Monday, May 2, 2011

Humane Society Expert to talk raccoons

On May 3 Humane Society Urban Wildlife Field Director Laura Simon will kick-off AARFs speaker series with "Help! There's a Raccoon in my Chimney!".... and Other Unexpected Wildlife Problems.
This discussion will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.
This informative presentation will focus on typical wildlife problems encountered by area residents  and provide solutions, organizers.
The presentation is based on Simon's 20 years of experience running a wildlife hotline for the Humane Society of the United States, organizers said.
During Spring and Summer, the hotline is kept busy with calls from panicked residents who find themselves face to face with a raccoon in the kitchen, a skunk under the deck, baby birds fallen from a nest, or a woodpecker tapping loudly on the house at 5 a.m., organizers said.
 The solution to these problems can be simple, often requiring nothing more than a few common household tools and a basic understanding of the animal's motivation and behavioral ecology. Bring your questions!
On May 16 Dr. Tracy Johnson, Country Companion Veterinary Services, will discuss dog bites and how to prevent them from happening. This talk is geared toward protecting children and will take place from 6 to 7 p.m.
On May 31 Dr. Elisa, Country Companions Veterinary Services will discuss "Basic First Aid for Small Animals." The talk will take place from 7 to 8 p.m.
AARF and Country Companions also will sponsor a Rabies Clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. May 14 at High Plains Community Center. Rabies shots are $12 and micro chips are $15.



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