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Subject: Useful Links Date: 6/22/2005 7:00 PM
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Hi, all -

This will be posted on FAQ's as soon as The Fool's ever-patient staff responds with instructions or does the necessary.

In the meantime, here is a list of useful links on all sorts of information, from what to think about if you want to get a parrot/dog/cat, how to train, how to show, books to read.

This list is not exhaustive; as things develop, I hope to post more.

Meanwhile, this should be a good start:

Links:

Links to information on getting pets, including thinking things through, what to look for, how to introduce to established pets:

DOGS, CATS AND BIRDS

SO YOU'RE GETTING A NEW DOG...
Things to think about:
http://dogs.about.com/od/beforeyougetadog/qt/first_puppy.htm
(From Dog Owner's Guide - an online resource for dog owners.
http://www.canismajor.com/dog/jkpup1.html
http://www.pgaa.com/canine/general/rainbow.html

SO YOU'RE GETTING A NEW CAT...
http://cats.about.com/cs/catmanagement101/a/yournewcat.htm
http://www.fanciers.com/cat-faqs/getting-a-cat.shtml
http://videoforcats.com/newcat.htm

SO YOU'RE A BIRD-LOVER...
This came highly recommended:
http://www.theperch.net/store/home.php

Message board:
http://www.theperch.net/discussion/

Avian links directory:
http://www.theperch.net/links/links.php

Think carefully about getting a parrot:
Thought-provoking information from the British Columbia SPCA:
http://www.spca.bc.ca/animalissues/parrot.asp

Avian websites:
Organized by species; lots of good information.
http://www.birds2grow.com/links.html

GENERAL
American Kennel Club:
This is a good place to start for general dog information as well as breed and care-specific information.
http://www.akc.org/
* Breeds:
http://www.akc.org/breeds/index.cfm?nav_area=breeds
* Responsible dog ownership:
http://www.akc.org/public_education/responsible_dog_owner.cfm

Cat Fancy:
http://www.cfainc.org/
* Health and care issues:
http://www.cfainc.org/caring.html
* Breeds:
http://www.cfainc.org/breeds.html
* Showing cats:
http://www.cfainc.org/shows.html
* Show Schedule:
http://www.cfainc.org/exhibitors/show-schedule.html
* What the heck is going on?
http://www.cfainc.org/shows/ribbons.html
* I have a beautiful non-pedigreed pet. Can I show it? http://www.cfainc.org/shows/ribbons.html

San Francisco SPCA:
This is the website for the SF SPCA. If you click on the upper left box (all departments) you will see plenty of information ranging from training to legislation:
http://www.sfspca.org/adoption/index.shtml

This site was set up by a top breeder of Labrador Retrievers. She is a health care professional, and is very interested in public work. The site is worth looking through:
http://www.labbies.com/#Articles

POISON CONTROL CENTER (A.S.P.C.A.)
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=apcc

RESCUE
Listing of no-kill shelters:
http://www.fluffynet.com/shelter.htm

BREED RESCUE:
Cats:
http://www.breedlist.com/retired/index.html

Dogs:
http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/rescue.htm

Dogs and Cats:
http://www.petfinder.com/

Humane Society of the U.S.
http://www.hsus.org/
* Pets http://www.hsus.org/pets/

ASPCA - Important links
http://www.aspca.org
* Poison control center
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=apcc
* Pet care and nutrition
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=petcare
* National shelter outreach
http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=shelters

SPAYING AND NEUTERING
From the Humane Society of the U.S.:
http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/myths_and_facts_about_spaying_and_neutering.html
http://www.vospca.org/archive/spayneut.html
http://www.oregonvma.org/petowners/spayneuter.asp

DECLAWING
Information including what it entails and alternatives. Insruction on cutting toenails.
http://www.declawing.com/

TRAINING
An award-winning training site. This has just about everything you need, including finding a trainer in your local area. Stop in and look around:
http://www.superdog.com/

AKC Training resources:
http://www.akc.org/events/trainingclubs.cfm

Canine Good Citizen
http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/program.cfm
http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm

Clicker training:
http://www.clickersolutions.com/

Obedience training:
http://www.akc.org/events/obedience/
http://www.perfectpaws.com/whytr.html
http://www.dogpatch.org/obed/
http://www.obediencedogtraining.com/

Agility training:
http://www.agilityability.com/agility_training.htm
http://www.dogpatch.org/agility/
http://www.dogpatch.org/agility/FAQs/faqgen13.html

Flyball:
http://www.flyballdogs.com/
http://nafadb.flyball.org/public.shtml

So you want your dog to be a therapy dog?
http://www.deltasociety.org/
http://www.tdi-dog.org/

DOG TREAT RECIPES
From Two Dog Bakery:
http://www.twodogpress.com/twodogpress/dogfood.html

VETERINARY INFORMATION:
http://www.vetinfo.com/
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/vex/vetdocs/vetlinks.htm

CARING FOR AN ELDERLY PET
http://www.petz.co.uk/vetontheweb/new/article11.html

Nutrition:
http://www.pedigree.com/PedigreeCenter/Articles/Nutrition

WHEN IT IS TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
http://www.thepetcenter.com/imtop/euthanasia.htm
http://www.pgaa.com/canine/general/rainbow.html

ONLINE VENDORS:
We are not employed by these vendors, nor are we trying to endorse them. They are prominent online vendors with wide selections of product; you may wish to select your own vendors.

Www.drsfostersmith.com
Started by two veterinarians. Some excellent articles

www.petco.com
They also have an excellent reference source.

www.petsmart.com

www.petedge.com
This site was geared toward people who run pet-related businesses. It sells goods like grooming supplies, beds, cages, clippers, treats and toys at a deep discount.

FOR YOUR LIBRARY:
All these books can be previewed at www.amazon.com . Just type in the name and author.
Don't Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor
Good commonsense

Paws To Consider: Choosing The Right Dog For You And Your Family by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson.
An excellent book with a very useful setup: try it!

No Bad Dogs by Barbara Woodhouse
Wisdom from a premier British trainer

The Silent Miaow: A Manual for Kittens, Strays, and Homeless Cats by Paul Gallico
The title says it all: delightful!
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