Georgia Puppy Caravan This Weekend

August 22, 2009

The Chattooga animal shelter in Summerville, GA has 19 runs and can hold a maximum of 38 animals at a time. With dogs and cats being dumped by residents on a daily basis, euthanization is required to make more space in the shelter. The Caravan will remove every single animal the day of their visit and for just one day since it opened, the shelter will be hauntingly quiet.

Got Fleas? Non-Toxic Solutions – Part 2

August 22, 2009

With all the people that use the spot-on flea products, I find it incredible they cost so much money. It would cost me about $500 per month to use them.

Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day: August 12, 2009

August 6, 2009

On behalf of the many big black dogs, FIV+ cats, senior pets and special-needs pets, Petfinder has named August 12, 2009 “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day.”

Managing Your Pet’s Chronic Renal Disease

July 28, 2009

Chronic kidney (renal) disease commonly affects older animals, but it also occurs in younger animals with congenital abnormalities. The kidneys are two important organs that filter the blood and remove waste products from the body as urine, maintain the body’s water and electrolyte balance, regulate blood pressure, and produce a hormone that stimulates red blood cell production. When the kidneys fail, these substances build up and cause your pet to feel ill.

Every Rescued Dog has a Tale to Tell

July 25, 2009

EVERY RESCUED DOG HAS A TALE is the story of homeless dogs fated to die on death row in animal shelters around the country that were saved by being transported by volunteers to other states. Each chapter is the story of one dog from his hapless beginning to his happy ending, complete with photos. Some stories are heart wrenching while others are full of humor. They all teach a lesson of how one person can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. All it takes is a weekend drive and some free time.

A Day in the Life of Our Pets

July 24, 2009

Today, I would like to encourage you to adopt a shelter animal. If you already have two, get another. Save a life.

Hot Dogs in Hot Cars

July 17, 2009

Dog owners: If it’s past 70 degrees outside, leave your pet at home. If you have to take your dog, take precautions! Park in a shaded area where the entire car is in the shade; leave all windows down at least 8 inches; leave several bowls of cold, iced water on the floor in the shade; and keep your visit inside the store to a few minutes.

New Pet Food Bank in Wilmington, Delaware

July 17, 2009

I always get excited when I read about another community pet food bank opening. This time it’s in Wilmington, Delaware.

Stepping Up for Abandoned Pets

July 16, 2009

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation provides foster homes and adoption services for abandoned pets and donates pet food to those who can’t afford to buy their own. In some cases, Lost Our Home pays for pets’ medical needs.

So What Is — or Isn’t — in Your Pet’s Food

July 16, 2009

Popular mythology assigns food ingredients statues as “good” or “bad,” ill-defined categories which are seldom based on any scientific facts but which have a powerful impact on the purchasing decisions of the pet-owning public.

Laparoscopic Spays Less Traumatic and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Spays

June 28, 2009

By performing the spay procedure laparoscopically the patient experiences less trauma and minimal pain. With the laparoscope we are able to perform the surgery with magnified views of the organs, allowing for greater precision. The ovarian ligament is carefully cut and cauterized, rather than torn.

Internet Radio Show About “Special Needs” Pets has Launched

June 28, 2009

The nation’s first Internet radio show about disabled and chronically ill dogs and cats was launched today by Scout’s House™, California’s leading physical rehabilitation therapy and boarding facility for special needs animals. Featuring interviews with a wide range of guests, including veterinarians, medical researchers, and attorneys specializing in animal law, “Special Pets, Special Needs” will help pet owners understand the myriad of medical and functional issues their pets face and give them the information they need to help these important family members live more comfortable and more functional lives.

Must a Cat Live with an Abuser? Nope.

June 26, 2009

As often sadly happens in cases of domestic violence, the man and woman reconcile and continue to live together. But what about the pets from that relationship; the quietly suffering. Do they get any justice? Any choice?

Pets as Family. Really?

June 23, 2009

A new AP/Petside poll released Tuesday shows that half (50%) of American pet owners consider their pets to be as much a part of the family as any person in the household.

This Marathon I Call Tuesday

June 23, 2009

I have reached the first rest station on this marathon I call Tuesday. It starts when my feet hit the floor in the morning. There is one such marathon for each day of the week, every week of the month and all the months in a year.

Manassas, VA Opens New Pet Food Pantry

June 20, 2009

Families in our community who fall on hard times should not be concerned that they need to give up a beloved pet because they cannot afford food. The pantry keeps families together and numbers down at the local shelters.

Got Fleas? Non-Toxic Solutions – Part 1

June 19, 2009

There are plenty of flea control products in the market today, but unknown to majority of pet owners is that most of the products are harmful to both the pet and the people around them. It’s a good thing there are ways to control these pests without poisoning pets, people, plants and environment.

State College, PA Pet Food Pantry Open for Business

June 17, 2009

In less than a year Bierly and Caitlin Rivers have the Pet Pantry of Centre County up and running. In three weeks the two have distributed more than 700 pounds of donated dog and cat food. They believe the family pet cannot be forgotten in an economic downturn.

Who Rules? Cats or Dogs

June 16, 2009

Having several cats and dogs, I often ponder the question of who rules — cats or dogs. My response used to change from day-to-day depending on what tricks each species had pulled so far that day, but over time, cats seem to winning out.

So What Do We Do If Our Shelters Close Down?

June 13, 2009

Can’t afford the cat anymore? Neither can the shelter. More animals. Smaller donations. Wrenching stories of homes and jobs gone. The economy’s toll mounts for those who care for abandoned felines.

“Best Places to be an Animal Abuser” in Canada

June 13, 2009

Based on a detailed comparative analysis of the animal protection laws of each jurisdiction, researching twelve distinct categories of provisions throughout hundreds of pages of statutes, the report recognizes the provinces and territories where laws protecting animals have real teeth, and calls out those tied for worst in Canada this year for animal protection laws — where animal abusers get off easy.

Long Island Cares Food Bank to Distribute Pet Food

June 10, 2009

Aiming to stop hunger among pets as well as people, the Long Island Cares food bank Wednesday will begin distributing pet food to those in need. The Hauppauge-based food bank, which supplies hundreds of Long Island food pantries, has teamed up with the Animal Relief Fund in Manhattan to provide dog and cat food to needy families with pets.

Humane Society, ASPCA condemn Schwarzenegger plan to shorten animal shelter hold requirements

June 10, 2009

Last week, we learned that California’s animal shelter system is among the programs facing cutbacks as a result of the state’s budget crisis.

Humane Society of Indianapolis starts Pet Food Pantry

June 10, 2009

The Humane Society of Indianapolis has decided to try to stop these animals from ever having to leave their homes. They have started a new pet pantry to aid people that are having financial difficulties.

Schwarzenegger Tax Cut: Kill Shelter Animals Faster to Save Money

June 9, 2009

One of the many tax cuts Gov Schwarzenegger is proposing is one that has been previously defeated but I guess he hopes that Californians who are feeling the pinch will let it get through this time, is to kill animals at shelters faster. He wants to cut the hold time on strays and lost pets from 6 days to 3 days, saying it will save the state $24.6 million.

Pet Hurricane Evacuation Kit

June 9, 2009

Once again, it is hurricane season. And as we learned from Hurricane Katrina, we need to plan ahead for our pets. If anything, Katrina opened the door for pets as more consideration is being given to their safe evacuation on buses and in motels, etc. Many people evacuating from the path of a hurricane will be packing their pets into their own vehicles as they head for safer ground.

Australian Irradiation of Pet Food Caused Cat Deaths

June 9, 2009

A SERIES of mysterious cat deaths was caused by the government-mandated practice of irradiating imported pet food. The Agriculture Minister, Tony Burke, has ordered the controversial sterilisation process, which has been in place for more than a decade, to cease immediately.

An Animal Shelter with No Cages

June 8, 2009

There are no cages at this animal shelter. Dogs and cats are housed in comfortable quarters that resemble bedrooms and living rooms while waiting to be adopted. Avanzino explains that’s because Americans think of pets as family members.

Pawtag: A Pet Tag that Brings Your Pet Home

June 8, 2009

What if you could put a tag on your pet’s collar that would provide the rescuer with access to info 24/7 that would get your pet back home?

A Look at an Animal Shelter from the Other Side

June 8, 2009

The reaction to my new job as manager of animal services for Washington County is very different. The phrase I hear most often: “I could never do your job.” Apparently, working at an animal shelter is too depressing for most people to contemplate. The reality is that modern shelters, like the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter where I work, are joyful places to be.

Sick Cat Symptoms – How to Tell If Your Cat is Sick

June 6, 2009

e love our cats and always want to make sure they are feeling well and healthy, that’s why one of the main questions among cat owners is “how to tell if your cat is sick?”

Microchipping Your Pet: Do It But Have a Backup Plan

June 5, 2009

Microchip your pet with the chip recommended by your local shelter or veterinarian. Make sure to update your database information if you move. But don’t rely on the microchip as your only method of identification! Should your beloved pet get lost, a collar and tag are still the most reliable way to make sure she gets home again.

Daffy’s Soup Kitchen in Danger of Losing Warehouse

June 4, 2009

Daffy’s Soup Kitchen in Danger of Losing Warehouse. Daffy’s has recently learned that, due to the current economic crunch, our warehouse sponsor can no longer afford to help cover our lease expense and we will be faced with the possibility of closing the warehouse by September 1st if other sponsors don’t step forward to assist us.

Human Medicines that Work for Pets… or Not

June 4, 2009

Human Medicines that Work for Pets

What Pet Food Labels Really Say

June 4, 2009

You may find it confusing with all of the choices to select a brand of food that works for your pet. If you understand the pet food labels, you can buy the food that is best for your dog or cat.

Pet Lemon Law Ignores the Pet

June 3, 2009

Consumers would have 20 days to return a dog or cat that is sick at the time of the sale. The bill also gives consumers 6 months to recognize that a dog or cat has a congenital defect that adversely affects or will adversely affect the health of such dog or cat and return that animal under the same “pet lemon law.”