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
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.
The Fetch Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. 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.
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
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
If you are interested in promoting Lab Rescue for your agency's CFC campaign, please email
Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, Overstock.com, DogToys.com...and LOTS more!!
create an iGive account and set Lab Rescue as your selected cause, simply click on the following link:
You can also download the iGive.com 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
Adoption Days & Events
October 3, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11021 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
November 15, 2009
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
6100 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22044
Sunday, December 6, 2009
AM - 12:30 PM
218 Kentlands Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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 email@example.com
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
Sheila Wedegis is offering 15% off her original Lab Artwork
on Etsy.com this week. Take advantage of this special discount and a percentage of the sale will be donated to Lab
Sheila's project, Saving A Lab A Day, is helping to raise funds for 7 Lab Rescue Organizations,
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 Petfinder.com documents
the problem, with 14% (28,742) of the 203,588 dogs in search of a new home described as Labs.
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
2010 Rescued Lab
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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'.
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.
tickets on Southwest Airlines within the continental U.S ($800 value).
stay at the South Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC
- A 12" by 12" custom pet portrait bySheila Wedegis
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.
Lots of Fun at the
Lab Rescue Summer 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 email@example.com.
Thanks to you, Dogasaur is growing at an incredible rate. We have a vibrant and thriving community thanks to
all our members.
Everyone loves a good contest, and who wouldn't like a little extra cash in their
pocket? Through October 31st 2009, the Dogasaur.com member with the greatest increase in the number of friends will receive
a $100 AMEX Gift Card and an official Dogasaur.com T-shirt!
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 Dogasaur.com T-shrt.
be new ones you invited to join and befriend and current Dogasaur.com members you befriend.
be mailed to the grand prize winner within 30 days of contest end date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Dogasaur.com 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, Dogasaur.com 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
members now have the choice to install our Facebook application and share your Dogasaur.com 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 Dogasaur.com!
Team Dogasaur http://www.dogasaur.com/
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
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 email@example.com with “Foreclosure Pets Grant” in the subject line:
name and mission statement
American Humane member number
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
leave your dog with a small child unattended under any circumstances!!!
Only one little moment was enough for the following to happen.
by PawLux.com: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Is your dog having trouble with walking & mobility? Consider a harness or wheelchair if your dog is having trouble
Information regarding the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
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.
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.
recommends that your dog be isolated from contact with other dogs for up to 14 days post exposure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
Pet Postcard Project 676A Ninth Ave. #321 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.
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."
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.
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
"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 Adopt-a-Pet.com and Purina to help get your pets seen and adopted! Now, beginning
around July 24th, your adoptable dogs and cats can appear on MarthaStewart.com without any extra effort on your
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, MarthaStewart.com will be featuring dogs and cats, but we hope
to expand it to include other species very soon.
If you do not want your dogs and cats to appear on MarthaStewart.com,
you can easily opt out by visiting your "My shelter/rescue info" page and unchecking the box for MarthaStewart.com
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 MarthaStewart.com as soon as the feature goes live.
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 MarthaStewart.com, but we will
keep you posted! For now, though, the MarthaStewart.com partner option will not appear on your "My shelter/rescue
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.
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.
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. KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES: • 12/18/04: 'Tis The Season To Buy Fur? • 2/20/02: Urban Outfitters Sells Fur
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
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...
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."
LT PHOTO: Ringling elephants, Los Angeles
Times. RT: nypost.com
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.
LONG TIME COMING: 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.
WHY WE CARE: 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 pounded...so 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: • www.nodowners.org/intro_dapa.htm • www.govtrack.us • www.washingtonwatch.com
TO TELL THE TRUTH. DOWNLOAD THESE FACT SHEETS:
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
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.
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
SUMMARY: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734-764-2220
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.
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.
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
From W.A.R. (WIN ANIMAL
RIGHTS), email@example.com — 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...
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Respectfully, Elliot M. Katz, DVM President, IDA
May 20, 2009
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
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.
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.
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.
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 GoodDogz.org
grow, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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 GoodDogz.org 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 email@example.com so that we can send you exhibitor's information shortly.
Also, consider hanging out with
the GoodDogz.org 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!
GoodDogz.org is seeking volunteers to help in the following
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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.
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.
Free 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.
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.
My Dog is Cool pledge gallery. Share your
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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
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KINSHIP CIRCLE PRIMARY / PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST UPDATE: Canadian Sealers Lose
Biggest Client – EUROPE! SOURCE: 5/5/09, EU seal ban a 'black day for Atlantic Canada': Industry FULL
STORY:http://www.canada.com/news/Parliament+votes+seal+imports/1564814/story.html FOLKS -- THIS IS BIG NEWS. 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
"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..." FULL STORY: http://www.canada.com/news/Parliament+votes+seal+imports/1564814/story.html
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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.
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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
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
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:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp 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? by PetMD.com 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.
Story Pet Theft on the Rise
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.
The information about the sugar-free gum is
true. Check it out at:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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