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Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Mary Queen of Angels Students Raise Funds for Several Area Charities

Mary Queen of Angels Students Raise Funds for Several Area Charities

Students at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga are always ready to help a worthy cause. On Friday, May 20, they held a casual day event to raise funds for Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and urgent care animal shelter located in Marilla.

Recently, MQA students have also raised funds for the Hawk Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in East Aurora, the Response to Love Center in Buffalo, and for tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

Their most recent effort resulted in a check presentation to Pet Connection in the amount of $167.

How Do You Define 'Natural' Pet Products?

How Do You Define 'Natural' Pet Products?

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

It's safe to say neither cats nor dogs give one whisker about whether the products they use are eco-friendly. Yet more pet owners do — and the pet industry is responding.

The exploding popularity of sustainable living has manifested itself in an increasing number of products being marketed as eco-friendly options for earth-conscious owners of all types of pets. Walk down the aisle of your local grocery store, and you'll see countless bags and boxes whose now-leafy labels boast “green,” “natural” or “organic” claims.

Rescue Group Searching For Lost Dog

Rescue Group Searching For Lost Dog

Black Dog Second Chance, a local non-profit animal rescue group, is looking for help from the public in finding "Kira" a dog that went missing recently.

Kira is a 9-year-old Husky mix that was rescued from an out-of-state high-kill shelter a few months ago. She went missing while out for a walk Saturday in the Clarence/Akron area.  She was last seen Sunday morning in Clarence on Davson Road, and originally went missing near Keller Road and Salt Road.

Black Dog Second Chance is offering a reward for her return, please contact them with information at their website, here, or call (716) 622-7217.

Free Rabies Clinic

Free Rabies Clinic

The Town of Amherst, partnering with the Erie County Department of Health and Legislator Ed Rath, will be holding a free rabies clinic on Wednesday, May 25 from 4-8 PM at the Amherst Highway Department 1042 North Forest Road. No appointment is necessary.

  

Dog Walk and Yard Sale Events Highlight Pet Connection June Calendar

Dog Walk and Yard Sale Events Highlight Pet Connection June Calendar

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a nonprofit maternity and special care animal shelter located in Marilla, has several community events planned throughout the month of June. The shelter has been placing animals into loving homes throughout Western New York since 1984.

Pet Connection’s sixth annual “Tails on the Trails” dog walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Como Lake Park Casino in Lancaster. In addition to the dog walk, there will be contests, raffles, a basket auction, vendors and a cookout. Other activities and demonstrations include a “good citizen” dog test, pet blessing, pet psychic, pet first aid, dog agility and much more.

Minimize Pet Stress With These Helpful Moving Tips

Minimize Pet Stress With These Helpful Moving Tips

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

 

Moving with pets? You’re not alone. According to a recent study by the American Pet Products Association, 11 million families move with their pets annually. So how do you keep Fluffy happy when prepping for a new move? Easy: plan ahead.