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Florida SB 674: Signed!

By Patti Strand | Published: 04/26/2013

Great progress in Florida for responsible rescues and pet owners!



LIFE’S UNPLEASANT JOBS

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird Gem Finch asked why his defense attorney father must take on a controversial court case. Gem was told, “There are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs.”



SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS SAVE HUMAN AND ANIMAL LIVES

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…



HELD FOR RANSOM: THE PLIGHT OF “HIGH SPEED FLIGHT”

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

In early April, High Speed Flight disappeared from her stable in Monterey County, California. In early May, after reporting the horse stolen and conducting an exhaustive search, her owner found the mare at Redwings Horse Sanctuary…



HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION RECEIVES TOP AWARD FROM NATIONAL ANIMAL CONTROL ASSOCIATION

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

So many organizations and agencies in this country, peopled by the caring and the extraordinary, work hard every day to serve animals in need.



SHELTER WORKERS SUE PETA

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/16/2012

Two shelter workers in Virginia have sued People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for $1.5 million each. The lawsuits allege that the animal rights group damaged their reputations by conducting an undercover investigation at…



HSUS “FACT SHEET” DISTORTS ANIMAL CONTROL ISSUES AND ANSWERS

By Norma Bennett Woolf | Published: 01/15/2012

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…



1995 NAIA Purebred Rescue Symposium

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/12/2012

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,…



BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS FREQUENTLY SEEN IN RESCUE ANIMAL

By Gary L. Clemons, DVM | Published: 01/12/2012

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.



1997 RESCUE SYMPOSIUM

By Patti Strand | Published: 01/12/2012

For several years, purebred dog fanciers have operated rescue programs for dogs that need new homes.



TEAMWORK SAVES MORE DOGS

By Vicki DeGruy | Published: 01/12/2012

Purebred rescue groups and animal shelters have a common goal - to place abandoned pets into responsible, permanent homes. Unfortunately they often have a hard time working together to achieve it. In this month’s column, we’ll…



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.



It Took Six Years, But Ohio Humane Agents Now Need Animal Husbandry Training To Do Their Jobs

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

After a six-year struggle, the Ohio State Legislature approved an animal cruelty law that requires training for humane agents and due process for owners accused of cruelty or neglect.



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…



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.”



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.



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…



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.



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