PICAYUNE — June is the official start of Hurricane Season. Many people have more than human family members to consider as they make their preparations, they have pet family members also. Maria Diamond of the Picayune Animal Shelter which rescues cats and dogs along with RedRover.org Communications Manager Leili Khalessi have recommendations for pet owners of all types. “Pets should be up-to-date on all vaccinations and you should have a shot record from a veterinarian. Most places that board animals require this; you would need it for traveling state to state. You should also be sure all pets are wearing collars with up-to-date tags. When you get the pet tags made, you should consider putting your cell phone number on it. This will make sure, that if your animal gets separated from you, there is a better chance of reuniting with it,” says Diamond. A ‘ready bag’ for each pet is recommended, just as a packed suitcase would be for yourself. “It's best to have an emergency portable kit with supplies your pet will need. This includes sturdy leashes or harnesses and/or a pet carrier, food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and manual can opener. You also will need medications your pet may be taking. A first aid kit for pets is recommended. Carry current photos of you with your pet in case they get lost. Microchipping your pet is highly recommended, it has made the difference in pets returning to their owners. If you plan to either foster or board your pets, you will need to supply information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian,” she says. The main thing is to plan ahead. “Know where you will go with your pet before a disaster happens. Know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept you and your pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if ‘no-pet’ policies could be waived in an emergency. Most Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns. Know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency,” says Diamond. “Our Picayune Animal Shelter does not board animals during a disaster. There are several reasons for this, but the main reason is lack of space. We have to bring all of our outside animals inside when we have a storm which leaves no room for any extra pets. Also, it would not be safe for your pet to be housed with animals that we may not yet know the health of.” For those who have birds, Khalessi released the following information: “We recommend a one-month supply of pellets/seed mix; a two-week supply of water, eight small jars of baby food/fruit in natural juice cups and supplements for nutrition. “Although normally a two-week supply of food is recommended, bird food is not a priority item for stores to restock after a disaster, so it is advisable to have a one-month supply on hand. Baby food is an excellent source of fruits and vegetables for birds when fresh produce is not available. However, read the label to ensure that there is not too much vitamin and mineral supplementation.” When it comes to housing the birds during transportation, Khalessi recommends: Hard-sided pet carriers with low perches inside and contact details written in permanent ink; small cages with perches for safe housing; favorite toys; crocks for food and water; and newspapers for lining cage. “Safety items that help with comfort are also important,” says Khalessi. “Towels will be your best friend and are a must have when you are evacuating. They can do anything from cradling the bird to help restrain it to covering the cage.” In addition to a towel, she recommends: Spray bottles; hot and cool instant packs; a battery- powered fan; medications; contact numbers for your vet, and a vet out of disaster area; trash bags; apple cider vinegar/bleach for cleaning and paper towels. “Misting birds with water can help cool them down. Instant hot and cool packs can also be wrapped in a towel and placed in the cage to provide relief from temperature extremes. A fan attached to the cage can make a hot day more comfortable. A month’s supply of any medications should be kept on hand,” says Khalessi. Last, but not least, a first aid kit is a necessity. Recommendations for kit are: First aid book for birds, 4 X 4 gauze pads, gauze rolls, antiseptic wipes, triple antibiotic cream, Q-tips, scissors, tweezers, Instant cold/hot packs, disposable gloves, two rolls of vet wrap, popsicle sticks for splints, pedialyte - clear, blunt nose scissors, styptic powder, cornflower to stop bleeding on wings or soft tissue, hemostat for pulling broken blood feathers, cotton swabs, and feeding syringes in case hand feeding is needed.
Third annual Christmas on the Rails and Shopping by Candlelight
The Third Annual “Christmas on the Rails” is from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Picayune Main Street’s Shop by Candlelight and Art Works sponsored by Greater Picayune Arts Council (GPAC). Art Works and Shop by Candlelight go on until 9 p.m. Sometime during the evening, the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner of the Best Decorated Store Front contest.
CWC Pilgrimage: A second time around
D.L. and Sandra Barker Bolton invite you to join them for the “second time around” as they open their home for the Civic Woman’s Club Christmas Pilgrimage to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 until 7 p.m.
Both of them were on the first tour of homes when Civic Woman’s Club started the Pilgrimage in 1986. D.L. and his late wife, Wanda, had a Renaissance Christmas, and Sandra and her late husband, Larry, had a Victorian Christmas.
Business withstands test of time
McDonald Funeral Home, now owned and operated by Steve and Ann
McDonald, is a 96-year-old family run business with several long time
employees and was the recent recipient of the 2013 Excellence in
Business Award from the Greater Picayune Area Chamber of Commerce.
Vocability: Did Black Friday make you blue?
The holiday shopping season has begun and in its honor this week’s
column relates to retail terminology.
Anyone who has either had a part-time job or has been known as a
frequent shopper has most likely encountered several of these terms.
Match the ones you know and learn the others because it will give you
a whole perspective on your shopping experience.
As always, the answers are at the bottom of the column.
Partners delivers Presents for Pearl River County
“Our vision was to coordinate with all three county school districts and have students anonymously adopted like the programs used with ‘Angel Tree’ and such,” said Herndon, who is Children's Minister at First Baptist Church in Picayune. “We have two locations for trees that will have ornaments representing children in need. One is at Coast Electric in Picayune and the other is at the Poplarville Courthouse.”
Coast Electric is located at 6375 U.S. 11, in Picayune. The Poplarville Courthouse is located at 200 Highway 26 E, in Poplarville. The trees are conveniently located for access when the facilities are closed.
Toys for Tots registration and drive
Boxes are available in Picayune, Poplarville, Crossroads, Millard, McNeill and Carriere.
In Picayune, a few of the many locations to find them are: Crosby Library, Highland Community Hospital, Picayune Police Department and SPCA. In Poplarville, a few of the many locations to find them are: Jacob’s Well, Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Bank. In Crossroads, a box is located at Crossroad Seafood and Grill. In McNeill, a box is located at McNeill Travel Plaza. In Carriere, boxes can be found at Hide-A-Way Lake and PRC School ROTC.
To sign up, go to WORC from Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec 6, during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. through noon. Those needing further information can call 769-926-1333.
Fred Cruse Foundation again giving away bicycles
All donations can be either dropped off or mailed to Fred’s Westside Pharmacy located at 207 Kirkwood St., Picayune, MS 39466. For more information call Diane Cruse at 601-798-8888.
Angel Tree for children
Trees with angel ornaments to adopt can be found at Wal-Mart and Highland Community Hospital. Those who would like to sponsor a child through Angel Tree, or find out more about it, may call the church at 601-798-6301 or visit the Internet site at www.angeltree.org.
Senior Snowflake project
Snowflake trees will be found at:
— Highland Community Hospital;
— Ford Realty located at 1004 Memorial Boulevard, open from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday;
— Stewart Insurance Agency, 114 East Canal Street in Picayune open
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
CWC Pilgrimage: Formby home
It’s Christmas time in Picayune and you will be hard pressed to find more holiday spirit anywhere other than this Main Street home in the heart of old Picayune.
The renovated home of Mark and Rita Formby sits on four city lots across from a grove of live oaks that are draped in Spanish moss. The sprawling oaks are scenic year round and slightly buffer the rumble of Norfolk Southern trains that roll by.
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