We are hosting a rabies and distemper vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Department (York & Freeland Rd., Maryland Line, MD 21105). Cost is $8/vaccine -- cash only -- no checks or credit cards. Dogs must be on leash and cats must be in a secure carrier -- no exceptions. Please be considerate and clean up after your pet. If your pet has had a previous rabies vaccine, you must present its previous rabies certificate to receive a 3-year vaccination. Questions? Call us at
We've all heard of "stop, drop and roll," but how about "stop, drop and roll-over"? Our family pets are dependent on us to make sure they're safe during disasters, especially fires. October is Fire Safety Awareness Month, so we here at Animal Rescue, Inc. thought it might be fitting to share some tips to keep your pets safe:
Have an evacuation plan. Practice a fire evacuation plan with your children and your pets. Make sure you have multiple routes to escape. Rehearse your plan every month.
Assemble a pet disaster kit. Include things such as water, food, vaccination records with your vet's number, a leash and collar with identification, a toy and a crate.
Listen to your pet. Pets are sensitive. If your pet is acting worried, investigate. He may be telling you about potential danger.
Know where to go with your pet. Be sure to keep a list of boarding kennels close at hand or programmed into your cell phone in case you need to board your pets temporarily.
Use a door sticker. Using a door sticker that indicates how many animals you have will help firefighters locate animals in your home. Be sure to keep this sticker up-to-date by checking it monthly. Unfortunately, firefighters have perished looking for pets that were no longer in the home. You can get a free sticker by going to www.adt.com/pets or www.aspca.org.
Keep them grounded. When you're not home, keep your animals on the first floor of your house so they're easy to find.
Microchip and have proper identification. Be sure to have collars with proper identification on your pets. A bell on your cat may also be helpful. Make sure your pets are microchipped in case they get lost outside during a fire.
Keep a key. Keep a key on your property and make a family member, friend or trusted neighbor aware of its hiding place. Be sure to keep the key in a place away from your home.
Use smoke detectors, and lots of them. Smoke detectors are an important part of fire safety. Make sure the batteries are changed often. If you're able, install an alarm system that connects your home to a security service that can alert authorities in the event of a disaster.
Pet proof your home. Walk around your home and look for potential hazards -- such as loose wires, hot lamps, stove knobs, etc.
Keep fire under control. Use flame-less candle burners in your home. Never leave a pet unattended with a candle, a fireplace or any other object that involves fire. Be aware of metal or glass water bowls on wooden porches.
Following these easy guidelines will help prevent fires and keep your pet safe in the event of a disaster. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Your Friends at Animal Rescue, Inc.
|Fire Safety: What to Know|
We awaken all too often to news coverage of devastating home fires destroying life's treasures. While the loss of one's home can have crushing, long-term effects on lives, nothing can compare to the tragic loss of the most precious of gifts.... family. Research has proven many victims who've perished in home fires could have been saved if working smoke detectors had been installed in the home. Though most of us who already have detectors in our home may have peace of mind in knowing we have a better chance of surviving a deadly fire, some seldom realize the necessity of replacing the batteries in our smoke detectors every single year. Spending less than $10 could mean the difference between life or death for you and your loved ones.
Don't wait for someone else to handle this task. The importance of fire safety should be a subject matter that includes every family member, especially children. It's extremely important to educate your children about possible escape routes should a fire occur. And while ensuring an escape route is in place for all family members, please don't forget one that includes your pets.
Visit the National Fire Protection Association's website (www.nfpa.org) to learn more on key topics of ensuring your family's safety before a fire starts in your home. Homes can be rebuilt, but a life lost can never be replaced. Please note:The National Fire Safety Association recommends all smoke detectors be replaced every 10 years.
| ARI Gives, and You Can, Too! | Without a doubt, the first priority of any brave firefighter is to save human lives. After speaking with several local volunteer fire fighters, we learned fire department budgets do not include safety equipment for anything other than human life. But they also added that, if they had oxygen masks designed for pets in their vehicles, the same life-saving effort used on humans would also be applied to other living beings. With fire departments around the nation being closed for economic reasons, we knew our financially strapped fire stations could not be expected to cover the financial responsibility for purchasing pet oxygen masks. We urge everyone to check with their local fire departments to make certain pet oxygen masks are carried on their vehicles. If not, please consider purchasing one or more sets for each fire truck in your neighborhood. One set costs approximately $65.00 and can be purchased through Wag N' 02 Fur Life Program. Please visit their website www.wagn4u.com for more information on ordering pet oxygen masks, pet alert window stickers and more. Every being, human and non-human, deserves a chance to live.
ARI and our volunteers unanimously decided our pets deserved the chance of survival should tragedy strike. We are proud to announce the donation of six sets of Pet Oxygen Masks have been made to our two local fire stations. Each set consists of three oxygen masks: small (for cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds & small dogs), medium for mid-size dogs, and large for large-breed dogs. Each of the fire trucks at the Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company and the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company are now carrying this new equipment.