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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 

Actress Cindy Williams Helps the Pet Rescue Center Celebrate 17 Years of Rescuing Over 10,000 Pets

Actress Cindy Williams Helps the Pet Rescue Center Celebrate 17 Years of Rescuing Over 10,000 Pets

Cindy Williams Pet Rescue Party crptActress Cindy Williams, most known for her co-starring role in the television hit series “Laverne & Shirley,” arrived at the Pet Rescue Center’s seventeenth birthday bash bearing much-needed supplies for the facility and a vow to “help the center in any way I can.”

A life-long animal lover with three rescued dogs herself, Williams beamed as she held a tiny Chihuahua in need of knee surgery rescued from death row from an East Los Angeles shelter. She asked that someone take his photo so she could send it to a friend who is looking to adopt a new family member.

After texting the photo of the Chihuahua to her friend, Williams explained that she’s loved animals all her life and that she was previously the National Chairperson for the Fund for Animals.

“I always carry dog food, water and a leash in my car,” Williams said, “just in case I see an abandoned dog along side the road.” In the past two years, she has found five abandoned dogs in Coachella Valley. “With the help of my friend here who works in a vet’s office,” she said, nodding toward her guest at the event, Cindy Hodges, ”we’ve found them all homes.” Her friend Hodges said she has been rescuing animals for over 20 years.

“I don’t have any friends who are NOT involved in rescuing animals,” Williams said. “Most of my actor friends have at least one animal. In fact, I’d love to write a book about actors and their animals.”

Her first book, “Shirley, I Jest”, will be out on May 1. “There are no animal stories in this book,” Williams explains, “but I’ve dedicated it to my animals.” This first book is a light-hearted look back at her journey from a childhood of meager means to a career in show business. “It’s a book of happy stories,” Williams emphasized, “there is nothing salacious or controversial in it.” She describes it as a “perfect airplane read … a happy, upbeat and fun book.” Her old friend Harrison Ford, whom she met while filming “American Graffiti” is quoted on the book’s jacket, “A great read. I couldn’t put it down. Not a word of it is true. Cindy who?”

Williams has not given up acting to become an author, however. She will soon be putting on a habit to star in “Meshuggah-Nuns!” as Rev. Mother Mary Regina ” at the Meadow Brook Theatre in metro Detroit. The play is a musical comedy, the latest “Nunsense” sequel, that runs from April 22 through May 17.

When she returns, she hopes to add one of the dogs she’s fallen in love with at the Pet Rescue Center to her little pack. “If I continue on this way,” Williams jokes, “I’ll soon have an Iditarod team. And I expect to WIN!”

“Adoption fees don’t come close to covering the costs of operating the facility,” said Pet Rescue Center Co-founder and Director Christine Madruga. “It’s a labor of love but it also takes substantial funds for liability insurance, vet bills, rent, and a long list of on-going necessities. We depend entirely on individual donations. We do not receive government funding or any significant corporate funds. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and it’s all tax deductible.”

Why Adopt from The Pet Rescue Center?

Why Adopt from The Pet Rescue Center?

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are five reasons to adopt your new best friend.

1. If you adopt, you’ll save a life
Around 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.

Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven’t been adopted.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.

By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, rescue group, or the local animal-control agency, you’ll help save the lives of two animals—the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. When you adopt, you get a healthy pet
Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.

It is a common misconception that animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups because they’ve been abused or done something “wrong.” In fact, most animals are given to shelters or rescue groups because of “people reasons,” not because of anything they’ve done. Things like a divorce, a move, lack of time, and financial constraints are among the most common reasons pets lose their homes.

3. Adopting will save you money
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources. In addition, animals from many shelters are already spayed or neutered and vaccinated, which makes the shelter’s fee a real bargain.

4. Adopting a pet will make you feel better
Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

Find your new best friend today! Search for adoptable pets at the Shelter Pet Project.

Pets can help your physical health as well—just spending time with an animal can help lower a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and dog walking, pet grooming, and even petting provide increased physical activity that can help strengthen the heart, improve blood circulation, and slow the loss of bone tissue. Put simply, pets aren’t just good friends; they’re also good medicine and can improve a person’s well-being in many ways.

5. If you adopt, you won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores
Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most animals raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.

Puppy-mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet, and through newspaper classified advertisements to whoever is willing to pay for them.

Marketed as coming from great breeders, well-rehearsed sales tactics keep money flowing to the puppy mill by ensuring that buyers never get to see where the pups actually come from (a vital step in puppy-buying). Many of the puppies have serious behavioral and health problems that might not be apparent for months, including medical problems that can cost thousands of dollars to treat, if they are treatable at all. Unfortunately, a lot of people are not even aware that puppy mills exist, so when they buy a pet from a pet store, online or other retail outlet, they are unwittingly supporting this cruel industry.

By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren’t supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing from them. Instead of buying a pet, visit your local shelter or contact a local rescue group, where you will likely to find dozens of healthy, well-socialized puppies, kittens, and adult pets—including purebreds—just waiting for that special home—yours.

5 Pet-Conscious Tips For Valentine’s Day

5 Pet-Conscious Tips For Valentine’s Day

Does your heart melt whenever you look into the soft, imploring eyes of the one you love? Does it skip a beat at the sound of your sweetheart’s voice as you walk in the door at the end of a long day? Do you pause in the middle of the day to sigh, thinking of your honey’s warm, wet nose, and furry ears?

It’s love, and we know it — dogs and cats make the best Valentine’s ever. There’s no need to get them chocolates, and they have no use for flowers. In fact, these gifts are actually dangerous for them. But do you know why?

Here are five great tips that help will keep your pets safe this Valentine’s Day.

Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Theirs. Everyone knows that chocolate causes abnormally high heart rhythms in dogs, among other problems. But not everyone is aware that baking chocolate is especially toxic. While an M&M or two may not do any harm, a dog or cat that snatches a large chunk of baking chocolate from the counter may end up in the ER. It is essential to keep all chocolates out of your pet’s reach. Yes, even that last raspberry-filled nugget from the assorted box of chocolates no one ever seems to want to eat.

Skip the Candygram. Sugar-free candies and gums often contain large amounts of xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to pets, especially dogs. If ingested, it may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, liver failure.

Restart the Heart. If your dog or cat should ingest large amounts of chocolate, gum, or candy, it may go into cardiac arrest. Be prepared by learning the proper methods for artificial respiration and cardiopulmonary respiration (CPR), both of which can be found in our emergency section.

A Rose is Just a Rose. But then again, it can also be a something that hurts your pets. The aroma from your floral arrangement may be too enticing for your dog or cat, and it only takes a nibble to cause a severe reaction. Even small amounts may lead to cases of upset stomachs or vomiting, particularly if the plant or flower is toxic. Be extremely careful if your arrangement contains lilies, as these lovely flowers are fatally poisonous to cats.

To Give or Not to Give. Are you planning to gift a loved one a new puppy or kitten for Valentine’s Day? You may want to reconsider. Mull it over and do your homework — animals are not disposable, nor can they easily be repackaged, regifted, or returned if the recipient is not pleased.

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

Your pets depend on you for making their new year safer and more comfortable.  Here are some things you can do to ensure 2015 is the best year ever for them:

Be sure your pet is current on vaccinations. This will prevent illness and the spread of illness and keep your pet healthy. It’s also required by law.

Be sure your pet has proper identification should he get lost. A collar with a tag including your name, address and phone number, as well as an alternate phone number. You should also have current rabies tags on your animals.

Consider having your pet microchipped. This is a simple, non-surgical procedure that will ensure your pet’s return if it winds up in an animal shelter.

If you haven’t already, get your pet spayed or neutered. This will prevent pet overpopulation and reduce the chances for cancer in both males and females, as well as eliminate your pet’s urge to roam and mark.

If your dog has behavioral problems, now is the time to sign up for Pet University.

If your dog is not on heartworm preventive, make sure to have him tested for heartworms and begin the monthly preventive.

A Home for Christmas?

A Home for Christmas?

Hello there, my name is Bambi and I’m 5 years old. I’m here at the Pet Rescue Center with my brother Buddy and we decided that we have to stay together. You see, Buddy and I are siblings and BFF’s and I don’t know what I’d do without him. We’ve been together all our lives, but, sadly, our owners could no longer keep us. We know how hard it was for them to give us up because they loved us so much and we were such good doggies for them. But on the bright side, we’re glad we’re still together. Everyone here has been so kind to us and we show our appreciation and affection willingly and lovingly–we’re real people dogs! Not only are we cuddle bunnies, but we also like to run and play with each other. So, if you are looking for a really nice pair of doggies, please visit us and think about taking us home. We both keep wishing on that special star to make our dream come true! Are you that special person? We sure hope so! Keep saying to yourself, ‘Double your pleasure…double your fun’.

“Please visit us and see if we’d make a good team. It’d be a win-win-win situation for all of us!Until then, I remain…your Buddy”