As an animal shelter volunteer, fosterer, and one half of a therapy dog team (definitely not the better half!), I care deeply about animals and animal welfare. 

Below are links to several blog posts where I share the knowledge I've gained through volunteering and fostering.  I've also written blog posts that I hope will be helpful to pet owners in keeping their own pets safe and happy.

Guinea Pigs are popular pets both at home and in the classroom, but did you know there are small animal rescue organizations for Rabbits, Hamsters, and Guinea Pigs?  My interview with a Guinea Pig rescuer encourages you to Adopt instead of Buy a Guinea Pig.   Don’t BUY A Guinea Pig, Rabbit or Hamster, RESCUE One!

Why buy a Guinea Pig when you can rescue one!

We do our best to keep our pets safe at all times, but Shih Tzu Happens and Pets Get Lost!  In this post I provide tips on how to keep your dog safe.

How to prevent your dog from getting lost

Shelter dogs are always special pets, but K9s For Warriors is giving shelter dogs an even more purposeful life as service dogs for Veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disability). Find out how in this post.

K9s For Warriors trains shelter dogs to be service dogs for Veterans in suffering with PTSD.

Emergencies can happen any time of year.  Snow storms in Winter, Hurricanes in summer, Tornados nearly all year round, and other types of disasters that can impact you and your pets.  Are your pets prepared for an emergency?

How will your pets react in an emergency?   How do animals fit into FEMA's disaster and emergency planning? 

Do you have your heart set on a specific breed of dog?  There are Breed Specific Rescues for nearly every breed of dog!   You can get the dog of your dreams and save a life - Adopt!

When you adopt a dog, it shouldn't be done on impulse.  There are lots of things to consider and lots of questions to ask about the pet you want to adopt.  In this post I share some important questions to ask before you adopt a dog.  

How you can Help Animal Shelters over the holidays.

How you can Help Animal Shelters

The importance of Spay/Neuter to prevent unwanted litters and more homeless pets.

Animal Cruelty doesn't just hurt animals, it hurts entire communities as well.  This post discusses How Animal Cruelty Hurts Everyone.

Transporting shelter pets to save lives.  Shelter transport can give dogs in one community a better opportunity to be adopted in another city or state.

Fostering Saves Lives!  Could You Foster a Dog to Save His Life?

Three Simple Acts can help Stamp Out Pet Homelessness

Extreme pet lovers like us dream about becoming a No Kill nation, but is that really everyone's priority?  How can we put an END to pet homelessness and euthanasia?  I believe the only true solution to pet homelessness is to shift the paradigm through Education. 

Please don't turn your back on homeless pets simply because they've ended up in a shelter that isn't no-kill.  They didn't have a choice!  Why I volunteered at a shelter that ISN'T No-Kill. 

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