Websites every pet owner should know about

The Best Online Sites for Pet Owners

Pet ownership in the United States is at an all-time high. According to the American Pet Products Association, there are 88.3 million pet cats in the U.S. and 74.8 million pet dogs. That’s a lot of pets! And it doesn’t include other pets such as hamsters, birds and fish. We’re very devoted to our animals.

We also live in a time when information is easily available on the Internet. There are some great Web sites that can help you, as a pet owner, take the best possible care of your friend. Whether you’re trying to find a dog or cat or you’re looking for a vet or special pet food, the Internet can help you find what you’re seeking.

If you’re considering adopting a cat or dog the best place online to begin your search is at PetFinder.com. Pet Finder has been in operation for several years and they work closely with rescue organizations and animal shelters all over the country. They post photos of cats and dogs which are hoping to be adopted. You can find all kinds of pets on PetFinder, from puppies and kittens to senior pets. There are a few purebreds and many mixed breeds. PetFinder and the people caring for the animals post the location and information known about the animals and you can contact them for more details. Adoption fees are usually reasonable. PetFinder is also an important site to visit if you have a lost pet as many people will turn in found animals to shelters and their photo will be posted here.

If you are interested in a purebred cat or dog the best place to begin your search is at the “Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), “The International Cat Association, (TICA), or the American Kennel Club (AKC). All of these organizations have very informative Web sites. They can direct you to specific breed information and put you in contact with national or local clubs to help you in your search for a pet. These groups also feature contacts for purebred rescue on their Web sites if you are more interested in a purebred rescue cat or dog.

Once you have found the ideal cat or dog for your home you may begin thinking your pet needs some training. Whether it’s basic obedience training or a behavior problem like help with housebreaking, there are many good dog training Web sites online. One of the best, which teaches you to train your dog through positive reinforcement, can be found at the Web site of the “San Francisco SPCA.

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