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    1. Home Again changed one of my dogs registration to a “rescue” (this outfit is an animal flipping ring, no one reputable will work with them) without EVER telling, much less asking me. They then dared to tell me I would have to seek the “rescue’s” permission to change it back AND pay the fee again.

      Yeah, there was screaming and profanity involved. Their excuse in the end was the “rescue” must have entered the wrong ID when they “synced with their system”.

      Meaning, anyone putting rescue in their title can change HA chip registrations without the owner ever knowing what happened.

      There HAS to be regulations with these outfits.

      1. I chipped a few of my fosters. I provided the chip info to the new owners, but they’re still on my Home Again list of pets. So I asked them how I would know if the new owners changed the chip info – they said that if they were on my list, the owners didn’t change the info.

        I always wondered if that were true. Or if they were somehow double registering animals to collect two fees instead of one…

      2. Honestly, I hate the AKC, but the only chip/registration system I trust is their reunite system. If you have a chip from another company I think it’s worth the $20 or so to register your pet in the Reunite system (as much as I hate giving the AKC any of my hard-earned money!). Also, I add a trusted friend as a secondary contact just in case I’m unreachable or incapacitated when my pet goes missing, and that also makes it less likely that someone can hijack my registration.

        I certainly don’t consider microchips as foolproof or guarantees of anything, but I think they are an added layer of protection. I have a dog who loves to sneak through gaps and run, and the last time she escaped it was her rabies tag that reunited us (it has my vet’s phone number). I am also a fan of the “Boomerang” pet tags that attach directly to the collar.

    2. Update: Tigger has been returned.


      This story was in pretty much every online and physical newspaper in the UK. Only the tv news agencies didn’t pick it up. The police were also involved. So the moment they officially gained her information all of those reporters would have had access to her information. I really doubt it was a sudden bolt of good will that got Tigger home.

    3. Update: Tigger was returned home


      The police were involved and this case was covered by pretty much every news agency in the UK, aside from the TV ones. The “keeper” would have been plastered everywhere when the police had officially obtained her information from the chip company. I really doubt it was a sudden burst of humanity that got Tigger home.

  1. It’s time for the American Pets Alive! No Kill Conference again from November 5-7. It is a three day intensive conference designed to teach you practical tips on how to save more homeless pets and the specific programs to save the segments most at-risk in the shelters. To learn more or register, check out our website at http://www.americanpetsalive.org

  2. After rejecting a $21,400 arbitration award, the insurance company defending a Tri-Cities family in the shooting of a neighbor’s dog now has lost a jury trial that awarded $36,475 to the neighbor, and Friday also has agreed to attorney fees that push the total to $100,000.


  3. Is there being progress actually made at the Memphis Animal Services? Sounds like it but too early to actually count on it!

    1. You can’t make real progress there without a massive house cleaning. Starting with the head vet on down. And yes, that includes volunteers who giggle and hide around the corner while a real animal advocate risks injury trying to coax a terrified feral dog into a transport cage by herself.

      In fact, let’s get the web cams back up. SHOW us change.

    1. I was glad to read the “rest of the story” Arlene. Also commented on the guy who clearly doesn’t understand about TNR’d cats. It’s going to take a lot of community education to accomplish those goals, but this is better than what’s come out of MAS in many years.

      1. Is it true TNR though? With colony management or observers to ensure the well-being of the cats or is it just a spay and dump plan?

      2. That’s a very good question,mikken. It’s better than trap and kill and the new director sounds very open to doing things differently. Agree that she needs to do a top to bottom housecleaning.

      3. It’s all about engaging the community. Educate people on what an ear tip means (the guys working at my local dog pound had no idea, for example, and regularly killed ear tipped cats). Tell them it’s okay to feed ear tipped cats. Tell them that if they get a bunch of non-tipped cats in the area, give them a call and they’ll get their people on it (or better yet, lend out traps to those who want to help!). Remind people that these cats are vaccinated, that they provide a rabies buffer between people and wildlife, and that they won’t be making kittens for anyone to worry about.

        Community cats can be happy, healthy cats – but you’ve GOT to get the community in which they live on board.

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