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Five Ways Pets Improve Your Health


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Pets do so much for our mental and physical health. If you know someone who’s considering adopting a canine or feline companion, be sure to pass this information along! Five ways pets improve your health: 1.) Improved mood: It’s been proven that animals lower cortisol levels (a hormone that causes stress) and increase serotonin levels (a chemical associated with well-being). The combination of these two things is a recipe for a happier you. 2.) A healthier heart: Simply petting a […]

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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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Teaching Kids about Kindness Toward Animals


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It’s never too early to start learning about kindness and compassion for others, including animals. Be sure to pass along these tips to anyone with kids! 1.) Emphasize safety first: Animals make wonderful companions, but under the wrong circumstances, the combination of kids and pets can take a dangerous turn. Children should know that pets sometimes need their space (like when they’re eating or sleeping). It’s also important for children to be taught how to properly (and gently) handle their […]

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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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The Story of Baldwin and the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team


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After two years of responding, and over more than 300 calls involving hundreds and hundreds of animals-most passing through my home-you start to lose track of who’s who. You begin to ask yourself where the third Midnight came from? Is the second Max a dog or cat? Did we give his displaced family resources? What did they need assistance with and what type of assistance? Which Max was reunited with his/her family? Until they all start to blur. But not […]

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Which Calicivirus is to Blame in a Shelter Outbreak?


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Differentiating between “regular” feline calicivirus (FCV) and virulent systemic feline calicivirus (VS-FCV) during an outbreak of disease in a shelter is not a straightforward endeavor. Typically, FCV causes some combination of *fever *sneezing *discharge from the eyes and nose *red and swollen eyes *drooling *ulcers in the mouth *loss of appetite *painful joints and limping VS-FCV can cause all of the above with the addition of: *swelling of the face or limbs *crusting, scabs, hair loss, and ulceration of the […]

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Providing a Foster Home: Part Two


What makes the perfect foster home? The ideal foster home may not exist, but if it does, it would be a pet savvy person with no pets or a perfectly sociable dog and/or cat. The no-pet home is perfect for a dog or cat with animal fear or aggression issues. The foster pet can settle in, bond with the person and then gradually be exposed to socialized animals. It is also a person who can hand that animal over to […]

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Providing a Foster Home: Part One


Providing a foster home for a pet in need can be a wonderful experience for you and the animal. Fostering frees up space in a crowded shelter or facility so you’re actually helping two animals – the one you take home and the one who now has a safe space. Fostering also allows a shelter or group to assist animals with special needs that can’t be accommodated in a regular facility. Fostering might be a good option if you aren’t […]

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