Even more alarming is the fact that only around 22 percent of lost, stolen, or missing dogs are ever reunited with their owners. Families could often avoid this situation, for themselves and their pets, by simply microchipping these pets.”
The statistics back up Dr. Drake’s claims, with the American Humane Association estimating that more than 10 million pets are either lost or stolen each year in the United States alone. They go on to say that roughly one third of all pets are lost at some point during their lives. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that only a fraction of lost pets return home; successful reunions for dogs with microchips, though, is 52 percent.
Dr. Drake hopes this will encourage pet owners to microchip pets that are, so often, part of the family. He also warns that the statistics for cats are even grimmer. According to Dr. Drake, “Less than two percent of cats that go into shelters are ever reunited with their owners without microchipping. Among those that are electronically tagged, those numbers are impressively higher — more than 2,000 percent higher, as a matter of fact.”
The other statistic pet owners may be interested in is the percentage of animals in shelters that are euthanized — in short, more than half of all shelter animals are unable to find a home. Dr. Drake believes these numbers will decrease significantly as more pet owners microchip their pets, explaining, “The number of microchipped dogs returned to their owners is almost 240 percent higher than those that are not.
Unfortunately, so few of the five million pets entering shelters are tagged. Just imagine how much higher those numbers will be when more people begin using microchips appropriately.”
Pet owners interested in microchipping their pets can contact the Las Vegas veterinarian, Dr. Drake, to schedule an appointment. St. Francis Animal Hospital is a full service clinic offering wellness appointments, dental services, surgical procedures, spaying and neutering, pet microchipping, and other wellness services. They can often make same-day appointments.
Not all Las Vegas veterinarian hospitals and clinics provide a microchipping service. Pet owners interested in the simple procedure are urged to call Carolann at St. Francis Animal Hospital for an appointment to have their pet microchipped soon.
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Sen. Heller Highlights Free Tax Prep Program
At a March 21st event, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) urged eligible Nevada residents to use the IRS Free File program to save money at tax time. In general, these programs allow taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less to use name-brand tax preparation software to prepare and file their federal returns online for free.
The Free File briefing took place at Pearson Community Center.
The IRS Free File program allows eligible taxpayers to easily and accurately complete their federal tax return with trusted name-brand tax preparation software of their choice. Free File empowers taxpayers to claim every single deduction and credit they are entitled to.
“Free File provides a valuable service which empowers Nevadans to prepare and file their taxes online at no cost. This public-private partnership also allows Nevadans to receive tax advice when otherwise they might not be able to afford it. I am glad to be a part of today’s event, which helps raise awareness about this service and provides valuable advice to so many Nevadans who are struggling in the current economic environment,” said Senator Dean Heller.
“Filing taxes is a lot simpler than you think with the help of the tax preparation software products made available through Free File. If you send text messages and email or surf the Internet, chances are you will have no trouble filing your taxes through the Free File program,” said Chris Long of the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), the organization sponsoring today’s event.
Following the briefing, community leaders had the opportunity to participate in a workshop and gain first-hand experience with one of the Free File products.
According to the IRS, 40 million taxpayers have prepared their federal returns through Free File since the program began more than a decade ago.
For more information on Free File, visit www.FreeFile.IRS.gov.
As Earth Month (April) approaches, artisan bottle-repurposer BluMarble announces the release of their Glass Gardens, a new product hand-cut from repurposed bottles collected from the Las Vegas Strip into shapes that cradle soil and roots of baby plants.
Repurposing the bottles used for these Glass Gardens spares the atmosphere from the pollution that would otherwise result from new production, while these glass gardens’ plants also release oxygen and improve air quality. In addition, 20 percent of these gardens’ proceeds goes to Create a Change Now, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that teaches youth to plant their own gardens and make healthier nutritional decisions.
“The most rewarding aspect of our business is the ‘repurposing with purpose’ mindset we apply to every product we create,” BluMarble co-founder Jennifer Jordan said. “When we came up with our glass gardens, it was a fun process to decide who — besides the environment — could benefit from their success.”
So where exactly do these bottles come from? The answer is the Las Vegas Strip and other venues throughout the Vegas metro area. As nearly 40 million visitors trek through Vegas’ 1,500+ bars annually, the volume of glass waste tossed daily is staggering. Caesars Palace, for example, recycles around 2,250 tons of glass every year — or 4.5 million pounds.
Excalibur, another example, outputs one ton of glass per day. So the collective carbon footprint of these bottles (if they were to be put into landfills) is huge. Left un-recycled, 4.5 million pounds of glass release enough pollutant CO2 to fill approximately 38 million exercise balls. Fortunately, many hotels and casinos on the Strip recycle. Others go a step further and repurpose their bottles (many selling them to BluMarble), reducing their carbon footprint to one even smaller than that of recycling.
BluMarble’s headquarters at 6280 Valley View Blvd in Las Vegas (aka the “House of Blu”) is where the bottles are transformed.
Founded by Jennifer Jordan and Rachel Cohen in 2013, it is where roughly 15,000 bottles per month from the Vegas Strip are up-cycled into tumblers, gardens, platters, trays, vases, dishes, lighting and jewelry.
The bottles start their journey in bins outside Vegas properties such as Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, MGM Grand, Rio, Stratosphere, Hard Rock, Mandalay Bay and the downtown Las Vegas area. BluMarble pays venues the bottle deposit, then transfers bottles to the “House of Blu” to be power-washed, sanitized, dried and made over. BluMarble’s craftsmen then meticulously cut the bottles into anything from shot glasses to jewelry.
BluMarble’s unique cutting method uses a cold process (instead of the more common hot process), generating less air pollution and keeping toxic materials out of waste streams. Edges of each piece are carefully polished to a safe, smooth finish before being inventoried, tagged, stocked and shipped out to fill wholesale and online orders, and be sold in BluMarble’s Container Park store at 707 Fremont Street, Las Vegas.
BluMarble is also featured in 300+ venues all over the country, including Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, NapaStyle Catalog, select Marriott hotels, Health Ceramics and the restaurants of Food Network stars Guy Fieri and Michael Chiarello. And at the end of their journey, these one-of-a-kind pieces make their way to customers’ dinner parties, game gatherings, accessory selections or even wedding collections, be it from BluMarble’s online shelf (HTTP://WWW.BLUMARBLE.COM) or retail store shelf.
“At BluMarble, we revitalize something ‘old’ into something ‘new’ that’s beautiful on the surface, as well as in its unique journey and process,” said BluMarble co-founder Rachel Cohen. “It’s art, but it’s art that works to help sustain Earth’s limited resources… a win-win for both planet and purchaser.”
On Saturday, April 19, 2014, BluMarble hosts a special in-store event at which Las Vegas locals and tourists alike can build their own glass garden at their Container Park store (707 Fremont Street), between 10AM and 10PM PST. The glass gardens, which pay forward 20 percent of proceeds to Create a Change Now, can also be found online at WWW.BLUMARBLE.COM/PAGES/SHOP.
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