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Pet Friendly Newsletter - June 2007


"You canít keep a good man down - or an over-affectionate dog." (Anonymous)

"Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture." (Jacquelyn Mitchard)


"My name is Louise. This is a picture of Lady (10 year old Golden x) and Willow (Golden Retriever) sharing a moment. Lady is my hero! She has got to be the most adaptable and tolerant dog I have yet to meet. We brought Willow to our home and Lady welcomed her. Since Willow's arrival Lady has helped in her training, showing her the etiquette of a domestic life! Lady is always an eager participant when it comes to training. She lives to please! We love her!"
"Weezie is a Hurricane Katrina rescue. She was in pretty bad shape when she was rescued - about half her normal weight, and very, very frightened of everyone and everything. Today she is my sweetface, a clown, a goof and a snugglebum." - Vicki M. of Creston, B.C.


New situations can be stressful for your pet. While some pets adjust almost instantly, others may require a little more time. Be patient, encouraging, and positive about your new home to help your pet adjust more quickly.

  • Try to keep a familiar routine. Use the same bowls, feed the same food at the same time, place litter boxes in similar locations, and so on. Make things seem as "normal" as possible.

  • Research local regulations. Where do you get a dog license, and how much are they? Are cats required to be licensed? Are dogs allowed to be off-leash in certain areas, and if so, where? Be aware that some cities or towns have bylaws stating how many pets a person is permitted to have in their home. If you have a lot of pets, make sure you find out before you move what these restrictions are.

  • Find out where the local "pet hangouts" are. Walking trails or parks, off-leash areas, boarding facilities, and so on.

  • If your cat is allowed outdoors, keep him inside for a few weeks. He won't immediately understand where his new home is. This may also be a good opportunity to teach your kitty to be an indoor cat! Cats generally lead longer, happy lives indoors where they don't have to worry about getting hit by cars, attacked by other animals or people, catching a disease, and many other threats. Give kitty lots of stimulation indoors with the use of toys, window perches, cat trees, etc.

    One compromise is to build an outdoor cat enclosure. These enclosures are fenced in, including the "roof". They allow cats to experience the great outdoors in a safe environment. You can add places to climb, hammocks to lie in, toys, and whatever else your kitty may like.

  • Scout out a vet. Find one that both you and your pet are comfortable with, and make sure you know the way to the clinic. If your chosen clinic is not an emergency clinic, it's also a good idea to find a 24-hour clinic - just in case.

  • Assess the "pet-safety-ness" of your new home. You may have set up your previous home in such a way that your pet couldn't get at stuff like cleaners or poisonous plants. Take a walk around your new home and watch where your pet investigates. Make sure you store dangerous items out of his reach.

  • Keep all your pet's documentation together and easily accessible. A folder with vaccination records, spay/neuter certificate, and other important papers should be kept together for future reference. Your new vet may ask to see them.

  • Set up an evacuation plan. Sometimes we have no choice but to evacuate from our homes. Do not leave your pets behind! Have a plan to get both them and yourself out safely. Keep a list of nearby pet-friendly accommodations handy. Read more in the article, Emergency Planning: Keeping Pets Safe From Harm.

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