Home
Browsing articles in humane
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Finding Adopters on Facebook
Is there a balance between exposure and spam?
I remember when Petfinder revolutionized the way adoptable animals found potential homes. A dog who might only be seen by a few visitors passing through the local shelter could now be seen online by hundreds of people. Facebook has taken this exposure to a new level. Now homeless animals can be seen by people who aren't even looking for a new pet. Photos and descriptions are easily shared with...
Blog: Guest Posts
ASPCA-sponsored Adoptathon in D.C.
Great opportunity to adopt a shelter pup, March 31 and April 1
Whenever I see stories and emails about mega-adoption events, I always picture the “Crazy Eddie” ad man doing his nutty blow-out-blitz, the-prices-are-insane! shtick (New York, circa 1984). But just as there was a method to Eddie’s contrived madness, there is logic and a track record behind shelters’ “mega” events. Multi-shelter adoptathons—such as the upcoming ASPCA Mega Match-A-Thon (...
Blog: Guest Posts
The Dogs of Fukushima
One year after the earthquake and tsunami, family pets still waiting to go home
When a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan on March 11, 2012, it set off what is widely considered the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years, with still-acute consequences. In Tohoku alone, nearly 350,000 people remain displaced from their homes. Meanwhile, the beloved family pets of many of these families wait to be reunited with their families and return to the life they...
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....

Pages