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)


Raising The Importance Of National Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Prevention

April, National Sexual Assault Awareness And National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Raising The Importance Of This Escalating Issue To The American Public
In the new book, The Whole Truth, Joe Klest shares his landmark journey protecting victims of sexual abuse and takes a controversial stand

The Child Maltreatment report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau reports that upwards of 61,0000 cases of child sexual abuse have been reported in the United States in one year. This number does not include the thousands of children that are suffering in silence, afraid to come forward.

The Whole Truth exposes the breadth of the bias against the Catholic Church using the child sexual abuse dilemma in society as a means for headline news. An amazing and liberating story told by the most credible and unprejudiced source, Joe Klest, the attorney who has successfully obtained a $28 million jury verdict in one of the highest awards in a sexual abuse case. In Joe’s research he has found that there is no statistical evidence that shows more abuse occurred in the Catholic Church than in any other institution or organization. The problem is similarly present across all religions, organizations or nationalities. The Whole Truth by Joseph Klest sheds light on the overwhelming reform that has transformed the Catholic Church into a blueprint for prevention and intervention of abuse. The steps you can take to protect your children from abuse and the legal recourse available if your child has been abused.

Based on the surveys and studies conducted by different denominations over the past 30 years, experts who study child abuse say they see little reason to conclude that sexual abuse is mostly a Catholic issue.  ‘We don’t see the Catholic Church as a hotbed of this or a place that has a bigger problem than anyone else,’ said Ernie Allen, President, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The famous “Spotlight” investigation by the Boston Globe wants us all to celebrate its “breaking” of the “Catholic” Abuse Scandal. The fact of the matter is that the Globe and the New York Times and other major media outlets have long been headlining abuse reports involving the Catholic Church proudly on page one, while instances in other religions and organizations received less moderate and standard coverage or no coverage at all. In fact, the full breadth of the problem has been little discussed and is much more far reaching than is presented to the public.

It seems that not a day goes by that the news reports another perpetrator who has been arrested in our schools, sports teams, camps or children’s programs for sexual abuse of a minor. The Whole Truth sets forth facts that every person should know about sexual abuse in America, especially if you have kids. For people who practice the Roman Catholic faith, this is a must read. However, every parent in the country and the world should be made aware that everything we hear, read and see about sexual abuse against children is not always as it seems. The book is especially compelling when you consider the long time author’s professional experience. He has no ax to grind, no predisposition, no prejudice regarding the subject matter. He came upon the astonishing facts presented in The Whole Truth in the trenches, helping victims of sexual abuse.

About the Author:

Author Joe Klest is a Chicago native who has practiced law for over 30 years. He is highly respected by his peers and is nationally recognized for his work in helping abuse victims. Mr. Klest has obtained significant outcomes for the victims of sexual abuse and assault. An especially notable result is a milestone victory for sexual abuse victims involving a $28,000,000 verdict in the matter of Snyder v. Kenny. The verdict represents the largest civil sexual abuse verdict in Illinois history and is among the largest in the nation. He is the coauthor of Illinois’s 2003 Child Protection Act, which expanded the statute of limitations to allow more victims to sue their abusers, and was a member of the American Association for Justice – Childhood Sexual Abuse Litigation Group.

He is currently a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has argued abuse cases before the Appellate and Supreme Courts. He has counseled thousands of sex abuse victims throughout the United States and around the world, and has handled over 500 sexual abuse cases against both individuals and institutions, including various Catholic dioceses. He is also the coauthor of the 2010 book, Illinois Injury Law – A Reference for Accident Victims, a guidebook for people who have been involved in serious accidents, or have family members who were, and need help sorting out the many legal, financial, medical and personal issues they face. Joe also has several years of film production experience under his belt, including but not limited to his recent role as producer of “Defending a Monster,” a feature-length documentary regarding the trial of John Wayne Gacy. Joe is also one of the producers of “Some Girl(s)”, a 2013 theatrically released narrative feature film.

The Whole Truth: What the Spotlight team of the Boston Globe fail to uncover about Sexual Abuse in America
Author: Joseph Klest
Foreword by Thomas Doyle, J.C.D
ISBN: 978-1523377114
Trade paperback, pp 152, $11.95, February 2016

Available on Amazon in print and ebook formats or directly through the website.

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