What Pets Mean to Us by Amy
February 11, 2011, 8:30 am
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In my preparation for a recent presentation on the relationship between people and their pets, I came across some studies that have really gotten people talking.  Since it’s all about love and relationships and sacrifice, I thought Valentine’s Day would be a fun excuse to share some of this data with you. So, here’s what I learned:

Pet owners love their pets and are afraid of losing them.  Not surprising, but… 79% of pet owners felt losing their pet would be more traumatic than getting into a car accident, and 61% said it would be more traumatic than losing their jobs.  Some people were surprised when I shared this last one.  But, this tracks with my experiences in the clinic at Emancipet.  Honestly not a day goes by that we don’t hear a story of a client who has lost his or her job and who is thankful for the love and joy they receive from their pets.

Most pet owners are willing to sacrifice for their pets’ happiness and safety, and an overwhelming 93% of pet owners said they’d be likely to risk their lives for their pets.  Again, it may seem shocking at first, but people do brave and risky things for their pets all the time.  Think back to Hurricane Katrina, and how many people chose to stay behind and risk their lives for no other reason than their pets were not allowed to evacuate with them.  Recent data indicates 62% of pet owners would defy a forced evacuation order if they could not evacuate with their pets.

So there you have it.  We love our pets.  Here’s what I want to know:  Have you ever risked your life (or even limb) for your pet, or any animal in need?  Tell us about it!

Thanks for reading, and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your furry companions!


Senior Pet Fair 2009 by Amy
March 25, 2009, 8:19 pm
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Lately, I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on the power of collaboration among different non-profits.  Collaborations between agencies with different missions and agendas can be challenging and time consuming, certainly; but when they work, it’s something like magic.  

The collaboration on my mind today is between EMANCIPE+, Meals on Wheels and More, Town Lake Animal Center, and Blue Dog Rescue.  The Senior Pet Fair is in its second year and has become one of my favorite projects of the year.  This week, our staff is hard at work making preparations for the event, which is coming up in a few weeks.  On Saturday, April 4th, specially trained volunteers will visit the homes of Meals on Wheels clients who have pets in need of spay/neuter or wellness care. Those pets will be transported to EMANCIPE+ for free veterinary services and to stock up on preventative medications for the year at no charge.

I think the “magic” of this collaboration is that the end result would be impossible to achieve by any of the organizations alone; and somehow, the outcome is fully satisfying to all four different organizations, but for completely different reasons.  For MOWAM, this project is important because it is an innovative way to improve the well-being and quality of life of their human clients who rely on pets for companionship and joy.  For EMANCIPE+, this project is an opportunity to prevent unwanted litters and keep high risk pets in their homes and out of shelters.  Blue Dog is excited about improving the quality of life of animals in need and TLAC is motivated by creating a more humane community for animals.  

With one project, on one Saturday afternoon, all of those things will happen, and that feels like magic to me.  Well, magic and a whole lot of hard work from some very dedicated people!