• Cats and Kids

    Cats and Kids

    Ten Steps to Follow Choose the Right Cat A very sociable cat or a kitten over 4 months old is a good choice for families. Avoid cats that are fearful or don’t like being handled. Always avoid cats with a …

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  • Introducing a Cat to a New Territory

    Introducing a Cat to a New Territory

    Importance of Confinement The setting at the shelter, the car ride home, and meeting new people can add to your new cat’s stress levels. When introducing your cat into a new home, they’ll need time to adjust. Make the adjustment …

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  • Introducing a New Cat to a Resident Cat

    Introducing a New Cat to a Resident Cat

    Introducing a new cat to a household of existing cats can be a little tricky. With a bit of preparation and some time and patience you can ensure a smooth introduction and pave the way for peaceful inter-kitty relationships. When …

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  • Cat Body Language

    Cat Body Language

    Cat Body Language graphics courtesy of Lili Chin of doggiedrawings.net.

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  • Introducing Cats and Dogs

    Introducing Cats and Dogs

    Introducing a New Cat to a Resident Dog When bringing a new cat into a home with an existing dog, taking a few precautionary measures and a bit of preparation can mean the difference between a future of peaceful inter-species …

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  • Food and Resource Guarding

    Food and Resource Guarding

    Food or resource guarding is when a dog displays behavior meant to keep someone from taking away something very important to them. This is perfectly normal and natural behavior for a dog — like digging or barking.

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  • Fostering a Dog with Heartworm

    Fostering a Dog with Heartworm

    Heartworms are worms that live in the heart and lungs of infected animals. Heartworm larvae are spread via mosquito bites, and heartworm disease can lead to…

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  • Living and Learning with a Fearful Dog

    Living and Learning with a Fearful Dog

    Living with a fearful dog can be an entirely new experience for even long term dog owners. There are many degrees of fearful dogs and your dog may slide up and down the spectrum depending upon their skills and the …

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  • Kitten Socialization

    Kitten Socialization

    Below, you will find a list of things kittens would benefit from being exposed to. For any foster animal that is 16 weeks or younger, we encourage you to keep this list saved for easy access. Make an effort to …

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  • Foster Quick Contact Reference Guide

    Foster Quick Contact Reference Guide

    Mondays 9 am-4:30 pm: Call the clinic or text the foster text line. Tuesdays 9 am-4:30 pm: Call the clinic or text the foster text line. Wednesdays 9 am-4:30 pm: Call the clinic or text the foster text line. Thursdays …

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  • Crate Training for Foster Families

    Crate Training for Foster Families

    Make the crate a fun and happy place to be. Allow your foster to be able to access the crate whenever they want by keeping the crate in the space where your foster will be spending a lot of time. …

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  • What Happens After Foster Animals Return to ARF?

    What Happens After Foster Animals Return to ARF?

    Clinic Department Before going up for adoption, the shelter guest needs to be spayed/neutered, have any other surgery that may be necessary to do in a shelter setting, be microchipped (if not already done), ears checked, clip their nails, and …

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