There are a few important questions you should ask yourself before adopting a dog. When you consider them not much can go wrong:
1. Make sure that you like dogs and can handle them. If you have children make sure that they like dogs too and are not afraid of them or are allergic against dog hair.
2. Ask yourself if you have enough time for a dog, because you have to take a dog for walks usually 3 times a day (and still at least one time, even if you have a large garden), you have to pay lots of attention especially in the beginning and help your dog to settle in and give him lots of love and affection. Do you have a garden or some space where your dog can be active and play during the day? Is there and area in your surroundings, where you can take your dog out for walks?
3. You have to consider what you are going to do with your dog, if you want to go on holidays. Do you have a reliable caretaker for the dog or are you able to take your dog with you on holidays?
4. Keep the costs of owning a dog in mind, you have to pay a lot for a pet, especially for veterinary expenses, for dog food, toys, bedding etc.
5. Before you are going to adopt a dog you have to find out if your landlord/body corporate allows to keep a dog in your flat or house?
6. Remember that a dog needs time to get to know you and your family member, so take as much time as possible to get to know the dog and meet him a few times before you decide to adopt him and take him home. This will make sure that he fits in with your family and lifestyle. One of the most heartbreaking things that happen to shelter dogs on a regular basis is to be taken home to a loving family just to be returned a few days/weeks/months later.
If you have questions about one of the FurKidz featured in this article, get in touch with the shelter Wetnose Animal Rescue Center, just dial Phone: 013 932 3941 or 013 932 3946.
Please make sure that you are prepared for the responsibility of owning a dog!
Sterilizing your pet is one of the most important parts of being a responsible and thoughtful animal owner. In addition there are many benefits to having it done. There is no need to be worried about the procedure itself as it is a simple one and does not adversely affect your darling. Here's what you need to know about the procedure.
Sterilizing your dog or cat simply involves removing the testicles (castration) in the case of a male, or the ovaries and uterus (spaying) in case of a female. This means that the desexing process is different depending on whether your dog is a male or a female. This is done in order to prevent the animal from being able to reproduce as well as preventing behavioural problems or certain illnesses. Sterilization is a procedure that should be done by a vet only.
The benefits are:
• No risk of an unwanted pregnancy, so you do not have to find homes for puppies and kittens
• Sterilized dogs and cats are much less likely to escape as they do not want to find potential mates
• Hereditary conditions cannot be passed on
• Sterilizing causes cats and especially dogs to become less aggressive and calmer
• Sterilizing reduces the risk of cancer or problems within the reproductive organs
Just recently a pregnant dog was dropped off at the shelter, because the owner was not capable of caring for them. And now seven little puppies are at FORA trying to find a new home.
FORA (Friends of Rescued Animals) is a Pro-Life Animal Shelter which cares for mistreated, abused and unwanted dogs and cats. Every single new animal gets a vet check, vaccinated and sterilized, to prevent more unwanted puppies and kittens from being born is one of the shelter's priorities. Click here to see all their dogs and cats looking for loving homes.
Huskies are the type of dogs that most people would like to have, they are exotic, very beautiful, smart and friendly. But, you should not forget that they are also very demanding!
One very important point of owning a Husky is that you will have to exercise him, let him run, do some sport! A slow 30 minutes walk around the block every day is NOT enough, a real workout is required to keep your Husky happy!
By nature Huskies are very active dogs, always remember that they are originally sled dogs! That's why Huskies usually live better in cold countries, but there are so many Shelter Huskies in sunny SA, who need a home, so you don't need to feel bad about owning a Husky, as long as you are adopt!
Do not be surprised if your Husky loses a huge amount of his fur during summer, it is completely normal and he will need to be brushed once or even a few times a day during this period. Please be aware that the shedding is unfortunately one of the main reasons why Huskies get abandoned.
Huskies are hound dogs, so if you have other dogs at home, that would be perfect. Loneliness is probably one of the worst things that could happen to a Husky.
Be a consistent "hound-leader" and you will have a happy, obedient Husky. Do not allow something one day and then forbid it a week later (vice-versa), if you are not coherent in your decision, every dog – not only Huskies - will get confused and make up their own mind.
If you think you can fulfill these requirements of a Husky, adopt today, the Huskies featured in this article are only a handful of dogs waiting for a new home! Click here to see even more!
Animal Action is a non-profit organisation based in Durban that is run by a small and dedicated group of people who are passionate about animals.
Beginnig of this year Animal Action Dog Rescue have changed their name to Project Dog. Project Dog are just like you. Ordinary people who are crazy about dogs and want to help in any way they can.
Project Dog are very much in need of volunteers who are prepared to foster dogs and /or puppies.
All that's needed is a little area that can be made puppy safe, a little feeding, a little cleaning and of course a bunch of love! There are very few things in life more rewarding than sending a dog on their life journey with a new loving family and knowing that you played a little part in making their life a good one!
Fostering can be structured in a way that works with your lifestyle, commitments and property features. Project DOg provides all of the basic supplies you will need to foster an animal, especially food, blankets and medical treatment.
When considering becoming a foster parent, it is important to take into account your schedule, your home environment, and your willingness to give a significant portion of your free time to your foster animal. If you have a full-time job, fostering puppies might not be for you, as they need to be let out and fed every few hours. However, an adult dog could be left alone for a portion of the day, which could work for someone with a full-time schedule.
The joys of fostering are as varied as the people who foster. One thing that everyone gains is the satisfaction of knowing that you were directly responsible for saving an animal's life.
If you would like to assist Project Dog in fostering puppies, please contact Quicha on 083 272 2701.
Have you ever heard about PETS? No?! Well, then it's about time now!
PETS is a really special Non-Profit-Organisation. It rescues kittens and puppies without being a kennel shelter. But how is this possible? The keyword is foster care. PETS is a network of many different foster families that take care of the animals until they get a forever home. The wonderful thing about that is that you don't adopt stressed "Cage Babies". The cats and dogs were all introduced to other animals and humans and especially to children, so that all the little cuties have a better chance to be adopted by a loving family. And don't worry, of course they are all medically attended to! You will see, the fact that they are rescued in a foster family helps them to adjust normal life, to cope and to recover.
However, all of the little sweethearts had a difficult time of which they don't want to think about again. Recovery can only happen with your help! Being part of a loving family is a desire of every single forgotten cat and dog. So maybe there is an empty space for a pet in your family! There are so many sweeties that are looking for a new home. Sometimes these cats and dogs are even waiting for years. So give your heart a push and visit them!
Did you know that Dachshunds are very devoted to their families? They are loyal, clever, proud, bold, playful and brave. With a lot of attention and training Dachshunds become loveable and dependable temperaments. Don't be fooled by his size a Daxi is a great watchdog and very protective of his family and home.
Dachshunds are very fascinating dogs and they make great companions, especially for children. The size and energy of these little guys have children do well keeping up with them. Dachshunds fit in a single household as well as in a family. They are very social animals, do like swimming, love their family and want to be around them at all times.
For more info about one of these little Sausages Doggie, please click on their picture and contact the shelter directly. Adopt a Daxie today!
So young and already homeless: This is the situation of all the puppies at the ARK Animal Centre. Imagine how it is to grow up in a shelter. Nobody wants that.
The ARK animal centre is a shelter especially for rescued little puppies. Some of them are only a few weeks old, but some are already there for months. They get almost everything they need: medical treatments, food and a place to live – but what the little doggies really miss is love and a caring home.
There are about 70 little sweethearts who are waiting for a new family where they can grow up and spend the rest of their lives with. They are mostly found at the street side, lost and all alone.
Please take a little of your time and visit the ARK animal centre. You will instantly fall in love with all those sweet puppies! And maybe you will find your new best friend! Click here to see all ARK's pups waiting for homes.