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Give a Dog a Bone Week

Give A Dog A Bone Week starts tomorrow, August 2nd! What is that, exactly? It’s actually a charity event, aimed at helping shelters provide food to homeless dogs. That’s definitely a cause we’re happy to support! A Murrieta, CA vet discusses this wonderful project below.

Bones

Before moving on to the ‘meat’ of this topic, we need to address, well, bones. The image of dogs happily gnawing on bones is both iconic and familiar. It’s also misinformed. You actually should never give your pet a bone, especially a cooked one. Bones get soft when they’re cooked, and can actually break off into sharp shards. This makes them a huge choking hazard. Plus, they can cause very dangerous—and potentially fatal—internal injuries if swallowed. Give Fido a bone-shaped treat, or, better yet, offer him some plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken.

Helping Homeless Dogs

There are many great ways to partake in this great cause. The event was started by Pets of the Homeless. There are over 400 different Pets of The Homeless sites where you can drop off donations. The closest one to us is in Columbus. However, you can still honor the intent and spirit of the event by donating food to any animal rescue or shelter.

Sad Statistics

Did you know that over 6.5 million dogs go into American shelters every year? Those numbers may tick down a bit this year, however. When the Coronavirus pandemic started, several shelters found themselves with empty kennels, as people rushed out to adopt pets. That’s definitely a bright spot in a very gloomy year!

Other Ways To Help

Donating food is always a great way to help homeless pets. However, it isn’t the only option. You can also donate supplies. If you’re up for a bigger commitment, you may want to look into volunteering or even fostering. Even sharing the word on social media can help. Of course, the best way to keep a homeless dog fed is to adopt one.You’ll of course need to think carefully before proceeding. Adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment! However, if all lights are green, go for it. You’ll be repaid for your kindness with countless tail wags, happy dances, and unconditional love. That’s a pretty good deal in our book! 

Please reach out to us, your local Murrieta, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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