The Bachelor: Dog Version

If anyone knows about the show The Bachelor , I would like your opinion if the show is better with an attractive man as the bachelor or a handsome pup.

Yep that’s right. I just read a Huffington Post article about The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society  producing a hilarious video parody video to show what the famous ABC show would be like if it were about pet adoption, not finding a husband.

I am personally a huge Bachelor fan, so when I heard about this, I immediately had to watch it. I died laughing. Two girls are one a two-on-one date with Stewart, a dog at the shelter.

The drama of one girl being “rough around the edges” and the other being “a 100% cat person” makes it even more realistic to girls gossiping on “The Bachelor.”

Even though we don’t find out who gets the rose and contrary to what the other girls think, I hope Psara gets the rose because if Maya is a cat person, she wouldn’t blend well with a dog like Stewart.

Who do you think Stewart should pick? If you think Stewart is the perfect match for you and you’re in the Santa Fe area, check out the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. There are plenty more bachelors there waiting to find true love too.

The Petential to Win

Okay Purdue fans, listen up. Nobody likes losing to IU in sports right? Well let’s not lose to them in anything else either. Loving Heart Animal Shelter  in Lafayette is in a competition against Monroe County Humane Association in Bloomington to see who can raise the most money for their shelter between the dates of February 9-28. That means there’s only about a week left to raise money. The fundraiser will be over the second the buzzer sounds at the end of the basketball game on the 28th. Here’s all the information you need to know in order to beat the Hoosiers:

~All the money raised will go to the medical expenses at LHAS.

~You can donate by stopping in at the shelter at 512 Veterans Memorial Parkway East OR online   by clicking the button that says “donate” at the bottom of the page.

~Donation jars are also available at these other businesses around town: Sassy Fitness Studio , The Hairspa, Paw Prints Animal Hospital, Bob Rohrman Subaru, and so many more.

The best part about the competition…the losing shelter has to wear the opposing team’s apparel for the full day after the game (including the pets). Let’s not have that be us.

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This year’s ambassador for the competition, Isaac, looks so good in Purdue gear, so let’s not make him take it off.

Let’s win this for the pets! Boiler Up, Hoosier Down.

I’ll make sure to keep you posted on the winner after the competition ends.

Catvertising at its Finest

An animal shelter in Virginia took a different approach to helping their cats get adopted last week. In honor of Homeless Animal Awareness Week, the shelter took some retro glamour photos of the cats in hopes to boost their chance at getting adopted. Chesapeake Humane Society  has already had at least one cat adopted because of these sassy photos. Each cat was priced at only $14 last week, and they plan to do more events like this in the future to help create awareness for the animals in the shelter.

“The inspiration for the photos was family photos gone wrong,” said Grulke, the executive director of the shelter. “We really did it for fun.”

Well I think the photos were a great idea. They are absolutely hilarious. I am hoping this inspires some of the shelters in Lafayette to do something similar in the future. If this makes you realize how much you’ve been dying to have a pet cat, head down to My New Cat Rescue and take a look at the little guys they have there. (I just visited and trust me, it’s worth it to at least hang out with them.)

Here is the whole story of the Chesapeake Animal Shelter for those who have time to read it. If you don’t, don’t be afraid to check out some of the clever photos.

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#blackcatsmatter

Last weekend I took a short drive home to see my best friend Andy. Andy is my black, 15 year old cat who doesn’t look a day over 4. He is absolutely adorable, and playing with him is one of my favorite things to do. As I was waving a string of yarn at him, I started thinking about how I will be adopting a cat soon (hopefully) and how I want it to be just like Andy. A lot of people have this idea that black cats are bad luck. This isn’t true at all; it’s just a Halloween myth. Andy has brought my family nothing but great cuddles and cuteness.

Because of this myth, a lot of the time it is harder for black cats to be adopted. They are only half as likely to be adopted as any other color of cat. It’s sad that we risk not letting a cute little ball of fur not have a home just because of what he/she looks like. Well today I am going to try my best to prove why black cats are no different or even BETTER than other colors of cats, and hopefully it will influence you to think differently about them and maybe even consider adopting one.

~In ancient Egypt black cats were worshipped. Owning a black cat was thought to bring good luck to the family.

~The richest cat in the world was a black cat from Italy named Tommaso. abc_tommaso_cat_dm_111212_wblogWhen his owner died, he left him $13 million (and a place in the Guinness world record book). An actual photo of Tommaso is featured to the left.

~There are 22 breeds of cats that have solid black coats. The Bombay is the only breed that is exclusively black.

~Some black cats aren’t really black. What?? Yes, it’s true. Cats can appear black even though their coats are many colors. Black cats are a result of a recessive gene that suppresses their inherited tabby pattern. If the pattern isn’t completely suppressed, you can see faint traces of color if light hits it right.

~Cats were welcome aboard British vessels hundreds of years ago to hunt mice. Sailors particularly wanted black cats aboard as a sign of good luck and safe returns. A few cats, like Tiddles, made history by traveling more than 30,000 miles at sea.

~In Hemeji, Japan there is a cafe exclusive to people own black cats. If you’re a crazy cat lady like me, we might need to take a trip here soon. It’s called Nekobiyaka, and when you show up to the cafe with your cat, they give it a special bandana so it doesn’t get confused with another furrball.

~Almost 100 percent of black cats have yellow eyes. Why is this? Because of something called melanism. An excessive amount of melanin is what causes their fur to be black & turns their eyes yellow/golden.

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~Black Cat Appreciation Day is August 17. Make sure to put it on your calendar.

~It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder that a black cat just passed. This had nothing to do with the cat; it should be common sense not to walking under a ladder 🙂

I hope you enjoyed reading all about black cats, and I hope now you can see how black cats are not different than any other cat (but they might be better). If you are considering adopting one, yay that’s awesome! Even adopting one black cat is helping lower the number of black cats in the animal shelter and that’s a great feeling. Thanks again for reading and don’t forget to watch out for my next post. (P.S. the following picture is of Andy for anyone who wanted to see just how adorable he is)

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Pinterest for the Pets

I decided to get back on my Pinterest game and make a board for all the small pet lovers out there. It has everything about how to care for the little guys in your life or the ones you are thinking about adopting, so don’t be afraid to check it out.

A Trip to the Barking Lot

On Saturday it was 60 degrees out, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get to know some of the friendly faces I have been writing about. I headed over to Natalie’s Second Chance in Lafayette with some of my friends to volunteer for the day. We spent the day walking the dogs and getting to know a little bit more about them.

Natalie’s Second Chance is a no kill shelter that saves homeless dogs and dogs from kill shelters in Indianapolis and the surrounding area and brings them to Lafayette for a better chance of getting adopted by a good family. They vaccinate, spay and neuter and microchip the dogs before they are able to be adopted. Natalie’s Second Chance loves donations. If at any time you would like to bring in a bag of treats or a dog bed, they won’t turn you down. They also encourage volunteers to help out at the shelter. When I was there, there were so many other people helping to walk dogs too. There were also families cleaning out stalls and giving the dogs baths. It was great to see how so many people from the community spent their day helping little animals have a chance at a better home and life.

Just telling you about my time at the shelter doesn’t do it justice. Here is a basic rundown (of photos) of what happened when I fell in love with all the puppers at Natalie’s Second Chance:

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A Bond that Will Last Furever

Many of you probably know the company PetSmart. They have stores all over the country that specialize in selling all the best products for your pets along with providing training and clinics on how to train your pets and ways to keep them healthy and happy. But there is another side of PetSmart that most people don’t know about: PetSmart Charities.

The goal of PetSmart Charities is to partner with many shelters and pet rescue programs to ensure more animals get adopted this year than the last. Every year there is an estimated seven million pets in shelters and only three million get adopted. Their goal: make that adoption number higher.

PetSmart Charities started in 2005 and only a little above 350,000 pet lives were saved. In 2014, they were saving 475,000 and the number is still growing. If you’re curious as to how this applies to you, in Indiana in 2015, 8,574 cats and 4,815 dogs found homes due to this program.

The company takes so much pride in pet adoption. In fact, if you have ever seen a video of an adoption story, you will more than likely be able to give credit to PetSmart Charities because they are known for staying in contact with adoptees and getting the full success story months after the adoption.

One of the most popular videos that the company has made is about a little puppy that had been hiding under some vehicles and roaming the streets of Texas for several days. The dog, Simon, was located to a PetSmart Charities adoption center where his new owner Mike immediately fell in love with him.

If stories like this have touched your heart and you think it’s your time to make a change in an animal’s life, you are in luck.

PetSmart is encouraging you to “adopt love” at their National Adoption Weekend coming up February 17-19. Stop in to your local PetSmart to find the love you have always wanted in a pet, make a difference in their life and don’t forget to share your adoption story.

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Oppawtunities in the Community

In my opinion one of the best feelings in the world is knowing you helped an animal in need. It might be giving them a new home or donating money to a shelter to help feed and house them. There are so many organizations around the Lafayette area that put on special events to help these animals. If you are interested in making a difference in a pet’s life, check out some of the local events that will be happening soon.

My New Cat Rescue will be hosting a 3 day adoption event and they need volunteers. The event will take place Friday-Sunday, February 17-19, 2017 from 10-6 on Friday and Saturday and noon-6 on Sunday. The event will take place at PetsMart in Lafayette. If you don’t have time to volunteer, feel free to come by and spend a little time meeting the cats.

Loving Heart Animal Shelter is a no kill shelter on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lafayette. They have several events coming up in the next month that you won’t want to miss.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, come out to Texas Roadhouse and bring/show this flier and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Loving Heart Animal Shelter.

Dance to some of the best 80’s music in your hammer pants and side ponytail on March 11 from 7:30-10:30P.M. at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette. You must be 21 years old to go and the price is $20 per person. To get tickets check out LHAS’s website. Get ready to dance the night away to raise money to help some local pets find homes.

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You can always stop in the shelter to see the wonderful pets there, such as the Mutt of the  Month, Daisy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost Home Humane Society is one that I have a special tie to because this is where my family got our first puppy, Lady. Here are some upcoming events they are hosting:

On Friday, February 17 from 6-9P.M. AHHS is hosting their annual Spay-ghetti and No Meatballs Dinner. The event will take place at the Lahr Atrium in Lafayette, and there are no reservations needed. Prices are as follows:

  • $13 per person
  • $25 per couple
  • $30 per couple including 2 glasses of wine
  • $45 per couple including a bottle of Riesling

On Saturday, March 4 from 4-11P.M. is hosting their Strike Out Suffering Event at Landmark Lanes on Schuyler Avenue. bowlingThis event is the main fundraiser they hold to raise money for their Injured Animals Fund. Teams of 4-5 people are encouraged. Make sure to get your tickets soon. It is $20 per person without a T-shirt and $25 per person with a T-shirt.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted when new events or fundraisers are announced from these organizations or others in the community. I hope you have fun supporting your local animal shelters and making a difference in a pet’s life.

 

Breaking Mews

When I first started thinking about adopting a pet, I thought the only option was to go to the nearest animal shelter and pick out the pet I like and take he/she home with me. Wow, I was wrong. I typed into Google “ways to adopt a pet,” and I got so many different results ranging from buying one off Craigslist to over-the-phone adoption options. And it only got more interesting. I came across a website that said “Husky House.” I clicked on it, and it turns out there is an organization where you can only adopt Huskies from.

This got me thinking about all the other organizations out there that do the same type of thing, so I did some investigating. If you type “[breed name] adoption near me,” there are thousands of websites that pop up that are specifically for adopting that breed. If you are the kind of person that knows exactly what breed of dog/cat/guinea pig/etc that you want to adopt, you should definitely try this method of searching.

For example I have a friend who absolutely loves pugs, and when she graduates in May, she wants to adopt 25 of them (not joking). If you were in her position, here would be one of the best ways to find your perfect pup:

  1. Type in the search box “pug adoption near me” or “pug adoption sites”
  2. One of the first websites that comes up is pug.rescueme.org…click on it.
  3. The first thing you see is a map of the United States with a number of pugs for sale in each state. Find your state.
  4. The list of pets available are right there, and you can pick the one you want. It’s so easy.

Not all websites have this same type of layout, but no matter which site you go to, it won’t be hard for you to find your new furry child.

To help you out a bit, here are just a couple links to websites for popular dog and cat breeds  that you might be interested in adopting:

Husky: http://www.huskyhouse.org/

Golden Retriever: http://www.gr-rescue.org/

German Shepherd: http://www.germanshepherdrescueindy.com/

Bulldog: http://www.rescuebulldogs.org/

Labrador Retriever: https://www.lab-rescue.org/

American Shorthair: https://www.allpaws.com/adopt-a-american-shorthair/25

Persian: http://persiancats.org/

Maine Coon: http://mainecoonadoptions.com/adopt/

One cool thing about sites is that they are strictly animal rescue organizations, not kill shelters. Most organizations like these are especially known for saving animals from kill shelters. Before you make assumptions, you should always check out the “About” section on the website. It will give you the history on why the organization was created and the purpose for what they do. If you still feel like you don’t have a grasp on the organization, feel free to call the number on the website to get an answer straight-up.

I hope this information and links help make the start of your adoption process just a little simpler.