Spay/Neuter

Whether or not to have a dog spayed (removing the ovaries and uterus) or neutered (removing the testicles) is an important decision you must make with the help of your veterinarian and the collective advice of other animal care professionals. There are many different opinions when it comes to spaying and neutering, and some people Read More

Terrie Hayward-Puerto Rico

“Are the conditions in Puerto Rico as bad as we’ve heard and seen? Terrie Hayward, certified dog behavior consultant and dog trainer in Rincon doesn’t hesitate for a half a second. “Yes, it is – desperate.” Prior to Hurricanes Maria and Irma impacted pummeling the island, life wasn’t easy, as residents were dealing with serious Read More

California VS AKC

California appears set to ban sales of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores, just as hundreds of communities and some counties have done around the country. The California bill is aimed at changing how cats, dogs and rabbits become family pets, and has cleared the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with Read More

What You Can Do to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Following the suicide of my friend Dr. Sophia Yin (in 2014), and several higher profile veterinarians – the profession, in unison, said we need to do something about this. It’s out of the closet and I believe that is a good thing.

Holistic Summer Guide To Safe and Happy Cats

With a little commonsense and mindfulness, our cats can enjoy summer as much as we do. There’s nothing like a cat on a lap to help us slow down to smell the roses. Have a safe, happy and healthy summer!

A Few Words For the Backyard Breeders Selling Puppies in a Parking Lot

I wish you would stop, but I know you won't. Where there is demand, there will always be supply. And as long as there are people willing to pay $200 for one of your "red nose pit" (your words, not mine) puppies, you will continue to successfully exploit your dogs for easy cash.

“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.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society – A Model Shelter and a Great Fundraiser

I had the pleasure of visiting the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society in Cashiers, NC, and was also the featured presenter at their annual fundraising event, "A Celebration of Humane Heroes." I was so impressed by the facility itself, the incredible staff and volunteers, and especially their commitment to serving the needs of the surrounding community. I have been Read More

Breeder Regrets Creating the Designer Dog

In an interview that sounded eerily like the story of Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the Labradoodle expressed deep regret in creating the breed, the original "designer dog" that started the modern day trend. Wally Conron developed the Labradoodle when he was working for the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia. He needed to develop Read More

Why Choose a Shelter Dog

Why should you consider 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 animals, and far to often people are not willing to take the time to Read More

Breed Specific Legislation

Breed-specific legislation is being proposed and enacted all over the world, and targets so-called 'aggressive breeds.' German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and pit bull type dogs are common victims of this discriminatory and ineffective legislation. Why Doesn’t BSL Work? Banning specific breeds fails to get to the root of the dog bite problem—irresponsible ownership. Any dog can Read More

Choosing The Right Breeder

If you have decided that you definitely want to buy a puppy from a breeder, it’s critical that you find a breeder who sincerely cares about the puppies’ best interests, even long after they have gone to their new homes. Here are some tips about how to get a puppy from the right breeder. Never 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

Shelter vs Breeder

One of the biggest decisions you will make is whether to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue group or buy a puppy from a breeder. Please choose not to support pet stores by purchasing a puppy from them – learn more about pet stores and puppy mills. If you have already decided you Read More

Health Knowledge

As a dog owner, there are many decisions you have to make related to your pet’s health. Should I get my dog spayed or neutered? Should I keep my dog on monthly preventatives? How should I groom my dog? Which vaccinations should my dog receive? These are just a few of the common questions pet 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

Afghan Shelter Harbors the Animals of War

As a country burdened with poverty, war, and immense suffering, it's rare to find a beacon of hope in Afghanistan. And yet the Nowzad Animal Shelter in Kabul is just that. The shelter was founded by Louise Hastie, a former British soldier. She has operated the shelter for six years with a team of Afghan nationals, and has saved thousands of animals during that time.

“Pet Flipping” on the Rise

TIME.com has reported that an alarm trend known as "Pet Flipping" is becoming more and more common, presumably because the internet has created much easier access to buying and selling dogs. Criminals get hold of a pet in various ways, from pretending to be a found dog's owner to stealing the dog outright.

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 in Aspen, CO

Victoria will be among the featured guests at a series of events to raise money for the Aspen Animal Shelter's Spay/Neuter & Rescue Campaign on July 23, 2011. Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States will make a special appearance at all events and John Oates, of the famed Read More

Top 10 Gifts That Last a Lifetime

The lingering aroma of hot cider, eggnog, and evergreen, sparkling lights that brightened each night, and my great hope for a wonderful new year, stir me to share a list of “gifts” that can enhance the quality of every dog’s life. Your thoughtful choices make a big difference-- from adoption to the twilight days. 1. Read More

Holiday Time at the Shelter!

Animal shelters are the cornerstone of animal welfare in our communities and they desperately need our help 365 days a year but especially during the holiday season. Here are a few of the many ways in which you can help your community shelter throughout the holiday season and into the New Year: Donate toys, bowls Read More