Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Have You Considered Being a Dog Or Cat Foster Parent?

By Jeannette McQueen-Nobbs

Have you considered being an animal Foster Parent? This is a great way to help animal rescue associations save many animals lives. Animals that you foster parent are so grateful to be rescued. There are many rescue groups that you can find on They are listed under shelters and you can find an animal shelter that's in your area. When I searched through the animals on the Petfinder website they have ads placed asking people to foster parent animals and you can download an application form there to fill out and then apply to do this work. The rescue groups will make an appointment with you and come to visit you at your home. They will need to go through your home to make sure it is safe for the animal to come into.

Once you are approved you will be notified when a dog or cat is available for you to take care of. Make sure that the rescue group knows what size of dog is best for you and how many you can take in your home. They will arrange you getting the dog and what supplies you'll need to look after them. Each rescue has their own policies so make sure you're clear on them.

Most rescue dogs do not come from good circumstances and have emotional or behavioral concerns so you will need to be very patient with them. Keep the dog on a leash when you first take them out for a walk or to see the new home that they are in, as you don't know if they will run away. Take off the leash once they are inside your home. Slowly introduce them to your other pets so that you don't frighten him. You will have to watch him all the time for the first few days unless you have a pet crate to put them in. You can leave the pet crate door opened when he's not confined so he can go there to feel safe when he needs to.

The rescue will contact you to find out information about the dog or cat. If the dog has some issues that's okay as we can work on it. Just love him and train him so he will become a great dog. One day the rescue will contact you to arrange a meeting with a future adoptive family. Some dog foster parents may want to meet their foster dog's future adopters because they have become attached to the dog. The foster parent can answer questions about the animal better as they've taken care of them. It will be difficult to let the animal go to the new adopters home but there are so many other little dogs or cats that you can foster parent and help save their lives too. There are many animals out there that need a safe, warm place to stay until the rescue group can find them a permanent home with a loving family.

Jeannette McQueen-Nobbs or Queenie1 has written some articles and was published. She has also written an eBook.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

How to Banish the Smell of Dog Or Cat Pee For Good

By Laurel R. Lindsay

If your cat or dog has peed on your carpet you know how difficult it is to get rid of the lingering smell of cat or dog urine. Cleaning cat urine can be quite a challenge. Don't waste a lot of money trying different urine removers. You can make your own cat urine cleaner using ingredients you most likely have already in your home. You can deodorize and clean cat and pet urine odors and stains from your carpets and rugs using common household products.

When a cat pees on rugs, carpets or furnishings it can leave a very unpleasant distinctive cat smell that is hard to get rid of. This urine odor stimulates the cat to urinate in that area again thus perpetuating the problem. Once you remove the odor permanently the cat will no longer keep going back to the same area to re-offend.

Dog owners also have problems from dog urine smells on furnishings and carpets.

A puppy can have many accidents on the floor before they are house trained or an incontinent older dog can leave dribbles of urine on the carpet. This free homemade recipe works just as well on dog urine as it does on cat urine. It will also work to remove human urine odor.

Recipe to get rid of cat pee and dog pee smells forever:


3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Soda
Dish Soap
White Vinegar


If the cat has recently urinated on the carpet, first absorb as much of the urine as possible using paper towels or old towel. Place a clean paper towels overt the cat urine area and tread on them so as to absorb as much of the urine as possible. Repeat with dry towels until no more moisture can be absorbed. If the cat urine has dried and you are not sure where the soiled area is you can use a black light to detect it. In a darkened room the black light will pick up urine and other stains.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Remove Rust Stains From Carpet and Upholstery

By Robert Torres

Rust can be tricky because you can not remove it with just plain soap and water. The strongest alkaline based detergents in the world and hours of scrubbing will not do anything more than destroy the carpet that underlies that annoying rust stain. There is an easier way and it doesn't have to be so hard. Here's how...

To understand how to remove rust you need to know the simple solution to rust removal - that's acid. Don't get to excited about the word acid. We eat acidic things all of the time - citrus acid for example. In fact, nearly all foods that we eat are acidic. We'll start our rust stain removal with a mild remedy and work our way up to slightly more aggressive remedies. We'll begin with lemons. Lemons are obviously acidic and will work great on most rust stains. I want you to follow the regular cleaning methods when applying all of these methods. To be clear on this, be sure to always apply solution, agitate with a metal spoon, rinse with cold water, and blot dry. After applying the lemon liberally onto the rust, agitate the lemon into the carpet fibers with  a metal spoon. Let the lemon sit for one hour. Then rinse and dry.

If the rust stain remains, try cream of tarter. Mix the cram of tarter with a little bit of water to create a paste. Do not dilute the cream of tarter too much with water. We are looking for a fairly paste-like consistency. Apply, agitate using a metal spoon, and let sit for one hour. Rinse and dry.

Still no luck? Switch over to vinegar. I know it smells but I'll give you an easy remedy to get rid of the odor. Proceed to complete the same process as you did with both the lemon and the cream of tarter until you are successful with complete rust removal. Then throw on some baking soda to neutralize the acidity of the vinegar. The odor will be gone, hopefully along with the rust stain.

Robert Torres the owner of Steam Pro New York Carpet Cleaning. See the original rust removal article at Rust Stain Removal

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