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You Can Help! – Become an Animal Shelter Volunteer

By Emmy E Bill

So you want to help your local shelter, but aren’t sure how. Do you love animals, wish you could adopt a pet, but aren’t living in the right situation to do so at this time? Even if you aren’t in a place to adopt at this time, you can help so much by becoming an animal shelter volunteer in more ways than one. Read these helpful tips and you will be making a difference in no time!

1) Donate.

If you have tons of spare change in your pockets and wallets that you don’t know what to do with, the best way to spend it would be to donate it. Every penny counts. Money donated to shelters goes towards animals’ medical bills, maintenance of the building, toys and food for the animals and so much more.

2) Volunteer.

Shelters are always looking for volunteers. You will have a number of responsibilities that will allow you to build relationships with the animals, the people you are working with and the community. Volunteers are one of the most important aspects of shelters. They essentially keep the organizations running.

3) Adopt!

It’s understandable if you cannot adopt a pet right now or simply aren’t interested, however, if you are, adopting a pet from your local shelter is the perfect way to support it. You will provide an animal with a better life than it had before, as well as supporting the existence of shelters.

4) Foster.

Fostering pets has become more popular these days. A person who “fosters” an animal keeps it at their home temporarily until someone decides to officially adopt it. Shelters are always looking for foster parents to prevent overcrowding. This is the perfect option for an animal lover who cannot afford to take care of an animal on their own for the long term.

5) Advertise.

Volunteering to help advertise your local animal shelter will definitely help to keep it running. Talk about the shelter with your friends, co-workers and family to see if anyone is looking to adopt or volunteer. The more people you can recruit to help out at the shelter, the better. If you use Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, you can post information about your local shelter, the adoptable pets available and how others can help support the shelter. Some shelters allow volunteers to write newsletters which are a great way to keep members, supporters, adopters and the public informed about what the shelter does and what it needs.

All of these are exceptional ways to become an animal shelter volunteer. No matter what you choose to do, you are making a difference to more than one animal’s life. You don’t have to be an animal expert to help out at an animal shelter either-most of them will allow people who don’t have experience with animals at all to volunteer. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call your local shelter, or make a trip there in order to start making a difference!

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Feb 06, 2012 | 0 | Rescue Dogs, Stray dogs

One Dog, Two Dog, Three Dog, More

By Nick Carreno

 have just recently added a new dog to my household. That has taken the dog count up from two to three. I have always known that dogs have their own rules when it comes to ranking among the pack as well as a whole separate set of rules for socializing among themselves and with other dogs outside the pack. Now that I have introduced a new dog to the pack it has been fascinating to watch how they each play their role.

There has been some tension between the new dog and the lab over who is going to be the number two dog in the pack. I let them go at first, seeing if things would work themselves out. What I found was not only tension but a separation was beginning to happen. I was unsure what to do at first, then i remembered what an old friend and dog enthusiast had once told me. He said when you get a new dog, be sure to include them in all activities that involve the dogs and be sure to herd them once a day. What he meant by herd them was to force them together. I began doing this when I came home. I would call the dogs and force them to sit in the same spot, all of them together. It was tough at first because of the rivalry going on, but after a few days they actually began to come together with no problems at all. Now they all sleep together and whatever tensions there may be now, they are not to the exclusion of any dog.

It took me a while to get accustomed to the differences that come with having three dogs as opposed to two, and let me assure you there are differences. Now that I have been able to witness the amazing interaction that takes place, I have been able to come up with different ways of managing the three dogs. It’s not as difficult as I thought it would be in all actuality the alpha, Frankie does most of the work. If things even hint at becoming a problem I am there to nip it in the bud.

I have noticed as the days and weeks go by the dogs have become more accustomed to the change. It has helped in ways I did not expect. I have a very anxious lab, now that there are two other dogs that are more mellow, they don’t allow the lab to be anxious. She still is, but as time moves forward she is becoming less so. I believe that is the pack doing its thing to help one of its own. It has been a wonderful thing to witness.

So if any of you out there are thinking of breaking the two dog barrier, let me give you some assurance. Things will be different, but in the most unexpected ways. If it is something you have the time and room for I would highly recommend it. There are a lot of dogs that need someone to keep them healthy and happy. Maybe that someone is you.

Nick Carreno

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Jun 09, 2011 | 0 | dog behavior, Rescue Dogs, Tips

Rescue Your Newest Family Member

By Jamie R Campbell

If you are thinking about adding a Great Dane to your home and family it can often be more rewarding to rescue one. There are many reasons why Great Danes are put up for adoption and/or rescue. Many times buyers are unaware of the additional costs and responsibilities that come with owning such a large breed. This misunderstanding can often lead to a Dane needing a new loving home. Many times young puppies are rescued from mills and or illegitimate breeders. Some are retrieved from abusive homes and owners, or from those who do not have the time and space to house these beautiful giants.

The reasons are diverse and always vary. Many times people can and are turned off of Great Dane rescue because of the assumption that most, if not all, rescue animals have behavioral problems. While rescue animals do come with challenges not all those challenges are behavioral. It is true that some Great Dane rescue cases may have temperament issues but always remember that no dog is beyond help and often the need for rescue has nothing to do with behavior.

Dane rescue can be one of the most rewarding things you do. Often Dane rescue cases are in desperate need of one thing, love. The Great Dane has an enormous bond with their families. Many sources state that the Dane will defend their family’s to the death and many times when in need of a new loving home the only thing a rescue case needs to rehabilitate is love and a new family to form a bond with. It is important for all potential owners to bear in mind that there are thousands of unwanted and homeless dogs in our very own neighborhoods. This should be reason enough to look into and consider Great Dane rescue. If you are looking to get a pup, remember, not all Great Dane rescue cases are mature adults there are lots of Dane pups that are in need of rescue as well.

The cost of buying a new pup from a commercial breeder can often range from $1000 to $2000 plus dollars. It goes without saying that Great Dane rescue is much more cost efficient then buying a pup. Most often rescue centers operate as none profit organizations that only desire one thing, finding Great Dane rescue cases a new loving home. There are many centers that will work with their Danes to help rehabilitate them before they are homed out, helping to ease some of the potential challenges that come with adoption. There are plenty of organizations to choose from all of which have different criteria that must be met before they will be willing to home out a Great Dane rescue to you. Some may find this process unnecessary, however, it is so important for the Dane to make sure their new home is the right home. I urge you to look past this red tape process to the checkered flag finish line. If you meet the right profile you can end up with not only an amazing animal but also, the best most loyal friend you could ever ask for.

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May 20, 2011 | 0 | Rescue Dogs

Golden Retriever Adoption – The Benefits Of Adopting Older Dogs And Rescue Dogs

By James Drake

If you are looking for a fantastic family dog, you need to think about Golden Retriever adoption. Older Goldens have proven their adaptability to new family situations. Their temperament is just about beyond reproach. Age doesn’t matter with these dogs. Older ones adapt to a new family situation as easily as a young one.

Golden Retriever adoption can yield the best family member you could have imagined. As with any new family member, they have to learn the rules. As one of the most intelligent breeds, learning doesn’t take too long. They adapt quickly to the ambience and pace of your family.

One place to look for your new Golden is with breeders. Breeders may have older dogs that are no longer able to show and win. There may be males that were used to breed or females that have had litters and the breeders feel that they have had enough. Breeders also have friends who may have dogs that they need to put up for Golden Retriever Adoption.

There are many pluses for adopting an older dog. Most older dogs are already housebroken and some are fully trained. Their nature allows them to adapt easily. When you choose Golden Retriever adoption and bring your new dog into your home, a lot of love and attention will ease their relocation anxiety quickly. Do not mistake love with permissiveness. Your new Golden needs to know that you are the pack leader.

Before you complete your Golden Retriever adoption, you will need to do some research and find out as much as you can about the breed. Learn about what they have been fed and learn the routine they had in their former home. While this is ideal, it may not be possible if you get it from a Golden Retriever Rescue. Often the dogs from a rescue organization were a stray or one that was relinquished by an owner who was not forthcoming.

Rescues have already had a complete physical done by your vet and has been treated for any possible illnesses. They will be heartworm free, spayed and vaccinated. They are ready for a forever home. They also check the dogs’ temperament. They will know if the dog adores toddlers or teens. They will also do their best to identify problems with other pets that may be in the home.

Before you bring a new Golden into your home, introduce your family members to the dog. At that time the family can discuss the transition and decide if Golden Retriever adoption is exactly what everyone wants. Be patient. Before you bring the dog home, have a family conference to learn and teach the plan you have for bringing a new member into the family home. If everyone is on the same track, you will have a less stressful time during the first month of adaptation that everyone will be experiencing.

If you are considering Golden Retriever adoption, consider rescues. If you cannot find a local rescue that has a dog that suits your needs, you can check with rescues all over the country. They will do all they can to arrange to transport your new dog to you through their volunteer networks.

James Drake is a Golden Retriever enthusiast and enjoys helping others taking care of this amazing breed. For more great information on Golden Retriever Adoption, visit

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Feb 10, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information, Older dogs, Rescue Dogs

Dogs and the Queensland Floods

By Randa Magdi

After authorities around Brisbane initially told residents to evactuate and to leave their pets at home, we were so please to see this decision was overturned to allow dogs, cats and birds at the evacuation centre.

Domestic pets are able to be accommodated with their owners at the RNA showgrounds in Brisbane . Cats are to be brought on in a cage or box while dogs will be able to be accommodated at facilities in the evacuation centre.

Other domestic animals are to be contained. Council animal management staff will be assisting at the evacuation centre.
Please note only 300 dogs are able to be accommodated at the evacuation centre.

Dakabin, Toowoomba, Kingaroy and Gympie RSPCA shelters are also closed due to flooding.

The devastation taking place in Queensland is just tragic.

The RSPCA in south Brisbane  yesterday relied on some wonderful volunteers to evacuate  animals as floodwater threatened the low-lying suburb.  Horses and livestock had been moved from the Fairfield property earlier this week.

About 100 cats, dogs, birds and other wildlife were shifted to foster homes in the state’s southeast.

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Jan 13, 2011 | 0 | Rescue Dogs

Amazing Cause – Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre

By Randa Magdi

On a recent holiday to Bali we saw first hand the plight of their street dogs. You will see for example, two dogs in the photo below. They were shattered by the heat and looked hungry and dirty. They were just two of MANY starving stray dogs we saw wandering the streets in search of food. I don’t think they even knew what love was.. This inspired us to drive into the hills to visit a dog sanctuary in Ubud to find out what we could do to help.

Street Dogs In Bali

I have been so impressed with the Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre that on returning home I organised a small fundraiser at which we raised around $1,000

The Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre is a non-profit organisation that houses 120 rescued dogs and puppies. They aim to relieve suffering, starvation, abuse and neglect of the street dogs in Bali. They endeavor to provide medical care, food, rehabilitation, bedding and love to all dogs and puppies. In doing so they wish to educate people on how to care and respect animals and aim to provide adoption services to suitable homes. WThey also sterilize, vaccinate and find homes. All dogs in the shelter are rabies free.

If you’re on Facebook, please lend your support and join this cause by clicking here.

We also have filled out the on-line form to sponsor a shelter dog, Nina, who was there during our visit. There are so many dogs that can use your help at just $10 a fortnight –


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Jan 11, 2011 | 1 | Rescue Dogs, Stray dogs

Heart of a Foster Dog

This video was made as the creator’s  tribute to those who foster. They say “I made this video after a chihuahua touched my heart and nearly made me give up fostering altogether. I couldn’t give him up. I didn’t think I had the strength to foster. Now, he is moving on and out of my life and another will come. He changed my life.”

See it for yourself..

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Dec 27, 2010 | 0 | Miscellaneous, Rescue Dogs

How To Choose Dog Names For Your Puppy

By Athena Andris

If you just added a new puppy or dog to your family, one of the first orders of business is naming your pup. Your dog’s name is an important part of how he will be perceived by others and the way they react to him, so the name you choose is important. Just think about it this way….

You are at the dog park and in the off-leash area you hear an owner call out to his dog: Bruiser, Dagger, or Lucifer, come here. Now ask yourself, would you think twice about going into the area with your little Snowball?

So just how do you go about choosing a great name for your dog?

5 Steps for Choosing Dog Names

  1. Type of Dog – What breed of dog do you own? Search the breed traits to help narrow down your choices. If you have a strong, bold, fearless breed you can lean towards a name that fits those traits like Hercules and vice versa.
  2. Physical Characteristics – Use your dog’s physical features to help you decide on a name. Does your new dog have any distinguished markings? For instance, a white dog with black fur just around his eyes could be named Zorro!
  3. Personality – Watch and play with your new puppy a few days to see what his personality is really like. A super playful pup could be called Zippy, whereas the pup that just wants to sleep all day could be called Slumber.
  4. Sex of dog – You can narrow your choices down further depending on whether your dog is a male or female. Or you can decide on a unisex name for your pet.
  5. Command sounding names – Stay away from names rhyming with commands. A dog named Shay might confuse his name with the command Stay.

A few more tips to naming your dog

Make it a family decision: If you have children in your family, have everyone suggest names for your new dog or puppy. Once everyone contributes, vote on the names as a family to narrow down to the final name. Your dog’s name should be one the entire family likes.
Get inspiration from your favorite things: There are lots of different sources you can use to get inspiration for names. Try your favorite comic book heroes, celebrity names, city names, or choose your favorite clothing designer’s name or brand names, like Gucci. The possibilities are endless.

Just remember whatever dog name you choose for your new family member, you will be using it quite often each and everyday, so be sure you like the name and it is one your dog will easily respond to.


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Dec 18, 2010 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Puppies, Rescue Dogs, Tips

Top 3 Reasons To Adopt A Dog

By Matt LeClair

Have you been thinking about getting a new puppy? Are you looking to bring a new companion into your home for your children to play with? If you want to get a puppy for you or your family, then you might want to consider adopting a dog instead of purchasing one from a breeder. Both methods are perfectly fine for acquiring a new puppy, but adopting a dog has a number of great advantages.

1. Save a dog from a bad situation

Sometimes puppies have the misfortune of being raised in poor living conditions whether it be due to the irresponsibility of the breeder or the lack of any proper home whatsoever because of abandonment. Regardless of the circumstances, dogs can sometimes be left in unfavorable situations which can be turned around by those caring enough to bring them into their homes. To adopt a dog that is born into a bad situation or has no hope is an act of kindness and good faith.

2. Raise a dog that would not otherwise be cared for properly

Often times people bring dogs into their homes with the best of intentions, but later realize that they are just not able to be the most suitable dog guardian and cannot provide the best care that it needs. When owners cannot properly care for their pet, sometimes it is best to let someone else adopt a dog in order to provide a better life for it.

3. Form a long lasting companionship

You most likely have heard the old saying “A dog is a man’s best friend”. This really is true and one reason that you might want to adopt a dog is to be able to have a companion that will love you unconditionally, which is all that a dog in need wants to do.


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Nov 17, 2010 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Rescue Dogs

Dogs To The Rescue

By Dan Ratekin

More dogs are earning the title of “Man’s Best Friend” in many new ways. Many studies of the human/animal bond point out how important and unique the relationships are between people and their pets. It has been shown that having pets relieves the stress of busy, everyday lives. Owning a pet has been known to lessen the occurrence of stroke and heart attacks.

The majority of dogs live in family environments, and the companionship they provide is well worth the effort involved in taking care of a dog. For children, dogs teach responsibility through understanding their care and feelings.

Today, more dogs are service dogs than ever before. They have been trained to assist in many different ways. Assistance dogs are not common house pets. They participate in specialized training programs and work hard to help in the areas they have been trained.

Probably the most common service is assisting the blind. They are trained to help the blind to cross the street, go through doors, and to go around obstacles. The blind person’s job is to give directional commands, which the dog may or may not obey depending on the situation. If an unsafe command is given, the dog will choose to disobey the command in order to insure the person’s safety. In this case the dog must have good judgment and be an independent thinker.

Hearing dogs alert a deaf or hearing impaired person to sounds such as telephones, alarm clocks, oven buzzers, smoke alarms, doorbells or a crying child.

Dogs have proven to help disabled people live independently. Besides being loyal companions, they help people with different kinds of disabilities to do things on their own. They pull wheelchairs, open and close doors, retrieve dropped items, alert a person of an upcoming seizure, turn light switches on and off. Golden and Labrador Retrievers make good service dogs because they are strong, yet have a gentle nature.

In Italy they are training dogs to leap from helicopters or speeding boats to rescue swimmers who get into trouble. These “life dogs” wear a harness or tow a buoy that victims can grab. Currently 300 dogs are fully trained for duty. The school will train any breed, as long as the dogs weigh at least 66 pounds. Labradors, Newfoundlands and golden retrievers are most commonly used because of their natural instinct for swimming.

There are many other areas dogs are trained to be of assistance. Search and rescue dogs assist in recovering disaster victims, saving lives every day. Therapy dogs are popular with nursing homes, and the elderly living there look forward to their visits. Police dogs hunt down bad guys while rescue dogs hunt down missing people.

But many people don’t realize that dogs also have the ability to sniff out cancer. It also raises the possibility that dogs may be able to detect cancers even earlier than tests. After a few weeks of training, the dogs correctly detected 99% of the lung cancer patients. Also they detected 88% of those with breast cancer. The handlers of the dogs and the researchers did not know which samples were provided by cancer patients and which were not.

Special trained dogs can help people with autism to become more independent.; They are very helpful with kids with autism. They help the child to become more social with their peers. The dog can be a calming influence. The dog can work on interrupting repetitive behavior by nudging the child. The dog can prevent the child from wandering away, and can track the child when they have wandered.

Assistance dogs not only allow the elderly and the disabled to live a secure and independent life, they provide companionship and love.

These dogs are a part of a little known group that are available for adoption. They, like people, get worn out, a little stressed having had to work under pressure of protecting or helping those in need. As a result some become available for retirement, while most families would keep their original service dogs and get a new one too. The retirement age for most service dogs is 8 years of age, which means they have many years of life left to bring you enjoyment as a pet.

These are dogs that are very well adjusted to being around people, generally pretty healthy and their training is the best. Though some of the dogs are older that does not stop them from being great pets.

As can be seen from the above, dogs do play a vital role in today’s society. Dogs make loving pets and are also very intelligent and hard working animals.

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Oct 01, 2010 | 1 | Dog heroes, History of Dogs, Rescue Dogs