Home - Southern Hope
home,page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-15255,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-title-hidden,qode-theme-ver-14.3,qode-theme-bridge,disabled_footer_bottom,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.4.7,vc_responsive
Adopt a Cat

Show some love to Mrs Whiskerson!

Adopt a Dog

And take home what will turn out to be your best of all friends ever!

Other Pets

Not a cat or dog person? Don’t worry; we’ve got other pets for you!

What our animal loving clients say







Rescue Program

Latest Post

  • Introduction


    How often should feed your dog?

    Even though dogs don’t keep track of time as humans do, one thing is for sure; dogs love routine. So, how do they tell time? Well, their circadian rhythm makes them know it is time for any routine task. Even then, the number of times you should feed adult dogs differs from those of puppies. It is known fact that dog treats are their favorite, but following a schedule will definitely have a positive impact on their health.

    Control the portion

    If your dog can’t stop eating apply the portion control approach. Start by finding out its ideal weight from your veterinarian. If you’re using commercial foods follow the guidelines indicated on the bag according to its weight. In instances cases, you realize the printed amount exceeds what your dog requires let your vet calculate the precise amount.

     Teach gradually

    Most dogs dig in immediately the bowl is put on the floor. However, some, especially the adopted ones, are finicky eaters, particularly during the first few days. The fact the dog has just been thrust into a new surrounding with new people make them too nervous to eat. So, train him to eat according to a schedule. Leave the bowl of food on the floor for a few minutes and then pick it up regardless of whether it has eaten or not. Repeat this every feeding time and your dog will start eating.

      Use the recommended schedule

    Experts recommend feeding your dog two times a day; in the morning and in the evening. Give him breakfast around seven in the morning and dinner six in the evening. Besides such a feeding schedule keeping their metabolism stable it promotes digestion, which, in turn, improves your dog’s overall health. However, for puppies aged five months and below, feed them 3-4 times per day or according to guidelines from your veterinarian.


    Once your dog is able to follow your feeding program and eats the right portion, the next thing is to prepare a schedule for giving him water. Generally, you should leave a fresh bowl of water in the vicinity of your pet in the morning and in the evening works best. Let them have clean water within easy reach so they can take after every activity. However, if you suspect your canine is over drinking, you can schedule the number of times and the amount of water you supply him with water. Even then, you need to watch your dog closely and if he appears thirsty, promptly provide a larger quantity.

    Benefits of regular schedules

    Besides establishing a routine for good health of your dog regular routines enable you to monitor its health. Availing to him food throughout the day makes it difficult to notice any change in his eating habits. However, if the dog normally eats enthusiastically immediately you leave the bowl, and you begin to notice a lack of enthusiasm, you can easily conclude it is not feeling well.


    Depending on your dog’s needs, age and circumstances there are many ways you can feed him. Body weight as well as how often he sleeps also determines how much and how often you should feed him. If your pet sleeps a lot he is not burning off a lot of calories and as such smaller portions will do.

  • A recent study revealed that there are more pets in the United States than there are children. Pets are considered like family in most households and if you need reasons to why you should keep pets, this article is for you. Here are a couple of reasons why you should keep a pet. 1. Pets can enhance your mood Pets can be a great way to control your mood or temper as there is plenty of reasons studies that show that pets have a greater chance at keeping depression at bay for those suffering from various diseases like cancer than from those who don’t own pets. 2. Helps control blood pressure Pets, like dogs, are proven to be effective at reducing their owner's blood pressure levels with their existence. This also means that there is a reduction in the number of medicines being consumed which saves a lot of money. Owning a pet is also proven to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides level in their owners by the same logic. 3. A Source Of Exercise A pet like a dog can a motivating factor for you the owner to get in shape. Dogs need to be walked on a regular basis and this can be a good opportunity for you to get some exercise in, through walks or jogs. Having a pet also means that you need to attend the other necessary activities like feeding, bathing, cleaning etc. which can a be little bit of exercise when otherwise you don’t get any. 4. An antidote for loneliness Pets are a great source of comfort for people who suffer from loneliness. They will love you unconditionally and will listen to all of the secrets you want to tell them. 5. Reduce Stress Pets are known to help people deal with stress and anxiety. Several studies have shown that people are significantly less stressed and anxious when spending time with their pets. 6. Long Life Studies have also shown that people who keep pets, on average, live longer than people who don’t have any pets.

    7. Social Skills People who have pets are generally better at social interactions. More importantly, kids who have pets growing up tend to be more respectful to living things. 8. Safety Having a pet like a dog can significantly up your house security as they can double as a watchman. Their keen senses will help detect any out of the ordinary activity and their presence will make burglars think twice before trying to break into your house.

  • Your pets are entirely dependent on you to feed and care for them. It is hence, your responsibility if you get a pet, to make sure they are given the best home and as much love as possible. Your pets are your constant companions and give you unconditional love despite any of your character or personality traits and so it is only right that you put in the effort needed to reciprocate this and provide all the care they need. In this article, we have listed out some tips for the same. 1: PROPER DIET: No matter what pet you own, it is important that you put a good deal of thought into what you’re going to feed them. After you purchase or adopt your pet, make sure to consult the pet shop owner or vet regarding the diet you must follow for the pet. Animals too need a balanced amount of nutrients in their meals just like humans and hence, it is important that you feed them properly to keep them healthy and happy. 2: TAKE THEM OUT: Many animals, like cats, can get very gloomy and down in the dumps if they are kept indoors for extended period of time. All animals need a break from monotony and require a few hours of fresh air and play time. Thus, ensure that you let your pets out for at least a few hours every day so that they get the exercise and play that they need to stay fit and healthy. 3: VACCINATIONS: Once you get a pet, one of the first things that you must make sure to do is do schedule vaccination appointments with the vet as soon as possible. Injections are a must for all animals, because they are very exposed to a lot of germs and bacteria that can cause diseases as dangerous as it could be for a human. Further, also make sure that your pet doesn’t suffer from any side effects or allergic reactions post these vaccinations. 4: CLEAN ENVIRONMENT: It is important that you treat your pet as part of the family and give them the best home possible to stay happy. Pets stay where we do, so it very important that we keep our homes and living quarters as neat and clean as possible, so that neither we nor our pets develop any sort of disease from exposure to dust and germs. 5: REGULAR VET VISITS: Make sure to schedule regular vet visits for your pets, atleast once a month because there are some problems that you as the owner might not be able to recognize as easily as a vet. Your vet will tell you if your pet is unhappy or is suffering from anything that you don’t know of. Such checkups will ensure that your pet is in good hands.