Category Archives: animal welfare

Rescue a human…the Human Walking Project

When this came across my desk, I had to share it.

The Lost Dogs Home in Melbourne (Australia) came up with an adoption drive with a ‘twist’ this year.  They started the Human Walking Project in downtown Melbourne.

Dogs needing adoption were brought into the central city to encourage office workers to escape their offices and walk with the dogs during their lunch breaks.  And enough of them fell in love to adopt their new canine friends!

I particularly like the ad for the Project:

What initiatives for dog adoption do you think are innovative and fun?  And wouldn’t you like to escape your office at lunch with a friend who shows unconditional love?

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Fairy dog mother?

I have found that most ‘dog people’ I meet support various charities that show their love of dogs. I am no exception. Today, however, I stumbled across a special charity that would allow me to become a Fairy Dog Mother.

They are Fairy DogParents, a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts.  The founder’s dog, Ladybug, was the inspiration behind the initiative.  Ladybug was already a senior dog when she was adopted from a shelter and her adoptive family considered themselves lucky that they could afford Ladybug’s medications for kidney disease, dementia and other ailments.  When Ladybug had to be put to sleep, her owner asked that the vet’s office re-distribute Ladybug’s un-used medication to someone who could use it.

Ladybug, in whose memory Fairy DogParents was founded

Ladybug, in whose memory Fairy DogParents was founded

And from there, the idea grew.  There are many dogs who are surrendered to shelters because of economics.  Their families simply can’t afford their care, particularly as they age or develop special health conditions.

Fairy DogParents has a simple application process for owners in need.  They serve Massachusetts residents only but hope to expand.  As with most non-profits, they are always in need of donations of goods, money and time.  Want to be a Fairy Dog Mother?  Follow the link below:

Fairy Dog Parent

Pets stolen in Thailand for golf gloves made from dog testicles

In this truly horrifying piece, learn about the trade of dogs brutally slaughtered for the dog meat trade.  Their skins, particularly testicles, are used to make leather gloves for golf!

Many of the dogs are pets because these animals are easier to ‘capture’ than feral dogs.

Pets stolen in Thailand for golf gloves made from dog testicles | Mail Online.

Smugglers kidnap pet dogs as they are easier to catch than strays, and sell the skin to leather manufacturers in China and Vietnam Copyright EPA

Smugglers kidnap pet dogs as they are easier to catch than strays, and sell the skin to leather manufacturers in China and Vietnam
Copyright EPA

Mine: The Movie

Mine the movie

Followers will have to forgive me for taking so long to see this film.

In my defense, I have tried to view it since the film came out in 2010.  I made contact with the filmmakers at the time and there we no screenings in New Zealand that had been planned. Our local independent cinema chain never responded to my enquiries (by phone and email) to show the film and then we had our big earthquakes of 2011 which not only destroyed our arthouse cinemas, but also took my attention away for a considerable time.

I have finally managed to watch the DVD while visiting relatives who rented it on Netflix. I’m so glad we did.  It was everything I hoped it would be.

This award-winning documentary follows the story of pet owners who were separated from their animals during the haphazard and uncoordinated evacuation of New Orleans in 2005 before Hurricane Katrina hit with full force.  The animal rescue efforts were undertaken by many volunteers, but without infrastructure for central coordination.

This film tells the stories of Bandit, JJ, Precious, Max and other dogs and their owners and their fight to be re-united.

Be prepared with tissues – some of the footage and stories are heart-breaking; others joyous.

Hurricane Katrina taught us a lot about animal disaster planning and I hope we never face a catastrophe on this scale again.  My friends at Best Friends Animal Society continue to care for some Katrina survivors today.  Their numbers are, of course, dwindling with time.

If you have a Hurricane Katrina story to share, please reply to this blog post.

In memory of a Schnauzer

When Dave Duffield started a software company named People Soft, he promised his beloved Miniature Schnauzer named Maddie, “If we ever make some money, I promise we will give it back to you and your kind so others can be as happy as we are today.”

Maddie's FundWell, People Soft did make money and Maddie enjoyed ten happy years with Dave and his wife, Cheryl.  They endowed Maddie’s Fund with more than US$300 million and have spent nearly US$136 million through FY2012-13 to save the lives of homeless animals.

Photo courtesy of Maddie's Fund

Photo courtesy of Maddie’s Fund

Maddie’s Fund has a simple mission:  To revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

The fund supports a range of activities through grants and also organizes special pet adoption events.

Not a bad legacy for a little Schnauzer!

 

 

 

 

Paws n Claws eyewear – the brand that makes you feel good!

The Paws ‘N Claws Eyewear brand has been designed exclusively for animal lovers looking for a way to support animal welfare. Paws ‘N Claws is a creative line of eyewear and for every frame or sunglass sold to the doctor’s offices and optical stores, Eye Deals Eyewear will be donating 2%-3% of the purchase price to the ASPCA ®.

President of Eye Deals Eyewear Sam Shapiro and his wife Phyllis are avid animal supporters who work with local groups such as Steel City Greyhounds, Animal Rescue League and the Pet Match adoption service. “We wanted to support a cause that’s close to our hearts and make it easy for pet lovers everywhere to easily join in the fight to prevent cruelty to animals,” he said.

Eye Deals Eyewear has been designing high quality, innovative eyewear for 29 years. All of the Paws ‘N Claws frame and sunglass designs are embellished with paw prints or bones in a fashionable and subtle way, so the customer can show their love of animals and support them at the same time.

I’ve just spent the day wearing my new pair of sunglasses in Mulberry and I love them.  This is a high quality product, with a sturdy and cute eyeglass case and microfiber cleaning cloth included.

Here are some examples of the Paws N Claws sunglass range:Paws n Claws sunglasses 1

Paws n Claws sunglasses

Paws n Claws sunglasses 2

This is an unpaid endorsement.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Pets quake victims, too

It is estimated that in the September 2010 Canterbury earthquake, 3000 animals died. This included one dog, who suffered a heart attack.

In today’s news, comes this story reporting that New Zealanders would put their animals before their own safety (no surprise to me – if Daisy couldn’t be evacuated with me, I’d be staying put).

Pets quake victims, too – national | Stuff.co.nz.

Behavioural problems in pet store dogs

Dogs purchased from pet stores are more likely to have a range of behavior problems than those purchased from small, non-commercial breeders, says a study by researchers at the Best Friends Animal Society and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The study involved 413 dogs purchased from pet stores.  Psychological and behavioral characteristics of these dogs were compared to the same characteristics in 5,657 dogs obtained from small-scale, private breeders.  (Most puppies sold in pet stores in the USA are sourced from large-scale, puppy mill type commercial breeders).

Results show that dogs obtained as puppies from pet stores showed significantly more aggression toward human family members, unfamiliar people and other dogs. Dogs purchased from pet stores were almost twice as likely to exhibit aggression directed toward unfamiliar dogs than dogs purchased from small non-commercial breeders.

The pet store dogs also a displayed greater fear of other dogs and typical events in pet dogs’ lives, had more behavior problems when left alone at home, and experienced more problems with house-soiling.  These behaviors in young adult dogs are reasons typically cited by people who surrender their pets to animal shelters.

“The results were so one-sided that in the wide range of behavior problems we included in our analysis, pet store dogs failed in every single case to even obtain one more favorable score than the comparison group of dogs” says Dr Frank McMillan of Best Friends Animal Society.

The research team acknowledges that the exact causes of the behavioral problems observed are not known; until these causes are understood, they recommend avoiding purchasing puppies from pet stores.

Source:  BusinessWire media release

See my related post about the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies initiative

 

 

 

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

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