Saturday, January 26, 2008

Please Sign The Petitions

"Ignoring tens of thousands of citizens like you, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has just made it much easier to kill wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies region -- wolves that still remain protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Take action now. Tell Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne that this rule change is unacceptable.

Wildlife officials will soon be able to shoot, trap and kill endangered wolves. Even those that wander from the safety of Yellowstone National Park and other protected areas could be killed.

This rule change allows officials to start killing wolves as soon as March. Please speak out today!"

"Every year, an estimated four to six million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal care and control facilities in the United States. This problem is pervasive, and it remains a source of shame for our country.

The American Humane Association's Getting to Zero Initiative is a national undertaking based on the profound belief that, within our lifetime, American society can reduce to zero the number of healthy or treatable dogs, cats and other companion animals that are euthanized in animal care and control facilities. "

Friday, January 25, 2008

Pit Bulls

"Bad dogs, or bad press? When it comes to pit bulls, it seems like most people assume it's the first. But it wasn't always that way.

A pit bull named Stubby earned the rank of sergeant in World War I and appeared on the cover of "Life" magazine. Loyal pet of the "Little Rascals" on TV, the breed also used to symbolize the nation in editorial cartoons and army posters at the beginning of the 20th century. At one time pit bull terriers were the classic American dog.

Despite this honorable history, they've fallen on hard times. But their defenders are working hard to redeem them.

This February, the ASPCA in New York City is introducing its Adopt-a-Bull contest, co-sponsored by the Animal Farm Foundation in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Open to adopters from shelters that use the ASPCA's Meet Your Match temperament testing, the grand prize winner will get a trip to New York and a $5,000 grant for their shelter."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Animal Rescue Site

"Hi, all you animal lovers. This is pretty simple. The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on the purple box "fund food for animals" for free. This doesn’t cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. Here’s the web site:! Pass it along to people you know."

"The Humane Society of the United States is urging pet owners to take a few common sense precautions to safe guard their pets against bitter cold temperatures. Despite their “fur” coats, domesticated animals like cats and dogs depend on humans for protection from elements such as freezing temperatures. The HSUS is offering the following suggestions to help keep all pets safe through the cold winter months."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pets: Hurt By Foreclosures

"If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all lately, you know people are losing their homes to foreclosure all over the country. People aren’t the only ones being affected for the housing problem though. Pets are being left out in the cold - literally - as their owners leave them behind or drop them off at the local shelter.In Charlotte, NC and El Paso, TX humane societies are dealing with an influx of pets who have been abandoned in their empty homes or have been turned over by their owners when they lost their homes."


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Mouth of Babes

"This is from the view of a 6 year old. After reading this story, I couldn't help but share it. Out of the mouths of babes we can learn, if we take the time to listen...

The story goes...

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old
Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa,
and their little boy,Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and
they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the
family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform
the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home."

Help A Wolf

" Improving The Quality of Life
For All Wolves & Wolf-Dogs."

"Purrfect Pet Shop puts you in charge of an animal adoption center, caring for strays as they arrive, matching them with the perfect owner. Nurse your own customizable dog or cat back to health, choosing from thousands of possible combinations. Earn the animal`s trust by playing with toys, careful grooming, and the occasional tasty treat."

Monday, January 21, 2008

STAND: North Dakota

"The purpose of STAND is to offer a place for people to post information and comments related to homeless animals in North Dakota. Post anything related to the welfare, love, caring and companionship of homeless (and adopted) animals.
Let's make a difference!"

"One of the most wonderful -- and wondrous -- things about diving here in Hawaii, is the fact that some 10,000 humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) spend the winter months in our waters. During the winter months, we get to see them frequently on the surface, and once in awhile, underwater as well."

"Provide food to abandoned (and often abused) dogs and cats just by playing the trivia game below. For every question you answer correctly, we'll donate kibbles of food to help feed abandoned pets. The more you play, the more shelter pets we can feed! Spread the word and make a huge difference!"

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Teaching And Learning

"Teaching The World About Wolves"

"The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future."

"Welcome to the NEW Yakety Yak Pets, the Pet Community that has everyone talking! What are they talking about? Freedom of speech isn't only for people! Does your dog have something to get off his chest? Does your bird have a secret she wants to share? Does your cat want to sound off? Share pictures, videos, chat and more!"

"Lizzie was getting depressed at the Town Lake Animal Center. After being picked up as a stray in October, the troubled pit bull/terrier mix had spent several weeks at the shelter without being adopted. She was losing weight, growling when anyone approached her toys and even playing in her own waste.

"She was losing it," said Dorinda Pulliam, the shelter's director. "We call it cage crazy, and it really is."

Read the happy ending.