Companion Animals

Stolen pet cats discovered among roughly 150 being sold into China’s meat trade

Stolen pet cats discovered among roughly 150 being sold into China’s meat trade

Chinese activists who fight the dog and cat meat trade see some pretty horrible sights in their work, and this is no less true of a recent rescue of 150 cats who were lured and trapped by thieves using wild-caught sparrows as bait. According to . . . 

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All the great progress in our fight against puppy mills this summer

All the great progress in our fight against puppy mills this summer

Summer is a time of rest and relaxation for many of us, but there has been no lull in our fight to end puppy mills. We have made real progress in our campaign to stop inhumane dog breeders who mass-produce puppies for sale through third-party . . . 

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In pictures: Hundreds of beagles spared from animal testing arrive in our care to start new lives

In pictures: Hundreds of beagles spared from animal testing arrive in our care to start new lives

Last week, we along with several of our shelter and rescue partners embarked on a historic operation and removed the first 432 of approximately 4,000 beagles from Envigo RMS LLC’s facility in Cumberland, Virginia, which bred dogs to be sold to laboratories for animal experimentation. I was . . . 

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Collars found in slaughterhouse tell heartbreaking story about the dog meat trade

Collars found in slaughterhouse tell heartbreaking story about the dog meat trade

I know there’s been a lot of discussion on this blog recently about dog meat. As with any battle for a more humane future, the campaigning and advocacy work to end the dog meat trade requires persistence and strength of heart, which can require years . . . 

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The sad reality behind the ‘Best in Show’

By on June 30, 2022 in Companion Animals with 8 Comments
The sad reality behind the ‘Best in Show’

Last week, a bloodhound named Trumpet won Best in Show at Westminster, after the usual spectacle: The presumably pampered pooches were paraded before a cheering crowd of dog enthusiasts. For some, such dog shows can feel like a celebration of the special relationship we share . . . 

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Nearly 400 dogs rescued from slaughter as Chinese activists continue fighting infamous Yulin ‘festival’

Nearly 400 dogs rescued from slaughter as Chinese activists continue fighting infamous Yulin ‘festival’

Earlier this month we told you about Lucky, a dog saved moments before slaughter in Yulin, as the city began preparing for its infamous lychee and dog meat “festival” later in June. Since Lucky’s rescue, local activists have been vigilant in their determination to end . . . 

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Animal-friendly ways to celebrate July 4 (Hint: It’s not fireworks)

Animal-friendly ways to celebrate July 4 (Hint: It’s not fireworks)

Anyone with pets knows that our furry family members can become so frightened by exploding fireworks that they do anything to escape the noise, whether it’s hiding in the bathtub, or something more desperate (and dangerous), such as breaking through windows or door screens. At . . . 

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As India swelters under intense heat waves, we’re helping communities care for their dogs

As India swelters under intense heat waves, we’re helping communities care for their dogs

For the past several months, a deadly heat wave has been sweeping Northern India, affecting hundreds of millions of people and sending temperatures soaring to record heights. In some areas, the heat has gotten as severe as 49.2 C / 120.5 F. And because the . . . 

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How to make your summer animal-friendly

How to make your summer animal-friendly

The dog days of summer, where temperatures climb and people head outdoors, have nearly arrived. It is especially important to keep animals in mind during this active season—not just the companions in our homes but also the wild animals we may encounter while hiking in . . . 

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Lucky was the last dog scheduled for slaughter. Then something incredible happened.

Lucky was the last dog scheduled for slaughter. Then something incredible happened.

Before Lucky was known as Lucky, he was a nameless dog chained outside a shop in Yulin, China, with a sign in front of him advertising dog meat. He couldn’t have known that death was mere moments away, nor anticipate how his fate might change. . . . 

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Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

Testing lab remains silent, but voices demanding beagles’ release grow louder 

We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the 82 beagles languishing at Inotiv’s Mount Vernon, Indiana, laboratory that was the site of our recent undercover investigation. A Humane Society of the United States investigator found 80 beagle puppies being force-fed potentially toxic . . . 

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Tenth annual Horrible Hundred report shows progress, continuing problems with puppy mills

Tenth annual Horrible Hundred report shows progress, continuing problems with puppy mills

Duchess is a Havanese with a wardrobe of tiny, colorful dresses. Cooper is a senior golden retriever who still has a lot of spunk and likes to go on vacations with his family. Alis is a Weimaraner who jogs with her owner and loves to . . . 

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