As someone having owned a CAT as pet for most of my life and currently I have always been able to take care of that pet but these several years have seen ordinary situations with my pet becoming more and more difficult to address. We talk about FOOD INFLATION for humans----the boxes and cans are getting smaller and smaller while prices are increasing. This is happening as well for our PET FOODS and VET CARE------
November 4, 2013
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Office of the Bergen County Executive
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Bergen County to Assist Pet Owners with Donation to CFA
Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan announces that the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center has begun a partnership with Center for Food Action to donate pet food and some supplies to the CFA’s food pantries. The Shelter Manager, Deborah Yankow, with the assistance of the American Humane Association, arranged with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to have the Shelter become a donation/distribution center. This role for the shelter was formalized in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy when there were so many residents with pets displaced from their homes and in need of support. “This designation allows the shelter to donate food to residents not only during natural disasters, but year-round as well. We had always tried to help out folks before, but by having this partnership with the Center for Food Action we can get resources to those who need it on a more sustained basis” indicates Ms. Yankow.
“Bergen County residents and businesses are so generous donating to the shelter; this is a great way to share the abundance so that nothing goes to waste. The County and the Center for Food Action work together on a variety of different initiatives through both the Health Department and the Human Services Department. This is another great way to link people to the help they need by using resources more effectively, which is the mantra of my administration,” said County Executive Donovan.
“It’s really a win, win for both the Shelter and CFA,” said Deb Yankow “people often surrender their pets to the shelter because they can no longer afford to care for them, by partnering with Center for Food Action low-income residents will be able to keep their pets and that helps lower the shelter population and our costs as well.”
We see in this article about animal/pet policies in NEW JERSEY that FOOD SHELTERS are now considering this growing phenomena-----US citizens not able to afford to feed their pets.
We have only JUST BEGUN to see the decline in wages and disposable income so people having long histories of owning pets---DOGS OR CATS ---will find it impossible to keep that PET.
NOSY NEIGHBORS AND THE GANG have loved telling me I do not deserve to own a PET as I cannot afford to care for it.
Please glance through this application for attaining a PET from a SHELTER. We love that this application has goals of protecting the animal being placed---yet, we wonder at the amount of personal information having to be given to have a PET.
So that we may be assured that the pet you wish to adopt is best suited to you, your home, and your lifestyle, and is placed in an environment that is compatible with his/her needs, we ask that you complete this application as truthfully as possible. Our goal is to find a pet for you and your family that will be the perfect companion.
Before you adopt a pet from BCAS you should know . . .
.❏You must complete this application entirely before being eligible to adopt a pet.
❏Completing this application in no way guarantees that you will be approved to adopt one of our pets. If you are approved for adoption a counselor will meet with you to discuss the specific needs of the pet you are interested in - or to show you another pet that may better meet the needs of your family.
❏You must be at least 21 years old, with proof of age, in order to adopt a pet.
❏You must have proof of current address
❏You must have proof that you own your own home or that landlord/complex allows pets on the premises.
❏The entire family and/or all occupants of the household must visit the shelter for a“meet & greet” before final adoption (dogs only)
❏Basic yearly expenses can reach over $600.00.
❏WHEN ADOPTING A DOG there is an adjustment period of a couple of months. During this time you will need to be diligent about following our recommended “Nothing in Life is Free” training plan in ALL aspects of the dogs life.
Are you willing to invest this time in your new companion?
Who will be the main caretaker of the pet?
❍ Self ❍ Spouse/Partner ❍ Children ❍Other_____________________◈
I have owned a pet before: ❍ YES ❍ NO◈Currently own❍ Dog(s) ❍ Cat(s)❍ Other:________________________________◈
Please indicate how often your pet will need to get along with thefollowing.
S= SometimesA= Always N = Never❍
Elderly People _____________ ❍ Children under 10 ___________❍ Children over 10____________ ❍ Dogs _____________❍ Small Animals____________ ❍ Cats _____________Ideal Size (of Dog)❏Small (0-20lbs)❏Medium (20-50lbs)❏Large(50-95lbs)❏Giant (95 + lbs)❏Doesn’t MatterIdeal Age:❏Baby (8-16weeks)❏Teen (4-12months)❏Young (1-3years)❏Older❏Doesn’t Matter
Driver’s License # _________________________________Name _________________________________________________________________________________________Street Address ______________________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone _____________________________________ Cell Phone ______________________________________Email ______________________________________________________________________________________
Do you: ❍Own❍Rent◈❍Live with parents
How long at current address? _____________________
Are you: ❍Working❍Retired❍Attending School❍Homemaker ❍ Other__________________________◈
Housing Type: ❍Single Family Home❍Multi or Two Family home ❍Condo❍Apartment❍Mobile Home/Trailer ❍Other_____________
If you rent:
Landlord’s Name: _____________________________________ Phone: __________________________
How many people live in the home?
Please list the names, ages, and relationship (ie.mother/father) of ALL people in your home:______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Does anyone have allergies to pets?
❍ Yes ❍ Unsure - Who? ______________________ ❍ No
How did you hear about us?
Have you adopted a pet from BCAS before?
❍ No❍ Yes - Who/When? _______________________________ Where is that pet now? __________________________________
Have you surrendered a pet to BCAS before?
❍ Yes - Who/When? _______________________________ Where is that pet now? __________________________________
Who is your current vet: __________________________________
Will this be the same vet for your new pet?
❍ Yes❍ No - then please provide the information for the vet you plan on using _
What type of pet are your interested in adopting?:
❍ Dog ❍Puppy ❍ Cat ❍ Kitten ❍Other __________________◈
If adoption a kitten, are you planning to declaw?
❍ Yes ❍ Unsure ❍ No◈Reason for wanting a pet: ❍ Gift, for whom? ________________________❍
Guard dog/Protection❍ Companionship ❍ For the Kids ❍ Companion for other Pet ❍ Breeding ❍ Other___________________
Preferred Sex: ❍ Male ❍ Female ❍ Doesn’t Matter
Coat Type:❍ Non-Shedding ❍ Low-Shedding ❍ Doesn’t Matter◈
Where will you primarily house this pet?
❍ Indoors ❍ Outside ❍ Both- explain__________________ ❍ Basement❍ Other ________________________- explain_
How many hours will the pet need to be alone during the day?
I am willing to adopt:❍ A special medical needs pet❍ A special training/behavioral needs pet
PREVIOUS PET EXPERIENCE◈
Please describe ALL CURRENT pets below: (please use the margins if you need more room)
Breed / Type of pet Age Sex Spayed/Neutered – if no, why?
How long owned_____________________________________ __________ Yes-No ____________________ ___________________________________________________ __________ Yes-No ____________________ ___________________________________________________ __________ Yes-No ____________________ ______________●Do any of these pets have a medical or behavioral condition? _________________________________________________●Where do they spend most of their day? __________________________________________________________________●Have you ever given a pet up for any reason? What? ________________________________________________________●What would you consider a good reason for you to give up a pet? _
The last time I had a pet was...
❍ 1-5 years ago ❍ 5-10 years ❍ 10 +◈
Please describe ALL PREVIOUS pets below:
Breed / Type of pet Sex Spayed/Neutered – if no, why? How long owned______________________________________Yes-No ____________________ ____________________________________________________Yes-No ____________________ ____________________________________________________Yes-No ____________________ ______________Where are these pets now? ___________________________________________________________________________
DOG ADOPTERS ONLY - Pets & People Profile◈Breed or breed mixes I’m interested in:___________________________________________________________________
Why are you interested in these particular breeds? :___________________________________________________________
Training: ❍Housebroken ❍Some Basic Training ❍Good house manners ❍Is Fully Trained◈❍Doesn’t Matter
❍ High (jogging partner)❍ Medium (likes to play fetch now and again) ❍ Low (couch potato)What is your experience with dogs?❍None – 1st pet◈❍ Pets growing up◈❍Average Dogs❍Difficult dogs ❍ basic training with pet dogs as an adult❍ behavioral training with pet dogs as anadult◈
Do you have a yard?❍Yes ❍No If yes: Is it fenced? ❍ Yes, Height/Type__________________________
I want to take my dog: ❍On walks ❍Hiking / Jogging ❍Everywhere I go◈
❍ To public places◈
❍In the car
I am willing to go through basic obedience❍Yes ❍No ❍Possibly
I am willing to go through behavioral training❍Yes ❍No ❍Possibly
Please take a second to tell us about the qualities you are looking for the most in your new dog and why:
Animals Adopter came in to see:
Animals Shown: _____________________
Lease or proof of home ownership: ____________________________ ❍Obtained ❍ Not Obtained____
ID with Address Checked ____ Whole Family Here ____
Application Reviewed ____DNA list checked____ Dogs Temperament Assessment Explained ____
ADOPTION APPROVED_____________________________ ❍ADOPTION DENIED: DNA: ___________________________❍
PLACED PET ON HOLD: ❍Medic ❍Cat Test ❍Dog intro ❍Family Meet ❍Other _________________APPROVALS: ______________ _______________
At the same time our US 99% of WE THE PEOPLE are incrementally being driven from our US quality of life----to effect all 99% of people black, white, and brown citizens ------we see lots of PET THERAPY; the recognition that owning PETS helps in quality of life.
Today, these PET THERAPY businesses OWN those animals------in some cases those in therapy are GIVEN those therapy pets. All this is done as part of our US AFFORDABLE CARE ACT----paid by MEDICARE/MEDICAID.
What we know is this: the goals of MOVING FORWARD do not see anyone owning pets accept the global 1% and their 2%----as all other people are extremely POOR. Pet ownership back in 1000BC was for the RICHEST. The poor had only those domesticated animals which did indeed sometimes live in that person's house.
REDEFINING WHAT ANIMALS ARE 'PETS' IS TOPS IN ANIMAL PUBLIC POLICY MOVING FORWARD.
Caring Canines Pet Therapy Program in MD
Caring Canines Pet Therapy Teams Caring Canines is a pet therapy program created by Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat to provide certified pet therapy teams who offer unconditional love and a peaceful presence to those in need in our community.
HOW TO START A “PET THERAPY” PROGRAM - Latham
residential pets – dogs, cats, birds, fish, rabbits – live happily with the residents providing certain levels of care and responsibility. Surprisingly, the staff, administration, and population of a health care facility often find that the animals help enhance the treatment milieu without increasing work loads or creating inter-resident conflicts.
Therapy Pets And Humans With Mental Health Issues - Dogtime
Pet therapy is defined as a guided interaction between a specially trained animal and an individual or group, facilitated by the animal’s handler [ ii ]. Also known as animal-assisted therapy, pet therapy interactions are used to help improve patients’ mental, social, emotional, and physical functions.
Pet Partners at Your Facility | Pet Partners
/ Pet Partners at Your Facility Thousands of facilities have opened their doors to Pet Partners therapy animal visits. Well-trained and thoroughly screened handlers and their animals can benefit the health and well-being of people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, retirement communities, rehabilitation centers, and many other facilities.
BRINGING THERAPY DOGS TO YOUR SCHOOL
4. Next steps in implementing a dog therapy program. There are many organizations and resources available to assist when considering the introduction of a therapy dog program. For the school administrator who would like to know more or develop a therapy dog program, here are some suggested steps. • Do your homework.
Starting a Facility Pet Therapy Program: How to do it Safely ...
The majority of visitation animals are dogs, but some groups include other animals. Pet Partners®, for example, also evaluates and registers other species, such as cats, certain pocket pets (such as guinea pigs and rabbits), miniature and full size horses, and llamas.
Finding a Program to Work With
Pet Therapy for the Elderly – Your Ultimate Guide
– pets are proven to be a valuable prescription and often, alternative therapy practices will encourage patients to own pets for the emotional and mental benefits mentioned earlier on. Individuals who do wish to own a pet, though, must carefully consider the requirements and needs to the pet they would like before choosing their new companion.
Pet therapy: Animals as healers - Mayo Clinic
Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders.
Benefits of Pet Therapy | PAWS for People
Benefits of Pet Therapy It’s well-known (and scientifically proven) that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits. Here are some of the more common:
Is MEDICARE and MEDICAID helping patients pay for these pet expenses----at what point does this stop. These health policies using animals is not a bad thing----we want to look to where policies are taking the ability to OWN pets.
Our Therapy Animal Program
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You. Your Pet. Pet Partners.
A perfect match.
We care about the human-animal bond as much as you do. Join more than 10,000 volunteers nationwide who visit with their animals in facilities such as hospitals, assisted living, and schools.
Why choose us for your volunteerism?
- Therapy animals change lives.
- You are in the driver’s seat: pick when, where, and how often you volunteer.
- Our program is inclusive–we register nine species for therapy animal work, not just dogs!
- When you become a Pet Partners team, you represent the best that therapy animal work has to offer.
Volunteers receive comprehensive coursework taken in person or online that highlights skills and strategies necessary for therapy animal work. In particular, handlers focus on two important philosophies for success: YAYABA™ and PETS™.
YAYABA™, or You Are Your Animal’s Best Advocate, is a cornerstone of our program. By putting their animal’s welfare first, our volunteers ensure that visits are enjoyable and safe for everyone. This approach keeps therapy animals coming back to work and play again and again!
PETS™ stands for Presence, Eye Contact, Touch, and Speech. This acronym represents the basic tools handlers use both on duty and off to effectively communicate with and actively support their therapy animals. Practicing PETS™ is one way of practicing YAYABA™–by reassuring, guiding, or praising their therapy animal, our volunteers foster a relationship based on trust and mutual respect with their therapy animal that allows them to provide safe and effective visits to over three million recipients annually.
After they pass their course, our volunteers participate in an in-person evaluation that assesses their therapy animal teamwork (handler plus animal equals team) and the handler’s proficiency in understanding and demonstrating YAYABA™ and PETS™, as well as the animal’s sociability and aptitude for visiting people in different scenarios.
Finally, we will look at the current immigration population coming from all around the world and think what one region of the globe thinks of animals-----of animals as pets----of animals as beasts of burden ----of animals for eating.
The current public policy here in US regarding ANIMALS AS PETS------is the realization that what is one person's PET is another person MAIN MEAL.
Watching a CAT OR DOG being made a MEAL is disturbing to Western nations' citizens-----using HORSE as meat already having caused public outcry is the least of the coming problems surrounding the issues of ANIMAL PUBLIC POLICY.
Perceptions of Animals across Cultures: Man’s Best Friend or Dirty Beast?
Matthew MacLachlan10 Jun 2010
When living and working in another country, there are numerous things to consider apart from the more obvious ones of climate, language, religion, currency, etc. Some important considerations are less obvious. For example, do you have a pet or do you enjoy a hobby such as horse riding? Your animal or hobby may be perceived in a completely different light in another culture so it’s important to consider the significance given to specific animals in different parts of the world and general perceptions towards them.
One example which is often mentioned in popular press is the case of dogs. In some cultures, like the US or UK, dogs are loved and considered a great pet to have at home and with the family. In other cultures, such as those where Islam is the majority religion, dogs may be perceived as dirty or dangerous. Muslims’ treatment of dogs is still a matter of debate amongst Islamic scholars . While these animals are widely considered by many Western cultures to be ‘man’s best friend’, the Koran describes them as unhygienic. Muslims will therefore avoid touching a dog unless he can wash his hands immediately afterwards, and they will almost never keep a dog in their home.
In Iran, for instance, a cleric once denounced ‘the moral depravity’ of dog owners and even demanded their arrest. If you are an international assignee living and working in Saudi Arabia or another Arabic country, you should remember this when inviting Arab counterparts to your house in case you have a dog as a pet. This is just one example of how Islam and other cultural beliefs can impact on aspects of everyday life that someone else may not even question. A Middle Eastern man might be very surprised when going to Japan, for instance, and seeing dogs being dressed and pampered like humans and carried around in baby prams!
Dogs are not the only animals which are perceived quite differently from one culture to another. In India, for example, cows are sacred and are treated with the utmost respect. Conversely in Argentina, beef is a symbol of national pride because of its tradition and the high quality of its cuts. An Indian working in Argentina who has not done his research or participated in a cross cultural training programme such as Doing Business in Argentina may be surprised at his first welcome dinner with his Argentinean counterparts where a main dish of beef would be served.
It is therefore crucial to be aware of the specific values assigned to objects or animals in different cultures to avoid faux-pas or cultural misunderstandings, particularly when living and working in another culture. Learning how people value animals and other symbols around the world is one of the numerous cultural examples discussed in Communicaid’s intercultural training courses. Understanding how your international colleagues may perceive certain animals can help you ensure you aren’t insensitive and it may even provide you with a good topic for conversation.
Communicaid’s cross cultural training for relocation courses can be specifically tailored to meet the needs of your business and prepare your employees for any international assignment or business venture. Our courses are tailored to include all potential topics of interest and problems that might arise to prepare your workforce to deal with them appropriately.
Living and working abroad requires not only knowledge of the business culture of a particular country, but also a more in-depth understanding of its culture and wider traditions. Such understanding will facilitate fruitful relationships and successful business partnerships wherever you need to go.
Hmmmm, the goals of AFFORDABLE CARE ACT is to move 99% of WE THE PEOPLE from accessing ordinary health care. Now, if today 64% of Americans are thinking twice about health checkups and treatments -------wonder if taking a PET to the VET will be top on the list. As we are forced to compromise our OWN HUMAN HEALTH from lack of access to health care------are people really going to be using VETS as much as they once did.
Millions of cats and dogs brought to shelters across the US are DESTROYED----PUT DOWN because of failure to be adopted. Meanwhile, the checklist for PET ADOPTION seems to emphasize the potential owner's ability to go to THE VET.
THEN THERE IS PET MEDICAL INSURANCE----FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
So, now to own a PET the policies are moving towards having PET MEDICAL INSURANCE. My, it seems only the EXTREMELY RICH will soon be able to afford having a PET.
64% of Americans avoid or delay treatment due to cost of medical care: 5 survey insights
Kelly Gooch - Thursday, February 15th, 2018
Many Americans still struggle to pay for medical care, according to a CarePayment/ 20|20 Research survey.
The survey, conducted between Nov. 20 and Dec. 8, involved 1,000 Americans. Nearly half of respondents (43 percent) reported medical coverage through their employer.
Twenty-five percent were Medicare beneficiaries. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported a deductible exceeding $1,000.
Here are five takeaways from the survey.
1. A majority of respondents (61 percent) said they don't have any money saved for their healthcare expenses.
2. A similar number of respondents (64 percent) said they avoided or delayed medical care in the last year due to anticipated expenses.
3. Among respondents who avoided or delayed care, 23 percent reported delaying or avoiding follow-up care after being hospitalized, according to the survey. Additionally, 18 percent avoided or delayed a physician wellness visit, and 12 percent avoided or delayed prescribed rehabilitation or therapy following a surgery or procedure.
4. Forty-four percent of respondents said they would avoid needed medical care if they knew their out-of-pocket costs would exceed $500.
5. Nearly 70 percent of respondents said affording their deductible was at least "somewhat difficult." Twenty-two percent said affording their deductible was "very difficult" or "impossible."