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Mission creep: Dog rescues and animal shelters risk public health and safety

By Patti Strand | Published: 07/30/2014

A new ideology and the end of dog overpopulation in many parts of the country cause not-for-profit humane organizations to abandon their missions and replace long-standing codes-of-conduct with irresponsible practices.



Florida SB 674: Signed!

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/26/2013

Great progress in Florida for responsible rescues and pet owners!



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…



California Has to Stem the Tide of Dogs

By | Published: 01/30/2013

California has a mess, and you all need to get your act together and clean it up instead of allowing someone else to do it for you.



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.…



RESCUE DOGS WORK WITH DELINQUENT BOYS

By Patti Webb | Published: 01/12/2012

As a Boxer rescue representative, I’ve seen many wonderful dogs that are simply misunderstood. I have found that families often do not know that dogs, like children, need patience and guidance to reach their full potential.



RESCUE EFFORTS BETTER ORGANIZED AND PUBLICIZED THAN EVER BEFORE

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/12/2012

Since its inception, the NAIA has taken an active role in promoting purebred dog “rescue,” the private rehoming of adoptable abandoned purebred dogs by breed fanciers. I’m pleased to have been invited to write…



REUSE, RECYCLE, RESCUE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 98

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/12/2012

In this column, we’ll meet some active rescue volunteers, examine some of the factors that’ve helped make their work effective and get a few suggestions for new volunteers just starting out.



LOS ANGELES DOG AND CAT BREEDERS BATTLE $300 FEES

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/12/2012

The City of Los Angeles is holding hearings on a proposal that is intended to end the euthanasia of unwanted dogs and cats in shelters and the dumping of pets on the streets but actually targets the responsible breeding of healthy…



AKC’S CAR BRINGS DOGS HOME AGAIN

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/12/2012

Dogs escape, lose their collars or tags, and often travel far from home on their own or with help, so owners often have no clue where to look.



SAVE OUR STRAYS: A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE DOG AND CAT POPULATION DILEMMAS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/12/2012

For the past decade and more, national and local animal organizations have blamed puppy producers for euthanasias in shelters and promoted sterilization as the only way to decrease shelter deaths.



Reclaim, Recycle, Rescue: Rescue Advocates and Breed Clubs Cooperate For Effective Rescue Plans

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/11/2012

Each AKC-recognized breed is overseen by a “parent” club, a nationwide collection of fanciers devoted to the breed’s betterment and promotion. Parent clubs are responsible for maintaining the standards by which…



Reclaim, Recycle, Rescue:  Keeping your Balance is Critical to Rescue Success and Rescuer’s Life

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/11/2012

For many, animal rescue becomes an “all or nothing” activity, completely taking over their lives. Beginning rescuers are often overcome by a zeal equaling religious conversion. While I can’t say that I ever had…



Reuse, Recycle, Rescue: Blind, Deaf, and Aged Dogs Have Joy to Give.

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/11/2012

Let’s face it - placing rescued pets in adoptive homes is never easy. Once people are persuaded to consider a secondhand dog, their first preferences are animals that are young, beautiful, free of health problems and already…



Reuse, Recycle, Rescue: “What’s in a Name?”

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/11/2012

The subject of developing good working relationships between animal shelters and breed rescue groups is close to my heart and what I’m asked to speak or write about most often. The last time I addressed this topic, I was pleased…



Reuse, Recycle, Rescue: Adoption Fees: Rescue Dogs are a Bargain, Not a Gift

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/11/2012

No doubt about it, rescue has always been an expensive project. Vet bills, dog food, advertising, gas, supplies, telephone bills, equipment – I don’t know of a single rescue service that doesn’t have trouble making ends meet.…



Ethics in Rescue:  Emotional Panic can Create Problems with Home Screening and Placement

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/11/2012

In recent years, thanks mostly to the Internet, rescue has grown into a large army of loosely connected volunteers across the country, volunteers of widely different backgrounds and philosophy. The sheer number of volunteers and…



Support Victims of Hurricane Katrina Now!

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/11/2012

We have many friends in the Gulf Coast area who are keeping us informed about the challenges there. Terri Cannon, a dedicated Doberman Pinscher fancier and NAIA, NAIA Trust and FIDO supporter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one such…



Protesting the Protesters: HSUS May Feel Wrath of Disillusioned Animal Activists at Genesis Awards.

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/11/2012

That’s the question Katrina rescuers may be asking tonight during a planned protest at the Genesis Awards, the annual HSUS fete honoring media personalities who have featured animal welfare issues in their work. The protesters…



Virginia Approves Rescue Licensing Law

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/8/2012

Virginia’s governor approved SB 260, a bill that requires registration of rescue organizations and foster homes in the state. The bill, which sets annual fees and report requirements for rescues and their foster homes, goes into…



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