Cody is a real sweetheart! He bonds quickly with his people and needs someone that is home a lot and can spend a lot of time with him. He'd also prefer to have another dog or two around as it gives him extra confidence. When Cody first arrived, he had a really bad case of separation anxiety. We think that he was left alone in a crate for very long periods of time when he was younger. Cody's foster parents have been working with him to overcome this separation anxiety. They gave him about 4-5 weeks just to settle in and never left him alone once. Then they started leaving him for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes, and are now up to FIVE HOURS!! We haven't tried any longer than that yet, but he doesn't get agitated and just naps when we are gone so he would probably do fine for even longer. Cody found a "safe spot" in the house and sits there and chews on his Kong while the people are gone.
Everyday 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are also born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, millions of healthy, loving cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies face early deaths as a form of animal control. Others are left to fend for themselves against automobiles, the elements, other animals, and cruel humans. You can help just by spaying and neutering your pets, don't ever buy from a pet store, as almost every one of them uses some form of a puppy mill, and remind people to adopt from a shelter or a rescue. Thank you! (from here)
An intact dog can produce two litters a year of 6-10 puppies per litter, which means in six years, one female dog and her offspring could produce up to 67,000 dogs. An average of 40,000 cats/dogs are euthanized in Colorado each year (that's JUST Colorado!).