The Adoption Education
Fourteen-thousand dogs die every day at animal control facilities in the United States. This short documentary exhibits the challenges facing dogs and the people that support them. It also focuses on the great work of Lulu's Rescue who rescue dogs from North/South Carolina up to Pennsylvania and follows their efforts to go beyond just rescue & create an all-important spay/neuter initiative.
A NOBLE MISSION
Some education: Spaying or neutering is surgical sterilization. Spaying of females involves the removal of the entire reproductive tract (uterus and ovaries). Neutering of males is done by removing the testicles. Both procedures are performed using strict sterile technique while the pet is under general anesthesia.
Now let's talk about allowing a pet into your life - and making it much better
7 TOP REASONS TO ADOPT A PET
IT'S NOT JUST THE RIGHT THING TO DO. ADOPTION IS A REWARD.
7 – you will save a life
6 – YOU WILL GET A GREAT ANIMAL AND FRIEND
5 – IT WILL COST YOU LESS
4 – BECAUSE OF BRAGGING RIGHTS
3 – YOUR HOME WILL THANK YOU
2 – ALL PETS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. BUT ADOPTEES OFFER AN EXTRA BOOST
1 – BECAUSE THE SHELTER PET PROJECT MAKES IT EASY
CARING FOR YOUR NEW DOG: ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES
(1) Leash & (2) Collar - A breakaway collar is a good choice for everyday wear. They are designed to unsnap easily if the collar gets caught on something so your dog doesn't get choked. For walks, a buckle collar or harness is a better choice because they are designed not to unsnap easily so your dog doesn't run off.
Food - Changing a dog's food abruptly can cause diarrhea, sometimes for several weeks. To avoid this, continue feeding the same food provided by the foster home, or mix the old with the new to gradually adjust your dog to a new diet. Instructions on switching to a new food as well as guidelines on how much to feed your dog and how often should be on the bag itself, however most dog food brands also have this information on their website.
(3) Food & Water Dishes - Pick a spot and leave them in the same place so your dog knows exactly where to go for water. Make sure the water bowl is clean and has fresh water at all times. You can also get a feeder.
(4) Crate - Crates make the adjustment period less stressful for you and your new fur-baby. The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn completely around and lie down comfortably in. However, if the crate is too big your dog may have accidents in it, so pay attention to crate dimensions and the dog weight/height it is recommended for.
(5) Toys - Safe toys help dogs ease stress and, of course, have fun. Having toys available will ease the adjustment period. Always supervise your dog when playing with toys. You can leave him alone with (6) heavy duty toys like Kong, but check for damage periodically to avoid choking hazards.
( Source: Wags and Walks, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California )