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Psychologist Who Ranked The Smartest Dog Breeds Offers Up Some Big Surprises

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they’re also so much more than that. While you might think all dogs are the same, they can have many different characteristics, temperaments, and skills simply depending on their breed. Some dogs are born workers, for instance, while others were bred simply to decorate your lap. Of course, when choosing a dog to welcome into your home, it’s important to know what attributes matter the most to you as a potential owner. We can all agree, however, that brains definitely top most lists! If you’re looking for a clever dog, check out 20 of the smartest dogs breeds, as compiled by psychologist Stanley Coren in his 1994 book, The Psychology of Dogs. They might surprise you!

1. Border collie: There are plenty of smart dog breeds out there, but few come close to this guy. The border collie was bred to solve complex problems independently from a human. There’s almost no task they can’t figure out!

2. Poodle: This national dog of France is a one of the smartest breeds around! Because they’re so darn smart, they have been popular members of circuses for years. In the 1800s, you could expect to see them under the big tent dressed as people acting out elaborate scenes.

3. German shepherd: The German shepherd loves people and being challenged with new tasks and behaviors to learn. If you want a dog who can perform a lot of tricks—and acquire those tricks early—then look no further than this breed.

4. Golden retriever: These dogs are so intelligent that you can often spot them working with police or emergency rescue teams because of their amazing ability to track and locate. It doesn’t hurt that they’re really cute, too!

5. Doberman Pinscher: This dog might look intimidating (and that’s kind of the point!), but there’s a lot to them. They were bred to work primarily as a guard dogs because of their keen sense of smell. Don’t worry, though; if they’re socialized young, they’re smart enough to tell the difference between a bad guy and a friend.

6. Shetland sheepdog: While every single type of dog requires lots of physical exercise, the Shetland sheepdog also requires a lot of mental stimulation. Puzzles, games, and plenty of training keep this dog happy and spry.

7. Labrador retriever: Descended originally from the St. John’s water dog, this breed is a brilliant fishing dog and is still used in different parts of the world to help with all sorts of water-based activities. They are quick to learn, and even quicker to cuddle.

8. Papillon: Don’t let this dog’s fancy appearance fool you—she’s more than just good looks! In fact, the papillon is a frequent favorite in dog intelligence competitions, particularly when it comes to demonstrating obedience skills.

9. Rottweiler: When it comes to intelligence, this guy has it in spades! Not only does this breed of dog make for an ideal family companion, but they also serve in the military and for the police. Their intelligence makes them a joy to train.

10. Australian cattle dog: This dog is so smart that living with them can actually be a little bit of a hassle if you aren’t super rigorous with their training. They need lots of stimulation to make sure that they stay feeling happy and fulfilled.

11. Pembroke Welsh corgi: In spite of their relatively diminutive stature, these corgis are very good watchdogs. They take protecting their families very seriously and are happier with a job to do than they are with sitting around all day.

12. Miniature Schnauzer: This dog breed is very intelligent and she runs very, very fast! If you are looking for a dog you think you’d like to enter into competition, look no further. They thrive under obedience training and love to go for long runs.

13. English springer spaniel: One of the most wonderful things about this breed is how their intelligence mixes with their amiability. They love learning and showing off, particularly if they get to show off what they can do for people who give them head scratches!  

14. Belgian Tervuren: These guys are very smart and protective of their families. They are also total escape artists, which can be a hassle, particularly because they do not trust strangers. So, any good Samaritans trying to help catch them might be in for rough ride…

15. Schipperke: These dogs are intelligent, curious, and very active. Because of their intelligence and their bonds with their owners, they prefer to be with people, not living in a kennel. Also, like many smart dogs, they can be pretty stubborn!

16. Keeshond: These dogs are alert, affectionate, and quick-witted. They often notice things that most human beings will miss. However, their attentiveness to the world around them might make it difficult to catch and maintain their attention.

17. German short-haired pointer: This dog is just as intelligent as she is loving. Your pointer will want to spend her whole day with you, learning your routine inside and out. Sure, she prefers being outside, but only if you’re there, too.

18. Brittany spaniel: Bred to be hunting dogs, these spaniels are just as gifted when it comes to nosing out a scent as any other breed of dog out there. As a bonus, they also just so happen to be intelligent, sweet, and loyal.

19. Weimaraner: This breed is often referred to as “the dog with the human brain.” That’s because, in addition to being highly intelligent, he also has piercing blue eyes, which can make him look pretty human! 

20. Belgian Malinois: This guy might be very smart, but he’s also a breed that’s best described as very intense. If you make one a part of your family, put him to work guarding the house or give him another job. They thrive with work to do!



The abuse that animals used for food, clothing, experiments, and entertainment endure can be so horrific that some people refuse to look at it or they even pretend like it doesn't happen. But not acknowledging animal suffering doesn't actually stop it—if anything, it perpetuates it. If you were an animal used for dairy "products" or wool or in canine muscular dystrophy experiments, would you want to be helped or ignored? Well, then it's only fair that you take action for those animals. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This summer's golden sun is the perfect reminder for us all to follow the golden rule: Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated (i.e., don't eat, wear, or otherwise exploit others). For all animals,



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Yesterday we released hidden-camera footage of extreme animal abuse at a supplier to JBS, the largest meat producer in the world. Our undercover investigator saw thousands of piglets and mother pigs maliciously tortured. The investigator named one of these pigs Rosie. Like all mother pigs at the facility, Rosie was forcibly impregnated and crammed into a gestation crate—a metal cage only slightly larger than her body, leaving her no space to even turn around. Such extreme confinement caused her mental and physical anguish. She was left to suffer for months. This type of enclosure is banned in 10 U.S. states, Canada, the European Union, New Zealand, and Australia due to its extremely cruel nature.

When her babies were born, they were quickly and heartlessly ripped away from her. She was forced to watch as factory farm workers callously cut the tails and testicles off her defenseless piglets. Mother pigs suffer this painful cycle over and over until they are considered spent and sent to slaughter. Help pigs like Rosie right now.

Each year, millions of pigs endure these and other abuses—cruelly confined, beaten mercilessly, mutilated, and brutally killed. You have the power to help them.

Our Summer Compassion Challenge is winding down but our lifesaving work is far from over. Please take this opportunity to DOUBLE your impact on the lives of pigs and other farmed animals. Give by July 31 and your heartfelt gift will be matched dollar for dollar by the John & Timi Sobrato Charitable Fund. I hope you’ll put your compassion into action today!  http://www.emailforchange.com/view.php?v=pAJQSAtFtEQhAsGFrItrsrJ

The Voice July 11, 2018 DONATE TODAY
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Massive Protest
Hundreds of animal activists protested outside a Los Angeles McDonald’s, demanding the company stop torturing chickens for its McNuggets. Join the fight. Take action!
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Nasty Nets
While it’s good news that people are refusing plastic straws, a bigger plastic problem lies with fishing gear. In fact, fishing nets account for 46 percent of all ocean plastic. Read on.
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Dairy Is Done
According to CBS News, dairy consumption has plummeted so low that more than 60 New York dairy factory farms have shut their doors for good. Get the details.
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The Future Is Vegan
Just in time for barbecue season, new research from Mintel shows that 33 percent of Americans are ditching meat for plant-based alternatives. Learn more.
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Epic Expansion
Business is booming at vegan meat producer Beyond Meat! In fact, the company just opened a second production facility and hired hundreds of new employees to keep up with demand. Read more.
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Looking for Love
Want to spice up your love life? Make your next date night vegan. There are so many reasons why a plant-based date changes the game completely. Check this out.


In a shuttered drug lab in Wisconsin, a cat and several rabbits are left trapped without anyone to care for them. In Texas, a turtle found by the side of a road with a cracked shell struggles to survive. In a trash-strewn vacant lot in Indiana, an abandoned dog languishes alone on a heavy chain.

Each of these animals was rescued, thanks to the determination of PETA caseworkers who receive dozens of calls and e-mails for help about suffering animals every single day. We're on call 24/7 to help them, but the only way we can answer each and every one of these calls—or carry out all our other work to uncover, expose, and stop cruelty to animals—is through your support.

The 2018 Annual Fund for Animals leverages the power of caring PETA donors to save animals from being abused and neglected in any way.

From launching in-depth eyewitness investigations of laboratories or cruel meat, egg, or dairy industry farms to rescuing individual dogs and cats from abusive owners, PETA will use your gift to support work that saves animals' lives.

Here are just a few ways our Annual Fund for Animals has helped animals during the last year:

  • Following a 10-year PETA campaign that included three eyewitness investigations in South America, Israel banned the importation of beef from slaughterhouses that use the archaic "shackle and hoist" method of kosher slaughter.
  • After years of pressure from PETA, the Coast Guard became the first branch of the U.S. military to end the shooting, stabbing, dismembering, and killing of animals in trauma training exercises.
  • Soon after PETA exposed the appalling cruelty at The Pet Blood Bank in Texas, the filthy dog blood farm closed, 151 greyhounds were released for adoption, and the greyhound-racing industry embraced long-overdue policies related to dogs and blood banks.

But for every facility we help shut down or animal we save, there is a new report of cruelty or another animal who urgently needs our help. PETA's Cruelty Investigations Department is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to any and all reports of abuse and neglect, including the many calls that we receive in the evening and on weekends.

We get phone calls about starved horses, urgent e-mails about dogfighting rings, alerts from distressed individuals who have seen sickly birds in pet stores or mice stuck on glue traps, and more. Sometimes, we receive calls from kind people about a lonely dog chained and ignored in a backyard or an injured cat roaming the streets. These people know that when an animal is in trouble, PETA will help.

We cannot answer these calls—or continue all of our work to uncover, expose, and stop cruelty to animals—without your gift to the 2018 PETA Annual Fund for Animals before the July 31 deadline.

By being one of the 1,000 donors we need, you'll be helping us raise the funds required to support our investigative, rescue, advocacy, and informational efforts that protect animals.

When living, feeling beings are in trouble, PETA will do all that we can to help them. Thank you for your compassion—your support makes a critical difference for those who need our help.

Kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk


The Humane Society of the United States Our Animal Rescue Team has been on the ground removing and caring for nearly 100 dogs and cats from a property in Jones County, Mississippi. We arrived yesterday morning after the Sheriff’s Department asked for our assistance—and what we found was shocking. sick dogs and cats confined to filthy crates Make an emergency gift now to save animals in desperate need.

Dozens of flea-covered dogs and cats were found, some locked inside crates, including some who were sick. Many were living in their own waste, and the cages were caked in filth. A few of the dogs were so emaciated that you could nearly count every bone on their bodies. neglected dog with skin condition Our team has worked around the clock and through a Mississippi thunderstorm to locate every single animal on the 161-acre property and transfer them to the safety of our temporary shelter. The rescued cats and dogs will require veterinary care and our dedicated attention to overcome their severe conditions, which we are learning more about. We will do everything we can to make sure these sweet animals get a second chance at life.

But we can’t do this lifesaving work without you—please make an emergency gift to the Animal Rescue Team to help us save more animals like these from neglect.

Seeing the suffering of animals in difficult situations is truly heartbreaking. But thanks to the support from animal lovers like you, these animals have a new day ahead of them.

Thank you for helping those who need us the most.

Sára Varsa, The Humane Society of the United States
Vice President, Animal Rescue Team


Imagine your confusion and horror if, while walking on federal public lands, your dog stumbles across a device that looks like a sprinkler. Orange powder sprays all over your dog. That powder is sodium cyanide and it creates lethal hydrogen cyanide gas upon contact with moisture, resulting in a rapid and painful death.

This scenario has played out hundreds of times with companion dogs in the last 10 years, the most recent victim being the dog of a 14 year old boy in Idaho. The “sprinkler”? An M-44 cyanide trap laid by the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services in an effort to control the population of wildlife species, all using taxpayer dollars.

M-44s are placed on public lands, often without public notice, with the goal of killing coyotes and other wild canids often to protect animals exploited for animal agriculture from predation.

In lighter news, learn how blind cow Daffodil was rescued and how she went from shy bovine to one of the more social cows at the sanctuary! Also, if you are on Instagram...follow her, she has her own IG account (@daffodiltheblindcow)

Join us Saturday October 13 for the Run for the Chickens - a Compassion 5K Fun Run to help liberate hens from battery cages!


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Willamette Humane Society's July 2018 Newsletter

Inside This Issue: Kitten-Kaboodle Grand Opening, Low-Cost Vaccines, and more!

In June, 240 Pets were Adopted!

What do Meowth, Biscay, Wall-e, and Mari have in common? They were adopted in June! Last month, 190 cats and 50 dogs found their perfect homes—a total of 240 pets. Thank you for making these happy endings possible through your ongoing support as donors, volunteers, and pet lovers.

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events 

July 16-20: WHS Spay & Neuter Clinic Closed

Need to schedule an appointment with the Willamette Humane Society Spay and Neuter Clinic? Please note our facility will be closed from July 16-20, 2018. We will not be able to schedule appointments during this time. If you have questions or concerns, please give the WHS Spay and Neuter Clinic a call at 503-480-SPAY (7729). 

July 21: Free Bottle Baby Kitten Class

What sort of work goes into caring for a kitten in the early days of his or her life? Whether you’re planning to volunteer or foster with the shelter, or simply want to learn more about caring for these tiny babies, come join us for a free community class on Saturday, July 21! The class is hosted from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click here for additional details. 

July 28: Low-Cost Dog Vaccine Clinic

Join us on Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a low-cost dog vaccine and licensing event in partnership with Marion County Dog Shelter. Purchase or renew your Marion County dog license with no late fees, plus take advantage of low-cost vaccines, microchipping and nail trims to keep your four-legged best friend feeling his or her best. No appointments required. This free event will be hosted at the Willamette Humane Society Spay and Neuter Clinic. Click here for pricing and additional information. 

Kitten-Kaboodle is Open for Business!

The kittens are coming! Willamette Humane Society is excited to announce the return of Kitten-Kaboodle, our seasonal adoption center at Salem Center Mall. Adopt a kitten or cat, meet the newest additions to WHS, lounge in the Kitten Library, pick up essential pet supplies, and more!

The store will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-6 p.m. from July through October 2018. Kitten-Kaboodle is located in the Salem Center Mall near the Liberty Street and Chemeketa Street entrance—next to Baskin-Robbins. You can learn more about Kitten-Kaboodle by emailing us at kitten.kaboodle@whs4pets.org or calling 503-585-5900.

For the Kids: Summer Camps Still Available!

 Camps for Grades 1st to 6th

Have a young animal lover at home? Willamette Humane Society still has a limited number of spots available in our Camp Paw Paw summer camp—a week of engaging lessons, exciting games, and plenty of hands-on animal interactions that encourage learning and helping your community! Sessions for campers in grades 1st through 6th are available in both July and August. Click here for dates, costs, and additional information. 

Camps for Teens

In addition, we are excited to introduce our newest summer camp for teenagers: Play to Train! This hands-on, four-day camp offers teens (ages 13 to 17) the opportunity to partner with their choice of shelter dog and explore agility, nose games, tricks, and manners. The lessons will be taught in a variety of formats to make sure they get the most out of the week, no matter how they learn best! Play to Train happens August 20-23. Click here for additional information and registration details

Our Contact Information
Willamette Humane Society
4246 Turner Road SE
Salem, OR 97317


Imagine spending the long, hot days of summer exposed to the blazing sun without any shade—or even clean water to drink.

Right now, dogs are languishing day after day, week after week, in lonely backyards, some with heavy chains chafing their necks. Some have nothing more than a discarded plastic barrel or a board propped against a fence to provide some respite from the sun's sweltering rays—and many have no protection at all. For these dogs, something as simple as a sturdy doghouse can mean the difference between life and death.

This summer, we're providing as many doghouses as we can—as quickly as we can—to give dogs some relief.

Dogs can die in the heat. Please help them.

A PETA doghouse provides a dog with sturdy, year-round shelter and some protection from the scorching heat and violent storms of summer and the icy winds of winter. And your sponsorship today will give a lonely dog more than some shelter:

  • You’ll give a dog relief. When our fieldworkers find pups tormented by parasites or without adequate food or water, we do all that we can to make their lives a little better. Make an urgently needed sponsorship gift now.
  • You’ll give a dog hope. While there's no substitute for a loving, indoor home, with almost every doghouse that we deliver, we leave a toy to provide some diversion from the monotony of life in a barren backyard. If dogs are tied up with a heavy chain, we replace it with a lightweight tie-out that allows them more freedom to move. Your sponsorship is crucial to helping more dogs.
  • You’ll give a dog affection. Our work doesn't end after we deliver a doghouse. PETA fieldworkers continue to visit the animals, sometimes for years on end, to check on their well-being and give them treats and much-needed affection—often the only kindness and respect that many of these sweet, neglected pups receive. On occasion, our visits even help persuade owners to let their dogs indoors. Change a dog's life by sponsoring a doghouse today.

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July 2018 eNews

You Saved Her – Rey’s Rescue Was Successful!

Captain Zeek contacted us a few weeks ago to help save sweet Rey, a desert dog who bonded with the captain during his deployment. Rey would have died from exposure to the elements or been swept up in a mass killing of stray dogs, but SPCA International supporters have saved her life with generous donations. 
Thanks to you, we took action quickly to rescue Rey from Iraq and she made her way home to Zeek's family in California just a few days ago. Captain Zeek and his wife are very grateful to the SPCA International community for answering this call to action. Zeek says Rey is settling in at home nicely. Their deep bond is on full display in these photos sent by Captain Zeek of their time together in Iraq and Rey in her new home.

Keeping Families Together

From Guam to North Dakota, this military family leaves no dog behind thanks to a grant from Operation Military Pets. Even though the military pays for families to relocate, they don’t cover the costs of transporting pets. Buddy is one lucky dog who has seen the world with his family.
Video: Tiny the Donkey 
We’ve fallen in love with Tiny the donkey and think you will too! SPCAI wasn’t involved in this rescue, but you’ll see why Tiny warms our hearts. Please remember that Tiny is truly unusually tiny - most donkeys are several times his size and would not make good house pets. 

Protect Your Pets from Pests

Summer is upon us! People and pets are enjoying the weather… but so are fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks do more than just bite, they can cause secondary illness in pets and humans.  We know you can’t stay inside all summer, so check out these practical tips to keep your furry and human family safe and protected from these tiny invaders.

ASPCA News Alert  
The Best Kitten Name Is... Find Out Meow!
Happy Tail   Maxwell’s Big Comeback

Maxwell came to the ASPCA in horrifying condition. The poor dog had been abused, neglected and was suffering from a myriad of medical issues. However, Maxwell remained resilient, and after months of treatment, found a loving home. Don’t miss his inspiring story!
ASPCA Safety   Fire Safety and Your Pets: Keeping Them Safe from the Unexpected

Would you know what to do in the event of a fire? What about your pets? We created a list to help you prepare to keep your pets safe should a fire break out in your home. Read more to see these lifesaving tips today!
Team ASPCA   Sign Up for the ASPCA Virtual 5K With a Friend!

Getting active is so much more fun when you do it with a buddy (human or furry)! When you register for the ASPCA Virtual 5K with your friends, not only can you complete your 3.1 miles together, you’ll also be able to make an even greater impact for animals in need. Sign up today!
ASPCA Advocacy   Beware of Swap Meet Puppies This Summer

Summer is swap meet season! These community events are fun and popular, but they can also harbor unethical or inexperienced animal vendors. Learn more about why you should beware of swap meet puppies, no matter how irresistible.
Happy Tail   Dogs + Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Hops Toxicity

Home brewing has become popular across the nation, and as this hobby continues to grow, so do the calls concerning pet safety. The hops used to make beer are toxic for pets, especially curious dogs. Read more to get the facts and learn how to keep your pets safe.
  Amazon Smile   Help Animals in Need By Shopping on AmazonSmile!

Monday is Amazon® Prime Day, and did you know that while you’re shopping, you can also help animals in need? To date, AmazonSmile has helped raise nearly $4 million for the ASPCA’s work to help vulnerable animals. Learn more about how you can help animals, too!

MFA Hidden Heroes Gala


Please join me for Mercy For Animals’ fourth annual Hidden Heroes Gala! With an amazing celebrity honorary committee and some of the best and brightest animal advocates in attendance, the gala is a celebration of our courageous undercover investigators and those who support their work.

Held at the historic Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, September 15, 2018, this life-changing black-tie event will inspire you. You will enjoy an outdoor reception, a gourmet vegan dinner, a star-studded awards show, and an amazing after-party under the stars!

You will also have the opportunity to mix and mingle with MFA staff, former investigators, and celebrity guests, including Moby, Carrie Ann Inaba, Joaquin Phoenix, and Evanna Lynch.
Your support of the Hidden Heroes Gala will help us secure the future success of MFA’s work, empowering us to help more farmed animals across the United States and around the world.

Last year’s gala sold out, so please purchase your tickets today!     http://www.emailforchange.com/view.php?v=pAJQSAtFsrQhArHEFHJHGEt

Good News for AnimalsGood News for Animals

Important Updates

Read Barnaby's Rescue Story

Abducted Cats Skinned for Fur Coats

Marine Park Forces Beluga Whale to Wear Lipstick

I hope this e-mail finds you well. Last month, I told you about a first-of-its-kind PETA exposé revealing rampant abuse and neglect on angora goat farms.

Today, more than 150 brands have committed to banning mohair, and news outlets are already predicting the collapse of the entire mohair industry.

It's remarkable progress, reminiscent of the way that PETA and our affiliates brought angora sales to a standstill not long ago.

It's no accident that we are achieving these and other precedent-setting victories against the grisly skins trade. Since our beginning, PETA and our affiliates have used creative, provocative campaigns to wake people up to the cruelty of wearing animal skins.

For example, there are PETA's iconic demonstrations, which have helped squash fur sales, and our "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" ads featuring celebrities like Jolin Tsai, P!nk, and Gillian Anderson, which get picked up as news stories and capture tremendous amounts of media attention that no advertising budget would have been able to cover.

PETA and our international affiliates are the skins industry's most determined opponents—and we're the only major animal-protection groups with successful campaigns targeting the cruel angora, exotic skins, wool, down, and mohair industries. Most importantly, we're breaking new ground and saving more animals every day, thanks to you and other compassionate people. We won't rest until it's out of the question for clothing to be made with any animal's skin, fur, or feathers.

Kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk


Crayfish Shows the World That No One Wants to Be Boiled
In a viral video posted to Weibo, a crayfish being boiled alive can be seen making a valiant attempt to save his own life: He removes his own claw and flees. Watch the disturbing footage and see how we're persuading thousands to leave crayfish and other crustaceans off their plates. READ MORE


Rescued: JETER


This little dog was extremely thin and suffering from persistent tummy trouble, which continued even after PETA US provided him with nutritious food and treatment for parasites, in addition to sterilizing him. It’s likely that he was stressed from the chaotic household that he lived in. After his owners gave him to PETA US, his tummy troubles vanished, he put on weight, and this once nervous little dog staff members called Caro (Italian for “beloved”) became goofy and playful. Now renamed Jeter, when he’s not found shadowing his new guardians, he can be found at the side of his new best feline friend, Avery.
Download your FREE desktop wallpaper of Jeter here.

Dear Friends,

Far too often, our nation’s military heroes are forgotten – including the courageous K-9s who protect our servicemembers in combat.

Taba served with the U.S. Army searching for explosive devices, but when she retired and returned home, her years of bravery went unrecognized by the government, which does not cover veterinary costs for retired military dogs.

After serving our country, Taba was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that required her hind leg to be amputated. Support from donors like you enabled American Humane to step in and cover the costs of the amputation, allowing Taba to live out the rest of her retirement free from pain.

American Humane’s life-changing, life-saving programs honor K-9s like Taba, reunite retired military dogs with their former handlers, pair veterans with PTS and TBI with trained service dogs, and so much more. Make a donation to American Humane today to help heroes on both ends of the leash.


Notes from the Field

News from around the globe

It is commonly known that eagles and wind turbines don’t mix well. Eagles that fly through a wind facility run the risk of injury or death from collision with a turbine blade. Unfortunately there is nothing in a bird’s evolutionary history that informs it of the dangers of wind turbines. The good news is that Dr. Chris McClure of The Peregrine Fund has been working with biologists from Western EcoSystems Technology and the American Wind Wildlife Institute to test a new technology that has the potential to prevent these collisions.

IdentiFlight is a new, camera-based monitoring system that detects, classifies, and tracks birds and will shut down the turbine rotors as needed. When the team compared IdentiFlight’s ability to detect birds versus the ability of humans to detect birds, IdentiFlight succeeded in detecting 96% of the birds detected by observers and 562% more birds than observers. The study concluded that automated cameras can be an effective way to detect birds in flight and identify eagles. 

Read the full article, “Automated monitoring for birds in flight: Proof of concept with eagles at a wind power facility” in the journal Biological Conservation.

Read about and watch a video of the system on Forbes which also cites another of our recent publications by The Peregrine Fund's Dr Rick Watson and a team of experts on wind power impacts on raptors around the world.  You can read this work here.

Dr. Munir Virani sent us an updated map showing the latest movements of the vultures in Kenya and Tanzania that he is studying in collaboration with BirdLife International, Nature Kenya-the EANHS, and Kenya Bird of Prey Trust.

Tracking the movements of these endangered and critically endangered vultures helps biologists to better understand the areas being used by vultures and how to protect them from human threats such as poisoning and wind turbines.

Thank you to the BAND Foundation for their support of this project and to the authorities of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Matira Bush Camp, Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, and Olarro Conservancy, Maasai Mara, Kenya for their support.

The most recent issue of Spizaetus, the journal of the Neotropical Raptor Network, is out and contains some fascinating articles. The Neotropical Raptor Network is a project of The Peregrine Fund that aims to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of people working with raptors in the Neotropics by promoting communication and collaboration among biologists, ornithologists, raptor enthusiasts, and other conservationists.

This issue of Spizaetus looks at everything from Ferruginous Pygmy-owls preying on Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in Costa Rica to the distribution of Aplomado Falcons in El Salvador. There is also an article on art in conservation and a biologist who studies the world’s most powerful raptor – the Harpy Eagle! Check out Spizaetus online today!

We would like to extend a great big thank you to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina and the Riverbanks Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) for their recent gift in support of our California Condor recovery project. AAZK Chapters work to advance excellence in the animal keeping profession as well as support conservation projects and promote the preservation of our natural resources and animal life. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and has committed to provide important assistance to conservation biologists involved in an array of wildlife conservation projects both in the U.S. and abroad. We are incredibly excited to be partnering with them to save California Condors!

The Peregrine Fund’s headquarters is located at the award-winning World Center of Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho and we just received another honor from USA Today!  USA Today named us on their "10Best reasons to visit Boise" list. In addition to Boise having “downtown charm” with an excellent foodie scene, being bike and recreation friendly, and enjoying our incredible and diverse culture, USA Today recommends that all visitors to the Treasure Valley also take some time to get nose-to-beak with our education raptors while learning about our bird of prey conservation efforts worldwide. We couldn’t agree more and are proud of our ability to bring Idahoans and visitors far-and-wide closer to nature. If you haven’t visited us, check out the USA Today 10Best article and start planning your Boise vacation today! Photo credit: Joanne DiBona

Wonder what happens at the World Center for Birds of Prey after we close to the public each day? Come experience the magic at dusk and support our acclaimed STEM education programs—impacting 5,000+ students each year! The Nocturne Auction, on September 6, will feature local artists' new original works, unique raptor-related travel experiences, and adorable drawings from children who participate in our Ridgway's Hawk project in the Dominican Republic.

Reserve your tickets now! We hope you can join us!

Planning on visiting us at the World Center for Birds of Prey? Then make sure to plan ahead as South Cole Road is closed between Lake Hazel Road and our center until late August. Fortunately, the detour only takes a few extra minutes and winds you through some prime bird of prey habitat! Download the detour map before your visit. Hope to see you soon!

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  • Visit the World Center for Birds of Prey – all summer long we will have exciting daily events such as our raptor encounters that allow you to meet our education birds up close, tours of our Smithsonian quality Archives of Falconry exhibit, and much more! Visit us today!

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Animal Legal Defense Fund - Newsletter

Last week, the Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry over painful, invasive experiments conducted on the brains of young cats and kittens.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and a coalition of public interest groups filed a motion for summary judgment in the legal battle to overturn the Iowa Ag-Gag law. Ag-Gag laws criminalize undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses

Help us continue to be the legal voice for animals by supporting our work through Amazon Smile. Follow the steps here, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund will receive a donation with every purchase you make. 

Our legal system classifies animals as property, but we know they’re so much more. Raise awareness through our new social media campaign – “I Am Not Property.”

For the animals,
Stephen Wells, Executive Director
Stephen Wells
Executive Director

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APCC Fosters   Meet the Houseguests of Your Dreams!

Foster kittens are the houseguests you’ve always wanted. Not only are they adorable; they won’t cramp your space, raid your fridge, play loud music or party all night. Best of all, fostering kittens saves lives. See how you can help tiny kitties across the nation!
APCC Dangers   Pets and Marijuana: Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe

With marijuana becoming legal in some form in many states, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center wants to make sure you know how to keep your pets safe, should they accidentally ingest the drug. Check out these tips and get all the information you need today!
Shop With Your Heart   Shop With Your Heart Summer BBQ Shopping List

The 4th of July means fireworks, block parties and barbeques! But before you fire up the grill, be sure to check out our shopping list of welfare-certified and plant-based brands. Whether you’re a hamburger lover or a proud vegan, there’s something here for everyone.
NYPD Partnership   Former Cruelty Victim Celebrates “Take Your Dog to Work Day” with NYPD

Last week, NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill invited former cruelty victim Chaplin to join him for Take Your Dog to Work Day! Read more about Chaplin’s recovery, his big day out, and how Commissioner O’Neill used the day to highlight the importance of reporting cruelty.
Happy Tail   A True Gentleman Goes to Great Heights to Find His Match

Gentleman spent two days trapped on top of a large fence before he was rescued by Good Samaritans who brought him to the ASPCA. It was there that Gentleman was able to come out of his shell and eventually find a loving home. Don’t miss his incredible story.
ASPCA Storefront   Shop Exclusive ASPCA Gear Today!

Let the world know that you’re a voice for animals in need by shopping for new ASPCA swag on our Amazon storefront. Help us save lives and show your ASPCA pride today!
ASPCA Advocacy   Opportunity for Animal Victories in the Farm Bill

From clarifying misleading labels on meat to cracking down on cockfighting and Class B animal dealers, the U.S. Senate's version of the Farm Bill contains a slew of amendments that would benefit animals. See how you can get help make sure these good provisions make it into the final bill.
Adopt a Shelter Cat   Great News! Charitable Gift Annuity Rates Are Rising!

For people 60 years old and over, a charitable gift annuity is a great way to support the ASPCA’s lifesaving work. Read more about our changes to this program and how you can get involved!
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We can save Rey together.

SPCA International

Can you imagine learning that someone is planning to kill your dog?
My guess is, you’d be furious, sad, desperate and determined to save her all at the same time… that is exactly why Captain Zeek contacted us. His dog, Rey, could be killed on base any day. Johni, we must help them. Your $19.00 gift can save her life.    
A soldier with 21 years of service, Captain Zeek is stationed in Iraq, risking his life daily to protect others. He is desperate to rescue Rey from the ongoing “vector control” or stray dog culling around his base. Despite orders to not interact with dogs near base, his bond with Rey continues to grow. It is up to us, Johni, to preserve Rey’s life, and with it, their special friendship.

Early in his deployment, Rey began joining Captain Zeek on his daily runs. Now, at a whistle from the Captain, Rey comes running from any corner of the base. Captain Zeek’s words describe it best… “Rey is one of the many dogs on the camp that manages to scrape by and survive the brutal conditions that exist here, there are routinely scheduled euthanizations that occur. My biggest fear is that Rey’s time is near. Rey is too good a dog and too much of a sweetheart to ignore. She has been one of the only things here that keeps my mind off the reality of my job. She has honestly grown to be 'my' dog.”

Captain Zeek and Rey are counting on us to help them. If we don’t get her out, Rey will certainly die. Your donation will help bring Rey home. The Captain can shelter her from the brutal heat and provide food and water, but he can’t stop her from being shot or poisoned, especially if the order comes from his superiors. The clock is ticking, and it is only a matter of time until Rey is killed. We must fly her out as soon as possible.  Captain Zeek’s wife and daughter are waiting in California for Rey, ready to welcome her into their home and be the loving and caring family she deserves.

Meredith Ayan
Executive Director
SPCA International



RAM deployment setup_croppedWe're on the ground in Harrogate, Tennessee, where the RedRover Responders team is assisting with a special deployment. Over the next two days, we're helping Remote Area Medical (RAM) at their mobile medical clinic that serves both people and their pets by providing the free medical assistance they need. 

In this community and many others, a lot of people don't have access to even basic health care - including veterinary care for their pets. This unique, comprehensive clinic treats both families and their pets, so everyone has a chance to live happy, healthy lives - together.

We want to support a compassionate future where the bond between people and animals can thrive - and your generous support is what makes our vital work possible.

This weekend, while RAM patients are receiving dental, medical and vision care, our RedRover Responders volunteers will assist in the care of their pets throughout the entire veterinary operation - checking them in, providing any assistance the people or pets need while they wait, and helping move the pets to and from the veterinary clinic for their own treatment, including exams, spay/neuter, vaccinations and other veterinary services.  

But it doesn't stop there: RedRover is also providing funds toward the post-clinic veterinary care the animals may need, such as heartworm treatment, dental treatment and other medical needs.

If, like us, you believe that pets are family, please make a donation to our Emergency Response Fund right now to support the health and care of these animals and others like them.


Thank you for opening your heart to animals in crisis. I know that with your help, we can continue to deploy anywhere and anytime animals need us. Please make your gift to our Emergency Response Fund for the animals today.

With gratitude,
Beth Gammie
RedRover Director of Field Services

Do Dogs Have Night Vision?

Puppy Eyes and Vision: What Dogs Actually See

Puppy eyes work quite similar to our own. Light passes through the clear window-like cornea on the front surface of the eye, through the dark round opening called the pupil, and enters the lens which focuses the light images onto the retina at the back of the eye. Unlike human eyes, all dogs have a "third eyelid" called the haw or nictitating membrane which is located in the inner corner of the eye that acts as a windshield wiper that sweeps horizontally across the eye.

What Dogs See

“Most dogs are emmetropic—normal sighted,” says Christopher Pirie, DVM, a veterinarian certified in ophthalmology and an Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. “Previous canine study demonstrated the average refractive error to be -0.05 D, or very slightly myopic.” In other words, your puppy may be slightly nearsighted. Dogs tend to rely more on motion than focus, though. They have trouble seeing objects closer than about 10 inches and must use their noses to find the kibble that spills out of the bowl. The visual acuity of dogs is about 20/75, although the German shepherd, Rottweiler, and Schnauzer appear to be even more nearsighted. Contact lenses can correct nearsighted vision in dogs. Good vision can be important especially for service animals that need to pay very close attention to human partners, or run interference as protection dogs. Poor vision may interfere with competition or hunting dogs seeing the handler’s directions. But contacts aren’t practical when dogs lose them so easily. Dogs do benefit from being fitted with glasses. A veterinary ophthalmologist evaluates vision by refraction in the same way non-verbal children are examined. Products like Doggles are designed to fit the canine face in all its various shapes and sizes. They can be used to protect sensitive eyes from injury or include corrective lenses to improve canine acuity.

Can Dogs See Color?
Can your puppy tell the difference between that red ball and the blue one? The retina at the back of the eyeball contains specialized cells called rods that detect shades of white, black and gray while cone cells detect color. Dogs have fewer cone cells than people do and see a dichromatic—or two-color system. Dr. Pirie says the dog’s cones are most sensitive to deep blue and green wavelengths. In comparison, people see a three-color system of red/yellow/blue. Dogs seem to be similar to people who are “color-blind” and unable to detect certain colors like red. Dogs can be easily trained to tell the difference between certain colors even though they don’t see them in the same way as people. Under normal light, dogs probably see green and blue as much brighter than red, because they have very few to no red-sensitive cones. Like human eyes, the dog's eye can control the amount of light that passes through the eye. The specialized muscle called the iris, that’s the colored portion of the eye, can contract the pupil to a round pinpoint in bright light, or open wide to allow in more light during low light. The lack of color sense is balanced by the dog having many more rods, light-sensitive cells on the retina, than people do. The retinal illumination of the dog is about three times more efficient than ours.

Dog Eye Shine at Night?
Dog eyes also have the ability to “re-use” existing light to improve their vision in low-light environments.
Many mammals, including cats and dogs, have a layer of highly reflective cells behind the retina that reflects back any light the eye captures. The tapetum lucidum enhances the light-gathering efficiency of your dog’s eyes by nearly 40 percent and accounts for that eerie eye-glow you see at night.“The dog’s tapetum allows for an overall lower amount of light required to generate a signal and to detect a change,” says Dr. Pirie. “The rods are more sensitive to changes in light and useful for motion detection but do not allow dogs to see well. The cones are primarily responsible for visual acuity but are not functioning at such a low level of light.” So a dog’s eyes are more sensitive to low light conditions and have a better ability to perceive changes in motion than people. But the dog’s visual acuity (how clearly they see) isn’t particularly good under these conditions.

Depth Perception
Prey animal like rabbits and deer can watch in two directions at once with eyes on each side of the head. But predators, such as dogs and cats, have eyes toward the front of the face that gives them depth perception and binocular vision so they can correctly time pursuit and pounce.Eyes placed closer together have a greater degree of visual overlap, improved binocular vision, compared to those placed further apart. The binocular vision and field of vision vary somewhat between dog breeds depending on the formation of the face. The eye placement of brachycephalic dogs like Pugs is situated more toward the front of the face, while the narrow-headed sight hound breeds like the Collie tend to have eyes more on the sides of the face. Most dogs have only about 30-60 degrees of binocular overlap versus approximately 140 degrees of humans. Therefore dog’s depth perception is not as acute as people’s. He may see the movement of hand signals from a long distance but not recognize a hat-wearing owner until scent or voice further identifies you.

Peripheral Vision
But dogs are champions when it comes to the visual field of view, seeing all around in peripheral vision. That means when your puppy looks straight ahead he can still see 240 degrees, compared to 180 degrees in humans. Dogs are potentially even better at peripheral vision because they have a high-density line of vision cells across the retina, called a visual streak.
That lets them see a sharply focused object at a distance, even in the extremes of peripheral vision, out of the corners of their eyes. “It is believed this extension of cones improves the animal’s ability to see particularly along the horizon and serves as an adaptation based on the evolutionary requirement of the animal,” says Dr. Pirie.
Motion Detection A reliance on motion makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint. The dog breeds developed to hunt by sights like Greyhounds and Afghan Hounds scan the distance for prey. Most dogs can detect strong hand signals from as far away as a mile. While dogs tend to ignore stationary objects, this visual streak triggers their instinctive urge to chase whenever something moves in their peripheral vision. That makes dogs great guard dogs because they alert to even small movements humans probably would never see. The visual streak is most pronounced in long-nosed dogs; the sight hound dogs developed to hunt and chase. That’s why herding breeds, for instance, may trigger on a bicycle or car and turn into chase maniacs.

Can Dogs See TV Images?
But many of the short-nosed dogs like Pugs don’t have this visual streak. Instead, they have high-density vision cells arranged in a single spot on the retina, called the area centralis. The area centralis has three times the density of nerve endings as the visual streak. While Dr. Pirie says it’s difficult to truly assess these differences, some researchers report this may be why short-nosed dogs seem to react to the TV screen or perhaps appear more sensitive to human facial expressions. This may be why smaller breeds are cherished not only fit better on the owner’s lap or for hunting or guardian abilities. Dogs able to see well in near-vision (lap-to-face) distances have the physical ability to be more responsive to our moods and emotions.


Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as a human’s fingerprints and can be used to accurately identify them.

The Canadian Kennel Club has been accepting dog nose prints as proof of identity since 1938. Just as humans can be identified by their fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their nose prints. Yes, you read that correctly, a dog’s nose print is unique to that dog, just as no two human fingerprints are the same. If you look closely at a dog’s nose, you will see lines forming patterns, just like fingerprints. This raises the question – Can nose prints be used to accurately identify a dog if found without a collar or tags?’

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Video of police dog performing CPR goes viral. A police dog in Spain is giving new meaning to the term “rescue dog.” A video of Poncho, a police dog from Madrid, is going viral thanks to the pup’s heroic actions with a human officer during a recent drill, as ABC 33/40 of Birmingham, Ala., reports. The video posted by Madrid’s police department shows the animal leaping into action after the officer feigns an attack and falls to the ground. By using its weight to repeatedly launch itself onto the man’s chest, Poncho apparently is able to perform the chest compression's involved in CPR.

Though it stops short of offering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, the dog also appears to be monitoring the man’s pulse by resting its head against his neck.

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Just like humans, animals love and nurture their young, become frustrated from a lack of mental stimulation, and want to live free from harm. And did you know that chickens dream when they sleep?


Or that elephants use tools to accomplish tasks?


Did you know that dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror and have been seen examining their own tongues and eyes?


In the ways that matter most, animals are just like us: They are creative, loving, and unique; they value their friends; and they don't want to die.

To celebrate our new summer campaign that highlights the uniqueness of animals, we're releasing a new mission every day this week! If you complete each mission in the Just Like Us series, you'll be entered to win* this shirt:


The public hearing regarding the proposed ban on exotic animals in Washington County, Oregon, took place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and it passed! Thank you to all you attended!

This ordinance will affect A Walk on the Wild Side, a roadside zoo/travelling exhibitor in Washington County, who has a history of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act. This ordinance will affect their ability to exploit animals for profit.


Our work isn't done yet! The ordinance won't go into effect until September 17, 2018. Until then, A Walk on the Wild Side can keep exotic animals in Washington County and cart them around to fairs and force them to be handled by the public.

You can still help by joining PETA in urging A Walk on the Wild Side to end wild and exotic animal exhibits and retire the animals to reputable sanctuaries.


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She is just one of countless chickens who were suffering on egg farms in Canada. But she is an individual—an intelligent, clever, and sensitive animal who feels pain and fear, just as you do.

But on egg farms, chickens like her—billions of them—are viewed as nothing but objects. On the Canadian farms investigated in this latest exposé, waste fell through the wire flooring of battery cages into pits and collected in piles up to 5 feet high, where the eyewitnesses found the bodies of more than 200 hens who had evidently fallen while being moved in or out of their cages and been left to die.

Dozens of birds were still alive in the pits. Abandoned with no food, water, care, or hope of escape, many were emaciated and buried in a slurry of feces, some even up to their necks.

Many hens had died and started rotting inside the cages. The surviving ones were forced to live alongside their rotting cagemates for days on end.


The best thing that you can do for hens is refuse to buy their eggs and flesh. Stop supporting this cruelty—and take action by asking Egg Farmers of Canada to tell its farmers to stop abandoning birds in manure pits.

Groundbreaking Exposé: Goats Thrown, Cut, and Killed for Mohair. Terrified, Crying Out, Roughly Handled, and Thrown Across the Floor

As first reported by The Washington Post, a disturbing PETA Asia investigation—the first of its kind—reveals that workers dragged, roughly handled, threw around, mutilated, and even cut the throats of fully conscious goats, some of whom cried out, in South Africa, the world’s top mohair producer. This groundbreaking footage highlights just some of the abuse documented on all 12 of the angora goat farms the eyewitness visited.

After talks with PETA, Arcadia Group has stopped placing orders for mohair products across its eight brands, which include Topshop. Gap Inc. has also agreed to stop placing orders containing mohair, including for its Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta brands. And Inditex, one of the world’s largest clothing retailers and owner of Zara, will ban mohair from its seven apparel brands by 2020. The H&M group—including its eight brands—has decided that it will no longer source mohair, effective immediately.

After hearing from thousands of compassionate shoppers like you, Forever 21 made the business-savvy and compassionate decision to ban mohair, and Anthropologie announced that as of March 2019, it “will not buy or produce products containing mohair.” Express, Inc., announced that it has “[no current or] future plans to include mohair in our assortment.” See the full list of top retailers that have now banned mohair.

Shearing is extremely stressful to goats, who are prey animals and therefore terrified of being pinned down, vulnerable, and completely defenseless. Goat kids, who were being shorn for the first time, cried out in fear. Some shearers lifted the goats up off the floor by the tail, likely breaking it at the spine. When one goat struggled, the shearer sat on her. After shearing, workers threw the animals across the wooden floor and hauled them around by their legs.

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An eyewitness took disturbing photos of emaciated horses forced to carry heavy loads of tourist gear on the approximately 24-mile trek up and down the steep paths in the Havasu Canyon, near the Grand Canyon. 


Some of these horses were tied up in the heat without access to food or water. All of them were in such bad shape that their ribs and hip bones stuck out.

A company that books these enslaved animals was reportedly confronted about this cruelty but hasn't changed its mind about offering these cruel excursions ... yet.

Tell Arizona Outback Adventures to Stop Booking Havasu Canyon Tours That Use Animals to Carry Tourist Gear

I need to update you about an important case the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working on right now. On June 21, 2018, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research & Experimentation (CAARE) against the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry — demanding that they disclose the public records regarding their invasive experiments on cats and kittens. Prior to our involvement, SUNY had already refused to release the records after receiving a request from CAARE under the New York Freedom of Information Law.

I need you to Take Action right now by signing our petition to SUNY College of Optometry — demanding they tell the truth about the invasive and painful experiments being conducted on cats.

Since 2002, the SUNY College of Optometry has experimented on the brains of cats, using taxpayer dollars, to understand the part of the feline brain controlling vision.

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We don’t have all the details — because SUNY refuses to disclose the information — but what we do know sounds like torture. The cats’ heads are mounted in frames, and their eyes are forced open with contact lenses. While alive, their skulls are removed and electrodes are inserted into their brains. I don’t mean to upset you, but this is the horrifying reality that these animals face.

These kittens are only 4 to 12 months old, and are forced to endure traumatic, agonizing treatment. They deserve more than a short life full of pain. These kittens need our help NOW! And the first step is getting SUNY to cough up the records pertaining to their experiments.

This can’t wait. These cats are in desperate need of help. Please sign our petition now and make your voice heard.  https://us.e-activist.com/page/message?mid=7ec3956e0db54f0ab680a82395d5d8e4

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King of Kindness
Everyone is talking about the documentary and upcoming biopic about Mister Rogers. But did you know he was a committed vegetarian who often spoke up for animals? Read more.
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A lobster named Lucky became a viral sensation due to his cotton-candy-colored shell. Thankfully, his life was spared. Here’s why we should care about all lobsters. Learn more.
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It’s officially Pride Month! In celebration, here are 25 amazing veg celebrities who are also fierce LGBTQ+ advocates. Read on.
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Summer Compassion Challenge
Help MFA raise $100,000 to support our lifesaving work on behalf of farmed animals. All gifts made by July 31 will be matched dollar for dollar by the John & Timi Sobrato Charitable Fund. This is your chance to make TWICE the difference for animals! Take the challenge. 


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Make Twice The Difference For Animals

Did you know that more than 9 BILLION land animals are slaughtered for food every year in the United States?

Think about that. Billions of living, breathing, feeling creatures—all sentenced to death before they ever experience the smell of fresh grass or the sun shining on them.

Mother pigs in tight cages unable to turn around and separated from their newborns by cold metal bars... Live turkeys shackled by their broken legs on an assembly line with a rotating blade that cuts their throats open... Cows with bloody, pus-filled udders hooked up to milking machines multiple times per day, every single day... This is the system we’re up against—and with you by our side, I know we can win.

With your help, Mercy For Animals is doing everything we can to end the shockingly violent abuses farmed animals experience every day. And until July 31, any amount you give to support our lifesaving work will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 by the John & Timi Sobrato Charitable Fund.

Right now, we’re training new undercover investigators to go deep into the secret world of the factory farming industry. Our brave and trusted hidden heroes will don rubber boots and carry pinhole-sized hidden cameras to expose and end the abuse of millions of animals. The covert footage they’ll obtain will shine a light on the sadistic cruelty millions of animals endure and help change the hearts and minds of consumers.

The work of MFA—work you can support—has led to new farmed animal protection laws, prosecutions of abusers, and millions of people making more compassionate food choices. So please take our Summer Compassion Challenge and make your support go TWICE as far. Here is the link:

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ASPCA Assists Animals
Right now, and for the past week, the ASPCA has been on the ground assisting animals in Hawaii in response to the erupting Kilauea volcano. At the request of the Hawaii Island Humane Society, our disaster response team is assessing areas impacted by the eruption and lava flow, assisting in managing the Disaster Pet Hotline, and providing lifesaving field rescue for displaced animals.

Please give now to help support our lifesaving programs—including critical rescue operations like this.
Search-and-rescue efforts are underway, and more than 200 animals—including sheep, cats and dogs—have been removed from danger. With conditions so hazardous, some animals were even airlifted by helicopter.

"These search-and-rescue efforts are absolutely critical to safely remove animals trapped in areas completely cut off by active lava fields and steep banks," said Dick Green, Senior Director of ASPCA Disaster Response.

The relentless destruction caused by the Kilauea volcano eruptions has put hundreds of animal lives at risk. Your urgent gift today can help keep us prepared for response to animals in crisis.
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Emaciated Horses Forced to Carry Heavy Tourist Gear Without Food or Water Access

Disturbing photos show emaciated horses with their ribs sticking out. The company that books these horses to carry tourist gear is complicit in this abuse and is exploiting them for money—urge it to stop these tours immediately.


Luxembourg Becomes the 10th Nation in the EU to Ban Fur Farms

Urge companies to join the sea of individuals, organizations, and even entire nations that are banning fur in order to help stop animals who spend their lives inside cramped, filthy cages from being gassed, electrocuted, and sometimes skinned alive in the barbaric industry.


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Animals abused for their skin need our help. Our matching-gift challenge means that you can do twice as much for them!


Rats Forced to Tread Water Until They Became Exhausted or Gave Up

PETA exposed this rat tormenter at the University of Delaware, and now, the public knows that she puts rats, including newborns, through psychologically distressing and painful experiments. These cruel, pointless experiments have no benefit to humans.


Elephants Used for Fairs Spend Much of Their Lives in Chains and Shackles

Renaissance festivals may be celebrating a different era, but that's no excuse to embrace the archaic and inhumane treatment of animals by hosting cruel and dangerous elephant rides. Urge the Colorado Renaissance Festival to join the more than 620 retail venues nationwide that have committed to not allowing these rides.


To Rescue or Not to Rescue? What to Do If You See Baby Rabbits, Squirrels, Birds, or Deer

In most cases, young wild animals should be left alone, as their parents are likely foraging for food nearby. However, when in doubt, please use these guidelines in order to determine if an animal needs help and, if so, what steps you should take.


Is Honey Vegan?

Did you know that bee farmers will often cut off the queen bee's wings so that she can't escape? See what else happens behind the scenes all for a spoonful of honey.


VIDEO: In Plain View, Elephants Were Hooked at Least 20 Times in a Matter of Minutes

The elephants were jabbed with sharp weapons during this Garden Bros. Circus show as they were forced to perform for humans.


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Become a PETA First Responder* by texting the word PETA to 73822. You'll receive urgent alerts via text message with an opportunity to take action right from your phone. Saving animals doesn't get any easier.


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I am excited to introduce you to our newest campaign - Free for Life!

Every year, thousands of cows, chickens, turkeys, sheep, pigs, and goats are named, groomed, and cared for by children participating in animal agricultural programs like 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). Most of these animals are shown at the local fair and sent to slaughter.

For children who have a change of heart, being forced to send their friend to slaughter is traumatic and a complete betrayal of the trust they formed. Free for Life provides an option for kids who want to see their animals free.

We will work to find a sanctuary or private home for any animal facing slaughter as part of an student animal agricultural program. In return, students agree to never participate in an animal project.

Please share this campaign!

With compassion,

Kelcie Leach

Free for Life Campaign Manager


PETA Business Friends

Dear Johni,

The CoyoteVest is one of our favorite new products for dogs. The patented CoyoteVest body armor is designed to protect small animal companions if they're attacked or bitten by a larger dog or a coyote. It works brilliantly by irritating the eyes and mouth of the attacker.

Introducing … the crash-tested, veterinarian-recommended car seat for dogs: the PupSaver. This clever invention is a wonderful alternative to unsafe and uncomfortable seat-belt harnesses, crates, and boosters that may harm dogs in a crash.

We LOVE v-dog! It's nutritious and 100% vegan, and dogs eat it up. Try it out—new customers receive $5 off their first kibble order online with code "PETA."

These LED collars from Toys Fur Tails are great. They help keep animals safe and visible at night, and $1 from every collar sold is donated to PETA. Get yours today.

Keep scrolling to discover even more fantastic companies that help animals as PETA Business Friends below. 👇 👇 👇

Happy (cruelty-free) shopping,

Christopher Merrow, PETA Business Friends Manager


Ban Gun Ownership for Animal Abusers!

According to neighbors, the man who killed 17 people and injured up to 50 others in Parkland, FL this week, got his start hurting animals. Neighbors say he often attempted to kill their livestock. And classmates claim that he was obsessed with violence against animals and had an Instagram filled with posts of dead creatures.

Studies show that those that commit animal abuse are much more likely to resort to violence against humans. In fact, between 49% and 71% of women who experienced domestic abuse report that their pets have been threatened, harmed, and or killed.

And when investigators examined school shootings that took place across the country between 1988 and 2012, they found that nearly 50% involved perpetrators who had previously committed acts of animal cruelty.

The Parkland school shooter just further proves this link.

But despite that fact, convicted animal abusers can still purchase a gun, putting a legally acquired lethal weapon in the hands of someone who has demonstrated they have no respect for life. This madness must end and citizens like you can help.

Care2 needs your voice to make our country safer. Please join us and demand that Congress pass a bill banning those convicted of violence against animals from ever owning guns. We cannot continue to sit idly by allowing our politicians to get away with doing nothing. Please sign the petition and ask Congress to take action now!

Shut Down Windrift Adventures!

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Note: Windrift Adventures is located in Ontario, Canada. It is NOT located in the U.S. 

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- My girlfriend and I just concluded a trip from the "Toronto Adventures Inc" and went dog sledding. Little did I know I would be walking into a cruel and sickening environment.

Upon walking into the orientation area for the dog sledding it is apparent that in the forest there are hundreds of dogs that are chained up to a post to live in the same spot they use the washroom and sleep. I proceeded to ask if the dogs were ever let off the chains to go in a shelter or somewhere warm during the night, and the worker told me that this is where they stay all day and all night. She also told me that there were around 120 dogs in total. Outside chained up to posts.

The dogs were extremely scared when walking up to them and some of them were sick, starving, and injured. It was shocking. When petting the dogs they were so not used to affection and they would not want me or my girlfriend to leave them because of the lack of attention they get.

In conclusion I'm not going Yeah to let this go; as this is mass cruelty towards harmless and innocent animals. This place needs to get shut down.

PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO THIS PLACE NEEDS TO GET SHUT DOWN AND SAVE THESE DOGS #peta #ospca OSPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Global News CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

Windrift Kennels is in Moonstone, Ontario, CANADA, and NOT LOCATED IN THE U.S.more
Update #14 months ago
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has investigated Windrift Kennels and mandated changes to how the kennel is treating its sled dogs. This is a step in the right direction, and we're very glad to see the quick response. We'll keep watching the story, and let you know if there are further developments. Thanks for your action, and thanks for caring about these dogs.

Lakewood City Council passes pit bull law which ends controversial ban

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- After 10 years, pit bulls are no longer banned or automatically labeled as "vicious" in the city of Lakewood.

Council members voted Monday night on multiple significant changes to the city’s Dangerous and Vicious Animals law, Chapter 506 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Lakewood.

In the law, "pit bull dogs or canary dogs" were deemed dangerous, but now the entire definition has been rewritten and is no longer breed specific.  All dogs will now be on equal footing unless or until they behave aggressively.

The law defines a “dangerous dog” as a vicious dog that has harmed or killed a person, or killed another dog without provocation.



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This is as bad a case of neglect and probable abuse as I have seen in my 35 years of practicing veterinary medicine in South Georgia." Words of the veterinarian caring for Liam...And the animal control authorities of Long County, Georgia did nothing. This situation has been going on for years! This is not just about this particular property, which has had dogs tied on heavy chains...dogs clearly suffering from neglect with little to no shelter, there are others in this County just as neglected and abused. Accountability is lacking in this Long County! Ironically, a commissioner of the County was recently charged in an alleged case of animal abuse of two malnourished horses, as well as a recent DUI charge!

In Liam's case, the so called owner has been suspect for a long time for wrong doing, including dog fighting. Animal Control has been aware of this property for some time. They refused to remove any dogs until they were recently forced to and subsequently several other dogs from the property miraculously vanished. Where are those poor animals? The owner has NEVER been cited or warned for neglect and abuse. He has been living a life unfettered by laws that are supposed to protect animals. Thanks to local concerned citizen pressure, Liam was finally surrendered.

This is a very dark, deep and disturbing situation. All signs point directly to dog fighting, and criminal abuse. The Guardians are escalating this case to new level, with former FBi agents to uncover potential corruption within the shelter. Time is of the essence and that is why we are asking for help for the animals of this rural area. Anyone that that has any information regarding the Long County, GA Animal Shelter and it's employees please contact us directly at 888-287-3864 or email investigations@guardiansofrescue.org. All information is strictly confidential. This is only one of several disturbing cases that we are currently aware of. Your help is crucial!

Liam's situation was clearly beyond desperate -- his life was one of suffering to unimaginable extremes and upon examination by a veterinarian, it was further confirmed how much misery and pain this poor dog had endured. His ears are chewed up, with a severe infection and wounds. There are scars and open wounds all up and down his front legs. He is infested with fleas and hookworms, and many of his teeth are broken and will most likely need extracted. He is anemic and a blood transfusion is needed for him to survive. Sadly, that isn't all. Liam's eyeballs are abnormally small and his eyesight is very poor -- possibly nonexistent. His pupils can be seen, but do not respond to light, When he walks around, he seems to be lost and disoriented.

And the animal control authorities of Long County, GA didn't care enough to do their job and denied Liam medical care!

But we cared! And the local animal advocates of Long County care! Liam is no longer enduring chronic suffering and a life of cruelty has been replaced with something he has never known - compassion. Liam is getting the medical care he needs, the affection and understanding he deserves and will learn that being a dog isn't about a constant fight for survival, fear and hurting, but instead comfort, contentment and love. Liam is safe and under veterinary care and in the custody of Guardians of Rescue.

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Air Cargo Company Plans to Ship Monkeys Who Are Destined for Laboratory Experiments Into LAX?!

Monkeys used for laboratory experiments are cut open, poisoned, isolated, infected, and more—and many are killed. Take a few minutes to take action online and make a call to urge air cargo company AirBridgeCargo to halt any plans to fly monkeys who are destined for laboratories into Los Angeles International Airport.



Travel Company Ends Tours That Feature Captive Elephants—Ask Others to Do the Same

After more than 85,000 compassionate people told Gate 1 Travel that they oppose the use of elephants in the tourism industry—for which the animals are often forcibly separated from their mothers as babies, tied down, beaten mercilessly, and gouged with sharp weapons—the company stopped offering activities featuring captive elephants. Urge other travel companies to join Gate 1 Travel and dozens of other travel companies that have turned their backs on this abuse.



A Unique, Last-Minute Gift for the Compassionate Dad

A new tie or a bottle of aftershave feeling a little "been there, done that"? Give a gift of compassion with a PETA Present—a virtual gift that saves animals and is sure to be a hit with Dad.



Albertsons Selling Some of the Cruelest Devices on the Market

Some animals attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape from glue traps, while those whose faces become stuck in the glue can take hours to suffocate. Consumers are often directed to throw still-living animals into the trash along with the trap, leaving them to suffer for days until they die of starvation, blood loss, dehydration, or stress or from being crushed under trash.



NEW RELEASE: PETA's Popular iPhone App Just Got Even Better

PETA U.K., PETA Latino (which offers options in both Spanish and English), PETA Asia, and other PETA affiliates are now on PETA's iPhone app, where you can take action for animals in just seconds every day.



Bears Don't Want to Ride Scooters or Live in Barren, Concrete-Floored Enclosures

Bears don't belong in tiny cages or pits or in shows in which they're forced to perform to make their owners money. They shouldn't be separated from their mothers as infants, exploited for photo ops, or denied adequate veterinary care. Yet this is what hundreds of bears around the country are forced to endure. Contact seven facilities that are still exploiting bears, and learn other steps that you can take.



Monkeys Tormented in 'Monkey Rodeos' Starting TODAY!

In these events, capuchin monkeys are dressed in rodeo costumes and strapped to dogs who are trained to race around and start and stop abruptly so that the monkeys are violently jerked up and down and side to side, risking serious physical injury. The "rodeos" are starting today and continue into the summer. Urge stadiums to cancel these cruel and unnecessary spectacles immediately.



Vegan Dad Beau Bridges Explains Why He Doesn't Eat Sea Life in This Powerful Video

This Father's Day, we'll celebrate dads everywhere—including fish, octopuses, and other sea animals—by leaving them off our plates and with their families where they belong.



Geese in the Down Industry Are Plucked Alive, Force-Fed, and/or Painfully Slaughtered

Protesters descended on a lululemon store in British Columbia to help persuade the athleisure company to stop being hypocritical and honor the yogic principle of ahimsa—which calls for kindness and compassion toward all living beings—by ditching down. Join them by sending a message to lululemon today!



It's Career Day, and This Poor Little Girl's Dad Is a SeaWorld Orca Trainer

It's almost Father's Day, and what better way is there to celebrate than by listening to adorable kids brag about their parents' jobs? But what happens when Cindy gets up to talk about her SeaWorld orca–trainer dad?


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The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved its Farm Bill—and it would provide a much brighter future for animals than the House bill. Donate today to help us continue the fight to ensure the final Farm Bill protects animals!

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Friend, this past Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved its Farm Bill. We are pleased to report that animals fared far better in this version than the House counterpart—and your persistence played a big part in that outcome. But the fight has only just begun, and we'll need your support for the long haul.


Thankfully, the Senate committee bill contains nothing like the outrageous power grab Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) tacked on the House bill. Rep King’s measure could undermine duly enacted state animal welfare laws across the country—like bans on the sale of horse and dog meat, the sale of products that are the result of extreme confinement of farm animals, and sales of dogs from puppy mills, as well as a host of other issues.

We are also so pleased that the Senate committee leadership agreed to include essential language mirroring the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. This will help protect battered partners and their pets by extending current federal domestic violence protections to include pets, and authorizing grant money to help domestic violence shelters accommodate pets or arrange for pet shelter.

But we can’t rest on our laurels. We still have a big fight ahead of us to ensure that the King amendment is not in the final Farm Bill. In addition, with your help, we can secure critical animal welfare provisions in the final package—the PAWS/domestic violence language, as well as provisions to ban the dog and cat meat trade in the U.S., address animal fighting in U.S. territories, and fix USDA's commodity checkoff programs so checkoff dollars can’t be misused to lobby against animal welfare reforms.

Will you make a donation today to ensure we have the resources needed for the fight ahead on the Farm Bill and all our other work to pass animal protection policies?


Thank you in advance for your generosity and your continued dedication to animals!

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I bet none of you has to resort to drinking your own pee (ugh!). But a bear who was forced to perform for Rosaire's Bears did—likely because of dehydration, malnourished, or psychological suffering. 😢

Now, with summer upon us, we'll unfortunately see more bear shows at fairs in many of our towns. Bears, elephants, and other animals deserve much more than to be stressed to the point of peeing on a stage, confined to rusty shipping containers (or chained up all alone), or denied vet care for their open wounds. Help these animals and others—TAKE ACTION:

I bet that one day in the future you'll think back to this time and say, "Wow, remember when the Carden International Circus used to use animals in performances?! How horrible!" Because one day, the future will be cruelty-free, thanks to all of you who speak up.

For all animals:  us.e-activist.com/ea-action/enclick?ea.url.id=88144&ea.campaigner.email=giZ6WgUuwxgvyVx0Zed8MzX5dnZ33cJY&ea.campaigner.id=90Zyv9e7%2FMw=&ea_broadcast_target_id=0

Local Alert

A public hearing regarding a proposed ban on exotic animals in Washington County, Oregon, will take place on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

A Walk on the Wild Side, a roadside zoo/travelling exhibitor in Washington County, has a history of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act, including by shipping neonatal cubs, who are used for photo ops, across the country. This ordinance could affect A Walk on the Wild Side's ability to exploit animals for entertainment and prevent other exotic-animal abusers from setting up shop in the county.


Please join PETA in telling the Board of Commissioners in Washington County that you support the ban on exotic animals. Help pack the room with supporters!

If you are a resident of Washington County, please consider doing a two-minute speaking spot during the public comment period. We will provide statements to read if you need them. If you plan to speak at the meeting, please give me a heads-up. We'll gather outside the Hillsboro Civic Center at 9:30 a.m. and head into the center together at about 9:45 a.m. to sign up for speaking roles and get our seats.

Location: Hillsboro Civic Center in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium, 150 E. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123

You can also help by joining PETA in urging A Walk on the Wild Side to end wild- and exotic-animal exhibits and retire the animals to reputable sanctuaries.

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Please share this e-mail with other Oregon residents, and RSVP to me at AmberC@peta.org. Thank you for your compassion for animals.


Angora rabbits endure misery, pain, and despair when workers tear out their long, soft fur. The stress and fear are so overwhelming that some have heart attacks. Others experience this abuse over and over again before they die or are killed, and then their broken bodies are sold for meat.

But PETA's campaign against the angora industry is working—and today, you can make a gift that will double in impact to keep it going strong.

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Those who abuse these gentle, vulnerable animals for their fur are taking a serious hit to their bottom lines as compassionate consumers learn about the cruelty behind animal-derived fashion. In the span of just five years, Chinese exports of angora dropped from $23 million to a little more than $4 million. That phenomenal progress is sparing countless rabbits the horrors of life on an angora farm. But this couldn't have happened without the commitment and generosity of PETA donors.

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APCC Dangers   Find Out Which Pet Toxins Are Most Common in Your Area!

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center recently released their list of top pet toxins broken down by area. Be sure to check out this list to find out which dangerous toxins are most often seen where you live!
Happy Tail   Makai Makes His Way Up the West Coast and Toward a Home

Makai was on the streets of Los Angeles before being rescued and brought into Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. Though he was overlooked in the shelter, we never gave up hope. Eventually, we arranged a transport to Seattle where he found a loving home. Read the full story!
Team ASPCA   $5 Off the ASPCA Virtual 5K for a Limited Time!

Registration for the ASPCA Virtual 5K is still discounted, but not for long! Sign up today to take advantage of this deal, and register your pet for some exclusive ASPCA pet gear and swag. Don’t miss out!

June 2018 eNews

You Helped Stop the Poisoning -Thank You!

We recently emailed you with a plea for help. Dogs were being poisoned in and around Chernobyl, Ukraine. They were suddenly disappearing, then being found dead in the streets. We told you about Foxy, a local dog who was about to be adopted, and the sad truth is she hasn't been found – she is likely dead. Even though it was too late for Foxy, it was not too late to protect hundreds more! We are very thankful to tell you that the poisoning has stopped and we are actively working to ensure it never happens again. This would not be possible without your generous donations! Thank you to all who contributed.

With the gifts you gave in Foxy’s name, our team and our partners will be able to sterilize, vaccinate, and feed a majority of these desperate animals. Not only that, we now have 13 adorable puppies up for adoption. They all survived the poisoning and are looking for amazing forever homes in Ukraine and North America. Do you want to open your heart and home to one of these loveable faces?

Risky Africa Rescues

When U.S. soldiers stationed in Africa contact us for help bringing their battle buddies home, things can get tricky. Some countries have no local animal welfare organization, and animals are often at risk of being killed if they are left behind. We are currently working on the difficult logistics to save dogs for U.S. soldiers stationed in Cameroon and Somalia.
Disabled Dogs Rock!
Adopting a disabled dog can be a deeply fulfilling experience, so don’t be scared off by a dog’s special needs! While disabled dogs may need a little extra care, there are many resources available these days that make it relatively easy to attend to their needs. Advances in mobility aids, such as dog wheelchairs, enable many disabled dogs to live a high-quality life.

Shelter Spotlight: Helping Paws Across Borders

When Angela Cherry, a veterinary technician by training, visited the Yucatan Peninsula she was appalled by the horrific state of the animals she saw. Angela couldn't just ignore their plight, so she founded Helping Paws Across Borders to provide much needed medical attention, including spay and neuter services, for animals in Latin American and Caribbean countries. 

Today is the Worldwide Day of Giving, and we want to ask – will you change the world for one animal?

Less than a year ago, our American Humane Rescue teams found themselves deploying to the scenes of some of the worst disasters our country has ever experienced. With your support, we conducted lifesaving rescue missions — saving abandoned animals from damaged homes and flooded neighborhoods, providing them with food to nourish their hungry bellies, and finding each animal a warm, dry place to sleep.

As the country braces itself for another hard-hitting disaster season, American Humane is asking for your support today in honor of the Worldwide Day of Giving. A gift of just $15 will allow us to continue to help save, shelter, and support animals this disaster season and beyond.


A Happy Tail for Emme

Emme, an 11-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, is Christine's best friend and confidante. The sweet pup developed diabetes and cataracts, but adjusted to life without clear eyesight. Then Emme's eyes became infected... and the vet suggested both eyes be removed right away.

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Thanks to a RedRover Relief grant, Emme was able to have the surgery she needed. Now, Christine told us, "Emme feels so much better and is even acting like a puppy again." Thank you for making a profound difference in their lives!

Classroom comes together for pets in need

anika-pops-for-pups_150pxRedRover's On-Call Angel Classroom hosted their third annual Pops for Pups fundraiser, raising over $480 to help two animals in need: Jameson the Chihuahua and Baby Kitty. 

Cheeky gifts for a cause

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Bring Kind News to schools

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VCA Animal Hospitals teams up with RedRover

Nicole-Jasper-vet_150pxThrough the end of June, clients of VCA Animal Hospitals can support RedRover by making a donation, rounding up their veterinary bill or purchasing a limited edition hat.
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Willamette Humane Society's June 2018 Newsletter

Inside This Issue: WillaMutt Strut, Summer Camps, and more!

Last Month, 169 Pets Found Homes!

What do Hera, Master Chief, Tito, and Panda have in common? They found a home last month! In May, 112 cats and 57 dogs were adopted from Willamette Humane Society—a total of 169 pets. Thank you for making these happy endings possible through your ongoing support as donors, volunteers, and pet lovers.

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events 

June 10: WillaMutt Strut 2018

Grab your tennis shoes and leash, it’s time to head to the park! Willamette Humane Society is hosting its annual WillaMutt Strut—presented by the Marble Center—on June 10, 2018 at Riverfront Park, to benefit adoptable cats and dogs. Take part in the full 5K (run and walk) or The Strut, a shorter (less than 1K) walk, and then join us for food, brews, music, dog training demonstrations, and more.

This is a family-friendly, group-friendly, and dog-friendly event. As an un-timed event, WillaMutt Strut is perfect for anyone at any level of fitness—whether you’re an avid runner or casual neighborhood walker. 

 June 16: Free Bottle Baby Kitten Class

What sort of work goes into caring for a kitten in the early days of his or her life? Whether you’re planning to volunteer or foster with the shelter, or simply want to learn more about caring for these tiny babies, come join us for a free community class on Saturday, June 16! The class is hosted from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

For the Kids: Shelter Summer Camps

 Want to spend your summer having fun, meeting new friends, and helping animals in need? Camp Paw Paw is back this summer at Willamette Humane Society. We're excited to offer week-long sessions in June, July, and August. Campers from grades 1st through 6th will experience engaging lessons, exciting games, and plenty of hands-on animal interactions that encourage learning and helping your community!

To learn more about Camp Paw Paw and reserve your camper's spot, visit whs4pets.org/camps. Or email us at education@whs4pets.org for additional information and questions.

Save the Date! Kitten-Kaboodle Opens July 1

The kittens are coming! We're excited to announce the return of Kitten-Kaboodle, our seasonal adoption center, on Sunday, July 1. Kitten-Kaboodle will be open July through October 2018, located in the Salem Center Mall near the Liberty Street and Chemeketa Street entrance—next to Baskin-Robbins. 

Please keep an eye on the WHS website for additional information coming soon. Questions? Email us at kitten.kaboodle@whs4pets.org!

Fred Meyer Shopper? Get Connected!

When you shop at Fred Meyer, you can support local pets with each transaction! Remember to renew your Fred Meyer Rewards Card connection to WHS. You can Click here to register/renew your card and search for Willamette Humane Society or organization 87675. 

Before all those summer get-togethers and camping trips, now is the perfect chance to connect your card and automatically start making a positive difference each time you shop!  

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South Carolina Sheriff Won't Arrest Drone-Shooting Rambo

One of the suspected drone shooters trying to hide from us. Maybe he shouldn't have stood right next to the large orange sign with the arrow pointing right at his face

On February 10, 2018, SHARK was at the Broxton Bridge Plantation, located in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, to document a cruel live pigeon shoot. Thugs at the plantation shot and hit three of our drones, causing thousands of dollars in damages. Even though we have video and audio evidence that specific people from Broxton bridge were either directly involved in the shootings, or know who did it, such as plantation owner Jerry Varn and former police officer Joey Patsourakos, Colleton County Sheriff Andrew Strickland has done nothing to hold anyone accountable for their crimes.

Perhaps Sheriff Strickland hasn’t acted because Varn, who was filmed on Colleton County Deputy body cams, appears to be on a first name basis with Sheriff Strickland as he repeatedly referred to him as “Andy” and stated that he had conversations with the Sheriff about SHARK. We should note that the deputies themselves were very professional, which makes Sheriff Strickland’s actions all the more disturbing.

We will be releasing a much more detailed video on all the criminal acts that occurred at Broxton Bridge in the near future.

Jerry Varn, captured on the deputy's body cam, repeatedly called Sheriff Strickland "Andy" 

Please politely and respectfully email Sheriff Strickland and ask him why he has refused to do his job. Please let us know if you get a response.
You can learn more about the lies told by Varn and his compatriots in the following video:
Broxton Bridge Plantation Thugs Shoot Drones, Lie to Police

You can see the vicious animal cruelty we documented in this video:
Birds Tortured, Drones Shot in South Carolina Pigeon Shoot





Terrified Monkeys Forced to Ride Dogs in Cruel, Pointless Rodeo

The monkeys are dressed in costumes and strapped onto dogs who race around a baseball field at up to 30 mph. This dangerous and extremely unnatural event must be stopped now.



PETA Has Been Busy Since Ringling's Last Show

PETA won't rest until every circus is animal-free. One year ago this week, Ringling ended its animal acts. Saint Louis University recently barred Garden Bros. Circus from performing after hearing from PETA. People simply no longer want to see sad animals being forced to perform unnatural tricks. Yet UniverSoul, Carson & Barnes, and Garden Bros. circuses still refuse to get with the times and go animal-free.



Stop a Rabbit's Screams

Angora rabbits are being abused and killed for their soft fur. But there's something you can do to help them.



200 Animals Reportedly Died in an Aquarium Over the Course of Three Months

Many allegedly died from starvation, infections, and other seemingly preventable causes at the now-closed aquarium owned by Vince Covino. Covino currently owns SeaQuest Aquariums, and a mall in California is allowing him to open an "interactive" aquarium there, where animals will be forced into stressful encounters with humans. Urge the mall's property managers not to allow aquariums at its properties moving forward.



NOT FOR KIDS: Mattel Promoting Cruel Elephant Rides With Its Toy Dolls

Real-life elephant rides aren't fun for elephants and always involve abuse. Tell toy maker Mattel to join the dozens of other companies that have stopped promoting elephant rides.


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Baby Animals Injected With Drugs, Shocked, and More in 'Child Abuse' Experiments

An experimenter at the University of Delaware electrically shocked infant rats, forced animals to swim until they nearly drowned, stuffed pregnant rats inside tiny restraint tubes and blasted them with strobe lights, and more. She's been tormenting animals in extremely stressful experiments like this for nearly two decades, all at taxpayer expense.



AAA Gets a Triple F for Supporting the Imprisonment of Marine Mammals

Dozens of companies have cut ties with SeaWorld since the release of the documentary Blackfish. But despite knowing that the abusement park exploits orcas and other animals, AAA is still promoting it to its members.



Birds Clamped Upside Down Between Workers' Knees, Handfuls of Feathers Ripped Out

This is standard practice in the down industry, which Bed Bath & Beyond is supporting by selling items made from down in its stores. Send a message to the company now, then urge your friends to shop elsewhere until the store is completely down-free.


Urgent Action Needed


Animals Frozen Alive, Crudely Gassed at Petco, PetSmart Supplier (see video below)

You know those plastic tubs that people use to store holiday decorations, old blankets, and clothes in the attic? Well, an animal dealer that supplies small animals to PetSmart, Petco, Pet Supplies Plus, and many other stores uses even smaller containers to house live animals.

A PETA eyewitness documented that thousands of animals were confined to plastic bins stacked in shelving units like filing cabinet drawers at Holmes Farm, a massive animal dealer in Pennsylvania that supplies hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, and other small animals to hundreds of pet stores across the eastern U.S.

Based on PETA’s evidence, a team of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials descended on Holmes Farm, which is now under federal investigation. In May 2016, the USDA’s initial findings were released, listing at least 117 violations of 14 different federal laws, including 36 animals in need of veterinary care, decomposing animals in bins with live animals, a free-roaming cat near bins holding guinea pigs, an ammonia stench so strong that it burned federal agents’ eyes and noses, and statements by Holmes Farm staff that they had learned to kill unwanted animals “on the internet.”

In August 2016, the Douglass Township Police Department charged Holmes Farm manager Clinton “Art” Holmes with 28 counts of cruelty to animals. In March 2017, Holmes pleaded guilty to two of the counts. PetSmart eventually stopped buying animals from Holmes Farm—but only after failing to act for months, even when federal officials’ findings were publicized. Petco initially claimed in January 2016 that it had severed ties with Holmes Farm, before it was notified of PETA’s findings by the Associated Press. But for more than a month after Petco’s December 2015 visit to Holmes Farm—during which its representatives were never seen looking at the freezer or the filthy cooler in which hundreds of animals were crudely killed—its stores continued to order and receive animals by the hundreds from Holmes Farm, even as the USDA began its inspection.

Trapped in Bins and Torn Apart by Cats

The animals—thousands of whom had already been subjected to a grueling overseas trip in shipping crates—were confined to crowded bins or cages in Holmes Farm’s filthy, windowless warehouses. The buildings reeked of urine and feces, and one building’s floor was spattered with blood where helpless prey animals had apparently been attacked by cats, who were allowed to roam freely throughout the facility, regularly jumping in and out of the bins. One hamster who had been attacked by a cat was just left to flail and die on the floor.

PETA’s eyewitness saw hamsters running in constant circles, which can be a sign of severe stress or illness. Gerbils frantically scratched at bins in which each animal had just 6 square inches of floor space. Some rabbits had less than 1 square foot of “living” space. A manager grabbed chinchillas by their sensitive tails and tossed hamsters a few feet from one bin to another.

Animals were commonly forced to drink from filthy, contaminated water bowls or denied water altogether. PETA’s eyewitness discovered hundreds of mice without water, who then drank in a frenzy after the witness provided them with some.

Screaming as They Were Gassed to Death in a Waste-Filled Cooler

PETA’s observer never saw any animals receive veterinary care at the facility, despite repeatedly alerting the manager to obviously sick and injured individuals. Instead, workers piled dozens of animals—ranging from rats and gerbils to guinea pigs and even a rabbit—at a time into a feces-smeared cooler and crudely gassed them with carbon dioxide. Their screams could be heard across the room.

Workers did not check the animals for signs of life before dumping their bodies in the trash or wrapping others in plastic bags to sell as “feeders.” Some sick or emaciated animals languished for days without care, including rabbits who eventually died in cages. Some rats evidently carried rat-bite fever—a disease that is potentially fatal, is transmissible to humans, and has already led to two lawsuits against Petco.

PETA’s eyewitness was able to rescue a rabbit named Leela, who suffered from a likely upper respiratory infection for 10 days without any signs of treatment and whose left eye was sealed shut with discharge. After a veterinary examination and a few days of antibiotic treatment, Leela beat the infection and began running and jumping about in her foster home.


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Notes from the Field

News from around the globe

We have an exciting update on the Whitley Award for which our Vice President and Global Director of Conservation Strategy, Dr. Munir Virani, was nominated for his work with endangered and critically endangered African Vultures – he won! We are so incredibly proud of him and are thrilled that his hard work to conserve one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet was recognized by this prestigious award.

An annual event, often referred to as the ‘Green Oscars,’ the 2018 Whitley Awards are part of the Whitley Fund for Nature’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The winners will each receive £40,000 in funding to support their work to conserve some of the planet’s most endangered species and spectacular places.

Munir’s Whitley Award will expand his successful anti-poisoning program – which saw poisoning cases drop in the Masai Mara by nearly 50% in 2016 – to Kenya’s Southern Rift Valley. Edward Whitley, Founder of the Whitley Fund for Nature, said: “Munir truly is a voice for these overlooked scavenger birds. His work with communities will allow vultures to thrive in this dynamic ecosystem and counter human-wildlife conflict. We are especially pleased to be working with Munir during our 25th anniversary year and look forward to following him on his journey.”

Munir’s award was presented to him by the charity’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal, in London.

You can learn more about Munir’s project on the Whitley Fund for Nature’s page dedicated to Munir’s work. There is also a great short film (fewer than three minutes in length), narrated by Sir David Attenborough, that you won’t want to miss! Check it out here: https://whitleyaward.org/winners/game-of-poisons-a-strategy-to-save-kenyas-threatened-vultures/

Munir was recently in Boise, Idaho at our headquarters and took the time to do an interview with animal expert, Corbin Maxey. Corbin has released the interview on his Animals To the Max Podcast.  They discuss Asian and African Vultures and why they are considered one of the most threatened groups of animals on the planet. Dr. Virani also recounts his terrifying encounters with lions and a lone buffalo. It’s available for you to listen to here: https://corbinmaxey.com/podcast-1/episode-27-saving-vultures

We would also like to congratulate Munir on winning the Ismaili Arts Festival’s 2018 National Film Festival Award for his short film, Vanishing Vultures. It will be screened in Lisbon at the International Arts Festival. It aired on Kenya’s national television station earlier this year. Once it has finished making the festival rounds, we will make sure to make it available for you to see too!

Last week was one of our biggest fundraising events of the year – Idaho Gives – and we need to send out a big THANK YOU for all of you who helped us to reach our goal and then some! We had set a goal of $50,000 and, when the event was over, had achieved it by 125%! In total, we raised more than $65,000. Our total number of unique donors was 343, which put us in third place of all the large organizations participating, and we were awarded an extra $1,250 in prize money from the Idaho Nonprofit Center. We are incredibly grateful for your support and will use these funds to fulfill our mission to conserve birds of prey worldwide.

Congratulations to two of our students from our Madagascar program who both successfully defended their DEAs (Masters equivalent degrees) at the University of Tulear, Madagascar last week! Radoniaina Razafiherison’s (top photo) thesis was titled, “A contribution to the study of the marine and coastal bird community along the west coast of Madagascar” and Delphin Rasolonjatovo’s (bottom photo) thesis was, “Study of the population size, distribution and ecology of the Madagascar Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides) in western Madagascar.”

Supporting students is one of the ways that The Peregrine Fund helps to increase conservation capacity in the places we work and we are happy to have Rado and Delphin added as successful alumni of this group!


California Condor nestling watch continues with our eighth chick hatching this week! This particular chick had a tough time hatching, but her human assistants came to the rescue and aided in her escape from the egg. There are still a number of eggs to hatch and we will keep you informed as the count rises!

Calling all wildlife photographers! It is time for the annual Raptors at Risk photography competition and we want you to join in the fun! Raptors at Risk is the only international, juried photography exhibition focused exclusively on birds of prey. If you have a stunning shot of an eagle, owl, vulture, hawk, falcon, kite, osprey, or secretary bird, we want to see it! You'll be eligible for prizes up to $500 in each category, and the most compelling photo will win the Raptors at Risk Prize: your photo on the cover of our 2019 calendar and high-end binoculars from Vortex Optics!

Check out our website today to learn more about this juried competition, the judges, rules for entry, photos from last year’s event, and more. Start looking through your photos today and send them in from May 1 – June 10 for your chance to have your best shots recognized! Visit the Raptors at Risk webpage at: https://peregrinefund.org/raptors-at-risk

If you’re planning to be in Boise on Sunday, May 20, we hope you and your family will join us at the World Center for Birds of Prey as we host the annual International Museum Day celebration! The event is open to the public, family-friendly, and FREE! You will have the chance to get nose-to-beak with some of our raptor ambassadors as well as participate in art projects, see exhibitions from Boise’s best museums, and buy your lunch from your favorite local food trucks! For more information, check out: www.boisemuseums.org

We are excited to announce a summer camp opportunity for families near our headquarters in Boise, Idaho! We are collaborating with The Cabin to bring your third to sixth grade children an exciting day camp opportunity through Camp Wildlife Words! Get up close and personal with winged friends and let your writing soar.

Science and the humanities share the goal of helping humans understand our place in the natural world. At the World Center for Birds of Prey, you’ll learn from scientists about important birds of prey conservation projects.  After that, you'll strike out with your Cabin teaching-writer to transform your new knowledge into wildlife-inspired poems and short stories.

If your children love to write and are ready to get wild, sign them up for Camp Wildlife Words taking place this June! Details and registration are at: http://www.thecabinidaho.org/event/camps-2018-am-wildlife-words-at-world-center-for-birds-of-prey-grades-3-6/

Planning on visiting us at the World Center for Birds of Prey? Then make sure to plan ahead as South Cole Road is closed between Lake Hazel Road and our center until late August. Fortunately, the detour only takes a few extra minutes and winds you through some prime bird of prey habitat! Download the detour map before your visit. Hope to see you soon!

Coming to our visitor center

  • Hours - The World Center for Birds of Prey is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m (March-November).

  • International Museum Day – On May 20 the World Center for Birds of Prey will be hosting this annual event. This open to the public, family-friendly event includes live raptors, art projects, exhibitions, food trucks, and more! Free admission all day.

 To Join: http://www.peregrinefund.org/


Thank you for contacting me to share your concerns about animal testing in cosmetics research and your support for the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R.2790). I appreciate knowing your views on this issue.

As you know, this bill would prohibit the testing of cosmetics on animals. It also prohibits the sale or transportation of a cosmetic if the final product or any component was developed using animal testing. I have heard from Oregonians who believe that animal testing is both unnecessary and cruel.

I am also concerned by any unnecessary harm to animals in laboratories during research. I believe that we should maximize the use of non-animal testing methods where alternatives exist, and develop alternatives where they do not, in order to avoid unnecessary suffering.

While the Humane Cosmetics Act is currently pending in the House of Representatives, no Senate version has been introduced. Should this bill come before the full Senate for consideration, I will certainly keep your views in mind.

Thank you, again, for sharing your thoughts with me. I hope you will continue to keep me informed about the issues that matter most to you.

All my best,

Jeffrey A. Merkley
United States Senator

Oregon Coquille Police Department

Brooks arrested for Animal Neglect II And she is still in office. Let her know what you think about this at the bottom of the page.

Coquille PD open investigation into case of severe animal neglect

Bobbi Brooks, 53, Coquille was arrested for Animal Neglect II and booked at the Coos County Jail without incident.

According to a Coquille Police Department press release and as previously reported here, officers investigated a complaint of animal neglect at a N Baxter residence located near the courthouse.  The apartment in question was found full of trash and animal feces spread throughout every room and officers were overwhelmed by the stench.

Police were unable to immediately reach Bobbi Brooks, the renter of record, or her daughter Katie who had resided at the apartment for some months alone.  According to officers, the elder Brooks initially claimed no knowledge of the neglect but after investigation it was determined that Brooks was fully aware of the condition of both the animals and the apartment. Brooks, who works at the Coos County Courthouse as the administrative assistant to the Coos County Commissioners, has been arrested for animal neglect and booked at the Coos County Jail.

Damage to the apartment is so extensive that a civil suit may be filed by the landlord. In some instances, if damage is caused by the commission of a crime, the landlord may be able to file criminal charges of vandalism and seek restitution through criminal rather than civil court.

Today I visited Zee at the animal shelter and she is doing much better. She smelled strongly of flea medicine and having been properly hydrated and after a couple of good meals her ribs are much less prominent. Zee and the cat have already been adopted because Brooks surrendered them to animal control which begs the question of why she didn’t do this a month ago.

Zee will be living on a boat in Charleston “with her own bunk and pillow and lots of love,” says her excited new owner.   https://geddry.com/tag/coquille-police-department/

To contact her office:
Bobbi Brooks at 541-396-7535
or e-mail her at    bbrooks@co.coos.or.us

The ASPCA is assisting federal, state and local authorities in animal cruelty investigations. Please donate today to help rescue dogfighting victims and thousands of suffering animals like them, and bring abusers to justice.
Federal authorities call on us throughout the year to assist in animal cruelty investigations—often the case is a dogfighting raid. In most cases, from the day we're called in until the day abusers are sentenced, we are unable to share the highly sensitive case details with our supporters.

But just because you may not hear about it, doesn't mean animal victims don't need your help. Last year alone, we assisted in busting 12 dogfighting operations. Sending our team out time after time takes tremendous resources. Cases can cross state lines and involve hundreds of dogs. It may take months or years to close a case. In situations like this, your support can make all the difference.
In federal, state and local dogfighting cases, we rescue and transport animals, feed and shelter victims, and help dogs heal physically and emotionally. We collect forensic evidence and assist prosecutors to bring abusers to justice.

We want to be transparent with members that your gifts continue to help in cases like these, and for animal victims—even though we can't always show you what's happening.  Some of the photos we take at the scene are used as evidence in the criminal cases. Even after a case is closed, some images are too graphic to share.
But no matter what we find when we encounter animal cruelty, your support helps us bring innocent animals to safety, and see justice served. Please make a gift to the ASPCA today.

If you prefer to give by phone please call 1-800-628-0028.

American Humane

Today is National K-9 Veterans Day, an annual tribute to the courageous canines who serve and sacrifice so much for our country.

Join American Humane in proudly saluting these brave dogs today and every day.

Honoring these brave heroes!

In honor of National K-9 Veterans Day,
please consider supporting American Humane’s efforts
to care for our country’s four-legged military heroes.

Make a donation »
To show your support for K-9 Veterans Day on social media, join American Humane and Zoetis K-9 Courage in a digital salute to our country’s four-legged heroes. Use our custom #DogsSaluteDogs Facebook frame today.
Check it out here: http://site.americanhumane.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=49626.0&dlv_id=40547&pgwrap=n

Puerto Rico Fundraiser

We knew it would be bad, but we had to send biologists into the field – the forest, now reduced to scrub – to truly understand what we are up against.

In 1985 the Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk, a species found nowhere else on Earth, was estimated to have a population of 240 birds. In 1994, it was listed as endangered throughout its range by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. When we surveyed the population in 2017, we found 75 birds comprising 16 breeding pairs in four locations on the island. Our biologists just returned from the field last week with grave news. After hurricanes Irma and Maria, the population size is down to just 19 individual birds.

Only 19 Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks are left on our planet.

The species has lost 75% of its population in the span of just one year. Of those 19, only two pairs are showing signs of breeding this year. And without foliage cover from the massive tree loss, their chances of success are extremely low.

The Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk depends on intact, montane forest habitat for survival. Upon his return from the island last week, Biologist and Project Director, Russell Thorstrom, described, “The amount of destruction was astonishing, homes with roofs ripped off, trees downed, power poles snapped and lines downed. The forest stronghold of the hawk was leveled with a majority of the mature trees knocked down, uprooted, or snapped in half, leaving only palm trees and tree ferns standing.”

Habitat loss was already putting pressure on this species, but there is now little intact habitat left, and it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the population to recover on its own.

With your help, we believe that we can save these hawks.  The Peregrine Fund has specialized in recovery of critically endangered birds of prey for almost 50 years. We spearheaded the massive collaborative effort to return the Peregrine Falcon to former abundance after there were only 30 pairs left in the United States. Our captive propagation was pivotal in recovery of the Mauritius Kestrel when there were only four individuals left in the world. With our partners, we are saving the California Condor which was once down to just 22 individuals. Today there are nearly 460 in existence. The Aplomado Falcon was extirpated from the United States, but with captive breeding and release we have established a small but self-sustaining population of nearly 40 breeding pairs along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Now we have a sound plan to respond to the catastrophically low numbers of Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawks. But we need your help to succeed.

With your support, we will be able to provide emergency care for the remaining birds and set the stage for species recovery. With your funding we will:

  • Provide supplementary feeding of hawks in the wild to increase survival and improve body condition to encourage breeding.
  • Construct facilities and hire specialists needed to begin a captive propagation effort in Puerto Rico.
  • Collect eggs from wild nests to hatch in captivity and begin a captive breeding flock of hawks that will supplement the wild population upon release.
  • Consult on reforestation activities by partners to ensure that suitable habitat is regrown as quickly as possible.
  • Conduct regular field surveys to monitor the wild population for size, distribution, and changes that signal success.

Saving a species when only 19 individuals remain seems like an audacious goal, but because of people like you who care enough to support this critical work, we have done it before. Today, we need your help to do it again.

We must not let a species go extinct on our watch. Today you can help to ensure that does not happen with a gift to our emergency Puerto Rican Sharp-shinned Hawk recovery fund.

Thank you!


Tell USDA you’re against allowing private third-party inspectors to enforce critical animal welfare laws!

Human Society Legislative Fund

Humane Society Legislative Fund

In December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would consider using the results of private inspections of USDA-regulated facilities when determining the frequency of their federal inspections, which are needed to ensure compliance with the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). This decision would have a harmful effect on the animals in these facilities, which include thousands of puppy mills, wildlife exhibitors, and research labs. In other words, the agency may hand off power to the regulated community to decide which facilities warrant USDA oversight, a move that would essentially lead to industry self-policing, and less enforcement and independent oversight for the welfare of animals kept in these facilities.

But, we have an opportunity to voice our opposition to this harmful proposal. Please take a moment to tell USDA you strongly object to allowing third-party inspections.

Act now!

Incredibly, USDA is proposing this despite having first-hand experience with this failed experiment. The agency already uses private third parties to inspect show horses for soring, a cruel training practice that has been illegal for decades, but persists in large part due to federal outsourcing of inspections. Using this as a model for other USDA-regulated facilities is a mistake.

We only have until March 21 to make our voices heard, so please act now! Click on link:


Thank you!

Mike Markarian Signature

Mike Markarian
Humane Society Legislative Fund

Hurricane Harvey: Police threaten dog owners with arrest amid fears chained-up pets could drown

'I promise you that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog,' says police chief who witnessed pet drown.

The Independent US

Police have urged dog owners not to chain up pets as Hurricane Harvey brings torrential rain and threatens devastating floods in the US. A police chief in Montgomery County, Texas, said owners faced arrest if they failed to following the warning. Thousands of people have fled their homes on Gulf Coast as winds of 130mph (209 kmh) batter the the state and forecasters warn of up to a metre (3.2ft) of rain.

Roman Forest Police Department said its Chief Stephen Carlisle had watched a chained-up dog die during flooding last year."Crews were shutting down the San Jacinto East Fork Bridge and told him about a dog tied to a tree out of reach in the distance as the water was rising," it said in a statement on Facebook. "The dog barked and barked as the water kept rising until the water got high enough and the barks stopped." Mr Carlisle added: "I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog in extreme weather conditions."Dogs are your family members too."


This website was brought to my attention by a wonderful Girls Scout Troop out of California. We sure need more leaders like this to show young adults that animals do matter and their well being too. Thank you girls and their leader.  

Medical First Aid & CPR for Pets

Pets bring love and joy into the lives of their owners. In exchange, most animal lovers want to provide their pets with the best care possible by giving them a home and taking care of their medical needs. Caring for a favorite cat or dog means more than regular visits to the vet, however. It also means knowing what to do when a pet is injured. In an emergency situation, it's important to understand what it takes to stabilize and even resuscitate one's pet until it can receive the professional care it needs. One can learn about providing first aid and CPR from training programs and software or by taking a course in person.

Treating Common Pet Injuries and Emergencies

If a pet is injured, it will most likely require some form of medical attention. The type of treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, as some issues may be minor enough to treat at home, while others require immediate veterinary care. Common pet injuries may include the ingestion of foreign materials, scratches and abrasions, poisoning, minor or deep cuts, fractures, sprains, and burns. Pet owners must learn to identify which types of injuries are emergencies. Typically, a pet that is in need of urgent veterinary care will show symptoms such as excessive vomiting, difficulty breathing, trouble standing, seizures, paralysis, a weak or overly rapid pulse, a loss of consciousness, or severe bleeding.

One may prepare for a potential medical emergency by storing their veterinarian's name and phone number in their phone or an easily accessible location. It is also important to keep a pet first aid kit filled with supplies such as gauze, cotton balls, tape, an emergency blanket, tweezers, gloves, scissors, and an ice pack. When providing first aid for any animal, it is necessary to approach the situation with caution, as even the friendliest animal may bite or scratch when frightened and in pain. A tie or scarf may be used to muzzle a dog that's in pain only if it is not vomiting or struggling to breathe. To restrain cats, carefully wrap them in a blanket or towel, as long as it does not aggravate the injury.

  • Top Ten Dog and Cat Injuries: Pet owners who click this link will learn what the top pet injuries are and how to help animals that are hurt. This article also touches on ways that some of these injuries can be avoided.
  • Being Prepared in an Emergency: Pet owners can learn what to do in the event of a pet emergency by reading this article on the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine site. The page outlines common problems such as poison, bleeding, breathing difficulties, and seizures and what should be kept in a pet first aid kit.
  • Pet First Aid Kit and Emergency Care Information: Learn what to do in the event of a pet emergency by reading this Pet Talk news article on the Texas A&M University Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences website. The article discusses how and when to restrain injured pets.
  • Common Bird Injuries and First Aid: Bird owners in search of information on common injuries and first aid tips should click this link.
  • What You Should Have in Your Pet's First Aid Kit: The Humane Society of the United States explains what items pet owners should keep in their pet first aid kit.
  • Pet First Aid Kit: This article lists items that one should have in their pet first aid kit. The page also has a small section on treating injured pets.

To read more this website has to offer: http://www.claricode.com/content/Medical-First-Aid-and-CPR-for-Pets.aspx

7 Ways To Clean Your Dog’s Teeth That They Won’t Hate

Since doggy dentures aren’t a thing, keeping your pup’s teeth clean and gums healthy is crucial for their overall health and well-being. Obviously, the best way to get your dog’s teeth clean is to have the vet scrape them while your dog is under anesthesia. This can be very expensive and there are risks associated with anesthesia, so you want to do everything you can to keep your dog’s teeth clean yourself.

Brushing your dog’s teeth every day with a dog-safe toothpaste is the best way to do that, but some dogs hate it and will run from the sight of a toothbrush. Luckily, there are other options that your dog might actually enjoy. Here are 7 ways to clean your dog’s teeth that they won’t hate.

#1 – Dental spray 

If your dog will hold still long enough for you to pick up their lips on either side of their mouth, a dental spray may be a good option. Many dental sprays will help reduce and prevent dental plaque and tartar build-up as well as control the bacteria that causes bad breath, as long as you can manage to spray the product directly onto your dog’s most-affected teeth. As a bonus, sprays often give your dog minty-fresh breath.

#2 – Healthy/natural diet

Dog food companies would like to convince you that dry kibble is better for your dog’s teeth than wet food. Relying on kibble to keep your dog’s teeth clean would be as effective as expecting crackers to keep your teeth clean. Fresher diets with healthier ingredients tend to help improve your dog’s overall health and well-being, and that includes their dental health.

#3 – Chew toys    

There are lots of toys on the market designed to encourage your dog to chew. Chew toys with lots of variety in texture can help scrape the plaque off your dog’s teeth as they relax and enjoy their primal instinct to chew. Your dog should always be supervised when playing with chew toys to make sure they don’t swallow any large pieces.

#4 – Raw bones

While cooked bones can splinter and cause all sorts of problems for your dog, raw bones are a fantastic way to help keep your dog’s teeth clean while satisfying their urge to chew. Keep in mind that you’ll want to choose size-appropriate bones. A chicken wing could choke a Great Dane and a cow femur would be a tall order for a Yorkie.

#5 – Tooth wipes 

If your dog will tolerate you putting your fingers in their mouth but runs at the sight of a toothbrush, then tooth wipes may be an ideal option. They allow you to remove plaque, tartar, and bad breath bacteria from your dog’s mouth.

#6 – Dog chews 

Dogs love to chew. Sometimes you want to give them something that lasts longer than a dental treat but is tastier than a toy and less messy than a raw bone. Dog chews can keep your dog occupied, satisfy their chewing instinct, and help scrape plaque and tartar off of your dog’s teeth. What could be better? Just be sure to supervise your dog – some dogs may swallow large pieces.

#7 – Dental treats  

You love to treat your dog anyway, so doesn’t it make sense to choose a treat that will help keep their teeth clean? If you’re already buying dental treats for your beloved pup, why not choose one your dog will love that ALSO provides healthy meals for shelter dogs waiting for their forever homes?

The iHeartDogs™ unique and advanced Triple Enzyme Dental Stick formula for dogs is specifically designed to control plaque, reduce tartar buildup, freshen breath, and help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Developed by veterinarians and proudly manufactured in the USA, the tasty Dental Sticks combine a natural abrasive cleansing action with a proprietary triple enzyme source, peppermint, and the flavonoid curcumin to help support dental health.


July 20, 2017
Calf Injured, Cruel Jerk-Downs filmed at the 2017 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo

Watch the video here:  

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) is releasing video from the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (CFD) of calves being jerked-down. Jerk-downs are when calves are roped around the neck and purposely flipped over backwards, crashed hard to the ground on their head, neck or back. Jerk-downs are supposed to be banned, but as our video shows, the practice happens regularly.

We also documented one calf who was roped and severely injured.

“Calf roping is dangerous even if they aren’t jerked-down,” states SHARK President Steve Hindi. “These are young animals who are brutalized for entertainment. What’s even more appalling is that even though that young animal was clearly hurt, the roper ignored his suffering and continued the run. It was disgraceful."

The fact that no rider who committed a jerk-down was disqualified proves that CFD has no care for the rules they claim to follow, or for the animals used in their rodeo.


The severely injured calf is carted out of the arena and in front of the Coca-Cola trucks

Please call Coca-Cola and politely ask that they stop sponsoring the CFD and animal cruelty:

(800) 438-2653

Please also don't support the other sponsors of the rodeo:


TLC for animals escaping fires

Last week, RedRover Responders deployed to Oroville, California, to help care for animals affected by the Wall Fire in Butte County.

Wall Fire reunion

Together with North Valley Animal Disaster Group and the International Fund for Animal Welfare,  RedRover Responders volunteers assisted with emergency sheltering of dozens of dogs, cats and chickens. The animals received food, fresh water, regular walks and outings, warm bedding and loving care while awaiting reunification with their owners. 

#RedRoverMoments: Braving the flood

redrovermoment-floodIn honor of our 30th anniversary, we're looking back on some powerful #RedRoverMoments. Read this article by RedRover Responders volunteer Mindy Nelson about the Texas floods deployment in 1994 - an experience that "lit a fire inside of me that I would always do whatever it took to save any creature possible."

Five more shelters

safehousing2017-150pxIn June, RedRover awarded more than $15,000 to five domestic violence shelters through our Safe Housing Grant program. These grants fund start-up costs for a domestic violence shelter seeking to house pets on-site, enabling people to escape domestic violence with their pets, so no member of the family is left behind.

A lesson plan that can save pets

oscar-hot-carWith summer temperatures rising, so is the risk of dogs being left in hot cars. RedRover has an interactive lesson plan that encourages discussion and teaches students about the risk of dogs in hot cars.

Paws for Pints


Read more here: http://view.redrover-alerts.org/?qs=8b226de50c75398f41fa8843e20886a4a2eed379da459bd67241dce13b5ff21f17cbf91



Iowa: Give Abused Cats and Dogs a Voice in Court!

Animal cruelty cases are too often dismissed, allowing violent individuals to walk free and providing no justice for the abused animals.  In my home state of Connecticut, only 18% of defendants accused of animal cruelty between 2005 and 2010 were found guilty. Eighty percent of the more than 3000 animal cruelty cases that occurred during this time period were dismissed.

To increase the rate of convictions and provide harsher penalties for animal abusers, the Connecticut State Legislature recently passed Desmond’s Law- a bill that allows abused cats and dogs to have legal representation in court by volunteer lawyers and Connecticut law school students, at no cost to the state.

The bill’s namesake, Desmond, was a 4-year-old pit bull who had been surrendered to a Connecticut animal shelter. A volunteer favorite, “Sweet Baby Desmond” greeted everyone with kisses and a wagging tail.

Tragically and unbeknownst to the shelter workers, Alex Wullaert adopted Desmond only to take revenge on his girlfriend, Desmond’s former owner. Wullaert repeatedly and violently beat, starved, and eventually strangled this innocent and loving animal to death. He was sentenced only to accelerated rehabilitation, and his record is now clean.

Desmond’s story breaks my heart, but his death was not in vain. This sweet soul has inspired the people of Connecticut to give animals a voice in court. Judges in Connecticut will now have “the whole story,” as the full extent of the atrocities committed by animal abusers will be revealed.

There is a vast amount of evidence revealing a link between animal abuse and violence toward human beings. Desmond’s Law is expected to result in a higher rate of conviction for perpetrators of animal abuse, which will prevent dangerous criminals from harming or killing people as well as animals.

Please honor Desmond’s memory and protect innocent lives by signing and sharing my petition for Gov. Terry Branstad to introduce legislation modeled after Desmond’s Law in the state of Iowa. In 2015, the Animal Legal Defense Fund rated Iowa as among the five states having the weakest animal protection laws in the country. Tortured cats and dogs in Iowa desperately need advocates to tell their stories to judges to ensure that their perpetrators are convicted. Animal cruelty must be treated as a serious crime. We need as many voices as possible to stand up for vulnerable animals and human beings who may be targets of abuse. Please sign and share this petition right away!


Giving This To Your Dog Daily Could Help With Painful Skin Itchiness

When the days start getting longer and the sun seems to shine just a little brighter, I know summer is approaching. More importantly, it’s pool time. Countless hours in the pool with my two favorite fur balls. In and out of the pool, chasing a ball or some improvised chew toy. Their coats hold so much water, that each time they get out of the pool, I swear I see the water level drop an inch. I love it. What I don’t love is what it does to my skin…and theirs. The water and chlorine are brutal, causing horribly dry skin. This always leads to licking. Then scratching. Then chewing. All – not good.

Medically known as canine atopic dermatitis (CAD), dry, itchy skin can be a major issue for dogs. If left untreated, it can lead to lesions, hair loss, or bacterial infections. It can be caused by a variety of factors, such as a hypersensitivity to allergens.

3 Most Common Allergies

  • Food

  • Environmental

  • Contact

Allergies are a hypersensitive and damaging response of the immune system to external allergens, such as pollen and food. It’s the same for humans and dogs. However, with dogs the signs and symptoms may go unnoticed because our furry friends can’t tell us what’s wrong. So as the leader of the pack, we need to be hyperaware of what to look out for.

Some Signs of Allergies

  • Scratching and biting on skin

  • Excessive licking

  • Watery eyes

  • Paw chewing

  • Nasal discharge

  • Breathing problems (very serious!)

Fortunately, there are many ways to help boost your dog’s immune system and fight the itchy and dry skin. Some studies have shown promise with Omega-3 supplementation in the diet of dogs suffering from allergies. And although simply giving your dog a supplement is unlikely erase the symptoms, (always consult your vet for a complete treatment plan) there is pretty clear evidence that Omega-3 fatty acids provide benefits to the immune system, and many dogs are in fact deficient in Omega fatty acids due to the fact that dog’s cannot produce them on their own. 

A Problem: Dogs Can’t Produce Vital Omega Fatty Acids

There are many sources of Omega fatty acids. Some believe that dog food delivers all the dog needs. Unfortunately, because Omega’s are susceptible to heat, most of the benefits become biologically unavailable to your dog due to the cooking/treatment temperatures of dog food. This is why many dog owners have turned to a supplement to provide their dog’s daily needs of essential fatty acids.

My dogs love our Omega-3 Select chews from Project Paws. I like them because they’re made from anchovies and krill, which have some of the highest concentrations of Omega’s of any fish. Also, because these are small fish with a shorter lifespan, they don’t contain the high level of toxins like other large fish. They’re also available in two sizes: one for small and large dogs. I love them because like all of our products sold on iHeartDogs.com, each purchase of Omega-3 Select chews provides meals for up to 21 shelter dogs!


The key to remember: Your dog needs Omega fatty acids (supplement, fish meat, whatever the source). So whatever you choose, just make it part of a healthier, happier life.


Please Help Save Moose the Dog's Life!


This is the story of a dog, who was simply scared and lost and doesn't deserve to be put down.  The lady who he growled at, was also feeding him.  She made the decision to feed this dog, not knowing that the dog doesn't deal the best with other people/animals.  This dog shouldn't have gotten out of the house and if the owner can keep the dog he will enact tougher security measures to make sure he stays within his boundaries.

From the Owner: 

Moose is my best friend. He is a Cane Corso, and Italian mastiff. Moose is very protective, and has been order to be "humanely destroyed" by the city of Killeen. I am appealing the decision. In order to do so, I must post a $1,000 bond, and a $1,000.00 retainer to hire a lawyer to submit the appeal and to help me fight this case. Moose has been away from home since May 22nd and has been locked up in the shelter since June 10th, 2017. Moose was found missing on May 22nd. On June 10th, I received a call that he was captured and that I needed to go to the shelter and visit with the animal control officer. I was told that he was aggressive towards a lady whose property he had taken shelter at, as well as towards animal control when they went to pick him up. I rescued Moose when he was five months old and he has been through a lot. He is excellent with my ex wife and my three year old son, as well as my dad and me. He does not do well with other people or dogs. I am hoping to fight the court to either keep him myself, or at least be put in a rescue or sanctuary. Unfortunately I do not have the funds to do this myself and I'm seeking help to get Moose his freedom.


Urge the New Zealand Government to Save the Yellow-eyed Penguin from Extinction

New Zealand's iconic yellow-eyed penguin could face extinction within 25 years, according to a report in independent.co.uk

Scientists argue that unless immediate measures are taken to stop the decline the species will die out. The report states: "Once-busy breeding grounds are now “overgrown and silent” with just a few pairs trying to carry on as birds are caught in fishing nets, are killed by unidentified toxins in the sea and suffer because of the general degradation of the marine environment by humans."

"Global warming is also thought to be playing a part in the animal’s demise, according for about a third of the population decline."

The New Zealand Government must undertake immediate conservation measures to save the penguin. Actions could include the revision of fishing practices, feral pest management, habitat protection and the reduction of fossil fuel dependency.


9 Common Cat Behavior Problems (And How to Fix Them)

9 Common Cat Behavior Problems

9 Common Cat Behavior Problems


By Monica Weymouth

Cats are notoriously mysterious creatures. While a dog aims to please, our feline friends have a more curious agenda.We love that cats play by their own rules, but it would be nice to understand some of their less endearing behaviors. Why are they suddenly boycotting the litter box? Why is the new couch so irresistible? Why is your glass of water a gourmet delicacy? Here, the experts explain common kitty behavior problems—and how to fix (most of) them.


7 Dangers of Not Socializing Your Dog

Dangers of Not Socializing Your Dog
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Dangers of Not Socializing Your Dog

By Victoria Schade

Thorough socialization is one of the most important aspects of early puppy training. The goal is to give your puppy the tools to understand that “new and different” doesn’t necessarily translate to “bad and scary.” Having positive experiences with a variety of people, places and things during those critical few weeks of social development – roughly between eight to fourteen weeks of age – can help set the stage for a lifetime of confidence and appropriate responses to new experiences. Though the socialization checklist is long, working through it can be a joyful process of discovery for both dog and pet parent. But what happens if a puppy doesn’t get the benefit of early socialization? How might that impact the dog when its fully grown? Behavior is a product of both nature and nurture, a mix of genetics and experience, but it’s possible that under-socialized dogs can exhibit any of the following problems.


How's that for a domino effect? Take note, Domino's!

There's no good reason to eat dairy foods: They cause animals almost unimaginable suffering, fill the planet up with cow poop, and increase people's risk of getting cancer and other diseases. As soon as you go vegan, you start saving animals instead of paying for their deaths, dramatically decrease your environmental footprint, and become way healthier.

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