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Do pets make good gifts?

Posted by Jennifer on December 23rd, 2014

tis-the-season-to-adopt-a-petRecently in the animal shelter and rescue world, we’ve seen a shift among many staff and volunteers about giving pets as gifts. Yes, you still do hear some saying that pets should never be given as gifts. Many hold on to the belief that pets given as gifts are likely to not be as wanted, and therefore not as well cared for or as happy, as pets acquired by the person themselves. They’re not swayed by the studies that show that pets given as gifts are statistically returned to shelters less than adopted pets, because those studies don’t consider the quality of life that pet may have if they are in a home but not really wanted, just there because the gift receiver was too guilty or embarrassed to give away a gift given to them. Most folks though now agree that pets can make WONDERFUL gifts! They key is to carefully consider the individual person, home, the individual pet, and ideally involve the adopting family in the pet selection and adoption process. So what are some things to consider about giving the gift of a pet? Read More

Home is where the…

Posted by Dana on December 22nd, 2014

A free gift for new puppy parents!

Posted by Jennifer on December 16th, 2014

Puppies can be a popular holiday item! While of course we support adopting a puppy from a local rescue or shelter, even if you or someone you know is buying a puppy from a breeder or pet store, we want to help those puppies stay happily in their new families too. The Puppy Manual is for all puppies everywhere! Read More

Pop a Cork. Save a Life.

Posted by Guest Author on December 10th, 2014

Daylight Wine Co. is donating $1 for every bottle of their Badgerhound 2012 Zinfandel Sonoma Valley sold through their website to in hopes of being a small part in more amazing transformations just like Winnie’s, an amazing comeback story. One of their resident dachshunds, Winnie, transformed from the fearful and anxious dog they rescued, into a confident, beautiful and loving office hound. Read More

Happiness is…

Posted by Dana on December 8th, 2014

happiness-endsThe secret to true happiness is waiting at your local animal shelter – and on and Read More

What I did when a stray dog attacked

Posted by Jennifer on December 4th, 2014

dog-attackI’ve been out walking my dog and been attacked by a stray dog. Thanks to being prepared and a good dose of luck, all of us escaped without any permanent harm. The first time I witnessed a loose dog attack a person was in New York City’s Central Park, when from far away I watched as two off-leash dogs, no owner in sight, stalked and then attacked a person and their little dog. Fortunately people rushed in to help, likely saving the life of the little dog and possibly the person too. When I moved to Los Angeles many years ago, I lived in a not-so-great part of town. I was terrified by the number of unfriendly stray and off-leash dogs I was suddenly fending off from my dogs on our daily walks. Fellow dog-walking neighbors told me to carry a walking stick to swing at them to keep them away, but the coordination needed to manage that and my two dogs on leashes was more than I could manage. I also really didn’t want to have to hit and potentially permanently harm any dog! I asked an animal control officer I knew for advice and he showed me what he carried on his police-like belt… Read More

The Danger of Sock Snacks

Posted by Guest Author on December 1st, 2014

dog-danger-socks Dr. Dog is back with a really important warning for pet owners! Share to keep people in the know on the dangers of pets ingesting clothing. It happens way more often than you might think! This important message is courtesy of our friends at Redandhowling. Read More

What are your pets thankful for?

Posted by Jennifer on November 24th, 2014

What are you and your pets thankful for this Thanksgiving? Read More

Pet Proofing Your Home 101

Posted by Guest Author on November 21st, 2014

If you adopt a new pet, is your home ready to welcome the new addition to the family? While you want your furry new friend to roam, you also want your home in one piece. So take these quick and simple pet proofing steps so everyone is happy and safe. Read More

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