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AKC CANINE HEALTH FOUNDATION OPENS THE DOOR TO BETTER HEALTH FOR PUREBRED DOGS

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

For many years, the American Kennel Club has backed research into canine diseases. Early efforts included money for the Genetic Disease Information System, a database for veterinarians developed at the University of Pennsylvania…



AKC ACTIONS TAKING TOLL ON COMMERCIAL KENNELS

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

AKC rules for registration and identification of breeding stock require breeders to keep detailed records of their breedings and number of pups in a litter and to identify every dog so that anyone could match the page in the record…



AKC TAKES IT ON THE CHIN—AGAIN

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

The American Kennel Club was damned again, this time by the Philadelphia Inquirer, as a major culprit in the battle over puppy mills. AKC doesn’t do its job of protecting the integrity of its stud book, the story went, and…



1997 RESCUE SYMPOSIUM

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/9/2012

For several years, purebred dog fanciers have operated rescue programs for dogs that need new homes. Generally, the rescues are breed-specific, although some do cover several breeds that have small numbers of dogs needing help.…



1996 NAIA PUREBRED RESCUE SYMPOSIUM

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

The NAIA Purebred Rescue Symposium was held in Raleigh, NC, March 16 & 17th. Speakers brought a wealth of information to about 60 rescuers who attended with topics ranging from the human animal bond to preventing burnout.



PERSISTENCE PAYS: ROTTWEILER KENNEL CLOSED

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

For eight years, Barbara DeWilde talked to everyone who would listen and plenty of people who wouldn’t. She complained, she collected others’ complaints, and she referred complainants to the appropriate agencies in Clackamas…



HSUS “fact sheet” distorts animal control issues and answers

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

No one denies that there are far too many animals killed in shelters in the US. Whether one believes the latest study that shows about two million deaths or past studies that estimate five million or more, just about everyone agrees…



Vet Visits, Obedience Schools Help Keep Dogs at Home

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

Early in the 1990s, animal rights activists began campaigns to condemn breeders for the death of dogs and cats in animal shelters. “If you didn’t breed, we wouldn’t have to kill” the pseudo-logic went. “Every…



New Rules Proposed for Animal Transport

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

The US Department of Agriculture is proposing several changes in the Animal Welfare Act, including a new rule that would prohibit air transport of dogs and cats if the ambient air temperature reaches 90 degrees at any point in the…



ARE THERE TOO MANY DOGS AND CATS?

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

Pamphlets on pet overpopulation with pictures of sad-eyed puppies and kittens and starving, sickly adult dogs arrive in the mail periodically with pleas for funds, exhortations to spay and neuter anything that looks like a dog or…



REUSE, RECYCLE, RESCUE: JUST WHAT IS THIS “RESCUE” ANYHOW?

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/9/2012

What, exactly, is “rescue”? In its broadest sense, rescue is the rehoming of unwanted or abandoned pets. In the public’s mind, there is very little difference between rescue groups and animal shelters. In reality,…



SHELTER AND RESCUE ISSUES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

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

On September 21, Gary Patronek VMD, PhD, stood in front of 200 rescue advocates in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and said that “pet overpopulation” is a meaningless term.



CALIFORNIA FEDERATION FIGHT FOR DOG OWNER’S RIGHTS

By Judy Coffman | Published: 01/9/2012

The California Federation of Dog Clubs was formed in 1990 after the disbanding of Responsible Dog Owners of the Golden State. RDOGS had been successful in getting a state-wide generic dangerous dog law passed and so precluded the…



PENNSYLVANIA HAS NEW DOG LAW

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

Pennsylvania’s governor signed on the dotted line last December and opened the door to fragmentation of the state’s animal control program. Act 151 gives some cities and all counties the right to establish their own…



A TALE OF TWO DOG LAWS

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

Dog owners and fanciers are facing an onslaught of restrictive laws at state and local levels throughout the country. Animal rights activists promote breeder restrictions in the guise of consumer protection laws and solutions to…



WOLF HYBRID OWNERS FACE DOUBLE WHAMMY

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

Wolf hybrids, those canines that are crosses between wolves and dogs, are feared by many, maligned by some, and canines non grata in a growing number of communities. The reasons? Like many animals, hybrids can be unpredictable and…



DNA IDENTIFICATION

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

It’s the stuff of which science fiction is made. First, a drop of bird’s blood, then a horse’s hair, now a few cells from inside the cheek of a Best in Show dog - the progression has been steady, leading DNA experts…



MISSOURI FEDERATION OF ANIMAL OWNERS

By Anne Edwards | Published: 01/9/2012

The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners educates the public and informs members of proposed legislation that may affect them as animal owners, users, and enthusiasts. We are the experts on the animal rights movement in Missouri…



A WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE

By Carol Williams | Published: 01/9/2012

This story actually began in 1973 with the first updating of the Clark County, Washington, animal control ordinance in 15 years. We didn’t know at the time that we were waging a war that would go on for years and perhaps never…



Widening the Winner’s Circle

By Pat Hastings | Published: 01/9/2012

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have an opinion on just about every aspect of the dog world. If you and I have not met yet, allow me to introduce myself. I began in dogs as an owner - simply one among millions with a love…



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