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Saturday Survey: Assistance Dogs at the Paralympics

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Earlier in the week, I posted about a legally blind runner who was forced to travel to the Paralympics without her guide dog. Was this fair?

Should assistance dogs have been excluded from Paralympics?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Deplorable Lack of Disability Awareness at Paralympics: Guide Dog Left Behind

 Paralympic runner Kym Crosby is able to compete on her own but relies on guide dog Tron in places like airports and hotels. Coronavirus restrictions and Japanese regulations forced her to leave Tron at home during the Tokyo Paralympics. (Morry Anne Angell / Guide Dogs for the Blind)
Paralympic runner Kym Crosby is able to compete on her own but relies on guide dog Tron in places like airports and hotels. Coronavirus restrictions and Japanese regulations forced her to leave Tron at home during the Tokyo Paralympics.
(Morry Anne Angell / Guide Dogs for the Blind)
Gonna be on my soapbox for a minute.

You would think, at an event created especially for the disabled, that organizers would have a pretty good handle on what people of different abilities need. But check out this story from David Wharton in the LA Times. (Read the whole story at that link. Excerpt below.) Continue reading Deplorable Lack of Disability Awareness at Paralympics: Guide Dog Left Behind

Fundraiser for Kabul Small Animal Rescue

Photo:  KSAR
Photo: KSAR
Help get pets out of Afghanistan as human evacuation continues.

Conditions are dire. Our animals are safe and we are still open and ready to help any animals that cross our paths! It is a dangerous time but the KSAR staff will not desert the animals. We are trying to get them to safety out of country and money is needed. Continue reading Fundraiser for Kabul Small Animal Rescue

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

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To help reduce the estimated 500,000 pets affected by home fires each year, The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services announce “National Pet Fire Safety Day.” This nationwide awareness day educates pet owners about potential risks when pets are left home alone and provides them with proven prevention measures to ensure their safety.

According to a recent AKC study, 88 percent of pet owners consider their pets to be valued family members so it makes sense to include them in fire prevention plans and rescue alerts should a house fire strike. As part of National Pet Fire Safety Day, AKC and ADT have developed helpful prevention, escape and rescue tips for pet owners. Continue reading July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters Summertime Adoption Event

Photo:  Bissell Pet Foundation
Photo: Bissell Pet Foundation

After successfully finding loving homes for 4,374 pets in May, BPF’s Empty the Shelters is back July 7-11! With 186 participating shelters in 45 states offering reduced-fee adoptions of $25 or less, it’s the perfect time to adopt. So many wonderful pets are waiting for homes, and we’re sure you’ll find the pet of your dreams. Don’t miss this great opportunity to bring a pet into your family, and most importantly, save a life. Please spread the word! Continue reading Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters Summertime Adoption Event

Animal Welfare Takes a Step Back in Texas

From MSNBC: Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is facing criticism after he vetoed animal abuse legislation that bans tethering dogs outdoors using heavy chains or chaining them up without drinkable water and adequate shelter or shade. Abbott says laws already in place were adequate.

I don’t understand the harm in strengthening laws that may not have been specific enough.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

National Rescue Dog Day

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From National Day Calendar: (If you’re interested in days designated as national days of anything, this is THE go-to resource.)

NATIONAL RESCUE DOG DAY

On May 20th, National Rescue Dog Day recognizes all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their immeasurably lovable life.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home and their potential is limitless. They’re rescue dogs. Continue reading National Rescue Dog Day