Owner of 30 Pit Bulls asks for negative accusations from community to stop

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Lemont Sanchez from Madison County, Alabama calls himself an animal lover. WHNT News 19 reported that he owns 30 pit bulls that he considers to be his children. However, the community has been complaining and Sanchez wants it to stop.

People have been accusing Sanchez of chaining some of his dogs and starving them. There has even been talk that he is involved in dog fighting, but Sanchez states that these accusations are absolutely false, according to WHNT News 19.

The director of Madison County’s Animal Control Director, who is a friend of Sanchez’s stated that no laws are being violated according to Alabama state law. (more…)

Actor Ryan Gosling advocates for farm animals

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Celebrities who love animals are celebrities we love! Actor, director, writer, musician and animal advocate Ryan Gosling is one of those celebrities. His beloved dog, George goes everywhere with him and has even appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with Gosling.

Ryan Gosling talks about animals being part of the family. According to a Canadian online news source, The Globe and Mail, Gosling stated, “We know that they have individual personalities and quirks (George loves apples, for example) and that they feel both physical and mental pain.” (more…)

Woman sacrifices health, marriage and career to save the lives of animals

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Sandra Dezelin Axelband

Sandra Dezelin Axelband

“It was 3:30 in the morning and I was alone in the house. Bloody, dog body parts and dog guts were all over the walls – blood splattered everywhere – dead dogs surrounded my feet,” shared Sandra Dezelan Axelband, as she wept.

Sandra continued: (more…)

Iconic arthritic dog Schoep carried in Lake Superior dies

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

Last week we lost an iconic dog whose story inspired so many people around the world. A picture of a dog named Schoep and his owner went viral – and for good reason. The picture was of a man named John Unger who was literally carrying his elderly dog in his arms in Lake Superior to help ease his arthritic pain. The photo touched the hearts of millions all over the world and showed the unconditional and true loving bond that a human can have with an animal.

If you saw this picture on the Internet, have you ever wondered what the story was behind it? (more…)

Animal abuse & rescue cases have doubled in last year

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

The bad news is that according to an Austrailian news source, the number of abused animals that are investigated has doubled in the past year. The good news is at least people are recognizing this unacceptable behavior and are making the calls to have these animals rescued. More and more people are reporting animal abuse and cruelty cases to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which is the UK’s largest animal welfare charity.

Here are some astonishing figures given by The Advertiser showing the number of animal inspections and rescues in the past 2 years: (more…)

Caring for your animal during summer heat

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Tim Riediger/Getty Images

Tim Riediger/Getty Images

We are in the midst of summer time and pet owners need to be aware of how the seasonal heat can dramatically affect their animals. Some people do not truly understand the impact that the heat and humidity can have on our furry best friends, so we are going to give some tips to make you aware of how to keep your animals as safe as possible during the season’s high temperatures. Learn how to protect your pets from the threats of summer heat and everyone will remain happy and healthy: (more…)

No law banning cosmetic animal testing in New Zealand

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

3news.co.nz

3news.co.nz

There is no legal ban on animal testing in the country of New Zealand and animal rights advocates say this means that it shows a lack of prevention. In other words, products that are currently being tested on animals overseas are legally being sold in the country.

Which countries have legal bans on animal testing for cosmetics? Since 2009, countries throughout Europe have made the list. The same goes for Israel and they were just made official in India last month. (more…)

Rescued animals help in healing abused children

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

The Gentle Barn Foundation

The Gentle Barn Foundation

The Gentle Barn Foundation in Santa Clarita CA is a wonderful six acre barnyard sanctuary for about 170 farm animals. Part of their mission is to “rescue severely abused and neglected animals that no one else wants.”

The organization believes that through interaction with their animals, people can learn respect and admiration for all life. It’s a beautiful thing. When the animals are healed and well, they help to rehabilitate and heal abused and neglected children. With the many different programs at the sanctuary, lives are touched, both human and animal. They have many programs including ones for special needs children and at-risk youth.

Animals at the Gentle Barn include (more…)

Abandoned Chihuahua nursing 2 kittens rescued

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

CBS

CBS

This might be a story you have to see to believe as it shows the unconditional love that animals can show to other species of animals. While people were out celebrating the 4th of July weekend, a small black Chihuahua was abandoned outside the Terrell Animal Shelter that was closed for the holiday. The dog was not alone, though. She was nursing two very tiny kittens. The three animals were rescued by police officer, Steve Johns with the Terrell Police Department. (more…)

Animal therapy proving positive for children with autism

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

savit keawtavee

savit keawtavee

There has been talk for years about the positive effects that animal therapy has for both adults and children. Linwood High School in Renfrewshire UK has been teaming with the Pawsitive Action Charity to invite their shelter dogs into the school to spend time with children in the Kintyre learning program. The project has been successful.

The teachers have said that the children who are spending time with dogs are showing improvement in their school work, an increase in their emotional well being and the ability to show empathy towards others. There has been a lot of evidence to prove this is true after the implementation of the project began. Volunteers bring the dogs in and teach the kids basic animal care. (more…)

India part of Be Cruelty-Free campaign banning cosmetic animal testing

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

FDPhotos

FDPhotos

Animal advocates will be thrilled that we are moving another step in the right direction. According to the Humane Society International:

“India has banned animal testing for cosmetics following intense public campaigning and legislative advocacy by Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free India campaign, including support from Indian Members of Parliament and State Assemblies.”

Invasive tests on animals for cosmetics will be replaced with mandatory modern non-animal alternative tests. What does this mean for the cosmetic industry and animals? (more…)

Lifeless puppies rescued from 107 degree heat

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Rancho Santa Fe Review

Rancho Santa Fe Review

It was a story that started off with the possibility of a catastrophic outcome, but ended happily. According to the Rancho Santa Fe Review, six small puppies were found abandoned in a shopping cart outside a mall in Central California where the temperatures reached a shocking 107 degrees. The puppies were Shepard-Terrier mixes and only about 4 weeks old.

When they were found, they were reported to be, “listless and not moving.” They were given veterinary care and then taken to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. The center announced that they will be ready for adoption by the end of July. (more…)

Extreme pit bull animal abuse, authorities asking for help (Video)

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) is asking for your help to arrest the party responsible for what it calls, "an extremely serious animal cruelty and neglect case."

Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS)

This should have never happened! According to a news release from the Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS), they responded to a phone call sharing that a male pit bull was found tied to a fence with duct tape covering its muzzle. The dog was suffering from malnutrition and other injuries as well. This has been called, “an extremely serious animal cruelty and neglect case.”

The organization is now asking to anyone who knows anything about this incident to please contact them to help with the arrest of the person or people responsible for this incredible case of animal cruelty. (more…)

ASPCA gives 5k grant for free spay/neuter in problem areas (VIDEO)

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

We love to share when we hear of places people can go to get free spaying and neutering for their animals in hopes that they will not use cost as an excuse to not get it done, but rather take advantage what is offered to them. According to Kiii News, Texas’ Corpus Christi’s Animal Control (CCAC) is addressing a growing problem for the city which has an abundance of stray animals. CCAC will be offering free spaying and neutering in those neighborhoods that have an over- abundance of strays to help control the population. (more…)

Yavapai College becomes animal shelter for evacuees of Yarnell Hill fires

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Aaron Lavinsky / Arizona Republic / July 1, 2013)

Aaron Lavinsky / Arizona Republic / July 1, 2013

Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona has been turned into an animal shelter to help those in need of finding a place to house their cats and dogs after being evacuated from their own homes due to the devastating Yarnell Hill fires. Amongst the complete chaos of these fires, animal owners are sleeping on cots in a gym on one side of the campus, while their animals, consisting of 29 dogs, 26 cats, 3 birds and a rabbit have a shelter all their own on campus, as of last night.

Everyone at Yavapai College is safe and sound thanks to Animal Disaster Services for Yavapai County, according to the Los Angeles Times. The horrid chaotic fires tragically took the lives of 19 heroic firefighters all in a matter of only hours. (more…)

Brutal dog fighting arena in Bronx exposed by ASPCA (Video)

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

ASPCA

ASPCA

As reported by the ASPCA, approximately 50 dogs were rescued from what would look like a regular residence in the Bronx. The animals were all under five years old and were living in the basement of a six story apartment building. The space was being used as a makeshift dog fighting arena.

This basement area would make any animal advocate cringe. It had crude wooden cages and space for about 100 spectators to watch what is considered to be a felony – animal fighting. Once discovered, the building’s superintendent was taken into custody and charged with this felony, according to the ASPCA. (more…)