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!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Welcome News in Georgia!

via Valerie Hayes for the Atlanta Animal Welfare Examiner:
As of December 31, 2010, it will be illegal--totally, completely, and unequivocally illegal, to kill shelter pets in gas chambers in the state of Georgia. No more grandfather clauses. No more loopholes. Just plain against the law of the land. Struggles are heating up in other states to accomplish something similar to what Georgia has, perhaps most notably in North Carolina and Texas, though there are others. They are looking to Georgia and to what we accomplished here. A bit of ceremony is called for on an historic occasion such as this, and a bit of ceremony is what we got.

This dog, now named Amazing Grace, was placed in the gas chamber and survived. Her story fueled inspiration to lobby for the abolishment of the chamber, which is a barbaric, prolonged, and painful way to euthanize an animal.  Kudos to the State of Georgia for being forward-thinking and for doing the right thing!