How to Adopt from a Breed Rescue

As mentioned previously, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. But what if you are interested in a particular breed? Hopefully, if you’re able to open your home to a dog, you’ve already checked out PetFinder.com to see what is available in your area and in your desired breed category. You will be amazed at the number of dogs available!

Another viable option is to research breed-specific rescues. This can be a great alternative if you desire a more rare breed that isn’t likely to show up in a shelter without being placed on a long wait list. Here’s what you need to know to go through a Breed Rescue Group. Continue reading

San Francisco Enacts Program for Pets to End Panhandling

Apparently all those hearts that were left in San Francisco have banded together to let the love of man’s best friend help with a chronic problem the city faces: Panhandling. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city has tried various laws and programs to deal with this widespread problem. The city has also faced an unprecedented surge in homeless dogs and supporters are hoping that the two needs can serve each other. Continue reading

Could Adopting a Pet Help Empty Nest Anguish?

This is the season for graduations and weddings. Time to pull out the hankie (sniff) and wave at the offspring heading out into the world. All those years… all the memories… where did the time go? And now it seems that there is almost too much time now that we’re not the taxi, the cook, and the confidant. At least there’s texting, right?  Who are we kidding? It’s time to cut the apron strings! Continue reading

The Healing Power of Pets

Is There A “Perfect” Time to Adopt?

My family and I have been going through a difficult transition, so when my teenage daughter started campaigning for a cat, I wasn’t sure this was a good idea. Due to allergies, I hadn’t owned a cat for 16 years. So naturally I had some deep reservations knowing that adoption is a commitment through the life of a pet, and my daughter will be heading off to college in a few short years.

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