Saturday, June 30, 2012

Colorado wildfire pet rescue efforts

From our friends at North Shore Animal League America:
Our emergency rescue team set up their Mobile Rescue Units, loaded with food, medicine and supplies, as temporary shelter to care for pets of evacuated residents until it is safe for them all to return home. We will be there to help through this tragic time, in anyway possible, until we are no longer needed.
The emergency rescue team will also transport animals to our national adoption headquarters in New York, if necessary. This will open up more space for animals displaced by the wildfires. This helps reduce the chance that lost animals will be euthanized, and ensures that as many owners as possible will be reunited with their pets when the crisis is over.
Our hearts go out to the people in these areas of devastation.
It’s only through the generosity of our loyal supporters like you, that we can respond quickly and save lives during these natural disasters. 
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French existential cat talks about the indignities of going to the vet

 "The 'doctor' cures nothing, yet they keep sending me."
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Uggie from "The Artist" leaves his mark

Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist, became the first dog to put its paw prints in cement outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The Jack Russell terrier was celebrated at a treat-laden ceremony outside the landmark as councillor Tom LaBonge declared it Uggie Day in Los Angeles.

"The main message that Uggie would like to send to everybody out there is to please adopt," Uggie's trainer, Omar Van Muller, told the crowd. "He's adopted. He made it. If you guys can adopt a dog, even if they don't make it on the big screen, they'll be big stars at your house."

The event also marked Uggie's retirement from show business.

Uggie, who arrived at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in a fire engine, was bestowed with a golden bow-tie collar and given a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant after performing tricks for photographers and tourists lining a red carpet.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

KUT News report on APD Change in Canine Protocol: Cisco did not die in vain

In Wake of Cisco the Dog Shooting, APD Announces Changes to Canine Protocol
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After the controversial shooting of a pet dog named Cisco earlier this year, Austin Police are announcing training and policy changes to the use of lethal force on dogs.
Austin Police Department Chief of Staff  David Carter says the department is quickly implementing policy and training changes – in hopes an incident like the Cisco shooting doesn’t happen again.
“Before an officer takes action, there needs to be an imminent threat of bodily injury,” Carter says, “whereas in the past, it would describe that the animal was dangerous.” Additionally, officers would need to “justify the position of using a firearm, versus using some other method to repel a dog, if that’s necessary. For example using a nightstick, or chemical spray, or a tazer, or some other thing such as that.”  Additional responsibility now also falls on the officer’s supervisor to investigate such shootings, instead of having the officer self-report on the circumstances of the shooting.
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