Dear Pet Column Reader, I write a plea of assistance. I am a healthy and spunky 16 year old homeless cat and Second Chance Humane Society Shelter, which recently rescued me after my person passed away, is simply bursting with kittens. All these cute little mewing fur balls are seriously reducing my chances of being noticed. But I have made a plan that I believe will interest you…
Read more: Adopt a Cat Month
Alone time can be a good thing but too much alone time for social beings…not so good. Modern society has resulted in an increase in single dog households as family’s lives feel too hectic to take on additional pets. I get that you humans are busy creatures and I am not dissing you for choosing to have only one dog. But I would like you to consider that, not only do multi-dog households help to save lives but their dogs can be more content and self-actualized. Let me explain why (and yes it is ok to apply “self-actualized” to dogs)…
Read more: Double the Jazz in Your Life
My name is Gracie. I am a lovely and healthy three year young Calico but, like all living beings, at some point in my life that will likely change. So for today’s Second Chance Pet Column I am going to prep you for the day when your cat is not feeling so fine. As it is the feline instinct to “suffer in silence” our ailments often go unnoticed. So here is my guide to recognizing the subtle signs of a cat needing medical attention.
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So I was tossing back some Cracker Jacks and reading the New York Times when I happened upon this article “I Traded the 12-Step Program for Dog” (Sunday May 12) that was quite moving and real. It helped me to see how people still are barely tapping into the potential that pets hold for their people. I think it is time to step it up.
Read more: Power for the People
Last Wednesday was Animal Welfare Day in the State of Colorado and Governor Jared Polis put a little more teeth into the day by signing three new state wide animal welfare efforts. His actions included expanding animal protection legislation, creating an animal welfare committee, and extending the therapeutic use of dogs in the Colorado court system. Purrs for Polis!
Read more: Colorado Animal Welfare Day Success
The other day I was hanging out at the Second Chance Humane Society shelter (ok, I live there right now but I am approaching it as temporary until I get adopted) and a potential adopter asked my staff “is she good with kids?” I would like to answer this on behalf of all dogs (and cats), depends on the kid...
Read more: New Pets & New Kids
Some stories are hard to tell. They need to be told anyway, because they need to be heard. This is one such story. Not all stories have happy endings, but Angel and her devoted team of people are working hard to make this story turn out much better. And, although we are only at the beginning of this story, it has already significantly improved.
Read more: Angel’s Story
My name is Ivy and my Second Chance Pet Column message of the week is: rat poison kills dogs - so don’t ever use it. But, since the one person out there that does not read the Pet Column is going to be the one that still uses rat poison around their home, I thought I’d best broaden the scope of this article with some advice on what to do if your dog does consume the nasty stuff.
Read more: Rat Poison Risks Pets Lives
I am one of the lucky ones. I am one of the 6.5 million companion animals annually received in a U.S. animal shelters nationwide and not one of the 1.5 to 2 million pets euthanized annually. I am not yet one of the 3.2 million pets annually adopted though. But I am still lucky. Estimates vary but are in the 70 million number range for number of homeless pets in America. Yep.
Read more: Low Cost Spay Neuter Program
I want to be a wellbeing dog. Actually I already am, as I make everyone around me feel good, but I want to apply my power of wellbeing-ness more specifically. So I am applying for a spot in Second Chance Humane Society’s Pets Turning Pages Program. Through this program pets like me are going into the Telluride, Ridgway & Ouray public schools to support kids with reading.
Read more: Pets Turning Pages