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News: JoAnna Lou
Humble Shelter Funded Online
A nine year old boy starts a rescue organization in the Philippines
Only nine years old, Ken has wanted to start an animal shelter for as long as he can remember to help the many stray dogs and cats in the Philippines. Ken talked about his dream so much that he was really starting to get on his dad's nerves. His father told him that only grown ups could raise enough money and that it would take 20 years to do so. Boy did Ken prove his dad wrong! Ken started...
News: Karen B. London
Quite a Catch!
Beagle looks ready for the big leagues
Seeing a dog catch balls is common, but seeing one do it with her paws is not. Purin is a Beagle who has the ability to trap a ball like she’s wearing a baseball glove. Her dexterity and balance are both impressive, and it’s fun to watch what she can do. Interestingly, though her body seems relaxed, and she seems happy most of the time, she follows roughly half of the 13 catches in this video...
News: JoAnna Lou
Should a Biter Be Rehabilitated?
Calls come in to rescue an internet sensation
Tara the cat body slamming the attacking dog.
Earlier this month Tara the cat became an internet sensation after a video of her body slamming a child biting dog went viral. The kitty has been famous ever since and was even invited to "throw" the first pitch at a minor league ballgame. But Tara wasn't the only one who garnered attention from the security camera footage. The Labrador-Chow mix that bit the 4-year old boy was put down this...
News: Karen B. London
Home Away From Home
Creating a familiar kennel environment
The goal of having dogs be in a home away from home when we travel without them is a common goal. In the case of this Norwegian family, the man surprised his wife and kids as well as his Bulldog Igor, by literally building a home away from home. It’s hard to say how big a difference this replica of their home made for Igor. There’s no doubt he can tell the difference between his home and his...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dogs Reduce E. Coli on Beaches
Study looks at the role of Border Collies in disease prevention.
Border Collie Photo by Tambako The Jaguar
Every year high E. coli levels shut down hundreds of beaches around the world. The bacteria is the leading cause of shore closures. While the prevalence of the microorganism is largely due to rainwater runoff and sewage, seagull droppings have been found to be responsible not only for high E. coli levels, but for spreading multi-drug resistant bacteria in multiple countries including Sweden,...
News: Karen B. London
Emergency Shelter Doesn’t Accept Dogs
Local humane association offers free pet care
We're headed to the same place, right?
People in Arizona who have to evacuate on short notice because of the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff are not able to bring their pets to the Red Cross shelter at Sinagua Middle School. Luckily, the Coconino Humane Association about a block away will care for pets whose guardians have evacuated. Dogs will be housed in kennel runs, be provided a blanket, food and water...
News: JoAnna Lou
Rescued Service Dog Dials 9-1-1
Pit bull/Lab mix saves a Ohio veteran by summoning the police.
Terry McGlade relies on his service dog, Major, to life a fully independent life. The Pit Bull/Lab mix warns him about oncoming seizures and helps with everyday tasks (Major can even check to make sure all the doors in the house are locked!). Unfortunately Terry's story is all too common. He has suffered from PTSD and memory loss ever since being wounded by a roadside bomb during his third...
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Seizure-Alert Dog Walks in Place of Graduate
This is a touching story of a seizure-alert dog’s participation at a graduation ceremony at Idaho State University. This Pit Bull’s person, Joshua Kelly who was suffering from epilepsy recently completed his degree, but sadly had died in February. To honor his memory, Terrell Kelly, Joshua’s father, brought Cletus to walk the “stage” with him to pick up his son’s diploma, this gesture was met...
News: Shirley Zindler
Learning Dog Social Skills
Dogs have so much to learn from other dogs. Having worked in animal shelters for more than 25 years, I’ve seen so many dogs who were isolated and have no social skills with other dogs or people. When I bring these dogs home and introduce them to my pack, they are often terrified, aggressive or shut down. In almost every case, my smooth, easy going dogs have the newcomer feeling comfortable fairly...
News: Karen B. London
Behavioral Predictors of Adoption
What dogs do influences potential adopters
We know that millions of shelter pets are available for adoption each year, but that many are never selected. Most previous research into the choices that people make about which dog to adopt has focused on what the dog looks like and the dog’s behavior in the kennel. The recent study “Adopter-dog interactions at the shelter: Behavioral and contextual predictors of adoption” investigated whether...

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