Saturday, October 14, 2017

California becomes first state in U.S. to ban sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores

Local and national animal welfare organizations commend CA Governor Jerry Brown for signing into law legislation that will prevent the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across the state of California. The law also encourages partnerships that promote the adoption of homeless pets.

Authored by Assembly member Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach), Assembly Bill 485 protects animals and consumers, and sets an important precedent for the rest of nation. The bill passed the CA legislature September 14.

To date, 36 jurisdictions in California – including the cities of Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco – have enacted similar ordinances, and the signing of AB 485 makes California the first state in the nation to enact a statewide prohibition on pet store sales of dogs from puppy mills.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Petco Foundation honors therapy, service and working animals with Helping Heroes campaign

This October, the Petco Foundation, in partnership with Natural Balance pet food, invites the public to join them to celebrate and support the transformative impact that therapy, service and working animals have on individuals and communities around the world.

With a goal to raise more than $2.5 million in Petco stores and online, the Helping Heroes campaign supports the incredible work of organizations that help animals who save and improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each and every day.

These helping heroes safeguard our military, rescue people impacted by disasters, give independence, comfort the sick, and help children learn to read.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

IFAW working to reunite animals with families affected by hurricanes in Caribbean

The US Virgin Island of St. John has been devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria over the past weeks. Trees are uprooted, houses destroyed, and families separated from their companion animals. 

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has deployed their disaster response team to help reunite people with the animals they were forced to leave behind during the evacuations for both catastrophic storms.

Teams from IFAW previously performed assessments and delivered emergency relief for community animals after Hurricane Irma, but were evacuated in the face of Hurricane Maria. IFAW's experts in disaster response and animal welfare have returned to continue relief and assessment on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

ASPCA assists with pre-evacuation efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Irma

In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, the ASPCA is actively engaging with agencies throughout the southeastern United States to assist with pre-evacuation, relocation, and emergency sheltering efforts.

At the request of the Beaufort County Animal Services, the ASPCA has deployed a team of responders to relocate approximately 600 unowned shelter animals to a 40,000 square-foot emergency shelter established by the ASPCA in Duncan, South Carolina, which will serve as a safe space for displaced shelter animals as shelters and rescue groups prepare to make space for lost pets following the storm. The ASPCA is expecting to relocate and evacuate hundreds of unowned shelter animals from neighboring Jasper County to the ASPCA emergency shelter.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Operation Grey Muzzle transports shelter dogs from Puerto Rico to mainland U.S.

The Humane Society of the United States, with some incredible partners, is helping engineer the transport of more than 200 dogs in need from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States.

The transport has been dubbed “Operation Grey Muzzle” because of the large number of older dogs on board.

Next week, a group of dogs from overwhelmed Puerto Rico animal shelters will arrive at airports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Upon arrival, these lucky companion animals will continue their journey to shelters and rescue partners along the East Coast.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 15 is National Check the Chip Day, a reminder to update your pet's information

The American Veterinary Medical Association  and the American Animal Hospital Association are recognizing National Check the Chip Day on August 15 by encouraging pet owners to check their pets' microchip information to make sure it is up to date and accurate. The day also offers an opportunity for veterinarians to encourage their clients to microchip their pets if they aren't already.

"Microchipping your pet is vital," said Dr. Mike Topper, president of the AVMA. "But that's only the first step. If your pet's registration information isn't up to date, the microchip is all but useless. It takes less than two minutes to check and update your contact information, and this small act can make all the difference in the chance of a lost pet being reunited with its family."

Microchips are embedded under the skin using a hypodermic needle, similar to those used for vaccinations. No surgery or anesthesia is required – a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. After pets have been microchipped, contact information for the pet's owner is registered to the microchip's serial number in a database that veterinary or animal rescue staff can use to locate an animal's owner should the pet become lost.