The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption. (The unlucky ones never made it that far.) But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes. That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.
For years people believed that interaction with companion animals was helpful for children with autism, providing them with unconditional love, nonjudgemental friendship, and social interaction. A new study shows that dogs can provide very real benefits for these children.
The arson dog training program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, has put more than 300 dogs to work in over 40 states and several Canadian provinces. These special animals are an arsonist's worst nightmare and a firefighter's best friend. Readers of the Washington Post agree, voting the National Fire Dog Monument as the top monument in Washington, DC!
Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children. That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.
Does your pet become anxious in response to loud noises (like thunderstorms)? Most animal experts recommend not cuddling and hugging an anxious pet lest you reinforce the negative response. So what's a caring pet owner supposed to do with a cowering, trembling furry friend who is obviously afraid of the noise?
Spaying female pets and neutering male pets is the most reliable way to prevent the births of companion animals that continue to add the the problem of pet overpopulation. World Spay Day reminds us that this is not a local problem but a global one. And every pet owner can help to do something about it!
When we think of a smiling cat, we might think of the Cheshire Cat, whose beautiful smile was the only thing visible when he disappeared. Sadly, for the majority of both cats and dogs kept as pets, their teeth are not so healthy. It's up to you to make sure your pet's smile is bright and clean!