Terry Derting practices CPR during a previous Pet First Aid class offered by the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of Calloway County as the course instructor, Shawn Maxwell, supervises. The next class will be held Sat., April 14 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Murray-Calloway County Transit Authority Community Room. Pre-registration is required by April 12 at the Humane Society.

Pet First Aid Course Offered

MURRAY, KY Whether your pet becomes ill or injured or needs help in a disaster, your pet depends on you for its well-being. The Humane Society of Calloway County is sponsoring a four-hour Pet First Aid course to teach cat and dog owners first aid skills, to provide guidance for emergency situations until veterinary care is available and provide tips for keeping your pet health and happy.

Pet First Aid will be held on Sat., April 14 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Murray-Calloway Transit Authority Community Room, 1111 Transit Way, Murray. The $40 class fee includes your choice of a newly developed Dog First Aid or Cat First Aid full-color reference guidebook and DVD which includes demonstrates on how to perform many of the first aid steps described in the book as well as class supplies.

Pre-registration is required by Thursday, April 12. Provide your name and contact phone numbers to the Humane Society along with payment of the $40 fee. Registration and payment may be done by calling 270-759-1884, in person at the Humane Society office located at the Weaks Community Center, 607 Poplar St., Murray, KY, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, by mail to the Humane Society, P. O. Box 764, Murray, KY 42071 or via PayPal from the link at www.ForThePets.org. Payment may be made by cash, check to HSCC or credit/debit card.

The goal of Pet First Aid is to protect both the pet and the owner from further harm, injury or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective actions that will safeguard the life of the injured pet. "We can dial 911 for people. This class substitutes as 911 for pets," said Kathy Hodge, Executive Director of the Humane Society.

Pet First Aid teaches cat and dog owners how to respond to a wide range of animal emergencies, from dressing a wound to performing CPR to preparing pets for natural disasters. Pet lovers also learn how to monitor their furry companion's well being by educating themselves on their pet's normal temperature, blood pressure, and other health parameters.

“It's a good idea for any pet owner to take a pet first aid class so they will have some confidence if something happens to their pet. It will give them peace of mind" Hodge said.

The course, taught by Red Cross First Aid Instructor Shawn Maxwell, includes use of an instructional DVD and opportunities to practice first aid and CPR skills.

In addition to Maxwell’s certification as a pet first aid instructor, she has an extensive background in the animal welfare field. A volunteer and board member of the Humane Society of Calloway County for many years, Maxwell was animal shelter director from 1985-1995 and was instrumental in obtaining shelter accreditation status from the American Humane Association. In addition, she has served on the Murray State University Animal Health Technology Advisory Board and is owner of TENDERS pet-sitting and house-sitting service.

All participants need to bring a stuffed animal, preferably a dog or cat, for demonstration purposes.

The mission of The Humane Society of Calloway County is to extend humane education, teach kindness and concern for animals and humans alike; relieve suffering and prevent cruelty to animals; increase awareness of pet overpopulation and work to reduce it; enrich our community through the promotion of quality of life for animals and people. For any questions about the pet first aid class or about animals in our community, contact the Humane Society of Calloway County at 270-759-1884 or humanesociety@murray-ky.net. You can also visit our office at 607 Poplar Street Suite A-1, Murray or join the Humane Society of Calloway County on Facebook.

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