Friday, July 31, 2009

Make An Impact With Your Life

The demonstrations are making an IMPACT!!!!

animal welfare community: spread the word and/or join us.
Thanks to the dedicated few that attend regularly(or regularly in the past) however, NEWCOMERS WELCOME!!!! Don't forget Arf Nouveau for Stray rescue and Crazy Bowl for Senior Dog and Pound Pals Saturday eve!
Puppy Mill Protest/Demonstration Chesterfield Mall…..
Chesterfield Missouri
Saturday, July 25
1 to 2 PM

For general information on puppy mills, go to:
Join us this Saturday to........... Demonstrate against pet stores (Pampered Pets) that sell pets
bred for profit…
Promote shelter pet adoptions……….
Inform the public of the puppy mill issue………

Meet across from the mall parking lot, in the lot at 300 Chesterfield Center, a red brick office building. This is across from Sears, Houlihan 's, caddy corner to Borders, AMC, and the Cheese Cake factory. We will be holding signs in the median, along the main mall entrance off Clarkson, just past the Dru ry Hotel. Signs provided. No dogs please. We will provide OTJT (on the job training) and whatever support needed, however please ask for a copy of our guidelines. Please RSVP in advance if possible.

Need directions? shop/chesterfield.nsf/index
click on map & directions (top of page)
Questions? Call 314-330-1989 banmopuppymills@yahoo.

Puppy Mills Tied Back To Midwest (there's a shocker) NOT!!!

CA:Elite Animals Resorts to Sorcery to Repel Animal Rights ActivistsPosted by: " florence blecher" fmblecherSun Jul 26, 2009 11:58 pm (PDT) Animals Resorts to Sorcery to Repel Animal Rights ActivistsBy Carole Raphaelle Davis, Hollywood JinkyElite Animals, a pet store in West Hollywood , California , has endurednine consecutive weeks of protests by animal welfare activists.Neither side is budging but Elite Animals is showing signs of battleweariness.Activists protesting outside Elite Animals in WEHOThe Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) conducted aninvestigation of Elite Animals' breeders which revealed footage andstill photos of breeding dogs suffering in inhumane conditions. Thedogs in the mill that supply Elite Animals are exposed to theelements, living in rusted wire cages and many of them are sick andinjured. CAPS also has evidence of USDA inspection reports of repeatedviolations by several of Elite's suppliers in the Midwest .In addition to selling dogs from puppy mills, Elite Animals also sellspuppies under the age of six months from Russia . Importing puppiesunder the age of six months old for resale from overseas is aviolation of the federal Farm Bill passed in 2008

Impact for Animals Trivia Night and Silent Auction

Impact for Animals is hosting a Trivia/Silent Auction nite and their main fund-raiser for the year. Let's all come out and support this wonderful organization that does so much for animals. The trivia night and silent auction will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. The doors open at 6:00, and it starts at 7:00 pm. They will provide the popcorn and soda and the participants can bring whatever they wish. It is $15.00 per person or $120.00 per table of 8 people. It will be at the Kirkwood Community Center in the large gym. It is located at 111 South Geyer Rd. in Kirkwood. Reservations can be mailed to Impact for Animals, PO Box 190184, St. Louis, MO 63119. The phone number is 314-995-9260 and ask for their trivia specialist to return your call.

If anyone has a gift to donate or a silent auction item, they will be glad to arrange to pick it up. Impact is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. All of their animals are fostered in private homes until they are placed. All Impact people are unpaid volunteers. All money made at their event goes to vet bills and the upkeep of the animals they care for. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Please call Sandi below if you can assist in any way.
Sandie M
Impact for Animals
636-397-2125 or 314-540-5030

Monday, July 27, 2009

Spay and Neuter in Kansas City, Missouri

Hope to see you in August!
GREATLY APPRECIATED!KUDOS to everyone that volunteered at the JULY MASH! With all your support, we were able to help 84 pets on Sunday! And once again, a big furry tail wag to the following volunteers for going all out: Sally McD, Linda & Bob P., Bonnie, Scott, Manisha & Victoria, Ken S., George, Gen, Zoey, and Bob! You guys were amazing!
Volunteer Orientation
August 7, 1-3PMAugust 18, 6-8PMAugust 28, 1-3PMRequired for ALL new volunteers.
Vaccination Clinics
Every Friday in August, 10AM-4PM, NEED 2 Volunteers.Saturdays: 8th, 15th, 22nd- 9AM-2PM, NEED 5 Volunteers each clinic.August 29-CLOSED
Other Events
August 22nd- Pet Outreach, 11AM-2PM. ALL WELCOME!August 30th- MASH!! More info. to follow.August 29, 30 &Sept. 1- CVC Central (Central Veterinary Conference). NEED Volunteers to staff booth as SNKC Ambassador.
Spay & Neuter Kansas City
In this issue:July MASH Thank youVaccination ClinicsNew Volunteer OrientationPet OutreachMASH
Our Volunteer Team:P. artners forA. nimalW. elfareS. olutionsJoin us today!
PLEASE help us welcome Gina Higgins, Lead Vet tech., to our team!
Contact Us:
Please email to sign up for any volunteer activity.
Spay & Neuter Kansas City,
1116 E. 59th
Kansas City, MO 64110

DoYou Want To Know What Animal Rescue Is Like...

This was written by the woman who founded PyrAngels, the Great Pyrenees rescue network, who died at home in January 2003. She was a huge resource, a source of inspiration for many, and a very tough act to follow. I Want to Quit (This Is What Animal Rescue Is Like)
By Joan C. Fremo
I want to quit! My health is bad. There are days I feel so terrible that I can barely move. My phone bills are outrageous, and I could have replaced my van with the funds I have spent these last 3 years---on animals that were not my own.

I want to quit! I spend hours and hours emailing about dogs. There may be 500 messages when I start---and at 4 AM, when I finally shut down the computer, there are still 500 emails to be read.
I want to quit! Gosh, I haven't the time left to email my friends. I can't remember the last book I read, and I gave up my subscription to my local newspaper---I used to enjoy reading it, cover to cover, but now it often ends up in the bottom of the squirrel's cage---unread.
I want to quit! I've spent days emailing what seems like everyone---trying to find a foster home, help for a dog languishing in a shelter---but his time has run out, and the shelter has had to euthanize to make room for the next sad soul.
I want to quit! I swear, I walk away from my computer to stretch my legs---let the dogs out---and come back to find another dog in desperate need. There are times I really dread checking my email. How will I find the funds, the help, to save yet another dog? I want to quit! I save one dog, and two more take its place. Now an owner who doesn't want his dog---it won't stay in his unfenced yard. An intact male wanders... This bitch got pregnant by a stray... This 3-month-old pup killed baby chicks... The dog got too big... This person's moving and needs to give up his pet. I ask you, friends---what town, what city, what state doesn't allow you to own a pet?
I want to quit! I just received another picture, another sad soul with tormented eyes that peer out of a malnourished body. I hear whimpering in my sleep, have nightmares for days... I want to quit! Many of the "Breed People" don't seem to want to hear about these dogs. Breeders either don't realize, or just don't care, how many dogs of their breed are dying in shelters. I want to quit! I just got off the phone. "Are you Pyr Rescue? We want to adopt a male to breed to our female." How many times do I have to explain? I have tried to explain about genetics, about health and pedigrees. I explain that rescue NEUTERS! I usually end up sobbing, as I explain about the vast numbers of animals dying in shelters across the country, as I describe the condition many of these animals are found in. I wonder if they really heard me... I want to quit! It is not like I don't have enough rescues of my own to worry about---but others have placed dogs improperly and aren't there to advise the new owners.
I want to quit! There ARE some unscrupulous rescues out there---hoarders, collectors, and folks who will short change the care of the animals to make a dollar. They save them all, regardless of temperament, putting fellow rescuer's and adopters at risk by not being truthful. I want to quit! I have trusted the wrong people--- had faith and heart broken...
I want to quit!
My dog, Magnus, lays his head in my lap, he comforts me with his gentle presence---and the thought of his cousins suffering stirs my heart. I want to quit! AND THEN... One of those 500 emails is from an adopter. They are thanking me for the most wonderful dog on earth---they cannot imagine life with out their friend---their life is changed, and they are so grateful. I want to quit!
AND THEN... One of my adopted Rescues has visited a nursing home. A patient that has spent the last few years unable to communicate, not connecting---Lifts his hand to pat the huge head in his lap, softly speaks his first words in ages--- to this gentle furchild. I want to quit!
AND THEN... A Good Samaritan has found and vetted a lost baby, "I can't keep him, but I'll take care of him until you find his forever home." I want to quit!
AND THEN... "Jamie took his first steps holding on to our Pyr." "Joan, you should see this dog nursing this hurt kitten!" "I was so sick, Joan, and he never left my side..." I want to quit!
AND THEN... I get an email from a fellow rescuer, "Haven't heard from you in a while---you OK? You know I think of you..." I want to quit!
AND THEN... A dozen rescuers step up to help, to transport, to pull, and to offer encouragement. I have friends I have never seen, but we share tears, joys, and everything in between. I am not alone. I am blessed with family of the heart, my fellow Rescuers. Just days ago it was a friend who shared her wit and wisdom, whose late night email lifted my heart. Sometimes it is friends who only have time to forward you a smile. Often, it is my friends who forward me the notices of dogs in need. There are Rescuers who see a flailing transport and do everything they can do find folks to pull it together for you. Rescuers who'll overnight or foster your Dog while you seek transport. There are Rescuers not used to or comfortable with your breed, but who put aside their discomfort to help. There are Rescuers whose words play the music of our hearts. Foster homes that love your Rescue, and help to make them whole again---body and spirit. Foster homes that fit your baby in, though it may not be their breed. Rescuers whose talents and determination give us tools to help us. Rescuers we call on for help in a thousand ways, who answer us, who hear our pleas. Rescuers who are our family, our strength, our comrades in battle. I know I cannot save every Pyr in need. I know my efforts are a mere drop in a sea. I know that if I take on just one more---those I have will suffer. I want to quit! But I won't. When I feel overwhelmed, I'll stroke my Magnus's head while reading my fellow Rescuers emails. I'll cry with them, I'll laugh with them---and they will help me find the strength to go on.
I want to quit! But not today. There's another email, another dog needing Rescue. This piece is dedicated, with love and gratitude, to all my fellow Rescuers.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Drive Me Home

Pat in SPringfield,Missouri is a tirelessly volunteer who works night and day to rescue dogs from a very high kill facility. She is always finding them rescues and permanent homes and does all of this on a volunteer basis only. She needs our help!!! She is needing to transport 2 Shar Peis from Springfield Missouri up to Chicago area ... Is it possible that YOU or someone that you know would be able able to drive the dogs from Rolla to STL .... Then We need the next leg from STL to Springfield Illinois also? Please let Pat know as soon as possible ... by calling her at 417-496-6238
Pat A
Springfield Missouri

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

No Kill Advocate Speaks Out

Authorities in Missouri seized almost 400 Pit Bull-type dogs as part of a multi-state raid designed to break up dog fighting rings across the country. It was the single largest effort of its kind in the history of humane law enforcement. But while the dogs were “rescued,” they are not yet “saved.” At issue is whether the dogs will live or will be killed by the shelters if and when they ultimately are awarded custody of the dogs by the Courts.

Unfortunately, some statements that are coming out of the agencies involved in the decision-making process are ominous. According to Wayne Pacelle, the CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, most of the dogs will likely be killed: “I think it’s pretty certain that a lot of those dogs will not pass a behavioral test.” Meanwhile, the Humane Society of Missouri, which is housing these dogs, isn’t talking except to say that in a recent case, they killed half of all Pit Bull-type dogs they seized. Is that a bellwether of things to come?

Some see a modicum of hope. Randall Lockwood, who was part of the ASPCA team that evaluated and passed the vast majority of the dog victims of Michael Vick, the 2007 case of the then-Atlanta Falcons Quarterback that took the issue of dog fighting to national prominence, is on the scene in St. Louis. In that case, the vast majority of victims were saved. Unfortunately, Lockwood himself made statements to the media about this case that the Vick outcome may not be “replicated.” He also made statements that we should not focus on our differing opinions about what to do with the dogs, but focus on blaming the dog fighters.
No one questions the need to rescue these dogs from the abuse they faced. And the articles appearing on blogs across the country such as one that was aptly titled “scumbags,” adequately convey what we think about the perpetrators. But Lockwood is wrong. The case is in the hands of the U.S. Attorney. So there is nothing more to do on that score. The only choice now is whether, when granted custody of the dogs, the Humane Society of Missouri will kill them or whether the Humane Society of Missouri will not kill them. In fact, that is all we should focus on.
If the Vick tragedy taught us anything, it is that our most basic assumptions about dogs, pit bull-type dogs, and dog aggression, were wrong. In short, it showed we can save virtually all the dogs, even when they were raised for dog fighting and horrifically abused.
After the arrest of former national football league quarterback Michael Vick and the seizure of almost 60 pit bull-type dogs raised for fighting, many animal protection organizations called for the dogs to be killed, arguing that these dogs were vicious and beyond our ability to help them. None made this argument after evaluating the dogs, but based on assumptions about pit bull-type dogs, dog aggression, and dog fighting. After deceptively fundraising off of the dogs, for example, the Humane Society of the United States lobbied to have them killed. Because they believe all Pit Bulls who enter shelters should be slaughtered, it was no surprise that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also asked the court to put them to death.

In 2008, the court thankfully said “No.” Only one dog was actually killed for aggression after evaluation, and the remaining dogs were placed in either sanctuaries or in loving new homes. Two of the dogs are now even therapy animals, providing comfort to cancer patients. The results forced even dog lovers-but more importantly the humane movement-to question their most basic assumptions about dogs, pit bull-type dogs, and dog aggression. In short, it showed we can save virtually all dogs in shelters.

Secondly, it showed that there is a real, practical, and potentially widespread “third door” between adoption and killing-the network of foster homes, sanctuaries and long term care facilities to provide for animals who may not necessarily be immediate adoption candidates, but can enjoy a good quality of life which would make their killing neither merciful nor ethical.

As a result, we should no longer assume the dogs can’t be adopted or for the ones who are traumatized, rehabilitated first because the vast majority can. In addition, some of the dogs were “bait” dogs because they were not aggressive, or others were used as “breeder” dogs, so have no history of fighting. Moreover, those that were are often very friendly to people. Finally, we do have the ability and skill as a movement to rehabilitate those who are traumatized. As a result, we should assume the opposite: they are savable unless a rigorous, fair, and comprehensive evaluation proves otherwise, which it might—but only for a small number of the dogs. And we should no longer assume there isn’t a sanctuary or even homes for these dogs, since HSUS and the ASPCA have the public relations power, financial wherewithal and global reach which easily prove otherwise.

Given this, we must stop talking about how these are “often broken dogs” or how there might be difficulty finding “available homes.” We need to stop speaking the language of defeatism, the language which frames the debate in a negative light, that condemns some of the dogs without all the facts, that assumes killing may be inevitable, and thus may actually help pave the way for their eventual slaughter.

In other words, we need to put aside unfounded biases and consider the victims of these cruelty cases the way we talk about the animals in other cruelty situations—with regret and condemnation for what they have suffered and with the expectation that whatever agency now has power over them will give these dogs what they deserve. We must assume—as the facts in the Michael Vick case proved—that condemning them as vicious simply because a dog fighter possessed them is guilt by association and unfair. That they were abused doesn’t make the dogs abusive. That they were subjected to violence doesn’t make them violent. That they were unloved doesn’t make them unloving.

In short, we must not echo the unfounded biases which plague our movement and have harmed animals for far too long, with no evidence to support such claims. Instead, we must adopt a language that is optimistic about the dogs and uncompromising in defense of their lives. We must put the ASPCA and the Humane Society of Missouri on notice that we expect them to save these dogs. Because anything short of that clears a path for those who appear bent on destroying them.

Instead, we must start demanding outcomes—outcomes that include rescuing, rehabilitating, and ultimately saving these dogs. A fair, rigorous evaluation will lead to lifesaving for the vast majority of these dogs and given HSUS and ASPCA wealth, media power, membership in the tens of millions, America’s dog loving culture, and the vast number of available homes, these are not barriers. Even the slide show of photographs from the law enforcement raid shows the rescuers handling the dogs with little restraint, fear, or concern for their own safety. Because, at the end of the day, while rescuing the dogs was crucial and for which we are all grateful, we must also demand a commitment to saving them. After all they have been through, the dogs deserve nothing less.

For further reading:

No Kill Advocate Special Pit Bull Issue (2008)

Temperament Testing in the Age of No Kill

Failing Pit Bulls

The Cost of Saving Lives

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Monday, July 20, 2009

The St. Louis Senior Dog Project really needs more bowlers for our Crazy Bowl fundraiser Saturday at Show Me Lanes in south County, 4575 Lemay Ferry Rd. We need teams of six, but you can sign up individually or as a team. Cost is $25 a person or $150 a team.

And you don't even need to be a real bowler. This is a Crazy Bowl! But if you are a real bowler, you could help your team win a cash prize.

The cost includes shoe rental and 3 pitchers of beer or soda per team, We will have a 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets, and we craft items for sale including dog beds, bookmarks, and more. You may bring your own food to share, and Show Me Lanes will have a full snack bar and cocktail lounge available.

Doors will open at 7:00 and bowling will begin at 8:00.

Please call Linda ( 314-961-2668 ) or Lisa ( 314-351-9079 ) to reserve a lane for your team or to say you're willing to be on a team. We can put teams together.

This fundraiser will be a lot of fun and, most importantly, it will benefit our current dogs in foster care and those we hope to help in the future.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Free Event in St. Louis Tonight on Fostering

Fostering-Saving one Pet at a Time
Thursday, July 16thTips and advice for animal rescue organizations and foster parents
Creve Coeur Community Center300 N. New Ballas RoadCreve Coeur
Registration: 6:30pm, program begins at 7pm
Presentations until 8:15pm, refreshments, then a Q&A panel until 9pm
Free and open to the public
Hope for the Animals DayAugust 16th, 2009 2-4pm
Join us at the 14th annual "Hope for the Animals Day" at the Sons of Rest Pavilion in Tower Grove Park. This event will feature $10 vaccinations for dogs & cats, $10 microchips for dogs & cats, city and county rabies certificates (call city or county health departments for prices), and dog nail trims-$3. All these items will be cash only.
Also available will be a "Blessing of the Animals", "Ask-a-Vet", information about low-cost spays & neuters, animal related vendors and information, and cold drinks and snacks. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a sturdy carrier).
Operation SPOT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats in St. Louis and surrounding areas by providing free or low-cost say/neuter programs, along with public information on responsible pet guardianship. So far our programs have been able to spay/neuter over 18,000 dogs and cats.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?' 'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered. 'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.
Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.'The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked. 'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.' The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.
After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. 'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?' 'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.' 'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog. 'There should be a bowl by the pump.' They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree. 'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked. 'This is Heaven,' he answered. 'Well, that's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.' 'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.'
'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'
'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'

Thursday, July 9, 2009

If I Close My Eyes

Crested Fever.....your it !!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

St. Peters, Missouri Ordinance and so many other cities

City ordinance requires you to provide adequate shade, shelter, wholesome food and water for your pets when they are outdoors.
Be sure to use a water container that can't be knocked over by your pet.
Shade will move throughout the day. Don't assume that the shade your dog might be in when you leave is going to keep him shaded all day. They may not be protected in the heat of the day when you are gone.
If it's too hot for you to be outside then more than likely it is too hot for your pet also.
Bring them indoors on super hot days.
Walk them in the early morning or later in the evening when the heat of the day has past.
Do not chain your pet up all day when you are gone.

Dixie's Abuse Case. A Phone Call Away

This email was just sent to me:
Last year at this time Dixie was abused by her owners in Lake County. And at the same time her friend Taiya was abused in Lake County by her owners. At the very same time, the first week of July we lost two of our dogs in a horrific fire and were devastated thinking no one could replace them. But we saw that Taiya and Dixie were so in need of a loving home to recuperate and could not turn away.We rescued Dixie and Taiya always remembering Rose and Lucas. Dixie is now a three legged dog that runs like the wind and has such magnificent spirit....that is what has sustained her during a very trying year medically. She is not yet out of the woods; she has an enlarged bladder that has sustained every insidious infection that exists in the animal kingdom. These infections have threatened her life because they are antibiotic resistant. Dr. Pete at Loomis Basin Vet Hospital has been with us along this long road and we have not given up. It has been trial and error and through pure vigilance and love of pizza we have kept her weight up during this time. She has endured so much pain but her joy in life over-rides all. She loves everyone; dogs; cats; people; swimming; playing roof ball; and disc golf.

Dixie's previous owners have their preliminary hearing on July 10th 2009 at 9 am in Superior Court in Lake County. It has been postponed before so I wanted to wait until we were assured of the date and time. For all abuse victims please take a few minutes and fax a letter to the Superior Court demanding justice and a sentence to send a message for all the animals in need.

Her owners will never suffer like Dixie---nothing like being hit by a semi truck and thrown in your backyard to scream in pain for two days until someone finally reported her previous owners. She still ducks and runs when she hears a truck or sees a semi on the highway...and we say dogs live in the moment. Dixie unfortunately remembers that moment.
The arrest warrants are attached to this email. You can read about Dixie in one of many articles written about her after the incident. The DA is Jon E. Hopkins. The fax number to use is below 707-263-2328.

On behalf of Dixie and all others that cannot speak for themselves; thank you. Brenda and Mike for Dixie
Arrest warrant attached.
Dixie in the news
Case numbers: CR917791-B & CR917791-A
DA numbers: Paul Westergren 082518 and for Carrie Malsack 082519
DA Jon E. Hopkins

Superior Court of California
County of Lake
255 N. Forbes Street,
4th FloorLakeport,
CA 95453
Fax # 707-263-2328

Monday, July 6, 2009

10 Commandments For Dogs

From a Dog's Point of View
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Regular separation from you will be painful and can even cause depression. Think before you buy me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me don't be impatient, short-tempered or irritable.
3. Place your trust in me and I will always trust you back, respect is earned not given as some sort of inalienable right.
4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. I am not capable of understanding why I am being locked up. I only know I have been rejected. You have your work, entertainment and friends. I only have you.
5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your tone. "You only have to look at my tail" to know that.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget, if that treatment is unjust or bad, it may spoil the special bond between us.
7. Please do not hit me. I cannot hit back, but I can bite and scratch and I don't ever want to feel the need to do that.
8. Before you tell me off me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be wrong with me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food or I've been out in the sun too long, maybe my heart is getting old and weak, or maybe I'm just dog-tired.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old and will also want care, love, and affection.
10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch" or "Let it happen in my absence". Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, Irrespective of what you do I will always love you.
This was written by Stan Rawlinson.

Dog Behaviourist & Obedience Trainer
There is nothing so pure and strong as the love of a dog for his Master

Thursday, July 2, 2009

OpSPOT presents talk on FOSTERING

My family fosters dogs all the time and absolutely loves it. We have so much fun getting to know different breeds of dogs and sharing our home for a short period of time with these animals.
Thursday, July 16th, OpSPOT will be presenting:"Fostering- Saving one Pet at a Time"Tips and advice for animal rescue organizations and foster parents

Creve Coeur Community Center
300 N. New Ballas Road
Creve Coeur
Registration: 6:30pm,
Program begins at 7 p.m.
Presentations until 8:15pm,
Questions and answer panel until 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Operation Spot
P.O. Box 29563
St. Louis, Missouri 63127
(314) 995-8678

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Puppy Mill Dog by THE DAILY MUTTS

I'm a breeding dog at a puppy mill.
I've lived in this small cage my entire life.
My feet have never touched God's earth.
I've had eleven litters of pet store pedigree puppies.
I'm matted, filthy and drained.
This is no life.
I had no human contact or kindness.
Until Scotland rescued me.

Operation Bark Alert


Prosecution Bark Alert - CHANGES coming to MO Illegal breeders and Quincy News
Might help to show support for moving forward on getting tougher on the illegal breeders and puppymills in MO…here is the contact info…..
Phone 417-895-6567
Missouri Attorney General's Office Springfield State Office Building 149 Park Central Square, Suite 1017. Springfield, MO 65806.: Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and RadioProsecution Bark Alert
Prosecution Bark Alert
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 2:33 PM EST
Hannibal, MO (WGEM)-- Prosecution Bark Alert
Hannibal Dog Groomer Dale Matthews says it disgusts her when she thinks about the reputation Missouri has in regards to unlicensed dog breeders and puppy mills.
Dale Matthews says, "I'm afraid Missouri is well know in the dog world as one of the biggest puppy mill states. I'd like to see the laws tougher on commercial breeders."
Since February, Attorney General Chris Koster says Operation Bark Alert has located 200 unlicensed dog breeders in Missouri.
Now, he says the second part of the initiative begins...Prosecution Bark Alert.
Koster says, "We're getting unprecedented reaction from the public reporting sub standard and unlicensed facilities. Prosecutors have begun initiating actions against the facilities. We're either going to bring them into the realm of the law or shut their doors."
Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagel says the more breeders that are forced to comply with the state's license regulations, the better lives dogs around the Show Me State will live.
Hagel says, "A legitimate set of standards that you have to go through to provide for the animals, everything from cage size to cleanliness to health vet records. If you don't go through that and pay the licensing fee, there's no way to make sure the health and welfare of the animals is maintained over the course of your business."
And while Matthews doesn't believe in dog breeding for a profit, she thinks more rules will help combat the poor practices.
Matthews says, "I do think it would help all the dogs if they would crack down on regulations."
Click here for a link to the website to report an unlicensed breeder.

A No Kill Nation Within Our Reach

As a new expanded and updated edition of Redemption is now available in bookstores and through Amazon, we are giving away our remaining first edition copies of Redemption, the book that is helping to revolutionize animal sheltering in the U.S.:1. If you are the executive director of a shelter or rescue group and you identify the organization as No Kill on the home page of your website, we'll give you a free copy.2. If you are the executive director of a shelter and you have announced a No Kill goal on the home page of your website, we'll give you a free copy.3. If you are an elected official and want to learn more about the No Kill movement, we'll give you a free copy.4. If you are an animal lover and you recently purchased a second edition copy, we'll give you a free copy.
Redemption is being called “powerful and inspirational,” “ground-breaking,” and “a must read for anyone who cares about animals.” Winner of USA Book News Award for Best Book (Animals/Pets), a Best Book Muse Medallion winner by the Cat Writers Association of America, a Best Book nominee by the Dog Writers Association of America and winner of a Silver Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, the book shatters the notion that killing animals in U.S. shelters is an act of kindness.
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