It’s Only Funny until Your Dog Runs out of Spoons

In: Animal Welfare

We have all laughed at videos showing dogs and babies, dogs and vacuum cleaners, dogs and balloons ... We pass these on to our Facebook friends. But it’s time to stop. We are laughing at dogs feeling anxious, and that’s not funny. It has to do with spoons. Did you know your dog has spoons? He does, and it’s bad if he runs out of them. The Spoon Theory If you know anyone with a chronic illness, you are probably familiar with Spoon ...

Rabies: How to Prevent it and What to Do if You Get Bitten

In: Animal Welfare, Responisble Pet Ownership

Rabies infections in people are rare in the United States. However, nationally, there are about 7,000 rabies cases each year in animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though rabies is lethal, the good news is that it’s preventable. Passed to a person through an infected animal’s saliva by licking, scratching, or biting, the rabies virus can leave some animals entirely symptom free. This is contrary to the stereotype of an animal that is acting sick or foaming ...

The Pet Friendly Realtor

In: Animal Welfare

When people ask me what exactly is a "Pet Friendly" Realtor many things come to mind including of course finding clients homes with their pets(buying,selling, and renting) but, it goes way beyond that. Animals of kinds are my heart and soul. It is why I wake up every day and stay up night after night until the sun almost is rising again. I have my own 501C3 Animal Rescue Organization called Tailed Treasures of MD, Inc. I started my rescue ...

Trap-Neuter-Return: The Best Approach for Feral Cats

In: Animal Welfare, Cat Behavior

Cats have lived outdoors alongside humans for 10,000 years. They can thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmlands. Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but are not socialized to people. They live in groups called “colonies,” and unless they’re neutered, the colonies grow. But what if there were no new kittens? Alley Cat Allies endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats. TNR involves humanely trapping outdoor cats and taking them to a veterinarian to be ...

Summer Fun With Animals at Frying Pan Farm Park

In: Animal Welfare

What better way could a child spend their summer than by learning about animals at Frying Pan Farm Park? In 2012 Frying Pan Farm Park will be offering three different, week-long camps throughout the summer. These summer camps provide a fun environment for learning about animals like horses, dogs, and farm livestock! All About Horses is a great way for children, ages 7-12, to learn about horses and horseback riding. Campers will enjoy horse games, daily riding lessons, crafts and other ...

Companion Heroes!

In: Animal Welfare

Service Dogs for America’s Heroes Have you seen a person with a disability being helped by a canine companion and wondered, “Wow, how does the dog do that?” Well, these service dogs undergo a lengthy and vigorous training process before being matched with a partner. Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to train and place service dogs (“Hero Dogs ™”) with military veterans who become disabled while serving honorably in the United States Armed Forces. Today’s ...

Inside the Dog Meat Trade – Dogs, Man’s Best Friend or Next Meal???

In: Animal Welfare

When I first discussed the idea of writing this article with several friends, the responses generally went something like this,” I don’t even want to think about eating dogs” or “that is their culture we eat beef and  chicken so what. It is estimated that each year Two Million dogs in Korea and Ten million in China are killed each year for their meat and fur. The Argument that a certain practice is historically part of a culture does not make ...

Animal Rescue – Restaurants to the Rescue!

In: Animal Welfare

Business Owners Use Restaurant Success to Save Dogs and Cats. Eat, Drink and Rescue. That’s the operative phrase at the Lost Dog Café and its sister restaurant the Stray Cat Café - two popular neighborhood eateries in Arlington that serve up good food, cold drinks and a lot of love for the animals. Owners Ross Underwood and Pam McAlwee have been in business together since 1985 and have been rescuing stray dogs and cats almost as long. It began with a few ...

Emergency Preparedness for Pets

In: Animal Welfare, Responisble Pet Ownership

Disasters can strike at any time, and pets are often the most innocent victims. But a few simple steps in advance can keep your pet safe. Arrange Shelter Make arrangements with a trusted friend or neighbor to be an emergency caretaker, by exchanging keys, cell phone numbers, and veterinarian contacts. Find out pet policies for hotels and motels in the area, and make a list of boarding facilities, animal shelters, and veterinary offices that can provide foster care. Most important, never leave your ...

Trap-Neuter-Return is a humane approach for feral cats

In: Animal Welfare

Feral cats live all over the country, in every landscape–urban and rural. They are members of the domestic cat species, but are not socialized to people. They live among their own in “colonies,” and unless neutered, those colonies grow. But what if there were no new kittens? Alley Cat Allies endorses Trap-Neuter- Return, a program in which outdoor cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be vaccinated and neutered. Cats that are friendly toward humans and young kittens ...

Spay or Neuter Your Pet!

In: Animal Welfare

Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year. This happens because there are many more of them than families who will open their hearts and homes to a pet. Breeding companion animals, intentionally or unintentionally, contributes to this enormous pet overpopulation, and if it continues unchecked, millions more will die. Many of these unwanted animals are the result of unintentional breeding by wellmeaning pet owners who don’t understand the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. There is ...

Paws for Purple Hearts

In: Animal Welfare

Begin University of Canine Studies’ Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH), the only program of its kind in the world, builds on the time-honored tradi- tion of soldiers assisting soldiers. PPH helps heal our returning combat vet- erans by teaching those with psychological scars, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to train service dogs to assist their comrades with physical disabilities. Healing Psychological Scars In PPH’s Warrior CARE Program, also known as Canine Assisted Reintegration Experience (CARE), the servicemen and women first train service ...

Free Eye Exam for Working Canines

In: Animal Welfare, Dogs & Cats (Misc.)

Eye Care for Animals in Annapolis, Maryland is teaming up with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) to get the word out to service dog handlers about the 2nd Annual ACVO® National Service Dog Eye Exam Day. This unprecedented event will provide free sight-saving eye exams to service dogs throughout Maryland. Service dogs include guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Dogs must be “work- ing dogs,” certified through a formal training program or organization. ...

Hero Dogs

In: Animal Welfare

Hero Dogs, Inc. is a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded military service personnel. Our mission is to provide independence and improved quality of life to our nation’s veterans by training and placing service dogs (“Hero Dogs™”) with military veterans who become disabled as a result of illness or injury sustained while serving honorably in the United States Armed Forces. Hero Dogs believes that we owe a debt of gratitude to those who, for the good of others, have selflessly sacrificed some of their former capabilities.  Hero Dogs helps to repay some of ...

Feral Cat – What To Do If You Find A Feral Cat

In: Animal Welfare

A feral cat is usually born and raised outside with little or no human contact. Adult feral cats usually cannot be socialized and are most content living outside. A stray cat is a cat who has been abandoned or has strayed from home and become lost. Stray cats can usually be re-socialized and adopted. Feral cats should not be taken to animal shelters to be adopted. If you find a feral cat, make a commitment to help. That cat needs you! ...

Disaster Preparedness – What Will Become of the Animals?

In: Animal Welfare

When disaster strikes in the State of Maryland, what will become of the critters? That is a question that Jacob Casper, D.V.M., is working very hard to answer. Dr. Casper is the director of Maryland State Animal Response Team, Inc. The Maryland State Animal Response Team is a unifying network of organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals throughout the state who work together to “provide prevention, preparedness, emergency response and animal recovery” in the event of disasters, large and small. Because ...

Puppy Mills – A Tragic Reality

In: Animal Welfare

Puppy mills are breeding farms that are characterized by substandard care and conditions. Here dogs are bred repeatedly for profit – not for the pride of the breed. These innocent creatures become part of a sick trade that supplies pet stores and research laboratories with a steady supply of animals. The awful truth is that thousands of dogs across the U.S. suffer horrible forms of abuse including starvation, cannibalism and lives spent in extreme physical ...

Do You Chain Your Dog?

In: Animal Welfare, Dog Behavior, Responisble Pet Ownership

Foster parents and families form the backbone of the work CSAC does. In order to exist as a rescue, we rely on wonderful people willing to bring needy animals into their homes, and care for them, while the animals await permanent homes. Foster families have our undying gratitude, deepest respect and admiration. There are never enough foster homes to go around, so each is precious to CSAC and the animals we are trying to save. Sadly, we always have more ...

Is Fostering For Me ?

In: Animal Welfare

Many humane societies, animal shelter’s, and animal control facilities use foster homes to help house the many animals in need. Not to mention, the many rescue organizations, whose only outlet to help save the homeless animals, is working with a “foster network”. Fostering an animal should not be taken lightly, and does require a commitment level. However, the experience is rewarding, and provides such a valuable service to the community as a whole, and a heart warmth feeling to the family fostering ...

Fostering -Marley! That

In: Animal Welfare

After my youngest daughter left for college, I removed the “City Zoo Annex” sign from my front door and heaved a sigh of relief. I was sure the snakes, exotic birds, horses, dwarf bunnies, ferrets and all other creatures great and small were gone for good. So when her college years in Austin, Texas came to a close and she called to say she and a friend had rented one of those rickety trucks and were making the final drive ...

Euthanization is Humane

In: Animal Welfare

Most shelters cannot afford to keep unwanted animals forever. Even if they could, these animals would be lonely, kept in cages day after day hoping for attention. Dogs and cats need the care and companionship of people. The Humane Society is trying hard to reduce the pet overpopulation problem by encouraging spay/neuter programs. For the homeless, lonely animals in shelters, a peaceful, humane death is the kindest end. Condensed from “Why Euthanize Animals?” published by The Humane Society of the United ...

Animal Safety – Anne Arundel County Leads. Region in Humane Education

In: Animal Welfare

Anne Arundel County Animal Control offers a unique program to teach basic animal safety and care to the community. The Humane Education Program has Humane Educators who travel to all points in the County providing films, pet care booklets, videos, classroom games and instructional materials. All materials are free of charge and include presentations with live animals. Programs are available for grades kindergarten to adult. The primary goal of Humane Education is to help young people develop a system of humane ...

Spay & Neuter Awareness – Licenses Aren’t Just for Dogs

In: Animal Welfare

The Maryland “Spay and Neuter” license plate, featuring a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and a cat, provides funding for local animal shelters to help control the pet population through spay and neuter pro-grams. Since the plates have become available, 1,143 have been sold. The license plate costs $50, of which $25 is tax deductible. A plate can be obtained by mailing a $25 check to any Maryland Shelter registered with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (see local list below). The organization will ...

Animal Adoption – Working Together, Saving Lives

In: Animal Welfare

DC Metro No More Homeless Pets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on adoption, spay/neuter and humane education programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The organization brings together a coalition of animal shelters, rescue organizations, individuals, businesses and community leaders in a collaborative community effort to promote proactive policies and actions in support of homeless animals. Together, we are working toward a day when there are no more homeless pets. At our second Adopt-a-thon in May, more than 4,700 people ...

Is a Pet Right For You

In: Animal Welfare

In 2005 approximately five million animals were euthanized in the United States. The needless euthanasia comes from various sources. Puppy Mills, Backyard Breeders, Hobbyists, family pets who want to breed “just once”, accidental litters due to unaltered pets, and the list goes on. Another major source of homeless pets is the lifetime commitment that in 80% of cases is abandoned at some point in the pets’ life. It is estimated that only 2% of all puppies, stay in the first home ...

Fostering Saves Lives

In: Animal Welfare

Foster parents and families form the backbone of the work CSAC does. In order to exist as a rescue, we rely on wonderful people willing to bring needy animals into their homes, and care for them, while the animals await permanent homes. Foster families have our undying gratitude, deepest respect and admiration. There are never enough foster homes to go around, so each is precious to CSAC and the animals we are trying to save. Sadly, we always have more ...

Indoor Cat or Outdoor Cat?

In: Animal Welfare, Cat Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.)

The decision whether to let your cat go outdoors may be made for you. If you live in a high-rise, or if there’s no safe place to let the cat out, then you must keep the cat in. Or your cat may be old, blind, or a slow runner, and so should remain inside. But if you live where a cat can safely go out, you have to decide. There are a lot of considerations. Inside is still the safest place ...

Provide for Your Pet’s Future -Prepare Your Estate Plans to Provide Properly for Your Pet

In: Animal Welfare, Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Responisble Pet Ownership

Because pets usually have shorter life spans than their human caregivers, you may have anticipated your animal friend's passing. But what if you are the one who becomes ill or incapacitated, or dies first? As a responsible pet owner, you provide your pet with food and water, shelter, veterinary care, and love. To ensure that your beloved pet will continue to receive care should something unexpected happen to you, it's critical to plan ahead. Make sure you learn what steps you ...

Hints to Find Your Lost Dog

In: Animal Welfare, Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Responisble Pet Ownership

Many owners get ID tags for their dogs’ collar, but unfortunately, many dogs get loose without collars or the collars break off. You can improve your luck of getting your pet back if you have him tattooed and/or microchipped. Both these procedures are simple, quick & painless. Many clubs & organizations run tattoo clinics. They tattoo a number (usually your SSN) on your pet. You register this number with the National Dog Registry. Similarly, vets can microchip your pet. The ...

Fostering Pets

In: Animal Welfare, Responisble Pet Ownership

Hundreds of lives are saved each year as a result of pet fostering. Fostering an animal in your home provides a caring environment until they are adopted. It sounds like a simple process, but it should not be undertaken lightly. Fostering requires dedication, patience, hard work, and a deep committment. It can be an extremely rewarding experience for both the animal and the foster. The benefits of fostering a pet are numerous. The animal has an opportunity to live in a ...

Disaster Plan for Pets

In: Animal Welfare

In the post 9/11 era, we are becoming more aware of the importance of emergency preparedness for ourselves and our pets. If a disaster should occur, and you need to evacuate, you must take your pet with you in order to secure their safety. Most shelters do not accept pets, so a safe location such as a veterinarian’s office, or home of a friend or family member should be designated in advance. A boarding kennel is another possible alternative for ...

Animal Cruelty – The Reality of Chaining Dogs

In: Animal Welfare

Many of us have experienced the love, companionship, and joy of sharing our homes and lives with a companion dog. Sadly, some people still do not realize or care that it is an utter act of cruelty to make a dog—a sentient being that innately craves social companionship—live out its life at the end of chain. Dogs that are chained and forced to remain outside their entire lives are just as sensitive, loving, and desiring of comfort and happiness as ...

Fostering – Organization Helps Military Pets

In: Animal Welfare, Dogs & Cats (Misc.)

The MilitaryPetsFOSTER Project is a free nationwide network of volunteers who care for the pets of military personnel on active duty. This Project is sponsored by www.netpets.org, a non-profit Internet based organization created by Steve Albin. He came up with the idea for the Project shortly after the Septem-ber 11th tragedy. Albin feels it is his duty to America to prevent military pets from being placed in shelters. According to Albin, "this sprang from my great sense of patriotism and ...

Spay & Neuter – Animal Friendly License Plates Bring Big Bucks For Participating States!

In: Animal Welfare

Animal friendly drivers are showing off their license plates in many states. Some of those participating in this program are New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, etc. A portion of the money from the license plate goes to the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. As many as 10 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in America due to a lack of good homes and at a cost of approximately 2 billion dollars. Prevent a ...

Animal Cruelty – What Is Pound Seizure?

In: Animal Welfare

Pound seizure refers to the practice of taking cats and dogs from municipally funded shelters and pounds to serve as models in biomedical research. The practice started long ago in small-scale projects, but it exploded after World War II as the funding for biomedical research increased. When dogs and cats are acquired for research, their fates become unprotected. While some animals may die quickly, others may endure long- term studies. Once the pound/shelter releases the animal for research purposes, the animal ...

Spay & Neuter – You Can Help Stamp Out Pet Overpopulation!

In: Animal Welfare

Here is how, urge the U S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative stamp advocating spaying and neutering. The pet overpopulation stamp would raise public awareness about the role spaying and neutering play in eliminating the suffering endured by our country's unwanted pet population. The average U.S. Commemorative Postage Stamp release is between 80 and 100 million. The proposed stamp design would read "Spay Or Neuter- Save A Life". Eighty million stamps with this message would create public awareness and ...

Want a Healthy and Happy Pet? Spay and Neuter

In: Animal Welfare, Dog & Cat Health

There are not enough homes for the number of dogs and cats that we have and more are being born everyday. Being a responsible pet owner includes a responsibility to your pet and the pet population in general. Every year millions of dogs and cats find their way into shelters and humane societies. Some are lost pets, abandoned pets, or pets that are brought in by their owners because they are inconvenient or impractical to keep. Millions of these dogs and ...

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