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These Shelters Are Asking Families To Embrace The Holiday Spirit By Hosting A Shelter Pet For Thanksgiving

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Room for one more? An animal shelter in Richmond, Virginia, is accepting volunteers to open their homes to one of their shelter animals for Thanksgiving. So, if you were worried about having too many leftovers, get ready to share some of your scraps with these deserving animals. The Richmond Animal Care and Control started this Thanksgiving fostering system four years ago, The Dodo reports. “I was feeling so sad about the dogs being alone in the shelter for Thanksgiving,” shelter director Christie Chipps Peters told The Dodo. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if people could invite them over for Thanksgiving dinner?’” She let the community know that taking a pet home temporarily over Thanksgiving was an option, and pretty soon, 35 of the animals had families inviting them over for dinner. According to Peters, more than half of the animals were adopted that year, either by the families who had offered to host them or by people who had met them through the family over Thanksgiving. That’s why four years later, this fostering program is still going strong. This year, the shelter posted to Facebook offering the chance to take an animal home this holiday season: For all those in the Richmond area who are interesting in hosting a furry friend this Thanksgiving, please also keep in mind that the shelter is looking for families who don’t already have pets. From there, you’ll be interviewed to find out which animal might be the best fit for your family. Then, you’ll walk away with a new best friend for the next few days (or longer if you decide to adopt!). You’ll be asked to foster the animal beginning as early as Nov. 18, and you can wait as late as Nov. 21 to bring the animal home with you. If you don’t happen to be in the Richmond area, there’s still a chance that your local shelter will let you host a dog or cat for Thanksgiving. For example, the LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta is serving up an extra bit of cheer this holiday season by allowing families to foster animals for the entire week leading up to Turkey Day. In their Facebook post about the program, they say the shelter will even provide you with supplies for fostering an animal: And last year, after a successful Thanksgiving fostering program, the Humane Society of Delaware County in Ohio also offered the option to take a pet home for Christmas and New Year’s, too. In fact, this pup they posted on Instagram looks 100 percent ready to snuggle when you need to nap after the big Thanksgiving meal: View this post on InstagramLooking for a way to give back this holiday season? How about hosting one of HSDC’s dogs for a Holiday Sleepover?! Everyone deserves a home for the holidays. If you’re already a foster and are wanting to have a fuzzy slumber party with cuddly pups like sweet Kemo, email molly.dye@hsdcohio.org! If you’re not already a foster but live locally and still want to have a blast, apply to foster on our website and mention the holiday sleepover on the application! Email Molly with any questions! We need help for Thanksgiving ASAP!!! A post shared by Humane Society of Delaware Co. (@hsdcoh) on Nov 13, 2018 at 9:51am PST Awww! You can always check in with your local shelter to see if fostering over Thanksgiving is an option. Some shelters have an internal program for holiday fostering that allows their regular volunteers to host a pet, but not the general public. Sounds like one more reason to help out at your local animal shelter! This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.

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This Grumpy Stray Cat Ended Up In The Hospital And Promptly Stole Everyone’s Hearts

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Move over Grumpy Cat. There’s a new sourpuss in town. Putney Animal Hospital in London took in a stray cat named Saul in October after he came in with some serious injuries. “The hospital vets think he may have been involved in a road traffic accident as he has an injured jaw and teeth and a sore eye,” Putney Animal Hospital wrote in a Facebook post. Thankfully, it appears Saul the cat will make a full recovery. But for now, the injuries have left him with what the hospital called a “special” look. What do they mean by that? Well, take a look for yourself: That is Saul. Saul had fun once. He hated it. Yep, Saul is a very frowny feline. Needless to say, the folks at the animal hospital have fallen in love with him and his frumpy face. “We have our very own grumpy cat at Putney,” the hospital wrote. “This is Saul and he’s decided that he’s the door security for Cat Ward. If your name’s not down – he’s not letting you in. He’s got a little clipboard and everything.” Oh yeah? Well this is what Saul thinks of your cute little jokes Putney. Of course, because the internet loves cats — especially cats who look like they’re having a bad day — Saul has gone viral. The original Facebook post has been shared 91 times, and he has been written about by The Dodo, which is the ultimate litmus test for animal story fame. Saul is clearly loving all of the attention: All kidding aside, the hospital staff said Saul is actually a softie. “Despite his constant scowl, Saul’s actually really sweet and friendly,” RSPCA London Veterinary Director Caroline Allen told People. “He’s recovering really well from his injuries and we hope he will soon be ready to move to our cattery at Southall to find a new home as we don’t rehome directly from the hospital.” This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.

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If You’ve Ever Thought About Adopting A Greyhound, The End Of 2020 May Be The Time To Do It

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If you’ve ever considered adopting a greyhound dog, you may want to do so at the end of 2020. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters in Florida approved an animal safety ballot initiative that would ban greyhound racing in the state in the next two years. The measure, Amendment 13, received more than 5.3 million votes — or 69 percent — securing its passage and thrilling animal rights activists. As a result, between 5,000 and 7,000 greyhounds will be in need of a home once the majority of dog racing tracks in Florida close for business by Dec. 31, 2020. Getty Images | Julian Herbert “They’re amazing pets, so gentle and sweet,” Kate MacFall, Florida state director of the Humane Society of the United States, told NBC News. “They really are gentle giants.” MacFall said that the Humane Society, which organized behind the Amendment 13 effort, is providing support to groups working to place greyhounds now and after the measure takes full effect. But some adoption groups are concerned that, even with the gradual closures of Florida’s 11 dog racing tracks, there may not be enough families to adopt the orphaned greyhounds. “This will be a burden. We’re mobilizing now,” Brooke Stumpf, president of the adoption group GreytHounds of Eastern Michigan, told NBC News. “We’ll do the best we can. Some of these dogs might end up at shelters and they’re not all no-kill. That’s the scary part.” Getty Images | Scott Barbour Although Amendment 13’s passage is being lauded by animal rights groups, greyhound trainers are now in a panic about their future job prospects. Jennifer Newcome, chairman of the Committee to Support Greyhounds, told USA Today that the ballot measure would trigger a wave of job losses. Hundreds of trainers, she said, will have “a difficult time” finding new work once the ban takes effect. “A lot are third-generation trainers and have been in the business since they were born,” Newcome told USA Today. “These people did not pursue a college education or (look) for other work.” Getty Images | Ryan Pierse Not all trainers will be out of work immediately. Though some racetracks may close as of Jan. 1, others won’t shutter until the ban takes effect in two years. In the meantime, greyhound trainers have turned to the Humane Society and other national advocacy groups for help, Newcome told USA Today. “The people who took care of the dogs just lost everything,” she said. “Now the people who put this on the ballot should share some responsibility [in adoption].” This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.

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You Can Spoil Your Dogs With An Advent Calendar Full Of Treats This Holiday Season

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An advent calendar for your dog? This winter, humans will have so many advent calendars to choose from — featuring cheese, booze, socks, Harry Potter figurines and more — that it only seems fair to make sure your canine companions get a special treat every day, too. In fact, it’s going to be easier than ever this holiday season. As Delish reported, Trader Joe’s announced on an episode of their podcast Inside Trader Joe’s that they’re adding a treat-filled advent calendar for dogs to their holiday offerings. There are no details yet on what the advent calendar will look like or what types of treats will be included, but we know TJ’s won’t disappoint. While we’re waiting for the big reveal, we decided to see what other doggie advent calendars on the market … and now we know why the pet industry has tripled in the past three decades to a whopping 69 billion dollar industry. (Yes, billion.) But, if you’re looking for a new way to include your favorite furry companion in your holiday celebrations, check out these advent calendars for your dog. Dog Gone It Fabric Advent Calendar This sweet advent calendar for dogs features several adorable canines enjoying the holiday season. Put a treat in each pocket for your furry friend, but be sure to hang it high enough that Fluffy won’t snatch all the treats at once. ($29.95 at Walmart) Vermont Christmas Company Dog Treat Advent Calendar This single-use dog advent calendar from Saint Patrick’s Guild comes pre-loaded with 24 small dog bone cookies and an extra special yogurt-frosted bone for Christmas Day. ($7.95) Saint Patrick's Guild Midlee Christmas Tree Advent Calendar for Dogs This Christmas tree-shaped fabric advent calendar makes a terrific holiday decoration while letting you choose your own dog treats for each of the pockets. ($14.99 on Amazon) Midlee Falvai Creative Dog Treat Advent Calendar This clever advent calendar is shaped like a dog house with dog treats hidden behind each door. There’s a toy crocodile with a treat in its mouth behind the first door, followed by 23 days of beef, salmon or peanut butter-flavored treats. (Around $31 on Etsy, plus shipping from Canada) Falvai Creative Dog Treat Advent Calendar DIY Advent Calendar for Dogs For the crafty canine lover, Chewy shows you how to make your own doggie advent calendar. This clever DIY calendar design can be stocked with treats of your choice to give to your doggo each day. Chewy We were not paid to write this story. The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Simplemost may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website. This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.

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Great dog breeds for millennials

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Stacker put together dog breeds ideal for millennials.

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