April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Six Ways To Honor Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month, and DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital encourages pet owners to honor the occasion by being as informed and proactive as possible. “Every year, DoveLewis provides emergency veterinary care to more than 12,500 patients,” said Dr. Christy Michael of DoveLewis. “No one expects or hopes to deal with a pet emergency, but it’s important to be prepared so you can remain calm and focused in any type of situation.”

1. Take a free pet first aid workshop. DoveLewis is proud to offer free pet first aid workshops taught by leading veterinary professionals, including 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year Megan Brashear. The next workshop will be held on Thursday, May 8 from 7:00-8:00PM. Those interested in attending may register online here. All workshops are held in the DoveLewis Community Room at 1945 NW Pettygrove Street in Portland, Oregon.

2. Pack a pet first aid kit. Keep a first aid safety kit on hand at home and in your car. Not sure what to include? Download this free list of pet first aid kit supplies. Make sure to also include essential medical record information including your pet’s name, age, breed, sex, microchip number, vaccine history, and any pre-exiting health problems with any kit. This will make it easier to relay this information to a veterinarian if you call for assistance.

3. Keep important phone numbers on hand. It’s a good idea to keep key resources at your fingertips, so that you can act quickly in an emergency situation. Add the following organizations’ phone numbers to your contacts: DoveLewis (503.228.7281), Animal Poison Control Center (888.426.4435) and Pet Poison Help Line (800.213.6680).

4. Know where you can take your pet for emergency veterinary care. Often times, your regular veterinarian will be equipped to handle a pet emergency. But many general practice veterinary clinics are not open in the evenings or on the weekends. Remember DoveLewis is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, every single day of the year (even on major holidays). DoveLewis also accepts referrals, so if your pet requires emergency care that is beyond the scope of your regular veterinarian, the staff at DoveLewis is here to help.

5. Set aside some money to help pay for emergency veterinary care. Just like emergency care for humans, emergency care for animals is not cheap. Set aside a bit of money every month so you’ll have funds to draw from if an emergency situation arises. Low-income families facing a pet emergency may qualify for financial assistance through the DoveLewis Velvet Assistance Fund, a donor-funded program. Its $120,000 in annual assistance is one of the highest totals provided in the entire country.

6. Consider getting pet insurance. If you’re on the fence about it, you might want to read this article by Canine Journal and then do some of your own research to determine what’s best for you and your pet.


About DoveLewis
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, established in 1973 and based in Portland, Ore., is the only nonprofit, 24-hour emergency and intensive care unit in the region. DoveLewis provides donor-funded programs to the community, including one of the United States’ largest volunteer-based animal blood banks, a nationally recognized pet loss support program, a partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind to bring animal-assisted therapy and education to the community, 24-hour stabilizing care for lost, stray and wild animals and financial assistance for qualifying low-income families and abused animals. Celebrating 40 years of service to the community, DoveLewis has treated over 500,000 animals and has been deemed one of Oregon’s Most Admired Nonprofits by The Portland Business Journal for seven years! For more information, please visit http://www.dovelewis.org.

(courtesy of Media Contact Shawna Harch)


passing along this info from Hi-Tor Animal Shelter


Adopt your ‪#‎furryvalentine‬ at Hi Tor this month. Throughout ‪#‎February‬ANY animal 4 years and older is available for the very reduced fee of $14. As always they will be screening all potential adopters to ensure the safety and well being of all pets. Stop by and meet your match at ‪#‎hitor‬!


65 Firemen’s Memorial Dr.
Pomona, NY  10970
Tel. (845) 354-7900
Fax (845) 354-6308

click HERE for directions

​Shelter Hours

Monday:  12:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday:  12:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday: Closed to the public
Thursday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
​Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Previously Posted: An Interview With Tigger

I came across this post from January 31, 2010. It appeared on Pets and Their Authors: Get the lowdown on your favorite authors… straight from their pets’ mouths! and hosted by Mayra Calvani. …found this just as Tigger started nudging me for dinner, lol.

(BTW, I am putting a cat into my current WIP)

Interview with Tigger, proud owner of
Chelle Cordero

My guest today is a kitty
named Tigger. He shares
his home with romance
and suspense author
Chelle Cordero. Also with
two other cats (see below right).
Tigger is here today to spill the beans on Chelle…

Tell us, Tigger. How did you come to live with Chelle?

My mom, Chelle arrived at the Animal Shelter in Pomona, NY one
day in September 2008 where I had just been dropped off a few
days earlier. She had some 2-legged family members with her and
they were quite noisy coming into the room where I was sleeping –
actually I was imprisoned behind bars!

I heard them come in and began waving frantically for rescue.
Chelle heard me and saw my paw signaling to her. I heard her talk
with Mark (my 
dad) about my age, I was three years old then, and
they said I needed “saving”.

I was really thankful and made sure
to cozy up to them in the 

“acquaintance room”. They started
the paperwork to adopt me… but
before I could get them to make our
great escape, they picked out two
kittens to come home with us as well.
(Actually I’ve grown pretty close to
my new brothers.)

Why did she name you Tigger? Is she a Winnie de Pooh fan?

Tigger was the name on the cage where they found me – the people I
lived with before had called me that. I was told they had to give me up
because of allergies, it was a bummer. But good things came out of it
and I 
am very happy being here.

What’s it like living with Chelle?

I think it’s pretty great living here. Chelle is “My person” and I’ve made 
that pretty clear to my brothers, Mario and Luigi, and the other two-
legged residents here.

Mom and Dad have always had feline family members and I’ve seen
lots of pictures of my past brothers and sisters – the house is fairly well
broken in for comfort. We get served our meals twice a day but there’s
always water and crunchies if we feel like snacking ‘round the clock. And
we have our own bathroom downstairs with two litter boxes so we never
have to wait. They also buy us toys and play with us a lot.

I hear she writes books…
Tell us about them.

She writes a lot! Sometimes she gets
so busy and I try to help her, but I get
a lot of typos on the keyboard. I do
send a lot of her emails though, that’s
easy, I just hit the mouse on her desk
for her – unfortunately I don’t always
wait for her to finish typing her email.

She writes mostly romantic suspense –
quite steamy! (I’m neutered so I don’t  really understand about all that)
I’ve heard that the love stories are very deep and a lot of people enjoy
reading them. 
Let me see if I can remember all of the titles –
Bartlett’s Rule, Forgotten, Within the Law, Courage of the Heart,
Final Sin, Hostage Heart and her most recent 
A Chaunce of Riches. Final Sin is a murder mystery.

Of all her books, which one is your favorite? Why?

I would feel better about her books if she had a nice cat or two in them…

I’ve changed my favorites a few times with some of her newer books.
Right now I think I am partial to 
Hostage Heart. The hero, Ryan, is not
the man that the heroine, Deanna, thinks he is, and that really makes
the story interesting. Also 
Hostage Heart is post Katrina and Ike and
Chelle did a lot of research into that since much of the action takes place
down south. Just 
reading it really makes me want to meow with a
southern drawl. Just recently author and editor Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Bartlett’s Rule by Chelle to her Top Ten Reads list of 2009! It’s a
really good book with a story that is well worth telling.

Authors are pretty busy… does she have time for you?

She always manages to make time although sometimes I want more.
I think Chelle originated the attack-hug and she even purrs at me.
I like it when she scratches my ears.

Since she has a home office, I try to “go to work” with her every day.
Sometimes it’s a very long day and we are both so tired at the end
of the day. I love the commute though!

Are you allowed to sit on her lap while she writes?

I let her type at my desk. Actually it started out as hers but I sort of
took it over. I have this one favorite spot to curl up right under her
desk lamp so I feel all warm and relaxed. Chelle keeps a small bowl
on the desk and a bottle of water so when I get thirsty I can have a
drink of 
water – it helps me think when we are trying to work out a
story plot.

Does she have a website and blog?

Yes, yes and yes. Chelle has a very nice website at http://ChelleCordero.com and she has an author blog at http://ChelleCordero.blogspot.com. Everyone can read
about her books and all 
of the other websites she is involved with.
They also can see how to connect with her on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Chelle also offers a weekly online writing course available with a Kindle
subscription called
Living, Breathing, Writing (http://bit.ly/Wmg8W).
She gets down to the nitty-gritty of writing and being a professional writing.
Her weekly articles are full of great tips and she always offers 
writing prompts and exercises – I love it when she lets me try out a writing prompt or two.

Thanks so much for letting me talk about my mom, author Chelle Cordero. I think she’s kind of purr-fect.

Thank you for spilling the beans, Tigger!