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Evelyn Dale

Paws for Thought: Play groups for dogs improve their shelter stays

As animal shelters across the country seek to be more humane, they look for ways to improve the quality of life for the animals in their care. Increasingly, shelters are turning to a training and behavioral program developed by dog trainer Aimee Sadler. Begun in 1999 at the Southampton Animal Shelter in Hampton Bays, N.Y., […]

Paws for Thought: Adding a second pet? Tips help with transition

Have a pet? Want another? People often adopt another pet to provide companionship for their resident pet. For that reason, you need to be sure your resident pet is OK with the pet you want to adopt. Others want a different pet entirely while still others inherit a pet from a family member, friend, etc. […]

October 20, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Bringing home a new dog

Thinking about adopting a pet? You aren’t alone. According to the American Pet Products Association’s 2013-14 survey, 82.5 million U.S. households have at least one pet. Happily, more and more pets are adopted from animal shelters and rescues. Check local shelters and rescues to save a life and find a friend. Adoption fees at animal […]

September 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Protect pets from heat during dog days of summer

Ever wonder about the phrase “dog days of summer”? It comes from the Romans, who associated hot, sultry summer weather with the dog star Sirius, the brightest star in the Canis Major (large dog) constellation. Here in California, those days extend well into September, so it’s important to remember our pets and how best to protect […]

August 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Fostering can change a dog’s life

Most pets in animal shelters previously lived with families and not in a kennel. For this reason alone, many pets find the shelter environment stressful. For large dogs, it can be even harder. While stress-reducing protocols can be implemented within an animal shelter, there is nothing quite like foster homes, especially for large dogs. Animal […]

July 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Saving cats’ lives, a million at a time

Do you love cats? Does it break your heart that so many are euthanized in animal shelters? With the Million Cat Challenge, things are improving for our feline friends. The Million Cat Challenge is an audacious project whose aim is to save the lives of 1 million North American cats in five years. Conceived by […]

May 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Hero dogs go above and beyond

People love dogs and dogs love people. Many dogs even go the extra mile for the people they love. We call them hero dogs. As the first domesticated animal, dogs have served humankind in many ways, from hunting and herding, to providing protection, love and emotional support. Many are trained to do difficult and dangerous […]

April 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: A little care helps stabilize feral cat colonies

Too many cats in your neighborhood? What’s the solution? Cats have been part of human history for thousands of years, and for most of that time, they’ve lived outside. Today, cats can be indoor pets thanks to kitty litter, spay/neuter surgery and low-cost canned cat food. However, many cats still live outdoors. Some outdoor cats […]

March 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Dogs go to class at Pit Bull University

Do you “ooh” and “ahh” when you see a pit bull puppy but cringe when you see a pit bull fully grown? Sadly, you’re not alone. Many people love pit bull puppies but fail to train and socialize them appropriately so when they’re full-grown, they’re ill-mannered dogs that are abandoned or taken to an animal […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Try a little TLC with special-needs pets

Do you know someone who has a pet with special needs? Like people, pets can have physical, emotional or neurological conditions. Narcolepsy and cataplexy are disorders of the nervous system that affect animals such as cats, dogs, horses and cattle as well as people. Narcolepsy causes excessive daytime sleepiness, lack of energy and brief losses […]

January 20, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: In the new year, step up to help animals

As we approach the new year, it is time to think about those resolutions. As you do, consider volunteering at an animal shelter or rescue. It’s a gift that gives you more than you’d expect. Animal shelters and rescues need help 24/7. New arrivals need to be checked, cleaned, evaluated and cared for until a […]

December 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Give the gift of love and foster a pet

As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to gifts, but have you ever thought of giving a gift of loving care by fostering an animal from a shelter or rescue? Fostering these animals is easier than you think and provides many rewards to both you and the animal in your care. Foster care is […]

November 18, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Pets for Vets: matches made in heaven

Veterans Day is celebrated once a year, but Pets for Vets celebrates servicemen and women every day of the year. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit was established by Clarissa Black to help heal military veterans with emotional wounds by pairing them with a companion animal from an animal shelter. Shelter animals are selected to match a service […]

October 21, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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