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Dogs on Campus
More and more colleges allow pets in dorms
As the school year comes to a close, graduating high school seniors are busy getting ready to depart for the next step in their lives. This year more students than ever are planning to move on campus with their dogs. At Stephens College, 30 incoming freshmen will be coming this fall with family pets, a 20 percent increase over last year. The students will be welcomed to a special dorm, called Pet...
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Promoting Adoption
New group represents N.Y. dogs to find their forever home
Homeless pups in New York now have their own public relations representation thanks to Bruised Not Broken. The new organization, started by Brooke Slater and her husband, leverages technology and social media to promote bully breeds looking for their forever homes.  The inspiration for Bruised Not Broken came from their own rescue dog, Luca, who Brooke and her husband adopted from a local...
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Double Checking
New law requires Ga. shelters to scan pets twice for microchips
Last year I wrote about a study of animal shelters that found 12 percent of microchips go undetected on the first scan. Thanks to a new law, lost Georgia pets can rest assured that there’s a greater chance of being identified and reunited with their families. House Bill 1106, sponsored by Representative Gene Maddox and Senator Greg Goggans, will go into effect on July 1st requiring shelters...
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Sensationalizing
PSPCA sees dog fighting cases triple post-Vick
In a previous blog post, Lisa Wogan contemplated the effect of Michael Vick’s reality television show and the perception of his crime. The show, which debuted in February, follows Vick’s comeback from his dog fighting conviction and subsequent 21 month prison sentence. While the show highlights the repercussions of dog fighting, and Vick comes across as genuinely remorseful, many wonder if the...
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Dating with Dogs
One in 14 people have used their pet to attract a mate
Dogs are social by nature, so it’s no surprise that our pets help us make connections with our fellow humans. Dog parks and pet lover dating web sites have become popular places to meet new friends and even spark romantic relationships. Recently statistics web site, the Book of Odds, calculated the chances that a person has ever used his or her pet to attract a new mate as one in 14.29. This...
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Educating the Future
NJVMA creates a humane education curriculum for N.J. classrooms
When it comes to problems like overcrowded shelters and the proliferation of puppy mills, I believe everything comes down to education. So I was excited to hear that the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA) is offering grants to provide teachers with structured lessons on pet care and animal welfare. Many animal shelters and therapy groups have humane education programs, but this is...
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Don’t Be an Octomom
Nadya Suleman teams with PETA to promote spay/neuter
This week Nadya Suleman, better known as the infamous Octomom, teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to reveal a new campaign, “Don’t Let Your Dog or Cat Become an Octomom. Always Spay or Neuter.” A banner with the slogan will be hanging in front of Suleman’s La Habra, Calif., home for the next three weeks. While Suleman’s participation was largely motivated by the $5,...
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Danger Up High
The wind blows a NYC dog off his own balcony
Back in March, Karen B. London wrote about her surprise finding a dog on a nearby roof. While I’ve never seen a dog on a house roof, I’ve seen plenty of dogs atop apartment roof decks and terraces. Given the size of New York buildings, it makes me a little nervous. Anytime I’ve had my pups on a roof deck, I clutch their leashes with a tight grip, just in case. I’m always worried about dogs...
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Collecting Fur
Donate your dog’s hair to clean up oil spills
Living with long-haired dogs, it seems all the brushing in the world won’t prevent hair from ending up in every possible crevice of my house.  So last week, when I got an e-mail from Best Friends Pet Care announcing a canine hair drive, I couldn’t wait to sign up.  It turns out hair is great for absorbing oil, including the oil from the BP spill currently wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. ...
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Stopping Breed Stereotypes
Petition persuades Mafia Wars to remove Pit Bull “weapons”
If you’re on Facebook, most likely you either love or hate the popular game, Mafia Wars. I happen to fall on the dislike side, but I can tell from my Facebook News Feed that many of my friends play the game quite frequently! And they’re not alone--over 7 million people play Mafia Wars every day. Recently, the game announced the addition of animals as a new type of weapon, which included Pit Bulls...

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