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.

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

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.

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.

Monday, February 22, 2010

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).

Thursday, February 18, 2010

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.

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

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

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 !!!

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 !!!

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.