Monday, May 31, 2010

Can You Help These Dogs In Jefferson County, Missouri

All of these darling babies need to get out of Jefferson County Animal Control, they are extremely full and need rescue/adopters. This is a kill facility and I am afraid this coming week will not be good if some of these guys do not get out of there. There are some very nice dogs and cats there just waiting to get out. This facility will be closed tomorrow for the holiday but will re-open Tuesday morning at 8AM. Please help if you can, I know a lot of us are full but I just can't stand the thought of these awesome babies not being given a chance to live..........

Dog List:

These 2 beagle girls have been there for a long time, originally brought in as "bite cases" but all it was that they got out of their yard and got in a scuffle with another dog, no one was really injured. They are so SWEET and just want love. They are both around a year old.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4605709150/in/pool-shelter_buddies

This little girl is a shepherd mix that's been there for a couple weeks, when she came in she was covered in ticks and 1 of the volunteers cleaned her up. She had a rescue to take her then the foster back out, she needs to get out. She is probably around 5-6 mths old and seems very calm and loving.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4614278504/in/pool-shelter_buddies

This little guy is 1 of my favorites he is so darling, about 5-6 mths old, already knows how to sit and shake. I LOVE his ears. He does have some pit in him, but probably has lab and shepherd in him too.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4622834809/in/pool-shelter_buddies

These 2 boys are just beautiful!! They do not have to go together, they just came in together and are pictured together. Both VERY nice dogs that just want some love and attention. They are lab mixes, the one is longer haired kinda looks like a golden/lab mix. Around 2-4 yrs old.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4622835201/in/pool-shelter_buddies

This guy is a Shiba Inu mix, estimated to be around 3 yrs old. He is already neutered also. A really nice dog and very friendly.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4625985396/in/pool-shelter_buddies

This nice fella is a big hunky Lab (mix maybe) he is super friendly and just beautiful! Estimated to be around 1-2 yrs old.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4625380705/in/pool-shelter_buddies

Audry is a owner surrender, really nice girl, good with dogs and cats per owner. She only a year old.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4625985920/in/pool-shelter_buddies

Beautiful dark chocolate pittie mix male around a year old. He is sweet and friendly and has a beautiful coat.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4644036202/in/pool-shelter_buddies

Male terrier/beagle mix? nice young boy, around a year or so old. He is really, really cute.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4644034760/in/pool-shelter_buddies

This cute fella is Rosco, he was dumped in AC because his owner was too sick to care for him. He is such a cute little guy, probably about 30-35lbs. He's only 2 yrs old.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4605188891/in/pool-shelter_buddies

Jack Black is one of the sweetest babies I have met! He is a neutered pittie, that was surrendered because his owners were moving :( according to his owners he is housebroken, good with kids dogs and cats, and on heartworm preventative he's around 5 yrs old
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4649288638/in/pool-shelter_buddies

Jake was surrendered because his owners were moving too :( really nice guy has a docked tail and needs a good brushing, he is 5 y/o Rottie mix.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4646685432/in/pool-shelter_buddies

1 yr old male pittie mix, nice dog, on the small side. He is really sweet, just wants to put his head in your hands.....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13300551@N07/4646070877/in/pool-shelter_buddies

Friday, May 28, 2010

Keep Informed Of Important Issues.....

In Response to IG Report, Durbin, Vitter Call for Reform of Agency Responsible for Policing Puppy Mills


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – In response to a scathing report by the USDA Inspector General (IG), critical of the government’s handling of puppy mill investigations, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) today called for immediate changes at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) and promised to work with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on administrative and legislative reforms.

“This report raises serious concerns about APHIS’ ability to enforce the law, ensure the welfare of animals, and crack down on the most negligent and irresponsible dog breeders,” Durbin said. “While USDA has already begun to make administrative changes at APHIS, more needs to be done. I will work closely with Secretary Vilsack to ensure these changes address the complaints detailed in the Inspector General’s report. I’ll start today by introducing a bill that will close the loophole that allows large breeders to sell puppies online, escaping inspection and oversight.”

“I am alarmed by the findings of today’s IG report and believe we cannot delay in making changes at APHIS that would stop the inhumane treatment of dogs, especially abusive and harmful breeding practices,” said Vitter. “The bill we introduced today would help provide guidelines to breeders and ensure that puppies are bred in safe and sanitary facilities. It is a first step in correcting the current problems in the Animal Welfare Act and making certain dogs are treated humanely.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General conducted an audit of APHIS’ Animal Care Unit and found four major flaws with their handling of puppy mill investigations:
•APHIS’ “enforcement process was ineffective against problematic dealers.” The IG report shows that more than half of the dog breeding facilities found to be in violation of the Animal Welfare Act repeatedly violated the law — some as many as a dozen times.
•APHIS “inspectors did not document violations properly.” According to the report, 30% of inspectors failed to correctly report violations, resulting in some known violators receiving less frequent inspections and escaping strong enforcement. The report also says the reporting failure resulted in nearly 50% of all administrative hearings with problem dealers being compromised due to lack of evidence.
•“APHIS misused guidelines to lower penalties for violators.” In over 30% of cases, APHIS misused their own enforcement guidelines by inconsistently counting violations, applying penalty reductions without merit, and arbitrarily changing the gravity of some violations.
•Large puppy mills “circumvented the law by selling animals over the internet.” Because of a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act, large puppy mills that sell dogs online are exempt from APHIS inspection and licensing requirement.
Durbin had been working for some time to address the sales of animals over the internet and today introduced legislation to close the internet loophole puppy mills are currently exploiting. Durbin’s bill, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act, would require all breeders that sell more than 50 dogs a year to be licensed and to undergo inspections to ensure dogs are receiving proper care. USDA played a role in developing the legislation and has endorsed the approach. Senator Vitter is the bill’s lead cosponsor.

Durbin said he was concerned about the numerous problems exposed by the Inspector General’s report. The senator acknowledged that under the Obama Administration, changes had begun to be made, but stressed that more needs to be done. Durbin plans to work closely with Secretary Vilsack in the coming weeks to address the APHIS’ problems. If administrative fixes aren’t possible, Durbin plans to introduce additional legislation to address any gaps in APHIS’ ability to enforce the law.? ?

A copy of the IG report can be found here: http://www.usda.gov/oig/new.htm A summary of the Durbin/Vitter legislation appears below:

Durbin-Vitter PUPS Act
Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act Summary
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To help ensure more humane treatment of all dogs, the PUPS bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to:

•Require licensing and inspection of dog breeders that sell directly to the public and sell more than 50 dogs per year.
•Require that dogs in commercial breeding facilities have appropriate space and opportunity for daily exercise.
Background:

For years, news reports have revealed glimpses of an unregulated and often hidden industry of puppy breeding that relies on housing dozens of puppies and dogs – sometimes hundreds -- in cramped, unsanitary, and inhumane conditions. The dogs raised in these facilities often suffer serious health problems.

Most commercial breeders are responsible dog owners who lovingly tend to the animals in their care. But the substandard facilities, sometimes referred to as “puppy mills,” not only harm puppies and the people who buy them, they also threaten the reputation of the broader dog breeding industry.

Current Federal Law:

Under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), wholesale animal breeders – those who sell to pet stores, for instance -- are regulated, licensed and subject to inspections by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at USDA.

Because retail pet stores are thought to be supplied by licensed, regulated breeders, retail stores are not regulated. Now that on-line puppy sales happen every day, it is clear that law has not kept pace with recent developments. Internet sales bypass the retail pet store.

A recent report released by USDA’s Inspector General suggests that the Department should tighten this loophole to prevent its exploitation by large, negligent breeders.

The PUPS Act would bring direct-to-buyer dog breeders into the regulatory framework that will require them to meet the basic standards for shelter, care and exercise.

These Two Precious Doxie Mixes Are Available To Adopt...

Meet Rasmus and Ludwig...two absolutely adorable dachshund mixes that are available to adopt through the St. Charles, Missouri No Kill Humane Society on Pralle Lane. These two guys are brothers who are so sweet natured and fun loving. They are four months old and are looking for a loving home either together or individually. These two Cardinal fans would love to be the newest addition to your home. Hope you will consider making them part of your home.


Hudson Loves this author and her dog books.....


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Gladstone, Illinois husky/lab mix Needs Loving Home...


This girl was picked up stray and located with the Henderson County Animal Control in Gladstone, ILLINOS. She is a husky/lab I believe, 1.5yrs old, 50lbs, sweet and social. She is good with other dogs and loves kids, cats/housebroke unknown. If you can help sponsor/rescue/adopt, please contact me at westhancockk9@mchsi.com Upper midwest transport is available for her!
Hi everyone, here I am again, asking if you help by rescuing and/or cross posting for these animals. The kitties are always at risk and here are the dogs who need rescue as soon as possible. They may be putting some to sleep soon---probably kitties and some senior or sick dogs and owner surrenders. (Poor babies).

Rosco (#1) Poor boy, he has been at that place for almost 6 weeks after being dumped by his uncaring humans. He loves to be petted and needs to be out of there. Cage # 114761. 5 yr old aussie mix.

Two beagles who are females and are loving, sweet and want attention and petting. Cage #s 115664 and 115668.

Rosco # 2. Another owner surrender. Sweet, cute, and small. 2 yr old male cage # 117342.

Two labs mixes. cage # 117502 and 117505. There is an old male boxer and a Sr terrier who are at great risk.

To see these innocent animal please go to www.flickr.com/groups/shelter_buddies and/or jeffcomo.animalshelternet.com

Thank you. Please contact the shelter if you want to pull any of these sweet babies or you can contact me at jmavery@aol.com, jfavery1@aol.com My cell is 314 614 0353.

ANimal Planet Investigates Petland....

Time Remind Me Series Title & Description

Jun 06, 1:00 pm

(60 minutes)
Remind Me Animal Planet Investigates: Petland

TV-14, CC

A comprehensive investigation of large-scale commercial dog breeders, known as puppy mills. Its primary target and defendant in an HSUS lawsuit: the largest puppy-selling retailer in the country, Petland.

St. Louis, Missouri Protest Info.......

Pet Store Protests

This group protest local pet stores that sell puppies for several reasons:

They use breeders that have hundreds, sometimes THOUSANDS of dogs in permanent confinements.

They sell puppies for profit, while the “breeding dogs” suffer in isolation and even more animals sit in shelters waiting for homes.

The breeders attend, buy and sell at cruel and deplorable dog auctions.

The stores owners REFUSE to stop selling puppies and continue to LIE to consumers about where their puppies are coming from. And most of the consumers do NOT know the truth.

Please review the information on www.petshoppuppies.org, www.prisonersofgreed.org, www.hsus.org, www.aspca.org, www.letmeoutandloveme.org to learn more about puppy mills and how to help the dogs that suffer in these facilities.

JOIN THEM! Every Weekend!

SATURDAYS:

11:00 am - Noon : Pampered Pets, St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights, IL (in front of Red Robin)

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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm : Petland, Shoppes at Hawk Ridge, Lake St. Louis, MO (park by Jiffy Lube)

SUNDAYS:

Noon – 1:00 pm : Missouri Puppy Expo (MO Puppy Expo, “PUPPIES”)

Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Sue Mandy, St. Peters, MO

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1:00 pm – 2:00 pm : Pampered Pets, Mid Rivers Mall, St. Peters, MO

(meet under the Cine sign by the ST. Louis Bread Co.)



Signs and literature provided. Just show up.
Email Updates
Dear P.A.W.S. Team,

Summer is upon us and things are heating up fast...especially with the city's recent door-to-door licensing campaign. Please make sure your pets, your families pets, your neighbor's pets...ALL pets are licensed! $12 if s/n, $35 if not.

Also, we are currently seeking help with the following special needs/projects:
Volunteer(s) to spearhead coordinating an SNKC garage sale.
Volunteer(s) that can help with keeping our lawn mowed.
Volunteer(s) interested in taking leadership at our mobile rabies clinic. Our goal is to have the mobile clinics be volunteer run with the exception of the vet. staff.

OR...
Have your lunch break here once a week and help us with laundry and cleaning?

Work for a company that encourages giving back to the community? Ask them to sponsor a donation barrel that help's pets through our Outreach Program! This is free for them and provides free advertising!

Sign up to learn more about Trap-Neuter-Release opportunities.

I am confident that there is something for everyone here at SNKC. Email me for more information about any of these projects.


Tamara Scharfenkamp, Director of Operations
Spay & Neuter Kansas City

New Volunteer Orientations:
Tuesday, 8th, 5:30pm-7pm
Saturday, 12th,10am-12pm
Friday, 18th, 1p-3p


Email tamara@snkc.net to reserve your spot today.
Email Updates
Dear P.A.W.S. Team,

Summer is upon us and things are heating up fast...especially with the city's recent door-to-door licensing campaign. Please make sure your pets, your families pets, your neighbor's pets...ALL pets are licensed! $12 if s/n, $35 if not.

Also, we are currently seeking help with the following special needs/projects:
Volunteer(s) to spearhead coordinating an SNKC garage sale.
Volunteer(s) that can help with keeping our lawn mowed.
Volunteer(s) interested in taking leadership at our mobile rabies clinic. Our goal is to have the mobile clinics be volunteer run with the exception of the vet. staff.

OR...
Have your lunch break here once a week and help us with laundry and cleaning?

Work for a company that encourages giving back to the community? Ask them to sponsor a donation barrel that help's pets through our Outreach Program! This is free for them and provides free advertising!

Sign up to learn more about Trap-Neuter-Release opportunities.

I am confident that there is something for everyone here at SNKC. Email me for more information about any of these projects.


Tamara Scharfenkamp, Director of Operations
Spay & Neuter Kansas City

New Volunteer Orientations:
Tuesday, 8th, 5:30pm-7pm
Saturday, 12th,10am-12pm
Friday, 18th, 1p-3p


Email tamara@snkc.net to reserve your spot today.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

USDA FAILS TO CRACK DOWN........


By MARY CLARE JALONICK
The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 25, 2010; 8:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- Federal investigators have uncovered grisly conditions at puppy mills around the country where dogs were infested with ticks, living with gaping wounds and in pools of feces, according to a disturbing new report that placed the blame on lax enforcement.

Investigators say the Agriculture Department agency in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act often ignores repeat violations, waives penalties and doesn't adequately document inhumane treatment of dogs.

In one case cited by the department's inspector general, 27 dogs died at an Oklahoma breeding facility after inspectors had visited the facility several times and cited it for violations.

The review, conducted between 2006 and 2008, found more than half of those large kennels - known as puppy mills - had already been cited for violations flouted the law again.

The report recommends that the animal care unit at the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service immediately confiscate animals that are dying or seriously suffering, and better train its inspectors to document, report and penalize wrongdoing.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday the department takes the report seriously and will move to immediately improve enforcement, penalties and inspector training. He noted the investigation was conducted before his time in office and called it troubling.
USDA fails to crack down on puppy mills
By MARY CLARE JALONICK (AP)

WASHINGTON — An internal government report says dogs are dying and living in horrific conditions due to lax government enforcement of large kennels known as puppy mills.

Investigators say the Department of Agriculture agency in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act often ignores repeat violations, waives penalties and doesn't adequately document inhumane treatment of dogs. In one case cited by the department's inspector general, 27 dogs died at an Oklahoma breeding facility after inspectors had visited the facility several times and cited it for violations.

The review, conducted between 2006 and 2008, found that more than half of those who had already been cited for violations flouted the law again. It details grisly conditions at several facilities and includes photos of dogs with gaping wounds, covered in ticks and living among pools of feces.

The report recommends that the animal care unit at the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service immediately confiscate animals that are dying or seriously suffering, and better train its inspectors to document, report and penalize wrongdoing.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that the department takes the report seriously and will force immediate action to improve enforcement, penalties and inspector training. He noted the investigation was conducted before his time in office and called it troubling.

"USDA will reinforce its efforts under its animal welfare responsibilities, including tougher penalties for repeat offenders and greater consistent action to strongly enforce the law," he said.

The investigators visited 68 dog breeders and dog brokers in eight states that had been cited for at least one violation in the previous three years. On those visits, they found that first-time violators were rarely penalized, even for more serious violations, and repeat offenders were often let off the hook as well. The agency also gave some breeders a second chance to correct their actions even when they found animals dying or suffering, delaying confiscation of the animals.

"(Animal care) generally took little or no enforcement actions against these facilities during the period," the investigators wrote, adding that the agency placed too much emphasis on educating the violators instead of penalizing them.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lily Is Looking For A Forever Home


Lily (Petraits attached) is a very beautiful, gentle, agile, athletic, and sweet, 24-pound, three-year-old Fox Terrier-mix looking for a loving home.

This girl is a real love to people and other dogs. You just look at Lily and her whole body welcomes you with a wiggle. She’ll also be happy to give you a kiss. She takes treats very gently and appreciatively from your fingers.

Lily was picked up as a stray in Terre Haute, Indiana, and was transferred to We Luv Paws Rescue Group in Chicago to find the perfect home.

She is housebroken, crate-trained, very healthy, spayed, up-to-date on rabies, distemper and bordatella vaccines, micro-chipped and heartworm-tested.

To meet and possibly adopt Lily please e-mail Carol at weluvpawsilrescue@yahoo.com so she can send you an adoption application to fill out. Her adoption fee of $150 benefits the rescued pets of We Luv Paws.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
Photography: http://www.petraits.com
Adoptions: http://www.petraits.petfinder.org
e-mail: sheri@petraits.com
773-777-2891

This Is Absolutely Beautiful From A Rescuer.....

The following quote is my own. I am the author and it's based on my own rescues. Thanks, Kathie Sullivan-Parkes, Ryegate, VT

Until you have held a tiny puppy in your arms as it kissed your face with slobbery puppy breath and felt the love,
Until you have held an injured or severely ill dog in your arms and felt their pain
Until you have looked into the eyes of a tired aging senior dog and felt their wisdom,
And until you have seen and understood the look in your dogs eyes that tell you their time on earth with you is over .... and you humanely let them go,

You will never understand the life of a rescuer.

We find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces.
It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness and defeat and find the true soul that lies within.
We are Rescue.
www.myspace.com/imaginesolace4allanimals

Monday, May 24, 2010

Let's All Do What We Can.......

"You can educate yourself by using www.hsus.org, www.aspca.org. You can commit to never buying an animal at a petstore ever again and encouraging everyone you know to do the same. And I recommend having your pets spayed or neutered to help prevent pet overpopulation."

Dear Friends of Petraits,

Orion (Petraits attached) is an active, happy, friendly, playful and fun six-year-old, 11-pound, male dachshund looking for the perfect home.

Orion LOVES toys, little dogs and people. When he’s not playing with his toys, this cuddly guy enjoys curling up in your lap for a nap. He has proven himself perfectly housebroken, and crate-trained. Orion does not like cats, or larger dogs, and is best with children over the age of six.

Orion is healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm-tested and micro-chipped. He recently had a dental and had some teeth extracted. His adoption fee of $250 benefits Midwest Dachshund Rescue.

To meet and possibly adopt Orion, please contact his foster mom Helen at hal25c@yahoo.com or 219-314-0829.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
web site: http://www.petraits.com
adoptions: http://www.petraits.petfinder.org
e-mail: sheri@petraits.com
773-777-2891

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Springfield, Missouri Citizens.......

The troops are rallying in Springfield, Missouri!!!!!

Several of you have emailed saying its time to protest Petland again,

fired up after the show the other night on Animal Planet. Not to mention,

we can celebrate the success of our Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention petition

going to voters in November!!!

The date being suggested right now is June 12.

This is a Saturday and we are thinking noon to 2:00, maybe 3:00 if we have

some folks who want to stay.

Can EVERYONE let me know if this date works for you?

This is something WE ALL can do to help educate the public.

When this store stops selling pets, we are going to have a huge
celebration!!!
Contact person is Jill B and you can email her at: jillebrown65@gmail.com.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Open Your Eyes.......

Missouri Legislature Has Become A Zoo !!!

Puppies and horse meat? Missouri legislature has become a zoo

By Barb Shelly, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist

The best thing about the Missouri General Assembly is that sessions have a drop-dead date. Friday at 6 p.m. the 2010 extravaganza will mercifully come to an end.

Until then, you might want to keep your animals under lock and key.

Over the last few months, lawmakers have:

Proposed a way to make it legal to slaughter horses and sell their meat.

Tried to block a citizen initiative that seeks to regulate puppy mills.

Warned darkly about out-of-state groups trying to end animal agriculture as we know it in Missouri. This year, they want to save the puppies. Next year, it might be cows.

If a list was to be made of the Missouri legislature’s many quirks, its suspicion of animal protection measures must rank high on the list.

Attempts to outlaw cockfighting failed until 1998, when voters got the job done through an initiative petition. Lawmakers warned that criminalizing cockfighting was just the first step to a ban on hunting. Twelve years later, Missourians still hunt.

Now the action has shifted to the dog-breeding operations that make Missouri the nation’s leading puppy producer.

Election boards are certifying more than 190,000 signatures gathered in an attempt to have a statewide vote on regulating dog breeders. Some lawmakers are trying to block that vote.

Read more: http://voices.kansascity.com/node/8960#ixzz0oZ8f3yvi
Thank God For Some Amazing Senators who wouldn't let the madness continue and fought until the very last seconds to make sure the HCR 86 didn't pass. It gives you faith "good" people do exist submerged into our political system still.

This Is So Awesome !!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Beautiful Foster Dog Was Adopted By A Fabulous Family

Meet Inga who we fostered when she was just a tiny puppy found on the streets of East St. Louis with her siblings in freezing cold weather in a hollowed out tree stump with her mother who had lived on the street for years. She was breathtakingly gorgeous as a pup and continues to be just stunning. She was adopted by the most sweetest couple who will adore & love her throughout her life.
If you've never fostered an animal for a shelter or rescue it is such a fun experience and a great way to get to love and know a breed you might not of been familiar with. Not to mention meet such awesome people.

A Must Read......

Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box..
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease....in fact; she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap..
Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.
When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
He had covered her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky, he still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure..

Remember......live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.

Live simply.. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Sarge Needs A Home.......


Sarge (Petraits attached) is gentle, mellow, calm, loving and lovable, two-year-old, 55-pound, Black Lab/Border Collie-mix looking for a loving home.

Sarge is incredibly trainable. He already knows sit, down, paw and roll-over! And, he’s always happy to roll over for a romp in the grass, and for belly rubs. This handsome is also happy to give a kiss to his favorite people.

Sadly, Sarge came into rescue after he had been attacked by another dog. He was covered with bite wounds and bruises. But, he harbors no ill will towards people or other dogs, he is still as trusting and easy going as a dog can be.

To see a video of Sarge at the kennel he is being boarded at please visit: http://aldenskennels.com/rescuesarge

As you can see, he is quite attentive to his handler, walks well on leash and his tail is always happily wagging.

He is very healthy, de-wormed, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped, heartworm-tested and on preventative.

His adoption fee of $200 benefits rescued dogs. To meet and possibly adopt Sarge, please contact Ray at colonelchisholm@sbcglobal.net or 847-639-6801.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
photography: http://www.petraits.com
adoptions: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com
773-777-2891
sheri@petraits.com

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anyone Looking For A Corgi ???

My husband has told me I have to downsize my dog herd. I have two corgis, age 1 1/2? or 2. I bred the mom and she had a litter of 7! We kept 4. The two I'm giving away are very sweet, but I feel they would do better away from a pack situation. Both are fixed. One is a red and white female, very pretty. The other is a tri colored male, also, very sweet. Let me know if anyone is interested. Thanks, julia r. @ 573-587-6788

Ending Substandard Puppy Mills


Missouri has the absolute shame of leading the nation in the number of substandard puppy mills in our state. The atrocities your Humane Society of Missouri has witnessed in substandard facilities are so egregious that even those of us who have seen every type of abuse and neglect imaginable are horrified that mankind can inflict such cruelty on another living creature. These substandard facilities fail to provide adequate shelter, food, water and veterinary care for their breeding stock subjecting the animals to an utterly miserable existence in a two-by-two cage for their entire lives. These animals have never experienced the kindness of a human touch, never had their paws touch the grass, never been socialized and never been groomed. Moreover, the lack of veterinary care and basic nutrition severely compromises their health. Advanced dental disease, severe skin afflictions, eye and ear infections and parasites are all too common in these animals. Written by Kathryn Wright Warnick

Study after study has found according to Prevention Magazine that "Patients visited by pets after surgery had a 50% reduction in pain medication."

Consider The Cost Before You Purchase A Dog


According to Readers Digest the average cost of raising a medium size dog to the age of eleven is $16,400.00.

If Your Curious About Why People Are Protesting Pampered Pets Look No Further....

I'd start with the following links, which will provide you with some pretty alarming information:

http://www.seanjjordan.com/slaap/?p=28 -- An article I put up on Ovella Lange's many inspection infractions.

PetShopPuppies has information about several cases where dogs originating from Pampered Pets, Sunset Kennels or common Pampered Pets breeders have been found to have Parvo, genetic diseases and other problems:

http://www.petshoppuppies.com/report.asp?ID=PETSHOP-1587434810 -- Pampered Pets
http://www.petshoppuppies.com/report.asp?ID=PETSHOP1770196772 -- Pampered Pets
http://www.petshoppuppies.com/report.asp?ID=43B3595 -- Ovella Lange
http://www.petshoppuppies.com/report.asp?ID=43A1843 -- Foster, Griesbauer and Stille
http://www.petshoppuppies.com/report.asp?ID=43A4205 -- The Wilsons
http://www.petshoppuppies.com/report.asp?ID=43B3648 - Bill Walker

If you want to read recent USDA inspection reports yourself, check out this site:
http://acissearch.aphis.usda.gov/LPASearch/faces/Detail.jspx

You can request more through the Freedom of Information Act.

If you would like the MODA reports, email aginfo@moda.mo.org and make a request under the Sunshine Law. You might need the breeder number for each breeder, but you guys should have those in your store, so I don't need to provide them to you.

The questions I would encourage you to ask when you read breeder inspection reports are:

1) Would I treat my own do this way?
2) Would I call the police if I saw my neighbor treating a dog this way?
3) Does this breeder have so many dogs that it's impossible for them all to receive individual attention?
4) Is this breeder caring for the dogs in a humane fashion, or are they being treated like livestock?
5) Is this breeder behaving in a manner that is unethical or questionable in any way?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Pet Store Protests

Come protest local pet stores that sell puppies for several reasons:

They use breeders that have hundreds, sometimes THOUSANDS of dogs in permanent confinements.
They sell puppies for profit, while the “breeding dogs” suffer in isolation and even more animals sit in shelters waiting for homes.
The breeders attend, buy and sell at cruel and deplorable dog auctions.
The stores owners REFUSE to stop selling puppies and continue to LIE to consumers about where their puppies are coming from. And most of the consumers do NOT know the truth.
Please review the information on www.petshoppuppies.org, www.prisonersofgreed.org, www.hsus.org, www.aspca.org, www.letmeoutandloveme.org to learn more about puppy mills and how to help the dogs that suffer in these facilities.

JOIN This Group! Every Weekend!

SATURDAYS:

11:00 am - Noon : Pampered Pets, St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights, IL (in front of Red Robin)

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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm : Petland, Shoppes at Hawk Ridge, Lake St. Louis, MO (park by Jiffy Lube)

SUNDAYS:

Noon – 1:00 pm : Missouri Puppy Expo (MO Puppy Expo, “PUPPIES”)

Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Sue Mandy, St. Peters, MO

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm : Pampered Pets, Mid Rivers Mall, St. Peters, MO

(meet under the Cine sign by the ST. Louis Bread Co.)

Signs and literature provided. Just show up.

Reilly Is Looking For A Loving Home To Call His Own....


Reilly (Petraits attached) is an affectionate, friendly, and well-trained, seven-year-old, 42-pound, male, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier looking for a loving home.

Reilly is playful, agile, housebroken and loves balls, Kongs and Nylabones.

How Reilly ended up having a bite record is a mystery. But, when the man of his former home cornered him, hitting him with a newspaper, Reilly retaliated by biting him. The family was planning on euthanizing the dog, but a rescue group stepped in to evaluate him. The rescuer tried every temperament test she could think of, and could not re-create any aggressive behavior at all.

Reilly loves people, gets along well with other dogs – big and small, and in his previous home, he either slept in bed with an eight-year-old boy, or on the floor in the parents’ room.

Reilly is accustomed to hanging out on the furniture, and had a fenced in yard at his previous home. He needs some work on his leash manners; he can be strong on walks. He is great in the car, and knows the commands sit, down, give paw, and takes treats very gently from your fingers.

Reilly is very healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped and heartworm-tested. To meet and possibly adopt Reilly, please contact Cher@secondhandsnoots.org or 847-55-4937. Reilly’s adoption fee of $200 benefits rescued dogs.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
Photography: http://www.petraits.com
Adoptions: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com
773-777-2891
sheri@petraits.com

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pet Store Protests
We protest local pet stores that sell puppies for several reasons:
They use breeders that have hundreds, sometimes THOUSANDS of dogs in permanent confinements.
They sell puppies for profit, while the “breeding dogs” suffer in isolation and even more animals sit in shelters waiting for homes.
The breeders attend, buy and sell at cruel and deplorable dog auctions.
The stores owners REFUSE to stop selling puppies and continue to LIE to consumers about where their puppies are coming from. And most of the consumers do NOT know the truth.
Please review the information on www.petshoppuppies.org, www.prisonersofgreed.org, www.hsus.org, www.aspca.org, www.letmeoutandloveme.org to learn more about puppy mills and how to help the dogs that suffer in these facilities.
JOIN US! Every Weekend!
SATURDAYS:
11:00 am - Noon : Pampered Pets, St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights, IL (in front of Red Robin)
*
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm : Petland, Shoppes at Hawk Ridge, Lake St. Louis, MO (park by Jiffy Lube)
SUNDAYS:
Noon – 1:00 pm : Missouri Puppy Expo (MO Puppy Expo, “PUPPIES”)
Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Sue Mandy, St. Peters, MO
*
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm : Pampered Pets, Mid Rivers Mall, St. Peters, MO
(meet under the Cine sign by the ST. Louis Bread Co.)

Signs and literature provided. Just show up.
More information can be obtained by contacting Heather at letmeoutandloveme@yahoo.com or GRAB A CARD!

Must See T.V.

Animal Planet's special program exposing the grim connection between puppy mills and pet stores is at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Monday, May 17. "Animal Planet Investigates: Petland" features never-before-seen footage from some of The HSUS's puppy mill investigations. Don't miss it!

http://animal.discovery.com/tv-schedules/special.html?paid=15.15976.129051.0.0

Sunday, May 16, 2010

And The WInner Is.....

If you haven't taken the time to check out this fabulous company please do so. Thier dog beds are just amazing and Lisa will be receiving one for winning this contest on Hudson's blog.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Breakfast at Ginger's- golden retriever dog eats with hands


Time To Speak Out


PUPPY MILL PROTEST ST PETERS, MO
SUNDAY, MAY 16, 12:00 T0 1:00 AND 1:00 T0 2:00

Please join our peaceful protest of the “PUPPIES” store from 12:00 to 1:00 off Mid Rivers Mall Drive, in front of the mattress store next to Taco Bell, across from the mall. This store is owned by Herman and Bonnie Schindler, the largest puppy millers in MO, with 1200 dogs (source: MO Dept of Agriculture inspection from November 2007). We will then protest Pampered Pets in Mid Rivers Mall (Dillards entrance off Sue Mandy Drive) from 1:00 to 2:00.

Help spread the word and educate others about puppy mills/commercial dog breeding. To educate yourself, visit www.petshoppuppies.org to learn more about puppy mills/commercial dog breeding.

Signs will be provided or you may bring your own. Literature is provided.

For more specific directions or questions, contact banmopuppymills@yahoo.com

Friday, May 14, 2010

Heartland Terrorism ???

Outstate legislators aim to thwart the will of the people.
By Editorial Board

Heartland terrorism?
“The people reserve power to propose and enact or reject laws and amendments to the constitution by the initiative, independent of the general assembly.”
— Missouri Constitution Article III, section 49

Missouri lawmakers don’t have much use for the will of the people.
Sure, they pay verbal homage. It’s invoked ad nauseam in political speeches. But the same lawmakers who boast so eloquently about their fealty to the will of the people are poised to strip a piece of it from the state constitution.
Five bills pending in the Legislature would prohibit citizen initiatives involving any aspect of agriculture. Only laws “based upon the most current industry standards and enacted by the general assembly” would be considered valid.
Compare that to language in the state constitution, which specifically protects the people’s ability to propose and enact laws “independent of the general assembly.”
All five bills contain identical wording. That’s a measure of the desperation of legislators, most from rural districts.

The reason they’re desperate? Fear.
Call it PETAphobia — an abiding terror that animal rights activists might lurk behind every bush, tree and rock.
Farm groups are spooked because Missourians for the Protection of Dogs turned in signatures this week for a ballot measure called the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.
It contains all kinds of radical ideas, such as a provision that would require puppy mill owners to feed their animals every single day (imagine that!). The measure also would require that animals receive annual veterinary care, be provided with shelter and not be bred more than twice every 18 months.
Missouri has a national reputation for puppy mills, where dogs are bred in sometimes cruel conditions for sale as pets.
Dog breeders and farm groups have warned that the puppy mill ballot initiative is just the first of a new crop of citizen-sponsored laws that will take aim at factory farming practices and hunting.

The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act is new, but that irrational outstate fear has been ripening a long time. For an example, look no further than bills sponsored by state Rep. Jim Guest, R-Kingdom City, in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
Mr. Guest’s bills would have made it a criminal offense to stand beside a public road and take unauthorized pictures of barns, fields and public land where animals graze. He described it as “anti-terrorist” legislation — because America might somehow be brought to its knees by unauthorized images of factory farms and puppy mills.
Think that sounds paranoid? Former Sen. Morris Westfall, R-Halfway, blocked bills to criminalize bestiality in Missouri during 2000 and 2001 for fear it might interfere with cattle-breeding operations.
He’s long gone from the Legislature, but his spiritual descendants still are with us.
Two of the five pending bills, in addition to stripping citizens of the right to propose ballot initiatives, would legalize the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Imprecise language in at least two other measures calls into question the legality of past citizen initiatives, including the 1998 law that made cockfighting illegal in the state.
The same lawmakers who want to slaughter horses for food, protect puppy mills and think photographing cows is terrorism also think that ordinary citizens aren’t qualified to propose initiatives on animals and agriculture.
Voters should put those legislators out to pasture.

Tinkerbell Needs A Loving Family Home

Tinkerbell (Petraits attached) is a very beautiful 35-pound Beagle-mix looking for a loving home, or rescue group to take her in.

Tinkerbell is great with other dogs and cats. When she knows you, Tinkerbell is the most loving and sweet dog. She knows the commands sit, down and speak. She is housebroken and crate-trained. She is playful - loves to play ball and chew her bones. She is non-destructive in the home.

Tink’s biggest issue is her fear. She growls and barks at new people, but quickly becomes a sweetheart and calms down. She is also protective of her food, so she’s best suited for homes with adults – those who are dog-experienced.

She was taken in by her family when she was a tiny puppy. However, the parents are now getting divorced and the dog has become unwanted by both mom and dad.

Tinkerbell is very healthy. She is vaccinated, and comes with a certificate for a spay surgery at the PAWS spay and neuter clinic in Chicago. Her adoption fee of $150 benefits rescued pets.

To meet and possibly adopt Tinkerbell please e-mail Sheri Hyzy at justdontnowhentoquit@gmail.com or 708-510-6746.

To see other pets available for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Are You Feeling Lucky ???


It's Five O' Clock Somewhere.....


Open Your Home To This Beautiful Girl......


This girl is located in Hamilton, ILLINOIS. Here it is, 10pm and I am just getting this girl brought to me. Her owners moved out of their home this week and left her tied to a clothes line, no dog house, no food or water or shelter of any kind!! It has been storming like crazy here this week and yet she was left chained, with no where to go. She had a litter of puppies almost 10wks ago and all have been given away. The owners told a neighbor if they didn’t find a home for her, they would be back this weekend to shoot her. Needless to say, I had her brought to me tonight, it’s storming again and I couldn’t bare the thought of her another night out alone in this weather. She is suppose to be 3yrs old, had been with other dogs-seems fine with me dogs, just a little frightened, not knowing what is going on. She quickly got into a kennel I had ready for her and is curled up sleeping soundly now. If anyone can help please contact me at westhancockk9@mchsi.com Upper midwest transport is available for her.

Puppies and horse meat? Missouri legislature has become a zoo

By Barb Shelly, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist
The best thing about the Missouri General Assembly is that sessions have a drop-dead date. Friday at 6 p.m. the 2010 extravaganza will mercifully come to an end.
Until then, you might want to keep your animals under lock and key.
Over the last few months, lawmakers have:
Proposed a way to make it legal to slaughter horses and sell their meat.
Tried to block a citizen initiative that seeks to regulate puppy mills.
Warned darkly about out-of-state groups trying to end animal agriculture as we know it in Missouri. This year, they want to save the puppies. Next year, it might be cows.
If a list was to be made of the Missouri legislature’s many quirks, its suspicion of animal protection measures must rank high on the list.
Attempts to outlaw cockfighting failed until 1998, when voters got the job done through an initiative petition. Lawmakers warned that criminalizing cockfighting was just the first step to a ban on hunting. Twelve years later, Missourians still hunt.
Now the action has shifted to the dog-breeding operations that make Missouri the nation’s leading puppy producer.
Election boards are certifying more than 190,000 signatures gathered in an attempt to have a statewide vote on regulating dog breeders. Some lawmakers are trying to block that vote.
More about that later. First, the horse meat measure, which the House approved by a 30-vote margin.
Yuck, one might say. Is it even legal to eat horse meat?
Not in this country. But it is in some European and Asian nations.
“If you served overseas in World War II, you were served horse meat,” said Rep. Jim Viebrock, a Republican from Republic, Mo. “It’s been around for a very long time.”
For as long as horses themselves, I reckon.
Congress effectively shut down horse slaughter houses in the U.S. in 2006 by pulling federal funding for meat inspectors. Horse meat can’t be shipped overseas without an inspection stamp.
Viebrock’s House bill aims to get around that obstacle by having slaughterhouses pay a fee to the state, which would reimburse the U.S. Department of Agriculture for inspections.
Viebrock and others say the closing of slaughterhouses caused an increase in horse neglect. But the economy is probably more of a factor. And it’s not like animals targeted for slaughter have great lives. Look at hogs and chickens.
Like everybody else, I’m for economic development in Missouri. But horse slaughter? I say neigh.
A conference committee today said the same thing, meaning horse slaughter probably won't be resurrected in Missouri this year. But until the clock strikes 6 p.m. tomorrow, anything can happen.
The same applies to attempts by House and Senate members to preempt the statewide vote on puppy mill regulations.
“There’s no question in my mind that agriculture is under siege,” said Sen. Bill Stouffer, a Republican from Napton, Mo., during a debate this week.
There’s that leap. A push for humane conditions becomes an attack on agriculture.
Rural lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to say that only laws “based upon the most current industry standards and enacted by the General Assembly” could regulate agriculture.
In other words, lawmakers support the right of citizens to take their causes to the ballot — except when it comes to protecting animals or protecting people from the effects of animals. Presumably, their efforts would preclude citizens from filing petitions to, say, create a barrier against hog farms.
It could be, as lawmakers contend, that Missouri’s problem with unsavory dog breeders results from the state’s poor performance in enforcing laws. Several audits have criticized the Department of Agriculture for lax performance.
But if that’s the case, we should have an open debate. Citizen initiatives shouldn’t be squelched permanently because of a paranoia fueled by agricultural interests.
A cockfighting prohibition didn’t impede hunting in Missouri. And I’ll bet that, 12 years from now, we’ll still be raising cows for consumption.

Read more: http://voices.kansascity.com/node/8960#ixzz0nvlsxzly

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What Are You Doing This Saturday ???

Puppy Mill Protest/Demonstration Chesterfield Mall…..
Chesterfield Missouri
Saturday, May 15
1 to 2 PM

FOR GENERAL INFO ON PUPPY MILLS VISIT
www.petshoppuppies.org

Join us this Saturday to...........
Demonstrate against pet stores (Pampered Pets) that sell pets bred for profit…
Promote shelter pet adoptions……….
Inform the public of the puppy mill issue………
Meet across from the mall parking lot, in the lot at 300 Chesterfield Center, a red brick office building. This is across from Sears, Houlihan ' s, caddy corner to Borders, AMC, and the Cheese Cake factory. We will be holding signs in the median, along the main mall entrance off Clarkson, just past the Dru ry Hotel. Signs pr ovided. No dogs please. Please RSVP in advance if possible.

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

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Must See Video....

Missourians For The Protection Of Dogs

Can you take a minute to make a call to protect dogs? You may have gotten my email recently regarding some very dangerous pro-puppy mill legislation under consideration by our state legislature. This update is to let you know politicians continue to feverishly debate the fate of our ballot measure and whether your voting rights should be restricted. Your voice is needed now before it is too late.

This is an urgent call to action - perhaps the most urgent request I've made so far. I hope you will come through one more time for the dogs. Scott Rupp's number is (573) 751-1282 and Tom Dempsey's number is (573) 751-1141.

Politicians in Jefferson City want to undermine our puppy mill initiative and take away our voting rights. Many don't think you should have the right to decide any animal cruelty issues on the ballot. They want to keep all the power for themselves and use it to protect puppy mills and other animal abusers from regulation. But the right to petition our government is guaranteed by the Missouri state constitution, and tens of thousands of citizens have petitioned to stop this cruel and inhumane treatment of dogs.
I am asking you to please make a brief, polite phone call RIGHT AWAY to your Missouri state senator and your state representative and urge OPPOSITION to H.J.R. 86 and any other legislation that restricts your voting rights. This legislation interferes with Missouri citizens' right to protect animals and to petition our government. Click here to look up your senator and representative's name and phone number. When you call, remember to leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent.

After you make your call, you can fill in and submit the form here to automatically send a follow-up email to your state senator and state representative. Your legislators receive a lot of email, so it is important to personalize the subject line and the text below so that your message will stand out and have a greater impact.
We just need to fight this legislation right on through 6 pm on May 14th, when the session ends for the year. Please don't let your hard work on the ballot measure be jeopardized by this legislative power grab. Just take a few moments to politely speak out, and make sure Missouri citizens have the right to vote on animal cruelty issues. Make sure other Missourians you know call, too!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR WONDERFUL WORK and for taking action for the dogs once again.

Barbara Schmitz

Campaign manager

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We've Got To Fight For The Poor Dogs In Puppy Mills inMissouri....

Have you heard us on the radio? Last week, Missourians for the Protection of Dogs launched a statewide radio advertising campaign urging state lawmakers not to undermine the citizen-backed initiative to help dogs across Missouri. You can listen to the radio ads.

Unfortunately, despite the fact that more than 190,000 Missouri voters signed the petition to place the measure on the statewide ballot, legislators in Jefferson City are considering several bills that could prevent voters from having their say on the issue. After all of our progress and hard work, after the countless hours campaign volunteers have spent gathering signatures across our state, we cannot let them take away our right to vote on this issue. Can you help with an emergency donation to keep our ads on the air?

We're pulling together our resources to let Missourians know the truth, and we need your help to make sure our ads are heard across the state. Please help us get this critical message out to Missouri voters by donating today. Every contribution, large or small, will help us continue the advertisements to make sure every voter gets the opportunity to change the lives of Missouri's dogs. Will you help make sure voters get the message? Donate today to the Humane Society.

As always, thanks ....for taking action for the dogs.

Barbara Schmitz
Campaign Manager

Animal Planet Investigates Petland.........

Animal Planet airs a special program on Monday, May 17, at 10 p.m. EST/PST exposing the grim connection between puppy mills and pet stores.

"Animal Planet Investigates: Petland" features unseen footage from some of The HSUS's puppy mill investigations and interviews with our puppy mill experts.

While revealing the heartbreaking deception behind puppy mill puppies, the program showcases our efforts to crack down on puppy mills and expose the hidden nature of the industry.

Thank you for signing our pledge to stop puppy mills! Please urge your friends to join you in signing the pledge and watching the show!

Thanks for all you do for animals.
Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

Tony LaRussa Joins Fight To Stop Puppy Mills In Missouri

KSDK -- Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa has joined the fight to stop puppy mills in Missouri.

Missourians for the Protection of Dogs announced that LaRussa will be part of its Puppy Mill Reform Committee, which includes other prominent people from across the state.

The committee is charged with promoting a statewide ballot measure to address the problem of puppy mills in Missouri.

LaRussa is the co-founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation, which saves dogs and cats from public shelters and connects them with loving owners.

"Tens of thousands of dogs suffer in these facilities from inadequate shelter, lack of veterinary care, and harsh breeding conditions. As a member of the Puppy Mill Reform Committee, I support Missourians for the Protection of Dogs' efforts to improve the lives of dogs in Missouri's commercial breeding operations," LaRussa said.

Statistics show 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 in the mills are sometimes found in poor, cramped conditions and get little exercise or human interaction.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Please consider this precious dog......

Contact Sue if you can help: suejimdoer@msn.com
The friend of mine who helped gather sigs in Franklin County, Missouri is a person who rescues dogs and tries to find homes for them. She needs a home for an 11-yr old blind mixed-breed, medium sized dog who walks fast on a short leash and is very good around the house. She lived with two other dogs, but the elderly owner had to go into a nursing home.
If you hear of someone who wants this dog, please give them my email.
Best wishes,
susan

This poor girl already had multiple litters by the age of two. She was brought to the vet because she had an ulcerated mammary tumor from the squalid conditions in which she was forced to live. Her former family chose to euthanize her rather than treat her, but a mastiff-loving hospital employee asked if she could take her home to foster until she was well enough to be adopted.

The name Cane Corso in Italian means “guard dog” and this breed can be particularly protective of those they love. She growls and barks at strangers. For this reason, Mingus would be best as the only pet in the home and even though she has lived with small children, she would probably be best in a home with older respectful children.

But Mingus adores people! Sher rolls over for belly rubs, gives kisses, and prefers to play with Chihuahua-sized squeaky toys.

She is housebroken, crate-trained, very healthy, spayed, up-to-date on vaccines, heartworm-tested, de-wormed and micro-chipped. Her adoption fee of $250 benefits rescued pets.

To meet and possibly adopt Mingus, please contact her foster mom Katye at singsingkitty@yahoo.com or 815-603-1157.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
Photography: http://www.petraits.com
Adoptables: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com
773-777-2891

Southern Missouri Dogs Need Loving Home......



Basset/Doxie mix...Louie, He is a sweet heart..look at that face.
Also here is JayJay the Chihuahua mix..he is precious..loves kids and is under a year old. Contact me at LHolloway1948@aol.com if you are interested.

Jayjay what a sweet little guy. hw neg. altered and vetted. under a yr old...

Friday, May 7, 2010


Aruba (Petraits attached) is a very friendly, snuggly, playful and fun, 18-month-old, 45-pound, Black Labrador Retriever-mix waiting for the perfect home.

Aruba was found as a stray and ended up at a rural Illinois shelter. Lucky for him, he was transferred to rescue in Chicago and is living in foster care.

Aruba is great in the car, great with other dogs and children, and knows how to sit on command. He is housebroken, crate-trained, and when you pull out a tennis ball he certainly comes to life!

To meet and possibly adopt Aruba, please e-mail palsplace1@hotmail.com or 773-615-9864. He is healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped and heartworm-tested. His adoption donation of $250 benefits Pals Place Rescue Group.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Junior (Petraits attached) is a very energetic, happy, fun, athletic, three-year-old, male Jack Russell Terrier looking for a loving home.
This boy ended up at Chicago Animal Care and Control when he was found as a stray. He was lucky to find a loving foster home and get out of a shelter cage through the “Friends” of Chicago Animal Care & Control foster program.
Junior is working on his housebreaking. He has made some dog friends, but he is opinionated about who he likes, and dislikes.
Junior is healthy, neutered, up-to-date on rabies and distemper vaccines, micro-chipped and heartworm-tested.
To meet and possibly adopt Junior, please contact Gloria at fido@famousfidowholesale.com or 773-907-0305. His adoption fee of $65 supports the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
To help support the dogs and cats of “Friends” please consider making a donation, or volunteering to foster a dog or cat, by contacting Kathy at kbwilson60612@yahoo.com
To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Cat Lover's.......We Need Your Help !!!

I received a call last night from Terri A. from Terri's Pet Rescue in Cuba, MO. http://www.terriscatrescue.com/ She is in dire need of cat food and litter as she has lost her job and is having trouble feeding her many foster cats. She runs this rescue from her home location and has the ability to help 75-100 cats as a time that she houses in out buildings on her property. If anyone can help you can contact Terri at home 573-885-2607 or her cell 573-202-5078. Her e-mail is fancy587@centurytel.net She is a 501C3 non profit rescue.
Thanks.

Barb V
Rescued Cat Foster Mom Volunteer
Save a Life, Adopt a rescue animal

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sometimes things just don't work out the way you expected.......

Ever have one of these days ???

Illinois Dog Needs Loving Home


Archibald (Petraits attached) is a very handsome, one-year-old, 65-pound, Black Labrador Retriever-mix waiting for the perfect home.

Poor Archibald and his mother were given up to a rural Illinois shelter when the family said they could no longer afford to keep them.

Archibald is great in the car, great with other dogs, and doesn’t jump up on people. He is housebroken, crate-trained, and takes treats very gently from your fingers.

Archibald is living in a foster home and had proven himself very quiet in the home. His foster mom thinks he would be a fine apartment or condo dog, if you had the time to exercise and walk him.

To meet and possibly adopt Archibald, please e-mail palsplace1@hotmail.com or 773-615-9864. He is healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped and heartworm-tested. His adoption donation of $250 benefits Pals Place Rescue Group.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Can Anyone Help ???


I have close friends in the Air Force that are being moved to Japan. They cannot take their beloved basset hound with them. They are currently in Wichita Falls, Texas but will be coming to St. Louis to see their family before their move. Details below. Thanks!



Sweet, 12-year old basset hound looking for home, very affectionate

companion, sleeps quite a bit, enjoys 10-15 min walks...slows down

considerably after that...she's great with kids and other animals...healthy

but probably doesn't have too many years left, we can't take her with us

overseas or we would...please call Jill Braucher 940-447-0717

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act

Backers submit thousands of signatures for Mo. ballot measure restricting dog-breeding
By Associated Press
12:09 PM CDT, May 2, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missourians seeking new restrictions for dog breeders have submitted a proposed ballot measure.

It would bar people from having more than 50 breeding dogs, establish care requirements to care for the animals and make violations a misdemeanor. The ballot measure is called the "Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act."

Supporters estimate they delivered about 190,000 signatures in more than two dozen boxes. That would be enough to qualify for the ballot if the signatures are validated. The dog-breeding petition was submitted about six hours before Sunday's deadline.

Another petition dealing with earnings taxes already has been filed. Several more ballot measure could be turned in Sunday. Election officials have until Aug. 3 to determine whether petitions qualify for the ballot.

official number of signatures submitted to the Secretary of State's office was 190,127---far Surpassing Our Goal of 130,000!! More info to follow.

By Associated Press

May 2 2010, 12:09 PM CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missourians seeking new restrictions for dog breeders have submitted a proposed ballot measure.

The complete article can be viewed at:
http://www.fox2now.com/news/sns-ap-mo--ballotmeasures,0,5777674.story

Visit KTVI at http://www.fox2now.com

Just A Phone Call Away.........

May 3, 2010
Protect Missouri's Animals

Nearly 200,000 Missouri voters signed a petition in support of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act -- a ballot measure to turn around Missouri's reputation as the "puppy mill" capital of America. Unbelievably, there is an effort by a small group of lawmakers in Jefferson City to undermine this measure, and prevent you from voting on it.

These politicians want to amend the Missouri constitution and take away your right to decide animal cruelty issues by ballot initiatives -- while they keep all the power for themselves and use it to protect puppy mills from regulation.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state senator Joan Bray (573) 751-2514and oppose H.J.R. 86, H.B. 1747 & S.B. 795. You can say: "As a constituent, I'm calling to ask you to oppose any legislation that takes away my right to vote on animal cruelty issues." After you call, send a follow-up message. Thanks for all you do for animals.

Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO

Quizby Needs A Forever Home.....


Quizby (Petraits attached) is a very beautiful, heartwarmingly-gentle, and shy three-year-old, 41-pound skinny, female, border collie/shepherd-mix looking for a loving home.

Quizby was found as a stray in Terre Haute, Indiana. She made her way to me in Chicago to find the home of her dreams. I can’t explain it, but she looks into your eyes and melts your heart. She has been delightful with every dog, cat and person she’s met. I haven’t heard her make a peep yet … not a bark, a whine … she’s been incredibly quiet.

I don’t believe she knows any formal commands, but when you take her out on leash, she naturally stays right by your side.

She is housebroken, non-destructive in the home, phenomenal on leash, and fantastic in the car. Quizby is very healthy, spayed, up-to-date on rabies, distemper and bordatella vaccines, micro-chipped, heartworm-tested and on preventative. To meet and possibly adopt Quizby, please contact me directly as she’s joined my household temporarily. Her adoption fee of $250 benefits rescued pets.

To see other pets for adoption, please visit http://www.petraits.petfinder.com

Sheri
Petraits Pet Photography
Photography: http://www.petraits.com
Adoptables: http://www.petraits.petfinder.com
773-777-2891
sheri@petraits.com

Spay and Neuter in Kansas City, Missouri......


Saturday Clinics Need Volunteers


Come Bowl with SNKC at Strike and Spare!
Thurdays, 7 pm,
May 13th-Aug. 26,
13001 E. 40 Hwy, Independence, MO.

Seeking gutter ball queens and turkey kings to make up 2 teams plus alternates. No SKILL required, this is for fun and family friendly!
Cost is $12 per week and $2 from each bowler/each week goes to support the life saving work at SNKC!
email tamara@snkc.net to sign up today!

Who knew smelling good could raise so much $$$?

If you weren't able to make it to our candle party on Monday, May 3rd, stop by the clinic and pick up a catalog, smell some samples and say hello! Stopping by the clinic doesn't work for you? Order online at mygc.com/bburns. Simply add "SNKC" after your last name on the order form.

As a reformed Yankee Candle addict, these Gold Canyon label candles (and reed diffusers, car scents, citronella candles, soy, etc...) smell better, stronger and are priced better! (Perfect for the room with the litter box!)

And the best part, 40% of purchases from the Heritage Collection will benefit SNKC!! All other items receive a 25% donation.

Graduations, baby showers, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries..the candle giving occasssions never end...stock up today and help a pet in need!

Orders due by May 17th. Email tamara@snkc.net or bburns@sunflower.com for more information.

Spay & Neuter Kansas City, 1116 E. 59th, Kansas City, MO 64110 816-353-0940




Many Beautiful Dogs and Cats Available at St. Louis City Animal Regulation Center


If you are thinking of bringing a new family member into your home, please look at the St. Louis City Animal Regulation Center at I-55 and Gasconade--just south of downtown St. Louis. While this animal control is closing, it hasn't closed yet. Unfortunately, many people think that is has and adoptions are down, even though they have never been very high. Generally landing in the ARC does not bring a good outcome for an animal that was formerly a wonderful pet. Please take a look at the link. Maybe you have some room in your home and heart for one of these unlucky animals.

http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/health/arc/dogpics1.html
http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/health/arc/catpage.htm

Monday, May 3, 2010

Be Careful Of Cocoa Mulch......

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and
they claim that "It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that
eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on
each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it."

Snopes.com site gives the following information:
http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot,
Foreman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal
ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like
chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die.
Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark
or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain
potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in
effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of
garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died
17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean
shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Man's Best Friend Helps Heal War Wounds
Published: May 01, 2010

by Gloria Hillard

Unwanted and abandoned dogs fill shelters nationwide, and not many will get a second chance. But, in California there's a new organization that is saving one dog at a time and, in the process, helping those who have served.

One of those people is Leif Meisinger, a combat veteran who still wears a military-style buzz cut. His arms are tapestries of colored ink, including a few tattoos he got in Iraq.

The 40-year-old former Army gunner says he has a mild traumatic brain injury after a roadside bomb blast and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

"It was like I was back in Iraq again," he says. "I was up at night, and I would sleep during the day."

A few months ago, something in his life changed. Meisinger received a dog from Pets for Vets -- a Los Angeles-based organization that matches shelter dogs with veterans like Meisinger who are having a hard time re-entering civilian life.

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We Believe Two Pups Trying To Escape A Puppy Mill