MUZZLING YOUR DOG

Many people find the prospect of muzzling their dogs rather daunting and even cruel. Although some dogs may have aggressive tendencies, many dogs will not require a muzzle whilst out for their daily exercise - either because they are generally very friendly and good-natured, or because they rarely mix with other people or dogs anyway.

MAYOR CALLS FOR ADOPT-A-PET MONTH

Senior pets may not be as energetic as the younger ones, but they do have other redeeming qualities like calm personalities and appreciation for a loving home.

Mayor Mark Kruzan declared November as Adopt a Senior Pet Month in Bloomington, with any adopted pets qualifying for free lifetime Pet Insurance.

Adopt a Senior Pet Month is a nationally recognized program to help older animals that arrive at shelters throughout the U.S.

MORE FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED

Greenhill Humane Society says its pet food bank is completely empty, and it's asking for donations.

Greenhill is trying to restock its pet food bank for those in need this holiday season.

Manager say they've seen a greater need that usual these past few months.

"We maintain a food bank for individuals in the community that are struggling and need help to feed and care for their animals," said Rhonda Livesay, Greenhill's Operations Manager.

ADOPT A PET

Sunday marked the first day of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week and our area police department's Animal Control Bureau staff and volunteers want to highlight the importance of the county's animal shelter.

"The Prince William County Animal Shelter is proud to serve our community by providing our many services," said First Sergeant Dawn Harman, manager of the Bureau in a press release. "But we can't do it without the support of our community's residents and businesses."

FREE CATS TO GOOD HOMES

A free cat giveaway at the Emporia Animal Shelter has resulted in 60 cats getting new homes, but hasn’t greatly reduced the cat population at the shelter.

While the no-cost promotion has increased the amount of cats adopted, the number of cats being brought into the shelter has also increased, said Peggy Derrick, shelter director.

SHELTER LIKELY TO CLOSE

The founder of Second Chance Rescue near Sioux Falls said Monday that the animal shelter is on the verge of closing and it is unlikely that she will be able to keep it open.

Rosie Quinn, founder and executive director, said the shelter faces severe financial trouble.

"It's going to take a miracle. Hopefully, there's one out there," said Quinn, who founded the shelter four miles west of Sioux Falls in 2006.

PUPPIES UP FOR ADOPTION

THE RSPCA shelter at Fairfield has reached capacity, with 319 puppies and adult dogs in desperate need of new homes.

Of these, 27 are puppies now available for adoption and 12 more are in foster care.

With breeds ranging from bull Arabs, rottweiler crosses, labradors and an Irish wolfhound-cross to cattle dogs, border collies and kelpies, the shelter is splitting at the seams.

SHELTER OPEN DAY

For anyone who wants to consider the addition of a furry companion to the family, an open house this weekend at the J.D. and Fran Asher Animal Shelter in Laurinburg will provide an opportunity to visit a host of animals looking for a home.

Held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, shelter staff, Humane Society board members, and volunteers will be selling hot dogs and baked goods and conducting raffles for pet-oriented items while showcasing the animals housed at the facility, in the kennels, rabbit hutches, and cattery.

WELLINGTON FACILITY STALLS

Wellington's SPCA's $9 million Pet Palace project appears to have stalled amid funding troubles, with the city council concerned about lack of progress after two years of planning.

The organisation's chairman has resigned, as a black cloud hangs over the future of the proposed Mt Victoria pet hospital. Sources close to the project say it is mired in deficit and in-fighting, and unlikely to go ahead.

Millions of dollars of ratepayer money has been spent on strengthening the former Chest Hospital building in Alexandra Rd to accommodate the planned animal shelter.

RUNNING OUT OF SPACE

The Saint Martin Parish Animal Shelter won't have to euthanize any adoptable animals.

This after the shelter was able to adopt or foster out enough animals to make room for the 24 fighting dogs confiscated by parish sheriff's deputies Tuesday night.

Deputies raided the home of 28 year-old Perum Williams where they seized the dogs along with 60 pounds of marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.

Williams now faces multiple animal cruelty and drug related charges.