Pet Stories: Harvey

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Harvey is a 5 month old, mixed breed dog. He is very shy and scared. Harvey is searching for a forever home that will help him gain confidence and learn how to have fun. A home with another dog who is calm and confident, but not overly pushy will be best for him.

Harvey is neutered, microchipped and up to date for vaccines for his age. Come visit Harvey, between Noon & 6pm.

THE RVSPCA will also be hosting a Clear the Shelters event in partnership with RCACP on Tuesday, November 21st to try to have as many pets adopted as possible before Thanksgiving.

Denise Hayes, from the Roanoke Valley SPCA also talked about how to keep our pets safe during the Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s what she had to say:

Thanksgiving Food

We all know there are many human foods that we should never give our pets. Let's just focus on Thanksgiving Day Food:

Turkey Bones - Because the bones are cooked, they may splinter and cause damage internally.

Ham - Pork products are generally higher in fat which can cause obesity and upset stomach - something you do not want to deal with on Thanksgiving with a house full of people.

Stuffing - This classic side dish for humans can be dangerous for pet. Stuffing, or dressing, is frequently made with things that are harmful to pets, such as onions, scallions and garlic.

Mashed Potatoes - How can mashed potatoes possibly be harmful?! They contain butter and milk which could be bad for a pet that is lactose intolerant. Some people even add onions and garlic to their potatoes.

Grapes or Raisins - Any dishes, garnishes or desserts made with these items should be kept away from your pets. They can cause irreversible kidney damage to dogs.

Chocolate Desserts - It's best to keep all desserts away from pets, but chocolate is especially dangerous.

Basic Thanksgiving Holiday Pet Safety Tips:
• Don't feed your pets food made for humans or allow your guests to feed table scraps
• Make sure you trash is put away where your pets cannot reach it
• Some pets do not understand that an open flame can be dangerous - even from a candle!
• For those who begin decorating Thanksgiving weekend, watch out for things like poinsettias and mistletoe, holiday decorations and tinsel on Christmas trees.