Category Archives: Dog News

Shelter Fire in Orlando

Photo:  Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Photo: Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Sorry – no Friday Funny this week – this is more important.

From the Facebook page of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando:

We are heartbroken to share that Pet Alliance’s Orlando location was damaged by a devastating fire last night. We are very sad to report that we lost 23 cats to the fire, but firefighters and staff were able to save ALL of the dogs.
All of the saved animals will be transported to the Sanford location for assessment and care. We appreciate the community’s outpouring of support. If you wish to make a donation you can do so on our website. We will let the community know what other help we need as we move forward.

UPDATE: After last night’s devastating fire at our Orlando location, we were able to save a total of 45 cats and 26 dogs. This includes four additional cats that shelter staff discovered this afternoon. We are heartbroken to report that we lost 13 cats and there are 4 still missing. Staff will be setting up traps at the location in the hopes of locating the missing 4. Continue reading Shelter Fire in Orlando

September is National Service Dog Month

American Humane photo of Winnie, a service dog in training
American Humane photo of Winnie, a service dog in training

From the American Humane blog: National Service Dog Month, a time devoted to raising awareness and showing appreciation for the extraordinary work service dogs do every day for the people in their care. Join us in celebrating and honoring these special heroes who dedicate their lives to help their human companions.

Service dogs are specially trained to perform specific tasks for people with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. They can be trained to retrieve objects, assist with balance, give seizure or diabetic alerts, or assist those with psychiatric disabilities. They also serve our nation’s wounded warriors suffering from conditions including Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. Service dogs provide companionship while inspiring confidence and they live to serve and assist their handlers. With the help of a service dog, humans can better manage disabilities and live fuller lives. Continue reading September is National Service Dog Month

Help Jet Come Home!

Photo:  DPD
Photo: DPD

From Doylestown (Wayne County, Ohio) Police Department:

Jet is our retired K9. She is a black German Shepherd and lives with her handler in the State St./Romig Rd. area. She managed to escape from her crate and out a partially open window/screen sometime Sunday evening. She is friendly, but by this time she is probably scared. Please share this post with anyone who may live, work, or travel in the State St./Romig Rd. area. If seen or located please do not attempt to capture, contact our dispatch at 330.658.2771, and ask to be connected to the officer on duty. A reward is being offered.

Please keep your eye out if you’re in the area.

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

More on the PAWS Act

From left to right: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) in the Oval Office. (Photo courtesy of the White House Photo Office)
From left to right: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), President Joe Biden, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) in the Oval Office. (Photo courtesy of the White House Photo Office)

From Rep. Elissa Slotkin:

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) today joined President Joe Biden at the White House to witness the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act be signed into law. The PAWS Act, which Rep. Slotkin has led in two consecutive Congresses, will help connect veterans with service dogs in their communities via a new program administered by the Veterans Affairs Administration. The bill passed the House in May and the Senate in August with overwhelming bipartisan support. Continue reading More on the PAWS Act