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Watch the First Seconds. After That You’ll Want to Adopt Pita.

Dear Potential Adopter, I, Becky S., Parma Animal Shelter Head Shift Leader and Adoption Counselor, would like you to meet our Pita. She has been living in our shelter for over two years; Pita hasn’t been able to find her forever home, yet. Until recently, Pita was very shy and only wanted to stay in her cage. A caring person found Pita outside with another cat. They were friendly cats so they brought them to our shelter. However, some outdoor cats do not adjust quickly to shelter life and the confinement and all the other cats. This was our Pita. She was scared and shy and just sat in her cage initially. Soon, Pita would want the volunteers to pet her and give her attention. However, she still would not come out of her cage. This went on for a long time. Pita became many of our volunteers favorite because she was a playful and affectionate cat, but only in her cage. When we would take Pita out to meet potential adopters, she would not be her lovable self. She wanted the attention of the potential adopter, but was not sure how to act and sometimes gave love bites and scratched. This is the exact opposite of her true personality. Over the last two years, I’ve gotten very close to Pita and love her dearly. However, my home is already at its max and I can’t adopt her. Why You Want to Adopt Pita Over the last two months Pita has bloomed into this sweet outgoing cat she always was prior to coming to the shelter. Pita doesn’t mind the other cats as... read more

3 Alternative Solutions to Declawing Cats

Declawing cats. It sounds like a good idea, especially if you don’t want your furniture scratched up. But is it the humane thing to do? Do you know how cats are declawed? One way is to amputate with a scalpel or guillotine clipper. Ouch! Stitches or surgical glue is used to close the wounds — the feet are bandaged. Laser surgery is a more modern way to declaw cats. An intense beam of light cuts through tissue by heating and vaporizing it. However, your cat risks lameness and behavioral problems as if it amputation was performed. Another way to declaw cats is the tendonectomy procedure; the tendon that controls the claw in each toe is severed. Your cat keeps his claws, but won’t be able to control them or extend them to scratch. This procedure requires more frequent nail trimmings. People often mistakenly believe that declawing their cats is a harmless “quick fix” for unwanted scratching. They don’t realize that declawing can make a cat less likely to use the litter box or more likely to bite. Declawing also can cause lasting physical problems for your cat. The Humane Society of the United States Let’s face it; scratching is a normal behavior for cats. Cats scratch to mark their territory and stretch their muscles. Scratching also removes the dead husks from their claws. You see. Cats don’t scratch so they can destroy your favorite chair! Before you get your cat declawed (can be expensive), consider the following 10 alternative solutions. If you love your cat, don’t put him or her through unnecessary pain. Don’t take away their right to scratch. 3 Alternative... read more

8 Simple Ways to Introduce a Cat to Your Dog

  You did it! You adopted from the Parma Animal Shelter and can’t wait to introduce your cat to your dog. But, oh no! Your cat gets scared and runs off because your love-bug of a dog wants to play. What do you do? The first thing to do is to remain calm. The second thing is to continue reading to find out how to introduce a cat to your dog. Consider These Things about a Cat and Dog Cats and dogs may play together and amuse themselves while left alone for long periods. But getting a cat or another cat as company for the other pet(s) does not mean that the animals will require less time from people. All companion animals need to develop and enjoy strong bonds with people, so another animal actually means a larger time commitment from the owner. If you’re considering bringing home another pet, you should also be aware of the potential problems that may develop. The introduction of a new animal is always going to be stressful for a resident pet, and stress has a way of finding an outlet (cats may become un-housetrained, and, in some cases, direct aggression towards their owners, as well as towards the “old pet”, the dog). Since introducing a new animal is stressful to the pet residents, it makes sense not to do it at a time when they are already under stress—when you have just moved to a new house or apartment, or when recovering from an illness or injury. Dogs are very routine-oriented; they like things done in the same way, at the same time,... read more

How To Stop the 10 Most Common Types of Animal Abuse

Animal abuse is something that’s reported in the news, almost on a daily basis. Cats and dogs seem to be the most abused animals. In fact, the Parma Animal Shelter got involved with helping abused dogs from Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. We, along with veterinarians and volunteers, nursed the dogs back to health. All of them found loving forever homes. Most Common Types of Animal Abuse The infographic below shows the most common types of animal abuse, such as: Neglect Hoarding Shooting Fighting Beating Mutilation Throwing Stabbing Burning Vehicular If you know of animals being abused, call your animal control officer. You may leave the information anonymously. Animal abuse is affects all of us. Anyone who abuses animals may abuse and harm people. You don’t want that, do you? Signs of Animal Abuse Below are some common signs of animal abuse. Dogs that are chained up all day without food, water and shelter. Untreated wounds. Malnourished animals. Document everything you see and report it. The more information you have, the more useful the information will be useful to law enforcement. What You Can Do Stop Animal Abuse Stand up for animals! Learn the animal abuse laws in your state. You can help save the lives of animals in your area by reporting animal abuse. Another way to help animals is to get your pets spayed or neutered. This way hundreds, even thousands of abused and unwanted animals won’t end up in cages in animal shelters and rescues. While some shelters are “no time limit shelters,” like the Parma Animal Shelter, others are not. Spaying and neutering animals can... read more

Could Adopting a Cat Be Easier Than You Think?

Thank you for adopting a cat from the Parma Animal Shelter! Adopting a cat is a major responsibility. It’s no different than having a child. It’s true.  Just like you would for a child, you have to provide a safe, warm and loving environment, medical and tender loving care, and food and water, for your cat. If you’re adopting a cat for the first time or you’re considering adopting a second cat from the Parma Animal Shelter, you may have questions about what to do before and after your bring your furry friend home. Keep reading to learn what to expect when you adopt a cat and bring him or her home. Get and Keep Your House Ready After You’ve Adopted a Cat Whether you have adopted a cat for the first-time or you’re a seasoned pro, there are important factors to consider before and after you bring your cat home, such as: Lock up all medicines and household cleaning agents. Close toilet lids and make sure the fireplace is tightly screened. Secure unscreened windows. Secure screens in other windows. Close all garage and appliance doors. A warm dryer or a car engine may entice cats in search of a warm place to nap. Immediately place opened tin or aluminum cans behind closed doors or in containers with secure lids as they can cut a cat’s tongue if they lick it. Set rodent and ant traps out of a cat’s reach. Clean up easily swallowed small items such as marbles, bits of fabric, small parts from toys, etc. Keep the following plants away because they’re poisonous to cats: Ivy Oleander Philodendron Azalea Dieffenbachi... read more

Keep Your Pets Safe with These Pet Safety Tips

As a pet owner, you want to do everything you can to keep your pets safe. During the holidays, like the Fourth of July, some cats and dogs may become anxious and nervous. Make sure your pets have a safe place in your home where they can go and hide out until the fireworks stop. Read on to learn about pet safety tips; then share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Warning: Adopting a Dog is a Full-Time Commitment (And How to Know if You’re Ready)

Is Adopting a Dog the Right Decision for You? Adopting a dog? It sounds like a good idea, right? But are you ready for the 100% full-time commitment it takes to have a dog? For example, a dog needs to be fed every day. If you’re a super busy person, you may forget to feed the dog. What about taking the dog for a walk? If you have an early or late meeting, you may not be able to walk Max or Bella. Take it from us at the Parma Animal Shelter, adopting a dog shouldn’t be something that’s done on a whim. You want to take time and think about “why” you want to adopt a dog. Read on to discover the nine Ps of adopting a dog, which can help you decide if adopting a dog is the best decision for you. The Nine Pillars of Adopting a Dog Plan — Answer these quick questions to make sure that you have a well-thought out plan before adopting your dog: Are you allowed to have a dog where you live? Do you have a reasonable amount of room for your dog? Do you have enough time (and money) to include a regular routine of feeding, exercising, playing, vet care, bathing/grooming, training AND LOVE? According to a Humane Society article, some of the top ten reasons dogs are turned into shelters like PAS, or returned, include Moving, Landlord not allowing pet, inadequate facilities, pet illness, not having enough time for the pet, cost, too many animals in the household, and owner having personal problems. The last reason on the... read more

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