Taking care of animals can be a whole lot of work but there are a ton of resources to help! The great thing about the internet is that there are answers and a community for all sorts of animals. There are Facebook groups, forums, podcasts, and more. If you have any questions about caring for animals or just about animals in the Pacific Northwest, here are some resources:
- Backyard Chickens – this site has articles and a forum so there are a bunch of resources about caring for backyard chickens. I’ve personally used this site on several occasions looking for answers on different questions.
- The Backyard Chicken Project – this project has a whole bunch of resources for those with backyard chickens! There are articles on chicken health, predators, breeds, food, and so much more.
- Just For Fauna is a show from the Oregon Zoo and shares some behind the scenes events! There’s a video of Nolina the porcupine going for a walk, slow motion sea otters, cheetahs chasing some balls, and so much more! You can watch and learn about the animals at the Oregon Zoo through these videos on Facebook Watch in the comfort of your own home!
- Modern Dog Magazine is a dog-centric magazine published four times a year.
- With over 40 episodes, Off Exhibit at The Maryland Zoo is a podcast that takes a behind the scenes look at what it takes to take care of a zoo! Timm Baldwin is the host of the show and he talked to many folks at the zoo, like zookeepers, veterinarians, vet techs, and exhibits specialists. With this show, you can learn about what life is like working at the zoo, what work the zoo is doing, the animals that call the Maryland Zoo home, and so much more.
- This is Pawprint – this podcast is a great way to hear rescue stories and those who are working on finding forever homes for shelter dogs. It’s incredibly heartwarming and offers a whole lot of tips on caring for rescue animals.
- Washington Trails Association isn’t strictly about dogs, as they are focused on hiking and trails around Washington. But WTA has plenty of resources for hiking with your dog, including where you can go with them and general things to know when hiking with them.
- Woodland Park Zoo offers a wide range of resources for teachers! There are self-guided tours, pre-visit sheets, powerpoint presentations, and packets on the animals that call the Woodland Park Zoo home.
There are also a whole bunch of other folks like me who are blogging about their experiences with dogs, cats, and other animals! Here are a few of my favorites:
- Mojo and Friends is a Europen travel blog by a couple from the Netherlands. Jordy and Marike also travel with their dogs, Mojo and Venus, and write about traveling with the two and caring for them!
- The Northwest Dog is a community, store, and online magazine for those who love and care for dogs in the northwest!
- You Did What With Your Wiener? is a blog about hiking and camping with small dogs.
- 365 Dog Hikes