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14 Reasons “The One” For You May Have 4 Legs

With millions of people looking for love online, Best Friends Animal Society asks the question: Why limit the search to the two-legged?

The One Kitten

“Ask just about any pet owner and they’ll tell you, dogs and cats provide them with a lot of joy, comfort and companionship,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “And with so many dogs and cats in shelters or rescues waiting to be your one and only, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to adopt a pet.”

To further promote prospective people and pet matches, Best Friends Animal Society is offering $10 adoptions during “The One” promotion taking place February 13-16 at its adoption centers in Utah, New York, or Los Angeles, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. More information about the promotion can be found by visiting http://bestfriends.org/TheOne/.

The One Puppy

Still not sure about a four-legged Valentine? Best Friends Animal Society offer 14 compelling reasons why a pet might just be “The One” for you:

1. Pets won’t play hard to get.
2. Pets won’t break up with you on Twitter.
3. Pets won’t mock you for eating ice cream out of the carton.
4. Pets will never take the last beer.
5. Pets don’t care what kind of car you drive.
6. Pets love binge watching “Orange is the New Black” as much as you do.
7. Pets have no desire to trade you in for a newer model.
8. Pets couldn’t care less about your hair or what you wear.
9. Pets love it when you leave your clothes on the floor (instant nap spot!).
10. Pets won’t look at their smartphone when you are trying to have a conversation.
11. Pets are cheap dates – no fancy dinners or expensive jewelry required.
12. Pets drooling and snoring are pretty cute. Humans, not so much.
13. Pets will snuggle whenever you want.
14. Pets think every day is Valentine’s Day – just one more chance to show you unconditional love!

“We encourage anybody looking for love to go to one of our adoption centers or your local shelter or rescue to find that perfect match,” Castle said. “Big and small, young and old, there’s a wonderful adoptable pet waiting to meet you and make this your most special Valentine’s Day ever.”

The One Dog

About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends

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Join us in the effort to Save Them All

BFAS Photo 3When Best Friends Animal Society reached out to us to help spread the word about their new campaign, we couldn’t wait to help.

Best Friends, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters, is looking to grow the movement to Save Them All, and you can help!

 

Just over 30 years ago, Best Friends Animal Society helped pioneer the no-kill movement and while they’ve made tremendous progress, more than 9,000 dogs and cats are still being killed in America’s shelters every day, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We feel that every pet deserves the love and comfort of a forever home, so we support Best Friends.

How do you participate?

Join our team here: http://www.bestfriendsgive.org/hello1
After you join, create your own page and share it with your friends and family.
And just for fun, the more people you bring into the Best Friends family, the more rewards you can earn, like backpacks, tote bags, bracelets, leashes, and more!

You could even win a trip to Best Friends to see everything in person!

Please consider supporting this great cause (donations made in honor of people or pets make great gifts too).

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Join #TheMajorityProject to end BSL

downloadThis post is sponsored by The Animal Farm Foundation and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the The Majority Project, but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Animal Farm Foundation is not responsible for the content of this article.

When we first heard about The Majority Project, we knew we had to do our part to help spread the word. They seek to end BSL, breed specific legislation. Right now pit bulls are the target of these kinds of laws, but who knows what might happen in the future? What if your favorite breed was being discriminated against?

We know pit bull owners and they have such beautiful, loving dogs. We know what wonderful family pets they can be.

The Majority Project is a campaign founded by The Animal Farm Foundation. The Animal Farm Foundation, a non-profit group founded in the mid 1980s, aims to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs, eliminate Breed Specific Legislation, rescue and re-home animals and make grants to other humane organizations.

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You can learn more by visiting their website, or following The Majority Project on Facebook and/or Twitter. You can also help spread the word and join with celebrities like actor and “pit bull” dog owner, Jon Bernthal and show your support of The Majority Project, a real-life photo collection of responsible pit bull dog pawrents, and other animal lovers that are working together get rid of negative stereotypes about pit bulls and the people who love them.

The Majority Project with Jon Bernthal from Animal Farm Foundation on Vimeo.

You and fellow dog lovers can help make a difference by:

  1. Visiting The Majority Project
  2. Printing and personalizing the “I am the MAJORITY” sign
  3. Submitting a photo with your dog here

Please join The Majority Project.

Infographic: All Dogs are Individuals
by Animal Farm Foundation

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10 Reasons To Run With Your Dog

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Hey there! Emma the GBGV here from MyGBGVLife.com to howl about the benefits of humans running with their dogs. Dogs love to run, and actually, people love to run too if you watch young people, but somewhere along the way many decide they dislike running. Nevertheless, if you run, or want to start running, make sure and take your dog along with you.

As always, before starting any new exercise program, please consult with your doctor and your veterinarian. Keep in mind what breed of dog you have. My Kuvasz sister Katie ran as far as fifteen miles with Mom, but my sister Bailie and I run three to six. If you have a pug, running may be out because of their nose/breathing situation. Use common sense when deciding on your canine running partner. Start your pup out on shorter runs like a mile or two and let them work up to longer runs, just as humans do to keep them from getting injured and to build their stamina.

Why run with your dog? I have ten great reasons listed below:

  1. FUN! Dogs love fun and we love to run. Our enthusiasm will help you enjoy running as well.
  2. Cardio. Running is a great cardio workout for you and your dog. You will both benefit from getting that heart rate up and pumping.
  3. Bonding. As with any sport you do with your dog, it helps the two of you bond. It will be something you both learn to do together as a team and look forward to doing.
  4. Security. Most criminal types will avoid dogs. Why attack a person running with a dog when there are plenty of others running alone. Even a smaller, normally friendly dog may surprise you and suddenly become a guard dog if the need should arise.
  5. No excuses. Human running partners always find excuses not to run – too hot, too cold, something suddenly came up, etc. Dogs never have an excuse not to run unless they are sick or injured.
  6. Mental stimulation. Running together gets the mind going. The dog needs to pay attention to you and your signals, you need to keep an eye on what your canine running partner is up to, thus keeping your minds busy. The boredom disappears and you no longer have time to think about how much longer or why you shouldn’t keep running.
  7. Hill and speed drill trainer. Dogs love hills and they love speed drills, the things many runners dread. If you let your dog be your leader, he will show you how to maintain your pace uphill and how to sprint between lamp posts or telephone poles for speed drills. It becomes a small competition between the two of you rather than something you dread.
  8. Motivation. Dogs don’t start whining about the run being too long or needing to run slower. We are like energizer bunnies and we want to keep on running until we get home. You will naturally want to please your dog which means you keep on running too.
  9. No unnecessary chatter. Dogs don’t talk your ears off about stupid stuff while you run. As a matter of fact, we rarely say a woof. You can talk to us the entire run or say nothing, we don’t care.
  10. FUN! Did I mention fun? Give it a try. Actually, try running with your pup for a few weeks so you have time to get a routine going. I almost guarantee you, you will both love it and be running partners for life!
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