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Neutering Vaccine
Non-surgical alternative sterilizes dogs in one shot
Sochi's pre-Olympic dog crisis brought the world's pet overpopulation problem to the forefront of people's minds. Neutering is not a cultural norm in Russia, exacerbating stray dog numbers to uncontrollable levels. Many countries have had success with Trap Neuter Release (TNR) programs in reducing stray pet numbers over time, but not all communities have the resources needed to implement TNR....
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Canine Hostage in Afghanistan
A war dog is featured in the latest Taliban video
War dogs are pretty incredible animals. They don't choose to be on the front lines of battle, but they serve at their handler's side through a multitude of horrific events. Many working canines have died on the job, but there are other risks as well. Like their human counterparts, dogs also suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Recently a British Belgian Malinois joined humans in another...
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Westminster Hosts First Agility Competition in NYC
Mixed and purebred pups run together in the Master Agility Championship
As judging gets underway this morning for the storied Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the more athletic pups already had their night to shine this past weekend. On Saturday, Westminster hosted their first annual Masters Agility Championship. It also marked the first time mixed breeds could participate in a Westminster event since 1884 (apparently non-purebreds were included in the early days)....
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Rescue Effort for Sochi Canines
Volunteers mobilize for a last ditch effort to save strays
While the Sochi government ruthlessly kills stray dogs in preparation for the Olympic Games, animal rescuers have mobilized to save as many pups as possible. On Monday the volunteers were told that they had until Thursday to remove dogs from the Olympic Village or the animals would be shot. Russian billionaire and Sochi Games investor Oleg V. Deripaska has backed the rescue effort by funding...
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Dogs Being Killed in Sochi
Animals are being exterminated in advance of the Olympic Games
The Sochi Olympics has been met with controversy on many fronts, but now reports are surfacing that the Sochi government is overturning their decision to control the stray dog problem humanely in advance of the Games. The government is worried that the animals may bite visitors or interfere with the competitions. Back in April, Sochi decided against hiring an extermination company to kill...
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Promoting Annual Checkups for Pets
Vet visits are down and health problems are up
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the number of canine vet visits dropped 21 percent since 2001 (and a whopping 30 percent for cats), while the number of emergency visits increased. Meanwhile, the Banfield Pet Hospital network has seen an increase in pet obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and thyroid and kidney disease. It seems that more and more people are waiting...
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Service Dog Protection Law in N.J.
Legislation signed this week establishes penalties for harming guide dogs
Earlier this week, New Jersey signed Dusty's Law into effect, establishing criminal penalties for hurting, or even interfering with, a service dog. To date, it's one of the most comprehensive guide dog protection laws passed by a state. Previously police had to refer these cases over to animal control agencies that didn't always have the resources to immediately investigate. Proponents of the...
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Hiking Guide Dog Passes Away
Randy Pierce says goodbye to an amazing canine partner
Quinn, the seeing eye dog who helped Randy Pierce hike all of New Hampshire's 48 4,000+ foot mountains, including the 6,288 foot Mt. Washington three times, passed away yesterday at the age of nine. In 2012, at the time of their achievement, only 46 people could make the same claim. I was, and still am, in awe of this team. Having hiked one of the New Hampshire 4,000 footers with my dog, I know...
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Innovating Shelter Design
NYC architects revamp the traditional layout for housing homeless pups
Although my relationship with Scuttle began at the local shelter, it's still a depressing place to visit. Rows of dark kennels filled with barking dogs isn't enjoyable for the poor animals or the overworked staff. And this of course impacts the visitor experience. It's been great to see a new trend of shelters designed to improve the atmosphere, such as the San Francisco SPCA with its spacious,...
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Lindsey Vonn Adopts a 'Rehab Buddy'
The popular skier finds a pup also recovering from a leg injury
There's nothing like a fuzzy puppy to cuddle up with when you're sick or an energetic dog to get you outside when you're depressed. After succumbing to a knee injury just weeks before the Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn has discovered the joys of rescuing a pup in need. The day after withdrawing from the Sochi games, the popular skier visited the Furry Friends Adoption and Clinic in Jupiter,...

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