Adoption; The Humane Choice

It is the primary mission of every animal refuge to find a loving home for cats and dogs in desperate need of one. Could it be possible that your home is that loving home? Even a very comfortable shelter is no substitute for a warm home and an adoring family. While a responsible shelter that follows the policies of The Humane Society sees that all their animals are satisfactorily supplied for, these precious animals really need a safe and loving forever home with a pet parent who can give them the care and attention only a best friend can provide. As compassionate and competent as a shelter’s chosen volunteers may be, only a full time family can give an animal the necessary tender loving care such a social creature deserves.

This Is Why You Should Adopt

There are so many valid reasons to adopt a pet. This infographic will give you ten wonderful reasons to get your next pet at a shelter. The following reasons will hopefully convince you to help an animal in need by being a kind and responsible companion. An adoption counselor will work with you to help you find the perfect furry friend for life.

Adopting a dog from a shelter allows them to better look after the many more displaced animals that need their attention. Please, don’t support the kitten and puppy mills that exploit vulnerable animals. Save your money and a defenseless animal’s life by adopting. You may also persuade your family and friends to adopt. The more people who adopt pets, the fewer strays there are aching for a loving home. You’ll not only be helping an animal, you’ll be helping yourself by opening yourself to the experience of loving a creature who takes you just as you are.

Shelter Pets Are Good Pets!

Due to fostering and caring volunteers, shelter animals are socialized to accept that people are friends. These animals want more than anything to be your friend. On the occasion a shelter does get an animal with health or behavior problems, they should do all they can to solve this issue. Many people looking for a pet may have a preference for a pure breed. However, mixed-breeds tend to be more vigorous and long-lived, thus often displaying the best traits of all the breeds they’re descended from. Shelter animals get proper veterinary care, including spaying or neutering. As adorable as puppies and kittens are, it’s better for everyone if the population is kept in check.

People Who Adopt Pets Are Gracious And Magnanimous People!

America prides itself on being the land of the free, but its streets are no place for a dog or cat to roam about with no food, shelter or protection. We are a great nation because the people who live here are kind, charitable and benevolent. Won’t you please express your good will by adopting a cat or dog in need today? The animals and the people who care for them will thank you.

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!

Preparing Pets for Hurricanes

Too many times we see pets abandoned during weather-related disasters and with yet another Hurricane possibly headed our way (Irma), Petplan pet insurance wants to remind responsible pet parents to be aware of these simple tips to keep their pets safe and sound.

The Basics

Before the Storm: Keep calm and prepare. Pets can sense barometric pressure changes, so ease worry by speaking in a reassuring voice and distracting pets with games, toys and natural calming remedies.

In the Thick of It: Take shelter and keep pets inside—do not let them out in your yard off-leash! Stock up on puppy pads for an indoor bathroom solution. If you evacuate, make sure your dogs have ID tags and cats are in crates.

Aftermath: Proceed with caution. Pets can become injured or ill from breathing toxic generator fumes, drinking dirty water or eating spoiled food.

Hurricane Evacuation Kit Checklist for Pets (click here for info on each item)

  • Pet carrier
  • Medication for two weeks
  • Food and water for one week
  • Two slip leashes
  • Printed and electronic copies of medical history
  • Identification and contact information
  • Take a photo of your pet before you leave your home
  • Litter, piddle pads and trash bags
  • Shampoo, brush, towels
  • Plenty of patience

No one plans on a natural disaster disrupting his or her lives. What you can prepare for is how you’ll respond when the crisis occurs. Good luck, be safe, and may we all be pet-prepared should disaster strike.

12 interesting facts about cats that you might not know

Cats, along with dogs, are the most popular pet in the world. And it’s no wonder – these adorable, cuddly creatures are great at winning over our hearts. But even if we think we know them in detail, there are some things about cats that are not so widely known.

I have compiled a list of 12 facts about cats that many people might not know yet. You will be able to understand your cat and their behavior better by knowing some of these things.

1. Cats don’t have a sweet tooth

While us humans enjoy every bit of sweet candy, cats aren’t really interested in eating sweets because they can’t taste sweet. In their natural habitat, cats would eat meat and only meat. But today’s cat food often contains corn and other grains with a bunch of carbohydrates, which is why feline diabetes is so common.

2. Most cats are lactose intolerant

Even though cats and milk may seem like the perfect combination, it is most often not. Most cats lose their ability to break down the sugar in milk after they stop being nursed by their mom. In other words, they become lactose intolerant. That is why milk and dairy products are not something you should feed your cat to every day.

3. Cats have a blind spot under their noses and chins

If your cat doesn’t always notice a treat that is right under its nose, this is the reason! Cats are great at catching motions and often see movements that we can’t notice, but when it comes to seeing things right in front of their noses, they are not that good at it.

4. Spaying and neutering may prolong cat’s lifespan

Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest veterinary practice has found some interesting facts about pet’s lifespan. According to their State of Pet Health 2013 Report, the lifespan of pets has increased from 10 years ago. Lifespan in 2012 was 20% longer than lifespan in 2002, which adds 1 year to a cat’s life. Hooray to that! They also found that spay and neuter may contribute to a longer lifespan. You can find more about it in their research linked above.

5. Kittens are growing while they sleep

When kittens are born, they sleep most of the day because only then is when the growth hormone is released. When cats turn 1, they are pretty much finished growing. A 1-year-old cat is like a 21-year-old human, and each additional year of life is like 4 human years.

6. Cats spend most of their lives sleeping

Cats really like to sleep in (well who doesn’t?). They sleep approximately 12-16 hours a day which makes 2/3’s of their lives! So, an adult 12-year-old cat will have spent 8 years of its life sleeping! They mostly like to be awake and active at dusk and dawn.

7. Cat’s whiskers have a big purpose

Many people assume that a cat’s whiskers are just ordinary hair. But that is far from the truth. Those pointy little thingies are actually touch receptors. They help the cat navigate and without them, the cat would be disoriented and scared. Whiskers also help cats judge if they can fit through an opening since they are as wide as their body.

8. Cats have sandpaper-like tongues

Their sandpaper-like tongues are responsible for good grooming sessions cats give themselves and other cats every day. Cats love to clean themselves and their tongues are designed to give them the best grooming experience and to clean themselves in detail.

9. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds

While dogs are able to make only 10 vocal sounds, cats can make over 100! Those 100 different vocal sounds include a variety of meows, purrs and growls. I just wish we could interpret what each sound means!

10. Cat’s sense of smell is 14 times better than humans’

Cat rely on their sense of smell to locate the food, find a mating partner or to warn danger. My cat, for example, can immediately smell if I petted a random dog at the street. She starts sniffing my hand and looking at me all funny, like she is disappointed at me 🙂

Because of the cat’s strong sense of smell, you should be extra cautious in using essential oils and perfumes in front of your cat.

11. Cats can drink sea water

Cats have highly efficient kidneys that easily filter out the salt from the sea water. So, unlike humans, cats can stay hydrated from drinking sea water! But, of course, this doesn’t mean you should give sea water to your cats. Fresh water is always the best choice.

12. Extra toes are genetic

If a polydactyl cat (a cat with extra toes) and non-polydactyl cat have babies, there is 40-50% chance kittens will have extra toes too.

Polydactyly is a genetic mutation (adorable one I must say) and it is not harmful to the cat. Most polydactyl cats have one extra toe on each front paw, but they can have an extra toe on the back paws too. In some cases, cats can have up to 7 toes on each paw!


Well, I hope you learned something new about cats and that it will help you understand these cute creatures a little bit better! If you have an interesting cat fact to add, do tell us in the comments!

Author Bio
Monika is a huge animal lover, currently having two cats in her life. She is the owner of a pet blog called Animallama where she writes about pet care, pet tips and advice.