Lexie the Miniature Pinscher Mix

Lexie the Miniature Pinscher Mix

Hi, my name is Lexie and I am about six months old. Me, my mom Lola, and my sister Lulu were all rescued from a puppy mill! I’m very lucky and I can’t wait to meet my new family. I like to play and am learning to walk on a leash. I love people and other dogs and toy… I mean I’m a puppy, I love everything! Submitted by the Human Society of Morgan County Georgia.

Lexie the Miniature Pinscher Mix

Lexie the Miniature Pinscher Mix

Lexie the Miniature Pinscher Mix

 

Dealing With Pet-Related Pests Naturally Without Pesticides

By Amber Kingsley

Chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides can be dangerous for our dogs and cats, as well as other animals and wildlife. The toxins found in some of these deterrents and ingredients used to increase a harvest of vegetables and fruits can decrease the lifespan of our pets or cause them unnecessary illnesses and health risks.

When we think of pests, we usually imagine flies and mosquitoes which can be pesky enough in their own regard. But they also carry a number of Casey the Black Labrador, Dalmatian Mixdiseases, like heart-worm or the Zika virus that can be deadly in some cases. But our feathered friends can also be problematic when it comes to our pets. Birds also carry parasites and diseases, along with their feces, they can also damage our property, invade our dwelling space and irritate our animals.

Luckily there are some methods of keeping these flying menaces away from our property and our animals without harming us or the environment. For example, there are some visual deterrents that can keep these animals at bay. Putting out plastic birds of prey, like an owl or falcon, will not only make other flying predators think twice before flying by, they can also curb the rodent population from moving into the area.

Food and Treats

Another way of keeping unwanted animals and pests from encroaching into your space is to ensure we’re not inadvertently feeding them in some way. Don’t feed or give your pets treats outdoors if at all possible, but if you do give them food outside, be sure to bring in the bowl and any leftovers. If you have fruit bearing trees or a garden, keep ripe or fallen foods off the ground.

Don’t store pet foods or treats outdoors, and make sure that garbage cans and other sources of potential meals are either tightly sealed or kept in an outbuilding or other indoor location like a garage. Speaking of outbuildings, be sure these are closed at all times to keep unwanted tenants from taking up residence inside.

There’s No Place Like Home

Doug the Bernese Mountain Dog, Poodle MixMake your yard, garden or other outdoor area less likely for critters to move in. Use items as hiding places or shelter from a storm. Overgrown bushes, shrubs, wood and compost piles are a common attractant for animals. Keep this shrubbery well-groomed and trimmed and be sure things like compost and piles aren’t easily accessible to your pets.

When it comes to flies, mosquitoes and other flying pests, make sure that exterior doors, windows and screens in your home are all in good working order. Screens with holes can be patched, windows and doors can be better sealed or efficient weather stripping can be installed to prevent intrusion through these small spaces. You can also use citronella candles and other natural ways to keep these flying critters away.

Don’t forget to rid outdoor areas of standing water in barrels, buckets and puddles to keep baby mosquitoes (larvae) from forming in the first place. Swimming pools should always be properly maintained, and report abandoned or neglected pools to local health officials. If you have a bird bath, be sure to wash them out every few days to stop larvae from sticking to the bottom.

We can keep our pets safer and our property less inhabited by flying pests and pesky forms of destructive wildlife by using some of these preventative measures. Don’t pick up a spray to keep them away, instead utilize some simple practices to make them less welcome in our environment.

 
Mathilda Jane the Labrador Retriever Mix

Mathilda Jane the Labrador Retriever Mix

Mathilda Jane is a happy-go-lucky puppy with a stunning dark chocolate colored coat. She is smart, playful and ready to find a forever home to call her own. She likes treats, and toys, and people, and gets along well with all the doggie friends she has met so far! Mathilda will make a great companion to take with you on all your adventures! Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.

Mathilda Jane the Labrador Retriever Mix

Mathilda Jane the Labrador Retriever Mix

Mathilda Jane the Labrador Retriever Mix

Mathilda Jane the Labrador Retriever Mix

 
Feeney the Swiss Mountain Dog Mix

Feeney the Swiss Mountain Dog Mix

Hi, my name is Feeney, and I’m a young, happy, playful puppy. I have stunning eyes and great expression. I get along great with all my friends here at the Humane Society, but I can’t wait to go on adventures with my forever family. I’ll make a great walking, hiking, and camping companion. Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.

Feeney the Swiss Mountain Dog Mix

Feeney the Swiss Mountain Dog Mix

 

Boa the Rottweiler Mix

Boa is a smart, witty, cute dog. Full of energy and always ready for a game of catch and fetch, however he prefers we try to catch him. He loves to be pampered, hugged and loves massages. He’s strong and protective, sometimes a little spoilt. His nickname is puppy, bowdy. He’s my puppy and I love him stacks. Submitted by Lindsay S.

Boa the Rottweiler Mix

Boa the Rottweiler Mix

Boa the Rottweiler Mix

Boa the Rottweiler Mix

 
Margot the Labrador, Blue Heeler Mix

Margot the Labrador, Blue Heeler Mix

Margot loves playing with her siblings and other dogs too. Toy ropes and kiddie pools are the most enjoyable ways to exert her puppy energy. She was born around January of 2016 and is one of four puppies from her litter. She is looking for a forever family that is ready to train her. Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.

Margot the Labrador, Blue Heeler Mix

Margot the Labrador, Blue Heeler Mix

 
Reba the Labrador Mix

Reba the Labrador Mix

Reba is the class clown of her litter. Just the way she sits is funny! Reba is also super smart, super sweet, and an explorer. She was the first to figure out how to escape our puppy pen. She was rescued with her 3 siblings: Miranda, Shania and Waylon. Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.

Reba the Labrador Mix

 
Ivy the Hound Mix

Ivy the Hound Mix

Ivy is a lovable and playful girl. Spunky and willing to jump right into games with people and other dogs, she is vocal and will let you know when she wants to be part of the fun. We have no idea what is happening with those ears, but they are adorable to say the least. Is she the puppy you have been looking for? Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.

Ivy the Hound Mix

Ivy the Hound Mix

Congratulations to Ivy on finding her new family…

Ivy the Hound Mix Adopted

 
Marin the Redbone Coonhound Mix

Marin the Redbone Coonhound Mix

Marin and her sister Mabel were found as strays wondering the streets. They are now with us and awaiting their forever homes. Marin loves other dogs but can get a little too excited at times. She was born around March of 2016 and would do best in a family ready to guide and train her to be a well behaved adult dog. We are not sure what she is mixed with but chances are she will be a larger dog. She just might be that smart girl that you can take hunting, camping and fishing. She may also be the best family dog you could ever imagine. Submitted by the Humane Society of Morgan County Georgia.

Marin the Redbone Coonhound Mix

Marin the Redbone Coonhound Mix