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Make a Resolution for Happy and Healthy Pets in 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 4:00pm
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Happy new year from all of us here at the ASPCA! As you set your resolutions for 2013, don’t forget to consider ways to improve your pet’s wellbeing, too. Providing a little bit of extra grooming or playtime for your pet can go a long way. We suggest you start by making a few simple resolutions that will keep your furry friends healthy and happy from January to December.

Here are some easy ways to get started:

Exercise time! Before you rush to join a gym, consider ways to incorporate your pet into your new workout routine. Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day—jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great options. Engage your cat with rousing play sessions of chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.

Battle the bulge. Humans aren’t the only ones who might need to cut back on excess food after the holidays. This year, vow to lay off those table scraps and consider switching your cat or dog to a well-balanced, high-quality pet food.

Schedule a check-up. Give your veterinarian the chance to notice any developing illnesses by scheduling regular check-ups for your pet. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen a vet, make an appointment today!

IDs, please! Get an updated look by outfitting all of your animal companions—even indoor pets—with an ID tag. Implanted microchips are also a smart option.

Want to make a resolution to help homeless animals in 2013? Consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian. For just a few cents a day, you can make a big impact for animals.  

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LeeAndra

HI My name is LeeAndra im not old enough to adpot a puppy but i would really like to see the dog julie grow up because seem like a wonderful dog who ever adopt her can yo please send me pic or aspca let me know what she need and i would try to find a owner i know a goood ower that would really take care of her

Ma Ma

My resolution is to contribute whatever I can each month to help shelters provide for abandoned and abused animals. I'm out of work and on a fixed income, so I can't afford to commit a specific amount, but I LOVE animals, and I believe that if each one of us gave just a little, we could make a huge difference in their lives. It's asking very little for the love they give so unconditionally.

nada

my new years resolution , IS FOR US TO STOP FIGHTING AMONG US AND START TO FIGHT FOR THE ANIMALS WHO ARE HOMELESS ,BEATEN , HUNGRY, SCARED, IN A SHELTER, WHAT EVER WE NEED NEW LAWS ABOUT ANIMALS AND PEOPLE WHO DO NOT DESERVE THEM TO HAVE THEM WHO ABUSE THEM CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ALL OVER THE WORLD WE SHOULD CARE FOR THEM MAYBE ONE DAY IT WILL BE TOO LATE

Dorothea Walker

hello i got a emg frist aide kit years ago for my cats i am moveing again to another town. i got 11 cats i need a new frist aide kit and a way cheaply to get them chipped. i am very low income is there any help to get these thing. 912 3223973

Helen Cunningham

Having just paid a lot of money to get two chihuahuas' teeth cleaned, my new year's resolution is BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH!

ASPCA IS BS

http://www.thedogpress.com/SideEffects/Rescue-Raids_LP.asp

As was said in my first post, the sooner the general public realizes what these organizations are really about, the better off we will all be.

As far as the person commenting on cages, first off, where do animals at the aspca stay? Cages. I know breeders who not only breed but their dogs are their FAMILY and yes, PETS!!! How many people do we know who crate train their dogs? Meaning the dogs go there sometimes to sleep and when the people are not at home. Caging is really not so bad.... it keeps the animal safe when not being supervised. It also gives them a place to call their own and feel safe. My dogs have crates they go in when I am not around to watch them. They go in willingly.... and don't mind a bit. You can find info all over about the benefits of crate training your dog. If you REALLY think the whole truth is being told every time one of these "rescue raids" goes on, you need to open your eyes. They don't tell the whole story, and half the time pictures and info they use in articles are not even related to that particular raid. They post these things to make the person look horrible and make themselves look like some sort of super heroes. They are not. I have known people it has happened to and it is truly disheartening. The people I have known never did a thing to deserve it yet their very loved FAMILY MEMBERS were torn from their arms never to be seen again by them. Older dogs put to sleep, why? Because old dogs are hard to find homes for. And dogs who are young enough are SOLD....yes SOLD, not adopted out. This is their money maker here. Half the time the pets they advertise asking for donations are not even any longer in their care. They have either been euthanized for one reason or another or have been given to another rescue organization to deal with. Yet these places are still collecting your money to "care" for this pet. Not, money in their pockets is what it is. Research, learn the truth....gain knowledge first hand and quit thinking so narrow mindedly, not everything you read on the internet is true!!!! Not everything you see on TV is true!!! and definitely not everything these groups say is true!!!! I have worked with many different organizations like these, I have SEEN with my own eyes the dirty things they do. I will NEVER support them again in my life. I ran my own rescue out of my own home, didn't ask for a penny in donations from anyone. I did it because I care about the dogs. The only adoption fees involved were exactly the money I paid in to have them treated at the vet. Don't you dare tell ME the aspca and like organizations do this out of the goodness of their heart. I have seen things from them that still to this day give me nightmares. Enough said.

goofygirl

I adopted a pet from the madera aniaml shelter in dec.

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