Featured Shelter Animals Sept. 19, 2014

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Remember Me Thursday and National Dog Week?

Celebrated the last full week of September each year, National Dog Week dates all the way back to 1928. What does this mean for you? Nothing. This week isn’t about you, it is all about dogs. Get your leashes, harnesses, treats and toys ready for a weeklong celebration of all things dog. While you love on your cuddly best friend, don’t forget about the less-fortunate four-legged angels looking for forever homes. The purpose of National Dog Week is twofold — pay homage to the pups that enrich your life by showing responsible pet ownership and do your part to help dogs in need. We’ll help you make the most of National Dog Week. Now in its 84th year, NDW is celebrated all across the US with local events, belly rubs, and lots of treats!

Here are some suggestions for National Dog Week:

Pamper Your Pooch
Not all dogs enjoy a trip to the groomer, but if your dogs are anything like ours they enjoy a good brushing. Making sure your dog’s nails are trimmed, ears are clean, and bathing them regularly will keep your 4-legged friends more comfortable. While it’s not good to let your dog get everything he wants all the time, there’s nothing wrong with giving him some extra love or special something to celebrate. Massaging your dog or just giving him some extra cuddles might be a wonderful way to show him your appreciation in honor of National Dog Week.

Got Treats?
Pick up some of your dog’s favorite treats from your local store.

Play Time/Visit the Park

Play time with your dog is important. Whether it’s playing a game of fetch or just running around the yard together, your dogs will appreciate the quality time with you and also get some needed exercise. Take a hike, take extra-long walks, play games like fetch or hide-and-go seek, and go for a scenic fall drive. Whatever your pooch loves to do, indulge him and have fun together!  Visit the dog park-if you’re lucky enough to have a dog park in your community; this is a great way to keep your dog social, active, and happy. It’s even a great way for dog moms and dads to socialize.

Go have some fun. Learn something new. Whether it’s practicing basic obedience cues in fun ways or doing an agility class, pairing physical and mental stimulation to reinforce behaviors you want from your dog or teach awesome tricks is a great way to bond with your dog.

Adopt a shelter dog or rescue dog.  There are many dogs in our shelters and because of overpopulation, and as a result, an adoptable dog or cat is put down every eight seconds in our country, totaling four million a year. Foster a rescue dog. You are making space so the rescue/shelter can take in another animal and you are helping provide a stable home for the foster animal. Consider making a huge difference in the life of a dog (or even a cat!) by fostering or adopting.

Spay or neuter your dog. If you got a puppy or kitten earlier this year and haven’t done this yet, please do! As we’ve already discussed, pet overpopulation is a huge issue in our world, and not only will it make a difference in this regard, it will also make for a healthier, happier pet! Dogs that have been altered are far less likely to escape, roam and get hurt or hurt others, and it prevents reproductive organ cancers and disease. It’s the law in Mesquite.

iggyFeatured Dog: Iggy Pop

Did I catch your eye? I don’t blame you if you had to stop and stare, I am quite cute if I do say so myself. I love the attention and I don’t mind if you want to shower me with all your love, actually I would prefer it! It looks like I am having a bad hair day but that is the style- my hair has a mind of its own. I love people and attention. I will be beside you wherever you go. Stop by the shelter and meet me, you will love what you see.

Other Available Dogs:

Toby- Male 8yrear old terrier blend. Very friendly and outgoing. Loves people

Merry- Female toy fox terrier. Loves her squeaky toys

Georgia- Female toy fox terrier. Friendly and playful

Sheldon Male Pug/shih tzu Tan and cream. Short haired.

Frito

Frito

Pringle

Pringle

Tostino

Tostino


Featured Cats: 3 Little kittens Tostino, Pringle and Frito.

The animal shelter has been hit with a case of “THE MUNCHIES” A SNACK ATTACK IS IN THE WORKS. 8 weeks old and current on age appropriate vaccinations. Tostino female dilute calico- very outgoing and the first one to greet you at the door. Pringle- female tabby/calico with orange spots- loves to be held. Frito- male gray/black tabby white feet- a cuddle bug. they love to play with toys  and chase each other around the cat room.

Other Available Cats:

Paisley

Paisley

Paisley- Bright colored calico. DECLAWED. Needs to be only cat in home

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

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