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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us. Best Friends' No More Homeless Pets campaign created a new vision: A grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs. 

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated...

I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." -Mahatma Gandhi-

Sunbear Squad  Prepare now to help animals in need, to be a Good Samaritan for pets and animals. Animal abuse, neglect, and distress is epidemic, is often institutionally supported, and is worldwide. You may find animals in distress in your own neighborhood. Be prepared to take reasonable, safe action to help them. Sunbear needed help and didn't get it; he died tragically from neglect. This site is dedicated to his memory to encourage you to be a Good Samaritan.

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Rover Dog Boarding and Pet Sitting  

Rover is a trusted community where people can find, list, and book neighborhood dog lovers who can’t wait to care for their dog.  Whether you need a dog sitter, a dog walker, or daycare, Rover connects pet owners with people who will treat their dogs like family.  With exceptional customer service and a rapidly growing community of dog sitters, Rover is the easiest way for pet owners to find and book a loving and trustworthy dog sitter.


Every year thousands of animals are dropped off at the side of the road because owners didn't properly spay or neuter their pets, resulting in unwanted puppies and kittens. Other times, pet owners simply cannot afford to take care of an animal anymore or they are moving to a home that won't allow them to bring their beloved pet with them. No matter what the reason, there are thousands of homeless pets on the streets of cities and communities all over the country. But, there don't have to be. An additional 6 to 8 million animals are already finding homes in shelters all across the country.  With the help of animal shelters, these animals can find homes. If you are in the market for a new pet or you find yourself in a situation where you are unable to keep your pet anymore, here are a few reasons you should choose an animal shelter:


Aging in Place National Council for Aging Care


Are you wondering how you are going to care for your pet as you age in place?  Are you wondering if you should adopt a pet as you age in place?  This guide will help you decide on the best choice for you! 


Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages.  This is so important as seniors!  Please read!





Thinking about adopting a furry companion?  That’s great!  Pet rescues and shelters are filled with animals waiting to be adopted and re-homed. Giving a new forever after home to a rescued pet is a big decision.  You want to give him a loving home and the best care possible. Pet adoption is lots of fun, but it does take time to plan and research.

You may ask yourself: How does it work? How do you choose the right pet? Where can I find a rescue or shelter near me? How does the adoption process work? We know you’ve got many questions on pet adoption, and we’ve put the answers together for you!  We have created “The Ultimate Guide To Pet Adoption”.  This guide is divided into captivating articles that will teach you everything you need to know about pet adoption.  Also, keep a lookout for great tips to simplify your pet adoption process.


Companion Connection has all the animals available for adoption listed on  It is a wonderful resource for those looking for companion animals no matter where the area.  All you have to do is enter the type of animal you seek, a zip code (i.e. 72002) and any other search criteria and you will be guided to a list of available animals in that area.

Senior Pet Health & Wellness  Guide Maryville University


Pets are an important part of their owner’s lives. From the time that they’re young, pets can bring joy and provide unimaginable love. Unfortunately, pets don’t stay young and playful forever. Animals, like humans, get older, and with age, they develop different needs that their owners must meet.

With age, pets are faced with new health issues. Many of these issues are natural changes that can be expected of older animals, including decreased visual acuity or blindness, loss of hearing, and arthritis. Pets are also at higher risk of developing other health issues, some of which are more common among certain breeds or genders of animals. Diabetes, for example, is a common health concern that is seen more often in female pets. Other concerns for all older pets include kidney disease, dementia, and cancer.

Dog and Cat Owners and Their Willingness to Treat Their Companions by Jeff Gitlen 2.21.18


Many of us can recall having an urge to spontaneously purchase a pet at some point in our lives.

Once owners finally get the pet of their dreams, they then have to support it. However, owners often underestimate the cost of their pets, forcing them to make some tough decisions.

Our team here at LendEDU wanted to get a clearer picture of the expenses that pets bring to their owners and how much they are willing to spend to treat their furry companions if something goes wrong. To do this, we've obtained some insightful data from our friends over at Trupanion, a leading pet-insurer based out of Seattle, in addition to running a survey of our own.

A key highlight:  The average cost to treat one of the ten common cat conditions is $1,590, while the average cost to treat one of the ten common dog conditions is $1,240!

Creating a Pet Friendly Office Policy:  What You Need to Know, July 28, 2018 by Graham Shorr

Pet Sitters International celebrated the first annual Take Your Dog to Work Day on the Friday following Father’s Day in 1999. The original goals included raising awareness of the human-canine bond so that people without pets would be encouraged to adopt. But as employers and employees realized the benefits of having dogs in the workplace, the event has also played a role in sparking businesses to have pet-friendly policies all year round.


Dogs are above and beyond the most common office space companion, so they will be the prime focus of this article, but there are plenty of other potential office pets to consider!


Creating a pet-friendly office should be a carefully thought-out decision. We’ve compiled the top things to consider as well as some pros and cons to keep in mind before opening your office space up to pets.

Discover the affordable new alternative to the E-collar!

You Don’t Have to Subject Your Pet to the Negative Effects of E-Collars


Pawsome E-Collar alternative!!  Tulane’s Closet


It’s a simple fact that most pets hate wearing e-collars, and it comes as no surprise. With these lampshades around their necks they’re constantly running into walls, furniture and even their owners. It can also be difficult and dangerous for pets to get up and down stairs while wearing them. Some pets even get so depressed they stop eating.  Finally there’s a real solution that will keep your pet from licking and chewing at surgical sutures and hot spots without all the negative side-effects of wearing an e-collar! The new Cover Me by Tui is a patented (8,985,062), breathable, washable pet garment available in seven sizes –with adjustable straps for an even better fit – so it comfortably fits every pet from Chihuahua to Great Dane. See the easy-to-use sizing chart to determine what size your pet needs. You can also check out the photo gallery for snapshots of pets of all sizes wearing their favorite new Cover Me by Tui!


The Comfortable, Convenient Solution to the e-Collar!
Cover Me by Tui goes on and off your pet quickly and easily, and even has a built-in potty cover so there’s no need to remove it when your pet needs to relieve itself! The Cover Me by Tui is available in two styles: Step-Into and Pullover. See our step-by-step, illustrated How it Works instructions to decide which style is right for you and your pet!

What Your Pet’s Sleeping Position Says About Them


It’s essential for any pet owner to understand what their pet is saying with their posture. We’re glad when we see their wagging tails or feel their purrs, and can certainly tell when they’re hungry. But many of us are not so familiar with what they’re communicating when they’re asleep.  Watching them sleep is not only adorable, it can provide valuable insight into how they’re feeling about you and their environment. Learning the in’s and outs of your pet’s sleeping positions will help you understand and provide for their needs.

Sleeping With Your Dog:  13 Science Backed Tips


For dog owners, it’s no longer acceptable to relegate your furry friend to the doghouse. In fact, 55 percent of pet owners surveyed said they share their bed with at least one dog. But is sleeping with your dog a good idea?

Dog Breed Guides   PetFirst


Even within the dog species, canine breeds can vary tremendously. These variations, whether subtle or significant, can affect not only a dog’s size and color, but also its temperament, behavior, and what the biggest threats to its health and well-being are.

With our helpful dog breed guides, you can learn more about your favorite breeds, their unique characteristics, and what the biggest potential threats to their health can be.


Best Pet Insurance   Based on In-Depth Reviews


A comprehensive guide to pet insurance providers, how they work, what they cover, and how to choose the right one for your pet

DNA Testing for your cat and dog

Humans are naturally curious about their health and ancestry; it’s understandable that it would extend to their best friends.  Like children, analyzing the DNA of your domestic companion can help you make educated lifestyle and health decisions on their behalf.

                 Top 5 DNA Tests for Your Dog

                 Top 5 DNA Tests for Your Cat

Benefits of Pets During Addiction Recovery


Animals tend to evoke an emotional response in us. If you dislike the critters, that’s one thing, but bring a dog into the office or run into the resident cat at the corner pet store, and most people are reduced to mush.

There is something about a look at a black lab or tabby that can dissolve barriers. That’s where animal-assisted therapy (AAT) can shine in therapeutic settings.

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Are You Bringing Home a New Pet During the Pandemic? Follow These Tips for a Happy 'Tail'


As long as you have love and care to give, there’s never a “wrong” time to get a new pet. But the reality is that life gets hectic for us humans, which means certain times can be better than others for bringing a new pet into your home. Going through this coronavirus pandemic is a strange time for everyone, and part of the newness is that most of us are spending much more time at home these days. This actually makes it a perfect time to welcome a new pet, as you can give them more of your time and attention.

Dog Dream Meanings (Complete Dictionary for Dreams About Dogs)



Dogs are humans' greatest companions so when you dream of them it often reflects the primal urges within. Your basic needs, emotions, and instincts are brought to the surface in the dreamscape. Dog in dream meaning, especially childhood pets, bring a sense of comfort. Sometimes the animal may need to be more forceful to get your attention. It doesn't mean the dog wants to harm you, it wants to give you a message, albeit with an aggressive delivery. 

We are a nation of dog lovers and our faithful companions in life will often show up in our dreams too. Over 48.2 million households own a dog in the US and most of us will grow up around a dog or two, whether it’s our own or neighbors, they are one of our most trusted allies on earth. 

Our very own Khanysha modeling her Pretty in Pink onsie!

Are Pets Covered by Home Insurance?  04.21.2020


Depending on the situation, your pets may be covered by your home insurance. For example, if your dog bites someone not listed on your insurance policy, your homeowners liability coverage would cover any medical or legal bills. However, if your dog or cat destroys your carpet or personal belongings, your home insurance usually will not cover the damage. Let’s explore the ins-and-outs of pets and home insurance.

Physical Therapy for Dogs and other Animals

by Barbara Foster

Our pets take care of us in many capacities. Humans who have a companion animal generally have better cardiovascular health, a decreased likelihood of depression, reduced stress, and more social interactions. Pets have a tangible impact on our overall well-being. Dogs, cats, horses, and other animals tend to be very good for our well-being, but what about them? Sometimes, our pets need the rehabilitation services that humans have the luxury to have access to.  Physical therapy for dogs, cats and other pets — known as animal rehabilitation — is about applying the basic principles of physical therapy for the increased function, mobility, and overall quality of life of animals.

6 Reasons Why Adopting a Senior Dog Is So Rewarding

By Jaymi Heimbuch   Updated June 19, 2017


When a family decides to bring a new dog into the household, the first option for many is a puppy. However, there’s another kind of dog often found in rescue organizations that's just as deserving of a home that could be a far better match for your household.

The surprising secret is that older dogs offer a lot of benefits to their potential new families — in fact, these sweet examples of senior adoptions will make your heart melt.

How to Make Your Home Accessible For a Senior Dog

By Mary Beth Bird -Updated January 19, 2020


We’d like to believe our dogs will live forever. But just like us, our pups get older and require more care than they did as puppies. As your dog ages, it’s important for you to pay extra attention to them. It also means that there are adjustments that need to be considered as your dog enters their later years of life

5 Facts About Rescue Animals You Didn’t Know By A.C. Gaddis -Updated January 19, 2020


People looking for a new pet may think that to get specific breeds or characteristics, they need to go to a breeder, but rescue animals can offer the same choice as purebred pets. Some families automatically think of going to a shelter to pick a new pet, just like some people automatically think about a breeder. While both are valid choices, there’s a lot about rescue animals that will surprise all kinds of pet lovers.

How to Train Your Rescue Dog  By Mary Beth Bird -Updated January 19, 2020


The first thing you should know if you’ve recently rescued a dog, or are planning to, is that there’s no one-size-fits all training method. Like humans, every dog is different and training will depend on your dog’s background and personality. Is your rescue 12 weeks or 4 years old? Was your dog found on the street? Did he or she have a past owner? Rescue or not, there are things you need to consider prior to your dog’s arrival at their new home.

Dog Training Series: How to Help Your Nervous / Anxious Dog Overcome Fears

July 21, 2020July 27, 2019 by Kim Mayes


If you have a dog that is plagued with stress due to fears and anxieties, you might feel like the process of training him or her in the beginning, seems like a daunting task. Their fears, just like us, hold them back from doing things that your neighbor’s or friend’s dogs seem to do without thinking twice.  The approach that you must take while training a nervous dog might seem very different or even a lot slower than other dogs you might have been around in the past, but taking the time to build a trusting relationship early on in your time together is a critical step to help your dog grow into their future accomplishments.

Best Pet Wellness Plans of 2021 [New Update July 2021]  365 Pet Insurance


Pet wellness plans are either a standalone plan or a part of a bigger pet insurance plan as an add-on that covers routine pet care such as vaccinations, spay and neuter, heartworm tests, fecal screens and more.

A Guide To How Animals Sleep   by Rose MacDowell   Updated: June 9, 2021


Sleep is common to all living beings, from fruit flies to blue whales. Sleep is a state of altered consciousness that recurs on a 24-hour cycle known as the circadian rhythm. Though it was once believed to be a passive state, sleep involves complex physiological changes that allow for learning, memory processing, and essential processes such as healing and food metabolism.

Though all animals share the need to sleep, how they sleep varies widely across species.

How to Treat Dog Allergies

Updated: July 21, 2020 Published: October 22, 2019 by Your Dog Advisor Staff

Have you ever noticed your dog obsessively licking or scratching his skin, biting or chewing his paws, or dragging his butt across the carpet or floors as you desperately try to redirect your dinner guests’ attention? These behaviors are nothing to sneeze at.  If your dog has shown any of these symptoms, chances are good that he is suffering from allergies.

How to Care For Dogs Recovering From Surgery or an Injury   July 27, 2019May 21, 2019 by Your Dog Advisor Staff


The time following surgery for your dog can be confusing and distressing for you both.  Depending on what the surgery was, there will be different requirements in terms of wound care, recovery and rest time, and the medications or supportive therapies they may need post-surgery.  This guide offers some practical general guidance, but make sure that you always follow any advice given by your vet post surgery.

What Are the Best Dog DNA Tests? Our Top Picks 

 January 25, 2021November 11, 2020 by Your Dog Advisor Staff


With more and more people today choosing to rescue rather than buy a dog, dog DNA tests are becoming far more commonplace. Although most animal shelters will try to learn the lineage of surrendered dogs, owner accounts are often far from accurate. And guessing its breed based on the dog’s appearance is notoriously unreliable, especially with puppies and younger dogs. As a result, many pet parents are turning to dog DNA tests in an effort to learn their new pup’s breed. With that said, there are so many tests on the market today, it’s hard to know which are the best dog DNA tests that give the most accurate results. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of our top choices to help you decide..


Written by: Caroline Treichler, RN | Reviewed by: Susy Salvo, telehealth specialist  Updated: March 22, 2020


It can be stressful and upsetting when a pet is sick or injured, especially during non-business hours. While emergency vets are available, they can be expensive and inconvenient. 

Online pet care and veterinary services fill in the gaps of pet healthcare by providing quick access to advice and treatment options via video consultations, phone calls, and live chats. Many also provide other types of care including nutrition counseling, behavioral training, and medication. 

We reviewed several online pet care and veterinary services to recommend the best of the best, for you and your furry companions.

Puppy Care 101: How to Care for a New Puppy

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From training and behaviour to puppy proofing your house. This guide has everything you need if you are a new puppy owner.  Welcoming a new puppy into your family is super exciting but is also accompanied with some necessary preparation and hard work in order to ensure that they settle in well to their new home and that you build a strong bond with them. By doing your best to keep these top tips in mind, you’ll be a seasoned dog owner before you know it.

CBD Dog Treats— Joy Organics gives the benefits of phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil.

Water for Your Cats PET TISH


Did you know that stagnant water in a bowl can be harmful and potentially deadly your pet? As well as not drinking enough water... 

A staggering 1 in 3 cats develop kidney disease, (dogs are also at risk). Most pet owners don't understand how this happens or how to prevent it.  So allow me to shed some light.

A new owner's guide to adopting a cat. 

Grove Collaborative   LAST UPDATED: MARCH 3, 2021


Adopting a pet is exciting, but it takes some preparation. Discover our best tips for making your new friend feel purr-fectly comfortable in our guide to cat adoption!

Welcoming a new cat into your home is a momentous occasion and the start of a rewarding pet relationship. Although cats won't require regular walking like dogs do or cleaning of cages or tanks like smaller animals, they do need daily care and attention. You'll also be committing yourself to regular health care that includes basic immunizations and checkups to provide your feline friend with a happy and healthy life. Know what to expect when adopting a cat and you'll be ready for a memorable and positive experience.



Deciding whether to hire a professional dog trainer is a big decision, and one you may be contemplating as you read this now. Perhaps you’re unsure because your dog is generally well-behaved, or you’re concerned about the expense. Maybe you think that with a little online research, you can train your pooch yourself …

Well, we’re here to tell you that every dog will benefit from working with a professional dog trainer, because it’s about so much more than teaching your pet how to “behave.”

Turns out, dog training is really about learning how to communicate with your loyal companion so you can share the strongest bond possible. When you and your pooch understand each other, it leads to a harmonious household, which benefits everyone!

Caring for Elderly and Disabled Pets: A Guide for Pet Parents

The age a pet is considered elderly depends on several matters and therefore can greatly vary. Generally speaking, a dog will be considered “senior” at seven years old. But, of course, it depends on their size, breed, health status, and other important factors. Larger dogs, for instance, tend to have shorter life spans and may be considered senior before their smaller counterparts.  

Cats are generally considered senior at 11 years old—and super-senior at 15 years old and upward. They can even go on to live to 30 years, depending on the circumstances. Indoor cats, for instance, have significantly longer life expectancies than their outdoor counterparts.  

Understanding when pets are approaching or in their senior years will help pet parents better provide their furry friends with the appropriate care. Continue reading to see what role you can play in ensuring your pet a happy and healthy senior life.

Pancho’s Story


Considering boarding your dog or using a dog daycare business? Read Pancho’s Story – A tribute to our child – and a look into how he mysteriously disappeared while in the hands of a dog-sitting business.


Here are some things to consider.


We cannot stress enough, DO NOT EVER leave your dog with a business or person without 24/7 live cameras that you have complete access to through an app or website.


Our website includes a "resources" page that outlines some very important things to consider when boarding a dog or having a dogsitter. Every dog owner can learn something from Pancho's story. 

The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Landscaping Guide

By HomeAdvisor  Updated August 12, 2021


A backyard is an enjoyable place for dogs and humans, but it’s important to make sure your space fits your needs as well as Fido’s. Dog-friendly landscaping and human-friendly landscaping aren’t automatically the same thing.


How to Adopt a Dog Guide (And Our Experience)

By Kimberly Akt Updated July 20, 2021 Canine Journal


You’re considering adopting a dog! And you are taking the time to research how to care for it before you’ve even adopted a pet – way to go! We couldn’t be more pleased with your decision. There are many dogs in shelters just waiting for great homes like yours to call their own.

The Pet Owner’s Guide to Air Quality and Pet Health

Courtesy of Aireserv


Though air quality can have a great impact on human health, many pet owners do not realize the significant role it plays in animal health. The surrounding air impacts your pet with every breath they take, either providing them with the air they need to live or negatively impacting their health and wellbeing. It’s your responsibility as a pet owner to learn about the link between air quality and pet health. That way, you can protect your pet from unhealthy air and help them thrive for as long as possible.

New Cat Owner?  Start here!  My Indoor Kitty


The Ultimate Guide to Adopting a Cat:


There are so many great things about adopting a cat. You’ll have a new furry friend to love and cuddle with all day long. He or she will make your life happier and easier, which is something we all need sometimes.


If you are new to owning an indoor cat, there are many things you should know.  Check out our Indoor Cat Guide to learn more about your new feline friend. 

How To Live Happily with Your Pets When You Have Pet Allergies

POSTED IN TIPS & TRENDS - 01/27/2022

If you suspect or discover you’re allergic to your pet, you may feel like you have to give up a member of the family for the sake of your health. However, pet allergies are common; anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of the global population is allergic to dogs and cats. Considering that 70 percent of U.S. households have a pet, many people are likely able to live with their pets despite their allergies.


As long as your symptoms aren’t too severe, you can also learn how to coexist with your allergies and your pet. You may have to make changes in your life and home, but these adjustments will allow you to live happily with your pet and without sacrificing your health and wellbeing.

10 Essential Tips for First-Time Dog Parents


You’ve adopted your first dog – congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life, and a very happy moment in your dog’s life. For first-time dog parents, this monumental occasion can also present unique challenges, as there is much to learn. Luckily, others who have owned dogs for many years, as well as canine experts, have recommendations and advice that they are willing to share with newbie dog parents. Through proper preparation and patience, you can overcome the myriad challenges involved with first-time dog ownership and enjoy a thriving, fulfilling relationship with your new hound.

How to Help A Dog With Separation Anxiety

October 18, 2021


A dog is a man’s best friend. So what do you do when your best friend suffers from debilitating anxiety every time you leave them? Dog separation anxiety is a real thing, and it can be quite traumatic for both you and your furry friend.

In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs, along with its potential causes and treatment options. Learn how to ease your dog’s separation anxiety so that they can live their best life possible—and you can leave the house without worry.

New Puppy Preparation Guide 

InsuranceRanked - Updated November 4, 2021


The New Pet Parent’s Guide To Bringing Home a Puppy

Bringing home a cute new pet is exciting, but it’s important to be prepared. These new members of the family are financial, physical, and emotional commitments. They need love, exercise, and care daily to live their best lives. Though getting a pet is a big responsibility, you’ll find it can be an incredibly rewarding one.

Pets can have a profound impact on your mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. They also encourage exercise and social opportunities, and can decrease feelings of loneliness, thereby supporting a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle.


How Pets Can Prevent Substance Abuse


Addiction resource


People used to think that substance abuse in adolescents and teenagers was a direct result of bad parenting—that kids who ended up using were not properly supervised, or that their parents used. While some may still believe this, others have realized that no matter what you do, or how strict you are with your children, some will end up using anyway. Why is this? And what can you do to prevent your children from smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or using drugs? One way to help curb the possibility of children using alcohol or drugs is by getting a pet.

Are Pets Covered Under Homeowners Insurance?   Insurance Geek


Depending on the coverage provided by your insurance, pets and their potential liability are not always protected when comparing homeowners insurance. Even if liability, damage, or harm occurs on your property due to a pet, they may not fall under the insurance umbrella depending on where or to whom they happened, as well as the species and breed of the pet in question.


Common Myths About Ticks


Provided by Shackleford Road Veterinary

No matter where you live, ticks can pose a health risk to both you and your pet.  Let’s debunk some of those most commonly believed myths about ticks so you can protect your pets.

6 Things to Consider When Hiring a Pet Sitter

By MetLife Pet Insurance  Jan 2022


It's never easy leaving a beloved pet behind when the family goes on vacation or is otherwise absent from home for an extended period of time. Many people can't bear to leave their cat or dog at a boarding kennel, and family and friends aren't always able to care for our pets.

One option many people consider is hiring a pet sitter. Pet sitters come to your home an agreed-upon number of times each day, or in some situations, stay in your home while you're gone. The main benefit in this arrangement is that your pet gets to stay in his familiar surroundings, which is significantly less stressful than taking him to a new location. He also won't be exposed to diseases that pets may carry into kennels, but you still have to put your trust in someone you may have met only briefly.

Choosing the right pet sitter is therefore crucial to your pet's well-being and safety (as well as the safety of your home). If hiring a pet sitter is in your future, here are the top factors to consider.