When you think of a little dog named Wiggles you probably think of happy wiggling, right? Well my name is Wiggles but for the first four years of my life I didn’t have much to be happy about. Sometimes there was scared wiggling, and often wiggles of discomfort but it wasn’t until the Bucks County SPCA came into my life that I learned about wiggles of joy.
You see, I was raised in a house with more than 30 other Chihuahuas. Feeding time was just a torn open bag of dog food thrown on the floor for us to fight over. We didn’t see a veterinarian. Our numbers kept growing as the puppies kept coming and things just kept getting worse for us. One day some strangers came to the house – they said they were Humane Society Police Officers.
We were scared, we weren’t used to people. Little did we know it was the best things that had ever happened to us. We were brought to a new place with new smells and new people. Thirty four of us were taken to the Bucks County SPCA where we learned that people can be really awesome. There were people who were willing to sit quietly and hand feed us until we understood they were friends. There were people to take us outside so we could learn to walk on a leash and go potty. Best of all, there were people who taught us how to play!
Slowly but surely we all became healthy, happy pets. For some of us it was quick, for others it took many months. After a lot of hard work by the nice people at the Bucks County SPCA we were all adopted by wonderful owners who feed, love and look after us as cherished pets. We’ve learned so many new things since that day that the Bucks County SPCA gave us a second chance – my favorite was learning to wiggle with joy. Thanks to them I now love my life and know what my name means.
May all your wiggles be happy as mine are now.
It just got even easier to adopt a new best friend from the Bucks County SPCA. Beginning on Monday, December 14th both animal care centers, in Lahaska and Quakertown, will be open to the public weekdays noon to 6 pm and weekends noon to 3 pm.
Animals adopted from the Bucks County SPCA are spayed/neutered, microchipped, given appropriate vaccines and evaluated for health and behavior. Adoptions will now also include the BCSPCA 60-day Money-Back Guarantee. If for ANY reason the new pet does not work out in the new home, the pet can be returned to either BCSPCA location for a full refund of the adoption fee within 60 days of the date of adoption.With so many wonderful animals looking for homes, we want to make it as easy as possible for their new families to find them. By standardizing the hours at our two centers, staying open every weeknight until 6, and having both locations open Saturdays and Sundays, we’re giving our animals the best chance for a short shelter stay and quick transition into a happy home.
With our No Time Limit policy, new adopter-friendly hours, and our money-back guarantee the BCSPCA is your best bet for finding your next pet. Come visit us today.
The holiday season can be one of the most wonderful times of the year – and one of the most stressful for people and pets alike. Following these simple tips can help keep all of you stress-free and full of the holiday spirit.
Holiday Overindulgence – It’s not just for people
Left to their own devices our pets would be happy to overindulge in all kinds of holiday food. Nothing adds stress to a celebration in quite the same way as an animal with an upset stomach. Be sure to keep animals away from rich holiday foods. Be particularly vigilant about:
Onions, which can cause anemia (high levels of garlic can, too)
Grapes and Raisins
Bones (especially cooked bones and ANY poultry bones)
Any foods high in fat, sodium and/or sugar
There are some human foods that are okay for pets. A small piece of cooked turkey or chicken without skin, bones or gravy makes for a nice treat without risking intestinal upset.
If you are hosting a holiday gathering, a little preparation before the guests arrive can work wonders. Remember that pets are not generally used to having more than a few people around and might get overly excited. The jumping, the grabbing food from hands and tables, the barking, or hissing and swatting … all of these things can lead to some embarrassing situations, and maybe even frighten some guests who aren’t used to being around animals. If your pet isn’t used to parties set aside a safe room where he or she can stay for the duration of the event. Make the space comfortable with a bed or rug, water, litter box, toys, and maybe some pet-appropriate treats. Tape a sign to the door saying “do not open, pets inside”. The last thing you want is for a very excited pet to dash through the house and out the door.
Watch the holiday decorations!
Most pets are curious by nature, so they will want to check out any additions to the decor. Sniffing can lead to chewing, or even eating those pretty holiday ornaments. Keep electrical cords and other decorations away from curious paws and watch out for dangling objects that can be pulled down and cause injury. Candles should never be left unattended, poinsettias are poisonous to cats, and if you have a Christmas tree, don’t let your pet drink the tree water, it probably contains dangerous preservatives or fertilizers.
A very special thank you to Jim Alterman of Jim’s of Lambertville for collecting donations for us at his Thrilla in Lambertvilla event. Come by to say thanks to Jim and meet new Executive Director Linda Reider, November 7th at 6 pm. Jim’s is located at 6 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530. See www.jimsoflambertville.com for more information.
We are chock full of fabulous felines of all colors and ages in need of loving homes. In order to get all these great cats into new homes as quickly as they deserve we’ll adopt out cats of all ages to qualified homes for free for the first ten days of November.
Spokes-cat for the event Spice (right, available for adoption at the BCSPCA Upper Bucks animal care center) says “Naturally, as cats, we know that we are priceless. I mean how could you put a price on anything as wonderful as a cat? We’re happy to see that people are figuring it out now too.”
These fabulous felines will only be free from November 1st through 10th, so plan to adopt yours at either BCSPCA animal care center during that time. The centers are located at 1665 Street Road in Lahaska and 60 Reservoir Road in Quakertown, PA. Hours and directions can be found here.
Hello Bucks County! I am very excited to get to know my new community. One of my first, and most important, tasks is to learn from all of you how our organization can best serve the people and pets of Bucks County. I’ve set up a quick (just 6 questions!) survey to find out more about you, our county, and the needs of our local animals. I hope you will take a few minute to fill out the survey now.
I also hope to see as many of you as possible at our Old Friends and New party on November 13th. It will be a wonderful evening when we can celebrate retired Executive Director Anne Irwin’s 44 years of service and raise funds to help our animals. More information on the party can be found here, or contact Alison Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.794.7425.