Let me begin with some numbers that may change quite a few perceptions we have about dogs and kids. They make great playmates. Yes they do. A child can learn so much from a dog. Yes it can. But did you know that a study conducted by American People conducted that 76% of dog bites by some of the most ferocious breeds of dogs were directed towa...Read More
When we need somebody to take care of our pet, at such a time a pet sitter is our best choice. Here are five tips that are going to help you hire the right pet sitter for your pet
Search for the pet sitter
There are many people who are into the business of pet sitting so finding pet sitters is not as hard as you might think. There ar...Read More
Did you know that there is a organization that regulates pet food? It’s true. The organization is AAFCO, which stands for the Association of American Feed Control Officials. The organization is made up of volunteers from local, state, and federal levels who join together in order to set guidelines and best practices for the pet food indust...Read More
Since 2003, the Humane Society has documented 22 incidences involving exotic animals attacking and even killing humans. There are 8 states that do not regulate exotic animal ownership, and one of those states is Ohio, the scene of the latest incident.
On the evening of Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Terry Thompson of Zanesville, OH, freed his 56...Read More
Have you ever sat down to do your taxes and thought, I wish I could claim my dog or cat (or rabbit or bird, etc)? Well, now there is hope.
The HAPPY Act (HR 3501) is a bill that was introduced in 2009 by US Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-MI. This act, if passed, will provide pet owners with some tax relief. The HAPPY Act stands for the Humanity a...Read More
"Stray" is an irrelevant term from an emotional perspective. If you love a dog, it doesn't matter if they're living indoors or roaming the local environment. But it's a different story in the eyes of the law, as evidenced by recent disputes within the Navajo Nation.
The residents of this region, a semi-autonomous territory crossin...Read More
Researchers are making great strides in animal medicine thanks to animals in laboratories. Without these special animals, it would have taken much longer to find the gene that causes cardiomyopathy in Maine Coon Cats. They would not have made discoveries involving FIV, the cat equivalent of HIV, if not for colonies of cats ...Read More
There are many misconceptions about animals used for research in laboratories. After working for the University of California in Davis for 4 years in their Center for Laboratory Animal Science, I have some insight on what really goes on in an institution which uses animals as models for research. Through the course of these...Read More
After nearly two years of controversy over its strict animal control laws, the City Council of Sioux City, Iowa will consider a new series of rules regarding pit bulls. These rules, suggested by City Attorney Andrew Mai, are focused on “ common sense “, finding a reasonable balance between control over dangerous breeds and leniency towards l...Read More
When a dog is badly behaved, it’s almost always because it was raised improperly. People are the ones who can take a perfectly nice domestic dog and, through abuse and neglect, make it dangerous to itself and others. And while laws that enforce mandatory spaying and neutering or regulate specific breeds can help control the harmful incidents ...Read More
If you have a dangerous dog that could injure complete strangers, it goes without saying that you should get its aggressive behavior under control. This is especially true if you live in California, because the liability laws there can cost the owner of a violent animal a fortune.
California Civil Code 3342 states that the owner of a dog that...Read More
Provided that they even needed to be discouraged from the practice,a new bill has been submitted to the California state government that would give pet breeders and owners one less reason to declaw. The bill would make it illegal for landlords to refuse housing to people with pets that haven’t been declawed, as well as prohibiting landlords f...Read More
Have you ever wondered why we crop ears, dock tails and remove dewclaws on some breeds of dogs?
Traditionally working breeds and fighting breeds have their ears cropped, tails shortened, and inside toes removed to prevent injury from trauma. Besides, ears that remain erect make the dog look more alert and menacing....Read More
In my experience all the following statements are true:
Pits can be lovable family pets.
Pits can play well will dogs and cats
Pits have more powerful jaws than most dogs
A small percentage of Pits have a tendency for seemingly unprovoked attacks on dogs, cats, or people &n...Read More
In a perfect world, there would be no cruelty towards animals, and in a perfect society, animal cruelty would be swiftly and strictly punished. But our world and society are neither, and across the fifty United States, some come up tragically short on their animal welfare laws. And five of these-- Idaho, Hawaii, Kentucky, North Dakota, and Missi...Read More
There was a big win and progress for all pets of the world. The Senate in Minnesota has cleared the way for the bill that will extend domestic abuse protection to pets. The bill made it through the Senate with wide support from the voting members.
The bil received 59-7 votes for the pet protection bill. This bill will ...Read More
We all know that our dogs love to join us wherever we go, be it walks, holidays or days spent in the countryside. However, traveling with a dog tends to fall in to one of two categories for many owners, it's either one of the most pleasurable aspects of dog ownership, an experience filled with joy and excitement for all involved or it's a l...Read More
South Lake Tahoe, CA, made animal rights history in 2009 when they approved a law banning the sale of dogs and cats at pet stores. Pet stores there could still sell supplies and other ( less popular ) animals, but they had until 2011 to remove their felines and canines from sale, or else face legal charges. This won’t stop people from owning t...Read More
Mahatma Gandhi famously said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. He was speaking in general terms, otherwise he might have added a clause for the case of Switzerland. The country has been notoriously strict on how it treats other species, with a 160-page document detailing anima...Read More
In a 2009 study by the Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), California scored 45 out of 65, making it the leader in animal safety and protection through law. New Jersey came in at second place. The lowest ranked state, North Dakota, scored 8 out of 65.
Thanks to the help of the HSUS, 121 new...Read More