3 Microchip Monday: Pet GPS – It’s Real!

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When I was fourteen, my outdoor cat Meowzer disappeared without a trace. Two years went by without any sight of her. I was sure the worst had happened, but lo and behold, at sixteen I boarded a plane to travel abroad… and as soon as I was out of the country, she mysteriously reappeared. That’s cats for you, huh?

Today’s animal behaviorists and armchair pet-scientists are finding more and more that our pets lead secret double-lives.  Left to their own devices, free-roaming pets explore the neighborhood, meet up with furry friends – and frenemies – and even moonlight with other…

3 How Pet Store Bans Affect Puppy Mills

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How Pet Store Bans Affect Puppy Mills

This has been an exciting year in Los Angeles as the pet store ban that was passed in October of 2012 finally went into effect after a six month waiting period.
The new law makes it illegal for pet shops and other retail businesses to sell dogs, cats and rabbits unless those animals are obtained from an animal shelter, animal-control agency, humane society or a 501(c)(3) rescue organization.
Since an estimated 99% of pet stores obtain their puppies from puppy mills, this law is a big success because it drastically reduces the supply and demand for commercially bred animals. Los…

9 Pets Unstressing Passengers and 9 Other Types of Therapy Dogs

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Dogs are exceptional at reading our facial expressions and body language because they have co-evolved with us for tens of thousands of years.  Since the beginning of time we have had a symbiotic relationship with these four-legged wonders.  We rely on them and they rely on us, and that is the way it has always been.
Dogs are like incredible machines, possessing a superior sense of smell, speed, strength and hearing, as well as soulful eyes and a warm, cuddly body.  It is no wonder that they can and do a variety of crucial jobs for the benefit of man.…

Microchip Monday: Lost in a Windstorm

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This reunion story was shared with our Microchip team by Janet, Buddy’s owner.
Buddy is a 2-year-old golden lab with a personality all of his own.  He doesn’t like to listen, he likes to do things his way, he has really bad allergies;  he’s always itchin’ and scratchin’.  He’s a great dog and we love him to death!

The fence in our backyard blocks a creek behind us.  I nicknamed Buddy “the King of the Antelope” because he’s constantly racing back and forth, barking his head off.
One night we had a windstorm and some of the boards on the…

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…

5 Kitten Season Purrs On: Become a Foster Volunteer Today

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I was once at an animal welfare conference where one of the speakers told a joke that I will never forget.  She spoke about her shelter’s experience when their “Kitten Season“ rolled around.  She had casually thrown out the term to an unsuspecting adopter one day.  After seeing the horror on his face she knew she had said something that offended him.  When she asked him why he was so upset he replied, “I didn’t know there was a hunting season for cats.”
She quickly realized that he was right.  We animal welfare people know the term all too well,…

9 ‘Pet Flipping’: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim

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If you keep up with pet news at all, you have likely heard about the crummy new trend in the animal theft underworld called ‘pet flipping.’  Pet flipping occurs when a bad guy steals a pet and then sells it to turn a quick profit.  The pet can be stolen from a backyard, or fraudulently claimed in response to a Good Samaritan’s “Found Pet” post in the newspaper or on Craigslist.
Primarily, dogs are the target of pet flippers, and the dogs stolen most often are those that look like “purebreds.”  In some cases, if the dog is not spayed…

Holistic Pet Care: Flower Essences and Canine Massage

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Adopt & Shop dog trainer uses canine massage on client

This post was co-authored by Gabi, Cat Programs Coordinator at the Cat Adoption Center, and Jessica, Pet Services and Safety Coordinator for Adopt & Shop.
Animals experience stress just like humans do. When you move to a new house, take a trip to the groomer or bring home a new pet, be sensitive to changes in your pet’s mood. Their anxiety may be obvious — they may urinate inappropriately or display aggressive behavior — or it may be more subtle.
Our pet adoption centers, Adopt & Shop, and the Cat Adoption Center, pull animals from local shelters, many of them…

5 NKLA Pet Adoption Center Opens In West Los Angeles

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NKLA Pet Adoption Center

On August 1st,  NKLA, a Best Friends Animal Society initiative comprised of over 60 local nonprofits, opened their first Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, CA.

A few of us Found Animals staffers attended their soft-opening, took a tour of their beautiful new space and got to hang out with some of the adorable dogs and cats awaiting adoption.
The adoption center is spectacular.  An 11,000 square foot, Cape Cod-style facility with lots of amenities:  brightly lit with skylights, soundproof kennels, a grooming and picture taking area, meet and greet rooms, a cozy community cat room and a large…

4 Microchip Monday: How a Microchip Solved a Murder and 4 Other Extraordinary Stories

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The first story you are about to read is shocking, and as the title alludes, it involves a murder. I’m sharing it here because it is one of the most interesting stories about microchips I have heard. In this case, an up-to-date microchip registration directly affected the outcome for all involved, including the dogs.
Brittany Tavar was a successful woman who was described by friends and family as “not practical”.  She was a woman who marched to the beat of her own drum. In her mid-40s, she lived in South Beach, Florida. She was a photography hobbyist and active in…