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Tips for Re-Homing Pets

Tips for Re-Homing PetsUnfortunately, there are a number of reasons you might have to let a pet go: you’re moving to a place that doesn’t allow pets , you can no longer afford to take care of your pet, behavioral issues, allergies, etc. If these issues can’t be resolved (e.g. getting your new landlords to let pass their pet policy, getting your pet trained for behavioral issues, taking allergy medication, etc.), then perhaps you should re-home your pet.

Should you decide to re-home your pet, the following basic guidelines from the ASPCA should help your search for a new home and make your pet’s transition to its new home smoother.

Preparing For the Search

  • Prepare your pet before getting started (spay or neuter). Also, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current, and have your pet’s veterinary records handy for the new owner.
  • Snap some color pictures of your pet focusing on the pet’s most adorable qualities and favorite things to do.
  • Prepare a written description about your pet, and discuss why your pet needs a new home.
  • Then, spread the word that you’ve got an available pet for a new home (send e-mails with the photos and description to all your friends, put up posters in your neighborhood at the local pet store or dog park , walk your pet in high traffic areas where it will be seen by other pet owners, etc.),

Choosing the New Home and Owner

  • Interview potential owners and ask them why they’re interested in your pet and how they’ll care for it (where will the pet sleep, stay during the day, activities for the pet, etc). Ask the potential owners for references (employer, landlord) to check on employment and whether it’s okay to have pets where they live.
  • After interviews, invite potential owners to meet your pet in person. Observe how the pet and potential owner interacts.
  • Visit the pet’s potential new home to see what the environment is like and whether it will be a happy and safe place for your pet.
  • If the potential owner has a pet, ask to speak with the pet’s veterinarian to see how the owner cares for it.
  • With potential owners unfamiliar to you, ask them for a re-homing fee to put a value on your pet to see if the person can afford the pet and is willing to do what’s necessary to own a pet. A re-homing fee should also discourage predators who are looking for free pets for a variety of reasons.

The Transition

  • Take your pet to the new owner’s home over a series of visits if possible (for an afternoon, then overnight, and finally permanently) to do the transition. When the pet seems comfortable, the transition can be completed.
  • Make the final handoff as calm and uneventful as possible.
  • Give the new owner all your pet’s toys, favorite snacks, and sleeping items to lend some familiarity to their new home.
  • Also, give the new owner enough pet food to last at least a week. Changing a pet’s food can upset its stomach and cause digestion problems. The switch to a new food should be made gradually.
  • Finally, ask the new owner if you may call in a few weeks to check up on how the pet is doing. This will help ease your mind and the new owner will be aware that you’re following up.

By following the above guidelines, you can make your pet’s transition to its new home smoother and less stressful. Going through this process should also help set you at ease knowing that you made a solid effort to find a good home for your pet.

Check out some of the pets looking for good homes on PennySaverUSA.com.

Ken Sereno has been a GIS/Marketing Specialist at PennySaver USA for the last 7 years, and is a proud father of two boys and a fan of the USC Trojans. PennySaver USA is California’s leading resource in print, online, and mobile for hyperlocal advertising, local coupons, classifieds, and business listings.

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Save Money Monday: New Dog Supplies Checklist

So you just adopted a new pet… now what? It’s easy to get carried away at the pet store, so here’s your guide on what to buy and what to skip on that new dog supplies checklist.

New Dog Supplies Checklist:

  • Adjustable snap-on collars, tags, and a leash – Go for the basics!

    Forget about the fancy accessories, a basic nylon 6-foot leash, nylon snap-on adjustable collar, and standard tags will be all your new pup needs to be on your way home. Skip the fancy bling and opt for a sensible choice. If your pup is teething, you’ll be glad , you didn’t go for the designer variety. As for collars, a basic adjustable, snap-on collar ensures that you’ll be able to accommodate properly based on your new pet’s growth.

  • Training collar – Invest in a head harness!

    Head harnesses are widely used to help your dog learn proper manners while on walks. Because you can control their posture, you can easily teach your pup when to sniff, when to leave it, and how to walk without pulling. Once your dog is used to the head harness, he’ll have the skills to properly go on walks and you won’t have to invest in pricier body harnesses because your pup won’t have pulling problems.

  • Food – Invest in higher quality ingredients!

    Keep the same brand that your pup has been fed and gradually mix in a new brand or flavor of food that fits your budget. It’s important to note that higher quality foods will last longer because they provide all the essential ingredients for a healthy canine. Do your research and check with a local pet supplies store to see if they have bulk discounts.

    New Dog Supplies Checklist

    Go for the basics in food and water bowls, and invest in higher quality ingredients!

  • Food and water bowls – Go for the basics!

    Sure, a personalized set of bowls looks really cute, but you can save by choosing a dishwasher safe set instead.

  • Toys – Repurpose old stuffed animals!

    Speaking from experience, my pups love old stuffed animals more than any new store-bought toy. After a cycle in the laundry, it’s like a brand new favorite friend. Pick out a few different toys and introduce them in rotation so there’s always “something new” for your pup to obsess over!

  • Treats – Invest in raw knuckle bones!

    Raw bones are a great value find! These are very satisfying chewing treats and it’s very cheap to find these raw bones at your local butcher shop or carniceria.

  • Dog bed and crate – Invest in a quality crate!

    A quality metal crate is a must-have for any new puppy. If your dog is already house trained, you may opt for a comfortable dog bed instead. Crates help with providing a safe place for your dog to be safe & comfortable when you are away.

  • Training – Get free tips online!

    Dog training is all about training the dog handler more than the dog. So it’s more important for you to learn how to interact with your dog in a way that suits your lifestyle than letting someone else train your dog. You can get started online with a variety of videos that can teach you how to use positive reinforcement to train your dog.

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Save Money Monday: Dog Grooming on a Budget

Whether you have an active outdoor dog, or a dormant pampered inside dog, you definitely need to factor in grooming. From nail trims to hair cuts, your expenses could end up costing more than your personal trip to the salon! This Save Money Monday, we’re sharing  pet care tips for saving money while keeping Fido nice and clean!

Pet Care Tips for Grooming on a Budget

Fido loves a bath in your tub even better than going to the doggy salon

Brush your dog daily.

One of the first things you should do when you get a dog is to get a nice brush or comb. Brushes are good for shorthaired dogs while combs are good for dogs with medium to long coats. And if your dogs’ fur tends to curl and get matted, a finer comb can help detangle and dematte. Now that you have the perfect brush or comb, use it daily. When you’re watching TV, grab the brush and start grooming away. If your dog is skiddish, it’s best to introduce your grooming tool slowly and reward your dog with a treat for each time they get closer to the brush. By brushing and combing daily, you can help with excessive shedding, and you’ll be able to keep your doggie’s curls free of tangles!

Doggy wipes.

Use unscented baby wipes to wipe down your pup’s face & ears a few times a week. This helps get rid of the stinky dog smell. You can also use wipes on their paws after walks to keep their paws clean! You can save a couple of bucks by making your own wipes! Just use diluted doggy shampoo or baby shampoo.

Clean your dogs’ ears.

Most of the time, the worst smell comes from a dog’s ears, especially if you have a dog with floppy ears. You can use a solution of 1 part vinegar, 1 part alcohol, and 1 part water to make your own ear cleaning solution. Dab it with a cotton ball and run it along the outer parts of your dog’s ears. If you suspect an ear infection, contact your vet immediately.

Bathe your dog.

Hopefully you’ve been brushing, wiping, and cleaning out your dog’s ears on a regular basis now. Your stinky companion should be not so stinky anymore. So maybe you can cut your baths to every other week, or even down to once a month. Either way, you can save a ton of money by bathing your dog yourself. Fill the tub and start scrubbing away. Lather, scrub, rinse, and repeat. Be sure to do an extra rinse to rinse off all the excess shampoo! If you don’t have a bath tub, check with your local doggy groomer to see if they have self-service stations available. For a small fee, you can rent all the supplies and towels you need to make your doggy squeaky clean!

DIY doggy hair cuts.

If you are confident in your handling skills, please proceed cautiously. You can use a hair trimmer on your dog to trim the fur to a desired length. Pick an area to start. It can be at the back of the neck, or at the shoulders. Run your trimmer in one long stroke. If you’re happy with the length, continue throughout the dog’s body. Invest in a high quality trimmer and avoid those huge grooming bills!

For more money saving ideas for the four-legged friends in your family, catch-up on some good reading with our Pet Care Tips blogs.

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Adventures in Pet sitting: How to Avoid Mayhem and Enjoy the Experience

Over the weekend, I had to fulfill my duty as a cool aunt and pet sit for my two favorite furry nephews, two Alaskan Klee Kai puppies named Koda and Kane. At first, I was a little nervous with all the responsibility, but it ended up being a doggone good time! And I definitely picked up some survival skills quickly that I want to share with you in today’s Adventures in Pet Sitting blog post.

Meet Koda the Alaskan Klee Kai I Pet Sit

Meet Koda and his rebellious personality that I learned about during my Pet Sitting Adventures

Before you pet sit, ask yourself, “Can I really handle this?”

And take in consideration the type of pet (dogs are a handful, cats are less demanding, and small pets in cages aren’t too bad at all), your experience with pets (if you’ve never owned an animal, start out with something easy), and the time frame you will be pet sitting (the shorter the time, the less hair pulling).

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and write everything down.

When does your pet nap? How many times do I need to take your pet on a walk per day? How many times does your pet eat? What does your pet eat and where can I find the food in your house? Does your pet have any allergies? Any bad habits I should watch out for? Any areas in the house your pet is not allowed to go? Is there any medication I need to administer and how do I do that? What’s your Vet’s contact information? Is there any additional information I need to know in case of an emergency? These are all great questions to ask!

Make it easy for yourself and keep all-things-relating-to-the-pet in one area.

I felt like a lot of my time was spent running around finding toys to keep the puppies busy and I couldn’t even find the leashes to walk them. By day 2, I had everything in one spot, so it was easy to grab when Koda was yelping for attention or Kane wanted a treat.

Be comfortable with cleaning up their “business.”

Since the boys are still in the potty training phase, it was hard to tell when they needed to be taken outside. I was forewarned that they head to the door or start sniffing the ground if they need to use the restroom (AKA the backyard). Still, there were accidents! So I had to be comfortable picking up their accidental hiccups and carpet cleaning. Each pet is different, so you’ll need to be comfortable with picking up a range of “businesses.”

Develop an understanding of the pet’s personality.

Understanding and predicting what the pet will do next is a great way to avoid a headache. I noticed right away that when I picked up one pup that it made the other one follow me around and obey. I used this to my advantage when the boys were being too rowdy and I needed to take them inside. Each pet has certain quirks that if you watch closely, you’ll learn and be able to use to your benefit.

Pet sitting doesn’t have to be a huge disastrous adventure. Just follow these simple pet care tips and you’ll make that pet your best friend in no time, of course, it’s just until their mom comes home!

What is Kane thinking? Answer in a comment below.

What is Kane thinking? Answer in a comment below.

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Pet Care Tips: How to help your dogs get along

This blog was written by PennySaverUSA.com staffer Helen, a dog fanatic and owner of two dogs

Meet Nelly and Handsome, my two Australian Cattle Dog mixes. They look like they get along right? Not!

Nelly with Handsome at 3 months.

We adopted Handsome a little over a year ago when he was a puppy. He weighed about 6 pounds and Nelly wanted nothing to do with him. Since then, I’ve learned from my mistakes and at last there is some peace in my life.

Introduce the dogs in a neutral territory

When I first brought home the puppy, he was so cute that I couldn’t wait to show Nelly. I brought him up in a blanket and let him lay on her. That was a bad idea. Nelly was not into it and Handsome became extremely attached. After taking the dogs out of the house more, I found that the puppy became more tolerable in neutral territory, when he wasn’t invading Nelly’s space. When we moved to a new home, I made it a point to introduce my dogs to the neighbor’s dogs in the neighborhood park, rather than a driveway or in someone’s yard. This definitely let the dogs get to know each other in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Walk your dogs together

For some reason, I used to think it was a good idea to walk my two dogs separately. First the puppy, then the big one. It was a terrible idea. When I would take the puppy and leave Nelly, Nelly would start wailing. And even worse when I took Nelly and left the puppy. Let’s just say, that’s how we found out he was a howler. When I finally decided to walk them together, it was pretty bad. They would be pulling me in different directions. But, as every trainer will tell you, practice makes perfect. We went on longer walks so the dogs would get used to each other and it became a ritual for us. The great thing is, after a long walk, they get so tired that they won’t have any energy to fight!

Don’t favor one over the other

Sibling rivalry exists, even with dogs! Be sure not to fuel it by favoring one dog over the other. Whenever I feed the dogs, I always make sure that they’re getting equal portions. And when it comes to treat time, both dogs have to sit before they are rewarded with a treat.

Letting them play

Whenever I take the dogs to the dog park, they play. They will wrestle until they’re bored with each other. The great thing about having more than one dog is, they will keep themselves occupied. So throw a ball, or a chew toy at them and let them go at it!

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Healthy Eating Tips: Giving your pets the right diet

This blog was written by PennySaverUSA.com staffer Elizabeth, who has four pets and considers herself a passionate pet lover

In my household, we have two dogs, a Siberian husky named Luna and Australian cattle dog named Logan, and two cats, a big Russian blue named Buddha and a lean Tom cat named Bradley. It’s quite a full house. We love our furry friends to pieces and are always on the lookout for healthy eating tips to ensure we’re giving them the very best. Here are some of the pet care tips that I’ve found helpful.


Elizabeth's family of pets are healthy in large part because of their carefully monitored diet.

Food amounts for healthy weight levels

Luna and Logan are drastically different sizes and have very different activity levels. Luna thinks she’s training for the Iditarod and weighs about 40 pounds, while Logan loves to sleep in the sun all day and weighs only 20. If we fed them the same amount, one would probably become underweight and the other would blow up like a blimp. I used this Dog Food Calculator from Dog Food Advisor to determine exactly what they needed. We feed our dogs twice a day, and Luna needs a little over 2 cups total, while Logan only needs about 1 1/2. We aren’t as strict with our cats, who can eat any time they want, but we probably should be. I plan on trying out this Cat Food Calculator for them.

Food Ingredients

The ingredients you should choose vary significantly based on your pet’s age, lifestyle, and breed. Before choosing a pet food, you should speak with your vet about the optimal ingredients for your pet, and they can send you in the right direction.

Our vet recommended Kirkland Superior Premium Pet Foods because of the low cost and healthy ingredients. We feed our dogs the Superior Premium Adult Dog line which is rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids (for shiny coats and strong joints) and high-quality protein like lamb and eggs. We feed our cats the Adult Cat Healthy Weight and Hairball Control. Buddha is a little chunky, and we’ve noticed improved weight using this brand. It’s also chocked full of omega fatty acids, vitamins, and natural proteins like chicken.

Whatever you choose, watch out for foods containing these unhealthy ingredients that could harm your pet:

  • BHA and BHT – preservatives that can harm the kidneys.
  • Corn syrup – pure sugar and can cause “finicky eater syndrome” if they get addicted to the taste.
  • Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) – can cause allergic reactions in pets and people.
  • Dry blood meal – low-quality protein that’s hard to digest

If you see any of these ingredients in your pet food, it’s a sign that it’s not a high-caliber product and you should leave it on the grocery store shelf.

Treats and Snacks:

Who hasn’t felt the urge to give into those pleading puppy eyes when you’re enjoying a delicious burger? However, as a rule, you should avoid feeding your pet people food. Feeding your pet from the table can lead to annoying begging and hurt their health, as not all ingredients for people are good for pets. We opt for treats that mimic what they would eat in the wild as much as possible. Our dogs love the all-natural PCI freeze dried chicken breast treats, and our cats go bonkers for catnip. We reserve the occasional pre-cooked chicken or steak, without any seasonings. Just avoid table scraps and treats with the harmful ingredients mentioned above and you and your pets will be happy.

For more pet care tips, check out our other blogs. Happy meals to you and your pet!

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