Adopting a Pet For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 13, 2005 - Pets - 362 pages
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Develop a loving relationship with your adopted pet

Your fun and easy guide to the challenges and rewards of adopting a pet

Thinking about adopting or rescuing an animal? This friendly guide gives you a no-nonsense introduction to the process and helps you select the right companion for you and your family. You'll see how to handle everything from feeding, health care, and housetraining to obedience, behavior issues, and special needs for older and abused animals.

Discover how to
* Work with shelters and rescue groups
* Navigate the procedures and paperwork
* Find a supportive veterinarian
* Adopt a dog, cat, bird, critter, or exotic pet
* Help your pet adjust to its new home
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
All About Pet Adoption
7
Exploring the Pet Adoption Option
9
Seeking Shelter Finding and Using Animal Shelters
23
Rescue Me All About Pet Rescue Groups
35
Welcoming a Dog into Your Life
49
Choosing Your Dog
51
Helping Your Adopted Dog Make the Homecoming Transition
73
Taking Charge of Your Critters Care
221
Critter Behavior and Training
231
Bringing Home a Feathered Friend
245
From Macaws to Budgies Choosing Your Feathered Friend
247
Creating a BirdFriendly Home
259
Caring for Your Adopted Bird
269
Training Your Bird
281
Giving an Exotic a Second Chance
295

Caring for Your Adopted Dog
91
Doggy Boot Camp Basic Training and Behavior Management
109
Here Kitty Kitty Rescuing a Cat
135
Finding the Purrrfect Feline for You
137
Welcoming Home Your Adopted Cat
151
Kitty Care
165
You Really Can Train a Cat
183
Befriending a Little Critter
197
Choosing Your Critter
199
Getting Ready for Your Critter
213
Choosing a Creepy Crawler
297
Preparing for Your Exotic Pet
307
Exotic Care and Feeding
317
Snake Charming and Herp Handling How to Train Your Exotic Pet
329
The Part of Tens
339
Ten Great Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Adopted Pet
341
Ten Favors You Can Do for Your Adopted Pet
343
Ten Ways to Support Your Local Shelter or Rescue Group
345
Index
347
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About the author (2005)

Eve Adamson is an award-winning pet writer and the author, coauthor, or contributor to more than 40 books including Labrador Retrievers For Dummies and Dachshunds For Dummies. She is a contributing editor for Dog Fancy magazine and writes frequently for many pet publications; among them are Your Dog, Dogs USA, Puppies USA, Cat Fancy, Cats USA, Kittens USA, Veterinary Practice News, and Popular Pets, including the issues on Guinea Pigs, Rats, and many issues on dog training and behavior. She writes the “Good Grooming” column for AKC Family Dog magazine and a breed profile column and a natural dog care column for Pet Product News, and she is a member of the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Cat Writer’s Association of America.
Eve is an active supporter of the Iowa City/Coralville Animal Adoption Center, where she adopted her terrier, Sally, in 1999. She lives with her family in Iowa City, which includes partner Ben Minkler, sons Angus and Emmett, terriers Sally and Jack, a parakeet named Snugglebunny, a dwarf hamster named Mr. Hampy, and three little fish ceremoniously dubbed Little Fishies 1, 2, and 3. You can find out more about Eve and her most recent publications at her Web site, www.eveadamson.com.

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