Pet Insurance A Workplace Perk? Yep!

Pet insurance as a workplace perk? Yep – it’s a real thing! According to this week’s press release from Nationwide Insurance, pet health insurance is “quickly becoming one of the most requested voluntary benefits” among employees.

Over 5,500 companies and organizations have added Nationwide® pet insurance to their voluntary benefits portfolio, inclusive of small businesses and companies as large as 100,000+ associates. According to the release, industries offering this perk to pet-loving employees include businesses in technology, healthcare, retail, finance, hospitality, professional sports, “and more.”

Scott Liles, vice president and chief pet insurance officer for Nationwide, commented on the veterinary expenses impacting pet owners:

“According to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners spent nearly $16 billion on veterinary care in 2016. Since 68 percent of Americans own at least one pet, more than two-thirds of employees may be shouldering sizable pet care costs. Pet insurance can help employees offset these veterinary expenses.”

He added:

“With the cost of core benefits on the rise, companies are looking for offerings that can be added to a benefits portfolio at no expense to the employer. Offering pet insurance as a voluntary benefit appeals to prospective pet lovers and helps retain current pet-owning employees.”

To meet the growing demand and to simplify and enhance pet insurance coverage for employees, Nationwide introduced My Pet ProtectionSM earlier this year. With this benefit, employees are able to visit any licensed veterinarian in the world and receive 90 percent reimbursement on eligible veterinary expenses. With one set price for employees regardless of the pet’s age, My Pet Protection covers accidents, illnesses and preventive care (such as vaccinations, flea and tick medication and annual wellness exams).

About Nationwide pet insurance
With more than 600,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.

Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Insurance terms, definitions and explanations are intended for informational purposes only and do not in any way replace or modify the definitions and information contained in individual insurance contracts, policies or declaration pages, which are controlling. Such terms and availability may vary by state and exclusions may apply. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016); National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2016). Agency of Record: DVM Insurance Agency. Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide is on your side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.

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Heartwarming story this week: Rescued pony hugs the man who saved him


Family’s rescued dog ballooned to dangerous weight – now she is getting life saving help.


Sneaky horse gets stuck in window – watch the video of the rescue effort here

 

Florida rescue shelter trying to find homes for 25 kittens

We’ve all heard the term “it’s kitten season;” however, do we ever stop to think about how many unwanted kittens are being born into this world and where they end up?

According to a post in the Animals Abused and Abandoned newsletter :

“Each day 10,000 humans are born in the US and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. That represents one human to 15 dogs/45 cats. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all these animals.

One cat has five kittens three times a year – these kittens reach maturity, have kittens of their own. From one pairing, 420,000 cats can be born in seven years.”

Unfortunately, so many people do not realize it is cheaper to spay or neuter a cat or dog than it is to raise a puppy or a kitten. That is why the number of animals entering shelters each year is 8-12 million per a Humane Society of the United States estimate. According to the ASPCA, 5-9 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the US simply because there is no one to adopt them.  Tragically, many of these animals are young and healthy.

Dawn Marie, founder of the rescue group Breezy’s Legacy located in Seminole County Florida is best known for rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife and unwanted exotic pets.

Dawn Marie tries very hard to keep as many dogs and cats out of the county high kill shelters as possible.  She does not turn any animal away and no animal is too sick or too small to be taken in.

Because of her dedication to rescuing animals and her inability to turn any homeless animals away; Dawn Marie currently has twenty-five kittens in her care, all from various stray mama cats. These twenty-five kittens are all ready to be adopted.

Dawn Marie is looking for adopters for the kittens so she can be freed up to rescue other cats or kittens needing a safe haven to go to other than the county shelter.

To see all the kittens available for adoption please visit the Breezy’s Legacy website at or their Facebook page.

If you are unable to give a kitten a home but want to help Breezy’s Legacy you can donate via their website or by sending money through Paypal to breezyslegacy@gmail.com.

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
– Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breezy’s Legacy, rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned animals in Central Florida

Stormy was found drowning in a puddle

Thunder was found abandoned in the mud during a thunder storm.

On Monday night, May 22nd, 2017, a severe thunderstorm blew across the Orlando, Florida area. Above the sound of thunder and pelting rain, the mewing of a tiny kitten was heard. Two good Samaritans ran outside in the storm with flashlights in hand to find a newborn kitten, no more than 2 days old struggling to keep its head afloat in a deep puddle. The mother cat was nowhere to be found. The baby was wrapped in a towel and rushed inside. Soon after this rescue, the distinct sound of another kitten in distress was heard. This one was lying in the mud a short distance away from where the other was found.

The good Samaritans dried off both kittens, whose eyes were not yet open, and placed them in a box tucked in between warm, soft towels. An emergency message went out across Facebook for someone knowledgeable in the care of newborn, orphaned kittens to come forward and help.Dawn Marie, founder and operator of Breezy’s Legacy in Longwood, Florida responded, although it was 10:00 p.m. She advised she had a nursing mother cat to care for the newborns.

Breezy’s Legacy is best known for rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned, or displaced wildlife and unwanted exotic animals. Their mission is to successfully rehabilitate and release all wildlife back into their natural habitat. Dawn Marie does not turn any animal away. According to her, no animal is too sick or too small to be taken in. She accepts all cases and does not euthanize any animals. If the animals are unable to be adopted or returned to the wild, they are kept at the rescue shelter to live out their natural lives. However, ministering to so many sick and displaced animals is not only heroic but also costly.

Dawn Marie has set up several donation lists for things needed daily for the shelter; items such as gift cards for grocery stores and Walmart, KMR formula, puppy replacement formula, paper towels, puppy food, hamster food etc…

Donations can be purchased via their Amazon Wish List. Cash donations are also welcome and can be done through the website or through PayPal using  breezyslegacy@gmail.com. For more information on Breezy’s Legacy and the amazing work they do, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Not only will you see firsthand the many animals saved by them but also informational write ups for the novice rescuer including tips on baby raccoon and baby squirrel care.

According to Dawn Marie, the two kittens rescued during the storm are doing well. The black male kitten is Thunder and the gray female is Stormy.

Please consider a donation to Breezy’s Legacy, or sponsoring one of the animals in their care so they can continue their important work.

It was Mahatma Ghandi who said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitten rescued after getting stuck on 12-story ledge

In Singapore, a lucky little kitten surely used up one of her nine-lives … and so soon when she jumped out of an open window and got stuck on a ledge 12-stories high.

According to the SPCA Singapore Facebook page, the kitten’s rescue was possible because a concerned person saw a kitten in a very precarious position.

“World Animal Day reminds us that we can make a difference with small acts of kindness such as reporting cases of animals in distress or creating a safe home for our pets,” the organization’s page posted to their followers.

Using a post with a rope that had been looped, it took a few tries, but the frightened, albeit extremely adorable kitten was soon safe. Just in case, the loop didn’t catch the tiny one, officers stood below with a blanket spread out. The SPCA in Singapore stressed that kittens and cats are naturally very curious animals, and they could easily fall out of an open window thinking they were going to chase a bird.

Hold your breath for a moment and check out the video:

 

Heartbroken traveler searches everyday for lost cat at LAX airport

When a lonely woman from Rome looked forward to beginning her new life in Costa Rica, an overnight layover at Los Angeles Airport drastically changed her fate when her constant companion and emotional support cat accidentally escaped from his travel kennel.  Jacky the lost cat

On June 14, Carla Tedeschi, 45, having  grieved over the recent loss of her mother, starting over with a new job presented exciting possibilities. Everything was set – her clothes and her memories were packed, and her therapy cat, Jacky, a brown tabby with the green and yellow piercing eyes, had been well prepared for the trip. He was micro-chipped, wore a blue plastic collar with a heart-shaped  charm engraved with his name and his owner’s phone numbers, and his travel passport was safely secured in Carla’s travel bag. Carefully placed in his travel crate for his first transcontinental flight, as Carla traveled from Rome to Costa Rica through a planned connection, an unexpected delay demanded  they all deplane and wait until the next morning to resume their trip to their new home.

Exhausted from her trip and speaking little English,  Carla’s nightmare began. When a taxi driver refused to help her with her large suitcases and the cat’s kennel and left her at the curb to fend for herself, she struggled to load her possessions onto an airport trolley. As she sat down at Terminal 7 (United Airlines) to  rest for a moment, Jacky’s carrier fell over, crashed to the ground and the frightened cat bolted. Jacky disappeared  in what seemed like a split second! Carla searched everywhere for Jacky, and as her emotions climbed to panic mode, stress took its toll; the woman suffered a seizure and was immediately rushed to the hospital.Carla Tedeschi

Nurses at the UCLA hospital assured Carla her cat was safe at a Los Angeles shelter and not to worry. All of her possessions were lost at the airport including her travel bag which had Jacky’s traveling papers. Carla believed the nurses and when released from the hospital headed to Costa Rica for followup medical therapy.

And as soon as she was physically able to return to Los Angeles, Carla came back to find Jacky. And for weeks, she has combed every shelter, every rescue and the airport calling for Jacky who she adopted from the streets in Rome. Many thanks to the Barbi twins for spreading the news. Many thanks to celebrities Morgan Fairchild and Joanna  Krupa for their love of cats and knowing how special the bonds of friendship can be with our feline companions; and not to forget the rescue organizations involved with Carla coordinating rescue efforts. In addition, thank you Sal LaBarbera, retired LA police officer and Mary Grady, media director for Los Angeles airports for tweeting about this heartbreaking story. Now if only Jacky could be found – a happy ending is what a tired woman deserves. Translated, Carla (and edited slightly for comprehension)  writes:

“Please help me to find my Jacky. Send an email to aleacciaio@hotmail.it. Maybe someone have seen this cat inside or outside the airport area. Or maybe some one adopt him from the shelters. I just want to know that my Jack is ok and still alive. Please help to realize what happen to my jacky. He is very beautiful cat and possibly somebody adopt him. Please give some information just to let me know my little Jacky is ok. Thanks everybody. And please halp me to looking for Jacky.”

The search continues – Carla has spent all of her money returning to Los Angeles and staying in motels, hoping for a miracle that Jacky is alive and well – even if someone adopted him. All she wants to  know is if her cat survived and he is fine.  For more information and how you can help find Jacky, contact  trisha.ford@gmail.com (626) 524 5344. A $500 reward has been offered.

Please share Carla’ plight to find Jacky with rescue organizations, shelters, friends, family and social media contacts. Miracles do happen,  and sharing saves lives.

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(Photos courtesy of Sia Barbi)

Dozens of dog beds donated to lonely and sad shelter dogs

If you could ever could join me as I walk down the aisles of animal shelters, like me, you may not remember the color of their coat or if their ears stood up or flopped to one side, but I guarantee, you will never forget the sadness in their eyes as they watch and hope you will be the one person to become their new best friend.Homeless dog gets bed

And surely that is what infamous blogger, Stuart Edge felt last week when he arrived at the Janice R. Johnson Center for Animals in Deseret, Utah to volunteer at the shelter by walking the dogs and providing them with playtime – a small gesture everyone would enjoy. Before Edge headed off to the shelter, he called and asked what he could bring to lend the dogs some comfort,  while they waited patiently (some impatiently) waited for their new families. The staff explained how the dogs would enjoy some soft beds – after all most slept on hard concrete floors, as if being in a shelter wasn’t difficult enough to have to cope.

And with that, Edge garnered the support and attention of his friends – and off the group went to find dog beds – a lot of them! Filling up his car with fluffy beds, Edge and his squad of dog-loving volunteers made sure every dog was comfy. First it was playtime; the happy dogs couldn’t get outdoors quick enough. When that was over – even though it was time to return to their kennels, those fluffy beds made life at the shelter just a little bit more tolerable.

Spend five minutes and check it out. Your heart will smile! Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.

K-9 tracking team search Pinelands for 87-year-old woman’s lost cat

Deep in the Pinelands of New Jersey, a four-year-old cat is still missing and military officials are using a K-9 tracking team to help in the search, reports NJ.com. Mokey the cat

In this very special situation, an 87-year-old woman was discovered last week in the backseat of her car deep in the forest, by soldiers from the Massachusetts Army National Guard who had been training at Joint Base Mcguire Dix-Lakehurst. It seems the woman, Jeannette Haskins of Little Egg Harbor had been on her way to visit family in Maryland when she became disoriented and ended up lost for three days. Fortunately, the elderly woman was able to collect rain water to drink during the 90 degree  heat wave. When found, Haskins was severely dehydrated, but she has since been reported to be doing better.

Of utmost importance to Jeannette is her lost gray and white tabby, Mokey, who had been traveling with her, and of course is her best friend. A volunteer pet detective, Bonnie Wagner-Westbrook is working with military officials and a K-9 tracking team to help find Mokey who was adopted two years ago from a shelter in South Jersey.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, it is now at a critical point as to how long the cat’s scent will be around and be useful in Mokey’s search.

“This is the perfect storm of a place to lose an animal; on a military base with no access, a desert/Pine Barrens environment, excessive heat. There is, fortunately, a stream nearby where the car was found,” stated Wagner-Westbrook.

Mokey is micro-chipped and  does have some street experience, so it is hoped he is found safe and able to rejoin Jeannette. The family is offering a reward. Anyone with information is asked to call 443.631.7157.

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Adoptable 5-year-old Lab faces death because shelters are full

Jazzy is everything good you hear about Labrador retrievers; her kindness even shows in her eyes. Tragically this five-year-old extremely adoptable dog faces euthanasia because the shelters are full, and there’s just no room to accommodate all of the dogs being surrendered, abandoned or mistreated. Jazzy the lab

On Saturday, July 30, Jazzy will be available for adoption through the San Bernardino City Shelter. Click here for her Pet Harbor listing. ID#A496219. “I am a female, black Labrador Retriever. Shelter staff think I am about 5 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 24, 2016.” For more information about this animal, call San Bernardino City Animal Control at (909) 384-1304.

Facebook pages for Jazzy can be found here or here. Please share Jazzy’s plight with approved rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Volunteers at the shelter do all they can to help every dog find their future, but your help is needed. Sharing saves lives. Come to the shelter and meet Jazzy – find out by interacting with this beautiful dog to see if she can become a part of your family. Don’t shop for your next canine companion – ADOPT.

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Senior Lab who served her owner faithfully as hunting dog lies heartbroken in high kill shelter

For all of her 12-years, Cammy served her master with loyalty and love. Trained as a hunting dog, Cammy never lost sight of her duties and proudly followed directions with the utmost pride. Then why, after a lifetime of devoted service, was she surrendered  on Monday to the Pasadena Animal Shelter? Cammy

Sadly, Cammy’s former owner gave no information about his dog; only that she had been a trained hunting dog. The circumstances as to why she was surrendered were not discussed, nor was there any information offered to help Cammy find a new family.

“I don’t know their circumstances the owners may have had no other choice, but I know she’s the sweetest girl and she needs our help now. I walked into the overflow area where the new comers are crates, and she was there laying heartbroken in a crate. Please network this girl and help me get her out of the shelter,” posted a volunteer on Cammy’s Facebook page.

Cammy is a 12-year-old black Labrador retriever trained as a hunting dog. She is spayed and there are no visible or obvious health issues; she is very sweet and well-behaved. According to volunteers, Cammy returned her crate without event being told. She loves attention too. It’s breaking volunteer’s heart that she may possibly spend her last days in a kill shelter.

If anyone can foster, adopt or pull please contact the Pasadena animal shelter at 5150 Burke Rd., Pasadena, TX 77504. 281-991-0602 ask for ID A122284

Storing dry pet food and making sure it’s safe

Our four-legged friends  are often thought of as part of our families, and of course we want their foods to be nutritious, safe and tasty. So what should be done to make sure Fido or Fluffy’s dry kibble is safe? After all, pet food is perishable, and once the bag is opened and oxygen seeps in, the product can quickly lose its integrity.

Iris 3 piece dog food storerBe cautious; just because an expiration date is written on the side or the bottom of a dog or cat food bag does not mean the food is good for a year. All of that just means it stays fresh as long as you haven’t opened the bag – remember natural dog foods that do not contain chemical  preservatives have a much shorter shelf life if not properly stored.

To begin, here are some suggestions of what NOT to do:

  • Upon opening the bag, do not leave it opened
  • Don’t let the bag or the food get wet; molds and mildews are dangerous to your pet’s health
  • Do not store dog food in the sunlight
  • Don’t mix the old food with the new food; use all of the old food first
  • Make sure to use the food within 45 days of opening the package

And now as to what To do:

  • Store all pet food in a cool, dry place away from the sun
  • Every time you replace pet food, make sure to carefully wash, rinse and dry the container to avoid contamination.
  • Store food in the original bag in an airtight container. If that isn’t possible, cut off expiration, lot and all ID#s just in case of a recall.

As to a favorite, the IRIS Airtight Pet Food Container Combo Kit tops the chart for storage.

“This stacking 3-piece combo includes a 33 and a 12 quart container and a matching 2-cup food scoop. Airtight seals keep dog food, cat food, bird seed, treats, etc. fresh and pest-free. Four rotating casters allow for easy movement around the kitchen or pantry.”

As a rule, I keep all of my dog’s food in the original bag which does take up more room, but keeps the fats and oils from settling in the bottom of the container and spoiling. The containers are made of a hard plastic which doesn’t scratch. Although it doesn’t come completely assembled, it takes just a few minutes to add  the casters and the tops. The casters make it convenient to  move around. I have another complete set in my back pantry which I use to store bird seed and food for the squirrels.

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Buy the IRIS 3-Piece Airtight Pet Food Container Combo on Amazon.com for $19.66. Buying with this link on Amazon helps support Pet Rescue Report.