Patrons love it when the therapy dogs visit the library. If you can't get your fill of giving belly rubs while at storytime and are considering adding a furry friend to your family, you'll want to prepare for a new pet. Having a pet is a wonderful thing! A new pet parent will need to know before their new friend is home; a pet needs lots of attention and care in the first few months. Here is a list of books that can help you understand how to best take care of your new family member.
Future Dog parents:
Ultimate Pet Health Guide by Gary Richter is a holistic veterinarian and scientist. Dr. Gary Richter helps dog and cat owners to navigate the thicket of treatment options and separate the fact from the fiction.
Zak George's Guide to a Well Behaved Dog by Zak George provides solutions to the most common training problems for breeds and mixes of all ages
Choosing a Dog by Laura Jefferey discusses the selection, housing, diet, handling, grooming, and health of a new dog
Let Dogs Be Dogs by Monks of Skete presents a foundational guide for dog owners on dog care and training that shows them how to lead, provide for, and be a friend to their canine companions.
Future Cat parents:
Cat care by A. T. B. Edney has the basic 101 for new cat owners.
Kitten Care and Training by Amy D. Shojai is an owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet is the series to turn to when you want a basic reference that's reliable, up-to-date, and complete. This guide features: renowned guest contributors on specialized topics with full-color photos throughout Basic information on the breed, species, or topic Complete coverage of care, health, grooming, training, and more Tips and techniques to make life with a pet more rewarding.
Choosing a cat : How to Choose and Care for a Cat by Laura S. Jeffrey discusses the selection, housing, diet, handling, grooming, and health of a new cat.
The Ultimate Cat Book by Alan Edwards and Trevor Turner, B. Vet. Med., M.R.C.V.S. is a comprehensive visual guide to cats, cat breeds, and cat care with a visual encyclopedia of all the main cat breeds of the world, with details of their characteristics, as well as a practical guide to routine care and nutrition, grooming, breeding and showing.
Now that you've prepared for your new pet, you can begin the search! With so many unwanted animals in world, adopting or rescuing a pet from one of the many shelters in the county is one of the best ways to become a pet parent.
Harris County residents (humans and animal alike) are fortunate to have many non-profit organizations that can help find a forever home to a new cat or dog.
Pet Rescue and Adoption organizations in Harris County:
Once you've found that special friend, don't forget to read to them! Animals can enjoy a good book too.