Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aurora Animal Shelter Finds New Effective Tool in Battle Against URI and Ringworm

 Contact: Cheryl Conway, P.R. Specialist
                Phone: 303-326-8292   Fax: 303-326-8294

After battling round-after-round of Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) in their cat kennels, the Aurora Animal Shelter agreed to test some new technology to see if they could reduce the condition.
            “A company representative showed me a beautiful brochure with data from millions-of-dollars of lab tests and explained that their system is currently being used in the International Space Station,” said Shelter Veterinarian Dr. Nicole Bartley, “but I told them I wasn’t impressed by mere lab tests.  I wanted to see if their unit worked in a live shelter environment before I would be interested in investing in it.”
            What is the technology?  At its most basic level it could be called an air purifier, but this unit is a horse of a different color.  Most air filtration systems require that all the air in a room passes through their unit in order to clean it.  Once a door opens or someone sneezes, the room is again contaminated until ALL air in the room again goes through the filter, a timely process.  This unit is different in that a photodynamic catalyst produces friendly oxidizers from humidity in the air.  The oxidizers move freely about the room, seeking out something to clean, instead of waiting for the contaminants to come to them.
            “This all sounded good,” said Bartley, “but I still wanted to see the unit in action.”
            The manufacturer, UVAIRx, agreed to place a unit in the Aurora Animal Shelter’s cattery and the veterinarian agreed to track data and document results.  The unit ran for six weeks, was turned off for the next four weeks, and then turned on again for another month.
            At the time of installation, the shelter had six cases of ring worm.  All felines undergoing treatment for the fungus had been housed in the main cat room.  Once the unit was installed, without any extra cleaning or disinfecting in the cattery, the ringworm outbreak was stopped cold.  There were no new cases of ringworm.  “While this doesn’t prove the unit stopped the ringworm,’ said Bartley, “it is highly suggestive and can be inferred.”
            During the first six weeks of testing the unit, the Aurora Animal Shelter tracked URI cases.  They continued to track URI when the unit was turned off (URI cases increased), and when it was again restarted.  After the unit was turned on the second time, there were NO cases of URI.
            “This surprised me,” said Bartley. “Two of the major things that impact URI are crowded cat rooms, and extended stays for the cats.  We met both those conditions when the unit was on, so we expected to see an increase in URI cases, but with the unit running, our cases of URI were virtually non-existent in the second run.”
            “I’m really impressed with this system,” relays Aurora Animal Care Division Manager Pamela Alford.  “So much so that, as a Board Member of Freedom Service Dogs, I suggested a controlled test for canine kennel cough at their facility.”
            UVAIRx agreed to install a unit in one closed room at Freedom Service Dogs (FSD), and compare data against a second closed room functioning without the system.  This test is currently in progress.
“I’m hopeful this unit will function as well for decreasing disease in our dog area, as it appears to work in our cattery,” says Alford.  “This system could be the next big breakthrough in maintaining a healthy animal shelter."
If you would like additional information about the air system in use at the Aurora Animal Shelter and FSD, go to or call Mark Magoon at 303-881-3664

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ho-Bo Care Boxer Rescue

Ho-Bo Care will have a booth at the Parker Farmer's Market this coming Sunday, August 21, where we will be collecting regsitrations for the 2nd Annual Ho-Bo Care Boxer Dash Fundraiser

There will also be boxers giving kisses for $1.00. :)

Check out Search Parker Magazine each month to get a stupendous coupon good at the Parker Farmer's Market - located in historic downtown Parker on East Main Street in front of Vines Wine Bar

Dog Wash Fundraiser @ Spawlash in Thornton

welcomes you to come visit a premier self-service dog wash and grooming salon in Thornton, Colorado. Unlike other salons in the surrounding metro area of Thornton, Northglenn, Westminster, and Denver, Spawlash offers your four legged companion a custom made full size bath tub, with temperature controlled spray hoses and non-slip rubber mats lining the bottom of each tub. We also offer a full range of grooming services provided by our professional staff.

We carry a wide range of pet products, some of which you won't find anywhere else, along with environmentally safe washing products and shampoos. Don't you think it's about time to give your dog a bath?
Dog Wash Fundraiser
August 21st from 9am - 1pm
At Spawlash in Thornton 
10351 Grant St., Unit 3

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lost My Pet

Use Coupon Code DOGGIE10

Trap Neuter Return Workshop

The Feline Fix Program, from the Rocky Mountain Alley Cat Alliance is doing 

a Trap Neuter Return Workshop
on Tuesday, August 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. 

Contact if you're interested in attending. Thanks for hosting, FAS!

Friday, August 12, 2011

2011 Shelter Dog Expo, Dinner& Silent Auction

Shelter Dog Expo, Dinner & Silent Auction


10:30am - 8:00pm

Event repeats yearly.

Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group

8851 W. 116th Circle


Phone: 303-242-1623

Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group (CRCG) will be hosting SMP's inaugural Shelter Dog Expo, Dinner & Silent Auction at their Broomfield facility. A huge indoor swimming pool for dogs with a dock and fenced, outdoor turfed agility area promise to make this an action-packed, fun-filled event for everyone with or without fur!!!

EXPO - 10:30 am to 4 pm
CONTESTS (prizes for best and worst):Belly Flop
Agility Run
Swim Race
Lap Dog
Human/Dog Look-A-Like

Guess the DNA
Agility Runs
Cloverton the Deaf Dog

Prime rib, salmon and vegetarian plates
On this 6th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, SMP's Executive Director, Nanette Martin, will share her award-winning images of the aftermath and animal rescue effort in and around New Orleans.

Key Note Speaker - Kay Anderson, The Human Side
Code 3 Associates
More to be announced

SILENT AUCTION - 10:30 am to 7 pmBids will be taken throughout the day and evening. Winners will be announced after dinner.

Sponsored by:
We are looking for interested parties to sponsor this event. Please contact Myra at 303-525-6230 or for more information.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dumb Friends League extends adoption special for cats and kittens through August

DENVER (August 4, 2011)  It’s the “Cat Days of Summer” at the Dumb Friends League. There are more than 700 cats and kittens in the organization’s care. To help more felines like Stripes find homes this summer, the League will continue to offer adoption specials for cats.

Through Aug. 31, adoption fees are only $10 for cats 5 months and older, and kitten adoption fees are reduced from $120 to $70—a savings of $50. The specials are taking place at both shelter locations—the Quebec Street shelter in Denver and the Buddy Center in Castle Rock.

“We have discounted adoption fees because we would rather see more cats in loving homes than in our shelters,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “Now more than ever, we need people to adopt.”

Every cat adoption fee includes a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip ID implant, a free office visit with a participating veterinarian and a bag of Hill’s Science Diet pet food. The League spends approximately $300 for each homeless cat that comes through their doors, including shelter, food and medical care.

“By choosing to adopt, you get a great deal financially while giving a homeless pet a second chance at happiness,” said Rohde. “Plus, adopters welcome more love and companionship into their own lives.”

People who cannot adopt at this time may still help by becoming foster parents for needy cats or dogs. Foster volunteers provide temporary care for an animal in their homes—for a few weeks or months—until they are ready for adoption or space is available at the shelters. The League provides foster-care volunteers with food and supplies, as well as veterinary care for pets as needed.

Interested adopters can view all pets in need of homes online at as well as visit the Dumb Friends Quebec Street shelter in Denver or the Buddy Center in Castle Rock. For more information on the adoption specials and volunteering as a foster parent, visit or call (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League
As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond for more than 100 years. The Dumb Friends League has two shelter locations: 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Nestlé Purina Recalls Limited Number of Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk

Consumer Contact: Nestlé Purina PetCare Office of Consumer Affairs: 1-800-982-6559

Media Contact: Keith Schopp – 314-982-2577

St. Louis, Missouri, July 29, 2011 . . . Nestl&eacut; Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5- and 7-pound bags of its Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food from a single production run and shipped to customers in 12 states in December 2010. This is being done because some bags of the product have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Only Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food with both the "Best By" date and the production code shown are included in this voluntary recall:
Product NameBag Size"Best By" Date & Production Code*Bag UPC Code
Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+  3.5 lb.MAY 2012 0334108417800 01885
Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+  3.5 lb.MAY 2012 0335108417800 01885
Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+  7 lb.MAY 2012 0334108417800 01887
Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+  7 lb.MAY 2012 0335108417800 01887
* "Best By" Date and Production Code are found on the back or bottom of the bag.
No additional Purina cat or dog products are involved in this voluntary recall. No other Purina ONE brand products are involved. Only Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ brand products which match the "Best By" dates and production code above are included in this recall.
Consumers who have purchased Purina ONE Vibrant Maturity 7+ Dry Cat Food products with these specific "Best By" Date and Production Codes should discontinue feeding the product and discard it.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the product, and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated products. People handling contaminated dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may exhibit decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The product was distributed to customers located in California, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin, who may have further distributed the product to other states.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company became aware of the contamination as a result of samples that had been collected in several retail stores.
At Nestlé Purina PetCare, the safety and efficacy of our products are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this voluntary recall. For further information or to obtain a product refund, please call NPPC toll-free at 1-800-982-6559 or

7th Annual Rocky Mountain Critterfest

Mile High Weimaraner Rescue

This event will bring together animal rehabilitation and protection groups from around Colorado to present valuable information to help increase public awareness. 

Each year the event has been growing and last year's event was our biggest ever with over 20 different rescue organizations from around the state and resulted in the successful adoption of several animals.

This event is held on the same days as the Mountain Arts Festival at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in beautiful Woodland Park across the street from the museum so a large volume of attendance is expected this year, as in year's past.

WHERE: Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park
WHEN: Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th
TIME:9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

Max Fund Adopt a Pet Tonight

At the Westminster Promenade
Starting at 6pm

This is a free event with food, music & other live entertainment, fun for the whole family! 

We will have the mobile adoption van there with adoptable pets and information about Maxfund.

Bella Luna Cique Show at 6:30pm

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


2721 W 120th Ave Unit A-100
 (North East corner of Federal & 120th)




See The Gillett Vet Race Cars!


GSROR  German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies will be there.