Have a Sleep Over with Rover

The Wood County Humane Society Invites the Public to Have a Sleepover with a Shelter Dog…..

(Bowling Green, OH) This holiday season, the Wood County Humane Society is giving the public a chance to take shelter dogs on sleepovers through its new program Sleep Rover program. Participants can take a dog home for the night (or a weekend) and get to know them in a home environment.

The Sleep Rover program was created in order to help reduce kennel stress, provide dogs with enrichment, increase their visibility in the community, and provide valuable information to future adopters. Sleepovers are a great excuse to spend time doing something new or exploring the community.

“Fostering is such a rewarding experience for both the foster person and the animal. Similar programs at shelters across the country have been rolled out and have been very popular and successful. We are so excited to introduce this program to our community! It is a great opportunity to help the dogs and it also enables us to understand the dog better in a home environment” said Christa Franks, Assistant Shelter Manager.

The program was designed to make it quick and easy for the community to sign up and participate. Participants will be provided with everything they need for a successful sleepover. Individuals interested in the Sleep Rover program should email Christa at wchschrista@gmail.com for more information and to sign up.

 

4 Ways Pets Improve Overall Well-Being

From reducing loneliness to keeping people more active, the perks of pet ownership can be felt both physically and emotionally……

(Family Features) Self-care is an important piece of maintaining a happy and healthy life, and adopting a pet can be a beneficial way to improve overall well-being in a number of ways.

From reducing loneliness to keeping people more active, the perks of pet ownership can be felt both physically and emotionally, and are nearly impossible to quantify. Plus, adopting a pet can be a feel-good experience, because you’re not only getting a new best friend, you’re helping an animal in need find a loving forever home.

Consider some of these ways adopting a pet can improve overall well-being. For more information on the benefits of pet adoption, visit Pedigree.com.


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Pets Increase Physical Activity
Adopting a pet offers owners a chance to improve daily exercise habits. From taking walks and playing in the yard to having a new partner for hikes and visits to the park, dog owners have numerous opportunities to be active with their four-legged friends. Cats also need playtime each day, providing cat owners with a designated time to get active while bonding with their pets.


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Pets Reduce Feelings of Isolation
Pets have the ability to make people feel less alone. Whether coming home from a long day or taking a stroll around the neighborhood, having a wagging tail around can make everything better. The mood-boosting effect of pets is the driving idea behind a campaign from the Mobil Delvac™ and PEDIGREE® brands called Mutts4Trucks, which aims to make a positive impact on the mental and physical well-being of professional truck drivers while helping pets in need. According to research from DePaul University, nearly one-third of professional truck drivers said being alone and away from their families is a significant issue affecting their mental health. To help reduce those feelings of loneliness, the campaign is pairing drivers with shelter dogs in need of homes.


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Pets Encourage Relationship Building
Pets require walks, trips to the vet and grooming, which can get their parents out and into new settings and environments. When out and about, pets can provide a comforting presence for their owners and serve as conversation starters, helping to put their owners at ease and encourage socialization. Pets also provide opportunities to meet, mingle and make friends with neighbors while at the park, on walks or running errands.


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Pets Help with Stress Reduction
Almost anyone who’s ever sat on the couch with a furry friend knows pets can bring a calming presence. Having a dog in the house can also help people feel safer and more secure in their surroundings. From comforting snuggles to a friendly tail wag, pets have an uncanny ability to help ease their owners’ minds and reduce stress.

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Pedigree

WCHS Annual Reverse Raffle

Friday, November 1st, 2019 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm at Stone Ridge Golf Club

(Bowling Green)— Don’t miss the biggest event of the year for The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS). The organization is gearing up to host their annual Reverse Raffle on Friday, November 1st, 2019 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm at Stone Ridge Golf Club, 945 S Mitchell Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

WCHS Board President, Heath A. Diehl states, “We are excited to return to and overhaul the Reverse Raffle this year after a one-year hiatus. We have planned a fun evening of games, delicious food, and community for our guests and we hope that the community comes out to support the dogs and cats of Wood County Humane Society.”

The event highlights are a payout with $2,500 in total prizes, sit-down dinner, Taste of Wood County Dessert Table, and multiple casino style games such as Wine Pull, Lottery Tree, and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $100.00 each which includes one dinner and one reverse raffle entry. This year Q105.5’s The Morning Reboot hosts Eric Chase and Floyd Anderson will be MCing the raffle.

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WCHS is currently seeking sponsors for the event. There are four tiers of sponsorships from which individuals or businesses can choose, including Bronze $100, Silver $250, Gold $500, Platinum $1,000 or higher. Each level of sponsorship comes with specific rewards for the sponsor. For example, Platinum sponsors will receive company recognition and a link on WCHS social media pages, acknowledgement during the event welcome speech, opportunity to display company banner at the event, and two complimentary dinner tickets with reserved seating. Platinum sponsors will also have their company name and logo in the event slideshow, at the welcome area, and included on the event table tents which are highly visible at every table.

The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a private, non-profit, managed admission shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. The organization receives no funding from national humane organizations, instead relying on earned revenue and the generosity of individual donors and businesses to fund our programs such as Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for over a thousand animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets. All animals admitted into our adoption program are housed and cared for as long as it takes to find their fur-ever home.

For more information on adopting and/or volunteer see: wchumane.org

The Benefits of Service Dogs

Supporting veterans when they return home….

(Family Features) Service dogs offer countless benefits to help combat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also be instrumental in rebuilding and uniting families after veterans come home from serving their country.

According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 30% of American military veterans experience PTSD after returning home from combat. Yet only about 40% of those individuals ever seek help.

Service animals are recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The designation is limited to dogs who are trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. In some cases, these tasks are highly physical in nature, such as guiding a person who is blind or pulling a wheelchair. Other roles service dogs play may be less immediately visible, such as providing a calming presence to a person with PTSD who is experiencing an anxiety attack.

More Than a Companion
Service dogs are highly trained to assist military veterans in achieving better quality of life. Veterans who utilize service dogs report lower levels of depression and anxiety, fewer hospitalizations and a reduction in medical and psychiatric costs, among other benefits. Beyond what these canines help prevent, consider these examples of what they empower:

  • Ease loneliness and stress
  • Reduce social anxiety
  • Decrease reliance on prescription drugs
  • Help veterans return to work or attend college
  • Strengthen personal relationships
  • Provide security, protection and unconditional love

Up to the Task
Just like the members of the armed forces they help, service dogs are highly trained professionals with an important job to do, including tasks such as these:

  • Turn on lights and open doors before a veteran enters his or her home
  • Nudging, pawing or licking to interrupt flashbacks or nightmares
  • Utilizing body weight as a grounding mechanism to reduce anxiety or alleviate panic
  • Retrieve bags with medications or a list of numbers to call during a medical emergency
  • Provide security and reduce hypervigilance in public places
  • Pick up dropped items and assist with mobility and ambulation

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Service dogs are often large breeds that stand out in a crowd, and their calm demeanor can make it seem perfectly appropriate to approach and pet them. However, it’s important to remember that service dogs are at work and distractions can prevent them from providing the service their owners need.

The International Association of Canine Professionals offers these etiquette tips for interacting with service dogs and their owners:

  • Remember that a service dog is there as support for a person with a physical or health disability, which may or may not be readily apparent.
  • Respect that health conditions are private matters most people prefer not to discuss with strangers.
  • Just as you would not stare or point at a person in a wheelchair, avoid calling unnecessary attention to a person with a service dog.
  • If you must interact, always focus your attention on the handler, not the dog, so the dog can stay focused on its job. Avoid whistling, clapping or otherwise distracting the dog.
  • Teach children not to approach service dogs. Although most are trained to avoid aggression, a perceived threat to their handlers could result in warning growls or barks that may scare a child.

To see video stories of how service dogs have impacted the lives of veterans and their families, visit DogChow.com/service. In addition, for every purchase of specially marked bags of Dog Chow Complete Adult through Nov. 1, the brand will donate 5 cents, up to $100,000, to the Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation Pets and Vets program, which matches veterans experiencing PTSD and other challenges with service dogs, free of charge.

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Purina Dog Chow

4 Ways to Treat and Trick Your Pet this Fall

While taking advantage of all the season has to offer, there are also ways to incorporate your furry friend into your favorite fall activities…..

(Family Features) The autumn season offers plenty of reasons to celebrate: nostalgic flavors, pretty leaves and a seasonal wardrobe change. Fall also typically features event calendars full of festivals, trips to pumpkin patches and hikes to take in the crisp air.

While taking advantage of all the season has to offer, there are also ways to incorporate your furry friend into your favorite fall activities. Consider these tips for making the most out of the season, and visit temptationstreats.com and greenies.com for more information on treating your pet.

Get Cozy with Your Pet
If the sound of a good book when the weather cools piques your interest, try making a day of it. You may not be basking in the sun, but a cup of warm cider or a pumpkin-spiced drink can help you appreciate the feeling of fall. Bring your pets in on the relaxation by helping them get cozy, too. Find extra blankets and open windows to let them observe any squirrels or neighbors that might pass by. Your pups or cats can enjoy snuggling, sleeping or watching the leaves fall while you’re fixed on your book.

Celebrate Festive Fall Flavors
Pick up a fall-themed cookbook or browse the web for ideas to put you in a festive autumn mood. Your pet’s nose may perk up from the scents coming from your stovetop, so include him or her in the fun with pet-friendly, fall-flavored treats. For example, GREENIES Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Dental Treats for dogs and TEMPTATIONS Holiday Dinner Turkey and Sweet Potato Flavor treats for cats are two mouthwatering options to keep your furry family members seasonally satisfied.

Take Up a New Hobby
With cooler temperatures most likely ushering you indoors, consider taking up a new hobby, such as crafting or learning new skills in the kitchen. You could also use the time to bond with your pet. Try teaching him or her new tricks by using favorite fall treats as positive reinforcements.

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Explore the Outdoors
A fun way to trick yourself (and your pup) into stretching your legs is by going on an outdoor adventure. With leaves changing and many regions boasting pumpkin patches, apple orchards and hiking trails, there are nearly countless opportunities to spend quality time with your pup while enjoying the cozy fall weather.

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Mars Petcare

Emergency Preparedness Tips to Help Ensure Pet Safety

Arranging emergency supplies ahead of time can be a helpful first step….

(Family Features) Preparing for an emergency can be a challenge. It oftentimes is hard to foresee when disaster will strike and how to properly prepare before it occurs.

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When it comes to managing pet safety during an emergency, the unpredictable can make the preparation process even more difficult. Regardless of a pet’s size or demeanor, a disaster can take a toll on a pet without proper planning. Keep in mind that all pets are different, particularly when the unexpected occurs. From accommodating their nervousness to tracking their food or medication requirements, understanding the needs of your pets can make a difference in the handling of an emergency.

Consider these tips from PetSmart Charities to help create a preparedness plan for you and your pets.

Pack in Advance
Arranging emergency supplies ahead of time can be a helpful first step when creating a pet preparedness plan. Essentials for packing include bowls for food and water, basic first aid items, lists of vaccinations and medications and a spare leash and collar. Consider adding the pet’s name and your phone number to the collar to ensure you can be contacted if you become separated from your pet.

Keeping these items close will be essential if you’re able to stay in your home but if there comes a time to leave your home, bring along a week’s supply of food and water, labeled pet medication and a crate to provide a safe space for pets that may feel nervous or frightened.

“Plastic or wire crates will not only safely contain and transport pets, but they also condition relaxed behavior,” said Amanda Landis-Hanna, DVM, senior manager of veterinary outreach at PetSmart Charities. “Using a crate can provide a familiar reference point for pets during times of fear, uncertainty and anxiety.”

Pick a Safe Location
Knowing where to turn in the case of a crisis can be tricky when bringing pets along. Try locating an array of safe places that allow pets and keep the list on-hand in the event of an emergency. Locations range from the homes of friends and relatives to hotels and disaster shelters, however, be sure the accommodations are pet-friendly and do not have restrictions on specific animals or breeds. If those locations won’t suffice, check with your local humane society or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to see if they offer facilities during disasters or can provide recommendations.

Ready Yourself
When disasters take place, try to maintain as much of a ready-to-go mindset as possible. With items packed in advance and locations in mind, it can be beneficial to have details and items sorted, like a toothbrush and other easily overlooked necessities. Although the needs of your family members, whether they are four-legged or two-legged, are at the forefront of your mind, it can put you at ease knowing your needs are in check.

For more tips to prepare you and your pets for an emergency, visit petsmartcharities.org.

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PetSmart Charities

Wood Co. Humane Society Concert Series Update

“Mewvement & Subwoofers” September 21st….. Cover is only $5.00 at the door the night of the show.

(Bowling Green)—The Wood County Humane Society (WCHS) is gearing up to host the fourth of five concerts of a series. The Mewvement & Subwoofers: WCHS Concert Series is a brand-new fundraiser that started in 2019 and has held a concert every other month since the first one in March.

Fundraising Co-Chair, Andrea Szymkowiak explains, “The WCHS concert series has been a really great new fundraiser for us this year. It is allowing us to collaborate with local businesses like Howard’s Club H and work with some of our very talented local musicians. All in all, a win for everyone.” The first three shows of the concert series has entertained around 250 people.

Show #4 of the concert series offers live entertainment from some of the best local bands including concussive rock from Highbinder, cover tunes from Hollywood Casino’s 2nd place Battle of the Bands winner Red-eye To Vegas, the make-you-pay-attention Progressive music of Monstrosadus, long standing Metalcore group The Black Order, and unique Blues Metal of Mujaw Creek. Along with a great music line-up the event will also have drink specials, raffles, and a showcase of the Wood County Humane Society’s current adoptable animals.  

This foot-stomping, make you move to the groove fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at Howard’s Club H, 210 N Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Doors open at 7:00pm and the bands will start at 8:00pm. Cover is only $5.00 at the door the night of the show.

The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a private, non-profit, managed admission shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. The organization receives no funding from national humane organizations, instead relying on earned revenue and the generosity of individual donors and businesses to fund our programs such as Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for over a thousand animals each year—from dogs and cats, to horses, goats, and pocket pets. All animals admitted into our adoption program are housed and cared for as long as it takes to find their fur-ever home. For more information on adopting and/or volunteer see: wchumane.org

4 Tips to Keep Pets Out of Trouble During Back-to-School Season

Going from all-day adventures with kids to long hours away may leave your pet feeling bored and lonely…

(Family Features) When structured school days and hours away from home return to the schedule, all members of the household feel the shift, even pets. Pets go from long days with the family in the yard to less time and activities with their favorite people.

Keep them in mind as you plan your days to ensure they get the activity they need and remain in a safe environment. When left to their own devices, furry family members can make questionable decisions, and the old “dog ate my homework” adage can come to life in a number of ways.

However, pet owners can count on an option like GREENIES Dental Treats to distract their pets from bad behavior and be their dog’s best decision of the day. Be on the lookout for these potential mishaps, and visit Greenies.com for more information on better doggie decisions.

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Watch the Door
Going from all-day adventures with kids to long hours away may leave your pet feeling bored and lonely. If your dog is craving a little adventure, following his or her friends outside and onto the school bus may seem like a reasonable solution. Make it a safe activity that both dogs and kids can look forward to by leashing your dog and joining them for the daily sendoff.

Store Lunches and Goodies Safely
While homework and paper aren’t appealing to all dogs, bake sale snacks or packed lunches may pique more interest. A simple way to divert your pet’s attention while you’re prepping and packing food and goodies is an option like a GREENIES Dental Treat. Not only can the treat keep your furry friend occupied and away from countertops, but the chewy texture also helps clean his or her teeth by fighting both plaque and tartar buildup, freshening breath and helping to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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Keep Backpacks Zipped
You never know what you’ll find in a child’s backpack. In addition to the basics like notebooks, pens and pencils, there’s always a chance of finding leftover food. Because dogs are known to stick their noses where they don’t belong, it’s important to keep schoolbags zipped and out of their reach.

Stow Away Wires and Cords
From laptops and tablets to earbuds and chargers, tech devices are essential during the school year. While kids are busy doing homework, your dog’s attention could turn to these gadgets at any time, so keep cords and wires packed away and devices on top of tables and desks or in their protective cases when not in use.

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Greenies

4 Ways to Connect with Your Cat

Providing your feline with the best possible fuel can help you show your love….

(Family Features) In addition to playing with a laser pointer and offering endless cuddle sessions, there are many more ways to connect with your favorite feline. Cats are curious by nature, and in order for them to stay happy and healthy, they need lots of love and care from their parents.

Research shows pets give owners a greater sense of purpose, so it’s important to return the favor by showing how much you care. To feel a deep connection with their owners, cats should feel like they’re living their best lives, and much of that stems from feeding and playful interactions.

Following these tips, and visiting temptationstreats.com and nutro.com, can help deepen your relationship with your furry pal.

  1. Develop a Hygiene Routine – A way to strengthen your relationship is to show your cat how much you care about his or her health and overall well-being, and keeping his or her coat shiny and soft is a place to start. Treating your cat to a nightly routine of brushing can be a one-on-one bonding experience.

  1. Reward with Treats – Whether you’re working on training your cat or just want to encourage your furry pal to practice good behavior, consider giving rewards. One option is TEMPTATIONS Treats for Cats, which are crunchy on the outside with a soft, meaty center. A shake of the bag can make your cat’s mouth water for these irresistible treats.

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  1. Understand Boundaries – As curious creatures, cats need their own spaces to explore. Give your pet an area to call his or her own to show you understand his or her needs. For example, a cat tree to climb on helps exert energy and provides an area for a favorite activity, like taking a catnap.

  1. Fuel Your Feline – Cats naturally prefer what’s best for them – food that energizes them inside and out. Providing your feline with the best possible fuel can help you show your love. Consider an option like NUTRO dry cat food with clean recipes that are simple, purposeful and trustworthy, and made of real, recognizable and non-GMO ingredients.

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