How to Keep Your Pets Safe this Halloween

Halloween can be a little spooky for pets. Trick or treat strangers coming to the door all evening, the constant doorbell ringing, the bowl full of chocolate, the front door opening up with unusual creatures waiting, but never coming in to give back scratches… it can be more than a little overwhelming for pets. Continue reading

Iowa Congressman in the Doghouse for Comments about Dog Fighting

It’s all over the news that Steve King, a congressman from Iowa, has stepped in some serious doo-doo, and can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth. In his efforts to communicate that animals should not be rated higher than human beings, he responded to a questioner at a televised town hall style meeting:

“When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that.”

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Rescuing Dogs in Cars a Hot Topic

I went to a mall yesterday with a friend to beat the heat, but before we made it inside, my friend and I heard a crying dog in the parking lot. We were able to find the car by the whimpering sounds and the telltale cracked windows. Pretty soon we were joined by an elderly woman and her older mother hobbling along with a cane who also heard the cries. Though the oldest woman looked frail, she didn’t hesitate to state that she was ready to string someone up for leaving the precious dog in the heat. And I believe she would have too! Don’t mess with a mad 90+ grandma on the war path! Continue reading

Tragic Case of Cat Hoarding: 113 Dead Kittens, 51 Live Cats in California

Usually I prefer to keep Feline Fridays upbeat, but with the recent news release about a search and rescue operation in which 113 dead kittens and 51 live adult cats were found housed in horrible conditions, it was clear that the issue of animal hoarding needs to be addressed. This particular story is from Seaside, California, but a similar story just came out of Kansas City, Missouri which gives better insight into how the desire to love and nurture can turn into an unhealthy situation that affects the cats, people, and whole communities. Continue reading

European Vacationers Abandoning Pets at an Alarming Rate

Our European and Australian neighbors may scoff at the skimpy two weeks of vacation Americans typically allot themselves yearly; however, the month-long vacations that Europeans enjoy have unintended health consequences for certain members of the family: pets.

According to NPR, over 100,000 pets are abandoned during summer vacation in France alone due to owners being unwilling or unable to take their pets along and find suitable care in their absence. Consequently, shelters see an influx of animals brought in by owners who feel this is more humane than simply releasing them. Continue reading

Controversial New Rules Proposed for Pet Trade Regulation

The American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are fighting like cats and dogs over a proposal designed to close pet industry regulation loopholes that have enabled unscrupulous breeders to dodge animal welfare regulations crafted before the invention of the Internet. Continue reading

Breed Specific Legislation: Could Your Dog Be Targeted?

Does this face look aggressive to you?

Do you remember those days in grade school when you were allowed to have a snack in the classroom?  Then one day Billy threw his pudding across the room and ruined snack break for everyone.

That is similar to what is going on now and why we have to deal with Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). Continue reading