Monday, September 30, 2013

Recognizing Canine Allergies - 6 Tips

Check out this great infographic about canine allergies! You can see the full article here: 

Thanks for this great post, Chastain Veterinary Medical Group!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our Vision Is Worth Some Awareness...

The Jackson County Animal Shelter has a vision and a goal for the future. Not only are we here to take care of animals without homes and find them new families, our goals also include more.

The JCAS wants to educate others on the importance of animal control, responsibilities and care. We hope that education and awareness will spread the word and help put an end to homeless pets and neglect.

Also, we hope to serve as a network for our area to not only find animals homes, but to share lost animals to return them to owners. We hope our Facebook page grows and evolves into something that Jackson County residents use as more of a site to look at homeless animals, but as a resource to help others locate lost pets, maybe find some great tips for animal owners or simply share posts on personal pages in hopes we can reach an even bigger audience.

Save a life...adopt a shelter pet. YOU can help US make a difference!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Autumn - Time To "FALL" In Love With A Shelter Pet!

It's Fall!
The leaves are changing, the temperature is cooling down and our furry friends at Jackson County Animal Shelter are still hoping to find a 'Forever Home'!

Do you have room to adopt a new friend? Or, would you be willing to Foster an animal or sponsor one? There are so many ways to help, we hope you'll find it in your heart to help our animals find homes.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is excited for three BIG Fall Events this year!

On September 21st, ARF (Animal Rights Fur-Ever) is hosting their 5th annual "We ARF Here Fur Dessert" Night! This event is from 6-9 at the Ripley High School Cafeteria in the Annex Building. Admission is FREE, Desserts are FREE and there are silent auctions, prizes and a ton of fun to support orphan pets in Jackson County.

On Saturday, October 5th the Jackson County Animal Shelter will be riding in the Ravenswood Octoberfest Parade with the theme, "Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin"! Do you want to share your ideas or ride in the parade? Let us know!

On October 26th, the first annual BARKTOBERFEST is taking place on the Jackson County Courthouse Lawn! This event will be a day of fun for families, friends AND pets with activities including pet costume contests, lock-ups, face painting and more. We will even have furry friends seeking homes from the shelter at the lawn so you can take a look at these sweeties! No ghosts or ghouls in this group! Just sweet babies who need a family of their own.


Monday, September 9, 2013

"Pupkin Treats"

Try this awesome pumpkin recipe for dogs, just in time for Fall!

Makes: 36 servings
Prep: 15 mins
Bake: 40 mins

  • ingredients

  • eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 2 1/2 cups white or whole wheat flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . In a bowl, stir together the eggs, pumpkin puree, milk powder and flour; add 2 tsp. water, or enough so that the dough just comes together.
  2. On a lightly floured surface,roll out the dough 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with 1-inch cookie cutters. Gather the scraps, combine, roll and form more biscuits; repeat until all the dough is used.
  3. Place the biscuits 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn over and bake until hardened, another 20 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes.
  • Every dog is different, so please check with your vet to see if this recipe is suitable for your pet.

This recipe provided by:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Jackson County Animal Shelter Adoption Family - Meet The Wardens!

Meet Lowell and Julie! They are no stranger to the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

They became a part of the shelter last year when a little guy was posted on the Jackson County Animal Shelter Petfinder Page.

His story:
A box of puppies was left on the side of the road during the Spring of 2012. The puppies were hit by a car! Luckily, someone found the box and brought them to the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Lowell and Julie read the story and immediately went to see them at their foster home. 

"Once we met him, we knew he was going to be an addition to our family. He was so sweet and cuddly," said Julie.

Now named Sheldon, he enjoys playing with his other dog friends in Kenna, eating treats and sleeping in bed between Lowell and Julie. He is a true boy, as he's had several visits to the vet - he sliced his paw and had to get stitches and recently broke his foot! Good thing he has a Mom and Dad who love him so much! They always make sure their animals have immediate care.

Julie loved the staff at the Jackson County Animal Shelter so much that she decided to start volunteering. She visits and handles the social media and website for the shelter. She is also hosting a "Barktoberfest" this October in Ripley to benefit the shelter! While she was volunteering, she fell in love with this little guy:

Now named Wilson, or "Willy" for short, he has made himself at home. He sleeps on Julie's chest most nights and loves eating his kitten food, playing with toy mice and chasing the other cats. He loves his new home!

Adopting an animal from the shelter gives these amazing little creatures an opportunity to LIVE. They face every day hoping someone can find it in their heart to adopt them.

Can you welcome a new fur baby into your home? Follow the Warden's lead...adopt and save a life today!

If you can't adopt, make sure your pets are spayed and neutered and always spread the word about the importance of population control. Our goal is stop this epidemic of homeless animals!

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Trouble Behind Male Cats

Who can resist cuddling a kitten? 

Behind those furry ears, those sad eyes and those tiny meows are a very serious problem.

Male kittens have a short span of time to get adopted. At four months old, they can begin impregnating other cats because they aren't neutered. So, they can't stay in the kitten room and they can't go in the cat room because a majority of the females are not yet spayed, either.. Do you know what that means?

Bad news for male cats.

It's a sad truth behind the animal shelter walls! The fact is, one female cat can reproduce 144,000 times in 7 years. 

Here's what we need to do:

1. Adopt or sponsor a cat! 
3. Spread the word: Tell others to spay and neuter their pets. 

If we can reduce the number of cats who are reproducing, maybe we can find happy homes for the ones we have and stop this terrible epidemic. 

Jackson County Animal Shelter - Ravenswood Octoberfest

The Jackson County Animal Shelter will be a part of the Ravenswood Octoberfest Parade on October 6th! With the theme of Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin Patch, we will march proudly to promote the animal shelter! If you are interested in joining us or would like to be a part of the day, please contact the animal shelter.

Remember: We still have dogs, cats and kittens available for adoption! Several of our animals are sponsored with minimal costs to adopt, we just need happy forever homes for them! Visit us at for photos of our pets and for more information.