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SPRING IS HERE - that means KITTEN SEASON and BABY BIRD SEASON
for those of us in the rescue world.

 

 

Help reduce the pet and feral/stray cat overpopulation crisis in Arizona, shelter/rescue overcrowding, unnecessary euthanization of adoptable animals, and the death and suffering of those born and living on the streets.   PLEASE  spay/neuter your pets and any ferals and strays you might be feeding or living in your neighborhood.  There are many programs and assistance available.  See our RESOURCES and FERAL CAT pages for more information on what to do, why do it, how to do it, how to get help and what to do if you find kittens.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND KITTENS?  They may not be orphaned, but mom is just out hunting, eating, etc.  Resist the temptation to rescue unless they are in obvious imminent danger.  See our FERAL CAT page for detailed information on what to do.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND a baby bird?  Again, resist temptation to "rescue" unless in imminent danger, do not attempt to feed or give water.  See more information on our Wild Birds page and find qualified help on our RESOURCE page. 

 

 IT'S ALSO EASTER TIME!  
Fun for us, but not always fun for animals and dangers lurking in plants we decorate our homes with.

We are opposed to eating and feeding our animals lamb.  Why do we have to kill baby animals?  Please don't make lamb a part of your Easter dinner.

Please no baby chicks, ducks or bunnies as gifts for children or adults!  Stay with stuffed or chocolate animals.  Too many of these "gifts" wind up tossed aside when they are no longer cute babies.

EASTER LILIES are extremely dangerous and can be deadly to cats.  Please don't put in the home or anywhere your cat can get to them.  Just don't get them at all!  “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.”

There are several other types of lilies that are toxic to cats as well. They are of the Lilium and Hemerocallis species and commonly referred to as Tiger lilies, Day lilies and Asiatic lilies. Popular in many gardens and yards, they can also result in severe acute kidney failure. These lilies are commonly found in florist bouquets, so it is imperative to check for poisonous flowers before bringing bouquets into the household. Other types of lilies – such as the Peace, Peruvian and Calla lilies – are usually not a problem for cats and may cause only minor drooling.

Thankfully, lily poisoning does not occur in dogs or people. However, if a large amount is ingested, it can result in mild gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Other Dangers to Pets at Easter Time

Pet Poison Helpline also receives calls concerning pets that have ingested Easter grass and chocolate.

Usually green or yellow in color, Easter grass is the fake grass that often accompanies Easter baskets. When your cat or dog ingests something “stringy” like Easter grass, it can become anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach, rendering it unable to pass through the intestines. It can result in a linear foreign body and cause severe damage to the intestinal tract, often requiring expensive abdominal surgery.

Lastly, during the week of Easter, calls to Pet Poison Helpline concerning dogs that have been poisoned by chocolate increase by nearly 200 percent. While the occasional chocolate chip in one cookie may not be an issue, certain types of chocolate are very toxic to dogs. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the greater the danger. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem. The chemical toxicity is due to methylxanthines (a relative of caffeine) and results in vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, an abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and possibly death. Other sources include chewable chocolate flavored multi-vitamins, baked goods, or chocolate-covered espresso beans. If you suspect that your dog ate chocolate, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately.

Spring is in the air and Easter is a wonderful holiday. Remember that your pets will be curious about new items you bring into your household like Easter lilies, Easter grass and chocolate. Keep them a safe distance away from your pets’ reach and enjoy the holiday and the season.