I will not be shamed for buying a dog. I bought a dog that is likely to fit well into my life, be able to do the activities I want to do, and has health clearances and a well-documented line of healthy dogs behind him to give me some confidence that he’ll have a long, healthy life. After nearly a decade working with rescue dogs and purebred pets, I have learned some things about buying vs adopting a pet, and some pros and cons for each. Here’s why nobody should be shamed for buying a dog, and why everyone should help rescue dogs.
The ONLY way to prevent the suffering of dogs and cats in America is to increase spaying and neutering to stop the overpopulation of unwanted companion animals. Fix Them All is helping to do just that. Watch the video to see how and consider volunteering with or donating to this awesome organization. https://videopress.com/v/GqNJANF8?preloadContent=metadata
Have you ever thought about taking a shelter dog out for the day, for the weekend, or as a short-term foster, but felt horrible at the thought of having to bring them back to the shelter? If so, you're not alone. Many volunteers and potential fosters hesitate to take a dog out of the shelter … Continue reading Research proves that dog day outs really do benefit shelter dogs
How much exercise and socialization does a young, high-energy dog need? Watching the dogs play at Walton Rocks Dog Beach in Hutchinson Island, Florida, was a great reminder of just how much energy these dogs have. One owner remarked that her dog could easily play fetch for four hours in the surf and sand. That … Continue reading Socialization and Exercise at the Dog Beach
Playgroups are one of the most important ways that animal shelters keep dogs mentally stimulated and socialized. Playgroups allow staff to get to know each dog’s unique play style and behavior. They use this information to find the best home for every dog. Playgroups give potential adopters the opportunity to see the real dog instead … Continue reading Animal Shelter Playgroups
Why are there so many Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas in shelters? There are so many Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas in shelters because more of these dogs are being bred, because of breed characteristics like a tendency towards boldness and bravery, and because of public misinformation and misconceptions.
Quarantine is an unfortunately common part of life for my local shelter. Ever since I became involved there have been quarantines, some brief and some long. During quarantines, animal shelters separate populations of dogs by creating physical barriers and making sure that staff and volunteers don’t spread disease between populations. Sometimes the quarantine is created … Continue reading Animal Shelter Quarantine: A Desperate Situation