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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Are pets a good gift?

Is someone asking for a furry friend as a present?  Holidays are a busy time, leaving little extra time or energy for a new pet.   If and when you are really ready for a new pet, please consider the animal shelter and rescue groups. 
Cats and dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds go through the shelters and rescue groups.  They also can help you determine the best pet for your family and its needs.  Here are some things to look for that can help you find the perfect pet:
Ø  Clear eyes; runny or matted eyes can be symptoms of illness.
Ø  Cheerful disposition
Ø  Likes being handled
Ø  Shows interest in you
Ø  Good reaction to children and other animals

We would be more than happy to do a new pet exam, even if the animal is current on vaccinations.
If you aren’t quite ready to adopt an animal, there are plenty of ways you can help those that are homeless.  You can make a monetary donation to the rescue or shelter.  They also may have a wish list of supplies they need.  If you would like to help in other ways, a few hours of your time volunteering would also be appreciated!