WCFA Pets Needing People

Mocha

Whitey

WCFA’S featured pets are Whitey and Mocha.  These two little guys are new to WCFA.  They are social and very active.  They are about 9 weeks old and will receive their first vaccines this week.  Both should be altered within the next two weeks.  If you are interested in one or both of these handsome young felines, please complete our pre-adoption application at www.wecareforanimals.org.  If you have questions, please call Karen at 435-862-9574.

 

If you are interested in any of our pets, please go to www.wecareforanimals.org  where you can see all of our adoptable pets and you can complete an adoption application. For more information call us at 702-346-3326 (voicemail), call Karen at 435-862-9574 or Linda at 702-376-1642. Next pet adoption is September 15, 2018,  9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  WE WILL BE AT 150 N. YUCCA, SUITE 1.  Questions? Email us at wcfanv@gmail.com.  Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/wecareforanimalsmesquitenv.  Please call us to schedule a visit with our pets at a mutually convenient time. 

Other Available Pets: 

CATS: 

Cats do not enjoy being confined in a cage.  The cats we have for adoption show best in a home environment.  If you see a cat you like, to truly see his or her personality, you should ask us to arrange a time, at your convenience, to meet the cat in his/her foster home.  Some of our sweetest cats can come across as cranky or withdrawn when they are placed in the crate for viewing.  Please give these felines a chance by meeting them “outside the cage”.  Taking one of these felines for a sleep over is another way to get to know them better before adopting.  Ask us about our sleep over policy. 

Zayn is about a year old.  Zayn is a gorgeous looking cat, but is often overlooked because he appears so shy. Zayn has made a complete turnaround and has turned into an affectionate, loving cat, when placed in a home environment as an only pet or if you are interested in two cats, Zayn does get along great with Beamer.   Once he feels secure in a home, his true, very affectionate personality comes out.  Zayn just needs the opportunity to show you how loving and sweet he can be.

Beamer is a 4 year old orange tabby.  Our sweet Beamer has been in foster care for a few months and we’re not sure why he has been overlooked. Beamer is a very friendly guy, loves belly rubs and will come to greet you in his foster home. Beamer would enjoy being the only cat or in a home with another calm cat. He is neutered and current on his vaccines. If you would love a friendly orange cat, apply to adopt Beamer at wecareforanimals.org.

DOGS:

Meet Molly, a miniature dachshund.  WCFA saved Molly in late July from the high-intake Las Vegas shelter. Molly is a delightfully happy dog. Her tail constantly wags and she enjoys belly rubs. Molly is 12 years and has very limited eyesight, but that doesn’t stop her from finding her way around her foster home and the dog door. She enjoys exploring the back yard and finds her way back through the dog door. Molly does very well with well-mannered dogs. Molly recently received a dental. Her bloodwork results were fine and other than her limited vision, she is in excellent health. Molly weighed in at 17 lbs at the shelter and is now down to 14.9 lbs in our care. Her ideal weight should be 10-11 lbs. Molly is looking for an adult home dedicated to continuing her weight loss and taking her on regular short walks.

Hamilton is a Heinz 57 dog with some heeler and possibly hound or dobie somewhere in the mix.  He is about 5 months old and still learning to walk well on leash and show good manners.  Hamilton is very sweet but needs someone with patience to help him along with his training.  Hamilton came to us when his owner could no longer care for him.  He has a limp on his back left leg.  WCFA is working with the vet to determine the best care for Hamilton. Hamilton’s limp does not slow him down.  He loves to run and to play with other dogs.  We would be happy to update you on his status if you are interested in him.  You can contact Karen at 435-862-9574.   

SPAY/NEUTER

WCFA offers a wonderful low-cost/free opportunity to spay/neuter your pets to prevent accidental litters and keep your pet happy and healthy. We will always alter feral cats to be released back in their environment.  Our target areas are Mesquite, Bunkerville and the Arizona Strip.  Spay/Neuter Assistance Applications are available at Mesquite Veterinary Clinic located at 371 Riverside Road and Virgin Valley Veterinary Hospital at 660 Hardy Way.  You may also call WCFA at 702-346-3326 to leave a message or visit wecareforanimals.org to contact us by email.  Half of all litters born in the U.S. are accidents that overburden shelters and rescues.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF OWNING A PET

If the idea of cuddling with a pet to help ward off allergies seems a little backwards to you, the following may come as a surprise: University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern has conducted a number of studies that demonstrate having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. In fact, his research — as published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology — shows that children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall. While this might not mean much for adults who are already struggling with longstanding allergies, it is good news for families in which this isn’t already an established issue, but rather just a concern about what could happen down the road.

Many pet owners would agree that a pet can fill your heart with love. So maybe it’s only fitting that the presence of a pet can help improve the overall health of that organ, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels — all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack down the road. For those who have already experienced a heart attack, research also indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be connected with pets’ tendency to help reduce or at least control their owners’ overall stress levels.

Fun Ways to Stay Fit with Fido:

If you’re a dog owner who needs more of a workout than walking can provide, here are a few ideas:

  • Jogging or running
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Doga (i.e. Yoga for Dogs)
  • Agility Training (Obstacle course-based dog sport)
  • Need a little motivation in the exercise department? Dogs can act as the perfect personal trainer, if only because most of them need to be walked several times a day. According to studies like those conducted by the Wellness Institute at Northwest Memorial Hospital, as long as you’re the one holding the leash, you’ll reap the rewards, which can include losing — or at least maintaining — weight. Research conducted by the National Institute of Health also supports this claim — including one study of more than 2,000 adults, which found that dog owners responsible for walking their pups are less likely to be obese than dog owners who pass the duty off to someone else or those who don’t own dogs at all.

Pets are a great way to beat the blues. Not only are they known to they offer unconditional love, but they may also give their owners a sense of purpose, which can be crucial for those feeling down in the dumps. Pets also combat feelings of loneliness by providing companionship, which can boost your overall mood and even bring you feelings of joy and happiness. This is particularly apparent among groups — including the sick and elderly — who may be on the receiving end of Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet-facilitated Therapy (PFT). Many hospitals and nursing homes use these types of programs on a regular basis.

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