Hi my name is Taylor. I am a puppy mill survivor. The Second Chance Pet Column often promotes the end to this cruel and inhumane treatment of animals and although progress on this front has been slow nationwide things are improving. Additionally activism against puppy mills is also having a positive impact on the treatment other kinds of animals. Did you know that California voters made history a few weeks ago with the passing of Prop 12, the nation’s most progressive legislation for farm animals to date?
Read more: Cage Free
My name is Bo and I am a homeless cat here at Second Chance waiting to be adopted. Animal welfare folks like to refer to adoptive homes as forever homes, but I for one know there certainly is no guarantee of that, having come from a home I thought would be forever. So I have a few things to say on all this so listen up.
Read more: Make it Furever
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which many may think wouldn’t mean much to a homeless dog like me. But once again I am underestimated. Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for our lives and for those who make our lives better each day, so of course my ears are perking. What an ideal time of year to be caught in the act of being grateful for your animal friends. How about taking a short moment right now to remember all that your pets (past and present) give to you and how they transform your view and engagement with the world around you.
Read more: The Love Doctor is waiting
My name is Tommy and I have a pet (pun intended) peeve to share. According to the Humane Society of the United States, only 2 to 5 % of the millions of lost cats entering shelters annually nationwide are reunited with their owners. Compare this to dogs, reunited with owners at eight times the rate that cats are. Why? Because only 14% of cats arriving at shelters have identification as compared to 43% of dogs. What the fur ball is up with that?
Read more: How to I.D. a Cat
So our little Second Chance Pet Column caught the attention of an interesting organization called Tuck, based in Seattle and devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness. They create and disseminate comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources (check them out at Tuck.com). The cool thing is they asked us to share information about pets and sleep. So as it such a universal and important topic (who doesn’t need sleep?!) we are going to cover some of their info today.
Read more: Sweet Dreams are Made of This
So what is the deal with Halloween and black cats? Do you people still think that we are the vessels of evil witchcraft or minions of the devil? Seriously? People, this is the 21st century - can we please get over it already? Yes, black cats have endured a major role for centuries in folklore and mythology but continuing to perpetuate this superstitious mumbo jumbo isn’t helping our cause – to love and be loved. In the immortal words of Groucho Marx, "A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere."
Read more: The Fortune of the Black Cat
Best. Month. Ever. Move over Halloween it is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Toss out the candy corn and bat wings and make room for a lovable huggable treat of a lifetime – a new pet! Can’t adopt right now? Keep reading to learn how to help homeless sugar free sweeties like me find loving happy homes as part of this delightful month!
Read more: Spice up Your Life - its Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
As I sit and wait for my new family to appear here at the Second Chance shelter I have been considering what might help make the transition into a new home go more smoothly for all cats. I believe that the single most important thing is to properly prepare your home. Below are tips to create a safe, comforting and stimulating setting, without forgetting your own desire to have a well-designed living space.
Read more: Catify to Satisfy
I am a mutt and proud of it. I don’t intend to trash talk the purebred dog but for this week’s Pet Column topic I thought you should be aware of the impact that the demand for designer dogs (crossing purebreds with other kinds of purebreds) is making upon all dogs. From overcrowding shelters with unadoptable “designs” gone wrong to dogs living a life of suffering because of their failed “design”, I can help you avoid these pitfalls.
Read more: Designing Dogs Doesn’t Always Work
One would think that any creature that can so beautifully emulate the flow of water like we cats can would not harbor such a longstanding hatred and fear of it. The fact is, most domestic cats do not enjoy getting wet. Some will even lift their noses at the thought of walking over a damp floor. So, do cats need baths and if so how do you bathe a cat?
Read more: How To Freshen the Feline