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7 Ways to Transition New Pets into the Home

The holiday season is a time of year where shelters everywhere experience many “gift adoptions.” While the thought of surprising your loved ones with a long anticipated furry friend might be heartwarming, many of these gift adoptions don’t work out. Why? Because many gift adoptions are impulsive. They can also be forced – where potential adopters feel pressured to pick any cute animal just to put him or her under the tree.

Instead of bringing home a pet for Christmas, we suggest purchasing a gift certificate from Seattle Humane. This way, you’re still surprising your family with an adoption, while giving your family time to search for your perfect furry friend! You’ll also be able to include them during the exciting search process.

But sometimes that PURR-FECT pet comes along, and you just can’t let go of him or her. If your home has resident pets, follow our pet tips below for a seamless introduction:

 

1. Introduce dogs in a neutral environment.

Dogs should be introduced in a neutral environment. Seattle Humane requires all dogs meet prior to introduction. But before bringing home your new family member, be sure to let the dogs meet again in a park.

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Leash both the dogs and introduce them in a calm area. Have one person handle one dog each. Make sure to keep walking until your dog’s body language is calm and relaxed. Keep leashes loose as tense leash can make your pet anxious.

Once the dogs are showing curiosity about each other, allow them some sniffing time. Treat good behavior in both dogs promptly. If the dogs lash out at each other, pull them away and resume walking.

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Typically, dogs will become at ease with each other after a good walk. But sometimes when taking them home, resident dogs may exhibit territorial behavior. Do not punish dogs for being aggressive. Remember that the introduction process is highly variable with each dog. Be patient and remain positive.

 

2. Introduce cats to resident pets by scent.

Cats should be introduced to resident pets by scent. Confine resident pets in one room and allow the new kitty to sniff around the house. Once kitty is adjusted to the new smells, confine him/her in a room of his/her own. See the picture below for room inspirations! Then allow resident pets to sniff out the house.

Once a day, rotate the pets. Confine and allow resident pets to explore kitty’s room. While resident pets are sleuthing, allow kitty to smell out the rest of the house.

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This process should take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the pets’ personalities.

Resist the urge to throw the pets in one room to “work it out.” This ironically almost never works out and instead reinforces unwanted behavior. Also, never confine a cat in a crate while allowing resident pets to sniff around the crate.

 

3. Create positive associations with their scent.

To encourage a good relationship between pets, make sure to give them plenty of treats for good behavior. Do not yell, scold, and spank if they lash out on each other. This will make them associate each other’s presence with fear and anger. Instead, pull them away from each other and give them their needed space. Try again later, and promptly reward any good behavior.

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For kitties, feed new cats in their allotted room. And feed resident pets outside the kitty’s door. Once they seem comfortable, you may put kitty’s bowl on one side of the door, and resident pets’ food on the other side.

 

4. Allow sneak peeks.

For kitties and resident pets, once they’re comfortable with each other, allow sneak peeks. You may carry kitty and allow them to see each other. Reward good behavior. Moderate hissing is normal. But if fearful behavior comes out, put kitty back in the room. Try again the next day, and reward good behavior.

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Another good method is using a baby gate and keeping kitty on one side, and resident pets on the other. This allows them to get full view and interactions, while still providing a safe barrier.

 

5. Exercise the dogs regularly.

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If the dogs are tired out from exercise and play, a seamless home transition is more likely. Cooped up dogs are more likely to lash out from frustration.

 

6. Do not leave pets unattended.

Even though your pets might look like they get along, do not leave them unattended for a few months. You never know how pets will interact once you leave.

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Instead, continue to confine your new pet in their own space, while leaving resident pets in their usual set up.

 

7. Be patient and get your family on board.

Introducing pets to each other is a long process that requires lots of individual and team effort. Do not be discouraged if your pets need some time to get used to each other.

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Just keep trying, be gentle, slow down, and be positive. Also be sure to talk to your family to get a game plan on board.

Leading Teens One Paw at a Time

“If we are to reach [the] world… we shall have to begin with children.” — Mahatma Gandhi

At Seattle Humane, we recognize the importance of fostering and nurturing our community’s youth with lifelong skills. Leadership, advocacy, and compassion are just some of the skills we are looking to support in our youth. That’s why we are excited to unveil our new program geared to young teens 12-17 years old, Teens for Animals!

One of our youth groups after completing their program

Focusing on the unique and profound human-animal bond, Teens for Animals (TFA) strives to teach youth the importance of being an advocate and educator within their community of peers, family and friends.

While exploring the responsibilities of pet ownership and learning of the important role pets play in our community, teens will learn how to be a compassionate civic-minded leader and team player of their own respective communities.

For those who discover a deep passion in animal welfare, TFA will provide an excellent platform for exploring and conceptualizing career opportunities!

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Teens of all ages interacting with our resident pets

TFA will meet 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on designated Saturdays starting November through May. Class sessions are a combination of animal interaction, classroom activities, and welfare advocacy. We cover everything from puppy mills to feline behavior. Learn more about our program and requirements here!

If Teens for Animals sounds like a perfect program for you, or a teen that you know, hurry and apply now!

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Here are some of our teen program graduates supporting us during a marathon!

The extended deadline for this one-of-a-kind program is November 17th. There is a low enrollment fee of $25 per applicant. This fee helps cover costs of running the program, and will include supplies for teens – a teen volunteer t-shirt, name tag and binder.

We are committed to making our programs accessible to all, if you are unable to cover the enrollment fee, please submit a scholarship request at the end of the application.

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In action: the human-animal bond as a vehicle for instilling compassion, leadership, and civic-mindedness

Top 5 Reasons Why Senior Pets are Awesome

Here at Seattle Humane, it’s no secret that our senior pets are hidden gems. Often overlooked by potential adopters, senior furry babies are given the short stick because of misconceptions. But have no fear! We are here to shatter those misconceptions, and spread the word on why senior pets are simply awesome.

 

1. What You See is What You Get

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There’s no surprises with these guys! Senior pets have had time to settle into their personalities – their likes and dislikes are easily known. Also, senior pets who come into our care have a slew of behavioral tests done, so that you will know every detail of what they’re like and what pet parent would make them happiest. We make it a breeze to find your perfect fit!

 

2. House Training? What House Training?

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Say goodbye to constant midnight potty breaks! Say goodbye to the dreaded non-clumping litter! Most senior dogs and cats come with oh-so-desired house training skills. A word of advice though – if your senior pet starts having accidents at home, don’t stress. It’s simply time for a veterinary visit to ensure there are no underlying issues.

 

3. They Have Indoor Manners You Can be Proud of

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Almost all senior pets have history. This means that they’ve lived in a home with other humans before, and understand how to properly behave at home. Most senior dogs know to chew on a bone or rawhide, and to stay clear of your shoes and furniture legs. As for senior cats, they are wise enough to know that scratching posts are much better nail sharpeners than your furniture. Your home (and wallet) are safe when bringing home a senior!

 

4. No Chill Pills Needed Here!

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Senior pets have no need for chill pills, unlike their younger comrades. By the time cats and dogs turn 6 years old, they will have calmed down significantly from their baby and teen days. This means that they need less exercise and stimulation. But don’t worry – most senior dogs still love a hike and a good game of fetch, while most senior cats still love to play with their cat wands.

 

5. They Make the Best Pets For Kids

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Because senior pets have are mostly house trained, well-mannered, and calm, they make excellent companions for kids. Don’t fall for the grumpy old senior stereotype. These young-at-heart furry babies are less likely to jump and overwhelm your kids – most of them will curl up and snuggle with your human babies and you! So if you’re looking for a furry companion, don’t forget to give senior pets a second look.

Find Your Purrfect Match Today!

12047120_10205306962739223_766023888903585641_nHere at Seattle Humane, we are all about saving lives and completing families. We want to be sure that each adopter who walks through our door is matched with the appropriate pet to fit their lifestyle. To ensure this, we go through a thorough match making process with each adoptive parent. It’s our goal to match you with the purrfect pet in hopes of building a lifelong relationship.

  1. When you first arrive at Seattle Humane you’ll be greeted with a friendly “hello!” from our volunteers and staff. Shortly after, we’ll jump right into “which furry friend brought you in today?”
  2. Depending on your interest, we will either show you where our cats hang out or we will take you outside to visit with our pups.
  3. If you don’t have a specific interest in one of the animals yet, that’s when the real fun begins!
  4. At this time we give you the opportunity to fill out a pre-adoption questionnaire form that tells us a little more about you and your lifestyle. The questions help us determine which pet will fit into your family best.
  5. Once all of the forms are filled out you will meet with one of our Adoption Advisors to go over what you are looking for in a furry friend of your own. Here we will cover everything to ensure we have the proper information to find your purrfect match – after all, we wouldn’t be a good match maker if we didn’t have all the necessary information!
  6. Now it’s your turn to have the fun! We will either show you to our kitty rooms or take you out to visit the dogs. It’s time to see if those spark fly! Really get to know your furry friend, this is your time – don’t feel rushed! Sometimes we just know our perfect match when we see them, but other times it might take a little extra time. Take your time, enjoy the process.
  7. Once you’ve found your match we can get the paperwork started!
  8. All of our cats will need to leave with a carrier and all of our dogs will need a leash and a collar. Don’t stress if you haven’t gotten these items, we have them here for purchase! We even have dog and cat starter kits to ensure that this process is as painless as possible. There’s no need to stop by the pet store on the way home, you can just go home to enjoy the afternoon with Fido!
  9. We provide you with all of the pet’s original paperwork, a free vet visit, 30 days of Trupanion pet health insurance, a 6-week training class for dogs and plenty of coupons and pet advice handouts to start you off on the right paw!
  10. Now is the time you get to do the happy dance out the door with your new family member.
  11. To ensure your adoption is still going great, we will follow up with a phone call or an email within the month. If you have any questions or concerns, we always welcome an email or a phone call – we want to provide you with all the necessary tools for success with your new furry friend.

IMG_6142What are you waiting for? Come into Seattle Humane to find your purrfect match today!

10 Reasons Why Senior Pets Make the Best Companions

Often times senior pets get overlooked when people want to adopt. Everyone thinks the cute little puppy or kitten will be the best addition to the family, but what about the senior pets? Older pets are just as great, if not better for making a wonderful family addition. They make the best companions and truly understand the meaning of getting a second chance at life. In just a short amount of time they will be loyal and loving members of your family. Not convinced? Here are ten more reasons to adopt a senior dog and a senior cat.

 

Spike is a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix who's excited to meet his faithful companion.
Spike, a 9-year-old German Short haired Pointer mix.

Why older dogs make great companions:
1. Older dogs are house trained. There’s no need to stress about going through the stages of teaching a puppy all of the house manners – your older pup has already got it down!
2. Those puppy teeth are long gone and you won’t have to worry about a teething puppy chewing up your shoes or furniture.
3. They’re easier to train because they don’t have as much energy and are more focused.
4. They are much wiser; they know the rules and are aiming to please their owners!
5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.
6. Older dogs understand what it means to be rescued and they know that they’ve been given a second chance. They are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be in a loving new home of their own and they will show you every day how much it means to them!
7. What you see, is what you get. The sweet and mellow older dog has already grown into their personality. There won’t be any surprises!
8. Older dogs are instant companions — ready for hiking, car trips, and any other things you might want to do.
9. They aren’t as demanding. Although older dogs still need exercise, they don’t require as much attention as a younger puppy.
10. Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.

 

Oscar is a handsome 11-year-old male kitty who can't wait to charm you with his purrfect personality.
Oscar, a handsome 11-year-old male kitty.

Why older cats make great companions:
1. When a senior cat is adopted, they seem to truly understand the meaning of being rescued and are very thankful for the second chance.
2. Senior kitties already have their CAT-tastic purrsonalities, you’ll know if they are a good fit for your family right away!
3. Older cats are more trainable due to their longer attention span and impulse control.
4. A senior cat most likely already knows the basic household etiquette like not attacking your feet as you walk by!
5. Most likely your senior cat is already litter box trained and is less likely to “forget” where the box is.
6. You know exactly how big your cat is going to get! If you feed your cat the appropriate amount of food, your cat will stay the same size and you’ll know how much cat you’re getting.
7. Senior cats love to relax just as much as you do! They make great couch companions unlike kittens who have a lot of energy and often times get into mischief because of their boredom.
8. Have you ever heard of a cat nap? Senior cats make great napping buddies!
9. Older cats are well aware of what scratching posts and toys are for; they will turn to these things instead of your furniture.
10. Senior cats tend to stay the longest at a shelter – when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life!
Next time you’re thinking about adopting, be sure to take a second look at those amazing senior pets! You won’t regret your new found companionship with a happy senior pet. AND don’t forget to stop by Seattle Humane next weekend – we’re matching our seniors with seniors! The adoption fee is waived for all cats 7 years and up and receive $50 off the adoption fee for all dogs 7 years and up for anyone 60 years or older. Complete your family at Seattle Humane today. View more of our adoptable pets at www.seattlehumane.org.