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Dog's Life: Humane
Rescue Wonder Dog
Soon after Andrea Horikawa adopted Vinny from a high-kill shelter in southern Calif., she had doubts. The Corgi mix challenged every dog he met. She considered returning him, but realizing what that would mean, she redoubled her commitment. As a result of three years of diligent, consistent and positive training, Vinny is a well-mannered pup with an arsenal of tricks, including a handstand that...
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Google: “Shoot Dog”
What do you find in your neighborhood?
If you give up your dog, please don't be a coward and abandon him in the parking lot of a shelter. Give your dog the dignity of bringing him inside to the shelter staff so he gets food, water, a safe place to sleep, and hopefully, a chance at adoption. There are worse things than humane euthanasia. Case in point: This past January, a dog was left outside Save-A-Pet, an animal shelter in...
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Animal Shelter Wish Lists
Probably not what you expect
It sounds a little counterintuitive: Dog and cat food, litter and leashes aren’t at the top of most shelters’ wish lists, but paper, pens, phones, faxes are. At least, according to the 250 animal shelters and nonprofits to register their needs on TheGivingEffect.com.   While cash contributions are usually preferred, not everyone is in a position to give. The benefit to in-kind donations (clothes...
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Humane Network
No kill advocates launch new partnership
I’m sitting in an airport, waiting for my final flight home to Reno from our capital. Back to my life as it was last week – but not exactly. The No Kill Conference 2010 was revitalizing for me and inspirational for all, but I expected nothing less. The aftermath buzz is that this year was even more wonderful than last year.   But the conference was about the future. Nathan Winograd, founder of...
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Drawing a Line in the Sand
No Kill Conference 2010, day two
Today was the second and final day of the No Kill Conference 2010 in Washington D. C. This was not just a conference promoting ideals and strengthening passions – although it did an excellent job of this. It was about providing practical ideas and tools to create no kill shelters and communities. The ideals and passions give people the strength to make the commitment, but the ideas and tools give...
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We Are the Future
No Kill Conference 2010, day one
Tired from a late night plane arrival and early morning wakeup call, I stumbled to the keynote address by No Kill Advocacy Center founder Nathan Winograd, kicking off the first day of the No Kill Conference 2010. Excitement was in the air—from the reunion of like-minded colleagues to awestruck newborns meeting the “rock stars” of the animal welfare world for the first time.   In spite of running...
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Pondering Two Words
On the eve of the No Kill Conference 2010
I’m on my way to Washington DC, from Reno, Nevada, to attend the No Kill Conference 2010 and represent Nevada Humane Society, one of the largest no kill shelters in the country. I have been pondering two words – No Kill – and how much they have changed my life in the last seven years since I left corporate America. I was like many middle-aged people who realized they want to do something...
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Animal Hoarding
An inside view, tonight
Tonight, Animal Planet promises to take “an unflinching, honest look at animal hoarding, the people and pets affected, and the challenges of confronting this psychological condition” in a six-part series titled “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” (9 p.m. est/pst). Each episode follows individuals struggling with the compulsive need to possess and control an unmanageable number of animals of a variety...
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Shelter Pet Project
Giving dogs- and cats-in-need a voice
We were thrilled to discover My Dog Tulip animator Paul Fierlinger (who is interviewed in the summer 2010 issue of Bark) has added his talents to an ambitious print/radio/TV/Internet/billboard campaign on behalf of shelter pets. The Shelter Pet Project is a joint initiative of The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and The Ad Council. Their goal: Give shelter animals a voice. The...
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Cave Canem, Redux
Finding homes for Pompeii’s strays
I had the good fortune to visit Italy in December 2008, and on a sunny, cool day toured the nearly deserted streets of Pompeii with a guide named “Big Nicky,” who is, in fact, rather on the small side. Among the ruins of the ancient Roman city, I was delighted to spy several healthy looking strays—apparently a few of the dozens on the premises. I learned from Big Nicky that the dogs are cared for...