Backyards Are Boring, Say Dogs Everywhere.

If I had a quarter for every time I've heard a potential adopter say "I have a big backyard so he'll be able to run!", I’d be an extremely wealthy woman. Somewhere along the line, more than a few of us have become convinced that providing our dogs with a fenced backyard was the “be all, end all” in canine enrichment. As long as the dog could “run around” in the backyard, all his doggie needs would be magically fulfilled. But I have yet to see any dog suddenly spring to his feet, look at his watch, and say to himself, “Oh boy! It’s 2:00! Better run my laps!” Simply stated, the backyard is NOT a living place for family dogs. We sometimes mistakenly believe that a dog will be “happier” with fre

Old Cars Give New Life to Pets

I'm not what you'd call a "car person". I can refill gas and check fluids, but any other type of maintenance or repair is sadly not within my skill set. I do, however, have a fond appreciation for nice cars. The way they look, the way their engines sound, luxurious upholstery and high-tech dashboards. Classic cars, too, but more so for the simpler era they represent, when cars were less complicated, more reliable, and much cheaper to buy and repair. Cars have played a significant role in many of my fondest memories. It's hard to forget being packed into the nearly non-existent back seat of my aunt's Saturn Yellow Volkswagen Beetle with my two cousins, no seatbelts and no a/c. Or sliding arou

Check Your Chip!

Did you hear about the lost dog who borrowed a mobile phone and texted his owner his location? Or about the cat who slipped out, strayed too far and called an Uber to give her a ride back home? I didn't think so. Unfortunately, pets haven't yet developed the ability to phone home or ask for a ride. But fortunately, technology does exist to help them be found sooner: pet microchips. August 15th has been designated "National Check the Chip Day" by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) "To remind pet owners to have their pets microchipped and to keep the registration information up-to-date" because "Microchips greatly increase the

Are You Pet Ready?

Falling in love with a pet is easy and often not planned. We see it every day at the SPCA Albrecht Center. People who visit the shelter for an event, a field trip, or to make a donation almost always feel the need to take a stroll through the adoption areas "just to look". Sometimes it takes just one look, a paw reaching out, or a soft nuzzle and before you know it we hear "Oh my gosh I want this puppy/kitten/dog/cat/rabbit/ferret!" Impulse pet adoptions can work out for an adopter with patience and a home environment suitable to their new found love. Often though, these adoptions result in pets being returned to the shelter due to "unrealistic expectations", which is stressful and sad for e


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