10 Despicable Me: The Top 7 Ickiest Things I Have Done as a Pet Parent


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Have you ever noticed how parents of human children are completely indifferent to the disgusting things they do on a daily basis?  It’s as if having a child suddenly endows one with a superhuman resistance to squeamishness.  Even some of my most refined girlfriends, upon becoming mothers, have transformed from delicate daisy to down-and-dirty.   For instance, picking a child’s nose for him.  That used to be considered appalling.  But now that it’s THEIR child’s nose that needs excavating, they dig in with alacrity!
After becoming a pet parent, I can finally sympathize.  The drive to nurture and protect your charge…

5 6 Hot Weather Safety Tips for Dog Owners


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Certain parts of the United States are experiencing massive heat waves this summer with temperatures soaring well into the triple digits. We put together a list of the top 6 things dog owners should know about hot weather safety.
1. How Dogs Handle Heat. Dogs do sweat but not the same way we do. The main way they cool themselves is by panting. Heat dissipates through the tongue and paw pads and the evaporation helps them maintain a healthy body temperature. Their cooling system is not nearly as sophisticated as ours, which is why special care must be taken to…

Ice Cream Treats for Cats & Dogs!


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It’s summer and officially Ice Cream Season! Of course, you can eat ice cream all year round but, like diving into an icy swimming pool, some things just feel better after roasting in the sun.
July was designated Ice Cream Month by President Reagan in 1984. He recognized “ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by 90 percent of the nation’s population.” He designated the third Sunday of July, National Ice Cream Day and called for all people of the United States to observe the day with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Chances are,  you may be…

Product Review: PetLife Organic Ecoshield for Dog & Cat


Product Review: PetLife Organics Ecoshield for Dog & Cat

I recently fostered a kitten and then fell so in love, I had to adopt him.  I was so excited because this was the first time I would have a pet I could call my very own.  I fostered him at my apartment for a few months.  Then, when he was big enough, he went to the clinic to get neutered.  So excited, I picked him up from the clinic and brought him home. On the way home, I saw a flea on him, and I remember thinking, “It’s just one flea.  No big deal.”  Boy, was I wrong!  That…

Microchip Monday: Rescuing Animals from Fires in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Guest blog written by Jan McHugh-Smith, President and CEO  of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
Note from Found Animals: The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region knows a lot about keeping pets safe. They take in over 19,000 pets a year, and are huge advocates for pet identification including ID tags and registered microchips. In fact, as part of their pet disaster planning and response initiatives, Pikes Peak will soon be holding a microchip clinic to provide Found Animals’ low-cost microchips and free microchip registration to pets in areas affected by the recent Waldo Canyon fire.…

Animal Behavior Workshop & Dog Training Classes


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On Sunday, June 23rd, the Found Animals Foundation hosted a continuing education workshop on animal behavior and safety for our current active animal volunteers.  At this fun-filled, interactive workshop, Jessica Johnson, the Found Animals Foundation’s Behavior Specialist was able to address the many safety and behavior issues that our current volunteers are faced with on a regular basis.
The workshop topics ranged from how to train basic commands such as sit, lay, stay and loose leash walking to proper restraint of a cat or dog while administering medications or trimming nails.  All those in attendance were sent home with a…

2 Michelson Prize and Grants Tours a Living Laboratory


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I’m the Program Assistant for the Michelson Prize & Grants program, and I love my job! Two weeks ago, I got to hang out with red pandas, snow leopards, cheetahs, and other critically endangered animals. How? Let me introduce you to Dr. David Wildt who made it all happen.
Dr. David Wildt is a well-known expert in the field of reproductive biology. He leads research on many species of animals from elephants to giant pandas, and manages the wildlife animal collection at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Basically, Dr. Wildt is a reproductive biology rock star.
Luckily for us,…

5 Welcome to Camp Kitty!

POSTED BY Jennifer P. IN

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The Kitten Nursery is in full swing this Summer and hosting dozens of kitty campers that need your help!

Every summer, thousands of unweaned kittens enter Los Angeles area animal shelters.  Due to shelter crowding, pet overpopulation and a real lack of resources to care for these orphaned kittens, animal shelters are often left with no other choice than to euthanize these tiny kittens.
Our Kitten Nursery targets kittens that would otherwise be euthanized at the shelter.  At the Kitten Foster Project, we select healthy, unweaned kittens and place them into temporary foster homes while they reach their minimum weight…

2 Product Review: Waterless Baths for Cats


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Cats are expert groomers but sometimes they need a little help from their humans. There are some cats that don’t mind soaking in a warm sink of suds. If your cat doesn’t mind a traditional water bath, click over to our pet care section and check out the article on the basics of  How to Bathe a Cat.
Many cats do not like to get wet, bath-time can be a very stressful and scary experience for you both! Luckily, there are a few waterless bath products available that do a great job and won’t cause any trauma if your cat…

Pets Can Travel in Style… in a Backpack!


kittens sleeping in a petgear I-Go2 pet carrier

Do you travel often with your pets? If so, you know that it is not always easy. It’s more than just the lugging around of pet supplies; the pets themselves can be pretty heavy! I bring all my foster kittens into our pet-friendly office, and there was a time while using a traditional hard-sided pet carrier when I could tell they were big enough to be spayed/neutered/adopted just by the aching pain in my “pet carrier arm.” If lugging dogs or cats around is your favorite arm workout, the product I’m about to present is not for you. For those…