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Water Fun vs Water Danger for Dogs

Water Fun vs Water Danger for Dogs
dog underwater after a ball

Photos of dogs underwater are captivating. These two are by award winning photographer Seth Casteel. As much fun as some dogs have in water though, be aware of a some specific dangers too.

Water Danger #1 – Drowning

Yes, most dogs instinctively know how to swim. But like humans, they can jump in and forget their limitations, especially if they have health issues. They can get overly tired, swim out too far into the deep end after a long day of playing ball and literally not have the energy to swim back. Could be a pool, or worse yet, a lake or ocean. As with children, always keep an eye on your dog whenever you’re around water.

Water Danger #2 – Water Intoxication

Dogs can ingest too much water after repeatedly diving into a pool, river, lake or ocean. They start off having so much fun cooling off and frolicking underneath the water but sometimes literally drink in massive amounts of water. Water intoxication is serious and can even cause death. Get your dog to the vet immediately if you notice staggering and vomiting. They can even ingest too much water after playing for long periods of time in a lawn sprinkler! So again, as with a child, watch out for them.

Water Danger #3 – Water Contamination

Bacteria, algae, parasites and chemicals of various sorts are always present in some amount in lakes, oceans and even swimming pools. If your dog has a compromised immune system from a recent illness or disease, it could be especially dangerous. Dogs inhale as well as ingest the whatever is in the water. Swallowing even a minute amount of blue-green algae, for example, can kill a dog. If the lake looks greenish blue or red, keep your furry loved one out of the water. Parasites in the water can cause intestinal problems too – some minor, others major.

Water Danger #4 – Ocean Critters like Jellyfish

Like humans, jellyfish stings hurt dogs too! Without even swimming out into the ocean, your dog can step on a washed-up jellyfish while strolling along the beach with you. It’s always a good idea to take a first aid kit along to the beach that can be used for both humans and pets. Things to include: rubber gloves (so your fingers aren’t stung when pulling off the jellyfish stingers), rubbing alcohol to pour on the tentacles, and baking soda to make a paste and place on the wound.

Bottom Line – Be Aware and Prepared

Just as you would for a toddler, be aware of the water – it’s quality and how your dog is feeling. Panting too much? Break time! Signs of water intoxication or sickness, find the nearest vet.

Dinner Party at Thunderbird Estates Raises $15,875 and Sixty New Friends for Pet Rescue Center

Dinner Party at Thunderbird Estates Raises $15,875 and Sixty New Friends for Pet Rescue Center

Chuck Bennett and Suzanne Matthews hosted a dinner party for sixty guests in Thunderbird Estates to help raise awareness and funds for the life-saving work of The Pet Rescue Center. To say it was a a success is an understatement.

We are so grateful for the generosity and love demonstrated by Chuck and Suzanne and all the guests. Together they raised $15,875 – all going to save more lives.

We are able to continue saving lives of helpless dogs only because of people like them.

Whenever PRC holds fundraisers to keep our mission going, we naturally need to spend money on overhead – advertising the event, food, entertainment, etc. Chuck and Suzanne, our bighearted hosts, relieved us of the stress and cost of fundraising.

Here are a few random photos of the event.

Christine Madruga with Chuck Bennett

PRC President Christine Madruga with Chuck Bennett who hosted dinner party at Thunderbird Estates that raised $15,875 for PRC

Chuck Bennett, Anne Schmid, Debbie Simonetti, Christine Madruga, Frances Harder

Chuck Bennett, Anne Schmid, Debbie Simonetti, Christine Madruga, Frances Harder

Co-host Suzanne Matthews, Janine Allen and Lucy Tagmeyer

Co-host Suzanne Matthews, Janine Allen and Lucy Tagmeyer

Chef Barbara Caldwell Phillips who prepared a delicious dinner for dinner party guests.

Dog Day Afternoon Event

Dog Day Afternoon Event

Pros Fore Charity is hosting LUCKY DOG DAY

Friday March 17th at the beautiful Indian Springs Golf Club and Big Rock Pub in Indio.

Golf with your dog in the cart for 9 holes or attend the “Yappy Hour” Dog Party with raffle prizes, games, dog treats, selfie booth, and meet and greet some adoptable dogs from the Pet Rescue Center of Coachella Valley. Lucky Dog Day & Yappy Hour at Big Rock Pub is an event like no other, wear green and bring your “best friend” to help donate to The Pet Rescue Center.


We invite all Indian Springs homeowners and local dog lovers to come support this fun filled afternoon with their pets. The Pet Rescue Center will bring adoptable dogs. It’s all about exposure and getting people to realize that shelter pets make the best pets! 9 Holes Golf (2 Man Net Best Ball) – 2pm to 5pm $69.00 includes Putting Contest,

 

For more info – Contact Debbie Dahmer at  760-740-5965 

Have a Plan for Your Pets?

Have a Plan for Your Pets?

Anyone with pets – young or old – can suddenly become physically unable to take care of their pets. If you don’t have a plan and you’re in an accident or die, your pet can become abandoned and taken to a shelter. Their odds of making it out alive are slim. We and other rescue organizations save the ones we can, but we can’t save them all.

At a minimum, pet parents need to talk with friends and loved ones about who they want to take care of their four-legged love ones if they’re suddenly disabled or die. Get at least a verbal agreement and let people in your life know who has agreed to take responsibility.

Ideally, your pets should be included in your will or living trust. Funds should be set up within the Trust or Will specifically for the care of your pets, especially if the person you’ve identified as their new caretaker has limited funds. Consider the cost of vet care as your pet ages as well as on-going food and other costs when setting up funds.

Since you may have other pets at the time you become disabled or die, most attorneys recommend not listing your pet by name on legal documents. Instead, just use the term “pets” in the document so that any pet you may have at the time will be covered.

Young or old, rich or not-so-rich, please plan for your pets. We are all at risk for sudden disability. And death? It’s the one thing we’re guaranteed … eventually. Do what you can to ensure your pets continue to live out their natural lives when you’re no longer able to care for them.

plan for your pets care

President of Pet Rescue Center Christine Madruga with a few 4-legged friends for adoption. “Please make a plan for your pets to make sure someone will care for them if you’re no longer able to do it.”

We Give Thanks For Support at the Luncheon and Throughout the Years

We Give Thanks For Support at the Luncheon and Throughout the Years

At this time of year for giving thanks and gifts, we are so deeply grateful to all of you who attend the November 7 Dog Day Luncheon fundraiser and of course everyone who has donated and supported us throughout the years. Without your gifts and donations, we could not continue saving the lives of abandoned and homeless dogs.

PRC President Christine Madruga and Board Member Christy Majors

PRC President Christine Madruga and Board Member Christy Majors

PRC President Christine Madruga introduces Mistress of Ceremonies Patti Gribow

PRC President Christine Madruga introduces Mistress of Ceremonies Patti Gribow

215 guests attended the November 7th Luncheon fundraiser

215 guests attended the November 7th Luncheon fundraiser

Actress and Animal Welfare Advocate Cindy Williams

Actress and Animal Welfare Advocate Cindy Williams

The Luncheon was such great fun and it was especially heartwarming to get together with so many of our dog-loving, generous donors.

Most of our donations come through fundraisers such as the recent luncheon held at the Mountain View Country Club. Thanks to the 215 guests who attended the luncheon and fashion show, we raised $30,683.67.

The event honored our long-time donor, Surphue Conte, and our great supporter and life-long animal welfare advocate actress Cindy Williams.

Cindy Williams also donated copies of her new book “Shirley I Jest” to raise funds for the center.

A variety of unique and valuable silent auction items helped to raise funds too. A big Thank You to everyone who donated auction items and to those of you who purchased them!

If you were not able to attend and want to help us continue saving pets’ lives, please donate. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, your donations are tax deductible.

The funds we raised at the luncheon covers nearly a third of the operational costs for the center. Liability insurance and vet bills continue to increase so we are always in need of funds to cover costs throughout the year.

Actress Cindy Williams donated copies of her book "Shirley I Jest". Kelli Jo and Rob Cochran help out with donations for Cindy's book.

Actress Cindy Williams donated copies of her book “Shirley I Jest”. Kelli Jo and Rob Cochran help out with donations for Cindy’s book.

Kathryn Golden-Williams (left) holds little Karina and Mary Fran Dion walks Lula. All models look so lovely!

Kathryn Golden-Williams (left) holds little Karina and Mary Fran Dion walks Lula. All models look so lovely!

Numerous silent auction items helped raise funds at the luncheon.

Numerous silent auction items helped raise funds at the luncheon.

Heidi Ames, Roberta Downey, and Lisa Blodgett were among the 215 guests who attended the luncheon.

Heidi Ames, Roberta Downey, and Lisa Blodgett were among the 215 guests who attended the luncheon.

We Need YOU!

We Need YOU!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any non-profit, and PRC is now in need of some new blood.

Not only can we use volunteers to assist with dogs, we also need helpers with office organizational skills and someone to help coordinate with volunteers.

Have experience or passion for fundraising? Call me at 760-398-7722 or email petrescuecenter@gmail.com. We need you!

Adoption fees don’t come close to covering costs. Vet bills alone average over $3000 per month. Liability insurance continues to increase along with all our overhead costs. We are continually in need of donations.

If you’re 18 or older and want to volunteer, please call us.

If you have no time or interest in volunteering, please donate what you can to help us continue this life-saving work.