Rabies Awareness: Rabies in wildlife continues to pose risk to pets, people
Amador County Public Health and Animal Control Departments remind residents that rabies in wildlife continues to pose a risk to pets and people. Multiple wildlife have tested positive for rabies in 2016. In February 2016, a dog tested positive for rabies after contact with a skunk. The dog did not have current vaccination to provide protection from the rabies virus. Due to contact with this animal, multiple people are being treated with post-exposure prophylaxis as a preventative measure. These individuals have NOT tested positive for rabies.
“Rabies vaccinations and awareness are the best defense,” states Kelly Reason, Amador County Animal Control Director. “Owners need to remember the importance of having their pets vaccinated and to follow-up with required boosters as recommended by their veterinarian to keep their pets and families safe.” Indoor animals should also receive this vaccine as bats can be discovered by pets in the home.
In addition to vaccination, there are several things Amador residents can do to protect themselves and their pets:
• Avoid contact with wildlife and animals you do not know. If you or your pets have contact with wildlife, contact Animal Control.
• If you are bitten:
o Wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water.
o Seek medical attention.
o Contact Amador County Animal Control, so the wildlife can be tested.
• Contact Animal Control and your veterinarian if your pet was exposed to a skunk, bat, raccoon or other wildlife.
• If a bat is inside your home, do NOT let it out. Contact Animal Control for testing.
Rabies is a deadly disease that kills both animals and humans. The rabies virus is almost always fatal. The only treatment is prevention. In California, bats, skunks, raccoons and foxes are the most frequent carriers of rabies. For more information on rabies and pet vaccination, contact your veterinarian or Amador County Animal Control at (209) 223-6378.
Do we feel special? You bet we do! A box of beautifully crocheted nests arrived from Chelsie of Ceres, CA who is part of Wildlife Rescue Nests, a worldwide network making nests for critters in rehabilitation. They took us under their wing last year, THANK YOU CHELSIE!
See how you can make them too at http://www.pawspartners.org/knit-us-your-birds-nests.html
Twin Cedar K9 Second Chance boy Onyx is looking for his forever home!
Onyx is about 10 months old and what a big goofball he is! Per his Wisdom Panel DNA report, Onyx is a American Staffordshire Terrier/Lab/Golden Retriever cross.
Hmmmm... we do not see the Golden Retriever in this big boy. Onyx currently weighs in at about 82 pounds and we do not think he is done growing just yet.
He is a very happy boy who has never met a stranger. He just loves everyone and is a very playful dog. He has been kenneled with both male and female dogs and gets along with all of them. Onyx does not know how big and strong he is and he does play on the rough side.
Onyx has been introduced to all of his basic on lead obedience and is doing quite well. He knows how to heel on a loose lead, auto sit, down, stay and come.
Onyx is neutered, current on all vaccines and on heartworm prevention. If you would like to come out to Twin Cedar Ranch to meet this wonderful boy, please give Marge` a call at 209-223-3194 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Flower Puss! She is a big, fluffy, sweet, purr bug! She loves love and being petted! She knows her name and comes when called. We prefer she have an indoor home as she has lived the rough life outdoors for far too many of her 5 years. She has her shots, flea treatment, wormed, and she's spayed!! Stop by The Feed Barn (11261 Prospect Dr. Jackson, Ca) today and meet and adopt this gorgeous girl!
Christy and Madison are animal lovers, so when they saw the baby Barn Owls on the ground, they knew they needed to help them. Madison has volunteered at the Tri County Wildlife Care baby bird nursery, so they knew just who to call.
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PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).