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    Adopt Don't Shop!

    Imagine the population of Chicago being killed annually entirely for the idea of population control-- that is how many animals enter shelters and are euthanized every year.

    Approximately 2.7 million (1.3 million dogs and 1.4 million cats) are euthanized annually. Let that fact sink in for a little while we explain some other harrowing statistics.

    Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner; furthermore, of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.

    If you are planning to adopt a furry buddy, make sure you are prepared to take care of that animal for it’s lifetime. Too many animals are given up because of mounting vet bills or other external factors, a solution that should of ended when the pet was adopted. You are all your pet has in its life- it is important to uphold that responsibility for the welfare of your fur-ever friend.

    When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life-- but when you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry who’s foundation is harming the welfare of animals. The puppy and kitten mills that sell to pet stores are in business to make a large profit, so they breed animals as quickly as they can. According to Best Friends, these animals are often in ill health, have problems such as poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship, and genetic defects due to inbreeding.

    Photo courtesy of Barks of Love 

    However, if you don’t find your ideal companion at your local shelter or breed rescue group, you may choose to purchase a puppy or kitten instead of adopting one. In this case, it is important to be certain you are buying from a responsible breeder that breeds and sells only healthy well-socialized animals. According to American Humane, responsible breeders typically do not sell their puppies or kitten to the terrible pet stores. These breeders actually will want to meet and screen prospective owners to ensure that their puppies are going to good homes.

    How can you help other than adopting? If you do have an fur-ever friend, it is important to get him or her spayed or neutered, as this ends the threat of unwanted litters. Especially with outdoor cats who roam freely, it is imperative that you get your fur friend fixed at the proper age.

    To conclude our plea to consider pet adoption rather than shopping, we give you positive news that 2.7 million dogs and cats are also saved from euthanization each year due to people opening their hearts and homes for a furry friend. It is important as to stay on the path of emptying the animal shelters before reaching into our wallets to shell out the big bucks for a pure bread.

    Posted below are shelters that are not only near and dear to our animal-loving hearts, but that we have actually helped in the past. Due to the public’s interest in the welfare of these fur-babies, these shelters continue to thrive today:

    Adopt, don’t shop.











    11 Dogs Who Have No Idea Where This Mess Came From

    11 Dogs Who Have No Idea Where This Mess Came From.

    I mean, innocent until proven guilty... right?

    1. "I swear, it just EXPLODED...


    Reddit: KiteTales


    2. "I saw nothing. I know nothing."


    Reddit: tslout


    3. "Psh. I have no idea who ripped up that toilet paper. I've been laying here with my bone this WHOLE time."


    Reddit: NickVo


    4. "Those... those aren't mine..."


    Reddit: alexxlea


    5. "I swear, I'm just as baffled as you are." 


    Reddit: cajun_kidATL


    6. "... No, this was already here when I walked in the room."


    Reddit: iwillthinkaboutit


    7. "Something on my face? What are you even talking about?"


    Reddit: GameGenie710


    8. "Trash? What trash? I love you!"


    Reddit: Zwonix


    9. "Man, I'd sure hate to be the dog who made this mess, am I right...?"


    Reddit: 1890s_kid


    10. "I literally have no idea what just happened."


    Reddit: IEatConcrete


    11. "I was just taking a bath, I swear!"


    Reddit: balbuzard09

    *Editor's note: make sure your pup is getting enough attention around the house, and that they always get enough exercise, otherwise they might get bored and start shredding stuff! Also make sure they have something to play with if you leave them home alone! 

    By: Lindsey Robertson

    Source: The Dodo

    The Ultimate List of Companies With Secret Menus and Free Products For Your Pup

    free stuff for dogs

    If you’re like me, you want to do EVERYTHING with your pup. But sometimes it’s hard to find a place that welcomes both you and your dog. What to do when society shuns your dog love? Turn to a place that understands how important it is to have ALL of your loved ones with you, whether dining out, staying in a hotel, or going for a quick coffee. 

    Here are 27 establishments that will cater to your dog. 

    1. Starbucks

    One of the items on the Starbucks secret menu, the Puppuccino is a small cup filled with whipped cream for your pup,  a.k.a. all things good in this world. Next time you get that grande non-fat chai latte, treat your pup to the puppuccino! Editor’s note: WebMD lists ice cream and dairy as a food your dog shouldn’t eat. Just like humans, some dogs get upset stomachs from eating dairy so if you have a pup with a sensitive tum, might want to stay clear of this one! 

    2. Rock & Brews

    This American comfort food restaurant not only has a dog-friendly patio, but they have a doggie menu and will bring water in a bowl for your pup upon request (on the house). The perfect place to dine and rock out with your pup.


    Image via www.bringfido.com

    3. Shake Shack

    Would you like a Pooch-ini to go with those fries? Shake Shack offers delicious desserts custom made for your pup. The Pooch-ini is composed of dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce, and a vanilla custard. You can also order a Bag O’Bones, which is a bag of five ShackBurger dog biscuits made by Bocce’s Bakery.


    Image via www.lifewithdogs.tv

    4. Johnny Rockets

    At select Johnny Rocket locations, such as the Chino Hills, CA branch, a specialized menu is offered for our four legged friends. Items include doggie hamburgers, lickety split ice cream, and even pupcakes (nomz). Dogs are welcome at all locations and are provided with fresh water upon request.


    Image via www.pe.com

    5. Sprinkles Cupcakes 

    Not only does this chain have Cupcake ATM’s (satisfying your cupcake needs 24/7), but it also offers Doggie Cupcakes. These cupcakes are sugar-free and topped with a yogurt frosting.


    Image via www.sprinkles.com

     6. In-N-Out 

    The Flying Dutchman, an item on the secret menu, simply contains two beef patties and two slices of cheese. While it is not officially a dog item, per se, rumor has it that it was created for people to feed their dogs at one of the original In-N-Out locations.

    7. Le Pain Quotidienne

    Grab a pastry, take a seat outside on the heated porch, and relax with your pooch. This restaurant is not only dog-friendly, but some of the outdoor tables at select location have jars of dog treats, and if not, dog treats are offered by the staff. Talk about pampered!

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    Image via www.zimbio.com

    8. JetBlue

    Want to take your pet on vacation? No problem. JetBlue allows small pets to travel in cabin and has an exclusive program, JetPaws, that caters to your canines every need, providing all the tools necessary for a smooth trip. The program includes a carrier bag-tag and a travel guide which includes a list of pet-friendly establishments in popular destinations!


    9. Ace Hotels

    Ace Hotel New York has got a real soft spot for our four-legged guests. Travelers who book a room at Ace Hotel New York with the special rate code PUPPYLOVE will have our regular pet fee waived, plus you’ll get a BARKBOX. Yup. 

    Image via Ace Hotels

    Image via Ace Hotels

     10. W Hotels 

    At these luxurious hotels, pets are pampered just like their hoomans. Upon arriving, pets receive welcome packets that contain a toy, treat, pet tag, and clean up bags with the W’s PAW (Pets Are Welcome) program. The program includes custom W pet beds, food and water bowls with a floor mat, and treats at turndown.

    PAW at W Seattle 2.jpg

    Image via nypost.com

    11. Kimpton Hotels 

    This hotel chain is perfect for the pampered pooch. They offer special pet packages which include amenities such as food and water bowls, mineral water, temporary pet tags, gourmet dog cookies, walking services, dog sitting services, and even pet massages. They even have a Director of Pet Relations to ensure that your dog has a pleasant stay.

    12. Saks Fifth Avenue

    Who says pups and fashion have to be mutually exclusive? Bring your pooch with you while you shop. Saks is extremely pet-friendly; the Birmingham branch even hosted a Dogs & Denim Fall Fashion show supporting Hand in Paw, an animal therapy organization.

    13. Tim Hortons

    Tim Hortons might be known for their variety of Timbits, but few people know that Tim Hortons offers plain Timbits for dogs. Just make sure to ask for a pet-friendly Timbit so they know not to put sugar on it. Limit one per canine customer!


    Image via Flickr

    14. Southwest Air

    Though most airlines will allow customers to bring a pet carrier on board for a fee, Southwest has a 2-for-1 rate. Meaning if you have two small dogs that can fit comfortably in one carrier, then you will only be charged for the carrier, and not per pet.


    Image via poshpoms Instagram

    15. Westin Hotel

    The Westin will pamper you pup as much as it would a person, offering robes, massages, and custom cuisine to the dog in your entourage. After all, luxury is not limited to those who walk upright. The concierge will even inform you of the dog-friendly activities in the local area.

    16. Dairy Queen

    This ice cream eatery has a royal secret. The Pup Cup! Ask your cashier for a Pup Cup the next time you’re at Dairy Queen with your dog and you’ll receive a free small-serving of vanilla soft serve ice cream. Bow (wow) to the Queen!


    Image via Sheltie Nation

    17. Virgin Atlantic

    Virgin Atlantic offers a special heated and air-conditioned compartment – just like the cabin – for your furry flyers. Hoomans even earn Flying Club miles for flights logged by your pup. See the Virgin Atlantic Flying Paws scheme to sign up. Virgin Atlantic does have a set limit on the number of dogs allowed onboard, so you guessed it, call ahead!


    Image via The Abe Forum

    18. Four Seasons Hotel

    The epitome of exclusive, Four Seasons will only allow pooches under 15lbs. But if your dog does stay at the Four Seasons, then some locations will treat your dog to all the services you will be treated to, including in-room spa services. The hotel will also accommodate your dog with walking services and special treats. Many Four Seasons also have a veterinarian on call to ensure your dog’s stay is as healthy as it is harmonious.


    Image via Live Love Pet

    19. Culver’s

    Culver’s may be known for their “made-daily Fresh Frozen Custard,” but we know them for their welcoming attitudes to our dogs. Culver’s has a tradition of offering milk bones to dogs coming through the drive thru. If you drive thru the right location, then your dog will get their milk bone in a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


    Image via Ralph Dog

    20. Loews Hotels and Resorts

    Enroll your dog in the Loews Loves Pets program at the Loews Hotel and your dog will gain access to a unique room service menu, toys, a bed, and a list of local pet services. The hotel also provides dog-walking and dog-sitting.


    Image via PR Web

    21. Sonic Drive-in

    Due to the drive-in setup of the restaurant, Sonic welcomes all dogs. Several locations even bring dog treats to your car along with the meal! 

    drivein dog

    22. Drury Inn

    Not only are dogs welcome at the Drury Inn, but they stay free of charge!


    Image via Airbnb

    23. American Apparel

    Do you and your pup need some new threads? At American Apparel you can shop with your dog, and for your dog. Your dog is welcome as long as they’re leashed, and while they’re there they can check out the American Apparel pet line.


    Image via Savvy Saving Couple

    24. Chick-fil-a

    Driving thru? Chances are, you might be at one of the many Chick-fil-a locations that give treats to dogs who come by the window!


    Image via Costume Works

    25. Red Roof Inn

    Red Roof is another dog-friendly establishment that will not charge you additional fees to have your dog stay in the hotel. That’s right, dogs stay free!


    Image via DogTales

    26. Motel 6

    Another over night accommodation happy to have your pup at no cost!


    Image via DailyMail

    Yet the most accomodating place of all?

    27. Apple

    In the Apple Kingdom, there are no rules. The question is not what can you do at the Apple store, it’s what can’t you do. If you’ve got a pet goat, you can bring it to the Apple Store!

    Written by: Michelle Vogt

    Source: BarkPost

    Kathy Griffin Joins The Fight

    The infamous Kathy Griffin has stepped up and joined the "Adopt Don't Shop" Campaign. The proud pet parent of two rescued Labrador Retrievers, and upcoming host of E!’s Fashion Police is the latest in a long list of doggedly devoted luminaries to pose for Last Chance for Animals’ “Adopt, Don’t Shop” PSA. Other high-profile pals to those with paws who have shown their support for the campaign include former Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman, Mike Wolfe from The History Channel series American Pickers, and Joanna Krupa, animal advocate and star of the reality series The Real Housewives of Miami.

    Established in 1984 by actor Chris De Rose, Last Chance for Animals has helped to shine a light on a number of issues that affect our barking buddies, ranging from dog fighting and greyhound racing to the plight of puppy mill dogs.

    2014 was a great year for animal rescues, and we think 2015 will be even bigger!