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Golf raises funds for Dessin

HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, February 12, a memorial picture plaque honoring the late Dakota Lee Williams, who died at age 18 in an automobile accident in 2009, was presented to her family and is now prominently displayed in the lobby of Dessin Animal Shelter. The Williams family thanked all of the participants who attended the golf outing.

The family announced that the fifth annual Dakota Lee Williams golf tournament is in the initial planning stages and is scheduled for Sunday, July 11.  Read more

Senior dog care

Being a responsible pet owner comes with the joys of puppyhood, the active lifestyle of having an adult dog and the “golden years” with a senior. A dog is considered to be a senior, depending on its size and breed, when it has reached seven years of age. Some breeds are considered to be seniors sooner than age seven. Some of those breeds are Great Danes, Irish wolfhounds, German shepherds, St. Bernards and Newfoundlands. As with all other stages of your pet’s life, preventative care is crucial to early detection and management of diseases as well as better health management.  Read more

Importance of skin health in pets

A lustrous fur coat is a very important indicator of the health status of a pet. Pets with a dry, flaking, or an unkempt coat are indicators of underlying health conditions. Such conditions include thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease, liver or kidney disease, or nutritional disorders. One of the main ways your family veterinarian assesses the health of your dog or cat is by ooking at the conditions of his/her coat and skin.  Read more

GAIT seeks volunteers

MILFORD, PA — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center has a number of rewarding opportunities for volunteers who are interested in working with horses, improving the lives of individuals with disabilities, or even with improving themselves. GAIT’s usual training schedule for new volunteers is on the first Saturday of each month from January through October. The first training session for new volunteers in 2015 will be on Saturday, January 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Prospective volunteers must be at least 12 years old, complete and sign GAIT’s volunteer forms, and attend a volunteer training course.  Read more

Tri-Gal 4H visit Dessin

HONESDALE, PA — On Sunday, November 2, 2014, 17 members of the Tri-Gal 4H attended a community service event at the Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale. There was a tour of the grounds, which included visiting the large indoor cat area and the dog kennels. Members walked all the dogs that were allowed to be walked. Some members cleaned out the large shed. Members donated many items to the shelter including cleaning supplies, toys, food, computer paper and money.

Bloat in dogs

Picture coming in from playing fetch with your dog in the yard and noticing that their abdomen seems bloated. When they try to drink water, they nearly immediately spit it all back up. That ignites a fury of subsequent events of retching and regurgitation of foam. Your dog continues to appear to be in pain with every episode and begins to pace frantically around the house.  Read more

Spa-A-Thon raises money for local shelter

HONESDALE, PA — Apple Day Spa & Hair Restoration Salon recently held a Spa-A-Thon to benefit Dessin Animal Shelter. Here, Dessin Shelter staff member Faith Bronson, left, is seen with adoptable dog Stella, and Apple Day staff members Karen Houschultz, Linda Pontonsky, Brittany Taninies, Betty Newport, Jessica Junkett and Dessin board member Sarah Simons with an adoptable Camden. The event raised $400 for the local shelter. Apple Day staff members donated their time and offered different services such as manicures, pedicures, facials and massages for 25% off.

Animal hospital receives accreditation

FERNDALE, NY — The Animal Hospital of Sullivan County (AHOSC) has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and once again passed their rigid standards and guidelines of the esteemed veterinary industry association. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited by the AAHA or other industry groups. AAHA evaluates practices of its hospitals on over 900 very high standards. Only 3,400 hospitals this year have earned the AAHA-accredited designation out of over 27,000-plus in the United States—about 1 out of 9 nationwide.  Read more

Folk Fest for Felines

BETHEL, NY — The Dancing Cat Saloon will present Folk Fest for Felines (& Dogs) at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B on Saturday, December 14, starting at 1 p.m. There will be musical entertainment, with members of the Sullivan County Songwriters Circle leading off. Other musicians will include Jon Naberezny, Kenneth McNally, Janet Burgan, Ken Somerville, Stacy Cohen and more. There will be a book signing/sale of the just released “Adventures of Kabuki” by Jane Felber-Strauss.  Read more

Holiday plate cleaners

During the holidays, pet parents and house guests appear to not be able to resist the temptation of the alluring look from the family cat or dog as they gaze at your leftovers. All too often people try justifying to themselves the benign effects of feeding that last piece of turkey, dressing, oven-roasted vegetable, or cranberry sauce. Contrary to public belief, even the smallest amount of table food can cause serious illness.  Read more

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