Avoid Holiday Hazards For Your Pets


by Chandra Cushman

Humane Society of Central Arizona

Thanksgiving is an eventful holiday for many people. From all the delicious food you make and eat, to spending time with family and showing your thanks for all the blessing in your life, this is one of the busier holidays we celebrate. The aromas of Thanksgiving dinner and all the extra people in the house make things lively and stimulating for everyone, including your pets. This is why it’s important to follow some basic safety tips during the Thanksgiving holiday.

One of the greatest dangers for our pets on Thanksgiving is the food which is the center of our day. Many of the food items we eat can be toxic to dogs and cats. The following foods should not be shared with pets:

• Raisins in the stuffing can cause kidney failure in dogs.

• Alcohol is toxic, so a spilled glass of wine can be very dangerous.

• Leftover turkey can be dangerous if it contains bits of bone, which can splinter and get lodged in their throats.

• Other foods that can be toxic are grapes, onions, chocolate, raw bread dough, avocados and macadamia nuts.

As much as we love having family and friends over to spend time with and enjoy that delicious meal, having company can pose risks for our pets. People who are not familiar with your pets, both children and adults, can impose unintentional dangers.

• Doors that are left open as guests go in and out can allow your pet to escape unnoticed.

• Children who are unaccustomed to handling your pets can cause them harm, or even cause pets to bite or scratch out of fear.

• Guests may not be aware how harmful table scraps can be for your pets and not realize the potential danger in sharing their dinner.

Holiday planning can be stressful, and our pets can become stressed just like us. If the house is full of guests, adding to the hustle and bustle of the day, pets can become frightened or over-stimulated. This often leads to bad behavior which your pet may not normally exhibit.

• Be sure everyone knows the rules. Brief the children with their parents present so everyone understands the importance of being careful around pets.

• If you are to not able to gate off an area to keep your pet from escaping through an open door, it might be best to secure them in another room, away from all the action.

We hope that these safety suggestions will help you better prepare yourself and your pets for the upcoming holiday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at HSCAZ, two-legged and four!

Shelter Wish List

During this season of giving, here is a Wish List of items to donate to the Humane Society of Central Arizona, located at 605 W. Wilson Court. Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays.

We always need wet food for cats and dogs; cleaning supplies (bathroom cleaner, toilet cleaner, Windex, brooms, mop heads, Squeegees, trash bags of all sizes, Lysol cleaning wipes, paper towels and toilet paper); batteries (all sizes); laminator sheets; clear sheet protectors; office supplies (copy paper, staples, post-its, white out, pens, grease pencils, large manila envelopes, dry eraser markers and eraser, highlighters, scissors); cat toys, dog toys, leashes (6 ft. and 8 ft. flat leads), collars; measuring cups, measuring spoons, paper plates (large and small); giant paper clips; stainless steel bowls (all sizes), stainless steel buckets; spray bottles; wash cloths; laundry detergent for high efficiency washers, bleach, dish soap; heaters; large plastic litter boxes; Rubbermaid storage containers; cat and dog Kuranda beds; carriers and crates (all sizes); cardboard cat carriers (for adopters); blankets and towels.

Your monetary donations are appreciated, too. Send checks to HSCAZ, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.













Adoptable pets

Following are just a few of the many pets currently in need of loving homes. All have been spayed or neutered and are current on vaccinations.


I am a gentle boy who came from a rough situation. I am a little shy, but like attention. Can you help me build some confidence? I would love to go to a calm home where I can have some training and structure. Other dogs are okay. I like having them around, but don’t play much. I will need slow exposure to new situations, because things like loud cars or crowds can be a little scary. I much prefer quiet lap time with my favorite people.


Nadia is an outgoing girl who loves to play with other dogs. She is affectionate, well mannered and smart. Nadia loves everyone and is quick to make new friends. She will need daily exercise and a secure yard to romp and play in.


I am an active, energetic boy and love to make new friends! I am still working on my manners, and may jump a little, but that’s because I am so excited to see people. I also like to talk to everyone I meet. I am housetrained and know how to use a doggie door. I enjoy the company of other dogs and am always ready for rowdy playtime! I can be a little bossy with my dog friends, so tolerant buddies are best.


CB (short for crayon box because of her colorful personality) is a 4-month-old spayed female. She is a spunky little girl who LOVES to play! She is happy playing with other cats, toys or even people. Not only is CB adorable, she also has a great personality. She is super affectionate and will do great in a home with another cat that she can play with.


Kitty came to the shelter after her owner passed away. She is a 2-year-old spayed female. Kitty is a little shy, but she does enjoy being scratched behind her ear. Understandably so, she is a little sad after losing her owner. She would do well in a quiet home where she can feel comfortable and safe enough to start to come out of hiding and explore. She is a sweet girl who just needs a safe place to call her own.


Zipper is a fun guy! He is very outgoing and playful. He is a 5-year-old neutered male, who enjoys making new friends. He loves to play with toys, people and other cats. He gets along well with everyone and would make a great addition to a funloving family that has someone he can play around with.


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