PetBlog: 7 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

7 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

Not everyone has the ability to write a check for their local shelters, but these animals need more than just your pocket change. Here are a few simple ways you can help your local animal shelter:

1. Donate Your Skills and Experience

Shelters need help from those with specialized knowledge and skills. For example, those who love taking photos or making videos of animals could be a huge help in closing the gap between animals and adopters. It takes a lot of skill to photograph a dog who just wants to play catch! But if you can do it, your skills would definitely help animals find homes.

2. Donate Your Time

Volunteering to spend time with the animals at your local shelter or rescue is an incredible gift, not only to the animals, but to those that work there. Animal shelters need all the extra hands they can get. There are a lot of dogs to walk and cats to groom. By donating your time to these animals, you will not only build relationships with them but you will begin to see the impact your spare time is having.

3. Donate Your Pet’s Used Items

Most animal shelters have a wish list that you can donate to. Maybe your dog isn’t interested in the toy you bought him so instead of burying it in the bottom of the toy box, donate it! Just because these animals are in shelters doesn’t mean they don’t like a good game of tug-a-war. You can contact your local animal shelter to find out more about some of the items they may need and that you might have lying around at home. Items like lightly used pet beds, food/water bowls, leashes and toys are always welcomed.

4. Donate Household Items

Do you have old towels and sheets that you don’t know what to do with? Donate them to your local animal shelter. Just ensure they are clean and washed properly as most shelters use them to provide comfortable bedding for cats and dogs. Even paper towels, pillows and wash cloths are needed. Animal shelters can get pretty messy considering their residents, so cleaning supplies including, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquids, bleach and soaps are all used to keep your local shelters clean and safe. Garbage bags, brooms, mops and sponges are all thoughtful donations.

5. Donate Grooming and Medical Supplies

Animals waiting in shelters rely on being groomed to look their best for potential adopters. Shampoo, pet soaps, brushes and combs are all needed in your shelters. Even flea and tick treatments are needed. All these pets deserve to get dolled up, especially if it will help them find a forever home. Consider donating medical supplies to help sick or injured animals. Anything from cotton and gauze products to vitamins and treatments can help save the lives of animals in need.

6. Donate Pet Foods and Formula

A large amount of the money donated by generous individuals goes toward buying pet food and milk formula. No one likes going to bed on an empty stomach, which includes the pets at your local shelters. Donate a few bags of food or formula to ensure those waiting to be adopted don’t go to bed hungry. Reach out to your local shelter to see if there are any specific brands they may require or treats the pets like.

7. Donate a Place in Your Home

Being a foster parent can be unimaginably rewarding. Giving an animal in need a place in your home allows them to feel something they may not have felt before, safe. Donating a place in your home will not only bring the animals spirits up, but it will be a fulfilling experience for you and your family. Contact your local animal shelter to find out more about fostering animals in need.

PetBlog: Benefits of adopting senior pets

Benefits of adopting senior pets

Your new best friend might be anyone but new; he or she just might be a senior pet. November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month and a time worth considering the many benefits of senior pet adoption.

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Mature dogs and cats have many advantages when compared to their younger counterparts, yet are often the first to face death or permanent homelessness as adopters overlook them in favor of puppies and kittens.

How older pets end up in shelters in the first place

While senior pets are in shelters for many of the same reasons as younger animals, they are often surrendered or abandoned simply as a function of their age. Their previous pet parents may be ill or elderly themselves, and no longer able to care for them physically or financially. Some mature pets are given up by their families as they age, and become sick, incapacitated or simply unable to participate in activities they enjoyed as younger animals.

Still others are cast aside when their guardians tire of caring for them, or become intolerant of the inevitable infirmities of an aging pet.

Animal welfare organizations – shelters, rescues, SPCAs, humane societies and municipal animal controls – have many animals in desperate need of adoption, including older dogs and cats, who face the highest rates of euthanasia. It is a tragic end for a dog or cat who became homeless through no fault of her own, and was likely at one time a beloved member of someone’s family. In many cases, these animals are surrendered or abandoned by the only families they have ever known.

Why senior pets make great pets

1. What you see is what you get

An older animal has an established temperament, unlike a puppy or kitten that will go through many developmental changes. This helps ensure your lifestyle with a certain dog or cat will be the right match. And because a senior pet is already fully grown, there is no mystery about whether the animal’s size will be compatible with your home environment, whether the animal will grow to be too big for you to manage or whether your new pet’s personality will be a good fit with you. old cat closeup

2. Know their manners

Most senior pets are already house- or litter box-trained, and in the case of dogs know basic leash manners. Their history prior to adoption – including any potential abuse or mistreatment – will shape how quickly they adapt to their new home, human family and routines. Bear in mind that when you adopt, you are to some degree adopting the house rules of the pet’s previous guardian, but even senior pets can adapt when given love, time and positive training.

3. Less demanding

Older animals already have their routines and while they still love to play, they love to relax, cuddle and nap as well. They are emotionally mature and more mellow than younger pets, and although they require exercise like any pet, it does not need to be as frequent or vigorous as with a younger animal. As a result, older dogs and cats tend to fit more easily into your daily routines.

4. Old enough to know better, young enough to learn

A senior animal may already know some basic commands, and they will be responsive to learning more. They have more focus and attention than puppies or kittens and may have undergone obedience training with their previous owners or shelter staff. They may already be create or leash trained, have experience with routine grooming and know basic house manners. At the same time, companion pets are wired to please their human guardians, and typically are fast learners – especially when it benefits them to learn something new.

5. Great for any age

Senior pets’ more relaxed temperaments makes them excellent companions for the young and elderly alike.  More mature people benefit from a four-legged companion who is more aligned with their energy level and lifestyle, while children can benefit from an animal who is more tolerant and who may already been well socialized with the younger set.

6. Just add love

Older animals will adapt to a new family given love and time. While you might not be your senior dog’s or cat’s first family (or even his second or third), once you adopt and shower your pet with love you will be his only family.


7. They know they have been given a second chance at life

Ask anyone who has adopted a more mature dog or cat and they will tell you that they are convinced their pets know they have been saved. Just one look in their eyes and you can see they are saying, “Thank you for saving my life.”

At Pets for Patriots, we encourage people to Be A Pet’s HeroTM. When you save the life of a pet who faces near certain death or who may languish for months or years if not adopted, your life will change for the better!

Learn more about the types of pets saved through our companion pet adoption program for veterans, including senior pets.

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Pet Event Spotlight: Barktober Fest

Barktober Fest

Get your tails waggin’ for Barktober Fest 2015, set for September 26th, 2015! Now in its 18th year, this annual walk, race, and festival to help homeless and abused pets is the biggest and best pet-centered event of the year.

Register for the 1-mile walk as a Canine Crusader, and bring your family pets, too! Or test your stamina as a Ruff Runner in our 5-mile road race. Form a Tail Waggin’ Team to celebrate together. And enjoy the pet-friendly festival!

Walk or run to honor your own pets and help homeless pets who are still waiting for a home of their own. When you register you can help save lives by collecting donations on behalf of the animals. Fun prizes awarded to top individual fundraisers!

How the Animals Benefit: Funds raised through Barktober Fest are critical to providing life-saving care for homeless and abused pets in our community. Each gift to Lollypop Farm helps provide shelter, spay or neuter services, and any necessary medical care to pets waiting for adoption.

Lollypop Farm relies entirely on the generosity of our community to provide care for animals in need. As a non-profit, tax-exempt private organization, we receive no government funding and we are not associated with any national humane organization.  Visit to learn more!

Your support makes a difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals in our community. Remember, it’s FUR the animals!

Register Now to Help the Animals

Now’s the time to join Barktober Fest and raise money to help the animals! Sign up for the 5-mile road race, or take your favorite pet on the Walk for the Animals.

Can’t make the event? We welcome donations at the shelter or online.

We recently admitted 9 dogs into our facility due to an animal cruelty case and are nursing them back to health. We also brought homeless kittens and a Mama cat who had recently lost her kittens together. All of the care we provide for the animals is made possible through your support.

Whether you walk or donate, please consider helping the animals. Barktober Fest helps the animals and is also lots of fun!

DogBlog: New NERF Pet Toy is a Blast!

We are on a mission over at blog MyDogLikes. Well, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Charlie is on a mission. His aim is to test out every single frisbee on the market. While it may seem like a lofty goal, he is determined (and a little obsessed). I have no doubt that he will make it happen!

“New Pet Toy That is a Blast From the Past” by Charlie

I was pretty pumped when I saw that NERF has made its way into our favorite pet store (Petsaver!) NERF made some of my favorite toys growing up. Children of the 90’s (and their parents) will no doubt remember this brand! After a bit of browsing, we decided to try out the NERF TPR flyer. What made this one standout? Well, it seemed extra durable and simply designed! Charlie will put any disc through its paces, exposing and exploiting any weaknesses that might exist. So, in short, the simpler the better! The disc itself has a uniquely cut pattern that not only lends itself to an interesting flight pattern, but makes it easy for Charlie to carry and for us to throw (even after it has been covered in doggie drool)…

Time for Fetch

We brought our new NERF flyer to Charlie’s favorite park to give him a chance to weigh in with his expert opinion. The first thing we noticed is that this disc flies fast and far! If you are looking for a disc to practice catch with your dog, this is not the right one for you. The NERF Flyer is best for long sprints and chases as it moves far too quickly and doesn’t have the hang-time of the lighter frisbee’s on the market.

Long Range

For a dog that loves to run, distance is a very important factor in a frisbee. In a pinch we have used some of my frisbee golf discs to really get Charlie moving. If you are not familiar with this sport, these specialty discs can really fly (we’re talking greater than the distance of a football field)! The problem with them however is……

(wait whats the verdict!?! want more? Read the whole review and check out the blog by clicking here)