Summer is almost here. Let’s get ready to be outside!
Mud, ponded water, and streams flowing through our yards….winter was tough this year. With all that water, soils are soaked. Spring rains flow over wet soils, picking up and carrying pollutants on the land into ditches and creeks. This includes poop and bacteria from livestock, dogs, wildlife, and improperly functioning septic systems. Water carries fecal bacteria through our ditches and creeks, downstream to rivers and into our bays and harbors.
High bacteria levels increase the risk of people getting sick from contacting contaminated water. Our favorite beaches are closed to swimming and harvesting shellfish when there is too much bacteria. Everyone should be able to enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, crabbing, and harvesting shellfish – safely. Working together we can reduce bacteria, protect the health of our families, and allow our community to thrive.
Many neighbors are helping to protect water quality and our community’s health by responsibly managing manure and pet waste, reducing mud and soil compaction, and ensuring properly functioning septic systems.
There are ways for everyone to be a part of the solution. These spring season tips can get you started.
The following list of Resources is provided as a courtesy to assist you. Some of the information/links are commercial in nature and having a listing here does not necessarily mean that AHS is endorsing one business over another. Resources that we know to be questionable will NOT be listed here; however, the absence of a listing here should not be construed as negative. The best approach is to do your research and use your own judgment.
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR PET OWNERS
LOST PET RESOURCES
Rescue Pet Vet Feral Cat TNR Program – “Helping feral cats one colony at a time.” Rescue Pet Vet provides professional, compassionate,
and humane feral cat TNR (trap/neuter/return) services from start to finish.
City Dogs Grooming – Independent, locally-owned grooming salon in Whatcom County. Long time advocate and friend to AHS, City Dogs staff is familiar with all breeds and experienced with special needs dogs. They are willing to work with elderly and behaviorally challenged dogs.
PUPPY TRAINING AND SOCIALIZATION
DOG FOOD BANKS
VETERINARY CARE ASSISTANCE
ADDITIONAL CURATED ARTICLES
VETERINARIANS WE WORK WITH
PO Box 2321
Bellingham WA 98227