Posts Tagged ‘animal shelters’

Churches around Hampton Roads are offering pet blessings this weekend in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, a great friend to animals. Some locations are collecting items for needy pets, as well. Check this list for a church near you.

Stained glass depiction of St. Francis of Assis

Note: all pets should be leashed or in a carrier. For public gatherings, pet owners should wear their mask.

Pet Blessings on Saturday, October 3rd

Norfolk…Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church…11 AM in the church parking lot.

Virginia Beach…Holy Family Catholic Church…11 AM in the Mary Garden.

Pet Blessings on Sunday, October 4th

Norfolk…Christ the King Catholic Church…12:30 PM on church grounds. Collecting food and toys for Norfolk animal shelters.

Norfolk…Episcopal Church of the Ascension…11:30-12:30 AM “drive-by” blessing. Collecting items for shelter pets; see requested items at the link under “Upcoming Events.”

Norfolk…Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd…5:00 PM in Shirland Forest Lot.

Norfolk…St. Andrews Episcopal…12-2 PM at the Main Street doors.

Portsmouth…Trinity Episcopal Church…4-5 PM. Collecting donations for Portsmouth SPCA.

Virginia Beach…St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church…2:30-3:30 PM in the picnic pavilion.

Virginia Beach…Star of the Sea Catholic Church…10 AM Livestream Mass with virtual pet blessings AND 1:15 PM drive-thru pet blessing.


We have attempted to accurately reflect each church’s information for their event, but be sure to check with your preferred church for accuracy and any last-minute schedule changes, especially in the event of inclement weather.

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Hurricane Prep would be an awesome name for a school, right? Especially in a coastal town like ours.

But around here, “hurricane prep” means knowing what to do if a major storm hits, bringing with it destructive high-powered winds and flooding.

Pet owners have an extra set of responsibilities during storm prep.

1. If evacuating, determine whether you can safely and reasonably bring pets with you.
If yes – be certain the intended storm shelter, hotel, or other destination will accept pets.
If no – find out which local animal shelters and boarding kennels will accept pets during the storm.

2. Gather all paperwork showing that your pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations, whether your pet stays home or heads for higher ground.
If the vaccines are expired, now is a good time to renew them.

3. Stock up on your pet’s medications. In the case of evacuation, you may need two weeks’ to one month’s worth of medications on hand.

4. Transfer your pet’s food to a sturdy, water-tight container, to prevent spoilage.

5. When buying gallon water jugs for the family, figure in each pet as one more family member and purchase water accordingly.

6. Gather collars or harnesses, tags, leashes or pet carriers for easy access during evacuation.

7. Animals with storm anxiety may need extra care; those that tend to run or hide may be more safely kept in a roomy pet crate during the storm.

8. A permanent microchip ID, such as HomeAgain, is the best bet for reuniting pets and families that may become separated during the storm.

And remember to pick up your copy of “Saving the Whole Family”available at our office for $2. The booklet has tips for owners of dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, and other pets. You’ll also find complete guides to building first-aid kits and evacuation kits. Get yours today!

 

 

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Visit  www.d-artcenter.org for details, including Pet Parade information and last year’s winning photos.

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How could anyone say "no" to this face?

     It is a fact of military life that deployments mean painful separations from loved ones, including pets.  Sometimes, pets are relinquished to shelters when a sailor or soldier is unable to place them with a friend or family member.  There is little chance the serviceperson will see their pet again.

     For this reason, organizations have arisen to offer an alternative:  foster homes for military pets.  People just like you volunteer to care for a dog, cat, fish, bird, or horse, with the knowledge that the pet will be returned to the owner at the end of deployment.

     Check out www.operationnoblefoster.org for information on placing or fostering cats.  Visit www.netpets.org/netp/foster.php for Net Pets.Org’s Military Pets Foster Project.  Service personnel and foster families are linked up online, though the serviceperson chooses the appropriate home for the pet.  Written contracts are strongly encouraged.

     If you have “room for one more,” considering fostering a soldier/sailor/aviator’s pet.  It is a great way to thank someone for his or her service to our country.  ~~  Jen

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