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Help Pets of the Homeless
Why and how to help.
I often think that having a dog would be a great comfort to me if I was forced to live on the street. So when I see a pup curled up next to someone who appears to be homeless, I have mixed feelings. I think it must be a benefit for the person but I worry about them both. I worry that the dog, just like the person, may not be getting enough food, water or medical attention. And I know that having...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Who’s Responsible?
Mass. landlords may be liable for their tenants’ dogs.
It’s not easy finding a pet-friendly apartment. There are many areas I’ve been unable to consider because none of the affordable rentals would allow my pups. From paying higher rent to sneaking dogs out for potty breaks, pet lovers often go to great lengths to live with their furry family members. Now it could be even harder to find dog friendly housing, particularly for those breeds that are all...
Blog: Guest Posts
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs in Michigan
At the groundbreaking symposium on animal welfare.
Today, the eyes of many in the world of animal care are focused on Michigan State University (home of non-animal mascot, Sparty the Spartan), where veterinarians and animal welfare experts are meeting for the first-of-its-kind Joint International Educational Symposium on Animal Welfare. “We think that this symposium could have tremendous impact,” says Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Feel-Good Giving
Vet students at U of Tennessee fundraise for the Josh Project
Do you remember your first visit to the hospital? For a child facing surgery or treatment for a life-threatening illness, it can be a scary experience. By participating in the Josh Project, our Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association hopes to transform this ordeal through the power of the human-animal bond.   We raise money for Josh and Friends, a program founded by a...
Blog: Guest Posts
Big Sky Humanitarians
Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary honored by ASPCA.
I’m incredibly excited to share that Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Ovando, Mont., has received the ASPCA’s 2009 Henry Bergh Award. It’s one of seven humanitarian awards given annually by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and represents a huge shout-out for a couple who devote every day of their lives and all their energy to providing sanctuary to around 70...
Blog: Guest Posts
Knoxville Shelter Expands
Despite tough times, some good news in the South.
These days, it’s rare to hear good news from an animal shelter. The recession has put a squeeze on donor dollars at the same time more and more families are forced to surrender animals due to foreclosure or other economic challenges. The Young-Williams Animal Center, the shelter for Knoxville and Knox County, Tenn., is a shining exception. Next March, the center will open a satellite facility...
Blog: Guest Posts
Let the Fur Fly
Pilots volunteer time and energy to transport homeless pups to a better future.
When Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska adopted Kit and Holly from a rescue in Kentucky last Christmas, she learned the shelter had a program for sending dogs to new homes in the North but not out West where she lives. A little more digging to find a ride for the puppies revealed a formal and informal network of individuals and organizations working together—supported by countless Internet posters...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Supporting Pets Through the DMV
Maine joins 25 states in offering pet related license plates.
Maine drivers can now support pets with their license plates. Last week the state started selling the new Support Animal Welfare specialty plate to benefit the Animal Welfare Auxiliary Fund and the Animal Sterilization Fund.  The project has been a year in the making since Maine’s Animal Welfare Program, Planet Dog, Happy Tails, the Animal Refuge League, and the Animal Welfare Society teamed up...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Dog Law: Dogs and Disasters
Going astray and finding solutions
Q: As a flood victim, my grief over not being able to find my dog is slowly being eclipsed by my frustration in dealing with a local animal shelter that seems clueless as to what, if anything, they are required to do by law to help me. Have any of our states or counties enacted post-Katrina legislation that might actually aid reunions of pets and owners following a natural disaster? A: About two...
Dog's Life: Humane
Saving the Dogs of Bali
Working on behalf of street dogs
On a steamy June morning, employees of the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) are engaged in one of the most rewarding parts of the job: delivering puppies to an enthusiastic group of new owners—all sixth-graders—in the town of Ubud. The students have completed a course in animal welfare, making them eligible to participate in the second annual “Bali Dog Idol” contest to see who takes the...

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