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Why Not Me pets

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes. 

Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – bonded pairs Bubba and Magnus, Sam and Lucky, and Bubu!

H2: Name: Bubba and Magnus (brothers)

H3: Breed: Shepherd Mixes

Age/Gender/Size: 1 year, 10 months / Males / Medium

Likes: Stuffed squeaky toys, exploring the great outdoors

Special Considerations: No young children, history with cats unknown

Contact: Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Adoption Fee: $250 per pet

Bubba and Magnus

Bubba and Magnus

Meet Bubba and Magnus. Never were two brothers as dedicated to each other as these lovebugs. At only 1-½ years old, they are waiting for a furever home to call their own for the remainder of their lives, together.

These brothers play off one another well. Bubba is one to take the lead in new situations, while Magnus hangs back to check out how his brother responds. Though both shy at first, once they have warmed up, there is no stopping the affection and silliness. No adventure would be as peppy and amusing without this duo by your side. These two are full of energy! Bubba and Magnus love to walk on the leash, but won’t say “no” when it comes time to get down and dirty with their goofy playtime. Throw some squeaky toys into the mix, and you will have a couple of very well-entertained brothers.

Bubba and Magnus will need a home with an experienced family that can help to build their confidence. As they are still adjusting to life indoors and newly adopted social skills, a predictable home with older teens and adults would be best. With all of their energy, they will need a home with a yard; apartments and condos are not ideal. To help their new family along with continued training and support, adoptions through Homeward Pet include free training classes from Doggy Haven Resort.

If you are ready to welcome these brothers into your heart and home, please reach out to Homeward Pet today. Adoptions are currently coordinated via appointment only. To learn more about the process, you may visit Homeward Pet Adoption Center’s website and click here:  Adoption Process & Online Applications.

Name: Sam and Lucky

Breed: Domestic Shorthair 

Age/Gender/Size: Sam – 11 years / Male / Small, Lucky – 17 years / Male / Small

Likes: Snoozing together, chin rubs

Special Considerations: Bonded pair – will need to be adopted together

Medical Considerations: Kidney condition – both Sam and Lucky receive medication

Contact: Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Adoption Fee: $50 per kitty

Sam the cat

Sam

Lucky the cat

Lucky

Sam and Lucky are not brothers biologically, but this pair have lived together a very long time and are bound forever. Sure, these gentle boys are seniors – but this just means that they carry with them a lifetime of love and affection to share with you.

Keeping Sam and Lucky happy, content, and comfortable will be a breeze. They just need a safe home in which to snuggle and snooze together, along with a warm lap or two to lounge in. Sam and Lucky love to receive rubs on their chins and cheeks and will return your efforts with some contented purrs and snuggles. In fact, Lucky (the eldest) has been described by his foster parent as the “loveliest old man.” Imagine having two of these lovely souls gracing your home.

Being of senior stature, Sam and Lucky will need to live in a quiet, predictable household. Kids teen-aged and older are welcome, to help ensure gentle handling. Though in need of a dog-free home, Sam and Lucky have lived in harmony with other cats in the past, so kitty companions are okay. In terms of medical needs, both are treated for a kidney condition, common amongst older kitties, with medication and a special diet.

Sam and Lucky are currently residing in a foster home, but all it takes is scheduling an appointment to start the adoption process. You can read more about Homeward Pet Adoption Center’s online adoption application process here.

Name: Bubu

Breed: Greyhound 

Age/Gender/Size: 7 years / Male / Large

Likes: Lazy leash walks, car rides

Special Considerations: Dog-free home, no children or cats

Contact: Greyhound Pets, Inc.

Adoption Fee: $500

Bubu the greyhound

Bubu

Bubu is a native of Macau, China and a retired racer who unfortunately had a really rough start. He is now cherishing his time as a companion animal and is ready to share his heart with a new family.

One thing is for certain – Bubu loves people. Hanging out with his family while being the center of attention is all that Bubu is asking for. There would be nothing better than spending his days cuddling with and accompanying his adopter on car rides about town. He loves to go for walks and does fabulously on leash. Bubu will further thrive with the continued training and support his adopter will receive from Crawford Canine Academy upon adoption. It takes work to be a perfect gentleman.

Bubu has lived in a couple of homes, which has helped to identify what he truly needs from his new furever family. He will need to be the only dog in the household, and due to his breed’s high-prey drive, Bubu cannot live with kitties. It is recommended that Bubu live with experienced adults (no kids), with access to a fully fenced-in yard.

Would you like to meet Bubu? All it takes is an open heart and a loving home to provide him with the best life ever.  If you are unable to adopt at this time, you may sponsor Bubu while he waits for his new home. To find out more about this process, please visit Greyhound Pets, Inc.’s website at https://www.greyhoundpetsinc.org/support/sponsor-a-dog/. Additional Frequently Asked Questions about adoption requirements and what to expect when adopting a greyhound can be found here as well.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every month, Healthy Paws will highlight new pets from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.

 

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Why not me pets

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.  

Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – Draft, Shelby, and Lacey:

Name: Draft

Breed:  Greyhound

Age/Gender/Size: 5 ½ years / Male / Large

Likes: Practicing his commands, other greyhound friends

Special Considerations: No cats, small dogs, or children

Contact: Greyhound Pets, Inc.

Adoption Fee: $500 

Is there a draft in the room? There certainly will be for one fortunate family who brings home this sweet boy, just in time for Greyhound Adoption Month  (April). An inquisitive gentleman, Draft wants to learn all about the world around him. With that, he would be an excellent adventure buddy, but he wouldn’t mind just hanging out at home, as long as he is around his people. 

When Draft is lying down on his bed for a siesta, he does prefer his space. Barriers around his bed area are an easy solution in avoiding any aggravation. Draft is, however, working with his foster mom and a behaviorist on learning some great commands and manners. He so far has been earning gold stars! Continuing the progress made with Draft’s training is essential in his new home to reinforce the good habits that he is learning. His adoption includes four training sessions with Crawford Canine Connection. 

Like most greyhounds, Draft will need to be in a kitty-free home; small dogs and children are not recommended. Draft would do very well in a home with a larger canine companion who shares his confident nature.

To find out more information about Draft and learn about the adoption process, please visit the Greyhound Pets, Inc.’s adoption FAQs regarding requirements and what to expect here: https://www.greyhoundpetsinc.org/learn/greyhound-faqs/

Name: Shelby

Breed: Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix   

Age/Gender/Size: 7 years / Female / Large

Likes: Co-piloting on car rides, learning new tricks and skills

Special Considerations: No children under 10 years old, no cats or chickens 

Medical Considerations: History of seizures – on medication

Contact: Kitsap Humane Society

Adoption Fee: $75

Shelby the dog Do you LOVE to play and hang out with your family? Well, we sure know someone who does.  Shelby is up for anything and everything. She loves outdoor adventures but is also perfectly content with spending time indoors snuggling. As she loves to use her nose, Shelby would enjoy a go at snuffle mats or other scent games hide and seek. Did we mention how smart this gal is? Shelby is doing fabulous with learning her commands and definitely has many more tricks up her furry sleeve. 

Shelby has a history of seizures and is on a medication that controls them well. She will need regular visits to your veterinarian for follow-up care to help manage her seizures. Since she would rather not be by her lonesome, Shelby would do best with a family that spends a lot of their time at home. If a car ride is in order, however, she will be right there with you, ready at the helm. Shelby will need a home with a fenced-in yard – no apartments, please. Besides a fellow calm canine companion, it’s not recommended that she live with other pets or chickens.

Are you interested in welcoming a new furry family member like Shelby? Email a completed application to [email protected]. If Shelby is your gal, mention the foster-to-adopt program when you submit the adoption application. Additional adoption information can be found on the Kitsap Humane Society’s website at https://www.kitsap-humane.org/adopt/how-to-adopt/. Please note that due to COVID-19 safety measures, they are working on an appointment-based system; only Washington state residents may apply due to quarantine measures.

Name: Lacey

Breed: Domestic Shorthair  

Age/Gender/Size: 12 ½ years / Female / Small

Likes: Wand/feather toys, cheek rubs

Special Considerations: No dogs, no small children, on prescription diet

Contact: Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Adoption Fee: $50

Lacey the catThis little lady is looking for a furever family to spend her golden years with. Lacey loves attention, is very sweet and will let you know with her head butts and loud purrs. Chin scritches, and cheek rubs are her favorites. Aside from a steady supply of snuggles and pets, Lacey is really in need of a quiet atmosphere with cozy hide-y holes to stretch out and snooze in. She isn’t all rest and no play, however, once you bring out the peacock feathers! Though she is a mellow senior kitty, Lacey will show you her feisty side as she enjoys a good session of wand toy play. 

Lacey can be a bit shy at first in opening up and will need a new home that is patient and willing to give her the time required to settle in and find herself. A family that has a predictable routine and provides a tranquil environment will be the best fit for Lacey. Adults and teens are the best-suited companions, so children are not recommended. Though she will need a dog-free home, Lacey will get along with fellow cool, mellow-minded kitties; she will just need a slow introduction. Lacey does have Irritable Bowel Disease, however, it is well-managed with a prescription diet.

If you feel that your home is the right fit for Lacey, we urge you to reach out to Homeward Pet Adoption Center. They are currently available via appointment only. Please contact 425-488-4444 to speak with an adoption counselor and get scheduled! To get a head start on the process, you can also fill out a cat adoption application

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every month, Healthy Paws will highlight new pets from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.

 

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Dog rescued in texas

A volunteer from Austin Pets Alive! helps transport a dog displaced by the snowstorm.

In recognition of the historically cold temperatures and the resulting loss of power and water supply in Texas recently, the Healthy Paws Foundation is donating a total of $25,000 to five animal rescue charities that serve Texas.

The money is needed to care for shelter pets displaced by the snowstorm and move some of them to states where they will have a better chance of being adopted as Texas shelters fill. Some rescues also have suffered damage from the loss of electricity and water for days.

Maggie Lynch, development director for Austin Pets Alive!, one of the recipients, explained the situation many shelters face.

“We, fortunately, did not lose any animals in our own shelter, though it was a struggle to keep them warm with no power for three days and limited ability to get enough fuel to keep our generators working as the roads were impassable to all but 4-wheel drive vehicles, and much of our community could not connect even by phone or internet. Now we’re assessing damage from busted pipes and slowly seeing our staff get power at home and able to make it to the shelter to help out.

Your gift is so timely as the situation is still very bad for pets in shelters across Texas, and we are out rescuing and arranging transport out of Texas.  Some shelters, like us, are seeing significant damage.  Unlike us, they have too few resources, and so many have made a rule that all new intake animals will be euthanized.  We’re offering a live alternative wherever we can.  A transport van is due to arrive here any minute, and we’ve connected some shelters with other better-resourced shelters as well,” she wrote.

These charities will be receiving $5,000 each from the Healthy Paws Foundation:

  • Austin Pets Alive! – This group is importing pets from other Texas shelters and arranging for transportation out of state. They have a goal of saving 1,000 animals from the storm.
  • San Antonio Pets Alive! – This rescue reported their kennels were full on Feb. 20, and they were seeking foster parents to make room for more pets. During the storm, volunteers shared heaters, blankets, and unconditional love to ensure the 45 dogs and cats housed there were safe, warm, and cared for.
  • Big Love Rescue – A foster-based dog rescue in Cypress, Texas, whichrescues lost or abandoned dogs from shelters, found as strays, or from owners who are no longer able to care for them. They have had to pause adoptions while they recover from the storm.
  • Wright-Way Rescue – While this rescue is Illinois-based, they reached out to Texas rescues and accepted 26 dogs who were transported and will be made available for adoption.
  • God’s Dogs Rescue – This San Antonio-based group provides shelter and out-of-state transportation to dogs that can’t find a home in Texas. They were able to move 86 dogs from the shelter into foster homes ahead of the storm.

About the foundation: The Healthy Paws Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides cash grants to no-kill pet adoption nonprofits for life-saving vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, medical treatments, food, housing and other needs of homeless pets in their care. The foundation is funded by Healthy Paws “Every Quote Gives Hope” and “Refer-A-Friend” programs. Learn more about the mission to save more homeless pets and how you can help.

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Tilda the cat

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes. 

Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pet, Tilda.

Name: Tilda

Breed: Domestic Shorthair

Age/Gender/Size: Young / Female / Small

Likes: Looking adorable while begging for your attention

Special Considerations: Single pet home, indoor only

Contact: The Prez Foundation

Adoption Fee: Unknown

This sweet calico tabby (also known as a “caliby”) is available for adoption through The Prez Foundation, a small 501(c)3 rescue dedicated to finding forever homes for unwanted companion animals.

Tilda the catTilda has a cute offbeat ear tip, which she procured while being spayed at a spay/neuter clinic. Tilda was not a feral kitty, however. She had previously lived in a home with multiple cats, but due to her more submissive nature, she was often bullied. Tilda has been in a foster home by herself since December, which has really allowed for her fun-loving, affectionate personality to shine through.

Shy at first, Tilda will take a few days to settle into her new home. Once she is comfortable, however, she certainly will make herself comfortable. Tilda’s ideal day consists of some active playtimes with plenty of naps in between. She is not short on her share of cuddles and will roll over on her back and beg for you to give some pets. Treats are highly regarded as well. Speaking of nibbles, Tilda has become accustomed to an automatic feeder. Otherwise, be prepared for a much more talkative Tilda around mealtime.

Though Tilda was previously an indoor/outdoor kitty, she will need to be indoor-only once adopted by her new family. A single pet home will be best for her as well, given her history with stronger feline personalities. Her experience with children and dogs is unknown. We can say, however, that Tilda packs a punch in the love department, and given the chance will provide her new family with many years of purrs and companionship.

If you would like to find out more about Tilda, you may visit her profile at https://petlover.petstablished.com. An adoption application is available here.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every month, Healthy Paws will highlight new pets from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.

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Feline Foster headerIf you’ve ever thought about fostering a dog or cat but didn’t know how to get started, some new resources are available to help.

Our friends at Greater Good Charities, whose mission is protecting people, pets, and the planet, have created two websites to educate people about what fostering is about, where they can volunteer, and helpful resources for foster parents.

The two websites are:

Greater Good saw a need for foster resources when it ran #StayHomeAndFoster initiative last year, which signed up more than 100,000 foster parents in the wake of COVID-19. Record numbers of people have volunteered to foster and adopted pets for the first time during the pandemic.

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Fostering is enriching for volunteers and pets alike:

  • Fostering saves homeless pets’ lives, as it keeps them out of shelters where they may be euthanized.
  • Fostering is a more humane way for a pet to live during the transition period between a past family and their new forever future, as opposed to a noisy shelter.
  • By providing a safe and stable environment for a pet, foster families help pets begin to heal from any physical or emotional trauma, making them better pets.
  • Fostering creates space in a shelter for another pet in need and helps rescuers learn as much as possible about a pet to make a great match for their new home.
  • For foster parents, it’s an opportunity to have pets around without the long-term commitment. Many rescues also give their foster parents the first chance at adopting the pet.

“The goal is to make the country ‘fluent in foster’ by demystifying the fostering process for humans, and helping shelters implement scalable foster programs,” said Lesley McCave, corporate and foundation relations officer.

Both websites allow people to apply to become an emergency foster, and applicants will be matched with shelters or rescues in their area that need foster pet parents. There are also resources for rescues that want to start a foster program.

The sites contain lots of expert advice on how to train and care for foster or adopted pets, marketing tips for finding them a forever home, as well as fun contests and inspirational stories.

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Why Not Me pets

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes. 

Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – Ford and Professor Paws Drake.

Name: Ford

Breed: Greyhound

Age/Gender/Size: 2 years / Male / Large

Likes: Lots of affection and adventures

Special Considerations: No cats or apartment living

Medical Considerations: Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Contact: Greyhound Pets, Inc.

Adoption Fee: $500

Ford the GreyhoundFirst and foremost, we would like to introduce Ford. A former racing greyhound, his registered name is actually First N Foremost! A very active and affectionate boy, Ford is ready to settle down with a family to live in furever peace and comfort. Always ready for an adventure, yet happy to pause for cuddles, Ford will make a wonderful companion for the right family.

Ford was born with a genetic condition called Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), which affects his eyes. When you first meet him you will see that he has nailed down the captivating, puppy dog gaze – his eyes will make you melt! While he currently maintains good vision he is expected to lose his sight within a year. Dogs adapt extremely well to losing their vision, however, and Ford would be no exception to that. Finding Ford a patient family now is vital to guide him around the layout of his new home and continue working on commands to help him navigate and communicate. A safe, dog-proofed environment and consistency in an active family’s routine can go such a long way in taking care of a furry loved one that has lost their eyesight. Like other greyhounds, Ford will need to be in a home free of cats. An apartment or condo is not recommended due to space limitations.

Additional information from Greyhound Pets, Inc. FAQ, regarding the requirements to adopt a greyhound as well as what to expect, can be found here. If you are unable to adopt or foster Ford at this time, you can still help by becoming a sponsor for him and his foster family. This will assist with the cost of his ongoing care. Ford is currently featured on Greyhound Pets, Inc.’s website. Won’t you come to meet him today?

Name: Professor Paws Drake

Breed: Domestic Short Hair

Age/Gender/Size: 4 years / Male / Small

Likes: Gazing through windows, lap cuddles

Special Considerations: Needs to be the only pet in the home and on a urinary diet

Contact: Purrfect Pals

Adoption Fee: $100

Professor Drake the cat Our featured kitty this month is a cultured fellow by the name of Professor Paws Drake. When we say cultured, we are referring to his mastery and unbiased execution of lap-warming. With the Professor, you get the best of all worlds. He is very playful and loves mental stimulation but is perfectly content in being a lap kitty and lazing about window sills to gaze upon the outside world.

The Professor will need to be the only pet in the household, and a quiet, non-busy one at that. A stressful environment makes him more vulnerable to developing urinary crystals, for which he is on a special urinary diet to keep them at bay. In short, a tranquil home environment equals less anxiety for The Professor, which in turn equals more cuddles and lap snuggies for you!

If you would like to meet Professor Paws Drake himself, we are certain that he will be willing to teach you a thing or two about the power of unconditional love. He is currently in the Arlington, WA location of Purrfect Pals sanctuary and adoption center. To learn more, please email them at [email protected]. You can adopt by first completing their pre-adoption questionnaire online here.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every month, Healthy Paws will highlight new pets from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.

 

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Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation was born nearly 11 years ago on one guiding principle: to help pets, whether homed or not. The foundation has grown each year along with the pet insurance business and has now distributed a total of over $1.37 million since the foundation started, helping 370 animal welfare charities.

In 2020, the foundation arm of the company helped homeless pets to the tune of $391,945, the largest amount in a single year to date.

With a focus on small, underfunded no-kill shelters and rescues, the foundation helped 90 nonprofits across the U.S. save more animals, covering costs for medical care, food, transportation, or operating expenses. COVID-19 created more need than ever, as charities had to shelve fundraising events and more people sought help because of economic hardship.

To these small organizations – sometimes they are operated by one or two people – even a small grant can make such a difference. Many rescues are struggling just to stay afloat.

“Oh my goodness!!! Thank you!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We have been so worried about being able to stay open through these hard times. This is a terrific blessing!” said Robin Ackling, board president of the Bakersfield (Calif.) Pet Food Pantry, which received a $5,000 grant in December.

The foundation is funded by our Every Quote Gives Hope™ and Refer-A-Friend programs, where we set aside a donation for each person who requests a pet insurance quote or refers a new customer. None of the foundation funding comes from premiums paid by our customers.

Healthy Paws employees are key to the decision-making process for the foundation. Employees nominate and vote on a rescue each month in different states with the chosen charity receiving $2,500. A committee made up of employees across the company collectively decide on other distributions.

The foundation normally runs a Rescue Race in the fall when animal rescues compete for the top prize of $20,000, but that event was canceled this year because of challenges presented by COVID-19. Each rescue that applied to participate was granted $1,000. The rest of the funds were distributed in other ways to benefit people and pets suffering because of the pandemic.

Here are some of the giving highlights for the second half of 2020:

• In November, the foundation donated $20,000 to a flight dubbed Paws Across the Pacific, believed to be the largest pet rescue flight in history. More than 600 cats and dogs were flown from overwhelmed shelters on four of the Hawaiian Islands to the Pacific Northwest where they were quickly adopted into loving homes.

• For Giving Tuesday in December, the foundation donated $20,000 to six pet food pantries or rescues that help people who are struggling to care for their pets. We targeted charities in states with the highest unemployment rate. Those recipients were the Hawaiian Humane Society; Hearts Alive Village in Nevada; Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry in California; Maggie’s Pet Pantry in Rhode Island and Animal Care Centers of NYC.

• The foundation sponsored an “Employee Giving Tree” in December, where employees were offered the chance to select from nine rescues, which would receive about $300 for each employee “vote.” A total of $30,000 was distributed to these groups: Arkansans Assisting Homeless Animals, Cabot, Arkansas; SPCA Northern Nevada, Reno; Another Chance Animal Rescue, Southern Maine; Freckles and Tomcat Rescue, SE Montana; Homeward Bound in the Heartland, Omaha, Nebraska; Great Dog Rescue New England, Massachusetts; Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue, Sheridan, Wyoming, Barely Used Pets, Urbana, Ohio; and Lifeline Animal Placement and Protection, Inc., Wichita, Kansas.

• In honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, the foundation gave a total of $10,000; $5,000 each to two rescue groups whose efforts are focused on senior pets, one for dogs and one for cats. They were Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma, Calif. and PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary in Coldwater, Miss.

• To mark National Puppy Mill Awareness Day in September, the foundation donated $10,000 to the National Mill Dog Rescue, which rehabilitates and rehomes retired commercial breeding dogs.

• Also in September, the foundation gave $25,000 to rescue groups located in areas affected by Hurricane Laura in Louisiana and wildfires on the West Coast, where pets were displaced, injured, and abandoned. Those groups were: Lake Charles Pitbull Rescue; Wings of Rescue; Whisker City, Shoreline, Wash.; Northwest Dog Project, Eugene, Ore.; and Pasadena Humane, California.

• For Black Friday, Healthy Paws invited followers to take the Black Friday pledge to focus on spending time with their pets instead of shopping. For every person who took the pledge, the foundation pledged to donate $10 up to $30,000 to help homeless pets. The total was distributed amongst these rescues located in states with the highest euthanasia rates for pets: Rockwall Pets in Rockwall, Texas; Sierra Pacific Furbabies all over California; Beyond Nine Cat Rescue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Black Dog Club in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Perry’s Promise, in Walker Co., Georgia.

• In honor of Veteran’s Day, we donated a total of $15,000 to three rescue groups ($5,000 each) that unite military veterans with shelter dogs who help them cope with depression, stress, and PTSD. They are: Rescue Dogs Rescue Soldiers SanctuaryK9s for Warriors and Pets for Patriots.

• In August, Healthy Paws ran a campaign to encourage people to go for a walk with their dogs and raise money for homeless pets at the same time just by registering their intention to walk. Some 2,289 people registered for Steps for Strays”, raising $11,445, which was donated to the Northeast Animal Shelter

Here are some ways we helped homeless pets in the first half of 2020:

If you want to support the Healthy Paws Foundation, we will make a donation for each person who requests a quote for pet insurance. Start by getting a quote.

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Why Not Me pets

We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.

Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – Nacho, Dibby, Miss Kitty, and bonded pair I Dare You & Lyn-z Way!  

Nacho

Nacho

Name: Nacho

Breed: Pittie Mix

Age/Gender/Size: 7 years / Male / Large (60lbs+)

Likes: Playing fetch, going for walks

Special Considerations: Kids 12 years and older, no pets

Contact: Dog Gone Seattle

Adoption Fee: $400

Originally rescued from Kaui Humane Society, Nacho is the longest rescue resident with rescue group Dog Gone Seattle. Nacho has been waiting for his furever family since September 2019. Super affectionate and happy to lounge about the house with you, Nacho also makes a great companion for long walks and adventures. During this rainy Pacific Northwest weather, he is even quite content to go for a nice stroll on your treadmill. When going for a jaunt outside, Nacho has excellent leash manners and having had full obedience training, he can even teach you a thing or two!

When outside of his home environment, Nacho can be a little anxious. Nothing that a stable, dog-savvy family can’t help. His ideal home has a securely fenced yard in a quiet, single-family neighborhood. If you have kids, they should be aged 12 years and over, and he will need to be the only pet in your home. Nacho’s current foster parent is a trainer, and his adoption will include two take-home lessons, so you can continue working with him. He will flourish with the love and support of a home that can provide him with leadership and structure. Nacho is part of Dog Gone Seattle’s Foster to Adopt program. You may apply to foster online or email [email protected].

Dibby

Dibby

Name: Dibby

Breed: Domestic short hair

Age/Gender/Size: Senior / Female / Small

Likes: Lots of affection, warm laps

Medical Considerations: Diabetic – receives insulin

Contact: Seattle Area Feline Rescue

Adoption Fee: $50

This Lil’ lady is the sweetest kitty you will ever meet. She is the perfect companion for a Pet Parent who works from home – just be prepared to have a new office assistant. Careful to avoid your keyboard, Dibby will make herself right at home in ensuring your lap stays warm on these rainy, chilly winter days. Dibby isn’t all business, however – she loves her playtimes and even enjoys grooming sessions. In addition, she hasn’t ever come across a laundry basket with warm, comfy clothes that she hasn’t liked! If you have other furry companions, Dibby will be a great addition to the family, as she gets along well with other kitties and dogs.

Dibby is diabetic and has a heart condition, both for which she receives medication. She is a perfect little lady when it comes time for you to administer her insulin injections and give her heart medication. You won’t have to worry about her putting up a fight. What she will do is melt your heart and shower you with unconditional love. If you’re interested in adopting, please sign up for the waitlist on the Seattle Area Feline Rescue’s website to follow-up with an adoption counselor. You can also see a video of sweet Dibby here!

Miss Kitty

Miss Kitty

Name: Miss Kitty

Breed: Domestic short hair

Age/Gender/Size: 13 years / Female / Small

Likes: Wet food, sharing her opinion on everything!

Special Considerations: No dogs or small kids

Contact: Yakima Humane Society

Adoption Fee: $35

If you are looking for a no-nonsense, confident kitty who knows what she wants out of life, then look no further. Meet Miss Kitty! This senior lady is looking to be the queen of her furever castle, to live with a Pet Parent with whom she can bond and open up to. Be sure to stock up on wet food, as that is definitely going to gain you bonus points! Miss Kitty will take some time to settle in, but once she does she will keep you on your toes and laughing. She can be quite opinionated at times and talks back with soft, raspy mews. Miss Kitty isn’t always no-nonsense, and once bonded with her human is quite affectionate.

Miss Kitty will flourish in a home that can promise her space and independence. She would prefer to be the only pet in the home. Being the senior lady that she is, Miss Kitty is deserving of spending her golden years with a loving new family, albeit on her own terms at times! If you are interested in adopting Miss Kitty, please fill out an adoption questionnaire from the Yakima Humane Society’s website. A staff member will contact you once your questionnaire has been received. 

Name: I Dare You and  Lyn-Z Way – Bonded Pair

Breeds: Pittie Mixes  

Age/Gender/Size: 2 years / Male / 40 lbs,  1 year / Female / 30 lbs

Likes: Meeting new people, goofing around in the backyard

Special Considerations: Kids 8 years and older, no other pets

Medical Considerations: I Dare You – cleft palate repair, Lyn-Z Way – blind

Contact: Motley Zoo Animal Rescue

Adoption Fee: $800 (for the pair)

I Dare You and Lyn-Z-Way

I Dare You and Lyn-Z-Way

A bonded pair of pups are looking for their new furever family this holiday. I Dare You and  Lyn-Z Way thrive on affection and love to meet new people. The best part is, you will receive snuggles and cuddles from all sides. I Dare You is a huge fan of leisurely walks, as long as the weather is mild. Lyn-Z Way is no homebody either, as she loves to be out and about. Both of these kids are goofy and energetic and are eager to show off for their new family.

I Dare You was born with a cleft palate but did undergo a successful surgical repair. He does need to be monitored with regards to what types of toys and treats his mouth meets though. Diet needs to be taken into careful consideration as well since I Dare You has a sensitive stomach, and food allergies (particularly chicken) seem to be the culprit.

As his sister Lyn-Z Way is blind, I Dare You has become her seeing eye and emotional support buddy. Lyn-Z Way is an excellent napper, but will need help with mastering new commands and learning the ropes in her new home environment. Understandably, she can be nervous in unfamiliar surroundings but having the companionship of I Dare You settles her separation anxiety. At the end of a long day, Lyn-Z Way is happy to tuck away into her crate to catch some z’s.

I Dare You and Lyn-z Way are deserving of a family they can love as much as they love each other. If you are interested in opening up your home to this affectionate pair, please email [email protected] to request an adoption application

You may also watch their video here.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every month, Healthy Paws will highlight new pets from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.

 

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A soldier and his service dog
A veteran and her service dog

Photo courtesy of K9s for Warriors.

For Veteran’s Day 2020, we note two themes that have emerged in recent years – we know more than ever that returning military soldiers have often suffered physical and psychological damage that can linger for years or decades, and that pets are extremely helpful for people coping with trauma, depression and anxiety.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects more than 250,000 (30 percent) of war veterans returning since 2000, with an alarming 22 suicides per day reported.

Military members and veterans with a service dog displayed lower levels of anger and anxiety, better sleep, and increased wellbeing compared to those without a dog, according to the Human Animal Bond Research Institute.

A soldier and his dog

A soldier and his service dog. Photo courtesy of K9s for Warriors.

To meet this need, a number of animal rescue groups have cropped up to tackle the dual issues of military trauma and homeless animals in a way that benefits both. The groups rescue shelter pets, mostly dogs, and train them to provide emotional support to returning military members. The veterans also participate in the training and rehabilitation of the dogs, giving them a sense of purpose.

“We like to say that every adoption saves two lives, that of a person and a pet,” says Pets for Patriots on their blog. The charity has orchestrated 3,141 veteran-pet adoptions to date.

A returning soldier named Rebecca who adopted a dog through K9s For Warriors described the impact the adoption of a dog named Bobbi had on her life.

“K9s For Warriors gave me back my confidence, and most importantly, my smile. It’s given me a reason to get out of bed, excited about facing my fears and challenging myself. I know Bobbi will always be there for me to lean on. It’s given me a reason to be grateful, instead of carrying around my usual grudge. It gives you a purpose and a responsibility, and of course, a battle buddy,” she wrote.

Healthy Paws Foundation donations for veterans

In honor of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, 2020, the Healthy Paws Foundation is donating a total of $15,000 to three rescue groups ($5,000 each) that unite military veterans with shelter dogs who help them cope with depression, stress, and PTSD. They are:

  • Rescue Dogs Rescue Soldiers Sanctuary – a group that trains rescue dogs as service dogs for soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dogs are carefully paired with veterans to allow a better life for both soldier and dog. Teens in a juvenile detention facility train the dogs.
  • K9s for Warriors – rescues and trains shelter dogs to be paired as service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or military sexual trauma.
  • Pets for Patriots – Matches shelter pets with military veterans and helps reduce the overall costs of pet guardianship for veterans.

One veteran’s happy story

The Rescue Dogs Rescue Soldiers Sanctuary, based in Cherry Valley, N.Y., shares one story about how a dog and veteran are being rehabilitated together.

Soldier Gavin and his dog

Veteran Gavin and his new canine partner Evie. Photo courtesy of Rescue Dogs Rescue Soldiers Sanctuary

Gavin is an Air Force veteran who was coping with seizures, depression, PTSD, and other setbacks. As a case manager for children in the foster care system, he is a shoulder to lean on for many people.

Evie is a mixed-breed stray with a traumatic past that no one seemed to want. The staff of the sanctuary saw potential in her and took her in. Now she’s living at the sanctuary and training to become a certified service pet. Gavin came to the shelter one day where he met Evie. He was immediately taken with her, and they started training together. Soon, Evie will go to live with Gavin and his wife Tomisha.

The rescue furthers their good work for veterans and dogs by utilizing teenagers who are in juvenile detention to help train the dogs. That aspect of the program has been suspended because of COVID-19.

With donations also down as people have lost income during the pandemic, the donation couldn’t have come at a better time, said Liz Keller, the rescue’s Executive Director.

“It takes 6 months to a year to train a therapy dog, so this donation will go to training, and all the dog food, treats, and supplies needed in training,” she said. “We also help veterans who have dogs and can’t afford veterinary care. We don’t want someone already traumatized to lose their best friend because they can’t afford vet care.”

Want to help the Healthy Paws Foundation raise more money to help homeless pets? We make a donation anytime someone requests a quote or refers a friend who signs up for pet insurance.

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Three old black labs
A senior dog

This senior dog is living at Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary.

About 16 years ago, cat lover Rita Deyo stopped by the local animal shelter in rural Tennessee to volunteer. She was there to put some aloe vera on the noses of some of the isolated sick kitties.

The staff told her it would be a sad day at the shelter as some cats would be euthanized. She tried to accept this and said to herself that she already had several rescued cats, and she simply could not afford to take in any more.

She asked if she could feed some tuna to one of the senior cats for her last meal.

“As I opened the can, the cat began talking to me.  Meowing up a storm.  She didn’t have to open her mouth though, I heard every word she said. I refused to look at her. It was then that the cat began waving her paw at me to get my attention. I swear she waved her right paw up and down.  I hesitantly looked into her eyes and I heard her scream, ‘HELP ME!’  With tears in my eyes, I opened her cage, picked her up, and felt the terror running through her body.  I held her tight and whispered softly, ‘You’re coming home with me, Special.’ I renamed her Special because that is what she was,” Rita said.

Senior cat playing

Senior cats, such as this one living at Purrever Ranch Cat Sanctuary, can be just as playful as younger ones.

That was the moment that Rita decided to start the PurrEver Ranch, a cat sanctuary she had been dreaming of for years. The rescue takes in cats from shelters that would otherwise be euthanized — the old, abandoned, abused, and sick. Since its founding, the shelter has taken in hundreds of cats, and the need is so great, it is currently at capacity.

Like Rita, many people have discovered the joy and satisfaction of adopting an older pet. Still, senior homeless pets are the least likely to be rescued or adopted and are most at risk of being euthanized.

In honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month in November, Healthy Paws highlights reasons to consider adopting a senior pet and support rescues that cater to older dogs and cats.

Reasons to consider a senior pet

  • Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • They are already house- or litter box-trained, and senior pets are usually pretty easygoing and set in their ways, so you know what you are getting.
  • Senior pets may develop age-related problems, but good care allows them to live happy, healthy, and active lives in their later years, veterinarians say.
  • Keeping a senior pet active and at a healthy weight will allow them to avoid many age-related conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Old dogs can learn new tricks. Dogs never stop learning and can be trained even late in life.
  • Senior pets make ideal companions for people who can’t exercise them as much or have space to run, since they are generally less active.
  • Elderly people can worry less about their pet outliving them.
  • Pet parents can offset high veterinary bills by signing up for pet insurance before their pet turns 14 years of age.
  • Many shelters offer discounted adoption fees for senior pets, which are harder to place. 

Inspiration about senior pets

Some shelters are finding creative ways to market their senior pets. The Fancy Cats & Dogs rescue started a “Senior Cats for Senior Laps” program to place senior cats with senior citizens. The Flager Humane Society in Florida dressed up its older pets with costumes of “senior petizens” to help them get adopted. Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary launched “Saving Senior Dogs Week” the last week in October to coordinate with other senior dog rescues and raise awareness of older dogs’ value.

“…They need you to make the last years of their life the best years. Adopting a senior is rewarding and heartbreaking, but that heart break belongs to you. When it’s time to say goodbye, you can process it and understand it. All they know is that up to the very end, they were loved.”

                                         – one pet parent about the joys and challenges of senior pets.

Many pet parents who have adopted senior dogs from Lily’s have posted their stories on Facebook.

In one post, pet parents Beth and Briana explained why they had adopted two senior dogs. “We’ve had many people ask us how we do it… how can we adopt a dog knowing there may not be a lot of time left? Well, practically speaking, they are mellow, over the destructive phase, house trained, and know some commands. But most importantly, they need you to make the last years of their life the best years. Adopting a senior is rewarding and heartbreaking, but that heart break belongs to you. When it’s time to say goodbye, you can process it and understand it. All they know is that up to the very end, they were loved.”

And Rita Deyo of Purrever Ranch shared a photo of a cat named Fish, who she said is a “Senior Kittizen” at 19 years old, who was lounging in the sun on the deck of the sanctuary.

Fish the cat had landed twice at the same high-kill shelter – once as a kitten and again at age 15. Rita brought him to the sanctuary, where he continues to thrive as an elderly cat.

“Fish is HOME with us and part of our sweet family. This old cat acts like a kitten and loves like nobody’s business. Fish is loved,” she wrote.

Healthy Paws Foundation donations for senior pet rescues

Lily, an older dog

Lily was the inspiration for Lily’s Legacy, a senior dog rescue.

The Healthy Paws Foundation is giving $5,000 each to two rescue groups whose efforts are focused on senior pets, one for dogs and one for cats. They are:

  • Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary is a volunteer-run rescue based in Petaluma, Calif. on five acres of land. They provide safe and loving homes for large breed senior dogs (50+ pounds, 7 years or older) who have been displaced from their homes or abandoned until they are adopted or to remain at the sanctuary until they pass on.
  • PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary is a place of refuge in Coldwater, Miss. for cats from shelters that would otherwise be euthanized. The ranch adopts out the cats that it can and provides a cat hospice where unadoptable cats can live out their lives surrounded by love.

Alice Mayn, the executive director and founder of Lily’s Legacy, said “we are so incredibly grateful for the donation, and it will be extremely helpful in providing medical care for some of the rescue’s residents. As you can imagine, medical expenses are the biggest part of our budget. ”

A senior cat

Fish the cat is 19 and living his best life at Purrever Ranch cat sanctuary.

The nonprofit has seen a 20 percent uptick in incoming dogs this year, either through dogs coming from shelters or those being surrendered by their families. Some of those surrenders have been due to people losing jobs or homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

Rita of PurrEver Ranch said the $5,000 would make a huge difference for her tiny operation, which she and her husband Dean run on their retirement income. She said the money would get them through the winter by covering food and some medical expenses for the elderly cats.

“Oh my gosh! Thank you so very much. Tears of joy are running down my face. This is so greatly needed, and I can’t tell you how timely this is,” she wrote. 

How to adopt a senior pet  

If you are interested in adopting a senior pet, they are easy to find. Ask your local shelter or rescue about older pets. Petfinder and other online pet adoption sites often allow you to search specifically for senior pets.

Here are some rescues that specialize in senior pets:

Dogs

Albert’s Dog Lounge Dog Rescue – Wisconsin
Daisy Lu – Southern California
Forever Loved Pet Sanctuary – Arizona
Frosted Faces Foundation – Southern California
Gray Face Acres Senior Dog Rescue – Maryland
Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary – Southern California
Homer J’s Senior Dog Sanctuary – Nevada
Lily’s Legacy – Petaluma, California
Lionel’s Legacy – Southern California
Muttville – Northern California
Old Dog Home Inc. – Georgia
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue – Northern California
The Roland Senior Dog Rescue Gang – Florida
Senior Dog Haven & Hospice – Delaware
Senior Paws Rescue – Indiana
Vintage Paws Rescue – Florida
Vintage Pet Rescue – Rhode Island

Cats

Fancy Cats, Fairfax, Virginia
Golden Oldies Cat Rescue– Monterey, California
Milo’s Sanctuary – Southern California
PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary –  Coldwater, Miss.

Both dogs and cats

Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions – Woodstock, Illinois
House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary – Gaithersburg, Maryland
Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary – Charleston, South Carolina

Want to help the Healthy Paws Foundation raise more money to help homeless pets? We make a donation anytime someone requests a quote or refers a friend who signs up for pet insurance.

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Paws Across the Pacific flight
Paws Across the Pacific flight

Photo courtesy of Wings of Rescue

The paws have landed! A flight that arrived at Boeing Field in Seattle last Thursday may just have been the cutest ever, and certainly the furriest. A Hercules C-130 cargo plane landed with more than 600 cats and dogs brought from overwhelmed shelters on four of the Hawaiian Islands.

All pets arrived safe and healthy, and many are already on their way to their forever homes.

Coordinated by Greater Good Charities and Wings of Rescue, the flight dubbed Paws Across the Pacific was believed to be the largest pet rescue flight in history. The Healthy Paws Foundation donated $20,000 to the cause. The foundation provides cash grants to no-kill pet adoption nonprofits and is funded by Healthy Paws’ “Every Quote Gives Hope” and “Refer-A-Friend” programs.

Paws Across the Pacific flight

Photo courtesy of Greater Good. CEO Liz Baker with her newly adopted puppy.

The homeless Hawaiian pets are being distributed to shelters in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia, where they’ll be quickly adopted into loving forever homes. While Hawaii’s shelters are full, many in the Pacific Northwest have space because of an increased interest in adopting pets during the pandemic.

“It was a fantastic day,” said Greater Good CEO Liz Baker, who adopted a puppy of her own from the flight, adding that the effort couldn’t have happened without hundreds of volunteers and shelter staff in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.

The flight was conceived because pet shelters in Hawaii are in a COVID-19 crisis as normal operations have been affected by months of shutdown, economic downturn in a heavily tourist-dependent economy, and routine flights to the mainland halted. The rescue of these pets will make space in Hawaii’s shelters for at-risk pets who otherwise wouldn’t be able to receive necessary care to survive.

The pets came from the Kauai Humane Society, Hawaiian Humane Society, Lanai Cat Sanctuary, Hawaii Island Humane Society, Maui Humane Society, and Aloha `Ilio Rescue.

The pets went to these shelters: The Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH) Center, Seattle Humane, the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, Kitsap Humane, Oregon Humane, Southwest Washington Humane, Kootenai Humane Society, Seattle Area Feline Rescue (SAFR), Tracs, Spokanimal, Blue Mountain Humane Society, and Embrace a Discarded Pet Society.

In addition to flying pets to their new families, Greater Good Charities left behind critical medical supplies and disaster kits to assist the shelters in the case of a hurricane or other natural disaster.

See videos and photos from the historic event here.

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We’ve partnered with Pawsitive Alliance for the #WhyNotMePets campaign to give difficult-to-home pets an extra paw up. These lovable pets are ready to find their forever homes.  

Please take a few minutes to acquaint yourself with this month’s featured pets – Abe, Jupiter, Rocket, and Rush! 

Name: Abe

Breed: Pit Bull Terrier 

Age/Gender/Size: 5 years / Male / Large

Likes: Stuffed toys, hanging out on the couch, learning new things

Special Considerations: No cats or other dogs in the home

Contact: The Prez Foundation

Adoption Fee: $200

Abe the dogAbe, a snugglebug with a nubby little wiggle tail is looking for his furever home. Abe absolutely adores people, and he would like nothing more than to snuggle up on the couch with his family during these blustery autumn months. When he’s not lazing about, Abe loves to play with his stuffed toys, and is quite keen on his tennis balls. Due to some knee and hip issues, Abe isn’t able to go on long walks, but short ones will do just fine. Abe recently had a case of “happy tail”, which just means that he was so excited to be around his people that his tail “whapped” into everything around him, resulting in injury. After having the majority of his tail amputated, he was left with the most adorable little black bear bottom. 

As we had mentioned, Abe loves, loves, LOVES people. Kids are OK as long as they are respectful of his space. A home without cats and other dogs is recommended, however, Abe would probably enjoy meeting new friends at the dog park. Abe can be fostered through The Prez Foundation. If you have any further questions about this handsome guy you may contact them via email, or call 425-480-8642.

Name: Jupiter

Breed:  Domestic Medium Hair 

Age/Gender/Size: 13 years / Male / Small

Likes: Sunbeams and kitty friends

Medical Considerations: On medications for various conditions, FIV positive 

Contact: Pasado’s Safe Haven

Adoption Fee: $50 (senior kitties)

Jupiter the catIf there were ever a senior kitty who knew how to live life to its fullest, it would be Jupiter. He is a sweetheart and is happy to spend his days in a loved one’s lap or a lazy, warm sunbeam. Jupiter loves to participate in play when there are fun toys around, however.  Though he is FIV positive, Jupiter has been able to live a full, happy life just like any other kitty. Jupiter is being treated for feline asthma with an inhaler and does great when it comes to his treatments. He also takes medication for blood pressure and receives sub-q fluids a couple of times per week.

Jupiter has really bonded with some of the other kitties at Pasado’s, and so having a new feline friend in his furever home would be great. The folks at Pasado’s Safe Haven will be happy to review Jupiter’s medical needs with his new family and demonstrate how to give sub-q fluids (it’s really easy!). To learn more about the adoption process through Pasado’s Safe Haven, please visit https://www.pasadosafehaven.org/adopt/process/.  Adoption questionnaires are available here as well.

Name: Rocket

Breed: Shepherd Mix  

Age/Gender/Size: 5 years / Male / Large

Likes: Adventures, jogging, hiking

Special Considerations: No kids or other dogs in the home

Contact: Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS)

Adoption Fee: $120

Rocket the dogRocket, handsome and with the most expressive eyebrows you will ever encounter, would love to be united with a furever family. If you are up for an adventure, Rocket is your man! Up for hiking, jogging, or whatever expedition you are taking part in, he will be your partner through and through. Having a well-structured routine is very beneficial as well. Jupiter will need a little bit of time to acclimate, but once he realizes the space, love, and comfort with which he is provided, he will remain by your side.

Rocket had injured his neck a little while back and is hesitant for rapid motion around that area. Due to this, Rocket will be best suited in a home without kids or other pets. Though he isn’t reactive to other dogs, sharing the home with another canine companion would be a bit stressful; but he will be happy to have his new family all to himself! Would you like to meet Rocket? Please contact SCRAPS via email or phone, 509-477-2532.  

Name: Rush

Breed: DSH 

Age/Gender/Size: 9 years / Female / Small

Likes: Hide and seek, perching on her peoples’ shoulders, catnip

Medical Considerations: Receives medication for urinary condition

Contact: Pasado’s Safe Haven

Adoption Fee: $50 (senior kitties)

rush the catYou will never meet a sweeter senior than this little lady. Rush has spent seven years of her life at Pasado’s Safe Haven sanctuary, waiting for her furever family to sweep her up. She is currently living with a loving foster family, who have only the sweetest things to share about her little personality. Rush loves to cuddle on your lap and prompt you for face/head rubs. She loves to be perched upon your shoulder as well – how cute is that! Due to a neurological issue, Rush lives with a limp tail and does experience some urine leakage. She does, however, use the litter pan diligently, and medications and special diet help to alleviate her symptoms. 

Rush gets along very well with other kitties, so sharing her furever home with new furry feline friends will be okay. We know that her perfect home is out there. We wish for her to live out the rest of her days outside of the sanctuary, with an ever so loving new family. To learn more about Rush and the adoption process, please visit the Pasado’s Safe Haven website here.

Adoption fee?

People are sometimes surprised to find out that most animal shelters have an adoption fee. They might think, “Wait a minute! You got this animal for free so why are you charging me to take it off your hands?” This way of thinking ignores both the costs of housing animals as well as their medical care.

Here are some of the things your adoption fee usually covers:

  • Spay/neuter for dogs and cats of age
  • Vouchers for spay/neuter for puppies and kittens too young to be altered
  • Deworming and parasite medication
  • Core vaccines
  • Microchipping (at some shelters)

All of these services are recouped in the standard adoption fee, but at a fraction of what you would have to pay most veterinarians. In fact, adopting a pet at a shelter is a net financial gain for most responsible pet parents in terms of the cost of care.

Every month, Healthy Paws will highlight new pets from Pawsitive Alliance’s #WhyNotMePets campaign. Visit the #WhyNotMePets page for a list of adoptable dogs and cats.

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