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The Rewards of Fostering

by Kathryne on August 26, 2016

Adoption of an animal is an incredible rewarding experience. Not only are you saving the animal from a shelter or perhaps bleak prospects, but you’re also contributing to enabling the shelters to take in more animals that have the same potential to find loving homes. Yet for some people, fostering someone’s future pet can be even more rewarding.

What is fostering?

Fostering is taking an animal into your home while they are still adoptable animals in a shelter or organization. There are madog-crashny reasons that a dog or cat may need a foster home. It could be that the organization lacks a physical location and relies entirely on foste
r homes, or that the shelter is full and needs to find ways to take in more animals. In some cases a puppy or kitten may be too young to be cared for in a shelter, or an animal is recovering from a surgery or illness and needs a quiet place to recover.

Why choose to foster an animal?

There are many reasons why fostering has its advantages over adoption. Here are some key ones:

  1. The ability to help a greater number of animals. When you take a foster animal into your home, you’re only sheltering him or her until they find their permanent home. The length of time it takes for a dog or cat to be adopted depends on a wide variety of factors, but is more often than not less than a year. Some people find fostering even more rewarding than adoption becaustk203401rke-20-questions-before-you-foster-dogs-632x475se they can take in an provide a home for more than just one pet in a normal lifespan of an animal.
  2. To increase an animal’s chances of becoming adopted. More often than not, those who choose to foster animals are often experienced in owning a pet. Many people who come to shelters are first-time pet owners and are not as prepared or knowledgeable in adapting an animal into a suitable pet. If a foster home takes in a more challenging animal, socializes it, teaches it good behaviors and provides basic training, this increases an animal’s adaptability and can be a huge help in finding a forever home.
  3. Convenience. This may seem like a strange point to make about fostering, but it’s true that we as human beings experience varied times of availability and lack of extra time in the ups and downs of life. Fostering a dog or cat is a good solution for those with fluctuating periods of being busy as they can coordinate choosing to take in an animal with when they have more time available to devote to a pet. Also, fostering is not completely binding, so if life circumstances change, the organization you are offering your services to can make alternate arrangements for the animal. Additionally, many organizations cover all of the costs of owning a pet, such as food, toys and accessories.

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Contact your local shelters. Chances are, the organizations in your area will have a foster program even if you haven’t heard of it before.

It’s also important to remember fostering isn’t for everyone.

It can be hard to s
ay goodbye, especially if you are someone who tends to fall in love with animals easily. It can end up being a slippery slope to be a person who continually takes on more and more animals because it is difficult to let them go, as there comes a point where all the divided attention between the animals makes it no longer the best home for an animal.

Also, remember tha1cd153106ef2f5b3d8e154e4da96782at the purpose of fostering is for an animal to become adopted. Sometimes this agenda can interfere with your schedule, as the dog or cat may be required to attend adoption events.

 

Fostering and adoption are both big decisions and require some prior consideration and planning. Both have their advantages, and are incredibly rewarding. The purpose of this article was to introduce fostering which is not as commonly talked about and to present an alternative to making an impact in the lives of shelter animals. Ultimately, whatever decision you make that is right for you is also right for the animals you want to help.

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2016 AMERICAN COACH AMERICAN DREAM 45A

by Kathryne on August 18, 2016

rvWell here it is,one of the priciest vehicles you could find on the Recycler.com: The 2016 American Coach American Dream 45A.

If you need plenty of space and want a bath and a half, then the American Dream 45Arv3 motor home by American Coach is for you. As you enter this motor home, you will notice two slides right away. The first one has a sofa with a queen air mattress, double kitchen sink, two burner range, and microwave. Back inside from the slide, you will find the half bath with a toilet, a vanity sink and a medicine cabinet.The second slide offers a sofa, a 48″ LED TV mounted above the sofa, a dining table & chairs, a residential
refrigerator with ice maker, a pantry, a stackable washer and dryer, two wardrobes and a dresser with a 32″ LED TV above the dresser in the bedroom.

If that wasn’t enough, there is a 40″ LED TV mounted above the cab which can be viewed from anywhere in the front of the motor home.rv2 The master bath at the far rear has a vanity sink, a toilet, a full rear wall wardrobe, and a shower with a bench seat as well as overhead storage cabinets. The master bedroom offers a slide out with a king bed memory foam mattress, or choose an optional king bed with air mattress, with nightstands at each side and overhead cabinets as well as the items that are part of the full wall slide. Those include the two wardrobes, a dresser and a TV.

To sum up the specs: Bath and a Half; Rear Bath, 2071 miles, VIN: 4UZFCGBG5FCGY4618, StockNo: 203813.

Here’s a video review of an identical floor plan:

Apparently you really can buy the American Dream!

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Calico Kalinda!

by Kathryne on August 16, 2016

Kalinda is a beautiful long-haired Calico princess, and she knows it! This pretty kitty is 6 years old and Kalindadefinitely appreciates some royal-style pampering. She is affectionate, tolerates other cats, but definitely will be the alpha. She has a colorful personality that will warm your heart and keep you guessing.

Calico cats come in many shapes, patterns and sizes, but did you know that in order for a cat to be a calico, it has to be female?

There is DNA carried only on the X chromosome called the Orange Mutant Gene.  As with humans, female cats have paired sex chromosomes, XX, and male cats have XY sex chromosomes. Because female cats have XX chromosomes, sometimes the chromosomes will take turns being dominant in different areas of the body. The biology of it may be a little confusing, but basically what happens is when a cat is developing, one set of cells where an orange coat is dominant will divide and create a patch of orange, while right next to it a patch of cells where the tortoise-shell gene has been activated will create a patch of tortoise-shell coloring.

Think about it, have you ever met a male calico? (It is possible with another mutation, but is extremely uncommon)

Here’s an article that explains the occurrence of a calico pattern in greater detail, for those of you who are interested.

Another unique thing about calico cats is that no two are alike! Seriously, when calico cats have been cloned, they still appear with different coat patterns. That’s because there is no way to control which and where an X chromosome will become activated.

Rainbow, a female calico, was cloned. Her clone, CC, developed with a significantly different coat pattern than Rainbow. The picture below is a picture of Rainbow with a young CC. And yes, they are really genetically identical! Their twin genotypes were even confirmed by a University of California, Davis geneticist.rainbow__cc__allie21

So if you are considering adopting Kalinda or any other calico for that matter, she (or that very rare he) will be unique to you in all the world.

Kalinda’s ad on the Recycler.com can be viewed here

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Car, key and money

Labor Day. The holiday that has led TrueCar.com to boast 1.13 million unit sales last year, and is quite possibly infamous for being the most crowded weekend to possibly go and check out the local dealerships. But with any other highly-advertised string of deals that seem to promise everything but a complimentary parade, the reasonable consumer isn’t about to naively walk into the promise land unarmed. There are facts to check! Lists to review! Questions to answer! Perhaps the most important question to answer, however, is: “Am I really getting that good of a deal?”

Of course, “deals” are somewhat relative. There’s a lot that goes into purchasing the right car, and sometimes what you’re looking for isn’t going to be as easy to find as you might hope, or at the same price as the new-ish car you saw parked down the street with a “For Sale” sign plastered on it. So where to start?

We at Recycler.com love savvy shopping. Well, let’s be honest — who doesn’t? So no matter what you’re buying, the best place to start is with the $$$. That’s right, we mean budgeting. It’s the least fun part of beginning your car shopping endeavors (with the exception of getting stuck with an overly pushy salesperson). But hey, those payments you’ll be making for the entirety of the foreseeable future aren’t exactly a joy ride, either.

So that brings us to Step 1: Know Your Budget

Calculate your monthly or recurring financial obligations before coming up with a price you’re willing to spend on a car. Once you’ve determined how much your output is for bills and other regular expenses such as groceries and personal care items, consider your income after taxes. As a guide, a conservative range for a monthly car payment is within 10 to 15 percent of your available discretionary budget. A mistake that many rookie car buyers make is filling up the remainder of their available money stores with a massive car loan payment, without breathing room for essentials such as gas, annual registration, car insurance and maintenance.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, it’s time to suit up for negotiation! You’d never want to step blindly up to the competition without knowing what you’ve got to work with, right? Right! And with that comes Step 2: Check Your Credit Report. There are many free and no-consequence ways to do this, and knowing where your credit stands will let you know how much negotiating power you have. Purchasing a car involves a two-way negotiation, particularly when you’re financing a car instead of buying it outright. The reality is that loan lenders use your credit report and credit score as a basis for determining whether to even approve you for a new line of credit, what financing percentage of the vehicle purchase to offer, as well as what interest rate to charge on the loan. All of these factors affect the overall affordability of the car you’re eyeing.

It’s definitely not a bad idea (in fact, it’s a very, very good idea) to get a pre-approved auto loan.

Alright, now we can actually get to the car part. No more boring finance talk, we promise!

Step 3: Before You Shop to Buy, Shop to Fall in Love

You’ve already done the budgeting and credit-checking, yes? Good! So now you know exactly what you can afford to fall in love with. Remove yourself from the pressure and test drive some cars within your price-point. car-icons_1xWhat feels right? What features are most important to you? Because despite how the person who keeps trying to inch you closer and closer to closing a deal wants you to feel, you don’t have to buy a car right away. Take your time, smell the roses (or leather seats or ECO boost or whatever it is you want to smell)! Why? Because you can! Cars are big purchases, and if you’re going to take the leap you might as well do it right.

Another very important thing to remember are those features and add-ons. People often make the mistake of knowing the base model price of a car and not realizing how even the seemingly small upgrades can launch the price of the car beyond your budget. If possible, go online and do some research ahead of time on the websites of dealerships you may want to visit, and compare prices of different features to get an idea of what is important to you versus what will send your budget into a death spiral.Car-Buying-tips

Hooray! You’ve survived the precautionary tales and wallet-friendly advice! Now it’s time to get out there and discover the wonders of new car shopping. It’s supposed to be fun, so take your time and enjoy the test drives. Labor Day awaits, and if you know what to expect, you’ll be ready to take on the task of finding the best car at the best price!

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Abner: the adventurer with a heart of gold

by Kathryne on August 13, 2016

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If that face wasn’t enough to melt your heart alone, meeting Abner in person would probably seal the deal.

Abner is one of the sweetest boys you could ever meet! He is a collie and Great PyraneAbnerse mix and his age is about 2-3 years old. A social boy, he adores his people and lives to be petted and talked to. His current rescue has described him as one of the sweetest dogs that they had ever met. This is the kind of dog who would soak up all your love and adoration and return it back to you ten-fold.

In addition to being a large dog, Abner is a mixture of two breeds that love to have jobs. This means that he would make a fantastic addition to any family who loves to spend time being active. A busy bee, this boy would love a home where he can be free to roam and enjoy the great outdoors. He enjoys having the freedom of wide open spaces and can easily escape a kennel! He also loves to chase other animals, so he needs to be in an area where other small animals are not a temptation to him.

Both collies and Great Pyranees are dogs from the herding group. Highly intelligent, these dogs are often very trainable and make excellent protectors of their home. Like previously mentioned, they are very hard workers and very much enjoy keeping active. Great Pyranees, for instance, even have a reputation for being nocturnal!

Here’s a video from Dogs 101 if you’d like to learn more about the breed:

 

Abner is fully vetted and ready to find his forever home. If you are interested in making this lover a permanent member of your family, submitting an adoption application is the first step in the adoption process. For more details, please check out Abner’s ad for contact info and adoption questions.Abner3

Here is the link to check out Abner’s ad on the Recycler.com for more information!

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Morgan — the whippet mix who was found in rags but is still looking for her rmorgan1iches — is a sweet 4-year-old girl. She weighs a mere 20 pounds and is good with people, dogs and cats (though it is not yet known how she is with children).

Morgan, from Danbury, CT, was found off Exit 4 on Sunday (7-11-10). She was full of fleas and ticks, covered in dust and extremely hungry. Her entire body was covered in scratches. She was found by someone who gave her food and water but would not let her come into the house to cool off. The woman called and stated that she had dogs and did not want them to catch anything from her, so the rescue met her halfway and took her home.

They gave her a medicated bath, something for the flea and ticks and a safe place to sleep.

She is currently not in any shelter, just foster homes.morgan2

Her previous owner never looked for her , so she has been spayed and fully vetted.

Morgan loves to play in a fenced in yard and is quite the little snuggler!

If interested, check out Morgan’s ad here

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Classic Cars of July

by Kathryne on July 8, 2016

It’s one thing to get a car because you need one, and another to get a car because you want one. While most of us prioritize our high mpg commuters or our multi-functional work trucks, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’d be our first choice picks to roam the countryside or cruise up the coast.

For some, the joy of driving a classic car is in a class of its own — whether it’s the nostalgia, the fun of bringing the past to life for a moment or simply the beauty of cars we no longer see today, the timeless vehicles are often what make driving going for a drive.

So this week, Recycler.com has compiled a few cars ready to pass on their legacy to a new owner.

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#1: A 1954 Chevy Pickup 

Let’s face it. There are few trucks that better emulate classic than a 5-window Chevy. This beauty has a
400 Small Block, Nova front & rear, 4BBL Edelbrock, competition cam, running boards, gorgeous wood bed, and rally wheels. Overall a really nice truck.

Location: Kodak, TN

Price: $18,000

 

#2: 1976 Dodge Dartdodgedart

Naturally we had to include some classic American muscle. The 1976 DODGE DART SPORT HAGAR 10 FAST BACK is super quiet, very clean, all metal no bondo, no tears on upholstery, all original, non smoker, and has current tags. If you’re looking for a daily driver, this is your car.

Location: Adelanto, CA

Price: $8,500

 

#3: 1955 Chevy Stepsidetruck

When it comes to cars, sometimes the fewer there is to say about it, the better. This car is fully restored, is sporting a Chevy V8 Eng,  has 10K miles, on the 2nd owner, clean title, no accidents. Simple and clean. And did you happen to catch that mileage?!

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Price: $18,000

 

#4: 1976 Chevy Bel-Air Fuel Injection
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Okay, okay. Before you see the asking price and avert your eyes, be sure to give this car a thorough once-over! This one is a stunner from the inside out. With a hardtop, black paint, fuel injection, black/red interior, complete frame off resto, restored to total stock condition, stored in climate controlled storage, 283C IN motor w/ fueling 3 speed column shift, all underside surfaces redone to factory standards. You get the idea. This car has received no lack of TLC.bel-air2

Follow the link up top to see more, but we just had to also include a second photo of this car’s interior — WOW.

Location: Arcadia, CA

Price: $72,000

 

#5: 1976 Chevrolet Corvette corvette corvette2

Lots of beautiful Chevrolets across the internet at the moment! Hey, we’re definitely not complaining. This classic red corvette is 90% restored, auto, new factory crate 350, cassette, Black leather, ac, dual fans, runs xlnt, pristine condition.

Location: Ojai, CA

Price: $14,500

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Beautiful Bengal Kittens

by Kathryne on July 2, 2016

 

Beautiful Bengal Kittens!

If you are a cat person, chances are you are intrigued by this kittens unique look if you don’t already recognize its breed: the Bengal.

bk2Bengals are some of the most unique and well-beloved feline companions among the world of cats. Their beauty and spotted coats give them a wild and ancient appearance, but in fact these cats make some of the best pets you could hope for.

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Here is one Bengal breeder’s ad as posted on the Recycler.com:

“Gorgeous Bengal kittens available! We have gold rosetted, spotted and marble babies available. They have been raised in our home and are very playful and social. Great with kids and other animals. Tbk4hey are purebred and registered with TICA. They will have had their first shot and deworm when they leave to their new loving homes. Kittens are also completely litter box trained. Prices range from $675-1800 depending on the quality of their markings. For any questions
please call or text at 951 348-0252 or visit us at: guccibengals.com”

The price of a Bengal kitten is $675 and the seller is located in Newport Beach, CA.

If it wasn’t already apparent by the leopard-looking coat, Bengals were originally developed to mirror the appearances of leopards and other wild cats in Asia.

For more information on the Bengal breed’s roots, check out this cool video below!

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3 Cheap Cars for the 3 Day Weekend

by Kathryne on July 2, 2016

Most of us have been there at one point or another. Whether its to save a few bucks, snatch a ride in a pinch or add a beat-it-upper to the collection, cheap cars don’t need much of a sales pitch. For this Recycler.com blog post, we’re throwing 3 cheap cars (that run!) together across the nation to kickstart your search!

 

Cheap Car #1: Black 1990 Honda CRXcheapcar1

This car runs well, has a clean title, fresh Battery, new spark plug wires, filters, oil and hoses.

From Winnetka, CA

Asking price is $900

 

 

 

Cheap Car #2: Subaru Outback Wagon

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If you’re into fixer-uppers, this car is a great option. Not
only has Subaru maintained years of a quality and safety reputation, but the standard 4-wheel drive gives you all-weather reliability.

From Johnstown, PA

This car is priced at $700 and needs a new head gasket.

 

 

Cheap Car #3: 1999 Mercedes S-Class 4-Dr SDN

Clicking on the above link will give you much more details on this car fcheapcar4rom the original Recycler.com ad, but you can see from the photo that this classic style car makes a nice ride for the price.

Hey, just because you’re looking for a cheap car doesn’t mean you don’t have standards, right?

This car is located in Chicago, IL.

Asking price is $990.

 

And as always, if these cars aren’t to your preference or match your location, you can always hunt for cheap cars yourself on the Recycler.com!

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1989 Range Rover — $800

by Kathryne on July 2, 2016

There’s no question that the Range Rover is one of the most beloved cars of all time. While the traditional Range Rovers lack all the bells and whistles of today, they are still trail-blazing beasts in their own right.cheap car 3

 

This 1989 Range Rover is up for grabs with no keys and no title, but for the right buyer this body style is well worth the fixer-upper opportunity!

Asking price is $800 or best offer, and it has a mere 80-90k miles on it. Check out these candid reviews from Car Gurus to see what other owners of this car thought about it.

Not sure you see the potential? Here are a few more photos of versions of this car:

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