Explore the wonderful world of animals through the many interesting facts about them and find everything you need to know about pet adoption and care, in these articles on Animals and Pets. I don’t know if these feral children fit the definition of a pet, since the concept of a pet seems uniquely human simply because of motive. But we aren’t the only animal which raises another of a different species. For some reason, mama wolf takes it upon herself to suckle and protect and teach the ways of the wolf to a 2-legged human child. Probably instinctual on the part of the wolf, but I wonder if it’s much different with us and our 4-legged foster canine children we feed, and raise, and teach the ways of humanity.
Behavior evaluations and training: Animals at the shelter are evaluated by our trained staff before being placed up for adoption. Pets with behavior issues may be placed into foster homes or paired with a professional behaviorist to get them ready for adoption. Adoption staff will then work to pair the animal with the best possible adopter to reduce returns or problems in the home.
Microchip scanner: While you can take a pet to a local veterinarian to have it scanned for a microchip, not all veterinarians have a universal microchip scanner and therefore cannot scan for all different microchip types. The Seattle Animal Shelter thoroughly scans each animal upon intake with a universal scanner, which reads most, if not all, microchips in use.
Related to the guinea pig, this native South American is the largest rodent in the world. Fully grown, the capybara is on average 4 feet (1.2 meters) long and usually weighs more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms). It’s rare to find these obscure animals as pets, but there’s one capybara named Caplin Rous who’s gained a loyal Internet following. His owner, Melanie Typaldos, who lives in Buda, Texas, has made it her mission to educate people about this very unusual rodent.
Pets spend a lot of their time outside and therefore bring all sorts of dirt and germs into your home. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though – the additional germs can help improve your immunity to colds and other mild illnesses. In fact, previous studies have shown that babies who live with a dog tend to experience fewer infections and are generally healthier than those who don’t.