Pet Insurance: What Are Your Best Options?

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Pet Insurance: What Are Your Best Options? By Jason Edinger Ah, insurance: the bane of existence because of its necessity, but a lifesaver when you need it. Regardless of how you feel about it, pet insurance is essentially the same thing: You are paying for a service you hope your pet will never need. Once […]

Senior Pets: When Older Can Be Even Better

Senior Pets: When Older Can Be Even Better By Jason Berger Thinking about adopting a pet? How about adopting a senior animal? The American Veterinary Medical Association considers cats and small dogs senior at age 7, while larger breeds of dog are seniors at age 6. And senior animals often have many healthy years ahead […]

Dealing with end of life decisions

By Sarah Liu & Cindy McGovern Dealing with end of life decisions If a basic principle of medicine is “First, do no harm,” then a basic principle of pet ownership may be, “First, don’t let them suffer.” Knowing if and when to consider euthanasia for an ill or elderly pet is one of the most […]

Welcome Home! How to Introduce a New Pet

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Welcome Home! How to Introduce a New Pet   By Sarah Liu and Steph Selice   Humans who love their pets often want more than one. How can we help our animals make new friends at home so everyone will be happy?   To learn about how to handle pet introductions, we talked with Janet […]

Pet Allergies – They Have Them Too.

Pet Allergies – They Have Them Too. By: Sarah Liu As many volunteers in a shelter environment can attest, one of the saddest reasons for owner surrender is lack of information on how to deal with a pet’s allergies. While most people are familiar with the occurrence of pet allergies in humans, comparatively few know […]

Spotlight on Exotic Pets: How about a Lizard?

Spotlight on Exotic Pets: How about a Lizard? By Sarah Liu   So you want a pet, but cats, dogs, guinea pigs, birds – they just aren’t the right fit? The apartment is too small? The maintenance is too much? You’re allergic? Just not interested in bunnies or puppies? These are all legitimate roadblocks in […]

Summer Safety with Pets

Summer Safety with Pets By Kimberly Gill & Sarah Liu The summer season is finally upon us! The curtain has closed on the blues of winter and the sun has taken center stage. The days have grown longer, warmer, and are filled with adventure. As we soak up the summer sun, there are a few […]

Pets and Vacations, Three Options

By Sarah Liu Pets and Vacations, Three Options With school out and warmer weather, it’s time for vacation. But what about your beloved pets while you are away? Below, we consider three options: The Trusted Friend Asking a friend to provide care in her own home or at the pet’s home, can be an economical […]

Exotic Pets: A Spotlight on Guinea Pigs

Exotic Pets: A Spotlight on Guinea Pigs By Sarah Liu   The health benefits of sharing your life with a pet are widely documented. From lowering blood pressure and anxiety to increasing exercise and self-esteem, animal companions enhance the lives of their humans in ways too various to name. But what about animal lovers who […]

The Rewards of Fostering & TNR

By: Sarah Liu & Jason Berger The Rewards of Fostering & TNR As spring and summer approach, it’s the season for flowers, sunshine, and new beginnings. It’s also a time of year many rescue workers dread, due to the increase in litters produced by unspayed cats. Known as “kitten season,” this influx of new life […]