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Some New Thoughts About Animal Adoption

Happy Halloween! May your treats be many, and tricks be few! Speaking of tricks, there are some new tricks being utilized in the animal adoption trade. Some you may find frightening! But should they be? When I talked recently with Olivia Melikhov and Susan Furukawa of the ASPCA, I asked about old notions of animal adoption that … Continue reading

The Ecosystem That is My Backyard

Have you ever stopped and thought about all the animals that share your world with you? Oh sure, you have a companion animal, be it dog, cat, or other animal friend. But what other animals do you share your life with? Do you even notice them? I share the place I live with chipmunks. Squirrels. Toads. A … Continue reading

Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!

Today is Rumpy’s 9th Gotcha Day. It was 9 years ago today I was driving down the street in Winchester, Tennessee, and found a pup hanging dangerously close to the road. He had no cares, no tags, and no microchip. The vet estimated he was between 6 and 9 months old. I looked for his … Continue reading

Fired Lake County Shelter Director Speaks Out!

Here’s an update on the Lake County Animal Shelter Media Frenzy. . Wednesday I told you about Lake County Florida’s Sheriff Gary Borders fired Animal Services Director Jacquelyn Johnston after 147 animals were sheltered during her 9-day tenure. Today Ms. Johnston fired back with a letter penned by her attorney that accused shelter supervisor Jennifer Ferguson for … Continue reading

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. -Mother Teresa

Today, humans are worrying about Ebola. The stock market decline. The upcoming elections. And what does June Buggie Cat have on his mind?             What about you? What’s on your mind today?            

Ebola: Fatal for Dogs! And Maybe Cats!

No matter what part of the world you live in, I’m sure you’re aware of the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Never mind that we’re being told it’s not easy to get it from another person, and that it’s mostly caregivers of the sick that are infected. Nope, we’re all in panic mode, and that means going … Continue reading

Will My Dog Go to Heaven?

When I was growing up, the consensus of religious scholars was that animals have no soul, and therefore, there’s no place for them in heaven. Indeed, that was the philosophy of Descartes, who wrote in Meditations that animals are automatons with no souls, mind, or reason. But as I have grown older, I have watched … Continue reading

Killing Animals for God

This weekend, millions of animals will die in the name of God. Or Allah. Or whatever you call him, or her, or it. Why is God so bloodthirsty this weekend, you ask? Muslims and Jews are both celebrating major holidays that include ritual sacrifice of animals. On October 4th, Muslims will begin the celebration of … Continue reading

After Extinction….

The week’s news included this depressing revelation, courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund’s 2014 Living Planet Report: Population sizes of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, have decreased by over half in the last 40 years. At the same time, humans’ demand for natural resources have increased to where we’d need 1 1/2 planets to meet our … Continue reading

The Silent War Against Animal Welfare

If you don’t think there’s big money to be made in the “pet industry,” you are clearly not paying attention. They’re forking out big bucks to change the playing field for breeders, while you are zoned out in front of a drug industry commercial, looking for the strategically placed pure-breed dog. Here are a few … Continue reading

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