A lot of our customers on Marco Island, have dogs that they got through a “Rescue” program. Rescuing a vulnerable and unwanted dog is an amazing thing to do. You’ll save a dog’s life. There are so many healthy, lovable dogs in shelters. Rescue dogs are intelligent, emotional beings who deserve a chance at a long, happy life, and the rewards you get from rescuing are far greater than buying a dog.
The Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) is one resource for adopting a dog. DAS screens dogs and cats for good health and temperament, and place qualified pets up for adoption. Adopted cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies before you take them home, which saves you hundreds of dollars.
DAS offers reduced adoption fees to Senior Citizens (60 or older) and Active, Honorably Discharged, or Retired Military Personnel. Half price adoptions for adult and senior dogs and cats (puppies and kittens under 4 months excluded). DAS also offers public outreach and educational opportunities through special events, off-site adoption events, and civic and school presentations.
DAS volunteers donate over 16,000 hours each year walking dogs, socializing cats, and assisting at off-site events. Contact Collier County Domestic Animal Services, 7610 Davis Blvd., Naples FL 34104. Telephone number: 239-252-7387.
There are also Breed-Specific rescue programs you can find online. Breed-specific rescues, like other rescue groups, put a great deal of energy, expense, and care into the dogs they re-home. The rescues are an effort of love, and the diligence they put into finding the perfect match between a dog and a forever home shows it.
Breed-specific rescues will first make sure that you’re the right kind of person for the breed you’re seeking to adopt. What kind of home you have, how active you are, how much time you want to invest in grooming, if you’re aware of health issues for the breed, if you have kids or other pets, and so on. All these factors determine if your home is right for the breed and if there is a dog in the rescue whose personality matches up with you and your home.
So, If you are in the market for a new dog or cat check out an Adoption Program.
Many of the pets on Marco Island live in houses or condos and must follow Collier County’s pet laws that require: “Pets must be confined to the owner’s property or walked on a leash. Pets may not run at large.” This means that pets on Marco often do not get a lot of exercise and can gain weight.
Dog parents should watch out for overfeeding. Avoid big meals and lots of tasty treats. In dogs, as with humans, extra weight can lead to health problems. Be sure to indulge your four-legged friend with affection, not food! The overweight pet has many added stresses upon his body and is at an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain to name a few.
There are a few ways easy ways to identify whether your pet has put on the pounds. You should be able to feel the backbone and touch the ribs in an animal of healthy weight. If you cannot feel your pet’s ribs without pressing, there is too much fat. Also, you should see a noticeable waist between the back of the rib cage and the hips when looking at your pet from above. When viewed from the side, there should be a “tuck” in the tummy, meaning the abdomen should go up from the bottom of the ribcage to inside the thighs. Dogs who fail these simple tests may be overweight.
Here are a few tips to help manage your dog’s weight:
- Overweight animals consume more calories than they require. Work with your veterinarian to select a more suitable food and determine your pet’s caloric requirements. The diet should contain a normal level of moderately fermentable fiber and fat to prevent the skin and coat from suffering during weight loss.
- Increasing physical activity can be valuable to both weight loss and weight maintenance. Regular exercise burns more calories, reduces appetite, changes body composition and will increase your pet’s resting metabolic rate.
- Remove your pet from the room when the family eats.
- Feed your pet several small meals throughout the day.
- Reduce snacks and treats, and feed all meals and treats in your pet’s bowl only.
- Provide non-food related attention with lots of affection.
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Michael M. Neal is graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Biological Sciences. He is an avid pet owner and nature lover. He is the owner of The Critter Café pet salon that offers grooming, boarding, day care, obedience training and pet supplies on Marco Island.