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
It's that time of year again. Independence Day is quickly approaching. Although fun for humans, it can be horrifying for pets. Each year hundreds of pets are lost or injured because of the panic caused by loud fireworks. Here are a few tips to help minimize the trauma and keep them safe:
? Keep pets at home. Do not take them to fireworks displays or holiday events where there could be fireworks.
? Bring all pets indoors.
? Select a suitable "safe" room to keep your pets in until the fireworks are over. An interior room with no windows is best. Remove all sharp objects and anything that could injure your pets. Set up pet beds, make sure the temperature is comfortable, give them their toys, treats, food and water.
? Close the blinds and curtains. If your pet stays in a crate while indoors, cover it with a blanket.
? Keep the lights on, and turn on the radio or television at a normal volume level.
? Double-check that they are wearing collars with your contact information on them. Make sure that all tags and microchips are current and up to date.
? If possible, stay with your pets until the fireworks are over. Be aware that in a state of panic, your pet may scratch or bite you out of fear. Slow, quiet and gentle behavior on your part will help to soothe them and minimize the risks.
? Never punish your pets for their reactions to fireworks or other loud noises.
? Observe your pets for signs of lingering stress and panic for at least an hour after the fireworks have ended before letting them go outdoors.
? Check your yard for any unexploded fireworks before letting them off-leash.
Have great 4th of July holiday, and be safe!
Spring and Summer Care for your pets
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 COOL 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 bad 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. Dont let your pet stick its head out of a vehicles 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!!!
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. 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.
PROVIDE PLENTY OF FRESH WATER.
Like people, dogs seem to be more susceptible to illness when under heat stress. 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 someones pet from a terrible fate.
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.
Donations can be made thru Pay Pal at:
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
Email: Click here for a list of pets at this shelter
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