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Pet of the Week

NHS Pet of the Week

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Kobe is a one-year-old medium mix breed who originally came to Northshore Humane Society as a young puppy with his brothers and sisters. He was recently returned to our shelter when his family relocated and felt he wasn’t outgoing enough for them. While Kobe may be a little bashful, he adores attention from people, other pups and children. He is going to make a great addition to any family!

If you’re interested in Kobe or any of the adoptable pets at Northshore Humane Society, please email rescue@nshumane.org today!

Northshore Humane Society is one of Louisiana’s largest 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal welfare organizations. Since 1953, we have been serving the neglected and abandoned animals of the Northshore region. We are an independent, non-governmental rescue that offers veterinary care, fostering, adoption, and more. We rely solely on the support of caring people like you to fund our programs and services which profoundly benefit the animals of our community. Thank you for all of your support!

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integrity

1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2 : an unimpaired condition : soundness
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness

Quote of the Week

“Don’t assume, ask. Be kind. Tell the truth. Don’t say anything you can’t stand behind fully. Have integrity. Tell people how you feel.” ― Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire Photo by Amaal Said

Warsan Shire is a 24 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH’ (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. In 2012 she represented Somalia at the Poetry Parnassus, the festival of the world poets at the Southbank, London. She is a Complete Works II poet. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

Local Events Local News Non Profit Spotlight

7th Annual Quack A Falaya Saturday

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Covington Rotary Club presents the 7th Annual Quack-A-Falaya this Saturday, June 26, 2021. The Rubber Duck Race Fundraiser benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Covington, Keep Covington Beautiful, Miracle League Northshore, NAMI, Pontchartrain Conservancy, Safe Harbor, Save Haven and the Covington Rotary Foundation.

The race begins 8 a.m. at the Bogue Falaya Park, ducks are $20 apiece. The fastest 10 ducks win a prize; Grand Prize is $1000 (need not be present to win). The Covington Rotary Club is a service organization that joins the efforts of over 1.2 million men and women worldwide in addressing the needs of local communities. Ducks and further information can be found at covrotary.org.

General Healthy Living

NHTSA Bicycle Safety Tips

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By law, bicycles on the roadway are vehicles with the same rights and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s bicycle safety initiatives focus on encouraging safer choices on the part of the bicyclists and drivers to help reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.
Bike Helmets Every bike ride begins with putting on a helmet, and it’s equally important that you ensure a proper fit so your helmet can best protect you. Helmet size can vary between manufacturers; follow the steps to fit a helmet properly.
Avoiding/Decreasing Risk of Crashes Regardless of the reason for an incident, prevention is the name of the game. There are some things you can do to reduce the risk of a crash. Here are some bicycle safety facts:
Bicycle deaths occur most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., regardless of the season. Bicycle deaths occur most often in urban areas (75%) compared to rural areas (25%) in 2017. Bicycle deaths were 8 times higher for males than females in 2017. Alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bicycle crashes in 2017.

Bicycle Turn Signals (L-R): Left Turn, Right Turn, Right Turn (2 options), Stop


Ride responsibly, and remember that all states require bicyclists on the roadway to follow the same rules and responsibilities as motorists. Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others (bright clothing). Wear reflective gear at night and fit your bicycle with lights and reflectors for high visibility.
Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bicycle. Tuck and tie your shoe laces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in the chain. Plan your route – choose less congested routes and slower speeds. The safest route may be away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.

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Red Cross Swimming Safety Tips

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The Red Cross offers important swimming safety tips to help you and your kids be safe this summer while in the water. Sponsored by JD Pool Clean & Pump Repair LLC.

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water. The American Red Cross offers these important swimming safety tips you should be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach:

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Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards. Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.

Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Maintain constant supervision. Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.

If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability. Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit. Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.

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Swimming Pool and Spa Safety

Swimming pools and spas are great places for family fun. It’s important to ensure everyone follows these simple safety steps to stay safer in and around the water.

  1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
  2. Teach children how to swim.
  3. Teach children to stay away from drains.
  4. Ensure all pools and spas – both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit – have compliant drain covers.
  5. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
  6. Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.