A quick guide to adopting a dog or cat

Are you considering the adoption of a lovable dog or cat? Read this quick guide to selecting the right pet for you!

Where should you start?

Talk with the current pet owners or humane Society that you plan to adopt them from. Ask questions to help you know and understand if this pet is the right fit for you. Be sure to ask if the pet has any ailments or disabilities to be aware of. Take all things into consideration to help your new pet find his forever home with you.

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5 Things to Know Before Adopting a Senior Pet

Whether you currently own a senior pet or you’re planning to adopt one, wouldn’t you agree that they are amazing creatures? Senior pets have so much to offer a family. They may come with different responsibilities than a younger pet, but they are equally as beautiful. Wouldn’t you agree?

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month so we thought we would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about senior pets and how one might be the perfect fit for you.

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Ways to Show Appreciation to Animal Shelters

girl in animal shelterDo you have a favorite animal shelter in your area? Did you get your best friend from a local animal shelter and want to show your support? There are many ways to show your appreciation for the animal shelter you love. Take a moment to read these tips for ideas that might strike up unique ways to offer gratitude.

Some people might think that the only way to show appreciation is by giving money. However, there are other ways to give back – there really are. Of course most animal shelters run off of donations and need the monetary offerings, but other ideas can lead to this type of donation in the end. Everything you do is a step in the right direction. If you can’t give money at this time, take a few of these ideas below into consideration.

5 Ways to Show Your Appreciation to Animal Shelters

  1. Use social media to spread the word – Social media and the internet is a powerful thing! Have you liked your favorite animal shelter’s Facebook page yet? If yes, take it a step further and start to share and comment on their posts so all your Facebook friends can see that you are a fan. Many companies (for profit or non-profit) spend money on Facebook advertising to reach people in their areas. You can actually save them money by sharing their important posts for others to see. This is called organic reach. It will also help them get their name and cause out into the community. This is a great way to give back without spending money. Give it a try!
  1. Become a volunteer – A lot of animal shelters run on the help and work of volunteers in the community. Some shelters state that they couldn’t run without their volunteers. Become a volunteer today. Start off slow and decide the best days and times that work for your schedule. Don’t take it too fast and burn yourself out. The experience that you take with you might fuel other people to give back in this important way.
  1. Write a review – Another excellent way to show appreciation is to share your story online with a company review. Many people read reviews before considering adopting a pet or supporting a shelter. They might read several online reviews before even entering the location. By sharing your positive story, it could encourage others to visit. It will also help future donors feel positive about supporting this particular shelter. You can find review options on most Facebook pages, company websites and even Yelp!.
  1. Talk about it with friends – Share you story with friends and family as often as you can. When someone expresses their love for your pet, tell them where you got him or her. Share your experience and it could have positive results. How many times has someone talked about how great your cat is? Have you told that person that you wouldn’t have her without the help of ZYX Animal Rescue? It’s time to spark up that conversation!
  1. Attend their events and fundraisers – Many animal shelters will have an annual fundraiser or community event to celebrate their existence and to raise funds. By attending, telling your friends and just being there, you are offering a huge amount of support. The last thing an animal shelter wants is to put time and effort into an event just to have low attendance. Follow them on social media and you can stay abreast of what is going on there. You can also set up post notification from that particular page. This way you’ll never miss anything they have going on.

Thank you for taking the time to show your love and support of an animal shelter. Pets are beautiful creatures, aren’t they? It’s wonderful that there is a place where pets can go when they have not other option. Show your support today. Keep the conversation going!

Are You Ready for a Second Pet?

two dogs adoption

So you currently own a dog and you are considering getting another one. There are many things to think about before taking on another pet. Being a good pet owner can start with a proactive approach of thinking through a big decision like this before you do it.

The best rule of thumb is: if you have any reservations at all, take the time to analyze and think through the pros and cons before taking the leap. Don’t make any sudden decisions. Do your research in advance before you fall in love with a pet and can’t say no.

Luckily, we’ve done the thinking for you. Read the following before heading to your local humane society to find your next furry family member. Pets sure are amazing, aren’t they! The last thing we want is for you to find yourself in a situation you didn’t expect.

  • Can you afford a second pet? Remember that your pets may not always stay in great health. Be sure to have some money saved just in case something was to happen to either pet. Remember that all expenses will basically be times by two. That means annual bills, food, extras, etc. And that’s just the predictable things!
  • Keep in mind that not all pets will get along. Does your current pet like other animals? It might be a good idea to find a place that allows your dog to get acclimated with the new dog before the big move. Is there enough space in your home in case one pet wants to be away from the other pet?
  • Research your pet. Does your dog type usually get along with a certain type of pets or breeds? Try to understand the type of personality your pet has and who he or she might mesh well with. Does your dog like other big dogs? Take all personalities into consideration.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Know your limitations and what you can handle. If you are interested in a large breed dog and currently have a small breed, remember that their needs could be extremely different than that of your current dog.
  • Take age into consideration. Perhaps your current dog is a senior and you’re wanting to add some excitement and activity back into his or her life. A senior pet and a rambunctious puppy don’t always see eye-to-eye.
  • Get the second dog for all the right reasons. Some people buy a second dog to help the first dog feel less lonely when they are away from the home. This is not always a great solution. Be sure to have several reasons to welcome the second pet into your home.

See adoption as a permanent change. Welcoming a second pet into the home isn’t always easy. There will be ups and downs and growing pains. But it’s important to remember that pet adoption is usually meant for good. You will make it! It’s just important to try and be prepared for anything that rolls your way.

Is Pet Adoption Right For You and Your Family?

adult-cat-adoptAre you thinking about getting a pet? Has your little girl been begging for a kitten for the last few years and you’re just not sure what to do? There are so many wonderful reasons to have a pet – trust us, we write about it all of the time – but the simple fact is that not everyone is ready for the responsibilities of pet ownership. You have to know what you are getting yourself into.

There are numerous positive things that a dog or cat can bring into your life – including unconditional love. There are also a few not-so-awesome things he or she might provide, like hairballs or diarrhea! Taking the time to think and evaluate your current situation will help you make the right decision.

Things to ask yourself before adopting a pet:

  • Do you need a fenced in backyard?
  • How often do you travel?
  • Can you afford shots, health care products and hospital bills if something goes wrong?
  • Do you have any other pets? If so, will they get along?
  • Does your apartment complex allow animals? Find out exactly what their rules and regulations are.
  • How often will you be able to take your dog for a walk?
  • Will you need to purchase doggy daycare or get a pet sitter?
  • Do you mind picking up after a pet goes to the bathroom outside or in a litter box?
  • What type of environment has this pet been in or exposed to?
  • Will his or her personality fit in with your family?

Pets are amazing creatures and adopting one can be the best experience of your life. However, many people adopt a pet only to find themselves in a situation they did not expect. Weigh all of the pros and cons before taking a pet home. Talk to all parties involved and make sure everyone is on board with the idea. Do you have someone in your life that is allergic? These are all things to take into consideration. Remember that it is a huge responsibility. Even if your child says they will take care of them, you may end up with the bulk of the work. Be prepared for anything!

Good luck and we hope you make the right decision.

Reasons to Love a Mixed Breed Dog

National Mutt Day is upon us (July 31st) and we are excited to celebrate! Why, you ask? Because any day that we can officially celebrate our pets is a great day for everyone. There are just so many reasons to love and appreciate our beautiful mixed breeds – and any pet for that matter – that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few. We’ve tried our best and to help us get our point across we’ve incorporated several pictures for your enjoyment. We certainly love our mixed breed pets!

They are beautiful inside and out.

Mixed breed

 They are unique.

Dog swimming in the pool about the grab the ball

Mutts cost you less money when you first purchase them and you love them just the same! 

Doberman Mixed Breed Senior Dog with Ear perked up 

Several mixed breed dogs are rescues. That makes us feel good about saving a life. 

Group Of Dogs With Owners At Obedience Class

 We love their personalities!

Mixed breed dog three on a sofa.

Mutts are said to be healthier than pure bred dogs. 

Willing to Serve

Some people believe that mixed breeds have more common sense. 

Black mixed breed dog in water portrait

 There are simply lovable!

adorable staffordshire bull terrier puppy outdoors

Do you have a “mutt” in your home that you would like us to celebrate? Share of a picture of your pet and we’d love to post it to our almost 25K fans on Facebook. Thank you for celebrating National Mutt Day with 21st Century AnimalHealthcare and The Paw Print!