Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years

Surround yourself with people who love you in 2011.....

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas (Barkworks & Puppy Mill Protest)

Wayne Pacelle Speaks Out.....

December 30, 2010
1,000 Reasons to Celebrate
We’ve reached a milestone here at HSUS. In 2008 we launched our Puppy Friendly Pet Stores program – to encourage pet-shop retailers to make it their corporate policy not to sell puppies and to educate interested customers about how to get a puppy from a shelter or reputable breeder instead. Some years ago, PetSmart and Petco – the two largest retailers in the sector – took the lead in shunning the sale of dogs. They realized they didn’t need to sell dogs and cats to make a profit, and they showed a new way.

Following their lead, HSUS launched a campaign to have the entire industry embrace this business model, and grassroots advocates joined in. I am pleased to say we just signed on our 1,000th Puppy Friendly Pet Store – an accomplishment that I thought would be months or even a year ahead. When a store signs our Puppy-Friendly Pet Store pledge, it promises not to sell puppies. Each store also receives a sign proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store and free materials for their customers about how to adopt or find a pet from a humane source.

Please join me in making a New Year's resolution to shop only at pet stores and Internet sites that don’t sell puppies, such as our Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores, which can be found in more than 40 states. Look up your local puppy friendly pet stores by state at humanesociety.org/puppystores. You can also email us at stop-puppy-mills@humanesociety.org and we’ll be in touch with you about how you can help expand this important program.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Christmas Shelter Dog's Poem

As you gather this holiday season to spend time with friends and family and your own beloved furry family members, take just a moment to think of those dogs and cats who sit alone and unwanted, with just the barest of necessities.
Gather up some old blankets and towels, maybe grab an extra bag of treats or food or a few toys when you’re out shopping and take that few extra minutes to drop them at your local shelter. You can do this anytime of the year, but at this special time of love and caring and sharing, please, take just those few extra minutes and make this holiday a little more special for a few lonely shelter animals.



A Christmas Shelter Dog’s Poem

’Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full—we are lost, but not found.

Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,

we hope every minute that someone will care.

They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call,

“Come here, Max and Sparkie — come fetch your new ball!”

But now we sit here and think of the days

we were treated so fondly — we had cute, baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew.

Now we’re no longer young and we’re no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash.

They reacted so quickly — why were they so rash?

We “jump on the children,” “don’t come when they call,”

we “bark when they leave us,” “climb over the wall.”

We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,

now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they’d trained us, if only we knew,

we’d have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse, let to roam.

Now we’re tired and lonely and out of a home.

They dropped us off here and they kissed us goodbye…

“Maybe someone else will give you a try.”

So now here we are, all confused and alone

in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,

with so many to care for, they can’t stay to chat.
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer…

we know that they wonder how long we’ll be here.

We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads

of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears –

our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can’t adopt us and there’s no room at the inn –

could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness each day of the year –

can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat…

and help get us something special to eat.

The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,

and more of us will, if more people will give.



– Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Puppy Mill Project Is Doing Fabulous Stuff In Chicago ...




The Puppy Mill Project Rocks....


The Puppy Mill Project

Newsletter 2010
Dear Supporters,
As we get ready to welcome in 2011 I cannot help but reflect upon the accomplishments of the past year. In the short time that we have been in existence our resume is very impressive. From our weekly pet store protests, resulting in store closings, to our support of HB5772 and it's passage, to the forming of a National Puppy Mill Project, this has been quite a year.
As you all know, the more involved we get in the mission to end puppy mills the more we realize the depth and scope of this national disgrace. There is so much more to do but with your continued support and dedication we will get it done. None of this can possibly get done without you. To each one of you that has protested, made phone calls, emailed our legislators, made a donation, or helped rescue our mill dogs, thank you. You are the heart and soul of this organization and your continued commitment to this cause will change the lives of millions of dogs.

Sincerely,
Cari Meyers
First of it's kind in the nation!


Legislation
The Puppy Mill Project supports state and federal legislation that protects dogs from the inhumane treatment they receive in puppy mills.

Illinois's new Pet Store Disclosure law will take effect on Jan 1, 2011. Pet stores will be required to post breeder information on or near the cages of the puppies they are selling. Until now, pet stores were not required to tell the truth about the origin of their puppies. Families have been sold sick puppies and endured high vet bills and heartbreak. Consumers will now be able to do their homework and research the breeder of the puppy they are interested in buying. Once the public learns the truth, we know they will not support this cruel industry.

The Puppy Mill Project supports state and federal legislation that protects dogs from the inhumane treatment they receive in puppy mills.

Illinois's new Pet Store Disclosure law will take effect on Jan 1, 2011. Pet stores will be required to post breeder information on or near the cages of the puppies they are selling. Until now, pet stores were not required to tell the truth about the origin of their puppies. Families have been sold sick puppies and endured high vet bills and heartbreak. Consumers will now be able to do their homework and research the breeder of the puppy they are interested in buying.
Once the public learns the truth, we know they will not support this cruel industry.

Monday, December 20, 2010

This Vet Rocks !!!!

My Puppy Mill Education- by Nancy Kay, DVM ©
After the November election, I learned that Missouri voters passed legislation known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act (Proposition B). As I began surfing the Internet to learn more, I anticipated reading about strict new regulations that would dramatically limit the number of dogs per “breeding factory” along with regulations that would enhance the physical and emotional well being of dogs unfortunate enough to wind up in puppy mills. Here is what I read. Proposition B stipulates that breeders may have up to 50 breeding dogs at any given time (no, the number 50 is not a typo). Additionally, this new legislation requires that dogs be provided with:

-Sufficient food that is provided at least once daily
-Access to water that is not frozen and is free of debris, feces, algae, and other contaminants
-Necessary veterinary care (an examination at least once yearly by a licensed veterinarian)
-Sufficient housing including protection from the elements
-Sufficient space to turn and stretch freely and fully extend limbs
-Adequate rest between breeding cycles (no more than two litters during an 18 month time period)



Fifty dogs at a time? Daily food and clean water required? Enough space to allow dogs to stand up and stretch their legs? Was this really the best that puppy mill reform legislation could provide- nothing more than the bare basics to sustain a modicum of physical comfort for puppy mill “livestock”? How could this be? I addressed my surprise and disappointment by contacting and asking questions of Jennifer Fearing, the California senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States who was in Missouri prior to the election canvassing for votes for Proposition B. Her responses were informative and heartfelt, and she was so genuinely patient in responding to my lack of awareness. Jennifer has graciously allowed me to share her comments with you:

“Under the old Missouri law, dogs can be kept in wire-floored cages just six inches longer than their bodies. The cages can be stacked on top of each other. A veterinarian must make an annual walk-through of a facility but there is no requirement that the dogs get actual exams or even treatment for any existing conditions or injuries. Dogs are bred on every single heat cycle, leading to dogs so bred-out that we routinely see young dogs (three to four years old) whose teeth have all fallen out because their systems are so overtaxed and malnourished, and whose teats are dragging on the ground. The old law does have a provision regarding extreme temperatures, but it says that dogs couldn’t face extreme temperatures for more than three consecutive hours, making enforcement impossible because no inspector is going to stand around with his thermometer in the air for three hours. There is a vague requirement for an exercise plan, but that too is unenforceable and as a result we see dogs who have clearly lived their entire lives on wire floors and never set foot on solid ground.

The new law, which goes into effect one year from passage: Every dog must have a solid-floored enclosure that allows constant, unfettered access to a larger outdoor area. Larger enclosure sizes are required with specific sizing requirements based on the size of the dog. Each dog must receive an annual exam and any dog who is sick or suffering must receive veterinary treatment. No dog may have more than 2 litters in any 18 month period, which essentially means every 3rd cycle is rested, giving them a chance to recuperate from the exhausting cycle of carrying and nursing pups. The time limit mentioned above is removed so that dogs cannot be kept in temperatures below 45 degrees or above 85 degrees, period.

Just as importantly, these new requirements are simple and easy to enforce. Currently in Missouri, if law enforcement gets a complaint call they must call in the experts from the Department of Agriculture to help interpret 30+ pages of vague, confusing and outdated regulations. Because of backlogs and understaffing, it can take six months or longer for an Ag inspector to even show up. But any Sheriff’s deputy can interpret these new requirements – anyone can see if a floor is solid or wire; if cages are stacked; if the dogs have access to an outdoor area; if there are more than 50 dogs; etc. So instead of leaving the dogs to suffer for another six months, law enforcement can file criminal charges on the spot.

And the penalties may seem modest but any violation of the new Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act is a criminal offense, which leads to license forfeiture. And if conditions rise to the level of animal cruelty, the offender can be charged instead under the existing state animal cruelty law.

Missouri is only the fifth state to cap the number of dogs a commercial breeder can keep. Since 2008, Oregon, Washington and Virginia have set the number at 50, and Virginia includes a provision allowing the state to allow more than 50 if certain conditions are met. Louisiana has a cap of 75. It’s important to remember that these bills are not intended to ban commercial breeding, they are simply designed to eliminate the worst abuses at puppy mills and create more humane living conditions for the dogs who live there. And the data (from state and federal inspection reports) are clear that the largest facilities accumulate the most frequent and most severe violations.

I should mention too that the new law is in addition to, and not in lieu of, the existing regulations. Those regulations still exist, this law is simply an overlay to correct the weak and vague areas of the regulations that allowed dogs to suffer.

Finally, the significance of this law passing in the epicenter of the puppy mill industry cannot be overemphasized. It will lead to similar restrictions in other states and to vast improvement in the living conditions of dogs kept for the commercial pet trade.”

Jennifer’s explanations certainly changed my perspective about the benefits provided by Proposition B. While this legislation will not create an existence for a puppy mill victim that in any way resembles my notion of what every dog deserves, no doubt its enforcement will make a positive difference in the current dismal quality of many lives. I must admit that after reading Jennifer’s response my overriding feeling was, “Shame on me!” As a veterinarian I’m embarrassed by my naïveté about puppy mills. To some degree, I think I’ve been floating along that river in Egypt (De Nial)- far more pleasant to be “out of touch” rather than “in touch” with the true horrors of what goes on in puppy mills. Sure, via my blog and in Speaking for Spot I’ve advocated against supporting puppy mills by avoiding purchasing puppies from pet stores or on line (sight and site unseen). I simply don’t think my efforts have been adequate. While I’m certain that I need to do more to create puppy mill reform, I’m not yet sure what that “more” looks like yet. Stay tuned- I will keep you posted as I figure it out. Have you taken a stance against puppy mills? If so what has been your strategy?

By the way, I debated whether or not to release a blog on such a serious topic while my readers are in the midst of the holiday hustle. My hope is that the thoughts expressed will provide some inspiration- always a good thing during the holiday season.

If you would like to respond publicly, please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com/blog/?p=1924.

Best wishes for a lovely holiday season,

Dr. Nancy Kay
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association 2009 Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, 2009 Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, 2009 Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Gateway Pet Guardians.
Over 150 homeless animals rescued!


Gateway Pet Guardians is different from most rescue organizations. We rescue homeless, feral and abandoned animals from the streets of East St. Louis, IL and place them in foster homes. Daily, PJ Hightower feeds these animals and gets to know them as her own. We do not have a shelter and rely solely on our wonderful foster parents to bring these animals in and show them what a human touch feels like.

In 2010, Gateway Pet Guardians has made amazing progress in the East St. Louis Community. We have rescued over 150 animals from an area that is only about two square miles. The city of East St. Louis has no animal control or veterinary clinic. The homeless population is created from a lack of resources and education in the community. Residents of the city own animals that are not spayed or neutered and are not contained.

Also this year, we met with the East St. Louis City Council and discussed a shelter/spay and neuter clinic/education facility for the area. Our goal is to change the community's perception of animals and give them the resources to properly care for their pets. With your help in 2010, we have raised over $45,000 for this facility!

This facility will all not only serve as a temporary shelter for the animals until we can place them in a foster home, but will also allow us to offer FREE spay and neuter services to the community members. In addition to a shelter and surgical center, we will also conduct seminars and after-school programs for children.

In 2011, we will break ground on this state-of-the-art facility! This facility will take more than $45,000 to construct. Our goal is $100,000 before construction begins. With your donation, our facility will not only save the lives of hundreds more homeless animals, but will give the East St. Louis Community the resources needed to curb and eliminate the problem.

Thank you, again for an AMAZING 2010 and we are eagerly looking forward to what 2011 will bring us!


-Jamie Case, Executive Director

Faking It Isn't Always Bad......Is It !!!??!!!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

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For All The Wonderful Animal Rescuer.......

I am an animal rescuer. I will never bring about world peace. I will not save the rain forest.
I'm not a brain surgeon and I'll never transplant an organ to save a life. I don't have the ear of a powerful politician or world power. I can't end world hunger.

I'm not a celebrity, and God knows I'm not glamorous!
I'm not looked up to by millions around the world. Very few people even recognize my name.
I'll never win the Nobel Prize.
I'll never save the rain forest or end global warming.
There are a lot of things that I'll never do or become.

But today I placed a dog!

It was a small, scared, bundle of flesh and bones that was dropped off in a shelter by unfeeling people that didn't care what happened to it, but yet who were responsible for it even having existence in the first place.

I found it a home.

It now has contentment and an abundance of love. A warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. A child has a warm fuzzy new friend who will give them unquestioning devotion and teach them about responsibility and love.

A wife and mother has a new spirit to nurture and care for. A husband and a father has a companion to sit at his feet at the end of a hard day of work and help him relax and enjoy life. And a sense of security, that when he is gone all day at work, that there is a protector and a guardian in his home to keep watch over his family.

No, I'm not a rocket scientist but today I saved one of God's precious creatures. Today, I made a difference!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Think Santa Must Of Smelled My Dogs Spots In The Yard....

Santa must have some canine in him but I figured every other furry creature takes a leak in my yard why not Santa.
It's all good !!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010


Season's Greeetings From SPringfield, Missouri Animal Advocacy Foundation

Dear Animal Advocate,

Today was a big day at SAAFhouse, when our 1,000th client came through the door! The lucky dog was Scooby (pictured at right). When Scooby's owner came to pick him up, she received a basket full of dog and people goodies. One thousand surgeries is quite a milestone and yet our work is just beginning...
Things are going well at the clinic, but we need your help during this holiday season. When we opened in August, we immediately started a Spay it Forward fund. Though we have set our spay/neuter rates as low as possible, there are still some clients who are unable to pay even these modest fees.

We hope you'll consider sending a donation to the Spay it Forward fund to help people and pets like Melissa and her cat, Princey. Melissa called recently to cancel Princey's appointment because she was undergoing chemotherapy and had only $25 in her bank account. With the Spay it Forward fund, we were able to help. It was a wonderful feeling to help these two, and it kept Princey's surgery from being delayed and prevented the possibility of him fathering a litter of kittens.

Please consider donating $45 to sponsor a cat surgery or $60 to sponsor a dog surgery. Of course, any amount is welcome. You can donate via PayPal using this link or send donations to SAAF at 1600 North Washington, Springfield, 65803.

Thanks for your continuing support and have a wonderful holiday season.

Janet & the SAAFhouse staff

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Revenge of the dog movie...A MUST SEE !!!

Wouldn't you love to see this but have a puppy mill breeder in that chair ???? It could get ugly folks !!! Put the children to bed and make grandpa a drink.....let the movie begin and I want front row seats !!! Now that would be justice at it's finest !!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wayne Pacelle's Blog ...you gotta love it !!!

Talk Back: Keep Your Paws Off Missouri's Prop B
Several weeks ago I announced the good news that Missouri voters approved Proposition B, requiring that large-scale commercial dog breeders provide in a year’s time sufficient space for dogs, an annual veterinary examination, humane methods of euthanasia, and a limit on the number of reproductively intact animals used for breeding, among a limited number of other humane care standards for dogs. In the few weeks since Prop B was passed by voters, a handful of Missouri lawmakers have stated they will file legislation to gut the language of the measure. One of those legislators, Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-21, actually introduced a bill to completely repeal Prop B and leave Missouri’s dogs in the same horrendous conditions they’ve suffered for years now.


The HSUS
The HSUS and our coalition partners are busy reminding lawmakers that they should respect the will of the one million Missouri voters who favored Prop B. Newspapers across Missouri are already speaking out and telling lawmakers that it is not right for them to subvert the will of the voters, and it is anti-democratic. Our system is built on majority rule, and a majority of Missouri citizens—including majorities in most House and Senate legislative districts—favored Prop B. The voters acted precisely because the legislature has failed to stop puppy mill abuses. Dane Waters had an op-ed about this issue in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Right after the election I noted that, in campaigning against the measure, the Missouri Farm Bureau leveled an array of false charges against Prop B and also against The HSUS. I wrote an open letter to address these charges and to set the record straight. We received a number of powerful comments in response, and I want to share them with you.

An Open Letter To The Missouri Farm Bureau from Wayne Pacelle

An Open Letter to the Missouri Farm Bureau
Missouri voters approved Proposition B, requiring that large-scale commercial breeders provide in a year’s time sufficient space for dogs, an annual veterinary examination, humane methods of euthanasia, and a limit on the number of reproductively intact animals used for breeding, among a limited number of other humane care standards for dogs. In campaigning against the measure, the Missouri Farm Bureau leveled an array of false charges against Prop B and also against The Humane Society of the United States, which worked to pass Prop B. I write to address these charges and to set the record straight.


The HSUS

False Claim: The Missouri Farm Bureau argued that Prop B was not just about dogs, but about ending animal agriculture.
Fact: The Missouri Secretary of State concluded, in fact, that the measure deals only with one species: canis lupus familiaris, or the domesticated dog. There is no reasonable interpretation that it would apply to cattle, pigs, chickens, or any other domesticated or wild species. If there were an attempt by some organization to promote humane treatment of other species, that type of reform would have to go to the Legislature or to the people in the form of a separate ballot measure. Missouri voters would probably reject any measure that went too far. We are not aware of any such effort, and Prop B has no bearing on any future reform efforts.

False claim: The Missouri Farm Bureau argued that existing regulations governing dog breeding are sufficient and that they simply need to be enforced.
Fact: Under Prop B, Missouri’s enormous puppy mill problem will be scaled down to a level that is easier for the state to oversee, manage and enforce. It is the backers of Prop B, not the Farm Bureau or the commercial dog breeding industry, that have advocated for robust enforcement through the years; this is the first we’ve heard of the Farm Bureau calling for more rigorous enforcement, but we welcome the encouragement. The puppy mill problem has gotten worse year by year, and the Farm Bureau has stood by as more reckless breeders have flocked to Missouri and humane organizations have had to deal with thousands of dogs relinquished by mills or seized after terrible problems came to light. It costs humane groups millions of dollars to clean up the mess made by these large-scale puppy mills.

Under current rules, it is legal to keep a breeding dog in a wire cage six inches longer than her body, to keep her confined in that cage for her entire life, to allow her to be outside during the extremes of winter, to allow animals in cages stacked above to defecate on the animals below, to never call on a veterinarian to examine an animal, and to abandon or kill dogs once they are no longer wanted. I am amazed that the Farm Bureau somehow thinks such standards for dogs are adequate.

False claim: The HSUS wants to eliminate pet ownership.
Fact: The HSUS celebrates pet ownership, and has done so for all 56 years of its existence. While we certainly urge would-be dog owners to look to the pool of homeless dogs kept by shelters and rescue groups, we have instructions on our website and in our publications that encourage would-be dog owners to follow simple guidelines when they shop for a dog from a breeder. Your invoking of fabricated quotes or quotes taken out of context to misrepresent our positions is dishonest and defamatory. Every day at The HSUS, our staff bring their dogs to work—the action of committed and caring pet owners who celebrate their relationship with their animals. Indeed, The HSUS published the 2008 book, “Dogs at Work,” to guide companies in instituting this valuable opportunity to more employees. Our daily work is to celebrate the bond we have with pets, to help people find pets appropriate for their household, to help people keep their pets, or to find ways to reunite people with their pets.

False claim: The HSUS isn’t interested in improving farm animal welfare, but only in ending animal agriculture.
Fact: We work with animal producers throughout the country, and included among our members are ranchers and others involved in the business of agriculture. We have been a financial supporter of Humane Farm Animal Care, which certifies high welfare production, and The HSUS also provides major support to the Global Animal Partnership, which also promotes high welfare standards in agriculture. In developing countries, our work has ensured that farm animals are stunned before being slaughtered, and we have a raft of other programs working with farmers. We have long supported more humane treatment of animals in agriculture, and in terms of political activity, we have promoted improvements to slaughter and transport systems, and, on the farm, giving the animals enough room to “stand up, lie down, turn around, and freely extend their limbs.” If the Missouri Farm Bureau believes that allowing farm animals to turn around equates to an end to all animal use, then that is an unfortunate statement about its own lack of ethical standards in the conduct of its business.

False claim: The HSUS has destroyed the egg industry in California.
Fact: The HSUS did work to pass Proposition 2 in 2008, but that measure simply stipulates that egg production be cage-free—a modest animal welfare and food safety policy that enjoys the support of numerous retailers and two-thirds of Calilfornia voters. Already companies like Burger King, Hellmann’s, and scores of others are using cage-free eggs. It does not prevent the raising of chickens for egg production. What’s more, it does not go into effect until 2015, so it’s hard to imagine that a measure that has not gone into effect has resulted in the destruction of the industry. One study even found that the Prop 2 campaign in California increased demand for cage-free eggs while reducing demand for eggs from caged hens, sending a strong signal to the industry about what consumers expect of it.

False claim: The HSUS “spends less than one percent of its funds on the actual care of pets.”
Fact: The HSUS spends millions of dollars on companion animal care, and spends more than $20 million a year on our programs that support local animal shelters and provide direct care for domestic animals and wildlife. The HSUS actually provides direct care to more animals than any other group in the nation, and maintains five animal care centers, a national veterinary services program, and a national emergency response unit that rescues animals from all over the nation. We also spend millions preventing cruelty, and it’s that work that the Missouri Farm Bureau and other animal-use groups apparently do not like.

It was 12 years ago that The HSUS helped to qualify and pass an anti-cockfighting ballot initiative in Missouri—the only other initiative petition on animal welfare in Missouri history. The Missouri Farm Bureau opposed that ballot measure, too, arguing that a ban on that barbaric practice would lead to an end to all hunting, fishing, rodeo and animal agriculture. As with Prop B, voters approved that measure, and there’s been no attempt to outlaw hunting or animal agriculture in any way in the 12 years since. The Farm Bureau deceived some voters then with that argument, just as it did this year with Prop B, but it was the right decision for Missouri. Staged fights between animals are morally wrong, just as lifelong confinement of dogs in small cages at puppy mills is wrong, too.

The Missouri Constitution allows for citizen lawmaking, and the principle underlying it is majority rule. The will of the people should be respected—even if the Farm Bureau and some lawmakers disagree with the decision. Both the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Kansas City Star have within the last few days urged elected officials to honor the vote of the people. The fact is, a majority of the people of Missouri voted in favor of Prop B. The measure was approved by a majority of voters in a majority of state House and Senate districts. That counts in a democracy.

If you care about animal welfare, leave the dogs alone. If you care about democracy, let the law take effect and do not work to subvert it.

Animals of YouTube sing "Deck the Halls"

Thursday, December 9, 2010

*Christmas Dogs*

The 12 Dogs of Christmas - Singing Live from the North Pole

David's Dogs and Kelly's Cats....

David's Dogs


Join Blues player David Backes and the St. Charles Humane Society to help neglected animals through David's Dogs. David and and his wife, Kelly, also work to help the shelter by promoting and participating in various fundraisers. They also are members of the Board of Directors.

In addition, Kelly launched her own program, Kelly's Kat's in December 2010.

The St. Charles Humane Society provides a home for nearly 1,000 cats and dogs each year. The majority of the animals at the shelter come from private citizens who are unable to keep their pets for one reason or another. Staff and volunteers care for these animals and help to find them a new home, and a second chance.

FOX 2 Video: Blues Star Gives Assist in Animal Rescue

David's Dogs of the Month

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Every month, David and the St. Charles Humane Society select three dogs as David's Dogs of the Month. They would love nothing more than to meet you! If you are interested in adopting one of our furry friends, please visit www.stcharleshumanesociety.org or call 636-949-9918.


YADIER
Yadi loves to play ball or frisbee and has tons of energy. Yadi is also a big baby that loves to sit in your lap and be loved. He gets along with other dogs, and prefers to be with you at all times. He can climb fences. Yadi would do best in a home that has the energy and time to match his!
RAJA
Raja is a very quiet girl inside. She needs an experienced mastiff owner and a home with a privacy fence. Once Raja is comfortable with you she will follow you everywhere and will greet you with a beautiful smile. Raja is leery of young men, but can live with them if everyone is willing to take the time with her. She is still young and loves to play. Raja is a wonderful dog and would make a great addition to your home.
MIGHTY
Mighty lives up to his name. He weighs 92.8lbs! He loves people and also gets along with other dogs. He likes to go for walks, play ball and
sit in your lap. Mighty was rescued from another shelter where he was being overlooked by other potential adopters because of his size. He is a gentle giant, and a good dog out in the community. If you are looking for a big dog, Mighty is your guy!


Kelly's Kats of the Month
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David's wife, Kelly, is supporting the St. Charles Humane Society with her very own program, Kelly's Kats. Three new adoptable cats will be up for adoption each month. If you are interested in adopting, please visit www.stcharleshumanesociety.org or call 636-949-9918.


DUSTY
Dusty will be one in February and is "the caregiver." He is very welcoming to new kittens, and loves to sit on your lap or hop on your back when you are bending over. He enjoys playing and exploring, and would make a great friend for another feline. Dusty needs a kind, loving home to show him what true love is all about.
SWEET POTATO
Sweet Potato is 6 months old. Sweet Potato and her siblings Oatmeal and Ginger were all found abandoned on our doorstep during the heat of the summer in a cat carrier. Sweet Potato enjoys the usual playing, exploring, and cuddling in her warm cozy bed. If you can find a place in your heart for this beautiful classic orange tabby come by our shelter. Who knows you may just find a new friend to love!
OATMEAL
Oatmeal is also 6 months old. and was found abandoned with his sisters. He is a handsome pale beige tabby that loves to explore and adores toys that dangle from strings. He will make a great companion. Oatmeal needs a kind owner willing to give him a good life, love and affection!



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About the St. Charles Humane Society
Located off Highway 94 South near TGI Fridays
1099 Pralle Lane, St. Charles, MO 63303
636-949-9918

The St. Charles Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter located in St. Charles County. While the majority of the animals come from owner surrenders, the shelter does take animals from other rescue groups when there is room and also works with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to help find a home for animals rescued from hoarders or unlicensed breeding facilities. Most of the animals at the shelter are healthy, but they do rescue animals in need of extensive medical treatment or that need a foster home for a long recovery.

All of the funding for the St. Charles Humane Society comes from concerned citizens willing to donate to the cause.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

St. Charles NO KILL HUmane Society....

David's Dogs
Join Blues player David Backes and the St. Charles Humane Society to help neglected animals through David's Dogs. David and and his wife, Kelly, also work to help the shelter by promoting and participating in various fundraisers. They also are members of the Board of Directors.

In addition, Kelly launched her own program, Kelly's Kat's in December 2010.

The St. Charles Humane Society provides a home for nearly 1,000 cats and dogs each year. The majority of the animals at the shelter come from private citizens who are unable to keep their pets for one reason or another. Staff and volunteers care for these animals and help to find them a new home, and a second chance.

FOX 2 Video: Blues Star Gives Assist in Animal Rescue

David's Dogs of the Month

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Every month, David and the St. Charles Humane Society select three dogs as David's Dogs of the Month. They would love nothing more than to meet you! If you are interested in adopting one of our furry friends, please visit www.stcharleshumanesociety.org or call 636-949-9918.


YADIER
Yadi loves to play ball or frisbee and has tons of energy. Yadi is also a big baby that loves to sit in your lap and be loved. He gets along with other dogs, and prefers to be with you at all times. He can climb fences. Yadi would do best in a home that has the energy and time to match his!
RAJA
Raja is a very quiet girl inside. She needs an experienced mastiff owner and a home with a privacy fence. Once Raja is comfortable with you she will follow you everywhere and will greet you with a beautiful smile. Raja is leery of young men, but can live with them if everyone is willing to take the time with her. She is still young and loves to play. Raja is a wonderful dog and would make a great addition to your home.
MIGHTY
Mighty lives up to his name. He weighs 92.8lbs! He loves people and also gets along with other dogs. He likes to go for walks, play ball and
sit in your lap. Mighty was rescued from another shelter where he was being overlooked by other potential adopters because of his size. He is a gentle giant, and a good dog out in the community. If you are looking for a big dog, Mighty is your guy!


Kelly's Kats of the Month
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David's wife, Kelly, is supporting the St. Charles Humane Society with her very own program, Kelly's Kats. Three new adoptable cats will be up for adoption each month. If you are interested in adopting, please visit www.stcharleshumanesociety.org or call 636-949-9918.


DUSTY
Dusty will be one in February and is "the caregiver." He is very welcoming to new kittens, and loves to sit on your lap or hop on your back when you are bending over. He enjoys playing and exploring, and would make a great friend for another feline. Dusty needs a kind, loving home to show him what true love is all about.
SWEET POTATO
Sweet Potato is 6 months old. Sweet Potato and her siblings Oatmeal and Ginger were all found abandoned on our doorstep during the heat of the summer in a cat carrier. Sweet Potato enjoys the usual playing, exploring, and cuddling in her warm cozy bed. If you can find a place in your heart for this beautiful classic orange tabby come by our shelter. Who knows you may just find a new friend to love!
OATMEAL
Oatmeal is also 6 months old. and was found abandoned with his sisters. He is a handsome pale beige tabby that loves to explore and adores toys that dangle from strings. He will make a great companion. Oatmeal needs a kind owner willing to give him a good life, love and affection!



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About the St. Charles Humane Society
Located off Highway 94 South near TGI Fridays
1099 Pralle Lane, St. Charles, MO 63303
636-949-9918

The St. Charles Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter located in St. Charles County. While the majority of the animals come from owner surrenders, the shelter does take animals from other rescue groups when there is room and also works with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to help find a home for animals rescued from hoarders or unlicensed breeding facilities. Most of the animals at the shelter are healthy, but they do rescue animals in need of extensive medical treatment or that need a foster home for a long recovery.

All of the funding for the St. Charles Humane Society comes from concerned citizens willing to donate to the cause.

St. Charles Humane Society Rescues 17 Dogs From Puppy Mill

St. Charles Humane Society rescues 17 dogs from puppy mill

ROY SYKES / JOURNAL St. Charles Humane Society staffer Ashley Minton grooms Leo, a 4-year-old Pomeranian rescued from a Mexico, Mo., puppy mill. Leo had little or no human contact while at the puppy mill, so staff members work to give him the socialization he needs to fit in with an adoptive family. .
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When Kelly Backes and other St. Charles Humane Society volunteers walked into a puppy mill in Mexico, Mo., they saw dogs that could barely walk, having been caged up for most of their lives. They saw malnourished dogs covered in feces.

"You don't have to be a dog lover. Anyone who walked onto those premises would know it's wrong to keep dogs in those conditions," Backes said.

The puppy mill owners decided to auction off its collection of adult dogs and puppies just before the Nov. 3 vote on Proposition B, known as the "Puppy Mill Initiative." St. Charles Humane Society staff and volunteers saw an opportunity to help some distressed animals.

Proposition B, passed by Missouri voters, limits breeders to 50 breeding dogs and requires regular feeding and veterinary care.

"Missouri is known as the No. 1 puppy mill state in the country," said Backes, a board member for the St. Charles Humane Society. "When I received the auction list it intrigued me. We decided that if there's an auction, it's a chance to help these dogs."

Backes and her husband, St. Louis Blues forward David Backes, and Jamie and Mark Buehrle contributed a total of $3,000 for the effort. Mark Buehrle, a graduate of Francis Howell North High School, is a Chicago White Sox pitcher.

The money was used to buy 17 dogs from the puppy mill during the auction Oct. 29 and 30.

"They had matted hair, they were covered in feces, confined in wire cages, their teeth are rotting, they're out in the cold and heat with no shelter," Kelly Backes said.

Several dogs had to have rotten teeth pulled because they had no veterinary care, she said.

Several of the dogs have since been adopted. Two others, a Pomeranian and a Pekinese, still are available for adoption.

"We're very fortunate here," Backes said. "We get a lot of foot traffic, and a lot of the animals we get in are adopted out quickly."

Kim Brown, executive director of the St. Charles Humane Society on Pralle Lane, said it's extremely rewarding to find homes for the puppy mill survivors.

"These dogs deserve so much better," Brown said. "For the adult dogs, at least half their lives have been spent in that kind of environment. We'll be able to make their last years much better."

Another dog, a beagle they dubbed Big Bertha, was pregnant when they bought her. She had a litter of six puppies, but two died within 36 hours. Another had a severe cleft palate that a vet determined was inoperable. The puppy was euthanized, Backes said.

The cleft palate is genetic, and usually once a dog gives birth to a cleft palate puppy, they are spayed so they don't continue passing on the gene, she said. But it's likely this isn't Big Bertha's first litter.

The Backeses are fostering Big Bertha and the puppies until they are healthy, weaned, spayed and neutered so they can be adopted.

The shelter also has a 9-year-old Chihuahua. Staff and volunteers are working to help socialize the dog.

"That's the amazing thing about animals," Backes said. "They can be mistreated like that, but still end up making amazing pets after they're shown that people can be kind, too."

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Big Shout Out To OPTspot for all they do......

Liz Rudder and her wonderful organization Optspot in St. Louis does so much for educating and assisting on getting cats and dogs spay and neutered. Thanks for all you do !!!!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

This could make a huge difference for all the chained dogs in St. Louis County

If you are a STL County resident, please, please take a minute to call your STL County rep

Calling all county residents and animal lovers! The current St. Louis County Anti-Tethering Law was passed in 2006. It has been our experience that this law is not being enforced. We have been working with officials for several months trying to resolve this and strengthen the law. Barbara Fraser, the president of the St. Louis Co. County Council, has accepted the responsibility of helping us do just that, but we need your help. Changes and additions will be presented to the Council this coming Tues, Dec. 7th, 6:00 p.m. Those changes are three fold and include the following:
1. An overnight ban between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and
6:00 a.m. The current law prohibits banning for no more
than 10 continuous hours and no more than 12 hrs. in a
24 hr. period. This has been difficult to enforce as the
dog must essentially be watched for 10 hrs. By adding
the overnight ban, this law will become much more
enforceable.
2. A dog may not be chained/tethered outside unattended
during extreme weather conditions including
a. when actual or effective temperatures drop to 32
degrees or lower
b. when actual or effective temperatures rise to 90
degrees or higher, or when a heat advisory has been
issued by a local or state agency
c. when tornado, severe thunderstorm, or blizzard/ice
warnings have been issued by the National Weather
Service
3. Because an ordinance will have limited success if it does
not include penalties, fines and/or penalties will be
added. For example, a warning may be issued with
time frame for compliance. A second violation would be
a monetary amount. Third and subsequent violations
would have higher monetary fines. At some point if
violations continue, the dog could be confiscated.
We need your help in convincing the Council members that this is what their constituents want for man's best friend. You can help by
1. attending the meeting on Dec. 7th as a show of support
2. MOST IMPORTANTLY, contact your council representative
either by phone, mail, or e-mail to encourage them vote
yes on the proposed changes.

You can find a map of Districts at
http://www.stlouisco.com/elections/DISTMAPS.html

1st. District Hazel Erby (314)615-5436
2nd District Kathleen Kelly Burkett (314)615-5437
3rd District Colleen Wasinger (314)615-5438
4th District Mike O'Mara (314)615-5439
5th District Barbara Fraser (314) 615-5441
6th District Steve Stenger (314)615-5442
7th District Greg Quinn (314)615-5443

I realize this is short notice for attending the meeting, but it will only take a few minutes to contact your representative.
The chained dogs of St. Louis Co. are hoping that you will help them. and I thank you, Connie

Dear God.....

Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good Dog.

1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.

2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.

3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar.

4. The sofa is not a 'face towel'.

5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

6. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.

7. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying 'hello'.

8. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table

9. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after.

10. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the capet.

11. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch.

12. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.

P.S. Dear God: When I get to Heaven may I have my testicles back?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christian the Lion

How To Teach A Dog A New Trick....

Haunted By Sad Eyes In Puppy Mills

November 30, 2010

Haunted by Sad Eyes in Puppy Mills
Puppy Mill Action Week, Nov. 29 through Dec. 3, celebrates people like Mary who go the extra mile to help dogs from puppy mills .Mary and her Boston Terrier, Hudson, helped puppy mill survivor Nikki recover.
As the top signature gatherer for Missouri's Proposition B, Mary was influential in the campaign against cruel puppy mills in that state. For this year's Puppy Mill Action Week, Mary remembers how—and why—she got involved with this issue.

How did you first learn about puppy mills?
About five years ago, my family was looking for a dog. I have so many terrible images from that time that I can never erase—so many sad eyes staring at me from cages. There isn't a cold winter or hot summer day when I don't think about those dogs suffering in puppy mills, stuck for their entire lives inside wire cages barely large enough for them to stretch or turn around.

At one breeder's facility, we saw dogs so filthy you couldn't tell what breed they were. When a pair of dogs started fighting, the breeder simply explained, "Oh, my Boston Terriers fight the most," and she crammed the two fighting dogs back into an incredibly small cage.

I knew then that God exposed me to this so I would be a voice for these defenseless creatures. I never visited another breeder.

How did you get involved in the Missourians for the Protection of Dogs/Yes on Prop B campaign?
A friend asked me if I would help, and I readily agreed. I met so many amazing people throughout Missouri. Countless thousands of everyday citizens in Missouri, from lawyers and doctors to teachers and politicians, are passionate about this issue. They want to end the injustice that has gone on far too long in Missouri.

We have been tricked by pet stores into believing their puppies are raised by loving people. I'm thrilled that this industry has been exposed for what it is. No one should ever buy a dog without seeing how the parent dogs are living.

When you consider that 90 percent of all pet store dogs come from puppy mills, and 30 to 40 percent of those dogs come from Missouri, it's clear why we needed to pass Prop B.

What was your secret for gathering so many signatures?
After I had gathered 2,000 signatures, I lost track. I was involved in so many other organizations that my husband and I went to at least one or two charitable events a week. I asked everyone at these events for their signature.

People were so eager to sign the petition that many even called me later to ask if their friends could stop at my home to sign the petition. I can't begin to tell you how many people expressed their opinion on how overdue Prop B was, and how they would do anything to help the suffering dogs.

How else did you help with Proposition B after it was certified for the ballot?
I wrote to my legislators about how important Prop B was and I kept my friends informed about the campaign.

I understand you are fostering a puppy mill survivor now. Can you tell me a little about that?
My family just fostered and adopted out an absolute doll of dog, Nikki, who came to us one day after the St. Charles Humane Society rescued her from a puppy mill with over a thousand dogs. I've never felt so moved by a dog before.

When Nikki first came to us, she was completely broken and had a deeply sad look of rejection in her eyes. Having never walked on any surface other than a wire-bottomed cage, she couldn't walk on my tile or marble floors. If you tried gently to pet her, she would drop to the floor in fear.

Because of the wire cage, Nikki's paws are much wider than those of a normal dog. Her otherwise white paws are permanently stained from standing in her own waste and blood.

Thanks to love and patience—including canine encouragement from her dogs—Nikki is beginning to trust people again. She learned to walk cautiously on all my floors and loves going on walks.

A wonderful couple with another schnauzer adopted Nikki, so she can be loved the rest of her life. I feel it's the very least we, as a society, owe her for the living hell she endured for her first eight years.