Adopting a pet into your home and providing for that new family member's health and well-being is not only a big responsibility; it is also be a long-term commitment. It's easy to forget when you see those huge puppy eyes or watch a kitten's antics, that this same pet may still be needing your care a decade or more in the future. The average lifespan of a dog is 10-12 years; for a cat, 10-14 years. However, your dog or cat may live past the age of 20, depending on the breed and his health! The average lifespan of an indoor rabbit is 6-8 years, and even a guinea pig can live to the age of 6. If you are considering adding a new furry friend to your family, please be sure to keep in mind that this is a significant decision that will affect your (and his) life for a long time to come.
Our featured pet this week is Kevin, a young boxer/greyhound-mix who was picked up on the road by a kind lady who was shocked to see the condition this poor guy was in. Poor Kevin was so skinny that we could count every rib, and his backbone was clearly visible. Although most dogs are frightened and nervous when they first come to the shelter, Kevin seemed positively thrilled and quickly adapted to shelter life. He really loves the attention, warm comfy bed, and never ending supply of food! Kevin has filled out considerably since he came to us and is beginning to show hints what a truly handsome dog he will become. He adores people and wags his skinny little tail at everyone who comes around. Whoever is lucky enough to take this sweet boy home will truly have a best friend for life. This resilient fellow is a very special boy.