When you work in dog rescue... and particularly when you manage Facebook pages that promote shelter dogs in need of rescue now... you hear all the excuses. "I'd rescue him in a second if I didn't already have two dogs." "I can't afford a dog, otherwise I'd come to the shelter right now to get her!" "My apartment doesn't allow bully breeds." "I just don't have time for a dog right now." And my favorite: "I wish I lived closer. ... Read More about Excuses Are Like… Well, Everyone’s Got One.
Imagine it's a beautiful morning and you're out walking your dog. Suddenly you're greeted by a sweet little stray. He's friendly and happy to see you, tail wagging with excitement, but there's no ID tag attached to his red collar. That's ok, you think. I'll bet he's microchipped. So you load him into the car and drive to your vet's office to have him scanned for a chip. But there isn't a microchip. This sweet little guy doesn't have an ID tag, and he's not ... Read More about The Case For Microchipping Your Pet
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi Animal cruelty is a battle that rescuers and shelter workers fight every day, year round. But because we can't do it all on our own, April has been dubbed Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month, and we're asking YOU to get involved. If you're wondering what you can do to prevent animal cruelty, here's a short list of ideas. Be the ... Read More about April is Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
This weekend I noticed that everyone in my neighborhood got out and worked in their yard. Now that Springtime is upon us, the whole family is spending more and more time outdoors, and that can mean an entirely new set of dangers for your pets. Below, I touch on just a few of those dangers, as well as ways to keep pets safe outdoors. - Insects: Bugs will bother your pets as much as they bother you. First and foremost, be sure your animals are on heartworm preventative. I also advise ... Read More about 5 Ways to Keep Pets Safe Outdoors this Spring
We've all seen that Sarah McLachlan commercial for the ASPCA. And if you're anything like I used to be, I'll bet you change the channel when it comes on, don't you? It's just so painful to watch. But here's the thing. Someone has to make a difference. Someone has to step up and be an advocate for these sweet animals. Someone has to initiate the change. Why not YOU? Why not ME? No one's asking you to give hundreds of dollars to your local shelter. No one's ... Read More about If Not You, Then Who?