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A Team Player
An "ah-ha" moment led baseball manager Tony La Russa to establish the Animal Rescue Foundation
Tony La Russa, manager of this year’s World Series champs St. Louis Cardinals, is the only manager of any professional sport who is also a champion to rescue animals. Twenty years ago he and his wife started the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, California, that had its start when a liittle kitty ran out onto a baseball field… A few years ago we published this profile of the man...
Dog's Life: Humane
Guest Editorial: Just Say No
I recently read a story (“Dog Story,” The New Yorker, Aug. 8, by Adam Gopnik, their award-winning staff writer) that saddened me. Mr. Gopnik wrote that he knowingly purchased a puppy-mill dog from a Manhattan pet store simply because his 10-year-old daughter asked him to. Since buying puppies from pet stores supports a cruel industry in which breeding dogs suffer every day of their shortened...
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Pop Star Adopts Husky-mix Puppy
Setting a good example for young fans
Disney starlet Selena Gomez, traveling in tandem with teen sensation and boyfriend Justin Bieber, adopted a 10-week-old Husky-mix from a Winnipeg shelter over the weekend, according to People magazine. We don’t write much about celebrities and their dogs but this sort of high profile adoption is a good thing, especially when it makes an impression on young, devoted followers. Plus, I love...
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Super Dog Gets Super Break
After fall from bridge, shelter covers costs of stray's surgery
Bonny Kelani the Labrador has a nickname: Super Dog. She’s a great girl, for sure, but her alternate moniker is a little tongue-in-cheek. Five months ago, she went flying off a highway overpass in Aurora, Colo. A driver on the street below stopped to pick up the wounded pup and took her to a nearby animal hospital. (Nobody saw what happened, but the theory is that she was thrown.) Bonny’s...
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I Love My Pit Bull
National Pit Bull Day celebrates this misunderstood breed
I don't think of myself as particularly political or controversial. Yet the “I love my Pit Bull” magnet on my minivan makes some people see red. I've heard everything from, "Do you really have one?" to "Those dogs are horrible and should be banned." I wish I could say these words were spat out by complete strangers, but in fact, they were friendly acquaintances, which meant I had to keep...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Invisible Dogs Promote Adoption
Meetups across the nation bring attention to rescue
Two years ago, I wrote about Improv Everywhere's stunt that sent thousands of '70s-style invisible dog leashes to the streets of New York. Now these wire leashes are being used to bring attention to the many “unseen” dogs sitting in animal shelters around the country. The movement is being spearheaded by Best Friends Animal Society and is calling for people to organize local Invisible Dog...
Dog's Life: Humane
Volunteers travel the globe to help animals
Travel with a purpose
World Vets veterinarian Dr. Lydia Tong examines a pup in Vanuatua.
The stout, elderly woman — think babushka — arrives at the makeshift clinic with her two aging dogs. The dogs are in good health, but she wants them checked out by the American vets anyway. Later, she returns, pushing an old wooden cart laden with kittens to be spayed and neutered. The woman has decided that she trusts these Americans, and they happily oblige. It is, after all, why they’re here...
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Crooked Dog Blog
Only 14 weeks old, Johnny has license to "drive"
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I'm in love with Johnny. Please don't tell my husband. Or my four dogs. They're liable to get jealous, and for good reason. This is not a typical case of puppy fever. Few people can resist a cute puppy, and those who can are clearly evil. To my knowledge, not even evil puppy-haters can resist 14-week-old Johnny's charms. He had a rougher start in life than most puppies. Johnny, his four siblings...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Transporting Dogs from Overpopulated States
Shelters fill empty kennels with Southern pups
For years, local shelters in the Northeast have been bringing homeless dogs up from the South for a shot at adoption. When I first found out about these rescue missions, it seemed like a waste of resources when there are so many homeless pets right here in New York. But, as it turns out, many Northeastern shelters and rescue groups have a hard time keeping up with demand for certain dogs. So...
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A Canadian No-Kill Model
Promoting an end to euthanasia
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"You can't save them all." That's a familiar refrain among animal rescuers and shelter staff, including Toronto Animal Services, whose programs are in jeopardy. Bill Bruce, director of Calgary Animal Services, will argue that not only can you save more animals, but it can be done at no cost to the taxpayer. This Friday, September 30, from 7 to 9 pm, the Organization for the Rescue of Animals (ORA...

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