New Social Network uraPET Gives Pets a Voice

Pets are a major part of many people’s lives, and they’re about to get an online voice just like the rest of us with the launch of uraPET — the new social network where pets do the talking.
The site allows users to set up a profile and post, comment, share and “like” as their pets, giving their pets a voice. And, just like with the increasingly popular social network Pinterest, uraPET users can also pin and re-pin photos on public walls.
“For millions of people, pets are a very important part of their lives. This is apparent by all of the posts, photos and comments we see on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest about people’s pets and the funny or amusing things that they do,” said Sharon Sexton-Braun, founder of uraPET. “This website is a great way for users to share their pets’ ‘thoughts,’ including captions and status updates that reflect their pets’ personalities. It’s a lot of fun and is quite addicting.”
To get started with uraPET, users must sign up for the social network as their pet and fill out a personal profile that includes a description of their pet and his or her interests. They can then begin pinning photos on their public wall, organizing them by different “boards.” The website also has standard social networking features for interacting on private walls.
Once logged in, uraPET users are directed to the dashboard, which is an easy-to-use platform giving them access to recent updates from pets’ friends, a search function and the option to view and edit your pets’ own profile. You can also invite your friends to join so that you can keep each other updated on the adventures of each other’s pets.
“As any pet owner knows, all animals have unique personalities, which can provide for hours of entertainment,” said Sexton-Braun. “We got to thinking — what if pets could interact online, just like us humans do? While we know that’s not exactly possible, uraPET creates a fun, lighthearted environment in which we can see what life would really be like if dogs, cats and other furry friends could log on and communicate with each other.”
The “president” of uraPET is Bailey, Braun’s English Cream Golden Retriever. Bailey maintains an active profile on the site. Lounge Lizard Worldwide developed the uraPET platform, which officially launched on March 15, 2013. To learn more and to get started today, visit

Guardians of Rescue Heads to Fort Bragg to Pick Up Dogs for PTSD Veterans

Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to help animals, will be headed to Fort Bragg, N.C. on March 25, 2013, to pick up a group of rescued dogs. The group will be working with their Soldier-to-Soldier program to help place the dogs with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as with other Soldiers. They will rescue the dogs from the Ft. Bragg Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, which is located on Ft. Bragg, home of more than 56,000 Soldiers.

“We are ready to help rescue these dogs and place them with as many veterans as we can, to assist with their therapy,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We will place as many of the dogs as possible with vets, and beyond that will work to find good homes for the rest.”

PTSD is a condition among military veterans. It is a psychological condition that can arise after someone has experienced a traumatic event, such as being directly involved in combat. It is estimated that around 400,000 veterans currently suffer from PTSD. Animal therapy has proven to be beneficial in helping veterans overcome the condition. PTSD, according to the National Institutes of Health, changes the body’s response to stress. Some of its symptoms include flashbacks, upsetting dreams, feeling emotionally numb, hopelessness, memory problems, and avoiding doing things that were once enjoyed.

Guardians of Rescue has a program called “Soldier to Soldier,” where they pair up shelter dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD or other psychological conditions. Veteran Army Corporal John Wallace heads up this program to help the soldiers. He teamed up with the organization after they sent him “Tommy,” a dog who the soldiers cared for during the war in Afghanistan known as “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Together, they have helped transport 10 dogs from Afghanistan to the United States and have reunited them with the U.S. soldiers who cared for them during combat.

“Many times, soldiers rely on the dogs during war time and create special bonds with them,” explains John Wallace. “But when the troops finally leave, the animals are just left to fend for themselves, and often become targeted. Reuniting these soldiers with the dogs they had while deployed is therapeutic.”

The Soldier to Soldier program that the group is implementing helps those who must leave their pet behind. They find homes with other soldiers, so that one military member is helping another one out. All of the dogs rescued from the base will be placed in homes.

“We want to do all we can to help rescue these dogs, as well as help the veterans of this country,” added Misseri. “Our trek down to Fort Bragg will bring a lot of good to both sides, as we make good matches. Fort Bragg has been very supportive of our efforts and organization.”

“Working with Guardians of Rescue is a win-win-win for all parties, the service members suffering with PTSD, the animals we have rescued and our Animal Control and Adoption Center,” said Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn, the Fort Bragg garrison commander. ”This is a great example of how our Soldiers are being supported by communities nation-wide.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster home placement. Many families are still struggling to recover from the storm, making it difficult to care for their pet, either financially or while living in temporary housing. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto, Facebook page the charity auction can be found here:

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at


The dog rescued from the Kinnickinnic River on Sunday evening was taken to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), in hopes of finding his family again. The dog was found stuck on a slab of ice in the middle of the river. Two members of the Milwaukee Police Harbor Patrol had to take a boat out to rescue the dog. When Charlie was rescued he did not have any tags or a microchip, and city officials believed that he was not a stray.


The dog’s owners did contact MADACC and surrendered ownership of the dog to the animal care facility. The staff at MADACC found out that the dog’s name is Charlie and he has lived with kids and other dogs in the past. MADACC contacted the Elmbrook Humane Society in hopes that Charlie would be able to search for his forever family at the safe, no-kill shelter in Waukesha County.


Charlie will arrive at the Elmbrook Humane Society on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, time is to be determined. Rachel Coolbroth, Elmbrook Humane Society’s Director of Community Relations and Development, said, “All of us at the Elmbrook Humane Society are looking forward to meeting this dog that has gone through so much already. We will welcome him with open arms.”


Once Charlie arrives at the Elmbrook Humane Society the animal care staff will give him a bath, microchip him, and give him the love and attention that he’s been missing for the past few days. The staff will also prepare Charlie for adoption by neutering him, if necessary, and getting him up to date on his vaccines.


Lorraine Sweeney, Shelter Operations Manager at the Elmbrook Humane Society said, “He is a sweet and loving dog looking for a new forever home.” The Elmbrook Humane Society is confident that the right family will come along, meet Charlie and give him a second chance at the happy home.

The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. The Elmbrook Humane Society is the only no-kill animal shelter in Waukesha County, serving the community since 1964.


A recent case of cat hoarding in Waukesha County has led HAWS,the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, to ask for the community’s help, and for residents to take action to prevent further occurrences of animal hoarding.

When is “many” considered too many? Animal hoarding, as defined in this circumstance, is when an owner/caretaker has more pets than they are able to care for properly. HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) and Project Guardian both offer free or low-cost surgeries to community residents, effectively decreasing cat over-population.

HAWS stresses the need for community involvement to help eliminate future hoarding cases. Notes Executive Director, Lynn Olenik: “People often don’t find out until the animals start to suffer.”


Rather than allowing a situation to become uncontrolled, HAWS and Waukesha social service representatives ask any resident of the County, concerned that someone may have too many pets, to seek help for that person. Reports can be made to HAWS at 262-542-8851 or the Department of Health and Human Services at 262-548-7212 or 211.


HAWS is caring for nearly 50 cats that were surrendered by a single Waukesha County resident. Olenik says the shelter is “treating all those we feel we can help. Most of the cats were ill and suffering, and living in deplorable conditions.”

Olenik stated as the cats are stabilized they will be placed up for adoption. Until that time, the shelter needs the community’s assistance with donations of cat food, cat litter and towels. Residents are also asked to donate money towards medications for treating upper respiratory infections and for deworming, and to sponsor spay-neuter surgeries for these cats – all costly items for HAWS to sustain.


HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an open admissions and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and a myriad of services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website  Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha.”

Doctors Recover $1.11 in Pennies after Robbery

The investigation is closed and charges will not be filed against a Manhattan burglar who ingested 111 pennies Saturday.

Jack Kelleher, a four-legged, 13-year-old Manhattan native, had to have the stashed loot removed by doctors from a specialty and emergency veterinary hospital here.

Jack allegedly stashed the loot when his human, Tim Kelleher, wasn’t looking.

The Jack Russell terrier almost made a clean getaway until the heavy plunder caused him to develop an upset stomach and vomit, which exposed some of the evidence.

In light of the developments, Tim took his beloved pooch, and prime suspect, to BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Manhattan for further investigation.

Veterinarians from BluePearl took X-rays and found what looked like additional foreign objects inside of the dog and recommended emergency endoscopy to remove the objects. Endoscopy is a non-invasive procedure using a scope with a camera, which is safer and easier to recover from than surgery.

Once inside with the scope, Dr. Suliman Al-Ghazlat, a board-certified internal medicine specialist with BluePearl, was able to extract four to five coins at a time until all 111 were removed.

The procedure to retrieve the heisted currency lasted approximately two hours. During that time, Jack was monitored closely under anesthesia.

Besides the danger of blocking the intestines and creating gastrointestinal problems, pennies minted after 1982 are mainly made out of zinc and are considered to be toxic to pets. The zinc inside of pennies can cause damage to the kidneys, liver and red blood cells.

“Early and safe removal was absolutely imperative to Jack’s health,” said Dr. Amy Zalcman, a senior emergency doctor at BluePearl, who oversaw Jack’s treatment. “If Jack would not have had the pennies removed, the consequences would have been fatal.”

Frankie’s Friends charitable pet foundation contributed to help pay for Jack’s emergency procedure.

If you’d like to help save the life of a pet whose family cannot afford the cost of medical care visit or call 888.465.PETS.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.Vetinary

The Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show in Lexington Showcases Hundreds of Beautiful Alpacas Flaunting Their Finest Fleece

The Kentucky Alpaca Association (KAA) is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show held April 13-14 at the Fasig-Tipton Auction Complex located at 2400 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

The show is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 from 8:30 a.m. until the completion of show classes mid-afternoon. The public and press are invited to attend the show, which is free to everyone. This is a great event for the whole family to attend, with something for everyone to enjoy and learn.

Hundreds of beautiful alpacas will be judged in competitions that determine the finest overall fleece and physical conformation.

A fiber festival will be a part of this year’s show with felting and weaving classes and a fiber arts competition. The public is encouraged to participate. For more information about class offerings and the competition, including dates, times, and registration information, Free demonstrations include fleece skirting, fiber washing, fiber dyeing, needle felting, and carding art batts.

A “cousin” to the llama and a member of the camelid species, alpacas are native to the Andes Mountains of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. There are two types of alpacas. Huacayas have a teddy bear appearance and are fluffy with fine, crimpy fiber. Suris are known for their fine, long, lustrous locks.

Alpacas produce one of the world’s finest and most luxurious fibers, which comes in 22 natural colors and is as soft as cashmere and warmer, lighter, and stronger than wool. They are “green,” environmentally-friendly animals whose fiber is hypoallergenic, making it a fiber everyone can wear.

Gentle and relatively easy to handle and care for, alpacas are becoming increasingly popular with those seeking a business opportunity that can involve every member of the family. Retirees also find alpaca farming a good fit for a second career or hobby.

For more information about the upcoming Kentucky Classic Alpaca Show, visit To learn more about alpacas in Kentucky and farms in your area, please visit



HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, is conducting a fun and exciting new contest! “Sing Our Jingle to Save Lives” runs March 7ththrough May 4th, with the winners announced during HAWS’ 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon on Saturday, May 4th.

Contestants can become the star of HAWS’ unique, branded jingle for Waukesha’s oldest, leading animal shelter – and will help in the effort to raise awareness for animal welfare issues. A non-profit animal shelter, HAWS promotes the humane care and treatment of all animals and collaborates actively with Wisconsin communities in the adoption of stray, unwanted and abandoned pets, in addition to providing courses, seminars, training and obedience classes in support of humane education.


The winner of HAWS’ “Sing Our Jingle to Save Lives” contest will have the chance to perform at the annual Pet Walkathon…and be on television! Great prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place contestants, and all age groups are encouraged to compete. Groups and big and little singers alike can learn the jingle, download the background music – even go acapella! Visit and click on “Sing to Save Lives” under the Events and News tab to get started, then record a video and email it to


HAWS’ Pet Walkathon is held the first Saturday each May. Hundreds of pet fans “high tail it” to this daylong festival for pets and their people, all in support of HAWS’ mission to provide care for shelter animals, educate the community, promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse. Along with walking to raise money for the shelter, there will be vendor booths, games, delicious food, contests, prizes and lots of time to play.


Dust off those microphones, put on those walking shoes and compete to win HAWS’ “Sing Our Jingle to Save Lives” contest! Then, join the Waukesha community for HAWS 30th Anniversary Pet Walkathon on May 4th!


A non-profit organization established in 1965, HAWS annually assists over 6,000 animals and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter each year.  An open admissions and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and a myriad of services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at
Friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at “HAWS Waukesha.”