Category: Public Education

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

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

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets

My recent post about National Disaster Preparedness Month (happening now) solicited many fabulous disaster preparedness suggestions from you, my wonderful readers. One such reader is Abby Harrison, a certified professional dog trainer located in Houston. She provided me… Read More

National Disaster Preparedness Month: Send Me Your Good Ideas in Exchange for a Chance to Win a Book!

Today marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month. Whether you live in the land of earthquakes, fires, floods, tornadoes, or hurricanes here is your reminder to reassess just how prepared you will be should a disaster strike. And,… Read More

More on Colorblind Adoptions

Wow! What a terrific response I received following my recent blog post about colorblind adoptions. I discussed the fact that black colored dogs and cats tend to languish in shelter and rescue situations because they are less likely to… Read More

The Time of Year to Think About Colorblind Adoptions

I see pumpkins everywhere in my neighborhood reminding me that Halloween is right around the corner. This might be a good time to repost the following blog that I wrote a couple years back. Enjoy! Whenever I meet… Read More

My Puppy Mill Education

After the November election, I learned that Missouri voters passed legislation known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act (Proposition B).  As I began surfing the Internet to learn more, I anticipated reading about strict new regulations that… Read More

Suffolk County, New York – You Rock!

Have you heard the news?  Suffolk County, a wonderfully forward thinking county on Long Island has just passed legislation creating the nation’s very first animal abuse registry.  As with sex offender registries, people convicted of animal cruelty within… Read More

A Dozen Simple Ways to Be Certain You Are Working With a Reputable Breeder

So, you’ve decided to adopt a dog and feel certain that a purebred is your heart’s desire.  You’ve done your research to be sure that the size and temperament of the breed you’ve chosen is the right fit… Read More

Puppy Mills: Part II

I received an abundance of feedback in response to my recent blog about puppy mills.  Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your feelings concerning this emotional topic.  Virtually all of the comments expressed… Read More