If Your Dog is Getting Bitten By Ticks, Your Preventive Measures are FAILING!

If Your Dog is Getting Bitten By Ticks, Your Preventive Measures are FAILING!

Since I’ve been taking groups of dogs out hiking in the woods, fields and mountains these last seven months, the issue of tick bite prevention has become an important topic of discussion with my customers.  This issue is far from “over” for the season as we’ve yet to have consistently low enough temperatures to put the critters into the deep freeze for a few months.  Yesterday, I had a chat with Dr. John Flood of Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic, who has taken care of my Labs for ten years, about the subject and am sharing some of his answers to my questions.

Frontline and Advantix are the two most common chemical tick protection products out there currently.  Packaging recommends application every four weeks from April through November in our area of the country.  Dr. Flood explains that ticks can’t see so they are attracted to your dog’s movement, body heat and carbon dioxide emitted as your dog runs through the woods, tall grass, etc.

The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) , has opened a low-cost, high-quality spay and neuter clinic

 The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) today announced that Dr. Steve Askin, VMD, has opened a low-cost/high-quality spay/neuter clinic in a newly-renovated space inside the shelter through a generous grant by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.  The clinic, aptly named The Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic, will perform spay or neuter surgeries and give rabies vaccinations for cats and kittens belonging to low-income owners.  The Clinic will also provide spay and neuter services to other animal rescue groups and shelters. 

The Clinic aims to provide low-income cat owners a means to spay or neuter their cat at a price that is affordable. Through the surgeries, the Clinic will assist in keeping cats with their owners and lessening the burden on already overcrowded animal shelters.

Celebrate summer with Nestle USA, Walmart and the Animal Welfare Society

Celebrate summer with Nestle USA, Walmart and the Animal Welfare Society on Friday, July 22nd.   A donation drive will be held from noon to 4:00 pm at the Main Street Walmart in Sanford.   Come meet some of the Nestle USA mascots including Herbie Hot Pocket and the Nesquik Bunny. 

Additionally, you can meet adoptable pets and  several animal welfare volunteers.

For more information you can call Animal Welfare Society at 985-3244 or go to






Safe Haven to Receive Donation From Hayloft Dinners

For the second year in a row, no-kill Safe Haven Humane Society has been named beneficiary of the Hayloft Restaurant's Thursday evening dinner donations during March.

A portion of the proceeds of every dinner served on four consecutive Thursdays (March 10, 17, 24 and 31) will be donated to support Safe Haven’s cat rescue, adoption, fostering, and low cost spay-neuter programs, which serve the people of Wells, Kennebunk and southern York County.

“We’re very grateful for this support from the Hayloft’s owners and patrons,” said Joyce McKay, president of Safe Haven. “A Thursday evening dinner not only will fill your belly, but the bellies of some of the many adoptable kitties in our no-kill care.”

The Hayloft is located at 124 Post Rd. (Rt. 1) Wells, ME 04054, at the Ogunquit & Wells/Moody border.