The Star-Herald

A faithful supporter

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of one of our longtime board members. Allen Salo joined our board of directors quite some time ago. He was a past treasurer for the Central Aroostook Humane Society and he brought to the shelter his vast knowledge of financial management. 

Allen worked hard to make our numerous fundraisers over the years successful, especially our annual Toast to the Animals. He was a highly respected associate professor of psychology at the University of Maine in Presque Isle and submitted numerous publications in his field of expertise. Allen was also a very active member of the Lions Club and enjoyed working their many events and fundraisers. 

Allen had a huge heart and love for animals and we will truly miss his quiet demeanor and thoughtful smile. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Christina, his family and friends. 

Do You Have Pet Allergies? 

It’s a major bummer to be a dog lover who’s allergic to dogs. But having an allergy doesn’t necessarily mean you can never be a dog parent. Because dogs spread more allergens when they shed hair, dogs that don’t shed may be a good fit for people without severe allergies.

Contrary to common belief, there technically aren’t any hypoallergenic dog breeds. All dogs shed skin cells, which can cause allergic reactions. Fortunately, there are dogs that shed less and may be easier for people with dog allergies to live with.

The factors that make a dog less likely to cause allergies also tend to be misunderstood. Dogs carry allergens in their saliva and their dead skin cells, known as dander. They don’t actually carry allergens in their hair. However, due to the fact that dander tends to shed along with hair, which is also often coated with a dog’s saliva, dogs that don’t shed spread fewer allergens.

If it turns out you can handle living with a dog that doesn’t shed, one of these non-shedding dog breeds might be perfect for your household. 

American hairless terrier, Afghan hound, Bichon Frise, Chinese crested, Maltese, Poodle, Havanese and Yorkshire terrier: These are a just a few of the wonderful breeds that tend to shed less that could become excellent companions for people that suffer with dog allergies. Additionally, consider talking to your local shelters about what you’re looking for. While you may struggle to find some of these purebred, low-shedding dogs, there are often plenty of mixed breed dogs that offer similar qualities. A shelter tech can help you identify some that they have for adoption that could also be the right fit.

If your allergies are only mild or moderate, one of these breeds might be just the ticket to fulfilling your dream of being a dog parent. Remember that no dog is truly hypoallergenic, so make sure to do your research before welcoming a forever friend into your home. More information can be found at Hillspet.com.

Check out the Central Aroostook Humane Society Facebook page for pets that are up for adoption. 

Please be responsible — spay and neuter.

Gloria J. Towle is the secretary and a member of the board for the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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