Pet Help

Sometimes all you need is a little pet help! The following is a list of reasons why many animals are surrendered to animal shelters and some solutions that may keep animals in homes and out of the shelter system or the euthanasia room.

Behavior Tips

Jackson Galaxy is cat behaviorist with more than fifteen years of experience – and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show “My Cat From Hell” Jackson Galaxy specializes in helping individuals whose out of control cats are turning their lives and homes upside down. If you need help with issues such as spraying, introductions to a new home or pet, litterbox issues, aggression etc please  visit his site  for helpful tips.

Allergies

While it is not uncommon for an individual to be allergic to cats and dogs, they are not always the culprit when it comes to irritated eyes, sinuses and itchy skin. Every spring and summer when the pollen count begins to rise, we see an influx of animals surrendered due to allergies. We find many family doctors and pet owners automatically jump to the conclusion that pets are to blame for allergies without doing the proper testing or considering seasonal allergies. A simple blood test can determine if you are allergic to pet dander. We encourage you to take that step before assuming the pet you’ve lived with for all these years is now the cause of your sniffles. There are numerous over the counter options to help control allergy symptoms as well. Here are some additional pointers on how to help control pet related allergies:  WebMD article.

New Baby

We are constantly amazed by the number of dogs and cats who are surrendered not only when the new baby arrives, but sometimes when they get the news! For many couples, they assume a baby cannot safely co-exist with a pet. Not so! While there are certainly dogs, and cats for that matter, who would not be appropriate for young children, we urge you to speak with us regarding your pet’s temperament so we can help you determine if they would be suitable and how to do a proper introduction. Check out  these very interesting articles  regarding pets and babies!

We’re moving

According to the 2011 Census, Americans move 11.7 times in their lives. The average life span of a dog or cat depending is around 10 years. This means your pet is depending on you to take him or her with you every single time life takes you in a new direction. In fact, their lives depend on it. Surrendering your pet, especially an older one, is very hard on them both physically and emotionally. And if you take them to a kill shelter, it is very possible they won’t survive. There are countless options for rental properties that allow pets. And while there may be some pet rent or a deposit to pay, isn’t that part of the lifelong commitment you made to your loyal companion? The price they may end up paying is far greater. Please, before you sign a lease, make sure you have confirmed that your pet is welcome too.

Food Assistance

Indianapolis Pet Food Pantry, 456 Holmes Ave, Indpls. IN 46222. The pantry is open for dog/ cat owners and colony caretakers every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from Noon-4:00 pm. Animals must be spayed or neutered. Operated by FIDO, (www.fidoindy.org), call 221-1314.

FIV/FeLV+ Cats

FIV and Felv is not an automatic death sentence. Learn more about the virus on  our FIV/FeLV page.

This  study shows  that FIV positive cats can live harmoniously with FIV negative cats.