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Top Ten Reasons to Adopt Your Next Pet

A dog with pet health insurance waits to be adopted.

Pets add a lot to any family, but did you know that there are millions of animals just waiting for homes in shelters and rescues? Here are the top 10 reasons to choose your next pet from an animal shelter or rescue group!

1. You are saving a life!
Sixty-four percent of animals that enter shelters don’t find homes and sadly, they are euthanized. Choosing to adopt from a shelter means that you are literally saving a life.

2. Save your carpets!
Many of the pets waiting in shelters and rescue groups are already housebroken.

3. You can find a purebred!
There are many in shelters and there are even breed specific rescue groups, although mutts make great pets too!

4. You won’t be supporting puppy mills.
Unfortunately, there are people who put the business of selling puppies above the health and welfare of the animals. Choosing to adopt helps keep money out of the puppy mill owners pockets.

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Company recalls pet food twice in one week

A large dog looks down at a blue food bowl.Proctor & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily expanded a recent recall to include more dry pet food because it might be contaminated with salmonella and harmful to pet health, Forbes.com reports.

Although no salmonella-related illnesses have been reported, the company opted to recall Iams Veterinary, Eukanuba Naturally Wild, Eukanuba Pure and Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin pet foods, just days after recalling some of its cat foods.

According to the New York Times, P&G recalled two lots of prescription cat food for fear of salmonella contamination, as reported July 26. No canned food or treats were affected.

A full listing of recalled UPC codes can be found on the Iams.com website.

Forbes reports the recalled products, which have the potential to be detrimental to pet health, are sold in veterinary clinics and some pet retailers in the US and Canada. P&G has instructed consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products to throw them away.

The news provider reported that that pet health and human health are both at risk, as humans who handle the food could contract Salmonella. P&G told Forbes that pet owners should wash their hands if they have direct contact with the product.

Pets who contract Salmonella may display decreases in appetite, fevers and abdominal pain, the news provider reports. Symptoms in humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Consumers showing signs of illness after having contact with the products should see their health care providers and any pet showing symptoms should be taken to his or her veterinarian.

For more information or a product replacement or refund call P&G at 877-340-8823.

Family escapes house fire thanks to barking dog

A family's Shih Tzu saved their lives by alerting them of a fireWhen Oscar Segovia and his family were asleep on an early Sunday morning, they were annoyed when Scooter, their 1-year-old Shih Tzu, wouldn’t stop barking, the Miami Herald reported.

Segovia said that although Scooter often barked, he always quieted down after awhile. When the Segovia’s finally arose, they found a car in their driveway had caught fire and quickly spread to the attic of their home.

Because Scooter woke them up during the fire, the family was able to escape safely while firefighters put out the flames. Although no one was harmed in the fire, the Segovias, now homeless, are looking to identify the specific cause of the fire.

“This car has been parked in the same place since 9:30 last night,” Segovia told ABC Action News. “…I don’t know how to explain it.”ADNFCR-2720-ID-19705351-ADNFCR

Carrie Underwood’s dog to be part of her wedding

Carrie Underwood has plans to include her dog in her nuptialsUnderwood, a longtime animal lover who used to volunteer at a local veterinary clinic, recently revealed to US Weekly that when she ties the knot with hockey player, Mike Fisher, she will definitely have Ace in her ceremony.

"It would be like if I was getting married and I had a child – of course my child would be in the wedding," Underwood said.

She added that while Ace may be donning a tuxedo for the big day, he may have a little assistance with some of his ring-bearing duties.

Underwood told the news provider that Ace would not be getting the actual ring for fear that the small dog would run off with it or even accidently swallow it—compromising her pet’s health.

Underwood, who is rarely seen without Ace, is excited to make him a part of her ceremony.

"He’s like my kid," she said.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19704153-ADNFCR

Store owner under fire for banning child’s service dog

The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that service dogs can accompany their owners even if the facility does not allow animals- but when 5-year-old Amanda Ivancevich, entered a local store with her mother and service dog, Ellie, the store owner insisted the dog stay outside, North Carolina NBC affiliate WECT 6 reported.

Guide dogs are used to assist people in needAccording to OhmiDog.com, Ellie has the ability to alert people when Ivancevich is about to suffer from a seizure, as service dogs are trained for emergency situations and must remain in prime dog health care to complete their duties.

Owner Robert Bryant, who thought the dog was unsanitary and would mess up his merchandise, apologized for the incident after Ivancevich’s mother, Susan, garnered support from local residents to boycott Bryant’s store.

Bryant remains apologetic and has since set-up a special visit with the family and Ellie.ADNFCR-2720-ID-19703733-ADNFCR

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