Clear the Shelters Day is Saturday, August 19th!

It’s coming…the annual event known as Clear the Shelters Day is happening this Saturday, August 19th at animal shelters around the U.S.  Clear the Shelters is an event sponsored by local NBC and Telemundo television stations around the country to encourage shelter pet adoptions.  Many shelters will waive adoption fees on Saturday, so it’s the perfect time to open your heart to a shelter pet in need of a loving forever home.

Check out this map on the Clear the Shelters website to find a participating shelter in your community.  And here’s a cute video from sponsor VIP Pet Care to get you in the mood!

 

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.

 

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

 

Bowled Over: What’s the Perfect Food Bowl for Your Dog?

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You’d think choosing food and water bowls for your dog would be a no-brainer, right? Just pick a style and material that you like in roughly the right size for your particular dog. It’s actually more complicated than that. Experts note that there are certain types of bowls that work best for different kinds of dogs. Here’s a quick guide to picking the best bowl for your pup, courtesy of That Pet Place:

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Long-nosed dogs: Breeds with long noses like Greyhounds, Collies, and Dachshunds can benefit from the extra room of a deep bowl with high sides.

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Short-nosed dogs: Brachycephalic breeds like Bulldogs, Pugs, and Pekingese should be fed using shallow bowls. Short-sided bowls make it easier for them to reach the food and are also easier on the throat.

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Long-eared dogs: Do you have a Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, or Irish Setter? Choose food and water bowls with steep sides and a narrow opening to keep those long ears clean and dry.

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Tall dogs: Great Danes, Mastiffs, and other large, long-legged breeds will appreciate bowls set on raised feeder stands. They will be more comfortable and easier on the joints than bowls set on the floor. Elevated bowls are also good for three-legged dogs and dogs recovering from surgery.

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Puppies: Shallow bowls work best for puppies. A bowl with high sides could press against your little guy’s throat while he’s eating.

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Fast eaters: If your dog is a little too enthusiastic at dinnertime, consider buying a slow-feed bowl with a raised insert in the center. These bowls are designed to prevent the gulping of food and improve your dog’s digestion.

 

 

How You Can Take a Stand Against Puppy Mills

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Maddie’s Fund and the Humane Society of the United States have joined forces to create the “Don’t Buy Into Puppy Mills” public awareness campaign. Visit their informative website to learn how you can help stop the cruel puppy mill industry. There are lots of things concerned animal lovers can do to make a real difference in the lives of these animals. Just click on the provided links to sign a petition, contact your local legislators, and report suspected puppy mill activity to the authorities.

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Don’t forget to use the hashtag #stoppuppymills on your social media accounts and spread the word about alternative ways to find a new puppy…especially adoption!…besides pet stores and online ads. The HSUS estimates that 2 million puppies are born into mills each year. We can help reduce that number.

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The campaign has created a very moving video featuring kids talking about where puppies come from which can serve as a great learning tool for anyone interested in educating the next generation about puppy mills: