Mixed Breeds vs. Purebred Pets

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Pets are treasured as family members in millions of homes around the world. Many studies show that people who have pets tend to be happier, more independent and feel more secure than those without pets.

There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing your new pet. The first decision you must make is what kind of pet you would like to get. The key to enjoying a healthy and satisfying relationship with your new pet is to realistically choose one whose size and personality are most compatible with your lifestyle.

There is a longstanding debate in the animal lover community about the benefits of owning a purebred pet versus a mixed breed. There are of course pros and cons to each, and your decision depends heavily on what you value in a pet.

Purebreds are usually easier to predict, both in terms of how large they will grow and what they will look like in addition to what you can expect from their personalities. They might be a better choice if you have specific qualities you are looking for in a pet, or if you plan to show them. On the other hand, a mixed breed pet would be a truly unique, one-of-a-kind friend. And if you get one as an adult, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what size they are and what their personality is like. Mixed breed animals are also less prone to developing genetically inherited diseases, and tend to live longer, healthier lives than their purebred counterparts.

At the end of the day, whether you prefer a purebred or a one-of-a-kind companion, there are plenty of both in need of adoption at animal shelters and rescue groups across the country. As a nation we can solve the problems of pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia in shelters, by opening our minds, hearts and homes to shelter animals. Most shelters or rescue groups have photos and descriptions of adoptable animals listed on their websites or at Petfinder.org, which allows you to browse listings and search nationwide for specific types of pets.

Your Support In Action – Nicodemus

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Nicodemus about to go home with his new mom, Sara!

Nicodemus came to us as a stray with old, badly healed injuries in his legs (possibly the result of abuse, our vet thought he had been shot by a BB gun) after he had been hit by a car. We asked out followers to donate money for his x-rays so we could figure out exactly where and what his injuries were so we could fix them. We determined that in addition to his earlier troubles, he also suffers from arthritis and will have to be on pain medication for the rest of his life. This complication, along with the fact that black cats have a hard time finding homes even when they are in perfect health, held this sweet boy back for several months as he came back and forth from his examinations, x-rays and treatments.

Despite this rough start in life, Nicodemus retained his strong spirit and zest for life, and when you opened the door to his cage you opened the door to his heart as he purred and purred and nuzzled your hands. Animals are amazing, aren’t they? Despite the many hurdles and abuse they can sometimes face, they have hearts as big as the sky and only want to love and be loved.

Now Nicodemus’s wait is over, and he’s off to his forever home with Sara. This happy resolution to Nicodemus’s story would not have been possible without your donations to our Second Chance Fund. We are so grateful to everyone who donated, and Nicodemus and Sara are too! 

 

Your Support In Action- Cash

Next month will mark Cash’s 1 year anniversary as a resident of our Dog Adoption center. This handsome pup came through our doors as an owner surrender after he developed aggression issues in his home. After administering a temperament test, our animal behaviorist found that Cash is a sweet, eager to please young dog — who would get over stimulated easily. To quote her, “when he becomes overstimulated he has had a tendency to show signs of aggression, he is very workable though.  He’s motivated and very much wants to please.”

Cash is a 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier/Labrador Mix with a playful and resilient spirit.
Cash is a 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier/Labrador Mix with a playful and resilient spirit.

What this meant for Cash and BHS is that we both had our work cut out for us. If we were going to find him a home we needed to work on his issues, and that process would take time. We are happy to say that with steady work from both dedicated volunteers – some of whom came to the shelter on a daily basis to work with Cash – and BHS staff members, Cash is a much different dog today. His eagerness to please, essentially cheerful nature, and desire to be close to his favorite people helped him a great deal with unlearning his bad habits and even more importantly helped him learn that humans can be trusted. He has been ready for a couple months now to join a permanent family, and is patiently waiting for the right human to make him their best friend.

Here’s where you come in. Without your support, both in terms of hours volunteered and in-kind as well as monetary donations, we wouldn’t have been able to keep Cash here as long as we have. This dog needed our help and our supporters, YOU, helped him. It’s thanks to people like you that animals like Cash are able to stay at the shelter for as long as it takes for them to find the right home. It’s thanks to you that an animal is rarely ever considered beyond rehabilitation, and more lives are saved as a result. If you are interested in adopting Cash, or learning more about him please visit www.buttehumane.org/adopt.

July Business Buddies

Butte Humane Society’s Business Buddies program partners with local business to increase the exposure of adoptable animals to community members. Businesses participating in the program display two flyers, one featuring three cats and the other featuring three dogs, in their store or office. The animals on these flyers change each month in efforts to help the animals find loving homes quickly.

If your business would like help more animals find homes by displaying the Business Buddies flyers each month, please contact Abigail Lammel, Outreach Team Member, via email.  To view the complete list of the businesses who support us by displaying these flyers, please visit our website.

If you would like to inquire about one of the animals featured on this month’s Business Buddies, please contact adoptions at 530.343.7917 x203.

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Family Pets Teach Children Empathy

By Megan Worthylake

Developing a bond between children and animals in crucial to both of their mental health.
Developing a bond between children and animals is crucial to the mental health of both.

Teaching children empathy is very important. Empathy is good for humans because it is the ability to share and understand another’s perspective & feelings – to consider it before acting. Most guardians want to teach their children to abide by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and what better way to teach compassion and responsibility than with family pets?

Pets have valuable lessons to teach us, and if we pay close attention, we can learn how to integrate these lessons into our children’s lives. Pets and children can share a deep, valuable bond. Although the way animals are treated by the family strongly influences whether or not children learn to treat other living beings with kindness and respect. The mere presence of an animal does not make kids more compassionate if they are not properly treated.

If an animal is being tugged by a two-year old, it’s unfortunately often less than empathetic. A young child expresses their affection this way because they are fascinated

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A group of school children touring the shelter and learning about proper animal handling from a BHS adoptions counselor.

by all kinds of furry friends. It may seem harmless for youngsters to hug, poke and squeeze animals but psychological studies have consistently shown that the way humans treat animals is strongly related to the way they treat people. A child who holds onto a struggling animal learns to ignore the needs of their pet, and put their own needs first.

Guardians such as parents or grandparents can plant the seeds of empathy by redirecting their children to encourage nurturing and responsibility. Having a family pet puts children in the position of a caregiver. Children soon learn that if they want to be loved & trusted by the household dog, they’ll need to treat him with consideration. They’ll realize all living things have feelings and that their actions affect people and events. Children will begin to understand social responsibilities as they respond to their pet’s needs, whether it is helping to fill up the water or to pour a cup of dry kibble into the cat or dog’s bowl.

Children learn by example. When they see their caretakers, parents and grandparents, making an effort to properly care for animals, they understand it is the right way to treat others. Animals have a great amount of empathy and play such an inspirational role in our lives. A pet can easily become a child’s best friend. These human-animal relationships strengthen a child’s moral development. As kids meet an animal’s emotional and physical needs, a child can grow into a caring adult.

If you think it’s the right time, consider adopting a precious animal from your local shelter. You’ll be amazed at the character traits children develop!

 

Megan Worthylake is a community outreach intern at Butte Humane Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Chico, California, dedicated to saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion. Visit us online at buttehumane.org.

 

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