According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, feline panleukopenia was a leading cause of death among cats before the discovery of an effective vaccine. You may also hear the terms feline parvo or feline distemper used to describe the same disease. However, it’s important to understand that both canine parvo and canine distemper come from a different virus than the feline versions. The diseases have similar names, but they affect each species differently.
It takes so little to change a pet’s life and now there’s a whole day dedicated to it. Several years ago, some of the top animal welfare organizations came together to create Change a Pet’s Life Day. It takes place on Wednesday, January 24, and the purpose is to raise awareness of companion animal adoption and their well-being in general. You can do several things to help animals on this day or any other day.
Hundreds of animal shelters across the country participate in this event by reducing or even waiving fees on Change a Pet’s Life Day. Some take it a step further by offering other incentives to adopt, such as a free spay or neuter surgery or providing all shots the pet needs.
Not everyone can adopt for a variety of reasons. However, you can still help homeless pets by offering temporary shelter if possible. Local no-kill shelters are always looking for new pet foster parents. You would take the pet into your home and care for her until the volunteer organization finds a suitable permanent home. One of your volunteer duties might include helping to review applications from people wanting to adopt the pet.
This awareness campaign takes a lot of dedicated people to ensure the greatest results for pets. You can still help if you’re unable to adopt or foster a pet who needs a home. For example, you can offer to help promote Change a Pet’s Life Day by printing and distributing flyers, creating a graphic design, or paying to run an ad in the local newspaper in Grantsburg or Wild River. Another possibility is helping to process paperwork at the adoption events taking place in the community that day.
The new year is the ideal time to start a new routine with a pet you already have, such as enrolling your dog in obedience classes or making sure your cat gets to the vet for regular check-ups. Grantsburg Animal Hospital and Wild River Veterinary Clinic look forward to seeing your pet in 2018, whether he’s been with you for years or you decided to adopt or foster on January 24.