Follow these 5 steps to be a great animal shelter volunteer:

1) You must be dedicated to the health and welfare of the animals you take care of in the shelter by giving them your love and kindness, showing them you care by taking care of them when they are sick and feeling left out, being their friend when they have lost their friend.

2) Make sure that they are fed and watered as per the instruction for the animal.  If an animal requires a special diet make sure that they only get the food that is recommended for that animal.

3) Take the time to play and walk with the animals.  Some animals require more vigorous work outs to keep them happy, others only require some petting and attention.  Take the time to know the animals you work with.

4) Once you know the animals, read what other volunteers have said about the animals in their write-ups.  Keep track of what you notice about the animals and add your own information about each and every one.  Some of the items you can keep track of are:

  • How well they respond to voice command while playing
  • How well they walk around people and other animals
  • How well they play with other animals
  • Weather or not they adapt to having animals of other species around them (cat and dogs)
  • Weather or not they are approachable by other people

5) You must always be there at your appointed time because the animals depend upon you to be there.  An exceptional volunteer will also make time in their holidays to make sure that the animals are well taken care of.

If you are thinking of becoming an animal shelter volunteer then the five items above will give you a clear idea of what is needed.  This is really what any animal needs weather or not it is at a shelter, in the home, or a stray.  They all need love and attention.

 

During the Holidays

November 5, 2013

During the holidays, you will probably worry more about your bank account receiving a beating or is it your pet getting poisoned? Both are important but the former will surfer more if your pet got poisoned. Worry not, because knowing pet poison prevention tips can come in handy during your holidays and, consequentially, save you a lot of money, heartaches, and hassle.

During holidays different types of food and possessions such as chewing gums, handbags, and decorations are ever a common sight. These things that rarely seem harmful can actually be lethal to dogs and cats. For instance, fruit cake contains raisins and currants; this can easily, if ingested by a dog, cause kidney failure. You wouldn’t want that for your pet, now would you?

Everyone prefers the best there is and I bet you are no exception. Getting your pet insured is the best way to go in helping curb poison related issues, even though getting the best there is can be a daunting task. But why remain undecided while the best option is within your reach? AWOIP (Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program) is one such reputable insurance organization that offers quality services and worth for your money.

Take action today for your animal and pet. For more on this, visit AWOIP and help save yourself sleepless nights.

National Pet Obesity Day

September 9, 2013

 

Every October, shelters across the country take a hard look at statistics regarding obese animals and how the animals in their care stack up to the national average. October 9, 2013, is most certainly a day of reflection, but National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is also an opportunity to brainstorm and come up with viable solutions to this rampant problem.

Recruiting more volunteers to care for the animals- to play with them, to walk them, and so on- is an obvious fix. But the question of how to recruit more reliable helpers remains. On National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, shelter managers and coordinators should go to the local dog parks in search of assistance. The owners willing to bring their own pets to the park already have a vested interest in pet health. Convincing them to walk and play with a second dog might be easier than you think.

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is also a great day to get in contact with food manufacturers who specialize in high-quality food and treats. Many of these companies who create all-natural foods claim their foods can help dogs and cats maintain a healthy weight. Express your interest in having the animals at your shelter eat food that is better suited to their nutritional needs.

Of course, every shelter is always in need of additional funds to help care for the animals and pay overhead costs. October 9 would be the ideal day to host a fundraiser at a local park. Obstacle courses, Frisbee retrieval competitions, and other activities and challenges that get animals moving are especially appropriate on a day dedicated to exposing the hazards of animal obesity.

Ultimately, decreasing pet obesity benefits everyone. For shelter managers and directors, decreasing the healthcare costs associated with overweight animals can free up more money for property improvements or taking in more abandoned animals. Fewer obese animals can even mean lower insurance premiums for shelters and humane societies. As someone with a personal and financial interest in decreasing animal obesity, it is critically important to promote and participate in National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.

Off-site adoptions are a great way for your shelter to increase adoption rates, visibility and support for your animal shelter. Many local businesses and specialty pet retailers nationwide, such as PetSmart and Petco, partner with animal shelters and rescue organizations to run adoption programs. Pets looking for good homes stay in the store and are cared for until they are ready to be adopted. Placing animals in a high volume retail location greatly increases the chance that they are adopted into good homes. Many people who would otherwise not visit their local animal shelter are exposed to animals needing adoption. This is extremely beneficial to animal shelters facing overcrowding issues as it provides additional housing for animals, while simultaneously increasing the rate of adoption. Typically, such an arrangement does not require your shelter to provide any additional staffing on-site as most businesses are happy to care for your animals and handle off-site adoptions.

 

Additionally, the high number of people visiting these stores will have the opportunity to learn more about your shelter and your activities within the community. Some may even wish to volunteer their time or donate money to your organization. Provide pamphlets or flyers at these events to update the public on the work your shelter does and demonstrate why you need their support. This provides the dual benefit of matching needy animals with caring people and increasing awareness of your shelter’s needs and activities. Some stores and businesses may be willing to partner with your shelter on larger events such as adoption drives or a weekly adoption event. Sponsoring these events brings more customers into the store, while providing your shelter with even more visibility and chances for adoption.

 

Partnering with local businesses or major retailers for off-site adoptions can be a boon for your shelter or rescue organization. These mutually beneficial arrangements allow your shelter to increase adoption rates, reduce overcrowding and increase visibility and awareness while bringing in more customers to your host’s business.

National Animal Shelter Week is one of the biggest events designed to help shelter animals find the homes they need. Shelter directors, staff and volunteers are tireless in helping to find the right homes for animals under their care. This annual observance is a great way to say thanks for those who give so much of time and effort to help save these animals.

While most people are aware of shelters in their community, they might not automatically think of adopting an animal from one when they’re looking for a new pet. An annual event that recognizes shelters and their efforts is a great way to increase awareness of animals in shelters that need homes. Once a person has adopted a pet from a shelter, they are likely to continue doing so in the future.

National Animal Shelter Week occurs from November 7th through 13th each year. During this time, many people are getting ready for the holiday season and might be thinking of adding a new member to their family. This is a perfect time for people who love pets to think of getting a new pet or seeing what they can do to help out pets in shelters.

There are several ways that shelters can help get the word out about this event. Try to schedule adoption events at local pet stores, parks and other locations with a lot of high traffic to coincide with the event. This is a great way to increase awareness of your shelter or rescue group in the local community.

Use your Facebook or other social media profiles to get the word out about National Animal Shelter Week. This is one of the most effective ways to reach people about your shelter’s activities and events. If you have access to a tech-savvy volunteer with the right skills, consider making a video that can be posted and shared online.

Don’t forget about the importance of reaching out to those without Internet access. Contact a local newspaper reporter about running a new story on this event that features your shelter. Some local TV or radio stations may be willing to run a free PSA about this event. If you’re lucky, someone from your staff may be able to give an interview.

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.

Pet Safety

May 7, 2013

A pet is a member of the family, and as a member of the family you might just want to bring them along on family trips and vacations. While many dog and cat owners regularly have their pets accompany them on short jaunts and long excursions, traveling with your pet is an aspect of pet ownership that involves a whole new set of rules to ensure that your pet will remain comfortable and safe. These are a few rules of pet safety when it comes to having your dog and cat as a travel companion.

  • When it comes to travel, whether or not your pet is involved, it is crucial to make sure that you bring absolutely everything that you need. This includes everything that your pet needs, including toys, treats, food, medication, crates, and license when applicable. Also bring plenty of water that you know is good and safe; your pet’s system may not be accustomed to the tap water where you will be traveling.
  • If your pet is traveling in a crate, make sure that the crate is sufficiently well-ventilated. This is particularly important for long trips.
  • Get your pet checked at the vet shortly before leaving to insure that they will be okay with traveling and there are no issues that need to be addressed.
  • Check that your accommodations will allow your pet before booking.
  • Make stops to feed your pet; do not feed them in a moving car.
  • Whether you are bringing you pet an epic cross-country trip or just a drive to the store, never under any circumstances leave your pet in a parked vehicle.

These are just a few of the most important pet safety tips when traveling.

If you have decided it is time to add a four-legged or feathered family member to your home, there is a lot to consider. After all, there are a lot of choices in pets with a variety of amount of care needed.

Perhaps the easiest pet to care for is a fish, or a few fish. Although they do not need a lot of attention, they do need daily care. At a minimum, the bowl or aquarium must be kept clean and at the proper temperature for the species you choose and they need daily feeding.

Whether choosing a pet for yourself or for the family with a child in charge of its care, it is important that an adult be able to oversee the care and make sure that he or she has food, water, and is cleaned up after. Maybe you will choose a hamster to be kept in the kid’s room. That is great, but make sure that your child is giving your new pet fresh food and water daily as well as a clean living area.

Dogs and cats are the most popular choices in pets. Adopting from a shelter or a rescue agency is a wonderful way to add to the family while rescuing a life. But, make sure you are ready for the responsibility of this new family member. It is a long-term, important commitment that should not be taken lightly. Cats and dogs can live 15 to 20 years. They not only need proper daily care, but also companionship and attention. Shelters are full of these former pets of those who have not taken their responsibilities seriously.

It is not necessary for pets to breed. In fact, they are happier and healthier just being pets. For dogs and cats, it is best to neuter or spay. For smaller pets such as hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits, one can be kept alone or you can get two of the same sex for their like companionship.

Before obtaining any new pets, research what will fit into your family and lifestyle best. Consider whether you may have any allergies that could be triggered by a new pet. Think about how much time you have to spend and just what you expect from a new pet. Pick wisely, and prepare to have your life enriched by your new family member.