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American Red Cross ADMIN September 8, 2008
September 8, 2008 -- WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!! By your vote, the photographers for Zeke and the Muoo Muoo Dog will receive Dog First Aid Books and DVDs.

Thanks to everyone for participating again this year!

August 19, 2008 -- Finalists for the Dog Days of Summer photo contest have been announced. YOU vote for the 2 winners!
Vote at Red Cross Chat.

Group Description

The American Red Cross is dedicated to helping every member of a family be safer and better protected, including the family dog. Dog First Aid is a unique health and emergency preparedness guide packaged with an instructional DVD to make caring for your dog even easier.

We’ve created this group to give dog lovers an opportunity to share pictures of your 4-legged friends and exchange pet safety tips with each other. We’ll select 2 of our favorites to receive a copy of the new Dog First Aid book.

UPDATE 7.24.2008
The American Red Cross is launching a new campaign for canines that will help pet owners keep their furry friends safe during the hottest days of summer. The Dog Days of Summer campaign promotes Red Cross pet safety trainings and programs, which are especially important as we enter the peak summer months.

The Dog Days of Summer campaign strives to teach some new tricks to dog owners and caretakers about heat safety, pet first aid and CPR, and disaster evacuation plans. The Red Cross is also encouraging dog owners to cool off during these dog days by diving into the American Red Cross Pet Photo Pool. Get your camera ready and sniff out these instructions to enter our Dog Days of Summer photo contest. Two pet owners will receive a free copy of the Dog First Aid guide and DVD.

“The Dog Days of Summer campaign is a great way to educate the 67 million American dog owners about how to keep their furry family members safe this summer,” said Elisabeth Rohm, actress and American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet Member.

Heat Safety
Heat stroke or hyperthermia occur when an animal gets severely overheated and is most common in the summer months. Make sure your four-legged friends have plenty of cool water and shade during hot weather. Never leave your pet in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked, your pet can quickly suffer heat stroke and even die.

Pet First Aid
According to the American Animal Hospital Association, one in four deceased pets could have been saved with the use of appropriate first aid procedures. American Red Cross Pet First Aid classes give pet owners the confidence and skills necessary to tend to unexpected emergencies until they can get their pet to a veterinarian. Many Red Cross chapters across the country offer classes with hands-on training in pet first aid procedures. A list of some of these chapters can be found here.

“When I take in an animal, it becomes an integral part of my family,” said Lisa Edelstein, star of “House” and member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. “That means it's incredibly important to be prepared. Learning the basics of pet first aid, being able to respond to any type of pet emergency, these things can mean the difference between life and death. A little bit of knowledge has a great deal of value. It's priceless.”

Disaster Planning
A Zogby International poll found that 61 percent of pet owners will not evacuate if they cannot bring their pets with them. Other than service animals for individuals with disabilities, American Red Cross disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety regulations. The Red Cross recommends families contact family and friends and research “pet-friendly” hotels, motels and animal shelters along their evacuation routes and keep a contact list in their disaster supplies kit. If it is not safe for people to stay in an area, it is not safe for pets.

Reference Guides
Reference guides are also available to provide quick answers to questions about caring for family dogs. The Red Cross Dog First Aid guide can teach you how to:

•Administer medications;
•Recognize an emergency;
•Perform CPR and first aid;
•Treat common problems and emergencies requiring immediate attention; and
•Stock a pet first aid kit

This guide comes with a 30-minute DVD that features step-by-step instructions on safety procedures, disaster preparedness and dealing with medical emergencies. To order a copy of Dog First Aid, visit the Red Cross online store. Now through September 30, 2008, you can receive 10 percent off the Dog First Aid guide by entering the coupon code: WOOF. Cat First Aid guides with DVDs are also available. When you shop at the Red Cross online store, up to 15 percent of your purchase benefits your local Red Cross chapter.

About The American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Many Red Cross chapters also offer Pet First Aid training courses.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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