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Happy Tail: Woman goes the distance for an Aussie

Happy Tail: Woman goes the distance for an Aussie

ZOOTOO  Tue, Apr 22

When the shy dog crawled up into Betty Meadow’s lap and licked her face, the adoption was clinched. Betty and her friend had driven from Huntington, WV, to Newberry, FL, after reading about the miniature Australian Shepherd on Petfinder . The story was a sad one. When Helping Hands Rescue saved the 4-year-old from a puppy mill, she weighed only 6.7 pounds. Now she was up to 7.8 pounds, but everywhere you touched her, Betty says, you felt bone. Arianna found a loving home far ...

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Happy Tail: This Bichon was rescued from a puppy mill

Happy Tail:  This Bichon was rescued from a puppy mill

ZOOTOO  Thu, Apr 17

This purebred Bichon Frise was a puppy mill breeder dog. She spent her first years in a tiny wire cage, getting no socialization, producing litter after litter. Her vocal chords had been cut to prevent barking. Fortunately, Luv4K9s rescue in Dayton, OH, saved her from the deplorable conditions and listed her on Petfinder to give her a chance of finding a loving home. Now life is good for this former puppy mill dog. A Fond du Lac, WI, family saw her on the website and applied to ...

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Pit Bull Parent: I Love All Dogs

Pit Bull Parent: I Love All Dogs

ZOOTOO  Thu, Apr 17

I’m pretty thick skinned and not easily offended, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. And the other day, it happened. Someone called the shelter that I work for and asked about one of the dogs that we have available. I gave her a little info and then she said something that we hear often enough, but it’s like a punch to the gut every time I hear it. She said “But why is that kind of dog in a shelter? That kind of dog doesn’t deserve to be ...

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Happy Tail: An Australian Shepherd's eyes win a home

Happy Tail: An Australian Shepherd's eyes win a home

ZOOTOO  Tue, Apr 15

As Sherry Rentz gazed at her computer monitor, the eyes of the dog on her screen mesmerized her. She was suffering over the loss to cancer of her beloved dog, Cassidy, an Australian Shepherd , and had been looking on Petfinder for another pooch to fill the emptiness in her heart. Now a beautiful red/merle Aussie named Lady, who was listed on Petfinder by Huntsville Animal Services in Alabama, captured her attention. “It was uncanny how much this dog’s eyes reminded me of ...

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5 Tips for Finding a Pet-friendly Apartment

5 Tips for Finding a Pet-friendly Apartment

ZOOTOO  Tue, Apr 15

According to a Rent.com survey of 1,000 U.S. renters, a whopping 83 percent find it difficult to find a pet-friendly apartment and 56 percent have not secured an apartment they liked because of a no-pet policy. Some landlords are reluctant to allow pets, and they have legitimate concerns: Pets can cause damage to the apartment, make too much noise, or potentially harm other renters in the building. Thinkstock Luckily, there are a few things you can do to show a potential landlord that ...

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Transitioning Your Pet to a New Food

Transitioning Your Pet to a New Food

ZOOTOO  Sun, Apr 13

Adopting a new cat or dog means plenty of changes for both you and your pet. Many new pet parents will opt to feed their new addition something different from what they were eating at the shelter or foster home.  However, abruptly switching foods can upset your dog or cat's digestive system, so it's best to make this change slowly. Here are some tips from our friends at Purina on how to switch your pet's food so that the transition is a healthy and happy one. Switching Your Dog's Food ...

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How many pets do we have?

How many pets do we have?

ZOOTOO  Sat, Apr 12

These days, 68 percent of U.S. households have pets, compared to 1988 when just 56 percent of households had pets, according to the 2013-2014 APPA (American Pet Products Association) National Pet Owners Survey. Over 56.5 million households have dogs, while more than 45 million have cats. The third most popular pets – freshwater fish – swim in at 14.3 million. Other pets account for less than 7 million each. Nash is ready for adoption at Briarcliff Animal Foundation in ...

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Happy tail: A dog brings sunshine into his home

Happy tail: A dog brings sunshine into his home

ZOOTOO  Fri, Apr 11

The March days were particularly dreary for Beverly Reuter. Eight months had passed since her husband of 56 years had passed away, but she was still feeling as if the tears and loneliness would never go away.  Her grief was compounded when her 14-year-old Yorkshire Terrier died unexpectedly. “I had never felt or heard the house so silent,” she says. Her friends had been helping her through the tough times, and now one of them, Dawn, stepped up again. Charley’s ...

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The Truth About 5 Edible Hazards For Cats

The Truth About 5 Edible Hazards For Cats

ZOOTOO  Thu, Apr 10

1)      Most lists of dangerous foods for cats include chocolate, onion, garlic, raw eggs, alcohol and avocado but the truth is avocado is not toxic for cats. A small amount of avocado flesh given as a treat is fine. My cat Merlin has always enjoyed bits of avocado and he's almost twenty. The issue of avocado toxicity concerns the toxin persin which is found mostly in the avocado leaves, skin and the pit, but not the flesh. The ASPCA claims, "While avocado is toxic to some animals, in ...

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'Why We Rescue' project is working to change perceptions about shelter pets

'Why We Rescue' project is working to change perceptions about shelter pets

ZOOTOO  Tue, Apr 8

Theron Humphrey, a photographer who attained fame with his photo book, "Maddie on Things" - in which his coonhound, Maddie, was photographed happily perched atop things such as bicycles, skateboards, light posts, and more - has taken on a new project sponsored by Purina ONE called, "Why We Rescue" . Book, Maddie On Things, by Theron Humphrey Why We Rescue is a story-telling documentary that shares how shelter/rescue pets can transform our lives for the better. Humphrey spent most of ...

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