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Summer 2011


Happy summer from Pets Unlimited!  We have some essential tips to help your pets thrive in the summer heat and fairytail endings from our shelter alumni.

We hope to see you at our annual 4th of July Bake Sale during the Fillmore Jazz Festival or on a visit to our Shelter and Adoption Center - did we mention that it's kitten season?  We promise you that an afternoon with a kitten is a summer pleasure no one should go without!

 ToastToast is the quirkiest of quirky dogs - a white Chihuahua mix with a distinctive nick in her ear and love of all things food, she has long been a favorite of the staff at Pets Unlimited. Originally adopted from us two years ago, Toast was returned due to extenuating circumstances. This lover of belly rubs, cats, kids, and small dogs, was quickly evaluated and put up for adoption with a personality sure to whisk her out of our care quickly - or so we thought.


Toast stayed in our shelter watching potential adopters pass by without a second glance for months. Despite her fabulous personality and the tricks taught to her by our staff, this sweet little lady had no takers - the curse of a "senior-status" dog in a shelter! But Toast's quality of life was never neglected, in fact, our staff and volunteers rallied around her with enrichment activities like field trips to volunteers' offices for the day and sleepovers to give her a break from the shelter. 


Six months after she was returned to us, Toast found her forever-home complete with a kitty friend!  So here's a toast to our friend, Toast - a fantastic girl who found her way home at last!


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PuckWhat is one of the very best reasons to adopt a dog or cat from Pets Unlimited?  Because of the volunteers!  Our Volunteer Coordinator at Pets Unlimited recently experienced the vital role that this important team plays in a very personal way when she adopted a little orange and white kitten named Puck.  


Thanks to the special care he was given by his foster mom, Michelle, he is the sweetest, most people-oriented kitten that she has ever known.  This is where nearly all of our kittens and puppies get their start - in a foster home with volunteers who are with them round-the-clock, cuddling, playing, and teaching them that humans are pretty neat creatures.  Our adult cats and dogs get lots of TLC too - volunteers visit them 7 days a week with walks, cuddles, story time and treats.   


We watch the magic that our volunteers perform every day and see the remarkable transformation that takes place in our animals.  We love our volunteers - and so do the dogs and cats of Pets Unlimited! 

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Found at Fremont Animal Shelter, 3-month-old Harker made the switch from country pup to city hound with surprising ease thanks to the doting help of his foster parents.   


Because of his young and impressionable age, Pets Unlimited preferred he pass his quarantine time in a foster home rather than at the shelter, to provide much needed structure and a peek into real-life as an adopted puppy.  Harker received PLENTY of snuggles and kisses, and even made friends with the resident dogs, rounding out his formative months with lots of city socialization - shopping, anyone?   


Harker found his forever home soon after returning to shelter care, and with the lucky start he's had in life, we know he'll be a star!


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Donate Celebrate Independence Day at this year's Fillmore Jazz Festival and pick up some treats from Pets Unlimited at our annual 4th of July Bake Sale!  We'll be selling our homemade baked goods in front of our building on Saturday, July 2 to raise support for our Shelter and Adoption Center.  The Festival will have free music, food, interesting crafts and lots of fun for the whole family - we hope to see you there! 


For more details, visit our online calendar. 


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As warm weather approaches, it is important to be aware of signs that our pets may be overheating.  Here are some simple tips and helpful advice to keep your pet happy and healthy through the warm summer months.  Remember, heat stroke can be fatal in even the healthiest of pets!


Make sure plenty of fresh water is available and limit exercise out in the sun when it's hot.  Be extra cautious if you have a brachycephalic dog ('snub nose dogs' such as Pugs, French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers), elderly pet, overweight pet or a pet with heart or lung disease.


Common symptoms of overheating include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.


If you have any questions about how to best protect your pet from the approaching heat wave, please send an email to our veterinarians! 

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From all of us at Pets Unlimited, thank you for your support!


Warm Wishes,
Pets Unlimited Team 
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