Dog Treat Recall
On January 28, Salix, a manufacturer of rawhide dog chews, announced that it was voluntarily recalling one of its products, Healthy-hide Deli-wrap 3-Pack 5” Peanut Butter-Filled Rawhide dog treats, out of concern that the peanuts they contain might be tainted with salmonella. Salix is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products, and no flavors are included in the recall.
The treats were sold at PetSmart, Target, and Wegmans Food Stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. If you purchased these treats, you are advised to destroy them or return them to the store where they were purchased for a complete refund or exchange. For more info, call: PetSmart, 1-888-839-9638; Target, 1-800-440-0680; Wegmans, 1-800-934-WEGMANS ext. 4760.
Bechtel Grant Helps Search Dog Foundation
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) announced in late January that it will receive a $1 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to help build a National Training Center for search and rescue (S&R) dogs. The Center will provide care and training for dogs recruited from animal shelters who show potential for S&R work. Dog and handler teams will learn practical, life-saving techniques while working in simulated disaster settings, including deep-victim searches, collapsed structures, mudslides, and immense rubble piles.
Over the next three years, SDF plans to raise an additional $14 million to complete the purchase of the land, build the facility, and establish an endowment fund for the Center’s maintenance. SDF receives no government funding, so much depend on support from the private sector and individual donors.
According to the SDF, America needs more than 400 Advanced Certified Canine Search Teams to adequately respond to disasters in our country such as earthquakes and hurricanes. The country currently has only half that number, and experienced teams are retiring every year.
New Animal Care Center
The San Francisco SPCA’s Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center was officially dedicated on January 30, 2009. The state-of-the-art Center includes a new non-profit Primary Care Veterinary Hospital and a Spay/Neuter Clinic. Fifty percent of the Center is dedicated to treating homeless animals. The Center, located at 201 Alabama Street, adjacent to Maddie’s Adoption Center, is open to the public daily from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (except public holidays). Free parking is available. For more information, go to www.sfspca.org. (Also see the SF/SPCA ad on page 8 of this issue.)
Development Stopped at Pt. Isabel
The developer intent on creating a restaurant and retail complex on the Richmond shoreline near Pt. Isabel, a major mecca for off-leash dogs and their people, has withdrawn his request for the zoning change that would allow the development. A 99,000-square-foot Kohl’s department store and 76,000 square feet of other retail businesses would have altered the traffic and parking situation for the worse, so this is good news for all Pt. Isabel users. For more information contact PIDO (Point Isabel Dog Owners) at email@example.com or 510-559-8362