For a while, you’ve been listening to me talk about how important it is to network shelter dogs. The more we share, the greater the chances of a shelter dog being saved. I say it numerous times every single day. In theory, you probably think, that makes sense. But maybe you need to see real proof to really believe it. Nico is all the proof you need. All hope lost, Nico sits in a cold LA shelter. Photo by C. Nikki Audet/The Mutt Scouts The incredibly sad photo above is Nico, a 6 ... Read More about The Power of Social Networking For Shelter Dogs
Want to read some really shocking statistics about pets and shelters? Check this out: In the US, there are 45 dogs and cats for every one person; Only one of every 10 dogs born will end up in a home; A shelter in Nashville has been reported to kill 95 out of every 100 dogs they take in; One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in only 6 years. Seriously? As human beings, shouldn't we be smarter than this? Shouldn't we be less ... Read More about The Truth About Pet Over-Population
It's hard to believe it was 5 years ago today that the "Vick Dogs" were rescued from the Virginia home of NFL quarterback Michael Vick. On that day, 51 dogs were taken from Bad Newz Kennels. Most people were in favor of euthanizing all the dogs, believing that fighting Pit Bulls could never be reformed and transitioned into normal lives. But there were some believers; a few people who were willing to go out on a limb for the true victims of Michael Vick's crimes. Today, many of those ... Read More about Reinventing The Misunderstood Pit Bull
The other day in a Facebook group, I read a post that got me to thinking. A woman wrote that around noon that day, she'd seen two young men walking down the street, each with two Pit Bulls on leashes. What would YOU think if you came upon this scene? Would you think this group was on its way to a day of fun at the dog park? Or would you be more inclined to believe these men were up to no good, probably headed to a dog fight? As an animal lover, this isn't a ... Read More about Ending Dog Fighting: What Would YOU Do?
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.