Singer Colbie Caillat Teams with ASPCA for the This article originally appeared on Dr. Mahaney’s Pet-Lebrity News column on Pet360.com as Singer Colbie Caillat Teams with ASPCA for the “Come To Their Rescue” Campaign.

A favorite artist of mine is singer Colbie Caillat. With her sunny sensibilities and bubbly tunes, this Grammy award-winning chanteuse is always a crowd pleaser through her feel-good music. Caillat’s ardent advocacy of animal welfare makes me like her even more.

Caillat certainly talks the talk and walks the walk of humane living both literally and metaphorically. I personally know this to be true, as she sported a classy pair of vegan heels during our red carpet interview at the 2012 Genesis Awards (see: Canine and Human Celebrities Rally for the Cause of Animal Welfare)

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The ASPCA recently announced their partnership with Caillat as part of the Come to Their Rescue campaign. Caillat is a strong believer in rescuing animals from shelters, as her own canine companion Plum was a saved from a life of starvation and neglect before finding a forever home with Caillat.

Plum has an interesting history leading up to her ultimate adoption by Caillat. Plum’s origins are in the Asia although she now lives the comfortable life of a southern-California house dog. According to People Pets, Caillat adopted. Plum fromSouthern California Golden Retriever Rescue who brought Plum to the United States from Taiwan. When found, Plum was in a state of poor health. Caillat states “when we met this dog, she was severely malnourished.  She’d been found tied to a rope on the streets of Taiwan, and she’d just had puppies. No one knew what happened to her or her owners.” After being fed a whole-food based diet of fresh-cooked chicken and brown rice combined with some natural canine cuisine, Plum reportedly “looks like a different dog.”

Plum has nicely settled into her new life, as “she loves people, she loves other dogs, she’s not aggressive over food and she never runs away. She must’ve had a good home before everything happened to her – she really knows her manners!”

Saving Lives Together

ASPCA advocates for pet population control (spay, neuter, and breeding restriction) and adoption as  “every year, more than 7 million animals enter shelters nationwide, and almost 3 million don’t make it out.”  Caillat’s involvement will help to bring awareness to the need for potential cat or dog parents to seek animal companionship at rescues instead of purchasing from pet stores or breeders. Caillat states “it doesn’t hurt to go to a shelter first and see if you find love with one of their dogs – just like I did.”

In addition to their endeavors to help animal welfare, the ASPCA provides a great resource for pet owners and veterinarians through their Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). An extensive database of toxic and non-toxic plants which provides a valuable tool to anybody concerned their cat, dog, or horse may have consumed or otherwise been exposed to (skin contact, inhalation of burnt plant debris, etc.) a plant potentially having toxic properties.  Additionally, common household and environmental toxins are listed.

For pet owners and veterinarians dealing with suspected or known toxin exposures, the APCC offers consultations with board certified veterinary toxicologists who help determine the appropriate diagnostic tests to be performed and treatments to be given. I’ve consulted with this service many times and always found value in knowing the best means to evaluate, diagnose, and treat my patients’ mild to life-threatening toxicities. Paying the fee of $65 to gain the perspective of an veterinary specialist proficient in navigating the murky waters of managing pet toxicities (as there are often multiple toxins involved) is well worth the cost. An additional value to pet owners and veterinarians is the complimentary ongoing follow-up consultation.

Pet owners or veterinarians can start the APCC consultation process by calling 888-426-4435.

It’s great to learn that celebrities like Caillat are willing to lend their time and image to philanthropic organizations like the ASPCA to better serve the needs of rescue animals and educate the public about pet-population control practices. Caillat and the ASPCA have an enthusiastic fan in me and my veterinary practice.

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