A Gift From the Heart: Helping Animal Shelters for the Holidays

helping animal sheltersGenerosity, sharing, and appreciation for all that we have are hallmark themes of the holiday season. As we gather with our loved ones to give thanks for all that we have, it is only natural to want to extend our resources to those less fortunate, as well.

For some, that may mean filling up donation bins for area food banks or donating winter wear to those in need, but for animal lovers, your thoughts may be on lending a hand to shelter pets this winter, instead. Like so many other charities, animal shelters and rescue organizations are always in need of assistance. From monetary gifts to gifts of time, these nonprofits depend on us to keep their doors open and to continue helping our less-fortunate animal friends.

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Best Friends Forever: The Ins And Outs Of Choosing A Pet

choosing a petAdopting a new pet is not only one of the most exciting and meaningful times in life, it’s also an important decision with lasting effects. With the holidays on the horizon, many families are inevitably considering a new, four-legged addition to the family, and your friends at MountainView Veterinary Hospital want to help you in any way we can when it comes to choosing a pet.

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The number of people in your family, their ages, and your family’s schedule should be a major factor in choosing a pet.

All pets require daily care, but some need much more attention than others (for example, dogs need daily walks and training, whereas cats are more independent). Make sure you understand the various requirements of the different species and breeds before you make your choice.

Perhaps a smaller critter might be a good starter-pet for young kids or even adults! Domesticated rats, mice, guinea pigs, bearded dragons can all make great pets as long as they are handled, cared for and housed properly. Research all pet options before making any impulse adoptions or purchases!

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