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Respect Your Elders – Adopt a Senior Pet!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?

Over 50% of pets in shelters will be euthanized, and if you are talking about a pet over the age of 3, the odds are stacked against you.  People often end up taking home bouncy puppies and cuddly kittens, which leaves many great pets without homes.

Many older pets end up in shelters and rescues not because of behavioral or medical problems, but because families just are unable to continue to care for them.  A lot of these pets are well-trained and loving companions. By taking home a mature animal you may be able to skip the not-so-fun parts of adding a new puppy or kitten to the house such as potty-training and chewed up personal items.

Many times, any medical or behavioral problems an older pet might have will have already been identified so that you can make an educated decision about taking on that particular issue.  When it comes time to add another member to your family, strongly consider adopting a senior pet. You will be saving a life and earning a lifetime of love and devotion.

If you are thinking of adopting a senior pet but have concerns, please contact us and we’ll help answer any questions you may have.

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Monday, November 7th, 2011

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is this week, and what better time to support your local shelter and rescue organizations?

Just take a look at the numbers, it’s not too hard to appreciate the need!

  • There are about 3500 shelters across the United States.  These shelters take care of 6-8 million homeless pets.
  • Only about 50% of pets in shelters ever get adopted.
  • 63% of Americans have pets.  Only about 20% of those pets have been adopted.
  • 25 million puppies and kittens are born every year.  This number far exceeds the number of homes wanting to adopt.

Animal overpopulation is a huge problem, and your local shelter has committed to trying to help the individual animals and the surrounding community.  It is important that the community return the favor through donation, volunteering, and other efforts to help slow the pet overpopulation epidemic. And please be sure to spay or neuter your pets.