Whether you are ready for your first pup, or want to adopt a friend for your cat or dog, adopting a rescue pet is a great option for anyone looking to grow their fur family. Millions of animals are surrendered each year, leaving kennels full which, in many cases, leads to euthanasia .
In the future, I need to remind myself that there is no such thing as “just looking” when it comes to a visit to the animal shelter. Set foot through that door and it’s a virtual certainty that you’re going home with new member of the family. I learned this the hard way when we spontaneously decided to pop by a local shelter last week and wound up coming home with an adorable Terrier mix named Andy.
I have a secret. I wasn't always an animal lover. Working in the pet industry – it’s something that I don’t advertise. I have allergies. I didn’t grow up with pets. As a result, it never came naturally for me.
Deciding on a dog to bring home can be very difficult process. Your dog will be with your family through thick and thin, for a lifetime. While it’s easy to fall in love with an adorable face, not every breed will be suited to your lifestyle. Although there is no formula for picking out the right dog for you, there are a few characteristics to consider when making your decision, whether your are picking out a new pupy from a holistic breeder or rescuing a pup from your local shelter.
I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, MN with a household full of animals (three of whom were my siblings). We had two cats. Claude, the hunter who’s constantly shedding mane resembled something close to Donald Trump’s comb-over. Claude was an outdoor cat and he ruled the neighborhood with an iron claw. In his later years, we got him an understudy, Grover, who appreciated the attention of humans more so than his feline master and spent a fair amount of time indoors. Both expressed their appreciation of a full food dish by periodically leaving dead rodents on our front doorstep.
When you decide to bring a new pet into your home, there are many factors you should consider when selecting a cat breed. While dog breed information seems readily available, it can be tricky to find information about cat breed temperament and activity level, whether you are adopting a cat from the shelter or selecting one from a holistic breeder.
Pet overpopulation in the United States can turn what should be a joyful event – the birth of a puppy or kitten – into a tragedy. Each year far more cats and dogs are born than will ever find homes. In fact, the leading cause of death for cats and dogs in the United States is the euthanasia of healthy but unwanted animals. Animal Ark, a no-kill shelter right here in Minnesota, is committed to helping to solve this problem. The organization works to raise awareness about the needs of homeless animals in Minnesota and throughout the nation.
It’s easy to fall in love with cats – and because of that, it’s easy to want more than one. If you already have a cat, however, adding a new one to the household should inspire some serious consideration and planning. Without it, the introduction of a new purring bundle of joy could lead to some unwanted chaos. Whether you’re considering a kitten or an older cat, keep these tips in mind to make the transition smooth and less stressful for you, your existing cats and the new kitty on the block.