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What’s to Be Done About Urban Strays?
Will Doig’s column “The Secret Lives of Feral Dogs” (Slate, 1/17/12) opens with a jolt: the revelation that Harrisburg, Penn., police officers have been instructed to stop bringing strays into the city shelter and, among other options, shoot them instead. It’s a shocking development, something you might expect to read about in the developing world, not here. But despite all the dog spas and yappy...
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Way to Go, AVMA!
Veterinarians issue new guidelines for responsible pet ownership
The executive board of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently approved the content of the following brand new, hot-off-the-press pet ownership guidelines. Have a look and see what you think. Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership Owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship. However, the benefits of pet ownership come with obligations...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Saving Dog Fighting Victims
New program rescues seized pups in Chicago
Michael Vick's dogs got a lot of national media attention during his infamous court case. Most of them were fortunate to be placed in rescue, where they were rehabilitated and adopted out to loving families. But not all dogs from fighting cases get a second chance. Sadly, these canine victims are often euthanized. The Court Case Dog Program aims to change that in Chicago. The program was...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Seeing the World for the First Time
Beagle Freedom Project rescues dogs from laboratories
You may have seen the You Tube video of rescued beagles experiencing grass and sun for the first time (check it out below if you haven't seen it yet). It's amazing to see the dogs tentatively come out and experience the things we take for granted. I was so inspired by the video that I wanted to find out more about the efforts to rescue these dogs. The Beagles in the You Tube video were rescued...
Blog: Shirley Zindler
Hoarding
You never get used to a hoarder’s house
The stench of garbage, urine and feces hit me as I entered the home. Sunlight slanted through a broken window and illuminated the clutter and sparkles of dust in the air. Cats and small dogs bolted in every direction, frantic to hide from the stranger in their midst. The place was littered with empty pet food cans, old magazines, clothes, dishes and boxes. Ammonia stung my eyes and throat as I...
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Foster A Lonely Pet for the Holidays
While I rewrite A Christmas Carol
I recently watched A Christmas Carol—the überschmaltzy George C. Scott version with weirdly campy ghosts of Christmas Past and Present. It got me thinking that someone needs to make a dog-centric version of this holiday classic—not in least part to erase this one from my memory banks. Scrooge would be a lonely old man, running a huge puppy mill. His visit to Christmases Past would flash on young...
Dog's Life: Humane
The Warm Bellies Initiative
Helping deliver cozy beds to comfort shelter dogs this winter.
Shelter life can be hard on a dog. The everyday comforts we take for granted are missing, replaced with unfamiliar smells, scary sounds and cold floors. This holiday season, the folks at P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyles and You) and the PetFinder.com Foundation have partnered up through their Warm Bellies Initiative to give animals in need a warm place to sleep. Every time you purchase an Artist or...
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Holiday Ornaments with a Mission
Make happy tails come true this December
This time of year, I’m always looking for ways to balance the excesses of the holiday with the true spirit of giving—without being a total buzzkill. It’s not always easy. But I can depend on Shelby Humane Society ornaments. For a $50 sponsorship fee, I receive a framed portrait of an adorable shelter pup in Central Alabama, where pet overpopulation makes finding dogs homes extremely difficult....
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Family Dog Killed by Wildlife Trap
Owners Sue U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services
My heart breaks for Doug and Denise McCurtain of Gresham, Ore., near Portland. This past August, their beloved seven-year-old Border Collie, Maggie, got caught in a nutria trap and suffered a horrific death. The McCurtains had been warned by their neighborhood association that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services was setting out traps to control a nuisance nutria population....
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Mall Pet Stores Closing in Phoenix
The sale of purebred puppies in at least nine Phoenix area malls is about to end. The Arizona Republic reported in November that Macerich, the parent company of Westcor (the malls’ owner) will not renew existing pet store leases. Instead, shelters and/or animal rescues will be offered space to boost adoptions because pet overpopulation is such a huge problem in Maricopa County. In 2010,...

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