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This is the latest animal information, investigations, news, cool stuff and events happening in your community and around the USA. See what great things folks are doing to help and what things have been done to better the world of domestic and wild animals.

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.


See video clip below.

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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Just a reminder, You’re the Key to Preventing Dog Deaths in Hot Cars

Rising temperatures call for greater caution: Never leave your dog in a hot car. Temperatures in a car can rise to 120 degrees—in just minutes—on a 73-degree day.

Hot In The Car 

Let’s go over the facts:

• Dogs live in fur coats 24/7. They can only pant and sweat through their paws in order to release heat—but that’s not enough to keep them cool in a hot car.
• Cracking the window or parking in the shade will not protect them from heatstroke.
• Dogs can sustain brain damage and can even die within 15 minutes of being trapped in a hot car.
• Heatstroke leads to an agonizing death. Some dogs struggle to escape the vehicle, bloodying their paws, salivating heavily, and often losing control of their bladders.

Remember: It’s an emergency if an animal is confined to a vehicle in hot weather. If you see one, please follow these lifesaving steps:

• Take down the car’s color, model, make, and license-plate number.
• Have the owner paged in nearby stores, and call local humane authorities or the police.
• If the police are unresponsive or take too long to arrive and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will vouch for your assessment. Take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for the authorities to arrive.

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Don’t wait until an animal is in danger. Prevention is key. 🔑

You can help by printing out the sign above and hanging it on your, your friend’s, or your parent’s rearview mirror when the car is parked. Let it serve as a reminder to your loved ones and those walking by never to leave a dog in a hot car. Check it out: 

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Why did we invent the PTPA?

As dog lovers and owners, we believe dogs deserve the same potty option as cats and other domesticated animals (including people). Hundreds of years ago cats and people had to potty outside. Our innovative society invented great devices, such as toilets for people and litter boxes for cats. These devices allow us and our pets to potty in a safe, warm and comfortable environment. We decided to invent the amazing Potty Training Puppy Apartment® (PTPA), because dogs deserve the same potty option as cats and people.

Not only does the PTPA provide your puppy a safe, warm and comfortable environment, it also potty trains your puppy at the same time in a very humane way. In addition, veterinarians strongly recommend keeping your puppy indoors until they have all their vaccinations.


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When Ann Huart decided to run the New York City Half Marathon, she wanted to make her miles more meaningful by fundraising for WWF with Panda Nation. "On race day, it really made a difference. I've been running races for years, but this race was really special. It felt wonderful to know that I raised funds for a good cause and had so many people support me along the way."

Being a personal trainer and fitness instructor, Ann decided to get donations by hosting outdoor exercise boot camp classes in exchange for a contribution to her Panda Nation page. Donations flooded in from both boot camp participants and people who couldn't make it to her events. To her surprise, she surpassed her goal before the first boot camp class even started!

Though she had already reached her fundraising minimum, Ann held two bootcamp classes and blew past her fundraising goal to raise over $2,200 to help protect wildlife and wild places.

You too can be a hero for nature like Ann when you join us at one of these upcoming races:
Want to find the event closest to you? Check out PandaNation.org to view the 20 new events just added to our calendar. Sign up today and start raising funds to protect our planet. If you have any questions, please send us an email at PandaNation@wwfus.org.

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  Dogs like Smokey need you now.  

For Smokey, an "outside dog" in North Carolina, home was a handful of boards cobbled together with a piece of stained carpet for a roof. This dirty, makeshift shelter did nothing to help him escape the extreme summer weather, and each passing storm would leave him soaked to the bone under the dripping fabric.

No dog should live like Smokey had to—but right now, many do. They're chained or penned in muddy, barren, and trash-filled backyards for weeks and months on end. If we don't help them … who will?

Make a sponsorship gift through PETA's "Angels for Animals" program and help us provide dogs like Smokey with the shelter that they need in order to survive the summer.

Smokey before

Thankfully, generous PETA donors made it possible for our fieldworkers to give Smokey a sturdy, custom-built doghouse that offers him protection from the harsh sun and summer rains. With your help, our team can provide hundreds of dogs each year with new doghouses, toys, affection, and access to potentially lifesaving veterinary treatment.

Smokey after

"Outside dogs" have suffered so much already—and as summer temperatures continue to climb, they can't wait any longer.

Will you help protect a dog from deadly summer weather? Please help us provide more dogs like Smokey with the shelter and care that they deserve through your "Angels for Animals" sponsorship gift.

Thank you for helping dogs in need this summer.

Kind regards,

Ingrid E. Newkirk


July 2017 eNews

Rescuing Rooster 

Marc Du Lac, a USAF veteran and aircraft weapons maintenance instructor, was sent on a one-year contract in Iraq. During his time in Iraq, away from his family, friends and beloved pets, he formed an unbreakable bond with a puppy he lovingly named Rooster. Thanks to help from SPCA International, Rooster was rescued and made the long journey from Iraq to Mark’s home in Florida. In this blog post, Mark lovingly tells the story of how they met, their time in Iraq and how Rooster is doing now.

Summer Pet Safety Tips

Summer is always a fun time of the year - the beaches are open, the sun is out and there are so many outdoor activities that you and your animal companions can do! When planning a day trip or vacation with your pet, it is always important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Check out these pet-friendly summer activities and learn how to make sure your pet has fun, too!

Shelter Spotlight: PAWS-Patas

PAWS-Patas in Almeria, Spain helps roughly 300 animals annually, providing essential medical care and finding permanent homes locally and internationally. In addition to the care PAWS-Patas brings to animals, they also increase public awareness for animal welfare issues through humane education programs.

Calling All Canine Bakers

Do you have a special homemade treat that your canine companion absolutely loves? Well, we have some good news for you - SPCA International is holding a contest for the best summer dog treat! Submit your recipe by 11:00 pm on July 25th. All entries will be evaluated by our panel of canine judges. The winner will receive an SPCAI gift bag and their recipe will be featured in next month’s newsletter!


While you may not feel comfortable wearing layers during the summer months, your pet’s fur is actually providing them with heat relief and necessary protection from the sun. Dogs’ coats have several layers, and these layers are essential to your dog’s comfort in the heat. Robbing your dog of this natural cooling system can lead to discomfort and overheating. 

The summer can be a dangerous time for animals, especially if they are without the comforts of a loving home. The ASPCA works year-round to protect these at-risk animals, but we need your help. Consider making a gift to help provide relief for those who may be suffering during the hottest months of the year.


Non-Aggressive Service Dogs Shot By Cop Deserve Justice

Target: Janee Harteau, Minneapolis Chief of Police

Goal: Punish a police officer who allegedly shot two non-aggressive dogs and demand better training procedures for all officers.

A recent video appears to show a police officer searching a backyard in response to a burglary call. After several moments, one of two dogs approaches the officer in a non-aggressive manner while wagging his tail, before coming to a standstill several feet away. The officer responds by shooting the dog in the face, and then shooting the second dog in the yard when it panics and runs toward him.

The two dogs, Ciroc and Rocko, are physician-prescribed service animals for the LeMay family in Minneapolis. They are expected to survive their injuries yet the entire family has been traumatized. According to Jennifer LeMay, her 13-year-old daughter had accidentally tripped the alarm minutes before she witnessed the officer shooting her dogs.

The officer’s own testimony claims that the dogs charged at him and that there was an “aggressive action” which occurred off camera that prompted his response. The Minneapolis Police Department is now reviewing his claims as well as the video, yet there is no word whether or not the officer will face any punishment.

Sign this petition to demand that this officer be severely reprimanded if his actions are proven to have been unfounded, and that all officers receive proper training in handling dogs so that this situation can be prevented in the future.


Events and News

There is always something happening at North Shore Animal League America!

We hope that you can join us at one of our upcoming events:

See Lisa Lampanelli Unleashed at the Paramount in Huntington, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 8pm.

Are you ready to get dirty? Sign up for the 2017 Tough Mudder and help raise funds for animals in need.

Get ready for cocktails at sunset at our Barkin' Beach Party on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at The Crescent Beach Club.

Run with Team Animal League in the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Our mobile adoption units may be rolling into your town. Check our Adoption Events Calendar for the next stop near you.


URGENT: 52 Rescued Dogs and Puppies Need Your Help

Please help these puppy mill survivors

6 Heartworm Prevention Mistakes You Might Be Making

6 Heartworm Prevention Mistakes You Might Be Making
Image: The Dog Photographer / via Shutterstock

6 Heartworm Prevention Mistakes You Might Be Making


Heartworm: Any pet parent has heard of it and hopefully you have taken some measures to help protect your dog or cat against the disease. The mosquito-borne sickness is one of the most easily prevented diseases in veterinary medicine and is both difficult and expensive to treat. Still, simply giving your dog heartworm medication may not be enough – a good deal of its effectiveness stems from how and when you administer any preventatives.

Today, the American Heartworm Society reports that, of veterinarians who say incidents of heartworm are on the rise, 61 percent cite poor compliance as a reason. So, even though heartworm may be relatively easy and inexpensive to prevent (compared to how difficult and costly it is to treat), why are so many pets still afflicted by the disease? Here, find out the most common heartworm-prevention mistakes pet parents make so that you can be sure that your pet is properly protected.


Bait Dog Found With Teeth Shaved Down to Nerves Needs Justice

Target: Kevin Halloran, Branford, Connecticut Chief of Police

Goal: Find and severely punish the person who cruelly used a dog as bait, leaving him severely injured.

A pit bull-terrier mix, who authorities believe was used as a “bait dog” in dog fights, was found in horrific condition. The poor animal’s teeth had been shaved down to the nerves, said animal shelter staff. The dog arrived at the shelter covered in blood, say staff members, who named him Freedom. He had to have surgery to save his ears and flush his wounds. They said Freedom, who was about 10-15 pounds underweight, had wounds and extensive scarring all over his body, including on his legs, where he was likely tied up with rope or wire.

Freedom’s condition is horrifying, but the staff are dedicated to trying to save him. In the meantime, the sadistic monster who used this innocent animal as “bait” is running free. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that authorities utilize all resources to find and severely punish the person responsible.





Video Footage of Tomah Hug-A-Pig Demonstrates Abuse

Alliance for Animals has sent an urgent email to the Tomah Mayor, Monroe County Agricultural Society,
and Monroe County Fair Board urging them to immediately cancel its planned “Hug-A-Pig event” (July 26)
in light of video showing pigs being abused at last year’s event. During the event, teams of participants chase
and wrestle a pig in a muddy pen. The goal of the “game” is to pick up the pig and slam him or her into a
barrel in the middle of the ring during the allotted time.

Video footage of the 2016 event shows contestants chasing pigs, pulling on their legs, as well as tackling and
rough handling of the frightened animals. In one segment, a pig shows signs of distress and is unable to pick
herself up to leave the barrel. This pattern of abuse was seen repeatedly despite contest rules that state
“the pigs’ ears, snout, legs and tail are off limits,” and, “Absolutely no abuse, roughing or tackling of the pig
will be tolerated. A team may be disqualified at the judge’s discretion.” Very few teams were disqualified in
last year’s event for animal mistreatment.

The event may also run afoul of state cruelty-to-animal laws. Wisconsin statute 951.02 makes it a crime
for any person to “treat any animal, whether belonging to the person or another, in a cruel manner.”
The statute defines “cruel” as “causing unnecessary and excessive pain or suffering or unjustifiable
injury or death.” This cruel contest is unnecessary and is therefore in violation of the statute.

What You Can Do:

Write or call the following people and insist that they cancel the Hug-A-Pig contest this year and
1.  Tomah Mayor Nellie Pater at mayor@tomahonline.com
2.  Monroe County Fair Board President at chris.schreier@hartlandfuels.com
3.  Monroe County Agricultural Society at mail@tomahtractorpull.com

Write to the Monroe County District Attorney’s office and ask them to prosecute the offenders for violation
of Wisconsin Statute 951.02. Kevin Croninger, 608-269-8780, monroe.call@da.wi.gov

Send a Letter to the Editor of the La Crosse Tribune to voice your complaint about the Hug-a-Pig at the
Monroe County Fair.

Call (608-372-5355) or submit a comment to thank Gordy’s Market in Tomah for NOT sponsoring the
Hug-a-Pig contest this year. He received several concerned phone calls and was open to learning more
about what goes on during a pig wrestling contest. If you live in Monroe County, do not go to the Fair.

Send a tax-deductible donation to Alliance for Animals to support our work for the animals.

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Summer is now in full swing. So a lot of the people you know are probably eating dead-animal burgers that require about 600 gallons of water to make, and they're likely buying some summer outfits made from tanned animal skin (aka leather)—one of the most destructive products out there.

But I have a feeling that your summer is going a little differently. I bet you take vegan dishes to BBQs and wear clothing made from materials other than toxic animal remains, you sustainable devil, you. Those choices save thousands of gallons of water and countless other resources, and they prevent hundreds of animals from being systemically tortured and violently slaughtered. Yo, it kind of sounds like you're helping save the world this summer! Think about it: Your choices are actually saving precious lives and the entire planet. Honestly, I can't think of anything more badass than that. Although every superhero needs a super-squad, so motivate your friends to join you.

Cow's Milk Uses 12x More Water Than Almond Milk

Cow's milk requires 12 times as much water as almond milk to produce, destroys the planet, and leads to animals' deaths. Oh, and it can make people sick. #SuckLess

Milk Is Weird—Tell Your Friends

Aside from being cruel and gross, drinking another animal's milk is odd af. Imagine what a weirdo you'd think someone was if you saw them squeezing giraffe's milk into a glass and dipping their cookies into it. Think of giraffes as just taller cows. Drinking any animal's milk is weird—in a bad way. Speak up for cows who are sick of strange humans stealing their milk.


Justice for Puppy Tied to Fence, Unable to Breathe, and Left to Suffer in Heat

Target: Jonathan Blodgett, Essex District Attorney

Goal: Punish owner who allegedly tied puppy to a fence and left it unable to breathe or move.

A Doberman pinscher puppy, named Lilo was reportedly tied tightly to a fence where the animal was left to suffer almost to death in the heat. According to Animal Control Officer Sarah Charbonneau, Lilo was tied so tightly to the fence that the puppy could hardly breathe or move. Lilo was also wearing a muzzle and did not have any water, making the puppy’s suffering even more agonizing. Officer Charbonneau said that Lilo was struggling to breathe when she arrived at the scene. According to the report, the owner had been sitting on the porch in view of Lilo for several minutes, yet she never tried to help the dog.

People who care so little about their animals that they could leave a helpless puppy to suffer like this should not be allowed to own animals. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that Lilo get justice and the owners be permanently banned from owning animals in the future.


They're the victims you'll never see at the racetrack. Tied up, terrified, and savagely mauled in widespread 'live baiting' sessions. Groundbreaking Animals Australia / Animal Liberation Qld investigations uncover the shocking truth.

Greyhound racing authorities publicly call it 'abhorrent'. They also say it has been 'outlawed'. But that hasn't stopped high profile trainers across the country from subjecting defenseless animals to barbaric live baiting rituals in an attempt to gain a 'winning' edge on the racetrack. The damning Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Qld investigations have revealed that this sadistic training method is all too common.

Terrified piglets, rabbits and native possums are all victims of live baiting — tied to lures, flung around racetracks at breakneck speeds, and then mauled to death. Some animals who survived their first attack were 're-used' multiple times... 'Bait' animals are not the only victims of this industry. Greyhounds themselves — naturally gentle dogs — are often kept in deplorable living conditions off-track.

Live baiters will taunt and incite their dogs to chase, attack, and ultimately kill small animals. If dogs fail to 'perform', they too may be killed. Industry-wide, some 18,000 greyhounds are killed every year because they aren't deemed fast enough to win races. The big question is — how can six state and territory governments and sponsors continue to support an industry that has been exposed for such abhorrent widespread illegal activity?



Rats in Lab

Six Rats Meant for Adoption Die After Being Left in Hot Car by University

Knowing that the box had a broken ventilation fan, an employee at the University of Houston-Clear Lake crammed 10 rats into a plastic box meant to hold six and left them to suffer in a hot car, resulting in the death of six of them. As PETA seeks justice for the animals who died, take action to urge the university to end its inhumane and unnecessary experiments on rats.


State Farm Cuts Ties With Deadly Dog Race Following PETA Appeal

More than 150 dogs have died in the history of the Iditarod, and companies like State Farm were sponsoring the cruel event. However, after more than 95,000 PETA supporters contacted executives at State Farm urging them to sever ties with the deadly race, the company has confirmed that its sponsorship of the Iditarod is over. Now, urge Coca-Cola to do the same and get out of this race.

Raccoons on a Fur Farm

The Match Expires TONIGHT

There are just a few hours left to have your special gift for animals doubled as part of PETA's "Save Our Skins" challenge.

Protect Dogs During Firework Displays

Two Celebs Remind Us How to Keep Terrified Animals Calm and Safe During Fireworks

To dogs, cats, and other animals, the deafening blasts from fireworks sound like real "bombs bursting in air," causing many animals to flee in terror, often injuring themselves or becoming lost. Bellamy Young and Edward James Olmos are out to spread awareness with tips to protect your animals during fireworks displays.

Nosey the Elephant

Keep Nosey Out of the Great Lakes Medieval Faire Starting in July

Let the fair know about exhibitor Hugo Liebel's long history of animal mistreatment, public endangerment, and disregard for Nosey's welfare, and urge its organizers to host only animal-free events. Then, watch and share this shocking footage of captive elephants in India to show others why elephants should never be used for rides or other forms of entertainment.

Dog Leather in Reverse

WATCH: Dog Leather in Reverse

Dogs are beaten and killed for their skin in China, which is turned into leather that's sold throughout the world. The skins are intentionally mislabeled as having come from other species, so there's almost no way to know whose skin you're actually wearing.

Iggy Pop

Rock Legends Nick Cave and Iggy Pop Team Up to Make a Difference for Animals

Nick Cave serenades as an animated Iggy Pop saves the day—just wait until you see Iggy's sweet dog moment!

Bear Exploited in Circus

Bear in Distress Urinates on Herself Mid-Circus in Shocking Viral Video

With over 32,000 retweets and close to 10 million views, this viral video has people outraged. The public doesn't want to see distressed bears or any other animals forced to perform. Take action and urge Shriners International to oppose cruel circuses that exploit animals, and share the post on social media to spread the word about circus cruelty.

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July 2017 Newsletter

Inside This Issue: Kitten-Kaboodle is Back, Free Workshops and More

More than 205 Pets Found a Best Friend in June

What do Jelly, Emma, Pacman and Spike all have in common? They were adopted last month. In the month of June, more than 165 cats and 40 dogs found their forever homes—a total of over 205 adoptions. Thank you for making these adoptions possible through your ongoing support as donors, volunteers, and passionate pet lovers.

Still looking for your own best friend? Adopt a senior (ages 7+) or special needs cat or dog for $17.79 between July 1-3, 2017—an adoption special in partnership with Best Friends®. 

Kitten-Kaboodle Opens Today

The kittens are coming! We're excited to announce the return of Kitten-Kaboodle, our seasonal adoption center at Salem Center. The store will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12-6 p.m. from July to October 2017.

Kitten-Kaboodle is located in the Salem Center Mall near the Liberty Street and Chemeketa Street entrance—next to Baskin-Robbins and across from Chico’s.

You can learn more about Kitten-Kaboodle by emailing us at kitten.kaboodle@whs4pets.org or calling 503-585-5900.

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Events and Dates

Animal Cruelty Laws and Prosecution in Oregon: July 13th  

How is animal cruelty dealt with in our state’s criminal justice system? Join us for our next PETtalks lecture, featuring Oregon’s Animal Cruelty Deputy Defence Attorney Jake Kamins. Learn more about the laws protecting our four-legged friends as well as what you need to know as a community member.

This lecture will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 6 p.m. in the WHS Education Hall (4246 Turner Rd SE in Salem, Oregon). There is a $5 suggested donation to support the program. 

Free Bottle Baby Kittens Workshop: July 15th

 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 this free workshop.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the WHS Education Hall at the main shelter on Turner Road. No prior registration is required. This workshop is recommended for teens and older.

Barking Lot Party: Yoga + Beer at Capitol Subaru: July 26th

 Join expert yoga instructor Mikki Trowbridge and Santiam Brewing for a night of yoga and brews to benefit the pets. Open to all ages, this dog-friendly yoga class happens on Wednesday, July 26, at 6 p.m. at
Capitol Subaru in Salem, Oregon.

The class is donation-based (pay what you can) and 100% of the proceeds go to support the animals of Willamette Humane Society.


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In the U.S., thousands of animals, like mice, rabbits, and guinea pigs, are still used to test cosmetic and personal care products, despite the fact that humane testing methods are available and widely accepted. These animals experience tremendous pain and suffering, as chemicals and ingredients are put in their eyes and on their skin to measure levels of irritation. They are also forced to inhale and ingest chemicals to see if these substances are toxic, and often animals are killed at the end of these experiments.

However, the Humane Cosmetics Act (HCA) could end this horrible practice!

The HCA would prohibit the use of animals to test cosmetics, as well as the sale of animal tested products. Fines for those who break the law can be as much as $10,000 per violation.

Do you believe that animals should not be used to test cosmetics and personal care products? You are not alone! More than two thirds of American voters believe that cosmetics should not be tested on animals. Now it's time for Congress to act and end the use of animals in testing by supporting the Humane Cosmetics Act!

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EpiSkin Replaces Animal Testing

An example of an alternative to using animals in cosmetic testing is a dime-sized piece of lab-grown human skin called EpiSkin. It can be used to measure the irritancy and correstivity of chemicals, replacing rabbits and guinea pigs who have traditionally been used and suffered in such testing. As noted in this piece, "It makes the need to test ingredients on live animals in lab tests obsolete." Cosmetics giant L'Oréal acquired the technology to grow human skin 20 years ago and further developed the EpiSkin model to what it is today.


Victory for Liberia Chimps!

AAVS is happy to report that the New York Blood Center, which abandoned over 60 chimps in Liberia after using them in painful hepatitis research, agreed to contribute $6 million to help cover the cost of the lifetime care of these animals. HSUS will also provide more funds to ensure that the future of these chimps is secure. When AAVS first learned about this situation, we were quick to offer help and sent out several e-alerts asking our supporters to take action on the chimps' behalf. To those who wrote and donated to this cause, thank you very much!

Number of Animals Used in Research Increases

Last year, 820,812 animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act were used in research, an increase of nearly 7% from 2015. This is the first time in several years that the overall number has gone up. There were substantial increases in primates (15%) and sheep (14%). The number of animals used in painful procedures with no relief increased by 3%. The number of cats decreased 5% and less than 1% for dogs. This data doesn't include mice, rats, and fish, who comprise about 95% of all animals used in labs.


My Dog Doesn’t Like Other Dogs: 5 steps to Stop the Barking and Lunging

We’ve all seen it. Person and dog are walking along the street. Dog spots another person or dog and goes ballistic. Barking, lunging, ducking and diving, in a flurry of teeth and claws, looking for all the world as if she wants to eat everyone in her path. Then we see the poor owner trying to deal with this explosion. Usually he tries to restrain the dog physically, shout at her, maybe yank her around on her leash, before beating a disorderly retreat to lick his social wounds and repair his dignity. The social pressure to appear to be in control of your group - whether they be people or animals - is very strong. And if we let it, it will make us act in a way we don’t like, indeed a way which is not like us at all! This can be doubly hard for men. Why? Because they are expected to be totally in control. And to ensure by whatever means that that control is not challenged or defied. Inability to stop their dog kicking up trouble is perceived - erroneously - as a sign of weakness. So rationality goes out the window, and they act out of character. The man who was dandling his baby on his knee an hour before is now yelling and yanking his dog about in a way he would hate to see on video. The question is: Why are people so quick to punish their dog?

But my dog is being defiant!

Let’s backtrack a little and find out first of all why your dog is doing this. The answer, in the vast majority of cases, is fear. Not aggression, viciousness, nastiness, defiance, stubbornness - just plain, tail-wetting fear. It may be that the dog was not sufficiently socialized in the critical early weeks; it may be that she had a bad experience which has colored her perception of strange people or dogs; or it may be that it’s just the way she is. She’s a delight in the house, brilliant with the kids, but when she’s out she turns into a screaming monster. She sees something that frightens her. She’s on the leash so is unable to flee, so she does her best to look ferocious to repel the invader. She’s shouting “Get away from me! Look - I have teeth! Don’t make me use them!” None of this is a challenge to your authority! So trying to be the boss is not going to help one bit. The opposite is true. If your dog sees something that frightens her and then you weigh in and frighten her more, this is going to make matters a lot worse! Shouting at your young daughter when she shows a fear of spiders is not going to help her overcome her genuine fear of them. So it is with your dog.

So how can I have a calm walk without all Hell breaking loose?

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The harsh treatment of dogs advocated by some popular TV programs does not sit well with the way you choose to relate to your family. But there’s no need to treat your dog any differently! Once you understand that your dog is afraid, this changes your response entirely. She is no longer to be castigated, rather to be helped to cope with a situation which is terrifying her. This is where your strength and courage come in. Without fear of what other people may think of you, you’ll be freed to make the right choices to change the dynamic - not just right now, but in the future too.

1. The first thing is to give your dog distance. If the other dog is too close at 30 feet, then get 60 feet away. Think of your little girl and the spider.

2. Let your dog know that she never has to meet a strange person or dog ever again - you will always move her away just as she sees them. Yes - this will turn your previously ordered and linear walk into a bit of a chaotic zigzag, but it will be a calm and peaceful zigzag! This will build her confidence to the extent that this step alone may eventually enable her to pass other dogs without comment.

3. Relax your hands. It’s highly likely (and totally understandable) that whenever you see anything approaching, you tighten the leash in a vice-like grip, tense up, breathe faster, and generally give the appearance of being just as afraid as your dog is! So do the opposite: breathe slowly, lower and relax your hands, say to your dog in a calm voice, “Let’s go!”, and head off in the other direction.

4. Ditch any nasty collars and gadgets promoted for keeping your dog under control. These can only serve to make her more frightened. Imagine putting a straitjacket on your frightened little girl and forcing her to confront the spider! It will magnify the fear immensely. Use a soft collar or harness and a loose lead. No chains. No spikes. No batteries.

5. Reward your dog when she does it right! As soon as you turn away from the impending threat - whether it be 10 feet or 100 feet away - congratulate her warmly on her brilliant self-control! Her lack of stress and distress will be a huge reward in themselves - feeling panicky and afraid is no fun. Always carrying some tasty treats in your pocket will make it crystal clear to her that she has done something that has really pleased you. Dish them out freely when she’s achieved a calm response. Scatter them on the ground for her to hoover up.

Softly, softly, catchee monkey

You are going to make huge strides forward, but you are also going to have setbacks. See it as a slow progression. Fear is a very strong emotion and doesn’t disappear overnight. You’ll be able to look back in a while and say to yourself, “We couldn’t have walked past that dog a few months ago!” As you switch from fearing other people’s opinions to focusing on your dog’s needs, you will know that you can make the right choices for your dog’s well being.

You already do that with your family. Just forget about macho men on the TV beating up their dogs and treat your dog as you treat your children - with empathy and kindness. It’s not about control, or showing who’s boss. It’s about ensuring the safety and happiness of everyone in your care. Now you can have the calm walks that you crave!


Libre’s paw on Libre’s Law, Time for Congress to make a PACT

This week Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, surrounded by a swarm of animal advocates and lawmakers, eagerly signed a comprehensive overhaul of the Keystone State’s anti-cruelty statutes into law. The governor wasn’t the only one to sign the bill, however: Libre, a Boston terrier who recovered from a shocking case of mistreatment that rallied the legislature to take action, dipped his paw print in paint and stamped it on the bill, too.

Photo courtesy of Governor Wolf
Libre signing his bill into law with the
governor and his mom!

A Good Samaritan got a glimpse of a severely neglected Libre and had the resolve to convince the owner to turn over the failing dog to her. From that point forward, two epic journeys followed: 1) Libre’s slow but steady convalescence, and 2) the inexorable advance of an anti-cruelty bill that had new vigor because of the dog’s painful circumstance. Libre’s plight touched the hearts of many Pennsylvanians who then called on the General Assembly to strengthen animal cruelty and neglect laws, so cases like Libre’s don’t go unpunished. 

At that time, the state’s laws did not carry penalties with suitable punishments for abuse, cruelty, and neglect committed against animals. Especially concerning to advocates of this bill was the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. Numerous studies have shown a substantial correlation between animal abuse and family violence. Animal abuse may present a risk of child abuse and be predictive of future violence or threats against other human victims.   

Pennsylvania had previously been one of only three states in the nation (with Iowa and Mississippi) that did not punish extreme and malicious acts of animal cruelty as a felony on the first offense—only for repeat offenders. The new legislation, known as Libre’s Law, closes that loophole, and also updates and clarifies the existing animal abuse statute. Penalties will be more clearly delineated among summary offenses, misdemeanors, and felony charges based on the seriousness of the abuse involved. Also, this bill provides escalated penalties for repeat offenders. This is a major victory and the most comprehensive animal protection package in state history, and should move Pennsylvania up from its current #18 spot in our annual Humane State Ranking.

While the states have continuously fortified their anti-cruelty laws over the years—with all 50 now having some felony-level penalties for cruelty, compared to only four in the mid-1980s—there is still no general federal anti-cruelty statute. We are working to change that, with the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act—S. 654 by Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and H.R. 1494 by Reps. Lamar Smith, R-Tex., Ted Deutch, D-Fla.—which now has 16 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate and more than 200 in the House.

There is already a federal ban on the trade in obscene video depictions of live animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or subjected to other forms of heinous cruelty in perverse “snuff” films. But while the trade in videos depicting images of cruelty is illegal under federal law, the underlying conduct of the cruelty itself is not.

The PACT Act would close this gap in the law, and also provide prosecutors with a valuable additional tool when animal cruelty is occurring in a federal facility or in interstate commerce. For example, federal prosecutors would be empowered to take legal action in regard to malicious cruelty to animals on federal property or in a federal building, or if they found it in the course of investigating another interstate crime (say, in pursuing a drug smuggling or human trafficking ring). 

As we’ve seen with animal fighting, the state and federal laws are complementary and provide the widest set of tools to crack down on that barbaric bloodsport and its associated criminal activities. Some animal fighting raids are multi-state and multi-jurisdictional, and sometimes the perpetrators are charged under state law, or federal law, or both.

With animal cruelty, too, most cases can be handled under the existing state statutes. The federal law wouldn’t interfere with those of the states but would provide an additional overlay when necessary. The bill has been endorsed by more than 200 sheriffs and police departments in 36 states and national groups including the National Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police, and Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

It’s long past time that Congress empowers the FBI and U.S. Attorneys to deal with malicious and deviant cruelty on federal property or that crosses state lines. We know there is a well-documented link between animal abuse and other forms of violent behavior, and this legislation is a tool to combat this violence when we get a first look at it. We shouldn’t need some awful, personalized case of cruelty, and the naming of the bill after a battered animal, to stir us to do the right thing. Please contact your members of Congress today and ask them to pass the PACT Act.


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Breaking News More Than 100 Animals Rescued

The ASPCA assisted in the removal of seven allegedly neglected dogs from a residence in Lake Butler, Florida, following an investigation by local authorities. In addition to the dogs, approximately 100 roosters and hens, suspected of use in cockfighting, were removed from the property as well. The owner of the animals and property was arrested on numerous drug charges and potentially faces multiple animal fighting and cruelty charges.

The owner had previously been charged and convicted of dog fighting in 2011 after more than a hundred animals were seized from his property. If we hadn't stepped in now to help these innocent animals, how many more victims might there have been?
Donate Seven dogs may not sound like many—but the circumstances were precarious given the conditions in which they were found.

On the scene, the ASPCA helped to collect evidence, and we will continue to provide legal support to ensure the best possible outcome for these animals.
These rescued dogs and birds are now safe at a temporary shelter, being treated and carefully assessed. Please make an urgent gift today to help us reach even more animal victims. Even one animal forced to fight is too many. We won't stop until each one is safe.
Your Gift Is Urgently NeededThe ASPCA assisted with the removal of seven dogs and approximately 100 roosters and hens as part of an animal cruelty and cockfighting investigation in Lake Butler, Florida. Your urgent gift today can help us reach even more animal victims of horrible cruelty and abuse. Even one animal forced to fight is too many. We won’t stop until each one is safe. Please give today.  


PETA's breaking exposé reveals that at Liberty Research, Inc.—a lab in New York—nightmares are real.

Inside a cluster of windowless buildings in central New York, nightmares are real. At Liberty Research, Inc. (Liberty), they drilled holes into dogs’ skulls so a deadly virus could be injected into their brains. And it doesn’t end there: Cats reportedly suffocated under flipped-over litter boxes, a cat was repeatedly left briefly unable to walk after having seizures for a month but received no treatment, dogs were injected with insecticides, and more. This shameless abuse is revealed by PETA’s eyewitness exposé. Footage from inside Liberty shows tormented animals, bad science, and chronic neglect of animals used and killed in pointless experiments.

Animals Moaning in Pain: In one experiment, workers used a drill to bore holes into the skulls of 30 young beagles so that distemper virus could be injected directly into their brains. Some dogs blinked and even whimpered during the painful procedure, indicating that they were not adequately anesthetized. They woke up moaning. Likely in pain, some hit their heads on cage walls, causing blood to spurt from their wounds.
Following this barbaric procedure, a senior worker reported seeing one dog walking in circles while another repeatedly banged her head on the cage floor. In the following days, several dogs became lethargic, appeared depressed, and stopped eating. Some dogs foamed at the mouth, and others had seizures. They were left to suffer from their symptoms without any apparent treatment and killed at the end of the study.

In addition to the blatant suffering that it caused, this experiment was also scientifically pointless. Not only is there a distemper vaccine that has been in use for decades to prevent the disease, dogs are infected with the virus through inhalation—not through the brain. When the distemper virus was injected into dogs’ brains, their bodies were attacked through a process entirely different from inhalation. Any data obtained from the experiment would be useless.

Jade the Cat and His Slow, Painful Death: A cat identified as “JAD4,” named Jade by PETA’s eyewitness, had seizures for nearly a month. These episodes left him briefly paralyzed. He was once seen on his side with all four legs twitching; at other times, his back legs were splayed out behind him and he dragged himself forward with his front legs. Nothing was done for him during this time. When the decision was finally made to euthanize him, a veterinarian simply advised the workers to check to see if there were any need for Jade’s “body parts.”

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Death for Jade was slow and painful. A worker repeatedly tried to sedate him by injecting him in the hind leg as he struggled to escape another worker’s arms. Eventually, he was left to stumble around among other cats and fall down. Finally, a worker gave him a lethal injection in the heart, but when the needle was inserted into his chest, he jerked his head, indicating that he might have been conscious and experiencing pain. Another worker admitted that she had injected animals in the heart who were “less sedate than they could be.” She said, “I’ve had them where [their upper bodies were] lifting up and I was still able to” kill them this way.

Jade wasn’t the only cat who suffered at Liberty. Two workers said they found cats “suffocated” under flipped-over litterboxes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actually cited Liberty in March 2016 for allowing kittens to die in a similar fashion. One worker described an incident in which a resting board had flipped and “crushed” a cat to death. Cats at Liberty were kept in barren, windowless pens in unnatural conditions that held nothing of interest to them. Some pens were so severely crowded that they looked like they were in a hoarding facility.

Animals Seen as Lab Equipment

When Liberty needed to make room for an upcoming experiment, workers got rid of some unwanted laboratory “equipment.” In this case, that meant putting down some beagles. For one dog, the process took more than seven minutes while she was fully conscious and gasping. One worker restrained her while another struggled to keep the needle in one of her veins. With a dead dog in full view on the floor nearby, blood flowed as the worker blew out her vein. Finally, on the fourth try, she was killed.

Workers Laugh as Animals Suffer As if this weren’t heartless enough—the experiments conducted at Liberty are totally unnecessary. Liberty performs cruel experiments on animals despite the fact that well-established alternative methods already exist that do not use animals. In an experiment that Liberty carried out for a pharmaceutical company, young dogs were injected with megadoses of an opioid and subjected to multiple blood draws. They became lethargic and depressed, refusing to eat. They were made to suffer even though microdosing or computational or cell-based methods could have been used instead. In experiments funded by another company, workers injected an insecticide into dogs to evaluate their tolerance to it, although they could have used synthetic skin.

Workers Named Dogs ‘Lumpyhead’ and ‘Shitter’

At Liberty, incompatible animals were frequently caged together. A dog, called Hank by PETA’s eyewitness, was bitten by another dog—but a senior worker dismissed the need to treat the wound. Even though the dog was clearly unable to put weight on one of his front legs, the worker said, “I’m not going to do anything for it … I’ll come back in a week to see if it’s cleared.” FYI, Liberty, that’s not how it works.
😠The same worker said she waited until one dog had bitten another dog three times before separating them. Two dogs workers named Lumpyhead and Shitter fought frequently but were not separated. One worker laughed as she said that even though another dog “got injured” by a cagemate, the dogs were separated only “when the fighting continued.”  A worker said another dog repeatedly cut her tongue on a cage, leaving blood-stained workers looking like “fucking butchers.” After Liberty was finished with her, she was “butchered.”

These Experiments Won’t Stop—Unless You Help Us Stop Them

The animals imprisoned at Liberty are just like the cats and dogs in our homes. PETA’s eyewitness observed that dogs at Liberty jumped up and down at the sight of a human, desperate for attention. Cats circled around the legs of visitors who entered their enclosure and, after they left, climbed the fencing that held them in, desperate to be petted. But instead of receiving love and enjoying the comforts of a home, the animals bred and imprisoned at Liberty endure short, miserable, pain-filled lives.  


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Dying Dog Abandoned in the Rain Deserves Justice

Target: Brad Nichols, Animal Cruelty Investigator, Calgary Humane Society

Goal: Find and punish person responsible for abandoning a dying dog in the middle of the night.

A severely ill dog was abandoned in front of a Humane Society and was forced to spend the night in the rain with no shelter. The dog, an elderly Shih Tzu, required medical care and extensive tests. He was found to be suffering from end-stage renal failure and a large open sore on his rear end. The dog’s hair was matted to such a point that staff suspect that he had been neglected for months, if not years. Unfortunately, the dog was euthanized due to the poor state he was in.

In the window of the Humane Society, there is a sign warning that abandonment of animals is a criminal offense. This dog was abandoned nevertheless, in a move that has been called “callous” and “brazen” by Brad Nichols, senior manager of animal cruelty investigations. He added that surrendering the animal during business hours or taking it to a 24-hour animal clinic would have both been more humane and legal.

Investigators are currently searching for the person responsible, though the quality of video captured from inside the building is too poor to reveal a face. They are asking anyone who recognizes the dog or the owner to come forward with any information they may have.

This poor dog should have been surrendered a long time ago, long before painful mats developed and health problems progressed to such an extent. This ongoing neglect allowed an innocent animal to suffer for far too long, and the abandonment was a final act of cruelty. Sign the petition below to demand that this person is found and charged to the fullest extent of the law.


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Welp—it happened. We're halfway through 2017, and people are waking tf up to the truth hiding behind lie after lie. "2016 humans" might have been fooled and delighted by a video of a clothed, backpack-wearing poodle hopping around a city on two legs, but new and improved "2017 humans" are fiercely vigilant about animal exploitation. We won't buy leather while animals are electroshocked and impoverished workers die young from its toxic chemicals. We won't back off SeaWorld while dolphins and so many other animals waste away and die in its prison tanks. We won't turn a blind eye to the hundreds of thousands of rabbits, rats, mice, and other animals who endure painful experiments for *shaving cream* and other products. We are 2017 humans—we know better. #TakeBack2017

Video: Dolphins Won't Leave Their Dead Friend's Side

I know, I know. #MyHopeForTheWorldIs more dolphins and less of the human interference that kills hundreds of them. Grab some tissues and put your action cap on because you can help!

The Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy a Leather Jacket

Just because you might not know what happens to cows, dogs, and even Bangladeshi child workers for leather doesn't mean it's not real. Find out which systems of injustice you're supporting, and then … y'know … don't. It's that easy. #WearVegan

VIDEO: This Zoo Tortures Baby Elephants

Fact: Baby elephants want to be snuggled by their moms, not tortured with bullhooks and forced to perform the dumbest tricks for Hanover Zoo visitors. Help a baby ele out.


Six employees fired in wake of 'sadistic' chicken abuse at B.C. farms

The farm labour company at the centre of shocking chicken abuse allegations says it is "sickened" with the video footage of chicken abuse on several farms, and it has fired several employees.

Elite Farm Services Ltd., based in Chilliwack, B.C., has terminated the employment of the crew supervisor as well as five employees for not adhering to its "strict" animal care guidelines. We are sickened with the footage and want to ensure all our suppliers and producers that this is not reflective of who we are, our fundamental beliefs or behavior we accept from our employees,” Elite president Dwayne Dueck said in a statement. "We do not condone or tolerate animal abuse." The footage, shot by a Mercy for Animals whistleblower working undercover at several B.C. farms, shows "egregious" abuse of chickens allegedly handled by Elite employees.

Mercy for Animals says the workers were caught on camera in "sadistic" acts against the animals, including ripping legs off of live animals, slamming chickens against crates, punching birds, and even mimicking sex acts with the birds. Birds are run over by workers driving forklifts, all while management can be seen standing nearby, said Krista Hiddema, vice president at Mercy for Animal "Imagine having your limbs ripped off your body and then being thrown to the ground –all while alive and fully conscious. That's the reality," Hiddema told reporters. "Chickens are every bit as capable of feeling and suffering as our beloved dogs and cats at home."

This is the 12th undercover expose released by Mercy for Animals, and Hiddema says by far it is the most horrific and sadistic. The incidents are being investigated by both the B.C. SPCA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. A complaint has also been filed with the RCMP. Veteran BC SPCA cruelty investigator Marcie Moriarty calls it some of the worst behavior she's ever seen in Canada’s food industry.

Mercy for Animals says the video is only a glimpse of the horrors that exist on Canadian factory farms, and is demanding the workers and supervisors are prosecuted to the fullest extent of Canada's criminal code. Hiddema calls the firings "too little, too late," saying that management were aware of the "abuse happening every day" on the roughly 12 dozens farms it captured footage at. "As a civilized society it is our moral obligation to prevent cruelty to animals, including chickens and other farm animals. We believe the level of abuse we have seen rises above to a criminal level," she said.

The whistle blower who filmed the abuse resigned from employment after Mercy for Animals concluded management and Lilydale would not take action on their own. The undercover operative reported the abuse to supervisors on multiple occasions, but no action was taken, according to the animal welfare group. The supervisor who was fired after the release of Mercy for Animals' video told CTV News that management was at least partially aware of the way chickens were being treated. "Some of the stuff, yes. Because I reported it," said the supervisor, who agreed to speak anonymously. The individual reached out to CTV News after he and the other employees were fired Tuesday. Hiddema said the whistleblower is very happy Canadians are outraged by the footage, and is looking forward to working with law enforcement to secure criminal charges.

Elite, a licensed farm labour contractor hired by Sofina Foods Inc., sent its chicken-catching crew to various broiler chicken farms across the province to load chickens into crates and onto transport trucks. The chickens were then transported to a Lilydale slaughter plant in Port Coquitlam, B.C. The company says it is committed to taking immediate corrective action and is conducting an internal audit to review all practices, guidelines and training. Elite is also establishing an advisory committee to enhance its animal care. "Elite is committed to becoming an industry leader in animal welfare and safety to prevent this type of a tragedy from happening again," Dueck said. The company works directly for Sofina Foods Inc., which sells much of its chicken under the Lilydale brand in major grocery stores including Safeway and Loblaws.

Mercy for Animals is calling on Loblaws to ensure the welfare of animals in its supply chain, for the food bought by Canadian consumers. In a statement, the grocery giant says it is investigating. "We stand firmly behind the standards set by the National Farm Animal Care Council, the policies outlined by the Chicken Farmers of Canada, and our own commitment to animal welfare which is clearly articulated in our supplier code of conduct, and in our animal welfare principles," it said. We continue to work with industry partners and animal welfare experts to ensure standards and codes of practice are upheld so our customers can remain confident in the food they buy."



Woman arrested for shooting at teen for attempting to r*pe dog

CENTERTON, AR (KNWA) — A woman was arrested in April after police said she shot at a teen who was  assaulting her neighbor’s dog. Kerrie Lenkerd told police she looked out her bedroom window and saw a teen assaulting her neighbor’s dog. Lenkerd said this wasn’t the first time she has caught the teen doing the act to the animal. Lenkerd told police she went to get her gun and confronted the teen. Lenkerd said the teen jumped the fence and that she also exited her fence with her gun and shot into the grass to scare the teen. Witnesses told police they heard a loud pop and saw the teen, who was wearing just boxers and a shirt, running down the road.

Lenkerd was arrested for aggravated assault. Police said the teenager was also arrested for two counts of abuse.

It is not often that an issue arises where your participation is critical and required! On February 3, 2017, suddenly, without warning or reason, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) blacked-out the entire online animal abuse registry.

Thousands of records relating to animals used in laboratories and other animal abusing industries had been present for more than a decade. The database was also a warehouse of records related to the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). They included inspection reports of puppy mills and laboratories as well as basic statistical information about the number and species of animals used in research. On February 3rd, everything was gone, erased on a whim!

It sure sounds like the dark side won another one! After decades of transparency under both Republican and Democratic Presidents, the USDA deleted all evidence of violations. Why did they do this? Now we know President Trump loves his steaks, but we also thought he loved transparency. Facilities will now be able to do whatever they want with, and to, animals without public oversight. Even breaking the law and hiding the information will not be visible to the public.

There's an outpouring of anger and mistrust about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's abrupt decision to delete from its website inspection reports on some 9,000 licensed facilities that use animals, including commercial dog breeding operators, animal research labs, and other operations regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Animal advocates around the country are calling for an immediate restoration of the database. Lab Beagles are far from the only dogs impacted by the removal of the data - the AWA records were critical in the fight against puppy mills as well.

The dark side must not be allowed to win! This list is 40,000 strong and every one of you can do something to bring justice to the helpless animals in labs awaiting the next injection!

The Beagle Freedom Project, along with several other animal welfare organizations, has filed suit against the USDA to restore the database. You can help by Signing the BFP Petition and contacting your members of Congress to urge them to restore the database.

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Compassion means action. Everything else is just words.


American Huamne Abandoned and abused, she deserves a Second Chance!
On a cold, dreary day, a one-year-old kitten was found abandoned in a pet carrier. The carrier was half-filled with rain water, and all that was inside was a half-eaten slice of pizza…and the shivering young kitten. So weak she was unable to move, the sweet kitten couldn’t even open her eyes – they were sealed shut.

The kitten was barely clinging to life: malnourished, severely dehydrated, and covered in filth, she wasn’t expected to make it through the night. But miraculously, she did.

American Humane has agreed to help cover the costs of her medical bills, which continue to accumulate – Story, as the kitten was named, is now battling ringworm, and has 6 months of extensive treatments ahead of her. We were touched by the small cat’s resilience and love for humans despite her past mistreatment and abandonment.

Every innocent animal deserves a second chance at life, so please, give as much as you can today. Your support will help American Humane rescue and care for even more neglected animals like Story, support our disaster work, and build a better world for all animals.

Together with your help, we can provide hope to these innocent animals and give each Story a happy ending.


Pit Bull Goes From Crack House Dog to Firehouse Dog

Ashley had a rotten start in life. The pit bull puppy was used as an ashtray by the residents of a crack house in Staten Island, N.Y. When they abandoned the house in the middle of January, they abandoned Ashley as well, leaving her there to starve to death – if she didn’t freeze to death first.

But poor Ashley’s life was about to change, thanks to an anonymous caller who let Erica Mahnken and her fiance, Michael Favor, know about the puppy’s sad situation. Last year the couple and their friend, Lara Ribeiro, started the nonprofit No More Pain Rescue. When Mahnken and Favor went to the crack house, they found Ashley inside, shivering and emaciated. Her head was dotted with cigarette burns.

No More Pain Rescue didn’t have any volunteers available to foster Ashley, so Mahnken and Favor called some New York City Fire Department (FDNY) friends of theirs — who just happen to work at a Lower East Side station that’s known as “Fort Pitt” because it’s located on Pitt Street.

The firefighters agreed to take in Ashley for a few days. Three days later, they proved to be failures, but the very best kind: foster failures. Everyone at the station had fallen in love with Ashley during that short period of time, and they wanted her to live there permanently.

“She gets like 20 walks a day and an unlimited amount of snacks,” said firefighter Johnny Ho.

When she’s not eating or going on walks, Ashley enjoys riding along with her new family in the fire engine — but not to fires. “We take her out for small, minor stuff,” Ho said.

All the firefighters pitch in to pay for Ashley’s food and care.

Mahnken visits “Ash” when she can. “Whenever she’s there, her tail is wagging, she’s super friendly and jumping on everybody,” she told CBS News. “She’s really loveable.”

Ashley’s rescuers and the firefighters aren’t the only ones who have fallen in love with the former crack house dog. If you want to keep up with her daily adventures, you can join more than 17,700 others who follow Ashley on her @probyash Instagram account.

“I couldn’t have picked a better home for our sweet girl,” Mahnken said, “and I can’t thank the FDNY enough for allowing Ash to join New York’s Bravest.”


Whistleblower Says Lab Tears Off Ends of Mice's Tails

The mice at this laboratory are so neglected that the whistleblower would often remove moldy dead animals from the cages and even found one mold-covered mouse who was still alive. :( And for what? We cured cancer in mice 50 years ago—and we know that experiments on animals don't help humans. Let's end them!

You wouldn't expect one of the world's largest breeders of mice for use in experiments to treat animals well, but a whistleblower from The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) reported abuse that goes beyond what you could even imagine:

  • Some JAX employees use their fingers to tear off the ends of mice's tails to determine their genetic makeup—even though it's imprecise, can cause infection and extensive bruising and bleeding, and can compromise the results. Not to mention workers could get the same info from saliva, hair, or even poop samples.
  • Malfunctions in the watering system soak the mice's cages and sometimes drown them. The whistleblower removed multiple moldy, dead mice from the cages and found one moldy mouse who was still alive.
  • Some of the cages are so crowded that some mice die because they can't even get to the food and water, while others are injured in fights.
  • Some employees fill euthanasia cages with twice as many mice as JAX's own guidelines allow, causing the animals to suffer an even slower, more painful death.

JAX supervisors reportedly look the other way as workers abuse distressed animals. The whistleblower even overheard employees bragging about hiding violations from inspectors. When someone applying for a job voiced concerns about animal welfare, an employee allegedly responded, "Like [the supervisor] is going to hire some pregnant bitch that's gonna come up here and look at the way we illegally euthanize mice and threaten my job? I don't think so." And the whistleblower was allegedly harassed by other staff after bringing up animal-welfare issues.

JAX purposely breeds mice to suffer from crippling health problems—such as cancerous tumors, obesity, paralysis, depressed immune systems, and high levels of anxiety and depression—even though results from mice often don't even apply to humans and aren't reliable for producing effective treatments and cures for humans. In 2015, it subjected hundreds of thousands of mice to cruel experiments and shipped an additional 3 million of them to laboratories around the world.

Mice are not lab equipment—they're individuals with their own perspectives, and they can feel, think, and suffer. Studies show that they demonstrate empathy and show clear signs of distress when other mice are harmed.


Costco: Stop selling disease and suffering!

A recent Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) investigation shows horrifying abuse of pigs at Hormel’s Farmer John, a major Costco supplier in central California.

Thousands of piglets live in cramped, filthy conditions and are often so tightly packed that they cannot turn around. Disease is rampant, and investigators found baby pigs so sick they were being trampled to death. Antibiotics are regularly given to all the piglets, including one drug that is a known carcinogen, endangering both animals and public safety.

DxE rescued one piglet, Miley, who had collapsed from an infection and was being eaten alive. Watch the video and follow her story here. http://www.directactioneverywhere.com/saving-miley#mileys-story

Costco customers and shareholders do not support these unethical practices and inhumane treatment of animals.

Sign our petition and tell Costco to immediately cut ties with Farmer John and all other companies engaged in similar abuses. 

Heavy Rains Bring Dog-Killing Bacteria to Northern California

Northern California has seen more than its fair share of rain this winter. Given the drought, this of course comes as welcomed news for many. But for a few unlucky dogs, the recent rains most likely contributed to their demise. As KPIX News reported, the rain could be to blame for a deadly bacteria killing Bay Area dogs. In San Francisco, two pets have already died from the disease. The bacteria is called leptospirosis and it’s often found in puddles and other types of stagnant water. Goussev says that they’ve already seen five leptospirosis cases in the last two months, which is more than they typically see in an entire year. Two dogs died, including 13-year-old Gertie. She died at the end of January from becoming infected with leptospirosis. The owner suspects that she was infected at John McLaren Park where she would often play.

What does rain have to do with it? Wildlife including rodents can carry and spread the deadly bacteria. Staci Goussev with San Francisco Veterinary Specialists explains how the rain factors in:

“Every time they urinate that urine gets released into the environment. And with all the rain, it’s getting washed into puddles, lakes, streams and ponds. And that’s how dogs are being exposed to it.”

So the more it rains, the more risk there is of this potentially fatal bacteria spreading.

The good news is that the disease is treatable, but you have to act quickly. Infected pets usually show signs about seven days after exposure. Goussev describes the symptoms: “Most typically, the signs commonly we will see first will be decrease in appetite to complete anorexia, vomiting, some dogs will actually show a yellow tinge to their mucus membranes or skin.”

If you suspect your pet may be infected, call your vet immediately. Leptospirosis is generally treated with antibiotics and supportive care. AVMA assures, “When treated early and aggressively, the chances for recovery are good but there is still a risk of permanent residual kidney or liver damage.”

What about prevention? Can you vaccinate your dog ahead of time to safeguard against leptospirosis? The short answer: yes. It’s interesting. I live in San Francisco, and after hearing about the leptospirosis dog deaths, I called my vet. It turns out—my dog Wilbur already received his ‘lepto’ vaccine. I asked if it was among the list of standard vaccinations that they give dogs, and they said no.

So why was Wilbur vaccinated then? Because my vet asked me if we do a lot of outdoor activity near stagnant water. I recall responding with a resounding “Yes!” So I played it safe and he got the shot. McClaren Park, where Gertie most likely got infected, is one of Wilbur’s regular stomping grounds, and the exact place I pictured when my vet asked me whether we spend time around stagnant water in the outdoors. It has a prominent pond where lots of dogs and their owners flock to for recreational purposes. I asked the representative at my vet’s office if they are now recommending that all Bay Area pet owners get the lepto vaccination, as opposed to just outdoor gallivanters like me, and she was quick with her yes. So it seems their lepto vaccination approach has shifted with the heavy rains. Not to complicate matters, but the lepto vaccination is not without its critics. Just ask Healthy Pets.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) makes the point that the vaccine does not provide 100% protection. “This is because there are many strains (types) of leptospires (the bacteria that causes leptospirosis), and the vaccine does not provide immunity against all strains.” But here’s the official stance of the American Veterinary Medical Association:

“Currently available vaccines effectively prevent leptospirosis and protect dogs for at least 12 months. Annual vaccination is recommended for at-risk dogs. Reducing your dog’s exposure to possible sources of the Leptospira bacteria can reduce its chances of infection.”

Goussev says pet owners can minimize exposure by avoiding taking dogs to wet marshy areas. But that’s a tall order when you’re used to regular outdoor gallivanting with your dog.

If you want to protect your pet—in addition to getting your pet vaccinated and choosing your destinations carefully, it’s a good idea when you’re in the outdoors to carry fresh water with you so if your dog becomes thirsty, you have a healthy alternative to stagnant water. And keep a watchful eye on pets to prevent unhealthy slurping.

To help prevent leptospirosis infection, the CDC advises that you keep rodent problems (rats, mice or other animal pests) under control, since rodents can carry and spread the bacteria that causes this disease. Make no mistake—lepto infection is not just a San Francisco concern. Leptospira bacteria love warm humid climates, according to Healthy Pets. In recent years, cases have popped up in Fresno, Oregon and the Denver area. And it’s not just pets that are at risk. Humans can become infected as well, so in addition to safeguarding pets from infection, pet owners should take steps to prevent themselves and others from becoming infected with the disease due to an infected pet. The CDC provides a complete list prevention guidelines for pets and humans. And here’s its obvious but nonetheless worth-mentioning advice: “Always contact your veterinarian and your physician if you have concerns about a possible exposure to an infected animal.”

Here are the top dog articles of 2016 – 10 stories that went viral this year

Without dogs, our lives would be cold and dark. They’re not just man’s best friend, they’re family—as integral to our well-being as food and shelter. With the year soon drawing to an end, we wanted to remember some of our favorite dog stories published in 2016. Below, you’ll meet the world’s friendliest dog, experience the enduring bond between a man and his best friend, and discover how a random act of kindness gave two strangers one whole day of happiness with their dying dog. These are stories about integrity and compassion, devotion in the face of tragedy, and of course, the everyday miracle of unconditional love.

Doctor tells dog to leave owner’s hospital bed, but dog refuses and lays by his owner’s side

Ben and his dog, Denali, stuck together through good times and bad. They’ve traveled the world, made new friends, and even survived a battle with cancer. Ben’s video tribute for Denali captures the enduring bond between a man and his dog.

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Lowe’s manager sees sick dog who can’t use his back legs, builds him a wagon to get around

A cancer relapse meant Maverick couldn’t walk anymore, but his owners, Joey and Allison, wanted to lift his spirits by taking him out to get some fresh air. While shopping for a wagon they could use to pull Maverick along, a store manager at Lowe’s went above and beyond. His kindness gave the worried family a one-of-a-kind gift: one more day of happiness for their dog.


Man risks his life repeatedly to save hundreds of dogs from China’s underground meat trade

Posing as a wealthy businessman, Marc Ching tricks slaughterhouses into giving him samples of live dogs. He takes as many as he can back to the United States where the abused and injured animals can get the medical help they need.


This is the friendliest dog in the world – he’s best friends with 8 birds and a hamster

Bob, a Golden Retriever, loves everyone, even all 8 of his bird and hamster siblings. Their daily adorable antics include taking naps together, sitting on top of Bob, and making the whole world smile.


Woman opens up a retirement home for senior dogs

House with a Heart is a sanctuary for aging dogs without families. Some of the dogs come from shelters, others from elderly owners who passed away, but every single one of them will get plenty of love and attention until the very end.

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Lost 3-year-old doesn’t return home. Then rescuers spot dog protecting the boy from the cold

It’s like an episode of Lassie, complete with a happy ending. When 3-year-old Carson went missing, over 200 people joined in the search to find him. The temperature was dropping fast, and no one wanted to imagine what would happen if they didn’t find Carson soon. A mile away, they came across an amazing scene: the family dog, Cooper, laying on top of the boy to keep him safe and warm.


Depressed man wants to commit suicide and hang himself, but loyal dog refuses to let that happen

After a difficult breakup, Byron struggled with depression and alcoholism until he couldn’t do it anymore. His dog, Geo, clamped his teeth around the makeshift noose and growled when Byron tried to take it back. The dog’s behavior was so out of character that Byron knew he had to keep on living. If Geo wasn’t ready to give up on him, then he couldn’t either.


Mom’s speechless when dog throws toddler across the yard. Then she realizes the horrifying truth

Catherine’s dog, Khan, started to act oddly aggressive with her seventeen-month-old daughter. Seconds later, he sank his teeth into the toddler’s diaper and tossed her to the side. When Catherine rushed forward, a snake darted out into the open and sank its fangs into the dog. Khan had saved her daughter’s life.


Security cameras capture dog sneaking out of her kennel to comfort lonely foster puppies

At a pet motel in Canada, a golden retriever named Maggie was settling in for the night when a pair of puppies started to cry. She escaped and quickly made her way to them, but couldn’t break into their kennel. Instead, she huddled close to their door, trying to comfort them the best she could.


Woman finds dog with broken spine on vacation, takes him home and loves him

During a vacation in Greece, Kiara stumbled across an abandoned dog with a broken spine. One of his hind legs looked paralyzed, but he could still hobble around. Despite being half-starved and injured, the dog seemed happy to see her. Kiara didn’t have the heart to leave him, so she took him back home to live out the remainder of his life surrounded by warmth and affection.


6 Tips on How to Get Rid of Dog and Cat Dandruff

Can Dogs and Cats Get Dandruff?


Yes, dogs and cats can both get dandruff, and while it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing thing in the world, it is a sign that your pet’s skin is dry.

How to Get Rid of Dog and Cat Dandruff

So what can you do to get rid of it? We’ve put together our top 6 ways to deal with dandruff, because we know you named your pet Fluffy instead of Flaky for a reason.

#6 The Importance of Being Groomed

Brushing your pet on a daily basis not only makes your pet feel good and keep her fur smooth, shiny and burr-free, it also helps distribute the coat’s natural oils and massage the skin. But don’t get any old brush. Too soft and it’s not going to do any good, too stiff and it will aggravate rather than help. Like Goldilocks, you want one that’s “just right.”

#5 Spritz Away!

But not just anything. Get the special pet oils that are available in spray bottles at pet spas and holistic pet stores. They are designed to soothe dry skin and lock in moisture. So spritz away. You’ll not only be able to give your pet a break from pesky dandruff, but also pamper him salon-type.

#4 Splish, Splash

And give your pet a bath. We all need a good bath every now and again (or at least a shower), but when dealing with cat or dog with dandruff issues, regular bathing can be most helpful in keeping dandruff at bay. Organic, moisturizing pet shampoos and conditioners are also available, as well as products designed specifically for dandruff issues. Just be sure not to over-bathe your pet, as this may cause a change in the pH of the skin and cause a medical problem.

#3 Moisture Plus

If you have a good, all-natural hand cream (preferably one containing colloidal oatmeal) lying around, you can use that on your pet. In fact, it can do wonders for your pet’s dry skin (and reduce dandruff, too). Simply put some on your hands and massage it into the fur, getting in against the skin. Your pet will love it (just be sure to watch your pet does not lick at the lotion or ingest it). After all, who doesn’t love a good massage?

#2 Dandruff Shampoo

And no, we’re not talking about the bottle in your shower -- that’s not for animals! There are, however, special anti-dandruff shampoo designed for pets. So if the problem is really bad, then we recommend adding this (and not a rubber duckie) to your pet’s regular bath time to help deal with the problem.

#1 Pets Are What They Eat

Pets actually need a certain amount of fat in their diet (but the good kind of fat, so no bacon!) to keep their fur shiny and their skin nice and supple. Either switch their diet to a high quality, holistic pet food or supplement their diet with oils specifically designed for pets. Now that you've got these wonderful tips to utilize, you’ll soon be on your way to having a healthy, happy and dandruff-free pet!


5 Surprising Facts About Squirrels…They do much more than you think!

A ground squirrel surveys its surroundings in the autumn tundra.

Right now, across much of the Northern Hemisphere, squirrels are doing what they do best: squirreling away seeds and nuts for the approaching winter.
But there’s a lot more about these rodents that you might not realize. So we talked to Richard Thorington, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, who presides over one of the world’s largest collections of the squirrel family, or Sciuridae. In all, the Smithsonian is home to more than 30,000 squirrel specimens.

Thorington started studying squirrels almost 50 years ago as a boy who just wanted to keep the varmints off his bird feeder. Since then, he’s co-authored two books on the subject, Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide and Squirrels of the World, each of which probes the hidden lives of these seemingly everyday creatures and investigates their myriad roles across ecosystems. (See National Geographic’s squirrel pictures.) Here are some of Thorington’s surprising squirrel facts:

Squirrels exist in nearly every habitat on Earth.

There are 285 species scattered across the globe, ranging from the half-ounce pygmy tree squirrels of western Africa to the nearly 20-pound (9-kilogram) gray marmots of Kazakhstan. You’d basically have to venture to the planet’s Poles to escape them. (See video: “World’s Weirdest: Flying Squirrels.”)

Squirrels can help trees.

Take the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and its penchant for burying acorns for later use. A single gray squirrel can create several thousand buried caches of food each season, not all of which it can hope to rediscover. This is called scatter hoarding. “In some cases the burying of nuts is good for the trees,” said Thorington. “You have squirrels taking the acorns from directly underneath an oak tree and burying them somewhere else. That gives the trees more of a dispersal.”

Squirrels can hurt trees.

In other cases, the relationship between squirrels and trees is less harmonious. North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and Douglas squirrels (T. douglasii) are seed predators that live almost entirely on the cones of conifer trees. They either eat the seeds immediately or store pine cones by the score in secret larders where the seeds remain moist and have little chance of germinating. Obviously, this is great for the squirrels, because the preserved food supply allows them to survive the winter. The trees, on the other hand, lose their chance at reproducing.

Interestingly, a study published in 1995 in the International Journal of Organic Evolution showed that the trees may have ways of fighting back. The research revealed that in the Rocky Mountains, where red squirrels were prominent, the cones of limber pine trees had thicker seed coats and more resin. “This makes it difficult for the squirrels to get between the pine cone’s scales,” said Thorington. But that’s not all. The researchers also found the cones had fewer seeds than normal and less energy per seed. So not only do the squirrels have to put in more work to access the pine cone’s innards, but they also got less of a reward for doing so.

Squirrels make mushroom jerky.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing things you’ll find in Thorington’s books are the lengths to which some squirrels will go to take advantage of a food source. (Also see “Squirrel Birth Control: To Stop Invasion, Science Gets Seedy.”) For instance, did you know that some squirrels eat mushrooms? Not only that, but red squirrels will hang fungi out to dry between tree branches so that it keeps better over the winter. Mushroom jerky is also less likely to infect their larder with insect larvae and nematodes.

Squirrels can “garden”—and know their food sources well.

Gray squirrels have also evolved a few rather impressive storage strategies. Thorington explained that the squirrels can tell the difference between red oak acorns and white oak acorns and store them accordingly. Whites germinate quickly, almost as soon as they hit the ground, said Thorington, and the squirrels tend to eat them immediately since a germinated acorn loses nutritional value. Conversely, reds don’t germinate until spring, so the squirrels prefer to bury those for winter snacking. (See “No Nuts, No Problem: Squirrels Harvest Maple Syrup.”)

And now for the twist. A 1996 study in the journal Animal Behavior observed some squirrels biting through the embryo of white oak acorns, essentially paralyzing the seed’s ability to sprout. The squirrels then buried the modified white oak acorns as they would have with the reds. What’s more, the scientists witnessed the squirrels digging up red oak acorns that they didn’t need to eat over the winter, nipping off their embryos, and re-burying the food for later use. “It’s really interesting,” said Thorington. “If you watch squirrels, they are actually doing so much more than you might anticipate.” If only humans were half as efficient with our leftovers.

13+ Things You Didn’t Know About Cats, Interesting even for dog lovers!

They can sense earthquakes!

They can sense earthquakes!

Well, possibly. The pads of a cat’s feet are very sensitive, and some cats behave strangely just before an earthquake hits. Though it’s not a proven theory, some believe cats can detect vibrations of the earth through their foot pads.

They can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.

They can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.
That’s good news for famed internet cat Lil Bub, who was born without teeth.

They really are manipulative.

They really are manipulative.
Cats can adapt their vocalizations to control your behavior. If they want food, they can make their cries sound more urgent.

They can dream!

They can dream!
Cats prefer to nap, but if they’re relaxed enough to enter a deeper sleep, they produce the same brain wave patterns that we do when we dream.

They can’t understand punishment as humans do.

They can't understand punishment as humans do.
They must be praised and rewarded for desired behavior instead.

We shake hands, they bump noses—sometimes.

We shake hands, they bump noses—sometimes.
Nose-to-nose greetings between cats are unusual, as it puts both in a vulnerable position. However, cats who know each other well feel safe enough to do this. It helps them confirm visual recognition and gain information about how the other cat is.

Scientists still don’t know exactly where purring comes from.

Scientists still don't know exactly where purring comes from.
Some believe that it originates in the cardiovascular system rather than the throat.

When they purr, they’re content—usually.

When they purr, they're content—usually.
However, a deep purr can also indicate pain. If you know your cat well you will be able to tell the difference in his demeanor.

They can purr continually as they inhale and exhale.

They can purr continually as they inhale and exhale.
They start doing so at one-week old.

Young cats purr in a monotone.

Young cats purr in a monotone.
Older ones do so in two to three resonant notes.

They appear to retain their kitten vocal signals to communicate with their owners.

They appear to retain their kitten vocal signals to communicate with their owners.
But they use a different repertoire of sounds with other cats.

Like dogs, they can also get sick or die from eating chocolate.

Like dogs, they can also get sick or die from eating chocolate.
Check with your vet if you have any questions about what your cat should be eating.

They blink and narrow their eyes when they accidentally make eye contact.

They blink and narrow their eyes when they accidentally make eye contact.
To make friends with an unfamiliar cat, blink and look away when you catch his eyes.

Giving them a strip of raw meat everyday to chew on will keep their gums and teeth in good condition.

Giving them a strip of raw meat everyday to chew on will keep their gums and teeth in good condition.
Suitable meats include poultry, rabbit, or beef that has been deboned.

They tolerate heat very well.

They tolerate heat very well.
This is because the ancestors of cats were originally desert-living animals.

Their pulse is between 160-240 beats per minute, depending on their age.

Their pulse is between 160-240 beats per minute, depending on their age.
The younger he is, the faster the heartbeat.

Cats sweat!

Cats sweat!
But they do so through their paws. If you see wet little footprints in the summer months, make sure to put out some fresh water.

25 Incredibly Powerful Stories That Will Forever Change How You See Animals

1 . Alex the parrot’s touching last words.

Alex was an African gray parrot. He had a loving relationship with his human, Irene Pepperberg. In 2007, when he died, his last words to Pepperberg were, “You be good. I love you.”

2 . A dog finds comfort in church after his owner passes away

Tommy the dog went to mass with his human when she was alive, but now he comes down and sits quietly during mass even after her death. The story of Tommy finding comfort in church was so powerful, it even attracted the attention of CNN. Your dog may not be your whole world, but you are your dog’s whole world.

3 . This dog and orangutan saved each other from a life of sadness.

When he was 3, Roscoe the orangutan was heartbroken by the loss of his parents. He stopped eating and was not responding to medical treatment.  He had given up on life. At the same time, an older, sickly dog was found in the zoo and brought to their animal treatment center. The two met and have been inseparable ever since.

4 . This Beluga whale saved this diver’s life.

Diver Yang Yun thought she was going to die when her legs were paralyzed during a free diving contest. When she tried to kick to the surface, she found her legs crippled from the water’s arctic temperature. Mila, a Beluga whale, saw her struggling and used her nose to guide Yun to safety.

5 . The dog protected her owner from a machete gang.

Patricia Adshead was making tea in her kitchen when a machete gang broke in. Her ex-husband rushed to help, but one of the gang members slashed through his hand. She was trapped in the kitchen with Oi and one of the men. Oi leapt to her defense and bit the attacker’s hand. Even when he brought the weapon down on her, Oi managed to chase him out of the house, saving Adshead.

6 . This herd of elephants inexplicably marched to mourn the death of the “Elephant Whisperer.”

When author and legendary conservationist Lawrence Anthony died, these South African elephants marched for 2 hours through the Zululand bush until they reached his house. These elephants had been saved by Anthony years ago, after they were deemed violent and sentenced to death. Anthony rehabilitated the animals and gave them a chance at a better life.

7 . This Labrador who has a special, motherly bond with all sorts of species.

Lisha has been a surrogate mother to many orphaned animals, all different species than her own. She has helped raised more than 30 baby animals. She teaches each of her adopted babies how to survive.

8 . Koko’s reaction to a sad moment in a movie.

9 . The Jack Russell Terrier who sacrificed his life to protect these 5 children.

These children were playing with George, a Jack Russell Terrier, when Pit Bulls attacked. He tried to protect the kids by barking and rushing at the other dogs, but they started biting him on the head and back. His intervention is what saved the children, though he later died due to his injuries. He was posthumously awarded a medal for his bravery.

10 . These two guide dogs led their owners down 70 floors out of the World Trade Center on 9/11 before the buildings collapsed.

12 . Daisy Mae’s incredible journey from fighter to lover.

13 . This German Shepherd who is lending an eye to help out this blind spaniel.

When Ellie, a blind spaniel, was adopted her new human never expected her other dog, Leo, would take on the duty of being Ellie’s seeing-eye dog. When they go to the park, Leo will guide Ellie around, protecting her from rowdier dogs.

14 . It’s been discovered that fish use tools to suffice their needs.

A professional diver caught this image of a fish smashing a clam against a rock in order to get its innards. It was frustrated with the normal way to eat a clam, so it came up with an easier way.

15 . The beautiful reunion of these two abused circus elephants after 25 years apart.

16 . It’s been said that cows have best friends, and they get really stressed when they’re not together.

Scientist Krista McLennan said, “When heifers have their preferred partner with them, their stress levels in terms of their heart rates are reduced compared with if they were with a random individual.”

17 . The amazing story of Christian the lion.

18 . Gandolf the owl finally gets a chick of her own.

Every year, Gandolf the owl would lay an egg and wait for it to hatch, but it never would. One day, she was given a goose egg, and it was a perfect match. Most owls would immediately kill any newborn that did not look, smell, or feel like their own species, but Gandolf did not. She cared for the baby goose as if it was her own.

19 . These chimps grieved the death of their friend.

When Dorothy the chimp died of heart failure at the Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon, her fellow chimps hugged each other and watched solemnly as their friend was laid to rest.

20 . This cat can sense when someone is going to pass away.

Oscar was always able to tell when one of the residents in his nursing home was close to death. He would sit with them on their bed during their last moments to comfort them.

21 . Jet and Miri are best friends, despite nature telling them they should be enemies.

In the wild, these two would be top competitors for food, but instead they have been best friends since infancy. The two live at Pet Porpoise Pool Marine Park in Coffs Harbour, Australia and are inseparable. Nothing makes them happier than playing together.

22 . Coaley the Great Dane helps raise baby chimpanzees.

Molly Badham and Nathan Evans founded a sanctuary for monkeys. It is now one of the largest areas dedicated to primates in the world. They’ve gotten help caring for the primates from a unexpected breed…Great Danes! They have proved to be gentle giants that are wonderful caregivers for orphaned monkeys.

23 . The dog who came to the rescue for this poor, abandoned baby.

24 . Hanama the Orangutan fosters deserted cubs.

Hanama is the proud father of abandoned lion and tiger cubs. He helps feed these fuzzy cubs, becoming a rather unnatural babysitter for them, until they are able to take care of themselves.

25 . This dog who said “thank you” the only way she knew how.

Caught  in a house fire, this mother and her pups were saved by this wonderful firefighter. A photographer spotted the firefighter resting after his last trip inside the burning house, while the mother dog approached him. The photographer picked up their camera just in time to capture this beautiful shot.

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I know this is gross but have you ever wondered why don’t dogs have to wipe after defecating?

You can find lots of wrong answers on this question. The most common wrong answer isthey use their tongues to wipe. Although they do lick their anus it’s not to wipe. Another wrong answer is…Dogs are more likely to eat their natural diet. And are far more healthy probiotically. Because we humans
pollute our system with such sludge what do we expect to come out? Some even say they use carpets to wipe….

The real truth is very simple…Animals prolapse their cinnamon star when pooping, which means the poopy part retracts right back in so no mess! Now you know and can tell all your friends….LOL

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It's a good thing.. 2-Pack “My Pet Is Home Alone” Wallet Cards $7.99

Have you ever considered what would happen if you became injured away from your home? How would rescue workers or hospital staff know that you have pets alone at home? How would they notify a friend or family member to come care for your pets? Even if they did notify family, have you designated a specific person to come care for your pets if you become incapacitated? Please consider carrying one of these cards. The peace of mind in knowing that your pets will be taken care of is priceless!

PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING WALLET CARDS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WITH PETS! Nothing says I’m thinking of you more than showing care for their pets. As with all of our products, each purchase will help animal shelters provide nutritious food for cats waiting for their forever homes. Using sharpie or other permanent  marker is recommended

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4 Hero Military Dogs Receive First-Ever Medal of Courage Awards/ (See the video below)

When men or women in the U.S. military perform exceptionally heroic acts, they are awarded with a Medal of Honor, the highest recognition of personal valor above and beyond the call of duty. But what about military dogs who are exceptionally brave? No dog has ever been awarded a Medal of Honor. And the Purple Heart, awarded to military personnel who have been killed or injured while serving, hasn’t been awarded to a dog since World War II. “The use of military decorations is limited to human personnel who distinguish themselves in service to the nation,” Department of Defense spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said in 2010, the American Kennel Club reports.

Although the Department of Defense may refuse to honor these four-legged heroes, they are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve. The inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage awards were presented earlier this month to four dogs at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The awards are sponsored by the American Humane Association (AHA), which has worked with the U.S. military for a century, and philanthropist Lois Pope. “In the Army, we don’t honor our dogs,” said Retired Army Specialist Brent Grommet, whose partner, Matty, received an award. “They don’t get the recognition they deserve. They don’t get the medals. So, I think it’s perfect. I think it’s about time we recognize our dogs for what they are.”


Grommet and Matty, a Czech German shepherd, worked together as a bomb-detection team in Afghanistan. Matty saved the lives of Grommet and others in their unit more than once. While dodging mortar fire during an ambush, Matty and Grommet managed to clear a helicopter landing zone of IEDs (improvised explosion devices). The two were riding in a truck when it was hit with roadside bombs. Both were flown back to the U.S. to be treated for their injuries. Although Grommet had completed the paperwork to adopt Matty, his beloved partner was mistakenly given to someone else. With the help of AHA, they were eventually reunited. Now Matty is a service dog for Grommet, continuing to have his back as he helps him deal with his visible and invisible war wounds.


This black Lab served four combat tours in Afghanistan as an explosives-detection dog, saving many lives by tracking down IEDs buried in the sand and hidden out of sight. For seven months, Fieldy also provided emotional support to his handler, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Nick Caceres. After Fieldy was honorably discharged from the service, AHA helped reunite him with Caceres, and they continue to be inseparable.


Bond, a Belgian Malinois, served on 50 combat missions, with three tours in Afghanistan. As a multi-purpose dog, Bond helped saved plenty of lives by apprehending enemies and detecting explosives. But both Bond and his handler, who was not identified due to security reasons, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When he returned to the U.S., poor Bond knocked out his own teeth trying to chew his way out of a kennel during a thunderstorm. He was adopted by his former handler, and the two support each other as they deal with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. His handler said Bond will help make his transition back to civilian life much easier.


For a year, Isky, a German shepherd, and his handler, U.S. Army Sgt. Wess Brown, worked together to protect the lives of VIPs, from the Secretary of State in Africa to the President of the United States in Berlin. While on tour in the Middle East as an explosives-detection dog, Isky discovered five IEDs and 10 weapon caches. He also found a 120-pound bomb buried nearly two feet underground. Unfortunately Isky lost a leg when he was struck by an IED, but he continues to work – as a PTSD service dog for Brown. “I feel safe with him every time we go anywhere,” Brown told ABC News. “That’s why he’s around.”

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Wow.. 19 Times Animals That Have Saved Peoples Lives

These are wild, domestic and marine mammals.

1 – Heroic Dolphins

Image Source: One Green Planet

Todd Endris, was out surfing for the day and was sitting on his surfboards when a shark attacked him. The shark was biting him from behind, but Endris was able to protect the front of his body helping to avoid damage to his intestines as this would have meant immediate death. It was then that a pod of dolphins arrived and began to hit the shark. They then circled around Endris protecting him as he swam to safety!

2 – Ningnong the Elephant

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During the massive Tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004, 8 year old Amber Mason was saved by an elephant named Ningnong. Amber had been riding on the elephant when the wave hit. Ningnong lifted Amber high onto her back and turned away from the rushing water using her own body as a shield for the little girl. She got the girl away from the beach to safety.

3 – Jambo the Gorilla

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In 1986, Jambo the Gorilla was hailed as a hero and dubbed a gentle giant when a 5 year old child fell into the Gorilla enclosure at Jersey Zoo. The boy suffered a fractured skull and broke several other bones. Jambo sat by the boy and gently rubbed his back and protected him from other gorillas until help arrived for the little boy.

4 – Winnie the Cat

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In 2007, Cathy Keesling was woken by her cat licking her and nudging her face while meowing loudly. As she tried to get up she realised that she wa dizzy and nauseous. She discovered that her husband and son were both unconscious and carbon monoxide fumes were filling her home. She was able to call 911 and got help in the nick of time thanks to Winnie.

5 – Mandy the Goat

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Farmer Noel Osbourne was accidentally knocked into a pile of manure causing him to completely shatter his hip. He was unable to move and was too far away from the farm house for anyone to hear him calling for help. However, for 5 days his goat Mandy huddled by him to keep him warm and even allowed him to drink her milk for sustenance.

6 – LuLu the Pig

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Joann Alstman owns a clever pig named Lulu. One day, Joann suffered from a heart attack and collapsed to the ground. Lulu rushed outside and attempted to stop traffic while regularly running back inside to check on Joann. Eventually a car stopped and followed Lulu inside to where Joann was lying and got her help.

7 – Willie the Parrot

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In 2008, Willie the Quaker parrot made headlines when he saved two year old Hannah Kuusk’s life. Hannah was at the house of her babysitter Megan Howard, eating breakfast when she choked on a piece of pop tart. Megan had stepped out of the room at the time and was unaware of the situation. However, Willie started shouting ‘Mama! Baby!’ repeatedly until Megan came back and found Hannah starting to turn blue. Megan performed the Heimlich Maneuver and saved the girl thanks to Willie’s warning.

8 – The Beluga Whale

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Diver Yang Yun was participating in a competition in China to see how long she was able to hold her breath in a pool of Beluga Whales. However, as Yun began to breathe again she found that she was unable to move her legs and began to drown. However, one of the Beluga Whales sensed her panic and took hold of her leg and dragged her to the surface!

9 – Kerry the Horse

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Scottish rancher Fiona Boyd was leading a distressed calf into a shed, when the little ones mother became enraged and attacked Fiona. The cow was attempting to trample Fiona to death, but Kerry the Horse got in front of the cow and began kicking it until the cow moved away. This saved Fiona’s life.

10 – Trio of Lions Saves Girl

Image Source: One Green Planet

In June 2005, a 12 year old girl was snatched by 4 men from her school in Ethiopia. A week later the men tried to move her with the police in pursuit. However 3 lions appeared and chased the men off before remaining sitting with the terrified girl until the police caught up with her.  Once the police arrived the animals simply walked away leaving everyone untouched.

11 – Sea Lions Thwart Suicide Attempt

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In 2000, Kevin Hines attempted to commit suicide by jumping off of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. He knew as soon as he jumped that he had made a terrible mistake and thankfully her survived the fall. However, even though he managed to resurface in the water the freezing water was taking its toll. Just when he was losing hope some sea lions arrived and started to push him further above the water to stop him drowning. Soon a passer by spotted Hines and called for help

12 – Deer Sees Off Attacker

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In 2012, an Ohio woman was attacked from behind and dragged behind a building where her assailant attempted to choke her and rob her. However, a heroic deer turned up and scared the man off leaving the woman with only minor bruising and all of her property intact!

13 – Beavers to the Rescue

Image Source: One Green Planet

Rheal Guindon was camping with his parents when they all decided to go fishing. Rheal stayed on the shore, but unfortunately witnessed his parents’ boat capsizing causing them both to drown. In a panic, Rheal attempted to walk back to town, but ended up having to sleep outside. He lay shivering on the ground traumatized by his ordeal when he felt a warm fuzzy body press itself against him. He believed it was a dog and dozed off. However, the next morning he awoke to find 3 wild beavers snuggling with him, The creatures had kept him warm when the temperatures dipped to zero over night – and also offered him comfort in his time of need.

14 – Super Bunny

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When Simon Steggall fell into a life threatening diabetic coma on his couch, help came from an unlikely source – his pet rabbit Dory! Simon’s wife assumed that he had simply fallen asleep, but Dory knew something was wrong. She thumped emphatically around him and kept licking at his mouth to try and wake him. When Simon’s wife saw this she realized that the situation was serious and called an ambulance!

15 – Dog Saves 92 Sailors

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In 1919, a ship called Ethie crashed on rocks leaving 93 sailors stranded. One of the men was swept out to see. The ship’s dog Tang took a rope in his mouth and swam to shore. Onlookers on the shore were able to secure the rope allowing it to be used to guide the 92 men to safety.

16 – Treo the Bomb Dog

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Treo is a bomb sniffing search dog. He was recently awarded the Dickin Medal (the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross). He saved countless lives after locating two hidden bombs in Helmand province. He has now retired following 5 years of service and is his former handler’s family pet!

17- Watusi Calf Saves Woman

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When Janice Wolf was working in the back pasture of the refuge she runs in Arkansas, an 11 month old Watusu Calf suddenly blocked her path. She did not understand why it was doing this and so took hold of his horns and tried to push it out of the way. It knocked her off balance and refused to move. It was only then that she spotted the venomous copper head snake right where she would have been walking!

18 – Dog Vs Snake

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Another snake attack that was thwarted by an animal is one from 1982 when family dog Arf became agitated during a walk. The grandmother took her 2 year old grandson indoors because of the dog’s erratic behaviour and when she came back she found Arf engaged in a battle with a 2 foot long North American Coral Snake. She shot the snake, but Arf had been badly bitten. He was admitted to hospital, but made a full recovery. Had the snake bitten the child he would likely have died.

19 – Fire Alarm Kitty

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Dianne Busscher was understandably annoyed when her cat woke her up at 4.45am.However, when she got up to silence the cat she found smoke and realised that her home was on fire. She rushed to wake the rest of the family and all made it out alive thanks to the cat! Interestingly, Dianne had never been all that fond of the cat until that night! Needless to say Oreo is now spoiled rotten by Dianne!

With ASPCA Vehicle Donations, Your Used Car Can Help Save a Life

Vehicle Donations

As a non-profit organization, the ASPCA depends entirely on donations from kind-hearted people like you. However, we understand that traditional gift-giving may not fit in to everyone’s lifestyle or budget, which is why we want to tell you about another exciting way you can make a difference for animals: vehicle donations. That’s right! You can turn your old car, boat, truck or other vehicle into a charitable contribution for animals. It’s so easy, and all types of vehicles—in any condition or location—are accepted, whether they’re running or not. We spoke with one vehicle donor, Vickie, who was thrilled with the process. “I am an ASPCA supporter already, and I wanted to donate this vehicle to the ASPCA for all their work to help animals,” Vickie tells us. “The donation process was straightforward: I filled out the online donation form, sent in my signed title and they made arrangements to pick up my car.” Vickie’s vehicle was quickly sold and the profits were turned into resources to support our life-saving programs for animals in need.

The best part? Not only did Vickie make a major impact on the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals—she also received a tax deduction. The ASPCA can solve almost any title issues, and with more than 3,500 tow companies on our side, we can pick up vehicles anywhere in the country. “I am always touched by the stories of dogs being rescued from puppy mills and from dog fighting situations,” says Vickie. “I hope my donation will be helpful.”

To Vickie and the thousands of others who have donated their vehicle to the ASPCA, we and the animals we serve say thank you!

If you’re ready to donate your vehicle to the ASPCA, visit us online or call (877) 999-8322 to get started today!


Dogs and Skunks: A Smelly Dilemma

APCC: Skunks

While skunks are generally docile creatures, they do have a very potent method of fending off people or animals who bother them. Unfortunately, some dogs don’t get the hint soon enough and become the target of a skunk’s spray. That’s why the  ASPCA Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to offer the following tips and advice for dealing with a dog who has been “skunked.”

Signs and Symptoms

If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, the first thing you notice will likely be the smell. However, there are several other symptoms or problems your pet may exhibit if sprayed by a skunk:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Red and/or swollen eyes
  • Rolling
  • Face rubbing
  • Sneezing
  • Temporary blindness

These signs are typically seen immediately or within a couple of hours of your pet being sprayed. Symptoms like lethargy, weakness, change in urine color and pale or brown gums may take up to a few hours or even days to appear. These symptoms are rarer, but if they appear, you should take your pet to a veterinarian right away. The compounds in skunk spray are irritating and in some cases can result in damage to a dog’s red blood cells, potentially leading to anemia.

Steps to Take

What should you do if your pet has been sprayed by a skunk? The first order of business should be a bath—but regular shampoo is not going to cut it! Create a mixture out of the following ingredients:

  • 1 quart (4 cups) of 3% fresh hydrogen peroxide
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 1-2 teaspoons of liquid soap (dish washing detergent)

Lather your pet in this mixture and wait five minutes, then rinse with copious amounts of water. Repeat if necessary. It is possible this may bleach your pet’s hair, but it is not toxic to their skin. Note that this mixture doesn’t store well, so you will need to make a fresh batch if your pet gets sprayed again.

If your pet’s eyes seem to be affected, rinsing them with copious amounts of tepid water for 20 minutes may relieve some discomfort.

Prevention Is Key

No one wants their pet to be sprayed by a skunk. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to discourage skunks from coming near your home:

  • Make sure there is no easy access to pet food or bird seed. Use well-sealed containers and latched lids when necessary.
  • Remove or prevent access to wood piles and areas underneath decks and houses, where skunks like to den.
  • Invest in motion-activated lights or sprinklers, as skunks do not like light or noise.
  • Sprinkle kitty litter in front of a suspected den or hole, or stuff paper, leaves or straw into the hole to let the skunks know that it is not a good place for them.

In the United States, skunks can be carriers of rabies. If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a skunk, it is best to contact a veterinarian right away.

The APCC is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.



  American Humane Association

Seal Team 6 Dog Cario Needs Our Help!

Dear Friends:

Five years ago, a special operations dog named Cairo leaped out of a stealth Black Hawk helicopter and raced to a classified site in the raid to take down the world’s most notorious terrorist. Alongside the elite members of SEAL Team 6, Cairo brought justice and closure to thousands of families whose lives were shattered on 9/11. We just learned that courageous Cairo, now retired, is suffering from painful injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and potential surgeries.

Cairo risked his life in one of the most daring top-secret missions ever to protect our country from terrorists. And the physical demands of his specialized service were grueling. This four-legged military hero risked everything for our country and deserves a pain-free retirement. But Cairo won’t receive the urgent medical care he needs for a comfortable life without the support of friends like you.

Please give as much as you can today to help Cairo and other retired war dogs. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We owe Cairo, the Seal Team 6 dog on the bin Laden raid, so much – providing him with a comfortable retirement is the very least we can do.

You can help here: http://site.americanhumane.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=48075.0&dlv_id=38925&pgwrap=n

Now that’s puppy love! Extraordinary tale of the monkey who ‘adopted’ a baby dog (See the video below)

  • Family: A rhesus macaque monkey in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu has adopted a homeless puppy - and cares for it as though it were its own baby
    The rhesus macaque monkey formed unique bond with a homeless puppy
  • Now the pair are inseparable and do everything together in Erode, India
  • Photos emerged of the monkey feeding, cleaning and protecting the dog 
  • The besotted monkey even clutches to the puppy as they swing from trees

A monkey in southern India seems to have a serious case of ‘puppy love’ and has ‘adopted’ a homeless puppy. The rhesus macaque has taken the abandoned dog under its wing – and now the pair are inseparable. They are so close in fact, and their bond so unbreakable, that they go everywhere together and are the talk of Erode, Tamil Nadu in southern India.

Family: A rhesus macaque monkey in the southern India state of Tamil Nadu has adopted a homeless puppy – and cares for it as though it were its own baby

Bath time: In the remarkable tale of friendship the macaque has taken the abandoned pup under its wing and the pair are inseparable
Bath time: In the remarkable tale of friendship the macaque has taken the abandoned pup under its wing and the pair are inseparable

A series of touching photographs, viewed 170,000 times on Facebook, shows the rhesus macaque feeding, cleaning and protecting the tiny puppy as though it were its own baby. Another shot shows the monkey picking dirt and fleas off the little dog, in a cleaning session in the middle of the street. Bizarrely, he even clutches the puppy to its chest as it leaps from a tree – as the dog holds on. The monkey also shows its aggressive side, bearing its teeth to frighten off stray dog.

Mystery: Quite how the pair became such firm friends is unknown - but now they do everything together, from eating, cleaning and even climbing trees

Mystery: Quite how the pair became such firm friends is unknown – but now they do everything together, from eating, cleaning and even climbing trees

Doting: When a bowl of milk was put out for the furry friends, the macaque let his younger companion drink from the bowl first before he got stuck in 

Doting: When a bowl of milk was put out for the furry friends, the macaque let his younger companion drink from the bowl first before he got stuck in

Airborne: Incredibly, the monkey even clutches onto the tiny puppy as it leaps through the trees from branch to branch in the southern Indian state

Airborne: Incredibly, the monkey even clutches onto the tiny puppy as it leaps through the trees from branch to branch in the southern Indian state

‘People who have seen them all spoke of their strong mutual affection and described their bond as the most caring thing in the world,’ onlooker Sasi Kumar told Indian news outlet Zee News. ‘To take care of a puppy in danger and protect him like a parent, their undying affection gives us a valuable lesson about relationships. ‘It seems the monkey must have lost its baby and was heartbroken. It is quite possible that it saw its own baby in the puppy and decided to protect and adopt it.’ When a bowl of food was put out for the pair the monkey stepped back and let the little puppy eat its fill first. As it ate, the monkey stood over the puppy, sheltering it from danger.

Mean streets: Although an unusual pairing, the vulnerable puppy is protected by the monkey - which is seen here baring its fangs. In this picture the money is fighting off a stray dog

Mean streets: Although an unusual pairing, the vulnerable puppy is protected by the monkey – which is seen here baring its fangs. In this picture the money is fighting off a stray dog

Fine dining: The puppy might have to become used to vegetarianism, however, as the monkey tends to feed it fruit and vegetables that it finds around the city of Erode, Tamil Nadu in southern India

Fine dining: The puppy might have to become used to vegetarianism, however, as the monkey tends to feed it fruit and vegetables that it finds around the city of Erode, Tamil Nadu in southern India. One photo he can be seen feeding grapes to the dog. In another the monkey is seen picking dirt and fleas from his four-legged friend.  The story behind the pairing is a mystery, and quite how the two unlikely animals became such firm friends is unknown. But although they appear happy, there are fears forest department will decide the monkey can’t look after the puppy and separate the.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Dogs love to munch away on grass, and some even make it part of their daily routine. Fortunately, most experts believe it isn’t something you should worry about. So why exactly do they gobble up that green stuff in your yard?

Why do dogs eat grass?


Dogs, unlike their catty counterparts, are not carnivores. But they’re not like your garden-variety omnivores, either. For tens of thousands of years, these opportunistic scavengers have devoured anything and everything, as long as it fulfilled their basic dietary requirements.

The modern dog, partly because of evolution and domestication, is not like its ancestors, which frequently ate their prey entirely, including the stomach contents of plant-eating animals. Instead, dogs today seek out plants as an alternative food source. Most commonly the plant is grass — since that is what is closest at hand — but wild canines are known to eat fruits, berries, and other vegetable matter, too. Clearly, dogs can find their nutrients in a wide range of plant foods, but that doesn’t explain why Fido usually throws up after eating grass.


A dog will seek out a natural remedy for a gassy or upset stomach, and grass, it seems, may do the trick. When ingested, the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining; this sensation, in turn, may cause the dog to vomit, especially if the grass is gulped down rather than chewed. Although dogs don’t typically graze on large amounts of grass like a cow, they may nibble on grass, chew on it for a while, and not throw up (an unwell dog will tend to gulp the grass down in big bites and then throw up). This may be because they find the texture of the grass palatable, or just because they need to add a little roughage to their diet.


Whatever the reason may be, most experts see no danger in letting your dog eat grass. In fact, grass contains essential nutrients that a dog might crave, especially if they’re on a commercial diet. If you notice that your dog has been munching  on grass or houseplants, then you may want to introduce natural herbs or cooked vegetables into their diet. Dogs aren’t finicky like cats, but they’re not too fond of raw veggies either. They’re kind of like big furry kids that way.

Why do dogs lick?

See if this sounds familiar: After going for a long walk with your dog and feeding her, you sit down to relax. She comes over, so you start petting her, but as soon as you do, the licking begins. You’re not a fan, but it isn’t a big deal at first… and then it progresses until she’s slobbering all over your face. This happens every single time you offer affection! Why? Dogs lick their pack members and themselves for many reasons, and if you want to curb the behavior, it helps to understand its cause.

We taste good
If your dog is licking their bowl, the floor after a spill, or the counter after you’ve been cooking, you might pretty easily come to the conclusion that they simply like the taste. But did you know that the same thing can be true when  licking us? Sometimes we have tiny food particles that they can taste, and beyond that, dogs enjoy the salt on our skin.

You might not think of your dog as particularly concerned with hygiene, but dogs often lick to clean themselves, just like cats. Pay close attention, though, because  anal cleaning can indicate that the glands need to be expressed.

Dog saliva has enzymes that kill off bacteria, and when a dog licks himself, it helps to get rid of dead tissue and clean dirt from wounds. Some dogs, however, just can’t stop themselves and may actually reopen wounds or cause other kinds of harm through excessive licking.

Dogs lick other dogs to tell them all sorts of things: everything from “I’m hungry” to “I submit to you” to “Let’s be friends.” They do this with people as well, but we’re typically not as good at interpreting the message. If your dog is licking you with intensity, take a look around and see if something is amiss. Maybe the water bowl is empty or the doggie door is closed. Chances are your dog needs something.

This is the most common reason that domestic dogs lick and tends to be the kind of licking most pet parents want to change. Licking for affection causes your dog to release pleasurable endorphins that calm and comfort them, but sometimes it can just get to be too much for people. If you want your dog to stop, ignore them and walk into another room whenever it begins. Eventually they will learn that licking causes you to leave, which isn’t what they want.

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This is why dogs tilt their heads, in case you were wondering

Sure, we know that dogs tilting their heads are adorable, but have you ever wondered WHY they do it? I would love to keep thinking that dogs tilt their heads at me because they are simply trying to earn my love and adoration WHICH THEY DO EVERY SINGLE TIME, but that really isn’t the real reason. The real reason is even CUTER. According to Mental Floss, dogs are actually tilting their heads in such a way to empathize (which, yeah, is pretty adorable) with you, or at least try to. Which makes sense. Most of us who have had dogs in our lives know that they are particularly good at reading how you are feeling.

You know when you’re sick and your dog will cuddle up with you? Or when you’re crying and your dog is the only one there for you and they’ll whimper at you as if to say, “Your sorrow is MY sorrow!”)? That whole “sixth sense” in dogs (and lots of other animals) is  real —they obviously have to express themselves in different ways. When a dog tilts his or her head to the side, they are simply conveying that they are listening and empathisizing with you, silly human.

Additionally, Mental Floss reports that a dog’s head tilt may also be related to the mechanics of a dog’s ear. We probably all know that dogs hear at a much better level than human beings do, but we might not all know that dogs have a different process in figuring out where a noise is coming from. (Not that ALL humans are great at doing that either, myself included.) By tilting its head, a dog may simply be adjusting their outer ear to find exactly where that pesky noise is coming from.

Because ultimately, your dog wants to know what’s happening in order to protect you best. Because they are the most loyal and also just the best. No really, that’s a fact. Plus, having a dog as a BFF has been scientifically proven to boost our mood and make us feel way less stressed. And they also encourage us to exercise more, because they want the very best for us.

Electronic Cigarettes Connected to Canine Fatalities


Can Pets Get Cancer from Owners’ Smoking?

The Dangers of Second Hand Smoke for Pets

You must have been living on a desert island for the last few decades if you are not aware of the danger that smoking poses both to smokers and to the people who come in contact with second hand smoke. Less well known, however, is the effect that a smoke filled home can have on pet health. First some definitions. Second hand smoke is smoke that is exhaled or otherwise escapes into the air and can then be inhaled by non-smokers, including pets. Third hand smoke is the residue from smoke that remains on skin, fur, clothing, furniture, etc. even after the air has cleared. Both second and third hand smoke can be referred to using the term “environmental tobacco smoke,” or ETS. Now let’s take a look at the scientific studies that reveal a link between environmental tobacco smoke and serious diseases in cats and dogs.

The Effects of Tobacco Smoke on Cats

A study published in 2002 demonstrated a greatly increased risk of malignant lymphoma (also called lymphoma or lymphosarcoma) in cats with exposure to ETS. The relative risk for malignant lymphoma in cats with any household ETS exposure was almost 2 ½ times higher than that seen in cats who lived in smoke-free households. For cats with five or more years of ETS exposure, the relative risk climbed to 3.2. In other words, these poor cats were more than three times as likely to develop lymphoma as were cats who lived in a home where no one smoked.  This study and others also strongly suggest a link between oral cancers in cats and third hand smoke. It is thought that cats groom the toxins contained in tobacco smoke out of their fur, which damages tissues in their mouths. This eventually leads to oral cancer.

The Effects of Tobacco Smoke on Dogs

Dogs can become seriously ill after long term exposure to second and third hand smoke as well. Two studies, one published in 1992 and the other in 1998, determined that cancer of the respiratory tract was more common in dogs who were exposed to environmental tobacco smoke. Interestingly, the type of cancer the dogs got was influenced by the shape of their heads. The risk of nasal cancer increased by 250% when dogs with long noses (picture a Collie) were exposed to tobacco smoke. On the other hand, dogs with short or medium noses tended to develop lung cancer under similar conditions.

When you think about it, these findings aren’t all that surprising. The extensive nasal passages of long-nosed dogs are good at filtering out the toxins contained in cigarette smoke, which protects the lungs to the detriment of the nose. These same toxins pass right through the relatively shorter noses of other dogs and then become lodged in and damage the lungs. Many other studies underline the damage that tobacco smoke does to the lining of the respiratory tract and a possible link to non-cancerous diseases such as chronic bronchitis and asthma.

Do Alternatives Help?

By now you might be thinking, “I’ll just smoke outside.” While direct research into the effect that outdoor smoking has on pet health hasn’t been performed, we can look at a 2004 study on infants and draw some conclusions. It found that smoking outside of the home helps but does not eliminate smoke exposure to babies. The infants of parents who smoked outdoors but not inside were still exposed to 5-7 times as much environmental tobacco smoke in comparison to the infants of nonsmokers. Similar results could be expected for pets. And what about vaping? Again, no direct research into the health effects of second and third hand vaping solution on pet health has been done, but according to the American Lung Association:

In 2009, the FDA conducted lab tests and found detectable levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in antifreeze, in two leading brands of e-cigarettes and 18 various cartridges. A 2014 study found that e-cigarettes with a higher voltage level have higher amounts of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. It’s hard to imagine that inhaling substances like these or licking them off their fur could be completely risk free for pets.


Looking at the science brings us to the inevitable conclusion that second and third hand smoke exposure is very dangerous for pets. If you must smoke, do so outside or switch to vaping, but know that you are still likely putting your pets’ health at some degree of risk… to say nothing of what you are doing to yourself.


The Dangers of Lawn Chemicals: Is Your Perfect Lawn Killing Your Pet?

Pesticides accounted for more than 32 percent of lawn and garden supply sales in 2014. As Americans strive for the perfect green lawn, they are using a wide array of chemicals to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, this has a detrimental effect on the environment and the animals who live in it. But “animals” are not limited to wildlife. In fact, many pets are susceptible to falling ill as a result of exposure to lawn chemicals. Pet owners also happen to carry many pesticide chemicals with them, on clothes and shoes, as a result of regular exposure. Research has revealed that after pesticides are applied outdoors on lawns, they often make their way indoors and onto surfaces.

How much exposure do cats and dogs experience when they are close to the ground on a regular basis? A study published in July 2013 looked at urine samples of dogs from 25 households to determine whether chemicals entered their systems after they were applied to lawns. Chemicals were detected in the urine of dogs from 19 of the 25 households examined following pesticide application. However, it’s worth noting that pets from 14 of the 25 households had chemicals in their urine prior to application. “Lawn chemicals can vary widely in their safe use around pets,” said Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. “Some items, such as fertilizers, may only cause mild stomach upset, while others, such as insecticides, can be deadly.” Wismer goes on to state that insecticides and snail bait tend to be the most poisonous to pets. Luckily, safer alternatives, such as pyrethrins, have been developed as of late. “There has been a greater awareness [from insecticide developers] that people have pets, and the labeling reflects that,” Wismer continued. “The products used today are much safer around pets than the ones we used 20 years ago.”

Some experts believe that it isn’t just insecticides that pose the biggest threat—herbicides and fertilizers can be just as dangerous. Disolfuton, for example, is a pesticide commonly used to protect roses. It’s extremely toxic to animals, causing everything from diarrhea to seizures. “With more pressure from pet owners, the large lawn care companies may be looking for ways to accommodate safety concerns,” said Dr. Avi Adulami of the Smiling Pets Veterinary Clinic in Florida. However, the key to improving safety may not just lie in the hands of fertilizer and pesticide manufacturers. There is plenty that pet owners can do to maintain their lush, green lawns while keeping their furry friends safe. “Most lawns need very few supplemental chemicals beyond nutrients applied in fertilizer products,” said Dr. Frank Rossi of Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science. “When fertilizing your lawn, be sure to water the product off the leaves after application. Then, it is safe for pets to enter.”

The dryness of pesticides on plants after application may also play a role in how they impact animals that come into contact with them. “Pesticide use is different if it’s allowed to stay on foliage,” Rossi continued. “This is only an issue with some weed control products that have to dry on the leaves. Most other lawn pesticides are watered in like fertilizer and once watered in will not pose a risk to pets. If a product must dry on the leaf, avoid the area with pets until it has dried.” Rossi goes on to state that as pesticide and insecticide manufacturers move to make these chemicals safer for humans, they are inevitably becoming safer for animals, too. Of course, it helps for pet owners to be savvy about what they buy for their lawns. Warning labels on lawn care items may list specific hazards to animals, as well as precautionary statements. All of these warnings should be taken into consideration before using a product throughout a yard.

This Dog Is Addicted To Watching Netflix (Yes, There’s Video Below)


While most dogs spend their time bouncing off the walls, Chiko the Shiba Inu prefers to transform into a human and watch shows on his laptop. Chiko’s human Olesia Kuzmychova told Metro that his TV-watching habit started right after she adopted him. The pup’s human-like tendencies are not forced by anyone for the sake of making funny videos — they’re remarkably Chiko’s own instincts. “One time, I was watching Netflix with him and after a few minutes he put [two] legs downwards like a human,” Kuzmychova told Metro.

The videos on Kuzmychova’s YouTube channel document Chiko going through the steps of binge-watching we all know too well. Just like you, Chiko loves curling up in his favorite hoodie and fuzzy blanket to catch up on cartoons. We all know the struggle of staying up past our bedtime to watch TV — but Chiko prefers to do so while sitting at the kitchen table like an adult. A respectful roommate, Chiko keeps his headphones at the ready in case the show gets too loud. Like all millennials, Chiko clearly has trouble fighting his TV addiction — sometimes, he even sneaks his computer to the park to watch documentaries. Chiko, we understand you and we support you.

Every single piece of clothing and every accessory made of wool, leather, down, fur, or angora has a story and a face—the face of a sheep, cow, dog, bird, fox, rabbit, or other animal who was abused, neglected, and exploited.

This summer, we’re speaking up for animals who are bludgeoned, suffocated, anally or vaginally electrocuted, nailed to trees, or even skinned alive just so their skin can be sold for clothing and accessories. Join us in shouting from the rooftops:



5 Poisonous Mushrooms That Are Toxic to Dogs

5 Common Mushrooms That Can Poison Your Pet

Mushroom poisoning in pets may be underestimated. Mushroom species can be difficult to nearly impossible for even mushroom experts (called mycologists) to identify. That difficulty is compounded by the fact that little is known about the potential toxicity of many species. Mushrooms reported as edible in Europe have been associated with toxicity cases in North America and vice versa. Mushroom toxicity reportedly can vary depending on habitat and/or what other plants or trees are growing nearby. And many mushrooms can contain more than one poisonous substance.

Toxicity also can depend on underlying health conditions in victims or on other substances they may ingest. And in our global economy, toxic mushrooms from other parts of the world that resemble species presumed edible in the United States have been imported to North America, further muddying the scene. To be safe, it's best to keep your pet away from all wild mushrooms and call your vet immediately if you think your animal has eaten a mushroom. This photo gallery shows a handful of the most recognizable species of toxic mushrooms.

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushroom

Amanita Muscaria — "Fly Agaric"

This poisonous mushroom — considered the classic toadstool in many countries — is perhaps one of the more recognizable, with its often bright red cap (which can also appear orange or yellowish depending on sunlight fading or region) and striking white spots and stem. It is common throughout North America and Europe, and is found in all sorts of woodland habitats. It can be deadly in certain circumstances but more typically causes disorientation. Its common name, fly agaric, stems from folklore uses in which the dried mushroom is broken into bits and soaked in water or milk to poison flies.

Jeweled deathcap (Amanita gemmata) mushroom

Amanita Gemmata — "Jeweled Death Cap"

This posinious mushroom can, at times, resemble its cousin, A. muscaria, or fly agaric. It has a yellowish cap with white spots or warts. Like its cousin, the jeweled death cap is found throughout North America and Europe in a variety of woodland habitats. Its common name comes from its ornamented appearance. This mushroom can be deadly in certain circumstances, is commonly misidentified and should be avoided.

Death Cap (Amanita phalloides)

Amanita Phalloides — "Death Cap"

This mushroom’s common name says it all. The delicate, white, nondescript looking mushroom is the cause of most fatal mushroom poisonings in people and pets. The mushroom is more common in Europe but is also found throughout North America, where it has been introduced wherever European flora has been transplanted. Half a fresh mushroom can be fatal to an adult, so it’s likely that even smaller amounts could be deadly to pets. Affected animals will exhibit gastionral intestins , seem to recover and then lapse into liver failure.

Elf's saddle (Helvella lacunosa) mushroom

Helvella Lacunosa — "Elf’s Saddle"

Much is unknown about mushrooms in this family, and toxcity vary. The bottom line, however, is that the species should be avoided. With a gray “saddle” and lighter stem, the fungus is found throughout Europe and most of North America in woodland areas. Its common name is derived from its distinctive and fanciful appearance.

Autumn galerina (Galerina marginata) mushrooms

Galerina Marginata — "Autumn Galerina"

These little brown mushrooms like to grow on decayed wood in forests or even lawns. They will grow in sawdust and commonly pop up in woods and yards after a heavy rain. Despite their nondescript appearance, the mushrooms are as toxic as the dreaded death cap. Since it is nearly impossible to tell the many varieties of little brown mushrooms apart, all should be considered toxic and avoided. After initial gastrointestinal signs, an animal who has eaten these fungi will appear to improve, only to relapse several days later with liver and kidney failure. In pets, such conditions are typically fatal.

Mushroom poisoning in pets may be underestimated. Mushroom species can be difficult to nearly impossible for even mushroom experts (called mycologists) to identify. That difficulty is compounded by the fact that little is known about the potential toxicity of many species. Mushrooms reported as edible in Europe have been associated with toxicity cases in North America and vice versa. Mushroom toxicity reportedly can vary depending on habitat and/or what other plants or trees are growing nearby. And many mushrooms can contain more than one poisonous substance.

Toxicity also can depend on underlying health conditions in victims or on other substances they may ingest. And in our global economy, toxic mushrooms from other parts of the world that resemble species presumed edible in the United States have been imported to North America, further muddying the scene.

To be safe, it's best to keep your pet away from all wild mushrooms and call your vet immediately if you think your animal has eaten a mushroom.

Could Giving Animals Jobs Instead of Homes Solve the Stray Problem?

Everyday, thousands of animals in shelters wait for their forever homes. They wait for a human who will give them a life of leisure in exchange for companionship. However, in a few special cases, it is a new boss and the prospect of a job that gives once homeless animals a happy ending. “Most dogs like to have some sort of purpose,” explains Amanda Hanson, founder of Shelter Dogs with Jobs, a nonprofit that pairs homeless dogs with suitable employment. “Most often than not, they’ll get bored if they’re not given some structure and exercise.”

Hanson, who’s been rescuing dogs for a decade and is a full-time dog trainer, started the organization with two other dog lovers, Mo Eppley and Sabrina Zitzelberger, after repeatedly seeing “problem dogs” left at shelters because their owners didn’t know how to handle them. “Sometimes people confuse trained with trainable,” she explains. “They see a police dog and say ‘I want that’ and they take a Shepherd home and [the dog] chews on the couch or bites someone or has too much energy and they realize ‘I can’t do this.’’’

Hanson visits shelters in Tampa Bay, where she lives, and looks for dogs with certain character traits. Are they always following their nose? Are they incessant about playing fetch? Those could be signs of a highly energetic but also focused dog. Are they very calm and get along with everyone, dogs and humans alike? They could be an emotional support animal. She then matches the right dog with a specific request she has gotten from the police force or individuals looking for service animals. The four-legged workers don’t get paid in cash. A home with food and care is the fee for their services and since they’re doing what they love, the animals don’t see the jobs as a burden.

Across the country in Washington, it is cats that get placed in full-time employment with benefits that include a warm shelter to sleep in and unlimited supply of food. Since 2009, SpokAnimal, a nonprofit dedicated to ending pet homelessness, has paired 1770 feral cats with farms and warehouses in the rural area of Spokane, to help them control the mice population. “We have a ton of farms and most will have five to six cats so they have a whole rodent control team!,” explains Dori Peck, development director at SpokAnimal. “They’re all spayed and neutered and vaccinated so they’re healthy cats and you can’t really touch them because they’re truly feral.”

SpokAnimal has other local groups trap the feral cats who want nothing to do with a human’s lap or belly rubs and would much rather go hunting for mice in the field than have a can of Fancy Feast placed on their bowl. Some of the cats that have bad behavioral problems like spraying and are harder to adopt also make good candidates for warehouse jobs, where mice are abundant but there are no sofas to be peed on.

According to Hanson, the possibilities for animal jobs are expansive. Some can be trained to alert their owners or their owners’ families of blood sugar drops or seizures. Groups like the Greyhound Advancement Center use highly socialized dogs to train rescued Greyhounds who have never been outside of a racetrack or interacted with other dogs and humans to get accustomed to company and become more adoptable. Gia, a shelter dog, even got trained to sniff child pornography in Florida. And as more agencies try to avoid the cost of buying a puppy for training, they’re finding shelter dogs without the pedigree can do the job just as well — a win-win situation for everyone.

7 Common Bath-Time Mistakes Pet Owners Make


For most of us, taking a shower or bath is usually a calming experience. For our pets, however, bathing may be anything but relaxing. Between the water, the noise, the confinement, the scrubbing and the suds, it’s no wonder why your cat or dog may sprint in the other direction of the tub. Unfortunately, grooming our pets is a necessary evil. It minimizes shedding, keeps your pet’s coat healthy, reduces allergies, decreases chances of infection and diminishes the spread of dirt and germs throughout your home. While your dog or cat may never willingly jump under the faucet, you can make bath time as positive, easy and fast an experience as possible by avoiding these common mistakes:

Wrong Water Temperature

Shoot for lukewarm water, says Jocelyn Robles, a professional groomer at Holiday House Pet Resort, a veterinarian-owned pet resort and training center in Doylestown, Pa. Water that’s too hot or too cold will create a negative stimulus for your pet, which may turn them off of bath time for the long haul. So how do you know it’s the right temperature? Spray the nozzle on your forearm first, just like you would if you were giving a baby a bath, Robles says. The area of skin is more sensitive to temperature than your hands.

Harsh Spray

The easiest way to bathe your cat or dog is with a handheld shower head or faucet nozzle in a tub or sink (if you have one, there’s no need to fill the tub or sink with water when you bathe your pet), but the sound of the loud running water combined with the water pressure may frighten and upset your pet. Instead of spraying the water jet straight on to his fur, try to keep your pet calm by letting the water hit the back of your hand first as you move the nozzle across your pet’s body, Robles says. Your dog or cat will feel your comforting touch as opposed to the pounding of the water. Once he is at ease, you can move your hand away—just make sure you get his entire coat wet. 

Wrong Shampoo Selection

Don’t automatically grab your own shampoo—even if it’s an “all-natural” solution or a mild baby shampoo, Robles says. “A pet’s skin has a different pH balance than humans,” she added. “Your shampoo will be drying to them.” Your veterinarian can help you with product recommendations, but you’ll generally want to look for brands that are specifically formulated for cats or dogs and follow the directions for shampooing on the label. Oatmeal-based shampoos are a gentle option. Medicated shampoos are an essential part of treating many skin conditions. Ask your veterinarian which might be right for your dog or cat. If your pet has sensitive skin, test the shampoo on a patch on the back of his leg first, and then look for any signs of irritation a couple days before a bath.

Poor Soap Application

You may want to apply soap to your pet’s fur and then let it “soak in” for a couple minutes, but you won’t remove all the dirt and oil that way, Robles says. You need to agitate the shampoo to trap the grime and wash it away. Actively massage the soap into your dog or cat’s fur with your hands and fingers for four minutes. Start with your pet’s legs and work your way up to his face (the most sensitive area), Robles says. Clean his face with a cotton ball or washcloth and be careful to avoid his eyes. Wash the outside of his ears with a tiny bit of shampoo on your fingers, a washcloth or a cotton ball. Tilt your pet’s head down before rinsing (for instance, if you’re washing his left ear, angle the left side of his head down) to keep water from going into the ear canal and to prevent ear infections, Robles says. Pay extra attention to your pet’s paw pads, too, as these areas can sweat and trap odor.  Then rinse away the shampoo with the shower nozzle, reversing the order in which you shampooed. Start with your pet’s head this time and then work your way down to his legs. That way, if any soap got in your pet’s eyes, they’ll be rinsed first. Make sure the water runs clear of suds before you finish.

Bad Brushing Technique

You should brush your dog or cat before and after a bath, but only if you regularly brush him at least three times a week, Robles says.  Brushing can be painful and uncomfortable if there are matts or knots in your pet’s fur. “This can turn grooming into a negative,” she says. “You can’t just brush them out.” If your dog or cat has tangled fur, take him to a professional groomer first, then start a regular brushing routine. This will not only keep your pet’s coat shinier and tangle-free, but also keep him cleaner between baths. For breeds with double coats that shed (such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds), you can brush your pet while he is shampooed to help remove some of the excess undercoat, but for all other breeds, make sure your pet is as dry as possible after the bath and before brushing, Robles said. If his fur is too saturated with water, you’ll only create mats. You can even wait until the next day to brush.

A slicker brush and/or long-tooth comb will work best for most breeds. Some de-shedding tools and undercoat rakes have been known to knick the skin and cause infections, so double check all tools with a professional groomer or veterinarian you trust before using them, Robles says. A groomer will also be able to demonstrate the proper way to brush your pet from head to paw.

Hasty Drying Technique

Make sure you have towels ready to go before the bath (the last thing you want is a soaking wet pet sprinting through your home!) and, if you own a dog, have a few towels on the floor and one ready to drape over his back in case he wants to shake off during the bath. After a bath most pet owners quickly towel down their pet, but you should try to get the fur as dry as possible, Robles says. Use a towel to gently squeeze the fur and pull out as much water as possible, she said. By the end, your pet should be damp but not dripping wet.

You’ll want to leave using a blow dryer or any other type of drying tool to the professional groomer, Robles says. It’s difficult to regulate the temperature of the airflow, which increases the risk of burning your pet’s skin. Plus, most animals are scared of the noise, which may put a damper on the end of an otherwise positive bath time experience. 

Bathing Too Often

Dogs and cats naturally groom themselves, so you probably don’t need to bathe your pet more than once a month, Robles says. Too many baths can actually strip away the natural oils in your pet’s coat and cause skin irritation. Speak with your veterinarian to determine the best grooming schedule and best type of shampoo for your pet’s breed and activity level.


5 Reasons Your Cat is Peeing on the Bed

by Geoff Williams

“Why is my cat peeing on the bed?”

Discovering you're lying on sheets soaked in cat pee may be the only time you've been awake in bed and wished you were having a nightmare. But, alas, cat urination on your mattress is one of those dilemmas that some pet parents deal with. As you might expect, a cat peeing on your bed is sometimes due to a medical problem.

"If a cat is urinating out of the litter box, problems like bladder stones and a bladder infection, both of which cause severe inflammation and an urge to urinate, should be ruled out," says Adam Eatroff, DVM, DACVIM, staff internist and nephrologist and the director of the hemodialysis unit at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals, based in Los Angeles. But while it might be a biological problem, says Dr. Eatroff, cats usually pee on a bed due to an issue that is rooted in anxiety and stress, which can affect several hormonal and chemical balances in the body. This is commonly referred to as idiopathic cystitis; that is, inflammation of the bladder with an unknown cause."Idiopathic cystitis is likely caused by hormonal imbalances and is best prevented by reducing stress in the environment," said Dr. Eatroff. First, see your vet to make sure your cat is not suffering from an infection of the bladder or urinary tract. If your cat gets a clean bill of health and is still peeing on the bed, here are five possible reasons why your cat is using your bed as a litter box.


The Litter Box Isn't In a Good Location

Think about how you do your own bathroom business. You have a door you can shut. You've probably got the room decorated with knickknacks. Doesn't your cat deserve some privacy and pleasantry, too? "Perhaps your litter box is in a busy area, or it’s next to a noisy appliance like a clothes dryer, or one that turns on at random times like a furnace," says Paula Garber, a certified feline training and behavior specialist based out of Briarcliff Manor, New York, and who runs Lifeline Cat Behavior Solutions. Or maybe the cat box was in an ideal spot but as the years have gone on, it's not so convenient any more. "Maybe the litter box is in the basement, but the cat spends most of his time on the second floor of the house. Cats can see well in low lighting but they do need some light to see. If the litter box is in a dark place with no light, a cat might be less inclined to use it, especially in a multi-cat household," Garber says. There could be other location issues as well, Garber says. Maybe your cat has to pass the dog's favorite resting spot on the way to the litter box and is frequently chased. Or perhaps, Garber says, "Maybe the litter box is tucked into a closet with no escape routes to avoid another cat that enters."

You Need More Cat Litter Boxes

Even if you have a couple of litter boxes, it still may not be enough. Some cats prefer to urinate and defecate in separate litter boxes, and some cats will not share a litter box with another cat," Garber says. "A good general rule is to have a litter box for each cat in the home, plus one more, and to provide at least one litter box on every level of the home." Probably not what you want to hear. Yay, more cat litter to clean. But that’s better that than constantly cleaning your bed sheets, right? Multiple litter boxes is especially a good idea for kittens, Garber adds. "Like children, kittens’ control over their elimination is not fully developed, so they need multiple, easily accessible litter boxes to help prevent accidents," she says, adding that you should "never scold or punish a kitten or cat, especially when she’s in or near her litter box. This will create a negative association with the box and she will avoid it. For the same reason, never use the litter box as a place to trap a cat to administer medication, trim nails, or get her into a carrier."

Your Cat Doesn't Like the Type of Litter Box You Have

Time to give the feline facilities another look. "Maybe it’s got a cover that traps odors or constricts her movement so she can’t get into a comfortable position to eliminate without pressing part of her body against the inside of the cover, something many cats dislike," Garber says. Or it could be a medical issue combined with an ill-fitted cat litter box. Garber says that if your cat has arthritis, perhaps the box's sides are too high, making it difficult to get in and out of.

Your Cat Doesn't Like the Cat Litter

You're probably a fan of one type or brand of cat litter and turn up your nose at other brands. Some cats are the same way, particularly if your little guy thinks the litter isn't soft enough, Garber says. "If the cat has been declawed, stepping into and digging in cat litter might be painful, so she will seek out a softer substrate." Garber suggests setting up a cat litter test: Put two cat litter boxes next to each other, one filled with a soft type, Brand A, and the other with a rougher type, Brand B. Whichever litter your cat clearly ends up preferring is your new cat litter. And if you have multiple cats who each prefer different types? Then you can make sure they are each happy with their own boxes and their own litter. Just make sure the cat litter is truly absorbent. Garber says that the practice of a cat burying his or her urine or feces is because they're hard-wired to hide the scent so that a predator can’t track them. "This instinct is very strong, as the cat's survival depends on it," Garber says.

There's Been a Major Change In the Household

Do you have a new baby? Maybe a new dog or a new cat? Maybe you have a new job that's keeping you away from the house far more than normal or for different hours than your cat has been accustomed to. "Cats thrive in an environment that is predictable and controllable," Garber says. "Changes in a cat's household, even those that seem minor and insignificant to us, can trigger house soiling behavior."

Your Cat Needs to Feel Safe

Ultimately, your cat needs to feel safe. The good news is that that's a problem you can fix, Dr. Eatroff says. "The psychological stress of competing for resources like food, water, empty litter boxes, and the cat owner's attention is something we can easily modify by making sure that there are ample resources, like food and water bowls, toys, and litter boxes available for all of our feline friends," he says. "And don't forget that quality time with your cat is a relaxing stress reducer for both of you."

How to Stop the Cat from Peeing on the Bed

Getting a cat to stop urinating on a bed, furniture, or anywhere else does take patience, cautions Garber. She recommends a five pronged approach to solving your cat urination problem, assuming that you have already been to your vet and know this isn't a medical problem.

1. Make the litter box the most attractive place for the cat to do his or her business. Garber recommends fine grained, unscented, clumping litter, and to avoid plastic litter box liners. "Cats’ claws get caught in the plastic, preventing effective digging and burying of urine and feces. Also, urine can splash off the liner back onto the cat—an unpleasant experience that can make the cat avoid the litter box," she says.

2. Thoroughly clean the previously soiled areas. Probably nobody needs to tell you this twice. Cats, she says, will return to pee if the area smells like pee.

3. Make the previously soiled area unattractive to the pet. It doesn't have to be forever, but when you aren't sleeping in the bed, Garber says you could cover it with something like a shower curtain to make it a non-absorbent place the cat isn't going to be interested in.

4. Change the meaning of the place your cat has turned into a "bathroom." So your cat urinates on your bed or sofa? Start playing with your cat on the bed or sofa and give out treats there. "She will eventually learn to associate the bed or piece of furniture with food instead of a toilet," Garber says.

5. Be patient. Tough to do if you've just opened your eyes and discovered you're unfortunately awake and not dreaming that you're lying in a swimming pool of urine. Remember that punishing your cat won't get you anywhere and will only make your him fearful and anxious, Garber says. She suggests spending at least a month trying to retrain your cat, and if the problems persist, well, you could always hire a certified cat behavior specialist.


Arizona: Four people, including the son of Sen. Jeff Flake, have been indicted in the deaths of more than 20 dogs



An investigation into the deaths of more than 20 dogs at a Gilbert-area kennel in April culminated Wednesday in a series of felony and misdemeanor indictments against the kennel’s owners and the caretakers who were left in charge while they were on vacation in Florida. Green Acre Dog Boarding owners Jesse Todd Hughes and his wife, Maleisa Hughes, were indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury on 22 felony counts and seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, and one felony count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, according to County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office. Logan Flake, the Hughes’ daughter, and her husband, Austin, son of U.S Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., were indicted on 21 felony counts and seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. All four defendants are scheduled to appear in court at an Oct. 23 arraignment “Today’s indictment is the result of a thorough review of the extensive investigation into this incident and a decision to seek charges based on the objective facts,” Montgomery said in a prepared statement. “We now look forward to the next step in seeing that justice is served in this case.”

Montgomery declined further comment, but his spokesman said the charges stem from the deaths of 21 dogs and the injury of four others at the Green Acre facility, located on a county island near southeast Gilbert. He said the sentence for a conviction on the lesser felonies ranges from probation to 11/2years in prison, but added that prison sentences are unlikely on first offenses that are non-violent. We have to prove how each of those dogs died,” said Jerry Cobb, a county attorney spokesman. “They basically suffocated. They were in a tight room without enough air.” He said the Hughes’ account to investigators with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that a dog chewed through a wire, cutting off electricity to the air-conditioning, was disputed by the investigation. Jesse Todd Hughes told the dog owners many other accounts of how their pets died, including that they tunneled out under a fence and ran away. “How would you like your dog stuffed in a small room? Twenty-eight dogs,” Sheriff Joe Arpaio told reporters on Wednesday night. “Think about that. I feel sorry for the owners. … This has been one of the toughest cases we have worked. We had over 17 people work this case, between the posse, other volunteers, our deputies.”

One of the dogs escaped and was found on the side of a Gilbert road weeks later, having been struck by a car. Most of the pets were found dead on the facility’s grounds. “The air-conditioning unit was functioning. The air-conditioner filters had not been changed for a long time,” Cobb said, adding that clean filters would not have necessarily saved the dogs’ lives. Cobb said that Austin Flake’s status as a U.S. senator’s son played no role in Montgomery’s
decision. “Montgomery has said on multiple occasions that his office does not mix politics with charging decisions,” Cobb said. “Some people are never going to be convinced. We evaluate all of our cases on the evidence.”

Dog deaths at Gilbert boarding site

In this case, Cobb said, the evidence turned over by sheriff’s investigators on Aug. 27 was voluminous: 2,500 pages and 12 discs. In a statement, Sen. Flake said, “This is simply the next step in the legal process, and I have confidence in that process.” Dennis Wilenchik, an attorney for the Flakes, said he will file a motion to dismiss the case or remand it back to the grand jury. He said there is no evidence that the Flakes committed any crimes. “They’re innocent. They will be proven innocent,” Wilenchik said. “There is no evidence to convict them of any felony charge.” The fraud charge mirrors the allegations in a civil lawsuit filed by John Schill and Shawn Cunnington, the attorneys representing the dog owners. The suit alleges the dog owners were fraudulently led to believe their pets would be roaming free at Green Acre, playing with the Hughes’ children, sleeping under their beds and frolicking in a spacious backyard.

Instead, the dogs were kept in a “dog room” that was not shown to prospective customers on tours of Green Acre. The 9-foot-by-12-foot room is where the Flakes said they left the dogs on June 19, and it was where the dogs were supposed to sleep. The Flakes found many of the dogs dead or sick the next morning, the suit said. Schill said he and dog owners welcomed the charges after a painful  ordeal. “There is a relief. There is a sense of sadness. You can’t bring their family members back,” Schill said. “Now, they know they have support: The county attorney and the grand jury feel a crime has been committed.”Schill said he is hoping for a prison sentence if the Hugheses and Flakes are convicted.

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Scientology recurring stories of pets being killed…video evidence…

Repeating stories of pets being killed have emerged over the years. Stacy Young had her cats poisoned when she emerged as an Expert witness to testify against the Church,. Judge Swearinger presiding over Scientology litigation went home to find his dog has mysteriously drowned in the swimming pool. Anon Orange reveals the cats poisoning. Later in the video, Pauline Lombard who worked as an Intelligence Operative for Office of Special Affairs tells Riverside Council about what she was lured in….

Did Scientology Kill Joel Sappell’s Dog?

Joel Sappell

Los Angeles Times journalist who, with his partner Robert Welkos, produced a series of blockbuster Scientology investigations in the late 1980s, culminating in their giant 1990 series about the church. We lived in Los Angeles at the time, and can still remember the billboards that the church put up in retaliation. We were reminiscing about that with Joel earlier this year when he told us he had an idea for a new story, and could we put him in touch with former Scientology executive Marty Rathbun? We were happy to help, and boy, does it look like it paid off. Joel told us that Rathbun’s defection made him wonder, all these years after Rathbun was the church’s chief enforcer, if he could now fill in some details about the kind of harassment that Sappell and Welkos went through when their stories were coming out. Chief among those incidents was the apparent poisoning of Sappell’s dog. Los Angeles magazine put up an excerpt of Joel’s story at Buzzfeed today, and we’re looking forward to the full story later this week.


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Can Dogs Benefit From Medical Cannabis?

Twenty-three states (plus the District of Columbia) have comprehensive medical marijuana laws. Another 17 allow the use of low THC, high cannabidiol (CBD) cannabis products for medical use. In these states, patients know where they stand and what their options are if they want access to medical marijuana—but only if they’re human. For dogs, the issue of access to medical marijuana is more complicated. And whether or not medical cannabis can benefit canines is even less clear.Medical marijuana laws don’t apply to pets or the veterinarians that treat them. Vets can’t prescribe medical marijuana to their patients, and even suggesting it as an option can lead to trouble. There is no formal scientific research about marijuana’s efficacy for dogs.

Medical marijuana for pets is “good in theory,” says Dr. Robin Downing, a veterinarian and the hospital director at the Downing Center for Animal Pain Management in Windsor, Colo. Like us, dogs have cannabinoid receptors, so there is a scientific basis for thinking that marijuana could help some of the same ailments for them as it does for humans. The groundwork is there for learning more, but that’s where things get tricky.

Understanding Current Cannabis Laws

Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance according to the federal government, regarded as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” To do any clinical studies on its medical applications, researchers need to register with the Drug Enforcement Agency and get a special license for the site where the study will take place, submit an application for the study to the Food and Drug Administration and obtain the marijuana from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These are not insignificant hurdles, and without peer-reviewed research, gaining an understanding about whether cannabis can help dogs or how remains difficult. “We have no safety data, no efficacy data and no dosing data,” Downing says.

Anecdotal Evidence of Cannabis Benefiting Dogs

What we do have is a lot of anecdotal data. Some pet owners aren’t waiting for the science or the law to catch up with what they see as a viable option for treating their pets’ illnesses or making them more comfortable. Before his death in 2013, California veterinarian Doug Kramer was one of the most prominent and vocal proponents of veterinary marijuana and, through his website and surveys, amassed several hundred reports from pet owners who experimented with “veterinary cannabis,” most of them positive.

If marijuana isn’t available to dogs, what were these people using? Despite marijuana’s Schedule I status, there are still some cannabis products available for pets. They’re made from hemp, a different variety of the same plant as marijuana, Cannabis sativa. Hemp is subject to different regulations than marijuana and contains very little THC (the cannabinoid in marijuana that produces a “high” that can be toxic to dogs), but does contain CBD, the cannabinoid implicated as having a range of medical applications. A survey published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association found that, out of 632 people, 72 percent reported using or having used a hemp product for their dog (and 104 tried it with their cat) and 64 percent felt that it helped their pets. A few different hemp-derived edible treats are available for dogs online, in dispensaries and even at veterinarians’ offices. 

Vets Warn Against Hemp Supplements

Beyond the lack of research on treating pets with cannabis, many vets urge caution when using these hemp products for another reason. They’re treated like supplements and not pharmaceuticals, and haven’t undergone the same testing that new drugs and medicines do. Downing says there is currently no regulation of, and no data about, hemp supplements, and highly variable content levels of their active ingredients. Some of the companies that make these supplements received warning letters from the FDA last year about their marketing practices, specifically that they were marketed and labeled “for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals” without FDA approval. “The lack of oversight, quality control and utter inability to know what is actually in the product is what bothers me,” Dr. Lisa Moses, a Massachusetts-based veterinarian who serves on the board of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, says of the supplements. “In the case of hemp based supplements, the lack of knowledge about specific toxicity to animals is an additional problem.”

The Future of Medical Marijuana and the Veterinary Community

For now, we simply don’t know for sure if dogs could benefit from medical cannabis in any of its forms, but that could change as public attitudes and even some laws surrounding cannabis shift. Legislators are pushing to open marijuana up to more scientific research and extend the potential benefits of medical marijuana to pets. Last year, Arizona State Senator Tick Segerblom introduced a bill that would have allowed the state to issue medical marijuana cards to pets with certain illnesses and required the state to regulate medical marijuana products for animals, including their formulation, labeling and dosage. The bill died after failing to get a hearing in the Committee on Health and Human Services. In Florida, a bill introduced earlier this year would authorize the University of Florida to work with veterinary researchers to “conduct research to determine the benefits and contraindications of the use of low-THC cannabis and low-THC cannabis products for treatment of animals with seizure disorders or other life-limiting illnesses.” That bill is currently in committee. Meanwhile, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed for academic researchers to grow and conduct research on hemp.

“In my opinion, research into cannabis as it relates to veterinary medicine is vital for a number of reasons,” says Dr. Narda Robinson, a veterinarian and director of the Colorado State University Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine. “While the anecdotal effects do sound intriguing and potentially beneficial, research will help us sort the actual effects of cannabis from those of placebo. Research would also allow us to more rigorously assess and document the adverse effects. 

“Only then will we as veterinarians be able to weigh the risk-benefit ratio from a scientifically informed perspective.”


What NOT to Do When You See an Injured Animal in the Wild

You were out minding your own business when you spotted it: a sad, orphaned, injured and begging-to-be-rescued wild animal. Your instinct is to save it – to be the hero. But before you put your cape on, you should know you could be making matters worse. No matter how good your intentions, there are some things you should never do when you see an injured animal in the wild.

1. Dont do anything before calling a wildlife rescue.

You know the expression “leave it to the pros”? This is a wonderful opportunity to use it and act on it. Your animal-loving heart may be breaking to see an animal suffer but unless you are a wildlife rehabilitator or veterinarian, odds are you do not know how to assess and handle the situation best. Unless the animal is in imminent danger (like being run over), reach for your phone, not the animal, and call your local wildlife rescue.

2. Dont assume it’s orphaned.

Sometimes a baby animal can look like it’s all alone in the wild but their parent could have just gone hunting for a few minutes and will be right back. By moving the baby you could be unintentionally separating a family. In other cases, the adults are just giving their babies some space but are watching close by. A momma bear will not care that you wanted to babysit her cubs one bit and could attack. The best bet is to watch the baby animals from a distance and see if their parent returns or if they are indeed orphaned.

3. Dont touch it.

Not only will some species, like rabbits, be extremely stressed to the point of death, but others like raccoons can bite. Being handled by a human can also lead to tragic ostracizing by the animals’ herd as one group of animal lovers found out the hard way as they tried to save a shivering baby bison from Yellowstone Park.

4. Don’t plan on keeping it as a pet.

We’ve all seen the stories online: a rescued baby raccoon who thinks she’s a dog, an adopted squirrel who sleeps under the covers, a rescued fox turned man’s best friend. While that sounds like the magic stuff out of Disney movies, odds of that fairy tale actually panning out are slim. Not only is keeping wild animals as pets illegal in some states, it’s unsafe. Wild animals belong in the wild and could attack you and your pets if domesticated.

5. Dont feed it.

Depending on the injury the animal has, feeding it or forcing it to drink might be fatal. Giving the animal something it cannot properly process like milk or bread, may also cause bigger stomach issues.

6. Dont talk all the way to the vet.

While you may be tempted to reassure the animal a thousand times that everything is going to be OK and that you’ll make sure they’re alright, resist the urge while transporting them to a wildlife rescue center. The animal doesn’t know you or your voice or what in the world is happening to them so the talking will most likely just stress them out and frighten them even more. Keep the radio off and talking to a minimum.

New York Landlords Can’t Ban Pit Bulls if This Law Passes


Anyone who’s ever had a pit bull (or a dog who’s misidentified as a pit bull) probably knows how difficult it can be to find rental housing. Unfair and inaccurate stereotypes portraying these dogs as “dangerous” mean landlords are often reluctant to rent to pit bull owners.

This is one of the reasons why animal shelters are filled with pit bulls. In a survey, most renters cited housing issues as the main reason they gave up their pets last year. Banning breeds because of their looks, aka breed-specific legislation (BSL), is akin to racism regarding dogs. BSL is opposed by virtually every major animal welfare organization. Instead of breed bans, these organizations support breed-neutral ordinances that address the typical cause of dog problems: their irresponsible owners. Fortunately, as people become more aware of the unfairness and ineffectiveness of BSL, it has been banned statewide in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Texas and several other states. Although New York’s municipalities and local governments can’t ban specific breeds, landlords are free to do so. But in the near future, renters with pit bulls may have a much easier time finding a place to live in New York.

State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski happens to have a pit bull named Ernie who he adopted from a shelter, so he’s well aware of this breed’s undeserved reputation. He introduced a bill that would prohibit landlords in New York from banning certain breeds, sizes or weights of dogs. Dogs of any breed that have been deemed dangerous (for example, a dog attacked someone unprovoked), are excluded from the bill. “There really is no evidence a certain type of breed is dangerous,” Zebrowski told CBS New York. “You could have a docile shepherd, or you could have an aggressive Maltese. It’s really how they’re trained and brought up.” Landlords will still be able to ban dogs and limit the number of them, but they won’t be able to discriminate against potential renters because of the breed or size of their dogs.

The bill is supported by the ASPCA but predictably opposed by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America. It’s a fact that almost all major U.S. insurance companies blacklist pit bulls, along with other breeds they’ve decided are dangerous. If you have a pit bull and need homeowners or renters insurance, only State Farm and few other companies will provide it.

Michigan and Pennsylvania are currently the only two states that prohibit insurance companies from blacklisting dog breeds. Legislation that would end this practice is pending in 10 other states – including New York. “For years, insurance companies that offer homeowners insurance have avoided loss because of the burglary prevention provided by homeowners’ dogs,” New York Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, who introduced the bill, wrote on her website. “It is unacceptable that now insurance companies would want the ability to deny coverage based on the exact same breed of dog that may have protected the homeowners and the insurance company from loss.” Should both bills pass, it would truly be a win-win for pit bull owners, and will hopefully inspire similar legislation in other states.

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Animal abuse in images….Please take one minute of prayer for all the abused animals…

The shocking number of cruelty cases reported daily on television, on the Internet and in newspapers is only the tip of the iceberg. Most cases are never reported, and most animal suffering goes unrecognized and unabated. Unlike violent crimes against people, information on reported cases of animal abuse have not been compiled by state and federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate the prevalence or trends in these crimes.


Who abuses animals

Cruelty and neglect cross socio-economic boundaries, and media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both

rural and urban areas.

  • Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people.
  • Serious animal neglect (such as seen in cases of animal hoarding) is often an indicator of people in need of social or mental health services (Lockwood, 2002).
  • Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly male and under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are more likely to be female and over 60 (Lockwood, 2008).
  • Most common victims

    The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses and livestock. Based on numbers from pet-abuse.com, of 1,880 cruelty cases reported in the media in 2007:

    • 64.5 percent (1,212) involved dogs (25 percent of these were identified as pit-bull-type breeds)
    • 18 percent (337) involved cats
    • 25 percent (470) involved other animals

      Undercover investigations have revealed that animal abuse abounds in the factory farm industry. But because of the weak protections afforded to livestock under state cruelty laws, only the most shocking cases are reported, and few are ever prosecuted.

DogsInDanger website traffic is up. Thousands of people are coming to DogsInDanger every day looking for dogs to save. Thanks to some very dedicated volunteers, we have new shelters coming online every day. The national database of dogs on death row is growing. We could help shelters save more lives if only we had more volunteers.

We desperately need volunteers to help list dogs on DogsInDanger. It's not necessary to visit the shelter to do this work. It can be done from home. It requires basic computer skills, and a commitment of about 10 hours a week. If you are passionate about saving dogs, and this is something that you are willing and able to do, send an email to info@dogsindanger.com with your contact information, including name, phone, email address, city and state. We need volunteers all across the country, including Big Spring TX, Garland TX, Los Angeles CA, Memphis TN, Miami FL, Philadelphia PA, and San Bernardino CA.


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9 ways dogs say ‘I love you’

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Dogs have lived alongside us for thousands of years, earning the reputation as “man’s best friend” for good reason. But while some people may be quick to dismiss a dog’s devotion as simply a relationship based on need, experts say that’s just not true.

“Dogs have developed the strongest ability of all animals on Earth to form affectionate bonds with humans,” says Dr. Frank McMillan D.V.M., director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society, an organization helping adopters find loving companions. “Dogs don’t just love us — they need us, but not just for food and physical care. They need us emotionally. This is why the attachment bond a dog feels for his human is one of deep devotion and is, as has been often stated, unconditional.” But how exactly does a dog say, “I love you”? Read on to find out.

Your dog wants to be close to you.

If your dog is always in your lap, leaning against you or following you room to room, it’s clear your pooch is attached to you. “A dog’s affection is most evident in their desire to be physically close to you. This can sometimes appear to be a clinginess, and it isn’t always easy to distinguish healthy positive clinginess from insecurity, but in both cases your dog is deeply attached to you,” McMillan says.

Your dog gazes into your eyes.

When you and your pup share a long look, your dog is “hugging you with his eyes,” according to Brian Hare, a professor at Duke University who studies canine cognition, and research shows that this “hug” has a profound effect on both man and animal. When scientists at Japan’s Azabu University took urine samples from dogs and their owners before and after 30 minutes of interacting, they found that the pairs that spent the most time gazing into each others’ eyes showed significantly higher levels of the hormone oxytocin, the same hormonal response that bonds us to human infants. “It’s an incredible finding that suggests that dogs have hijacked the human bonding system,” Hare told Science.

dog looking into owner's eyes

Your dog excitedly greets you.

Does your pup jump up, wag his tail and barely seem able to contain contain his excitement when you arrive home? If so, that’s a sure sign of affection. “This becomes even more obvious when your dog learns, like Pavlov’s dogs, that some sound signals your upcoming arrival, like the garage opener or sound of your car, and they show excitement upon hearing that sound,” McMillan says.

Your dog sleeps with you.

Dogs are pack animals that often huddle together at night for warmth and protection, so when your dog snuggles up with you, it means he considers you to be part of the family. And these canine cuddles may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

You are your dog’s safe haven.

“Much affection in animals and humans is based on how much you can be relied on as a source of comfort and support in scary situations,” McMillan says. “If your dog seeks your comfort during thunderstorms, car rides, vet visits or other frightening occurrences, then you are seeing another aspect of her attachment bond to you.”

Your dog ‘reads’ you and reacts accordingly.

A close bond with your dog may enable him to sense your mood and respond with affection. “Many dogs who sense that you are upset or not feeling well will demonstrate their affection by spending even more time by your side. They might give you licks or rest their head or paws on some part of your body,” McMillan says.

dog snuggling sick owner

Your dog yawns when you yawn.

If you’ve ever yawned after witnessing another person’s yawn, you’re aware how contagious the act can be. This contagious yawning is unique to only a few species, and man’s best friend is one of them. Researchers have even found that not only are dogs more likely to yawn after watching familiar people yawn, but also that dogs will yawn when hearing only the sound of a loved one’s yawn. So if your canine companion yawns in response to your yawns, odds are good that his affection for you enables him to empathize with you.

Your dog focuses on you.

It’s not unusual for dogs to delight in positive attention from virtually anyone, but just because your pooch loves on everyone, doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you most. Pay attention to how your dog acts when in a room full of people. If he stays focused on you or ignores others while awaiting your return, you know you hold a special place in your dog’s heart.

Your dog forgives you.

“Part of the affectionate feelings your dog has for you shows up in their willingness to forgive you for things you do that make them feel bad, such as raising your voice, or misplacing your frustration on your dog by ignoring them,” McMillan says. “Forgiveness is your dog’s attempt to maintain the loving bond they share with you.”

However, even if your canine best friend doesn’t show affection in these ways, it certainly doesn’t mean your pooch doesn’t love you. Just as some people can care deeply without expressing their feelings, so can your pup. “Be sure not to go through the list above and think that because your dog shows very few or even none of these things, he or she doesn’t love you. Odds are, love is very much there. After all, we’re talking about a dog here,” McMillan says.

And how can you show your dog some love? Engage in playtime, take a long walk,bake some yummy dog treats, or give your pup a homemade toy. Above all, McMillan says the best thing you can do is simply give your dog more of you because that’s what man’s best friend wants most of all.

‘Porn Dogs’ Sniff Out Devices Used by Child Pornographers

A flash drive containing content vital to the child pornography investigation of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle wasn’t discovered by a two-legged detective. It was Bear, a 2-year-old black Labrador retriever, who sniffed out the hidden electronic device.

Bear, who was working with the Indiana Crimes Against Children Task Force at the time, has been specially trained to detect the adhesive used in electronic storage devices such as thumb drives and micro SD cards. Child pornographers often put evidence on these small devices and then hide them. “You think about investigators going into a house and trying to find a micro SD card that is as big as a fingernail. It will take investigators hours, especially if someone is trying to hide it,” Bear’s trainer, Todd Jordan, said prior to Fogle’s arrest in August.

Ryan Gable, a Montgomery County, Texas, constable who will be the handler of the state’s first electronics-sniffing dog, agreed that the electronic storage devices can be very difficult for humans to find. “We have found that there have been storage devices in safes under the slab of somebody’s home. They hide it very well,” he told KHOU. While dogs around the world are using their amazing senses of smell to sniff out bombs, drugs and other contraband, Bear was the first and is still one of only a few dogs in the U.S. trained to sniff out electronic storage devices – but the number of what some are calling “porn dogs” is likely to grow.

Porn dogs?

The dubious designation is “innovative, it’s unique, it’s cutting edge,” said Jon Dumas with Montgomery County Crimestoppers, a nonprofit that provides crime-solving assistance to law enforcement. The organization donated $17,000 to cover the cost of Brody, an electronics-sniffing chocolate Lab, and the training of his handler. “It’s extremely catching and fitting, because that’s what it’s there to do, sniff out child pornographers,” Dumas said.

Well, actually, that’s not what these dogs do. They’re not there to sniff out child pornographers, but to detect the devices on which these predators store photos and other evidence. The dogs can also be very useful “in searches for bank records and computer data in the investigations of white collar financial crimes or terrorist acts,” Assistant District Attorney Tyler Dunman told the Houston Chronicle. When Bear finds an electronic storage device, he sits next to it and is rewarded with a treat. It takes him only about five minutes to search an average-sized living room.

Training a dog to sniff out electronics is more difficult than training one to sniff out drugs or bombs, according to Dennis Clark, CEO of Tactical Detection K9, where Bear learned the skill. The training process takes eight months to a year. “It took a year for the scientists to isolate the [adhesive] odor, then we started training the dog,” Clark told International Business Times. The adhesive is odorless to humans. “In that way, you can train the dog to detect that by-product, and the dog will ignore other parts of the cell phone or the computer.” Clark called these dogs “the K9 of the future.” Jordan, who trained Bear and Brody, looks for these K9s of the future in shelters. “I like using rescue dogs,” he told the Houston Chronicle. He prefers to work with hyper Labs who enjoy having something to do. Jordan is now training more dogs to sniff out electronic devices.

Last month the Montgomery County Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force arrested 27 child pornography suspects. With Brody soon contributing his electronics-sniffing prowess to their team, those numbers are expected to increase. “As we continue to focus resources on crimes against children, we are interested in any tool that would make us more effective,” Phil Grant, the district attorney’s chief assistant, told the Houston Chronicle.

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FBI Takes Important Action Against Animal Cruelty

In too many communities throughout the nation, there are horrific and malicious cases of animal cruelty occurring. A horse neglected and starved to death. A cat and her kittens set on fire. Dogs forced to fight to the death in a pit.

One of 21 dogs The HSUS rescued from a
suspected dog fighting ring in West Virgina.

In a move that will improve society’s ability to hold offenders accountable and to prevent such cruelty and abuse, this year the Federal Bureau of Investigation will begin collecting data on animal cruelty crimes. The change in reporting signals from the highest levels of government the importance of protecting animals and our communities. We applaud the FBI for addressing the documented connection between animal cruelty and violence to people.

With this decision, cruelty to animals—including abuse, neglect, animal fighting, and bestiality—will now have its own category in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report so that trends in these illegal activities can be identified and prioritized for intervention. The original announcement took place late in 2014 but this year starts the critical process of local agencies reporting their data for this nationwide collaborative effort.

Just as the FBI tracks hate crimes and other important categories, we will now have much needed critical data on animal cruelty. The Humane Society Legislative Fund, Doris Day Animal League, The Humane Society of the United States, and the National Sheriffs’ Association joined with members of Congress to push for this critical change which was years in the making. Now, no longer will extremely violent criminal acts escape the attention of the FBI simply because the victims were animals.

Before this expansion of the FBI’s focus, there was no process for capturing animal cruelty data on the statewide or national level. It’s been especially difficult because animal cruelty laws are enforced by a very large number of police and sheriffs’ departments, local humane society agents, and animal control officers.

But now that animal cruelty is included in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report there is a real incentive for law enforcement agencies to pay closer attention to such incidents. With accurate data, law enforcement agencies will also be better able to allocate officers and financial resources to handle these cases, track trends, and deploy accordingly.

Our movement is making progress in the battle against animal cruelty in so many ways. We are fortifying the legal framework for animals and closing gaps in state and federal laws. South Dakota recently became the 50th state to enact felony penalties for malicious cruelty, Utah became the 42nd state to make cockfighting a felony, and Congress banned attendance at animal fights. The HSUS and its partners work with law enforcement on thousands of cases of animal cruelty and we also travel across the country to train law enforcement officials on how to investigate these crimes.

This new development, which has been a goal of the animal protection movement for years, is a practical way of cracking down on cruelty. It is also significant in affirming that animal cruelty is a vice just like so many other violent crimes. It is the latest tangible gain in our effort to make the protection of animals a universal value in our society.

Now, we urge local law enforcement agencies to provide ongoing data to the FBI to ensure we have a robust category in the UCR. The success of this endeavor is directly linked to the numbers of jurisdictions that regularly forward information to the national database, and they and the communities they serve will benefit from it down the road.


Wow – our hearts are so full today! Because of your kindness and generous donations over the holiday season, we’re ready to help even more animals in 2016.


Whether we’re helping to save a beloved pet from a life-threatening emergency...teaching kids about animals...caring for animals rescued from a puppy mill...or helping a family and their pets safely escape domestic violence together...you make this important work possible. 

I wanted to take this moment to thank you on behalf of all of us at RedRover. I’m sure Guy would say “thank you,” too!  Your ongoing support means the world for animals in crisis. I am so glad you are a part of RedRover.

For the animals,
Nicole Forsyth
President and CEO

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Dog Language Is More Complicated Than We Thought

Watch two dogs at play and you’ll notice that they seem to talk to each other, even engaging in a back and forth of similar excited gestures like bowing to initiate a play session, much like a pair of hairy fencers. Researchers in Italy decided to take this casual observation a step further, filming almost 50 interactions between dogs of various ages at a dog park and analyzing them to see if these mimicking behaviors were random or evidence of something deeper. Their study found that yes, dogs actually are having a conversation as they play, and the longer dogs know each other, the more closely they imitate each other, explaining why dogs with lasting relationships work and play so well together.

Researchers have explored interspecies and intraspecies bonds alike, with a particularly interesting study earlier this year showing that dogs and humans actually form a biochemical attachment, the result of millennia of domestication and breeding. This explains why people become so deeply attached to dogs and why cooperative endeavors like herding livestock or working with a service animal are so successful, with human and dog communicating through the bond to accomplish common goals. Other studies have looked at what’s known as “emotional contagion,” which is what this study focuses on.

We known that humans experience emotional contagion for a long time — the tendency to pick up on each others’ feelings and mirror them. For example, when you greet a friend and she grins, it can make you smile too as you feel more relaxed and happy. Being around someone who’s angry can provoke feelings of anger and unease, while seeing someone who is sad can evoke similarly sad feelings. Researchers in 2014 found that this also applied to emotional expression across species: When dogs heard a human crying, they became distressed, and they didn’t respond in the same way to more neutral sounds or white noise. This illustrated that dogs are attuned to human emotions, and they join a handful of other species including most primates, along with elephants, in expressing demonstrable emotional connections that can’t be attributed to coincidence. The research also suggests that other mammals likely do the same thing, especially in the case of domesticated animals, which have been selected for their human-friendly behavior.

The Italians looked at two different behaviors: The playful “bow” many dogs exhibit to invite each other to play, and the open-mouthed but friendly “grin” dogs display when they’re ready to have fun. To count as mimicking behavior, the other dog had to repeat the gesture within a second. They found that dogs who knew each other were more likely to return the gesture — think of two friends saying hi, versus strangers passing on the street — and they say it’s not just about empty repetition. It actually reflects a change in mood, as one dog’s playful behavior incites another’s, and it can spread through a group to create a bond or cooperative feeling. Emotional contagion can help animals unite, which increased chances of survival in the past and makes it fun to watch them play today.

Catching emotions like this means that dogs are also empathetic. While this isn’t news to anyone who’s spent time around dogs, this growing body of science is important for validating anecdotal evidence, which contributes to a better understanding of humane-dog bonds as well as those between canines. Learning more about normal dog behavior can help people like dog trainers, who may be faced with clients who exhibit stress behaviors or act out because they haven’t been well socialized, and it’s also incredibly valuable for people who train working dogs like service animals and livestock guardian dogs. For the rest of us, it’s Captain Obvious telling us what we already know: Dogs, like many other animals, form lasting connections with one another, and differentiate between friends, strangers and enemies.

Research like this is also important for another reason: Socially, it changes the way we view and talk about animals. Historically, and sometimes even today, many human societies regarded animals as objects without the capacity for emotion or even pain. Today, that understanding is changing, with a growing number of people understanding that animals communicate, have feelings, and experience both physical and emotional pain just like humans.

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Ride a Horse Carriage

Visiting a city that offers horse carriage rides? You have a choice to make: hop in or boycott it. While they may look nice and shiny and the horses healthy, there’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes so before thinking that nothing could be wrong with just one loop around the park, here are ten things to consider:

1. Horses get lung cancer from smoke inhalation. Working around (and sometimes right behind) cars with exhausts blowing smoke into the air, horses get to breathe in air they were not built to take in. As a result, the animals develop damage in their lungs “you would expect from a heavy smoker,” according to U.S. Veterinarian Jeffie Roszel who studied horses used to draw carriages in city environments.

2. There can be—and have been—deadly accidents.Traffic accidents happen when just cars and pedestrians are involved. Add an animal pulling a large contraption behind him to the mix and chaos is bound to happen. In just about every city where carriage horses are allowed, there have been accidents involving them. A survey of national horse carriage accidents showed that 70 percent of them caused a human injury, and 22 percent a human death. The horses in these accidents rarely make it as well.

3. Horses are meant to roam, not be stuck in traffic. Because horses are prey animals—meaning they don’t hunt for food and instead are hunted by other animals— they are easily startled. That’s not a good combination with the loud sounds of a city. In fact, 85 percent of all accidents involving a horse carriage are the result of a horse getting spooked, panicking and darting off into traffic.

4. There’s often no supervising body to protect the horses. In cities like New Orleans, where mule-pulled carriages roam downtown, while there is an organization that responds to animal cruelty claims, there’s no governing body supervising the carriages on a daily basis to ensure the horses are well-treated or even simply respected. Similarly, in St. Louis, the death of a horse named King in 2013 prompted a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) to make sure horse carriages were properly regulated in the city.

“In a world where carriage horses are regulated, King would have never been on the street,” says Jessica Blome, senior staff attorney for ALDF about the 22 year old horse who collapsed on the job at Tilles Park. “He was a geriatric horse carrying 1,200 pounds of people and carriage and he shouldn’t have been doing that. No wonder his heart gave out.”

5. Seriously, who wants a smelly date? Those romantic moments in just about every chick flick taking place in New York only work in the movies. In real life, the smell of the horses is a real mood killer. Go for a romantic walk or rickshaw ride instead.

6. How does a nine hour shift, seven days a week sound? That’s how long horses are forced to work.

7. Their costumes hurt and scar their faces. The bridle around the horses’ head is strapped extremely tight so the animal doesn’t move its head around too much and gets spooked by all the people and moving cars. As a result, it rubs against their face, through their hair, leaving permanent injury marks.

8. There’s no retirement plan. Once they are too old or too injured to work, the animals rarely make it to a sanctuary. Instead they are either euthanized for being lame or sold in auction to a slaughterhouse.

9. They sleep in cramped and dirty stables. No one drives the horses all the way to the countryside at the end of the day for a cozy night after a long day’s work. Instead they are placed in filthy and tight quarters and often tied to their trough so they can’t even lay down comfortably.

10. No, workers won’t be jobless if you boycott the horse carriages. There’s a plan to replace them with humane and energy efficient classic cars that look vintage, infinitely cooler than horse carriages, and bound to keep bringing in those tourist dollars to the cities that have them.

The Alliance’s goal has always been to do the most we can for animals and use our resources (and your donations) most efficiently. Since we are a small organization, a large fraction of our resources are currently going toward administrative and operational efforts. We need to be doing more for animals.

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FBI: Animal Cruelty Category Added to NIBRS

The FBI this year prepares to collect data on animal cruelty crimes through its National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS. I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau with FBI, This Week. NIBRS is a collection of detailed crime statistics that law enforcement agencies from across the country provide to the FBI. Unit Chief Amy Blasher says the Bureau partnered with the National Sheriffs' Association and the Animal Welfare Institute to make the change...

UPDATE 01-03-16 The FBI started a new program targeting animal cruelty as a "crime against society" and Class A felony, on Jan. 1, 2016. The new program is part of a decision made in 2014 that finally goes into effect at the beginning of the year with the FBI tracking animal cruelty cases.

The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), a catch-all where crimes against animals were lumped along with every other offense across the U.S. was used, but now the FBI can track where cruelty is occurring, how often and whether or not animal cruelty is on the rise. Having this specific targeted data will help in the fight against animal cruelty with the offenses falling into 4 categories:

(1) Neglect

(2) Intentional Abuse ( includes officers that shoot dogs unjustly, shelter workers that abused animals ) and Torture

(3) Organized Abuse (dog and cock fighting)

(4) Animal Sexual Abuse.

Police agencies must report incidences as well as arrests. We the general public can also report abuse as well. If you see or know of anyone abusing animals in any of these 4 categories please report it to the FBI.

According to the FBI, the official definition of animal cruelty will be:

"Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly taking an action that mistreats or kills any animal without just cause, such as torturing, tormenting, mutilation, maiming, poisoning, or abandonment. Included are instances of duty to provide care, e.g., shelter, food, water, care if sick or injured, transporting or confining an animal in a manner likely to cause injury or death; causing an animal to fight with another; inflicting excessive or repeated unnecessary pain or suffering, e.g., uses objects to beat or injure an animal. This definition does not include proper maintenance of animals for show or sport; use of animals for food, lawful hunting, fishing or trapping."

This new FBI categorization is intended to improve the way crimes against animals are tracked nationwide and could help bolster state animal cruelty laws across the United States. All 50 states now have felony animal cruelty provisions. On March 14, 2014, South Dakota became the final state to enact a felony provision for animal cruelty.

There’s a national consensus that animal abuse should indeed be treated as a serious crime. Now animal cruelty will be a Group A felony . The new classification will make it easier to get harsher sentences, and to identify young offenders. Because cases of animal cruelty, including animal neglect, will now be included in the FBI Uniform Crime Report law enforcement agencies have more incentive to pay attention to any incidents, and statistics on these types of crime will be more accurate and detailed. It will take some time to update FBI and law enforcement databases nationwide,

The new FBI categorization is significant because it affirms that at the highest level of our government animal cruelty is recognized as a violent crime. As a civilized society, our opposition to all forms of animal cruelty must be unwavering.

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Another Elephant Dies at the Oregon Zoo

Elephant advocates are again calling for an end to captivity following the second death of an elephant at the Oregon Zoo this year. Tusko, an Asian elephant who was euthanized at the zoo last week, was known as one of the oldest and largest bull elephants in the country, but his 45 years on this earth sadly consisted of nothing more than being bounced around and exploited.

He was taken from the wild in Thailand as a baby and imported to the U.S. in the early 1970s, where he became the first elephant at the Central Florida Zoo. A few years later he was acquired by an animal trainer and used as a performer in a circus before being passed to Have Truck Will Travel, a company that trains elephants for entertainment and has been called out multiple times for cruelty to elephants. He finally ended up at the Oregon Zoo in 2005 to be used in a breeding program.

Tusko’s advocates say he had chronic foot disease, tuberculosis, was blind in one eye and had his tusks removed due to an infection. He also sustained an injury to one of his legs in his past, which caused him considerable problems. According to the zoo, he was having trouble bearing weight on his leg, was lying down more, having trouble getting up and using his trunk to support himself. Officials said they ran out of treatment options to alleviate his suffering after years of living in pain and decided to euthanize him.

While the Oregon Zoo is no stranger to criticism, having made In Defense of Animals’ (IDA) list of Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants five times over the past few years, it’s back in the spotlight again following Tusko’s death. Tusko died just days after the zoo opened its new $57 million Elephant Lands exhibit, which anti-captivity activists protested earlier this month, calling it Elephant “Waste” Lands, over concerns that the huge waste of taxpayer dollars is still inadequate. Still, the latest protest follows many others criticizing the zoo for its elephant program, care of other animals, relationship with the entertainment industry and the death of Rama, who was also euthanized earlier this year because of mobility issues similar to Tusko’s.

Organizations including IDA and Free the Oregon9 Zoo Elephants have continued to oppose the presence of elephants at the zoo and hope to see breeding and imports stopped. They’ve also been working to get Packy, the oldest living elephant in captivity in North America, sent to a sanctuary where he can live out his days in peace in a more appropriate climate. While many progressive zoos have shut their elephants exhibits down, or are phasing them out, the Oregon Zoo has refused to let its residents go and now others are working on a misguided plan to import even more from the wild, despite knowing how physically and psychologically detrimental captivity is for elephants.

For more info on how to help Packy and the others who Tusko left behind at the Oregon Zoo, visit In Defense of Animals and Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants.

Could Reflective Paint Help Save Animals from Car Accidents?

If you’re traveling around the English countryside and spot a pony with a blue stripe spray painted on its side, don’t panic. The animal has not been a victim of graffiti, but has been marked to prevent it from being run over.
“It’s not only ponies but cattle and sheep as well because they all fall victim to traffic accidents on the unfenced roads on Dartmoor,” explains Marion Saunders, Chairman of the Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society, a registered charity devoted to helping those animals in the area. “There have been over 80 accidents involving animals this year, some animals very severely injured but the majority killed on impact.”

After seeing so many car accidents in the area in southern Devon, the Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society (DLPS) then had an idea: what if, like road signs, the animals glowed in the dark once headlights pointed at them?

Working in conjunction with a paint manufacturer, a completely safe formula was then created for a paint that would stay on the animals’ hair and reflect once light hit it directly. To test out if the idea worked, DLPS started by painting privately-owned ponies with that blue and green formula. As the trial continues and the idea is improved, the goal is to eventually expand it to more animals, including free-roaming ones.

“We had to begin somewhere and it happened to be on a pony, but this does not mean that the others are excluded,” says Saunders. “We are trying to obtain a paint that will stay durable and effective for four to six months. The paint is still in the trial stage and the manufacturers are continuing to work on getting the formula right.”

Once the formula is perfected, the manufacturer might want to make a large batch of it because just while in the trial stages, DLPS has already been inundated with questions and interest from other areas including the U.S.

According to the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, there are over two million wildlife-vehicle collisions in the country every year and numbers are steadily increasing. Most of them happen on rural two-lane roads around early morning or evening leading to about 200 motorists and many animals dying every year as a result of those accidents.

Could a single blue or green reflective stripe help fix all that damage? Time will tell.

Similar reflective initiatives have been tried before. In another part of England, reflective stickers were put on donkeys by their owner and in Finland, where 4,000 reindeer are killed in traffic accidents every year (making things very hard for Santa), the Reindeer Herders Association attempted last year to start spray painting their antlers with glow in the dark paint. In both cases the struggle has been how to keep the paint safe for use in the animals from washing away.

It's about frigging time !! FBI to start tracking animal cruelty 

The FBI will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty nationally in 2016, a move advocates hope will bring more attention to the crime among law enforcement agencies and underscore the link between animal abuse and other violent crimes. Until now, animal-related crimes have been reported into a catch-all category in the FBI's National Incident Based Reporting System. The database collects crime reports from police departments across the country. "There was no way to find out how often it occurs, where it occurs, and whether it was on the increase," said Mary Lou Randour, senior adviser for animal cruelty programs and training at the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute. "Empirical data is important. It's going to give us information about animal cruelty crime so we can plan better about intervention and prevention."

Randour and others say tracking animal cruelty cases is especially important because research has shown that violence against animals can be an early indicator that a person will be violent toward humans, and that animal abuse often occurs alongside other crimes such as domestic violence. "In animal abuse, you have total power over the animal," said Baltimore County prosecutor Adam Lippe, who handles cruelty cases. "If you're willing to exert that in a cruel, malicious and vicious way, then you're likely to do that to people, too, who don't have power, like children and vulnerable adults. It's an issue of a lack of empathy."

The National Link Coalition, which promotes understanding of the connection between animal abuse and other crimes, says witnessing animal abuse and neglect can desensitize a child to violence and impede the development of empathy. Randour, who advocated for the FBI change for years, says a spouse may use violence and threats against pets as part of a pattern of abuse. "It is a form of interpersonal violence," she said. "It's another way to try to gain control and power or exercise intimidation." Some serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer and David Berkowitz — the "Son of Sam" — abused animals when they were young.

Starting in January, the FBI says, police departments will be required to report animal-related crimes to the national database. The FBI will categorize them as a "crime against society." Incidents will be divided into four categories: neglect; intentional abuse and torture; organized abuse such as dog fighting and cock fighting; and animal sexual abuse. The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program is used by criminologists, law enforcement and researchers. John Thompson, deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs' Association, helped push for the FBI change. A few decades ago, he said, animal cruelty was not on the radar of many law-enforcement officers. "If there were an animal crime, we would just send it over to animal control or ignore it," Thompson said. Some police departments now have dedicated resources for animal cruelty. The Baltimore Police Department has a four-person team, spokesman Lt. Jarron Jackson says. That's up from one officer in 2009. Public awareness has also increased through high-profile cases.

Once the FBI starts tracking animal cruelty, Thompson says, it could take five or six years before there is enough data to analyze trends. Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, a forensic veterinarian who studies animal abuse cases, said she hopes better numbers will help experts analyze the backgrounds and patterns of animal abusers. "When I started seeing cases of animal cruelty, I realized that these animals are stuck in the same dysfunctional families and suffering from the same ills as the people stuck in these households," she said. Smith-Blackmore, who is based in Massachusetts, consults and testifies in animal cruelty cases. She recently testified for the prosecution in the Cody case in Baltimore County. "I hope that [the new data] us going to bring to light some associations of who animal abusers are, what their backgrounds are, what they go on to do," she said. Thompson, a former police chief of Mount Rainier in Prince George's County and a former Prince George's assistant sheriff, says he has become convinced that law enforcement needs to pay attention to animal crimes as a potential link to other crimes. "This is a community problem," he said.


Did you know Your Own Pet Can Be a Blood Donor to many animals in need across the country?

Many veterinary clinics across the country are struggling to keep enough pet blood on hand for transfusions, CBS New York reports. One of those clinics is Flannery Animal Hospital in New Windsor, N.Y., which keeps a list of nine dogs who can donate blood. One of them is Zuka, a pit bull whose services have sometimes been needed in the middle of the night. “I told her, ‘You’re going to save someone’s life tonight,’ and she does, and it’s great,” her owner, Judy Chura-Suchara, told CBS New York.

Veterinarian Frank Puccio said most people don’t realize their pet could be a blood donor. Donor dogs “need to be between 50 and 100 pounds, fit, not under or overweight, and undergo routine exams,” he told CBS New York. They must also have calm temperaments, a universal blood type, and be screened for diseases.

While cats can also donate blood, their blood cannot be stored like that of dogs and humans (however, dog blood has a shelf life of only 35 days, which is why supplies need constant replenishing). For this reason, some animal hospitals have resident “clinic cats” who donate blood. The entire process takes about 45 minutes every five to seven weeks. Just as with human blood donors, dogs are rewarded with a cookie afterward.

If you think your pet could donate blood, talk to your veterinarian. Be aware that some states, like California, don’t allow pets to be brought to blood banks to donate, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Instead, donor dogs and cats live at these facilities. If it’s legal in your state, not only will your pet help save lives by donating blood, but some clinics offer rewards to their owners as well, such as gift certificates for pet supplies. “Most people are perfectly happy to do it,” Gary Block, DVM, of Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island, told the HSUS. “They know that donating for animals is a nice thing to do, just like donating blood to help other people is a nice thing to do.”

Gumtree.com hosts adverts where people sell animals to anybody who is willing to pay for them. They don't know who buys them, and some are endangered animals. Many animals are shipped by box and in a lot of cases don't make it or die. Please sign the petition to stop them.

This facilitates the breeding of cats and dogs to sell for money when there are already thousands desperately waiting in shelters for a home. Some animals may go on to be used as bait in dog fights. Take action now ask Gumtree to stop animals being sold on their site.

Even pets given away for free on Gumtree are at risk. People taking the animals on may not have suitable homes or lifestyles to provide a safe, happy environment for the pet. They may not realise this themselves, as expert advice will not be given as it would from a shelter.

Animal welfare is an extremely important issue for me. It breaks my heart to see so many dogs and cats for sale on Gumtree and I just couldn’t sit back knowing that this was happening, when I know that so many of them end up in awful situations.

Please sign my petition, asking Gumtree to stop allowing the advertising of pets on its site. If enough people sign, they will see that their site is facilitating potential cruelty. Unwanted cats and dogs should always be taken to a legitimate rescue shelter, where their future safety and security can more adequately be ensured.

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Is It Risky to Kiss Your Dog? What Happens When Your Dog Licks Your Face? 

Your veterinarian tells you to avoid letting your pets lick the faces of the family. She lists the numerous parasites and bacteria possibly present in pet saliva that may affect family members. Yet recent research suggests that the ancient practice of dog licking may indeed aid wound healing. So, is pet saliva a health hazard or benefit? The answer is probably both. However, routine veterinary care and simple sanitary practices can reduce fears that your pet’s lick is a family health risk.

Why Are Pets Health Hazards?

The mouth and the intestines of pets can harbor bacteria and parasites that can be transmitted to humans. They can cause an assortment of medical conditions in humans. Diseases transmitted from animals to humans are called “zoonotic” (zo-not-ick).


Pastuerella is a normal inhabitant of the mouth in cats and dogs that can cause skin, lymph node and, sometimes, more severe infections. Bartonella henselae, a bacterium that is transmitted to cats from infected fleas via their feces. It is the cause of a severe skin and lymph node infection called cat-scratch-fever. The Center for Disease Control reports that most pastuerella and bartonella infections are the result scratches. Little data are available to substantiate that being licked by a pet is a major means of infection.

SalmonellaE. coli, Clostridia and Campylobacter are intestinal bacteria of pets that can cause severe intestinal disease in humans. The pets can be free of symptoms yet pass these bacteria in their feces (poop). Most human infection is generally due to oral contact of hands contaminated by the pet’s feces or fecal residue. Because pets lick their anus (butt), these bacteria can also be present in the mouth. Facial and lip licking is a potential route of infection from pet to human. Again, there is little proof that this is actually a major means of transmission.


Pets are hosts for many parasitic worms and single celled parasites. Human infection from these parasites can result in intestinal disease, skin problems, blindness, and brain disorders. Pets may live with these parasites in their intestines with no signs of illness. But eggs passed in the pet’s feces can infect humans. Like bacteria, the major route of infection to humans is fecal-oral. Pets that have licked their anus can potentially pass the parasite eggs to humans during facial licking.

With the exception of two single celled parasites, Giardia and Cryptosporidia, this type of infection is not likely. Most parasite eggs are not infective directly from the anus. They must undergo a period of maturation in the feces or contaminated environment in order to infect humans. Transmission to humans would require dogs licking human faces after mouthing or eating feces that was one to 21 days old, depending on the parasite. Because cats are not feces eaters (coprophagic), humans are unlikely to become infected by parasites from their cats. Giardia and Cryptosporidia are immediately infective so potentially could be transmitted by a lick.

The Benefits of Pet Saliva

The belief in the curative power of a dog’s lick dates back to ancient Egypt and has persisted through time. In modern France a medical saying translates to “A Dog’s Tongue is a doctor’s tongue.” Recent research has identified products in saliva that indeed aid in healing.

Researchers in the Netherlands identified a chemical in pet saliva called histatins. Histatins speed wound healing by promoting the spread and migration of new skin cells. Dr. Nigel Benjamin of the London School of medicine has shown that when saliva contacts skin it creates nitric oxide. Nitric oxide inhibits bacterial growth and protects wounds from infection. Researchers at the University of Florida isolated a protein in saliva called Nerve Growth Factor that halves the time for wound healing.

Prudent Precautions With Pet Saliva

The risk of bacterial or parasitic infection from pet licks are the greatest for very young children, the aged, and immuno-suppressed individuals on chemotherapy or inflicted with AIDS. Individuals with healthy immune systems are unlikely to become infected. Despite the relatively low risk of infection from pet licks, some sensible precautions by pet owners are in order. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends:

Regular de-worming programs
Annual pet fecal examinations with appropriate anti-parasite treatment
Treatment to control fleas and ticks
Daily disposal of pet feces and compliance with pooper-scooper laws
Covering children’s sandboxes when not in use
Feeding cooked, canned, or dry pet food
Washing or cooking vegetables for human consumption
Adequate hand washing after exposure to feces or fecal contamination


Is Buying a Puppy Always a Bad Idea?

Is Buying a Puppy Always a Bad Idea?

Purebred, perfectly healthy, and in search of a good home. That is how Doc, a four-month-old Dachshund puppy; Jada, a Catahoula Leopard Dog; and Roads, a long-hair Dachshund were described as they sat on the glass windows of Barkworks, a pet store chain in California. Unfortunately, it only took a few hours or days for the people who bought them to find out “victims” would have been a better description for the animals.

All three dogs fell severely ill shortly after being purchased suffering from what veterinarians identified as likely results of being bred in a puppy mill, with little to no regard for their well-being or health. Now their owners are part of a class-action suit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, against the pet store chain that allegedly knowingly continues to sell puppies from puppy mills while claiming they have come from “responsible breeders.” Is this case a cautionary tale or an exception? Every day people choose to buy a puppy instead of adopting because they want a specific breed or they want to know the dog’s lineage. Is that so bad? Not all breeders are evil, right?

Short answer: NO. Longer answer: just because something isn’t evil, it doesn’t mean it’s not causing harm. While puppy mills and responsible breeders both breed dogs of a specific kind with the intent to sell them for a profit, a puppy mill is, according to the ASPCA, “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs—who are often severely neglected.” Meanwhile responsible breeders “are well suited to educate and screen potential buyers/adopters and provide follow-up support after purchase or adoption” and “take lifetime responsibility for the animals they have bred.”

It seems pretty black and white on paper but in reality, actually discerning between the two is much harder. Factors like the dogs having “papers” and the breeder being “USDA licensed” sound like criteria for determining the difference between puppy mills and responsible breeders but they are not much more than buzz words thrown around to trick buyers. “Being registered or having papers means nothing more than the puppy’s parents both had papers. Many registered dogs come from puppy mills,” explains Cori Menkin, senior director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills campaign adding that “there is a clear disconnect between what many Americans think ‘USDA licensed’ means. The federal requirements fall far short of the public’s standards and expectations for the humane treatment of dogs. Current standards of care are so weak that breeders can legally keep dogs in tiny, stacked cages with wire floors that may injure their paws and legs; breed mother dogs at every heat cycle with no recovery time between liters; and provide no hands-on veterinary care.”

The ASPCA, along with the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association are pushing for stronger restrictions and oversight of dog breeding facilities. Until that happens, however, the Humane Society of the United States warns the only way to discern a responsible breeder from a puppy mill is to actually see where the dogs are bred, meet the doggie parents, and witness the conditions in which they are kept.

That being said, however, there are still two very important things to consider: While puppy mills put profit ahead of animal welfare, responsible breeders are still profiting off an animal. The breeding female may be loved and cared for but she is still being forced to reproduce and then having her puppies taken away from her to be sold to someone else. She’s a means to an end. Also, by buying instead of adopting an animal, the purchaser is encouraging more animals to be put into this world while millions die at shelters because they couldn’t find a home.

But that doesn’t mean that anyone who wants a dog is destined to have to get a mutt (although they make awesome pets). Specific breed rescue organizations exist for just about every single breed out there and at animal shelters, one in every four dogs is a pure bred. In both cases the animals ended up homeless through no fault of their own. Their owners might have passed away, had allergies, come into financial problems or a myriad of other human issues, neither of which affects their lineage, looks or ability to provide unconditional love like only a dog can.

In short, #AdoptDontShop.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/is-buying-a-puppy-always-a-bad-idea.html#ixzz3qvl7ITSm

The holidays are coming so take care when driving our highways.

10 Driving Tips To Lower Your Risk Of Hitting An Animal

 10 Driving Tips To Lower Your Risk Of Hitting An Animal

As the nights get longer, your chances of hitting wildlife while you drive get greater. When that happens, it can be devastating. Sadly this isn’t an isolated incident. DMV.org gives us some sobering statistics:

  • A collision with some form of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes.
  • 1 out of every 17 car collisions involves wandering wildlife.
  • 89% of all wildlife collisions occur on roads with 2 lanes.
  • 84% of all wildlife collisions occur in good weather on dry roads.
  • The average repair cost of a car-deer collision is $2,800.
  • Approximately 200 motorists die in the United States each year from car-wildlife collisions.

As we move into winter in the northern hemisphere, and the nights get longer, people are at an increased risk for road collisions with wildlife. The first and most important piece of advice is of course to slow down. Animals have to cross the roads and highways that we humans have created in order to find food, water, shelter, and mates. By driving at a reasonable speed you’ll have a better chance of stopping in time if an animal runs into the road. Not to mention, keeping your speed down makes the roads safer for everyone, pedestrians and drivers alike.

10 More Tips To Avoid Hitting An Animal While Driving

1.  Be especially careful when driving at dawn, dusk, and at night, when wildlife is most active. During dawn and dusk, deer are hit most frequently; at night it’s bears and moose.

2.  Look for reflecting eyes. Also, by lowering your dashboard lights slightly, you’ll have a better chance of seeing your headlights reflected in the eyes of animals, giving you time to brake.

3.  Keep in mind that when one animal crosses the road, there may well be others following behind, just as I witnessed that young deer following her mother in Colorado. If you see an animal on the road, slow to a crawl.

4.  Pay attention to shoulders. Wildlife are unpredictable, so even if a deer is off to the side as you approach, it might suddenly decide to flee by leaping into the middle of the road. Slow down when you see an animal close to the road, and don’t hesitate to use your horn.

5.  Slow down when you see those yellow animal-crossing signs. These warnings are posted precisely at spots where there is known to be heavy animal traffic.

6.  Drive with extra caution on two-lane roads bordered by trees or fields. As noted above, 89 percent of all vehicle/wildlife accidents happen on two-lane roads.

7.  Realize that you can’t see very far ahead. Use your high beams whenever possible, but remember that they illuminate only between 200 and 250 feet in front of you. Reduce your speed to 45 mph at night, or even 30 mph if the road is icy.

8.  Understand that where there is ice, there may be salt on the road. If you are driving in a state that uses road salt, you are more likely to encounter wildlife, who are attracted to the salt.

9.  Keep all of your food trash (and all your other trash) inside your car. Throwing food out your car window pollutes the environment and attracts wildlife to the roads.

10. Be especially vigilant if you are driving in moose country. These animals may be amazingly photogenic, but they also behave weirdly on roads: instead of leaping away to seek cover, moose may gallop down the road ahead of you for several miles before deciding to disappear into the woods.

No matter how careful you are, sometimes accidents are unavoidable. The Humane Society of the United States provides this advice on what to do if you are involved in a vehicle/wildlife incident.

Safe travels!

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/10-driving-tips-to-lower-your-risk-of-hitting-an-animal.html#ixzz3qv41EPbZ

5 Ways Thieves Could Steal Your Dog

Sergeant Kenneth Chambers was playing Frisbee with his dog in the parking lot of a Jacksonville, Florida grocery store recently when lightning struck out of the clear blue sky. The young American veteran, in recovery for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rolled down the car windows and placed his Australian Shepard/Blue Heeler Mix inside the vehicle just briefly while he went inside to help his mother with the bags. When he came out moments later, Adalida was gone. Unfortunately for Sergeant Chambers, and for Adalida, the parking lot scenario placed them in two of the top five high-risk situations for pet theft. And while Sergeant Chamebers’ search continues for Adalida, there are measures that all of us can take to prevent a similar tragedy.

Top Five High Risk Pet Theft Scenarios

Sergeant Kenneth Chambers was playing Frisbee with his dog in the parking lot of a Jacksonville, Florida grocery store recently when lightning struck out of the clear blue sky. The young American veteran, in recovery for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rolled down the car windows and placed his Australian Shepard/Blue Heeler Mix inside the vehicle just briefly while he went inside to help his mother with the bags. When he came out moments later, Adalida was gone. Unfortunately for Sergeant Chambers, and for Adalida, the parking lot scenario placed them in two of the top five high-risk situations for pet theft. And while Sergeant Chamebers’ search continues for Adalida, there are measures that all of us can take to prevent a similar tragedy.

Top Five High Risk Pet Theft Scenarios

#1 Dogs in Autos:

In the blink of an eye, a partially opened window is forced down or the window is smashed and the dog can be removed from the vehicle. It takes 20 seconds or less to abduct a dog and by the time the pet guardian returns to the car, their dog is long gone. The American Kennel Club reports a 70% rise in dog theft in 2012 and a 40% rise the year before. A weak economy is fueling financially motivated dog-napping and a dog in a car is quite simply a sitting duck.

#2 Highly Prized Breeds or Dogs With Special Abilities:

A purebred dog or a dog with special skills is a bit like a gold watch. Thieves see dollar signs and that’s more than enough temptation. Any dog left unattended under any circumstances can be taken, but there is far greater motivation for criminals to walk off with a dog who can bring in a large sum of cash.

#3 Pets Left in Fenced Backyards:

Everyone loves the convenience of a doggy door, especially criminals. Homeowners who let their pet explore the fenced yard without supervision have the illusion of safety, but police departments across the country will tell you that the theft of these dogs is climbing.

In broad daylight on a single Saturday in November, Corning (California) Animal Shelter Manager Debbie Eaglebarger documented the theft of four Dobermans, four Australian shepherds and two Rottweilers. There were actually other dogs taken that same day but the first few calls were not recorded as the shelter had not yet realized that the town was in the midst of a widespread crime wave. One neighbor saw a man and a woman driving a green pick up truck lure one of the dogs out of a backyard and into their vehicle. All dogs taken that day were purebred, but that is not always the case.

#4 Pets Left Tied in Front of Businesses:

This one may sound like a no-brainer, but particularly in urban areas where people take their pets on their errands on foot, it’s not uncommon to find dogs tied up in front of a bank or grocery store. Typically, these are dogs with a gentle demeanor making them highly susceptible to the commands of a would-be thief.

“Leaving your dog tied up in front of a store is about as ludicrous as leaving your child out front and saying, ‘Wait right there, I’ll be back in 10 minutes,” explains Howard Simpson of Integrated Security and Communications in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. “Do yourself a favor and realize that there are security risks in even the safest of neighborhoods. Being naive makes you a target.”

#5 Strangers in the Neighborhood:

Any strangers on the property can be a risk to your pets. Whether they are invited contractors, deliverymen or activists with a petition in hand, visitors could easily grab a pet during a moment when the homeowner is distracted. In some cases, they are making a mental note of homes with valuable breeds or easy-to-subvert home security that will facilitate a quick dog-napping at a later time. It bears mentioning that it’s not uncommon for cats to jump into the back of truck beds for a snooze and to be unwittingly carried off at the end of the day.

Which Breeds Are Most Likely to Be Stolen?

According to the American Kennel Club, the most-stolen dog of 2011 was the Yorkshire Terrier, followed by the Pomeranian, Maltese and Boston Terrier. Small breeds are targeted by thieves because of their size but also because of their value on the market as a single dog can fetch well over $1,000. Among the large breeds, Labrador Retrievers are a frequent target and Pit Bull Terriers and Pit Bull mixes are frequently coming up stolen for perhaps a much more sinister purpose.

Dog Thieves: Why They’ll Steal Your Pet

1. Bait Dogs & Labratory Dogs: This is every dog guardian’s worst nightmare. Indeed people involved in dog fighting will gather “bait” dogs to be used as training tools for fighting dogs. It happens in both urban and rural areas and there has been no measurable decline in dog fighting in recent years despite attempts to police against it. And, despite some legislation intended to stop the sale of undocumented dogs to research laboratories, under-the-table purchase of dogs continues and, in some countries, these exchanges are not considered a crime.

2. Financially Motivated Theft: “For the first time ever we’ve seen a trend now where shelters are being broken into and purebred and mixed breed dogs are being stolen,” said Lisa Peterson, spokesperson for the American Kennel Club. In fact, any pure bred dog, particularly puppies, are considered a high-value commodity. Even with a microchip, it’s often too late by the time a pet buyer discovers that they have purchased a stolen dog.  By then, the thief is long gone.

3. Emotionally Driven Theft: What’s often overlooked are the emotionally motivated crimes that rob dogs of their families. This can happen because the perpetrator feels that a dog is not being properly cared for. Some animal lovers will feel justified in stealing a dog that is tied in front of a store or who gets on the loose one day. Other times it’s an act of revenge, and there are many reports of dogs being taken where a former romantic partner is considered the prime suspect.

One very risky move…

Whatever the scenario or the motivation, dog guardians can best protect their dogs with watchfullness. Never leave a dog unattended. Secure your home, including all doors and windows, to the best of your ability and budget. And be wary of strangers in your neighborhood at all times.


Did You Know Most Insurance Companies Blacklist Pit Bulls?

On the last Saturday of October each year, National Pit Bull Awareness Day is celebrated to help bring positive attention to this unfairly stereotyped – and often banned – breed.

Many people who don’t have pit bulls (or dogs who resemble pit bulls) may not be aware there are some areas in the U.S. that ban this breed. Known as breed-specific legislation (BSL), these laws ban or restrict certain types of dogs based solely on their breed or appearance. Because of its similarity to racism, BSL is sometimes referred to as “breedism.”

It’s not surprising that every major animal welfare organization, including the ASPCA, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Humane Society of the United State and more – as well the president of the United States – are opposed to BSL. It has not proven to increase public safety anywhere it’s been enacted. It unfairly punishes well-behaved dogs and responsible owners.

For these reasons, the national trend has been to repeal BSL. Most recently, a bill passed through to the Michigan Senate this month that would outlaw BSL throughout that state.

Too bad most insurance companies aren’t following that trend to end breed discrimination.

Pit Bulls, along with several other “dangerous” breeds, are blacklisted by almost all major insurance companies in the U.S. (Fortunately, it’s illegal for insurance companies to use dog-breed profiling in Michigan and Pennsylvania.) If you have one of these breeds and need homeowners or renters insurance, you’re out of luck — or you’ll have to pay a lot more.

Why do insurance companies practice such unfair breedism? ”We are in the business of evaluating risk, and based on what we know, the dogs on our ‘uninsurable list’ pose a higher risk,” an unidentified Allstate Insurance representative told Psychology Today last year.

Yet, the AVMA reported in March that among the breeds that bite the most frequently are Jack Russell terriers, spaniels, collies and Labrador retrievers – none of which you’re likely to find on an “uninsurable list.”

Although “pit bull type” dogs were frequently identified in severe bite cases, the AVMA pointed out that this statistic is likely skewed due to “the popularity of the breed in the victim’s community, reporting biases, misidentification, and the dog’s treatment by its owner (e.g., use as fighting dogs).”

Dr. Gail Golab, director of animal welfare for the AVMA, told the Tampa Bay Times in 2007 she opposed the blacklisting of certain breeds by insurance companies.

“While certainly an individual company may have its own experience with a certain breed, it doesn’t truly speak to what most pit bull type dogs, rottweilers or dobermans are like,” she said.

The good news is there is pending legislation in 10 states that would put an end dog-breed profiling by insurance companies. Instead of denying coverage for whatever breeds insurance companies decide are dangerous, they would only be able to deny a policy or increase the premium based on the risk associated with an individual dog – regardless of its breed — who has a known history of actually being dangerous.

Read the rest of the story: http://www.care2.com/causes/did-you-know-most-insurance-companies-blacklist-pit-bulls.html#ixzz3pgEbh13N

Animal Poison Control Alert: The Dangers of Moldy Food

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) handles thousands of cases of animal poisoning resulting from plants, pills and other ingested items every year. But not all pet poisons are so apparent—in fact, one major risk may be lurking where you least expect it: On food.

To arm you with potentially life-saving information, APCC wants to educate pet parents about the dangers of moldy food. Food mold, also known as Penicillium spp, is a fungus that grows on aging food. It is often visible to the naked eye, and, if ingested, can make a pet very ill.

While mold on dog food should certainly be avoided, the real danger occurs when pets get into household trash or eat garbage outside, including compost piles and moldy nuts or fruits that have fallen from trees. Fungal neurotoxins on old food can make your four-legged friend very ill. Common signs that your dog has eaten mold include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Elevated body temperature

Symptoms can last 24-48 hours, and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Available treatments are primarily focused on controlling the tremors and keeping the pet cool and hydrated, however, the best way to protect your pet is to not let them eat moldy food at all. Keep an eye on your dog at all times, especially when outside, and avoid leaving your dog outside of your yard unattended.

If your dog is observed eating moldy food, contact your vet or APCC immediately to learn the correct action to take. Onset of signs can be very rapid, so if your dog is showing symptoms, take him to a veterinary clinic immediately.

If you think that your pet is ill or may have ingested any poisonous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately!

Resource: http://www.aspca.org/blog/animal-poison-control-alert-the-dangers-of-moldy-food

Heart Murmurs in Pets May Be a Sign of More Serious Medical Conditions

Like humans, your pet may be at risk for heart disease, and it’s important to recognize the signs of potentially dangerous heart conditions. Some heart diseases in pets may begin with a murmur—an abnormal heart sound caused by turbulent blood flow—heard through a stethoscope. A kitten the ASPCA rescued last fall in a Brooklyn hoarding case, was just one month old when veterinarians at the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) discovered she had a heart murmur. An echocardiogram a specialized ultrasound of the heart showed the left and right heart chambers were dilated. She was placed in a foster home and rechecked a few months later, when a follow-up echocardiogram showed that Cherry’s heart had normalized.  

“Heart murmurs are often our earliest warning that a heart condition may be present,” says Dr. Sharon Huston, a veterinary cardiologist often called on by the ASPCA Animal Hospital to provide cardiac consultations. But not all murmurs reveal the same prognosis. “In dogs, murmurs are more accurate predictors of the presence of heart disease,” said Dr. Huston. “But cats are more like people: the presence or absence of a murmur is not as accurate a predictor. Some cats with severe heart disease have no murmur at all, while most dogs with heart disease have a murmur.”

An echocardiogram performed by a veterinary cardiologist is necessary to determine whether heart disease is present and requires treatment."Unlike heart disease in humans, cholesterol and obesity don’t contribute to heart disease in animals,” said Dr. Huston. “Although there are situations where improper diet can lead to heart disease, most cardiac conditions in dogs and cats are genetic, and different breeds are prone to different heart problems.”

In addition, Dr. Huston says heart conditions in dogs and cats that are caused by emaciation or inappropriate food—often identified by the ASPCA in neglect or cruelty cases—can be resolved with proper care.  In cats, a heart murmur can indicate disease of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), the most commonly-acquired heart disease in cats.

“Studies suggest that 30 to 50% of cats with a murmur have structural heart disease,” says Dr. Huston. “10% of all dogs have heart disease, which increases to over 60% with advanced age.” In dogs, a heart murmur may indicate a leaky valve, abnormalities of the heart muscle, congenital heart disease or a non-cardiac condition like anemia. Congestive heart failure, which occurs when the heart muscle isn’t pumping blood as effectively as it should, is the most common emergency caused by heart disease in pets. Those animals require hospitalization and 24/7 monitoring and oxygen therapy.

Signs of congestive heart failure in cats include a fast breathing rate, difficulty breathing, fainting, weakness, lethargy, hiding and a decreased appetite. Often times, cats will experience a sudden crisis, such as paralysis or collapse, which can be caused by a blood clot. In dogs, signs may be more gradual, like a cough (especially a cough at rest), rapid breathing, fainting, lethargy or exercise intolerance. “Congestive heart failure is a treatable condition,” says Dr. Huston. “With proper management, pets can continue to live good lives at home with their families.”


People think dogs don't feel or have emotions, they are wrong !!. This dog just got rescued with her puppies. She shed tears of joy and gratefulness. Dawn Of Vines : This is a reaction of a dog after being rescued with her puppies.

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Is Abandoning a Pet a Crime?

Is Abandoning a Pet a Crime?

Snowflake never saw it coming. She was a 3-month-old Maltese puppy, fluffy, white and adorable. She had a home, her life was just getting started, and then she broke her leg. It should have been a quick fix but her owner, Alsu Ivanchenko, didn’t see it that way. Ivanchenko grabbed Snowflake, put her in a plastic bag and tossed her from the window of her moving car leaving the pup of just under one pound with a broken leg, a broken skull from the impact after she hit the cement, and a broken heart.

Ivanchenko was convicted of felony animal abuse charges for her heartless actions against Snowflake, who was eventually found, rushed to the hospital and is now living in a truly loving home. In court, her former owner turned assailant argued she couldn’t afford to pay for the pet’s veterinary care for the broken leg so she disposed of her problem.

Snowflake’s story is heartbreaking but it certainly isn’t unique. People give up their pets every single day. Maybe they aren’t injured and violently disposed of, which makes it more socially acceptable. People post on social media that “I’m moving and can’t take Waldo” or “Turns out my boyfriend is allergic to Missy.” In many cases the excuse is just a plain “I don’t have time for it anymore.” Just like Ivanchenko, those people are abandoning a pet that was supposed to be their responsibility, but is that a crime?

It depends. Most states have laws against animal cruelty and neglect, making it illegal for people to knowingly cause harm to an animal, but not all states mention abandonment as part of that. In those cases, it’s then perfectly legal to leave an animal behind once it doesn’t fit into the guardian’s lifestyle any longer.

In the state of California, however, “Every person who willfully abandons any animal is guilty of a misdemeanor.” In Florida, anyone who “abandons any animal in a street, road, or public place without providing for the care, sustenance, protection, and shelter of such animal is guilty of a misdemeanor.” Other states like Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Kansas all have similar protections for pets that could get the person abandoning them up to one year in jail for their first offense but, unfortunately, there are loop holes.

“Companion animals are treated as property in the law,” explains Patricia A. Bolen, an attorney in an article for the Michigan State University College of Law. “If an owner brings an animal directly to a shelter, that owner is transferring title of the animal to the shelter. Shelters are immune from civil liability for disposing of a pet that is brought in by the owner.” Owners think by leaving their pets at a shelter, they’ll have another chance for a home but that’s not always the case. Over 30 percent of animals that enter a shelter are euthanized.

When I worked in an animal shelter, I’d often hear cats meow for days in anguish, not knowing why they were left behind by the one person they trusted to take care of them. Even if they lived and eventually found another home, what they went through was not only heartbreaking but inhumane. No one wants to be left behind terrified, alone and betrayed.

The best solution for the problem of animal abandonment then becomes prevention through education on responsible pet ownership. “Many animal shelters now have printed information on coping with the most common behavioral problems, and some even provide telephone hotlines to help people work through issues,” wrote Lisa Towell, who’s worked as a shelter volunteer for 10 years in an op-ed for Peta Prime. “Shelters can help to educate adopters about the commitment involved in being an animal caregiver.”

According to the American Humane Association, the most common reason why people relinquish or give away their dogs and cats is because their place of residence does not allow pets (29 percent for dogs and 21 percent for cats). Allergies are the second most common reason for cats (11 percent), while not enough time, divorce/death and behavior issues each make up the reasoning for 10 percent of relinquishment.

Through those resources people would learn that allergies can in most times be managed or that a cat missing the litter box is an issue easily fixed. A recent study showed that 96 percent of dogs relinquished for behavior problems never received any behavior training.

People simply give up on their pets because they don’t see them as a family member. They wouldn’t leave their kids behind if they misbehaved, would they? But they don’t equate the responsibility of caring for an animal to the one of caring for a child even though both rely solely on them for food, guidance and affection. Education could lead the way to a shift in that mindset and hopefully one day stories like Snowflake’s will be just a nightmare from long, long ago.

Source: http://www.care2.com/causes/is-abandoning-a-pet-a-crime.html#ixzz3n2Wc7FXC

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Why the Nonhuman Rights Project Is Unique

The Nonhuman Rights Project is unlike any other organization in the world. Why? Because we’re the only group working through the common law to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species. The Nonhuman Rights Project is the only civil rights organization in the United States working to achieve actual LEGAL rights for members of species other than our own.

Our mission is to change the legal status of appropriate nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty.


What’s Your Kitty’s Favorite Kind of Music?

If you’re one of the many kitty lovers who likes to leave the radio on to keep your cat company when you’re not home, believing that familiar sounds and human voices will ease their nerves and keep them company, you might be interested to know what the science has to say about it.

A paper by Applied Animal Behaviour Science has investigated the common belief that listening to music has a positive effect on our cats, and whether ‘species specific’ music is more beneficial than anything that might be playing on the radio.

The Effects of Music on Animals

Animal behaviorist Victoria Wells studied bioacoustics in shelter dogs, and discovered that there was a definite connection between the type of music being played and the effects on the dogs. Just as in humans, rock music elevated excitement and agitation, and classical music seemed to ease stress and anxiety. Further research by a pianist and a leading psycho acoustician found that classical music had positive calming effects because of the ‘simple sound’ form it produced. They went on to investigate further, and created simple form classical music which allowed ‘passive listening’ and was shown to reduce anxiety in many dogs.

What’s Your Kitty’s Favorite Music?

An in-depth study of the effects of music on 47 cats, conducted in their own familiar surroundings and in the company of their human companions was undertaken by Applied Animal Behavior Science, and the results were fascinating.

Previous research had taught them that “music will only be effective if it is appropriate for the sensory and communication systems of the species under study,” and so they produced two specially crafted three-minute tracks which were higher in frequency and with a unique cat-like rhythm. This is because each species of animal has their own unique ways of communication, and the frequencies that humans best respond to are different to those of a dog or cat.

The study found that “domestic cats are more interested in and responsive to music that was composed with species-appropriate features relevant to cats,” and this was seen as human music was also used as a control measure. After conducting their own study, and comparing their results with other studies, researchers concluded that, “for auditory enrichment to be effective, the enrichment must contain features that are perceptible to the species that are the target of enrichment.”

This means that while people may find some success in calming an animal by playing classical music, the results are far more effective and consistent when the music is produced specifically for the animal it’s being played to, with researchers claiming that, “It is not sufficient to simply turn on a radio or play some classical music in a laboratory or shelter and assume that acoustic enrichment needs are being met.”

Rare white-faced deer rejected by mom, but in loving hands

The peculiar-looking fawn has the cutest coloration: a white face, pink nose, and a beautiful coat that’s a mixture of brown and pure white. But the white-faced baby deer has somewhat of a sad story: Because of his piebald face, he was rejected by his mother, leaving the owners of Deer Tracks Junction in Cedar Springs, Michigan, to care for the animal.


Dragon is already getting feisty. Photo: Deer Tracks Junction

The 2-week-old deer, who was born at the farm, is named “Dragon,” and has learned to prance and frolic like other young deer at the educational and tourism facility. Piebald deer, which boast this type of odd coloration, are rare in captivity and extremely rare in the wild. “Normally they have a black nose,” Hillary Powell, owner of Deer Tracks Junction, told WXMI. “It’s actually a detriment in the wild because if they don’t have shade, their nose is very sensitive to the sun and can get sun burn.”


Dragon risks getting a sun-burned nose. Photo: Deer Tracks Junction

It’s more of a detriment because they lack the appropriate camouflage to hide from predators. This helps to explain why Dragon’s mother disowned the fawn hours after he was born—because her natural instinct demands that she be able to hide from predators in order to survive.


It might be a few days before Dragon can meet visitors.

Read more at http://www.grindtv.com/wildlife/rare-white-faced-deer-rejected-by-mom-but-in-loving-hands/#qgL0RVyrZwr1Sj5j.99

10 Fascinating Facts About Chickens

10 Fascinating Facts About Chickens

In the United States alone, more than 8.5 billion chickens are killed every year. That’s 272 every second! Those numbers are pretty crazy, right? When I actually sat down to figure it all out, I literally couldn’t get my head around all those zeros. Every single one of those chickens is a unique individual that has so much more to offer the world than ending up on someone’s dinner plate.

1. Chickens slurp grass like spaghetti.
  When living in their natural environment, chickens will spend the day foraging for bugs and slurping down fresh blades of grass.

2. Chickens LOVE dust baths.
It may not sound very appealing to you, but chickens take so much pleasure in digging a shallow pit in the dirt, spreading their winds and rolling around in it. Dust baths help chickens maintain proper feather insulation and ward off parasites. I’ve known chickens that have spent their entire life cooped up in a cage but when given the chance to be free, one of the first things they ever did was give themselves a dust bath.


3. Chickens have complex communication with specific meanings.
When you spend enough time around chickens, you’ll start to understand their many different vocalizations, from calling their youngsters to alerting others of the whereabouts of food.

4. Chickens like to play.
When given enough space, chickens will run, jump, spa and even sunbathe. Unfortunately, around 95% of all chickens raised in the United States spend their entire lives in tiny cages no bigger than the size of an iPad.

5. Chickens talk to their unborn babies.
In a natural setting, a mother hen will cluck to her chicks before they have even hatched and they will churp back to her and to each other through their shells. In factory farms, a chick will never get to meet his or her parents because they are taken from her as soon as they are laid and placed in large incubators.

6. Chickens are a lot more clever than you think.
  Recent studies have shown that chickens are intelligent animals with many attributes akin to that of primates. They are able to solve complex problems, understand cause and effect, pass on knowledge, demonstrate self control and worry about the future.


7. Chickens are technically dinosaurs.
   Research has proven that not only have chickens evolved from dinosaurs and are the closest living relative to the magnificent T. rex, they are in fact living dinosaurs.

8. Chickens place great importance on building a private nest.


They start by scratching a shallow bed in the ground, then carry twigs and leaves to their nest on their backs where they let the material slide off and build up around the rim.  They will even go without food and water in favor of creating a private nest safe from predators.

9. Chickens have excellent memories.
They are able to recognize and remember more than 100 different individuals, including humans.

10. Chickens are able to comprehend object permanence.
   Even when an object is taken away from them and hidden, chickens are able to comprehend that it still exists. Not many animals have the ability to do this, and neither do young human children.

This is a good reminder of why Micro chipping your animal is soooo important.

So Touching! You Have To See This Dog's Reaction To Being Rescued, I'm Almost In Tears!

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Breaking News: Walmart, Nation's Biggest Food Seller, Adopts Five Freedom Principles for Farm Animals

This morning, Walmart, one of the world’s biggest companies and the nation’s biggest food seller by a long shot announced it has adopted the "five freedoms" principles for farm animals, effectively renouncing the use of extreme confinement and other abusive practices in animal agriculture, and signaling an extraordinary change in agriculture in America. Precisely because it's Walmart, this is the most definitive statement yet that the era of confining farm animals in cages will come to an end. We applaud the company for adopting a comprehensive animal welfare policy, which comes on the heels of dozens of other declarations and pledges from other major food retailers against gestation crates, battery cages, and tail docking of dairy cows.

Walmart is calling on its suppliers to, among other actions, work toward ensuring that animals: 1) are raised in ways that allow them to engage in natural behaviors, including having sufficient space and socialization with other members of their species, 2) be provided more comfortable living conditions, 3) are free from painful mutilations 4) be spared mental discomfort or distress, and 5) be given ready access to water and feed. These changes, so grounded in common sense, would nonetheless herald major improvements over how much of agribusiness currently treats animals.

With these principles in mind, Walmart singles out the confinement of hens in battery cages, sows in gestation crates, and calves in veal crates as practices that must end. Walmart is also working with its suppliers to address the welfare issues surrounding painful mutilations like tail docking, dehorning, castration, and to move to slaughter systems that don’t cause as much pain.

This policy applies for all of Walmart's U.S. operations and includes its subsidiary Sam's Club. With the company capturing a staggering 25 percent of the grocery market, there's no greater agent of change within our country's food system.

As Walmart says, this announcement is part of its pledge to continually improve farm animal welfare. In other words: it's a first step—and like all first steps, there's room for more. For example, Walmart doesn't yet have timelines for getting animals out of cages, or for achieving its commitments on other welfare issues—something we hope to solve with the company.

Timelines aside, this announcement helps create an economy where no agribusiness company—for business reasons alone—should ever again install a new battery cage, gestation crate, or veal crate. Walmart is helping drive the transition away from immobilizing cages and other inhumane practices, and toward a more humane, more sustainable approach to production agriculture.

This is an unstoppable trend, and that was the trajectory even before Walmart made the announcement. The company's embrace of a more ethical framework for the treatment of all farm animals serves as perhaps the most powerful catalyst for change throughout animal agriculture.

We still have a long way to go not just working with Walmart during the implementation of this policy. There’s also convincing states to put basic standards in the law, the few corporations that have made no commitments to catch up, and consumers to eat more consciously. But this will be a day long remembered a remarkable inflection point in our movement and a marker in the demise of an industrial system of production that treats living creatures as little more than meat-, milk-, and egg-producing machines. We appreciate the relationship we've built with Walmart and we're eager to lend our voice as the company continues down this journey of creating a better, more humane food system.


New Documentary Exposes the Politics Behind Puppy Mills ( See the video below.)

New Documentary Exposes the Politics Behind Puppy Mills

As animal advocates continue to work tirelessly to save dogs from puppy mills, we keep seeing the end result through undercover investigations, adoption campaigns, large-scale seizures and mass rescues of dogs who were lucky enough to be saved. Now a new feature-length documentary, Dog by Dog, has gone further to expose how an industry that continues to abuse and exploit man’s best friend in a nation of dog lovers has been able to continue to successfully stay in business.

The story is told by Chris Ksoll, a banker who got involved after fostering a former mill dog and Christopher Grimes, CEO of 5414 Productions, who investigates the money trail they believe leads to 2 to 4 million dogs being purchased from mills every year.

“The question that I wanted to answer is how your typical puppy mill operator who works in overalls and oversees hundreds of dogs was also able to simultaneously mount such an expensive and aggressive grassroots effort to stop legislative efforts to provide humane conditions for dogs,” said Grimes in a statement. “After conducting extensive research over many years, we came to realize that in many cases it is massive, publicly-traded corporate farming companies that are protecting puppy mills and blocking any attempts to pass humane legislation that would regulate these large scale breeding facilities.”

They expose the involvement of agribusinesses that have nothing to do with dogs, including Monsanto and Smithfield – the nation’s largest pork producer – that are stepping in to block any meaningful change for our canine companions. Their interest in thwarting these efforts, many believe, is that if we get change for dogs, we’ll come for their pigs, chickens, goats, sheep and cows next and better standards for animals mean more work and lower profits for them.

Worse is the American Kennel Club‘s shameful, and repeated, attempts to block legislation that would raise standards of care for commercial breeders in stark contrast to its supposed mission and one of its stated core values, which is to “protect the health and well-being of all dogs.”

“It all comes down to money,” said Ksoll. “Large-scale dog breeders do not have the political muscle to influence state and federal politicians. This documentary shows that in fact the AKC and large agriculture corporations are funding the opposition to any meaningful legislation or enforcement of laws to protect these breeding dogs.”

The sad reality for these dogs, is that despite the efforts of animal advocates, there are still an estimated 10,000 puppy mills across the U.S. that are relentlessly churning them out. As the Humane Society of the United States just noted with the release of its Horrible Hundred list of worst mills, this isn’t an issue that affects any single area or state, because these dogs end up for sale all over the U.S.

The film’s creators say in the director’s statement their hope is that the information they’re bringing to light will help us make the world better for dogs by changing both the way we vote and buy dogs.

The film, which just made its world premiere this month in New York City, will continue to be shown at screenings across the country in coming weeks.

For more info, check out Dog by Dog. http://dogbydogdocumentary.com/

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/new-documentary-exposes-the-politics-behind-puppy-mills.html#ixzz3aJb9SBWK

See the video below.

My heart aches at the misery that mother cows and calves are enduring at the hands of the dairy industry. Peter
... Ripped from his mother and left to die.


Peter's mother loved him from the moment he was born, but as a male calf born into the dairy industry, he was considered merely a byproduct. His mother had been forcibly impregnated so that she would produce milk, but that milk was intended for supermarket shelves, not for her calf.

And Peter was treated like a throwaway. When a PETA investigator found this little calf, he was suffering from painful pinkeye and ringworm and lying helplessly in a pen, mired in urine and feces. His legs were so weak that he couldn't stand—and if our investigator hadn't intervened, Peter would likely have been sold and slaughtered for veal.

Newborn calves are torn away from their mothers, who cry out frantically for their beloved calves for days after being separated. Female calves are often doomed to a lifetime on a milk-production line, impregnated again and again, losing each calf born to them, until their bodies wear out and they themselves are kicked and prodded along the slaughterhouse ramp. The male calves are typically sold for their young flesh and kept in tiny crates to prevent even the slightest exercise that would toughen their "meat," until they are slaughtered some months later.

PETA is helping to end some of the worst horrors faced by cows on dairy farms. Our eye-opening investigations and exposés are revealing the often hidden neglect and abuse inflicted on cows and other sensitive animals. Our corporate outreach efforts are helping drive companies such as Nestlé and Starbucks to take steps to stop dehorning—a common practice in which cows and calves have their horns and horn buds gouged out of their skulls with sharp metal scoops or have their horn tissue burned out of their heads. And because we want all abuse of cows to stop, our expert advice and free resources—including our popular vegan starter kit—are helping millions of people discover how healthy and easy cruelty-free vegan eating can be.


9 Signs Your Cat Actually Loves You

Have you ever wondered if your cat loves you? Cats express love for their owners in a number of ways. While some of these may be a bit obvious, other tokens of their affection have some hidden meaning behind them and you may have overlooked them not even realizing.

See them all here: http://catscentric.com/

What to Do if You Can’t Afford Veterinary Care

What to Do if You Can’t Afford Veterinary Care

Sadly, too many pets are relinquished to shelters needing veterinary care that couldn’t be afforded by their owners. Everyone suffers when this happens. Pets are confused and even sometimes euthanized, owners grieve with heartbreaking guilt, and veterinarians are pained by what could have been done.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t despair. There may be more financial help available to you than you realize. Some veterinarians are willing to work out a discount plan for long-term clients or can work out a payment plan. Also, check with your local animal shelter. Many offer reduced costs at their veterinary clinic.

The Humane Society of the U.S. recommends the following tips to help you keep your pet under good medical care during financially stressed times:

  • Call your local humane society or shelter. They often offer low cost spay and neuter clinics.
  • Consider going to a second veterinarian to see if they could offer the procedure or treatment at a lower cost.
  • Check out your local veterinary schools. Many offer low-cost clinics for limited income clients.
  • It may not help immediately, but consider purchasing pet insurance for future health issues that come up.
  • Numerous national organizations provide financial assistance to cash-strapped pet owners.
  • If you’re in need of a temporary loan, consider applying for veterinary financing through Care Credit. It allows you to pay off your veterinary bill monthly and can even be used for annual checkups, medications, and senior care. Be sure to understand their interest rates and loaning conditions.

VeterinaryPartner.com also offers a long list of organizations that can help pet parents in need. Their invaluable site even includes organizations offering assistance to disease and breed-specific pets, and regional assistance in the U.S., Australia, and Canada. Some smaller expenses such as dental care are paid in full, and larger expenses such as cancer treatment may be paid in partial.

Do you have any additional suggestions for helping other pet parents in financial need? Thanks for adding your suggestions in a comment below.

These 8 Rare And Beautiful Horses Are Like Nothing You’ve EVER Seen!

orses are all beautiful, but these stallions and mares are particularly majestic. We’ve compiled a collection of the horses you probably won’t see at your neighborhood farm…but boy, are they beautiful. Their coloring is absolutely EXTRAORDINARY! These are just 10 of our favorite rare horses with unusual coloring, markings, and manes.

1) The golden Akhal Teke 

I had to look twice…this horse is beautiful enough to be a bronzed statue! With an unbelievably shiny coat that appears to be metallic in the sun, the Akhal Teke is the national emblem of the country of Turkmenistan. Not surprisingly, it’s known as the golden horse!

Above: His name is Mystic Warrior. He’s 3/4 Friesian and 1/4 Appy stallion was a demo horse at the World Equestrian Games!  This little guy came a LONG way on the right is all grown up !

2) The Knabstrupper 

Knabstrupper horses were bred in Denmark as far back as 1671 when they were called “The Tiger Horses.” In 1750, this royal breeding line came to an end.

These awesome spotted horses returned in 1812, not as the “Tiger Horses,” but with a new bloodline. A mare was purchased from Spain with distinctive, silver-dollar sized markings. Her colt was the foundational Sire for the new spotted breed…Seeing spots has never felt so good!

3) The German Black Forest Horse 

According to Wikipedia, the Black Forest Horse, or the “Schwarzwälder Kaltblut,” is a rare draft horse breed originating in southern Germany. All I know is that his mane and tail PERFECTLY compliment his super shiny coat.

4) The Blue Roan Gypsy Vanner Horse 

Easily recognized for their leg feathering and common black and white or “piebald”coat color, the Blue Roan version of the beautiful Gypsy horse is considered most rare.

5) The Chocolate Silver Dapple Pinto 

A lush mane and an extraordinarily bold coat make this horse a regular show-stopper, but perhaps most unique are the star-shaped dapples on his front end.

6) The Friesian-Gypsy Vanner Crossbreed 

Something about this guy reminds me of Fabio. Am I right?

7) The Sorraia Mustang 

The Sorraia horse is an endangered South Iberian wild horse, also known as a Sorraia mustang.

8) Cremello Tennessee Walking Horse 

#10. Cremello Tennessee Walking Horse

Dog Flu Outbreak: What You Need to Know

Dog Flu Outbreak: What You Need to Know

More than 1,100 dogs in the Midwest have been sickened by canine flu this season. At least six have died. If your family includes dogs, there’s no need to panic, but there are some things you need to know about the dog flu.

What is dog flu?

Dogs, like people, are susceptible to a variety of viruses. When the current outbreak began, it was thought to be type A influenza virus H3N8, which began as an equine influenza more than 40 years ago. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it started spreading to dogs in 2004.


Los Angeles veterinarian and pet parenting specialist Dr. Jeff Werber told Care2 that testing has identified the Midwest outbreak as H3N2. This highly contagious virus has been found in dogs in Asia since 2007.

How does canine flu spread?

The virus spreads through direct contact with an infected dog. “That includes doggie daycare, boarding kennels, grooming, hiking trails…wherever dogs are brought together in close quarters,” said Werber. It can be transmitted from dog to dog, or by contact with a contaminated object or surface. People who touch infected dogs can then spread it to other dogs.

Any dog of any breed can get the flu. The more virus a dog is exposed to, the more likely it is to become ill. Weber pointed out that animals with a weakened immune system are particularly vulnerable.

What are the signs and symptoms of dog flu?

Not all dogs with flu have obvious symptoms. Of those that do, symptoms may include:

  • coughing
  • sneezing
  • nasal discharge
  • lethargy
  • lack of appetite
  • fever

Most dogs experience mild symptoms and recover well, but others develop serious complications like pneumonia, which can be life threatening.

What should I do if my dog has the flu?

Dr. Jeff Werber

Dr. Jeff Werber

If your dog appears ill, make an appointment with your veterinarian. If necessary, your veterinarian can use respiratory secretions or blood samples to test your dog for flu.

Some dogs may need to be treated with antibiotics. “Antibiotics don’t kill the flu virus,” said Weber. “But if your dog’s immune system is compromised, they protect against opportunistic bacteria that can make your dog sicker. They provide immune system support so your dog can fight off the virus.”

You should also make sure your dog has access to plenty of water to stay well-hydrated.

Thoroughly clean all pet toys and surfaces that have come into contact with your dog. Don’t board your dog or let him socialize with other pets until all symptoms have cleared up. Wash your own hands well before touching other pets.

Is there a dog flu vaccine?

There are flu vaccines for dogs, though most people don’t make it part of routine care. An H3N2 vaccine has not been developed yet, so the current vaccines won’t protect your dog from this particular strain.

A dog who has had the flu may develop some immunity and will be less likely to get it again.

Can other house pets be infected?

H3N2 is transmissible to other pets and has been reported in cats.

What about people?

According to the CDC, there are no reports of either virus spreading from dogs to people. The H3N2 canine virus is not the same as the H3N2 human virus.

Invisible Monsters in Your Pet’s Bowls?

If you simply top off your pet’s water dish, you could be creating a monster that will attack your pet from the inside out.

If indoor bowls aren’t palatable, pets won’t hesitate to drink rainwater from unsafe sources

Many of us are guilty of simply refilling the water bowl when it gets close to empty, but the water that sits around will form a slimy residue that hosts dangerous bacteria and fungus that can begin to grow. Some pet guardians may not even notice that their pet will start shying away from a dirty water bowl and become mildly dehydrated or, worse yet, seek water from unsafe areas indoors or out. And what about the food dish? No, licking the bowl ‘clean’ isn’t a possibility. Please be kind.

Plastic Bowls Are a Bad Idea

Plastic bowls trap odor and bacteria and can also leach BPA, a carcinogenic compound.

Food and water dishes should be made from stainless steel, heavy glass or ceramic and should be washed daily. Plastic dishes may contain a hazardous substance called BPA which leaches into your pet’s water and is a known carcinogen. This can break down further in the dishwasher. Plastics also absorbs odors and become unpleasant to a pet’s sensitive sense of smell.

Three Best Ways To Wash Your Pet’s Bowls Daily

Food and water bowls should be cleaned daily. Do NOT use harsh cleaners that can leave behind residue and odor.

If you have bowls that are already beyond salvaging, why not start fresh with a new set of bowls and choose from one of these easy daily washing techniques.

1. Run them through the hottest cycle of the dishwasher to get them really clean and sterilized.

2. Wash and thoroughly rinse with dish detergent and a clean abrasive sponge to release all organic material from the sides of the bowls.

3. Try scrubbing with a mix of equal parts baking soda, salt and warm water.

Zero Tolerance for Cruelty for Pig farmers

The nation’s more than 63,000 pig farmers denounce animal mistreatment whenever it occurs. We believe people who are responsible for the willful neglect or abuse of farm animals should be held accountable. Farmers strongly support zero-tolerance policies regarding animal mistreatment and demand that animal abuse be reported immediately to proper authorities. Farmers have an ethical obligation to provide for the well-being of animals in their care; therefore, we strongly encourage ongoing training and certification to promote best practices in proper pig handling.

Farmers have an ethical obligation to provide for the well-being of animals in their care; therefore, we strongly encourage ongoing training and certification to promote best practices in proper pig handling.

In partnership with the The Center for Food Integrity, the pork industry works with the Pork Animal Care Review Panel to ensure pigs receive proper care. In situations of unethical behavior, the review panel engages recognized animal care specialists to review cases, provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the pork industry and media, and then decide on proper corrective action.  The panel comprises veterinarians, animal scientists and ethicists to ensure various perspectives are represented.

See It? Stop It!

Animal well-being always has been the top priority for pig farmers. The See It! Stop It! initiative was introduced to encourage the immediate reporting of animal abuse, neglect, mishandling or harm.  By providing a framework for education and action, See It! Stop It! makes clear that proper animal care is the responsibility of every employee and that animal abuse on farms is not acceptable or tolerated. This initiative connects our moral obligation to protect and promote proper animal care with a direct plan of action to identify and stop any incident of animal abuse.


What does "No Kill" mean?

Animal welfare workers and volunteers started the “No Kill” movement more than 20 years ago in San Francisco. The goal was to curtail euthanizing dogs and cats that entered animal shelters. It caught on, and thanks to the campaign, euthanasia has dropped from 20 million annually to between 3 and 4 million a year.

While many tout the success of saving the lives of dogs and cats thanks to the “No Kill” movement, a large number of people still don’t know what “No Kill” means. According to an NPR report, “While some shelters indeed put no animals down, shelters are allowed to euthanize a percentage of their animals and still keep the no-kill designation.” With 14,000 animal shelters and rescue groups in the United States, not everyone is in favor of saving all shelter cats and dogs. Of the estimated 8 million dogs who enter U.S. shelters each year, not all are adoptable. Animal shelters can euthanize up to 10 percent of their animals for poor health and temperament, and still be considered “No Kill.”

Richard Avanzino, president of Maddie’s Fund and the former head of San Francisco’s SPCA, which started the “No Kill” movement in 1994, tells NPR, “The ‘No Kill’ concept will be a constantly debated question among a lot of animal lovers, as to whether we are there or whether we are still working on getting to the goal.” The campaign is familiar to those in animal rights in the northern states and on the West Coast. In Miami, more than 15,000 dogs and 13,000 cats enter the county-run animal shelter each year. The county just adopted a resolution to become a No Kill facility. Alex Munoz, director of the Miami Animal Services Department, tells NPR they’re making progress. “Over the past few years we've increased our overall save rate from less than 50 percent to over 80 percent for both dogs and cats,” he says.

If you do the numbers that means a large number of cats and dogs will still be put down. Munoz counters that “the shelter is not an infinite space. There are 222 cages, and on any given day, there's more than 300 dogs.” Munoz, and others at shelters across the country, are stepping up their spay and neuter programs and hosting more adoption events.

One of the major animal welfare groups in the country that has embraced and led the way in the “No Kill” movement is Best Friends Animal Society with its “Save Them All Campaign.” They are partnering with numerous rescue groups and shelters to end the killing of dogs and cats in U.S. animal shelters. Sources: NPR, Best Friends Animal Society


Police Officer Killed A Man At Animal Shelter While the Man Was Trying To Do A Good Thing

A recent story has surfaced where Mr. Robert Lawrence entered an animal shelter in Dothan, Alabama in an attempt to return a stray cat he could not keep and care for. The guy does not have a clean record but it was no reason to literally shoot him dead while he was actually doing the right thing; bringing an animal into the shelter rather than abusing it as so many other people seem to do.

The police involved, Dothan Police Sgt. Maurice Eggleston stated that Mr. Lawrence was trying to return a stray animal to the shelter (all the details are not fully clear according to reports). The shelter apparently wanted to see the man's ID which caused a verbal altercation with shelter staff, resulting in a call to police. Of course, Mr. Lawrence was upset and threatened arrest if he did not calm down. There is no documentation that the man was dangerous and/or armed. Sgt. Eggleston states however that "A physical altercation ensued, to which Lawrence was shot in the abdomen." Under the circumstances, there was no reason to shoot to kill this man.

The officer in this case could have used another method such as a taser to subdue him if absolutely necessary, but not kill him because he had an issue showing his ID when bringing an animal into a shelter! We believe that this officer overstepped his boundaries in this matter and should be removed from his job for killing this man under the circumstances. There is no reason this man should have died when actually trying to do the right thing.


I normally would put this in the wildlife section but I'm putting it in all sections. It is so sad that we (humans) have done this and our grand kids will never get to see these magnificent animals except in books.

13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015

British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough once asked: "Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?" 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, Martha, who managed to survive only 14 years in captivity after her species became extinct in the wild. More recently, Angalifu, a 44-year-old northern white rhinoceros, died at the San Diego Zoo, leaving just five other white rhinos worldwide, all in captivity. Chances are our grandchildren will never get to see this remarkable creature.

In fact, the world is losing dozens of species every day in what experts are calling the sixth mass extinction in Earth's history. As many as 30% to 50% of all species are moving toward extinction by mid-century and the blame sits squarely on our shoulders. "Habitat destruction, pollution or overfishing either kills off wild creatures and plants or leaves them badly weakened," said Derek Tittensor, a marine ecologist at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge. "The trouble is that in coming decades, the additional threat of worsening climate change will become more and more pronounced and could then kill off these survivors."















Attention all Falconers: There will be a Meet to see these wonderful birds in action. If your not familiar with Falconry this is the place to start.

OFA Working for Oregon Falconers!

Over the past several years the OFA has accomplished some very important things for Oregon falconers to make falconry better and keep the sport safe into the future.


Great News! You Can’t Tattoo or Pierce Your Pet in New York Anymore

Great News! You Can’t Tattoo or Pierce Your Pet in New York Anymore

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just made it illegal to cosmetically tattoo or pierce a companion animal in his state.

Photo credit: Instagram/Mistah Metro

Photo credit: Instagram/Mistah Metro

States Begin to Recognize the Need to Penalize This Ridiculous Fashion Statement

New York wasn’t the first state to legally recognize and forbid this type of foolishness. Pennsylvania can claim that honor. In 2011, a Pennsylvania court convicted a pet groomer in Wilkes-Barre of animal cruelty in connection with cosmetic piercing. Holly Crawford sold what she called “gothic kittens” online for $100 apiece. What she did to turn them “gothic” was astounding and abhorrent.

It’s Time for All States to Follow New York’s Lead

When New York’s law takes effect four months from now, only certain types of tattooing and piercing will be authorized. Examples include tattoos or piercings necessary for identification or medical treatment under the supervision of a veterinarian. Violations can result in up to 15 days in jail and a $250 fine.

Obviously, cosmetic tattooing and piercing of pets is not an isolated phenomenon anymore. It’s happening with increasing frequency. The ability to show off on social media makes the idea even more enticing for some. If it takes legislation to stop people from making this type of “fashion statement,” every state should take action. New Jersey is reportedly already considering legislation similar to New York’s. Don’t let the momentum stop. Call on your most animal-friendly state political representatives and let them know about New York’s new law. Push them to introduce something similar. Innocent animals can’t speak out, but we can and we should.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/great-news-you-cant-tattoo-or-pierce-your-pet-in-new-york-anymore.html#ixzz3NDv9NQFK

Operation Baghdad Pups Goes Global

Operation Baghdad Pups

Members of the U.S. military stationed on bases all over the world befriend local animals during deployments that become their companions. But they are often forced to leave them behind when their deployments are over. Our Operation Baghdad Pups program was founded in 2008 to rescue and reunite these patriot pets with our service members in the U.S. To date, we have rescued over 550 animals from multiple countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Our program has expanded to become “OBP: Worldwide” and now we rescue animals anywhere in the world for members of all military branches.

Until we see peace in every corner of the world, OBP Worldwide will continue to serve wherever it is needed – just like the heroes of our U.S. Armed Forces. We consider every request, regardless of the location, a chance for SPCA International to give back to our troops.

Do you know a U.S. military serviceman or woman serving oversees that has a special relationship with a dog or cat they befriended there? Contact Us for help bringing that patriot pet to safety in the U.S. where they can be reunited again.


Guardians Giving

WildEarth Guardians would like to thank the following businesses for generously supporting our work. If you would like to be added to our "Businesses for Guardians" webpage and learn how! Below is just a short list. To see what companies are in your neighborhoods:


This is very disturbing..

  In the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 companion animals. PETA claims that all of the animals they kill are “unadoptable.” But this claim is a lie for numerous reasons.

It is a lie because rescue groups, individuals, and veterinarians have come forward stating that the animals they gave PETA were healthy and adoptable and PETA insiders have admitted as much, one former intern reporting that he quit in disgust after witnessing perfectly healthy puppies and kittens in the kill room. It is a lie because PETA refuses to provide its criteria for making the determination as to whether or not an animal is “unadoptable.”

It is a lie because according to a state inspector, the PETA facility where the animals are impounded was designed to house animals for no more than 24 hours. It is a lie because Ingrid Newkirk herself admitted as much during a television interview: when asked whether or not PETA kills healthy animals, she responded, “Absolutely.”

It is a lie because PETA staff have described the animals they have killed as “healthy,” “adorable” and “perfect.” It is a lie because PETA itself admits it does not believe in “right to life for animals.” And it is a lie because when asked what sort of effort PETA routinely makes to find adoptive homes for animals in its care, PETA had no comment.



Anyone can do this. Buy a billboard that tells Thai people about the dog meat trade and offers a reward to help shut it down.


The dog meat trade in Southeast Asia is the most disgusting form of cruelty that humans inflict on animals. Yet most Thai people don’t even know it is going on in their beautiful country. Will you please buy a billboard to tell them about it, and recruit them in the global campaign to shut down this horrific trade? When anti-dog-trade charity Soi Dog put up trial billboards, local people passed on information that lead to arrests – and the lives of hundreds of dogs were saved.

Please help us take this campaign even further. Buy a billboard that will go up in a town or along a highway on the dog-smuggling route in Northern Thailand. It’s a powerful and effective way you can personally stop the suffering and torture of dogs.

With just a few dollars, you magnify your impact – and spare many more dogs from this horrific trade.

MUST SEE: Hidden-Camera Video Reveals Secret Pizza Topping – Disgusting Animal Abuse

Slice of Cruelty Leprino Foods

Is your pizza topped with horrific animal cruelty?

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation reveals shocking animal abuse at a milk producer for Leprino Foods – the world’s largest mozzarella cheese maker and major cheese supplier to Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John’s.

WARNING THIS VIDEO IS GRAPHIC - http://www.sliceofcruelty.com/


Even Zombie fighters love animals..

I love it !!! Good for you Norman Reedus!

Pop-up spay and neuter clinic aims to bring service to under-served New Orleans neighborhood

"We have a 33,000 square-foot warehouse here," Tia Torres says. "Unfortunately, we outgrew it the first year." Torres is the heart of both the rescue and the popular Animal Planet reality series "Pit Bulls and Parolees," which is filmed in and around Villalobos. She moved her dogs and her headquarters from southern California to Louisiana two years ago and settled into the warehouse at 4525 N. Claiborne Ave., in the Upper Ninth Ward. 

She had done rescue work in New Orleans after the levees broke, so she knew the city was on pit bull overload, but she was not prepared for the endless parade of stray dogs she and her family of rescuers would find in their new neighborhood. "It became very apparent very quickly there was a lack of resources," she says. "We came here and it was 'Wow!' -- a real shock." Two years later, it's not getting any better. The dogs keep showing up, and 95 percent of them are heart-worm positive, which can mean costly treatment and a long recovery period"It's pretty overwhelming for those of us at the core of VRC," Torres says. "We have nights when we cry. We're having to turn away dogs at the gate."

The problem is especially bad during puppy season. "We are drowning in puppies," she says. "We have 40 to 50 puppies here, three litters who came in with their mothers and then other puppies. People think puppies are more adoptable, but it's not true.  When Villalobos was in California, the rescue didn't even take in puppies because there were other groups to do that, and there were also many low-cost spay and neuter programs, resulting in fewer unwanted puppies and dogs. "We have 400 dogs in Louisiana now," Torres says.

Villalobos is running out of room in New Orleans and in a few satellite areas outside the city, and so is every other shelter and rescue group in southeast Louisiana.

To read more: http://www.nola.com/living/index.ssf/2014/06/pop-up_spay_and_neuter_clinic.html


Adorable bear cub charms police in Oregon

In this image from KPIC-TV video Tuesday, May 20, 2014, …  PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police in southern Oregon held an unlikely suspect overnight: an adorable black bear cub. Myrtle Creek Police Chief Don Brown says a teen boy and his parents dropped off the cub in a large plastic storage bin at the police station Monday. The teen found the small animal whimpering in the bushes outside his house on the outskirts of town. He told police the bear's mother was nowhere in sight.

Still, Brown said it was dangerous for the teen to pick up the cub, because the mother bear could have spotted him and attacked. Adult female black bears can weigh up to 300 pounds. The 12-pound cub was "very well behaved" while spending the night at the station, Brown said.                                                        

The orphaned cub is now at the University of Oregon receiving a veterinary checkup. Fish and Wildlife officials said the cub is a female and is in generally good health, other than being underweight. They said the cub will be placed at a zoo, but they didn't yet know which one.

Oregon is home to 25,000 to 30,000 black bears. Myrtle Creek, 90 miles south of Eugene, has an abundance of wildlife, the police chief said. Residents often call authorities about bear and cougar sightings. "We've had two baby rattlesnakes brought into the station, but nobody has brought in a bear in the last nine years I've been here," Brown said.

Wildlife officials say they do not know what happened to the cub's mother. Spring bear hunting season kicked off April 1 in Oregon, but it's illegal to kill sows with cubs that are less than a year old.

Officials say no dead bear has been found in the area, no hunter has reported killing one, and there have been no reports of a bear being hit by a car.

To see the video too: http://news.yahoo.com/adorable-bear-cub-charms-police-oregon-201600744.html


How Fake Livers Could Save Countless Animals From Being Condemned to Death

How Fake Livers Could Save Countless Animals From Being Condemned to Death

In more good news for animals in labs, scientists believe they have successfully developed a new method to test new drugs that won’t involve experimenting on animals.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires animal testing for all new drugs. Animal advocates and many in the research community, however, have continued to question the ethics and efficacy of using animal models to study human diseases and predict human reactions to drugs. By the FDA’s own admission, most drugs that undergo preclinical animal testing never even make it to human testing and review by the agency.

“Researchers in drug discovery make small quantities of new potential drug compounds and then test them in animals,” said Mukund Chorghade, chief scientific officer of Empiriko Corporation and president of THINQ Pharma. “It is a very painstaking, laborious and costly process. Frequently, scientists have to sacrifice many animals, and even after all that, the results are not optimal.”

Chorghade and his team believe they have come up with a solution: fake livers. These chemosynthetic livers, or Biomimiks, can be used to test new drugs and predict their safety without using animals. The research was presented at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) this week and has raised hope that that these fake livers will finally end the use of animals for testing new drugs.

Before new drugs make it to clinical trials where they’ll be taken by humans they’re tested on animals to see if they’re toxic, which is done with metabolic profiling. As the researchers explained in a statement:

That is, after giving an animal a test drug, the experimental compound does its designated job in the body until the liver breaks it down. Then researchers try to detect the resulting, minute amounts of molecular byproducts, or metabolites. It’s these metabolites that are often responsible for causing nasty side effects that can derail an otherwise promising therapeutic candidate.

This is where the chemosynthetic livers come in. According to Chorghade, these chemosynthetic livers not only produce the same metabolites as animals in a fraction of the time, but they provide a more comprehensive profile in larger quantities that can be used for further testing. The researchers also believe they have additional benefits and can also be used to detoxify blood for liver transplant patients and to study the side effects of multiple drug interactions.

Unfortunately, it’s estimated that a staggering 25 million animals are used in biomedical research every year. Because the Animal Welfare Act excludes birds, rats and mice from the definition of animal in the U.S., they’re not counted. Even though they’re believed to make up more than 90 percent of the animals used, no one actually knows how many have been needlessly experimented on and killed behind closed doors in the name of science.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/how-fake-livers-could-save-countless-animals-from-being-condemned-to-death.html#ixzz2whurwjOz


Certain Foster Care for Animals can be tax deductable.

Most people who are fostering pets for an approved 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization aren't aware that they can claim the care of foster pets on their yearly taxes. But in 2011, a U.S. tax Court judge issued a court order that set precedence when a woman sued the Commissioner of the IRS over 'un-reimbursed volunteer expenses while caring for foster cats in her private residence.'

Fostering animals falls into the category of charitable donations, so if you foster or rescue animals, expenses like pet food, medicines, veterinary bills, cleaning supplies and crates may be deductible. Additionally, a portion of household utilities may be considered an expense if there is an area of your home that is dedicated only to caring for the foster animal(s). Only donations of money and property can be deducted. You cannot deduct the value of your time as a volunteer.

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Oregon is so awesome...Oregon's rare white buffalo herd grows with three new calves

whitebuffalo1.JPGCynthia Hart-Button figures the birth of so many white buffalo "means there are earth changes coming." This is among three white buffalo calves born over the Mother's Day weekend at Hart-Button's sanctuary near Bend.
What may be the world's biggest herd of white buffalo has just gotten bigger.

Three white bison calves were born on a 288-acre sanctuary near Bend over the Mother's Day weekend, bringing the number of white bison to 14.  "Everybody is shocked that more white buffalo are being born," said Cynthia Hart-Button,  who operates the sanctuary with her husband, Charles Button.  "I thought we were done having white ones," she said. "We had brown ones last year."  As far as anyone knows, these are the first white bison born in Oregon, she said. Two of the newborns are female and one is a male, and the Buttons named them Opal Sunrise Spirit, JR Spirit and Silver Spirit.  Getting close enough to weigh the calves has been impossible, Hart-Button said. When someone approaches too near, one of the mothers "charges the fence," she said.

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White bison traditionally are so rare that some Native American tribes consider them sacred. White buffaloes are produced when recessive genes trigger the unusual trait, in a similar way that Oregon's black bears occasionally produce cinnamon and blond bruins. They are not albinos.  Some bison ranching experts estimate the number of white buffalo at fewer than 50 in the United States.

The herd was transplanted to Bend five years ago from Flagstaff, Ariz., where the first of the white bison was born into a small herd of black bison in 1997. Hart-Button brought them to Oregon, where she and her husband keep the sanctuary's location under wraps, fearing the unusual animals might be stolen.

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Is medical marijuana going to the dogs? You decide?

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Pot Patch for Pups

In February 2011, a company called Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems, LLC (MMDS) acquired the rights to a patent for a transcutaneous (through the skin) delivery of medical marijuana to humans and animals. The MMDS goal is for public availability of this patch by year end.  Given the trade name Tetracan, this skin patch delivery system could be called a pot patch for pups, canine cannabis or even medical marijuana for mutts.

Animals suffer from many of the same debilitating illnesses that humans do, like arthritis and cancer.  With many U.S. states legalizing the use of medical marijuana for humans, it doesn’t seem like such a stretch to apply this concept to animals.

To read more: http://www.jayselthofner.com/wordpress/2011/08/is-medical-marijuana-going-to-the-dogs/


The Dog That Cornered Osama Bin Laden ... not your standard K9

When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, last week for a highly publicized, but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name: Cairo, the war dog.
Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs, is a Belgian Malinois. The Malinois breed is similar to German shepherds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.

German shepherds are still used as war dogs by the American military but the lighter, stubbier Malinois is considered better for the tandem parachute jumping and rappelling operations often undertaken by SEAL teams. Labrador retrievers are also favored by various military organizations around the world

Like their human counterparts, the dog SEALs are highly trained, highly skilled, highly motivated special ops experts, able to perform extraordinary military missions by sea, Air and Land (thus the acronym). The dogs carry out a wide range of specialized duties for the military teams to which they are attached: With a sense of smell 40 times greater than a humans, the dogs are trained to detect and identify both explosive material and hostile or hiding humans. The dogs are twice as fast as a fit human, so anyone trying to escape is not likely to outrun Cairo or his buddies.

The dogs, equipped with video cameras, also enter certain danger zones first, allowing their handlers to see whats ahead before humans follow. As I mentioned before, SEAL dogs are even trained parachutists, jumping either in tandem with their handlers or solo, if the jump is into water. Last year canine parachute instructor Mike Forsythe and his dog Cara set the world record for highest man-dog parachute deployment, jumping from more than 30,100 feet up the altitude transoceanic passenger jets fly at. Both Forsythe and Cara were wearing oxygen masks and skin protectors for the jump.

As well, the dogs are faithful, fearless and ferocious incredibly frightening and efficient attackers. When the SEAL DevGru team (usually known by its old designation, Team 6) hit bin Ladens Pakistan compound on May 2, Cairos feet would have been four of the first on the ground. And like the human SEALs, Cairo was wearing super-strong, flexible body Armour and outfitted with high-tech equipment that included doggles  specially designed and fitted dog goggles with night-vision and infrared capability that would even allow Cairo to see human heat forms through concrete walls.

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