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Finding Shelter

Finding Shelter is an amazing documentary about an English family who found themselves unexpectedly rescuing street animals in Bulgaria. The film shares how the family has shared love and compassion for the homeless animals in their town. It’s not just the animals who benefit though, an entire generation of people are learning compassion for the animals they once disregarded (and sadly, abused).

The family are true heroes. Please consider watching the film, which is available for purchase on iTunes. The film won the audience choice award from the The Animal Film Festival, and I can see why. The love and dedication the Rowles family has for their rescues is truly inspiring, and I am sure that you will fall in love with them when you watch the film.

Filmmaker Erin Parks is donating 10% of all proceeds to their shelter, as well as covering costs to get the film out to more places around the world! You can visit her Facebook page, and learn more about the film Finding Shelter, here.

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Football Foods Pets Should Stay Away From

Football fare is nearly irresistible for dogs — especially when sitting at eye-level on the coffee table— but even cats can grab a piece of the action.

Keep your pets safe during football season.

Unfortunately, furry fans who intercept game day grub are likely to catch more than they bargained for. Petplan encourages would-be revelers with pets to think carefully before serving the following:

Brew-hoo — Just like people, some animals have a taste for beer. But think twice before pouring your pet a pint: even a nip can cause fatal respiratory depression.

No bones about it — Chicken wings have especially fine bones, which can splinter easily and puncture the GI tract. Besides, the sauces are virtually guaranteed to cause an upset stomach. Be sure to keep wings out of paws reach and after bones are thrown away, take the trash out to keep pets from trying to dumpster dive.

Not fun-ion — Onion rings are doubly dangerous: onions in any form are poisonous to pets and fried foods can cause diarrhea.

(Don’t) pick ‘em — Toothpicks may make a nice presentation for appetizers, but can cause severe and potentially fatal damage to pets’ GI tracts if swallowed.

Aw, nuts! — Many nut varieties have a devastating effect on dogs’ nervous systems. Walnuts and macadamias are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, paralysis and even death.

Here are tips from Petplan veterinarians to be sure pets and people alike enjoy game day:

start with a game plan
For some pets, the temptation may simply be too great. If you know your pet is going to try to steal food from the table, put him in a separate room during the game.

watch the turnovers
When begging doesn’t work, dogs may resort to linebacker tactics: playing smart and aggressive. Especially if you have guests over for the game, encourage them to minimize the risk of fumbling food by sitting at a table or using snack trays.

the best defense is a good offense
Go for the extra point by keeping pet-friendly snacks handy for pets with hungry eyes. Better yet, go for two with a new or favorite toy to keep pets occupied during the game.

don’t leave it all on the field
Keep an eye on unattended plates and cups — and make sure to clean up promptly. Even if they’re blocked at the line of scrimmage, sufficiently motivated dogs will run the end-around without a second thought.

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Petfinder turns 20! #MetOnPetfinder

This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, our thoughts are our own.

Happy 20th anniversary Petfinder! One of our favorite websites, Petfinder has helped facilitate more than 25 million pet adoptions through its shelter and rescue member organizations. Anyone who has adopted a pet knows what a great addition they can be to the family. We would love to hear your stories in the comments!


Our dog Baby changed our lives forever when she became part of our family. I’ve told her full story here before, about how she brought my dad’s smile back after he had suffered two strokes. She took on the role of therapy dog without even realizing it. But there’s more to her story than that.

Baby was a puppymill puppy, and because of this she had a lot of health problems stemming from her breeding. Luckily she found us, and we found her. Our vet always told us how lucky Baby was to have us, because many would have just put her to sleep instead of doing the treatments needed. Well, this may be true, but we were the ones that were LUCKY. She brought a smile to our faces, warmth in our hearts, and even now that she has passed away, we are still smiling at the remembrance of her antics.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Petfinder is asking pet parents, pet lovers and pet advocates to join the celebration and its effort to donate $200,000 benefiting 20 shelter and rescue members. How? All you have to do is watch this video!

Please watch and share the video, and then share your Petfinder adoption stories on social media by using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder. When the one million views goal is met, 20 Petfinder shelter and rescue members will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help continue to transform the lives of the pets in their care and cultivate more lifelong relationships. And all you have to do is watch before October 24th!

More than 25 million pets and millions of pet parents can claim that they #MetOnPetfinder since the site was established in 1996 – that’s an average of 1.2 million pets per year who have found their forever homes via Petfinder.

Petfinder encourages adoption when adding a pet to your family. The website is easy to use, allowing you to search by zipcode and type of pet (and there are dogs, cats, small animals, reptiles, and more)! By removing barriers within the adoption process, Petfinder’s goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting people with pets. Petfinder has long been one of our favorite websites, and we are so happy to be able to help them celebrate their 20th anniversary!

Connect with them on social media:

Facebook: Petfinder
Twitter: @petfinder
Instagram: @petfinder

And don’t forget to share the video and your own adoption stories by using the #MetOnPetfinder hashtag! Let’s help them help more pets find forever homes.

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Shirts to save animals

Throughout the month of August, Booster is showcasing and supporting t-shirt fundraisers launched by pet lovers to save homeless animals, and to raise awareness and much needed funds for animal-related 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

The B-Cause: Pets campaigns benefit a wide assortment of pet-focused nonprofits based in different locations across the continent, individually focused on a diverse range of animal species, breeds, conditions and organizational objectives. Read all about the causes, and find links to buy the shirts on the Booster Blog.

Here are just some cute critters who’ve been rescued recently:
Animals saved by B-Cause Pets-Collage

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