Category Archives: adoption

Do NOT Buy Pets From Pet Stores!


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Every holiday season, whether it is Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, whatever – people feel the need to not only buy animals for themselves, but buy them for other people. I’m here to tell you that you probably should NOT do that, and I have many good reasons behind this warning. Before you get offended, I am speaking to EVERYONE when I say this – yes, even you responsible pet owners out there. So, here are some reasons why you should […]

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Heiress Gives Abandoned Dog a Happy New Life


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An 11-year-old black lab, now known as Lady, is settling in nicely to her home on a 120 acre Florida farm. She was flown there on a private jet by her new owner, heiress Helen Rich. Lady deserves every first class perk she gets, having experienced more than her fair share of heartbreak. Lady’s original owner died in 2012 and she found herself in an animal shelter in Sedan, Kansas. A local family adopted Lady, but eventually returned her to […]

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!


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It’s not too late to spread the word about Adopt a Shelter Cat month! Of course, there are so many animals in need of homes all year long, but this is month to pay special attention to what shelter cats have to offer. Choosing to adopt a feline companion from a shelter has a lot of perks. The shelter staff can help match you with the perfect cat based on your own personality and lifestyle. Additionally, most shelter cats come […]

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Five Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet


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If you’re involved in animal rescue, you’re probably repeatedly disappointed when potential adopters skip right over some of the sweetest pets simply because they’re not so young anymore. Below are five fantastic reasons to adopt an older animal, please pass them along! 1. There are fewer surprises! An older animal’s size, personality, and grooming needs are pretty set in stone. You won’t be shocked when your 15 lb. puppy turns into a 75 lb. dog! 2. Training isn’t as intense: […]

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Four Facts about Rescue Dogs


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If you’re the proud pet parent of a dog you adopted from a rescue or shelter, you know you have a special bond with your canine companion. Below are a few facts rescue dog owners know to be true: •They clean up pretty nice: Your sweet pup has surely come a long way since you two first met. It’s amazing what a bath, a happy home, and a loving family can do for a dog’s appearance and demeanor. •They live […]

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Preparing Adopters for Their New Pet


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Upon establishing an animal adoption center, you step to the forefront of the American crises of pet overpopulation and overcrowded shelters and rescues. An estimated 5 to 7 million companion animals enter shelters annually in the US and more than half end up euthanized. This doesn’t even reflect strays, many of which are abandoned pets and their offspring; while statistics are impossible to determine, estimates put the nation’s stray cat population alone at about 70 million. It may be tempting […]

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How Community Outreach Programs Helped Increase Adoptions at La Plata County Humane Society


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Sadie, a black mixed-breed dog, had been scheduled for euthanasia at a shelter in New Mexico before she was transferred to the La Plata County Humane Society in Durango, Colo. earlier this year. Ken Hibbard, the shelter’s education and outreach coordinator, spent a day and a half gaining her trust, then started taking her for walks. When he thought she was ready, he gave her a trial run in the shelter’s “Read to a Dog” program, in which shelter volunteers […]

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