The weather’s warming up and dogs across America are getting restless. For urbanites that means heading to the nearest dog park! But before you do, be sure to keep your (and your dog’s!) manners in mind. Here are our top tips for dog park etiquette:
Spay or Neuter Your Pet. Want to take your dog to that fun dog park down the street? Then your dog needs to be spayed or neutered as most dog parks require it. It just makes sense.
Don’t Be a Bully. Sure, we know your pup is an angel…most of the time. But if you simply feel your dog is having a bad day, leave the park and plan to come back at a later time. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Be Watchful. While dog parks are also great places for humans to meet, remember to keep your attention on your dog and her playmates at all times. If you see signs that play’s not going well, you can step in to stop interaction before things get out of hand.
Scoop the Poop. Accidents happen, but leaving it behind is downright rude. It could result in you being fined, and your dog being banned from the park.
Control Those Parasites! Fleas and ticks can spread like wildfire at the dog park. If you take your dog to play, be sure to give him a year-round flea control medication like PetArmour, the exclusive flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA.
Great news! Last week the ASPCAteamed up with animal shelters in Louisiana, Tennessee and New Jersey to help find homes for 43 dogs.
The transport—which began at the LA/SPCA in New Orleans—made a pit stop at AnimalWorks, a spay/neuter clinic in Tennessee where staff helped walk and care for the dogs. The transporters then delivered their precious cargo to St. Hubert’s in New Jersey. The dogs, including a nine-month-old, 118-pound Great Dane puppy named Leo, now have a better chance at finding a home.
“In much of the South where euthanasia rates are high, there are no shelters that can help these animals. The most viable solution is to transport them to areas of where they are most likely to be adopted,” explains Sandy Monterose, ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach.
How Does It Work? This week’s transport operation is the first of several between the LA/SPCA and St. Hubert’s in the coming months. Each transport will bring approximately 40-60 dogs from the Southeast—where there is an oversupply—to shelters in the Northeast, where dogs are in higher demand. The ASPCA Animal Relocation Initiative will fund all the transports.
“The ASPCA Relocation Initiative works collaboratively to help animals at risk, moving them to where they have the greatest opportunity to find a home,” says Monterose. “We’re happy we can help.”
When the ASPCA arrived at a puppy mill in Holly Springs, Mississippi, we found 100 underweight dogs living in their own feces. The amount of neglect was shocking: Skin disease, rotted teeth, malnutrition and infection were widespread.
One victim named Binah was dirty, skinny and unable to walk due to years spent in a tiny, overcrowded cage. She was a mother dog, forced to breed, with little regard for her health and well-being. When puppy mill moms like Binah can no longer produce, they are deemed worthless and discarded. Fortunately for Binah, the ASPCA arrived just in time—but in puppy mills across America, other dogs like her still need our help.