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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 about animal adoption that … Continue reading

The ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge- Did It Do Any Good?

The ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge recently came to a close. This 5-year challenge was designed to encourage shelters to find creative ways to save the lives of more animals.  I recently talked with Olivia Melikhov, Senior Manager, Social Media, and Susan Furukawa, Program Manager, of the ASPCA to get the inside scoop on how … 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

The Politics of Animal Shelters

Lake County, Florida, has an animal shelter problem. The shelter had traditionally been a high-kill shelter, and had, in the past, taken little action to rectify the situation, to the consternation of the community.  The shelter had been through two directors recently. But on October 1st, Sheriff Gary Borders’s office took control of the shelter, … 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

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

Cats and Shelters: They’re Doing the Research. Here’s Some Findings.

I am not a fanatical member of the No-Kill Nation. While I, too, do not want animals to die needlessly, I think mindlessly spouting off at the mouth about not killing animals is too simplistic and naive. There are MANY changes that must take place in order to reach this Nirvana, and I don’t hear … Continue reading

June Buggie Escapes; Jen Freaks

He did it again this morning. June Buggie ran outside. I confess that I haven’t been as diligent lately as perhaps I should. But this is the first time he’s tried to run outside in over a year. I’d dare to hope he was finally too old for his little escape attempt routine. But no, … Continue reading

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