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.
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