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USA: Help Make Pet Care More Affordable--Support the HAPPY Act!



H.R. 3501—Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (“HAPPY”) Act
Sponsor: Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI)
ASPCA Position: Support
Action Needed: Write to your U.S. representative today to urge him or her to support and cosponsor the HAPPY Act, H.R. 3501.

U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter has introduced the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (“HAPPY”) Act, legislation to allow individuals to claim tax deductions for qualified pet care expenses. The bill would allow any taxpayer who legally owns one or more domesticated animals to take an annual income tax deduction of up to $3,500 for pet care expenses, including veterinary care costs.

Pet care can be expensive—and in these trying economic times, families all over the country have been forced to give up their pets because of financial hardship. The HAPPY Act is important because it will help Americans provide their pets with the medical attention and quality of life they deserve, while also ensuring that more pets get to remain in their loving homes and don’t wind up on the streets or in the already overburdened shelter system.

What You Can Do
Use the letter below to email your U.S. representative now and urge him or her to support and cosponsor the HAPPY Act, H.R. 3501! Please keep in mind that personal comments strengthen the impact of your letter.

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The Fetch
Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
News & Events
September, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 2
In This Issue
2010 Rescued Lab Calendar & Yellow Lab Raffle Tickets
Lots of Fun at the Lab Rescue Summer Picnic
Spotlight on Old Timer
Happy Endings....Lucky Sugar
Easy Ways to Help Our Labs, Regardless of Your Schedule
Volunteer Opportunities
News & Events
Lab Rescue is Now a Member of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 
 CFC Code:  19714
Lab Rescue of the LRCP has been admitted to the Combined Federal Campaign as a member of the Animal Welfare Fund for the National Capital, Potomac and Chesapeake Bay areas.  CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign.  Last year, the CFC of the National Capital Area raised $62,733,354 for non-profit organizations.
Pledges are made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during each campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) to support eligible non-profit organizations.
This is a tremendous opportunity to raise money for the Labs!!!  The more money raised, the more Labs saved and the fewer left to die in shelters.
If you work for the federal government, we're calling on you to help us during your agency's CFC Campaign Kick-off event.  Many agencies hold charity fairs and rallies to kick-off their CFC campaign, encouraging employees to donate.  You can make arrangements with your agency's CFC coordinator to attend these events on behalf of Lab Rescue to engage potential donors in person, educating them about the plight of so many Labrador Retrievers, the lifesaving work we do and our critical need for funds.  Your agency might even allow you to bring an LR dog to the promotional CFC event.
If you don't work for the federal government, but have friends, families or neighbors that do, SPREAD THE WORD.  Our CFC code, which donors will use to choose Lab Rescue of the LRCP as their designated charity is 19714.
If you are interested in promoting Lab Rescue for your agency's CFC campaign, please email Carol at  She will provide you with all the promotional brochures you'll need.  The more volunteers we have attending these events, the more donations we'll receive and the more Labs we'll save.  Please help! 
Here's an EASY way to raise money for Lab Rescue of the LRCP 
Did you know that every time you shop online or search the Internet that you could be raising money for Lab Rescue?  The program is called iSearch/iGive.  More than 700 popular stores participate in this program and every time you shop at one of the stores, a percentage of your purchase is donated to your favorite cause.  Here are just a few of the 700+ stores that participate: 
Petco, PetSmart, Safeway, Starbucks, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy, Kmart, JC Penney, Sears, Macy's, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom,, LOTS more!! 
To create an iGive account and set Lab Rescue as your selected cause, simply click on the following link:
You can also download the browser toolbar and every time you search, a penny is donated to Lab Rescue and we all know pennies add up to dollars.  To download the iGive toolbar with Lab Rescue set as your selected cause, simply click on the following iSearchiGive icon:
Searching or Shopping means a donation. It's that free and easy. A penny or more per search, a $5 bonus for your first purchase and up to 26% of your purchases at over 730 stores like Amazon, eBay, Travelocity, Home Depot, Staples, and many, many more. Plus you SAVE money with exclusive coupons/free shipping deals.
Adoption Days & Events
Saturday, October 3, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11021 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA  22030
Sunday, November 15, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Falls Church PetSmart
6100 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA  22044
Sunday, December 6, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Kentlands PetSmart
218 Kentlands Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD  20878
Saturday, December 19, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11021 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA  22030
Holiday Gift Wrapping for Donations
Friday, December 11, 2009 
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Tysons Corner, VA
Lab Rescue volunteers will be gift wrapping for donations.  If you're interested in volunteering for this event (2-4 hour shifts), please email Carol at
Join the Lab Rescue Group on Facebook to connect with almost 700 other Lab lovers and receive occasional news and updates.
15% off Original Lab Artwork
Proceeds Benefit Lab Rescue
Frosty Painting
Sheila Wedegis is offering 15% off her original Lab Artwork on this week.  Take advantage of this special discount and a percentage of the sale will be donated to Lab Rescue.
Sheila's project, Saving A Lab A Day, is helping to raise funds for 7 Lab Rescue Organizations, including ours.
Visit Sheila's blog,
to learn more.  
Join the Lab Rescue Group on Facebook to connect with more than 700 other Lab lovers and receive occasional news and updates.
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Dear Jill,
People often ask us 'How is it that so many Labs end up homeless and abandoned?'  The explanation is really quite simple. Labs are the most popular breed in America. A recent check on documents the problem, with 14% (28,742) of the 203,588 dogs in search of a new home described as Labs.
Fortunately, Labs and their wonderful traits win many hearts.  With the support of so many, Lab Rescue has expanded over the past ten years to further respond to the overwhelming need.  We have 40-60 dogs waiting for adoption at any given time and place more than 650 Labs in loving new homes each year. These loving and loyal companion dogs would otherwise die in shelters.
We need your time and your generous donation to continue our work and do even more for these dogs who deserve to live out their lives chasing a ball and wagging their tails while providing love and joy to their human families.
Each dog we rescue is provided with rabies and distemper shots, evaluated for heartworm and spayed/neutered if not already.  Our veterinary costs continue to rise and constitute 97% of our expenses.

Please consider making a generous donation today so that we can continue rescuing these wonderful dogs and provide them with the critical veterinary care that they so desperately need.

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2010 Rescued Lab Calendar &
Yellow Lab Raffle Tickets 
The Lab Rescue Rescued Labs 2010 Calendar will be available for purchase in a few days.  Each month of the year features a picture and heartwarming story of a rescued LR Lab.  Calendars are $15 and all proceeds benefit Lab Rescue of the LRCP.  These calendars are very professionally done and make great gifts
The calendars will be available for purchase in our E-store, at Adopt-A-Lab Day events and at various pet stores and veterinarian offices in the Washington metropolitan area.  If you'd like to be notified when the calendar is available in our E-store, please email Carol at  All the Labs currently in our care hope you'll purchase one (or more) so that we can raise much needed funds to get all their buddies out of high-kill shelters and provide them with the critical veterinary care so many of them require.....they send you a grateful 'Woof'.
Lab Rescue 2010 Calendar 
2009 Yellow Lab Raffle Tickets
Our annual Yellow Lab Raffle tickets will be on sale in early October.  We have some GREAT prizes this year, including:
-  One week stay in a lovely 2-bedroom, 2-bath vacation rental at the Sea Pines Plantation in Hilton Head, SC.
-  Two tickets on AirTran Airlines within the continental U.S ($1000 value).
-  One-week stay in a beautiful 4- bedroom, 3-bath cabin in Berkeley Springs, WV.  Located in the heart of the Cacapon mountains.
-  Two tickets on Southwest Airlines within the continental U.S ($800 value).
-  Five-night/four-day stay at the South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC
-  A 12" by 12" custom pet portrait bySheila Wedegis ($432 value) 
Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50 and will be available for purchase in our E-store.  The drawing will be held on December 5th.  You need not be present to win.  Winners will be notified by December 15, 2009.  These tickets make great gifts - perfect for the Lab lover that has everything.  All proceeds help care for our rescued Labs.

Raffle Ticket
Lots of Fun at the Lab Rescue Summer Picnic 

Lab Rescue Picnic 

The 1st Annual Lab Rescue Summer Picnic Fundraiser on August 29th was lots of fun.  The event, held at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, MD, featured lots of food, lots of great people and more Labs than you could possibly imagine.  It was quite a sight to see so many Labs swimming and frolicking at the dog beach.  We'd like to extend a big 'Thank You' to everyone who attended and to the volunteers who donated food, non-perishables and their time.  The event raised almost $4,000 for our rescued Labs.

Due to the overwhelming response and the success of this event, we plan to hold the picnic annually.  If you attended the picnic and have any suggestions for improvements for next years event, please email Carol at

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Dear jill,

Thanks to you, Dogasaur is growing at an incredible rate.
We have a vibrant and thriving community thanks to all our members.

Here are a few of our newest members:

Also check out Sabylla's profile. She is a whippet here on Dogasaur. Her mom makes custom collars, leashes and coats. Sabylla has some really cool videos on her page as well.

In August we had a
contest for the member who acquired the greatest number of friends. We want to give a big congratulations to Dazzleann as the winner and recipient of the American Express gift card.

For the month of October, we will have 2 contests:

1. Friendship Contest

Invite your friends to join!
Join here!

Everyone loves a good contest, and who wouldn't like a little extra cash in their pocket?
Through October 31st 2009, the member with the greatest increase in the number of friends will receive a $100 AMEX Gift Card and an official T-shirt!

Contest Details:
  • Numbers of friends will be calculated as of 11:59:59 October 31st, 2009
  • Minimum 50 friends to qualify for Grand Prize of $100 AMEX gift card.
  • Runner up will receive an official T-shrt.
  • Friends can be new ones you invited to join and befriend and current members you befriend.
  • Prizes will be mailed to the grand prize winner within 30 days of contest end date.

So invite your friends to join, and tell them you'll see them there!

2. Halloween Costume Contest

What will your dog be for Halloween? Take a picture of your dog dressed up in their costume and send it as a jpeg attachment to Don't forget to include your username and your dog's name in the e-mail. Submissions will be accepted from October 1-27. And we will announce the winner in time for Halloween.

The dog who wins the contest will receive a $100 AMEX gift card and a free Daily Woof of their choice (up to a $25 value). The runner up will receive an official T-shirt.

Thanks to you, Dogasaur is growing at an incredible rate! In an effort to provide the best products, services and information to help you improve your dog's life, continues to add new features and functions:

Dogasaur has added a new Dog Breed Information page

Check out Dogasaur's list of dog breeds from around the world. The new dog breed information page includes information and pictures of over 460 different breeds. Find your own dog on the list and see photos, learn its history, temperament and physical characteristics, its daily needs and more. You can also find other dogs of that breed on Dogasaur, and make new friends around your common interest.

Is your dog's breed not listed? As comprehensive as our list is, it could happen. So send us a note and we'll add it to the list!
Check it out!

Dogasaur now syncs with Facebook

Dogasaur members now have the choice to install our Facebook application and share your statuses, photos and videos with your Facebook friends too. Simply click on the link to Facebook, login and follow the instructions. Once compete, your Dogasaur updates will appear on your Facebook page eliminating the need to manage multiple social networks separately. Check it out!

Dogasaur launches new Q&A tool "Ask Dogasaur"

Dogasaur has formally launched its new question and answer section "Ask Dogasaur." Ask Dogasaur allows members to "Ask a Question," "Give an Answer" and enables anyone to "Learn Something New" about dog related topics such as training, food, breeds, vet care, grooming and more. We've seen many questions being asked in your status areas and in our forum. Now you know where to ask them so your fellow Dogasaur members can help and everyone can learn. So if you have a dog-related question, go to "Ask Dogasaur." Check it out!

Don't forget to review products, services and invite your friends to join you on!


Team Dogasaur

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Shelter Professionals


Foreclosure Pets Grant


As more and more families across the country lose their homes to foreclosure, a new issue is arising: An influx of companion animals at our nation’s shelters as their families can no longer afford them or they are not welcome in their families’ new accommodations.

More pets mean shelters need more resources to house these animals, provide medical treatment, and find these pets homes.

American Humane offers Foreclosure Pets Grants to help shelters care for these pets.

Grant monies are available based on resources and the generosity of our donors and are awarded to qualifying American Humane member shelters. Grant monies must be used to offset expenses already incurred in providing direct care to animals that have been impacted by a foreclosure situation.

Animal welfare organizations interested in applying for a Foreclosure Pets Grant should email the following information to with “Foreclosure Pets Grant” in the subject line:

  • Organization name and mission statement
  • American Humane member number
  • Desired use of funds

The maximum grant amount is $2,000 per organization, and availability is highly limited; however, selected organizations will be notified by email and invited to submit a formal application.

American Humane Foreclosure Pets Grants are awarded based on donations to the grant. Learn more about how to donate directly to the Foreclosure Pets Grants program.

To further help homeowners, mortgage lenders and shelters address the needs of companion animals during this difficult time, American Humane offers several downloadable resources (see the box below).

Downloadable Foreclosure Pets Resources

Tips for homeowners
Tips for mortgage lenders
Tips for shelter professionals
Pets Caught in the Foreclosure Crisis: We All Can Help
Keeping People and Pets Together in Hard Financial Times

Awarded Foreclosure Pets Grants

Here are some recipients of American Humane’s Foreclosure Pets Grants in 2009 and 2008:

Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island – RI
To care for 8-year-old female dog relinquished by an owner who lost her home

ARFhouse Chicago – IL
To care for 7-year-old female dog found hungry and dehydrated on roof of an abandoned house

Ark Animal Rescue and Adoptions – IN
To care for five cats and one dog until the owner could find another home

Bellowood, Inc. – MI
To provide care and temporary housing for two dogs until their displaced owners find a new home

Bradford County Paws – FL
To care for three dogs and one cat whose owners lost their homes

Coalition for Animal Rescue and Education – MO
To care for 8-month-old female dog abandoned when her owner lost her home to foreclosure

Dodge County Humane Society – WI
To board one dog while his owner looked for another home

Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue – CA
To care for eight dogs surrendered to rescue after owners lost their homes

Labrador Friends of the South – GA
To care for 1-year-old male Lab relinquished by owner who lost his home to foreclosure

Misha May Foundation – CO
To board one female dog relinquished by owners when they lost their home

Noah’s Ark Sanctuary for Abused and Abandoned Animals – FL
To care for multiple cats when owners left them because of foreclosure

Parrots First – CA
To board four parrots relinquished by owners because of foreclosure

Pet Orphans of Southern California – CA
To board two cats and two dogs until their owners found new homes

Pet Rescue and Adoption Center – FL
To care for 2-year-old female dog found tied outside an abandoned house

Riverside Humane Society Pet Adoption Center – CA
To care for three dogs and one cat brought to the shelter after owners lost their homes

Sante d’Or Foundation – CA
To care for one male dog whose owner was evicted and two sibling cats whose owners were forced to move and could no longer care for them

Saving Horses Inc. – CA
To provide hay for three horses while their owner looked for a new home

Tipton Treasures PAWS New England – TN
To board six dogs abandoned by owners because of foreclosures

WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue – MN
To board one female horse until her displaced owner can purchase a small farm, and provide care for a female Chihuahua whose owner lost his home and had to give up the little dog

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If you are an owner of a dog that belongs to a 'dangerous breed' category and you also have a child or a visiting small child please take this as a warning.

Don't leave your dog with a small child unattended under any circumstances!!!

Only one little moment was enough for the following to happen.

See the photo below .....

Thank you!
The Dog


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The Golden Years: Tips for Caring for Your Aging, Elderly, Senior Dog
by A day in the life of an eco-dog on Tuesday September 22, 2009. Gray hair, aches & pain, joint stiffness, fatigue are all parts of aging. It important that our senior pups age that we make life much more easier & comfortable for them during their golden years. Here are a few tips to help with caring for that older dog in your life.
1. Annual Vet Checkup is key! Ensure that your dog is under proper veterinary care and has had its annual check up. Follow the veterinarian's advice.
2. Eat well, Be well! Regardless of your dogs age it is important to feed him or her a well-balanced diet. There are so many wonderful all natural pet foods, supplements & vitamins made specifically to meet the health needs of aging dog generation. Many of the foods & supplements contain omega-3, which is great for alleviating joint soreness. Feed your dog more often with smaller meals, but be sure not to overfeed; keeping your dog at the correct weight is helpful to its general well-being.
  1. 3. Exercise at a slow & steady pace. Remember your dogs joints & bones ain't what it use to be, so slow down walks and let your dog set the pace. Be patient walks will take longer but should be shorter in distance. More short walks during the day are better than one long one. Dogs need to remain physically active.

  2. 4. Keep those brain juices flowing! Stimulate the brain. It is true that you can teach an old dog new tricks. Car rides, different scenic walk route to smell the roses are two easy ways to keep the brain stimulated. Another great way to stimulate an older dogs brain cells is with interactive toys made with senior pups in mind.

    Planet Dog created the Old Soul line with senior pups in mind. Old Soul Orbee-Tuff Ball & Bone innovatively address issues that every dog experiences as they grow older and wiser: reduced vision and snout strength, weakened jaw muscles and brittle teeth. They were specifically designed for senior dogs whose chewing strength and urgency have waned over the years, but who still like a good, gummy chew.

  3. 5. Gently massage your dogs achy muscles & joints. This not only helps with your dogs achy joints, but it helps the entire body & promotes the bonding experience. If your dogs yelps in pain from your massage or touch simply stop, if pain persist seek vet help.

    6. Groom me please! Its important that as dogs age that you don't let their hygiene & grooming habits go. It not only important for their health but their appearance & self-esteem. Add to your dog's grooming schedule. Increased brushing helps circulation, plus dogs of an advanced age can't take care of themselves like they used to be able to. Consider a summer haircut for a dog with long hair.

    7. Take a potty break before hitting the pillows! As senior dogs age they can lose control over their bladder. Allow your dog the opportunity to relieve itself immediately after eating, before turning in for the night and first thing in the morning.

    8. Provide a soft place to flop. Invest in a orthopedic bed that is good for dogs with achy joints. When selecting a bed make sure it is firm enough to provide support to the hips, shoulders, spine and neck.

    Cold weather and drafty living corridors is not good for any dogs, especially ones with arthritis. So make sure your dog has a warm sleeping, draft & damp free area to lay his head. One way to guard your dog from the cold is to keep his bed elevated off the floor, which helps to relieve stiffness and pain due to the cold.

    9. Purchase rugs. Put down lots of rugs on slick flooring such as wood laminates and linoleum. Dogs have trouble with the lack of friction on such floors.

    10. Is your dog having trouble with walking & mobility? Consider a harness or wheelchair if your dog is having trouble walking.

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Information regarding the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

You may have heard that the Canine Influenza Virus has recently spread in the Washington DC metro area. The health and well-being of our four-legged clients is always our top concern. We wanted to share the information we've learned:
What is it?
Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs caused by the influenza A subtype H3N8 virus. For all practical purposes, Canine Influenza is a viral variation of kennel cough for which your dog's Bordetella vaccination offers no defense. Current canine approved antibiotics are also ineffective in treating Canine Influenza; however, this influenza is often accompanied by a secondary bacterial infection for which antibiotics are effective.
Note: CIV is not a human influenza virus. CIV is an adaptation of the Equine Influenza Virus (EIV) which has been in existence for over 40 years. Over time, EIV adapted to canine tissue (first discovered in 2004 in Greyhound populations in FL) and is now passed from dog-to-dog.
Where/How can my dog get it?
Now that CIV is in the DC metro area, your dog is at risk anywhere there are other dogs and/or people who have handled other dogs: pet stores, dog shows, veterinary clinics, daycare and boarding facilities, dog parks, meet-and-greets on your neighborhood walk, etc. The virus is transmitted via oronasal contact with infected dogs, surfaces contaminated with the virus, and inhalation of aerosols generated by canine coughing and sneezing.
CIV can live on a hard surface for up to 48 hours.
CIV can be carried on human skin, clothing, and hair for up to 24 hours, and, as a result, be transmitted to your dog via human contact should that human have been in contact with an infected dog without proper sanitization of themselves.
What are the symptoms?
Research and findings offered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that all dogs exposed to the virus are infected; however, only 80% of the exposed population will have clinical symptoms: the remaining 20% of the population will show no clinical symptoms.  Research has also identified that the originating infectious dogs in a population usually get a more severe case of the influenza, whereas the secondary dogs exhibit symptoms of a much milder form of the virus.
For the 80% of the population exhibiting symptoms, those symptoms are: cough, runny nose, and sometimes a fever -- almost identical symptoms to many other canine infections. Many dogs also develop a more severe case of the influenza that can advance to pneumonia rapidly. To date, there is an average 5% mortality rate.
Dogs can exhibit symptoms for up to 30 days post exposure.
How is it diagnosed?
Proper diagnosis is tricky because of the short incubation and contagious periods for this virus.  Once exposed, the incubation period is 2 to 4 days.  Your dog will be contagious to other dogs from the point of exposure through 7 to 10 days post exposure.  By the time your dog exhibits vet-worthy symptoms, your dog is nearing the end of the virus's life-cycle/contagious stage and, as a result, your vet's exam/tests will not detect the presence of Canine Influenza. The best  time to perform a nasal swab is during the incubation period and, thus, pre-symptom. There are only 3 veterinary labs in the US that are currently able to identify and verify CIV: (1) Cornell University, (2) Oklahoma State University, and (3) University of Florida. You should validate that your vet has sent your dog's sample to one of them. Should testing during the contagious period be missed, your vet can take a blood sample from your dog 2 to 3 weeks from probable exposure and send that sample to one of the 3 labs noted above. These labs will be able to validate that your dog has developed antibodies against CIV and, as a result, you and your vet will then know that your dog had CIV.
How is it treated?
For most dogs, CIV just needs to run its course: usually 7 to 10 days. Some dogs will continue to be symptomatic, though not contagious, for up to 30 days. Should your dog develop a high fever, nasal discharge, and/or optical discharge, there may be a secondary bacterial infection that your dog is also fighting. Your vet will be able to diagnose the infection and prescribe the appropriate treatment.
The CDC recommends that your dog be isolated from contact with other dogs for up to 14 days post exposure.
Should you be exposed to a dog with suspected CIV, keep yourself clean. Soap and water will kill the virus as well as any disinfectant cleaner. Change/wash your exposed clothing if possible, or spray yourself down with a disinfectant.
How can it be prevented?
The best way to prevent your dog from getting this virus is to live in a bubble. Outside of that, if your dog engages in social activities with other dogs, s/he is at risk.
When at the dog park and/or out on a neighborhood walk, you should keep your distance from any dogs that are coughing/excessively-sneezing.
There is new CIV vaccination that hit the market in July 2009. There is no data to date as to the effectiveness of the vaccine. This vaccine just became available to local veterinary offices in mass quantity yesterday, Tuesday, August 18th. The initial vaccine is given via injection in 2 doses, each 3 weeks apart, and then requires an annual booster.
Can my dog get it again?
To date, CIV has not mutated. As a result, once your dog is exposed to CIV and his/her body develops antibodies against it, your dog is not at risk to get CIV again. The only way to determine if your dog has developed antibodies against CIV is to have your vet perform a titer test 2 to 3 weeks after probable exposure. Should your dog have developed antibodies against CIV, your dog is protected and the CIV vaccine will not provide your dog with any additional protection.
Where can I learn more information about CIV? 

Dogtopia of White Flint and Tysons Corner

4920 Wyaconda Rd
N. Bethesda, MD 20852
(240) 514-0210


"Pet Postcards" for this project are homemade postcards featuring your own pets that you make and then snail mail into The Pet Postcard Project. Each card earns 1 pound of food for shelter dogs. So, if you send 10 cards for the cost of a stamp, you have given 10 lbs of food for shelter pets! Plus, it's fun. So far, this project has received thousands of cards -- funny, weird, sad, cute, even more cute, profound, and above all, filled with LOVE for a beloved pet.

The postcards are roughly the size of an average postcard, and are decorated with photos of pets, drawings, markers, colored pens, stickers, glitter, pretty paper -- some are simple (made at your office while you're supposed to be working) and some are beautiful and complex (made by hardcore scrapbookers), and some are computer generated (for those tech savvy pet lovers). But the thing they ALL have in common is how the card makers feel about their pets.

Currently, the cards come in 4 categories: Dogvice and Catvice (advice FROM dogs or cats), True Dog Confessions and True Cat Confessions; Dog Wishes and Cat Wishes; Dog Excuses and Cat Excuses (NEW!).

Please include a PHOTO of the pet with your cards, or else we won't know who's advising, confessing, wishing, or making excuses!

This site does NOT make money on this project. It's all to raise food and awareness for shelter animals. Don't buy: ADOPT!

Does your dog or cat food company want to donate a pound of food to pet shelters for each card that arrives to The Pet Postcard Project? Gain exposure, help homeless pets, and let pet lovers share in your generosity! Please email me!


Pet Postcard Project
676A Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10036


Dog Found in SE DC
Dumpster Survives

Injured Pit Bull Chewed Through Bag
to Be Seen

Updated: Monday, 10 Aug 2009, 7:29 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 10 Aug 2009, 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward in the disturbing case of a pit bull found inside a trash bag in a Southeast Washington dumpster, clinging to life despite being wounded in what investigators believe was a dog fight.

The dog was discovered on Friday, August, 7 by a women taking trash to the dumpster, which is located behind an apartment building in the 4220 block of 9th Street Southeast. The little brown pit bull was inside a black plastic trash bag wrapped in duct tape. Desperate to survive after being thrown in the trash, she chewed a hole just large enough for someone to notice her.

"He was in a bag at first," said Leroy Robinson, one of the first residents of the building who tried to help the dog. ”And he came out of the bag and stuck his head out of the door as if he was trying to get out of the trash can door, but he couldn't get out."

Three days after being rescued from the dumpster, Trooper, as she is being called, is still a little bit cautious, standing silent inside the Friendship Animal Hospital in Northwest with her tail between her legs.

"She's probably one of the worst I've personally ever seen," said Dr. Ashley Hughes. "She was in a lot of pain. We immediately started her on some IV fluids to sustain her and put her on some pain medication."

Officer Eve Russell with the Washington Humane Society happened to be nearby when the call came in.

"It was one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen,” said Officer Russell. ”She was covered in flies. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe anybody would do that."

Officer Russell thinks whoever threw the dog in the dumpster may have thought she was already dead.

"That's why we named her Trooper," said Officer Russell in an interview at the hospital. "She wanted to get out-- she did not want to be in that bag anymore."

Now Officer Russell says she is hoping to find the people responsible for disposing of the dog like a piece of trash. She’s posted flyers throughout the neighborhood, offering $1,000 in return for a name.

The vets at Friendship think the pup will pull through. She is now eating and showing other signs of improving health.

As for dog fighting, Officer Russell says it has decreased considerably in recent years, but still goes on in alleys and garages. She says the people behind the fights are hard to catch.

Dear Shelter and Rescue Partners,

We have very exciting news: Martha Stewart has partnered with
and Purina to help get your pets seen and adopted! Now, beginning around July
24th, your adoptable dogs and cats can appear on without any
extra effort on your part!

The Martha Stewart pet adoption center, in partnership with Nestle Purina
Petcare and Purina ONE, will be promoted regularly on Martha's TV and radio
shows, magazines, blogs and other outlets. This is an AMAZING opportunity, and
we're thrilled to present it to you! For now, will be
featuring dogs and cats, but we hope to expand it to include other species very

If you do not want your dogs and cats to appear on, you can
easily opt out by visiting your "My shelter/rescue info" page and unchecking the
box for under the "Partners" section on the right side of the
page. If you want to participate, you need not do a thing. Your pets will be
automatically shown on as soon as the feature goes live.

One quick note for those of you who automatically upload your pets from
PetPoint: we have not yet received confirmation from PetPoint regarding whether
or not they will permit us to share your adoptable pets with,
but we will keep you posted! For now, though, the partner
option will not appear on your "My shelter/rescue info" page.

With sincere thanks for everything you do,

Your Family

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009 5:33 AM
this is a featured post by a Dogtime blogger


Michael Vick officially gains his freedom today. There's still the matter of serving three years' probation, but for all intents and purposes, Vick will no longer be confined or monitored by prison officials.

But that doesn't mean the former NFL quarterback will be back in uniform this season. It doesn't mean he's free to sign another $130-million contract like the one he once had with the Atlanta Falcons.

Far from it. And as pet owners and dog lovers, we should all pay attention to what happens next.

Vick still hasn't been disciplined by the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell, who will probably meet with the disgraced player in the next couple of weeks. Although Vick has fulfilled his 23-month jail term for his involvement in dogfighting (and the killing of dogs), he hasn't been punished by Goodell.

Frankly, I'm not anxious to see Vick resume his playing career any time soon. Goodell has said he wants to see Vick show some form of remorse for his actions, and that hasn't been evident in any way at any time. Vick might be able to talk a good game about the lessons he's learned, but he needs to show it.

Here's what Goodell said in May about Vick: "Michael's going to have to demonstrate to myself and the general public and to a lot of people: Did he learn anything from this experience? Does he regret what happened? Does he feel that he can be a positive influence going forward? Those are questions that I would like to see when I sit with him."

One way Vick can show he's changed is by getting involved with the Humane Society of the United States, which has shown a willingness to work with him. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle met with Vick at Leavenworth Federal Prison to invite him to participate in the organization's anti-dogfighting efforts, and it's possible Vick will speak to kids about the dangers of this kind of illegal and inhumane activity.

That's a start. But it's not something Vick can do while he's playing professional football. It would take a concerted and dedicated effort, and it would take lots of time.

That's why I hope Goodell will continue his suspension of Vick for at least half the 2009 NFL season. If he's truly sorry, Vick will accept his punishment and focus on doing everything he can to end dogfighting in this country.

Then he can play football



Win! No More Fur For Urban Outfitters
2)  Canadian Seal Hunt Began Monday, 3/23/09
3)  Win! Jamaica Says NO To Greyhound Racing
4)  Partial Seal Hunt Ban Is Passed In Russia
5)  Closing Arguments Heard In Ringling Abuse Trial
6)  Obama Bans Downer Cows, Closes Longtime Loophole
7)  EU Ban On Cosmetics Animal Testing Goes Live!
8)  Wolves Lose: Interior Secretary Salazar Takes Away Protection
9)  Obama Fixes Endangered Species Act, Post-Bush
10) BLM Says Pickens Horse Sanctuary Won’t Work
11) Win! University Of Michigan To Use Simulators Only
12) Jailed Dogfighter Michael Vick Goes Home In May?
13) Drill-Baby-Drill Rewind
14) Nepal Orders Ban On Export Of Rhesus Monkeys
15) U.S. House Passes Primate "Pet" Bill
16) Model California Spay/Neuter Bill Reintroduced In 2009
17) First Charges Under Animal Terrorism Law?
18) California: Big Meat Wins Right To Abuse Downed Animals
19) Peanut’s Case Moves Forward - Slowly
20) Grey Seals Spared In Canada’s "Other Hunt"
21) Iowa Pig Abuse Case Is Delayed
22) Jail + No Animals For Man Who Filed Off Dog’s Teeth
23) FDA Okays Goats As Drug Machines
24) Michigan Pound Renews R & R Research Contract, 6 Months
25) Los Angeles Zoo Keeps Billy & Bigger Elephant Display
26) UK’s "SHAC 7" Go To Jail. Deja Vu?
27) AETA-like Bill Is Squashed In South Dakota
28) Obama Appoints A True Animal Advocate
29) Palin’s Alaska To Block Protection For Whales
30) Kinship Circle & Others Against Killing Wildlife
European Cat/Dog Fur Ban Is Now In Force

1. Win! No More Fur For Urban Outfitters
3/24/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Urban Outfitters Goes Fur-Free

SUMMARY: Urban Outfitters just announced that it has become fur-free! By making this commitment, Urban Outfitters joins Zappos, Juicy Couture, Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, Forever 21, and dozens of other companies and designers that have made the compassionate decision to go fur-free.


12/18/04: 'Tis The Season To Buy Fur?
• 2/20/02: Urban Outfitters Sells Fur



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2. Canadian Seal Hunt Began Monday, 3/23/09
3/23/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Canada begins seal hunt, under shadow of a ban

SUMMARY: Canada's annual seal hunt started 3/23/09, under pressure from a possible European Union ban on imported seal products. The world's largest marine mammal hunt was called "inherently inhumane" this month by a European Parliament committee that endorsed the bill to ban the import of seal products to the 27-member union. Animal rights groups say the hunt is cruel and difficult to monitor and ravages the seal population.

Fishermen sell seal pelts mostly for the fashion industry in Norway, Russia and China, as well as blubber for oil... The bill must be approved by the entire EU assembly and EU governments to become law, a move that could come as early as next month... Though acknowledging that the shooting or bludgeoning of the animals is a bloody practice, Canadian authorities contend the animals are killed quickly and do not suffer unnecessarily... EU legal experts say the ban could violate world trade rules, and Canada has warned it might challenge a ban before the World Trade Organization.

SUMMARY: Canada allows hunters in this year’s seal hunt to kill 338,200 animals — 55,000 seals more than in 2008, the fisheries minister said. MORE:

3/7/09: Canada Seal Bill Dropped, No Debate. Demand End To Killing.

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3. Win! Jamaica Says NO To Greyhound Racing
3/19/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Jamaica Rejects Dog Racing!

SUMMARY: The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, has written to inform us that greyhound racing will not be authorized in his country. Thanks to everyone who sent a letter or email on behalf of the greyhounds! A proposal to legalize dog racing in South Africa is still under consideration. We’ll meet with government officials later this month to voice our concerns...

FRIENDS OF KINSHIP CIRCLE: Jamaica Wants Greyhound Races

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4. Partial Seal Hunt Ban Is Passed In Russia
3/18/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Russia Bans Hunt For Harp Seals Less Than One Year of Age

SUMMARY: Yuriy Trutnev, Russia's Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology announced a complete ban on hunting of all harp  seals less than one year of age in the White Sea. This confirmation comes after an announcement last month that Russia would  ban killing of whitecoat harp seals (unmoulted pups less than 2 months) and adults in the White Sea — and places Russia far  ahead of Canada in terms of government response to public opinion... Minister Trutnev: "NGOs actively upheld their position  against this hunt, raised public awareness and by all means contributed to the passage of ban on the seal hunt in Russia." [The]  announcement follows a statement made earlier this month by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who called seal hunting a  "bloody industry...that should have been banned years ago."

3/7/09: Canada Seal Bill Dropped, No Debate. Demand End To Killing.
Sept-Dec 2008 UPDATES: Netherlands Ban Products Made Of Cape Fur Seals
Aug-Oct 2008 UPDATES: EU Proposes Total Ban On Some Seal Goods
April-June 2008 UPDATES: Canada's Seal Hunt Ends With Lower Kill

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5. Closing Arguments Heard In Ringling Abuse Trial
12/18/09 —
FULL STORY: Closing arguments set for elephant abuse trial

LT PHOTO: Ringling elephants, Los Angeles Times. RT:

SUMMARY: In 2000 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, and former Ringling "barn man" Tom Rider file a lawsuit against Ringling Bros. Circus (world's biggest animal act with over $100 million in revenue annually) under the Endangered Species Act for its cruelty to Asian elephants. Records acquired under the Freedom of Information Act disclose:

• Virtually all Ringling endangered Asian elephants are exposed to
  TB. Former high-level employees say over last decade, many TB-
  positive and TB-infected animals perform in closed arenas. "They
  blow moisture from their trunks, hitting people in the face," one
  past worker claims.

• Chains and ropes are used to forcibly separate nursing elephants    from mothers at Ringling's Center for Elephant Conservation. Feld   Entertainment, the vast empire that owns Ringling, permits its   employees to beat, chain and wound endangered Asian elephants   with bullhooks.

2/4/09 - 3/18/09, Ringling trial from onset to closing arguments: Plaintiffs argue that bullhooks, chaining elephants up to 20 hours, and other practices violate Endangered Species Act's ban on "harming harassing or wounding" an endangered animal... No immediate ruling is expected from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who hears the case without a jury.


ASPCA v. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Judge hears case alleging circus elephant abuse
Ringling Bros. goes on trial for alleged elephant abuse


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6. Obama Bans Downer Cows, Closes Longtime Loophole
3/14/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Obama bans ‘downer’ cows from food supply

PHOTOS: HSUS undercover video, Hallmark Meatpacking Company

The first letter-writing campaign Kinship Circle issued a decade ago asked legislators to pass the Downed Animal Protection Act — to ban slaughter of cows, pigs, sheep and all "livestock" too sick and crippled to stand upright. A federal law STILL does not exist.

In 2003 the USDA authorized a downer ban in response to a Washington state dairy cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). But by 2007, Big Meat convinced Bush regulators to dilute USDA’s administrative rule. Collapsed cows with orthopedic (as opposed to central nervous system) injuries like broken legs or ripped tendons were kept alive to make hamburgers.

Many mad cows and beef recalls later, USDA’s ban remained wishy-washy. In 2007/2008, HSUS went undercover at the Westland/Hallmark Meat Packing Co. in Chino, Calif. For the first time, mainstream eaters saw electric prods shock the heads, necks, spines and rectums of animals crumpled on concrete. They saw eyes blink as organs failed. They saw crushed bones and torn ligaments dragged over pavement. They heard cows scream (who knew?) as forklifts tossed their giant bodies like rag dolls. They even saw concentrated water jets fired into the cows’ noses and throats.

USDA recalled 143,383,823 pounds of Hallmark-tainted beef. Legislators cried "protect our food...ban downers!" Yet at a 2/28/08 hearing to assess inspection blunders, then Secretary of Agriculture Edward Schafer asked a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to strike down a ban on slaughter of downer cows. Apparently it was still "okay" for diseased cows to occasionally enter the food supply.

...Which brings us to the present: Without much fanfare, the Obama admin just permanently banned the slaughter of cows who can’t move on their own.

Yes, sick cows make sick food -- from mad cow disease to E. coli or Salmonella. But Kinship Circle already advocates a plant-based diet. We care because no dying animal should be rammed upright with tractors and forklifts...hauled, shocked and meat makers can eke about $30 out of her tortured body.

Obama’s signature solidifies USDA’s ban and closes the loophole that left certain downers unprotected. Now, maybe we can get Congress to pass the Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act. With the close of the 110th Congress (2007-2008), the 111th Session (2009-2010) will likely initiate some version of this longstanding bill to safeguard downed animals. When it does, Kinship Circle will be close behind with action. ALSO, check here:


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7. EU Ban On Cosmetics Animal Testing Goes Live!
3/11/09 — READ FULL STORY:
European Union ban on cosmetic testing on animals begins

SUMMARY: March 11, 2009 marks the banning of cosmetics testing on animals within the European Union. For nearly two decades, the BUAV, leading sister organisations in the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE), has spearheaded the campaign across Europe to achieve this ban. The 7th amendment to the Cosmetics Directive means it becomes illegal to:

  • Test cosmetic ingredients on animals anywhere in the EU, irrespective of whether there is a non-animal alternative method available (testing on the products themselves is already banned).

  • Sell or import into the EU cosmetics ingredients or products where they have been animal-tested after 3/11/09, with the exception of certain type tests which have an extended deadline until 3/11/13.


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8. Wolves Lose: Interior Secretary Salazar Takes Away Protection
Gray Wolves To Be Removed From Endangered Species List

On 1/14/09, an Interior Dept. rule under the Bush Admin removed gray wolves in the western Great Lakes and northern Rocky Mountains from the federal endangered species list. Then Obama froze and seemingly overturned this decision. In round 3, new Interior Secretary Ken Salazar once again stripped wolves of their protected status. Photo: National Geographic, Joel Sartore


Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will uphold the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove gray wolves from the federal endangered list in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes. Wolves will remain a federally protected species in Wyoming... But management will go to state agencies in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah...Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Wolves elsewhere in the Lower 48 states remain on the endangered list... The Obama administration had ordered a review of the decision made by the Bush administration shortly before departing. Salazar said he had concluded that dropping the wolf from the list was justified by its strong comeback in the two regions, which together have a population of nearly 5,600 wolves.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Calif. Democrat who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, promised to investigate whether Salazar's decision is consistent with the Endangered Species Act... Courts have overturned previous attempts to remove the wolf from the list, and future legal battles appear likely. Environmental groups immediately pledged a lawsuit over the estimated 1,600 wolves in the Northern Rockies...

Idaho and Montana already have crafted plans for public hunts to keep wolf populations in check... Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter repeated his desire to get the first available wolf hunting tag so he can try to shoot one of the animals. "The fish and game population is really counting on a robust population of trophy animals to maintain that part of our economy," he said.

1/22/09: Obama’s Freeze May Give Gray Wolves Reprieve
11/25/08: Save Gray Wolves From Bush Admin’s Kill Plan
NOV 2008 KC DIGEST: Animals Would Like President-Elect Barack Obama To Know...
9/29/08 UPDATES / AUG - OCT: Bush Admin VS. Gray Wolves: GOP Losing
2/29/08 UPDATES / APRIL - JUNE: Gray Wolf Hunts Planned After De-Listing
• 4/27/04: Western Gray Wolves Under Attack

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9. Obama Fixes Endangered Species Act, Post-Bush
Obama Restores Endangered Species Act Provision

SUMMARY: President Obama will restore rules requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species...marking yet another reversal of President Bush's environmental legacy... In Dec. 2008, the Bush admin changed a longstanding practice under the Endangered Species Act by issuing rules that let agencies [initiate] projects without seeking an independent review by either Fish and Wildlife Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Environmentalists and scientists said this shift allowed agencies to...hurt already-vulnerable species across the country.

2/9/09: Fix The Endangered Species Act That Bush Broke

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10. BLM Says Pickens Horse Sanctuary Won’t Work
BLM says Pickens deal for wild horses flawed


SUMMARY: An offer from the wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens to establish a sanctuary for 30,000 wild horses is "problematic" and not viable as proposed, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said. Nonetheless, the BLM is willing to continue talks with Madeleine Pickens, Nevada state director Ron Wenker told the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

Pickens last fall proposed establishing 1 million acres, or 1,500 square miles, as a wild horse sanctuary after BLM said it was considering euthanasia to stem escalating costs of keeping animals gathered from the open range in long-term holding facilities. About 33,000 wild horses roam in 10 Western states, about half in Nevada. The horses and burros are managed by the BLM and protected under a 1971 law enacted by Congress.

The agency, which set a target "appropriate management level" of 27,000 horses in the wild to protect the herd, the range and other foraging animals, rounds up excess horses and offers them for adoption. Those that are too old or considered unadoptable are sent to long-term holding facilities, where they can live for decades. There are now about as many animals in long-term care as remain in the wild.

Wenker said there are two problems with Pickens' offer. One is the $500 per head, per year — or $15 million annually for 30,000 horses — she was asking to take the animals now in long-term holding facilities off the government's hands. Pickens last week told The Associated Press the stipend would used to finance a nonprofit foundation that would care for the animals. She estimated her plan would save the government as much as $700 million in costs otherwise spent for long-term holding by 2020.

The other problem with Pickens' proposal, Wenker said, is that government land Pickens has considered for the sanctuary is ineligible because federal law restricts horses to areas where they existed when the Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was enacted. "At this point," Wenker wrote, "the BLM could contract with your foundation to care for wild horses strictly on private land. Alternatively, your foundation could own and care for the horses without compensation from the BLM, as you first proposed..." The BLM has said it would not implement killing healthy wild horses this fiscal year that ends Sept. 30...

• Sept-Dec 2008 UPDATES: Hero’s Plan To Save Wild Horses Moves Forward
• 11/18/08:
Update & Action - Doomed Wild Horses Have A Hero?
• 7/10/08: BLM Wants To Kill Wild Horses

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11. Win! University Of Michigan To Use Simulators Only
2/26/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Trauma training course will use simulators only

SUMMARY: Your letters, calls, emails and faxes made an impact. Six weeks after Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) alerted us to cruel and old-fashioned live dog labs for University of Michigan’s trauma training courses, UM publicly announced a switch to simulator usage only. Nonanimal research tools mean no one suffers. No one dies. Woof! Oink!

ANN ARBOR, Mich — After careful study, the University of Michigan Health System has decided to use only simulated models for the Advanced Trauma and Life Support courses conducted at the U-M Medical School. The decision comes from a recommendation by the Health System’s Graduate Medical Education Committee after a review of simulators that can be used to train medical professionals in trauma procedures. Media contact: Margarita Bauza,, 734-764-2220

• 1/19/09:
Unnecessary - Live Dogs Cut Open To Train Med Students

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12. Jailed Dogfighter Michael Vick Goes Home In May?
2/26/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Vick Approved For Home Confinement

SUMMARY: Michael Vick has been approved for release to home confinement, possibly as soon as May 21, an official told the Associated Press. The NFL quarterback is serving a 23-month federal prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., for his role in a dogfighting operation at his home in Virginia... Vick would be on electronic monitoring and would be permitted to leave home only for activities approved by his probation officer, the AP reported. Vick had been scheduled to be released from prison in July.

He remains on suspension by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell has to rule on Vick's eligibility to play before Vick can resume his NFL career. Vick remains under contract to the Atlanta Falcons but the team has announced that it intends to trade him. Vick could be released by the Falcons, leaving him free to sign with any interested team, if they're unable to trade him.

Sept-Dec 2008 UPDATES: Michael Vick: Early Release & Back To NFL?
Jan-Mar 2008 UPDATES: The Dogs That Vick Hurt
Sept-Dec 2007 UPDATES: Vick’s Dogs...You Helped Save Their Lives
10/29/07: KC DIGEST - Ensure Vick’s Dogs Are Spared, As Promised
9/30/07: Vick Teammate Faces Unrelated Cruelty Charges
8/28/07: Salvation For Vick's Dogs?
8/21/07: Sick Vick Updates & Feedback
8/19/07: No Deal For Sick Vick’s Dogfighting Crimes
8/2/07: Michael Vick Dogfighting Files: Action & Updates
June 2007 DIGEST: Massive K-9 Grave Found On Michael Vick's Property

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13. Drill-Baby-Drill Rewind
2/26/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Bush Oil-Shale Leases Canceled by Salazar

SUMMARY: In his second reversal of a Bush administration decision, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he is scrapping leases for oil-shale development on federal land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Salazar rescinded a lease offer made last month for research, development and demonstration projects that could have led to oil-shale exploration on 1.9 million acres in the three states. Salazar also halted the leasing of oil and gas drilling parcels near national parks in Utah this month.

• December 2008, BUSH EXIT STRATEGY: The Rush To Ruin Everything

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14. Nepal Orders Ban On Export Of Rhesus Monkeys
2/25/09 — READ FULL STORY:
Nepalese Government Orders End To Export Of Monkeys

SUMMARY: The parliament committee has ordered Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation to stop the process of export of rhesus monkeys... According to the present Acts and Laws of the country, the committee has concluded that, it is not liable to export wildlife including monkeys to the third countries...

From W.A.R. (WIN ANIMAL RIGHTS), — We’ve worked hard to judge the political situation in Nepal and come to the conclusion that a combination of Nepalese Parliamentary democracy and the forthcoming Supreme Court action should be sufficient to ensure the monkeys are released and monkey farming is permanently ended in Nepal. Thanks to your efforts, no monkey has been exported from Nepal and it seems less likely that any animals will be exported in the future. Therefore, as a show of faith, we call for an end to direct protests against the Nepalese government at their embassies and consulates... We will keep you informed of the latest developments, and if there is even the slightest hint that monkey farming is allowed to continue, we’ll call for immediate protests...

12/29/08: Cambodia Monkeys - Stolen From Trees, Sold To Research
6/24/08: Nepal's Monkeys Sold To Animal Experimenters

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15. U.S. House Passes Primate "Pet" Bill
2/24/09 — READ FULL STORY:
House okays Captive Primate Safety Act after chimp attack

TOP PHOTO: Chimps like this little guy are wild animals who naturally mature with aggressive tendencies. BOTTOM PHOTO: Travis: knifed, beaten, shot and killed after attacking a visitor at the home where he lived as a "pet." MyFOX NY

SUMMARY: The U.S. House of Representative approved the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80) with a majority vote of 323-95 (wow)! On 2/23/09, Kinship Circle issued an alert, "Wired To Be Wild" asking House Reps to cosponsor H.R. 80 and Senators to introduce companion legislation. We also blogged about Travis, the "pet" chimp shot dead on 2/16/09 after attacking his guardian’s friend in Stamford, CT. Perhaps Travis’ light in heaven showed Reps the dire need for a ban on the import/export and interstate traffic in primates as "pets." In any case, the House moved fast!

2/24/09: Breaking News - House Passes Primate "Pet" Bill
2/23/09: Wired To Be Wild - Primates Aren't Pets
BLOG: Travis once worked in show biz, commercials mostly...

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Dr. Elliot Katz and Tyrone

Dear Friend of Animals,

You can’t imagine the shock I felt when I first came face to face with the horrors that were befalling millions, in some cases billions, of animals in our nation’s laboratories and fur and factory farms ... our nation’s puppy mills.

As a veterinarian, I’d been trained to help animals ... to relieve their pain ... to heal their wounds. I had been taught not to stand by or turn my back while animals suffer and die ... certainly not to purposely burn them or beat them, poison them or starve them, blind them or electrocute them, addict or infect them.

And so, in 1983, to right these terrible wrongs, to come to their defense ... to end the terrible animal exploitation and cruelty ... I founded In Defense of Animals (IDA).

And now, some 25 years later, words fail me as I attempt to convey the depth of my appreciation and gratitude to the tens of thousands of IDA supporters, caring people like you, who have given my staff and I the resources to become one of the most effective animal rights organizations in the world today.

Over the years, we have won some precedent setting victories for our animal friends, both here at home, and around the world. They include:

  • Closing down what once was the largest experimental center for chimpanzees in the world, the hideous Coulston Foundation. In doing so, hundreds of chimpanzees were freed from the horrors of vivisection.


  • Creating a chimpanzee sanctuary and education center in the West African Republic of Cameroon, providing a safe haven for severely abused adult chimpanzees and for babies orphaned by a thriving bushmeat trade.


  • Closing down New York University's gruesome crack cocaine experiments on monkeys ... and Rockefeller University’s horrific vomiting experiments on cats.


  • Saving the lives of 180 "research" beagles at the University of California after an employee tipped us off they were about to be killed.


  • Helping pass a law that, for the first time, protects Taiwan's 1.7 million stray dogs from cruelty, abandonment, and exploitation.


  • Canceling a proposed slaughter of thousands of baby seals off the coast of South Africa.


  • Rescuing hundreds of dogs and cats after a devastating firestorm swept through the Oakland/Berkeley hills, destroying more than 3,500 homes.


  • Liberating 40 dolphins when an IDA investigator flew to Japan and swam underwater in the dead of night to cut the nets that imprisoned the terrified animals.


  • Filing five lawsuits that resulted in the freeing of 42 racing greyhounds from Army, University of California and Arizona research laboratories. Many were already in the midst of painful research. The lawsuits successfully prevented horrific bone breaking experiments on 120 retired racing greyhounds.


  • Conducting undercover investigations that exposed the cruelties of the puppy mill industry... rescuing thousands of starving and abused animals, and developing a 64-acre abused animal sanctuary in rural Mississippi.


As you can see, what started out as the personal crusade of a few dedicated individuals has become a national organization dedicated to ending animal cruelty and exploitation wherever it might exist.

But as our effectiveness grows, so does the determination of the animal abusers to fight for their “right” to exploit, mutilate and kill our animal friends ... to libel and attack us. That is why your support is so crucial to helping us break the deadly cycle of violence, torture and death.

It has taken much time, energy, courage, dedication and resources for us to accomplish so very much ... to win so many victories ... in the harsh and dangerous environments we often work in.

But we truly had no choice, for we could not ... nor will we ever, turn our backs on suffering and pain ... on the terrible tragedies befalling our animal friends.

And so I ask for your help and support.

I would like to propose that you allow me to become "your" veterinarian, but not in the traditional sense. For my practice is now with animals who I am never allowed to see or touch – those gentle, frightened animals locked away in our nation’s laboratories, puppy mills, factory and fur farms... fellow beings who I am determined to help.

My staff and I have never held back in our efforts on behalf of our animal friends. I now ask you not to hold back either. Your participation and support are essential if we are to end the torture, the maiming, the killing of defenseless animals.

The animals have no voice with which to thank you, but I do. And so on their behalf, I thank you for your compassion, generosity and caring.

Elliot M. Katz, DVM
President, IDA

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What’s Next for Michael Vick?

There was nobody tougher on Michael Vick than The Humane Society of the United States. After sufficient facts came to light about the happenings at Bad Newz Kennels in Surry County, Virginia—the sometime residence of Vick that had morphed into a dogfighting staging ground—The HSUS urged state and federal authorities to prosecute him and we made a key confidential informant available to federal authorities, which proved vital to the case.

We also campaigned, along with others, to urge the Atlanta Falcons to drop Vick, the NFL to suspend him, and his corporate sponsors (such as Nike) to sever their ties. All of that happened, and the fuel that drove all of these actions was the rage and disgust that so many millions of Americans felt once the details came out.

Vick and the other three individuals at the vortex of the criminal network at Bad Newz should have been prosecuted and punished, and they were. They did horrible things.

Long before the Vick case, it was The HSUS, working with our allies in Congress led by Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Elton Gallegly, that drove the enactment of strong federal laws to crack down on animal fighting—banning any interstate or foreign transport of animals for fighting and upgrading penalties with amendments to the Animal Welfare Act in 2002. We worked on a further upgrade of the law in 2007 to make it a federal felony to move dogs across state lines. For years, we had been working with the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture—the Office of Inspector General—sharing intelligence on animal fighting crimes, emphasizing the corrosive impact of animal fighting on our communities, and urging them to be more aggressive in investigating cases. When the Vick case came to light, these federal authorities grabbed the torch, especially after they saw the Surry County prosecutor failing to take action. For their leadership, we honored federal prosecutors and investigators in 2007 at our annual Law Enforcement Awards ceremony.

Young boy holding pit bull
© The HSUS
The HSUS End Dogfighting program mobilizes community members.

For The HSUS, dogfighting had long been a priority concern, and we knew it was an epidemic problem, especially in urban communities. But most people considered it a relic issue—a settled matter and a rare occurrence. The Vick case synced public sentiment with the scale of the problem, and dogfighting rightly reoccupied a priority slot on the animal protection agenda in America.

The HSUS tried to channel this energy in the aftermath of the Vick case, and we helped to pass a remarkable 21 new laws against animal fighting, including a third upgrade of the federal law. Thanks to our supporters, we amped up our rewards program and worked with state Attorneys General and other law enforcement agencies to advertise the program. We set up tip lines so we could gather other information. We established community-based programs to do outreach to young people at risk of getting enmeshed in the world of dogfighting. We expanded our training of law enforcement agents in investigation and prosecution of animal fighting crimes.

Last year, we were involved in more than 250 busts of animal fighting operations, both dogfighting and cockfighting.

So with this record of action, I think I’d be the least likely guy to end up sitting at a small table and talking calmly with Michael Vick about his interest in working with us.

But when you step back and ponder it, we are actually the most logical place for him to go. We have the most developed programs on the issue, so if he’s sincere about making a difference, there’s no better place to land.

I sat with the man, but I still don’t know what’s in his heart. He told me he did terrible things to dogs. He said he grew up with dogfighting as a boy, and that he never sufficiently questioned it as he grew into manhood.

He said this experience has been a trauma and he’s changed forever. And he said he wants to show the American public that he is committed to helping combat this problem. He asked for an opportunity to help. I want to give him that opportunity. If he makes the most of it, and demonstrates a sincere, long-term commitment to the task, then it may prove to be a tipping point in our campaign to eradicate dogfighting. If he demonstrates a fleeting or superficial interest, then it will be his own failing, not ours. Our campaign will march forward regardless. It’s up to him, and we at The HSUS reserve judgment until he demonstrates that he’s part of the solution rather than a further part of the problem.

Maybe if there had been an intervention program in Newport News 15 years ago, a young Michael Vick would have grown to love and respect pit bulls, and he would not have done these terrible things to dogs. For me, it’s not about Michael Vick and providing endless punitive treatment. It’s about stopping other young people from going down the road Vick took. It’s about having kids today put down their break sticks and destroy their pit bull treadmills.

We’ve done a lot with the law, and with law enforcement, and that work continues. But the most urgent challenge we face is interrupting the cycle of violence that leads kids down this dead end path, one that’s paved with animal misery. They need to see that dogfighters never succeed. They are criminals, and there’s no good outcome. Michael Vick’s story is a narrative they need to hear.

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Upcoming Events 
Summer 2009 (TBD)
Rock 4 Rescue
Oct. 28, 2009
Spooky Pooch Costume Contest & Halloween Parade
In the Community 
We Need Your Help!
As the summer approaches, our team springs into action planning exciting initiatvies and fun events for 2009/2010! As part of this process we are reorganizing and looking for key people to help us carry out our programs and events. 
These wonderful folks will be part of our executive committee and will help run the day-to-day of the organization.
If you are interested in helping grow, please contact us at We would love to have you as part of our team!
Pet Fiesta Photos and Fun!

Many thanks to everyone who shared their Pet FIesta photos and video with us! Here are a collection of resources.
If you would like to share your photos, please contact us today!

A Little Rain Can't Stop the Reston Pet Fiesta!

May 2009
Despite a little AM rain, the 2009 Reston Pet Fiesta launched with our "Tails on Trails" dog walk. About 150 walkers gathered to walk despite a few showers.
While we are still collecting statistics, we anticipate that about 50-60 homeless dogs found loving homes as a result of the super adoption event. K-9 Lifesavers adopted out a whopping 26 dogs during the event with volunteers on-hand to help conduct home visits on-t he-spot.
The event raised about $6000 for and will enable us to host our next super adoption event in November as well as continue to bring onling resources to our community.
As the band, Pat’s Blues Rhythm Band, played on, crowds grew throughout the day to an estimated 8,000 attendees. Kids had their faces painted while dog owners had cool caricatures of their dogs created.
The event hosted about 30 animal rescue organizations and over 40 retail and food vendors.
All-in-all the day went to the dogs in a good way and everyone left the event with a smile on their face. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this such a successful day! We can't wait for Pet Fiesta 2010!
Our next super dog adoption event will be "Home 4 the Holidays" on Saturday, November 7 at the Reston Town Center. If you are interested in exhibiting at the November event, please contact us at so that we can send you exhibitor's information shortly.
Also, consider hanging out with the team at Barrel Oak Winery on Saturday, June 20 from 1PM-4PM. Part of the proceeds from the day will help us have the best Home 4 the Holidays ever!

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May 2009
Cool0Acampaign prevents dogs from dying in hot cars
Every year, dogs die after being locked inside hot cars while their owners leave them to shop or run errands, often for “just a few minutes.” These tragedies occur with alarming frequency, yet the animals’ deaths are completely preventable.
UAN's new My Dog is Cool Campaign protects dogs from the dangers of hot cars -- and you can help spread the word!
Check out the lifesaving features you will find at
 Educational fliers.
Keep a stack of our "It's Hot" fliers (pictured above) in your glove compartment. Then, when you see a dog in a parked car, you can slip one under the windshield wiper to educate pet owners about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. Available from the UAN Store for just $3 for a 25-pack. posters.
Download and print our "Hot Temperature Warning Sign" poster or the powerful "A Hot Oven or a Hot Car" poster (pictured), then ask business owners to display one in the window to remind customers to think twice before leaving their canine companions in the car while they shop.
Hot temperature forecasting tool.
Enter your zip code to receive the
weather forecast
and an alert if the temperature is too hot to bring your dog with you. Dog is Cool pledge gallery.
Share your commitment to keep your dog cool and safe this summer! Just download and print the "
My Dog is Cool" pledge, sign your dog's name to it, take a close-up picture of your dog(s) with the pledge, and e-mail it to us. We'll add it to our "Cool Dogs" Gallery and send you five free copies of our “It’s Hot” flier.
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Add our
banner art to your Web site, Facebook profile or MySpace page to help spread the message that leaving dogs in hot cars is definitely not cool.
So just how hot is hot? When it is 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature can rocket to 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 102 degrees in just 10 minutes.
A dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.
Please help us spread the My Dog is Cool message and save lives this summer ... visit today! 
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UPDATE: Canadian Sealers Lose Biggest Client – EUROPE!
SOURCE: 5/5/09,
EU seal ban a 'black day for Atlantic Canada': Industry

They did it. The European Parliament passed
legislation to ban seal items from import/export throughout the European
Union. Today, they “voted overwhelmingly in favour of a ban across 27
nations.” Yep, the Canadian sealers just lost their biggest client: Europe!

“It's a black day for Atlantic Canada for this ban to go ahead," said Robert
Courtney, president of the North of Smokey Fishermen's Association in Nova
Scotia. "It's really going to have an impact because it's not just sealers
who will be affected, but fishermen, too. We didn't think they would do it."

Ah, but they did. And while it may be a black day for the killers -- what a
glorious day for the seals! Please take one moment to let this sink in. Our
fight is far from over...but we’re closing in.
Brenda Shoss, Kinship Circle

4/25/09: Don't Stain 2010 Olympics With The Blood Of Seals
3/7/09: Canada Seal Bill Dropped, No Debate. Demand End To Killing.

Ottawa authorized the slaughter of 338,000 seals this year.

The European Parliament voted 550-49 in Strasbourg, France, ending a long
battle to shut off a key market for Canada's sealing industry.

"It was a landslide victory," said Rebecca Aldworth, director of the Humane
Society International Canada. She said jubilant parliamentarians who
supported the law held up photographs and stuffed seal toys before the
electronic vote. "We're absolutely thrilled. This is a historic moment in
the campaign to stop commercial seal hunts around the world..."  


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The Humane Society of the United States - Support Stronger Humane Laws
April 23, 2009

Sign the Pledge!Dear David,

The U.S. Congress is back in action this week, and a number of important animal protection policy reforms to stop the worst cruelties are on the agenda. Recent events such as the chimpanzee attack in Connecticut and raids of puppy mills from coast to coast -- as well as ongoing abuses like the fraudulent selling of animal fur advertised as "fake" and the export of horses to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for food -- have made it more critical than ever that our laws protect animals from abuse and harm.

Today, I invite you to take the first step toward ensuring the humane treatment of all animals. Sign the pledge to support stronger laws to protect pets and other animals, and join tens of thousands of others who take action through the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Recognizing that all animals are defenseless without strong laws to protect them, we created the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) in 2004. The organization's goal? To get state and federal laws passed that protect animals from the worst abuses. HSLF also works to educate the public about animal protection issues and to support humane candidates for office.

Take the pledge today and tell us you'd like to receive alerts from HSLF. The organization will send you critical alerts giving you the chance to urge your legislators to support stronger laws to protect animals. The Humane Society Legislative Fund will also tell you about other ways to help animals, such as by taking part in HSLF's semi-annual "Party Animals" house party events, where animal advocates from all across the country come together for a night of fun while supporting animal protection.

People have power over animals, and can use that power to show mercy or to exhibit cruelty. Pets and other animals need more than good intentions to protect them. They need the force of law. Please take the pledge to support stronger laws today.

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

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Can't view this message? Read it online.

You don't have to be a cop to Fight Animal Cruelty
Go Orange for Animals
ASPCA Rescue Team: Dr. Melinda Merck, Annemarie Lucas, & Dr. Robert Reisman
You are one of the rare people whose concern for animals goes beyond pity and heartbreak, past anger and denial - because you have been helping solve the problems most people prefer to ignore. Your past generosity has helped...
 provide critical training for thousands of police officers and law enforcement professionals on cruelty investigations and prosecutions...
 rescue and treat countless abused animals and offer them the hope of a better future...
 create a united front with devoted members like you to stop the neglect and abuse of animals.
Because of your dedication to those animals we serve, we would like to invite you to join the ASPCA Founder's Society Giving Club. Founders are a group of dedicated friends who make annual gifts of $500 or more to help accelerate our efforts, allowing us to focus more resources on our lifesaving programs, and less on raising the necessary funds. Member benefits include, the annual ASPCA calendar, access to a Founder's Only Special Website, and a 20% discount on purchases made through the ASPCA online store. Your generosity will make a lasting difference.

Our work is far from over, and there has never been a more important time to act on your emotions and make a generous gift today. April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and is part of our pro-active campaign to encourage everyone to "Go Orange for Animals" and show support for all of our lifesaving efforts.

You don't have to be a cop, a lawyer or a judge to fight animal cruelty. All you need is the courage to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Your gift today will act as that voice.

If you can't join this special club today please consider a gift in any amount. We simply cannot do it without you!
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Flea Medications Injure 44,000 Pets

Categories: Dogs, Cats, Pet Health

dog scratches fleasAccording to a new (scary) report from the Environmental Protection Agency, topical and on-spot flea and tick medications injured 44,000 pets last year.

The study looked at EPA-registered pet products, commonly found at drug stores or on supermarket shelves in 2008. Sprays, collars, and shampoos – anything topical or on-spot to treat ticks and fleas - were included.

Most of the potential incident reports involved spot-on treatments, like the ones sold in tubes or vials and used on a specific part of your pet's body. Reactions included rashes, seizures, and, in some cases, death.

To play it safe, you may want to skip the grocery aisle for your flea and tick products. "Stick with a product you're getting from a veterinarian," advises
Dr. Matthew Cooper. Side effects caused by over-the-counter medications don't come as a surprise to veterinarians, who often urge pet owners to stick with doctor-recommended products.

To see if you've been using one of the EPA-products in question,
look at the EPA Registration Number on the label and check its web site. The seven products, which pet owners can identify using the label, accounted for about 80 percent of the incidents, the agency said.The EPA is now boosting scrutiny of on-spot flea and tick treatments. In the meantime, here are some of their safety tips:

- Carefully read and follow the product label
- Use flea and tick control products only on the animal specified ─ for example, dog products for dogs only
- Only apply the amount indicated for the size of the animal being treated
- Pay attention to the age restrictions
- Monitor your pet for side effects
- If your pet has an adverse reaction call your vet immediately

For more information check with the
National Pesticide Information Center.

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Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch
is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that 'It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it.'

This Snopes site gives the following information:

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called ' Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine..



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Smart Shopping For Cat Food

What should I feed my cat?
What you feed your cat will have a great impact on its life, health, and ability to thrive. Not all cat food is created equal, so what should you look for in kitty cuisine?

Read Story
Aromatherapy, helpful or harmful for your pet?

by Shawn Messonnier DVM

Aromatherapy uses volatile oils to achieve a physical or psychological response. Fragrant oils and spices have been used medically for thousands of years in the Middle East.

Read Story
Baytril, Blindness, and Your Cat

By Shawn Messonnier DVM

Antibiotics are often used in the treatment of various feline diseases. Due to over-use of antibiotics, bacteria can develop resistance to frequently used antibiotics; as a result, antibiotics become less effective over time, and may even become ineffective.

Read Story
New Year's Resolutions for Your Pet's Health

by Shawn Messonnier, DVM
A simple step-by-step plan to help your pet get healthy this year. Take it slow and easy, go step-by-step, don't get overwhelmed, and by this time next year you'll have taken several small but important steps to improve your pet's health.

Read Story
Getting the Fat on Fatty Acids

By Shawn Messonnier DVM
Fatty acids are among the most commonly used nutritional supplements used in treating dogs and cats. Fortunately, they have been used successfully long enough that most conventional veterinarians include their usage in the treatment of at least some diseases.

Read Story
Touch Therapy Can Calm Nervous Pets

By Shawn Messonnier DVM
In 1978, a gentle touch technique that uses small, circular hand movements was created to help improve animal behavior problems. The technique has shown effectiveness when used on people and a variety of animals.

Read Story
Pet Theft on the Rise

We have heard some disturbing news related to the slowing economy and your pets' safety. Reports of pet theft have dramatically increased this year - in fact, reports have quadrupled since 2007. People get desperate in hard times, but it is extremely unfortunate that the victims in this case are our pets.

Read Story
Helping Bring Animal Abuse Criminals to Justice

In an effort to reduce the staggering number of animal cruelty cases and help law enforcement officials, SPCA International is expanding our Emergency Shelter program to include reward support for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in sever animal abuse and neglect cases.

Read Story

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The information about the sugar-free gum is true. Check it out at:

WARNING! To all dog owners pass this on to everyone you can.

Last Friday evening, I arrived home from work, fed Chloe, our 24# Dachshund just as I normally do. Ten minutes later I walked into the den just in time to see her head inside the pocket of Katie's friend's purse. She had a guilty look on her face so I looked closer and saw a small package of sugar-free gum. It contained xylitol.

I remembered that I had recently read that sugar-free gum can be deadly for dogs so I jumped on line and looked to see if xylitol was the ingredient. I found the first website below and it was the one. Next, I called our vet. She said to bring her in immediately.

Unfortunately, it was still rush hour and it took me almost 1/2 hour to get there. Meanwhile, since this was her first case, our vet found another website to figure out the treatment. She took Chloe and said they would induce her to vomit, give her a charcoal drink to absorb the toxin (even though they don't think it works) then they would start an iv with dextrose

The xylitol causes dogs to secrete insulin so their blood sugar drops very quickly. The second thing that happens is liver failure. If that happens, even with aggressive treatment, it can be difficult to save them. She told us she would call us.

Almost two hours later, the vet called and said that contents of her stomach contained 2-3 gum wrappers and that her blood sugar had dropped from 90 to 59 in 30 minutes. She wanted us to take Chloe to another hospita l that has a critical care unit operating around the clock. We picked her up and took her there. They had us call the ASPCA poison control for a case
number and for a donation, their doctors would direct Chloe's doctor on treatment They would continue the iv, monitor her blood every other hour and then in 2 days test her liver function. She ended up with a central line in her jugular vein since the one in her leg collapsed, just as our regular vet had feared.

Chloe spent almost the entire weekend in the critical care hospital. After her blood sugar was stabilized, she came home yesterday. They ran all the tests again before they released her and so far, no sign of liver damage.

Had I not seen her head in the purse, she probably would have died and we wouldn't even had known why.

Three vets told me this weekend, that they were amazed that I even knew ;about it since they are first learning about it too. Please tell everyone you know about xylitol and dogs. It may save another life.

Dog Walking Calculator

Dogs on the Run

Just like people who aren't used to exercise, dogs should start off slow. Moderately paced walking and swimming are a good way to start--they let canine athletes build their cardiovascular and muscle strength without putting undue stress on their joints. A daily ten- to 15-minute walking or swimming session is a good start; you can build to an hour a day if Rover seems up to it. If, after a few months, he's doing well and can handle long, fast walks without fatigue, he can graduate to jogging with you. Once he's adapted to the exercise, you and your dog can run and walk to your heart's content, if you take a few precautions:

  • Keep a close eye on your dog: watch for any unusual signs of fatigue or trouble breathing. If your pup wants to stop, let him. Dogs that overdo it can suffer strained tendons or ligaments or other orthopedic problems.
  • Don't expect your fuzzy buddy to be a weekend warrior, even if you only get exercise on the weekends yourself. After a long week without exercise, your dog may be ready to get out and burn off energy. But because of their enthusiasm, many of the popular breeds, such as Labrador and golden retrievers, will overdo it.
  • Safety first--keep Rover on a leash when you run. Even the best-trained dogs can run into the path of a car or a territorial animal. And if you have to run when it's dark out, put reflectors on your dog's collar as well as on your clothes.
  • Concrete and asphalt are tough on the paws, especially on hot days. Try to run on dirt paths or grass as much as possible. Gravel, cinders, and road salt can also irritate paws.
  • Take it easy in extreme weather. If it's freezing cold or hot and steamy out, either keep your run short or play a little indoor fetch instead.
  • The more active your dog is, the more water he'll need. Make sure he has plenty of fresh water before and after your run. If you're going for a long run, take some water along for him.