The AKC Rips PETA a New One…. and they’re RIGHT

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The American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) have today issued statements to highlight their vehement disapproval of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’s apparent policy of euthanizing animals frequently at its shelter in Norfolk, VA.  Furthermore, the AKC has called for the PETA shelter to take steps towards balancing its adoption and euthanasia …

TRUTH, LIES AND BIG DONATIONS

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Last week I visited a local shelter, in a less than desirable neighborhood here in LA.  I know the shelter business very well, so when I make my comments they are not coming from an emotional place, but rather a place of knowledge.  Upon arriving at the shelter I walked through the animal receiving department and found a small hispanic …

Keep it Real – Keep it Simple – Save Lives

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There is this constant battle between rescues and shelters that does little more than cost innocent animals their lives.  I am referring mainly to the rescue groups that “rescue” pets from the shelter whose greatest risk at the shelter is adoption.   Let’s face it, there are certain breeds of dogs at the shelter that have little to no chance …

Killing By The Numbers

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When we look at how an animal shelter performs, we typically judge them by how many animals are adopted / rescued vs. how many animals are killed.  These numbers may seem simple at the surface but are often skewed by a veil of deceit. Typically this should be a simple approach:  The shelter took in 100 animals, 90 were adopted, …

To The Critics

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This is written to those who stand by and criticize those doing the work.  To those that scoff and moan how much better things could be done.  Those that point fault at the actions of others and contribute nothing in the process.   Critics exist in all areas, but here I would like to address those in my own backyard.  …

Last Weeks Shelter Rescue Workshop at VCAS

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Last weekend I taught another Shelter Rescue workshop at the Ventura County Animal Shelter and the turnout was great.  We had over 30 participants.  Many were volunteers from VCAS,  others came from near and far to participate.   Participants learned dog handling, marketing, training and adoption skills.  Everyone came away feeling inspired to save more lives.   VCAS has graciously …

Shelters Need More People and Less Dogs

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I’ve worked with many shelters both here locally and across the US.  One thing that is lacking in all shelters is volunteers.  With the exception of a small humane society in northern Arizona, most shelters have a skeleton staff of volunteers that can be relied upon.  Most people want the glamour of saving dogs but don’t understand that it takes …