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Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have

877) 474-3310 877) 474-3310

On occasion, the internet goes out.  Our cell phone battery is dead.  We need to speak with a real live person about a pet emergency.  Times like these are when you should refer to a print out of helpful phone numbers.  I encourage everyone to print this out and add it to their pet records.  If there are other phone numbers that could be of use that you don't see listed - please be sure to post it in the comments for all to see.  Let's keep our pets safe and healthy!

10 Toll-Free Numbers to Keep Handy:
National Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435
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The National Animal Poison Control Center is a 24-hour manned emergency hotline. While there is sometimes a charge for consultation, this call could save the life of your dog.

National Pet Recovery Hotline (1-800-252-7894)
This membership based program helps locate lost pets who have a microchip with their ownership information.  Almost all animal shelters have the ability to scan incoming pets to retrieve this information and contact the owner to reunite lost pets.

Stolen Pet Hotline Information (1-800-STOLEN PET)
Pet theft happens all too often in more urban areas.  Sadly, many of these stolen pets are forced into fighting or breeding.  In the event that your dog is stolen, the Stolen Pet Hotline will assist you in the best routes to locate and recover your dog.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (707-795-2533)
The Animal Legal Defense Fund can help with landlord-tenant disputes, veterinarian issues, neglect, and any form of abuse.  However, if you witness abuse in your nieghborhood, be sure to call your local police, who often have an Animal Control Office charged with handling these matters.

Red Cross Disaster Plan for Pets (508-775-1540)
Locally, we rely on our Cape and Islands chapter of the Red Cross.  Since the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the Red Cross has worked hard to include pets in our disaster preparedness plans.  If a storm is headed our way and you need pet-friendly emergecny shetler, you can call the number listed above.  On Nantucket, we are working to create a safe place for pets at the Nantucket High School during natural disasters.

ASPCA's Pet Loss Hotline (877-474-3310)
End of life decisions are incredibly taxing to go through.  Whether you are considering euthanasia or grieving the recent loss of a pet, this hotline will provide you with information to help you move forward.  Specific assistance with meeting the emotional needs of children at the time of a pet's death.

Spay HeIpline (1-800-248-SPAY)
Irresponsible breeding results in the abandonment and euthanization of thousands of dogs each year. SPAY USA provides free or low cost services to all. With locations at over 950 programs and clinics nationwide, they eliminate finances as an excuse for not spaying or neutering your pets.

Lyme Disease Hotline (1-800-886-5963)
If you've found a tick on your pet, there is a chance for Lyme's Disease - particularly if you are not applying a monthly treatment.  For more information on how Lyme's can affect pets, call this hotline.  We all know on Nantucket that ticks are all over!