Roice-Hurst Blog

HOMEWARD HOUNDS: Roice-Hurst Humane Society and HomewardBound partner to provide shelter for people experiencing homelessness with pets

Roice-Hurst Humane Society and HomewardBound of the Grand Valley are joining forces to provide temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness with their pets through the innovative Homeward Hounds project. This first-of-its-kind collaboration ensures people don’t have to choose between avoiding extreme temperatures on the streets and keeping their beloved companion animals.

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Take a Hike: How hiking benefits you, your pet, and Roice-Hurst!

November 17th is National Take a Hike Day, meaning there is no better day to get out and take a hike! Not only is hiking great for your physical health, it also releases mood-boosting endorphins that can ward off anxiety and depression. Stepping into nature and disconnecting from the distractions of our daily life allows us to recharge, refocus, and reconnect with both ourselves and nature.

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7 Ways to Celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week!

Each year, the first full week of November is dedicated to celebrating and showing gratitude towards the lifesaving work provided by animal shelters and rescues nationwide. As a vital part of the communities they serve, animal shelters and rescues devote themselves tirelessly to bettering the lives of not only homeless animals, but also owned pets in need throughout the community. Without rescue organizations, many services like adoption, sheltering and reuniting lost pets, cruelty investigations, spay and neuter programs, pet care assistance, and more would be nonexistent. Everything animal shelters strive to accomplish and provide to their communities can’t exist without these organizations, but they also couldn’t exist without one additional — and important — key factor: you!

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DIY Halloween Treats for Your Pets

Happy Howl-O-Ween! Halloween brings along loads of candy and delicious treats, most of which can be dangerous to pets. While it may be tempting to treat your pet with just a bite of some of your favorite treats, it’s best to avoid feeding pets candies and treats that aren’t intended for pets. Sugar can wreak havoc on your pet’s health, and sugar substitutes like xylitol are highly toxic. Even so, many pet owners like to treat their pets with something special during all the Halloween fun. Whether or not you decide to dress your dog or cat in those oh-so-cute costumes, here are two DIY treat recipes to help your pet avoid harmful foods and make the most of this Halloween! After all, it’s the perfect time for your pet to show off his or her tricks for some yummy treats!

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Pet Obesity Prevention: Keeping the pounds off your hounds!

When you love your pets as much as they love their favorite foods and treats, it can be difficult knowing when to say no when they are begging for just one more treat. If you love them, you’ll give them all the treats and yummy foods they could ever desire, right? While that seems like a really great deal to your furry food-lover, it can very quickly turn into too much of a good thing.

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5 Tips to Celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is well-known for its warm colors, changing of seasons, and the beginning of all the wonderful things fall has to offer. Did you also know that September is National Responsible Dog Ownership Month? Taking responsibility for your dog and discovering new ways...

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To Vaccinate, or Not To Vaccinate?

When it comes to your pet’s wellness, there are many different aspects of care that contribute to overall well-being.  Food choices, grooming habits, exercise schedules, behavior training, playtime, and more all come to mind when we think about what makes our pets...

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