Martina sits down with attorney and rescue-animal advocate Cheryl Smith, and her two adorable pups, to talk about picking the right pet.
Smith gives viewers some advice on what to consider when adopting an animal:
- Consider adopting from an animal rescue shelter. Expressing TLC to an animal in need fosters warmth toward ourselves and others.
- Discern which pet is appropriate for your family. Research which dog or cat breed is best suited for the unique needs of your household.
- Ask your vet which health issues your pet is prone to. Various breeds are prone to specific problems. Be your pet’s advocate since they can’t speak for themselves.
- Prevent unwanted litters. Nearly 3 million animals are euthanized after entering shelters. Spay or neuter your pet.
Smith founded the non-profit Just The Place Inc., to assist pets in need. She believes caring for pets is a great life lesson to teach children and can begin in childhood showing empathy, kindness and tolerance. “How we treat the most vulnerable animals in our society says plenty about who we are as individuals,” Smith says.
Smith was inspired by her pack of rescue dogs to write the children’s books “Oliver’s Heroes: The Spider Adventure” and “Oliver’s Heroes: Two Paws Up.”