The real family behind “We Bought A Zoo”

On December 23, the movie "We Bought A Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, hits theaters. It's the story of a father who, following his wife's untimely death, moves his young family to the California countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo, Rosemoor Wildlife Park.But did you know that the film is based on a real story?The real Benjamin Mee was a reporter for the UK's The Guardian. When his father died, his mother wanted to sell her home and move to something … [Read more...]

Leo, one of the Michael Vick dogs, passes away

Leo and Marthina; Leo passed away last week from a seizure disorder. (photo Our Pack Facebook)

When it comes to being the poster pup for resilience, there may be no other dog worthy of the title than Leo, one of the fifty dogs confiscated in 2007 when authorities raided Vick's Bad Newz kennels. Leo may have begun his life in a dark place, but he was redeemed under the loving guidance of Marthina McClay, founder of Our Pack Pit Bull Rescue.After his rough start, Leo went on to be a bright light in the lives of the sick when he became a therapy dog, earning the nickname "Dr. Leo" from h … [Read more...]

Bob Barker, Jorja Fox appear before Congress in defense of Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act

This week, former "Price is Right" host Bob Barker, "CSI" actress Jorja Fox and others from animal rights groups appeared on Capital Hill in support of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), which was introduced in Congress on Wednesday by Northern Virginia Democrat, Representative Jim Moran."Based upon publically available research, including video and photographic evidence, it is clear that traveling circuses cannot provide the proper living conditions for exotic animals. This … [Read more...]

DreamWorks picks up movie rights to NY Times bestseller "A Dog's Purpose"

Fans of writer W. Bruce Cameron will be wagging for joy at this news: DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Cameron's NY Times Bestselling novel, "A Dog's Purpose." Cameron will write the screen play, along with Cathryn Michon (who also happens to be his wife.) The movie will be produced by Gavin Polone."I saw this as a movie virtually from the time the idea showed up whole cloth in my head," Cameron says on the DreamWorks website. He hopes for "an uplifting movie, a movie about joy and … [Read more...]

"The Lost Dogs" author Jim Gorant to pen memoir of Wallace the pit bull

When Sports Illustrated editor Jim Gorant set out to cover the story of Michael Vick and his dogfighting crimes, "I was not involved in any sort of rescue or animal welfare causes," he told me by email. "I stumbled into the topic and was really guided by a simple desire to find the truth and tell it."That desire for the truth led to the best selling book, The Lost Dogs, the story of the 51 pit bulls taken from Michael Vick's dogfighting operation and how they were redeemed despite prejudice an … [Read more...]

Help Katy Perry celebrate her birthday with a donation to the ASPCA

 Pop star Katy Perry celebrated her 27th birthday today and in honor of her special day she's asking fans to make a donation to the ASPCA. On a special donation page on the ASPCA website, Katy tells fans, "Thank you to everyone for your donations! These funds will make a lot more kittens (& other animals) happy in this world!"You can learn more on the ASPCA website. … [Read more...]

Book review: The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant

In 2007, then Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick was indicted in a dogfighting case that rocked the sports world and struck a nerve with animal lovers everywhere. The case made international headlines and begged the question, How could an athlete with the world at his feet be so cruel to animals?But more importantly - and almost entirely overlooked - is what happened to the 51 pit bulls taken from Vick's Bad Newz Kennels. … [Read more...]


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