“Humane Puerto Rico” Initiative Gears Up to Save Animals

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The Humane Society of the United States recently announced the creation of their new “Humane Puerto Rico” initiative. Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the U.S. and according to HSUS, there are many dogs, cats, and other animals there that are in urgent need of help. Did you know that the euthanasia rate for shelter dogs and cats is 95%, and that many thousands of homeless pets roam the streets of this island?

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What will the initiative do? There will be a multi-faceted effort to improve the lives of the animals of Puerto Rico in several areas, including:

  • Training law enforcement officers and prosecutors on animal cruelty crimes.
  • Donating law enforcement evidence-gathering kits.
  • Cracking down on puppy mills.
  • A humane education program that will reach every K-12 public school student.
  • New tools and technology for animal shelters on the island.
  • Partnering with Humane Society International on low-cost spay/neuter programs.

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Puerto Rican government officials signed an agreement pledging their cooperation to help solve critical issues such as animal cruelty, the street dog population, and the euthanasia rate. HSUS notes that many tourists visiting Puerto Rico have been struck by the number of homeless animals in poor condition wandering the streets, and have contacted various organizations to see what can be done.

Interested in learning more about the HSUS Humane Puerto Rico initiative? Click HERE for the original story.  For an update on what’s been going on lately, including a contraception program for the free-roaming horses of Vieques, and the launch of the Sister Shelter Project, in which shelter professionals from several states will provide assistance to Puerto Rican shelters, click HERE.

 

123 Yorkie-Mix Dogs Rescued From San Diego-Area Home

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Animal hoarding stories are always tough to hear about. A recent hoarding case in the San Diego County community of Poway has gotten a lot of attention recently. An incredible number of dogs were rescued from a hoarding situation…123 to be exact (the number grew after animal welfare workers found additional dogs that the owners had been hiding during the original rescue operation).

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In this sad case, an elderly couple had been hoarding these little Yorkie-mix dogs in their home, and the living conditions faced by the dogs were, as you can imagine, horrific. The dogs are now in the care of the San Diego Humane Society, and it’s been all hands on deck caring for these sweet pups. They’ve needed grooming, dental care, vaccinations, and other services.

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They soon will be made available for adoption. San Diego Humane has set up a special web page to help field the many inquiries about the adoption process for these Yorkies. If you live in the San Diego area, consider opening your heart to one of these special dogs. You can also watch a news video about the dogs HERE.

 

Animal Lovers Rally to Save San Diego’s “Jetty Cats”

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Many San Diegans are familiar with our famous “Original Dog Beach” (one of the first dog-friendly beaches in the U.S.), popular with locals and tourists alike. But did you know that not far from Dog Beach is a Mission Bay jetty that is home to the “Jetty Cats”—a colony of stray and abandoned cats who have made their home among the jetty rocks?

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The Jetty Cats are not your average feral cat colony. Sadly, many of them are former pets left there by owners who no longer want them. Others are strays who have joined the group. They are quite friendly and approachable, and many locals enjoy visiting them and feeding them. They are also cared for by local animal welfare advocates who make sure they are spayed and neutered.

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The Jetty Cats are under threat. The City of San Diego and the USDA’s Wildlife Services Division have plans underway to trap and euthanize these much-loved cats. The stated reason is to protect endangered bird species in the area, but concerned animal lovers fear that this is an inappropriate reaction to what is generally regarded as a very well-managed cat colony.

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You can learn more about this issue and sign a petition showing your support for the Jetty Cats HERE. Interested in learning more about this unique community of cats? Check out THIS VIDEO from our local ABC New station.

 

Puppy Mill Rescue Beagles Come to San Diego

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The Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA is overflowing with adorable beagle puppies!  A total of 42 rescue pups were brought here recently…35 were rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue from a large-scale commercial breeding operation in the central United States, and the remaining pups were rescued by Four Paws Coonhound Rescue & Friends, based in El Cajon, CA.

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The puppies are currently being cared for by Rancho Coastal Humane, and staff say they should be available for adoption in the next couple of weeks.

You can watch a short video about the rescue on the local NBC News site:

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Dozens-of-Rescued-Beagles-Arrive-in-San-Diego-County-402301136.html

 

Hope for Animals: New Animal Protection Legislation in U.S. States

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The Humane Society of the United States has summarized some positive animal welfare news on its blog, A Humane Nation. Several U.S. states have passed some encouraging animal protection legislation this year…a bit of good news for all of the animals who live among us.

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Massachusetts: 78% of voters approved an anti-factory farming ballot measure that stops the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens, breeding sows, and veal calves. The measure also says that eggs, pork, and veal sold in the state must conform to the humane standards, regardless of where the food came from.

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Oregon: 70% of voters approved a measure to restrict the interstate trafficking of ivory, rhino horns, and the body parts of 10 other wildlife species endangered by trafficking.

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Oklahoma: A measure (supported by powerful agricultural interests) to amend the state constitution to ban future limitations on the “conduct of agriculture” in the state was rejected by voters by over 60%.

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California: Voters affirmed a statewide ban on the sale of plastic bags, harmful to many species of wildlife, particularly in the ocean.