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BIG DONORS for February!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

There are two very special people/companies to tell you about because they are generously donating proceeds to Bobbi and the Strays.

www.FransFinds.com carries a wonderful selection of antique and vintage items – inlcluding vintage and antique jewelry.  (Some that you will not find anywhere else!)

Fran’s Finds ALWAYS gives BATS supporters a 10% discount AND DONATES another 5% to Bobbi and the Strays.  But Through Valentine’s Day – Fran’s Find’s will DOUBLE the DONATION to BATS.

So shop Fran’s Finds on-line shop, mention that you are a supporter of BATS and get 10% off all regulary priced items – PLUS another 10% goes to help the Dogs and Cats of Bobbi and the Strays!

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Another great site to visit to help our Cats and Dogs is Tastefully Simple.  Lisa Grim, a sales consultant and supporter, is giving Bobbi and the Strays 25% from all purchases through at least the end of February!  Twenty Five Percent – Lisa’s entire profit!

The directions to purchase items from Tastefully Simple while helping us can be found HERE. 

Tastefully Simple has many wonderful – and edible – items ranging from dips to bread mixes, soups, sauces, salsa, frozen drink mixes – and more!

So please treat yourself by supporting these fine business as they support us and our animals!

Bad Gifts Can Help BATS

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Did you get a new cell-phone – what are you going to do with the old one?

Maybe you received a Holiday gift that you don’t need (or don’t really want)… : – )

 

And don’t throw out your used ink cartridges either…

 

Did you know that your cast-offs can equal support for our dogs and cats? 

 

CELL PHONES – Don’t throw away your old cell phone – even if it is not working!  Donate it to Bobbi and the Strays – your old phone equals cash for our dogs & cats. You can drop off phones at our Adoption Center – or even mail them to us.  Click here for more info.  

 

DONATING through EBAYNeed to get rid of some gifts you don’t really need – why not make some money for yourself and give to a great cause at the same time? 

 

If you sell on eBay and help support our cause through ‘eBay’s GivingWorks’ you can receive some great benefits such as fee credits, added search & visibility of your items to the public, and a tax-deductible receipt for your donation!  Click here for more info.

 

DONATING GOODSWe will also directly accept almost any type of saleable item in NEW or VERY GOOD condition to sell, auction, or raffle for fundraising purposes.  You can also receive a tax-deductible receipt for eligible items that you donate.  Please follow this link to see what we are most in need of and for further information.

 

DONATE used ink CARTRIDGES – Don’t throw your used ink cartridges in the trash.  Did you get a new printer and have no use for your old ink cartidges?  Donate them to us instead.  We recycle them which helps the planet and we get money for recycling too – which helps our dogs and cats!  You can drop off cartridges at our Adoption Center – or even mail them to us. Please click here for further information..

Holiday Help for Cats & Dogs

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Happy Holidays!  We want to THANK YOU – so much – for your support this past year – we could not have continued our work without your help.

There are also some great ways that you can enjoy the season and help support Bobbi and the Strays at the same time.

Photos with Santa - Saturday, December 10th & Sunday, December 11th

Your pet gets to meet and greet Santa and maybe even whisper in Santa’s ear what he or she wants for Christmas. (Remember, Santa speaks all languages.) Atlantic Nursery is kind enough to host this event to benefit Bobbi and the Strays. 

Shop on-line using www.GoodShop.com      Shop at your favorite retailers on-line through GoodShop and those retailers will donate up to 30% of your purchase price to Bobbi and the Strays! Best yet – THE DONATION WILL NOT COST YOU A THING! Over 1,000 retailers participate including Macy’s, Best Buy, Amazon, Toys R Us, Gap, and so many more! Just go to www.GoodShop.com and select “Bobbi and the Strays” under ‘who do you good search for” before you shop, select your retailer – and SHOP! It is that easy – AND FREE – just make sure that you always start at GoodShop.com.

Buy your gifts on eBay   Just visit the Bobbi and the Strays eBay Giving Works page where for any designated purchase you make a percentage of your purchase price gets donated to our dogs and cats!

Give a BATS Gift Donation     to family, friends, co-workers – anyone who loves dogs and/or cats! By giving this meaningful gift to a loved one you will be helping an animal in need at the same time. We will mail an event appropriate card acknowledging your gift to the recipient of your choice. Perfect even for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Mother’s Day, CHRISTMAS – and more! 

Shop at www.FransFinds.com Mention Bobbi and the Strays and receive 10% off any regularly priced items (excluding shipping and insurance) and best yet – another 5% will get donated to Bobbi and the Strays. Collectibles, antiques, fine and costume jewelry – there is something for everyone – including the 5% TO OUR DOGS AND CATS. Check it out!

And don’t forget to keep checking our website for upcoming events!   www.BobbiAndTheStrays.org

We at Bobbi and the Strays want to Thank You for your continued support and wish you and your furry family a Wonderful, Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holiday Season!

BATS’ Flickr Account

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

 

See BATS PICTURES!!!

Did you know that Bobbi and the Strays has a Flickr account?  Well we do – so please visit and take a look.  You don’t even have to have a Flickr account to look at our photosHere is the direct link.  (Flickr is a photo sharing website.) 

AND you can also post your own photos or videos of your adopted furry family to our Group Pool as well – maybe even some pics of some of our events you might have attended.  You can even start some great conversations in our group too.  For this – you have to be/become a member of Flickr, though.  The great news is that it is FREE – and Easy!

If you would like to post to Bobbi and the Strays Group Pool on Flickr – here is what you need to do. 

1)  Go to Flickr – www.flickr.com

2)  Log On or Create an Account

3)   Load your photos or video to your own account

4)  Go to the Search Box and type in bobbiandthestrays – all one word – that is just how Flickr does it – then hit the arrow next to search and pull down the menu to “groups” – this way you search for our group

5)  Bobbi and the Strays will come up – click into our group

6)  You will see “Group Pool” in pink – near the top – click that

7)  Then click “Add photo or Video” and just choose what photos or videos you would like to add to our Group Pool.  (Please note that any photos/video you want to add to our group must first be posted under your own account)

Remember to check our page on Flickr often as we regularly upload photos from our events, pictures of our volunteers helping our animals, and of course, the wonderful dogs and cats that we have for adoption.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember our page -

www.flickr.com/photos/bobbiandthestrays

You can even bookmark it. : )

Summertime in Fur

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Advice submitted by Debbie Knowles. 

     Last night, as we were coming home, I saw something that worried me. A large-ish, furry Shepherd mix, probably about 50+ lbs was tied to a parking meter on Metropolitan Ave where we live.

     Now, it was about 5:30, but the sun was still shining strongly, and while there was a little shade, it was sparse. The dog, panting, looked hot and tired. The sidewalk looked hot enough that it shone in the late afternoon sun.

     I went and looked in the Deli, in front of where the dog was tied. There were a few people in there. My husband promised that when he came down to the car for the second bunch of groceries, he’d go into the store if the dog was still tied there. Mercifully the dog, and its person, were gone. But I felt for the dog, because dogs don’t wear shoes, and his heavy coat of fur must have been heavy for him in the summer heat.

     In the summer, the inside of a car acts as a greenhouse, and can go from air conditioned cool to almost a hundred in a matter of about 3 minutes. The windows act as heat conductors. Any animals, plants, children left in this make shift oven will suffer from overheating quickly, and could die in a matter of minutes. Nothing alive should be left alone in a car, not even for a minute, unless there is a person sitting there with them with the air conditioner on. You cannot even leave an animal in a car with the windows open in hot Summer heat – animals simply don’t have the ability to sweat as humans do, and a car, even with windows cracked still gets hot as blazes within minutes and the heat can be severe enough to kill them.

     Certain breeds of dogs (and cats) also should have limited time outside in the heat of day as well. Those with short muzzles, longer coats, or lot of – or not much – fur are all at risk in the kind of weather where ‘only ‘mad’ dogs and Englishmen walk about in the noonday sun’. Dogs and cats with little fur can suffer sunburn, and dogs and cats can suffer burns on the pads of their paws regardless of their fur.

Some additional cautions should be taken with animals in the heat of summer such as these pointers.

1) Don’t take your dog for a walk in the heat of the summer days. Follow the ‘Southern Creed’- walk before 8am or after 6pm. If the dog needs to go out in between these times, make the walks brief, take an umbrella to shade yourself and the dog, and walk in the shade, preferably on grassy areas.

     Bring water with you, for yourself and the dog. Many pet stores sell ‘doggie boots’ which will protect dog’s pads from burning pavement. Realize dogs with exposed skin like Chinese Crested and dogs groomed to the skin can suffer sunburn (as can cats such as Rex’s or Sphinx). Make sure that they are protected from direct sun.

2) Never, ever leave your pet, plant, or child in a car. Not under any circumstances, not even for a moment. It is dangerous.

3) Don’t let your dog ride with his head out the car window when driving. The dog can fall, jump, or be injured by anything that could become airborne when tires go over it like small rocks. Also, if another car came to close, it could harm the dog.

4) Walking dogs off a leash is dangerous. Why? When I was 17, I was walking our family dog, who was a very docile, obedient animal and ‘trained’ at my side near Forest Park. I turned to pick up after her, and when I turned back, she was gone. It took all of 3 minutes. Very luckily for me, she was found by a kind lady walking her dog a mile away at the other end of the park, and she called the vet listed on our dogs tag and we got her back.

     She had never done this before, and didn’t again, for she was always leashed after that. Shanna was terrified of fireworks, and she might have heard one in the distance, or a car backfire. But it taught me a lesson – no dog is trained enough to be off leash unless they are in a dog run or fenced yard.

5) I would also advise that on hot days with heat advisory alerts, if you have an air conditioner, keep it on for your pet when you’re away. Our apartment is small, and when the air is off gets very hot, even with a fan. My elderly cat doesn’t like the air on high, but she definitely doesn’t like it too hot. And our Ruffy has asthma, and needs the air on.

     Any animal who has any problems with asthma, or breathing (dogs or cats with pushed in or short snouts, especially) should have air conditioning, or at the very least, be in a dark, shady place with plenty of water available. I think it is better to pay the extra electric than face a medical crisis with your pet.

6) Please don’t leave your dog tied up outside, even if in the shade. This is an invitation to anyone who would steal. You wouldn’t leave your wallet with you ID and credit cards outside the store, would you? Well, how much more important is a member of your family who can’t speak up for themselves.

     I’ve heard that people think their dog won’t go off with anyone else, or that they live in a ‘nice’ neighborhood where ‘that doesn’t happen’. Well, it does happen, all too often, and better to be safe and do your dog walking in one trip, your errands in another than to lose your dog and maybe never see them again.

Summer time can be a great time for everyone, pets included. If we use common sense, our furry family can enjoy it with us and be safe and sound!

Spay & Neuter Facts

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Every year millions of pets are euthanized in US shelters simply because there are not enough homes. Over 17,000 were euthanized in New York City last year. Even with more people choosing to adopt rather than buy, there is simply not enough homes for all the animals. While ten thousand humans are born in the world every day, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. The only way to keep the pet population under control is for owners to spay and neuter their pets.

1.    Spaying and neutering saves lives!                        Spaying/neutering one dog saves 67,000 lives in six years if two survive each litter.  Spaying/neutering one cat saves 420,000 lives in seven years if two survive from each litter.

2.    Spaying your female cat or dog will help prevent pyometra and breast cancer.            Spaying is also less expensive and easier to treat medically.

 3.    Neutering your male cat or dog prevents testicular cancer.

 4.    A spayed female will not go into heat.             No yowling or frequent urination of your un- spayed cat and no bloody discharge from your un-spayed dog.  

5.    A neutered dog is less likely to roam.            An un-neutered male will go to extremes in searching for a mate (jumping the fence/digging way out of yard). He can then get lost, hit by a car, or into a fight – and is also more likely to pick-up external/internal parasites too.  

6.    Neutered males are better behaved.            They are less likely to: be aggressive, mark their territory with strong smelling urine and mount people or other animals. Spayed and neutered pets are more affectionate and more focused on their owner too. 

7.    Spaying or neutering your pet will not make them fat!                  Medically it has been proven otherwise.  Pets become obese from lack of exercise and overfeeding as well as age which tends to slow them down a bit.   

8.    Spaying and neutering your pets help create a safer neighborhood.                  Stray animals cause problems in the community – praying on wildlife, fighting, causing traffic accidents, etc.  

9.    There are no benefits of letting your female have “just one litter.”                  Many pet owners think their dog or cat is special and unique and that is why they should breed. But shelters are already full of special and unique dogs and cats.  Finding homes for the litter is not enough – an equal number of animals will then die in shelters. And what happens when the new owner doesn’t spay or neuter the puppy – what if they can no longer keep the puppy?   Every time an animal dies in a shelter, someone somewhere is responsible. Please do not be that person. 

10. Just because your dog is a purebred doesn’t mean it should be bred.                  25% of dogs in shelters are purebred not even including those in breed-specific rescue groups. 

Please help save lives by spaying and neutering your pets!

Don’t Litter – Spay or Neuter!!!

Please click here for FREE or Low Cost Spay & Neuter resources

Beware of Winter Dangers

Friday, December 31st, 2010

 

Happy New Year!!!  

We at Bobbi and the Strays are wishing you and your furry family all the best for this New Year. 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Please review these important Winter Pet Care Tips so that your pets can be safe during this cold season.  Please also pass along this information to other pet owners that you may know – so that we can help them keep their pets safe too!  

 

Chase Animals Out of your Car’s EngineWarm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away each time before starting your engine. 

 

Rock Salt - Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe their feet with a damp towel when they come in from outside before the salt irritates their feet and before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

 

Antifreeze DangersAntifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that can attract animals and even children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt animals.

 

Limit Excercise in the ColdDon’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. Dogs and cats are safer indoors anyway. Only take dogs out for exercise and special care should be taken with shorthaired, very young, or older dogs – these dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater during walks. Pet booties may also help keep your pet warmer – as well as guard against rock salt and other winter chemicals.

 

Food & Water All cats and dogs should not be left outside without supervision. Pets who spend a lot of time exercising outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. If you keep a water dish outside for your pet, routinely check to make certain the water is not frozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal. 

BATS is on Facebook!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Bobbi and the Strays is getting more and more technical and spreading the word through other outlets on-line – besides, of course – our own website – www.BobbiAndTheStrays.org.

We even have our very own Fan Page on Facebook with over 1,200 FANS!  Thank you to our current Fans!  Everyone else – please join us!!!

Join Bobbi and the Strays Fan Page!

We post pictures of the dogs and cats we have available for adoption, photos from our past events, some great volunteer shots and of course pics of our adoptees happy in their new homes.

You can also find out about the latest goings-on too – like our upcoming events, newest rescue animals, contests that you can help us win, and other great info.

Connecting with our other fans can be fun too.  Please feel free to post your own photos, comments, and of course, any ideas on how everyone can help stray dogs and cats.   

Bobbi and the Strays is on Facebook!

Be sure to suggest our page to your friends too!

Summer Pet Care Tips

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

We wish you and your furry family all the best – hoping that you enjoy Summer 2010!!!  Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe and healthy this summer season.

Avoid Taking Your Pet on Errands - During warm weather, the inside of a car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even if parked in the shade. Pets left in hot cars, even briefly, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even die.

Keep Your Pets Hydrated - Provide plenty of water and shade for your pets while outdoors so they can stay cool.  Ample fresh water should be available indoors as well.

 

Limit Exercise in the Heat - On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.

 

Avoid Lawns and Flower Beds Plant food, fertilizer, and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them.  In addition, more than 700 plants can be toxic to your pets.

  

Limit Sun Exposure - Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer.

 

Fleas, Ticks, & Heartworm Disease – Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes – check with your vet if your pet needs heartworm prevention. Fleas and ticks can also be a problem – use only flea & tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian.

 

Heat Stroke

In summer heat your pet can suffer from heat exhaustion & heat stroke. These conditions can be very serious. You should be aware of the signs of heat stress, including: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.  If this happens – cool them down by pouring cool water over their fur and then get them to the veterianrian. 

Spay & Neuter Facts

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

 

Every year millions of pets are euthanized in US shelters simply because there are not enough homes. Over 17,000 were euthanized in our own city last year. Even with more people choosing to adopt rather than buy, there is simply not enough homes for all the animals. While ten thousand humans are born everyday, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. The only way to keep the pet population under control is for owners to spay and neuter their pets.

 

1.    Spaying and neutering saves lives!

Spaying/neutering one dog saves 67,000 lives in six years if two survive each litter.  Spaying/neutering one cat saves 420,000 lives in seven years if two survive from each litter.

 

2.    Spaying your female cat or dog will help prevent pyometra and breast cancer. 

Spaying is also less expensive and easier to treat medically.

 

3.    Neutering your male cat or dog prevents testicular cancer.

 

4.    A spayed female will not go into heat.

No yowling or frequent urination of your un- spayed cat and no bloody discharge from your un-spayed dog.  

 

5.    A neutered dog is less likely to roam.

An un-neutered male will go to extremes in searching for a mate (jumping the fence/digging way out of yard). He can then get lost, hit by a car, or into a fight – and is also more likely to pick-up external/internal parasites too.  

 

6.    Neutered males are better behaved.

They are less likely to: be aggressive, mark their territory with strong smelling urine and mount people or other animals. Spayed and neutered pets are more affectionate and more focused on their owner too.  

 

7.    Spaying or neutering your pet will not make them fat! 

Medically it has been proven otherwise.  Pets become obese from lack of exercise and overfeeding as well as age which tends to slow them down a bit.  

 

8.    Spaying and neutering your pets help create a safer neighborhood. 

Stray animals cause problems in the community – praying on wildlife, fighting, causing traffic accidents, etc.   

 

9.    There are no benefits of letting your female have “just one litter.” 

Many pet owners think their dog or cat is special and unique and that is why they should breed. But shelters are already full of special and unique dogs and cats.  Finding homes for the litter is not enough – an equal number of animals will then die in shelters. And what happens when the new owner doesn’t spay or neuter the puppy – what if they can no longer keep the puppy?   Every time an animal dies in a shelter, someone somewhere is responsible. Please do not be that person.

  

10. Just because your dog is a purebred doesn’t mean it should be bred. 

25% of dogs in shelters are purebred not even including those in breed-specific rescue groups.

 

Please help save lives by spaying and neutering your pets!

Don’t Litter – Spay or Neuter!!!

 

Please click here for FREE or Low Cost Spay & Neuter resources.