How to wean an orphaned kitten onto solid food

Do you think your orphaned kittens are ready for solid foods, but aren’t sure how to make the switch? Orphaned kittens transition from formula to solid foods at about 3-4 weeks of age as their teeth start to come in. This change of diet can create a big mess for you, and tummy troubles for… Learn More

Perfectly imperfect senior dog finally meets his match

What’s the definition of the perfect dog? Depends on who you ask. But one thing was for sure – I knew I wasn’t it. Unless the definition was “an anxious ten year old Jack Russell terrier mix who chases his tail and doesn’t get along with other dogs…” but I’m smarter than that. It only took… Learn More

What you may not know about heartworm in dogs and cats

It’s Heartworm Awareness Month. Do you know as much as you think you do about heartworm disease in dogs and cats? Feline Heartworm Infection: The big surprise! Yes, we said cats. While only 5 percent of cats are on heartworm preventive, the American Heartworm Society reports rates of diagnosed heartworm infections in cats are on the… Learn More

The magic ingredient for success in adopting a puppy mill survivor

It’s the most important step you can take to help a newly adopted puppy mill dog adjust, say experts: If you don’t already have one, get another dog. While patience is the quality most needed by puppy mill rescue adopters, research conducted by Dr. Frank McMillan and presented at the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter… Learn More

Maddie’s Great Big Kitten Season Resource Master List

Spring is already here in some parts of the country, and knocking on the door of the rest. To those of us in the sheltering world, that doesn’t mean spring flowers or spring showers… it means kitten season. Maddie’s Institute® is here to help with this list of kitten season resources! Orphaned Kitten Care How-To… Learn More

A dog’s-eye view of what ‘Leap Day’ is really all about

Want a dog’s-eye view of why they call it Leap Day and not extra day or something like that? I have a theory. As three-legged dog, I’m familiar with the physical act of leaping. But after the past six months, I also know a thing or two about metaphoric leaping. See, I think Leap Day… Learn More

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