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Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

by Kathryne on January 10, 2017

Many people love to share food with dogs for many reasons. Sometimes as a treat, sometimes out of love and a desire to improvedogfood3 our dog’s nutrition, or sometimes as a way to boycott conventional dog food. Whatever your reason for introducing whole foods to your dog’s diet, there is one very importan
t fundamental rule to be aware of: just because it is good for you does NOT mean that it is good for your dog.

We aren’t just talking about chocolate. Many “human” foods that we consider to be very healthy can negatively impact a dog’s health.

 

Here’s a video of 5 foods commonly given to dogs that are commonly mistaken as harmless:

Surprised? Understandable. We normally would never percieve these foods as harmful to humans and wouldn’t expect them to be to our dogs, either. But if you are going to pass the plate (or bowl) to your pooch every now and then, here is a good starting list of things you will want to keep out of your dog’s reach.

List of Foods Not to Feed Your Dog

Here’s an alphabetized list of foods that are unsafe and unfit for canine consumption, many of which are toxic for dogs. We’ll be updating it and adding foods as we learn more. The ones in red italics are especially dangerous and often poisonous for canines.

And be sure to look below this list for a helpful and sharable Infographic to print out and keep on your fridge.

Alcohol – I’m sure you’ve heard of the birthday parties where the dog accidentally gets into some of the spilled keg beer, and then gets all silly to the amusement of the crowd. While it may be funny to you, it’s not funny to your dog. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.

Apple Seeds – The casing of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. This is really only an issue if a large amount was eaten and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its blood stream. But to play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.

Avocado – Avocados contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.

Baby Food – Baby food by itself isn’t terrible, just make sure it doesn’t contain any onion powder. Baby food also doesn’t contain all the nutrients a dog relies on for a healthy, well maintained diet.

Cooked Bones – When it comes to bones, the dangerpets4s that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog’s nutritional and teeth.

Candy and Chewing Gum – Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains Xylitol, which can lead to the over-release of insulin, kidney fa

Cat Food – Not that they would want this anyway, but cat food contains proteins and fats that are targeted at the diet of a cat, not a dog. The protein and fat levels in cat food are too high for your dog, and not healthy.

Chocolate – You’ve probably heard this before, but chocolate is a definite no no for your pup. And it’s not just about caffeine, which is enough to harm your dog by itself, but theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems.

Citrus Oil Extracts – Can cause vomiting.

Coffee – Not sure why you would give your dog coffee, but pretty much the same applies here as to chocolate. This is essentially poison for your dog if ingested.

Corn on the Cob– This is a sure way to get your dog’s intestine blocked. The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well so be cautious to not feed too much.

Fat Trimmings – Can cause pancreatitis.

Fish – The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. The parasite itself isn’t dangerous to dogs, but is often infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which in many cases is fatal to dogs if not treated properly. If diagnosis occurs early on, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.

Garlic – While garlic can be okay for dogs in very small amounts (and even beneficial for flea treatment), larger amounts can be risky. Garlic is related to onions which is toxic for dogs so it may be best to just avoid it.dogfood2

Grapes and Raisins – This is one that lots of dog owners are unaware of. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes so do not feed your pup this toxic food.

Hops – An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.

Human Vitamins – Some human vitamins are okay to use, but the key is comparing the ingredients (all of them – active and inactive) to the vitamins your vet subscribes for your dog (often you can get the human equivalent for much less money). Make sure there’s no iron – iron can damage the digestive system lining, and prove poisonous for the liver and kidneys.

Liver – In small amounts, liver is great but avoid feeding too much liver to your dog. Liver contains quite a bit of Vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pup’s muscles and bones.

Macadamia Nuts – These contain a toxin that can inhibit locomotory activities, resulting in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as possible damage to your dog’s digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.

Chihuahua with big boneMarijuana – Not that you would pass the bong to your dog, but if you do, you should know that marijuana can adversely affect your pup’s nervous system and heart rate, and induce vomiting. Read more about Dogs and Marijuana.

Milk and Dairy Products – While small doses aren’t going to kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Why? Dogs are lactose intolerant (as are an increasing number of humans today), and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme to properly digest dairy foods. If you really need to give them dairy, look into lactose-free dairy products.

Mushrooms – Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. Don’t mess with them.

Onions and Chives – No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and its even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.

Persimmons, Peaches and Plums – Peach pits are not only a choke hazard they contain amygdalin, a cyanide and sugar compound that degrades into hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when metabolized. Pear seeds also contain trace amount of arsenic and are dangerous. So if you live in an area that is home to persimmon, peach, or plum trees, look out. Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any wild persimmon or other fruit trees that produce seeds growing in your backyard. If you notice your dog pooping all over the place, and see a bunch of seeds or pits in their waste, you’ll need to break out the saw and chop down some trees.

Rhubarb and Tomato Leaves – These contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Raw Fish – Another vitamin B (Thiamine) deficiency can result from the regular consumption of raw fish. Loss of appetite will be common, followed by seizures, and in rare instances, death.

Salt – Just like salt isn’t the healthiest thing for humans, it’s even less healthy for dogs. Too much of it can lead to an imbalance in electrolyte levels, dehydration and potentially diarrhea.

Spices containing Capsaicin – Capsaicin, found in chili powder, paprika, and just about any other pepper (bell, chili, etc.), is an irritant for mammals of all shape and size.

String – While not a food itself, foods can often contain or be similar to string (ie. meat you’ve wrapped for the oven). If your dog were to eat a string, it could get stuck in their digestive tract and cause complications.

Sugar – This applies to any food containing sugar. Make sure you check the ingredient label for human foods – corn syrup (which is a less expensive form of sugar or glucose) is found in just about everything these days. Too much sugar for your pup can lead to dental issues, obesity, and even diabetes.

Tobacco – A major toxic hazard for dogs (and humans). The effects nicotine has on dogs are far worse than on humans. Nicotine can damage your pup’s digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, make them pass out, and ultimately result in death.

Xylitol – A sugar alcohol found in gum, candies, baked goods, and other sugar-substituted items, Xylitol, while causing no apparent harm to humans, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death for your pup.

Yeast (on its own or in dough) – Just like yeast rises in bread, it will also expand and rise within your pup’s tummy. Make sure they don’t get any. While mild cases will cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort – too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines.

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Have you ever wanted a Chinchilla?

by Kathryne on January 9, 2017

Chinchillas are quick, perky little animals. If you have never met the acquaintance of one, they have a personality similar to a park squirrel.

Obviously adorable, Chinchillas have many characteristics that make them great pets. However, they are not suited for everyone, especially not for children because they are small and fragile and if they are squeezed too tight – they will bite. Many find them preferable to all other rodents because of their lack of unpleasant smell and unusually long life spans.

What Are Their Good Qualities?

Their good qualities include a beautiful soft lush fur, an inquisitive, boisterous nature and no objectionable noises. They are very low-maintenance pets.

What Are Their Not-So-Good Qualities?

On the down side, chinchillas are somewhat high-strung, and they have relatively short attention spans. They also do not tolerate hot weather or high humidity well.

Where Do These Animals Come From?

Chinchillas originated in the Andes Mountains of South America where they inhabit crevices in the rocks. Chinchillas come in a variety of colors. The most common color is silvery gray; but the also come in white, beige, ebony and sapphire (super-violet) color.

What Are Some Characteristics Of Chinchillas?

Adult female chinchillas weight about a pound-and-a-half and are a bit bigger than males. Chinchillas can live 12 to 20 years – an exceptionally long life span for a rodent. They also have an exceptionally long pregnancy, 111 days. So babies pop out ready-to-go like their distant cousins, the guinea pigs. Chinchillas will not thrive above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25.8C) or in humidity over 40%.

Buying A Chinchilla

Unfortunately, pet stores are in business to make a profit – not to provide you with a friendly, healthy pet. Pet shops are the worst place to obtain a chinchilla. If you have not yet obtained your pet, go to a reputable breeder such as those that are members of The Chinchilla Club and ask the breeder for the phone number of satisfied clients in your area.

Chinchilla personalities are determined during their first month of age. They need to be handled and petted frequently after they are born or they will grow up skittish and aggressive. An ideal age to purchase your chinchilla is 10 weeks of age.

If possible, check both the parents and the youngster for problems before you become attached to a Chinchilla. Be cautious of watery or pasty eyes, drooling (tooth alignment problems), wool pulling or missing areas of fur. Buying directly from a breeder who willingly supplies satisfied contacts who have purchased her animals is a good idea. Most of the problem animals are purchased through pet stores. Common problems in pet store purchased chinchillas are wool pulling due to boredom and stress and malocclusion due to improper diet and genetics. Aggression is a problem in animals not socialized to people at a young enough age.chinchilla-2

The Rechinchillacycler.com has many animals available to browse, including these baby chinchillas! (so cute!)

Click HERE for the link to their page!

Also, if you still aren’t sure these are the right pet for you, watch this video for some extra information about chinchilla ownership:

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No, your eyes do not deceive you! This 1968 Ford Bronco Classic on the Recycler.com is a great opportunity to own an original Bronco. These can be a bit tough to find in this kind of condition, so if you are into the $19,500 asking price, you might want to put in any inquiries sooner rather than later.bronco

Broncos were produced from 1966 through 1996 and so this (obviously) was one of the earliest years ever made, adding to the rarity of finding one restored to this level.

This particular vehicle is 90% restored, and in very good condition. Runs like a champ, starts right up and is ready and able to be a daily driver.
Some new editions in the past 2 years include:
Power steering, front disc brakes, rebuilt carburetor, electronic ignition, springs, shocks, tires, transfer case, auto, transmission, stainless steel brake lines, master cylinder & more

If interested, check out the Recycler.com ad here!

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Starting a new year can mean a great many things to a lot of people. While infamous for being the month of initiating new diets and exercise regimens to setting personal, career and financial goals, it can also be a great time to find new sources of simple joys. And if you’re goals for the year entail just that, you may have cuddly, furry little critters on your mind.

Recycler.com is a great place to find thousands of puppies, kittens, reptiles, rabbits, and more for sale from reputable breeders. But possibkona1ly even better, you can make 2017 a great year for both you and an adoptable animal looking for a forever home. Simply search for adoptable pets in your area to find a variety of pets in either shelters or in foster homes nearby so you can find your perfect pet-match!

Take Kona — one of many adoptable sweethearts that can be viewed on the Recycler.com — for instance! This tabby girl is one of many kitties living in a foster home awaiting the day to make someone a very lucky human.  A beautiful red Tabby, Kona is an outgoing, very active and playful young adult. She and her brother Perry (the black cat in the background) were both rescued from a shelter and now live in a multi-cat foster home.kona3

She is a very sweet and gentle girl who runs around her foster home. She spends her days playing with the other cats and two medium size dogs, so she would do kona2well in a home with other existing pets. She is not, however, good with young kids — kids must be teenagers or older.

If you are interested, you can find Kona’s page here on the Recycler.com.

 

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2015 Fiat 500 C Convertible

by Kathryne on December 2, 2016

There are many treasures to be found on the Recycler.com, and this Fiat 500 C Convertible is certainly one of them! The ad can be found here, but here is the seller description. As you will see, there are a lot of things going in favor of this cute little convertible.cabrio08

 

Summary: VIN – 3C3CFFDR3FT508566, Make – Fiat, Model – 500C, Trim – Pop Convertible, Mileage – 33760, Drivetrain – FWD, Price – $11,650

Seller Description: 2015 FIAT 500 C CONVERTIBLE, 4-YEAR WARRANTY, 1 OWNER CAR
ALLOY WHEELS, BRAND NEW TIRES, PEARL WHITE & RED TOP, AUTOMATIC
For Sale by Owner.
We are selling this super-cute Fiat Convertible because our daughter has moved to the East Coast where she doesn’t need a car. We bought it brand new and our daughter used it to commute between Ventura and Los Angeles. Extras include alloy wheels, ivory leather steering wheel, sophisticated ivory leather-trimmed red seats, Pearl White exterior paint, red soft top – power folding roof, BlueTooth wireless, Auxiliary, etc. This Fiat Cabrio is very clean, in great condition and runs like new. In addition, it has brand new tires and a new registration. It comes with a 4 year- 50,000 mile warranty. Because of light indentations/scratches on the left rear panel (near tire, please view the close-up photo!) this Fiat is priced at $11,650 or best offer.
We are a private party. Do not contact me if you are a company, low baller, i.e. car dealership, etc.; prospective BUYERS ONLY.
Please obtain your own financing; cash payment is due in full at pick-up. Cash only.
Please feel free to call or text Sina (805) 616-3031 with any additional questions you might have. We are located in Oxnard, CA.
Specs:
2015 FIAT Convertible
33760 miles
Model: 500c
Trim: Pop
Body: 2D Convertible fiat-500-cabrio-10
Alloy wheels
Exterior: Bianco Perla (Pearl White Tri-Coat)
Interior: Red/Ivory
4 Year 50K Warranty

Extras:
Pearl white exterior
Alloy wheels
Power Folding Roof
Ivory Leather steering wheel/height adjustable
AM/FM radio/CD player/6 speakers
BlueTooth Wireless/USB/Auxillary
Doors: 2
VIN #: 3C3CFFDR3FT508566
Mileage: 33,760
Engine: 1.4L I-4 Cyl 6-Speed Automatic
Fuel: Gasoline
Drive: FWD
MPG*: 31 City / 40 Hwy

Details:
4-wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Front wheel independent suspension
Electronic stability control
Front bucket seats
Anti-whiplash front head restraints
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Convertible roof lining
Bumpers: Body color
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Air conditioning
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Glass rear window
Heated door mirrors
Outside temperature display

Price: $11,650 obo, cash only.
Please obtain your own financing; cash payment is due in full at pick-up.
Call or text Sina with any questions: (805) 616-3031

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Louie’s Holiday Wish: A Loving Home

by Kathryne on November 30, 2016

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Meet Louie!

 

Born February 27, 2016, King Louis, AKA “Louie,” is one of the sweetest
kitties you’ll ever meet. He’s also one of the most adorable! This young kitty is solid black with big, green eyes that pierce in stark condownloadtrast with his sleek coat. He’s also small in stature and will more than likely be smaller into adulthood as well. But personality is the icing on the cake with any pet, and rest assured Louie has plenty of it to go around.

If  you are th239662555e kind of person who loves a little helper following you around and keeping you company, Louie is your boy! He likes to crawl under covers and is very
helpful when sheets are being changed on a bed, likes to help you read the newspaper, likes to accompany you to the bathroom and then help wash your hands, and is pretty much game to be there to help you tackle all of your daily chores. As you can tell, he is handy to have around!
He is extremely active and needs some space to tear around in. Also, having a truly loving nature he loves hanging with his human as well as with a kitty companion, so he would do very well in a home that can provide a good stomping ground and companionship. While he is a little shy at first with strangers, he warms up quickly with soft-spoken people. And don’t forget the brushing! This is a cat who understands the value of a good spa treatment and absolutely loves to be brushed. If you or  your family enjoy having a cat on your lap every night, then you are exactly the kind of home this sweet boy would thrive in.

Just for a little snippet into a typical, Luoie-style pay session, check out this video of him playing with some of his friends!

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Arguably one of the best known names in 2-wheeled cruising, Harley-Davidson has a long history of having a large following, and for good reason. Harley-Davidson is the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer. Founded out of a small shed in 1903 by William S. Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Motor Company produces traditional cruiser motorcycles utilizing air-cooled V-Twin engines.

When Harley and Davidson produced and sold their first motorcycle in 1903, they were one of many small motorcycle marques springing up across the country. Flash forward more than a century and the Harley-Davidson brand is so rooted in American culture that the history of the company intertwines with the history of America itself.

Harley-Davidson incorporated in 1907, with William Davidson officially joining forces with his two brothers and Harley. Setting down roots in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson began hiring employees and by the end of the decade were producing bikes using its signature 45-degree air-cooled V-Twin.

During the next decade H-D continued to expand. Many sales were generated by Uncle Sam, with the American military sourcing Harley motorcycles during the First World War. The rest is history, which can be read more in depth from MotoUSA.com here

And now in honor of the classic American name, we have compiled a list of some of the Harley-Davidsons available here on the Recycler.com!873323

First up, this 1992 HARLEY HERITAGE CLASSIC from Santa Barbara, CA. Excellent condition, garaged, two tone paint, white wall tires, saddlebags, rear seat, must sell, $8000. Definitely worth checking this one out.

 

Second is a 2010 HARLEY ROAD GLIDE Custom 103″ 107HP 103 Torque, Dave Mackey engine, Trans has a Baker reverse, Primo racing clutch, race tech front end, spalding sidecar, american legend cargo trailer, 600 amp 2 marine speakers in hack, serious inquires only $40,000. Plus that license plate…2194041

A 2009 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLHX FLHX. We’ll let the ad speak for itself on this one: “THIS BIKE IS IN SHOWROOM CONDITION AND IS ON OUR SHOWROOM FLOOR!!! MUST SEE TO APPRECIATE!!! EXTREMELY LOW MILES!!! HURRY THIS ONE WON’T LAST ESPECIALLY AT THIS PRICE!!! COME BY TODAY TO SEE THIS ONE IN PERSON.1584.0L, 2 CYLINDER, FUEL INJECTED, NOT SPECIFIED , DARK RED, , 3,381 miles, Stock #: P2650, VIN: 1HD1KB4119Y663135”1hd1kb4119y663135-1c

You gotta admit, it really does look good. And that aforementioned price is $12,591. Not bad at all.

 

 

See these bikes and many more on the Recycler.com!

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November is Adopt-A-Senior Month!

by Kathryne on November 6, 2016


“My face may be gray, but my heart is pure gold. There is no shame in growing old.”

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Perhaps the single thing we can fault our beloved pets for is having lifespans so much shorter than our own. Yet today, to the joy of all owners of well-loved furry friends, pets lifespans have actually been increasing due to factors such as better preventative health measures and advances in veterinary medicine. Nationally, the average lifespan for dogs is about 11 years while cats live for about 12.1 years. close-up-of-senior-cat-thinkstockphotos-483426531, the average lifespan for dogs is up about 4 percent (or about half a year) since 2002. For cats, the average lifespan has increased an entire year, or about 10 percent, since 2002, according to the 2013 Banfield State of Pet Health Report.

But unfortunately, for many animals this extra time isn’t all that golden. Millions of animals are admitted into animal shelters annually, and most people on the hunt for the newest family member have eyes only for the young and the spirited. According to Petfinder.com, one of the largest databases for adoptable pets in the nation, the average pet will spend about 12 weeks on location before finding a loving home. For senior pets, adoption can take up to 4 times as long!

And amazingly, families who have opted to adopt mature pets will tell you that the pros outweigh the cons. Most older pets are housetrained, aren’t out to chew up every brand new pair of shoes you bring senior-pet-carehome or tear the curtains up with their claws. Instead, they offer mild temperaments, lower-energy levels than their youthful counterparts and hearts full of love.

Owning pets has been scientifically proven to promote physical and psychological well-being, and one group of people who can benefit most from this is older persons. In one study of elderly dog owners who lived alone, 75 percent of males and 67 percent of females said their dog was their only friend. Studies of elderly people have also documented that dog owners spent an average of 1.4 hours per day outside with the dog. Since regular exercise plays such a central role in physical wellbeing — including helping to avoid hip fracture and increasing cardiovascular function — the benefits of pet ownership for senior citizens are obvious.how-long-do-cats-live-glasses

So when you next find yourself wandering into the local animal shelter, take a good look at all the animals. There are fewer things more rewarding than making an animals last few years of life their best ones.

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All About Dog Agility

by Kathryne on October 20, 2016

Do you have a high-energy dog on your hands that you think would benefit fdog_agilityrom having a positive outlet for all that excess energy?

Dog agility might be the answer you’ve been looking
for. Combining speed, accuracy and obedience, this canine sport utilizes your dog’s physical and mental prowess while also building an even stronger relationship between you.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles. Consequently, the handler’s controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.

In its simplest form, an agility course consists of a set of standard obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. Obstacles include jumps, tunnels, see-saws, weave poles and A-frames. Dog and handler must complete the course as quickly as possible, and any errors are faulted as added agility-course-500time.

Not only will regular practice and dedication to training in agility improve your dog’s physical and mental well-being, but you will also notice overtime a closer relationship between you and your pup. This sport builds a strong foundation in obedience, but also teaches your dog to attune to your every move and que, which translates to both on and off the course.

Getting started is pretty simple. There are plenty of DIY obstacle courses and training techniques you can find on the internet, but if you’d rather have the extra help and resources, look for a local class in your area. Classes can range from private to large groups and are led by experienced handlers who can introduce you and your dog to the world of agility.

Keep in mind, two or three classes usually aren’t enough to start running through an obstacle course perfectly. Agility takes lots of time and practice, not to mention patience! But the rewards are big and, who knows? Maybe sometime down the road this could be you and your faithful friend:

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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.

How does one become a foster family?153449250-tips-for-giving-up-foster-dogs-632x475

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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