Gorham residents speak out on dog breeding facility; approval nullified for now

The Gorham Town Board opened their meeting tonight to comments from residents about the dog breeding facility proposed by Curtis and Jolene Martin. The board initially approved a special use permit last week for the couple, who currently own a commercial dog breeding facility in Seneca County. The residents and animal welfare activists from around the area responded to the news with an uproar of protests, sharing their thoughts in emails, phone calls, and across the internet.According to … [Read more...]

Update on Lily and Maddison, the blind dog and her doggie guide pal

Last fall, dog lovers around the world were captivated by the story of Lily the blind Great Dane and her companion Maddison. Lily became blind after doctors removed her eyes when she developed a condition called entropion and Maddison became her eyes to the world.The dogs were turned over to Dogs Trust Shrewsbury in the UK when their owner couldn't care for them. Their photo made the rounds on Facebook, until a family in Crewe, Cheshire, UK offered a home to both of these gentle g … [Read more...]

The Humane Society of the United States forms new dog Breeders Advisory and Resource Council

This news from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) couldn't have been more timely:The Humane Society of the United States announced the newly formed Breeders Advisory and Resource Council (BARC) which is composed of responsible dog breeders from across the country. Council members will advise HSUS on dog health and welfare issues, and talk to the general public about what constitutes proper breeding practices, promoting the health of the parents and the puppies.In the press r … [Read more...]

Animal cruelty and the problem of cockfighting (video)

This week has seen a lively discussion about wholesale commercial dog breeding facility planned for Gorham, NY. It's been interesting to hear from both sides and to see the passion that people have for the humane treatment of dogs.Here's a story from the Humane Society of the United States that should make you think beyond puppies: cockfighting.When animal lovers think of blood sport in the animal world, they usually think of pit bulls and Michael Vick. But Dr. Oran Smith, the executive … [Read more...]

Are pet adoption rules too restrictive? And is a pet store your only other option?

Dozer is a  2 year old purebred American Bulldog who has been looking for his forever home for a while. He's currently at Lollypop Farm in Victor, NY. Click his photo to get more information!

Back in December I did a story on how animal activists have been working to get malls across the country to sever ties with pet stores in favor of rescue group"stores", in the hopes of putting a stop to puppy mills and helping more rescue animals find homes.I was surprised when readers started commenting that they ended up getting a dog at a pet store, knowing they were supporting puppy mills, because they'd been denied by rescue groups to adopt dogs. They cited restrictive rescue polices, in … [Read more...]

Born Free USA announces 4th Annual Eco-Friendly Fashion Design Competition

Video: On Sept. 22 in Hollywood, California, Born Free USA hosted the second fffashion L.A., a one-of-a-kind fashion show celebrating designers who understand ethical and environmental benefits of forgoing fur fashion. Born Free USA is inviting independent fashion designers to submit their fur-free fashions for a chance to win prizes, significantly boost their fashion career, be featured in a national magazine, and help promote the ethical and environmental benefits of fur free fashion (also … [Read more...]

Dozens of dolphins strand along the coast in Cape Cod, MA (photos)

Two rescued common dolphins are kept warm with blankets in an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescue vehicle before being released back into Cape Cod Bay at Scusset Beach, Sagamore, MA 1/14/2012. (Photo used with permission; © IFAW/J. Cumes)

No matter how many scientific advances we make and how much knowledge we amass, there will always be stories that remind us that we still have so much more to learn about creation.Case in point: the annual stranding of dolphins along the coast of Cape Cod. Along with Australia and New Zealand, Cape Cod is on the of the top three stranding sites in the world for these ocean mammals.For reasons not even the best scientists can explain, mass strandings of multiple marine mammals often occur … [Read more...]

Miami Marlins’ new pitcher Mark Buehrle takes a stand on pit bull ban

Mark Buehrle and his wife in a 2010 PSA for AdoptAPet.com This week comes news that Miami Marlins' pitcher Mark Buehrle was willing to pass up a deal with the South Florida baseball team because Miami-Dade county has a ban on pit bull ownership. In December, Buehrle signed a $58 million, four-year contract with the club. But he reportedly wasn't willing to make the move unless he and his wife Jamie could find a house in a community that would accept their adopted pit bull and three Viz … [Read more...]

Two rescue workers in British Columbia charged with stealing pets from yards and rehoming them

This bulldog named Sampson was taken from his home without permission.

I posted today's Friday quote, about rescuing kitties who are simply out for a walk, and then coincidentally came across this story about an animal rescue group in Canada who have taken concern for pets to a whole new level.Police in British Columbia have arrested 58-year-old Janet Olson and 59-year-old Louise Reid, both directors of A Better Life Dog Rescue, and charged them with breaking and entering and stealing a family pet. According to a press release issued by the Royal Canadian Moun … [Read more...]

New Years resolutions for animal lovers: #4 – Volunteer

Volunteers from a local shelter at an event at the baseball park, sharing information about dogs available for adoption.

If you're looking for ways to make 2012 a better year for both you and your animals, here is resolution #4 for animal lovers: Volunteer!I have a lot of animal loving friends who tell me they can't even consider volunteering at a shelter, because they don't know if they could handle seeing what happens to animals that don't find homes. I understand. I saw a lot of sad things during the year I volunteered at our local animal shelter. But there are lots of other things you can do to help … [Read more...]


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