Category: Pet Care

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet: 15 Essentials


Disaster preparedness for your pet

When it comes to a national disaster, do you have a plan? Earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. Today on National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, we encourage you to spend time putting together a plan for yourself and your pet.  To help you assemble a comprehensive disaster kit for your pet, here are our 15 essentials.
1. Proper ID.  The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occurs is to make sure they have proper ID.  This means having a physical…

Volunteering with Animals: Volunteerism on the Rise Nationally

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Volunteer With Found Animals

It’s no secret that volunteering has many benefits, including confidence building, increased mental and physical wellness, networking opportunities, and a sense of social responsibility, to name a few. Reflecting on the last year at Found Animals, our team has been incredibly thankful for the amazing volunteer staff that help us keep things running smoothly each day. In 2014, Found Animals adopted out over 1,300 animals and served hundreds of thousands of pets between all of our programs, and we simply could not do it alone. It excites us to see that volunteerism continues to be on the rise nationally, particularly…

World Animal Day 2014


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World Animal Day was established in 1931 by a group of ecologists in Florence Italy as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species.  Nearly 85 years later, World Animal Day is now celebrated in every country and has expanded to include all animals, large and small, wild and domesticated, and the impact they have on our lives.

The date of October 4th was chosen to coincide with The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  Every country observes this holiday in their own unique way with festivities ranging from animal welfare-centric spelling bees for…

Quick Guide to Renting with Pets


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…

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day 2014


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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…

4 Happy National Specially-Abled Pets Day!


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This blog was co-authored by Annie M. and Estelle W.
National Specially-Abled Pets day is observed every year on May 3rd and was founded in 2006 by Animal Behaviorist and Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige. The goal of this holiday is to celebrate the animals who amaze us with how they cope with challenges brought on by birth flaws, disease or injuries. National Specially-Abled Pets Day also encourages potential adopters to consider adopting a special needs pet.
If the internet has taught us anything, it’s that people are really inspired by these animals! Watching them flourish in the face of…

6 How to Read a Pet Food Label


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Reading cat and dog food labels is confusing and tricky.  Are you sure you are feeding your pet the healthiest and most nutritious food money can buy?  I’m still trying to figure that out for myself and my westie, Yuki, but here are some facts I’ve learned along the way about production and labeling regulations.
Who’s in charge?
Pet food is regulated both federally and at the state level with standards determined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  The AAFCO is responsible for establishing nutritional standards for each species and lifestage (ex: X% of protein for a…

4 BAD EATS: Holiday Pet Food Safety Tips


BAD EATS: Holiday Pet Food Safety Tips

With the holidays come holiday dinners, which can spell disaster for your pet if they ingest something that can be toxic or harmful to them.
For dogs, rich, fatty foods, such as scraps of fat from the Thanksgiving turkey, gravy or grease, can cause a sudden onset of pancreatitis, which occurs when the pancreas floods the body with digestive enzymes that begin to inflame and deteriorate surrounding organs.  This can result in pain, vomiting, and dehydration, which can be fatal if not treated immediately.  Often hospitalization is required for treatment.  A dog who is suffering from pancreatitis may adopt a…

Earthquake Safety for Pets


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On October 17th, Found Animals Foundation and Adopt & Shop will be participating in the Great California ShakeOut, a nation-wide earthquake drill.  While we were making preparations for the drill, we began to ask ourselves, if an earthquake were to happen right now, what would we do with our pets and how can we include them in our earthquake preparedness plans?  Here is a guide to earthquake safety for pets.

DURING an Earthquake: DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.
Any animal, when frightened, may bite or scratch in order to flee to safety, so it is very important that you DO…

12 Dealing with the Death of Our Pets


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My husband and I are huge pet lovers and started our life together by adopting two kittens who were litter mates. Having both come from families that included dog and cat siblings, it made perfect sense to start our family by adopting pets.  After I began a career in pet rescue and adoption, our family grew.  After seven years together (and no human kids), we had a brood of five cats: the two “originals,” another adoptee and two failed fosters.  These were our children.  This was our family.
Almost exactly one year ago, we had to deal with the hardest…