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Surprise...Ferrets as Gifts

Cute and cuddly, ferrets hold a special appeal to many people. Unfortunately not everyone holds this view, or even if they do, they might not be ready for a ferret at this time.

Almost every spring between the middle of January and the end of March, we see a surge of young ferrets dropped off at the shelters.

“I got it as a gift”, is often the reason given. People usually have good intentions, but don’t think things through. A friend says that they would love to have a ferret, but for some reason they don’t have one. This doesn’t mean that buying them one would be the perfect present. Maybe the reason they don’t have one is because they live in a no pet apartment, or maybe a family member is allergic to animals. Maybe they don’t have the finances right now to buy a cage, supplies and food or to pay for vaccinations and other veterinary care.

Erie County SPCA Sponsors Paws in the Park Walk

As the SPCA’s longest-running fundraiser, the Paws in the Park Walk presented by Keller Technology Corporation invites people to come with (or without) their dog to a two-mile walk at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, September 11, at 11 a.m. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

The day includes lunch for participants and the opportunity to interact with: 50 or more pet-related vendors, exhibitors and canine rescue groups; judged dog trick, costume and dog-owner look-alike contests; an agility course for the dogs; and fun for children and adults alike with inflatable bounce houses. 

Participants are encouraged to raise pledges that directly benefit the people and animals the SPCA assists. In return, these participants win incredible prizes, including airline tickets, messenger bags, and pet first aid kits!

For more information, visit the Paws in the Park website.

Tips for Bringing a New Dog Home - Introducing Your New Pet to Your Current Dogs

It's a good idea for the dogs to meet each other in a neutral area, such as outside your house on the sidewalk or in a nearby park.

Amherst Dog Park Opening Soon!

Attention dog owners in and around Amherst: The Amherst Dog Park opening is set for the beginning of September. If you are like myself and so many others, we drive all the way over to Lasalle Park to socialize our dogs at "The Barkyard," but now we will have a park right in our own backyard.  

The Amherst Dog Park, also known as "Paw Park," is located on Smith Road behind the Amherst Recreation Complex and next to the compost facility. This is one of only two local off-leash dog parks in our area.  

Amherst Paw Park includes a fenced-in, dedicated area that allows dogs to run and socialize while not infringing on the activities of joggers, cyclists, and other park users. The park will encourage interaction between dog owners and provide a setting to meet others with similar interests. 

Is your pet sitter insured and bonded? They should be…

Most pet owners know that the benefits of leaving pets at home are numerous. Pets are happier and experience less stress at home; diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted and a pet’s exposure to illness is minimized.

Because of this the pet-sitting industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Whether you are considering using a pet sitter for the first time or have been using the same pet sitter for a number of years, David Pearsall, director of sales and marketing for Business Insurers of the Carolinas, says that his company, who underwrites the bonding and insurance policies for members of Pet Sitters International (PSI), as well as a majority of pet-sitter businesses in the United States, recommends that proof of insurance coverage be verified before the house keys are turned over to a virtual stranger.