Saturday, February 25, 2017

Help is on the way for Nashville's Community Cats

February is Spay & Neuter Awareness Month and this year Mars Petcare and Pet Community Center are joining forces to provide humane care for nearly 2,500 local community cats.

Community cats are outdoor, free-roaming cats that have lived near us for more than 10,000 years. They have strong bonds with one another and with their established outdoor homes. With support from community cat programs, they can live full, happy lives in our communities.

Mars Petcare will fund Pet Community Center's Community Cat Program, which focuses on spay and neuter efforts of the community cat population as a critical way to lower the number of cats entering local shelters.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

FDA cautions pet owners not to feed Evanger's and Against the Grain canned pet foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger's canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.

Pentobarbital is a drug that is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food and its presence as detected by the FDA in these products renders them adulterated.

The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger's or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products.

Friday, February 10, 2017

ASPCA urges USDA to restore public access to animal inspection reports

The ASPCA is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reverse its decision to remove public documents from its website related to the inspection of facilities licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act, including zoos, commercial dog breeders and research labs.

The removal of these materials from the USDA’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service website will enable those who wish to operate undetected to profit from the mistreatment of animals.

“The ASPCA has deep concerns about the impact of the USDA’s decision to reverse a decade-long commitment to transparency by removing Animal Welfare Act inspection and enforcement records from its website. Obstructing access to this vital data endangers the lives and safety of animals the USDA should be committed to protecting,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Cold weather pet tips from American Humane

People who live in areas experiencing cold weather and winter storms need to take extra precautions to keep their animals safe. Pets left to fend for themselves in cold weather are susceptible to injury and death.

Here are some simple tips from the experts at American Humane:

Be Prepared 

Plan ahead and pay attention to cold-weather warnings.

Unless significant power outages are experienced, most cold-weather episodes and winter storms are “shelter in place” events, so pet care needs should be planned for in the home.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dolphin Quest earns humane certification for exemplary treatment of animals

American Humane, the country's first national humane organization and the world's largest certifier of animal welfare, has announced that Dolphin Quest passed a rigorous third-party audit to achieve certification under its global American Humane Conservation program.

Dolphin Quest, with three locations in Oahu, Hawaii, and Bermuda, joins an elite group of fewer than a dozen institutions worldwide to earn the program's Humane Certified seal.

The American Humane Conservation is the first certification program of its kind singularly dedicated to assuring the welfare and humane treatment of animals living in zoos and aquariums, and is based on comprehensive, evidence-based welfare standards, developed by an independent Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science, animal behavior, animal ethics, and conservation.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

J.M. Smucker Company expands recall of canned cat food due to low levels of thiamine

The J.M. Smucker Company is expanding the limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).

The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature.