The first people I see when I come to work are a group of professionals we call our animal care technicians.
Considering roughly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, it makes you wonder: Why don't people give nearly as much consideration to childbearing as they do to pet adoption?
It's especially painful to see people and places that purport to help animals do precisely the opposite.
Perhaps a few times you've met a soul in fur and paws who draws you close with tractor beams right off -- but you don't often get to take her home.
"He's a rescue." How many times have you heard it said? How many times have you said it? Having a rescue dog is a matter of pride, and those words are always followed by a story.
It wasn't what you would think of as a typical 911 call. A woman who was terrified her horse would drown in the Umpqua River in Oregon called 911 for help.
Pet ownership has numerous responsibilities. You need to feed, play and medically care for them, and finally know when it's the time to say goodbye -- which is the highest honor that we have bestowed on ourselves as their caretaker.
What allows one animal to cope better and socialize faster than others who have experienced the same circumstances, I do not know. I do know that with constant love, reassurance, safety, and security, the majority of animals are able to blossom into the selves they were meant to be.
Through my personal experience with adopting Meatloaf, I know that not only is adoption the right thing to do, but adopted pets are the best pets you can have.
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.
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.
It's inconceivable to think that anyone would dump a young cat on the street but, unfortunately, it happens too often.
Sometimes you rescue a cat, and sometimes that cat rescues you right back. Talk to a few of New York City's ACR volunteers and you will hear amazing tales of cats that have entered the lives of their human adopters and changed them for the better.
When I founded iGive.com in 1997, I could only hope that it would grow into 350,000 socially-conscious consumers shopping at over 1,000 socially-respo...
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!
Sites like Petfinder, AdoptaPet and ASPCA.org are doing incredible work. But can we support their missions, make them easier and more effective, by integrating some of the latest technologies to enable better searching, better matching and easier processes?