Are you considering a new pet for Christmas?

This is a popular time of year for animals purchases and adoptions. While I don’t want to discourage animal adoptions, I feel anyone considering giving an animal as a gift this holiday should evaluate the situation before proceeding further. Sadly, many animals given as gifts end up in shelters at the start of the new year. Here are some things to consider:

  1. Does the recipient want an animal? While a new puppy sounds like a nice surprise, it isn’t fair to either the animal or the person to expect someone who did not ask for a new dog to be prepared to take care of it.
  2. Is the recipient prepared for the responsibility? Kids are notorious for asking for a new cat or dog for Christmas, but are they prepared to take on the responsibility of a pet? If not, are you THE PARENT ready to take on the responsibility of a new animal?
  3. Does the recipient have enough time, money, and energy to care for this pet? Regardless of whether a person wants and feels they are ready for an animal, do you truly think the person’s lifestyle will allow for this animal?
  4. Is this the right animal for the recipient? Selecting a new animal should not be done on impulse. Often, it takes quite a bit of time to find the right animal for a certain person, household, or family. Plus, many people would probably prefer to select their own pet based on certain criteria.

Remember, many animals such as dogs or cats are going to be around for 13 or more years! They are not like toys that kids can just tire of and throw in the back of their closets. Even smaller animals such as gheckos, lizards, and birds can be around for a long time. Also, many animals require special habitats and accessories that you will have to buy, such as heat lamps, special food, etc. Even most fish cannot be put in a simply glass bowl! So please think long and hard about giving an animal as a gift this Christmas. If you have considered these things and have decided to give an animal this Christmas, please consider adopting. There are millions of animals in shelters that would love a home for Christmas (not just dogs & cats, but lizards, birds, rabbits, and more!)

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Young dog looking for loving person(s) to adopt

Emma, the sweet, beautiful dog featured below, is in need of a new home and some new best friends! Her current family loves her very much, but they can no longer afford to care for her due to the current economic situation. If you’re looking for a new companion and have room in your heart and home, please consider adopting Emma. She is healthy and great with dogs, cats, and kids. Emma is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Palatka/Putnam County, FL – Desperate dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens looking for homes for the holidays!

The following animals are located at the Putnam County Animal Shelter in Palatka, Florida. They are all VERY URGENT. These furry friends need to be adopted into a home or rescued by an organization. This shelter always has a large flow of incoming animals, so many are euthanized each week. These following animals could be euthanized at any time, but none will last beyond November 25. To survive, all animals must get out of the shelter before or on November 24. The animals below are just a small group of those in immediate need at this shelter. To view more of the animals, please take a look at the Putnam County Animal Shelter PHOTOALBUM, each animal’s details are listed below his/her picture. The following animals are those that shelter workers indicated as being most in need.

REMEMBER, IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN THE AREA, TRANSPORTATION FOR THE ANIMAL TO YOU MIGHT BE POSSIBLE, EMAIL THE SHELTER TO ASK IF THEY’D BE WILLING TO COOPERATE WITH YOU TO GET THE ANIMAL TRANSPORTED VIA ONE OF THE TRANSPORT SERVICES LISTED ON MY RESCUE TRANSPORT PAGE.

Cage 66, Brindle mix, Male, Nice dog, Owner-surrender:

Cage 66, Tricolor Terrier mix, Female, Very sweet, Owner-surrender:

Cage 67, Lab mix, Female, Nice dog, Owner-Surrender:

Cage 67, Yellow Lab (looks to be purebred), Male, Beautiful, Owner-Surrender:

Cage 80, Mix, Male, Extremely nice, playful, and friendly, Found as stray:

Cage 46, “Sandy,” Tan mix, Female, Very sweet, Abandoned by owners:

Cage 51, “Henry,” Black-white Lab mix, Male, Very Sweet, Found as stray:

Cage 78, Blue Heeler, Female, Found as stray, (she is PREGNANT-please consider giving her a safe place to give birth where she does not have to fear herself or her puppies being put to death):

Cage 48, Red-white mix, Female, Nice dog, Picked up as Stray, (She has been taking care of the puppies in this photo, but they are not her’s. She rescued these pups, now it’s her turn to be rescued!):

Cage 22, Beautiful silver tabby kitten, (the eyes just look funky in the photo):

Cage 25, Black Hemmingway, Double paws (this poses no problem, it’s just very cute), Very sweet:

Cage 30, Large Snowshoe Siamese, Bright blue eyes, Sweet cat, (bad picture):

Cage 31, Medium long-haired orange Tabby cat, Very nice:

Cage 40, White & Tabby cat/kitten, Beautiful eyes:

If you are interested in adopting or rescuing any of these or any of the other animals at the Putnam County Animal Services, please: (it is best to call & email to cover all your bases)

Call: 386-329-0399 or 386-329-0396 (If you get the answering machine, leave a message including your name, the cage # of the animal(s) you’re interested in, the description of the animal you’re interested in, request that the shelter hold this animal until you can talk to them, and leave your phone number.

Email: putnamanimals@yahoo.com (Include your name, contact info, the cage # of the animal(s) you’re interested in, the description of the animal(s) you’re interested in, and ask the shelter to hold that animal)

Miami, FL – Two loving puppies need new homes immediately!

Meg and Peg two lively, energetic Labrador Retriever puppies looking for a home(s). They’re currently 2 months old. When full grown, they will each be between 40-50 lbs. They’re both very engaging, love to play with toys, and enjoy running around together. Meg and Peg love people and are friendly with everyone they meet, and they’d love to meet a special someone who wants to love them forever. Long walks, runs, or fetching sessions will keep them happy and fit. If you are an active person looking for a sports buddy (or two), take Meg and Peg out for a spin; They may be your perfect companions. Meg and Peg do not have to be adopted together, but they would certainly like it if someone were able. While looking at their picture makes it hard to imaging seperating them, if you are able to adopt one, please do not hesitate. It would be devastating if both were euthanized because nobody was willing to separate them.

I was forwarded an email from someone that works at the Miami-Dade shelter. She really cares for these two babies and would really like for them to find loving homes and the lives they deserve. Please help her and these loving dogs if you are able.

Meg and Peg are located at the Miami-Dade Animal Services facility, located at 7401 NW 74th Street, Miami, FL.

Meg’s shelter ID is A1110079. Peg’s shelter ID is A1110080.

YOU MUST GO IN PERSON TO PLACE A HOLD ON AN ANIMAL!

If you are interested in meeting, rescuing, or adopting Meg and Peg, please contact the Miami Dade Animal Services Volunteer & Mobile Adoption Liaison at:

Direct: 305-805-1778
Cell:     305-877-5458
Fax:     305-805-1619
 

Please visit the Miami-Dade Animal Services WEBSITE to view more animals available for adoption.

Petland pet store chain officially linked to puppy mills!

After an eight-month investigation, the Humane Society of the United States accused Petland, the national pet store chain, of selling dogs bred under appalling conditions at puppy mills around the country.

The animal protection group made the charges at a news conference in Washington Thursday. The investigation involved 21 Petland stores and dozens of breeders and brokers. The Petland stores are being supplied by large-scale puppy mills, although customers are routinely informed that the dogs come only from good breeders, the Humane Society said.

“They are buying from puppy mills where these dogs are not treated like pets,” Michael Markarian, an executive vice president with the Humane Society, told a news conference. “They’re treated like a cash crop, where mother dogs live in wire cages, sometimes stacked on top of each other in filthy, dirty, cramped conditions, where they receive little socialization or human interaction or exercise.”

Dogs from puppy mills are sold at Petland stores for as much as $3,500 each, according to the Humane Society.

Investigators reviewed interstate import records of an additional 322 breeders, U.S. Department of Agriculture reports and more than 17,000 individual puppies linked to Petland stores, according to a release on the group’s Web site.

Filthy cages, inadequate care
Among the abuses cited, investigators found puppies in commercial breeders “living in filthy cages reeking of urine, with inadequate care and socialization,” according to the release. The Humane Society says dogs at the mills were found in cages with wire flooring so large that the puppies’ paws and even the paws of the mother dogs would fall through.

The group said pet stores should not be buying puppies from “abusive puppy mills” and “should not be lying to consumers” about where they get their puppies.

A call to Petland corporate offices in Chillicothe, Ohio, was not immediately returned. In a statement, Petland said the company does not support substandard breeding facilities and provides each store with guidelines on humane care of animals.

A statement on the company’s Web sitenoted that “Petland stores are independently operated by qualified franchisees. Each is responsible for choosing healthy pets offered to Petland customers. Petland, Inc. provides each Petland store with humane care guidelines to assist in this important task.”

Individual Petland stores previously have been targeted by animal rights activists for reselling puppies supplied by commercial breeders.

Large commercial breeders are legal and regulated by the USDA, but enforcement of humane conditions is a low priority, according to a recent report on msnbc.com.

The Humane Society investigation comes as legislators recently have stepped up moves to crack down on the lucrative puppy mill industry. In October, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell signed a bill imposing stricter standards on commercial kennels, including regular veterinary exams, larger cages and exercise areas. At least three other states have issued laws this year placing restrictions on commercial breeders.

Story by Jane Weaver. Take from msnbc.com

Unfortunately, it is almost certain that this is not the only pet store chain doing this. It’s also important to remember that it is not only dogs that are being bought from animal mills with unsanitary and cruel conditions. Small companion animals such as hamsters, rabbits, and birds are bred by large animal supply companies and sold to pet chain stores. These animals are kept in filthy, cramped cages, interbred, not given medical care, and generally not allowed to live the normal life intended for them. There is video footage of these supply companies and their inhumane practices, including footage of a male rabbits being neutered with a rusty knife and without any form of anesthetic. It’s important to not turn our backs on these animals at these pet stores, but to fight to end the existence of such establishments and the breeding companies. If possible, shop at your local independent pet store that practices humane business.

Akron, OH – Adorable cats, kittens, and dogs at county pound need adoption or rescue!

The following animals are located at the Summit County Animal Control Facility. These are only a small fraction of the animals currently available there. Please consider opening your home and heart to one. This facility does not have the best reputation and I would not wish my worst enemies there. Click HERE to discover some of the recent horrible history about this place!

09-053: (Adult male Shepherd mix)

09-101 (Adult female Sheperd mix):

09-102 (Adult male Collie mix):

C10-113 (Young male, domestic mix):

C10-115 (Young female Tabby mix):

C10-151 (Baby, male, domestic mix):

If you are interested in adopting or rescuing any of these animals, please call the shelter at: (330) 643-2845.

Visit the Summit County Animal Control’s PETFINDER PAGE to view many more animals that need a home! 

National Black Cat Day!

November 17th marks the second annual National Black Cat Day in Italy. It is not only in the U.S. that black cats are seen as signs of evil curses and bad luck. The Italian Association in Defense of Animals and the Environment organized National Black Cat Day to try to spread the truth about black cats and rto educe the number of black cats killed in Italy each year. An estimated 60,000 black cats are killed in Italy each year. Many are also kidnapped and/or abandoned.

Of course, black cats have it bad in America as well. The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare found that in shelters, black cats are half as likely to get adopted as are tabby cats and two-thrids less likely to be adopted than white cats. Many rescue organizations and shelters even have to probihit the adoption of black cats during October due to the nasty treatment many unfortunately receive.

But, I am here to tell you that black cats and wonderful and should be celebrated. I have known several black cats in my day and not one of them brought with them evil curses or years of bad luck! In fact, it seems it is the cats themselves that have the bad luck, on behalf of human behavior.

So, here are the top ten reasons why everyone should adopt a black cat:

    10. You’ll save money on their Halloween costumes.
    9. You can always find them in the snow.
    8. Holding a black cat is very slimming.
    7. Black cats will match any decor.
    6. A link brush isn’t required for a black-tie affair.5. When you love a black cat, luck is on your side.

    4. Black cats are like onyx, a beautiful gem!

    3. Hey, they don’t care what color you are!

    2.They are least likely to be adopted.

    1. Love knows no color.

List take from HERE (slightly modified by me).