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I have devoted a great part of my life to a cause dear to my heart --the plight of shelter dogs. Our 4-legged companions are almost universally loved, but most people have no idea of the perils that these animals face. Even fewer people are prepared to do something about it. I have donated blood, sweat and tears to making some small impact on the lives of our furry friends. It is a labour of love!
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The 50-member constituent assembly responsible for establishing the new Egyptian constitution has included recognition of animal welfare in Article 45 of a redraft that is expected to be ratified in early 2014.

Announcing the inclusion of the animal welfare clause on December 1, 2013, Cairo animal advocate Dina Zulfikar forwarded two different translations of Article 45 from the Arabi...read more
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The Peaceful Kingdom at Hartsdale
"Here we sleep forever, I and my beloved Bibi, my loving companion for fourteen years. Together in life, together in death". The date was December 1976, fifty seven year old Edward Way, wrote that epitaph on Bibi the dog's gravestone. He selected to spend eternity next to his best friend, choosing to be buried next to Bibi at the pet cemetery. Edward Way never forgot the he gift of love ...read more
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According to my last few interactions with rescue organizations, I can only conclude that the euthanasia of innocent animals and the horror of mass breeding operations aren't all that bad. One shelter refused to adopt to a retired couple because the couple said if they could find a Springer Spaniel who was trainable they would like to use her for hunting. The shelter didn't believe in using dogs f...read more
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Every animal loving organization has decried the evils of pet listings on Craigslist.com! Craigslist, while acknowledging most of what they have been accused of, insists they are doing more good than bad.

We DO NOT AGREE, and we are seeking your help in instituting a National Boycott of Craigslist! Not just the pet listings, but EVERYTHING ON CRAIGSLIST.

Here's how Craigslist hurts animals! Craigslist and classified ads are favorite resources of serial animal abusers, dog fighting rings, hoarders, laboratories, and a variety of inappropriate people. Some of the ...READ MORE ABOUT WHY WE ARE BOYCOTTING CRAIGSLIST
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A second lawsuit has been filed in Torrent County against the Fort Worth veterinarian who kept several pets alive for experimentation purposes after their owners had asked for them to be euthanized and thought that they were dead.

Dr. Lou Tierce is now faced with two million dollar lawsuits for his alleged unethical actions. The circumstances alleged in the second case are similar to the first. Kimberly Davis had taken her 12 year old Chihuahua, Hercules, to Dr. Tierce for a second opinion in 2013. Hercules had been having difficulty walking, and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid on the brain. Davis left Hercules at Tierce's Camp Bowie clinic for what the veterinarian called experimental treatment, hoping to save her dog's life. During the following tw...read more
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There have been three recent major developments regarding the ongoing investigation of Chicken Jerky Treats made in China, including FDA updates, retailer news, and a settlement agreement from Nestle Purina.

The FDA updated their website with additional information, including updated statistics about the victims: 5,600 dogs sickened? 1,000 dogs have died? 24 cats and 3 people have all become sick from chicken jerky treats. Approximately 1,800 cases have been reported in just the past 6 months. Big box retailers Petco and PetSmart have both announced that they will no longer sell pet treats made in China. Petco is making this policy effective by the end of the year, but PetSmart will not make the change until March of 2015 probably due to contractual obligations. The lawsuit consumers brought against Nestle Purina was settled on May 30. From early on, pet advocates have been...read more
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Desperate Dogs, a self-published manual for rehabilitating shelter dogs, arrived for review with impressive endorsements. Testified Frank Andrews, executive director of the Humane Society of St. Lucie, Florida, 'In my 50 years of animal welfare work, I have never read a more useful 'bible' for all of us who want to give more dogs a second chance.' Andrews, formerly director of animal control in Los Angeles County for more than a decade, in 2012 succeeded the now retired Warren Cox as longest tenured professional in the field. But much of Desperate Dogs resembles the 'Prussian school' training advice dispensed when Andrews and Cox were young. 'If you think you have to beat a dog and jerk the dog around to make the dog safe,' Cox responded, and reiterates today, 'then you shouldn't have the dog.'

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While we were evaluating Desperate Dogs, a staff revol...read more
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On April 9, 2014 a major victory was celebrated in Cook County. An ordinance was UNANIMOUSLY passed to end the sale of retail cats and dogs in pet stores. Pet stores would only be allowed to sell dogs and cats from rescues and shelters.

Sadly, less than 2 months later, three Commissioners are trying to reverse the ban.

The Puppy Mill Project, the leader in the fight against pet stores selling mill dogs, is begging for Chicago residents to contact their commissioners and express their support for the original ban.

Spearheading the amendment is Commissioner, Joan Patricia Murphy. She recently spoke out on WGN 720 radio in an interview with Steve Dale. Murphy states that one of the very reasons that she is now opposing the ordinance is that it didn't follow proper legislative procedure. She also states that the pet store ban will put store...read more
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Did you know shelters never have to report anything to the public! Amazing as it seems, shelters can do good or bad under legally sanctified TOTAL SECRECY. How is this possible you ask? Well the system was set up to protect the public from bad news, ...read more
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Shelter Scoreboard
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We asked 2,500 shelters across the U.S. to stop killing dogs and cats for one day a week.

We said please stop killing animals on all Mondays, beginning on Monday, December 23 and continuing for all Mondays.

We said let's work together to change how people think about the shelter system and animal adoptions in the U.S.

Dozens of volunteers scoured this nation...HELP US CONVINCE THE NAY SAYERS TO JOIN!
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Love, the kind we humans have so much difficulty with!
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We placed an ad on our other web site, DogsInDanger.com, a site dedicated to saving dogs on death row in this nation's animal shelters. DogsInDanger draws around 1,000 visitors per day, people looking to adopt a dog. As all animal sites do, we tend to skew older and heavily female, the natural demographic segment for animal activism. We actually placed FOUR ads on DogsInDanger.com, four ads that ...read more
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For most of us, hearing about the purposeful mutilation and/or murder of one defenseless animal is enough to push our buttons to want to find the perpetrator and bring them to justice.

Here's the good news: On the whole, the US is getting better at criminalizing actions like these. According to a 2013 ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund) report, since they began their ranking system...read more
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