Happy Tails of the Week - August 14th, 2019

What’s Safe for Fido?

Do you ever wonder what human foods are safe and healthy for your dog? We try to keep our dogs on their canine diets but sometimes we just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel!

If you’d like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies. Here are a few “dog-approved” people foods:

  1. Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter. NOTE: Be absolutely sure that you’re not using sugar-free or “lite” peanut butter that has artificial sweeteners, particularly xylitol, as these substances are incredibly toxic to dogs.

  2. Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet. This also makes a good meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.

  3. Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice.

  4. Baby carrots. Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.

  5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein. But make sure to only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or added sugars. Yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog’s digestive system.

  6. Salmon. A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as well as supporting your dog’s immune system. Feed your dog cooked salmon, add salmon oil to her food bowl, or slip him some of your unwanted fish skins.

  7. Pumpkin. Good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid with digestive issues.

  8. Eggs. Scrambling up an egg for your pup is a great way to give her diet a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a healthy snack.

  9. Green beans. These make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt.

  10. Apple slices. Apples help to clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which helps to freshen her breath. Apples are a good source of fiber as well as vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards.

  11. Oatmeal. A great source of soluble fiber, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavor additives.

These are just a few of the dog approved people food that you can toss your dog’s way. Remember to try them in small amounts. If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian.

Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it’s safe. Never feed your dog toxic human items such as: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocados, alcohol, or coffee. Consult your veterinarian with any questions on what is safe and what is harmful.

#WeHeartMona Update

"Hey everyone.. Mona here.. checking in! I’m 2 weeks into my 1st round of heart worm treatment and I’ve got this!! Lucky for my foster mom I’m a pretty laid back lady! A couple more weeks and I get to do this all over again!"

Our sweet Mona is championing her heart worm treatment! Please keep her in your thoughts as she overcomes this intense case of heart worm.

Peanut Pups Update

We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your thoughts, prayers, donations and support for the Peanut Pups. Over the past month of fundraisers, we’ve raised $6,628 to help pay for the Peanut Pups hefty $20,000 vet bills.

And we’re not done yet! Every dollar donated to our RallyUp campaign goes directly to these bills AND enters you into win 5 Disney Hopper passes!! Support through RallyUp Here: https://go.rallyup.com/haveaheart-tlcrescuepa/

Because of your support and the loving care of VRC and our fosters, ALL seven peanut pups are happily in their furever homes and we can continue to save more lives. Because of you, we can continue to live up to our mission... Until they all have a home...

Happy Tails of the Week - August 5th, 2019

Why We Do What We Do

For this week’s Happy Tails, we want to share a message from one of our fosters about her recent momma and her puppies. Click here to learn more about being a foster family for TLC dogs!

At the beginning of March, I learned of a sweet little Chihuahua who was just 1 year old and pregnant. The owner did not want her and certainly didn’t want to deal with the puppies she was going to have.

Something about this little girl pulled at my heart. (don’t they all?) There was something different about this one though. I knew we needed to help her. Luckily, I am backed by the greatest rescue who agreed that she deserved to be saved.

I drove to Philly the next day to pick her up. She was so skinny and terrified. I didn’t know if she would ever trust but I was going love her regardless. It took her about 5 hours of being in my home to realize that we were now “her” people. She was attached! (And so was I)

Over the next couple months, I asked a million questions, worried about her, loved her, and made sure she was pampered as she grew her babies. As birth day grew closer, I monitored her constantly. If I couldn’t be home with her, I was staring at a camera set up to watch her all day long. The day finally came. I was at work and could see on the camera that she was getting close. I left work early and got home as fast as I could. I talked to her through the camera the entire way. “You’re safe little girl. I know you’re uncomfortable. Please wait for your foster momma to get there.” When I got home, I sat with her in her whelping box. She immediately started transitioning to active labor and within 15 mins, Adeline was born. Clementine didn’t waste any time from there. All 6 babies were out within 2 hours.

Watching her babies grow and learn each day was amazing. Each step was a joy to watch. From opening their eyes, learning to walk, eating their first food and watching them learn to socialize with other dogs, etc. They quickly grew into little balls of energy with very different personalities. Everyday I fell in love with them a little more. I was concerned I was to own 7 chihuahuas. How was I ever going to let them go?

The day came that these babies went to a new foster and then into loving homes. Each one is special and will always hold a place in my heart. It has been an amazing journey with this momma and her puppies. I could have never have done it without the support of the TLC team and the other wonderful fosters that helped.

Happy Tails of the Week - July 30th, 2019


TLC @ the Goshen Country Fair!

The Goshen Country Fair started on Monday, and we'll be there ALL WEEK with some of our adoptable dogs! Ride some rides, eat some good food and come meet your new best friend!

Fair hours:
6:00 – 10:00 PM – Monday, July 29– Friday, August, 2
5:00 – 10:00 PM – Saturday, August 3

Happy Tails of the Week - July 23rd, 2019

TLC needs fosters!

In addition to the photos of TLC dogs adopted last week, we’d like to put out a call to action to our followers: We need life savers. We need foster families. We are in desperate need of foster homes for our dogs. If you’ve ever considered it, now is the time.

Perhaps you’re looking to adopt a dog but don’t know whether you want a puppy or an adult, a male or female, a long haired dog or a short haired dog. Maybe you don’t know if you’re ready to make the lifetime commitment yet. If you become a foster, you might just find the dog of your dreams!

We provide you everything you need to foster, including food, preventatives, toys, towels, crates and support. Anything your foster dog needs, we provide. We just ask that you love your foster dog, show them off at our events (don’t worry, if you can’t make it we can have a volunteer pick the dog up and bring it back to you) and show them they are safe and out of the shelter.

Now is the time to act.
Now is the time to join our team.
Now is the time to be a life saver!

Click here to apply to be a foster today.

Happy Tails of the Week - July 16th, 2019

Dog Days of Summer

Not only do we live up to our motto “until they all have a home...” by making sure our dogs find the perfect family, we also like to make sure we’re keeping our pets safe in the brutal summer heat that’s bearing down on us! Keep your dog in top shape during the warmer months with these care tips.

  • NEVER leave your dog in an unattended car in warm weather for any length of time. The temperature inside a car gets much hotter than the outside weather, even with the windows cracked open.

  • If you’re going to be out for more than an hour or so, bring a jug of ice or water for them drink as needed.

  • If it is a very hot day, check the pavement, especially black top. If it feels hot to you, it will be hot for your puppy’s paws.

  • Letting a puppy cool off in a pond or pool is a fun way to relax, but be sure they don’t drink too much of the water in the pond or pool.

  • After a pup swims in a chlorinated pool, try to rinse it off with fresh water from a hose. Chlorine can be an irritant to the skin, eyes, or ears of some dogs.

  • Remember to give your pup its monthly heartworm pill.

  • Heartworms, ticks and fleas are more of a problem in warmer months and can cause serious health problems, remember to give your pup its flea and tick control product to protect your dog from infestation and illness.

  • Avoid using cocoa mulch, pesticides, fertilizers and other gardening products that can pose hazards to pets, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

  • Summertime can also bring major weather events like hurricanes and tornados. Remember, never leave your pets behind – if conditions aren’t safe for you, they are not safe for your pets. Visit humanesociety.org/disaster for tips on disaster preparedness.

  • Sunburn is a danger for pets who spend time outdoors. Use a pet-friendly sunscreen to protect your pet from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause skin cancer especially of the ears and nose