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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...
News: 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...
News: JoAnna Lou
Dog Inspires Shelter to Become Pet Friendly
A Kansas City women’s shelter will welcome pets this year
This year, the Rose Brooks Center women’s shelter in Kansas City will become the first in the area to welcome pets, thanks to a heroic Great Dane named J Matthew. Last year, a woman arrived with J Matthew at Rose Brooks Center after her boyfriend tried to kill her with a hammer. The Great Dane protected the woman by lying over her body and taking most of the blows until the man finally threw...
News: JoAnna Lou
Best and Worst States for Animals
ALDF and HSUS ranks protection laws
Each year the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) separately rank the animal protection laws of every state in the country. Their reports are a great way to measure progress and to identify areas of improvement. The good news is, according to the ALDF, more than half of all states experienced a significant improvement in their animal protection...
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What’s to Be Done About Urban Strays?
Will Doig’s column “The Secret Lives of Feral Dogs” (Slate, 1/17/12) opens with a jolt: the revelation that Harrisburg, Penn., police officers have been instructed to stop bringing strays into the city shelter and, among other options, shoot them instead. It’s a shocking development, something you might expect to read about in the developing world, not here. But despite all the dog spas and yappy...
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Way to Go, AVMA!
Veterinarians issue new guidelines for responsible pet ownership
The executive board of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently approved the content of the following brand new, hot-off-the-press pet ownership guidelines. Have a look and see what you think. Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship. However, the benefits of pet ownership come with obligations...
News: JoAnna Lou
Saving Dog Fighting Victims
New program rescues seized pups in Chicago
Michael Vick's dogs got a lot of national media attention during his infamous court case. Most of them were fortunate to be placed in rescue, where they were rehabilitated and adopted out to loving families. But not all dogs from fighting cases get a second chance. Sadly, these canine victims are often euthanized. The Court Case Dog Program aims to change that in Chicago. The program was...
News: JoAnna Lou
Seeing the World for the First Time
Beagle Freedom Project rescues dogs from laboratories
You may have seen the You Tube video of rescued beagles experiencing grass and sun for the first time (check it out below if you haven't seen it yet). It's amazing to see the dogs tentatively come out and experience the things we take for granted. I was so inspired by the video that I wanted to find out more about the efforts to rescue these dogs. The Beagles in the You Tube video were rescued...
News: Shirley Zindler
Hoarding
You never get used to a hoarder’s house
The stench of garbage, urine and feces hit me as I entered the home. Sunlight slanted through a broken window and illuminated the clutter and sparkles of dust in the air. Cats and small dogs bolted in every direction, frantic to hide from the stranger in their midst. The place was littered with empty pet food cans, old magazines, clothes, dishes and boxes. Ammonia stung my eyes and throat as I...
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Foster A Lonely Pet for the Holidays
While I rewrite A Christmas Carol
I recently watched A Christmas Carol—the überschmaltzy George C. Scott version with weirdly campy ghosts of Christmas Past and Present. It got me thinking that someone needs to make a dog-centric version of this holiday classic—not in least part to erase this one from my memory banks. Scrooge would be a lonely old man, running a huge puppy mill. His visit to Christmases Past would flash on young...

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