Saturday, October 3, 2015

October is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month

Via - Each October, American Humane Association encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in honor of its yearly "Adopt-a-Dog Month."

This year, American Humane Association is launching a national initiative to bring awareness to a vital issue: The need to provide safe, loving homes for the thousands of older pets that often face the highest risk in animal shelters.

Each year, an estimated 3 million to 4 million shelter animals are euthanized. Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals — but there are so many reasons why dogs over the age of 6 or 7 make ideal furry family members and friends:

Sunday, September 27, 2015

USDA urged to improve care standards for puppy mill dogs

Via - The Humane Society of the United StatesAmerican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association filed a legal petition with the United States Department of Agriculture urging the agency to improve the standards of care for dogs kept in commercial breeding facilities.

The USDA regulates such facilities under the federal Animal Welfare Act, but current AWA regulations fall far short of ensuring the humane treatment of dogs. The requested changes would create more specific standards for veterinary care, housing, breeding practices, socialization and placement of retired breeding dogs.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Smallest dog wins biggest prize at American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

Via PRNewswire - Heroes are not judged merely by their size, but by the size of their hearts.

Following more than a million votes by the American public and the opinions of an expert panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, a tiny Chihuahua named Harley has been named this year's most courageous canine and biggest dog star, beating out 170 other heroic hounds and capturing the top title of "American Hero Dog" at the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Harley spent 10 years living in a small cage in a puppy mill before he was rescued and found a loving home. His journey of physical and emotional healing inspired a campaign called "Harley to the Rescue," which has raised the funds to save and provide medical care for more than 500 dogs from puppy mills over the past two years.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Basil the Disaster Kitten shows how to prepare your pet for a natural disaster

Via - September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. Unfortunately, some pet owners are not prepared when a disaster strikes.

Disasters can happen at any time; so plan ahead and don't lose sense of your priorities—pets are family and should never be left behind. Pledge now to be a responsible pet owner who will take ALL pets with you.

Visit for more resources on staying safe during times of disaster. And remember—if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for your pets. Download and print a PDF version of this checklist

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Rescued horses loving life on Oregon sanctuary

Duchess Sanctuary, operated by the Fund for Animals in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, is a 1,120-acre facility south of Eugene, Ore., that was established in 2008 as an oasis for nearly 200 formerly abused, abandoned, neglected, and homeless horses.

Mares and their offspring rescued from the pregnant mare urine (PMU) industry make up the majority of the herd. Other residents include orphaned mustangs, as well as horses rescued from auctions and feedlots.