Category Archives: Pet Rescue & Adoption

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

Lost and Found Pets: What to Do With a Found Pet

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iStock_000020863550_LargeAt some point or another it’s likely that you will play the role of the Good Samaritan who comes across a scared cat under a porch or rescues a confused and frightened dog from a street or alley. Once we address the emergency at hand – that is, ensuring the pet is kept safe from immediate danger – we then find ourselves in the position to ask, “Now what?”

Many of us choose to take the anxious found pet into our home, garage, or fenced yard as we ascertain what the next steps are in returning the pet safely home. And, while our big heart for animals often compels us to run up to a stray dog or cat in distress, this is not always the safest approach. So, what do you do if you find a pet on the loose? Continue reading

Lost and Found Pets: What To Do When Your Pet is Missing

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Lost dog poster nailed to a lightpostThose of us who care for a pet find the idea of him or her becoming lost terrifying. Yet, each year, the greater Cleveland area sees thousands of lost pets on the streets and in shelters.  And, while some of these missing pets find their way back to their families; many pets remain unclaimed due to lack of identification tags or a microchip.

Though the prospect of losing your pet is unsettling, the good news is losing a pet is usually preventable. As a responsible pet parent, one of the most important steps you can take in ensuring your pet is returned home, should he or she get out of the yard, is to microchip your pet and maintain up-to-date information on how you can be reached. Continue reading