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Are No-Kill Shelters the Solution?
Or are they “animal warehouses” as some critics claim?
A shelter in rural Shelby County, Kentucky, recently celebrated one year as a no-kill facility. This is no easy feat in any state, where thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized weekly for lack of homes. Making Shelby County Humane Society and Animal Shelter completely no kill was ten years in the making, according to Woodstock Animal Foundation founder Denise Jones. It required the support and...
Dog's Life: Humane
Humane Education—Teaching Kindness
How children learn to become animal advocates
During a recent afternoon in San Francisco, a veterinarian shepherded a group of seven- and eight-year-olds through the SPCA facility. She paused at kennels filled with anybody’s-best-guesses and talked about how cities and citizens can work together to manage animal populations. “Does anybody know what ‘spay’ or ‘neuter’ means?” she asked.  A little girl raised her hand. “I know,” she said...
Blog: Guest Posts
What Constitutes Cruelty?
Drawing the line between cruelty, neglect and ignorance...not so easy.
In April, I posted a blog about a new device designed to keep K9 cops from leaving their precious live cargo in hot cars. At the time, I was thinking this extra protection made sense since a police officer could easily be distracted on the job by life-and-death matters. But what's the excuse for an officer who leaves a dog in an SUV for more than 3 hours to attend a training session? The dog died...
Blog: Karen B. London
Rescue At A Shelter
Suspected cruelty case in Wisconsin.
Hundreds of animals, mostly dogs and horses, have been seized from the Thyme and Sage Ranch in Cazenovia Wisconsin in a suspected cruelty case. The facility is supposed to re-home and rehabilitate animals, but authorities are investigating charges of cruelty and neglect. How could this happen at a place that is supposed to help and protect animals and then place them in loving homes?
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Homeless Pups Find Help Behind Bars
Paws on Parole inmates and shelter dogs help each other out.
Prison inmates and shelter dogs both live behind bars in what is often a harsh and solitary environment. Now programs around the country are bringing the two together to foster responsibility and adoptability.  Alachua County Animal Services’ Hilary Hynes was approached by the Florida Department of Corrections to start a prison dog program after hearing about the benefits of similar efforts in...
Dog's Life: Humane
Breaking the Chain
Anti-tethering legislation—what it is and how to create it
Who hasn’t spotted a dog chained to his dog house and wondered with a pang if he’s ever moved more than 10 or 15 feet from that spot? Well, if he’s like thousands of dogs in this country who live chained, day in and day out, regardless of weather or season, he probably hasn’t. What about the dog in your neighbor’s back yard, tethered to a tree or a clothesline or a shed, barking until someone...
Dog's Life: Humane
Compassion in Action
The roots and shoots of the American humane movement
On April 10, 1866, almost exactly a year after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox ended the Civil War and, with it, the institution of human slavery in the United States, the New York state legislature granted a charter to a new organization dedicated to fighting another form of bondage. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the first animal protection group in...
Dog's Life: Lifestyle
Pet Trusts
Providing for your pup after you’re gone
When “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley left $12 million in trust for the care of her beloved Maltese, Trouble—a move that took third place on Fortune magazine’s list of the “101 Dumbest Moments in Business” for 2007—she was ridiculed for excessive generosity toward a mere animal, just as during her life she was ridiculed for her stinginess toward people. Yet the high-profile case of Trouble has...
Dog's Life: Humane
White Whiskers Welcome
Old Dog Haven accommodates senior dogs
It’s not easy to catch up with Judith Piper, founder and executive director of Old Dog Haven (ODH). She reschedules our first interview when one of her charges starts having grand mal seizures and another needs immediate treatment for glaucoma. The following week, she cancels when a tumor sidelines a pup named Pearl. So, even before meeting the 15 mature dogs on Piper’s five acres north of...
Blog: Karen B. London
Education Becomes More Humane
University of Cincinnati to stop using purpose-bred animals
The University of Cincinnati is a role model for other schools in choosing not to use purpose-bred animals for educational purposes. Dogs and cats, as well as other species of animals, have long been bred in horrendous conditions for profit. These animals have been used for surgeries and dissections to train each generation of veterinarians (as well as biologists and physicians), who go into the...

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