Pet Stores Doing it Right


“Across the United States, 59 cities and counties have banned pet store sales of commercially bred puppies, hoping to shut down puppy mills—businesses that neglect and abuse animals. Individual stores may be an even more powerful force for change…”

Many cities across the US have been enforcing new standards about pets stores and their furry cargo.  Places like Philadelphia have started making shelter dogs available in their pet stores instead of breeder ones.  The movement has been a huge success, finding homes for over 100 puppies within four months.

While this is a good development, getting dogs out of shelters and into good homes, some people argue that puppies shouldn’t be sold in pet stores at all.  People think that banning dog sales at pets stores will stop the sale of puppy mill puppies, and it lessens the problem; but dogs are still being sold over the internet.  Like water squeezing it’s way through crack in a rock, human beings will always find a way around the rules.

There have been several other arguments about the cons of pets store puppies, saying that they are unsocialized and prone to have defects.  Puppy mill breeders that supply to pets stores don’t screen their animals for said defects like hip dysplasia, cardiac disease, and blindness.  Carol Hibner Saunders, owner of Primo PetCare in Auburn, Wash, states that pets store dogs are horrible to potty train, due to their minimal socialization.

I really don’t like phrasing it like this, but you get “quality” canines from reliable breeders who properly screen and socialize their dogs, or sometimes from humane societies and animal shelters. You don’t get them at pet stores.

Hopefully this trend will catch on and more pet stores will become responsible and help lessen the amount of animals in shelters.



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This is Roxy (which I think is an AWESOME name, by the way), a purebred mini dachshund. She’s four years old, about 10lbs, and has the best name ever.

Want to learn more about Roxy? go here.

Health Benefits of Pets


Not only will a dog be your best friend for life, but they might extend it as well.  They lower your blood pressure and lessen anxiety, and are also proven to help lessen allergies.

In a recent study, a researcher known as James E. Gern tested the blood of infants after they were born and again a year later (learn more here).  He was testing for immunity changes, and found that children living with pets are less likely to develop allergies, due to the fact that they were exposed to the dirtier air early on in life. Not only were the chances of allergies decreased, but they were less likely to get skin diseases like eczema.

Another thing is that pets have been proven to help Alzheimer’s patients, who are less likely to have anxious outburst when they have the company of a pet.  Pets are good for elderly people in general, giving them exercise and something to look after.  Dogs help people get their exercise in general, they have to takes walks every day, which is great whether you have pets or not.

When people are stressed, they release chemicals that negatively affect the immune system. Chemicals like cortisol and norepinephrine have been linked to heart disease, and having a dog or cat helps combat this.  Playing with dogs helps raise levels of serotonin and dopamine, calming chemicals.  Risk of heart disease is lowered when you own a pet.

Rescuing a shelter animal is not only good for them, but for you.

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This is a female Siamese cat named Winnie.  She is two years old, and really friendly.  Winnie is beautiful and smart and loves companionship.  She is looking for a furever home!

And as always, all AEAR pets are pre- vaccinated and microchipped.

Go here to learn more about Winnie.

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Bailey is an 8 week old female schnauzer/pug mix.  She won’t get much bigger then she is now.

Learn more about Bailey here.

On a different note, anyone who is thinking of getting a dog should take a dog bite prevention class, which teaches you how to interact with your dog without ticking them off to the point of biting.  AEAR is giving one on July 20th , learn more about it here (go to link and click on the 20th).

Strays: Then and Now

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Before animal shelters, there were pounds, used to contain wandering livestock until they could be recovered by the owner.  They had to pay a fee to the poundmaster first though.  Livestock was valuable, so it was usually reclaimed, but dogs and cats had little monetary value and were often killed.  In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded, which is the first animal welfare organization in the USA.  But at the time, they only focused on the treatment of horses, not dogs and cats.  In 1866, the purpose of animal shelters was not to give refuge to lost pets, but to keep the public safe and provide a “humane” death for the animals.  This continued until the 1970’s, then veterinary input was used to make a better environment for the pets.

Today, over 5,000 animals shelters exist in the United States, as estimated by the ASPCA.  These shelters take care of the animals in their care, and sometimes offer obedience classes and other things.  There are two types of shelters: municipal and private.  Municipal shelters are under municipal control and are funded by taxes and money from dog licences, etc.  Private shelters are non profit organizations that receive their funds from fundraisers, etc.  The thing that changed animal shelters drastically was the no-kill movement that started in San Francisco in 1989, lead by Richard Avanzino.  There were many arguments about how enthusia was used as the main form of animal control.  These days there are other forms of animal control, such as spaying/neutering pets,  and adopting found pets instead of killing them.

While animals shelters have evolved over time, there is always room for improvement.

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Hello my readers!  May I introduce you to Chex, you is obviously a Chinchilla. In case you haven’t noticed, CHINCHILLAS ARE ADORABLE.  He is 2 years old, and if you adopt him, you will also get his cage.

Chinchillas have 50-80 hairs per follicle, compared to a humans 2-3 hairs per follicle.  THEY FEEL LIKE CLOUDS.  The density of their hair prevents them from taking baths in water, because mold will start to grow in their thick fur.  They have to take dust baths instead.

Learn more about Chex here!

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This is Chaplin.  He is a domestic, medium hair cat.  Chaplin is a 4 year old male.

If you are interested in becoming a cat owner, it is always a good idea to get your cat microchip and keep them indoors, so you don’t lose them (all animals from AEAR have already been microchipped for your convenience).  Also, rid your house of all poisonous plants and cacti to prevent injury to your feline friends.

Learn more about him here.

Harm To the Ecosystem: part 2

Stray cats and cats that are let outside kill around 1.4 – 3.7 billion birds a year, and 6.9 – 20.7 billion mammals a year, according to One Green Planet.  They have become the number one cause of death of both birds and mammals, instead of by the native carnivores.  These unnatural predators steal prey from native hunters such as owls and hawks.  Many of the cats that are let outside to roam free during the day hunt wildlife for fun, not for food.  Pet owners believe that if you feed your pet, they’ll leave native wildlife alone, but that isn’t true.  They’ll kill their prey and abandon most of it, snacking here and there.  In spring and summer, cat’s kill more animals than ever, because the newborn animals don’t have any defenses yet, making them easy prey.

Now, the definition of a feral cat is a cat who has “reverted in some degree to a wild state (definition found on Neighborhood Cats).”  What does that mean, exactly?  Does it mean a cat that is slightly more skittish and prone to hunt small animals more than other cats?  I think that it varies.  There is the slightly un-domesticated stray, who could easily adjust to life as a pet again.  And there is the full-blown feral cat, who are totally unused to humane interaction.  I think that feral cats are worse for the environment, because they can’t be re-acclimated into domestic life.  Instead of bringing these felines to a shelter or other organization, programs like Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) must be used.  While TNR is effective, it does not remove strays from public areas as fast as putting them in a shelter to be adopted would.

As a final thought, the best place to keep pet cats is inside the house.

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This is Coconut, a mixed breed husky.  She is a one year old, high energy dog who deserves an active family and perhaps a canine friend.  Coconut is crate trained, but does need basic obedience lessons. She’s good with children, so she would make a good family pet.

Want to learn more about Coconut?  Look here.