Helping you provide the best care for your pets and animals

Update: We’ve completed the new look, for all the details check out our about us page here. There is still a lot of work to be done, there are still major sections that need to be fleshed out, and I am in serious need of finding images so people can see what these beautiful animals look like, but we’re getting there. Thanks for your support as always, you guys are great!

Hey there pet lovers! If you have any particular pet or animal related topics you’d like us to cover on the website, please let us know. I’ll be trying to provide more information on the different ways to help your animals and pets, and if there is a particular topic you’d like to have covered, we’re here to help.

Featured Article: Bird feeders can be a wonderful addition to your garden, providing birds with a reliable food source and giving you the joy of watching them up close. Having bird activity in your yard is a delightful experience that brings you closer to nature. The sight of vibrant feathers fluttering around, the cheerful songs filling the air, and the various behaviors of different bird species create a lively and serene atmosphere. It can be incredibly relaxing to sit with a cup of coffee and watch the daily routines of these fascinating creatures, feeling a sense of connection and peace. Whether it's the energetic sparrows, the colorful finches, or the majestic cardinals, each visit brings a unique charm and a moment of joy, enhancing your appreciation for the natural world around you. Hummingbirds are particularly enchanting visitors to any garden. Their iridescent feathers and rapid, agile movements make them a captivating sight. Setting up a hummingbird feeder can attract these tiny wonders, offering you an up-close view of their incredible hovering ability and swift darts from flower to flower.

Making Bird Feeders Safe

To make bird feeders safe for birds, consider the following tips:
  1. Location: Place feeders in locations where birds can easily spot predators. Ideally, they should be placed near natural cover such as trees or shrubs, but not so close that predators can use them to launch surprise attacks.
  2. Feeder Type: Different birds prefer different types of feeders. Tube feeders, hopper feeders, and platform feeders cater to various species. Ensure the feeder is sturdy and has no sharp edges that could harm the birds.
  3. Food Quality: Use high-quality birdseed that is appropriate for the birds in your area. Avoid using bread or foods with high salt content as they can be harmful to birds.
  4. Cleanliness: Regularly clean your feeders to prevent the spread of disease. Dirty feeders can harbor bacteria and mold that are harmful to birds.

When to Take Down Feeders in Colder Climates

In colder climates, it's generally safe to leave feeders up year-round. Many birds, especially those that don't migrate, rely on these food sources during the winter months when natural food is scarce. However, if you live in an area with bears, you might need to take feeders down in the spring when bears emerge from hibernation and put them back up in the fall.

Cleaning Bird Feeders

Cleaning your bird feeders is crucial to maintaining a healthy bird population in your yard. Here's how to do it:
  1. Frequency: Clean feeders at least once every two weeks. During times of high usage or wet weather, increase the frequency to once a week.
  2. Method: Use a solution of one part white vinegar to nine parts water or a mild bleach solution (1 part bleach to 9 parts water). Soak the feeder for 15 minutes, scrub with a brush, rinse thoroughly with clean water, and let it dry completely before refilling.
  3. Maintenance: Check for moldy or clumped food regularly and remove it immediately. Keep the area beneath the feeders clean to prevent the buildup of waste and spilled seeds.

Do Bird Feeders Help?

Bird feeders can significantly benefit bird populations, especially in areas where natural food sources are limited. They provide essential nutrients, help birds maintain energy levels during migration, and can support birds during harsh weather conditions. Additionally, bird feeders contribute to bird conservation by supporting local and migratory bird populations.

Conclusion

Putting up bird feeders is a rewarding activity that supports bird populations and provides endless enjoyment. Ensuring that feeders are safe, clean, and well-maintained is crucial for the health of the birds. By taking these steps, you can create a safe and welcoming environment for your feathered friends.

Questions for Our Readers

  • Have you noticed any specific bird species visiting your feeders more frequently?
  • What type of bird feeder do you find works best in your garden?
  • How do you manage cleaning and maintaining your bird feeders?
Feel free to share your experiences and tips with us. Your insights can help others create a safe haven for birds in their own yards.

A little background about how and why we love helping animals

For several years now, my family has made regular contributions to the SPCA. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated to helping animals in need, whether they need food and shelter, or medical care and treatment. In either case, their attention and assistance helps prevent animals from suffering.

My youngest daughter Carleigh and her mother have been the motivating force behind our family’s efforts since it was first decided to lend a hand. They have canvassed for funds, sold pet calendars provided by the SPCA and in the last 2 years have begun a new project – the creation and sale of holiday gifts. They spend the entire year creating ornaments and related goodies, which they sell at craft fairs during the holiday season. (let me tell you, our home becomes quite the construction site!) They have been doing this for a few years now, and are still going strong. Needless to say, I am very proud of them.

Your donations help B.J the dog!

BJ was suffering from a nasty illness called glaucoma, which caused him to have a massive infection in his eyes. When we saw him waiting for treatment at the SPCA our hearts went out to him and the girls decided to work extra hard raising funds to help him get his surgery done. Thanks to the generous support from Little Paws and Carleigh, BJ was spared after having surgury and regained his healthy and loving nature.

We often receive email from pet owners about difficult situations they are in, or from shelters in need of funding assistance for the animals they care for. Often there are medical expenses involved that are unexpected and need outside help. This is an example of the emails we receive:

“I found your website trying to look for assistance in helping me pay for
my cats surgery. I rescued my cat about a year ago, when I took her to the
vet she had an open wound in her armpit, which was stitched up three
seperate times. I was later told that I had to take her to a specialist.
The surgery will cost about $3000. I am a single mom of a young child and
in a very hard financial position that I am slowly getting out of. My cat
is very loveable and dear to my daughter and myself, which is why I do not
want to give her up. She is in pain and I am tired of watching her limp
around on three legs. I am contacting you because your work is great. I
wanted to know if you have any suggestions in helping me find donations
for this surgery.”

We receive email like this from people needing help for the animals every week. The amount we can help just doesn’t match up to the amount of help that is needed, which is why we rely on the generous support from people like you.
Helping Animals such as Kailey
Meet Kailey – The most recent recipient of help from the family, Carlena, and Bruning.com 🙂
Helping Animals such as Kailey

Kailey also had eye problems, as you can see in the close up images, her right eye had been severely traumatized. You’ll also notice in the 2nd picture how much she appreciated the help she received! Thanks to you we’re able to offer advise and care for the animals we have been able to help over the years, and we’re grateful for the opportunity.

While I support their efforts to help animals and occasionally help out, the vast majority of the assistance we have provided (raising funds, donation gathering, feeding and caring for the animals) has been done by Carleigh and Ann-Margaret (her mom).

Despite busy lives which distract them from their goals of helping pets in need, they do an excellent job of staying focused on helping the animals. Pets have always been a big part of our lives, from cats to gerbils, to hamsters (you should have seen the hamster cage we built with custom runs going EVERYWHERE), our family loves animals and if a firm hand wasn’t kept, our home would be overflowing with pets that needed our help.

Ann Margaret and David Bruning

Which brings us to this site. Instead of getting in the way of their craft production I am building this site to help them and the animals we love so much. Continuing on the path they have begun, you will find a wide assortment of pet related material on this site.
Pet care articles, stories, Cat and Dog Humor, related online resources, favorite pictures, etc are all available for your enjoyment. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!