WPHS Celebrates Senior Pet Month

With striking green eyes, long whiskers and a soft coat, Nico is obviously a good-looking kitty.  But this handsome feline has been waiting for his forever home for almost a month now.  Honestly, we cannot figure out why.  To be fair, Nico did come to us with a vision impairment (he is essentially blind).  But other than that, he is a normal kitty who wants someone to love him, and to love someone in return.

So why is Nico still here?  Our best guess is that it may have something to do with the age on the kennel card that hangs from his cage.  Since Nico was abandoned at the shelter, we had to estimate his age.  After taking a look, our veterinarians estimated this darling boy to be around 10 years old.  While kittens and young cats are quick to be adopted, often our animals in their senior years end up being in a shelter longer than their younger counterparts – simply for their age.

If you did not already know, November is “Adopt a Senior Pet” month.  If you have never thought about adopting an older pet – now is the time!  Nico is just one of the many animals at the WPHS who are in their “golden years.”

Like Sissy…

                                                       …. or Ram

… and Scamp!

With senior pets, there is no guess work that comes with these animals.  What you see is what you get.  The personality, health issues, quirks,  and behavior of each older animal is well documented and understood.  The truth is senior animals are who they are, and you know what you are walking into when you adopt one.  But they are just as loving and in need of a great home as younger animals. You just have to be willing to open your heart. Visit www.wpahumane.org  to see all of our senior pets waiting for their retirement home!

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An Easter Bunny Blunder

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As the Easter season approaches, animal shelters must brace themselves for the inevitable wave of rabbit surrenders. For decades, parents and grandparents have been buying bunnies for kids simply because they are a symbol of the holiday. Unfortunately, these rabbits are often surrendered months later when their owners lose interest or realize that they lack the necessary time or funds to care for them.

Contrary to common thought, rabbits are not necessarily the “kid friendliest” of pets. They are sensitive to noise, are very fragile and hate to be picked up. Much like cats, bunnies want attention at their convenience and can become aggravated if their humans don’t respect that. Like anything with teeth, bunnies may bite if they’re scared badly enough. A panicked rabbit can also do serious damage with their nails, which require routine trimming.

Rabbits are much more complex and expensive to care for than most people think. They have sensitive digestive systems and very fragile bones that can be broken by an accidental drop. A healthy rabbit requires pellets, plenty of veggies and unlimited access to timothy hay and water each day. Bunnies will also need to be spayed or neutered once they reach adulthood in order to prevent behavioral and medical issues.

Bunnies are fantastic pets for anyone who is willing to be patient and understanding of their needs. Aside from being adorable, they’re smart, affectionate and comical to watch. If you’ve done your research and are willing to commit a decade or more to these lovable critters, Easter just may be the perfect time to bring a rabbit home. Dozens of bunnies in all shapes and sizes are waiting for loving homes at the Western PA Humane Society.

Our rabbits are spayed or neutered, socialized, and often litter box trained. We encourage families interested in adopting to attend our weekly Bunny Romps, where they can learn about rabbit care and meet some adoptable pets. There are phenomenal web resources like the House Rabbit Society website and the Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club Facebook page for new and potential owners.