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6 Important Toll Free Numbers Every Pet Owner Should Not Live Without


Many times in life, help is so near that we often forget where to
find it. It is so near and sometimes free that we just don't remember
where we left such vital information. We even have an information
overload yet we seem to forget where to find simple information when
needed. The internet is not helping either, with every website hoping
to lure you with cool features that majority of them have an "online
Veterinarian on staff" but still you can't talk to a real person who
will understand your problem and help your need. That is the case of
many of us who are pet owners. We know our vets and his emergency
number and that is it. Should there be a disaster, loss of Fido to an
accident, rare poison that your local vet and you do not know about,
and recovery of a stolen or lost pet back home. Well, I really don't
know someone once told me. Help to me is still with a simple phone
call, an old box invented by Mr. Bell. I have pulled together from my
e-book of pet resources and helpful phone numbers these 6 important
toll free numbers every pet owner should have on their fridge at
home. A blue print of vital information when you need one. Free help
to solving landlord-tenant issues, vet problems, neglect and any form
of abuse, where to call for emotional support for those who have lost
an animal friend or are anticipating the loss of their pet, even
where to spay your pet for little to nothing. Your vet is great but
it doesn't hurt to save some money. These toll numbers are not only
important; they can help to save lives.

1. National Pet Recovery Hotline: 1 800 984 8638. Whenever your pet
is lost, this is one of your first places of help to report your
missing friend. This 24-hour service will help you to locate your
pet. Lost pets usually end up in an animal shelter before the county
or city steps in. Members pay $25.00 for the lifetime of the pet or
$55.00 to find the pet for free and non-members pay $50 and above.

2.Legal Hotline: 1 800 555 6517. I think my neighbors are abusing
their pet. Can I do any thing to stop them? Here is the number to
call. To know your rights and how to go about expressing your
displeasures, this number is for you. But try not to call because you
don't that like someone's method of training his or her dog. Animal
Legal Defense Fund help with landlord-tenant issues, vet problems,
neglect and any form of abuse.

3. National Animal Poison Control Center: 1 888 426 4435. In a life
and death situation when every minute counts for your cat, dog or
other pet, this 24-hour manned emergency number is your pet
lifesaver. Sponsored in part by 36 different companies along with a
$45.00 charge for consultation.

4. Emergency Disaster Hotline: 1 800 22 7 4645. Provided by the
American Humane Association, this number is your first point of call
in earthquake preparedness for your pets or any disaster, what to do
and where to go. They provide support and relief information.

5. Pet Loss Support Hotline: 1 888 478 7574. Iowa State University
College of Veterinary Medicine provides a source for emotional
support for those who have lost an animal friend or are anticipating
the loss of their pet. Veterinary students at the college man this
free service. A 24-hour touch phone line where you can leave a
message and someone will return your phone call. Seven days a week
6:00pm-9:00pm CST, May to August, Wednesdays and Fridays 6:00pm-
9:00pm. This free service is funded by the Iams Company and dedicated
in memory of Krista Rankin who organized the initial

6. Spay HeIpline: 1 800 248 SPAY. One way to prevent several unwanted
lovely pets from ending up in shelters or destroyed is to spay or
neuter them. Thousands of abandoned and unwanted pets are euthanized
yearly due to over irresponsible breeding and other factors. So
before you consider giving off your pet to the shelter, this
organization can help you. SPAY USA provides free or low cost
services to all. Call them for an appointment and locations of over
950 programs and clinic nationwide. Your local Shelters also help in
providing similar services.

Dr. Olakunle Ayeni DVM

Dr. Ayeni is a Veterinarian, educator and founder of
http://www.animalevent.com He has written many articles and e-books,
some of which are " 16 most important telephone numbers every pet
owner should know". To download a full copy of this free e-book go
to www.animalevent.com/ebook
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