Don’t return your pet to a shelter during the holidays: Ways to get help

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Tis’ the Season to be jolly, unless you are one of hundreds of animals across the country that are brought to animal shelters around the holidays. All over the nation, animal shelters report a very large increase in the number of pets dropped off right before the holidays and into the New Year. Many of these animals are even returned to the same shelters that they were adopted from originally! Shelter operators feel that the reason for this spike in abandonment is two-fold; either a financial inability to care for the pet after gifting the pet without a plan to care for it, or an inability to plan family holiday vacations around the care of the new animal.  Either way, these poor animals get a new family and get attached to that family, only to be sent packing right before the holidays or soon after.  Besides the emotional trauma to the animals, this causes a severe strain on shelters around the country. (more…)

Dog flu shots: Should you protect your dog from the flu?

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It is that time of year again, when the leaves change colors, the days get shorter, and the cold weather sets in as old man winter arrives.  Along with the winter months comes the influenza season.  Our two-legged children go back to school and bring home every bug imaginable!  The latest trend in “people care” is to inoculate people for the “best guess” flu virus as determined by research at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Some employers even provide this as a free service, or in some cases, mandatory requirement of employment now. But what about Fido? (more…)

Abused dog, Xena (ASPCA “Dog of the Year”) and autistic boy, Jonny Hickey rescue one another (Video)

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PetSocial.org loves to share stories of animal rescue and of how the kindness of humans can turn the life around of an animal in need; especially one who has been severely neglected or abused. In addition, when animals save people in return, that is the epitome of what we stand for here at PetSocial.org. Please be forewarned of the graphic nature of the “before” photo of Xena, the “Warrior Dog.”

 

When Xena was found and entered the Dekalb Animal Services Shelter that saved her back in March, she was only 4 pounds and very malnourished. She is a Staffordshire terrier mix who was rescued just in time to save her from dying. Veterinarians and a loving family did the trick.

 

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