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!
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
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.
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?
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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.
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 the kennels at Dogtown in the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah
In this New York Times opinion piece, Professor Gregory Berns discusses the MRI findings of brain activity in dogs, the evidence for ‘sentience’ and the reasons why dogs’ rights should go beyond consideration of animals as property.
For anyone involved in animal welfare advocacy, it is essential to have animal welfare laws that recognise dogs as sentient beings – with the ability to experience emotions like love and grief – because abuse and harm done to sentient beings carries a higher penalty in law than if an item of property is damaged. (In many areas, dogs are considered nothing more than property.)
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Christchurch based animal welfare charity K9 Rescue and Rehoming has paired well-muscled men with dogs available for adoption in their 2014 calendar.
Entitled Dogs and Dudes, this fundraising calendar includes photographs of New Zealand actors and other local celebrities who were willing to bare their bodies to support dog adoption.
The best way to organise a purchase is to contact Trisha through the organisation’s Facebook page. Calendars cost NZ$25
And dog owners get to enjoy a little beefcake all year long, combined with some really beautiful dog photos, too!
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Tagged 2014, adoption, beefcake, calendar, celebrities, Christchurch, Dog, dogs, fundraising, fundraising campaigns, K9 Rescue and Rehoming, photography
An important message is circulating from the Humane Society of the United States this week. I support it.
It’s about stopping random source dog dealers. These are Class B dealers in the United States who obtain dogs and cats from “random sources,” such as auctions, flea markets, or questionable means, and sell them to laboratories. It’s very possible that lost or abandoned pets get captured and sold to these dealers.
The video you are about to watch is heart-breaking and shows dogs bought from one Class B dealer by Georgia Regents University for testing of dental implants. These dogs had their own teeth removed in order for them to suffer the pain of an implant, only to be killed at the end of the experiment so the researchers could sample their jaw bones.
Watch the HSUS and then sign the petition to the USDA. And once you’ve done that, follow the link to implore Georgia Regents University to stop using Class B dealers and to cease unnecessary animal testing.
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Tagged auctions, Class B dealers, dealers, dog dealers, flea markets, Georgia Regents University, Humane Society of the United States, laboratories, pets, random dealers, random sources
Daisy (my Daisy) is (not surprisingly) a fan of Snoopy because he was born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm. (I’ve tried to explain that the Farm was named long before Daisy was born, but she doesn’t quite grasp that concept.)
Mr Schultz, creator of Peanuts, clearly didn’t know about puppy mills when he was creating the story of Snoopy’s adoption – because the Farm looks nothing like the puppy mill operations we see today. Snoopy was able to be raised with his mother and siblings in a ‘free range’ environment which included a healthy buffet for dinner and musical interludes…
This YouTube video shows what the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm looked like:
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all puppies were raised in these conditions?
This month, Ralph Lauren, has chosen to feature rescue dogs in showing his Fall 2013 Accessories Collection. This collection includes items of dog apparel, such as cashmere sweaters! (October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month, by the way)
If you buy any of the featured items between 15 October and 15 November, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the ASPCA.
And now…..Ralph Lauren presents The Dog Walk:
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