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Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: How to Help Dogs in Need this October

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 28th, 2023

woman holding cute shelter dog with bandana she just adopted
Demetr White / Stocksy
If you haven’t yet heard, October 1 marks the first day of one of the most important months for pups in need: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. And while many shelters and rescues say every month is the right month to adopt a dog, October definitely calls for a special spotlight on hard-working shelters and the precious pooches in search of a forever home.
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150+ Black Dog Names That Are Anything But Basic

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 28th, 2023

happy black dog white blue eyes on grass
Michelle Edmonds / Stocksy
Adopting a dog elicits all kinds of feelings, from nerves about training or introducing your new pet to your resident family members to excitement about bonding with your new friend. One of the most fun parts about welcoming a new four-legged family member, however, is getting to choose their name. And if your new dog has a black coat, a whole new world of possibilities is thrown into the mix.
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The Best Pit Bull Names for Your Newly Adopted Dog

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 27th, 2023

By Savannah Admire
White pit bull dog being walk by young adult in town square
Oleksiy Boyko / Alamy Stock Photo
Part of the fun of adopting a pet is deciding what to name them, but naming a Pit Bull can be challenging. Given that these breeds are plagued by largely unfounded stereotypes about their violence and ferocity (although they are slowly becoming better known as loyal and intelligent family dogs who are great with children), do you go with a strong name despite these negative perceptions? Or do you choose something a bit more whimsical and playful?
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Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Pet Parents

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 26th, 2023

By Alicia Kort
first time dog owner walking new dog on city sidewalk
Valentina Barreto / Stocksy
So you want to bring a pup into your home for the first time. Congratulations! It’s a big decision to make and one that prompts others, such as how to determine what kind of dog you should choose to adopt. It’s an important choice because certain dog breeds are better suited for first-time pet parents than others.
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How to Adopt a Cat

Posted by Daniela Lopez on September 25th, 2023

A step-by-step guide on how to adopt a cat — from where to begin looking to what the adoption process entails to how to prepare your home for your new pet.
By Tim Barribeau
Woman with adopted cat
Adopting a cat, especially if they’re your first, can feel like a terrifying jump into an ocean of the unknown. How do you adopt a cat? How do I choose a cat? What do I need to have at home? What does the application process look like? What if they hate me? As overwhelming as these questions can feel, most of them can be dealt with by taking a deep breath, doing some prep, and working your way through our step-by-step breakdown of the whole process.
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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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