Love Those Pets


Tips on Giving Your Child a Pet

Tips on Giving Pets

The holidays are over, but consider these tips when giving your child a pet. 1) First, go over a child’s wish list together to see if they will appreciate and care for a new pet. Ask the child how he or she would care for the pet if someone granted his or her wish. Make sure to remind them that pets need to be fed, taken care of and they can often make extra messes. Of course, a child is likely to promise to do everything involving the pet, so it’s important to remember that the younger the child is, the more the responsibility will fall on the parents.


Georgia Teenager Donates to Worthy Cause

Teenager Donates

When does a teenager give up her hard-earned tutoring money at a time when everyone is shopping for the holidays? Jessica Garcia has only been tutoring for a year and half and knows how long it takes to earn $100 dollars. But she has always been passionate about helping others less fortunate. One day an announcement came during a high school meeting …“If you want to join the Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC), please sign up.” She knew immediately that this was the kind of club she wanted to be a part of. The HPC club was perfect because it connects students with their local animal shelter and allows them to be super heroes when it comes to finding loving homes for dogs and cats sitting in cages.


Vet School for a Day

Vet School

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has set September 26 as the date for its eighth annual “Vet School for a Day” program. “Vet School for a Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the College of Veterinary Medicine’s campus in Athens and is designed to educate high school juniors and seniors about the wide variety of careers available in veterinary medicine. The day includes a tour of the teaching hospital, a panel discussion by faculty veterinarians in a variety of specialties and the opportunity for high school students to meet veterinary student leaders. Students also will learn about the high standards for admission to the college and what they need to study to be prepared for veterinary school.


Helping Your Pet Get Ready For The Road

dog poking his head out the window of a car in a long road.

Investing a little time and effort before you leave can pay big dividends when traveling with your pet. Here are some tips that can help keep you and your pet on the road to happiness: If traveling by car, the experts at the ASPCA recommend using a well-ventilated crate or carrier. Make sure it’s large enough for your pet to move around in. It can help if you let your pet get used to the carrier before you leave.


Your Pets Deserve Some Bling, Too!


Sharing the house with pets is a barking good time, yet it can leave much to be desired when it comes to creating a stylish home. Krisybelle Pet Products has banished the bland, big-box store pet beds to the back porch, and invites their clients to tailor their pets’ beds to their complete specifications. Their custom pet beds are an innovative way to dress up a room, match decor styles, and jazz up bedtime. Customers simply send Krisybelle their fabric, and they’ll take it from there to create something beautiful. For those without a fabric choice on hand, Krisybelle will search out the perfect material to meet their customer’s desires. Choose from adorable pouf beds and high-sided options that will keep Fido or Fifi comfy and cozy. The beds are machine washable so owners can keep fur and dirt at bay.


Dogs Walk for Cancer


Bark for Life of Gwinnett, a non-competitive fundraising dog walk event that honors the care-giving qualities of canine companions and cancer survivors (human and canine), will be held on July 21, 9 a.m.-noon, at Pinckneyville Park, Medlock Pavilion, 4758 South Old Peachtree Road, Norcross, 30071. Registration begins at 8 a.m.


April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month


Among the biggest victims of the economic recession are the once beloved family pets surrendered to shelters as their owners deal with extended joblessness. The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year – and 3 to 4 million are euthanized.

“We don’t have firm numbers but we know anecdotally that the communities that have been hardest hit by the economic downturn are seeing that reflected in their shelter intake numbers,” says Inga Fricke, director of sheltering issues for the U.S. Humane Society. “And, unfortunately, while the majority of the public is in favor of adopting pets from shelters, very few – usually about 20 percent – actually do. That has recently gone up slightly to the mid-20s.”


Achoo! Dealing with Pet Allergies This Spring


With the warmer weather on its way and already taking hold in the state of Georgia, many allergy sufferers are already stocking up on medication and neti-pots to get them through the season. While you plan ahead for the yellow pollen that is sure to coat Georgia soil in a few weeks, don’t forget about your pets. Pets are just as prone to seasonal allergies as people and can suffer through severe itching and other problematic symptoms during the season.


AARF is the Ultimate Resource for Pet Owners


Atlanta Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) is a comprehensive animal welfare organization in DeKalb County. AARF was founded in 2002 as a 501(c)3 organization licensed by the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Since 2002, AARF has saved the lives of over 1000 pets from euthanasia at county shelters. AARF is a no-kill organization, which means they never euthanize pets, except in extreme circumstances where a pet is suffering from untreatable pain or illness. AARF also offers a spay/neuter program to assist pet owners with the cost of altering their pets, a humane education program for children, and a seniors-for-seniors pet program.


Birdwatching: The Perfect Family Activity


That’s a cardinal! There’s an American goldfinch! Wait, do you hear a blue jay? America is going to the birds…literally. Birdwatching, also known as “birding” amongst true enthusiasts, is the fastest growing hobby in the United States, second only to gardening.

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