Friday, April 7, 2017

New Jersey horse tests positive for neurologic equine herpes virus

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has quarantined properties in Hunterdon and Somerset counties after a horse developed highly infectious equine herpes myeloencephalopathy.

EHM is the often deadly neurologic form of the Equine Herpes Virus infection.

No recent movement had occurred at the farm where the virus was reported prior to this case.  The horse was moved into the isolation barn at a local animal hospital the evening EHM  was confirmed.

Both the horses at the original farm and the hospital are under quarantine.

Nine horses were being treated at the hospital at the time of the incident; several horses were exposed to the ill horse.

The EHV-1 organism spreads quickly from horse to horse and can cause respiratory problems, especially in young horses, spontaneous abortions in pregnant mares, and the neurologic form of the virus can result in death.

Concerned owners should consult with their veterinarian prior to taking any action as the clinical signs of infection with the neurological form of EHV-1 are common to many other diseases.

For more information, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/ah/prog/lab.html or call 609-406-6999.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Movement Partners and PetSmart Charities highlight the life-saving bond between people and pets

The Humane Society Silicon Valley has created a national animal-human welfare movement called “Mutual Rescue,” challenging humans to reimagine how our lives can be transformed when we adopt a homeless pet, while also stepping up efforts to increase adoptions from local animal shelters.
Their first film, “Eric & Peety,” launched in February 2016 has now been viewed more than 85 million times.

Partnering with PetSmart Charities, the group set out to expand the film series with four films to be released in 2017.

“Kylie & Liza” launched in February and the next release, “Tracy & Jack” arrived this week.



Judges for future “Mutual Rescue” film consideration include influencers such as Bolt and Keel, Rescue Pets of Instagram and Nala Cat.

Submissions for new “Mutual Rescue’ stories are being accepted to June 30t at www.MutualRescue.org.

Monday, April 3, 2017

ASPCA to host 20th Annual Bergh Ball honoring Linda Lloyd April 20

Jessica Hart. Photo courtesy of livingly.com.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will honor Linda Lloyd Lambert Thu., April 20 at their annual Bergh at the Plaza Hotel. 768 5th Ave., Manhattan.

The event – bringing together hundreds of animal lovers – is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is a cornerstone of the ASPCA’s fundraising efforts to directly impact the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals across the country.

This year’s event, hosted by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi,  is themed, “Shine a Light.” It will be sponsored by Tuxedo Hudson Company and will feature décor design by David Beahm Experiences -- in collaboration with décor chair Robin Bell.

Ball attendees to include:  Shannen Doherty, Jessica Hart, Cassidy Horn, David Lee, Bianca and Dan Harris, Patina Miller and David Mars, Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, Hunt Slonem, Jill Rappaport, Christian Siriano and Brad Walsh, Allie Rizzo and Scott Sartiano, ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker.

For more information, visit www.aspca.org/BerghBall and join the conversation by tagging @ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #BerghBall.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

“Muttville Comix” comes to William Paterson University on April 23

Sit, stay … enjoy.

Johnny Peers and the “Muttville Comix” will perform their comedy dog show 2 p.m. Sun., April 23 at William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne.

Starring mostly dogs rescued from shelters, these Animal Planet Pet Star winners dive into challenging and hilarious tricks in a slapstick comedy act that is fun for families and the dog lover in all of us.

Tickets are $15; $12 children.

Information: www.wpunj.edu.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dog and cat rabies clinic in Clifton throughout April

The Clifton Health Department will be holding free spring rabies clinics at the Department of Public Works, 307 E. 7th St.

The dates are:

--Dogs: 6 to 8 p.m. Tue., April 4.

--Dogs: 1 to noon Sat., April 8.

--Cats: 6 to 7 p.m. Tue., April 25.

--Dogs: 7 to 8 p.m. Tue., April 25.

Dog licenses will also be available to purchase.