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Dogs Foster Activity While Improving Vascular Health

Dogs Foster Activity While Improving Vascular Health

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Man's best friend provides more than mere companionship. Dogs encourage humans to exercise daily — rain or shine.

“The need to take a daily walk provides dog owners with a great form of exercise,” said Leila Mureebe, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.  “Exercise is good for the body's blood supply, for maintaining proper body weight and for controlling blood pressure.”

Well-behaved Adult Dogs Awaiting Adoption at Pet Connection

Well-behaved Adult Dogs Awaiting Adoption at Pet Connection

Thinking about adding a dog to your family but dreading the "puppy stage?" Have you ever considered adopting an older dog? Pet Connection Programs Inc. currently has five dogs at the shelter in need of a loving home. 

Founded in 1984, Pet Connection is a maternity and special care nonprofit animal shelter located at 12935 Williston Road in Marilla. Adoption hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Adoption fees are just $150 for puppies and $80 for dogs six months or older. The adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, distemper/parvo combo shot, rabies shot (if old enough), deworming, microchip, bag of food, free health exam and more. Older dogs also spend time with our trainer and dedicated volunteers before heading to their forever home.

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Mary Queen of Angels Students Raise Funds for Several Area Charities

Mary Queen of Angels Students Raise Funds for Several Area Charities

Students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga are always ready to help a worthy cause. On Friday, May 20, they held a casual day event to raise funds for Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and urgent care animal shelter located in Marilla.

Recently, MQA students have also raised funds for the Hawk Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in East Aurora, the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, and for tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

Their most recent effort resulted in a check presentation to Pet Connection in the amount of $167.

ART Community Dialog: The Voices of Western New York Artists

ART Community Dialog:  The Voices of Western New York Artists

In keeping with the mission statement of community support, American Repertory Theater of Western New York has created a website and Facebook Page dedicated to opening up online forums to discuss issues facing WNY Artists. This new Website Public Forum page is entitled "The Voices of Western New York Artists."

These public forums are designed for all members of WNY Cultural Groups, media, individual artists and anyone with an opinion that faces Artists in Western New York.

Those visiting The Voices of WNY Artists website and the Facebook page are encouraged to post opinions, offer links to blogs & websites, announce upcoming shows and, most importantly, utilize their voices for the sole purposes of creating dialog and being heard.

Dog Walk and Yard Sale Events Highlight Pet Connection June Calendar

Dog Walk and Yard Sale Events Highlight Pet Connection June Calendar

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has several community events planned throughout the month of June. The shelter has been placing animals into loving homes throughout Western New York since 1984.

Pet Connection’s sixth annual “Tails on the Trails” dog walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Como Lake Park Casino in Lancaster. In addition to the dog walk, there will be contests, raffles, a basket auction, vendors and a cookout. Other activities and demonstrations include a “good citizen” dog test, pet blessing, pet psychic, pet first aid, dog agility and much more.

Living With Your Pet Without Unleashing Allergies

Living With Your Pet Without Unleashing Allergies

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Allergies no longer have to prevent pet ownership. By taking a few simple precautionary steps, it is possible to comfortably live with both pets and allergies. Here are a few helpful tips:

Shut the door. Keep cats or dogs from your bedroom — and not just when you are sleeping. If you keep the door closed, it will prevent cat or dog hair from drifting in during the day. This also applies to a guest room if you happen to be hosting a guest with allergies.

Keep pets off the furniture. You can do this by placing a plastic cover on the furniture or by placing pieces of aluminum foil on areas where pets settle. They find the noise disturbing.