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Budgeting for a Pet

MoneyGeek.com, has created a guide to help people determine whether they can afford a pet with their current finances, the typical one-time and yearly costs of owning an animal, how to save money on pet care, and a variety of other resources on finding the perfect pet for a household.

Website: https://www.moneygeek.com/living/resources/pet-expenses/

 

Disabled Pets

Home Advisor:  Home Modifications for Disabled and Senior Pets

Information and resources for pets with disabilities due to aging, genetics, injury, or disease to live happy lives.

Website: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-modifications-for-disabled-pets/

 

HomeCity: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

How to modify Your Home For a senior or disabled cat or dog.

Website: https://www.homecity.com/home-modifications-cats-dogs/

 

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional support animals (ESAs) refer to dogs and other pets that provide emotional support and comfort to their owners daily. ESAs legally must be prescribed by a licensed mental health professional like a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist.  They provide support to individuals who typically struggle with elevated anxiety or a mood disorder, like depression. Emotional support animals differ from service dogs in a few keyways. Service dogs have been trained to perform specific tasks for individuals are usually granted access to anywhere their owner goes. Emotional support animals do not require any specific training, although owners should make sure they are well-trained in public. ESAs are not granted access to establishments such as restaurants or malls like service dogs are.  More information about Emotional Support Animals can  be found with he following link from  The American Kennel Club, AKC.

Website: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/news/everything-about-emotional-support-animals/

 

General Pet Information

Petfinder

A website that provides discussion forums, informational videos, a pet care resource directory, and a library of free pet care articles to help keep adopted animals in their forever homes.

Website: http://www.petfinder.com/

 

Homeowners Insurance and Pets

The Ultimate Guide to Homeowners Insurance for Dog Owners 

Information about how dog breeds and dog ownership can affect homeowner’s insurance policies and premiums

Website: http://www.usinsuranceagents.com/homeowners-insurance-for-dog-owners

 

Moving and Relocating Pets

 Atlas Van Lines

Animals are especially sensitive to moving and relocation. This guide helps you reduce the stress that a pet can experience during a move

Website: https://www.atlasvanlines.com/moving-tips/how-to-move-guides/moving-pets

 

National Humane/Pet/Animal Organizations

American Humane Association

A national organization promoting the welfare, shelter, protection, security and safety of animals through rapid response rescue and care and strengthening the bond between animals and people.

Website: http://www.americanhumane.org/

Telephone: 1-800-227-4645

American Kennel Club

A national organization that provides knowledge, resources, and advice about all things dog related.

Website: http://www.akc.org/

Telephone: 1-212-696-8200

ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

A national organization that rescues animals from abuse, works to pass animal humane laws, and shares resources to help prevent cruelty to animals

Website: http://www.aspca.org/

Telephone: 1-212-876-7700

Humane Society of the U.S.

A national organization that helps all animals including cats, dogs, lions, elephants, dolphins, deer, racoons, etc.

Website: http://www.hsus.org/

Telephone: 1-866-720-2676

Pet Guardian Angels of America

A national pet rescue and adoption assistance service, also offering general and health related articles and resources for all types of pets.

Website: http://www.pgaa.com/

 

Pet Care Planning

 ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

It is important to think about who would care for your pets in the event of your inability, illness, or even death, and to implement a plan to prevent your pets from an uncertain future. ASPCA provides Pat Care Planning information at the following link:

Website: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-planning

Telephone: 1-888-426-4435

 

Pet Food Pantries

The link below, from the Illinois Department of Agriculture, will take you to a listing of Pet Food Pantries in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.  Many Pet Food Pantries distribute free pet food only at certain times during the week or month.  Many Pet Food Pantries with require proof of residency, proof of need, proof of income, etc.  Start with contacting Pet Food Pantries nearest you.

Website: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/agr/Animals/AnimalHealth/Pages/Pet-Food-Pantries.aspx

 

Pet Food Recommendations

All About Cats

Provide cat food brand reviews and ratings. The rating system has six equally-weighted dimensions—species appropriateness, ingredient quality, product variety, price, customer experience, and recall history.  Ratings are a score between 6 – 60 as well as a letter grade A -F.

The link to the cat food reviews on the All About Cats web site follows:

Website: https://www.allaboutcats.com/cat-food-reviews

Dog Food Advisor

Provides Dog Food Reviews and Ratings, Editor’s Choice for the best dog foods by category and information on dog food recalls.  The link to the Dog Food Advisor web site follows:

Website: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/

 

Pet Friendly Housing

13 Steps to Finding Pet-Friendly Housing:

https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/living-with-your-dog/finding-pet-friendly-housing/

Searches for Pet Friendly Apartments around Downers Grove:

https://www.zillow.com/downers-grove-il/pet-friendly/

https://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Illinois/Downers-Grove/pet-friendly-4lh/

https://www.apartments.com/downers-grove-il/pet-friendly/

 

Poison Control for Pets

ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Poison Control Center

Provides poison control consultation (consultation fees may apply) and free pet poison control information

Website: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control

Telephone: 1-888-426-4435

 

Senior Pets

Senior Dogs Project

A national organization focused on the adoption of senior dogs and providing health care information for senior dogs

Website: http://www.srdogs.com/

Home Advisor:  Home Modifications for Disabled and Senior Pets

Information and resources for pets with disabilities due to aging, genetics, injury, or disease to live happy lives

Website: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-modifications-for-disabled-pets/

HomeCity – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

How to modify Your Home For a senior or disabled cat or dog.

Website: https://www.homecity.com/home-modifications-cats-dogs/

 

Service Dogs

Service dogs are dogs that have been individually trained to perform a specific task for individuals who have disabilities. The disabilities can vary greatly, and so do the tasks that the service dogs perform. Service dogs can aid in navigation for people who are hearing- and visually impaired, assist an individual who is having a seizure, calm an individual who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and even dial 911 in the event of an emergency. Many disabled individuals depend on them every day to help them live their everyday lives.

Midamerica Service Dogs’ Foundation

Provides service dogs to children and adults with mobility disabilities free of charge in the Chicago Metropolitan and suburban areas.

Website: https://www.midamericaservicedogs.com/

Telephone: 1-866-4PAWS-44

Assistance Dog Registry

Provides general information about service dogs including typical disabilities served, federal laws that apply to service dogs, tenant rights with service dogs and travelling with a service dog.

Website: https://assistancedogregistry.com/service-dog-information/?msclkid=544e4c359ee2190ceb5212ea48c8a194

 

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