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Mar 24

Why Rabbits Make Amazing Pets

HSGD-3144432As we get closer to Easter it is tempting to splurge on a cute and cuddly bunny as a gift for your children. We encourage all potential adopters to understand that rabbits require a commitment and can live for around 10 years when cared for properly. Don’t adopt a rabbit on a whim. Adopt a rabbit because you love rabbits and are willing to put in the commitment and love needed to give them a great forever home. If you can’t commit to a long-term pet, we recommend maybe giving your child a chocolate rabbit or a stuffed rabbit toy for Easter as an alternative. 

Many people don’t realize that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton works with all types of animals. In fact, we have a rabitat at our shelter with some amazing bunnies and rabbits up for adoption. Rabbits can make amazing pets and can be trained similar to cats. If you have never considered adopting a rabbit before, check out these great reasons why a rabbit could make a great pet for your family!

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Feb 6

How Your Cat Shows You Love

cat on backThey’re furry, they’re cuddly and most importantly they’re cute! Although they express love differently than humans, our cats show love to us in many different ways.  How do your cats say I love you? Here are a few behaviors common in cats who are showing love and affection to their family.

Purring

A cat’s purr can mean a variety of things from happiness to genuine concern. Cats use purrs as another form of communication with humans. In fact, many experts believe that a cat’s purr is a form of submission letting both people and other animals know they offer no sort of threat. Either way, we like to think of purring as a little smile from our pets letting us know they are here. 

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Feb 5

Unconditional Love: The Ultimate Lesson from Pets

dogwithmanWith Valentine’s Day approaching, the planning is underway to give your loved ones flowers, candies, a night on the town and more, but what is Valentine’s Day really about? To me, it is about unconditional love. It is a time to come together and celebrate everything that makes that someone in your life so special.

With all the hype around the holiday, it is easy to get lost in the gifts and presents, but if you need a little inspiration or a way to remember what true love is, look to your pets. Pets are amazing creatures that show unconditional love to us on a daily basis. They are pure and loving and we can learn a lot from them to strengthen our own relationships in life. Here are just a few examples how their unconditional love can help improve our bonds with one another.

 

Facing Hardships

Animals have a way of looking fear in the eyes. Take rescue dogs for example. These dogs literally go into devastated areas sniffing out those in need of help. They do not falter under pressure. They do not run away from that which they fear. Instead, their sole purpose is to help someone in need. If you are having a disagreement in your relationship, take inspiration from these fearless pets. Rather than sweeping your issues under the rug, face them head on. Sit calmly and discuss the problems at hand. In the long run, your relationship will be stronger.

Showing Enthusiasm

Let’s face it; it’s easy to tell when a dog is excited. Their tail starts wagging. They can barely sit still. Their tongue hangs out of their mouth. They are genuinely focused on you. All they want to do is show you how excited they are because you’re in their life. No, you don’t have to wave your arms around or stick out your tongue to greet your significant other, but when they arrive home try to stop what you’re doing to focus on them for a few minutes. What says unconditional love more than your undivided attention and true interest in what is happening in their life? 

Being Loyal

Pets are as loyal as can be. They are here to support you, be your comfort and help you stand tall. They will sit beside you when you feel sick. They will walk beside you when you need a friend. They just want to give you the support and love you need. When your partner is in need, you should be supportive and loyal to them. Stand beside them. Hold them up. Be their rock in times of trouble and cheerleader in times of joy.

So, as this Valentine’s Day creeps closer and closer, try to drown out the hype that revolves around the holiday and focus on what truly matters. Look down to your pets for one of the best lessons life can give you, a true example of unconditional love.

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 115 years ago, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org

Sep 16

Adopters: We Need Your Help!

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Adopters, We need your help to help more animals!

Exciting news! The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has a chance to win $100,000, but we need your help!

 

What do we need from you? It's simple: share your story of love! The Petco Foundation wants to know how the love of your adopted pet has changed your life for the better. 

 

Because if you've ever shared your life with a pet, you know: love changes everything. It changes your mornings. It changes your routine. It changes your perspective. Tell the Petco Foundation how your pet brings more joy to your life each day, and how their love changed your life, big or small, and made it better. That's why the Petco Foundation and this year's Holiday Wishes campaign are All for Love. 

 

By submitting your adoption story and giving us the opportunity to participate in this year's campaign, we have the chance to receive up to $100,000 in grants to continue doing what we do best - saving lives. 

 

And get this: if our organization is selected to receive the $100,000 grand prize as a result of your story submission, you will receive a $1,000 Petco gift card! 

 

If you adopted your pet through us, please consider submitting your story (500 words max) along with photos and/or video of your pet. Be sure to talk about how your pet has changed your life and how we helped you find each other!

The deadline to submit your story and nominate us for the Holiday Wishes grant is October 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST. There is a limited number of submissions guaranteed to be reviewed so please visit holidaywishes.fluidreview.com to get started as soon as poosible. 

 

Also, be sure to include the contact information below on  your submission form to ensure that we can respond to Petco Foundation if your story is selected as a finalist! Please include:

 

Thank you for giving a loving home to one of our amazing animals and thank you for taking the time to share your story of love! The love you have for your pet will help us help more animals experience the same love in their own forever homes!

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Sep 2

HSGD Helps Save Rabbits in Wake of Louisianna Flooding

1259e7af e5a2 4f4b 825b a4a3899b596aThis past weekend, members of our volunteer group the Bunny Brigade participated in a multi-state, multi-bunny rescue to help save the lives of rabbits from a rescue organization in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This rescue group needed help due to the flooding down there and they had nowhere to house the bunnies in their care. 

 

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton was one of many rescues to jump in and help! Our Bunny Brigade drove to Kentucky where they picked up 7 rabbits. Four of these rabbits Abby, Squirrel, Doc and Happy, are staying at our shelter, while we worked with another group to transport the other three to a shelter in Michigan. Right now, Abby and Squirrel are available for adoption. Doc and Happy will be ready later in September. 

 

If you are interested in helping the rabbits in our care, please make a donation to the Huamne Society of Greater Dayton and in the notes sections please specify that it is for the Rabbit Program. You can also become a member of our Bunny Brigade by volunteering! For more information, check out our Volunteer page