Are You Prepared for a Pet Emergency?

🐶🐱 June is National Pet Preparedness Month! Are you including your pets in your family emergency plan?⁣

Our rescue dog, Blue, (in photo above) was hit by a car around midnight on New Year’s Eve eleven years ago. He sneaked out the front door when a dinner guest went to his car to get his phone. We had to rush Blue to an ER Vet who helped save his broken leg. There was only one ER Vet nearby, and luckily, we knew where it was ahead of time.  

⁣We know that your pets are important family members, so this month, make sure you’re prepared to keep them safe no matter what happens.⁣

⁣The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado, hurricane, or evacuation depends largely on emergency planning.⁣

⁣What can you do?⁣

⁣✔️ Assemble an animal emergency supply kit with food, water, a first aid kit, collar, leash, toys, and any items your pet might need on the go.⁣

⁣✔️ Develop a pet care buddy system. Plan with friends and neighbors to ensure your pet will be taken care of even if you're not around.⁣

⁣✔️ Have a copy of your pet’s vet records and include a photo of you and your pet to show ownership in case you become separated. ⁣

⁣✔️ Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens. ⁣

⁣✔️ Have an evacuation plan ready and practice with your pets. ⁣

⁣✔️ Visit to learn more about the steps you can take to keep your pets safe!

Help keep your pets safe! Be Prepared!

This is why we remind everyone to cut up and properly dispose of all food bags, including chip bags, snack bags, cereal bags, pet food bags, etc. This cat got very lucky when a Good Samaritan saw him struggling with a chip bag over his head.

She writes: “This poor little kitty. Saw "this" as I drove down Sagepark. I thought WTH, backed up & the poor thing was panting, just lying there. I grabbed the Lay's chip bag off of his head & he scampered away. Just sat stunned, drooling & still panting. My first thought was, who did this!? But then again, he could have just been trying to get the crumbs out & the bag got stuck on his head.”  

Stray dogs, feral cats, and all types of wildlife are vulnerable to suffocation when they find food bags people have thrown in the trash or left at beaches, parks, and campsites. Please help protect our animals by taking measures to prevent pet suffocation. It just takes a few minutes to help save an animal’s life. 

Visit our website at for more information and safety tips.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

With holiday celebrations in full swing this year, Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start to summer! It’s the perfect weekend to celebrate with family, friends, and pets with a pool party, BBQ, backyard games, or watching baseball. No matter how you celebrate, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Below are some tips to help protect your pets from mishaps and accidents while preoccupied with entertaining or playing. 

HOLIDAY FOODS - Make sure your pet can’t ingest any holiday foods and treats like bones, grapes, onions, chocolate, xylitol, and alcoholic beverages.

FOOD BAGS - Keep all food bags like chip bags, snack bags, and plastic bags safely stored away from your pets to prevent pet suffocation. Cut up all bags and dispose of properly. With more guests and children around, it’s easy to get distracted and not notice what your pet is up to. 

POOLS -  Never leave your pets unsupervised around a pool, lake, or other bodies of water. Have your dog wear a flotation device when on boats. Don’t allow your dog to drink pool water which contains toxic chemicals.   

SHADE - Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time in the yard, at the beach, or at the pool, make sure your dogs have plenty of water and shade. 

IDS - With the hustle and bustle of traveling over the weekend or celebrating with friends and family, you want to ensure your pet doesn’t escape or get lost. Make sure that your pet is microchipped or has an ID tag on his collar.

With these pet safety tips in mind, you can relax and enjoy the kick-off to summer!

“What can I actually do to prevent pet suffocation and help spread the word?”

We get asked this a lot! Here are a few easy ideas to start with:

🐶 Share our posts on social media warning your friends and family about the risks of pet suffocation. You can use one of ours here or from our Facebook page! There are infographics posted on the website you can print off and share.

🐱 Tell your story. If you or someone you know has lost a pet to suffocation, please contact us and continue to talk about the issue.⁣

🐶 Sign our online petition to Frito Lay to add warning labels to their chip bags. The petition is posted at the bottom of our website’s home page at

🐱 Visit the link in our bio to learn more and make a donation. As a non-profit, we rely on the generosity of our followers and pet advocates to help us fund our mission.

⁣We appreciate all of those who continue to help us raise awareness!

It’s National Rescue Dog Day! 🐶⁣ Our dog, Blue (photo), was a rescue puppy from a kennel in Tucson. ⁣Part Staffordshire Terrier, Blue was one of the most affectionate, sweetest, smartest, and happiest dogs we ever owned. 

National Rescue Dog Day was founded to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs in shelters waiting to be adopted, to educate young children about animals, and to encourage spaying and neutering of pets.⁣ ⁣Rescue dogs often overcome extreme circumstances, and yet they often provide comfort, security, love, and friendship as devoted family pets.⁣

⁣How can you get involved today? Here’s a list from⁣

⁣🐶 ADOPT: If there is room in your life for a dog, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.⁣

⁣🐶 FOSTER: Many dogs abandoned in shelters benefit from socialization or would just thrive better outside of a shelter environment. Others may be in need of some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.⁣

⁣🐶 DONATE: Shelters always need donations. In addition to financial donations, shelters have a list of much-needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes.⁣

⁣🐶 VOLUNTEER: Help out at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming them, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.⁣

⁣🐶 SPAY/NEUTER: Be responsible for your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.⁣

⁣Visit for more information!

As the spring and summer months approach, and we can enjoy the outdoors more often with our dogs, it’s a good time to be aware of insect bites from ticks, bees, wasps, scorpions, ants, and other pesky insects.   

Ticks carrying Lyme Disease can be found in remote wilderness, parks, fields, beaches, picnic areas, and residential areas including in your yard. Some signs of Lyme Disease in dogs include joint discomfort and pain, lethargy, fever, and kidney issues. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has been exposed to Lyme Disease. 

Some signs of insect bites on dogs include redness, swelling, drooling, limping, itchiness, and shock. Some treatment options include using a cold compress for swelling, applying a paste of baking soda and water or aloe vera to the area, giving an oatmeal bath, and if safe, using Benadryl. If your furry family member is bitten or stung, be sure to remove the stinger and keep an eye on them for an allergic reaction.

Check your pet’s fur and coat after each visit outside for ticks or insect bites. Make sure they’re taking their flea and tick medicine, as well. Talk to your vet about the Lyme Vaccine for dogs. Should any reaction occur, have the number of your local emergency vet on hand. Meanwhile, enjoy the outdoors knowing you are ready and prepared! 

🚗 Does your pet love to ride in the car with you?

With summer approaching, there’s nothing more fun than bringing your pet along for the adventure, so please make sure that you’re also keeping pet suffocation risks in mind!

❌ Leaving fast food bags, snack bags, drink containers, and other food bags in your car, purse, or backpack can pose a serious suffocation risk to your pets.

Running a quick errand and leaving your pet unsupervised for just a few minutes leaves enough time for them to suffocate from one of these items.

We have lost several dogs to suffocation while they waited for their owners to return to the car. The owners had no idea their pet was at risk, and they were all devastated to find out too late. 

This week, make it a goal to clean out your car and create a safe space for your pets both inside and outside of your home! 🐶🐱

The sun continues to shine and we’re spending more time outdoors – but don’t forget about your pets when you’re hiking, walking, barbecuing, picnicking, swimming, or camping!

Snacks such as potato chips, popcorn, pretzels, sandwiches, cookies, and candy are great for groups, but the bags that they’re packaged in pose a serious suffocation risk for your pets.⁣

So, what can you do?

✔️ Cut up your chip bags, snack bags, pet food bags, and all other food bags before you dispose of them. 

✔️ Make sure to serve your snacks in plastic bowls and containers and cut up all food bags before disposing of them.⁣

✔️ Take extra precautions when you are at a beach, at the lake, on a picnic, or are camping, hiking, or biking.

✔️ As you’re socializing, it’s important to keep an eye on your pets, as well! Don’t leave them unattended around the delicious food and snacks, as pet suffocation happens within minutes! ⁣

✔️ Leave no trash behind if you’re bringing snacks, drinks, or any type of food bags or containers outside.

With a little extra precaution, you can enjoy the outdoors freely without putting any of our wonderful pets at risk!

Happy Mother’s Day from our Founder, Bonnie Harlan, and her dog, Jag!⁣

⁣Wishing all of the wonderful moms and fur moms a special day of joy and celebration! Your dedication, kindness, loyalty, tirelessness, and love for your families and pets is appreciated! ⁣

⁣Before summer sneaks in, don’t forget to take time for yourselves - a romp with your pup, a playdate with your kids, a fun date night, or some well-deserved self-care! ⁣

⁣Enjoy your special day! ❤️

A happy ending for this little Dachshund mix pup named Honey who was saved with CPR after almost suffocating in a snack bag in early March. 

Melissa Deckelbaum writes, "I am a veterinary technician. We have three dogs.  After working an overnight shift, I returned home and found my son's dog in his room with a snack bag stuck on her head suffocating. He had left for school at 7 and I got home at 9. I have no idea how long she had her head in that bag.  She was limp, unconscious, and hyperventilating.  Her gums and tongue were blue.  I immediately started giving her mouth to snout breaths and some chest compressions.  In a few short minutes, which seemed like hours, she was conscious and walking around, although she was lethargic and stumbling.  I brought her to a local emergency vet, luckily she was stable and required no oxygen, but I kept her there for the day since I had to go home and sleep. Within hours she was completely normal and home, acting like nothing happened. I, however, am traumatized by the whole incident. The vision of her laying there with a bag over her head. The thought that had I gotten home a few minutes later, this would have had a completely different outcome. I work with sick and dying animals every day, I’ve had my share of my own personal pet losses, but this is something I will never get out of my mind."

Honey was very lucky and almost didn't make it. Please take the time to learn Pet CPR. You never know when you might need it. There is a CPR video posted on the Blog on our website at Thank you!

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