When it Comes to Pets, Being Responsible is Key

Ever heard the saying that “sometimes love isn’t enough”? The same can be said for pet ownership – while your love and affection is irreplaceable, being responsible is the most important thing for your pet. You may think responsibility naturally comes with the territory, but there’s actually a lot more to being a responsible pet owner than having your heart feel full. February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, intended to bring awareness to the importance of not just loving your animal but caring for them to a degree that keeps everyone safe and happy. Here are a couple of our favorite ways to demonstrate being a responsible pet owner:

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  • Spay/Neuter. This isn’t just to prevent unwanted litters; it’s a matter of health, as intact pets have a greater chance of developing cancer in their reproductive organs.
  • Be sure your pet’s tags and microchip information are up to date; if your address or phone number change, changing your pet’s tags should be just as important as updating the information with your bank or credit cards.
  • Routine check-ups. Nothing can replace proper veterinary care – some pets don’t need to go as often as others, but a general rule of thumb is to schedule a routine check-up once a year. As the owner, you owe it to your animal to monitor for any new lumps, areas of discomfort, or abnormal behaviors – if you notice any, make an appointment sooner than later.
  • Know your animal, and be involved. If you notice your pet being dominant or making other animals uncomfortable, get involved! Don’t be afraid to remove your pet from the situation. And vice versa: if you see someone or something making your animal uncomfortable, interfere. Show your pet that you’re there for them, too.
  • Don’t just feed your pet, know what they’re ingesting. Reading labels is important for pet food too, as you’ll quickly realize a quality diet when you see one. Furthermore, monitor your pet because their diet plays a huge role in their health and wellbeing. Their weight should be maintained at a healthy level, their skin and coat should be lustrous and free of mats or flakes, and their teeth and gums should be free of excessive plaque and tartar. And, of course, always make sure they have access to clean, fresh water.
  • Clean up! Don’t be that guy! Make sure you always have bags or a pooper scooper handy to clean up after your animal when you’re out and about. It’s also imperative that cages and litter boxes stay clean, as it can quickly become a health issue for your pet.
  • Treat them like a family member. Let them sleep inside. Love them. Celebrate them. Let them know you appreciate the unconditional love they supply to you and your family on a daily basis.
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Change a Pet’s Life Day

h-DOG-HUG-960x540Sunday was Change A Pet’s Life Day! Each year animal lovers everywhere come together to raise awareness and encourage pet adoption with the goal of giving every adoptable pet a loving, forever home. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shared that 7.6 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, but only 2.7 million of these pets are adopted, and 2.7 million others are euthanized.

You can help change that!

There are plenty of ways to get involved and help change a pet’s life. First and foremost, if you feel it in your heart to go the extra mile, we encourage you to consider bringing a sheltered pet into your home. Whether it’s through fostering or adoption, you can help keep another homeless pet out of harm’s way.

If you don’t have the capacity to foster or adopt, you can also volunteer at or make a donation to your local shelter. The Shelter Pet Project makes it easy to locate shelters in your area that need your help.

By opening our hearts and homes, we not only change the life of a pet, but our lives as well and we encourage you do to just that! If you’ve changed a pet’s life, we want to hear about it! Share photos and stories with us on our Facebook page.

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Thankful For Our Pets

3dde6145f8b18aae656238d69e64a970The spirit of Thanksgiving is all about taking time out of our busy schedules and hectic lives to get together with loved ones and give ‘thanks’ for the many things in our lives that we’re appreciative of. There are many things we are thankful for this holiday, including all of our wonderful Pets Add Life supporters, all of the animal shelters and volunteers across this country working for animal welfare, and families everywhere opening their homes to pets in need. However, this post is actually dedicated to thanking those lovely little creatures themselves, who never judge us, and are always there when we need them most…. our pets!

 

Dear pets,

Thank you for giving us:

  1. Constant emotional support

When we’re just having one of those days and you need someone to lend a listening ear, who better than you? You provide us emotional support through all the struggles of everyday life and never hesitate to give extra love and kisses.

  1. Life Lessons

You teach us to kick grass on the tough days and move on and remind us to relax and enjoy the sunshine. You make us smile every day, and show us what matters most.

  1. Motivation to Exercise

What better workout buddy is there than your little bundle of energy? You are full of infectious energy that motivates us to get off our phones and computers and get up and do something.

  1. Daily Laughs

From the clumsy puppy to the sassy cat, each one of our pals has a unique way of making us laugh, even when it’s the last thing we want to do.

  1. Love

Most importantly we are thankful for the love and friendship we receive from you all. How lucky are we to have companions who will provide us with unconditional love and support through thick and thin?

Share photos and stories with us of all the things you are thankful for in regards to your pets on Facebook or tag us @PetsAddLife on Twitter or Instagram!

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It’s National Get A PAL For Your Pet Day!

pals4petsIt’s November 19th, which means its time to celebrate another Get A PAL For Your Pet Day! Being a multiple pet owner has numerous benefits, not just for us, but for our animals as well! Help us spread awareness of pet companionship by changing your social media profile photo to our custom Get a Pal For Your Pet Day image and get connected with other pet lovers by using #Pals4Pets on your social media channels.

Having multiple pets is the cat’s pajamas. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Everyone needs a friend

We all long for companionship and our pets are no different! A new, loving addition to the family could be the best friend your pet needs! They’ll have someone to play with, nap with and enjoy yummy treats with!

  1. They will be there for each other

Sometimes, life gets the best of us, and we don’t get to spend as much time with our pets as we’d like. If you were a multiple pet owner, your pet would have a friend to help keep them company throughout the day while you’re gone.

  1. Health benefits for you and your pet

Research shows that pets can improve our health, but did you know that pets can improve each other’s health as well. Pets increase their friends’ overall mood and wellbeing with lots of playtime and exercise.

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Studies show love and companionship as one of the top reasons for owning pets… now think about doubling that! Owning multiple pets means even more snuggles, laughs, and smiles for the whole family!

  1. It’s the right thing to do!

With millions of animals still looking for forever homes we encourage you to consider becoming a multiple pet home. If you have room in your heart and home for more than one animal, save a life and adopt a shelter pal for your pet!

So, what are you waiting for? Change your profile picture, tell everyone about the #Pals4Pets campaign and go get a pal for your pet! And when you do, share photos with us on our Facebook page.

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Happy National Black Cat Day!

UntitledNovember 17th is National Black Cat Day! Despite their history of being cast as villains and tied to superstitious folklore, the reality is nothing about these animals makes them any less playful or loving than any other feline friend. One thing that does distinguish black cats from other breeds is their adoption rate. They are among some of the least adopted pets in the world, spending a majority of their lives without a home. So what can we do about this issue? Adopt!

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider adopting a black cat:

  • In other cultures, black cats are actually good luck.

Culture has a huge affect on how black cats are perceived. In places like Scotland, Britain and Japan, black cats represent a symbol of good luck or fortune, so why can’t they everywhere?

  • Worried about cat fur on your clothing? Not with a black cat!

Ditch the lint roller and have fun playing with your black cat before work or even a night out. Black cat fur doesn’t show as much as white fur on your dark clothing or furniture. And if it does, it will go with everything!

  • Need a cuddle buddy? Then a black cat is the cat for you!

With black cats being among some of the least adopted pets, these animals are craving YOUR attention! Get ready to snuggle when you bring one home.

  • Black is the definitely the new orange!

What better accessory for you and your home than these chic felines? Black never goes out of style and it matches with everything. Same goes for black cats. They’re timely.

  • They need our help!

Black cats are adopted at a much lower rate than other cats. Let’s put a “paws” on these out of date superstitions and change the statistics.

Help Pets Add Life stop the discrimination of black cats. Celebrate National Black Cat Day by taking a trip down to your local shelter and adopting one today!

Also, we love to see your cute cats! Share photos of your black cats on our Facebook page.

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It’s PUP-kin Time!

That’s right, pumpkin spice everything is not just an infectious disease spreading to humans this fall, but our unsuspecting pups and small animals are catching it too! We’re seeing it on the shelves in the form of treats, supplements, food and even marketed in toys. Our canine companions can reap the benefit of this nutritious fall fruit this season.

The American Pet Products Association has asked its members for their seasonal offerings in the pumpkin department, and they did not disappoint. Below are some of the yummiest, creative PUPkin products available for our trendy trotters this season. Have you tried any?

NupathNuPath Supplements– digestive aid and nutritious supplements never squeezed so good. Introducing new pouched Pure-Ease, pumpkin purée for dogs, offering full supplemental and digestive health doses in each spoonful.

ZukesZuke’s Pumpkin Patch Mini Naturals are shaped like real pumpkins with a recipe to match. These low calorie, moist treats are allergy friendly and perfect for training and encouraging positive behavior during the hectic holiday season.

BearFrozen Yogurt Dog Treats by Bear and the Rat. Frozen yogurt is a hit year round, especially when it’s fat free, sugar free, and made with REAL pumpkin. These delicious treats are low calorie and have 3 billion live and active probiotic cultures per cooling cup.


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Pumpkin Patch Costume for small animals. Designed for ferrets and other small animals, this one-piece cape with Velcro® straps, is a convenient way to spread the spirit to the little critters in our lives.

PLAYPumpkin Wobble Ball by P.L.A.Y. Uniquely shaped to roll around unpredictably and coupled with the sound and sight of dog treats spinning inside, makes the Wobble Ball a captivating option with hours of interactive fun and enrichment. Simply put treats or kibbles in and reward dogs for their persistence and intelligence!

To make this blog even sweeter, we are giving each of these products away in a deliciously fun photo contest! The contest begins on Wednesday, October 28 and the winners will be announced on hallows eve, Friday, October 30. Head to our Facebook page, find the contest post in our newsfeed and enter for your chance to win. There will be FIVE winners – one product per winner. Good luck!

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Today is National Feral Cat Day®!

Founded in 2001, National Feral Cat Day® was launched to raise awareness about feral or community cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and empower and mobilize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.

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Feral cats live in the natural landscape and are generally just as healthy as pet cats, but are not socialized to humans, and therefore are usually unadoptable. Instead, we encourage feral cat-lovers to employ the Trap-Neuter-Return approach to manage and care for these free-roaming felines and keep them out of the shelters where too many end up being put to sleep.

Help us help Alley Cat Allies spread the word about National Feral Cat Day®! to help change society and create compassionate communities for cats.

If you help feral cats in your neighborhood, we would love to see photos! Share them on our Facebook page or tag us @PetsAddLife on Twitter or Instagram.

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