Canine Issues

The Retail Pet Store Final Rule and You!

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/15/2013

Since May 2012, purebred dog and cat enthusiasts, rabbit and other small animal breeders and animal activists have been focused on the USDA’s proposed rule updating the retail pet store definition in the federal Animal Welfare…

Disparage – Regulate – Prohibit – Monopolize

By Patti Strand | Published: 09/11/2013

Thirty years ago, animal welfare groups joined forces to wipe out ‘pet overpopulation’ and the resulting shelter deaths caused by indiscriminate breeding. At the time, puppies flooded shelters and animal control agencies, adoption…

Let’s Make Shelter Pets a Memory, not a Mascot

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/4/2013

Celebrate the people involved in animal rescue and shelter work who dedicate their lives to saving lives, who come up with innovative ideas to find permanent homes for animals. Celebrate responsible pet owners. But don’t turn…

USDA Comments by NAIA

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/15/2012

NAIA’s comments to USDA APHIS regarding retail pet store and licensing exemptions.

Deadline Looms: Send Your Comments to USDA APHIS!

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/2/2012

You don’t need to be a lawyer or a policy expert in order to provide effective comments to USDA APHIS.

The USDA Proposed Rule and You

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/17/2012

The comment period is open for 60 days, your input will make a difference!

Guilt: It’s Not Just For Jews and Catholics Anymore (Purebred Dog Owners Can Play)

By Susi Szeremy | Published: 05/3/2012

Guilt for owning a purebred dog? Welcome to the new elitism.

Maryland’s Pit Bull Owners: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

By Julian Prager | Published: 05/1/2012

Common Law principles overruled in Maryland

Pure Breeds, Mixes, and Designer Breeds

By Jerold S. Bell, DVM | Published: 03/26/2012

The Clinical Truth About Pure Breeds, Mixed Breeds, and Designer Breeds. Commentary by Jerold S. Bell, DVM.

Crufts: Lost Opportunities

By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA President | Published: 03/23/2012

Last year, the Kennel Club announced it was ushering in big changes for 2012, the most noted being new judging criteria, where a veterinarian can overrule a dog show judge, taking away the breed win and eliminating that dog from…

Oregon HB 4170 Passes Unanimously

By Patti Strand | Published: 03/2/2012

In an impressive display of bipartisanship, the Oregon state Legislature has unanimously passed HB 4170, a bill that authorizes dog training and testing on exclusive farm use (EFU) zones.

Do Nine out of Ten Breeders Really Suck?

By Dr. Marty Greer, DVM, JD, NAIA President | Published: 02/14/2012

It is unfair to paint all dog breeders - hobby breeders, backyard breeders, or commercial breeders - with a broad brush and assume that they are all cut from the same cloth.

Burnout: The Monster in the Rescue Closet

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 02/13/2012

“I’m so tired and discouraged all the time. I feel like I’m on duty 24/7 and never get a day off. The harder I work, the harder they want me to work. Nothing ever gets better, it seems like it only gets worse.…


By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

Hoarding is a phenomenon that most animal control agencies eventually encounter. It’s the situation where scores or even hundreds of neglected, sick and sometimes dying animals are found living in squalid conditions under the…

Court Sides with DDAL Interpretation of AWA USDA to Appeal

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

A Washington DC federal court ordered the US Department of Agriculture to begin licensing all dog and cat breeders in the US in a decision handed down in a lawsuit filed by the Doris Day Animal League.

San Francisco’s SPCA Leads the Way in Philosophy and Results

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

A few years ago, when the San Francisco SPCA ended its animal control contract with the city and began a quest for reducing euthanasia of unadopted pets, rescuers and shelter workers throughout the country raised a hue and cry.

Humane Societies Defeat Replacement Bill that Includes Standards for Shelters

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

The Minnesota Council of Dog Clubs and the American Dog Owners Association joined forces to fight the state’s cruelty to animals law as unconstitutionally ambiguous and vague, and Hennepin County District Court Judge Thomas…

1995 NAIA Purebred Rescue Symposium

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

About six dozen purebred rescue advocates gathered at the Holiday Inn Lakeview in Clarksville, Indiana, on March 16 to discuss the vagaries of working in purebred rescue efforts. The speakers were tops in their fields of rescue,…

San Mateo Ordinance Fails Test of Time

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/9/2012

Year one of the San Mateo County Pet Overpopulation Ordinance coincided with an increase in euthanasia in the affected unincorporated county and a reversal of the prior down-trend.”


By Gary L. Clemons, DVM | Published: 01/9/2012

Rescue animals pose many problems that are not always apparent to those people adopting or rescuing them. Many of these medical problems may not surface for weeks, months, or, in some cases, years.

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