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5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Cat

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month! We’re always happy to help spread the word about shelter cats. There are just far too many cute, lovable furballs in shelters, hoping that someone will love them enough to adopt them. If you’re ready to bring a new kitty into your household, please consider getting Fluffy from a shelter. You’ll read about some great benefits of adopting a shelter cat in this article from a Norwalk, CA vet.

Save A Life

Sadly, shelters just can’t keep up with the amount of cute, lovable felines coming through their doors. Fluffy may only have a short time to find herself a loving home. Saving one cat’s life won’t change the world, but it will change that kitty’s world. This is a small act of kindness that may have a huge impact on your life!

Save Money

Another great reason to get your kitty from a shelter? It’s often much cheaper than adopting from a pet store or breeder! You may also be able to save on Fluffy’s veterinary care costs, as shelters pets are usually already fixed.

Find The Purrfect Pet

Shelters have cats of all breeds, ages, sizes, colors, and personality. Whether you’re looking for an adorable kitten, a calm adult feline, or a sweet senior furball, you’ve got a pretty good chance of finding Fluffy in a shelter. That said, it’s important to keep an open mind. That funny-looking cat that no one wanted may very well turn out to be the most loving pet you’ve ever had!

Promote Good Animal Welfare

Another reason to go through shelters is that it helps promote good animal welfare. The space Fluffy leaves open will quickly be filled by another adorable feline searching for her forever home. Plus, the fees you spend on your kitty’s adoption will help the shelter care for other homeless pets.

Cats Are Awesome

Many people think that cats are the perfect pets, and it isn’t hard to see why. Fluffy is cute, cuddly, clean, and (somewhat) quiet. She’s also quite easy to care for. Plus, our feline pals are highly entertaining. Finally, kitties just have a special way of making houses into homes, and filling our hearts with love.

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Mayday for Mutts!

May 3rd is a special doggy holiday: it’s Mayday for Mutts! The word ‘Mutts’ is often used to describe dogs that are a mixture of breeds. Quite a few of our canine patients fall under this umbrella. While mutts can vary widely in shape, size, color, and personality, they have one thing in common: they can all make good pets! A Downey, CA vet discusses mutts in this article.

Mayday History

Mayday for Mutts was started by Karen Derrico, the author of Unforgettable Mutts: Pure of Heart, Not of Breed. As you can probably guess, she had a soft spot for mixed pooches, and wanted to help the ones that need good homes. Our canine companions could certainly use the signal boost. By some estimates, as many as 75 percent of shelter dogs are mutts! If you’re ready to bring a new pup into your life, please consider giving one of these lovable pooches a forever home. You may even get a ‘Pure Mutt’ certificate if you go through a participating shelter!

Fido’s DNA

With some mutts, you can tell—or at least make an educated guess—as to what their parentage is. Others? Not so much. Some pups have an adorable, if somewhat odd-looking, combination of mismatched features, as though they pulled random doggy traits out of a paper bag. If you really want to know about your furry friend’s bloodline, consider ordering a doggy DNA kit online. Of course, curiosity isn’t the only reason to get Fido tested. This can also offer valuable insight into genetic health issues he may develop later.

Supporting Mutts

If you aren’t ready to adopt right now, you can still help homeless mutts. One thing you can do is donate money or supplies to a local shelter. Even sharing posts on social media about Mayday For Mutts can help!

Celebrating Your Mutt

Is your canine companion a mutt? Fido may not care about his ancestry, but you can still get that cute tail wagging. Buy your pooch a new toy, or offer him a yummy treat. One good option here is Muttloaf. Combine minced beef, parmesan cheese, baby carrots, an egg, and some breadcrumbs, and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. You’ll find other variations online. Just stick to safe, suitable foods!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Downey, CA vet clinic!

Hug Your Dog Day!

Did you know that April 10th is Hug Your Dog Day? It’s also National Cinnamon Crescent Day! While we may very well partake in some of these delicious pastries, we’ll keep today’s blog topic to hugging dogs, which is a bit more in our wheelhouse. Here, a Norwalk, CA vet offers tips on celebrating this adorable holiday.

Reasons To Hug Dogs

There are certainly many reasons to celebrate our wonderful canine companions. Fido is not only sweet, funny, loving, and protective, he’s also quite intelligent. Plus, dogs are extremely loyal, and stay faithfully by our sides through thick and thin. Our four-legged pals have certainly earned the title of Man’s Best Friend!

To Hug Or Not To Hug

It may surprise you to learn that hugs aren’t always the best way to show your canine buddy affection. While your own pooch probably won’t mind if you hug him, you do need to be careful when hugging other dogs. Why? Well, in doggy language, hugs are actually a sign of dominance. For that reason, we don’t recommend hugging dogs—especially strange ones–that seem wary, frightened, or uneasy.

Making Hugs More Pleasant

It’s always much more enjoyable to hug a soft, clean dog than a dirty, smelly one. If your four-legged friend is ready for a bath, take a little time out of your day to give Fido a doggy beauty session. Later, you’ll be able to enjoy hugging a fresh, clean-smelling pup!

Alternatives For Dogs That Don’t Like Hugs

Even if your canine friend doesn’t enjoy being hugged, you can still get his cute tail wagging. Toys and treats will always brighten up Fido’s day! You can also pamper your pet with a fun play session, or perhaps a trip to the doggy park. If you really want to go all-out, get your furry bff a new bed, or even a doghouse.

Helping Dogs That Need Hugs

Not all dogs are lucky enough to have humans that love them and hug them. In fact, there are thousands—if not millions—of sweet, lonely pups in shelters, hoping someone will give them a second chance. Consider volunteering at or donating to an animal shelter or a dog rescue society. Or, if your household, budget, and schedule allow, consider adopting a new pooch!

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to offering great care!

4 Things You Learn When You Adopt a Shelter Dog

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month! Are you ready to bring a new pooch into your life? If so, there’s a good chance you’ll find the perfect pup in a shelter, just waiting for you to take him home. Here, a Norwalk, CA vet discusses adopting shelter dogs.

Shelter Dogs Need Help

There are far too many dogs in shelters, hoping that someone will love them enough to give them a second chance. Dogs often end up in shelters simply through misfortune. Many shelter dogs are former pets that were lost, abandoned, or surrendered. Sadly, many of these sweet pups are running out of time. If you aren’t ready to adopt, you can still help by donating, volunteering, or even just spreading awareness.

Adopting From A Shelter Feels Great

Giving one lucky pooch a new lease on life is a wonderful act of kindness. You’ll not only be helping Fido, you’ll also be promoting good animal welfare. The space your canine buddy leaves vacant will soon be occupied by another cute dog that needs a home. Plus, Fido’s adoption fees will help the shelter take care of other homeless pets. That’s truly something you can feel wonderful about!

Love Can Be Unexpected

It’s always wonderful to see people falling for less adoptable animals. Pooches that are deaf, blind, or otherwise specially-abled sometimes make the best pets! Senior dogs are also very sweet and lovable. It isn’t uncommon for people to go to a shelter thinking they want a specific type of dog, only to walk out with something completely different. All of our canine companions are special, and there’s just no way to predict when Fido will tug at someone’s heartstrings. Keep an open mind as you look at all those furry faces.

Dogs Are Awesome

Many people report that the dogs they’ve adopted from shelters are extremely loyal and affectionate. This isn’t surprising: Fido is definitely intelligent enough to know when someone has helped him. Our canine pals have an amazing ability to offer unconditional love and companionship. You’ll be repaid for your kindness with tail wags, happy dances, and, most importantly, lifelong friendship. These are some of life’s most precious gifts, as far as we are concerned!

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!