FRIENDS of the ANIMALS in Kansas
STOP BAD PUPPY MILLS: If you know the location of a puppy mill where dogs are kept in substandard conditions, do contact law enforcement authorities and also call the Puppy Mill Task Force at the HSUS - 877-MILL-TIP. If your tip results in a conviction, you can receive a reward of $5,000
Winter Care for Canines
Winter's cold air brings many concerns for responsible dog owners. Keep the following precautions in mind:
Don't leave your dog outside in the cold for long periods of time. Wind chill makes days colder than actual temperature readings. Be attentive to your dog's body temperature, and limit its time outdoors.
Adequate shelter is a necessity. Keep your dog warm, dry and away from drafts. Tiles and uncarpeted areas may become extremely cold, so make sure to place blankets and pads on floors in these areas.
Be extra careful when walking or playing with your dog near frozen lakes, rivers or ponds. Your dog could slip or jump in and get seriously injured.
Groom your dog regularly. Your dog needs a well-groomed coat to keep properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs may get extra cold, so consider a sweater or coat.
Long-haired dogs should have excess hair around the toes and foot pads trimmed to ease snow removal and cleaning. If you do the trimming, take care not to cut the pads or other delicate area of the foot.
Feed your dog additional calories if it spends a lot of time outdoors or is a working animal. It takes more energy in the winter to keep body temperature regulated, so additional calories are necessary.
Towel or blow-dry your dog if it gets wet from rain or snow. It is important to dry and clean its paws, too. This helps avoid tiny cuts and cracked pads. A little petroleum jelly may soften the pads and prevent further cracking.
Don't leave your dog alone in a car without proper precautions. If the car engine is left on, the carbon monoxide will endanger your dog's life. If the engine is off, the temperature in the car will get too cold.,
Dogs cannot talk to us when they are sick. As a responsible dog owner, it is important to pay special attention to your dog's well-being during the winter season. Remember the following health concerns:
ANTIFREEZE, which often collects on driveways and roadways, is highly poisonous. Although it smells and tastes good to your dog, it can be lethal.
ROCK SALT, used to melt ice on sidewalks, may irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your dog's feet after a walk.
PROVIDE PLENTY OF FRESH WATER. Your dog is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer. Snow is not a satisfactory substitute for water.
FROSTBITE is your dog's winter hazard. To prevent frostbite on its ears, tail and feet, don't leave your dog outdoors for too long.
Be very careful of supplemental heat sources. Fireplaces and portable heaters can severely burn your dog. Make sure all fireplaces have screens, and keep portable heaters out of reach.
Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness in the winter. Take your dog to a veterinarian if you see any suspicious symptoms.
Don't use over-the-counter medications on your dog without consulting a veterinarian.
The best way to keep your pet safe is to always keep an eye on him or her. Do not leave your pet alone, even in a fenced in area, because a fence is not stopping thieves. Even if you allow your dog to be off leash at a dog park, be aware of your surroundings. It only takes a split second for someone to grab your dog and be gone.
Always be aware of your surroundings.Guard your pets closely. If there happens to be a vehicle or person you are not familiar with and it gives you any reason to be suspicious, call your local police department and report it. You might be saving someone’s pet from a terrible fate.
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Spring & Summer Tips! Here are some helpful hints for keeping your pups and other animals safe and sound during the Spring and Summer months:
1. PROVIDE PLENTY OF COLD WATER! Dogs can only sweat though the pads of their feet and by panting. Evaporation from the wet surfaces of the mouth and nose helps lower their body temperature.
2. Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle in warm weather. This is illegal in some states and can be a deadly decision. Even with partly opened windows, the temperature can
quickly rise to160 degrees; your pet could become brain damaged or die from heatstroke. On hot days your pet is safer at home!
3. It is dangerous, and illegal in some states, to drive with a pet in the back of a pickup truck. Transport your pet inside the truck cab or in a secured crate in the bed of the
truck. However, on a hot day a crate in the back of a parked truck can heat up quickly, like an oven. Again, your pet is safer at home!
4. On a hot day an overheated vehicle can leak antifreeze, which can be lethal to pets. Clean up any antifreeze spills immediately and keep your pet away from parking areas—
many pets like antifreeze because it has a sweet taste. Consider using less hazardous antifreeze in your vehicle.
5. Don’t let your pet stick its head out of a vehicle’s windows when traveling—the pet could contract an ear infection or get dangerous debris in its eyes or ears.
6. Your pet can get sunburned too, especially those with light colored noses or fur. If your pet is susceptible to sunburn, apply sun block to its nose and the tips of its ears.
Remember to keep yourself and your pets COOL this spring and summer!!!
Who We Are
Friends of the Animals in Kansas is a privately run no kill rescue/shelter for canines abandoned, needing re-homed by their owners or pulled from high kill shelters. Some are cruelty cases. It is a sanctuary for those whose chances of adoption are minimal and a springboard to safe and loving homes for those that are.
Our dogs are vetted, socialized and house trained. They are kept in a kennel free home environment and receive one on one attention and affection. We take great pride in matching the right dog with the right person or family to ensure their mutual happiness and well being.
FOTA is dedicated to animal rescue, welfare and education. We are strong proponents of spay/neuter and a voice for those who have no voice in animal cruelty and neglect situations.
An Indian legend says: "When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge...and which are turned away." (Unknown)
Adopting a friend
To adopt one of our pets, please contact us directly and set up an appointment to visit or to inquire about our animals. We will allow for one home visit to make sure the animal and humans get along and to see if there are any potential problems.
We pride ourselves in finding safe, loving homes for our animals. We conduct background checks on all potential adopters and require all potential adopters to fill out paperwork to formalize an adoption.
Donations are most welcome and very much appreciated. Donations received are used for veterinary care for the sick and injured and to aid in the day to day expenses of caring for our canine Friends.
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All donations to Friends of the Animals in Kansas are tax deductible under Sect. 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Come Visit Us!
We are located in Southwest Topeka. For directions and other details please contact us 785-862-0234 .
FRIENDS of the ANIMALS in Kansas
Greater Kansas City area and
Topeka, KS 66610
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