Dog bite claims are on the decline which means that responsible owners like you are taking the precautions necessary in order to minimize bites. Some of these precautions include training your animals either in your home or by attending obediance classes. It is also important to socialize a dog especially at a young age in order to be comfortable around people of all ages and backgrounds.

However, claims cost – the money paid out to a victim for medical costs and settlements – is rising per dog bite. Which means if you aren’t insured, you may have to pay that money out of pocket. And it doesn’t matter if you win the case/claim or not. It’s still a costly experience.

We all want to believe that our pets aren’t going to harm a person or their property. However, dogs can bite for various reasons, especially if they are scared. This can happen if someone they don’t know attempts to take their food or water or invade their territory. It can also happen if someone doesn’t see the dog and steps on them accidently. Dogs also tend to be more reactive when they aren’t feeling well.

It’s hard to foresee what may happen to your pet or with your pet’s behavior. The best thing you can do is to be prepared in case the worst does happen and lessen any potential financial burdens on yourself. Those at AWOIP are prepared to help you with the Pet Protection Pak. Check out their website for more information on first steps to take and a 5-minute application for a quote.

Animals can be unpredictable at times. While your dog and cat may act a certain way with you and your family, they can possibly attack a stranger. They may also be attacked by a rogue animal while outside. The animal kingdom is wild by nature, and has no system to police itself. That is why an Animal Control service is so vital. They attempt to bring order in a kingdom of chaos. Here are a few examples of the service’s importance.

1. They Are Humane
Stray dogs can be a danger to themselves, and possibly others. If they are lost or homeless, then they can roam any given neighborhood, and run the risk of getting attacked by other dogs or hit by a car. An animal control agency can ensure a stray dog in that situation will be safe and cared for. It will be taken to an animal shelter where it will be fed and cared for until they find their forever homes.

2. They Can Protect Our Animals.

Aside from being a dog catcher, they can also handle common pests like raccoons and possums. They can get inside and under people’s houses, causing trouble for you and your pets. A creature like that can attack your pet and potentially infect them with rabies. An animal control service could send someone to your house, and take care of that problem before it gets serious.

For many families, animals are much more than pets to them. They are beloved members of the family. Like any other member of the family, you would like nothing more than to keep them safe from harm. That is why an Animal Control service is so vital to communities everywhere. With their help, they can ensure a lost pet will find its way home. They will also be the organization to call when the animal kingdom runs wild at your residence. Such a service may go overlooked, but it is an important service to the pet owning population at large.

There days especially during economic hard times, more and more animals are turned out from their homes to fend for themselves. This often results in suffering, starvation and ultimately death. Rescue shelters are becoming stretched to capacity and animals are being turned away at the door. These animals could be saved if there were more animal rescue shelters.

Starting an animal rescue shelter

If you are a concerned animal lover you may be tempted to start an animal rescue shelter. You’ll find there are grants available for animal shelters. Before you get started on your new animal shelter you’ll need to make an assessment of need for animal welfare in your neighborhood. You’ll need to evaluate the benefit to your community of a new animal rescue shelter. For example, are there already rescue centers in your neighborhood and do they meet the existing and future need?

Evaluate the Need for an animal shelter

Having identified the need for a new animal rescue shelter, the next step is to work on establishing a shelter. It will greatly assist your cause if you have connections with other animal shelters and organizations in your area. This will make it easier to get the help and support you may need in the early stages of setting up a shelter.

Gain experience

It takes time to gain the necessary experience in running a shelter. It might be best to start out as a volunteer at a suitable animal shelter. Go to seminars, presentations and conferences. Network as much as you can, when you can.

Make a plan

Make a broad plan and put it to print. This will assist you in keeping to your goals and objectives. In order to get whatever grants are available, you’ll need to be well organized with an ‘article of incorporation’ and mission statement. There will be other necessary documents for tax exemption etc.

Fund raise

Money attracts money, begin by fund raising. The more funds you have the more credible your animal rescue shelter will be. If the organization looks and operates efficiently it will attract more grants than an amateur looking shelter. Once you’re up and running you can seek out government grants, and grants from private foundations.  Your efforts at networking may ultimately open doors to different grants and funds that are available in your neighborhood.

Medical insurance is an essential key for your family. The cost of medical care continues to climb, and an emergency medical situation could put a family in debt. The same can be said for your pets.  From regular checkups to surgery, medical care for your pet can be costly. Pet health insurance can offer the same security and coverage available for your pet that you enjoy with your medical insurance.

Coverage for your pets is very similar to how you choose your own insurance coverage. With different levels of coverage available, you can find the right option for you and your pets.  Families are hit the hardest by the unexpected, such as accidents and sudden illnesses with their pets. But pet health insurance can enable you to get your pets the treatment they need without the fear of the high costs. Ongoing conditions, hereditary and congenital conditions can be a long term drain on a family’s finances as well. But insuring your pets can offset that cost. Pet health insurance can also help with behavior issues, from diagnosis, to treatment and medication.  One of the best ways to ensure your pet’s health is regular wellness checks and vaccinations. This can be covered by insurance as well.

Pet health insurance is an option for any pet owner who wants the security of knowing their pet’s health is going to be cared for, no matter what their needs. The comfort of not worrying about the cost of treatment allows you to rest assured that should an emergency occur, you and your pet are covered.  Finding the right coverage for you is as easy as answering a few simple questions to get a quote, reviewing the information, and deciding which option is right for you. For more information, you can contact us to get started.

Too often, I have heard people who claim to love animals say that they could never volunteer at an animal shelter. They say that such work would be too heartbreaking for them. I tell them that what is heartbreaking is not volunteering at an animal shelter. An animal shelters volunteer figures prominently in the working day of an animal shelter. Upon arriving, they sign in and may perform most any task they are qualified for. This usually consists of taking the dogs from their kennels and walking them around the grounds.


Animal shelter employees are busy in the everyday tasks of administration, scheduling shots, maintenance, receiving animals, interviewing potential pet adaptors, and tending to the various needs of each animal. There is not a great deal of time to give each animal the love, attention, and exercise they crave. However, an animal shelters volunteer can take the dog out of its kennel, give it treats, walk it, run it, brush it, or simply sit with it in a quiet area, pet it and talk to it.


Dogs are usually allotted a certain amount of time each day for being outside in the pens where they can run and interact with other dogs. However, it is the human interaction that is most important for a dog. A dog that is left in a kennel for too long without any human interaction can develop psychological quirks. Perhaps the most unsettling of these is when a dog begins to walk his kennel in a circle in an aimless manner. In my time as an animal shelters volunteer I found that some dogs wanted only to be held for the entire duration of my visit. Some loved to roughhouse, and others just yearned to explore and sniff. Of course, each one of them at some point would roll over onto their back and afford me the opportunity to rub their belly for as long as I wanted. What many people fail to recognize is that we have as much a need to give affection, as these dogs have the need to both give it and receive affection. Too often, after a few hours of working with the dogs at the shelter, I would wonder who derived the greater benefit; the dog or me? The only thing heartbreaking about volunteering at an animal shelter is the failure to volunteer.

Animal rescue has been evolving over the past several years.  Many rescue organizations are moving away from buildings lined with cages to a network of foster homes that help animals experience the full experience of living with a family in a real home.  As the transition to fostering rescue pets takes place, administrative policies also need to change.  In addition, animal shelter insurance has become more necessary than ever before. Let’s explore how the foster system works.

Many animals just entering the foster system have spent a great deal of time on the streets. Foster “parents” need to have a great deal of patience and understanding on how to train these animals to live in a home environment.  Applications need to be thoroughly checked and home visits made.  Regardless of the animal’s age, these applicants need to realize they may have to housebreak or litter train the animal.  Dogs may never have experienced walking on a leash and may exhibit signs of anxiety. They may be destructive and even bite if scared.

The overseeing organization is financially responsible for any repairs to damaged homes or medical costs associated with bites.  Without animal shelter insurance it is unlikely the overseeing agency will be able to handle costs for any period of time.  Possible lawsuits could destroy what you have set out to accomplish. This can be the case even quicker if an animal attending an adoption event becomes scares and accidentally bites someone.

By thoroughly checking out the families and homes that will foster the animals, providing training for the special needs of foster animals and being able to provide compensation for property damage or medical treatments, you can run an effective foster rescue that will increase the chances of your charges eventually moving on to permanent homes of their very own.

The typical animal rescue shelter is a smorgasbord where dogs are concerned.  Breeds run the gamut from your basic Heinz-57 variety to purebreds that might cost you thousands of dollars from a breeder.
You can find every breed from the smallest Chihuahua to a Great Dane, and every breed in between. With the ever-changing residents, you may not find a particular breed one day and then find several the next. There are dogs that fit every lifestyle.

The way dogs arrive at an animal rescue shelter accounts for this variety. Some dogs may have been homeless their entire lives and others may have led pampered lives and ended up there because their former guardians moved or died. The one consistent fact is that all have been tested for temperament and are considered friendly and adoptable. Some may be shy and others overly-friendly, but all will flourish in the right home environment.

You may come across an animal rescue shelter that is specific to one breed, such as Beagle or German shepherd, but these are not the majority.  The majority have only one requirement for a dog to be included among the residents; they have no other place to call home.  Some will be able to live harmoniously with cats and others will need to be an only pet.  You will find puppies just weaned from their mother and elderly dogs looking for a comfortable place to live out their last years.

There is one other consistency in the dogs you will find at an animal rescue shelter.  No matter what size, breed or age they are all ready and willing to give you complete love and devotion.

Animal obesity is just about as much of an epidemic as human obesity. There aren’t a lot of definitive sources for keeping your pet in shape, so how do you keep your cat from gaining weight? There are a few relatively easy things you can do to help your feline friend stay in shape.

Exercise is very important for all living beings, and cats are no exception. If your four-legged friend is hanging around and not getting much exercise, he or she will definitely gain weight. Something as simple as getting a toy your cat will chase can give them a head start on fitness.

Proper nutrition can be a problem for pets. Some studies now show that dogs and cats are not getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals to ensure they stay healthy, and some foods are nothing but carbohydrates – we already know they are bad for humans. Cats especially need the protein that comes from meat, they are hunters by nature. If you don’t know what kind of food to buy for your pet, then ask your veterinarian for a good suggestion. He or she can help you make a good choice based on your pet’s needs. Unfortunately, most pet foods that are meat or protein based are more expensive than their grain-based competitors, but these are undoubtedly the best foods to help fight animal obesity.

Feeding times and amounts could be causing a problem, too, and one of the biggest causes of animal obesity. Many pet owners fill their pet’s bowls once a day or have those automatic feeding machines which allow their pets to eat as much as they want to as often as they’d like. This is called “free feeding” and can be detrimental to your pet’s waistline. If you think your cat may be eating too much, consult your vet as to how much and how often your cat should be eating.

Many pet owners never take their animal to the doctor until they are sick, but animals need regular checkups just like people. Make sure to get your pet to the vet as often as the doctor suggests.

If your cat is active and eating properly but is gaining weight, there may be an underlying medical problem. Get them to the vet and have some tests run to make sure you’re doing all you can do for your devoted pet.


We all know that both people and animals can get sick. We also know that diseases can travel from cat to cat and person to person. Did you know that cats can spread some of their diseases to us? These diseases are called zoonotic diseases, and they are highly contagious. However, there are a few tips that you can follow to prevent these diseases from spreading from your feline friend to you and your family.

Keep Clean

If you are trying to prevent the transmission of zoonotic diseases, one of the best things that you can do to keep your family safe is to keep clean. This means washing your hands often, especially after you have played with your pet, fed it, or cleaned up any of its messes. Also, while kissing your animals may seem like a sweet gesture of love towards them, you should avoid this at all costs, because cats can carry saliva in their fur that may be laden with diseases that you can pick up when you kiss them.

Whenever you clean out your cat’s litter box, always wear rubber gloves or keep a plastic barrier between you and the stool. Usually a good pooper scooper will do the job. Feces can carry all sorts of diseases, and if you touch them with your unprotected hands, you can get very sick.

Be Health-Conscious

Check your cat for ticks on a regular basis. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, which is one of many zoonotic diseases that exist.  If you do find ticks on your kitty, make sure that you perform a quick tick-removal right away. Then check yourself for any ticks. If you find one on yourself, use tweezers to pull it out, and then soak the tick in alcohol to make sure it is dead and cannot bite anyone else. Then wash the bite and your hands with warm soapy water immediately.

If your pet bites or scratches you, wash the wound right away, because cuts can quickly become infected. Also, if you are pregnant, avoid changing your cat’s litter at all costs. In fact, if you can help it, don’t come into contact with the box at all during pregnancy. If this cannot be avoided, then make sure you at least wear rubber gloves when changing the liter.

These are some of the best tips to follow in order to prevent zoonotic diseases.


While it may seem like an unlikely place that security is needed, an animal shelter can fall victim for vandals or burglars. They may be after cash, or anything they can turn into cash which can include medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and even some of the animals themselves.

Obviously, you probably cannot control where your animal shelter is located. Some, unfortunately, may be in not such great locations, due to city or county ordinances for housing the volume of animals. However, this does not mean the facility cannot be protected and secured. In some circumstances, there may be 24-hour staff coverage and they need to feel and be safe as well. The best prevention is through a variety of security items.

Security cameras placed strategically throughout the facility will not only capture any potential problems, but can also be a distraction as they may stop potential criminals simply because of their presence. They should be placed in the main office, kenneling areas and the parking lot. You may or may not want a live feed, but should definitely have recordings that can be kept for whatever length of time your feel important. That could be a week or month.

An alarm system is an obvious asset with a keypad or using key cards for a few specific responsible employees. This would be set up to include all outer doors of the animal shelter.

Good lighting is always useful, especially in parking lots and the exterior perimeter of the facility. Good fencing may seem to be a given, but you should not only consider containment of the critters, but also keeping unwanted people out.

Good security makes for a safe environment for animals, staff and potential adopters as well. Since most shelters run on a shoestring budget, it is important to get the most for your money. It can also help cut costs in the long run, with considerations taken through your insurance plan when security measures are in place.