Thursday, September 18, 2014

Get up & Give!

It's North Texas Giving Day!

This is the day your donation of $25 or more made to Operation Kindness will be multiplied with funds from the Communities Foundation Texas to go even further to help more homeless, neglected and abused animals have a second chance at life. Your donation today means more dogs and cats will be provided life-saving food, shelter and medical care!

Last year $65,000 was raised for Operation Kindness on this one day! This was enough to:
  • Spay and neuter 1,300 animals
  • Treat 260 dogs suffering from heartworm disease
  • Vaccinate and microchip 4,000 animals
  • Provide 100 days of medicine and medical care for every animal in our on-site hospital
Please consider making a donation to Operation Kindness here today from 6:00 a.m. to midnight to make your dollars go even further to help more homeless animals!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

North Texas Giving Day is Tomorrow!

Please join us tomorrow, September 18 for North Texas Giving Day!

Donate to Operation Kindness here between 6:00 a.m. and midnight and your gift will be multiplied to create more healthy, happy tomorrows for homeless animals in our community.

Operation Kindness is the original no-kill shelter where homeless, neglected and abused animals have a second chance thanks to life-saving medical care in our on-site hospital, shelter, food and lots of love. We receive no government funding and rely on generous donations and adoption fees to help us save more than 4,000 dogs and cats each year. Please donate here tomorrow. Your gift will make a difference.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Talk to the Paw: Summer Foot Care Tips for your Pooch

Blistering 90 to 100 degree temperatures not only put people at risk, but also our animal companions. Be extra mindful of your pets’ changing needs during these dog days of summer days, especially their paws. The potential for paw pad injuries and burns is commonly overlooked. Use these simple tips to keep your dog enjoying walks this summer!
Know the Common Culprits: Asphalt, metal boat docks, beach sand, leather seats, and car and truck surfaces can often be too hot for your dog's paws.
Easy Tip #1: Remember the 7-second rule! Place the back of your hand on the surface for 7 seconds. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog.
Easy Tip #2: Walk your dog in the shade or on grass. Consider walking in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler.
Easy Tip #3: Use a towel or blanket, preferably wet, for your dog to sit on while loading your car or enjoying the outdoors on hot days. 
Know the Signs: Darkened skin, refusal to walk, licking and chewing, reddened skin, blisters, and limping are all indications that your dog's paws are burned or injured See your veternarian for treatment as soon as possible. 

And Remember... Never put booties on your dog during hot weather months. Dogs cool themselves down by panting and my cooling down their paws. Booties keep the heat in!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pet Travel Tips

Gearing up for a Summer vacation? Make it more fun for everyone and bring your dog along! Here are a few pet travel tips to keep everyone safe and happy.

  • When planning your trip, check to see if there are pet-friendly hotels at your destination. Also, keep in mind that many state and national parks do not allow dogs in cabins, some campsites, or on trails. Do your research to make sure that your dog will be allowed where you are going!
  • Before your trip, make sure your pet is healthy and up for the journey. Make a trip to your vet to get a clean bill of health and get them updated on necessary vaccinations, heartworm preventative, and flea and tick preventative.
  • Take precautions that will help you should your pet get lost during your trip. Make sure they have a collar and ID tags with your most current contact information. Attach a temporary tag with the information of where you will be staying on your trip. You can also ensure a permanent form of identification by getting your pet microchipped.
  • When packing for your trip, make sure to bring a generous supply of your pet's regular food. Other essentials include: food and water bowls, litter and litter box, crate and bedding, leash and harness, grooming supplies, dog poop bags, toys, treats, pet first aid kit, and any necessary medications.
  • When traveling by car, it's safest to have your dog in a crate or secured with a seat belt harness in the back seat. This keeps your dog safe if you suddenly need to hit the brakes and it keeps your eyes focused on the road while driving.
  • Some dogs are sensitive to motion sickness while riding the car. To avoid an upset stomach, don't feed a large meal right before the car ride and don't feed snacks while the car is in motion.
  • Take frequent breaks on long road trips to give everyone a chance to stretch their legs, get a drink and use the bathroom (but always on-leash!).
  • Bring some kind of entertainment for your dog during the trip, a chew toy or other favorite toy to help alleviate boredom.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in the car, even for a quick stop. On an 85-degree day, even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside your car can reach over 100 degrees in only 10 minutes. A dog left alone in a car also poses a risk for your dog to be stolen.
  • Don't allow your dog to stick their heads out of the window. It may look fun, but they could be injured from flying debris.
  • If you are flying to your destination, your pet should ride with you in the cabin of the airplane. Check with your airline in advance of your trips for the regulations and fees associated with this. Animals flown in the cargo area of airplanes are killed, injured, or lost on commercial flights each year. It may be the safest option to leave your pet at home with a pet sitter or boarded.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Preparing Your Pets for an Emergency

Do you have a preparedness plan in case of an emergency, like a fire, flood, or tornado? Your family's plan for emergency safety should include plans for your pets as well. With tornado season about to start in Texas, take some time to make sure you are ready and prepared.

Step One: Make a Pet Emergency Supply Kit
  • Include 3 days worth of pet food in a waterproof, airtight container and at least 3 days worth of bottled water.
  • If your pet takes medication, keep an extra supply in a waterproof container.
  • Keep a copy of your pet's medical records, vaccination records, and adoption paperwork ready to go.
  • Include a first aid kit with bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, flea and tick preventative, heartworm preventative, gloves, rubbing alcohol, and saline solution.
  • Have an extra collar, leash and ID tags handy.
  • Keep your pet's crate or travel carrier in a convenient location that you could grab easily and go when time is of the essence.
  • Have extra bathroom supplies on hand and ready to go: litter, litter box, scoop, dog waste bags, newspaper or puppy pads, paper towels, etc.
Step Two: Plan for What to Do in an Emergency
  • Communicate with your family about what your plan is for various types of emergency, such as fire, flood, tornado, power outage, etc. Know where your nearest shelter is, and if they will allow pets, if you must evacuate there in case of emergency. If pets are not allowed, consider other friends or family that could shelter you or consider pet-friendly hotel lodging. Finding out where these places are located before an emergency can save precious time when it matters most.
  • Depending on your emergency, determine if you must evacuate or shelter in place. Watch TV, listen to the radio, or check the Internet for instructions from the local authorities, if necessary. If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Plan with neighbors, family, and friends on what your emergency plan is and if someone would be able to take care of your pets if you were unable to.
  • Consider microchipping your pet, which is a permanent form of identification, should your pet  become separated from you.  
  • Gather contact information on local emergency animal hospitals, should your pet need urgent care.
  • Obtain "Pets Inside" stickers for your home's front and back doors. In an emergency, rescue crews would know to check for your pets inside of the home.
Step Three: Stay Informed
  • Be aware of inclement weather conditions that could pose risks to your family and pets.
  • Keep batteries in your smoke detectors and test them regularly.
  • For more information about emergency preparedness, visit