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Strategies for Dog Rescuers
Finding a balance
Whether the dogs are purebred or not, in rescue work, learning to say “no” is a must; otherwise a group will quickly run out of money, foster homes and volunteers. Nonetheless, it’s never easy to recognize and abide by the fact that no one person or group can save every dog. Teamwork is key to any rescue’s long-term effectiveness and survival. Sadly, the stress and strong emotions that come with...
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Q&A with Maren Bussey
Young author follows shelter dogs in a new book
With more than 100 books to her credit, four adopted dogs in her home and a canine-behaviorist mother, it was probably only a matter of time before Maren Bussey wrote a book about shelter dogs. Tackling the project like a journalist, the cub reporter followed dozens of dogs surrendered to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) in her hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., and then profiled 15 in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
In Memory of Oreo
Cruelty sparks a movement for justice
Last week, the unimaginable happened to a member of the dog agility community. Michelle witnessed her beloved dog get run over by an angry neighbor who showed no remorse. Now, animal lovers are rallying to support Michelle and find justice for Oreo, which is likely to be a long road. Laws have long been inadequate when it comes to penalizing animal abuse. In many states, animal cruelty is a mere...
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Stamps to the Rescue!
New postage stamp aims to help shelter animals
According to today’s announcement by U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter, pretty soon we’ll be able to not only seal our letters with a kiss, but stamp them with a dog or cat. OK, he didn’t say anything about kisses but the other part is true. The United States Postal Service (USPS) has created a series of stamps featuring the adorable mugs of five cats and five dogs, all of whom were rescued...
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Fighting Dog Meat in China
Progress in the battle
Last January, I blogged about a rare government raid on a dog trader (for consumption) in Sichuan Province, which resulted in the rescue of 149 dogs from appalling conditions. Although that particular trader had violated the law dog meat is not only legal in China, it’s quite popular. But things may be changing. A year later it sounds like efforts to ban the practice of eating dogs and cats in...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
An Unrealistic Ideal?
Two “no-kill” shelters are shut down due to crowding and neglect.
In an ideal world, no-kill shelters are safe havens where homeless animals stay as long as it takes to find their forever homes. In reality, these places are often strained for resources, forcing many to turn away animals that may be hard to place. Last year, Julia Kamysz Lane wrote about the difficult dilemma of no-kill shelters. Recently, organizations that resist euthanasia have been in the...
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Tough Love
Simon Cowell has a heart…for animals
Sometimes it seems like Simon Cowell, the famed curmudgeon judge of American Idol, doesn’t have a kind word for anyone. Well, that’s not entirely the case. When it comes to animals—an old dog, in particular—he’s practically mushy. And he’s gone public (in a video released last night) about his lifelong love for animals to help the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) promote an...
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Animal Abuser Registry
The state of California is considering it
What if there was a public registry of animal abusers just like sex offenders? State Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter) of California wants to create the nation's first statewide registry in hopes of preventing future crimes against animals. Written with the input of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)--which has campaigned for animal abuser registries in all 50 states--the bill would require a...
Dog's Life: Humane
Wonder Dogs
New jobs tap into their many talents
They’re more than our best friends, they’re our partners. For millennia, dogs have lived and worked at our side, helping us in ways too numerous to count. Even now, the words we use to classify dogs remind us of the tasks we once assigned them: herding, tracking, retrieving, working, companion. Sled dogs provided transportation, St. Bernards and Newfoundlands rescued, Hounds and Terriers hunted,...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Breeder v. Shelter
Do you have to choose?
Earlier this week at Westminster, two PETA supporters crashed the Best in Show judging with “Mutts Rule” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances” signs, highlighting the breeder-shelter debate.  Yesterday, Sassafras Lowrey blogged about seeing both sides of Westminster, the glamour and the ethics.  The breeder-shelter debate is a topic that I’ve been conflicted over for a long time.  My Sheltie...

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