Browsing: pet adoption

Dogs empty pet collar with a tag resting on a wooden urn
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Although it’s a subject not many of us want to broach, our beloved canine companions aren’t going to be with us forever. The often overwhelming grief we feel when we do have to let go of our pets is a testament to how much joy and love they provided us during their all too brief tenure.

Just the other day there was an unseasonable sprinkling of snow here in the UK, which reminded me of my labrador, Sam. We had to put him down in April 2008 at the ripe old age of 14 as he had severe hip-dysplasia and was effectively immobile. We knew it was a kindness. The vets visited the house and gave him the injection while the family sat by and comforted him in his last moments. Rather than watch the vets take him away after the procedure (he was a big old beast), I took a walk to clear my head, and it began to lightly snow. Now, whenever a few flakes of white drop from the heavens I think of the boisterous jet black dog that was by my side from my boyhood through my teenage years. It’s a strange, difficult to explain feeling somewhere between nostalgia, sentimentality, and joy. Maybe some of you readers can relate.

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by Lauren Edwards

Adopting a dog to enhance your family unit is not a decision you should take lightly. You need to put as much careful planning into the adoption process as you would in buying a house, preparing for a baby or when organizing your wedding. Researching the right breed for your circumstances is of paramount importance, as unfortunately many prospective owners rush into the decision, often swayed by a new designer breed, without considering what the animal may be like.

It is a good idea before embarking on the dog adoption process that you evaluate how your life could fit around a dog and not how a dog could fit into your life. You need to calculate how long the dog may be left alone during the day if your family is at work or school, as more than four hours is not really acceptable. Furthermore, you need to decide if you can put aside time to exercise your new canine friend and whether you would be prepared to train it. Puppies will need training whether for toilet needs or for when you are walking them.

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For years and years Bob Barker said to all the viewers at the end of The Price is Right “Bob Barker reminding you to help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered. Bye-bye.”

Since there are still people in the world that simply refuse to be responsible and have their pets spayed or neutered we will continue to have the problem of overcrowded shelters.

October is ‘Adopt a Shelter Dog’ month where awareness is put in high gear to help correct the problem. Nationwide there are about 5,000 independent community animal shelter. Statistics are hard to find since no national organization monitors these shelters. Currently, no government institution or animal organization is responsible for tabulating national statistics for the animal protection movement.

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“I’ve always had a great love for animals, and will never forget my first experience when I went to adopt one. It wasn’t easy to choose, and wished to give them all freedom from their cages. I wondered how many other people felt so helpless? I wondered how much more could be done for pets if there was more funding? How many more could be saved? How much more education could be given about caring for pets? These were the questions that helped start Jusani Culture. I want to make a great impact for pet centers in America. Give them the funding they need to significantly reduce euthanasia and bring so much more awareness and education about adopting. With the funding raised from every Jusani purchase and the realization the brand is creating I hope to help America become a no-kill nation one day. Let’s give them all freedom from their cages and happy homes! ” -M. Salinas founder of Jus Animalium Culture Apparel

Not often do we find a company that is so into helping America’s pet shelters, so when we do find one we want to share. JACA is indeed making a great impact to save pets that would otherwise be euthanized. Each month they donate 10 percent of all sales to various animal shelters across the country. Jusani Culture is raising funds for Missaukee Humane Society through March 31st. Check out the pet shelters they have helped so far!

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We hear so much about adopting a dog or cat but rarely hear about adopting a bird. Birds are wonderful pets that provide comfort, companionship and entertainment.

In 2002, ASPCA declared that January would be dedicated to finding happy homes for the thousands of companion birds that are abandoned annually. These precious feathered friends will fly into your home and capture your heart.

There are countless breeds of birds to adopt. Do your research to learn which type would fit into your lifestyle for a long and rewarding relationship with your feathered friend. Some of the things to consider before adopting are cost, noise level, space and commitment. We have written a little about the five most popular breeds to get you started.

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by Jane Sanders
The joys of owning a dog can be tremendous, but there is a lot of responsibility that comes with ownership as well. From mental health, an increase owner life span to unconditional loyalty, man’s best friend really has a lot to offer. Still, adopting a dog can be a economically, as well as physically taxing endeavor. The costs associated with adopting can vary greatly, depending upon the shelter or breeder a person does business with. The most common form of adopting in the US is of shelter dogs, which are often rescued.

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by Rolan Tripp, DVM, CABC

Nobody’s perfect and all of us could do better. I have put together below my opinion on the most common mistakes made by cat owners. Take just a few minutes now to avoid a lot of time and grief later.

Mistake 1: Impulse adoption instead of careful selection
Because of their big hearts, many people take in strays, or other cats that no one wants. Sometimes these turn out to be the best cat imaginable. In other cases, there is a reason other humans choose to not share a space with this cat.
Every person is allowed to carefully CHOOSE a cat at some point in their life. I am now consulting on the new pet selection service, www.HannahSociety.com, so use this or another resource to help you find your feline soul mate.

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Adopting a pet parrot is a relationship like no other. Loving, intelligent and beautiful, it’s easy to see why these amazing feathered friends make the ideal pet. However, owning such a rewarding creature takes a great deal of time, care and commitment. If you owned reptiles, you wouldn’t leave them all day in vivariums, or dogs all day in kennels would you. So, why would it be any different with a parrot?

Parrots can live to 100 years of age!
Adopting parrots and leaving them all day in bird cages, can lead them to suffer from physical and emotional behavioural problems. Remember, parrots are extremely intelligent and as a result can become easily bored if neglected. The relationship between owner and bird is a special one and unlike any other domestic pet, can last an incredibly long time. Surprisingly, parrots can outlive their owners and reach a ripe old age of 100!

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