Pets are very intuitive to changes and will therefore need extra attention during a move to reassure them. You should take time to adequately prepare your pets, just as you did considered hiring professional movers with your other valuables.
The first step should be talking to your veterinarian. If you are planning to fly your pet, a health certificate will be required by the airline. There are regulations and requirements for the import of animals in different states also; ensure you are well versed with these regulations also.
The importance of having your pet checked by the veterinarian can never be understated. Your moving destination can have regional health risks which need vaccination. In such cases, it is recommended that the veterinarian implant and identification chip in your pet.
The following are some tips to ensure you have a smoother move with your pets:
– Take your pet for a medical check up. The health record of the pet should be up to date.
– Avoid sedatives, especially if you are planning to fly your pet
– Ensure your are conversant with the state regulations concerning the importation of pets. Some states, like Hawaii, require pets to be isolated for up to four months.
– Make sure you have your pet’s travel identification tag, even if your pet will travel with you. Most states require cats and dogs to have a rabies tag on their collars.
– Pets on the move are usually confused, scared and may even be a bit aggressive. If you are planning to travel with your pet, look for ways to make your pet relax.
– All your pet’s necessities should be packed separately. pack litter, grooming equipment, medication, water and a good supply of your pet’s regular food. Make sure you bring extra food just in case the food is scarce in your new location.
– Days before your move, ensure you maintain the normal routine of your pets. If you walk your pets every day in the morning, walk the until the moving day.
– Choose the most appropriate means of transport and to ensure that your pet is comfortable and stress free. Andrew’s Local BD page will provide you with more information.
Volunteers are an integral part of any social activity. They are the life and blood of the event. The selfless, hard working and giving nature of volunteers is what makes it possible to create great changes in society.
Are you a good listener?
Lifeline is seeking volunteers to answer calls at night and on weekends. Volunteers work approximately four hours per week from home. Internships are available. Comprehensive training is provided and covers the topics listed below. Listeners must be able to accept and be supportive of persons with a wide variety of lifestyles and communicate effectively, both with content and with emotional needs.
Lifeline Listener Training
Listeners will be trained on the following topics:
Introduction to the Lifeline organization and the services provided.
Skill, strategies, and techniques for effective listening; introduction to Family Service Association programs and services.
Grief and loss issues such as death, divorce, loss of employment, etc.; introduction to Hospice of the Wabash Valley Services.
Explores the cycle of domestic violence and signs to look for in battering behavior; introduction to CODA and domestic violence services available in the community.
How individuals and family members are affected by alcohol and drug addiction; introduction to Chance for Indiana Youth.
Dynamics of suicide and how to intervene in situations when depression/thoughts of suicide arise.
Covers all aspects of crime victims and the assistance that is available in the community; introduction to Victims Assistance program.
Explores signs of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; includes Indiana Child Abuse laws and reporting requirements.
Recognizing mental illness; working with and providing assistance to those affected by mental illness; introduction to Mental Health Association services.
Signs of school violence, policies and procedure our school systems have in place to help combat school violence; introduction to information we need and how we report violence and/or threats.
Policy & Procedure
Lifeline Policies and Procedures, call exercises, introduction to the Catholic Charities Food Pantry Network Program.
Lifeline schedules two formal training sessions per year. Fall training sessions are schedule in September and Spring training sessions are scheduled in late February/early March
Training on an individual basis is also available thanks to the graciousness of our trainers allowing us to video tape sessions.
Current listeners are encouraged to participate in training to network with fellow listeners, share hotline experiences, and strengthen their existing skills