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Blog: Shirley Zindler
A Close Call
Rescuing a dog caught in the crossfire
The cheerful beat of my cell phone yanks me out of a sound sleep. I glance groggily at the clock: 12:32 a.m. I’m on call for animal control emergencies. The sheriff’s dispatcher advises me that deputies are requesting my presence at a rural address. I dress in a hurry, yank my hair into a ponytail and drive through the dark to the scene. The road is blocked by deputies but they wave me through....
Blog: Guest Posts
Is the Guardian Campaign Losing Steam?
Does it matter?
Back in the early 2000s, a number of municipal governments around the country and in Canada revised their city codes, county ordinances and state legislation as they related to companion animals, replacing the term “owner” with “animal guardian.” In addition, animal welfare professionals, such as animal shelter staff and police and humane society officers, were referred to as guardians. The...
Blog: Guest Posts
House Fire Survivors Need Forever Homes
Tragedy strikes home of foster volunteer
Volunteering to help rescue animals can be gratifying work but it can also be hard; there are setbacks and disappointments, as we were just reminded by Judy Devine-Geuther of Kennewick, Wash. As a member of HeARTs Speak, Devine-Geuther volunteers her time and substantial talents to photograph dogs in such a way that helps them get adopted. Recently, she photographed an adorable crew of foster...
Blog: Guest Posts
5 Reasons to Adopt a Dog
If Westminster inspires you, here’s some advice
Show Dog, Pomeranian https://flic.kr/p/aqYzih
Early next week, the dogs of the 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show charge into Madison Square Garden and onto a television screen near you. Because so many things about dogs are fun, entertaining and joyful, watching the dog show is something I do every year. I even went once, though I will say it’s one of the few events that I found to be better televised, perhaps for the on-air...
Dog's Life: Humane
The Real Problem with Anthropomorphism
There’s a knothole in the fence near our front door, right about Collie-eye level. When we come home, our Border Collie, Genghis, is invariably at the knothole, trying to anticipate who’s arriving. (That part’s not surprising— anticipation is what BCs do, after all.) But it’s not his eye to the knothole—it’s his nose. Scientists have long warned against the imprecision and misimpressions of...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Value of Dogs in the Legal World
Texas court makes a controversial decision in the worth of a pet
In 2009, Kathryn and Jeremy Medlen’s dog, Avery, escaped from their backyard and landed at the local animal shelter. When Jeremy went to retrieve Avery, he didn’t have enough money for the claim fee. Jeremy was told that he could return for Avery in a couple of days and a “hold for owner” tag was placed on the cage. In a horrible twist of events, a shelter employee placed Avery on a euthanasia...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Furry Alternative to the Super Bowl
The Puppy Bowl showcases pets for adoption
I’m not a big football fan, so instead of tracking touchdowns on Sunday, I’ll be tuning into Animal Planet to get my puppy fix. For nearly a decade, Animal Planet has been putting on an alternative to the Super Bowl for pet lovers. Enlisting the help of Petfinder.com, the Puppy Bowl recruits young dogs from rescues and shelters all over the country to participate. The puppies must be between 8...
Dog's Life: Humane
Miracle Dog
Beagle on a mission to close down animal gas chambers
It was a sunny morning in Florence, Ala., when the young animal control officer loaded five dogs into a steel box the size of a pickup-truck bed. After locking the box’s door, Cody Berry pushed the button to activate the computer-controlled pump that slowly feeds carbon monoxide into the sealed death chamber. When Berry opened the door 20 minutes later, a dazed and frightened 18-month-old...
Blog: Guest Posts
California’s Governor Proposes Cutting Shelter “Hold” Period in Half
Ignorant, cynical ploy would do real harm
To paraphrase Billy Beane, as played by Brad Pitt in the popular movie Moneyball, “There’s the one percent, and the 99 percent, then there’s fifty feet of crap, and then there’re shelter animals.”   That reality is stark in California, where Governor Jerry Brown has proposed gutting the state’s landmark Hayden Bill, a 1998 law that requires at least a six-day ‘hold’ period before impounded...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Finding a Purpose for a Pup
Turning a bad situation into something positive
An early morning call came in from a passerby who reported seeing a dog attacking sheep near a quiet country road. It was a gorgeous day, and I enjoyed the drive in spite of my anxiety to get there as soon as possible. I pulled up in front of a neat little white farmhouse surrounded by green fields. It was quiet; no one seemed to be home. The sound of a dog barking and the frantic bleating of...

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