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

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...]

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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 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

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...]