April 18, 2012

Pet briefs (April 21)

The Sedgwick County Animal Response Team is collecting unopened, unexpired pet food and cat litter for the pets of victims of last Saturday’s tornado in southeast Wichita.

Pet food, litter sought for tornado victims

The Sedgwick County Animal Response Team is collecting unopened, unexpired pet food and cat litter for the pets of victims of last Saturday’s tornado in southeast Wichita.

Donations will be accepted at the Skaer Veterinary Clinic, 404 S. Edgemoor. Sedgwick County Animal Control will then coordinate pickup.

For tornado victims, the supplies will be available at the Oaklawn Community Center, 2937 E. Oaklawn Drive, daily from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, is waiving sheltering costs to house pets of owners affected by the storms who need boarding assistance. Stray animals found in the Oaklawn area are being taken to the Wichita Animal Shelter, 3303 N. Hillside.

Residents trying to find their pets should call Wichita Animal Control, 316-350-3360.

Free seminar on puppy care today at All Paws

Christen Skaer, a veterinarian at Skaer Veterinary Clinic, will conduct a free seminar today called “Raising a Happy, Healthy, Puppy.”

The seminar starts at 1 p.m. at All Paws Pet Center, 1444 N. Maize Road.

To reserve a seat, call 316-773-7297.

PEEP Spring Bird Fair on Sunday

Parrot Education & Entertainment People, or PEEP, will hold its 14th annual Spring Bird Fair on Sunday at the Sedgwick County 4-H Building, 21st and Ridge Road. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and admission is free.

The fair will feature birds, bird-related vendors, tips on training or caring for a parrot, and a donation table.

Money raised will help PEEP, a nonprofit organization, put on seminars and speaker events throughout the year and provide toys for the parrots at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Club members also help with parrot rescue and supply food, cages and toys for birds in need.

For more information, call 316-943-2888.

Family Dog to offer special classes in April

Family Dog Training & Behavioral Center, 6106 W. 69th St. North in Valley Center, is offering special classes the week of April 23-28. All participating dogs will need to have proof of vaccinations.

•  Basic Refresher Course: Does your leash work need some refinement? Does Sam’s sit, stay need a spit shine? How about polishing up Penelope’s appropriate greetings? Jump into spring and the outdoor season by freshening up your dog’s manners. Time: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 26. Cost is $40 for two-day session.
•  K9 Search & Rescue of Kansas Informational Session & Demonstration: K-9 Search and Rescue of Kansas was formed in 2005 as an all-volunteer group of people dedicated to training themselves and their dogs to National Association for Search and Rescue standards in the true spirit of volunteerism for all communities in need. Come see the canine heroes in our community at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Cost is $10, and a portion of the proceeds will go to K9SARK. Please, no dogs at this session.
•  Agility – What’s it all about? Come out for a day of agility fun. Watch your dog shine and run through the obstacles. The day will include short training sessions on various obstacles, and a sample course for your pup to work through. Class time 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Cost: $20.

To enroll or for more information, call 316-755-2839.

Kennel Club to hold low-cost microchip clinic

The Wichita Kennel Club will conduct a low-cost microchip clinic for dogs from 1 to 4 p.m. May 6 at the WKC building, 3448 N. Emporia.

The cost is $20 per dog for those preregistered by April 27 and $25 afterward. The fee includes implantation of the microchip by a licensed veterinarian and lifetime enrollment of your dog in the AKC Companion Animal Rescue database.

To preregister, e-mail with your name, number of dogs and preferred time. For more information, call 316-788-7616.

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