Friday, November 20, 2015

Bringing Home a New Pet: Should Cleanup Be a Barrier? #ShedHappens #SwifferFanatic

I don't think I could imagine my life as a child without pets. I shared wonderful and fun moments with my childhood pets that I will always remember. My cats were some of my first portrait subjects for my artwork. Later, when I learned to write I used my own pets and fictional animals as characters in stories and short books that I wrote. We had tea parties, dressed up, and played school.

Should cleanup be a a barrier to bringing home a new pet?

My pets taught me compassion, creativity, responsibility, and so much more. Without the pets of my childhood and adolescence, who knows where I would be today. Would I have ever become a Veterinary Technician and Pet Blogger? I believe I have them to thank for that.

Both of my daughters have enjoyed having a variety of pets in their life. Dogs, cats, and even a couple of rats. They are learning some of the same valuable lessons that I did during my childhood.

This post is sponsored by Swiffer. I am being compensated to spread the word about Swiffer, but Pawsitively Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Swiffer is not responsible for the content of this article. 

According to the second annual Swiffer Cleaning Index, while 93% of American parents feel that having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have, 75% of those who do not already have a pet agree that concerns over pet-related messes could prevent them from getting one.

93% of Parents feel that having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences a child can have.

I admit that when I consider adopting a new pet, the mess they could make is something that I take into consideration. It is important to think about, in my opinion. But I don't think it should be an obstacle to adopting a new pet. For many Americans, cleaning up after a pet is a major source of concern and stress. 47% of American pet parents and 58% of pet parents with human children think that cleaning up their pet's messes is a major source of stress for them.

It doesn't have to be that way! #ShedHappens when you have pets but with Swiffer, pet parents can get a thorough clean in just minutes so that pet hair mess never gets in the way of bringing home a child's first pet.

Swiffer and BarkBox partner to provide 10,000 Welcome Home Kits to shelters across the nation.
Photo courtesy of Swiffer.

There are millions of pets looking for their forever home in shelters right now. Swiffer has partnered with Bark & Co. to help make the cleanup barriers to pet adoption less of a challenge. Together, they are providing 10,000 Welcome Home Kits to participating shelters across the country to show how easy it is to get a thorough clean in minutes. This way, more families and children can experience the love of a first pet. Swiffer will also make a $50,000 total donation to distribute to select shelters nationwide this Holiday season.

The Swiffer Effect - Delivering a Welcome Home Kit to a friend.

I received the Swiffer and BarkBox Welcome Home Kits, but since this is the season of giving I decided it would be nice to give them away to a friend who could use it. I know a couple who live down the street with their Mom. They have two young children and their Mom has a dog named Abby. I think it is wonderful that their youngest one year old son will be able to experience living and growing up with a pet in the house.

I took a video that shows the Swiffer Effect and, of course, the joy on little Abby's face. Abby got her very own Swiffer-themed BarkBox and the rest of the family got a big green Swiffer box filled with lots of helpful Swiffer cleaning supplies. These are the same Welcome Home Kits that will be going to newly adopted pets from participating shelters.

Abby really loved those Peanut Butter treats that were in her BarkBox. And my friend seemed most excited about his new Swiffer Dusters with refills. They'll be ready to tackle any pet messes that come their way for quite a while thanks to Swiffer.

If you are considering pet adoption this Holiday season, you can visit for tips on welcoming home your new pet. New pet parents are invited to share their own "welcome home" moments with @Swiffer and @BarkBox on social media with the hashtag #ShedHappens.


  1. what a great idea! I like this products, it's really easy to remove some mischief made by Easy :o)

  2. Swifter was a God send when I had a puppy.

  3. We love Swiffer, and our furs often act as Swiffers too. Good products.

  4. Swiffer is a lifesaver for me and the never-ending shedding of Bentley! Haha!

  5. We love Swiffer products!
    Have a great weekend...

    Noodle and crew

  6. I'm so thankful I had dogs growing up. I never had to ask for a dog. My parents are such big dog lovers that it was a given. I did want a cat, which I never got until I moved out. I did have many hamsters, fish and a mouse though.

  7. She's not a puppy any more but she still drags in mess on her little paws, stiffer is awesome! And I'm glad she's trained!!! 💕


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