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Concert Event Highlights Pet Connection's May Community Calendar

Concert Event Highlights Pet Connection's May Community Calendar

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has several community events planned during the month of May. The shelter has been placing animals into loving homes throughout Western New York since 1984.

A Mother’s Day Pork Chop Dinner and Concert will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Marilla Fire Hall, located at Two Rod Road and West Avenue. Tickets are priced at $15 per person, pre-sale only, and can be reserved by calling the shelter at 652-0192. A basket auction will also take place during the event, which will feature entertainment by the Easy Street Big Band.

From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Read the Signs of a Healthy Puppy or Kitten

Read the Signs of a Healthy Puppy or Kitten

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Bringing a puppy or kitten into your home is like welcoming a new baby into your family. You will feel joy, perhaps a little uncertainty and an overwhelming desire to do everything possible to get your new pet off to a happy and healthy start in life.

“Meeting your pet's health needs starts with good prevention at home,” says veterinarian Dr. David Cook.

Fleas and Ticks Pose Problems for Pets

Fleas and Ticks Pose Problems for Pets

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

It happens every spring and summer — your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, whether he is playing, hiking or camping, only to end up with swollen ticks on his ears or belly hours later. But parasites, such as fleas and ticks, are not just a summer menace. They can infect pets at any time.

Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), Banfield Pet Hospital's internal research team, recently reviewed more than 2.2 million health records obtained from dog and cat visits in 2009. Fleas are the most common parasite in kittens under six months, middle-aged dogs and senior dogs and cats.

Does Your Pet Need a Spring Cleaning?

Does Your Pet Need a Spring Cleaning?

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Now that spring is here, your dog will be outside a lot more, and will probably need baths more frequently. But have you ever considered what is in the soaps and shampoos and other products you buy for your pet? 

For dog owners, there are no two ways about it — pets are part of the family. You want your four-legged companion to be as happy and healthy as any other member of your family. Many of the things you buy for your human loved ones — like food, medicine and beauty products — are regulated by agencies that make sure those products are safe.

Mother’s Day Dinner and Concert to Benefit Pet Connection

Mother’s Day Dinner and Concert to Benefit Pet Connection

A Mother’s Day pork chop dinner and concert featuring musical entertainment by The Easy Street Big Band will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Marilla Fire Hall, located at Two Rod Road and West Avenue. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla.

Tickets are just $15 per person and include a complete pork chop dinner, dessert and an open bar featuring Genesee and Seagram’s products.

Pet Connection Lists April Community Events

Pet Connection Lists April Community Events

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has several community events planned during the month of April. The shelter has been placing animals into loving homes throughout Western New York since 1984.

Volunteers will be selling pet totes filled with treats for dogs and cats at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2 and 23. Puppies will be there to greet visitors as well.

A Call for a Human-Pet Cemetery

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - Should cremated pets be buried in a cemetery with their human companions? That is the aim of a petition to change the law in New York State.

New York State cemetery law does not allow for the burial of cremated pets along with their human companions.  Mount Calvary Cemetery group has started a petition a petition for those who want to have the right to be buried with their cremated pets in human cemeteries.

"Sometimes pet owners are more loving of their pets than there own families," said Jeffrey M. Reed, of Mount Calvary Cemetery.

At Pine Rest Pet Cemetery in West Seneca, owner Edward Jordan said "if you have a pet buried here and if you really want to be buried with your pet, you can, as long as you're (the human) cremated."