It’s National Dog Day!

 UntitledDog lovers, rejoice! Today is all about our four-legged (sometimes less) companions.

National Dog Day is celebrated on August 26th each year and “serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledge family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

This special day was founded by celebrity pet and family lifestyle expert, animal behaviorist and author, Colleen Paige to honor all kinds of dogs and show deep appreciation for their companionship, patience, loyalty and protection. Because we want all dogs to know how much they mean to us, we’ve included a list of ways you can celebrate this wonderful day with your wonderful companions:

  1. Buy your dog a fun new toy
  2. Take your dog to a doggy play resort or dog park
  3. Take your dog on a hike or to the beach
  4. Give your dog a massage
  5. Teach your dog a new trick
  6. Invite your friends and their dogs over for a dog party
  7. OR you can spend the day taking photos of your dog and enter our contest!

To enter, visit our Facebook page, find the contest link in our newsfeed and follow the easy instructions.

For more information and ways to celebrate, visit the National Dog Day website.

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August is Adopt a Homeless Pet Month!

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Pet overpopulation is a growing problem. There are a number of contributing factors for overpopulation, including pets being relinquished by owners who can no longer care for them and pets not being spayed and neutered, which increases the chance of reproduction and decreases the chance of finding a loving home.

Research suggests that 7 to 20 percent of pets entering a home are no longer in that home six months later. These pets often end up in shelters where numerous cats and dogs are euthanized every year because of a lack of loving homes and an abundance of deserving pets.

So, what can you do to help?

  1. Spay and neuter your pets
  2. If you’re thinking about bringing a pet into your home, consider adoption
  3. Make sure you can adequately care for a pet before bringing one home
  4. Educate your family and friends about the issue and share these tips

In an effort to raise awareness of this growing problem, we are hosting a photo contest to honor those who have adopted a pet and continue to provide a loving home. To enter, visit our Facebook page, find the contest link in our newsfeed and follow the easy instructions.

To learn more about pet overpopulation and what you can do to combat the problem, visit the American Humane Association website.

We are looking forward to seeing photos of your adopted pets and raising awareness of pet overpopulation!

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July is Lost Pet Prevention Month!

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Did you know that 1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime? Of those pets, less than 20% of dogs and 2% of cats are ever reunited with their families. Of those reunited pets, most had ID tags, tattoos or microchips.

This month we are teaming up with PetHub to bring awareness to the staggering numbers of lost pets, educate people about how to prevent it from happening in the future and make sure their pets get home quickly if they do go missing.

In an effort to raise awareness and prevent future lost pets, PetHub is sponsoring a photo contest where they will give away FOUR $100 gift cards to pethub.com where winners can purchase QR code pet tags for their pets. To enter, visit our Facebook page, find the contest link in our newsfeed and follow the easy instructions.

We are looking forward to seeing your photos and helping PetHub spread awareness of Lost Pet Prevention Month!

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It’s Take Your Pet To Work Week!

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If you work at a pet-friendly office like we do, every week is “take your pet to work week.” For those of you who don’t, we’ve got you covered! This year’s Take Your Pet To Work Week is happening from June 22-26 and we have the tools you need to convince your boss to let your company participate!

Thousands of employees are expected to bring their pets to the office this year thanks to Pet Sitters International, who created the event to celebrate the great companions they make, encourage pet adoptions and boost employee moral.

According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA)’s National Pet Owners Survey, only 8% of all U.S. pet owners say their workplace allows pets. With the tools provided by Pet Sitters International in the Action Pack, you can help your office change that statistic, even if it’s just for the week.

If your boss seems apprehensive about the idea of pets at work, win them over by explaining that pet-presence may serve as a low-cost, wellness intervention and may enhance organizational satisfaction and perceptions of support, according to one 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study. The study specifically showed employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol and that dogs at work help increase employee satisfaction and interaction between coworkers. That’s reason enough for us!

If you participate in Take Your Pet To Work Week, share your photos with us on Facebook.

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7 Activities To Do With Your Dog This Summer

The weather is getting warmer and our days are getting longer, which means more time for Fido-friendly activities outside. To help you switch it up, we came up with seven fun things you can do with your pups this summer. That’s a new activity for every day of the week!

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Drum roll please….

  1. Head to the beach

It’s the perfect place to play with your pals in the sun, but let them cool off in the water!

  1. Hike the trails

Exercise is not only good for the two-legged. It’s also good for the three and four-legged. Get your pals out on the trails with you!

  1. Play in the sprinklers

If you’re not close to a body of water but want to give your dog a quick, fun way to cool down from the summer heat, turn on the sprinklers and let them have at it.

  1. Sit by the campfire

Sit back and relax after a day of fun. Cuddle up with your pal and enjoy the outdoors, campfire style. Make sure to keep an eye on them and not to let them get too close.

  1. Check out your local farmers market

Nothing says “we’re best friends” like going everywhere together. So, why not take Fido to the farmers market and enjoy the fresh smells with your number one pal?

  1. Play that good ‘ol fetch game

Go back to your roots this summer. Find a big grassy area and throw your pal’s favorite fetch toy for some good ‘ol summer fun!

  1. Evening stroll to beat the heat

As much as we all enjoy the sunshine, it’s also nice to take a stroll in the evening, when the weather and the cement have cooled to a truly enjoyable temperature. Your pal will surely appreciate it.

We love to see you and your PALs out enjoying the summer sunshine. Share your photos with us on Facebook!

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

 What better time to add a feline to your family?

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First, we want to give a big shout out to the Maddie’s Fund organization for all they do for shelter animals. May 31st ended their 2015 Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days in which they worked with over 90 shelter and rescue groups across 124 locations in one weekend to offer local communities in NV, CA and WI no-cost pet adoptions. Maddie’s fund covered the cost of all adoptions, so the communities could empty their shelters. We’re thrilled to report they adopted out (SAVED) 3,273 cats in just two days!!!

Here are our top 5 reasons to adopt a shelter cat: 

  1. Because there’s nothing like walking a shelter with your son or daughter and letting them experience that moment with you, when you choose a new member of the family!
  2. Because you’ve secretly always wanted to be a part of that ‘cool’ group that supports their local shelter and adopts.
  3. Because you want to save a life, and maybe, just maybe, they might save yours.
  4. Because at a shelter, you can browse a variety of breeds and ages, until you find just the one that speaks or ‘meows’ to you.
  5. And, saving the best reason for last….because shelter pets are just as good as any other pets!!!
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7th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest Winners: Sophia 8th Grade

8th Grade Sophia Dutton

EIGHTH GRADE WINNER
One Dog’s Journey
By: Sophia D.

Down in the kennel, a puppy discovers,
News that makes him separate from the others.
“He’s been here too long” he hears them say,
And he suddenly realizes, his life is at stake!
Not adopted, unloved, and rejected by many,
He thinks that perhaps he not worth a penny.
The barks of others do not reach his ears
As his eyes swim with unshed tears.
But the next morning he hears them say,
“A family is coming to see you today!”
His heart fills with longing for a true home,
Maybe this family will call him one of their own!
When the family sees him, they fill with joy,
The air resonates with sounds of “good boy!”
The times passes, he must go back through the door,
But he doesn’t want to leave, and sits on the floor.
The family realizes that he is the one.
The puppy is loyal, loving, and fun!
A week later, Dad’s car comes back around the bend.
That day, the puppy’s name goes from Billy to Ken.
He takes him home, that young little lab,
And Ken knows that he is no longer sad.
Ken is our dog our dog now, I love him each day,
And from adopting him there is something I must say:
Remember those homeless dogs and their plea.
They’re all alone and need you and me!
So next time you’re considering getting a dog,
Try visiting the shelter that’s just down the block.
Really, it’s your love and care that they seek,
For all dogs need a safe place to sleep.
So perhaps there’s a dog that you can rescue.
And honestly its one the best things you can do!

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