Four months later - we have names!

It takes a village to rescue a dog and today we are immensely grateful to Jennie Rubin, Wendy Gottsegen, and the fabulous pre-schoolers at Temple B'nai Or in Morristown, NJ! All spring the pre-schoolers have been collecting tzadeka money to help Sochi Dogs care for the nine pooches below. Not only that, but they've also come up with some very creative names that will help these k-9s find forever homes.  

Find Gummy Bear, Pop,  Snoodles,  Donut, Sparkle, and Smoky on the adoptable dogs page soon!


Gummy Bear

Donut

Pop

Sparkle

Snoodles

Smoky

Sochi Dogs Community Spay/Neuter Day

In preparation for the 2018 World Cup Sochi Dogs has launched a low-cost spay/neuter program to prevent dogs from ending up on the street. Last weekend was the first time Sochi Dog offered the program. 8 dogs and 9 cats were signed up. If all of these dogs had puppies and ended up on the street it would equal the population of the entire shelter!

One woman who brought in her lab-mix to be spayed said, "I knew this was something I had to do but I just didn't have the means to do it.  Thank you so much for the opportunity."

This flyer was distributed in Sochi and Adler urging people to spay their pets and offering 50% off the procedure for anyone who signs up at our designated vet. 

This is the first time low-cost spay/neuter has been offered in Sochi and there is clearly a need for it as much of the stray dog population stems from pets who have not been spayed. Many pet owners understand the importance of the procedure but lack the finance to get it done. Our low-cost option allows them to invest in their pets and make sure they do not contribute to the stray dog crisis. Pets that are spayed/neutered by their owners are much more likely to stay with their families. 

We will be conducting these spay/neuter days twice a month. This program is run 100% on donations. Please contribute so that no dogs end up on the street. Every dollar counts. Any contribution, small or large, is greatly appreciated!

Rescued! 

We found Hattie after she had given birth to nine puppies in an abandoned building. With nowhere to go Hattie and her puppies were trying to survive, while squatters wanted to kick them out of the building and drown the puppies. 
Masha, our shelter caretaker came across the building by accident and when she heard the story and what might happen to the family, she gathered up the puppies and Hattie and drove them to the shelter.

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The entire family is safe now! Hattie is spending time getting to know the older shelter residents while her puppies are growing and playing in the puppy playpen. 

Thanks to you and our amazing community we are able to provide Hattie and here puppies with the care they need until they are ready to find the forever families.  

Tips for Preventing Fleas and Ticks This Spring

Advice from our friends at Allivet.

The colder months are coming to an end, which means only one thing: spring is just around the bend, and you and your pooch are about to spend a lot more time outside. If your dog spends time romping outdoors when it's spring, you'll want to be extra careful when it comes to looking out for ticks and fleas. To make sure your dog stays safe and healthy this spring, try keeping the following tips in mind.

Clean Up Your Yard and Outdoor Space

Fleas and ticks like to live in piles of wet leaves or debris. They can also come into your space on animals that visit bird baths and bird feeders. To keep ticks and fleas away, make sure you keep your yard free of debris and standing water -- and clean up any other decaying material that might attract rodents. By cleaning up your space, you can make it a less attractive place for pests to come live.

Get Regular Preventative Care at the Vet

The vet can give your dog regular preventative care for fleas and ticks, whether you go there for the specific purpose of warding off fleas and ticks, or whether you ask at an appointment for another purpose (like getting Vetmedin 5mg for heart disease). This medication can help stave off the pests and make sure your dog doesn't receive any nasty bites no matter where he spends his time. Make sure you check with your vet to see how often your dog needs treatment and make sure you stick to the schedule. Also, ask your vet if there are any powders, shampoos, sprays or other products you should be using regularly at home. He can give you some advice about simple over-the-counter or at-home products that will help keep any parasitic insects or infestations at bay.

Take Your Shoes Off at Home

Even if your dog hasn't been around other dogs, there's a chance you could pick up ticks and fleas on your shoes if you walk by grassy areas, piles of leaves, flower beds, open meadows and even landscaped yards. Make sure you take your shoes off before you enter your living space. That will help minimize the risk that bugs get into your carpet, furniture, clothes and more ultimately posing a risk to your pet.

Spring is a great time for your dog to run outdoors, get some exercise, and enjoy the newly warm, fresh air. However, spending more time outside in spring can lead to an increased risk of ticks and fleas. If you want to keep your dog safe, healthy and happy, make sure you take preventative steps to keep all pests away. That way, you, your furry friend and your whole family can stay in great shape all season long.

Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online.