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shelters


This couple and their two dogs are on a mission to make rescues the breed of choice. In 2011, my husband and I packed up our things – and our dogs’ things – and moved from Florida to California. In the midst of this big life change, I decided to start a blog to share …

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holiday season

Looking for a way to help animals in need this holiday season? Here’s eight.  Sadly, millions of dogs and cats don’t have a family to call their own this Christmas. But there are plenty of ways you can help make them feel loved! 1. Adopt an animal Many homeless animals will be euthanized before the …

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pincause

Have you heard of Pincause? This two-man operation sells uniquely designed pins to raise money for non-profits across North America. Eager to find out more, Animal Wellness Magazine spoke to the founders, Kate and Nate! Here’s what we learned. AW: Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about yourselves? K + N: We’re …

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LA Architects shelters for homeless cats

This October, Architects for Animals® “Giving Shelter” returned to the HermanMiller showroom in Los Angeles. The event featured inspurrational and functional outdoor dwellings for homeless cats, created by the city’s top architectural design firms and designers. The “city of angels” has become one of the largest hubs in the nation for stray, abandoned and feral …

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acupressure in shelters

How acupressure-massage can play a role in easing anxiety, fear and confusion in shelters. Animal shelters are tough places no matter how hard staff and volunteers work to make them comfortable. Being in a shelter is terribly disorienting for a dog or cat, and in their confusion and fear, they may act out or retreat …

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This month, researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine for Mississippi State University (MSU) revealed that the availability of dogs in animal shelters is at an all-time low. The study, which was developed to determine the number of dogs entering shelters and what happens to them, indicates that the overall demand for dogs has increased …

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adopting an older dog

Ensure success when adopting an older dog with these helpful tips. Dogs are considered teenagers when they’re around two. A few years after that, they’re cresting middle age, and by seven, they’re considered seniors. For this reason, many people go for adopting puppies over older adult dogs. There’s a perception that mature dogs are set …

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Nala

This gorgeous “undercat” named Nala is an internet star and poster child for shelter adoption. There’s something arresting about Nala’s eyes. Perhaps it’s because they’re such a clear beautiful blue, or contrast so nicely with her silvery facial markings. Maybe it’s because she has such a direct, appealing gaze. Whatever the reason, those eyes have …

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Animal Wellness will donate 40% of each subscription purchased using promo code AWA230 to Education not Euthanization. Location: Alberta, Canada Year established: 2014 Number of staff/volunteers/foster homes: Approximately 25 volunteers Types of animal you work with: Dogs, especially bully breeds, which often end up in shelters and are euthanized Fundraising projects: “We fundraise through Teespring …

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Animal Wellness will donate 40% of each subscription purchased using promo code AWA229 to Leave No Paws Behind. Location: Sun Valley, CA Year established: 2011 Number of staff/volunteers/foster homes: Three full-time volunteers and 32 long term/hospice foster homes Types of animal they work with: “We are an all-breed dog rescue, specializing in seniors, terminal and …

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Dark-coated kitties have a harder time getting adopted than their more colorful cousins, but this organization is changing that. When Jennifer Stott and Samantha McDuffee adopted a black cat, they were surprised to learn that dark-coated felines are much harder to find homes for than kitties of other colors. “And when cats are not adopted …

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By Seanna Tucker from Amazing Pet Expos Have you ever traveled cross-country with your pet? Hiked with them, biked with them, or even flown with them? The Staff at Amazing Pet Expos has noticed an increasing number of pet parents who take their beloved furry, feathered, and even scaled family members with them on long …

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When one thinks of puppies, the image tends to be of a warm and happy, adorable little furball. There is a sweet innocence associated with baby animals that tends to make even the hardest of hearts melt. Which is why there is a particular type of horror associated with the thought of anyone harming these …

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  By Jasmine Cabanaw Did you know that more than 40% of Canadian and American women will not leave an abusive situation if they have to leave their pets behind? This is because historically there has been a lack of protection for pets involved in domestic violence disputes. Thankfully, that is beginning to change. Many …

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Your dog ran off while at the park or the cat darted out the front door and you couldn’t catch him. Oh no, what now? Finding your pet when they are lost or missing is hard to do and for many pet parents can be a heart-wrenching experience. There are several options pet parents have …

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  By Jasmine Cabanaw Volunteering with rescue organizations inspired Angie Dahlquist Tollefson’s career in photography. Now her photographs of animals in shelters are inspiring people to adopt, and are capturing our hearts. When did you start being a cat lover? I have been a cat lover ever since I visited my cousin’s farm when I …

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emergency

What to do in an emergency We never dreamed we’d have to worry about a disaster in our area,” says Kiera. “We live on a hill, so it never floods here, and this isn’t an earthquake or hurricane zone.” What she didn’t count on was a chemical fire at a nearby factory that filled the …

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As the nuclear family generation draws to a close, the era of the step family begins. A story written by Jim Willis called How Could You? focuses on an increasing issue for dogs in this new world…single gets dog and develops a deep bond with her; single meets partner with children; they fall in love …

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apartment

Elfie is one of approximately 72,000 dogs impounded in shelters every year. And that’s just in Los Angeles city and county. The reasons for impound differ, and are very rarely the fault of the dogs. Some are found running on the streets, while others are turned in by their families. Moving or loss of home …

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tv trainer

An experience animal trainer for film and TV shares a few of his secrets. Lassie, RinTinTin, Benji…they’re just three of the famous dogs that have blazed their way across movie and TV screens, delighting thousands of fans around the world. The unique canines that star in these roles seem to have been born with a …

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easy raw diet

You know the benefits of a raw diet, but may not relish the idea of preparing it from scratch. Lucy Postins understands. It’s what she found when she was looking for a better food for Mosi, her Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. “I started off doing a homemade diet which was very messy and time consuming, and …

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Anyone who’s into holistic health knows the importance of probiotics. These beneicial bacteria are vital to a properly functioning digestive system and overall well being. One company that really understands probiotics is Cycles of Life, owned and operated by Dr. Jay Dhawan and his son Neil. “Our focus is solely on promoting and offering probiotic …

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dog tracking technology

A missing dog or cat is any pet parents worst nightmare. With today’s technology tracking your furry companion has become much easier. An unlatched gate, an open door, a loose window screen…a dog or cat can look on these opportunities as his own version of Prison Break. Every two seconds, an animal companion gets lost. …

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animals love

We love our animals like they are our children. But, when you’re gone, how do you know they will be taken care of? Amy Shever used to volunteer for a shelter in Los Gatos, California. “I frequently witnessed cats and dogs brought in after their people had passed away or became too ill to care …

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Visit some animal shelters that have embraced an eco-friendly philosophy to help them better care for their dogs and cats, as well as the earth. Most shelters do their utmost to give resident dogs, cats and other critters the best possible care, as well as lots of love and attention. Some are going a step …

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rolling dog ranch

Set in the spacious grasslands of Montana, Rolling Dog Ranch gives sanctuary to disabled animals. Rolling Dog Ranch began as a dream in the minds of Steve Smith and Alayne Marker. Over the years, the couple had adopted six dogs and six cats, all with special needs that labeled them unadoptable by shelters and rescue groups. …

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black dog

The term ‘black dog syndrome’ is sometimes used to describe feelings of depression, but it can also refer to a very real phenomenon often seen at animal shelters. As animal lovers, we know how indispensable shelters and adoption agencies are. According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated six to eight million …

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online adoption

The internet makes it easier than ever to find the right companion. But, make sure these online sites have the best interests of the animals at heart. When John and Ella Olson decided to get a dog, they headed to the local shelter. They wanted a small adult dog, suitable for life in their apartment, …

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lost dog joint

Don’t push the panic button if Fido or Fluffy runs away or becomes lost. Instead, follow these suggestions to help him get back safe and sound. Over the years, your perfect pooch or kitty has wiggled his way into your home and your heart, earning himself a starring role on your family tree. And then …

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rescues

A growing number of pet stores are working with rescues to adopt out homeless animals rather than sell dogs and cats from puppy mills and backyard breeders. Most savvy animal lovers prefer to adopt dogs and cats from shelters or rescues rather than buy them from pet stores. In a lot of cases, pet store …

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shelter quilts

How one woman and her dog led to a unique organization that helps shelter dogs and cats stay warm, comfy and happy. Eileen Smulson thought she had a full life. She had a loving husband and was juggling various successful careers, teaching grade school, working for major nonprofit agencies and running her own business. She …

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judith levy behavior

The fields of animal behavior and energy work come together in this practitioner’s approach to helping dogs and cats. “As a child, I had a very special connection with dogs and cats that were strays and had a rough start,” says Judith Levy, a behavioral/energy practitioner for animals and their people. “I was able to …

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