Category: Pet Care

17 Pet Sitting Tips for a Happy Holiday

POSTED BY Jennifer S. IN


It’s that time of year, when we go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house for the holidays!  However, sometimes those plans include long drives, airplanes and overnight stays.  In some cases, it’s just not feasible to bring along your furry family member.
Your pet is very comfortable at home with you, but when you leave, he can become stressed and act out.  Your pet is used to your routine, and anytime you leave, that routine is disrupted.  There are a few options when traveling away from home for who can look after your pet when you…

Cancer in Pets: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

POSTED BY Jennifer S. IN

tabby cat getting checked by a veterinarian

These days, hearing about a friend who’s pet has been diagnosed with cancer, or worse, hearing the diagnosis from your own pet’s vet, seems to be less and less rare. It isn’t that the disease is cropping up like wildfire, but rather, due to better veterinary care and living conditions, dogs and cats are living longer lives, and cancer is a disease of the old. Further, veterinarians have better diagnostic and treatment tools than they did just a decade ago, so they are better able to detect the disease. If patients come in for senior or regular pet wellness exams,…

6 Thanksgiving Food Quiz: Is Your Feast Safe for Your Pets?


Thanksgiving Turkeys vintage postcard

Thanksgiving feasts bring the whole family together, sharing food around the table…and under it. Many pet lovers admit to sneaking human food to their pets (guilty here!), and who can resist those puppy or kitty eyes peeking up at them when the holidays roll around?

If you and your relatives are guilty of cross-species food sharing, it’s important to know which foods are safe for pets before you sit down to eat. We put together a little quiz of what common Thanksgiving food is safe for pets, what’s borderline and what is not. Test your knowledge below!
Thanksgiving Food Quiz…

Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Part 2: More than Just “The Pound”


statue in front of West Valley Animal Shelter

“The pound” is a term that is often used to describe facilities that house homeless, abandoned, or lost pets. Though this was once the correct terminology, increased emphases on animal care, humane education, and pet adoption have transformed what was once “the pound” into your local animal care center.

 History of the Pound
As early as the mid-1800s, local governments played an active role in controlling the animal population in their communities. Stray or abandoned animals were impounded by such agencies, which is why many were originally established as “the pound department.”
The majority of such government-run facilities were created…

Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Part 1: Heroes in Their Community

POSTED BY Jennifer P. IN

siamese kitten with blue eyes

If I asked you who your everyday heroes were, I’d bet that philanthropists, firefighters, police officers, moms and dads would top that list. I’d also take a guess that your local animal shelter and their staff might not immediately come to mind. In honor of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week we’ll highlight why animal shelters are heroes to their community and to the animals they care for all year, every year (even on Christmas!)
Provide Shelter
Animal shelters provide a safe, temporary environment for homeless animals. Animal shelter staff feed, clean and groom animals on a daily basis. Animal care…

2 Pet Food Review: By Nature for Cat and Dog


By Nature pet food dry and canned food

By Nature is one of the great cat and dog food brands that Found Animals’ Adopt & Shop store in Lakewood, California carries.  If you are looking for a high quality pet food with protein as its main ingredient, you may want to try By Nature.  They offer a wide variety of dry and wet food for dogs and cats, including puppy, kitten, weight control, active, grain free and organic. They also offer a line of dog treats.  You can view the nutritional labels for each type of food on the By Nature website. Of all the dog food and…

3 Don’t Be Unlucky: 13 Halloween Pet Safety Tips For A Tail-Wagging Good Time!


2 kittens in dresses

Found Animals recommends taking some common sense precautions to make this a fun-filled and memorable Halloween for animals and animal lovers alike. As a pet owner, you know your pets best, but as a reminder, here are 13 pet safety tips to consider for a safe and happy Halloween season!

• Keep your pet stress-free by choosing a costume that fits properly and isn’t too much of a distraction to your pet. While dressing up your dog or cat can be fun, there are a few things that should be considered when picking out a costume for your pet.…

3 The Importance of Pet Wellness Exams


kitten laying on a yellow blanket

This Guest blog was written by Dr. Annette LePere, Medical Director at Rolling Hills Animal Hospital in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Every pet owner knows their cat’s or dog’s most coveted snacks, favorite window perches or places to go on walks. You even know which side of your bed they like to sleep on!  But as an owner, do you know when your pet’s kidneys start to slow down, or if their joints are really starting to ache because of hip dysplasia or knee pain?  This is why it is so important to schedule the time to have regular pet…

5 Vet Tech Appreciation Week Continues With 2 Guest Blogs


3 aussie mixes sitting at the door

This guest blog was written by one of our Lead Adopt & Shop Volunteers, Keeli Tebeau.

Animal health care has come a long way since Dr. Walter Collins developed the curriculum for veterinary technicians in the 1960s. For all you animal lovers and aspiring vet techs, I share my continuing journey of working in the animal care industry.
When my family decided to share our life with a dog, we visited many animal shelters in both L.A. and Orange counties. We adopted an owner-surrendered 5-month-old Border Collie-Sheltie mixed-breed puppy…and the fun began! Once settled into…

A Day in the Life of a Shelter Vet Tech



Veterinary technicians (or vet techs for short) are one of the many unsung heroes of animal welfare. They play an integral role in keeping the pets healthy and happy during their stay at the animal shelter. Unfortunately, not many people know what a vet tech is or what they do. Here are just a few of the duties that shelter vet techs do on a daily basis:
Support the Veterinarian – On any given day, a single shelter veterinarian may be responsible for the health of several hundred animals in the shelter — not an easy task to do alone!…