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Expanding Rescue’s Reach through Soccer
Writing for The Bark, I’m always hearing ideas for making the lives of dogs richer, safer and healthier. From ways to increase spay/neuter and more engaging toys to surprising activities and rescue initiatives. Not every idea takes off but it’s the energy and creativity I find so inspiring. I wish there was an equivalent in the dog world to venture capital competitions for tech startups—a...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
The View from Behind the Chain Link
Helping out in the shelter
There are more than 100 dogs at our county shelter. They are there for a variety of reasons. Lost, unwanted, their owners lost their home, had a baby, moved or don’t have time to care for them anymore. Some are bite-quarantine or court cases. They represent a tremendous variety of breeds, sizes, ages and temperaments. Some are beautiful and healthy with wagging tails and happy faces. Others are...
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Dachshund Lovers Unite When Tragedy Strikes
Helping a tornado survivor who lost husband and two Doxies
Sheryle Pickett lost everything when a tornado swept through Holton, Ind., on March 2. Her husband of 39 years, Ron Pickett, had come home sick from work and was there alone with the couple’s two Dachshunds, Jules and Katie, when the storm struck their home. All three were killed. The house was destroyed. “They were both little love bugs, little snugglers,” says Pickett of Jules and Katie. “...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
How We Choose Our Pups
Study looks at how adopters decide a dog is “the one”
The first thing I noticed about my oldest dog, Nemo, was the cluster of cute freckles on his nose. But I knew he was “the one” as soon as I held him in my arms and he licked my face. The ASPCA wants to understand more about how we pick our pets so they can better help homeless animals find new homes. They conducted a study of 1,500 prospective adopters at five animal shelters across the nation...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
A Walk on the Wild Side
Discovering the mysteries of nature with dogs
With a busy and stressful job as an animal control officer, it’s critical to find ways to relax on my days off. Walking my own dogs is a great way to work off the stress and tension of my week. One of my favorite places is a local beach where dogs are allowed off leash. I usually go with friends and we bring a variety of dogs, large and small, our own and sometimes a foster or two. The dogs take...
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Grant Opportunity for Shelters and Rescues
Pedigree Foundation seeks to fund creative efforts to increase dog adoptions
Yesterday, the Pedigree Foundation announced the opening of the application process for its 2012 Innovation Grants. Ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each, grants are awarded to qualifying organizations based on demonstrated use of creative programs aimed at increasing dog adoptions. Last year, the Foundation awarded $150,000 in the form of seven Innovation Grants (out of nearly 200 applications...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
A Sacred Trust
Animal control officers are often among the first on the scene when a death at home leaves a pet behind
The old man’s eyes were closed, his head rested on a pillow and covers were tucked up to his chest. Even the wispy white hair on his head looked unruffled. His arms were wrapped around his little blond Chihuahua, who gazed at me quietly. For a Chihuahua to fail to bark when a stranger enters the room is a miracle in itself. It couldn’t have been a more peaceful scene although the man was dead....
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Blind Dog Video Gone Viral
Rescue is more powerful thanks to social media
Rescue has changed a lot since I pulled my first shelter dog a decade ago. There was no Facebook or YouTube to spread the word. I plastered posters at the local coffee shops, preached to fellow obedience club members (tough crowd, that one), and emailed photos to as many friends, family and Yahoo groups as possible. I remember the birth of Petfinder; the idea that you could search for a shelter...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Facebook Says No to Puppy Mills
ASPCA teams up with the social network to clean up their online classifieds
In some ways ridding the world of puppy mills seems easy. If people simply stopped buying animals from pet stores, the problem would be solved. But in reality, it sometimes feels like a battle that will never be won. Anytime a friend is looking for their first dog, I try to educate them about puppy mills and point them in the direction of reputable breeders or shelters. But many times, I've been...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Finding Adopters on Facebook
Is there a balance between exposure and spam?
I remember when Petfinder revolutionized the way adoptable animals found potential homes. A dog who might only be seen by a few visitors passing through the local shelter could now be seen online by hundreds of people. Facebook has taken this exposure to a new level. Now homeless animals can be seen by people who aren't even looking for a new pet. Photos and descriptions are easily shared with...

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