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Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

A happy dog is standing up and it reads, "October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month"

October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month! Wherever your furry friend comes from, they are a constant source of love and affection. There are millions of dogs in shelters and foster homes in the U.S. just waiting to find their fur-ever home! Here are some amazing ways to help out shelter pets this month!

Donate to our local shelter!

The staff of Mannford Shelter Friends smiling in front of donations.

Mannford Animal Shelter Friends Foundation is our local shelter right here in Mannford! They not only support the animals in the Mannford City Shelter, but they also find foster homes, rescues, fur-ever homes, and even reunites lost pets with their owners!

Adopt a shelter dog!!

Our local shelter and shelters in our area have TONS of loving, wonderful dogs looking for their fur-ever homes!

Meet Hilary

Meet Hilary. She is a very sweet 2-3 year old spayed female and is up to date on her vaccinations. She is a petite 35 lbs and is good with other dogs, kids, cats and people. She is a bit unsure of a leash but each day she is better with it knowing it is not there to hurt her, but to take her on walks. Call City Hall to Adopt 918-865-4314 or message this page.

Meet Patton

Patton is available for adoption. 3 year old, neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Patton had an overnight stay where a cat lived, and he did not bother the kitty. He was also housed with another dog at the shelter (we are full) and they did well together, but they were separated after his vet visit to let him heal quietly. He is house broken and very chill. He will do best in a quiet home as he is recovering from wounds to the back half of his body. He really likes car rides and his toys. Call City Hall to adopt 918-865-4314 or you can contact Mannford Shelter Friends for more information.

Spread the word!

You don’t have to be a professional advocate to spread the word about our local shelters. Just hitting that “like” or “share” button makes a huge difference! Check out the Facebook pages of some of our local shelters:

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National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

October 13th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day! Just like in humans, pet obesity is a serious health issue that can lead to other concerning medical conditions. Here are some quick facts and tips for keeping your furry kiddos in tip-top shape!

How common is obesity in cats and dogs?

Obesity is the most common chronic health condition in cats and dogs in the U.S. Vets and pet parents alike know that the majority of the pets we see today are unfortunately obese.

This is a huge issue in cats especially. We know fluffy kitties are cute! But we want them to stay healthy to!

How do I know if my pet is obese?

We have some handy, dandy charts for that! The key thing to look for in our furry friends is they want to have a waist like most people want to have a waist. So standing above them and looking down, you should see that waist. It should also be visible from the side!

You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs but NOT see them all except in very thin breeds like Greyhounds (dog) and Sphynxes (cat.

Consequences of Pet Obesity

Obesity in pets, just like in people, leads to several concerning health conditions. Below I have listed some of the more common conditions and how they affect your pet’s overall health.


Arthritis and joint pain are usually the first conditions we see secondary to obesity. Extra weight puts a lot of extra stress on the joints, thus leading to inflammation and pain. We can manage with medications as needed but getting those pounds off are most effective!


Diabetes is the next most common, long-term effect of obesity in our pets. Having so much fat in the body leads to blood sugar regulation issues. That means we will have to monitor their blood sugar levels and they will need insulin injections and/or special food.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is very common in our overweight pets. Once the heart is damaged, it is permanently damaged. That means while we can medically manage it, we cannot undo it.

Heart disease is usually treated with lifelong medications, x-rays, and exams.

How do I put my pet on a diet?

We have all been on diets and they are NOT fun. On the bright side, we are in total control of what and how much our pets eat thus, dieting is pretty simple. We recommend the following steps:

  1. Decrease your pet’s daily amount of food and decrease it by a quarter (ex: If your pet eats 1 cup of food a day, start feeding them 3/4 cup)
    • Yes it is highly recommended to measure their food every time!
  2. Replace that quart of their food with low-calorie, yummy filler food:
    • Boiled sweet potatoes
    • Defrosted carrot slices
    • Defrosted green beans
    • Boiled white meat chicken
  3. No treats!! We have all had our diets ruined by sneaking a brownie or a donut. Let’s be more successful with our pets!
  4. EXERCISE!! Whether we like it or not, exercise is huge for weight loss. Even if it is only throwing the ball, playing with a laser, or short walks, some exercise is better than no exercise!