The Weekly Walk: Pet of the Family

A similar Weekly Walk through Hurricane Sandy territory again, but we start returning to our usual paths of favorite Twitter and Facebook posts also. Shoes on. Leashes ready. Let’s go.

Article of the Week: Families Reunited

Whether we call our pets children, buddies, pals, or simply pets, if we care for them they become our family. This means we love and enjoy them when times are good, and we love them even more and worry about them when times are difficult. After Hurricane Sandy struck, many pets were separated from their families, but great strides have been taken to reunite them. Donations of money, food, and shelter have helped create happy endings for pets and owners, but more aid is always welcome to help counter the tragic endings. Click the photo to watch a TODAY video about pets and owners affected by the hurricane.

Obie Weight-loss Update

From the seventies to the fifties! “Obie is up and has made it to the 50’s weighing in with 59.14lbs!!” Woof!

Quote of the Week

“Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?” -Jerry Seinfeld

Treat of the Week

Bacon in your biscuit?

Animal Sound of the Week

A little refresher for the kids:

Photo of the Week

I think I see a secret!

Friday Fun: Puppy Fetch

Puppy Fetch is an online game that puts you in the fetching position rather than the throwing. Use your arrow keys to guide the dog and use spacebar to jump. The objective is to complete each fetch with speed. There is background music and sound effects, so you might want to wear headphones or mute your speakers.

Thank you for the company on this Weekly Walk. We would love to hear your stories about family pets, so please feel free to share them here, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!

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The Weekly Walk: More Helping Hands, More Helping Paws

Our last Weekly Walk covered ways to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Many humans and animals have been rescued, and we want to start this walk by sharing a few websites we check for updates about the progress of saving pets. The three organizations listed below are the same that we mentioned in our previous post about donations.

Articles of the Week: Hands and Paws

The HSUS posts regular news stories about their efforts on the East Coast. Click here for their news page. One of our favorite stories involves rescuers dutifully plodding through deep sand to find a room of hoarded and abandoned animals.

Global Animal Foundation has a wonderful update about efforts being made by several rescue organizations. They have also raised nearly $3,000 in funds to distribute to organizations like HSUS.

People still regularly post photos and information about displaced pets on the Facebook page Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets. People also share when owners and pets have been reunited as well, so it’s a useful resource if you’re still missing a pet after the hurricane.

Obie Weight-loss Update

Despite the added stress of a court case in his life, Obie lost more weight! He’s now 60 lbs!

Quote of the Week

“I very much believe in rescuing animals, not buying them.” -Candice Bergen

Command of the Week

Visit: Stop by last week’s walk to learn how you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Animal Sound of the Week

“Woof woof” means “Thank you for the donations.”

Photo of the Week

BuzzFeed has 41 photos of dogs prepared for inclement weather.

Friday Fun: Lost Petz

No game today but an app. Lost Petz is designed to send alerts and share information about lost pets. From their website: “The Lost Petz App has been developed to allow pet owners to send out an alert to other pet loving people in the community if their pet goes missing. The alert includes a current photo and additional relevant information about the pet; allowing an anxious pet owner to recruit the assistance of everyone in the vicinity to help reunite them with their pet.” See the website, a write-up by the American Humane Association, and check out the app in iTunes.

Thanks again for taking this walk with us. As we said last week, more donations and aid are always appreciated for victims, and even sharing information about where people can receive help is important. Pass on details you think we should know about in the comments below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof.

The Weekly Walk: Helping Hands, Helping Paws

We take a different route on this Weekly Walk. Rather than focus on notable Twitter and Facebook posts, today we list a handful of resources people can use to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Red Cross: They provide food and shelter and accept donations via their website. Make a $10 donation by texting the word “Redcross” to 90999. They are also requesting blood donations at the New York Blood Center, which can be reached at 800.933.2566.

Humane Society: They dispatch rescue teams to search for displaced animals, and they provide food and shelter. Owners needing to be reunited with pets lost during an evacuation should call 347.573.1561 for information. Make a $10 donation by texting the word “Animals” to 20222.

Feeding America: As stated in their recent blog post: “ ‘It is our responsibility to ensure preparedness for disaster response and relief, so that we can move food to affected areas as quickly as possible — and stay as long as our help is needed,’ said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. ‘We are there to offer support long after these disasters disappear from the headlines.’ ” Donate via their website or by calling 800.910.5524.

Salvation Army: From their website: “The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with food, clean-up kits, as well as emotional and spiritual care.” Visit their webpage to donate.

Global Animal Foundation: They use donations to send rescue teams into impacted areas and to pay for pet medical expenses, food, and shelter. They are also making efforts to reunite pets with their owners.

Facebook North Jersey Support: This page provides questions and answers for those living in the area. Please visit the page if you believe you can answer questions posted by others in need.

Facebook South Jersey Support: This page provides questions and answers for those living in the area. Please visit the page if you believe you can answer questions posted by others in need.

Facebook Hurricane Sandy New York City: From the group page: “Document what is going on in NYC with Hurricane Sandy. Find locations and drop off points for donations, share news, get help and give help.”

Facebook Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets: This page aims at reuniting pets with their owners and offers additional information about where to find animal assistance.

Many people have stepped in to help, but more aid is always welcome. If you have proper shelter in any of the areas affected by the storm, you might offer an extra room, food, showers, clothes, or other items to victims. Even sharing information where people can receive help is a step in the right direction, so please share any details you have in the comments below, on Twitter, or Facebook. We will be sure our readers and followers see it. Thank you and woof.

The Huffington Post has a short slideshow of rescued animals. Click the photo for more.