Archive | March, 2012

Great Tips on Traveling With Your Pet by Guest Blogger Faith Gooding

28 Mar

Want to take your pet with you when you travel?

Here are some great tips to make sure you and your pet stay safe!

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Traveling with your pet

When you need to travel it’s hard to leave your furry friend behind, that’s where  pet shipping comes in! Although, unfortunately, when flying, we can’t give our pets the seat next to us, there are safe and friendly ways to get your pet to wherever you are going.

So, how do you transport your pet safely?

We’ve put together some tips for ensuring your pet is safe during travel, but remember; each pet is different, so choose a pet shipping company that offers custom pet shipping.

Before Traveling

  • Make sure your pet is well hydrated before traveling.
  • Obtain a health certificate – take your pet for a check-up with the vet before traveling.
  • Don’t feed your pet immediately before traveling.
  • Allow your pet to get used to the crate/carrier it will be travelling in.
  • Do not place any hard objects inside the crate/carrier.
  • Ensure that you have the correct size crate/carrier – your pet should be able to stand up and turn around inside.
  • Check immunisation/quarantine regulations before traveling.


When travelling by air, there are 3 different options for transporting your pet:

  • In the cabin: This is only an option for small animals. Animals are placed under your seat in a carrier. Check your airline’s regulations before travelling.
  • As a ticketed passenger: Your pet will travel on the same flight as you, safely tucked up in the cargo area.
  • Unaccompanied: Your pet travels in the cargo area on a flight without you.

Reassuring points:

  • Animals are grouped together in the cargo area by type.
  • Animals are separate from luggage.
  • As well as being temperature controlled and pressurised, airlines ensure that the pet cargo area contains enough oxygen for each pet.

Travelling by car?

  • Do not allow your pet to wander around in your vehicle.
  • Ensure your pet is comfortable throught the journey.

Some pet owners choose to transport their pets in carriers or crates, if you would rather your pet had a little more freedom then invest in a canine seatbelt.

A writer, and a pet lover, Faith Gooding works on behalf of uShip after discovering them when searching for the best way to ship her beloved Springer Spaniel, Taz. If you are looking for pet shipping, house removals or even a man with a van visit uShip.


UPDATE on Stray Dog Living Near Busy Intersection in Madera, CA

27 Mar

UPDATE 4/9/12:  GREAT NEWS!  The Madera stray dog, now known as Rachel, is away from the busy traffic and is now SAFE!

According to Patricia, the wonderful woman who looked after this stray dog and worked so diligently to gain her trust, all her hard work paid off on Easter Sunday:

“We waited for her to sleep and walked up on her quietly and she raised her head right into a slip leash and she really did not even struggle just kind of rolled under the vehicle she was next to and started shaking, I was on the ground stomach down petting her with everyone shopping around me.

She never tried to bite or even growled at us not once, just very scared which tells me even more I think she is young, she has big feet and i think she is going to fill out beautifully.

While this is great news about Rachel, this lovely shy pup still needs a good home.  Patricia says:

“Rachel is in a kennel and has food and water and her own dog house as well as shade and safety while at Walmart she had none of those things, her bowls kept getting stolen and the poor girl could not rest in peace as traffic at this store is always a constant, she now has a nice quiet well kept yard and even if temporary she is better now than she has been in way to long.

We must now work on finding this amazing dog an amazing forever home. I would be lost without the help from wonderful people like yourselves and I am asking with all my heart for your help with everything else you do and all the others you help, please make room for this dog. She had it bad and as bad as she had it did not try to lash out at myself or my husband or Vendetta not once, look at her face and those eyes, she is tired and is probably wondering what next with everything she has endured. I love her and want what is best for her and all of them. I just pray we find her a home that deserves her”.

One look in this sad girl’s eyes says it all.  She needs a forever home.  Rachel was dumped in the Walmart parking lot, and it seems that both her heart and spirit have been broken.  Please help get the word out to help Rachel find her forever home.  She is a beautiful, sweet dog, who, after what she’s been through, deserves to be loved and pampered.

Patricia would like to thank Vendetta of Nut’s N Bolts Animal Advocates for all the help she gave, when other rescues ignored her plea for help.

To adopt Rachel, please contact Patricia at

Note:  Patricia will be setting up a chip-in to help with Rachel’s vetting costs.  We will update this blog with chip-in information once it is set up as well as continue to follow Rachel’s story.

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Original story:  Urgent rescue is needed for a young stray dog, possibly a German Shepherd/border collie mix, seen living in an area near a four-lane road with a busy intersection.  He* may have been dumped in the parking lot; it seems as if the poor dog is waiting for his owner to return.

For the past few weeks, a concerned animal lover has been going out of her way to track his movements and has been leaving him food and water.  However, the woman has not been able to get close enough to this shy dog, which is why she is reaching out for help.

Doesn’t this make you wonder about the countless number of people who must have seen – and ignored – this pup as they made their way into the Home Depot and surrounding businesses?  Thank goodness for the one woman who cared enough about this young, nameless stray.  When she couldn’t catch him, she did not ignore him, but instead is trying desperately to get him help.

So PLEASE, friends, help get the word out, especially if you know of someone in Madera, CA. This dog has been treated as if he is invisible for long enough!  His life is in danger every day as he moves around in this high-traffic area.  Also, if he gets picked up by animal control, he will likely end up in a kill shelter.  This is why he so desperately needs a rescue to step in and save him.

The dog is medium-sized, skinny, and primarily black with some brown coloring to him.

Here are the locations where the dog is primarily seen:   in the parking lot on the side of the Madera Home Depot (2155 N. Schnoor) between the garden department and Starbucks.  He has also been seen near the Cazadores restaurant (see photo) located at 1663 N. Schnoor St., suite 101 and at nearby Lowes. It is frightening to think that in order to get from the Home Depot to the restaurant and back, the dog must have crossed four lanes of traffic!

If there are any updates on the dog (such as sightings), or if anyone can help, please leave a comment on this blog or contact Hand4Paws.

Good luck, little dog.  And please stay safe until help arrives!

(*It is not known if the dog is male or female, although for writing purposes the dog is referred to as a male)

26 Mar

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

 March 26, 2012

Animals’ Angels
PO Box 1056 Westminster, MD 21158 

A note from Sonja

Six years of cruelty investigations have made it absolutely clear: Horse slaughter means a free pass, in effect, kill buyer amnesty for abuse, neglect and animal cruelty. But never has one single location screamed horse slaughter’s cruelty more than at our March 10 investigation.

Horse after horse after horse – yet completely typical of what goes on unabated in the slaughter pipeline. No feeling person could help but be heartbroken, and very angry.

 Please read the newsletter here:

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26 Mar

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog

Article by Vickery Eckhoff from her personal Blog

It’s been a busy week in equine America.

The racing community’s been debating the breakdown of horses at Aqueduct, on the set of “Luck” and in general. Separately, the equine welfare community’s been fighting new legislation and proposals to open horse slaughterhouses in Tennessee, Missouri and Oregon, while consumer and humane watchdog groups are fighting ag-gag rules, one of which was just signed into law by Tennessee’s Governor.

I hope those interested in fixing what’s broken in horse racing will focus on the larger humane and agribusiness issues, because they are all related. Unfortunately, ag-gag and horse slaughter aren’t on racing’s radar pretty much because racing’s focus is nearly always inward-facing. This is especially true of people and industries whose fortunes are tightly tied to how they’re publically perceived.

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In Response to ASPCA Concerns, Puppy Mill Dogs No Longer Sold via Marketplace on Facebook

22 Mar

Tens of thousands of dog sale ads eliminated

March 21,2012

ASPCA Media Contact

NEW YORK— In response to concerns from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), measures will be put in place to ensure that puppy mill dogs will no longer be sold via Marketplace on Facebook, an action the ASPCA believes will help combat the inhumane puppy mill industry. Many puppies sold online come from puppy mills and are commonly bred in unsanitary, overcrowded, and often cruel conditions without sufficient veterinary care, food, water, or socialization. As part of its national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign, the ASPCA worked with Facebook and Oodle, the company that powers Marketplace on Facebook, to restrict online classifieds listing puppy mill dogs for sale from the site.  Through an ongoing removal process, ads listing puppy mill dogs have begun to come down this month. The process was designed to allow users to continue posting dogs available for a nominal adoption or rehoming fee.

“Removing an online platform for the cruel puppy mill industry sets a positive example of corporate citizenship and will help improve the lives of countless dogs,” said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “Most consumers are unaware they are perpetuating animal cruelty by purchasing a puppy online, and given the visibility of Marketplace on Facebook, this move has the potential to raise critical awareness about unscrupulous online breeders.”

While facilities that breed puppies for commercial resale through pet stores are required to be licensed and inspected under the federal Animal Welfare Act, puppy mills that sell directly to consumers via the Internet are exempt from any federal oversight. Unregulated Internet breeders sell tens of thousands of puppies a year to unsuspecting consumers, and the sale of puppies online has been increasing significantly in recent years as more puppy mill investigations are brought to light. Further, the Internet Crime Complaint Center notes that hundreds of complaints are filed every year from victims who are scammed when buying a dog online.

“Consumers who purchase a puppy from a website run the risk of acquiring an unhealthy animal and often end up with expensive vet bills and broken hearts,” said Cori Menkin, senior director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “We hope additional online retailers and classifieds will follow this example and stop providing a platform for puppy mill sales.”

The ASPCA’s “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign aims to reduce the demand for puppy mill puppies by urging consumers to take an online pledge not to buy any items—including food, supplies or toys—from stores or websites that sell puppies. The ASPCA encourages consumers to adopt a pet from a local shelter or rescue, or, alternatively, seek out a responsible breeder.

To learn more about the ASPCA’s campaign to eradicate puppy mills, please visit


Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501 [c] [3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit

To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to

21 Mar
21 Mar

Our Compass

EXTREMELY GRAPHIC: Not recommended for sensitive viewers

1. Please click on and signBan the brutal festival at Nem Thuong village, Vietnam

2. Please copy and paste the below Sample Letter (or choose your own words) and send it to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam using their contact form on their website:

3. You can also send an email to the embassy of Vietnam in your country, or to your country’s embassy in Vietnam. Email addresses can easily be found using the following online portal:


This is one Vietnamese festival that makes even non animal lovers cringe.

Every year, at a village near Hanoi, a pig is brutally chopped into two so that people can smear banknotes with its blood in the belief that it would bring luck.


To whom it may concern,

I wish to express my deep concern about animal…

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