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Dog Law: What are a Vet's Obligations?
Veterinary practice … and malpractice
Question: I consider my dog to be my child. Does my vet have the same obligations toward her as a pediatrician does to a child? Answer: When you take your child to a pediatrician, three roles develop: doctor, patient and patient’s parent. Since the patient is a minor, the doctor must rely on you as parent to consent to decisions about the child’s health, and you must rely on him or her as to the...
Dog's Life: Humane
Dog Law: Animal Control Hearings
The inside scoop
Question: What are animal control hearings?Answer: Every county, city and town has its own local laws, called “municipal codes.” The code sections that apply specifically to animal care and ownership come under the heading “animal control.” When local officials believe a resident has violated a code section, the resident is issued a citation (aka “a ticket”), and a hearing is held to determine if...
Blog: Guest Posts
New Way to Pay for Spay
[Web exclusive] Can Washington State alter 70,000 more cats and dogs
It’s Spay Day, and all around the country, animal welfare organizations are offering discounted spay/neuter surgeries and spreading the word about the importance of altering pets to reduce unwanted litters, overpopulation, abandoned and neglected pets, crowded shelters and high euthanasia rates. In Washington State, legislators are considering an unusual bill to increase funding for low-cost spay...
Dog's Life: Humane
Esprit de Corps
Soldiers’ buddies find a safe haven
You’re a soldier headed for 15 months in a war zone. You don’t know anyone who will foster your best friend while you’re gone, and you can’t afford a boarding kennel. You turn to the destination of last resort. “Grown men are walking up to shelters in tears,” says Laurie Lyon. “I just can’t imagine being put in that position.” Lyon is doing her part to spare soldiers this fate. At Paw Prints Dog...
Dog's Life: Humane
Pet Soup Kitchens
Serving food for dogs and comfort for owners.
As the economy struggles, animal shelters across the nation are facing a staggering increase in surrendered pets due to the economic downturn, and many shelters, and even food banks, have started offering pet food. According to the HSUS, 68 organizations nationwide currently offer pet food assistance to those in need, many supported by grants from the Humane Society’s Foreclosure Pets Fund...
Dog's Life: Humane
Slobbering Good Deeds
An easy way to donate toys to shelters
In their new book Dirty Bow Wow, Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz celebrate roughed up, stinky toys only a dog could love. In every photo and story is the message: toys help delight, engage and comfort dogs. So imagine the difference plushy bones or squeaking squirrels can make in the lives of shelter dogs. DogToys.com provides an easy way to spread the joy. Simply add one or more tugging, teething,...
Blog: Guest Posts
Hotel for Dogs Contest Winner
Paramount Pictures and Bark roll out the red carpet for the Dearborn Animal Shelter
Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a nonprofit shelter in Dearborn, Mich., has won our Hotel for Dogs contest. In partnership with Bark, Paramount Pictures will host a free private screening at a local movie theater for the shelter and its choice of employees, volunteers and supporters. “I am absolutely thrilled and very proud to have won,” says Elaine Greene, executive director of Friends...
Blog: Guest Posts
Twitter Up for Dog Rescue
Join the Animal Rescue Tweet Blast on February 28
In the January issue of Bark, we wrote about how Dogs Trust in the United Kingdom found a home for a shelter dog using only a brief message on Twitter, the social networking service. It was a first for Dogs Trust, and maybe a first-ever. Well, good news travels fast, especially via the Internet, and the folks at Animal Rescue Online plan to turn up the volume on shelter adoptions with a Tweet...
Blog: Guest Posts
Trial and Error
Should companion animals have rights?
Where on the spectrum of legal rights and protections do our companion animals fall? What about wild animals? Livestock? Associated Press writer Joseph B. Frazier provides a succinct digest of some of the current developments in animal law, including a recent Pennsylvania decision to restrict euthanasia to veterinarians after a kennel operator shot 70 dogs last year. While some, such as the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Couple Sues Shelter Over Plans to Euthanize Dog
Can and should Smiley be saved?
A nonprofit shelter on Whidbey Island, Washington, has been sued by two former shelter donors over plans to euthanize a dog named Smiley. According to a story in The Everett Herald, the shelter has argued that Smiley, who was surrendered two years ago (!), is too aggressive to place out in the public. The donors, who failed to meet the standards for adopting the dog themselves, say Smiley’s time...

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