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As many as 70 million dogs and cats are estimated to be homeless in the United States
So how can you help be a part of the solution?
Spay and neuter your pets! One of the most important tools of controlling pet overpopulation is spay and neuter surgeries. Dogs and cats are able to reproduce at alarming rates and oftentimes it seems like there are more pets looking for homes than there are homes available. To give an idea on how quickly pets reproduce, one unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce about 420,000 cats and one unspayed female dog and her offspring can produce about 99,000 dogs in only seven years. In addition to reducing the amount of unwanted offspring, spay and neuter surgeries also offer other health and behavioral benefits. For example, pets who are spayed/neutered at an early age typically are at a low risk for developing mammary, ovarian, uterine, and testicular cancers and infections. Altered pets are happier, healthier, and tend to live longer lives than unaltered pets. It will also help save you money in the long run, since the cost for a spay or neuter is significantly less than the cost of caring for a litter of puppies or kittens. For more information on spay and neuter, check out When To Spay and the ASPCA’s guide to spay and neuter benefits.
Adopt or foster! When you choose to adopt or foster a pet, you are changing the lives of both the animal you adopt/foster as well as the next animal coming into the shelter. Foster homes help dogs and cats adjust to home life and create space in crowded shelters for other animals needing placement. A commitment of several weeks in foster care can change the world for a dog or cat and give them a better foundation for life in their adoptive home. Rescues and shelters wouldn’t be able to continue their life-saving work without fosters and adopters.
Donate to a shelter or rescue! When people hear the word “donate”, they don’t always realize the variety of ways they can donate to a shelter. Donations come in many different forms, and all are important. Some of the most helpful donations include donating your time and skills through volunteer work, donating pet food or other supplies to keep shelter pets healthy and happy, and donating financially. Whatever way you are able to give, know that your help makes a difference and is always appreciated! To learn about what items are needed most often at Roice-Hurst, check out our Wish List and be sure to visit our Support Page for other ways to support RHHS!
Spread the word! Since animals aren’t able to speak up for themselves, it is up to us to continue to raise awareness and educate the community on this critical issue. Get creative in your community to find new ways to help promote animal welfare, fundraise, and encourage others to support rescue organizations. Learn about the resources available in your area and share your knowledge with friends and family who might be unaware.When you see a problem, don’t be afraid to reach out to a shelter or animal control organization to help. The more people who are willing to help solve the pet overpopulation issues we face today, the sooner we can get as many homeless animals into loving homes as possible.
Always ID your pet! Accidents can happen and sometimes pets get lost. Because of this, it is important to ensure your pet is always wearing at least one form of current identification at all times. The best and easiest way to permanently identify your pet is via microchipping. Collars with tags or even a phone number written or embroidered onto the collar can help reunite a lost pet with their owner, but only if the pet is wearing the collar at the time it is found. Microchips provide 24/7 identification over the lifetime of your pet and is the most reliable method for reunification when your information is kept up to date. Regardless of which form of ID you choose for your pet, making sure your information is accurate at all times is necessary. To learn more about how a microchip works, visit the AVMA’s Microchipping FAQ page.
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11 Tips for Starting Healthy after Pet Adoption
If you decide to adopt, it can be overwhelming to determine how to ensure your new pet is comfortable and healthy. There's much to think about, from natural pet care to toys including cleansing their bodies from heavy metals and toxins they have been exposed to previously.
While it can feel exhausting, it doesn't have to be. Read this guide on various tips for the first initial days after pet adoption, and welcome your new one with love!
1. Gather Supplies
First, you'll want to gather supplies, including a food and water bowl, dog bed, toys, treats, grooming supplies, food, and anything else necessary. Find out if they have any medical concerns and need to be on special food or medication.
It's a good time to stock up on Poli Pet Products so that you can help cleanse your pet from any toxins or poor treatment in their past.
Consider balms to protect your pet's skin and nose as well. Often their paws are not prepared for the daily life changes they will be experiencing.
2. Find Out About Their Personality
When adopting a pet, speak to the shelter about their personality. Find out what you can include ensuring that they're comfortable.
You might consider a training program if they have aggression or social issues. Find out about their energy levels and the types of toys that they enjoy. If you have other pets or are considering another, ask how they are with other pets.
Pet-proof your home before they arrive. Keep items out of reach that could harm the animal. Clear counters if cats jump up, and make room on stairs for all pets.
3. Allow Them to Explore
Allow them to explore the space to become more comfortable. Have their food bowls and beds set up in advance.
Offer them their own space where they have their bed away from others. If you adopt cats, have space for them to hide if they're skittish.
Consider buying a collapsible pen or baby gate. This is even more important for puppies to avoid an accident in your home.
4. Potty Train Right Away
Have multiple litter boxes for your cat to explore and choose which they like best. If you're adopting multiple cats, you'll want to have additional cat litter.
Take dogs outside for walks and praise them when they go to the bathroom. Give them a treat when they go outside.
And if they are not going regularly or you notice anything unusual about their stools then begin using Renew immediately.
5. Create a Schedule
Create a schedule including feeding and potty time. Speak with your family about responsibilities before your pet comes home.
Decide what verbal commands to use and what's allowed and not. A routine will make your pet feel secure in your home.
6. Schedule a Vet Visit
Call in advance to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat. Speak with vets in the area and read reviews.
Dogs and cats need a basic health evaluation to ensure that they have a clean bill of health. Discuss any concerns with your vet and any food and toys they recommend.
7. Introduce Your Pet
For dogs, consider having them meet your family one at a time outdoors. Keep your pet on a leash during this.
Don't let anyone hug or kiss them. Let the dog sniff them and have your family give them a treat.
8. Begin Training
Caring for a pet includes training immediately. You might want to introduce crate training to your dog.
Have them stay in it for short periods. Place their favorite toy in the crate. Consider obedience training.
Include positive reinforcement when they do well. This could include praise or treats.
Teach basic commands to your dog such as back up, drop it, come, speak, etc. Obedience includes when they're outdoors and inside. Teach them positive behavior outdoors, including no barking or aggressiveness.
9. Know When to Contact the Shelter
If you have children, notice how your pet is with them. If you notice any rough behavior, contact the shelter for advice.
Pay attention to behavior such as guarding their toys, bones, bowl, etc. Notice a snarl, showing their teeth, growling, etc.
Growling during play could be a concern. You'll want to reach out to the shelter if you notice mounting or humping of children or adults.
10. Know Pet Care Tips
Dogs should have their food away from children. This will allow them peace and privacy as they eat.
Watch your dog when children are over. Pay attention to any rough behavior from children and discourage it. Before you allow other pets over, find out their temperament with animals.
Don't let anyone encourage rough play. The dog might begin to play rough with children and others.
Don't leave your child alone with a new dog. Keep dangerous items out of reach of your pet. Have the information for your vet's office, shelter, etc.
11. Cleanse Your Pet's Body From It's Past
Most likely, it's impossible to know what all your newly adopted cat or dog has been through. What have they eaten? Where did they go when they were outside?
Luckily, regardless of their past you can start fresh and clean with Poli Pet Products. Use Renew and Boost to give your pet a clean slate from heavy metals, toxins, environmental poisons, poor food quality, unclean water and more.
We recommend waiting until after your pet is settled and feels comfortable in their now home to begin using our products, normally 1-3 weeks after adoption. but you may begin immediately if you feel it's the right time.
Exploring the Top Tips for Natural Pet Care After Adoption
After exploring this guide, you should better understand natural pet care after adoption and how to ensure your pet's happiness and health. Take your time introducing them to your family and have their supplies ready including Poli Pet Products.
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