7 Ways To Support Your Local Shelter or Rescue

Support Your Local Animal Shelter

A lot of people do not realize how much help and support their local animal shelters really need. When in actuality there are many simple ways you can support them. Below is just a short list of the many things most shelters and rescues need.

1. Help them raise awareness.

You can help make a shelter or rescue well known by liking their social media pages, sharing their content and inviting your friends to do the same. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow awareness.

2. Say “Thank You”

Show your appreciation by simply saying, “Thank You.” Bring your local shelter cards, treats or even lunch to show them how thankful you are that they are a part of your community.

3. Donate Money

Rescues and shelters are typically non-profit establishments and need financial support from their community to give their residents the best care, treatment and attention they need while they are waiting to be adopted.

4. Donate Equipment

Shelters and rescues are always in need of simple items such as towels, toys for the pets, leashes, etc… Contact your local rescue and shelters to find out what they need.

5. Volunteer Your Time

At times shelters and rescues can be shorthanded on staff. Give them a helping hand and donate a weekend a month or even a couple hours a week. You’ll be surprised at how much love you get in return from those pets and employees by volunteering.

6. Do Your Part

Make sure your pets have the proper tags on their collars and that they are wearing them consistently. If they get lost or run out of the house it is easier for them to be returned to you and keeps them from taking up unnecessary room in the shelter.

7. Understand the Adoption Process

Understanding what it means to adopt a rescued pet and the process it will take to get them comfortable in your home will help keep them in your home and out of the shelter. Learn as much as you can from your local shelter before choosing a pet. That way you are prepared and can offer the best home to the pet that fits your life the best.

For more ways to support your local rescue or shelter, contact them directly! See a list of Sonoma Rescue and Adoption agencies below:

» American Brittany Rescue

» Bright haven Healing Arts Center for Animals

» California Animal Rescue

» Coins to Help Abandoned and Neglected Equines

» Countryside Rescue

» Forgotten Felines

» Green Dog Rescue

» Herd It Through the Grapevine Rescue

» No Boundaries Animal Rescue

» Pets Lifeline

» Petaluma Animal Shelter

» Puppy Lifesaver

» Rohnert Park Animal Shelter

» Sadies Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary

» SaveABunny

» SNAP Cats

» Sonoma Action For Equine Rescue

» Sonoma County Animal Services

» Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue

» Sonoma Humane Society

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5 Benefits of Pet Adoption

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So you’ve decided you want a pet. You are ready for the responsibility and are looking forward to the companionship. You have even narrowed down what kind of pet you want and the bread or specific type. Your mind has already started creating a list of wonderful names you could name it. The thoughts of adventures you will have together invade your senses with joy and laughter. But, now the hard part, where do you get that pet? What’s the best option? Do you go to the pet store down the road or a friend that breeds them? Or what about adopting a pet?

While there are many options to choose from, Adopting a pet from a shelter could be your best option and here’s why:

1. You Save a Life

Shelters are filled with pets that need a home. With so many people flocking to pet stores or local breeders, these amazing pets are left with no one to give them a home, love and commitment. Thousands of pets get euthanized each year because of over population. When you adopt a pet from a shelter you are not only saving a life, but you’re giving a home to a well-deserving pet who will no doubt give you a lifetime of love

2. They are healthier

Pets that come from shelters have usually had thorough examinations and vaccinations. They are well cared for by the shelter volunteers and staff. They are fed well and correctly and receive scheduled exercise. Some even go through a behavioral screening process and are potty trained.

3. You get more resources

Adopting your pet from a shelter gives you access to resources, help, tips and answers to questions that may arise. They work with these pets on a daily basis so they know how to help you in times of uncertainty.

4. They Cost Less

Adopting a pet from a shelter will cost you less. Because they are already vaccinated and have gone through health examinations prior to your arrival, you won’t have to pay for that. Some pets are even spayed or neutered before you adopt them. That means you won’t have to pay for that surgery which can save you tons of money. Even the cost of the pet is less than at a breeder or pet store.

5. You make a social statement

Adopting a pet makes a statement that you do not support breeding mills and poorly managed pet stores. The conditions in these environments are cruel to the animals. They are caged up with little to no exercise and improper care. Breeders often make the females breed over and over again. That’s the only life they have.

This year consider Adopting a pet from your local animal shelter. Support your local charity and give a life back to a pet!

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A Healthier 2015 For You and Your Pet

488474643It’s a new year and it’s time to give you and your pet a fresh, healthy start to the year!

Much like you, your pets need exercise on a daily bases, but it doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Just playing with your pet every day gives them a little exercise that can vastly improve their health.

Different pets require different types of exercise. For example, you wouldn’t typically let your bird out to fly around outside like you’d take your dog for a run. Here are some different ways you can exercise with your unique pet.

Dog: With dogs you can wrestle in the house, take them for a run, play fetch and even take them to a dog park. These are the easiest to exercise and exercise with. When you go for a walk or run, just take them with you. When you take your kids to the park, take them to one by a dog park. Make sure to have enough supervision for both! If it’s too cold outside and you have a treadmill, exercise your pup on that!

Cat: Cat’s can be a bit trickier to exercise with but you can definitely give them exercise. Just grab a laser light and let them chase it for a while. You’d be surprised how long they’ll chase after that thing! You can also buy them a jungle jam for them to climb all over, jump up to and interact with.

Bird: Let them spread their wings and fly! Shut all the windows in your house and find a safe environment for them to fly around in. Just letting them do this a couple times a week will give them a great amount of cardio exercise.

Small Caged Pets: Let them out of their cage to crawl around a safe and secured room where they can’t get lost or hurt. Even just a few minutes will give them a feel of freedom and a longer period of time to move around outside of a confined cage.

Be creative and find ways to get your pets healthier this year!

 

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3 Ways to Make this a Happy Thanksgiving for your Pets!

185816528Happy Thanksgiving from the Petrific Family!

While you are gathering together with family don’t forget about the furry members of your family. Here are 3 ways you can make this Thanksgiving a good one for your pets!

1. Invite pets to come along with their families to give your pet a good dose of companionship. Holidays aren’t just for the 2 legged! Let your pets enjoy getting together with family and friends too!

2. Monitor your pet’s food intake during the day. With so many people over, your pet could be fed things you don’t want in their diet or too much of it. Be careful what your pet is being fed and by whom.

3.  Keep your pet and your family safe! Be careful to monitor your pet’s mood. Having too many people around may agitate your pet. You don’t want them getting stressed and accidentally lashing out at a child or a family member.

Most importantly, have FUN! Take time to be thankful for them! They are truly a gift!

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5 Tricks to Treat Your Pet Well this Halloween

Pet HalloweenHalloween is a great time for kids, teens and adults to get together and have a blast! But don’t forget about your furry little friends this Halloween! We found some cool ways to make it a fun and safe time for them as well!

1. Dress your pet up! Whether you have a cat, dog, hamster or guinea pig, there’s bound to be a cute little costume for your furry friend! If you can’t find one at a pet store, make one! Check out the best dog costumes from the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade!

2. Take them Trick or Treating with you!  It’s probably wise to leave your cat or small animals at home to keep them safe. But if you have a dog, use this as an extra walk! Dress them up and let them have some fun!

3. Get them some Special Treats! We all know kids gorge on candy for weeks after halloween. Don’t leave your pet out! Get them some fun treats from your local pet store so they feel like they hit the jack pot too!

4. Have a Pet Halloween Party! Lots of people have pets, so why not have a party where people can dress their pet up and bring them along! It will give your pet some companionship for the night that is sure to be a treat!

5. Most Importantly: Keep Your Pet Safe! Halloween can be a chaotic and scary time for pets as well. With so many people coming and going from your house, it’s enough to give your protective dog or scaredy cat a heart attack! Make sure you adjust to the demeanor of your pet.

– If your pet doesn’t like people much, keep them entertained in another part of the house and don’t take them trick-or-treating. Turn your doorbell off and keep your front lights off if you don’t want trick or treaters or you yourself aren’t home. This will lessen the amount of noise your pet hears.

-If you choose to take your pet trick-or-treating with you, make sure to keep them securely by you at all times. Don’t let kids take them by themselves. Stand away from the doorstep with your pet and let your kids go ring the doorbell. You never know if that house has a pet that won’t be friendly to yours. If your pet starts to get agitated because of all the people, give them a break or take them home. You don’t want anyone getting hurt or your pet having a melt down.

-Don’t force your pet to dress up if they are resisting it. You want them to have fun, so let them be themselves if they aren’t the dressing up type.

-Finally, keep your pets away from the candy! You don’t want them getting sick!

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween with your pets!

 

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Cats vs Dogs for Your Lifestyle

Dogs vs Cats

The ultimate debate: Cats vs Dogs!

Now we know that there are people who just love dogs and people who just love cats, but for those who love them both, it can be hard to choose between them. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding whether to get a cat or dog.

1. How much maintenance will they require?

2. How much time do I have to give them?

3. How much will they cost?

These are just a few of the questions you make find yourself asking. So we took some time to differentiate which lifestyles work best for each type of pet.

Here is what we found:

Cats are independent. They don’t need daily attention like dogs do. If you are gone a lot during the day for work and no one else is home or you aren’t looking for a high maintenance pet, a cat may be the best for you. They are loyal, loving yet independent and can handle being left alone during the day while you are at work. They clean up easily and you don’t have to bathe them much, if at all, especially if they are indoor cats. They don’t beg for a lot of attention but do love the occasional cuddle. The downside to having a cat is they don’t necessarily like to cuddle and play all the time once they leave the kitten stage. So if you want a pet to play with, run with or cuddle a lot with, a cat may not be right for you.

Dogs, on the other hand, require a lot more attention and care. If you are home consistently, love giving attention, and care about the health and well being of those around you, a dog may be right for you. Dogs need to be taken on walks, trained, cleaned up after, bathed and disciplined. They love to be around you and will be your greatest friend. However, If you are the only one home and work so much that your dog is left alone the majority of the time, a dog may not be right for you.

Whether you choose a cat or a dog, make sure you have the time it takes to really love them well. They will love you forever if you do!

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10 Family Friendly Pets

Child's First Pet“I want a kitty!”

“No, I want a puppy!”

Have you heard your children say this in the past week? And all you are thinking as a parent is, “Do they know how much work that is? Are they ready? Are they responsible enough? Will I end up being the one to take care of it?”

Cats and Dogs are the typical first pet a child wants. But could that be because they haven’t thought of all the other cool animals they could have? There are many types of other family friendly pets that are low maintenance. They can teach your child responsibility at the level they can handle while still having a fun pet.

Take a look at Petrific’s top picks for your child’s first pet:

  1. Turtle
  2. Hamster
  3. Bird
  4. Small Snake
  5. Hermit Crab
  6. Guinea Pig
  7. Beta Fish
  8. Ant Farm
  9. Small Lizard
  10. Mouse

No matter which animal you choose, you are sure to enjoy seeing big smile on your child’s face! Maybe when they successfully take care of this one, a cat or dog won’t be so scary!

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Back to School: 5 Ways To Entertain Your Dog During the Day

Bored DogKids are back in school and a lot of pets lose their playmates for the day. If no one is home due to work and school, what does your pet do all day long?

Here are 5 tips for what to do with your Dog during the day:

  1. Doggy Day Care: Some doggy day cares only cost $6 a day and gives your pet a full social life while the kids are at school or you are at work. They can run around, interact with other pets and humans. This keeps them out of the house with no chance of them destroying things out of boredom. Taking them even once a week can help.
  2. Hire a dog walker: Getting a dog walker even two or three times a week can give your pup something to look forward to and helps keep them from being bored. Some dog walkers walk with multiple dogs so your pup can have a play date while getting some good exercise.
  3. Walk your Dog: Take your dog for a long walk in the morning before you leave for the day. This will help your pup expel any extra energy in the morning so they are less likely to cause havoc in your house while you are gone during the day. Taking them on a walk when you get home gives them quality time with you and gives them the exercise they need after a day in a confined space.
  4. Get Fun Toys: Leave your pup with plenty of fun toys to play with to keep them out of trouble and full of mental stimulation while you’re gone. Make sure to gate off areas of your home you don’t want them getting into but leave enough room for them to stretch their legs. If it’s nice weather, consider keeping them in your fenced back yard where they can be in the sun and run around and play.
  5. Get a Companion: Consider getting another dog or cat to keep them company. There are plenty of pets in adoption organizations and shelters needing a good home and a companion of their own.

No matter what option you choose, your pet is sure to be happier and feel cared for and loved. After all, we need to show our pets that we love them as much or more than they love us.

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New Petrific Blog

NewPetrificBlogWelcome to Petrific’s new blog!

“What will I find here?”

Great question! I’m glad you asked!

Petrific’s blog will feature new Petrific Pets, Rescue and Adoption Organizations, caring Veterinarians and excellent Breeders! Petrific will also feature Lost and Found pets to help get them back home. On top of all that, we will post fun pet stories, health tips for your pets and exciting new features on Petrific.com!

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