Mental health. Many of us were finding our limits tested during the lockdowns of the pandemic. If you didn’t bring a pandemic puppy into your home, you could open up your home to a pet and reap the benefits of stress reduction and see both your pet and your blood pressure decrease just by petting them! It’s true.
Exercise. Walking a dog can get you outside more often. It also gets you moving and that is not only good for your weight, but your emotional health as well. And a dog that gets plenty of walk and sniff time is a healthy family member.
Dog people. It is a thing! You’ll meet people on your walks with their pets and could very well strike up a new friendship. Another benefit of adoption.
Unconditional love. No question, the adage that a dog is the only thing that loves you more than itself is true. And that kind of love will change your world. Doubt it? Try it out and see.
Saving lives. Without a doubt, bringing a pet into your home not only saves that pet’s life, but opens up slots for other dogs that might not survive in some shelters. While many have moved to a no-kill philosophy, that isn’t the case for all facilities.
Did you know that you can adopt a rescued bird rather than buy one? Yup! Its true. And January is Adopt A Rescued Bird Month.
So, what do you need to know before adopting?
The typical concerns for any pet adoption, generally. Consider the expense for food, toys, veterinary care, and commitment time and energy. Birds are social creatures and some breeds can live for many decades.
Fortunately, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) devised a list to help you make a decision. By scrolling through a list of statements, you can find the match that makes the most sense for you.
To decide what breed would fit most effortlessly into your household consider some of these suggestions from the ASPCA:
“I don’t have much space.” Choose any bird, as long as you allow for a large enough cage and time out of it almost every day.
“I am concerned about how my new bird will get along with other pets and young children.” Adequate space and close adult supervision will promote harmony among birds, children and other pets. You will need a room in which you can close off your bird for his or her protection when you are not present, even if you are just in another room. If you have a very large bird, such as a macaw, you may need to protect your children and other pets from the bird if he has been provoked inadvertently.
“I don’t like a lot of mess.” Choose small birds, such as parakeets, canaries, finches or lovebirds.
For other ideas, visit their website by clicking here.
No matter what type of bird you choose, you can feel good about bringing a rescued pet into your life.
Floofins & Co. will be hitting the road once again to participate in Dog Days.
Visitors can bring their dogs into Cantigny Park in Wheaton for one day each year. The event is a great opportunity to explore all the grounds at Cantigny with your furry family members. And what would a Dog Days event be without Floofins & Co. and lots of great vendors and demonstrations?
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1oth. Entry is free with a $10 parking fee per car and allows you to stay until the event ends at 4 p.m. According to Cantigny’s website the events will include: [Read more…] about The Dog Days Are Back At Cantigny Park
Floofins & Co. will be part of the Pet Walk Festival June 26th in Hinsdale. Starting Saturday morning at 10 a.m. the first wave of attendees can enjoy the event. The second wave starts at 12:30 p.m. The event is being staged in waves to allow for COVID protocols that will provide maximum safety for all attendees. All proceeds from the event will benefit the animals of the Hinsdale Humane Society.
There will be a 1-mile pet walk and kids can join in a Superhero Sprint. Kids can purchase a special cape for the event and prizes will be awarded for winners. The sprints will start at either 10:15 a.m.or 12:45 p.m., depending on the wave they attend. Kids will run in groups according to age: 5 and under; 6-9; and over 9 years of age.
Additional activities include photo opportunities; DJ, Therapaws Team meet and greet, raffles, tours, and more. Also, pet-related vendors will be on hand with their own giveaways. Don’t forget to stop by the and grab some yummy food options for purchase from the food vendors.
Don’t forget to stop by the adoption center and consider adding a floofin to your family. Information on the raffle and tickets to the event can be found at https://www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org/events/pet-walk-festival-2021.
We hope to see you Saturday!
June isn’t just the month of summer. It also serves as Adopt a Cat Month.
One of the primary goals of the month is to home cats and kittens. And that certainly is something of a concern during these pandemic times. Shelters in most areas are seeing fewer people in person, forcing most adoptions into virtual events. In addition, they are struggling with funding and and covering supplies.
Since June coincides with the height of kitten season, a time when the largest number of cats give birth to litters, there is often an influx of felines into the shelters. This year, American Humane will celebrate their 45th annual June focus on adoption by hosting “adopt-a-pandemic-pet” month.
For folks interested in donations, you can head over to the ASPCA Adopt A Cat webpage or you can donate to American Humane’s Feed The Hungry campaign which delivers food to shelters all over the country. Or, as we like to encourage, donate to your local shelter where you can have an immediate and close to home impact.
You don’t have to simply donate, ASPCA has a fundraising page where you can build up donations on your own or by creating a team.
If you opt to bring a new cat into your life this month, don’t forget to utilize the great resources that American Humane offers on their website. You can find reference materials on topics such as
- Adoption Checklists
- Cat to Cat Introductions
- Dog to Cat Introductions
- Cat Collars
- Litter box usage
And if you are in the Chicagoland area and considering adopting a cat, please don’t get discouraged. I recently put in several applications for virtual adoptions over the last couple months. I never heard a word. Until late this week, I received an email from a facility I have adopted from in the past. They had received over 10,000 applications to adopt since the pandemic hit. While that is great for the animals, it just means that adopting a cat this month, or later, may require a little patience.