Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rescuing Pets

"Pet experts say a cocoa mulch can pose a serious health risk to pets.

This type of mulch is made of the husks of the cocoa bean.

Local landscapers said it has become popular in northeast Ohio recently because of its aroma. But that aroma can also reportedly attract dogs and cats.

If a pet consumes a large amount of mulch it can cause them serious digestive problems, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA."

"One of four kittens born to a mother cat rescued from a shelter in Georgia, this kitten will be bottle-fed until old enough to eat solid food. A local woman’s compassion compels her to travel wherever necessary to rescue entire litters of animals such as these kittens from being euthanized at overcrowded animal shelters. "

Friday, May 30, 2008

Chattanooga: New Animal Center

"Chattanooga opens the new $6.5 million animal shelter, the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center in five weeks.

On that day, July 1, the Humane Educational Society, the organization that currently serves the city, begins the new fiscal year with a $527,000 drop in money for operations and a 60 percent decrease in the number of abandoned animals it accepts.

“We’ll be receiving 8,000 less animals,” said Guy Bilyeu, executive director of the Humane Society. “We’re still providing the service. We just won’t be servicing the city of Chattanooga.”

"Choose to adopt your dog or cat. Pet adoption is the ultimate in recycling. There are thousands of wonderful pets just waiting for you."

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Beagle Labs

"Find beagle lab mix dogs at rescues and view a photo and profile. This is a popular dog breed known for its strong hunting instinct. Used as rabbit and hare hunters in the past, these dogs still can be used as gundogs. However, their friendly nature makes them more and more popular as family pets and companions. Hunting instincts cannot be bred out of these dogs completely, even if they are used as pets, so these hounds have a tendency to follow their noses and take off, if left off the leash."

Here's my beagle lab, Arabelle (Boo).



Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pet Overpopulation

"There is a severe overpopulation of cats and dogs roaming the streets all over the world. Some animals that are not getting proper care and are being abused by their owners tend to escape from their mistreated homes and tend to wander off on their own.

Because of this situation, there are now lots of domesticated animals that are caught and placed on animal shelters or dog pounds, just waiting for someone to adopt them. However, there are lots of municipal shelters that can no longer adopt this great number of abused or abandoned pets, so they just kill them."

"Pet overpopulation is definitely a problem in our country. Everyday thousands of dogs are born, but at the same time thousands are destroyed at animal shelters. There are reasons for this, and there are things we can start doing to change it.

First we need to make sure our pets are spayed or neutered. This not only helps control the population but helps keep our animals healthy."

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Adoption and DNA

"Assembly Bill 2949 will move to the
Senate for consideration. Please visit The ASPCA Press Room to read more about it! Thank God there is Hope for these innocent cats and dogs who need a loving home. Do you have room in your home for a loving dog or cat who can bring so much love to you? Please visit your local ASPCA affiliated adoption center today and see where your heart takes you! I feel very badly about people who have never experienced the unconditional love of a pet. Now more than ever, the have a chance to experience---perhaps for the first time the JOY of a Cat or Dog Here's where you can learn about the Bill:"

"A new DNA test can not only tell you what your mutt is made of but also what health problems he may risk.

Piper was discovered at the Cleveland APL about eighteen years ago. He's an old dog and we think he may be a mix of Scottish Deer Hound and Lab. But we could never be sure until now.

Piper's DNA is being analyzed by the Wisdom Panel DNA test. It will not only tell me what's in his breed mix, it will also identify 316 genetic markers.

From a small blood sample, veterinarian Carol Osborne says the test can determine what Piper is from 134 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club."

Monday, May 26, 2008

Lifeline Animal Project

"LifeLine Animal Project is an Atlanta-based non-profit organization working on collaborative solutions to end pet overpopulation and stop the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in metro Atlanta animal shelters. LAP’s focus is to promote the adoption of homeless pets and to initiate and support effective spay and neuter programs. The guiding principle behind all LifeLine programs is to foster cooperation between the more than 150 companion animal rescue groups, humane societies, and county animal control agencies serving greater Atlanta.

Founded in 2002, LifeLine began offering new forums for homeless pet adoption, including the searchable “virtual” shelter on the Internet,, where LAP strived to include every cat and dog available for adoption in the metro Atlanta area. More than 70 organizations participate in the site. LifeLine's "Project Pawprint" reaches out to animal control shelters to help publicize animals whose lives are endangered. LifeLine volunteers visit shelters weekly to photograph shelter animals and include them in the online database of animals available for adoption.

In 2003, LAP continued its commitment to collaboration with the opening of the LAP Dog House and Kitty Motel, a boarding facility for homeless dogs and cats in area rescue and adoption programs. The LAP Dog House and Kitty Motel also house animals in LifeLine's rehabilitation and adoption program, which focuses on shelter animals needing additional veterinary care or behavioral training before they can be adopted. Additionally, LifeLine operates Catlanta, a feral and stray cat assistance program which supports trap-neuter-return (TNR) efforts."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Kent State Love

Thanks to my friend, LisiBee, for sending this to me.

"It was a frosty night, the grass crunchy underfoot and a hint of snow in the air -- perfect for staying indoors to cuddle.

That's what Jake Muldoon and four friends had in mind when they strutted into Kent State University's Stewart Hall recently.

And, boy, were they shameless, especially that showboat Jake, a real chick magnet with his luxurious golden locks.

But isn't that what we love about dogs? They're affection wrapped in cozy coats, unconditional love on four legs -- exactly the qualities that make Jake, the golden retriever, popular when Kathy Adamle walks him on campus. Students smother him with love and rhapsodize about a dog back home. And then they continue on to class smiling."