The Shelter Pet Project

Did you know that every year, of the 8 million dogs and cats that enter animal shelters, 3 million of these healthy and treatable pets are euthanized? It is such a sad statistic, you can read even more about the shelter pet statistics and why you should adopt a shelter dog here.

Luckily, The Shelter Pet Project hopes to change this! This new campaign, sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund, and the Ad Council, hopes to reverse this trend and find homes for these homeless, lovable pets.

The campaign has one unified goal, to increase pet adoption. They hope to reach the 17 million people who plan on getting a new pet this year, letting them know that shelters are the first and best place to find animal companions. The Shelter Pet Project has an awesome website with some great pet adoption resources, and you can easily search for your new best friend on The Shelter Pet Project homepage..

Here is one of the great PSAs that The Shelter Pet Project has out. You might even recognize the star of the video, Instagram famous rescue pup, Toast. Be sure to spread the word to all your friends, and let’s help make adoption the first option!

How can you help? Share this video with your friends. Like your local shelter or humane society on Facebook and share the adoptable pets they post. And of course, when you are looking for your own pet, please check shelters first!

Bunnies need forever homes too!

It’s not just dogs and cats that need to find forever homes, all sorts of pets, including bunnies, need homes!

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There is a great rescue in California that is working hard on behalf of bunnies, The Bunny Bunch. The Bunny Bunch was established in 1984, and is a non profit, no kill rescue and education organization run entirely by volunteers. Over the years they have rescued thousands of rabbits, mostly from high kill shelters.

Most of the rabbits they rescue come from shelters, sadly rabbits are taken to shelters everyday, mostly because people have bought them without learning about their care. A big part of the Bunny Bunch is education about the proper care of rabbits.

They even hold classes at both of their adoption centers in addition to off-site events throughout the year to educate the public.

They serve the southern part of California, so if you are in that area and looking for a bunny as a pet, please check with The Bunny Bunch first.

You may even have heard of a recent news story about the rescue of 135 rabbits that were being kept in the back of a U-haul truck. The Bunny Bunch currently has 24 of the rabbits, the rest are at Animal Control, and they are taking them in groups to their adoption centers as space permits. You can read more about it here.

World Spay Day

Today is World Spay Day! World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Originally created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995 as Spay Day USA, World Spay Day has now been recognized by nearly 70 countries.

On the last Tuesday of every February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street.

We think this is an important cause and wanted to help spread the word. To learn more about World Spay Day, and why you should spay or neuter your pets, please visit the World Spay Day page on the HSUS website. You can even sponsor a spay/neuter surgery if you would like.

The next World Spay Day is February 27, 2018 and will mark the 24th annual World Spay Day. Mark your calendars and help promote this great cause.

Review: Muttropolis.com

Muttropolis is a great website full of products every pet parent would want for their dog or cat. Baby got to try out two fun soft toys and calming aromatherapy spritzer.

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As you can see, she fell in love with the strawberry toy (you would think the poor girl had never had a toy before in her life the way she went crazy for it). She has also loved her “Chewnel Pawfume”.

The aromatherapy spray was really nice. It works very well for detangling and it can be used on dry hair (perfect for getting out mattes) as well as after a bath. It smells very good, and it does seem to work for calming as well as just helping with tangles.

Muttropolis offers all kinds of products for your dog, clothing, beds, eco-friendly goods, fun Halloween costumes, and of course, harnesses and collars. They offer things for the kitties as well as the dogs, such as scratching posts, beds and toys. The other great thing about them is they encourage pet adoption through rescue, and hold adoptions at their offline shops.

We give Muttropolis 5 out of 5 paws up!

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Still having issues.

Dear friends and readers,

We have been having some issues that we are trying to resolve with our site. Because of this posts and email responses are going to be lagging. We hope to have it all resolved soon so we can continue to bring you happy animal news, cute animal photos, and all the animal related goodness you have come to expect from us. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Now, go hug your pet! 🙂

The Power of Pets Initiative

Mars Petcare recently launched The Power of Pets! What is The Power of Pets? It’s a great new new initiative to help people live a healthier life! Mars Petcare is collaborating with the YMCA in 5 cities to start, to bring pet-friendly health and physical activity education and programming to communities. For it’s first year the program will premiere in YMCA locations in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Nashville, Tenn.; Chicago; and Portland, Ore.

“Mars Petcare, through its world-renowned WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, has long been a leader in researching the meaningful physical, psychological and social benefits that pets bring to individuals and communities,” said Debra Fair, vice president of corporate affairs, Mars Petcare US.  “The Power of Pets™ program is the perfect way for us to share this research and really bring these benefits to life.  Pets make us healthier and happier so we believe it’s our responsibility to make the world a better place for pets.”

Exercise is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle, and research suggests that owning a pet helps increase levels of physical activity. A recent survey of 1,000 U.S. pet owners conducted by Mars Petcare revealed that more than half of pet owners would prefer to exercise with their pet instead of alone.  The survey also revealed that 39 percent of pet owners feel that making sure their pet is more active has made them more active as well.

“At the YMCA, we believe healthy lifestyles are about nurturing the spirit, mind and body – and pets certainly play a role in that,” said Ted Cornelius, Executive Director, Tennessee State Alliance/Pioneering Healthier Communities, YMCA of Middle Tennessee.   “We encourage families to play together every day, and incorporating the family pet is a great way to make everyone more active.”

In the coming months, Mars Petcare will sponsor family-focused healthy living fairs for pets and people at the following locations:

  • New York City – The Prospect Park YMCA, October 16
  • Chicago – The Hastings Lake YMCA,  October 23
  • Washington, D.C. – The YMCA of Silver Spring, October 24
  • Nashville, Tenn. – The Brentwood YMCA, November 6
  • Portland, Ore. – Spring 2011

Additional on-going activities, such as community dog-walking programs, will debut in specific markets in the coming months.

Mars Petcare and Human-Animal Interaction

For decades, Mars Petcare – through its world-renowned WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition – has led the way in research in Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), the scientific field that studies the bond between humans and companion animals.  WALTHAM® scientists not only conduct their own research, they have formed a partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development to fund over $9 million in studies that seek to establish a scientific link between pet ownership and better physical and mental health.

It was Mars Petcare’s long history of leadership in HAI and desire to bring this beneficial information to a larger audience that prompted the creation of The Power of Pets™ program.

“WALTHAM® has established an incredible body of evidence on the health benefits of pet ownership and The Power of Pets™ program will help us translate that research to people and communities,” said Dr. Karyl Hurley, global director of scientific affairs, The WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition.  “With obesity levels rising and health levels falling, we want to contribute our knowledge and expertise to help address those very serious issues, and at the same time, call attention to what we can do as humans to ensure the pets in our lives are also healthy and happy.”

About Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare is the world’s largest petcare manufacturer, with 2009 global sales of approximately $12 billion.  Headquartered in Brussels, Mars Petcare produces brands such as PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO®, GREENIES®, KITEKAT®, CHAPPI®, and CATSAN®.  Mars Petcare is also home to Mars Fishcare, Mars Horsecare, Petservices and Banfield ®, the Pet Hospital.  The WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition provides the science behind our leading petcare brands. Mars Petcare is a segment of Mars, Incorporated, a private, family-owned company employing more than 65,000 associates in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world’s largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually.

For more information, please visit www.mars.com.

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