More than Best Friends: Dogs and Our Mental Health


little girl with comfort dogs

Tell me how you’re feeling.
Ok, look at this.
Now, how are you feeling?
If you just smiled and let out a bit of tension with thoughts of, “awwwwww,” congratulations, you are human.
For thousands of years, humans have cultivated relationships with dogs.  Though controversial, some scientists even theorize that humans domesticated dogs long before they began settling into groups and cultivating agriculture. No matter when it began, the strong bond that developed between human and canine continues to evolve.  The more we get to know our four-legged companions, the more we love them.  One very good reason…

Search Dog Foundation Breaks Ground on National Training Center


overlooking SDF NTC

On April 16th, our friends at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation officially broke ground on the future spot of the Disaster Training Zone, located within their new 125 acre training facility currently being built in the foothills of Santa Paula, CA. The National Training Center is the first and only facility of its kind in the country.
If you are aren’t familiar with the Search Dog Foundation, they are an incredible organization that I find difficult to sum up. The scope of their work is so multi-faceted, I don’t feel like I do them justice if I don’t cover…

7 Microchip Monday: Map of Reunited Pets


map of reunited pets

We really believe that microchips make a difference in finding lost pets. To show just how far a pet can travel, I pulled eight stories from the news and illustrated them on this map. Most of these animals were found thousands of miles away from home. None of them were wearing visible identification.  All these pets were reunited with their families because they had microchips with up-to-date information in a registry.

To read more about the individual stories of each pet, click on their name.

  • Willow (Cat) Colorado to New York City – Missing for 5 years, found 2,000 miles

3 Killing Fleas Inside Your Home Using Traps


Photo By Sarodeo / Flickr

We’ve written many a blog about dealing with fleas! And while the best course is to prevent fleas before they get a chance to infest your pet and home, that isn’t always an option. We know a lot of you care for stray cat colonies as well as take in lost dogs that you find out in the world, in danger and covered in fleas.
All sorts of situations can lead to a flea infestation in your home, yard and on your pet.  Getting rid of them can be difficult and expensive but they pose health risks to people and…

Planning a Perfect Day at the (Dog) Beach


2 dogs playing at the beach

Even though it’s only May, many cities are already experiencing Hades-like heat (here in Los Angeles, the thermometer started hitting triple digits weeks ago.)
Between alternately crying into our ice cream sundaes and scuttling indoors to air-conditioning, we hit the dog beach!

Last year I made a map of dog-friendly beaches in the United States and encouraged readers to comment with beaches they frequent in their hometowns. Many of you responded and we were able to double the number of beaches on the map! I encourage you all to do the same this year, so we can make our map…

Barks N’ Arts


chris galligan paintings

Last week, we hosted an event especially for our friends from partner organizations who work along side us. We wanted to plan a unique evening and, much like a newborn baby, show off the new flagship Adopt & Shop store in Culver City.
So many of our guests had a direct hand in the development and execution of the shop, literally making it all that it is today, and we had a great time catching up, giving tours of the space, drinking wine, eating, looking at art and spending money for a good cause.

The event was called “Barks N’…

I Gave My Pet Away: What Do I Do with Their Microchip Registration?


white dog with toy

As we all know, pets can change ownership more than once during their lifetime. Changing household circumstances can be an inevitable part of life, and pets may need to be re-homed for a variety of reasons. When a change in pet ownership occurs, one frequently asked question is: What should I do about their microchip registration?

First, it’s important to clarify how a microchip works. When a microchip is implanted in your pet, the chip comes with a unique identification number that will remain associated with the pet for eternity, similar to a social security number that is assigned to…

Are Circus Cats Coming to a City Near You?



Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending an acrobatic cat show and I finally got the answer to that centuries-old question, “can cats really be trained?”  The answer is, “sorta…”
First let me say, this is a show like no other.  As my squealing co-workers and I settled into our chairs and took in the stage, the scenery and the people, it was apparent we were about to witness something very special and unique.
The amazing Acro-Cats consist of 14 rescue cats (and one chicken) and their trainer, Samantha Martin.  Martin is an avid rescuer and foster volunteer, and…

2 Kitten Foster Friday: Stephanie’s Story

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2 kittens napping in a cat tree

Guest post by Stephanie S.
It was about three years ago that I saw a picture of the world’s cutest kittens on Facebook and immediately fell in love. Now, if you’re like me, you see photos of kitties online all the time – you might even fall in love with each and every one of them. But this time it was different. This time it was a litter of six unweaned babies that a friend of mine was fostering with their mama. These kittens would be available for adoption when they reached the appropriate age and size. These kittens could…

Microchip Monday: 1 Year and Still Chippin’ Strong!


Microchip Monday: 1 Year and Still Chippin’ Strong!

Today we celebrate the first anniversary of our Microchip Monday blog series. (Yes, we remember our anniversary.) We’ve been chipping it good for a whole year now, and wanted to take the opportunity to reminisce on some of our favorite microchipping blogs. Our five all-time most beloved blogs are featured below.
People sometimes ask us where these blog ideas come from. The truth is, wonderful readers, that you are our microchip muses! Your questions and comments inspire all of our posts. We meet every week to review common questions and brainstorm future blogs and resources we can provide. It’s a…