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1 Apr


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Cruelty-Free Circuses

13 Mar

It is very common for elephants to be abused in circuses. If you want to attend a circus, please attend a cruelty-free circus, or one that does not involve animals, such as:

Cirque du Soleil, Bindlestiff Family Circus, Circus Chimera, Circus Millennia, Circus Smirkus, Cirque Dreams, Cirque Éloize, Classique Productions, Earth Circus, Fern Street Circus, The Flying High Circus, Gamma Phi Circus, Gregangelo/Velocity Circus, Troupe, The Great All American Youth Circus, Hiccup Circus


 I hope you’re having a fantastic day! 

Cold Weather Tips

28 Dec

13 Winter Weather Tips:


1) Keep your pets inside – They can freeze, become lost, stolen, or injured.


2) During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, loudly bang on the car hood before starting the engine – this will give the cat a chance to escape before being injured by the fan belt.


3) Keep your dog on a leash! You must keep your dog leashed at all times, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their sense of smell and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season, so make sure you dog is properly identified with a collar.


4) Wipe off your dogs legs and stomach when he comes out of sleet, snow or ice. If he ingests salt, antifreeze or other chemicals when licking his paws, he can be poisoned. Also, his paw pads may bleed from the encrusted ice.


5) Never shave your dog down to the skin during the winter months. A longer coat will provide more warmth. Rather, lightly trim longer haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals.


6) When you bathe your dog in the winter, be sure to completely dry him off before taking him for a walk or putting him outside. When you go for a walk, be sure to bring a towel to clean off irritated paws, or put booties on your dog to minimize contact with chemicals.


7) If you have a short-haired dog, then get him a coat or sweater to keep him warm and retain body heat.


8) Never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather – it traps in the cold air, acting as a refrigerator, and your pet can freeze to death.


9) Clean up any and all antifreeze. Opt for a product containing propylene glycol, rather than ethylene glycol.


10) Massage petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside will help to protect the paw from salts. This also helps to heal chapped paws.


11) Brush your pet regularly to get rid of dead hair and to stimulate blood circulation. This will improve the skin’s overall condition.


12) Pets burn extra energy while trying to stay warm in the winter. Be sure to give your pet a little extra food and water to keep him feed and well-hydrated, but be sure not to overfeed.

13) If the weather is too cold for you, then it is too cold for your pet.

‘Hobbit’ Animal Deaths

25 Nov

Have you heard of the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Well, this movie took an unexpected journey for the worse. There were 27 animal deaths during the production of the movie. Yes, you read that correctly – 27 animal deaths. Many of these deaths were due to farm sinkholes, bluffs (steep cliffs), and other, so called, “death traps.”

A wrangler said that throughout the course of movie production he had to bury three horses, about six goats, six sheep, and a dozen chickens. Horses legs were sliced open due to broken-down fencing, and many died by falling into sinkholes or contracting worms.

Although I do not know who is responsible for the treatment of these animals, it is absolutely inappropriate for the death of so many animals to occur. To all movie production companies and staff, it is of utmost importance to make sure all animals are treated humanely throughout the movie process. Although this occurrence may have been mishaps, it is important to learn from these events in order to improve the treatment of animals used in the film production process.

Hurricane Sandy Shelters – Pet Friendly

31 Oct

As you may know, Hurricane Sandy recently ravaged the East Coast with high winds, rain, and an intense tidal surge. Many of those who were forced to evacuate made their way to an evacuee shelter. Thankfully, NYC shelters are pet friendly. If you are forced to evacuate, it is very important to take your pets along with you to these shelters. If your home is not fit to live in, or is not safe for you, then it is not safe for your pets. For all those affected by Sandy, please stay safe during the remainder of the storm, and the cleanup process. 

Beware: Down power lines and debris can be dangerous. Please be sure to keep your pets away from these hazards.

Hope all of you are safe and well!

More blog posts are coming soon.


Exotic Pet Trade

15 Sep

What is it?

– Trade and keeping of wild animals as pets
– Contributes to animal suffering
– Threatens public safety
– Disrupts the ecosystem
– Contributes to endangerment and extinction

Where do they come from?

– Most exotic pets arrive illegally – a global business earning about $20 billion annually (ranks second to illegal drug trade)
– Hundreds of millions of animals in the trading business
– Exotics are taken from the wild: decline in the natural species, horrific transport conditions
– Exotics are bred in captivity – mass breeding, similar to puppy mills, unsanitary conditions
– Exotic animals are surplus animals – exotics that have reached adulthood are usually sold back into the trading market, many end up as victims of “canned hunting” which is hunting exotic animals in a confined location, over 1,000 canned hunting operations throughout the nation

What is the environmental impact?

– Many are taken out of rainforests and the African plains where the ecosystems rely on the animals
– Prey vs. Predators -> rely on one another to balance the population
– Babies are taken, mothers are killed for their young = higher extinction rate

How are they sold to the public?

– Sold in auctions to the highest bidder
– Internet – with a credit card a person can easily purchase a tiger, baboon or any other exotic animal as a pet

How do they take care of the animal?

– It is extremely difficult to properly care for an exotic animal in captivity
– Because the animals are so high maintenance their owners often neglect and abuse them: they are often caged, chained, tranquilized, or beaten into submission
–  It is also difficult to get proper medical care. Exotic animals often hide the signs of their illness because in the wild it would be a death sentences if others thought they were weak. This means that the care often comes too late, that is if the owners can find care. Very few vets specialize in exotics, and if they do they often work in zoos.

Are they dangerous?

– YES – Although they may be cute and cuddly as a newborn, once they get older they can become very dangerous
– They can become destructive, unpredictable and physically dangerous  when stressed
– Thousands of people are victims to them lashing out

Do they spread diseases?

– Yes, they can
– The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) OPPOSE keeping exotics as pets
– Many can carry: herpes B, salmonella, monkeypox and rabies = lethal for humans

Are they victims of abuse?

– Yes – Teeth and claw removal to avoid putting the human in danger once the animal is an adult
– Small pens in backyards, abandoned, killed or sold back into the exotic trade
– Set animal loose, which is illegal, dangerous, and cruel

Are there laws? What are the permit requirements?

– Yes- certain states prohibit the sale and transportation of  certain exotics
– Other states have outright bans or require permits or licenses
– Check the requirement per state on:

What can I do to help?

#1. Do not buy exotic animals – including certain birds and reptiles from dealers or pet shops
#2. Educate others about animal welfare and safety problems due to the exotic animal trade!
#3. Do not visit roadside zoos and menageries that breed or display animals for profit.

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All About Puppy Mills

4 Aug

Here’s a quick game for you. Take this True or False Test, then check your answers to see if you know the correct information about Puppy Mills.

T or F – In a puppy mill, the dog’s health and genetics are most important to the breeder.

T or F – A reputable breeder has never had anything go wrong with their dogs or puppies.

T or F – Teacup Puppies are just like any other puppy.

T or F – If the puppy looks healthy when you buy it, then it is not at risk for Parvo or other illnesses.

T or F – Dogs in pet stores are healthy and people should go there rather then find a reputable breeder.

T or F – There are no laws to regulate puppy mills.

T or F – Puppies in mills are regularly socialized with humans and other dogs.

T or F – Dogs in puppy mills are always purebred.

T or F – Puppies are always sold when they are older then 8 weeks.

T or F – Female dogs are breed at every opportunity.

T or F – The greatest victims in the puppy mill problem are the breeding parents.

T or F – All breeds of dogs are at risk of being bred in a puppy mill; even larger ones like Saint Bernards.

What is a Puppy Mill?

A puppy mill is very similar to a puppy factory.  Dogs are breed at a rapid pace with disregard for there health or genetics.  Definition: A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well being of the dogs.

How can I help fight puppy mills?

  1. Don’t buy puppies from pet stores – Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. In these facilities, dogs are caged in unsanitary conditions and bred as often as possible. They give birth to puppies who may present medical problems later in life. Instead, make pet adoption your first option.
  2. Take the Puppy Mill Pledge – The ASPCA has a pledge to prove your promise to not buy a pet or any pet supplies from retail stores that sell puppies. Visit:
  3. Share Your Story! – If you suspect that your dog is from a puppy mill, tell the ASPCA your story. The more we spread the word, the more we can build support to help ban puppy mills! Tell your story at:
  4. Tell your friends – If someone you know is planning to buy a puppy, please direct them to the puppy information page on the ASPCA website. This page tells you where to get perfectly healthy dogs of all breeds and sizes, waiting to be adopted.

Answer Key:

T or – In a puppy mill, the dog’s health and genetics are most important to the breeder. FALSE – The owners of puppy mills are interested in making profit, meaning they don’t breed the dogs to eliminate genetic problems, but to produce the most dogs in the smallest period of time and for the smallest amount of money.

T or – A reputable breeder has never had anything go wrong with their dogs or puppies. FALSE – All breeders, good and bad, will have different problems with the animals they are raising. It is not an exact science. How the breeder handles these problems is what sets good and bad breeders apart. For example, if a breeder finds that a dog is producing puppies with bad teeth, then he would take that dog out of the breeding program, and place it in a loving home after being spayed or neutered. Puppy mills would continue to breed this dog, without caring if it’s teeth are good or bad.

T or – Teacup Puppies are just like any other puppy. FALSE – Teacup puppies are often runts. The term “Teacup” was created by puppy mills, and it is very deceiving. Most of the puppies advertised as “Teacups” will grow to be average in size for that breed. They do this to make sales faster and to get more money per puppy.

T or F – If the puppy looks healthy when you buy it, then it is not at risk for Parvo or other illnesses. FALSE – Because puppy mill operators fail to apply proper husbandry practices that would remove sick dogs from their breeding pools, puppies from puppy mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions. These can include: Epilepsy, Heart disease, Kidney disease, Musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, etc.), Endocrine disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism), Blood disorders (anemia, Von Willebrand disease), Deafness, Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.), Respiratory disorders, Giardia, Parvovirus, Distemper, Upper respiratory infections, Kennel cough, Pneumonia, Mange, Fleas, Ticks, Intestinal parasites, Heartworm and Chronic diarrhea.

T or F – Dogs in pet stores are healthy and people should go there rather then find a reputable breeder. FALSE – Dogs in pet stores often come from mills.  This means that they often have health issues due to the unsafe breeding conditions.

T or F – There are no laws to regulate puppy mills. BOTH TRUE AND FALSE – In 1966 Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act, which outlines specific minimum standards of care for dogs, cats, and some other kinds of animals bred for commercial resale. But puppy mills that sell dogs directly to the public, including through Internet sales, are not regulated by federal law.  Certain large commercial breeders have to be regulated, but there are many loopholes.  Many breeders that violate have small consequences, and even if their licence is suspended, they can reapply and receive new licences again and again.

T or F – Puppies in mills are regularly socialized with humans and other dogs FALSE – Puppies are often kept in small cages without getting any interaction with humans or exercise with other puppies.

T or F – Dogs in puppy mills are always purebred. FALSE – Puppy mill owners often lie about dogs lineage and genetics of their dogs because their only goal is to make money.  This means you could be paying the price of a purebred dog for a mutt.

T or F – Puppies are always sold when they are older then 8 weeks. FALSE – In order to sell as many puppies as quickly as they can, many mill puppies are sold when they are six weeks, two weeks earlier then the legal age.  Though this may not seem that long, these two weeks are crucial for the puppie’s’ development.

T or F – Female dogs are breed at every opportunity. TRUE – In the mills the female dogs are in stuck in an endless cycle.  They get pregnant, have puppies, and then get pregnant once again with little to no break in between pregnancies.  When they are no longer able to reproduce they are usually killed to make room for new mothers.

T or F – The greatest victims in the puppy mill problem are the breeding parents. TRUE – Though the lives of the puppies in the mill are terrible, they usually leave fairly quickly and have the opportunity to be adopted into a loving home.  The parents never get this chance, they are stuck in small cages constantly giving birth to puppies they will never see again.

T or F – All breeds of dogs are at risk of being bred in a puppy mill; even larger ones like Saint Barnards. TRUE – Pet shops are interested in selling dogs of all breeds for peoples convenience.  To meet this demand the mills produce almost ever breed.  Even dogs as large as Great Danes and Saint Barnards.

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