Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Need Clarity of What A Puppy MIll Is......

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council has defined Puppy Mills as:
Breeders who do one or more of the following:
a) Fail to follow acceptable standards of breeding
b) Fail to provide vet care and husbandry
c) Fail to provide socialization
d) Fail to provide safe housing
e) Fail to maintain sanitary facilities
f) Fail to transport in humane and safe manner, or
g) Knowingly breed adult dogs with hereditary or genetic defects

Getting A Pet For Someone Else

People are advertising pets as "the perfect gift". Please remember that more than half of those gifted pets will end up abandoned in shelters or on the streets a few
months after they are given. Don't believe me? Visit your local shelter in January and February, or just take the time to ask someone who works there about it. It's disheartening to start the New Year with a flood of new arrivals when you know most of them won’t leave that building again alive. Spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and various relatives: PLEASE be sure that the person you're giving a pet to is sure they want it and are ready for the responsibility, time, and money it takes to care for an animal, especially a puppy or kitten. If anything, consider giving an older, trained animal another chance with a new family. PARENTS!!! When you buy your child who is under 18 and still completely dependent on you a pet, you are buying yourself a pet! Legally you are responsible for that animal, so
be ready to pick up the slack if your kids "get bored" with their new pet or
find out that cleaning up poop is gross. Ask yourself if YOU want a pet and if
YOU are able to spare the time a pet will need. Remember: The difference between
a toy animal and a real one is the ability to experience pleasure and suffering.
That cute little puppy or kitten with the bow on his head is a life, and
10-15 year commitment, if you, or your recipient is not prepared, do NOT get
one, as a pup they have some chance of finding a home. If you bring them home, or gift them, and the new "parent" is not ready, you will sign the dog/cat’s death warrant, they will keep them till they are out of the cute stage, then, off to the
A pet is a great joy and giving
an animal a home is a deed that can benefit all parties, but only if everyone’s
ready for it. PLEASE don't add to the 6 million plus animals euthanized in
shelters annually by not thinking things through.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


I'm not an "until you get bored with me" dog.
I'm not an "until you find a girlfriend" dog.
I'm not an "until you have a baby" dog.
I'm not an "until you have to move" dog.
I'm not an "until you have no time" dog.
I'm not an "until I get old" dog.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This is To All The Fabulous Rescuers Out There That Work So TIrelessly Helping Animals In Need....

It is said that when animals die they don’t go to heaven, they go to the Rainbow Bridge where they wait for their owners. The area around the Rainbow Bridge is sunny, warm but not too warm, flowers, grass and all the animals have been restored to a youthful healthy state.
On one particular day it was unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge , this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before.
But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.
It wasn’t long before an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.
He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again! As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.
But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge .
With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly. They weren’t playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn’t understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him.
“You see, that poor animal was abandoned by his owners. He was turned into a shelter just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of the shelter and passed on. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge. ”
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, “So what will happen now?”
As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted.
Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.
“Watch, and see” said the second animal.
A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge.
They all crossed The Bridge together.
“What happened?”
“That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of his work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn’t place on earth, across The Rainbow Bridge. ”
“I think I like rescuers,” said the first animal.
“So does GOD,” was the reply.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Aflatoxin recall Iams dog food | The Daily Tail | Dog & Cat Stories

Aflatoxin recall Iams dog food The Daily Tail Dog & Cat Stories
Aflatoxin recall Iams dog food
by Daniela Caride,
on December 6,2011
A couple of weeks ago, we published a chart with the codes of Iams pet food
that, rumor said, was being recalled because of high levels of aflatoxin. Iams
denied the recall, which later was identified as a “product pull” that one of
the distributors mistakenly leaked to the outside world. (A product pull is, as
I understand, what a company does when it pulls the product from shelves before
it’s sold to the public.)
But now it’s official — The incident has become a recall. Procter &
Gamble announced today it is retrieving a lot of dry dog food due to aflatoxin
levels detected above the acceptable limit. According to the company, the Iams
ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food has already been retrieved from store
shelves, and no illnesses have been reported in association with this production
lot to date. But you can have one of those bags at home. The affected product
lot was distributed to retailers in the eastern United States (AL, CT, DE, FL,
GA, LA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA). So, please check the codes on
your bags if you buy Iams dog food.
Here are the details about the product affected by this

Product Name
Code Date
UPC Code
Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog foodwith Use By or Expiration
Dates of February 5 or February 6, 2013
7.0 lb bag
8.0 lb bag
17.5 lb bag
If you purchased the Iams Smart Puppy listed above, stop using the product
and discard it immediately. For more information or refund, contact P&G
toll-free at 866-908-1569 (Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST)
Aflatoxin occurs from the growth of Aspergillus flavus and can be
harmful to pets if consumed in significant quantities. Some of the symptoms your
pet can show from aflatoxin poisoning are…
reluctance to eat
yellowish tint to the eyes or gums
If your dog has any of those symptoms and is eating this food,
please take him to the vet immediately. Aflatoxin poisoning can be

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


If You Are Concerned About A Breeder or Pet Store ....

Contact the Puppy Mill Tip Hotline: 877- MILL TIP Dog Fighting Tip Hot Line: 877-TIP HSUS
Contact the Missouri Dept of Ag: Patti will answer the phone but Matt Rolled is the Lead Investigator 573-751-3076 matt.rold@mdz.mo.gov
(there is a form that you fill out and you will need the exact address where this place is)
Contact Tim Ricky with the A.S.P.C.A. - Tim has been great here in Missouri 646-599-2742 timr@aspca.org
It is so important you report sick puppies you have purchased or questionable breeders as Missouri is the # Puppy Mill State !!!

Take A Moment to Watch This Video....so important !!!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Operation Spot

Operation SPOT has donated straw bedding to be distributed to St. Louis area pet shelters for dogs that must remain outdoors during the winter. The shelters will give the straw at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

Among the shelters are St. Louis City Animal Control at 1520 Market St. in downtown St. Louis, and the St. Louis County Animal Shelter at 10521 Baur Blvd. in Olivette. Call the city shelter at 314-657-1500 or the county shelter at 314-615-0650.

A limited number of dog houses also will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. SPOT is seeking dog houses; to donate one, call Operation SPOT at 314-995-8678 or call one of the shelters.

SPOT is an acronym for Stop Pet Overpopulation Today.

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/metro/life/free-straw-bedding-available-for-dogs/article_e3ffe5ce-6b4b-5a22-a387-b0cca1074b89.html#ixzz1ffl8Pfx6

Sunday, December 4, 2011

HSUS Update.....

As we approach the finish line for 2011, a year which has seen its share of highs and lows for Missouri animal welfare advocates, our December issue highlights two stories which run the gamut from deceit and greed to compassion and service. We start with a tale from the dark side...about an East Coast connection to Missouri puppy mills. Then, on a more uplifting note, you'll learn about recognition for all the hard work done by The HSUS team on behalf of animals nationwide.

NYC Area Pet Stores Dupe Puppy Buyers, Support MO Puppy Mills

Missouri puppy mills are in the news yet again, exposed recently on NBC for exporting their misery to upscale pet stores in the New York City area. An HSUS investigation found that more than 100 pet stores around NYC metro bought over 3,000 puppies from Missouri puppy mills over a four-month period. Knowing that many prospective puppy buyers these days are aware of abuses in puppy mills, these retailers told consumers that the dogs were from small "private breeders." On the list of suppliers to these stores are several breeders from HSUS' Dirty Dozen, the "worst of the worst" of Missouri breeders.

This story exposes the nationwide reach and impact of Missouri's puppy mill industry, which is now exporting its cruelty, heartache, and economic pain (due to often enormous vet bills) to pet-loving families coast to coast. An HSUS investigator, along with businessman Lorenzo Borghese from ABC's "The Bachelor," went undercover as "shoppers" and caught sales staff at 11 NYC-area pet stores making misleading claims about the origin of their puppies. Learn more about this investigation here, including the disturbing video, and please share it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. This story further highlights the need to be an educated puppy buyer, and to always first consider adopting your new best friend from a known local shelter or rescue group.

HSUS Ranked #1 for Animal Protection by Philanthropedia

On a much-welcomed positive note, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was recently recognized by Philanthropedia, which ranks nonprofits in a variety of areas, as the Top Nonprofit for National Animal Welfare, Rights, and Protection for 2011. The ASPCA came in 2nd place, while the PetSmart Charities finished 3rd, and the Best Friends Animal Society came in 4th place. Read the full Philanthropedia report here.

There is a quote attributed to Mohandas Gandhi which goes: "The greatness of a nation, and its moral progress, can be judged by the way it treats its animals". It is heartening to know that countless staff and volunteers in numerous animal welfare organizations, such as those mentioned in this report, are working hard to keep the United States a great nation...at least as defined by the Mahatma.

We wish you and your family, both two-legged and four-legged, a very Happy Holidays!
Humane Society of the United States - Missouri PO Box 300176 St. Louis MO 63130

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving From Noah's Village Animal Rescue

Help us .... "Spread the Spirit of the Ark!
Dear Friend,

There's so much to be thankful for ... wonders never cease! We do hope that your Thanksgiving Holiday is very special and you have time to reflect on all the things that you also are thankful for!

I'm so very thankful for our rescue partners who have helped us throughout the year finding the special forever homes for all of our pooches.... also a very special thanks to all of their volunteers and foster families who have shared their love and homes with our pooches until they are placed with their families. In the past year we've relocated just over 200 displaced pooches from Missouri to their new families from Florida to New York City, New Jersey to Billings Montana and Northern Illinois to Colorado.

A special thanks to those of you who have donated your time, gathered supplies for us and have given their financial and emotional support. Without you we could not have saved the lives of so many wonderful pooches.

We're looking forward to "2012" as we progress to engage in exciting programs for
the people and animals of Missouri .... BIG things are coming! Won't you join us and
help .... "Spread the Spirit of the Ark"?

Peace, blessings and joy!

Pat Arbuthnot
Noah's Village Animal Rescue

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Small national non-profit helps to permanently shut down a large and inhumane puppy mill operation.

Kathy Bauck’s license was permanently revoked on September 14, 2011. The agreement – known as a consent decision – also permanently disqualified Bauck from obtaining an Animal Welfare Act (AWA) license or registration. This decision effectively prevents her from engaging in the commercial production and resale of dogs to pet shops and Internet sellers.

Members of her family – known to be involved in her many ventures – were also fined and permanently disqualified from licensing with the USDA. Her husband, Allan, was fined $100,000 (of which $5,000 was to be paid within 25 days of the order and $95,000 would be held in abeyance – in case of violation). Kathy’s daughter, Corinne Peters, and her sister, Janet Jesuit, were fined $50,000 each (payment of $5,000 with $45,000 held in abeyance as well).

They also agreed to a disbursement sale of most of the dogs under their custody or in their premises. They could only keep six dogs of which three may be unspayed females. All of the unsold dogs had to be donated to a shelter or rescue. On September 21, 2011 they had to file a notice with the hearing clerk corroborating their compliance with the ruling.

In 1997, CAPS began investigating Kathy Bauck, the owner and operator of Pick of the Litter in Minnesota. Bauck, one of the largest USDA-licensed dog brokers and breeders in the U.S, sold thousands of dogs to pet shops and Internet buyers across the country. A CAPS undercover employment investigation in the spring of 2008 revealed Bauck’s facility held 900 adults dogs and approximately 400 puppies. The undercover video shot by the CAPS investigator showed sick, wounded, emaciated and dying dogs.

Based on the evidence collected by the CAPS investigator, a jury convicted Bauck on March 24, 2009 of four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and torture. However, the judge sentenced her on only one of the counts; she received a 90-day sentence, reduced to 20 days of work release; a $500 fine, reduced from $1,000; 80 hours of community service and one year of probation.

On August 13, 2009, the USDA/APHIS filed a Motion for Summary Judgment requesting the termination of Bauck’s license. CAPS believes this judgment was due in part to our petition for rulemaking mandating automatic termination of license upon an animal cruelty conviction. Following Bauck’s appeal, APHIS’ response to her appeal, the Judicial Officer’s Order and Decision in December 2009 terminating Bauck’s license and a subsequent termination stay based on Bauck’s federal appeal, the USDA officially terminated Bauck’s license in June 2010, effective two months later.

CAPS turned over evidence to the USDA and dealt directly with the lawyers for the USDA’s Office of General Counsel who handled the Bauck investigation and case since 2008. The USDA filed a complaint on December 7, 2010 and an amended complaint on June 5, 2011 that incorporated the evidence provided by CAPS. The hearing in Fargo, ND was scheduled for the week of November 14.

Despite all the evidence against Bauck, her conviction and license termination, CAPS received complaints in 2010 and 2011 about sick puppies purchased at pet shops in Long Island. The complaints showed that Bauck sold puppies to pet shops after her USDA license cancellation on August 16, 2010. Interstate health certificates proved that Bauck, using her maiden name and a business name, sold dogs to various Long Island pet shops. Some of these certificates even listed a fabricated pet shop in New York City – Canine Culture Center – as a consignee.

With the help of a local Minnesota organization, CAPS kept Bauck under the spotlight. We tracked Bauck’s shipments for a number of years and uncovered that she sold nearly 1,400 puppies to locations in New York. CAPS own undercover investigations of these pet shops revealed stores that refused to disclose the source of their puppies – in violation of the New York pet shop lemon law – or provided limited information after putting down a deposit. Bauck told the investigator that she was “partnered with” and family friends with the owners of at least two of the pet shops. CAPS submitted their findings to the USDA and state agencies in New York, as formal complaints.

For more information, photos and video visit www.caps-web.org or click on the links below.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Missouri Debate Over Dog Breeding Continues...

Associated Press Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011 11:48 am (2) Comments
Debate over Missouri's dog breeding industry and the regulations governing it has weaved through the ballot box, the floors of the state House and Senate and the state Department of Agriculture. And the discussion is not done yet.
Several humane groups have voiced concerns that increased costs for the state licenses of animal shelters could cause financial problems for those facilities. Shelters lost an exemption from the licensing fees under a law approved last year, and the license charges for shelters, commercial breeders, kennels and others was increased this year from a maximum of $500 to up to $2,500.

"It's horrible public policy," said Barbara Schmitz, the Missouri state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "Shelters and rescue groups are nonprofit organizations. They're performing a community service. They are taking in animals that have no homes."

Schmitz and other critics, such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, call it a "tax" and warn that it could force some shelters to close. Schmitz said opponents are pursuing several options, including a lawsuit that they filed earlier this year in the Capitol's home of Cole County and changes through the Legislature.

Meanwhile, commercial breeders said many of the dogs cared for in shelters did not come from their industry and that the state's shelters should help licensed breeders bear the financial cost of Missouri's regulation efforts.

"We believe that it's only fair for those facilities to pay their fair share as well," said Karen Strange, the president of the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners.

It is another example of the disagreement that has bubbled up from heightened attention paid to dogs during the past several years in Missouri.

Last year, voters approved a ballot measure that created new rules for the breeding industry, which included a limit of 50 breeding dogs and care requirements for the dogs. It passed with about 52 percent of the vote with supporters in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas outweighing opponents in rural areas and was backed by several organizations including the Humane Society of the United States. Opponents argued that the new rules would force the end of Missouri's dog breeding industry.

Before the new rules could take effect, state lawmakers stepped in and this year approved legislation first replacing much of the ballot measure and then implementing an agreement between state-based agriculture groups and animal welfare groups. The new state legislation included the higher licensing fee and required that the state Department of Agriculture update its regulations for dogs.

Breeders and welfare groups have quibbled with a few parts of those new rules. Organizations that include the Humane Society of the United State and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also have raised objections to portions of the final rules that deal with flooring, space, outdoor access and exercise requirements. The Missouri Federation of Animal Owners sought changes to how required veterinary examinations would be handled.

State agriculture officials said they held public meetings and reviewed thousands of comments in developing the final rules. The state agency said it was appointing a panel of veterinarians to monitor the effects of the new regulations and propose future changes.

"We take our role in animal care very seriously, and these rules are an integral part of ensuring that our licensed, professional breeders have the clear guidelines they need to move forward," Missouri Agriculture Department Director Jon Hagler said in a written statement that was released when the rules were finalized.

However, new state regulations do not mean no more discussion.

Fallout from the 2010 ballot measure on dog breeding could lead to a new initiative before voters next year. A couple groups that supported last year's measure joined a new organization that is pursuing a constitutional amendment in 2012 to require a three-quarters majority vote for the Legislature to amend or repeal voter-approved laws unless the changes are referred to the ballot for a vote or the initial ballot measure allowed lawmakers to make changes by a majority vote.

Dog breeders and others said they too are ready to continue the debate if necessary. Strange said they would "actively pursue the protection of agriculture." She said there were no specific proposals or plans for a possible encore but that all their options were under consideration.

Plenty of prospects for future disagreement remain. Nonetheless, there is some agreement that things have gotten at least a little better.

Strange: "We will see a greater improvement in the industry. I believe that when the public purchases a puppy from Missouri they can feel assured that they are getting a healthy, well-socialized, well-raised new member of their family. We now have in place rules and regulations that can be enforced. Plus, we have criminal penalties in place for those who operate outside the law or substandard facilities. We now have an assurance that our animals are the best in the nation."

Schmitz:: "We believe that progress has definitely been made. Improved veterinary care provisions is definitely a step forward. We are appreciative of that effort. There is still a lot of work to be done and we go forward."

And that could mean new discussions for Missourians to sort out.
EDITOR'S NOTE _ Chris Blank has covered state government and politics for The Associated Press since 2005.

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/state-and-regional/missouri/missouri-s-debate-over-dog-breeding-continues/article_002f1361-16e1-5abf-932b-5183cd5e80df.html#ixzz1dgbA0K8l

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine celebrates the powerful relationship between dogs and people. Eight extraordinary canine finalists, selected in a nationwide online search, will be honored at this red-carpet star-studded award gala for their remarkable devotion, bravery, and companionship. Each of these incredible dogs represents one of the many categories of working dogs, including service, therapy, military, law enforcement and arson, hearing, guide, and search and rescue. Join host Carson Kressley, along with Betty White, Peter Fonda, Paula Abdul, Faith Ford, Olivia Munn and many more for this unique celebration of our four-legged heroes and the many ways they enrich and save our lives every day.

To find out about each of the Hero Dog Award categories, inluding Emerging Hero Dogs, click here.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On November 1, 2007 Tony La Russa was awarded the American Society for the Prevention ofals' (ASPCA®), prestigious Henry Bergh Founder's Award at the organization's annual Humane Awards Luncheon in New York, New York. In 1866, Henry Bergh founded the ASPCA®, the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere granted the authority to enforce local animal protection laws. Today, the ASPCA has over 1,000,000 members and donors nationwide, and continues to create national programs to prevent cruelty to animals. The Henry Bergh Founder's Award is presented annually to an individual who has worked most of their lives to improve the health and welfare of animals.

Tony La Russa makes his off-season home in Alamo, California with his wife, Elaine; their two daughters Bianca and Devon, one bunny, five dogs, five mice and 14 cats.
ARF - Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

St Louis Pet Expo
The St. Louis Pet Expo is a woofing, chirping, and meowing good time for the whole family! Four-legged friends can receive "spa treatments" from local groomers, sample delicious treats, and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations.

Rounding out the list of activities is an agility demonstration, pet talent and costume shows, and an exciting pet/owner look-alike contest!

The highlight of the event is definitely the adoptable animals showcased by area non-profit rescue groups-- who knows, you may just come home with a new family member!

Monday, October 24, 2011

ASPCA Applauds Jack's Pets for No Longer Selling Puppies
Supporters across the nation have taken a stand against puppy mills, and pet stores are taking notice. Recently, Jack’s Pets, one of the largest pet store chains in the Midwest, has decided to no longer sell puppies in any of its stores. Instead, Jack’s will work with the ASPCA to expand its work with local animal shelters and rescue groups to offer in-store pet adoptions.

“The ASPCA is thrilled to see a pet store chain like Jack’s transition to a no puppy sales model,” says ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “We hope that this decision will convince other pet stores to stop selling puppies and support local animal adoption programs, which would improve the lives of countless dogs.”

Over the last six months, Jack’s Pets has changed its name, expanded its pet food selections to more than 30 brands, and tested a successful new store format that does not include the sale of puppies.

“We have over one million customers coming through our doors every year,” says Scott Brenner, president of Jack’s Pets. “We recognize that we can have a very positive impact on our local pet community by working with various adoption agencies surrounding our stores.” He adds, “We want to continue to provide our customers with lovable companions while helping to save dogs’ lives, and we hope other stores will follow suit.”

In July 2011, the ASPCA unveiled a national campaign to raise awareness about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills. Our goal is to reduce the demand for puppy mill puppies by urging consumers not to buy any items—including food, supplies or toys—if the store or website sells puppies.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips
Pet Owners
Halloween can be a frightening time for family dogs. Each Halloween, veterinarians nationwide see pet injuries that could have been avoided. Here are some ways we can protect pets:

Walk your dog before trick-or-treaters start their visits. Keep a firm grip on the leash; many dogs are frightened by people in costumes.

Find a secure place in your home to keep your dogs, especially if you're giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. Many dogs get loose when the door opens, and the presence of little (and big) costumed people often scares animals, increasing the chance dogs will run away or get hit by cars.

Make sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date I.D. tag.

Place a dog gate in front of your front door to block access in case someone accidentally lets your pet out of the place where he's confined. Many dogs will run after trick-or-treaters.

If your dog has any aggressive tendencies, fear of loud noises, or a habit of excessive barking, place him in a quiet room as far away from your front door as possible at least a half-hour before trick-or-treaters arrive.

Consider crating your pet, which can make him feel more secure and reduce chances of accidental escapes. Provide chew toys, a favorite blanket, a piece of clothing with your scent on it, or whatever comforts the animal. Play soft music or a recording of soothing sounds.

If you want to have your dog near the door to greet visitors, keep him on leash. Pets can become very stressed by holiday activities and unwelcome interruptions in routine. A nervous dog might feel threatened and growl, lunge or bite.

Keep dogs indoors. It's a bad idea to leave dogs out in the yard; in addition to the parade of holiday celebrants frightening and agitating them, there have been reports of taunting, poisonings and pet thefts. Plus they're likely to bark and howl at the constant flow of treat or treaters.

Keep dogs out of the candy bowl. Dispose of candy wrappers before your pets get to them, since the wrappers can cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Make sure the dogs can't get into the trash. Note: Chocolate contains theobromine, which can cause nerve damage and even death in dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is -- and the smaller the lethal dose.

Explain to everyone in your home (including kids) how dangerous treats are to pets. Take young children's candy supply and put it somewhere out of reach of pets. Caution children about leaving candy wrappers on the floor.

Make sure pets can't reach candles, jack-o-lanterns, decorations or ornaments.

Halloween costumes can annoy animals and pose safety and health hazards...so think twice before dressing up the dog. Make sure the dog can breathe, see and hear, and that the costume is flame retardant. Remove any small or dangling accessories that could be chewed and swallowed. Avoid rubber bands, which can cut off the animal's circulation or, if accidentally left on, can burrow and cut into the animal's skin.

If the animal is very high-strung, consult your vet about tranquilizing for the night.

When walking dogs during or after Halloween, watch carefully for what they might pick up and choke on. Bits of candy and wrappers abound on sidewalks and streets after holidays.

If you notice these symptoms of chocolate poisoning, go to your vet or an emergency vet right away because your pet's life may be in danger:

•Excessive drooling
•Excessive urination
Pupil dilation
Rapid heartbeat
Vomiting and diarrhea
Muscle tremors and seizures

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Irvine bans retail pet sales, rodeos, some circuses
October 12, 2011 11:36am
Animal activists, including one man dressed in a head-to-toe dog costume, cheered Tuesday night when Irvine City Council members banned the retail sale of cats and dogs.
The ordinance, which passed by a 4-1 vote with Councilman Jeffrey Lalloway dissenting, also bans rodeos and circuses featuring exotic animals, the Daily Pilot reported.
"It's just a win for animals all around," said Irvine resident Wendy Fears, a member of a small local group that helped organize support for the ban. "I'm just real proud of Irvine for standing up against animal abuse."
While Lalloway expressed disgust for those capable of animal cruelty, he worried that the proposed ordinance may move pet sales to the Internet and "import a pet problem rather than stop it."
"Today, tonight, we are here to deal with a problem that simply does not exist," Lalloway said. "We do not have any mass-breeding facilities here in Irvine. We have one pet store, Russo's, which will not be selling dogs and cats after next year."
In August, the Irvine Co., which owns the Irvine Spectrum where Russo's Pet Experience operates, announced that it would not renew the store's lease when it expires in October 2012.
The city also does not host circuses featuring wild animals or hold rodeos, Lalloway said.
While existing animal welfare laws should be enforced, new legislation in the city should "focus on putting people back to work, not on a problem that does not exist," he said.
More than 50 public speakers presented arguments to the council citing inhumane conditions found in so-called puppy mills and buyers' lack of knowledge about them and the associated health risks.
"The reason that we need to make these laws is that the public is duped," Fears said. "Every pet store will tell you that they get their dogs from responsible breeders, but the truth is that responsible breeders would never sell to a pet store."
However, Fears, who volunteers with multiple animal rights groups, said activists would now start looking toward other cities to adopt similar ordinances.
"This is just the first step in a process," Fears said. "People are starting to be become aware of how horrible a puppy mill is."
FBI makes arrest in celebrity phone-hacking case
O.C. rug merchant’s sexual assault victims now at 11, police say
Southern California heat wave raises wildfire threat, officials warn
— Sarah Peters, Times Community News
Photo: Russo's Spectrum Pets in Irvine on Aug. 17. Irvine City Council members banned the retail sale of cats and dogs Tuesday. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community

70 US Malls Ban Pet Sales

Dear Fellow Animal-Welfare Advocates,
This is really big news! Macerich, a US shopping center developer with 70 malls across the US (including Southern Hills in Sioux City, Lindale in Cedar Rapids and Southridge in Des Moines) is banning the sale of pets in their malls. Here is a link to the story: Breaking News.
Here is a link to the Macerich website. If you have time please send them a Thank You! Send a brief note to their Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Randy Brant, at randy.brant@macerich.com. Please also show your support by frequenting these malls when possible.
This is very important and will no doubt have a domino effect on other malls. Those malls that currently allow pet sales need to hear from us; the public. We must tell them in words and with our shopping dollars that we will not support them as long as they allow the sale of pets.
If you know of a store that sells puppies, please print this news article and deliver it to them along with a respectful request to ban pet sales.
This is one of the best ways to fix the puppy mill problem....eliminate the outlet! Very good news!!
Mary LaHay, President
Iowa Voters for Companion Animals

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Friday, October 14, 2011

70 U.S. Malls Ban Pet Sales

Dear Fellow Animal-Welfare Advocates,
This is really big news! Macerich, a US shopping center developer with 70 malls across the US (including Southern Hills in Sioux City, Lindale in Cedar Rapids and Southridge in Des Moines) is banning the sale of pets in their malls. Here is a link to the story: Breaking News.

Here is a link to the Macerich website. If you have time please send them a Thank You! Send a brief note to their Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Randy Brant, at randy.brant@macerich.com. Please also show your support by frequenting these malls when possible.

This is very important and will no doubt have a domino effect on other malls. Those malls that currently allow pet sales need to hear from us; the public. We must tell them in words and with our shopping dollars that we will not support them as long as they allow the sale of pets.

If you know of a store that sells puppies, please print this news article and deliver it to them along with a respectful request to ban pet sales.

This is one of the best ways to fix the puppy mill problem....eliminate the outlet! Very good news!!

Mary LaHay, President
Iowa Voters for Companion Animals

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

5 Easy Ways To Show Your Love For Animals......

ADOPT.....a pet and consider making your new family member a special needs animal. Find a special needs pet in your area by searching petfinder.com's directory of more than 13,000 shelters.
Donate.....pet food to Petco's Food Bank Collection Program which helps owners who have fallen on hard times. Find participating locations at petco.com/petcofoundation
Supply.....shelters with cozy bedding for animals. Pets often sleep on the cold concrete or in a cramped cages as they await adoption. Purchase a bed for as little as $35 from kuranda.com/donate, and the site will ship it to a shelter of your choice.
Answer.....the daily trivia question at freekibble.com and the pet company Halo, Purely for Pets will donate 10 pieces of free kibble to one of more than 50 shelters nationwide. Since the site launched in 2008, the nonprofit has fed over 5.6 million meals to dogs and cats.
Like..... Petango.com at facebook and the site will donate $1 to an animal shelter
Please spay or neuter your pets! This is a tragic example of an in-bread dog!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

HSUS Seeking to Provide Relief from Shelter Adoption Tax

In the midst of an economic crisis, which often drastically reduces donations to charitable and community service organizations, the Missouri state legislature has slapped a new fee on non-profit animal shelters and rescue groups already extremely tight on resources to fund their operations.
"Animal shelters are already struggling to care for the vast number of homeless animals in Missouri...a challenge compounded by the sudden influx of animals stranded by recent natural disasters and near record flooding. The last thing they need is to be hit with a senseless government tax on their lifesaving, charitable efforts," said Barbara Schmitz, Missouri state director of The HSUS. "This new fee is the wrong policy, at the wrong time, and will mean fewer dogs and cats get the medical care, vaccinations, and new loving homes they deserve."
Until the passage of SB 795 last year, Missouri's animal shelters were exempt from the licensing fees that the Missouri Department of Agriculture imposes on licensed breeders, dealers, pet stores, kennels, and other commercial entities through the Animal Care Facilities Act. Animal shelters are non-profit organizations that provide a public service to the community, and should not be lumped into the same category as for-profit commercial enterprises. In fact, it's very often the animal welfare organizations that are left to clean up the mess created by the profit-serving entities, such as the large-scale puppy mills that flood the market with dogs and puppies.

The removal of the exemption for these non-profit, community-based shelters, combined with the recent increase in the allowable range of state licensing fees passed as part of the bill enacted by the legislature which gutted the voter-approved Proposition B, could subject the already cash-strapped animal shelters in the state to hundreds or thousands of dollars, in additional fees each and every year. As a result, shelters will have fewer resources to care for animals and place them for adoption.

To counteract this severely misguided legislative maneuver, The Humane Society of the United States leaped into action on behalf of shelters and rescue groups throughout Missouri. The HSUS, the Dogwood Animal Shelter in Osage Beach, MO, and Stray Rescue of St. Louis, have filed suit seeking to stop this new government fee. In addition, the HSUS is urging the Missouri Department of Agriculture to include a hardship exemption for shelters and rescue groups in the regulations it has proposed to implement SB 161.

The legislative actions taken here in Missouri present a stark contrast to those in Pennsylvania. While Missouri is taxing shelters who adopt out dogs and cats, thereby actually imposing a financial penalty on animal welfare groups who provide new loving homes to dogs and cats in need, Pennsylvania is providing a tax credit to those who adopt homeless dogs and cats. PA's H.B. 1765 would provide a $300 tax credit to people who adopt dogs or cats from animal shelters throughout the state. The Pennsylvania model would serve as an example of a tax incentive which is properly aligned with the humane goal of providing loving homes for animals in need...this is the type of clear logic which seems to be in short supply these days in Jefferson City.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fabulous Information From the Wonderful Site of The Puppy Mill Project

Know the Law
Current Pet Store Law in Illinois
What you need to know about Pet Store Disclosure in Illinois

Pet stores like to tell their customers that they get their puppies from small family breeders, or local breeders that they have been dealing with for many years. Sometimes they say they go and hand pick the puppies and drive them to the store themselves. They also say their breeders are private breeders, home breeders, reputable breeders or even USDA approved breeders. These sorts of statements should be enough to make you question where the dogs are coming from.

Most people do not willingly buy puppies from puppy mills or mass dog breeding operations where profit is more important than the health of the dogs but according to the Humane Society United States, that is where 99% of puppies sold in pet stores come from, regardless of what the store says.

Illinois laws have changed for consumer protection because so many have not been told the truth about the new puppy they have purchased, and so many have spent thousands of dollars on vet bills enduring heartache with sick and dying puppies.

On Sunday, August 22, 2010 Governor, Pat Quinn signed a law provides consumers more information before they purchase a dog or cat. As of January 1, 2011, pet stores in Illinois are required to post the breeder information on the cages of the puppies they are selling. The information should be posted out in the open for all to see. If you have to ask the store for it, they are breaking the law. This disclosure is very important and allows the consumer to do their research before they purchase a pet.

What Pet Stores must disclose on or near the cages:

If you have to ask for this information, they are in violation of the law and you should report them to the Illinois Department of Agriculture. jackie.eckert@illinois.gov,

Name and address of breeder
License number and USDA license number if applicable
Age, sex and weight of the animal
Breed of the animal
Record of vaccinations, veterinary care and treatment
Record of surgical or lack of sterilization

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Puppy Mill Project Rocks.....

What you should know
Facts and Common Misconceptions
Puppy mills commercially breed dogs. They are poorly regulated by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). Under the Animal Welfare Act, dogs are considered "livestock". This enables mass production of dogs in horrible conditions. The dogs are bred and sold in the same way as chickens or cows. They are purchased from the mills by brokers who then take them to a "distribution facility" where they are put on a truck and shipped to pet stores.
The dogs live in deplorable conditions. They are kept in wire cages. They are denied adequate exercise, medical care and water. The cages are filthy and the dogs must sit, eat and sleep in their own mess. They are not bathed or cleaned. The adult dogs are bred every heat cycle until they can no longer produce puppies or are no longer profitable. Then they are disposed of by poisoning, drowning or by gunshot. A few get rescued.

Thinking of buying a puppy at a pet store? They're so cute!!! Do you know where that puppy comes from? Do you know the breeder? Are they reputable?
When you buy a puppy at a pet store, you are not "rescuing" that dog - you are perpetuating a cycle. They will fill the empty cage the next day. When you see that cute puppy in the window of a pet store, it is likely that it came from a place like the one pictured above. A commercial dog breeding facility or puppy mill where dogs are constantly bred so the puppies can be sold on the Internet or in pet stores.

Buying a puppy from a pet store, internet site and through newspaper ads supports puppy mills.
Pet stores, that sell puppy mill puppies to consumers, are committing consumer fraud. They tell consumers that their puppies come from responsible breeders, when in fact they come from inhumane puppy mills. Pet stores deceive the public by telling their customer they use local, private, USDA approved, responsible and home breeders. They can say anything they want to get you to buy the dog. Puppy mills sell the puppies for $300 - $500, brokers sell them to the pet stores for $400 - $800, and the stores sell them to the public for $600 - $3000 per puppy! Huge profits are made at the expense of the dogs in the mills.
Even buying a puppy online supports puppy mills.

Internet sales of animals are not regulated by the USDA, so online pet stores can evade all regulatory requirements. Puppy mills can sell puppies online and directly thru newspaper ads easily, without a need for a pet store with a store-front to impress and fool consumers. Don’t be fooled by beautiful web sites! They can portray any image they want but the reality of the “kennel” is not what they say. Be aware of a “breeder” who will ship a dog overnight.

“A pet store I visited said that their puppies come from responsible breeders.”
Responsible breeders only sell their dogs personally (never in a store or online) because they want to ensure that their dogs are going to quality homes. Don’t be fooled by this! Anyone who puts two dogs together and produces puppies can be called a breeder.
“If I want a specific dog breed I have to buy from a pet store.”

Every dog breed has a rescue and a kennel club. Ask them for names of responsible breeders and by the way pocket puppies are not a breed.
“Only designer dogs come from puppy mills.”

No dog breed is immune to the horrors of puppy mills, from Cocker Spaniels to Golden Retrievers, and Labradoodles to Puggles, all dogs.
“If I want to get a dog right now I should buy from a pet store where they are waiting in the window for me.”

Don’t let a need for instant gratification get the best of you, you may be able to buy a dog now, but you may pay for it later in veterinary costs due to the poor conditions that the dog was born in.
“Pet stores have guarantees that ensure I buy a quality dog.”

The guarantees many times protect the the store's interest more than the customer. Some only last for a very limited amount of time and may not allow for health problems to surface, if you return a dog realize that it will be returned to the puppy mill to become a breeding dog or simply killed.
“Dogs from pet stores come with papers of authenticity from a kennel club, so it must be a quality dog?”

Papers are purchased and not earned, with kennel clubs and unofficial ‘registration’ organizations providing paperwork for a small fee to anyone willing to pay, the only way to ensure a quality dog is to meet the dog’s parents in person. A responsible breeder has nothing to hide! The AKC and APRI will register a puppy mill dog.

The Puppy Mill Project.
Should I Be Present for My Pet’s Euthanation??? By: Dr. Eric Barchas
The decision to euthanize a pet is the hardest choice any pet owner has to make. Although euthanasia may be the best thing for a suffering animal, it is never easy to decide to put a long-time friend to sleep.

Although liability concerns are starting to take a small bite out of owner choice on the matter, the majority of vets I know offer the choice to stay with your pet during euthanasia. In my experience, about half of owners wish to be present for their pets’ final moments. The other half prefers to remember their pets as they were in life.

If you decide to be present, you should be aware of what will happen. The euthanasia solution is usually injected intravenously (directly into a vein). Some vets have staff members place IV catheters in pets beforehand so that it’s not necessary to stick the pets with any needles. Because it is a type of sedative, the procedure is rapid and generally very peaceful. Some vets administer additional sedatives before the euthanasia solution.

Animals’ eyes usually remain open, and some may lose bowel or bladder control. A small number of pets seem to take a few short breaths after the procedure, but these are reflexive motions of the chest muscles and diaphragm.

Ultimately, only you can decide whether it’s appropriate to be present during the procedure. Look inside your heart to see what’s best for you and for your pet.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Canine Cruelty Prevention in Missouri

We are happy to announce the launch of the Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit’s web site. Follow this link: http://ago.mo.gov/CanineCruelty/ for access. The site includes a canine cruelty complaint form, where consumers can lodge a complaint against unlicensed breeders or breeders against whom they have animal cruelty or consumer complaints. The Canine Cruelty Prevention Unit will investigate all complaints. Also included is an information chart that explains the revisions to Missouri’s animal welfare laws, as well as a copy of the newly enacted legislation. You will find a list of frequently asked questions and access to the Attorney General’s Hotline, where individuals can call with complaints. Attorney General’s Office hotline operators have been trained on the Animal Care Facilities Act and the new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.
Have a great week, everyone!
Jessica L. Blome
Assistant Attorney General
Missouri Attorney General's Office
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-3640
Facsimile: (573) 751-8796

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pet Health Myths....

by: Michelle Hainer

Myth One: Parasite Prevention isn't necessary year-round
"I'd like to see people think of parasite prevention as preventive medicine," say Dr. Jay Stewart, owner of Aumsville Animal Clinic in Aumsville, Oregon, and a Companion Animal Parasite Council board member. Dr. Stewart adds that some parasites, like roundworms and those carried by mosquitoes, can infect pets at any time of the year, so only continuous prevention is effective against them. To keep pets safe from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites, you'll need to administer broad-spectrum parasite prevention medication once every month.

Myth Two: Neutering Makes Dogs Soft.
Intact males are frustrated every time they smell a female dog in season and even males in single-dog households can detect the scent. Dogs exhibit this frustration in a number of ways, poor appetite for a few days, spells of breaking house training and mounting other dogs in the family or people's legs. Neutering can quiet these tendencies when done at a young age. At the same time, it won't diminish skills, such as hunting, that are characteristic of a breed, says Dr. Danielle Wehr with All Valley Pet Clinic in Meridian, Idaho. Neutering also protects against testicular cancer and an enlarged prostrate.

Myth Three: It's OK to Skip brushing pet's teeth.
Dental health impacts heart, liver and kidney function. Failure to brush regularly can lead to serious gum disease and significantly decrease your pet's overall quality of life. When started at a young age most pets enjoy brushing. Even older pets enjoy teeth brushing.

Myth Four: Itchy Ears Must Mean Ear Mites.
" The only ear mites I have ever seen in a dog came from a puppy living among others in a deplorable hoarding situation," Dr. Wehr says. " More often, a dog scratches its ear because of a yeast infection or bacterial infection that requires appropriate medication to treat. " Those infections typically occur as a result of food or inhalant allergy or as a direct result of water getting into the ear, which creates a moist environment for yeast and bacteria to grow. Over the counter ear mite solutions usually end up making the ear canal more inflamed.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What Greater Gift Can You Give To A Child !!?!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

No Kill Advocacy

The No Kill Advocacy Center is working to end the systematic killing of animals in U.S. shelters.
The No Kill Advocate is our free e-newsletter and listserve. Stay informed of No Kill news from around the country. Learn more and subscribe by clicking here.
A National Tragedy

We are a nation of cat and dog lovers. But the shelters we expect to provide these animals with a second chance are instead killing millions of them every year. And for far too long, we have been told that there is no other way. More than that, we have been told that the killing is exclusively the public's fault. That shelters—through no fault of their own—are merely performing the public's dirty work—with skill, compassion, and dedication. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This year, roughly four million dogs and cats—and countless other animals—will be put to death in our nation’s animal shelter. Their only “crime” is that they have no human address. Others may be sick or injured, but they could be saved with little effort. Unfortunately, they, too, will be killed. And still others are feral cats who should never enter shelters in the first place. But there is hope.

A Reason for Hope

In the last decade, several progressive shelters have put into place a bold series of lifesaving programs and services which have dramatically reduced the death rate in their communities. The resulting success proves that there is a formula for lifesaving, and that if we are to achieve a No Kill nation, it is incumbent upon shelters nationwide to embrace the programs and services which have been proven to save lives.

Join the Crusade

But the challenges we face are great. From entrenched bureaucrats who are content with the status quo, to uncaring shelter directors hostile to calls for reform; from agencies mired in the failed philosophies of the past to those who have internalized a culture of defeatism—the roadblocks to No Kill are substantial, but not insurmountable. We have a choice. We can fully, completely and without reservation embrace No Kill as our future. Or we can continue to legitimize the two-prong strategy of failure: adopt a few and kill the rest. It is a choice which history has thrown upon us. And a challenge that the No Kill Advocacy Center is ready to take on. The No Kill Advocacy Center is the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to the promotion of a No Kill nation. And it is the only national animal welfare agency that is staffed by people who have actually worked in and created a No Kill community.

The power to change the status quo is in our hands.
No Kill Advocacy Center 6114 La Salle Ave. #837 Oakland CA 94611 (510) 530-5124
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Join the No Kill Advocacy Center community:
If every animal shelter in the United States embraced the No Kill philosophy and the programs and services that make it possible, we would save nearly four million dogs and cats who are scheduled to die in shelters this year, and the year after that. It is not an impossible dream.

Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama

Kaiah needs your financial help to pay for saving her only eye. She came to rescue on November 28, 2008 at the age of seven (7). She was found wondering the streets in a small town in Mississippi. She had been attacked by another dog. Her left eye was hanging out of the socket, part of her tongue had been chewed off and part of her left ear is missing. A wonderful lady saw her and took her to her vet and paid to have Kaiah’s left eye removed as there was no way to save the eye. She called Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama and asked if we could take her in to our rescue. We said yes and Kaiah has been with us ever since.

Sadie was her original name. Since she was in such bad shape and loosing her eye had not helped her natural Boston good looks, BTRA changed her name to Kaiah. The native American Indian meaning of Kaiah is “rare beauty”. Now every time anyone says her name she will know that she is truly beautiful--inside and out.

Kaiah is somewhat of a loner. She is a very humble and unassuming girl. She is thriving in the love and attention that she is now receiving. She never “pushes” herself on any one. She loves her foster mom and her foster fur brothers and fur sisters. As a shy girl, her foster mom usually has to initiate any “lovin” time with her as she has never know what it is like to truly have someone want to love her. She was simply used as “breeding stock” and when she reached an age when she could no longer produce enough puppies for her owner, she was turned out to roam the streets and fend for herself.

Kaiah injured her remaining eye in a recent accident. BTRA simply could not let Kaiah go blind even though she is a senior citizen now at ten (10) years of age. Life is hard with one eye, but to be blind for her remaining years just was not an option. BTRA took Kaiah to an ophthalmologist and had her eye operated on immediately so that she would be able to have the ability to see out of her remaining eye. We felt that she deserved this opportunity. Sight is a true gift in life.

Now the surgeon’s bill must be paid. Kaiah needs $2,383.00 from BTRA’s friends and benefactors to pay this bill. You have always been very generous in helping Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama get the medical assistance that our babies require, and we are sincerely grateful and hopeful that you will continue to help us help these precious ones.

She has come home now to recoup but is on five different eye medications as well as pain relief meds and will have to remain on these medications for two months. Any donation that you can give for Kaiah will go directly to her veterinary surgical bill. BTRA has no paid staff and no overhead costs, rather only dedicated volunteers who donate their time, money and love to save as many as we possibly can with your caring financial help.

We know we made the right decision in saving Kaiah remaining eye in order for her to have sight for her senior years. If you will evaluate this decision and look at your financial ability to help, Kaiah and Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama will be extremely grateful and you will know that you helped a very deserving senior citizen.
Jo-Ellyn G. Vincent, President
Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama

P.S. Again, Kaiah says thank you for all you do for her and all the others in the care of Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama.

Jo-Ellyn G. Vincent, President
Boston Terrier Rescue of Alabama
Please visit our website.
In advance, thank you all for your support.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Governor bans sidewalk sales of puppies, kittens
July 26, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a measure banning the sale of animals on street corners and other public property in hopes of reducing the number of poorly run puppy mills in California.

SB 917 also sets tougher penalties for those convicted of animal abuse or cruelty, allowing a maximum jail sentence of one year in cruelty cases and a fine of up to $20,000.

Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said the goal of his bill is to improve conditions for animals sold in the state.

"Because current health and safety regulations for animal sales do not apply to roadside sales, young animals are being sold that are often mistreated, ill or diseased and there’s no way to track the seller,” Lieu said.
The bill would not prevent the owner of a dog that has puppies from selling the animals from a private property, said a spokesman for the senator. It also allows the sale from animal shelters.
Lieu’s measure is co-sponsored by the State Humane Assn. of California, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and the SPCA Los Angeles.

Monday, July 25, 2011

PIJAC Announces............

Pet Sale Ban Proposed In St. Louis, Missouri. A proposed ordinance amending the city’s animal laws will be considered by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen when it reconvenes in September. Under the proposal, pet owners in the city would be required to spay, neuter and microchip their animals, and pet stores would be banned from selling dogs and cats. Click here to read PIJAC’s PetAlert on this issue.

Pet Sale Ban To Be Considered on August 2nd in Suffolk County, New York. Action on a proposed ordinance to ban the retail sale of puppies in the county is expected at the August 2nd meeting of the County Legislature. PIJAC has raised legal issues with the proposal, as well as policy objections. Joining the American Canine Association, PIJAC met with a number of pet retailers running stores in and around Suffolk County to discuss the proposal and appropriate responsive action. Click here to read PIJAC’s recent PetAlert on this issue. Download flyer to provide customers and pet owners urging them to OPPOSE this ordinance.


California. **ON 2ND READING IN SENATE** Assembly Bill 1121 provides for pet dealers and breeders to provide monthly reports to localities on all dogs they transfer during the reporting period. As introduced, the bill would mandate that the information be provided. PIJAC has secured an amendment to make the reporting permissive (each locality would decide whether to participate). AB 1121 would also create a “puppy license” for dogs up to one year old, supplementing the existing licensing requirement. The bill provides specific licensing terms for both the new puppy licenses and the existing dog licenses. The bill was withdrawn from the Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 14th and is currently on 2nd reading in the Senate. Click here to read PIJAC’s latest PetAlert on this legislation.

Michigan (Ypsilanti Township). **PROPOSED ORDINANCE SET FOR FINAL VOTE** A proposed ordinance, regulating backyard dog breeders in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan is set for a final vote on July 19th. The proposal, which had its first reading before the Ypsilanti Board of Trustees on June 21st, provides for breeder licensing requirements, limits number of litters per year and restricts certain dog sales. The ordinance also completely bans the breeding of “pit bulls”. Click here to read PIJAC’s PetAlert on this proposal.


California. **ON GOVERNOR’S DESK** California Senate Bill 917 would make it a crime to sell, display, offer for sale, or offer to give away live animals on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk. However, the display and offer of an animal for sale on a street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival, or boardwalk is not prohibited if the actual transaction does not occur in such public location. SB 917 was passed by the Assembly on July 11th and was sent to the Governor for signature.

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). **ORDINANCE ADOPTED** A Philadelphia city ordinance, banning animal retailers from selling any dog or cat that has not been sterilized, was signed into law on May 25, 2011 and became effective immediately. Anyone who sells an unsterilized dog or cat will receive a fine and could be forced to cease operations for up to one year. The ordinance also increases dog licensing fees, adds record keeping requirements for animal retailers and provides standards of care requirements for animal owners and kennels. Click here to read PIJAC’s PetAlert on this issue.


Michigan (Bay County). **ORDINANCE ADOPTED** The Bay County, Michigan Board of Commissioners has passed an ordinance repealing language declaring “pit bulls” as vicious animals. The Commission adopted new language listing criteria in which ANY dog may be considered vicious. The new laws go into effect within seven days after being published in a local newspaper, which is soon forthcoming. Click here to read PIJAC’s PetAlert on this adopted ordinance.

Rhode Island. **HELD OVER TO 2012** House Bill 5690 provides guidelines and penalties for any person keeping a dog outside tethered, penned, caged, fenced or otherwise confined without adequate shelter from the elements. The bill also grants the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals authority to examine and enter property where dogs are tethered outdoors. HB 5690 was passed by the House on June 30th and was sent to the Senate. The bill will carry over to the 2012 legislative session as the Rhode Island General Assembly adjourned for the year on July 1st. Read PIJAC’s original PetAlert on this bill’s companion (Senate Bill 140) for more details.


Oregon. **DIED ON ADJOURNMENT** House Bill 2120, which sought to establish new fees for pet food manufacturers and fee increases on the sale of animal remedies, biologics and pharmaceuticals, died in the Joint Ways & Means Committee when the Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned on June 30th. Click here to read PIJAC’s original PetAlert on this issue.


To date this session, PIJAC has screened more than 8,000 pet industry-related bills, ordinances, and regulatory proposals, and is actively tracking more than 1,100. Delaware, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Rhode Island have adjourned since July 1st. This leaves 10 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Congress still in session. Click here to view a 2011 State Legislature Session Calendar to see when your state adjourns.

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If you need more information on government affairs issues, please contact Michael Maddox, Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel at: michael@pijac.org. For all other matters, please contact Mike Canning, President/CEO at: mcanning@pijac.org.

Defination of a PUPPY MILL.......

It was the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council that in fact DID have a definition of Puppy Mills. They state in one of their previous resports:
The definition of a puppy mill is paramount in evaluating regulatory mechanisms appropriate to address the issue. Puppy Mills are best defined as breeders who do one or more of the following:
a) Fail to follow acceptable standards of breeding
b) Fail to provide veterinary care and husbandry
c) Fail to provide socialization
d) Fail to provide safe housing
e) Fail to maintain sanitary facilities
f) Fail to transport in humane and safe manner, or
g) Knowingly breed adult dogs with hereditary or genetic defects

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Just helped save a puppy!
Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Join me in taking the pledge to stop shopping at pet stores that sell puppies.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Direct From Wayne pacelle's Blog....

The Way Forward in Missouri
In the advancement of our cause, the path to progress is not always linear. We are advancing and securing gains on so many fronts, but there are inevitable set-backs along the way. Take the example of Missouri’s Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act.

Lawmakers in Missouri failed to address an ever-expanding and worsening problem of puppy mills over many decades. The General Assembly, catering to the wishes of agribusiness and the puppy mill industry, provided political protection, and the industry grew to enormous proportions, with 3,000 mills and little in the way of strong animal welfare regulations or solid enforcement through the years.

HSUS, the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, and local organizations launched a ballot measure to correct the worst abuses of these large-scale dog breeders and to bring into law some modest standards to the care of dogs. Voters approved the measure, in the number-one puppy mill state.

Then, after a free and fair election, lawmakers repealed several core provisions of the ballot measure, and Gov. Jay Nixon signed these weakening provisions into law. The attack on Prop B has been a shameful example of politics at its worst, with the governor and a narrow majority of lawmakers subverting a vote of the people that occurred just a few months ago.

The new legislation removes the Prop B requirement that dogs get rest between breeding cycles, as well as the limit on the number of breeding dogs per puppy mill. It removes the requirement for prompt veterinary treatment of an illness or injury, unless a puppy mill operator subjectively decides that an illness or injury is “serious.” It gives dogs less space in cages than Prop B would have and it allows the millers five years to phase in the maximum space requirements. Finally, it replaces the criminal penalties for cruelty at puppy mills with civil penalties, except for repeat offenders.

Although we are extremely disappointed with the nullification of several core Prop B standards, we will work to make what remains in the law strong through the rulemaking process. We will endeavor to hold accountable the public officials who say they support strong laws and enforcement to protect dogs. Prop B would have taken effect in November 2011, and it is our firm hope that the new regulations will be adopted on a Prop B timeframe. We’ll advocate for that time frame, and for the strongest possible standards in our work with state regulators. It’s safe to say that even these minor improvements, along with the additional funding Gov. Nixon has pledged for inspections, would never have been considered were it not for Prop B.

Meanwhile, we are actively supporting the Voter Protection Act, a constitutional amendment to require a three-fourths vote in both houses of the legislature, or a subsequent vote of the people, in order to repeal or amend any citizen-passed initiative. We will work hard with a large and diverse group of coalition partners to place this measure on the November 2012 statewide ballot. The Voter Protection Act would provide constitutional protections for citizen ballot initiatives similar to those that exist in other states. The measure still allows the state legislature to exercise its legislative authority, and if there are major problems with an initiative they will be able to build consensus for a three-fourths vote. But it adds a layer of accountability and a higher threshold so the will of the people cannot be simply discarded with a narrow vote of the legislature, as it was with Prop B.

We will actively watch to see whether the new rules and enforcement help to improve the treatment of Missouri’s puppy mill dogs, or whether the abuses continue unchecked. If the situation does not improve dramatically for dogs, we will make all necessary preparations for a ballot initiative to restore the Prop B standards for the care of dogs in large-scale commercial breeding facilities. If Missourians approve the Voter Protection Act in 2012, it will help to protect the will of the people from being overturned a second time, and a future ballot initiative on puppy mills will have greater long-lasting protection from attacks by politicians and special interests.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Adopt don't shop !!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hudson's Favorite Dog Friendly Restaurants
This is my top pick of St. Louis Restaurants that allow dogs to eat with their families outside

1.) Atlas Restaurant 5513 Pershing Avenue 63112 Open: Tues-Sat from 5:30-10 p.m. Simple yet sophisticated fare at reasonable prices. They have wine by the glass or patrons are welcome to bring their favorite wine, subject to a corkage fee.
2.) Bar Italia 13 Maryland Plaza 63108 Open :Tues-Thur 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri/Sat/Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. You can not eat outside in their enclosed seating area but at any of the tables on the sidewalk with your well behaved dogs.
3.) Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd. 63130 Open: 7 days a week from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. with a late night menu available after 9 p.m. This is a St. Louis landmark restaurant in the loop along the St. Louis Walk of Fame stars. The restaurant is filled with pop culture memorabilia and has a fun and enjoyable menu. Outside seating available for dogs and their families.
4.) Boathouse Restaurant in Forest Park 6101 Government Drive Open: everyday, all day Mon-Sat 11a.m.-3p.m.for lunch, Tues-Sun starting at 3p.m. Sun 10-3 brunch. This is Hudson's Top Pick not only for being the friendliest dog restaurant by even having dog biscuits available for us dogs as well as fought for St. Louis to be the first city in Missouri to allow dogs at the outside seating at restaurants. Amazing service, great menu and unbelievable beautiful setting right on the lagoon with paddle boats available to rent.
5.) Brandt's Restaurant 6525 Delmar 63130 Open: They have a fabulous breakfast buffet with a Bloody Mary bar on Sat. from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and Sun. from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Another fabulous restaurant located in Delmar loop. It is an acclaimed global-fusion restaurant that has been around for 20 years.
6.) Coffee Cartel 2 Maryland Plaza 63108 Open: 24 hours 7 days a week This little gem has it all from coffee to ice cream and even breakfast food and sandwiches. It is a full service restaurant who loves to have dogs and their owners enjoy their outside dining. They have a water bowl by their hose outside for us dogs.
7.) Culpeppers 300 N. Euclid Avenue 63108 Open: 11 a.m.-midnight They are known for their amazing chicken wings, burgers and salads. Their menu offers just about anything your taste buds are craving. Dog bowls are a plenty at this restaurant and they need it as they are always busy.
8.) Cupcakery 28 South Maryland Plaza 63108 Open: 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. This is a most check out establishment. It has the best cupcakes in town as far as I'm concerned. They sell single serving desserts and drinks. Their cupcakes are so moist & rich but just as importantly reasonable at $3.02 with tax. Beats the heck out of their competitor's prices and twice as moist. They are so dog friendly you can even have them dine inside with you. Some dog groups have had their meetings there as well. All you dog lovers have to check out this place.
9.) Downtown Cantina and Brick Oven Cafe 901 Pine Street 63101 Open: Mon-Fri. 11-9 Sat 5-9 or later This menu is to die for with about anything you might be craving. They are just a few blocks from the convention center and the Edwards Jones Dome as well as Busch Stadium and Scott Trade Center. They have an extensive delicious menu. They are extremely dog friendly and love to cater to the 60 plus dogs that live in the two apartment complexes by them. The owner is super friendly and loves her Yappy Hour with the dogs around town and their owners.
10.) Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza 63108 Open: Mon-Fri 11-2 and 5 starts dinner This is an award winning sushi & martini restaurant that has incredible Japanese cuisine. They have over 30 original drinks and the manager is so accommodating to their patrons. If its your first time there they even give you a complimentary drink and the manager introduces himself to your table.
11.) Graham's Grill and Bayou Bar 612 W. Woodbine Ave. 63122 Open: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-11p.m. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight and Sun 11a.m.-9 p.m. This is the oldest beach bar and grill that specializes in Cajun, seafood and southern cuisine. The atmosphere is fabulous and the staff is very friendly.A large part of the outdoor seating is under palm trees. Quite a treat in so many ways.
12.) Kaldi's Coffeehouse 17211 Chesterfield Airport Road 63005 Open: Mon-Sat 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sun 7 a.m.-9 p.m. This is a wonderful place to bring your family that serves sandwiches, soups, salads and has a quiche and pizza of the day. An extensive bakery case also. They love dogs to bring their families over to enjoy outside dining.
13.) Luvy Duvy's Cafe 2321 Arsenal Open: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
14.) Riddles Penultimate Cafe and Wine Bar 6307 Delmar Blvd. 63130 Open: Tues-Thurs 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri/Sat 5 p.m.-midnight and Sun 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Another most check out restaurant at The Loop. This is an independent owner-operated restaurant where excellent food is their foremost concern.
Central West End and The Loop are dog friendly in general and have a large variety of restaurants for dogs and their families to enjoy outside dining. Most of the restaurants have water bowls available for the dogs. Keep in mind that if your dog isn't well mannered or friendly around other dogs kindly do not bring them to dog friendly outside restaurants. Make sure your dog has taken care of his business before you bring him along.Another place that is a most go to is Tropical Moose Snow cone stand at the Kirkwood Farmers Market that offers a liver flavor snow cone for dogs for 50 cents that is beyond delicious. I would even rank it better than cat turds and you know how I feel about cat turds. The human flavors are amazing as well and they have a great area to eat at and other outside restaurants right in the market that are Divine. I also highly recommends Dairy Queen fast food restaurants as they give free cups of ice cream with a dog biscuit in it anytime I've gone with my parents through the drive up.Of course you have to tell them your dog is along. Also most of Quizno's will bring a table outside for you to have dinner with your dog at their places. I encourage you to name and rate (giving me descriptions) of any other restaurants in St. Louis that cater to dogs and their families in the comment section below this post. Let's pool our resources on this one. Here's to dining with your families around town

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Another Fabulous Blog You Must Check Out....

Hudson highly recommends checking out http://puppies.burningbird.net blog

Here is one of it's post for you to enjoy !!!

S & S Family Puppies: "Good" and Bad News
Submitted by shelley

CBS has announced that the Missouri Attorney General has closed down S & S Family Puppies in Milan, Missouri. S & S Family Puppies was the top of the list in the Missouri Dirty Dozen report.

I can't find any official announcement at the Attorney General's web site. Nor is there a history of this item being taken to court. In fact, the news may not be as good as it sounds, as noted in a comment to the CBS story (update Did find information on court case, and copy of consent decree, as noted at end of story):


The Stephensons’ dogs, however, are not going to rescue groups or shelters where they could be adopted into loving families. Instead, the state is allowing them to be transferred or sold to other commercial breeding facilities. Forty of the dogs are scheduled to be sold to the highest bidder this Saturday at the Southwest Kennel Auction in Wheaton, Mo.

And because only the Stephensons were mentioned in the Attorney General’s statement, we suspect many of these dogs may be transferred to a second kennel operated by another family member, Brandi Cheney. USDA records list Stephenson and Cheney as co-owners of S & S Family Puppies. In fact, last year several aggrieved consumers sued Diana Stephenson and Cheney under the Missouri consumer protection law. The consumers alleged that Stephenson and Cheney sold them sick puppies but misled them into believing the puppies were healthy. A copy of the plaintiffs’ complaint was sent to Attorney General Koster.

Nevertheless, as detailed in our March 2011 Dirty Dozen update, Cheney recently obtained a USDA license for a new kennel, called Circle B Farms, which has also been cited for severe animal care violations.

Thus, the surviving dogs likely won’t have a chance at a better life, but merely a life in another puppy mill. This is unacceptable. Puppy mill operators who have repeatedly violated both state and federal laws should not be permitted to move or sell their surviving “stock” to other puppy mill operators. The dogs have already suffered untold trauma and should not be transferred to another breeding facility, especially considering that local and national animal groups are prepared to help these dogs. It’s time they find a loving home.

(Comment quote from a story at HSUS)

”Southwest Auction is having a consignment kennel auction today, and if you look down towards the end of the page you'll find, in small print, a listing for Diana Stephenson, the co-owner of S & S. I notice that, unlike other auctions, there is no note from the auction house about what a good breeder this breeder is; no testimony from the kennel vet. More disconcerting is that the number of dogs listed does not account for the number of dogs S & S had at their last inspection.

(Missouri MDA inspections)

I'm greatly disturbed to hear that the person listed as co-owner of S & S, Brandi Cheney, obtained new USDA and MDA licenses. The USDA inspections for this newly licensed kennel already show violations. Cheney has also sold puppies under another name, CC Puppies, with a different license, but the same types of violations. By the license fee Cheney paid for her newest license, she has a significant number of dogs, which supports the HSUS statement that all that's happened is that the dogs have been shifted from one of the owners to the other, and this "victory" is nothing more than a sham.

(Note the reference to a second license in the recent USDA inspection report for S & S Family Puppies. Also note that both the Stephensons and Cheney have been sued by puppy buyers.)

update I did find a story on the court judgment. It is a consent decree, which means the Stephenson's agreed to it. But look at the requirements: the facility is required to transfer dogs to another ACFA licensed facility. That's it. Both Director Hagler and AG Koster brag about the outcome, but all that's happened is that the poor dogs have been transferred from one puppy mill to another. This is not a victory.

Second update KMOV covers the fact that Stephensons can keep the profits from the dog auction. The story also mentions the fact that the breeders' daughter is still licensed and able to "buy" her parents' dogs.

A sham. A total sham. That's what the "modification" of Proposition B is giving us: a mockery of a law.