Allow us to introduce you to this week's Pet of the Week from the Vanderburgh Humane Society. Meet Gumbo.
Are you looking for a big goofball that is unaware of his own size and goofiness? Gumbo might be the guy for you! This 3-year-old mastiff/bulldog mix arrived at VHS via Puppy Pipeline Rescue of Georgia. While not always the most graceful, you will quickly be charmed by Gumbo's laid-back, "I'm just happy to be here" attitude. He has lived with other dogs, but we recommend a meet and great with everyone in the home before adoption. His adoption fee is $150 and includes his neuter, microchip, and vaccinations.
Learn more about Gumbo or apply for adoption here, www.vhslifesaver.org/adopt/adoptable-dogs
VHS tips to keep your pets safe during winter weather
Are you and your pets prepared for a winter storm? Read our winter storm pet safety tips below!
Keep your pets indoors! We believe that pets are family members and should reside inside with their families, no matter the weather. Cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Fur does not protect pets from long-term exposure to below-freezing temperatures. Do not leave pets unattended outdoors. Consider shortening dogs' walks or adding a sweater to protect them from the cold. Stock up! Ensure that you have enough of your pets' food and medications to last several days. Don’t forget about foster animals! Stop by the shelter TODAY to stock up on foster supplies! For feral cats and livestock: ensure access to fresh water and food. Provide extra insulation in shelters using straw or items like foam coolers, not blankets. Blankets absorb moisture and freeze. Do not set feral traps when temperatures are below freezing. Wipe dog's paws, legs, and bellies after walks to remove toxic deicers and antifreeze. Use caution with space heaters, candles, and other heating elements. Make sure they’re out of reach of pets and far from flammable material.
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Wanna watch cats playing LIVE 24/7 (if they’re not sleeping) on their new Petcube Play in the Cageless Cat Lounge and at the River Kitty Cat Cafe. Download the free Petcube app, create an account, and find “VHS Cat Lounge.” The camera runs all the time and if you turn your phone to landscape, you can control the built-in laser pointer and play with the kittens! vhslifesaver.org!
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