Celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, November 6-11, 2011

It's National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, that time of the year to acknowledge the invaluable role shelters play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services.The Humane Society of the United States launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week in 1996, based on an idea from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska. So this week, why not take a minute to visit your local animal shelter. You may find your new best fr … [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...]

Lily the blind Great Dane and her companion Maddison find a new home

Don't you just love stories with happy endings? I told you last week about Lily and Maddison, two Great Danes in the United Kingdom looking for forever homes. There was one small problem: Lily is blind, afterdoctors removed her eyes after she developed a condition called entropion. Maddison is her constant companion in life, making is possible for Lily to get around.Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, was faced with the challenge of not only placing two very large dogs but one w … [Read more...]

Donate your Halloween pumpkins to feed wildlife

Now that Halloween is over, don't just throw your Jack O'Lanterns in the trash. Use them to benefit wildlife!The folks at Animal Advocates in Los Angeles, CA posted a reminder on their Facebook page this week reminding people to donate their pumpkins to animal wildlife centers. I've heard of rescue centers needing pet supplies. But how can old vegetables help with the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife animals?Mary Cummings from Animal Advocates told me that centers like theirs feed … [Read more...]

Dogs and cats and spirits, oh my! – Halloween and your pets

For the last 24 hours, our dogs have been unusually worked up. Barking, fighting, and generally squirrely. (OK, I guess I should add "squirrelier than normal.) Last night I made a joke that maybe, on the day before Halloween, the veil between the dead and the undead had lifted a bit early.  A joke, but I do believe that animals are sensitive to spirits. And since this is a very important time in pagan religions, when it's believed that the veil between the dead and the undead is at its th … [Read more...]

The Elephant Sanctuary in TN mourns the loss of Bella the dog, companion to Tarra the elephant

Sad news today from The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee:  Bella, the dog who made international headlines as the treasured companion of The Sanctuary’s first elephant, Tarra, has died, likely as the result of a coyote attack. In a letter on The Elephant Sanctuary website, CEO Rob Atkinson writes: "We noticed Bella was not with Tarra at breakfast on Tuesday and later that morning she still had not appeared. Tarra and Bella have always spent short periods apart as one goes off exploring … [Read more...]

Blind dog and her faithful companion are a great pair of Great Danes looking for a great home

If you're on Facebook, chances are you've seen the lovely photo making the rounds of two Great Danes, one blind and the other leading her by a leash. It's a sweet photo but I did a little digging and found that the story is also bittersweet.Lily(5) and Maddison (6) are Great Danes who were brought to the Dog Trust Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England, in July because their owner couldn't care for them. When Lily was 18 months old, doctors removed her eyes after she developed a condition called ent … [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...]

Sweaters for penguins campaign brings in hundreds of donations

When the Liberian-flagged Rena crashed October 5th on the Astrolabe Reef, about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Tauranga Harbour on New Zealand's North Island, gallons of oil and hazardous materials spilled into the waters, washing up on the pristine beaches and creating an environmental disaster.In the weeks since, nearly 1,300 birds have died as a result of the spill. But some crafty bird lovers jumped at the chance to help - knitting sweaters for penguins.When I first saw the story, I … [Read more...]


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