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Posted by Dana on April 16th, 2014

Honey the Pit Bull is on the Path to Healing!

Posted by Jennifer on April 16th, 2014

Honey was found wired to a park fence in a rough part of town known for dog fighting. Her trembling body was laden with visible injuries that appeared to be bite wounds. An emergency veterinary examination put her on a costly treatment path including some complex facial reconstruction. Without financial support from generous donors like you, homeless pets like Honey don’t stand a chance. Please consider giving to the Veterinary Care Fund and save the life of a loving animal like Honey. The Veterinary Care Fund was able to get her started on a path toward healing, but she still needs your help. If you’re able to drop an extra dollar or two into the fund, we can continue to help Honey and other injured or sick pets receive life-saving veterinary care. 100% of your donation – every penny – is directly used for the care of homeless animals in need. Donate Now. Read More

Are covered litter boxes better?

Posted by Jennifer on April 14th, 2014

To cover or not to cover, that is the question! A question for you and for your cat. There are a number of pros and cons to covered vs uncovered litter boxes. For humans, in the pro column, they visually hide your cat’s bathroom, and going to the bathroom. If your cat is one who isn’t particularly fond of completely covering, they hide the bathroom going results too! Covered litter pans can look like fine furniture, a potted plant, a piece of modern sculpture, or like a plastic litter box with a cover on it! If the covered litter box has a door, it may slow down the transmission of smells, though really any litter box that a cat can get in to will have to allow air in to it, so smells can get out of it too. Trapping smells may be preferable to you, but cats have a very strong sense of smell, so they may find a covered litter box with a door to be offensive, even if they do get comfortable pushing the door aside to jump in and out. A door also makes it so that you have to remove and then replace the cover each time you do your daily box cleaning. Read More

Adopting a cat or a kitten – which is better for me?

Posted by Jennifer on April 10th, 2014

take-us-home-kittensHow wonderful! You are thinking about adopting a cat or kitten. Even more wonderful is that you’re doing your research (by reading this article!) before making a big decision, one that will last up to 20 years or so! There’s no denying that kittens are absolutely adorable. Their baby faces, tiny paws and noses, and silly antics seem specifically designed to make us swoon in their presence. Adult cats though, well they have lots of seduction techniques too! So how do you decide which is better for you, your lifestyle now and possibly decades into the future? Here are some questions you can ask yourself and your family or housemates to help you decide. Read More

Happy Beginnings: Jack & Jill

Posted by Jennifer on April 8th, 2014

JACK&JILLToday we have a slightly different Happy Beginnings story, times two! Nothing gives us a double-wide smile like a story of how helped a homeless pet or two find a new loving home. (We’d love to hear yours too, and would be happy to consider it for a future blog post too! Send your Happy Beginnings story to with a photo or two.)  This week’s story is from a foster volunteer. She writes, “In the beginning of March I noticed two beautiful Lab/Golden Retriever 12 week old puppies in a high kill pound in TN. I immediately felt attached to these pups named Jack & Jill. I spoke to the woman who was in charge and she had no connections for vet care or transporting. I went on and emailed every single rescue center in TN. Teh first email I got back was from an angel of a woman named Shayna Rowe from Pawsitive Rescue & Adoption She went the very next morning to the pound. There was no one there taking care of the animals that day. She went to the police department and argued wit hthe sergeant to let her in to get these 2 pups. She got them! Yeaaaa! She got them the proper vetting and 13 days later she drove these babies door to door to my home in Connecticut. I became a foster mommy! This just goes to show you that persistence and team work pays off. We did it!” Read More

Win Cash and Prizes for Yourself and Shelter Pets!

Posted by Dana on April 1st, 2014

Banner Wouldn’t you love if you could do something nice for yourself and for someone else at the same time? Wouldn’t it be even better if that “someone else” was a shelter pet near you? Enter to win the “Anchorman 2” Baxter Saves the Day Sweepstakes and you could be one of the winners who has that very opportunity! Here’s what you need to know: To celebrate the release of “Anchorman 2,” the folks behind this major film release are giving away tons of great prizes to animal lovers just like you! Five Grand Prize winners will each receive a $300 PetSmart® gift card, an “Anchorman 2” Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD, and the ability to give $500 away to an animal shelter or rescue from within the network.  Enter Now! Read More

Our First Ever Cover Pet Search

Posted by Dana on March 31st, 2014

HappyBeginningsNothing proves to potential adopters that shelter pets are loving, warm, and soulful beings like first-hand accounts from adopters like you. And since a picture says 1,000 words, what better way to get the message across! You know your favorite photo of you with your pet – the one that just exudes happiness and with mere pixels, communicates just how wonderful having a pet can be? What if that photo – YOUR photo of YOUR pet – inspired other people to adopt and save the life of a shelter pet? Read More

Caring for a senior pet

Posted by Jennifer on March 31st, 2014

Estelle-senior-dog One of the greatest joys of my life is caring for my senior pets. My grandma called older pets with silvery fur faces “sugar faces” so ever since I was little I’ve know how sweet older pets can be. The beautiful girl you see in the photo is a “fospice” i.e foster hospice dog that my coworker Dana took into her heart and her home, and right now I have 3 senior dogs (one’s a foster too) and 2 senior cats of my own. Yes puppies and kittens are adorable, but there’s a serious advantage pets have in their senior years! All that wisdom shines through, though I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention they often have a good dose of stubbornness and selective hearing at times too! I’ve only had senior pets for the last few years, so I’m still learning about how to best care for them. Fortunately I work in animal welfare and get to take advantage of the decades of experience from all my colleagues! Here are some things I’ve learned about caring for a senior pet that I’ve learned, that I hope will help you if you’re getting ready to care for a senior pet of your own, be it a new addition that you’re adopting (senior pet adopters rock!) or an adult pet you’re looking forward to caring for as he or she grows old. Read More

In Dog Years… a poem

Posted by Jennifer on March 27th, 2014

The Most Pet Friendly Cities in the U.S.

Posted by Guest Author on March 25th, 2014

pet-friendly-streetMost pet owners think of their pets as much more than just animals. Often, our pets are considered a part of our family, and like any family member, you want to find a city or town that’s good for them. When you have kids, you choose a location based on good schools, safe neighborhoods, and proximity to playgrounds and parks. For pets, you need to research things like dog parks, doggie meet-ups, local pet laws and veterinary care. If you live in an apartment, like me, you also have to find out what kind of pet you’re allowed to have. 90% of the reason I signed the lease for my current apartment is because my landlord said the magic words – “you can have any type of dog you want.” Of course, if I ever move I’ll have to find an apartment complex that’s willing to welcome my 60 lb. Boxer mix. Read More

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