Happy Valentines Day from Best Friend’s Animal Society

Author’s Note: This is a non-interview post that was offered to me by Best Friend’s Animal Society. I was in no way compensated for my time, I just wanted to share. 🙂 

Looking for Love That Lasts?

Best Friends Animal Society Can Help You

Adopt a Pet to Realize Those #RelationshipGoals 

Best Friends and Hallmark Channel Team Up to Encourage

Everyone to Swipe Right to Find “The One” at National Pet Adoption Event

 HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Oh. Now the bad news… As sincerely as we try, statistics show that being “consciously coupled” is often fraught with failure. According to bestselling author Hellen Chen, more than 85 percent of dating relationships end in a breakup. Not to mention, nearly a third of marriages end in divorce.

But don’t fret, there is a way to set realistic #RelationshipGoals this year: Ditch the dating and adopt a pet.

When looking for love, you’re more likely to find the real deal at your local animal shelter than at your local bar, or on Tinder, or Ashley Madison for that matter. Just for starters, about 81 percent of people on dating sites and apps lie about height, weight or age in their profiles (according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study). But dogs and cats don’t lie about tail length or being housebroken, what you see is what you get.

Instead of roses this year, Best Friends Animal Society is offering you a dozen reasons why your #RelationshipGoals should include the adoption option. (You’re welcome.)


  1. Hanging with a pet will give pleasant new meaning to “Netflix and chill.”1
  2. Your pet’s lasting love will make you never fear being “ghosted” again.2
  3. Adopting a pet will help you overcome that fear of commitment.3
  4. You’ll always have someone there to kiss you good morning, even before you brush your teeth.

    Ruby (little, gray) and James (bigger, black) with Matt Wigham
    Ruby (little, gray) and James (bigger, black) with Matt Wigham
  5. Walking a cat on a harness and leash is a guaranteed attention-getter.5
  6. Chances are your pet will love to spoon and snuggle as much as you do, if not more.6
  7. Your new canine companion will give you a valid reason to hang out and meet people at the dog park.7
  8. More than 63 percent of people consider pets to be members of the family (according to the AVMA). So no matter what the configuration of a family unit, pets are a perfect source of love and companionship.

    Xavi and dogs
    Xavi and dogs
  9. If you’re not finding true love on Tinder, adopting a pet may be your answer.9
  10. A pet will help you get accustomed to 24/7 adoration and unconditional love.

    Julie and Ken with Zephyr the cat
    Julie and Ken with Zephyr the cat
  11. An adopted pet can help you become less self-centered, as you learn to put another’s needs before your own.

  12. If you’re looking for love, but are freaked out by forever, check with a local shelter or rescue to find out about fostering.Twelve

Contrary to what you see online, there’s plenty of drama-free companionship out there. To make it even more attractive, Best Friends Animal Society and its official media sponsor, Hallmark Channel are offering pet adoption fees starting at $14 to help you find “The One.” The national event is taking place February 1-15 at Best Friends adoption centers in Utah and Los Angeles, and at an event in New York, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. (More information about the promotion can be found at http://bestfriends.org/TheOne/.)

“If you’re looking to bring home a new pet, few people will argue that adopted animals reward their people with a depth of love and loyalty that pets from other sources often don’t seem to rival,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and chief executive officer for Best Friends Animal Society. “They seem to know they were given a second chance, and they spend their lives repaying their families.”

Who knows, having a pet might even help you meet that special someone, if you haven’t already. Relationships come and go, but adoption can—and should– last a lifetime.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

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Together, we can Save Them All®

Guest Post: Tips for Adopting a Dog

Author’s Note: This is a guest post written by the wonderful Miss Morgan from the blog Temporary Home, Permanent Love. There you can find pictures of her current fosters as well as tips for caring for dogs and got a chance to volunteer at Villabos (featured on Pitbulls & Parolees). She has wonderful, thoughtful and informative posts, please take a moment to follow her blog and read her posts.


DO remember that all dogs are individuals. Don’t miss out on meeting your very best friend just because he isn’t the breed you might have imagined for yourself.

Talk with the rescue/foster parent/shelter employee and tell them about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a dog; they will tell you if the dog you are interested in is a realistic match for you. Keep your mind open if they suggest a different dog. Remember, looks are only skin, errr, fur deep, so if a dog that doesn’t look like what you imagined fits your lifestyle, go with it!

DON’T forget to be patient. When you are adopting a new dog, remember that even if they haven’t had a bad past, they have still have had inconsistency up until you.

It is your job to be patient with them and allow them to have time to realize they are home, forever. A two week de-stress period is highly recommended. Basically, you want to use this time to bond with your new dog in your home. Keep things nice and quiet, limit visitors, and hold off on all the grand adventures you might have planned. Your new dogs really needs this time to settle in, figure out the new routine, get comfortable, and bond with you. Slow and steady wins the race!

DO get your new dog’s space all ready for him. Set up the food and water dish and crate so that from the very first day he knows where he can find everything.

Remember, you want the first two weeks to be nice and quiet. Rushing out to the store or erecting a crate is bigger excitements than you ideally will present him on his first day in your home.

DON’T rush an interaction if you already have a pooch and are adding the new dog to your family. Remember that your current dog’s life is about to change and your new dog’s life has also just changed. There is no point in rushing an interaction while they are both under stress and might react different than they would if given the appropriate two weeks to settle in and de-stress. They have the rest of their lives to be best friends; let them have a couple of weeks to slowly adjust to the idea of living with each other. Start with walks together and as long as they are showing positive body language you can then graduate to letting them meet off leash, then play together for brief periods, then finally stay out in the house together (supervised of course!) Again, slow and steady wins the race!

DO plan to crate train your dog! This is for his safety as well as the safety of your home. In some ways dogs are like children. If left unsupervised, odds are the way they will choose to entertain themselves is not going to something you like. A very
simple way to make crate time fun and exciting for your dog is to have a frozen Kong prepared (you can stuff it with peanut butter, treats, and anything else you like that is safe for dogs) and give it to him only when he is to be crated. When you get home and let him out, put the Kong up until the next crate time. They will quickly associate their crate with yummy Kongs!

DON’T forget about your veterinarian. Even if you get your dog from a shelter and he has all of his vaccines it is still a great idea to get your dog established at a vet’s office.

DO find a trainer and/or facility where you can enroll in obedience classes. This is a fantastic way to bond with your dog and learn how to communicate with each other. Dogs are highly intelligent; putting their brains to work is always a great idea! Also, it’s always reassuring to have someone that is knowledgeable you can turn to if you are having questions about your new dog.

DON’T be afraid to reach out to the rescue/shelter/foster parent/or anyone else for help if you feel overwhelmed or have questions. Dogs are a huge responsibility and will completely change your life. It’s normal to have questions. Just remember that you have made a lifetime commitment to this beautiful creature and in return, he will love you unconditionally every single day of his life. You have your work and friends and hobbies, he only has you. The love you give will be returned ten fold!


Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Miss Morgan, please follow her blog Temporary Home, Permanent Love or visit her on facebook  page of the same name as she has mainly wonderful stories to share about her dogs and her experiences.


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