9/27 Is International Rabbit Day!

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Tomorrow, September 27, marks International Rabbit Day, a day dedicated to our long-eared pals and their care! Much like the dogs and cats we dote on, rabbits are smart, curious, affectionate, and social. They can even be trained to do certain things like use a litter box or come when called!

When well cared for, rabbits can live for 7 to 10 years (or more), making them a solid companion animal and worthy investment of your time. They’re relatively inexpensive, with the only ongoing expenses being litter, food, chews/toys, and rare veterinary bills. And, the best part is, you can ADOPT them! There are often many rabbits in shelters just waiting for their forever homes.

Now, a few tips on their care. The most important part of a rabbit’s diet is grass hay, such as timothy or brome – they should have unlimited access to this, as it keeps their intestinal tract healthy. For added nutrition, however, they’ll need high quality pellets (it’s recommended to opt for a diet that’s 15-19% protein and 18% fiber.) If your rabbit is grown, feed them about 1/8 – 1/4 cup per day per five pounds of body weight; if they’re not yet fully grown, they can free feed. The last piece of this nutritional puzzle is fresh, leafy greens like collard greens, carrot tops, or other dark lettuces – recommended feeding is a minimum of 2 cups per 6 pounds of body weight. And, of course, constant access to fresh, clean water is a must!

While a commonly mundane chore, cleaning a rabbit’s cage is incredibly important to their well being, so be sure to empty out that old litter and clean the cage at least once a week, twice being optimal. If you notice your rabbit favoring a particular corner as their bathroom, try setting up a small newspaper-lined box in that corner, which will make cleaning their cage easier, prompting you to do it more often. Never use pine or cedar shavings for their cages, as the fumes can be bad for their livers.

Rabbits need veterinary check ups about once a year and should be spayed or neutered. And, like any other pet, pay attention to their food and water intake as well as their excrements – as these are all windows into your rabbit’s health.

Rabbits have varied personalities and getting to know yours is one of the best parts of being a rabbit owner! Make sure when handling your rabbit that you’re using, soft hands, supporting their rears so they feel safe, and talking in low, calm tones so as not to startle them. These simple care instructions should be all you need to get started with your pet rabbit, but if you’re curious about particular behaviors or specialty diets, consult your veterinarian!

We hope these tips are helpful, and as always, we’d love to see photos of you and your floppy-eared pals on our Facebook page!

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Add a Little Life to the New School Year!

PALThe new school year is in full swing! One great way to bring a little extra excitement to the school year? A classroom pet!

Pets provide incredible opportunities for growth in the classroom while also bringing excitement. They enrich the classroom experience by providing kids, some who have no exposure to animals or nature in their home environment, with the chance to see, feel, touch and make connections with the animal world. Plus, when teachers begin to incorporate a classroom pet into lesson plans, students often gain enthusiasm and interest for what might otherwise be uninteresting to them. Studies have even shown that classroom pets aid in improving school attendance!

So what can you do to improve the classroom experience for the kids in your life through a classroom pet? Let your teachers know about the benefits of having classroom animals, and then let them know about the Pets in the Classroom grant program! Since many school teachers have very limited resources for the support of classroom animals, the Pet Care Trust pet foundation began this educational grants program so teachers can obtain financial support for the purchase of new pets, pet environments or pet food and supplies for existing classroom pets. Teachers can apply for a direct, no-hassle grant through the Pets in the Classroom website (www.PetsintheClassroom.org) and choose one of seven different types of grants, giving each teacher the opportunity to choose which grant is right for him or her. Grant options include:

  • Rebate Grant in the amounts of $100 (for small animal or birds) or $150 (for reptiles or fish) for purchases at any pet store;
  • Sustaining Grant in the amount of $50 to maintain an existing classroom pet;
  • Petco Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petco;
  • Petsmart Grant, which provides coupons for the live animal, pet habitat and supplies purchased at Petsmart; and
  • Pet Supermarket Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and pet supplies purchased at Pet Supermarket.
  • Pet Supplies Plus Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and supplies purchased at Pet Supplies Plus Stores, and
  • Petland Discounts Grant, which provides coupons for live animal and supplies purchased at Petland Discounts Stores.

To learn more about this great grant program, visit http://www.PetsintheClassroom.org. Please help us enrich the classroom experience by passing this information on to the teachers you know, or help the grant program continue to provide financial support to teachers across the country by donating to the program!

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7th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest Now Open!

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Calling all creative kids! We’re excited to launch the 7th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, open now through January 31, 2015, and invite students across the nation in grades 3rd through 8th to write a unique poem(s) about the their pets and the joys and happiness they bring to their lives! One winner per grade level will be selected (6 total) to win $250, a “by-line” in a national publication or online outlet and $1,000 for their classroom to spend on pet-related education!

 

We also welcome teachers within the contest grade levels to incorporate the contest into their lesson plans and submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload your submission, or download a printed submission form, please visit www.petsaddlife.org. Good luck!

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Friendship Day Giveaways All Month Long!

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In honor of Friendship Day (August 3), we are celebrating the special bonds and friendships we share… with our pets! We’re excited to provide you with a chance to win big for your PAL as we give away great prize packages all month long.

Each week this month we are honoring a new pet or type of pet who we have developed special friendships with. From horses to guinea pigs, dogs and cats, to hamsters, gerbils and rabbits, if you’ve got a special friendship with your pet, we want to celebrate it!

The contests will open at the beginning of each week and end on Friday, with a winner announced later that day. One winner each week will score a pet prize package containing goodies that relate directly to the pet of the week, including horses, small animals, dogs and cats! That’s a full month of pet-lovin’!

To enter, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/petsaddlife, find the contest link for that week in our newsfeed and follow the instructions.

We’re looking forward to seeing your pictures and celebrating the wonderful friendships we have with our PALs!

Good luck!

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Anything is Pawsible July Photo Contests!

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As humans, or better yet, our pets’ people, we like to focus on how we can help them. We adopt them from shelters or rescue them from unhealthy situations, provide loving homes and give them daily attention. This month, we’re thrilled to reverse the roles and hear all abut how your pals have helped you!

So, in celebration of our pets and America’s birthday, we are giving away one Pet Prize Package full of goodies that are all made in the USA, every Friday this month!

A perfect, patriotic way to show appreciation for our pets! (Say that 10 times fast!)

To enter, simply upload a photo of your pet who has helped you overcome an obstacle in life and provide a short description of how that pet helped prove that Anything is Pawsible! If you have a story of an exemplary pet, we want to hear about it!

Submissions will be accepted through July 24th, and each Friday a winner will be randomly selected among the Top Three photos/stories with the most votes! So what are you waiting for? Head over and enter today and be sure to tell friends and family to log on and vote for you!

For details and to enter, visit the contest page at: http://woobox.com/o5vjqj.

Good luck and paws crossed!

 

 

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Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

 

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Get Fido’s briefcase and memo pads ready because Friday, June 20, is Take Your Dog to Work Day! Created to celebrate the unparalleled companionship dogs provide and in turn, prompt adoptions, Take Your Dog to Work Day is honored among thousands of businesses across the nation – and for good reason! Pets in the work place help reduce stress, encourage longer work hours but prompt short, necessary breaks, and increase camaraderie among coworkers. According to the 2013/2014 National Pet Owners Survey, more than one million dogs are brought to work with their owner daily, but that doesn’t mean every dog is office-ready. Below are some tips that can help you and your pal celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day.

Be considerate – Before bringing your dog in, make sure nobody in your direct vicinity has allergies or strong aversions toward dogs. 

Be aware – You know your dog best, and while some pups may love all the attention and goings-on, some may be overwhelmed and anxious. Make sure you are attuned to your dog’s signs and be his relief if he needs a break. 

Be prepared – You can’t expect to bring your dog to a space intended for humans, without any of his own stuff and have an enjoyable, content day. It’s important to have things for Fido to chew, play with, and lay on when bringing him to work. Bring his favorite toys or bone and a bed or blanket from home, water bowl and plenty of food and treats of course.

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In case you missed the “buzz”…

In case you missed it, we were thrilled to be a part of The Daily Buzz morning show last week! In honor of Adopt-a-Cat Month, they shared fun facts about cat ownership and why they make great pals to adopt. Check it out and watch here!

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