Heartwarming Video: Deaf and Blind Dog Maisie Enjoys the Good Life

Maisie is an adorable and active dog who also happened to be born both deaf and blind.  Maisie is known as a double merle dog, the result of breeding two blue merle dogs together (generally regarded as poor breeding practice).

Double merles are prone to both eye and ear abnormalities that can lead to blindness and deafness, as was the case with Maisie.

Maisie was a rescue puppy when mom Haley adopted her after fostering her for just a few months.  Haley developed a successful training routine for Maisie that incorporated touch.

Haley and Maisie work together to raise awareness about the health risks of breeding double merle dogs.  Check out the heartwarming story of Haley and Maisie from The Dodo:

 

 

California Bans “Easter Bunny” Sales in New Animal Welfare Law

This Easter marks the first year a new California animal welfare law designed to protect rabbits goes into effect.  California is the first state in the US to ban live rabbit sales at pet stores—an effort to cut back on the number of rabbits that are either abandoned, surrendered to shelters, or euthanized after Easter.

This is the same law that also bans the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores.  Pet stores can still house adoptable dogs, cats, and rabbits from local animal shelters.

According to an article from Reuters, animal shelters see a spike in rabbit intakes one to three months after Easter.  The House Rabbit Society notes that thousands of rabbits, many still under one year old, are surrendered to California shelters.

Under the new law, rabbits will still be available for adoption from animal shelters and rescue groups, so California rabbit fans have the opportunity to provide a new forever home for rabbits in need!

 

Happy National Pet Day!

April 11th is National Pet Day, a great time to celebrate our pets…and to raise awareness about the many dogs, cats, and other animals waiting for their new forever families in shelters right now!

Pictured above is recent FACE Success Story Pup, a 9 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).  Pup received life-saving spinal surgery with the help of a FACE grant and is now doing well!

 

San Diego Humane Adopts Out 84 Cockatiels Rescued from Hoarding Situation

Back in January, the San Diego Humane Society took part in a large-scale rescue operation of 84 cockatiels from a one-bedroom apartment.  The rescue made the news and many interested adopters began contacting San Diego Humane about the birds.

The cockatiels spent several weeks at the Humane Society receiving lots of TLC and were ready for adoption at the end of February.

In a very happy ending to an unfortunate hoarding story, all the birds were adopted out in the first three hours!

Check out this video for more on the cockatiel adoption success story:

 

The Pibble: How a New Name Can Help the Misunderstood Pit Bull

Many Pit Bull parents will tell you that they’ve never owned a sweeter dog, but the Pit Bull suffers from a scary reputation, due in large part to some irresponsible owners who have cultivated aggression in their dogs.

The word Pibble is being used more and more to help rehabilitate the Pit Bull brand.  According to a recent article in The New York Times, Pibble is joining the word Pittie and some other cute nicknames to help convey the sweet and gentle nature of this loyal and loving breed.

According to dog breed experts, the public perception of the Pit Bull has improved since the years when dog fighting rings were often in the news.  But people can still be afraid of them, and unfortunately some are still raised to be intimidating guard dogs.

Pit Bull advocates are eager to spread awareness about the true nature of this misunderstood dog, and feel that the smile-inducing name Pibble can help win over hearts and minds.

Need some proof that the Pibble is a big love bug?  Meet adorable Willie, who spent years as a chained dog, before finally finding a real home: