Top 5 Reasons to Adopt

Beginning the search for the most perfect pet can be overwhelming, but one thing is definitely a very simple choice to make: adopting a pet is a much better idea than purchasing one. There are countless reasons to choose adoption over buying from a pet store or a breeder, but here are just a few of them that’ll be sure to convince you.

You’ll Save a Life

A shelter pet is more than one in a million.   2.7 million is the number of adoptable dogs and cats who are still euthanized each year in the United States, simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt. The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal who might need it.

Adopted Pets Are Healthy

Most shelters will give their animals vaccinations and health screenings, and it’s common to even spay and neuter pets before putting them up for adoption. It’s a common misconception that pets end up in shelters because there is something wrong with their health or behavior. The reason is usually more related to a person’s circumstance: a divorce, a big move, or financial hardship.

Adoption Saves Money

In addition to having a lower up-front cost than a breeder or a pet store that’s supplied by puppy mills, you won’t have to pay for the vaccinations and other medical costs that shelters take care of for you.

You’ll Help Putting an End to Puppy Mills

You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Animals from puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and are often very sick and behaviorally troubled as a result. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. Most puppies in pet stores and sold online come from puppy mills. The dogs are sold to unsuspecting consumers in pet stores, over the Internet and through classified ads. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop supporting them. By adopting a pet, you can be certain you aren’t giving them a dime.

Endless Benefits

When you adopt,it immediately allows other to see what you’ve done. This is not only good for bragging rights, but also because it spreads the word to others who may have never heard or thought about adopting and allows them to see how grateful and healthy your adopted pet is. Your adopted pet will have an appreciation like you’ve never imagined, because they truly know that you’ve given them a second chance to live the life they deserve. Many pets from shelters are already house trained, so the weeks of cleaning up messes won’t occur with an adopted pet. You can chose their age, temperament, size, etc. If you have a family, you’ll be setting an example for your children about the importance of adoption and how rescuing a pet is saving it’s life and the lives of many others.

An adopted pet can enrich your life in ways both big and small. The unconditional love and loyalty of a dog or cat can lift depression, ease loneliness, lower blood pressure, and give you a reason to get up in the morning. A kitty asleep in your lap feels warm and comforting. A dog that loves to walk or run outdoors can be just the incentive you need to start exercising regularly. There are countless benefits to pet ownership, and when you know you saved your furry companion from an unpleasant fate, it makes the bond you share that much more meaningful.

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Emergency Exit Plan For Fires

If you become aware of a fire or hear a fire alarm, the first priority is getting out safely. Once clear of the building and in a safe location call 9-1-1.

* Take ALL fire alarms seriously and leave the building immediately. Do not stop.

* Feel door handles. If they are warm, do not open them. Find another way out of your room. If you can’t get out, signal for help.

* Close doors behind you.

* Stay low when there is smoke, where the air is cleaner and cooler.

* Always use the closest exit or stairway; never use elevators.

* If the alarm is on your way out, pull it!

* Once outside, do not go back in!

* If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop, and roll.

* Quickly cool any burns with water and seek medical attention.

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Most Common House Fires

1.  The most common type of fire in the U.S. is the kitchen fire. The reason that the kitchen is the source of many fire hazards is because the kitchen is where heat, electricity, water, and grease come together.  The most common type of kitchen fire is the grease fire. A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.

Many grease fires occur because someone leaves a frying pan on the stove unattended. They also occur when someone overheats a pan during attended cooking if the grease catches fire. Grease fires can cause serious injury and extensive property damage.  Other types of kitchen fires include oven fires and appliance fires. Fires can also get started in the kitchen when electricity comes in contact with water.

2.  Electrical fires are another common type of fire. Electrical fires are caused by a number of different factors, including faulty appliances, worn or faulty electrical wiring, improper use of electrical outlets and worn out breaker boxes.  Older homes often do not have the proper wiring to handle the amount of electrical appliances in use today. Often old wiring inside walls becomes frayed or worn, causing shorts and sparks that can ignite.

Old breaker boxes are made to shut off electrical current when the circuit becomes overloaded as a fire prevention measure, but often the connections are worn or broken and do not activate the breaker switch.  Lighting is another cause of electrical fires, which can be triggered by improper wiring or the use of bulbs that are higher in wattage than the amount recommended for the lighting appliance.

3.  Heater fires are among the most common types of fires in the months of December, January and February. Portable heaters should always have automatic shutoffs that activate when they overheat as a fire precaution.  Coil space heaters are especially hazardous because the coils will ignite anything combustible nearby. Always keep any type of space heater a minimum of three feet from anything combustible. That includes curtains, bedding, clothing and furniture. Always shut space heaters off when you’re not in the room.

Extension cords should not be used with space heaters as they generate too much electricity and can start a fire.

4.  Another major type of fire is smoking-related. Fires caused by cigarettes account for 1,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. Many times the smoker is not the person who dies.  Most smoking fires are started by embers igniting on furniture, bedding and trash cans. Smokers should always be sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before emptying ashtrays into the trash.

Never smoke in bed and never smoke when you are tired, inebriated, or drowsy from medication. Do not place ashtrays on flammable surfaces like couches, chairs, or beds where they can tip over and start a fire.  The best way to prevent smoking-related fires is to smoke outside the house and have a can filled with sand to extinguish cigarette butts.

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Adopted!!!

Adopted!!!

For all of those following and asking us for updates on Xena, I am so happy to tell everyone that she has been adopted. After several long months of earning her trust and getting her reintroduced to living with people after the tragedy she witnessed, Xena has found a Forever Home. We would like to thank, Red Paw Emergency Relief, Jen Leary, Emily Miller and Jen Baris for their tireless work in helping us place this beautiful dog.

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Rescuing Xena

Rescuing Xena

Pictured here is Xena. She was rescued by Red Paw after her house was intentionally set on fire. Her parents were murdered in the house prior to it being set ablaze, and Xena was rescued in an abandoned building two days later. The owner of MSI, Joe Fiorilli, is fostering her after several months of being in a kennel. She shortly became well adjusted to living in a home and is up for adoption. Even if you can not adopt or foster a dog, donating to such organizations like Red Paw Emergency Relief allows such people like Jen Leary to save lives.

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MSI & Red Paw Relief

MSI & Red Paw Relief

Here’s a picture with some of the staff of Red Paw and Joe Fiorilli (the Owner of MSI), at the Doggie Ball in Philadelphia. We are working together to get animals displaced by fires in Forever and Foster Homes. The dog in the photo is Xena, who is being fostered by Joe Fiorilli.

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Selecting a Fire Restoration Company – Part 1

Fire damage clean up is an arduous process that often requires the proper industrial equipment and time. A standard vacuum cleaner is rarely enough. In addition, time is of the essence. In the wake of a fire, when victims are faced with insurance matters, arrangements for interim housing, and possible health concerns, homeowners are unlikely to make salvage efforts the top priority. Sadly, this could present a costly dilemma. In these cases, the services of a certified fire restoration company are invaluable.

Delays in fire damage clean up can have serious consequences. In addition to the obvious devastation created by heat, flames, and soot, water and smoke are powerful contaminators and destructors in their own right. Immediate intervention is critical to minimize exposure to these damaging agents in hopes of limiting restoration costs.

• Within minutes after the blaze is extinguished, acidic soot residue causes discoloration of plastics. Certain materials like marble and alabaster could be marred permanently.
• It only takes a matter of hours for acidic soot to cause yellowing of bath fixtures, counter tops, and the tarnishing of unprotected metals. Furniture and appliances may also discolor.
• Within days, acid residues may permanently discolor walls and cause corrosion and rusting of metals. Flooring made of wood or vinyl must be replaced (or at the least refinished), and textiles such as clothing and furniture upholstery becomes irreparably stained.
• In a matter of weeks, carpet may become unsalvageable due to discoloration. Silver-plated fixtures are irreversibly corroded. Glass, crystal, and china may become severely etched and pitted due to extended exposure to acidic soot residue.

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