July 20, 2014 posted by Editor
July 20, 2014 posted by Editor
NEW JERSEY – Animal shelters are full, they have no space, they often have no money, and they have a small number of dedicated volunteers.
In the tri-state area, animals are euthanized daily, rescue groups are unable to save as many lives as they wish, and animals spend years in boarding kennels while awaiting adopters to fall in love with them. Many of these boarding animals are forgotten. There is an estimated 3-4 million pets
euthanized each year in US animal shelters. That’s 10,000 per day on average.
There must be a way to curb at least some of this. There is. Fostering.
There is a strong lack of homes willing to open their doors to fostering a shelter pet. Maybe it’s because they assume that a shelter animal is “broken,” or that they think they would never be able to give the animal up to an adopter, it would break their heart. The former could not be further
from the truth. And the latter is selfish. Imagine the heart exploding with happiness that the beautiful pet you have supported and loved, has found forever love with a great family.
Many shelter animals are down on their luck, and need a second chance. They have lived in homes before, they have lived with children, other pets, and life was great! But perhaps their human passed away, or maybe they fell on hard times and just couldn’t afford pet care any longer. And now Muffy or Fluffy or Spike or Spot is sitting in a cage wondering what on earth happened.
Sure, there are some shelter pets who sadly have never felt love, or the affection of a human before. Some were abused or neglected. But all of them still have hope, they wag their tails, they purr. One thing they all have in common is the dangerous waiting game. Will they get sick in the
shelter? Will they go crazy if they are there too long? Will they gain bad behaviors because they are not receiving the natural love, attention and comforts that a home should provide? Will they make it out alive at all?
How the animals end up in the shelter in the first place is a societal problem that we alone cannot fix. But if people opened their homes to shelter pets we could save a bunch of lives and help animals transition into forever homes much more easily. That at least would be a start till
our society puts a higher value on the lives and existence of our furry friends, till the law stands up for our 4-legged buddies, till shelters are no longer overflowing with the unwanted.
Fostering is a wonderful experience. As a foster parent, you can set certain guidelines with the rescue group as to what type of animal you prefer. A certain breed, age, sex, temperament, that you think will fit into your home. If you work full time and already have a dog, you can always request a dog-friendly foster pet who is house-trained. You will have the full support of the rescue group. But you must also give them full support in return. You must make a minimum time commitment (some rescues require 3 months, some 6 months). Your job as a foster is to guide the pet into being the best it can be, to get it ready for a forever home. That could involve teaching a dog to stay off the couch or walk better on leash, or teaching a cat to welcome other pets or to play, or simply to teach trust and love.
For an adopter, it makes the process a little easier. There is less guessing. We are certainly not suggesting that potential adopters should shy away from shelters when making adoption decisions. We LOVE shelters and wish more people would consider adopting a pet direct from a shelter, instead of using it only as a dumping ground. But for some, they need to know more specifics that a shelter often cannot provide. When a pet lives in a foster home, it has a better chance of showing its personality, of displaying more natural behaviors. An adoptee can be told if that pet likes children, what commands it knows, how it acts in a dog park, what its favorite game or past time is, how it is with car travel, what it acts like when strangers enter the home, whether it needs a home with adults only, etc. Some of these traits can be noted by a shelter, but to many the transition from shelter directly to home is one that results in many adopters returning pets.
A pet needs time to decompress, to learn trust, to “get over” the shelter experience. This may be easy for some pets, and not so easy for others. A patient and loving foster home can help them through this process. Each rescue group is different with the type of support it offers it fosters.
Some pay for all medical bills, some even pay for food. But all are ready with any help and advice they can provide. The rescue will promote the pet on social media and its website, as well as on sites such as PetFinder.com. If appropriate, the pet would also be part of adoption
events where the general public can visit the pet. It is always helpful if the foster also promotes the pet to their contacts. They are the best ambassador for that pet.
One example of a wonderful dog that would flourish in a foster home is Millie. She was on the kill list in New York City and was pulled by A Pathway to Hope Rescue, after Rock & Rawhide advocated for her life. A great dog with so much potential, she is currently staying at A Hotel for Dogs in Middletown, N.J., a doggie day care facility. She spent 2.5 months in the shelter, and now has been at the hotel for a month getting ready for her forever home. She is 2, sweet, affectionate, listens to commands, obedient, healthy, loves to play, walks great on leash, and loves to ride in the car. Yet she’s just one of hundreds, actually one of thousands of dogs in boarding today. Lucky enough to have their lives saved. Unlucky enoughthat they are still in limbo waiting.
Consider fostering. Consider adopting. Consider volunteering at your local animal shelter or rescue group. And always, hug your pets a little tighter, knowing they and you are the very lucky ones.
Rock & Rawhide
Rock & Rawhide aims to increase adoptions and quality of life for dogs and
cats in shelters, by providing distraction therapy and noise/stress
reduction through the donations of toys, tough chew items, Kongs,
Nylabones, bones, rawhides, blankets and more. If a dog is chewing, it’s
not barking! If a cat is playing, it’s not meowing! Less noise = less
stress. In turn, dogs and cats can pass their evaluations at shelters, and
show more of their personality, making them more adoptable. We collect
items through regular donations, music gigs, visual art shows, culinary
events, DJ events, drop box programs, and more.
A Pathway to Hope Rescue
A Pathway to Hope is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption
of abandoned dogs and cats, with a special focus on south to north rescue
of northern breed dogs, the rescue of stray cats, and community outreach to
further the cause of rescue.
Hotel For Dogs
Dedicated to providing your dog with only the very best in lodging, play,
and love. An owner-operated facility, staffed by hard-working, energetic
dog lovers. It’s not enough for us to simply provide your dog with a little
space while you’re away. We want them wagging their tails, making new
friends, and singing doggy farewells when you come to pick them up –
because we’re dog owners too and we know how hard it is to leave them.
July 19, 2014 posted by Editor
July 19, 2014 posted by Editor
Nearly 57 million U.S. households are occupied by a lovable, four-legged companion. Nearly two-thirds of American consumers own a smartphone. So, it’s really not all that surprising that there lots of great apps for dog lovers.
If you’d rather not spend hours, or even days, digging through the endless options, here is a look at some of the best canine-related apps for dog lovers. And, of course, don’t forget to upgrade your mobile device to get the latest features.
If you’re looking for a new furry best friend, BarkBuddy can help you find one. This app is the first of its kind, created to help you locate pups that are available for adoption in your area. Just like a dating site, you can find your perfect match. The app allows you to browse through thousands of dog profiles, get more information on them, share with friends and save to your favorites. When you save a favorite, the app takes the information and starts creating a profile of the type of dog you prefer.
BarkBuddy also provides a graph of the most popular breeds, and allows you to choose the size, age and sex of the animal you like. The app then uses geolocation to pinpoint which dogs are available in your area’s shelters.
Dog Training Basics for Dummies
Now that you have brought your new friend home, you probably want to teach him some basic commands and maybe even a few tricks. Dog Training Basics for Dummies is an app that can help you teach your dog everything from sit and stay to eliminating bad habits like jumping up on people or destroying your shoes.
If you’d like to take your dog out on the town or bring him along on vacation with you, BringFido can help you find pet-friendly hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, off-leash dog parks, hiking trails and more. You can even narrow your choices to find a hotel that doesn’t charge an additional fee for your dog.
Spending on My Dog
Let’s face it, owning a dog isn’t cheap. Of course, the cost is well-worth the reward, but if you’d like to stick to your budget, Spending on My Dog is an app that can help. It’s designed to help you keep track of pet-related expenditures through an enhanced envelope budget system. You can keep track of exactly where you spend money through various categories and even export the data into other financial management software programs.
If you’d like to make new friends for both you and your dog while taking a walk, this location-based app can help you meet up with other dog walkers. The mobile social program works on the premise that you can mark your territory, and then see who else visits the same spot. You can search for other users by age, gender, dog breed and dog gender, and even play and compete to try to make it onto a TopDogs list. The SkyJacking feature allows you to virtually take over other users’ territories, making your walk especially adventurous and special for you and Fido.