Category Archives: Pets For Adoption

Why Adopt From an Animal Shelter?


Adopting a pet from an animal shelter has many rewards.  First and most importantly, you save the life of a pet.  In the United States, 8 to 10 million dogs and cats are brought to shelters every year—either found as strays or turned over by owners who no longer want them—and it is estimated that 4 to 6 million of them are euthanized because they are unable to find adoptive homes.


Shelters are filled with a huge variety of pets—and one (or two) that are sure to fit the characteristics you are looking for!  Many shelters have purebreds, in addition to virtually “one-of- a-kinders”.  Shelters are great in that they offer a variety of ages.  Puppies and kittens are not for everyone—the training, playing, feeding and exercising that a new puppy or kitten requires in the first several months can feel like a full time job!  Adult dogs and cats may be the best choice for a family who spends most of the day away from home or doesn’t have the time required to train a puppy or kitten.  Also by adopting an adult pet, what you see is what you get—there will be no surprises about how big a pet might get.


Adopting a pet from a shelter is also generally less expensive than purchasing through a breeder.  It is important for a potential pet owner to remember that the biggest expense is not the purchase price of a pet, but the ongoing care a pet requires—food, grooming, toys, health care, etc.


The goal of animal shelters is to place pets in lifelong homes and many offer post-adoptive counseling services.  Many offer dog training, behavior and obedience classes.  Medical services such as spay-neuter and vaccinations may also be offered at discounted rates to adoptive parents.  Shelters do everything possible to help an adoptive pet become a cherished member of their new family.

Source: Halopets

The Ins And Outs of Buying A New Pet

What have I done? Or what on earth was I thinking when she or he convinced me the other night to get this new kitten or puppy? Beware of pillow talk.

But those four-legged toileting machines are pretty cute. And don’t worry, it will all work out fine.

Shoe boxes arriving at the hospital is a sure sign that summer is here. Inside are little worried kitten faces peering up at us, or hyperactive puppies.

In Townsville, Australia, it wasn’t shoe boxes, but pillow cases. I once walked into my new job there to find a pillow case hanging on every corner of every table or desk. Inside each was a joey.

It was an amazing place to work because they did all the wildlife work for the area. This included raising tiny young echidnas (like a porcupine), which don’t have quills or spines when they are very young, possums, birds of prey and all the young kangaroos and wallabies found in the pouches of their dead mothers after they were killed on the roads.

But getting back to summer, it’s kitten and puppy season, so I thought it would be helpful to give you a couple of things to check yourself and a bit of info.

Is it a boy or a girl?

There are lots of mistakes made in this area and a few hasty name changes as a result.

The occasional person leaves the name the same just to confuse me (eg Timmy, who is a girl, or Brandy, who is a boy). We even had a cat called “puppy” this week – what’s with that?

All puppies and kittens are born with two openings below the tail. The difference between a male and a female is the distance between the anal and genital openings. Males have a larger distance because the scrotum separates the two, but the testicles are not there for about 4–6 weeks.

Females have a much shorter distance between the two openings and the genital opening is a vertical slit rather than the small circular opening of the male.

Also, tortoiseshell kittens are almost always females. Rabbits are very difficult to sex at a young age and small population explosions are not uncommon as a result of a mistake here. And there are lots of wrong gender names as a result at school pet days, as I recently discovered.

What age should I get a kitten or puppy?

Kittens should be at least 10 weeks old before going to their new home, and should be fully weaned (eating solid kitten food).

Ideally, kittens would have fewer problems if left with mum until 12 weeks, but this rarely happens.

Puppies can vary in the age that they can go to a new home, but all breeds should be at least 8 weeks old, fully weaned and had their first vaccination.

Smaller and definitely toy breeds should be at least 12 weeks old or more.

What to feed, how much to feed?

The most important rule here is, keep the food the same. Don’t change their food every two days from dry to wet or vice versa. By far the most common problem we see kittens and puppies visiting for is diarrhea. There are lots of reasons, but dietary changes are a big cause. Everyone seems to go and buy kitten or puppy milk and jelly meat pouches.

This can be a bad idea. Just keep it simple and as you mean to continue. So, water and one type of food – preferably dry food if they have already been on this. Normal milk is a definite no no.

Pets will try to train their carers as soon as possible by “going off” their food after three days. What do you do? Go out and buy a new flavour or brand? No, if this continues you will end up with 4–5 brands in the cupboard before long. Keep the same food.

Where should they sleep?

Again, start out as you mean to continue. If you want your 30kg lab sleeping and licking himself on or beside the bed then that’s fine but, if not, then the laundry or outside from the start is best. A 4–month–old pup is OK to sleep outside as long as they have shelter at this time of year.

When can they go outside?

Let your kitten or puppy outside for the first time only for a few minutes (and before you feed them), then call them back to be fed. Keep doing this and they will soon learn to come running when called, especially cats. The age to be out unsupervised is really size related. Kittens should be 4 months old, at least.

When do they get vaccinated?

Puppies start vaccinations at 6 weeks, then again at 8 or 9 weeks, and kittens get their first at 8–9 weeks of age. It’s a great time to get a full check-up to make sure everything is OK.

Worming also starts at 2–4 weeks of age.

Common Problems:

Toilet training: Puppies are all toilet trained by 16 weeks. They should only be having the occasional urine accident by 12 weeks and be fully trained by 16 weeks. I have very rarely known an un-toilet trainable dog. So don’t despair, they will come right.

Destructiveness: “Oh no,” is a common cry with breeds like labs. They just have to have something in their mouth all the time. The bad news is that this isn’t going to come right in a hurry, but the good news is that by 10–12 months, they will be a lot better. Just don’t leave the TV remote lying around.

Digging holes: Put their feces in the hole. Truly, it works great.

Source: Stuff

12 Ways Adopting a Rescue Pet Will Improve Your Life

So, you’ve been thinking about inviting a new furry family member into the home. The options of where to find a new pet usually come down to: a breeder, a rescue organization or shelter, or waiting around until someone you know finds themselves with an unexpected litter at home.

While breeders allow for a custom-tailored choice, that is about their only upside. They can vary from more-upstanding-than-most to downright abusive, but all breeders have one thing in common: for every breeder pet you buy, one rescue pet is denied the opportunity to live in a wonderful home.

Not only does rescuing an animal improve their lives—drastically!—but, it can also improve yours. Here are some reasons to consider bringing home a rescue fur baby that will make both you and your new addition live happily ever after.

1. You will be the first and only home your pet will ever know. So many pets come from sad and abusive situations—you will be her reminder there is good in the world!

2. Snuggles feel better when you know you are giving love to someone who was otherwise forgotten.

3. If you bring home a pup, you will be saving one of the 1.2 million shelter dogs euthanized every year.

4. Knowing you are giving your little guy or girl a warm spot to rest, eat and play will make your heart soar.

5. Seeing a rescue pet figure out how to play or that he is allowed to cuddle up on a blanket, instead of the hard floor, is indescribable.

6. You will get to see why purebred does not mean superior. Mutts are awesome! And healthier as well.

7. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing your money did not go toward an establishment with terrible and horrific living conditions for pets.

8. Taking home a sweetheart from a shelter frees up a spot for another pet who is otherwise completely homeless.

9. Seeing the signs that your new fur baby trusts you will make you feel like a superhero.

10. If you adopted from a rescue shelter, you can rest easy knowing your money went to an organization that truly cares about animals.

11. Sometimes rescue pets need more TLC than others. This isn’t a reason not to adopt—it’s a reason to get excited about bonding with your pet on an even deeper level. The fact that you stick around during the hard times will mean the world to your little fluffball.

12. No matter what, your pet will love you—but there seems to be a special twinkle in a rescue pet’s eye that seems to say “Thank you.”

Source: Care2