Pets

Friends of Feral Felines 12th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday May 21st from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine, at 102 Saco St. Westbrook (corner of Saco St. and West Valentine St.)

All proceeds benefit Friends of Feral Felines and helping feral cats in southern Maine.

 

 

Animal Refuge League Holding a Spring Fling Open House

 Westbrook - The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland will be holding a Spring Fling Open House on Sunday, May 22 at 10 am at their facility, 449 Stroudwater Street, Westbrook.  The event features the ARL’s annual kitten shower, where guests are invited to fill the “Kitty Care-A-Van” with necessary supplies for the kittens expected to arrive in the next few weeks.

The popular annual plant sale will kick off the event at 10 am with all other festivities beginning at 11am.

Rabies Clinic - Standish

A Rabies Clinic will be held on Monday, April 25th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Sebago Lake Congregational Church, located at 410 Northeast Road in Sebago Lake Village.  The cost is $8.00 per pet, cash only - checks will not be accepted.  Please bring previous rabies certificate - cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.    For more information, contact Betty Field - 642-4343 or 642-2464 or Jack Frietas at 642-4343.

Taste of Westbrook

Taste of Westbrook

March 27 – April 2

Visit these businesses during the Taste of Westbrook and a portion of your purchase will benefit the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Angelone’s  March 28 only:  15% off all pizzas with 20% of all proceeds donated
Blue Burrito  All week:  $1 from any dinner entrée sold is donated
Casa Novella All week:  Choose a salad or appetizer, specialty entrée, and dessert for a fixed price of
$15 at lunch and $20 at dinner and 5% from the week’s proceeds is donated
Frog & Turtle  All week:  25% from every chocolate teardrop plate is donated
Guidi’s   March 28 only:  Get 20% off your meal and a portion of your cost is donated
Mister Bagel  All week:   5% from the daily special is donated (special changes daily)
Pizza Time  March 31 only: 10% of all proceeds for the day are donated
Profenno’s  March 29 from 4-1

Early Socialization is Critical for Your Pup

Early Socialization is Critical for Your Pup

When you are out and about with your dog, have you ever encountered a person who is clutching their small dog to their chest as the furry bundle growls and spits and hisses and snarls?  The person usually says something like, "My dog just doesn't like other dogs!"  Sadly, chances are very good that the dog was not properly socialized early in life.

Professional dog trainers will tell you that you need to give your new pup "100 exposures in 100 days."  Research has shown that dogs imprint and integrate these new experiences and have a much greater chance of being open and enthusiastic (at best) and non-reactive (at a minimum) when encountering the same stimuli later in life.  But....here's the kicker:  the window begins to close at around four months (16 weeks) of age, meaning that your pup becomes less and less open to new experiences from this age forward.