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Nebraska Humane Society goes the distance to connect people and pets | Local News

While the animals are listed online, Wiese said, the humane society wanted to give people a more personal connection with the animals they might adopt. 

“It’s hard to get a feel for a dog with a photo,” she said. 

Greg Sims, president and CEO of FIDO Friendly, said the magazine decided to make an extra stop this year in Omaha on their way back west from Chicago. Although the magazine originally planned 11 stops, all but a handful of shelters cancelled their events. 

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Omaha residents visit the Nebraska Humane Society’s adoption event held Sunday to meet potential new pets. 

“This year is just different,” he said, “everything is more challenging.” 

Those challenges haven’t stopped the tour, Sims said, and they continue to work for the welfare of animals. He said over the years, the magazine has helped to place over 15,000 animals in permanent homes. 

Laurie Zagurski, a volunteer for the shelter, said the event gave people a chance to meet more animals than they normally might if they visited. Pets and their volunteer handlers were spread across a green space behind the shelter, allowing for social distancing and separating the pets by category. It’s important to find the right fit in a home for shelter pets, and they often require extra patience.

But Zagurski she said the process is incredibly rewarding. 

“There is no love like the love you get from a shelter pet,” she said. 

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Dressing up pets for Halloween requires care, consideration.

Amy Carotenuto, Executive Director
 |  The Daytona Beach News-Journal

Dressing up in a Halloween costume with your best friend is pretty standard, but what if your best friend is your dog or even your cat?  Pets can participate in the Halloween fun thanks to the many adorable, funny and unexpected dog costumes out there.

Safety is an important consideration if your pet will be dressing up for Halloween this year. Whether you shop or make the costume yourself, ensure that the costume is safe and comfortable for your companion.

Pets should be able to walk, sit and move normally when wearing the costume. Look for costumes made of soft, stretchy material that moves with them. Although costumes should allow plenty of room for movement, make sure they aren’t too big or loose.  Costumes that are too big could cause your pet to feel like they will fall, which could cause them to simply refuse to walk.

Make sure masks, headbands, wigs and hats fit well and won’t interfere with your pets’ forward and side vision. Avoid anything that covers your pet’s nose, making it difficult to breathe.

Can your pup’s costume be seen in the dark? Go for costumes that contain bright colors or include reflective trim, rather than an all-black vampire costume.

Avoid flammable materials. Synthetic materials are more flammable than those made of natural fibers.  Read the tags or online product descriptions to avoid inadvertently selecting a highly flammable costume.

Look for choking hazards. If your pet is a chewer, decorations & buttons can pose a choking risk, so watch them closely. 

Pet costumes must accommodate leashes and harnesses. Also, make sure your costume allows you to hold your pet tight. Make sure your pet has his or her ticket home in the form of proper ID. Tags are a good idea even if your pet is microchipped. If an individual finds your lost pet, they can get you back together quickly with a current phone number on an ID tag.

Halloween celebrations can be overwhelming for pets, particularly with people wearing costumes and masks. If your pet tries to run away from that spooky witch or scary skeleton, make sure you are holding tight to that leash. If you notice that your pet seems stressed, don’t push it. Dogs bite more out of fear than aggression. It’s better to cut the evening short rather than have Fido in trouble for nipping a child.  

Be sure to try the costume on your pet before the big day. If it restricts mobility, doesn’t fit well or if your pet simply hates it, you’ll have time to find another costume.

Your pet may not like wearing a costume at first. Place the costume on your pet for a few minutes initially, then gradually increase wearing time. If your pet is obviously unhappy or tries to bite and tear the costume off, it may not be the best option. Try another costume which may be better tolerated.

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Pets get assist from Humane Society during wildfires in California

Karen Pearlman
 |  San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — Sherry Moland spent part of a recent afternoon at Iron Oak Canyon Ranch in Spring Valley, California, with her adopted 8-year-old horse, Whisper, tending to the horse’s physical and emotional needs.

As Moland put salve on the horse’s hooves, stroked her mane and fed her some fresh hay in the hazy sunshine off Campo Road, she said her home is not in the fire zone at present but she wasn’t taking any chances. She remembered well going through the Harris Fire in 2007, just a few months after moving into her Campo home.

She said two days earlier she called the San Diego Humane Society about a pickup and the San Diego County Department of Animal Services picked Whisper up and brought her to safety.

The Humane Society’s Emergency Response Team has been working in the field with Animal Services, evacuating animals and bringing them to safety. The partnership ensures that there is a coordinated response for those in need and that the resources of both groups are deployed efficiently.

Although Moland’s home thus far has been spared, she said she knows well how the wind could change and send embers her way.

“We’re on standby for evacuation,” Moland said. “We live in a fire zone, it’s going to happen, just be prepared.”

Whisper is one of more than 50 animals currently housed at Iron Oak Canyon Ranch, brought by residents who have been evacuated during the fire or, like Moland, are preparing for a worst-case scenario.

Whisper is in good company, with several other horses, more than two dozen alpacas, some goats, chickens and turkeys. The private boarding ranch, formerly known as Bright Valley Farms, is lending its barrel racing arena to the San Diego Humane Society, which has been working with Animal Services to provide shelter, food and water to animals in its care.

Kelly Campbell, director of Animal Services, said between the groups, they are caring for more than 300 animals — from large animals like horses to dogs and cats — at temporary emergency boarding shelters. Campbell said that if reports over the next few nights show that the fire is being contained, and it is safe to do so, the sites will close and people will be able to take their animals home.

Animal Services and the Humane Society are partnering together to help not only animals in their care, but also going behind the fire lines to care for animals as part of “shelter in place.” Their dispatch teams are sharing a Google Document, which keeps a working, live track of addresses impacted during the fire and the individual needs of animals that were not evacuated.

“Any animal that’s stuck on property owners can’t get there or they can’t leave and come back and are behind fire lines, they are going in and they’re taking care of the animals,” said John Peaveler, administrative lieutenant of Emergency Services for the San Diego Humane Society.

With the

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