AAL News
Great stuff inside - Fundraisers, Summer Safety Tips, and the Education Corner including April is Heartworm Awareness Month and May is Chip Your Pet Month
On Saturday, April 7th, Pet People at Waverly located on Providence Rd. in Charlotte, presented a check to Animal Adoption League tallying the funds raised in their "Hearts For Paws" fundraiser in February. To say we were ecstatic is an understatement. This so helps us help many pets in need. The amount of $2500 helps approximately 10-12 dogs or about 20 cats. Thus the reason why you see AAL holding so many fundraisers. Being a non-profit 501c3, funds help us vaccinate, spay/neuter and the health and well being of our foster pets to get them ready for their forever homes. We are eternally grateful to Pet People at Waverly, for their support as well as to the people in that community!

Here are the latest FUNDRIASING opportunities to help AAL.
Facebook Online Auction is LIVE!
From now until 6pm on APRIL 16!
Click on the photo above to go to the auction and click on the posts to see all the items that are up for bid! You can bid from anywhere! Items too large to ship are marked as LOCAL ONLY. There are many items that still do not have any bids. Check it out and have fun!
April 28th from 10am-3pm
What's happening:
Fundraiser for the animals. Come see AAL under the red tent. We will have Free Pet emergency cards, and other items for sale such as cookbooks, Paws for Pendants, Cupcakes, Dog treats
Located at Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Ln, Charlotte, NC
A friend of Animal Adoption League is having an Estate Sale on April 27th and April 28th from 9am until 2pm both days and is generously donating 10% of the proceeds to AAL.
Click HERE for information
The address will be the day before the estate sale. We are hoping the community will continue to support AAL and attend this wonderful event and every dollar raised through AAL fundraising efforts goes to help the foster pets in need of vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries and their overall health.
As always, thank you for your continued support!
Help us help puppies and kitties in need. AAL gets 50% of each order.
Our goal is $1000 by May 1st
Beautify your home with flowers! Plant a Memorial or patio garden. Spread joy! Save the bees and butterflies!
Click HERE or on photo to support this fundraiser and place your order today!
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Traveling this summer? Please consider these safety tips. See your vet first and ensure they are up to date with all vaccinations and are microchipped. Depending on your destination, you may need a health certificate. Practice walking on a leash properly and picking up after your pet. Make sure the destination lodging is pet friendly. Lastly, ensure to pack a Pet Kit which includes, first aid supplies for your pet, extra leashes, collars, treats, water bottles and food bowls.
April is Heartworm Awareness Month
Heartworms in dogs are easy to prevent, but difficult and costly to cure. Only by the bite of an infected mosquito, there's no other way dogs get heartworms. And there's no way to tell if a mosquito is infected. That's why prevention is so important. They live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal. The worms travel through the bloodstream-harming arteries and vital organs as they go ultimately completing their journey to the vessels of the lung and the heart. Heartworm disease is serious, and can be fatal and has been reported in all 50 states. The bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease. It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Symptoms of heartworm infestation can include labored breathing, coughing, vomiting, weight loss and listlessness, and fatigue after only moderate exercise. However, some dogs exhibit no symptoms at all until late stages of infection. Heartworm disease is diagnosed by examination, radiographs or ultrasound, and a veterinarian-administered blood test. All dogs should be routinely screened with a blood test for heartworm either annually in spring, at the start of mosquito season, or before being placed on a new prescription for a heartworm preventive. The chewable pills, highly palatable to most dogs, are usually administered monthly and manufactured by several companies. The pills can be given to dogs under 6 months of age without a blood test, but older animals must be screened for the disease prior to starting medication. You can opt to give your dog a pill only during mosquito season (spring through first frost), but the most recent recommendation from the American Heartworm Society is to keep giving them all year-not only does this avoid errors, but many of the products also prevent other intestinal parasites. 
Treatment - The most common drug used to treat heartworms in dogs is called melarsomine hydrochloride. The drug is given as a series of injections over a 24-hour period (or separated into two treatments given one month apart). The dog usually needs to be hospitalized for a time during and after the treatment to watch for signs of shock or other adverse reactions that may require further treatment. After the medication has been given, it will take at least four weeks for the adult heartworms to be eliminated. During this time, the dog will be given monthly heartworm preventive medication to rid the body of the immature worms in the system. Because the worms are dying, they will migrate through the body and be absorbed. The dog must be kept from running or playing, as this may cause a rapid movement of a large number of dying or dead worms to the lungs, where they can cause a blockage. For this reason, the dog will need to be watched closely for signs of coughing, vomiting, depression, or diarrhea. Any abnormal signs should be checked by your veterinarian.
Cats can get heartworms too. Heartworms enter the cat's bloodstream after it is bitten by an infected mosquito, eventually migrating to the heart or blood vessels of the lungs. Here the larvae cause a severe reaction, resulting in lack of oxygen exchange and cough. Signs of infection are variable but most often are related to the respiratory system. A veterinarian may suspect that a cat has been infected in cases of coughing, asthma, wheezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, lethargy or weight loss. While some cats will have very mild signs, others can develop signs of congestive heart failure. Some cats will suffer from sudden death as a result of the death of one or more worms. At the present time, there are no acceptable treatments for eliminating heartworms from infected cats. Your veterinarian may treat your cat's symptoms if it is displaying signs of disease. Because of the potential for serious or fatal consequences of infection, and lack of approved treatment, preventing heartworm is the best strategy by keeping the cat indoors. Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm prevention, the key to avoiding this awful disease.
For more information, please visit  HERE
May is National Chip Your Pet Month. Why is that important you ask? M icrochipping your pet helps your pet find it's way home to you if he or she ever becomes lost or separated from their family. Most veterinarians offer the procedure and it’s completed in just a few minutes. The chip is places just under the skin and can be read by a special scanner. Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice, and the costs vary from vet offices.

The MOST important part of this process is the registration process because the microchip is always with your dog or cat. It’s not like an ID tag on a slipped collar or a dog license that has the information rubbed off. The chip is safely stored just under your pet’s skin. Plus, it’s linked to you and your veterinarian. So even if you change phone numbers and forget to update your registration online, the chip is still linked to your veterinarian, who is very likely to have your current contact information.

If your pet goes missing, you can log into the registry website and report your dog as missing. They will share your dog’s description and any photos you have uploaded with shelters in your area. The service we used also has a special link to print out missing dog flyers if you need them as well. The cost of microchipping our new puppy is well worth the peace of mind of knowing she can easily be returned to us if she goes missing. Since May is National Chip Your Pet Month, some veterinarians or your local shelters are running specials on the service, so call your veterinarian to make an appointment for your cat or dog today. Don't wait until it is too late!
Click HERE for more information.
To see more, please go to www.mynextpet.com and look for the adoptable pets tab.
Hi my name is Milly, and I’m a little silly. When you come home I get quite wiggly. I’m a happy, energetic pup, even though when my foster mom rescued me I was very very hungry. I am the most affectionate, sweet, and loyal pup ever.
I was born around February 2016, about 45-lbs, spayed, current on all vaccinations, house-trained, and crate-trained. I am very smart and I learned some commands very quickly! I went to trainings, and given some time, I’m good with dogs, good with cats and older kids. I have tons of energy and I would love to go to a family with active life style, who can exercise me, and who can give me a lot of dog toys. Oh how I love dog toys! I also need a 5-feet fenced-in backyard so I can run around and play. A calm and gentle dog friend will be wonderful.
If you are interested in me, or have more questions about me, please contact my foster mom Tomoko at tdeguchi@yahoo.com. I look forward to meeting my forever family!
Hi- We're Pete and Petey. Twins. We were born outside to a feral mom. Our now human mom rescued us from a life of roaming and hunting for food. At first we were scared of humans, but our foster mom taught us that it's ok. She didn't give up and won our hearts. Now we love her too. We sit on her lap when she comes to feed us. She calls us her Fluffy love boys. Our coats are fluffy and gorgeous. Were a fawn color with white stripes. You should see our tails. Mom says she dust her house with them. She's trying to get us use to her other fur babies. They're so loud. We like playing with each other, chasing this little red ball that makes noise and this thing that giggles and has a feather. If you give a chance to get to know you, we can become your Love boys too.
About 2 year sold as of 12/15/17.
Contact our foster at (803) 979-4193 for more info!

PS - if you love BIG FLUFFY boys these bonded brothers are the ones for you!!! They will need your patience and love, but will come around fast and love on you too!
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