June is Adopt a Cat Month!

If you’re considering a feline addition to the family, don’t forget to check out your local shelter before opting to buy. The ASPCA has declared June to be “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” to raise awareness for the growing number of cats in need of forever homes.

Sadly, an animal is euthanized every 8 seconds in shelters across the United States. Choosing to adopt a cat helps save two lives; the animal you take into your home and the animal that is able to use the empty space in the shelter. However, it’s important to make a responsible decision regarding the adoption of a new pet so that it never ends up back in a shelter. If you rent your home, make sure pets are allowed. Also, be aware that pets require both a time and a financial commitment.

If you feel prepared for adoption, you’ll be sure to be repaid with plenty of love and companionship. So, don’t hesitate to participate in Adopt-a-Cat month if you’re ready for a new feline friend!

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

The ASPCA has designated April to be Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month to help raise awareness of the mistreatment of animals. As loving pet owners, one of the best things to do is lead by example. Treating your own pet with love and proper care  is one of the best things we can do to end cruelty to animals.

Another way to help out is to volunteer at your local animal shelter or to help out a local rescue. These organizations are fundamental in giving second chances to animals that haven’t had a great life. Also, making a commitment to report signs of animal cruelty is extremely important when it comes to getting animals out of dangerous situations. To learn more about recognizing signs of animal cruelty, click here.

Spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month to help give more animals the chance at a happy life!

February is Responsible Pet Owner’s Month!

February is a reminder to all pet owners that their furry family members need more than just love. Owning a pet is a serious responsibility that should be thought through before a purchase or adoption is made. When taking a pet into your home, you are accepting responsibility for the entirety of that animal’s lifetime.

Pets require a big time investment. It’s hard to come home from a long day at work and pick up that doggy leash or play a game of fetch, but daily play and exercise time is part of responsible pet ownership. Pets need plenty of human interaction to lead healthy and happy lives.

Another big commitment involved in pet ownership is the medical cost. Cats and dogs need regular veterinary checkups, vaccinations, and some require medications for various health issues. Nutritional supplements available from discount retailer vetdepot, like Dasuquin or Azodyl, are also sometimes recommended to support the health of your pet. Taking a pet into your home means accepting responsibility for all of its medical needs.

Proper training, nutrition, socialization, and shelter are also on top of the pet owner responsibility list.  Providing these basics to your pet is a small price to pay for all the years of love and loyal companionship you’ll get in return!

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Dog-Month!

If you’re ready for a dog but not quite ready for all of the trials and tribulations of puppyhood- adopting a senior dog might be the right fit for you.

All of the animals that end up in shelters are in need of loving homes, but some have more trouble than others being placed for adoption. Among the pups that have a tougher time finding families are senior dogs.

Adopting an older dog is a smart choice for a lot of reasons. They’re usually calmer, require less training, and don’t demand the constant attention that a puppy needs. You also know exactly what you’re getting when you adopt a senior dog from a shelter. The personality and full-grown size of an older dog are already established, so there won’t be any surprises.

So if you’re ready for all of the love and companionship that comes with being a dog owner without the chewed-up shoes and housetraining, maybe it’s time to give an older dog a second chance at a happy life!

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicating this month to the millions of dogs out there in need of forever homes.

If you or anyone you know has room in their home and heart for one more lovable pup, the ASPCA asks you to please consider adopting from a local shelter. According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals end up in shelters every year. Sadly, only about half of these animals will find homes.

If you think you are ready to be a responsible life-long companion for a dog in need, please visit the ASPCA  for tips on how to prepare your home and family. If you’re not in a position to adopt a dog right now, you can help by just getting the word out about Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month!