Riverside County orders sterilization of pit bulls

Since the order exempts breeders and service dogs, I like the idea of requiring sterilization of all family pets, not just Pit Bulls. Since Pit/Pit mixes and Chihuahua’s are the most abundant dogs in shelters, I think the STATE should prohibit importation of these and other dog breeds from out-of-state-breeders and substantially limit the licenses for in-state breeders. Let’s not only target bad owners of Pit Bulls, but bad owners and breeders of all all dogs.

#SelmaPardon Available Dogs in Selma Alabama Animal Shelter

Shane’s War Selma Pardon

Available Dogs

Video Prepared By Diane Robertson

Date:  September 7, 2013

CAAS Available Dogs

Save the Shelter Animals

YOU should take the time to watch and listen to this video. Are you a Bon Jovi Fan? YOU should listen to and watch this video.

A look back – Daisy’s everywhere!

Nice story of progress with a shy, unsocialized dog and of course love:  A look back – Daisy’s everywhere!.

A Story of Hope

Story as Told By Shane Smith

Edited by Diane Robertson

We found Hope July 7, 2011

Janet and Shane Smith arrived at their local animal shelter in Georgia and came across a horribly abused dog.  Abusers had almost decapitated her by tying a cable around her neck.   Shane and Janet immediately felt this precious dog was very special.  Shane felt they had to get help for this dog right away.  He could not leave the shelter without her.  With Janet’s help, permission to take the dog was gained and they whisked her away to a local veterinarian.  Hope was named on the way to the vet as Shane and Janet fell in love with the life struggling before them.

Hope’s journey of discovering love started that day, July 7, 2011.  Unfortunately, there was no quick fix that could save Hope’s life.  She battled for her life day-to-day, sometimes having good days and sometimes having bad days filled with pain and weakness.  Through it all, precious Hope knew the love of Shane and Janet and all the others around her.

On the morning of July 26, 2011, Shane and Janet visited Hope as usual.  Shane recalls that Hope appeared to be peaceful, happy and even playful at times.  He initially thought she was telling him that she was okay.  Shane says, “Now I know what she was really saying to me.  Her message had been delivered and she could now rest in peace.”

Hope spent 19 days swathed in love and caring before succumbing to her injuries and passing away. Shane’s mission in life became very clear to him during her struggle and after her passing.

The horrible abuse Hope suffered, and her lost fight for her life, continues to inspire not only Shane and Janet but also people from all over the world.


All God’s creatures should be recognized, loved and honored.

Shane promised Hope that her life and message would be heard and other animals would be saved from similar fates by her story.  It was from this promise and the inspiration received from Hope that the organization named Paws for Hope and Faith was formed.

It is now up to the community inspired by Hope’s story to tell her story so others too can be touched by it and inspired to realize that all of God’s creatures should be recognized, loved and honored.

Paws for Hope and Faith invites governments across the globe to become involved in their peaceful mission to recognize, love and honor all God’s creatures.

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Become an Animal Shelter Volunteer

A fairly thorough listing of what you can do to help not only animal shelters but at your local rescue groups:  Become an Animal Shelter Volunteer.

Ashe County commissioners to vote on gas chamber use

So one commissioner has changed his mind but others are still holding out?  I’m appalled that we are killing at all let alone via gas chambers! 

Time to Vote for Your Favorite Cat Video

From:  Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode

Date:  August 7, 2013Image

Celebrate Internet Cat Videos and America’s Favorite Felines with Animal Outreach and Friskies

Animal Outreach is well into the second year of our partnership with Friskies cat food, and because of your support, we’re already seeing great success! As one of the 20 selected partner organizations, we have earned 7,000 cans of Friskies cat food to date for our commitment to cats in our community along with our participation in this year’s “The Friskies,” the major award for the best new Internet cat videos of 2013.

With your help, Animal Outreach can earn even more cans of cat food by voting for your favorite Internet cat videos at www.TheFriskies.com. “The Friskies” judges have narrowed down thousands of entries to reach 20 Semi-Finalists, and now it is entirely up to the public to vote for the top 12 finalists who will meet in New York City for the opportunity to win $5,000 and the golden Catuette trophies. Voting begins August 7, 2013 and ends on September 16, 2013.

“In America, the vote is always in the hands of the people,” said comedian, cat owner and “The Friskies” host Michael Ian Black. “Take advantage of that right and vote for your favorite Internet cat videos at www.TheFriskies.com! It’s time to give back to those cats and their owners who create the videos that get you through work, public transportation and family parties.”

Join us in helping our cats in need! Encourage your friends and family to become involved as well. After all, who doesn’t love a good cat video? There are five Semi-Finalists in each of the four categories, including a “Rescue Cat” category. Visit www.TheFriskies.com for more information. Also, check out @Friskies on Twitter and Facebook for more updates on “The Friskies.”

Dogs in California and North Carolina Abused in Similar Way

Date:  August 8, 2013

Reblog from
Reporter/Sports Anchor Fox 40 News


The City of Sacramento, Yolo County, and now North Carolina are seeing a form of animal abuse with a distinct, gruesome signature.

“Very distinctive burn-marks.  Always across the back, usually the full length of the dog from the back of the head all the way down to the tail,” said Gina Knepp the Manager of Animal Care Services for the City of Sacramento. “Unfortunately, it appears the Pit Bull type of breed, or dog, is in every case we’ve seen. Those are the common denominators.”

So far, there are three cases locally. Two in the City limits of Sacramento, and a third just last week in the Clarksburg area of Yolo County.

“The area of Clarksburg and Babble Slough is not very far from Sacramento City. It’s only over the bridge,” said Vicky Fletcher, who is with Yolo County Animal Services.  “What does my gut tell me? There is somebody out there we need to find out about.”

The case is gaining some national exposure too. In the past month, three more cases have been discovered. All in a ten mile radius near Raleigh, North Carolina.

“It’s a mystery and we’d like to solve it,” said Knepp. “I think there is somebody out there who can say, hey we know what this is.”

For the Love of Animals – Part 2

By Diane Robertson

Date:  08/06/2013

On August 2, 2013 I created a rather long blog post about facts, figures and information requirements in rescue.  It was basically a rant or a wish list for the rescue that I work with.  Since I spent so much time and energy writing about data, I now see more and more of the articles and videos that others have produced on the topic of information gathering and publication of that data.  It is the publication of data that helps tell the story of what we are doing and how well we are doing.


There are statistics from national organizations about total intake and kill rates from their members.  There are statistics from individual public shelters.  Then there are the statistics that rescue organizations should be posting.  Shelters are now often posting how many dogs and cats were sent to rescue organizations.  I want the rescue organizations to show how many of those animals received they handled and their overall numbers.  The overall number for some rescues will help people understand that there are many, many, many more unwanted dogs and cats than the 6-8 million often reported (that comes from national organizations).

Let’s help tell the story of the plight of our beloved pets so we can encourage more adoptions, more spay and neuter, more volunteers, more foster parents and yes, more donations to help fund these critical organizations.

Donate to Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode Today:  http://www.strutyourmutt.org/team/ao.

I am not alone in my deep belief in the value of data in animal rescue.

Following are links to other articles on the topic of data, facts, figures and the value of information in animal shelters and rescue.


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