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Please visit the site that was created in an attempt to recover some of the costs incurred due to several of our recent animals Over half the households in America include an animal companion. Yet behind this immense love of animals lies an equally immense tragedy: each year, community animal shelters take in six to eight million lost and unwanted dogs, cats and caged pets who face an uncertain fate. Millions of healthy, adoptable pets languish and die in our animal shelters every year. Please watch this video and look into the eyes of these animals and let their stories give you a riveting and unforgettable glimpse into this nation's homeless tragedy.
WHERE DO YOUR ANIMALS COME FROM? The majority of Pleading Paws animals have been rescued from animal impound facilities where they might have otherwise been euthanized. Often these animals have been mistreated, forgotten, or abused in their previous lives, but with a little time, attention, love, and patience, they can end up living a wonderful life in their new forever homes. We generally do not take animals from the general public. Unfortunately the impound animals keep our foster homes full.
WHAT DO THE ADOPTION FEES COVER? Our adoption fees vary on the age and breed of an animal. Since we are a non-profit organization and receive absolutely no government support, we depend solely on adoption fees and donations to cover our expenses. Right now, it costs us a minimum of $200 for each dog's medical expenses, which include spaying and neutering, vaccinations, etc. The innoculations that dogs receive protect against Rabies, Distemper, and Proheart 6 injection. Cats are vaccinated for Feline Leukemia, Distemper, and Rabies. We use Frontline on our dogs and cats no matter the season. An animal can come in the winter from maybe a flea invested home and can be covered in them. On average, the cost to spay or neuter a dog is $85-125+ . Cats are between $50-100. If any of our dogs test positive for heartworm we treat them immediately. Heartworm treatment costs anywhere from $200-500 for each dog. Although the foster parent gives the dog(s) s/he is fostering a bath, sometimes the dogs that come from the pound are in such filthy conditions and their fur is so matted it is literally impossible for us to properly groom the dog(s) and for these occasions we bring the dog(s) to the groomers, costing us anywhere from $15-75+ per dog. Furthermore, our adoption fees also cover our ongoing costs of surgeries (which can get very expensive!), advertisements, printing, hauling expenses (gas ,Besides bringing our animals to the pet adoptions, we also have to drive to the vet and various pounds), medicine, and so on. Remember that our only funding is through animal adoptions and donations.
I JUST ADOPTED A DOG, WHAT DO I DO NOW? Give him/her time to settle in and adjust. You will probably not see this dog's true personality for a week or two as he begins to settle in and incorporate himself into your "pack". Leaving a dog tied outdoors or in a kennel is usually NOT a good idea. These dogs can become nuisance barkers, diggers, escape artists, etc. They are also vulnerable to theft or abuse or even poisoning. Take your dog to the vet within a few days of adopting him. PPPR STRONGLY encourages this. While an animal might be showing no signs of illness while in foster care, stress can make him vulnerable to things which he might otherwise be able to fight off. If you have other pets at home make sure they meet in "neutral ground". This might be a park or a friend's home. Both animals should be on leash. Keep the animals separated as much as possible for the first couple of days, with periods of time together with CLOSE supervision. If a dog begins chewing up the house, digging canyons in the yard, or barking like an idiot, chances are good that he is bored and under-stimulated. Dogs need varying amounts of exercise, but generally a stroll through the neighborhood is not enough for a young, healthy dog. Just being out in the yard is NOT sufficient play time. Get out there and PLAY with your new dog! Indoors they will need toys also. Kong toys with peanut butter smeared inside or a dog biscuit wedged in it will provide the dog with a "project" for the day. My children and my dog. To help prevent incidents that might cause injury to either the dog or the child, it is important to NEVER leave ANY dog alone with a preschool child, EVER!
If problems arise you should consult a qualified obedience instructor, behaviorist, and/or veterinarian, depending on the nature of the problem. Give your dog plenty of attention, guidance, training and love, and you will likely have a long, happy life together. This is from "Your Humane Society Dog" copyrighted: 2000 Lori Whitwam http://www.geocities.com/~goldendog/
HOW CAN I BE A RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER?
PPPR recommends every dog have some type of ID on them. A tag that has your name, the animal's name, and your phone number. Also keep the rabies tag on your animal. If your dog happens to bite(maybe just out of fear) people will know your dog is current on rabies...plus this helps them find YOU. They will most likely call the vet and as long as your contact information is still correct your animal will come back to you. We HIGHLY recommend microchipping. This is just one type of microchipping company, another is Home Again. (see links in "Interesting Links" section) Obey The Law, Protect Your Pet Don't make the mistake too many pet owners make. License your dog and put an ID tag on him/her before a problem occurs. First of all, an up-to-date license and rabies tag are required by law in most cities and counties. The shelter will have more information about local laws, where you can obtain tags, and where you can have your pet vaccinated for rabies.
CAN MY DOG LIVE OUTDOORS?
Unless otherwise specified our dogs are to be indoor/outdoor dogs. This makes the animal much more sociable and after all, they ARE a part of your family. If we have an animal we feel would be better outdoors she MUST have adequate shelter -- warmth in the winter and shade in the summer -- special attention should be given so she can not tangle or hang herself with a chain or cable -- she must be kept out of sight from the roads and/or sidewalks -- she must have an UNSPILLABLE fresh water supply. Most importantly, despite the fact that the bulk of her time is spent outdoors, she still needs to be an important part of your family.