CityBeat Blogs - Pets http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blogs-1-1-1-36-124.html <![CDATA[Event Set for Homeless Animals]]>

Two local animal welfare groups are joining forces to commemorate International Homeless Animals Day on Aug. 21.

The United Coalition for Animals and Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry will hold an event at Twin Lakes in Eden Park. It will include music, a blessing of the animals and a candlelight vigil at dusk.---

The event, scheduled from 7-10 p.m., is free but there will be refreshments, flameless candles and glow-sticks available for purchase.

Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at the event, but they must have current license and rabies tags displayed on their collars.

All local animal rescue and animal welfare organizations are encouraged to attend so they can raise awareness about their group's efforts at helping homeless animals.

“This is a very special opportunity for those of us involved with animal welfare in Cincinnati to come together, united and without competition, to shed light on our common mission and on what each of us does to help the many homeless animals on our streets and in our shelters,” said Shannon DeBra, president of the Pet Food Pantry, in a prepared statement.

For more information, e-mail arhill@ucancincinnati.org or cincinnatipetfoodpantry@gmail.com.

Begun in 1992 by the International Society for Animal Rights, International Homeless Animals Day is designed an an educational forum to inform the public about pet overpopulation and the problems facing animal shelters worldwide.


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<![CDATA[Pet Pantry Has Benefit]]>

Humans and animals alike are invited to attend an event Saturday to benefit the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry.

Kibble & Ritz 2010 will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the dog park located at the Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa in Oakley. The event will feature booths by various local businesses and offer items for purchase including wine, crepes and Belgian waffles. A raffle with more than 20 prizes, a “Crack the Safe” game and other activities also will be held.---

Dogs are welcome to accompany their human companions but they must be leashed at all times and up to date on all tags and vaccine shots.

WKRQ (101.9 FM) will broadcast live from the event.

Admission is $10 or $5 with a food donation of at least one pound. Additionally, Red Dog will donate $25 for each new park membership they sign, at a cost of $100 annually.

Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa is located at 5081 Madison Road, the former site of the Oakley Drive-In Theatre.

The Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization founded by Recycled Doggies and the Pet Alliance. It offers temporary assistance to pet owners who may be having trouble providing for their animals during the recession by giving free pet food and cat litter to eligible applicants.

Anyone seeking help from the pantry must be at least 18 years of age, present a valid photo I.D., fill out an application listing everyone in the household who is younger than 18, and agree to submit a new application if the number of pets changes or the person moves.

A copy of the application and eligibility guidelines may be obtained at the pantry's Web site or by calling 513-275-5842.

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<![CDATA[Pet Pantry Distributes Food]]> People who are having trouble providing pet food or cat litter for their pets during the recession can receive free temporary assistance from the newly created Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry.---

The non-profit pantry, founded by Recycled Doggies and the Pet Alliance, will hold its first distribution day on March 6 at the Queen City Self-Storage facility, located at 4775 Red Bank Expressway, near Madisonville. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

There is no income limit for people seeking assistance for their pets, although they must state in writing that they are currently unable to provide for their animals.

Anyone seeking help from the pantry must be at least 18 years of age, present a valid photo I.D., fill out an application listing everyone in the household who is younger than 18, and agree to submit a new application if the number of pets changes or the person moves.

More than 3,800 pounds of pet food and cat litter have been collected during the past few months, organizers said.

The distribution site is located behind the Red Bank Emergency Vet Clinic, just off Interstate 71 near the Red Bank exit.

A copy of the application and eligibility guidelines may be obtained via e-mail at cincinnatipetfoodpantry@gmail.com or by calling 513-275-5842.

More information is available at the pantry’s Web site.

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<![CDATA[Keeping Animals Safe in Winter]]>

With Greater Cincinnati’s worst storm of the season fast approaching and much of the nation already covered in snow, PETA is offering tips about how to keep animals safe in cold weather — along with a little help from Country singer Loretta Lynn.

Although they are naturally equipped with fur coats, dogs and other animals still can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze.---

PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — offers the following tips:

** Keep animals inside. This is especially important to remember when it comes to puppies and kittens, elderly animals, small animals, and dogs with short hair. Also, short-haired animals will benefit from using a sweater or coat while on walks

** Don't allow cats or dogs to roam freely outdoors. During winter, cats sometimes climb under the hoods of cars to be near warm engines and are badly injured or killed when the car is started. Also, food rations for animals should be increased in winter because they are burning more calories to keep warm

** Keep an eye out for stray animals. Take unidentified animals inside until you can find their guardians or get them to an animal shelter. If strays are skittish or otherwise unapproachable, provide food and water and call your local Humane Society for assistance in trapping them and getting them indoors

** Wipe off your dogs' or cats' legs, feet, and stomachs after they come in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make your animals sick if they ingest them while cleaning themselves.

** When you see dogs left outdoors, provide them with proper shelter. Details on how to provide housing can be found at www.HelpingAnimals.com.

Web users can view PETA's cold-weather public service announcement featuring the song "I Wanna Be Free," donated by Loretta Lynn.


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