Friday food for thought quote: stray cats … or not?

"Seriously? Can't a guy just go for a walk in the neighborhood?"

Not to discount the work of cat rescuers who rescue and care for stray cats. But this passage from Linda Lombardi's "Animals Behaving Badly" made me wonder how much of shelter crowding might - again, might - be the result of well-meaning rescuers unwittingly "saving" cats who already have families: "Many a perfectly contented outdoor cat has found himself scooped up from his daily route and confined, then seen his photo plastered on 'found cat' posters, when all he wanted was to be left alone … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #5 – Learn something new about animals

Dog Tips from Dogtown is a fantastic book that will introduce you to the basics of positive-based dog training. Easy to read, lots of example and pictures, and lots of reasons why a positive approach is the best way to relate to your dog.

To say that I read a lot would be an understatement; I try to average a book a week, and my topics range from pop fiction to indepth nonfiction on a variety of subjects. But one this is for sure: on my reading list every year are books about animals. All kinds of animals.This year, for example, I stumbled upon a book called "Red Tails In Love" at the used bookstore, about the birds in Central Park, specifically the red tailed hawks that made headlines when they nested on a posh building. … [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...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #2 – Adopt a pet

Wally is a Brown Agouti/White/American Shorthair guinea pig looking for a home. You can learn more at the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue in Washington, DC.

As we get ready for the new year, here's another New Year's resolution for animal lovers: Adopt a pet!Before Christmas, we had lots of discussion about pet shop dogs and animal rescue:Pet sales banned at malls nationwide; rescue stores begin to replace pet shops Setting the record straight on Barkworks, puppy mills and the work of CAPSBut did you know that you can also adopt ferrets and bunnies and birds and guinea pigs and every other kind of pet?Before you head to the pet … [Read more...]

Winner named in 2011 Inspiration in Action contest

The Belize Wildlife Conservation Network has been awarded $25,000 as the grand prize winner in the 2011 Inspiration in Action contest

Heska Corporation,  a leading provider of veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, has announced that, based on total votes received, the Belize Wildlife & Referral Center (BWRC), has been awarded $25,000 as the grand prize winner in the 2011 Inspiration in Action contest.The contest was designed to help bring to life inspired veterinary projects around the world. The finalists included Belize Wildlife & Referral Center; Inspiring Future Leaders in Veterinary Science; Project V. … [Read more...]

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...]

5 reasons not to give a pet as a Christmas gift (and one idea how to do it, if you insist)

Too cute!

There's nothing cuter than the image of a fluffy little puppy under the Christmas tree, big red bow tied around is neck, surrounded by brightly wrapped packages, just waiting for your children to pad downstairs in the their little jammies as they cry out with delight. Oooh! Aaaah!! A puppy!That, my friends, is one dangerous image.Christmas is not the time to introduce a new puppy to the family, especially if it's a surprise gift. Unlike the ugly sweater Aunt Edith sent from Peoria or the … [Read more...]

Setting the record straight on Barkworks, puppy mills and the work of CAPS

  Last week I told you that back in October, Macerich has banned the sale of live animals at 70 of its malls nationwide in response to protests from animal rescue groups. My post was based on a story at GlobalAnimal.org and some press materials from Best Friends Animal Society in regards to a lawsuit they filed.I heard back immediately from Deborah Howard, President of Companion Animal Protection Society, who wanted to share some information to help clarify and expand the … [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...]

Year-End Study Names 2011′s “Five Best States to be an Animal Abuser” (Where does your state rank?)

The best and worst states for animal abuse laws

The Animal Legal Defense Fund this week released its annual report ranking animal cruelty laws across the nation, and according to the report Kentucky, North Dakota, Idaho, Iowa, and South Dakota are the five best states in the country to be an animal abuser.Based on a detailed comparative analysis of more than 4,000 pages of statutes, tracking fourteen broad categories of provisions, the report recognizes the states where animal law has real teeth and calls out those like Kentucky – the s … [Read more...]


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