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‘Tis the Season to Keep Pets Safe! Remember Fido When Planning Your Holiday Celebrations

Can you believe the holidays are already upon us?! Time to start ticking names off that holiday shopping list and gathering all the yummy ingredients for your holiday meal. It’s an exciting time, but when it comes to our pets, let’s not forget the dangers that come along with all the festivities. So many new scents, visitors coming and going, treats, candy and so much more. Our furry friends become vulnerable to many new dangers at this time of year. It’s important to keep them safe because let’s face it – the holidays would be missing something special if our pets were injured or sick because they got into something they shouldn’t have!

Christmas Cat Says Stay Safe

What can you do to make sure Fido and Whiskers are safe this holiday season?

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit more than getting out our favourite holiday decorations and putting them in the perfect spots throughout our home. Tinsel is one of those things that comes to mind when we think of holiday decorating. It is fun to play with and hang on the Christmas tree, but cats and dogs are attracted to tinsel and if swallowed, it could cause serious harm. If tinsel is a holiday staple in your apartment or house, make sure it’s out of pet’s reach.

Our furry friends are always quite curious, so putting up a decorated tree will definitely peak their curiosity! To prevent your tree from falling on your pet, we recommend securing it to the wall. You wouldn’t want it to fall over when your pup goes by to sniff your new masterpiece!

Beware of pets around open flames on candles as this may also peak their curiosity. If they get too close, they may knock them over and accidently injure themselves or start a fire.

We all know how much our pets love to chew. When they see wires, batteries, glass and plastic ornaments, they probably wouldn’t think twice about chowing down! The simple solution is to hang your ornaments higher up on the tree, and hide any kind of wires as much as possible.

Holiday plants and flowers add lots of atmosphere to any home. But did you know, Holly can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea? Mistletoe and poinsettia can also cause stomach upset. It’s best to choose some other festive item (like fake flowers and plants) when decorating your home to make sure it stays pet-friendly.

Do you include your pets in your holiday gift-giving? Do they have their own special stocking hanging next to mom and dad’s? If you’re giving gifts to your pets, choose gifts that are safe for them. Some pets like to eat the stuffing found in toys. If this sounds like your pet, it’s best to avoid these types of toys.

We bet your holiday meal smells delicious! Remember: it also smells delicious to your pets! They may be tempted to sneak a bite or two of their own so it might be a good idea to keep them in a separate and comfortable room while serving and eating your holiday meal. If you’re serving alcohol, like human food and chocolate, alcoholic beverages are not meant for pets.

Using these tips won’t take up too much of your time, but they’ll definitely help keep the feline and canine members of your family out of trouble! So when you’re drinking your eggnog, playing some festive holiday music and celebrating with your loved ones, you can rest assured that your pets’ safety has been taken care of. Wishing everyone and their pets a very happy-and safe-holiday!

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Because there’s No Greater Gift than the Love of an Animal, iAdopt for the Holidays

Be a part of a Canadian program that drives pet adoption during the upcoming holiday season!  

The Ontario SPCA had such amazing success with their “iAdopt for the Holidays” adoption campaign last year that it’s back again this year across Canada! Over 50+ participating SPCA’s, Humane Societies and Animal Rescues are on board to get as many pets adopted into their new loving homes over the holidays as possible.  
OSPCA: adopt a cat this holiday season

What is iAdopt for the Holidays all about? iAdopt For the Holidays is a two-month adoption drive that aims to change the lives of orphaned pets. Since more families bring a new pet home during the holidays than any other time of the year, this campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption by sharing the positive real life pet adoption stories of others.  
OSPCA: adopt a dog this holiday season
How can you make this campaign an ever greater success this year? Drop in to one of many participating societies across Canada from November 1st to December 31st to meet your new furrrever friend! We also invite you to take part in the iAdopt Facebook contest. Submit your pet adoption story along with a photo of your pet and your reason for adopting, for a chance to win great prizes!   If you’re interested in learning more about iAdopt for the Holidays and finding your local participating society, check out www.iadopt.ca.

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Local Heroes Inside Story: Amanda & Jackson’s Story – Saving Each Other

Every so often, we find a truly incredible story about how Kijiji has played a role in turning someone’s life around. While all Local Heroes are special in their own right, stories like Amanda and Jackson’s – and their incredible bond –remind us of the power of community, and its ability to positively affect us.

Over the past five years, Amanda from Ontario has undergone a number of challenges in her life, leaving her feeling alone and sad. However, she found solace in her roommate’s dog. From this, Amanda decided she would adopt a pet through Kijiji to see if it could help brighten her spirits

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After searching high and low for a Bernese Mountain Dog – a favourite breed of hers; Amanda located a male puppy just over two hours away. As Amanda described her experience, it was love at first sight, but she was hesitant in case their first meeting didn’t go as well as she hoped. “I knew I had to meet him. I set up a time to meet [Jackson] pushing aside all of my hope because I had a feeling things may not go as planned. But when he came out of the back room I knew he was perfect.”

A little skittish at first, Jackson quickly bonded with Amanda; instantly cementing their relationship.

However, over the two years since they met, Amanda’s medical conditions worsened and became more complicated – to the point where she could not leave her own home. But thankfully, Jackson was there to pick up on Amanda’s feelings and help give her a new lease on life. “Jackson is the most emotionally intelligent dog I have ever encountered. He picks up on my feelings and responds very quickly. I feel less alone, more confident, and the happiest I’ve been in years.”

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So much so that a few months ago, Amanda began to train Jackson as her service canine, a role she credits as allowing her to finally get out of the house again and start living life to the fullest. While Jackson is still in training as of today, he has learned to pick up her emotional cues quickly, and is improving each and every day. So much so, that he looks forward to being “on duty.”

To Amanda, Jackson is her Local Hero. As she tells us, “Jackson means the world to me. To express it into words is extremely difficult. To me he represents independence, confidence, love and friendship; and has made me feel all of these things after years of feeling the opposite. I am so grateful to have him in my life, and couldn’t ask for a better dog – or best friend.”

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Amanda’s story has touched us in so many ways. The compassion we feel for animals, is easily returned by inviting them into our homes. We salute Jackson for the astounding Local Hero he is, but we also honour Amanda, for sharing such a deep story with all of us. On behalf of the thousands of pets and their owners who have met through Kijiji, we thank you!

Know a Local Hero in your community? Submit their Local Hero story today!

Guide to Finding a Pet Friendly Apartment

Apartment hunting is tough – and can be even tougher if you are embarking on your search with a cat or dog as a roommate. While it is not legal in many parts of Canada for landlords to forbid pets, the fact is, landlords can choose to rent to someone else who is less forthcoming about being a pet owner. Lying about pet ownership is a bad idea, and will start you off on the wrong foot when seeking a new home. What can you do to maximize your chances of landing a great apartment along with your pets?

Finding a Pet Friendly Apartment

Don’t leave it until the last minute. Finding an apartment that is appropriate for both you and your pet will be much easier if you have time on your side. In addition to finding an apartment that accepts your pet, make sure you find somewhere with the appropriate amenities – for instance, a park within walking distance if you own a dog. We recommend giving yourself minimum 2 months to find an apartment with a pet when possible.

Be honest. Mentioning your pet doesn’t have to be the first thing out of your mouth (or in your Kijiji reply), but if you view an apartment, tell the landlord or property manager about your pet. Be sure to mention their good points (quiet, house trained, etc.).

Understand their reservations. Did they have a terrible prior tenant that trashed the place and had dogs? Are they concerned about people who don’t stop and scoop? Is noise the main sticking point? Talk to the owner about what it is that makes them hesitate. Don’t dismiss their concerns – from the perspective of a landlord, these are all legitimate issues that can be a huge pain for them to deal with. Let them know details about your pets and lifestyle that will help to alleviate their concerns. Do you work from home? Do you have a dog walker? Is your cat content to stick with their scratching post? All of these points can help dispel concerns and reassure them that you take getting along with management and neighbours, as well as being a responsible pet owner, seriously.

Talk up yourself, and your pet. If you can provide proof that you are a responsible pet owner, they may be willing to make an exception for you. Documents that prove your pet has been fixed (and thus calmer and less likely to spray or otherwise annoy neighbours), that you take your pets to the vet regularly (your vet likely has a form letter on file for this purpose), proof that you have taken your dog to a training class, reference letters from your current landlord that you are a responsible tenant and pet owner, and any other documents you might have can help paint a picture of you and your pet being a contributing community member. Make it clear that you will be responsible for your pet at all times – list behavhiours that you as a pet owner find unacceptable from other pet owners, and let them know you understand that not everyone wants to deal with another person’s animals. If possible, introduce them to your pet. Your prospective landlord might have a no dogs policy because they have a life long fear of German shepherds or dobermans. If you have a cuddly, unassuming Pomeranian, their reluctance might wane. Invite them to your current home to meet your pet and showcase how clean you keep your current unit. Take your dog for a professional groom and vacuum up any stray pet hair before hand. A well cared for and well behaved pet in a well cared for home will speak volumes.

Be prepared to get creative. If you are having trouble finding options using the pet friendly filter on Kijiji, consider asking your local humane society if they have a list of apartment buildings which are pet friendly, or reaching out to local real estate agents or property managers for suggestions on where to find an apartment in your budget.

While finding rentals that allow pets can be tough, the hard work pays off in the form of a happy home for ALL family members. Happy hunting!

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!

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