Right this moment we have fun Remus, our cheetah companion canine, in addition to different adopted pets around the globe! Remus was adopted from one in every of our native animal shelters, Animal Rescue Fund, again in the summertime of 2019. He has an important job right here on the zoo: being a cheetah greatest buddy! Cheetah companion canines function a surrogate sibling for solo cubs, enjoying and offering companionship as they develop. If you wish to be taught extra concerning the relationship between cheetahs and their companion canines, try this weblog written by one in every of my teammates: A Cat’s Greatest Pal!
Once we came upon Kris the cheetah was coming to us, we knew she would wish a pet. Trainers within the Cat Ambassador Program visited the native animal shelter in the hunt for a really particular pet, and so they have been in a position to observe a gaggle of adoptable pups enjoying 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 wish to suppose they saved the very best for final! The remaining is historical past! Remus has now referred to as the Cincinnati Zoo dwelling for nearly 3 years and nonetheless spends a while enjoying within the yard together with his cheetah.
Annually, 6.3 million animals like Remus enter animal shelters. As a result of each animal doesn’t discover a dwelling, this, sadly, implies that about 1 million of these animals will likely be euthanized. Whenever you undertake an animal, you save a life! The Cat Ambassador Program has a historical past of adopting canines from shelters, and once we’re in want of a companion canine, we at all times strive to decide on adoption if we are able to!
Along with Remus, now we have had 2 different companion canines adopted from native shelters prior to now: each have been black canines named Cali and Max. Do you know that black canines in shelters have a a lot tougher time getting adopted? Which means that a disproportionately greater variety of black canines will likely be euthanized every year. There isn’t any proof to recommend that black canines are any totally different than every other canine, however typically they are often portrayed as “scary” or “vicious,” which in fact isn’t true. Cali and Max have been each nice at their jobs right here on the zoo, and now dwell the luxurious retired life with loving households exterior the zoo.
Are you contemplating including a pet to your loved ones? Step one is analysis! Ensure to grasp the wants and prices related to sharing your property with a canine or cat. Make sure you verify native animal shelter web sites or attend native shelter occasions. Similar to Remus and Kris, you could simply discover your new greatest buddy!
Even in case you are 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 if you happen to’re in a position, however the most effective methods to assist is by donating objects 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 widespread objects utilized by animal shelters continuously are paper towels, newspapers, blankets, and towels.
In the event you’re an animal lover however are unable to undertake a pet of your personal, an effective way to assist out (and get some critical 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 further fingers, and caring for deserted animals might be very rewarding- each for you and for them. And hey you by no means know, you could simply discover our subsequent cheetah companion canine!
In your subsequent go to to the zoo, you’ll want to cease by the Kroger Cheetah Encounter– you may even get to see cheetah companion canines enjoying within the yard!