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It’s National Dog Day

After all, “Every Dog Will Have His Day” and this year, it’s August 26. National Dog Day is an opportunity to celebrate dogs of all types. Of course, we think every day is an opportunity to celebrate our canine friends so this just makes it extra special.

6 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Day

1—Yappy Hour – August 26 is a Friday and a summer Friday afternoon seems perfect for a Yappy Hour either at your home or an area restaurant. If your pooch is the social type, you can invite a couple of dog loving pals to meet you at a nearby pet-friendly patio for appetizers and a drink.

2—Doggie Massage – Everyone loves a massage. Why not give your dog one. Start around the shoulders and gently massage in circular motions, then move down to the hips. This is especially good if your dog is feeling stiff joints due to arthritis. Like people massage, there is a bit of an art to it and some veterinarians and pet stores offer dog massage trainings on occasion.

3—Hike – Find a nearby trail and go for a hike. Your pet will love the opportunity to experience the new scents in the woods. Just be sure to keep Fido leashed so he doesn’t run rampant and check him carefully for ticks afterwards.

4— Bath – Time –Your dog may not love being bathed, but everyone feels better clean. When was the last time your dog went to the groomer? If it’s been awhile, why not book an appointment? Your dog will feel great when he comes back.

5- Post a Picture of your Dog on Social Media – You probably don’t need an excuse to do this but share your cute pup photos and add #NationalDogDay so everyone who searches the hashtag can see yours.

6- Donate to Shelters – Toys, food, money, time, even old towels/blankets can help. Many animal shelters need some or all of these. So, if you have the opportunity, please contact your local shelter and see how you can help.

National Dog Day is a chance to not only shower our own pets with love but also remember those less fortunate who are still waiting in the shelters for their forever homes. You can share their pictures in your social media feeds to encourage adoption.

Happy National Dog Day 2016!

3 Ways to Celebrate DOGust!

What is DOGust you might ask? If you’ve ever shared your life with a rescue pup, you know you’re not aware of their true birthday.  Sure, you can choose a date at random or use your adoption date as your rescue’s special day. Either options are fine, after all, your pup isn’t likely to have strong opinion either way.

But now there’s another option. The North Shore Animal League  – the oldest no-kill shelter in the country, declared Aug 1 as DOGust, the universal birthday of shelter dogs everywhere. Which means, if your rescue doesn’t have a birthday already, why not choose August 1?

Happy Birthday!

To celebrate, they’re having a great big party on August 1st at their Port Washington, NY headquarters and plenty of adoptions specials. Of course, you can also celebrate wherever you are.

3 Ways to Celebrate DOGust

1—Adoption – Adopting a new pup is the ultimate celebration, but we know that’s not always possible. So in lieu of adopting, you can donate money and/or share available pets via your social media feeds. You may be able to help someone ELSE find the furry love of his or her life!

2—Pawty – You can choose to host a doggie birthday party with your dog loving friends in a fenced in yard. Since it is August and hot across most of the country, water games are appropriate. Kiddie pools filled with cool water, sprinklers and some DIY frozen treats will help ensure the pups don’t get too hot! Play dates are great for sending everyone home with tired and happy dogs.

Pool Pawty

3—Share — Share your pet rescue photos on Facebook and Instagram. If you use the hashtag #DOGust, The North Shore Animal League will be sure to see them and will share via social media.

DOGust comes but once a year, how will you celebrate?

National Pet Day

Since 2006, April 11th has been celebrated as National Pet Day. This day was brought about to highlight the unconditional love that pets bring to our lives and also to encourage and raise awareness for animal adoption. There are so many animals around the world who are sitting in shelters, waiting to be given a second chance at life and these same animals have the potential to bring so much light and love into the lives of their owners – anyone who has adopted a shelter animal doesn’t need a national day of observance to know that the love of a pet should be celebrated.

Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day
So, how can you celebrate this national holiday? Well, your pet would probably be happy with just an extra belly rub, but we’ve got some other ideas that your pet (or future pet) is sure to love!

  1. Throw in an extra daily walk – Going on daily walks is most likely one of your dog’s (or cat’s) favorite activities, so why not throw in an extra one or maybe even just make today’s longer than usual? Your pet is sure to appreciate it!
  2. Did someone say “treat?” – We don’t know a pet in the world that doesn’t wiggle in excitement when you reach for the treat jar! Surprise your pet with some new tasty treats today.
  3. Plan a play date – This is a great idea for the dog in your life. Dogs love a good romp in the yard with a fellow furry friend and it’s also great exercise! Your dog will be pleasantly surprised when Rosco shows up at the front door. “Mom, you shouldn’t have!”
  4. Volunteer at a local animal shelter – Do you know how happy you can make a shelter animal just by simply showing up and giving them some love and attention? Bonus points if you call ahead and find out what the current needs are for that shelter – a warm bed goes a long way for an animal.
  5. Stock up on new toys – Has your dog or cat been playing with the same toys for as long as you can remember? Today is a great day to pick up some new toys for your pet – complete with some quality play time!
  6. Schedule a professional photo session – As we all know, our pets won’t be by our side forever and having professional photos taken is a great way to capture your pet’s personality. These photos will forever be a special keepsake.
  7. Spread the love on social media – One way to inspire others to consider pet adoption is simply to share your story of adoption on social media. A great example of this comes from Alaqua Animal Refuge, an animal shelter located in Florida. Find out how you can join in on the #everyoneneedsabuddy campaign!
  8. Take a trip to the dog park – Trips to the park are probably what dog dreams are made of, so National Dog Day is the perfect day to make your dog’s dreams come true. And this also is a great way for your dog to get the exercise that he needs.
  9. Try something new with your pet – Maybe you’ve always wanted to train your cat to walk on a leash – that’s actually a thing! Or maybe you’ve always wanted to teach your dog to play Frisbee. Whatever it is, today is a great day to learn something new with your pet and strengthen your bond.
  10. Adopt a pet – Bringing a new pet into your home is a decision not to be taken lightly, but if you are in a place where you feel ready for a new pet, why not do it on National Pet Day? It’s always a good day to save an animal’s life and we can assure you they’ll return the favor – every single day.

Happy National Pet Day, everyone! We hope that you and your pet enjoy this day together. Spread the love for your pet and help us to raise awareness about animal adoption!

National Puppy Day

Since 2006, March 23rd has been celebrated as National Puppy Day. This day was founded not only as a celebration of the unconditional love that puppies bring into our lives, but also as a day to save the lives of homeless puppies sitting in animal shelters and to raise awareness about the horrific reality of puppy mills across the globe. Here are some ways that you can celebrate the true meaning behind National Puppy Day!

10 Ways to Celebrate National Puppy Day

1. Adopt, Don’t Shop! – Are you considering bringing a new puppy into your home? We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Puppy Day! There is a puppy at one of your local animal shelters just waiting for you to come and give them their forever home! Social media has made it possible to browse available animals that are up for adoption at your local animal shelters right from your own home! Adopt, don’t shop!

2. Share the Puppy Love – We get to experience the unconditional love from our puppies each day, so National Puppy Day is a great opportunity for us to share that love with others.

  • Take your puppy to a local elderly community to visit with the residents and put a big smile on all of their faces – your puppy will be smiling, too from all of the extra love and attention.
  • Brag on your puppy on social media, tag the shelter that you adopted from and encourage others to adopt a puppy of their own!

3. Donate to the Cause – Maybe you already have the perfect puppy in your life and you celebrate their unconditional love day in and day out – lucky you! Another great way that you can celebrate National Puppy Day is to DONATE!

  • Donate your time by volunteering at a local shelter
  • Donate money and /or supplies to a local shelter
  • Make a donation to an organization, such as ASPCA, that fights to end puppy mill cruelty.

4. Spread the Knowledge – Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of the dangers and cruelty involved with puppy mills. Do your research and share the knowledge to bring awareness to this important issue.

5. Capture the Moment – They don’t stay puppies forever! Hire a photographer to take some photos of you and your puppy to savor the sweetness of the puppy phase. Trust us, you will love looking back on those in the years to come!

6. Puppy Training – Training your puppy is one of the biggest responsibilities of being a puppy parent and it is also a great bonding experience for you and your new buddy.

  • Sign you and your puppy up for an obedience training course and get a jumpstart on the basics. You will be well on your way to having the smartest puppy on the block!

7. Puppy Play Date – Plan a special outing for you and your puppy. Do you have a friend or relative that has a playful pup? Plan a playdate at the local dog park or just bring your puppy and let him make some new friends! Socializing your puppy is one of the best things that you can do for him.

8. Take Action – Write to your congressperson to ask that he or she support the ban of puppy mills in your state. Your voice does matter!

9. Get a Healthy Start – A healthy puppy is a happy puppy! Do you know what’s in the food that you are feeding to your puppy? Is your puppy getting enough exercise?

  • Make sure that you are giving your puppy food and treats that are made with all natural ingredients.
  • Take your puppy out for daily walks to make sure that he is getting the proper daily exercise to keep him healthy and happy.

10. Be Present for Your Puppy – At the blink of an eye, your puppy will be all grown up! Savor the puppy phase and spend as much quality time with your puppy as you can. Raising a puppy is a big responsibility and the decisions that you make now will shape them into the dog that they will grow up to be.

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your Cat or Kitten

Are you the proud new owner of special cat or kitten? That’s awesome! Cats have the ability to bring a certain kind of love and affection into our lives that no other pet can match. So, what does your cat or kitten need from you? Well, we’re glad that you asked! There is a definite checklist of necessities that your new addition will need in order to thrive in their new loving home.

1.     Identification

Every cat needs to have the proper identification, regardless of whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat. All it takes is an open door for your cat to get curious and dart outside without anyone knowing. Make sure that your cat has a collar with an ID tag and/or a microchip to avoid them getting lost.

2.     Food and water bowls

Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are recommended for food and water, as some pets can have reactions to plastic bowls.

3.     Guide Book

It can’t hurt to pick up an educational book or two that will answer any likely questions you have along the way of caring for your new cat or kitten. These books can be extremely informative and can save you some stress if a problem arises.

4.     Comfy bed

Even though your cat’s favorite spot in the house may end up being a basket on the kitchen counter or maybe even the bathtub (we’re not kidding), it’s nice to provide them with a comfy bed that they can use for the occasional, and by occasional we mean frequent, cat naps.

5.     Litter box(es)

This one is definitely a necessity for obvious reasons. There are different types of litter boxes out there, and your best bet is to just choose the one that you prefer and if your cat doesn’t seem to be responding well to it, experiment with a different type. The key is to make sure that you place your cat’s litter box in a quiet, private spot in the house – cats need privacy, too!

6.     Cat Carrier/Crate

Having the proper cat carrier is essential to be able to safely transport your cat to and from vet appointments as well as for any necessary traveling. Cats typically do not respond well to traveling freely in a vehicle – the carrier will actually make for a more pleasurable experience for your cat.

7.     Scratching Post

One of a cat’s most natural instincts is to scratch. They do this to remove dead nails, mark their territory, and to stretch their bodies. Trust us, your household furniture will suffer in the absence of a proper scratching post, and these products have come a long way! You can even build your cat a luxury resort, complete with plenty of scratching and sleeping areas.

8.     Toys

Cats and kittens are known for their frisky behavior and scheduling playtime is an important part of socializing your new cat or kitten. Make sure to have a few toys available for playtime and if you really want to spice things up (no pun intended), you can sprinkle them with a little catnip!

9.     Grooming Tools

While cats are known for their self-cleaning abilities, they still need a little help from you to keep their beauty routine in check! Make sure you have proper brushes, safety nail clippers and teeth cleaning supplies to use during your scheduled grooming sessions.

10. A Healthy Diet

One of the biggest responsibilities of owning a cat or kitten is providing them with a healthy diet. It is important to pay attention to the ingredients that you are feeding to your pet in order to make sure that they are receiving a healthy, well-balanced diet with the proper nutrition. Wellness Pet Food offers a variety of different healthy recipes for your cat or kitten. Every cat is different and Wellness has a recipe that will cater specifically to your cat or kitten’s needs.

National Mutt Day

In 2005, pet advocate Colleen Paige wanted to raise awareness of shelter animals in the hopes that shining a light on their plight would encourage dog lovers to adopt. Thus was born National Mutt Day celebrated on July 31st and Dec. 2 each year.

Ah mutts. It’s become an endearing term for all those pups of “mixed heritage.” The lab mix, the German shepherd mix, the “Heinz 57” and so on, there are millions of dogs who get picked up or left at shelters all over the country every year. These dogs have a lot of love to give.

If you have a mutt of your own, you can share your mutt’s photo on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feed with #NationalMuttDay on Dec. 2. If you don’t have a mutt to call your own, you may be thinking of getting one. After all, mutts are cute and they’re grateful. Imagine your pup looking up at you with those soulful eyes full of gratitude. Are you melting yet? In this season of thanks, don’t forget the mutts.

Considering Adoption?

Good for you! There are great pets to be had at the shelters. However, if you’re considering making one a permanent resident at your address, you’ll want to keep your head about you when you visit.

  • First, be proactive in your pup selection. It’s exciting to go to the shelter and visit with all the wagging tails but don’t take home the first cutie you see. Talk with the staff and find out what they know about the dog’s temperament. You want to make sure you’re going to get a good fit.
  • Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle. If you work long hours, a puppy or very active dog isn’t your best choice. An older, more calm dog will be a better fit. There’s nothing like puppy messes all over your living room floor just moments before your in-laws descend for the holidays to make things real.
  • Other pets? If you have other dogs or cats, you’ll want to know if the dog in question will get along with your current furry companions.  Some dogs are better as only pets while others will be thrilled to have company. The shelter staff can probably give you a good idea.

Not adopting?

You can still celebrate National Mutt Day. Just share pics of your favorite mutt with #NationalMuttDay on social media.

Better yet, you can help your local shelter get their mutts adopted. Just finding their pages and share their prospective adoptees with your friends and family. The more people who share these pages, the more likely it is that someone will find their perfect canine companion online.

Happy National Mutt Day!

Wellness #TreatItForward Tuesday

We recently held our first-ever #TreatItForward Tuesday! If you didn’t happen to catch the post on our Facebook page, we introduced Treat it Forward Tuesday to benefit both our loyal Wellness fans as well as their local animal rescue organizations.

The premise? Each week, we’ll post about #TreatItFoward, highlighting a Wellness Natural Pet Food dog or cat treat. Facebook fans can “enter” the giveaway by liking, sharing or commenting on the post. Then, we choose a winning Wellness fan. We ship the winner a full case of the featured Wellness treat, and they get to choose their favorite local shelter who will also receive a full case of treats for pets in need!

We had an overwhelming response for our first Treat it Forward Tuesday with an estimated 1,500 Wellness fans entering and nominating fabulous animal shelters all over the country to receive a case of goodies for pets in need.

Here’s our first winning entry, submitted by Jo Irvine:

“Lindsay Campbell is transforming the lives of so many needy seniors in rural Tennessee – she welcomes them no matter how old or sick – to her rescue sanctuary, Pleasant Hill Pet Rescue and Senior Sanctuary in Blountville, TN. Lindsay knows the importance good nutrition makes and Wellness treats are a favorite with her gang. The spectacular gift of an entire case of Pure Rewards treats would be such a blessing. I personally rescue seniors also and just love Wellness products. Pure Rewards treats are wonderful because they are grain free and soft for my seniors, like Big Boo pictured here.”

It’s inspiring to see the wonderful participation from the Wellness community. Together, we can work to bring awareness and attention to pets in need everywhere, and help these pets live happy, healthy lives as they wait for their forever homes.

Be sure to check the Wellness Facebook page each Tuesday to enter and nominate your favorite shelter to receive some tasty Wellness goodies!

-Wellness Natural Pet Food team

National Dog Week

So, let’s be honest here – for all of the fellow dog lovers out there, EVERY week is Dog Week.  There isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t celebrate the love that we have for our four-legged friends. However, some super clever person out there decided that it was time to go NATIONAL with our love for dogs, so the last week in September is now deemed National Dog Week, and that sounds like a perfectly good reason to celebrate our furry friends! Let’s talk about some ways that you can celebrate with your dog.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Week

  1. Take a hike. Chances are, your dog drools over adventure! Plan a hiking adventure for you and your dog to enjoy together – research local state parks and make sure they are pet friendly. Your dog will love the new scenery and you’ll both be glad that you went!
  2. Start a new training activity. Whether obedience, Agility, Flyball, or playing Frisbee, there are a lot of benefits that come along with these kinds of activities – for you and your dog! Teaching your dog something new is a great way to give your dog the mental stimulation and physical exercise that they need.
  3. Start a blog or social media account. Why not share your dog’s life with the world, using stories and pictures? I can guarantee you that people will love it! What’s even better is that you will always have special moments of your dog’s life documented somewhere, and you are sure to enjoy looking back and reliving those memories in the years to come.
  4. Volunteer at a rescue or shelter. This is a great and important way for dog lovers to give back to their community. Animal shelters are always in need of a helping hand and it can be very rewarding knowing that you are helping other dogs in need, even if it’s just taking them on a walk once a week.
  5. Arrange a playdate. Do you have neighbors or friends with dogs? If you know that they play well with other dogs, playdates are always a fun idea. Not only is it great for your dog to socially interact with other dogs, but a good backyard romp with another furry friend is also great exercise for your dog.
  6. Join a dog walking group. Chances are, your community offers local groups of like-minded dog lovers that get together for weekly group dog walks. This is a great way for your dog to get social interaction and also a way for you to meet people in the area that share your love for dogs. Dog lovers unite!
  7. Schedule a health check. OK, so this may not be your dog’s favorite thing to do, but it is one of the most important things that you can do for your dog. Life gets busy sometimes and time slips away from us – this is a good week to schedule a health check up with your veterinarian to make sure that your dog’s health is in check.
  8. Adopt a dog. Adopting a dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is important to give plenty of thought and consideration to bringing a new dog into your home. If you have been considering getting a dog for some time, this would be the perfect week to save the life of a dog at one of the local shelters in your community.
  9. Share the love. Share the love that you have for your dog this week. Post a tribute on social media with pictures and thoughts expressing how much joy your dog has brought into your life. You never know, you may inspire someone else to adopt a dog of their own!
  10. Hug your dog. Give your dog some extra love and affection this week – or better yet, give them extra love and affection EVERY week!

Are you ready to celebrate National Dog Week now? We all love our dogs every day of the year, but try this week to step out of your routine and show your dog how much you love them in an extraordinary way. Happy National Dog Week, fellow dog lovers!

Take a hike.* Chances are, your dog drools over adventure! Plan a hiking adventure for you and your dog to enjoy together – research local state parks and make sure they are pet friendly. Your dog will love the new scenery and you’ll both be glad that you went!
Start a new training activity. * Whether obedience, Agility, Flyball, or playing Frisbee, there are a lot of benefits that come along with these kinds of activities – for you and your dog! Teaching your dog something new is a great way to give your dog the mental stimulation and physical exercise that they need.
Start a blog.  * Why not share your dog’s life with the world, using stories and pictures? I can guarantee you that people will love it! What’s even better is that you will always have special moments of your dog’s life documented somewhere, and you are sure to enjoy looking back and reliving those memories in the years to come.
Volunteer at a rescue or shelter. * This is a great and important way for dog lovers to give back to their community. Animal shelters are always in need of a helping hand and it can be very rewarding knowing that you are helping other dogs in need, even if it’s just taking them on a walk once a week.
Arrange a playdate.  * Do you have neighbors or friends with dogs? If you know that they play well with other dogs, playdates are always a fun idea. Not only is it great for your dog to socially interact with other dogs, but a good backyard romp with another furry friend is also great exercise for your dog.
Join a dog walking group. * Chances are, your community offers local groups of like-minded dog lovers that get together for weekly group dog walks. This is a great way for your dog to get social interaction and also a way for you to meet people in the area that share your love for dogs. Dog lovers unite!
Schedule a health check.  * OK, so this may not be your dog’s favorite thing to do, but it is one of the most important things that you can do for your dog. Life gets busy sometimes and time slips away from us – this is a good week to schedule a health check up with your veterinarian to make sure that your dog’s health is in check.
Adopt a dog. *Adopting a dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is important to give plenty of thought and consideration to bringing a new dog into your home. If you have been considering getting a dog for some time, this would be the perfect week to save the life of a dog at one of the local shelters in your community.
Share the love. * Share the love that you have for your dog this week. Post a tribute on social media with pictures and thoughts expressing how much joy your dog has brought into your life. You never know, you may inspire someone else to adopt a dog of their own!
Hug your dog.* Give your dog some extra love and affection this week – or better yet, give them extra love and affection EVERY wee

International Homeless Animals Day

The number of homeless animals in this world is completely overwhelming. International Homeless Animals Day was set into motion in 1992 by the International Society for Animal Rights. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness regarding animal overpopulation and all of the factors that contribute to it.

Why Are There So Many Homeless Animals?

1. Failing to spay or neuter your pets: This is probably one of the biggest factors of animal overpopulation. It is a major responsibility of pet owners to have their pet spayed or neutered as soon as possible, and this responsibility is all too often ignored. Pet owners fail to do this and then allow their pets to roam the neighborhood streets, leading to accidental impregnation and ultimately more homeless pets roaming the streets. Adopting from a local shelter is always the best option as they don’t allow animals to be adopted out without first being spayed or neutered. Overpopulation is a serious issue and spaying and neutering is a simple answer.

2. Buying pets rather than adopting them: People often feel that pets that come from animal shelters are damaged in some way, which is just not true. People choose to buy their pets from breeders, or worse, puppy mills rather than adopting a pet from a local shelter. They think that if they have a specific breed of dog in mind, that means they have to buy from a breeder, but in reality there are shelters all over the country that are dedicated to rescuing breed-specific dogs, or cats for that matter.

  • If there is no room for more animals in the shelter, that leads to more homeless animals roaming the streets.
  • When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter you are saving two lives – the life of the pet you are bringing home and the life of the animal that will be able to take its place.

3. Surrendering your loyal pet: This is truly a devastating situation and it is all too common. Over half of the animals that are brought into shelters each year come from owner surrenders. People sometimes blindly enter into owning a pet without fully considering the responsibility that comes with it, and then when the cute puppy or kitten phase is over or when things get a little bit tough, they just drop them off at the shelter.

  • It is very important, especially when adopting a dog, to consider all aspects of the responsibility. If you have children, bring them to meet the dog before making a final decision. If you have other pets, explain to the shelter volunteers that you need a dog that will get along well with other pets.
  • If you can’t fully commit to owning a pet then don’t adopt. It takes a huge toll on an animal when they are rescued and then abandoned by surrendering them back to the shelter. This can cause separation anxiety and depression – all things that will make it difficult for a pet to find another home.

The Hard Truth

  • According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters around the country each year – 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats.
  • Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are euthanized each year – 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats.
  • The estimates of stray, homeless cats in the United States can range up to 70 million, and it is nearly impossible to get an estimate for dogs.

One of the best things that you can do to help is to spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It could be as simple as sharing this article on social media. There is no overnight solution, but there are small ways that we can all contribute day by day.

Failing to spay and neuter your pets.
This is probably one of the biggest factors of animal overpopulation. It is a major responsibility of pet owners to have their pet spayed or neutered as soon as possible, and this responsibility is all too often ignored. Pet owners fail to do this and then allow their pets to roam the neighborhood streets, leading to accidental impregnation and ultimately more homeless pets roaming the streets. Adopting from a local shelter is always the best option as they don’t allow animals to be adopted out without first being spayed or neutered. Overpopulation is a serious issue and spaying and neutering is a simple answer.  Buying pets rather than adopting them.
People often feel that pets that come from animal shelters are damaged in some way, which is just not true. People choose to buy their pets from breeders, or worse, puppy mills rather than adopting a pet from a local shelter. They think that if they have a specific breed of dog in mind, that means they have to buy from a breeder, but in reality there are shelters all over the country that are dedicated to rescuing breed-specific dogs, or cats for that matter.
If there is no room for more animals in the shelter, that leads to more homeless animals roaming the streets and likely becoming pregnant and adding even more to the problem of overpopulation.
When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter you are saving two lives – the life of the pet you are bringing home and the life of the animal that will be able to take its place. Surrendering your loyal pet.
This is truly a devastating situation and it is all too common. Over half of the animals that are brought into shelters each year come from owner surrenders. People sometimes blindly enter into owning a pet without fully considering the responsibility that comes with it, and then when the cute puppy or kitten phase is over or when things get a little bit tough, they just drop them off at the shelter.
It is very important, especially when adopting a dog, to consider all aspects of the responsibility. If you have children, bring them to meet the dog before making a final decision. If you have other pets, explain to the shelter volunteers that you need a dog that will get along well with other pets.
If you can’t fully commit to owning a pet then don’t adopt. It takes a huge toll on an animal when they are rescued and then abandoned by surrendering them back to the shelter. This can cause separation anxiety and depression – all things that will make it difficult for a pet to find another home.

National Mutt Day

A hidden gem, a diamond in the rough, the four-legged prince (or princess) among thieves – the mutt has found its place in the dog world. What used to be thought of as a derogatory term, the “mutt” is now something to be celebrated. Shelters around the country harbor many of these gems – sitting undiscovered, waiting to pick their perfect human family.

The Best Kept Secret: Why You Should Rescue a Mutt

The real question to be asked is, “Why would you not rescue a mutt?” Animal shelters are known for harboring the mutts of the dog world, the diamonds in the rough.

  • No one expected that the dog in the third kennel down on the right, that looks to be the perfect mix between a Corgi and a Jack Russell Terrier, would bring life into the home of a husband and wife struggling with conception.
  • Who would have thought that the Golden Retriever and Border Collie mix with bright blue eyes, would be the missing puzzle piece of motivation for his new owner with dreams of running a marathon?
  • The Pit Bull mix that sat quietly in the corner, in the very last kennel on the left: her owners would tell you that she is the most loyal dog to ever enter their home, and that taking a chance on her was one of the greatest decisions they have ever made.

There truly is no greater love and appreciation than that of a dog who has been rescued, but their owners will inevitably begin to ask themselves the question, “Which one of us is really being rescued here?”
Rescue a mutt from your local shelter and you will officially be in on the secret. Here is a not so subtle hint: It’s both of you.

There truly is no greater love and appreciation than that of a dog who has been rescued, but their owners will inevitably begin to ask themselves the question, “Which one of us is really being rescued here?”  Rescue a mutt from your local shelter and you will officially be in on the secret. Here is a not so subtle hint: It’s both of you.

This Mutt’s For You

No matter the breed, making the decision to bring a dog into your life and home is not one to be taken lightly. There is indeed a perfect mutt for your family, but there are things that deserve your careful consideration. Lifestyle, space in your home, and breed characteristics are all things that factor into finding your ideal four-legged companion.

What does your Saturday morning look like?

  • Do you wake up, eat clean and jump on your mountain bike, or maybe pound the pavement in an early morning run? There is a Labrador and Boxer mix somewhere, dreaming of the day he can join you.
  • Do you like to curl up on the couch with your coffee and a good book, or even indulge in one of those guilty pleasure television shows? There is a Shih Tzu and Poodle mix somewhere that would love nothing more than to make a cozy spot right next to you. That’s one of the good things about dogs: they won’t tell anyone how much you love The Real Housewives.

A Happy Home

  • Larger breed dogs with a high energy level are not going to be happiest cooped up in a one bedroom apartment in the city, unless maybe you have them trained to do your Starbucks coffee run each day. . .multiple times a day.
  • On the other hand, a dog with a lower energy level will be happy with a more low-maintenance, leisurely schedule: even if that schedule consists of hours of mindless television in your one bedroom apartment.

The dog that you bring into your home should be a direct reflection of your lifestyle, and your home should appropriately accommodate his or her needs.

Breed Characteristics

Animal shelters are filled with mixed-breeds of many kinds, and the beauty of the mixed-breed dog is even better odds of finding the perfect mutt for you. Mixed-breed equals a broader gene pool, and once you discover what characteristics fit best into your life, the shelter is the right place to begin your search.

  • For example, any breed mixed with a poodle would be a good fit for someone with a mild pet dander allergy, as poodles tend to be hypo-allergenic.
  • Likewise, a dog that appears to be a mix of Labrador and Border Collie, may have the friendly disposition of the first and the whip-smart agility of the second.

No one is trying to take anything away from the purebreds of the world. However, it is time for them to scoot over and make a sunny spot for their equally adorable furry friend, the mutt, because all dogs deserve their day in the sun.