Guest blog by Paris Permenter and John Bigley of DogTipper
Is Adopt a Senior Pet Month inspiring you to adopt a senior dog? If so—or if your dog is reaching senior status—you’ll find that many dogs enjoy spending their retirement years just like we humans do: on the road!
We enjoy traveling with our rescue dogs, Irie and Tiki, now six years old, and intend to continue traveling with them as they mature. Healthy senior dogs can enjoy an active lifestyle that includes exploring new destinations.
Regardless of your dog’s age, you’ll want to do plenty of planning to keep your dog comfortable and safe. Preparations we always take include:
Bringing the comforts of home. A cushioned dog bed is especially important for older dogs to keep pressure off of joints as they ride.
Packing for success. Tummy troubles are no fun on the road. We help avoid stomach stress by packing our dogs’ usual food and treats.
Planning, not over-planning. We plan hotel stays and attraction stops, but we don’t try to stick too closely to a timetable. It’s important to leave plenty of time for frequent bathroom breaks, especially for seniors, and for walks to just sniff around and enjoy the new destination.
Preparing for problems. We pack a list of veterinarians along our route and at our destination. We plan for more routine issues including potty accidents. Along with paper towels and waste bags, we carry a urine remover like Rug Doctor Urine Eliminator™. (Rug Doctor also supports the ASPCA!) Thanks to quick cleanups, we’ve never lost a pet deposit on a hotel stay.
Perhaps the best preparation we make is to slow down and anticipate the pleasures of traveling with our canines. After all, taking time to stop and sniff the roses is what travel’s all about—regardless of our age.
Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the publishers of the award-winning DogTipper.com. The authors of 32 pet and travel books explored the Lone Star State with their dogs Irie and Tiki to fetch dog-friendly destinations for their latest book: DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs. Follow Paris and John on Twitter.
Every day we post photos of cats and dogs on our blog who are looking for good homes. Like most of our readers, we wish we could bring every single one of these deserving pets home. (Sigh.) The great news is there is a much better alternative.
If you’re looking for a cat with a big personality, Teresa is the one for you! This playful feline is an ASPCA office foster cat, and she keeps the staff entertained every day with her many quirks. She loves attention and affection from her special people, and she’s ready for anything that comes her way.
Teresa would thrive in a teens-and-up home without other cats. To ensure her optimal urinary health, she’ll need her new family to provide her with prescription food. Our Adoptions team can talk you through Teresa’s care routine. Adopt Teresa today!
Teresais available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. To learn more about Teresa, please visit her page.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and we think it’s the perfect time to consider bringing a special, older animal companion into your life. After all, what could be more in the spirit of the season than giving an older adoptable a new home for the holidays? Adopt now, and they’ll be all settled in and part of the family by the time you’re decorating your tree or lighting the menorah!
As you know, shelters are full of animals of all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages, but the older ones are typically the most difficult to place. Yes, puppies and kittens are hard to resist, but senior animals have so much love to give—plus, when you adopt an older pet, you know what you’re getting into: They’re fully grown, their personalities have developed, and many are already trained. Senior pets can be great matches for senior people and others who enjoy a less active lifestyle.
If you’re inspired to give a senior pet a chance, please visit your local shelter soon! And if you’ve already opened your heart to a golden oldie, tell us about your experience in the comments below.
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Great news! We’re excited to announce that the ASPCA has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to help save more shelter animals’ lives in Los Angeles this holiday season.
The ASPCA has pledged $70,000 and Best Friends has contributed $50,000 to offset Los Angeles shelter costs including vaccinations, micro-chipping and spay/neuter procedures through the end of 2013. As a result, these animal welfare groups will have increased capacity to bring in, care for and adopt out animals from overcrowded city shelters.
Our contribution will cover fees for LA Animal Services’ New Hope Partners, qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that meet a basic set of standards set by the City of Los Angeles Animal Services. Best Friends will cover fees for those New Hope Partners that are also partners in the No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Coalition, a Best Friends’ initiative launched in 2012.
It is our goal to help find forever homes for many more cats and dogs in Los Angeles in the coming months, and we’re excited to be a part of this innovative collaboration.