May: National Pet Month

Did you know the entire month of  May is National Pet Month in the United States? Every day, pets bring joy to millions of households. Your pet is part of your family. Are you wondering how you should celebrate your favorite four-legged friend? Check out the following ideas for inspiration.

Pamper Your Pet

Do you currently own a pet or three? National Pet Month is the perfect time to pay extra attention to your dog, cat, turtle, bird, or other creature.

My two dogs out for a walk.
  • Go for Longer Walks: With social distancing, getting out with your dog is essential for both of you. Go for walks, take a different route, or spend extra time outdoors.
  • New Treats: When you are looking at the treat section, try something new. Your pet may appreciate a change. New dog bones, kitty treats, or special bird treats are excellent for pampering your pet. Or, if you are self-isolating, consider making a homemade treat for your pet.
  • New Apparel: Do you dress up your dog? Buy your favorite pup a new outfit for spring.
  • Collars: When was the last time you bought your pet a new collar? Celebrate National Pet Month by buying new collars.
  • Bedding: Invest in a new pet bed to give your dog or cat a new area to sleep.

Adopt

Right now is the perfect time to add a new pet to your family. With the stay at home guidelines, you can spend the extra time caring for a new pet. Consider contacting your local shelter or dog rescue to find the best match for your household. Remember when adopting a pet, research the breed. Knowing about specific animal behavior before adopting can help to determine if the pet is right for you.

Foster

If you or your family are not ready to fully commit but would like to know how a cat or dog would fit into your family’s lifestyle, consider fostering. Numerous pet rescues and shelters place all types of animals into foster homes until they can be adopted. Fostering provides first-hand knowledge of pet ownership without a long-term commitment. When the time ends, most agencies allow foster families first pick on keeping the pet forever.

Donate

All shelters or dog rescues use donations. Of course, they will take monetary donations. But, most have a want list posted on their social media pages. If you want a hassle-free experience, consider taking advantage of the free shipping options. Allow the retailer to ship the item right to the rescue.

Social Media Share

Sharing posts on social media is a great way to help without the cost or responsibility of ownership. When you are on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, follow your local animal shelter or pet rescue. Every time a post appears of animals needing a home, share the information with your followers. A simple share may lead to an animal rescue among your friends or acquaintances.

Even small gestures can make National Pet Month a celebration. Enjoy your pet, adopt, or help a rescue.

Celebrating National Dog Day

Did you know August 26 is National Dog Day? An entire day celebrating your faithful companion, best friend, and beloved family member. Responsible pet owners are fully aware of the importance a dog brings to a home.  Today is just a reminder to pass along some extra love.

Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day 

  • Go for a Nature Walk: Spend extra time outdoors by going for a nature walk. Go to your local pet-friendly park to enjoy some quality time together.
  • Go Hiking: An active dog would love the extra challenge of a hike. With all the new smells, going to a new location is a great experience for your dog.  
  • Go to the Lake or Beach: Does your dog love the water? Spend an afternoon at your favorite pet-friendly beach or lake. 
  • Go to the Dog Park: Spend time together at your local dog park. Or for an added treat, explore a new dog park in the area. 
  • Host a Dog Party: Spend time with your friends and their dogs by hosting an afternoon dog party. 
  • Make a Homemade Dog Treat: Pinterest is a great resource for finding pet-friendly dog treats and meals. Bake something special for National Dog Day. 
  • Buy a New Toy: Bring home your dog a new toy or chew bone or both. 
  • Purchase New Bedding: Has your dog outgrown his current bed? Purchase a new bed and blanket as part of the dog day celebration. 
  • Purchase New Collar: Does your dog need a new collar? Buy your dog some extra gifts, a new collar, leash, and doggie clothes. 
  • Take Photos: Hire a professional to take photos of you and your dog together. Or spend the day taking selfies of you and dog together. Put the photos in an album or hang on the way to remind you of the day. 
  • Cuddle Time: Give your dog some extra love. Cuddle together on the couch. (Your dog will not care if you’re watching Netflix at the same time.)
  • Adopt: Have you been considering adopting a dog? Make the experience special by adopting a dog or two on National Dog Day. 
  • Volunteer: Are you unable to adopt a dog right now but have some extra time? Consider volunteering at your local shelter or rescue. Numerous organizations need help in many areas including cleaning pens and walking the dogs. 
  • Donate: Is your time limited right now? Consider donating to celebrate National Dog Day. Many shelters, rescues or other dog organizations have wish lists. Donating products off the list helps in many ways. If you do not have time to shop, monetary donations are always welcomed. 

 

 

June: Adopt A Cat Month

Did you know June is Adopt A Cat month? Warmer months generally mean more cats and kitties end up at local shelters or rescues. The influx of new kittens and cars quickly overwhelm many organizations. Adopting a cat or kitten may actually save a life.

Tips for Adopting A Cat or Kitten

Prior to getting a new pet, ask yourself, are you ready for the extra responsibility? Even though cats are generally independent creatures, being prepared is vital. Kittens need extra attention. If possible, adopt two to entertain each other. Remember, adopting an animal of any kind requires supplies and food.

  • Litter Box and Scoop: In the beginning, a smaller litter box may be necessary for your kitten to climb into safely. Full grown cats may require larger boxes to contain the litter. A scoop is a must for keeping your cat’s litter box clean. Failing to clean the litter box will result in your cat finding other places to go.
  • Litter: Cat litter choices may seem overwhelming. At first, trial and error may be part of your process for finding the best one for your new cat or kitten. Clumping cat litter is generally easier to scoop.
  • Food Dish and Water Bowl: Kittens may require smaller dishes. Ceramic or metal dishes tend to last longer than plastic ones. Plastic dishes may absorb odors. Self-watering bowls are ideal especially if you work long hours.
  • Food: Kittens require special food to help them grow. They need extra nutrients for their high-energy level. If you are uncertain on the type of food, research or ask your local veterinarian. When adopting your new furry friend from a rescue, ask questions about the type of food they use on a daily basis.
  • Treats: Kittens and cats love treats. Use them sparingly.
  • Collars/Harnesses/Leashes: When taking your kitten or cat outdoors, a collar or harness with a secure leash will help keep your furry companion safe.
  • Grooming Supplies: Longer haired kittens and cats may need help grooming. Daily brushing helps keep your cat’s fur tangle free.
  • Find a Vet: Finding a vet is necessary for your pet’s health. Research veterinarians in your area or consult with the rescue. Rescue organizations tend to work closely with local vets to spay and neuter incoming animals. They will be more than happy to direct you to the vet of their choice.

If You Are Unable to Adopt a Cat or Kitten

Perhaps, the timing is not right to adopt a cat or you are uncertain if you are ready for the responsibility. That’s okay, there are other ways to help during Adopt A Cat month.

  • Foster: Many rescues promote fostering to adopt programs. Fostering makes room for other animals to enter the rescue. Fostering provides hands-on learning about caring for cat or kitten without a long term commitment.
  • Volunteer: Rescue organization or shelters are always looking for volunteers. Keep in mind; volunteering is not just playing with the kittens. But do not let that keep you from helping out. Cleaning litter boxes is part of cat ownership.
  • Donate: Rescues run on donations. Vet bills, food, litter, and other supplies are costly. Even the smallest donation has the potential for life-saving impact.
  • Get Social: Rescues and shelters usually post adoptable kittens and cats on social media platforms. Sharing daily posts with your followers may result in animal adoption.

From bringing home a new kitten to sharing posts on social media, participating in Adopt A Cat month is easy.

3 Benefits of Adopting a Senior Dog

Making the decision to adopt a dog (or cat) should be carefully considered. Pets are a big responsibility. Take your time and research. Finding the best fit for you and your family is essential.

When you head to your local shelter or rescue center, keep an open mind. Bring home a dog does not necessarily automatically mean a puppy. Older or senior dogs have many benefits. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Embracing an older dog (or cat) into your home is a wonderful way to celebrate a month dedicated to senior pet adoption.

3 Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog

Thousands of animals end up in local shelters or rescue centers due to no fault of their own. Being in a shelter is a scary place for dogs and cats. When people come to adopt, puppies are generally at the top of the list. Unknowing to most new pet owners, older dogs provide many benefits.

1. Background Information

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to learn the background and medical information on the senior dog. Older dogs end up in shelters for various reasons. When the senior dog comes into the shelter or a recuse center, the establishment will try to get as much background information as possible.

2. Slower Pace

Unlike puppies, senior dogs are less demanding. Keep in mind, an older dog still needs direction. But generally, an older dog already is leash trained, requires less exercise, understands basic commands, and house trained. If not, you can still teach a senior dog. When bringing any newly adopted pet into your home, the key is patience and consistency.

3. Saving a Life

Realistically, adopting a senior dog may save a life. Passing up on an older dog or cat may lead to the animal being euthanized. Euthanizing unadoptable dogs, senior dogs are generally among this group. Bringing home the older dog may be the perfect way to save a life.

When you begin your search for a new furry companion, consider adopting a senior dog at a shelter or rescue. Providing an older dog with a loving home is a rewarding experience.