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The Joy of Dog Fostering
Finding fulfillment, saving lives
Attraction is often a mystery to the unaffected. Take Amy Weeden and her daughter Shelby. Earlier this year, they met and fell in love with an 11-year-old, one-eyed, blind and nearly deaf Chihuahua with a back end shriveled up from lack of use. Her name was Estella. She could barely stand, let alone go outside to potty. She had chronic renal failure. She ate little and only when fed by hand. She...
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Update: Puppy Mill Bust
One couple pleads guilty, others face charges
The Seattle Times reported that the couple arrested for running a puppy mill in January, where 160 dogs were found in deplorable conditions in Gold Bar, Wash., pled guilty on Nov. 20 to six counts each of first-degree animal cruelty. (Bark covered this bust with a story by Jan Rodak in the May/Jun 2009 issue.) The prosecution is seeking a 12-month sentence for each defendant.   A second couple...
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Dog Duct Taped and Abandoned
Sadly, this isn’t an isolated abuse case.
When my cat went missing for 12 hours a couple weeks ago, I thought I had imagined every possible worse-case scenario. But what happened to Daisy the Beagle never would’ve occurred to me. She had been missing from her upstate New York home for two weeks when a hunter located her on his property, shoved inside a plastic bag and duct taped so only her nostrils were exposed. She was in really bad...
Blog: Karen B. London
Holiday Travel With Pets
Tips from American Humane
Every year, millions of people travel with their dogs over the holidays. And every year, many of those people vow not to do it again next year. Long car rides and airplane rides can be extremely stressful for our dogs and for us as well. Considering safety issues such as crates for car travel and whether a pet is healthy enough (physically and emotionally) to travel by air is important. If the...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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