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A change, they say, will do you good. But without proper preparation, the same might not be true for the four-legged members of your family. Each year, about five to seven million pets nationwide are relinquished to shelters, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). In many cases, this decision is reached when families are facing a major lifestyle change, such as moving, going through a divorce or preparing for a new baby.
You may be moving on up, but don’t let your pet become a victim of circumstance. Moving is one of the top 10 reasons dogs and cats are given up by their owners, according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, but it’s also one of the easiest changes to prepare for. Here are four simple steps to making the transition as smooth as possible:
Breaking up is hard to do, especially when children and pets are involved. Divorces are emotional for all parties, and the resulting disruption in the household can be extremely upsetting and confusing to animals. Here are some common divorce scenarios and ways each can be made easier for your pet:
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