Thursday, July 31, 2008

A great fundraising idea for shelters or rescues!

All rescues and organizations are looking for funds. Funds for maintenance, dog/cat food and supplies, wellness materials and vetting, even office furniture. We found this great story from the Regal Courier that may give you, and your local shelter/rescue a few ideas...

A doggone birthday party aids homeless animals
Tahoe and friends unite to support a dog-rescue group

By Barbara Sherman
The Regal Courier, Jul 30, 2008
Birthday parties are always festive occasions, and at one such party in early July, it was hard to tell who was having more fun - the canine guests or their human friends.

But the birthday celebration on Bull Mountain had a deeper purpose as well - it was a fund-raiser for a dog-rescue group.

About 18 dogs and 30 people gathered at the home of Dianne Hill and Dick Franzke to celebrate the second birthday of Tahoe, an English springer spaniel who has a bit of a claim to fame.

Tahoe, who is owned by Michele and Shane Miller of Tigard, is the son of the 2007 winner of the Best of Show Award at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the annual competition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Tahoe might have credentials, but rescue dogs and everyday mutts ruled the roost at the party, where they feasted on doggy birthday cake and enjoyed snacks and treats made especially for them.
The invitations to the party requested that guests bring a small donation for a local animal rescue. Read more of the story here.

Happy Paws The Movie - in production now!

From the Happy Paws website...

Happy Paws Productions was founded on the love we have for our own dogs, and the need to raise awareness of the crisis dogs just like ours face every day. The pet population is at an all time high and if we don't get the word out there, thousands of dogs will continue to be abused, neglected and euthanized every day.

Happy Paws Productions was founded by Andrea Thompson of Asheville. Thompson has worked as a professional photojournalist for 12 years for magazines, news publications, and academic institutions.

Her work has been requested for the collections of icons such as Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Maya Angelou. Thompson is devoted to animal welfare issues and is the proud "mom" to her own rescued miracle workers, Zoe & Ari.

Currently we are in production on "Happy Paws the Movie." In cooperation with local non-profit rescue & adoption organizations, this full-length documentary will showcase the various aspects and benefits of animal rescue and adoption.

Our mission is to give these animals a voice, show the real connection between animals & people, and educate the public on how they can help ease the suffering of these pawed wonders.
Check out this promo movie clip and turn off the lighting fixtures, so you can view it in all it's glory!

Meet Brie!

Brie is a ten month old sweetheart who came to rescue from down south where it is difficult for her to be adopted due to the saturation of her breed - that's okay - she's unique to Minnesota and we love it! Brie has a beautiful dark brindle coat. She walks very well on a leash and gets along with other dogs and kids.

Brie was rescued from a kill shelter where she was going to be put down because she had been hit by a car and had a broken hip - which she has healed from with no problem in rescue care!! She has a very slender, Whippet shaped body, although a little larger, and she can run like the wind!!

We found Brie currently being cared for by Midwest Animal Rescue Services, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Midwest Animal Rescue Services (MARS) is a small but dedicated group of volunteers that rescues dogs and cats who are at risk and homeless through no fault of their own. The MARS organization was formed to reach out and help with "emergency" type situations as well as puppy mill rescues.

For more information about Brie, click here!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Meet TeTo!

TeTo is a little over one year of age, has been neutered, vaccinated, weighs a wiggle over 14 lbs., is leash trained, loves everyone, has no dog aggression, and rides nicely in a crate in a vehicle. Impounded as a stray at a vet clinic in a small town, no one came to claim him.

We met TeTo through 7 Bells Sanctuary in Cole Camp, Missouri. They a small, private rescue, licensed by the State of Missouri in June 2004, and they specialize in senior & special needs fur-kids. They offer Hospice care for dying fur-kids as space permits, and may take in a puppy or young fur-kid as space permits.

For more information about TeTo, click here!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Meet Hermes!

Hermes is a great dog with a thick wire-y coat. He has a Scottie mix size and shape…but his tail is longer. Hermes is lovely mystery pup with a sweet personality.

A tad shy rather than instantly outgoing, Hermes will be a sweetheart in just a few days. He spent three day with a trainer/behaviorist and she says: Give him a day, attention and reassurance and he will quickly blossom into a devoted boy. And, he learned sit as well. Calm, steadfast, happy to be at your side and sit next to you, he will assure your well being with the love in his soulful eyes.

Hermes does very with other dogs; he lives with a flock of tiny terriers – both males and females. He is an excellent companion for human and canine alike. Housetrained and leash trained, he will do best in a calm household. Information on his breeds is below.

We found Hermes currently being cared for by Diana's Grove Dog Rescue, in Bunker, Missouri.

For more information about Hermes, click here!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Meet Rollie!

This beautiful dog is Rollie, short for Rollie Pollie because he's a big goofball, ham of a dog!

Rollie is an energetic, outgoing, over the top friendly, life of the party sort of dude. He is all about living the good life and having some fun. Having great adventures is what he craves, but number one on his list of priorities is finding his human soulmate to share the good times with.

We found Rollie currently being cared for by the Colorado Pit Bull Rescue in Longmont, Colorado. Colorado Pit Bull Rescue is a network of foster homes located throughout Colorado. All of their dogs are in foster homes or local boarding facilities. This gives them a chance to ensure all of our dogs get the vet care they need including vaccinations and spay/neuter. This also gives them a chance to really get to know each dog and get them crate trained, house trained, and help them with basic obedience before they are placed in their permanent homes.

For more information about Rollie, click here!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Meet Shanti!

He's got a mind of his own! But Shanti would love to be your companion.

He's not the kind of dog who will love just anybody; he likes to get to know you first, make sure you're one of the good guys. He loves to get attention .so long as you don't patronize him. If you do that, he might just walk away. He's a complex "person". He knows what he wants and who he wants it from.

Shanti is fine with most other dogs. And he loves to go on walks and eat. But this isn't a guy who's looking to be someone's silly dog. In fact, he has a history of nipping when he gets excited. So he needs a special home. He needs to meet someone he can relate to, heart to heart. And who will accept him just the way he'll accept you - in all of his complexity.

Currently Shanti is with the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.

For more information about Shanti, click here!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Meet Neiko!

If you want 25 pounds of pure love, Neiko is your furbaby! This almost-year- old guy is a happy-go-lucky young dog who is determined to be a lap dog. He is definitely a house dog, but he needs a fenced yard where he can run off his puppy energy! Neiko is always happy! He loves to take walks, he loves toys, he loves people, he loves other dogs....he is an awesome cuddly teddy bear of a dog. His long silky hair needs daily brushing, but he still manages to look like a sweet, shaggy dog! Somewhat of a mellow fellow, his demands are few! He would make a super dog for a family with the time to love him.

We found Neiko currently being cared for by TLC Animal Shelter Canine Center, in Newell, Iowa. The TLC Canine Center in Newell, Iowa, is a shelter for homeless and abused dogs. It is the only registered shelter of this kind within a 50 mile radius. TLC dogs are not caged. They all have heated and cooled indoor homelike rooms with pet doors giving them access to outside yards. They are a small facility with space for about 24 dogs, so there is never enough room for all the dogs that need care.

For more ifnormation about Neiko, click here!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Meet Sterling!

Sterling is a 10-11 month old Neapolitan Mastiff. Isn't he just the most handsome guy? He is very affectionate and loves attention. He loves to play with his giant rope toy or chew on a big rawhide treat. He's looking for a forever home with someone who has experience with my breed or other giant breeds. He'll grow to be 150 – 200 lbs. and needs an experienced owner who will provide socialization and obedience training.

We met Sterling through Faithful Friends, Inc., in Wilmington, Delaware. There mission is to end the routine killing of dogs and cats through rescue and adoption of homeless pets, affordable spay/neuter programs that target the neediest pet owners in our community, and outreach programs that prevent pet owner relinquishments.

For more information about Sterling, click here!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Meet Peanut!

Peanut is a 13- pound, seven year old, gray, purebred toy poodle. Sadly, he is in search of a new home because of his previous owner's serious illness.

This little fellow is completely house trained, does not "mark" the furniture, barks very little, and has excellent house manners. He gets along with other dogs both large and small, and is proven fine with cats. They'd like to place him with someone 60 or over at a discounted rate through their Senior to Senior program. He is in excellent condition, perfectly groomed, neutered and up to date on vaccinations.

The only catch is that Peanut has been known to be a little nipper on occasion! His 72-year-old foster parents do well with him, so they feel he is adoptable with the right couple or individual.

We found Peanut currently being cared for by Underdog Rescue, Inc., in Lake Villa, Illinois. Underdog Rescue matches wonderful people with wonderful pets. Our adopters are people who have a special place in their hearts for orphaned, abandoned or neglected dogs and cats.

For more information about Peanut, click here!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Verizon ad!

You may remember that I posted on the 17th about the Verizon ad that is creating a lot of controversy within the dog communities.

The video had been taken down from YouTube, but we found today that someone posted a copy of the ad. Here's the vid...

The Animal Rescue Association of America recently launched!

The Animal Rescue Association of America has recently launched in the Northwest and is now accepting members throughout North America. The Association provides the public with member information (member listing) and other Association services. Membership in the Association provides many benefits to animal rescue organizations including the prestigious Certified Rescue Organization (C.R.O.) designation for those who qualify.

  • Are you interested in starting an animal rescue organization?
  • Is your existing animal rescue organization interested in becoming Certified or sharing your knowledge with others?
  • Would you like to see quality standards, including a Certification Program, in the animal rescue industry?
  • Join the Association today to start making a difference in the animal rescue industry!
Here is a PSA they recently produced, check it out!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Painting dogs!

Did you know that dogs paint? Yep, that's right. I have even painted a time or two. See that's one of my precious paintings, currently calling it's home on the wall in my Mum's office.

During our Squidooing spree a few weeks back, we did a lens on Painting Dogs and learned a lot! Tillamook Cheddar is one of the most famous painting dogs in the World. And there are some really cool pups painting up a storm for charity.

Check out my Squidoo lens on Painting Dogs, it has all kinds of info, paint recipes, vids and more!

Keep those teeth looking, feeling and working great!

I found out when I did my Squidoo lens on Brushing your dogs teeth!, that a lot of folks didn't know you needed to brush your pups toofers!

Surprising? Maybe. Important? You bet!

When my Mum adopted my two kittie bros, she learned that teeth problems can cause many other health problems in not only cats, but dogs too.

It's important to brush your pups teeth. Visit my Squidoo lens on great tips, tricks and products to get the job done in a fun and easy way!

Meet Nilla!

Nilla is a 12-pound, two-year-old terrier mix who is playful, friendly, and full of personality. Her adoption fee includes spaying, shots, heartworm test (she was negative), microchip, collar, leash, and ID tag.

I think Nilla deserves a nice homemade treats made for her from a very special recipe!

We found Nilla currently being cared for by Buddies for Life Inc. in Orlando, Florida. Buddies for Life, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that began in 2003 for the purpose of raising public awareness about the tragedy of pet overpopulation and the importance of spay/neuter.

For more information about Nilla, click here!

Dog agility information!

Most of you know that Dog Agility is my sport! I love it, breath it, can't get enough of it!

If you'd like to know more about dog agility, check out my Squidoo lens on the topic. It's got lots of info for beginners to experts - from courses and vids to information on competing and loads more!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Meet Paloma!

Paloma is a sweet, beautiful young white with black and gray female Borzoi Gentle Giants flew here all the way from Denmark, and who we have promised to find the best home on earth!

We found her currently being cared for by Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions in Norco, California. They are the largest giant breed dog rescue in the United States, with multiple facilities and many foster homes. They annually rescue and adopt approximately 1,000 large breeds. They take them whether they are perfect, or whether they have been injured and are in need of major or minor medical care. They have multiple facilities and many foster homes. This is their charity and they will rescue and save every life.

For more information about Paloma, click here!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Meet Spankie!

Spankie came to rescue as a stray. They think he might be a Shiba Inu or mix. He likes playing with his friends Alex and Coco outside. He is a sweet guy looking for a home to call his own. Please go out to the shelter to meet this wonderful guy soon. He will be waiting for you!

We found Spankie currently being cared for by the Humane Society Of Ottawa County in Port Clinton, Ohio. They are a non-profit animal shelter with facilities to shelter and find new homes for cats and dogs. They receive no government funding and rely on donations and adoption fees to keep going. Their goal is to turn unwanted, uncared for and abused animals into loving members of new families. They are dedicated to a program of spaying and neutering animals to ensure that more animals find their way into caring homes. We maintain a "NO KILL" standard within humane guidelines.


For more informaiton about Spankie, click here!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Meet Sweet Pea!

Sweet Pea is a lucky girl. She came to rescue by way of a puppy mill. They have been working with her and she is a real doll. She is quiet except when she wants something, like in or outside. She is timid, but with love and constant loving reassurance, she would make someone a great companion. You have to earn her trust, and then she comes up and nudges your hand for a back scratch or just a pat on the head. She also loves to have a bed all to herself.

Whoever adopts Sweet Pea surely needs to sign up for the wine of the month club and celebrate! What a cutie!

We found Sweet Pea currently being cared for by the Susquehanna Valley Collie & Sheltie Rescue in Mexico, Pennsylvania. The Susquehanna Valley Collie & Sheltie Rescue [SVCSR] was established in June of 2000. Their main goal is to rescue and care for abandoned, neglected, or abused collies and shelties and place them in loving forever homes. We are committed to educating pet owners on pet care and spay/neuter.

For more information about Sweet Pea click here!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Meet Cal Ripken!

Meet Cal Ripken, an adorable sweet boy with lots of personality and love to give. Cal is crate trained and working on his house training. He does well with other animals but has not been around small children. Cal can only be adopted within 100 miles of Manassas, Virginia due to transportation costs.

Currently Cal is being cared for by Dachshund Rescue of North America, Inc. (DRNA) is a 501(c)3 exempt non-profit organization and since their humble beginnings, have placed over 7,000 dachshunds and dachshund mixes in wonderful homes like yours.

For more information about Cal, click here!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Meet Lani!

Lani is a Lemon and White American Field bred Pointer. He was running out of time in a shelter near Shelbyville, Kentucky and was rescued by Illinois Birddog Rescue.

Lani aka Mr. Sunshine is the epitome of what Pointers are all about. He is bouncy, friendly, silly and joyful. He would be an absolutely great running partner as he has endless energy. Recently he has also learned how to run with the Springer bike attachment and he loves running along side a bike.

He loves to be out in his safe yard and look for tweeties and squirrels. He's come a long way in foster care and would give someone a lot of laughs with his Pointer antics.

For more information about Lani, click here!

Verizon, can you hear us now?

Our great friends over at In The Shelter of Your Heart pointed this out to us the other day....

All over the country responsible Pit Bull owners are shocked, and disturbed by the recent LG Dare commercial by Verizon Wireless. Featuring two chained Pit Bull Terriers, with the stereotype cropped ears, barking and lunging, the entire point of the commercial (the phone!) is lost in the Fray!

Being compared in chat rooms to the likes of Michael Vick, Verizon may face some backlash from their portrayal of a breed that has been on the cusp of renewed public approval. Although previously available on YouTube, the commercial has been pulled from the site. Is that enough? Some dog owners, not only of APBT's, are demanding some type of public apology.

Perhaps this multi-million dollar corporation could win over it's detractors with a significant donation to the ASPCA to help continue their fight against animal cruelty, including dog fighting, whose primary victims are Pit Bulls and other large breed dogs. You could email, write or call some of the Verizon executives and share your thoughts on their latest ad campaign. For now, concerned persons can visit the petition site, and voice their displeasure with both the commercial and the company behind it.

Dogs having a great life with disabilities!

Just within the last few months, my best neighbor dog has had lots of trouble walking and her back legs can't support her body anymore.

It got me thinking...what resources are there to help us pups if we are injured, disabled, or suffer from disabilities when we get older? So, we went searching. And put together a new Squidoo lens to bring you lots of info on handicapped and disabled pets, what resources are there to help, available supplies and support groups to help you cope.

No acne scars cream for these pups, they are having a great life with their disabilities! Be sure and check out Charity - and watch her go on her new wheels!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Meet Joe!

Joe is a seven year old neutered male Wire Fox Terrier. He is one of three dogs rescued from a mid-West puppy mill.

Joe has lived his entire life in a cage. He’s been in a loving foster home for several weeks and the difference is amazing. He’s learned to use the dog door, loves treats & cuddles, is curious about everything and is ready for his forever home. As most mill dogs, he needs special attention and patience. If you’re ready to open your heart to a Wire in need, you’ll be wonderfully rewarded by parenting Joe.

We found Joe currently being cared for by American Fox Terrier Rescue. American Fox Terrier Rescue is individuals and small groups of unpaid volunteers all over the US and Canada that take in Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers from animal shelters and help re-home dogs being given up by owners. Each group is independent but works together in a network of caring people who love Fox Terriers and want to help these dogs.

For more information about Joe, click here!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summer reading for dog lovers!

I love a good book - a suspenseful mystery, an amazing true story, or a great fictional tale! And Summer is our favorite time to read!

So we got to thinking about some great reads that dog lovers would really enjoy this Summer, and put together a new Squidoo lens highlighting some of our favorite books, perfect summer reads for dog lovers!

We hope you enjoy our lens and be sure and add your own favorite book!

Boston's finest rescue dog from hot car!

Thanks to Boston's finest a little dog was rescued last week from a hot car.

Year after year, dogs left in hot, locked cars suffer debilitating injuries and horrible deaths. Please help create awareness and educate; and encourage you to help prevent needless suffering! Visit my Squidoo lens - Keep Cool Dogs out of Hot Cars - and learn more!

Meet Rocky!

Rocky is a 7 year old, red and rust, cropped and docked male who became less and less comfortable around the newly mobile 15 month old toddler in the house. Rocky pined for days after his heartbroken owner left him at the DRU shelter. But dogs are survivors, and Rocky slowly began to eat again and show interest in going out for a walk.

Although he doesn't give himself away easily, Rocky has become very attached to his caregivers. He loves to work, exercise and play, and he knows his commands in both English and Russian. Rocky eats grass like a sheep, chews sticks like a beaver and swims like a fish. His favorite toy is a squeaky rubber hamburger that he will sometimes carry on his walks. Rocky rides well in the car, and has flawless house manners. And best of all, he smiles!

We found Rocky currently being cared for by Doberman Rescue Unlimited, Inc., in Sandown, New Hampshire. They were established in 1988 and are a nonprofit, charitable organization whose purpose is to rescue abused, abandoned and unwanted Dobermans and place them in good, safe and loving homes. They also educate the public about Dobermans and responsible, humane animal care.

For more information about Rocky, click here!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Meet Cole!

Cole is a handsome, good natured big red 6 year old boy. He is very gentle, attentive, and easy going - his tail wags non stop. He's quite tall so small children might be overwhelmed by him, although his manners are good.

Cole is crate trained although he does not need crating, as he's well behaved in the house unattended. He does whine when left outside.

He loves food, loves to swim and fetch in the pool and he loves to sleep on the bed! He is great with other dogs - we don’t know yet about cats.

We found Cole currently being cared for by Golden Retriever Rescue of North Texas. Their mission is to rescue, care for, and place in permanent loving homes, neglected or unwanted Golden Retrievers and to educate the general public about responsible pet ownership and the special qualities of the Golden Retriever breed in the North Texas area.


For more information about Cole, click here!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Meet one of the Blues Brothers!

This is one of the Blue Brothers and they were born on May 4. They Border Collie puppies and they like to run, play, chew, pee (although they can pretty much hold it through the night now) and poop (mostly outside) and be generally into the mischief.

They like to race around, roll each other over, come when they're called and they're socializing in good style.

One of they is about to be adopted, but the other is ready to go to a new place where the people understand the need to continue socialization, training, finding the right daily job(s) for an active puppy. Someone who's around most of the time. Someone who's patient, understanding and can have fun.

We found the Blue Brothers through Pacific Northwest Border Collie Rescue, a group of select individuals with a common goal: the placement of well-tempered border collies into good homes.

For more information about these cute pups, click here!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Meet Lovie!

In Lovie's words...

I am a bearded collie, and my name is Lovie. I followed a very nice man home from a recreational area but I was scared. I was so scared I wouldn't even come to him for over a month. When I finally trusted him enough, he took me to a wonderful vet. He's really an angel here on earth... He and his staff spent hours grooming me and cleaning off all the months of neglect. I had grass seeds that sprouted between my toes. Now grass isn't supposed to grow on a dog, so my body attacked them and well, they abscessed. That's a nice way of saying they were really, really infected and yucky.

The humans at the vet's office were so kind and gentle, well it gave me hope again. And now I am with another angel here on earth, my foster mommy Gail. I wait patiently, hopeful someone will want to give me a home. I get along great with other dogs. I love humans and am a very quiet girl.

And as you can see from my photos, I'm pretty enough to be a movie star! Can I have top billing at your house? forever.....
We found Lovie currently being cared for by Perrys Orphans Sanctuary in Oakland, Arizona. If you are lucky enough to bring Lovie home, don't forget to celebrate with some wine from your wine refrigerators! She's definitely worth celebrating for!

For more information about Lovie, click here!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Meet Dottie!

Dottie is almost four years old and she's a Basset hound. Her owner has fallen on hard times and is now forced to give up Dottie and her brother Domino. Dottie is a very affectionate girl who gets along great with other dogs and children. She was bottle raised from a pup when her mom died at birth. She is a beautiful girl who is housebroken and spayed. She will make a family very lucky to call her their own.

We found Dottie currently being cared for by Critter Cavalry Rescue in Franklin, Tennessee. They are a group of dedicated rescue people who want to save as many dogs and cats from the local shelters before they are euthanized.

For more information about Dottie, click here!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Meet Spencer!

As you can see from this pic, Spencer, an American Water Spaniel, Retriever mix, is very playful. He loves people and attention. He gets along well with other dogs. He is kind an loving.

Spencer is currently being cared for by Canine Pet Rescue in Bristol, Wisconsin. Canine Pet Rescue (CPR) is an all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing dogs in need, rehabilitating if necessary, addressing any behavior issues and then adopting to approved homes where they will be loved as part of a family.

For more information about Spencer, click here!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Meet Dutch!

Dutch is a friendly, fun-loving dog. This boy is very strong, has tons of energy, loves to play with children, adults, and dogs! He is so chipper and good-natured - he doesn't have a bad bone in his body. When he plays, he is exuberant and will probably Knock you down!! But don't worry - that's just how he shows his love for you!

Dutch is housetrained and acts like a perfect gentleman in the house. It is a REQUIREMENT for Dutch to have a big fenced-in yard, and a responsible owner who knows how to take care of a dog like him!

We met Dutch through The Fathers House International Animal Rescue Division in Westminster, South Carolina.

For more information about Dutch, click here!

DVR Alert: Greatest American Dog - July 10th!

It's only two days away! This Thursday is the premiere of Greatest American Dog on CBS 8PM ET/PT! So set your DVR's!

Twelve extraordinary teams of dogs and owners from across the nation will live together and compete against each other in challenges that put the owners' ability to train their dogs to the test and for the grand prize of $250,000!

Want to know the odds on who's going to walk away with the big prize? Vulture lays it all out for you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Animal shelters use ad-age marketing tactics!

This news comes from the Oreganian....

Humane Society wants to "End Petlessness," while others take to blogs
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The Oregonian

These local shelters go to market(ing).

Advertising tells us we need a host of products: sugary cereal, a premium brand of beer, a new dishwasher detergent.

And Oregon animal shelters are using it for another reason: to convince us we need to adopt pets.

Humorous blogs, pro-bono advertising, cable TV and outreach in high-traffic pet boutiques are being used to promote the joys of bringing home a dog, cat or other creature.

"Who knew marketing can save lives?" says Barbara Baugnon, the public relations/marketing director for the Oregon Humane Society.

The organization, with a combination of smart employees and elite advertising executives who donate time, sets the bar for everyone else.

Step one is changing the image of what an animal shelter is.

"There's a huge stigma that goes back decades against shelters. There are a lot old Walt Disney movies where the dog catcher is the most evil guy in the movie," says David Lytle, the organization's public affairs manager.

The Oregon Humane Society has flashing signs and flags in front of its light, airy, welcoming building. Many of the cats live in colony rooms decorated like rooms in a home, including one with a jukebox and a picture of Elvis on the wall. The organization is even bringing in interior designers who will give advice, free of charge, about color schemes in the dog runs to help make black and brown dogs "pop" to the eye.

An upbeat message

The humane society's goal is to turn thinking about homeless pets from something sad and overwhelming to something uplifting, even fun.

Read more...

Meet Cobin!

Cobin is a 3 year old neutered male Akbash Dog. His owners were forced to move from their home and were unable to find another home with a yard, so they had to relinquish him to a local rescue group. Cobin will do best as the only dog in the home. He is very sweet with his family and children and is an excellent family guardian dog.

Cobin is a big boy, weighing 125 pounds. He is housebroken, walks on lead and knows basic commands. Cobin is a very handsome guy and is in good health. He is not an excessive barker or digger, he has good house manners.

We met Cobin currently being cared for by foster pawrents in Utah through the National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network in Queen Creek, Arizona. The National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network (NASRN) is a nationwide, 501(c)(3) recognized non-profit, organization. NASRN is dedicated to placing unwanted, displaced and abandoned Anatolian Shepherd Dogs(ASDs) into safe, caring homes.

For more information about Cobin, click here!

Toy Manchesters Terriers STOLEN in Quebec!!!

Therese Szulik had her home broken into and her 6 dogs stolen!! She lives in St.Damien, Quebec, Canada. Please cross post this information to help her find her pups!

Here are the dogs identifications:

GOOFY (TATTOO BCL3G FD)
LUCAS (TATTOO BCL2K FD)
MUNSTER (TATTOO BCL16K FD)
SCARLET (TATTOO RZC4L LF)
TROUBLE (TATTOO BCL23N FD)
STAR (MICROCHIP 95600000109561)

They are tattooed on their inner right thigh, and registered with the Canadian Kennel Club.

Reward offered for information leading to the safe return of these dogs
If you have ANY info, PLEASE contact:
Thérèse Szulik - St-Damien, Québec Canada
Tel: (450) 835-4699 Email: therlik@hotmail.com or szulik@sympatico.ca

Personalized children's book!

A lot of kids will be heading back to school soon. And for some, like a few of the little ones in my neighborhood, it will be a new, exciting and potentially scary situation! It was pretty scary when I went to my first obedience class - sometimes I was shaking all over!

Why not help your child learn about how fun the process of attending school it and cope with any of the potential anxieties that they may have through a personalize children's book! Help them learn that school can be fun!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Don't forget the importance of knowing CPR for your pup!

This is one of the most important first aid tips you will ever need to care for your pup - Canine CPR!

Why? Because you just never know what may happen! Why not be prepared?

Check out my Squidoo lens on Canine CPR - it has all the links and information you need to learn and practice CPR for your pup.

Remember, be prepared!

Meet Fargo!

Fargo is a happy, loving dog who likes cats, other dogs, and children over 8 years old. He is housebroken, walks well on a leash, and will sit at your feet while you work on your computer or watch TV.

He weighs less than 20 pounds (sure doesn't need any fitness equipment!) and may be about 3 or 4 years old. He has very strong feelings about crates - he doesn't like them a bit. He would love to have a fenced yard to play in. He wouldn't mind being an only child, but if he were to live with another dog it must be a sweet one. Fargo is easily bullied.

We found Fargo currently being cared for by Furry Friends Animal Rescue in Thompson Station, Tennessee. Furry Friends Animal Rescue has been operating since December of 1999. Most of the dogs they rescue come from County Animal Shelters. They have them spayed/neutered, tested for heartworms, given their vaccinations, and dewormed prior to putting them up for adoption.

For more information about Fargo, click here!

Tennessee puppy mill raid update!

Puppies from the recent puppy mill raid of 747 live animals at Pine Bluff Kennels, a dog breeding operation in Lyles, Tennessee have been transported throughout states east of the Mississippi.

Here is more information that we found...

30 puppies are now at the St. Johns County Animal Control, in St. Johns County Florida. They are being evaluated and will be put up for adoption very soon. Read more.

The Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, DC has taken in 100 dogs that were rescued from a Tennessee puppy mill. More...

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in West Palm Beach Florida took in 30 of the pup. They are being vetted and prepared for adoption. Read more...

About 40 puppies are now at the Anti-Curelty Society at LaSalle and Grand in Chicago. Dozens of puppies rescued from a puppy mill in Tennessee are now in Chicago are are up for adoption. More...

Hundreds of people with a bad case of puppy love lined up at the Atlanta Humane Society on July 1st, hoping to adopt one of 150 purebred dogs rescued from a puppy mill. Read more...

We'd love to see these pups in a digital photo frame all happy in their new and wonderful homes. These pups will have a long road to recovery. Thanks to the folks that are adopting them!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Meet the goat and the ewe that won't be separated!

These two 'kids' don't have names, and need a furever home! This goat and this ewe need to stay together, can you help?

The Ewe (Scottish blackface mix)is about 4 years old (standard size, no horns), the goat (Alpine-Pygmy mix) is a senior (he is about 70#, altered, dehorned). They have been together since the ewe was a lamb.

The goat needs supervised feeding so the younger ewe doesn't steal his food. Care wise they do need feet checks/trims on a regular basis. The ewe needs shearing yearly, goat needs brushing on occasion. They would come with their hay supply left from the winter, feet trimming tools, feeders, and brushes. They need to go to a good pet home with either very good fencing & shelter and no predator issues or with additional livestock.'

They are currently being cared for by Four Paws First Canine Rescue in Courtenay, British Columbia. For more information about these two friends, click here!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Meet Curley and Liz!

Curley & Liz are a shy mom & daughter pair. Curley is white. Liz is dark brown. They are good with children, and need to be adopted together.

We met Curley and Liz through the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, New York. Catskill Animal Sanctuary provides a safe and loving haven for abused and abandoned horses and farm animals—animals who have never known warm shelter, spacious pastures, good food, or the touch of a kind hand. Since 2001, CAS has provided refuge for close to 1,300 such animals, including horses, ponies, cows, goats, sheep, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, and a variety of birds.

For more information about Curley and Liz, click here!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Meet Lancelot!

We found Lancelot currently being cared for by the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in Fairport, New York.

They are committed to building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach programs and the prevention of cruelty. The Humane Society at Lollypop Farm envisions a time when our community celebrates the human-animal bond; embraces the mutual benefits therein; and treats all fellow beings with care, compassion and respect.

For more information about Lancelot, click here!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Meet Poppy!

Poppy is an icelandic sheep that ended up at a sustainable ag program. They have given people so much! Now they would like to retire. All colors, horned, polled, mouflon, black, white And one wether.

We found Poppy currently being cared for by Wolftown! in Burton, Washington. They are primarily a wildlife sanctuary and rescue, and have an educational outreach for wildlife and wilderness preservation. They are also are a wildlife rehabilitation facility returning injured and orphaned wild animals after rescue back to the wild.

For more information about Poppy and his friends, click here!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Meet Bonnie!

Bonnie is a very striking, two-year old Navajo-Churro ewe. This is a rare conservation breed, with a rich history. She has a pretty, red-brown face and legs, and a long, thick, flaxen fleece. She is a typical, nervous sheep, but seems content when she is with her pal Gene.

We found Bonnie currently being cared for by New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary, in Arlington, Washington. New Moon Farm is an animal shelter and sanctuary located in Arlington, WA. Their six acre farm is home to a small, permanent herd of rescued horses, goats, sheep, cats and dogs, as well as an ever revolving cast of foster animals. Though their primary focus is goat and sheep rescue, they also foster cats, dogs and horses for other recognized rescue organizations, as the need arises. They do not, however, take in horses, dogs or cats directly.

For more information about Bonnie, click here!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Meet Shadow!

Shadow is an absolutely gorgeous ram lamb. He is 113 months of age and is very striking and handsome looking. He is actually more gold looking than these pictures show. He gets along great with our resident goats and sheep and is used to livestock guardian dogs. Shadow, like most sheep, would not be happy being an only sheep so we prefer to place him where there are a few other ewes. He is current on CDT vaccinations and has been dewormed twice. He appears to be healthy and ready for a home.

We found Shadow currently being cared for by Scruffy Dog Rescue, in Sulphur, Oklahoma. They are an established, privately owned, non profit no kill pet sanctuary in southern OK. Scruffy Dog Rescue has been established for the purpose of placing unwanted and unloved dogs and cats in good homes. Despite their name, they do rescue dogs that are smooth coated, cats, poultry and some livestock.

For more information about Shadow, click here!