Saunders County Lost Pets Rescue Offers Pet Therapy

Saunders County Lost Pets is an all-volunteer non-profit that offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to help both animals and the community through pet therapy. SCLP grew from Wilcox’s personal loss. The family had removed part of their fence to lay down some sod in their yard. Two of their Labrador retrievers were in the yard with them and took off. Wilcox looked for them for years, even driving around to other agencies for months and months, but she never found her dogs. “Before that day, I had never given any thought to homeless pets or strays,” Wilcox said. “I … Continue reading Saunders County Lost Pets Rescue Offers Pet Therapy

Guest Post: Guinea Pigs and Other Pets

Every living creature at some point in their lives like to have their own space, but in a world with billions of creatures it’s sometimes a little difficult to achieve it. When introducing a guinea pig to your home, you need to consider if you have space enough for it and also how your other pets will react. When bringing a guinea pig into your house, I recommend buying a large home for each pet (something in the range of $200,000.00!) with lots of yard space to be free in. In all seriousness, I encourage you that whether you have … Continue reading Guest Post: Guinea Pigs and Other Pets

Kitten 101, According to Nacho, Taco, Queso, and Sopa

THE FIRST DAY The four kittens arrived at their new temporary home. Their pet foster parents took turns welcoming each of them by saying their names and hugging them. Then the pet foster parents quietly slipped out of the room and eased the door shut behind them. The four kittens looked up and down and around their room. They whimpered a little, and then were drawn to a cat bed that had a familiar smell. The kittens realized it was a bed from their previous home and were comforted to have found something familiar in this new place. Nacho wrapped … Continue reading Kitten 101, According to Nacho, Taco, Queso, and Sopa

Guest Post: How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat

I’ve been asked to tell how to introduce a dog to a cat. My situation was a little different from most, but it’s what worked for us. Oliver, our new family member was a four-month-old kitten. Mom and dad came home from the rescue where he was adopted. Oliver was secured in a carrier when they stepped through the door and sat it on the floor. I was not happy. I ran across the room and lunged at the carrier. I hit with such force that the carrier slid to the other side of the room. I barked and growled. … Continue reading Guest Post: How to Introduce a Dog to a Cat

Guest Post: How to Introduce Two Rats

Rats are smart and social small animals that make great pets. If you want your rat to be happy, you should have more of them. They’ll be the happiest with a few ratty friends running around the cage with them. But even though they love to be in the company of other rats, introducing a new pet rat should be done right. You can’t just throw in a new rat in the cage, but must follow a few steps that will ensure your rats accept each other and start their friendship on the right foot. Below are the steps to … Continue reading Guest Post: How to Introduce Two Rats

Cinder’s Advice: Bonding with a New Cat

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How can I bond with my new cat? Zoom! Zoom! That’s me racing from one part of the library to another. The library is the room where my pet parents restricted me during my first week with them. My owner was laughing as she chased me. When I ducked under a computer desk, she dropped to her knees and crawled after me. Next, … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: Bonding with a New Cat

Guest Post: Rabbits and Bonding

Reprinted with permission from Bozeman Rabbit Resource. This article is original in content and not to be reproduced elsewhere in any form.  Rabbits are social creatures that enjoy interacting with others. Of course, there are always exceptions, and your rabbit may prefer to keep you all to herself. To find out which type of rabbit you have, you can set up a “bunny date” with another rabbit to find a suitable prospect for your rabbit’s new partner. Behavior you don’t want to see includes fighting, charging, grunting and other acts of aggression. Some good signs that the date is going … Continue reading Guest Post: Rabbits and Bonding

Cinder's Advice: Bringing Home a New Cat

In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column.     QUESTION: How should one introduce a new cat to their home? Ah, I remember my first day with my new owners. Even in that one room to which they initially restricted me, there was so much to see. There were so many objects to sniff! There were so many places to climb! I needed to bound here and there, everywhere. When my … Continue reading Cinder's Advice: Bringing Home a New Cat