A Christmas Miracle for Biggie, an Abandoned German Shepherd

BiggieAs you may recall, my friend Eldad Hagar with Hope for Paws, is one of my favorite animal advocates. He gets calls about abandoned animals and somehow gains the trust of these poor, sweet creatures so they can be gently apprehended. He records these rescues on film with simple, low-tech videography. The rescues show us the power of love and patience, and that hope isn’t just an empty promise.

This video is especially touching to watch with a community pitching in together to save an abandoned German Shepherd. The dog is a big, sweet, but nervous boy who is very brave to submit to the rescue efforts out of a dangerous situation. This clip also features rare footage of Eldad, who is normally hidden behind the camera, so this is a treat!

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Driving Dogs Learn New Tricks for a Good Cause

190623-dogs-driving-carsThese mutts are on a mission! The SPCA of Auckland, NZ has a goal of making the public aware that dogs in shelters are highly intelligent, capable companions and decided to teach three adoptable dogs how to drive a car.

Mark Vette, the trainer, who has worked on numerous movie sets, had his doubts about being able to execute the project, even if it was for a good cause. The vehicles had to be modified to be operable by dogs, but all the controls would be done by the dogs: starting, the pedals, steering, and stopping! Continue reading

Reprieve: “Woe to those who lay a finger on the cats,” Declares Mayor of Rome

Torre-Argentina-Cat-Sanctuary-in-Rome-Faces-ExtinctionThere has been a cat fight between archeologists and a cat shelter that services the colony of cats in an area of crumbling ruins in central Rome called Torre Argentina. This site was a meeting place for politicians and the place that Brutus stabbed Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Despite the area’s violent heritage, the ruins offer a peaceful reprieve from the surrounding bustle of the city. Tourists are as drawn to the cats as they are to the historical significance of the place. Continue reading

Playful Blind Cat Wins $15,000 for Viral Video

Life is what you make it! Meet Oskar, a beautiful tabby barn cat born blind from a rare disorder that caused his eyes not to develop. His family, the Szdlowskis, decided to take a chance and adopt him when he was 8 weeks old. They weren’t sure how he would fare and wondered if he could find the cat box and if their other cat would like him. Continue reading

Prison Inmates and Hard-to-Adopt Shelter Dogs a Perfect Match

Everyone makes mistakes. A rough background and stress can make people and pups react poorly in a moment or learn bad habits over time that can be hard to break. Perhaps that’s why there seems to be such an affinity and even a tenderness between inmates and shelter dogs that are paired with each other in programs designed to teach both humans and animals valuable tools for living in society with improved socialization and marketable skills. Continue reading

Dad Loses Facebook Bet, Owes Kids a Cat

Never underestimate the power of cute kids, a mother’s ingenuity, cat lovers, and the Internet! Dan Urbano agreed to let son Remi, age 7, and daughter Evelyn, age 1, have a cat if they could get 1,000 “likes” on their mother’s Facebook page.

Marisa Urbano helped launch the social media campaign with the above photograph. They thought they could get a few likes from friends and family, but had no idea the idea would go viral. Within two hours of posting the photo, the kids won the bet, eventually getting 122,732 likes as of writing this (I was number 122,733.) Continue reading

Dog Lovers Will Want This for Christmas!

We’ve promoted some of Seth Casteel’s amazing underwater dog photography, especially during the dog days of summer as sort of a subliminal cool-off message when it was just so dang hot! His images went viral with over 150 million views/shares this last year. (We like to think we helped a little.)

Seth Casteel has just released a new coffee-table book that we will all want to get our paws on. At $20, this will be the perfect gift for yourself and other dog lovers this Christmas! It’s available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also check out the 2013 wall calendar as well. You may be wondering why we’re promoting a book that we don’t even carry. Not only is Mr. Casteel a talented photographer with a gift for capturing animals with an amazing range of expressions, he’s just an all-around good guy and animal advocate. Continue reading

Black Cat Adoptions Controversial in October

Some shelters specifically don’t adopt out black cats during October for fear that they may be used for ritualistic sacrifices on Halloween. Some believe this is somewhat of an urban myth that complicates cat adoptions for black cats even more than usual. Black cats often have difficulty getting adopted because they are difficult to see in their cages, and difficult to photograph.  Continue reading

How to Adopt from a Breed Rescue

As mentioned previously, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. But what if you are interested in a particular breed? Hopefully, if you’re able to open your home to a dog, you’ve already checked out PetFinder.com to see what is available in your area and in your desired breed category. You will be amazed at the number of dogs available!

Another viable option is to research breed-specific rescues. This can be a great alternative if you desire a more rare breed that isn’t likely to show up in a shelter without being placed on a long wait list. Here’s what you need to know to go through a Breed Rescue Group. Continue reading