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Tyson

Tyson is a four year old Rottweiler. His days have been spent in a shed, let out at night when the humans were in their house. So he has had very little human contact. The landlord of the property asked Tyson’s owner to find another place to stay, so the KSPCA came to take Tyson away. He was very wary of the people who came to take him as he was very timid and lacked confidence, which is what happens when dogs spend their time locked up. After much patient coaxing he was put in a van and taken to the KSPCA shelter.

With attention and TLC after one week he has gone to his new owner as arranged with the old owner. He is a changed dog, much more confident and will spend a lot of his time with his new owner.

 

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Cats abandoned by owner at the KSPCA shelter

Sometimes at KSPCA we encounter the darker side of human nature. Recently a man came to our shelter and reported to Fred Atsiaya one of our kennel managers, that he had five cats in his car that he wanted to surrender. Fred said we would take them but we would like a donation from him to help cover costs.

3 of the cats being comforted by one of our volunteers

3 of the cats being comforted by one of our volunteers

The man agreed, walked out to his car, opened the doors threw the cats out and drove off. The cats understandably were terrified and ran off. We managed to catch three of them but unfortunately two have never been found, one of them being the mother of the half grown kittens. How heartless of the owner. Whatever small he would have given we would have taken in the cats.

Mother cat hid on the roof, but ran away and was never caught.

Mother cat hid on the roof, but ran away and was never caught.

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10 Life Lessons Owning a Pet Can Teach Your Child

Your child can learn much from owning a pet, including these 10 valuable life lessons.

10 Life Lessons Owning a Pet Can Teach Your Child

  1. Responsibility: Pets require daily feeding, exercise, and affection, not to mention grooming and clean-up. Older children can learn how to care for another living creature and even younger children can help with feeding and playtime.
  2. Trust: It’s easy to spill your heart out to your pet, who will offer you unconditional support in return. Pets make wonderful trusted companions for children and can be a first step to helping your child build trust in other relationships, too.
  3. Compassion: Caring for a pet requires compassion, understanding, and empathy. Kids learn to be kind and to take care of others’ basic needs.
  4. Bereavement: When a pet passes away, your child will inevitably feel the pain of the loss, but in turn will learn how to cope during the bereavement period.
  5. Respect: Owning a pet teaches children how to respect others. They must touch them gently, tend to their needs, and learn not to disturb them when they’re eating or sleeping.
  6. Self-Esteem: Pets show unconditional love, which can be a great boost to a child’s self-esteem. So, too, can the satisfaction that comes from having responsibility and caring for a pet’s needs.
  7. Loyalty: A pet’s loyalty toward its owner is often unmatched. In turn, children learn the importance of showing loyalty to their devoted furry friend.
  8. Physical Activity: Children who own a dog learn how fun physical activity can be while they play tug-of-war, fetch, or go for walks with their pet. Research shows, in fact, that children in dog-owning families spend more time being physically active than children without dogs.
  9. Patience: Bonding with a new pet often takes time. Your child will learn patience while your new pet becomes comfortable in your home and also during training.
  10. Social Skills: Dogs can be an amazing social “ice breaker.” Taking your dog for walks as a family can improve your child’s social skills as you interact with others. Pets may also help children with autism to develop social skills such as sharing.

There are many other benefits as well. Your child can have her basic emotional and physical needs fulfilled by a pet, including comforting contact, love, and affection.

Research also shows that children from dog-owning homes (during their first year of life) have fewer ear infections and respiratory tract infections, and require fewer antibiotics, perhaps because the exposure stimulates the immune system.

Other noted benefits include a significantly reduced risk of allergies and even better grades at school, presumably because owning a pet seems to give kids greater motivation.

Is Your Child Ready for a Pet?

Very young children shouldn’t be expected to care for pets without assistance. They can help, of course, but if your child is under 5 you can assume that you’ll be doing most of the pet care. Further, it’s difficult for very young children to understand how to gently handle a pet, which is why they’re often overly rough and may injure an animal – or become injured themselves if the pet retaliates.

Children under the age of 3-4 should be monitored with pets at all times, and even children under 10 should not be expected to care for a dog or cat completely on their own.

If your older child expresses the desire for a pet, it’s a good time to have a talk about responsibility and the permanency of owning a pet. Be sure your child has expressed a consistent desire for a pet (not simply a passing mention) and understands that it will require daily care (work) and not just playtime.

It’s a good idea to set up expectations ahead of time for what pet-care responsibilities your child will need to fulfill. Discuss these with your child and agree upon them together.

That being said, even if your child commits to the responsibility, only add a pet to your family if you are prepared to take over their care if your child does not. If you decide your child is ready for a pet, resist the urge to give her one as a surprise. Instead, involve your child in each step of the process, including selecting the right pet for your family.

Find pets available for adoption here

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5 Ways You Can Help End Pet Homelessness

Many pet lovers know that overpopulation is the greatest challenge facing pets in and no matter how many times we read the numbers, it’s hard to think about all those pets who don’t find homes.

But together, we can solve the problem of pet overpopulation. We’re working hard to help the pets who don’t make it out of our shelters. You can help us make an even bigger impact. Here’s how:

1. Adopt a best friend

The easiest, most accessible way to end pet homelessness is by adopting a pet. With so many healthy, adoptable pets in shelters, choosing to give a pet a home has an immediate impact on the pet, the shelter and you.

Shelter pets are healthy pets! Pets who are available for adoption have been examined by veterinary. Most are spayed or neutered before you meet them (all pets available at KSPCA are already fixed), so you won’t have to worry about scheduling the surgery. It’s one of many reasons that adopting is less expensive than purchasing a pet.

New pet parents often tell us how simple and straightforward their adoption experience was. If you don’t know much about adoption, you can learn right now. And when you do meet your match, shelter staff will help guide you through the process. When you adopt, you save a life and enrich your own.

Are you ready to find your new best friend? Find adoptable pets near you.

2. Foster a pet

Space is one of the most limited resources in shelters — there simply isn’t enough to hold all the homeless pets. Pets who are sick or very young are the most at risk of euthanasia. Sometimes all they need is a little time and love.

You can save a life by helping to free up space in a shelter by fostering a pet. As a foster parent, you care for her while she grows, or recovers from illness or surgery.

Want to do more? Put an extra room (even a spare bathroom) to better use. You can save a whole family by fostering a mother cat and her babies. By giving the kittens a safe place to grow with their mom and keep them safe from illness while they get stronger, you’re giving all of them a second chance. Best of all, when you bring the family back to the shelter, they’ll be the cats most likely to be adopted.

3. Spay or neuter your pet

You can have a direct impact on the number of homeless pets by targeting the overpopulation problem at its source. Prevent unplanned births — and countless more pets who will need homes — by spaying or neutering your pet.

Pets can get pregnant as young as 4 months old. But research shows that cats and dogs can be spayed or neutered safely at 2 months of age or 2 pounds in weight. If you’re a pet parent, don’t wait to have your pet spayed or neutered.

Every pet available for adoption through KSPCA is already spayed or neutered. If your pet isn’t altered yet, find an affordable spay/neuter clinic in your area.

4. Volunteer

If adopting or fostering aren’t options for you right now, you can still work toward reducing pet homelessness. Sharing your time with homeless pets is rewarding and fun — for you and the pets!

If you’re a dog person, you may be able to take the dogs out for walks. Shelter cats can always use interaction and playtime. Pets in shelters often need such “socializing” — it helps them get used to people and new situations, especially while they’re between homes. You can help them grow comfortable being touched and groomed.

Volunteering your time and attention can help a pet become more adoptable. After spending time with the pets, your comments can give shelter staff and potential adopters insight about a pet’s personality. And the more everyone knows about a pet, the more likely they’ll be able to match him with the right family for him.

5. Donate today

Want to make a difference right now? Help KSPCA end pet homelessness by making a donation. Your donation will greatly assist the running costs of the KSPCA allowing us to continue caring for the animals of Kenya.

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Pit Bull That Spent 5 Years in Shelter Finally Gets Adopted Thanks to Facebook Plea

While some do not see pit bulls as sweet, adorable creatures who need a forever home just as much as any breed of dog, Chester the pit bull is out to destroy this false stereotype. He was able to finally receive the forever home he had always desired, thanks to the work of a shelter worker and the awesome power of social media.

This dog was forced to spend the vast majority of his first six years of existence living in a shelter. Poor Chester had to watch as dog after dog after dog was given a home to live in. He spent years waiting for someone to come along, someone who could rescue him from the harsh realities of his existence.

The shelter manager finally decided to take matters into her own hands and do whatever she could to expedite Chester’s adoption process. She took a picture of a pitiful looking Chester, with a sign that asked why no one would adopt him, since everyone at the shelter considered him to be a very good boy. The sign also called attention to the fact that he had patiently waited for five long years.

Chester definitely has a flair for the dramatic, as he flashed his best cute puppy dog face. This allowed his photograph to go viral and tug at the heart strings of dog lovers all over the United States. Once the shelter manager took the picture and uploaded it to Facebook, it was shared over 20,000 times.

She then received inquiries from everywhere on the map, as families asked about Chester’s availability. Chester’s note also included a promise to be as well behaved as possible, while continuing to love his new family with all of his heart. As he continued to sit and wait for his forever home to reveal itself, the most amazing thing happened.

It took just two days for Chester to find the family he had been seeking for so long. A family with two young boys came into the shelter and they immediately got along so well with Chester, they decided to take him home. Adi and Dana Or were happy to adopt Chester and Adi told the media that he felt as if their union were meant to be.

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A shelter dog’s best friend: Volunteer reads to dogs so they are not alone

A heartwarming photo of a woman reading to dogs at a local animal shelter has online viewers dabbing the tears out of their eyes, but hopefully motivating more people to volunteer at local animal shelters and rescues.

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Woman reading books to dogs at a shelter

According to a Reddit poster named puglife123 who posted the picture stated: “This woman comes to my local humane society and sits in front of the dog’s cage and reads books to the dogs.” And if that isn’t touching or emotional enough, the woman is said to have been reading a book to Jade, a rescued pit bull, called Biscuit and the Little Pup, a primary reading book about a little lost puppy in a park.

Puglife123, volunteers as a dog walker praises the shelter for the excellent work they do trying to find new homes for the strays, the unwanted, and the past victims of cruelty. “You can do anything from dog walking, cat cuddling, to helping with the rabbits! I don’t get there as often as I would like because of work, but when I do it makes my day so much happier,” the volunteer explains and said when (her/his) two pugs died, going to the shelter was a way of being around dogs who needed help and companionship. There have been thousands of comments; almost everyone praising the woman’s kindness. The photo has been viewed over 3 million times.

Become part of the solution!!! Become a member, Donate or Volunteer

Ten Reasons to Adopt a Pet

In case “Because it’s the right thing to do” isn’t enough

Thinking of adding a pet to your family? Here are ten reasons to adopt your new best friend.

  1. Because you’ll save a life

A shelter pet is more than one in a million simply because too many pets come into shelters and too few people adopt.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. When you adopt, you save your animal and open up shelter space for another animal that might need it.

  1. Because you’ll get a great animal.

Animal shelters and rescue groups are brimming with happy, healthy pets just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelter pets ended up there because of a human problem not because the animal did anything wrong.

  1. Because you’ll get a great bargain.

When you adopt a pet, the cost of spay/neuter, first vaccinations and sometimes micro chipping is usually included in the adoption price, which means you’ve scored a major deal—a fuzzy deal who will thank you with kisses or purrs for years to come.

  1. Because of the bragging rights.

No one needs to see another selfie—unless it’s a selfie of you with the adorable cat you just adopted, like the hero you are! Adopt a pet, post the pictures and let the love (likes) roll in.

  1. Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills.

You’re too smart to get a dog from a pet store or online seller—you might as well buy direct from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are “factory style” breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. The moms of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they’re no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction.

  1. Because your decor will thank you.

Some of the pets from shelters and rescues are already housetrained, which means you’re not only saving a pet’s life, you may be saving your rug.

  1. Because all pets are good for your health, but an adopted pet is good for your self-esteem.

Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need.

  1. Because you’re environmentally responsible.

You recycle your paper and plastic so it doesn’t end up in landfills, and you know that recycled materials make all sorts of things. A “recycled” pet can make something even better: He/she can make you happy.

  1. Because the Shelter Pet Project will make it super-easy.

We like easy. Go to the Shelter Pet Project to find pets near you, of every size, color, temperament and breed. You want an orange cat who likes ear-scratches on alternate Tuesdays? You can probably find one.

  1. Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world.

And get a new best friend in the bargain. Seriously, what could be better than that?

Tell your friends why pet adoption rocks.

Before & After Pictures Show the Difference a Day of Adoption Can Make To a Shelter Pet

Animals, especially those commonly found in shelters, are all different. Each has its own unique personality but all of them are extremely emotional, intelligent, and full of great potential. We have so much to learn from them, and one common theme here at Collective Evolution is to speak for them as much as we can. They are special souls without a voice, so it’s our responsibility to be that voice for them. The way we treat animals on this planet is truly heart-breaking and one aspect out of many we need to change if we are to move forward and change our world for the better.

So if you are thinking about adding a new addition to your family, please consider adopting from a shelter. One choice can change one being’s life forever, as well as yours, and it might be one of the greatest decisions you ever make.

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Why Spay and Neuter your Pet?

IMG_0966Are you thinking of getting a puppy or kitten? You might even get one as a present from a friend.

Your present may be a female.  If so, there are facts you need to know.

Female dogs and cats if uncontrolled can produce two litters of puppies or kittens per year.

Their progeny will start reproducing from about six months of age.  Dogs may produce up to ten puppies per litter while cats up to six kittens.

If all the puppies survived and the females of the line produced 10 puppies per heat, in four years there would be approximately 400,000 dogs generating from that one bitch.  Cats would produce about half that number.  Most of us do not know 400,000 people who would like a puppy.  The same applies to kittens.

A responsible pet owner should not allow this to happen. Animals are not commodities; they value their lives as we humans do. Unfortunately with too many pets looking for homes and not enough homes to go to, many healthy dogs and cats are put to sleep. For example in the US more than 15 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year.

Abandonded 2011Sterilizing dogs and cats not only reduces companion animal overpopulation, homelessness and euthanasia, but also benefits individual cats and dogs, their owners and society at large.
For years it was believed that the best age at which to neuter and spay animals was six months. No conclusive controlled studies have ever been done to determine the best age to neuter dogs and cats.
On the other hand, current research does show that spaying before the first heat prevents the development of mammary gland tumors.

WRONG INFORMATION

There is much wrong information about spaying. Many people think that if a bitch is spayed she will become fat and lazy and will never be an alert guard. A male dog the same. Dog will only become fat if they are overfed and do not get enough exercise. If a cat is a mouser, it will always be a mouser whether spayed or not.

Benefits for Owners.

When a bitch is spayed there is no attraction for stray male dogs. When a bitch in heat attracts male dogs, if one of them is incubating rabies, he can infect the other dogs because of the fighting that goes on and even infect the bitch. When a male dog is castrated, he will not have the urge to wander.

Sterilizing animals makes them more affectionate and eliminates or reduces many behavior and temperament problems. For instance, neutered male cats are far less likely to spray and mark territory by urinating indoors.  An unneutered female cat will come on heat in very short cycles if she does not become pregnant and this will be accompanied by restlessness and sometimes yowling, which is very unsettling for all concerned, including the cat.

What You Can Do to Help and Save Pets Lives

No matter how homeless animals end up in shelters—whether they are purchased from a breeder or puppy mill and later relinquished, cross breeds  picked up from the street, or lost or abandoned family pets , animal shelters reach saturation point and in many cases healthy animals have to die.

The best that those who cannot find homes can hope for is to be painlessly euthanized by lethal injection in the arms of a caring person.

If you think that just having one or two litters won’t hurt anybody, this fact should change your mind: 

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 10,000 babies are born in the U.S. on any given day. On that same day, however, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born.

What you can do:

  • Please spay and neuter your companion animals to reduce overpopulation and urge others to do the same.
  • Never buy a dog or cat from a breeder or pet store. Instead, save a life by adopting a homeless animal from your local shelter.
  • Contact your veterinarian to make an appointment for your pet to be neutered.

Change begins with YOU! Spay or neuter your pet!

Summary of Advantages of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

  • Your bitch will not come on heat therefore there will not be unwanted male dogs coming to your home.
  • Your male dog will not be inclined to wander to look for females.
  • He will not be inclined to fight with other dogs
  • Your female cat will stay at home and there will not be unwelcome suitors fighting for her favors.
  • Your male cat will also stay at home.
  • Female dogs and cats will be strong and healthy and not worn out by having many litters.
  • You will not have to keep trying to find homes for puppies and kittens.

IT IS A WIN WIN SITUATION.

Choose a Veterinarian

Choosing a veterinarian is really choosing a partner in your pet’s health care. Scheduled vaccination and yearly examinations mean that you’ll see your veterinarian on a regular basis, so choose wisely.

Look for a clean, sterile clinic with up-to-date equipment. Ask about emergency care, hours and any equipment or terms you don’t understand. Ask what the fees are for basic shots and exams. Being able to contact the office and speak to someone regarding your pet.