Rescue Your Next Best Friend

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Rescue Your Next Best Friend

Story & Photos Contributed by Cristina Gregory, who adopted Elsie at the Ruffwear & Best Friends Animal Society RAD Adoption Event, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2016

The amount of love and fulfillment that comes from being a companion to a furry friend is something that can’t be described until you own the role.

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Throughout my young adult life, I was always wondering why people were overly passionate about promoting adoption and shelters. Even after spending my high school years volunteering at the local shelter, I didn’t feel the need to put bumper stickers on my car or hug strangers in parks after learning their dog was adopted. Yes, I’ve seen it happen numerous times.

I was actually terrified of adoption! As much as I wanted to help animals, especially dogs, I wanted to play it safe and stick with breeders. The reasoning behind this was…

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Health Benefits of Watermelon for Your Pup!

Happy National Watermelon Day!! 

Did you know watermelon is about 92% water but it is packed with tons of vitamins including A, B6, C, as well as Potassium, Lycopene, and Antioxidants.

This is an amazing low calorie, hydrating snack to feed your pup on a hot summer day  just be sure to remove the seeds as these can cause gastrointestinal blockage and don’t let your pup chew on the rind because this may cause an upset tummy!

What snacks does your pup like to eat during the summertime??

porkPork Chop LOVES to chow down on watermelon!!

 

 

The Pet Store Scam You Should Know About

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*****J.T gave A Dog Named Charity permission to use her post to help spread awareness of the dangers of puppy mills and how Pet Express and other pet stores contribute to animal abuse.

This is just one of the many stories about the atrociousness of the puppy mill industry.

Pet Express is located in various malls across Massachusetts and it is difficult to walk passed the puppy in the window. What you don’t realize is the story behind the puppy or the problems that arise when you buy from a commercial breeder. JT was certain she purchased a puppy mill dog once the complications began…

Pet Express sells various breeds of puppies.To maximize profits, Pet Express offers “financing” for theses dogs and benefits from their “leasing contracts.” Mind you, many of the dogs are priced upwards of $1,000.00.  Upon investigating JT’s story and the details of the “leasing contract,” the representative from NEXTEP FUNDING informed me that if you fail to pay your monthly payment, per your contract, the “product” will be taken back. I confirmed that the “product” is the dog (the living, breathing, animal that you have been caring for however many months) and he said “yes.” I quickly ended the call.

This is the puppy mill industry. They value financial gain OVER the wellbeing of the animals. The ASPCA wrote of puppy mills:

To maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters. When they are physically depleted to the point that they no longer can reproduce, breeding females are often killed. The parents of the puppy in the pet store window are unlikely to make it out of the mill alive—and neither will the many puppies born with overt physical problems.

 

We have made great strides against commercial breeding: Over 2,000 pet stores across the United States have taken a pledge against puppy mills and are now only selling rescues. In March of 2016, Boston passed a “puppy mill bill” that prohibits the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from Boston pet stores, as well as public parks and city streets.

 

Please go to http://www.humanesociety.org to find out what pet stores in your state have joined the fight against puppy mills and only sell rescues.

 

Read an article ASPCA wrote on Puppy Leasing here

 

 

 

 

A Dog Named Cali

One of the things we at ‘A Dog Named Charity’ love hearing is other people’s rescue stories.  Each story is unique yet with the same conclusion – the rescuer can not imagine life without their rescue dog.

Take for instance our friend Michelle.  She was eager to share her story of Cali with us and we couldn’t be more grateful. Michelle believes she found Cali at the New Haven Animal Shelter in New Haven, Connecticut. Here are her words:

“I adopted Cali in the Spring of 2006, my senior year of college.  She was a shy, timid six month old pitbull found as a stray on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut.  It didn’t take Cali long to come out of her shell. With lots of love and A LOT of training, Cali became my perfect partner in crime. We’ve had so many adventures in my Jeep with the top down, we’ve hiked mountains, we’ve gone on a lot of long boat rides, we’ve moved to many different apartments, we’ve even moved to Portugal and back. It hasn’t always been easy, especially moving and introducing a pitbull to so many, but she breaks all of those stereotypes.  Cali has been my “partner in crime” for more than eleven years. She is truly my best friend.”

Cali lives a better life because of Michelle. Michelle was able to find her partner in crime because of people who work or volunteer at places like the Friends of New Haven Animal Shelter (who is a ‘vital non-profit organization that provides numerous essential services in support of New Haven’s animal shelter community, particularly in terms of promoting animal adoption, raising funds to help cover the costs of sheltering animals, and providing animal socialization’). Check out their website below – you could find a Cali of your own!


http://findafriendforlife.org/

http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/animalshelter/index.asp

Alabama Puppy Mill Project

Did you know that Alabama has ZERO licensing requirements, ZERO standards of care, ZERO inspections, and NO enforcing agency to control/monitor/shut down puppy mills? 2017 appears to be the year of deregulation, however I am pleased to see that there are individuals in AL that are taking action to help regulate the breeding of animals and decrease animal cruelty.

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CLICK HERE to help eliminate animal cruelty in Alabama’s puppy mills by imposing regulations to monitor and to put a stop to inhumane conditions.

To learn more about the bill or the individuals behind the cause go to https://www.alpuppymillproject.org/.

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Carrot & Coconut Treats for your pup!

I was searching for a recipe for doggy treats that called for ingredients that I already had in my kitchen and I finally found one! Homemade Dog Treats Now is a wonderful website that has hundreds of recipes categorized by ingredients. This recipe has so many healthy ingredients that my dogs already love. Not to mention, Parsley is good for dog’s breath so I am all for that!

Banana Carrot Dog Treats Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cook oatmeal
  • 1 banana (I used TWO!)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1 whole egg

Silicone baking trays are seriously the best. I grease the tray and the bones pop right out. I found my silicone baking pan on amazon for $9.99. They are oven and freezer safe so once the summer gets here I am planning on making plenty of freezer treats 🙂

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What recipe should we try next?!

Dogs of Hurricane Katrina

I had always wanted a dog growing up.  Looking back, I am glad we waited until we were able to rescue our Sophie belle.

Everyone remembers the aftermath of destruction that Hurricane Katrina caused.  I distinctly remember hearing the stories of all the families who were forced to leave their beloved pets behind and it really stuck with me.  Dogs and cats were left homeless, but tried their best to survive.  The following years of Katrina had me feeling a certain way about providing a safe home for a dog in need.  I had a conversation with my mother and she agreed it was time to rescue a dog.  She did some research and actually came across a local organization in Medford, MA called Kitty Connection.  They specialized in finding homes for cats, but upon one of their recent trips down South, they came across two sister puppies who were one day away from execution in the shelter.  They couldn’t turn their backs on the two well-natured girls.  My mom reached out and chose to adopt Sophie.  From that day on and still, we can’t imagine our well-behaved and exceptionally lovable girl Sophie not being apart of our family.

Hurricane Katrina was one of the largest pet rescue operations in history. Multiple animal rescuers, shelters and Humane societies from all over the US and Canada stepped in to assist the animals in need.  It is estimated that 15,500 animals were rescued. Several animal welfare organizations met with the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus in D.C. after the devastation of Katrina to discuss animal rescue efforts moving forward.

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Please read these informative and noted Articles/Websites:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/0921_050921_disaster_pet_tips.html

https://www.la-spca.org/katrina

http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/animal-rescue/hurricane-katrina-animal-rescue-ifaw-saves-dogs-and-cats

 

 

 

 

 

Coat too big? Donate.

Do you feel your time and money are pulled in so many different directions that it is difficult to keep everything straight? Yeah SAME. However, if you are anything like me… when spring cleaning comes around, it is time for a few trips to goodwill to get rid of the old things to make room for the new. It is VERY likely that you have some items that could be donated to your local shelter that would help pets in need.
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Every shelter is different so make sure to check their wish list on their website or give them a call before you show up. There are many items that some shelters do not accept (or have enough of).

Here is an example of a wish list: Donation Form

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There are so many ways to help out animals in need. Not to forget, volunteering your time is always a huge help 🙂

Simply UNPROCESSED dog treats

Has anyone seen the documentary “Pet Fooled”on Netflix?? I watched this over the weekend and was mortified. Yet, why am I surprised? Processed food is not good for people and it is no different for our pets. I was shocked however, to learn that some bags of dog food are packed with enough preservatives to be “good” for 25 years. So even though the pet food brands market the products to be “natural” the exact opposite is true. WHO REGULATES PET FOOD? Here is a visual from The Truth about Pet food:

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Long story short: Be careful and aware of what you are feeding your pets. Dollar store treats for your dog are likely relative to what a McDonald’s cheeseburger would be for a human. Eating healthy does not have to be complicated. There are plenty of real foods that animals can eat and love! Some examples of this are: apples (no core or seeds), blueberries, sweet potatoes, bananas, pumpkin, carrots, green beans, and the list goes on.

See Walter loves carrots!

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Here are some websites that discuss healthy options for pet food and treats:

Modern Dog Magazine

Web MD Dog Nutrition

Dog Treat Kitchen

Bones and Buscuits

Let me know if you have any other go- to websites for dog food and treats!

MAC Who?

Who is MAC?

Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) is a not-for-profit organization and one of the leading activists for animal welfare in Massachusetts.  MAC has developed programs for the animals of Massachusetts to help raise funds to help combat animal homelessness and overpopulation. This organization began 17 years ago and has been working with animal welfare professionals and volunteers to join forces in creating awareness and raising money for the sake of animals statewide.

MAC has teamed up with the MASSRMV and developed a special license plate program, “I’m Animal Friendly.” The initial cost of this plate is $40.00 and $28.00 of the costs go directly to funding the statewide spay/neuter program. This is a tax-deductible donation and upon renewal the full $40.00 will go towards the spay/neuter program. The success of this program is astonishing. In 2016 along, “I’m Animal Friendly” has awarded grants totaling $185,000 to programs across the state. The list of the grantees can be found here.

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If you are interested in helping animals in Massachusetts please visit http://www.massrmv.com/ and click on “order a special plate.”