All About Animal Rescue, Pets In The City

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See some abandoned cats on the street or injured wildlife and want to do something about it?

Care about the animals that share our asphalt jungle?

Love animals, but aren't sure about pet ownership?

Want to have a pet, but not sure what pet to rescue?

How can you enjoy animals while living in the city?

I’m here to answer your questions about loving animals and wildlife, adopting pets, caring for them, and rescuing animals in the city. Maybe you love animals, but really don't have the time/energy/money to commit to pet ownership.  I can give you ideas on how to enjoy and help animals without actually owning a pet.

If you want a pet, I can help you explore what the best pet for you is. I can also give you an idea about how to care for your pet and clue you in on issues related to having a pet in the city.

Just because you live in the city, it doesn’t mean you don’t want a meaningful connection to nature and animals. You can pursue that passion no matter where you live or what your resources are. There are tons of ways to help animals in the city.

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There are so many animals that need your help. There are strays and feral cats that are living off scraps and garbage that need care. There are abandoned pets found in parks, parking lots and on the streets. And don't forget about wild animals that are having their habitats invaded by us who might become injured or sick.

The environment can be rough for animals in the city. Animals have to deal with cars, trucks, ambulances, e-bikes, and other traffic that could hurt them. There are noises that you don’t find in the country that city animals have to deal with. 

There are predators in the city that are more dangerous than the fiercest bear, hawk, or coyote (although you might even find those in the city sometimes!). Whether it’s a cranky malicious person who puts out poison, someone wanting to capture animals for fighting or other bad purposes, or even just someone who is trying to help but ends up causing more harm to the animal. Taking care of animals in the city requires us to protect them from harm coming at them from all directions.

I can answer your questions about adopting pets, caring for them, and rescuing animals in the city. Let’s work together to make a great life for all the critters that share our cities with us.

I can give you information about:

  • What’s the best pet for me? When people think about pets, they usually think about just dogs and cats. But there are so many other pets that match your personality and living situation. Also, there are different breeds of dogs and cats, and some might work for you and others wouldn’t.
  • What you should do if you see an abandoned cat in my neighborhood or an injured bird
  • Now that I have my pet, how should I take care of it? 
  • And more…
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Owning a pet is a wonderful experience, whether it’s your first pet, a new type of pet, or if you’ve had many pets before. 

When you adopt a rescue pet, you are giving an innocent animal a second chance at a happy life. Whether the pet was taken off the streets, taken from an abusive or hoarder situation, or if the owner was just not able to care for it anymore, you can save a rescue pet from a life in a cage in a shelter, life in a terrible home, or even euthanasia.

Although some pets are not appropriate for city living, most can thrive in your apartment or house.

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Dogs are the most popular pet in the U.S. If you are looking for a dog, you need to consider what breed of dog you want. For example, a Saint Bernard is a large breed of dog so it might not work if you are in a tiny apartment.  But they tend to be cuddly, loveable, quiet, and they don’t need a lot of exercise, so if you have a little bit of space and you want a big loveable lug, the Saint Bernard might be for you! 

Learn about various dog breeds and find out what breed would fit best into your lifestyle. Remember that all dogs are individuals. Knowing the breed only give you an inkling of common breed characteristisc, but the individual dog you are thinking of adopting  might have a very different personality than what you would expect from breed stereotypes.


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Cats are the second most popular.  Cats tend to be easy to care for and independent.  Some are more cuddly and people-friendly than others. You would need to decide if you want to have an indoor-only or an indoor/outdoor cat. If you have a tiny apartment where you don’t even have room for a litter box, maybe you should consider a different type of pet.

Other Pets

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You can find lots of dogs and cats at most shelters and rescues. But there are other pets that might work better for you. Fish, birds, gerbils, mice, snakes, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ferrets, tortoises, iguanas, and so many more.  I’ll tell you about all the plusses and minuses of different types of pets and you can decide which one is right for you. Check out my best pet for you page.

Fostering a Pet

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If you are not sure about making the commitment of owning a pet, you can foster one that is in need of a home.  The pet can live with you, instead of in a shelter, until the rescue organization finds a forever home for it. Animals are usually more relaxed in a home environment, and a happy, relaxed pet is more likely to find a good home. You can experience pet ownership for a short time to see if it is right for you. So it’s a win-win experience.

I have fostered many pets. A few have been “foster fails” where I bonded with the animal so much, I adopted them myself. So you can evaluate whether a particupar pet fits into your home as you look for a forever home for it. If you decide that you can't be parted from your foster pet, you can be the one who adopts it!

Feral Cat Care and Wildlife Rescue

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People take care of feral stray cats in their neighborhoods.  These cats may not be suitable to be adopted, but they still need care.  I can give you some pointers on how to do this.  You need to be aware of TNR (trap, neuter, return) programs that ensure that feral cats don't breed and make more unwanted kittens and cats.

I can also help you figure out what to do if you find an injured wild animal. Birds, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, and possums are just some of the species that we share our cities with and sometimes they need some help. If you want to start your own animal rescue, I can give you pointers.

Jobs in the Rescue Pet/Animal Field

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You can explore job opportunities in the pet rescue and pet care in the city world. There are jobs available for pet care at a shelter and other support you can give to rescue pets. You can be a dog walker or pet sitter. People often need help with grooming, training, and health care for their pets. Find out about pet and animal related jobs and the training you need for them.

You can do volunteer work rescuing pets. You can also make your own 503 (c) (3) animal rescue organization.

Rescue Pet Fun and Games

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Rescuing pets and wildlife can be heartbreaking sometimes. It's hard to see animals suffer, and difficult to believe the callous way some people treat their pets and other animals.  It's vital that we take care of ourselves when we do this important work. Go to my Rescue Pet Connection and Fun Page and you can share your love of animals with other website visitors

Make sure you stay grounded and happy as you rescue pets in the city. There are great movies to watch, games to play, rescue pet toys to play with, and more. What makes you happy and grounded? How do you stay balanced? Share your ideas, it may help other people discover or rediscover what (in addition to pets) brings them joy!

You can also find out about visiting a Cat Rescue Cafe or taking an eco-tourism trip. There are lots of ways to add fun and lightness to the work of rewcuing pets in the city.

City Rescue Pet Care

Pet owning and caring for animals is different in a city than anywhere else. Even if you are an experienced pet owner, if you are new to having pets in the city, you may need some pointers.I cover topics such as feeling guilty about your pet, should your cat be indoors only, rehoming a pet, dealing with your death or your pet's death, and many other issues.

I’m here to show you how to make the most of living with animals in the city. I love to share pictures, videos and information about city rescue pets.

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