Free Pet Adoption this Weekend During Maddie’s Days

If you’re thinking about adding a furry family member to your pack anytime soon, this weekend is the time to do it!

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Adoptable dogs pose for prospective parents at Maddie’s Days last year.

Adoption fees will be waived at participating rescue groups or shelters in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco and Santa Clara County for two days, Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1.

This is all thanks to Maddie’s Fund, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals. They give a rescue or shelter from $500 to $2000 per dog or cat adopted during Maddie’s Days, the nation’s largest free adoption event. Those funds allow for the care and rehabilitation of pets who might otherwise be euthanized.

Maddie’s Fund has set a goal of 10,000 adoptions during this year’s Maddie’s Days.

PrintIf you are interested in adopting a pet for free this weekend, 90 shelters and rescues in four Bay Area counties are participating in the event.

maddie's fund picA special event called “Rescue Row” will be held in San Francisco on Alabama Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. The event will feature food trucks, a beer garden, music and of course, adoptions! The San Francisco SPCA, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, Northern California Family Dog Rescue and San Francisco Animal Care and Control, among others, will all be on hand with adoptable dogs and cats.

If you would like to learn more, visit the Maddie’s Days or Maddie’s Fund websites.

What You Don’t Know About Flea Medicine

You have Frontline stocked and religiously give it to your dog every month. He’s protected from fleas and ticks, right? Well, maybe.

frontlineTopical flea medicines like Frontline or K9 Advantix lose their effectiveness throughout the month, especially if your pup has had a bath or goes for a swim during that time. So by week three or four, the effectiveness could only be at 50 percent or less, which is a problem for dogs who are flea allergic.

Bay Area Veterinary Dermatologist Dr. Nicole Eckholm says your dog will generally be okay if you give a topical flea preventative once a month but if you dog is flea allergic, it might be a good idea to give it every three weeks.

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How to Clean Your Dog After a Skunk Attack

By: Beverly Ulbrich, The Pooch Coach

There are a lot of good articles about what to do if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, but no one has time to read through it all or watch videos when it happens. So here are some quick, easy steps you can take to be prepared, help your dog suffer less and get rid of the smell.

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The three ingredients you need to make a skunk wash. But be careful, these ingredients MUST be mixed in an open container or they could explode.

1. Be prepared. Stock these items so you’re prepared in advance: baking soda, three percent hydrogen peroxide and liquid dish-washing detergent, such as Dawn. Nature’s Miracle also makes a Skunk Odor Remover.

2. Contain the smell. Your dog will want to rub off the oil on whatever he can find, so try to keep your dog outside or at least away from anything in your house.

3. Act quickly. Every second counts. The oils sinks into your dog’s coat quickly and it burns his eyes, mouth, nose and skin.

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More Suspicious Meatballs Found in San Francisco

suspicious meatballs san franciscoYet another round of suspicious meatballs has been found in a San Francisco park frequented by dogs. A woman spotted a plate of meatballs with pills sticking out of them Monday morning at the Sunset Reservoir near the corner of Ortega and 24th Avenue.

Police are testing the meatballs to see if the pills are poisonous. A $25,000 reward is being offered by the Animal Defense Fund for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for these meatballs.

This is the fourth such sighting of suspicious meatballs in San Francisco in the past two years. A dachshund named Oskar died in July 2013 after eating a suspicious meatball in the Twin Peaks neighborhood.

Some residents think off-leash dogs might be targeted because not all owners clean up after them.

To keep your dog safe, keep him on a leash unless he is 100 percent reliable with recall and the command “off!” or “drop it!”

We have frequented the Sunset Reservoir and there are many areas an off-leash dog can get into trouble with poisonous meatballs potentially hiding in the brush on the hills flanking the fences of the reservoir. We stay on the path and only let the dogs run on the grass where we can see them.