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!

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Please share this on all social media. We think he might be near Fells Point, Upper Fells Point, Butchers Hill, Washington Hill, Patterson Park, Highlandtown, Canton, Greek Town, Little Italy areas.


Saving Lennox

I know I've been posting a lot of petitions lately but they assist the cause when activists are meeting with local legislators, pleading a case. They demonstrate some level of public awareness about a wrongdoing, and give leverage to those lobbying to have something corrected.

In this case, a dog was wrongfully taken from his family in Belfast, Northern Ireland last May. Everyone involved knows the dog, Lennox, has not bitten anyone, no complaints were filed against him for his behavior, nor have his family been cited in any wrongdoing where he is concerned. So, why does Belfast refuse to give him back?

I think they're embarrased by their poor choice and now are not sure how to extracate themselves from it.

Forrest, meet trees, please!

Victoria Stilwell, famed dog trainer on TV, has taken up Lennox's cause. Please see her blog and sign the petition to have Lennox returned to his family where he belongs. It took me literally less than a minute. There are almost 30,000 signatures already.

Thanks for all your help. Here is the official Save Lennox website.


CALL TO ACTION -- North Carolina

Due to budget cuts which are happening all over, there is a proposal in North Carolina to eliminate shelter, pet store and rescue oversight. Letters and call are needed.
We have been informed that the Department of Agriculture must cut 10% and they have decided to cut the Animal Welfare Division.  This means that what little oversight we have over shelters, pet stores and rescues will be eliminated. This is an enormous step backwards for North Carolina and a disaster for our animals.

North Carolina Voters For Animal Welfare have the story. See their page for ways to help.


More on the Patrick Love Fest

Enjoy seeing the little guy eat! And remember, Kisha Piece O'Trash Curtis is reporting to court today for a preliminary hearing. The Universe has spoken.

If you want to share in the fun, go too The Patrick Miracle on Facebook. They have over 50,000 fans already. Good even keeled people running the page, too.

Now, Patrick is being taken care of. He's getting food, vet care, and toys from all over the world. If you want to save another dog, all you have to do is go to your local shelter and donate or adopt, or donate to one of the many rescues that do the front line work. I have several listed in the side bar on the left.

Here are a few that rescue dogs like Patrick every day of the week.

Eyes of An Angel Pet Rescue
Noah's Ark Rescue
Pet Rescue (in Westchester, NY)
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue

Okay, and another happy video, though you can still see how skinny Patrick is. It's a long haul to make up for severe neglect.


Puppymill Bust in Tennessee, 120 dogs Saved, 5 Die

Get the story at The Tennessean:

"A horrendous situation,'' said Peg Petrelli, the Tennessee liaison for Animal Rescue Corps, which partnered with the Warren County District Attorney's Office to rescue the animals.
...Earlier in March, Petrelli had gone to the alleged puppy mill as a potential buyer after Animal Rescue Corps received a tip from an informant, she said.
"When you save these lives, it doesn't mean anything to the world,'' said Ady Gil, an animal advocate, who donated $25,000 to this operation. "But it means the world to these dogs.''

Thank you to the Warren County Sheriff's Office, Animal Rescue Corps, and to the generous donor,
Ady Gil. Way to go!!


Sign Petition Banning Gas Chamber in Oklahoma

Gassing is neither quick or painless. Please sign this petition. States are banning its use more and more. Let's get Oklahoma to join the 21st Century.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Charges Against Kisha Piece O'Trash Curtis Upgraded to Animal Torture

The flood of letters and calls to Mayor Cory Booker of Newark have been working so keep them rolling in. Letters are most important - Judges WILL TYPICALLY TAKE ALL LETTERS/E-MAILS INTO CONSIDERATION UPON SENTENCING. Her hearing is tomorrow. I am trying to find out the time.

Send e-mails to Mayor Cory Booker at: & send
faxes to: (973)-242-490

UPDATED: additional FAX INFO:
Newark Municipal Court

31 Green Street
Newark, New Jersey
Fax 973-733-8533 or 973-424-1828

Cheryl Hanna of has the story on updated charges.
Late this afternoon, charges have been upgraded by the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals against Patrick's former owner, Kisha Curtis. The charges against Curtis allege "torture and torment of a living creature" which according to Matthew Stanton, spokesperson for the NJSPCA, is a fourth degree criminal charge. Curtis faces a maximum punishment of 18 months in jail and a $3000. fine.
And another story Hanna wrote about the case as well.

For all who are just learning about this...

Here is where Patrick was found after he was starved to near-death. He weighed just 20 lbs and should have weighed 50-60.  He was bagged and thrown down the garbare chute, 22 stories down. Hence why I'm calling this piece of garbage Curtis woman a piece of garbage.

But here's how Patrick is doing!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Dog on Wheels.....................................

You go little guy!


Patrick's Update

Go here and here for an update on the little guy.
This video is a week old and Patrick has progressed greatly since then! "The foreign body [in his intestines] found through an ultrasound at the beginning of the week doesn't seem to be hurting his recovery so veterinarians will address removing the object when Patrick gets a little stronger."


Dog Stolen From Home in Rhode Island

Very sad. I really feel for this woman, who left her dog where she should have when she ran errands
... at home.


Monday, March 28, 2011

Lost Poodle in Cortlandt Manor, NY



Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wolf and Coyote Trapping is Inhumane

I have a hard time looking at pictures like this one, but if you are in North Carolina, you can do something about this. Recently a dog was caught in a trap and had its leg mangled. It's not the first time.
Trapping in general is pretty nauseating.

They are voting on Tuesday so if you live in NC, please make a call or two. It takes five minutes.


Sign to Punish Patrick's Abuser, Kisha Piece O'Trash Curtis of Newark, New Jersey


Spot Olympics a Success!

More later... but for now here's a couple of pics from yesterday's wonderful event benefitting Picasso Veterinary Fund.

(I think I'll just sit right here)

(being lured with cheese!)

(What a brave little guy!)

 (Sometimes one needs to be encouraged to come out of the tunnel)

(The above is the shot I was waiting to take the whole time! Little cute dogs are easy! Note the white fluffy dog in the background not being mauled).

(This was one of two semi-professional obstacle course dogs present. Note the quality of the picture!)

The day was very nice, there were people and dog treats galore, and I was able to buy freeze dried lamb lung, aka "crack for dogs," for my little guys. Good price, too!


Saturday, March 26, 2011


UPDATE:  Garden Spires Apartment Complex. NJ. Newark, NJ 07107-2223

I will be posting more information about this story, like an addy, which regular readers of this page know I publish for every animal abuser whose info I get ahold of.  I wanted to wait till the skank that did this was found, and now she has been.

Or is it hazbin?  Hurtin'?

You decide... meet Kisha Piece O'Trash Curtis.

This is what she did. She starved this dog, then dumped him down the garbage shoot in her NJ building. The sanitation worker noticed the bag move slightly, and now Patrick, found on Saint Patrick's Day, is being rehabilitated. Yes, he survived. And now this dog has more fans that this sorry excuse for a woman does.

I hope she needs police protection. No hiding it. I feel no such virtous urge. Garbage is as garbage does. The dog is worth ten times her. Maybe a hundred.


Newly Rescued Dog Bolts From New Home - Crowne Point, Chicago

I've seen this happen so many times, including with Mr. Wiggins!

A dog recently adopted takes off. He/she is not bonded to the people yet, nor the home, and is afraid. They don't know what is happening or where they are. Their instinct is to run.

Please take extra care with dogs that are new to you. You are new to them. Here is a dog (from Crowne Point in Chicago) that has a new collar, which his owners took time to put on him, but sadly he is not so familiar with his new name. They did the right things, though, in taking steps to find him (signs, news article).

Beasley said her boyfriend took the dogs out in the kennel area in the backyard on March 14, and the dog got frightened and ran away.

The dog, which she had named Max, was wearing a green velvet collar and a red leash.

Max was among 17 dogs rescued from squalor at a home near Schneider on March 5; an additional 18 dogs, cats and puppies were found in the freezer. The owner, Vicki L. Moon, has been charged with 17 counts of misdemeanor animal neglect.

Beasley and several volunteers have searched for Max at several of the locations where he’s been spotted, and they’ve put up at least 300 fliers. She even brought out some of the other rescue dogs to help him pick up the scent.

He was most recently seen walking near the NIPSCO building at East and Clark streets.

If Max is spotted, Beasley said to call three contact numbers: 775-9362, 308-1949 and 769-7016. Her number is also on Max’s nametag.
The shelter is reporting on Max sightings on their Facebook page:

It's a good time to mention some ideas for finding lost pets:
  • Post Lost Cat or dog ads on (Community-Lost & Found section and Pets), (Local - Free Pet Classifieds), (Lost and Found), and on your Facebook page.
  • Check the Found ads daily from the sites above.
  • Post LOST DOG signs with REWARD on bright paper within a 2-mile radius of where dog was last seen.
And finally!
  • FACEBOOK!! All social media platforms. They have the power to network your lost dog in minutes.


Spot Olympics in Chelsea NYC Today!!

12:00 noon - 2:00pm
145 West 20th Street

Don't forget! I think I'll be going! Will take pics.

This event benefits Picasso Veterinary Fund, which pays for the medical treatment of unwanted pets that would ordinarily get them euthanized. It's a great organization!.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Ten Years

Read the story here.


Two Dogs Rescued From Chesterfield, SC Shelter

The article says the investigation of Chesterfield's shelter is now with the State Attorney General's Office. Yipee!


Updates on Miami Dade Animal Shelter

More on the Miami Dade Animal Shelter distemper situation. All dogs need to be out ASAP. I understand from my contacts that they are extending till tomorrow. They are really trying to respond to the outpouring they've received from rescues and animal lovers. Small dogs have mostly been adopted, but the big dogs still need help. There were well over 200 dogs there earlier today. This is a big shelter and they need all hands on deck. If you can foster a dog (in a separate area of your house, to account for a quarantine period for possible distemper -- NOTE, only possible and not even likely), and if you can adopt, even better. Please, see the story for how to help.

Don't forget to contact Eyes of an Angel Pet Rescue if you can help transport dogs to a new location (to a waiting adopter or foster), adopt, foster yourself, or can donate. They are taking about seven dogs themselves. I know another one-person rescue here in NY that is taking 6. They are being farmed out all over the country in order to save their lives. Please help if you can.



Vick Dog Now A Therapist

More proof that pitbulls are bigger people than Michael Vick. At least they don't need multi-million dollar contracts to be motivated enough to rehabilitate their images. Just people who will give them a chance and believe in them.


Mr. Wiggins Having a Celebratory Bully Stick mark his one year anniversary with his new family:

Posing (or not) for the camera:

This is the shelter where I got Mr. Wiggins from. This is the rescue the shelter works with, since they do not adopt out to the public. They always have dogs needing to be adopted... rescued, for sure! It is still a gassing facility. They will take the dog you want out, foster it till you can get it transported.  When I adopted Wiggins last year, I flew down from NYC since it was easier and faster. The couple who rescued Mr. Wiggins drove three hours to the airport to bring him (and three hours home!).  I will always be grateful. Their group's vet bill for May and June '11 was $7,500. I made a contribution to thank them for Wiggins today and will each year. I so wish I could do more.

Gassing is neither quick nor painless.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Possible Distemper Outbreak Forcing Shelter to Close Temporarily

As I write this numerous rescues are frantically working to pull as many dogs out of Miami Dade Animal Shelter (already a high kill shelter) as they can. The staff, which normally leaves by 7:00pm is working late to process all the people waiting. The place is said to be VERY busy with dogs leaving left and right, rescue people waiting around..

Distemper is a serious illness that is very contagious. Your dog should be vaccinated against it every couple of years.

As usual, the Facebook dog-rescue community is in overdrive over this. Any dogs not rescued will be euthanized tonight, so they can completely sterilize the shelter.

I gave to Eyes of An Angel Pet Rescue twice this week, the second time was just an hour ago. Their goal is to get 6-7 dogs. They have lined up foster homes. They will worry about vetting costs later. They estimate at least $1,050 for that, and that's without any weird medical issues.  These are people absolutely committed to savings dogs. And they will reach out to all of us to help (I gave them $50 for a second time this week), and we will reach out to all of you. This is animal rescue, one pet at a time. These are people that will max out their credit cards, sell stuff, do all they can to not let a little light go out.

The first batch of dogs they wrote in to the shelter about, with financial contributions from their facebook fans, were rescued by people who showed up sooner (perhaps a mix up, and there are skads of people there) so now they are waiting to just take any 6-7 dogs. It is doubtful the shelter staff has time at this late hour to check their emails.

In the meantime, say a prayer at this moment for this shelter.

Here and here are the two news reports on it now.

UPDATE (7:56pm):

The first of the dogs they pulled, Saskia:

This is Saskia. She is 5 years old and she is also leaving the Miami Shelter tonight and that is all we know about her :) Normally, we have so much more to tell you, but these are such different circumstances. Welcome to our Rescue Family, Saskia. ♥

UPDATE (7:58pm):

The second dog they were able to pull, Luna.

This is Luna. She is 6 years old and she is leaving the Miami Shelter tonight and that is all we know about her :) Normally, we have so much more to tell you, but these are such different circumstances. Welcome to our Rescue Family, Luna. ♥

UPDATE (8:00pm) - a press release from the shelter: (click to enlarge)

The scene at the shelter (below).

UPDATE: (9:34pm) -- they are still there. Looks like they will only be able to get 3 dogs tonight. They must go back tomorrow for 4 more. The shelter is extending time for those dogs spoken for, but now new transport help must be worked out. If you are in the Miami Dade area and you can help, please give this rescue a call.


Mr. Wiggins's One Year Anniversary

At this exact hour last year I was on a plane going to Louisiana to get Mr. Wiggins from a couple who had rescued him from the gas chamber.  I saw a picture of him on Facebook and thought he looked just like my other little guy, Renaldo, and after a few days and a few frantic attempts at sending some money for him to be fostered, I was on the phone looking to adopt.

Here, here, and  here is the whole tale tail.

We got up fifteen minutes early today so the day wouldn't be so rushed and took our time during their 1.3 mile walk. He dutifully barks at all the squirrels and birds, though at this time of year it's dark so that gives me a break is sort of nice.

Little guy got a new $16 dollar collar his sucker super duper Mom bought to mark the occasion!

Here are some pics over the past year.

4th of July
Wiggins has helped Renaldo not feel so alone during the day (Renaldo is deaf), so that keeps him from scratching on the door or breaking out of the house to look for me (yes, he did that once).

Wiggins at Mommie's computer. She thought he was so clever standing on the chair she uses while at the computer, because she thought he was saying "hey, give me attention," but all he wanted was his ball.

Asleep during vacation.

On alert...

Wiggins settling for the back seat while his older brother was on Mommie's lap in the front seat.

Two peas in a pod.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Missing Dog in Oregon

Katie was in a car accident with her family and ended up going through the windshield. She survived, it is thought, and her scent has been picked up by trained search dogs but then lost.

See the article for full information. She is wearing a purple collar with her owner's phone number, and she is microchipped.  Her family is desperate to find her and make sure she gets her regular mediation.

Katie is friendly but will likely be panicked.  It's been two weeks.


Protest Planned in Honor of the Chesterfield 22

Go here for event details.

The basics:     TIME: April 21, 2011 3:00pm - 6:00pm
                      LOCATION: Columbia SC, North grounds and the steps of the State House







Even if you are not in South Carolina, you can sign the guest book and show your support.

The Chesterfield 22 are the dogs used as target practice by shelter staff. Go here, here, and here for background. An state investigation is still pending.


Upcoming Events

2nd Annual

spot Winter Olympic Games

to benefit the Picasso Veterinary Fund® of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals®

Saturday, March 26, 2011

spot Chelsea, 145 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Canine Agility Competition

Enjoy canine agility demonstrations by gold medal agility trainer and behaviorist Kris Seiter and her agility champions, and bring your own dog to run through the agility course for a chance to win a medal!

Delicious Treats

Free treats for your dog from Bocce's Bakery and Stella & Chewy's, and The Pooch-ini, "a chilly treat for those with four feet," from Shake Shack. Humans are invited to enjoy a variety of sandwiches, Indian food, and Mediterranean fusion food.

Meet Terry

Also, meet Terry, a dog who was rescued by NYPD officers from a junkyard where he, his mom, and his siblings were neglected, living in filth, and starving. Terry required medical treatment for a serious abscess on his head, which was paid for by the Picasso Veterinary Fund of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. After treatment and tender loving care, Terry was well enough to leave the hospital. Renamed Finnegan, he now resides in a new adoptive home!

Competitor: $40
Spectator: $20
Kids: Free

Tickets can be purchased in advance online via PayPal, or at the door. Those who can't attend the event and still want to help NYC's animals --- and event attendees who want to help even more --- can also make a secure online donation.

All proceeds will be donated to the Picasso Veterinary Fund to help more homeless animals like Terry!

Tickets and donations are 100% tax-deductible!

SUNDAY, March 27, 2011

Free Spay/Neuter Clinic for Westchester residents

While this event is oversubscribed for spay neuturing, they really need volunteers to assist, contributions, and towels or other clean linens. This event is for Westchester residents, and pitbulls are being spayed or neutured for free. It is a great service being provided. I hope you will consider contributing towards this worthy effort.

We rely on the kindness and generosity of animal lovers everywhere to make this special day happen. All donations are tax deductible!!

Every amount, large or small, is greatly appreciated and brings us one step closer to our goal. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the Spay/Neuter Clinic.

All vets and vet techs working with us are donating their time and not receiving any payment for their services.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Bite At The Apple For Puppies In Mills

We will improve their lives, one battle at a time.

Thank you, ASPCA, for all your efforts on behalf of dogs stuck in puppy mills.

More on this later...


Missing Dog in Fort Worth Texas -- share with your friends

via Pawsitively Texas on Facebook
Wendy is a 1 year old shep/collie/heeler mix. She is very shy. She got out of the back yard after only being there for 5 minutes this morning. She has only been with me for a few days. She is microchipped. Has a green collar but hadn't got a tag on it yet. Lost in Marine Creek area: zip 76179

CONTACT Louisa 817.691.2886 or Liz 214.616.6128

When a dog is new to an owner and gets out, it's tough because they have not bonded yet and do not recognize the new place as home. PLEASE post this to your friends who live in TX and in the south and let's get this girl back to her new owner right away. Dogs move fast when they are panicked and this girl doesn't know where to go. She could be many miles away already.


Army Won!

Thanks to the hard work of Eyes Of An Angel Pet Rescue, this senior "Old" English Bulldog has been rescued out of a high-kill shelter, and will be fostered and adopted.  Go here for his story and to contribute to his temporary care.

Thank You, God, and the entire rescue community, many of whom pitched in to find Army a home.

Army - as he is leaving the shelter.

EYES OF AN ANGEL DOG & CAT RESCUE, INC. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization whose volunteers are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of unwanted shelter animals that would otherwise be euthanized. Volunteers in the east coast Miami-Dade area, as well as the west coast Naples/Ft. Myers area work together so that as many animals as possible can be saved and ultimately adopted into loving homes. We do not have a shelter facility. All of our available dogs are cared for by volunteer foster families. Please be advised that all of our dogs are rescued from euthanasia at the shelter. We believe every animal deserves a safe and loving home, however we do not accept stray or owner surrender animals and our focus remains on shelter rescue.


Circus Cruelty

It used to be that you took your kid to the circus and you marveled at how well behaved the animals are. Now, there's tape that tells a different story. They are bound, electrocuted, barbed into doing tricks that are not natural to them. There's a lot that goes into making that elephant behave as it does when you bring your kids to the circus. Let's look at the whole story, shall we?

Here's an exerpt:

In fact, the USDA currently has open multiple investigations of potential violations of the AWA by Ringling.

At least 26 elephants, including four babies, have died since 1992, including an 8-month-old baby elephant named Riccardo who was destroyed after he fractured his hind legs when he fell from a circus pedestal. Elephants are not the only animals with Ringling to suffer tragic deaths. In 2004, a 2-year-old lion died of apparent heatstroke while the circus train crossed the Mojave Desert.

Leave elephants in India and Africa, where they belong. If you want to help them, make sure they have preserved land and ban the sale of ivory. Don't painfully bind them up till they perform tricks for you so you can make money. They banned bear baiting in India, didn't they? Why is this practice still allowed in the United States?

Here's what you can do to help.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Chesterfield South Carolina Shelter Worker May Be Running Dog Fighting Ring From The Shelter

Remember the shelter in South Carolina that is run by the Sheriff's Office? The one that allegedly used dogs are target practice in order to euthanize them?  Read here and  here and here and  -- a completely new angle to the story here. (That last one is testamony from a former employee).

Well, even more pressing than an employee who witnessed dogs being shot is this new development:

A shelter worker - convicted of cocaine and LSD related crimes -  may be involved in running dog fights from the shelter.

I wonder if this will make it into the Sheriff's report, the one he is preparing about the crimes committed in his own shelter. And the guy had the nerve to intimate that the shelter might close due to the scrutiny, because of course they don't have a budget or what not. Fuck off, asshole.

If you are outraged, please contact local legislators in the backward fine state of South Carolina. They are waiting to hear from you!

For the latest in this sorry affair, via Fox News in Charlotte:

CHESTERFIELD CO., S.C. - Cement weights, a chain, a "work out" area, all at an animal shelter. Maybe the Chesterfield County employees or the inmates who worked at the shelter were using the equipment on their lunch break. Dog fighting experts say that type of equipment can be used to train pit bulls. We're told the equipment has been gone for a few years. "In my opinion, nothing has gotten better, they've only gotten better at hiding things," says animal rescuer "Jennifer."

...One of the county employee's names kept popping up on dogs (Note from Shelter Tails: his name popped up because dogs were held for him. This shelter does not adopt out pits so why were they held?), Jennifer says. Brian Burch, the shelter director, is also a convicted felon. In the 90's, he was sentenced to three years in prison plus a $10,000 fine for coke and LSD.
Rescuers like Jennifer tell us kennel tags marked "hold pit bull" were common place. The shelter doesn't allow pits to be adopted. "On kennels, there was papers saying 'hold for Brian Burch.' A lot of these dogs would be severely scarred, so skinny. Every one of 'em, pits. Never another breed of dog," says Jennifer
And then, there's the possible Michael Vick connection. News of his arrest in 2007 apparently gave some folks in Chesterfield County something to brag about, according to Jennifer. "I know a lot of people have told me they have bought dogs from Brian and Brian breeds dogs and Brian sells dogs and so they were proud of their dogs at that point because they said their dogs had blood lines of some of Michael Vick's blood line, that Brian's dogs could be traced back to Vick."


Friday, March 18, 2011

Please donate to Pets and People in Japan

Because Japan is a wealthier nation than many and because people have diaster donor-fatigue, Japan is not receiving the kind of support that nations usually get when a natural diaster of this magnatude occurs.  Consequently, people, their lost-dogs, and other pets who are in great need are suffering.

Please consider making a gift to the American Red Cross or to Greater Good dot org who is trying to help Japan's pets, many of whom are separated from their people, or who have now lost their people.




Hope in Austin Texas

via Cindy Marabito for

There's a new Shelter Sheriff in town! And she's being officially charged with a 90% "live outcome" goal. That's no small potatoes.

Meet Abigail Smith, Austin's new shelter director ...

(Photo courtesy of City of Austin Communications Office )

How will she do it? She'll help Austin become a no-kill shelter. And she has the experience to do it.

Read all about it.

Congrats, best wishes, and way to go Austin!! I particularly like how the local community set a goal, then searched nationally for the best person for the job. It indicates a level of seriousness not seen in most shelter situations.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here's the post from last year with the funny pictures. These types of posts get the most visitors!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Other White Meat

For about a month or so, I've lost my taste for pork products. I've long enjoyed meat and probably will continue to on some level. I have never liked militant vegetarians, though I'm happy to eat things with no meat or even animal products if they are available and actually taste good. But something has been happening lately to make me lose my taste for pork. Partly my new feelings have developed over a period of time - with periodic bits of information making it through the cranium; partly it's because of social media's ability to share information on a wider than-once-before level.

Here's a video that's a real eye opener. It's not as bad as some, but it does show the squalid conditions of pigs at a bred-for-consumption farm, and their distress.

I recently posted something about Florida wanting to make it illegal to photograph farms like this. While I respect property rights (and quite like capitalism, thank you), I also demand that animals not suffer unnecessarily. Without scrutiny and public awareness, there is no way to pressure farms to act better or to punish abusers, and that is just unacceptable.


Missing Dog in Mahopac, NY -- NOW FOUND!!!!!

UPDATE: Mia Bleu has been returned to her family after two weeks. Everyone is relieved!

Have you seen Mia Bleu?
If so, call 914-497-8425 or 914-557-9638

A family desperately searches with the communities help. Their dog, Mia Bleu, got away while being pet-sat. So often dogs get nervous about their owners leaving them, so they dart around until they find them. If you see this dog or have information, please call the number in the article.

"She loves kids and she loves other animals. Even though she is 85 pounds, she still considers herself a lap dog," Norman said about Mia Bleu, whom he received as a birthday gift from his wife last August. "But right now, she is probably very afraid and a little skittish."

He said Mia Bleu is friendly and approachable and asked that if anyone spots her that they call him, Norman Marques, at 914-497-8425 or at 914-557-9638, as soon as possible.

See the full article by Sarah Dunn for the Mahopac News for information.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

She Still Has Her Dog

A fellow dog lover (and puppy mill rescuer) on Facebook posited the following:
"So you say that you are getting a divorce, moving to a place that "doesn't allow pets", and are going to "have" to take your pet to a pound?! This woman has been through a 9.0 earthquake, is hungry and cold...and, she STILL HAS HER DOG!"

funny dog pictures - Goggie Reunited With Owner After Quake in Japan

God bless this man (whose dog was rescued and returned to him), his countrymen, their kids and families, their pets, and the Nation of Japan.

I'm posting this bit of good news because it describes the decisions people have had to make and what they are dealing with right now.

More... this time a dog that won't leave its injured friend. (They were both rescued; one is in a shelter, the other is at a vet's office)


Monday, March 14, 2011

Meet Miley (who used to be known as Smiley)

Thanks to Noah's Art Rescue, this dog is being given a chance.

Remember Smiley? She was used in dog fighting and had the terrible scars to prove it.
(Scroll down to middle of the original post to read about her). But Noah's Ark Rescue stepped in, and gave her the gift of life.

Well, now she's Miley! And she "had some work done!"

This is the fine group that takes these difficult cases in, gets them treatment, rehabilitates them, and places them in the right home.  Please take a moment to say thanks with even a small contribution (I just made a gift, as I do with many of the causes I ask you to give to).

From Noah's Ark Rescue's website:

NAR is 100% funded by your donations. Without you, we could not help all the animals we do. We are the last ray of hope for the animals we rescue. We take in those that society has forgotten. All of your donations go to this cause. We are volunteers and do not take any funds for our service. Our reward is seen in the eyes of the animals we help. Please, help us help them, by donating. All donations are tax deductible.

Noah’s Arks Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit.

Thank you to Noah's Ark Rescue!!