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  1. Clarice

     /  February 13, 2014

    Children reading to shelter cats in Berks County, Pa. The cats benefit and so do the children.

  2. As Colorado advocates work towards moving language into law to protect homeless pets, the opposition continues to use misdirection to get the community to think No Kill policies are hurtful to pets.

    The ballot is mainly trying to get two major things as shelter law:
    1. Shelters must let rescues registered with the state pull animals if they are on a kill list.
    2. Shelters cannot kill a healthy treatable animal if there is an empty kennels available.

    The arguments are that No Kill warehouses pets forever and causes overcrowding for shelters.
    No Kill Advocates are trying to get people to think about these two questions.
    If you kill a pet it cannot be adopted. If you don’t kill them and it takes a little longer to find them a home, is this cruel?
    If a shelter has 20 kennels and 20 animals is it overcrowded?

    See the opposition editorial here:
    We have not gotten a response to the guest editorial yet. Hopefully they will put it in there.

    One online rebuttal here.

  3. Alice

     /  February 13, 2014

    There has been an update about Buddy the stolen Chihuahua:

    The very next morning after this aired, a local paper just so happened to publish an article stating Jekot had received death threats.

    I’ve been following this story from the beginning. Most of the people who have said anything about this online are not even in TN. The “facts” about the case in this article are a bit sketchy as well.

    Regardless, this woman admits to stealing this dog by way of elderly fraud. She is way above county code in the number of animals she has in her personal home. Even if she was within code on the number, she is housing them in a way that breaks yet another code.

    But this is still a civil matter. Oh, and the Haddix should just get another dog and not even fight.

    After the update aired the county SO suddenly claimed it was a city police issue. The SO never said this when they took the report after this first aired. Nor did they say this when offering their “advice” to the Haddix. The police also had absolutely no idea that they had been handed jurisdiction over this case when asked.

    • Alice

       /  February 13, 2014

      The update above was the second one that aired on Monday. This is the first update that aired a week after the story broke:

      I was referring to that when I mentioned the SO’s advice.

      It should be noted that the reason the SO said they could take this case no further was Jekot wouldn’t let them in her house. They were there when PAWS did their inspection. They were also there when she gave that statement. Now their excuse is it isn’t in their jurisdiction.

  4. brandi007

     /  February 13, 2014

    A little bit older but it appears that NY AC&C choked a senior shelter dog named Poppy to death with a catch pole…

  5. Clarice

     /  February 13, 2014

    US Olympian trying to bring 4 puppies and their mother from Russia to the US.

  6. Karen F

     /  February 14, 2014

    Swift reaction to the disclosure that another Danish zoo plans to kill a healthy giraffe.

  7. More from Rowan County, NC. Lyla, a JRT/Chi mix had someone at the Rowan County Animal Shelter in Salisbury, NC to specifically adopt her from Shelby, NC (about 80 miles away) on Saturday, Feb. 8th. It was 10-15 minutes before close and she was told they couldn’t get her out to be adopted because they had already locked the kennels. Telling them how far she had driven and that she wouldn’t be through here again for 5 weeks didn’t matter. She was told that “there would be more dogs to adopt then.” But, not Lyla because even if she wasn’t adopted yet, no animals get more than 14 days at this “shelter.”

    On Wednesday, Feb. 12th, a local lady had arranged to get Lyla for this lady (mentioned above) and went to the Rowan County Animal Shelter. When she got there, she was told they had already killed Lyla that morning because she was “possibly” aggressive and had snapped at a worker there. Documents showed that Lyla was killed in the gas chamber.

    Other dogs that have had actual bite histories have been adopted from there and some are currently in foster in the area. But, this one that hadn’t even bitten wasn’t deserving of her life??

  8. This just popped up in my Twitter feed. I know the Chinese Crested community is relatively small so hoping this dog’s owner can be found:

    BisBRescue 6:56pm
    Found hairless dog in Forsyth County, NC… please share!

    • Eucritta

       /  February 14, 2014

      I posted it to the Sphynx list I’m on too – there’s a fair bit of crossover in interest & activity.

  9. Why I’m against Senate Bill 6 in Oregon (it passed congress but has not yet been signed into law):

    • Karen F

       /  February 15, 2014

      I’ve followed this bill as best I can from another part of the Northwest. What a terrible piece of legislation. Do you believe it will be signed by the governor?

  10. And: why I’ve decided transporting shelter dogs from under-performing shelters in California to Oregon is a net badness:

  11. Eucritta

     /  February 19, 2014

    Cats and dogs see into Ultraviolet:

    So. They really CAN see things we can’t.

  12. I haven’t tried this, but here is a diy option for Kuranda-like beds:

    Does anyone know if this is any good?

  13. Eucritta

     /  February 21, 2014

    For the Pets Are Family files: 22 photos of pets before and after growing up:

    • Super aw. I love these. I wish I would have thought to have something like this for my pets over the years. Thanks for posting.



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