I started this website to help give an animal a voice, protection, food, shelter, sponsorship, hope or maybe a forever home with a family. I thought, maybe it would make it easier for you to find a lot of great information in one place, so I created this website. I want you to visit all these websites have to offer because I believe knowledge is power and with power even you can help stop Animal Cruelty. This website is my contribution to help bring voices to all these animals. This website is free, no membership is needed and it is non-profit to me.

Cruelty is one of the worse things a human being can do to an animal, so I have posted as many convicted Animal Cruelty Offenders as I can find. I want abused animals to be remembered and how so many suffered at the hands of so many monsters. Maybe together we can even help catch some abusers that get away by keeping an eye out in your own neighborhoods (see unsolved cases). Often times once an abuse case has been to court and the criminals have been convicted, we tend to forget these cases. THOSE CASES WILL BE REMEMBERED HERE IN A SPOTLIGHT OF SHAME.

 This website was free to make and so have some patients with some of the links. This website has lots of information to report abuse, help and feed animals for free (clicks), memorial of the precious ones lost, how to care for abused animals, CPR for animals, games for you and the kids to play, current advocating for abuse, see victories we have won, see some humorous pictures to make you smile, and great communities that are helping with Animal Awareness. "Grant Animal Wishes" Are help animals websites and most are smaller shelters all over the USA where you can adopt, foster, or sponsor an animal or one simple random act of kindness with a donation. Check out the latest news in any "Current News" section for news in your area and all over the world about animals. You can also follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Johni_K And Facebook: http://facebook.com/jkbull 

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  How many animals a year die due to animal cruelty?  Sad, but approximately 1,654,545,000,000. Those numbers are just too high! Together we can make a difference. They do deserve better.

 


A special "Thank You" to all the men and women who help with their tireless efforts to make a difference in saving animals lives.  See the sections called " Above and Beyond", "Wonderful Stories", and "This is my Story " to see some of these hero's

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    Facts about Animal Cruelty.

    

             

Sad But True: According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases are reported to authorities each year. Shooting, animal fighting, torturing, beating, and mutilation were the most common violent offenses committed against animals. Overall, males were responsible for 92% of the cruelty cases. Adults (aged twenty and up) accounted for 77% of the cruelty cases, while teenagers accounted for 22% and children accounted for 1%. Cruelty cases involving dogs outnumbered those involving cats by a margin of two to one. The HSUS statistics show that 15% of the intentional animal cruelty cases also involved some form of concurrent family violence—for example, child or spousal abuse. Authorities have long known about the link between animal abuse and family violence.

If you'd like to know more:


NO Dog should ever have to look this lonely.....

      

Please adopt or sponsor an animal at your local shelter or organization!


Bring home a pet in need.

Animal shelters are the first place to look when you are thinking of adding a pet to your family. Not only do they have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, but many of them also have kittens, puppies and purebred animals.

   Dog Pound

1. You'll Save a Life. Sadly, between 3 and 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because too many people give up their pets and too few people adopt from shelters. Because there is limited space at shelters, staff members sometimes need to make very hard decisions to euthanize animals who haven't been adopted. But the number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. By adopting from a private humane society or animal shelter, breed rescue group, or the local animal control agency, you'll help save the lives of two animals -- the pet you adopt and a homeless animal somewhere who can be rescued because of space you helped free up.

2. You'll Get a Healthy Pet. Animal shelters are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. Most shelters examine and give vaccinations to animals when they arrive, and many spay or neuter them before being adopted. In addition to medical care, more and more shelters also screen animals for specific temperaments and behaviors to make sure each family finds the right pet for its lifestyle.

3. You'll Save Money. Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a pet or even getting one free thanks to the services provided by the shelter or rescue group. Because animals from most groups are already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, de-wormed and often bathed and treated for fleas, the adoption fee is a real bargain.

4. You'll Feel Better. Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally, and physically beneficial. Caring for a companion animal can provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in all age groups.

5. You Won't Be Supporting Puppy Mills and Pet Stores. Puppy mills are “factory style” dog-breeding facilities that put profit above the welfare of dogs. Most dogs raised in puppy mills are housed in shockingly poor conditions with improper medical care, and the parents of the puppies are kept in cages to be bred over and over for years, without human companionship and with little hope of ever joining a family. And after they're no longer profitable, breeding dogs are simply discarded—either killed, abandoned or sold at auction. By adopting instead of buying a pet, you can be certain you aren't supporting cruel puppy mills with your money. Puppy mills will continue to operate until people stop purchasing buying the puppies through pet stores and over the internet. 

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Information on Reporting Animal Cruelty



Animal cruelty is not only wrong—it is against the law in every state in this country! Animal abuse can also be part of a pattern of other violent acts within families and society. Abuse of any kind should be reported to the appropriate authorities immediately.  For additional information on recognizing and reporting cruelty, as well as how to talk to children about this important issues, please read our Reporting Cruelty FAQ.

Where do I Report Animal Cruelty?  You will need to find out the name of the persons in your area who are responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county and/or state. These people typically work for your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct. If you run into trouble finding the correct agency to contact, you may wish to call or visit your local police department and ask for their help in enforcing the law. Similarly, you can ask at your local shelter or animal control agency for help. To find contact information for your local shelter, check the yellow pages or visit the ASPCA's searchable database of nearly 5,000 community SPCAs, humane societies and animal control organizations.

Tips for Reporting Animal Cruelty:  Once you have found out which law enforcement agent you should speak to, it’s important to provide him or her with a concise, written, factual statement of what you observed, giving dates and approximate times whenever possible. If at all feasible, try to photograph the abusive situation and date your pictures. It would also be helpful to get short, factual written statements from other witnesses.  When you call to report animal cruelty, always make sure to keep a careful record of exactly whom you contact, the date of the contacts and the content and outcome of your discussion. Never give away a document without making a copy for your file! Make it clear to the agent that you are very interested in pursuing the case, and that you are willing to lend whatever assistance you can.

Follow Up if Necessary:  If you don’t receive a response from the officer assigned to your case within a reasonable length of time, don’t be afraid to present your information to his or her supervisor and, if necessary, to local government officials, such as the county commissioner, and ask them to act.   If you have witnessed the cruel act yourself, you can go to your local police commissioner and ask to swear out a warrant to summon the accused person to court. Remember that expert witnesses are sometimes necessary in animal cruelty cases.  A veterinarian, for example, can sign a statement that it is his or her “expert opinion” that a dog suffers when hit with a chain, is deprived of food, etc. Expert opinions will very often make or break a case, so if you happen to know a sympathetic veterinarian, you may wish to seek his or her assistance and tell the officer that you have expert support lined up for your case.

Animal Cruelty on TV and Film: The ASPCA shares your concern about the media’s depiction of violence and cruelty towards animals for entertainment purposes. Please know, however, that many of these instances are constitutionally protected free speech—and may not even involve a real animal. You may also wish to contact the American Humane Association Movie and Television Unit online or at (818) 501-0123.

Websites that Depict Animal Cruelty: The Internet delivers an astounding array of images and ideas into homes across the world. But not all of these images are particularly animal-friendly. In fact, some of what is being sold and shown online crosses into the realm of criminal activity. And in some cases, there are laws against showing and selling these images. To report websites that display acts of cruelty to animals, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice.

 

COMPASSIONATE ACTION INSTITUTE

               Its not my fault

It’s not my fault I have no home; I have no place to stay.
My family brought me way out here and then they drove away.
I chased the car for many blocks but it just went too fast.
I ran as hard as I could go but then gave up at last.
I sat and stared for quite some time. I could not comprehend
How they could throw me out that way when I was their best friend.


This happens all to many times...
Please read on how someone can help. http://www.pleasebekind.com/adopt.html


  Grant Animal Wishes           

LOOK !! I have listed a couple of websites for quick clicks to feed an animal for free and a link for dog and cat food coupons:

                                                         

Feed an animal for free from "The Animal Rescue Site" http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3 

Feed an animal for free and have fun. (You donate by answering trivia questions. The more right answers you get right, the more food is given !! http://www.freekibble.com/ 


See Video Below:  Won't you join me in the fight to end Dog Fighting and Animal Cruelty. Only we can be the voices for these animals. AnRAA is the advocacy association for the animal rescue community. We believe in the power of a unified voice. Our mission is to mobilize  our members’ combined strengths and resources in order to rescue thousands more animals, reduce intolerable rates of euthanasia, promote a rescue code of ethics and elevate the entire animal rescue field. http://www.anraa.org/?page_id=164

Please Help Stop Dog Fighting.

 

Taking Action To Stop Dog fighting. How to spot the signs and what you can do.

 

What You Can Do

1. Spread the word about our $5,000 reward by ordering a free reward action pack! Includes posters, postcards, brochures, and stickers with information about our reward. Put them up around your neighborhood and help stop dog fighting.

2. Help take a bite out of dog fighters. Urge your local radio station to run one of our public service announcements, available in English or Spanish, about our standing $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of illegal dog fighting.

3. You an also fund raise for local bus ads, billboards and PSA placements. Fund-raising is a great way to get the kids involved: Have them hold a bake sale or car wash.

4. Do you have friends who offer services or own stores? Have them donate half their proceeds of a weekend towards a fund to advertise our animal fighting reward. 

5. Educate the masses (or at least your circle of friends). Order a copy of our educational video, "Life in on The Chain, Death in the Ring" and invite your friends over for a viewing party. Pictures are worth a thousand words, and there is no better way to get people motivated to do something than to let them see the problem. Host a party and then split into groups to plaster the city with reward posters.

6. Want to go further? Have an official viewing in a church or other public area (with permission, of course), and advertise the event. What a way to build a local coalition!

7. If you live in a state where dogfighting penalties are deficient (like California, New York, or several others), write to your state legislatorslocal, state and Congressional representatives to support better funding for enforcement of animal fighting laws. and urge them to upgrade the law. Wherever you live, urge your

8. Learn about our grassroots End Dogfighting Campaign, and get involved.

9. Sign up to receive HSUS' email alerts to get the latest news about our efforts to combat animal cruelty.

10. Put a dedicated team on the animals' side by donating to our Animal Cruelty Response and Reward Fund.

11. Write letters to the editor about the cruelty and dangers of dog fighting.

12. Make friends with your sheriff, and bring animal fighting issues to his attention. Call or visit your local law enforcement office and bring them animal fighting reward posters. Even better, present law enforcement with statements from local animal control or shelter workers regarding the signs they see of animal fighting in the community.

13. Let your sheriff know about The HSUS' day-long training courses for law enforcement on animal fighting, with experts who discuss the signs of animal fighting and how to eradicate it. Once your sheriff is serious about cracking down on dog fighting and cockfighting, word will quickly spread that your town is no safe haven for animal fighters.

14. Post our dogfighting video on your website, blog, or social networking profile like Facebook to raise awareness about dog fighting.

15. If you suspect dog fighting in your own neighborhood, alert local law enforcement. Urge your local officials to contact The HSUS for practical tools, advice, and assistance. The HSUS has a standing reward—now doubled to $5,000—for information leading to a conviction of illegal dog fighting.

How to Spot Signs of Dog fighting in Your Community

  • An inordinate number of pit bulls being kept in one location, especially multiple dogs who are chained and seem unsociable.
  • Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs, and stifle area (hind end and thighs)
  • Dog fighting training equipment such as treadmills used to build dogs' endurance, "break sticks" used to pry apart the jaws of dogs locked in battle, tires or "spring-poles" (usually a large spring with rope attached to either end) hanging from tree limbs, or unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours

 

Please don't chain your dog.

 

Written by Dogs Deserve Better Georgia

 

Three Great Ways To Help Chained Dogs

1.  Volunteer: Dogs Deserve Better is seeking people to provide foster care, to adopt  and to investigate reports of neglect. Find out about volunteer opportunities.

2.     Intervene for a Dog Near You: If you know of a dog in need, you may be his only hope and there are so many different ways to save a life.  Read 20 Ways to Help a Chained Dog

3. Donate: Dogs Deserve Better is a partner of the Harmony Fund and we’re raising money to carry out rescues and to push forward with an array of campaigns to ban round-the-clock chaining in several states.  There’s an old saying that “nothing is for free in this world” but we’d like to see a day when all dogs are ‘free.’ 



THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.. Everyone who is a animal owner should have a plan in place in case something happens to them and their animals are left homeless.

Pet Animals: What Happens When Their Humans Die?

Providing for Your Pet’s Future Without You

Because pets usually have shorter life spans than their human caregivers, you may have planned for your animal friend’s passing. But what if you are the one who becomes ill or incapacitated, or who dies first? As a responsible pet owner, you provide your pet with food and water, shelter, veterinary care, and love. To ensure that your beloved pet will continue to receive this care should something unexpected happen to you, it’s critical to plan ahead. This information sheet helps you do just that.

Providing for Your Pet's Future Without You   What can I do now to prepare for the unexpected?

In the confusion that accompanies a person’s unexpected illness, accident, or death, pets may be overlooked. In some cases, pets are discovered in the person’s home days after the tragedy. To prevent this from happening to your pet, take these simple precautions:

  • Find at least two responsible friends or relatives who agree to serve as temporary emergency caregivers in the event that something unexpected happens to you. Provide them with keys to your home; feeding and care instructions; the name of your veterinarian; and information about the permanent care provisions you have made for your pet.
  • Make sure your neighbors, friends, and relatives know how many pets you have and the names and contact numbers of the individuals who have agreed to serve as emergency caregivers. Emergency caregivers should also know how to contact each other.
  • Carry a wallet “alert card” that lists the names and phone numbers of your emergency pet caregivers.
  • Post removable “in case of emergency” notices on your doors or windows specifying how many and what types of pets you have. These notices will alert emergency-response personnel during a fire or other home emergency. Don’t use stickers; hard-to-remove stickers are often left behind by former residents, so firefighters may assume that the sticker is outdated or, worse, they may risk their lives trying to find a pet no longer in the house.
  • Affix to the inside of your front and back doors a removable notice listing emergency contact names and phone numbers. Because pets need care daily and will need immediate attention should you die or become incapacitated, the importance of making these informal arrangements for temporary care giving cannot be overemphasized.

How can I ensure long-term or permanent care for my pet if I become seriously ill or die?

The best way to make sure your wishes are fulfilled is by also making formal arrangements that specifically cover the care of your pet. It’s not enough that long ago your friend verbally promised to take in your animal or even that you’ve decided to leave money to your friend for that purpose. Work with an attorney to draw up a special will, trust, or other document to provide for the care and ownership of your pet as well as the money necessary to care for her.

How do I choose a permanent caregiver?

First, decide whether you want all your pets to go to one person, or whether different pets should go to different people. If possible, keep pets who have bonded with one another together. When selecting caregivers, consider partners, adult children, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends who have met your pet and have successfully cared for pets themselves. Also name alternate caregivers in case your first choice becomes unable or unwilling to take your pet. Be sure to discuss your expectations with potential caregivers so they understand the large responsibility of caring for your pet. Remember, the new owner will have full discretion over the animal’s care—including veterinary treatment and euthanasia—so make sure you choose a person you trust implicitly and who will do what is in the best interests of your pet.

To read the rest: https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/bringing-a-dog-home/providing-pets-future/

 

Animal Hoarding: New ASPCA Program Aims to Prevent it.

It has been estimated that there are 900 to 2,000 new cases every year in the United States, with a quarter million animals falling victim. Those “collected” range in species from cats and dogs to reptiles, rodents, birds, exotics and even farm animals.

    Why Do People Hoard Animals?
    I Have Many Animals—Could I Be a Hoarder?
    Should Hoarders Be Prosecuted?
    Are There Laws Against Animal Hoarding?
    How Can I Help?

What Is Animal Hoarding?
Animal hoarding is a complex and intricate public health and community issue. Its effects are far-reaching and encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns.

The following criteria are used to define animal hoarding:
A) More than the typical number of companion animals.
B) Inability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness and death.
C) Denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the house hold and human occupants of the dwelling. 

To read more: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/animal-hoarding.aspx

 

Did you know that approximately 3,500 pet stores in the United States sell 500,000 puppies a year... most of whom came from a puppy mills.

 

THINK OF THIS:

  • That little doggie in the window may be irresistibly cute and adorable, but his parents have paid the ultimate price and are likely still suffering the very same moment that you gaze lovingly at that puppy. This is what you support when you purchase a pet from a pet store.
  • Puppy mills thrive and rely on the unsuspecting public. The more you don't know, the more you can be manipulated into taking part in and supporting this horrid cycle of cruelty.
  • REMEMBER:
    When you adopt from a shelter, you not only take a stand against puppy mills, you also help reduce pet overpopulation which often leads to senseless euthanasia. There are countless wonderful animals waiting to be a faithful friend and loyal pet in shelters. Adopting a pet from a shelter shows that you are aware of the various issues and that you care about animals.

  • Please adopt from your local shelter. These numbers are just too high.


   The Scary Truth About “Free to a Good Home” Dog Classifieds

Every responsible dog owner or pet parent knows that getting a dog is a life-long commitment. From the moment you open your heart and home to a loyal dog, you’re in it for the long haul, through sickness and health, ups and downs, good and bad, through snuggles on the couch to picking up the pieces of yet another pair of shredded shoes.

Responsible dog owners make decisions with their dog in mind. We don’t move to a new home without making sure the furkids are welcomed in the new community, we don’t spend frivolously without making sure the dog is cared for first, and, when times get tough, we’ll skip a meal so that the dog still gets his.

Unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible. Close to 4 million dogs enter rescue shelters each year in the United States alone, with about 60% of these facing euthanasia. Shelters and animal rescues are busting at the seams as a direct result of irresponsible pet ownership.

Still, even responsible dog owners can sometimes find themselves searching for a good home for their beloved pet. Unexpected circumstances, illness, injury, death, economic collapse. Things happen.

Because our rescues and shelters are packed full, responsible pet owners have an increasingly tough time finding a good home for their pets and are turning to direct-to-consumer classified ads, like Craigslist or the local newspaper, thinking that they’re doing the right thing for their dog. Sometimes, a good Samaritan finds a stray dog and, rather than call animal control and risk the dog being euthanized, will put up a classified ad to find a new home.

To read the rest: http://www.dogingtonpost.com/the-scary-truth-about-free-to-a-good-home-dog-classifieds/


                                                                                                      

Please don't leave your dog outside 24/7. It's just plain  cruel. They need love, social skills, affection, security and compassion. Bring them in, they deserve better.                                                                                                      

Please Be an 'Angel' for a Cold, Lonely Dog This Winter

Watch PETA's new video and become an "Angels for Animals" sponsor today. PETA builds hundreds of sturdy, straw-filled doghouses each year and delivers them to dogs in urgent need. Learn More >>         And see the video                                

  

Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence and animal abuse, the link.

Abusers of animals are five times as likely to harm humans. Nearly half of the victims who stay in violent households do so because they are afraid for their animals. Countless more never leave the home for this very reason. Companion animals like cats and dogs may be threatened or harmed; the vulnerability of other animals like horses may also make it difficult for victims to escape in emergencies. The "link" between violence against humans and animals is clear. But there are resources that can help.

Understanding the Cycle of Violence

After a violent episode, whether physical, emotional, or sexual, tension builds to a breaking point. The abuser blames the victim and minimizes the violence, then woos the victim back in a honeymoon phase, and the victim hopes the cycle is over. But the cycle repeats itself, almost without fail.

To read more: http://aldf.org/resources/when-your-companion-animal-has-been-harmed/animal-cruelty-and-domestic-violence/

Here is how to prepare to leave with your pets:

* Make sure any order of protection includes the pet.

* Document ownership: license, microchip, vet records, photo. If your pet is a therapy animal, make sure to include Americans with Disability Act documentation so the pet can go with person.                                                           

* Make sure vaccinations are up to date and pets are spayed or neutered.

Pets in protection orders by state. Another helpful link: http://nationallinkcoalition.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/PPO-Summary-by-State-2-2013.pdf

The Link Between Animal Abuse and a Culture.

Here's a good article on the topic too: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/53811252/The-Link-Between-Animal-Abuse-and-a-Culture-of




5 Shelter Pet Myths Debunked


Shelter Pet Myths and Realities

Myth: There must be something wrong with a pet if he’s in a shelter.

Reality: More often than not, something has gone wrong with the owner, not the pet. Most animals end up in shelters through no fault of their own. “One of the main reasons animals are given up is because their owners are no longer able to provide proper care, perhaps due to financial hardship, a move to a new home, illness or death of the owner or a change in lifestyle,” says Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of Michelson Found Animals, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping shelter pets find homes. “In all of these situations, the animal is relinquished for reasons unrelated to [its] health, temperament or behavior.”

Myth: Shelter personnel don’t know anything about the personalities of individual animals.

Reality: Making the right match between people and pets is Job One for shelter staffs. When possible, staffers gather information from former owners; in addition, they make their own observations over time as they interact with the pets awaiting adoption. In order to find the dog or cat that’s right for you, Gilbreath suggests, chat with the shelter volunteers: “Often, it’s the volunteers who have the chance to spend the most time with individual animals and can help match you with your new best friend.”

Myth: There’s no way to ensure that I will get the right pet for me.

Reality: Shelters are constantly looking at ways to create an easier adoption process, provide adopters with more information and make sure there’s a really good match between person and pet. Lisa Pedersen, CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado, says that at HSBV, counselors have individualized conversations with potential adopters about their pet-owning experiences, lifestyle and wants and needs from a pet.

But not every match is perfect; sometimes a pet is brought back to the shelter as part of HSBV’s adoption satisfaction program. And that’s not a terrible thing.

“That animal has gotten a chance to go into a home environment,” Pedersen says. “When it comes back to us, we have a better understanding of what that animal is like in a home, so we have more information to give to the next potential adopter. That’s been a hugely successful approach for us. We want the chance to create a better match for that animal, as well as send that family an animal who might be more suited for them.”

Myth: Cats in shelters are sick or have behavior issues.

Reality: The standards of care for cats in shelters are very high. “Shelters practicing good shelter medicine screen for diseases, prevent the spread of infectious diseases through proactive preventive care, and provide positive behavioral support and enrichment,” says Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, a director of shelter medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “Additionally, shelters are saving cats with treatable conditions, which can involve managing the cat through an illness and then providing the adopter with a cat who has a resolved or manageable condition.” Your new kitty is also more likely to be up to date on vaccinations and already spayed or neutered, and she may even have had her personality charted during her stay in the shelter — so there should be relatively few surprises when you get her home.

Myth: The shelter won’t have the type or breed of animal I’m looking for.

Truth: You can find all kinds of great animals at shelters: puppies, kittens, adult animals, purebred dogs and cats, rabbits and a range of other exotic species. Most shelters have websites where you can see at a glance what animals they have. You can also visit www.adoptapet.com to see descriptions of the pets available in your local animal care centers. This can save you time and energy if you’re looking for a specific breed, a pet of a certain size or age or one with a particular coat type or color.

And don’t assume that all dogs and cats in the shelter are mixed breeds. According to several studies, between 15 and 25 percent of animals found at shelters are purebreds. “Owners of purebreds can experience personal, financial or medical hardships that can cause them to give up their dogs,” Gilbreath says. “If your heart is set on adopting a purebred, visit animal care centers regularly, as specific breeds can sometimes be in high demand.”

Just because a shelter doesn’t have the kind of pet you’re looking for doesn’t mean it can’t help you find one. Many shelters have transfer programs that allow them to move animals in high demand in one area from shelters in areas that have too many of them. Transfer programs help reduce pressure on overpopulated facilities and ensure that shelters can provide a good variety of animals of different ages, breeds and species. For instance, Arizona exports an abundance of Chihuahuas to areas of the country where they are less common and highly sought after. Pedersen says that HSBV is one of the few shelters that brings kittens in, because the Boulder community has done such a good job of spaying and neutering cats. “If we don’t have any kittens being fostered or in the adoption center, we can reach out to communities that maybe have higher populations,” she says.

The bottom line is this: Don’t be afraid to adopt a shelter animal. The love you can share with even an older pet is amazing. I’ve witnessed the incredible bond that is formed when somebody chooses a pet from a shelter both in my own life and in my veterinary practice. It’s strong, resilient and lasting.


                                                                                                        

Why Should You Volunteer for an Animal Rescue? 

Willy - feature dog - week of 9-28Maybe these statistics will answer the question; are you aware that…

  • 6 to 8 million lost and unwanted animals enter animal shelters nationwide annually?
  • 3 to 4 million animals are euthanized in shelters every year, well over 250,000 per month?
  • the leading cause of death of healthy dogs and cats is euthanasia?
  • only 1 in 3 animals have a home that lasts their entire lifetime?
  • only 20% of animals currently in homes were adopted from shelters?

If those statistics don’t convince you, how about this?

There are so many situations where an animal is neglected or abused that you might think that this type of work would be depressing.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When you see a starving, flea infested dog who is trapped in an abandoned building and you know that his life depends on you, the feeling can be overwhelming. But once you’ve rescued that animal, cleaned him up, insured he has medical attention and some food and then placed them in a foster home, you then experience a tremendous feeling of hope. Then when you see that dog a few weeks later after he’s been treated with love in that caring foster home and his coat is shiny and his tail is wagging, you are overcome with happiness and satisfaction that you’ve played a role in saving that animal’s life and dramatically improving his circumstances.  Your heart just wants to burst!


 The Dog Fighting Hot Line

 

There can be a reward of 5000 for information leading to the arrest of dog fighting. All info is confidential.You can call the hotline 24/7 for help. 1-877-847-4787.


 "  Animals are your friends, your partners, your defenders, and your loyal companions. You are their life, their love, their leader. They will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of their hearts. You owe it to them to be worthy of such devotion."


  

This just is NOT ok !! Some great folks that are doing all they can to help.

http://www.animalleague.org/

 

Fido Finder... Data Base Of Taken, Lost, Or Found In The USA...

Fido Finder... A Great Public Database Of Lost And Found Dogs... Fido Finder is a public database of lost and found dogs. Lost dog owners and lost dog finders can post classified ads, search listings, print posters, and even receive automated email notifications when matching dogs are added to the website. Start by searching our lost or found dog listings then proceed to register your lost or found dog to add the dog to our database and begin receiving email updates.  http://www.fidofinder.com/

 

 

The Moment before Death:

    A dog peers out from a gas chamber right before the gas is turned on.  This is the moment before death.  I will not write anything more on this image.  Your mind will fill in the blanks.  The words I cannot write. But we can help stop this horror.

No Kill Nation  & No Kill Nation Facebook

By Andrea: http://fortheloveofthedogblog.com/news-updates/the-moment-before-death



Humane Scorecard

The Humane Society Legislative Fund publishes an annual Humane Scorecard of Congress to give you a snapshot of every federal legislator's record on animal protection issues.

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HUMANE SCORECARD—113TH CONGRESS MID-TERM REPORT

Congress was characterized by gridlock and partisan divides. Yet despite the dysfunction in Washington, we've made real progress on key animal protection issues. See how your legislators scored in the Congressional Humane Scorecard. You can see what we've done in previous years too: http://www.hslf.org/our-work/humane-scorecard.html


National Adoptions Database Launches on ASPCA.org

Are you ready to adopt a four-legged friend? The ASPCA’s got you covered! We recently partnered with “Save a Dog” and “Save a Cat”—innovative pet-finder applications created by the folks at Dog Time—to launch a search-able database of adoptable dogs and cats who are available in shelters across the country. Just enter your zip code to narrow down the results and meet eligible cats and dogs in your own backyard! For more information about adopting a pet, including how to find the right pet for you, please visit our handy Adoption Tips. To see the dogs and kitties available and what this great website has to offer: http://www.aspca.org/adoption/dogs.html



                    

Beware of Pet Online Scams



Sadly, the world is full of unscrupulous people intent on making a quick buck by exploiting big heart animal lovers. And let’s face it—we can be easy marks! When it comes to our pets, it’s hard not to think with our hearts. But whether you’re shopping around for a new furry family member in person or online, searching for a lost pet, or communicating with someone who wants money up-front, please keep in mind the old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” If you have been a victim of a pet scam, please consider helping others avoid being cheated by sharing your story. To tell us what happened, email dogstory@aspca.org.




   Puppy mills are cruel and inhumane.



Puppy mill dogs don’t exercise or get groomed. Dogs are typically kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and cages can be stacked up in columns (which means waste sooner or later falls on the dogs housed below them.) Compromised health and conditions like matting, sores, mange, severe dental disease and abscesses are often widespread. Many puppy mills puppies are born with or develop overt physical problems that make them unsalable to pet stores—which means they end up abandoned or just left to die. Many sick puppies slip through the cracks though and end up at pet stores, where the new puppy owner unknowingly purchases the sick dog.

Breeding dogs at the mills sometimes spend their entire lives outdoors, exposed to the elements—or crammed inside filthy structures. Female dogs usually have little to no recovery time between litters. When, after a few years, the females can no longer reproduce or when their breed goes out of “style,” the dogs are often abandoned, shot, or starved until they eventually die.

To read the rest and TAKE THE PLEDGE TO NOT BUY DOG FOOD FROM PET SHOPS.....http://www.nopetstorepuppies.com/online-puppy-sales

 

This Is A Story Of One Person's Random Act Of Kindness To Help Save Just One Dog. If we just take one moment out of our busy day to show one random act of kindness, we could move mountains and help save animals like Stanley. 

                                     

See the video on U-Tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC-iYKKe_pM
  This whole story started with one person. It's about one dog who's spirit has been beaten down and had given up all hope of just a little love and a forever home or little compassion had never been given to him before. With the start of one person that e-mailed her friends and they e-mailed their friends and soon they were joined by many. "Stanley" was given a second chance. 


See the whole story of Stanley's new beginning in the "Wonderful Stories" section.
Thank you for supporting animal rescue!


Expectant Parents give Up their animals

Marie McCabe

Human-Animal Bond Division Vice President Marie McCabe, D.V.M., has seen firsthand how unfounded fear can cause pet “returns.” Sadly, a lot of new or expectant parents today are giving their first “babies” -- their pets -- back to animal shelters. And if you think those pets will all find new, loving homes, think again. An estimated three to five million shelter animals are euthanized every year! Worst of all, in some cases, the pet has done nothing wrong. In others, the pet’s accidental “wrongdoing” could have been prevented. The truth is most families with new babies can live safely and happily with their pets. Why, then, are so many pets in these situations joining the ranks of homeless and unwanted animals -- to be potentially euthanized?

Please help American Humane stop this tragic trend by donating to our Human-Animal Bond Division!


This division’s many critical programs include a vital initiative to educate parents on maintaining households that are safe for babies and pets alike! Cats are especially likely to fall victim to an expectant family’s fears: According to The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, a new baby is among the top three reasons people give up a cat. It provides expectant parents with solutions that are both baby-friendly and pet-friendly. Plus, it’s the only manual that covers multiple pet species, as well as how to handle situations involving the adoption or fostering of children of any age. With your support, we can expand our critical Pet Meets Baby initiative, ensuring that more families make the best decisions for their children and for their pets! Donate now to help address one of the root causes of unnecessary pet “returns,” as well as other important human-animal bond issues!

To read more or help: https://secure2.convio.net/aha/site/Donation2?idb=0&df_id=1261&1261.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=s60k9tzq91.app223a


24 Hour Virtual Pet Behaviorist For Cats, Dogs and Horses.

 

Virtual Pet Behaviorist

Now you can get pet-behavior advice from ASPCA experts 24 hours a day, right from your computer. Our nationally recognized team of animal behaviorists offers possible solutions to a wide range of issues at no charge. Simply type your pet's behavior problem into our easy-to-use database, and you'll receive step-by-step advice -- without leaving home. To get help: http://www.aspcabehavior.org/

 

Start a Pet Food Bank To Help Your Community.

You’ve probably seen an increasing number of news stories about pets being surrendered by owners who can’t afford to feed them. With the steady stream of news about layoffs and foreclosures, more pet food banks are being established to address this heartbreaking situation. Following are some ideas and considerations for setting up a pet food bank. This article refers to ongoing pet food banks and distribution rather than one-time pet food drives. Every venture starts small, so any size pet food bank will be helping needy pets. You can start as a distribution of food one day a week with those in need picking up food from a retail store or parking lot. Or, it can be much larger in scope, such as a daily offering of pet food in partnership with a community food bank for people.
If you have no established food bank to team up with, you could work with a retail store to help you store the food until you can distribute it. Or, advertise for someone to donate a storage space. Often retail stores or other businesses have plenty of extra storage space they might donate. Would veterinarians and kennels in your area be willing to set up bins for animal lovers to drop off pet food? For distribution, you could establish a weekly pickup day from that store’s location or parking lot. Another pet food pantry here in Santa Fe consists of a handful of retail businesses, including two pet boutiques (they both sell high end pet products and sponsor pet adoption days), which collect pet food at their locations. A thrift store which benefits a nonprofit group in town serves as the pick up point. This arrangement requires a good bit of manual labor to collect the food and take it to that location. To read more how you can help shelters, your community or a cause you care about: http://animalsheltertips.com/pet_food_bank.html

 

Neglect - an example of passive cruelty, an act of ommissionThere are many different reasons why individuals abuse animals.

Animal cruelty covers a wide range of actions (or lack of action), so one blanket answer simply isn't possible. Each type of abuse has displayed certain patterns of behavior that we can use to help understand more about why people commit the crimes we encounter today. Animal cruelty is often broken down into two main categories: active and passive, also referred to as commission and omission, respectively.

Passive Cruelty (Acts of Omission)

Passive cruelty is typified by cases of neglect, where the crime is a lack of action rather than the action itself - however do not let the terminology fool you. Severe animal neglect can cause incredible pain and suffering to an animal. Examples of neglect are starvation, dehydration, parasite infestations, allowing a collar to grow into an animal's skin, inadequate shelter in extreme weather conditions, and failure to seek veterinary care when an animal needs medical attention. In many cases of neglect where an investigator feels that the cruelty occurred as a result of ignorance, they may attempt to educate the pet owner and then revisit the situation to check for improvements. In more severe cases however, exigent circumstances may require that the animal is removed from the site immediately and taken in for urgent medical care.

Active Cruelty (Acts of Commission)

Acts of deliberate cruueltyActive cruelty implies malicious intent, where a person has deliberately and intentionally caused harm to an animal, and is sometimes referred to as NAI (Non-Accidental Injury). Acts of intentional cruelty are often some of the most disturbing and should be considered signs of serious psychological problems. This type of behavior is often associated with sociopath behavior and should be taken very seriously. Animal abuse in violent homes can take many forms and can occur for many reasons. Many times a parent or domestic partner who is abusive may kill, or threaten to kill, the household pets to intimidate family members into sexual abuse, to remain silent about previous or current abuse, or simply to psychologically torture the the victims, flexing their "power". 

Read more: http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/animal_cruelty.php

 

7 Solid Reasons to Adopt a Mutt

We like big mutts and we cannot lie! It's National Mutt Day, and what better way to celebrate than with our favorite mix-up pups? Mutts hold a special place in my heart, so I’m happy to see that mutts are getting a little more love and recognition. July 31 is National Mutt Day, an observance established to save 10,000 mixed breed dogs. If you’re considering adopting a dog, here are some tips -- seven solid reasons why you should add a mutt to your family.

 

Mutts are gaining momentum with the general population. VetStreet.com conducted a recent survey of the most popular dog breeds, and six of the top ten breeds were mixed breeds. They are the Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever/Poodle mix), Puggle (Pug/Beagle mix), Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever/Poodle mix), Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle mix), Yorkipoo (Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle mix), and a Shihpoo (Shih Tzu/Poodle mix).

2. You want a healthier dog

With a mutt, you get the benefits of both breeds. Purebred dogs are more prone to genetic diseases as a result of interbreeding, but a mixed breed dog is less likely to develop an inherited disorder. These could include issues with the dog’s temperament, intelligence, or health.

3. You like surprises

Your puppy is a combination of two or more breeds. How tall will he or she be when full-grown? How heavy? What will his or her face look like as an adult? With a mixed breed puppy, it’s more difficult to predict what breed features will be more prominent, versus a purebred puppy, where you will have a better idea how the dog will look grown up.

 
4. You like to fool your friends

A friend of mine recently adopted an adorable puppy named Toby that looked like he was a Dachshund mixed with something else. She ordered a DNA test because she was curious what breed he might be mixed with. The results were not even close to Dachshund. His lineage includes Chihuahua, Chinese Crested, and Old English Sheepdog.

5. You want to save money

Mixed breed dogs cost less than purebred dogs purchased from breeders. Save that extra cash to buy some dog toys or to go on a vacation with your new furry best friend.

6. You want a dog who's unlike any other

Most of the dogs in my life have been mutts. There’s my current fur baby, Sasha, an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix, and my beloved Buster who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, also an Australian Shepherd mix. From my childhood there was Willie, an adorable Maltese/Poodle mix, and feisty Cuddles, a Maltese/Spitz mix. Each of these dogs has had a unique look and personality to match.

7. You want to save a life

Perhaps the best reason of all! Only about a quarter of all shelter dogs are purebred, according to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), so you’re more likely to fall in love with and adopt a mixed breed dog from an animal shelter or rescue group.


Stop Animal Testing

Testing: Animals are routinely cut open, poisoned, and forced to live in barren steel cages for years, although studies show that because of vast physiological variations between species, human reactions to illnesses and drugs are completely different from those of other animals.  Monkeys, beagles, pigs, mice, cats this list is log... The main animal tests carried out for toiletries and cosmetics include tests for substance irritants, skin sensitivity, photo sensitivity, and toxicity tests. The effects on animals can range from mildly unpleasant to extremely unpleasant, depending on the substance tested and the type of test done.

10 worse labs: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ten_Worst_Laboratories



The PBRC website is a virtual shelter and resource for owners and caretakers of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and pit bull mixes.

Vision Statement:
Pit Bull Rescue Central envisions a compassionate world where pit bulls
and pit bull mixes reside in responsible, loving homes and where their honor
and positive image is restored and preserved.

Mission Statement: As an organization, Pit Bull Rescue Central (PBRC) will:

  • Help relieve suffering of and prevent cruelty to dogs identified as pit bulls and
    mixes thereof, through the public dissemination of educational information.

  • Help reduce the number of homeless pit bulls and mixes thereof, through
    the public dissemination of educational information.
  • Facilitate the rescue and placement of homeless dogs identified primarily
    as pit bulls and mixes thereof, into responsible homes.
  • Participate in fundraising in order to provide caretakers of pit bulls and
    mixes thereof, with the means to:
  • - seek veterinary treatment
    - spay or neuter
    - provide food, shelter or other basic necessities
    - assist a dog to prevent it from being treated in a cruel or inhumane fashion

In general, Pit Bulls and AmStaffs make excellent pets, but like other breeds, it's possible that some of them carry undesirable traits such as human aggression, shyness, instability, etc, due to poor breeding or previous irresponsible/abusive ownership. These animals should NOT be made available for adoption unless they have successfully completed a strict rehabilitation program with a professional.

http://www.pbrc.net/adoption/owners.html




Animal League Pet Rescue


Across the U.S., the Animal League responds to the call from other shelter and rescue groups that are forced to destroy animals as a means of population control, and we respond to the cries of so many dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in peril that count on us to save their lives.

Our Rescue Efforts

As the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, our hands-on work in animal rescue is unmatched, and we’re very proud that our efforts have rescued, nurtured, and adopted close to 1,000,000 animals to date.

Learn more about…


Puppy Mill and Purebred Rescue
 

Nationwide Rescue
 

Natural Disasters & Emergency Pet Rescue
 

New York/Tri-State Rescue
 

To read more or help:  http://www.animalleague.org/rescue/

 

  I believe this is important because homelessness and animal homelessness are not all that different. Both are scary with the fear of uncertainty. We need to help the less fortunate rather it be animals, humans or both at the same time.  Love is universal.....

Feeding Pets of the Homeless also known as Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to the homeless and less fortunate in local communities across the United States and Canada. Our Mission: Through Pets of the Homeless also known as Feeding Pets of the Homeless, we will do our part in helping to reduce hunger in pets belonging to the homeless and the less fortunate and provide veterinary care for those pets in communities across the country. We believe in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important to life. If you'd like to help or start a drop site :  http://www.petsofthehomeless.org/ 

  • There is also the Pong Fund to help:

    The Pongo Fund

    Providing quality dog & cat food for the animals of anyone in honest need. More than one million meals donated to date.

    About the Pongo Fund

    Portland, Oregon is fortunate to have a number of organizations providing food for the homeless; sadly almost none of them provide food for the animal companions of the homeless. As a result, meals are frequently shared between animal and person. Consequently, neither one achieves a full stomach. But The Pongo Fund is changing this. Volunteers from The Pongo Fund regularly seek out and deliver food to these vulnerable animals, allowing the opportunity for both animal and person to each have their own meal. And a better chance at survival.

    How You Can Help

    The Pongo Fund is an all volunteer, non-profit public charity, and the only program specifically designed to consistently provide quality dog and cat food for the animals of anyone in need. With our help these animals are further protected from being abandoned or surrendered simply because their families cannot afford to feed them. We exist because of the generous support of companies and individuals who care about animals and the love and joy they bring to us all. If you are lucky enough to have a dog or cat for a friend and companion, then you understand how important animals are.

    Donate to Pongo
    Your generous cash contributions are essential to our success and can be made using the Paypal link on this site. If you prefer, checks can be sent directly to The Pongo Fund, PO Box 8244, Portland OR., 97207. Please contact Larry Chusid at 503-939-7555 or larry@thepongofund.org; he will be pleased to explain precisely how your contribution will be used.
    If you want to donate or need help: http://www.thepongofund.org/

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The Companion Animal Protection Act saves lives, saves taxpayer money, improves public health and safety, and is popular with voters. Lawyers for the No Kill Advocacy Center and No Kill Nation are available to answer any questions and provide support.

For a copy of our CAPA brochure, click here.
To contact us, please telephone (510) 530-5124

Additional Resources:
In 1998, California passed a rescue access law making it illegal for shelters to kill animals if rescue groups were willing to save them. The law has been an unqualified success. For an analysis of the law, click here.

That law has also resulted in significant taxpayer savings for municipalities. For an analysis, click here. A NYS survey showed that 71% of rescue groups have been turned away by a NYS shelter and killed the very animals they offer to save. The survey also showed that half have been the subject of retaliation for exposing neglect and abuse in shelters. For an analysis, click here.

Per capita spending on animal control does not determine the level of lifesaving. If communities want to save lives, they should focus on leadership and policies.

To read more about animal rights: http://www.rescue50.org/legislators.html

 

from this to this.. “Adopting just one Greyhound won’t change the world, but the world will surely change for that one Greyhound.”

Adopt one.. http://www.oregonhumane.org/index.asp?gclid=CPWYpemUq70CFcyTfgody1kAIw or http://www.homes4hounds.com/

     

Become a "On Call Angel". Red Rover will help you with the grant to save beloved pet lives all over the USA. You could be the answer to some ones prayers.                                                                                                   

  •  RedRover RedRover
       
  • When Joshua's dog Sarge was in need of surgery after an unfortunate accident, he was determined to get Sarge the care he needed. Joshua is a veteran who now depends on Sarge, a trained service dog and beloved companion. Unable to work due to injuries sustained in combat, Joshua did not have the funds to pay for Sarge's surgery, so he reached out to RedRover for help. With a donation from Karen, one of RedRover's On-Call Angels, Sarge was able to get the surgery he needed. You, too, can give the gift of lifesaving care by becoming an On-Call Angel.
  •  
  • Thousands of pet owners, Good Samaritans and caregivers turn to RedRover Relief each year, hoping we can help save their pets' lives. When you become an On-Call Angel, you are directly helping an animal like Sarge by providing a grant through RedRover.
  • Fill out the application:


                 Mary Jane

Please Adopt from your local shelters. A lot of these animals sadly have been given up or abandoned by their owners due to home foreclosures, owners moving away because of job changes, lost jobs or some forms of cruelty. Won't you help them find forever homes or if possible, sponsor or donate to your local shelters while they find forever home and loving families. 

 

  What’s the best way to help an invisible dog to be seen? ADOPT from a local shelter or rescue group!

It’s clear that we, as dog people, need to step up. When it’s time to add a canine to the family, we need to visit shelters and rescue groups and adopt, not buy. And we need to encourage our friends and family to do the same. It’s the responsible, feel-good choice.


Whatever you’re looking for in a pooch, you can find it at a rescue group or shelter. You’ll find dogs with tails and dogs without. Some with goofy expressions and some no-nonsense … short-haired, long-haired, no-haired, bearded, mohawked … chunky, skinny, muscled, svelte. You get the idea — no matter your style, there’s a dog who’s a perfect match for you.





Katherine Heigl's JustOne and Orapup are dedicated to making a difference to save the lives of homeless pets across America. That is why we have joined forces to spread the word and with every purchase of a JustOne/Orapup package you will help to change the outcome and save the lives of homeless pets. To see more: http://justonepet.com/

See the clip below                  


      “I want to help, but can’t adopt a pet right now.”



                      

          Sponsor A Pet Till We Find Them Home

Even if you're not able to adopt a pet today, you can help a homeless animal by sponsoring his shelter and care until while he waits to find a new home.


“I want to help, but can’t adopt a pet right now.”

The good news is that most of them go on to find the pet of their dreams – that perfect companion – and provide him or her a "forever home". But what about the pets left behind – those equally deserving companions who for some reason just weren’t a good lifestyle match? We've got good news for them, and you can help.

Sponsor a Pet that Touches Your Heart Sponsor a Pet that Touches Your Heart

Petfinder.com and the Petfinder.com Foundation are excited to offer a program that allows you to sponsor a homeless pet that has touched your heart, but which, for some reason, you can't adopt at this time. You can help change this. You can start by clicking to sponsor a pet that melts your heart on Petfinder.com! Your contribution of just $10 may enable a pet to receive care until a new loving family comes along. They all deserve this chance.

To find a animal near you: http://www.petfinderfoundation.com/sponsor-2/
     


 

This Organization does some incredible work... You GO Doris... !!!! I'm your fan !!!

 

About the Doris Day Animal League

What We Do

DDAL was founded in 1987 by Doris Day, one of the world's most-loved and most-honored women. DDAL activities can be summarized in four specific action programs:

  1. Development of national, state and local legislation that will minimize the inhumane treatment of animals,
  2. Petitions to the President asking for his support of protective legislation,
  3. Identification and support of innovative state initiatives that will reduce animal suffering,
  4. Networking with other animal protection groups to promote common goals.

Doris Day Animal League is a nonprofit, national, citizen's lobbying organization working to improve the humane treatment of animals. In September 2006 we merged with the Humane Society of the United States.

Campaigns

DDAL's campaigns are focused on federal legislation to protect animals.

Animal Testing

Since 1987, DDAL has been at the forefront of legislative and policy changes to promote non-animal and alternative tests.

Horse Protection

Most Americans are horrified to learn our horses are being slaughtered for dinner tables in Europe, and want the practice banned. Take action to help pass a federal ban on horse slaughter for human consumption. 

Puppy Mills

A "puppy mill" is a facility that continuously breeds female dogs, housing them and their puppies in deplorable conditions. Find out how you can help stop puppy mills.

Animal Friendly License Plates

When drivers purchase "animal friendly" license plates for their vehicles, money is set aside for spay/neuter funds. Find out if these special plates are available in your state.

Website: http://www.ddal.org/campaigns/ Contact us at (202) 452-1100 or via e-mail at info@ddal.org.


Volunteer To Help In Your Area...

About UsBringing People Together

Example listing:

Help Homeless Animals be a Thrift Store Assistant

Lend a hand at one of our two thrift stores located in Salem. If you enjoy working with the public, pricing, and sorting through various donations and treasures then this is the place for you. Two... More >

Willamette Humane Society
Interest Areas: Animals
       Great for: Teens, 55+, single parents looking to share time with their children, and anyone else that would like to help.

VolunteerMatch:  Strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 75,000 nonprofit organizations. To volunteer in your area by zip code: http://www.volunteermatch.org/nonprofits/

And there are more ways YOU can help! Here are just a few:

  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter. Find your local pet shelter using PetFinder
  • Volunteer to read to children at your local library. Find your local library here
  • Donate grocery store gift cards to your local homeless shelter. Find your local homeless shelter!
  • Donate food to your local pet food pantry. Find your local pet food pantry here
  • Sponsor a child by participating in a holiday tree in your local mall or at a local school
  • See if your pet has what it takes to become a registered therapy animal, brightening the days of hospital patients, the elderly, and more. Click here

Together, let's celebrate National Volunteer Week all year 'round!

For the links to these websites: http://behumane.org/april-2014-newsletter/saluting-all-our-volunteers-during-national-volunteer-week


Here's 2 places that would benefit from your car donations

One Car Donated Makes a Difference for the The Humane Society of the United States

Across the United States, dogs are pitted against each other for entertainment and gambling. Donate a vehicle you're not using, and the One Car One Difference™ program will auction your donation vehicle for cash for The Humane Society of the United States. Proceeds will go to the End Dog fighting™ program to stop the violence that has victimized so many dogs, and to change people's attitudes and behaviors to confront animal cruelty.


 DonationLine.com

Make a car donation today & help a charity of your choice.

Donate Car Now!

Better Business Bureau Accredited - A+ Rated

Vehicle Donation Form

To begin our no-hassle, no-cost, tax deductible process please follow the instructions below and complete the Vehicle Donation Form. If you have any questions you may click here, to review our Frequently Asked Questions or call us toll free at 1-877-227-7487.

Instructions: Fill in the form below and submit it to us. Within 2 business days, you will be contacted by the towing company who will pick up your Car, Boat, etc. at no cost to you. The tow company will provide you with a pickup receipt.  Remember, you must have a clear title to the vehicle in your possession to donate. If you do not have a title please contact us at 1-877-227-7487 and we will determine whether we can accept your donation.

To read more on what charities you would like to help: http://www.donationline.com/newvehicle_donation_form.shtml


GoodSearch and GoodShop

What if Willamette Humane Society or your favorite charity earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now we can!

GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy’s and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause.

And if you download the GoodSearch – Willamette Humane Society toolbar, we will earn money every time you shop and search online - even if you forget to go to GoodShop or GoodSearch first!

To get one and start donating: http://www.goodsearch.com/


 I am soooo proud that a dog from Oregon is on the front cover. 

               
Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA Petbook   Now it's easy to take your pets on vacation with you! The AAA PetBook contains listings for more than 12,000 pet-friendly, AAA-RATED® lodgings throughout North America. Learn important details on how to travel with a pet, including such useful features as a packing checklist, guidelines for selecting an airline carrier, hints for keeping pets safe in a car or on a plane, and contact information for major airlines and pet-friendly organizations. Listings of pet-friendly national public lands, attractions, and dog parks in the United States and Canada help travelers include their pets in the fun.

To see the rest : http://www.aaa.com/petbook/petbook.html


Help these folks who give so much


About Us

Welcome to Animal Aid Unlimited, where animals are protected and revered. Animal Aid Unlimited is a US-based 501(c)3 charitable organization that runs a busy animal hospital and shelter in Udaipur, Rajasthan India, where ownerless street animals are rescued, healed, loved, and returned to the neighborhoods from where they came.

Nic Devi Lal In this website you will find amazing animals and dedicated volunteers from all over the world working together with Animal Aid’s staff who serve fallen angels with tenderness, respect, and joy.

Animal Aid’s purpose is to both bring relief to suffering animals, and to awaken compassion among people. Showing everyone a path for action is where we begin.

http://www.animalaidunlimited.com/


Dogs Of Asia

I believe this is important due to the fact, this just does not have to be if we educate people while supporting Dogs Of Asia with our voices of NO MORE CRUELTY.

We are an independent group of dog owners who's aim is to educate and to alert breeders to what is going on in Asia and hopefully prevent further exports to such places. Please note that most people in Asia see dogs as an object not a domesticated animal and loyal companion.In many parts of China only one dog is allowed by the authorities and dogs over 14 inches at the withers are also excluded. If found they are often inhumanely killed.

If you'd like to help: www.DogsInAsia.com

                                                                                                                                                                  

Bound Angels provides a unique life-saving service to shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations nationwide. Robert Cabral - Founder / Executive Director Bound Angels

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Falsely Advertised, Mislabeled Raccoon Dog Fur Sold by Neiman Marcus

 WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States revealed through laboratory testing that an exclusive, $1,895 St. John brand jacket advertised by Neiman Marcus in VOGUE and W magazines is not dyed “raccoon” fur, as described at NeimanMarcus.com and on the garment’s tag, but actually raccoon dog, a member of the Canid family documented to be often skinned alive in China.

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Animal Cruelty and Neglect

Cruelty laws punish everything from abandoning a dog to intentionally harming it.

Cruelty to animals is against the law everywhere in this country, but it wasn't always so. If you were to pick up a famous old treatise called Chitty's Criminal Law, blow the dust from its leather-bound pages, and look inside, you would search in vain for a crime of "cruelty to animals." It didn't exist in 1819, when Chitty wrote. Most states didn't pass anti-cruelty laws for another century.

Typical Anti-Cruelty Laws

Anti-cruelty laws usually punish several different kinds of conduct, ranging from abandoning a dog to neglecting it to intentionally harming it. Some states have only one or two broadly worded statutes that prohibit any kind of "inhumane" or "needlessly cruel" treatment. Others have several statutes: both a catch-all ban on cruel treatment and prohibitions of specific acts—for example, abandoning an animal, leaving it in a car without proper ventilation, or cropping its ears without anesthesia.

A broadly worded statute prohibits many kinds of cruelty, even though it doesn't list them specifically. Locking a dog in a car that overheats could be illegal under a catch-all statute that forbids cruelty to animals, even if there's no specific mention of that conduct in the statute.

Here's the Texas anti-cruelty statute, which combines the broad and the specific to cover nearly every kind of misconduct toward animals (there is a also a more specific and detailed statute outlawing dog fighting):

(a) A person commits an offense [in Texas, a misdemeanor] if he intentionally or knowingly:

(1) tortures or seriously overworks an animal;

(2) fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, care, or shelter for an animal in his custody;

(3) abandons unreasonably an animal in his custody;

(4) transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner;

(5) kills, injures, or administers poison to an animal, other than cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or goats, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner's effective consent;

(6) causes one animal to fight with another; or

(7) uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack. 

Dog-fighting statutes are almost always separate from general anti-cruelty laws, and carry their own stiff penalties.

Neglect

Failing to provide an animal with the necessities of life is always illegal. A typical statute, for example, makes it a crime not to furnish "food, water, protection from the elements, or other care normal, usual and accepted for an animal's health and well-being." In California, those general rules apply, along with a specific prohibition on leaving an unattended animal tethered for more than three hours a day. (Cal. Health & Safety Code § 122335.) A separate statute requires that confined animals be given an adequate exercise area. (Cal. Penal Code § 597t.)  Some cities impose more detailed requirements. San Francisco, for example, has an ordinance requiring doghouses to be clean, dry, raised off the ground, and big enough for the dog to lie comfortably.

Whether or not a person accused of neglecting an animal will be convicted by a judge or jury depends, of course, on the circumstances and the evidence. But to convict someone of a crime, the state must prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt"—a tough standard to meet. For example, a District of Columbia man was arrested for failing to give his dog adequate shelter and protection from the weather. A physician had seen the dog, a German shepherd, tied by a three-foot chain on an open concrete back porch, on a January day when the temperature never got above 28 degrees. The owner was convicted, but an appeal court overturned the conviction because no one "experienced in the care of a dog of this type" had testified that the dog had been made to suffer. After all, said the court, it's common knowledge that some breeds of dogs can stay out in bitter cold with no ill effects. (Jordan v. United States, 269 A.2d 848 (D.C. App. 1970.)

Unless a statute requires that the neglect be malicious, it doesn't matter that someone accused of neglecting animals didn't intend to be cruel. Under most statutes, it is enough that someone knowingly neglected animals. For example, an Ohio farmer who left cattle to die because the market price of cattle dropped was convicted under a neglect statute. (State v. Hafle, 367 N.W.2d 1226 (Ohio App. 1977.)  Presumably, he didn't stop feeding them because he wanted them to suffer, but he did intentionally stop feeding them, and as a result, they suffered.

Some neglect statutes don't even require the conduct to be knowing. Under those statutes, if an animal is neglected because of someone's actions, that person is guilty, period. For example, a North Dakota law makes it a crime to deprive an animal of necessary food, water, or shelter. The prosecution is not required to prove that the person acted knowingly or willfully. (State v. Prociv, 417 N.W.2d 840 (N.D. 1988).) 

Malicious Cruelty

Malicious (intentionally mean) cruelty is punished more severely than other cruelty to animals—often by a  prison sentence and a fine that can run tens of thousands of dollars.

Conduct may be malicious even if it isn't particularly harmful. Take, for example, the case of the North Carolina man who grew so annoyed at his neighbor's cat (it threatened bluebirds and walked over his wife's car) that he set a live trap for it. He put red paint in the trap, so that when the cat was caught it was covered with paint from neck to tail. The paint was to identify the cat, he said. He was convicted of animal cruelty and fined $40. (National Law Journal, Aug. 15, 1988.) (The cat was fine after a couple of shampoos.)

Hoarding

You may have seen articles in your local newspaper about a house where animal control authorities have discovered large numbers of severely neglected dogs or cats. The owner, unaccountably, seems oblivious to the appalling filth and disease and remains convinced that he or she is actually a loving caretaker.

For years, this situation has been treated as an animal control problem—but of course, it's really a people problem. Hoarders see themselves as rescuers. They are commonly charged with violating animal cruelty laws, and may spend time in jail. But many of them go right back to their old habits when released unless they receive effective psychological treatment.

For more information on the pathological collecting of animals, see the Tufts University's Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium website.

Abandonment

Anyone who lives in the country, or even on the edge of town, knows that dog owners who have tired of their pets sometimes dump the unfortunate animals on deserted roads. In most places, that's illegal. New York law makes it a misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year's imprisonment, a $1,000 fine, or both.  Enforcing these laws, however, is extremely difficult. Just about all witnesses can do is report license plate numbers to police.

Confining a Dog in an Unventilated Car

Some states and cities specifically forbid confining a dog in a car without adequate ventilation. But even without a specific statute, this could constitute cruelty under a general anti-cruelty law.

Leaving a Dog Hit by Your Car

The law of several states (Pennsylvania, for one) specifically provides that a driver who hits a dog and knowingly doesn't stop to help it is guilty of a crime.  Again, this might be a crime under more general laws as well.

Cosmetic Cruelty: Cropping Ears and Tails

It is still the fashion, among those who breed and show certain kinds of dogs, to cut off part of the ears and tails of puppies. It’s outlawed in the United Kingdom, France, and many other countries, but legal in the United States. Massachusetts is the only state that makes it illegal to exhibit a dog with cropped ears, unless a veterinarian has certified that the cropping was reasonably necessary. (Mass. Gen. Laws Ann ch. 272 § 80B.) A violation can be punished by a fine up to $250. A bill to outlaw ear cropping was introduced in California in 2005, but opposition from purebred dog breeders stopped it in committee.

Some states (Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and New York, for example) at least attempt to make the process less painful for the pups. They require ear-cropping to be done by a veterinarian, while the dog is under anesthesia. Penalties range from stiff in New York (a fine of $1,000, a year in prison, or both) to trivial in Connecticut ($50 for a first offense).

Cruelty in Pet Shops and Puppy Mills

Some states have special anti-cruelty laws for pet shops, where animals are sometimes treated as just more merchandise. California, for example, requires pet shops to provide animals with sanitary conditions, adequate space, heating, ventilation, and humane care. Violators can be punished by a fine of up to $1,000, 90 days in jail, or both. (Cal. Penal Code § 597L.) 

"Puppy mills," large-scale dog breeding operations that churn out puppies for pet shops across the country, may also be found in violation of local or state anti-cruelty laws or federal laws regulating interstate transport of animals. For example, in 1991 the owners of a Nevada puppy mill were convicted of animal abuse and cruelty (misdemeanors under Nevada law) and sentenced to 150 days in county jail. Neighbors had found 66 dogs, many of them pregnant, huddled in outdoor cages in subzero temperatures; 30 dogs were already dead.

An Exception to Anti-Cruelty Laws: Self-Defense

Even if an anti-cruelty law doesn't say so explicitly, it may not apply if the cruelty to the animal was inflicted for what, under the law, is considered a good reason. Many anti-cruelty laws excuse anyone who injures or kills a dog that is attacking a person or livestock.

It's not always clear when this exception applies. Take the Kansas statute: Does it protect a farmer who shoots one of three dogs that have just destroyed his children's Easter baskets, which were in the cab of his pickup truck, parked on his land? The Kansas Supreme Court said yes, ruling that "property" wasn't limited to "farm property." (State v. Jones, 625 P.2d 503 (Kan. 1981).)  Earlier, a New York court acquitted a man who shot a dog that frightened his children and attacked his own dog during a family picnic. (People v. Wicker, 357 N.Y.S.2d 5897 (Town Ct. 1974.)

A comparable Oklahoma statute did not, however, protect a man convicted of cruelty for shooting three hunting dogs as they chased a deer. He had left the dogs, wounded but still alive, on someone else's land. The law justified killing a dog that was chasing livestock, but not one chasing wildlife, the court ruled. The defendant "knew that he had hit the dogs and he was willing to let them drag themselves off and suffer and die," said the court. "The trial court felt that this was cruelty to animals, and we can but agree." (Laner v. State, 381 P.2d 905 (Okla. 1963).)

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