Making sure pets are cared for while you’re away

It’s time for your summer getaway, but you’re leaving your beloved fur baby at home. So what’s a pet parent to do?

In the above video, Providence Animal Rescue League Director of Shelter Operations Amy Duskiewicz joined us on set with some helpful tips. And she brought along a furry friend, Titus!

Duskiewicz also told us about the shelter’s upcoming Pints for Paws craft beer-tasting event on Sunday. See below for details.

Tips from PARL:

Have them Stay at a Kennel, Boarding Facility or Pet Hotel

If you’ve decided to board your pet, get recommendations and personally inspect the kennel prior to making your reservation. Ask if there are added amenities such as treat time, daily walks or doggie day care. Bring familiar items such as toys and blankets to reduce stress and make your pet more comfortable in an unfamiliar place.

Hire a Professional Pet Sitter

If you’re hiring a pet sitter, interview the candidates and check their references. This option may be preferable if your pet is timid, elderly, afraid of strangers or needs the comfort of familiar surroundings while you’re gone. You should also make sure that your pet’s comfortable with the person you’ve chosen by having him or her come to your home to visit a couple of times before you leave.

Ask a Neighbor, Friend or Family Member

This is an ideal option for a pet that typically does not leave the house such as a cat or other small pet like a rabbit or hamster. If you ask a neighbor or a friend who lives nearby, they can also probably come more often than a paid professional and hang out longer with your pet.

Have them Stay at your Local Veterinarian’s Practice

A lot of veterinarians have a boarding service with round the clock animal care. This can be an ideal situation if your pet has medical issues or if you’re concerned for their health care. A lot of vets work out of animal hospitals and have the facilities to take in your pet regardless if it’s a dog, cat, bird or turtle.

No matter where you travel, or who you leave behind, the end goal is to make your pet’s day consistent and routine. Also, be sure your pet is microchipped before you leave your dog or cat anywhere unfamiliar. Select an option that will give you the greatest peace of mind. Now pack up, unplug, and enjoy yourself. Bone voyage!

Saving Animals One Pint at a Time at the Providence Animal Rescue League’s 6th Annual “Pints for Paws” Craft Beer-Tasting Event

Sponsored by Revival Brewing Co. and Pizza J, Pints for Paws is a PARL signature fundraising event that features a craft beer tasting, food and games and benefits PARL’s community programs and services. It will be hosted by Pizza J located at 967 Westminster St in Providence on Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 1p.m. – 6 p.m. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome to attend. Event highlights include:

1 p.m –3 p.m. | VIP Craft Beer Tasting Tickets $35 (includes re-entry all day)

The VIP Craft Beer Tasting is limited to 250 people and includes two hours of sampling local and national craft beers and entry/re-entry for the entire afternoon of great beer, food and fun! Check out local favorites like Revival Brewing Co., Trinity Brewing Co., Foolproof Brewery, Crooked Current Brewery and

Narragansett, along with some well known national brands like Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Two Roads and Clown Shoes. There will also be a tasting table hosted by Nikki’s Liquors.

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. | After Party Tickets $10

Get something tasty from Pizza J. Try your luck at prizes for winning a game of beer pong or a game of cornhole! Enjoy the outdoor beer bar sponsored by Revival Brewing Co. with 100% of the proceeds going to PARL!

For more information, visit PARL.ORG or contact Connie Kile, PARL’s Fundraising Manager at (401) 421-1399 or ckile@parl.org. Connect with PARL anytime on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here are some of the other segments featured on The Rhode Show on August 10, 2016:

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