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East Bay SPCA Proudly Announces AAHA Accreditation! Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic, Oakland, awarded highest level of veterinary hospital excellence on all counts
Friday, September 19, 2014

East Bay SPCA Proudly Announces AAHA Accreditation!

  Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic, Oakland, awarded highest level of veterinary hospital excellence on all counts

(Oakland, CA) September 19, 2014 — The East Bay SPCA announced today that the Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic has achieved the highest level of recognition of veterinary excellence following a thorough evaluation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AHAA). 

“I’m so proud for our staff to be recognized for their hard work and high standards,” said Allison Lindquist, East Bay SPCA President and CEO. “We have practiced veterinary medicine in the East Oakland community for more than 50 years, treating both shelter animals and those of the public.  Our clinic has always provided the highest level of care and service.”

Only the top facilities in the U.S. and Canada can achieve accreditation.  The accreditation process is optional for veterinary hospitals, which unlike human hospitals are not required to be accredited.  Currently, only 12 percent of all veterinary clinics are accredited and only five in the Bay Area that are associated with an animal shelter. 

“For more than a year, we’ve been preparing for this week’s site visit and the rigorous review of more than 900 standards covered our practice protocols, medical facility, equipment, patient care and customer service,” said Dr. Michael Sozanski, Chief Veterinarian. “AAHA’s accreditation standards are widely used as benchmarks to measure excellence in veterinary medicine and I’m delighted that we not only achieved accreditation status, but exceeded all recommendations in each category.”  

The Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic  of the East Bay SPCA is located at 8323 Baldwin Street, Oakland, CA 94621.  The newly renovated, state-of-the-art facility opened in August of 2013, replacing an outdated 1950’s-era facility.  In 2013, more than 7,000 cats and dogs were seen by the clinic’s veterinarians and nearly 9,000 surgeries were performed.  The clinic is open Monday through Saturday by appointment only.  Please call (510) 569-1606 to schedule an appointment.  For more information about AHAA, please visit www.healthypet.com

About the East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Established in 1874, the East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest independent humane organizations and receives no funding from local, state or federal governments, or any national animal welfare organization.   We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. In Oakland and Dublin, we offer adoption centers, spay/neuter surgery centers and dog training classes.  The AHAA accredited, full-service Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic, is located on the Oakland campus of the East Bay SPCA.  For more information visit eastbayspca.org, or like us on Facebook.


 

Do Your Clients Bite? Internationally renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin offers low-stress animal handling workshop in Oakland
Monday, September 08, 2014

(Oakland, CA) September 5, 2014 — Have you ever been scratched or bitten by a client? Do they run and hide from you? Dr. Sophia Yin can help. The East Bay SPCA is hosting Dr. Yin, an internationally renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist, for a one-day seminar on Sunday, September 14 at its Oakland location entitled: “Modifying Fear and Aggression in Dogs and Cats.”

The interactive seminar is open to the public and suited for a range of animal welfare and medical professionals including: pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary staff, groomers, behaviorists, trainers, pet sitters, dog walkers and animal care workers. The course offers three Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for trainers, and five for Behavior Consultants. Interested parties can register at www.eastbayspca.org/proseminars

“Every interaction we have with an animal influences behavior, and we are all interested in how we can set them and ourselves up for success,” says the East Bay SPCA Director of Behavior and Training James Dress. “We are proud to host Dr. Yin and look forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise with our animal care community. As both a veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Dr. Yin can speak directly to the challenges of handling fearful and aggressive animals, and share her tips on early recognition and intervention.”

Yin’s seminar will be focused into five sections:

  1. A Two Step Process for Modifying Behavior in Dogs and Cats
  2. Recognizing Fear and Aggression in Dogs and Cats
  3. Reversing Fear and Aggression in Dogs and Cats
  4. Low Stress Handling and Restraint of Difficult Dogs and Cats
  5. Impulse Control: Teaching Dogs to Lear to Earn – a Quick fun and Safe Alternative to the Alpha Role

The East Bay SPCA offers beginner, advanced, and specialty dog training classes to the public at its Oakland and Dublin Education & Training. Classes are affordable, high-quality and use positive reinforcement methods to train puppies and dogs.

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About the East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from national organizations. More information about the East Bay SPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling Grace Reddy at 510.746-5111.

 

Shelters Brace for Release of New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shelters Brace for Release of New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie

 Ninja Turtles box office tops $25 million on Friday, generating concern for real life turtles

 (Oakland, CA)  August 9, 2014   In the new Ninja Turtles movie, teenaged turtles ally with the press to save the future of the world.  Unfortunately, the new film may inspire families to doom real turtles and tortoises to unsuitable, unsafe futures with ill-prepared adoptive families. Before the urge to impulsively purchase a turtle or tortoise has families heading to pet stores, the East Bay SPCA is hoping to educate the public about turtle ownership before the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film hits theatres.

“Owning a pet takes planning, equipment, food and commitment.  Sadly, many people do little research before acquiring a pet and don’t understand and commit to the responsibilities of life-time ownership.” said East Bay SPCA President Allison Lindquist. “We fear this movie will drive interest in acquiring pet turtles and tortoises”

Reptiles require very specific habitats, food and supplements in order to stay healthy. The appropriate setup for a turtle or tortoise is costly and as the animal grows, its space needs to be up-sized accordingly. Many reptiles can live for decades and in the case of tortoises, may outlive their owners.

It is important to be aware that unscrupulous turtle and tortoise dealers can illegally obtain and sell their animals and may sell animals with compromised health. Some species on the market are actually illegal in California because they can be a threat to our local species. Animals transported illegally may be sick or carry parasites or bacteria like Salmonella.

Just as the teens in the new Teenage Ninja Turtle s movie ally with a reporter to save the world, humane educators ask the media to help get the word out to save the future for real-life pet turtles.  The staff and volunteers of all shelters urge the public to resist acquiring pets on impulse.

 

East Bay SPCA 6th Annual Adopt-a-Thon
Thursday, July 17, 2014

More than 300 animals from 35 Bay Area rescue groups and shelters will be featured at Jack London Square in Oakland on Saturday, July 19, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif., JULY 14, 2013 – Is your best friend fluffy, furry, feathered or scaly?   Are you in the market for a new best friend? All things pet can be found on the Oakland waterfront on Saturday, July 19, from 10 am to 3 pm when the East Bay SPCA hosts the sixth annual Adopt-a-thon at Jack London Square.  Presented by sponsors Pet Food Express and Rug Doctor, the Adopt-a-thon features more than 300 adoptable animals from 35 Bay Area rescue groups and shelters, plus a dozen pet supply vendors. From pigeons to Pomeranians, there will be cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, rats and reptiles on site and available for adoption.

Whether you are looking for a new best friend or just wanting to take care of the pets you have, the event has something for everyone, even people who come with their own dogs.  At the Adopt-a-thon, dog trainers will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations. HomeAgain will sponsor $10 microchips to help owners track their dogs if they go missing.

“The East Bay SPCA is proud to host the Adopt-a-thon at Jack London Square, which is the largest event of its kind in the East Bay,” says Allison Lindquist, East Bay SPCA president and CEO. “When you adopt a pet from any animal shelter or rescue group, you help with pet overpopulation. Not only do you save the life of the pet you adopt, but you create space for another animal to be adopted by a loving family.”

Now in its sixth year at Jack London Square, the East Bay SPCA Adopt-a-thon is widely anticipated, bringing together 35 amazing rescue groups and shelters across the Bay Area who work tirelessly to find wonderful companion animals a forever home. The East Bay SPCA first established its Adopt-a-thon more than ten years ago as a 24-hour event held at the shelter. 

2014 Participating rescue groups and shelters: 
Animal Care & Adoption Network
Antioch Animal Services
Bay Area Poodle Rescue
California Pit Bull Rescue
Contra Costa Humane Society
Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue
Dusty Paws Rescue, Inc.
East Bay Animal Rescue & Refuge (EBARR)
Feral Cat Foundation
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)
Greyhound Friends for Life
Hayward Animal Services Bureau
Hopalong Animal Rescue
Internet Miniature Pinscher Society (IMPS)
Lake County Animal Services
Los Banos Volunteers for Animals
Marin Humane Society
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue
The Milo Foundation
NorCal Boxer Rescue
Nor Cal German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue
Northern California Sled Dog Rescue (NorSled)
Northern California Weimaraner Rescue
Oakland Animal Services
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Pomeranian Rescue Group
Pug Pros - (Pug Rescue of Sacramento)
Rattie Ratz Rescue
Rocket Dog Rescue
Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
SaveABunny
Special Pets Rescue
Sunshine Rescue Group
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
 
Participating vendors:
Dogney Dangerfield
Downtown Subaru of Oakland
Downtown Toyota of Oakland
East Bay Pet Sitters Association
Grandma Lucy’s
Holly McClain Designs
HomeAgain Microchip Booth
Pet Food Express
Pup Town
Rug Doctor
Tonya Perme Photography

Presenting Sponsors:
Pet Food Express
Rug Doctor

Sponsors:
Bay Woof
Dogtrekker.com
Downtown Subaru of Oakland
Downtown Toyota of Oakland
HomeAgain
Jack London Square
Lungomare
 

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that strives to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. One of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, the East Bay SPCA celebrates its 140th birthday this year. The East Bay SPCA is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society and receives no funding from the government, national or statewide organizations. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers, offer dog training classes and humane education programs in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and a full-service veterinary clinic in Oakland.  Information about the East Bay SPCA can be found at http://www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

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July 4th approaches and The East Bay SPCA reminds pet owners to keep their pets safe on the holiday that more pets go missing than any other
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Alameda County residents already hear fireworks and so do their pets!

(Oakland & Dublin, CA) July 1, 2014 – From Alameda to Vacaville, spectacular firework displays will light up the East Bay sky this week. If it seems tempting to take Fido along with you to the park or parade, think again. People should be especially sensitive to their pet’s needs during the Fourth of July holiday. 

According to HomeAgain microchips, one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime and without proper id, 90 percent will not return home. It is also true that more pets run away or go missing on 4th of July than any other day of the year. On this high risk holiday, the East Bay SPCA urges pet owners to plan ahead to prevent their pets from becoming lost, or worse.

Fireworks and rowdy parties appear as early as the first of July as Alameda County residents ramp up for July 4. Oakland residents have surely heard fireworks in the last few days, and so have their pets. While humans enjoy fireworks, animals can feel quite different.

The East Bay SPCA’s Chief Veterinarian Dr. Michael Sozanski says pets and fireworks do not mix. “Pets often find the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light very frightening.” Dr. Sozanski recommends not taking your pet to fireworks shows, and providing them with a place to curl up and hide while at home. 

To help keep your cat or dog safe and prevent him/her from becoming lost or worse, please consider the following tips:

Keep your pets indoors. Keeping your dog and cat indoors is one of the simplest things you can do to keep him/her safe this 4th of July. Even if your pet usually does well outdoors, both cats and dogs might run from fireworks or people in a panic, unable to find their way home. July 4th is the number one day that pets go missing; make sure yours doesn’t! If possible, stay at home with your pet; never take your dog (or cat) to a fireworks display.

Make sure your dog or cat is microchipped. In addition to a collar with tags, your pet should be microchipped. A microchip is the only permanent form of identification and will help you find you pet even if he/she loses a collar. A microchip is a device no bigger than a grain of rice that when scanned (by a veterinary clinic or animal shelter), will pull up owner information in a database.  The East Bay SPCA offers affordable drop-in microchip services.

Should your pet go missing:

In the sad case that your pet does go missing, it is a good idea to have an already-prepared emergency folder with a list of local shelters, as well as a current photo of your pet showing any unique identification markings. Below are steps to take to find your lost pet:

1.    Begin your search right away. Begin your search by contacting all local public shelters, and file a lost animal report with them. Be as descriptive as you can about your animal so animal care staff or volunteers can identify him/her. The East Bay SPCA recommends visiting in person and asking to see the animals to be extra safe.
2.    Contact your neighbors, canvas your neighborhood. Let people within close proximity of your home know where and when your pet was lost. While searching, bring along your pet’s favorite treats or a toy in case you spot him/her. Create a flier, post it around the neighborhood and hand it out to passersby.
3.    Get support from friends and family. Enlist your friends and family to put up fliers, contact animal welfare organizations, and post to social media or other online sites. Some online resources for lost pets include: Pet Amber Alert, Finding Rover, Fido Finder, and Fido Alert on Facebook. Also use Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to spread the word. Once your pet has been located, remember to follow up by posting the good news to let concerned friends know.

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, celebrating our 140th birthday this year. We receive no funding from the government or national or statewide affiliate organizations. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs in both cities and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. . More information about the East Bay SPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA Opens New Oakland Dog Adoption Area - Completes a $9 million campus renovation
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif., May 20, 2014

The homeless dogs of the East Bay are getting new digs. The East Bay SPCA is re-opening its dog adoption facility after an 18-month, $9 million renovation of its Oakland campus. The new adoption facility will house twice as many dogs as the old facility, and the dogs will enjoy larger, brighter and more quiet habitats.

“This completes the much-needed expansion and renovation of one of the oldest SPCAs in the country, marking 140 years of saving lives,” said President and CEO Allison Lindquist.  “Not only have we doubled our adoption space, we’ve also doubled our holding areas added a behavior and training wing which now provides us resources to work better with  dogs and cats who are perfectly adoptable but need a bit more tender loving care before heading to their forever homes.  We have also replaced our old full-service veterinary clinic with a new state-of-the-art clinic better designed to provide more services and serve more pets and their people.”

Join the East Bay SPCA as it celebrates this milestone in saving lives, opening the new dog adoption wing that completes the renovation at the 8323 Baldwin Street facilities in Oakland. Starting at 11 a.m., on Saturday, May 24, the East Bay SPCA will host behind-the-scenes tours of the new adoption areas and back-of-house holding spaces.  There will be make-and-take crafts for kids, Q & A for dog and cat owners with our behavioral training experts, light refreshments and of course, dogs and cats for adoption.

This marks the completion of the construction project that began in January, 2013, and expanded the campus size by nearly 10,000 square feet to just under 30,000 square feet. Truly a “full-service” shelter, the EBSPCA prides itself it in providing many services to the general public that are not found elsewhere, as well as providing much needed support to municipal shelters and rescue groups in the area.

The EBSPCA hopes that you will join us in this celebration and see for yourself the amazing transformation. And just perhaps you might go home with your next furry family member!


About the East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from national organizations. More information about the East Bay SPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling Grace Reddy at 510.746-5111.


East Bay SPCA Offers Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries to Commemorate World Spay Day on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014


(Oakland, CA) February 12, 2014—The East Bay SPCA will perform up to 70 free spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit bull mixes, Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, and cats on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to commemorate World Spay Day. The annual one day marathon promotes spay/neuter surgery as a proven, effective means of saving animals’ lives.

The free spay and neuter surgeries are available to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. They will be performed February 25th at the EBSPCA’s Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center located at 410 Hegenberger Road in Oakland. All spay and neuter surgeries will include free vaccinations (regularly $15 to $25 each), and free pain medication. Pet owners can also opt to have an identification microchip implanted in their pet for just $10 (regular price is $30).  Qualified residents can register online at: www.eastbayspca.org/spayday.

This year, East Bay SPCA has partnered with HomeAgain and Henry Schein. HomeAgain generously donated microchips, and Henry Schein donated both vaccines and e-collars for the event.

East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist says, “While we offer low-cost, high-quality care year round, we are happy to participate in this international event to bring even more awareness and accessibility to spay/neuter, which is proven to save animals lives.”

Lindquist adds that the number of Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas entering Bay Area shelters has increased dramatically in the past few years as the breeds’ popularity has grown. “Nearly half of all dogs entering many Bay Area shelters are Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes or pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Sadly, an increasing number of adult cats are also surrendered to shelters. Spaying and neutering is an effective means to prevent unwanted litters, and homeless animals entering shelters.”

Spaying and neutering also helps keep dogs and cats healthy by eliminating the possibility of certain cancers. The surgery also eliminates the problems and risks associated with pregnancy, particularly in Chihuahuas that often have trouble giving birth. And, a neutered dog or cat is less likely to spray and mark his territory, get into fights with other animals, or roam away from home and risk being lost or hit by a car.

World Spay Day is presented by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in collaboration with animal welfare organizations, veterinary professionals, businesses, and individuals worldwide to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving animals’ lives.

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

 

East Bay SPCA Brings Humane Education Programs for Kids to Oakland, Holds Open House for Community Families
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif., JAN. 16, 2013 The East Bay SPCA is holding an Open House to celebrate the launch of several new children’s programs offered at its new Education and Training Center at its Oakland campus.  The open house will be held Saturday, January 25 from 11 am to 3 pm at East Bay SPCA’s Oakland Campus: 8323 Baldwin Street. The event aimed at children and families will include:

-Animal meet and greets
-An animal career talk from East Bay SPCA staff veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Metcalf
-Make and take crafts for kids
-Shelter tours and Refreshments

East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist says, “We are excited to be able to expand our wonderful Humane Education programs like Animal Camp and Youth Volunteer Club to serve more students, children and families in Oakland and the surrounding communities. Our new 5,000 square foot Education and Training Center provides the perfect space to offer these outstanding hands-on, interactive programs. Each year, the East Bay SPCA’s Humane Education Department reaches more than 10,000 students through innovative programs and services that teach responsibility, foster curiosity, promote critical thinking, and encourage the fair and compassionate treatment of all humans and animals within our communities.

Previously, most onsite Humane Education programs were held at the East Bay SPCA’s Dublin facility where there is a large classroom and community room. In January 2013, the East Bay SPCA’s Oakland Campus broke ground on a new Education and Training Center, new Veterinary Clinic and began renovating its Adoption and Animal Holding Center. The Veterinary Clinic, Cat Adoption Center and Education and Training Center opened in late 2013. The remaining shelter renovation project is expected to be completed in April 2014.

“Offering children in our community the opportunity to learn about compassion, respect, citizenship and responsibility in a dynamic environment with animal interactions, activities and California State Board approved lesson plans is a great way to help foster compassion and bring the community together,” says  East Bay SPCA Humane Education Manager Joelle Cook. “All of our Humane Education programs benefit the animals in our care, and give back to the community.”

The East Bay SPCA’s Humane Education Department also offers in-school programs and service project opportunities for scout programs.

Families with children looking for community service credits can also get them through East Bay SPCA’s Youth Volunteer Club, Community Service Saturdays, or special projects. The organization is also proud to offer scholarships for its Humane Education programs.

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two pet adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.070

East Bay SPCA urges families to avoid surrendering pets during holidays, offers seasonal pet safety tips
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The holidays can be full of celebration, joy and fun, but they can also be a stressful time for animals and their families.

East Bay SPCA President & CEO Allison Lindquist says, “While many people are looking to add a new pet to their household, others drop their unwanted pets off at animal shelters during the busy months of November and December. East Bay SPCA’s goal is to help keep people and their pets together.”

Keeping people and pets together
While the EBSPCA is hoping to find loving homes for 300 plus animals throughout the holiday season, the non-profit organization will also have staff on-hand to counsel families that are thinking of giving up their pet.

“A lot of people come to us looking for help or guidance. Sometimes their questions have simple answers, and we always work with people who are facing more complex issues. Our goal is to find a solution that is most beneficial for people and pets,” says Lindquist. Dropping a pet off at a shelter should be the very last option, and East Bay SPCA is here to help before that tough decision is made.

EBSPCA has a full host of services to help pet owners curb issues before they get too costly or unmanageable. These include:

Theodore B. Travers Full Service Veterinary Clinic in Oakland. “Regular veterinary checks can help detect issues that may become more costly down the road,” says Director of Medical Services Tracie Cota. “On average, clients who get routine checks ups for their pets face lower medical costs in the long run.” This season, consider getting your pet’s health evaluated. And remember that sometimes behavioral problems are the result of underlying medical issues.

Behavior and Training Department. East Bay SPCA’s robust behavior and training department offers high-quality, affordable dog training classes all year long! Ranging from beginner to specialty, these classes will go over the basics or help your dog burn excess mental and physical energy, reducing his/her stress and yours! Our behavior and training department also offers a behavior help line at 510-563-4623 and a free online resource library accessible at www.eastbayspca.org/library.

Pet Surrender Counseling Services. If anyone is thinking of giving their pet to a shelter, East Bay SPCA encourages them to call, set up an appointment and speak to our qualified staff about their options. Frequently through these discussions, alternatives and solutions are discovered that a pet owner may not have had the time or knowledge to consider.

“Often times, minor behavioral issues are related to treatable medical conditions that don’t cost a lot of money to fix. We counsel families and work with them to seek a solution that benefits the animal and doesn’t empty their wallet,” says Lindquist.

To keep your pet healthy and to prevent costly situations over the holidays, East Bay SPCA is also offering holiday pet safety tips:

The best thing you can do to protect your pet this holiday season is to become educated about common household items that could be poisonous or toxic for your pet. By pet-proofing your home and taking certain precautions, you can help keep your pet healthy and happy this holiday season!

Decorations: Never leave your cat or dog unattended with a real Christmas tree within their reach. We recommend an artificial tree with soft needles. Real trees’ needles can become lodged between your pet’s paw pads or get caught in nostrils. Another bonus of having an artificial tree is that there is no need to water it, so your pet will avoid the temptation of drinking water that could make them ill.

o    Avoid tinsel. It is very sharp and can get caught in your pet’s intestines if ingested.
o    Secure electrical cords and outlets. Tape tree light cords to the wall and across the floor so dogs and cats don’t chew through them, which could lead to electrocution.
o    Poison/toxic plants. Holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly, English ivy, lilies, and poinsettias are poisonous to pets and should never be within their reach.
o    Candles. Flames or dripping wax can burn your pet, and are a fire hazard if your pet accidentally knocks them over.
o    Snow Globes. Some snow globes can contain antifreeze, which is deadly to your pet.
Safe Holiday Snacks: While tempting, it is best to avoid feeding your pet table scraps. Bones can splinter and puncture the stomach or other digestive organs. Furthermore, indulging in holiday goodies can cause diarrhea and intestinal upsets. Keep some of your pet’s favorite treats on hand and give him/her those instead.
o    Bones and trimmings. Avoid giving your pet bones or fat trimmings. Bones are a hazard and can cause your pet to choke or experience severe pain (or worse) if lodged in their throat, or digestive tract. Fat trimmings are too rich and can cause digestive trouble, or even lead to pancreatitis! Small pieces of lean meat are okay, but just a little!
o    Chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to our four-legged friends and should be kept out of reach and never fed to our pets!
o    Other toxic foods. Other toxic foods that may appear around the holidays include: onions, garlic, raisins, currants, grapes, candy (especially those containing xylitol such as gum),

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two pet adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. Additionally, we offer dog boarding at our Dublin location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA urges pet owners to keep their animals safe this Halloween
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

(Oakland & Dublin, CA) October 23, 2013 – The Halloween holiday is hallmarked by spooky fun, but it can also be somewhat confusing and even scary for pets. The East Bay SPCA urges pet owners to plan ahead to keep their pets safe and comfortable this Halloween.

It is important to always consider your pets when hosting parties, serving meals, or decorating for the season. Here are some tips that keep your furry loved ones safe!

Decorations: For people, Halloween can be a fun celebration including candy, costumes and pumpkins. However, it is important that we consider how adding new items to the landscape of our homes and yards can affect our furry companions.

  • Jack-o-Lanterns. If you choose to have a carved pumpkin, opt to put an electronic light inside. If you do go with a candle, keep it out of your pet’s reach as it is a fire hazard if your pet accidentally knocks it over. In addition, always keep pets away from candles for their safety: flames or dripping wax can burn.
  • “Edible décor” Seasonal decorations including gourds, pumpkins, and ornamental corn can cause stomach upsets and/or intestinal problems for your pet. Be careful that they are out of your pet’s reach and keep track to make sure your pet isn’t nibbling while you’re not looking!
  • Electric lights/cords. Tape any light cords to the wall and across the floor so dogs and cats don’t chew through them, which could lead to electrocution.

Safe Holiday Snacks: Halloween always yields candy – often in large quantities! Make sure that all Halloween candy is put away and out of your pet’s reach. If you have children, please make sure that their candy is also stored away as many of the treats can cause your pet to become very ill, or worse. East Bay SPCA Chief Veterinarian Dr. Mike Sozanksi says, “Each year we treat dogs that have ingested large quantities of chocolate, wrappers and all. Nearly every time this occurs, the owners left Halloween candy out or unattended. It is very important to keep an eye on your pet, as well as any candy that can cause serious illness, or even death.”

  • Chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to our four-legged friends and should be kept out of reach and never fed to our pets!
  • Gum and other candy. Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, and some baked goods. Ingesting xylitol can lead to toxicosis and may lead to death for your pet.
  • Table scraps. Whether having a fall feast or a spooky party, refrain from feeding your animal table scraps and ask your guests to do the same. Many seemingly harmless items (including grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and some nuts) are toxic for pets.

Costumes: Dressing up pets has become increasingly popular over the years, and can make your pet look extra cute. Below are some things to consider if you decide to dress up your pet:

  • Comfort. It should be clear very soon whether or not your pet enjoys wearing a costume. If he/she freezes, thrashes or tries to pull off the costume, please respect your pet’s idea of Halloween fun. Costumes should be cute, not cause undue stress or harm to your best friend.
  • Safety. Make sure that your pet’s costume is free from small dangling pieces that he/she could ingest or choke on. It is important also that your pet’s costume fits and does not constrict them in any way, or impair their vision, hearing or ability to bark or meow.

A few more tips for Halloween:

Trick-or-Treat. If you are entertaining trick-or-treaters, make sure to keep your dog or cat away from the door so that he/she does not accidentally make it outdoors and become lost, or run into the street.

Make sure your dog or cat is wearing identification. One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime and without ID, 90 percent don’t return home. In addition to a collar with tags, your pet should be microchipped! Many frightened pets can “slip” their collars leaving them with no path home. East Bay SPCA offers affordable drop-in microchipping services.

Consider your pet when party planning.
If you are planning to have friends over to celebrate, be especially mindful of doors and windows. Guests may be unaware that your precious dog or cat might escape, even if a door is left open for a short amount of time. Consider securing your cat in a quiet room or keeping your dog in his/her kennel or with you on a leash in your yard as guests are coming and going.

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.



East Bay SPCA to Hold Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Veterinary Clinic
Friday, October 11, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., October 11, 2013 – The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) will hold a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic. The ceremony will take place October 17 at 10:00 am at the East Bay SPCA’s Oakland Campus, 8323 Baldwin Street in Oakland.

The Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic replaces the dated clinic that the EBSPCA has operated since 1956. The clinic will continue to offer high quality, affordable pet exams and health care for publicly owned dogs and cats, perform surgeries, and offer a convenient drop-in vaccine and microchip clinic. In 2012, the EBSPCA Veterinary Clinic examined 8,147 dogs and cats, vaccinated more than 20,400 animals and performed 1,745 surgeries.

The EBSPCA is one of the few nonprofit animal welfare organizations offering veterinary services to the public. Thousands of pet owners have come to rely on the EBSPCA as their “go-to” veterinary clinic that offers high quality, friendly service.

“Our veterinary clinic served more than 20,000 animals last year,” explains EBSPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist. “There has been a steady increase in the number of animals we have seen at our clinic in the past five years, and we are thrilled to be providing these critical services in a new state-of-the-art clinic to meet the needs of our community.”

The Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic is named in honor of Teddy Bear Travers, a Bichon Frise mix adopted from the EBSPCA. The 5,000 square foot stand-alone veterinary clinic will offer:

.Six examination rooms
.State-of-the art surgical suite and equipment
. A lobby with separate waiting areas for dogs and cats
. Separate recovery and holding areas for sick and injured animals
. Pharmacy and digital X-ray room  

The $3 million veterinary clinic is part of a $9 million renovation project that will double the shelter’s adoption and animal holding space, and provide a new Education and Training Center for humane education programs, dog training classes, and community meeting space.

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W. L. Butler Construction is the General Contractor and Jerry Griffin is the construction manager. The architectural firm is Swatt Miers Architects. Structural engineering is provided by Yu Strandberg. Mechanical and plumbing engineering is being handled by Interface Engineers. Koch Chun Knobloch & Associates is providing electrical engineering, Murray Engineers Inc., is the Geotechnical Engineer and Lea and Braze is the civil engineer.   

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, operating since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

 

Disney On Ice partners with the East Bay SPCA For Special “Lilo & Stitch Luau Adopt-A-Thon” To Help Local Cats & Dogs Find Their Forever Home on Saturday, October 5
Monday, September 30, 2013

WHAT:      Join our friends at the East Bay SPCA for their Lilo & Stitch Luau Adopt-A-Thon, in partnership with Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure! As Disney fans know, Lilo adopted her BFF, Stitch, at her local shelter and now your family can do the same! Cats, dogs, kittens and puppies will be available for adoption, including dogs from Lilo & Stitch’s home state of Hawaii.

 

“We are excited to partner with Disney on Ice for Lilo & Stitch’s Luau Adopt-A-Thon. We hope that families and children come down to see all of our adoptable animals, have fun, and learn about pets and behavior,” says Laura Fulda, vice president of marketing and development for the East Bay SPCA.

 

Animal lovers of all ages will be able to adopt cats and dogs, participate in dog training demos, watch performances by Hula  Dancers, and play games to try to win tickets to see Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure, when the show comes to the Bay Area at Oracle Arena (Oakland) from October 16 – 20, 2013 and SAP Center at San Jose from October 23 – 27, 2013. 

 

Pack your bags and get ready to embark on the ultimate sightseeing adventure in Disney On Ice presents Passport To Adventure. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as your tour guides on this magical getaway as they travel to four exciting Disney destinations all in one fun-filled ice production!

 

Audiences will be transported straight from their seats into four enchanting worlds. Explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour jolly old London with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch. Tickets available now at venue box office and at Ticketmaster.com.

 

 

 

WHEN:         Saturday, October 5 – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 

WHERE:       East Bay SPCA – 8323 Baldwin Street Oakland, CA 94621

 

 

 

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About East Bay SPCA:

 

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and operate a full service veterinary clinic in Oakland: The Theodore B. Travers Family Veterinary Clinic. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at http://www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702

 

 

 

About Feld Entertainment:

 

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live! plus the upcoming Marvel Universe Live.

 

East Bay SPCA Offers Disaster Preparedness Tips for Pets in Wake of Mount Diablo Fire
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., September 10, 2013 – Disasters, such as earthquakes, floods and fires like the one burning on Mount Diablo, can happen any time and without warning. To make sure that your furry family members are safe in these instances, East Bay SPCA urges pet owners to include their animals in the family disaster plan.

East Bay SPCA President and CEO says emergency kits should contain items for your pet including fresh water, food, identification and first aid. “We are happy to provide disaster preparedness tips and a list of essential items so that people and animals are safe when facing an emergency situation,” Lindquist says.

Please see East Bay SPCA Pet Disaster Preparedness Tips below:

1. Pet Disaster Kit. Don’t forget your pets when preparing your family’s waterproof disaster supply container. Each animal in your household should have the following items:
-Food and water (for at leas 7 days) and bowls
-Carrier for each pet for temporary housing, especially in public spaces (in case of evacuation)
-A small light that can attach to pet’s collar in case of blackout
-Blankets and towels for bedding
-Medication(s) – include a small ice chest if they need to be refrigerated
-Poop bags
-Extra collars, leashes or harnesses (with id tags)
-Litter pan, litter and scoop
-Garbage bags for waste, and cleaning supplies
-Paper towels
-Re-sealable plastic bags
-Photos of your pet, veterinary records, pet description sheet, and microchip information in a sealed plastic bag
-Pre-made “Lost” poster in case you and your pet(s) are separated
-Pet First-Aid Kit

2.  In case of fire. Whether a wildfire is threatening your neighborhood, or a fire is started in your home, it is important to let fire crews know that you have pets. You can place a decal on the window indicating number of type of pets for responders, and make sure to keep collars and leashes near an entrance. If you leave pets home alone, make sure they are in areas that are easily accessible. If left alone, also make sure pets (especially young pets) are kept away from fire-starting hazards. Also consider purchasing and installing smoke detectors that will contact a monitoring center so you can be reached if your home and pets are at risk.

3.  Identification. It is important to have up-to-date identification for your pet at all times, should you become separated. Along with id tags on a collar, microchip your pet! East Bay SPCA’s Veterinary Clinic and Spay/Neuter Centers offer microchipping for just $30. A microchip is a small device implanted under your pet’s skin. Shelters and veterinarians will have a special tool which scans the chip to identify the pet, and the pet owner; this information is stored in a database. Microchips are the best way to reunite you with your lost pet should disaster strike.

4. In case of evacuation.  If your home is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pet. In case of evacuation, take your pets with you! Many temporary evacuation spaces require pets be on leash or in a carrier, but some do not accept pets at all. If you are required to evacuate for a long period, identify a home that will welcome you and your pets or keep a list of pet friendly hotels with your disaster kit. Also keep a list of nearby pet boarding facilities, shelters, and veterinarians.

5. Plan ahead. When a disaster happens, it may be possible that you are not able to get home to retrieve your pet. It is essential that you have someone (preferably a neighbor) who can enter your home to retrieve your pet and disaster kit. This person should be familiar with your animals so that he/she can safely get them to you, or house them temporarily.
6. Keep your pet healthy around other animals. If you find yourself at a temporary shelter where other animals and their owners are also seeking safe-haven, make sure that you keep your pet safe by not exposing him/her to diseases. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations and keep them away from other animals as much as possible. If your dog is aggressive or reactive toward people or other dogs, make sure that you also bring a muzzle.

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. Additionally, we offer dog boarding at our Dublin location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA Asks Public to Donate Items for Kittens in Need
Monday, August 12, 2013

OAKLAND AND DUBLIN, Calif., AUGUST 12, 2013 – Each year the East Bay SPCA provides shelter, medical and foster care to hundreds of kittens before they are ready for adoption. This year alone, EBSPCA has adopted out more than 350 kittens in fewer than 250 days! The need for food, formula and other items necessary to get these kittens started off on the right paw is critical.

Between August 15 and September 15, EBSPCA is asking people to donate food and other supplies to help complement the care we give to kittens, some of which need to be bottle fed upon arrival at the East Bay SPCA.

“Our Foster Care Program is a vital step in saving lives,” says East Bay SPCA Foster Care Supervisor Joseph Romero. “This has been a very busy summer for kittens. On any given day in kitten season, which runs spring through the fall, we can have 100 plus kittens in foster care.”

Kittens are fostered until they are eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds. Most kittens are fostered for 2-6 weeks and those that are not weaned require bottle feeding with kitten formula.

“Caring for young or unweaned kittens is a very labor intensive process and supplies go quickly,” explains East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist. “We are grateful to our foster families who care for these kittens until they are ready to enter our adoption program. We’re hoping members of the public will help us too by providing food, heating pads, toys and other critical supplies to help us care for these precious kittens.”

To make a donation, please visit www.eastbayspca.org/kittens. Item donations start at just under $5.00 each and items purchased through our Amazon.com wish list will generate commission for the East Bay SPCA, up to eight percent of sale price.  Kitten formula, heating pads, and even toys are essential for a kitten’s health and wellness. EBSPCA asks that online item donations be shipped to East Bay SPCA c/o "The Kittens", 8323 Baldwin St., Oakland, CA 94621.

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

About East Bay SPCA Foster Care Program
East Bay SPCA foster care volunteers provide temporary care for puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats. Our foster animals are those who may need extra love, attention, training, or time. We are always looking for foster families to save more animals' lives. To learn more visit www.eastbayspca.org/foster

 

 
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East Bay SPCA 5th Annual Adopt-A-Thon Features More Than 350 Animals From 40 Bay Area Rescue Groups And Shelters
Friday, July 12, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., JULY 2, 2013 - The East Bay SPCA will host its annual Adopt-a-thon at Jack London Square on Saturday, July 13 from 10 am to 3 pm. The event, presented by Pet Food Express and Fresh Step Litter, features more than 350 animals from 40 Bay Area rescue groups and shelters plus a dozen pet supply vendors.

The public is encouraged to come to meet cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, rats and reptiles, all available for adoption. If attendees already have pets, they can talk with dog behavior experts, watch dog training demonstrations, bring their dog to get a low-cost microchip at the HomeAgain microchip booth, and browse a dozen local animal supply vendors selling everything from organic food to specialty pet accessories. This free and fun adoption event even features awesome activities for kids including a Scavenger Search!

“The East Bay SPCA is proud to host the Adopt-a-thon at Jack London Square, which is the largest event of its kind in the East Bay,” says Allison Lindquist, East Bay SPCA president and CEO. “When you adopt a pet from any animal shelter or rescue group, you not only save the life of the pet you are adopting, but you are creating space for another animal to be brought in and adopted by another loving family.”

Adopting a pet is also a cost saver. When you adopt an animal from the East Bay SPCA, that animal has been medically and behaviorally evaluated, spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and receives a new pet health exam on us!

The Adopt-a-thon is a fun event that brings together all of the amazing rescue groups and shelters across the Bay Area who are working to help wonderful animals find new homes.

 

Participating local rescues and shelters include:
Animal Protection League
Antioch Animal Services
Bay Area Poodle Rescue
Berkeley Animal Services
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society
California Pit Bull Rescue
Cavy House Guinea Pig Rescue
Contra Costa Animal Services
Contra Costa Humane Society
Contra Costa Rabbit Rescue
Dusty Paws Rescue, Inc.
East Bay Animal Rescue & Refuge (EBARR)
Feral Cat Foundation
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)
Golden Gate Springer Rescue
Golden State Greyhound Adoption
Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary
Hayward Animal Shelter
Hopalong Animal Rescue
House Rabbit Society
Island Cat Resources and Adoption (ICRA)
Lake County Animal Services
Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue
MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue
Milo Foundation
Nor Cal German Shorthair Pointer Rescue
Nor Cal Pom Rescue, Inc.
Northern California Golden Retriever Rescue
Northern California Sled Dog Rescue
Northern California Weimaraner Rescue
Oakland Animal Services
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
Pomeranian Rescue Group
Pug Pros - (Pug Rescue of Sacramento)
Rattie Ratz Rescue
San Francisco SPCA
SaveABunny
Solano County Friends of Animals
Special Pets Rescue
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)


Participating vendors include:
City Dog Share
Dog Bone Alley
East Bay Pet Sitters Association
Fido’s Fondue Gourmet Dog Biscuits
Holly McClain Designs
Oakland Dog Owners Group (ODOG)
Pet Food Express
Relaxing Rex Canine Massage
Right Brain for Hire
Ruffles & Wags
Tonya Perme Photography
Wags ‘n Wellness
Woofwalks


 

Additional event sponsors are Bay Woof, Bay Area News Group - Oakland Tribune, Jack London Square, Star 101.3 FM, and PS Communications.

 

 

About East Bay SPCA

 

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

 

East Bay SPCA provides pet owners with important tips to keep their animals safe this 4th of July
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

(Oakland & Dublin, CA) June 25, 2012 - As the July 4th holiday approaches, the East Bay SPCA urges pet owners to plan ahead to keep their pets safe and comfortable. Each year, many dogs and cats become lost after running away because they are frightened by loud fireworks or raucous celebration. Bay Area animal shelters do all that they can to reunite lost pets with their families, but prevention is the key to protecting pets!


To help keep your cat or dog safe, please consider the following tips:

Keep your pets indoors. Keeping your dog and cat indoors is one of the simplest things you can do to keep him/her safe. Even if your pet usually does well outdoors, both cats and dogs might run from fireworks or people in a panic, unable to find their way home. July 4th is the number one day that pets go missing; make sure yours doesn’t!

If possible, stay at home with your pet. Staying at home with your pet will provide you with an opportunity to make adjustments, such as inviting your dog to enter his/her kennel if he/she is fearful. Remember also, that you are your pet’s biggest source of comfort. He/she may attempt seek you out for reassurance and attention! You can also create a “safe haven” for your cat or dog by putting them in a darkened, cozy room with their favorite things.

Make sure your dog or cat is wearing identification.
One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime and without ID, 90 percent don’t return home. In addition to a collar with tags, your pet should be microchipped! Many frightened pets can “slip” their collars leaving them with no path home. East Bay SPCA offers affordable drop-in microchipping services.
Keep an emergency file. In the sad case that your pet does go missing, it is a good idea to have an already-prepared emergency folder with a list of local shelters, as well as a current photo of your pet showing any unique identification markings (e.g. an all-black dog with a speck of white on its paw). Make sure that the entire family knows where this folder is kept, so you are prepared in case your dog or cat is ever lost.

Speak to your veterinarian. East Bay SPCA Chief Veterinarian Dr. Michael Sozanski says, pets and fireworks do not mix. “Pets often find the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light very frightening.” Dr. Sozanski recommends not taking your pet to fireworks shows, and providing them with a place to curl up and hide while at home. “In case of severe phobia, nothing may work to ease your pet’s fear. If there is a chance your pet may exhibit this level of fear, speak to your veterinarian about possible medications.” Medications can include anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives to help your pet stay safe and comfortable.
Concerning behaviors in dogs include: Excessive panting, drooling, trembling and shaking, pacing, aggression, panicking, and escape behavior including inappropriate body movements that could lead to injury (e.g. jumping erratically over or on furniture).
Concerning behaviors in cat include: Panting, drooling, trembling, hiding, freezing, aggression, panicking, and escape behavior including inappropriate body movements that could lead to injury (e.g. jumping erratically over or on furniture).
Consider your pet when party planning. If you are planning to have friends over to celebrate, be especially mindful of doors and windows. Guests may be unaware that your precious dog or cat might escape, even if a door is left open for a short amount of time. Consider securing your cat in a quiet room or keeping your dog in his/her kennel or with you on a leash in your yard as guests are coming and going.

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

 

 

 

East Bay SPCA Board Member Dawn Willoughby Named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business”
Monday, June 03, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., June 4, 2013 – The East Bay SPCA is pleased to announce that its board member Dawn Willoughby has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business”. Willoughby and other recipients were featured in a recent edition of the San Francisco Business Times and will be honored at a dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Hilton in San Francisco on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

The "Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” Award highlights a group of distinguished women professionals that demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement, and influence within their industry and across their communities. Women are nominated by their community and selected by the San Francisco Business Times. Willoughby is senior vice president - general manager, Clorox Cleaning Division, and has served on the board of the East Bay SPCA for nearly six years.

"The East Bay SPCA is honored that Dawn is being recognized for the positive impact she is making at Clorox and as a leader in the Oakland community,” said Allison Lindquist, EBSPCA president and CEO. “Dawn’s business acumen and her philanthropic leadership have been invaluable as we build our new full-service veterinary clinic and renovate our animal shelter to better serve the needs of our community.”

“I am very excited and honored to be chosen as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business,” said Willoughby. “I am proud to be an Oakland resident, employed by an Oakland based company, and serve on the Board of Directors of the EBSPCA.  The work that this organization is doing to improve the lives of people and animals in the community is outstanding.  Not only have I been able to help enable the strategy and plans of the organization, I’ve been able to grow tremendously from this experience.”

To grow professionally, Willoughby emulates the strengths she sees in others, incorporating those traits into her personal approach to leadership and uses her influence to “make everything I touch better than when I found it.”

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

 

East Bay SPCA celebrates Adopt-a-Cat month in June by elevating cats to superhero status to help them find loving homes
Thursday, May 30, 2013

 

OAKLAND, Calif., May 30, 2013 – The East Bay SPCA is celebrating Adopt-a-Cat month this June by elevating cats to superhero status to help find them loving homes.

East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist says, “Each year millions of deserving cats find themselves in shelters due to no fault of their own. We want to put the spotlight on these ‘Supercats’ and let people know that Adoption Centers like ours are the best place to find your new best friend!”

In order to place more cats into loving, homes, East Bay SPCA is offering some “super” month-long specials!

SIDEKICK SPECIAL: Every superhero needs a sidekick! Cats can be excellent mentors for kittens and in turn, kittens provide adult cats with company and play. During the month of June, visitors to East Bay SPCA Oakland and Dublin Adoption Centers can adopt a kitten for just $75.00, and take home an adult cat with no adoption fee! (Eligible kittens are six months and younger, adult cats are 1 year and older).

SUPERHERO CATS!: Selected adult cats (5 years and older) will have a waived adoption fee all month long! Superhero cats come in all shapes and sizes as well as temperaments! One thing they have in common: they are all patiently waiting to find their forever homes!

FREE CAT FRIDAY!: On June 28, East Bay SPCA cats that are three years of age and older will have no adoption fee! Grab the family and come visit our awe inspiring felines!

ALREADY HAVE A FANTASTIC FELINE?: East Bay SPCA is available to help current owners with veterinary care, spaying/neutering, behavioral issues and more! With a full-service Veterinary Clinic in Oakland, and two Spay/Neuter Surgery Centers, we’ve got your cat covered!

Lindquist says EBSPCA’s staff is ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat.  “We encourage the entire family to come to our Adoption Centers to meet our cats, and ask our helpful staff questions. They’re very knowledgeable about the animals in our care and know each cat’s personality and behavioral traits to help you find the right feline!” Lindquist explains.

All cat and kitten adoptions include the following:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Initial Vaccines
  • Microchip & Registration
  • De-Worming Treatment
  • Veterinary Exam post adoption at our full-service Veterinary Clinic
  • Cardboard Cat Carrier
  • Pre-Adoption Veterinary Exam/Bloodwork for Club Second Chance Cats
  • Free Cat Care Enrichment Workshop

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA beneficiary of the Oakland premiere of first ever West Coast Internet Cat Video Festival taking place May 11th
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

cat film fest, Oakland, cat video festival(Oakland, CA)  May 2, 2013 — The Great Wall of Oakland will host the Bay Area premiere of Walker Art Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival benefiting East Bay SPCA on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 3-10 pm on West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway in Oakland.

“We are very excited to celebrate cats, bring awareness to the importance of fostering cats and kittens, and give all “cat people” in the Bay Area the opportunity to mingle with others who are passionate about felines. We thank the Great Wall of Oakland for selecting the East Bay SPCA to be the beneficiary of this groundbreaking event.” said East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist.

The Internet Cat Video Festival is an opportunity for thousands of families and young and old to gather in Uptown Oakland to enjoy music, food and the visual arts in a safe and fun environment. There will also be a large area with cats and kittens available for adoption from East Bay SPCA and other animal rescue groups, as well as information on fostering kittens for shelters and pet rescues.

“What is so exciting for us is to see an event that is totally cat-centric! Since dogs are more mobile, a lot of organizations will do walk-a-thons or similar-type events but this is a fundraiser focused on cats!” adds East Bay SPCA Vice President of Marketing and Development Laura Fulda.

For additional entertainment, there will be live bands playing cat-themed music, local food trucks, pet product vendors, local artisans selling arts and crafts, and opportunities to participate in a plethora of art and cat activities including art projects, and more! Even Dusty the Klepto Cat is slated to make a special appearance!

As the sun sets, festival attendees will gather on West Grand in front of the Great Wall to watch a cat-themed aerial duet by the Great Wall of Oakland's artist in residence group, Bandaloop before the Bay Area premiere of the Internet Cat Video Festival. See full schedule here.

 
About the Internet Cat Video Festival
The Top Cat sponsor for the Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival is Oakland-based Pet Food Express who will promote the Save A Kitten program. Between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. East Bay SPCA along with other rescue groups will offer cats and kittens for adoption. Additionally, they will be signing up foster parents for kittens.

Other sponsors include Oakland-based FreshStepEventbriteWhole Foods MarketComcastBay Area Video Coalition, ECEE ProductionsKTVU and Animal Planet.


Video Links
CatVidFest Trailer: http://www.walkerart.org/channel/2012/internet-cat-video-festival

2012 Video Winner "Henri 2 Paw de Deux”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/491813867546480/
Twitter: #oakcatvidfest, @GreatWallOak

 

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

 

Bay Area shelters unite for “The Great Chihuahua Challenge” in celebration of third annual Chihuahua Palooza!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., April 23, 2013 - The East Bay SPCA and eleven Bay Area animal shelters and rescue groups are banding together to meet “The Great Chihuahua Challenge” by spaying or neutering nearly 500 Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes during the month of May!

East Bay SPCA’s annual promotion “Chihuahua Palooza” is expanding this year to incorporate The Great Chihuahua Challenge, highlighting the importance of spaying/neutering to curb the Chihuahua overpopulation problem the Bay Area has been facing for the past several years.

East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist attributes part of Chihuahua overpopulation to the dog’s popularity in movies like “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, “Legally Blonde”, and advertisements that prominently feature Chihuahuas. “All that media exposure, coupled with pictures of celebrities carrying their Chihuahuas, transformed the breed into trendy must-have dogs,” she explains. Lindquist adds breeders capitalized on the Chihuahua’s popularity and began selling the tiny dogs, but they bred too many. Then backyard breeders jumped on board and the number of dogs exceeded public demand.

“Even though we don’t see the breed as much today in popular media, the effects of overbreeding can last for decades. These dogs still represent nearly half of all dogs coming in to Bay Area animal shelters” explains Lindquist.

“Chihuahuas are small, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be spayed or neutered, visit a veterinarian for health check-ups, or attend classes and be socialized like other dogs” adds East Bay SPCA Vice President of Operations Melissa Duford, CAWA. “It’s unfortunate, but people often drop Chihuahuas off at shelters because the dog turned out to be a bigger responsibility than they thought.”

Chihuahua Palooza and The Great Chihuahua Challenge aim to put the spotlight on this small but prevalent breed in an effort to reduce overpopulation through spay/neuter and adoption programs.

Residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties can take advantage of $20 spay/neuter surgeries for Chihuahuas/Chihuahua mixes between May 6- 10, 2013 by registering at www.eastbayspca.org/palooza. All surgeries take place at our Oakland Surgery Center located at 410 Hegenberger Road, Oakland. Dogs must be under 15 pounds and under 7 years of age. Offer includes $20 spay/neuter surgery, rabies and distemper vaccines. A discounted $10 microchip will also be available.
                                                                                                                             
Other Bay Area shelters are offering Chihuahua spay/neuter and/or adoption specials include: 

Berkeley Animal Services
Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society
Hayward Animal Services
Humane Society Silicon Valley
Marin Humane Society
Oakland Animal Services
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
San Francisco SPCA
San Jose Animal Care Center
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA Celebrates 2013 National Volunteer Week - Volunteers Honored for their Outstanding Work
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

(Oakland, CA) April 17, 2013 — They feed cats. They walk dogs. Volunteers, who tirelessly work to improve the lives of homeless animals, are being honored by the East Bay SPCA during National Volunteer Week (April 21-27, 2013). The weeklong celebration pays special tribute to volunteers across the country that give of themselves to better their communities and the lives of others.

East Bay SPCA will kick off National Volunteer Week April 23rd and 25th with an evening celebration and award ceremony at each of the East Bay SPCA’s Adoption Centers in Oakland and Dublin. Throughout the week, volunteers can play fun games and enter raffles to win prizes each time they volunteer and the shelters will feature special banners covered with staff thank-you notes.

“National Volunteer Week is so important and gives us a way to give an extra special tribute to all of our volunteers that dedicate their time, talents and energy to make a difference at our shelters,” said Allison Lindquist, president and CEO of the East Bay SPCA. During 2012, Lindquist says more than 800 volunteers donated 63,000 hours of time.

EBSPCA volunteers perform countless acts of service taking on any number of jobs such as dog and cat socializers, kennel assistants, offsite adoption coordinators, special event helpers, administrative helpers, foster parents, community outreach educators, and photographers. In March 2013, East Bay SPCA Volunteers provided a record number of 3,434 service hours, the equivalent of 20 full-time employees!

“As a private, non-profit organization, we absolutely rely on the assistance of caring and hard-working volunteers in all of our programs,” said East Bay SPCA Volunteer Services Manager Joe Robustelli.  “We are consistently amazed and humbled by their hard work, dedication, and care.”

Lindquist adds that volunteers are a tremendous benefit to the East Bay SPCA, which has 70 employees and operates two adoption centers, two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin, and a full-service veterinary clinic. In 2012, the East Bay SPCA found loving homes for more than 2,800 animals and spayed/neutered nearly 9,000 dogs and cats. “Whether they stuff envelopes, photograph animals, answer phones, play with a cat or take a dog for a walk, our volunteers make a tremendous difference.”

Persons interested in becoming a volunteer for the East Bay SPCA can find more information at www.eastbayspca.org/volunteer.

About National Volunteer Week
Sponsored by Points of Light Institute, National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each subsequent year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA Offers Free Spay/Neuter Surgeries to Commemorate World Spay Day
Monday, February 25, 2013

(Oakland, CA) February 25, 2013—The East Bay SPCA will perform up to 90 free spay and neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit bull mixes, Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, and cats on Tuesday, February 26, 2012 to commemorate World Spay Day. The annual one day marathon promotes spay/neuter surgery as a proven, effective means of saving animals’ lives. 

The East Bay SPCA is offering the free spay and neuter surgeries to pets belonging to families living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties at both its Oakland and Dublin Spay/Neuter Surgery Centers. All free spay/neuter appointments have been filled.

EBSPCA offers regular affordable spay and neuter services to privately owned pets Tuesday through Friday at its two Spay/Neuter Surgery Centers, but for many families still struggling in a down economy, any amount they have to pay to have their pet altered is too costly.


“We wanted to set aside one day on World Spay Day to help families get their pit bulls, Chihuahuas and cats fixed for free,” says Allison Lindquist, EBSPCA’s executive director. “While we offer low cost, high quality care year round, we are happy to participate in this international event to bring even more awareness and accessibility to spay/neuter, which is proven to save animals lives.”

Lindquist says the number of pit bulls and Chihuahuas entering Bay Area shelters has increased dramatically in the past few years as the breeds’ popularity has grown. “Nearly half of all dogs entering many Bay Area shelters are Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes or pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Sadly, an increasing number of adult cats are also being surrendered to shelters. Spaying and neutering is the only way to prevent more of these unwanted animals from entering shelters."


Spaying and neutering also helps keep dogs and cats healthy by reducing or eliminating the possibility of certain cancers. The important surgery also eliminates the problems and risks associated with pregnancy, particularly in Chihuahuas that often have trouble giving birth. And, a neutered dog or cat is less likely to spray and mark his territory or roam away from home, which will keep him safe from becoming lost or hit by a car.

The free spay and neuter surgeries will be performed February 26th at the EBSPCA’s Oakland Spay/Neuter Surgery Center located at 410 Hegenberger Road in Oakland, and at the EBSPCA’s Dublin Spay/Neuter Surgery Center located at 4651 Gleason Drive in Dublin. All spay and neuter surgeries will include free vaccinations (regularly $15 to $25 each), and free pain medication. Pet owners can also opt to have an identification microchip implanted in their pet for just $10 (regular price is $30).

World Spay Day is presented by The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in collaboration with animal welfare organizations, veterinary professionals, businesses, and individuals worldwide to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving animals’ lives.

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA celebrates the aCATemy Awards and offers reduced adoption fees on all black, white, and black and white cats and kittens!
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

aCATemy awards(Oakland, CA) February 19, 2013—It’s Oscar season and soon Hollywood stars will walk the red carpet dressed to the nines! To celebrate the fabulous felines of the East Bay SPCA who are in their black and white formal wear year-round, the East Bay SPCA is offering reduced adoption fees on all black, white, and black and white cats and kittens! The $24.00 fee represents the date of this year’s Oscars on February 24, 2013.

“We are always looking for fun, relatable ways to promote the animals here at the East Bay SPCA” says Director of Operations Melissa Duford. “Black and white cats are called ‘tuxedo’ so it’s a perfect fit. Also, all black, all white, and black and white cats are sometimes overlooked at shelters so we wanted to put them in the proverbial spotlight through this fun promotion.”

The East Bay SPCA is asking the public to pitch in Hollywood-themed names for the cats on social media including “Daniel Cat Mewis” and “Tabby Field”, named of course after Best Actor nominee Daniel Day Lewis and Best Supporting Actress nominee Sally Field.

Every Cat Adoption Includes:
•    Spay/Neuter
•    Initial Vaccines
•    Microchip & Registration
•    Free post adoption exam at our full-service Veterinary Clinic
•    Cardboard Cat Carrier

The East Bay SPCA also wants the public to know that while adoption events are fun, the reality is that there are too many unwanted animals surrendered to shelters by their owners or found as strays on the street. East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist says adopting a companion animal is a big responsibility. “We’re looking for people who are prepared to care for their furry friend throughout its lifetime.”

Families and individuals who are ready for a lifetime of love and furry hugs are invited to stop by the East Bay SPCA’s Oakland or Dublin Adoption Centers to meet their new best friend. The East Bay SPCA’s aCATemy Awards will run from February 16 through March 3, 2013. To learn more visit www.eastbayspca.org/awards.

About East Bay SPCA
The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA, U.S. Coast Guard and National Parks Service Urge Dog Owners to Use Caution at Northern California Beaches
Thursday, January 31, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., January 31, 2013 – In an effort to raise beach safety awareness, the East Bay SPCA has teamed up with the Coast Guard and the National Park Service to help educate dog owners and beach goers about the hazards they face on the Northern California beaches. The three organizations will hold a press conference at the East Bay SPCA’s Oakland Adoption Center, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:00 am.

Winter is a particularly dangerous time to be on the beaches of Northern California. Tragically, every year, people and their pets fall victim to sneaker waves.  A sneaker wave is a large wave in a series of coastal waves. They frequently catch beach goers, dog walkers, and dogs off guard and wash them out to sea.

At least seven people have died in Northern California since 2008 while attempting to rescue their dogs from the ocean. In all but one case, the dogs made it safely back to shore and without any human intervention.

“We love our dogs and will do anything to save them – but we must guard against the instinct to jump into the surf,” said Allison Lindquist, executive director of the East Bay SPCA.

The simple truth is that most dogs are better swimmers than their two-legged masters. Army veterinarian Capt. Lynn Miller said, "Compared to their human counterparts, many dog breeds have a compact center of mass in relation to their long limbs and an elevated head and neck, which makes them good swimmers in calm water.”

However, the Northern California coast isn’t often described as calm at any time of year. Vigilance and prevention needs to be on every beach goers’ mind to protect themselves and their dog from the frigid Pacific Ocean.

If you take your four-legged buddy to the beach, you must keep a few safety tips in mind. Dogs that weigh less than 40 pounds should not be allowed to run off leash near the surf zone, according to Miller. She also warns that even though larger breed dogs like Labradors and setters that are naturally strong swimmers, need to be protected from the ocean.

“Even the fittest canine athlete isn't made for pounding surf, and dogs should be discouraged from going near rough water and rocky areas,” Miller said. “Remember, a small wave that comes up to your dog's elbow is the equivalent of a bigger wave that comes up to a human's knee.”

She also advises not to throw toys into active waves, as some dogs can become so focused on a ball or Frisbee that they will miss hazards under the water they would have caught otherwise.

If your dog is swept away, give him or her opportunity to swim back to shore.

“Dogs are far better equipped to ‘go with the flow’ and get themselves to shore than are humans,” Lindquist said. She advises, “Should your dog end up in the surf or rip current, stay safely on the shore.”

Lindquist said dog owners should also, “Be aware that the current may move the dog down the beach, and they may come ashore a distance from where you are located. Ensure that your dog has a microchip and a collar with ID, as this will make reuniting you both much quicker,” she added. If, however, you find yourself pulled into the water, it is important to remain calm and swim parallel to the shore. If you are not a strong swimmer, try to get the attention of those on shore and tread water and float calmly until help arrives.

Dogs provide us with an excellent opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Beaches are a popular spot for both canines and their humans. But if you decide to spend the day at the beach, do so with caution. Safe guard yourself, your family and your best friends and don’t get carried away. 

Other Safety Tips from Dr. Miller:

  • Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to drink—salt water is poisonous to a dog's stomach and intestines.
  • Rinse your dog's coat off to remove the saltwater and prevent skin irritation.
  • Cold water can shock even mildly arthritic joints and turn a pleasant day at the beach into a nightmare that can last for days or lead to drowning.
  • Also, as a safety precaution, any dog that is entering open water (beach, bay, or riding on a boat) should be fitted with a life vest, regardless of the dog's size.

More information can be found at:

Coast Guard camp­aign poster: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1876331

Coast Guard Public Service Announcement: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1876242

Surf B-Roll footage: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=758534

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. Additionally, we offer dog boarding at our Dublin location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

East Bay SPCA to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Veterinary Clinic and Shelter Renovations
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., January 14, 2013 – The East Bay SPCA  (EBSPCA) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 am to celebrate the construction of its new Full-Service Veterinary Clinic. The ceremony will take place at the EBSPCA’s Oakland Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic, 8323 Baldwin Street in Oakland. The current Veterinary Clinic will remain open while the new Veterinary Clinic is being built next to the existing building.

The new Veterinary Clinic will continue to offer high quality, affordable pet exams and health care for publicly owned dogs and cats, perform surgeries, and offer a convenient drop-in vaccine and microchip clinic. In 2012, the EBSPCA Veterinary Clinic examined 8,147 dogs and cats, vaccinated more than 20,400 animals and performed 1,745 surgeries.

The EBSPCA is one of the few nonprofit animal welfare organizations offering public veterinary services. Thousands of pet owners have come to rely on the EBSPCA as their “go-to” veterinary clinic that offers high-quality, friendly service.

“Currently the Veterinary Clinic serves more than 20,000 animals a year,” explains EBSPCA Executive Director Allison Lindquist. “For the past five years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of animals coming through our clinic doors. The community need is huge and we are bursting at the seams. Our new Veterinary Clinic will be able to significantly increase not only the number of patients served, but the number of life-saving procedures we can perform.”

The new 5,000 square foot stand-alone Veterinary Clinic will offer:

. Six examination rooms
. State-of-the art surgical suite and equipment
. A lobby with separate waiting areas for dogs and cats
. Separate recovery and holding areas for sick and injured animals
. Pharmacy, food and supplies storage areas

Lindquist says the new Veterinary Clinic will replace the dated Veterinary Clinic that the East Bay SPCA has operated since 1956. “Veterinary sheltering technology has improved significantly in the last 50 years. Coupled with a sustained increased need, the time is now to prepare for the future,” Lindquist explains.

The $3 million Veterinary Clinic is part of a $9 million renovation that the East Bay SPCA is undertaking that will double the shelter’s animal holding space and provide two additional classrooms for education programs, dog training classes, and community meeting space.

The animal holding areas will include additional isolation wards allowing for the intake of more animals with treatable but contagious diseases, as well as provide an upgraded energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that lowers costs while reducing the potential for illness among the animal population.

The main adoption hall will be renovated and dedicated to dogs only, while a separate adoption hall will be created solely for cats – increasing capacity to house more animals and decreasing the stress of the animals by creating visual and auditory separation. There will be improved, healthier habitats for all of the animals in EBSPCA’s care, and pleasant viewing and visitation areas for the public. 

Lindquist says the number of incoming dogs and cats has steadily increased since the downturn in the economy four years ago. In 2008, the EBSPCA sheltered 1,767 animals and by 2012 that number doubled to 3,583. “In these still difficult economic times, more people are surrendering their pets and municipal shelters simply don’t have the resources to keep up with the demand. These renovations and expansions to our existing Adoption Center will enable us to double the capacity of our adoption and holding areas,” Lindquist says.

The project will be paid for by a combination of saved funds and raised funds. W.L. Butler Construction has been hired as the General Contractor to build the project. Jerry Griffin is the construction manager. The architectural firm is Swatt Miers Architects. Structural engineering is provided by Yu Strandberg. Mechanical and plumbing engineering  is being handled by Interface Engineers. Koch Chun Knobloch & Associates is providing electrical engineering, Murray Engineers Inc., is the Geotechnical Engineer and Lea and Braze is the civil engineer.   

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. Additionally, we offer dog boarding at our Dublin location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

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East Bay SPCA Offers Cold Weather Pet Tips to Help Keep Animals Warm and Dry!
Monday, January 07, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif., January 8, 2013 – As temperatures drop, pet owners need to increase their cold-weather smarts! The East Bay SPCA would like to remind pet guardians to practice our cold weather tips to help keep their animals warm and dry!

East Bay SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Gwen Gadd says, “Our furry family members are not that different from us. If you feel your joints act up during cold or rainy weather, your pet is probably feeling the same way. During the rainy season, take the same precautions for Fluffy or Fido as you would for a beloved human family member. They deserve it.”

1. Make sure your pet is dry. Whether coming in from the rain after a potty break, or just after a bath, be sure to thoroughly dry your animal. Wet paws can lead to matting of the hair around the feet, and wet pets can get the chills!

2.  Beware, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the engine is started, cats can be injured or killed by the fan belt or other machinery. If there are outdoor or feral cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give stowaway cats the chance to escape.

3. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, hair length or a medical condition such as arthritis, consider getting him/her a sweater or jacket. You will want to choose clothing that is designed well and not too tight. If your dog becomes stressed wearing the attire, don’t force it! You can also take him/her on shorter walks to relieve discomfort of being in the cold or rain.

4. Some dogs dislike the rain and will avoid housetraining. Just like people, different dogs have different reactions to rainy weather. Some dogs revel in the water while it is difficult to get others outside. For the latter, consider a rain jacket or taking your pup on short walks with an umbrella. Also remember to give a lot of praise to remind your dog that going to the bathroom outside is a good thing!

5. Offer your dog plenty of enrichment! If you and your dog are not able to take long walks or get as much exercise due to the cold or rain, make sure you set aside extra time for play and enrichment. Enrichment is providing challenging and fun toys, games, and activities. It might be a good time to practice some training skills! Felines can also partake in enrichment through activities including hide-and-seek with treats, mentally stimulating toys, and more! Stronger bonds between you and your companion will improve their physical and emotional health as well as your own!

About East Bay SPCA

The East Bay SPCA (EBSPCA) is a 501(c) 3 non profit committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. We operate two adoption centers and two spay/neuter centers in Oakland and Dublin. We also offer dog training classes and humane education programs at both locations and provide a full-service veterinary clinic at our Oakland location. Additionally, we offer dog boarding at our Dublin location. The East Bay SPCA is one of the nation’s oldest humane organizations, in operation since 1874, and receives no funding from any national organizations. More information about EBSPCA can be found at www.eastbayspca.org or by calling 510.569.0702.

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East Bay SPCA Offers Holiday Pet Tips to Help People Keep Their Animals Happy and Safe!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012