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Must Read for Dog Owners!

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Target, Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called Theobromine (see below). It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred recently. The doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly. Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's web site, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats. Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it." *Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp * Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Scary Shelter Facts

Animal shelters house homeless, lost, or abandoned animals, typically cats and dogs. The goal of the modern animal shelter is to provide a safe and caring environment until the animal is either reclaimed by its owner, placed in a new home, or placed with another organization for adoption. Some public animal shelters around the world euthanize animals that are not adopted within a set period of time (usually 1 to 2 weeks); others have a policy of only putting down animals that are in distress due to age or illness. Most private shelters are typically run as no-kill shelters. Most shelters will test the animals to see what type of home would be most suitable for living before they are placed for adoption.

    •    Total number of nationwide animal shelters 5,000
    •    Number of companion animals that enter into animal shelters nationwide annually 5 million
    •    Average annual number of companion animals that are euthinized at shelters 3.5 million
    •    Percent of dogs in animals shelters that are euthanized    60%
    •    Percent of cats in animal shelters that are euthanized    70%
    •    Percent of cats that are returned to their owners    2%
    •    Percent of dogs returned to their owners    15%
    •    Total percentage of dogs claimed to be spayed or neutered    78%
    •    Total percentage of cats that are claimed to be spayed or neutered    88%
    •    Total number of animals that end up in a shelter that are spayed or neutered    10%
    •    Percent of dogs brought to shelters that were adopted by a shelter    20%
    •    Percent of dogs and cats that are adopted from shelters    25%
    •    Total number of dogs and cats that are bought at pet stores    6%
    •    Percentage of people that get their pets free or at low cost    65%
    •    Cost of taxpayer money annually to round up, house, kill and dispose of homeless animals    $2 billion
    •    Total percentage of dogs in shelters that are purebred    25%
    •    Total percentage of U.S. homes who own at least 1 companion animal    63%
    •    Total number of homes that own at least 1 companion animal    70 million
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Source: American Humane Society, Born Free U.S.A., Pet Finder
Research Date: July 13th, 2014