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Doing A Disservice: The Harm In Service Dog Fraud

You may have noticed the signs outside of businesses becoming more prominent lately. They all carry a similar message: Only legitimate service dogs allowed. And, in some jurisdictions, they are now adding a reminder that service dog fraud is a crime. But what, exactly, is “service dog fraud?” First, what it isn’t. You may see statements that service dog fraud is a federal crime, but it isn’t — at least not when it comes to a person with a fake service dog. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does cover the definition of service animals, which is currently limited strictly

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Solving The Problem Of Poop

The average dog produces about 12 ounces of waste every day. That doesn’t seem like much — about what a can of soup weighs. But multiply that by the estimated half a billion dogs in the world, and in a year you wind up with around 74 million tons of poop. In case you’re wondering how much that is, it would cover New York’s Central Park to a depth of nearly 25 miles, or fill Boeing’s airplane production facility in Everett, Washington nearly 10,000 times. The U.S. alone accounts for about one-seventh of that total. That’s definitely a metric poop

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Dog Care

Pet Limits: The More The Merrier?

The county of Los Angeles has just announced that they will be allowing just over a 33% increase in the number of dogs that may be kept in private homes within their jurisdiction, from three to four. The rationale behind the move is to provide more places for homeless dogs in the county to be placed. Statistics are hard to find, but according to Much Love Animal Rescue, the LA Animal Services reports there are between 26,000 and 44,000 homeless dogs in the city at any one time. Estimates put the number of owned dogs in the city at about

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Making Your Workplace Dog Friendly

If your workplace hasn’t yet gone dog-friendly, and whether they’ve made the choice to do it yet or not, there are important things to keep in mind and steps to take before the first paw crosses the threshold. Think of them as the before, during, and after phases of the dog-friendly policy implementation process. Our dogs are important to us and we’re important to our workplaces, so it’s best to avoid any problems before they happen. After all, well-prepared is well-protected. Preparation For the sake of space, we’ll brush aside the enormous differences between trying to adopt a dog-friendly policy

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The Puppy Selling Ban Debate

“How much is that doggy in the window?” used to be a common phrase across America. For most people, getting a puppy meant going to the locally owned pet store to pick one out. No one ever thought about where the puppies came from and the condition of that place, or about dogs sitting in shelters. Today, a war is raging on whether or not pet stores should be legally allowed to sell puppies. According to the Best Friends Society, twenty states have passed some type of legislation that either bans puppy selling altogether or creates standards for selling puppies,

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