- How do you know what you’re getting when you adopt a pet?
One of the concerns we hear the most often from people looking to adopt from a shelter or rescue is: “How do you know what you’re getting when you adopt a pet?” The truth is, no matter where you get a pet from, there is always an element of uncertainty. Pets aren’t cars with standard [...]
- 1-2-3 Bunny Safety Rules for Kids
When we were teenagers, my sister had a feisty dwarf bunny named Ribbit that lived in her bedroom. She moaned about cleaning his cage, but we both loved his quirky personality, feeding him crunchy leftovers from my mom’s garden, watching him jump and twirl happy airs above the carpet, and laughing when he very seriously [...]
- Tips Before You Adopt a Horse
Adopting a horse is a big decision, in more ways than one! I grew up riding and caring for horses, with a big lesson/riding barn on one side of my childhood home, a small two-horse barn where we kept our adopted one-eyed pony on the other side. When I was a teenager, we build a [...]
- How much does it cost to own a horse?
Horses are beautiful, magical creatures! Humans and horses have shared strong bonds for thousands of years. You may have dreamed a long time about owning your own horse, riding through nature, enjoying the thrill of a gallop or a gentle nuzzle of a carrot-seeking nose. Adopting a horse is a wonderful way to make your [...]
- How to Adopt a Bird like a Parrot
You may have noticed that we don’t have many blog articles here about adopting parrots or other birds. That’s because although I have had decades of experience caring, fostering, and adopting out dogs, cats, rabbits, and other pets in my work with animal shelters and rescues, when it came time to counsel someone about adopting [...]
- Pet Chemistry in Matchmaking
By pet chemistry, we don’t mean the science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and various elementary forms of matter! When we’re talking about match making you and your home with a new pet, the kind of chemistry we’re talking about is “the interaction of one personality with another” and some of [...]
- 20 Most Popular Pet Names
As a foster volunteer, I’m always looking around for great names for my foster pets! To help get our creativity flowing and the adoptions going, the rescue I foster volunteer for will suggest pet names along a theme, until a new inspiration strikes. We’ve recently passed through a fruit phase (Apricot, Mango, Apple, Raisin, Kiwi), [...]
- Adopting Other Pets
Below are some awesome articles to help you adopt and care for a horse, rabbit, bird, guinea pig, hamster, turtle, pig, or other pet! If you haven’t adopted yet, use our Other Animals Search click here. How to Adopt a Bird like a Parrot What is Wrong with the Step Up Command for Parrots What [...]
- Giving Pets as Gifts
Fluffy Golden Retriever puppies in red gift bows on Christmas morning! Who ever came up with that as an image of a happy American family icon we think probably never had a puppy eat a bunch of wrapping paper and spent the rest of the day at the emergency vet! My personal early childhood trauma [...]
- Adopting A Pet Pig!
Do you know how awesome pigs are?! Pigs are social, friendly, and intelligent animals who enjoy being clean and giving affection. Sadly, every year too many pigs are abandoned to animal shelters because their owners didn’t really think through the decision to get a pig or didn’t learn the facts about what it entails to have [...]