Pets and Animal

Inflation leading families to hand pets to animal shelters,

ROANE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — As the price of everything goes up, and families struggle to stretch their budget, many are handing their pets over to animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Grace shortly after being rescued.

“She’s been on antibiotics and medications,” said Roane County Humane Officer Tanya Hicks, as she prepared a recent shelter intake, Grace, for a follow-up vet visit.

Grace came to the Roane County Animal Shelter after being attacked by other dogs. Her story has been shared many times over the last several days on their Facebook page.

But she’s one of 107 animals currently being cared for here at the small rural shelter with three full-time employees.

“I mean, we adopted two and we got three adult dogs in and five puppies, you know, that were abandoned,” Hicks said. “Today we got in two more puppies. I mean, we are crunched.”

Adoptions are down and the number of animals needing help is up.

“Please keep in mind, we are full,” Hicks said. “We don’t have room for anything. It is like that everywhere.”

They say people needing to surrender their animals can help by planning ahead and not waiting until the last minute.

“We try to help out as much as possible. Just please be patient with us. I mean everybody is struggling,” Hicks said.

There are currently 107 animals at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

If you think your budget is getting so stretched you can no longer provide basic care for your pet, shelters want to know as soon as possible so they have time to work on a solution.

“There’s not enough adopters, not enough fosters, not enough volunteers,” Hicks said.

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Shelters see more people giving up their pets as they

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Inflation is hitting people in many different ways, from housing to groceries to gasoline. It’s also causing an uptick in the number of pets being surrendered at animal shelters.

Adopting a pet is a decision usually made with certainty. But uncertain times are causing some owners to surrender their pets or to need extra help taking care of them.

The Humane Society of Chittenden County is seeing an uptick in animal surrenders.

“Especially really emergent situations, folks losing housing, folks dealing with just the cost of other aspects of their life. And all of these issues that are just kind of all rolled together that are making it really tough for people,” said Cynthia Harris Cole of the Humane Society of Chittenden County.

The shelter says a combination of urgent calls, staffing shortages and paying for more supplies puts a strain on the organization.

In Washington County, the Central Vermont Humane Society is seeing a similar trend and says short-term solutions to help people keep their pets are becoming less helpful.

“We’re seeing long-term issues, serious financial issues, housing issues where people are being evicted and people living in their cars, even much more serious issues that we’re seeing that are impacting their pets,” said Laurie Garrison of the Central Vermont Humane Society.

They say they’re experiencing an increase in veterinary and operating costs.

For the first time in a while, they have a waiting list for animal intakes.

“We’re very careful about what we call capacity for care. So if we have animals, animals in the building, there’s a certain level of care we want to be able to do,” explained Garrison.

In Addison County, the Homeward Bound Humane Society says they aren’t seeing an uptick in surrenders but there is an increase in the

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Extreme heat leads to rise in animal neglect calls, ACS says

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Animal Care Services says officers are seeing the number of pet neglect complaints related to heat increase as the Alamo City experiences record-high temperatures this summer.

Aimee De Contreras, field operations manager for Animal Care Services, said she is concerned about the high number of neglect calls during this heat wave.

“People will have animals outside, sometimes just in the sun without shade is what we see a lot,” she said.

Since May, ACS has seen a 26% increase in neglect calls, primarily tied to the heat. Two dogs left outside have died this summer, ACS officials said.

“If it’s too hot for humans and we’re getting hot, animals are outside all day,” De Contreras said.

Right now, there is a zero-tolerance policy, and people will be ticketed if an ACS officer discovers they are being neglectful with their pets.

Even well-intentioned people make mistakes with their pets, says veterinarian Rachael Smith with Animal Hospital San Antonio.


“Every vet in town has seen dogs burned, paws walking on the cement,” she said. “I had a woman who came in and wanted a necropsy on her dog. Why did he die? The internal body temperature was over 120. He cooked.”

Smith said the best thing for people to do is keep their pets inside and try to walk them during the morning when there is less sunshine or late at night. Don’t take pets hiking on hot days, and watch for signs of heat exhaustion.

“Once your pet’s in that position where we’re talking heat exhaustion, it’s an emergency visit. We’re going to lose your pet, so there’s no time to waste,” Smith said.

Both Smith and De Contreras strongly urge people to leave their pets at home in a cool area and ensure they

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Animal Hospital rescues many pets, one dies during flash

The co-owner commends the heroics of his staff as they risked their lives to save animals. A nearby neighborhood suffered severe damage.

ST CHARLES, Mo. — The Elm Point Animal Hospital community is hurting after losing a dog as the basement flooded in a matter of minutes. The staff’s heroic efforts helped save the lives of 30 pets.

“They were panicking because they thought they were going to lose their lives initially,” Daniel Lang, co-owner said. “The water was going up so quickly and they couldn’t get out either. There are two exits in the basement.”

Lang is happy other pets or staff members weren’t injured severely. One person was hospitalized as a precaution. Lang said the emotional scars of the incident are his biggest concern but overall he and other staff members are keeping spirits high as crews dry out the building.

Lang said the family of the dog has been notified.

“You expect your dog to be boarded here and be healthy and come back in a week and pick it up,” Lang said.

The flooding was so intense, that it bent the metal exterior door leading to the basement.

“Our fence has been damaged in the back,” Lang said. “The two metal doors were bent in the back. It’s just amazing what mother nature can do.”

The property runs alongside Cole Creek which overflowed due to record rainfall overnight.

On the other side of the creek and down the road, the Deerfield Village neighborhood also were the victims of a swollen Cole Creek.

“I have insulation problems under my house it’s all down,” Ronald Altemueller, a neighbor said. “I lost all my landscaping timber. Lost some siding. If I have to do all the labor it’s $7,000. If I have to hire a contractor, it’s about 15.

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Lake Area vets search for volunteer animals amid nationwide

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – As we continue to fight a nationwide blood shortage, a recent spotlight has shown a shortage in blood for your pets. 7News spoke with a Lake Charles vet about what he thinks the shortage stems from, and how you and your pet can help.

Many people have worked to do their part during the nationwide blood shortage, showing up to blood drives and donating when they can. But for your pets, it’s not as easy.

“It’s a shortage in the sense that it’s just not like human medicine where we have a specific place that we go. We call in when we need blood and we get it in,” said Dr. Michael Woodward with University Animal Clinic.

Dr. Woodward said the shortage isn’t necessarily a lack of donors.

“Some of the problem with the shortage is just storage. I guess it comes down to the point where – where do you store the blood? Where do you get the blood from?” said Dr. Woodward.

Dr. Woodward said they have a list of volunteer pets that are on call to give blood for transfusions if an emergency arises. He said they are able to plan that in advance with most surgeries, but in an emergency, the shortage could present a problem.

“Trauma – they’ll come in, and they have a ruptured spleen and be bleeding in the abdomen and those need immediate blood to be able to do surgery on them,” said Dr. Woodward.

He also says they have to be conscious of the dog’s blood type and size, just like in a human.

“Some dogs, especially autoimmune dogs or dogs that need blood over a period of time, we’ll have to type them and we have to pair them with the right type of blood,”

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