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#RelationshipGoals this year: Ditch the dating and adopt a pet

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Make it special and set the best kind of #RelationshipGoals this year: Ditch the dating and adopt a pet.

When looking for love, you’re more likely to find the real deal at your local animal shelter than at your local bar, or on Tinder, or Ashley Madison for that matter. Just for starters, about 81 percent of people on dating sites and apps lie about height, weight or age in their profiles (according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study). But dogs and cats don’t lie about tail length or being housebroken, what you see is what you get.

Instead of roses this year, Best Friends Animal Society is offering you a dozen reasons why your #RelationshipGoals should include the adoption option. (You’re welcome.)

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1. Hanging with a pet will give pleasant new meaning to “Netflix and chill.”

2. Your pet’s lasting love will make you never fear being “ghosted” again.

3. Adopting a pet will help you overcome that fear of commitment.

4. You’ll always have someone there to kiss you good morning, even before you brush your teeth.

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5. Walking a cat on a harness and leash is a guaranteed attention-getter.

6. Chances are your pet will love to spoon and snuggle as much as you do, if not more.

7. Your new canine companion will give you a valid reason to hang out and meet people at the dog park.

8. More than 63 percent of people consider pets to be members of the family (according to the AVMA). So no matter what the configuration of a family unit, pets are a perfect source of love and companionship.

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9. If you’re not finding true love on Tinder, adopting a pet may be your answer.

10. A pet will help you get accustomed to 24/7 adoration and unconditional love.

11. An adopted pet can help you become less self-centered, as you learn to put another’s needs before your own.

12. If you’re looking for love, but are freaked out by forever, check with a local shelter or rescue to find out about fostering.

Best Friends Animal Society and its official media sponsor, Hallmark Channel are offering pet adoption fees starting at $14 to help you find “The One.” The national event is taking place February 1-15 at Best Friends adoption centers in Utah and Los Angeles, and at an event in New York, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. (More information about the promotion can be found at http://bestfriends.org/TheOne/.)

“If you’re looking to bring home a new pet, few people will argue that adopted animals reward their people with a depth of love and loyalty that pets from other sources often don’t seem to rival,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and chief executive officer for Best Friends Animal Society. “They seem to know they were given a second chance, and they spend their lives repaying their families.”

Who knows, having a pet might even help you meet that special someone, if you haven’t already. Relationships come and go, but adoption can—and should– last a lifetime.

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The Gift of Friendship at The Donkey Sanctuary

Today we want to share a special story with you about The Gift of Friendship. It’s about a donkey at The Donkey Sanctuary called Zena, and the story follows the tough times she encountered growing up and how the Donkey Sanctuary was able to help her.

Zena met special friends at the Donkey Sanctuary, both human and donkey, that helped her recover. If you visit their website you will find some fun things including a Donkey quiz where you can find out which Donkey you are most like, and some donkey Christmas craft ideas such as Felt Donkeys and colouring-in cards!

Hope over to the website and let me know which donkey you should adopt! I took the quiz and was told I should adopt Pooh.

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And be sure to let us know if you make any of the fun crafts too!

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New Reality TV show – Dr Lisa to the Rescue

DrLisa1Forget The Bachelor! Bones replace roses when true, life-lasting love finally comes to TV with the launch of Dr Lisa to the Rescue, a riveting new reality show which finds forever homes for rescue dogs. Dr. Lisa Chimes, of Bondi Vet, is on a personal crusade to change Australia’s view of shelter dogs, one pooch at a time. The show debuts Saturday, July 18, 4:30 pm on Channel 9 (learn more here).

Finding the right match for a life-long commitment is a challenge. Dr. Lisa combs the Animal Welfare League in search of the right rescue dog for each pet-yearning family. For each case several dogs are presented, sometimes with hilarious antics, but which lucky pup will they choose? It’s a heart-warming show that has you questioning just whom is rescuing whom.

“Each year over 100,000 homeless dogs find refuge at shelters across Australia,” says Dr. Lisa. “Sadly, many Australians have misconceptions about rescue animals. They may not be aware that shelters regularly retrain and work with the animals to help them become loving lifelong companions.”

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Over the course of 10 weeks, Dr. Lisa must find and fit dogs to lifestyles ranging from a search for a companion to horses and chickens on a farm, to a single career woman in a tiny apartment; from a grieving couple looking to replace a beloved pet, to a large family excited to own a dog for the very first time. It’s a must-match of personalities and places, people and pets. Along the way, there are tips and guidance on pet care and proper set-up to ensure a happy home.

“All these rescue dogs have stories, but their stories are not over,” adds Dr. Lisa. “My goal is to ensure their stop in the shelter is just the beginning of the next chapter for them, with a very long and happy ending. They have so much love to give, and the reality is, it’s their new owners who are the lucky ones.”

DrLisa3All manner of breeds, tiny to large, some shy,others boisterous and brimming with personality, the rescue dogs have one thing in common- they’re looking for love. “You won’t get a more grateful, loving pooch than a pound dog,” she says. “These dogs know they’ve been given a second chance at life and they are so happy. They couldn’t love their owners more for giving them a home.”

Dr Lisa to the Rescue is sponsored by Nestle PURINA Petcare, who has partnered with Animal Welfare League Australia to provide the dogs and cats at AWLA affiliated shelters looking for new homes, with the best nutritional care possible and to promote the adoption of rescue pets in Australia.

For more information about the Animal Welfare League and how you can adopt an animal visit: http://www.awlnsw.com.au/

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It’s Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Did you know that it is Deaf Dog Awareness Week? Did you also know that Dalmatians are most likely to be deaf, in fact 30% of Dalmatians are born deaf in either one or both ears.

Today we would like to introduce you to TN Safety Spotters! This group is made up of rescues that are trained with American Sign Language and hand commands. They are then trained to become registered therapy dogs.

I didn’t know this, but the Dalmatian Club of American mandates euthanasia of all deaf pups. How truly sad. Luckily Safety Spotters is working hard to set an example of what they are capable of IF given a chance. They have changed the minds of many Dalmatian breeders and hope to continue with this difficult task.

Deaf Dalmatians can do anything hearing ones can except hear with their ears! They hear with their hearts!

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