May 19, 2016

Adoptable Pet Spotlight: Wrangler

This week's Adoptable Pet is Wrangler

Wrangler is a 2-ish year old, 16 pound Jack Russell Terrier at the Georgia Jack Russell Sanctuary with the cutest little underbite you ever did see! He adores people and affection and would make an excellent walking partner and cuddle buddy. He would be very content as an only dog, but could also be okay with having a sibling who was a good match -  a meet and greet would be easy to set-up so we could see if Wrangler and your current furbaby would get along! 

Wrangler was rescued from a kill shelter in February and is neutered and up-to date on shots. 

Are you interested in learning more about Wrangler? Check out his full profile here: http://www.jackrusselladoptions.org/our-dogs/wrangler/

 

Urban Paw is an innovative pet products company providing pets with the best sleep possible. From cat huts, cat cuddlers and cat houses to dog mattresses, dog huts and dog houses, Urban Paw offers long lasting pet beds and stylish pet beds for dogs and cats. Affordable pet beds designed for comfort and style, Urban Paw is dedicated to helping cat rescues and dog rescues raise funds and awareness for animals in need.

May 01, 2016

Adoptable Pet Spotlight: Jenna

This week's adoptable pet is Jenna.

Jenna is a snuggly Staffordshire/American Pit Bull Terrier mix.  Although the shelter thought Jenna was 4 years old, the Wags and Walks vet feels she is under 2.  Slightly overweight at 64 pounds, she is a happy, roly-poly, marshmallow hippo dog. Wags and Walks pulled her just before she ran out of time at a local shelter where Jenna, a staff and volunteer favorite had passed her shelter temperament test with an "A". She currently lives with two other large dogs, but prefers the company of her foster mom. Jenna's a true "People Dog" -- she adores us human types, the more the merrier -- and would be thrilled to be the only dog with a family all to herself. Jenna is currently learning her training basics; she already walks nicely on leash. If you’re looking for a loving dog who will always cheer you up, Jenna is the girl for you. She is healthy, up to date on vaccinations, spayed and microchipped.

For more information please email info@wagsandwalks.org.

April 16, 2016

Adoptable Pet Spotlight: Diamond

This week's adoptable pet is Diamond.
Diamond was found pregnant and living on the streets. Through her rescue she was able to successfully give birth to 9 puppies all of whom survived and are thriving! Diamond is roughly one and a half years old, a Pitbull Mix and would do best being an only dog. 
Diamond is spayed, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped.
For more information about adopting Diamond, please email  rescue@barksoflove.org
April 10, 2016

Urban PAWtner Spotlight: The Cat House on the Kings

The Cat House on the Kings provides a no-cage, no-kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats and kittens in the State of California, primarily serving the Central Valley. This wonderful organization facilitates the adoption of cats (primarily), dogs and other rescued animals into safe, loving, healthy and permanent homes. Additionally, the organization educates the public on how to become directly involved in improving the quality of animal welfare and offers low cost spay and neuter referrals.

The Cat House on the Kings doesn't only take in surrendered cats, they also rescue cats and kittens from local shelters and off the streets. Every animal is restored to health and cared for until a loving home can be found. 

Donations are always a great way to support the work of organizations like the Cat House on the Kings. It costs $1 per day to feed and care for a cat. With more than 700 residents, your generous contributions can truly help save lives. Learn more about how you can help. 

Urban Paw is so honored to be able to support such an incredible organization as the Cat House on the Kings. We hope that you will take some time to get to know the work they do and help out however you can. Don't forget to like their Facebook page for adorable photos of kitties!

January 17, 2016

Misconceptions About Shelter Animals

Shelter pets can have a bad rep sometimes. Many people believe they are at the shelter because they are “bad” or have behavioral problems, but the reality is that the majority of dogs and cats have found their way into a shelter at no fault of their own.

According to a study conducted by PetFinder, the top 10 reasons for relinquishing a pet include:

  • Moving
  • Landlord doesn’t approve
  • Too many pets
  • Cost of pet care
  • Personal problems
  • Inadequate facilities
  • Allergies

The pets found at shelters can often seem shy and cautious around visitors, but we have to keep in mind what they have been through. Like people, animals are aware of their environments and the people around them. They become confused, frightened, and, yes, sometimes a little snippy because they’re scared. Often times that older animal has a lot of life left in them and will still provide plenty of energy. Maybe that dirty, scruffy looking dog just needs a really good grooming and face to lick. The cat at the shelter may seem shy because she was dropped off by her owner and is still trying to adjust. These dogs and cats just need someone to believe in them and give them a second chance.

Many people do not consider adopting from a shelter because they are looking for a purebred. According to a study conducted by the Humane Society of the United States, at least 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred. If finding a purebred dog at a shelter becomes difficult, consider researching a breed specific rescue near you.

Bottom line: Rescued pets ROCK! You have no idea the amount of love and gratitude you will receive when you give a pet in need a chance.

*Sources:
PetFinder
HSUS

 

January 04, 2016

Urban PAWtner Spotlight: Georgia Jack Russell Rescue

One of our amazing Urban PAWtners, Georgia Jack Russell Rescue is making a huge difference in the lives of Jack Russells everywhere!

An Atlanta-area, volunteer-based, 501c3 organization involved in the rescue, adoption and sanctuary of Jack Russells and terrier mixes, the rescue was founded in 2000. They have saved and re-homed more than 500 JRTs and terrier mixes throughout the southeast. Next to Pitbulls, Jack Russell Terriers are one of the most frequently misunderstood and surrendered breeds. Jack Russells in general, are not "hyper" ,but rather highly intelligent, active dogs who need regular exercise, socialization and activity.

Originally planning to focus their efforts on purebreds, they just can't turn away any dog in need. Today they rescue all dogs from purebred Jacks, Jack Russell mixes, and even a few dogs who aren’t Terriers at all!  They love them all and hope to find forever homes for all of them.

At any given time, they are caring for more than 20 dogs at their rescue facility and in foster care. Most of the dogs in their care are pulled from local animal control facilities. In addition to saving abandoned and neglected JRTs, their organization also endeavors to educate potential adopters about the qualities and needs of this breed in an effort to prevent more displaced terriers.  

One of the greatest needs as a rescue organization is additional foster homes where dogs can be socialized regularly while learning skills that will increase their chances of a successful adoption.  

Learn more about Georgia Jack Russell Terrier Rescue and their mission. 

December 14, 2015

Gifts that Give Back!

What better way to embrace the holiday spirit than to give a gift that gives back?

As a socially conscious company, Urban Paw is passionate about improving the lives of pets and the people that love them. It is our mission to reduce the number of homeless pets by developing and donating to high-impact, "outside-the-box" initiatives that increase adoption rates and/or reduce intake rates at shelters. 10% of all profits generated by Urban Paw are donated to Best Friends Animal Society!

In addition, Urban Paw has launched initiatives to help local animal welfare organizations continue their life-saving work as they seek to find homes for the dogs and cats in need. This includes initiatives like our Urban PAWtners Give Back, where rescues are able to raise funds through a sales referral program. More than 10 organizations have benefited from this program since it launched seven months ago! Through initiatives like this, Urban Paw has donated more than $5,000 to individual rescue organizations as well as more than $5,700 worth of product donations. Our team has collected food for an amazing organization called Pets of the Homeless that provides assistance to the pets of those less fortunate. Urban Paw also attended more than seven pet events that helped raise funds for animal welfare organizations in the Southern California area.
      

"As a fairly well-known cat rescue, we get fundraising solicitations all the time. We've found that we're happiest doing this with companies like Urban Paw that share our values and vision. We've heard nothing but glowing praise for Urban Paw beds! We also were delightfully surprised to learn that some of our supporters actually wanted to buy beds and ship them to us directly ~ requests that were handled smoothly by Urban Paw. We're completely thrilled with this promotion and with Urban Paw!"  
Harvie Schreiber, The Cat House on The Kings

"My experience with The Urban PAWtners program has been nothing but positive from the beginning!  Their response to my inquiry was fast and the program was up and running shortly thereafter."
- Lily Goldstein, Georgia Jack Russell Rescue

   

Our team of animal-lovers have also donated countless hours volunteering with local rescue organizations including Best Friends Animal Society NKLA and Boxer Rescue-LA.


          

Thank you so much for your support throughout our first year as we continue to develop innovative pet products that are not only good for pets, but are doing good for animal welfare efforts everywhere!

 

October 16, 2015

Best Friends LA Strut Your Mutt

This past weekend the Urban Paw team had the pleasure of spending the day with thousands of dogs and their loving humans at the Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles Strut Your Mutt!

More than $400,000 was raised for LA-area rescue groups, shelters and NKLA Coalition partners thanks to the 2,300 animal lovers and their 1,900 dogs.

Although we have attended many pet events this year, Strut Your Mutt was by far the biggest and most inspiring. Our team met pet lovers of all kinds, some who just recently adopted a pet. It was amazing to see so many people in the community come together to support such a terrific cause. 

With the help of Best Friends Animal Society No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), since 2012 the number of pets being killed in L.A. city shelters has decreased by 56%. This movement, fueled by hundreds of Coalition partners, is helping our city become so much closer to reaching the goal of No-Kill. 

  

Thank you to everyone who came out to support this movement! And for those of you who purchased a bed or won a bed in the raffle, don't forget to share photos of your pets enjoying their bed with us @urbanpawpet on Twitter and Instagram and Urban Paw on Facebook.

Check out more photos from the event!

 

September 30, 2015

Be a Hero. Become a Pet Foster.

Not quite ready to commit to adopting a pet? Not sure what size or breed would fit your lifestyle best? Have you ever considered fostering?

A foster is someone that temporarily opens up their home to any animal that is currently living at a shelter or with a rescue group while waiting to be adopted. Fostering is great for all kinds of people. College students and young adults enjoy fostering because it allows them to have the great companionship of a pet, while they may still be unsettled. Retirees may enjoy fostering a pet who is also older because they are calm and just looking for a friend. Military families also make great foster homes as they tend to relocate often and are unable to have a pet long-term. Maybe you want to give your current pet an occasional playmate but can’t afford to adopt a second animal or you’re just looking for a way to help out in the community. Whoever you are, fostering can work with your lifestyle; there are all kinds of animals that need a foster home and would love a warm bed while they wait for their happily-ever-after.

Still unconvinced that fostering is for you? 

Ben, one of the founders of Urban Paw, thought he was way too busy for a dog; he’s young, he travels a lot, he’s a business owner, he enjoys going out with his friends on the weekends. He didn’t see how he could make it work, despite being such an animal lover. When somebody suggested he try out fostering as a way to test the waters, he jumped at the opportunity! As fate would have it, just a short time later a friend sought him out in hopes he would foster a sweet boy named Marley and Ben agreed. In two weeks when his friend told him she had found an adopter for Marley, Ben said, “NO WAY!” He was completely smitten with Marley and they had already created an incredible bond. Suddenly, Ben started hanging out with friends at dog-friendly establishments and finding time to take Marley to the park in the evenings after work and he was happier! He couldn’t imagine giving up Marley and the lifestyle they had already created in those two weeks.

The reward for fostering is enormous. Not only do you get the companionship of a great animal, you help somebody complete their family (maybe it’s your own!) and you get to help an animal who, without you, may not have had a chance. Maybe, like Ben, you are just trying to figure out if adopting a pet is a good fit for you. Whatever your reasons for your interest, visit your local animal shelter today to find out more!

September 23, 2015

Doggie Street Festival: A Second Chance for a Lucky Pup

This past Saturday, the Urban Paw team was out and about at the Doggie Street Festival in LA. Pet vendors filled the park as lucky dogs and cats found new hope with loving adopters. One lucky pup and her new family shared their story with us.

Newly weds headed to the event in hopes of adopting their first pet together after searching at many shelters and not finding that connection. As they browsed the vendors, a precious, blonde dog with an "adopt me" vest caught their eye. After staring into her loving eyes, falling in love with her special features, they knew it was meant to be and they adopted this sweet girl from the Dachshund Rescue Los Angeles. Thank you for opening your home to this deserving dog!

Thank you to the Doggie Street Festival for including us in this amazing event. It means so much to our team to be among wonderful rescue organizations working tirelessly to help the dogs and cats of LA find their forever homes. Check out more photos from the event!