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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Chloe’s Bill Divides Dog Lovers
The AKC isn’t happy with Illinois animal advocates
In Illinois, a bill designed to reform the puppy mill industry is causing controversy. According to animal advocates such as the Southern Illinois Pet Society, Chloe’s Bill will improve standards of care for dogs in commercial kennels, limit breeders to 20 intact adult dogs, ban convicted animal abusers from aquiring a breeding license, and require Illinois pet stores and breeders to tell...
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Reality Check
Walk a mile in a shelter worker’s shoes
We received an email from a Bark reader yesterday that stopped us in our tracks. Sometimes when we talk about the trials for animals in shelters, we lose sight of the committed professionals and volunteers who do all they can for animals in terrible circumstances. Sandra Morrison of DeKalb Junction, N.Y., draws attention to their contributions and the reality of euthanasia. "My sister worked at...
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Montcalm County to Review Shelter Practices
Real progress or just putting off the inevitable?
In front of a packed house on Monday, the Montcalm County [Michigan] Board of Commissioners voted to temporarily extend a controversial animal shelter contract for six months and to appoint a “blue ribbon" committee (apparently free from animal rights activists) to review shelter practices. As we blogged earlier in January, the County is deciding whether to renew the Montcalm County Animal...
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Puppy Mill Crisis in the Northwest
Giant bust knocks out multi-million dollar enterprise
UPDATE: The number of pregnant dogs may have been erroneously reported. According to a story in The Herald, as few as 20 are expecting. "On Monday, officials said fewer than 20 of the 600 dogs likely are expecting puppies." Let's hope they've got the right count. The news about the bust of one of the largest puppy mill networks in Snohomish County (north of Seattle) keeps getting worse. Of the...

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