LifeLine Animal Project has partnered with a national nonprofit, “Pets for Patriots,” to help U.S. military veterans adopt the pet of their dreams. Gerbils are fascinating but if you have young children and want them to be able to handle their pet, it might be better to consider another small animal. Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter. Take your pet for a checkup as soon as possible. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, a breeder, shelter, or pet store should allow you to have an animal examined and returned within an agreed-upon time if it’s unhealthy. Read the fine print on any pet-purchase contracts to make sure.
The same is not true for the family dog, cat or rat. You cannot expect your pet to offer anything material in return. Yet millions of people keep them and consider them an integral part of the family. Serpell’s family has a veritable menagerie at home: a dog, a cat, three aquaria of fish, a pair of degus – like small chinchillas – and a bearded dragon. Pets are good for our emotional and physical health. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. It’s well known that relaxed, happy people do not become ill as often as those who suffer from stress and depression.
Since your dog will never punch you in the face, swallow you whole, or poison you with its armpits, it’s pretty safe to say dogs make the best animal friends a hooman could ask for. Sure, all animals are awesome. But only dogs are pawesome. Although our online database is updated daily, we constantly have new animals coming to the shelter and often have more pets at … Read moreRead More →