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(Certain) Dogs Allowed
Insurance companies’ breed-restriction lists take a bite out of housing options
The term “foreclosure dogs,” which came into the lexicon sometime around 2007, is all too familiar to animal shelter and rescue workers. Canine victims of the housing collapse, many of these economic orphans face the added burden of being, say, a Chow Chow — or just looking like one. Why does that matter? Two words: breed restrictions. At least a dozen breeds and their mixes are commonly found on...
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Veterinarians Improve Their Oath
And provide shelter standards
Every day a veterinarian has a good chance of being a hero—extracting a painful tooth, diagnosing the source of a lump, helping a dog to a much-needed sleep. It should be enough that they take good care of patients each day, but lately vets have been articulating a larger vision that means good things for animals.   In November, the American Veterinary Medical Association revised the veterinarian...
Dog's Life: Humane
Dog Hoarders
What is animal hoarding? Who becomes a hoarder?
Horders
  * “Long-term Outcomes in Animal Hoarding Cases,” by Berry, Patronek & Lockwood; Animal Law 11:167. All case citations taken from Pet-Abuse.com Whom to Call You can report suspected hoarding to your local animal control, the humane society, the local public health department, or even a zoning department that regulates unsanitary conditions or the number of animals on a property. If you...
Dog's Life: Humane
New Lives for Guatemala’s Lost Dogs
GUATAMALA DOGS
In the lush green guatemalan countryside, near a village named Sumpango, a small shelter takes in injured, starving, sick and abandoned dogs, rehabilitates them and tries to find them homes. Operated by Animal Welfare Association: Rescue/Education (AWARE), the shelter—referred to as Hound Heights—perches on a ridge 7,500 feet above sea level, a peaceful location far removed from the teeming...
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Trim Your Tree with Hope
Special ornaments send lucky dogs home
Our Christmas tree decorations are an eclectic mix that’s long on backstory and short on thematic unity and good taste. I like ornaments that show their age or are handmade by friends and family. Others have strong memories and associations with people and pets long gone. I’ve always had a rule that I would never buy an ornament, but this year I will make an exception to purchase one from the...
Dog's Life: Humane
Shared Giving
Animal-loving companies direct charitable dollars
Shared Giving
With a donation can on every check-out stand and charitable links on shopping websites, it’s easy for consumers to become mini-philanthropists several times a day. Getting coffee, gassing up the car, even purchasing wine online can include opportunities to do good while doing business. Something as simple as spare change can add up to serious money— just ask the folks at Healthy Spot, a Santa...
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It’s Cool to Adopt!
Earworm alert: Catchy tune with pawsitive message
Yesterday, my editor sent me the link to “It’s Cool to Adopt”—a down-home video (watch below) with a spot-on message, charming stars and, as I soon found out, a refrain that’s pretty tough to shake. It’s cool to adopt over eggs. It’s cool to adopt in the shower. It’s cool to adopt while walking the dogs. And on and on…   The man to praise (or blame) for penning this earworm is Michael Raab, whose...
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Pet Food Pantry
Seniors often share what little food they have with their pets
No one should have to choose between feeding herself and feeding her dog. Sadly, volunteers with the mobile food pantry Meals On Wheels discovered that many elderly and disabled clients were sharing their hot meals with their pets. Dog Scout Troop 208 of North Aurora, Ill., teamed up with its local Pet Supplies Plus to hold a "Meals for Seniors Pet Food Drive" from November 27-December 15. All...
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Congress Bans Crush Videos
Bill awaits Obama’s signature
Animal rights advocates are urging President Obama to sign a recently approved bill that bans the sale and distribution of gruesome “crush videos,” which depict the intentional torture of puppies, kittens, and other live animals.   Congressional leaders in mid-November overwhelmingly passed the legislation—H.R. 5566, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010—to halt what the head of The...
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Adopt a Senior Pet Month
November brings attention to homeless canine elders
This season, there are many things that I’m thankful for, one being the wonderful relationship I have with my dog, Nemo.  Someone once told me that cute puppy eyes are no match for the deep, loyal eyes of an older dog. Nemo is my first dog and, for the longest time, I didn’t understand. How could anyone resist a puppy? But now that Nemo is almost six years old, I finally know what they meant. ...

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