Shuswap Paws Adoptions

Saturday, July 14th 10am-4pm.   Vernon Paw Street Market.

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A fun and rewarding Dog Wash Fundraiser for this local group raising money for rescues. They will have kittens & puppies that need adoption.  Shuswap Paws will also have a few items to purchase, all going toward the society. Please come out and support them if possible. Thank You.

About Shuswap Paws Rescue Society:  We are a not for profit society that helps animals from the Shuswap area and other small towns surrounding, like Lumby, Armstrong, Chase, Revelstoke and more.Handmade or salvaged items from the Shuswap. Raising money to help spay and neuter cats and kittens in our area. Hoping to help reduce overpopulation. Also paying medical bills on rescued stray animals.

Shuswap Paws Rescue Society Facebook Page

4H Young Riders Fundraiser

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The Vernon Young Rider's group consists of kids aged 7-20, who are doing projects on horse, dog and photography.  Each of the kids are learning responsibility, and to be confident in their community. We hope that by doing a fundraiser, it will help with the costs of lessons for these projects as well as club fee's and expenses.

The 4-H program provides young people with an opportunity to learn how to become productive, self-assured adults who can make their community and country a good place in which to live. This is fostered through project and program work, experiences with their 4-H club members and leaders and their participation in district, regional and even provincial programs.

The goal of the 4-H program is youth development. The objectives of 4-H clubs are knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development.

4-H is an organization dedicated to young people. The purpose of the 4-H program is to prepare girls and boys for their future as adult citizens. 4-H stands for head, heart, hands and health. The 4-H pledge describes the significance of the four H's:

I pledge:

My HEAD to clearer thinking,

My HEART to greater loyalty,

My HANDS to larger service,

My HEALTH to better living,

For my Club, my Community and My Country.

Vernon Treat Trail

Our first Halloween Treat Trail is coming up. Treats for the kids and pets welcome on leashes. Our activities start at store opening at 9am till 9pm. Vernon location only
Prizes include: Biggest Pet | Smallest Pet | Best Trick

Pics for our Facebook and Instagram pages. 
Oct 31st. 3-5pm. Tell your friends and family!
See below for the trail map and participating locations.

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Crate Escapes Wash

The group from Crate Escape Dog Adventures came in on Friday and had fun using our Dog Wash Station in Vernon. Thanks, everyone!
Visit them at:
Offering dog hikes, training, and in-home boarding in the Okanagan.

Wildfires and your pet

With our air quality continuing to deteriorate due to the wildfires here in BC, the question that many of us have is “will all this smoke affect my pets?”

If your pet is healthy then there really isn’t much to worry about. Like people, pets have built-in mechanisms to help us filter-out particulate matter from the air. However, you may notice that your pet is lethargic, has watery eyes, and may occasionally cough or sneeze more often. As is recommended for people, avoid strenuous exercise at this time.

If your pet suffers from respiratory, cardiovascular or eye conditions (e.g. dry eye), they are more at-risk of adverse reactions from poor air quality. Look for symptoms such as coughing, increased respiratory rate, difficulty breathing, eye redness, irritation or discharge. Definitely avoid strenuous activity / exercise and also situations that may cause your pet’s respiratory rate to increase (e.g. things that make them anxious).

Finally, if your pet is taking medication for a respiratory illness or an eye condition, ask your Veterinarian if their dosage needs to be adjusted until the air quality improves.

Tips To Help Keep Your Pets Safe During Poor Air Quality Conditions:

  • Avoid exercising your pet outside when air quality is poor;
  • Make sure they have access to plenty of fresh water;
  • Keep all doors and windows closed, allow access to cooler areas of your home and keep fan/AC on;
  • Avoid using fans / AC units that draw air in from the outside (most air systems have a ‘re-circulate’ option);
  • consider buying an air filter (not just for your pets, but for you too!);
  • If you have an outdoor cat, keep them indoors temporarily until air quality improves; and,
  • If you smoke, do not do it near your pet. Under normal circumstances second-hand smoke is bad for animals, it may exacerbate symptoms during this time.

Stay safe! ~Dr. Renee Ferguson

Mountain View Veterinary Hospital.
West Kootenay Animal Hospital: Forest Fires and Your Pet
Vets To Go: "Very High Risk" Air Quality Affects Pets, Too

Pet-Owner Sample Pics

Thank You for all that turned out for the Pet-Owner Shoot. The images will be e-mailed to you by June 22nd for you to proof. Pick up and pay for chosen ones in our Vernon store. Then the full image files will be sent to you.  Here are a few images that were taken of the pets only. 

Thank you.