Have a Happy, Responsible Holiday!

December 18, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · 2 Comments 

If you are considering getting or giving a pet this holiday season, skip the Internet and retail stores in favor of animal shelters or breed-specific rescue groups.   

“NBC news recently investigated complaints about an online retailer that promised healthy pups from responsible local breeders. Instead, it delivered sick dogs housed in unhealthy conditions at a large-scale commercial breeding company, also known as a puppy mill.  ‘If you buy from a source you haven’t done research on, the risk of health ailments and behavioral problems do not go down; if anything, they go up,’ says Cori Menkin, senior director of the ASPCA’s Puppy Mills Campaign, which urges people to avoid any bricks-and-mortar or online retailer that sell puppies. ‘About 99 percent of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. If you are in the market, make adoption an option and visit a shelter or go directly to a breeder.'”  (source:  Preparing to put a puppy under the tree)

Unfortunately, many people cannot continue caring for their pets in this economic downturn.  For example, “[m]any Wisconsin animal shelters are at or near capacity, reflecting a national trend as more pet owners are forced to give away their dogs and cats because they can’t afford to keep them.”  (source:  Wisconsin animal shelters filling up due to lagging economy).  Recently, “[t]he Humane Society of North Texas took custody of 142 small breed dogs, three pygmy goats, three rabbits, two cats and more than a dozen chickens from what authorities called a sub-standard puppy mill in Aubrey.”  (source:  Humane Society Short on Space after Seizure of More Than 150 Animals).  So check your local shelter – many will be having adoption specials in order to deal with over-capacity.

As you celebrate the end of the year and consider bringing a new loved one into your family, choose adoption and give a very special gift to a very deserving animal.  Happy Holidays!

“Prosecutors to review Los Angeles animal cruelty case”

December 17, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Brenda Barnette told The Times earlier this week that she had not considered a criminal referral for Manuel Boado, 64. He allegedly failed to sedate dogs before euthanizing them, placed them near other dead animals and inserted the euthanizing needle into their jugular veins during euthanasia, which is considered more painful than other locations. A city commission upheld his firing Dec. 8. . . .

‘Several concerned and caring citizens have come forward asking to have [Boado] prosecuted for animal cruelty,’ she wrote. ‘The department can request an investigation, which we will do.’ . . .”

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For previous coverage, see “L.A. fires animal shelter worker over his euthanasia practices


“Cuddly puppies help law students de-stress before exams”

December 3, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Following up a successful ‘puppy day’ from last spring, GMU law school enlisted volunteer animal rescue organization A Forever Home to bring 15 puppies that needed attention to its campus as a stress reducer for law students leading up to final exams.”

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“Lab Beagles Released In Spain, 40 Dogs See Sunlight For First Time”

November 28, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“. . . According to the Beagle Freedom Project’s website, beagles are the breed of choice for lab testing of pharmaceutical, household, and cosmetic products due to their ‘friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities,’ their ability to adapt to life in a cage and the fact that they are relatively inexpensive to feed. . . .”

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For more, visit the Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME) Beagle Freedom Project website HERE and watch a video of their rescue of nine lab beagles in June HERE

“Romanian parliament votes to put down stray dogs despite lobbying by animal rights groups”

November 28, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Romanian lawmakers voted Tuesday to make it legal to euthanize the thousands of stray dogs that roam the country’s streets, angering animal rights activists who have lobbied for months to stop the measure. . . .”

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