Today is the 10th annual Celebrate Shelter Pets Day. This awareness event is designed to encourage the adoption of shelter pets by having owners tell their pet adoption stories on social media using the #CelebrateShelterPets hashtag.
An organization of cat care professionals in the UK called The Cat Group has created a very helpful “Kitten Checklist” for anyone thinking about adding a new kitten to their family!
This user-friendly checklist was designed to help owners choose a happy and healthy kitten, whether it comes from a shelter, rescue organization, friend, or breeder.
Besides checking for signs of poor health, the creators of the checklist also note the importance of assessing temperament. “Many people don’t understand that in order to become a good pet cat, kittens need positive interactions with people and need to get used to the human environment and lifestyle before they are about 8 weeks old,” they report.
The checklist guides potential owners through a series of questions. These include things to consider before visiting a shelter or breeder to see kittens and what to observe when you are visiting and interacting with a kitten.
The health section includes an easy way to evaluate the different parts of a kitten’s body: eyes, ears, nose, coat, etc.
You can download or print out the Kitten Checklist pdf by clicking HERE.
Banksy and Hamilton were best canine companions, doing everything together until Hamilton passed away. Banksy was deeply affected by the loss of his best friend. His owners became very concerned, as Banksy became depressed and spent most of his time sleeping.
They decided that adding a new dog to the family might be the answer. Enter Mochi, an adorable fluffball from Jindo Love Rescue, an organization that saves and adopts out dogs from the Korean dog meat trade.
Mochi also just happens to look like a miniature version of Hamilton! After a successful introduction, Banksy and Mochi have become inseparable, sharing everything from toys to walks to Puppuccino drinks side by side.
Watch the adorable video from The Dodo below. You can also follow the adventures of Banksy and Mochi (with their new friend Bowie) on their Instagram account!
The American Pet Products Association recently released its latest pet industry spending numbers and reports that we spent a record-breaking $72.56 billion on our pets in 2018, up $3 billion from the 2017 figures.
The survey found that millennial pet owners are driving the spending, with their willingness to pay more than previous generations for quality pet products and services.
Here are a few key spending figures from the APPA survey:
Food: $30.32 billion
Supplies and over the counter medications: $16.01 billion
Veterinary care: $18.11 billion
Live animal purchases: $2.01 billion (this is down 4.3% from 2017)
Other services (boarding, grooming, etc.): $6.11 billion
Premium brand pet foods and treats continue to be a driving factor in pet industry growth. Other areas of growth include nutritional supplements and digital pet-related technologies.
The APPA also notes that Americans, especially millennials, are acquiring greater numbers of pets through shelters and rescues, which may account for the decrease in live animal sales.
Check out the statistics, including spending estimates for 2019, on the APPA website HERE.