Pondering The Rainbow Bridge: Do Pets Go To Heaven?
I'm not a particularly spiritual or religious person. My beliefs have me rooted in the here and now, not the hereafter. But since it's the holiday season and we're focused on giving and all things godly, I figure it's a good time for me to chime in.
How To Have A Happy & Safe Thanksgiving With Your Cat
Holidays are often buzz with fun and commotion, and they can be scary, or even downright dangerous, for cats; here's how to make Thanksgiving safe stress-free.
When Is Taking Animal Protection Into Your Own Hands O.K.?
According to most reports, the woman truly believed she was springing dogs from what she deemed abusive situations. I admit: Upon first hearing of the case, I was intrigued.
Black Cat Syndrome
Black cats get a bad rap because of their fur color: Superstition is a key reason for this, but it often results in these animals being overlooked at animal shelters.
Mike Vick takes his dog to training class. Noteworthy?
A few months ago, the world learned Michael Vick legally owns a dog. As of yesterday, we know she’s a female Belgian Malinois named Angel. And thanks to a website called Crossing Broad, we have photographic proof that Vick and his family are taking her to training classes at a New Jersey PetSmart. For the […]
What’s the Public’s responsibility in pet homelessness?
The first lines of this blog post, about robbing banks, caught my eye. Intrigued, I went on to read the entire entry. The crux of the post: The No Kill movement does and should focus on shelter reform because shelters are the ones killing innocent animals. The writer makes several great points, one of the […]
The No Kill newsletter: Pet overpopulation is a myth
While I like the idea that there are enough of the right homes out there for all the companion animals who need them, I’m a bit of a skeptic. So I subscribe to the No Kill Advocacy Center newsletter and try to learn as much as I can about how to reduce the number of […]
13 best animal rescue and advocacy campaigns for 2013
Welcome to the first year of the rest of your life. And their lives. Here at DogTime, we’re committed to making the world a better place for companion animals. So for 2013, we’re spotlighting 13 successes of the sheltering world and the folks behind them. Our hope is that those who care about dogs and […]
Who to save? Paralyzed in the season of giving.
My friend Martha is very good at saving dogs. Particularly those “less adoptable” types whose breed or health status or energy level is seen as undesirable. The effort requires hearty doses of both compassion and strategy, and Martha seems to have landed precisely the right ratio. She knows where to network, how to use social […]
Lou Hays: winner of DogTime’s Unsung Hero award
At 65, Lou Hays has earned the right to finally take it easy. Instead, he works 40 hours a week in an environment that can be both physically and emotionally draining — and takes home no paycheck. Hays is a volunteer for the Humane Society of Cherokee County (HSCC) in Oklahoma, a community about 70 […]
Animals of Hurricane Sandy: You can help
Superstorm Sandy continues to wreak havoc along the East Coast, triggering power outages, fires, and tremendous flooding in areas of New York and New Jersey. With entire towns under water, rescuers are frantically working to bring relief and supplies to individuals stranded in the most devastated areas. Our pets are among the most vulnerable during […]
Free animals: is waiving adoption fees a good policy?
Last week a friend sent me a link to a news story out of southern New Mexico. The Mesilla Valley Animal Center there in Las Cruces is offering free Pit Bulls throughout October (in honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Month). Gut response: Ugh. A few hours later, a colleague pointed out an article about […]
Love letter to New Mexico
Two days from now, I’m returning home. And leaving home. Four years ago, I bid goodbye to San Francisco, the city where I’d spent my entire adult life, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I didn’t especially want to go, but I understood that in order to have another dog and a yard and […]
Hurricane Isaac puts pet evacuation plans to the test
On August 29, 2005, as Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast as a category 5 storm, residents were forced to leave their beloved pets behind as rescue crews pulled stranded citizens to safety. The vast majority of safety shelters would not accept animals, so thousands of dogs, cats, and small pets were abandoned during […]
Animal Shelters Run as Corporations
Excerpt from Little Boy Blue by Kim Kavin This post first appeared on Pet News and Views I had heard again and again about Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Massachusetts, a facility that rescuers all across the South feel is the gold-standard way station for dogs like Blue who are in transit to permanent homes. […]
Woman sentenced to 10 years for animal cruelty, theft
A Florida woman charged with abusing and neglecting 158 animals will do time for running what St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara called a “death camp for dogs and cats.” Palena Rae Dorsey, 60, was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for animal cruelty and first-degree grand theft. Dorsey will also have to […]
Letter to Congressman King re: his dog fighting remarks
Dear Representative King: I’m baffled by the remarks you made last week during your “tele-townhall” meeting. I’m also stunned by your follow-up “clarifying” comments. Your original statement: “…It’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight, but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to […]
Nominate a volunteer to win $10K for favorite shelter
Today nominations open for DogTime Media’s Unsung Hero Award. The way it works is really simple: If you know a shelter or rescue volunteer who deserves special recognition, tell us a little about that person. The winner (chosen by a select panel) will be honored at this year’s Petties. And, the honoree chooses an animal […]
Announcing the next generation of Save a Dog and Save a Cat
The Save a Dog and Save a Cat applications were launched in 2009 with the goal of leveraging the power of social media to increase the exposure for shelter dogs and cats with the hope of finding them new homes. The good news is that according to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey (American […]
Shelter receives Petties $10,000 donation
Everyone knows that the Petties Awards are considered the Oscars of the pet blogging community, but this year’s nominations ballot included an opportunity for the community to also vote for a non-profit animal shelter or rescue to receive a $10,000 donation. The lucky organization? Drumroll please… The winner of the 2012 pre-Petties $10,000 donation is […]