Saturday, September 24, 2016

Survey reveals need for policies addressing obstacles for veterans with service dogs

American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, has released the findings of a new survey of U.S. retail employees measuring their experiences with, and perceptions of, customers with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) service dogs.

Harnessing the healing powers of the human-animal bond, specially trained PTS service dogs can offer vital and often lifesaving support to the estimated 14 percent of our nation's service members and veterans who suffer from combat-related PTS.

However, though many people rely on these animals every day, there are currently no national standards or accepted best practices for the definition, training, and credentialing of PTS service dogs—a void that creates obstacles for PTS veterans seeking access and reasonable accommodations for their service dogs in public places of business.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Courageous canine wins top title at 2016 American Hero Dog Awards

Following nearly a million votes by the American public and the opinions of an expert panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, Hooch, a three-year-old French Mastiff from Tehachapi, California, has been named this year's most courageous canine, beating 173 other heroic hounds and capturing the top title of "American Hero Dog" at the 2016 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

Hooch is a dog with badly cropped ears, a broken tail, and a bright spirit. Zach Skow, of Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue, learned about him from a shelter in Bakersfield, which told him Hooch would not eat or drink, instead thrashing his food and water bowls around "like a maniac."

He was 35 pounds underweight, starving and dehydrated, and they thought that a broken or dislocated jaw was causing his behavior. But when he was taken to the vet and sedated for x-raying, a gruesome discovery was made: Hooch's tongue had been savagely removed at its base, likely in an attempt to prime him for the role of a bait dog. Hooch kept removing his feeding tube, but fortunately took well to being hand-fed, tilting his head back while food was placed in the back of his throat, and letting gravity do the work.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Update: ASPCA places nearly 230 animals from Westport, Mass. animal cruelty case

After more than a month of receiving medical care and behavioral enrichment, nearly 230 animals of various species rescued by the ASPCA at the request of Westport Police Department in late July were transported to rescue groups throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont and Maine.

The ASPCA worked with its network of rescue groups and shelters to find suitable placement options for animals—including rabbits, chickens, geese, equines and fish—that were legally surrendered to local authorities.

Agencies that received animals from the ASPCA include Animal Welfare Society (Kennebunk, Maine); Catskill Animal Sanctuary (Saugerties, N.Y.); Chautauqua County Humane Society (Chautauqua, N.Y.);  Humane Society of Chittenden County (South Burlington, Vt.); Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, Conn.); Days End Farm Horse Rescue (Woodbine, Md.); Forever Paws Animal Shelter (Fall River, Mass.); House Rabbit Network (Woburn, Mass.); MSPCA Cape Cod (Centerville, Mass.); MSPCA (Boston, Mass.); Potter League for Animals (Middletown, R.I.); SPCA Serving Erie County (Tonawanda, N.Y.); Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue (Foster, R.I.); Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary (Montague Township, N.J.) and West Place Animal Sanctuary (South Tiverton, R.I.).

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Sato Project transports 34 rescued dogs from Puerto Rico to New Jersey

Thirty-four stray dogs, rescued from one of Puerto Rico's most impoverished regions, will be granted new leases on life this weekend thanks to extensive coordination between The Sato Project and global aircraft charter broker Paramount Business Jets (PBJ).

Since 2011, The Sato Project has rescued and rehabilitated over 1,500 dogs from Yabucoa's horrific "Dead Dog Beach." After providing urgently needed veterinary care, project volunteers arrange flights to transport the dogs to the United States for adoption.

When prior arrangements for an August 27 flight fell through, The Sato Project founder Chrissy Beckles reached out to PBJ charter expert Scott Lebovitz with an urgent call for assistance.

Friday, August 19, 2016

American Humane rescue team rushing to help animals caught in historic Louisiana flooding

American Humane Association’s renowned animal rescue team is rushing to the Baton Rouge area to help animal victims of the historic flooding, supported by two of the organization's 50-foot rescue vehicles, which are traveling a combined 2,000 miles to the stricken area.

The deployment of the giant emergency vehicles, a team of seven trained emergency responders, and a veterinarian comes at the request of the Humane Society of Louisiana, which is assisting the government of hard-hit Livingston Parish, where 75 percent of the homes are reported to be destroyed.

The American Humane team's mission will be to assist and conduct field rescue of animals, provide much-needed care and medical attention, take animals to the established emergency shelter, and relieve overworked staff at the Humane Society of Louisiana.