3 Small Dogs Totally Rock!

POSTED BY Jennifer B. IN

2 papillions

Don’t get me wrong—I love all dogs.  Bernese Mountain Dogs that like to use my legs as a bridge to walk under, Salukis to prance gracefully, Mastiffs that help me clean off the kitchen counters, Great Danes to practice my horseback riding…  But my heart belongs to the little fluffies.

I get a lot of flak for having such small, delicate little ones (I’m the handmaiden to two gorgeous rescue Papillons)—people accuse me of having cats that walk on leashes, of having accessories that eat, of owning Gizmo.  (BTW, that’s not a compliment people—my dogs are insulted to be compared…

Cats – The Real Underdog

POSTED BY Aimee G. IN

calico in a cape

Hopefully you have heard that we recently kicked off our fantastic Cat Days of Summer campaign with the great news of our 500th cat adoption at the Cat Adoption Center.  This is an incredible accomplishment and we are very proud of the staff and volunteer team at our facility that work so hard every day for the kitties.  And we are very excited for 500th cat Oscar who got to go home with this bevy of beauties:

Unfortunately, even with amazing efforts like this, cats are still huge “underdogs” in our shelters and most cats are not as blessed as…

3 5 Things to Do When You Adopt a New Cat

POSTED BY Jennifer P. IN

tabby kitten with ice cream cone

1.       Be Ready for Anything!
When adopting a new cat or kitten, you will most likely have a nervous kitty who needs some time to adjust to their new environment.  This could exhibit itself in the form of hiding under couches, in the closet, or under the bed.  It could also manifest itself into a kitten who is too anxious to sleep at night.  The best thing you can do is have patience and a plan, and in time kitty will have adjusted fully to its new forever home.
2.       Buy a Scratching Post.
If you haven’t already done so,…

Cat Days of Summer

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black & white pitbull

Memorial Day has come and gone, and summer is now officially upon us, which means two things. One, I can officially change into my white collar, and two, the Cat Days of Summer has begun!
June 1st marks the start of this comprehensive and countywide feline focused initiative. Try saying that three times fast (with a mouth full of peanut butter-  don’t tell Aimee!).  Basically, this summer it’s all about the cats, and it’s about time! Yep, I’m finally coming clean- I love cats! I am a cat person. A cat person dog.  A cat dog, I guess.  And this…

First Feral Cat Caretaking Workshop A Success!

POSTED BY Lindsay E. IN

cat in a cage

This past weekend, Found Animals had the pleasure of partnering with the Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition, FixNation, and Kitten Rescue to host its first ever Feral Cat Caretaking Workshop.
We’re thrilled to announce that approximately 80 attendees, speakers and volunteers shared in this wonderful day-long seminar. We thank every one of you for your participation!

We have taken the presentations from the workshop and compressed them into two easy to download pdfs. Click on the red hyperlinked topics below to download these  informative packets.
Topics throughout the day ranged from the basic, “What is a feral cat?” to the more…

5 Reasons to Adopt A Cat

POSTED BY Jade L. IN

Cat Adoption Center Logo

5.     Have you heard of the Cat Adoption Center? Located next to SEAACA in Downey, CA, the Cat Adoption Center specializes in adopting out – you guessed it – cats! Are you a cuddler or like to play a lot? Each of our adoption coordinators and animal volunteers are very familiar with all of the cats. They can help ensure you’re adopting a cat that will fit your personality and lifestyle. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped and ready to go home.
4.     It’s Kitten Season. Last week we blogged about how Kitten Season is in full bloom. If…

5 Secrets of Dog Behavior

POSTED BY Julie B. IN

white dog digging in the dirt

As you learned from Aimee’s pit bull blog, there was a lot of eye-opening material presented at the HSUS Animal Care Expo.  Another session we attended and thought you might find interesting, was about the five secrets every dog adopter or owner should know.  Colleen Pelar, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, hosted the session and clarified common misconceptions with these five points:

1.    Most “bad” behavior is actually normal dog behavior.  Barking, digging, chewing, pulling on the leash – these are things that dogs do, and it’s our job as responsible pet owners to mitigate…

Smitten With Kittens

POSTED BY Molly S. IN

2 black kittens

Did you know Spring kicks off a phenomenon known as kitten season? That’s right, there is a season just for kittens and it is upon us!  What is kitten season, you ask? As winter draws to a close and the weather begins to warm, unaltered female cats go into heat. Sixty days later they begin giving birth to litters of kittens.

Many shelters become overwhelmed with unwanted kittens from March through October, so if you’re contemplating adopting a kitten, look no further than your local animal shelter.
5  facts about kittens:
·         Felines are considered kittens until they are 1…

11 The Truth About Pit Bulls

POSTED BY Aimee G. IN

grey pit bull puppy

Did you know that. . .

  • As many as 75% of mixed breed dogs in animal shelters, including pit bulls and pit bull mixes, are mis-identified as the wrong breed.
  • “Pit bull” type dogs are no more likely to exhibit aggressive behavior than golden retrievers.
  • Breed discriminatory policies don’t make communities safer, and many are being repealed in favor of breed neutral approaches to dangerous dogs.
  • At least three dogs from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels have gone on to earn therapy dog certifications.

So what is the most important thing any person can do to help pit bull type

What Do HSUS and Mickey Mouse Have in Common?

POSTED BY Jade L. IN

HSUS animal care expo 2011

Last week, a handful of the Found Animals team traveled to sunny Florida to take part in the Animal Care Expo 2011, presented by the Humane Society of the United States.

This year’s Expo took place in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Animal care professionals, animal volunteers, and animal welfare organizations, like us, came from all over the world to be a part of HSUS’s Expo, the largest international education conference, trade show and training conference in the fields of animal care and control, rescue, and emergency services. We found out that over 1600 animal lovers were there,…