Monday, July 30, 2012

Update on the WVC-Taylorsville Animal Shelter

Taylorsville contracts with West Valley City for animal services. Recently Best Friends Animal Society/No More Homeless Pets entered into an agreement with WVC to support the goal to become a no-kill animal shelter, which was also one of Mayor Wall’s goals in his 2012 State of the City address. 

Some of the things that this partnership will bring include marketing support for adoptions, mobile adoptions, free spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners, implementing a trap-neuter-return program, extended shelter operation times and Saturday shelter openings.
The goal is to achieve an 80 percent save rate for dogs and cats and to stabilize feral cat populations.
This joint venture is funded in large part by No More Homeless Pets, with contributions from West Valley City and Taylorsville City. 
The following are tips from the WVC/Taylorsville Animal Shelter to care for your animal when the temperatures are high:
  • Overheating (heat prostration) can kill an animal.  Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, even with the windows open, a parked car, truck or van quickly can become a furnace.  Parking in shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.  When traveling, carry a gallon thermos filled with fresh, cold water. 
  • Always provide plenty of shade for an animal staying outside.  A properly constructed dog house serves best.  Bring your dog inside during the hot time of the day and let her/him rest in a cool part of the house.  Provide plenty of cool water.  Keep cats indoors.  
  • Be sensitive to old and overweight animals in hot weather.  Snub nosed dogs (especially bulldogs, Pekingese, Boston terrriers, Lhasa apsos and shih tzus) and those with heart or lung diseases should be kept in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.  
  • Keep a current license and identification (ID) tag on your animal and consider microchipping as a permanent identification.  
  • Avoid walking your dog in areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals, as poisonings increase during summer when gardens, lawns and trees are sprayed.  These chemicals can sicken or kill an animal.  Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center, if you suspect that your animal has been poisoned.  
  • Be alert for coolant leaking from your vehicle.  Animals are attracted to the sweet taste of coolant and ingesting just a small amount can cause an animal’s death.  Try animal friendly products that use propylene glycol rather than those containing ethylene glycol.
  • Never tie an animal outside on a correction collar.  He can choke to death.  If you must tether him, use a buckle collar with ID tags instead (in all seasons).
  • Never let your animal loose outside.  An animal can contract a fatal disease, or be injured, killed or stolen.  Be sure there are no open, unscreened windows or doors through which your animal can fall or jump.   

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