Winter Weather

With winter, and another polar vortex, moving along, it’s not a surprise that it’s cold outside. But if you live outside, like homeless animals do, winter is a harsh time of year to be forgotten. For those of us with … Continue reading

Humane Confusion: What’s in a Name?

Since I work in a local shelter, it was no surprise to me when a local restaurant called offering to donate a percentage of every entree ordered for one week to the SPCA. I was grateful, of course, but we … Continue reading

February is Prevent a Litter Month

As the days get longer, nature leads animals to nest. Each year between April and October, animal shelters fill up with kittens born to barn cats, cats who have spent the winter begging food and shelter from kind neighbors, and … Continue reading

National Mutt Day

December 2nd was National Mutt Day. Three out of four of the million plus dogs who pass through shelters each year are considered mixed breed dogs. Almost 30% of pet owners acquire their pets from shelters and can attest to … Continue reading

Research Before You Give

In the wake of the Boston Bombings there were fake charities offering to help within hours of the breaking news. Charity fraud is all over the news these days. Americans are generous people and animal caretakers are some of the … Continue reading

Post-Easter Rabbit Season

Every year, following Easter, there are a number of rabbits turned in to shelters and rescue groups across the country. When you consider which local animal care groups to support, don’t forget the small mammal rescue groups who often take … Continue reading

Marshal Donations at Your Office

Ever received a “combined giving” packet at work? Many companies offer employees a chance to give at the office. Non governmental charities such as United Way can receive your donations through your employers payroll accounting. It’s also possible that local … Continue reading

Preventive Pet Healthcare

May is Preventive Pet Healthcare Month sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association. There are several things you can do to prevent health problems for your pet now to protect your pet and your budget. It is less costly to prevent … Continue reading

Preparing for Spring

March is the time to prepare for spring (even if it doesn’t feel like it outside yet). The return of sunshine and growing plants means the return of insects. Heartworms and Lyme disease, transmitted by insects, are serious illnesses that … Continue reading

Thanking Local Shelters, in USA Today

Do you get USA Today? If so, you might have seen our half-page ad in the Life section yesterday. The ad brings attention to National Animal Shelter (and Rescue) Appreciation Week–that’s this week–and encourages readers to say “thank you” to their … Continue reading