Archive for March, 2011

Actions Speak Louder (ASL) Calgary gets heard despite industry pressure

You can’t really muzzle the truth (no pun intended), and Actions Speak Louder Calgary, a coalition of rescue groups advocating for the ban on the sale of dogs in pet stores in Calgary, made sure their message was heard at this weekends Pet Expo.

While the organization was and is scheduled to run a booth at the Expo, the organization was told they couldn’t have their petition at the booth to collect signatures to support their cause.  It didn’t really matter though.  CTV published this story about how the Expo tried to keep the issue quiet, when in fact, their random regulations only highlighted that the pet industry needs to reform and stop the retail sale of dogs and other animals.

See the CTV article here!  Be sure to visit Actions Speak Louder Calgary and let them know how much you support their efforts to stop the sale of puppy mill dogs through pet stores.



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Well, we’re moving to Seattle…

Buca the cat

My husband, dogs, cat and I are packing up and moving to Seattle.  We’ll be saying goodbye to BC, Richmond and all the wonderful rescue groups, people and dear, sweet animals we’ve met here.  Thank you all for the work you do to help animals.   I hope to continue to write about the wonderful advocacy in BC and in Canada, and also to start learning about animal rescue and welfare in the Seattle area.  Thank you to all of you for sharing your struggles to help animals with me.  Always keep in touch.  I may be slow to respond for the next few months, but I’m still listening to you.  But in the meantime, enjoy this great blog post by the author of Hyperbole and a Half called Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving.   Here’s what I have to look forward to with my sweet doggies… but I’ll through a cat in the mix as well.

Take care and stay in touch.

~Christie Lagally

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Actions Speak Louder…in Calgary!

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Indeed it’s true.  Actions so often speak louder than words, and rescue groups  in Calgary have organized to stop the sale of dogs and cats in Calgary pet stores.  Actions Speak Louder Calgary is ready to fight the good fight and stop the abuse that retail animals sales cause – whether literally, figuratively or economically.

This weekend, Actions Speak Louder Calgary has launched their campaign against pet sales with a multi-rescue group adopt-a-thon.   Stay tuned for ways you can support our friends on the front lines in Calgary!

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Why stop at dogs, bunnies when banning pet sales?

Christie and Eric's cat Buca

Original article in the Richmond News.

By Christie Lagally, Richmond News

March 4, 2011 6:02 AM

Just like in Richmond, Austin, Texas, recently banned the sale of dogs in pet stores. But it didn’t stop at just dogs. Austin city councillors implemented a new law to ban the sale of cats, too, and to require private breeders to spay or neuter their animals before sale.

The councillors had a goal in mind: to reduce the euthanasia rate of animals in its local shelter and run the facility as no-kill.

It’s working. According to the Austin Public Information Office, its animal shelter had a live outcome rate of 75 per cent prior to the implementation of the new law. One month later and after the closing of a large pet store, the live outcome rate at the city shelter soared to 88 per cent. That’s a huge impact for one bylaw to make, and the live outcome rate includes all animals in the shelter – not just dogs and cats.

On April 30, Richmond’s bylaw banning dog sales in pet stores comes into effect.

While the Richmond Animal Protection Society already runs our local shelter as no-kill, the pressure to stop retail puppy sales was also spurred by the large number of surrendered pet store dogs.

Reptile at the Richmond Reptile, Education & Adoption Society

The problem is Richmond’s ban only applies to the sale of bunnies and dogs. Kittens and cats, the most abundant pet for adoption in Richmond, will still be sold in pet stores. (See cats for adoption here in Richmond here.)

Furthermore, rescue groups such as Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary and Richmond Reptile Education and Adoption Society are taking in record numbers of birds and reptiles – most of which were originally bought at pet stores.

Why are sales of kittens, birds and reptiles any different than dogs and bunnies? Fundamentally, the same problems of impulse pet buying and animal abandonment or surrender exists.

Macaw at Greyhaven's Sanctuary

Because RAPS takes in nearly every homeless cat and provides a cat sanctuary (on No. 6 Road) for unadoptable cats, while Greyhaven and Richmond Reptile care for every bird and reptile in their care, the political pressure to stop the sale of these animals isn’t heard as loudly.

But it should be. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the figurative ‘rally’ for birds, reptiles and cats in Richmond.

Next week my husband, two dogs and cat will be packing up and resettling in Seattle. Sadly, I will have to say goodbye to writing my Richmond News pet column.

In the meantime, I want to say how proud I am that Richmond residents have made this city the most humane city in Canada.

Toby and

Toby and Duchess ready to head south to Seattle

Your efforts to ban the retail sale of dogs and bunnies, require cage-free eggs in city facilities and support a no-kill city animal shelter are what makes Richmond a true gem of a place to live for animal lovers.

And until birds, reptiles and cats have the same protection from our bylaws as dogs and bunnies, please support and advocate for those groups dearest to my heart – RAPS, Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary and the Richmond Reptile Rescue and Adoption Society. Like many other wonderful rescue groups in B.C., they are the ones fighting on the front lines against animal homelessness, neglect, abuse and indiscriminate sales in Richmond.

Christie Lagally is a volunteer pet columnist and founder of the Animal Welfare Advocacy Coalition. She will continue to write her blog ( from her new home in Seattle.

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