Joe Biden to adopt a second dog from shelter

I just read something interesting online.

After buying a German Shepherd puppy from a breeder recently, Joe Biden has stated that he wants a second dog and will be adopting from a shelter this time.

Although this is certainly good news, it seems as though he wants to keep everyone happy. Too bad, he didn’t make a more powerful statement by adopting both of his dogs.

It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Testimonials for at home pet urine test

The weather is getting pretty cold here in IA already, but we received two more really nice testimonials regarding ThePetCheckup. That always warms our hearts!

From a repeat customer in TN:
ThePetCheckup has helped with early detection of infection on 2 separate occasions with my little Gracey. It is easy to use and the results log is a great additional tool for her vet.

And from a dog trainer and rescuer in CA:
This is such a great product. Being a trainer / behaviorist and rescue person I am always thrilled when a product is available that can mean a world of good for the pets and the people they love. ThePetCheckup gives me the info to make decisions on what to talk to my vet about and where my dog’s health is. Its so easy to use. I will be recommending this product to everyone I know.

One more step closer to putting puppy mills out of business forever

There was some really wonderful news today cited on the Best Friends Animal Society homepage.

In a huge endorsement by the public, an upscale mall in Beverly Hills, CA announced that it will not be renewing the lease of Pet Love,a pet store that buys their dogs from puppy mills.

” Pet Love is to pet stores what FAO Schwarz is to toy stores, says Julie Castle, director of Best Friends Community Programs and Services.

Interesting to note that Best Friends was not trying to shut the store down, but to educate the owners that there was a more humane and responsible model to use. Apparently, the owners refused to listen, but the public did and expressed their indignation.

This is a great Christmas present for the animals.

Very catchy feral cat rescue song

I just watched a really funny, but extremely well done song about rescuing a feral cat.

Really well done. Check it out!!

Feral Freedom program for feral cats

Over the holiday weekend, I started hearing about a new program based in Jacksonville, FL to help out the feral cat population there. From just the preliminary info I have read so far, it looks like they are giving vaccinations and microchipping in addition to spay/neuter which is great.

The ferals in our program are not microchipped, but do get an FCRVP shot in addition to the spay/neuter surgery.

It is great to hear that communities are starting to address this problem. My experience in this area in southeast Iowa is that volunteers can only do so much. I think our town feels like they don’t have to address the situation since the volunteers are doing such a good job. But after several years, people are burned out and discouraged.

One thing I wonder about the program in Florida is if it encourages people to abandon their unfixed cats, since they know the city will pick them up and fix them.