Sorry, You Are Out of Refills on Your HeinousStinkingCruelty Prescription

Rebecca Coleman, the shelter vet at the Memphis pound on whose watch numerous dogs have starved to death, including a puppy who was forced to eat his own littermate to survive, and who scrubbed a degloved cat’s wounds without providing pain medication then left him to suffer in a cage for 5 days, and who neglected a puppy … Continue reading Sorry, You Are Out of Refills on Your HeinousStinkingCruelty Prescription

A Promising Start in Fremont Co Delivers Hope: An Interview with Douglas Rae

When we last checked in with the Humane Society of Fremont Co in Colorado, the place was a hot mess.  State inspections revealed that the facility was killing animals before their legal holding period expired using inhumane methods, including heartstick, performed by untrained staff, leaving sick and injured animals to suffer without immediate vet care, housing cats in … Continue reading A Promising Start in Fremont Co Delivers Hope: An Interview with Douglas Rae

Knock, Knock: Santa’s at the Door and He’s Got a Puppy

Pets make great gifts and I'm glad to see many shelters are finally coming around to that view, even if some only embrace the concept once a year.  Christmas deliveries of adopted shelter pets to their new families has grown in popularity and along with it, some long overdue myth-busting. Staff from the New Hampshire Society … Continue reading Knock, Knock: Santa’s at the Door and He’s Got a Puppy

City of Irvine Takes Action to Improve Conditions at Shelter after Community Complaints

After shelter pet advocates went public by bringing their concerns about the Irvine Animal Care Center to the City Council last month, changes are afoot. The chief veterinarian at IACC, Dr. Lawrence Kosmin, whom shelter pet advocates allege has been botching surgeries and refers to himself as "Dr. Death", will be leaving at the end … Continue reading City of Irvine Takes Action to Improve Conditions at Shelter after Community Complaints

NC Ends Routine Gassing of Shelter Animals

On December 4, 2014, the Animal Welfare Section of the NC Department of Agriculture issued a policy statement regarding the use of gas chambers to all licensed euthanasia technicians and registered shelters.  The letter can be read in full here. In summary, the letter states that because the last major animal welfare organization still endorsing the … Continue reading NC Ends Routine Gassing of Shelter Animals

Capital Area Humane Society Increases Lifesaving for Cats by Engaging Public

It's been depressing watching these so-called animal shelters and consultants announce they are going to "save more cats" by turning lost, owned cats back out into the street and/or selling lost, owned cats immediately upon impound.  Reuniting lost pets with their owners is not only part of the job at any shelter, it's one of the … Continue reading Capital Area Humane Society Increases Lifesaving for Cats by Engaging Public

Sonoma Co Shelter Decides to Stop Blaming Owners, Start Reuniting Families

Instead of shelter directors and staff continually spewing the tired old mantra that the public is irresponsible and if their lost pet got loose, they don't deserve to have him anyway so let's not bother doing our jobs, how about this? “It’s moving away from that old-school thinking that owners are irresponsible,” [Sonoma Co Animal … Continue reading Sonoma Co Shelter Decides to Stop Blaming Owners, Start Reuniting Families

The Irresponsible Public Strikes Back – Times Two

The Wisconsin Humane Society took over shelter operations in Racine Co one year ago.  In comparing 2012 to 2013, the Wisconsin Humane Society reports a number of changes: Animals are no longer killed as a means of population control. The number of live released animals nearly doubled. Financial donations were 14 times greater. All animals … Continue reading The Irresponsible Public Strikes Back – Times Two