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Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

Right now in Washington, D.C., a single urgent plot line threads together the fate of many animals: wild species threatened by trophy hunting or the commercial wildlife trade, the North Atlantic right whale, the nation’s wild horses, the former research chimpanzees waiting for sanctuary, the . . . 

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PuppyFind agrees to pay families who received sick puppies to settle lawsuit

By on November 12, 2021 in Companion Animals with 3 Comments
PuppyFind agrees to pay families who received sick puppies to settle lawsuit

When Jaqueline Villegas met her family’s new puppy at Denver International Airport, she knew right away the puppy was not the healthy Shar-Pei she had seen on PuppyFind.com, a huge online marketplace for puppies with over 50,000 puppies listed for sale. PuppyFind is also a . . . 

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Big win! 400 communities across the U.S. now stand up against puppy mills

Big win! 400 communities across the U.S. now stand up against puppy mills

Our campaign to stop puppy mill cruelty just reached an important milestone with the passage of the 400th local ordinance prohibiting the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores. And this is something to celebrate, as it shows so many people coming together to . . . 

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Why pet shop puppies shouldn’t be on your holiday gift lists

By on October 27, 2021 in Companion Animals with 3 Comments
Why pet shop puppies shouldn’t be on your holiday gift lists

It is a sad truth that the cute puppies frolicking in the windows of pet shops so often come from the most dismal facilities: Puppy mills, where their mothers and fathers are treated as little more than moneymaking machines, getting bred over and over to . . . 

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Breaking: Rescuers arrive at house full of cats suffering from neglect

Breaking: Rescuers arrive at house full of cats suffering from neglect

This week, our Animal Rescue and Response team was dispatched to Indiana to help rescue dozens of cats from a house in Muncie. I had the honor of being with them, on the ground, seeing the first moments these cats got the love and care . . . 

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‘Increasing public health threat’ from disease found in pet store puppies

‘Increasing public health threat’ from disease found in pet store puppies

By selling puppy mill dogs, some pet stores are spreading severe diseases that are dangerous to the public. We’ve been saying this for years. And now a new scientific investigation published this month by the Journal of the American Medical Association Network reinforces this fact. . . . 

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Why fostering an animal is especially meaningful right now

Why fostering an animal is especially meaningful right now

COVID-19 has made the past year and a half challenging, difficult and painful for so many individuals and institutions across the world. The animal sheltering and rescue community is no exception. Last summer, as the pandemic worsened across the U.S., shelters responded by growing programs . . . 

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New law increases availability of service dogs for veterans with PTSD

New law increases availability of service dogs for veterans with PTSD

President Biden recently signed the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers for Veterans Therapy Act (PAWS), which increases the number of service dogs available to support veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and related conditions. We’re elated at the thought that more veterans will have access to the . . . 

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What the 9/11 search and rescue dogs show about our interdependence on animals

By on September 10, 2021 in Companion Animals, Uncategorized with 2 Comments
What the 9/11 search and rescue dogs show about our interdependence on animals

Twenty years ago, in the days after September 11, 2001, heroic first responders did the unthinkable task of going into the wreckage to search for signs of life. By their sides were the search and rescue dogs who, over the last two decades, have garnered . . . 

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A massive blow to puppy mill industry: Illinois ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

A massive blow to puppy mill industry: Illinois ends the sale of puppies in pet stores

In a major win in the fight against cruel puppy mills, Illinois’ Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed the Humane Pet Store Bill (HB 1711) into law. The state’s 21 puppy-selling pet stores have 180 days from August 27, the date the bill was signed, to . . . 

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Breaking: Rescuers arrive to save dogs and puppies from dog meat farm

Breaking: Rescuers arrive to save dogs and puppies from dog meat farm

When residents reported hearing harrowing yelps and screams coming from a nearby farm on Jindo Island in South Korea, local authorities investigated. What they found were the typical heart-wrenching scenes of a dog meat farm. I am acquainted with sounds like these. When I have . . . 

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Dog meat traders to be prosecuted for the first time in Indonesian history

Dog meat traders to be prosecuted for the first time in Indonesian history

Indonesia’s first-ever prosecution of dog meat traders under animal health and food safety laws represents another milestone in the global campaign to protect dogs from being slaughtered for food. A district attorney on the island of Java recently confirmed plans to prosecute dog traders intercepted . . . 

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