Foster an Animal, Give them a chance…

Want a dog or cat but just cannot sign up for such a commitment right  now? Would you like to help save newborn puppies or kittens or all dogs  and cats for that matter from being euthanized? Well I have the job for  you. Ever heard of fostering an animal? For those of you who haven’t, i’ll  break it down for you. Sign up or apply with a volunteer program to be  approved to foster an animal for an amount of time. You will not have to  care for the animal the rest of its life (unless you fall in love with them  and decide to keep it 🙂 ) but give it back once it reaches a certain age and i  is ready for a full adoption to a loving family. Some fostered animals are  new born kittens or puppies that are too young to be adopted, or older  ones that are injured and need help being nursed back to full health.

Don’t let that scare you away because the organization will walk through EVERYTHING with you and send home information to help you with your animal. This is such a great thing to do because animals that otherwise would have been euthanized get the chance to feel love at a home and even get adopted down the road. The shelters are overcrowded so any help they can get or any animal that does not have to get the needle is a success in its self. They are more in need for fostering kittens. One rule is all cats and kittens must be kept inside at all times.

Amount of time for fostering an animal could range from 2-8 weeks depending on the animal and the organization. The other option instead of fostering is that most animals will die. Sorry to put it that way but it is the truth. With such a problem with overcrowding, the shelters can just not handle the heavy inflow of thousands of animals. If you are the type of person who is not in a position to handle an animal with your schedule right now or the whole commitment scares you, or you are debating whether to adopt an animal, this is perfect for you. While figuring out what you want, you are doing an AMAZING thing for these animals. They need your love and support.

My family and I have fostered very young kittens multiple times and it was a great experience. Since I have dogs and other cats, these kittens experienced interacting and getting along with dogs and children that they may not have gotten being locked away in a shelter. It makes people want to adopt them more since they know they would get along with their other animals or children at home. I get very attached to animals but was surprised that even though I fell in love with these kittens, it was only hard at first to see them go because I know we gave them a chance they may not have had otherwise.

 

For more information on fostering click here <– link includes an application to submit to become a foster parent.

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Goodbye Turkey day

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know my family, myself, and of course the dogs did. My mom made sure to feed our cats their “turkey” can food. Funny, I know. We traveled to Northeast Philadelphia to my grandmom’s for dinner. Every holiday the dogs come, even when we host Christmas at our house, my grandmom’s dogs come here. We are very dedicated pet owners as you can tell. Well the boys pulled out their festive Thanksgiving handkerchiefs. I specifically took pictures of them to share with you all…

Oakley dressed on the way to Grandmom's. Lloyd cuddled up next to him

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My dad was installing a mirror for my Grandmom and Doser would not stop barking at crying at himself in the mirror.

 

Holiday Treats

Tis the season for cooking and baking! This year you should try a little something different to go along with all the holiday cookies you plan on baking. Don’t forget about your dog or friend’s dogs. There are plenty of dog-healthy treats that are very easy to make. Me and my mom actually have tried one recipe earlier this month and have made about 5 more batches because my dogs and all of our friend’s dogs LOVE them. It’s like they know when we are baking them that they are for them. It’s not hard and does not take a lot of time, only 15 minutes prep time. So when your relaxing on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, do something special for your little furry friends. I will even make it easier for you and post below the recipe I make. It can be a fun process using dog bone cut outs or any fun cut out you already have in the house.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

 

for full recipe and more click here

Beach Bums!

Our beach days may be far behind us now that the holidays are approaching, but not so much for our dogs. There are very few beaches around the country that actually allow our dogs to roam around on the beach without a leash. Living in New Jersey, I must say, the beach is a very important part of our lives. Whether day trips, night trips to the boards, or vacationing, animal lovers hate leaving our animals at home. My family always vacations in Sea Isle in animal friendly houses. They are very easy to find on realtors websites – just click on rental search and check animal friendly. This way the whole family is in for a vacation. The end of beach season we always try to take our three dogs to the beach a few times. I know in Sea Isle dogs are allowed on the beach before Memorial Day (May) and after Labor Day (September). Having two labs they just like being in the water no matter the temperature. The ocean water is still warmer then air temperature so at least the ocean water is not below freezing. Last weekend we took our 2 labs and bull terrier to the beach while looking at rental properties for next summer. They had a blast, here are some pictures to enjoy because they sure did.

For pet-friendly beaches near you click here

First Animal Abuser’s Registry

 

 

I’m sure everyone is aware of Megan’s Law and how it keeps sex offenders from offending again. Well a New York county in October was the first ever to create and launch an Animal Abuser’s Registry. Those who are actually charged with abuse are too easily in positions to re-adopt and re-commit their crimes. Why did no one think of this sooner? A lot of research shows that animal violence often leads to domestic violence. By this animal registry it will allow adoption stores, shelters, and others to be aware of who not to adopt to when they walk through their doors. This database will be extremely effective for saving future animals from easily being handed over to frequent animal abusers.

 

Tell me what you think about this registry? Do you agree or disagree?

 

 

If you are all for this registry then click here for more information and sign the petition for other states and counties to follow New York’s lead. Also watch the video on the site.

Millions are dying, are you aiding it?

Let’s start out with a question… are your animals spayed or neutered? A lot of people just brush this question off and do not think of it as such a serious matter. WAKE UP! IT IS! There is plenty of myths out there about problems getting your animals spayed or neutered. Let’s discuss this a bit further.

  • One myth is that animals change completely and become extremely lazy and fat after the surgery. – WRONG. The surgery may mature your animal but they will be the same animal when you pick them up. Most likely they become fat because they are not exercising enough, or most likely being fed too much.
  • Another myth is that it is unhealthy. – WRONG. It has actually been proven that getting your animal spayed or neutered elongates their life span. They are also less likely to develop certain cancers in their reproductive system, which are very common.
  • “I want my dog to be protective” – WRONG. It is an animals natural instinct to protect their family.
  • “I don’t want them to feel less of male or female.” WRONG. Pets do not have a sense of sexual identity. Also when spaying or neutering them, they will be less territorial and less likely to get in fights with other animals due to mating, which happens ALOT.
  • “The surgery is too expensive, I cannot afford it.” WRONG, their is plenty of clinics and special organizations.

It is not too expensive, plenty of clinics and organizations offer plenty of top of the line veterinarians conducting low cost surgery to help this epidemic we are trying to fight. For instance did you know The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 6-8 million animals are being taken care of in animal shelters. From them 3-4 million are euthanized due to overcrowding. Why? Because their is much more animals being born daily then there are homes for them available. Stop breeding, we have animals in shelters dying every day. Let’s help them before bringing more into this world.

DO SOMETHING...

Here are links for organizations that offer low cost surgery and one where you can even put it in your zip code and tells you the closest one to where you live. I did the research… it’s your turn.

http://www2.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=now_aspcaspay

http://www.awanj.org/site/PageServer?pagename=clinic_faq

http://neuterspay.org/