19 thoughts on “Open Thread

  1. 40% of Michigan’s counties were saving 90% or better of their homeless pet population in 2014 (click link below to view counties). Especially proud of the Upper Peninsula of MI where the shelters are almost all No-Kill. We work together to help each other save lives!


    1. And then look at the areas where there is enough money/enough resources to go no kill but the powers that be choose to make excuses instead of changes. My own county animal control claims to not kill for space for saves fewer than 70% of the animals they take in (with the EXCUSE of being open admission, for one). Congratulations to the UP and other counties in Michigan for doing it right!


      1. Open Admission shouldn’t be an excuse for them to use! UPAWS is open admit and has been No-Kill for many years!


      2. We know that! UPAWS is a gold standard for how to do this the right way! Now that we have a new director, they continue to claim they don’t kill for space but have started finding more medical and behavior reasons to do so. If they want to kill, they will find a way to do it. And I think it starts at the top. Besides our animal control, we also have a very successful humane society doing wonderful things! So many people just avoid animal control and deal with the humane society.


  2. Thank you :) We weren’t always this way but thank goodness we stepped up and are doing the right thing now. Others can do it too!


    1. I started crying when I read this. We had a cat die of FIP and it was utterly devastating — he was a year old and we’d had him for only 10 months. I should add that he had the dry form, but if there’s hope for the wet form, perhaps there will be for the dry form as well, sometime relatively soon. Such incredible news — thank you for posting this.


      1. I cried too, just stood there unable to stop. It’s a disease that breaks hearts.

        And yes, the new trial is expanded to include some cats with dry FIP.

        How Dr Pedersen must feel. He’s been working on FIP since the 60s.


      2. Thank goodness for people with very, very long attention spans and that degree of focus. He sounds like a remarkable person. I’ve posted this news on FB and Twitter — thanks again for posting.


  3. The trial has been postponed a month in a case that has been tearing the rescue world in two:


    This is the same county and same CA that refused to prosecute the PETA workers for stealing and killing Maya.

    Personally, think she deserves to be found guilty. There are laws and law enforcement for a reason. I’ve seen far too many cases of innocent people letting their pets out for five minutes in winter turned into the vilest scum of the earth by people with an ax to grind. She stole the dog. She admits it. Regardless of who owned the dog, she did not have permission to take him. That is theft by definition.


  4. Thank you, Ruth. I’ve been trying to follow the state legislature session, but I missed this one. I’ll contact Animal Advocates of West Virginia and see if they are working on this.


    1. There’s this cool website https://legiscan.com/ that I’ve been using to keep track of my own state’s occasional (and sometimes not so occasional) stupidity with laws. You choose your state, and your keyword(s), I usually do “dog” or “cat”, and it’ll show you all pending laws that have those word(s) in them, in the order from most recently worked on.


  5. Speaking of pending laws, its been a while since I did a proper search on NY’s activities….

    In the “I think I like it” category:

    Prohibits the discrimination against a dog owner due to breed of dog: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S05944&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#S05944

    Prohibits insurers from discriminating based on breed of dog: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S04078&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#S04078

    (I like this one, but it needs to be expanded to cover ANY owned animal) Makes it Grand Larceny to steal a cat or dog from within the property of the owner: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S00423&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#S00423

    In the “maybe, maybe not” category:

    Requires all dogs to be microchipped and a statewide registry to be maintained: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S00167&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#S00167

    Makes the owner liable if their dog bites: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S02494&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#S02494A

    In the “it sounds great but its a massive slippery slope” category:

    Restrictions on the breeding of dogs: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A02386&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#A02386

    More restrictions on the breeding of dogs: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A03997&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#A03997

    REMOVES the line excluding cats, dogs and other “domestics” from the section prohibiting the owning of wild animals: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A04786&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#A04786

    In the “what does it take to kill this stupidity” category:

    Requires ALL dogs and ALL owners to complete a state mandated obedience class: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S00473&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#S00473

    Some of the stupidest restrictions on tethering I’ve seen in a while: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S04706&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#S04706

    Restrictions on tail docking that are so badly written that just passing through the state with your “docked before you rescued it” dog could result in fines: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A03374&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Text=Y&Votes=Y#A03374



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