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Blog: Shirley Zindler
Barking Up the Wrong Tree
Mistaken identity, surprising requests and strange dilemmas
Animal control officers see a lot of difficult, upsetting things. Thankfully, there are the strange requests, amusing calls and fun rescues to balance the heavy stuff. People are often confused about what we do. I can’t make your roommate clean his cat litter box more often and I can’t force your cousin to put a coat on his Golden Retriever when they walk in the rain. I can’t make your husband...
Blog: Guest Posts
Phoenix Shelter’s Big Secret Revealed
Eponymous donation was a surprise
The gift had to be a surprise. Phoenix businessman and philanthropist John Breslow donated $2 million to the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA to construct an adoption center in honor of his wife Sonia on her 60th birthday. And for two long years he kept it a secret. On Saturday March 3, 2012 John Breslow invited a busload of 80 family and friends to watch Sonia’s reaction (photo, below)...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Discovering the Great in a Forlorn Dane
Meet Tyra, rescued dog turned rescuer
On what would be a fateful afternoon more than a year ago, a fellow animal control officer received a call for a stray dog in traffic. When he arrived, he found a scrawny, half-grown Great Dane puppy running in terror from everyone who approached. When he finally cornered her, she fought wildly and tried to bite but he was able to get her into his truck. At the shelter, the dog shrank in fear...
Blog: Guest Posts
Shame On You Gorham, New York!
First, outrage. Then, education.
Part I: The Gorham Town Meeting I read the article in the Canandaigua Messenger with disbelief. It appears that the town of Gorham, New York is rolling out the red carpet for a large-scale puppy mill expected to house 500 breeding dogs (yes, you read this correctly, there will be 500). The proprietors, Curtis and Jolene Martin are not new to puppy milling. In fact, they have been previously cited...
Blog: Guest Posts
15 Shelter Dogs Get the Mad Ave Treatment
Pics of the Litter initiative aims to find homes for tough cases
You know how when you hear about something for the first time, it seems to pop up on your radar repeatedly after the fact? When it’s a good idea—such as talented photographers helping shelter dogs get adopted—the repetition is a source of satisfaction. Last year, I wrote about HeARTs Speak, a coalition of professional photographers shooting adorable (and hopefully irresistible) portraits....
Blog: Guest Posts
Pit Bull Victory in Ohio
The country's only statewide breed-specific legislation falls
Pit Bulls have good reason to flash their trademark smiles, as Ohio governor John Kasich has just signed House Bill (HB) 14 into law, ending the only statewide breed-specific legislation in the United States. Previously, the state of Ohio designated Pit Bulls as vicious dogs. With the passage of HB 14, the state legislature introduced a graded system based on behavior, not appearance. There are...
Blog: Guest Posts
Bill Will Allow Using Dogs To Lure Wolves To Be Killed
Idaho is considering this sick possibility
Just as I was preparing for a nice relaxing evening I received an email telling me that there is a bill pending in Idaho that will allow ranchers to use live bait, including dogs, to lure in wolves so they can be killed. For a summary of articles about this sickest of sick ideas, please click here and here.  You can register your point of view (nicely, please)  but time is of the essence....
Dog's Life: Humane
Progreso
The McKee Project’s innovative methods forge new bonds to help Latin America’s animals
Over the past decade, as Christine Crawford has been developing her unique animal welfare model and rolling it out across Costa Rica, she has noticed some significant changes. For starters, these days, it’s rare to see a dog lying dead along the highway, and the dogs she encounters are generally much healthier than they used to be. At the same time, she’s seen a host of new veterinary clinics...
Blog: Guest Posts
Rescued Dog Shows at Westminster
Here's our pick for Best in Show this week (worth sitting through the short ad). video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player   Want to know more? Read owner Dan Stallings's post about Maverick, his very special pup.
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Soothing Shelter Pups
Organization donates MP3 players for homeless pets
About a year ago I wrote about Through a Dog's Ear, a series of songs based on rhythms and musical patterns that proved most effective in calming dogs. The company's CDs play in more than 125 shelters around the world. Research proves that music has a soothing effect on animals, so it seems like a necessity to have these songs playing in stressful environments. Shelter budgets are already...

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