Family fun for the summer

During the summer, BAHS offers a Junior Volunteer program, giving children a chance to come to the shelter, make crafts and learn about pet-related topics. 

Although COVID-19 has closed our shelter to the public, it has not put an end to our Junior Volunteer program.  Our program can now be found on our Facebook pagestreaming Liveon Fridays at 2pm and Sundays at 1pm.

Your family can join the nearly 5,000 people who have already tuned in to learn:

* How to care for your pet

* What to do when you lose your pet

* Pet body language

* What foods are safe for our pets

*And more!

We also read shelter-themed stories and share pet-friendly snack recipes. Make a craft along with us and share pictures in the Facebook comment section! 

Find out about our planned activities on the BAHS Junior Volunteers Facebook pageThen, tune in Fridays and Sundays to join the live stream fun on our main Facebook page!

What would you like to learn about? 

Send us an idea for our junior volunteers live-stream & you’ll be entered to win a prize!

BAHS would like to thank Archford Capital Strategies for funding our youth education programs through an Archford Angels grant.

BAHS responds to covid-19

BAHS has been closed to the public for close to two months now.  A year ago, we never could have predicted the many ways that we have all been affected by the COVID-19 virus.

Our organizations has completely changed the way our shelter runs. We are still working tirelessly to help animals and people, but we have moved to an appointment-based system for adoption, foster, intake, and community outreach.  This allows us to better manage the traffic coming into the shelter and provide better service to adopters now that so many of our animals are in foster.

Adoption, foster, and intake are all up since this time last year.  Not only are the BAHS staff working harder than ever to bring in animals that need our help and find them new homes, but the community has been working right by our side as adopters and fosters.  Your help has allowed us to cut the time that animals are in our care by more than 50%.  That’s right, more animals are finding homes, and they are finding their homes faster than ever.

At BAHS, we know that members of our community are struggling during this difficult time.  Our pets are our family and no one should have to give up a beloved pet due to financial hardship.  We are providing free supplies to the community to help people keep their pets. We have created a drive-through pet resource pantry that provides people with the supplies they need while keeping them safe and healthy.  What do we do when someone doesn’t have transportation?  We deliver! 

What else helps keep animals in their homes?  Free dog training for the community.  Anyone can tune in weekly for our free dog training sessions that are being held virtually on Zoom.

BAHS is looking for innovative ways to help the community during this challenging time and we can’t do it alone.  Every person who adopts, fosters, donates, or shares our Facebook posts and emails is a part of the solution and we thank you!

Here are some of the animals that you have helped…

Tiger lost his beloved owner to COVID. He is currently being treated for Heartworms.
Stray cat and new mom Florence took on two extra kittens after their mother was tragically attacked by another animal.
Jolene still plays with joy despite the loss of her leg.

So you’ve found some kittens.

Now what?

The weather is warming up and that means kittens, kittens, kittens. Here at BAHS, our phone lines are hit with daily calls from caring community members who want to help the vulnerable animals they’ve found in their neighborhoods.

Is removing a kitten from it’s environment a good idea? It may feel counter-intuitive, but it’s not always the most beneficial move for the cats. If you’ve stumbled across kittens, follow these steps before you take action:

Are the kittens visibly sick? Bring them to a vet or clinic as soon as possible. If they seem healthy, take the following steps:

Determine the age of the kittens. Follow the guide we’ve provided to estimate the age of the kittens. We’ve also found this more detailed guide from The Kitten Lady helpful.

If cats are four weeks and under, do not touch or move them. Kittens this young are still nursing. Their chance of survival dramatically decreases when they’re unable to eat from mom.

Watch to see if the mother cat returns. Cats can be away from kittens for up to six hours.

If mom is away for six or more hours, determine a course of action. This is when kittens should be moved.

Life is challenging enough without kittens to care for, so our first instinct is often to hand animals over to shelters or rescues. Many think this is best for the kitten but is it? Even the most well-staffed and dedicated shelter professionals are often tasked with caring for dozens of animals along with other duties. Kittens need 24/7 care and will often do better in a home where they can be given individual attention.

So now that you’ve decided to move the kittens, where should they go?

Keep them yourself. It may seem daunting, but anyone can learn to care for kittens. Kittens can often be confined to a single room or even a safe, temperature controlled garage. If you need advice, supplies, or resources, you can contact BAHS or you can ask to care for kittens as a part of our foster program. If you choose not to foster, you can safely adopt out kittens eight weeks or older through adoptapet.com.

Ask a friend, loved one, or neighbor to keep the kittens. If you cannot care for the kittens, reach out to others to find assistance. You can call around or utilize social media, group texts, or email to find helpers in your trusted circle.

Once you’ve exhausted the above options, you can then contact your local shelter.

While we may not always be able to take your found kittens, we are here to support and help you. Finding kittens can be stressful. Take a breath and reach out. Your compassion is the first step to keeping our local cats safe and well.

Dog Allergy Information

 

 Do you suffer from pet allergies? Are you afraid you might have to give up your dog on account of your allergies? If so, we can help! Follow the advice bellow to reduce allergy-causing dander in your home and on your pet:

  • Wash your pet weekly in lukewarm water using a dander removing allergy shampoo to reduce pet dander.
  • Have someone without pet allergies brush the pet outside regularly.
  • Vacuum and dust frequently using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Clean pillows, clothing, curtains, cushions, and pet beds often.
  • Do not allow your pet in your bedroom to give your body a break from allergen exposure.

   

   Here are some dander-removing products to try: Allersearch, Allerpet D (contains gluten), Four Paws Magic Coat, Nature’s Miracle, and SheaPet.