Animal shelters across the country are overcrowded, making it difficult to save more animals. You can help by fostering an animal in need.
Whether you foster a kitten, cat, puppy, or dog, they all need love, care, and a place to heal and decompress. By fostering “you help give them the space, experiences and resources they need when they go to new homes,” according to the article, “Top 5 Reasons to Foster an Animal in Need.”
The article offers other reasons to foster, including:
• Fostering opens up space in shelters for other animals.
• Having an animal makes life more interesting. Animals bring so much to our lives including companionship and snuggles.
• Foster parents are great publicists for animals in their care and can help get them adopted.
• Fostering does save lives. “Animals in your care can go on to loving homes and animal shelters have more space and resources to help even more animals in need,” the ASPCA article said.
There are other reasons to foster pets. “Fostering a pet does not require that you have loads of free time or advanced dog training skills,” according to the article, “Top 10 reasons to foster a pet” at Best Friends. The need is great for foster homes and “most shelters offer foster opportunities that fit your schedule.”
Other great reasons to foster, according to the Best Friends article, include:
• You can teach foster pets new skills.
• Spread the word and share a post on your social. It could lead to adoption.
• Your foster pet will have a chance to really exercise.
• Foster to find out if you are ready to adopt.
• “Fostering is a temporary commitment with permanent rewards,” the Best Friends article said.
Take time to foster. You’ll help an animal and feel better for doing something positive.
It’s not uncommon to see cats in any given neighborhood. If you see one or more cats, you may wonder if they belong to anyone or if they are strays. They are called community cats, often known as feral cats.
Community cats are not owned by anyone, and they live outside. “Like indoor cats, they belong to the domestic cat species (felis catus),” according to the article, “How to Live With Cats in Your Neighborhood” at Alley Cat Allies. These cats typically are not socialized or friendly, making them unadoptable, the article said. “They live full, healthy lives with their feline families, called colonies, in their outdoor homes.”
It is important that these cats are spayed or neutered, which is done through Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM) to manage their populations, according to the article, “A Closer Look at Community Cats” at ASPCA.org.
“TNRM is the method of humanely trapping community cats, having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies, and then returning them to their managed location to live out their lives,” the ASPCA article said. There is also a caretaker who takes on a particular community and “provides food and monitors the cats’ wellbeing as well as identifying and quickly trapping new intact cats.”
According to the ASPCA article, you can help neighborhood community cats by doing the following:
• Take on the role of cat caretaker and TNRM the community cats where you live. This could be you and/or a group of people who help. You will provide food, water, shelter, spay/neuter, and the well-being of the cats.
• Assist other established cat caretakers in the community doing TNRM.
• Find out if your local shelters have a TNRM program in your neighborhood.
• Check the ASPCA guide, if you ever find kittens outside.
There are so many types of collars for your dog, but which one do you choose? These days the martingale collar is becoming more popular especially because it helps prevent dogs from slipping out of their collars.
“A martingale collar consists of two interconnected collars, one connected to the lead and the other wrapped around the dog’s neck,” according to the article, “3 Benefits Of Using A Martingale Collar” at Sit Stay. “If the dog pulls on the lead, the one around their neck tightens.”
The martingale collar is made of soft fabric and was originally designed for greyhounds since their necks are wider than their heads, the article said. However, the collar is a great choice for many dog breeds.
Not only does a martingale collar prevent dogs from slipping out of their collars, but it also prevents neck injuries in dogs. Martingale collars have a loose fit, “and only tighten when necessary, such as in cases where your dog is trying to back out of their collar,” the Sit Stay article said. They are helpful because you can keep your dog under control and keep him safe.
According to the article, “What Is A Martingale Collar?” at Vet Ranch, “Martingale collars are also a good choice if you are looking for a more humane form of correction than a choke chain.” It is a “gentle way” of telling your dog to stay by your side.
The collars are known to be “effective, adjustable, and humane” and a great option for many dogs, according to Vet Ranch. They are often used if your dog pulls on leash. Ensure that you use the collars correctly. Speak to your veterinarian or a trainer to find out if the martingale is a good option for your dog.