Carmelina’s Second Annual Spring Golf Outing

The Hickory Grove Golf Club has partnered with the Animal Welfare Center of Ashtabula County to bring to you Carmelina's Second Annual Spring Golf Outing in memory of Carmelina, a boston terrier who used to come every day to the golf course with the her dad.  This exciting event will be hosted at The Hickory Grove Golf Club on Sunday, May 19th with a 10:00am shortgun start. Come early to enjoy coffee and donuts included in the registration fee.

We had ninety-six players last year - this year, let's make it over one hundred!

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Applebee’s Dining to Donate – May 2

Applebee’s in Ashtabula has invited the Animal Welfare Center of Ashtabula County to participate in their Dining to Donate program on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  Simply print this page and provide the coupon to your server before ordering. 15% of your total check will be donated directly to the AWCAC. This is a great way to have an excellent meal out with family and friends while supporting a local charity.

The Animal Welfare Center depends on the support of individuals, businesses, and community groups in Ashtabula County to provide continued support to pets and their families. You can make a difference. Together, we can help pets.

Dick Goddard and Goddard’s Law

Dick Goddard at an animal humane event in Wayne County, Ohio.

Dick Goddard is still a household name across north-east Ohio. Famous for his career in weather forecasting at Fox 8 WJW, for which he holds the world record in length, he is also well known for his animal rights advocacy.

Historically, Ohio has been known for having lax laws regarding animal welfare. In 2009, the Humane Society of the United States released a report that ranked Ohio as 43rd out of the 50 states. It was one of the few states in the Union that did not classify animal cruelty as a felony on the first offense.

Mr. Goddard wanted to change that. Thanks to his advocacy, “Goddard’s Law” was signed into law on June 13, 2016. Because of this law, knowingly causing serious physical harm to a companion animal is a 5th degree felony on the first offense. The law also mandates prison time for those assaulting a police or service animal.

We would like to thank Dick Goddard for his dedication to animal welfare. Without the efforts of people like Mr. Goddard, Ohio would be a far less safe place for animals.

Winter Weather Tips for Pets

Winter is here in Ashtabula County and it is important to ensure your pets are properly cared for during colder weather.  We humans can always put on a sweater or a heavier coat to deal with the low temperatures, but our animals aren’t quite so lucky.

Not all breeds are created equal when it comes to handling the cold. A Siberian Husky can handle cold temperatures, snow, and heavy winds far better than a Labrador Retriever. Also be aware of your dog’s age; very young or old animals may have age-related issues that affect their cold weather tolerance.

Consider taking shorter, but more frequent, walks with your dogs. This reduces their overall exposure to the cold and limits the risk of their body temperature dropping to a dangerous level.

A sweater can be a useful (and stylish) tool as well, particularly for smaller dogs that have a smaller body. Smaller and underweight animals will have a harder time staying warm and a sweater or jacket can be just the thing to help keep them comfortable.

If you must keep your animal outside during the Winter, ensure that it has access to adequate shelter. A shelter should be dry, have ample room for comfortable movement, have a bed that is off of the ground, and provide protection from the wind. Don’t forget that your dog should always have access to fresh water. Use a plastic bowl! Your dog’s tongue can freeze to a metal bowl.

Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature falls below normal levels. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, confusion, and physical weakness and severe cases will ultimately result in death. If your pet is showing these symptoms, move it to a safe, warm location and contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.

ALERT: Dog Food Recall

The FDA has issued a recall on several brands of dog food due to a dangerously high levels of Vitamin D. The list of affected foods can be found in the FDA’s official announcement, and include foods by Nutrisca, Natural Life Pet Products, Sunshine Mills, ANF, Lidl, Kroger, and ELM Pet Foods.

Symptoms of Vitamin D toxicity include:

  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Increased thirst.
  • Increased urination.
  • Excessive drooling.
  • Weight loss.

Do not feed the affected foods to any animal.  Vitamin D toxicity can cause kidney failure and death. If your dog is showing these symptoms please contact your veterinarian.