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How to Start a Dog Rescue: Making Your Own Shelter

Ready to make a greater difference for dogs in need? Maybe you’re dissatisfied with the shelters currently in your community. Or you’re looking to turn your passion for dogs into a profession. Perhaps you’d just like to do your part and raise awareness for animal advocacy. Whatever the reason, starting a rescue is an honorable endeavor, and the emotional satisfaction will certainly be worth the effort. Like all business endeavors, however, it is important to temper enthusiasm and passion with careful planning and realism. This guide will help prospective rescue owners know what to expect and where to begin. 5

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If You Can’t Adopt…

There are hundreds of millions of homeless dogs in the world — some estimates say as many as six hundred million, and almost all of them wound up that way because of the failure of humans to do their part. Either people did not give strong Pack Leadership and gave up the dogs because of behavioral issues, or they didn’t provide proper protection, so the dogs ran away. There are also people doing their part to try to reverse the trend, either by providing no-kill shelters, operating rescues that place dogs in homes, or promoting spay and neuter. They’re doing

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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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World Stray Animals Day: Why This Cause Is So Important To Me

By Cesar Millan I was very honored to have been asked to be the ambassador for World Stray Animals Day and I wanted to take a moment to explain why it means so much to me. People see stray animals going through garbage on the street looking for food and they would just rather not see them. They don’t make the neighborhood look nicer—they just seem like they’re dirty and spread disease. They don’t really care where these animals go, as long as they’re gone. But you see, in many ways, I was a stray. I came to America. I

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No surrender: Keeping Dogs Where They Belong

The last thing Josephine Chalfino wanted to do was surrender her dog to a shelter. After all, Lucy, a chow, had been her best friend for ten years. But when her landlord suddenly demanded a $200 pet deposit Josephine, a senior on a low fixed income living in Los Angeles, felt she had no choice. “It was horrible. I’ve had her such a long time, and she’s a good dog,” Chalfino says. “I was crying, and when I was giving her up, I felt like Lucy was crying too.” Luckily for Josephine and Lucy, it was the first day of

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Saving The Satos — Stray Dogs

By Cesar Millan Recently, I was given the chance to see a documentary called 100,000. It is directed by Juan Agustín Márquez and shows the tremendous problem with stray and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico. The name of the film refers to the estimated number of homeless dogs living in the streets of Puerto Rico. The documentary will bring tears to your eyes when you see the horrible conditions these dogs live in. The fact that Playa Lucia is now called Dead Dog Beach tells you a lot about what things are like for the satos in Puerto Rico. In

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Rehoming Your Dog

Whether you are forced to give away a beloved companion due to moving, or you have come to the conclusion that you are ill-equipped to care for a special-needs dog, you can take responsibility to improve its life by finding it an appropriate new home. Checklist of homing needs Once you have determined that it’s impossible to keep or bring your dog with you, the top priority is to assess your dog’s needs. You may want to write an all-inclusive list of requirements for your dog’s ideal new home without “editing” yourself while you brainstorm. Once you have written all

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Reasons Dogs End Up In Shelters

All across the world, animal shelters are overflowing with dogs that are in need of good homes. But how did so many get there? It can be hard for us dedicated pet lovers to understand how someone could just surrender his or her companion. When a dog ends up in a shelter, it is not their fault. Most behavioral issues, for instance, can typically be traced back to the way in which their former caretakers handled them. Here are the top ten most common reasons dogs end up in shelters: 1. Lack of training: Many people get a dog without

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Creative Fundraising Events For Dogs

With a struggling economy and a slow road to improvement, dog lovers and animal shelters are coming up with more creative ways to throw fundraisers. It’s not enough to bring dogs in need of homes to a park and solicit donations. Times call for a bit of creative spirit to stand out from the pack, so to speak. Recently, the Des Moines County Humane Society conducted a dog-eating contest — as in hot dogs. Called the Hot Dogs of Summer, wristbands were sold for $10 each ($5 for kids) and that got you all the hot dogs you could eat.

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5 Ways To Volunteer With Your Dog

Volunteerism is not just restricted to humans. There are now a lot of opportunities for pets to get involved, too. All dogs can help out in some way, shape, or form, whether they participate in a charity walk, visit hospital patients, or donate blood. Here are five simple ways you can volunteer with your dog. 1. Donate pet blood: We all acknowledge the need for human blood, but there is also a need for pet blood. There are veterinary blood banks across the country that store blood for pets in need of transfusions due to sickness or injury. Most dogs

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