Friday, February 26, 2010

Shrewsbury Fire Department Benefits From Two Gals Generosity

Fire Department and Citizens Benefit from Residents’ Donation

The Shrewsbury Fire Department recently increased their capability through a donation of oxygen masks to save animals overcome by smoke. The Masks were purchased through H.E.L.P. Animals, Inc. a Florida non-profit which makes them available at their cost to Fire Departments.In a time of budget restraints, it was very heartwarming to see two citizens provide funding to purchase these kits” said Chief Bill Fox. “Ms. Lisa Langenekert and another lady who wishes to remain anonymous were kind enough to provide these tools for us. The kits cost a total of $130.00 and are in service on our ambulance and pumper truck. They are specially designed for pets and can be used with existing oxygen delivery equipment. Our personnel are training with the kits to be ready if they are needed on the emergency scene,” added Chief Fox. There are three sizes of masks for various-sized pets.

Ms. Langeneckert is the Missouri Co-coordinator for the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network. “With two dogs and a cat in our household, I felt that this was a way to help the City provide great service without costing the taxpayers.” Ms. Langeneckert said. “Our emergency services need the tools to do the fine services we are accustomed to receive.” Hudson is very proud to know this wonderful women and feel blessed to call her a friend. Here's to all the people in the world who o above and beyond for animals and others in need.

Can You Help by fostering????

OK, I am hoping you both can help in a big crisis...
I had 2 foster with serious issues this week.. one who cannot keep his foster dog due to the neighbor/landlord issue, the other a new and super good foster who is fostering a mother dog and he 3 week old pups, just found out his mother passed away and he has to leave for Georgia on Friday...
I am in very very serious need of a 2 good foster homes, or if you know another group that would take the mom/pups.. the mom was sick when I rescued her, and now she is doing great.. nursing all the pups and pups are healthy and fat.. I have attached their photos..

The other serious need situation is a 1.5 year male red nosed pitbull terrier, super sweet, housebroke, knows all commands, good with dogs...

I really need help, I have to have the pitbull in a home by tomorrow and the mom/pups by Friday..
its's been a horrible dog week...

Here Kittie Kittie Kittie

Shannon is trying to assist someone in finding loving, forever homes for these woderful cats. If your interested in adopting one of these gprgeous kittes kindly call Shannon.Ones named puck and one is named boobies. Boobies is a fluffy hair and puck is a straight hair. Both are very loving. Both have been fixed and declawed.

314-387-4000 ex 73225

Dogs Deserve Better

Spread the word! Dogs Deserve Better and the anti-chaining movement overall made
USA TODAY! Check it out!

And Melody, our Columbia rep, ALSO made the news today!

GO, DDB! The tide IS turning. No more chains!!!

Joan McKenna
St. Louis Area Representative
Dogs Deserve Better

Emmerson Needs A Forever Home

Please contact Appi Preusen at if you can help!
Here are some pictures of Emmerson. He was in the middle of the road all morning and almost got hit several times. My friend Mark went and got him. Right now he is keeping him outside in a kennel until placement can be found. Mark says that he is a shepherd mix, and he is about 8 months old. He is super affectionate and eats up any attention given to him. I would be happy to give a donation towards his vetting if a rescue can take him. He is currently in my hometown of Palmyra, IL, however I can get him up to the Chicago area without a problem. Thank you!

Smiling Dogs Farms.....

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. (You can add your personal note here about a dog you know who came here) Dogs who are not adoptable 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.

Look Into These Sad Eyes....

This girl was surrendered to the Hancock County Animal Control in Carthage, ILLINOIS this afternoon. The family could continue to feed or care for her. She is super sweet but didn’t know what was going on. So sad……She is around 5-6months old, 20lbs, good with other dogs/cats/kids. Please if you can help sponsor or rescue her contact me at PLEASE HELP SAVE HER!!

Senator Brady Is Sure Trying To Pull Te Wool Over On Us,brady-stray-animals-killing-legis

Brady criticized for introducing bill allowing mass killing of stray shelter


February 24, 2010

BY DAVE McKINNEY Springfield Bureau Chief

SPRINGFIELD-The GOP's likely nominee for governor, state Sen. Bill Brady,
came under fire Wednesday from a leading animal-rights group for pushing
legislation to allow the mass killing of stray shelter animals in gas

Brady (R-Bloomington) introduced the legislation sought by an animal-control
facility in his district on Feb. 2, two days after the GOP gubernatorial
primary that he now leads.

But he gutted the legislation Wednesday and turned it over to another
sponsor after the Humane Society of the United States condemned the measure
and characterized the procedure as cruel.

"A constituent asked me to do it, and I have an obligation to represent my
constituents," Brady said. "I was never for it, but I thought it was a
subject that deserved discussion.

"But the politics surrounding me being the nominee created an environment
that's more attack mode than discussion mode, so we shelled the bill," he

The legislation, first tipped in the Capitol Fax newsletter, would have
undone a compromise reached last year between the Humane Society,
veterinarians and the state Department of Agriculture that allows for one
animal to be killed at a time in a carbon monoxide chamber.

"I have no idea why Sen. Brady introduced a bill that would allow as many
animals as you want to be put into a gas chamber and they'd be exposed to
one another," said Jordan Matyas, the Humane Society's state director.

"Under his legislation, you could have 10 dogs in one box, gasping for air,
at the same time fighting, at the same time fearing for their lives," said
Matyas, whose group has more than 400,000 members in Illinois. "Even if the
animals are separated, you still have to run the gas chamber 20 to 40
minutes, which takes a lot more time than an injection."

McLean County Animal Control in Brady's hometown of Bloomington has one of
at least two of the machines now in use in Illinois and sought Brady's
support for loosening the state law enacted last year capping the number of
animals that can be gassed at any one time.

The Bloomington agency's machine is capable of killing four animals at a
time - aggressive dogs or cats that threaten people and don't "end up at the
Humane Society's door," said Erin Tolle Link, a spokeswoman for the McClean
County Health Department.

"There's no way to fit 10 dogs in ours," Tolle Link said, noting that each
animal has its own individual chamber and the shelter also euthanizes by
lethal injection. "As far as them gasping for air, it's a humane process.
It's as simple as usually they hear the noise of air going out, and carbon
monoxide coming in . . .then they pass."

Jordan Matyas
Illinois State Director
Office: 312.643.0339 Cell: 312.206.2646
Fax: 312.277.7199

The Humane Society of the United States
333 W. North Avenue, 259, Chicago IL 60610

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Say GoodBye to Pet Stores Within The Next Ten Years....

Awareness is on the rise
Many animal-welfare groups have in recent years embarked on campaigns to warn the public away from buying puppies from pet stores or their suppliers – usually puppy mills, where, experts say, breeding stock is kept in cramped, often filthy pens or crates, with little or no socialization, medical care or time outside pens; and females are bred repeatedly to ensure as many litters as possible. Puppies are often sickly and frequently have genetic faults that don't show up for months.
Various groups have been involved in puppy-mill rescues and transports, mill dog rehabilitation, and campaigns to strengthen laws that would improve the lives of dogs at such operations and protect consumers when they get a sick or dying puppy. It has been slow going, however, because most such operations are established in rural areas with little chance of discovery. Busts are increasing in number, but they generally take place only after "the dogs have lived awful lives" in conditions so severe they violate a state's anti-cruelty laws, says HSUS's Jon Lovvorn.
HSUS has significantly ramped up its anti-puppy-mill efforts. In June, the organization formed a puppy-mill task force to work full time investigating reports of puppy-mill activities, engage in public education and help local communities prosecute cases by instructing them how to document evidence properly, use laws to the full extent and provide transport and shelter for the animals they seize.
"Much of this we can do on the telephone, but if they need someone on the ground, we go there," Shain says.
The task force has been involved in eight raids since June. HSUS was doing puppy-mill rescues even before formation of the task force and has helped seize more than 3,000 animals in the past year.
Tougher laws, greater oversight
This year, nine states have strengthened laws and oversight of large commercial breeders within their own borders. But, Pacelle says, new regulations in Missouri, which are being pushed forward by the Humane Society of Missouri and several other groups, would have an enormous influence on the number of dogs that "live in isolation, confinement and hardship."
Missouri has nearly 1,400 federally licensed commercial breeders, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That's at least twice as many as what animal-welfare groups say are the next-biggest puppy-mill states: Oklahoma, Iowa, Kansas and Arkansas. Shain estimates Missouri has at least 2,000 additional puppy breeders who are not federally licensed because their direct-to-public sales don't require them to be.
Anti-puppy-mill campaigns across the country have been slow but sure. More of the public is aware of puppy mills and more people are avoiding buying puppies from them, and large numbers of animals are being saved, Shain says, but the busts and rescues represent "only a small drop in a very big bucket."
Still, Pacelle is optimistic. "Breeding dogs under these inhumane conditions will be legally untenable and socially unacceptable within the next 10 years."

How To Run A No Kill Shelter Successfully

Come to the seminar that has been called “a prerequisite for animal lovers, rescue groups and organizations that are serious about changing their communities to No Kill.”

Building a No Kill Community National Book Tour
Thank you to all who attended the 29-city 2008-09 national book tour for Redemption. Nathan visited Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Portland, Reno, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Austin, San Antonio, Naples, and more.
The 90-minute inspirational multi-media presentation followed by a book signing was attended by thousands of people (over 500 people registered to attend in Tucson alone!).
Click here to read the review of the seminar written by Peter Wolf for Best Friends.
Nathan also was a featured speaker at the 2009 national No Kill Conference in Washington DC, the No More Homeless Pets Conference in Las Vegas, NV, and the national animal welfare summit in Australia. All told, Nathan visited almost 40 cities in 2008-09.

Future Appearances
♦ Shelby County, KY. March 6, 2010. For details, click here.
♦ Melbourne, FL. April 3, 2010. For details, click here.
♦ Los Angeles, CA. April 13, 2010. (A special seminar focusing on feral cats and the law.) Details coming soon! New Date
♦ Douglasville, GA. April 16, 2010. For details, click here.
♦ Jersey City, NJ. April 20, 2010. For details, click here.
♦ New Zealand. April 30-May 2, 2010. For details, click here.
♦ Greater Seattle Area (Whidbey Island), WA. June 18, 2010. Details coming soon!
♦ Washington D.C. (No Kill Conference). July 31-August 1, 2010. For details, click here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Missourians For The Protection Of Dogs

Missourians for the Protection of Dogs is spearheading a citizen-sponsored, state ballot initiative to save tens of thousands of dogs from suffering in cruel conditions in puppy mills, the high-volume dog breeding facilities where dogs are inhumanely bred under harsh conditions with inadequate shelter and care. Our organization plans to gather more than 100,000 signatures of registered Missouri voters to place a measure on the November 2010 statewide ballot, giving Missouri citizens the opportunity to end some of the worst abuses at puppy mills.
The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act is a measure that will improve the lives of dogs in commercial breeding operations in Missouri. Specifically, the measure will require large-scale dog breeding operations to provide each breeding dog under their care with the basics of humane animal care including:
Sufficient food and clean water;Necessary veterinary care;Sufficient housing, including protection from the elements;Sufficient space to turn and stretch freely, lie down, and fully extend their limbs;Regular exercise; andAdequate rest between breeding cycles.
The measure will limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 per facility, but does not apply to breeders with 10 or fewer intact female dogs. The 50 breeding dog limit will help ensure the operations do not become overcrowded or spiral out of control, but will still allow individual breeders to sell hundreds of puppies each year. The initiative does not affect individuals who raise hunting dogs, livestock facilities, or animal rescue and shelter operators that are not involved in commercial sale of puppies. The law will enable Missouri to join several other states that have enacted similar laws through their state legislatures.
“The nationwide exposure of puppy mills has jolted the American conscience,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “Missourians are tremendous dog lovers and they want to see dogs protected from the abuses on puppy mills, such as lifetime confinement in small, wire cages, stacked one on top of another that do not even allow animals to stretch their legs or even touch solid ground.”
“The Humane Society of Missouri has seen first-hand the unspeakable cruelty and atrocious conditions of substandard puppy mills. Often living in their own waste, many of the thousands of dogs we’ve rescued from substandard puppy mills suffer from eye, ear and respiratory infections, parasites and malnutrition. Sadly, many also are “cage crazy” spinning endlessly in small cages they are never allowed to leave,” said Kathy Warnick, president of HSMO. “We believe Missourians do not wish these horrendous situations to continue in our state. We support this and any effort that protects dogs from inhumane treatment and abuse.”
“While dogfighting and other bloodsports often dominate headlines, puppy mills are just as insidious a form of animal cruelty,” said Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “This joint effort and ballot initiative is a crucial step in combating the horrific cruelty perpetuated by many commercial breeders. This measure will provide man’s best friend the opportunity to breathe fresh air and feel sunlight on their face; meeting these very fundamental needs should be unquestioned.”
“Missouri citizens are not proud of the reputation the state has earned as ‘puppy mill capital of the United States.’ and they want to see the laws strengthened,” according to Ginger Steinmetz, executive director of the MO Alliance for Animal Legislation. “The improved standards of care described in this measure will mean less suffering for thousands of adult breeding dogs which currently spend their entire lives in wire cages. As the leading puppy-producing state, Missouri should also lead the nation when it comes to the conditions under which puppies are bred for sale in pet stores throughout the nation and the world.”
Missouri is home to an estimated 3,000 puppy mills, breeding hundreds of thousands of puppies, far more than any other state in the country. Dogs at puppy mills typically receive little to no medical care, live in squalid conditions with no exercise, socialization or human interaction, and are confined inside cramped wire cages for life. Dogs at puppy mills must endure constant breeding cycles. Dogs from puppy mills are sold in pet stores, online and directly to consumers with little to no regard for the dog’s health, genetic history or future welfare.
Missourians for the Protection of Dogs, the organization circulating the ballot initiative is comprised of numerous individuals and animal welfare organizations, including the Humane Society of Missouri, the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States.

Looking For Forever Home....

If you know of anybody who will open their heart and home to a new family member this beautiful yellow labs family is getting divorced and unfortunately he is being left out of the plans.He is an awesome lab, very good with kids, house broken, and loves attention.I don't normally send out these kind of e-mails, but I hate for this dog to end up at the poundIf interested please contact Chad 314 471-3980

Do Something Positive To Help Out Jefferson County Animal Control

St. Louis Post Dispatch Articles – I am certain by now the majority of you are aware of the many articles written about the problems with Jefferson County Animal Control in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. There are more articles on the way! If not, allow me to summarize…..A reporter, Ms. Christine Byers, has taken it upon herself to expose and report the conditions and violations of JCAC. The conditions range from the lack of sewers, heat, and a medical clinic to using euthanasia drugs (narcotics) without the presence of a vet on the premises, which is a felony. The county is in a lot of trouble. They are scrambling to find the money to correct these violations and have been ordered to stop all euthanasia until arrangements can be made to hire a vet. These problems are nothing new and have been occurring for a very long time. You need look no further than our current county executive Mr. Chuck Banks and every county commissioner before him to find out why we have the horrible animal problems and facility that we do. The truth is these poor animals do not vote and have no ability to speak up for themselves so they have been gathered up, pushed into a hard to find, deficient sub standard facility and killed with little chance of rescue and adoption. As one resident of Jefferson County stated, “This is like the holocaust for animals.” This is also a horrible embarrassment for our county. I am in communication with Dr. John Hagler, Director of the Department of Agriculture in Jeff City who is over seeing these violations and making certain they are corrected.

ADOPT is the only hope! – No matter who I talk to about this situation they all agree, ADOPT is the only hope for our county and especially for our homeless animals. AND I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE THERE!!!!!!! As I stated in my last e-mail update we have a large donor who has come forward and will donate their materials and labor to build a new rescue and adoption facility. The name of the company is MHS Legacy Group. You can look at their web site at We had our 2nd meeting with them last week and they are currently working with our general contractor, Mr. Josiah Cox, president and CEO of Trumpet Engineering and Mrs. Susan Danna, our architect. MHS Legacy’s leaders are also working with Josiah and Susan and introducing them to other businesses in St. Louis that they feel will also contribute to the project. This all came about because a person who was familiar with the ADOPT project invited me to meet her boss who was in the construction business and was looking for a project. This is what I hope to accomplish in this update. You would be surprised how much you can accomplish by just taking the time to get involved and ask others to help.

This is a very exciting opportunity for our homeless animals and has come at a unique time. However I have one huge fear. No matter the size of this donation from MHS Legacy and other sub contractors, there will still be tremendous expenses that will occur. As I stated in my last update I am going into a different career as of June 1, 2010. I will do my best to get everything set up to break ground this summer. I AM NOT QUITTING! However I will be extremely busy and if we do not raise the amount of money to cover these expenses, ADOPT will have to go on the back burner for me and there is a possibility that we may lose these subcontractors. At this point they are successful in spite of the economy. But charity work is a write off for them and a way to keep their labor force working. If we delay the project because we cannot come up with the extra expenses they could go on to another project or their economic situation may change. Also like you I have a family, children, a job, home, health, health problems (I have gotten sick 3 times this past year), and five furry children. I have sacrificed all of them to bring ADOPT to this point in just 18 months. Now it is up to everyone reading this e-mail and the residents of Jefferson County to come to the rescue for these poor animals. Everyone wants a new rescue and adoption center but the question is how many people are willing to step up and donate their time and money? Below is a list of suggestions on how you can get involved. Also there is an invitation to our biggest fundraiser, our 2nd annual dinner auction on April 17th, that you can copy and print at the end of this update. I decided to do this instead of sending an attachment so my e-mail would not get kicked out.

This is how you can help our homeless animals………………………

Please plan on attending our 2nd annual silent/ oral dinner auction on Saturday April 17th. Please copy, paste, and print the invite below. Tony La Russa will be our guest speaker.

If you are financially able, become a sponsor and get the opportunity of a life time by meeting Tony or being his personal guest at the ball park. Sponsorships start at $1500.00.

Please plan on attending our annual DINNER DONATION DROP OFF where you can come and enjoy dinner, (ADOPT makes 20% of your food bill) and drop off your donations for the dinner auction. This year it is at Pizza Hut on Richardson Road next to Taco Bell from 5PM to 8PM on Thursday March 4th. We also need volunteers to help us stuff our invitations during this time. If you could donate stamps that would help us cut down on the cost.

We still need donations for our silent/oral dinner auction. Items such as ball tickets, gift certificates of any kind, and vacations are still greatly needed. Wine and food baskets also sell great. If you donate a basket please do not forget to list the contents and value of the basket. Once again please come on March 4th, drop off your donation, and enjoy some great food!

ASK! ASK! ASK! – Please donate your time and money to help our homeless animals and ask everyone around you. There is great excitement surrounding this project and people do want to help. Ask your employers just like the lady with MHS Legacy. You might be surprised what they can do. Ask your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to get involved. Come to the dinner auction and ask them to come also. Get a table together!

Sharon, a volunteer, is planning a rummage sale possibly in the fall. Start saving your items! No clothes please!

Michelle, a volunteer,is hosting an online gadget drive through Gazelle to raise money for ADOPT (Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment), and would love your support. You can visit her drive webpage at
A gadget drive is a new way to fundraise that turns your used electronics (laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras & more) into cash to support a cause. Contributing to her drive is simple. Just visit her drive webpage, find the value of the gadgets you would like to donate, and send them to Gazelle (shipping is free). The value will go to support ADOPT(Animals Deserving of Proper Treatment). If you would like to donate, please go to save lives with your old hard drives ( to learn more about her drive and track her progress. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email, and Michelle will be notified as soon as you make your donation. SHARE THIS E-MAIL WITH EVERYONE! And ask them to help.

Please Copy, Paste, and Print the info below……

ADOPT’s 2nd Annual Silent/Oral dinner Auction
Saturday April 17th, 2010 5:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
Arnold Rec Center, 1695 Missouri State Rd. Arnold Missouri 63010

$75.00 per Guest includes open bar
$60.00 per Guest without bar

Tony La Russa – Guest Speaker
Matt West – MC - Host on KJFF Radio Station
Cathey Break, Chairperson

Randy Holman, Bill Mc Kenna, and Skip Johnson- Co-Chairs

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sean's Comments About The Riverfront Time Article....

Sean Jordan says:
For those who need more info, here are the specific reasons why we are protesting:
1. Pampered Pets operates 3 retail locations in the St. Louis area. They specialize in selling about 3,000 purebred dogs and "designer dogs" per year. (SOURCE: Ovella Lange in the Riverfront Times, employee reports)
2. Pampered Pets is owned by a commercial breeder (Ovella Lange) whose breeding facility has over 300 dogs. Lange's facility has been cited by the USDA and the Missouri Department of Agriculture Inspection for repeat offenses pertaining to the improper care of breeding animals, including excessively matted fur, 5 or 6 dogs being crammed into a single dog house, gravel inside pens reaching temperatures of up to 110 degrees, outdated medications, and water bowls chewed up to the point of being unusable for the animals. (SOURCE: USDA inspection reports and Missouri Department of Agriculture Inspection reports)
3. Pampered Pets also procures animals from other large scale commercial breeders in Missouri, including Mary Foster, Cathy Griesbauer, Leah Green, Sandra Blake, Beverly Hargis and Bill Walker. (View recent USDA inspection reports for all these folks at (SOURCE: Information obtained from a store's directory of breeders, mystery shops of stores)
4. Pampered Pets has had for sale at least one animal that was "accidentally" mutilated by a breeder (in or around August 2009). Specifically, it was a Scottish Terrier that had her tail accidentally cropped off by the daughter of breeder Mary Foster. ("She grabbed the wrong dog" an employee told Sean Jordan when he inquired about details.) The dog was being offered at "half price" for $450. (SOURCE: Sean Jordan)
5. Pampered Pets does not require that its animals be fixed upon sale. (SOURCE: Mystery shop of store)
6. Every year, 4 million dogs and cats are put down in shelters and animal control facilities in the United States. (SOURCE: Humane Society of the United States)
7. We believe that adopting pets from a humane society or animal shelter is a superior alternative to purchasing pets at stores. Adoption costs only a fraction of what one would pay at a pet store, prevents an animal from being euthanized, and forces owners to spay or neuter their pet rather than breed their pet (intentionally or accidentally) and contribute to overpopulation.
8. Until Pampered Pets stops engaging in the sale of dogs and cats and follows the lead of national pet stores like PetSmart and PetCo by only adopting out dogs and cats, we will continue to peacefully protest every Saturday from 11 AM - noon.

Article In Riverfront Times .....

'Pampered Pets' Are Anything But, Says Animal Rights Group
By Amir Kurtovic in News
Fri., Feb. 19 2010 @ 4:11PM
When pampering your pet goes too far. This dog looks like he would rather be in a puppy mill than wear this outfit.​Pampering your pets is good, but Pampered Pets is bad. So says a local animal rights group. Metro East Pet Lovers will be protesting Pampered Pets, a pet store in the St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights, Illinois. "Pampered Pets sells dogs obtained from commercial breeding facilities in Missouri," explained Sean Jordan, the organizer of the protests in a press release. "We have examined government inspection reports for several of the breeders that this store uses, and it is obvious that many of these breeders are operating puppy mills."Jordan and other members of MEPL (there are about 12 members so far) are staging a weekly protest at the intersection of IL-159 and IL-50, on the edge of the St. Clair Square property. The group also has a Facebook page that calls for the closing of the store.RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt wrote about protests at other pet stores in February 2009. At the time, there was another group protesting a Pampered Pets store in Chesterfield.
Pampered Pets owner Ovella Lange is unfazed by the weekly protesters and says they've had no effect on her business. "We've sold almost 3,000 puppies in the past year," she says, "and we've had complaints about less than 1 percent."
Some of the puppies Lange breeds and sells come from her own kennel in Silex, in Lincoln County. She has been licensed by the USDA for more than five years and has passed yearly inspections by the federal agency. She insists her kennel is no puppy mill.
"Puppy mills are places where the dogs aren't taken care of," says Lange. "They're filthy. The dogs aren't vaccinated, not fed, live in nasty conditions. To meet the [USDA] standards, you can't be like that."The Daily RFT took a look at a USDA inspection report of Ovella Lange's breeding facility. According to the report, dated November 2, 2009 (link to PDF), there were several issues:
"There are four Bichon and Lhasas that have excessively matted hair. The hair mats are collecting dirt and can pull on the skin, possibly leading to discomfort and skin infections"
"There are several out-of-date medications at this facility. It is not part of accepted veterinary practice to use outdated drugs."Other complaints in the report include "excessively chewed" plastic dishes and a female dog with an injured eye, but nothing that seems to indicate cruelty or abuse (at least to this blogger).

Duke Is Looking For A Family......

Duke - approximately four year old purebred boxerDuke was rescued from an animal control facility in Illinois on his last day before being euthanized. He was picked up by animal control when a breeder in Columbia, Illinois was busted for having too many dogs, some of which were underfed. He is a very intelligent dog with a strong will to please. He is very motivated by food, especially since his passive personality allowed other dogs to eat first. Due to him trying to get enough food, he tends to be a bit more protective of his food and water area even though he is now fed appropriately. I do utilize a great dane sized kennel for him to sleep in and eat in. He does very well with this situation and then he isn't put into a position where he feels threatened while he is eating. Duke is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and social with other dogs. He is completely house trained and does know some of the basic commands. He does tend to pull a bit on the leash at first, but he is very responsive to correction. Please crosspost this to any and all that might be interested in adopting this wonderful dog. He is devoted and ready to make someone very happy! Please call Kristen at 314-631-6738 if interested. Thanks so much!

Belle Wants A Home

Belle - approximately three year old female border collie mixBelle was abandoned in an outdoor chain link dog run when her family's home was foreclosed on. The neighbors next door took care of her by bringing her food and water for several weeks before anyone realized that her family wasn't planning on returning for her. They called me and asked me for help, so I came to Belle's aid. She is potty trained and house trained. She does sleep in her kennel at night and does very well with this. She is friendly with most dogs, but she does sometimes like to be a bit bossy. She does love to play and is very smart. She learns very quickly and would do best in a home where there is a fenced in yard. She needs some room to burn off some steam. She is up to date on her vaccinations and spayed. Please contact Kristen at 314-631-6738 if you are interested in meeting Belle. If not, please crosspost to any and all individuals that will continue to do the same! Let's find Belle a permanent home once and for all!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gateway Pet Guardians In St. Louis Needs Some Help....

Good evening! We only need a foster for Nina in order to rescue Nigel's pack on Friday! No one has come forward as of yet. We won't rescue the pack unless we can take them all! Nigel and Nigella both have fosters already. Please let me know if you have room in your home for a homeless dog.

ALSO, we still need fosters for 6 puppies. They need fosters ASAP! PJ can't bring them in her home because she had parvovirus in her home last year. These guys are COLD! 4 of them were born on Christmas even under a porch in East St. Louis. Two (Dexter & Spencer) need a new foster. And Herschel (one of the last of Nigella's puppies) still needs a foster! Please help.
We really need help from our fosters. Please let me know if you are available.
Jamie Case
Executive Director
Gateway Pet Guardian
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jefferson Animal Control .....

BARNHART — The Missouri Department of Agriculture has ordered the Jefferson County Animal Control center to stop euthanizing animals.In response, animal control workers are no longer accepting animals surrendered by owners. They also have barred animal rescue volunteers from taking photos of animals at the shelter to advertise for adoption. The county still is responding to calls for strays and will seize dangerous animals, said County Executive Chuck Banks."It's put a crimp in our day-to-day operations," Banks said of the order. The state agency that licenses the facility gave the county 30 days to prove that a veterinarian would supervise euthanasia.
"We believe we were in compliance with the law, but if the Department of Agriculture has changed its interpretation, we certainly want to be in compliance," Banks said.The veterinarian under contract to the county acknowledged that she provided the drugs but had only been to the county facility once in three years.
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EARLIER STORY: Dog's euthanasia may have violated state law
EARLIER STORY: Facility may cut capacityIn a letter dated Feb. 16, the Department of Agriculture also demanded proof that shelter staff involved in lethal injections have National Animal Control Association-approved euthanasia training, and directed the county to submit a written plan to address "current deficiencies in your program.""If you fail to address these issues in a timely manner, your license will be revoked," wrote Matt Rold, Animal Care Facilities Act program coordinator.Taylor's supervisor, Martin Toma, called the state agency's edict to stop euthanasia "disingenuous.""The Department of Agriculture has known about this for years," he said. "We've been inspected many, many times."Agriculture Director Jon Hagler was appointed in January 2009. He said his agency's inquiry into euthanasia procedures in Jefferson County was prompted by a complaint filed Nov. 17. That day, an inspector and rescue volunteer arrived shortly after shelter workers had given a dog named Tank an IP stick, or lethal injection to the stomach."I can't comment on what happened prior to my administration, I just know during this administration we're working with all kinds of facilities to make sure they meet the standards," Hagler said.Taylor said he was on vacation when Tank was killed, but he defended the euthanasia, saying the dog was too dangerous to handle. Its owners dispute that allegation.Hagler said his agency will be examining its inspection procedures to ensure euthanasia laws are followed.Meanwhile, Jefferson County has space for just 16 medium to large dogs. County executives are weighing whether to spend thousands of dollars to install a drainage system for about a dozen outdoor kennels. The county failed a Department of Agriculture inspection in November; the drainage issue is the last remaining violation.County Administrator Steve Stoll said animal control workers would house the overflow at municipal shelters and direct residents surrendering animals or turning in strays to the Humane Society and other rescue groups. The situation is temporary until the county finds a vet to supervise euthanasia, he said. Whether that vet will be Sherry Torregrossa, the county's contracted veterinarian, remains unclear. "We sometimes get as many as 50 calls a day for stray animals, so the demand is huge," Stoll said.Taylor said some volunteers had previously posted pictures of unavailable animals on adoption websites. So he limited who could take photographs. As of Tuesday, only county staff are allowed to take pictures and post them on, Banks said.Stoll said the county is working on building a website of its own to advertise adoptable animals.The county euthanized 1,900 of the 3,827 animals it took in last year."If people were responsible, we wouldn't have to euthanize a single animal," Banks said.An animal summit has been planned for March 20 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center to discuss ways to promote responsible pet ownership.County Executive Pat Lamping said the county needs to look much more closely at being able to adopt out animals. "There is no simple answer, no easy answer and no inexpensive answer," he said.

CAPS Comes Through Once Again.....

CAPS and Others Convince VFW to Cancel Puppy Expo Event in Chicago Area Would have Featured Puppy Mill Dogs Date: 2010-02-12Publication name: CAPS Summary: The Chicago Tribune and The Daily Herald newspapers, which cover suburban Chicago, had ads for a "puppy expo" at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) lodge in Villa Park. Puppy mill owners -- A USDA licensed “B” dealer from Oklahoma and a state licensed Missouri breeder -- were planning to transport their puppies to sell them at the expo on Saturday, February 13. This lodge held two puppy expos last year featuring the same breeders. The Companion Animal Protection Society, The Puppy Mill Project, shelters and rescues across Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, and many more concerned citizens bombarded the VFW with phone calls and emails about how they were appalled that our Veterans would allow puppy mill dogs to be sold. CAPS Chicago Campaign Coordinator Ida McCarthy educated VFW Commander in Charge Dennis Geiseman about puppy mills and inquired about interstate health certificates. Geiseman discovered the breeders did not have an Illinois license, which is necessary to sell more than five breeds of dogs. So, he refunded their money and cancelled the event. He stated "The VFW wants no part of puppy mills, ever...." The Villa Park lodge will no longer hold puppy expos.

Kansas City Missouri Shelter Has Eyes For You

Look at these eyes! I've never seen eyes stand out like that in any dog! This girl is so sweet and loving! Please save her! She is URGENT at KCMO shelter/Halfway Home Adoptions. If you can save her, contact the shelter at 816-921-0201 and email Marlan at
Look at those incredible blue eyes... Teal is a real beauty... Not only is she gorgeous looking, but she is also very smart and eager to learn. Impressive dog, with impressive potential!

UPDATE: We thought for sure those eyes would capture someone's attention but for some reason, no one has come for Teal. She is now dangerously out of time.... She doesn't understand why and we don't either. She is such a good dog with so much potential. How sad that her life is about to end this way... Please come save her before its too late.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

You Must Check This Out

Bark Heard Around The World

We are writing to you today on behalf of the Bark Heard Around the World Team , the Beverly Animal Shelter in Waterloo, NY,, and the thousands of dogs throughout this country who are suffering in puppy mills, to tell you about the 3rd annual event planned for May 22, 2010 in Syracuse, NY at the state fairgrounds:

The Bark Heard Around the World!
Education – Awareness – Advocacy
Silence equals consent. . . .
Saturday, May 22, 2010
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The story of mill dogs is familiar to many of us in rescue: Winnie had all her teeth removed at her first dental and during her spay it was discovered that her uterus was filled with fluid – a spay spared her pyometra; Meri Chrismiss was left with 4 teeth after her dental and she had surgery to remove mammary tumors; Tasha had over 100 stitches when her mammary tumors were surgically removed; Holly ran at the slightest sound or when a door opened or keys were placed on the table; These are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of dogs that have suffered at the hands of uncaring millers, breeding for the sole purpose of the cash these creatures can produce.

What do all of these dogs have in common? They are all rescues from sub-standard kennels; they come from multiple states throughout this great country. Inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills is not isolated to any one state; it happens everywhere. This is a national problem and we are holding a national event to meet three main goals: Education – Awareness – Advocacy.

We need and ask for your help, more importantly; the dogs need your voice. Please join us and be a part of The Bark Heard Around the World in Syracuse, NY on May 22nd. If not, we hope you will consider sponsoring an activity in your home state that same day.

Rescue groups all across the United States have been working together to make the plight of the puppy mill dogs known to the public. We are making progress, even more mills were closed in 2009. We need to continue to get the word out, to show the photos of the dogs and tell about their medical problems – we can make 2010 the year that millers will refer to as the end of inhumane treatment in their kennels.

The event will be held in the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds – rain or shine, we will be dry. We are planning a day full of informational guest speakers sharing stories of the mill survivors and educating the public about legislation needed to stop this inhumanity. For those who plan to arrive on Friday evening, you are invited to attend the candlelight vigil at 8:00 pm . The details are being finalized and more information will be forthcoming.

We are working very hard to keep costs low, however, based on last year’s event, we know we need to raise a minimum of $10,000 to cover all of the associated expenses including the use of the facility, liability insurance and media information. Space for a 10 x 10 foot booth will be available to rescue groups for a pre-registration fee of $20.00, two 10 x 10 foot spaces for rescues will be $30.00.

We would like to ask all rescues/shelters to help with the promotion of this event by cross posting this email everywhere and getting the word out to others in their area through flyers, emails and public/community service announcements. Please plan to join us for the 2nd Annual Bark Heard Around the World either in Syracuse or by helping with an activity in your own location. (Please see attached registration form)

What everyone can do right now to help:
- Visit our website at and print the flyer and brochure, make copies and pass out in your area
- Get the word out to others by adding a link to our website on your website
- Promote The Bark Heard Around the World in your newsletters
- Participate in upcoming fundraising events to raise money for Bark
- Become a Bark Volunteer by joining
- If you are unable to attend the event in Syracuse, consider a local activity that same day, we can offer you ideas -
- Please consider a tax exempt donation of $5.00 or $10.00 to help us fund the Bark event – donations via PayPal can be sent to: – note this is for BARK, or you can mail a check to:
- Please make checks payable to Beverly Animal Shelter/Bark.
Bark Heard Around the World
c/o Eileen Franco
P.O. Box 482
Seneca Fall, NY 13148

All over the United States, rescue groups are working hard to end the cruel conditions endured by dogs in puppy mills – individuals are educating their neighbors, rescues and shelters are working with the community to make them aware of life in a mill, and groups are advocating for regulations through their legislators. Come join us – many voices speaking in unison for the dogs.

Thank you,
The Bark Heard Around the World Team

2010 Rescue/Shelter Registration Form

Name of Organization_______________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip____________________________________________________________________
Contact Name_____________________________________________________________________
Contact Telephone: ______________________________ Contact Fax: _______________________
Contact Email_____________________________________________________________________
Rescues Website: __________________________________________________________________

Space is available to rescues in 10 ft x 10 ft increments; maximum of two (2) spaces per rescue. Electricity is available. Rescue/shelter must provide table and chairs. Event organizers will determine location assigned.

One (1) Space $20 Two (2) Spaces $30 Amount Enclosed ________

We are planning to attend the Friday evening Candlelight vigil. Please send me details: Yes No

Rescues are responsible for staffing of their space. All pets attending the event must be current on vaccinations and of good temperament. Pets must be leashed or crated at all times during the event. Rescues are responsible for proper clean up and removal of animal waste. The event organizers are not responsible for any lost, stolen and/or damaged items. No outside solicitation permitted. Violators will be asked to leave.

As representative of the Rescue, I have read and understand these provisions:

Rescue Contact Signature: _________________________________________ Date: _____________

Registration must be received by April 24, 2010. Please send this registration form with your space fee deposit made out to:

The Beverly Animal Shelter- BARK
Cheryl Rogers
2423 County Route 8
Oswego, NY 13126

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Spay & Neuter Kansas City, Missouri

Spay & Neuter Kansas City is headed out in the city for another Pet Outreach in the Kansas City Metro area. We need volunteers to help us reach out to the dogs and cats in the community so that we may continue or mission of decreasing pet overpopulation! If you are available, please send us an e-mail or give us a call. We would love to have you along!Call them today if you can help this wonderful organization at (816) 353-0940 or email them at or check out their website.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Kindness Does Not Go Unnoticed....

A wonderful women named Pat has volunteered for over 10 years at the St. Charles No Kill Humane Society in St. Charles, Missouri. Her name is Pat and everyone who meets her can't help but catch her passion for animals and love of volunteering. She is always positive and always supportive of the shelter and all the animals she cares for. She is a whirlwind of energy and has never met a stranger. She is one of the warmest, kindest people who is extremely modest. Hudson and his family are proud to call her a friend. Now for how great life is......a dear women named Nancy who also volunteers at the shelter and is a unbelievable quilter made Pat and Brenda (another shelter volunteer) a quilt out of the kindness in her heart. She obviously was inspired by Pat & Brenda's kindness and made them each an unbelievable amazing quilt. Whenever you doubt how your life impacts others look no further than this quilt. All of our acts of kindness always has such a rippling effect.In the above picture is Doofus (Pat's beloved dog) in a matching scarf. Isn't he just adorable and have you ever seen a more beautiful quilt. Knowing how much Pat loves doggies makes this quilt even more special. Here's to all the amazing people who inspire others and to all the giving people who go out of their way to do such amazingly kind acts of kindness to others in their life.

Magnets Anyone???

Tiny Paws is again offering the Animal Rescue Transport Vehicle magnets to assist with the vetting costs for a number of mill dogs we recently brought into care. We still have approximately 130 magnets left from a previous order and would like to offer these remaining magnets to anyone interested in ordering.

PayPal payment information and a picture of the magnet can be found on the boutique section of our website The magnets are 5' x 5' and are $7.00 (US or Cdn dollars) each including shipping and handling. For those who wish to send a cheque, please contact me for a mailing address at

Dog’s euthanasia may have violated state law -

Dog’s euthanasia may have violated state law - BARNHART — The Jefferson County Animal Control Center kills hundreds of animals a year without a veterinarian on site, an apparent violation of state euthanasia laws.

Missouri law requires a veterinarian's 'direct' or 'immediate' supervision when controlled substances are used for euthanasia.

But that hasn't been the case for at least three years in Jefferson County. A veterinarian acknowledged she supplied narcotics to the facility but hasn't been there when animal control workers have used them to euthanize animals.

'Until someone comes along and says we're wrong, then we'll change the policy,' said Animal Control Center manager James 'J.T.' Taylor.

Mike Boeger of the state's Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said that if animal shelter employees are using drugs illegally, that's considered illegal distribution — a felony.

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler says his department has launched an investigation, triggered in part by the complaints of one family about the management of the shelter and the death of their dog.
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Some officials fear the problem could be more widespread and are studying how other states deal with the issue.

Last year, Jefferson County took in 3,827 animals and euthanized half of them, Taylor said. The rest were given to rescue groups, were adopted or returned to their owners. By contrast, St. Charles County Humane Services took in about 4,100 animals and euthanized about 20 percent.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Help Out A Local Fabulous Rescue

Vet-Pet Rescue is planning fundraising events to help raise money to acquire a building and to keep rescuing animals. V-PR rescues from high-kill animal shelters. Adoption fees help to cover the vetting of the animals. Anyone who would like to make a financial donation to Vet-Pet Rescue may do so by sending a check to Vet-Pet Rescue, c/o Clarkson Wilson Vet Clinic, 32 Clarkson-Wilson Center, Chesterfield, MO 63017. V-PR is a 501C group, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Vet-Pet Rescue

All cats are fully-vetted, Felv-Fiv-tested, microchipped, spayed/neutered, UTD on vaccinations, dewormed, treated for fleas and ear mites, socialized, litterbox-trained, loved and cared for in foster homes, and ready to go to loving, forever homes!

In addition, during February and March, all of Vet-Pet Rescue's special needs cats are specially priced at a $50 adoption fee. Each 'special needs' kitty might have been classified as 'special needs' because of one of the following characteristics: The kitty may be shy and needs a patient adopter who'll give him/her time to adjust to a new environment. The cat might need to be the 'only' cat in the household. The cat might be older than six years of age. The cat might not have teeth but has no problem eating and is, otherwise, healthy. The cat might have chronic eye drainage, which only requires the adopter to wipe near the eye area once daily. Anyone interested in V-PR's special needs cats may go to the group's website, to see and read about these kitties. Each special needs kitty is marked as such by a heart under his/her name.

Vet-Pet Rescue

Vet-Pet Rescue is a fabulous organization in St. Louis, Missouri. During the month of February, Vet-Pet Rescue is running a Feline February Sweetheart Sale, and all adult cats (one year and older) are at a reduced adoption fee of $75 instead of the standard adult cat adoption fee of $100. Every weekend on both Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Vet-Pet Rescue does an adoption event at Gravois Bluffs Petco in Fenton. And the second and fourth weekends of each month, V-PR is also at Pet Supplies Plus, 15311 Manchester Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011. People can also see the group's adult cats on the V-PR website, Anyone with any questions can call Carol at 636 675-1660 , or e-mail her at

Friday, February 12, 2010

Puppies Need A Home

These adorable puppies were abandoned in an old home outside Springfield, Missouri when the family moved. They are currently being fostered and vetted and getting ready to be adopted. If you are interested in adopting any of the puppies please go to the following website at and fill out an adoption agreement which can be found under forms. This agreement can be sent to their Rescue/Shelter. If you prefer you can e-mail the adoption agreement through this e-mail address as an attachment. All puppies will have a $50.00 adoption fee to help us cover the cost of Vet care & food while in foster care.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Anti-Puppy Mill Campaign

Missourians for the Protection of Dogs has kicked off its campaign to battle the cruel conditions of puppy mills in the state of Missouri. Missouri has long been known as the Capital of the Puppy mill state with 3000 substandard puppy mills. The group has organized rallies throughout the state and attendance has far surpassed their wildiest expectations. They plan to gather 100,000 signatures in order to secure the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act to be put on the November ballot to ensure that dogs at commercial breeders are treated with adequate care. The proposed law will enable Missourians to join with several other states that have enacted similiar standards. Under the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, large scale breeders would be required to see that the dogs in their facilities have sufficient food and clean water, proper veternary care and adequate housing protecting them from the elements, enough space to fully extend their limbs (enabling turning and lying down), regular exercise and not kept in cages 24/7 their whole life without any rest between breeding cycles. This act would also limit the number of breeding dogs to 50 or under. We have far more puppy mills than any other state and all one has to do is get rural land and a dog is considered livestock and they can have as many breeding dogs as they want. Dogs trapped in puppy mills often receive no medical care, no exercise, no socialization, no human interaction, and live a life of squalor in cramped wire cages. The hundreds of thousands of puppies are sold in pet stores, online, and directly to innocent consumers who have no idea how horrible of a life the parent dogs are living. You aren't rescuing the puppy are simply putting money into the hands of greedy puppy mill owners who treat the breeding dogs in the worst conditions imaginable. All Hudson asks is to NEVER BUY A DOG UNLESS YOU SEE WHERE THE PARENT DOGS ARE KEPT AND HOW THEY ARE TREATED !!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This Guy Needs A Home Fast....

This poor old fellow as found on 195th Street, lying in a ditch freezing, on
Sunday night by a nice gentleman, who took him in, bathed him to warm him up,
fed him, and gave him a warm place to sleep. I took him to the vet and other
than some arthritis in his hips, he is in pretty good shape. I
know that no one will want to adopt him because of his age (if they do, it will
surprise me). He is probably around 10 yrs old, it is hard
to say as his teeth are not in very good shape, is neutered, and housebroken
(paper trained). I have him in isolation as that is the warmest place in the
shelter, and have him on arthritis meds, which he takes with no problem. So if
anyone has any ideas when his holding time is up on the 22nd, please let me
know. I already have a houseful, otherwise I would take him home as he is so
sweet. He is due to be euthanized on February 22. Email Sharon at

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Pet shops and puppy mills - Companion Animal Protection Society

Pet shops and puppy mills - Companion Animal Protection Society: "Conditions at puppy mills
To get some examples of the conditions found at many puppy mills which have been investigated, please visit our CAPS Investigations of USDA Licensed Facilities page and select any of the states listed and an accompanying article. With several states such as Ohio, there are some associated Flash videos (usually 10-15 minutes in length) of the puppy mill investigations.

There may also be accompanying photo sheets with some articles such as Ohio - Mast, Ivan and Katie. The underlying theme around the investigations is that the operation of puppy mills is a business based upon volume, dollars and cents, not necessarily care nor love of animals.

Another Puppy Miller Gets Taken Down

New York Attorney General Files Complaint Against Robin Schulder

Robin Schulder; Picture from NY Daily News
The Office of the New York Attorney General filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of Nassau County on January 7, 2010 against Robin Schulder, an online puppy seller investigated by the Companion Animal Protection Society after CAPS received numerous consumer complaints. Schulder used fraudulent means to sell sick, deformed and dying puppies and refused to comply with the New York puppy lemon law. She shipped sick puppies as far away as California using connecting flights that took as long as 12 hours. She often wrote harassing, threatening emails to consumers who sought reimbursement for veterinary care or a refund. In an email to CAPS, she wrote disparaging comments about one of the CAPS complainants, even offering a donation to CAPS and claiming she belonged to a number of animal protection organizations and ran a nonprofit rescue organization. She told CAPS that she only bred a couple breeds of dogs that one couldn't obtain through rescues. Schulder who lives on a small lot in Queens, bred few if any dogs and obtained most of her puppies from other sources.
Courthouse News Service: Cuomo Busts Puppy Salesmen

My Fox New York: Queens Dog Breeder P.1
My Fox New York: Queens Dog Breeder P.2

West Hollywood Passes ordinance that Prohibits the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores

Children protesting at Elite Animals in West Hollywood

Following a CAPS undercover investigation into West Hollywood pet stores and a five and a half month protest of Elite Animals, West Hollywood City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops, with an exemption for the adoptions of shelter and rescue animals.
NBC LA: West Hollywood Takes Step Toward Banning Pet Sales (Video)

NBC LA: Council Votes of Pet Shop Ban
CBS KCAL9: WeHo Considers Ban on Animals Bred in Mills (Video)
Puppy Mill Mom: CAPS Announces West Hollywood City Council Considering Ordinance Banning Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops
LAist: WeHo Cat & Dog Sale Ban Seeks to 'Eliminate the Demand' of Puppy Mill Dogs West Hollywood Bans Sale of Dogs and Cats West Hollywood to Ban Sale of Dogs & Cats in Pet Stores West Hollywood Bans Sale Of Puppy Mill Dogs & Kitty Factory Cat West Hollywood Bans Sale of Pets in Stores! West Hollywood Puppy Mill Animal Retail Sale Ban Passes
Animal Law Coalition: Watch West Hollywood Council Ban Retail Dog, Cat Sales
Beverly Press: Weho Bans Dog and Cat Sales at Retail Pet Stores (pdf)
Landmark Legislation to Ban Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores Passed in West Hollywood, California (YouTube Video)
West Hollywood City Council to Vote on Ordinance Banning Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops (Press Release)

Want A Dog Go To.......

Adopt a companion animal. Every year, animal shelters destroy millions of dogs - including purebreds and puppies - and cats. PLEASE adopt a companion animal from your local shelter, humane society, rescue organization (some specialize in a particular breed) or veterinarian. In addition, many pet supply stores, such as Petsmart or Petco, sponsor adoption days. You can also find animals to adopt at these websites:
Where to Adopt in New York City (pdf)
Where to Adopt in Chicago (pdf)

Illinois Purebred Rescues (pdf)
Visit the Internet,, and do a keyphrase search to get a list of resources. Enter the phrase 'animal adoption.

Monday, February 8, 2010

ST. Louis City Pound Needs Our Help

If you are looking to add a puppy or dog to your family please consider going down to the City pound. This is a kill shelter and so many animals are at risk of being euthanized. These animals have no voice and so we have to be their voices and so I am asking you to please help me spread the word to get them out of that place!

PICTURES of Dogs and Puppies (**NOT ALL are on here! These are just a small amount of them!)

St. Louis City Pound Contact info, address, etc:

Pregnant Dog Tied To Train Tracks

What kind of MONSTER does this? PLEASE.......take a moment to sign this petition! It is so important that we stand up for animals who can't.

Dogs Deserve Better

February 6, 2010, Altoona, PA — Dog advocate Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit working solely on behalf of chained and penned dogs, spent the coldest night of the year sleepless despite being snug and warm in her bed.

The faces of dogs chained out in single-digit temperatures and sub-zero windchills haunted her, and she worried if these dogs would survive the night in their inadequate houses, many of which contained not even the single insulating element that could well save their lives: straw.

Determined to help local dogs, she rose early and, with another DDB volunteer, took straw, food, and water to some of the worse cases.

At 1492 Dulancey Drive in Lilly, Pennsylvania, Thayne spotted two skinny dogs with inadequate shelter, minimal straw, no food, and no water. She knocked on the door, and when no one answered she left a Dogs Deserve Better calendar and stuffed the doghouses with straw to save the dogs from immediate danger of death by freezing. She gave the dogs each a bone, food, and water. They shivered nonstop while they ate in the -11 degree wind chill.

The boxer mix had very short fur, a too-large doghouse with an opening as large as the dog, and every rib and bone in her back stood out starkly as she tried to decide whether to eat or run into her house for what little warmth it offered.

Current Pennsylvania law dictates that dogs must have access to'sustenance, drink, and sanitary shelter which will protect the animal against inclement weather and preserve the animal's body heat and keep it dry.' Thayne knew the law was being broken, so she returned three days later to speak to the caretaker on behalf of the dogs.
Hence the charges above !!!

Dogs Deserve Better

Thayne is charged with trespassing because she supplied straw to this freezing dog who is obviously underfeed as well. Thayne is asking all Pennsylvania residents to stand against this form of abuse by joining the coalition to Unchain Pennsylvania Dogs. The coalition seeks to pass HB1254, a bill setting time limits on chaining, and creating better conditions for Pennsylvania's dogs. Sign up today at

Please visit the website at to learn more about dog chaining, the reasons it is cruel to dogs and dangerous to humans, and to find a local area representative.

Tamira Ci Thayne • CEO, Dogs Deserve Better • 814.941.7447
See more photos and watch video of the dogs at the site:

Note: The Bellwood, PA Valentine Stuffing Party was Moved to Saturday, February 13th due to inclement weather!
Can you come help us stuff that day? We need your help:
Bellwood Library
Bellwood, Pennsylvania
526 Main Street
Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come Anytime, Stay as Long as You'd Like!
We will have Plenty of Food and Drink Available!
For more info, e-mail
or call 814.941.7447 814.941.7447

Support our efforts on behalf of chained dogs!
Visit us online at, by phone at 814.941.7447 814.941.7447 , or by mail at P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684.

No Paws Left Behind

For more information about this wonderful organization that is reaching out to families in jeorpardy of losing their homes and pets or to get help go to: http://nopawsleftbe paws/

If you are facing foreclosure, first and foremost, contact your lender immediately!

If you have found an abandoned animal that has been a victim of foreclosure, please create a Paw Alert!

*Animal Shelters without a No Kill policy euthanize about 61% of dogs and 75% of cats annually, nationwide. That totals more than 12 million dogs and cats euthanized each year and millions more are abandoned.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Top Six Things To Know When Buying A Puppy

According to a wonderful article written by the Humane Society of Missouri you should investigate the following six things before buying a puppy.

Just because a breeder is licensed does not mean it is a reputable operation. A reputable breeder is active in a local, regional or national breed club and possesses a deep knowledge about the breed.
Reputable breeders house the dogs inside the home, as part of their family. Don't ever buy a dog unless you see where the breeding dogs live and how they are being treated. A puppy miller will offer excuses or suggest you meet them somewhere other than their home.

Ask to meet both parents of the puppy and never buy a puppy unless they will do this. All dogs, not just the puppies , should be healthy, friendly and well fed.

The cute puppies in the pet store window are almost certainly a product of a large scale commercial breeding facility commonly known as puppy mills. Often in these facilities the parent dogs are caged inhumanly their entire life, constantly bred in filthy conditions and receive little or no veterinary care.

Be wary of purchasing any pet via the Internet. When you buy a puppy based on only an Internet photo, you have no way to gauge the puppies temperament, know if this is actually is the animal you are buying or to see where the puppy was born or most importantly how the parent dogs are being treated.

Ask the breeder for a list of people who have purchased puppies from them and the name of the veterinarian who cares for the breeder's dogs.

Hudson would always suggest searching at your local shelters or rescue groups in your area. Buying from a sub-standard breeder or the pet stores they supply KEEPS PUPPY MILLS IN BUSINESS. Let's all work together to lose Missouri's title of the Capital of the Puppy Mill Industry!!! Be a smart buyer not a compulsive buyer!!! Don't forget to check out my blog for so many dogs who need loving homes!!! Have A GREAT DAY!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Anyone hearing the music from Wizard of Oz when you look at this picture???

Okay it was scary enough when I watched Wizard of Oz and the monkeys would come swamping out of the air to get Dorothy and friends. I never thought a Boston could scare me but these two Dorothy run!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I'm Kind Of A Big Deal......

In case you live in a cave and don't read the paper and haven't been out in a while I just thought I'd let you know I'M KIND OF A BIG DEAL !!! My family knows this well known fact and isn't afraid to share it with others. Rick and his fiance just bought me this shirt so anyone who meets me knows it too. I really don't need the shirt for someone to quickly detect this fact about me. Actually I'm quite humble about my statis as when you got it you got it and it's hard to hide it. So, YES, folks I'M KIND OF A BIG DEAL and proud of it. What can I say all I have to do is wake up and my entire family gets a kick out of me. There really is nothing I can do that doesn't entertain them and make them gush about how cute I am. It's really kind of embarrassing but a cross I must carry throughout my life. Here's wishing all of you are kind of a big deal in someone's life!!! Have a great day today....