Traveling With Your Pet This Summer

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It’s never easy to leave our pets behind when preparing to travel. Sometimes it’s just easier, and more fun, to bring them along on the adventure! Organizing a trip that includes Fido, however, can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know how to plan accordingly. Here are a few great ideas to get you started, and to make it more manageable to blaze a trail together.

Pre-Travel Musts

Once you have decided to bring your four-legged friend with you, it’s a good idea to make an appointment for their annual checkup, if they haven’t already had one, and confirm with your vet any out-of-date vaccinations, in addition to confirming the information on your dog’s ID chip.

Make sure, too, that you get a copy of medical records and licenses to keep on hand in case you need them during your travels. There are several types of apps you can use to help keep information organized and all in one place. If you know your pet has anxiety or motion sickness issues, these are concerns worth discussing with your vet. Oftentimes there are medications you can administer before you leave to help your dog have an easier and more comfortable journey.

By Car

If you’re driving, you will likely already have a route in mind, but a little extra research on pet-friendly stops and travel spots will give you a better idea of what to expect and where to go. Feed your dog several hours before hitting the road in case your dog tends to have motion sickness; this is also a good time to administer any medications. While on the road, make a point to stop often so your dog can get a short walk and a bathroom break.

Always avoid leaving your pet alone in the car. Extreme temperatures of any kind can quickly turn dangerous. For additional safety, always make sure your dog is restrained with a harness or a soft crate, and never allow your dog to ride in your lap or with their head out the window.

By Plane

Traveling with your dog by plane is a different situation. It’s important to first make sure your dog is the right size to travel in the plane cabin. Your dog carrier must be small enough to fit beneath the seat in front of you. If your dog is too big for these restrictions, your dog will need to fly in the cargo hold as checked baggage. When deciding whether to take your dog on the plane, keep in mind that your dog will need to be quiet and stowed for a length of time.

Prior to departure, it is best to avoid giving your dog food and water several hours before flying, as there are no options for bathroom breaks on a plane; however, all airports offer “relief stations” for dogs, so you will have a chance to let Fido have a potty break once you land.

What to Pack

You’ll want your pet to have all the comforts of home (within reason), so it’s important to have a checklist of everything you will need to bring:

  • Food/water bowls
  • Blanket/towels
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • Poop bags
  • Leash/Harness (We recommend a regular leash – not a retractable one)
  • Dog coat/sweater

Staying Home

In the midst of your planning you might realize that your dog would be better suited to staying at home. But don’t fret, there are plenty of options out there for dog-walking or dog-sitting services, which will enable your dog to stay home where they are most comfortable.

Alternatively you can board your dog at your vet’s office or a nearby kennel.

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The 2nd Annual Fur Ball was an amazing success!

On Saturday, April 8, community friends came out in record numbers to show their support of the 2nd Annual Fur Ball, a night combining revelry and animal rescue.

The annual gala is the premier event hosted by Fun Raising 4 Animal Rescue with proceeds dedicated to three area animal organizations: Cat Tail Acres, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, and Michigan Animal Adoption Network.

Fast Facts:
  • Attendees: More than 250 (doubling the attendance from 2016)!
  • Funds raised: Over $62,000 (a $25,000 increase from 2016) to be divided equally with Cat Tail Acres, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, and Michigan Animal Adoption Network!
Special thanks to our sponsors & partners:
  • We could not sustain our efforts without the ongoing dedication of the event founders, Michelle Mullen and Aleta Sill!
  • We also could not sustain our efforts without the continued dedication of our presenting sponsor David Boor & UBS: BLS Financial Partners!
  • Please take a moment to visit all of the event sponsors!
  • Tail wags to our evening emcee: Paul Gross, WDIV Local 4 Meteorologist!
  • Meows of appreciation: To all of the dedicated volunteers, supporters, and donors!

For the complete rundown of the event, the charities involved and a video recap of the 2nd Annual Fur Ball, please click here.

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Holiday Pet Packages — Just a few days left!

This holiday season, we have partnered with Pet Supplies “Plus” in Bloomfield Hills where you can order a Holiday Pet Package on behalf of the Animal Care Network for $60!

Call 248.333.7545 to donate!

Package includes:
• One 18.6lb bag of Purina Dog Chow
• One case of Friskies canned cat food (24 cans)
• Two 96oz stainless steel bowls
• One of each: 12″, 14″, 16″, 18″ and 22″ buckle collars
• One box of Milk Bones

As a team, we focus our energy year-round on targeting animals and pet owners in need, education, spaying/neutering, food, supplies, and offering proper shelter.

No matter the weather or the holiday, we are there for the animals.

We have never missed a weekend on the streets!

We have a goal of receiving 30 Holiday Pet Packages for the animals on Giving Tuesday and a total of 60 for the animals by January 7th, 2017! (We extended our promotion by one week so we can meet our goal!)

We are truly grateful for your continued support and dedication so we can make a difference in thousands of animals’ lives each year. THANK YOU!

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