2019 Pet Trends: A Smarter Year for Dogs

Clear the Shelters

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Help WETM-TV 'Clear the Shelters!' We hope you come out on Saturday, August 17 and adopt a furry friend! 

Adoption fees are waived at participating shelters, on August 17 only, pending application approval. Other fees may still apply.

Here’s a list of participating adoption shelters in the Twin Tiers:

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The Animal Care Sanctuary is a no-kill sanctuary with locations in East Smithfield and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to provide a safe and caring refuge for companion animals, inspire change through education, provide adoption services, and support spay/neuter initiatives.

Questions about adoption? Contact the shelter:

Emily Shaffer, Adoption Coordinator
P: (570) 596-2200 x101
E: eshaffer@animalcaresanctuary.org

To be sure the process is smooth, please bring all veterinary records the day of Clear the Shelters, as most veterinarian offices are not open on weekends. Without veterinary records of current furry family members, we cannot complete a same-day adoption. Get ahead of the game and fill out an application a few days prior to arriving and we will work to get you preapproved. 

Help us Clear the Shelter! Adoption applications can be found here and submitted for pre-approval beginning July 18th. If you already have pets in your home, please include proof of current rabies vaccination for each pet. If you rent, we will need confirmation from the landlord that the pet is allowed in the home.

Applications can be brought to the shelter or emailed to admin@chemungspca.org. All adoptions are pending an approved application.

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Please help us to clear our shelter on August 17!  Adoption fees will be waived for all of our cats and dogs who are 5 months of age and up.  A special reduced adoption rate will be applied to kittens and puppies (under 5 months) for the Clear the Shelters event.  All adoptions are pending an approved application. Our adoption process is not difficult; it is aimed at ensuring that you and your cat or dog are good matches will have a long and happy future together. 

We strongly encourage you to come in ahead of the event to submit your application early and especially to spend time getting to know available animals.  We will start accepting applications specific to this event on August 7th.  If you rent, we will need confirmation from the landlord that the pet is allowed in the home.  If you already have pets in your home,  a meet and greet may be needed.  Also, providing confirmation of basic veterinary care provided your animals is helpful to the process.     

Adoption Application

Questions about adoption? Contact our shelter: 607-776-3039  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat  - Closed on Thurs & Sun

Applications can be brought in to the shelter. All adoptions are pending application approval. 

A portion of our adoptable animals can be viewed by clicking here

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Pawz & Purrz Animal Rescue can be found online and on Facebook.  As a fostering program, we don't have a physical location, but for Clear the Shelters this year, we will be appearing at the Tractor Supply in Painted Post.  We have both dogs and cats available for adoption, however adoption fees will be waived for cats and kittens only.

Questions about adoption? Contact:

Vicki Eichenlaub
P: (607) 329-5839

Please fill out your application online first by August 15 to be pre-approved by Clear the Shelters day and make sure that your veterinarian is aware that we will be calling to verify existing pet vaccinations are up to date. 

Cats at Stray Haven may be adopted same day with approved applications. Please bring your proof to show you may have pets if you rent. You can meet and pet all of our Cats in the Community and Kitten Rooms. Your adopted cat will already be spayed or neutered, FeLV/FIV tested negative and up-to-date on essential vaccinations (Rabies, distemper combo).

We look forward to introducing you to our shelter dogs in the Multi-Purpose Room. This environment helps the dogs focus on meeting their prospective new family and enjoy the meet and greet.  Completed Dog Adoption Applications can be reviewed within 1 day. If you rent, please bring your rental agreement allowing pets to speed your application. If you have a dog, we will need to schedule a meet & greet for the dogs, please call ahead to arrange your time (your dog's proof of vaccination required). Your adopted dog will be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on essential vaccinations (Rabies, distemper combo, bordatella) and microchipped. You will also receive a personalized engraved pet tag.

Adoption fees will be waived, all animals may be adopted for spay/neuter fee only.  We are also offering "Name Your Adoption Donation" on our long term residents.

Adoption Form

Questions about adoption? Contact the shelter:

P: (607) 565-2859
E: adopt@strayhavenspca.com

Phone: 607-257-1822 ext. 221
Email: adoptions@spcaonline.com

The Tompkins County SPCA will only be waiving the adoption fees for kittens and adult cats. The Tompkins Co. SPCA will also be offering rabbits and guinea pigs during the Clear the Shelters Adoption Event. 

Click here to print an adoption application.

Driving Directions:

  • Route 13 North
  • Drive 2.8 miles Past Triphammer Rd. Exit
  • Turn right on Hanshaw Rd.
  • Proceed to Stop Sign; Turn right
  • Drive .75 mile; SPCA on right

In 2018, consumers spent roughly $72.56 billion on their pets, according to the American Pet Products Association, and 2019 has shaped up to be no different. This year has seen a growth in technology, alternative therapies and food options for your furry friend.

Technology for Pet Owners

Smart home pet devices

Now, you don’t have to be worried about your dog misbehaving while you’re away from home. In fact, you can even reward them from afar. Devices like the Furbo Dog Camera allow you to see, talk and give treats to your dog remotely. Or, you can choose to invest in the Wuf Smart Dog Collar, which retails for $200, to GPS track your dog. The device also lets pet owners set virtual fences, and listen and talk to their animal, all while collecting data on their health.

Some owners opt for the PetSafe Electronic Smartdoor, which “gives your pet a key to the house so he can come and go as he pleases.” The door detects when your pet is near, thanks to the electronic collar, in order to unlock and lock the door. It also keeps stray animals from entering your home. With this device, you don’t have to rush home early from work or wake up in the middle of the night to make sure your pet relieves itself in the appropriate place.

According to a recent study by Michelson Found Animals, 56% of pet parents say their home is equipped with special technology for their pet. When it comes to smart pet devices, the options are practically unlimited, so you can choose your devices based upon your dog’s needs and behaviors.

Pet health and fitness trackers

Does your dog need to be more active or get more sleep? Now, you can track your dog’s physical activity and rest levels 24/7 with devices like FitBark, which clips to your dog’s collar and sends data to an app. With FitBark, you can monitor the number of calories burned, distance traveled and overall health of your pet. It also allows you to compare your pet’s activity to other dogs of the same breed, and share the report with your vet.

Similar devices like Link AKC and PetPace also notify you if an environment’s temperature is too hot, and Whistle 3 offers a medication tracking feature, where you can make a food log or take notes of your dog’s health day-to-day.

Mobile vet clinics

Instead of searching your dog’s symptoms on WebMD before deciding to make the trip to the clinic, now you can have the vet come to you. Companies such as Vetted, which is located in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, offer at-home on-demand appointments for your pet. The company sends local vets to your home to evaluate your pet so you don’t have to deal with the hastle of transporting your cat and dog to the veterinarian’s office. What’s more, the cost is comparable to an in-office visit. According to Tudino, a typical house call costs about $99.

Alternative Therapies for Pets

Stress and anxiety reducing supplements

According to the Michelson study “Furred Line: Pet Trends 2019,” 68% of pet parents are using alternative therapies, such as CBD oil, physical therapy and acupuncture, to cure their pets’ medical or behavioral conditions.

Pet parents with breeds predisposed to intervertebral disc disease (IIVD), or a “slipped disk,” such as Corgis or Labradors, have started using acupuncture to relieve their dogs’ pain, according to The Bark.

Owners have also turned to CBD oil, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound, to provide relief to their four-legged friends for everything from anxiety to pain and seizures, CNBC reported. A 2018 survey by Michelson found that CBD- and hemp-based products are a growing trend among humans. Of those who have used these alternatives for themselves, 74% have given them to their pets as well. 

If your dog has trouble traveling, or is scared of lighting and thunder, putting a few drops under its tongue may be the answer.

And while the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved cannabis products for human or animal consumption, and cautions against giving it pets, that hasn’t stopped CBD from becoming a huge trend — and a big business.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, meanwhile, doesn’t have a position directly related to marijuana products for pets, spokesman Michael San Filippo said in an email to CNBC.

Other therapies

Reiki and hydrotherapy are among the popular therapies being used on dogs today.

Reiki, which originated in Japan, is based on spiritual energy. According to The International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), “the practice of Reiki involves energy traveling through the hands of a practitioner through a subject’s energy pathways and centers, then through the whole body.” Sessions for dogs typically last between 15 and 30 minutes, and do not require physical contact. This therapy carries many benefits, including increasing the pet-owner bond, relieving pain and providing comfort in sickness or after surgery, and enhancing their overall wellbeing. In one instance, a sick 15-year-old cat struggling from calicivirus reportedly ate food for the first time in days after allegedly participating in a Reiki treatment, the IARP reported.

Hydrotherapy is beneficial to pets in a variety of areas, according to Dr. Jonathan Block, DVM, of Water4Dogs Canine Rehabilitation Center in New York, and can it be performed either by the owner or a trained professional. Water therapy helps dogs stay in shape and lose weight, ease their arthritic pain, and get back on their feet after surgery, Block told PetMd. Aquatic exercises for dogs include underwater treadmills and hydrotherapy pools where pets can learn to swim, do laps, or retrieve balls.

And if your dog doesn’t need any of these supplemental therapies, you can always pamper them with a massage. Professional pet massages have been shown to increase dogs’ energy concentration and alertness, ease emotional traumas, and improve their flexibility and range of motion, according to Kneaded Pets, a Dallas, Texas-based canine massage spa. 

Pet Food

Pet Delivery Services

Just as Blue Apron, GrubHub and UberEats deliver nearly everywhere across the United States, pet food companies are now stepping up their game. Delivery services like Chewy.com offer a wide range of brands for food, treats and supplies that can be ordered straight to your doorstep. You can also customize your shopping experience by filtering products by your type of pet.

Almost four in 10 pet owners with a food subscription service say they have also signed up for a pet subscription service, Michelson Found’s survey reported. 

Eating Like Their Humans

Do pets eat healthier than their owners? According to a survey conducted by Michelson Found Animals, 52% of participants believe they feed their pets better than they feed themselves. The study found that, of the 45% of individuals who follow a diet, 70% of them admitted to putting their pet on a special diet, too. For example, nearly half of pet parents who ate organic also fed their pet organic food.

“As people’s growing awareness of food’s effect on health and wellness leads them to try new diets and eating plans, this trend is expected to continue to extend to their pets as well,” Michelson Found Animals said in a news release about the Furred Lines study. 

By December, American pet owners are predicted to have spent a record high $75.38 billion on their dog, with $31.68 billion of that amount going towards food, according to the American Pet Products Association.

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