The secret to being successful when fostering or adopting a rescue dog is giving the new dog time to adjust to you, your family, the home, and other pets in the new environment -- before introducing him to new people, taking him out on any big adventures, etc.
Please read about what is called "the two week shutdown" or the time to give your new dog time to adjust.
Tips to help you and your pets have enjoyable experience when you travel together. Information includes: preparation, airlines pet policies, pet-friendly accomodations, and much more.
Pet Food Pantry
In tough economic times, it can be hard to put food on our own tables. If you're struggling to make ends meet, there are resources available for you to care for and feed your pets.
Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry (NY): serves residents of Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess Counties who meet their eligibility requirements. Call ahead for scheduled times - 914-907-3487.
The Pet Food Pantry (NJ): distributes free pet food to local shelters, senior citizens, low income people and anyone who has fallen on tough times. Located at 1803 Scenic Drive, West Trenton, NJ 08628. Call ahead at 609-937-5744.
Connecticut Humane Society Pet Food Pantry: based out of their Newington shelter, provides free quality pet food for people in financial need who are struggling to feed their pets. Click here to apply.
Pet Food Recall
Do not feed your pet ANY jerky treats made in China. They have been causing sudden death in pets all over the US.
For an up to date list on all dog and cat food recalls, please visit the FDA's Pet Food Recall page.
Safe and Healthy Treats - That Help Rescues Like Us!
With all of the dangers of the recent treat-related health scares and the junk that most pet food companies use in their food and treats, it can be difficult to find treats for our furry friends made with human-grade meat and other real ingredients. Luckily, we've just discovered Pawlee's Treats! They use just a few ingredients in each recipe, and all are ingredients that you'll find on your own table. They make the treats themselves right in the US, with all ingredients sources in the US. Better yet, when you purchase any of their treats and select Saving Paws Rescue, Inc. in the dropdown list (in the NY section), they will donate 10% of the profit to us!
Important Phone Numbers
ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center: 1-888-426-4435
This services is available 24-hours and costs $65 (free to those enrolled in the HomeAgain microchip service).
Spay Helpline: 1-800-248-SPAY
SPAY USA provides free or low cost spay and neuter services and referrals to local services.
Pet Loss Support Hotline: 1-888-478-7574
This 24-hour line gives emotional support for people who have lost a pet, or who are about to lose a pet. You leave a message with them and your call will be returned seven days.
Many of the local shelters are in need of Kuranda beds. These beds give the dogs a place to sleep and rest so they don't have to be on the floor. We were lucky enough to have a kuranda bed donated from The Uncommon Dog, which we are donating to a local shelter in Westchester County, NY. The Uncommon Dog was even nice enough to give us this coupon code (Rescue610a-09) for any of our supporters to use to get 10% off anything in the store!