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KITTENS & PUPPIES, OH MY!
If there are two things that can make grown adults melt, it is puppies and kittens. Yes, puppies and kittens are very cute, cuddly and soft. Everyone wants to see them. Everyone wants to hold them. Everyone wants to adopt one…but then the real work begins and it is a lifelong commitment to the animal. It is so important to think through your decision to adopt a puppy or kitten and not make a decision based purely on emotions/feelings. Feelings change, and then what? All of our available dogs and cats were once puppies and kittens too. Most of them once had a home. How is it that they ended up needing a new forever home then? Did their original owners think through the responsibilities of ownership and its' lifelong commitment? Are there just too many puppies/kittens and dogs/cats out their needing homes due to overpopulation? Well, we in rescue know that the answer to the last question is a definite YES. Overpopulation is a huge problem that continues to be perpetuated by the on-going breeding of these animals. Breeding that takes place due to unscrupulous puppy mill breeders, ignorance, and irresponsible ownership. Also, breeding that takes place as "nature takes its course" with unaltered animals (dogs and cats that have not been neutered or spayed), some being strays. Like "Mamma Mia", this poor little kitten never had a chance to be a kitten.
She became a mama, was nursing one litter and became pregnant again.
So, now what do we do? We have all these puppies and kittens that need homes. We at AHF try to do what we can to educate the public while working tirelessly to rescue and place dogs and into loving homes. During any given week, we have a number of puppies and kittens who need forever homes. At the same time, we have puppies and kittens that have been "growing up in the system" of animal rescue and are now considered "young" dogs and cats as they have not yet found their forever homes. Franklin is one such "puppy" that came to AHF when he was three months old. He is now just over one year old. Please click on his picture and read his special story.
Here is some basic information on kittens and puppies that we would like to share with you.
Puppies: It is important for puppies to not be left alone for more than a couple hours during the day. This is necessary for socialization and potty training. Dogs are pack animals and they need to be with others. It is imperative that puppies have attention throughout the day. Puppies also have smaller bladders that need to be emptied more often than older dogs. To properly housebreak a puppy, the human needs to be on hand for the moment the puppy begins to sniff around to "do his business" and immediately take them outdoors.
Kittens: These are very social animals that learn from one another. A mama cat will teach her kittens and the kittens will learn from their littermates. When a kitten learns to walk, the other kittens mirror that behavior. When kittens first play, they play really rough. They learn from one another that biting and scratching hurt and grow out of the rough play. AHF requires kittens be adopted in pairs or into a home that has at least one kitten/cat around the same age so they have a littermate from which to learn. Otherwise, if you try and raise a kitten alone with no other littermate, you become their littermate and the kitten never learns that biting and scratching hurt because you don't bite and scratch them back.
Now that Spring is here, please do your part and have your animals spayed or neutered. This could help save some animals' lives. For more information about spay/neuter, please go to the "About" section on the top of our home page and scroll down to the spay/neuter section. Here's to a wonderful Spring with a slow down on the overpopulation of cats and dogs.
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