAN ANTONIO

TX

44

42

7  

COLUMBUS

OH

43

39

8  

DALLAS

TX

40

41

9  

LOUISVILLE

KY

39

51

10 

CHICAGO

IL

38

46

11 

DENVER

CO

35

47

12 

LONG BEACH

CA

32

22

12 

DETROIT

MI

32

48

12 

KANSAS CITY

MO

32

30

13 

OAKLAND

CA

28

23

13 

SEATTLE

WA

28

31

14 

MINNEAPOLIS

MN

27

43

14 

CHARLOTTE

NC

27

33

14 

PHILADELPHIA

PA

27

40

15 

SAN JOSE

CA

26

21

15 

FORT WORTH

TX

26

33

16 

MIAMI

FL

25

15

16 

INDIANAPOLIS

IN

25

44

16 

ROCHESTER

NY

25

11

16 

CINCINNATI

OH

25

24

16 

TOLEDO

OH

25

18

17 

PHOENIX

AZ

24

35

17 

SACRAMENTO

CA

24

30

17 

PORTLAND

OR

24

41

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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