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Despite Official Closing, Volunteers Keep Animal Shelter Going

Posted on: October 4th, 2013 by

a black dog sits outside the Meridian Valley Humane Society and is very happy.Update as of November 5th, 2013: The Meridian Valley Humane Society has officially reopened! They will be holding their grand opening at the new shelter located at 191 N. Linder Road on November 17th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Originally posted on October 4th, 2013. The Meridian Animal Shelter closed on September 30, 2013 but thanks to a dedicated group of about 35 volunteers, the Meridian Valley Humane Society (MVHS) will continue to offer re-homing and rescue services in the Meridian, ID area.

The MVHS is an all volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization who states their mission is “providing compassion, protection, welfare, and responsible adoption for homeless, abandoned and abused animals.”

According to one volunteer who has been with the organization for three years, Debby Decker, the volunteers pride themselves on taking the time to get to know the dog so they can find a family that is the right fit and find their forever home.

The new address of the Meridian Valley Humane Society will be 191 N. Linder Rd., Meridian, Idaho 83642.

MVHS recently acquired the new location and according to Decker it needs some major cleaning, painting and sprucing up, but they hope to be open by early November at the latest. Once their new location is ready they’ll be able to accept and adopt animals again. Until then, their permanent mailbox is 3313 W. Cherry Ln. #603, Meridian, ID 83642.

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Dog Breed Guide: Shih Tzus

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by

a shih tzu dog sits down with a clip in her hair.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

About Shih Tzus

Height (to base of neck): 9-10.5″ (male and females)

Weight: 9-16 lbs (male and females)

Color: Their coat can be any color

Origin: Tibet

Coat: Dense long, straight double coat

Life Expectancy: 13-15 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Low to moderate

Is a Shih Tzu the Right Dog Breed for You?

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Are Bully Sticks Bad for Dog Teeth?

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance, to answer some Facebook questions for you guys.

Our next question is: My 2-year-old Chihuahua loves his bully stick in the 6″ size. I’m wondering since he goes through them so quickly if he’s hurting his teeth, I’ve noticed that his teeth are actually getting smaller. It concerns me that you mentioned his teeth are getting smaller; it’s not normal for an adult tooth to actually regress in size. My concern is that possibly what’s happening due to excessive wear and tear at the teeth, they may actually be fracturing due to chewing on this hard surface.

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Have You Met Sir Stuffington?

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 by

A rescued kitten who lost an eye and has a disfigured jaw wears a pirate eye patch and head scarf.

Have you met the latest cat internet sensation, Sir Stuffington?

According to the Multnomah County Animal Shelter (MultCoPets.org) Sir Stuffington, the pirate costume wearing adorable one-eyed kitten with an injured jaw, arrived at the Shelter along with two siblings on September 13th after being rescued off the street.

The shelter’s website reports, “in addition to being filthy, covered with fleas, and suffering from an upper respiratory infection (URI), it was clear he had survived some sort of traumatic injury that caused a disfigured jaw and the loss of one eye. He also has a heart murmur and flea anemia. All three kittens have calicivirus, which is contagious to other cats.” They continue, “Donations will allow us to offer Sir Stuffington the extra medical care he needs to grow into a happy, healthy cat. Sir Stuffington is not yet available for adoption. It will likely be two months or so, but we will let everyone know when he and his siblings become available.”

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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs-Can You Treat Holistically?

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet health insurance provider Pets Best Insurance 

My name is Marc Caldwell. I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions for you guys. Our next question is: Are there holistic treatments for my dog’s Cushing’s Disease? The dog is 13 years old and has been on medication, but it’s starting to take a toll on him. So I’d like to seek holistic treatments.

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