Know the rules and laws of your community
Your pet can't phone home if they are lost. Microchip your pet! A tiny implantation under your pet’s skin (about the size of a grain of rice) can help you locate your pet and save their life! This implantation does not track their location, but rather holds an ID number used to identify your contact information so you can be contacted once your pet is found. It can also facilitate your proof of ownership. This tiny, inexpensive device has reunited thousands of pets with their owners. These can be obtained through a veterinarian’s office, the Citrus County Animal Services shelter, The Humanitarians of Florida, or through community clinics at pet stores or feed stores. You can update contact information through the microchip vendor for a fee or by contacting Found Animals at https://www.foundanimals.org/ . Found Animals is a nonprofit organization and will register and update your microchip information for free.
In Citrus County, FL there is an ordinance that prohibits persons from tethering their animal unless the person is outside with the pet at that time. You cannot be watching your tethered animal from inside the house -- you must be WITH him. If you want your dog to be with you while you do yard work that is perfectly fine but if you go inside so should your dog. Outdoor enclosures should be 80 square feet and must contain adequate shelter such as a dog house. The area the shelter sits on cannot be counted in the 80 square feet. The enclosure must have a solid bottom and the enclosure must have at least three sides and protect the animal from the weather. There must be an adequate supply of fresh drinking water at all times. Tethering or enclosure violations should be reported via 911 and if in Citrus County, FL also report at CitrusCrimestoppers.com.
Treat your pets as treasured members of your family
Pets will die in hot cars and you may be their only hope of survival. Individuals may be absolved from being sued for breaking into locked vehicles as long as they have done the following:
Keep in mind that when outside temperatures are only 78 degrees, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100°F in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109° in less than 10 minutes. This will cause organ damage and an extremely painful death.
Introducing a new dog into the home can be a tricky. Below are some suggestions for you to consider:
Be patient. Some introductions take longer than others, but if things have gone well so far, you can try taking them off leash and keep a close eye on how they do together. It may seem difficult at first, but just like with any friendship, things can take some time.
See other tips here: https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/introducing-dogs-each-other
The Best Friends Organization offers this information about introducing cats and dogs:
"Some dogs do fine living with cats; others simply cannot live safely with felines. Sometimes, a dog can live with certain cats (depending on their age, temperament and activity level), but not others. Even if your dog has successfully lived with cats in the past, it is important to remember that each dog and each cat is an individual and therefore each introduction is different. "
We recommend to very slowly introduce your cat and dog. Let them view each other through a baby gate or a crate. Have them slowly get used to smells and movements gradually increasing exposure over time. Keep your dog on a leash until you are sure the two can safely occupy the same room.
Ask for more suggestions for introductions at the animal shelter when adopting your pet. Consider the temperament of both pets before making your choice. Do your research on introductions before bringing home a new pet. Adoptapet.com offers additional suggestions here:
We frequently participate in reduced fee or waived fee adoption promotions to bring attention to sheltered animals. This can be a controversial topic because some believe that charging an adoption fee will help ensure that an animal is well taken care of after adoption. Common statements have been "They will be used by dog fighters as bait dogs." "The wrong types of people would adopt." "If they can’t afford the adoption fee, they shouldn’t be adopting a pet."
Over recent years some of the large organizations have weighed in on this topic and collected data and have done studies to dispel this myth. It's commonly found that the outcome of adoptions remain essentially the same whether the adopter paid full adoption fees, reduced adoption fees, or no adoption fees. And the rate of return to the animal shelter is the same as any other adoption.
Adoption promotions cause a positive buzz in the community and gets people looking at and talking about available pets. The more we can talk about adoption the better!
The adoption counseling and adoption procedures remain the same. When you adopt from animal services, you fill out an application and show photo ID. The pet is licensed into the adopters name and the microchip is registered with the adopters information. That's a paper trail that people who intend to do hard would avoid. There are much easier methods to obtain animals that do not have a paper trail.
People like deals and specials, and there is nothing wrong with that. They like being part of national adoption events and community mega adoption events. They like the fun of themed adoption events at animal services or some of the unique adoption events held offsite.
Please take a moment and read the information contained in the links below.
WAIVED FEE PROMOTIONS INCREASE ADOPTIONS WITHOUT COMPROMISING QUALITY OF LIFE