FMLA to care for your dog

October 17, 2017

Sick dog wearing a funnel collar. Treatment of injured hind legs of a dogIf you’re lucky enough to work in Italy, you may now be able to take paid time off of work to care for your ill dog.

As you may know, here in the States, we have the Family Medical Leave Act, under which employers have to give you (usually unpaid) time off to care for sick family members. Well, in Italy, they’ve now taken that to a whole new level! [Read more]

Community Foster Group for Northern California Wildfire-Affected Animals

October 16, 2017

CA FiresIf you are in northern California (specifically near the Tubbs fire), please consider fostering displaced animals. And if you have an animal that needs to be fostered due to the fire, you now have a new resource to turn to.

There is a Facebook page dedicated to those animals affected by the Tubbs fire. You can join the group to post lost and found notices, to offer to foster, or to try to place your animal with one of your loving neighbors in the area.

Here’s the link or you can simply search for Community Foster For Tubbs Fire Animals on Facebook.

Our prayers for rain are with all of California.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Should Pet Stores Be Required to Sell ONLY Rescue Animals?

October 15, 2017

Pet Group
From the LA Times: California recently passed a law (AB 485) prohibiting, on and after January 1, 2019, a pet store operator from selling a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or rescue group. [Read more]

Adopt, Don’t Shop

October 3, 2017

AdoptThanks to the good folks at Noah’s Bark Dog Biscuits for this important reminder that October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month.

#AdoptDontShop

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

It Had to be Done

September 20, 2017

When Sali Gear was asked what made her charter a plane to rescue 300 animals from the US Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma, her answer was simple: “It had to be done.” [Read more]

Puppies Left in Hot Van

September 15, 2017


Sometimes I have a hard time believing people are able to tie their shoes in the morning without help when they do something as boneheaded as this. [Read more]

Southwest Airlines Steps Up to Help Animals Caught in Hurricane

September 14, 2017

After the horrible news published earlier, I had to post this feel-good story from the Twitter feed of Southwest:

If you click on the photo, you’ll get to see all the great pictures they took, even if you don’t have a Twitter account.

Kudos to a fantastic humanitarian (animalitarian?) effort!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Who Leaves Their Dog to Drown in a Hurricane?

September 14, 2017

These are the lucky animals who were eventually rescued. Not all animals were so lucky, and in some cases, it was due to malicious, or at least uninformed, actions by their families.

From Blue Lives Matter: As authorities search for survivors who may have stayed behind to weather the storm, they are also finding dogs chained up outside or locked in pens with no means of escaping Hurricane Irma.

Think how your dog acts during a conventional thunderstorm. Can you even imagine how scary a hurricane would be for a dog? As if the property destruction and human toll of the hurricane weren’t enough, this literally turns my stomach.

Although about 60 people voluntarily surrendered their pets to Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, the agency also found at least 40 animals who had been left behind as people evacuated. The agency will pursue felony animal cruelty charges against those owners who chose to abandon their animals, assuming they can be identified.

Tips from Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control for dog families facing a natural disaster:

– Don’t let your dog out right after the storm passes, it’s going to be confused by the damage and debris. Animal caretakers see an a spike in animal injuries after storms because animals get cut and caught on debris.

– If you come upon an abandoned pet, use caution. The combination of confused dogs and stressed people result in an uptick of dog bites after storms.

Our appreciation goes out to all those who are working to take care of the animal victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Swift Water Dog Rescue in Lumberton, TX

September 1, 2017

Kudos to these folks for risking life and limb to save this pup from the floodwaters.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

AKC Reunite Announces Second Challenge Matching Grant to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

September 1, 2017

Photo:  John Spink, Atlanta Journal Constitution.  The Atlanta Humane Society has taken in 100 animals to clear room in Houston shelters for storm refugees.

Photo: John Spink, Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Atlanta Humane Society has taken in 100 animals to clear room in Houston shelters for storm refugees.

From my mailbag today:

AKC Reunite is pleased to announce a second Challenge Grant has been created by the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Charitable Trust, which will match donations to AKC Reunite’s Pet Disaster Relief Fund dollar for dollar for a total amount of $10,000 from their trust to support efforts for the families and pets in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. [Read more]

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