Category: Animal Welfare

Raise Your Voice Against Puppy Mills by Saying, “No!” to Naperville

What in the world was Steve Chirico, the mayor of Naperville, Illinois thinking when he appointed Mike Isaac to serve on his city’s finance committee? Mr. Isaac may be a financial whiz kid, but his addition to city… Read More

New Legislation Will Protect Pets Involved in Domestic Violence

Any member of a household, including companion animals, can become victims of domestic violence. In fact, fear of what might happen to a pet keeps some human victims from leaving their abusive situation. This is the impetus behind… Read More

Raising Awareness About Dog Fighting

Just over a week ago ten people were arrested in Elizabeth, New Jersey in conjunction with an alleged dog fighting ring. Seventeen dogs were found, most with obvious injuries, and all were living in small dirty cages. At… Read More

Shirley Zindler: Animal Control Officer, Author, and Photographer Extraordinaire

I’ve met some truly extraordinary people in my life, and Shirley Zindler happens to be one of them. I know her from my California days, and have described her as a saint disguised as an animal control officer…. Read More

A New Year’s Resolution to Help Eradicate Puppy Mills

Happy new year, dear readers! I wish you and your four-legged family members much joy and good health throughout 2015. I have a special favor to ask of you. I am hoping you will add the following to… Read More

Pet Piercing and Tattooing Banned in New York

A 2011 story about a woman selling kittens with body piercings (referred to in the ad as “gothic kittens”), got animal advocate Linda Rosenthal all stirred up. So stirred up, in fact that this New York Assemblywoman authored… Read More

A Fight in Phoenix: The Faces of Good and Evil

In December 2013, Phoenix city officials passed an ordinance prohibiting pet stores from selling dogs obtained from commercial breeders. The law forbids pet shops from selling dogs from sources other than non-profit rescue facilities and shelters. Phoenix is… Read More

Puppies and Auction Fundraisers: Not a Good Mix

Last week, I told you about Jesuit High School’s annual auction featuring a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. This fundraising idea caused such a brouhaha that the event coordinators reluctantly opted to drop the pup from the list of… Read More

Fundraising With Puppies: A Smart or a Stupid Idea?

A friend recently brought a story to my attention concerning Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. The school held their annual fundraising auction earlier this month. Left to their own devices, one of their big-ticket auction items would… Read More

Holiday Shopping for Your Pets: The Importance of Boycotting Stores That Sell Puppies

True confession………  I happen to detest holiday shopping unless, that is, I’m shopping for my four-legged family members! If you will be holiday shopping for your own pets, I have a special favor to ask of you. My… Read More