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How to Make Peaceful Introductions When Adopting a New Cat

June 17, 2021

Owning cats is like eating potato chips: It’s darn near impossible to have just one. In fact, the average number of cats per household in the U.S. is about two, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. As part of National Adopt-a-Cat month, perhaps you’re thinking about joining the ranks of multi-cat households (and who …

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Can an Outdoor Cat Ever Become an Indoor Cat?

July 30, 2020

Is a stray cat trying to adopt you? Does it appear at your doorstep day after day? Does it press against your ankles and gaze at you adoringly? If so, it’s possible that it could be happy living the rest of its life inside your home. Especially if the cat has been socialized, perhaps by …

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Pet Fostering: An Important and Rewarding Job

June 4, 2020

Looking for a fulfilling job that doesn’t require a fancy resume or a stifling business suit? Consider joining the ranks of pet fosters. Scroll through most pet adoption websites and you’ll see a vast array of dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and ages looking for forever homes. What you don’t usually see are …

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Dogs at Work: The Path to Getting a Guide Dog

April 23, 2020

Last year, Thomas Panek made history at the New York City Marathon — not because he broke time records, but because he was the first blind person to run the half marathon with the aid of a relay of guide dogs: Waffle, Westley and Gus. As president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, …

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Thank Your Ancestors for the Fact That You Own a Dog

September 12, 2019

Like it or not, you inherited your mother’s forehead. Your uncle’s quirky sense of humor. And your grandmother’s musical ear. But did you know your relatives can also pass down a gene that makes you more likely to own a dog? That’s the conclusion scientists came to in a recent study. Previous research has shown …

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10 Things to Do When Your Pet Goes Missing on Vacation

July 11, 2019

What better traveling companion than a dog? They won’t complain about the accommodations, even if it’s a leaky tent. They’re happy to do anything you suggest, whether it’s hiking, swimming or just wandering the city. And they’re not fussy about where they eat. Even so, dogs have been known to wander away from campsites in …

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The 2019 Resolutions Your Pets Wish You’d Make

December 20, 2018

Sure, you can resolve to eat less pasta and stop checking your cell phone every 5 minutes. But do you really have that much self-restraint? Instead of getting that gym membership, why not resolve to make some positive changes in your pet’s life? If you’re not sure what pet resolutions to make, your dog and …

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Home Is Where the Pet Is, Especially for Millennials

November 15, 2018

Curb appeal and proximity to good schools used to top the list for house hunters. But things have changed as a newer generation takes control of the housing market. For many millennials who are first-time home buyers, the must-have priorities now include fenced-in yards, built-in cat-climbing trees and close proximity to dog parks. Millennials and …

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