Category Archives: animal welfare

Canada Post’s Adopt a Pet stamps

Canada Post’s Adopt a Pet stamps feature two dogs (as well as a two cats and a parrot) to promote the message of animal adoption.

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A partnership with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS), the stamps help to spread the word that when looking for a pet, the first stop of animal lovers should be their local humane society or SPCA.

For more about dogs on stamps, read my post on US stamps in honour of working dogs



If a pit bull could talk

Pit bull poster and Canine Catering do not support breed specific legislation in any form!

World Stray Animals Day

Today – Friday, 4th April 2014 World Stray Animals Day.

If you want your life to be better with a dog…please visit your local adoption center.  (Remember, even Snoopy was adopted!)

Life is better with a dog

Olympian Hero Brings Home More Than a Medal

Well done to Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy for helping to save some of Sochi’s stray dogs.  Don’t forget to click through on the link in this article to the Today Show interview where Kenworthy and his friend talk about the challenges they faced in saving the dogs.

Olympian Hero Brings Home More Than a Medal.

The facts about pit bulls

The facts about pit bullsSource:  National Geographic

Moving Animals Places

MAP map

Moving Animals Places, or MAP,  is an interactive, web-based application to help address oversupply and demand challenges for animal shelters across the U.S.

Hosted by the ASPCA, the system allows shelters to contact each other and work out how to move animals places where they are more likely to find homes.

Membership is free and the data stream is in real-time so shelters are guaranteed to receive the latest information.

This is just one initiative to help relocate animals from overcrowded shelters and those with a higher euthanasia rate to those with space and capacity for adoption.

Does your shelter belong to the MAP system?  If not, it may be worth a look!

Sochi dogged by canine issues; Olympic athletes try to help

A dog rests outside of the Bolshoy Ice Dome before the USA versus Russia hockey game for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

A dog rests outside of the Bolshoi Ice Dome before the USA versus Russia hockey game for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) ( Nhat V. Meyer )

A really good article about how the presence of dogs  in Sochi is affecting some Olympic athletes and what they would like to do to help.

Read it here

Identification tags for Disability Assist Dogs

In the aftermath of the Christchurch 2011 earthquake, officials had difficulty identifying the status of dogs at civil defence centers.  If you were the owner of a disability assistance dog, this made things more difficult in what was already a stressful time.

Disability Assist Dog identification tag
In December 2013, the Minister of Civil Defence, the Hon Nikki Kaye, announce the production of a Disability Assist Dog tag that will be officially recognised throughout New Zealand.  The tags will be entered into the National Dog Database and provide unique identification for each dog, linking it to its owner/handler and the organisation that certified the dog.   These tags will be help match lost dogs and owners much faster and ensure that handlers and their dogs are allowed entry to official civil defence centers.

(Dogs are also micro-chipped in New Zealand; this is compulsory)

Seven organisations are authorised under the Dog Control Act 1996 to train and certify disability assist dogs. Only dogs certified through these organisations will qualify to wear the official identification tag:

  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People NZ
  • Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust
  • New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust
  • Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind
  • Top Dog Companion Trust (not currently operating)
  • Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust
  • Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust

What programs are in place in your country to support owners/handlers and their assistance dogs?

If Sochi’s dogs are biological trash, then I’m not watching the Olympics

Officials in Sochi have hired a private extermination company, Basya Service, to cull stray dogs from the streets in preparation for the Winter Olympics.

For months, animal welfare groups have been protesting against the poisoning of the dogs in the city, which has a large stray dog population.   There were promises that the practice would stop, but it appears Russian officials have decided that if they can’t poison the dogs, they’ll simply kill them another way.

The manager of Basya Service, Alexei Sorokin, has told the Associated Press that the dogs are ‘biological trash.’  Justifying the mass killing, he says that it would reflect badly on Russia if someone where attacked or bitten by a stray dog.

Clearly killing dogs is something that he doesn’t think will reflect badly on the country!

Well, if dogs are biological trash then this is one person who won’t be watching or supporting the Olympic Games, which open on Friday.  Join me in doing this and don’t support any products that are made or sourced in Russia.

A thought for caregivers at Christmas

There's a special place...

As the Christmas holiday is upon us, across the world there are special people who are working in animal shelters and rescues caring for homeless dogs.  Let’s be thankful that these folks exist.  If you are considering adding a dog to your pack, please think adoption first!

This quilt hangs in Old Friends at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah

This quilt hangs in the kennels at Dogtown in the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah