New California Pet Store Law Helps Shelter Animals

January 1, 2019 was the first day that a new animal welfare law went into effect here in California.  Under this law (called the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act), pet stores cannot sell dogs, cats, or rabbits unless they are from animal shelters or rescue organizations.

This law prevents pet stores from selling animals sourced from commercial breeding operations, known as puppy mills.

According to the Sacramento Bee, pet stores in California must publicly display documentation on each animal’s origins in the area where the animal is housed.

Pet stores in violation of this law will have to pay a fine of $500 for each pet that is sold illegally.

Here’s a video on the new law from NBC News:

 

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Netflix Docuseries “Dogs” a Treat for Animal Lovers

Grab a box of tissues before you start watching the new 6-part Netflix documentary series “Dogs.”

“Dogs” is a moving and heartwarming look into the unique bond between people and their dogs.

Each episode takes you on a journey across the world and introduces you to some very special dogs…and their humans!

Here’s a quick episode guide:

  1. A look at how service dogs can make a difference in the lives of special needs children.
  2. A Syrian refugee and his friends go to extraordinary lengths to rescue his dog from war torn Syria.
  3. A senior Retriever is the loyal best friend of an Italian fisherman.
  4. An inside look at the world of professional dog grooming competitions.
  5. A profile of the large Costa Rican dog sanctuary, Territorio de Zaguates.
  6. Texas shelter dogs get a second chance at life with adopters in New York City.

Check out the official trailer below:

 

 

Heartwarming Video: Best Friends Tito and Frank

In honor of Senior Pet Adoption Month, here’s a true senior pet adoption success story!

Tito is a 15 year-old Chihuahua with multiple health issues who was taken in as a foster.  Tito and his “brother” Frank soon became inseparable.

Tito had a collapsed trachea and cannot use his back legs.  Frank helped nurse Tito through his medical care and totes him around on walks.

Frank is a rescued Pit Bull, found emaciated and living in a junkyard.  His early trauma has led to anxiety issues, but feisty little Tito is helping Frank every bit as much as Frank is helping him!

Watch the story of these two special dogs here:

 

It’s National Deaf Dog Awareness Week

The last full week of September has been designated as Deaf Dog Awareness Week.

This is a great time to remember all the special needs dogs and cats that are awaiting adoption at your local animal shelter or rescue group.

Thinking about adopting a deaf dog?  The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund is a great resource for anyone who’s considering opening their heart and home to a deaf companion animal.

 

Wildfires Impact California Shelter Pets

The many large wildfires in California are having a devastating impact on people and their pets.  But what about the homeless animals in the path of the fires?

Many of these shelter animals are being evacuated from fire zones and are being brought to shelters in the San Francisco Bay area, so that pets displaced by fires can get emergency housing.

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek California is working to rescue homeless dogs and cats from shelters impacted by fire.  These animals are now available for adoption.

Click below to learn more about what ARF is doing to help these sweet pets!

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