Monday, August 29, 2016

Gloucester County horse contracts eastern equine encephalitis

A 8-year-old Morris County mare is the first reported case in 2016 of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses. The horse had not been vaccinated against EEE and was humanely euthanized on August 13.

EEE causes inflammation of the brain tissue and has a significantly higher risk of death in horses than West Nile Virus infection. West Nile virus is a viral disease that affects horses’ neurological systems. The disease is transmitted by mosquito bite. The virus cycles between birds and mosquitoes with horses and humans being incidental hosts. EEE infections in horses are not a significant risk factor for human infection because horses (like humans) are considered to be “dead-end” hosts for the virus.

In 2015, New Jersey had one case of EEE and one case of West Nile Virus.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of Agriculture web site at:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

‘PAWS for Reading’ program resumes at Preakness Branch Library, Wayne

Does your child feel that reading is a chore?

The Preakness Branch Library offers its’ PAWS for Reading” program to help kids improve their confidence in their reading abilities without having someone correct their errors every few words.
While reading, the child can pet, cuddle, and enjoy a nice intimate one-on-one experience with a comforting gentle dog.

The program is held at the Preakness Branch Library at 1006 Hamburg Tnpke. in Wayne on the first Monday afternoon of each month
Register online at for Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5, for either the 3:45 p.m. or 4:10 p.m. sessions. 

For further information please phone librarian Wendy Sandford at 973-694-7110, ext. 200.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Two California sea lion pups born at WCS’s Bronx Zoo

Photo courtesy of Julie Larsen Maher.

The WCS’s Bronx Zoo welcomes the addition of two California sea lion pups born in June.

The pup born to mother, Indy, has been identified as a male. Keepers have not yet been able to determine the gender of the pup born to Margaretta. Both have yet to receive their names.

Clyde is the sire of both pups. He is one of two adult bulls that came to WCS’s Queens Zoo in 2013 from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as part of a local wildlife management project in Bonneville, Ore. These are his first offspring since arriving in New York.

California sea lions are not endangered and live in healthy populations along the west coast of North America from Alaska to Mexico. All marine mammals, including sea lions, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Goldman Sachs and Bideawee sponsor pet vet exams for the homeless

Bideawee, a pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island for the past 113 years, are partnering with Goldman Sachs through the firm’s Community TeamWorks program, to provide veterinary care to the pets of homeless New Yorkers.

Bideawee’s on-staff veterinarian Dr. Shian Simms will conduct feline and canine health exams and distribute animal care packages in Bideawee’s mobile adoption van. The event will be held at 296 Ninth Avenue at 23rd Street from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 26.

 “The latest numbers indicate that 5% to 10% of the New York City homeless population are pet owners. Sadly, animals are not allowed in homeless shelters and, as a result, animal owners have limited options,” said Jennifer Goodwin, Vice President for Development, Bideawee in a statement. “For many homeless, they choose to live on the streets with their animals as they do not want to be separated from them and this, of course, poses a number of veterinary health challenges. Goldman Sachs is providing volunteers for this event as well as monies for the exams and pet supplies.” 

For more information contact: 866-262-8133 or

Thursday, August 25, 2016

NJVMA Animal Hall of Fame looking for nominations

Every year, the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association honors the human-animal bond by recognizing special animals that have made a difference in someone’s life.

Pet owners whose pet’s show exceptional affection, bravery, empathy or who are simply special in unique ways are encouraged to submit nominations for this year’s annual hall of fame.

The annual hall of fame has recognized over 100 animals since its inception in 1996. It is an opportunity to recognize how special animals are and the valuable contributions that they make to peoples’ lives.

Nomination deadline is Fri., Nov. 11 and inductees will be notified by Sat., Dec. 31.

To nominate, head to to fill out an application.