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Extreme Emergencies call 911. You should try not to touch an injured animal. They are animals and could bite!  There is also a section on this website for dog and cat CPR and First Aid for animals. Below are some links to help websites.


Animal Shelters by State & City: http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters


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Got a Poison Emergency? Call (888) 426-4435. We are 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 (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

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What Should You Do When You Find a Lost Pet?

Lost Cat on Car

What should you do when you see a dog or cat wandering around your neighborhood or along a road? You may wonder if he’s really lost, if his owner is nearby or if you should do something to help.  Although you may be worried about sounding a false alarm, it is likely that the pet needs help and you should take action if possible. Here’s what you should do if you find a lost pet.

Approach Carefully

Always use caution when approaching an unfamiliar animal. Frightened or possibly injured animals can behave unpredictably, so approach the animal slowly, speaking calmly. If you’re at all concerned about the animal’s behavior (if he seems aggressive or won’t let you get close), call your local animal control or police department for assistance.  Try to entice the animal with food and lure him into your car or a carrier, or to restrain him with a leash if possible.

Check Tags

Obviously, the easiest thing to do is check the pet’s tags for identifying information and call the owner, says Temma Martin with Best Friends Animal Society. You can also obtain the owner’s information from a dog’s license tags. Contact your local animal control office for instructions on how to use dog license numbers to locate the owner.

Never take the collar off a lost dog or cat, Martin advises. If the pet escapes your care, he will be without identification and even harder to get back home. Also, Martin says, don’t assume the pet does not have an owner if he’s without a collar. Collars can come off easily or may have been temporarily removed by the owner for a bath, for example.

Check for a Microchip

Take the pet to the local shelter, humane society or your veterinarian, where they have special equipment to scan for a microchip. Microchips are tiny electronic devices that use radio waves to transmit a unique pet ID number when they are read by a special scanner. Shelter or veterinary personnel typically contact microchip registries with the ID number, which is then matched with the contact information, so owners can be notified that the pet has been found.

Work With Your Local Animal Control Agency

Many people are wary of calling the city shelter or animal control department because they are afraid the pet will be “put down,” but such agencies can actually be great partners in finding a lost pet’s owner, says Martin, who has 11 years of experience working in municipal shelters.

To read more: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/what-should-you-do-when-you-find-a-lost-pet?WT.mc_id=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire;Jul-2;Article2

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People to call for information in Salem and surrounding areas in Oregon.

Kitty Orphans    
Salem, OR    
FCCO is a mobile clinic exclusively for cats and is a very wonderful organization. 503-797-2606
For more information about FCCO, visit www.feralcats.com

Placement Service.    
Salem, OR
(503) 463-1467    
Willamette Humane Society    
Salem, OR
(503) 585-5900    
Oregon Dogs Deserve Better    
Salem, OR
(503) 881-6055    

Raindance Rescue    
Monmouth, OR
(503) 838-6140    
Born Again Pit Bull Rescue (BAPBR)    
Sherwood, OR
(503) 888-4583    
Cat Adoption Team    
Sherwood, OR
(503) 925-8903     

Snow White's Sanctuary    
Tualatin, OR
(503) 347-4929    
PAWS Animal Shelter    
West Linn, OR
(503) 650-0855    
Hopes Haven    
Salem, OR
(503) 510-3912          
Project Pooch    
Woodburn, OR
(503) 982-4492            
Willamette Animal Rescue    
Salem, OR
(971) 239-7463            
Salem Friends of Felines    
Salem, OR
(503) 362-5611    
Tiny Treasures Rescue
1024 Cunningham Lane
Phone: 503-949-6212
Email: nwtinytails@yahoo.com
Website: www.pnwanimaladoption.com/   
Salem, OR
Safe and Sound Dog Rescue    
Molalla, OR
(503) 351-9304           
Homeward Bound Pets    
McMinnville, OR
(503) 472-0341            
Mastiff Rescue Oregon    
McMinnville, OR
(503) 472-3792    
Newberg Animal Shelter    
Newberg, OR
(503) 537-1243     

Yamhill County Dog Control    
McMinnville, OR
(503) 434-7538   
Dallas Animal Control    
Dallas, OR
(503) 831-3536     21 Miles
PO Box 452   
Scio, OR
Email: LadyLawOr@hotmail.com   
Keystone Kritters    
Monmouth, OR
(503) 838-1379    
Pet Adoption Network    
Philomath, OR
(541) 929-5941         
Pooky’s Wish
P.O. Box 11761
Portland, OR 97211   
Portland, OR

Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon    
Philomath, OR
(541) 929-4100                 
House of Dreams    
Portland, OR
(503) 262-0763    
Kaos Tower Rescue
Brownsville, OR         
Multnomah County Animal Services    
Troutdale, OR
(503) 988-7387    
K.A.T. Adoption    
Foster, OR
(541) 367-7575          
Humane Society for Southwest Washington    
Vancouver, WA
(360) 693-4746    
N.W. Bird Rescue    
Vancouver, WA
(360) 247-3626    
Rescue By the Sea    
Beaver, OR
(503) 398-5320    
Tender Care Animal Rescue    
Vancouver, WA
(360) 909-8090    
Must Love Dogs NW    
Vancouver, WA
(866) 990-3647    
The Pit-Stop    
Vancouver, WA
(360) 635-4450          
Animal Angel Rescue    
Vancouver, WA
(360) 213-4071    
West Columbia Gorge Humane Society    
Washougal, WA
(360) 835-3464    
Tillamook Animal Shelter    
Tillamook, OR
(503) 812-0105    
United Paws of Tillamook    
Tillamook, OR
(503) 842-5663   

Information provided by: http://www.adoptapet.com/animal-shelter-search?city_or_zip=97305&shelter_name=&distance=50&adopts_out=all


Animal Control by State & City: http://www.allstateanimalcontrol.com/index.php

Financial Help 

About Operation D.O.G.


Who we are:  http://operationdog.org/about-us/
Our founders are Alice Sprague and Heather McDaniel and together with our Board of Directors and supporters, we are Operation D.O.G.!

Operation D.O.G. is a non-profit serving Marion and Polk County dogs, their owners, and local rescues. Our mission is to support rescue and decrease owner relinquishment of dogs suffering from treatable medical conditions through financial assistance and case management.

What we do: 
Our ultimate goal is to keep dogs in their homes and help those who are homeless get adopted. Through financial support we are able to assist with costly medical treatments that may otherwise result in a dog’s euthanasia or abandonment. Our work involves partnerships with local rescues and shelters, plus direct work with owners, veterinarians, and community members. We pride ourselves on following each dog through the medical process, assisting with the coordination of care, and providing financial support to rescues, shelters, and individuals.

Why we help:  
We believe every dog deserves a chance at a healthy and happy life; unfortunately dogs with medical conditions are less likely to be adopted. Furthermore, unforeseen medical circumstances can sometimes force family members to euthanize their pets as the less expensive option, or give up the animal to a shelter.  According to the American Humane Association, “it is estimated that approximately 3.7 million animals were euthanized in the nation’s shelters in 2008.” Rescues are able to take some of these animals, but without financial support for those suffering from extensive medical issues, rescues may often be reluctant to take on the financial burden on their own. Enter Operation D.O.G.! We are committed to changing the lives of these dogs suffering from treatable medical conditions in an effort to find them or keep them in loving homes!

Board of Directors:

President: Heather McDaniel
Vice President: Alice Sprague
Treasurer: Sam Sanchez
Secretary: Estelle Watson
Contact us at operationdoonlygood@gmail.com, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/operationdog, or follow us on Twitter @OperationDOG

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10 Driving Tips To Lower Your Risk Of Hitting An Animal on the open roads

 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


Animal Food Recalls and Alerts


This page shows recalls and alerts announced by the U.S. FDA and/or manufacturers in the last 90 days. You also can view all alerts from the last 365 days.


AAHA-accredited hospital locator

Welcome to the AAHA-accredited hospital locator, the most reliable way for you to find an accredited veterinary hospital near you!

AAHA-accredited: The standard of veterinary excellence.

Need to find a local veterinarian you can trust? Moving into a new neighborhood and want to find a quality veterinary hospital?  Having a pet emergency and need to take your pet to a 24-hour veterinary hospital? Type in your zip code and see how easy it is to find a veterinary hospital or clinic that is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA-accredited hospitals undergo evaluation on approximately 900 rigorous standards and are dedicated to excellence in small animal care.

   Learn more about why AAHA accreditation is important for you and your pet. OR http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/about_aaha/hospital_search/default.aspx

Lost and Found Pets of Salem OR Facebook page


This is a page where people come together and post Lost or Found animals and share in hopes that they find their way home!

**Please check HERE to find out what to do when you find a lost or have lost your pet!**

**Please check HERE for numbers to call if you've found or lost a pet! Always check your rescues and shelters!**

This page is NOT for re-homing or purchasing animals. This page's purpose is to find lost animals and make their way home.

The best way to help find animals their way home is Social Media. The more shares, the better. This allows people to see these pages pop up in their feed, and being that a large amount of people are using this social site, the rate of these pets being able to be found and returned home is higher!

The Idea came from my boyfriend after a friend and I found a Chow Chow named Loki running around. I took him home and posted Found ads on Craigslist. Within a few hours, his frantic owners were calling and then Loki went home with them! The amazing feeling I got from being able to re-unite their dog with them and seeing their reaction made it worth it! Thus, this page was born! Hoping to bring the same feeling to everyone who is missing their pet!


HVC - The Last Chance Club


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HVC THE LAST CHANCE CLUB brings vet medical care to as many cases as possible by using rescue costs and donated free veterinary services.

HVC THE LAST CHANCE CLUB (HVCLCC) brings vet medical care to as many cases as possible by using “rescue costs” and donated free veterinary services. “RESCUE COSTS” are NOT ‘commercial costs’, NOT ‘reduced costs’, NOT ‘low costs’ but ‘actual’ costs not designed to make a profit. With “bare bones” costs for medical supplies and FREE professional veterinary treatment and surgery, cases can be completed at no-cost to 1/10 to 1/20 of commercial veterinary fees. This means an animal can receive medical aid and have a LAST CHANCE to live instead of die.


Manage Your Pet

Emergencies: Dog Here are just a few

Constipation in Dogs

Constipation is defined as the inability to defecate normally. Much like humans, older dogs are more prone to this condition, though it can happen to any breed of dog at any age....


Vomiting in Dogs

Dogs vomit occasionally for a variety of relatively benign reasons – to expel something unwanted from their stomach, as a result of gastric irritation or in response to colonic...


Poisons (Swallowed)

Dogs will put almost anything in their mouths, and may view something as simple as a weekly pill holder as a plastic chew toy. Unfortunately, this means they are prone to swallowing...


Swollen Paws in Dogs

Swollen paws are a common problem for dogs. Although the condition is not usually dangerous, depending on the cause of the problem, it can be very uncomfortable and even highly painful...


Limping in Dogs

Just like humans, dogs sometimes break bones, sprain muscles, slip discs or tear ligaments, all of which can lead to the sudden onset of limping or movement difficulties. Torn knee...


There is a whole list from A - Z and all kinds of other help. http://www.petmd.com/pet-emergency?icn=TopNav&icl=2_emergency

FBI: Animal Cruelty Category Added to NIBRS

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.

Report animal abuse crimes here: https://tips.fbi.gov
Report various different types of animal abuse crimes. http://www.justice.gov/actioncenter/report-crime
The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) Mobile link only!  https://m.fbi.gov/


Five Fire Safety Tips for People with Pets


We shudder to think about it. But according to the National Fire Protection Association, each year more than 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by pets. As part of National Preparedness Month, we suggest you take a minute to pet proof your home against potential fire hazards—it could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.

Secure wires and cords. Cats are especially interested in playing with anything that looks like string. Keep electrical wires and power cords secured and out of your pet’s reach.

Blow it out. Don't leave lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock the candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders placed on a stable surface. Want to be really safe? Consider using only flame-less candles.

Cover it up. Pets are naturally curious and will investigate almost anything that has a scent. This includes your oven. Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. Believe it or not, exploring stove tops is the number one way your pet can accidently start a fire.

Go crazy with the detectors. There is no such thing as too many smoke detectors. In fact, you should have at least one on each floor of your home. Out a lot? Consider using monitored smoke detectors. These systems send an immediate alert to a call center letting them know smoke has been detected.

Stick ‘em up. In the event of an emergency, our pet rescue sticker alerts rescue personnel that animals are inside your home. Write down the number of pets inside and attach the sticker to a front window or door.

For more information on preparing your family for an emergency, please read our list of Disaster Readiness tips.

How to Help Dogs Left in Hot Cars

Do you know what to do if you see a dog left unattended in a car on a hot day? With the record breaking heat this summer, it’s even more dangerous for dogs to be left in cars where the temperatures can reach near 115 degrees in as short as half an hour. Never leave your pet unattended in a car, no matter how short of a trip you think you are making. Here are tips from the ASPCA on what to do if you see a dog left alone in a car.

RedRover provides the following signs of an animal who is in danger of  death by heatstroke:

  • Excessive panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory arrest

According to RedRover, at least 14 states and many municipalities have laws that specifically address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. And some states without these provisions may consider leaving an animal in an enclosed car to be animal cruelty.  However, many of us have hit a road block when calling the police to report these crimes as the dispatcher or the department itself often don’t consider these situations a priority.  Heat stroke can take hold in just 10 minutes or less, so sometimes the dog simply cannot wait for authorities who may or may not be on the way.

Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent
If you can’t see anyone near by, go into the store and ask that they page for the people over the loudspeaker. Most stores are happy to do this for you.

Step 2: Educate
If the owners show up, nicely explain the dangers of leaving their pet in a hot car. If they don’t show up go onto step 3.

Step 3: Call 911

Fourteen states have enacted specific laws that protect dogs in hot cars. Even if it’s not a law in your state, depending on the condition of the dog it could constitute cruelty.


The Dog Fighting Hot Line


You call 24/7 1-877-847-4787 and they can help. There is a $5000.00 reward for information leading to an arrest. All information is kept confidential.

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

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

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.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/what-not-to-do-when-you-see-an-injured-animal-in-the-wild.html#ixzz4AEt1jlfM


Frequently Asked Questions for Injured Wildlife.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Dispelling Wild Myths. http://www.wildlife-edm.ca/wildlifemyths.html.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Participating Vet Clinics. http://www.wildlife-edm.ca/vetclinics.html.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Wildlife Babies. http://www.wildlife-edm.ca/wildlifebabies.html.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Wildlife Info. http://www.wildlife-edm.ca/index.html.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Wildlife Questions- Capturing and Transporting.  http://www.wildlife-edm.ca/capturetransport.html.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Wildlife Questions- Window Strikes.  http://www.wildlife-edm.ca/windowstrikes.html.

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


Here is a link to check to see if your veterinarian is a member of the Board.


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.



Understanding Your Dog's Body Language

It's easy to interpret a dog's behavior the same way you might interpret a friend's. But it's important to remember that dogs and humans aren't the same, and it's worth getting to know the way dogs communicate. While this is a vast subject and we can never be sure exactly what a dog is thinking, we can start to read their signals. Here is a quick guide to getting started.

Tip: If you have kids, get them involved in learning how to read your dog's communication. This is a good way to teach them about empathy, and to help them learn to explain their own emotions.


Signs that a dog is in a friendly mood include relaxed ears, a flat tail, plenty of tail wagging and gentle eye contact.


A fearful dog is usually crouching, with his tail between his legs. He will also avoid looking you in the eye. He may roll over on his back or urinate while lying down. Be careful around a fearful dog as he may bite if he feels threatened.


If a dog's ears and tail are standing up and he is staring intently, he is showing assertion. He may put his paws on another dog's back or be pushy with the dog or with the owner.


If he stares and holds his tail motionless, growling and with his ears forward, he may be a threat. Watch out for this behavior in a dog.


When a dog pushes his chest to the ground and holds his rear and tail in the air, he is trying to initiate play.


Animal Sponsorship Of Your Pet After Foreclosure.  

I myself know loving caring folks that had to give their pets up due to home foreclosure. The guilt for them is just horrific.  It is just like giving up one of your children. What I suggest to my friends if they could not keep their animals, is to sponsor them through whatever shelter they took their pets to.

Can you imagine being that dog who is confused and wondering why they are now with strangers? Give Foreclosure Pets a Helping Paw. Help give loving animals a new happy life. They need forever homes too desperately. Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site.                 
Sponsoring your companion in animal housing is a great way to help your pet through a small donation of what you can afford and can be as little as $30.00 a month. This is especially a guilt helper when you have no choice in shelters in your area. Some shelters are KILL shelters and the sponsorship may help the shelter keep the dog longer for adoption.  Your sponsorship helps assists in offsetting the cost of daily care for your companion that reside in the shelter throughout the year.  You can sponsor you own pet because each animal is assigned a number. I know my friends have told me it helps easy the guilt because you are still doing what you can to give them the best opportunity at a forever home. Just call the local shelter where you had to give the animal up to and ask how you can sponsor them.  

Never leave pets behind when you vacate your home; they will not survive if abandoned in the home or set loose. Any extra effort you make now on behalf of your pet helps the rest of your family, too: the comfort and companionship of pets can provide therapeutic benefits to family members by easing the strain of moving to a new residence. • Ask family, friends and co-workers if they will care for your pets while you relocate.  If you'd like to help or adopt: http://www.theliteracysite.com/clickToGive/campaign.faces?siteId=6&campaign=ForeclosurePet

House Foreclosures...No Paws Left Behind Can Help...


           Help keep you and your family together. 

A little short on cash for that pet deposit??  Don't panic and drop us an email.  Maybe we can help out. http://nopawsleftbehind.org/paws

If you'd like to help or need help:




7 Things To Do If You Find Stray Kittens

When it’s kitten season.  For cat lovers this means pictures of friends’ newly adopted bundles of joy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and whatever hip new social media sites I haven’t even heard of. But it also means stray fur babies who need help.

What should you do if you come upon kittens outdoors?

1. Assess the situation.

First investigate whether the young ‘uns are on their own. Their mother may be away temporarily to hunt for food, she may be hiding because you are there, or she may be moving the family, one by one, to cushier digs. Back a ways off, stay still, and watch. Give her some time — at least a few hours. If no mom appears, move on to #2 below.

If the mother shows up your action plan depends on whether she is a stray (a pet who has lost her home) or feral (a wild animal who wants nothing to do with you). It’s easy to tell the difference: try to pet her. If she won’t let you close enough for petting, try bribing her with food to get her within arms’ reach. To catch a stray mom, see #5 below.

If she is feral you’re looking at a TNR (trap-neuter-return) situation. Alley Cat Allies has a helpful guide to performing TNR. Keep in mind that kittens younger than eight weeks (here are some tips on determining a kitten’s age) should stay with their mother if at all possible; if they are in a safe location, they are best off remaining there with her. Bring them food, water and shelter (click here for a ton of shelter options).

If the kittens are more than four months old, don’t scoop them up and carry them off — they probably won’t take kindly to it. Treat them like feral cats (meaning they need TNR and not adoption) unless and until they prove otherwise.

2. Do you have time to do it right?

If you have decided they need to be taken in, consider how much time you have to give them. Stray kittens need more than food, litter and  toys — they also need you. Without a lot of positive human interaction the kittens won’t be adoptable and will have to go back outside when they are old enough and have been spayed or neutered.

Kittens younger than four weeks require special round-the-clock care. Do a gut check and make sure you are up to the task before committing to take them on.

3. Can you get the kittens spayed or neutered?

If you take them in, you will need to have your little charges spayed or neutered when they are old enough to prevent them from producing yet more kittens who need homes. They will also need vaccinations and possibly other veterinary services too. Can you afford all of that?

If you can’t, do you have access to veterinarians or organizations that can help? Some vets will reduce their fees when the patient is a rescue, and there are groups that will subsidize the costs or even pay them in full. Find out whether there is one near you.

4. Can you get the kittens adopted?

Unless you plan to keep all the kittens you take in you will have to find adoptive families. Here are some tips on how to do that. Are you willing and able to put in the time and legwork it will take?

If you have considered all these questions and decided that you can’t or don’t want to do what it takes, alert a rescue group to the kittens’ location. Petfinder has a tool to find an organization near you.

If you are up for the challenge, here are your next steps.

5. Catching strays, including the shy ones.

If you’re lucky the kittens will be friendly. See #1 above on how to tell whether a cat likes people. If they let you pet them you can pick them up and pop them into a cat carrier to take them home.

For kittens you can’t touch you will need a humane or “no-kill” trap, which is a cage with a door that shuts when an animal is inside. Before buying one look for a rescue organization that loans them out. Read Alley Cat Allies’ instructions for trapping cats.

6. Make them feel at home.

Prepare a somewhat small, quiet space for the feline family. It should have no hidey-holes that you can’t reach into — you will need to touch the kittens to socialize them, administer any medications, take them to the vet, etc. Create a cozy spot in their room or enclosure where they can retreat and feel sheltered, but make sure you can get a hand in there.

Supply food bowls, water bowls, bedding and litter. The litter box must be shallow enough for stubby little legs to climb in. Fill it with a non-clumping litter — kittens can ingest litter, and you don’t want it clumping up in their tummies.

Keep the tots warm, especially if they are orphaned. Wrap a towel around a heating pad (set it to the lowest temperature) or a hot water bottle. Kittens must also have space to get away from the warmth so they don’t get too hot.

7. Socialize the kittens.

Teaching kittens to love people is a gradual process. Some of them take to people quickly, but prepare to be patient with more reticent types. My favorite part of socialization is the last stage, which involves lots of petting, cuddling and playing, but you have to lay the ground work to get there. The Urban Cat League has a video and a written guide to socializing kittens. Alley Cat Allies offers a detailed how-to.

For more information on helping stray kittens, visit the ASPCA, Petfinder and Alley Cat Allies. The Humane Society has ideas about preventing overpopulation and reaching out to help stray kittens even if you don’t stumble upon any yourself.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/7-things-to-do-if-you-find-stray-kittens.html#ixzz39FhqENPK



Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care? Hannah Pet insurance: Pet Insurance Can’t Beat Hannah

It could happen to anyone with a pet: You've always managed to give your pet the medical care she deserves, but because of unexpected circumstances, you're faced with vet expenses that are far beyond your ability to afford them. No owner wants a pet to suffer because medical care is out of reach. Financial aid is out there, and there are steps you can take to cover an emergency vet bill. Please remember that, depending on the severity of your pet's illness or injury, you may still lose your pet even after great expense. Discuss the prognosis and treatment options with your veterinarian, including whether surgery or treatment would just cause your companion discomfort without preserving a life of good quality.

Pet health insurance

It may not help in the current crisis, but you should consider purchasing pet health insurance for future medical needs. We recommend PetPlan.

Check your own state first

Check our list of groups nationwide that are offering veterinary care assistance.

Find a free or low-cost spay or neuter »

Work with veterinarians

Be proactive. 

  • Negotiate a payment plan with your vet. If you're a client in good standing, she may be happy to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you don't have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front. However, don't expect a vet you've never been to before to agree to such a plan; she doesn't know you and understandably doesn't want to get stuck with an unpaid bill.
  • Offer to perform a service for your vet like cleaning kennels, answering phones or other work in lieu of actual cash.  
  • Get a second opinion. You'll pay a consultation fee, but another vet may have other, less expensive ways to treat your pet.
  • Use a vet in a less expensive area. Vets in smaller towns tend to charge lower fees.
  • Check out local veterinary schools.  Many run low-cost clinics for limited income clients. The American Veterinary Medical Association's website and VeterinarySchools.com have lists of veterinary schools by state.

Cash in

Explore ways to bring in some extra cash.

  • Have a yard sale. One's man's trash is another man's treasure.
  • If your birthday or a holiday is near, ask for cash in lieu of a present.
  • Sell things on an online auction site such as eBay.
  • Consider getting a second or part-time job or working for a temp agency.
  • Ask your employer for a salary advance.

Raise your own funds or get temporary credit

If you don't qualify for a credit card or bank loan that can help you through your pet's crisis, you may still be able to get an account with Care Credit, a credit card that's specifically for health expenses, including your pet's. Care Credit offers a no-interest or low-interest grace period that may help you if you can pay the mony back within a few months. It's accepted by many veterinarians (and people doctors). Groups like IMOM and RedRover also allow you to apply for financial aid if you can't afford veterinary care for your pet.

Or, raise your own funds! GiveForward enables you to create a personal fundraising page to raise funds for pet medical care. They charge a small percentage of funds raised.

Financial assistance

There are many animal welfare organizations that can help out with vet bills, either with low-cost care, loans, or grants. Here are a few:

Dog breed-specific veterinary care assistance programs

Special Needs Dobermans
Labrador Harbor
Labrador Lifeline
WestieMed (West Highland White Terriers)
Pyramedic Trust (Great Pyrenees)

Veterinary care assistance for working/service dogs

Helping Harley Cancer Treatment Grant
Assistance Dogs Special Allowance Program

More resources

Still looking for help?

  • Contact your local animal shelter. Some shelters have onsite low-cost veterinary clinics or work with local vets who are willing to reduce their charges. Some also have veterinary loan or grant programs.
  • There are some organizations that may offer assistance locally (by state or community). See our state-by-state (including Canada) listings »
  • If you purchased your dog from a responsible breeder, check your contract to see if there is a health guarantee that covers your pet's ailment.
  • Hannah Pet insurance: Pet Insurance Can’t Beat Hannah
  • We don’t think a congressional fight over Pet health insurance will be occurring anytime soon however there is little doubt the Pet insurance industry is booming. According to an article on foxbusiness.com, revenue for the insurance industry is expected to more than double from $302.7 million in 2009 to $753 million in 2014. - See more at: http://hannahsociety.com/blog/pet-insurance-cant-beat-hannah/#sthash.p3s5uE4D.dpuf 


Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners (Also See The Video Below)

                                                                                                                                                            To many of the 164 million American pet owners, their animals are part of their family. Pet owners make huge investments in food, toys, and much more to ensure their companions have happy and fulfilling lives. Safety is also very important as well.

This is just one topic they cover:  Common Household Dangers for Pets

The average home is filled with items that could potentially harm a pet. If you toss old razors into your bathroom trash can, your pet could get into it and end up with cuts. If you leave chocolate where a pet can reach it, you’re likely heading to the vet soon. When you make the decision to own a pet, keeping them safe becomes a part of your responsibility. You should take the time to research and understand what items you have around that could hurt them. These may include:

Common Household Hazards

All these items can cause problems if your pet gets a hold of them. Some of these are everyday items you need to keep around, but you can make a point to store them somewhere where your animals can’t reach.

To see and read more: http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/pet-safety-guide

Please see the video below for more safety tips: Hit the circle shaped arrow at the bottom left corner to re-watch the clip.

   Disaster Preparedness


Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.

Step 1   Get a Rescue Alert Sticker
This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian's phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the stickers.

To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form ; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers.

Step 2   Arrange a Safe Haven
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 3   Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits
Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online)
  • 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes
  • Extra harness and leash (Note: harnesses are recommended for safety and security)
  • Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
  • Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
  • Especially for dogs: Long leash and yard stake, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Step 4   Choose “Designated Caregivers”
This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this "foster parent," consider people who have met your pet and have successfully cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Step 5  Evacuation Preparation
If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. If you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet's ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to write your pet's name, your name and contact information on your pet's carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends micro-chipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted in the animal's shoulder area, and can be read by scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  • Consider your evacuation route and call ahead to make arrangements for boarding your pet outside of the danger zone at the first sign of disaster.

Step 6  Geographic and Climatic Considerations
Do you live in an area that is prone to certain natural catastrophes, such as tornadoes, earthquakes or floods? If so, you should plan accordingly.

  • Determine well in advance which rooms offer safe havens. These rooms should be clear of hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
  • Choose easy-to-clean areas such as utility rooms, bathrooms, and basements as safe zones.
  • Access to a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
  • In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.

If emergency officials recommend that you stay in your home, it's crucial that you keep your pets with you. Keep your Evac-Pack and supplies close at hand. Your pets may become stressed during the in-house confinement, so you may consider crating them for safety and comfort.

Special Considerations for Birds

  • Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier.
  • In cold weather, make certain you have a blanket over your pet’s cage. This may also help reduce the stress of traveling.
  • In warm weather, carry a spray bottle to periodically moisten your bird's feathers.
  • Have recent photos available, and keep your bird’s leg bands on for identification.
  • If the carrier does not have a perch, line it with paper towels that you can change frequently.
  • Keep the carrier in as quiet an area as possible.
  • It is particularly imperative that birds eat on a daily basis, so purchase a timed feeder. If you need to leave your bird unexpectedly, the feeder will ensure his daily feeding schedule.
  • Items to keep on hand: Catch net, heavy towel, blanket or sheet to cover cage, cage liner.

Special Considerations for Reptiles

  • A snake may be transported in a pillowcase, but you should have permanent and secure housing for him when you reach a safe place.
  • Take a sturdy bowl that is large for your pet to soak in. It’s also a good idea to bring along a heating pad or other warming device, such as a hot water bottle.
  • Lizards can be transported like birds (see above).

Special Considerations for Small Animals

  • Small animals, such as hamsters, gerbils, mice and guinea pigs, should be transported in secure carriers with bedding materials, food and food bowls.
  • Items to keep on hand: Salt lick, extra water bottle, small hidebox or tube, a week's worth of bedding.

Warning signs of a bad rescue

Recognizing a bad rescue from a good one is getting harder and harder, as the number of bad people involved in animal rescue continue to increase. It is important that everyone knows what warning signs to look for to identify a bad rescue because it can mean the difference between life and death for one or more animals. In addition, giving money to bad rescues just takes the money away from the good rescues and their animals that need it. Everyone involved in rescue needs to ask questions because the animals are counting on you to make sure they are safe. Here are some warning signs to watch for before you work with or donate to a rescue:

1. If a rescue does not network animals locally.
2. If local rescuers do not know who they are.
3. If the rescue always gets animals from far away. Why are they not helping in their local area or more locally to where they live? Are they unable to get animals closer to where they live for some reason?
4. If the rescue does not make adopters do an application and home-check, sign a contract, and or check on the adopter, foster, or rescue that they plan to send the animal to. They should have applications for potential adopters and fosters, as well as information on volunteering.
5. If the rescue will not allow you to visit. They might tell you that you can visit, but when they time comes are they available and willing to allow you to visit with them and their animals?
6. If the rescue does not post follow-up information and photos on their website of the animals after they are adopted. Follow-photos should not just be taken just outside the shelter or when the animal first gets to rescue; but also while at the foster or rescue until adopted, and then an update and photos with their new family should be posted.
7. If the rescue does not hold adoption events, fundraisers, or use fosters.
8. If the rescue does not screen pullers, transporters, fosters, and adopters. They should not just adopt animals to anyone with money; if they are, then that is brokering.
9. If the rescue refuses to answer normal rescue questions. Remember if they are a 501 c 3, then they have to share certain information with you or you can report them to the IRS and state.
10. If the rescue starts attacking people asking them normal rescue questions and or starts bashing other rescuers in an effort to try to divert attention away from them and answering the questions you asked them.
11. If they will not release veterinarian’s information or allow you to pay the vet directly via phone or mail.
12. If they are not using donations for what they are supposed to be for. For instance, if donations are for needed vet care, then that is what they should be used for. If a rescue is not getting an animal needed vet care then do not use them.
13. If they will not give you the name and location of a rescue they are sending an animal or animals to.
14. If the rescue has been reported for complaints or cited for any violations.
15. If the rescue does not report how many animals they have and adopt out as they are supposed to on their website and or Facebook page. They should have multiple photos of each animal taken from good angles. Also make sure the photos are not just of them with the pet, because that is also a bad sign. In addition, if they do not have pictures with follow-up information on all of the animals they have rescued.
16. If the rescue is always complaining about how broke they are, what bills they have, and they are always saying how they need money. Especially, when the rescue complains about all of their personal bills all the time and wants help paying them. If they are really always that broke, then are the animals getting the proper care at home and by a vet that they should get? Legit rescues do fundraising and get donations and do not usually need to beg for funds.
17. If you catch them lying or changing their stories.
18. If they will not allow you to adopt or apply to adopt or foster from them.
19. If they mainly or only rescue animals with high pledges.
20. If they are rescuing large numbers of animals in a regular basis. This is especially important when they are sending the dogs far away and to the same rescues on a regular basis. Where are they all going? Do they post follow-up photos of all of them in their new homes? Legit rescues know that it takes time to adopt animals out to qualified homes, often times months or years.
21. If they ask for donations or pledges to be paid while the animal is still in the shelter or before providing follow-up information and photos of where that animal went and if it was adopted or rescued.
22. If they are affiliated with any known animal abusers or rescue scammers.
23. If they have posted fake reviews online about themselves.

The most important thing is that you ask questions. Don’t just pay your pledges without any information. Verify that the animal is truly rescued and safe per information and photos. One way to avoid this worry is to rescue and donate locally or more locally (within your own state). By rescuing locally you can visit the rescue and get to know the people operating it. In addition, you can also check on the animals yourself. When you find rescues you like locally, start donating money or supplies to them to help them to care for and to keep saving more animals. Remember, the animals are counting on us to keep them safe. They cannot speak up but we can. Ask questions and get answers or do not work with them. There are plenty of legit, good rescues that are more than happy to provide you with all the information that would love your support.

If you know about animal abuse or rescue scams, please report them to the proper authorities.


American Animal Hospital Association's Helping Pets Fund

  • If your animal hospital is AAHA accredited, you might qualify for assistance in paying your veterinary bills. Typically pet owners that receive government assistance for low-income families or individuals qualify. Check the AAHA website to find an accredited hospital in your area. (See Resources.)

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

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

Typical Anti-Cruelty Laws

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

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

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

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

(1) tortures or seriously overworks an animal;

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

(3) abandons unreasonably an animal in his custody;

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Malicious Cruelty

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

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


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

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

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


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

Confining a Dog in an Unventilated Car

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

Leaving a Dog Hit by Your Car

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

Cosmetic Cruelty: Cropping Ears and Tails

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

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

Cruelty in Pet Shops and Puppy Mills

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

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

An Exception to Anti-Cruelty Laws: Self-Defense

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

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

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


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