Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maddie's Fund surpasses expectations with record number of adoptions in two day event

Via PR Newswire: Maddie's Fund has announced the final number of adoptions made at their 2014 Maddie's Pet Adoption Days event. An unparalleled 16,665 dogs and cats found homes during the nation's largest free pet adoption event, sponsored by Maddie's Fund. This represents a 98% increase over last year's 8,432 adoptions for this two-day event.

Maddie's Fund originally set aside $10 million to underwrite the adoptions managed by participating organizations this year, however, the total donation awarded to groups for qualifying adoptions this year was actually $13.3 million.

In its fifth year, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days spanned 591 cities in nine states across the U.S. More than 200 shelters and rescue groups worked enthusiastically over the two days to give homeless pets a second chance. Communities throughout the country were buzzing with adoption events, and many locations had people lined up hours before their doors opened.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola and pets: What are the risks?

Via PR Newswire: Can pets get sick from Ebola? Can they pass the virus to us? What should happen to the pets of infected people?

These questions came to the forefront this week when concerns were raised about what to do with the dog of an Ebola-infected nurse in Texas. While the dog has shown no signs of being infected, it is currently in quarantine as officials monitor its health. Earlier in the month, officials in Spain opted to euthanize a dog that may have been exposed to Ebola from an infected owner.

Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), said his organization is working with a number of veterinary and public health agencies and experts to develop protocols that veterinarians and other health officials can use to help guide their decisions on the handling and care of pets that may have been exposed to Ebola.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello Again!

It's just over three months since my last post. I also took a complete break from social media.

I have to admit that I have enjoyed the time off, but now I find that I've started to miss my blog and my blogging friends.

So I will begin oh, so slowly to start blogging again. I can't guarantee a regular schedule. Right now, I just want to see how it feels.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Goodbye for now

When I began tweeting as Bunny Jean Cook in March 2009, I had no idea how it would change my life. At that time, I was working as a fundraiser for a human service organization. As part of my job, I was checking out the wild world of social media including Twitter.

I posted a picture of my rabbit as my avatar and met a whole group of wonderful pet loving people! After a while, some of the anipals (as we called ourselves) started having virtual parties, and one very creative little terrier took the idea and turned it into a way to raise funds for small animal charities.

Pawpawties were 24 hour virtual parties complete with DJs, Barktenders, Quizmasters and Sekurity. We had corporate sponsors and helped raise over $1,000 per month for animal charities all over the world. Eventually Pawpawty was retired, but Nipclub (a virtual nightclub for anipals) took its place. Over 100 anipals continue to meet one weekend a month to raise funds while having fun!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Jersey Senate passes bill to crack down on puppy mills

A bill to help crack down on puppy mills and protect consumers who buy puppies from commercial breeders in pet stores has passed the New Jersey Senate. S. 1870 will require pet shops in the state to provide consumers with certain identifying information regarding the animals they sell.

Kathleen Schatzmann, the New Jersey state director for the Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:

“Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills and the sources of these dogs are often not disclosed to consumers. New Jersey consumers have repeatedly complained to the HSUS and consumer organizations about puppies purchased from pet stores who appeared healthy at first, only to show severe signs of illness within hours or days of purchase. This legislation is a step in the right direction and will help protect consumers from purchasing a sick animal.”