Monday, August 31, 2009

Apollo Needs A Forever Home

Apollo is about 2 years old and fairly large for a Boston Terrier.Boston's tend to be super smart, energetic and extremely loving pets. He is looking for a loving family to call his own. If you are looking for a permanent loving dog to add to your home email

I can't believe Maggie will be leaving for college in one year...

What am I going to do when Maggie goes off to college? I'll have noone to sleep in bed with and noone to snuggle me every night and share their blanket with. I can't even think about her leaving as I just get too sad.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's Mary from Franklin County Humane Society. I was wondering if you could network Betsy, she has been with us since May. She is a really nice dog, but no one is interested in her. She has been to Petsmart every weekend since arriving here and she has been our local Pet of the Week. She is current on all vaccinations, and heartworm preventative. She is not spayed. She is a great dog and even knows her shelter name! Please let me know if you have anyone out there in your network who may be able to help her. Thanks very much, Mary L
They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open.
Everyone waves when you pass them on the street. But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news.
The shelter said they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn't look like "Lab people," whatever that meant. They must've thought I did.
But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes, and a sealed letter from his previous owner.
See, Reggie and I didn't really hit it off when we got home.
We struggled for two weeks (which is how long the shelter told me to give him to adjust to his new home).
Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to adjust, too.
Maybe we were too much alike. For some reason, his stuff (except for the tennis balls - he wouldn't go anywhere without two stuffed in his mouth) got tossed in with all of my other unpacked boxes.
I guess I didn't really think he'd need all his old stuff, that I'd get him new things once he settled in.
But it became pretty clear pretty soon that he wasn't going to. I tried the normal commands the shelter told me he knew, ones like "sit" and "stay" and "come" and "heel," and he'd follow them - when he felt like it.
He never really seemed to listen when I called his name - sure, he'd look in my direction after the fourth of fifth time I said it, but then he'd just go back to doing whatever.
When I'd ask again, you could almost see him sigh and then grudgingly obey. This just wasn't going to work. He chewed a couple shoes and some unpacked boxes.
I was a little too stern with him and he resented it, I could tell. The friction got so bad that I couldn't wait for the two weeks to be up, and when it was, I was in full-on search mode for my cellphone amid all of my unpacked stuff.
I remembered leaving it on the stack of boxes for the guest room, but I also mumbled, rather cynically, that the "darn dog probably hid it on me." Finally I found it, but before I could punch up the shelter's number, I also found his pad and other toys from the shelter. I tossed the pad in Reggie's direction and he snuffed it and wagged, some of the most enthusiasm I'd seen since bringing him home.
But then I called, "Hey, Reggie, you like that?
Come here and I'll give you a treat."
Instead, he sort of glanced in my direction - maybe "glared" is more accurate - and then gave a discontented sigh and flopped down.
With his back to me. Well, that's not going to do it either, I thought.
And I punched the shelter phone number. But I hung up when I saw the sealed envelope.
I had completely forgotten about that, too..
"Okay, Reggie," I said out loud, "let's see if your previous owner has any advice."_______________________________________ To Whoever Gets My Dog: Well, I can't say that I'm happy you're reading this, a letter I told the shelter could only be opened by Reggie's new owner. I'm not even happy writing it. If you're reading this, it means I just got back from my last car ride with my Lab after dropping him off at the shelter.
He knew something was different.
I have packed up his pad and toys before and set them by the back door before a trip, but this's like he knew something was wrong.
And something is wrong...which is why I have to go to try to make it right. So let me tell you about my Lab in the hopes that it will help you bond with him and he with you. First, he loves tennis balls. The more the merrier.
Sometimes I think he's part squirrel, the way he hordes them.
He usually always has two in his mouth, and he tries to get a third in there.
Hasn't done it yet.
Doesn't matter where you throw them, he'll bound after it, so be careful-really don't do it
by any roads.
I made that mistake once, and it almost cost him dearly. Next, commands.
Maybe the shelter staff already told you, but I'll go over them again: Reggie knows the obvious ones - "sit," "stay," "come," "heel."
He knows hand signals: "back" to turn around and go back when you put your hand straight up; and "over" if you put your hand out right or left.
"Shake" for shaking water off, and "paw" for a high-five.
He does "down" when he feels like lying down - I bet you could work on that with him some more.
He knows "ball" and "food" and "bone" and "treat" like nobody's business. I trained Reggie with small food treats.
Nothing opens his ears like little pieces of hot dog. Feeding schedule: twice a day, once about seven in the morning, and again at six in the evening.
Regular store-bought stuff; the shelter has the brand. He's up on his shots. Call the clinic on 9th Street and update his info with yours; they'll make sure to send you reminders for when he's due.
Be forewarned: Reggie hates the vet.
Good luck getting him in the car - I don't know how he knows when it's time to go to the vet, but he knows. Finally, give him some time. I've never been married, so it's only been Reggie and me for his whole life. He's gone everywhere with me, so please include him on your daily car rides if you can.
He sits well in the backseat, and he doesn't bark or complain.
He just loves to be around people, and me most especially. Which means that this transition is going to be hard, with him going to live with someone new. And that's why I need to share one more bit of info with you... His name's not Reggie. I don't know what made me do it, but when I dropped him off at the shelter, I told them his name was Reggie.
He's a smart dog, he'll get used to it and will respond to it, of that I have no doubt.
But I just couldn't bear to give them his real name.
For me to do that, it seemed so final, that handing him over to the shelter was as good as me admitting that I'd never see him again.
And if I end up coming back, getting him, and tearing up this letter, it means everything's fine.
But if someone else is reading it, well...well it means that his new owner should know his real name.
It'll help you bond with him.
Who knows, maybe you'll even notice a change in his demeanor if he's been giving you problems.
His real name is Tank. Because that is what I drive. Again, if you're reading this and you're from the area, maybe my name has been on the news.
I told the shelter that they couldn't make "Reggie" available for adoption until they received word from my company commander.
See, my parents are gone, I have no siblings, no one I could've left Tank with... and it was my only real request of the Army upon my deployment to Iraq, that they make one phone call to the shelter... in the "event"... to tell them that Tank could be put up for adoption. Luckily, my colonel is a dog guy, too, and he knew where my platoon was headed.
He said he'd do it personally.
And if you're reading this, then he made good on his word. Well, this letter is getting too downright depressing, even though, frankly, I'm just writing it for my dog.
I couldn't imagine if I was writing it for a wife and kids and family. but still, Tank has been my family for the last six years, almost as long as the Army has been my family. And now I hope and pray that you make him part of your family and that he will adjust and come to love you the same way he loved me. That unconditional love from a dog is what I took with me to Iraq as an inspiration to do something selfless, to protect innocent people from those who would do terrible things... and to keep those terrible people from coming over here.
If I had to give up Tank in order to do it, I am glad to have done so.
He was my example of service and of love.
I hope I honored him by my service to my country and comrades. All right, that's enough. I deploy this evening and have to drop this letter off at the shelter.
I don't think I'll say another good-bye to Tank, though.
I cried too much the first time.
Maybe I'll peek in on him and see if he finally got that third tennis ball in his mouth.
Good luck with Tank. Give him a good home, and give him an extra kiss goodnight - every night - from me. Thank you, Paul Mallory _____________________________________ I folded the letter and slipped it back in the envelope.
Sure I had heard of Paul Mallory, everyone in town knew him, even new people like me.
Local kid, killed in Iraq a few months ago and posthumously earning the Silver Star when he gave his life to save three buddies.
Flags had been at half-mast all summer. I leaned forward in my chair and rested my elbows on my knees, staring at the dog. "Hey, Tank," I said quietly. The dog's head whipped up, his ears cocked and his eyes bright. "C'mere boy." He was instantly on his feet, his nails clicking on the hardwood floor. He sat in front of me, his head tilted, searching for the name he hadn't heard in months. "Tank," I whispered. His tail swished.
I kept whispering his name, over and over, and each time, his ears lowered, his eyes softened, and his posture relaxed as a wave of contentment just seemed to flood him.
I stroked his ears, rubbed his shoulders, buried my face into his scruff and hugged him. "It's me now, Tank, just you and me. Your old pal gave you to me." Tank reached up and licked my cheek. "So whatdaya say we play some ball?
His ears perked again. "Yeah? Ball? You like that? Ball?"
Tank tore from my hands and disappeared in the next room. And when he came back, he had three tennis balls in his mouth.

Friday, August 28, 2009

HELP GET BETSY OUT OF THE SHELTER. CONTACT MARY LENAU Mary from Franklin County Humane Society. I was wondering if you could network Betsy, she has been with us since May. She is a really nice dog, but no one is interested in her. She has been to Petsmart every weekend since arriving here and she has been our local Pet of the Week. She is current on all vaccinations, and heartworm preventative. She is not spayed. She is a great dog and even knows her shelter name! Please let me know if you have anyone out there in your network who may be able to help her. Thanks very much, Mary L

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Reader's Digest Pet Hero Of The Year

Photo: Mary Lane / Reader's Digest
Before he became a hero, ChiChi had been living with cruel owners who thought it entertaining to beat, kick, and throw the little dog out of a moving car. Mary and Rick Lane's niece Heather saved the pup and soon moved in with her aunt and uncle in Greensboro, North Carolina, while attending a nearby college. Aunt Mary wasn't looking to bring a dog into her home, but when ChiChi came into the picture, something all too common happened. "I fell head over heels in love with him," Mary told Paw Nation. "He's so smart and expressive," she said. "His ears perk up and do one of about 50 different things. He has so many ways of telling me what he wants to do, exactly how he wants to do it, and when he wants to do it." She fell so hard for the guy that when Heather eventually moved out, her niece graciously allowed ChiChi to stay with the Lanes.And now, Mary and Rick have even more reason to love little ChiChi: he is a literal life saver.Last October, Mary, Rick, and ChiChi were enjoying a day at Indian Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Lanes set up a blanket and umbrella for their dog, tying his leash to the beach chair they brought for him because, "He doesn't like to lie on the sand," explains Mary. The three sat in a row on their beach chairs, the Lanes reading and ChiChi dozing. It was late morning when the Lanes heard a little boy in the water shouting, "Help! Help!" Alarmed, the Lanes looked up, but the boy was only joking. The boy played this frightening trick several more times, and each time, the Lanes looked up worriedly. But ChiChi didn't stir. As the day turned to dusk, the beach emptied. Deeply engrossed in their books, they didn't notice two women in the water.Suddenly, ChiChi leapt out of his chair and started barking furiously. "He was whirling in circles, dragging the chair behind him and making a sound we'd never heard before," Mary recalls to Paw Nation. "It was very sharp, loud, and fast. He seemed panicked and was almost twirling on his leash." Startled, Mary looked up. "A hundred yards down the beach, in the surf, I could see two women," she says. "They were struggling. One was on her back with her head in the surf and the other woman was trying to support her head." Rick and Mary took off running down the beach. "We're coming! Hold on," they screamed."When we got there, the one woman was about ten feet in the surf on her back," Mary says. "There had been such a terrific storm that weekend and the night before that the waves were really loud. There was a three-foot wall of sand then the beach sloped down." The women appeared to be in their nineties. Mary grabbed the frail-looking woman who was desperately trying to keep her friend's head above water and helped her to shore. Rick went to the woman struggling on her back and dragged her up. She was disoriented and said she had fallen in the water when she lost her balance bending over to roll up her pants."Thank you for rescuing us," the woman gasped, explaining that she had just had knee surgery and would not have been able to right herself and crawl up the sloping wall of sand to shore. "It wasn't us, it was the dog," Mary replied. "He's the one who told us you were in trouble." Had ChiChi not alerted them, the women would likely have washed out to sea. "There was a riptide," Mary says. "And as far as you could see in either direction, there wasn't one human being on the whole beach." Mary cannot explain how ChiChi knew something was wrong -- remember, the pup didn't look up earlier in the day when the little boy cried wolf -- but he sounded an alarm when the two elderly women, who hadn't made a sound, were struggling in the surf. "I think ChiChi has some sort of sense that we don't have. It's the only answer," says Mary. "In all the pet stories I've ever read, the animals were always saving someone they know, like their family or friend. ChiChi wasn't. He was saving strangers. I didn't know I had a dog who could do such a thing."ChiChi meanwhile, had jumped back onto his beach chair and fallen asleep during the dramatic rescue. When the elderly women tried to pet him, he growled.
"He's a funny little dog," says Mary, laughing. "He'll save your life, but you can't pet him."

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Black is Beautiful

TERRY LYNN 580-330-1459

What Are You Doing Saturday

Puppy Mill Protest/Demonstration Chesterfield Mall…..
Chesterfield Missouri
Saturday, Aug 29
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 pr ovided. No dogs please. We will provide OTJT (on=2 0the 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 o f page)
Questions? Call 314-330-1989

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Journey to Safety

Journey to Safety
By Cathy Scott, Best Friends’ staff writer
Pup My Ride collaborative rescue effort saves more than 150 puppy mill dogs from certain death
When two puppy mill dogs Beatrice and Beauty arrived together at Best Friends’ temporary care center on a Midwestern farm, the pair hung out in their new kennel as if they were long-lost cousins, sleeping and resting against each other. But Beatrice, who had pyometra and a hernia—common afflictions in overbred females—was rushed to a local veterinary hospital for emergency surgery.

Best Friends’ volunteer caregivers, in the meantime, took Beauty under their wing, spending time with her in Beatrice’s absence. Beauty is missing most of her lower jaw, but because she’s able to eat and drink with no signs of discomfort, she’ll move on to foster care and then into a forever home.

Beatrice and Beauty are poster-dog examples of the throw-aways—the ones brokers and breeders can’t sell, the ones scheduled to die. “They’re the ‘scraps’ they can’t sell at auction that get killed afterward,” says rescuer Lisa, who requested that her last name not be used. “No one wants to buy them.”

More than 150 mostly overbred dogs, along with the left-over “scraps” of miscellaneous puppies and adults, are now on the first leg of their journey to new lives as companion animals, all because of Best Friends’ partnership program with rescuers to pull canines large and small, young and old, from puppy mills where they were about to be euthanized.

Dogs like Beatrice and Beauty suffer as breeding dogs, all so they can produce puppies who are eventually sold online and from pet stores. Consumers are led to believe that pet-store puppies come from nice environments, but this rarely—if ever— is the case, says Kelli Ohrtman, a specialist for Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign, which, through its Pup My Ride program, is rescuing puppy-mill canines on a continuing basis as part of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets mission.

Dogs like Beatrice, because of her looks and partially missing jaw, aren’t necessarily the type people are drawn to. But that doesn’t matter at Best Friends. “Even if the breeder didn’t feel that Beauty was perfect, we do,” Ohrtman says.

Another prime example of those rejected by breeders—recently saved from certain death through Pup My Ride— are a litter of 9-week-old cocker spaniel/poodle mix puppies.

“The breeder said they didn’t have enough curly hair and not enough poodle in them,” Lisa says. “The broker sent them back because they look too much like full cockers.” One of those breeders had 1,000 dogs on her property the day of the rescue and “needed to get rid of some dogs,” Lisa notes.

Other discards from breeders included two large papillons. “They were breeding them big,” Lisa explains. “They got rid of them because they can’t sell extra-large puppies.” They too were saved during the latest Pup My Ride project.

Two-year-old Uncle Sam, a boxer, came in with a USDA tag on a too-tight metal chain starting to embed around his neck as well as a deformed jaw. “The collar fit him a few pounds ago,” said Pat Whitacre, a dog trainer at Best Friends, as he cut the chain from the dog’s neck.

As for Beatrice, once in a touch-and-go situation, is improving and was cleared for adoption. It was volunteer and Best Friends' member Liz Northcott of Missouri who drove Beatrice to the hospital. “It was an emergency because she had a very bad infection,” Northcott says. Now on the mend, Beatrice is traveling with the others to New York to humane rescue groups, where they’ll be adopted out.

And Beauty, with her deteriorated jaw and rotten teeth—an affliction that’s caused by drinking from water bottles common in commercial facilities—is typical of problems arising as a result of living out their lives as breeding dogs. Other physical ailments include splayed feet and damaged foot pads from living day in and day out on wire-bottomed cages, badly matted and filthy coats, congenital defects such as heart murmurs, extra teeth and dry eye.

Another common problem usually requiring surgeries is hernias. A cocker spaniel named Fancy has a hernia the size of a baseball. Despite the obvious discomfort for the dog, the breeder told the rescuer, “It didn’t bother her the last two litters she had.”

“Of the puppy mill dogs we’ve rescued, a large percentage of them have multiples of these conditions,” Ohrtman says. “The pet stores don’t want them, the breeders don’t want them and the brokers don’t want them.” But Best Friends and their partners, through the latest Pup My Ride project, did.

Besides volunteers on the ground, the rescue project was in large part made possible by Best Friends members Alan and Liz Northcott and the use of their farm, bedrooms for the team, and a 40-by-60-foot steel-frame building that was transformed into the temporary care and housing center for the animals.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s extremely rewarding,” Ohrtman says, “and we couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the volunteers and everyone who’s part of the program. Every minute of it is worthwhile for the chance to save just one dog’s life, let alone 150.”

Participating Rescue Groups Pup My Ride demonstrates that when caring people work together, we get closer to creating a world with No More Homeless Pets. Along with Best Friends, each of the following groups participated in the Pup My Ride rescue. Please contact them directly to donate supplies, money and your time, or to learn more about dogs available for adoption.

? Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
? Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter
? Noah’s Ark
? North Shore Animal League
? Sumter Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc.

View Video of the Rescue
Meet Beatrice, Beauty and other dogs that are part of the Pup My Ride rescue. Please click video image below.

For More Information
Pup My Ride is a Best Friends program to get dogs out of shelters and puppy mills and into areas where they are most likely to find their forever homes. We deliver the pups to local partners with highly successful adoption programs capable of finding homes for many dogs at a time.

To learn more about Pup My Ride, please click here.
Read about the previous Pup My Ride rescue in which more than 200 dogs were saved.
Visit Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign to learn more about puppy mills.
How You Can Help
Adopt don’t shop. Many purebred dogs are available for adoption. Search by breed at for your next family member.
Help rescue more dogs from puppy mills by donating to Puppies Aren’t Products campaign to fund future Pup My Ride programs.
Check out their website at
Miami Rescue Desperate


Puppy Mill Rescues

An Update from the Field ….
Dear Members and Friends,
We received this update from our colleagues who were in Missouri this past Saturday, picking up ‘throwaway’ dogs from puppy mills, dogs who would otherwise be sold at auction or killed. This is the second transport of our ongoing Pup My Ride program, in which we are getting dogs out of puppy mills and taking them to areas where they’ll be sure to find a home … their very first!
These kinds of miracles would not happen without your generous support.
We need your help to make sure the dogs we’re rescuing get to where they deserve to be! For every $50 we raise, one dog will be lifted out of the misery and will start a new chapter full of adventure and happiness. Your dollars go to help transport unwanted puppy mill dogs to shelters and rescue groups where they will be spayed or neutered, given medical care and placed in forever homes.This is just one way Best Friends is closing the book on puppy mills through our national Puppies Aren't Products campaign. With your help, we can save lives and realize our shared dream of No More Homeless Pets.
To find out up to the minute news on this current rescue, please visit our site.
Every dog deserves love, good care, and lots of fun. Give a special gift to save dogs living in puppy mills today!
From the field on Saturday…
“Wanted to send a quick update to let you know how things are going out here in MO.
The short version is, really well! The team is great--we've got about 15 staff and volunteers here. You should all be very proud of the people you have here in the field. They are all working hard and doing a great job, like a well-oiled machine.
We have about 40 dogs here now, and are getting 47 more from one woman (who has 1,000 dogs) and then there will be 12 more coming this evening. Three more stops tomorrow and we're on target for the 150 dogs and puppies expected from the beginning. Many of the dogs we have now are older and/or special needs. We're seeing the typical issues of bad teeth, bad skin, cloudy eyes… one little poodle has no lower jaw, and two dogs (a maltese and Cocker) have huge inguinal hernias. We have five puppies that were returned by the broker for various reasons-- three cockapoo puppies that apparently aren't "poo" enough (they look like purebred cocker spaniels) and two other “designer” breeds.
We're in a lull now as we wait for the 47 to arrive. I think it will be the last lull until we're on the drive!”
Remember, the very latest on these special dogs as well as a video of our latest rescue is on our website.
Thank you for all that you do to help vulnerable animals!
The staff and animals of Best Friends Animal Society
P.S. Please forward this email to your friends and family to help spread the word about this issue and the work of Best Friends. As more people understand the link between puppy mills and pet stores, more people are opting for adopting, diminishing business for puppy mills. Commercial breeders are handing over more dogs than we can transport at one time. That’s why we need your help so we can continue these transports on a regular basis!
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Monday, August 24, 2009


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Joy HicksHicks Kennel/Happy Hollow43-B-04197862 Hwy 0Williamsville, MOCAPS Investigation: 10/19/07
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Approximately 80 dogs and puppies on the property at the time of the investigation.
Housing Type #1:The first building used to house dogs on the property was a large building with 5 fenced-in runs on one side. Each run was approximately 6 feet deep, 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide. The first cage housed two small white dogs and the second housed three. The third run housed one larger white dog, and the fourth and fifth cages each housed a Shiba Inu.
Each outdoor run was connected to the inside of the building via a small dog door at the rear. All of the cages contained excess fecal matter throughout the runs, forcing the dogs to walk, eat, and drink among their own excrement (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures).
Housing Type #2:The second type of structure used to house dogs was a long stretch of 10 to 15 outdoor pens that ran along one edge of the property. These pens were each approximately 4 feet wide, 6 feet deep and 6 feet tall. Each pen was equipped with one small “igloo-style” doghouse for shelter from the elements despite the fact that multiple dogs were housed in each pen. One pen housed two adult Shiba Inus, but only one doghouse which was not sufficient for dogs of that size to share comfortably (3.4(b)-Shelter from the elements).
All the pens had cemented flooring which was streaked with urine and littered with excess fecal accumulation (3.11(a)-Cleaning of primary enclosures). Each pen contained either a plastic bucket or metal dish for drinking water. In many cases the plastic buckets were chewed severely, in one case so much so that it is likely unable to hold water. In almost every kennel the bowls were completely empty and the dogs had no access to any water (3.10-Watering). One food bowl was also provided in each of the pens although these were also empty in the majority of the cages (3.9-Food).
Housing Type #3:The third structure housing dogs on the property was a kennel with a row of elevated cages across the middle on the two long sides of the building. There were 6 to 8 cages on each side. Each cage seen from outside the building was approximately 2 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 2 feet tall. Most cages housed two dogs although some housed three. The flooring in these cages was made of wire and each cage had an outdoor portion that connected to an indoor portion via a small metal dog door at the rear.
Housing Type #4:This structure appeared to be the backside of the building containing runs described previously as “Housing Type #1” and consisted of 4 or 5 elevated cages made completely of wire on all sides, including the floor. The cages were approximately 2 feet tall, 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep.
Housing Type #5:The fifth housing type at this kennel was another long stretch of outdoor pens that appeared to be the same type of structure as “Housing Type #2.” Investigators could not access these pens because they were in a fenced-off portion of the yard and lined the far side of the property. Dozens of dogs could be seen in the pens through the fencing.
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This is one of the breeders that the pet store at Mid Rivers Mall and Chesterfield Mall uses. Are you comfortable buying a dog from here???? This is St. Louis,Missouri we are talking about. Home of the Puppy Mills....welcome to my world!!!
Donut is the cutest thing in this picture and is at the Indep.MO shelter 816-325-7207 if anyone can find room for this handsome guy. Please send to all of your contacts and don't wait to save him.

You Are Invited

I am very excited to invite all of you to a barbecue/ luncheon with a man who has been my hero for a very long time, Mr. Tony La Russa. As many of you know I started an organization less than a year ago, A.D.O.P.T. (Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment) in Jefferson County where I live to change animal control from euthanasia to rescue and adoption. Even though Jefferson County is not the only county that practices animal control in this manor, there is a simple answer. Build a modern state of the art animal facility in a visible location. That is our mission. And Tony has been the catalyst across the nation to promote rescue and adoption. To have Tonys endorsement to our new and growing grass roots organization is huge. The Cardinals are hot. They are in first place and headed to the play offs. There is talk that this may be Tonys last year. This is a once in a life time opportunity to see a baseball super star up front and in person! So take the day off, bring your cameras, enjoy some barbecue, and help a great cause. Also please print the attachment above and help us advertise this exciting event.

Tuesday September 15th
Arnold Rec Center - 1695 Missouri Rd. - Arnold, Missouri
Doors open at 9:00 am. (I would come early!)
Tony is scheduled at speak around 11:00 am
$15.00 donation would be greatly appreciated for entrance fee
Booth spaces available - $50.00 per 10X10 space
All animal not for profit groups are no charge
e-mail Cathey at cathey_67@hotmail for info
One lucky person will win a raffle to meet Tony personally, shake his hand, get their picture taken with him, and have him autograph a personal item
Barbecue will benefit the Arnold Dog Park as a way of ADOPT saying thank you to the Arnold Rec Center for the use of their beautiful facility.
A.D.O.P.T. is a 501C3 and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law

We could use more volunteers.
Please e-mail me if interested

Other Upcoming Fundraisers
And How You Can Help


Please remember our car show on Saturday August 29th, 2009 at the Fox Service Center located at 849 Jeffco Blvd, Arnold, Missouri, next to Fox High School. Registration starts at 8:00 am to noon with awards presented at 4:00 pm. We will have a great barbecue prepared by our caterer Tom Lochirco, raffles, 50/50 and more. If you would like to rent a booth please e-mail me at Thank you to Bob and Kevin at Advance Auto Parts Stores for their help with organizing this car show.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Please donate soda and water for this event and for the La Russa barbecue. Your $3.99 donation for 24 bottles of water, for example, could grow to $24.00 or $36.00 depending on how much we charge for each bottle. You can drop them off the day of the car show or at our drop off lunch/dinner event (we prefer this and makes it easier for us to prepare). This time we are having it at Chilis located at Arnold Commons in Arnold, Missouri on Thursday August 27th. ADOPT will receive 10% of your food purchase all day long including happy hour. However you must say you are with ADOPT and ask for a voucher. Chilis is also donating chips and salsa for the car show for us to sell. They may put up a booth to sell food items and donate everything to ADOPT. So lets support Chilis for supporting us. Once again you must tell your waitress that you are with ADOPT so we receive 10% of your total food bill. An ADOPT volunteer will be at Chilis accepting your donations of water and soda from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday August 27th.

Wine Tasting Dinner
Pet Fashion Show fundraiser
Mark your calendars for Friday September 18th from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Villa Antonio Winery. Go to to learn more. If you have never been to this winery you are missing an adorable place. There will be great auction items, raffles, gourmet doggy treats, Recycled Jewelry Doggie Bags (Grab Bags devoted entirely to your pet), music, dinner (appetizer-dessert) wine tasting, attendance prizes and more all for the entirely low price of $35.00 per ticket.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Just come and have a great time. E-mail all your friends, family and your entire e-mail list about any of our events. Please consider donating an item for this event. Once again you can buy tickets for the Wine Tasting Dinner and drop off donated items at Chilis, the Car show, and at the La Russa Luncheon/barbecue

Lend A Helping Paw Campaign
Over 24 Jefferson County Banks and retail stores are participating in the first annual Lend a Helping Paw campaign. We are planning a similar campaign for restaurants in the spring.

Land Land Land
We are on the verge of receiving six acres of free land from the county. This acreage is very visible from new Hwy 21 and is next to the newly built Juvenile Detention Center. The center is working on the possibility of animal therapy to help the children. With the facility next to the center, the children could work with the animals and help volunteer. And of course the animals could give them a sense of well being with their unconditional love. This acreage would be a win/win for all. I will keep all of you informed about the land deal.Your support has meant a lot to me. And I cannot begin to tell you how much it means to the homeless animals. Once the facility is built it is estimated that we will save over 6000 or more homeless pets per year and give them the chance at forever homes. However we are not there yet and I hope that all of you will help or attend one or all four of the upcoming fundraisers. The Tony La Russa luncheon/barbecue is especially exciting with the Cardinals in first place at the moment. And donations are always welcome which can be sent to ADOPT P.O. Box 155 Fenton, Mo. 63026


USDA Declares Kathy Bauck Unfit to Raise Dogs, Files Motion for Revocation of License
As a result of the CAPS undercover investigation into Kathy Bauck's practices as a large-scale dog broker, which resulted in her criminal conviction, the USDA has filed a motion for revocation of her license. CAPS has previously erroneously reported that her license had already been revoked. President of CAPS Deborah Howard appeared on ABC Boston Channel Five's special report on the case on August 20th; video of the interview can be found here. For more information on the Bauck case, visit
Bay Area Pet Store Closed As A Result Of CAPS Protests
After weeks of private investigation and protests, the Bay Area "Puppy Love Boutique" store has been closed for financial reasons.
"All of our protesting, petitioning and leafleting have been effective. The customers stopped shopping and Puppy Love Boutique could no longer pay their rent. As of today, they are evicted and gone!"- Darlena King, CAPS Advisory Board
The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) has been exposing the puppy mill industry's cruel treatment of animals for profit since 1992. Pet shops buy their puppies from brokers. These brokers get their animals from puppy mills. A puppy mill is a commercial breeding kennel that mass-produces dogs in usually cramped, crude, filthy conditions for resale. The constant confinement and a lack of adequate veterinary care and socialization often result in animals that are unhealthy and difficult to socialize.Two of the USDA licensed breeders selling to "Puppy Love Boutique" were Joyce Burkhart in Carrollton , Missouri and Marsha Cox in Chillicothe , Missouri . Reports and/or undercover footage of these facilities are on the CAPS website under Investigations.

"CAPS investigators uncovered shocking conditions at Burkhart's puppy mill, including the body of a dog that had starved to death." (photo at left)- Deborah Howard, CAPS Founder
CAPS has been actively working in Los Angeles to convert pet shops that sell puppy mill dogs into humane adoption centers that provide rescue and shelter animals. According to Howard, CAPS plans to undertake the same mission in the San Francisco Bay Area.
President of CAPS Deborah Howard's Interview with Susan Daffron, President of NAPRP
On July 16th, Deborah Howard, founder and president of the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) participated in a one-hour teleseminar interview (click to listen) with Susan Daffron of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals.Among the topics discussed were the difficulty of shutting down puppy mills and the role of the USDA in the regulation of puppy mills, as well as their complicity in keeping abusive mills open. Under the current law, there has to be proof of "abhorrent" conditions in these facilities before law enforcement can even get involved. Because enforcement from the USDA is so lax, and because local law enforcement will often shift responsibility to the USDA, it is only through the efforts of watchdog organizations like CAPS that abuses are even discovered.As Howard said of the USDA, "The USDA is the most frustrating agency. [. . .] It's a cultural mindset of failure. They don't want this problem. They have less funding than any other program - it's not a highly funded program. We don't have a contentious relationship with them at all; it's just that they're indifferent."Howard also discussed the activist origins of CAPS. "[After visiting an Dockor Pet Center (a chain of 300 stores) in late 1989 in which there were puppies with open wounds and cages filled with bloody diarrhea], I found out where the dogs came from and decided to take it on myself - I have a political activist background - to organize a protest against as many Docktor Pet Centers as I could. I got a grassroots list and we had a protest in 30 cities on the weekend before Christmas. They thought it was PETA. It was very effective. I went to '20/20,' who had been thinking about doing a story, and I knew a young man who was an activist and who worked for Docktor Pet because he wanted to help the animals. We set him up with a video camera, and he would go in early in the mornings. Every morning there would be dogs dead from parvo - it was horrible - there were bodies in the freezer. So this was all used on '20/20,' and then we started gathering pet shop complaints.
URL: USDA has licensed Kathy Bauck from 1983. The July 2008 USDA inspection report for Bauck had no violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). They didn't inspect her again until March 4, 2009, just three weeks before her conviction. The inspector cited her for veterinary and cleaning violations. CAPS investiaged the USDA's failure to enforce the AWA since 1995 and has been lobbying members of Congress for oversight hearings regarding USDA's lax enforcement of the AWA. CAPS returned to Capitol Hill the week of June 7 to meet with USDA officials and congressional aides, using the Bauck case as evidence of the USDA's dereliction of duty. CAPS' pro bono lobbyists are submitting a petition for rulemaking requesting that AWA regulations be amended to require the automatic revocation of a USDA license upon the conviction in a court of law of a licensee, such as Bauck, for animal cruelty.
CAPS Blogs
Deborah Howard's Blog
Bea's Beat
CAPS Website
For more information on CAPS please visit
Investigations and Media
CAPS is working with TV news stations in two major California cities on in-depth investigative pieces about the pet shop and puppy mill industry. Animal advocates in Minnesota , Ohio and Oklahoma have requested new undercover evidence from CAPS to help their legislative efforts. Please help us by continuing to fund these efforts and others like them.
About CAPS
Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. CAPS actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.
Companion Animal Protection Society
Companion Animal Protection Society :: Contact CAPS 759 CJC Hwy., #332 :: Cohasset , MA 02025 :: 781-210-0938 (bus) :: 781-210-0928 (fax)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The TenSPOT Fix

Mark Your Calendars for September 12th and 13th, 2009
$10 Spay or Neuter for Cats and Dogs
WHO: Operation SPOT (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today)
In collaboration with 18 local veterinary clinics
WHAT: "The TenSPOT Fix"
$10 Spay or Neuter for healthy cats and dogs
WHERE: Call the following clinics directly for an appointment:
Bates Creek Veterinary Clinic-573-438-3666
Bellson Animal Hospital-618-281-5100
Dorothy Brinker, DVM-636-239-3927
Cuba Veterinary Clinic-573-885-7775
Dacus Veterinary Hospital-636-937-9502
Franklin County Animal Med. Center-636-390-9280
Hampton Animal Hospital-314-647-8818
Herman Veterinary Clinic-573-486-2515
Hillside Animal Hospital-314-645-2141
Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital-618-344-7949
Jefferson Animal Hospital-314-772-4438
Lawson Animal Hospital-573-438-2077
New Haven Veterinary Clinic-573-237-7387
Olsen Veterinary Clinic-618-656-5868
Pet Station,PC-866-583-2858
St. Clair Pet Hospital-636-629-2323
St. Louis Pet Clinic-314-773-6400
Webster Groves Animal Hospital-314-9968-4310

To provide low cost dog and cat spay/neuter for pet owners who could otherwise not afford it.
Go to for details or call 314-995-8678

Friday, August 21, 2009

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Volunteer Opportunity in St. Louis, Missouri This Weekend

If anyone is free this Saturday and can help DCAWS with their adoption event from 11-5 please come to the Petsmart on Eager off the 170. Ask for Charlotte, she is the shelter manager. The usual volunteers have other commitments this weekend and we are very short handed. This is a wonderful group who travels 2.5 hours one way to be there 3 or more times a month. If you have any questions, please email charlotte at, or call her at 573-308-6365.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

He was tied out and abandoned (in 98 degree weather with no food or water)

His death date has already been set, and he is just basically waiting for it to come
I don't know what to say other than, please HELP! Barney is scheduled to be euthanized tomorrow, Friday, 8/21. Pls help by fostering, rescuing, or cross-posting (not to Craig’s List). Barney is AWESOME, and deserves as loving home as he is a loving dog. He has so much to give and has not had a chance. Please read his story below.
He is in a situation, no pet wants to be. Sadly for him... he has a few strikes already against him. He is big. 50-60 lbs
He is Black. (but has cute white markings)
He is in a HIGH kill Animal control
The animal control is VERY full.
He was tied out and abandoned... no owner is missing him :-(
His death date has already been set, and he is just basically waiting for it to come.
Barney is in a situation, no pet wants to be. Sadly for him... he has a few strikes already against him.
He is big. 50-60 lbs
He is Black. (but has cute white markings)
He is in a HIGH kill Animal control
The animal control is VERY full.
This being said, Barney still deserves to live. He is a special boy, who in 5 minutes captured they heart of an animal control officer who sees dogs every single day, abused, abandoned, neglected, and hopeless ones. Officer Tiffany Phillips rescued Barney from a short chain, in 98*degree weather. No Shade, No Water, No Life. Officer Phillips rescued Barney from that situation, and knowing his chances of ever walking out of this animal control alive were slim to none, she gave him a hug, took his picture and put him in his kennel.
Barney's euthanasia date should have been tomorrow AM, but he has gotten a 3 day extension. PLEASE make it worth it!!! If a rescue does not step up, he WILL be on the Friday kill list, and a dog who loves people will never know love back. Barney is a VERY well manner boy, with a gentle, calm disposition. He loves everyone, and walked into the Animal Control with his tail wagging and loving every pet on the head and treat Officer Phillips had to offer.
Please don't let this happy dog who walked in the front door with his tail wagging, go out the back door as dead weight in a body bag.
Officer Phillips Comments:
Please save me, I was impounded by Ofc. Phillips because my owner had me chained up in the heat with no shelter. When my owner found out I had been impounded , he decided to leave me here ; (...Now I hope that I make it out alive... I am a big boy, but very sweet and gentle and did not deserve to be tied up like I was . Please help me find a better life with someone who will let me be a member of the family. I am available now but it is urgent that I get out because they are very crowded....All animals adopted from Clayton Co Animal Control must be spayed or neutered within 30 days of adoption. A low cost spay/neuter certificate will be issued to adopting families at the time of adoption. Rescues please have copy of Dept. of Aug. license and permission form if you are sending someone other than the license holder, also picture I.D. All animals posted are at risk to be euthanized at any time due to overcrowding under severe circumstances. All animals are considered urgent after their available date has passed. Please call or come in....Thank you.....
Barney #095097
Clayton Co. Police Dept. Animal Control Unit

Jonesboro, Georgia

May God bless you & keep you.A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal...Prov 12:10 (NIV)^._.^Jari Green 478-992-8346478-993-6352 (cell)SaveAPet,IncBecause everyone needs a (a wonderful way to remember & share! & a portion goes to the dogs![of SAP])(p.s. Inside of me is a skinny girl trying to get out BUT I think I can shut her up with ice cream!)
Woof is a 45 lb lab, boxer mixed pup. He is approx 8 months old and was pulled from a shelter in Georgia and has been in Connecticut at Crepon Strays for about 2 weeks. Crepon can no longer keep him due to the medical conditions with the owner of the rescue. She has exhausted all resources to try place Woof and doesn't have any options left.
Woof was going to be put down last Friday before I got involved. He was mere minutes away from death. He had already been given a very high dose of anesthesia that the vet administers prior to the fatal euthanasia needle. The call to STOP the euthanasia was literally in the nick of time. The vet already had needle in hand and said, "If you had called in 1 more minute, it would've been too late". Poor sweet Woof! A guardian angel was certainly there for him!! After the fatal dose had been stopped , the vet said since Woof had been given such a high dose anesthesia that hopefully he will wake up safely and healthily from it. Thankfully, Woof awoke the next day a very healthy and he is now at a boarding facility for 1 WEEK ONLY in Prospect, CT. Woof now needs a guardian angel again! Woof is a sweetheart and is great around kids, dogs, and cats. His only issue is he's been through quite a bit in his young life so he is scared and will hunker down to try to hide occasionally. He needs a place where he will be safe! He has shown absolutely NO signs of aggression, he is an absolute doll!! Very sweet and has the most loving eyes.. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE cross post this far and wide! He doesn't have much time and after escaping death BARELY once, I don't want it to be over for him now!!
Please contact me with any questions or inquiries!!

Looking For a Job

If you have strong leadership skills, a passion for saving lives, and a commitment to the No Kill philosophy, we invite you to apply to become a key player at one of one of the leading No Kill animal shelters in the country.

is now accepting applications for:

This is a unique opportunity to become a key player in leading a No Kill organization with a community campaign, and to work closely with a skilled and dedicated team of paid staff, large volunteer base, and committed board of directors in a very civic-minded and engaged community.Since 2007, NHS has achieved dramatic results:
Increased the adoption rate 53% for dogs and 84% for cats in 2007 (compared to 2006), a higher increase than any other community in the nation.
Decreased the number of dogs killed by 51% and the number of cats killed by 52% in Washoe County animal shelters in 2007 (compared to 2006). This was the greatest decline of any community in 2007.
Achieved a county-wide save rate of 90% for dogs and 82% for cats despite a high per capita intake rate, effectively making Washoe County one of the safest communities for homeless animals in the United States.
Found loving, new homes for over 8,600 animals in 2008.
As of July 31, 2009, NHS is leading the initiative saving 93% of dogs and 89% of cats county-wide.
The Associate Director of Nevada Humane Society (NHS) is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in overseeing the organization's consistent achievement of its vision, mission, and financial objectives. This includes taking responsibility for specific aspects of organizational planning, program implementation, and operational supervision, as well as the achievement of fundraising and lifesaving goals.This is the number two position in the organization and reports directly to the Executive Director. Prior animal shelter experience is not required. For a job description and application instructions,
click here.To apply, send a one-page cover letter and one-page resume to
NHS Search Committee, c/o Nathan J. Winograd,
No Kill Solutions,
6114 La Salle Avenue #836,
Oakland CA 94611
or fax to (510) 530-1317.
Open until filled. August 20, 2009.)

Jackson Stuck In Jefferson City, Missouri

He has been with one person his entire life. His guardian was called to military duty. This left Jackson homeless. His guardian had no choice but to bring Jackson to the shelter. It's been very hard on Jackson. He was fearful and timid at first, but just a little encouragement and he just blossoms. When Jackson came to the shelter he was a little chubby, but since being there, has lost weight (you can see the difference in the photos).

While I was working with Jackson, we sat in the reception area of the shelter and he met all kinds of people. Adults, children, men, and women. Jackson behaved beautifully. Even when a baby was flailing her hand around Jackson's face trying to pet him. He was very sweet and let her "attempt" to pet him.

Jackson deserves to find a loving home. It isn't his fault he ended up at the shelter and I'm sure his world turned upside down when his guardian left him in this strange and stressful situation. He will TRULY make a wonderful member of someone's family.

This video link shows a little about Jackson:

Also, Ruth who volunteers at the local shelter has spent a lot of time with Jackson wrote a short bio for Jackson (at the end of this email). She sees greatness in him and wants him to have a the best home possible. She has asked that I send this plea out for Jackson because his time is limited. Please help me network for Jackson so his forever home can be found. Thank you.

He has been at the Jefferson City Shelter for a while now and as usual, people seem to pass on the adult dogs and opt instead for the cute puppies. Jackson is a very handsome and sweet chow/lab mix, 3-4 years old, neutered and a little overweight so could use some exercise and a good diet. And just look at that grin!

He will do well with a family who has a FENCED yard.

If you or someone you know can offer Jackson the loving home and companionship he deserves before his time is up at the Shelter, please call Ruth at 573-636-3525 or 573-694-8825.

Let Your VOice Be Heard....

Join some wonderful men and women this Saturday to........... Demonstrate against pet stores (Pampered Pets) that sell pets bred for profit…A 6
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 pr ovided. No dogs please. We will provide OTJT (on=2 0the 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 o f page)
Questions? Call 314-330-1989
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BONES – GORGEOUS Deaf Female Dog Needs a wonderful family. Her owner is very ill. Foster for 8 months or permanent home is needed.
Her story: Bones is a spayed female; about 48 pounds. She is deaf, housetrained and crate trained and needs some general good manners training. I’m attempting to help out a couple who lives near me. We’re attempting two things: find a forever or foster home for an 8 mo, lab/Dalmatian mix who is micro chipped; AND find a trainer who would be willing to help this young girl learn some house manners so that she will have a better chance of being adopted forever. Her Dad, the husband, has just been diagnosed with cancer and will be in the hospital 5 or 6 weeks and when he gets out, he’s been told he can’t be around pets for approximately 6 months. This girl is currently being boarded at Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital in Hiawassee, Georgia, which is 35 miles from me.
If you or someone you know could help, please call Brenda Brown at 863-640-9775. Brenda is a good friend of the Osborns (the couple who needs to rehome her due to significant health issues). Brenda has a part time home in Hiawassee, Georgia and phone is best first contact, but you can follow up via email

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Two more sites to check out....

Here is a website that lists every company that DOES test on animals as well as those who do NOT.

Turn Me On

Good Morning
Last night I received a phone call from another rescue in Laclede County, MO. She has been struggling and got behind in the Electric Bill. Her power has now been shut off and the animals are in trouble. We are trying to raise enough to get her all caught up through August. Please cross post this to anyone who you think may be able to help us help her, you can donate securely through our website using PayPal at They have no running water because of no electricity to run the well house and it is very warm here. I will see to it that every penny donated will go to Laclede Electric to pay this bill. We are also trying other alternatives to help her out, she is very deserving and works very hard so any help I know she will appreciate! Thank You.

Maybe this will help if you have anyone that could help, here is the Nnme on the bill and account number maybe you could get them to just pay directly to the account......

Laura J S.
Account # 946802,
total cost is $409.87
Laclede Electric Coop (417)532-3164 or 1-800-299-3164,

We really need this by 2pm today or no electricity until Monday and it's hot here!Sherri's Kitty Rehab/Critter Cradle animal Sanctuary, Inc Sherri Hall 1702 Vinyard Road Marshfield, MO 65706 (417) 859-2481 PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS, HELP REDUCE THE PET POPULATION


Help us transport 5000 rescue animals, largely from kill shelters, to safety!If you are a rescue group or a shelter, we know you have animals that need homes!
If you are a pilot with a plane, or have access to a plane, won't you please join us the week of September 12-20, 2009 and help us get these animals to safe havens across the country?
It"s simple
1.Go to�www.pilotsnpaws. org�and click on �Join.� Next go to the Pilots N Paws 5000 logo link on the homepage
2.That information page will guide you through the process to post for animal transport for this event
3.Rescuers and shelters work towards finding placement with other rescuers, shelters, adoptive homes
4.Pilots- please check the animal transport requests and see if there is a flight you can volunteer for
5.Schedule your flights and save a life!!
5000 animals rescued in one week may sound like an impossible dream but with your help we can make it happen! This is your chance to make a difference. For more information emailpilotsnpaws@�
(note: varying weather conditions may expand this time frame)
* Consult your tax advisor for details

Let's All Help Smiling Dog Partners

We spend about $16,000 each month... $ 8000 for payroll to our six full time workers,
$ 6000 for dog food, $ 2000 for insurance

- We only get part of that from Regular, Monthly Donors... which means that one-time donations have to be used to cover the regular operating expenses, and it is still a struggle

- If we had 1000 Smiling Dog Partners -- Regular, Monthly Donors -- we would have our $16,000 covered and then some! One-time donations could go for other needed things around the farm...

- Right now, we only have 200 Regular Monthly Donors... We need at least 800 more!

- This email is going to 400 people... If everyone could get just 2 people to sign up as Regular, Monthly Donors -- We Would Meet Our Goal of 1000 Smiling Dog Partners and we would never be short of funds again!!

Please consider sending our email, below, to your friends, family and business contacts... anyone you know who is NOT in rescue...

This will literally make or break us, as a viable, long-term organization!
You can be a successful fundraiser for Smiling Dog Farms!

Here's How...

Step 1: Cut and Paste the email below. It has a proven track record. Send it to friends, family, and people you do business with. NOT other rescue people, but "civilians".

Step 2: Personalize our "form letter". Add a couple sentences about a dog you know who came to live here. No more than 2-3 quick sentences, just after: They are absolutely a No Kill facility. The shorter the email, the more likely it will be read.

Step 3: Make the greeting personal and specific: Hi Betty, Dear Bob and Judy, etc.

Step 4: (MOST IMPORTANT!) Send to ONLY ONE address at a time. Don't try to "save time" sending to multiple recipients. Don't use BCC. People will delete when there are other recipients. Cut and paste EACH TIME you send it. This guarantees it will be read.

Step 5: Use my picture below or use your own. Should be a dog who came here. Photos will increase readership. To use my photo below, copy and paste the picture each time so it wont turn into a "red x".

If you follow our directions,
you'll get 3 donors for every 10 of these emails you send...

I've signed on to help an amazing group called Smiling Dog Farms with a regular, monthly contribution and I thought you would like to join me.

Smiling Dog Farms is a sanctuary, not a traditional rescue. They take dogs from all across America who have nowhere else to go. They are literally the last chance for these dogs.

They are absolutely a NO KILL facility in the truest sense of the word. Dogs that are "unadoptable" can live out their lives in safety at the farm, no matter what their issues. I have NEVER heard of or seen a sanctuary like this.

They do have an adoption and foster program, but what I find most amazing is their dedication to the dogs others throw away and kill everyday.

You can check their website, or their blog, .

Smiling Dog Farms is a 501c3 federal non-profit organization and donations are fully tax deductible. PLEASE sign up to make monthly donations of $10, $20 -- whatever you can -- by going to ... I did, and I know all the money goes directly to saving dogs. Not to marketing or executive salaries. Its ALL ABOUT THE DOGS.

Our donations really do save lives! Thank you for considering this opportunity to help dogs who have no one else to speak for them.

heck out these sites....

Logos of Animal Testing/Cruelty

Petition for Proctor & Gamble: