Shelter dogs get makeovers; vote for your favorite

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Pet grooming company Wahl and GreaterGood.org have launched an online before and after photo gallery of shelter pets, in the hopes of showing the public what these diamonds in the “ruff” look like with a bit of TLC.

The Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery features hundreds of pet transformations, thanks in part to Wahl’s donation of more than 1,000 bottles of pet shampoo to animal shelters nationwide. Visitors can view each animal as they appeared when they arrived at the shelter and then after they were cleaned up. The goal is to get people to visit the gallery, share it with friends and family and, ultimately, adopt these animals.

To promote the gallery and makeovers, Wahl launched the third annual Dirty Dogs Contest. Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and award-winning photographer Seth Casteel have selected the 25 best makeovers and invite the public to vote for the top three. The animal shelters or rescue groups affiliated with the winning makeovers will receive cash grants and grooming prize packs.

The Dirty Dogs Contest runs through July 30. To support a shelter and vote for a shelter dog makeover, visit the Wahl Pets Dirty Dogs Contest Facebook page. (If the page doesn’t open because pop-ups are blocked on your page, just go to Wahl Pets Facebook page and click on the link provided there.) The top three vote-getters will receive cash grants for their respective shelters. First place takes home $5,000, second place receives $2,000 and third place earns $1,000. Winners will be announced on August 2.

“We now know that three out of four pet adoptions begin online,” said Noah Norton, director of operations at GreaterGood.org. “This would suggest an animal’s online photo is often the best chance it has for finding a forever home. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, only half of all pets entering shelters today are receiving the proper grooming they need. That’s what makes this gallery and partners like Wahl so important to this cause.”

Adoption is a major component of the new gallery. Those looking to adopt can sort photos by adoptable only or look for the heart icon on the top right corner of each animal’s picture. Once clicked, the image expands to show the before and after transformation along with the pet’s name, story and shelter information. Facebook integration makes it easy for visitors to share a makeover with friends or join the conversation already started.

“The transformations are truly amazing, some even downright unbelievable,” said Shay Moeller, pet product manager for Wahl. “The gallery is a great visual to show the importance of providing resources to shelters and the difference they can make.”

The Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery is an extension of the One Picture Saves a Life Campaign, a collaboration among pet industry leaders to change public perceptions about rescued animals and provide grooming and photography resources to shelters. It consists of a five-city tour with celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and renowned pet photographer, Seth Casteel.

For information about Wahl’s pet grooming products, visit www.wahlpets.com or follow Wahl Home on Facebook and Twitter.

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Looking for a male kitten? Check out these cute boys

These kittens are available through the York County SPCA and are being fostered at All About the Kitties, a York County SPCA satellite in the Spring Grove area that specializes in kittens and mama cats, and also rehabilitates obese cats.

If you’d like to meet any of these kittens, you must first fill out an adoption application at www.ycspca.org and be approved. All About the Kitties has very flexible hours, you can visit 7 days a week almost any time. The shelter cannot put a hold on kittens; first approved applicant that visits gets first pick, so if interested don’t delay. For more information, email allaboutthekitties@gmail.com or visit allaboutthekitties.org.

Zander was a little nervous for his photo shoot but when he’s with his sister playing there is nothing shy about him.  He is an adorable black kitty with tabby stripes and he has a big personality. His shelter number is, AFS  94605 (Corallo kitty)

Zander was a little nervous for his photo shoot but when he’s with his sister playing there is nothing shy about him. He is an adorable black kitty with tabby stripes and he has a big personality. His shelter number is, AFS 94605 (Corallo kitty)

 Bacchus is a handsome little man, almost identical to his brother Beauregard. They have an Abyssinian-like ticking in their fur and Bacchus has a little more than his brother.  Bacchus is a little shy just coming to the satellite, but within days he will be a loving little man.  His  shelter numbe is AFS  94720 (Corallo kitty)

Bacchus is a handsome little man, almost identical to his brother Beauregard. They have an Abyssinian-like ticking in their fur and Bacchus has a little more than his brother. Bacchus is a little shy just coming to the satellite, but within days he will be a loving little man. His shelter numbe is AFS 94720 (Corallo kitty)

 

Sakima is an adorable young man, he is gray tabby with buff highlights on his face.  He loves running and playing with his siblings and cuddling with his foster mama Darja.  Sakima is an aggressive eater which may be because they had to fend for themselves until they got to us, he may outgrow it but for now we feed them on separate dishes. His shelter number is  AFS  94153 (Corallo kitty)

Sakima is an adorable young man, he is gray tabby with buff highlights on his face. He loves running and playing with his siblings and cuddling with his foster mama Darja. Sakima is an aggressive eater which may be because they had to fend for themselves until they got to us, he may outgrow it but for now we feed them on separate dishes. His shelter number is AFS 94153 (Corallo kitty)

Beauregard is a gorgeous tabby boy but a little shy just having arrived at the satellite shelter.  After a few days he will relax and learn that humans are not bad.  He is very sweet and loves hanging out with his brother Bacchus.  His shelter number is, AFS  94721 (Corallo kitty)

Beauregard is a gorgeous tabby boy but a little shy just having arrived at the satellite shelter. After a few days he will relax and learn that humans are not bad. He is very sweet and loves hanging out with his brother Bacchus. His shelter number is, AFS 94721 (Corallo kitty)

 

Wibawa means authority or power, but this little guy shows no authority right now; he is a laid-back lap kitty who  purrs like crazy.  He has soft gray fur with tabby stripes as you can see on the pictures, from a distance he appears to be solid gray.  Wibawa's shelter number is AFS  94704 (Corallo kitty)

Wibawa means authority or power, but this little guy shows no authority right now; he is a laid-back lap kitty who purrs like crazy. He has soft gray fur with tabby stripes as you can see on the pictures, from a distance he appears to be solid gray. Wibawa’s shelter number is AFS 94704 (Corallo kitty)

 Sipatu had a bad kitty cold for a bit, but has recovered and  is now an energetic little man with a great attitude. Because he was handled so much while being treated for his illness, he is super-friendly. His shelter number is AFS  94151 (Corallo kitty)

Sipatu had a bad kitty cold for a bit, but has recovered and is now an energetic little man with a great attitude. Because he was handled so much while being treated for his illness, he is super-friendly. His shelter number is AFS 94151 (Corallo kitty)

Satanta has fun running and playing with his siblings then after play he enjoys cuddling with his foster mama Darja.  Satanta loves his food and growls at the other when eating so we are feeding all of them separately.  He is very handsome with a cute pink nose that has a splash of gray.  His shelter number is AFS  94149 (Corallo kitty)

Satanta has fun running and playing with his siblings then after play he enjoys cuddling with his foster mama Darja. Satanta loves his food and growls at the other when eating so we are feeding all of them separately. He is very handsome with a cute pink nose that has a splash of gray. His shelter number is AFS 94149 (Corallo kitty)


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Black cat lost in Jefferson (York County, PA)

lost-quinn0714 A black cat named Quinn has been missing from Starlite Drive in Jefferson Borough (south of Spring Grove), since July 5. She is all black except for a few white hairs on her chest, has yellow eyes and a clipped left ear. She is spayed and is microchipped through Home Again. If seen, call 717-479-0580 or email thetuckerclan07@comcast.net.

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Lost dog: Yellow Lab / pit bull mix lost in Out Door Country Club area

lost-scout0705 SCOUT HAS BEEN FOUND! A yellow Labrador and pit bull mix named Scout was lost July 4 in the Brittany/Out Door Country Club area of Manchester Township. He was wearing an electric collar. Scout is friendly. If you see him, call Michael and Debi Beshore at 717-600-6535.

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Jack Russell terrier/Chihuahua mix lost in East Berlin area

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COLBY HAS BEEN FOUND! Colby, a tan and white Jack Russell terrier/Chihuahua mix, was lost June 30 in the vicinity of Route 194, Red Run Church and Big Mount Roads in the East Berlin, PA, area. Colby is 4-1/2 years old, neutered and microchipped. He is tan with a white spot on his forehead and a curled tail with a white tip. He weighs 24 pounds.

Colby was wearing a name tag, a rabies tag from Main Street Veterinary Hospital and a Home Again tag. A reward is offered for his safe return. If you see Colby, call Barbara at 410-530-6079; Richard at 410-409-1949; Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Reisterstown, Maryland, at 410-526-7500; or Home Again at 1-888-466-3242 or 1-800-201-4099.

UPDATE: There’s been a sighting reported — Colby was seen Thursday evening in the East Berlin, Dairy & Admire Roads area

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Black cat found in Manchester Township

found-blackcat0622A black cat was found June 22 near Lewisberry and Raintree roads. If his/her owners are not found the cat will be taken to the SPCA. For details, call or text 717-515-3262.

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Yellow or orange cat found in York Township

found-orangecat-winter Late this past winter, a young yellow cat with white around the nose/mouth and a striped tail started haning around a neighborhood just off Powder Mill Road, near OSS and a block down from Leader Heights Road, in York Township. The cat is wearing a light green plastic collar, and did have a tag of some sort, but the tag is now gone. The cat has grown since then and has gradually grown more friendly. The cat appears to be healthy and clean, but no one in the neighborhood knows to whom it belongs. For details, email lilhoff@verizon.net or call 717-741-3115.

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Brown tabby and white cat found in Jacobus

found-maize A brown-tabby-and-white cat with semi-long hair was found on Water Street in Jacobus, PA, in early June.
The finder writes: “This is a very friendly kitty. It must have been somebody’s pet.”
If this might be your cat, or if you know where he/she belongs, call 717-428-1340.

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Black-and-white cat lost in Springettsbury Township (York County, PA)

lost-Mo2 A black-and-white cat named Mo was lost June 22 on Eastern Boulevard in Springettsbury Township. He’s chubby, very friendly and neutered. If seen, call Jenny at 717-668-5039.

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Keep your pets safe during fireworks

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hokafi-gabbyFireworks are no fun for animals, and the day after a fireworks display is always busy for animal shelters and pet rescuers. It’s also a traumatic time for pet owners who realize their pets are lost. After fireworks displays, animal shelters nationwide report an increase in the number of lost cats and dogs, many of whom are found with bloody paws from running, torn skin from breaking through wooden fences, or other serious injuries.

Despite all the pleas and warnings for people to keep their pets safe and secure on the Fourth, hundreds of terrified pets run off each year and become lost and panic-stricken during the numerous fireworks celebrations. Many of them never find their way home.

Animals have much more sensitive hearing than humans. So fireworks, which even we think are loud, are painfully loud to the animals. For them, fireworks aren’t festive, they’re frightening and sometimes fatal. It’s common for dogs to leap out of windows or through screen doors, jump or dig under fences to try to escape the deafening and confusing blasts.

When I was a child, each year when the fireworks were set off in our community, I’d see many dogs running down the middle of the street trying to escape the noise of the fireworks. They were so terrified, I wasn’t able to get them to come to me and get off the road, and I saw several dogs hit by cars while trying to escape the fireworks over the years. The rest of them — who knows where they ended up? Some of them were dragging chains behind them; all of them were wild-eyed and in mortal fear.

One year, there were two horses running down the road trying to escape the fireworks along with the dogs, and one of the horses was hit by a truck. (The person in the truck was injured, too, so in that case the fireworks were dangerous to humans also.)

lost-minpinWith the Fourth of July and its loud fireworks displays almost here, please remember to keep your pets safe. Never take your pet to a fireworks display, and even if they’re usually kept outdoors or allowed outdoors, make sure they’re inside before the fireworks begin. Once the booming starts, it will be very difficult to get them inside — the urge is to run.

Since many municipalities (and individuals) shoot off fireworks on days before and after the actual July 4 holiday, it’s a good idea to keep pets safely inside on more than just the Fourth. Check your local municipalities to see when their fireworks displays take place.

To help ensure the safety of your companion animals during fireworks displays, try the following suggestions:

  • Keep cats and dogs indoors during fireworks displays, and if possible, stay with them.
  • Provide a safe place inside for your pets to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs (and some cats) often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate, or if your cat likes to sleep in the carrier with the door open, those are good options.
  • Leave your animals at home during the celebrations. NEVER take them with you to watch fireworks displays!
  • Never leave animals tethered or chained outside; they can hang themselves if they leap over a fence while trying to run from the noise.
  • Do not leave your pet alone in the car. However, if your pet is most comfortable in the car, some pet parents find that driving around with their pet in the car helps to calm their pet.
  • Close your windows and curtains. Use air-conditioning to keep it cool inside.
  • Turn on a radio that’s tuned to a classical-music station, or turn on the TV to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.
  • Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.
  • Consider purchasing a Thundershirt to keep your dog or cat relaxed throughout the fireworks.
  • LICKS offers ZEN, a holistic remedy for dogs experiencing anxiety or just feeling out of sorts. It comes in single-serving packets of liquid vitamins containing antioxidants and ingredients such as chamomile root, tryptophan, theanine and ashwagandha root. For details, visit www.LICKSforDogs.com.
  • Play specially formulated CDs such as those from Through a Dog’s Ear (they have them for cats, too); or the Music My Pet Classic Cuts CD.
  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Exercise your dog early in the day before parties begin, and make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks include a good leash —- people sometimes set off fireworks before dark.
  • Use natural or herbal supplements that are known to be calming for pets.
  • Give your dog something fun to do, such as a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treats.
  • If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises, consult with your veterinarian before July 4 for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.
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  • If your pet seeks comfort in a bath tub, under a bed or other small space,let them. Do not try to lure them out. If the space is safe and it makes them feel more secure, let them be.
  • Talk to your dog in a light, cheerful tone that sends a comforting message that the noise is no big deal. Don’t try too hard to reassure your dog during a fearful event because it can sometimes exacerbate the problem by reinforcing your dog’s fearful response.
  • Some cats are very sensitive to people’s moods and may be influenced by the way you react to the noise. It’s best to act happy and calm to help reassure your cat that all is well.
  • Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chains, risking injury or death.
  • Take a current photo of your animal companions and make sure they’re wearing a collar or a harness with an up-to-date identification tag and/or has a microchip, just in case he or she escapes and becomes lost. Not sure about microchips? Learn more.

Sources: PETA.org, Pet360.com, Care2.com, TripswithPets.com, www.PetPlace.com, Petfinder.com,
www.royalcanin.us, www.humanesociety.org, www.ASPCA.org, www.guardiansofrescue.org,
www.bestfriends.org and about.com

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