We thought it would be a nice idea to share some animal-related sites we have visited and enjoyed. If you have favourites of your own, let us know and we’ll add them, we always welcome contributions from animal-loving readers.
You’ll notice that quite a few of these links are from a fantastic site called Pet360 – a veritable goldmine of information about pets of all kinds. So first of all here’s a list of a few of our main sites:
http://www.petmd.com – for medical info of all kinds about your pet
http://theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/ – animal-related stories, info, articles, topics, shopping
http://www.freekibble.com – cute pictures, fun, free kibble for homeless animals!
In view of the current calamitous situation in California, it seemed an appropriate time to include this contribution by Dan Patrick. The article explains how a pet owner can ensure the safety of their pet in an evacuation situation such as a natural disaster. It covers how to prepare your pet for a disaster situation, what supplies your pet will need if living in the wild, and basic health and safety to ensure the well-being of your pet in the absence of proper veterinary care. It’s a very thorough article and contains a welter of information on every relevant topic imaginable. The one aspect that we at AWARE would stress more than anything is to STAY CALM – fundamentally the best way to help both yourself and your pet. Thank you Dan for this very well-researched article and useful.
CATS! CATS! CATS! Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about those fascinating felines! Here is a list of links from AWARE contributor Hazel Harred, providing very comprehensive and detailed information about every aspect of cats and their care, including how to turn your apartment into a cat paradise.
http://www.fanciers.com/– online community for cat lovers
https://www.wirefence.co.uk/cat-care/ – large list of cat care resources
https://www.abodo.com/blog/apartment-cat-tips/ – advice for cat owners living in an apartment
https://www.buyrope.co.uk/diy-cat-craft-ideas/ – purrfect DIY projects for cat owners
Also from Hazel, here’s a link to an excellent source of information for any animal (and that’s any animal – not just cats) needing to use the human travel network:
https://www.pettravel.com/index.cfm – worldwide travel resource for pets
Thank you Hazel for this tremendous fund of very comprehensive knowledge.
On the subject of travelling with your pet, here’s a link to a very clear and thorough guide to travelling by all conventional means with your pet. While the article is specifically about travelling outward bound from the USA to other countries, much of the information is of a more general nature, to ensure your pet will be as comfortable and relaxed as possible during the journey. Thank you very much Brittany Danielle for this very nice article.
Here are two links to nicely presented and interesting animal-related articles which appear on the website of a UK insurance company. We’re posting them here despite the advertising because it’s good and useful information (though partly UK-specific).
Adopting and Caring for Rescue Animals. This is a terrific resource for anyone thinking of taking an animal into their home. The information comes from the UK, so obviously some of it – for example the sections that deal with animal shelters – does not apply to shelters in Guatemala (and probably other less wealthy countries). You’ll find Guatemala-specific info elsewhere on the AWARE site. Meanwhile this clear and comprehensive guide will give you plenty to think about.
Benefits for children of pets in the home. Another clear and comprehensive article, especially regarding children with emotional problems.
Many thanks to Carrie Wright for this excellent and thought-provoking article about the often unrecognised threats to your pet’s health from your own lifestyle and the products you use in your home. (Smokers beware! – here’s another compelling reason to ditch your dangerous habit.)
A big Thank-You to Marissa Krick for this link to an excellent resource for people helping those struggling with addiction. If you thought that animals couldn’t do much except lie around your house and keep you company, read this and think again!
Another good introduction to the benefits that animals bring to our lives, especially those of us needing emotional support and/or recovering from a form of addiction comes from Sabrina Williams at Laguna Shores Recovery. Thank you Sabrina for your interesting contribution.
With thanks to Julia Dunlap of CreditCards.com, here is a link to an excellent summary of information for people needing to fly with their animals:
The article is very thorough and informative, but is primarily about people travelling to or from the USA. If you have details about flying with animals elsewhere in the world, please let us know so we can make this section more comprehensive.
Thanks to Sarah P for the link to this nice article about how to help your pet adjust as smoothly as possible to the already stressful process of moving house.
The Pet Cost Calculator is a great resource for anyone in the USA thinking of having a pet in their home and wondering about the cost. The calculator includes both primary expenses – such as relative purchase prices of different breeds of dog, and hidden costs, like toys for your pet, or professional grooming. With many thanks to Dana Matocinos.
And here are a number of general assistance resources for pets and Service Dogs, with many thanks to Meagan Clark, a member of ForeverCurious – a group of educators and librarians – who visited this page, found it useful, and wanted to share some interesting results of her own research. Thank you, Meagan!
And here are some general interest, curious and humorous pages that you might find useful or simply entertaining.
Some exceptional cats throughout history
have assisted in humans’ communal endeavours
How magnificent they look!
that your cat
really does love you
So many uses
to which animals
No need for fear
Some beautiful dogs
Nothing like a Chihuahua
Everybody loves chocolate,
but it is NOT GOOD
for your dog
If you don’t want to be vegetarian
don’t read this
An astonishing story of
A short article about adopting ex-military dogs in the US, with some links to a number of websites about military dogs
Common health problems
of older dogs
You enjoy gardening
and your dog does, too.
An excellent Podcast
Will dogs eat anything?
Who came first?
Mental processes –
fraught with controversy
It’s not easy being a
household pet in this
day and age
Everyone has feelings,
and your dog is
Only your dog knows
what her life was like
before she was rescued
If you like animals and enjoy a laugh –
this is for you!
There are shocking differences between the lives
of children born in different places.
These pictures give you a glimpse into the lives
of those less privileged. No wonder countries like Guatemala need projects like AWARE.
A great idea – dog-walking services!
In participating areas of USA, WAG connects owners with local certified dog-walkers. Check out their website here: