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Choosing the Right Dog for You: Tips for Making an Informed Decision

Choosing the Right Dog for You: Tips for Making an Informed Decision

Bringing a dog into your household is a life-altering decision. That’s why it’s important to get one that makes sense for your lifestyle, home environment, and persona. And it’s important for your pet that you bring him into a nurturing and loving home where he can flourish and be happy.

The first thing you should do is make certain you’re ready to take care of a dog.

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,...

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...