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JUNE 2013
Welcome to the first Shelter Talk Newsletter from the Parma Animal Shelter!
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Help! My Cat Scratches the Furniture
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How to Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching Your Furniture
By Amandah Blackwell
PAS Volunteer
It's natural for a cat to scratch. But you don't want your cat to scratch your brand new sofa or carpet, right?

To ensure your cat is happy and healthy, set boundaries for your cat. Let your cat know what he or she can and can't scratch. 

Below are five ways to stop your cat from scratching your furniture. As you work with your cat, reward him or her for good behavior, but don't over do it. You don't want your cat to gain weight.

5 Ways to Get Your Cat to Stop Scratching the Furniture

1. Buy quality scratching posts and make them readily available for your cat to scratch

Avoid sticking a scratching post in the corner, especially if you have another pet in the home. 
For example, if you have a dog, the dog may want to play with your cat, but could trap her in the corner. This isn't good. To alleviate this, place a scratcher away from a corner.

2. Place a scratcher by your couch, chair, or sofa.

If your cat is scratching your furniture, place a scratcher by (fill in the blank). If your cat is scratching a rug, place a scratcher on top of it.

3. Spay Feliway on your furniture.

What is Feliway?
Feliway is "a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. By mimicking the cat's natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat's local environment." 

A couple of our volunteers tested Feliway at home, and they said it worked. All you do is spray your furniture, or plugin the Feliway diffuser.

4. Try a box.

Believe it or not, cats love boxes. They love to sit in them and scratch them. The next time you order something online, save the box and give it to your cat to play with. Make sure you take off the flaps; otherwise, your cat could become trapped inside.

5. Exercise your cat.

Your cat could be scratching your furniture as a way to get your attention. Or they could be bored. Play with your cat every day to your kitty happy and healthy. 

If your cat doesn't use the scratching posts right away, don't worry. Some cats like to investigate before they start using a new toy. Give it some time. If your cat still doesn't use the scratchers, try using double sided tape because cats don't like the sticky feeling.

You could spray a citrus fragrance, or make your own. Add lemon or lime juice to make it stronger. Spray your couch, sofa, chair, rug, etc., wherever your cat may scratch.

Work with your cat and have PATIENCE! In time, your cat will come around to the idea of scratching a scratcher instead of your furniture.

Sponsor-a-Cage Program

Sponsor-a-Cage Program at PAS
By Carol Wessel
PAS Volunteer
In early Spring of 2011, the shelter's Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Sponsor a Cage Program which enables a donor to "sponsor" a cat or dog cage temporarily for a fee. The fees collected under this program are used for general operation expenses at the Shelter (i.e., food, medicine, veterinary visits, etc.). The Shelter currently has 33 dog cages and 51 cat cages that are used for this Program.

The fee includes a choice of up to a two-line inscription on a two inch plaque and a choice of the months covered. However, since this is a cage sponsorship program, the choice of sponsoring one particular animal's cage is not available. Why? Primarily because often times an animal is adopted before a sponsorship expires, or the animal is moved into a different cage, and that new cage may already have a sponsor. The fee for sponsoring a cage is $35 for three months (bronze tone plaque), $60 for 6 months (silver), and $100 for 12 months (gold).

Quality Trophy on Pearl Road inscribes the requested sentiment on a plaque that is attached to a base identifying the Parma Animal Shelter Sponsor a Cage Program. Many animal welfare organizations have similar programs, but we are proud to say that the Parma Animal Shelter's Program is one of the lowest cost if not the lowest cost program in the area.

This program has become popular over the last two years, and 2012 had the greatest amount of activity ever. We received a total of 50 (25 dogs and 25 cats) sponsorship applications resulting in $4,130 in revenue generated for the benefit of all our wonderful homeless pets under our care. This one program exceeded revenue generated from 11 of our individual fundraising events last year. While it's true that fundraising events are one-day occurrences, when you compare the amount of labor hours required from volunteers for each of these events, against the nominal labor hours required to execute the components of the Cage Sponsorship Program, it certainly yields a great return on our investment for the benefit of the shelter.

The most popular sponsorship has proved to be the 12-month sponsorship, followed by three months and then six months. The Program is a great way to remember or honor your loved ones of either the two-legged or four-legged variety. It is also a great gift for those folks on your gift list that have everything but are animal lovers and support the good work of animal welfare organizations such as the work provided at the Parma Animal Shelter. For more information and application form, visit our website, or stop by the shelter at 6260 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134.
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Donate via PayPal
Donations made to the Parma Animal Shelter are used for day-to-day operations of the shelter and to cover medical expenses for our adoptable pets. 

CLICK HERE to make your secure donation via PayPal. 
Troll Beads Fundraiser
Trollbeads at South Park is partnering with the Parma Animal Shelter!

10% of all purchases made between June 23 - June 29 will be donated to the shelter.

Use promotional code PAS-2013.

Thank you to Trollbeads for partnering with PAS!
PAS 2013 Rally to Rescue Adoptathon
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Thank You to everyone for making this year's Adoptathon a success!
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Jerry Smith-2013 Adoptathon
Dog Walk-2013 Adoptathon
Gift Registries
Offsite Events
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Location: RidgePark Square, 4808 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144

Dates: Sunday, June 23rd, Saturday July 27, and Sunday, July 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The staff at Pets Supplies Plus have generously offered to sponsor a bake sale on June 23rd to benefit the shelter too. Bakery will be available in the store near the checkout lanes. 
See the Parma Animal Shelter in Parma's Annual 4th of July Parade!
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Location: Parma, Ohio
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: TBA
7th Annual Dog Swim and Cookout ... Rain or Shine!
Location: Walter's Grove Swimming Pool, 4400 Walter Avenue, Parma, Ohio 44134
Date: August 18, 2013 
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lifeguards will be on duty for the dogs.
Applebees Dining to Donate
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Applebee's at Ridge Park Square will donate 15% of your check to the Parma Animal Shelter. CLICK HERE to print out the flyer.

Location: RidgePark Square, 4800 Ridge Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144
Date: Wednesday, July 31st
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Acme Coins for Pets
Got spare change? Toss it into the wishing well before you leave the Acme Fresh Market in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center.

Tell your family and friends. The spare change adds up and benefits the Parma Animal Shelter. Thank you!
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June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!
In honor of June's National Adopt a Shelter Cat, anyone who adopts a cat or kitten during the month of June will be entered into a raffle to possibly WIN 1 of 2 cat related raffle baskets. 
You'll receive a goodie bag filled with cool cat stuff when you adopt a cat or kitten from the shelter. 
Featured Cat
Warning: The Story of Blackberry and Amber Will Make You Cry
Blackberry, and her sister Amber, were found outside by a very nice lady and brought to the shelter over ONE YEAR ago. It's heartbreaking to see these gorgeous girls sitting in their cages for such a long time.

Each day, Blackberry and Amber wait for someone to adopt them into a warm and loving forever home. The girls, each of them in their own cage, curl up in their cat hammock, with a sad look on their face. They'd rather curl up on a couch or kitty condo. They'd rather be free to run around a home. Blackberry and Amber deserve to be in a forever home. They deserve to be a part of a family.

Blackberry and Amber have stunning black coats with a touch of white on their chest. Their eyes are an exquisite amber color.

The girls are shy and nervous about new people and situations. Blackberry and Amber will only be adopted into a home that understands the girls need much LOVE and TLC. 

Since Blackberry and Amber have been in separate cages for over one year, they don't have to be adopted into a home together.
CLICK HERE for more information on Blackberry. 

CLICK HERE for more information on Amber. 
Stop by the shelter to meet Blackberry and Amber.
Featured Dog
What Does Your Dog Have That Emma Doesn't? A Forever Home
Emma is a female American Bulldog, who is 7 years old and weighs 74 lbs.  Our girl is up-to-date on shots, tested, potty trained, and spayed. She's a sweet dog and walks nicely on a leash. Emma would be best as an only pet with no cats and no small children. Please e-mail: for more information about Emma. Stop by the shelter to meet her too!
Parma Animal Shelter
6260 State Road
Parma, Ohio 44134 
Hours: Monday-Sunday 
10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Phone: 440-885-8014
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