For dogs and other pets, toys are not just luxury, but a necessity. Toys are important to your dog’s well-being. Toys help fight boredom when you have to leave your dogs at home, and provide comfort when they’re feeling nervous. Toys can even help prevent your dog from developing certain problem behaviors. During the holidays, its natural for us to want to spoil our fur babies with plenty of new toys and treats, but not all toys and treats are safe for them.
With the holidays just around the corner, a lot of people entertain the idea of getting a new pet during this time of year. And while the idea of a new puppy or kitten is exciting, consider being a hero this November and rehoming a senior pet from a shelter! It’s a sad reality that these wonderful senior babies are often the last to be adopted from shelters. However, November is nation Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and we hope, with your help, to improve the adoption rate for older pets by spreading awareness.
Be a Hero and Adopt a Dog in Need of a Forever Home!
Be a hero, and adopt a dog this month!
Dogs are our friends, companions, and often our heroes. That is why October is such a special month, it’s a chance to pay it forward to our canine friends. Since 1981, American Humane Association has encouraged animal lovers to repay the favor by adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group during the annual “Adopt-a-Dog-Month.” It is that time of the year again, and it’s a chance for you to be a hero and adopt a dog in need of a forever home.
Sadly, an estimated 3 to 4 million dogs wait in shelters every year hoping for the loving, forever home they deserve. And each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized because they have no family to take them in. In 2016 alone, 56% of dogs in U.S. shelters were euthanized. These tragic statistics could become even more harrowing given the current coronavirus crisis. Many families are struggling financially and had no choice but to relinquish their beloved family pet to a shelter, meanwhile many shelters are becoming overpopulated.
Be a hero, and adopt a dog this month!
You’ll be saving his/her life, while also providing a space at the shelter for another animal in need! These are strange times, and having a furry companion during these periods of isolation can be very positive for mental health. As well as physical health being improved from more walking and other outings with your pet. Acanine companion could be just the thing to lift spirits until life resumes normalcy. And what better time as many of us continue to work or attend school remotely.
Not ready to adopt? There are other ways you can help!
Aside from adopting a dog, there are also a few other ways to celebrate adopt a dog month: -Spay or neuter your dog It is very important to make sure your pet is spayed or neutered. This prevents the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted puppies. Spayed and neutered pets have been show to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been fixed.
-ID your pet Having proper identification for your pet is also a great way to be sure your pet is returned to you on the chance you guys get separated. Having both a microchip and i.d. tag on the collar helps ensure your pet doesn’t wind up for adoption or worse.
-Support your local shelter Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating supplies, money, or even time! Most shelters or groups are always in need of extra supplies like leashes, pet food, bowls, beds and toys. Call your local shelter or rescue group to see how you can help!
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Emergencies Can Happen Any Time- Make Sure Your Pets Are Prepared!
You Can Take Action to Help Your Pet!
Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pet safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. There are a few simple things your can do ahead of time, that way when disaster strikes, you are prepared.
Learn Why and When Immunizations are Important for Your Pets!
Immunizations Keep Your Pet Healthy.
Most pet owners understand the value of timely vaccinations and booster shots to keep their furry companions safe from diseases such as rabies, distemper, and heartworm. However, knowing what vaccines are needed and when to have them administered can be a bit confusing.
There are ways to help prevent the tragedy of losing a pet.
Losing a pet is one of a pet owner’s worst nightmares. Each year, about 10 million pets go missing in the US, and only a grim 10% are reunited with their owners. Understanding a few of the most common reason dogs run off or are displaced from their owners is crucial in helping to prevent these types of situations from arising. There are also a few things you can do as an owner to help someone identify and return your animal in case you are ever separated from your pet.
Our pets are inquisitive and curious by nature, its one of the things as owners we find so endearing. But there can come an occasion where our little fur babies can wander a little too far for their own good or our liking. One good way to increase the chances of being reunited with our pets that have run away, gotten lost, or even stolen, is to have them micro-chipped. Micro-chipping has grown increasingly popular in recent years because it’s a relatively inexpensive procedure that can help save a pet’s life. Micro-chipping involves implanting a small device into the scruff of an animal’s neck. When scanned, it identifies the pet’s unique ID number, allowing them to be traced back to their rightful owner.
This month is all about pets, big, small, furry or otherwise! There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. In the spirit of national pet month, here’s some things we can do to pay it forward to all those wonderful pets with or without forever homes!
Shelters and rescues would love to house every homeless animal, but unfortunately, that is just not possible due to a lack of space and resources. Animals that would otherwise be euthanized can be saved by those who are willing to take them into their homes, even if its temporary. Foster homes are also a great option for animals with special needs, nursing mothers and babies, and animals that need a quiet space to heal from injury, trauma, or illness. Fostering is an amazing and rewarding experience. You can change an animals life for the better by bringing them into your home and caring for them.