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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July 4 pet dangers: more than just noise

The Fourth of July holiday often includes barbecues, parties and swimming. For some pet owners, it can also mean an emergency trip to the veterinarian that could have been avoided.

  • Fireworks: In addition to being loud and scary to pets when lit, unused fireworks can be toxic if ingested. Many contain hazardous chemicals such as chlorates that harm red blood cells and the kidneys, soluble barium salts that cause life-threatening drops in potassium, and sulfur and coloring agents that contain dangerous heavy metals.

    Gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, a painful abdomen and bloody diarrhea can result. The severity of the reaction will depend on the type of fireworks and the amount ingested. In severe cases, pets can suffer tremors or seizures, along with acute kidney failure, bone marrow changes, shallow breathing and jaundice.

    When lighting off fireworks, it’s best to keep pets indoors, away from the noise and risk for thermal injury. Clean up any fireworks pieces that may have landed in your yard before allowing your pets in the yard.

    Also keep charcoal, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious canines. Even when unlit, these can cause serious problems if a dog decides to chew.

  • Barbecue foods: We love cookouts, but they can have the opposite effect on pets. While rich, savory meats aren’t poisonous to dogs or cats, they can cause anything from mild vomiting and diarrhea to full-fledged fatal pancreatitis, especially in sensitive dog breeds like miniature schnauzers, Yorkshire terriers, and Shetland sheepdogs.

    Corn-on-the-cob can also cause issues ranging from vomiting and diarrhea, to forming a severe foreign body in the dog’s intestines requiring surgery.

    Desserts made with xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener, can also be harmful, causing an acute drop in blood sugar and even liver failure.

    Likewise, foods containing grapes and raisins can result in severe, fatal acute kidney failure when ingested by dogs. Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

  • Treats: Avoid upset stomachs by keeping dog treats on hand for guests who want to give your dog food. Check out some recipes for homemade dog and cat treats
  • Pool chemicals: Chlorine is a common pool chemical. When ingested in its concentrated form (e.g., powder, tablets, etc.) prior to being placed in the pool, it can result in severe corrosive injury to both humans and pets. Burns to the eyes, skin, mouth, and esophagus can develop, and result in permanent injury. Once diluted appropriately in the pool water, chlorine no longer poses a corrosive risk. Always keep pool chemicals and cleaners safely out of the reach of pets.
  • Salt water: If celebrating by the ocean, be aware of salt poisoning. If large amounts of ocean water are ingested while playing on the beach, hypernatremia (an elevated salt level) can occur, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, excessive thirst or urination, tremors, seizures, coma and even death. Instead of allowing dogs to drink from the ocean, provide them with fresh water. If salt water is ingested, immediate veterinary treatment is recommended.
  • Sunscreens and bug sprays: Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
  • Flames: During cookouts, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames. Learn more about cookout safety for pets.
  • Alcohol: Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
  • Matches, lighter fluid: Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  • Citronella: Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Heat: Fourth of July festivities can make people forget that on any summer day, heat puts pets in jeopardy. A dog doesn’t have to be shut in a car to be at risk of heat stroke. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heat stroke.

If you think your dog or cat may have ingested something harmful, take action immediately. Contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680. Pet Poison Helpline charges $39 per call, including unlimited follow-up consultations. There is also an iPhone application listing an extensive database of more than 200 poisons dangerous to cats and dogs. “Pet Poison Help” is available on iTunes for $1.99.

Sources: www.petpoisonhelpline.com, Petfinder.com, humanesociety.org and www.campbowwowusa.com

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