A landlord may feel the need to require animal insurance as a means of limiting her liability. Landlords, although appearing to have an interest primarily in their tenants and the tenants’ well-being, actually have a greater interest in themselves and the condition of their security property, otherwise known to  the rest of us as merely  our apartment or house. Because the condition and safety of their property interests is at the top of their lists, they must take practical steps to protect that property and their own liability as the owner of the property.

Animal insurance is important because it protects landlords against two types of liability, both of which scare property owners.  Animal  insurance covers the landlord in the event of any damage caused by the animal and  covers liability the landlord may incur as a result of an injurious act of a pet.

Animal insurance covering pet damage to a rental unit can be added as a rider to a tenants regular renter’s insurance policy for an additional policy premium. Insurance which includes liability insurance covering injuries caused by the tenant’s pets can also be added as a rider to the tenant’s renter’s insurance policy in locations where that coverage is available for renters to purchase. i f a  policy purports to cover various pet related injuries, be certain that the policy does not offer such limited coverage that it becomes impracticable to give effect to that provision. Coverage for anything is available in a particular state  only when that state’s legislature authorizes that coverage

There are additional contractual ways of offering protection to a landlord in addition to requiring animal insurance coverage provided by tenants on the acts of their pets. Certain pet agreements entered into by landlords and tenants may serve to reduce risks to landlords caused by pet misbehavior but does not replace the protection of animal insurance. One of these agreements can be put into effect by clearly stating the nature of any acts the landlord is responsible for and which acts of the pet’s behavior are then the sole  responsibility of the tenant-pet owners.

Any landlord making use of a pet agreement  to assign rights and/or responsibilities relating to pets on the premises must maintain a  list of the specific pets covered b the agreement and must further be vigilant to keep the list updated.

 

Millions of animals are euthanized each year before they even have a chance to find a loving home. Giving these animals a second chance combined with the smile and love they will bring to the new owner’s home simply warms the heart. Holding pet adoption events could be the gateway to a whole new life for these animals. The best thing is that adoption events aren’t too costly and can be held in many locations. Choosing a great location is essential to the success of your adoption event.

Petco

Petco is often flooded with excited potential pet owners each weekend as they visit adoptable pets. Petco partners with many foundations and companies to host these types of events. They offer a large area to your adoptable pets so people can meet the animals and find the perfect fit. You can offer infromation about each pet and even give education material provided by Petco to potential new family members of the pets. All you have to do is become an Approved Adoption Partner by completing an online application.

Local Parades and Events

A great place to bring together animals and their future owners is at a local parade or local event. Basically anywhere in your city that brings together many people in one place is a perfect place to host an adoption. People can spend time with the animals while enjoying the event at the same time. The best way to set this up is to contact the coordinators of the local event. They will usually give you a perfect location and let you take the reigns from there. Who can resist a little kid at a parade begging his/her parents for a cute, cuddly new pet?!

PetSmart – National Adoption Weekends

Petsmart is one of the best places to find wagging tails and purring kitty cats during adoption events. It’s is not only a great location to hold a classic pet adoption event, but gives you ultimate exposure on Petsmart’s National Adoption Weekends. PetSmart holds these events four times a year featuring several adoption organizations each weekend. On average the weekends help over 17,000 pets find their soulmate.

What is Rescue Waggin?

June 17, 2014

It’s far too easy to fill animal shelters and rescue centers with unwanted and abandoned companion animals. So many dogs and cats desperately need homes; meanwhile, misinformed people continue to choose the puppy boutique over the Humane Society and the neighborhood breeder over your rescue group. If your county or city has an overpopulation problem, you probably can’t even imagine empty kennels or cages. Surprisingly, some facilities in the United States actually do have vacancies from time to time, and many have a greater demand for certain dogs.

That’s where the Rescue Waggin’ program comes in. Nonprofit PetSmart Charities found an original way to give homeless pets a second shot at finding a forever home; they added wheels to the adoption experience! In addition to giving Humane Society animals exposure in PetSmart stores and offering affordable spay/neuter clinics, the organization also runs this invaluable transportation rescue service. In 2004, the Rescue Waggin’ started transporting dogs to shelters where they were more likely to be adopted; partner shelters work together to make sure every dog finds a family.

Any shelter or pet rescue group can take advantage of the The Rescue Waggin’.  For example, if you have families on waiting lists but haven’t found the right matches for them yet, you could become a “destination partner” for the Rescue Waggin’. That means the bus would pick up dogs from a shelter somewhere else in the country, make sure they had the proper assessments, vaccinations, and other treatments, and then drop them off with you to find good homes for them.

Actor Josh Duhamel even teamed up with the organization to produce an original web series, “Rescue Waggin’: Tales from the Road”. At first glance, the show follows the happy journeys of homeless dogs and puppies who ride the Rescue Waggin’ to their forever homes. However, it doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality of pet overpopulation, tackling everything from puppy mills to euthanasia statistics. In one episode of this eye-opening series, actress Kristen Bell even introduces her two rescue dogs and makes an emotional plea about the repercussions of buying from a breeder, rather than the Humane Society.

The Rescue Waggin’ is just one more example of people working together on behalf of animals, to spread awareness and save lives. The best part? 60,000 dogs are alive today because of it.

Obesity can be a problem with animals as much as it can be with humans. After all, many house pets have a tendency to eat, sleep and lay around, so animal obesity is quite common. This can lead to many health problems, and often an early death for the pets. For cats, there are many ways excessive weight gain can be prevented. Here are 5 steps to prevent animal obesity in cats.

1. Buy Special Cat Food.

There are numerous choices of cat food on the market, and they all serve different needs. For cats with weight problems, there are many choices. There is special diet cat food available that will help regulate a cat’s weight. Also, for strictly indoor cats, there are indoor formulas available by most major brands of pet foods.

2. Play With Your Cat.

While its true that cats sleep a lot, they also have their feisty, playful sides. Most of the time though, they are just waiting to be brought out by you. Buying some cat toys like a laser pointer, and any variation of a string on a stick will get your cat moving. This will ensure your fat cat will shed a few pounds.

3. Let Your Cat Outside.

You may be too busy to play with your cat, but there is a whole world out there for your kitty to explore. When you let your cat outside, they can run and play all they want, which is an excellent source of exercise. Of course, your location may not be ideal for your cat, so proceed with caution. Its also wise to put some flea medication, or at least a flea collar on them before letting them outside.

4. Don’t Feed Them People Food.

Some people may feed their cat table scraps, and this is bad for several reasons. Not only does it teach them bad habits, but it could be making them fat. You should discourage this behavior at all costs, as it will improve the quality of life for both you and your pet.

5. Take Them To The Vet.

Its possible you’re doing everything right in taking care of your cat, but its still obese. If you’ve tried everything but still have no results, the reasons for your cat’s weight gain could be beyond your control. Consulting your local veterinarian can give you some answers, as well as treatment options.

One way that pet owners often show their affection for their beloved pet is through food. However, they do not realize the detrimental impact that animal obesity may have on their pet’s health. Like humans, obesity in animals may diabetes, heart problems and arthritis. Therefore, it is important to take preventative measures to avoid animal obesity becoming an issue for your pet. If you are a dog owner, then here are five simple steps you can take to prevent your dog from becoming obese.

  1. Discuss calorie intake with your vet. Different sizes of dogs have different dietary requirements. The larger the dog the more calories they will need. It is important that you know exactly how much your dog needs.
  2. Plan an exercise routine. Exercise is a important part of general health and fitness. Dogs need regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight, either through walking or through energetic play. Look at your daily routine and make a plan for when it is best to exercise your dog.
  3. Skip the snacks. While offering your dog healthy snacks as a reward or as an occasional treat is fine, giving them treats between meals on a regular basis or slipping them food off your dinner plate is not.
  4. Spread your dogs meals. If your dog seems hungry between meals, then give them more meals throughout the day but in smaller portions. This is similar to the human diet concept of eating little and often.
  5. Use a smaller bowl. There are some studies that have shown that if you have a large bowl you will feed your dog a larger amount of food than they need simply to fill the bowl. So, by using a smaller bowl you are more likely to feed your dog a realistic amount.

By following these five simple steps you are taking sensible precautions to avoid animal obesity and you are being a responsible pet owner. These tips will help to lower the risk of your dog suffering from a wide range of health problems that could affect their life span and quality of life.

One way that pet owners often show their affection for their beloved pet is through food. However, they do not realize the detrimental impact that animal obesity may have on their pet’s health. Like humans, obesity in animals may cause diabetes, heart problems and arthritis. Therefore, it is important to take preventative measures to avoid animal obesity becoming an issue for your pet. If you are a dog owner,  here are five simple steps you can take to prevent your dog from becoming obese.

1.    Discuss calorie intake with your vet. Different sizes of dogs have different dietary requirements. The larger the dog the more calories they will need. It is important that you know exactly how much your dog needs.

2.    Plan an exercise routine. Exercise is a important part of general health and fitness. Dogs need regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight, either through walking or through energetic play. Look at your daily routine and make a plan for when it is best to exercise your dog.

3.    Skip the snacks. While offering your dog healthy snacks as a reward or as an occasional treat is fine, giving them treats between meals on a regular basis or slipping them food off your dinner plate is not.

4.    Spread your dogs meals. If your dog seems hungry between meals, then give them more meals throughout the day but in smaller portions. This is similar to the human diet concept of eating little and often.

5.    Use a smaller bowl. There are some studies that have shown that if you have a large bowl you will feed your dog a larger amount of food than they need simply to fill the bowl. So, by using a smaller bowl you are more likely to feed your dog a realistic amount.

By following these five simple steps you are taking sensible precautions to avoid animal obesity and you are being a responsible pet owner. These tips will help to lower the risk of your dog suffering from a wide range of health problems that could affect their life span and quality of life.

 

When it comes to getting a dog, most people choose to buy a puppy. And who can blame them? There are few things in this world more endearing than a playful puppy. Yet unfortunately, this leaves a lot of animal shelter dogs in one of two positions: a lifetime of living in a shelter – or an early death.

So there’s your first reason why you should adopt a dog instead of getting a puppy – you may well be saving an innocent life.

But what other benefits are there to adopting a dog over buying a puppy?

It’s easier to ascertain the personality of an adult dog:

Although in most cases when you spend a little bit of time with a puppy you should be able to gain an idea of its personality, with most animal shelter dogs what you see is what you get. If you want to be certain of how an adult dog will fit into your family, you will generally be best off adopting a dog from a shelter.

Animal shelter dogs are usually house-trained:

And most people would agree that house training a puppy is one of the biggest downfalls to joining the world of puppy parenthood. Not to mention the fact that…

Puppies love to chew things:

Sofas, cabinets, cables – they’re not picky – when puppies are teething they will chew anything and everything they can get their teeth around. While there is no guarantee an adult dog will have this habit, a love of chewing is far less common in fully grown dogs, and in most cases the staff at the animal shelter will be able to tell you whether or not a particular dog seems to have a penchant for chewing.

Tips to Avoid Dog Bites

April 22, 2013

Like any animal, even humans, dogs naturally have an instinct to defend themselves from attackers. It can be just looking like a threat, barking, or even biting. However, a dog bite is completely avoidable if you know how to go about it.

  • Never pet a strange dog without their owner saying it is okay. You never know if that dog is violent or nervous, and either one could end in a painful dog bite.
  • Avoid dogs that are tied up or running around. Dogs can be very territorial and if they think you’re invading their space, they will defend themselves.
  • That said, never turn and run from a dog when it’s about to attack. Back away slowly, facing the dog.
  • Be gentle when you’re playing. While rough play might be fun on occasion, it’s important to remember that when dogs play rough, they bite, scratch and pounce.
  • Teach kids how to act around dogs.  Kids, especially young kids, may not necessarily know that dogs don’t like to play all the time. And when a dog feels like they’re being harassed, they will lash out.
  • Watch out if you’re moving an injured dog. An injured dog doesn’t know that you have good intentions and want to help them. For all a dog knows, you’re moving your hand to hurt them further.
  • Don’t wake the dog up. Think of how annoyed you are if someone interrupts your sleep. Also leave them alone if they’re eating or taking care of their puppies.
  • Be careful around fighting dogs. In fact, the less you physically touch them, the better. Spray them with a hose or even some kind of breath spray (dogs hate it, and its non-toxic). If you absolutely HAVE to physically separate them, get the dogs by the hind legs, and get one inside a room, or a car, or even a fenced yard.
  • Keep your dogs shots up to date. A dog with rabies is aggressive no matter what.
  • Socialize your dog as early as possible. The simplest way to avoid a dog bite is to make them comfortable around people and other dogs. And if it’s not a comfortable situation for your dog, keep them out of it.

While anyone with a dog will inevitably be bitten at least once, it’s fairly easy to make it happen as little as possible, and keep your friends and family safe.

Volunteers in animal shelters should be over the age of 18, and there are a number of very good reasons why:

Animals are unpredictable:

And so are children. This mix can be dangerous. The unfortunate fact is that many animals who find their way into a shelter will have been mistreated, neglected, or abused. Others may simply be untrained and therefore, highly unpredictable. If you add children into this mix, who may not have matured fully enough to understand how to behave around animals, the result could be tragic.

You’re dealing with live beings – that need a special level of care:

If you’re thinking about volunteering at an animal shelter, remember that these cute and cuddly creatures are live beings that need to be handled in a specific way.

Points to consider may include:

– How you approach a nervous animal
– The correct way to pick up small animals
– Which foods are safe for certain species
– How to protect yourself when around a potentially dangerous animal

Although all of the above can be taught, it is not fair, either on the child or the animals, to expect an adolescent to understand and implement all of these practices correctly.

The role can test emotions:

Arguably the biggest downfall to volunteering at an animal shelter is the emotions involved. As well as regularly interacting with animals that may have been maltreated and are distressed or in pain, there is a very real possibility that those who work or volunteer at an animal shelter will be forced to deal with the death of an animal they have come to love.

Dealing with death is difficult at any age, but can prove much harder for those who have not fully matured emotionally or have limited experience in coping with loss.

The fact is that while a child may be perfectly capable of caring for the family pet, this does not mean they are ready to cope with animals that may be hurt, ill, abused, or mentally unstable. The fact is that it simply isn’t fair on either the animal or the child to put them in this position of responsibility.

Every day, animal shelters rescue hundreds – if not, thousands – of animals who are strays, lost, abused or abandoned. Shelters are mostly privately-funded organizations and majority of them rely on volunteers to help out in various ways, from assisting during rescues and processing documents to taking care of the animals and making calls on behalf of the shelter. Many volunteers are even responsible for getting in touch with suppliers, professionals, the media, donors, patrons and other potential volunteers for assistance. If you love animals and want to volunteer for animal shelters, find out how to find the right shelter for you. Here are some of the most important things to look for:

Location
You should consider the proximity of the animal shelter to home especially if you will be volunteering on your free time and have other obligations to meet. Consider an animal shelter that is a quick drive from your place. That way you do not have to waste time commuting and have more to spend with the animals.

Type and Breed of Animal
Not every animal shelter will take in every type of two- or four-legged, fur- or feather-covered friend. Some are dedicated towards sheltering and protecting specific breeds or types. Some shelters, for example, only take in domesticated animals such as dogs and cats while others may focus more on wilder species. Some shelters may also specialize in animals that are feral or have known behavioral problems. Although there are professional trainers who will directly handle these animals, you might want to volunteer someplace else if you feel uncomfortable in this type of environment.

Fostering
Not all volunteers are asked to foster animals but if you like opening your home to a little one who needs personal care, volunteer for animal shelters that allow fostering. If you become a foster parent to a dog or cat, for example, you will be in charge of their care until they find a new home.

Care and Practices
Many animal shelters keep rescued animals and provide them with food, shelter and medical attention for the rest of their lives or until after they are adopted. However, there are some that may perform euthanasia as part of their practice. If you oppose this, volunteer for animal shelters with no-kill policies instead. You will be more comfortable in knowing that all the animals you will interact with will have a good chance to live out their lives.