Go Green for Pets
The green scene has gone beyond gardens—it now includes litter boxes and doggie treats. In celebration of Earth Day, you don’t need a green thumb to help the planet. If you have an animal companion who eats, sleeps, plays and poops, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to cut down on waste, raise your pet’s quality of life and color your corner of the world green.
Spring Cleaning Empty out the dark corners of your closets, basement and attic, but before throwing your dusty treasures away, call your local shelters and ask if they need old towels, bedding, leashes, litter boxes and pet toys. They may even be looking for unused printers and computer monitors.
Give your pet filtered tap water instead of bottled to drink. If you must use bottled, be sure to recycle.
The Power of Poop
Scoop dog poop with biodegradable bags instead of plastic bags from the grocery store. If you’re a suburbanite (or an urbanite with a lawn), do some research on doggie septic systems—they help keep your lawn free of smelly surprises and break waste down into a liquid the ground can absorb. And kitty parents, go for eco-friendly cat litters, avoiding brands with mined minerals.
Use earth-friendly pet shampoos and grooming products whenever possible.
Garden of Delights
If you have space, consider growing your own garden for your fruit- and veggie- loving reptiles Garden of Delights
If you have space, consider growing your own garden for your fruit- and veggie- loving reptiles and small mammals. Before using insecticides, research mulching and other gardening practices that can help reduce the amount of insecticides and herbicides you might need.
Should your furry love leave a little dribble (or more) on the carpeting or floor, don’t reach for the bleach. Use vinegar instead. This environment-friendly liquid can act as an effective odor-remover and can kill mold and bacteria. Please keep in mind, though, that vinegar must be diluted correctly with water.
Cutting Back is Going Green
There are plenty of small ways to cut back on energy and materials.
Instead of using a blow dryer to dry your freshly bathed pet, towel or air dry her.
Walk your dog to the doggie park rather than driving there.
Cut down on paper products—clean up with rags or recycled paper towels.
Put light and heating bulbs in your reptile and fish habitats on timers.
Put Your Foot Down
Don’t wear shoes in the house. They bring extra pesticides, fungicides and dirt inside—your pets are exposed enough when licking their paws after walking outside on treated surfaces. (Of course, you should wipe all paws before letting them back into the house!)
Consider making your own healthy dog biscuits and storing them in reusable containers. If you purchase store-bought treats, buy them in cardboard packaging and be sure to recycle.
Buy pet supplies in bulk or the largest available size. You’ll make fewer trips to the store and cut down on packaging to discard of.
Featured dog: Roddy
Roddy was found as a stray. Border collie Australian shepherd mix. He loves people and attention He will need lots of exercise He is very motivated to learn and has mastered the jump and ramp in the exercise yard. He is learning his manners and loves to go on walks. He wants to be with people and will go looking for new friends if left alone. He can jump fences so will need a high fence and someone with him when out in the yard. Would make a great running partner. Roddy loves kids and would make a great family pet.
Other available dogs – at the time this article was submitted there were no other dogs available for adoption.
Features cats: Athena and Copper
Athena and Copper are sister and brother looking for a home together if at all possible. they have been together since birth. These handsome cats were surrendered by their owner due to a change in life circumstances, and they’re anxious to get back to a home environment. Athena is more energetic and playful while Copper is more laid-back and loving. Both can be very affectionate and snuggly and appreciate having someone that takes the time to get to know them. Athena talks and will sit up like a dog to beg for attention and follow you around while Copper watches everything and takes his time to know you.
Other available cats – at the time this article was submitted there were no other cats available for adoption.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
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 changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER