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Animal Shelters Wouldn’t Be So Crowded If Everyone Knew This

The love of a rescue pet: there’s nothing like it. Everyone who’s adopted a dog knows this to be true. So, why are there still so many pups in shelters? Animal lovers and activists are on a mission to spread awareness about adopting pets over purchasing them. We can’t help but think: if everyone knew the good that rescuing does for their communities, that it saves countless lives, and that the love of a rescue pet is incomparable to anything else, don’t … Read more

10 Most Toxic Foods For Pets

iHeartDogs is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. When it comes to viral videos, they say that kids, cats and dogs rule the internet, and as parents, we’ll do anything to keep them safe. With all the buzz online about byproducts in processed pet foods and toxins contained in treats imported from overseas, it seems that a day rarely goes by that we don’t see headlines about … Read more

15 Tips To Make Traveling With Your Dog As Stress-Free As Possible

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iHeartDogs is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. Are you finally going on a vacation where your dog can join you? If so, you may be starting to panic on what exactly you need to do before and during your trip. To ensure everything goes smoothly, below are 15 tips for traveling with your dog. 1. Don’t feed your dog within 3 hours of travel … Read more

PETA Says “Pet” Is A Bad Word

People tend to feel strongly about PETA, one way or the other. The polarizing nature of the group recently played out on the British morning show Good Morning Britain. During the show, a representative for PETA suggested that the term “pet” is derogatory and should be replaced with a more respectful word. The backlash from the show’s hosts was swift and severe. PETA Says “Pet” and “Owner” Imply that Dogs and Cats are Objects During a taping of a popular … Read more

When A Couple Splits, Who Gets The Dog?

When you’re happily in a relationship and facing the exciting milestone of adding a dog to the family, it’s hard to plan for the depressing “what if”: If you and your partner splits up, who gets the dog? But sadly, it’s a common reason for nasty pet custody battles, the same pets that were welcomed with open arms into a couple’s life while they were still happy. At best, the pooch gets to live with the human who can provide … Read more

Incredibly Unique Big-Eared Beauty Needs A Forever Home

Wanda is a gorgeous pup with huge velvety ears and so much love to give… so why has no one taken her home? This beautiful pup has been waiting at the shelter for nearly half a year, desperate for a family. Normally fun-loving, shelter staff are getting concerned as she becomes more and more depressed. A post shared by BrowardCountyPetOfTheWeek (@browardcountypetoftheweek) on Jun 3, 2018 at 8:01am PDT Wanda was taken in to the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption … Read more

Adorable Spotted Puppy Wears His Heart On His… Nose!

Every dog is special, and some pups show their uniqueness through incredible markings – like Wiley the Dalmatian puppy! Wiley has tons of love to give, and it’s not only evident by his playful, outgoing nature. This adorable pooch wears his heart on his nose, where it’s on display for all to see. A post shared by w i l e y ♥ (@hi.wiley) on Apr 18, 2018 at 5:23am PDT As soon as she brought him home, mom Lexi … Read more

Which Hotels Allow Dogs? 9 Pet-Friendly Chains For Every Budget

Almost everyone loves going on vacation or out of town for a getaway, whether near or far. If you’re one of those people, you know that there is a down side: leaving your beloved pup behind. But, what if you didn’t have to? With many cities becoming more dog-friendly, it should be no surprise that lots hotels are, too! If you want your pup to tag along for your next adventure — or if you’re headed on a long road … Read more

Petition To Include Pet Food In Food Stamps Gathers Over 90k Signatures

Pet parents consider their companions to be family, so what happens when they fall on hard times, gaining assistance to feed the household – but get no help for their pets? This question was posed in a petition that has gone viral. When Edward B Johnston Jr. encountered a rough patch and enrolled in his local Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), he learned that the food stamps did not include food for his beloved dog. He wrote in the petition: “Unfortunately, … Read more

Animal Lovers Line Up For Annual “Blessing Of The Pets” Ceremony

We love our pets like family, so for those who believe in an afterlife – whether it be Heaven, or a peaceful paradise beyond the Rainbow Bridge – we hope that after they pass, we’ll one day see them again. That’s why pet parents were happy to line up to participate in the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land‘s annual “Blessing of the Pets” ceremony.   The annual event, held at the friary in Washington, D.C., takes place just before … Read more

People Who Abandoned Pets During Hurricane Irma Could Face Felony Charges

Despite the emergence of more and more pet-friendly shelters, attempts at preparation, and public service announcements, it never fails: with every natural disaster there’s an influx of surrendered and abandoned pets. Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control in Florida rescued around 40 pets before Hurricane Irma swept the area, and according to USA Today, “some were tied up, others were in pens or in enclosed yards, unable to escape.” Thanks to rescuers, these animals were brought to safety, but … Read more

How To Create A Disaster Plan That Includes Your Pets

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey, with Hurricane Irma barreling toward Florida, and with the western United States ablaze in forest fires, it’s time to think about creating a disaster plan if you don’t already have one. You never know when an emergency may come knocking on your door, and a lack of preparation could force you to leave your pets behind or lose them during an evacuation. Here are 3 things to keep in mind while creating a disaster … Read more

Delta Waives Pet Fees For Passengers Fleeing Hurricane Irma

Delta Airlines is showing support for passengers and their pets traveling to or from cities affected by Hurricane Irma through September 12th. Additionally, they will waive baggage fees. According to their website, pet parents who board the flight with animals in tow (and in the cabin) will not be charged the usual $75-200 fee to bring their companions with them. The only caveat is that the perk applies to small animals (with the exception of service dogs) who are able … Read more

5 Tips For Finding The Right Pet Sitter

We wish we could take our pets everywhere with us. Unfortunately, there are times and places where they can’t accompany us and we’re forced to leave them behind. If you’re lucky, you have friends and family who are willing and able to take in your fur kids when they can’t come with you. Sometimes, though, we’re forced to leave them with strangers. You want the best for your pet, even while you’re away, so picking a pet sitter shouldn’t be … Read more

7 Dog Breeds That Don’t Do Well In The Heat

With summer approaching, it’s time to talk about heat stroke. Since dogs can’t sweat, the only way they can reduce their body temperature is by panting. Any dog can overheat and suffer a heat stroke, but some dog breeds are far more likely than others to have a difficult time regulating their body temperature. Here are 7 breeds that don’t do well in the heat. #1 – English Bulldog   Brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog breeds are the most prone to heat … Read more

New State Amendment Will Treat Pets As Children In Divorce Court

When people get divorced, there’s a division of assets, and if applicable, a custody agreement made for the children. But where do pets fit in? As of January 17, 2017, courts in Alaska will begin granting custody of pets when their humans divorce. In terms of divorce court, four-legged family members are traditionally classified as “property.” Unlike kids, pets don’t need an education, a wardrobe of clothes, or lessons on growing up. However, they do need good nutrition, a clean, safe environment, exercise, … Read more

5 Disaster Preparedness Tips For Dog Owners

When it comes to emergency preparedness, there is a lot to take into consideration. There is even more planning involved, however, when there are pets to care for. Making sure our dogs are able to stay safe during a disaster is important, and there are a few extra steps to take when it comes to ensuring everyone’s safety. If you’re looking for a place to start planning, make sure you check these things off your list. #1 – Have Proper … Read more

“Avid Animal Lover” Leaves Her Generous Estate To Local Animal Shelter

This holiday season, the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter in Tennessee was granted a special miracle. On Christmas day, the community got word that a woman named Glenda Taylor DeLawder, who passed away in November 2015, had bequeathed a small fortune to helping the local shelter’s homeless pets. Described as “an avid animal lover” in her obituary, DeLawder’s bequest will enable the shelter to undergo some drastic improvements. “The administrators of Mrs. DeLawder’s estate have bestowed a gift of $540,000 to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal … Read more

Volunteers Spend 24 Hours In Kennels To Learn What It’s Like For Shelter Dogs

We will never know what it’s like to be a shelter animal, reeling from abandonment and spending day after day behind bars with strangers constantly walking by. But Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester, Massachusetts gave a handful of volunteers a taste of what it’s like to spend an entire day in a kennel. During the “Night Without A Family” event,  six volunteers spent 24 hours with a dog, living in its space and following its schedule. They had group playtime, … Read more

You Won’t Believe That This Adorable Dog Is Actually…A Cake!

When cake baker Emma Jayne Morris was asked to make a Husky cake for a birthday party in June of 2014, she discovered a hidden talent, according to Metro UK. Although she’s most certainly an artist, it turned out that she had a particular gift for sculpting cakes that resemble dogs and cats. In fact, some of her edible artistry has even been featured in Cake International magazine, including this stunning Bulldog creation: There’s no doubt that Morris’ cakes are spectacular. The only problem … Read more

14 Major Differences Between Life With Dogs & Life With Cats

Lots of people proudly declare themselves as being a “cat person” or “dog person” — or sometimes both — knowing that there are key differences between living with canine and feline friends. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but most pet parents will be able to relate to these hilarious nuances that make many of us partial to either cats or dogs. From personality traits, to lifestyle preferences here are 14 major differences between living with cats and living … Read more

Woman Pays Adoption Fees For Entire Shelter So Every Pet Can Have A Home For The Holidays

If you’re near Sacramento, California and have been thinking of adding a new four-legged member to your family, head over to the Front Street Animal Shelter and pick up a furry friend – for free! Now, it must be said that those who can’t otherwise afford adoption fees should reconsider whether they’re financially stable enough to properly care for a pet. Also, around this time of year, animals should not be considered “holiday gifts” to be spontaneously bought – and then returned. Also, all potential families … Read more

9 Dog Breeds That Are Perfect For Homebodies

We all know that lots of dogs love to run, play, and explore. But what if you’re a low-key pup parent who’d rather stay in and relax? The good news is, there are plenty of dogs who’d love to hunker down with you! First off, rescue dogs who are adults or seniors can make wonderful, calm companions who are satisfied with staying home. Second, there are certain dog breeds that tend to be calmer and more laid back than others, and even require less exercise to stay … Read more

New State Law Allows Pets To Be Buried With Their Humans

New York state laws are evolving to please the pet-loving public. One of the newest allows pets to be buried alongside their humans. You may be thinking, “Wait a minute–pets aren’t allowed to rest in peace with their families?” According to a story by the The New York Times, “It is unclear how many other states allow pets to be buried with their owners in cemeteries meant for people. In general, said Mr. Fleming, of the state’s Association of Cemeteries, the practice … Read more

The 3 Best Places To Pet A Dog

Just like people, dogs are individuals that have different likes and dislikes. They have times they want to be touched and times they don’t. But all that said, they’re generally very social animals that enjoy spending time with people. This means that getting a good scratch or massage is something they’re waiting for. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to know how to approach a dog and where to touch him or her, especially on your first meeting. #1 – … Read more

Man Hears That Pet Store Is Closing And Does Something Incredible For Animals In Need

Canadian Sean Squires heard that a local pet store was going out of business and decided to take full advantage of their closing sales–and all for a great cause. On Sunday morning, Squires walked into Petculture, located in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and bought out their entire supply of dog and cat food. That’s 570 bags and cans of food–all to be donated to local shelters. The generous bargain hunter scored $13,000 worth of pet food for a fraction of the cost, purchasing it for $3,000. … Read more

8 Things To Do If You Learn Your Pet Has Cancer

It’s one of the worst pieces of news a pet parent can hear: your dog or cat has cancer. Once you’ve been hit with the news–the emotional equivalent of being knocked out with a bulldozer–your thoughts will most likely turn to: “What do I do next?” Kristin Levine, a pet living expert, writes some sound advice on her website: “If your dog or cat ever does receive this dreaded diagnosis, don’t panic! As hard as it might be to do, … Read more

Dog Who Ran Off After Car Accident Found In Front Of A Pet Store

There’s a happy ending to a scary situation involving a car accident that occurred last night in Monroe, Washington. When a 17-year-old driver hit a family in their car head-on, both vehicles were completely totaled. The four people involved–the teen, and the family of two adults and a 15-month-old baby–are all recovering, but they’re expected to be alright. However, the family’s dog, a 6-year-old Chocolate Lab mix named Zaley, got spooked and ran off. As he was nowhere in sight, his owners thought … Read more

New Survey Shows How Much We Love Posting Our Pets On Social Media

Why did you join social media? To keep up with family? The news? For work? According to a recent survey done by Mars Petcare US, the world’s largest petcare company, it’s possible you joined as a way to share your pet with more people. These new insights only underscore just how much people love animals, and the importance of sharing this love is strongly represented in social media. “From increased health, social skills and physical activity to reduced rates of … Read more

Here’s How To REALLY Calculate Your Pet’s Age

Chances are, when trying to figure out how old your dog is in “human years,” you’ve multiplied his literal age by 7 to get your answer. (For instance, a 5-year-old pup would be 35.) While this is a widely accepted method, as it turns out, it’s not that accurate. According to Petful, Veterinarians have come up with a new scale that accounts for your companion’s quick maturation (for instance, dogs and cats can reproduce within their first year of age), as well as the … Read more

Pet Passengers Can Now Relieve Themselves In This Airport’s Special New Bathrooms

To cater to their furry frequent flyers, JFK airport in New York has installed a restroom for traveling dogs and cats in Terminal 4, between the Men’s and Women’s bathrooms. The 70-square-foot facility is a single-stall and has a trough-like area covered in artificial turf. It’s also equipped with a hose and poop bags for easy cleaning. There is even a fire hydrant atop the “grass,” as if to send a clear message to pet passengers: “This is where you potty!” The new facility is … Read more