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Puppy Adoption: A Taste of the Wild Guide

March 24, 2023

Puppy adoption can be the best time of your life and certainly the best time (so far!) of your puppy’s life. But the process isn’t without stress. Questions and uncertainty abound, especially if this is your first time adopting a puppy. What kind of puppy food should you get? Is puppy food actually that different …

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How to Adopt an Adult Shelter Cat

June 9, 2022

Let’s face it. You’ve been thinking about adopting an adult cat since before the #BettyWhiteChallenge. The idea of curling up to a good book with a cat lying next to you brings a twinkle to your eye — plus, not having to train a kitten but still having an adorable cat in the house adds …

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Help Homeless Pets Celebrate Thanksgiving

November 18, 2021

Many families extend a Thanksgiving invitation to friends who don’t have family nearby. Since dogs and cats are part of the family, shouldn’t we offer the same courtesy to animals in the same predicament? In other words, why not share some Thanksgiving love with shelter and rescue dogs and cats? Here are a few ways …

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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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