My friends Joe and Karli recently relocated to Spain with their three cats in tow. As they prepared for the move, they quickly discovered that transporting pets internationally can be quite a production.
There are a few basic requirements for traveling abroad with companion animals. Your vet can provide health certificates and proof of rabies vaccinations. Some countries also require mandatory quarantine periods for animals before allowing them in.
Let’s talk adoption. 17 million Americans get a new pet each year, but only 3.5 million adopt that pet from an animal shelter.
Many people don’t realize that breeders and pet stores are simply reproducing mass quantities of cats and dogs to sustain their business.
That’s where animal shelters come in! Walk into any shelter in Louisiana and you'll find pets of all shapes, sizes and personalities. They're vaccinated, spayed, neutered, microchipped and ready to be adopted!
Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 11:21 am
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Sometimes friends become more than friends and Facebook just won't do. And if the friend in question are dogs, they may want to hear today's last word in business.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUPPY LOVE")
PAUL ANKA: (Singing) And they called it puppy love, oh I...
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Brazil's dog population is second only to the U.S. Two entrepreneurs - a brother and sister team - are hoping to capitalize on that by building an eight-story hotel for pets. With one floor apparently is dedicated to mating.
The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services is offering free microchipping of dogs and cats tomorrow. Animal Services will chip up to four animals per resident. Proof of residency is required.
The Carnival parades are under way, with one of the most unusual setting out from Armstrong Park: the canine Krewe of Barkus. Holding court this 17th year in Mardi Gras were King Scrappy and Queen Paris-- both qualified because they are rescue animals.
Roxanne Mentzer cuddled the queen, who donned a cape of feathers and gold lamme and a bow. She's come a long way from the shivering, thirsty Chihuahua found by the side of the road in Kenner, just after Hurricane Katrina.