Right this moment we have a good time Remus, our cheetah companion canine, in addition to different adopted pets world wide! Remus was adopted from one in all our native animal shelters, Animal Rescue Fund, again in the summertime of 2019. He has a vital job right here on the zoo: being a cheetah finest pal! Cheetah companion canines function a surrogate sibling for solo cubs, taking part in and offering companionship as they develop. If you wish to be taught extra in regards to the relationship between cheetahs and their companion canines, take a look at this weblog written by one in all my teammates: A Cat’s Greatest Good friend!
Once we discovered Kris the cheetah was coming to us, we knew she would want a pet. Trainers within the Cat Ambassador Program visited the native animal shelter in the hunt for a really particular pet, and so they had been capable of observe a gaggle of adoptable pups taking part in collectively. Remus stood out immediately as a result of he was playful, resilient, and outgoing. Though Remus was the final of his siblings to get adopted, we prefer to assume they saved the most effective for final! The remainder is historical past! Remus has now known as the Cincinnati Zoo dwelling for nearly 3 years and nonetheless spends a while taking part in within the yard together with his cheetah.
Every year, 6.3 million animals like Remus enter animal shelters. As a result of each animal doesn’t discover a dwelling, this, sadly, signifies that about 1 million of these animals shall be euthanized. Once you undertake an animal, you save a life! The Cat Ambassador Program has a historical past of adopting canines from shelters, and after we’re in want of a companion canine, we at all times attempt to decide on adoption if we will!
Along with Remus, we’ve got had 2 different companion canines adopted from native shelters prior to now: each had been black canines named Cali and Max. Do you know that black canines in shelters have a a lot more durable time getting adopted? Which means that a disproportionately increased variety of black canines shall be euthanized every year. There isn’t a proof to counsel that black canines are any totally different than some other canine, however generally they are often portrayed as “scary” or “vicious,” which in fact just isn’t true. Cali and Max had been each nice at their jobs right here on the zoo, and now reside the luxurious retired life with loving households outdoors the zoo.
Are you contemplating including a pet to your loved ones? Step one is analysis! Be certain to know the wants and prices related to sharing your property with a canine or cat. Make sure you test native animal shelter web sites or attend native shelter occasions. Similar to Remus and Kris, you might simply discover your new finest pal!
Even if you’re allergic to animals (mockingly, I personally am allergic to home cats), there are many different methods to assist native animal shelters. You may at all times donate cash when you’re in a position, however the most effective methods to assist is by donating gadgets from a shelter’s want listing! More often than not, animal shelters have an inventory of things that they’re in want of on their web site. Some frequent gadgets utilized by animal shelters regularly are paper towels, newspapers, blankets, and towels.
When you’re an animal lover however are unable to undertake a pet of your individual, an effective way to assist out (and get some severe cuddle time!) is by volunteering in your native animal shelter. Coincidentally, volunteering for a neighborhood animal shelter was how I bought my begin within the animal world. Shelters are sometimes understaffed and wish additional arms, and caring for deserted animals might be very rewarding- each for you and for them. And hey you by no means know, you might simply discover our subsequent cheetah companion canine!
In your subsequent go to to the zoo, make sure you cease by the Kroger Cheetah Encounter– you would possibly even get to see cheetah companion canines taking part in within the yard!