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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...
Blog: Guest Posts
Sept. 13 Is Worldwide Vick Protest Day
Protesters plan peaceful march to give voice to victims of dogfighting.
This Sunday, Sept. 13, dog lovers are expected to gather outside stadiums throughout the country to protest Michael Vick's reinstatement in the NFL. Chicago area participants will meet at Soldier's Field Gate 14 at 12 p.m. Nicole Milligan of Long Road Home Pit Bull Rescue has organized a protest outside Panther's Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Meet at 11 a.m. at the corner of Stonewall and...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
Rudy, Lacey, Sammi, and Sugar
Living with blind and/or deaf dogs.
  Rudy Rudy came to me blind, partially deaf, heartworm-positive and with bird shot on his right side. Today he’s completely healthy, though he still can’t see or hear much. He is a lover boy and brings joy to all who meet him. —Jenny Edwards   Lacey Lacey was born blind but most of the time, you’d never know she can’t see. She lives life to the fullest and is eager to try new things and...
Blog: Karen B. London
No Animals Were Harmed
Or were they?
Recently, several movies have shown unauthorized disclaimers at the end of the credits stating that no animals were harmed in the making of the film. Only the American Humane Association has the authority to grant this disclaimer to a film, and that’s after careful monitoring and inspection of the set and the animal actors involved in the film’s production. Some films have posted this disclaimer...
Blog: Guest Posts
Call for Help in St. Louis
More volunteers needed for dogs rescued in huge raid.
The Humane Society of Missouri has been relying heavily on volunteers from animal welfare organizations over the past two months as it cares for nearly 500 animals rescued in an enormous federal dog-fighting raid on July 8. But more help is needed.   Hearings regarding the disposition of the dogs have not yet been schedule and the Humane Society expects to be caring for animals at least through...
Blog: Guest Posts
Good News Out of Pennsylvania
Governor Rendell signs new animal welfare law.
A Golden Retriever named Maggie celebrated with her co-pilot, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, when he signed House Bill 39 last Thursday. The new law sets expanded guidelines for the care of dogs, specifying certain procedures must be performed by a veterinarian. This is especially good news for puppy mill dogs, who will now be spared the pain of things like ear-cropping and Caesarean births...
Blog: Guest Posts
Puppy Mill Bills Around the Country
California and North Carolina need a push.
Spurred by an unprecedented puppy mill bust north of Seattle in January (read Jan Rodak’s first-hand account in The Bark, May/June 2009), Washington state legislators passed Senate Bill 5651, which limits the number of intact dogs a breeder can maintain to 25 and establishes requirements for their care. While it’s not a complete victory, it is progress. Right now, California’s Assembly looks...

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