Lots of dogs and cats are waiting in shelters, hoping to find a new loving home. Some of them just weren't the perfect Christmas gift, others got rescued out of horrible living conditions, but most of them never felt love or got the chance to build up confidence towards humans.
Thanks to the shelters, like H.A.W.S, unwanted and mistreated animals get a second chance of living.
Some FurKidz easily find happy new homes, but what happens with the other dogs and cats?
Some dogs are staying in shelters for months, waiting for the right person to arrive.
Imagine being an unwanted shelter dog, seeing all your friends finding a new family, getting the chance to run around in a big garden and to cuddle on the couch with their new owners.
People are passing by your cage, you are trying to get their attention, but no one turns around.
How long could you deal with such conditions?
At H.A.W.S shelter dogs get the chance to play around in small gardens once a day.
They don't have to starve or fight for their food, but none of them is special, they all might have names, but in the end every dog is just one more place less in the shelter. Shelters like Haws are only temporary solutions.
You can't be loved behind bars.
Help us to find new loving homes for our shelter dogs and come down to visit H.A.W.S. and click here to see all their adorable cats and dogs.
Over the last year, Friends of Rescued Animals (FORA) in Krugersdorp had to stop taking animals into their shelter as they had reached full capacity.
FORA is now ready to accept new rescued animals into the shelter and for every adopted animal a new one can be saved, so please come and visit.
FORA has a variety of animals to cater to all animal lover's needs, whether you are looking for a pup or a kitten, dog or cat, FORA has them all. Come in down today in order to find your new perfect pal and click here to see them all.
It is always a challenging task for shelters to find a good home for their animals, but if they are under time pressure, the whole situation becomes a lot more difficult.
For 12 years the non-profit organization Kitty and Puppy Haven has helped 3000 puppies and kittens annually, particularly mistreated and traumatized ones. Unfortunately KPH lost the yearslong court case and now has to leave the residential area their shelter was located in due to pressure from neighbours and municipality. Relocating to new premises is the plan, but ideally all existing animals should find homes by 28th of February 2013, the due date for the closure set by the court.
Have a look at their gorgeous cats and dogs here and call the office on 011 440 24 04 for more info.
Pets improve your health!
This might seem unreal, but according to recent studies animals can improve your health in more ways than one!
Cats and dogs are good for your heart
Could owning a dog or cat keep your heart healthy? Research has shown that the long-term benefits of owning a pet include protection of your heart and reduced risk of cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. Over the 20 years of one study, people who had never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack than those who had. Another study showed that dog owners had a significantly better survival rate one year after a heart attack than those who did not own a dog. Overall, pet owners have a lower risk of dying from any cardiac disease, including heart failure.
Cats and dogs are good for your cholesterol levels
Normally you need to have a strict diet, exercise and take medication to keep your cholesterol level low. But owning a dog or a cat has the potential of making it easier to avoid the dangers of cholesterol. There are lower noted levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in people who own pets compared to people who don't.
Fewer allergies and a stronger immunity for children
Researchers have found that kids growing up in a home with four-legged furry friends will have less risk of allergies and asthma. A study also shows that babies who are living in a home with a dog are healthier in general, require fewer antibiotics and suffer from fewer respiratory in their first year of life.
These are just a few points where pets can help you keep healthy. They can keep you in better physical fitness, keep you participating in daily exercise and enhance your mood as well!!
There is a good place to find your new fur-ever friend who keeps you healthy and will improve your health. It's called Animal Anti Cruelty League in Epping, a non-profit organisation that does not receive a subsidy from the government and has been protecting and caring for animals since 1956.
It is the second biggest independent animal welfare organization in South Africa! Have a look at their four legged friends that are still waiting for a new fur-ever home!!
Click here to go through every Epping pets profile and find your perfect new friend. Give them a look and call the office on 021 534 6426 for more info.
Christmas is a time of loving, but in shelters across South Africa, the period after Christmas is very chaotic, especially for Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre, which is a pro-life shelter.
Wetnose has experienced in the weeks following Christmas a huge influx of animals that might not have been the ideal Christmas present for some families.
For those of you looking for a new addition to your family, Wetnose is the perfect place to look for your new Furkidz, as many of these animals have been unwanted for a long time, so why not make them your new furrever friend?
Contact Wetnose Animal Rescue Centre today in Rayton on 013 932 3941, or go visit them yourself, you won't be able to resist!
Introducing your new kitten to your family cat can be quite difficult, but if approached properly the two can become great friends!
Cats are a bit more difficult to introduce to each other compared to dogs, as cats can be more territorial and aggressive of their area and their special carer.
The first step is to organise a separate living area for your new kitten, completely isolated from your family cat. Let the kitten explore its new area, and while this is happening, have someone paying extra special attention to your family feline. After a few days, and with the kitten acquainted with its new surroundings, bring the kitten into the same area as your family cat, but be prepared to separate the cats if the family cat becomes too territorial or aggressive towards the kitten, but don't worry, this is normal!
After this, put the cats together for a few times a day so they can become better acquainted with each other. You may see the older cat trying to "mother" the kitten, which again is normal and completely fine. As long as there is no open violence towards each other, then everything should progress smoothly.
It may take a couple of weeks to achieve purrfect harmony, but once your felines are friends, friends forever they will be!
No one can resist a puppy, but what do you do when the puppy is faced with the "big dog" of the household – how do you introduce your new puppy to your family animals?
First things first, before you bring your new puppy home, make sure that any items the family dog might get possessive or territorial over - such as food bowls, toys, bones and any other objects your dog has a strong attachment to - are removed or hidden. This will lessen the jealously the family dog may feel when you bring your new puppy home, especially if he starts playing with all the other dogs favourite toys!
Now for the first meeting – this is very important as it will cement the foundation of the relationship between the two dogs. Both dogs should ideally meet in the backyard or a semi-open space, not a small space. Have both the dogs on leads when greeting each other as this will help to control any tense situation that may arise. Once the dogs have become familiar with each other, take the family dog off the lead first, this allows the dog to feel that he still has some authority in the situation. Then allow the puppy to explore the house and yard still on lead, if the family dog does not appear threatening, then it is safe to let the puppy off the lead.
For the next couple of weeks, make sure all interactions are supervised, as this is still new territory for both dogs. Try to keep routine for the family dog as normal as possible, but make sure that both dogs have separate eating bowls and areas, as well as separate sleeping areas in the beginning. Make sure that both dogs receive equal amounts of attention, so they don't feel unloved or ignored.
After this Puppy Lovin' should hopefully be achieved!