New Year, New You…For Your Pets Too!
06:24 PM, Friday, December 30
Remember the age-old superstition that how you ring in the New Year will be how you spend the rest of the year? What better way to spend 2012 than with a commitment to your pets? New Year’s resolutions for your pet will have you both feeling great! The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA offers the following resolutions to benefit you and your furry friend.

In 2012, My Pet and I Resolve To…

Have a Healthier Lifestyle: Dogs make wonderful personal trainers and usually have the stamina to push you further. Resolve to walk them longer or more often. Your dog’s behavior — and your waistline — will benefit. Increased exercise is especially important for older animals to keep them healthy and active. Swimming is a great option for older pets that is less stressful on arthritic joints.

Shed Those Extra Pounds Once and For All: Just like us, our animal companions may have developed a “spare Kong” around their waistline during the holidays. Cut back portion sizes, if necessary, and look into healthier food options for you and your pet. Talk to your vet about healthy diet options that will best meet your pet’s individual needs.

Start a Training Program and Stick To It: January 2012 is the second annual “National Train Your Dog” month, so it’s the perfect time to develop a training program. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) initiated this national recognition to help raise awareness to the importance of training because “patience, consistency and a deeper understanding of a dog’s behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households.” And that is not just the case for dogs, all animals can benefit from consistent training!

Volunteer Together!: If volunteering your time is a part of your New Year’s resolution, consider volunteering with your pet. Have your pet certified as a Pet-Assisted Therapy Animal and you both can volunteer your time to bringing the joy of an animal to those who aren’t able to experience the joys of pet ownership. More information on the San Diego Humane Society’s Pet-Assisted Therapy program and other volunteer opportunities can be found here.

Spend More Quality Time Together: Set time aside each day to bond with your pet. Take the time to focus on your pets and create/nourish that human-animal bond! You both will benefit from that extra time together.

About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA: Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services. For more information or to see current animals available for adoption, please visit

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