All Set For Pet Adoption? Read This First

There are so many animals in need of homes, we wish we could adopt them all! Not only do pets add variety and entertainment to our lives, but their mere presence at home increases our own mental and physical health. With that in mind, the popularity of pet adoption and ownership continues to rise. 

Although more people are opening their homes (and hearts) to pets, it’s not always as easy as simply bringing them home. To help, the Pet Experts have some tips for the process of planning and preparation. 

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One Life at a Time: The Joys of Fostering a Shelter Pet

Fostering a shelter pet is an important part of pet adoption.If you’re reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you’re an animal lover. Most of us are deeply saddened by the plight of homeless, abandoned, and abused animals, and it can seem like an insurmountable and overwhelming issue to tackle. After all, how could one person possibly make a difference in such an enormous problem?

Fostering a shelter pet is one of the most effective ways to make a dent in the serious issue of marginalized pets. By simply opening up your home to a foster pet, you are not only saving that pet’s life (and experiencing the warm fuzzies and fun of having a new pet in your home), you are freeing up valuable space in a shelter for another animal in need. The stability and love of a temporary home also allows the pet’s true personality to shine and gives them the chance to interact with other people and pets, all of which increases their likelihood of being adopted. Continue…

Not a Perfect Match? What to Do When Pet Adoption Doesn’t Work

pet adoptionMost of the time, adopting a pet turns out to be one of the best decisions ever made. It can take time to adjust, but with patience, determination, support, and education, a new pet can make the transition relatively quickly. But what happens when a pet adoption doesn’t work out? The Pet Experts have some ideas.

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Considering Adopting a Pet? Stop Before You Shop

adopting a petFrom all the cuddles and snuggles to the endless companionship, the benefits of adopting a pet are pretty clear. In fact, the pros of pet ownership are so attractive to prospective pet guardians that the cons aren’t always carefully considered. However, the truth is that adopting a pet is a sizable commitment that requires a great deal of forethought. The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital believe in the power of adoption – if it’s the right time for everyone involved.

What to Know

Sometimes, an animal comes into someone’s life without invitation. This can definitely work out positively, but it’s more common for families or individuals to seek out the pet of their dreams.

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Gifts that Keep On Giving: The Importance of Charitable Donations to Animal Causes

iStock_000024726165_LargeThroughout the year, animal shelters, rescue groups, animal welfare organizations, and other animal-friendly nonprofits help save and improve the lives of animals throughout the nation and the world. These organizations work on limited funds and with many dedicated volunteers, so money can be spent helping more animals in need.

As we consider our own pets and how much we love them, let us consider opening our hearts to the millions of animals worldwide who also need compassionate animal defenders to lend a hand. After all, who can look into the eyes of a beloved pet and not appreciate how much our pets bring to our lives every day?

Although monetary donations are sorely needed to help manage the cost of day-to-day operations, veterinary care, food, supplies, and other necessities involved in rescuing animals, there are myriad ways you can be of assistance. Here are but a few powerful ways you can support animals this season (and year-round). Continue…

October is a Perfect Time to Adopt A Shelter Pet

Dog in a Car Window and enjoy road tripOf the 70 million homes across the United States, 63% of those provide love, companionship, nurturing, nutrition, and safety to at least one pet. Those numbers seem to tell a happy story of successful pet partnership in a country that loves and respects companion animals.

However, in the animal shelters and rescues across the U.S., a different story is unfolding. There are approximately 5,000 shelters nationwide that provide safety for the 5 million homeless, lost, or abandoned animals each year. If those animals are not either reunited with his or her owner, adopted, or placed with another adoption facility or foster home, they will likely face euthanasia.

To bring awareness to the plight of shelter animals, join the national movement to Adopt A Shelter Pet during the month of October. There are many ways you can get involved if you aren’t able to adopt a pet and we’ll share how. Continue…

Forever Family

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The decision to adopt a new pet brings an excitement unlike any other. Whether you’re looking to adopt a cat, dog, bird or pocket pet, your new bundle of joy is likely to bring big changes to your household. So how do you make the transition a smooth success? By letting the “pet experts” of Naperville guide the way.

Ask Yourself a Few Key Questions

Before heading to the shelter to adopt a new furry friend ask yourself a few key questions and really consider your answers. If you find that the answers to these questions are iffy or don’t sit right with what you know your soon-to-be pet deserves, then the time for adopting might not be right.  Continue…

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Cat

It’s National Adopt-A-Cat Month again, and it is time to think about the benefits of providing a home for a shelter cat.  Here are the top ten reasons to offer up your home to a cat in need:

10.  Who doesn’t need some extra help controlling rodents/bugs/miscellaneous pieces of fluff on the floor?

9.  Cats from shelters/rescues frequently come fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered so that you don’t have to worry about doing it.

8.  We all know that a house without a cat in not truly a home.

7.  You can sleep better at night knowing you are providing an animal with a comfortable home rather than letting it live out its life in a cage.

6.  Because you’ll know every time your kitty looks at you with those loving eyes that you did the right thing.

5.  By adopting an animal, you make room and resources available for another life to be saved.

4.  When you adopt an older animal, you have a better idea of what you are getting.  Personality traits and medical issues are likely to already have been identified.

3.  Everyone needs an extra cuddle-buddy!

2.  Having pets has been shown to reduce stress and improve quality of life.

1.  Combat the pet overpopulation problem.  Three to four million animals are euthanized in shelters every year.

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Is a Furry Gift Making Your List? Please Check Twice…

Everyone wants a puppy or kitten… right?  The truth is that taking on a new family member is a huge responsibility, and not everyone is up to the commitment.  While the image of a little furry friend sitting under the Christmas tree may be irresistible, giving a pet as a gift is a very serious matter.

With 6 to 8 million dogs and cats entering shelters every year, selecting a pet that is right for an individual family and situation is of utmost importance.  Because having a pet is a decision that an owner must be committed to for the pet’s entire life emotionally, financially, and physically, the selection of an animal is usually best left to the individual taking on the responsibility.  The holiday season is often not a good time to introduce a new family member, either, as new pets take extra time and attention often not available during this busy season.

Please think carefully before giving a furry gift, and certainly do not do so without discussing extensively with the recipient.  Or, if the surprise is a big part of the gift, consider giving a gift card to a local rescue or animal shelter that will cover the adoption costs. That way the recipient will still have the surprise of a new pet, but will also have the ability to pick one out that suits his or her lifestyle and personality.

Think Adoption

Did you know that the ASPCA estimates that in the United States there are over 70 million stray cats alone? And 5 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them?  Both are compelling reasons to consider adopting your next pet.

If you are considering taking on a new animal, take time to research and determine what type of pet best suits your family.  Be sure that you are able to fully commit your time, dedication, and resources, including unexpected medical expenses.

Many shelters and rescues require that interested parties demonstrate their ability to be good pet parents.  This may include an application, references, and/or a small adoption fee.  Rescues are a great avenue for owners who would like a purebred pet, however your local shelter can be a wonderful resource as well.

By adopting an animal, you are providing a home to an otherwise unwanted pet.  It is a great feeling to be able to offer something like that, and in return you will almost certainly receive a lifetime of unconditional love and appreciation.