Shirts to save animals

Throughout the month of August, Booster is showcasing and supporting t-shirt fundraisers launched by pet lovers to save homeless animals, and to raise awareness and much needed funds for animal-related 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

The B-Cause: Pets campaigns benefit a wide assortment of pet-focused nonprofits based in different locations across the continent, individually focused on a diverse range of animal species, breeds, conditions and organizational objectives. Read all about the causes, and find links to buy the shirts on the Booster Blog.

Here are just some cute critters who’ve been rescued recently:
Animals saved by B-Cause Pets-Collage

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6 Hacks to Help Pets Beat the Heat

Petplan veterinarians share simple tricks to keep hot dogs (and cats) cool.

As summer temperatures soar, so do incidents of heat-related health risks for pets. Are pets prepared to beat the heat? According to Petplan pet insurance, the answer may be surprising.

Corgi Puppies in July

In an effort to promote pet summer safety, Petplan released six simple steps to help pet parents keep their furry friends cool. Petplan claims data shows that heat stroke, dehydration and hyperthermia are common summer health risks for pets. When these hazards send pets to the vet, they can cause a deep dive into pet parents’ pockets with treatment costs averaging $2,606 for heat stroke, $398 for dehydration and $913 for hyperthermia. And the risk of heat-related incidents is nearly twice as high for brachycephalic (or snub-nosed) breeds such as Boxers, Bulldogs and Pugs.

It can be dangerous when pets’ body temperatures get just a few degrees above normal. Fortunately, with a little planning and preparation, keeping four-legged friends safe in warm weather can be a breeze. Here are six easy ways pet parents can help their pets beat the heat:

  • Chill out with a tasty treat. Freeze low-sodium chicken broth in a popsicle mold or ice cube tray for dogs and cats to enjoy on a hot day.
  • Hose down hot pavement, patios and porches before letting your pets outside. A little water could go a long way toward keeping paws cool and avoiding paw pad burns. Pet parents can also run cool water over their dog’s feet.
  • Say yes to ice water. Adding ice to pets’ water bowls creates a game for curious canines—they’ll bob for ice cubes and stay cool and hydrated in the process!
  • Cool the crate. If your pet will be crated while you’re away, try freezing two-liter water bottles and placing them on top of the crate. They’ll give off cool air and help keep the spot cool.
  • Wear a cold compress. A refrigerated wet bandana will help keep Fido cool and stylish this summer—this is especially effective because of the temperature receptors around dogs’ necks.
  • Make a splash. A backyard baby pool is a great way for pets to stay cool (and it’s fun too!). Some cats may even choose to toe the water.

Petplan’s vets also stress that pet resting areas should be kept cool, indoors and out.

“For cats and dogs seeking relief from the hot weather, provide outdoor areas of shade with open air tents, awnings and umbrellas,” says Petplan staff veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Maniet. “Indoor resting places can be kept cool with air conditioners or fans, and by keeping the curtains closed so there is no direct sunlight. Also, bare floors in the house are great spots for pets to lie down and cool off.”

If a pet gets overheated, it’s best to aim for a gradual cool down rather than an abrupt immersion in ice or cold water. Try using the hose, a gentle shower or wet towels first. If a pet shows signs of hyperthermia like excessive drooling, a very red tongue or gums, weakness, dizziness or vomiting, take cooling measures immediately and get to the vet. Heat stroke can be fatal within 15 minutes, and even when it isn’t deadly, brain and organ damage can result from exposure to extreme heat.

To learn more about protecting your pet’s health this summer (and beyond!), visit www.petplan.com.

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Zika virus and pets

I’m sure you have heard the news about the latest unwelcome addition to the mosquito-borne disease list, Zika virus. The Fetch Blog from PetPlan has a great post with all the info you need to know about zika and pets. You can read the full article here.

As of now, there have been no known reports of zika in animals, however the CDC says more research will be necessary.

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Rescue Dogs, a fun, family film saved over 150 animals

FAMILY FILM THAT HELPED SAVE 150+ ANIMALS NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES
Continues to Give Back to Animal Rescue Community

Hollywood, CA (July 26th, 2016) — Busted Buggy Entertainment is proud to announce Rescue Dogs, a first of its kind family film starring real rescue animals, is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Throughout its filming and release, the producers and team behind the film have continued to give back to the animal rescue community.

The children-friendly, talking-dog film released in select theaters across the country in April and not only entertained, but also made a difference. Filmmakers partnered with 23 animal rescue organizations to host adoption events in each city during opening weekend, with a portion of the producers’ box office from the theatrical run benefiting the charity associated with each theater.

As a result of the film’s theatrical release and corresponding animal adoption events across the country, over 150 animals found their forever homes.

One of the partnering rescue organizations, Animal Welfare League (AWL) in Chicago, Illinois, had 51 animal adoptions in two days! Twenty cats, 30 dogs and one rabbit went home with new, loving families. Lady, a dog “long-timer” at AWL, was one of the 30 dogs that found the perfect forever family.

Filmmakers also worked with charities to select specific available dogs to serve as film “mascots.” The ultimate goal of highlighting “mascot” dogs was to find forever homes for each of them while bringing light to the countless shelter animals that are often overlooked.

In Utah, a special needs dog named Fynlee was featured as the Rescue Dogs mascot for Salt Lake City. Fynlee had been saved by Rescue Rovers, and a few weeks following the movie’s release she was adopted by a senior couple. To date, five Rescue Dogs mascots have been adopted.

Now, the Rescue Dogs team has set out to save even more animals through the film’s itunes sales promotion with animal rescues. Filmmakers have selected prominent nonprofit animal rescue organizations to receive 50 percent of proceeds from the movie’s iTunes sales.

Rescue Dogs the Movie helped 150+ animals find their forever families. Now’s the chance to bring home Charger, Hambone, and the rest of the Rescue Dogs crew by pre-ordering the video today on iTunes and supporting nonprofit animal rescue organizations!

About the Movie:
Rescue Dogs is the story of Tracy and his rescue dog Charger as they foil the plans of an Evil Businessman who wants to knock over their beach restaurant in order to build his golf course. With help from his brother, Tracy tries to meet the bills, manage the kitchen (where Charger helps cook!) and still find time to fall in love with a beautiful dancer named Bridgette. Through a comedy of errors and mishaps, the humans discover they can be rescued by their very own rescue animals. The film was written by Jordan Rawlins and MJ Anderson and co-directed by Anderson and Haik Katsikian.

About Busted Buggy Entertainment:
Busted Buggy Entertainment (BBE) is a film and television production company founded by actress, Courtney Daniels. Rescue Dogs is the third feature film Courtney and BBE have produced and is especially close to Courtney’s heart as she is currently the proud pet-parent to 6 rescue animals. Busted Buggy Entertainment’s most recent film, THE GIRL IN THE BOOK, starring Emily VanCamp, was released in December 2015 and was selected as a New York Times Critics’ Pick. It is currently available on iTunes, Amazon Prime and Netflix.

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