LOST A PET-HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO FIND THE PET
1. Put up posters at all major intersections in the area where the pet was lost. Do NOT make the sign too "busy!" Use bright poster board or cardboard and make the letters LARGE and THICK with permanent markers. Be brief and specific, i.e. LOST BLACK LAB or FOUND GRAY CAT. Remember that a motorist needs to be able to absorb the information as they are driving by at 40 mph. Ensure that a person cannot help but notice and read the signs because in several days, they may see your pet and recall the sign. Put up the signs, facing them in all directions.
Some breeds may not be familiar to people, so instead of LOST LHASA APSO, write LOST SMALL WHITE DOG or LOST MULTI COLORED CAT
2. This cannot be stressed enough – THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OWNER PHYSICALLY GOING TO THE SHELTERS TO LOOK FOR THEIR LOST PET. Go in person to all
shelters and leave a written description of the animal and your phone numbers. Continue to visit the shelter every two days until the pet is found. Sometimes people will find a pet, keep it for a week or even a month, and then take it to a shelter. To avoid your pet being euthanized, continue to call and visit in person. Mistaken identity is often a cause of a pet being euthanized in a shelter when the owner is looking vigorously for it. Do not stop at just contacting the nearest shelter. Often someone
will see an animal, pick it up, and take it to a shelter in their area. So, at least phone all of the shelters.
The shelters in our area include:
• Table Mountain Animal Center [url=http://www.tablemountainanimals.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.tablemountainanimals.org[/url] 303-278-7575
• (Impound facility for Jefferson County area)
• Dumb Friends League (Denver) [url=http://www.ddfl.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.ddfl.org[/url] 303-751-5772
• Dumb Friends League Buddy Center (Douglas Co.) [url=http://www.ddfl.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.ddfl.org[/url] 303-751-5772
• Clear Creek Animal Shelter [url=http://www.clearcreekshelter.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.clearcreekshelter.org[/url] 303-569-3251 x 398
• Park County Animal Shelter [url=http://www.Friendspca.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.Friendspca.org[/url] 303-816-0732
• Also call local rescue groups to add your pet to their lost database:
Intermountain Humane [url=http://www.imhs.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.imhs.org[/url] 303-838-2668
Evergreen Animal Protective League [url=http://www.eapl.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.eapl.com[/url] 303-674-6442
3. Knock on all doors in the area and spread the word! Hand each person a flyer with the description of the missing pet, its name, your name, phone number and address or place the flyer in the newspaper slots. Be sure to talk with the kids in the neighborhood. They always seem to know which dog or cat belongs where. If school is in session, go to the bus stop and ask the kids!
4. Place a lost ad in the papers. The owner may want to offer a reward. If this is an animal that the general public would consider to be very valuable and desirable (e.g., purebred Yorkie, Shih Tzu, etc.), the owner may want to say that the animal has a medical problem! Someone may be keeping their found pet because they see no evidence that the owners are looking for it.
• Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News 303-825-2525
• The Sentinel Newspapers 303-279-5541
• High Timber Times 303-838-4884
• Evergreen Newspaper/The Canyon Courier 303-674-5534
5. Call your veterinarian and your Microchip Company Register
6. If the pet is wearing tags that no longer contain the correct information, they need to call the former number and/or former veterinarian and provide them with the current information about how they can be reached in case someone tries to trace the tag. Then, advise them to update the tags when they find their pet.
7. Have you listed the lost pet on Evergreenbound.com, 285bound.com, justaroundhere.com, Pinecam, Craigs List, etc?
Did you know that…
EAPL offers FREE pet registration tags. You can pick them up at Chow Down or Busters. EAPL is not closed on nights or weekends; they can trace the tags almost any time of the day or night, there are FEW exceptions. Their dog tag is square with EAPL's name and phone number, as well as an ID number. They trace by ID number only. Their cat tags are smaller, and the tag number starts with a “C”.
Chow Down In Evergreen 303-674-8711
1260 Bergen Park Way (across the street from the King Soopers Center)
Has a microchip scanner
Buster’s Natural Pet Supply 303-816-1848
27122 Main Street (In the Conifer Safeway Center in Aspen Park)
Has a microchip scanner
IMHS offers microchips 303-838-2668 - Microchips are the newest form of identification. Microchips are small passive devices that are implanted under the skin of a dog. When the area is scanned with a special reader, the chip "echos" back a serial number. Microchips have no internal power supply and are completely safe. Many (if not most) shelters now scan all incoming animals for microchips. Pets with chips can be traced through a registry and returned promptly to their owners. Microchips are available at Intermountain Humane Society on the 1st Saturday of every month for $25!
7. Call Animal Control
• Jefferson County Animal Control 303- 271-5070
• On weekends, the Sheriff number for Animal Control 303-271-0211
• Clear Creek County Animal Control 303- 569-3251 ext 398
• Park County Animal Control 303-816-0732
With the increasing number of wildlife sightings and known fatalities for cats and dogs due to mountain lions, bobcats, bears, coyotes, etc., you should take extra measures to protect your pet. Cats should be kept indoors, especially after dark, and no animals should be left outside unattended for long periods. It is believed that dogs tied with a chain are particularly susceptible to being killed by wildlife. No pet should be left outdoors overnight.
FOUND A PET–HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO FIND THE OWNER
Thank you for rescuing the animal!
On the 285bound.com posting the Subject line should be date/Found/brief
description/area i.e. 5/31/10 Found Black Lab Conifer
In the post be sure to note your name (first name only is fine) and phone number(s) where you can be reached and the following information regarding the found pet:
When and where the animal was found
Dog or cat, male or female, neutered? In heat?
Any collar? (What color is it? Fabric? Leather?)
Any ID? (What kind of ID?)
Coloring (be specific)
The coat (long, short, flat, matted, fluffy, etc.)
Size (estimated weight, height i.e. knee high etc.)
Breed or suggested breed
Any distinctive markings (cropped tail or ears, shaved spot, crooked tail,
If possible a picture of the found pet is invaluable
If the pet has the rabies tag, call the veterinarian named on the back of the tag to begin tracing the tag.
Can you take the pet to a facility to have it scanned for a microchip?
Every pet adopted from Foothills Animal Shelter is now micro chipped. All humane societies and shelters have scanners. Most vets have scanners available. The following local companies also have scanners.
Chow Down In Evergreen 303-674-8711
1260 Bergen Park Way (across the street from the King Soopers Center)
Aspen Creek Veterinary Hospital Phone: (303) 697-4864
23605 Oehlmann Park Rd, Conifer, CO 80433
Aspen Park Veterinary Hospital (303) 674-0280
26497 Conifer Rd Conifer, CO 80433
Buster’s Natural Pet Supply 303-816-1848
27122 Main Street (In the Conifer Safeway Center in Aspen Park)
Bergen Park Animal Clinic 303-674-7717
1422 Bergen Parkway next to The Ridge at Hiwan (Brass Horse in front)
Conifer Veterinary Hospital (303) 670-3959
10903 US Highway 285 Ste E105, Conifer, CO
Evergreen Veterinary 303-674-4331
32175 Castle Ct. Bergen Park, Evergreen
Family Veterinary Hospital (303) 679-VETS (8387)
3951 Evergreen Parkway Access Rd, Evergreen CO 80439
Harmony Animal Wellness 303-674-6288
Adobe Center, Kittredge
Lone Rock Vet Clinic 303-838-7494
66529 US Highway 285 Pine Junction 1 mile SW of Pine Junction
Mountain Parks Veterinary Hospital (303) 674-3156
5920 Highway 73 · Evergreen, Co
Mountain Paws Veterinary Practice 303-816-2200
27122 Main St. Unit J 100, Conifer, CO 80433
PetSmart / Banfield Vet can insert a national microchip and/or a separate Banfield brand that can only be read with a specific scanner. The owner selects which microchip to insert (Banfield is the least expensive option).
How long can you keep it?
You can call Animal Control 303-271-5070 and have the animal picked up and taken to the shelter. The shelter keeps found animals six days before they are euthanized and/or placed up for adoption. Remember that the shelter is safe and warm, and that pet owners will look there first. Please use this option as a last resort if at all possible.
Report the found pet to:
Foothills Animal Shelter 303-278-7575 The Foothills Animal Shelter does keep records on FOUND pets, as do other shelters.
You should also let the shelter know if you find the owner of the pet or no longer have it.
• Intermountain Humane Society 303-838-2668
• Clear Creek Animal Shelter 303-569-3251
• Evergreen Animal Protective League 303-674-6442
Have you checked the neighborhood? You should check with neighbors, knock on all doors in the area and spread the word! Hand each person a flyer with the description of the found pet, its name (if you know it from a tag), your name, phone number and address. Be sure to talk with the kids in the neighborhood. They always seem to know which dog or cat belongs where. If school is in session, go to the bus stop and ask the kids!
Have you put up posters? Put up posters at all major intersections in the area where the pet was found. Do NOT make the sign too "busy!" Be brief and specific, and remember that a motorist needs to be able to absorb the information while driving by at 40 mph.
Have you contacted the local Home Owners Association?
Have you listed the found pet also on Evergreenbound.com, 285bound.com, justaroundhere.com, Pinecam, Craigs List, etc?
Place a found ad in the papers. This is free in many papers.
Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News 303-825-2525
The Sentinel Newspapers 303-279-5541
High Timber Times 303-838-4884
Evergreen Newspaper/The Canyon Courier 303-674-5534
The ASPCA hotline is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day/365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
What To Do If Your Pet Is Poisoned
Don’t panic. Rapid response is important, but panicking can interfere with the process of helping your pet. Take 30 to 60 seconds to safely collect and have at hand any material involved. This may be of great benefit to your vet and/or APCC toxicologists, as they determine what poison or poisons are involved. In the event that you need to take your pet to a local veterinarian, be sure to take the product’s container with you. Also, collect in a sealable plastic bag any material your pet may have vomited or chewed. If you witness your pet consuming material that you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance, even if you do not notice any adverse effects. Sometimes, even if poisoned, an animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident.
Be ready with the following information:
•The species, breed, age, sex, weight and number of animals involved.
•The animal’s symptoms.
•Information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.
•Have the product container/packaging available for reference.
•Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic. If necessary, he or she may call the APCC.
•Keep the telephone number of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center(888) 426-4435 as well as that of your local veterinarian, in a prominent location.
•Invest in an emergency first-aid kit for your pet. The kit should contain:
•A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent USP (to induce vomiting)
•A turkey baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer peroxide)
•Saline eye solution
•Artificial tear gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing)
•Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid (for bathing an animal after skin contamination)
•Forceps (to remove stingers)
•A muzzle (to protect against fear or excitement-induced biting)
•A can of your pet’s favorite wet food
•A pet carrier
•Always consult a veterinarian or the APCC for directions on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.
Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2009
With various dangers lurking in corners and cabinets, the home can be a minefield of poisons for our pets. In 2009, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, handled more than 140,000 cases of pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which included everyday household products. Don’t leave it up to Fido or Fluffy to keep themselves safe. Below is a list of the top 10 pet poisons that affected our furry friends in 2009.
FYI: Antifreeze is extremely poisonous and its effects are irreversible.
Human Medications For several years, human medications have been number one on the ASPCA’s list of common hazards, and 2009 was no exception. Last year, the ASPCA managed 45,816 calls involving prescription and over-the-counter drugs such as painkillers, cold medications, antidepressants and dietary supplements. Pets often snatch pill vials from counters and nightstands or gobble up medications accidentally dropped on the floor, so it is essential to keep meds tucked away in hard-to-reach cabinets.
Insecticides In our effort to battle home invasions by unwelcome pests, we often unwittingly put our furry friends at risk. In 2009, our toxicologists fielded 29,020 calls related to insecticides. One of the most common incidents involved the misuse of flea and tick products—such as applying the wrong topical treatment to the wrong species. Thus, it is always important to talk to your pet’s veterinarian before beginning any flea and tick control program.
People Food People food like grapes, raisins, avocado and products containing xylitol, like gum, can seriously disable our furry friends, and accounted for more than 17,453 cases in 2009. One of the worst offenders—chocolate—contains large amounts of methylxanthines, which, if ingested in significant amounts, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and seizures.
Plants Common houseplants were the subject of 7,858 calls to APCC in 2009. Varieties such as azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera are often found in homes and can be harmful to pets. Lilies are especially toxic to cats, and can cause life-threatening kidney failure even in small amounts.
Veterinary Medications Even though veterinary medications are intended for pets, they are often misapplied or improperly dispensed by well-meaning pet parents. In 2009, the ASPCA managed 7,680 cases involving animal-related preparations such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heartworm preventatives, de-wormers, antibiotics, vaccines and nutritional supplements.
Rodenticides Last year, the ASPCA received 6,639 calls about pets that had accidentally ingested rat and mouse poisons. Many baits used to attract rodents contain inactive ingredients that are attractive to pets as well. Depending on the type of rodenticide, ingestions can lead to potentially life-threatening problems for pets including bleeding, seizures or kidney damage.
Household Cleaners Everybody knows that household cleaning supplies can be toxic to adults and children, but few take precautions to protect their pets from common agents such as bleaches, detergents and disinfectants. Last year, the ASPCA received 4,143 calls related to household cleaners. These products, when inhaled by our furry friends, can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract.
Heavy Metals It is not too much loud music that constitutes our next pet poison offender. Instead, it’s heavy metals such as lead, zinc and mercury, which accounted for 3,304 cases of pet poisonings in 2009. Lead is especially pernicious, pets are exposed to it through many sources, including consumer products, paint chips, linoleum, and lead dust produced when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.
Garden Products It may keep your grass green, but certain types of fertilizer and garden products can cause problems for outdoor cats and dogs. Last year, the ASPCA fielded 2,329 calls related to fertilizer exposure, which can cause severe gastric upset and possibly gastrointestinal obstruction.
Chemical Hazards In 2009, the ASPCA handled approximately 2,175 cases of pet exposure to chemical hazards. A category on the rise, chemical hazards—found in ethylene glycol antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals—form a substantial danger to pets. Substances in this group can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, respiratory difficulties and chemical burns.
Prevention is really key to avoiding accidental exposure, but if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.
People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets
Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but they are actually quite dangerous for our animal companions. Our nutrition experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.
Alcohol Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
Avocado The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning, and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart. Some ingestions may even be fatal.
Macadamia Nuts Macadamia nuts are commonly used in many cookies and candies. However, they can cause problems for your canine companion. These nuts have caused weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.
Grapes & Raisins Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. In pets that already have certain health problems, signs may be more dramatic.
Yeast Dough Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. Because the risk diminishes after the dough is cooked and the yeast has fully risen, pets can have small bits of bread as treats. However, these treats should not constitute more than 5 percent to 10 percent of your pet’s daily caloric intake.
Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.
Xylitol (Sweetner) Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbancy and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.
Onions, Garlic, Chives These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies. An occasional low dose, such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods.
Milk Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other milk-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.
Salt Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. In other words, keep those salty chips to yourself!
Urban Wildlife Rescue 303-340-4911
Penny Murphy. Non-profit, rescue, rehab, release.
Jack Murphy. Does humane wildlife control, injured or orphaned wildlife and wildlife conflict issues.
Homing Pigeons - Sherry Talbot 303-986-9360
Will trace bands for owner information
Greenwood Wildlife Center 303-823-8455
Songbirds or waterfowl and small wildlife (no bears, bobcats or mountain lions)
Wild Birds of Denver 303-751-5385
The Gabriel Foundation - Parrots 877-923-1009
Rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary [url=http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org[/url]
Birds of Prey Foundation 303-460-0674
Raptor Foundation 303-460-0674
Takes in injured or orphaned raptors
Longhopes Donkey Shelter 303-644-5930
Bennett, CO 80102 Takes in donkeys, rehabilitates and adopts out to good homes
Department of Wildlife 303-291-7227
Large game concerns. [url=http://www.wildlife.state.co.us" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.wildlife.state.co.us[/url]
This is the only contact for FAWNS at this time
Colorado State Veterinarian 303-239-4161
Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act 303-239-4168Dr Kate Anderson
Colorado Wildlife Federation 303-987-0400
Mission Statement: “To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Colorado’s wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy.”
HCF Rescue and Rehab 719-494-0158
Private rescue and rehab farm dedicated to helping those animals that are abused, neglected or no longer wanted by their current owners. Nationwide program with farms in Colorado.
Prairie Dog Coalition 720-938-0788
2525 Arapahoe Road #E4-527 Boulder, CO 80302 [url=http://www.prairiedogcoalition.org" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.prairiedogcoalition.org[/url]
Prairie Dog Consultants:
Judy Enderle Email:
Sandy Nervig Email:
The Colorado House Rabbit Society 303-469-3240
Sick rabbits 303-669-8962
24-hour health line main contact 720-989-8561
See web site for additional contact numbers
Kathy Meyer 303-726-7897
Wild and House rabbits
Wild Again 303-470-3309
Shirley Casey - Rehabilitation and release of wildlife in the Evergreen area, particularly squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. At this time, no larger mammals are being accepted. Provides humane solutions and conflict resolution for problems with wildlife. Also available to answer wildlife questions in general.
SMALL ANIMAL RESCUERS
(Fox, coyote, raccoon, porcupine, squirrel, rabbits)303-681-9216
Sarah Heckathorn Larkspur 719-481-4499
Annette Archambeau Longmont 720-203-6781
Chris Wagner (effective May 2010) 303-681-9216
In May will have licensing for all small animals and mountain lion, bobcats and bears.
WOLF HYBRIDS/ WOLVES
Mission Wolf 719-746-2919
(100% wolf puppies only)
Candy Kitchen Wolf/Hybrid Rescue 505-775-3304
Ramah, NM. This is a sanctuary with limited capacity, but may be able to help with placement
The Wolf Rescue Center 719-687-9742
Pat or Frank Wendland Referral/resource will help with placement when possible.
*information generously provided by volunteers at Evergreen Animal Protective League
Honeybees: Debeeze Honey will come and rescue honeybee swarms for free. We can also remove and relocate bee colonies in structures (structural extractions). If you have unwanted honeybees on your property, or in your house, give us a call - 303-838-0043. Please don't spray them with any insecticide. Call us first!