Today’s Featured Rescue: Wilbur

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Wilbur is a new guy here at the shelter. He was a stray and bless his heart, pretty thin when HSCC rescued him.

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He’s sweet natured – and though he was not familiar with walking on a leash, he’s learning quickly!

He’d be ever so happy if you came for a visit! He is wanting a home to call his own.

Besides standard shots, dogs are de-wormed, vaccinated for bordetella, heartworm tested, and microchipped!

Apply to adopt Wilbur.

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Senior Sunday: Snappy

Meet Snappy! She’s our Senior Sunday featured rescue!

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Black Labrador Retriever & Pit Bull Terrier Mix • Adult • Female • Medium

Snappy is a sweet, loving dog. If you have a heart for pit mixes and would like a nice one, make it Snappy! 🙂 She has a calm temperament, likes people and wants to please. She enjoys brushing, tummy rubs, treats — any positive attention. We hope there is that special someone who will open heart and home to Snappy, She so deserves to be a valued family member.
Snappy has been around a variety of people, including a grade school child. Besides standard shots, she is heartworm negative, vaccinated for bordatella and microchipped. Her estimated birthdate was in the last half of ’08.

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Snappy wants to be the only pet, and might prefer to be in the country since that’s what she’s used to. She will need a fenced area for exercise and safety.

The Positives of Adopting an Older Dog:

  • Adult and older dogs almost always have excellent bladder and bowel control (senior dogs can be an exception) so they need less potty breaks, can stay in their crates longer, and are less likely to have ‘accidents’ indoors.
  • Even adolescent and young adult dogs are close to the height/weight they’re going to be when mature, so there’s very little guess-work involved as to their eventual size. It’s pretty much ‘what you see is what you get’. With puppies, especially mixed-breeds, this is NOT the case!
  • Most mature dogs have lower energy levels than they do as puppies, so exercise requirements are lower and they’re not as likely to be bouncing off the walls. But terrier and herding breeds are high-energy even when mature, and some breeds (such as the Boxer) can be eternal puppies.
  • Many dogs waiting for adoption are housebroken and have some basic training. Of course this depends on their previous home (and some are lifelong strays or haven’t even been taught the basics). In a new home these lessons will need to be reinforced within a predictable daily routine to prevent a relapse in training.
  • Older dogs seem to have a sixth-sense and theyknow when they’ve been given a second chance at happiness – and appreciate every minute. They also often bond very closely with their new owner and the relationship is priceless.
  • Puppies are adorable, but they’re also destructive and exhausting! An older dog is unlikely to chew up your shoes or drapes, hang on your pant legs or run rings around the sofa in the evening (but I won’t say it’s never happens).

Apply to adopt Snappy.

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Today’s Featured Rescue: Frisky

Check out our shelter newbie, Frisky!

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Shepherd Mix • Young • Male • Medium

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Frisky is brand new here at the shelter. He’s aptly named as you can see by his pose. He gets along with other dogs and loves people, loves to play. Come by and visit Frisky !
Besides standard shots, dogs are de-wormed, vaccinated for bordatella, heartworm tested, and microchipped!

Apply to adopt Frisky.

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Today’s Featured Rescue: Pippa

Say hello to Pippa!

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Pit Bull Terrier & Terrier Mix • Adult • Female • Medium

Perky Pippa is pretty and feisty, and will be overjoyed to have a good home with a fenced area for exercise. She has love to give–and getting is nice, too. She has golden-brown eyes and is marked with white on her face, neck, chest and all her toes. It’s cute the way she cocks her left ear. Naturally slender, she was probably born in 2010.

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As you may know, the pit was once America’s favorite breed. They can be as loving and loyal as any other dog!

Besides standard shots, dogs are de-wormed, vaccinated for bordatella, heartworm tested, and microchipped!

Apply to adopt Pippa.

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Today’s Featured Rescue: Cody

Meet Cody!

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Tabby – Grey • Adult • Male • Large

Cody is a lover. He is very laid back and doesn’t demand immediate attention but spend some time in the cat room and next thing you know he will be at your feet asking for some loving. He is a very special guy. His owner died and asked that we care for him. We all loved his owner and want to do the best for Cody.

Apply to adopt Cody.

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Muskogee Phoenix Warns of Bobcat Fever

The Muskogee Phoenix has issued a warning article to residents in the area:

Dr. Larry Hamilton of Honor Heights Veterinary Clinic, 4011 W. Okmulgee Ave., said he normally had seen one or two cases a year. “This past month, I diagnosed 12,” he said.

The disease is a parasite, feline cytauxzoonosis, carried by ticks that have fed on wild bobcats, which are known reservoirs for the disease.

The parasite does not affect humans, dogs, or other animals other than cats, veterinarians say.

Cats with the parasite develop a high fever and become lethargic or anorectic, Hamilton said.

“They do not want to eat,” he said. “Very few survive the disease.”

Hamilton said it takes an hour or two for the tick to infect a cat.

via Muskogee Phoenix

Prevention is key to keeping cats safe. Use Flea/Tick medications for ALL your pets.

“If your cat likes to stay in the yard, try to keep your grass mowed down so it’s not tall,” she said. “The ticks tend to like the taller grasses. Keep the shrubbery trimmed short and remove debris around your house. Do daily tick checks on the cats and remember to look between their toes. If your cat lives with a dog, make sure you are using some type of tick control on the dog as it can bring ticks into your house, which can then feed on your cat.”

via Science Daily

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According to the Companion Animal Council, the disease is most often observed “between March and September, when the tick vectors are active.”

Where is Cytauxzoon felis found?
The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, is considered to be the main vector ofcytauxzoon felis. The disease has been found in the states of:

  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Missouri
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Georgia
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Tennessee

Symptoms of Cytauxzoon felis
While bobcats, the natural hosts, are typically asymptomatic, domestic cats are not so lucky. After being bitten by a tick carrying this protozoan parasite, domestic cats typically show signs within 5-14 days.

Infected cats often present with:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Dehydration

Unfortunately, the disease progresses quickly and affected cats can die within 2-3 days without treatment.

via Pet Health Network