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Demand for Pet Blood

As a result of recent advancements in veterinary medicine and owners increasingly willing to spend more money on care for the family pet, the demand for pet blood has increased; however, pet blood supplies around the country continues to fall short. In fact, many veterinarians today rely on out-of-state blood banks that often have an extremely limited supply. January is National Blood Donor Month, which makes it a perfect time to bring awareness to the importance and benefits of pet blood banks. BluePearl Specialty and... Read more →

Rescue Puppy Named New Voice Of The TurfMutt Foundation

(NAPSI)—A puppy named Mulligan has big paws to fill, but the mixed breed rescue dog is up to the challenge of becoming the new voice for the TurfMutt Foundation, says his new owner and guardian, Kris Kiser, President of the organization. Since 2009, Kiser’s rescue dog, Lucky, “pawed it forward” by leading the Foundation’s environmental education and stewardship program for students in grades K to 8. Sadly, Lucky passed away recently, but his superhero cape is being picked up by perky Mulligan, who was found... Read more →

Looking for a Forever Home: Meet Millo

Millo happens to be a very special girl. She came to Husky House with brain trauma which has resulted in some neurological issues. In short, she is a special needs dog and can’t do some things a normal dog can do. For example, she freezes and will not walk on a leash and she can’t climb stairs. It’s possible that with time she could walk on a leash but may be not. Due to this, she would do best in a home with a secure,... Read more →

Looking for A Forever Home: Meet Louisa

Meet Louisa. Louisa is looking for her loving forever home. An owner surrender, she is an even tempered girl. She gets along well with other dogs her size. She is friendly, affectionate and enjoys going for walks. She can be a little strong on the leash at first, but soon settles to enjoy a nice stroll. Please no homes with young/small children, small animals, small dogs or cats. Interested in adopting Louisa? Please visit www.huskyhouse.org today to fill out an application. More about Louisa Up-to-date... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Teaching Your Dog to Go Home

Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor Some dogs are escape artists, darting outside whenever they see an opportunity. It's not that they don't enjoy their homes, it's just that they seek the outdoors or a good chase! When you are walking a newly-adopted dog try to take him on the same route every day so that he sees how to get from Point A to Point B. He will smell the pathway back to your house and it will be ingrained in him. When you are on... Read more →


She is a happy & friendly, 2-year old Choc-Lab-mix. She came to us locally when her family lost their home. Venus loves to be with people and get as much attention as she can. She is particularly fond of belly rubs. She is a bit strong on leash, but she is very obedient, eager to please, and appears to be housebroken as well. Venus would love a home with a fenced yard, and might do best with older children, as she was never around little... Read more →


Meet Andrew Available for adoption January 16, 2020 The adoption fee for unaltered animals is $350 + plus $75 spay/neuter deposit. The adoption fee for altered animals is $425. Please note that we do have transportation available for most of our adoptable pets between NJ and PA locations. In most cases if you are interested in a dog listed in another location we are able to transport the puppy to a closer foster home. Adoption Process: Send an email to info@therileyrescue.com requesting an adoption application.... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Dress for the Weather

Dawn Watson/CNBNewsnet I am often asked if I approve of dogs being “dressed” for cold weather. The short answer is ‘yes’. Small dogs and hairless breeds can easily suffer from hypothermia. If they are cold for long periods of time, they may freeze to death. It’s important to keep them from becoming over-exposed to harsh weather. Never allow your small or medium-sized dog outdoors without being right by his side. If you are cold, he is cold! It is now a felony in many states... Read more →

Pet of the Week: Stax

STAX This handsome hunk is about 3 years old and is ready to find his forever home. He has wrinkles for days and has the best smile around! He enjoys rolling in the grass and hanging out with his volunteer buddies. Adopt Stax today at the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center. Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Happy New Year

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor So many things have made 2019 'different' to me, personally. Through it all, my dogs were by my side. In March, 2019 I lost my home and my training studio at 700 Market Street--my taxes tripled and I simply could no longer afford the property. I began pulling and living in a small camper. The dogs were happy. It was a rough life, but we survived because we were all together. Walks were escalated until my pups and I were walking miles... Read more →

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier and Happier Pet

Veterinarians from BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital are encouraging pet owners to make New Year’s plans for pets, because just like us, they can benefit from changes to their wellness routines. “Pets cannot make resolutions on their own; only you, the owner, can do that. As we come into the new years and the new decade, it is important to remember that pets’ may also need to ditch those bad dietary habits and engage in a more healthy lifestyle,” said Cathy Meeks, DVM, Regional... Read more →

PETS ARE THE BEST: Eight new pups report for duty

Urban, a three-month-old black Labrador retriever, trains with Danielle Berger at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Berger is leading the training for the U litter, composed of Urban and seven of her brothers and sisters, with assistance from interns including (left to right) Charlotte Kronick, Dominique Andrews, Trevor Vidas, and Tesa Stone. (All images: Eric Sucar/University Communications) PHILADELPHIA PA--More sure-footed and confident by the day, the U litter puppies of the Working Dog Center are not yet 3 months old, yet are already a... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: New Year's Eve

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor New Year's eve can be a festive, fun-filled adventure for everyone. But what about Fido? It's possible that the festivities can overwhelm your dog, with its noise makers and fireworks, people and fun. If you are planning a get-together, take precautions ahead of time. Make it safe for all involved! Find a safe place for Fido, even if it means he is in a bedroom or his crate. Cover his crate (except for the door) so it resembles a den. Put a... Read more →

Veterinarians Offer Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Winter

As parts of the U.S. gear up for a powerful post-Christmas winter storm–packed with strong winds, heavy snow, and freezing rain—veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital are offering a few tips to help keep pets safe. "Many people think that dogs and cats’ fur make them more resistant to cold weather, but that is not necessarily true. Cold tolerance can vary based on a pets’ size, coat, body fat percentage, activity level, age and overall health,” remarked Harry Weatherson, BVetMed, MRCVS, ER Service... Read more →

Voorhees Animal Orphanage Pet of the Week: Reuben

Reuben is a beautiful buff and white boy who came to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage as a stray and is looking for a fresh start. He's a gentle soul and enjoys being petted and loved. And he would love to go home with you! If you're looking for a devoted companion to keep you company, you must come meet sweet Reuben at PetValu on Rte 70 in Marlton, NJ today! You can read more about Reuben, and all of the other fine felines that are... Read more →

Fingerprints of an invisible, restricted horseracing therapy

By Katherine Unger Baillie | Kbaillie@Upenn.edu A treatment called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is used in patients both human and equine to speed healing of injured tendons and ligaments. Using high-pressure sonic waves, ESWT is thought to increase blood flow to the treated area, and has been shown to reduce pain over the short term. Mary Robinson, director of Penn Vet’s Equine Pharmacology Laboratory, led work with lab member Jinwen Chen, to find fingerprints of shockwave therapy, a treatment used to address injury and pain... Read more →

Ann is The Pet of the Week

Ann is a sweet 1 year old female hound mix. She is mostly fully grown at 35 pounds but is on the skinny side, so gaining a few extra pounds wouldn’t hurt. She likes other dogs and is good with children of any age. Ann would do well in a more active home with a family who is willing to give her plenty of mental and physical exercise. Visit Ann at the https://www.awanj.org/ today. Read more →

The Pet Industry Is Changing

Gloucestercitynews.net(Dec. 16, 2019)--There are multiple websites that provide detailed information on pet accessories, such as the one available on petsinuniform.com. This is only a small aspect that shows how much the pet industry has grown in the past years. It’s important to correlate the significant differences between generations to see the direction in which this industry is going. What do the statistics look like? The pet industry has experienced what we can call an explosive growth in the past years, and the data is here... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Separation Anxiety

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor When I think of separation anxiety in animals, I picture nervousness, inappropriate activities, and/or extreme verbalization when the animal is left alone or when the primary caregiver is absent. Some dogs are so crippled by separation anxiety that their owners rehome them because of the damage they have caused. There is no ‘quick fix’ when it comes to this upsetting behavior. It takes time and patience to train the dog that you will be returning. Here are a few steps you can... Read more →

NJ Senator Declan O’Scanlon Wants Stronger Animal Cruelty Law

TRENTON, NJ --Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) called for action on stricter animal cruelty laws following news that the man who left a pit bull named River in a cage to drown in the Shrewsbury River was found not guilty of attempting to kill the dog. “Something clearly needs to change when a person can leave a dog trapped in a cage to be drowned by the rising tide but not be convicted of attempting to kill that animal. It is simply barbaric,” said O’Scanlon. “While... Read more →

Gray Fox Animal Hospital Gifts A Vest This Holiday Season

Veterinarians to Donate to K9 Unit Woodbury Heights, N.J.—One officer in the Woodbury PD will walk the streets a bit safer next week. Recon, a Czech Shepherd being handled by Patrolman Mitchell has just been fitted for his custom K9 Tactical Gear vest. Husband and wife veterinarians, Doctors Lee and Bernadette Spector, VMDs, will present the vest to Recon on December 11 at 12:30 p.m. on the grounds of the animal hospital. The Gray Fox staff knows how important a ballistic vest can be for... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Exercise

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Exercise is essential for the health of your dog. But how much exercise is needed? One can generally use a dog’s weight (if the dog is a normal weight) as an indicator of the correct amount of exercise. For example, a small dog is usually content with one or two walks per day and some outdoor playtime in the back yard. A medium dog requires more exercise, especially the herding breeds (cattle dog, shelty, etc.). Two or three, mile-long jaunts are in... Read more →

Heart + Paw Partners With Philadelphia Based Vendor

Creates the Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Pet Don't Forget About Your Four Legged Family Member This Holiday Season! PHILADELPHIA, PA (December, 2019) - It’s no secret that Heart + Paw takes their role in pet parenthood very seriously. They’ve thought of everything; from unique service touchpoints in their locations to ensure pets are always comfortable to state of the art facilities. Along with a passion for pets, Heart + Paw is very passionate about working with local makers and companies to build each of... Read more →

This Penn heart patient is a 9-year-old boxer dog named Sophie

Cardiology resident Alexandra Crooks and cardiologist Anna Gelzer of Penn Vet headed up care for 9-year-old Sophie, the beloved pet of Karen Cortellino, pictured here with her son Alex Peña. Not long after the ablation procedure, Cortellino says the boxer was “back to her perky self.” For Karen Cortellino, her 9-year-old dog Sophie is more than just a companion. “There’s this bumper sticker that says, ‘Rescue dogs: Who rescued who?’” says Cortellino, a physician from New Jersey. “That’s exactly how I feel.” Eight years ago,... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Holidays

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor The holidays are upon us! Family members will gather together, spending time with one another and eating lots of goodies! But, what about Fido? Your dog is part of the family and thus, should be included in the festivities! However, a certain amount of preparation is in order so that everyone enjoys a relaxed and social time. Be sure that your dog is up to date on his immunizations. In case he becomes anxious and decides to take a chunk out of... Read more →


November and December are filled with holiday merriment, but an unexpected trip to the veterinary hospital can instantly spoil the cheer. There are many seasonal dangers for pets, including consumption of toxic foods and decorations, that can devastate a Thanksgiving, Christmas or holiday celebration. Peyton Cleary/CNBNews graphic From chocolate and turkey bones to tinsel and toys, veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital have treated dozens of dogs and cats who have gotten into holiday-related food and items. In fact, BluePearl, which has more... Read more →


Pet of the Week: Mister Mister is a super sweet, 2 year-old Basenji. He can be reactive on a leash and has some barrier frustration, however he has done well when paired with other dogs. We recently matched him up with Houdini, a 9 year-old small lab mix. She warmed up to him right away and they played together. He has a lot of character and is very cute and funny, especially on walks. Stop by AWA to meet Mister today! Read more →

Three Dogs Found Dead in Toms River, Owner Allegedly Abandon The Animals

LACEY TOWNSHIP—Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Lacey Township Police Chief Michael DiBella announced today that Allissa DeStefano, 29, (photo)of Toms River, has been arrested and charged with three counts of Animal Cruelty in violation of N.J.S.A. 4:22-17c(2). During the evening hours of November 11, 2019, the Lacey Township Police Department responded to a residence in Lacey Township for a report that dogs had possibly been abandoned in the residence. Upon arrival, the officers determined that the house was indeed abandoned, and the remains... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Dressing Up

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Many people complain when they see a dog wearing articles of clothing. “Dogs have fur and thus are naturally insulated!” they speculate. However, that is not always the case. Some dogs are so small that chilly weather can cause them to shiver and be uncomfortably cold. Others are hairless and must absolutely be protected. And putting a raincoat on a dog can eliminate that “wet dog” smell almost entirely! The truth is, most of us treat our dogs like children and find... Read more →

The Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program of Rowan University Opens

GLASSBORO, NJ --Rowan University celebrated the generosity, vision and love of South Jersey business executive Gerry Shreiber Nov. 7 with a ribbon cutting for the pet therapy center he funded this spring. Shreiber, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. of Pennsauken, donated $3 million in June to establish The Shreiber Family Pet Therapy Program of Rowan University. The program, which will have as many as five or six certified therapy dogs on campus starting in 2020, establishes a permanently funded Rowan resource to... Read more →

Genes play a role in dog breed differences in behavior

By Katherine Unger Baillie | Kbaillie@Upenn.edu | PHILADELPHIA, PA--Given the dazzling array of dog breeds, from dachshunds to mastiffs, from poodles to bloodhounds, it’s easy to forget that most of that diversity arose only in the last few centuries or so, thanks to human tinkering. People have bred dogs for their looks, but the lion’s share of breeding efforts have taken aim at eliciting particular behaviors, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s James A. Serpell. (photo) “If you look at the evolution of the dog,... Read more →

One in Three Dogs will Develop Cancer

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. But the cancer epidemic is not confined to humans. A growing number of dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year. In fact, about one in three dogs will develop cancer, which is the same incidence of cancer among men, and up to 50% of dogs and cats will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Each year, veterinary oncologists at BluePearl Specialty and... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: When a Dog "Speaks"

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs have ways of communicating with dogs that differ from the ways in which he communicates with the humans in his pack. The signs are subtle, but if you understand canine body language you can easily interpret what Fido is saying. When your dog barks, he is speaking! However, barking constantly is a sign that he has not learned when to bark! For the incessant barker, try saying, “No,” calmly and giving him a sharp look—not a touch—to remind him that he... Read more →

Dawn Watson's Pet Tip of the Week: Structured Feeding

Dawn Watson/CNBNews Contributor Dogs love to eat! But when you feed them is almost as important as what you feed them. Structured feeding means that you have a set time to feed Fido. In addition, you have a definite idea about what type of food should be served at that time. A good example of this reasoning is to feed your dog a cup or so of good quality, dry dog food in the morning and a half-cup with some cooked chicken or canned dog... Read more →