Rescue Dogs

You may have seen a sad commercial on TV or walked the aisles of an animal shelter and thought, “I wish I could save them all!” We've all been there, but fortunately, you do not have to 'save them all' to make a huge impact. Rescue dogs are often prime examples of a dog’s ability Read More

“She’s a Rescue”: The Vilification of Purebred Dogs

"She's a rescue." I found myself wanting to say the words out loud as I walked my Labradoodle past a girl who looked at us disapprovingly and then shot me a judgmental glare. Why did I feel the need to justify anything to this complete stranger? Why have "purebred" dogs become so vilified?

Rescued Dogs Adjust to New Homes

    NJ  Rescue  Highlights Significance of New Federal Bill to Crack Down on Puppy Mills In March 2010, The Humane Society of the United States, NJSPCA, Cumberland County SPCA, and Gloucester County Animal Control/Shelter joined forces to rescue 90 dogs from an unlicensed puppy mill in Monroeville, NJ. Since the rescue, many of these Read More

Rescuers or Fanatics? The Dark Side of Animal Rescue

Say the phrase "animal rescue" in any given circle of people and watch for a variety of reactions. Some people’s eyes will light up with hope and delight and others will start backing away with narrowing eyes, faces drawn with suspicion. The latter is unfortunate, but the truth cannot be denied that some of the Read More

Deaf Dogs & Their Stereotypes

Every dog and every breed or mix of breeds come with their fair share of stereotypes. When you take on a dog, you take on their stereotypes. It's up to you whether or not you dispel them.

Setting Kids & Dogs Up for Success

A wonderful relationship between kids and dogs can be facilitated by knowing what your dog is saying when interacting with kids, while teaching kids how to respectfully and safely interact with your dog.

Don’t Do Me Wrong: Rescue Groups and Dog Behavior Knowledge

Cue the wistful music before starting the video rolling and many dog lovers just see what they want to see in a video making the internet rounds. When you accompany sweet music with an overlay of words meant to convey what you want people to see, as long as the opposite isn’t glaringly obvious to Read More

On Grieving a Dog You Rescued

There are few things that compare to the heartbreak of losing a dog. But what happens when it's not "your" dog, but rather a dog you saved from death days, months, or years ago?

Bunny benefits: 10 reasons to rescue a rabbit

Want an interactive pet that’s not as demanding as a dog? How about a bunny? Rabbits make terrific pets in the right circumstances. February is adopt-a-rescued rabbit month, so if you’re considering a new pet, here are some reasons a bunny might be best...

“Somebody Do Something” – The Armchair Dog Rescuer

While I commend anyone who dedicates even a small part of their life to helping dogs in need, today I've got a bone to pick with the people I like to call "armchair dog rescuers." These are the people that are usually the first to cast blame--typically on rescue groups, fellow rescuers, or animal shelter employees--and are the last to take proactive action themselves.

How Fate Reunited Two Death Row Dogs

Positively Contributor Alex Andes tells the amazing story of how a stroke of luck reunited two dogs that bonded amid the chaos of a high-kill shelter.

When Good Rescue Groups Make Bad Dog Training Decisions

Dog is abused, abandoned, neglected. Dog is rescued. Dog has behavioral issues stemming from a difficult past. Rescue group calls in a trainer, who puts a shock collar on the dog to "fix" him and make him adoptable. While the above scenario may be oversimplified, it happens all too often in the rescue world. I worked on Read More

When and How to Train Your Puppy or New Rescue

Q. What are some of the benefits of training my dog? A. Training makes home life more manageable and fun for you and your dog. Next to basic health care, it’s the most important thing you can do for your pup. Best of all, training the dog you love is one of the best ways Read More

Common Myths About Animal Rescue

Recently I had a friend ask me, "What is wrong with that dog, why is he in rescue?". I couldn't help but feel disappointed and shocked at the same time. I think this is a fairly common assumption with people regarding animal rescues and many may have questions about what exactly a rescue does. But the assumption Read More

The Remarkable Connection Between Dogs and Autistic Children

New research shows that children with autism tend to develop strong bonds with dogs. This is particularly remarkable when you consider that many children with autism spectrum disorders have a hard time with social interactions and making friends. The judgment-free, pressure-free love of a dog can help autistic children form a bond not only with Read More

Are Black-Coated Dogs Harder to Adopt?

There have been some studies out lately that have come to the conclusion that the color of a dog’s coat doesn’t matter to people who are looking for a dog to adopt. They state that the old theory that black-coated dogs are more difficult to adopt than lighter color dogs is not true. The ASPCA Read More

Aggressive Training Breeds Aggressive Dogs

A new study out of the UK sought to find the key factors that contribute to dog aggression. While breed-specific legislation and other discriminatory practices focus on the belief that a dog's breed is the primary factor that causes a dog to be aggressive, the results of this study point otherwise. Check out the top Read More

Breed-Specific Rescues

I’ve been a big proponent of animal rescue organizations for more years than I can remember. Like many, my involvement started off with my financial assistance and donating items that were on the rescue organizations’ wish list. Then, my wife and I decided to get more involved by volunteering our time. This included spending time Read More

Fostering A Rescue Dog

If you are looking for a way to help homeless dogs in your community, fostering is a wonderful way to get involved. Fostering involves taking an animal into your home and caring for the animal until it finds an adoptive home. Fosters may be with you anywhere from a few days to a few months, Read More

Finding The Right Rescue Dog

When considering where to get a new dog to add to your family, you should certainly consider adopting a dog from a shelter. Dogs end up in shelters for a variety of reasons. People who do not spay/neuter their pets may have unwanted litters, sometimes a dog’s owner becomes too sick to care for their Read More

New Dogs

Choosing and bringing home a new dog or puppy can be an exciting and potentially nerve-wracking experience. For many households, choosing the right dog for your family is just the first step in the sometimes lengthy and complicated process of introducing your new dog to existing canine members of the household. If you do your Read More

Rescue Dog Becomes a Surprise Internet Sensation

When Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato rescued her Shiba Inu, Kabosu, from a puppy mill bust several years ago, she never imagined that the dog would rise to internet stardom. In fact, she had nothing to do with it. Sato posted pictures of Kabosu and her cats on her blog, which she has dedicated to Read More

K-9 Officer Rescues Unwanted Puppies

Sgt. Paul Corso is a seasoned law enforcement officer. As a K-9 handler, he has served the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department for over 20 years. Corso has seen a dark side of our world that most of us will never see or understand. It would have been easy for him to walk away when we Read More

Jingle Dogs — Top 10 Gifts

Top 10 “Thank You” Gifts for your Jingle Dog. Our precious pups bring such joy to our lives and deliver unconditional love all year long. Consider saying “Thank You” with gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. Some of these may make you smile-- all of them will make your dog smile.   Adopt Read More

Fighting Dogs Begin to Heal

Just one month after their rescue from a dogfighting ring stretching across multiple states, several hundred dogs are beginning the long road to physical and emotional recovery. The dogs are in the care of the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States, and are receiving much needed nutrition and medical care.

Military Spouse of the Year Nominee Helps Military Dogs

Ever wonder what happens to all those pets whose owners are deployed overseas for extend periods of time with the military? Through her nonprofit organization, Dogs on Deployment, Military Spouse of the Year nominee Alisa Johnson matches military pet families with foster families needing homes.

Victoria Featured on Dogster

Victoria was featured in a wide-ranging interview on Dogster.com where she discussed positive training versus dominance and punishment, breed standards, no-kill rescue shelters, her Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training (VSPDT) network of positive trainers, shock collars, her Ehow Pets YouTube channel and much more.

Hero Dogs on TV

The American Humane Association inaugural Hero Dog Awards, presented by Cesar Canine Cuisine airs on the Hallmark Channel on November 11. Ordinary dogs achieving the extraordinary are being honored, as well as heroes on two legs on the other end of the leash. “At the taping, there wasn’t a dry in the house,” says Robin Read More

Victoria to Honor 9/11 Service Dogs

Victoria will join Whoopi Goldberg, Rin Tin Tin and others in saluting the amazing hero dogs who served as search and rescue, therapy, and service dogs in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. On September 8th, 2011, Victoria will commemorate the 10th anniversary of their extraordinary service by helping to kick off American Humane's Read More

Cold Weather Safety in Dogs and Cats

  While winter may be mild in some areas of the United States, in other areas, it’s virtually a wet and windy freezer. We humans have heaters, and special hats and winter clothes but what about our pets? What winter dangers do they face and how can we keep them safe? Keep Pets Inside and Read More

Puppy Mills Posing as Rescue Groups

Animal welfare advocates across the country are taking advantage of the great fall weather to hold events to raise public awareness about the cruelty of puppy mills. Most people have no clue that, according to estimates from The Humane Society of the United States, there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. Read More