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News: JoAnna Lou
Social Media Finds an Adventurous Dog
Twitter reunites an Irish woman and her lost pup
Social media has revolutionized the way we find homes for pets and raise money for animal related charities. Last month, Facebook aided rescuers in locating a stray dog in distress and, most recently, Twitter helped an adventurous pup find his way back to his family. Deirdre Anglin's dog, Patch, went missing last Tuesday in Kilcock, Ireland. She posted photos of the Jack Russell Terrier on...
News: Editors
Andy Griffith: An Appreciation
Andy Griffith
Growing up, I never missed an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. The program was pure hokum, but a tonic that was hugely popular during the unsettling times of 1960s America. Each week Andy dispensed wisdom and homilies to his young son Opie (played by a young Ron Howard) and a cast of characters named Aunt Bee, Barney Fife and Gomer Pyle. Griffith seemed born to play the part of the small town...
News: Guest Posts
Puppy Survives Chicago Expressway
A lesson in how not to catch a dog
Holiday traffic was tied up for an hour when a small mixed breed dog darted along the busy Stevenson Expressway in Chicago. State police troopers, road construction workers and passersby all attempted to catch the dog to no avail. It wasn't until he wore himself out and laid down on the grassy shoulder that nearby resident Jose Terriquez could grab him. In watching the video, I couldn't help but...
News: JoAnna Lou
Reclassifying Military Canines
Bill seeks better treatment for war dogs
As we celebrate Independence Day, it's important to remember our veterans—both human and canine. The military has been slow in providing the care and respect that these working canines deserve. Retired war dogs were euthanized for decades before “Robby's Law” allowed these brave pups to be adopted. However, the military still has a long way to go in giving dogs proper treatment. I was shocked to...
News: Karen B. London
This Dog is Not Photogenic
I’m not sure why I care
I am dogsitting again for Schultzie, an incredibly lovely dog about whom I have expressed my great love. There are so many wonderful qualities in this dog, but being photogenic is not among them. She is incredibly adorable in person, but her charm simply does not come across in pictures. This bums me out, but it’s hard to explain why it matters to me at all. As a behaviorist, I know very well...
News: Shea Cox
Safety Tips for Dogs on the 4th of July
One of the busiest times of the year for our emergency service is the Fourth of July holiday. While many people celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and BBQ’s, many others spend it waiting in the ER while their pet is treated for an array of holiday-induced emergencies, including serious laceration injuries from pets jumping through glass windows or doors, high rise fall injuries due to...
News: JoAnna Lou
Hospitals Welcome Our Dogs
Healthcare organizations partner with PAWS to bring in pets
I've never had to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time, but if I did I know that I'd miss my dogs. I can't imagine getting over an illness or injury without them there to cheer me up and make me laugh. As studies document the healing power of pets, more healthcare organizations have started allowing animals into their facilities. My Sheltie, Nemo, and I visited patients at our...
News: Guest Posts
Charity Supports Ads, Not Animals
Terri Crisp again linked to fraudulent fundraising
terri crisp spca international noah's wish charity fraud
Terri Crisp, an officer with SPCA International, is back in the news for charity mismanagement. According to CNN, SPCAI raised $27 million to help animals around the globe, but paid nearly all of it to a direct-mail company for fundraising. Nearly five years ago, I blogged about Terri Crisp's settlement with the state of California regarding her misuse of funds raised for animal victims of...
News: Editors
Health Care Reform Coming to Pets too!
FTC to Look at Pet Medications
Our office just received a notification from the Federal Trade Commission that they’ll be holding a public workshop on Oct. 2 that should be of interest to many of you—they’ll be exploring “competition and consumer protection issues related to the pet medications industry.”  Basically they’ll be looking at the ways that pet medications are distributed to consumers, and to that end are also...
News: JoAnna Lou
Displaced Animals in Colorado
Emergency evacuation shelters keep pets safe
Wildfires in Colorado have displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed hundreds of acres of land, making it the most destructive fire in state history. The fast spreading disaster has also resulted in hundreds of animals with no place to go. Some are from evacuees needing temporary shelter for their pets and others are found lost or abandoned on the streets. The Humane Society of the...

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