Ferret lost in Windsor Township area

lost-ferret-luna1lost-ferret-luna2 A ferret named Luna was lost Nov. 17 from the Sarver Road area of Windsor Township, after she slipped out of the house. Luna is mostly black with a white undercoat; all four paws are white. If seen, please call 717-855-0997.

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Cat lost in Dover, PA, area

lostcat-petey Petey, also known as “Sneaky Pete,” has been missing from the 3400 block of Sycamore Road in the Dover area since Nov. 15. (Near the CVS near Davidsburg Road, Weigelstown area.) He’s a marbled brown tabby with white and is 8 months old. If you’ve seen Petey, please call Bonnie at 717-292-3145 or 717-880-5245.

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Black-and-white cat lost in Conewago Township

A black-and-white cat with a short tail is lost in the area of Lewisberry, Jug and Buck roads in Conewago Township. If you think you’ve seen this cat, call 717-266-2166.

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Long-haired gray cat lost near York College

Llost-beauxpurdy A long-haired male gray cat is lost in the Ludlow and Virginia Avenue area of Spring Garden Township, near York College. He has white feet and white on his nose and chest. If you see this cat, call 717-578-7109 or email beauxpurdy@hotmail.com.

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Need help with free-roaming cats? Nobody’s Cats can help

The Nobody’s Cats Foundation’s surgery clinic at 3909 Hartzdale Drive, Suite 905, Camp Hill (Lower Allen Township), which opened in October 2013, has provided spay/neuter surgeries, rabies vaccinations and related services to almost 4,000 free-roaming domestic felines.

The foundation also provides loan of humane traps, free TNR Basics training seminars, and other tools and resources for those seeking to implement the Trap Neuter Return strategy to humanely manage and reduce populations of free-roaming domestic cats.

The Nobody’s Cats Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes the adoption of Trap Neuter Return (TNR) as the preferred strategy for humanely stabilizing and reducing free-roaming domestic feline populations in eight southcentral Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.

Its strategies include creating a culture of ownership of free-roaming cat colonies, encouraging owner caretakers to implement standards of care and providing a high volume of spay/neuter surgeries through its dedicated surgery clinic for free-roaming cats.

For more information, visit www.nobodyscats.org, check out the group’s Facebook page or call 1-855-867-4228.

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Horse food recalled

thumb_ducky-the-pony Bartlett Milling Company has initiated a limited recall of certain horse feeds due to potential Rumensin contamination. The products were distributed to customers and retailers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Rumensin contamination can result in health problems and death in horses. The products and lot number involved in the recall are:

50 lb. bags of Bartlett Pasture Horse 10 Feed – Lot 288

50 lb. bags of Cleveland Carolina Champion Horse Feed – Lot 288

The recalled products were packaged in typical brand-specific feed bags. Lot numbers are printed on the front and back of each bag.

For details, call Bartlett Milling at 800-438-6016 or visit www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm421466.htm.

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Farmers Insurance pet costume contest ends Nov. 6

Farmers Insurance is hosting a Halloween pet costume contest through Nov 6. The company invites pet owners to submit photos of their pets in costume with a brief description and the name of their pet.

Entries can be submitted online at http://farme.rs/enter.

A total of five winners will be selected, each of whom will receive a $100 Petco gift card.

The costume categories include:

Most Creative Costume
Best Duo (owner and pet)
Scariest Costume
Cutest Costume
An internal committee of employees from Farmers Insurance and Pets Best Insurance Services will choose a winner in each of these categories. In addition, NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne also will select a favorite entry, for a total of five winners.
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Need Halloween costume ideas for your pet?

Franklin Farmcat, who lives with JF Richards in Fayetteville, PA, models his "ninja cat" costume.

Franklin Farmcat, who lives with JF Richards in Fayetteville, models his “ninja cat” costume.


Do you have an epic Halloween costume prepared for your four-legged friend? If not, here are some sites that offer ideas:

OWNZONES offers fun videos filled with unique costume ideas for your pets (and you). Check it out at https://ownzones.com. The content requires a subscription to U-Zoo, which is usually 99 cents per month, U-Zoo is offering a 14-day free trial right now.

DogChannel.com offers do-it-yourself instructions for creating pet Halloween costumes. The site also offers photos of favorite Halloween costumes for pets for 2014.

Also, check out PetMD.com’s top 10 pet Halloween costumes.

Think your pet looks awesome in his or her Halloween costume? There’s still time to enter Pets Best insurance’s Halloween costume contest. Grand prize is one year of free pet insurance, up to $500. All pet owners are invited to participate; you don’t have to be a policyholder to enter. Deadline to enter is Nov. 20. Find out more at www.petsbest.com.

There are still a few days to enter Old Mother Hubbard’s pet Halloween photo contest as well. Enter on the Old Mother Hubbard Facebook page. But hurry; it ends on Halloween!

Reversala looks quite beautiful in her tiger-striped Halloween shirt. She lives with JF Richards of Fayetteville, PA.

Reversala looks quite beautiful in her tiger-striped Halloween shirt. She lives with JF Richards of Fayetteville, PA.

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Halloween doesn’t have to be frightening for pets

 My cat Merlin likes to play dress-up for Halloween and other holidays, as long as the costume doesn't cover his face at all. He prefers to keep it simple, such as the Halloween necktie he's wearing in the photo, or a simple bandana with a holiday theme.

My cat Merlin likes to play dress-up for Halloween and other holidays, as long as the costume doesn’t cover his face at all. He prefers to keep it simple, such as the Halloween necktie he’s wearing in the photo, or a simple bandana with a holiday theme.

While Halloween festivities, costumes, candy and decorations are enjoyable for people, they might not be as much fun, or as safe, for our pets.

Keep Halloween treats out of reach: Candy is in abundance on Halloween, making it essential that we ensure our pets are at paws length to avoid sickness. No chocolate for pets! Also bad: raisins, artificial sweeteners and wrappers.

Identification is key: Because of the chaos of the neighborhood crowds, pets might get spooked and run away. Make sure to have proper identification on your pet to help you be reunited if the pet gets lost.

Fire is not pet-friendly: Jack-O-Lanterns and lit candles should be kept away from pets to prevent injury.

Comfortable costumes: If you want to dress up your pets so they can participate in Halloween festivities, it’s important to make sure the costume allows them to move, see, breathe, drink and hear. Choose a costume that is streamlined and without any nibble-able pieces.

To glow or not to glow: Glow sticks and jewelry are commonly used on Halloween. However, the liquid and small pieces can be quite harmful to pets if ingested. Chewing on glow sticks can cause mouth pain, irritation and drooling, and ingesting a glow stick can cause intestinal blockage. Remember to keep these costume elements far away from pets’ mouths.

Stranger danger: Your pet is bound to come into contact with many new people and animals while greeting trick-or-treaters. If your pet tends to be wary of strangers, put them in another room to avoid the commotion and prevent injury to either the pet or trick-or-treaters.

Trial run: If you will be wearing a costume, try it on a few days in advance in front of your dog,so he knows it’s you. If you’re hosting a party, make sure your dog is comfortable interacting with people he has never met and those who may have their faces covered.

This is a partial list, cobbled together from the following sources. For more information visit these webistes:

American Veterinary Medical Association, avma.org

DogChannel.com

www.billblacklawfirm.com/top-5-halloween-safety-tips-dogs

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Simply Nourish dog treats recalled

PetSmart has announced that Loving Pets Corp is voluntarily recalling specific lots of Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef and Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats due to the potential of mold growth.

For more information, visit www.dogfoodadvisor.com or call the Loving Pets Corporation at 866-599-7387.

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