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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pawcasso 2012

This year, PAWCASSO will be held at Maple Downs in Fayetteville.  That is right across the street from Fayetteville Towne Center!  There is plenty of free parking and lots of room for people and art.

See our PAWCASSO Event page  for more details.
Download our PAWCASSO 2102 Poster

This painting will be auctioned off LIVE at Pawcasso!


Silent Auction for


6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Maple Downs(7220 E Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY)

Silent Auction of Donated Art

Raffles of Fantastic Gift Baskets

Music by The Fabulous Ripcords and Light Appetizers

Tickets: $40.00 each or $45.00 each at the door

To purchase tickets contact:

Spay and Neuter Syracuse Clinic at (315) 422-7970

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Can You Really Train a Cat?

Can you really train a cat?  Yes you can!

As we wrap up Train Your Dog Month I can’t help but wonder why we don’t have a Train Your Cat Month. People are often surprised when I suggest training for felines. “You can’t really train a cat….can you?” The short answer is absolutely! Most cat owners have unwittingly trained their cats to respond to the most basic of cues, come when called. Okay so it’s more like come-when-I-open-a-can-of-cat-food but still, the cat makes an association between the sound of the can opening and the presentation of good stuff and voila…you have a cat that runs to you on cue.

So why bother? Why train your cat? These days we make an effort to keep our cats inside to protect them from a host of threats including disease, cars and wild animals. It is believed that on average the life span of an indoor cat far surpasses that of an outdoor cat. The problem is indoor cats often lack exercise and mental stimulation leading to obesity, behavior issues and even depression. Fortunately there is a solution and one that is fairly straightforward if you are willing to put in the time; environmental enrichment and you guessed it…training! (We’ll explore environmental enrichment in another post).

Cat training not only alleviates boredom and facilitates exercise but it also helps to strengthen the bond you have with your cat, build confidence in nervous kitties and tame feisty felines. So what can you train your cat to do? Anything you would train your dog to do and more!

Soko came to us a starving, feisty feline who met human touch with sharp kitten teeth and who would risk everything to steal a piece of food right out of your hand. Soko was the first cat I trained. She was extremely food motivated which made the process that much easier. We worked on basic cues like come when called, sit, paw and target. We also used a little behavior modification to teach Soko to not just accept but to enjoy human lap time and petting.

Cats do not respond well to punishment, in fact it can create or worsen problems. Training a cat, just like training a dog requires patience and humane methodology.

Ready to get started? Check out this link from the ASPCA:

Submitted By:
Danielle Basciano
CNY Pet Training & Behavior

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Thank you Beaver Lake Animal Hospital and Syracuse Chiefs

For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Sandra Fitzpatrick of Beaver Lake Animal Hospital pledged to donate $10.00 for each strike out of a visiting team by a Syracuse Chiefs relief pitcher at Alliance Bank Stadium.

This year the total is $2300.00!

Thank you so much for helping to end pet overpopulation in Syracuse!

Beaver Lake Animal Hospital in Baldwinsville, NY

Spay and Neuter Syracuse receives check from Beaver Lake Animal Hospital and Syracuse Chiefs

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

October Spay/Neuter Clinic Schedule Announced

This is Pickles!
Neutered at SANS October 2010

Sans Clinic Dates for October, 2011

Saturday October 1 
Thursday October 6 
Friday October 7
Thursday October 13 
Friday October 14 
Saturday October 15 
Sunday October 16
Thursday October 20
Friday October 21 
Saturday October 22
Thursday October 27
Friday October 28 
Saturday October 29 
Sunday October 30

Monday, September 12, 2011

Brushing Your Cat's Teeth and Other Joys of Pet Ownership

A really good idea
Cornell University has an excellent series of videos on cat health, covering topics like trimming claws, giving pills, diabetes, cancer, how to take your cat's temperature and more.

I can tell you from experience it is a good idea to brush your cat's teeth.  Our cat had a dental abscess and it ended up costing me $1100 for surgery to remove the teeth, not to mention the pain my cat must have gone through.   Now we are taking care of all our cat's teeth on a regular basis.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Only 4 More Free Onondaga County Rabies Clinics Left in 2011

A few months ago, my cats were going nuts playing with something on the floor.  How cute!  Then I took a closer look at the toy they were playing with.  It was a real bat.  I captured the bat in a shoe box and released it outside, much to the disgust of my cats.

I wrote about this on my Facebook, thinking it was just another mildly funny cat story.  One of the other SANS board members wrote me back and said that bats can have rabies.  I realized this was more serious than I thought.  Luckily my cats were all up to date on their rabies vaccines.

Even if your animals never go outside, it is important to make sure they are fully vaccinated.  Not only can they get out, other animals can get in. 

Onondaga County provides rabies vaccination clinics if you can't afford to take your animal to the vet.  The next one is coming right up -- this Tuesday, September 13.  Clinics are free, though a voluntary donation from each family is appreciated.

I recommend calling Animal Disease Control at 315-435-3165 to confirm before going to the clinic, just to make sure there have been no last minute changes.

Onondaga County Health Department 2011 Rabies Vaccination Clinics

♦ Tuesday, September 13, 5:00 — 8:00 PM    S.P.C.A., 5878 E. Molloy Road, Mattydale
♦ Thursday , September 22 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM   Marcellus Fire Department, 4242 Slate Hill Rd, Marcellus
♦ Thursday, October 6th, 5:00 PM — 7:00PM   Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville
♦ Saturday, December 3, 10:00 AM – 12:00PM    S.P.C.A., 5878 E. Molloy Road, Mattydale

Luna the bat catcher
New York State Public 
Health Law requires that all 
puppies and kittens get their 
first rabies shot at three 
months of age. They also 
need to get a booster shot at 
one year old and then again 
every three years.  Ferrets 
must get a shot every year.