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Holiday Season!

HO! HO! HO…..LD UP!

There are many dangers for our pets during the holidays, here are some helpful tips to try and prevent any emergencies this holiday season!

1. Place your Christmas tree in a corner, blocked off from your pet’s wanting eyes. If this doesn’t keep your dog or cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil, a plastic drink bottle filled with knick knacks, or anything else that creates noise on the tree’s bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.

2. Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet’s reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.

3. For those buying a live Christmas tree this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet’s intestines if ingested.

4. If using plants to decorate,  please remember holly, lilies, Christmas roses, amaryllis, mistletoe and poinsettias are toxic to dogs and cats and must be kept out of harms way. 

5. Christmas tree water can become stagnant, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria and other unhealthy organisms. It may also contain fertilizers and other preservatives designed to keep your tree fresher longer. This water may pose a disease threat to a thirsty cat or dog who samples the water.

6. It is important to keep chocolate, and foods containing chocolate, well out of reach of dogs and cats, as it is very poisonous. Other hazards for your pet are onions , grapes  and raisins to name a few. The severity of grape and raisin poisoning is not dependent on the amount eaten, so even one or two grapes or raisins can be highly dangerous.

 

All in all here’s to a safe and healthy holiday season!

The Swift Current SPCA wants to extend warm holiday wishes to all of you! That being said we are going to be having some specific holiday hours. December 24th- December 27th we will be closed, as well as January 1st and 2nd. We apologize for any inconveniences!

Melissa Topham RVT

Operations Manager

Swift Current SPCA

 

 

    Another Introduction!

    kylaThis is our new Animal Health Technician Kyla Schutzman! She will bring her education and experience to bear on the health assurance process at the shelter. This includes leading efforts to assess incoming pets and provide the required care (in-house or in conjunction with local vets, depending on the need) to ensure that healthy pets are adopted. Kyla just moved to Swift Current from Regina where she was born and raised. She is a 2015 Sask Polytechnic RVT graduate and worked at Victoria Vet Clinic from 2015 until her move here. Kyla lives with her boyfriend of 6 years, has a 14 year old diabetic cat named KC, and says she loves all animals

      Introduction!

      melissa1Hi there! My name is Melissa Topham and I wanted to introduce myself as the new Operations Manager here at the shelter.  I was born and raised in Eastend SK, where my love of animals first stemmed with my families 200 head of red angus cross cattle and branched out from there. I graduated with honours from the Animal Health Technology program at Olds College in 2011 and from there I worked in one of the major equine practices in Alberta, and then onto a busy mixed practice in Lumsden, SK. I then decided I wanted to be closer to home so I made the move to Swift Current, where I worked for a number of years at two clinics in the city. I decided it was time for a bit of a change so that’s what lead me to here today! When I am not busy with work I enjoy being outdoors, helping on the family ranch, working out and hanging out with my boyfriend Josh and our two rescue cats Roger and Tossy. I look forward to my future endeavours here at the SPCA and hopefully see you soon!

        Our Wishlist!

        We are constantly humbled and grateful for the support we received. While monetary donations are always welcomed, we also have need of the following pet supplies and office and cleaning supplies:

        • Kitten dry kibble (Special Kitty Kitten food)
        • Cat dry kibble (Horizon dry *cowtown*)
        • Dog dry kibble (Horizon dry *cowtown*)
        • Canned dog (Pedigree)
        • Canned cat food (Friskies)
        • Cardboard scratchers or any type of scratching posts
        • Wood pellet cat litter
        • Boxes of latex gloves (walmart 100/box)
        • Heavy duty garbage bags
        • Toilet tissue and Paper towel
        • Hand sanitizer
        • Liquid  dish soap
        • 8.5″ X 11″ white and coloured printer paper
        • Billing envelopes
        • Soft dog treats
        • Canadian Tire Money
        • HE Laundry detergent
        • Omega 3 capsules or liquid

          Thank you!

          alysaWe would like to extend a huge thank you to the Young family for their recent donation of paper towel, laundry soap and bleach from the annual Alyssa Young Memorial Walk and for their amazing ongoing support of the SPCA!

          We are honoured to continue to help homeless pets in memory of Alyssa – a special young woman with a huge heart for animals! Thank you all so much!

            Thank you, Swift Current Elks!

            elksClint and Barry from Swift Current Elks Lodge #8 were in recently to present a donation of $2000 to the Swift Current SPCA and they are pictured here with Bailey from the shelter who gratefully accepted this generous donation on our behalf.

            Our thank to the local Elks for all their good work and this kind support!

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