Windermere Pet Sitters Says: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Pets

Is Your Pet Recycled?

Windermere Pet SittersHere at Big Paw Pet Care we’re huge fans of reducing our imprint on the Earth. From online reservations to reduce paper, to supplying our staff with 100% biodegradable poop bags from Earth Rated. But we promote an even bigger recycling program that impacts our entire community: pet adoption.

Pet shelters are still dealing with the overflow of unwanted pets due to the economic downturn of the last few years. Thousands of pets have been left at shelters and brought into rescues, waiting to be “recycled” into their new home.

Don’t Shop, Adopt!

Windermere Pet SittersWhen you’re looking to expand your family with a pet, many of us are looking for a specific breed. For that we turn to “puppy stores” or classified ads listing the breed as for sale. But did you know that 25% of shelter pets are pure breed? (Source: The Humane Society of the United States)

That means families just like yours made the trip to the breeder or puppy store and bought a pure bred pet only to decide they couldn’t care for it. Backyard breeders and puppy stores contribute greatly to the number of unwanted pets in our area just to turn a quick buck. Many stores sell sick, inbred or other ill pets produced on the many “puppy mills” spread throughout the country. With little regulation or oversight, puppy mills always put profit over the health and well being of the animals they produce. (Source:

Help Your Windermere Pet Sitters Rescue Pets

Windermere Pet SittersWhen you are looking for a new pet, consider first stopping by your local humane society or county shelter. If you can’t find the pet you have dreamed of there, visit the many breed and size specific rescues throughout Central Florida. (A great resource is Urban Pet Magazine.)

If your not ready to adopt but you want to help unwanted pets you can always donate money or time to your local shelter or rescue. You can even do something out of the ordinary like take a Pet CPR and First Aid Class benefitting the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. A portion of each class fee is donated directly to the The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

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