If you ‘Carrot All’, it’s International Rabbit Day!

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Saturday, September 24, is International Rabbit Day, a shout out to the long-eared loves of our lives who, in our opinion, don’t get enough credit. Not only are rabbits entertaining and affectionate, they’re also pretty easy to care for. If you’ve been curious about bringing a bunny into your brood, now’s the perfect time! In honor of International Rabbit Day, here are a few of our favorite reasons to adopt a rabbit pal.

  • They’re Perfect for Apartments. They don’t require much living space, they certainly won’t bother your neighbors, and you won’t be leashing up for any bathroom breaks.
  • An Alternative for the Allergic. There are many people who are allergic to dogs and cats but not to rabbits, making them a wonderful option for animal companionship.
  • They’re Playful and Full of Personality. Just like dogs and cats, rabbits have varying personalities and levels of affection. They’re just as capable of interacting and forming a bond with their human, and can even be taught to play games!
  • They’re Smart. Rabbits are no dummies, they can be trained to do things like come when called and use a litter box with the right training.
  • Adoptable and Easy to Care For! Not only are rabbits less maintenance than their more popular peers, they’re also completely adoptable through your local shelter.

Already have a hippity hoppity PAL? Share with us all month long!

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Helping Buddies with the Back-to-School Blues

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For many households, September marks back to school – a time to get back into the routine of homework and after school activities on top of daily needs like dinner, showers, and a solid night’s sleep. For humans, this is transition is expected and relatively easy; for our furry pals, though, it can be a sudden onset of loneliness and unwanted separation. While most pets get the hang of the new schedule after a couple of weeks, here are a few small things you can try to help distract them in the meantime.

  • Interactive Treaters. They’re puzzles for pets! Available in varying difficulties, pets have to lift and slide flaps to get to the hidden treats underneath. A perfect distraction while you slip out the front door.
  • Frozen Treats. Take a durable toy with an open center and fill it with peanut butter or cheese spread, then pop it in the freezer. When it’s time for everyone to leave, reward your pet with the long-lasting treat – by the time they finish, the excitement and commotion of everyone leaving will be through and they can relax in the quiet house.
  • Morning Walks. We know it sounds crazy but waking up just thirty minutes earlier and walking the dog will make a huge difference to both of you; while it’ll help Fido burn some excess energy for his day in, it’ll help boost yours with some fresh air and movement while kick starting your metabolism for the day.
  • The Classic Bone. If there’s a bone or chew toy your pet is particularly fond of, use it to your advantage! Only give it to them when you’re about to leave; they’ll be so excited by the chewy they’ll forget all about you. Plus, it can eventually become a marker to indicate to Fido that he’ll be on his own for a few hours.
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The “Pet Step” Video Contest August Winners

In case you missed it… our “Pet Step” video contest launched at the beginning of this month! Pet owners can submit a video telling us why they opened their heart and home to a pet for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to the pet store of their choice! It really is that easy!

Our August winners are Geoffrey H. and Amanda E.! Check out their stories below:

The contest is open now and we are accepting submissions through October 31, 2016.
Step up and show us your pets! Submit your video here.

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The Pet Step

Did you make the decision to open your heart and home to a pet? If so, you took what we like to call the “Pet Step” and are now eligible to win a $1,000 gift card to the pet store of your choice! What is the “Pet Step” exactly? It’s the phase in life where individuals, couples or even roommates make the decision to add a pet to their life. For some, it’s the new step in a relationship and for others it’s the logical profession toward “parenthood” before having a baby. For many, a pet means companionship, an exercise partner or just a step toward becoming a more responsible adult!

If this is you, we want to hear your story! Grab your pet and make a quick video (no longer than 60 seconds) telling us why you chose to take the “Pet Step” and add a pet to your family. Submit your video here, and wait for it to appear on our Facebook page where you can share it! It’s really that simple! TWO winners will be chosen and announced on our Facebook page each month through October 31st, 2016. Not sure what to talk about? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • What inspired/motivated you to take the “Pet Step”?
  • How did you choose which pet you would take the step with?
  • Did you take the “Pet Step” with someone (a significant other, roommate, etc) and why?

So go on, step up and show us your pets!

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Beating the Heat: Summer Safety Tips

Beating the Heat: Summer Safety Tips
It seems like in the winter months all we do is look forward to summer; and for good reason: summer is a wonderful time of year with its long days, beautiful nights, and opportunity for outdoor activity. But sometimes we forget about the heat, and when summer hits we really just want winter back. Well, we can’t change the seasons, but we can give you a few tips on keeping your pal cool in the blazin’ heat.

  • Shade and Water. Two non-negotiable summer necessities. If your pet spends even 15 minutes at a time outside, there should be some sort of shade provided, as well as access to clean fresh water both inside and out.
  • Cooling Products. Mats, vests, wraps… There are products made to stay cool in the heat that can give your pal a nice break.
  • Limit Exercise. Use discretion when it comes to exercise, don’t make activities too vigorous or go out in the mid-day heat. We often see pet owners with great intentions walking their animal in the afternoon when the truth is it’s just too hot out.
  • Know Heatstroke. Signs of overheating include lethargy, glazed eyes, excessive panting, dizziness or lack of coordination, rapid heartbeat, and even vomiting. If you see your pet exhibiting these signs, drape cool towels over their head, neck, and chest, try giving them small sips of water or to lick an ice cube, and get them in to see your veterinarian. You can also swipe rubbing alcohol on their paw pads for faster cooling.
  • Pavement Test. Hold the back of your hand on the pavement for five seconds. If you can’t, it’s best to wait for your walk or run, as the cement is simply too hot for your pet’s paws and can seriously burn them.
  • Homemade Frozen Yummies. The Internet is chock-full of yummy summer treat recipes for pets, like this one for Peanut Butter Pops. The best part is, you can tailor them to your pet’s preferences!

We’d love to see how your pet stays cool in the heat – share with us!

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Pets in the Classroom Brings Furry (and Scaly) Friends into Classroom Life

Pets can teach us so much, especially at a young age. When children care for pets, they learn about responsibility, empathy, nurturing, and acceptance. As a result, pet care is a character-building activity for kids. Yet some children don’t have opportunities to interact with, love, care for, and enjoy pets.

With this in mind, the Pet Care Trust started the Pets in the Classroom grant program. The ultimate goal of the Pet Care Trust is to introduce 5 million children in 100,000 classrooms to the joys of pet care. The Pets in the Classroom grant program is one BIG step toward that goal. To date, the Pets in the Classroom grant program has issued 76,475 grants, allowing just as many classrooms to experience classroom pets. Those classrooms have set the stage for 3 million children to learn about pets.

All pre-kindergarten through 8th grade teachers in private and public schools across the country are eligible to apply for a Pets in the Classroom grant, which will provide them with financial support in the purchase and maintenance of a classroom pet. Through a simple, online application, teachers can apply to receive the grant of their choice (there are eight grant options) in order to enhance their students’ learning environment with a classroom pet. The Pets in the Classroom grant program will begin accepting applications on August 1st.

We at Pets Add Life believe in the benefits of having classroom animals, which is why we support the Pets in the Classroom grant program—and would like to ask you to do the same! Please tell the teachers in your life about the grant program and how such a little creature can make such a big impact in the lives of their students!

If you believe in the work that the Pet Care Trust is doing through the Pets in the Classroom grant program as much as we do, consider donating to the program so that the Pet Care Trust can continue to provide financial support to teachers as they enrich their classrooms with exciting and educational animals!

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Homeless Pals and You: What You Can Do

August is Adopt a Homeless Pet Month, clearly intended to bring awareness to all the pals out there looking for their forever homes. It’s a sad truth that all over the country there are pets in and out of shelters with no humans to feed and care for them daily, and it can be an overwhelming thought when it comes to helping them. The truth is, every effort matters and we absolutely adore any person who puts a foot forward to help the buddies in their community – and you can too! Below are a few of our favorite ways to help homeless pets.

  • Adopt. That’s the name of the game with this awareness holiday. Of course this is a more serious approach to the cause, but adopting any animal is an amazing way to help the homeless pet community – and your life! Adoption is so rewarding – not only are you saving your new pal’s life, but you just made room for a pet who needs the shelter’s care.
  • Donate. Food, litter, bleach, paper towels, regular towels, blankets, beds… There are so many things shelters need daily that any number of these products would be gladly accepted. You can always call your favorite facility and see if there’s anything they really need, but donating anything useful is always a welcomed gesture.
  • Prevent Litters. Spaying and neutering your animal is one of the most direct and responsible ways to ensure the number of unwanted pals doesn’t grow. It may seem like the routine thing to do, but it does make a difference.
  • Volunteer. Throughout the month of August or all year ‘round, volunteering is such a heartening way to spend your time. Whether you walk the dogs, clean kennels or litter boxes, or even assist with adoptions, it’s the volunteers that are the real heroes to these pals.

Show us your favorite way to help homeless pets in your area on our Facebook page.

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