Endangered Species Day ~ Race Against Extinction May 18,2018 generationawakening Event

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In Honor Of ( May 18th )
Endangered Species Day

This 5K obstacle course run/walk on the boardwalk in beautiful Huntington Beach will raise awareness and funds for endangered species. If you are a business that would like to sponsor or an organization that would like a booth, please fill out the contact form or email us at info@generationawakening.org.

At the time of registration you choose the organization you would like to run for – that cause will receive 50% of your ticket price.

Location: 21579 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

@ Parking lot at Beach Blvd. & PCH

Race Against Extinction

Orange County, CA
Did you know only 3% of all charitable donations made in the U.S. go to wildlife and environmental conservation?

This is not enough, we are failing our wildlife. The time couldn’t be more urgent to take a stand (or a run) and make our voices heard loud and clear that wildlife is important to us, and we need to be doing more to protect them. Come out for a 5K obstacle course fun run on the beach to raise awareness and funds for endangered species and their habitats. Let’s make this the biggest collective RAWR for wildlife!

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT:

Families, friends, co-workers, kids, and people of all ages can come out to participate in this fun and competitive setting with various contests and prizes. Complimentary water and snacks will be provided. Following the race, enjoy the music by Reggae band Cali Conscious and the various booths, a silent auction and even pet adoptions, as the other players finish. Once the race has concluded there will be an award ceremony for the top finishers (Kids & Adults) and top fundraisers – both individuals and teams, and raffle winners. This will be an exciting day with a purpose that is sure to be a memorable one!

HOW IT WORKS:

100% of raised funds go directly to protect endangered species and their habitats which will breakdown as follows:

50% of raised funds will go directly to our participating organizations that YOU choose to sign up to support their specific species or cause

50% to our projects which include educational presentations in schools promoting awareness for wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship, and supporting our ambassador’s wildlife conservation efforts around the globe. See our campaigns page for more info on our work

SCHEDULE:

7:00 AM – Registration Opens

7:30 AM – Join us for a warm-up: complimentary yoga class on the beach

8:30 AM – Registration + Photos

9:00 AM – Race begins 9am // start for kids + families @ 9:15am

10:30 -12 PM – Category Winners + Prizes, Snacks, Food Trucks, Face Painting,

pet adoptions and a performance by Cali Conscious!

CHOOSE YOUR CAUSE + SIGN UP TODAY:

PRIZES

First runner with dog across finish line:

Dogma Pet PortraitS

first stroller past the finish linE:

5 lbs. Verve coffee for

Costume prizeS:

Socks + bike bell FROM eLECTRA

TOP Kid Runners:

1ST – Womper Board Kids Body surfing board from Catch Surf – 1st prize

2ND – $50 Surf City Skates – 2nd prize

Top ADULT Runners:

1st – 2 Hornblower cruise adult tickets

2nd – Orange Theory 5 classes and swag bag

3rd – LSTN Headphones

Top fundraiserS:

2 hr. Duffy ride in Newport harbor ride – kid or adult

$100 Watergrille gift card

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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Wildlife Services Killed 1.3 Million Native Animals in 2017, Including Coyotes, Bears, Wolves

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Wildlife Services Killed 1.3 Million Native Animals in 2017, Including Coyotes, Bears, Wolves
Center for Biological Diversity
3-4 minutes

Coyote at Seedskadee NWR. Tom Koerner / USFWS

The arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 1.3 million native animals during 2017, according to new data released by the agency last week.

The multimillion-dollar federal wildlife-killing program targets wolves, coyotes, cougars, birds and other wild animals for destruction—primarily to benefit the agriculture industry. Of the 2.3 million animals killed in total last year, more than 1.3 million were native wildlife species.

“The Department of Agriculture needs to get out of the wildlife-slaughter business,” said Collette Adkins, a biologist and attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “There’s just no scientific basis for continuing to shoot, poison and strangle more than a million animals every year. Even pets and endangered species are being killed by mistake, as collateral damage.”

According to the latest report, the federal program last year killed 357 gray wolves; 69,041 adult coyotes, plus an unknown number of coyote pups in 393 destroyed dens; 624,845 red-winged blackbirds; 552 black bears; 319 mountain lions; 1,001 bobcats; 675 river otters, including 587 killed “unintentionally”; 3,827 foxes, plus an unknown number of fox pups in 128 dens; and 23,646 beavers.

The program also killed 15,933 prairie dogs outright, as well as an unknown number killed in more than 38,452 burrows that were destroyed or fumigated. These figures almost certainly underestimate the actual number of animals killed, as program insiders have revealed that Wildlife Services kills many more animals than it reports.

According to the new data, the wildlife-killing program unintentionally killed nearly 3,000 animals last year, including wolves, badgers, bears, bobcats, foxes, muskrats, otters, porcupines, raccoons and turtles. Its killing of nontarget birds included chickadees, bluebirds, cardinals, ducks, eagles, grouse, hawks, herons, swans and owls. Dozens of domestic animals, including pets and livestock, were also killed. Such data reveals the indiscriminate nature of painful leghold traps, strangulation snares, poisons and other methods used by federal agents.

“The barbaric, outdated tactics Wildlife Services uses to destroy America’s animals need to end,” Adkins added. “Wolves, bears and other carnivores help balance the web of life where they live. Our government needs to end its pointless cycle of violence.

The wildlife-killing program contributed to the decline of gray wolves, Mexican wolves, black-footed ferrets, black-tailed prairie dogs and other imperiled species during the first half of the 1900s and continues to impede their recovery today.

https://www.ecowatch.com/wildlife-services-kills-native-animals-2562879506.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=e12c646d61-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-e12c646d61-86074753

Petition · Dimitris Papastergiou : Save the Trikala Shelter Dogs! · Change.org

Debbie Pownall started this petition to Mayor of Trikala Dimitris Papastergiou

On the 31st May officials from the department of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have instructed the Municipality of Trikala to arrive at the gates of the Trikala Dog Shelter and release all 127 of our dogs on to the streets.

The reason? The shelter was created with the prospect of expanding and creating a modern one. However, because of the financial crisis, the funds have never been given or have not been found for this to be built. Despite the shelter running for many years the Ministry have decided the shelter must be closed because a new one has not been built. A vicious circle without meaning. The city, as it claims, has no money to build a modern shelter, and the letter of the law says the existing one must be closed because it is not within current specification.

We need to save these dogs from the abuse of man and an environment unknown to them. Life in this shelter is all they have known. Many are old, many need medication. To put them out on the street would mean certain death to them, one way or another. We can not let this happen.

Please sign our petition to save our dogs from this despicable fate. We can not let this happen. It is a death sentence.

As a community of supporters from all over the world we have kept this shelter going since 2011 with time, love and money. We can’t let these dogs die on the streets when there is somewhere safe for them to be!

Please email the Mayor Dimitris Papastergiou:

dpapastergiou@trikalacity.gr

Letter to send:

Dear Mayor of Trikala,

We have known the city of Trikala and it’s dog shelter since 2011. We have seen your city evolving, having fun, with no improvements at all for the dog shelter. No infrastructure, just more and more dogs living there. We’ve seen the shelter in mud, we’ve seen it without water many times. Without electricity for many, many years.

We, their supporters from abroad, pay the majority of funds, with much pleasure, to keep this shelter running! Because we just don’t want to see the dogs dying on the streets.

We can see what the situation in Greece is like, due to the economic crisis, but we are watching the Municipality spend money for everything EXCEPT for the animals. It is time to prove that not only are you a smart city, but you are a city with emotions too.

We bring to your attention an extreme situation facing the 127 dogs currently housed at the Trikala Dog Shelter in Raxa.

On the 31st May officials from the Municipality have been instructed by the Ministry to release all 127 of the Trikala Shelter Dogs on to the streets! What exactly will happen on this date, will determine our own view of your city globally.

We have known most of the dogs at the shelter since they were puppies, we have followed their stories and grown to care for them! Many of us adopting them. We already know their is no place in your city that is friendly to dogs. We support the volunteers at Trikala Animal Welfare O Argos to be able to change all that, we know this takes time but we are still here.

Use your influence in order to prevent this releasing of the dogs happening, to prevent the slow death of all the dogs if they are released on the streets. We are very aware what happens to animals out there.

Please help stop this!

https://www.change.org/p/dimitris-papastergiou-save-the-trikala-shelter-dogs-a313f591-5289-43b7-975f-04fa41515ddc?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13123390&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAPl4yAAAAAAAWt%2BRBrONw3k2ZDg4NDY1Yw%3D%3D

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Petition update · Rusty has been at Dallas Animal Services since Dec. 16, 2017 · Change.org

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Petition update

Apr 5, 2018 — The City of Dallas filed their initial brief in their appeal of the County’s denial of the City’s argument that Dallas Pets Alive has no right to challenge the order of the municipal court that Rusty be killed. We will submit our response brief on or before April 18. The City may file a reply brief but the Court of Appeals will set a date for the appeal to be submitted to the panel deciding the matter with or without oral argument. Appeals are not like trials in that appeals are decided on the actual written record before the Court and the application of existing law. There is no set time for the Court of Appeals to issue its written opinion.

Rusty has been at Dallas Animal Services since Dec. 16, 2017, even though we continue to offer the City of Dallas a positive solution that meets the needs of all parties. Unfortunately, Rusty will remain at Dallas Animal Services while the City of Dallas spends even more taxpayer dollars and City manpower trying every tactic possible to avoid giving Dallas Pets Alive, and really Rusty, due process.

While we are not able to visit Rusty, we understand he remains in good spirits as he sits in isolation at Dallas Animal Services. We do not believe Rusty should be there, but we truly appreciate the staff at Dallas Animal Services and all they are able to do for Rusty while the City of Dallas needlessly drags this case out. We know Rusty has appreciated all of the donations he’s received from the #RescueRusty team. If you would like to donate new toys, bones and treats to Rusty, please send them to the address noted below (NOTE: it is a PO box and not a physical location) or drop them off at our adoption event this weekend at Grapevine Craft Brewery from 4-7 p.m. Please keep in mind that Rusty is a chewer, so tough toys are best and toys that occupy his mind and challenge him while he is in his kennel would be appreciated.

Dallas Pets Alive

11700 Preston Rd.
Suite 660 #263
Dallas, TX 75230

We also want to thank you for reaching out to your elected officials and urge you to continue your outreach as the City Council has the ability to end this ongoing legal battle and send Rusty to a sanctuary in New York. Follow this link to easily contact your city councilmember: http://dallascityhall.com/government/Pages/contact_mcc.aspx

We do again extend our thanks to Council Members Omar Narvaez and Adam Medrano for their continuing efforts on Rusty’s behalf. They have advocated for Rusty since the beginning and continue to do so.

This issue is NOT going away and the citizens of Dallas deserve answers from their elected officials about their position and their willingness to expend untold City resources both in manpower and finances on this needless fight. As always, please remember to remain positive in your advocacy for Rusty. #RescueRusty

14 Suspects Arrested & Two Pit Bulls Rescued During Philadelphia Dog Fighting Ring – World Animal News

BREAKING NEWS

By Lauren Lewis -March 16, 2018

Authorities crashed a dogfight this past weekend in Philadelphia which resulted in the arrest of 14 suspects and the rescue of four dogs.
According to The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA), the organization’s Humane Law Enforcement Team broke up the event that was unlawfully taking place in South Philadelphia on Saturday evening.
PSPCA Officers and Philadelphia Police officers entered the ring to break up the fight, rescue the dogs, and apprehend the suspects who have not been publically identified yet. Dog fighting crimes hold a felony charge.
Drugs, two firearms, a large amount of cash and a wooden fighting ring with blood spatter were subsequently also recovered from the scene.
The two pit bull type dogs actively fighting were transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they were immediately rushed to the shelter hospital where veterinary staff began the long work of repairing the damage suffered. They are both in stable condition and will remain under the custody of the PSPCA until they are signed over by their owners, or the adjudication of their court case.
Early Sunday morning, an additional search warrant was executed on a suspect’s vehicle. There, the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement officers found an additional dog, wearing a weighted collar consistent with dog fighting, which was taken into custody. While on location another dog was recovered from a vehicle. This dog appeared ill and was taken to the shelter for medical assessment and treatment.
“Cases like this remind us that while we may not always hear about it, dog fighting is still happening in the city of Philadelphia,” Nicole Wilson, Director of the Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA said in a statement. “Our team has boots on the ground 365 days a year, investigating cases like this, and working to bring those involved to justice. We are grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance in this case, and will work to prosecute these offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”
The investigation is open and ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case, the whereabouts of those involved, or other cases of animal cruelty, is urged to call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.

http://worldanimalnews.com/14-suspects-arrested-two-pit-bulls-rescued-philadelphia-dog-fighting-ring/

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Urgent!!! Help Needed To Find Dozens Of Animals Stolen From Florida Wildlife Sanctuary Over The Weekend – World Animal News

http://worldanimalnews.com/urgent-help-needed-find-dozens-animals-stolen-florida-wildlife-sanctuary-weekend/

Lauren Lewis –
March 6, 2018

Photos from Cindy Robert
A false Craigslist ad reportedly resulted in the theft of dozens of animals from a wildlife sanctuary in Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida, over the weekend.
According to WSVN, seven lemurs, five marmosets, four monkeys, seven birds and 13 tortoises were stolen from the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary sometime between 10:00 PM Saturday evening and 10:00 AM Sunday morning.

People with any information about this theft should immediately call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or 305-471-8477.
It is especially urgent because when WAN contacted the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers hotline this morning, while we were told that they could not confirm whether any tips have been received yet, there was an indication that none had been made.
Our call to the South District Police Station in Cutler Bay to try to secure more information was also deterred when an officer who was unaware of the case told us that, regardless, they would not be able to share any details with us unless we had a case number and went into the station to make the request.
As per WSVN, the fabricated Craigslist ad stated, “Free exotic animals. I’m no longer staying in business I can’t take care of these animals. I have lemurs, marmosets, tortoise, African grays, macaws, horses etc. First come first serve. We’re a sanctuary going out of business. If I’m not there just go around back and take what you want.”
“Some of these animals need medication. “It’s sad because, unfortunately, some of them might die,” volunteer Cindy Robert told WSVN while pleading for the animals return. “Please, just bring them back because they need to be safe and cared for properly.”
As per authorities, the owner of the animal sanctuary recently moved and no surveillance cameras had been installed.
Again, if you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or 305-471-8477. Callers can remain anonymous and may become eligible for a $1,000.00 reward. What’s most important though is that the stolen animals are returned quickly and safely. Please help by calling the tip line if you have any information.

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Homeless Puppy Cried Out in Pain After Losing Half His Ear – Thankfully, These People Heard Him! (VIDEO) – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

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The USDA Is Still Hiding Animal Welfare Records from the Public – Why This Is an Issue and What’s Being Done – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

The USDA Is Still Hiding Animal Welfare Records from the Public – Why This Is an Issue and What’s Being D
Arianna Pittman
March 5, 2018

For nearly a decade, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) housed an online search tool where the public could access inspection reports and legal documentation concerning entities licensed under the Animal Welfare Act. Then, suddenly, in February 2017, the search tool was disabled and the records were no longer accessible to the public, with the USDA claiming privacy concerns as the reason for the documents being removed.

It was a shock to organizations and advocates, who relied on the reports to show people the horrors of puppy mills and expose the mistreatment of animals in roadside zoos and other attractions. They also brought to light the number of animals used in research facilities and the conditions in which many were forced to live. The reports showed facility names and locations, the type(s) of animals kept and how many, and recorded any violations of federal law including failure to provide adequate veterinary care and proper food and shelter. They were not only an educational tool, but they also served as evidence in lawsuits and legislative efforts aimed at helping and protecting animals.

The USDA has reinstated some of the documentation since the “blackout” that took place just over a year ago, but much of the information organizations rely on has been removed, making the reports virtually useless in their animal protection efforts.
A Continued Lack Of Transparency Is Harming Animals

The USDA Is Still Hiding Animal Welfare Records from the Public — Why This Is an Issuesdnelson11/Wikimedia

In August 2017 a new public search tool was launched and many of the inspection reports were reinstated, but with one major change – the vast majority of information was redacted, meaning you could no longer see animal counts, facility names and locations, and in some cases, the details of what violations were found during an inspection. Many of the search and reporting features have also been disabled in the new search tool, making it more difficult to find information on specific breeders and zoos.

Documents can be requested from the agency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but organizations have reported that those documents were redacted as well, as were any photographs depicting animal welfare violations. Not only that, but long waiting periods to receive the documents can hinder an organization’s ability to protect animals covered under the Animal Welfare Act.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) stated that “obtaining animal welfare records through traditional FOIA requests significantly burdens countless animal protection organizations and other agencies. Records which were previously immediately accessible at no cost now require each individual organization to manage voluminous FOIA requests that take several months or even years to process, not to mention the possibility of large fees.”

For people and organizations working to protect animals by tracking problematic facilities and holding them accountable under the law, this can have a direct impact on their life-saving work and advocacy. The USDA said they plan to make animal inventories and other information available again in the future, but in the meantime, advocates continue to wait, forced to work with the little information that is available to help protect animals from harm.
Why the Records Are Important

The USDA Is Still Hiding Animal Welfare Records from the Public — Why This Is an IssuePetra Martin/Wikimedia

Countless animal welfare organizations used the inspection reports and other records posted by the USDA to monitor animal welfare violations and track the sizes and conditions of puppy mills, zoos, roadside attractions, aquariums, and research labs.

The ASPCA used information from the reports, as well as photographs acquired through the FOIA, to create an online database of problematic breeders and their connections to various pet stores. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) used inspection report data to publish their annual “Horrible Hundred” list, which calls out puppy mills who have repeatedly violated the Animal Welfare Act, yet are allowed to remain licensed by the USDA.

The USDA reports helped advocates expose the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act throughout its history, revealing the sad truth behind circuses and animals being used for entertainment. An abusive animal handler who rented animals out for film and television was also exposed because of information made available through USDA inspection reports.

Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) conducts undercover investigations that have exposed the cruel practices of puppy mills and how pet stores often deceive customers by hiding the truth about where the puppies really come from.

Organizations focused on animal law used the reports to fight for legislative change to better protect animals and file cruelty complaints with both state and local agencies when laws had been violated. Without the vital information contained in these reports, each organization’s work to protect animals becomes even harder than it was before.
Organizations Taking Legal Action

In addition to public outcry over the USDA’s sudden loss of transparency, several organizations decided to take action by filing lawsuits and demanding that the database be brought back online and all of the animal welfare documents restored.

ALDF, an organization focused on using the law to protect animals, understands the importance of these records and how their removal impacts animal welfare organizations throughout the U.S. In 2017, they filed a lawsuit against the USDA along with Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, Companion Animal Protection Society and Animal Folks, claiming that removal of the documents “violates both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).” The lawsuit was eventually dismissed by a district judge, but ALDF is now appealing that dismissal, according to a press release recently posted on the organization’s website.

That same year, PETA, Beagle Freedom Project, Born Free USA and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were also part of a lawsuit requesting that animal welfare documents be reinstated and made available to the public. To date, the lawsuit is still pending.

These lawsuits will likely continue for some time, so it’s important for advocates to continue demanding that these records be fully reinstated, without redaction, so they can continue their work to protect those who have no voice.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/usda-still-hiding-animal-welfare-records/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=f4c4f9cf18-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-f4c4f9cf18-106049477

Taiwan Animal Shelter Cares For Over 3,000 Stray Dogs – The Dodo

Family Dedicates everything to care for $3,000 dogs This place is every dog lover’s dream 💞
By Kristen Warfield
Published On 02/06/2018

It’s a scene that dog lovers would only dream of: over 3,000 dogs of all shapes and sizes, with countless wet kisses and happy tail wags to offer around the clock.

But at one animal shelter in Taiwan, it’s a reality.
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The outdoor dog yard at the shelter | Angel Wang

At Mrs. Hsu’s Sanctuary, a family-owned shelter opened five years ago, dogs outnumber people. Due to the country’s overabundance of stray dogs, the Hsu family slowly began taking in a small population of strays — and that number kept growing until, eventually, a Good Samaritan donated a large facility to serve as a proper shelter.

Now over 3,000 dogs live there as they await their forever homes.
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An indoor section for the dogs | Angel Wang

Like the many volunteers who devote countless hours to the dogs, Angel Wang started volunteering at the shelter four years ago because she, too, noticed how many dogs in her community were homeless.

“I really love dogs, but especially the stray dogs,” Wang told The Dodo. “Because there are so many, our shelter has become the largest one in Taiwan.”
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Wang with some of the sanctuary’s residents | Angel Wang

Last February, Taiwan became the first country in history to ban the euthanization of stray dogs as a means of population control. Instead, shelters, including Mrs. Hsu’s Sanctuary, are putting a greater focus on spay and neuter programs — a welcomed change that will hopefully raise more awareness about the impacts of breeding.

While a majority of the dogs at the shelter came in as strays, many were rescued from car and motorbike accidents or gin traps, which are steel spring traps put out by farmers to keep animals away from crops. They usually end up snaring unsuspecting dogs in the process.
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Angel Wang

“We have a vet in our shelter, but if the dog has an injury that is too critical, they’re brought to a local animal hospital,” Wang said. “We have a number of dogs with missing legs or paralysis in the back legs.”

In addition to an array of full-time employees and volunteers, the shelter also has a special supporter who builds custom, low-cost wheelchairs for any dog resident who needs them.
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Pan Chieh, the man who builds the wheelchairs, checks on a dog. | Angel Wang

In addition to veterinary care, the shelter also offers a large-scale grooming room, a night room for the dogs to sleep in and a special room just for cats.
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Dogs resting in the sleep room | Angel Wang

Since many of the dogs are strays and are used to the company of other dogs, they generally spend daytime out in the “park,” which gives them opportunity to play with one another and go for walks with volunteers.
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Volunteers working in the grooming room | Angel Wang

Wang especially enjoys the one-on-one time with the dogs — and has even met her best friend in the process. One day in December 2015, Wang spotted a shaggy, sweet-looking gray dog who had just been brought in as a stray.

“She was immediately very kind to me and wanted to sit on the floor and play all day,” Wang said. “Everytime I’d go in to volunteer, she would spot me and would walk beside me for the rest of the day. I eventually started calling her Huei Huei, which means ‘gray.’”
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Angel Wang walking two of the shelter’s dogs, including Huei Huei (right), whom she adopted in 2017 | Angel Wang

As the months rolled on, the time Huei Huei spent in the shelter turned into years. But Wang continued paying special care to her — and in March 2017, she officially brought her home.

“She touched my heart,” Wang said. “We became such good friends.”

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Huei Huei after being adopted | Angel Wang

While the amount of dogs surely outnumbers staff members and volunteers, people throughout the community work around the clock to care for the dogs — and are fully funded by the donations of local people who believe in their mission.

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A three-legged dog going home with her new family | Angel Wang

“I love being with the dogs and seeing them happy,” Wang said. “Their smiles are my favorite part.”

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Angel Wang

To keep up with their work, you can follow the shelter on Facebook.

https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/taiwan-animal-shelter-cares-thousands-stray-dogs

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Heartbreaking News As Missing Pilots N Paws Volunteer Pilot’s Plane Went Down Over The Gulf Of Mexico – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis 
January 5, 2018

As family, friends, and admirers of pilot Bill Kinsinger hold their collective breath waiting for news of his whereabouts after his plane crashed Wednesday while en route to pick up an elderly dog.
Tragically, Kinsinger was approximately 20 minutes away from his destination when his plane crashed over the Gulf of Mexico. The kind-hearted Pilots N Paws volunteer was on his way to pick up Masaru, an 11-year-old husky who needed to be taken from Texas to Oklahoma for medical treatment and was just hours from being put down. 

A Facebook page dedicated to saving Masaru also confirmed that the dog was not on the plane when it went missing.
Pilot Justin Blackburn was among several fellow pilots that continued Masaru’s rescue, landing the dog safely at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. 

“Whatever happened to Bill you know, he did it for this dog out of the goodness of his heart,” Blackburn told News 9. “It would have been sad to me to not have that completed.”
“A very emotional Pilots N Paws transport will land any minute at Wiley Post Airport (KPWA), PNP Pilot Bill’s home airport in Oklahoma City. The pilots chose to fly to KPWA in Bill’s honor,” the non-profit organization that transports rescue animals from kill shelters to foster families and other no-kill shelters, posted on Facebook. “Having flown PNP rescue missions each week since he first joined in July 2014, Bill is a very special part of our organization.”
“We’ve long said that flying rescue animals is a labor of love for our pilots; rescuing animals is Bill’s passion,” the organization said in a statement further explaining that Kinsinger’s Oklahoma City home-base enabled him to complete many rescues from “Texas where there is a large number of homeless animals, to Colorado where there is a large number of available adoptive homes.”
The statement went on to share a remarkable story of a time when Bill drove to Arkansas to pick up seven dogs that he originally committed to flying before he found that his plane was damaged. He brought them to his home the next night to join another dog he was fostering in “a custom-built log cabin doghouse.”
“Please keep Bill and his family in your prayers,” Pilots N Paws continued on Facebook. “We are holding out hope for a miracle that he will be found safe.”
WAN joins Pilots N Paws and countless others in praying for this special man’s safe return.
WAN will continue to update this story as the Coast Guard continues to search for Bill over the Pacific Ocean.

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Petition · Save Lamby in her final hours! · Change.org

Lamby is an abused dog facing euthanasia after being seized from her owner. After spending her life stuffed in a crate and being painfully bond with rubber bands that held on sunglasses and hats to encourage passerbuy to donate money. She has been designated a “dangerous dog.”  We have a rescue who would like to save and Rehabilitate Lamby, giving her a chance at a nice life with loving family. The most tragic thing about this situation is that she was in the custody of the Dallas Animal Service on five occasions and every time she was turned back over to her abuser, it would be a real failure of Justice if Lamby where to be euthanize now, after so many missed opportunities to give her a better life. We’re asking the city of Dallas to resecind the order to euthanize and release her to the rescue. Please do not let her die voiceless and alone. Give her a chance at a real life and a real home.

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Rescuers Come Together To Help The Animal Victims Of California’s Wildfires | Care2 Causes

By: Alicia Graef
October 20, 2017

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As thousands of firefighters continue to battle wildfires blazing across California, rescuers are coming together to help save both companion and wild animals affected by the fires.

In Defense of Animals (IDA) has offered a harrowing glimpse into the situation with footage that shows horses being rescued from dark clouds of smoke.

 

“It was pretty scary, as the fires were right there, and they were moving fast,” said Nicole Otoupalik, an IDA rescuer seen in the video. “The poor horses were scared, too. It was amazing to see people just running to help the horses at Irvine Park. They didn’t have enough staff to evacuate the horses, and so members of the public who had come to get a look at the fire just started running back into the park to help lead the horses out. Strangers were just offering their time, trailers, and trucks to help get the animals out of there. Others in cars stopped to offer rides to help everyone get there more quickly.”

According to IDA, the horses were safely evacuated from Irvine Park to a grocery store parking lot, and were taken from there to an evacuation camp at the Orange County Fairground.

Evacuated Horse s OC Fairgrounds CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewEvacuated horses at the Orange County Fairground. Credit: In Defense of Animals

The danger in Orange County is over, but many animals were injured and killed, and their homes have been destroyed, while many more are still at risk.

Evacuated Pigs OC Fairgrounds CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewEvacuated pigs at the Orange County Fairground. Credit: In Defense of Animals

In an effort to help, IDA has teamed up with several local organizations to offer aid through its Disaster Relief Fund, including the Sonoma Humane Society, Lost Hearts & Souls Horse Rescue, Forget Me Not Farm, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, House Rabbit Society and the Otra Mas horse rescue.

Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch receives IDA aid CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewJameson Animal Rescue Ranch. Credit: In Defense of Animals

Despite the heartbreaking losses of life and devastation, people are still coming together and using their time and resources to help some of the most vulnerable victims.

Lost Hearts and Souls Rescue receives IDA aid CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewLost Hearts and Souls Horse Rescue. Credit: In Defense of Animals

These organizations are taking in a variety of animals who have been displaced by the fires and providing them with care, and some are working to reunite lost pets with their families, and provide services to pets for people who have been hit financially as a result of the fires.

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue fire evacuated sheep 1 CREDIT In Defense of Animals_previewEvacuated sheep at the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. Credit: In Defense of Animals
“5,700 homes and businesses are reported destroyed, with at least 41 confirmed human deaths and untold animal casualties. 217,000 acres have been consumed by the flames and wild animals have no choice but to simply run as fast as they can from the terrifying blazes consuming their homes. Tens of thousands have perished, and more are injured and need help,” IDA added in a statement.

“Many families forced to flee the burning onslaught had very little preparation or warning. Some barely made it out alive as they dashed to find and secure their animals. Now these family members – four-legged, winged or hoofed – must find shelter and hope for the best as 11,000 firefighters battle the blaze.”

For more on how to help support disaster relief efforts, check out In Defense of Animals.
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Animals surrendered during Hurricane Harvey arrive in Bay Area | abc7news.com


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Want to Help Animals Displaced by Hurricane Harvey? Check This Out | One Green Planet

Natasha Brooks

August 28, 2017

Natural disasters affect humans and animals alike, and Hurricane Harvey is forcing many families to evacuate to emergency shelters, where pets are not permitted due to possible allergic reactions from other people at the shelters. As a result, animal guardians are unwillingly relinquishing their beloved pets to animal shelters.

Austin Pets Alive! (APA!), an animal rescue in Austin, Texas, is working hard to keep up with the growing animal shelter populations, and as of this past Saturday, they have transported 235 animals to their shelter, and they anticipate many more.

APA! says they are humbled by the outpouring of support they have received, but they still need more assistance, and they are asking you for your help to save and care for these frightened and displaced animals who have been tragically separated from their families.

Due to the generous donations they have already received, APA! is running out of storage space for crates, bags of dry food, and other large items. They are asking for financial donations in lieu of these items, which will allow them to allocate funds as needed. If you are able, you can donate to APA! here. If you are in the Austin area, they will also accept donations of flea and tick treatment, bedding, and treats.

If you cannot make a financial contribution, you can help save these innocent lives by volunteering as a foster or adopting one of these animals. Fostering truly does save lives, and APA! is asking for volunteers who will be able to commit to fostering until the animals are adopted to forever homes. To learn more about fostering or adopting through APA!, visit here.

There is great power in a community joining together for a common good, so please share this with your network to help gain more support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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A Rare Entity In Turkmenistan: Private Shelter Saves Stray Dogs

https://www.rferl.org/a/qishloq-ovozi-turkmenistan-animal-shelter/28698278.html
A Rare Entity In Turkmenistan: Private Shelter Saves Stray Dogs
August 26, 2017 12:12 GMT

Bruce Pannier

  1. Island of Hope has saved many animals from being poisoned or clubbed to death by roving municipal animal-extermination squads.

Turkmenistan has just officially registered its first animal shelter, which is in itself welcome news, but there is something else unique about it.

The Island of Hope shelter has been operating informally for several years as the result of private initiative.

In a country where the government controls so much of society and where the government seems to be the originator of every organization or so-called grassroots movement, it is interesting to see such personal initiative.

Suspect, however, is the timing of the announcement that officially registered the shelter.

Turkmenistan is hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games from September 17-27 and the country can certainly use all the positive press it can get.

Turkmenistan is best known as an isolated country where the government is a rights abuser, an enemy of the press, and, according to some reports in the run-up to the Asian Games, also a butcher of stray animals in the capital.

EurasiaNet did a great job of explaining the situation regarding animal rights, or lack thereof, in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat.

The quandary at the Qishloq is how has Tatyana Galberg, her husband Nikolai, and daughters Irina and Katya been able to operate an unofficial shelter that cares for more than 100 dogs and some 50 cats found on the streets, without any seeming interference from officials.

OK — it’s an animal shelter and presumably a nonprofit venture, a charity really, so there’s nothing that would directly interest anyone in the Turkmen government.

But people in Turkmenistan are not encouraged to come up with plans or projects, no matter how well-intentioned, and enact them without any involvement of the authorities.

Now that the government has announced the registration of Island of Hope, Turkmen officials are also promising the shelter — located some 30 kilometers outside Ashgabat — will get a plot of land, a free supply of medicine, food, and materials needed to house animals.

The shelter could use the help, as currently the main source of food for the animals is macaroni. But help is likely not coming from the government anytime soon.

Turkmenistan is facing tough economic times, with some state employees not being paid on time.

At the Qishloq we are rooting for the Galberg family and their kindhearted project and we wish she could have spoken with us more than just to simply say she had been advised (she did not say by whom) not to speak with the press about the shelter.

Island of Hope has saved many animals from being poisoned or clubbed to death by roving municipal animal-extermination squads, as detailed in the EurasiaNet article.

And if the Galbergs can continue to care for animals at the shelter, as they have for several years, maybe the Turkmen government will promote the idea of local or personal initiatives aimed at improving the country and its society, especially if they pose no threat whatsoever to the regime.
RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service contributed to this report. The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL

Petition: Save Ready Set Ride


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Petition: BFF Rescue Lions Were Brutality Murdered at a Sanctuary!


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Save Shelter Animals With School Service Program

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Thousands of animals at understaffed shelters need more help from the community. Volunteering at an animal shelter would teach kids to care for another living being and to work together to achieve a common goal. Please sign this petition to help create an animal shelter community service project.

Source: Save Shelter Animals With School Service Program

Shelter Dogs for Hospitalized Kids

Therapy dogs provide important services to people everywhere. For hospitalized children, these dogs could truly make a difference by providing them with unconditional support and companionship. Please sign this petition to help create a therapy dog program for hospitalized children.

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Petition · Save the Palo Alto Animal Shelter! · Change.org


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Petition · Save the Palo Alto Animal Shelter! · Change.org


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Petition: Justice for Tyson in Pomona, CA – Rapid Response Team for Animals


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Petition: Let Capone the Dog Come Home!


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Abused Dog Gets A New Nose And Lots Of Adoption Offers | Care2 Causes


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Film Producer Speaks Out about Animal Cruelty on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and Where to Go from Here

Since the producer of the now-controversial film ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is an animal lover, animal advocate and ethically-inspired vegan, we thought our visitors and readers would want…

Source: Film Producer Speaks Out about Animal Cruelty on Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ and Where to Go from Here

Discipline Officer Accused of Abandoning Emaciated Dogs Left for Dead During Holiday

 

An animal control officer is accused of refusing to help two dogs and an emaciated puppy who were left to die in an abandoned apartment during a holiday. According to reports, the officer had to be threatened with criminal charges before taking action. Demand that she be severely reprimanded if found responsible.

Source: Discipline Officer Accused of Abandoning Emaciated Dogs Left for Dead During Holiday

This Shelter Got Every Pet Adopted and Jumped Into the Empty Kennels to Celebrate «TwistedSifter


http://twistedsifter.com/2017/01/shelter-gets-every-pet-adopted-jump-into-empty-kennels-to-celebrate/#like-103564

‘Rescuer’ Pulls Hundreds Of Dogs From Shelters — And Then Abandons Them All


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300 dogs URGENTLY need food, medical care and shelter! – Network for Animals


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