Posts for: June, 2012
Thank you to all who came out and participated in the 4th Annual Doggie Street Festival!
Thousands of San Diegans came out to support this adoption-focused festival and its mission. Rescue groups, pet professionals, vendors, entertainers and dedicated volunteers all contributed to make this event a success by informing the public on issues of pet health, training, spay/neuter, and responsible adoption.
Here are some of the great photo memories taken throughout the day!
Join us this weekend at Doggie Street Festival, Sunday June 10th at Robb Field in Ocean Beach. Come enjoy the day by celebrating pets and you may even find your new best friend! This is one of California's largest and most successful pet adoption events. Last year, this event helped 130 dogs find their loving, forever homes. The event was such a success that this year cat rescue groups and shelters were invited to join! No matter if you are a dog or cat person, there are plenty of pets for you to meet & greet. There will be plenty of good eats, music, speakers, pet products, and valuable pet information & services available throughout the day!
Some of our Morena Pet Hospital doctors and staff will be assisting with the ARWOB adoption booth. Be sure to stop by the ARWOB (Animal Rescuers Without Borders) booth and meet some very adorable (and adoptable) cats and dogs! We at Morena Pet Hospital remain committed to celebrate our pet companions by participating in these highly-visible pet-centric events in an effort to increase responsible pet adoption, health, training, and overall well being of pets. We encourage all of our friends and family to get involved and help support our homeless dogs & cats.
Event Details can be found at http://doggiestreetfestival.org
Media from the 2011 Doggie Street Festival http://doggiestreetfestival.org/2012/about_us.php?click=pressRoom#
Choosing a Bird: How to decide which is the right pet for you!
Color. Song. Playfulness. These are some of the reasons people choose birds for pets. Birds don't take up a lot of space and they are very social creatures. Have you ever visited the nearby pet store and become “twitterpated” by the vividly colored parrot greeting you with a loud, animated “Hello-rrrarrr” and thought for a moment “oh what a cute pet you would make”. Only to be reminded by your significant other that macaws can live close to 100 years and have drastically different dietary requirements and husbandry conditions compared to the love birds you had as a child.
Rather than impulsively walking out the store with your new parrot friend (which unfortunately, more times than not in these situations, lead to an unhappy owner and worse, an unwanted bird), your best bet is to thoroughly evaluate your current lifestyle and determine how compatible this particular species would fit within your life. Some things to consider are what size bird is best for you (are you more comfortable handling a smaller or larger species), what noise temperament and social behaviors do you prefer, do you have the proper housing requirements, budget and finances (cages, accessories, toys, diet, veterinary care, etc.), and time commitment to build upon your pet/pet owner relationship. It goes to show that with a little research and some careful consideration, you can choose the pet that will be the most compatible with your lifestyle.
Birds As Pets
Birds can make great pets, but (like people) some can be more high-maintenance pets than others because they are very sociable and demand attention. Birds need daily stimulation, which can come from lots of toys, an engaging environment, and attention from their human counter-part. Parrot-type birds, in particular, tend to be noisy. Smaller birds are generally easier to manage than larger ones. You'll need adequate room in your home to accommodate the appropriate size of your bird and its cage.
Why do birds require attention? Birds require a lot of attention because they like challenges and new experiences. Routine bores them. You will have to spend time every day not only feeding and keeping their cages clean, but playing and training them. However, they are very responsive and can learn new behaviors.
The best birds for families with children are some of the smaller varieties of parrots, such as Budgies, Cockatiels and Lovebirds. For larger birds, Cockatoos, Pionuses and Conures are a little less noisy and destructive than other large birds. If screeching sounds disturb you, look at Finches, Parakeets and Canaries. The best way to make your specific choice is to research the various species. Find a species that you can physically accommodate and then make choices based on the personalities of the birds.
For a more extensive list of common types of pet birds or tips on how to best care for your avian friend, please visit our Pet Care Library.