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Another Stop on the Underdog Railway
Q & A with Dawn Painter, who lets her fingers do the saving.
“The email that started us on this journey arrived in my in-box on December 23, with the subject line: Black Wednesday of Death in Harrodsburg, KY—Please, Help! … How could I ignore that plea?” writes Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska in her story about Kit and Holly—puppies she adopted from a Kentucky rescue last December. For those of us who volunteer or work for or support shelters and rescues,...
News: Karen B. London
Paula Abdul Helping People and Animals
Auction will benefit Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program
Many women in situations of domestic violence delay leaving because they don’t want to leave their pets behind and they can’t take them with them because so few women’s shelters have the ability to house pets. There is a growing recognition that women stay in violent situations rather than leave their pets with their abusers and that bringing pets with them provides comfort and security. As a...
Culture: DogPatch
Every Adoption is a Miracle
Why comedian Carol Leifer loves shelter dogs
Maybe you know Carol Leifer from her guest appearances on Oprah, Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. Or perhaps you recognize her as the comedic writer and producer of television classics such as The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live and, most famously, Seinfeld. How about Carol Leifer, dog lover and animal activist? In her new memoir, When You Lie About Your Age, the...
News: Guest Posts
Only 72 Hours to Live
Will California reduce shelter stays from 6 days to 3 to save money?
What is California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s problem with companion animals? Less than a year after his ill-begotten plan to close the state’s budget gap, in part, with a whopping 10 percent tax on veterinary services, he’s proposed reducing shelters’ minimum holding time for stray animals, from six days to three, before they can be euthanized. Three days? 72 hours? What sort of chance...
Dog's Life: Humane
Downtown Dogs
People who matter: Lori Weise
She has been threatened with guns and knives. Dogs she’s saved have killed one another. Prisons and shelters steal her clients. But Lori Weise “can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.” The 42-year-old cofounder of Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR), a nonprofit affiliate of Friends for Animals in North Hollywood, is a believer that good things happen in bad neighborhoods, every day. With her “get things...
Dog's Life: Humane
No Kill Nation
A goal within our reach
Before the recent presidental election, there was talk in the media about the “Bradley effect”—the difference between what voters say to pollsters and the way they mark their ballot in the privacy of the voting booth. As it turned out, in this election, the polls were accurate; people voted for the candidate they publicly supported. The humane movement has been living with its own Bradley effect...
Dog's Life: Humane
The Toby Project
A committed vet tackles NYC’s pet overpopulation
We’ve all heard that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step; well, the saving of thousands of New York’s dog lives may begin with a single vet. In 2007, according to statistics provided by New York City’s Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC), approximately 40 percent of the 44,000 dogs and cats housed in city shelters were euthanized simply because there were not enough...
News: Guest Posts
Have Van, Will Travel
Q & A with the women behind C.A.R.E.
It’s a simple truth that a homeless dog in the South or the Midwest may have a better chance of finding a good adoptive home in the Northeast or cities in the West. For these dogs in overcrowded, under-funded shelters, transportation can mean the difference between life and death. When Bark editor Claudia Kawczynska adopted Kit and Holly from a rescue in Kentucky over Christmas, she learned the...
News: Guest Posts
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...

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