Category Archives: Pet Rescue & Adoption

Adopting the Oddballs: Special Needs Pets

If you’ve ever gone to the shelter looking for a new pet, you have probably been overwhelmed with the number of animals that need to be adopted. Statistics show that over 2 million pets are adopted from animal shelters each year. That’s an astounding number!

When looking for a new pet, did you ever consider the pet with 3 legs? Or the deaf or blind pet? Pets with physical challenges are also looking for forever homes, some of them through shelters and some through rescue organizations. Special needs pets can make amazing companions, too, and we’re here to tell you how.

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Full Bowls, Happy Hearts: Helping Pets in Need this Holiday Season

Helping pets in need can come in many ways

Animal lovers want to help pets year round, but the holiday season brings extra special ways we can all participate. From adopting and donating to fostering and volunteering, there are lots of ways to make a difference, and there’s something for everyone to get involved. We hope you’ll join the team at West Park Animal Hospital as we give back to pets in need this holiday season!

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A Pet Present: Adopting A Pet for the Holidays

Adopting a pet for the holidays can be difficult

‘Tis the season, and as the holidays approach, maybe you’ve decided to adopt a pet as a gift for someone close to you. As we all know, every pet is a gift. And at the holidays, it may seem natural to give a pet as a present. This can be a wonderful way to help shelter pets in need as well as add joy and fulfillment to the animal lover in your life.  

The thought of a new pet can bring excitement, but one of the biggest mistakes people make is surprising their partner or child with a new pet. Although it may be a surprise, it may also backfire.

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National Deaf Dog Awareness Week

Deaf dogs can be a challenge but can thrive with the right dog training and accommodations.

Dogs, like people, can be born deaf or experience varying degrees of hearing loss during their lifetimes. While this means that they require (and depend on) certain special arrangements to be made on their behalf, a deaf dog does not necessarily suffer a diminished quality of life. In fact, they can not only live a normal day-to-day existence, but they have a lot of love to give, as well.

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Subtle (and Not so Subtle) Signs of Animal Abuse

If you witness extreme animal abuse, contact pet rescue.

Animal lovers everywhere are understandably outraged by stories and photographs of abused or neglected animals. For loving pet owners, it’s inconceivable to think of harming an animal, but signs of abuse and neglect can be subtle; it could be happening right under our very noses. That’s why we want to take a moment to review the subtle and less subtle signs of animal abuse in the home.

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Decisions, Decisions: The Best Place to Adopt a Pet

If you have made the decision to add a four-legged family member to your home, you may be wondering where the best place to adopt a pet is. Rescue? No-kill shelter? Craigslist? If you are looking to find another animal to add to your family, read West Park Animal Hospital’s guide to the best place to adopt a pet.

Adoption is Amazing

If you are thinking adoption, that’s great. Helping an animal in need is a wonderful, feel-good thing to do. Did you know that the ASPCA estimates that in the United States there are over 70 million stray cats alone? It has also been reported that as many as 5 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats are euthanized simply because they are unable to find homes. Pet adoption is a choice you can feel good about.

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Love is in the Air: Reasons to Love a Pet Lover

Relationships can be tricky, but there are some things that a worth looking for in a partner that could make them more rewarding. Obviously, you want someone with whom you share common interests and values, and someone who treats you well. You might want to add being an animal person to that list, though.

At West Park Animal Hospital, we already know that four-legged friends are the best, but check out why it’s so rewarding to love a pet lover.

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Those Adorable, Adoptable Dogs!

iStock_000024726165_MediumOctober is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-a-Dog Month, and your friends and West Park Animal Hospital want to thank all of the wonderful pet parents who have provided homes for pound puppies and other shelter pets over the years.

For those of you longing for a canine companion to bring home, please consider adopting a shelter pet. Aside from the love and happiness your four-legged friend will bring, you will also be providing a home for one of the millions of animals in overcrowded shelters and on the streets. Continue reading

Animal Adventures and Pet Protagonists: A Young Animal-Lover’s Reading List

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
– E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

iStock_000046924698_MediumMany of us hold a special place in our hearts for the books we loved as children. Whether it resides in nostalgia or life lessons, or simply strong writing, the magic of a wonderful book cannot be mistaken. Now, as quite of few of us have become parents, we find ourselves perusing those old, familiar titles and delighting in modern young adult fiction’s meaningful narratives and artistic illustrations.

As your children embark upon another school year, you may have the chance to thoughtfully engage them in post-library visit discussions or even create an inspired book night, with favorite titles to be read aloud over a shared snack.

There are a myriad of benefits to sharing the love of literature with your children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. Reading together offers your family the chance to slow down, disconnect from gadgets, and share quality time together. In addition, many books pose philosophical and value-based questions, encourage problem-solving, deepen the channels of imagination, and increase reading and comprehension skills.

By instilling your love of reading in your children, you offer them the chance to develop their own fond memories of favorite childhood books. Here are some recommended animal stories to get you started. Continue reading