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  • National Shelter Appreciation Week 2013

    National Shelter Appreciation Week 2013

    Established by the Humane Society in 1996, this week encourages people to get involved with local animal rescues and shelters; find out how you can help and build awareness.

  • Lawmakers introduce bill to combat online puppy mills

    Lawmakers introduce bill to combat online puppy mills

    It’s not often that you hear a story about Republicans and Democrats in Congress agreeing with one another, but when it comes to animal welfare it seems party lines matter less than saving the lives of America’s dogs, cats, and critters. Wednesday, federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle re-introduced legislation that would put […]

  • HSUS report: Is the AKC helping protect puppy mills?

    HSUS report: Is the AKC helping protect puppy mills?

    A report released last week by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) suggests that the American Kennel Club (AKC) is actively working to suppress anti-puppy mill legislation and alleges the AKC has allowed individuals who don’t provide the legal amount of minimum care to register their litters with them. Among the most potentially […]

  • Open letter to Oprah Winfrey as she prepares for Michael Vick’s appearance on her show

    Open letter to Oprah Winfrey as she prepares for Michael Vick’s appearance on her show

    Dear Oprah, I noticed that your decision to host Michael Vick next week has garnered a lot of commentary, most of it highly critical. But I’m cautiously optimistic about the appearance of Vick on your show. You are the one person who could respectfully, but unyieldingly, hold him accountable for his actions. You could ask […]

  • President Obama, Tucker Carlson weigh in on Michael Vick as season closes

    President Obama, Tucker Carlson weigh in on Michael Vick as season closes

    Sick of Vick? You’re in luck… maybe. The Eagles’ season, mercifully, ended on Sunday, ostensibly heralding the wane of 24/7 Michael Vick coverage. By all accounts, he’s played spectacularly these last few months, and he’s remained a favorite topic for anyone with a microphone – or a blog. In the last few weeks alone, […]

  • Wayne Pacelle and Michael Vick, continued: the reactions (really, Barbara Walters??)

    Wayne Pacelle and Michael Vick, continued: the reactions (really, Barbara Walters??)

    Michael Vick wants to get a dog. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle supports him (for the full story, check out yesterday’s post). Michael Vick: “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, […]

  • HSUS President Wayne Pacelle says Michael Vick would make a good dog owner

    HSUS President Wayne Pacelle says Michael Vick would make a good dog owner

    Yesterday, Michael Vick was quoted as saying he’d like to have a dog: “I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals.” My first […]

  • Animal abuse registry — and why the HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle opposes it

    Animal abuse registry — and why the HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle opposes it

    Yesterday I received two emails from two different animal welfare groups taking opposing views on the same topic. The first came from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and featured a photo of Justin, the 19-pound Doberman found starving and on the brink of death in a foreclosed home. The ALDF was reporting two […]

  • The Daily Show takes on puppy mills and Missouri’s Prop B

    The Daily Show takes on puppy mills and Missouri’s Prop B

    For me, it doesn’t get any more perfect than Jon Stewart: funny man, Pit Bull lover. But then last night on his program The Daily Show, perfect got even better when he introduced correspondent Olivia Munn’s segment on puppy mills. Munn interviews Anita Andrews from the anti-HSUS organization, Alliance for Truth, in the aftermath […]

  • Puppy Mill Initiative (Missouri’s Prop B) draws unlikely opponents

    Puppy Mill Initiative (Missouri’s Prop B) draws unlikely opponents

    As the November voting day draws closer, debate over Missouri’s Prop B — the Puppy Mill initiative – continues to make national headlines. And the arguments are becoming more political with each endorsement and attack. Like other laws aimed at preventing cruelty, Prop B wouldn’t affect anyone who is treating animals with adequate care and […]

  • Jason Flatt assists in the comfort of 200 pit bulls recovered by HSUS

    Jason Flatt assists in the comfort of 200 pit bulls recovered by HSUS

    Waiting in my in-box this morning: two items pertaining to my favorite breed – the pit bull . The first was a Google news alert letting me know that Michael Vick made his only start as a Philadelphia Eagle in a pre-season home game last night. According to the article, his performance was brief and […]

  • The emotional and cognitive lives of animals

    The emotional and cognitive lives of animals

    My husband and I take turns trying to outdo each other with this question: Would you rather have five minutes in Uno’s head or a million dollars? No matter what the second choice is – eternal youth, incredible wealth, an unending supply of guacamole – a few moments inside the brain of our dog always […]

  • Schwarzenegger, Sheryl Crow, and HSUS

    Schwarzenegger, Sheryl Crow, and HSUS

    Earlier this week I received a letter from a woman who was irate about Dogtime articles citing the Humane Society of the United States as a source. She was so incensed, she said she was planning to disable her account. Even within the animal advocacy set (or maybe especially within that set?) HSUS can be […]