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24 October 2004 Issue
Halloween Is Just Around The Corner

by JJswans@aol.com & Demnyjets@aol.com 

In order to give you time to prepare, we would like to bring you some animal friendly suggestions for Halloween. Check with your local humane society or animal rights group to get animal friendly flyers to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or to their parents. Some people are trick-or-treating for their local shelters, asking for dog cookies or kitty treats. PeTA has a new website of vegan candies and treats that can be given out to children, as recommended by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Even if you aren't handing out treats this year, it's a good list to have of vegan candies. You can check them out at:

Halloween Treats
http://peta.org/feat/halloween01/index.html

If you are hosting a party for Halloween, or just like to collect vegan recipes, this website has lots of mummy (oops, I mean nummy) suggestions:

Vegan/Vegetarian Halloween
http://www.vegweb.com/food/events/index-halloween.shtml

For online friends, who you can't host with ghoulish treats, this website offers free Halloween post cards to send:

Awesome Halloween Post Cards free Greeting Cards
http://www.marlo.com/post-hal.htm

And this one offers not only multiple websites with free greeting cards, but has clip art as well:

Abraham's All Free Halloween Email Greeting Cards, Postcards and Virtual Gifts
http://members.amaonline.com/freecards/halloweencards.htm

Of course the most important thing is to keep our companion animals safe during this time of year. Unfortunately, some people's idea of fun is harmful to animals, and some people just don't realize the dangers, so please note the following tips:

* Don't leave companion animals unsecured or outside unattended. There are too many people who enact their own brand of satanic rituals on innocent animals, or think of animal torture as fun. Be sure to protect horses and other livestock as well.

* Be aware that little humans dressed in strange costumes, knocking on the door, can be confusing or frightening to cats and dogs, which not only jeopardizes those little humans, but also can give both cats and dogs an opportunity to escape out the open doorway, into the night of unsavory characters as mentioned above. Keeping your pet confined to another room will prevent accidents.

* Be careful with Halloween candles and decorations around our four-footed friends. Whether knocked over, or ingested, they are trouble waiting to happen.

* If you are involved in animal rescue and adoption, this is not the time of year to be placing black cats. Many shelters close down adoptions completely the week before Halloween. If you see ads for animals "free to good home," let the advertiser know about the dangers of adopting at Halloween.

* Animals are creatures of habit, so be aware that the excitement of Halloween and the changes from normal can be disconcerting to your companion animals. Make allowances, protecting them, and understanding if they do things a little out of the norm.

* Most importantly, keep chocolate away from dogs and cats. Make sure the smallest goblins in your house don't sneak them treats from their bag. Candy wrappers are also dangerous to the digestive system, and can smell good enough to eat. Instead of candy, how about some vegetarian dog biscuits:

Vegetarian Dog Biscuits
http://www.doggieconnection.net/recipe/vegetarian_dog_biscuits.html

* And finally, if your dog is one that really, really enjoys dressing up, and some dogs do, make sure to use a costume that isn't too restrictive, that doesn't limit eyesight (which might cause someone to startle the dog and cause a bite), and be sure to refrain from using rubber bands. Too often veterinarians have had to amputate ears or limbs when someone has forgotten to remove a rubber band and it has imbedded in the skin.

For a sweet story about the love of one dog for Halloween, see the following website:

Halloween! A Holdiay for Dogs
http://www.woofs.org/issues/1097/halloween.html

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