Fireworks can be very enjoyable for humans, the bright lights, the look on the kids faces, and the celebrations that go along with them, but for animals they can be etremely scary. Here are some tips to keep your furry friend a little less frightened, for all other questions contact your veterinarian:

  • Make sure your pets hiding space is available for them to go to with there favorite toy or blanket, so that they have a comfortable spot.
  • During firework season, walk your dogs during daylight and keep your pets indoor when you know that fireworks are going to be set off.
  • When fireworks are lighting up the sky, put on music for your companions.
  • If your pet looks afraid, try to ignore the behavior and give them their space unless they show signs of hurting themselves.
  • Consider having your pet microchipped in case the loud noise startles them and they run away.

Comfort for your pet is very important. Remember, their ears are more sensitive then ours so try to make them as comfortable as possible, and enjoy the fireworks.

Firework Safety At Home

June 25, 2012

Young people should watch and enjoy fireworks at a safe distance. Only adults should handle firework displays and the lighting of fireworks while following all safety precautions for your home. One of the important safety precautions is proper disposal of fireworks after use.

  1. Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  2. Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time
  3. Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  4. Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  5. Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  6. Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  7. Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  8. Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
  9. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
  10. Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

By following these safety tips, you can lessen the likeliness of injury and have a fun time showing our fireworks display to your family and friends at home.

Tips to Starting a Blog

June 22, 2012

Nowadays, people do not want to read novels about your nonprofit, they just want to get the gist of it, so that’s when blogging comes in hand. It is not always easy to start a blog if you’ve never created one before, so here are some basic beginner blogging tips:

  1. Make sure the person writing the blog is excited about it. You can tell when a writer is just writing facts or when the writer has knowledge about what they’re writing about and when they actually enjoy it.
  2. Make sure a link to your RSS (Rich Site Summary) is available.
  3. If you have something free to give away, then do it. That will draw more people to your site.
  4. Leave valuable comments on other blogs in your niche.
  5. Submit your blogs to general web directories such as yahoo.

All you need yet is to have something to blog about, get yourself out there in your community and tell them about your blogs, after all, word of mouth is the best form of marketing.

Firework Safety Tips

June 18, 2012

            It’s almost time to celebrate the day in which America declared independence 236 years ago. Along with the cookouts and parties that come along with the Fourth of July, fireworks are also a part of the holiday that can be pretty dangerous. Here are a few tips to keep you out of danger when dealing with fireworks:

  1. Only buy legal fireworks. Some are illegal for a reason and the place that you’re buying fireworks from will know which ones are legal, so just ask.
  2. Children should never deal with fireworks. Fireworks as small as sparklers get hot enough to melt gold, so just imagine what it can do if it touches your child.
  3. Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them out.
  4. Keep your pets indoors when lighting off fireworks. Their ears are extremely sensitive so don’t forget about your furry friends’ safety.
  5. Light one firework at a time. You never know how one firework can react to another.

If an injury from fireworks does occur, seek immediate medical attention. Since fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, enjoy them, but remember the safety of yourself, your friends, and your family.

With credit cards being used and accepted everywhere these days, it can be hard to have a budget and stick to it. Sometimes you just see that one thing that you really want and even though it’s out of your budget you get it because you can just put it on your card. Here are some pointers to help keep a successful budget:

  1. Create a budget! Think about how much you spend a week on groceries, bills, and other necessities and how much money you are able to spend on these things.
  2. Try to pay with cash as much as possible. When you have money in your wallet that you are giving away, it seems a bit harder to give. If you cannot pay with cash, keep track of what you’re spending.
  3. Make sure you have some savings in case of emergency.
  4. Flexibility is key. Things happen and income and spending can flucuate so, just be ready for it.
  5. Create categories for your budget. (Example: I spend $50 on groceries and I’ll spend $30 on gas for this week)

Keeping your budget can be pretty difficult, but in the long run you’ll be happy that you did it, especially if an unexpected emergency situation happens.

June 2012 Newsletter

June 7, 2012

Have a minute ? Check-out our June 2012 Newsletter. Filled with fundraising tips, how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat, and fun in the sun tips! http://www.awoiponline.com/files/June%202012A.pdf

Teen Driving Tips

June 4, 2012

      Who can forget their first time behind the wheel? It was a great moment in many people’s lives, and now it’s time for your child, niece, nephew, or grandchild to get behind the wheel, and let’s face it, that’s scary. To help ease the panic, here are a few tips for new teen drivers:

  1. Know the road. There can be many obstacles on roads, such as sharp bends, sudden stop signs, etc. but there are usually signs to make you aware of these, so keep an eye out for them.
  2. Turn off your phone! So many car accidents are caused by texting or making phone calls while driving. Some states made it a law that cell phones may not be used while driving other than with Bluetooth’s but for the states that do not have that law, it is still extremely important.
  3. Think before buying a car. Insurance premiums vary per car and it is definitely more expensive for a teen driver, so pick a safe, yet low insurance premium car.
  4. Be aware of what’s around you. Car accidents are not always both drivers faults but it is your job to keep an eye out for anything on the road whether it be another car, animals, people, curbs, etc.
  5. Buckle up! This will help protect you if you are in an accident and in most states it is illegal not to wear one which means more money out of your pocket.

It may be tempting to let your children slide by on some things, but driving is not one of them. It is your job to train them properly and make sure they are safe drivers for themselves and the cars around them.

Meet Peach Epley!

June 1, 2012

Peach Epley has been with our team for over three years bringing with her a positive attitude and plenty of smiles. Peach enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending their sporting events, and feeding the ducks behind her house. Peach’s family and friends describe her as an encouraging, high-spirited, generous, caring woman with a heart full of gold.