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  1. Really cute — pups not bad either! LOL

    • This is the conversation I imagine:

      Dachshund: You are not petting me enough.
      Human: I am a beloved celebrity whose time is –

  2. Redwood Valley CA: Adopt Zena the Pocket Pit a favorite who has been passed over for five years

  3. Clarice

     /  November 29, 2014

    A feel good story for a change. The story of Arthur, a stray dog, who followed a Swedish racing team through the Amazon rain forest. Now he will have a family and a foundation is being developed to help the dogs of Ecuador.

  4. Leslie Cobb

     /  November 29, 2014

    Another feel-good story. The Williams family, which includes two little boys and three rambunctious dogs, wanted to add a cat (the 5-year-old boy JJ especially wanted a kitty). The cat they chose was 20-year-old Dexter. From this and other videos the mom has posted, you can see that this is a love both JJ and Dexter have waited their whole lives for.

  5. Karen F

     /  November 29, 2014

    The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle will finally close down its elephant exhibit.

    However, the zoo’s plan is to send them to a better zoo:

    “Deborah Jensen, CEO of the zoo, said Chai, 35, and Bamboo, 47, would be sent together to a zoo that has a stable elephant collection that is free of disease and has an active conservation program that will highlight the threat to elephants in the wild.”

    The same day the Times ran its news story, the paper’s editorial board called for the city — which has substantial leverage over the zoo — to insist that the elephants go to a sanctuary, not another zoo, and noted, “Make no mistake: This is now an election issue for City Council races.”

    “The best home for the elephants [said the editorial board] is a sanctuary in a warm climate, such as the 2,300-acre Performing Animal Welfare Society in San Andreas, Calif.

    “Chai and Bamboo have spent their entire lives entertaining zoo-goers.

    “The show is over.

    “They deserve to live out the rest of their days in peace.”

    • Absolutely! I hope that those who have the decision making power send these grand old animals to the sanctuary. That’s the very least they can do for them.

  6. If everyone is tripping over purebred dogs in shelters, why are stories like this a daily thing?

  7. Arlene

     /  November 30, 2014

    The public outcry against the horrible treatment of dogs injured in accidents brought about the change in how police treat those dogs. The bad press that followed one department and city brought about a policy change. People speaking out in numbers does work!

    • Eucritta

       /  November 30, 2014

      Very good news, but there’s a bit at the end of the article that bothers me. Speaking of the cost of animal services – for which Merced (a city with a pop. of about 80,000, many of them poor) budgeted $200,000 last year – the chief of police brings up the Irresponsible Public and comments:

      “Could the city of Merced use that money elsewhere?” Andrade continued. “Absolutely. That could get you two more officers, roads or a recreation program.”

      What this is, it looks to me, is a ranking of priorities, and as I read it Chief Andrade is implying that the money would be better spent on any of these other needs or wants than on providing needed services for Merced’s animals. And that’s on top of the fallacious underlying assumption that If Only the Irresponsible Public Would X (pick from today’s menu selections) there would somehow magically be no need for animal services.

  8. It’s time to tell the story of the backroom deal that is threatening the lawsuit against Stockton, California Animal Services.

  9. I’ve spent the last several years trying to bring reform to the Stockton, California pound. Our lawsuit has the potential to help animals in unlawfully operated pounds throughout California, and it’s threatened by a secret deal between Animal Legal Defense Fund and Stockton.

    • mary frances

       /  December 1, 2014

      I read the article re: Stockton and ALDF. I don’t have inside info re: ALDF or any group but I do get emails from ALDF for donations. (not a lot) I have noticed over many years that ALDF seems to not do much in the way of No Kill shelter reform (at least from when I review their cases at their site)

      When they ask for donations I reply I would like to contribute to No Kill shelter reform – they never respond (maybe they don’t read the reply)


    Florida authorities vowed on Friday to capture a monkey last seen running through a Tampa neighborhood that they described as “three-foot tall, brown and fast.”

  11. Pets are family, even in candy decorations -

  12. bamabrie

     /  December 1, 2014

    Stuck between a rock and a hard place in northern Alabama, but still pushing the issue and hoping that 2015 brings real reform which can be sustained.

  13. BC

     /  December 1, 2014

    With regard to Stockton- when I read about this type of con job it just solidifies my belief that animal rescue is one big sham- at least as practiced by the endowds.
    They just use the poor tear jerking stories of the animals as their widgets in their business models instead of another product. Most of those running this train haven actually been in the trenches in decades if at all.

  14. mary frances

     /  December 2, 2014

    Today I got emails from PETA and ALDF seeking donations. I don’t know how I got on PETA’s list….I agree with BC regarding the endowds…so much corruption. And local governments are culprits in preventing shelter reform.



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