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Four Latinx-Run Animal Rescues You Should Know

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 22nd, 2023

By Julie Zeilinger
Two woman with small white dog
Manu Prats / Stocksy
September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month — a time for celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. So, what better time for us to elevate some of the incredible animal shelters and rescue organizations run by Hispanic and Latinx rescuers (who account for just under 20 percent of animal rescuers in the U.S.)? 
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Eco-Friendly Animal Shelters: Adopting at These Rescues Helps the Planet Too

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 21st, 2023

By Debra J. White
Volunteer at HSSV playing with small dogs
Courtesy Humane Society Silicon Valley
Animal shelters save homeless dogs and cats, fight cruelty, and educate the public about pet overpopulation. But shelters themselves are rarely eco-friendly. When many of them were built, energy efficiency wasn’t a priority, air circulation systems were poor and there was a reliance on toxic materials, especially for cleaning. The good news is that this trend is beginning to take a green turn, one animal shelter at a time. Here are a few eco-friendly green animal shelters.
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Take a Shelter Dog for a Walk and Earn Credits

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 19th, 2023

By Claudia Kawczynska
Woman walking with shelter dog
bit24 / AdobeStock
For the past few years, Dr. Melanie Sartore, associate professor of kinesiology at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, N.C., has offered her ever-popular physical activity course, Fitness Walking Coursework. The class? Students help to walk shelter dogs at the local Pitt County Animal Services center as part of the class’s shape-up program.
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Decoding “Shelter Speak”

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 19th, 2023

By Mollie Jackman
Woman reading body language of mixed breed dog at animal sanctuary
Demetr White / Stocksy
We’re all pet people here, so it’s time to let you in on a little secret: Sometimes, shelter volunteers, staff, and foster parents care so much for their temporary residents, that they only see the best in them. This can be great for shelter pets, who all deserve to be adored, but can also lead to unfortunate misunderstandings, such as pet parents deciding to adopt based on the shelter’s description of a “young, energetic and loyal dog,” but coming home to realize that they need to help address their new pup’s specific challenge of generalized anxiety or separation anxiety.
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30 Medium-Sized Dog Breeds That Make the Best Pets

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 14th, 2023

woman and husky giving paw in front of blue background
Ivan Ozerov / Stocksy
When looking to adopt a dog, people sometimes face the Goldilocks dilemma: some are too big, some are too small, and they need one who is just right. Medium-sized dogs are the perfect compromise for many pet parents.
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Top 20 Smartest Dog Breeds

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 13th, 2023

mixed breed dog follow tunnel command agility
Marco Reggi / Stocksy
All dogs have a great capacity to learn, perform tricks, and, of course, convince you they deserve another treat. A “smart dog,” however, is often thought of as a dog who is highly trainable. But according to dog trainer and behaviorist Karen London, Ph.D., a dog’s intelligence can be measured in many different ways, and the characteristics that make a dog smart can vary widely. Some of those qualities include being highly trainable (including being able to learn new commands quickly), adaptable, able to learn complex tasks, and possessing good problem-solving skills. Smart dogs are also emotionally intelligent and able to interact positively with humans and other animals.
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Fostering a Dog

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 13th, 2023

By Savannah Admire
Woman petting foster dog on ground
Shava Cueva / Stocksy
Deciding to foster a dog, which involves temporarily taking care of a dog from a shelter or rescue organization, is a huge commitment, but it can make a major difference in the life of not just the dog you take into your home but also other animals in the shelter. Fostering helps prepare dogs for life with their forever family and frees up space for the organization to take in and care for more animals, saving lives one pet at a time.
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How to Adopt a Therapy Dog

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 12th, 2023

By Savannah Admire
woman and her therapy dog being comforted on couch
Jimena Roquero / Stocksy
If you’ve spent much time with a dog, you likely already know how soothing their presence can be. Research has shown that animals can have a therapeutic effect on people who are stressed, anxious, or suffering from conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy dogs are dogs who are trained to provide comfort and support to people in need and have become common volunteer workers in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, care facilities, and even disaster areas.
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What is Pet Adoption Transport?

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 11th, 2023

By Savannah Admire
Dog in transport car to pet adoption
Alvaro Lavin / Stocksy
Pet adoption transport is the process of moving adoptable pets from shelters in areas with high pet overpopulation to sites with a demand for pets. This process allows overpopulated shelters in other regions of the country, such as the South and Midwest, to send adoptable animals to shelters with a high demand for — and low supply of — pets. Pet adoption transport organizations provide transportation by air, ground, or rail and offer food and medical care for pets during transport. Pet transport ultimately ensures that as many animals find forever homes as possible.
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How to Make Your Home More Cat Friendly

Posted by Katya on September 8th, 2023

By Julie Zeilinger
tuxedo cat lying one cat-friendly bed
Huy Phan / Pexels
There’s plenty to do before adopting a cat, from buying the necessary supplies to prepping to introduce your cat to your home or any resident pets. But perhaps one of the most important is to cat-proof your house.
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