It's both National Puppy Day and Cuddly Kitten Day!

Growing up our family always had a dog. Rusty, Misty, Chip and Pebbles were their names and they came in all shapes and sizes.

For the last 15 or so years our family has included some cats we adopted from the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. As you can see in the picture above... Jovi, Rico and Lola have been a warm blessing to our family. They have provided us many happy years of warm cuddles and fun playtime.

Sadly, we lost Lola last fall.

This morning I chatted with Tonya Millard from the Humane Society to chat about the rewards of being a pet owner and what you should think about before making the commitment before bringing home a forever friend.

Tonya was quick to point our that our Dubuque Regional Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, meaning they are committed to finding homes for 100 percent of the healthy and treatable animals that come through their center.

She said research has shown that pet owners may actually live longer and happier lives, and may also experience better mental and physical health.

Her suggests your first decision should be as to whether or not a dog or cat will fit into your lifestyle. Do you own your own home? If you rent, are you allowed to have a pet? Is the space big enough for you and your new friend? If you don't have someone else at home to let your dog in and out while you're at work it might not be so easy.

Puppies and kittens grow, so Tonya also reminds people that your friend may take up a lot more room... and will also eat more, so you may spend more on your furry friend in the long run.

You also need to have some patience when you adopt, as you may have surprise 'accidents' with pee-pee and pooh-pooh. Some small animals also get into chewing or scratching things in your home, so there could be a learning curve initially.

When you adopt at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, dogs and cats come ready to go! Your fee includes initial vaccines, deworming, flea treatment, microchip, first exam and their spay or neuter.

The animals available at the Humane Society changes all the time, but as soon as they're ready for adoption you can find them featured on their WEBSITE.

The Humane Society is closed Monday, but is open 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Due to the pandemic, the staff does ask that you wear a mask when entering.

So happy National Puppy Day and Cuddly Kitten Day!

I'd love to see your furry family members today... so feel free to post them below!

~Chris Farber