Quick Guide to Renting with Pets

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Quick Guide to Renting with Pets

Renting with pets can be a challenge. Even though studies have shown that pet owners make better tenants for a number of reasons, many landlords are still hesitant. When searching for a place to live, the building’s pet policy will most likely be the first deciding factor on whether or not you can even look at the place. This can be a blessing in disguise, though. Often times, after hearing “No pets” repeatedly, you may just hear, “I only rent to people with pets.” This has happened to me, twice. Both places were better suited to me and my animal…

Honoring the Life-Saving Work of FixNation

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If you have ever had an experience with homeless cats you know it can be a very difficult and heartbreaking scenario. It is estimated that there are between 50 and 100 million feral or community cats living in the United States. These cats are fending for themselves, reproducing in record numbers with few on their sides to advocate for them.
While many frustrated property owners consider drastic action, like eradicating the cats, animal-lovers have a hard time with this concept. Simply put, the problem of homeless cat overpopulation is a man-made problem. A cat, whether wild or friendly, is still…

3 The Little Kitties That Could: Stevie and Wonder

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A couple of weeks ago a friend of Found Animals found two tiny abandoned kittens. At first glance it was clear that both were suffering from severe eye infections that without treatment, had reached a critical point.
The kittens were brought to the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles‘s Pico Rivera location, where Dr. Lukic examined them. The prognosis is good –  both kittens are going to live – but their eyes are too badly infected to be saved. The little boy, who is called Wonder, will lose both eyes. Stevie, the little girl, will definitely lose one, but she…

2 Celebrities Loving on Black Cats: Adopt a Mini-Panther Today!

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I know you’ve heard this all before but stars really are just like us.  Many stars are huge animal-lovers and they do a lot of work raising money, awareness and even getting right into the animal rescue world to get their hands dirty. Working in the animal realm, we see how one well-placed tweet, Facebook post, ad campaign or recommendation from a celebrity can be a major tipping point that helps organizations and their animals. So we are saying a special thank you to celebs who have given Black Cats a shout out!
As we creep up on Black Cat…

2 Microchip Monday: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About AAHA’s Pet Microchip Lookup Tool

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If you ever find a lost pet, hopefully he’ll have an ID tag with the owner’s phone number on it, as this is usually the quickest way to return a pet back to his family. However, if Fido doesn’t have external ID, you’ll need to take him to a local vet’s office to get him scanned with a universal scanner to see if he has a microchip implanted under his skin.
If he has a microchip, the scanner will reveal a 9, 10, or 15 digit microchip number.  Contrary to popular belief, the scanner doesn’t provide owner contact information. It…

Service Dog of the Day: Stormy

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Meet Stormy.  This 4 year old black lab was a bomb dog with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines stationed in Afghanistan.  Highly trained to sniff out improvised explosive devices, during one foot patrol in the mountains of Helmand Province, Stormy located five roadside bombs, saving both soldiers and civilians from injury and death.
Josh Miller, who served in Stormy’s unit, said this about Stormy:  “He was a great dog, not only because he could find IEDs, but also because of his personality and his companionship.  You’d go out on patrol and get shot at for three hours, then you’d come…

Service Dog of the Day: Wink

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Photo courtesy of Tonya Murray

I think this story is a perfect example that when it comes to dogs; if you can dream it, they can do it.
Wink is a 2-year-old black Lab/Golden Retriever mix who is classically trained as a service animal with extra training to help her in criminal investigations, specifically involving children. She is currently based at the Uintah and Daggett County Children’s Justice Center where administrators use her to help children feel comfortable when discussing difficult, crime-related topics.
Out of 20 Children’s Justice Center (CJC) locations in Utah, the Uintah and Daggett County facility are the only two utilizing these…

Service Dog of the Day: Shelby

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Photo Courtesy of chiarian.blogspot.com

In March 2008, an Arizona blogger, who goes by the name “Zipperhead,” visited her local animal shelter and laid eyes on an underweight, skittish and obviously abused Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.  The connection was instant and her family adopted the little brown dog, naming her Shelby.
At the time, Zipperhead had been struggling with a brain condition called Chiari Malformation (CM). CM’s are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. Her condition was further complicated with an associated neurological disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  EDS is a group of inherited disorders that affects connective tissues —…

8 Ways to Work Like a Dog Today

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August 5th is National “Work Like a Dog” Day, so in honor of this prestigious holiday, we thought we’d share some friendly tips on how you can work like a dog and maintain a healthy, balanced life.
1. Be Energetic. Dogs have a lot of energy because they also get a lot of sleep. To ensure you feel well rested and energized throughout the day, get a good night’s sleep the night before with a doctor recommended 7-8 hours.

2. Be active. Dogs love to explore the great outdoors and expel their energy being active. If you’re short on time, …

71 “Fake” Service Dogs: Harming the Reputation of Real Service Dogs

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August 3-9 is National Assistance Dog Week – a week set aside to honor the over 20,000 dogs nationwide who help their humans overcome disabilities by working as Guide, Hearing and Service Dogs.  These dogs are specially trained, sometimes from birth, to help people navigate specific issues such as blindness, deafness, paralysis, epilepsy, and PTSD, to name a few.  The people who rely on these dogs on a daily basis often say that without them, they would not be able to function.  But did you know that for the past several years a disturbing trend has taken root that threatens…