Pawsitively Humane

A nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing homeless pets through education, preventative management, rescue, adoption, caring and compassion

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Make your Home Pet Friendly in Style with these Amazing Deals


It's that time of the year when we start thinking to redecorate for Christmas or to change our furniture for the new year. If you are, you must no forget about pet beds and bowls, they are important part of our house decoration, and you can always match them to your existing furniture.  If you're going for that modern look here are some beautiful pieces... that are on clearance now!

The Atria Pet Lounger $59.90 + free shipping. Was $169.99
Architect Pet is a well recognized pet furniture brand with many awards for their beautiful and minimalistic designs. Sadly, they are closing operations due to unexpected issues with their supply chain. For this reason they are offering a liquidation of their ENTIRE STORE.

Some of the best deals are:

The Oslo Pet Dinner $32-$40 + free shipping. Was 79.99- 99.99

Vela I Bowl Set $13-$40 + free shipping. Was $49.99-$89.99

Vela II Bowl Set $12.48-$22.80 + free shipping. Was $47.99-487.99

 For more info about their products please visit www.architectpets.com/


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Innovative Campaign: Dogs Walking Humans

One of our mottos is that "There is Always a Solution". And there is. Nontraditional campaigns to find homes for thousands of shelter dogs and pets are working. We shared about the Kids and Cats Book Buddy programs that serves both children with reading problems and shelter cats. Well here his another brilliant, innovative and inexpensive idea. Dogs walking humans! In the end, 5,000 dogs were adopted. This can be easily implemented in any city or town! Let us know what you think by clicking on "Comment" below.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Review of #BlogPaws 2014

by Christine Michaels




When you're a pet blogger and work with animals, the favorite days are not so much holidays. For us it's pet conferences--to learn, advance our work and celebrate our victories and spend time with our favorite online pets and people!

This was my third year in attendance at #BlogPaws (a veteran!) and I was honored to attend as a nominee for two social media awards, Best Cause and Best Video for the work I do to rescue, care for, write, blog and educate about cats, especially feral, stray and black cats.




This review, however, will share overall highlights including blogger achievements and other types of pets that attend BlogPaws from dogs, blind dogs, dogs on paddleboards, birds, and a capybara!  What is a capybara?  Read on!

On the first official day of the conference I was greeted by these two gorgeous and well -behaved dogs  (all the pets are well trained and behaved)  Kaylee and Fiona.  Soon I discovered their owner is none other than Susan Daffron. Susan is the author of an e-book Publicity to the Rescue which covers ideas and low cost, simple solutions to help animal shelters raise awareness, increase donations and publicity and boost adoptions. I was interviewed for this effort a couple of years ago and honored to finally meet her in person!

Kaylee and Fiona greet me on first day of conference.


This was just the beginning of three days of constant licks from many dogs-pet dogs!



Pets are welcome everywhere in the hotel from the dining area to the conference sessions.


Lexi sits quietly on conference table during the sessions.

BlogPaws is a great conference for new bloggers that are just starting and want to learn all aspects of social media to gain traffic, how to self-publish a book or e-book, and even earn a supplemental income.




Gretel attended the same session and was quieter than a mouse.



Larry Kay and Jessica Rae with Gretel the dachshund

Larry Kay, pictured above, is a success story.  The author of "Life's a Bark" book, he also has 600,000 Facebook followers for his blog www.positivelywoof.com.  Jessica Rae is the Chief Blogger/Influencer for the blog You Did What with Your Weiner.   Love the name! Great marketing minds--follow them!


One of many attractive cat furniture pieces at the Catification Lounge


#BlogPaws would not be complete without the popular and eyecatching Catification Lounge directed by Kate Benjamin.   The newest trends in cat furniture and accessories that are modern, functional and attractive. All the products are raffled off to attendees.

Herman is a seasoned traveler of 15 years

Oh sure there were many cats in attendance this year.  For more cat stories, visit our sister site www.riverfrontcats.com

CAPA---- WHAT???
One of many highlights was the participation of a capybara (pronounced "capa-bara") --looks like a giant guinea pig!  She's only three months old and will grow to three times her current size!


Dogs Paddle Boarding

The venue was the Westin Lake Vegas, 30 minutes outside the strip, ideally located on a lake near Hoover Dam. When I learned the hotel offered paddle boarding and boating, I skipped the last afternoon session and rented one of the boats for a quick escape with mother nature.  As I turned the corner, low and behold--there were two dogs perfectly balanced and accustomed to the paddle board! This day just gets better.



These dogs are from California and are expert board surfers.

Jake already went for a swim

Later that evening was the dinner and awards ceremony recognizing bloggers in a number of catergories from Best Cat blog, to Best Humor Blog to Best Blog Design... you get the picture.A number of our friends were nominated including our sister effort Riverfront Cats. 

Below is Susan Willett, blogger of Life with Dogs and Cats and the winner of the Best Blog Post.  Congrats Susan!

Susan Willett with flat pets
While few bloggers earn a substantial income, it's mostly a labor of love to enlighten the public about responsible pet care, to entertain you with hilarious pet antics to put a smile on your face and make your day a littler brighter, and/or to unleash their creative writing skills.  These bloggers have consistently posted for over a year and have a steady following of fans across social media.

A sampling of other award nominees include:
 Zee & Zoey [Best Blog Post]
My Mini Pet Pig [Best Other Pet Blog]
Cattywumpus [Best Humor Blog]
Speed the Cheeky House Bunny [Best other Pet Blog]
The Lazy Pitbull [Best Microblog]
 
Other Bloggers we met and plan to follow:
Life with Beagle
Two Ears & A Tail
The Adventures of Puppy and Cat
Dollie the Doxie


We encourage you to visit these other blogs and follow along for adventurous tales and learn more than you ever expected about dogs, cats, pigs, bunnies...

When following a blog, please leave a comment. Bloggers take significant time to think, plan, write, edit, take photos, edit photos, upload photos, interview people, etc. Your comments show support for their hard work and efforts.

So where will next year's BlogPaws take place?


We can only imagine all the Elvis impersonators and hit songs we'll hear before, during, after. Can't beat them? Join in!

Thank you for visiting and supporting Pawsitively Humane! Here's to reversing the rate of homeless pets.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hotels and Airlines Offering Plush Pet Perks in May for National Pet Month

Every time you travel and you have to leave your pet behind with the usual sad face that says "don't leave me" (they know what that suitcase wide open in your bedroom means), you wish you can take them with you. However, the hassle of dealing with hotels, restaurants and other public places that are not  pet friendly makes you think twice before actually deciding to take your furry friend with you. But if you are planning to travel this coming month (May), we have good news, luxury hotels and airlines are encouraging guests to bring pets along on travel by offering special services specifically designed for four-legged friends. Click here to read the list of services hotels and airlines are offering to honor the National Pet Month.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rescued newborn "puppy" turns out to be a ....



If you found an abandoned newborn puppy wouldn't you try to rescue him to prevent harm or starvation and help nurture his growth? That's exactly what this family from Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada did when they discovered this abandoned animal near Marsh Lake. However, they were in for a surprise.

Click here to read the rest of this interesting story here and find out what the Shopland family discovered.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kids and Cats become Book Buddies


Colby Procyk reads to cat in a shelter

This is one of the most clever, creative solutions to help both children with reading difficulty and pets that need "socialization" or just a regular companion.

Colby Procyk, a seven year old, was reading below his grade level. With a new program, he visited the local animal shelter and would read to cats that were semi social or awaiting a home.  By reading to them out loud, Colby's reading improved! The cats don't mind if he made a mistake and they are grateful for the company. That setting of ease and comfort raised his confidence. 

When we saw this on the news, we had to share it in hopes it will inspire county administrators at schools and animal shelters to team up!

People often tell us they wish they could do more to help the needy, the homeless and children...
If there isn't time to volunteer regularly or disposable income to donate, you can help in other ways! This is but one easy example.

Please take a moment to view and SHARE this link by writing to or emailing your school officials and animal shelters. Encourage them to start a dialogue and look into the possibilities of launching a similar program. It also helps raise awareness about proper pet care to reduce the number of homeless pets. It's a win-win solution!!  [Please allow a minute for the video to download completely].



ABC US News | ABC Business News

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Miami Dade County Launches TNG for Homeless Cats

 

More and more communities, neighborhoods, HOAs (Homeowners Associations) are learning and implementing new solutions for overcoming the plight of homeless cats.

Most of you have heard of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) where individuals use a special cat trap and Trap a stray or feral cat, take the cat to be spayed/Neutered, and Release it to its original environment.  This practice prevents the exponential reproduction of kittens that leads to hundreds and thousands of homeless cats. However individuals who practice TNR normally have to fund it from their pockets.  While many vet clinics participate in low cost spay/neuter (as low as $25) it still adds up.

In Miami-Dade County, they are taking it a step further by launching a TNG program led by the county-run Animal Services. What is TNG? Trap-Neuter-Give Back.  Essentially it's the same concept as TNR but the county is offering free spay/neuter for any community cat, essentially stray and feral cats that have no owner and helping to return the cats.

Individuals must still trap the cat and can borrow the trap from the county or from a nonprofit organization like The Cat Network for a $50 refundable deposit (they will also teach you how to trap a cat).  The county will perform the spay/neuter surgery FREE of cost and you have the option to pick up the cat after surgery and release it or the county will drive and Give Back the cat to its original location.  

To learn more about TNG in Miami Dade county for community cats (stray, feral cats), please click here.

This is a big step for a government program in partnership with residents. At Pawsitively Humane we will keep you posted of the progress and results.

Please share this valuable information to further education other residents and communities.

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