Canine Issues

Advisory: The Healthy Dog Importation Act (HDIA) HR 4239/S. 2597

By | Published: 07/27/2022

The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) submitted comments to APHIS encouraging the agency to prioritize dog import oversight as part of its five-year plan.

“Your Pandemic Puppy” Helps Families Raise a Happy Pooch in the Age of Covid

By Administrator | Published: 12/20/2020

American families from coast to coast have been welcoming new canine companions into their lives at an unprecedented rate, making the most of their unexpected extra time at home…

USDA Releases Key Report on Canine Imports

By Patti Strand | Published: 08/26/2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a key report finding that over 1 million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. And, of those one million, less than one percent are subject to thorough health screenings…

Calling All Dog Breeders

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/21/2019

If you haven’t already done so, register for tonight’s webinar on the influence of early maternal interaction on offspring behavior and development.

Please Comment on Proposed Changes to USDA Pet Breeder/Dealer Licensing Requirements!

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/16/2019

Dog lovers, your voice is needed!

More on the CDC ban on importing Egyptian dogs

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/13/2019

In addition to threat of re-introducing rabies, there are major welfare issues at play for the dogs that are being imported, as well as numerous temperament and non-rabies-related health problems. This is a serious, ongoing problem,…

“Operation Dog Catcher” highlights growing awareness of dog importation problems

By Patti Strand | Published: 05/7/2019

A recent CDC article by Molly K. Houle, DVM, illustrates the growing awareness of the problems of dog importation by government agencies, what they are doing to stop it, as well as a growing level of sophistication among groups…

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…

Consider the source when choosing your next best friend

By Patti Strand | Published: 11/30/2012

Progress always carries with it the potential for unintended consequences. In this case, efforts at reducing dog overpopulation have been so successful that in parts of the country there are not enough dogs to meet local demand.…

NAIA comments on USDA pet store licensing exemptions

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 Chair | 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 Chair | 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.

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