2 How Regular Grooming Keeps Your Pet Healthy


Cocker Spaniel dog getting bathed/Adopt & Shop/Found Animals

When was the last time you bathed?  Brushed your teeth?  (Speaking for the rest of humanity, I hope it was within the last twelve hours.)  What about your pet?  If you can’t remember the last time your dog got a bath or cat got a brushing, then your pet is overdue.  Whether you do it yourself or take your pet to a professional, here’s how regular grooming keeps your pet healthy, from top to tail.
Benefits of Grooming
 A fresh-smelling pet is nice, but it’s not the only reason to bathe and brush regularly.  Pets can pick up all…

5 Dating Tips for Pet Lovers


Valentine Gus

At Found Animals, we passionately subscribe to the motto, “Love me; love my pet “, and we know we’re in good company.  Two-thirds of households in the US have pets – twice the number with kids under the age of 18.  So although it can seem difficult to find someone who is right for both you and your pet, the numbers prove they’re out there.  Here are 5 tips to help you find them.
1.    Be Transparent.
Include your pet in one of your profile pictures and include activities with your pet among your hobbies.  Disclosing from the start that…

Meet Our Groomer: Lisa


Koda - Before and After

Adopt & Shop Culver City is excited to welcome a new groomer to our dedicated team of staff members.  Meet Lisa!
Lisa’s passion for animals is evident in everything she does. She has two rescue dogs of her own – Whoopie, a pit bull/Labrador mix; and Reggae, an American Stafford mix.  She has also worked with shelter animals, which is what drew her to Adopt & Shop’s mission of rescuing shelter dogs and cats. Lisa was a long-time volunteer with Westside German Shepherd Rescue, where she groomed adoptable dogs to keep them looking their best. When a former shelter pet…

Special Kitten Report | February 2015


Arbor is so vivacious!

We have two very special kittens to share with the world!
Meet Arbor:
I’m Arbor and I am 3 months old! I came to Adopt & Shop from Long Beach Animal Services.  My ear is clipped and I had to have my tail amputated;  I don’t let that stop me from loving the hoomans.  I love to play and be pet!  Adopt & Shop has been my home for the past week, but I’d love a permanent loving home!
Will you SHARE my story, and help me find my FURever home? Visit me at Adopt & Shop-Culver City or call…

Tax Deductions for Fostering Dogs and Cats



Written By: Brian Chase
Kitten season is over. But tax season has just begun!

So, maybe you think that kittens are more fun than taxes. Perhaps your CPA is not as cute as a puppy. But knowing your rights under U.S. tax law can help you take care of homeless animals and save even more lives than ever.
Did you know that taxpayers can deduct some expenses related to fostering cats and dogs? In 2012, the United States Tax Court ruled that animal caregivers can deduct foster expenses, but there are a few important things to remember before you ask…

3 Modern Family: My Kids Have Four Legs


3 black dogs

Meet the Highland Family!  There’s Shawn, Estelle, Boo Boo, Scout and Big Duke – -wait, what?  Yes, my husband and I are the proud parents of three kids – who all have four legs.  Forty years ago, it may have seemed strange to consider our pets members of the family, but not anymore.  Our breed of modern family is on the rise.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, pet ownership has more than tripled since the 1970s, resulting in 62% of American households in 2012 containing at least one pet.  Meanwhile, the average age at which…

3 5 Things Every Pet Owner Should Learn About Microchips in 2015


Dog cat

By Aimee Gilbreath, Found Animals Executive Director
If you’re still trying to think of a New Year’s resolution, here’s one for you pet owners: Resolve to keep your beloved pet safe this year through microchipping. Why? The stats are astonishing. Microchipped dogs are 2.4 times more likely to make it out of a shelter and back home, and chipped cats are a whopping 21.4 times more likely to make it home!
To help you utilize your pet’s microchip to its fullest potential in 2015, we’ve worked out five “golden rules” of microchips. These tips will help you reconnect with your…

Meet Our Trainer: Chelsea


Huck Finn, Phoenix and Marley!

In honor of January being National Train Your Dog Month, we want to introduce you to our resident trainer and expert, Chelsea. We sat down with Chelsea for a little Q & A session so you can get to know her better.
Q: How did you become a dog trainer?
A: While attending Illinois State University, I took behavior modification classes.  In those classes I actually got to use my dog, Marley, as a test subject.  It reignited a passion that had begun when I was a child.  My grandfather encouraged my love of dogs by watching dog shows with…

14 50 Shades of Spay Contest | February is Spay and Neuter Month



For some people, February is all about lovers.  This year, the inevitable media chatter on the subject will include lots of coverage of a certain risque movie premiering right around Valentine’s Day.  Here at Found Animals, we don’t have anything against human lovers – we just don’t want pets producing unwanted litters.  For us, February is all about Spay/Neuter so we give you 50 Shades of Spay!

Throughout the month of February, Found Animals is asking spay/neuter programs across the country to show us your “50 Shades of Spay”. At the end of the month, five deserving organizations will each…

Bringing Your New Dog Home: Training Seminar Recap



Our trainer, Chelsea, gave a seminar at Adopt & Shop last week and outlined some basic training tips for bringing a new dog into your home. If you couldn’t make it in person, fear not, we recap them here to get you started:

When bringing a new dog home, the most important thing to remember is to go at the dog’s pace.
Each dog takes time to adjust to a new environment, and we can make it easier on him by giving him a safe space all his own.  This space can be a crate, a dog bed, or a…