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A Message From Our President

As we continue to celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, we want to do a big shout-out to our volunteers and to our supporters (sometimes they are one-in-the-same)!  Since our beginnings back in 2009, we have had the support of dozens of volunteers and countless supporters … combined with our staff, these groups complete the three-legged-stool that provides the platform for the Animal Protection Center to be the valuable resource to help animals and people in our communities.

Each day, our volunteers do an endless array of tasks ensuring the Center is clean; dishes are washed, laundry is washed, and so many other routines that are all part of keeping the pets in our care safe, healthy, and loved – and that is just what goes on in the Center!  There is a small army of volunteers in the background organizing events that help raise funds and provide guidance for the Center – Board of Directors, Paws in the Park, Dogtoberfest, Yard Sales, Bake Sales, Book Sales and the Tails & Ties Gala are just a few. As a fellow volunteer, I can attest that we all believe in the Center and its mission.

And without our supporters from the community at large – both people and businesses – the APCSM would not have been able to build a firm foundation and remain a stable organization here to help.  The generosity and the commitment to the Center has been and continues to be outstanding – whether it is a donation of paper towels and blankets raised by a child at his/her birthday party, someone making a monetary contribution, family & friends participating in an event, or a local business leader committing to a yearly sponsorship… we know it was done with love and is greatly appreciated.

So to our volunteers and fellow community members, thank you for the hard work, support and helping our organization help the animals and pets in our area.  – Chuck G (Volunteer, Board of Director President)

25532055_10208311546786099_8686737042129520238_oIn addition to being our board president Chuck Givonetti and his partner Renato are proud parents to APCSM Alumni dog Dory and long time locals. You can meet them at most APCSM events. 

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Home For The Holidays??

Donors are stepping up to pay adoption fees for our harder-to-adopt pets!  See them below!

It’s a little early for snow here at the Animal Protection Center but we are experiencing the best kind of snowball effect, donors are stepping up to pay the adoption fees for our harder to adopt animals.  Just this weekend 2 generous donors paid the adoption fees for Cupid and Lester, two dogs currently available.  Then on Tuesday an anony-mouse donor paid the adoption fees for all cats over 10 years old currently in residence.  Our hope is that having these animals be “free to good families”  will help these wonderful animals go home for the holidays!  If you would like to join this momentum to paw-it-forward you can sponsor an animal’s adoption fee (you can see the fees here) by donating and listing your intention in the notes.  Just choose an available animal.

STEP 1: Make your PayPal donation and let it take you to the “Special Instructions To Seller” page (This will be before you confirm your donation).

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STEP 2: Add your note about who you want to sponsor.

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DONE!

 

Here’s a list of the animals who are currently being sponsored, click on their names to be linked to their profile!

Dogs

 

Lester

Lester

Cupid

Cupid

Cats

parmesan

Parmesan

sarafina

Sarafina

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Raja

 

Corey

Corey

pasquale

Pasquale

Photo-Not-Available-cat

Brittany

Gus

Gus

princess

Princess

 

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Holiday Photos With Santa On Dec 1!!

Why spend $30 on a mall Santa photo when for just a little more your whole family can have a holiday experience with the APCSM! Bring your whole family – furries too! – for cookies and milk and a mini portrait session with our professional photographer Ashley. You’ll get a digital copy in about a week and print ones by December 15.

The photos are taken on a first come-first served basis however we are asking families to pre-register.  No money will be collected at pre-registration but we will collect your mailing address for the photos and information to help Santa interact with your dogs and children.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: APCSM, 1300 West Elm Ext., Brockton, MA 02301 (508-586-2053)

Cost: $30 (includes 1 final photo with additional poses/copies available for purchase)

Pre-Register!

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How Does A Cat Make It Into The Lounge?

The Cat Lounge is one of our most popular rooms at the shelter.  The room is just off of the lobby and can hold up to 6 or more cats who are free to roam the space, play, eat, and interact with the public.  Almost everyone who comes in to look at cats makes a stop in the lounge for playing, petting, and other positive interactions with the cats. In fact, if you’re a cat at the APCSM, the lounge is where you want to be.  So how do we decide what cats make it into the lounge?  The truth is that a variety of factors can make a cat eligible (or ineligible) for the lounge. Read on for a behind the scenes look into our cat evaluation process for: The Cat Lounge.

Factor 1: Health.  Our first job here at the shelter is to keep our pets healthy and safe on their Journey Home.  If a cat is sick with anything – even something mild – they can’t go to the lounge.  Examples of this might be a cold or respiratory infection, an open wound like from a dental surgery, or something congenital like Cerebellar Hypoplasia.  If there is a condition that could put either that cat or the rest of the lounge at risk, the cat can’t go in.

Also, the cat lounge is a free-feeding space.  That means we set out several bowls of wet food, dry food, and water for all the cats to share. Therefore, if a cat has a special diet he can’t go to the lounge.  Grain free? Nope. Diabetic? Nope. Wet food only? Nope. Really fat and needs a diet? Sorry.  If we need to manage the cat’s food for any reason from portion control to special digestive wet food that cat can’t be in the lounge.

Factor 2: Personality.  The health and safety of our animals is always priority #1 but personality comes close behind.  After all, if a cat is aggressive to other cats and we let her into the lounge, that would endanger the safety of the others.  We only even consider cats who seem to be OK around other cats AND people, and have no bite history.

Factor 3: Other Factors.  There are a few other factors that will make a cat (or cats) more likely to be considered for the lounge.  Bonded pairs that need to be kept together for example, do much better in the larger room than squeezed together in a cage on the adoption floor. Bigger cats that might need more room, or older cats that feel more comfortable resting on a big soft couch.   If we only have a couple of slots open in the lounge and there are a bunch of cats that qualify, these are the factors that will give a pet priority.

If a cat is healthy and meets those criteria we’ll try a supervised visit to the Cat Lounge.

The Visit.  A staff member will bring the potential lounge cat to the room and let him go to roam, sniff, and meet the other residents.  The staffer will stay and observe the interactions between the cats in order to make sure there’s nothing unusual.  We expect a certain amount of hissing, swatting, and challenging but by and large we’ll know pretty quickly if it’s real aggression or just posturing.  If it’s a good fit we’ll let the pet stay in the lounge and when we open our visitors will see a furry new face waiting for love in the lounge.

The Takeaway.  So here’s what the kids these days are calling “the cheat.”  The cheat is that if you need a family cat that’s got no significant health issues and is good with other animals, humans, and even potentially kids, the lounge should be your first stop.  Yes, the kittens are cute but the lounge cats are all pre-vetted for personality and ease of care or they wouldn’t be there in the first place.  Now are they all “the perfect pet”? NO! There’s no such thing as a perfect pet, just a pet that’s perfect for you and depending on your needs the right pet for you may not be in the lounge.  But it’s a good place to start.

See Our Available Animals!

 

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Halloween Pet Tips For A Frightfully Good Time!

Halloween is a lot of pet owner’s favorite holiday and with good reason. The costumes! Going trick-or-treating with your pet! The excitement and activity! It’s a lot of fun! Here are some tips to help make sure that you and your pet have the best and safest Halloween ever this year!

1. Costume Drama. The costumes are one of the best parts of Halloween and the sky’s the limit creatively. When you’re picking your costume make sure that it doesn’t restrict your pet’s movement or ability to breathe or “speak”. If Fluffy can’t meow, it’s too tight! Also please make sure that the leash and harness you use fit comfortably and securely with the costume on so that there are no accidental escapes. Your best bet is to try the costumes on ahead of the big day to make sure everything fits the way it’s supposed to.

2. No Tricks With Treats. You all know chocolate is a pet no-no but keep an eye out for xylitol too. That’s the sweet substitute that you find in most sugar-free gums and companies are starting to add it to things like peanut butter too. Check your labels and be safe when handing out those doggy and kitty treats! If you think Spot has gotten into something dangerous call your veterinarian right away.

3. The Horrors of Chewing. Wires are a big temptation for mouthy dogs and so are…glow sticks! If Fido eats a glow stick he’ll have a funny mouth AND a funny tummy, that stuff isn’t straight up poisonous but it’s no fun for pets! If he chews through a light or effects wire he could get a nasty shock! Finally keep your pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets. They’re not toxic as foods but once they start to mold from being outside then they can make Princess feel sick.

4. Don’t answer the door! …until pets are safely shut in another room that is. Door darting and inadvertent escapes can turn a fun Halloween night into a stressful nightmare chase through the dark. And you just know your pet is going to decide to run into the scary chainsaw filled basement of the abandoned haunted house where those horrible murders occurred all those years ago. And then you’re going to have to go get her. If your pet is well trained and you feel comfortable having her greet trick or treaters then just please make sure that her ID tags are all on her and her microchip registration is up to date -just in case.

5. Fire Hazard. Halloween candles and spooky Jack-O-Lanterns can be dangerous for a curious kitty who may knock them over. Not just because of the fire risk either. Have you ever tried to get melted candle wax out of an animal’s fur after a spill? It’s painful for the animal, difficult for you and usually someone ends up shaved. It’s a real horror!

6. It’s a big scary world out there. Especially for a dog whose used to going out for normal walks on normal days and meeting normal people. All of a sudden he’s going out at night! There are giant inflatable lawn ornaments making spooky noises and flashing lights at him! The house down the street has a fog machine putting out funny smelling white mist! People he thinks he knows by smell don’t look right either, they have big capes on and masks that make them look different and is that blood and giant plastic teeth coming out of mom’s mouth?!? AHHHHHHH!!!

In short, sometimes Halloween can be scary for your pet and it’s important to recognize when they are part of the fun and when they are uncomfortable. Some pets are going to love Halloween and get right into it. They’re going to love the “strange” people, the new sounds, the pumpkins and the atmosphere. Some pets though will prefer to stay safe in a spare room until it’s all over. As long as you do the right thing for your pet and your family though, it’ll be a great time.