Friday, October 23, 2009

AbbyDay - Important Information for Everyone Who Loves Pets

It's Friday again and that means it's AbbyDay. I know I usually spend the day talking about me but today I am actually going to spend my talking about something very important - all of the poor animals in shelters.

I am a lucky goat. I have a wonderful home (in spite of having to share it with other goats - I would be much happier if it were just hunky Luke and me). I have lots to eat, a nice barn to sleep in and spools for playtime. 

 There are lots of animals out there that don't have such a great home, they live in shelters all over the country.  So I want to urge you that if you are going to get a new Farm puppy or Farm kitty to go to a shelter.

That is where the male person got Sherpa for the publicist. She was very sad about losing Farm cat Fred and little Sherpa has made her very happy. The publicist has told me all about a very informative site called Adopt a Pet. It is full of wonderful information on how to, well, adopt a pet. The publicist wrote about this site on her blog too. With the information she posted and what I am about to write, you will have lots of good stuff to read and bookmark for when the time comes for you to adopt your pet. 

Here is the good stuff about how to adopt a pet:

Common Questions About Pet Adoption

Q: Although there are literally millions of pets in shelters, pounds and other ‘temporary housing’, many pet-owners-to-be don’t think about pet adoption when they’re looking for their new four-legged friend. Why do you think this is, and what can be done to turn that around?
A: Many people who want to get a pet just are not aware of how many pets are available at shelters. They might also have the misconception that pets are shelters might be there because there was a problem with the animal. In fact, most pets end up in shelters not because of any problem pet behavior, but because an owner died, moved, or simply didn't have the time or money to care for the animal.  In some cases animals are lost and never found by their owners.  These animals are healthy and very eager to please.  Rescues pets are wonderful- just ask anyone who has one.
Some people are seeking purebred animals or puppies and think these are not available in shelters. In fact, nearly a quarter of all animals in shelters are purebred. Often someone buys an expensive purebred animal and then attempts to breed that animal to recoup their money. Often these puppies or kittens are not placed in homes, and end up in the shelter. Puppies and kittens often up in shelters as well, but it is important to note that your animals, especially puppies, require a lot of work and training and can be quite destructive (peeing on the carpet or chewing shoes). Puppies are great but often people are much happier getting a dog who is older, and whose size and temperament is a known quantity.
With and without even leaving their home, people can search all their local pets and see pictures and descriptions of the animals.  This way, they can find the exact pet they want, call the animal shelter or rescue group, and get information on how to adopt that specific animal.

Q: What are the 5 most important things a potential adopter should consider when choosing their new pet?
A: We actually have a blog post on this highlighting the top 10 things we believe are important when adopting. Here are five, the rest can be located by visiting this page
1. You need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life.
2. Verify in advance that you’re allowed to keep a pet where you live.
3. Never adopt a pet on a whim or because you feel it’s love-at-first-sight
4. Provide sufficient exercise and stimulation during the first few weeks, this will help the pet adjust.
5. Make any necessary modifications to your yard and fence to provide for your pet’s safety.

Q:  What are 5 positive aspects of pet adoption, and why it’s a good option?
1. When you adopt an adult animal, you can see his/her size and temperament.  This helps ensure that the pet is right for you and your family.
2. It feels great to know you have saved an animals' life and everyone you meet will give you kudos for that for years to come.
3. Adopted pets are very loyal and know they have been given a new home.
4.  Adopting a pet can be an important lesson to teach your children-- both about the value of life, and also about civic responsibility and even recycling- in this case recycling a living and loving animal into a new home.
5.  Choosing a mixed breed animal can help avoid many of the genetic health problems that have developed in purebred animal due overbreeding and inbreeding.

Q: If someone reading this isn’t in a position to adopt a pet right at this time, but still wants to help homeless pets, what are 5 things they can do to get involved?
1. People can do Social PETworking!  They can run a search on, find a pet they want to help get exposure for, and use the share tools on our site to post the pet link on their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or other social network page. Or, they can email the link of a pet in need form our site to their friends.
2. They can place a link/graphic or even a search widget for on their personal website to encourage they users to see pets in need at local shelters.  (hyper link "link" to our links page where we have graphics to be used as links)(hyper link "search widget" to our search module page which itself is a link form our links page)
3. People can add their info to our volunteer database (link) so shelters who need volunteers can find them.
4. People can search to find a local shelter, and make a cash donation to that shelter to help them with the costs of housing, feeding and medical care of shelter animals.
5. People can encourage other pet owners to spay or neuter their pet (link to our spay neuter page) to help prevent unwanted births.

You can see that we have put the link for Adopt-A-Pet on our sidebar. We are helpful goats. Even me!

The publicist wanted me to share this photo with you. When she was out taking the photos when we were on our last graze Sherpa decided to accompany her and be her photographic assistant

He stayed up on her shoulder the whole time and didn't once try and get down. Silly kitten! 

I will, of course, end with a photo of......ME!


Tomorrow:  The Kids Graze


  1. I want a little dog. A yorkie or tiny yorkie. Someone who will adore and snuggle me all the time.

    Hopefully I will move soon so I can adopt one. I promise I will look for an adult. After all who needs to potty train another creature. I have enough poo in my life already.

  2. I meant tiny poodle or even a cross. I am still sleepy.

  3. What a great post! Everyone should adopt and animal. My three kids are all rejects. No one wanted them. My one kitty was returned to the pound twice! He zeroed in on my feeling sorry for him and put on the sad face. I of course ate it up.That was ten years ago. All they need is love. Happy abby day!

  4. Yay for you, Abby! This post hits home for me. I'm involved in animal rescue and adopted both of my pit bulls. I wouldn't do it any other way. Despite your mother's usual disdain for you, I'm willing to bet you made Pricilla proud today. :)

  5. Great post today Abby! All of our cats are rescues from various shelters or feral colonies. One of our dogs is also from the shelter. Even if you cannot adopt a shelter pet, please consider volunteering your time or donating to the shelters to help the animals.

  6. Thanks Abby. That was very thoughtful of you to share that info and the nice picture of Sherpa.

  7. Great post Abby! And it was so nice of you to share that photo of the Publicist with adorable little Sherpa. That made me smile.

  8. Abby, you done good to write about this. When my Mommeh adopted Harley from the shelter, he had lived there for 6 months (his whole life!).

    It looks like Sherpa is a very extra-special kitteh.

  9. This is a great post! I think adopting animals from the shelter is the best thing you can do- I'm always going to get animals from there. My furbaby Clara was a shelter cat who had been picked up as a stray, and she's the sweetest, most wonderful cat ever. Then again, I may be biased. ;)

  10. This is a great post, Abby!

    Sherpa is really growing up, huh? What a cutie parrot-kitty he makes on the publicist's shoulder! :)

    About shelter stuff... Cute has some exciting stuff coming up, so could you tell the publicist to follow @SantaPawsDrive on Twitter to make sure she doesn't miss out? It's coming up! :)

  11. i think sherpa has been talking to the chickens about how to steal rides!!!! what a good looking kitty!!!

  12. First let me say that Sherpa is adorable! We have 2 cats and a dog, all of whom are from shelters. When we got our dog, I wanted a fancy designer dog, but just couldn't bring myself to spend all that money when so many dogs needed a good home. We got Hamlet who happens to be one of the best-behaved dogs you could imagine. We are lucky to have him.

  13. Abby, this is a wonderful post! There are lots of wonderful animals in shelters needing their furever home and it's so nice of you to remind everyone! We all came from shelters just like Sherpa. We like the picture of cute little Sherpa and the publicisit!

    Angel, Isabella and Sadie

  14. yes I agree everyone adopt a pet :O)... go to the shelters or the Rescue groups... I agree!

    The Boxer doggy we have now came from Texas Boxer Rescue and the Boxer doggy before him was also a rescue doggy!! and both were and are wonderful dogs!!

    GREAT POST you did today!!

  15. Carolyn - I think you would be a great mommy to a puppy. No matter what kind.

    AB - how nice of you to give all of those animals such a nice home.

    Heather Cherry - you are right; Pricilla is proud of me today. So is the publicist.

    Split Rock - it is so nice to read about everybody taking care of the shelter animals. I know you foster kitties which is so wonderful.

    Secondary Roads - all of us on the Farm feel this is important.

    Aunt Vicki - I am glad I could make you smile.

    Daisy - it was extra special nice of your mommeh to bring Harley home. Sherpa is very special to the publicist for lots of reasons.

    Meri - shelter cats know after they are adopted that they have someone who loves them.

    Cute - Sherpa is getting big fast. The publicist did as you asked. She can't wait to see what you are going to do.

    jaz - Sherpa LOVES to sit on shoulders....

    Anne - some of the nicest animals come from shelters. I think it's because they are so happy to have a home.

    BeadedTail - I am very happy to remind everyone about this. It is very sad that so many animals are in the shelters.

    Texan - thank you very much. Rescue groups are very important too!

  16. I've never actually adopted from a shelter -- mostly because we lived overseas for a long time -- but all our cats have been rescue cats, or abandoned at our house, and they've all been wonderful. The feral cats in particular have really shown gratitude. One of them would never eat until she had head-bumped my hand (and eating was a big deal for her).

    I was at a local shelter recently, and they had so many animals that they had cages stacked in the waiting room. There must have been 30 cats out there. I wish I could have taken them all home.

  17. Both times we had a dog, we got them from the shelter too. I can't imagine doing it any other way.


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