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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School ...
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Joe Reppucci of Lexington, Mass., writes about dogs and keeping them a healthy part of the family. He has worked as a reporter and editor on major daily newspapers in the Boston area for more than 30 years and is a graduate of Lexington High School and of Suffolk University in Boston. He writes often about nutrition, behavior and saving money on pet supplies and insurance.
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American Humane Association Foreclosure Pets Grants. Grant money is awarded to qualifying American Humane member shelters. Animal welfare organizations interested in applying for a Foreclosure Pets Grant should email the following information to grants@americanhumane.org with “Foreclosure Pets Grant” in the subject line: Organization name and mission statement, American Humane member number and desired use of funds. The maximum grant amount is $2,000 per organization. Visit the American Humane Association for more information.
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Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project. For a one-time donation of $30, adopters will receive a special Adopt-A-Turkey certificate complete with color photo of a rescued turkey who resides at one of Farm Sanctuary’s shelters. For more information about adopting a turkey instead of eating one and to view this year’s “adoptable” turkeys, visit adoptaturkey.org or call 1-888-SPONSOR. Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals. For more information, please visit the Farm Sanctuary.
Humane Society of the United States home foreclosure and financial crisis fund. The fund was created because of the sharp increase reported by shelters in the number of families unable to afford to keep or feed their pets. The money is used to assist local animal shelters and rescue organizations to help keep people and their pets together. Visit the Humane Society of the United States to make a donation.
Humane Society of the United States One Car Can Make a Difference Program.Donate your used vehicle and the HSUS receives 80 percent of the proceeds. Call 877-836-6674 to chedule a time to have the vehicle towed at no cost you. Your vehicle will be sent to auction, and the title and sales paperwork will be taken care of for you. You will get a donation receipt for tax purposes.
Move America Forward care packages for military working dogs. The care packages that the pro-military organization sends to troops oversees now include items for dogs, such as rawhide bones, dog treats and chew toys. The group sends care packages on an ongoing basis and needs donations. Visit Move America Forward to make a donation to help pay for the supplies in the care packages.
PetSmart Charities hurricane emergency relief program. To make a donation to the PetSmart Charities relief program, visit PetSmart Charities or call 1-800-423-PETS.
American Humane Association Basic Animal Emergency Services. Training programs are for those interested in helping to respond to animals in emergency situations. Visit the American Humane Association for more information.
American Humane Association Disaster Sheltering for Companion Animals Classes. Classes are geared toward professionals trained in disaster response, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters, animal shelter staff, animal control officers, veterinarians and vet technicians, animal handlers/trainers and Red Cross volunteers. Topics include: differences between temporary and co-location shelters; safety concerns; communication techniques; shelter setup; differences between human-made and natural disaster response; animal handling and demobilization procedures. For more information , visit the American Humane Association or send email to aestraining@americanhumane.org.
AKC Canine Health Foundation grants. Annual grants are awarded for one-year to two-year, in-depth research projects that examine causes, provide accurate diagnosis and prognosis and develop effective treatments for canine disease. CHF also funds short-term research throughout the year called ACORN grants. Researchers can submit research pre-proposals each year beginning in January. Once the pre-proposal period ends, the applications are initially reviewed by the a committee of experts in the application’s field of study. Visit the AKC Canine Health Foundation for more information.
American Red Cross Dog First Aid courses. Courses are held by local chapters across the United States. For more information and to find a local chapter, visit the American Red Cross.
Guide to Vet Tech Schools and Online Vet Tech Program. An unbiased list of every school that offers a veterinary technician program in the United States. For a comprehensive listing of schools, top animal care degrees and certificate programs, visit vettech.org.
Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Owney the Dog Curriculum. A 60-page full-color curriculum guide features four different units that use the story of Owney the Dog to meet reading, writing, math, social studies, science and art standards. The lessons are designed to provide inspiring and meaningful interdisciplinary experiences in classrooms from kindergarten through third grade. A special online microsite has been created for the Owney curriculum that features a downloadable curriculum guide for teachers, which includes units on maps, jobs, tags and stories. Visit www.npm.si.edu/owneycurriculum.
Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Owney the Dog free eBook. Owney the dog, the loveable and inspirational figure in mail-service history, is featured in Owney: Tales from the Rails, a new free eBook narrated and performed by country singer Trace Adkins. It is available online and as an Apple iPad app. The animated children’s story is available on the museum’s website www.postalmuseum.si.edu/owneyebook.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. If your pet accidentally ingests any potentially harmful products and you need emergency advice, consult a veterinarian or the ASPCA hot line at 888- 426-4435 (a fee applies) or visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Hill's Science Diet behavioral and nutritional needs hot line. Owners can discuss special needs such as acclimating a pet into a new environment, obedience/house training, proper nutrition and fitness with experts trained by Dr. Jacqui Neilson of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. The pet line - 1-877-NEW PET LINE - is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday through Saturday.
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation's 2nd annual Canines & Cocktails. The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on December 14 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. A cocktail reception will include heavy hors d’ oeuvres, an open bar, a raffle and music. For more information and tickets, visit the Canine Health Foundation.
Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum's Owney the Dog postage stamp 3-D viewing. The postage stamp can be viewed by a free iPhone app available from the Apple iTunes Store or the museum’s special webcam page at www.postalmuseum.si.edu/owneyapp. A multidimensional virtual Owney appears above the stamp. Owney barks, trots, sits and listens to postal train whistles in full 3-D. When the stamp is moved closer to the camera, details of Owney’s collar and some of the tags he received from his many travels can be seen. When viewed from a slight distance, the stamp can be moved around to see Owney from any side or angle. For more information about the National Postal Museum, visit www.postalmuseum.si.edu.
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA Medical Miracles Fund. The fund - established so donors could support the extra medical expenses and efforts that AAWL & SPCA takes on as part of its no-kill mission - seeks donations. For more information on how to donate, visit the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA and click on the Miracles Fund link on the home page.
Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA military adoption discounts. Veterans and active military can get 10 percent off adoption fees or a free leash and collar for their new pet when they adopt, they can take a 10-percent discount on any training class offered by AAWL & SPCA. The shelter is located at 30 N. 40th Place, just north of Washington and east of 40th Street, in central Phoenix. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit AAWL & SPCA and click on Adoptable Pets.
Marin Humane Society’s Special Human-Animal Relationships program seeks donations. Pet food and toys are needed to fill gift bags for clients and for distribution to shelters in Marin County. Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional gift items. The program provides a lifeline for more than 200 low-income seniors and disabled clients and their pets. Assistance is offered in the form of pet food, veterinary care, home visits, and emergency boarding for pets in the event of hospitalization of the client. Donations may be delivered to the humane society at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. through the end of the year. Visit the Marin Humane Society for more information.
Marine Humane Society 2012 WoofStock. The event, a music festival and adoptathon, will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 15, at the Marin Humane Society. Marine Humane Society,171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato. It will features raffles, a kids zone, food, wine and beer, and vendors. For more information, visit the Marine Humane Society.
Humane Society of Pinellas Cruising for Critters. The event, a motorcycle Fun Run sponsored by Patches & Pierce, will be held on Saturday, September 29. The run begins and ends at Screwy Louie’s Porpoise Pub, 8701 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the group will take off at 11 a.m. Participation is $20 per vehicle (open to cars as well). Participants receive a gift pack. The fun continues for free all day at Screwy Louie’s Porpoise Pub with door prizes, giveaways, live music, auctions, games, and contests. For more information, visit Humane Society of Pinellas.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay 11th Annual Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch will be open from October 13 to 31 during regular hours at the shelter, 3607 N Armenia Avenue, Tampa. Find plump pumpkins, decorations and pets in costumes. Pumpkin prices vary. For more information, visit Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
"> St. Francis Animal Sanctuary adoption days. The adoption events are held from noon to 5 p.m. the third Saturday of each month in the St. Francis Thrift Store, 813 Florida St., Mandeville. Visit St. Francis Animal Sanctuary for more information.
St. Francis Animal Sanctuary Pack Walk. The event, part of the national Pack Walk event, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, at the Mandeville Trailhead. For more information, call Pam Perez at 985-630-7627 or visit St.Francis Animal Sanctuary.
Center for Shelter Dogs behavior, response and training study. The center, a program sponsored by the Animal Rescue League of Boston, is seeking rambunctious, high-energy dogs to participate in the study. To be eligible, a dog must be high energy and highly excitable; must weigh at least 25 pounds; must be at least 6 months old; must be healthy and able to participate in walks, play sessions, and play groups; must be up to date on vaccinations. Qualified dogs will be boarded for eight days - either October 28 to November 4 or November 4 to 11 - atJM Pet Resort in Brockton. The Center for Shelter Dogs will pay all fees. Dogs will be walked, have play time and attend a doggy play group (if they find that fun). Some dogs will also receive additional training to address their rambunctious behavior. Owners whose dog participate in the study will receive a customized training plan for their dog and an individual behavioral consultation with dog trainers after dogs are taken home. For more information, go to Center for Shelter Dogsor send an email to csd@arlboston.org.
Last Hope K9 Rescue Halloween adoption event.The event will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 28, at The Dog’s Den Grooming, 43 Schoosett St., Route 139, Pembroke. It will feature a costume contest. Last Hope K9 Rescue saves dogs from kill shelters and places in permanent or foster homes. For more information, go to www.lasthopek9.com.
Massachusetts Humane Society of Weymouth spray-neuter program. The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Catmobile, which provides low-cost spaying and neutering, will be at the shelter on Saturday, October 27. The spaying cost for females is $100, which includes a rabies shot. The neuter cost for males is $75, which includes a rabies shot. Appointments are required. Call 888-495-7729. The Mass Humane Society is located at 87 Wharf St., East Weymouth.
Massachusetts Union of Siberian Huskies and Boston Snow Dogs to hold SnowDogALooza.The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 20, at Nickerson Park in Brewster. It will feature a mushing demonstration, a presentation on Siberian huskies, raffle prizes, refreshments and a hike. For more information, go to mushdogs.orgor meetup.com/BOSTONSNOWDOGS.
New England Arts For Animals of Norwell 2013 calendar is now on sale.The calendar has 13 months of artwork and inspirational quotes. Animal-related holidays also are noted. The cover, “Love Beyond Words,” is done by New Mexico artist Patrice Schooley. Establishments selling the calendar include: Puopolo Candies in Hingham; Marshfield Animal Hospital in Marshfield; The Welch Company and Wishbones in Scituate; Catbird Cafe at the New England Wildlife Center in Weymouth. Calendars also can be bought at www.neartsforanimals.org or send email to jill@neartsforanimals.org.
Pembroke Animal Hospital rabies clinic to benefit Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Walk. The clinic will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at Pembroke Animal Hospital, 115 Mattakeesett Street (Route 14). Dogs must be kept of leashes and cats in carriers. The price of the vaccine is $15. Payment can be made in cash or by check made payable to the Avon Breast Cancer Walk.
Quincy Animal Shelter Cause 4 Paws 5K Run and 1-mile Dog Walk. The event, sponsored by Quarry Hills Animal Hospital, will be held on Sunday, October 21, at Squantum Point Park, Marina Bay, Quincy. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The 5k run begins at 10 a.m. and the 1-mile walk, an agility course for dogs, starts at 10:15 a.m. The event also will feature a K9 demonstration by Quincy police, raffles, prizes, vendors, refreshments and a pet photographer booth. A prize will be awarded to the dog in the best Halloween costume. The registration fee is a $30 donation per person. Children under 12 are free. For more information, visit Quincy Animal Shelter.
Scituate Animal Shelter's annual “Fresh from Italy Culinary Event.” The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at Orta Restaurant in Pembroke. It includes hors d’oeuvres, Italian cuisine, wine and desserts as well as a live and silent auction. Tickets are available at the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway in Scituate, by calling 781-544-4533 and at ScituateAnimalShelter.org.
The Conference on Complementary Animal Healing. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 11 and 12 at The Holiday Inn in Boxborough. Speakers include: Kathleen Prasad, Animal Reiki Source and author of Reiki for Dogs; Dr. Randy Caviness of Integrative Animal Health Center in Bolton; Sally Morgan, Craniosacral and Vibrational Healing for Dogs, Cats and Horses; Lila Devi, Spirit-in-Nature Essences, author of Flower Essences for Animals; Nan Martin, Essential Oils for Dogs, Cats and Horses. For more information and to register, visit The Conference on Complementary Animal Healing.
Vested Interest in K9s 2013 calendar on sale. The Taunton-based nonprofit group uses the proceeds to buy protective vests for police dogs. Calendars can be purchased at www.vik9s.org.
Humane Society for Greater Nashua's Sponsor-a-Pet. Makes a great gift in honor of family members and friends. For just $1 a day, you can ensure that one animal in the shelter receives proper nutrition and a safe place to live (including a warm bed and toys. Make it $1.33 a day, and you can ensures that one animal in the shelter gets medical care and a microchip, too. Visit the Humane Society for Greater Nashua for more information.
Humane Society for Greater Nashua cell phones and ink cartridges recycle program. Donate your used cell phones and ink cartridges to the shelter to be discarded through the Funding Factory program. Individuals can drop off items at the humane society, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua. Businesses can receive prepaid shipping labels from Funding Factory with proceeds going to the humane society. Visit The Funding Factory for a list of qualifying cartridges and cell phones or the Humane Society for Greater Nashua for more information.
Pet ResQ third annual Woofstock. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, at Municipal Circle Park, Tenafly, New Jersey. Dogs are welcome at this free family event. For more information, visit Pet ResQ.
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center's 16th annual Hounds and Harriers Run. The event, which benefits the animal welfare center, will be held on Saturday, October 13, at South Street Recreation Area of Loantaka Park in Morris Township. The main event, which is limited to 150 participants, begins at 10 a.m. It involves a 3-mile run with people and their dogs on roads and park trails, including a rugged horse trail section with possible hazards such as roots, ruts and mud. The paws from the past event, which is limited to 14 dogs that have previously run the 3-mile run but can no longer do so because of age or disability, begins at 9:30 a.m. It involves a 200-foot run/walk. For more information and to register for the run, visit Hounds and Harriers Run or St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center.
Submissions to the Dog Days Events Calendar should be sent to mysettersam@rcn.com.

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