ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies Day

by Mary Haight on July 21, 2014

no pet store puppies dayASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies Day is heralded today as part of the on-going push to end the cruelty of puppy mills. By spreading the word that most dogs in pet shops are from puppy mills, the effort to end sales of puppies (and kittens) in pet shops grows stronger. Once the reality of that sweet doggy in the window is known, public enthusiasm to buy from a source that abuses breeder dogs for their “useful” lives wanes.

A ban on sales of pets has been enacted in more than 50 cities (Best Friends) so far. An update on pet shops I wrote last year put the number of pet shops nationwide at 9,000 and those pledging not to sell pets at 2000, up from 500 in 2010 (HSUS). [click to continue…]

{ 6 comments }

be the change for animalsIf you want to be the change for animals look no further than btc4animals! Fresh from building a hands on shelter and being the change for animals, BTC’s founder Kim Clune is back to help showcase scouts and writers who give you the lowdown on animal-related causes and information important to your pet’s welfare. No need to be part of the 1% — you can help *without* spending a dime, but by spending a little time. [click to continue…]

{ 13 comments }

best dog blog 2014Gobsmacked. That’s the word that fits exactly what it felt like when a friend told me Dancing Dog Blog was a finalist for “Best Dog Blog 2014″. I blinked, and then blinked again. I hoped that what I was typing on my phone was readable as I asked “What — really?” I was so confused! I had not lobbied on social media channels or written a post [click to continue…]

{ 13 comments }

Obesity in Pets: Chewing the Facts on Fat, Prevention, Weight Loss

June 30, 2014

Obesity in pets eerily mirrors what’s happening with people across the U.S. — a reflection that isn’t flattering. Fat dogs and chubby cats have fallen victim to one of our most unshakable, revered cultural pastimes,  food. You’ve probably thought about this: Whether someone is sick, has died, got fired, got promoted, is having a birthday [...]

Read the full article →

Pet Food Safety: Pet Parents vs China’s Chicken Jerky Treats, An Interview

June 14, 2014

Pet food safety has been an ongoing battle, but especially so for the past seven years. Many thought the nightmare would end when melamine was discovered as the contaminant in pet food that killed thousands of pets in 2007/08. Though we’ve heard about it in a flurry of news from time to time, there has [...]

Read the full article →

Shelter Dogs Shine As Psychiatric Service Dogs

June 11, 2014

Shelter dogs need many doors opened to save their lives. Finding new channels where these dogs will shine is a welcomed gateway where any number of dogs have an opportunity for a second chance. A few years ago some in the service dog training community started experimenting using hand-picked shelter dogs “with the right stuff”. [...]

Read the full article →

Chicken Jerky Treats from China Cause Illness & Death, Remain on Costco Shelves

June 10, 2014

After some 7 years of laboratory testing, an FDA investigative trip to China, countless FDA consumer warnings, 5600 animals made ill, with health permanently compromised, or the 1,000 who died from eating chicken jerky treats from China (and duck and sweet potato treats also), Costco refuses to remove this potentially toxic product from their shelves.

Read the full article →