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Anytime you move to a different home with a pet in tow, you can expect it to take them some time to acclimate to their new environment. So it’s not hard to imagine how challenging it can be for a pet to warm up to an entirely new city after a relocation.


Fortunately, there are things you can do to help them through the process. If you’re planning to move to Houston, or you’ve already moved here, consider these tips and resources for helping your pet settle in smoothly:


Start with the Home

Transitioning from one home environment to another takes some planning, even just in preparing your home to sell. Then focus on getting Fido comfortable in the new space, since that is where they will be spending most of their time.


How to Keep Pets Stress-Free During a Move

Checklist for Getting a House Ready to Sell

Getting Your Dog into a Routine


Explore the Area

Once your pet is settling in at home, hit the town to experience some of the local businesses, parks, and so on.


Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

Dog Parks in Houston Dog-Friendly Houston Activities

Learn About Local Services

Getting to know essential pet services in the area will make it easier to keep your pet healthy and happy while you’re getting settled.


KW Walkers Provides Top-Notch Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services

7 Best Houston Veterinarians

Directory of Pet Stores in Houston


Know Who to Call in Emergency Situations

It’s also important to learn what local services will respond on short notice when the safety or comfort of your pet and home are in question.


Do Your Carpets Need Cleaning After a Big Pet Mess?

Need a Handyman Stat After Your Dog Chewed Through the Fence?

Dishwasher Spring a Leak at 2:00 A.M.?


Moving to a new city can be especially stressful for pets. Make it a smoother experience for your pet by helping them acclimate to the new home, taking them to explore the city, and getting to know the local services available. In no time, you and your pet will be settled and happy in the great city of Houston!


By Cindy Aldridge

info@ourdogfriends.org


#houston #houstondogwalker #houstonpetsitting #houstontexas #dogwalking #dogwalker



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Believe it or not, there are over one million stray animals in Houston. The population of abandoned and neglected pets is bigger than the city’s shelters can handle. Unfortunately, many of these pets end up at kill shelters because there is nowhere else for them to go. Solving the stray problem in the city — or anywhere else, really — requires a community effort. There’s a lot you can do to get involved! From adopting a pet to supporting your local non-profits, here are some great ways to plug in and help the animals in your community.


Adopt a Pet Instead of Buying from a Breeder


Adopting from a shelter or rescue group means saving two animals — the pet you bring home and the stray that can be rescued because of the space you create in the shelter.


● Learn how to find the perfect rescue for your family.

● If you have your heart set on a specific kind of dog, you can still adopt — there are several breed-specific rescues in Houston!

● Be sure to ask plenty of questions about the animal before bringing home your new pet.

● If you need a hand with your new pup, KW Walkers can help with dog walking, pet sitting, in-home grooming, and yard cleanup.


Start Your Own Animal Rescue


Houston has many animal rescue organizations, but only a few are no-kill shelters. If you’re an entrepreneur at heart, use your passion for animals to launch a no-kill rescue in your community.


● Learn what it takes to launch and run an animal shelter.

● Come up with a plan to raise money for your organization.

● Consider forming an LLC to shield yourself from personal liability.


Support Local Animal Nonprofits


You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to get involved. Consider working as a volunteer or making donations to local animal shelters.


● Sign up for volunteer shifts at a Houston animal shelter.

● You can also donate money or supplies to local animal shelters.

● Houston animal shelters are always in desperate need of fosters, so consider fostering an animal — or two — in your home.


All pets deserve to be loved and nurtured. If you want to step up and do your part for the animals in your community, now is a great time to start. Consider adopting a pet, launching your own nonprofit, volunteering at a local shelter, or just donating some old towels to a rescue organization. Every little bit helps!


Are you planning on adopting a furry friend of your own? Contact KW Walkers if you need a pet sitter or a dog walker to visit your home during the workday or while you’re out of town. Check out KW Walkers’ services to learn more!


By Jessica Brody

mybestfriend@ourbestfriends.pet

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  • Whitney Cabeen

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Adopting a dog or cat isn’t an impulse decision. Before you can add a pet to the family, there are some important affairs you need to get in order. From a great vet to pet care essentials, we at KW Walkers share everything you need to keep your first pet healthy, happy, and safe.



1. A Great Veterinarian

Just like a new baby, your new pet needs a check-up and vaccinations to protect its health. Dogs and cats both require core sets of vaccines, including the rabies vaccine, which is legally mandated in most states. Even if your pet is already vaccinated and fixed, it’s still important to establish a relationship with a veterinarian. If you don’t, you’ll have to spend more to go to an emergency clinic when your pet gets sick.

2. A Microchip

No one means for their pet to escape, but accidents happen. Without a microchip, the odds of getting your pet back are slim. According to Petfinder, only 22 percent of lost dogs and 2 percent of lost cats find their way home without a microchip. Ask your vet to implant a microchip on the first visit, and remember to update the microchip data any time you move or change your phone number.

3. Find the Right Food

This is a pretty high priority item. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, you want to offer them a diet filled with the right amount of nutrients. Be sure to read labels and check the ingredients list before you settle on the right formula, whether it’s wet or dry. You can also ask your vet for suggestions on a diet that suits your pet’s breed and age-related needs. Plus, if you find a food your pet loves, you can set it for autoship from stores like Chewy or Amazon so you never run out!

4. Solutions for Messes

Dealing with a dog’s waste is simple. Attach a roll of poop bags to the leash, buy a scooper for the backyard, and you’re good to go. With cats, it’s a whole different story. There’s an endless assortment of litter boxes and litter available, and what works for one cat might not work for another. Your litter box is easily the most important cat item on your list, so do your research.

5. A Comfy Pet Bed

Your pet deserves to be comfortable too! Unless you want your pet snuggling up to you at night, buy your pet its own bed. Nest beds and memory foam beds are great choices for dogs. Or if you want something a little more unique, check out the beds KW Walkers has for sale.

6. A Dog Walker

Even if you don’t rely on a dog walker every day, it’s smart to work with an agency like KW Walkers, who you can call when you’re stuck at work late or traveling for the holidays and can’t bring your pet..

7. A Safe Space

Your new pet is likely to feel nervous during the first days in a new home. Don’t take it personally! Instead, give your pet a quiet space to hang out until they’re comfortable. It may take a week or two, but eventually, your pet will start to warm up to you. PetSmart Charities has more tips for helping a new pet feel at home.

Finally, make sure you have plenty of patience with your new pet. It takes time for dogs and cats to trust new owners and learn the rules in a new home. However, with a little time and a lot of love, you and your pet will develop a lasting bond.

When it comes to boarding, walking, grooming or pet sitting, KW Walkers has you covered! With over 15 years of experience with pets of all types, shapes and sizes, we’re prepared to offer the best care when you need it. Call today to find out more! 281-864-0699

By Cindy Aldridge

info@ourdogfriends.org


#houston #houstondogwalker #houstonpetsitting #houstontexas #dogwalking #dogwalker

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