Friday, December 17, 2010

1st India Weeks for the Animals Coming 14-31 January 2011!

(Washington, DC) Animal World USA-International is excited to announce the 1st India Weeks for the Animals will be held 14-31 January 2011. These special weeks, which will highlight the importance that animals play in all our lives, will also underscore the work being done for the animals throughout the country of India and provide a platform on ways we can help them.

This series of events in India is designed to celebrate the people and animals, as well as recognize the monumental, life-saving work being done in India. 1st India Weeks for the Animals will bring together sanctuaries, rescue organizations, businesses, students, musicians, artists, educators, community leaders, and caring citizens in exciting awareness-building and animal protection activities.

The weeks will feature sanctuary fundraisers, low cost spay and neuter/vaccination events, adoption programs, conferences, vegetarian events, volunteer activities with animals, wildlife events, musical events and so much more! All these events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals and compassionate people of India who love them.

New relationships will be built with the variety of animal-related activities and events. Together we we can help shine the spotlight on the gracious people of India, precious animals and build wonderful new lifelong friendships during this time.

If you would like to learn more, be involved or schedule an event(s) or fundraiser, please visit the official website at http://indiaanimals.org/

Learn more about Animal World USA-International Weeks for the Animals at http://www.animalworldusa.org/

Friday, December 3, 2010

PASA Joins with World Parrot Trust to Condemn Parrot Seizure


The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) and the World Parrot Trust (WPT) today called on international law enforcement agencies to intervene following the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s seizure of over 490 African Grey parrots from a sanctuary with the intention of returning the birds to the original dealer.

PASA and the WPT submitted a brief to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and asked that any attempt to ship the parrots out of DR Congo be blocked. Similar briefs were also sent to Interpol, the World Customs Union, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).PASA also alerted the CITES Management of Singapore – the parrots’ original destination – to the possibility that a large consignment of parrots could be imminent.

“PASA is outraged at the manner in which the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has removed these parrots from a PASA member sanctuary,” said Doug Cress, executive director of PASA. “We were given no warning and no cause. We rescue and rehabilitate wildlife to conserve important species – not make them well so that dealers might get rich. We condemn this action, and will do anything we can to keep this shipment from leaving Africa.”

The African Grey parrots were originally confiscated in mid-September by the Congolese wildlife authority (ICCN) and local government officials, and taken to the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center in South Kivu. There, 523 parrots were found crammed into crude wooden crates, and despite the best efforts of Lwiro staff and veterinarians, over 30 of the birds died from injuries and stress.

The WPT worked with PASA and Lwiro to rehabilitate the others, however, and constructed spacious enclosures to speed the recovery process. Earlier this month, over 400 of those original birds were judged fit to be released back into the wild.But the DR Congo’s Ministry of Environment ordered the parrots seized on Nov. 22, and had the birds placed back inside the original travel crates.

The crates were then flown back to Kinshasa and the original dealer. The crates and the manner in which the parrots were shipped are blatant violations of IATA standards, while the original CITES permit that accompanied the parrots listed only 300 – far below the number that were actually in the crates.

"The World Parrot Trust collaborated closely with PASA, Lwiro and a number of key advisors in this most recent parrot rescue, and feel the birds were seized in a manner that is neither legal nor humane as outlined in CITES regulations,” said Dr. James Gilardi, executive director of the WPT.

“We respectfully request that the CITES Secretariat investigate this action by the DR Congo government, and take steps to halt this and future illegal and inhumane consignments of African Grey parrots."African Grey parrots are found throughout Central and West Africa, but have been heavily hunted for the pet trade in recent years.

Experts believe that up to 21 percent of the wild population is captured each year. African Grey parrots are listed as a CITES Appendix II species has been the subject of two recent Significant Trade Review processes.PASA is comprised of 20 member sanctuaries in 12 countries, which rescue and rehabilitate chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, drills, and other endangered primates.

For more information, please visit the PASA website, Facebook page, Twitter , or contact PASA at info@pasaprimates.org

Monday, November 22, 2010

Governor Linda Lingle Proclaims 2nd Hawaii Week for the Animals December 4-12, 2010


Animal World USA is pleased to announce that Governor Lingle has proclaimed the 2nd Hawaii Week for the Animals which is scheduled for December 4-12, 2010. The special governor-proclaimed week will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together on behalf of the animals throughout the great state of Hawaii.

This statewide event is designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of all animals, as well as recognize the organizations and citizens who support them. The Hawaii Week for the Animals is once again bringing together educators, advocates, animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, businesses, students, musicians, artists, community leaders, and caring citizens in an exciting week of community-building activities.

The exciting week will feature pet adoption festivals, wildlife activities, educational events and all kinds of community events statewide. All these events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals, beauty & history of the islands and compassionate people of Hawaii. The week presents a unique opportunity to change the history for the animals by collectively coming together through goodwill.

Precious lives which will be saved and communities will be transformed during this week through a wide variety of animal-related events and activities. If you would like to learn more, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://www.hawaiianimals.org/

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Governor Brewer Proclaims 2nd Annual Arizona Week for the Animals November 13-21, 2010!


Animal World USA is pleased to announce that the 2nd Arizona Week for the Animals is scheduled for November 13-21, 2010. The special governor-proclaimed week will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together on behalf of the animals throughout the great state of Arizona.

This statewide event is designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of all animals, as well as recognize the organizations and citizens who support them.

The 2nd Arizona Week for the Animals is once again bringing together educators, advocates, animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, businesses, students, musicians, artists, community leaders, and caring citizens in an exciting week of community-building activities.

The exciting week will feature awesome pet adoption festivals and community events statewide, 5K’s, wildlife activities, pet therapy in hospitals and living-assisted homes, horse events, educational activities, bird watching/walking tours, library activities, blessings of the animals, low cost and free spay/neuter and vaccination opportunities, concerts, meet and greet events, Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Open House, salute to working/search & rescue K-9’s, Woofstock and so much more!

All these events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals and compassionate people of Arizona who love them. The week presents a unique opportunity to change the history for the animals by collectively coming together.

Precious lives which will be saved and communities will be transformed during this week through a wide variety of animal-related events and activities. If you would like to learn more, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://www.arizonaanimals.org/

You may also learn more about the AWUSA Weeks campaign at http://www.animalworldusa.org/

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Governor Barbour Proclaims 2nd Mississippi Week for the Animals November 6-14, 2010!


(Jackson, MS/October 28, 2010) Governor Barbour Officially Proclaims Mississippi Week for Animals November 6-14, 2010.

Animal World USA is pleased to announce that the 2nd Mississippi Week for the Animals is scheduled for November 6-14, 2010. The special governor-proclaimed week will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together on behalf of the animals throughout the great state of Mississippi.

This statewide event is designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of all animals, as well as recognize the organizations and citizens who support them. 2nd Mississippi Week for the Animals is once again bringing together educators, advocates, animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, businesses, students, musicians, artists, community leaders, and caring citizens in an exciting week of community-building activities.

The exciting week will feature awesome pet adoption festivals and events, pet therapy in hospitals, school/art displays and activities, horse events, educational activities, bird watching/walking tours, kid’s art days, library story-telling and R.E.A.D. dog activities, blessings of the animals, anti-crulety initiatives for animals, low cost and free spay and neuter opportunities, motorcycle poker run for shelter animals, meet and greet events, pet therapy in school classrooms, salute to working/search & rescue K-9’s, and so much more!

All these events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals and compassionate people of Mississippi who love them. The week presents a unique opportunity to change the history for the animals by collectively coming together.

Precious lives which will be saved and communities will be transformed during this week through a wide variety of animal-related events and activities. Special events are being scheduled and can be viewed on the website calendar, and more are being added regularly. If you would like to learn more, become involved, list an event, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://www.mississippianimals.org/

You may also learn more about the AWUSA Weeks campaign at http://www.animalworldusa.org/

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Governor Mike Beebe Officially Proclaims 1st Arkansas Week for the Animals October 23-31, 2010!


Arkansas Week for the Animals will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together on behalf of the animals throughout the great state of Arkansas.

Animal World USA is pleased to announce that the 1st Arkansas Week for the Animals is scheduled for October 23-31. The special week will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together to help the hard-working Arkansas organizations, shelters and humane groups. We will shine the spotlight on animals and incredible compassionate citizens throughout the great state of Arkansas.

This statewide event is designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of all animals, as well as recognize the organizations and citizens who support them. 1st Arkansas Week for the Animals will bring together educators, advocates, animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, businesses, students, musicians, artists, community leaders, and caring citizens in an exciting week of community-building activities.

The exciting week will feature awesome pet adoption events, pet therapy in hospitals, horse events, educational activities, wildlife watching/walking tours, library story-telling and R.E.A.D. dog activities, blessings of the animals, low cost and free spay and neuter opportunities, meet and greet events, salute to working K-9’s, book signings and so much more!

Precious lives which will be saved and communities will be transformed during this week through a wide variety of animal-related events and activities. If you would like to learn more, become involved, list an event/org, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://www.arkansasanimals.org/

You may also learn more about the AWUSA Weeks campaign at http://www.weeksfortheanimals.org/

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Governor Paterson Officially Proclaims 2nd Annual New York Week for the Animals October 2-10, 2010



(New York, New York) Animal World USA is pleased to announce that the 2nd New York Week for the Animals is scheduled for October 2-10, 2010. The special governor-proclaimed week will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together on behalf of the animals throughout the great state of New York. Over 100+ events are expected by kick-off of the week! We are thrilled to be working with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.

This statewide event is designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of all animals, as well as recognize the organizations and citizens who support them. New York Week for the Animals is once again bringing together educators, advocates, animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, businesses, students, musicians, artists, community leaders, and caring citizens in an exciting week of community-building activities.

The exciting week will feature awesome pet adoption festivals and events, kick off event in Central Park, pet therapy in hospitals, school/art displays and activities, theater events, educational activities, bird watching/walking tours, library story-telling and R.E.A.D. dog activities, blessings of the animals, shelter fundraisers, concerts, book signings, low cost and free spay and neuter opportunities, meet and greet events, pet therapy, salute to working/search & rescue K-9’s, vegetarian festivals and so much more!

All these events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals and compassionate people of New York who love them. The week presents a unique opportunity to change the history for the animals by collectively coming together.

Precious lives which will be saved and communities will be transformed during this week through a wide variety of animal-related events and activities. Special events are being scheduled and can be viewed on the website calendar, and more are being added regularly.

If you would like to learn more, become involved, list an event, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://newyorkanimals.org/

You may also learn more about the Animal World USA Weeks campaign at http://www.animalworldusa.org/

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Tennessee Week for the Animals Animal Law & Cruelty Seminar Night September 21, 2010


Distinguished panel gathers for animal law and cruelty night at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 19, 2010 – (Memphis, Tennessee) Animal World USA is pleased to announce an evening created to address animal issues with an extraordinary panel of speakers that will address animal law and cruelty. The gathering which will take place on Tuesday, September 21 from 6:30-9:00 pm is the first of its kind in bringing together an impressive variety of community leaders to highlight how to help the animals. Animals are facing an increasing level of neglect and cruelty, and this evening promises to engage and empower the community with new ways in which we can come together on their behalf.

Distinguished speakers:

Memphis Bar Association Executive Director Anne Fritz will be presenting the speakers. Judge Donna M. Fields will be closing the evening.

-Memphis Police Department Director Larry Godwin
Subject: Newly formed MPD Animal Cruelty Response Team

-Memphis Criminal Court, Division VIII 30th Judicial District Judge Chris Craft
Subject: Dogfighting and the need to protect the defenseless animals

-Shelby County District 92 Representative G.A. Hardaway
Subject: Engaging the community

-Shelby County Assistant D.A. Attorney General Dan Byer
Subject: Prosecuting animal cruelty cases in court

-Shelby County Sheriff Detective Todd Cockman
Subject: Investigating animal cruelty in the community

- Advocates Cindy Sanders former federal officer and Jackie Johns, former federal officer of the Department of Justice, founders of Community Action for Animals. Dedicated to ending animal abuse and responsible for ending puppy sales in Memphis flea markets and roadside pet sales.

General information:

The public is encouraged to attend. Free admission. For more information call 877-454-0807 or email info@animalworldusa.org

Website is http://www.tennesseeanimals.org/

Christian Brothers University
Spain Auditorium
650 E Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

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Friday, September 17, 2010

3rd Pennsylvania Week for the Animals Coming September 18-26, 2010!


Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Animal World USA is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Pennsylvania Week for the Animals is scheduled from September 18-26, 2010. During the extraordinary governor-supported week, animal shelters, rescue groups, educational institutions and humane organizations across the state will be hosting wonderful animal-related special events which will be saving lives, building relationships, helping animals and strengthening communities throughout the state. Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens across the state will be joining in to celebrate and help animals.

Events will include adoption events across the state, low cost & free spay/neuter events, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, doggie swims/dips, puppy mill awareness activities, book donations, drum circle and blessing of the animals, student activities for the animals, law seminar, animal communication presentations, BINGO for homeless animals, feral cat education, horse events, pet food donations, farm animal sanctuary events, critter camps, wildlife activities, bird tours/activities, donation drives, dog washes to benefit shelters and therapy animals visiting hospitals.

Also to be included are a salute to our working K-9 and handlers, pet first aid, care & safety seminars, feral cat initiatives, vegetarian meetups, low cost vaccinations, blessing for the animals, educational & tabling events and full-filled festivals for families to enjoy friendship, food, music on behalf of the always amazing animals and there is so much more is being planned!

Scores of precious lives will be saved and exciting new relationships will be built in communities during the dynamic week which will have approximately 100+events scheduled!

Please note events and activities will be added right up to the kick-off of the week. For more info call 877-454-0807.

Please see the website and learn how to become involved at http://www.pennsylvaniaanimals.org/

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Governor Bredesen Proclaims 6th Tennessee Week for the Animals September 18-26, 2010!


During this extraordinary week, community leaders and humane organizations across Tennessee will be hosting wonderful animal-related events. Educators, students, community leaders, businesses and caring citizens everywhere will be joining to celebrate and help animals!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Memphis, Tennessee) Animal World USA is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Tennessee Week for the Animals is scheduled from September 18-26, 2010. During the extraordinary governor-proclaimed week, animal shelters, humane groups, educational institutions and non-profit organizations across the state will be hosting wonderful animal-related special events which will be saving lives, building relationships, helping animals and strengthening communities throughout the state. Educators, students, leaders, businesses and caring citizens across the state will be joining in to celebrate and help animals.

Events will include adoption events across the state, low cost & free spay/neuter events, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, low cost microchipping, book donations and author signings, blessings of the animals, student activities for the animals, special law and cruelty seminar, animal care presentations, motorcycle rides to benefit shelter animals, concerts for homeless animals, horse adoption events, pet food donations, dinner theater benefit events, farm animal sanctuary events, nature activities, wildlife center outdoor activities, bird tours, donation drives, dog washes to benefit shelters and therapy animals visiting hospitals and living-assisted homes.

Also to be included are a salute to our working & military K-9 and handlers, care & safety seminars, educational & tabling events and full-filled festivals for families to enjoy friendship, food, music on behalf of the always amazing animals and there is so much more is being planned! Scores of precious lives will be saved and exciting new relationships will be built in communities everywhere during the dynamic week.

Please note events and activities will be added right up to the kick-off of the week. For more info or to schedule an event, call 901-454-0807 or email info@animalworldusa.org Please see the website and learn how to become involved at http://www.tennesseeanimals.org/

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Urge Your Senators to Pass the Truth in Fur Labeling Act


by Mat Thomas, www.animalrighter.org

Way back in 1951, federal legislators ratified the Fur Products Labeling Act requiring retailers to indicate whether the clothing they sell has been made from actual animal pelts. However, under industry pressure, Congress conceded that stores could still stock clothing containing $150 or less worth of fur without such labels.
For nearly six decades, this legal loophole has effectively left consumers unaware that their purchases may be supporting cruelty to animals.

Congress passed their original fur labeling rule well before the technological advent of synthetic fur production, the popularity of fur trim and dyed fur in fashion design, and the development of society's widespread ethical concern about animals killed for clothing.

The law is therefore long overdue for a 21st century makeover that would bring it up to speed with the changed times. The U.S. House of Representatives recently did their part to rectify this oversight by approving the Truth in Fur Labeling Act (H.R. 2480), and now it's the Senate's turn to finish the job by passing their version of the bill (S. 1076).

In this day and age, when at least as many animals are skinned for fur-trimmed garments as body-length coats, and few people can tell the difference between real and faux furs, many thousands of consumers unknowingly buy fur clothing and accessories because they assume that if they aren't labeled as such, they must be fake.

Yet the reality today is that about one in eight genuine animal fur garments are legally unlabeled—and while most of these come from rabbits, weasels, raccoons, or raccoon dogs, some are actually made from dogs and cats slaughtered in China, where animal welfare laws are virtually non-existent. Selling canine and feline fur in the U.S. has been illegal since 2000, but the aforementioned legal loophole makes enforcement of this ban almost impossible.

With federal laws lacking the teeth to keep consumers fully informed, some state governments have taken effective action to close the disclosure gap. The California legislature recently passed a comprehensive fur labeling bill, and if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs it, the Golden State will become the nation's sixth to require accurate product labeling. He has until October 1st to decide, so California voters are encouraged to call him before then at 916-445-2841 voicing their support.

As for the pending federal Truth in Fur Labeling Act, Representatives first proposed this bill in March 2006—meaning it's taken four and a half years to pass, and if the Senate doesn't approve their version during the current congressional session, compassionate lawmakers will have to start all over again from square one next time around.

Fortunately, S. 1076 has 33 committed co-sponsors, so (with Senators Robert Menendez and Susan Collins, who co-authored the bill) more than one-third of the entire U.S. Senate already supports it. Now we just have to get the rest of them on board.

Take Action

Please ask your two U.S. Senators to co-sponsor and vote in favor of S. 1076 by calling them through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Reiki for our Animals



by Ruby Fayed

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) comes from the Japanese Rei and Ki meaning spiritually guided life energy. Reiki for dogs is a form of spiritual healing that helps harmonize the mind, body, and soul of your pet. It can be used as a treatment for relaxation as well as a tool for releasing negative emotions and limitations.

Reiki for dogs can treat many ailments that may be currently inhibiting your dog, whether noticeable to you or not. It can reduce stress, relieve pain, headaches, stomach upsets, asthma, back problems, sinus, respiratory problems, canine hip dysplasia, anxiety and many more. After performing your first session with your pet, you will see instant results of using Reiki for your dog.

Reiki for dogs is performed with a fixed set of hand positions. Each position is formed to create a specific desired energy outcome to ultimately bring your dog into balance. To understand how to use Reiki for your dog it is important to know the different charkas that are connected to the physical organs of the body as well as the aura.

There are seven centers of energy in your pet. Reiki for dogs focuses on changing the energy from one center to another to bring about balance. The hand positions control the Chi and ultimately free your dog’s aura while allowing for a continual energy flow. The seven centers consist of the Root chakra, Navel chakra, Solar Plexus chakra, Heart chakra, Throat chakra, Third eye, and the Crown chakra. These charkas are specifically connected to different glands in your dog. Reiki for your dog will make the glands release hormones directly into the blood stream and control all aspects of your dogs daily activities and healthy thinking.

Freeing the aura is a major part of using Reiki for dogs. Before Reiki, your dog’s aura might only extend a few decimeters outside the body. After performing Reiki on your dog its aura will resonate about 2-3 meters. There are several different layers of body in the aura that Reiki will expose for your dog.

Physical Body: the most tangible part of your dog’s body. Here, Reiki for your dog will ease some of the most common fears about the physical body-sickness, aging and death.

Etheric Body: connected to the Root chakra, it is made up of a thin invisible layer that is only 2 cm thick that surrounds your dog’s body. This is where the energy is reflected when Reiki for your dog gets it flowing from chakra to chakra. Many of your dog’s dreams are found here.

Emotional Body: connected to the Navel chakra it serves as an egg shaped emotion reflector that contains the other two bodies. Emotions like hope, happiness, love, anger, and sorrow are all found here. Reiki for your dog can release these emotions from past problems your dog has suppressed and create an empty canvas for your dog to express freely.

Mental Body: connected to the Solar Plexus chakra, reflects logic, mind, and intelligent thinking. Reiki for dogs helps shape their reality.

Astral Body: the bridge between the spiritual realm and the physical world. Reiki for dogs will help them express unconditional love.

Etheric Template Body: connected to the Throat chakra, this is where your dog has its thought processes. Reiki for your dog will connect its past, and present to its future.

Celestial Body: connected to the third eye chakra, mirrors the subconscious mind. It uses your dog’s intuition to bring about higher feelings. Reiki for your dog will allow your pet to have a love that goes beyond individual to universal.

Casual Body: connected to the Crown chakra, is the last body where the initial creative impulses begin. Reiki for your dog will have your dog’s soul communicating with its conscious mind and mental body.

Reiki for your dog is a gentle but powerful healer. It will balance your dog’s energy, organs, and glands. Reiki for dogs has proven to strengthen immune systems, relieve pain, clears toxins, and enhances personal awareness while relaxing your dog.


Author: Ruby Fayed

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Former Vick Dog Heals Hearts


Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

By Randi Bildner

Words are tools that wield incredible power; used effectively they can make a positive contribution to society. Unfortunately, sensationalism and the promise of the sale can skew reality and turn innocent statements into dangerous rhetoric.

Such is the case for the sad situation facing many pit bulls in this country and around the globe.

Leo is the name Certified Dog Trainer Marthina McClay chose for the American Pit Bull Terrier who made his way into her loving arms on December 16, 2007. McClay rehabilitated the animal,and then, in just five short weeks, turned him into a therapy dog. His name (a reference to “Leo the Cowardly Lion”) was chosen as a testament to his meek demeanor—a sharp contrast to the public perception of the pit bull.

McClay’s accomplishments would be impressive for any dog or any trainer for that matter— but Leo is not your average canine.

In April 2007, Leo, along with 50 other pit bulls, made worldwide news when he was confiscated from suspended NFL player Michael Vick’s home in Smithfield, Virginia. Evidence indicated that Vick was running a full fledged dog fighting ring under the guise Bad Newz Kennels.

Now serving much-deserved time in prison for the atrocities committed on his property, the former football star is also digging deep (by court order) into his well-padded pockets to pay to rehabilitate this once-fighting dog Leo along with the 47 other remaining dogs who have been sent to trainers and sanctuaries around the country.

It is important to note: of the 50 dogs confiscated at Vick’s property only one was deemed too aggressive for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, one additional dog was euthanized when it was discovered he was suffering from cancer.

Well aware of the media’s uncanny ability to misrepresent facts about pit bulls to create sensational headlines, McClay is extremely protective of Leo’s reputation. It became her mission to make it impossible to misread Leo’s intentions. McClay cleverly dresses Leo in a clown collar when he is “on the job,” visiting oncology wards and other medical institutions.

Leo’s intentions are undeniably clear as he places his huge head on the lap of a distressed patient. With deep, soulful eyes he peers directly into their hearts, causing them to muster a smile. For a few moments, all is well with the world—as Leo brings light to someone facing a dark day.

Each time the media puts a negative spin on a story to grab a headline; it is a tacit endorsement of the people who are part of this unsavory sub-culture. McClay points out, “With each misstatement these dogs are being pushed further underground and away from society.”

McClay is the founder of Ourpack.org, a San Francisco-based organization that rehabilitates pit bulls— including “fight bust dogs” like Leo. McClay credits these dogs in particular for teaching her much about the world of dog fighting.

What McClay learned is contrary to what most people believe and would be very surprised to hear: these dogs do not want to fight. McClay states, “The fear in their eyes clearly tells the story,” saying, “The dogs are shoved and pushed into the ring or pit leaving them no place to go.” According to McClay, dog fighting is something dogs are forced to do by horrible means and do not enjoy.

The understanding gained from fight bust dogs supported what McClay observed throughout her years of experience, confirming her theory: insecurity, fear and in some cases lack of socialization were often incorrectly interpreted as aggression.

Ironically, McClay believes that Leo is the most balanced American Pit Bull Terrier she has ever known, saying, “He is extremely confident with people; his behavior clearly showed that he did not want to fight.” Leo shows his love for his fellow canines too. He now resides with McClay along with two additional pit bulls and a Chihuahua Pug mix.

Calling pit bulls “biddable”—willing to do what is asked and very obedient—they are actually loyal to a fault, which it the very tendency that can lead to trouble when placed in the wrong hands.

With proper assessment and training many pit bulls can thrive as therapy dogs.

McClay states, “One thing you can’t teach a dog is to want to love; this is simply in their nature; you can’t just make a therapy dog.” Unlike fighting, love is innate; it is something that cannot be taught.

Leo’s work is a multi-faceted service. Not only does he bring joy to those in difficult situations, he is showing the world what he is all about. He clearly demonstrates the fact that when nurtured and loved, pit bulls can make an incredible contribution to the world.

Additional credentials:
Marthina McClay, CPDT
AKC Certified CGC Evaluator
Certified Tester/Observer
for Therapy Dogs, Inc.
Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer

www.ourpack.org
www.dogtrainingforpeople.com

Visit Randi Bildner's wonderful website The Bully Beat http://thebullybeat.org/

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Lam of Our Pack

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Governor Doyle Proclaims 2nd Annual Wisconsin Week for the Animals August 14-22, 2010


During this extraordinary week, community leaders and humane organizations across Wisconsin will be hosting wonderful animal-related events. Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens everywhere will be joining to celebrate and help animals!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Madison, Wisconsin) Animal World USA is pleased to announce Governor Jim Doyle has officially proclaimed 2nd Wisconsin Week for the Animals August 14-22, 2010. During the exciting week, animal shelters, rescue groups, and humane organizations across the state will be hosting wonderful animal-related special events which will be saving lives, building relationships, helping animals and strengthening communities throughout the state.

Educators, students, businesses and caring citizens across the state will be joining in to celebrate and help animals. National Homeless Animals Day falls on the 3rd Saturday of every August which means it will be celebrated on August 21 during Wisconsin Week!

Events will include adoption events across the state, spay/neuter events, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, doggie swims/dips, puppy mill awareness activities, book donations and author signings, animal communication presentations, BINGO for homeless animals, feral cat education, horse events, pet food donations, critter camps, wildlife activities, bird tours/activities, donation drives, dog washes to benefit shelters and therapy animals visiting hospitals.

Also to be included are a salute to our working K-9 and handlers, pet first aid, care & safety seminars, feral cat initiatives, vegetarian meetups, low cost vaccinations, blessing for the animals, educational & tabling events and full-filled festivals for families to enjoy friendship, food, music on behalf of the always amazing animals and there is so much more is being planned! Scores of precious lives will be saved and exciting new relationships will be built during the exciting week.

For more info or to schedule an event, call 877-454-0807 or email info@animalworldusa.org Please read the proclamation on official website and learn how to become involved at http://wisconsinanimals.org/

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DAKTARI Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage


Passionate about wildlife and aware that education in environment preservation is a real need, and Ian and Michele Merrifield created this new initiative in conservation awareness with Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage.

The mission of Daktari is to inspire, motivate, develop and educate underprivileged children to care for the environment through the medium of a wildlife orphanage.

Firstly, Daktari is a refuge for the orphaned and injured animals from the local game reserves. These animals are examined by a specialised vet and can recover at Daktari before being rehabilitated in their natural habitat. However, if their health condition does not make it possible, they are then kept at Daktari where they will be looked after and will play an essential role in education of the local underprivileged children and many other people.

Then, Daktari is an environmental educational centre. It targets underprivileged children. Most of the local children have never seen a giraffe or a lion, and have not developed any emotion towards animal welfare. They live in rural areas where wildlife has been removed many many years ago, and although they live near the Kruger National Park and many private nature game reserves, access to these places is out of their reach.

The wildlife is their heritage too! Poaching and habitat destruction are a reality and have a far-reaching detrimental impact on the environment. It is essential for conservation that the future generations be educated in the economic and spiritual necessity for compassion, care and protection of the environment.

Every Monday Daktari welcomes a new group of 8 local underprivileged children and 1 youth for a week and give them the opportunity to discover, learn and become passionate about wildlife and conservation, their heritage. Michele says, "We also supplement their school curriculum in English, maths, sciences, geography, life skills and social issues."

Michele continues, "Our goal is to enable today’s local underprivileged children to eventually be able to secure good employment in nature reserves, thereby improving their future quality of life."

Daktari welcomes international volunteers to help with the education and the care of the animals. Their financial participation for their stay goes toward the running cost of the project and Daktari receive private and corporate donation.

If you would like to support the cause or become a volunteer, please contact Ian and Michele at info@daktaribushschool.or or visit their website www.daktaribushschool.org

The non-profit organisation is registered as such under Section 21 (incorporated the 21/06/2002, registration number 2002/015279/08). It is situated on a 700 hectare private game reserve not far from the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Animal World USA-International says, "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to Daktari for celebrating the 1st Africa Weeks for the Animals August 2-15, 2010!"

Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
Bona Ingwe Farm, Harmony 81 Hoedspruit 1380
South Africa
Tel: +27826562969
Email info@daktaribushschool.org
Website: daktaribushschool.org

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Lilongwe SPCA Rabies Vaccination Campaign August 9th



Lilongwe SPCA Rabies Vaccination Campaign on Monday 9th August
Lilongwe City
Malawi
S.E. Africa

LSPCA is running Join Rabies Vaccination campaign in the whole of Lilongwe City 9th of August. Be ready to bring your Companion Animals for Rabies Vaccination on 9th August 2010. Remember to bring your last year vaccination Certificates. For those who can help with a financial donation to help Lilongwe SPCA carry out this campaign, please do so. They are helping so many suffering and needy animals.

See their facebook page which can be accessed off their wonderful website
(see about us page).
http://www.lilongwespca.org/about.html

Lilongwe Society for the Protection and Care of Animals
Private Bag 151, Lilongwe Malawi
General information: noplacelikehome@lilongwespca.org
To adopt or rehome: adopt@lilongwespca.org
Volunteering: volunteer@lilongwespca.org
Telephone: (+265)01762555 Mobile: (+265)995550560

LILONGWE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION AND CARE OF ANIMALS, VET DEPARTMENT still maintain the price of K150.00 per dog/cat.

LSPCA was started in August 2008 by a group of local Malawians and ex-pats concerned about the poor conditions for some animals in Malawi. RSPCA International, based in the UK, helped us with the initial costs to enable us to start our veterinary clinics and education programme. We also developed strong partnerships with the government who continue to support our work.

The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi.

1st Africa Week for the Animals August 2-15, 2010
http://www.africaanimals.org/

Friday, July 30, 2010

1st Africa Weeks for the Animals August 2-15, 2010!



(Lukasa, Zambia) Animal World USA-International is pleased to announce that the 1st Africa Weeks for the Animals has kicked off Monday, August 2, 2010. It will be celebrated through Sunday, August 15th. This time will highlight the importance that African animals play in our world and help African organizations to help the animals.

The weeks are designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of Africa's animals, as well as recognize all who support them. 1st Africa Weeks for the Animals is bringing together educators, advocates, humane organizations, sanctuaries, students, community leaders, and caring citizens in an important week of activities. Children are a big part of the week and will be featured in many ways. Entertainers are lending their talents for the animals, as well.

Art of Conservation, Inc is creating artwork in honor of the 1st Africa Weeks for the Animals. Founder Julie Ghrist, a beautiful soul and founder, is encouraging the young ones and sharing their beautiful artwork on their website. They started on August 2nd and will be creating artwork everyday! We are so grateful and our hearts are filled with joy seeing their inspiring work. Visit http://artforgorillas.wildlifedirect.org/


The weeks will also feature festivals and events, educational activities, animal watching/walking tours, farm animal day, camel festival, blessing of the animals, low cost vaccination/spay and neuter opportunities, gorilla tours, feral cat spay initiative, young people creating art and/or essays about primates, golf day benefit for homeless animals, charity dinner for wildlife, initiative to help stop the highway propsed through the Serengheti, book sales for homeless dogs and more! The events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals and compassionate people of Africa.

If you would like to learn more, become involved, organize an event, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://africaanimals.org/
You may also learn more about the AWUSA-International Weeks campaign at http://www.animalworldusa.org/

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Uganda has a baby rhino called OBAMA!


by Angie Genade, Executive Director of Rhino Fund Uganda


Uganda has a baby rhino called OBAMA? I run a rhino sanctuary in Uganda which is the home to the only wild rhino in Uganda (please visit our website www.rhinofund.org) where you will get a lot of information and pictures.

Rhino were poached to extinction in Uganda by 1982 and we currently have 6 adult Southern Whites and 3 babies on our sanctuary. All three the babies were born on the sanctuary under totally natural circumstances. Our rhino roam on a 7000ha sanctuary and are protected by rangers 24 hours a day. We are an NGO and rely on funding. And do make a bit of money by offering on foot rhino tracking to tourists which everyone loves.

Obama was our first baby born in Uganda in 28 years and was born on the 24th June 2009. He was named Obama because his mother (Nandi) was donated By Disney Animal Kingdom in the USA (she was born there) and his father came from Kenya. Seeing that, he made the history as he did here in Uganda.

And his and President Obama’s parents coming from the same places, we just had to name him Obama. Of course, we also hoped that the American people would enjoy this story and assist with funding over here (which unfortunately has not happened yet but we are hoping will happen).

So that is the news from this end. All three babies are doing well, and Nandi has mated again with our dominant male Taleo. Taleo is also currently courting the next female Bella. It seems we are in for another baby boom here in 16 months time.

Editor's note: Visit the website to learn how to help this wonderful organization help the rhinos. See other sweet photos of Obama the rhino and his mom at http://www.rhinofund.org/meetrhinos.htm

1st Annual Africa Weeks for the Animals is coming August 2-15, 2010!
http://www.africaanimals.org/

Angie Genade
Executive Director
Rhino Fund Uganda
Rhino Sanctuary
www.rhinofund.org
(+256 77 271 3410)
P.O Box 71020
Kampala, Uganda

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Information on Flea & Tick Products


Information on Flea & Tick Products for your Companion Animals

To help minimize incidents that may be caused by product misuse, EPA is reminding consumers to always carefully read and follow all instructions on the label for these products.

Safety Tips To Remember:


-Consult your veterinarian about the best way to to protect your pets from fleas and ticks and whether pesticides are even needed.

-Use extra care before use on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products.

-If you use a spot-on product or any other pesticide on your pet, carefully read and follow the product label.

-Use flea and tick control products only on the animal specified by the product label - for example, dog products for dogs only and cat products for cats only.

-Follow any label prohibitions against use on weak, aged, medicated, sick, pregnant, or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown sensitivity to pesticide products. Apply only the amount indicated for the size of the animal being treated.
Do not apply to kittens or puppies unless the product label specifically allows this treatment. Pay attention to the age restrictions for puppies and kittens on the label.

-Monitor your pet for side effects or signs of sensitivity after applying the product, particularly when using the product on your pet for the first time. Do not apply spot-ons to pets known to be sensitive to pesticide products.
If your pet experiences an adverse reaction, immediately bathe the pet with mild soap and rinse with large amounts of water.

-Keep the package with the product container (such as individual applicator tubes). Also keep the package after treatment in case adverse effects occur. You will want to have the instructions at hand, as well as contact information for the manufacturer.

For more information, please visit the EPA website at (http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/flea-tick.htm#safety)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Tale of Two Pitties— Unlikely bond shared by two neglected pit bulls.


By Randi Bildner

A summer of broken hearts leads to a spring of renewed spirit.

In August 2009 the collective hearts of New Mexico’s “animal community” broke as we said goodbye to Salvador, the beloved yellow pit bull and resident of Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary.

Salvador left a legacy of love for all who were lucky enough to know him. While saddened to learn that this wonderful creature had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, visions of his magnificent smile linger, while lessons of forgiveness remain deeply ingrained in our souls.

Salvador arrived at Kindred Sprits by way of The Santa Fe Humane Society; his severe injuries were consistent with those of a bait dog used in fighting.

Love, patience and the ability to “know” he was safe restored Salvador’s spirit.

One cannot help but reflect upon the memory of Salvador’s noble character when meeting Trooper—it is impossible not to draw a parallel about the forgiving nature of the dog.

Named for his incredible will to live and persevere, now it’s Trooper’s time to teach. His sweet temperament allows us to marvel at the depth of the canine spirit once again.

Found wandering in Valencia County on June 4, 2010, Trooper’s face was swollen beyond recognition. Blood and ticks had gathered in such dense proportion it was difficult for authorities to tell what breed he was.

Trooper’s wounds suggest that he too was used as a bait dog for fighting. Evidence reveals that Trooper’s mouth had been wired shut (a tactic used by dog-fighters) to prevent him from retaliating against aggressive attackers.

Veterinarians state that Trooper’s collar had become embedded in his neck (a result of being on the dog for too long). A deep gash and pools of blood indicate the collar was ripped off the dog before his rescue.

Lynne Vito of Jemez Springs Animal Amigos states,“ When found, the dog’s ribs bulged through his body from lack of food and he was covered with ticks.”

Patty Mugan, Animal Control Technician for Valencia County found Trooper a wonderful foster home with Claire Leonard where he could mend while awaiting permanent placement. This serendipitous occurrence provides another link between the two dogs. Leonard (a volunteer for Kindred Spirits) knows first hand about the recuperative power of love as well as the resilient nature of the dog.

As part of her duties at Kindred Spirits she personally cared for Salvador. Leonard was very happy to report that Trooper is thriving under her care. Incredulous, she states that Trooper shows no bitterness towards people or other animals. “He is simply happy; he loves playing with toys and has not stopped wagging his tail.”

They say, “time heals all wounds” and this adage proves true with regard to Trooper’s physical injuries. But once again it is the dog’s uncanny ability to forgive that transcends time— and above all— human comprehension.

Information:

Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) is offering up to $5000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest of Trooper’s abusers.

Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Cruelty Hotline: (505) 821-9142
Attorney General’s Task Force Hotline: (877) 5 HUMANE, (877) 548-6263

Donations:
Jemez Springs Animal Amigos
PO Box 333
Jemez Springs, NM 87025
www.animalamigos.petfinder.org
(888) 828-JVAA (5822)

A forever home for Trooper is pending.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Singularity: Building the Perfect Beast?


Near-future visions of hi-tech human and animal lifeforms

from Mat Thomas
Some scientists believe that, within the next three decades, humanity will reach an evolutionary turning point called the Singularity when we create a living, conscious intelligence that is superior to our own. This history-making event will essentially usher a new and unprecedented species into existence—a race of TransHumans who would be ultra-intelligent, virtually immortal and perhaps physically unrecognizable.

Though it’s still much more science fiction than actual fact, some researchers (and billionaire investors) believe the Singularity is not only possible but inevitable. Technocrats speculate that the convergence of exponential advances in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, cybernetics, cloning, and other inconceivably-complex disciplines will someday allow people to synthetically enhance their minds, bodies and lifespans beyond the narrow limits that nature has otherwise imposed upon us mere mortals.

Among the more mundane proposals: surgically implanting fully-integrated microprocessors in humans’ brains, growing vital organs in test tubes, designing smart swarms of nanobot doctors that can routinely cure life-threatening diseases, and downloading people’s memories and personalities onto hard drives so they can “live” forever on the digital plane.

While it seems that their supreme goal is to turn humans into real-life superheroes (or perhaps demigods), Singularity scientists certainly don’t confine their theoretical “improvements” to us Homo sapiens. They claim that tomorrow’s pets, for instance, will also be custom-made in the lab—from parts of different animals, that is, and perhaps spliced with human DNA. The chimeras of mythology (from mermaids to unicorns) could then be made flesh-and-blood, along with freaky Frankenpets like furry fish, flying cats and feathered dogs.

And then there are the cyborg species: animals with bionic bodies and computerized brains designed for military security and surveillance. The Army has already fitted insects with electrodes connected to tiny circuit boards and radio receivers that allow human operators to remote-control their flight patterns. As for the Singularity’s impact on farm animals, factory farms already harbor mutants who’ve been genetically selected for commercially exploitable characteristics like rapid growth and oversized body parts. However, the Singularity could enable bioengineers to manufacture farm animals who are even more “adapted” to the artificial assembly line environment, like featherless hens, pigs with toes for standing on concrete floors, and cows with stretchy silicone udders.

On the plus side perhaps, Singularity technology could also be the key to mass-producing meat in vitro, which could conceivably end factory farming (and the suffering it causes). Yet, for all their forward-thinking, Singularity scientists appear to have no more ethical concern for animals than their more traditional colleagues—even though the realization of their ideas could visit new and even greater forms of pain on other species by changing their very nature. Indeed, they could construct self-aware creatures who, lacking legal rights, are just as exploited as today’s animals.

On that dire note, here’s hoping humanity’s techno-transcendence is accompanied by an ethical Singularity of planetary mass consciousness-awakening. Ultimately, without greater understanding and respect for life itself, our evolutionary leap forward will merely lead us from the frying pan into the fire.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Story of Leo


Former Vick dog heals hearts

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes


By Randi Bildner


Words are tools that wield incredible power; used effectively they can make a positive contribution to society. Unfortunately, sensationalism and the promise of the sale can skew reality and turn innocent statements into dangerous rhetoric.

Such is the case for the sad situation facing many pit bulls in this country and around the globe.

Leo is the name Certified Dog Trainer Marthina McClay chose for the American Pit Bull Terrier who made his way into her loving arms on December 16, 2007. McClay rehabilitated the animal,and then, in just five short weeks, turned him into a therapy dog. His name (a reference to “Leo the Cowardly Lion”) was chosen as a testament to his meek demeanor—a sharp contrast to the public perception of the pit bull.

McClay’s accomplishments would be impressive for any dog or any trainer for that matter— but Leo is not your average canine.

In April 2007, Leo, along with 50 other pit bulls, made worldwide news when he was confiscated from suspended NFL player Michael Vick’s home in Smithfield, Virginia. Evidence indicated that Vick was running a full fledged dog fighting ring under the guise Bad Newz Kennels.

Now serving much-deserved time in prison for the atrocities committed on his property, the former football star is also digging deep (by court order) into his well-padded pockets to pay to rehabilitate this once-fighting dog Leo along with the 47 other remaining dogs who have been sent to trainers and sanctuaries around the country.

It is important to note: of the 50 dogs confiscated at Vick’s property only one was deemed too aggressive for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, one additional dog was euthanized when it was discovered he was suffering from cancer.

Well aware of the media’s uncanny ability to misrepresent facts about pit bulls to create sensational headlines, McClay is extremely protective of Leo’s reputation. It became her mission to make it impossible to misread Leo’s intentions. McClay cleverly dresses Leo in a clown collar when he is “on the job,” visiting oncology wards and other medical institutions.

Leo’s intentions are undeniably clear as he places his huge head on the lap of a distressed patient. With deep, soulful eyes he peers directly into their hearts, causing them to muster a smile. For a few moments, all is well with the world—as Leo brings light to someone facing a dark day.

Each time the media puts a negative spin on a story to grab a headline; it is a tacit endorsement of the people who are part of this unsavory sub-culture. McClay points out, “With each misstatement these dogs are being pushed further underground and away from society.”

McClay is the founder of Ourpack.org, a San Francisco-based organization that rehabilitates pit bulls— including “fight bust dogs” like Leo. McClay credits these dogs in particular for teaching her much about the world of dog fighting.

What McClay learned is contrary to what most people believe and would be very surprised to hear: these dogs do not want to fight. McClay states, “The fear in their eyes clearly tells the story,” saying, “The dogs are shoved and pushed into the ring or pit leaving them no place to go.” According to McClay, dog fighting is something dogs are forced to do by horrible means and do not enjoy.

The understanding gained from fight bust dogs supported what McClay observed throughout her years of experience, confirming her theory: insecurity, fear and in some cases lack of socialization were often incorrectly interpreted as aggression.

Ironically, McClay believes that Leo is the most balanced American Pit Bull Terrier she has ever known, saying, “He is extremely confident with people; his behavior clearly showed that he did not want to fight.” Leo shows his love for his fellow canines too. He now resides with McClay along with two additional pit bulls and a Chihuahua Pug mix.

Calling pit bulls “biddable”—willing to do what is asked and very obedient—they are actually loyal to a fault, which it the very tendency that can lead to trouble when placed in the wrong hands.

With proper assessment and training many pit bulls can thrive as therapy dogs.

McClay states, “One thing you can’t teach a dog is to want to love; this is simply in their nature; you can’t just make a therapy dog.” Unlike fighting, love is innate; it is something that cannot be taught.

Leo’s work is a multi-faceted service. Not only does he bring joy to those in difficult situations, he is showing the world what he is all about. He clearly demonstrates the fact that when nurtured and loved, pit bulls can make an incredible contribution to the world.

Additional credentials:
Marthina McClay, CPDT
AKC Certified CGC Evaluator
Certified Tester/Observer
for Therapy Dogs, Inc.
Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer


www.ourpack.org
www.dogtrainingforpeople.com

Visit Randi Bildner's wonderful website The Bully Beat http://thebullybeat.org/

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Lam of Our Pack

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pilots N Paws Organizing a fly-in on June 20th


Fly-In to save lives is scheduled for June 20, 2010.

Pilots N Paws is having a fly-in on June 20th. There is a list of locations where pilots are coming from and flying back. The flights are free, completely volunteer, and all you will need to do is meet the pilot at the airport to pick up your animals!


The website for Pilots N Paws is www.pilotsnpaws. org

The list of locations are as follows:
-St. Augustine, FL
-Bessemer City, NC
-Emmitsburg, MD
-Lexington, KY
-Heath Springs,SC
-Flagstaff, AZ (flying commercially, could take small in cabin animal)
-Meansville, GA
-Midland, MI
-Chesapeake, VA
-Waxhaw, NC
-Knoxville, TN
-Williamsburg, VA
-Kansas City, MO
-Athens,GA
-Memphis, TN
-Baltimore, MD
-Norwalk, CT
-Gettysburg , PA
-Savannah, GA
-Chattanooga, TN

Their website is intended to be a meeting place for those who rescue, shelter or foster animals, and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of animals. It is not the intent of Pilots N Paws to coordinate or arrange those providing these valuable services, but to provide the environment in which those involved can come together in a common place and arrange or schedule rescue flights, overnight foster care or shelter and all other related activities.
Website is http://pilotsnpaws.org/
Facebook is http://www.facebook.com/pilotsnpawsfanpage


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nurse Mare Foals: Thoroughbred Horseracing's Invisible Victims


by Mat Thomas - www.animalrighter.org

For decades, the thoroughbred racehorse industry has practiced a shockingly cruel breeding method that activists have only recently brought to light. The result of this compulsory procreative procedure are nurse mare foals — the unwanted offspring of female horses used as nursing surrogates for thoroughbred ponies. Every year, tens of thousands of these horses are killed or orphaned simply because they are useless to a multi-million dollar enterprise that thrives on equine exploitation.

Here's how it works: in order to get thoroughbred mares to produce as many potential racehorse champions as possible, breeders push their biological limits to extremes by forcing them to reproduce once a year. Maximizing productivity requires breeders to have the mares reimpregnated right after giving birth, which precludes them from nursing their own babies. The newborns are therefore taken away from their mothers within days of delivery, and nursed by surrogate mares (of “inferior” breeds) who have just given birth to their own offspring — the “by-products” of this process are known as nurse mare foals.

Permanently separating thoroughbred babies from their mothers is tragic enough, but nurse mare foals usually face a far worse fate. While some are killed soon after being born or starved to death, others are sold (as young as one day old) to the tanning industry which slaughters them and turns their skin into handbags, belts, and other high-grade leather products.

The lucky ones are rescued by horse advocacy groups, which, just like the tanners, must pay the going rate of $250 to $350 apiece — and then spend several hundred more dollars feeding and raising each horse until they are ready for adoption.

Rescuers nourish nurse mare foals by bottle-feeding them milk replacer, which could theoretically be used to feed thoroughbred foals as well, thus eliminating this exceedingly inhumane breeding practice altogether.

There are two main reasons that they don't do this: formula is expensive, and horse breeders maintain that thoroughbreds need to drink real (albeit surrogate) mother's milk from the source to achieve peak performance. Plus, the larger nurse mare farms (concentrated in New York, Kentucky and Tennesee) produce 50 to 100 foals a year, and it is more operationally efficient to make the surrogate mothers do all the work rather than paying human caretakers to feed the foals by hand.

Another possible solution to producing unwanted foals is a new domperidone-based drug protocol that induces non-pregnant mares who have given birth before to lactate. Though chemically manipulating horses' hormones poses ethical dilemmas, in practical terms it would prevent tens of thousands of unwanted foals from being born into a life of suffering and untimely death. It could also dramatically reduce the number of surrogate nurse mares by enabling thoroughbreds who are too old for breeding to nurse foals.

There are many ways to help relieve the suffering of nurse mares and their orphaned foals, from urging elected legislators to pass humane laws to financially supporting horse advocacy organizations or adopting a rescued foal. Learn more about how to take action by visiting lastchancecorral.org

Saturday, May 15, 2010

2nd Annual Washington DC Week for the Animals May 29-June 6, 2010!


Animal World USA

(Washington, DC) Animal World USA is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Washington DC Week for the Animals will kick off Saturday, May 29, 2010 and run through Sunday, June 6, 2010. The exciting celebration is again designed to celebrate and recognize the unique and life-changing role that animals play in the lives of citizens through all walks of life.

The week will underscore community spirit throughout the Washington, DC Metro area as people come together on behalf of the amazing animals. To further add to the excitement, the 23rd Washington Humane Society’s Bark Ball will take place June 5, 2010! George Washington Law School will once again host a wonderful law night, featuring a panel of leading attorneys and advocates, that will be transformative to all in attendance.

The 2nd Annual DC Week for the Animals will be bringing together educators, animal shelters, humane organizations, sanctuaries, restaurants, businesses, students, musicians, artists, community leaders, decision makers and caring citizens in an action-packed compassionate week of community activities for the animals! This extraordinary week will feature a multitude of awesome fun-filled pet adoption events, events for the farm animals, festivals and blessings of the animals, free and low cost spay/neuter opportunities, microchipping, unique ways to help the horses, library storytelling events, vaccinations, wildlife activities, pet therapy, pet food/supply donation opportunities to help local orgs, vegetarian get-togethers, a salute to the military and so much more!

Please feel free to contact us by phone and/or email. We will also be working with publishers to have books donated and education underscored in the metro communities.

Precious lives will be saved and communities transformed during this incredible week. The 2nd Annual Washington, DC Week for the Animals will build new relationships for the animals and save precious lives once again. Visit the official website for complete contact and event information at
http://www.dcanimals.org/

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

North Carolina Students say Thanks to Ft. Bragg K-9's and Handlers


Irwin Intermediate School present thank you cards to the Ft. Bragg K-9's and Handlers!

During 3rd Annual North Carolina Week for the Animals which transpired May 1-9, 2010 Irwin Intermediate School made colorful cards for the Ft. Bragg soldiers and working K-9's. These sweet cards (as only young ones can create) were a way for the school to show their appreciation for the sacrifice and courage the soldiers and dogs give to our country.

Stacey Crawford, 6th Grade Teacher at Irwin Intermediate School in Fort Bragg, NC said "It was fantastic! Thank you for allowing our students to be a part of this special NC Week for Animals." Irwin Intermediate Teacher Deborah Popour also expressed her sincere gratitude.

The students were visited by two handlers from Ft. Bragg ...Sergeant Webster and Staff Sergeant Wade and of course coming along was one of the awesome working K-9's, Barron. After the visit, Sgt. Webster said, "It was great. It means a lot to us to receive the cards from the students. We don't normally on our daily business receive this feedback, and it really makes us know that we are appreciated."

A big thank you to Dr. Tim Howle, principal of Irwin Intermediate School and teachers who helped to coordinate this activity. Thanks to the students for creating the beautiful cards and taking the pictures.

This just serves to remind us all that when we say thank you it can changes lives. A salute to all our courageous troops wherever they are. Animal World USA also extends our gratitude and say "We love you!"

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tell Congress to Close Loopholes on Cruel Shark Finning


by Mat Thomas, www.animalrighter.org


Every year, the world’s fishermen hack all the fins off of more than 100 million living sharks and dump their dismembered bodies back into the sea, leaving these massive fish to suffer an agonizing death that can take days. Some die from starvation, while others are slowly devoured by various predators, or simply suffocate because they cannot swim and sharks must remain in constant motion to keep oxygenated water flowing through their gills.

The driving force behind this aquatic atrocity is the growing global appetite for shark fin soup, a high-priced delicacy that is most popular in China, Japan and other far-east Asian nations. Shark fins fetch about $200 per pound, while shark meat only sells for less than one-tenth that price.

So it is economically profitable for fishing companies to simply chop sharks’ fins off and throw their mutilated bodies overboard because ships can only fit so much flesh in their refrigerated holds on long journeys out at sea.

The impact of this inhumane practice has been devastating to fragile oceanic ecosystems. Coupled with other slash-and-burn methods like long-line fishing, shark finning has caused a 90 percent decline in worldwide shark populations over the last half century.

And because sharks are the top apex predators of the deep, their dramatic disappearance has led to radically increased numbers of rays and skates, which devour shellfish at an unsustainable rate.

Fortunately, some people are taking effective action to counter the seafood industry’s wave of wanton destruction. When the Goldman Environmental Prize (widely considered the “Nobel” of environmental awards) recently recognized biologist Randall Arauz for his efforts to end shark finning in Costa Rica, the campaign against this abominable animal abuse achieved new levels of international awareness.

His undercover video documentation of a vessel finning 30,000 sharks ultimately led to a ban on the practice in his native country. Formerly the third largest exporter of shark meat, the law Costa Rica passed in 2006 has become a model for countries around the world to follow.

Momentum to prohibit shark finning by the U.S. fishing fleet is proceeding apace here, as well. Congress banned shark finning in 2000, but a loophole allows ships in the Pacific Ocean to bring shark fins to market as long as they weigh less than five percent of sharks’ “dressed” weight (i.e., the carcass minus its head and innards).

In March 2009, the House of Representatives passed a bill to make Pacific fisheries comply with the same rules as those operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Passage of a Senate companion bill, entitled the Shark Conservation Act (S. 850), is all that’s needed to make it the law of the land (and sea).

What You Can Do
Please urge your two U.S. Senators to support and co-sponsor the Shark Conservation Act.
Also call and write President Obama urging him to aggressively promote an international ban on shark finning, as only 33 of the world’s nearly 200 countries have instituted regulations against the practice.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Governor Steve Beshear issues Official Letter of Support for Kentucky Week for the Animals


(Frankfort, KY) Animal World USA is pleased to announce that Governor Steve Beshear has officially issued letter of support for 2nd Kentucky Week for the Animals coming up Saturday, April 10- Sunday, April 18, 2010.

The special week will kick off Saturday, April 10 and will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together on behalf of the animals throughout the great state of Kentucky.

The fun-filled week will feature awesome pet adoption festivals, pet therapy, library story-telling, horse events including the John Henry Memorial Equine Adoption Fair, pet food banks, Earth Day Festival, animal wellness programs, wildlife events and activities, 2nd Annual Fido Fiesta, low cost spay and neuter events, bowling for animals, vegetarian get-togethers, Wolf Run Refuge Spring Brunch, Kentucky Humane new campus grand opening, dog training classes, salute to the military and so very much more! All these events will shine the spotlight on the amazing animals and the compassionate people who love them.

Precious lives which will be saved and communities will be transformed during this week with a wide variety of animal-related events and activities. A list of events are scheduled on the website calendar, and more are being added daily.

If you would like to learn more and become involved, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website for complete info at http://kentuckyanimals.org/

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

California Lawmakers Consider Creating Animal Abuse Registry


Online database would protect animals by identifying convicted felons.

by Mat Thomas, www.animalrighter.org

In November 2008, former Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief Glynn Johnson publicly beat his neighbor’s six-month-old puppy Karley (pictured) with a rock so viciously that she suffered skull fractures, a cracked jaw, collapsed nasal passages, a crushed ear canal, and broken-out teeth.

After the young German shepherd mix was determined unsavable and subsequently euthanized, Johnson was convicted of felony animal cruelty, and currently awaits sentencing. But what’s to prevent this known animal abuser from taking his aggression out on another defenseless victim the next time he becomes uncontrollably enraged?

Though it’s of little consolation to Karley or her aggrieved guardian, at least this tragedy has inspired one lawmaker, California senate majority leader Dean Florez, to introduce a measure that would prevent other animals from suffering similar fates.

If his proposed “Animal Abuse Registry” bill (SB1277) becomes law, it would institute a statewide database documenting cruelty cases that would enable law enforcement agencies, shelter staff and average citizens to track convicted felons and consequently keep them away from innocent animals.

Florez modeled his legislation on the sex offenders’ database pioneered in California that puts criminals’ addresses, places of employment, and photographs online, and now operates in all 50 states, successfully reducing recidivism among these dangerous deviants.

No doubt, the bill’s passage would be a major advance in the fight against animal cruelty. For one, it would enable shelters and breeders to ensure that they don’t adopt or sell animals to known abusers, including those who’ve been convicted of hoarding animals, running illegal animal fighting rings, operating disgraced puppy mills, and otherwise torturing, mutilating or killing animals.

And because animal cruelty has been conclusively linked with domestic violence, child abuse and even serial murders, it would also serve as an early warning system that would help police investigators to prevent other violent crimes.

However, while an animal abuse registry would certainly reduce cruelty cases by acting as both a deterrent and stopgap against violent behavior, some critics warn that it would violate offenders’ civil liberties by socially stigmatizing those who’ve already paid for their crimes with jail time.

Opponents also worry that making abusers’ whereabouts and criminal records public might encourage those who feel the convicted haven’t been adequately punished to pursue vigilante justice. Others claim that it is unfair to require animal guardians to finance the database’s creation and upkeep with a two-to-three-cent-per-pound tax on pet food, and that alternate funding methods like having felons pay a $50 fine will not raise enough money for the program’s maintenance.

Ultimately, however, what it boils down to is whether protecting the privacy of animal abusers is more important than saving animals’ lives. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, for one, hopes that California will become the first to publicly register animal abusers, and that other states will soon follow suit until a national database is firmly established.

The group’s website, www.exposeanimalabusers.org, encourages visitors to urge their state legislators to introduce their own bills, and features a video outlining the advantages of animal abuse registries.

To read more articles by Mat Thomas, please visit his wonderful website at www.animalrighter.org

Friday, March 19, 2010

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal officially proclaims 2nd Louisiana Week for the Animals March 20- March 28, 2010!


Action-packed week of activities planned for the animals!

(New Orleans, LA) Animal World USA is pleased to announce that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has officially proclaimed 2nd Louisiana Week for the Animals Saturday, March 20- Sunday, March 28, 2010. The special week will kick off Saturday and will highlight the importance that animals play in our lives and bring communities together on behalf of the animals throughout the great state of Louisiana.

This annual statewide event is designed to celebrate and build awareness on behalf of all animals, as well as, recognize the dedicated organizations and citizens who support them. The fun-filled week will feature SCORES of awesome pet adoption festivals and events, pet therapy in nursing homes and hospitals, school displays and activities, library story-telling and R.E.A.D. dog activities, nature center days where you can bring your dog, rabbit care days, Blue Dog sculpture gala event, blessings of the animals, Furry Fun Walk, EarthFest celebration, wine tasting, low cost spay and neuter events, bake sales, Animals in Art Exhibition at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Library, Chimpanzee Discovery Day, special law seminar at Tulane University and so much more!

Precious lives which will be saved and communities will be transformed during this week with a wide variety of animal-related events and activities. A list of events are scheduled on the website calendar, and more are being added daily. If you would like to learn more, become involved or schedule an event, please call 877-454-0807 or visit the official website at http://www.louisianaanimals.org/

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Five Easy Ways to Promote Good Cat Urinary Health


By Darlene Norris

Are you frustrated and worried about the cat urinary problems your furball is having? Is a recurring cat bladder infection becoming a serious issue? Here are five simple ways you can help promote good cat urinary health for your feline friend.

Keeping Your Cat Healthy From The Inside Out


An excellent diet is the foundation of any health program. Most cat owners want the best for their kitties, so you should do your own research if you want to keep your cat healthy.

Ever wonder why cats don't seem to drink much water? It's because they're meant to get most of their water from their food. A cat in the wild eats mice and other prey animals. Since a mouse is over 90% water, our wild friend has already satisfied most of his water requirements.

When we take a cat out of his natural environment and feed him a low-moisture diet of dry food, we're heading for disaster in the form of cat bladder infection. High-quality canned food has a moisture level of around 75%, which is much closer to a natural diet.

Plenty Of Water Is Essential For Good Cat Urinary Health

Even if you're feeding a canned food, it's still essential to make sure your kitty has access to plenty of fresh, clean water. It's a proven fact that the best way to prevent cat urinary problems is to keep the water going through your cat. This prevents his urine from becoming too concentrated, and flushes out toxins that can lead to cat bladder stones.

Control Cat Stress

Cat stress has been linked to feline idiopathic cystitis, which is a bladder inflammation that doesn't seem to have a cause. This condition is becoming more common in cats, and is considered to be a modern problem.

Sources of stress include moving to a new home, adding a new pet or person to the household, seeing a strange animal outside, being bothered by another pet in the home, and just being an inside cat. It's important to be on the look-out for anything that could be stressing your cat.

Exercise Is Important

We often neglect exercise for ourselves, not to mention our pets. But exercise is very important for optimum health. Not only is it good for your cat physically, but it's important mentally, as well. If your cat is bored, he's more likely to be a victim of cat stress.

Provide your cat with toys to play with, and make sure you get him running around the house and out of breath at least twice a day.

Natural Feline Urinary Support Is Important

There are many natural remedies for pets on the market these days. It can be very difficult to choose the best one for your cat. Here are a few tips.

You'll want to be sure the remedy is formulated especially for pets. Some herbs are not safe for pets, or the dosage may be too high for a small animal. When you purchase a remedy made especially for pets, you'll be confident in its safety.

A second requirement is that the company has been in business for many years, and has the highest reputation for producing the best-quality pet remedies. Look past the hype to find a company with years of experience in this field.

The remedy needs to be easy to administer. You won't use it for long if you have to fight with your cat all the time to get it into him.

Preventing cat urinary problems is easier than treating them. Now it's time to promote cat urinary health by putting these steps into action.

Darlene Norris has combined her long-time interest in natural healing with her experience working at a vet clinic to bring you her new website, Natural Pet Urinary Health. Learn more about cat urinary health, and find the best place to buy herbal pet remedies at http://NaturalPetUrinaryHealth.com

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Darlene_L._Norris

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Healing Power of Animals


The Delta Society

It is safe to say that most humans feel a special bond with their animal companions. They are always there to comfort you, listen to you, and console you when you are down. However, their ability to help people goes much further than emotional support. There are multiple cases where pets have helped people with physical ailments such as dogs detecting cancer and seizures.

Animals have also been shown to help people cope with emotional troubles like depression, and pets have improved the quality of life for people in nursing homes.

Several medical reports have credited animals with other positive effects on people’s lives such as:

-Lowering blood pressure and stress for every day people
-Helping people cope with the loss of a loved one and other major life changes
-Better communication in marriages
-Service animals like seeing-eye dogs help people disabilities live normal lives
-Helping people cope with cancer, Alzheimer’s and AIDS
-Higher survival rates for people with coronary heart disease
-Better socialization of young children with peers and development of nurturing behavior.
-Giving a sense of constancy to foster children
-Improving results for anxious and depressed people
-Therapeutic horse back riding has helped improve balance, posture, mobility, language, and muscle coordination
-Helping facilitate social interactions between strangers and improving social behavior for mentally impaired people and prisoners.
-More recreational activity such as dog walking

There are many remarkable stories of animals that heal people. For example, there is the story of Cheyenne, a wolf that has been visited by over 20,000 people seeking help to overcome emotional and physical problems. Her caretaker, Mark Johnson, says she’s been doing therapy since she was 3 months old, and she doesn’t heal people, but rather acts as a catalyst for people to heal themselves. Cheyenne does not bond with every person that visits her, but she has bonded with over 1500 people who received her healing kisses. She has detected cancer in several visitors and has helped numerous people overcome emotional concerns. Cheyenne is partial to women and children, but there is one diabetic man who credits her with helping him get over his self pity and once again hike the trail on which he had previously lost his toes due to frostbite.

Many animals from dogs and cats to rabbits, llamas, dolphins, and horses have played a role in the healing process. Not all animals heal people completely, but they do help boost people’s attitudes and encourage them to live their life to the fullest. A recent estimate of pet owners in the United States shows that about 55 million people have dogs and about 60 million have cats. Animal companions become important family members for both people living alone and people with children and spouses. There are even many homeless people who take in a stray animal to care for. Animal serve as nurtures in our busy society, giving us the attention and contact we need. Let’s not forget the true meaning of “pet” is to touch or caress.

Please visit Delta Society website: www.deltasociety.org
Source: Delta Society