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Hey New Roomie, Now That We Live Together, Want to Adopt Or Something?

So you and your best bud have decided to become roommates and rent an apartment. How exciting! What could be better than getting a pet to celebrate the new apartment and cement your friendship? While it may look like a good idea on the surface, it’s going to take some great planning and mutual understanding to make it successful and keep both you and your new pet happy. Let’s have a look at some of the FAQs we get asked about with this kind of thing.

Adopting a pet with roommates

Who really owns the pet? Have you ever heard the expression, “the piece of paper always wins?” It basically means that a written signature on paper is going to win over any verbal agreements you may claim to have. So whose name is on the adoption paperwork? Whose name is on the dog license with your local Municipality? Whose name appears on the veterinarian records? Sounds like a lot to think about right? This can become really confusing if different names are on different registrations listed above. The solution? Talk about it with your new roomy before you get the pet. Decide who will be the one person listed on all the paperwork with the understanding that if anything goes wrong, this is the person who will end up with the pet and all the responsibilities that go with it.

What if there is an emergency? We all hope that we won’t have to experience an emergency, but the reality is that it could happen! Having a pet with a roommate is a great situation for you to think about pet insurance. It can be a real lifesaver if you don’t have money saved up for vet emergencies! At least with pet insurance all you have to worry about is what you should do to treat emergency problems. That’s going to be enough to handle at the moment without having to make financial decisions too.

Okay, so let’s talk about something less dramatic – what to feed your furry friend and who adopts it? Set out a game plan in advance – maybe swap out every month and talk over what you both think is a good diet to feed your pet (you can also chat with your veterinarian about this). Also on a day-to-day basis, who disciplines the pet if they chew on something or have a leaky bladder episode? This is where keeping those lines of communication open are going to be really important. Talk it over early what you’re going to do if you encounter the common problems. Chewing is big one – what would you do differently if the pet chewed up some shared furniture versus chewing up one roommates favourite sweater? It may seem trivial until it happens and everyone is really upset. Some good advice? Talk over some basic ground rules before you need them.

Lastly, what happens if something goes wrong and you and your best bud aren’t really best buds anymore, or it’s the end of the school year – who gets the final responsibility of the pet? If it’s the end of the school year, then hopefully you’ll be coming back in the fall with the same roommate for the next year. But if people are graduating or you split up for good, then what happens? Several Ontario SPCA Communities have to deal with abandoned pets or surrendered pets that they just adopted out eight months earlier. Again, pet ownership is something to talk over while you’re still talking and communicating well. Make a plan just in case things don’t go as well as they are right now… just in case.

So what are we trying to say here? In the end, we’re not saying that it can’t be done – it’s just that it takes great planning, being mature and keeping the lines of communication open between you and your roommate to make for a great rewarding pet experience. Try to remember to always put your pet’s needs and wants first over any problems you may have living with a roommate, big or small!

Categories:Guest Post, Kijiji Pets

Do you know what it takes to properly care for a pet rabbit?

Rabbits are cute and cuddly and make great pets! If you’re thinking of making a family decision to adopt or purchase a pet rabbit, it’s important to know how to properly care for one first.

Let’s take a closer look at what exactly is involved in caring for these adorable little creatures!

What is the best way to handle my rabbit?

When picking up your rabbit, support their forequarters with one hand and their hindquarters with the other. This method of handling your pet is the safest for them and will prevent any injury to the rabbit.

You want your rabbit looking their best, so brush him or her regularly with a soft brush. Brushing your pet on a consistent basis will keep his coat nice and shiny and healthy.

You’ll also want to make sure you keep up with clipping your pet’s nails. Consult your veterinarian for tips on doing this safely and effectively.

What do I feed a rabbit?

The key ingredient in any rabbit’s diet is fresh hay and this should be readily available for them to chomp on at all times. If your rabbit is younger, they need alfalfa included in their diets.  As they grow older, you can switch the alfalfa up and feed them timothy, grass and oat hays instead since they no longer need to higher protein and sugar content found in alfalfa.

Include pellets and fresh vegetables, such as celery, broccoli leaves and basil in your rabbit’s diet as well. You can switch up the vegetables every other day too! Who doesn’t like a little variety?

Where should my rabbit live?

Rabbits may be small, but they require a lot of room for housing and exercise. If they are kept in a cage, be sure the cage has enough room to allow them to move around freely and easily. Make sure the cage is located indoors. Rabbits are like any other animal and like a cozy area to call their own. To make their habits as comfy as possible, put down plenty of straw, hay or wood shavings – and make sure to change it regularly!

It’s also a good idea to set up a dog exercise pen to put your rabbit in for several hours a day so they can get the exercise they need. Make sure the pen is high enough to keep a rabbit safely inside – especially if they are a jumper! Keep your eye on them when they are in this area so they don’t get into any trouble!

How often do I need to clean my rabbit’s habitat?

Rabbit’s can be messy! You’ll need to be prepared to give your pet’s cage and play areas a thorough cleaning at least once a week. This includes changing out all bedding, shavings and hay and giving the cage a complete wipe down.

We hope these tips will help you be the best possible rabbit owner you can be!

Want more rabbit care tips? Watch our YouTube video with Dave Wilson, Director of Shelter Health & Wellness on litter training your pet rabbit.

Categories:Guest Post, Kijiji Pets

Your dog likes balls… but he doesn’t need them! It’s time to Fix Your Pet!

March is Fix Your Pet Month at the Ontario SPCA! You may have adopted or purchased a pet…but have you had it spayed or neutered yet? Why is spaying and neutering your pet even so important? Let’s explore this some more!


As a direct result of animals left unaltered, pet overpopulation is at crisis levels across Ontario. Unfortunately, this has led to staggering amounts of cats and dogs, far outnumbering the amount of available homes. As pet lovers, it’s hard to see all these animals and know they don’t have any homes.
Fix Your Pet! Dog Walnut Key Chain
Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up on the streets, where they fall victim to neglect and abuse, or in Ontario SPCA shelters across the province in search of new homes. As a result, many of these healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year.  This is an outcome no animal lover wants to see.


We strongly encourage the public to spay and neuter their pets. This can directly help reduce pet overpopulation to a manageable level that can reduce or eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.
Fix Your Pet! Cat Almond Key Chain
Spaying and neutering are not complicated procedures that are bad for our pets! These procedures are considered routine medical procedures performed by trained veterinarians that prevent animals from reproducing. What is spaying and neutering exactly?  Spaying is the removal of a female animal’s ovaries and uterus; neutering is the removal of a male’s testicles. Pets can be spayed or neutered once they are four months of age. It is recommended that females be spayed before they enter their first heat cycle, which is usually around six months of age.


Now, let’s explore the health benefits:  Spaying and neutering reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, infections and illnesses, produce a reduction in physical stress, an improvement in behaviour, including less territorial marking, destructiveness and aggression. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.


By spaying and neutering your pet, you can make a positive impact on the pet overpopulation crisis and help Ontario’s animals have the meaningful lives they deserve!


Every day throughout March, we are holding a contest on our blog. With every contest, you will have the chance to win your very own Fix Your Pet key chain! Make sure you check the blog every day for your chance to WIN at!

Looking for more information on the importance of fixing your pet? Check out our new Animal’s Voice Pawdcast “Ontario SPCA Spay/Neuter Services” on SoundCloud by clicking here. Our podcasts are also available on iTunes.


To learn more about the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered, visit

Categories:Guest Post, Kijiji Pets

Top 5 Things To Do in Mexico City

Now that Labour Day has passed, kids are back in school and summer is officially over, it’s time to start thinking about … WINTER VACATION!

How about Mexico?

Mexico City (commonly known as DF) is the capital of Mexico. It is one of the most populous cities in the world and also has plenty for visitors to enjoy. It is only a 6 hour flight from Vancouver and 5 hours from Toronto, so distance should be no excuse.

Did you know that there is Kijiji in Mexico too? Well kind off… it’s called iBazar (

We invited iBazar to tell you some of their favourite things to do in DF.  Be a local and don’t call it Mexico City – It’s DF.

1) Walk along Paseo de la Reforma

Inspired by the Champs-Élysées in Paris, this avenue has numerous ridges with planters that give it a French touch. Reforma has several monuments such as the Columbus Monument and the Cuauhtémoc Monument, but a must-see is the Glorieta del Angel de la Independencia.

2) Visit the Blue House (La Casa Azul)

South of the city, in the heart of the traditional neighborhood of Coyoacan, is the house where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera shared their creative and artistic lives. Inside the Blue House, you will find works of the painter and other daily objects that Frida used throughout her life. Today, this is one of the most visited places of the city for being the home of two of the greatest artists in the history of Mexico.

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3) Attend a Wrestling Match

Attending a wrestling match has become one of the favorite past-times of many Mexicans and international visitors. Quintessential to Mexican folklore, Lucha Libre is a professional fighting style unique to Mexico, full of stunts and jumps.

4) Listen to Rancheras at Plaza Garibaldi

Especially at night and on weekends, hearing some good rancheras at Garibaldi has to be on the itinerary. Mexican folk music is almost by definition cause for celebration.  A good shot of tequila, beautiful outdoors, and good music is an experience that is worth living for. In a typical night, you can find many mariachis willing to serenade you as you take a stroll through the streets.


5) Shop at Antara

If you must shop while in DF, Antara Polanco is the solution. Here you will find the most prestigious brands from around the world. Designed by Mexican architect Javier Sordo Madaleno, it has an inviting, luxurious, and open-air design. The mall also hosts various events throughout the year.

Additional information: iBazar is an anuncios (classifieds) site catering to Mexico. A copy of this article in Spanish can be found on iBazar’s blog, viveDF.

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How to Swap your Cell Phone



It’s intimidating and it’s confusing – the process of switching over your cell phone let alone service providers is daunting. I recently came across an offer too good to pass up, and had to switch from a carrier I’ll call “big red”, to the one with the fuzzy animals in their campaigns. It was liberating.

In the past two years I’ve managed to swap phones three times. I started with an iPhone 4 (it was stolen while travelling), then over to a 4S, an S3 to get familiarized with Android, and finally to an iPhone 5. There was a cracked screen and a few phone drops in between, but I’m happy to say I think I’ve figured out the system. Here’s a step by step on how to make the switch:


Find Your Hardware

With so many great phones on the market right now, it’s hard to narrow it down. A good place to start is whether to get a smartphone or not (my recommendation is a yes). Android or Apple? And of course, the ultimate question is about COLOUR (we’ll get to the custom phone cases later). There are different options in terms of memory, upgrades, limited editions and more. Do a little comparison-shopping online and be sure you know what you want!


Select Your Services

Data, minutes, text messages, long distance calling – all considerations you’ll need to make when you review your options. What’s your budget? What’s your usage look like? Review the last few bills that you’ve received and make a decision based on what your normal use is. Ask if you can make adjustments as you go (the answer is usually yes). Remember to tailor it to you, you never want to have too many leftover minutes or get dinged with overages.


Make the Jump

Let the magic happen! I recently upgraded to an iPhone 5, and it was easily shipped to my door. Then, I was advised when the service transfer was happening (it was about 2 hours of downtime, so make sure you have a book or something to entertain yourself) and voila, I was transferred! There were a few hiccups, but they were resolved lightning-fast when I tweeted them a few concerns.


Be Patient

Try to wait out your contracts before you switch over, nothing worse than cancellation fees. Also, it’s okay to call in a few times to negotiation deals, at the end of the day if a company can get a new client, or a provider wants to retain you as a client, you have power. Don’t rush – you don’t want to regret your decisions!



For the fun part now, let’s find you a case! There are some great ones located on eBay (and for cheap), though you won’t get the immediate satisfaction and protection. I liked the TNA silicone cases for temporary protection, and then I hopped online and browsed on etsy for a few custom cases. I settled on a galaxy print hardcase in white. Creative! The case is the window to your tech personality.


What about your Old Phone?

If you’re not interested in keeping your old phone as a backup (and by that, I really mean that it’s brutally collecting cobwebs and dust), you can always list your phone and sell it on Kijiji. Some key pointers:

  1. Be HONEST about the condition of the phone – is it New In Box (NIB) or gentle used? Are there scratches? It’s better that a potential buyer knows up front before wasting any time.
  2. Be DETAILED, because people want to know everything from the size to the colour to the accessories included. Include great photos of the ACTUAL phone
  3. Be EFFECTIVE in your Listing – choose a site like Kijiji or other listing sites to get your old phone out there.
  4. Be PERSONABLE in your description. You can be funny, witty, interesting all in a matter of paragraphs. Info on how to do that coming in our next article.
  5. Meet in a Public Space: I like to meet people at the Apple store with a genius bar appointment, if it’s an Apple product, of course. Be safe, and bring someone in tow if you’re nervous about an expensive item.

Just a few simple steps to get you onto a phone and plan that doesn’t have you screeching at customer service. Let us know how you find your new phone!