Saturday, November 28, 2015

American Humane Association clinches major victory for military dogs

Via PRNewswire - American Humane Association secured a major victory for military dogs everywhere with the bipartisan passage of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by both the House of Representatives and Senate, and its signature into law by the President.

For the first time, language in the bill mandates that our heroic military working dogs will be returned to U.S. soil upon retirement, and that their human handlers and their families – to whom these dogs mean more than anyone else –will be given first right of adoption.

It is estimated that each military dog saves the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women by detecting IEDs and hidden weapons caches. The language was introduced in the House and the Senate by Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Senator Claire McCaskill.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ASPCA assists in seizure of nearly 100 dogs from Florida puppy mill

Via - This week, the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team assisted at the request of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office with the removal, evidence collection, sheltering and medical care of approximately 100 dogs from a substandard, unlicensed breeding facility in Clewiston, Fla.

The dogs were being sold to pet stores in the Miami-Dade area. An investigation of the facility began after several complaints were made by individuals in the community. The owners of the facility were arrested Monday morning on cruelty-related charges.

The dogs were discovered living in crowded, filthy pens, many with little protection from the elements. Many dogs had no access to clean drinking water or food and were suffering from various medical conditions, including skin and eye disease and severe dental issues.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

ASPCA grants more than $250,000 to promote Adoption Ambassadors programs

Via - The ASPCA has announced that it has granted more than $250,000 to nearly 100 animal welfare organizations in 40 states to help them launch local Adoption Ambassadors programs.

The Adoption Ambassadors program, originally developed at the Louisiana SPCA, empowers those who foster animals to become adoption counselors on behalf of their local shelters.

Once they complete program orientations at participating shelters, Ambassadors take home adoptable dogs or cats and pledge to help those animals find safe and loving homes through word of mouth, social media posts and emails to friends and family, or by hitting the streets with their foster pets.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Maddie’s Fund supports three organizations serving California fire families

To honor their great work and help them to continue their lifesaving, Maddie's Fund has awarded $10,000 grants to three animal welfare organizations, Petaluma Animal Services, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch and Wine Country Animal Lovers, in the fire stricken regions of Napa and Lake Counties in California.

According to the Napa Valley Register, Wine Country Animal Lovers and Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch collected pet food donations that were passed on to the main evacuation camp at the Napa County Fairgrounds.

WCAL, Jameson, Petaluma Animal Services and the Sonoma Humane Society formed an impromptu consortium called Valley Fire Animal Coalition to coordinate their efforts. Donations poured in, filling a business operated by the Jameson’s director Monica Stevens and a warehouse in Napa.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Help raise awareness and $20,000 to #CurePetCancer

This past week a dear friend of mine lost her dog to cancer. She is heartbroken, as is every person who has ever lost a beloved pet to cancer.

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. For every #CurePetCancer post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram throughout the month, Nationwide will donate $5 to the Animal Cancer Foundation, up to $20,000.