AGM July 19, 2020
1:00 p.m. Location to be determined by response from you as we abide by social distancing 


 Covid hit when we would usually have had our AGM.  A call to Victoria Society Act the feedback was “whenever we could have the meeting” no one knows from day to day what changes will appear, we have all been in limbo.  SO we would like to try again but it is imperative we know who will attend so we book a facility to accommodate social distancing.
The date is Sunday July 19, 1:00 p.m. please RRSP by July 12 if you are able to attend we will notify attendees that week as to the location. If for some reason you are able to attend please email as we will try and have a larger venue.
 Thank you for your patience while we work through the quarantine. 
This has been an interesting year for all of us even for the animals. Due to Covid rescue has been very quiet.  We do not want to subject our volunteers to home visits.  We have only done adoptions to people that have previously adopted to keep our volunteers safe.  We have asked people not to submit applications at this time, yet we have had an incredible amount of emails from people requesting a dog.  Covid is not a good time to adopt, we expect dogs needing rehoming once people are back to work and they realize a dog is work.
We hope to continue our spay/neuter program and our emergency program but with Covid we are not able to do any active fund raising.  Our spay/neuter program is still available for low income family’s   $25,000 yearly and emergency is on a low income emergency basis.
TICK SEASON be sure to check your dog and yourself after a walk.

 

 

SUMMER
As we head into summer please remember to leave your dog at home, it may seem cool outside but still heats up in a vehicle quickly. That said, certain dog breeds are less able to tolerate extreme heat.  All snub-nosed or brachycephalic dogs have a harder time regulating their temperatures due to their shorter nasal passages.  Bulldogs, Pugs, Shih Tzu’s, Pekinese, Boston Terriers are some of the breeds more sensitive to rising temperatures.  Heat stroke can be very serious with some dogs having to be rushed to the vet, with serious problems in the young and old dogs.   If it’s too hot for us to walk on pavement with bare feet then its to hot for your dog. We see people walking their dogs in Tips for keeping cool through the dog days of summer  
        ◦ Offer an ice pack or wet towel to lay on.
        ◦ Add ice cubes to the water dish. It is imperative to cool their pads.
        ◦ Offer access to a wading pool with shallow, cool water.
        ◦ Offer access to cool shade by stringing up a tarp, cloth, or use a shade screen.
        ◦ Bring a collapsible water dish on your walks.
        ◦ Replace a portion of their regular diet with canned food.
        ◦ Avoid walking on hot pavement, and consider booties to insulate their toes.
        ◦ Early morning or evening playtimes, exercise, and walks are best.
        ◦ Give your dog some homemade frozen treats 
Heatstroke in dogs: know the signs
            ▪ Raised temperature (101.5° is normal)
            ▪ Rapid breathing and panting
            ▪ Excess salivation and thickened saliva
            ▪ Fatigue or depression
            ▪ Muscle tremors
            ▪ Staggering
If you spot these signs, get your dog inside and contact your vet. Wrap your dog in cold wet towels, especially the underarm/belly/groin area. A fan may be used on the dog during the cooling process. Check your dog’s temperature every five minutes and end the cooling treatment when the temperature is down to 103°. Avoid cooling too rapidly to avoid shock.  Call your Vet right away. Your vet may push IV fluids if dehydration is a concern.
Dehydration in dogs: know the signs
            ▪ Sunken eyes
            ▪ Lethargy
            ▪ Dry mouth
            ▪ Depression
            ▪ Gently pinch a fold of skin at the top of the neck. Is it slow to snap back?
Not all signs of dehydration are easy to detect. If you suspect your dog may be dehydrated, a trip to the vet is recommended. Offer clean cool water. Try different bowls, adding a splash of carrot juice, chicken broth, or pieces of a favorite fruit to one of the bowls to encourage drinking. Some dogs enjoy a few ice chips in their water dish.
                                                                  AGM JULY 19 1:00 pm PLEASE RESPOND ASAP oksmalldog@gmail.com

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