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Hayden Law Repeal Bad News for CA Shelter Animals

UPDATE: On April 11 the California Senate budget subcommittee voted unanimously not to repeal certain provisions of the Hayden Law, just as the Assembly budget subcommittee did on March 13.

ilovedogs.com: While this is good news, the provisions could still be repealed. The next step is for the Assembly and Senate budget committees to review the subcommittees’ reports and vote on their versions of the budget bill.

California pet parents should therefore continue to spread the word, sign the petition and let their legislators know how they feel.

sad dog in animal shelterWhen the Hayden Law was passed in 1998, it provided California shelter animals with protections including a holding period of four to six business days.

But now these protections are in danger of disappearing. To save the state what he says is $46 million annually (California currently faces a $9.2 billion deficit), Gov. Jerry Brown is considering repealing provisions of the Hayden Law, which means shelter animals could be euthanized after only 72 hours.

The three-day holding period would apply whether or not the shelter is open for business. As Francis Battista, co-founder of the Best Friends Animal Society, told NBC Los Angeles, “You could go away on Friday, your dog could get out. It’s a long weekend and you don’t get back until Tuesday and by then your dog is dead. Three days is not a long time to reclaim your animal.”

The short holding period could result in less-adoptable pets, like senior dogs or dogs with health issues, being euthanized before they could be given a second chance by a rescue group or potential adopter. The 72-hour timeframe would make it difficult for rescues to arrange saving even young, healthy dogs.

“When we decide to save an animal, people don’t realize the time it takes to get a plan together,” Haze Lynn, founder of Take Me Home Rescue, told NBC Los Angeles. “By killing quickly, we won’t be able to save anybody. This is a big problem for us because we need the time.”

Not only would the repeal reduce the holding period, it would allow shelters to immediately euthanize rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, turtles, hamsters and other pets.

Also eliminated would be the requirement for shelters to provide sick or injured animals with veterinary care; to provide records of their animals; or to post lists of lost and found pets.

Back in 2004, when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was considering repealing the same provisions, the public outcry helped influence him to change his mind. Now Brown is facing a similar backlash.

Most animal welfare groups, among them the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and Stray Cat Alliance, oppose the repeal.

More than 56,000 people have signed a Change.org petition started by attorney Marla Tauscher that asks Brown not to repeal any provisions of the Hayden Law. The Best Friends Animal Society is organizing a rally in Sacramento tomorrow, March 13, the day state budget subcommittee hearings begin. People are urged to spread awareness of the possible repeal via their social networks.

The law’s creator and namesake, former state Sen. Tom Hayden, appears in a video urging Brown not to repeal his law.

“I wrote the legislation because I learned that 65,000 animals were put to death unnecessarily every year in Los Angeles County, and it was meant to avoid that from ever happening to another stray animal and their family,” he says in the video.

“It’s not a budget issue, because you can solve the problem with penalties or fees. It is a humane issue, and I urge you to look at your dog before you allow this bill which protects animals to die.”

The dog Hayden is referring to is Sutter, Brown’s 8-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, who often accompanies his dog dad to government meetings. Sutter has even sat at the table during budget hearings.

A major argument for not letting the Hayden Law die is that it has actually been suspended since 2009 – meaning that for the past three years, the state has not paid municipal shelters to hold animals beyond 72 hours or provide animals with veterinary care. (Many shelters continue to do so anyway by relying on city or county funds.) Animal advocates say the law should continue to be suspended instead of permanently repealed so that when the economy recovers, the state can start compensating the shelters again.

“Since these requirements are already suspended, the Governor’s repeal proposal is a policy decision, not a budget decision,” said Jennifer Fearing, California’s senior director for the HSUS, in a statement. “And the policy consequences of repeal are likely to be adverse for homeless animals’ prospects – indeed repeal cannot possibly move California forward.”

In defense of the repeal, the Brown administration says that local governments, not the state, should decide on the holding time for shelter animals.

But Taimie L. Bryant, a UCLA law professor who specializes in animal law, disagrees. She told Sutter’s Friends, a Facebook group opposed to the repeal, “The Hayden Law established a few modest provisions that should be in place at the state level as a minimum standard of decent animal sheltering … We need consistency across jurisdictions on basic aspects of animal sheltering.”

There is also a misconception that the state pays shelters to euthanize animals. H.D. Palmer, a spokesman for the California Dept. of Finance, told KABC-TV, “So those local governments who are actually putting down more animals get more money from the state. That seems to be somewhat of a perverse fiscal incentive.”

Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), a nonprofit whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation through legislation, clarifies the reimbursement formula on its website:

“The reimbursement formula does not create a perverse incentive to kill animals. Shelters’ financial incentives are always aligned with saving lives because they can bring in revenues from adoption and owner redemption and will be spared the costs of killing (which are not reimbursed by the state). If they hold and kill, they will only get the small difference in excess of 72 hours reimbursed by the state. They will not get from the state the costs of killing or the foregone money from adoptions and owner redemptions.”

Thanks in part to the Hayden Law, California has been at the forefront of shelter reform across the U.S.

“Once the law is gone, the reference point for other shelters to follow is also gone,” Battista told NBC Los Angeles.

What You Can Do:

  • Help spread awareness of the possible repeal on your social networks. Tell Brown you oppose it on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Sign the Change.org petition urging Brown not to repeal provisions of the law.
  • Call Brown at 916-445-2841 or send a fax to 916-558-3160.
  • Attend the rally starting at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, March 13, at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

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April 23, 2014 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization | Leave a comment

Arizona is Being Overrun by Packs of Vicious Wild Chihuahuas… Vicious? Really?

So what the heck is going on in Arizona?  Vicious wild Chihuahuas?  They are Chihuahuas for God sake…  Why didn’t they notice this sooner?  And as for Chihuahuas nipping people, even at kids…  really?  A big deal?  Not so much in my book…  And terrorizing neighborhoods?  Again, really?  A bit of a stretch I’d say, but cops say wild packs of Chihuahuas are causing quite a problem.  So lets all dig in and help out…

Video: Chihuahuas running wild in Maryvale, Arizona  -  The original video was removed…

Animal Control needs public’s help wrangling Chihuahuas running loose in Maryvale

Examiner: Stray chihuahuas are hanging out in miniature packs in various Arizona neighborhoods; chasing and nipping at schoolchildren reports Monday’s abc.news.go.

According to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, the little ones have been breeding indiscriminately with each other and now have been overrunning residential areas.

"Part of it is these animals aren’t spayed or neutered, so they’re out looking for a mate and having babies, which also contributes to the problem," stated a representative from Animal Control.

Authorities believe the high number of foreclosures and undocumented workers forced to leave Arizona when the economy crashed, has caused the overpopulation of the small breed.

Sadly, chihuahuas are the most popular breed at the Arizona shelters.

Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dogs, and named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, although some experts argue that the breed originated in China and Little Artie, who weighs only four pounds, is ready for his new home. This little guy loves Cheerios!were brought over by Spanish traders.

The adorable little breed, with varied temperaments and intense loyalties toward their humans, were made popular by Paris Hilton and her famous "chi" named Tinkerbell.

Residents are urged to safely corral the little dogs if at all possible, and then call Animal Control.

While chihuahuas may not be a popular breed in Maricopa County, many city dwellers in New York City find the adorable little ones perfect for apartment living.

As Bob Barker has been repeating for years and years, please spay and neuter your pets.

If you are interested in rescuing and adopting a chihuahua? or fostering? Click here for more information.

Thi featured Chihuahua featured by the Examiner is named Artie; he is available for adoption. Please refer to ID# 14-02-16-00249, but there are many more.

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If you possibly can, please help by adopting at least one, by donating for others to adopt and by helping to get them spayed and neutered.  There is always room for just one more pet… just one more Chihuahua, they are small… but be prepared, some are feisty.

If everyone that can adopted just one more pet and then acted responsibly, there would be no more homeless pets and no pets euthanized needlessly!! 

JOMP~

February 27, 2014 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Abandonement, animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Chihuahua, Chiweenie, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Stop Euthenization, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | 2 Comments

Pros & Cons of Neutering–Really? There are Cons?

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Puppies rely on us to make informed decisions. Image Copr. Fernanda Cerioni/Flickr

By Amy Shojai at Amy Shojai’s Bling, Bitches and Blood

Yes, actually, there are and that may surprise you. It did me. After all, we’ve heard from animal welfare advocates for years preaching the gospel of spay/neuter.  Heck, I preached this myself and for the majority of dogs and cats (ESPECIALLY cats!), “the big fix” is the best thing that ever happens to them.

There’s new evidence, though, that for dogs at least the pros and cons are not so black and white. While the University of Georgia’s sample of 40,139 canine death records from the Veterinary Medical Database from 1984-2004 concluded that neutered dogs could be expected to live a year and a half longer (on average) than intact dogs, other studies point out potential increases in hip dysplasia or cancer. Oy.

So what’s a responsible pet parent to do? One possible solution is a new non-surgical sterilization technique called Zeuterin from Ark Sciences, that renders the boy dogs incapable of fathering puppies but let’s them keep about 50 percent of their testosterone that makes a beneficial health difference especially in certain breeds.

Read my newest article of Zeuterin and Pros/Cons of Neutering here. My best recommendation is to find out everything you can, consult with your vet, and only then make an informed decision. What do you think? Go ahead and comment–let ‘er rip! *s*

Amy is so right, spay/neutering is not a cut and dry proposition… no pun intended! JOMP!

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February 22, 2014 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Related Education, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, Pet Owner's Rights, Pets, Political Change, responsible pet ownership, Stop Euthenization | 2 Comments

US Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy Saving Dogs of Sochi

One of the many dark tales coming out of Sochi is the revelation that Russian authorities have been executing stray dogs. US Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy plans to do something about it by saving them.

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American Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska are doing their part to save the stray dogs in Sochi

Obviously, people were outraged when they heard about the killings. Oleg Deripaska, one of the wealthiest men in Russia, was so upset by this that he took it upon himself to save as many as he could. He used his fortune to build shelters for the strays in Baranovka, which is near Sochi.

Kenworthy expected to be on his way home with the pups by now but has been delayed by paperwork problems in Russia?!?

Video:  Stray Dogs Saved by Russian Billionaire…

Some of the the dogs are being adopted by Olympics fans and heading to new homes. According to ABC News on Tuesday the process of American fans adopting a dog is being helped by the Humane Society International.

Olympic fans are adopting dogs in Sochi

Outlining all the requirements for moving a dog from one country to another, it seems that finding a local Russian vet is the fastest way to get help in seeing if Fido can come home. Getting all the shots necessary for the pup to leave the country is the first step. Plus a kennel needs to be acquired for the flight of an animal if they are going to be shipped on an airplane. The process of owning a Russian dog might be costly with just the airplane ride being $150 for the canine’s travels to their new home.

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska stepped in before the Olympics and opened a mountain refuge for some dogs to hang out, but the issue still isn’t resolved. Fans worry that after the athletes leave the dogs could be left out to roam again or worse.

Offering up assistance to help adopt dogs seems like a logical solution at the moment and if fans are willing to take a new four legged friend home, it might be the perfect answer to helping some of the dogs.

February 18, 2014 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | 2 Comments

BSL and Pit Bulls

What exactly is BSL?

bsl-is-wack My Pit Bull Friend: BSL is an abbreviation for Breed Specific Legislation. Not only is this Legislation targeting specific breeds of dog, but dogs that appear to have characteristics of certain breeds. Your dogs may not even be close to what is on the ban list but may be affected negatively nonetheless. In Iowa, a Pit Bull is defined as “any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds (more so than any other breed), or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics.”

Pit Bull type breeds are included in every single breed restriction or ban that has been set in place by each region that has implemented a legislation, every single one! This ban affects dogs all around the world. These bans and restrictions around the world vary from region to region but the effect that it’s having on these dogs is very real.

The following are some of the legislation requirements that you must follow depending upon the region your are in:

Must not own, sell, harbor, breed, keep a Pit Bull type dog.
Leash and or muzzle your dog when in public.
Must be 21 years of age or older
Post “Beware of Dog” signs around your residence.
Procure $100,000 US in liability insurance.
Spay/neuter the dog.
Must surrender the dog to be euthanized if it has bitten a person or animal.

Everyday, Pit Bulls are being killed due to legislation. In the areas where these dogs are illegal to have, there are many people that have no choice but to relocate their dogs within a certain time frame or give them up where they eventually are killed. Since it is already hard as it is to relocate Pit Bulls, the rise in deaths has grown drastically. These are dogs that have never harmed a thing in their lives and are gentle and loving and are being forced out of their homes to suffer an unjustifiable death with no where to go but shelters where they are put down. It’s a Holocaust of sorts and is completely unfair to loving dogs and owners alike, who both feel the impact.

The ban affects home owners and renters alike because insurance companies see these breeds as a liability and will not allow them on their properties, making finding a residence extremely hard for owners that do not wish to give up their dogs.

There is a fear of these breeds now and this causes people to cast judgment solely based upon a false sense of fear. The truth is that dogs sometimes attack people,, not just a specific breed or breeds, but the species as a whole. By banning and killing off dogs solely based off of appearance, we are endorsing and showing that stereotyping is okay and should be enforced. It is showing that every dog that looks a certain way is exactly the same. This is so wrong on so many levels. Instead of killing off dogs that belong to a responsible owner why not punish owners who are irresponsible. Why should the actions of the few affect the masses so dramatically?

Banning these breeds, instead of implementing new laws that target irresponsible owners and dogs that actually are dangerous, is not working. These dogs are now being bred by people who just want to make a profit based on their desirability, who in fact, are worsening the breeds. These dogs are being bred in mills and with no concern for good temperaments, genes, and health problems, which is causing more stereotyping to happen. What should be done instead of banning the breeds, is enforcing proper breeding practices and responsible dog ownership.

The fight to end BSL is one that will take the efforts of every person that cares about these dogs. If we don’t stand up for them no one will and then what? Let them die, suffer, and soon be banned everywhere causing the extinction of many breeds? Ending BSL starts with you. Educating yourself and others and being a responsible dog owner is just the beginning to a long road of changing the view about Pit Bulls and Pit Bull type breed.

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February 11, 2014 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Dogs, Dogs, If Animlas Could Talk..., Just One More Pet, NO KILL NATION, Outreach for Pets, Pet Abuse, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Owner's Rights, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization | 3 Comments

Hopeful News: LA City Animal Shelter Deaths Plummet by Nearly Half During First Two Years of Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA Initiative

“Lives are at stake.  Not only is this program important for Los Angeles, but we are laying a path forward for other cities to follow [in] making no-kill an achievable goal,”  says Batista

Digital Journal: Success of coalition approach to ending the killing of healthy animals in shelters provides road map for cities across the nation. The number of healthy or treatable dogs and cats killed in Los Angeles city animal shelters has been cut nearly in half in just two years, Best Friends Animal Society announced today.

We Are All Waiting...

Save All of Them!!!

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 06, 2014 – Cross Posted at Digital Journal, AskMarion and Just One More Pet (JOMP)

Statistics provided by LA Animal Services show that since the formation in 2012 of a 70-organization coalition led by Best Friends Animal Society, shelter deaths have dropped 48 percent. In 2011, the year before Best Friends launched its NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative with the City of Los Angeles, approximately 17,400 healthy, treatable dogs and cats were killed in LA shelters. One year later, the number was reduced to approximately 13,400. In 2013, the number decreased further to 9,075.

“We’ve reached an incredible lifesaving milestone for shelter pets and animal lovers in Los Angeles,” says Francis Battista, a co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society, the Utah-based organization who worked closely with the city to form the partnership. “There’s no doubt we are on the right track to reach a day when animals are no longer killed in LA shelters simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home.”

Best Friends’ NKLA initiative, which is built around a partnership with the City of Los Angeles, began in January of 2012, with the goal of ending the killing of healthy and treatable pets in LA shelters by 2017. The approach provides economically targeted spay/neuter services so fewer animals enter shelters, as well as adoption incentives and promotions to ensure that more animals exit the shelters alive.

Brenda Barnette, general manager of LA Animal Services, says the partnership and resulting coalition has paid big dividends.

“The unique public-private partnership of Best Friends Animal Society and Los Angeles Animal Services has enabled us to make life-saving strides for the animals in Los Angeles,” says Barnette. “When NKLA launched two years ago we had no idea that we would exceed our goals to reduce shelter deaths and increase live outcomes for our animals so significantly.”

The number of animals killed each year in shelters around the country is around four million -approximately 9,000 every day. Best Friends, which has introduced “Save Them All” as its national call-to-action, is working with no-kill advocates across the country to bring that number down to zero.

Coalition provides replicable model for other cities

Several key factors make these kinds of strides possible in a city the size of Los Angeles.

“The main driver is that the entire coalition works toward the same goal,” says Battista. “From the beginning we knew we had to accomplish something uncommon in animal welfare: bring a large number of local groups to affiliate with a campaign in a major U.S. city. At first it wasn’t easy, but two years into it our local coalition has grown and is pulling in the same life-saving direction. Clearly, we couldn’t have done this on our own, without all the groups working together.”

Best Friends regards Los Angeles as both a trendsetter and a representative proving ground, suggesting that this type of program can be replicated in other cities around the country.

The coalition focuses on two key areas – promoting adoption as the best way for Los Angeles residents to get their pets, and making it much easier for low-income pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered through the delivery of free or low-cost services into communities with little or no access to veterinary care.

“By establishing programs for low-income pet owners we are reaching an underserved group of animal lovers who have few resources to care for their pets,” says Battista. “We’re tweaking things as we progress to ensure that we’re making the greatest impact on the problem. The coalition is gathering momentum, and the NKLA campaign is generating more and more popular support.”

Two LA facilities boost adoption of shelter animals

Best Friends operates two dedicated facilities to increase adoptions of city shelter animals. The Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills is run out of a city-owned facility and only offers for adoption shelter dogs and cats from any of the six Los Angeles shelters. The NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, operated by Best Friends through a foundation grant, features homeless LA pets for adoption from a variety of coalition partners. Total adoptions from both centers numbered approximately 3,800 dogs and cats in 2013.

The Mission Hills center clinic performed more than 6,200 spay/neuter surgeries, over 3,000 of which were reserved for pets of low-income families.

Best Friends also employs special pet transports to save LA shelter animals. During the past two years several thousand LA Animal Services dogs and cats were delivered to guaranteed adoption rescue partners across the country, while more than 1,700 neonatal kittens and dozens of nursing mothers were saved though an on-site kitten nursery in Mission Hills. Additionally, the lives of hundreds of neonatal puppies and several nursing mothers were saved through a foster network.

Battista says that while Best Friends and its partners are on track to meet the goal of taking the city to no-kill by 2017, there are no plans to take the collective foot off the pedal.

“Lives are at stake,” Battista says, “so every day, the efforts of our LA team are focused on working with our coalition partners to stop the killing in shelters. Not only is this program important for Los Angeles, but we are laying a path for other large cities to follow and making no-kill an achievable goal for cities and towns across the United States.”

About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.

To like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends

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February 8, 2014 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, Animal Rescues, animals, Dogs, Dogs, Fostering and Rescue, Help Familie Keep Their Pets, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, NO KILL NATION, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Owner's Rights, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | 4 Comments

Spay, Neuter, Adopt – Repeat

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The Razor – Originally posted January 31, 2014, 12:13 pm:

One of the few topics of agreement between liberals and conservatives I’ve found is pets, particularly the problems caused by over population. The cool thing is that when the topic of whether Obama should be impeached or not comes up, and your liberal friend’s head is about to explode, just send him a picture of a cute dog needing rescue. Immediately all will be forgotten and instead of pistols-at-dawn (or since we’re talking leftists who support gun control, re-education camps or at the very least, IRS audits) you’ll be sharing animal rescue stories and plotting how to change attitudes towards spay and neuter programs.

Look we all know Obama is the worst president in history, but whomever takes his place will likely not be able to solve the problem of pet overpopulation. To do this requires not just changing the attitudes of those who believe it’s “unnatural” to spay or neuter a dog or keep their cat inside, it requires changing our attitudes as well.

I used to consider myself a cat person. When I was five I ended up with a tiny little kitten, the runt of the litter who wouldn’t be nursed by her mother. So my mother gave me a doll bottle with kitten formula and I nursed the kitten myself. The kitten became my first best friend. I wrote songs and poetry to her while a child and she repaid me with her company for 17 years. There have been other cats since her passing, but none like her, and because of my experience with her I shunned dogs for the most part until my son came into the picture. We ended up adopting a Bichon, and it rekindled my interest in dogs.

I realized something: I wasn’t a cat person at all. I was an animal person. I found the love I had for animals wasn’t limited to a specific species or breed, it transcended such divisions. As I grew older I met others who felt the same. Some had lived with a special dog that changed theirs lives. I’ve even met people who had a special rabbit and parakeet. There are no dog or cat people at all. There are just animal people.

And it makes sense. We are after all animals. We are products of Nature and have evolved and developed as a species alongside other animals. We have influenced their evolution and they ours. Dogs. Cats. Horses. Cows. The history of all domesticated animals are intertwined with ours as a species, and so it should not come as a surprise that today in the modern era there are people like us who still treasure the company and care of animals.

But not everyone agrees. I’ve lived in places where animals were viewed no differently from inanimate objects – property to be used and discarded at will.

One way those of us who chant the mantra of “spay and neuter” can further help the pet overpopulation problem is by adopting more animals. If you have one dog, add another from a shelter. If you have two dogs consider adding a cat – preferably two – to your home. Most domestic animals prefer the company of others of their kind, and that is true with all the animals I’ve handled whether tropical fish, cats or horses.

You don’t have  to go crazy. I don’t want anyone appearing on Animal Cops. Adopting animals is easy; caring for them on a day-to-day basis is another. I’m running two litter boxes for 8 cats and have to scoop them daily. If I don’t disaster strikes, and honestly it is a chore along with all the other animal chores I have for caring for 8 dogs, 13 chickens and 45 gallons of tropical fish that make daily life a challenge. The idea is to save as many animals as you can properly care for, and that requires having the means to pay vet bills ($4,000 one year not too long ago), the time to exercise your dogs and lavish attention on each and every one of your pets.

Making room in our hearts and homes while proselytizing about the importance of spay and neuter programs, the immorality of breeding for profit, and donating time and money to your favorite rescue group or animal shelter will speed the arrival of a time where every animal is wanted and has a forever home as each deserves.

***And although I agree whole heartedly, in general, with the pattern of spay, neuter, adopt and repeat, but in some situations allowing a pet to have one litter can be a great choice.  It is an experience that you and your children will treasure, especially if you have never experienced it and especially if you have both pet parents in the home. But again… one litter is plenty!  And there are some possible health risks involved with pet sterilization (see articles below)…  AskMarion – JOMP~

If you have enough love in your heart, there is always enough room in your home to adopt just one more pet!!  And we are not talking hoarding!!  But the idea that homeowner’s associations and even city rules have been put forth that declare that 1,2 or 3 are all the pets someone can have is ridiculous.  Everyone is different and each situation is different.  Just as for some people having ‘no human children’ is the best choice, for others 1 or 2 is plenty and for still others 5, 6, a dozen or even more is perfect… so it is with fur, feathered or scaled kids.  It is all about love and being willing to take responsibility for another life (lives)… not about a number!

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Crews Killing Thousands of Dogs for Sochi Olympic Games

Dogs look out of their cages from a truck on a motorway on the outskirts of China's capital Beijing April 8, 2006. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Examiner – According to Friday’s CTV News, in anticipation of the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, countless homeless dogs currently roaming the streets are being culled.

Local officials have cited "safety" for visiting guests as the reason for the mass killing; according to the publication, a company has been hired to do the dirty work.

Nightly, roaming dogs are captured in baited traps…then killed with poison.

Rescuers in the area are doing their best to get to the stray dogs first…they try to capture the dogs, get them sterilized and vaccinated, and ultimately adopted into homes.

Unfortunately, the number of un-sterilized, stray dogs makes the rescuers’ job difficult – new litters are constantly being born and the killing crews continue on with their dark, unsavory work.

According to USA Today, last April, the government had stated that they were backing off of their plans to kill an estimated 2,000 dogs, but it appears that the dirty work of killing has simply been transferred to a non-government agency.

Click here to watch the CTV News clip

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Three Nuns Adopt the Senior Pit Bull Nobody Else Wanted

Remy now has a forever home with the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine in New York

Dogster: It sounds like the title of a movie we want to see: Three Nuns and a Pit Bull. Only, this story is real, and it happened a week ago in New York, when three nuns, all over 70, walked into the Hi Tor Animal Care Center with one intention, according to the Huffington Post. To adopt a dog who no one wanted.

(Tears.)

"I wanted to bring a dog home that might get euthanized if we didn’t take her," Sister Veronica Mendez said to News 12. "And when I noticed the sign said ’9 years,’ I said, ‘Virginia, we want this one, because nobody else is going to want her.’"

The dog in the cage was a Pit Bull. A gray-muzzled, friendly old Pit Bull named Remy, 9 years old, who had spent months in the shelter. She was soon heading to her new home at Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine.

"She was very friendly right away, and she seemed like she belonged," said one of the sisters. "She’s a senior and we are seniors, and she is a gentle dog and seems happy and content."

"She’s given a lot of joy to our house."

Remy is the second dog these sisters have owned, and part of her role will be to comfort the nuns, who are coming off a great loss.

"We had a dog in the home for the last seven or eight years, and our dog just died a week ago," said one sister. "We loved that dog very much. It was hard to find a successor, but we found a good one!"

West Artope, executive director at Hi Tor, said he believes Remy found the perfect home.

"Most people have a pretty bad understanding of Pits," he told HuffPost. "But Remy was sensitive to the sisters, especially to Sister Virginia, who walks with a cane. She kept up with her and was so attentive."

"Whatever time she has left, she’ll have good years," said Sister Mendez.

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Thousands of Shelter Pets Killed Every Day Yet Half of Americans Uninformed and Unaware

“Our research reveals a huge disconnect in what happens to our animal friends in shelters and what Americans think happens”

Best Friends Animal Society Launches Initiative to Save Them All™

EON: KANAB, Utah–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–The majority of Americans significantly underestimate the number of dogs and cats killed in America’s shelters each day, a new national survey has revealed. The research, released by Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters, found that most people aren’t aware of the magnitude of the issue or how simple it is to save these pets.

In fact, the new research shows that nationally, 50 percent of Americans estimate that 500 or fewer cats and dogs die each day in shelters across the country – far fewer than the more than 9,000 that actually die in shelters each day because they don’t have a safe place to call home. Forty eight percent of those surveyed believe that shelter animals are eventually claimed by their owners, adopted or transferred to another rescue organization. In fact, for millions of animals that go to shelters, it is their last stop.

Best Friends released the survey results today in conjunction with the launch of the organization’s Save Them All initiative, which encourages the public to play a role in solving this problem.

“Our research reveals a huge disconnect in what happens to our animal friends in shelters and what Americans think happens,” Gregory Castle, co-founder and chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society said. “Like people, pets are unique individuals. Their special characteristics create the bonds with us, as humans and animal lovers. This makes the fact that so many lose their lives each day in shelters almost unthinkable. Best Friends wants to rally the support of Americans, because if we take simple steps together, we can save them all.”

Misconceptions about Shelters Persist

While three quarters of Americans (74 percent) acknowledge that shelters provide proper care for animals, those surveyed cite other factors as the biggest contributors to the death rate at shelters. These include:

  • Shelter resources and budget (45 percent)
  • Lack of adopters (40 percent)
  • Lack of shelter space (32 percent)

Yet most Americans seem unable to connect the need for more involvement with these shelters with the ability to help save these animals. Only 32 percent say they donated money to animal welfare and just 15 percent say they adopted a pet in the last year.

Progress in Ending Homeless Pet Problem

Despite these challenges, Best Friends, its partners around the country and many other animal welfare organizations have dramatically reduced the number of animals killed in shelters. Thirty years ago, when Best Friends was founded, approximately 17 million pets died in shelters each year. Today that number is down to about 4 million, thanks to the continued hard work of animal welfare groups, including Best Friends, partnerships with local municipalities and innovative programs that encourage pet adoption and provide low-cost spay-neuter services.

How to Help Save Them All

Helping animals in shelters is simpler than most pet lovers think. There are many ways to get involved:

  • Donate: Donations and grants fund life-saving programs for pets in need. Donating as little as $25 to Best Friends can help.
  • Adopt: Adoptions get animals out of shelters and into homes. Remind friends looking for a family pet that animals in shelters make wonderful pets.
  • Spay/neuter: Spaying and neutering means fewer animals entering shelters and improves your pet’s health and behavior. Many shelters around the country provide free or reduced prices for these important services.
  • Volunteer: Volunteering powers the “no-kill” movement. Find a shelter in your area and donate your time to this worthwhile effort.
  • Spread the word: Amplify the urgent message of pet homelessness and educate family and friends on these startling statistics. Help increase awareness by showing your support on Facebook or Twitter.

Today, Best Friends is also encouraging consumers to share their commitments to help end the killing of animals in shelters through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus or their favorite social channel using the hashtag #SaveThemAll.

To become a part of the Save Them All™ movement and make a huge impact on the quality of life for homeless pets everywhere, visit www.bestfriends.org/SAVE.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society® is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All.

Survey Methodology

Best Friends Animal Society, in partnership with Ketchum Global Research & Analytics and Braun Research, conducted a phone survey of 1,007 adults 18 and older in the U.S. The survey was fielded August 9, 2013 through August 16, 2013.

Results are reported at the 95 percent confidence level, and have a margin of error of +/-3.1%. Data have been weighted to adjust for variation in the sample relating to geographic region, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, age, education and the number of adults in the household. The statistical weights were designed and applied from the United States Census Bureau statistics.

Oversamples were surveyed in Los Angeles (202 respondents), New York City (202 respondents) and Salt Lake City (201 respondents).

Contacts

Best Friends Animal Society
John Polis, 435-644-4858
johnp@bestfriends.org
or
Kristen Commander, 310-689-3406
Kristen.commander@emanatepr.com

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