“I just travel too much”. This is one of the top reasons I have been hearing from people visiting the Second Chance Humane Society shelter as to why they can’t adopt a pet. I agree this is a valid reason as we are happiest when with our families. However, I would like to propose a plan to eliminate this excuse, I mean reason, for you not having a pet…
Many folks find that the expense of hiring pet caretakers (or lack of pet caretakers in the region) a significant obstacle to pet parenting. But there are solutions to this, such as developing a community of trusted people that would care for your pets for free. Don’t roll your eyes – it really is quite feasible.
Have you heard about Time Banking – through which people are essentially bartering services? Through this creative approach (not long ago serving as the primary form of goods exchange, and still very alive in various parts of the world…) members can receive a service from any other member in the time bank for each hour they “bank”.
For example, a bike mechanic can be called upon by someone in the Time Bank for an hour of bike wrenching and that banked hour can be applied toward an hour from a plumber to fix the mechanics sink or an hour from an accountant to prepare taxes. What a fabulous grassroots community building program and solution (check out Time Bank of the Rockies to learn more about this program in our area)!
A similar concept designed just for dog owners also exists. It is called Dog Care Exchanges and operates in the same manner in that member’s trade dog watching with others members of the group. I recommend limiting your Exchange to just a few families so that your pets do not feel bounced around too often and can develop a trusting relationship with these families.
So go start talking to your pet loving friends and families in your neighborhood and get your own exchange started. The benefits to this approach are multilayered – from reduced stress on you and your pets to that of your pet receiving more personalized and tailored care consistent with their regular play and sleep schedules and less exposure to potential illness that can occur in kennels.
Did you know that there are than kids? In fact 68% of households in this country have a dog or cat. So I’m talking more than 70 million dogs and 74 million cats (according to the American Veterinary Medical Association)! With that statistic you know we pets have to be doing something right, as we are clearly more desirable than children.
My name is Dillinger and I am a handsome 6 year young Shiba Inu. I am gentle and good natured with a great love for the outdoors and nice long walks. I get along well with other dogs but prefer doing my own thing. Because I like being outside so much my new home should have a fenced yard. I am looking for a patient family to help me learn to bond with people – but – if you are a traveler please not that I am very much perfectly travel-sized…