Should You Adopt a Shelter Pet?

dog-2606759_640Pets can impact your life in tremendous ways from emotional to physical benefits. Adopting a pet will be one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself, your family and the animal. Following are the positives, a few negatives and some tips and tricks regarding pet adoption.

Pros:

You could potentially save two lives – the one you adopt and the one you just made room for. Many shelters are often operating at full capacity. Almost 57,000 animals entered shelters last year. Nearly 20 percent of those animals were put down.

Adopting saves money. Usually, shelter pets have already had all of their vaccinations, health and behavior check-ups, been spayed or neutered and come microchipped. All of these costs are included in the adoption fees along with a free follow-up vet exam.

You will have a large selection to choose from because shelters house small, medium and large pets. They also house young and mature pets along with pure and mixed breeds. You will be able to find the right pet ensuring the perfect fit for your living situation.

Cons:

You may not be given much information about your animal. The shelter may or may not know about the animal’s history and his prior circumstances. They might have to guess about his breed and health care so far and there’s no way to know how the animal will act in his new home.

Also, you can expect there to be a fair amount of paperwork involved and you may experience possible waiting periods. You also could be rejected for the dog you initially wanted due to the organization’s requirements.

Some shelter animals have special needs and/or behavioral problems that you may not be ready or willing to deal with.

Make sure to give your new animal a walk or playful exercise right before bringing them home. The exercise will not only be good for everyone involved but will tire the animal out a little smoothing the transition to a new home.

 

Shelters in Utah:

Utah Animal Adoption Center
1955 N. Redwood Rd.
Salt Lake City
801-355-7387

Humane Society of Utah
4242 300 W.
Murray
801-261-2919

South Ogden Animal Services
5594 S 600 E
Washington Terrace
801-622-2949

Ogden City Animal Services
1490 Park Blvd.
Ogden
801-629-8244

Weber County Animal Services
1373 Fairgrounds Drive
Ogden
801-399-8244

North Salt Lake Animal Shelter
1422 E 600 N
Kaysville
801-444-2200

Roy Animal Control
5051 S 1900 W
Clearfield
801-774-1076

Summer Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist:

birdhouse-2427217_1280With the temperatures rapidly rising into the 90-degree range and summer holidays just around the corner, get your home up to snuff, comfortable and ready for that big family barbeque. Here is a quick cleaning and maintenance list to get your home looking, feeling and smelling great for all season long. After all, a clean home is a happy home!

For your home:

  • Make sure to get an air conditioning tune-up and replace any dusty filters.
  • Check the batteries and functionality of all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles and leaks. Detecting a small problem now prevents a larger, leakier problem in the future.
  • Wash your windows if you haven’t already. Nothing can freshen up the outside of your home and provide great curb appeal like sparkling windows.
  • Clean out those gutters to help with the appearance and curb appeal of your home.
  • Pressure washing the exterior of your home annually is another way to show that you take pride in your home and the way it looks.
  • If you have a deck and/or porch now is a great time to inspect them for possible repairs such as replacing rotten boards and pinning down nails that stick out. They may also need polishing or a new coat of stain.
  • Don’t forget to clean and shine up the grill!

 

Don’t forget the yard:

  • Add an additional layer of mulch to aid in weed control. Extra mulch also helps your garden retain moisture in the heat and gives your plants a chance to grow.
  • Patch any cracks and holes in the driveway. A good pressure wash also freshens up that aging driveway.  
  • Primp and prune your plants especially those around the AC unit. Clear away all foliage within 18-inches of the sides of the unit and at least three feet above. The better the air circulation the more efficient your unit can provide comfortable living and savings.
  • Look for leaks from hoses, faucets and the sprinkler system. Even small leaks can add up to big costs.
  • Plan your watering schedule. An ideal watering schedule trains your plants to endure dryer days by promoting the growth of deep and strong roots. To achieve this, you can water deeply a few times a week versus lightly every day.
  • Leave the dirt outside and get two doormats for the main entry and one doormat for all other entries. Sweep out the garage consistently to avoid tracking dirt back in.