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Foster Pets

One of our Wordless Wednesday submissions was from Foster Mommy and it got us to thinking about the wonderful people that open their homes to pets that need our help.

Foster homes are extremely useful to assist animal shelters, local humane societies and breed rescues. There are so many pets in need that some of them could use a little extra help to find a permanent, loving home. Fostering a pet may seem like a huge task but it is a very good way to make a difference. A break from kennel life will give the pet a second chance at becoming someone’s forever cherished pet. Fostered pets become better adapted to home life and increases their chance of remaining in the new home permanently. The individual love and care of a foster parent gives the animal an opportunity to flourish. After some of these lovable pets have spent several weeks or months at the shelter without being adopted they are euthanized for lack of space. Getting involved and doing whatever we can to prevent this fate is worth the little time and effort it takes.

Dogs tiny puppy wearing a santa hat

Getting a Puppy for Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and we are all starting to consider the perfect gift for our loved ones. Parents with children often want to get them a puppy. They know the joy and pleasure a companion will be to grow up with and share those wonderful years.

Before taking the plunge, please do your homework and consider all the factors that accompany adding a new member to the family before taking that leap of commitment.

Cost of adding a puppy

First is the initial cost of the puppy. We strongly recommend going to your local animal shelter to find that new member. You will be able to find puppies and mature dogs. Good things can be said about either choice. Puppies are indeed fun but need to be trained from the ground up which require a whole lot of consistent work. Mature dogs may already be house trained and that can shave hours of training and frustration. Visit the shelter and plan to spend plenty of time with the choices you will have. A few hours playing will tell you a lot about each pet you think will be a great match for you and your family.