Me So Groomie loves to help and here are several links that might be useful for you. Do not hesitate to let me know if you have other suggestions or questions.
A very special THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who sent me precious links to share with you. Your contribution is very much appreciated!
BEFORE OPENING YOUR HOME AND YOUR HEART TO A NEW FAMILY MEMBER
Pet ownership represents a large emotional – and financial – commitment. Whether you buy from a pet store or a breeder, adopt an animal from a shelter, or take in a stray, initial costs are just the beginning of the story.
To get a better idea of total estimated costs for owning a pet, a group of very smart people put this CALCULATOR together, in order to help you evaluate the financial impact of such an important decision.
Here are two more links when it comes to calculating the costs of owing a cat or a dog. A lot of time, efforts and priceless research have been devoted to these studies:
Thank you for being responsible!
LANDLORDS' GUIDE TO PETS
are renting, and before welcoming a new four legged family member,
already have a furry friend in your life and are moving to a new apartment,
make sure with your landlord, and contract, that both parties are following the rules. Some landlords say no at first, but are somewhat flexible, so don't get discouraged ... communicate and negotiate!
ADOPT A PET
There are hundreds of shelters with pets to adopt, there are events with mobile adoptions, adoption days at pet stores, etc. There are millions of pets in need of a home. As it would be too long to list all ways and places to do so, PetFinder.com is a fabulous web site that regroups several shelters – it is an easy and efficient way to find a pet for YOU, as you can search using several criteria that will help you find a perfect match.
Here is a great article about selecting a safe pet, especially if you have kids.
THANK YOU FOR ADOPTING!
DOGS FOR KIDS
Here are very helpful links when pairing a new dog with your kids.
A huge THANK YOU to Jessica and her wonderful students at The Brenham Community Center in Texas for suggesting this information!
ADVICE FOR NEW PARENTS
WALKING, SITTING, BOARDING
There are several dog walking and sitting/boarding services out there and the best way to find them is to do a web search, or even better, word of mouth so you can actually get real references.
Here is one place that I haven’t tried personally, but the owner is really sweet and the online reviews are great. The owner’s name is Christy and the company is Walkin’ Doggies.
I can also give you some personal references, please email me to obtain that information.
TRAVELING WITH PETS
Here is a useful link for traveling with pets: Pet Travel Guide
EVERYTHING ABOUT CATS
Rebecca is 200% passionate about cats and has a wonderful repertoire of useful links about, well, everything about cats (food, training, breeds, grooming, etc)! Visit Pawsome Kitty!
REGISTER YOUR PET WITH THE CITY OF LA
Dogs and horses are required to be licensed in the City of Los Angeles. Cats are not required to be licensed. License tags identify guardians of lost animals. Each license tag has a unique number assigned to your animal alone. People who find an animal with a tag need only call our telephone number printed on the tag for quick guardian identification and reunion with the lost animal. If a licensed animal is lost or taken to a shelter, LA Department of Animal Services can identify the guardian by the tag number and contact the registered animal guardian. Animals with licensing information are held in the shelters while the guardians are contacted.
Visit and/or call your nearest shelter if you have lost a pet. If an animal is found with traceable identification, the LA Animal Services will notify the owner. Read this for more information and other things to do to locate your pet.
It goes without saying that having proper identification on your pet's collar at all time and/or having you pet microchipped is an excellent way to be reunited quickly.
If you find a lost pet, you must take it to an animal shelter in the area so that the owner can locate and claim it. You may NOT keep a pet you’ve found without complying with legal requirements for locating the owner. You must provide any pet you find with humane care, including prompt veterinary care if it is injured or ill, or take it to a shelter for immediate care.
REPORT ANIMAL CRUELTY
In keeping with our mission to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people in our city, the City of Los Angeles created the Animal Cruelty Task Force (ACTF) to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.
REPORT CRUELTY, call the Animal Cruelty Task Force now (213) 486-0450.
dAnimal cruelty is one of the more destructive ills in society; often linked with sociopathic behavior, cruel and abusive behavior toward animals reflects a severe lack of moral responsibility and social conscience. It can be inflicted in a wide variety of ways and can be rooted in a variety of causes. In turn, this disturbing and malicious behavior gravely infects and poisons our social fabric. Animal cruelty is sometimes linked with other criminal behavior, such as gang activity, drugs, and violent anti-social behavior. Research has shown that people who behave cruelly toward animals are more likely to behave similarly toward humans.
The Animal Cruelty Task Force works on complaints from the public as well as other sources. The ACTF primarily investigates the more egregious animal cruelty violations in Los Angeles, such as beatings and poisonings, dog fighting, cockfighting, and other animal abuse violations. The ACTF processes cases beginning with the preliminary reporting phase all the way through to case filing, presentation, and prosecution. Those convicted of animal cruelty may face fines, imprisonment, or both.
PET PREPAREDNESS FOR EMERGENCIES
This web site is very complete and detailed on all that you need to know and figure out regarding pet disaster preparedness.
This is another good link with information from the LA Animal Services.
It is illegal to bury a dead animal in the City of Los Angeles, except in an established cemetery. There are several companies offering cremation and several other services, and they can be found on the web.
When a beloved family pet dies, people have different feelings about burial, cremation or the process. There are dog/cat cemetery’s, companion animal cremation, or you can bury your loved one yourself and have a private memorial. You can also bring you animal to one of our shelters and we will take care of the body for you. We do not offer any cremation and are unable to return the ashes to you. The City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation is responsible for picking up dead animals. L.A. Animal Services does not pick up dead animals. If any animals in the City of Los Angeles have died and need to be collected for sanitary reasons, the Bureau of Sanitation will come to your location and pick the animal up for proper disposal.
The Bureau of Sanitation collects dead animals free of charge, except for horses and cows. (For horses and cows, please check your local yellow pages for a rendering service.)
Please call 1-800-773-2489, from Monday through Saturday, between 7:30a.m. and 4:45p.m. For after hours and Sundays, please dial 3-1-1 on your home phone.
It is a misdemeanor to abandon any animal in the State of California. Animals may not be dumped in any public or private areas, nor on the streets or highway. If you do not wish to keep your pet and cannot find a suitable, responsible home to adopt it, take it to your local animal shelter.
Please contact the nearest shelter near you for information and assistance.
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any dog or dogs under his or her charge, care, custody or control to emit any excessive noise after the Department has issued a written notice advising the owner or custodian of the alleged noise and the procedures as set forth below have been followed. For purposes of this section, the term “excessive noise” shall mean noise which is unreasonably annoying, disturbing, offensive, or which unreasonably interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property of one or more persons occupying property in the community or neighborhood, within reasonable proximity to the property where the dog or dogs are kept. The noise must be continuously audible for ten (10) minutes or intermittently audible for thirty (30) minutes within a three (3) hour period. However, the provisions of this section shall not apply to any commercial animal establishment permitted by zoning law where located (LAMC 53.63)
If you are experiencing a problem with a barking dog, you must submit a written complaint to the Animal Shelter serving your area.
Please find details on how to file a complaint via this link.