3 Microchip Monday: The Case of the Missed Microchip

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young woman scanning dog for a microchip

We’ve all heard stories of pets mistakenly euthanized due to microchip mishaps. Playing up the emotional strife owners experience when their beloved pets are lost, many articles miss the core questions: what went wrong, and how can we prevent it from happening again? We need to get these pets home safely!
It’s common to blame chips “malfunctioning,” or migrating, but microchip failure and microchip migration are rarely, if ever, the true culprits. For a microchipped pet to make it home, the whole system has to work in harmony, and the chip hardware is the element that quite literally doesn’t have…

Kitten Foster Friday: Ser Pounce’s Story

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cat and dog napping together

This isn’t your typical “foster fail” story.  We weren’t even fostering Ser Pounce (initially named Indiana Jones).  We just agreed to watch him for the weekend while his foster was out of town.
Let’s start at the beginning of this love story. Once upon a time, I met Riley.  It was love at first sight.
It was love at first name with Ser Pounce.   We actually named him before he existed.   We were watching an episode of “Game of Thrones” (*spoiler alert)… the young king Tommen was speaking with Margaery and she asked the name of his cat.  “Ser Pounce!”,…

17 Microchip Monday: Match Me If You Can

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grey tabby cats

“My pets never leave my side.” “The neighbors all know Fido.” “Whiskers is indoor-only.” These are a few common reasons we hear from pet owners who don’t think microchipping is important.
Many owners believe that their pets are so popular, everyone in town would recognize them and bring them home, making ID tags and microchips unnecessary. However, many municipal shelters serve thousands of animals each year. The odds that local animal care professionals know every lab or tabby cat by sight are pretty slim… even if yours is the cutest.
Lost pets may also look different than they do at…

Adopt & Shop: New Dog Daycare in Culver City CA

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Adopt & Shop: New Dog Daycare in Culver City CA

In addition to dog grooming, obedience training, dog and cat adoptions, pet supplies and pet microchipping, Adopt & Shop Culver City also offers a full-service Dog Daycare.
Adopt & Shop Playtime is a great way to provide your dog with exercise, mental stimulation and socialization, all while you’re hard at work bringing home the bacon! Sending your dog to daycare is a great way to ease separation anxiety and give yourself a well-deserved break. Instead of coming home to an amped-up dog,  in desperate need of a long walk, you can bring home a calm dog, all ready to cuddle…

“Life’s a Bark” Book Signing at Adopt & Shop Culver City

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"Life's a Bark" Banner

We are excited to announce a special event at our new Culver City store! Award-winning author, Larry Kay, will be in the (dog) house signing copies of his new book Life’s a Bark on Saturday, July 12th, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
From the author: “We always hear about what we teach our dogs: how we train them, how we shape them into our ways of living. The funny thing is, we think we’re teaching dogs, but they’re really teaching us… about big things like life and love. That’s the idea behind Life’s a Bark.”

Larry will also be giving…

#100KittyDays

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tabby kitten

On June 11th of this year, Adopt & Shop launched an adorable campaign on their Instagram called 100 Kitty Days. As many of you know, Kitten Season is a phenomenon that happens every spring when the weather starts to warm, and hundreds of thousands upon millions of cats give birth all over the world. Even though little kittens are really, really cute, Kitten Season is anything but.
Our Kitten Foster Project manager, Jen, did a great job of explaining some of the finer points of Kitten Season in a blog we posted last September called, “Kitten Season Purrs On.”
In…

Six Tips for a Safe 4th of July

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The Fourth of July is a time for fun with family, friends, food, and fireworks! Whether you’re out and about or staying in to celebrate America’s Independence, remember that the 4th tends to be more like a Halloween fright fest for our furry friends. In addition to just being frightened, many shelters report up to a 30% increase in lost pet intake during the holiday due to scared animals running away to escape fireworks.
Here are six tips to keep in mind this holiday weekend to keep your pets safe:

1. Make sure your pet has a quiet, safe place…

Microchip Monday: Where to Find Low-Cost and Free Microchips

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One major reason why pet owners don’t microchip their pets is cost.  The price of microchipping services can vary from $10 to $75, and the total cost can climb even higher if you use one of the many fee-based registries.
The good news is that many organizations want to help you get your pet microchipped.  This means there are always low-cost and free microchop deals and promotions out there, you just need to know where to look!
Here are some different avenues to explore if you are one of the many pet owners who do want to get your pet…

Against All Odds: Hope Spay Neuter is Going to Austin

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staff at Hope Spay Neuter

This guest post is written by Madeleine Laird; Executive Director of Hope for Animals Spay/Neuter Clinic in Fort Wayne, IN.
At HOPE for Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter & Wellness clinic, we believe in constantly continuing education and also team bonding experiences. In the past, when an applicable conference was on the horizon, we would always take as many staff members as possible. We found that learning new things together helped solidify buy-in and allowed us to develop more consistent policies.
For our first conference, put on by the Humane Alliance, six staff members attended. We rented a van and drove 10…

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day 2014

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2 dogs sitting in their beds

One of the benefits of working in the animal welfare world is that our main office is pet-friendly. Having dogs in the office helps lower stress and also forces us out of our chairs for much-needed walks. We also have a couple cats that accompany their humans to the office. Though it takes a special kind of cat (one that enjoys car travel, and dogs, just to give you an idea) in the spring and summertime the office is also populated with foster kittens.
Bringing foster kittens to the office is encouraged because it helps with their overall socialization and…