Introduction

As pet parents, we do everything in our power to ensure our pets are happy and healthy. Unfortunately, the lifetime care of a pet isn’t inexpensive. Maintaining a pet requires careful budgeting and financial planning. Underestimating the lifetime cost of your pet’s care could be detrimental to you and your pet’s future.

Before you assume the responsibility of acquiring a pet, it is crucial to know the costs you will incur initially, and throughout your pet’s lifetime. So, how much does it really cost to care for a pet? Naturally, this number will vary greatly depending on species, breed, individual needs, and other factors.

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This week on All My Children Wear Fur Coats, we had the pleasure of speaking with Beth Soltysiak, Director of Development of Animal Friends of the Valleys (AVF).

Beth’s primary focus is to bring in funding for the nonprofit. Her sales, marketing, and fundraising background has allowed her to build a strong portfolio for the shelter.

Animal Friends of the Valleys is made up of people who are both animal experts and animal lovers! They want to be a resource for their community, helping their area become one of the best places in the country for pets and pet guardians alike.

As the nation’s largest sanctuary, Animal Friends of the Valleys aims to promote animal care through education and a humane, proactive animal services program. They provide adoption, animal control, spay/neuter, licensing services, and more. They look forward to the time when there will be no more homeless pets.

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This week on All My Children Wear Fur Coats we had the pleasure of speaking with Jody L. Teiche, natural pet wellness expert and coach at The Hound Healer.

 

Jody helps her clients address conditions in their pets and overall health through natural means. Jody is a certified pet homeopathic educator and teaches about good nutrition and alternative healing methods. She hosts a podcast called The Hound Healer which can be found on Pet Life Radio and other platforms.

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I thoroughly enjoyed talking to today’s guest, Katherine Hilton, Program Manager for Donor Relations and Stewardship at Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary.  This amazing organization was founded in 2005 by Alana Miller and her daughter after they adopted a blind kitten from a local shelter that had been surrendered and was going to be euthanized.  Today, they are still going strong.  They are located in St. Pauls, North Carolina.   

Blind Cat Rescue caters to numerous resident cats who live out their lives in the comfort and safety of their forever home.  Blind Cat Rescue is a true sanctuary, the residents are not available for adoption.  They have already suffered too many uncertainties and some of them, irreparable trauma.  However, all of the residents can be sponsored with your monthly donation.  You can pick one or more of your favorites online at “Meet the Cats.”   Read more

Today, we welcomed to the show, Claudia Labbe, the Fundraising/Public Relations Chairperson for Your Humane Society SPCA (also known as the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Florida).  Claudia has loved animals all her life but until age 21 was allergic.  When she was free from her allergies her pet family grew.  Today she has a horse, a donkey, a mini mule, a dog and two cats.  She is a vocal advocate for estate planning for your pets reminding pet parents, “It is just one more way to be a responsible pet owner.”

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Karen Bartoszek is a pet friendly advocate and consultant and is also the founder of Pets Living the Dream.  This organization provides business consulting for the creation of pet friendly programs that help cities and businesses stand out from their competition and win the praise of pet parents – especially the much-coveted Millennials and Gen Zs.    Read more

Today’s guest was Dr. Glenn Buckley, D.V.M., CEO and founder of Pet Rescue Rx.  Dr. Buckley attended veterinary school at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.  As a practicing veterinarian, he worked as an emergency vet in South Florida.  After closing that practice and returning to his hometown of Akron, New York (not too far from Buffalo), he and his brother Scott started Pet Rescue Rx.  Dr. Buckley knew he had found a way to continue to help both loved pets and pets in rescue.    Read more

Today’s show focused on Town & County K9 ResQ located in Mohegan Lake, New York.  Town & County is a 501c3 charity devoted to finding loving homes for adoptable pets and keeping current pets with their owners and out of the shelter system when times are tough.   

Jen and I share a life-long passion for dogs.  Hers became a full-time career after retiring from thirty-two years in the world of finance in New York City.  She is originally from Duchess County, New York, and her dream is to return to her home-town on a 10.5 acre farm where she can carry out the mission of Town & Country.    Read more

Today’s guest was Jodi Clock, a Certified Pet Loss Professional (CPLP) and the founder of Clock’s Timeless Pets.  Clock’s Timeless Pets provides cremation services for pet parents in and around Muskegon, Michigan.  Their motto is “Unconditional care for the loss of your pet.”  The Clock Family has been serving both humans and their pets in the funeral industry since 1897.   

The loss of a loved one is never easy.  Yet, we all have questions regarding the type of end of life care we want our loved one to receive.  There are many options.  Clock’s Timeless Pets has an excellent Frequently Asked Questions section that can answer many of your questions.  You can also find the “Pet Parent’s Guide to Planning Ahead.”    Read more