Michael Vick featured in Humane Society videos

The Humane Society of the United States has released a 30-second video public service announcement featuring Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick (see below). In the video, Vick urges viewers to report animal cruelty and fighting activities in their communities via the HSUS toll-free animal fighting tip line.Vick is also featured in a two-minute video for the HSUS Pets For Life program, which "brings critical resources such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, dog training, and ot … [Read more...]

Lily the teacup Chihuaua naps in a hat (photo)

Lily, the teacup Chihuahua

When I saw this photo on my friend Shannon Becker's Facebook page, I thought it was so cute I had to share it with you!Lily is a 9-week-old, long haired, teacup Chihuahua who recently came to live at the Becker household. On a car ride this week, Shannon's 8-year-old daughter Elle tucked the tiny pup into the hat, where Lily promptly settled in for a nap.Too cute!Shannon Becker is the Sr. Director of Promotions and Marketing at Big Town Productions, where he works with some of Ch … [Read more...]

Ohio removes “pit bull” from state’s definition of dangerous dog

Kia is a parvo survivor looking for a home. This cuddle monkey loves people! If you want to learn more, visit PittyLoveRescue.org

It's a happy day for opponants of breed specific legislation: Ohio has changed the state's law that specifically named pit bulls as dangerous dogs.According to VIN News, the 25-year-old law formerly defined a vicious dog as one that “belongs to a breed that is commonly known as a pit bull dog.” The story goes on to explain this about the new revised code: In addition to striking the words "pit bull" from state code, HB 14 creates a new classification called “nuisance” dogs, defined as dogs t … [Read more...]

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...]

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) reports on the Martin’s Seneca Falls facility

USDA APHIS Curtis Martin November 2, 2007

  Tonight the Gorham Town Board will hear from residents about the proposed wholesale commercial dog breeding facility proposed by breeders Curtis and Jolene Martin. The couple currently own a facility in Varick, NY where they breed roughly 300-400 dogs. (If you're behind, here are the posts about the proposed facility in Gorham, NY.)Over the last few days, I've listened while radio talk show hosts and even news reporters have mentioned the Martin's USDA violations at their Seneca County f … [Read more...]

Gorham Town Supervisor recommends moratorium on dog breeding

In the wake of the last week of outcry over proposed plans for a commercial dog breeding facility for Gorham, NY, Town Supervisor Fred Lightfoote has suggested that the Town Board enact a moratorium on dog- breeding facilities.People from all over the country have emailed and called the town to voice opposition to the board's approval last week of a special use permit for dog breeders Curtis and Jolene Martin to open a large, wholesale commercial dog breeding facility that would house bet … [Read more...]

American dogs and cats obese; owners don’t see the problem in front of their eyes

The 5th annual Pet Obesity Survey revealed that our pets are getting fatter - and fatter!

The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has released the results of their fifth annual veterinary survey, which found 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats to be classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarian. That equals 88.4 million pets that are too heavy, according to veterinarians.As with humans, some of the common weight-related conditions in dogs and cats include osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney disease, and s … [Read more...]

Bake a cake to celebrate the Dog Whisperer’s 150th episode and you could win a call from Cesar Millan

dog whisperer

OK, Cesar Millan fans, enemies and cake bakers extraordinaire: What I am about to say is either going to make you very happy or make you so mad you’ll throw darts at my picture just because I shared this news*: Nat Geo Wild, the channel from National Geographic that is home to Cesar Millan's the "Dog Whisperer," is celebrating the show's 150th episode with a cake contest. Between now and Friday, February 10th at midnight, bake a cake in honor of the "Dog Whisperer"'s 150th show - the topic that … [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...]

Most popular – and wacky – pet names for 2011

top pet names 2011

Bella, Bailey, Max or Charlie - chances are if you have a cat, dog or bird, that's what you call your pet. At least that's what Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, found when it went through its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top pet names of 2011.The list shows a trend towards names that double as human names, from Max and Charlie to the "Twilight"-themed Bella. Of the nearly half a million pets … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X