October can be such a pleasant month with its cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage. It can also be a life-changing month for thousands of dogs throughout the country. October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.” When you think about it, it’s a perfect month to add to your family. School routines have been established and it’s before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

There are 17 dogs at the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter who are waiting to be adopted into loving families. We have 12 cats who would love to have a forever home. 

In September, we took in eight dogs and three cats. Ten dogs and four cats were adopted out.

Our PALS Person of the Month is Cody Stephens. Cody started out as an excellent volunteer while he was in high school. When he left after graduation, we really missed him. We were thrilled that he returned to work at PALS several months ago. Cody was asked what he likes about PALS and he replied, “I enjoy working here for a numerous amount of reasons including spending time with the animals and making connections with them. By having the opportunity to make these connections, I feel as if I am making a difference in the lives of many animals that walk in and out. Not only do I get to create bonds with the animals, but I have also built relationships with my great co-workers.” We wish we could keep Cody here forever, but next month we will be wishing him well as he joins the Air Force. We are sure Cody will continue making a positive difference wherever he goes, just as he is doing at PALS.

In my last article I mentioned that hookworms and whipworms are a big problem right now. I will provide information on whipworms next month. The following information on hookworms is from akc.org.

Hookworms are intestinal parasites that hook themselves into the lining of your dog’s intestines, where they feed off the tiny blood vessels in the intestinal lining. Dogs can get the larvae by sniffing or eating contaminated soil or feces. Larvae can burrow into the skin of a dog lying on contaminated soil. Puppies can get infected in the uterus or through their mother’s milk. 

Symptoms of hookworms include anemia, pale gums, weakness, weight loss, bloody diarrhea, itchy paws and poor growth. Treating hookworms requires a veterinarian’s care. A major part of treatment is preventing reinfection. There are several heart worm preventatives that also protect dogs from hookworms. If you suspect your dog might have hookworms, please see your veterinarian. Hookworms can cause death.

Now is the time to get your tickets for “A Mystical, Magical, Comical Night,” happening at Wesley United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 2. It features magic by Pete Walterscheid, comedy by Jonathan Wilhoft and a delicious dinner by Mom’s Best. The dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with entertainment following. The doors will open at 6 p.m. to give everyone the opportunity to view and bid on our silent auction items. We are receiving many awesome donations which include a Kansas City Chiefs birdhouse, a fire pit, and a picnic table. Tickets for the event are $30 per person and may be obtained from PALS board members or by calling the shelter at 421-0445. Kim and Katherine at Advance America are also holding a drawing for two free tickets. 

We are happy to announce that our PALS dogs will be returning to the Parsons Public Library for the children’s story hours in the near future. 

The board members and volunteers of the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter sincerely want to thank the community for thinking of us and supporting our activities. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

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