Just as humans need to keep moving and stay active to fully enjoy their senior years, so do older dogs and cats. The aging process brings with it loss of muscle tone and balance, which can lead to inactivity.
Adopting animals, rather than killing them, generates new sources of revenue within the local community and is a classic win-win: for the animals, taxpayers, local businesses, as well as for the many caring people who love their animals as family.
A whole lot of worry as I dropped off Frida, a member of my family, at the veterinarian's office on my way into work yesterday morning.
Imagine having a job where you never looked at the clock, and worked 60 hours a week with no regrets. Responding to disasters and rescues has just been the "glamorous" part of the job. And it's not just about the animals; it's also the people.
Countries with little in the way of social services also have weak animal welfare systems. Think Russia and Mexico, where dogs roam the streets and are often in the most pitiful health.
Has a dog or cat been a genuine part of your life? Both have been companions of mine as body mates and soul mates...They accepted me with unconditional love. Who could ask for more?
A handbag or similar item lying open with contents exposed can prove an irresistible temptation to a confined, curious and perhaps slightly bored pet.
Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!
As Naja settles in, I start to see how the abuse has hurt him. Any quick movements make him jump; any attempts to pet his head cause him to flinch. I have my work cut out for me, as I want him to trust and feel secure.
Your chances of having a long-lasting, wonderful relationship with a pet increase dramatically when you give serious thought to the type of animal that best suits you.
Not only do foster families provide a much needed safe haven for animals, but they also give each dog or cat the opportunity to feel comfortable enough to reveal his or her true personality.
In 1982, a longtime friend gave me a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy as a birthday present. I told her, gently, that it was utterly inappropriate; my life was far too unsettled. She thrust the puppy in my arms, looked me in the eye, and said, "This will help to settle you."
Thousands of Americans started April with an amazing weekend during which they saved animals through the ASPCA's first-ever "Mega Match-a-thon."
It is good to be home. Two completely amazing weeks in Tanzania but away from our dogs and cats -- even when surrounded by elephants and lions -- is a long time to be gone. This world is a beautiful place, made so by the animals.
Well, let me tell you, if you've never owned a pet before you'd be surprised. Disgusting becomes endearing. Sloppy face baths become "kisses." And the annoyances... ok, they're still annoying. But there's one thing you always get: completely unconditional love.