Saturday, March 21, 2015

American Humane Association honors military working dogs and their handlers

Via PRNewswire - For members of the military, dogs are their best friends. Dogs keep them safe and can provide company in the face of unspeakable hardships.

Five of these K-9 Battle Buddy teams were honored on Tuesday, March 17th for their bravery and service to the nation at a special luncheon hosted by philanthropist Lois Pope and American Humane Association.

The afternoon’s honorees were Sergeant Matt Hatala and MWD Chaney, Corporal Jeff DeYoung and MWD Cena, Corporal Jonathan Cavender and MWD Maxi, Corporal Nick Caceres and MWD Fieldy, and Army Specialist Brent Grommet and MWD Matty.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Virgin America launches sixth Operation Chihuahua airlift

Via PRNewswire - On Tuesday March 17th, Virgin America assisted the City of San Francisco Animal Care & Control (SFACC) by flying chihuahuas in need from San Francisco to the New York area so they can be adopted quickly into loving homes.

The overpopulation of chihuahuas in California continues to force animal shelters on the West Coast to look to shelters on the East Coast for help – where the dogs will quickly be adopted.

Virgin America first teamed up with the SFACC to fly needy pups to new homes on the East Coast in 2010 to help address the influx of dogs at shelters on the West Coast.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Meet Lily, a French bulldog rescued from a North Carolina puppy mill

Lily was rescued from a puppy mill in Rutherford County, N.C. She was one of more than 50 dogs including English bulldog, yorkie, cocker spaniel, French bulldog and shitzu breeds living in poor conditions and in need of medical care. Now she is thriving in her forever home with her mom, Lori.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Operation Catnip: Training veterinarians to save America's community cats

Via PR Web - An innovative Florida program that has been spaying, neutering, and vaccinating unowned cats since 1998 is about to share its successful model with the nation.

Founded by Dr. Julie Levy, director of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, the trap-neuter-return (TNR) program known as Operation Catnip has been running free high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics for community cats in Gainesville for more than 16 years.

Since its founding, the organization has cared for more than 45,000 cats. In 2014 alone, they helped 2,693 cats and prevented the births of a projected 6,142 kittens who might have been born to the now-sterilized cats in the first year following surgery.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

ASPCA assists in seizure of more than 130 dogs from Alabama puppy mill

Via - At the request of the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office, the ASPCA assisted in the removal, transport, sheltering and medical treatment of more than 130 dogs from a large, substandard breeding facility, frequently referred to as a puppy mill, in Needham, Ala.

Upon arriving at the facility, ASPCA responders discovered the dogs, including Chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers and Pomeranians, living in filthy, deplorable conditions.

Many of the dogs are malnourished and suffering from medical issues such as hypothermia, dehydration, dental disease and painful ocular damage resulting in blindness. The remains of puppies were also found on the property. The dogs were being housed in ramshackle kennels on properties owned by Rebecca Miller and Janice Freeman.