Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Monday, September 21, 2009

News Round Up

In the news this past week:

In the Let's-Sack-the-Quarterback! category:
Pennsylvania's Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) placed an ad in the Washington Post pledging that each time the Eagles' new quarterback is tackled during the Oct. 26 away game against the Redskins, five bags of dog food will be donated to a D.C. animal shelter.

In the Michael-Vick-Is-A-Jerk category:

(Photo by Dawn Majors/P-D)

Multistate Dogfighting Bust

Four more guilty pleas in this case brings the total to five men awaiting sentencing in the biggest dog fighting ring bust in US history. The five have agreed to give up the dogs. A total of 26 people were arrested. So far, no other cases have been processed. This bust took place July 8. I guess I’d rather have this crawl through the system at a snail’s pace if that’s what it takes to get them all convicted.

Fay, pictured above, is one of the seized dogs whose lips and part of her nose were lost in the fighting ring, and is just 5 years old. She’s one of many being judged fit, or not, for adoption.
(See video at the link)... warning, there are some (more) graphic scenes.
In the Things-That-Make-You-Go-Hmmmm category:

ScienceDaily (July 17, 2009) — A single evolutionary event appears to explain the short, curved legs that characterize all of today's dachshunds, corgis, basset hounds and at least 16 other breeds of dogs, a team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, reported July 16. In addition to what it reveals about short-legged dogs, the unexpected discovery provides new clues about how physical differences may arise within species and suggests new approaches to understanding a form of human dwarfism.

In the Thank-God-this-Exists category:

Overview of NEADS:  (see all the types of service dogs they have!)

NEADS' mission is to provide independence to people who are deaf or physically disabled through the use of canine assistance. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of trained dogs to all qualified applicants within a reasonable amount of time (one year or less).
NEADS was once a Soldiers' Angels Charity of the Month. See Volunteer Greta Perry at Soldiers' Angels discuss this at her blog:

In the Inmates-Training-Dogs-category (a previous story):

CONCORD, Mass., Oct. 27 — Rainbow looks like any other Labrador retriever, but she is not a pet. Trained by a prison inmate, her mission is to help Roland Paquette, an injured veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan, stay on his new feet, the ones he got after an explosion destroyed his legs.

In the Glad-This-Is-Happening category:
(and very upset I'll be traveling for work this weekend, as I am also missing Blessing of the Animals!)


On Sunday, October 4, Pet Rescue and the New Rochelle Humane Society will jointly host our first annual Hounds on the Sound Dog Walk and Festival at the beautiful Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, NY from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be a leisurely 1.5 mile walk on a course bordering on Long Island Sound as well as vendors, exhibitors, contests, demonstrations, refreshments, entertainment and fun for all. Proceeds from the event will benefit both organizations equally and we hope you will come out and support us.

REGISTER OR DONATE TODAY!  Walk with your favorite dog!

Register to walk at the Hounds on the Sound website:

There is a $20 fee to register. Then you can create your own webpage and email friends, family and coworkers to solicit pledges for your walk. If you raise $100 or more in pledges you will get a free event t-shirt.
Become a Donor. A donation of $100 (FRIEND) will earn you an event t-shirt and special mention on our website. At the $250 level (DONOR) you will also get a 12" x 18" trail marker sign with your name or message which will be posted along the course. The deadline to donate for the trail marker is Friday, Sept. 18th. To make a donation click here, print the form and mail it to us.
Make a Contribution online in the amount of your choice. Click here and type "Cat Napper" in the box.
Forward this message to your dog lover friends and family and encourage them to participate too. Have a fun day in the park and help us to save lots of needy dogs and cats.

If you have any questions, email us at

A Sign-The-Petition-Drive:

Another one for Thank-God-This-Exists:

A paw and a prayer: Pilots save shelter animals
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Lady Di is a lovely purebred collie with a pleasant disposition, just like lots of other dogs dumped at shelters in areas that lack anywhere near enough would-be owners. Unlike all but a lucky few of those animals, she got a plane ride away from death row.
...That's when Lady Di met private pilot Jeff Bennett, a volunteer with Pilots N Paws, a group that moves pets from overwhelmed shelters to communities, often ones with higher median income, where they'll stand a better chance of adoption. The pilots donate their time, planes and fuel.

In the Hip Hip Hooray! Category:

Rolling Dog Ranch (in Beautiful Montana) placed third in the country in an online voting contest!  Keep voting so they can keep taking in disabled dogs!

Last time they won Third Prize and that meant winning...

The $3,000 Grant!

Last year they spent about $60,000 on vet bills so that money is very important. (Keep in mind this is one couple that gave up their lives in the world of finance to live on a ranch taking in animals that few would devote this much love to).
This was amazing -- we came in third place nationwide in the Shelter Challenge contest and won $3,000! Thank you for all your votes! They really added up, day after day, and brought in a fabulous grant for the animals at the ranch.
And guess what? The online contest is starting again! Yes, a new round began on September 14th and will run until December 20th. Enter "Rolling Dog Ranch" and our state postal code, MT for Montana, and it will bring up our listing so you can cast your vote.
Vote in the Shelter Challenge contest here:;jsessionid=1669E2C154F3553D42A14C1DA20270F6.ctgProd05?siteId=3&link=ctg_ars_shelterchallenge_from_home_sidetabs