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Blog: Karen B. London
A Food Drive for Pets
Stephen Huneck’s studio hosts
When times are tough, many families struggle, and often all members of the household face difficulties, regardless of species. Much as we wish it weren’t so, many well-loved pets suffer during hard economic times. To help ease these troubles, the Dog Chapel on Dog Mountain is sponsoring a holiday pet food drive in St. Johnsbury, Vt., through Dec. 23. Food will be distributed to local food...
Blog: Guest Posts
Tackling the Pet Piece of the Domestic Violence Problem
Central Florida shelter breaks ground for unprecedented kennel
If you think providing housing for companion animals at domestic violence shelters is a costly indulgence rather than an essential component in prevention, consider these sobering statistics (from Harbor House, a comprehensive domestic violence prevention program in Central Florida): 48 percent of domestic violence survivors delay leaving an abusive home because they have no safe place for...
Blog: Guest Posts
Firing Raises Questions About Shelter Policy
Why not encourage good photography?
Bark contributor Anna Jane Grossman (famously of the recent East Village Halloween parade post) recently wrote a fascinating piece about the firing of Emily Tanen at NYC’s Animal Care & Control. Until recently, Tanen was liaison between the shelter and its many rescue group partners. (She is the founder of Project Pet, Inc.). According to the story, Tanen was fired for taking photos of dogs...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Herding Elephants in Thailand
A shelter dog finds a job at Elephantstay sanctuary
With my Sheltie and a Border Collie you can probably tell that I love herding breeds. It’s so much fun to see these dogs organize sheep or cattle in a way that will never be matched by human or machine. For all the fellow working dog lovers, I had to share the story of Buddy, a cattle dog who manages quite the herd. Buddy has the job of keeping 100 elephants in line at the Elephantstay...
Blog: Guest Posts
Trendspotting: Pop-Up Adoption Shops
New York City and Thousand Oaks, Calif., target new demographic
Early this month, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals began hosting the country’s first-ever Pop-Up Pet Adoption and Supply Shop. Pop-up restaurants, along with food trucks, have been a popular feature of the Seattle culinary landscape for the last few years so why not pet adoptions? Essentially, these are limited-engagement shops—that stir up excitement and, in the case of homeless dogs and...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Puppy Breath
The perfect antidote for a tough day
Warm sunshine bathes my skin, soft fur tickles my cheek and the rich, intoxicating scent of puppy breath fills my nostrils. There must be no greater bliss than lying outside on a blanket full of sweet, wiggly puppies. I close my eyes as they lick my face and gnaw my fingers. It’s been a rough week and I feel the stress ebbing away as I cuddle the warm bodies. As an animal control officer, I...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Long Lasting Effects of Puppy Mills
Study shows the emotional scars of dogs from large breeding operations
In recent years, countless talk shows, news documentaries and celebrities have called attention to the inhumane conditions in puppy mills. As if this environment isn’t bad enough, a new study shows that the effects of these facilities extends far beyond the dirty kennels and rampant illness. The animal welfare organization, Best Friends Animal Society, teamed up with veterinarians, James...
Blog: Guest Posts
Shelters Rock
Show how much you appreciate their work
Take a minute this week to reflect on the important service the approximately 3,500 animal shelters and the many more rescue organizations around the country provide by offering refuge to an estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals every year. They can’t save them all—but shelters and rescues find homes for an astonishing number of them. I think of all the fantastic rescue dogs I have known—...
Blog: Karen B. London
Can Your Rescue Top $36,000 in One Night?
G.R.I.N.’s Golden Gala: a fundraising inspiration
The 7th annual G.R.I.N. Golden Gala raised $36,000 on a Saturday night in late October. G.R.I.N. stands for Golden Retrievers In Need, and is a rescue group. Each year, they rescue and foster around 200 Goldens and place them in loving homes. They also provide for G.R.I.N. Goldens in need of medicine, surgery, training or help with their behavioral issues. When they are short of foster homes...
Blog: Karen B. London
Singer Mýa on Team Animal League
They’ll run NYC Marathon to raise money
Grammy-award winning singer Mýa takes on new challenges every year. In the past she has tried hang gliding and starting off the new year by jumping off a Brazilian cliff. This year, running the ING New York City Marathon will be among her adventures. She is undertaking this challenge to raise money for North Shore Animal League America in New York, for which she is a spokesperson. Fifty...

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