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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.

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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!

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Puppy Proofing Your Home: Everything You Should Know

Puppies are arguably one of the cutest things on the planet, but they also come along with a great deal of intrigue that comes from a natural sense of curiosity and a sense of exploration. Just like toddlers, they’re “into” practically everything they come across on their level. So similar to older infants, it’s important to puppy proof your home in some of the very same ways as you would for a toddler.

When it comes to the Labradoodle breed specifically, they have a natural love for water so often standing liquid like inside toilet bowls can be problematic. Keeping the lid on the bowl and door to the bathroom closed at all times might do the trick, but you could invest a small amount of cash into a toddler-proof latch or other device just in case one forgets one of these measures.

Safe Spaces

Just like closing the bathroom door, all the doors to interior rooms and especially those that lead outdoors should be closed and latched at all times. Think about getting spring type hinges for doors that lead to outside spaces so they will automatically close and latch behind you. Still always keep a close eye when you enter and exit the premises because little puppies can be quick and sneaky when it comes to escaping … think Houdini hound!

Strings And Cords

Electrical outlet covers are also a good idea for curious pups who could get quite the shock when sniffing one of these open, unused outlets with their wet snout. Accompanying electrical cords can be especially problematic for puppies who will chew on practically anything and everything. Be sure to go around the house and tape down any of these exposed cords to keep them out of harm’s way.

Window treatments, especially blinds, often have cords that reach down to the floor. Besides the fact your little pooch may chew these to ribbons, they also pose a significant choking hazard for both children and pets. While some solutions are in the works for this dilemma, it’s best to keep these tied up out of the reach of animals and small kids.

Garbage And Other Toxic Substances

If you keep garbage uncovered, like underneath the kitchen sink, again you should invest in some childproof cupboard latches. Many homeowners also store detergents and other toxins in this same spaces, so be wise and get a device to keep them out of these areas. Any type of medicines, detergents, insecticides, any and all other types of toxic substances should always be stored safely and out of their reach.

Food And Plants

We all know better than to feed our animals things like chocolate, but there’s a huge list (available from the Humane Society) of other foods that can be toxic or even deadly for dogs. Play it safe and keep all human foods away from your pets and out of their reach. Houseplants may seem harmless enough, but many of them could have flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, roots or other parts that may be poisonous if ingested.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you believe something in your home could cause injury or illness for your puppy, put it away, get rid of it or take some kind of safety precautions. Don’t take a chance on their safety or health in order to ensure they’ll have a long, happy and healthy life with you.

Author bio:
Born in Chicago and raised in Boston, Jenn Johnson is a journalist and a freelance writer. She completed her PhD in Journalism from Northwestern University. You’ll find this pet enthusiast and freelance journalist living happily with her husband, three kids and their two beloved dogs, Thunder and Lightning in the Back Bay area of Massachusetts, just outside Boston.

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