At the beginning of the pandemic, shelters rejoiced as people who were stuck at home began adopting dogs to keep them company. Now, however, as economic hardships are hitting home, some are being forced to surrender their dogs.
The ASPCA estimates 24.4 million animals will soon be living in poverty with their families due to the virus, a 21% increase since February. ASPCA research shows that a lack of affordable veterinary care and limited access to spay/neuter services are important potential contributors to pet relinquishment. They have launched programs and partnerships in Los Angeles, Miami and New York City to make veterinary care more accessible and affordable. Continue reading Pandemic Recession Hits Dogs→
The American Kennel Club originally launched AKC PupPals for kids in need of uplifting with a message from a canine friend. In light of the crisis California is facing right now, they thought it was fitting to expand the program to cater to anyone in need of some cheer – medical professionals (HEROES), nursing home and hospital patients, and anyone else impacted by the California wildfires. They hope that this can help them smile a bit.
Anyone can nominate a person to receive a letter or video from a canine companion.
They have received over 500 requests fulfilled and are happy to do more.
From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: More than a dozen dogs, homeless because of Hurricane Laura in the gulf, boarded a plane and flew to Pittsburgh where they received a second chance and a new life. No Dog Left Behind flew the 1500 mile round trip in their Mahindra Airvan over the course of 15 hours.
From the good folks at Stewardship Report: When Sergeant E. found a neglected dog on her Army base, she began including the dog on her morning runs and feeding him. They formed a bond, as one does with an animal, particularly when one is stationed overseas.
The problem arose when Sgt. E. was shipped home unexpectedly, unable to bring with her the dog she had named Meeka. Devastated, the dog went into hiding. Fortunately, her fellow soldiers were able to entice the dog out of hiding and put him in a pen for safekeeping until Sgt. E. could find a way to bring Meeka to the States.
Enter Paws of War, an organization dedicated to doing just this sort of work. Paws of War rescues dogs, provides them with proper training, and then pairs them with veterans who need service animals, all free of charge. They also help soldiers bring their dog back to America after serving in the Middle East.
But they can’t do this important work without your help. Donate here.
From our friends at CBS Sunday Morning: Correspondent Conor Knighton takes to the skies with Wyoming pilot Peter Rork, a retired surgeon and pilot who’s found a new purpose in life by helping dogs in need find homes, flying animals to adoption centers through his non-profit, Dog Is My CoPilot.
From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: This Museum gift shop favorite is the perfect way to banish boredom!
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Yesterday I posted that Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive tackle, Derrick Nnadi had pledged to pay the adoption fees of every dog in the KC Pet Project shelter. Not to be outdone, Coors Light is now promising to help with adoption fees across the country from now until February 21, 2020. Here’s how it works: Continue reading I Knew I Liked Coors Light→
Have you seen what Derrick Nnadi did to celebrate the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win? The defensive tackle contacted the KC Pet Project and pledged enough money to pay for the adoptions of ALL of the dogs they had at the shelter! Continue reading Not just a football player→
When Nicola Coyle retired from nursing, she started a dog hospice in Mansfield, England to help dogs live their best lives at the end of their lives. At a cost of about 500 Euros per dog, she provides a trip to the beach, complete with ice cream, and a steak dinner at a local pub.
Ms. Coyle runs the program out of her home, with some dogs in foster care. She pulls them from shelters and keeps them until they cross the rainbow bridge.
What a great ministry!
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
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