Archive for August, 2010

Animal adoptions deserve a dance!

So they dance for the dog adoption at the Nevada Humane Society.  A specific thanks to Helen for sending this my way.  I cried.  Check out this video.

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Royal City should get a royal ‘thank you’

New Westminster, BC (the Royal City) has taken steps to ban the sale of rabbits in pet stores.  Check out this article in the The Record. (Photo:  ‘Wednesday’ the rabbit).


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Toronto! We’re rooting for you in Richmond, BC!

It may seem like running for city council on a ‘ban the sale of animals in pet stores’ platform is risky, well it turns out it isn’t.  Dean Maher, city council candidate for Ward 20 in Toronto, is running on a lot more than just that, but seems well aware that selling animals in pet stores not only causes animal cruelty, but costs the city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in animal control, shelter costs and veterinary costs.

Maher has proposed to ban the sale of dogs and cats from Toronto pet stores, and he’s getting a lot of publicity for his words. Check out the Toronto Sun, as well as many other news outlets.

Maher will be speaking to committee on Aug. 13. See agenda and the proposal to council.

Dean, we’re rooting for you in Richmond, BC.  Show ’em how it done!

Richmond, Vancouver, Surrey, Delta, North Vancouver and beyound, it’s time to organize!  Check out AWAC.

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Trading breed specific legislation for bylaws that work

Richmond BC has breed specific legislation (BSL) to regulate (albeit unsuccessfully) what are termed dangerous dogs.  These dogs are identified only as bully breeds, and bylaws are not based in any fact or statistics about these breeds.  Obviously this puts restrictions on a large number of dogs and owners that have done nothing wrong, and ignores owners who have put their animals in inappropriate situations leading to animal aggression.

Luckily the Hugabull Advocacy and Rescue Society is hosting seminars for city councilors and animal control and shelter workers to learn about a successful alternative to BSL.  Please check out this wonderful event.

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Cheesie is a dog, not a hamster!

It’s 3:00 PM on Wednesday afternoon, and my cell phone rings as if right on cue.  It’s usually about this time of the week that I get a call from my friend Helen at the RAPS operated Richmond Animal Shelter.  Helen often calls me to let me know when extraordinary animals that come into the shelter whose stories really should be told.

“I have a dog with an identity crisis,” Helen said.

“Oh really. How’s that?” I ask.

“Well, he was surrendered to us in a rodent cage fully equipped with a hamster water bottle and everything,” said Helen.  Sure enough, a women had surrendered her dog earlier that week, with its puppy collar imbedded in his neck because she didn’t know he would grow bigger.  The women’s friend had purchased the dog at a local pet store and had given him away – hamster cage and all.

The dog, named Cheesie, was adopted within a day, as a dog, not a hamster.

Cheesie in his former (abusive) home living as a hamster.


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They’re Breeding Like Pet Store Rabbits

I never miss an opportunity to talk to my friend Helen at the Richmond Animal Shelter.  During her days work, she encounters the best and the worst of animal owners.  This is one of her tales.

It was Tuesday afternoon, and Helen called me quite furious.  She has just received a call from a person who had purchased two rabbits — a male and a female — from a Richmond pet store.  The pair of rabbits proceeded to have lots of babies in less than 4 months, and the owners told Helen “these are not an easy pets!”.   The caller was careful to say that he had purchased the rabbits before the ban on the sale of rabbits, and that he had called the pet store and they refused to take the rabbits back.  Instead, this pet store told the rabbit owner to call the Richmond Animal Protection Society to surrender the rabbits.

Naturally, Helen was upset.  Helen and I, along with many other advocates had argued for the City of Richmond to ban the sale of rabbit because people kept buying them and either abandoning them to the park or surrendering them to the city shelter.  Pet store owners argued that they would “help out” people who wanted to give back their pets, but it now appears that was a disingenuous statement.  Instead, the pet store manager suggested they dump the rabbits at the local animal shelter.  Helen confronted the store manager on this issue, and the manager claimed they couldn’t sell the rabbits and so they couldn’t take them back.  “Well it’s a good thing we made you stop selling rabbits, isn’t it!” stated Helen.  The pet store manager had no reply.

It is, indeed, a good thing we banned rabbits, because now there are eight more rabbits homeless because of pet store sales in Richmond.  What did they think was going to happen when you sell a coupled pair of rabbits?  I hope those little rabbits find good homes.

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Are you ready to be a foster ‘grandparent’

The Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is looking for new foster homes for many new cat mothers-to-be.  Check out their website for more information. .

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