A Friendly Debate: To Crate or Not to Crate?

“Is it okay to crate my dog?” “How long can I leave my dog in the crate?” “Is a crate a temporary tool or should it be a permanent fixture in the home throughout the dog’s life?” These are questions most dog owners find themselves asking from the moment they bring home their little (or […]

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Why Adoptions Were Free in August 2017

Note: This post was originally published August 19, 2017, and the offer of waiving our adoption fee was limited to Clear the Shelters in 2017. The issue of fee-waived, or free, adoptions is one that triggers a lot of passion, for and against. Here’s what I think. Before I worked at an animal shelter, I […]

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Mixed Breed vs. Purebred Dogs: The Myths About Mutts

You might know, or have seen recently on social media, that July ended with National Mutt Day. Putting aside the dozens of “Happy #NationalMuttDay!” tweets that flooded our timelines, the occasion gives rise to a more serious conversation about breeding. For breeders, it’s a challenging conversation to have. Their thought is that purebred dogs come […]

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Find the Bernese Mountain Dog in this Picture

Bernese is in the eye of the beholder Recently a Guardian published a Bernese Mountain Dog on getyourpet.com and the response from potential adopters was off the charts. Hey, I get it. This Bernese was adorable. And it’s a truism in the adoption world that a cute little Bichon or a handsome Great Dane or any […]

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Let’s Talk About “Screening” Adopters

  NO SYSTEM IS PERFECT In the few months since our site went live, I’ve been asked a number of times what we do about “screening” adopters. For sure, nobody wants to see the wrong kind of person get hold of an animal. In the many years that I have been in the animal welfare […]

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This is What Love Looks Like

In its many varieties… Big dogs. Small dogs. Dogs in strollers. Dogs with one eye, three legs, painted toenails, pink hair or no hair at all. Cats on leashes. I saw it all this past weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo in Oaks, PA. We were there to spread the word about getyourpet.com, but […]

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Why Get Your Pet is a For-profit, Not a Non-profit

Many Nonprofits are competing for your heart… When I was running the Pennsylvania SPCA, I got to know the non-profit world very well. I know what it means to have to constantly be competing with, frankly, all the other non-profits seeking donations for other worthy causes. Because non-profits are businesses, too, all competing for your heart […]

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Beware the Deadly Must-Haves

Must-haves kill adoptions. And pets. I just got off the phone with a close friend, Sara. She was in tears because she had just been denied the adoption of a dog she had tracked down on PetFinder, listed with a shelter. Sara: “They said I can’t adopt her because I don’t have a fenced-in yard! […]

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Are Pets a Good Gift? You Might be Surprised

Too much hubbub is no good, right? If your household is like mine, the activity level is turned up to 11 out of 10 around the holidays. You’d think that this would be a bad time to introduce a new pet into the mix. But you know what they say: if you need someone to […]

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Declawing Your Cat: Both Sides of the Argument

We’ve Got the Cure for Cat Scratch “Fever.” The argument over declawing cats heats up This past week, a bill banning the declawing of cats cleared a committee in the New Jersey State Assembly. If bill A3899 goes on to become law, veterinarians who declaw a cat (and owners who ask them to do it) would […]

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