Who Is That Masked Man?!

Preparing Your Pets for Holiday Guests The holiday season may be a little different this year, but chances are you’ll be having more people in your home than you’ve had in a while. Even the most extroverted pet can become anxious or frightened by the sudden arrival of new people, and especially if they’re wearing […]

Preparing Your Pet for Paw-liday Travel 2020

Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current, and that you carry proof of them with you. Headed out of state? A health certificate from an accredited veterinarian is a good idea and may even be required. Check the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s pet travel information site to find out what specific documentation might be needed. […]

It’s The Pits: Pit Bull Awareness Day is Oct. 26th

In the opening credits of a popular Animal Planet reality series, Tia Maria Torres of Villa Lobos Rescue Center says she runs a shelter for the world’s “most misunderstood breed of dog.” She’s talking about the dogs known as “pit bulls”— and she is right. It wasn’t always that way: a little over 100 years […]

Great American Shakeout: Earthquake Safety

HEAD: Shake Up: Are Your Pets Ready? The Great American Shakeout was October 18th, and it’s a good reminder that earthquake and disaster preparation is important for both people and pets, especially in this part of the country. Here are some safety and preparedness tips to ensure that your pet is ready. 1. Make sure […]

Pet Breast Cancer Awareness

HEAD: October is (Pet) Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Too! Did you know that breast cancer is a serious issue for female cats and dogs as well? The statistics are alarming: breast cancer—also known as mammary cancer—is the most common malignant cancer in dogs and the third most common in cats. While felines develop this type […]

Adopt-A-Dog Month

HEAD: Adopt, Don’t Shop! October is American Humane’s annual Adopt-A-Dog Month, celebrating shelter pups and the joy they bring to our lives. It also encourages those looking for new pets to seriously consider adopting dogs from shelters. Every year, roughly 3.5 million dogs wind up in shelters, and many never find forever homes. Many animals […]

Halloween Safety Tips V2

Many people enjoy Halloween, but the same isn’t necessarily true for our pets. Constantly opening the door for trick-or-treaters, unusual costumes and noises can often put animals on edge. Here are some ideas for keeping your cat or dog safe and serene on Halloween: When expecting visitors, put your dog or cat in a quiet […]

Halloween Pet Safety (Candy & Food)

HEAD: Halloween’s No Treat for Pets! Halloween is a fun, spooky and often tasty time for us—but many treats associated with Halloween can put your pet’s health at risk. Here’s seasonal food (and drink) that you should definitely keep out of paw’s reach: Chocolate can cause upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, panting, abnormal heart rhythm, kidney […]

Halloween Safety Tips

HEAD: Tricks for Keeping Your Pet Safe on Halloween Halloween is a fun and tasty time for people, but many things associated with the holiday can put our pets’ health at risk. Here are a few important tips to make sure your pets stay healthy and happy: Chocolate and xylitol—a sweetener often found in peanut […]

National Black Dog Day (October 1)

It is notoriously difficult for black dogs to find homes once they end up in shelters. Thanks to stigmas against them—like assumptions that they’re evil because of their color—black dogs are euthanized at higher rates in crowded shelters. On National Black Dog Day, show some love for your black dog, and consider adopting a black […]