Texas court rules owners can sue for sentimental value of dog mistakenly euthanized by shelter

Watch "The People's Court" long enough and you'll hear Judge Milan say that in the eyes of the law, pets are property and owners are only entitled to the "market value" of their dogs, regardless of how they were injured or killed.But a Texas court this week set a ground breaking precident when they ruled that a Ft. Worth family could recover the sentimental value of their dog, who was mistakenly euthanized at a local animal shelter.According to the Star-Telegram, the Medlen family of Ft. … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Abyssinian kittens!

Start your week out with a smile, with these too cute kitties! Have a great week! … [Read more...]

Streams of contentment and lessons learned from animals

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In the classic song, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” John Denver sang, “Life on the farm is kinda laid back”; I’ve always wondered what he meant by that. I visited a dairy farm once and believe me, the amount of work needed to feed, milk, and otherwise care for cows and then get the milk to processing was certainly not laid back. It was arduous to the nth degree.Now that I'm older, I realize Denver wasn't talking about the physical life on the farm in that famous song, but instead the mental a … [Read more...]

Featured shelter pet: Mack, the FIV positive black cat

Mack is a sweet, snuggly black cat looking for a forever home!

In honor of National Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, here's another super pet looking for a forever home! This is Mack, a 3 1/2 year old kitty who's currently being fostered by Black Cat Rescue in Boston. Not only is he at a disadvantage when it comes to finding a home because he's a black cat (black cats are about half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colors), but he's also FIV positive. … [Read more...]

Featured Shelter Pet: Meet Sophie, the American Pit Bull Terrier

In honor of National Shelter (and Rescue) Appreciation Week, meet Sophie! She came from a huge hoarding bust that took place in Ohio in the beginning of 2010. She has had a rough, sad life to say the least. But guess what? Sophie bears no scars, no ill will, no grudges. She just wants a home to call her own! Sophie is 7 1/2 yrs old,  loves to play ball, loves to chew on bones, and loves to go for walks. But most of all she loves to cuddle up on the couch and watch movies with you.  Sophie is co … [Read more...]

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...]

The Cat Duet, as performed by The Little Singers of Paris

This wonderfully amusing video is making the Facebook rounds, and since it showcases not only talent but humor, I thought I'd share it with you.It appears that this is performed by Les Petits Chanteurs A la Croix De Bois, or The Little Singers of Paris, one of the most famous children's choirs in the world. The choir was started in 1906, when two young students, Pierre Martin and Paul Berthier (Father of the composer Jacques Berthier and grandfather of France Gall), were on holidays in the a … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought quote: our relationship with dogs

"The dogs we live with today are hardwired by millennia of purposeful breeding for a relationship with people, and who's to say that humanity's wiring to desire a relationship with dog has not been affected by our partnership with these remarkable creatures. Being guided by our shared instincts and common history brings us together into the most successful, unique interspecies relationship on the planet. And our relationships can only get better by further adapting how we relate to dogs in a way … [Read more...]

The ultimate dog tease (talking dog video)

If you could hear what your dog is saying, it might sound like this: … [Read more...]

Friday Food For Thought: quote from St. Francis of Assisi

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who deal likewise with their fellow men." - St. Francis of AssisiClick here to read more quotes about animals on the Heavenly Creatures blog. … [Read more...]


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