Shelters need volunteers, but the work and harsh realities of animal welfare often upset workers until they just walk away. Here's how to survive.
What would you do if you and your pet had to evacuate your home in the middle of an emergency? Would you have your pet's supplies ready to go on short notice? These tips will help you be prepared.
Do dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, and other pets go to heaven? This Christian perspective examines the question and looks at the beliefs of both famous theologians and pastors, and what the Bible has to say on the subject. Pets and heaven is a controversial subject in Christendom.
Do you see a dog locked in a hot car? Are you afraid the dog is in danger or might die? Are you wondering what you can legally do to save it? Consider contacting the authorities and act fast!
Dogs, just like people, mourn the loss of their canine companions. In some ways, their grief is similar to humans'. Fortunately, there are several ways to help a grieving dog. Some of these tips can help grieving owners, too.
A simple list of average life expectancies for the most popular pets, with an analysis of the factors that affect a pet's lifespan.
Thinking about taking your pet along on your next vacation? Read on for some useful tips and advice to help make the entire process as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Our pets are always dear to our hearts and are considered to be like our children. When one passes over the Rainbow Bridge, we need closure. This article outlines the best way to celebrate your pet's life with a Wiccan ritual.
While you grind away at work all week, your dog sits at home pining away for you. When the weekend rolls around, it's date night and time to do something special with someone special.
Losing a dog leads to a mix of emotions that may be difficult to comprehend at times. Understanding the stages of grief when losing a dog may help the grieving dog owner better understand what is happening to them.
Dogs aren't considered man's best friend for no reason. Their unconditional love, tail-wagging joy, slobber-covered kisses, and eternally sunny mood can profoundly affect the health of their owner.
Pet flipping is becoming an increasing problem, but many pet owners don't know what this practice is or why it's so disastrous for them and for their pets. Information is the best defense against this!
Pet ownership provides affection, companionship, and a number of other mental and physical benefits. Wondering which pets make the most affectionate companions? Read on for a list of the top 10.
More and more, the importance of health and soundness is a topic of discussion in the media, in dog forums and kennel clubs, as well as in the minds of prospective dog owners.
Here are 10 things you should never say to anyone whose dog just died, regardless of the dog’s age or cause of death. Even if you mean well in your heart, any of these 10 things should never be said to a person of any age who’s recently lost their dog.
Anticipatory grief is the fear of losing a dog. It is often felt when a dog is diagnosed with a terminal condition such as cancer or with aging, geriatric dogs. Preliminarily mourning doesn't have to be a negative experience, it can be turned into a proactive experience.
Exotic animals that are considered dangerous and are illegal to own as pets are legal in some situations. In what cases are individuals or organizations allowed to keep banned exotic animals?
I do pony rides as part of my business, and it's infuriating to me to hear that PETA is protesting outside one of the venues where we regularly work. Here is what I have to say on the subject.
Whenever I'd leave home, I would miss and worry about my Chihuahuas. My traveling buddy always took her pet Chi with us. So, I decided I would take my little dogs on their very first road trip.
Stray dog and cat overpopulation creates a very real issue in our communities. The simplest way you can help is to spay and neuter your pets. This article will discuss the benefits of spaying and neutering for you, your pet, and for the domestic dog and cat populations as a whole.
Here are general facts and statistics about animal abuse—from the most abused dog breed to the most common form of animal abuse. Also detailed in this article is the story of one particular dog's history of abuse and her incredible rehabilitation story.
Are pets good for you? Many scientists believe they are. Learn more about the many ways your pets can help make your life happier and healthier!
Being a dog owner is a blessing. Having good relations with neighbors is also a blessing. Sometimes the two conflict when a dog has behavioral issues.
How does Chewy.com's prices compare to buying dog food or cat food at the store? Read this Chewy review for selection, shipping policies and how to avoid the shipping charge. Chewy runs some good deals but make sure you check with other retailers.
Learn about the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of ear mites in cats and dogs and read about related ear conditions. You'll also learn why home remedies might not be a good idea.
Owners of an aging dog—perhaps one affected by terminal cancer—may wonder what to expect and what common signs indicate that a dog is dying. Recognizing these signs is helpful so that dog owners can be prepared for euthanasia or hospice care with the support of a veterinarian.
Saying goodbye to a pet is part of loving them. The grief is real, but as with any loss, the right song can play a role in getting through it. Here are some songs to help.
Keeping pets is one of the great joys in life. They bring happiness to their owners in almost every way. Here are some things you may not know about being a pet owner.
I have read countless articles in the last year about people's pets dying. It is something all pet lovers have to experience and is always a sad time. This article and the poems relate to how I cope.
You can talk to your pets. It takes a little practice, but the rewards are overwhelming! Learn how to communicate with animals so that you can enhance your bond and help them live their best life.
Don't have the time or know-how to have a dog or another care-intensive pet? Check out this list of 10 pets that are easy (and relatively inexpensive) to take care of.
Keep your pets happy and healthy during the winter holidays. This article offers practical tips on how to protect your pets during cold winter weather.
The facts about de-clawing cats, presented in no-nonsense, stern language. It's not sugar-coated or "prettied up" in any way; it's just the straight, graphic truth. Please don't do this!
Though many pet owners think they need to shave their pets' coats to keep them cool in the summer, it is usually unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
For those people who are in the position to bring a pet into their lives, the benefits and delights of pet ownership are considerable. Read on to discover the 8 top reasons you should get a pet!
Animals are sentient beings with feelings and yes, emotions. They deserve humane treatment and care at all times.
This article exists to dispel the myth that animals need, or should be fed, live food for optimum nutrition and psychological wellness.
If your beloved pet has passed away at home, or if you've put him to sleep at the veterinarian's office but can't face the idea of leaving the body behind, you're going to need to bury him yourself. As a child, I'd buried hamsters and gerbils, but...
Pets, no matter what kind, are fed and nurtured in a controlled environment. Are they then able to survive in the wild?
Advice from the SPCA on what you should do if you've run over a dog or other domestic animal with your car.
People love their pets, but did you know that your pet can make you sick? Listed below are seven ways your pet can make you sick.
Can animals feel empathy? When it comes to animals, this is one of the most common questions people ask. Read this article to find out the answer.
The death of a dog is a painful experience, regardless of your prior experience with grief. Whilst some people believe it's not OK to feel grief, this articles discusses why it's perfectly acceptable.
Whether it's from old age or disease, every pet owner faces the decision of choosing euthanasia for their pet or letting nature take its course. I explore some of the end-of-life factors to consider in this article.
If you have to evacuate during a disaster, make sure you have your family pets' needs handled with a grab-and-go bag! Here are itemized lists for what to include for each of your pets.
Where ever I have lived I saw some type of stray animals. They looked so helpless and hungry. Learn what you can do to help.
Children can be deeply affected by the death of a pet. Here are some tips on how to help them cope when an animal friend passes away.
The death of a pet can be truly devastating, and while it's important to show someone who is grieving that you care, it can be hard to know what to say. Here are some simple messages you can use in a card, a text message, or on the phone to console your friend after the death of their beloved pet.
You've just found out that your co-worker's pet has died and you want to offer them support. You know how painful pet loss can be. Here are some tips on how to help them cope with the death of their beloved companion and process the grief.
We love our pets. They are our family, our best friends, and sometimes our only companions. We know, sadly, that their lifespans are all too short! You may be wondering if there are other options besides burial and cremation. Yes! Aquamation is a dignified, earth-friendly alternative to cremation.
How can we stop puppy mills? We can start by considering adoption. When you buy your puppy from the pet store, it is usually from a mill. Puppy mills are all about profit and don't consider the well-being of these animals.
Dog walking should be a pleasure, not a chore. With the right preparation, you and your companion can stay healthy and safe, whatever the weather.
A guide to help people whose pets are nearing the end of their lives to help them decide when to let them go.
These are examples of pet loss sympathy messages that you can use to write in a card for someone you know whose pet has died. Personalize these by adding specific details about the pet.
Tips for how to write a letter of complaint to a neighbour about their barking dog—example letter included.
There are several dangers of keeping dogs off-leash which dog owners may not always realize. This article was written in hopes of potentially saving dogs' lives from the potential dangers of being off-leash.
Many zoos, parks, and petting farms have free-roaming peacocks on the grounds. These places also post signs asking visitors to please not feed the animals. Many people ignore this and offer the peacocks french fries, chips, and other junk food. Here's why you shouldn't do that.
You swear that your pet knows your language because he/she knows when they are doing something wrong or right. This articles explains the real reason why pets can understand us.
Adopting a pet can be very exciting. Here are some reasons why you should consider adoption versus buying your new pet from a pet shop.
Explore some in-depth practical advice, tips and resources to help you find your lost or missing pet dog or cat as quickly and safely as possible.
Learn about ten diseases your pet may develop over their lifetime and how you can prevent them, as well as how you can protect yourself from contracting them!
If you've ever had to find rental housing that allows pets, then chances are you know just how hard it can be. Pet owners have complained that the only rentals available to them are substandard or in poor condition because landlords are hesitant to rent to them.
Where you live can affect whatever pet you have in a physical and mental way. Many homes aren't large enough or do not have a necessary yard. Here you will learn what homes each animal will need and whether your home is pet-friendly.
If you had a bad experience with you vet, and they did nothing when you complained, here is a comprehensive list of links to your state's or territory's complaint page or form.
Everyone loves their pets, but not everyone loves how they smell! Read on for a list of pets that don't smell as bad as others.
The Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act has been passed as a result of the Zanesville, Ohio, "Zoo Massacre." What wild and exotic animals are now banned in the state as pets?
Shock collars are highly controversial. Do dogs feel them? Do they work? Are they inhumane? All of these questions will be answered. Find out how they work and which alternatives are available.
While living in Thailand, we rescued a street dog who became part of our family. When the time came to return to our home in the UK, we vowed to bring our dog back with us. This is how we did it!
Feral cats often have the ability to touch your heart even if you aren't an animal enthusiast. How'd this lonely cat get here? Where's its family? Does it need anything? Food? Shelter? Before you know it, you're thinking of the cat on the way home, and you might even offer it some food.
Before anyone seriously considers pet ownership, they first need to examine the many reasons that they should not get a pet. Read along to discover the top 8 reasons you should not get a pet!
Dolphins are exceptionally complex creatures, and one such species, the bottlenose dolphin, has been around for 15 million years. It's time to rethink the quality of life of these species in captivity. Are these shows cruel? Let's find out.
We love getting gifts for our pets. With so many options out there, finding one can be hard. Discover some awesome gift ideas for pets and their owners.
The death of a pet can be heartbreaking. But does that mean you should get a new pet right away? Find out if you are ready to adopt a pet after a beloved furry friend has passed away.
Bed bugs bite pets if no human host is available. Bed bugs don't travel on pets as much as people think. They are not like fleas and ticks. They don't like fur but will endure it to get a meal—usually only if they have not had a human meal in a lengthy period of time.
As many handlers will tell you, being a service dog handler is not easy. A service dog handler faces a disability that their dog assists them to manage—but sometimes it’s not as “fun” as people think.
Noah's Ark is an animal rescue charity in the Haute-Vienne, France, run by Cindy Maasik and her daughter Lauren. Their sole purpose is to rescue and re-home animals in need.
What do you do if you find a lost dog or stray? Is there a dog roaming in your neighborhood or is it in the road? Does it have a collar? If you find a stray dog, you may be wondering what to do and who to call. Here are some safety tips and steps to take.
It is always heart-breaking when it comes time to putting your dog to sleep, whether due to an accident or just old age. Saying goodbye to a friend is one of the hardest things to go through.
Considering taking your fur-baby on your next trip? You're not alone! With more of us opting to take our pets on holiday, make sure you know exactly what to do with these pet travel tips!
A quick look at the practice of cropping a dog's ears and why you should avoid this unnecessary medical procedure for your family pet.
Bald is beautiful—at least that's what many pet owners seem to think these days. From furless guinea pigs to hairless horses, we've seen it all, and now you can too!
Loose dogs can injure you, your children, and your pet. It is both legal and ethical to defend yourself from an aggressive dog, but how do you justify your actions to the angry dog's owner?
Need to make a screen door panel / sliding patio door gate that your pets can't run through? Here's how to do it for less than $25, and with virtually no tools beyond scissors and a needle.
What are the pros and cons of charging a fee for re-homing or adopting a pet? Let's evaluate the arguments on both sides.
Are you worried about a dog in your neighborhood? Do you suspect abuse? This can be an extremely upsetting and emotional situation for anyone to deal with. If you do suspect an animal is being abused, there are several things that you can do to intervene legally and safely.
Many people want a small pet but aren't sure which one is the right choice. Are you a fish person or do you want something cuddly and soft? Perhaps a bird or a frog would do?
This article offers an in-depth look at how to take exceptional dog photography photos. Rather than going into techniques and technical considerations, we will discuss composition and how to capture the perfect moment.
The age-old debate that everyone wants to know the answer to is: who's smarter, cats or dogs? Dog lovers think dogs are smarter than cats and cat lovers think felines are smarter than dogs.