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Holiday Dinner Dance Featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band to Benefit Pet Connection

Tickets are now available for a Holiday Concert/Dinner Dance featuring Jack Civiletto & The Pyramid Band that will take place from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $25 per person and include dinner, entertainment, a basket auction and raffles. A special door prize of four Disney one-day park hopper passes valued at $544 will be given away. Tickets for the event are presale only and can be ordered by calling the shelter at 652-0192.

Holiday Pet Sitting – Call Your Pet Sitter Now

Believe it or not, in the world of pet sitting, the holidays are pretty darn close! Many pet sitters are already completely booked for the holidays. It’s not uncommon for people to book their Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s pet care a year in advance. So, if you need pet sitting for the holidays, and haven’t scheduled it yet, you’ll need to do it as soon as you can.

If you already have a relationship with a pet sitter, and need pet care between now and the end of the year, give him or her a call right away! If not, you’ll risk hearing, “I’m sorry, but I”m booked!”

If you’re looking for a pet sitter for the first time, you really need to get busy. You’ll need to  allow for enough time to meet with at least one pet sitter before you hire someone. Since you’re hiring someone to care for your pet and home, you don’t want feel rushed into making a decision that may not be a good fit. Planning early can help.

Autumn Safety Tips

Ah, fall—there’s nothing like crisp, cool air, the first months of school and luscious foliage to get you excited for the changing seasons. Your pet, too, is probably welcoming the break from hot, sticky weather. But pet parents, beware—fall is also a time of lurking dangers for our furry friends. From household poisons to cold weather hazards, the season is a minefield! Here are some tips to keep your pet snug and healthy during the autumn months.

Aggressive Animals

At one time or another you might encounter an aggressive animal. What you do, or don’t do, may determine whether or not you are bitten.



• Stand still.

• Command the dog to "Sit" or "Down"

• Face the dog.

• Move slowly.

• Keep quiet.

• Look at the ground. (Never look an aggressive animal in the eye.)



• Scream or shout.

• Run or move quickly.

• Threaten the dog with an object.

• Stare.

• Extend your hand.


If you are bitten by an animal and it has penetrated the skin (no matter how small), go to your doctor's office immediately. All animals have bacteria in their mouths, and a nasty infection could result from the wound if not properly treated.


Thinking of Getting a Rabbit for a Pet?

Are you ready for a rabbit?  Are you familiar with its penchant for digging?  Do you understand its dietary and housing needs?  Before bringing a new bunny home, you should learn basic bunny care.

As with any domesticated animal, we can trace most of the rabbit’s behavior back to his wild ancestors. And it comes as no surprise that rabbits, by nature, are diggers and burrowers. In the wild, a safe excavation for homes and birthing places can reach three feet in depth; so it will take your rabbit almost no time at all to ruin a carpet or dig a tunnel in your garden – should he have the opportunity. Your best option is to supervise him closely and provide him safe alternatives to fulfill his natural tendency to dig.

Keep Your Pet Safe on Halloween

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Attention, companion animal caretakers! The ASPCA would like to point out these common-sense cautions that’ll help keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year. If you do suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy.

What to Do if Your Pet Becomes Lost

Did you know that The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates 6-8 million animals enter shelters each year? And of those, only about 30 percent of dogs and less than 5 percent of cats are reunited with their owners? 

How would you be able to identify your pet if it were lost? Is your pet tagged, chipped or tattooed?  

Collars and Tags – Outfit your pet with a collar and tags that include your pet’s name, your name and contact information, your veterinarian’s contact information and rabies vaccination information. Be sure to keep the collar on your pet at all times. Consider adding your pet sitter’s name as a secondary contact.

Microchip Identification System – This option involves implanting a capsule under your pet’s skin. If your pet is lost, its microchip can be scanned for relevant information that you provide to one of the registering agencies.