Local Jurisdictions Continue the Fight Against Puppy Mills

A recent blog post by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) highlights the leading role that cities and counties across the U.S. are taking to ban puppy mills—despite opposition at the state and federal levels.

While many local jurisdictions are banning the sale of pet store animals bred in large-scale, for-profit breeding operations known as puppy mills, the industry is fighting back.  The ALDF reports that “pet store lobbyists are pressuring state legislatures to pass preemption laws blocking cities’ and counties’ right to adopt retail pet sale bans.”

This means that the state law will take precedence over any local law that seeks to ban puppy mill dogs from being sold in pet stores.  The ALDF notes that Arizona and Ohio have already passed preemption laws.

In addition to state-level push back on the fight against inhumane puppy mills, recently enacted federal measures have also made the effort to regulate puppy mills more difficult.  In early 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture removed public access to animal welfare records, including those relating to USDA licensed puppy mills.

What’s the good news?  Efforts to pass state preemption bills failed in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Illinois.

As the ALDF notes, “retail pet sale bans are a powerful way for people to fight puppy mills in their own communities…instead of passing preemption laws, states should ban the sale of commercially-bred animals statewide.”

Currently, California is the only state to have enacted a retail pet sale ban.  The ALDF says that concerned animal lovers in other states should be aware of any preemption laws in the works.  States currently considering such laws include Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

Be sure to keep up to date on the state of animal welfare legislation in your state by following the work of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.



Popular Succulents May Be Toxic To Your Pets

Those popular little indoor succulent plants you’re seeing everywhere are adorable and appealing…but are they safe to bring home if you have a dog or cat in the house?

There are many houseplants that can be harmful to our pets, but with the growing popularity of pint-sized succulents for the home and patio, veterinarians are warning pet owners about their potential hazards.

Here’s a brief overview of what you should know.  Be sure to check out this article on the American Veterinarian website for the full story.

Aloe Vera and True Aloe:  Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.  Symptoms include lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Euphorbias (such as Pencil Cactus):  Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.  Contact can cause skin rash and irritation.  Ingestion can cause mouth and stomach irritation with possible vomiting.

Kalanchoes:  Toxic to dogs and cats.  Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and (rarely) abnormal heart rhythm.

Jade (aka Rubber Plant):  Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.  May cause vomiting, depression, and lack of coordination.

Silver Dollar (aka Chinese or Silver Jade):  Toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.  Symptoms include vomiting and upset stomach, tremors, and signs of “drunkenness.”

Be sure to seek immediate veterinary care if your pet shows signs of plant poisoning.  Check out the Pet Poison Helpline for more information on dangerous plants.

Now for the good news!  Here are some cute and *nontoxic* succulents recommended by American Veterinarian:

  • Blue Echeveria
  • Burro’s Tail (aka Horse’s Tail, Donkey’s Tail, Lamb’s Tail)
  • Ghost Plant (aka Mother of Pearl)
  • Hardy Baby Tears
  • Haworthia

  • Hens and Chickens (aka Hens and Chicks)
  • Maroon Chenille Plant
  • Mexican Firecracker
  • Mexican Rosettes
  • Mexican Snowballs
  • Painted Lady (aka Copper Rose, Maroon)
  • Plush Plant
  • Tree Cactus
  • Wax Rosette

Top image: “Lucy Cat + my fave succulent pot” (sistashizron on Flickr)


Meet Cleo: FACE’s 2,000th Life Saved!

Last month, San Diego resident Sean noticed a small, green-eyed tabby cat visiting outside of his apartment. She continued to stop by, and the two formed a friendship. Sean soon found out that Cleo had been abandoned and was not able to return to her owners. Having grown fond of Cleo, Sean decided it was meant to be and adopted this young kitty who needed a home.

Cleo was used to life as an indoor-outdoor cat before Sean adopted her. After one of her trips outdoors, it was taking her longer than usual to return home. Cleo finally showed up late one night at Sean’s doorstep, dirty and crying in pain. Sean rushed Cleo to Bodhi Animal Hospital in North Park. After an exam, it was determined that Cleo had a broken leg requiring surgery. Bodhi suspected she was hit by a car, one of the many dangers of allowing pets outdoors with no supervision. Without treatment, euthanasia is the recommended course for animals who have severe injuries.

Sean didn’t want Cleo to suffer but did not have what was needed to cover the emergency costs of the surgery required. Thankfully, Cleo’s veterinarian referred Sean to FACE, and we were able to assist with her life-saving surgery.

Cleo marks FACE’s 2,000th life saved!

She is still on the road to recovery and will remain an indoor cat from now on.  (FACE grantees agree to spay/neuter their pets and keep them safely inside.)

FACE continues to grow each year and has now saved over 2,000 pets in partnership with more than 150 veterinary hospitals throughout San Diego County, all of which generously discount their services for FACE.

We are so grateful to all our supporters and veterinary partners who make our mission to end economic euthanasia and save pets and help families possible!


April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

April has been designated as Pet First Aid Awareness Month…a great time to brush up on our pet first aid skills and put together that pet first aid kit we’ve been meaning to get to for a while now!

To help you get started, check out the Pet First Aid Awareness Month page from the official Red Cross website HERE.

Not sure what to put in that pet first aid kit?  Here’s a helpful how-to video from The Bow Tie Vet Guy:


Image:  “Puppy with Cast,” Greg Hounslow (Flickr)