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!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Remember Puppy Mill Moms

Laurel Babcock of Lower Hudson Blog (Paws N' Claws) does a nice post for Mother's Day. No reason to reinvent the wheel. She references the most excellent Best Friends Animal Society's efforts to alleviate the suffering of mother dogs in puppy mills.

Mother dogs live in cramped wire cages resembling rabbit hutches and often stacked on top of each other. They are bred repeatedly and churn out litter after litter until their bodies are exhausted and worn out to the point where they can’t produce any more puppies. They spend their entire lives without exercise, playtime or human affection, and often without medical care. When they are used up, they are killed or sold at auction.
This Mother’s Day, Best Friends Animal Society is spreading the word about these unseen, forgotten moms by offering “I’m Tired of Puppy Mills” bracelets. Edgy, trendy, and made from recycled materials, the bracelets cost only $10, and half of the proceeds will be donated to Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign.
Read her whole post here:

DON'T buy a dog for your Mom on Mother's Day. Go to a shelter or a rescue and take one in that has paid her dues, and then some. Puppies at pet stores are 100% from puppy mills. There is no exception.

(Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there!)