TEXAS petmate partner with Pilots N Paws for ‘Big Flyaway’ rescue aircraft

September 26, 2014


ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 24, 2014–(PR Newswire)– Petmate Partners With
Pilots N Paws For “Big Flyway” Rescue Airlift Volunteer pilots to transport
more than 300 dogs to their forever homes on Sept. 27

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

With just days or hours to live, more than 300 dogs languishing in South
Carolina kill shelters will be rescued and airlifted during Pilots N
Paws’ “Big Flyway” on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Greenville Downtown
Airport in Greenville, South Carolina. Petmate will help ensure all
transported pets are safe and comfortable on their life-saving trip by
providing travel carriers, harnesses, collars and leads.

Multiple rescue organizations, along with Pilots N Paws supporter
actress Pam Grier (a Golden Globe nominee for her title role in Quentin
Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown”) and Prince Lorenzo Borghese, founder of
Animal Aid USA, are taking part in one of the year’s largest single-day
air and land animal rescues in the Southeast. Starting at 7 a.m., the
dogs will be loaded carefully aboard planes, and more than 70 volunteer
pilots will fly them to rescue organizations in New Jersey, Virginia and
Florida, with the ultimate goal of finding each dog a forever home…..


COLORADO cutting edge facility would advance cancer care in pets and people

September 26, 2014

Cutting-edge facility would advance cancer care in pets and people A $300 million carbon-ion radiotherapy facility — the first in the country — is under consideration for Aurora, Colo., to advance treatment of cancer in people and in animals. Carbon ions zero in on malignancies with lethal efficacy while sparing healthy tissue. “It’s clear that our collaboration offers distinct advantages for an international carbon-ion center that would provide truly needed help for animal and human cancer patients,” said veterinarian Mark Stetter, dean of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. American City Business Journals/Denver (9/24)

WYOMING judge orders federal protection returned to wolves

Judge orders federal protection returned to Wyoming wolves



Judge orders federal protection returned to Wyoming wolves

BILLINGS – A federal judge has ordered the return of federal protection for
wolves in Wyoming after finding against a state wildlife management plan
that classified wolves as “unprotected predators” in most areas.

The ruling was made Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in
Washington D.C.

“The court has ruled and Wyoming’s kill-on-sight approach to wolf management
throughout much of the state must stop,” Tim Presco, an attorney for the
plaintiffs, said in a press release. “If Wyoming wants to resume management
of wolves, it must develop a legitimate conservation plan that ensures a
vibrant wolf population in the Northern Rockies.”…


KODA update on the USDA/APHIS injunction

September 20, 2014


KODA is almost a year old, and with fortitude and determination, look what we have accomplished, so far!  YESSSS!!

In-depth explanations appear below, but here is the bottom line:


We had originally felt that monies collected to date would carry us through our scheduled Oct 9, 2014 court date, but thanks to the HSUS purposely throwing obstacles into our path, we have been forced to spend more than originally anticipated.  Despite the several milestones we have already surpassed, we are at the point where, unless we can pay the legal fees that will be imposed to carry us through the court date, we stand to lose all that we have done, and all that we have spent, so far.

So, PLEASE, everyone dig into your pockets, flip the mattresses, rob your piggy banks, have a bake sale, set up a table at your next show, (have HANDOUTS and a donation bucket!)- do whatever you can do to help us get through this one last phase.  There is no donation amount that is too small!

It is SO IMPORTANT for us to be able to finish what we have started.!

1)    PLEASE go to the KODA Donations page and do whatever you can do to help, individually and as a club or federation.  Not just one or the other, but BOTH!

2)    In addition, we have an EXCITING CHALLENGE: The American Pomeranian Club has challenged its members to donate to the KODA effort. To encourage participation, they have pledged to match the first $500 in donations, dollar for dollar, whether you are a member or not! 

3)   We would like to challenge other organizations of all species affected to set up a similar MATCH THE FUNDS program. It’s a win-win for all of us and will double our money!  Just have your club Pres or Treas email our Treas to alert her of another club that wants to help in this way.

4)    Please send all donations to KODA, but note whether you want your donation applied to a specific Club’s pledge, or to any club that needs it to fulfill their pledge.

T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE!  Soft Kitty, Warm Puppy, and MORE! Watch the KODA site for the posting of various supporters’ efforts to help us by purchasing T-SHIRTS and recommending to your friends and family

OKLAHOMA state university established pet therapy initiative takes proactive approach

University’s pet therapy initiative takes proactive approach Oklahoma State University has established Pete’s Pet Posse, a group of 13 trained therapy dogs used throughout campus to help students, faculty and staff stay more relaxed. Although the dogs respond to difficult situations, the bulk of the work is proactive, as they are used to promote a sense of well-being at any time. The dogs are trained through the OSU veterinary school, and each must maintain regular veterinary care. The Bark online (9/17)

Understanding changes in animals’ eyes

September 17, 2014

Understanding changes in animals’ eyes Animals’ eyes can change color, and that is sometimes cause for concern, according to veterinarian Jennifer Scarlett. It’s normal for the eyes of a puppy to change color as they mature, Dr. Scarlett says, but a blue haze noted in an adult dog’s eye could be a sign of age-related change or a medical issue. As cats age, their irises can take on a cobwebbed look. KPIX-TV (San Francisco) (9/15)


TEXAS Austin pets reflect human expression in art

September 16, 2014

Pets reflect human expression in art Pets are featured in the exhibit “In the Company of Cats and Dogs” at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. The animals often convey a message such as indicating wealth or status or infuse a playful or sinister meaning to a scene. “It’s not just to make the composition look nicer or to add a little ambiance or to create a setting, like a prop,” said curator Francesca Consagra. “[Animals] actually have deep connections to status, class, personality, aspirations and big philosophies.” CBS News (9/14)

TENNESSEE, Chatanooga city council to consider restrictive animal ordinance

September 13, 2014

Chattanooga, TN – City Council to Consider Restrictive Animal Ordinance

Please contact the city council members below. These are outrageous requirements. Chattanooga, TN – City Council to Consider Restrictive Animal Ordinance (Friday, September 12, 2014)

Dear Legislative Liaisons, Club Officers, Delegates, Judges, and Dog Owners, Please forward this message to club members and concerned pet owners in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Chattanooga City Council is considering a restrictive animal ordinance that would redefine “kennel” under city code, require largely unobtainable $300 annual permits and unlimited inspections for “kennels” and “dealers”, and establish problematic provisions for any person who sells or gives away a cat or dog. Under this proposal, home-based hobby breeders could not offer for sale more than two litters of puppies or kittens per year.

Dog owners in Chattanooga are urged to contact city council members to express opposition to this ordinance. Please scroll down for more information. The ordinance was scheduled for a first vote on September 16, but appears to have been deleted from the agenda. Concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the city council staff at (423) 643-7170 for information about when this measure will be scheduled for a vote. Provisions of concern include, but are not limited to

: ● A “kennel” would be broadly defined as any building, structure or property wherein any person engages in the business of boarding, breeding, grooming, training for a fee, or hunting with a companion animal, maintaining a Companion Animal Daycare, or providing “any similar service” for or with a companion animal. Under city zoning codes, a kennel would not be approved on residential or agricultural property.

● A “dealer” would be defined as any person who engages in the business of selling, buying, brokering the sale of, or bartering animals in any manner, including through the Internet. It is unclear if a person who buys or sells a single animal would be considered to be engaged in the “business” of selling animals or how this would impact a person who purchased, and later sold, an animal. “Animal shelters” (which under current law are not required to be not-for-profit) and commercial animal transporters would be exempted . Because a “dealer” would be defined as engaging in a business, business licensing and commercial zoning requirements would apply.

● Both “kennels” and “dealers” would be required to obtain a permit at a fee of $300 per year, comply with all regulations and zoning requirements, and agree to submit to random inspections of records and the premises where animals are kept, including private homes. Permits could be denied for “any due cause.”

● “Hobby breeders” would be exempt from permitting. A hobby breeder would be defined as “a person that is an active member of a recognized national, state or local breed organization and that houses or breeds dogs or cats at or adjoining a private residence for the purpose of improving the breed or exhibiting dogs or cats at shows operated by a recognized national, state, or local breeder organization.” A hobby breeder would be allowed to sell puppies or kittens from no more than two litters per household per year. A hobby breeder who sells puppies or kittens from more than two litters per household per year would be defined as a “dealer”.

● Upon request by an animal services officer or the animal control board, a hobby breeder would be required to provide records demonstrating that he or she had not exceeded the two litters per year sales limit. This provision would empower designated personnel to demand records without due process of law. It would further require an animal owner to “prove a negative.”

● Any person who sells, exchanges, or gives away a cat or dog would be required to provide documentation that the animal had received a specific list of vaccinations and anthelmintics. No exceptions would be provided for a pet owner advised by a veterinarian to provide an alternate vaccination protocol. The American Kennel Club believes that animal health care decisions should be made by an animal owner in consultation with a veterinarian and not dictated by city code.

● Every person who sells a dog or cat would be required to update the dog’s microchip registry information and report the new owner’s personal information to the city within 48 hours of the sale.

What You Can Do :

1. Contact city council members to express your opposition to the ordinance.

2. Attend the city council meeting and state your opposition to the ordinance.

3. Contact residents of Chattanooga who are impacted by this proposal and ask them to express their opposition to city council members.

Next Scheduled Chattanooga City Council Meeting Tuesday, September 20, 2014 6:00 p.m.

1000 Lindsay Street Chattanooga, TN 37402 ( map )

Call (423) 643-7170 for updated city council meeting and agenda information, information about how you may speak before the council, and additional contact information for council members.

Council Member Contact Information : Chip Henderson, Chair, Phone: (423) 643-7186, Fax: (423) 643-7199, E-mail: henderson_chip@chattanooga.gov , note: there is an underscore between henderson and chip. Jerry Mitchell, Phone: (423) 643-7187, Fax: (423) 643-7199, E-Mail: mitchell_jerry@chattanooga.gov – note: there is an underscore between mitchell and jerry. Ken Mitchell, Phone: (423) 521-0238, Fax: (423) 643-7199, E-Mail: smith_ken@chattanooga.gov – note: there is an underscore between smith and ken. Larry Grohn, Phone: (423) 643-7184, Fax: (423) 643-7199, Email: grohn_larry@chattanooga.gov – note: there is an underscore between grohn and larry. Russell Gilbert, Phone: (423) 643-7183, Fax: (423) 643-7199, Email: gilbert_r@chattanooga.gov – note: there is an underscore between gilbert and r. Carol B. Berz, Phone: (423) 643-7181, Fax: (423) 643-7199, E-Mail: berz_c@chattanooga.gov – note: there is an underscore between berz and c. Chris Anderson, Phone: (423) 643-7180, Fax:(423) 643-7199, E-Mail: anderson_c@chattanooga.gov -note: there is an underscore between anderson and c. Moses Freeman, Phone: (423) 643-7182, Fax: (423) 643-7199, E-Mail: freeman_m@chattanooga.gov – note: there is an underscore between freeman and m. Yusef Hakeem, Phone: (423) 643-7185, Fax: (423) 643-7199, E-Mail: hakeem_y@chattanooga.gov – note: there is an underscore between hakeem and y. For questions or more information, please contact AKC Government Relations at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org .