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     Meet Blu, this gentle giant Newfoundland is looking for his forever home. Blu came to the shelter for not being fond of the excitable preschooler in the home, so dog-savvy children 12 years old and over are recommended. Blu needs lots of extra space to roam, and should have a person familiar with the breed and understands that large breed dogs can be a big financial responsibility. To adopt Blu, please visit Bangor Humane Society.

  Meet Calypso, a gorgeous, fluffy girl with a strong personality. She is very sweet, loyal, and loving, though she doesn't have much patience for those who can't read her social cues. Calypso wants to be her person's one and only kitty -- she may be spayed, but that won't stop her from being a queen! To learn more about adopting Calypso, please contact HART Adoption Center & Shelter for Cats.






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     Afghanistan may be war-torn and desolate, but it also has beautiful pets waiting for homes. Our Website of the Week is Nowzad dogs, which features dogs and cats from Afghanistan's only animal shelter. The animals inside this shelter are extremely cute and amazingly beautiful.

According to the website, "When we first found out last year that we needed to find a new home for the Nowzad animal shelter due to circumstances beyond our control, it was a rather stressful and worrying time for the charity. But with thanks to the kindness and generosity of our fantastic supporters our fears were soon alleviated." The Nowzad Conrad Lewis Clinic for small animals is funded solely by generous donations. Two Afghan national veterinarians have been expertly trained by the generous support of Dr. Mohammad of Mayhew International, London, and Dr. Susan Chadima of Maine, who have both given up so much of their time to teach, oversee and support the Afghan vets to learn new valuable skills that have now seen the clinic carry out extremely necessary amputations on street dogs injured in road accidents, dentistry on cats with severe teeth problems, a tumor removal from a much-loved soldier's adopted dog, as well as the constant need for neutering and spaying of the stray population. See more at Nowzad's medical clinic page.

"With the shelter lease secured, we now have been told that our lease on the clinic, cattery and secure staff accommodation is not going to be renewed, and that the clinic has just two months to move," the website stated. "Having secure accommodation is vital in what is technically; still a country at war with daily threats aimed at western aid agencies."  

"This time we have decided to improve upon what we currently have and build a legacy for animal welfare in Afghanistan that will last long after the proposed troops pull out in 2014," the website added.

The shelter is hoping to collect about $125,000 in donations to secure a site for improved clinic facilities and serve as an educational base for Afghan national trainee vets. Along with reducing the threat of rabies, more staff would be trained to promote the benefits of animal welfare.

Take a look and fall in love with the Nowzad dogs of Afghanistan and donate if you can.

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       A seemingly innocuous bill amending a Public Utilities Act ended up nearly destroying all of the animal shelters in Illinois.

       And animal activists, including, will make sure THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

       What was most shocking and disturbing is that the state senators who voted on the final Animal Shelter Destruction Act supported it 54-0!

       Fortunately, animal rights activists rallied together to stall the bill permanently in the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

       In other words, the 10 committee members stopped this bill that was unanimously passed in the Senate. Apparently, most, if not all the senators VOTED ON A BILL THAT THEY DID NOT READ.

       And once the bill entered the House, Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney for the Best Friends Animal Society, began warning people about this very bad bill. But it was a second warning from VanKavage in mid-May that prompted to research the bill and sound the alarm.

       From there, the animal activist network, including VanKavage, began contacting legislators, and soon this horrible bill was tabled - permanently.

       Senate Bill 648, a minor amending of the Public Utilities Act, first was filed on Jan. 23 by Senate President John Cullerton. On March 20, the proposal breezed through the Executive Committee 10-0, but then on April 11, the bill took a sharp, dramatic turn.

       Acting on a complaint of a constituent whose dog had been taken away by a humane officer, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Staunton, put in Senate Floor Amendment No. 1.

       Manar amended the Animal Welfare Act. It provided "that an animal control facility may not release any animal to an individual representing an animal shelter, unless the individual is a representative of a not-for-profit, out-of-State organization and the animal is being transferred out of the State of Illinois."

       It further "provided that no animal shelter may impound or accept a stray dog or cat, unless such animal is released to the animal control facility or law enforcement officer with jurisdiction the next business day and that any animal shelter that impounds or accepts a stray dog or cat and does not transfer the animal to the local animal control or law enforcement officer by the next business day shall be in violation of the Act and shall be fined."

       In other words, Manar was saying that if you find a stray, you better get that cat or dog to animal control or you will face a fine.

       Furthermore, Manar's amendment "prohibits any representative of an animal shelter from entering upon private property and removing an animal without a search warrant or court order." A dog is chained to a dog house with no food or water and it's 100 degrees? Manar says that's too bad, you can't do anything about it - even if the dog dies.

       Manar then allowed for "animal shelters and animal control facilities to enter into mutual agreements for the purposes of animal control, boarding, holding, or other services, provided that the agreement requires the parties to adhere to the provisions of the Animal Control Act, the Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters Act, and the Humane Care for Animals Act."

       So, the animal shelter would have to follow animal control euthanasia and kill animals after a designated period of time. No-kill shelters, the true future of this country, would be no more in Illinois.

       And then Manar wanted to make "humane investigators" follow his demands or they would face punishment, even removal of their licenses.

       Manar's bill would amend the Humane Care for Animals Act. It stated that "persons designated as human investigators shall notify local law enforcement or the local animal control agency prior to conducting an investigation into a complaint within the jurisdiction of such law enforcement or animal control agency. It further provides that persons designated as a humane investigator may have his or her approval suspended or revoked by the Department if he or she engages in certain conduct and that the animal shelter or humane society sponsoring a person designated as a humane investigator shall be fined and is subject to having its license suspended or revoked if the person is found to have committed an infraction in an administrative hearing by the Department."

       Manar wanted to put the reins on humane investigators, but thank to animal activists, the bill was stopped dead in its tracks, and we will never allow it to get that far again. We will be steadfast in keeping up with the Illinois House and Senate in future years.

       If such garbage as Manar's sneaky amendment is introduced in the next legislative session in 2015, we will lead the charge in putting an end to it and knocking these people out who introduce such bills.

       We know such changes go to the House or Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. We will be watching what bills get in there, and we will alert all animal activists if something this deceptive such as Manar's manure occurs again.


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     We also believe that this country can end  the tragedy of millions of homeless dogs and cats dying in shelters each year because there aren't enough homes for  them. The U.S. can become a no-kill country, if we have the political will to do so.  Spay and neuter your pet for starters; adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group. Kittens are cute, but don't forget about the millions of wonderful adult cats abandoned at shelters and just waiting for a home to call their own again. 

Also, it's not cruel to use a crate until your dog is old enough to have the run of the house while you're gone. And,  if you're a dog owner, please, please, please, take it through an obedience class. It's our belief that very few dogs would end up in shelters if  these three approaches - crate training, obedience and spay/neuter - were used.  Don't forget, too, that your pet is part of your family. Love them like they love you - unconditionally.  

     And we hope you take the time to get active and make changes for the positive. As community activists, we've seen the power of the people at work - phone calls and letters to your elected officials do make a difference. Get active locally - see how your community treats animals. What's the adoption rates at your local pound? If it's low,  you can make changes. Education, spay/neuter programs and adoptions do make a difference. Start attending your city, village and county board meetings. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS. There's nothing like a room full of people to make a bunch of elected officials respond to you. 


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Animal Almanac

June 25, 2023 

   1903:  The Evening World of New York City praised "a little insect with a nasty sting," the wasp ... "the importation of a peculiar kind of wasp from Smyrna has been responsible for the raising of 6,000,000 pounds of figs in California last year ... in the case of the wasp, if it had not been introduced into California it would have been impossible to raise figs there." The wasp fertilized the flower of the fig.

   1903:  Stephenson, Mich. -- "But for his cat, August Jankowski, an old Menominee county settler, residing at Cedar River, would in all probability perished in the flames which destroyed his house. Jankowski was awakened by midnight by the cat pulling at his bedclothes and scratching him on the hands. On sitting up he discovered the building was on fire and was only able to save a trunk and a gun before the roof fell in. That he got out in time he attributes solely to the efforts of the cat. The origin of the blaze is supposed to have been from a defective chimney. Jankowski had no insurance and his loss is total." -- The Minneapolis Journal

   2013:  Manhattan (N.Y.) Borough President Scott Stringer issued a blistering expose on the failure of New York City's animal shelters during Hurricane Sandy. He charged that the municipal shelters "took in no animals, there was no field operations, no outreach and no presence." Defenders called the charges "outrageous."

Pig in slaughterhouse comforted by animal activist

Should it be a crime to film at factory farms? The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is pushing such bills in six states.

Factory farm film

Animal activists see such legislation as a way to hide mistreatment and abuse of animals. The proposals mandate that evidence of animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, or face a financial penalty. This video shows abuse at a factory farm.


The mandatory microchipping of dogs was the hands-down winner of our last poll. 

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"There is no way to enforce this policy with back yard breeders and  Most Pit Bull breeders are backyard breeders."

 "If a vicious attack were to occur in the future, microchips may lead to the culpable dog owner.

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