It’s the time of the year when Christmas lists are written and many children put a puppy on their wish list. According to the ASPCA, out of the 3.9 million dogs entering shelters each year, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs are returned to their owner. According to the American Humane Association, the most common reasons why people relinquish or give away their dogs is because either their place of residence does not allow pets (29%), they don't have enough time, divorce/death, and behavior issues (10% each).
At animal shelters and rescue groups everywhere, there are loving, healthy, senior pets looking for that one special home to cherish them for the rest of their life. These special companions don't ask for much, just a warm place to sleep, good meals, and plenty of love. Here are a few no-brainer reasons as to why you should adopt a senior dog.
Can you believe that the holidays are right around the corner? For many people, holiday travel simply isn’t enjoyable without their best pal. If this is you, take a few simple steps to make your trip safe and enjoyable. Just because you have a pet doesn’t mean that you can’t take him with you. To make the most of any experience, it’s important to be prepared. The simple steps listed here can save you aggravation, time, money, or even headaches when traveling with your favorite furry friend.
With aisle after aisle of colorful balls, squeakers, ropes, and plush, it’s hard to figure out exactly which toys will make your dog go bonkers. Luckily, researchers at the University of Bristol's Veterinary School seem to have figured out the formula for the perfect dog toy.
Halloween weekend brings about a very important New York City tradition; the annual Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest in Tompkins Square Park. Halloween 2014's best in show went to Giupetto, Giana, and Baxter, who sailed in on a terrier-size version of the Titanic. Other highlights included an adorable Robin Williams tribute, several HBO-themed looks, a pug dressed as Picasso ("Pugcasso"), and a dachshund with the NYC skyline on its back. Take a look at dozens of these canine costumes! You won't regret it.
BARKS OF CELEBRATION!! As of October, 2014, the crime-busting dogs at the FBI announced that they were re-categorizing animal cruelty as a Class-A felony for data information purposes. Now animal abusers could potentially face jail-time in order to set a deterrent against future offenses.
Dog toy options are nearly endless and we know that choosing toys for your dog can be overwhelming. It may take a little trial and error before you find that perfect toy for your dog. No matter what your dogs’ particular interests are, there is a toy just for them!
Two big animal welfare organizations are encouraging people to adopt, not shop, for their next family dog with a special month-long celebration, commemorating all the shelter and rescue dogs out there who are still looking for a home.
The National Pit Bull Awareness campaign is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness and attention to the American Pit Bull Terrier and their responsible owners. To anyone who shares their life with a Pit Bull, the national month of awareness for these misunderstood dogs is clear. Constant negative media attention and sensationalized hype that surrounds Pit Bulls has this breed in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. With all of the flack that Pit Bulls have received throughout the years, it's time to showcase just some of the many redeeming qualities of this extremely lovable breed.
Most people believe that the work of a therapy dog just entails visits to a nursing home or hospital, or maybe spending time with those who need companionship or just a little fun. This is the job of many therapy dogs, but they can also provide additional services. Two different types of therapy work have been defined as animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy.