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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.

Sweetheart Sunday – Poppy

It’s Sweetheart Sunday. Please meet Poppy, a 3-year-old purebred American Bulldog! 

Poppy is just the sweetest, gentlest girl you’ll ever meet.

 

 

Poppy has incredible manners. Watch her take treats oh-so-gently from my hand.

 

 

She has irresistible eyes that will melt hearts. She’ll look up at you adoringly when you show her some love.

 

 

Poppy is a quiet girl. But, she’ll let you know when she’s ready to play.

Watch Poppy politely asking me to play with her!

 

 

Poppy absolutely ADORES playing tug of war. She’s a fair player too!

She’s very strong, but knows how to play the game with gentle give-and-take.

 

 

She’ll hog the rope toy if you let her!

I highly suggest you do, because she talks to it and it’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!  

 

 

Poppy’s also a major pro at fetch. She’ll literally play fetch with anything! Watch her chase her puzzle toy around.

 

 

Once you’ve played with her, Poppy doesn’t hold back her gratitude!

She’ll express her adoration for you by leaning on your leg and giving LOTS of gentle kisses.

 

 

So don’t delay! Come by Seattle Humane and adopt this gentle honey today!

 

Learn more about Poppy here

Introducing Sweetheart Sunday!

Happy Sunday fellow animal lovers! Today, we are launching an excited weekly post called Sweetheart Sundays where we feature a pet who is still waiting for his or her furr-ific home!

Our first Sweetheart Sunday is true to her title. Introducing the biggest love bug in the world, Rosalie!

Her name isn’t the only thing that’s pretty about her. Rosalie is a babe.

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I mean, look at those EYES!

Rosalie also got a brain to match her beauty. This girl is smart. Watch her sit!

 

But Rosalie doesn’t let her beauty and brains get to her head! She’s loves everyone! We met for only a few seconds before she went to give me hugs and kisses.

Then she put a tennis ball in my hand, and her goofball side REALLY came out during fetch. Watch her excitedly run for the ball and forget it! 

 

The best part about Rosalie? She’s still available for adoption. You know you can’t resist that face! So stop by Seattle Humane today and meet her today! 

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Check out more footage of this beauty.

For more information about Rosalie’s ideal home, visit her profile!

 

Happy HOWLidays!

Happy HOWLidays from Seattle Humane! This time of the year can get super busy for everyone, so we wanted to make sure you had a one-stop spot for every animal lover in your family — including your furry friend.

2016 Seattle Humane Calendar

Get a year of cute with pet photography donated by Anna Hoychuck Photography. Buy yours online or at the shelter. 

Seattle Humane Apparel

 Fun apparel, pet items and more at seattlehumane.org/store. 

NEW this year is our “IT” shirt of the season. Wear your Seattle Humane pride loud and 222proud with this special tee and help support our campaign to build a new animal shelter and veterinary teaching hospital.

Holiday E-Cards

Donate in honor of a loved one and they’ll receive a holiday e-card featuring pets from Seattle Humane. Send your holiday cheer today! 

AmazonSmile Gives Back

 Buying your holiday gifts through Amazon this year? Sign up for AmazonSmile and they’ll donate a portion of every purchase to Seattle Humane. Just look for “Humane Society for Seattle-King Co”. Start your shopping now!

Santa Paw Photos

And, don’t forget – it’s not too late to send that holiday card out to friends. Santa Paws is going to be held at the Petco in Northgate on December 12th from 1-4 p.m. and also at University Village Dec. 14th and 21st from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit the pets in our care.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Purrs and tail wags from Seattle Humane

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Seattle Humane!

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Meet Scooby, a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix who loves to go on short walks followed by lots of cuddle time!

Are you stumped on what to get mom for this Mother’s Day? Are you looking for a last minute gift idea? We’ve got you covered! Mother’s Day is just right around the corner – hurry into Seattle Humane to get your mom the purrfect gift!

Here at Seattle Humane we have many different options for your animal loving mom this Mother’s Day. Whether you’re just looking for some Seattle Humane merchandise or looking to adopt a furry friend, we can help you out!

If now feels like the right time to adopt, bring mom in this weekend to receive a special adoption promotion on any pet. All weekend long, any mom who adopts a pet will receive $25 off the adoption fee! View all of our adoptable pets online!

This sweet kitty is Eliza, a 9-month-old girl who has a friend Zeena, who she would love to go home with!
Eliza was adopted in May 2015!

Maybe right now isn’t the perfect timing for a new pet, but you’ve been talking about a new addition for a while. There’s always the option of getting mom a gift certificate to Seattle Humane so she can chose the time to come in and get a furry friend of her own! It’s easy to purchase a gift certificate – just call us at 425-649-7563 or visit us in person!

If you aren’t looking for a new addition to your family, Seattle Humane merchandise is always a big hit for someone who might already have a pet of their own or someone who just wants to show their Seattle Humane pride. We’ve got plenty of options online for you as well as here at the shelter. Come visit us at 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005, before Sunday to get mom the perfect gift!2015 MothersDay Web Small