Show Us Your Heart is back! From February 8th-February 22nd we will be asking for donations to help find loving homes for abandoned pets.
Global pet Foods will donate $1.00 for every donation received up to $75,000. We will also treat your pet with a special treat, so come in store to find out more!
There are many ways that you can help local shelters as well:
Fostering: Many rescues do not have the space or staff to look after every animal that comes into their care, but you could volunteer to help! All vet visits and supplies are paid for, all you have to do is show them love and provide a roof over their head.
Donations: All the way from small single donations to monthly donations to that bag of food your cat refuses to eat.
Volunteering your time: Smaller rescues often need help transporting pets to the vet, to new fosters or transporting supplies. Helping out at events such as fundraisers or adoption events is always hugely appreciated. If you’re not able to take in an animal, volunteering your time can make a huge impact.
Considering adopting vs buying: Although there are many people who want to purchase a pet with a specific look, there are always hundreds of animals in the city of Edmonton who are looking for a home. Infinite Woof Animal Rescue Society had over 30 puppies in their care over the last year and Zoe’s Animal Rescue currently has almost 40 kittens looking for a place to call home.
As we dive into this new year, it might be your resolution become a better pet parent by feeding your fur baby healthier food. Here are some ideas and resources to get you started towards being a better pet parent:
Adding raw/fresh food to their diet
Many pet parents are now turning to raw and homemade food for their pets. Like any diet, their are pros and cons, it’s important to understand what these are and how to determine if they are right for your pet.
Quality Ingredients & Transparency
And many more in store! We hope this gives you a running start for the New Year and gets you thinking about what you can be doing to improve your pet’s healthy.
Happy New Year!
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So, it’s the holiday season, you’re out buying presents and packing your bags for you big trip when all of the sudden, you realize: YOU DIDN’T GET EVERYTHING READY FOR YOUR PETS!
No worries, we got you covered with this quick go to checklist of the things you’ll need for your furry friends on your holiday trip!
- Pet First Aid Kit
- Food & Water dishes
- Fold-able travel dishes are readily available and make packing much easier
- Enough food to the last the trip (and a little bit more)
- Find out if the destination you’re visiting has a store that also carries your pet’s food, especially if you are flying
- A source of water
- Small animals will do well with some freshly cut cucumber on road trips to stay hydrated
- Favorite bag of treats (sealed if you are travelling on a plane)
- Favorite toy (a silent one will be appreciated by other travelers)
- Calming treats or sprays (for anxious pets, look for treats with melatonin or hemp)
- A carrier or car safe harness
- Brushes and nail trimmers
- Up to date tags and a label on the carrier
- Pet’s name
- Your name
- Phone Number
- Home Address
- Check airline pet regulations (including size of pets, carriers, requirements)
- Pet friendly accommodations
- Vaccinations are up to date with paperwork
- Pet has been micro-chipped and tattooed
- Up to date list of medications
And finally, try to make time for your pet to stretch their legs and move around! Plan stops along the way for car trips or some time between lay overs to let them out of their carrier if possible.
As winter draws near, and Edmonton we can expect that winter will always come fast than we expect, we prepare ourselves by dragging out the boots, the big coats and snow pants, but what about all our furry friends? Living downtown can present it’s own unique problems as well as the cold and unpredictable winters Edmonton is known for. What if you have a pet that needs lots of stimulation how are you suppose to combat boredom when it’s 30 below outside?
Not all dogs need jackets, but it’s something to consider if you have a small breed dog or a breed that has no undercoat (ei. Poodles, greyhounds and some terriers), as they were not bred to withstand cold weather. Jackets should fit your dog comfortably and using the two finger rule, like with collars, is an easy way to tell if it’s a good fit. Most jackets reach to base of your pet’s tail, but some are designed to go further, but when fitting your dog there should be enough material to cover them, but not so much that it will prevent them from being able to urinate (which would make a messy clean up for you!).
The majority of the salts used to clear the sidewalks on the market are not safe for our pets paws, and when you’re living downtown it can be difficult to avoid these areas. Pet friendly salts are available, businesses could also consider using gravel to prevent slips, but in the cases when businesses are not willing to go the extra lengths, there are always booties to protect your pets paws! There are many types of boots available for pets, some are more similar to the boots we wear which can be uncomfortable for some pets, but there are also boots are are simply made of rubber that put a barrier between the pads of their feet and the harsh chemicals on the sidewalk. Another thing to consider is getting boots to prevent snow and ice build up between the pads of their paws. Often, paws get cold from this build, and for pets with long fur or who especially love to jump into deep snow this can make a huge difference.
As the cold weather settles in, you may walk your pet less or for shorter period of time which may leave you pet feeling under stimulated and bored which can lead to poor behavioral habits, the most common being destructive behavior like chewing or excessive barking. Providing you pet with boredom busters like puzzle toys can be a great way to stimulate your pet and there are many kinds of puzzle toys! Teaching your pet news tricks can also be incredibly rewarding for you and your pet, it challenges both of you and create a even closer bond. There are many classes available in Edmonton, but there are also many resources online on training.
Winter sneaks up on us every year! Preparing yourself and your pet for winter in regards to their physical health, but also mental health plays a huge in the well being of you and your pet.
Show Us Your Heart was launched in 2006, with the intent to support smaller, community-based organizations – the local shelters and pet rescue groups that do not receive government funding or have their own fundraising departments. The volunteers who operate and work with these organizations often do it on their own dime.
Every February, each Global Pet Foods store across Canada selects a local shelter in its community to support. We at Global, Jasper Ave / 117 St, will be supporting the ARTS Senior Animal Program. This program is dedicated to helping senior animals in need – 8 years old plus for dogs and 10 years old plus for cats. It is a program under Animal Rescue Transfer Society (ARTS). The funds contributed go to helping older animals who have found themselves homeless during the golden years of their lives. Your generous support can help bring these older animals back to optimum health for their age and then off to adoptive “retirement” homes.
When you donate as little as $1 in-store, we will match it with another $1. Purchase a Paper heart for $5 and Global Pet Foods will kick in another $1 for a total donation of $6 and give you 10 AIR MILES Bonus Miles!
A little goes a long way to helping thousands of homeless animals.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month. It is important to stay on top of your furry friend’s oral hygiene because what may seem like innocent bad breath could potentially be something more serious. Make sure you are brushing their teeth to avoid the risk of developing periodontal disease, a common yet preventable condition. Also, there are other things you can do, like water additives. Next time you are in the store ask us for suggestions.
The February Flyer & Show Us Your Heart Promotions run from Friday February 10th – Sunday February 26th, 2017.
The February Flyer & Show Us Your Heart Promotions run from Friday February 10th – Sunday February 26th, 2017
From Saturday, November 12 – Sunday, December 4 save on a variety of pet food – Freeze Dried Dog & Cat Food, Dry Dog & Cat Food, Dog & Cat cans, cat litter, and a wide variety of dog and cat treats.
**Product selection will vary by store and all products featured in this flyer may not be stocked in every store. Some exceptions & limitations may apply. Available while quantities last. Offers cannot be combined with any other offer, coupon, or promotion. We reserve the right to limit purchase quantities.