Photo by Shirley Marsh Over the years, I've taken in a number of adult dogs who had, either definitely or most likely, never lived in a house. While every dog is an individual and every home environment is different (number and types of other pets, number and ages of people, absence or presence of yard, … Continue reading Welcome Home, Previously Outdoor (or Kennel) Dog
The term “responsible pet ownership” has its roots in “racism, classism, and the White dominant culture.” That is according to researchers with the University of Denver’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection, who argued that some animal control policies perpetuate racial and income inequities in the United States. [...] Not only driven by “racism, classism, and the White … Continue reading Standards of Care
Around midnight on May 19, 2021, a man was caught on a security camera removing a puppy from the Glynn County Animal Control facility in Georgia. Shelter manager Tiffani Hill told the Brunswick News that she believes the man is the puppy's owner: The Catahoula pup, another dog and three cats were found after firefighters … Continue reading Glynn County Burglary
So long story short (which I am terrible at but I thought hey maybe start there and see if it helps), I spent 2018 in a state of depression and by the end of it had the idea that getting a lap dog would help me to help myself. I looked in area shelters and … Continue reading Willa: A Sort of Warning/Endorsement
It's been a year of milestones including (in chronological order) - losing my job, losing my Dad, getting married, losing a dog, changing my career, turning 50 and a family member experiencing a sudden medical emergency with an initially grave prognosis (she's much better now, thankfully). Naturally, I've been thinking a lot of thinks - … Continue reading Anyone Have an Opinion on a Thing?
If you've ever listened to the BBC's Outlook program, you already know about the fascinating stories featured in the first-person. But even if you are new to the program, I encourage you to listen to this absolutely riveting tale involving a woman and two horses. It is a heart-wrenching and brutally honest examination of the … Continue reading Podcast You Will Like
What we know about the Trump administration's regard for animals so far is troubling. In the early weeks of his presidency, Trump had many government websites scrubbed of information - a clear indication that transparency is not in the game plan. Among them was the USDA website which for many years had posted inspection reports … Continue reading Animal Welfare in the Age of Trump
"Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life I love you more"
What sucks: A Good Samaritan picked up a lost dog in Henderson, Nevada last month and brought him to a local vet. The vet scanned him for a chip and determined he had an owner. The vet then called AC to pick up the dog. Right then and there, either the vet or the ACO (or … Continue reading A Lesson in Empathy
You don't have to be nationally recognized as a feline behavior expert to know that if you box up a cat, take him to a pet killing facility and leave him surrounded by the smells and sounds of despair and death, the cat is not going to be in the mood to play tea party. … Continue reading The War on Cats: Hawaii Edition