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Paws to Consider - Ep. #6
11/16/2013 5:39:49 PM

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Champ, in Lake Champlain, is probably NOT a manatee, but November is Manatee Awareness Month.  No one knows exactly what he is, but likely, he is the last of its kind. 

November is Manatee Awareness Month.   Manatees are in grave danger from habitat loss, pollution, boat collisions, and two unusual algal blooms from toxic water.  2013 was the deadliest year for manatees in history.  Only about 5000 of these gentle creatures still remain.  Warm water springs are rapidly being depleted from residential development. Manatees depend upon warm water.  With winter approaching, a cold snap could wipe them out.

Visit The Points facebook page to win a 2014 Save the Manatee calendar.  Save the Manatee Club, co-founded by Jimmy Buffett, funds emergency rescue for sick and injured manatees, provides waterway signage, raises public awareness, and more. 

The manatee is Florida’s state marine mammal.  A sighting is an unforgettable experience – not unlike a sighting of Champ.

Paws to Consider - Ep. #5
10/18/2013 5:58:03 PM


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Upper Valley Humane Society recently found itself rescuing 40 wolf dogs. 2 were found dead. 9 were euthanized.  25 moved to a sanctuary.  And 4 taken to UVHS.

During this 16 day rescue, UVHS faced challenging behavioral dynamics that occur when you cross breed wildlife and domesticated animals. The wolf dog, while magnificent, struggles to understand its place, battling between wanting to bond with humans, and living by their wolf-like predatory nature within their pack in the wild. Highly unpredictable, wolf dogs are an exploitation of human desire to own the coolest pet on the block. Typically, it ends in their demise.  Wolf dogs are destroyed if brought to an animal shelter.  The 4 at UVHS are an exception.

To learn more about UVHS or to get involved, visit

Paws to Consider - Ep.#4
9/9/2013 5:11:54 PM

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Today there is alarming concern over the loss of honey bees known as Colony Collapse Disorder.  While there are several threats of concern, cell phone tower frequencies, GMO's, parasites - pesticides are high on the list.  Bees pollinate one-third of the food we consume – apples, cucumbers, pumpkins, and the list goes on.  The U.S. is banning 4 pesticides for two years.  While this is a step in the right direction, there are 21 known pesticides causing bees deaths.

WE can help!

  • Become a backyard beekeeper. Contact a local beekeepers association to learn how to keep bees alive and healthy.
  • Plant backyard bee friendly gardens offering a supply of nectar and pollen by choosing ten or more varieties of correct plants.  And, remember NO pesticides. 
  • Contact your congressman and senators, urging them to do more.
  • And, always buy LOCAL honey! 
Paws to Consider - Ep.#3
8/31/2013 1:23:21 PM


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White Nose Syndrome
disease affects cave-hibernating bats. 6 of our 9 species in Vermont, are vulnerable. 90 to 98 percent of some bat species have been wiped out, including the little brown and the northern long-eared.

While there is no cure for White Nose Syndrome, the questions, 'why should we care' and 'what can we do to help the remaining 10 percent,’ are of utmost importance. Bats are the principal predator of mosquitoes and nocturnal insects that destroy crops, and cause disease.

The Little Brown Bat is endangered.  In the past, they have been killed as pests while roosting in attics. VT Fish and Wildlife ask you to contact them about the safe removal of bats. Until this 10 percent becomes immune or a cure is discovered, call VT Fish and Wildlife bat expert, Alyssa Bennett 802-786-0098.



Paws to Consider - Ep.#2
8/31/2013 11:31:40 AM


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All Breed Rescue in South Burlington depends upon YOU!  This dog rescue organization is an ALL volunteer, community based non-profit operation.  All Breed Rescue does NOT discriminate.  They are dedicated to saving dogs regardless of age, breed, health or behavioral condition.

After 42 months, Striper, a senior dog, was finally placed.
Each month they rescue dogs off of “death row” where dogs have a total of 3 – 5 days to get adopted before being euthanized.  

Visit all breed rescue for information about volunteering OR to learn about their adoption process so YOU might provide one of these dogs with the second chance they deserve – a loving home as a member of your family.  

Paws to Consider - Ep.#1
8/31/2013 11:31:40 AM


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Bear Rehabilitator, Ben Kilhum, is set to release 29 orphaned bear cubs over the next month in VT & NH – once vegetation is green enough and the cubs fat enough to survive.  Last year their mothers were shot and killed for entering chicken coops and bee hives.  Ben suggests a proactive approach – a baited electric fence – using peanut butter, bacon grease, anything enticing.  A bear uses their tongue when investigating a new smell.  They will get zapped, but won’t die – encouraging cubs to stay with their mom’s and deterring the bears from returning.  If you experience bear damage in VT, contact Wildlife Services for Technical Assistance. In NH, you may be able to secure a short term loan of a fence, if available, through Wildlife Services.  If you would like to help Ben Kilhum care for bears, email

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