PAWS Humane Society Happenings

From December 2009 newsletteer


Some situations you can never forget. One PAWS volunteer stumbled into an animal hoarding situation. Though the owner may have had good intentions, things had gotten out of hand. Deprived of adequate food and water, living in unimaginable filth and covered in fleas, they were a heartbreaking group. Out of this dark, airless prison they called home, came a rather pitiful-looking dog named Chloe.

Chloe had cancerous tumors covering her chest, some hanging down several inches. Without proper medical attention, she would not survive. Our volunteer scooped her up, and PAWS sprung into action finding people to help. Thanks to the wonderful people at Rockford College’s Vet Tech Program and a wonderful PAWS foster parent, Chloe is now fully recovered and living in a loving forever home.

Holiday Stockings

PAWS’ annual Christmas Stocking sales have begun. Dog and cat stockings are available for purchase at: Bellwood Animal Hospital (North Bell School Road), Belvidere Family Pet Clinic (1231 Logan Ave.), Hillcrest Animal Hospital (227 N. Alpine), Pepper Creek (7925 Harrison), and Roscoe Veterinary Clinic (5411 Bridge St., Roscoe). They sell for $10 eachthe perfect holiday gift for all your furry friends and relatives.

Dangerous ‘People Food’

Some foods dogs should not eat and could be deadly.

Grapes and Raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog.

Onions destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia.

Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.

Coffee, coffee grounds, tea and tea bags: Drinks/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes.

Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and damage a dog’s internal organs. Raw Bone should always be supervised as a piece can always break off and cause problems. Try frozen oxtails or frozen knuckle bones, then take the bone away before the dog can swallow the last small piece whole. It’s a good natural way to clean teeth, too.

Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants are the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.

Avocados: The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.

Apples, Cherries, Peaches and similar fruit are great for your dog—however, the seeds of these fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans. Unlike humans, dogs do not know to stop eating at the core/pit and easily ingest them. It can also become lodged in the intestines and kill the dog in 24 hours with no warning.

Raw eggs can cause salmonella poisoning in dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and are not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it still possible. BEST to use ORGANIC EGGS if you do raw. Scrambled lightly is best!

Second Annual Fur Ball Dinner/Dance

The Fur Ball Dinner/Dance will be Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 at Giovanni’s restaurant. Have a wonderful evening out while you help the animals. Sponsorships and program advertisements are available. We are also in need of items for our Silent/Live Auction. For more information, call (815) 289-0345 or e-mail at

‘Pennies for Pooches’

The PFP program is a fun way for kids to help raise money for local animals in need. We have many empty water bottles that the kids can decorate and place in their classroom to donate all their loose change; some even have challenges to see which class can raise the most.

Monies raised help pay for some of our furry friends’ special medical needs. It may only be a

to you, but to an animal, it may mean the world. Keep saving those pennies!

For more information on the PFP program, please call (815) 749-1400 or visit us at

PAWS Cat Adoption Centers

Be sure to visit all of our wonderful furry felines a Petco, East State Street, Rockford, and Petsmart, East State Street, Rockford. All cats available for adoption are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, tested, dewormed and receive flea preventative.

If you are interested in adopting a furry friend, please stop by one of these locations and fill out an application. Adoptions are based on a first-come, first-qualified basis.

PAWS Humane Society Annual Garage Sales

Don’t forget to save your clean, gently-used items for our April 2010 garage sale. This year’s sales provided spay/neuter and medical assistance to more than 200 animals. Items not accepted are clothing, large appliances, large furniture, chemicals and broken items. For questions, please call Jane at (815) 399-3787.

Tree of Hope

Petco has once again selected PAWS as a recipient for their holiday animal charity fund-raising event. We have a table set up at Petco, 6305 E.State St.,Rockford, with some holiday items for sale. Please stop by and see if there is something you need to complete your holiday shopping. It’s a great way to purchase products and help animals at the same time.

From the Dec. 16-22, 2009 issue

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