How To Handle A Stray Pet

January 2, 2014

Back in the old days, stray animals like cats and dogs could be found trapped, wandering or even come to your door and we would never think twice about taking them in. But now those simple days are over because there is much more to consider than just being a good Samaritan. The following information aims to properly educate you on how to handle a stray pet.

Dog 3If you were walking or driving down the highway and came across an animal that was trapped or wandering you would first need to give consideration to a few things. You initially need to know how you would feel if you had lost this same animal and it had no identification. You might likely want to take the animal to a veterinarian to make sure everything was fine and then an attempt at finding the owner could begin. Vets cost money however, and you have to seriously consider how much you would be willing to spend. Practicality is vital in difficult financial times such as these. But also don’t forget that a frantic pet owner might be looking for their pet so you might want to have second or third plan just in case you can’t afford to spend the money. Would you be willing to take the animal into your own home as well, as a pet, and only to lose it to an owner it may have down the road? You should contemplate all of these things before deciding what you should do. (more…)

 Times are very tough financially these days and more newlyweds are opting to have animals instead of children. Everyone has the right to their own choice in this regard but for those who aren’t quite sure what animal to get then this insight will urge you regarding why you should adopt a stray dog.

Idog 2t would be absurd to outright declare that taking in a stray dog from the streets or from the wilderness environment they may have been born into, is all a bed of roses. The animal may have been through some very traumatic experiences with a previous owner such as neglect and abuse. Bringing them into your home will be an entirely new and strange experience for certain dogs depending on their short histories. Dogs with sad and lonely behaviors can often have an impact on the individuals caring for them as well so situations like these must always be considered.

But with all of those things in mind, there are several factors that we can easily place into the “positive column” and those are what we intend to look at now. When you take in a stray dog it can be so much unlike adopting a dog from a store or shelter. A stray dog may likely appreciate you more as well as the food you give it because it will not normally expect food to be readily available. They will certainly let you know their admiration for you because of this and the other types of care you provide it with. We recommend lots of love with hugs, kisses and petting. Unless the animal has abuse issues, it will more than likely be very receptive in positive ways to you. Isn’t getting love back from an animal one of the most important benefits you got it for? (more…)

dogA person only needs to get out to the streets once in a while to locations where people are gathered and they’ll see more and more individuals with pets than ever before. Having and raising children has become so costly and other couples simply are unable to have their own children and these factors have added to animal adopting statistics. But where are many of these adopted animals coming from and how safe are they to own? Many animals come directly from shelters that will “put them down” if owners are unable to be located for them. We suggest adopting animals from No-Kill Shelters and the following insight will explain why.

For those who have never heard of them before, a no-kill shelter is one that preserves the lives of animals that are wholesome, curable or ones that can be rehabilitated. Approximately 90% of the animals that are offered to no-kill shelters are accepted by them. These shelter types utilize spay/neutering, adoption and retention techniques in order to give proper information and education to potential owners before they are able to adopt an animal of their choosing. The animals are “fixed” before they are released to their new owners in order to control the pet population. Spay and neutering have proven to be very useful methods of control because various no-kill shelters have reported some significant diminishing numbers among certain types of dog breeds especially.

No-kill shelters also receive assistance from a considerable amount of volunteers for all of the techniques and procedures they operate. There is also the apect of partnering and no-kill shelters have been successful in merging with local businesses and veterinarians in order to receive very useful funding and sponsorships that go on to further their causes in such things as low-cost medicine and school programs. (more…)

Rescued kitties and the best cat litter

Courtesy of Helen Haden

Congratulations! You’ve decided to share your home with a rescued cat. You’ve gone to different adoption events and found your perfect feline match. But bringing home kitty is a little more involved than just opening the door and letting it explore its new surroundings. The cat will need to learn not only the lay of the land, such as where to use the litter box (which should contain the best cat litter, of course), but also the rules you set for your newest family member.

Welcome Routine

The following are tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on how to ease your cat into your home.

1. Food and water

These are such obvious necessities, however, cats can be quite finicky. Find out from the adoption organization what the cat has been eating and be sure to purchase the same brand and formula of food. Cats’ stomachs can be very sensitive, so keep its diet consistent. Also, position food and water in a convenient spot.

2. Beds and perches

Before you bring kitty home, determine the rules your family wants for the household, such as whether the cat will be allowed on the furniture. Is everywhere okay or is just the couch permitted? If you don’t want the cat on any furniture, give it its own. Have a cat bed in each room or a bed in some rooms and cat condos in others. The best way to teach your pet the rules is to be consistent with enforcement.

3. Litter box

Here again, check in with the adoption organization to find out what is the best cat litter for this specific animal. Keep the box in a place that’s accessible. During the first few days, bring the cat to it each morning, evening and after feeding. If there are other cats in the family, give the new one its own litter box to prevent territorial issues.

4. Room accessibility

Don’t overwhelm the cat by giving it free reign of the house or apartment from Day 1. Rather, let it adjust to a room at a time with your supervision, especially if there are other pets or children in the house. Start with the room with the least temptations for misbehaving. Also make sure windows are closed to prevent the animal from climbing out or shredding the screen. And don’t forget, place the food, water and litter box in this room.

5. Other pets

Don’t rush introducing the new cat to existing family pets because each could become territorial. As the days pass, give the new kitty one of the older pet’s toys, and vice versa, so they can learn each other’s scents.

Bringing an adopted cat to your home isn’t an instantaneous acclimation. It could take a few weeks before you feel comfortable with each other. But as long as you’re patient and consistent in the training, your newest family member should reward you with that special bond.

Man's Best FriendIf you have never had a pet before it is safe to say the work that goes into taking care of them is a foreign concept. When it comes to owning a dog there is a whole slew of health care techniques that are important to stay up-to-date and consistent on. I have worked as a medical coder and medical billing specialist, so I’m the kind of person who wants to know all about health.

Dogs can be messy, smelly and sometimes carry a little temper but with the proper training and healthcare tips the dog can be a happy cute little pup. Like yourself and any other human being, taking care of a dog is going to make the dog look and feel better and happier.

Here are some helpful care tips for your dog:

Ears. It may seem unimportant but when it comes to a dog’s ears it is very important to get them cleaned by either a vet or with the use of an at-home cleaning kit. A dog’s ears are susceptible to infection and to prevent that the best thing to do is clean them out. By doing this it also helps with preventing hearing loss.

Fur/Hair. Some dogs have hair and some have fur but whichever they have it needs to be washed regardless. Owners tend to forget this and let the dog walk around for months without a bath. Just like humans the dog’s fur/hair will get greasy and unhealthy. Certain parts of the dog’s fur/hair can bunch up and not and make it that much worse when you finally do get around to cleaning them. By washing a dog once a month it is a safe amount of times to get them squeaky clean and feeling good about themselves. They will feel and look healthier. You can also make this the time that you clean their ears so you do not forget.

Teeth and Nails. Dogs are like humans in a way and their teeth and nails are important to keep clean just like ours are. There are a few ways to help keep a dog’s teeth healthy and clean. First you can purchase toothpaste and a toothbrush designed for dogs at your local pet store. Brushing their teeth should be a daily thing ideally because it will help keep gum disease or any disease for that matter from developing in their mouths. Some advisors would say to do it after their run because they are worn out and it will be easier than trying to get them to sit still for a few minutes. This goes the same for the nails; although they do not need to be cut every day they do need to be trimmed once a month. If a dog’s nails are too long it will start to hurt them when they are walking, so make your dog happy and pain free.

The Vet. Bring your dog to the vet for their check up and to get their up-to-date shots. It is important they see a doctor every few months rather than once a year. This will help with recognizing any problems or suggestions right away and not months after something has been going on. Keeping your dog healthy will make a happy dog and provide them with a wonderful long-lasting life.

 

Entering the rank of pet owner is exciting enough when you know full well that your pet is going to be your best friend for its life. I knew that by rescuing my cat from the no kill shelter, I was going to give it a second chance at life, but I had to consider so many complex issues before I could map out a living plan for it.  The morning I adopted her, I threw on my clothes, slapped some curls in using my favorite curling wand, and bolted out the door to a no kill shelter to find my new companion.  Once I found her, I had some things to consider.   First, she was small in size and very uncomfortable with people holding or snuggling her. This means setting up his new place in a manner that will ensure his comfort all the time. Second, she hasn’t been to a vet since a long time, so having a complete medical checkup was my utmost priority before bringing him home.

Finally, she was home by that evening in a cozy cat carrier. I allowed him to get acquainted with us on his own time. Within a few minutes he was going towards his new home and already feeling safer there. And there is no denying it. My cat has been a happy soul since the day she became our lovely pet. She is thriving on the comfort and familiarity of our house and surrounding. In a week, she has already explored every nook and cranny of the house including the attic.

There is no doubt that having an adopted cat from a shelter isn’t easy. Some days it may seem as if there is nothing else in my mind than what this cat has gone through. The good news is, that the majority of cats outgrow the problem they faced while in shelter or outside, and they begin to develop habits that are helpful to closely bond with their owners.  It’s important to remember that like humans, cats thrive on attention and even though they don’t like water, they do like to be clean.  I can’t blame them, I’m a clean freak myself and I can wash my hair 20 times a day it seems like (although I do use only natural products like these!).

For those whose pet cats continue having problems into more than two years, see a vet. Encourage your friends to learn about the problems, not for sympathy but rather for understanding. After all, a new cat with strange habits is not for the faint of heart. Also, ask them to keep up their frequent social life in order to improve confidence in their pets when they see other people or animals. This kind of behavior is true with many pets, but especially applicable for those that are rescued from undesirable conditions.

Throughout the years, my husband and I have talked about adopting a pet for our 8-year-old son, Ben. Every day, Ben consistently expresses interest in a loving playmate, however, we wanted to ensure he was fully prepared for the added responsibilities involved in taking care of a dog, such as walking, feeding, and playing with the new addition. As time progressed, Ben slowly matured and seemed to understand the effects of the important decision and, as a result, last week, our family adopted an extremely cute and energetic golden retriever from this local no-kill animal shelter near.

Naturally, Ben and I were super excited to train our new addition and couldn’t wait to show him to my husband when he arrived home from work. After an extensive discussion concerning dog names, our family finally agreed to call him Sam. Over time, Sam has gradually become a pivotal member of our family and we are grateful for the smooth and easy adoption process.

The first couple of days of Sam’s arrival from the shelter to our home was challenging and involved a steep learning curve. Every hour consisted of my family working together to maintain a clean and comfortable living space for Sam and a nonthreatening environment. Essentially, Sam’s erratic behavior contributed to our damaged furniture, consistently wet floors, and disrupted sleep patterns, despite ample and continuous dog training. In addition, he also destroyed multiple items on our kitchen counter, like our knife sharpener. He also damaged professional work clothing, which further facilitated our apprehensions regarding the adoption decision.

My family tried to maintain positive and patient attitudes, however, we all were extremely surprised and perturb by his wild demeanor and were anxious to consider alternative options. Luckily, by the fourth day of Sam’s transition, he became accustomed to our household rules and our family schedule and is now a proud member of the family who is loved by everyone.

Sam has evolved into a highly desirable family addition and always brings a smile to each of our faces. He is so playful and energetic and promotes upbeat attitudes among all of my family members and friends. Ben is especially pleased with his presence and I can already notice the positive effects Sam is having on his life. Ben’s grades have drastically improved and his slight behavior issues have totally disappeared.

Undeniably, Sam has completely changed our lives and we are appreciative of the no-kill animal shelter’s thoughtful and compassionate services. We recommended this shelter to all of our friends and can’t wait for them to have the profound adoption experience also. Deciding to adopt a friendly dog was one of the most single, best decisions of our lives.

What is an Animal Control Officer?

Animal control officers are individuals that enjoy helping animals out in their community. They will help all types of animals out to ensure their safety and health. The animals that are saved by animal control officers include:

  • Strays
  • Injured animals
  • Abused animals
  • Unwanted pets
  • Neglected animals

Animal control officers will even help get the people that neglected or abused their animals prosecuted. This helps ensure that other animals will not be abused or neglected from those individuals again.

What Happens to the Animals Rescued?

The animals that are saved will go to an animal shelter. The animal shelter is government-funded and is nonprofit and is where animal control officers are employed. The animal control officers will either work for the state government or for their local city. Some may even help out with their local law enforcement depending on the state they live in and what is allowed.

Police

Some Animal Control Officers Have Police Training and Can Carry Firearms.

Many times animal control officers will even help get the animals, they rescued, adopted into good homes. They will advise the new animal owners of the steps it takes to ensure great pet ownership and tips on caring for their new pet. This will ensure that the animals are taken care of properly. There will also be more room available in the animal shelter for additional animals that will need to be rescued.

Guns in Animal Control Officer’s Possession

A question that is asked often is, “Are animal control officers allowed to carry guns?” Many animal control officers will get local firearm and police style training that help them get acclimated to local gun laws as well as how to keep a firearm secure.  Since some animal control officers are with the local police, they may carry a gun. Most of the time, the animal control officers that are not with the police will not have a gun on their person. They may keep a shotgun in their vehicle that is permitted to them for their protection. This would all depend on the state or city that the animal control officers are located in and if they are with the police or not.  They always have to make sure their guns are locked up and secure when they are not in use.

Requirements and Salary for Animal Control Officers

In order to become an animal control officer, the following requirements may be required:

  • Have a high school diploma
  • Do on-the-job training
  • Some college with background in criminology, animal or veterinary sciences

These requirements will depend on the location. Those that have the college courses or on-the-job training will find that they will be able to advance in their field faster.

The salary amounts that are made to animal control officers vary greatly by the location. In smaller ares the individuals may only make $12,000 to $24,000 per year. The medium size areas will average $30,000 to $45,000 per year, and the larger areas will see around $50,000 to $85,000. The more experience and higher up the animal control officer is in their field, the more money they will see per year.