Archive for January, 2010

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Ten Ideas for Finding Foster Homes for Homeless Pets

Many homeless pets in shelters or rescue groups need foster homes to provide medication, help with socialization, or just provide an extension of shelter space. Foster homes are needed more than ever in this economy to give wonderful adoptable pets just a little more time to find their forever homes. How do you find a steady stream of new foster parents? Think of ways you can make it easier to foster pets in terms of the expense and a smooth transition into the foster home. Here are a few ideas, many of which are similar to what you might use to find permanent homes.

28Jan2010 | Continued
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When Are Pets Adopted From Shelters Rather Than Pet Stores or Breeders?

How do prospective pet owners decide where to adopt their pets? What are their perceptions of animal shelters? What are their reasons for adopting? How do pet owners decide where to have a pet spayed or neutered? How should shelters or rescues communicate with prospective pet owners to motivate them to visit your shelter to find just the right pet? PetSmart Charities recently published the findings of a research study they sponsored on the drivers and barriers for adoption and spay/neuter.

21Jan2010 | Continued
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Take Advantage of the Recession: Empty Storefronts and Underemployed Professionals Can Help Homeless Pets

As the recession drags on, animal shelters and rescues are looking for new fundraising and adoption ideas. But you can take advantage of the recession to help homeless pets. Here are a few ideas on ways to do this using empty storefronts and underemployed professionals.

13Jan2010 | Continued
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Five Grants For Animal Shelter and Rescue Funding

Following are five funds and foundations offering grants for animal shelters and rescue groups. Please refer to more posts and website articles at the bottom of the page for many more grant sources.

6Jan2010 | Continued
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Ketamine Pet Anesthetic Alert: Read and Forward

Teva Animal Health’s injectable anesthetic agent ketamine hydrochloride (100mg/ml, 10 ml vials) is being recalled as a result of an increased trend in serious adverse events associated with this product, including lack of effect, prolonged effect, and death. Ketamine is widely used by veterinarians and sold under several names. Please read this alert and forward to other pet owners.

6Jan2010 | Continued