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  1. mikken

     /  March 28, 2015

    Wish Pugs today looked like that. We’ve got one in our shelter now…you can hear the poor girl breathing in the next room! But she’s got no snout, bug eyes, the works. Sigh.

  2. Alice

     /  March 28, 2015

    Despite fighting against SB1381 tooth and nail, PETA says the passing of it changes absolutely nothing:

  3. Karen F

     /  March 28, 2015

    This week I came across a video I loved, “How Whales Change Climate,” posted last fall:

    It’s a follow-up to an equally great video done by the same group and posted about a year ago, that’s gotten a lot of views, “How Wolves Change Rivers”:

    Environmentalists talk about how nature is a web, everything is connected, etc., but they don’t always do a good job showing concretely how that’s so. These videos do show it — and the narration in both, by the English writer and activist George Monbiot, is wonderful.

  4. whitetabby4

     /  March 29, 2015

    Sharing information about this important project our shelter (UPAWS) is involved with. Hopefully more communities can develop programs like this.

    The Sasawin Project is a collaboration between The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS), the Women’s Center, and Northern Michigan University (NMU) to find temporary housing for pets of domestic and sexual violence survivors. Domestic violence often includes animal abuse. Abusers threaten, harm and even kill pets to control, intimidate and retaliate against their intimate partners and children. The Sasawin Project helps survivors create escape plans that include safe placement for their pets. Sasawin helps survivors transition into the safe haven of shelter knowing that their pets are safe from harm.

    Project funds provide kennels, food, collars, leashes and veterinary care for the pets of survivors.
    Click to learn more about this amazing and life saving project:

  5. Eucritta

     /  April 1, 2015

    The Royal National Institute for the Blind has launched a new scheme today whereby cats will be trained to guide blind people through their daily lives:

  6. mikken

     /  April 1, 2015

    So…remember the cop who killed the cat with a hammer? Turns out, not a compassionate act.

    • *sniff* That dog would have every reason to fear and/or hate people but what does she do when taken in by a compassionate person? Bond with the family’s baby.



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