Portland’s CW32 understands that our pets are part of the family and their care and well-being is extremely important. The Portland’s CW32 Pet Project is dedicated to making a pet’s health and happiness a priority by providing information and resources throughout the year.
Spay & Save program - (ASAP- animal shelter alliance of Portland)- “reduced euthanasia in Portland shelters by 76” this is saving 91% of cats and dogs! This program offers free and low cost spay and neutering for cats owned by low income families. For more details or to register, to go to www.oregonhumane.org.
Link your Fred Meyer card to OHS to support OHS while shopping at Fred Meyer. Visit Fred Meyer Community Rewards online * designate OHS and charity of choice, enter code 87015. Adopt or Sponsor a pet. For more details or to register, to go to www.oregonhumane.org.
Pet Project Calendar of Events:
- November 25- December 24: Portland’s CW32’s Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive to benefit PONGO. Volunteers at the Pongo Fund have tirelessly been lending a hand when times are tough by providing quality dog and cat food for the companion pets of anyone in honest need. This past holiday season Portland’s CW32 viewers donated thousands of dollars to this very worthy organization benefiting thousands of hungry pets. You can find out more about PONGO by visiting www.thepongofund.org.
Cold Weather Pet Tips
1. Bring your pets indoors. If conditions are unsafe for humans, they are also unsafe for all pets and livestock.
2. Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. It is easier and more dangerous, for your pet to be lost in snowy weather so keep an eye on them at all times when outdoors.
3. Don’t let your dog off the leash after heavy snowfall. Dogs can lose their scent during winter storms and easily become lost. Deep snow cover can confuse a pet and cover their familiar scent landmarks.
4. Trips outside should remain short during the winter months. While dogs need outdoor exercise, lengthy walks can prove harmful especially when wind chill is a factor.
5. After going outside, clean off your dog’s paws with a moist washcloth. Chemicals such as salt, antifreeze, and others are common during the winter and you don’t want your dog licking these things off of themselves. Another option is to cover their feet with booties or dog socks and their bodies with sweaters.
6. Let the hair grow. Never shave your pet in the winter. Their hair is there for a reason… to keep them warm. Got a short hair pet? Help a puppy out! There are a plethora of cool and silly looking coats and sweaters out there for your dog.
7. Water freezes! Make sure your pet’s water hasn’t. Dehydration is just as bad in the winter as it is in the summer.
8. Honk your horn before driving off. This will wake up any sleeping cats. Cats like to curl up on engines for warmth.
9. Use a plastic food bowl instead of metal, to prevent your pet’s tongue from sticking it.
10. When outdoors with your pet, watch for the following signs: whining, shivering, appearing anxious, slowing down, looking for places to burrow, stop/start movement.If you notice any of these signs, take your pet back inside immediately and wrap them in a warm towel. Here’s a tip: throw a blanket or towel in the dryer for one minute before wrapping them.
1. Securely anchor your tree to keep curious pets from knocking it over!
2. Sweep up pine needles frequently to avoid ingestion.
3. Keep glass, breakable or any edible ornaments up high, out of pets reach.
4. Keep pets from drinking tree stand water, and don’t add toxic tree preservative products to it.
5. Avoid using tinsel, string or ribbons – they can cause severe damage if ingested.
6. Avoid giving your pet human food at Christmas.
7. Buy your pet’s Christmas presents from a reputable pet shop or veterinary clinic and be aware your pet doesn’t ingest any children’s toys.
8. Protect electric cords and flashing tree lights so your pet can’t chew them and electrocute themselves.
9. When pets are stressed by holiday activity or during travel, they may require more water. Dogs typically pant more when they feel stressed. Keep fresh water available for them to drink.
10. Many holiday plants can lead to health problems in dogs and cats. Among the plants to keep out of reach are holly, mistletoe, poinsettias and lilies.
11. New pets are not good holiday gifts. If someone is thinking about getting a new pet, give the new prospective owner a variety of dog toys, food, or books on dog care. You may also wish to give a gift certificate so the person can choose his or her own pet after the holidays.
12. If you are traveling during the holidays, and need to leave your pet(s) at home, start to make accommodations for your pet(s) early. Many boarding facilities fill up very fast. Responsible pet sitters are a good alternative. If they are unfamiliar with your house or pet(s) have them come over and get acquainted before you leave.
13. Cleaning products such as disinfectants get a lot of use during the holidays as we spiff up our homes for visitors. Remember, many of these products can be toxic to your pets.
14. Some pets love visitors and behave very well. Others may be fearful or aggressive. Some puppies may urinate when meeting people. Still, others may be too full of holiday cheer and over-exuberant. Plan for how your dog will react to visitors.
15. A quiet room, away from the commotion with water and food available will help fearful dogs be more comfortable.
16. Alcohol can cause serious intoxications in pets, and many dogs are attracted to it. Every year hundreds of dogs die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Clean up glasses after holiday parties. Dogs are often attracted by the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog. To be safe, put away food immediately, and pet-proof your garbage. Garbage contains all kinds of other hazards for your dog such as plastic wrap and bags, 6-pack beverage holders that could cause strangulation, fat trimmings, bones, and pieces of ribbon or tinsel.
17. If you use a space heater or light a fire, watch your pets closely. They are as attracted to the warmth as you are, so make sure their tails or paws do not come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces that can cause severe burns. Also, if a pet knocks over a heating source, your entire house is in danger of catching on fire.
18. Insulate your dog from the floor in the winter. Many small dogs love to curl up in a nesting-type bed which provides warmth needed for both comfort and good health.