Sadly, these are signs of our times

November 8, 2011

“She says that some folks had her and she got out. She says be careful. After you get her pretty, they will show up and want her back, but they cannot care for her properly.”

Touched by a small angel

September 22, 2011

For a couple weeks quieted away from the world, we shared a marvelous time and I shall never forget how the personality of this tiny tyke changed into such a sweet, loving and giving guy. How happy he was.

Paralysis doesn’t slow Duke down; but now he needs a home!

September 18, 2011

Duke used to live out in the country where he had a doggy door so he could go outside as needed. One day last summer, his owner found him laying on the doorstep unable to move. His vet believes that Duke was attacked by a coyote; that he was given the “death shake” that injured his spine. But somehow Duke managed to get away and make it home before the swelling to his spine made that impossible.

A Foreclosure Dog Named Abby

September 16, 2011

Abby’s people lost their home due to foreclosure and loss of jobs. They had to give up Abby and her 3 cat companions. Abby has been moved around a lot during the last couple months. She is very sweet and loving, but is confused about what is going on.

Postcards from Faith

August 8, 2011

  On Thursday, Faith took a flight from Ontario to Calgary. She overnighted there and the next day, she made the rest of her journey by truck to BC. We received these photos of Faith as she arrived in BC on Friday afternoon. She loves road trips and loved the BC countryside. In what has […]

Faith restored; kudos to Brantford SPCA

July 30, 2011

In a quick post to everyone who has been tracking the story of our little canine heroine, Faith, I want to spotlight the efforts of a group that should be heralded: the management and staff at the Brantford SPCA! I think that we are often guilty of painting everyone with the same brush when they […]

When rescue turns to search for Faith…

July 27, 2011

We received this message from Kalena’s husband this morning and so we turn our energies from rescuing Faith back into the family she saved to finding her a home outside the utterly unfathomable idiocy of Ontario’s BSL. Perhaps by saving this woman’s life, Faith was actually saving her own. Having even the appearance of what […]

Keeping Faith

July 26, 2011

If you were in a life-or-death situation and someone came to your rescue, would you turn them away because of how they looked? Or would you be grateful for the kindness of a stranger to risk their life to save yours? And what if you could help them in return? Maybe your lives were meant […]

Why shelters kill animals in their care

July 16, 2011

This is a partial list that is being circulating around showing some of the reasons an animal may be killed in one of our kill shelters. In my opinion, it is simply a list of excuses for the purpose of either easing someone’s guilt about taking a life or granting them a pardon for their laziness.

Can you help us return a stolen dog?

July 7, 2011

In May 2010, Missy was stolen from her owner’s car in Tucson when they stopped at a gas station to ask for directions. In the more than a year that has past, her owner, Amber, has not stopped looking for her.

Got Room? …for a street dog?

June 29, 2011

About eight weeks ago, Boomer was spotted walking down the street near North Main and I-45 in north Houston following a man who appeared homeless. A very pregnant woman just a couple weeks shy of giving birth stopped and asked the man about the dog. The man said he was taking Boomer to a friend who had a room to see if the friend could keep Boomer. The next day, the man appeared again with Boomer in tow. His friend was unable to keep Boomer and neither was he. He asked Marcia to please find him a good home.

What to do when Animal Control comes knocking

June 25, 2011

by George J. Eigenhauser Jr. (an attorney at law licensed in the State of California since 1979 and practices in the areas of civil litigation and estate planning) ANTI-PET ENFORCEMENT What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know Pet owners and ethical breeders are increasingly being targeted. Disgruntled neighbors may retaliate against pet owners and many […]

Why shelters might kill an animal

June 3, 2011

This is a partial list that is being circulating around showing some of the reasons an animal may be killed in one of our kill shelters. In my opinion, it is simply a list of excuses for the purpose of either easing someone’s guilt about taking a life or granting them a pardon for their laziness.

End of Days

April 20, 2011

I want someone who loves me there, not a doctor with forty patients and his morality to keep me sort of, kind of alive or sort of undead. Why are we more rational and kinder to our pets than to ourselves or our parents? Death is not the worst thing; denying it can be.

Will you vigil for the sled dogs on April 23rd?

April 15, 2011

As we finally start to really embrace a more humane lifestyle for our animals — pets, farm animals and wildlife, we must make ourselves available to the situations we encounter and respond appropriately. Both the situations that we know of and those that will arise.

Texas HB 3450 Saves Lives!

March 25, 2011

Houston shelters kill roughly 80,000 animals a year. San Antonio, Dallas, and other shelters kill tens of thousands as well. But that number will soon plummet if legislation introduced into the Texas Legislature becomes law. The Texas Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA), H.B. 3450 introduced by Representative Jessica Farrar, would require shelters to follow practices that allowed communities like Austin, Texas to save 92% of all dogs and cats last month.

It’s in Our Nature…

March 24, 2011

To embrace a stranger as one’s own. I’s in our nature.

Answer: Because Canada bludgeons seals to death?

March 22, 2011

Harp seals from Canada are showing up in U.S. waters in greater numbers and farther south than usual, and biologists want to know why. Seems obvious, doesn’t it? They don’t want to be bashed in the head anymore.

IFAW/EU Seal Ban: Canada Challenges EU’s Right to Say “No”

February 20, 2011

So the World Trade Organization says “no” to Canada’s seal products derived from extreme cruelty, but Canada’s Federal Fisheries Minister, Gail Shea, wants to force the region to accept their bloodstained products anyway.

The wonder of a dog’s loyalty

January 18, 2011

Leao, a Brazilian dog separated from her human companion now rests atop her owner’s grave.

I shall only write with indelible ink

January 14, 2011

I am quick to grab the nearest piece of paper when a thought strikes me that I just must write down. I will scribble my note or make a sketch on anything that has space for it — backs of envelopes, cardboard boxes. Even the back of the only notarized copy of my birth certificate has now unimportant notes jotted on it. Likely just an accident at the time, but nonetheless, there it is.

Did you know Swallows mate for life?

January 11, 2011

Did you know Swallows mate for life? Here a female swallow is injured and the condition is soon fatal. She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road. Her mate brings her food and attends to her with love and compassion.

Where Animal Abusers Get Off Easy in US

December 22, 2010

Kentucky, North Dakota, Idaho, Mississippi and Iowa are the five best states in the country to be an animal abuser, according to a new report released today by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF).

Recipe: Slippery Dumplings

December 20, 2010

When I was much younger, our babysitter, Mrs. Bunting — or “Bumpy” as she became known because my little brother could not say Bunting — often cooked for us. Even though I was young, her food has stuck with me. It was different than the foods my mom — a Philly girl — prepared. One of […]

Pet Transport

December 19, 2010

Need help transporting a pet? Here are some groups that may be able to help. A Furry Friend. Rescue Transport Services Alpha Dog Transport Inc. – tel.508-868-0642 – Contact_us@alphadogtransport.com – kelldarius@yahoo.com Angels On Wheels – 1895 Centre Street, Suite #14, West Roxbury, MA 02132 – tel.617-469-4610 – fax617-469-4622 – angelsonwheelsnc@hotmail.com or gr_handyman@msn.com www.animalairlift.org Animal Rescue […]

Can you love some more?

August 24, 2010

Think what the impact would be if all the animal lovers adopted a cat or dog from a rescue or a shelter. It would be a revolution. It would be a blessing. And it is a possibility.

Pet Food Pantries and Assistance Programs

August 14, 2010

Pet Food Pantries and Assistance Programs in the US

Faith in motion

August 5, 2010

Well folks, Faith has left Brantford! She flew out of Ontario yesterday afternoon to Calgary, the first stop on her journey to freedom. As we speak, she is starting the final leg to her new home in BC. BSL will not be hanging over her head anymore. From Faith’s perspective, she is a dog like […]

The species we made dependent…

July 30, 2010

Dogs have been bred for millenia to serve humans: as companions, workers and protectors. They are utterly subservient to our treatment and rely entirely on us for food, shelter, affection, amusement and good health. All they really require is the most minimal of care and compassion and we continue to fail them. We show more reverence and good will to the very least and most despicable of our own species while constantly using and abusing the faithful creatures that have been at our side for centuries.

Faith has a new home!

July 28, 2010

GREAT NEWS! Faith has found a new home! The Brantford SPCA has accepted an application from someone they “feel very comfortable about.” It is outside the Ontario province. Congratulations — to Kalena for rescuing Faith, and to Faith on finding a safe and wonderful home where she can just be a dog and not a […]

Brindi is home!

July 9, 2010

  FREE AT LAST! Word is slowly making its way across the universe…. Brindi has been released and is finally home again! After 715 days. Specifically, the message on Facebook reads like this: I am THRILLED to report to you that in an unexpected development, I learned this morning that the judge’s assistant told HRM’s […]

Observations on Country

July 4, 2010

I left the city for the country 17 years ago — for the peace and tranquility, but there is certainly a lot of activity among the various species that I could easily not notice. But once I see it, I realize the country is just as busy as the city, but in a different way. The city is full of the sounds of cars and people and the noise associated with that. Stepping outside on a warm summer evening after a rain, the sounds of the frogs and cicada and such is practically deafening. Other nights, the quiet is so large it seems deafening if you can imagine.

Vaccinations and How They Disrupt the Immune System

July 1, 2010

The vaccines themselves stimulate adverse reactions causing disease, disability, organ failure, cancer, autoimmune disease and sometimes death. The number of dog vaccines has grown from 4 administered only once or twice in a lifetime to 20 and often aggressively administered twice a year! The intent of this commentary is to introduce to the reader to just a few pathways of immunopathology resulting from vaccine administration.

Poem: What do you make of the stars?

June 10, 2010

Would you look at the number of stars out tonight,
I can’t think when I’ve ever seen starlight so bright.
You can see why they say it’s romantic, all right;
All those men with Flamenco guitars.

If I could live on an island…

June 7, 2010

I wish I could live on an island. An island of a few acres, maybe 5-6, in the middle of a river or just off the coast. An island where I would not worry about my neighbors when my dogs are barking insanely at a squirrel snatching every leaf it can fit into its mouth to build a nest.

So, O-T-Y… where do we go from here?

June 6, 2010

 O-T-Y is what I call Otis to his face. Cats seem to like names that have a sound, so all the cats have a name that has evolved into a sound. Otis is O-T-Y spoken as letters but with an emphasis on the O. Sorry, I can’t explain it much better than that, but if […]

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