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(Narrated by her human surrogate mother)
By Marilyn Warner
I used to look at people as if they were
crazy when they talked about their
pet as if it were their child. When my
with the sweetest little face. I
called her “Angel Face.”
With my daughter and niece
own children were young, they cared for away all day I assumed the
the occasional dog or cat that resided role of the kitten’s primary
outdoors on our property, but they were care giver. I hovered over
just dogs or cats, nothing special. her all-day: talking to her,
I have lived 75 years and I have never cuddling her, trying to make
owned a pet. Animals were okay but her feel safe. When she would
I never thought they should live in not eat, I stroked her back.
the house. When I saw people feeding Over the next few weeks,
their pets on household dishes or refer Angel Face became my best
to them as family members, I’d think, friend. I talked to her and
“…you have got to be kidding.” That she began communicating
all changed after I came to live with my with me by sitting at my feet she was again racing through the house
daughter and niece. They are true animal and meowing; different sounds meant like a streak of lightening!
lovers and work at Cat Depot. different things. Now I am the one This little kitten means so much to me.
About six months ago, my daughter I never dreamed I could ever love an
brought home the sweetest calico kitten. We purchased a child’s playpen for animal so deeply. I adore her and she
According to the veterinarian, the Angel Face where she slept or ate her provides me with great comfort and
kitten had special needs and required a meals. During the day, I would let her company during the course of the long
home environment. The kitten could out and socialize with her. The playpen
days when I am alone. Having health
barely stand or walk and I looked at this became her little house. She would
meow when she wanted to return to problems of my own, I can identify with
helpless creature and thought, “you look hers and sometimes it feels like we take
just like I feel!” Her fur was soft like it or when she was tired from playing.
Not realizing that cats instinctually use turns caring for each other. My daughter
spun silk, and she had a long bushy tail
a litter box, I raved about reminds me that the kitten is impaired.
how quickly Angel Face was But to me, she is just perfect.
It has taken me 75 years to appreciate
Recently, the kitten acquired the benefits of having a pet. It is not
an infection in her little body too different than raising a family; they
and the vet prescribed her depend on us to feed them and take care
antibiotics and prednisone
of them. My children now call me crazy.
to address the inflammation.
When she did not immediately That’s okay because when Angel Face
respond to medication, I is doing well, I am doing well. I finally
became fearful of losing her. understand the powerful positive effect
What would I do without an animal can have on a human being. I
this little princess? I was so guess I’ve become one of those fanatical
thankful, five days later, when animal lovers.
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Scoop Resolutions for You
What the World Needs Now and Your Pet TM
N ewspapers, doctors, and prestigious
clinics all suggest that a good cat or
dog can alleviate loneliness, ease depression,
S ince our pets are such an important part of our
lives, making New Year’s resolutions with them Founders
in mind should be a focal point in our plans for Ken & Linda Slavin
lower cholesterol, and help people with all
the holidays. Diane Diamond Thompson
that ails them. “Unconditional love,” when
used in referring to the type of love we 1. Exercise Bev Meadows
receive from our pets, has become a We all know that regular exercise keeps us fit and Garo Partoyan
universal phrase that people from all lifestyles less vulnerable to health issues, but many of us may
understand. Pet owners realize that when we not realize that the same activity is necessary for the Employees
are at the lowest of our lows, pets are always health of our four-legged friends. Pet owners who
walk their dogs recognize the benefits of exercise for Ellie Egan
there for us.
both parties. But is exercising your cat possible? I Donna Fetters
Pets are amazing creatures whose powers
don’t mean putting kitty on a treadmill and making Mathew Johnson
enhance our psychological, medical,
her lift tiny barbells but rather exercise her through Carol Longtin
and spiritual well-being. Powers like these
what she sees as play. Vary your play activities to learn
are something we all could use in our Michael McCarthy
what your pet prefers. Buy cat furniture that mimics
everyday lives. Suzette Minahan
activities in the wild such as jumping, pouncing, or
Currently, we are a nation climbing. As a pet owner, you can help kitty stalk Kim Roach
at war, faced with the her prey—her favorite toy! Spending 20 minutes a Kathleen Stratton
threats of terrorism, here day playing with your cat can increase circulation, Marilyn Warner
and abroad. Although it is improve her immune system, brighten her eyes, and
five years since 9/11, we make her coat shinier. Volunteers
are still recuperating from
2. Good Nutrition Karen Ankerstar
its after math. And, many
People should feed themselves and their pets the
of those affected by the Margo Bates
best quality food they can afford. Experts suggest
Amelia devastation of Hurricane Brooke Bennett
that the best cat foods, which cost more because
Katrina are struggling to rebuild their
they are so densely packed with nutrients, can Betty Boufford
homes and their lives. According to Bill
satisfy your cat with smaller servings. This benefits Carol Cofer
Clanton, the program director of ALL Pets
your cat’s digestion and weight as well as your Ileana & Andy Croatman
Radio, pets, unlike even our best friends,
wallet. Because these foods contain less filler, your
are unaffected by the world’s negative stress Kate Culbertson
pet absorbs more nutrients and passes less waste.
that depresses us as human beings. He also Robin Esformes
Studies suggest that cats eat as much as they need
suggests that our pets are “armed with
to get the nutrients they require. When given Dorsay Fischer
weapons of mass affection” that make us laugh
inexpensive cat foods, cats eat twice as much. Kathy Francolletti
and smile when sometimes we want to cry
about our personal or global state of affairs. The main ingredient in your cat food should be Marcy Gilroy
These are only a few of the many reasons the either meat, chicken, or fish. Cats are carnivores Rosemary Hamje
world needs pets. and do not need carbohydrates (corn, wheat, rice).
Canned food is closer to raw food, contains a lot of
From a personal Gail Landry
water that helps with hydration, and has less filler
perspective, I do
and carbohydrates. The amount of food fed to the Nancy Leto
not believe I could
cat should be tailored to its body, character, and John & Molly Maxwell
live my life without
physical activity. Consult your vet about a balanced Jane Reeves
owning a pet. We
diet based on your pet’s individual needs.
used to travel with Emily Rosenblatte
our two cats but 3. Stop Smoking
like us, they are now One of the top New Year’s resolutions people
Balboa baby boomers and in make is to stop smoking. Every year, approximately Mellonie Smicklas
early retirement. One cat is diabetic and the 400,000 people die from cigarette smoking in the Vivienne Smith
other is given blood pressure medication to United States, and some 53,000 die from second Ester Solin
alleviate stress on her kidneys. Nevertheless, hand smoke (SHS). However, most people are not Carrie Taylor
for 16 years, our pets have given us so much aware that passive smoke is extremely toxic to your
best friend: your cat, dog, or bird. MaryJane Tomcala
joy, laughter, and unconditional love that I
feel I owe them something—like remaining Ginger Vance
In 2002, a study at Tufts University found that
close to home in their final years. cats exposed to SHS were twice as likely to develop Sue Vanderveer
Continued on page 4 Continued on page 8 Madeline Young
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•PetsMobility, out of Scottsdale, Arizona, has come up with the first cause itchy eyes, welts, or scratchy throats. The allergic reaction
ever-cellular telephone for your pet. Their PetsCell technology to cats is produced by their skin and salivary glands. Allerca has
will be compatible with existing satellite GPS technology. There found a way to identify cats that are “genetically divergent” or
will be a button on the pet’s collar that when pushed, will cats that do not produce this protein. The company suggests that
automatically dial the owner’s home and pet owners can call there is no genetic engineering involved in this process. They
and talk to their pet anytime they like. In addition, there is an identify cats with the right attributes and by breeding them,
optional GPS tracking chip should the pet get lost and an optional create no allergenic cats. This is a huge breakthrough for pet
fiber optic camera is available for search and rescue operations.
owners who are allergic to cats and there is already a waiting
Your pet will have its own phone number and in order to protect
list. However, the current price tag is steep—$3,950 with $900
your pet from unwanted calls, the collar will only accept calls
from numbers you’ve programmed it to. Unlike dealing with added for shipping.
teenagers, however, the amount of minutes won’t be disputed! • Thanks to the Humane Society of the United States, President
• Pennsylvania has a serious problem with the regulation and sale Bush recently signed the PETS Act (Pets Evacuation &
of dogs in the state and it has become known as the “puppy Transportation Standards). During Hurricane Katrina, tens of
mill” capital in the country. Puppy mills are breeding facilities thousands of animals became homeless or perished. Many pet
that produce purebred puppies in large numbers. The puppies owners, who refused to leave without their pets, perished also.
are sold to pet stores, kennels, and businesses that profit from A recent international report indicated that 61% of pet owners
mass-produced dogs. There is little to no regard for the quality would refuse to evacuate if they couldn’t take their pets with
or welfare of the animals. Dogs are bred until they reach the end them. Pets are now seen as part of the family but now pet owners
of their reproductive life, and are then euthanized. Because of won’t need to make that heart wrenching decision! Communities
the inhumane conditions, puppies sold at pet stores have health, across the nation are now required to include pet owners and their
genetic, and behavioral problems. Governor Ed Rendell (D) pets in emergency evacuation plans. In addition, the bill contains
proposed legislation that would strengthen criminal penalties
provisions for federal funding to create pet-friendly shelters and
for guilty kennel owners, revoke their license for 10 years, and
for FEMA to assist pet owners and their animals.
allow the seizure of dogs in distress. New legislation would
double the size of cages, require a minimum of 20 minutes a • After hearing about their use in California, Seattle firefighters
day exercise along with minimum standards of temperature, are testing the use of animal made oxygen respirator masks.
lighting, ventilation, and sanitation in kennels. Other states Often asked to save family pets, firefighters have resorted to
with significant numbers of puppy mills are Missouri, Arkansas, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when human masks aren’t
Oklahoma, and Nebraska. successful. The animal respirator masks have successfully been
• ABC News- Allerca Lifestyle Pets, a San Diego-based company, tested on dogs and soon firefighters will be using a mask designed
has produced the world’s first, hypoallergenic cat that does not to fit a bird’s beak!
The Things We Do For Love
T hese days, if a doctor can do it, a veterinarian can, too! Yes,
now there are veterinary specialists in neurology, oncology,
cardiology, ophthalmology, toxicology, dentistry, parasitology,
and a friend,” and it is all about the intense bond between
people and their pets. When surveyed by the American Hospital
Association, 73% of pet owners suggested they would go into
among others. As the wonders of human medicine grow and we debt to provide for their pet’s well-being; 58% said they would
are now able to save or extend a human’s life, pet owners too are take time off from work for a sick pet; only 21% said they had
going to great lengths, no matter the cost, to do the same for more photos of a significant other than of their pet. Like people,
their beloved pets. pets are prescribed oncology and antidepressant medications. In
response to overweight cats, Hill’s Pet Food Company offers an
According to some veterinarians, pet owners are acting as their Atkins-style low carbohydrate diet for cats.
animal’s health advocates just as they might for any family
member. They are requesting cutting-edge treatments as well as In the last several years, kidney transplants for cats have been
sophisticated and costly diagnostic procedures such as MRIs, CT done. In exchange, the person whose pet is getting the kidney
must adopt the animal who donated the organ. Transplants are
scans, and echocardiograms.
not a cure, but 75% of the cats survive for at least a year, and about
According to statistics, the number of veterinary specialists half make it for five years (surgery costs $6,000-$11,000). Open-
increased 66% from 1992- 2002 and they are opening more and heart surgery has been done on dogs with the technology almost
more community practices. Due to the demand for advanced identical to that in human medicine. In addition, pacemakers are
procedures and specialty medicine, pets now are living longer. being implanted in dogs and the success rate is very good (surgery
However, none of this would be happening if people weren’t costs- $3,000). Pacemaker companies offer veterinarians ‘nearly
willing to pay for it—out of love for their pet. expired’ pacemakers and the batteries, in most cases, outlast the
According to James Serpell, a University of Pennsylvania professor
of Ethics and Animal Welfare, “The role of the animal has shifted These wonders are not limited to furry pets; a University of
from being a servant to being a member of the family, a kinsman, Continued on page 6
Winter 2006 941.351.0824 Page 3
Inside Scoop Continued from page 2
I am a firm believer that things happen Several times a day, my 16-year-old Burmese cat climbs
for a reason, hence the birth of Cat on my chest, nuzzles his face up against mine, and begins
Depot three years ago. It has given to purr. If I am hurting, he absorbs my pain and if I cry, he licks
my husband and me another focus, my tears away. When my husband finds us bonding, we laugh
outside of our own issues. The notes, and I usually suggest he take notes. I’m not sure it gets any
emails, phone calls, and pictures from better than that!
adopters, donors, or people we’ve
Adopt a rescued pet in the New Year and allow him or her to
assisted reflect the happiness their new
Belva heal whatever ails you.
pets have brought them and confirm
the need for animals in our day-to-day lives. Linda Slavin
Co-Founder of Cat Depot
First Annual Fundraiser
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Irene & Ken Herman
Edward Mehrmann II
Penelope Adams Linda Dicianni Linda Higginbotham Diane Mellert L. E. Schryver
Phyllis Adams-Albrecht Suezette DiMercurio Washington Hill H. Shirley Mersky Scrap-All of Sarasota, Inc.
Lydia Agnello Barbara Dolce Marjean Hiner Drena Messenger Stephanie Seidel
Adrienne Ahern David Dozier Nancy & Dean Holden Valerie Meyer Norma Semeyn In ancient Egypt, the entire
Judy Alexander Howard Drazic Charles & Estelle Laura Miguel Claudia Semple
Mary Allen Carolann Dunn Holmes Eren Smith &
family shaved off their eyebrows
Mary Alles Kathleen Dyer Noranne Hutcheson Mike Thomas Kelly Shamsey as a sign of mourning when their
Gil Alvarez Diana Lynn Echevarria Jenny Jerrems Mike’s Deck Service Rona Shell cat died.
Janet Andres Ellie Egan Linda Johnson Monique Miller Margaret Sheppard
June Ansorge Susan Egeress Anthony Jones Barbara Miller James J. Sherwood Scientists have discovered that
Maxine Eichhorst M.T. Julian Mantegna Peggy Miller
Holly Eickman Angela Jvenger Joann Miller
Mike Short dogs can smell the presence of
William Baggerman Julie Shrock
Gerda Balk Scott Eickman Merrill Kaegi Naomi Miller Siemens
autism in children.
Justine Baran Marlene Sue Eikens Judith Kaiser Barbara Milligan Lisa Siroky
Carole Barker Robert Engel Barbara Kaplan Denise Mitchell A cat in a hurry
Baseline Tennis Irmy Engelson Frances Karr Barry Mitchell
Mellonie Smicklas can sprint at about
Dawn Ensner Stephanie Katz Edward Molnar
Susan Erhart Emily Kay Dreis Daniel & Marie Mora
Brinton Smith 31 miles per hour.
Arlene Baxter Laurie Smith
Connie Bazzy Robin Esformes Patrick Keeling Martha Mork
Mary Berkebile Ray Estes Joann Keiper Dorothea Morris
Paula Bernitt-Ellis Patricia Estes Shirley Kelly Gary Moses
Garry Smith who described
Burt Bershon Sheila Ewell Ann Kennedy Lee Lee Myer
the principle of
Elizabeth Bertelson E. J. Ewing Shawna Kirk Pamela Nadon
Susan Souffront DeSoto gravity, invented
Sylvia Bilter Sharon Fago Kristine Klingensmith Scott Needham
Eben Blackett Gail Fegan Barbara Knode R.L. Niccum
Joan Sparling the swinging cat door for the
Kenneth Speck, Jr.
Berda Boggs Robert & Lona Joan Kocian Rama Nilsen
convenience of his many cats.
Feingersh Shirley Kocsis Cathy Nyquist Hall
Janice Felski Nancy Kofira Maureen O’Hara Every day in the United States,
Carol Fenzl Kerry Kuntz Barnaby Ohrstrom B.E. Stark
Jill Fields Peter Kurth Jean Olsen Jennifer Sterner animal shelters must euthanize
Bruce Finnerty Paul Kurtz Richard Oppenheimer Audrey Stern-Montagny 30,000 dogs and cats.
Animal Hospital Louis Fiore Jr Carol Kuzminski Ellen Orlop, P.A. Ian Stobart
Ella Jane Brady Fish Branch Tree Neil LaBelle Kathleen Mary Otton Donna Swan Both humans and cats have
Eloise LaHurd Viola Pakkala Carolyn Taylor identical regions in the brain
Edwin Langenberg Nancy Parry Juliette Terrell
Susan Fiveland Nancy Larosa Kathleen Teso
responsible for emotion.
Deborah Burg Pat’s Auto Sales, Inc.
Marcus Foundation Bettina Larson Caroline Thompson
Jacqueline Fountaine Melanie Lau
Stella Penney Contrary to popular belief, dogs
Ann Burroughs Petsmart Charities, Inc. Wanda Thurston
Diane Fox Melissa Laurie Edith Phillips Maryjane Tomcala do not sweat by salivating but
Antoinette Layton Rachel Phinney Michael Toomey they sweat through the pads of
Nancy Lehew Walter Tracy
Dorothy Friedland Carl Lekic
Sandra Pieragostine their feet.
Dorothy Caivano Kathleen Piergrossi Henry Trawick
Karin Friend Dempsey Arline Leven
Geraldine Fristrom Sandy Alan Levitt
Andrea Pilch Nancy Trotta A cat has four
Gloria Case Brent Pinkerton Debra Trueschel
Karen Fruzan Susan Lewis Elaine Pitchford Fred Tuttle
rows of whiskers
Michael Cherry Ralph Garlick
Richard Lewis Jan & Malcom Pitchford Jeffery Twigg and can be either
Margaret Chiefari Sybil Gavins Joseph Lieb Jr., Esq.
Madolyn Potenza Evelyn Twist right-pawed or left-
Rita & Albert Chieppo Helen Powers Anthony & Cynthia
Susan Gaynes Louise Lippmann Michele Queen Ungaro pawed.
Church of The Palms D’Arlene Llewellyn Mary Ramsey Victoria Unus
LMB Media Inc. Walter Ratliff Doris Van Nostrand
Donald & Doris Cloud
Cynthia Long Linda Recker Ginger Vance
Sylvie dogs can alert their
Scott & Jill Clulow John Glick
Dilys Reeves Reyna Vandercar owners up to an hour before the
Carol Cohen Jane Reeves Prudie Varro
Robert & Judith
Linda Lunsford Burch Barbara Reighart Helen Smith Walker
onset of an epileptic seizure.
Mike Collins Marie-Josee Luu Marc Reinnoldt Anita Walling
Elizabeth Mae Lyons Sanford Reis
Cat voices have various forms,
Shirley Gongaware Nancy Walton
Corporate Promotional Barbara Goodfriend
Mason Maddox John Repetto Candice Warlow 16 different patterns of sound,
Products Suzanne & Jeffrey
Joan Resker Margaret Warner and are divided into 3 groups:
Katherine Cortijo Goss Gayle Reynolds
Mariana Cotten Penelope Gould Lori Ann Marinaccio Margaret Reynolds-
conversational, calling sounds,
Barbara Craig Anne Governile Thomas Martin Thames
Kent Weaver and sounds of excitement.
John Crawford Kathleen Green Sandra Masters M.J. Rice
Charleen Cross Susan Haack Rich/Steph Matthews River Oaks RV, Inc.
The greatest number of dogs
Jerry Crotts Wendy Hacker
Judith West ever owned by one person was
Frank Curcillo Cathy Hall Robert Davie and
Pamela Curran Beatrice Haller Joan/Hugo Mazzoli Associates, Inc. Joan Westlake Kublai Khan who owned 5,000
Maureen Curtin Eugene Halpern J. McClain James Rock, M.D.
James & Myra Whatley
Maria Cybyk Betty Halpern Sandra McClain Michelle Rohl
Nichole Danzig Coleen Handgen Paisley McClellan Shirley Romano Even overweight cats instinctively
George McCloskey Kay Rosa Roslyn Whitmer
Robert Daubert Patricia Hanford
Mary McCormack Doris Rosebraugh Rosey Wiley know the cardinal rule when fat-
Jeri Davidoff Monica Hanlin
Gray Davis Carol Hardt Eve McFadyen Julie Rosell Richard & Diana Williams arrange yourself in slim poses.
Melanie McGuinness Warren & M.J. Ross Erin Williams
Gabrielle Deal Scott Hardy
Judy Dear Philip Hardy Lydia McIlhany Gilbert Roth Tricia Williams Cats use more
Cindy Delisi Diana Harvey Cheryl McKane Eleanor Rotheim Pency Wilson than 500 muscles
Donald & Joan McKeon Donald Rowan Harry Witte
Anne Demarais Joan Hastings
Alisa McMahen Margaret Rowland Robert Wright
to leap, jump, and
Jerry Dennis Darrick Hauser
Dental Care Sydney Hauser Joyce McNabb Roxy’s Pet Depot Elaine Wyka sprint. They can
Alliance LLC Howard Hazelcorn Jennette McNeil Brent Rugh David Wysocki also jump seven
Mae Karen McQuire Moss Cindy Russell Madeline Young
Tina Desimone Lee Hecklinger
Bev Meadows Bernard Sabath Janie Young
times their height.
Diane Diamond Richard & Betty
Thompson Hegner Matt Medlock Christine Sancin Geraldine Zappa Thumper
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Dear Dot Cat
H i folks! It’s Dot Cat, this time
writing about the first cloned
cat! Pet owners may someday be
be paying $50,000+ for this procedure. The Humane Society of
the United States is concerned about cloning for several reasons.
If pet owners are not happy with the newly cloned kitten, they
able to clone their beloved pet. may abandon it or relinquish it to an animal shelter, adding to
Following are some of the pros and
the millions of pets that are desperate for homes. In addition,
cons of the procedure.
they are concerned for the welfare of surrogate female felines
What were the results of the first because we do not need to continue to promote the birth of more
cloning of a kitten? kittens. This country is already plagued with an overwhelming pet
In 2002, cloning scientists at the
College of Veterinary Medicine at overpopulation problem.
Texas A & M University announced Is cloning unfair to the newly created pet?
the world’s first cloned kitten, Although a cloned kitten may be physically identical to the original
CopyCat. The genetic donor was Rainbow, a calico domestic pet and may have a similar temperament, it may forever live in the
shorthaired cat. Her DNA was injected into an egg cell; the egg cell shadow of the deceased pet. Assuming that the beloved pet lived
was developed into an embryo, and then implanted into another
cat named Allie who gave birth to CopyCat. for 10-15 years, the pet owner is now considerably older and they
may have altered his or her lifestyle. In addition, what was once
Despite the fact that they share the same DNA, CopyCat’s coat considered cute kitten behavior might now be an annoyance.
had a different pattern than her genetic mother’s, Rainbow. This is
because, as the embryo develops, the genes responsible for fur color Dot Cat’s Response
can be switched on and off at random to create different fur patterns. Cloning may be a first step in reproducing certain animal breeds
CopyCat’s disposition was also different because temperament is before they become extinct, like our “big cats.” While losing a
controlled partly by genes and partly by environment, both inside furry, four-legged family member like me might be devastating,
the womb and during a cat’s lifetime. To create a more accurate so is being homeless! I was lucky I was adopted, but I left behind
likeness of a kitten’s characteristics with its genetic mother, a new
many feline friends at Cat Depot. Why don’t people honor the
cloning procedure was used in 2004.
memory of their beloved cats by adopting a rescued one?
What are the concerns of potential pet owners and animal
welfare organizations? Happy Holidays!
Pet owners need to understand that the cloning process is not
a reincarnation of the original donor, especially when they may Email- firstname.lastname@example.org
We Need Homes
Sammy Sassy Shack Shakira Sheba Steven Stevie
The Things We Do For Love Continued from page 3
Pennsylvania veterinary surgeon and fish lover used laser surgery trouble before it becomes serious and it may cut treatment costs
to remove a pea-size growth from a 6-inch sea horse and he has later on. If your pet does become seriously ill, you may need
given a barium enema to a goldfish. In addition, a New Jersey a specialist but ask your vet to recommend at least two so you
dentist brought in his pet tortoise for surgery because it could can compare prices. Make sure to get an estimate of all costs
not urinate or defecate. Doctors cut open his under shell and including surgery, treatments, and any lifelong medications. You
then replaced it with fiberglass. His owner joked that now his pet should also inquire about the prognosis of survival and, most
reptile and a Corvette have the same body!
importantly, the pet’s quality of life. If your pet is terminally ill or
For those willing to extend the life of their pets, there are ways in pain, making that ultimate decision of euthanasia might be the
to save money on pet medications. Ask your vet about a drug’s right thing to do, not for you, but for him or her.
cost and lower-priced generic meds. Although he wrote the
prescription, your local discount pharmacy may be able to fill the With veterinary medicine becoming so sophisticated, it is easy for
prescription for less money. Also, check veterinary-medication people to go into debt just to have a little more time to spend
prices online at places like KVvet.com, Costco.com, PetCareRX. with their beloved pets. Facing the reality of when to let go is an
com, or 1800PetMeds.com. Pet insurance is now available but extremely difficult and emotional decision. Many people think
may require you to pay deductibles, co-pays, and premiums and that putting so much time, energy, and money into maintaining
you may bump up against lifetime payment ceilings if you own a pet’s health is extreme. Those of us who value our pets as
a chronically ill pet. Some policies also limit the amount you pay life-long companions think otherwise; they give us so much
per incident and make you pay higher co-pays as your pet ages. unconditional love and ask for so little in return. Some people
Taking your pet for annual checkups allows your vet to spot call that “PRICELESS.”
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Animal Law: Who We Are
What Is It All About? (Co-Founders- Ken and Linda Slavin,
Diane Diamond Thompson,
Bev Meadows, Garo Partoyan)
M any people wonder exactly what
Animal Law encompasses. No,
it doesn’t just have to do with
Another category involves
people other than the pet’s owner
harming animals, typically in the
C at Depot was founded in 2003
when a small group of animal
attorneys as sharks! Animal Law affects context of Veterinary Malpractice and lovers rescued 262 cats in distress.
the rights and welfare of animals in our defective products. Our mission, to place the remainder of
community and its issues can span many these cats, remains a work in progress.
The area of Estate Planning enables pet
different legal areas. As the largest, no-kill, 501(c)(3)
owners to include their
nonprofit feline sanctuary in Sarasota,
People argue over animals in their estate
we are committed to the welfare of
ownership of animals, plans, whether it is
which involves property a specific distribution
rights law contained in their Wills or Our ongoing goal is to educate and
in Replevin statutes the creation of a Pet enable pet owners to independently
and occasionally some Trust to care for care for their pets.
Family Law statutes. their needs. Not only do we place adoptable cats
Animal abuse is dealt Other areas of Animal in homes of their own, we also care for
with under the Florida Law include First the individual needs of cats awaiting
Criminal statutes, Amendment Freedom adoption. As such, our sanctuary offers
which includes, but Faith of Speech Rights long-term residents a life-long refuge.
is not limited to, dog regarding abuses that Come in and visit our sanctuary. We are
fighting, confinement, lack of shelter, take place against animals, contractual open 6 days a week from 11:00 A.M.
physical abuse, and issues related to disputes over animals, and discrimination - 4:00 P.M. (Closed Tuesdays and
proper care. for pet owners with disabilities some holidays)
Cases sometimes concern animals against homeowners associations and
harming people. For example, a dog condominiums. FREE SPAYING and
bite can lead to an action for negligence My personal goal in practicing Animal NEUTERING for FREE-
under Tort Law for damages. This Law is to help protect our animals and ROAMING or FERAL CATS
category also covers the dangerous to be the voice for them in our Courts.
dog and animal statutes, which typically Animals play a large role in our lives On December 2, 2006, Sarasota in
are implemented by Animal Control. and we need to be sure that there are Defense of Animals (SDA) begins its
These statutes dictate that owners laws in place to protect them. Over new program which will provide free
take the proper precautions with their the course of several months, I will be spaying and neutering (fixing) for
animals to ensure that their animals submitting articles about the different free-roaming and feral cats. Funded
do not bite a person or another categories of animal law and the way the by the sale of Florida Animal License
animal. Such actions can have serious statutes affect us as well as our animals. Plates, the service is not limited to
ramifications for your animal, sometimes Dana Laganella Sarasota County residents.
resulting in death.
For more information
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feline lymphoma and three out of four cats die within a year of for a problem to develop and having your pet suffer needlessly.
diagnosis. The reason cats are so susceptible to cancer (of the Check on vaccinations. If you have moved, update microchip
mouth) is because they ingest the carcinogenic that builds up information and spay or neuter your pet.
on their fur. And, cats are rarely bathed. 6. Holiday Pet Proofing Your Home
Researchers think that the way that passive • Plants - Holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe
smoke affects cats is similar to the way it can be poisonous.
affects children- cats lick the residue off
their fur, children ingest the chemicals on • Decorations - Lighted candles can be
household items. dangerous; potpourri, adhesives, glues
can be toxic; tinsel, ribbon, string, if
A study done at Colorado State University ingested, can cause fatal intestinal blocks.
Veterinary Hospital found dogs with long
noses can acquire nasal cancer. Once • Holiday trees - Use a stable tree stand,
diagnosed, these dogs did not live longer hang small, fragile ornaments at the
than a year. For short-nosed dogs, lung top, and if you have a kitten or a puppy,
cancer was the most common. forgo decorative lights to protect them
from electrical shock.
Birds also react to contact with smoke
residue on objects like their owner’s Lara Marshall and her new kitten Flower • Foods - Alcohol and chocolate can be fatal.
clothes or even their perch. Exposure to • Commotion - Strangers and loud activities can be stressful
SHS can result in their acquiring pneumonia or lung cancer. for animals. When traveling: for dogs accustomed to crates,
Given these facts, making the choice to smoke should be at the provide comfort and security by bringing one with you.
discretion of the entire household, which may include your four- Cats need a litter box, a small bed or blanket, and toys.
legged and feathered friends. Supply food and water for both. Be careful your pets do not
4. Reducing Stress
Reducing stress is often on the list of New Year’s resolutions, 7. Lend a Hand
but just spending time with a pet has many mind-body benefits. How often do you hear yourself say that you love animals? This
Research supports getting a “pet prescription” for what ails you. year, instead of talking the talk, try walking the walk! Volunteering
at a local animal shelter is a great way to help animals in the most
• Pets can improve your mood. direct way possible.
• Pets help control blood pressure 8. Be Charitable
• Pets provide unconditional love In the New Year, consider extending your philanthropic kindness
(Human companionship can provide many benefits but pets enjoy to others in your community. Maybe Aunt Minnie’s sister died
comfortable silences, keep secrets, and are excellent snugglers.) of breast cancer or your grandmother adored her cat. Giving a
• Pets encourage exercise and communication donation in her sister’s name or volunteering at an animal shelter
(We are more likely to enjoy a walk when we have companionship would be beneficial to others in need.
and animals make people more approachable.) It is important that we all share in giving back to our community.
5. Annual Check Ups Keep in mind that charitable organizations need help all year
We all dislike getting a yearly physical but a regular visit to your round. Pick causes close to your heart and get involved! As George
veterinarian is the best way to check for potential health problems Burns so eloquently put it: “When you stop giving and offering
for your pet. An annual examination is less costly than waiting something to the world, it is time to turn off the lights.”
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