Saturday, December 15, 2007

Tis The Season To Give

"When times are tough financially, it can be difficult to give money when you yourself are struggling. If you want to give more, here are seven websites that you can visit daily to help others. You don’t have to sign up for anything or give them money. All you have to do is click a button or answer some vocabulary questions. (The sites have been verified to be truthful by, a leading myth-buster."

"On the Road:
Mobile Animal CSI Unit

If you caught the unveiling of this specially designed, first-of-its-kind vehicle on national TV, you know how excited we are about the Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit. With our very own Dr. Melinda Merck, the nation’s premier forensic veterinarian and animal CSI, at the wheel, the vehicle will be available to travel to assist national and local law enforcement in their efforts to build cases against and prosecute animal cruelty offenders."

"Millions of Children this holiday are asking this very question! During the holiday season, tons and tons of parents contemplate the decision of when is the right time to bring an animal into the family.
A very simple answer is, "when your ready."

Friday, December 14, 2007

Pets In Palm Beach

"More than 150,000 dogs and cats were put to death in Palm Beach County's publicly funded animal shelters over the past 10 years.

It's a sad statistic that people usually don't like to talk about. But one of the biggest political questions in South Florida suddenly is how to reduce the number of abandoned and unwanted pets.

Dozens of impassioned pet lovers lined up Tuesday night to speak and listen at a contentious town hall meeting hosted by County Commissioner Bob Kanjian about a proposed ordinance requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered."

" This past February, Assembly Bill 1634, the California Healthy Pets Act, was introduced to address this horrific problem by promoting responsible pet ownership in California by requiring most dog and cat owners to spay or neuter their pet by the age of six months.

The bill has many common sense exemptions for legitimate breeders, show animals, police dogs, guide dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and for dogs and cats too old or too sick to undergo surgery. Spay and neuter ordinances and laws have been proven to be an effective solution throughout California and the United States. In addition, dogs that are not spayed or neutered are three times more likely to attack humans and other dogs and cats. California leads the nation in dog bites and maulings."

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Kindness To Animals

" Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization founded on the principle that kindness to animals makes a better world for all of us and dedicated to creating a society where there are No More Homeless Pets.

Located in the middle of the beautiful Golden Circle area of Southwestern Utah, Best Friends operates the largest no-kill sanctuary in the country for abandoned, abused and neglected companion animals. There are never fewer than 1,500 animals at the sanctuary. These once sad little faces come from rescue groups and shelters all over the country. Once they are here, they receive the care and attention they deserve and to heal emotionally and physically. Once they've received a little care, most of these special animals will go to new homes with loving families. For those who remain here, the Sanctuary will be a true home and haven for the rest of their lives.

The best gift doesn't come from a store… it comes from your heart. Share a gift of life and love this holiday season. Gift Sponsorships provide your loved ones with the warm feeling of caring and sharing. Sponsor one of the animals at Best Friends and give the gift of love and life."

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For Dog Lovers

"Drink to canine well-being with the Dog Lover's Wine Club from Carivintas Winery in Buellton, Calif. The doggie wine club, which benefits shelters and rescue organizations nationwide, offers a variety of shipment plans. For example, the Bow Wow Wow Club costs $48 per month for two bottles. Or you can personalize a bottle of Carivintas wine with a photo label ($62) or digitized painting ($102) of your pet."

If you've gone green, take a look at Organic Bouquet, which is offering roses, holiday wreaths and organic treats ($48.95-$59.95) benefiting the Humane Society of the United States.

If your pup inspired love at first sight, let the world know with a "You had me at woof." T-shirt from Planet Dog, where products partially benefit the Planet Dog foundation for rescue organizations and shelters. $19.95.

"The bond you form with your dog can be as deep and lasting as any
other bond that you form with your family members. In some cases,
it can go even deeper still, and this has been demonstrated time and
again over the years.
“Lassie” the movie, might only be a corny much overdone movie to
many people, but at heart it is true, and embodies the spirit of the
bond between owner and dog.
To that extent it becomes imperative that you decide upon which
type of dog you want in your life before you actually go and adopt
one. This is where this book comes in handy."

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Oleander: Her Story

"Her name is Oleander, and her freeway drama gripped the residents of Riverside County like few car chases ever could.

For two months, the golden retriever mix wandered a six-mile stretch of Interstate 10, surviving on little food and water, loping along on a broken leg. Frightened, she evaded the California Highway Patrol officers who tried to rescue her, weaving her way through the median strip's oleanders -- hence the name given by her would-be rescuers.

As officers continued their pursuit -- even shutting down traffic a few times -- drivers, watching helplessly, called in to report sightings. When a patrolman finally coaxed the 3-year-old dog into his car, she was whisked to a Riverside County Department of Animal Services shelter in Banning.

The story was picked up by the local news media, and within two days of the announcement that the dog was up for adoption, the shelter received 90 phone calls from people wanting to adopt Oleander, foster her or give her money. Ten people claimed they were the rightful owners.

Oleander is one of thousands of animals at Southern California shelters, many of which will never be adopted. If she had simply been dropped off at the facility and lined up in a run next to dozens of other unwanted canines, she might be there months from now."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Social Networking: Pets

"Think of Dogster as Facebook for canines. There, my dogs (along with 346,639 other four-legged members, as of last week) had their own profile pages that listed their likes and dislikes, personal mottoes — Otto’s is “Are you going to finish that?” — and best tricks (“catching seedless grapes in mid-air”).

So what if my dogs could barely type, much less upload photos of themselves wearing Santa hats?

We live in an era where there is a social network to cater to any niche group you can think of, including infants whose parents create Facebook profiles for them and then expect the godparents to pretend to correspond with the babies. Why shouldn’t pets arrange play dates online or blog about their health issues?

Or as Ted Rheingold, the founder of Dogster, put it in a phone interview last week, “It’s not weird at all.”

It was perhaps inevitable that Dogster spawned Catster, which had 145,551 members of its own as of last week. Coming next: horses, birds and fish will get their own sites, too, Mr. Rheingold said.

He said there is a simple explanation for the lure of animal lovers’ sites. “All these people come for the same reason everyone else is on the Internet: they found people who are like-minded,” Mr. Rheingold said. “They were missing what I call a certain kind of social-ality in their lives, and this is the place where they found it. It’s actually quite heartwarming.”

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dog's Best Friend

"They say dogs are man's best friend. But this week, a mysterious GO Train rider proved he was a dog's best friend. And now his grateful owner is trying to track him down for a thank you that can't possibly express the relief she feels.

This is the story of Jagger, a Toronto pooch who got scared three weeks ago when he came into contact with another canine in a local dog park. He ran away and for nearly a month, Karen Ke had no idea where her beloved pet had gone - or even if she'd ever see him again."

Community For Dog Lovers

"There are numerous programs to help the homeless on the streets, but what about the pets of the homeless?

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, about 750,000 people in the United States experienced homelessness on a given night. About ten percent of the unshielded homeless have at least one dog or cat."