Did you know that the single busiest day of the year for animal shelters and animal control is July 5th? Do you ever wonder why that is?
The Fourth of July is a fun holiday for humans, but our four-legged family members often do not feel the same. Between the company, the outdoor parties/BBQ's, and, worst of all, the elaborate fireworks shows, the Fourth of July is a VERY stressful day for dogs, cats, and other animals.
More animals escape from their homes on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Because this is such a stressful day for many animals, pet owners should take the proper precautions to ensure their four-legged family members stay safe and sound despite all of the stressors and commotion.
First, make sure that your dog is secure in your home. Even though it seems fun to take your dog out to a parade, party, or fireworks show, it is important you resist this urge, as bringing your dog to one of these places puts them at much higher risk of running away out of fear. If you are going out, make sure to take your dog for a long walk before the firework shows begin, that way they will have gotten their business finished with and can spend the rest of the night inside the home.
.It is also important to make sure that your pet has ample distractions. If you are going out (or staying home!), leave on the TV and air conditioning so that some of the noise can be dulled down. Additionally, you may want to put on a white noise machine. It's also a good idea to give your pet something fun and attention-grabbing to play with, such as a frozen peanut butter-filled kong, or a puzzle toy with treats inside. It is much better to have your dog focused on finding those treats than on how scary those loud noises are!
While we can do everything in our power to prevent our animals from getting out, sometimes these things do happen, so it is best to be prepared. Make sure that your animal has a collar/harness on and is wearing up-to-date tags with your phone number and address on them. It's also important to know your pets microchip number and make sure that it is registered and up-to-date.
If your pets have very bad anxiety, you may want to consider staying home with your furry-friends and/or consulting your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medication.
Have fun, be safe, and make sure to keep our furry friends in mind while celebrating this day and our country's freedom. Have a wonderful Independence Day, and God Bless America!
About three years ago, this handsome fella was taken into custody. He was a juvenile, only 1 year old, but that didn't matter-- he was sentenced indefinitely and had to serve his time.
In prison, he won the hearts of everyone he met. He was a charmer, this one. Nobody could resist his ways and he soon found himself with quite the fan base. Nonetheless, he was sentenced indefinitely and had to serve his time.
Eventually, the stress got to him, and it was decided that he had to... go. There was an uproar from his fan base, from those who knew him and those who didn't, begging for his life to be spared. People from all over the state pulled together to save Tully's life, but none of them offered to give him a place to go, and so he remained sentenced indefinitely. He had to serve his time.
Staring directly at his fate, an amazing group was able to come to the rescue and pull Tully out of this prison. Tully's fans cheered and applauded and fell over with glee: Tully would live! Tully was safe! But, not a single person offered him a place to go, and so he returned to a cell. A quieter cell, in a different type of prison. He was sentenced indefinitely and continued to serve his time.
Three years later, and Tully still waits. You're probably wondering: what great crime did he commit? It must've been horrid for him to have been through so many prison cells, right? Wrong. Tully's great crime? He didn't have a home. Three years later and Tully stills sits in prison, paying the price for a crime that he did not commit, bearing the constant weight on his shoulders of the family who betrayed him and sentenced him to this fate. Tully constantly wonders what he did to deserve this, and at first, when we said he did nothing, he believed us. But after three years? His faith is beginning to waiver.
Please do not let Tully wait any longer. He loves his fans and supporters, but after waiting for three years for one person, one family, one miracle? He's not so sure he can wait much longer. Three years ago, Tully was thrown into a prison cell that is the shelter system and sentenced to life; no matter how much has changed, no matter what training he's received, no matter what pleas he has made or promises people have made to him and broken, Tully is still trapped in this prison cell, sentenced indefinitely, and continuing to serve his time.
Please consider opening your heart and home to the amazing Tully. Don't make him wait another day-- He is a perfect dog who has been dealt a rough hand. Just ask any person who has met him: you will fall in love instantly! Tully is about four years old and located in Babylon, NY, though transport can be provided to an approved adopter in the Northeast. He has to be the only pet, but he has more than enough love to give! This 75 pound cuddle bug only wants to be your best friend and lapdog.
If you think you may be Tully's perfect family, please contact us at email@example.com or fill out an application here.
Only a couple days ago, the animal community on Facebook was in an uproar over three pets who were being neglected. Chloe, Bagel, and Toby were in terrible condition and were in dire need of help. Well, Road to Home Rescue partnered up with Pets 4 Luv and now these three babies are safe and under our care!
All three of these babies were picked up Saturday morning and immediately brought to the vet to assess the severity of their conditions. Chloe and Bagel are both suffering from severe skin and ear infections, the skin infections so severe and left untreated for so long that the skin on these poor dogs' bodies has actually hardened. They are extremely malnourished and suffering from muscle atrophy. Somehow, despite all of the pain they must be in, they are still loving and affectionate, proving the unconditional love of our four-legged friends.
Sweet Toby is suffering from some paralysis in his hindquarters, and is currently undergoing all of the necessary tests in order to identify the cause. Full bloodwork results will be back soon, so we will have an update on the conditions of all three of these poor animals.
Two of the amazing vets that we work with have generously donated some medical services for these pets. Unfortunately, we have no idea what future medical costs will arise, and we really need help to make sure we can provide for Bagel, Chloe, and Toby.
These pictures do little to show how severe the condition of these animals truly is. Bagel, Chloe, and Toby were suffering in silence while their owners watched on and did absolutely nothing to help them. Now, they are safe, but they are certainly not out of the woods, yet! It takes a village to rescue these animals, and we cannot continue to do this work without the support of the community.
When we reached out to fellow rescuers at Pets 4 Luv, there was not a moment's hesitation about teaming up to help save these animals. All three will be housed at Pets 4 Luv while they recover from years of neglect, and, when they are healthy and ready, they will move on to wonderful forever homes, with people who will care about them like they always deserved to be cared about.
We want to thank Debbie Davidson for posting and advocating for these poor souls. Without your posts, we would have never seen the conditions these poor animals were living in, and we would not have been able to get involved and bring them to safety. We also want to thank Eddie Stepinski for stepping up on Saturday and being there to help us save these precious lives.
Please keep up with our Facebook page, as we will be posting more updates as we receive them. At this moment, we don't know what future costs will be, but we will adjust as we receive more information. Please consider donating to their care, so that we can continue our mission to help them, and to help others. It takes a village, and we could not do this without each and every one of our amazing supporters, allies, and friends.
You can click here to donate via YouCaring for Bagel, Chloe, and Toby.
We'd like to take a moment to thank our amazing supporters-- without you, we would not be able to do what we do and continue to save lives.
As many of you know, our RTH shirt-sale ended yesterday (3/20), and thanks to all of your generosity and support, we were able to sell 59 shirts and raise $830 for our dogs and cats!
We are so grateful to everyone that contributed to this amazing fundraiser. Thank you so much for loving the animals as much as we do and supporting us in our fight to save their lives! We truly appreciate it.
Shirts will be shipping within the next couple of days, so make sure to send us pictures of you (or your pets!) with your official RTH gear! We'd love to post them on our site. Thank you, again! Together, we are really making a difference.