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    1. Thanks for posting this. Over the years I’ve had several cats with chronic health issues for whom this would’ve been genuinely useful, especially in their last years.

  1. St. Hubert’s will run the Everyday Adoption Center in the Mt. Olive, New Jersey PetSmart currently occupied by Eleventh Hour Rescue. PetSmart now wants their mass transport partners (i.e. “Rescue Waggin”) to occupy these valuable adoption outlets. Even worse, PetSmart wants Rescue Waggin transports to have priority placement in the Mt. Olive Everyday Adoption Center. In other words, if say St. Hubert’s decided to place a dog from New Jersey in the Mt. Olive PetSmart, PetSmart can say no if a puppy from the south is available.

    Clearly, PetSmart is looking to maximize profits by putting the most easy to adopt animals in its stores (people who adopt a dog are likely to buy food and supplies) and taking credit for the rescues through its transport program.

    While Eleventh Hour Rescue also transported lots of animals from the south, they were not part of the Rescue Waggin program. Also, from my experiences, Eleventh Hour Rescue ran the place quite poorly. However, it seems PetSmart is essentially telling death row dogs in the north to go pound dirt so their Rescue Waggin southern transports get the spaces in these valuable adoption outlets.

    Sadly, I think this will be happening all across the country.

    Full story:


    St. Hubert’s statement on the issue:


  2. I stumbled across an awesome website called The Natural History of the Urban Coyote, started by three very interesting women photojournalists:



    Urban Coyote

    “Coyotes are one of the most controversial and divisive species on the North American continent. No other wild animal sparks as much emotion in urban residents, running the gamut of loathing and love. But controversial or not, they are here, and here for good. By eliminating natural predators and natural barriers of habitat, humans have literally paved the way for coyotes to explore new territories, including the prairies of suburban lawns and the forests of skyscrapers in cities. And coyotes have proven to us time and again that they will persist no matter what our opinions of them. . . . ”

    “The Natural History of the Urban Coyote is a photojournalism project bringing together the most recent science about coyotes from top researchers across the continent and combining it with unique, intimate, and beautiful photography that reveals everything there is to know about the species. We show urban coyotes as they go about their daily lives, eliminating the mystery and misconceptions in a visually compelling and scientifically accurate way.”

    Of special importance (and very heartbreaking) in the blog portion of the website — especially if you garden:


    Along with everything else fantastic about the project, they designed a perfect logo: an urban skyline highlighted inside the body of a coyote. It tells the story in an instant, and is beautiful at the same time.

    1. Karen, thank you VERY much for the link – I printed a number of copies to pass on to others. Great info on that site! (And cool pictures, too!)

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