Yuck: Nasty Stuff in Your Pet's Food


Yuck: Nasty Stuff in Your Pet's Food

FDA ADMITS: Diseased Animal Remains Are Used in Processed Pet Food

The FDA is typically guarded, but of late it seems the agency is letting their guard down and allowing pet food consumers to see what actually is allowed into pet food. The FDA used to hide their secrets, but not now.

The pet food industry has denied the rumors for years. Yet the reports just keep coming. They claim a number of companies continue to use diseased and euthanized pets to make dog food.

( This utterly horrifies me) 

Within the past month, the FDA has openly admitted the agency does not enforce law with pet food – not once, but twice.

According to a report published in the Truth About Pet Food, in a March 2016 meeting with the FDA, that agency openly stated that they will continue to allow pet food to violate federal law.

 “We’re going to allow animals that have died other than by slaughter that are further processed - we will allow those ingredients in pet food.”

This disturbing report was published by Ms. Susan Thixton, who currently holds advisory positions on two pet food-related committees charged with developing pet food regulations for the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) – the Pet Food Committee and the Ingredient Definitions Committee.

Are you feeding your pet a processed canned or kibble product that contains any of the following ingredients:

  • chicken by-products
  • chicken by-product meal
  • turkey by-products
  • turkey by-product meal
  • meat meal
  • beef meal
  • lamb meal
  • venison meal
  • meat and bone meal
  • animal fat and animal digest

According to Dr. Judy Morgan from Naturally Healthy Pets, be aware they may contain “diseased animal material, non-slaughtered dead animal material, euthanized animal material, and/or decomposing animal material.

According to the FDA's website, "there is no requirement that pet food products have pre-market approval by their organization". However, FDA ensures that the ingredients used in pet food are safe and have an appropriate function in the pet food.

Many ingredients such as meat, poultry and grains are considered safe and do not require pre-market approval.


This means that, although the FDA is telling you, the consumer, that the product is safe for your pet to consume, in reality, there is NO actual inspection performed on many of the ingredients that you're currently feeding Fido or Fluffy.

What does this mean for you, the consumer?

Read the labels on any store-bought food you're putting in your pet's dishes. Understand that the ingredient lists must be declared in the proper order of predominance by weight. If you're buying a "beef" or "tuna" product, then those should be the first ingredients listed.

For example, according to the AAFCO, if the first ingredient is 'meat and bone meal', the rendered product 'comes from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any:

  • added blood
  • hair
  • hoof
  • horn
  • hide trimmings
  • manure
  • stomach 
  • rumen contents 

Except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices.' This extends to all meat/chicken/fish products down the line.

Cost paid for pet food has NO bearing on quality of ingredients used. Just because you pay more for the food, that does not guarantee that decomposed, diseased or euthanized animals have not been used to make the food.

The FDA's Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does require that pet foods, like human foods, be "safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and be truthfully labeled", if the items in it are already pre-approved, you may be rolling the dice with your pet's health.



National Organizations : Financial Assistance with Vet Bills


National Organizations : Financial Assistance with Vet Bills

National organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need

Advances in veterinary medicine come with big increases in fees and bills. Sometimes the hard reality of the cost can impact the decisions of what kind of care and how much your pet may be able to have. 

Pet Insurance is an option for many, and a good idea.  Sometimes, though, people need help to help their animals. Below is a list of organizations that can help. 

Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines.

Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

The Big Hearts Fund: financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease

Brown Dog Foundation: prescription medications  

Canine Cancer Awareness

Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation: Under the JLACF's bylaws as approved by the IRS, grants can only be provided for pets under the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.

Magic Bullet Fund: cancer-specific

The Pet Fund

Pets of the Homeless: pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless

The Riedel & Cody Fund: support for pets suffering with cancer

RedRover Relief 

Shakespeare Animal Fund

Top Dog Foundation "Bentley Grant": for senior dogs (age 10 and over; breed taken into consideration when determining what is "senior")

Assistance by state

AL | AK | | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY | Puerto Rico


Alabama Animal Adoption Society: Homewood (spay/neuter assistance)

Alabama Animal Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic: Montgomery (spay/neuter assistance)

The Animal Friends Humane Society: Decatur (pet food/litter, spay/neuter assistance)

Alabama Veterinary Medical Association: Statewide (spay/neuter support for residents on public assistance) 334-395-0086

American Veterinary Medical Foundation: Multiple locations (disaster-related grants)

Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation: Birmingham (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Huntsville Animal Services: Huntsville (veterinary assistance)

Macon County Humane Society: Tuskegee (spay/neuter assistance)

Mobile SPCA: Mobile (spay/neuter assistance)

Shelby Humane Society: Columbiana (spay/neuter assistance)

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Alaska SPCA: Anchorage (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines, pet food bank)

Friends of Pets: Anchorage (spay/neuter vouchers)

STOP the Overpopulation of Pets: (spay/neuter vouchers)

Straw for Dogs: (free resources and supplies for pets outdoors)

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Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic: Phoenix and Mesa (low-cost spay/neuter clinic)

Animal Guardian Network: Cave Creek (pet food)

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA: Phoenix (low-cost veterinary clinic)

Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry: Phoenix (pet food)

Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry: Pet assistance for disaster victims and veterans, seniors, domestic violence victims, functionally disabled people with service animals, homeless and near homeless people; special programs include pet food and supplies, temporary housing for emergencies. See map for locations and services, which change regularly.

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation: Scottsdale (pet food, temporary foster program)

Payson Humane Society: Payson (spay/neuter assistance)

Pets In Need Action League: Casa Grande (pet food pantry)

Scottsdale P.E.T.: Scottsdale (pet food pantry)

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All About Labs: Statewide (temporary housing/foster for dogs and cats, not just labs; pet food; spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and flea/tick treatments)

Bella Vista Animal Shelter: Bella Vista (spay/neuter assistance; contact BVAS for additional services)

For Pets' Sake Best Friends Program: Springdale, NW Arkansas (microchipping, Best Friends Senior Program includes pet food, assistance for veterinary care, transportation to veterinarian and groomer, temporary foster program if hospitalized for seniors in Northwest Arkansas)

Fuzzy Hearts Animal Rescue: Van Buren County (spay/neuter & pet food assistance) 

Humane Society of Saline County: Benton (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Northeast Arkansas for Animals (NAFA): Jonesboro (pet food, vaccination assistance)

Out Of The Woods Rescue and Referral: Little Rock (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

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The ACME Foundation: Clearlake (veterinary care assistance for senior and disabled pet owners)

Actors and Others for Animals: Greater Los Angeles area (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Animal Assistance League of Orange County: Orange County (pet food, transportation and veterinary care assistance)

Animal Health Foundation: Los Angeles and Orange Counties (veterinary care assistance)

AnimalSave: Green Valley (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Welfare Assistance Group: Monterey County (veterinary care assistance, spay/neuter; pet food and supplies for seniors, disabled veterans, owners of service dogs and others; pet care resources and referrals)

Bad Rap: San Francisco (pit bull-specific assistance for finding rental housing and insurance)

California Department of Social Services Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program: Statewide (provides monthly stipend to eligible persons who use a guide, signal, or service dog)

Cat People: Bakersfield (cat food/litter, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance)

Cats in Need (of Human Care): Southern California, multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance)

The Chester Foundation: Sacramento region (veterinary care assistance)

Compassion without Borders: Northern California (low cost spay/neuter, vaccination, and other non-urgent medical care for low income families)

FACE Foundation: San Diego (grant assistance for pets in need of emergency or critical care)

FixNation: Los Angeles (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Friends of Long Beach Animals: Long Beach (spay/neuter assistance)

Haven Humane Society: Redding (low-cost spay/neuter, pet food assistance, emergency veterinary grants for residents receiving Medi-Cal or Medicare) 
Clinic: 530-241-1658; Shelter: 530-241-1653

Helen Woodward Animal Center: Rancho Santa Fe (pet food)

Helen Woodward Animal Center Animeals program: San Diego County (free pet food for the dogs and cats of elderly or disabled people)

Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley: San Bernardino (low-cost spay/neuter)

Keep Your Pet: Sacramento (behavior assistance, veterinary care assistance, services for seniors)

LA Animal Services: Los Angeles (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)

Marin Humane Society: Novato (pet care assistance to low-income seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and those receiving hospice services; please see website for complete list of services)

Mercy Crusade's Spay and Neuter Clinic: Oxnard (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Mojave Desert Animal Rescue: Western Mojave Desert (pet food & supplies and veterinary assistance for homeless, unemployed, disabled, and senior pet guardians)

Mountains' Humane Society: Lake Arrowhead (pet food, spay/neuter assistance) 

Napa Humane: Napa (spay/neuter assistance)

Ohlone Humane Society Special Assistance Program: Fremont, Union City, and Newark (veterinary care assistance, pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Orange County SPCA Animal Rescue Fund: Orange County (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Palo Alto Humane Society: Palo Alto (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)

PALS: Pets Are Loving Support (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

Pasadena Humane Society: Pasadena (spay/neuter assistance)

PAWS/LA: Hollywood (pet food and supplies, veterinary medical care assistance, grooming, spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, and other services)

PAWS San Francisco: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners

Peninsula CatWorks: veterinary care assistance for cats only

Pet Assistance Foundation: Multiple Locations, Southern California (spay/neuter assistance for dogs, cats, and rabbits)

Pet Orphans of Southern California: Van Nuys (veterinary care assistance)

The Pet Rescue Center's Pet Pantry: Orange County (pet food, litter, and flea treatments for unemployed, senior, or disabled pet owners)

Pets Are Wonderful Support: San Diego (pet food/litter, pet supplies, veterinary assistance, animal transport, temporary foster program, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

Placer SPCA SOS Program: Placer County (rental deposits, temporary boarding, pet food and veterinary care assistance)

Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends (RUFF): Laguna Beach (pet food)

Riverside County Department of Animal Services: Riverside (spay/neuter assistance)

Sacramento SPCA: Sacramento (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

The Sam Simon Foundation: Los Angeles (free surgery for non-orthopedic procedures; free spay/neuter operations, including vaccinations, flea control, deworming, nail trims, and antibiotics)

Sammie's Friends: Grass Valley (veterinary care assistance)

San Francisco SPCA Animal Hospital: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, spay/neuter assistance

Santa Cruz SPCA: Santa Cruz (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society: Santa Maria (spay/neuter assistance, microchips, pet food bank)

SEAACA: Downey (veterinary medical care assistance, spay/neuter, vaccination assistance)

Sequoia Humane Society: Eureka (spay/neuter assistance)

SHARE Marin Humane Society: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners

Spay Neuter Animal Network (SPAN): Ventura (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA for Monterey County: Monterey (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation: Walnut Creek (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, emergency veterinary assistance)

VET SOS: San Francisco (free veterinary care and supplies for pets of the homeless)

Voice for the Animals Foundation: Santa Monica (veterinary care assistance)

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Ark-Valley Humane Society: Buena Vista (pet food)

The Cartwright Foundation: Denver/Front Range region (veterinary care assistance)

Cat Care Society: Lakewood (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Colorado State University Companion Care Fund: Fort Collins (veterinary care assistance)

Colorado State University Pets Forever Program: Larimer County (various services for low-income or disabled pet-owners)

Denkai Animal Sanctuary: Northern Colorado (spay/neuter and veterinary assistance)

Every Creature Counts: Fort Lupton (spay/neuter assistance)

The Feline Fix: Denver (spay/neuter assistance)

For Pets' Sake Humane Society: Cortez (assistance for emergency veterinary care, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic: Fort Collins (assistance with pet food, spay/neuter, vaccinations and financial assistance for sugeries)

Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter: Aspen (spay/neuter assistance)

Good Samaritan Pet Center: Denver (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Pagosa Springs: Pagosa Springs (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS):: Summit County (financial assistance to low-income families living or working in Summit County, for pet spay/neuter, life-shortening illnesses or unexpected high vet bills; discounted spay/neuter vouchers for higher incomes)

MaxFund: Denver (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance)

PAWS Co.: Denver metro area (pet food, cat litter, veterinary care assistance/volunteers to aid low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses)

PetAid Colorado: Denver (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Pikes Peak Pet Pantry: Colorado Springs (pet food/litter, pet supplies, pet prescription diet assistance, and grooming assistance)

SpayToday: Lakewood (low-cost spay/neuter)

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Connecticut Humane Society: Newington (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care including spay/neuter and vaccination assistance, pet food bank) or Connecticut Humane Society Fox Veterinary Clinic (veterinary care assistance)

Dogology: (pet food pantry available to residents referred by food bank administrators in the Farmington Valley)

The Friends of Windsor Animal Care and Control Inc.: Windsor (pet food assistance)

Milford Animal Control: Milford (pet food bank)

STARelief and Pet Assistance: Statewide (veterinary care grant program, pet food, temporary fostering/emergency shelter and pet hospice care)


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Delaware Humane Association: Wilmington (pet food/supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Delaware Office of Animal Welfare: Statewide (low-cost spay/neuter for income-eligible applicants)

Delaware SPCA: New Castle and Sussex Counties (pet food pantry, low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services)

Grass Roots Rescue Society: Statewide, including adjacent Maryland counties (assistance with vet care costs, including spay/neuter, for the pets of people with limited income and stray or feral cats)

Faithful Friends, Inc: Wilmington (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance)

Forgotten Cats, Inc: Wilmington (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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District of Columbia

PETS-DC: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners

Washington Animal Rescue League: pet food and supplies, discounted veterinary care including spay/neuter and vaccination assistance

Washington Humane Society (spay/neuter assistance)

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Alachua County Humane Society: Gainesville (pet food)

American Veterinary Medical Foundation

Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT): Tampa (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Animal Emergency Hospital of St. Johns: St. Augustine (low cost spay/neuter, vaccines, heartworm prevention)

Bright Paw Pet food Bank: Melbourne (pet food assistance)

Central Brevard Humane Society: Cocoa (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Collier Spay Neuter Clinic: Southwest Florida (spay/neuter assistance)

Fairy Tail Endings, Inc.: Sarasota and Manatee Counties (veterinary and pet product assistance)

First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Inc.: Jacksonville (free and low-cost spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance)

Frankie's Friends: Tampa/Clearwater areas (cancer specific—veterinary care assistance)

Humane Society of Broward County: Ft. Lauderdale (low-cost spay/neuter)

Humane Society of Pinellas: Clearwater (pet health clinic, affordable spay/neuter, pet food pantry, pet food delivery program for senior pet owners)

Humane Society of Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay (pet food, discounted/free vaccinations)

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River Co.: Vero Beach (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, limited medical assistance) 

Pasco Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Port Richey (spay/neuter assistance)

Pet Project for Pets: Oakland Park (provides pet food and supplies for terminally ill, disabled and senior pet owners)

Spay Shuttle: Palm Beach County (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Central Florida: Orlando (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, discounted veterinary care)

SPCA Suncoast: New Port Richey (pet food)

SPCA Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay (spay/neuter assistance)

SPOT Low Cost Spay/neuter Clinic: Pinellas Park (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

St. Francis Animal Hospital: Jacksonville (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)

TLC PetSnip, Inc.: Polk County (low-cost spay/neuter services, trap-neuter-return for feral cats, vaccinations, microchipping, de-worming and flea treatment, heartworm testing)

You Can Make a Difference, Inc.: Gadsen County (spay/neuter vouchers, pet food assistance, emergency veterinary assistance) 

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Carroll County Humane Society's West Georgia Spay/neuter Clinic: Villa Rica (spay/neuter assistance)

Cherokee County Humane Society: Acworth (spay/neuter assistance)

Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen: Lilburn (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Georgia Animal Project: North Georgia (spay/neuter clinic)

Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia: Statewide (spay/neuter, vaccination, microchipping and pet food assistance)

LifeLine Animal Project: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

PALS: Pets Are Loving Support: (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

PAWS Atlanta: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

WellPet Humane: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Georgia: statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT): Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

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Hawaiian Humane Society: Honolulu (spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Hawaii Island Humane Society: Kailua-Kona, Kamuela, and Keaau (spay/neuter assistance)

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

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Humane Society of the Palouse: Moscow (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Idaho Humane Society: Boise (pet food)

Lewis Clark Animal Shelter: Lewiston (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP): Boise (spay/neuter assistance)

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Anderson Animal Shelter: South Elgin (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Animal Care League: Oak Park (assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter)

Animal Protective League: Springfield (spay/neuter assistance)

The Animal Welfare League: Chicago Ridge (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

The Anti-Cruelty Society: Chicago (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Best Buddies Pet Pantry: Cook County (pet food, low-cost vaccinations and low-cost spay/neuter referrals)

Blessed Bonds: Palos Park (temporary foster program)

Brown Dog Foundation: statewide (veterinary care assistance and prescription medications)

Catsnap: Champaign County (spay/neuter assistance)

DuPage County Animal Care and Control: Wheaton (spay/neuter and microchipping assistance)

Humane Society of Central Illinois: Normal (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Southern Illinois: Carbondale (spay/neuter assistance)

National Animal Welfare Society: Mokina (assistance for general veterinary care, including vaccinations and spay/neuter)

PAWS Chicago: Chicago (spay/neuter assistance)

Pets Are Like Family: Chicago (pet food pantry, spay/neuter assistance, vaccines, microchips, pet care workshops) 
Pet assistance hotline: 312-725-3315

Quad City Animal Welfare Center: Milan (assistance for general veterinary care, including vaccinations and spay/neuter)

The Quincy Humane Society: Quincy (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

South Suburban Humane Society: Glenwood, Chicago Heights (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Illinois: Homer Glen (low-cost spay/neuter services)

Tree House Humane Society: Chicago (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Winnebago County Animal Services: Rockford (spay/neuter assistance)

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Best Buddies Pet Pantry: Porter, Lake and LaPorte Counties (pet food, low-cost vaccination and low-cost spay/neuter referrals)

Brown County Humane Society: Nashville (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

City of Bloomington Animal Shelter: Bloomington (pet food)

FACE Low-Cost Spay/neuter Clinic: Indianapolis (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)

F.I.D.O.: Indianapolis (pet food pantry, help for chained dogs)

Hamilton County Low Cost Clinic: Noblesville (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Humane Society Calumet Area: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance) 

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana: Gary (spay/neuter assistance)

The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry Servicing Porter and Lake Counties: Porter and Lake Counties (pet food pantry, spay/neuter referral, Fur Angel Fund euthanasia referral service)

Kokomo Humane Society: Kokomo (pet food bank)

The Monroe County Humane Association: Bloomington (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, discount vaccinations and microchips)

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Partners for Animal Welfare Society, Inc.: Greenfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Indiana Pets, Inc.: Greenwood (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Indiana Pets, Inc.: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)

St. Joseph County Spay/Neuter Assistance Program: Notre Dame (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Evansville (pet food)

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Brown Dog Foundation: Statewide (veterinary care assistance and prescription medications)

Capitol Area Animal Response Team: Shawnee County (temporary boarding, pet food and supplies)

Iowa Humane Alliance/Spay Iowa: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

The Pet Project Midwest: Des Moines (pet food and supply pantry) 

Southwest Iowa Humane Society: Clarinda (spay/neuter assistance)

Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter: Oskaloosa (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

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Great Plains SPCA: Greater Kansas City area (various services for low-income and senior pet owners)

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City: Kansas City (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Pet Assistance Network of Topeka: Topeka (temporary foster program)

The Pet Connection: Mission (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care including spay/neuter)

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Anderson Humane Society: Lawrenceburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Refuge Center: Vine Grove (spay/neuter assistance)

Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society: Bowling Green (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)

Friends of the Shelter: Middleboro (spay/neuter assistance)

Friends of the Shelter: Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Grant counties) (spay/neuter assistance)

Barren River Animal Welfare Association: Glasgow (spay/neuter assistance)

Holly's Place: Lawrenceburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Hope for Pets: Mt. Washington (pet food assistance, assistance with veterinary expenses for senior citizens with senior pets)

Humane Society Animal League for Life: Richmond (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Oldham County: LaGrange (spay/neuter assistance)

Kentucky Humane Society: Louisville (spay/neuter assistance)

Mercer Humane Society: Harrodsburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Scott County Humane Society: Georgetown (spay/neuter assistance)

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Baton Rouge Spay/Neuter (spay/neuter assistance)

Cat Haven: Baton Rouge (spay/neuter assistance: cats only)

Lafayette Animal Aid: Carencro (spay/neuter assistance)

Louisiana SPCA: New Orleans (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge (spay/neuter assistance)

Southern Animal Foundation: New Orleans (low-cost veterinary services)

St. Martin Humane Society: Breaux Bridge (spay/neuter assistance)

The Spay Spa: Port Allen (spay/neuter assistance)

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Animal Refuge League: Westbrook (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

The Animal Welfare Society: West Kennebunk (spay/neuter assistance)

Bar Harbor Food Pantry: Bar Harbor (pet food)

Camp Bow Wow: Portland (pet food)

Catholic Charities of Maine: Caribou (pet food/litter)

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society: Lewiston (spay/neuter assistance)

Hardy's Friends: Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor area (pet food and supplies)

Helping People, Helping Pets—York County

Houlton Humane Society: Houlton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Lincoln County Animal Shelter: Edgecomb (pet food)

Maine Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program: statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

Paws for a Cause: Fairfield (pet food)
Victor Grange at the junction of Routes 104 and 23 in Fairfield Center, 207-465-7906 or 207-249-9441

SPCA of Hancock County: Trenton (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Maine (spay/neuter assistance)

Sullivan Animal Food Eatery: Sullivan (pet food)
1888 Route 1, 207-422-6282

York County Shelter Programs: Alfred (pet food)

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Animal Advocates of Howard County: Ellicott City (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County: spay/neuter assistance

The Animal Welfare Society of Howard County: Columbia (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Baltimore Humane Society: Baltimore (veterinary care assistance including spay/neuter)

Caroline County Humane Society: Ridgely (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Frederick County Humane Society: Frederick (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Humane Society of Charles County: Waldorf (spay/neuter assistance)

Montgomery County Humane Society: Rockville (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Now, Inc.: Graysonville (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County, Inc.: Prince George's County (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Talbot Humane Society: Easton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Thankful Paws, Inc.: Bel Air (pet food bank)

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Alliance for Animals: Boston (spay/neuter and veterinary medical care assistance)

Angell Animal Medical Center-Nantucket: veterinary care assistance
21 Crooked Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554

Angell Animal Medical Center-Western New England: (veterinary care assistance)
171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105

Angell Memorial Animal Hospital-Boston (veterinary care assistance) 
350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130

Animal Rescue League of Boston-Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: Statewide (veterinary assistance for pet owners receiving government assistance)

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society: Leverett and Greenfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Fairy DogParents: Duxbury (assistance with food, medical needs and general wellness for dogs)

Phinney's Friends; MSPCA: (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

The Sampson Fund: Cape Cod (fund to benefit companion animals of Cape Cod and the adjacent Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard)
PO Box 1756, Orleans, MA 02653

Southborough Pet food Pantry: Southborough (pet food)

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Statewide (veterinary care assistance including spay/neuter)

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Adopt-A-Pet: Fenton (spay/neuter assistance)

All About Animals Rescue: Eastpointe (spay/neuter assistance)

Cascades Humane Society: Jackson (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

C-SNIP: Kentwood (spay/neuter assistance)

Furever Full Food Bank: Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties (pet food)

Furry Friends Food Pantry: Holland (pet food Thursdays)
616-499-7342, 616-399-5160

Humane Society of Genesee County: Burton (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Huron Valley: Ann Arbor (pet food/litter, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Humane Society of South Central Michigan: Battle Creek (spay/neuter assistance)

Kalamazoo Humane Society: Kalamazoo (pet food bank, dog houses, and spay/neuter assistance)

K9 Resque: St. Claire (pet food)

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society: Harbor Springs (spay/neuter assistance)

Luce County Pet Pals: Newberry (spay/neuter assistance)

Michigan Humane Society: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)

Mission for Area People: Muskegon Heights (pet food assistance; licensing and vet records required) 231-733-9672 

Northeast Community Lutheran Church, Little Kitchen Food Shelf

Oakland County Pet Adoption Center: Auburn Hills (spay/neuter assistance)

Oakland County Pet Food Pantry: Western Michigan (pet food and supplies)

Stop the Overpopulation of Pets: Weymouth (spay/neuter assistance)

Tail Wagger's 1990: Livonia (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines, heartworm testing, microchipping, pet food assistance)

Voiceless–MI: Lansing (spay/neuter assistance)

Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue: Northville (pet food)

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Camp Companion: Rochester (spay/neuter assistance)

Kindest Cut: twin cities metro area (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping)

Minnesota Spay Neuter Project, Inc.: Minneapolis (spay/neuter assistance)

Mission Animal Hospital: Eden Prairie, near Minneapolis (full-service animal hospital)

Northeast Community Lutheran Church: Minneapolis (pet food)

Northland Spay/Neuter: Duluth (low-cost spay/neuter)

People and Pets Together: Minneapolis, MN (pet food and low cost vaccinations)

PetCare of Duluth: Statewide (low-cost clinic offering vaccines, flea/tick prevention, heartworm testing/prevention and microchipping)

Pet Haven: Minneapolis (spay/neuter assistance)

Tri-County Humane Society: St. Cloud (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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Humane Society of South Mississippi: Gulfport (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, other necessary supplies including training advice)

Mississippi Spay and Neuter: Pearl (spay/neuter assistance)

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Animal Protective Association of Missouri: St. Louis (Assistance with vaccinations and routine veterinary care)

Central Missouri Humane Society: Columbia (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Missouri: St. Louis (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Humane Society of Southeast Missouri: Camp Girardeau (spay/neuter assistance)

Northland Pet Pantry: Gladstone (pet food)

Operation SPOT: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)

Pound Pals Nooterville: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)

St. Charles County Humane Services: Cottleville (spay/neuter and heartworm preventative assistance)

Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP): Christian, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk and Webster Counties (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Kansas City: Kansas City (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance)

Stray Rescue of St. Louis: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)

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Beartooth Humane Alliance: Red Lodge (spay/neuter assistance)

Bitter Root Humane Association: Hamilton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Western Montana: Missoula (pet food)

Kootenai Pets for Life: Troy/Libby (pet food and supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Rimrock Humane Society: Roundup (spay/neuter assistance)

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Hearts United for Animals: Auburn (low-cost spay/neuter clinic)

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors: Lincoln County (low-cost spay/neuter program, pet food

Nebraska Humane Society: Omaha (low-cost spay/neuter, pet food delivery for senior citizens receiving Meals on Wheels, training classes, grooming and boarding services)

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Nevada Humane Society: Reno (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Shakespeare Animal: veterinary care assistance

Spay and Neuter Center of Southern Nevada: Las Vegas (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)

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New Hampshire

Cocheco Valley Humane Society: Dover (pet food, temporary foster program)

Concord-Merrimack County SPCA: Penacook (pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Helping People, Helping Pets—Hillsborough County

Helping People, Helping Pets—Merrimack County

Helping People, Helping Pets—Rockingham County

Helping People, Helping Pets—Strafford County

Manchester Animal Shelter: Manchester (pet food)

New Hampshire Humane Society: Laconia (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Upper Valley Humane Society: Enfield (spay/neuter assistance)

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New Jersey

A Purrfect World: Bloomfield (temporary foster program)

Animal Alliance: Belle Mead (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Companion Animal Advocates: Hillsdale (pet food, spay/neuter, and rehoming assistance)

Friends of Randolph Animal Pound (All Our Orphans): Randolph (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Atlantic: Atlantic City (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance: Statewide (veterinary care assistance)

Oakland Animal Hospital: Oakland (pet food)

One Step Closer Animal Rescue (OSCAR): Statewide (pet food bank and spay/neuter assistance)

PetPALS of Southern New Jersey: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners

Prince Chunk Foundation: Statewide (pet food and veterinary care assistance)

Save U.S. Pets Foundation: veterinary care assistance (A veterinarian must apply on behalf of the pet owner.)

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New Mexico

ACTion Programs for Animals: Las Cruces (pet food bank)

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico: Albuquerque (spay/neuter, vaccination and other necessary veterinary medical care)

Animal Village New Mexico: (low-cost spay/neuter, pet food bank)

Casa Rosa Food Pantry: Placitas community (food bank that offers pet food and supplies)

Espanola Valley Humane Society: Espanola (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Gallup McKinley County Humane Society: low-cost spay/neuter

Santa Fe Animal Shelter: Santa Fe (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Vet Co: Multiple Locations(spay/neuter assistance)

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New York

ALL 4 PETS: Limited to Western New York (veterinary care assistance)

The Animal Lovers League: Glen Cove (temporary foster program)

Episcopal Diocese of Western New York: pet food pantries

Baxter Pet Pantry: Nassau and Suffolk Counties (pet food and supplies)

Beyond Breed’s Ruff Riders: pet food and supplies for underserved neighborhoods in Brooklyn and New York City

Black Dog, Second Chance Rescue Food Pantry for Pets: Buffalo
37 Chandler St.

Frankie's Friends: New York City (veterinary care assistance including cancer)

Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry: (pet food bank)

Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester: Fairport (emergency pet food assistance, spay/neuter assistance, and information on other community programs for veterinary assistance)

Rochester Hope for Pets: Rochester (veterinary care assistance)

NY SAVE, Inc.: veterinary care assistance

Operation Pets: The Spay/Neuter Clinic of Western New York (low-cost spay/neuter)

Pet Food Pantry Auburn: (pet food)

The Shamrock Animal Fund: Syracuse/Central New York (veterinary care assistance).

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North Carolina

Animal Compassion Network: Skyland (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

AnimalKind: Raleigh (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Protection Society of Durham: Durham (pet food assistance)

Ashley's Angel Fund (veterinary care assistance)

Community Partnership for Pets: Flat Rock (spay/neuter assistance)

Forsyth County Animal Control: Winston-Salem; Forsyth County (pet food assistance, low-cost spay/neuter)

Forsyth Humane Society: Winston-Salem (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Friends of Madison County Animals: (low-cost/no-cost services to Madison County residents: spay-neuter, pet food pantry, microchips, vaccinations)

Friends of Mebane's Animals: (pet food, spay/neuter subsidies, veterinary assistance, fences and shelter/housing for those in financial hardship or on public assistance in Alamance County and parts of surrounding counties)

Harnett Animal Welfare Coalition (HAWC): Harnett County (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Haywood Animal Welfare Association: Waynesville (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Alliance: Asheville (spay/neuter assistance)

The Humane Society of the Piedmont: Greensboro (pet food & spay/neuter assistance)

Madison County Animal Shelter: Marshall (spay/neuter assistance)

North Carolina State University Companion Pet Assistance Program: Raleigh (veterinary care assistance for clients)

SNAP-NC: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Charlotte: Charlotte (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and pet-food pantry)

SPCA of Wake County: Raleigh (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Watauga Humane Society: Boone (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)

Wayne County Humane Society: Goldsboro (spay/neuter assistance)

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North Dakota

Circle of Friends Humane Society: Grand Forks (spay/neuter assistance, emergency medical assistance)

Spay Dakota: low-cost spay/neuter assistance and referrals

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Angels for Animals: Canfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

The Bummer Fund: Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull Counties (veterinary care assistance)

Humane Ohio: Toledo (spay/neuter assistance)

Jake Brady Memorial Fund (veterinary care assistance)

MedVet Good Sam Fund: Columbus and Cincinatti (veterinary care assistance)

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Paws with Pride: Uniontown (temporary foster program)

Pet Guards Clinic: Cuyahoga Falls (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter and vaccinations)

PetPromise: Columbus (pet food assistance)

Pets in Need: Cincinnati (veterinary services, spay/neuter vouchers)

Pets in Stitches: Miami Valley (affordable spay/neuter and vaccines for cats, dogs and rabbits; TNR for community cats)

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals: Kettering (spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Stop the Overpopulation of Pets: Mansfield (spay/neuter assistance)

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Animal Birth Control Clinic: Lawton (spay/neuter, vaccination, microchip assistance and other basic veterinary services)

Animal Rescue and Care of McCurtain County: Broken Bow (spay/neuter assistance)

Best Friends of Pets: multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance)

Central Oklahoma Humane Society: Oklahoma City (spay neuter clinic, trap-neuter-return for community cats)

Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake: Grove (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Tulsa: Tulsa (spay/neuter assistance)

Oklahoma City Animal Shelter: Oklahoma City (pet food)
405-316-FOOD (3663) or email petfoodbank@okc.gov

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division: (spay/neuter help, pet food bank, community cat program)

PAWS, Inc.: Bristow (spay/neuter assistance)

Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City: (pet food)

Poteau Valley Humane Society: Poteau (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Oklahoma: Tulsa (spay/neuter assistance)

Volunteers for Animal Welfare: Oklahoma City (spay/neuter assistance)

Washington County SPCA: Bartlesville (spay/neuter assistance)

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Cat Adoption Team: Sherwood (cat food assistance)

City of Eugene Spay/Neuter Clinic: Eugene (spay/neuter, vaccination, and microchip assistance)

DoveLewis Velvet Assistance Fund: Portland (veterinary care assistance)

Humane Society of Central Oregon: Bend (spay/neuter assistance, contact HSCO for additional services)

Lane County Animal Services: Eugene (spay/neuter assistance)

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Oregon Outback Humane Society: Lakeview (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Pet Overpopulation Prevention Advocates: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance and referral)

The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank (pet food and spay/neuter assistance)

Pro-Bone-O: Eugene (free pet food, supplies, and veterinary care for pets of the homeless)

Willamette Animal Guild: Eugene (spay/neuter assistance)

Willamette Humane Society: Salem (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

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ACCT Philly: (pet food, referrals for low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services)

Action for Animals Humane Society: Latrobe (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Care & Assistance Fund (veterinary care assistance)

Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley: (pet food for families in need)

Animal Friends: Pittsburgh (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Animal House Project: (pet food for low-income residents of Chester County)

The Animal Rescue of Western Pennsylvania (veterinary care assistance)

Delaware County SPCA: (spay/neuter and wellness services)

Forgotten Cats, Inc.: Willow Grove (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Humane Society of Berks County: Reading (pet food and veterinary care assistance)

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area: (pet food pantry, low-cost spay/neuter services, wellness clinics, microchipping)

Humane Society of Westmoreland County: Greenberg (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Sam's Hope: Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties (pet food and veterinary care assistance for pet owners with demonstrated financial hardship)

Spay/Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.: Harrisburg (low-cost spay/neuter)

Washington Area Humane Society: Eighty Four (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society: Pittsburgh (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care

Wilkes Barre Animal Hospital: Wilkes Barre (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Pet Pantry of Lancaster County: (pet food, spay/neuter and wellness services, community cat program)

Pennsylvania SPCA: Philadelphia (spay/neuter and wellness services)

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Animal Welfare Society: Isabela (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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Rhode Island

Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island: Pascoag (spay/neuter assistance)

Providence Animal Rescue League: Providence (spay/neuter assistance)

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation: veterinary care assistance

Volunteer Services for Animals: Providence (spay/neuter assistance)

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South Carolina

Charleston Animal Society: Charleston (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Columbia (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Keep Our Pets Food Bank: Horry and Georgetown (pet food for eligible applicants)

Pawmetto Lifeline: Columbia (low-cost spay/neuter clinic, mobile vaccine clinic, pet food pantry) 

Pet Helpers: Charleston (a broad range of low-cost veterinary care—including vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick control, heartworm tests, feline leukemia/aids tests, very affordable heartworm preventive medication, mass removals, orthopedic surgery, and some dentistry [fees are on a sliding scale]—as well as a pet food bank, low-cost spay/neuter, help for chained dogs, TNR, and behavior/training referrals); clinic phone number: 843-302-0556

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South Dakota

Brookings Humane Society: pet food and supplies

Oglala Pet Project: free spay/neuter, low-cost vaccines, pet food bank for pet owners living on the Pine Ridge American Indian Reservation

Operation Pets, Inc.: low-cost spay/neuter for pets and community cats

Spay Dakota: low-cost spay/neuter referrals

South Dakota West River Spay/Neuter Coalition: low-cost spay/neuter clinics

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Brown Dog Foundation: Statewide (veterinary care assistance and prescription medications)

Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee (List of groups that assist with companion animal issues in Tennssee by county)

Fayette County Animal Rescue: Rossville (pet food and supplies)

Humane Society of Putnam County: Cookeville (spay/neuter assistance)

Nashville Humane Association: Nashville (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Shepherd's Green Sanctuary (pigs only): Cookeville (contact Shepherd's Green for list of services)

Young-Williams Animal Center: Knoxville (pet food, spay/neuter, and vaccination assistance)

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Animal Birth Control Clinic: Waco (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Animal Friends of Washington County: Brenham (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm treatment)

Animal Trustees of Austin: Austin (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter assistance, and heartworm treatment)

Arlington Humane Society: Arlington (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society: Canyon Lake (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Cause for Paws: Greenville (spay/neuter, medication, and vaccination assistance)

DaisyCares Pet Food Program: San Antonio (pet food assistance through the San Antonio Food Bank)

Dallas Animal Services: Dallas (spay/neuter assistance)

EmanciPet: Austin (spay/neuter assistance)

Freeman-Fritts: Kerrville (spay/neuter assistance, low-cost veterinary care)

Helotes Humane Society: Helotes (pet food)

Houston Humane Society: Houston (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Network: Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding counties (assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter)

Metroplex Animal Coalition: Dallas (spay/neuter assistance)

Outreach Animal Clinic: Dallas (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Pet Food Bank of Austin and Travis County: Austin (Pet food)

Pet Pals of Texas: Converse (pet food, supplies, and general pet care assistance for elderly or disabled residents)

Pet Prevent A Litter of Central Texas: San Marcos (pet food and litter, spay/neuter assistance)

Spay-Neuter Assistance Program: Multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay/Neuter Your Pet: Dallas-Fort Worth (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Texas: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Polk County: Livingston (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Texas: Dallas (pet food, assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter)

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine "The Capper and Chris Save the Animals Fund" (veterinary care assistance)

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection: Azle, Cleburne, Denton, Fort Worth, Hamilton, Hillsboro, and McKinney (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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The Humane Society of Moab Valley: Moab (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Utah: Murray (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Pet Samaritan Fund (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

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Frontier Animal Society: Orleans (spay/neuter assistance)

Second Chance Animal Center: Shaftsbury (spay/neuter assistance)

Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program: Bridgewater (spay/neuter assistance)

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Angels of Assisi: Roanoke (spay/neuter assistance, discounted pet medications)

Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Arlington (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)

Bedford Humane Society: Bedford (spay/neuter assistance)

Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic: northern Virginia (pet food, supplies and spay/neuter assistance)

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Charlottesville (spay/neuter assistance for owned pets and feral cats)

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Fauquier SPCA: Warrenton (spay/neuter assistance)

Franklin County Humane Society: Rocky Mount (spay/neuter assistance)

Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Clinic: Richmond (reduced cost veterinary surgery)

The Holly Help Memorial Spay/Neuter Fund: Bristol (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Culpeper: Culpeper (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Fairfax County: Fairfax (pet food)

Humane Society of Loudoun County: Purcellville (spay/neuter assistance)

Loudon County Animal Care and Control CARE Pet Pantry: Leesburg (pet food)

Mountain View Humane Spay Neuter Clinic: low cost spay/neuter

Partners Among Cats and Canines: Franklin (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)

Prince William SPCA: Manassas (spay/neuter, vaccinations, wellness checks)

Richmond SPCA: Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Goochland (low-cost, full service veterinary hospital; free behavior helpline; free temporary boarding for pets of domestic violence victims)

Roanoke Valley SPCA: Roanoke (pet food)

Saint Seton's Orphaned Animals: Fredricksburg (operates Thomas Beath Veterinary Hospital, assistance with diagnostics, surgery, and veterinary treatments for low-income clients and animal welfare organizations, pet food pantry) 

Shenandoah Valley Spay and Neuter Clinic: Harrisonburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Lynchburg Humane Society: Evington (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay, Inc.: Northern Virginia (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County: Martinsville (spay/neuter assistance)

Virginia Beach SPCA: Virginia Beach (pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

The Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic: Fredericksburg (low-cost spay/neuter, microchips)

Voices for Animals: Charlottesville and surrounding counties (feral cat spay/neuter and vaccination; weather-proof shelters for outdoor dogs)

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Northwest Spay & Neuter Center: Tacoma (spay/neuter assistance for owned pets and feral cats)

Concern for Animals: Thurston, Mason and Lewis Counties (spay/neuter, pet food and veterinary care assistance)

Forget Me Not Animal Shelter: Republic (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society for Seattle/King County: Bellevue (low-income senior citizen's pet food assistance, discounted spay/neuter and microchipping, pet project assistance for individuals disabled by AIDS)

Olympic Mountain Pet Pals: Jefferson County (spay/neuter assistance for low-income pet owners, TNR for community cats)

PAWS of Bainbridge Island: Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap (spay/neuter, vaccination, pet food, veterinary care assistance; additional services for seniors)

Seattle Humane Society: Seattle (services for low-income, disabled, and senior pet owners: spay/neuter, vaccination, pet food, veterinary care assistance) 

Progressive Animal Welfare Society: Lynnwood (spay/neuter assistance, microchip and vaccination assistance, behavior helpline)

Spokane Valley Regional Animal Protection Service: Spokane Valley (spay/neuter assistance)

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Good Samaritan Fund (veterinary care assistance)

Whatcom Humane Society: Bellingham (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation (WAIF): Whidbey Island (spay/neuter assistance for owned cats and ferals, crisis care assistance, pet food banks, and temporary foster care)

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West Virginia

Monroe County Animal League, Inc.: Union (spay/neuter assistance)

The National Humane Education Society: Charles Town (spay/neuter assistance)

Promise Animal League: Falling Waters (pet food)

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The Dodge County Humane Society: Juneau (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Eau Claire County Humane Association: Eau Claire (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Fox Valley Humane Society: Appleton (temporary boarding program)

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha: Waukesha (assistance with spay/neuter, pet food and short term fostering for pets displaced from their homes); contact HAWS' Shelter Manager: kelly@hawspets.org, 262-542-8851

Wisconsin Humane Society: (spay/neuter assistance program, vaccines, pet food and supplies for families in need, community cat caregivers program)

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Central Wyoming Spay & Neuter Foundation: spay/neuter vouchers

Cheyenne Animal Shelter: low-cost spay/neuter and trap-neuter-return for community cats

Wyoming Spay and Neuter: low-cost spay/neuter for pets and feral cats

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The Law That Ag Gag Hides Behind- Don't Be Fooled

There’s 3 things that everyone should know about “Right to Farm” laws:

1.    They grant legal immunity to mega factory farms

2.    They can block new laws designed to protect the environment

3.    They have the power to block new laws designed to protect farmed animals

And all 50 U.S. states have them.

Right to Farm laws were originally created to safeguard small family farms from local nuisance lawsuits, such as complaints about smell, noise and pollution from neighboring households.

But today these laws are being abused by Big Ag to shield mega factory farms against new environmental and animal protection laws.

Why? Because implementing new animal protection laws, such as banning battery cages, is an expensive process. Right to Farm laws are being used as an easy way to refuse making legally required improvements to animal farming practices.

Ultimately, Big Ag cares not about the animals, nor the environment, but only its bottom line: profit.

Many states aggressively protect their Ag Gag rules to shield the horrific cruelty of the way farm and famed animals are made to suffer, from birth to slaughter. 

Even if you do eat animal products, creating cruel, unsafe and unhealthy farming practices hurts everyone, not only the animals.

Think compassion first. 




Heartbrreaking Abuse & Neglect:  Happy Ending


Heartbrreaking Abuse & Neglect: Happy Ending

The story of a six-year-old Lhasa Apso who was recently found on the streets of Leeds in the UK is beyond heartbreaking and difficult to comprehend.

The little, abandoned dog hardly looked like a dog at all when rescuers discovered him. His fur was completely matted, hanging in big dirtied clumps. In fact, it was matted so badly that the dog’s leg became stuck to his ear…

There are no words.....

There are no words.....

Harriet Chaplin, the dog warden who fortuitously found the dog, alerted the RSPCA about the tragic find. It is uncertain how the dog, who was given the new name Soldier, ended up on the streets, but it is believed by the RSPCA chief inspector Heidi Jenner that his neglectful owner had not groomed him in many months.

The dog’s condition was tragic – the mats were so far-gone that they were pulling at the skin around his eye and causing it to come off…

Soldier was handed over to Dogs Trust Leeds where the team began the long and delicate process of removing the hair from his body and treating his wounds. He had to be anesthetized so that all the dramatically matted fur could be shaven.

Soldier was in the care of Dogs Trust Leeds for a few days before being taken to a foster home.

There, already looking like a completely different animal, he will have the chance to recover from the trauma he’s experienced.


Jenner highlights that Soldier’s case was the worst one of matted fur she had ever seen.

“When you first see the pictures of little Soldier you can’t even tell he’s a dog, let alone what breed he is,” she said, adding “To allow an animal to get into this condition is absolutely shocking – there is no excuse for it.”

The RSPCA now wants to hear from anyone who might have any information about Soldier’s past and who is responsible for his appalling condition. Fortunately, even though his future was at first very unclear, to the relief of all, Soldier has already started to eat and, hopefully, he will now be steadily improving further.


Dog Tossed By Twister: Lives to tell the Tail


Dog Tossed By Twister: Lives to tell the Tail

If you’ve ever seen a dog’s eyes light up when you say the word “walk,” you know that man’s best friend is pretty keen on getting out and seeing the world. Duke, a lab mix from Davis County, North Carolina, got a chance to see his neighborhood in a way that few dogs ever achieve — and even fewer live to remember. The incredibly lucky pup was swept up by a tornado when it tore through his town, carried up and away from his home and tossed a whopping 1,000 feet. He survived.

When the storm eventually passed, Duke was found in a field roughly 1,000 feet from his home.

He didn’t make it through unscathed, and had a broken leg and damage to one eye from the encounter with the twister, but he was still alive.


“[Duke was] picked up in the mass of the swirling wind,” Lewis Vannoy, Duke’s owner, explained to a local CNN affiliate. “Tossed just like a rag doll.”

Duke, at 12 years old, isn’t a young fellow, but he’s still expected to make a complete recovery from his injuries. He requires surgery to fully repair the damage the twister wrought, but he’s lived to tell the tale.

The tornado was classified as an EF-1, which is the second lowest tier on the scale, based on the amount of damage it inflicts. No casualties were reported, though the funnel’s 110 mph winds did destroy several homes and damage a local fire department. Minor injuries were reported.


by:  @MikeWehner


Protecting Puppy Mills: Again, Chris Christie, GOP, Puts $ Ahead of Compassion


Protecting Puppy Mills: Again, Chris Christie, GOP, Puts $ Ahead of Compassion

New Jersey Bill to Regulate Puppy Mills Rejected by Gov. Chris Christie

This is what they are protecting? 

This is what they are protecting? 

A piece of legislation that would have prevented inhumane puppy mills from selling dogs to pet shops and breeders in the state of New Jersey has been rejected by Gov. Chris Christie. 

Christie argued that the regulation was potentially “unconstitutional” and would put burdensome requirements on the industry and the state, NJ.com reported. He also said aspects of the bill went “too far." 


Amish Puppy Mill

Amish Puppy Mill

The bill, a revision of the Pet Purchase Protection Act, sought to regulate pet dealers like pet shop owners.

It would have imposed fines as high as $20,000 and revoked the operating licenses of breeders and shop owners after a third violation, the article stated.

Christie recommended a revised measure that scrapped the “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” penalty for pet dealers and pet shop owners which he said could “permanently close them for something as innocuous as unknowingly obtaining pets from a source that was cited” but not yet found guilty of technical violations. *

* ( how is a puppy mill innocuous? )

The decision to pass on the bill is a disappointment to many animal advocates fighting against puppy mills, including one of the bill's sponsors, Assemblyman Daniel Benson.

"This bill had one simple intention: to stop pet shops and consumers from buying from pet dealers who have had multiple USDA violations,” Benson said in an official statement.
“Pet dealers should follow the same regulations as do pet shop owners,” he continued. "Unfortunately, the governor, through his veto language allows the worst actors (out-of-state puppy mills that are unregulated) to continue to sell into NJ without any oversight.
Also, by removing the three strikes provisions in the bill, the worst pet stores and dealers will keep operating." 

Benson wasn't the only one to express concerns about the rejected bill. The Humane Society released a statement that read,

How is this OK in ANY universe? 

How is this OK in ANY universe? 

"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sided with puppy mill interests and conditionally vetoed a broadly supported measure to protect dogs and consumers from reckless and inhumane puppy mills."

The Humane Society, which is urging legislators to override Christie's decision in order to protect both animals and consumers, noted that

"an estimated 10,000 puppy mills produce more than 2,400,000 puppies each year in the U.S." 

Not everyone was upset with Christie's decision, however, including The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, which argued that the bill (S-3041) wasn't actually "new" legislation and that it would "harm the state’s independent pet retailers and consumers." 


GOP Congressman Beheads Live Chicken in  Session Abortion Debate, Laughs


GOP Congressman Beheads Live Chicken in Session Abortion Debate, Laughs

This goes beyond appalling, cruel and hypocritical: viciously and cruelly beheading a innocent creature while making the argument to protect life? 

Sorry, he is a total and unredeemable asshole. 

Debate continues to rage between pro-life and pro-choice activists about when life begins and must be protected.

One topic that hasn’t been considered? The similarities between abortion and chicken slaughter. Well, now, thanks to one Missouri legislator, that is up for discussion.

In what was no doubt the most bizarre moment of last week, anti-abortion GOP state legislator Mike Moon prepared for the new “nothing but abortion” special session of the Missouri legislature by killing a chicken — and posting the video on Youtube.

“When the governor called for the second special session this year, I was right in the middle of my summer job.

But like any good career politician, when I get the call (breaks to behead chicken), I’m going back to work,” Rep. Moon said on his video, according to the Missouri Times

”God gave us man dominion over life. He allows us to raise animals properly and care for them and then process them for food so we can sustain life. And that’s what I’m doing here with this chicken. So we’ve been called back to this special session for the primary purpose of supporting life, protecting the unborn specifically. I think we need to get to the heart of the matter here (pulls out chicken’s heart). So today, I’m filing a bill that will lead to the stopping of abortion in the state of Missouri and I hope you’ll support it.”

Moon later told reporters that he wasn’t really trying to compare butchering a chicken to abortion, despite the video’s message.




Hey New York Animal Lovers- Vote YES on Intro 1233


Hey New York Animal Lovers- Vote YES on Intro 1233


For the New York City Council, that is.

Now that Intro 1233, legislation to end the cruel use of wild animals in the circus, has bipartisan, supermajority support in the Council, it's coming up for a vote in the Health Committee this Thursday!

Please contact your Council Member TODAY and urge them to VOTE YES on Intro 1233 here: eshv.org/action

Your 30 second phone call or email to the City Council can help free circus animals from a lifetime of suffering. Animals can't dial phones, after all, so they are counting on you, the humane voters of New York, to speak up for them. Our online action center makes it so quick and easy to contact your rep, so please speak up now! 

Remember: Even though the curtain finally has closed on Ringling Bros, other animal-abusing circuses still come to New York City.

Let's make sure the curtains close on their cruel animal acts, too. Please contact your City Council Member today and urge them to VOTE YES on Intro 1233.

On behalf of all of those animals, thank you.


Allie Feldman Taylor

Empire State Humane Voters
Building Political Power For Animals


Canadian Activist Acquitted of Criminal Charges for Giving Water to Thirsty Pigs Bound for Slaughter


Canadian Activist Acquitted of Criminal Charges for Giving Water to Thirsty Pigs Bound for Slaughter

Canadian Activist Acquitted of Criminal Charges for Giving Water to Thirsty Pigs Bound for Slaughter

Posted by Nicole Pallotta on June 9, 2017

How is offering water to suffering animals on their way to slaughter  "interfering with enjoyment?"  This is horrifying. 

How is offering water to suffering animals on their way to slaughter  "interfering with enjoyment?"  This is horrifying. 


In the conclusion to a trial that garnered global media attention and shined a spotlight on the treatment of farmed animals in Canada, on May 4, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice acquitted Toronto animal advocate Anita Krajnc of all charges for offering water to overheated pigs on a transport truck bound for slaughter.

Krajnc’s case inspired multiple petitions of support and the slogan “Compassion Is Not a Crime.”


As reported in a previous Animal Law Update, Krajnc was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in June 2015 for “interference with the use, enjoyment and operation of property” after giving water to panting pigs confined in a sweltering trailer on a hot summer day.

According to Krajnc, the pigs were overheated and severely dehydrated when she offered them water through narrow openings in the truck while it was stopped at a traffic light on the way to Fearman’s Pork slaughterhouse. The owner of the pigs filed a complaint with police the following day, citing concern that Krajnc’s actions might have “contaminated” his property, making the animals unfit for slaughter. If convicted, she would have faced up to $5,000 in fines, six months in jail, or both.

In a video of the incident, a pig is seen panting heavily inside the tractor trailer and appears to be in distress as Krajnc asks the driver to give the animal some water.

He warns her not to give the animals anything and chastises her, “These are not humans, you dumb frickin’ broad!”

Krajnc pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying her only crime was compassion, and her lawyers argued she was acting in the public interest.

Krajnc told The Washington Post:

I did what I did because I was just following the golden rule, like you’d treat others as you’d like to be treated. If someone’s thirsty, you give them water. When someone is suffering, it’s actually wrong to look away. We all have a duty to be present and try to help. In the history of the world, that’s how social movements progress.”

The criminal case revolved around the question of whether the pigs, as property, were unlawfully interfered with when Krajnc gave them water. Despite allegations by the police and prosecution that Krajnc had given the pigs an “unknown substance” that could potentially endanger the food supply or result in the facility refusing to slaughter the pigs, Justice David Harris found that it was clear she had only given them water. Because her actions in offering water to the pigs did not stop them from being slaughtered, Justice Harris also dismissed the claim that Krajnc had interfered with the “lawful use of property,” noting that activists had been giving water to slaughter-bound pigs at this same facility for two years prior to Krajnc’s arrest, and these actions had never resulted in animals being turned away from the slaughterhouse.

Although he dismissed the charges, Justice Harris criticized the defense’s comparisons of Krajnc’s actions to those who gave water to Jewish prisoners being transported to concentration camps during the Holocaust, and rejected analogies to human rights leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Susan B. Anthony, saying these arguments did not factor into his decision.

Even if one rejects comparisons between animal protection and human rights causes, most would agree that animals, including farmed animals, are worthy of basic decency and kindness.

The legal classification of animals as property, coupled with an agriculture system in which cows, pigs, chickens, and other farmed animals are routinely treated as commodities rather than the sensitive and intelligent beings science increasingly shows them to be, encourages callous disregard for their wellbeing. Many legal experts believe expanding the concept of legal personhood to animals is the best way to prevent their cruel treatment, a path for which Krajnc’s lawyers, Gary Grill and James Silver, argued in court.

According to “The Anita Krajnc Trial: Compassion, the Public Interest, and the Case for Animal Personhood,” which was published in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law student newspaper, there was a lengthy exchange during closing arguments about the concept of legal personhood and whether it should be applied to animals, especially given scientific advances regarding the capacities of animals. During a talk at the University of Toronto, Grill and Silver:

“…acknowledged that this case was unlikely to result in profound changes to the law. However, by discussing animal personhood in a Canadian courtroom, they hoped to raise awareness about an area of widespread scientific consensus: the extraordinary cognitive abilities and emotional complexities of animals. As neuroscientist Dr. Lori Marino testified during the trial: ‘Pigs are persons. They are at least as emotionally complex as dogs and as psychologically complex as primates. It sells pigs short to say they are as sophisticated as a human toddler, for they are more complex than that.’”

Pigs also outperform dogs on many cognitive tests, yet there is a stark disparity between what is considered acceptable treatment of animals defined as pets versus those defined as food. As this case highlights, in both Canada and the U.S., farmed animals have few meaningful protections under the law, leaving them vulnerable to cruel and neglectful treatment that would be illegal if the victim were a companion animal. Although the truck driver and owner of the slaughterhouse maintained the pigs had been watered and transported lawfully, Canadian regulations allow pigs to be transported for up to 36 hours without food, water or rest, in addition to a five-hour food withdrawal period before travel.

Krajnc is co-founder of grassroots group Toronto Pig Save, which bears witness to pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals in their final moments as they approach slaughterhouses.

The strategy of bearing witness is based on the philosophy of Leo Tolstoy, encapsulated in a quote on The Save Movement’s homepage: “When the suffering of another creature causes you to feel pain, do not submit to the initial desire to flee from the suffering one, but on the contrary, come closer, as close as you can to him who suffers, and try to help him.” Toronto Pig Save holds weekly vigils and in the summer offers water and watermelon to dehydrated pigs outside slaughterhouses. Its inception in 2010 ignited the global Save Movement, a worldwide network that has grown to more than 130 groups, whose members work “to raise awareness about the plight of farmed animals, to help people become vegan, and to build a mass-based, grassroots animal justice movement.”

As the Save Movement gains momentum, companies that profit from animal exploitation grow more anxious, as evidenced by increasingly bold attempts to silence advocates.

Earlier this year, slaughterhouse Manning Beef filed a trespass lawsuit against Los Angeles Cow Save, which holds vigils on the road in front of the facility to bear witness to the suffering of the animals slaughtered there and raise public awareness about cruelty to farmed animals. In April 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Law Offices of Matthew Strugar, and attorney Ryan Gordon from Advancing Law for Animals filed a motion on behalf of Los Angeles Cow Save under the California “anti-SLAPP” (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) statute, which protects activists from baseless lawsuits that seek to intimidate them from exercising their right to free speech on issues of public concern. In June 2017, the Los Angeles Superior Court dismissed Manning Beef’s lawsuit against the activists as meritless, recognizing the slaughterhouse was trying to stifle their First Amendment rights.

For The Save Movement, bearing witness and telling the stories of the countless individual farmed animals killed in slaughterhouse every day is part of a broader strategy for social change, which includes shifting the legal status of animals. As Krajnc wrote in a Toronto Star op-ed: “It’s wrong to see pigs as property, just as it was wrong hundreds of years ago to see human slaves as property and women as chattel — the property of men. The law needs changing.”

A necessary first step to enacting meaningful legal reform for farmed animals is transparency regarding their treatment, which is why the Animal Legal Defense Fund is leading the fight against Ag-Gag laws in the U.S.

With pigs, chickens, and cows used for dairy increasingly locked away in windowless buildings that bear little resemblance to most Americans’ image of a farm, and slaughterhouses moved to the outskirts of cities and towns, the lives and deaths of most farmed animals are hidden from public view.

Besides the existing challenges to access these facilities to document the treatment of animals, the agriculture industry has been lobbying vigorously not only to block any legislation deemed friendly to animal protection but also to pass laws to criminalize whistleblowers to further shield themselves from public scrutiny and accountability. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, with a coalition of other groups, successfully challenged Idaho’s Ag-Gag law in 2015, when the United States District Court of Idaho ruled it unconstitutional on both free speech and equal protection grounds. Idaho appealed the decision and oral arguments were heard in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 12, 2017.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has pending cases challenging similar laws in Utah and North Carolina.



A Victory for Pigs: ADLF

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s California members urged action to oppose the exhibition of pregnant and nursing pigs in cruel farrowing crates at the California State Fair.

Farrowing crates are so small that the pigs cannot even turn around or walk. The pigs are never let out for exercise. These farrowing crates cause needless suffering by completely depriving the exhibited pigs of the ability to engage in any exercise. Thank you to everyone who took action to oppose the exhibition. Now with the fair just a few months away, I have some great news—pigs in farrowing crates will not be exhibited this year!

No words for this kind of cruelty.

No words for this kind of cruelty.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the fair’s organizers, and after many months of negotiation, we have come to an agreement.

In addition to not holding the exhibit this year, Cal Expo will be obligated to inform us months in advance if they plan to have pigs in farrowing crates for the 2018 State Fair—giving us time to take action if necessary. In exchange, we dismissed our current lawsuit.

We reserve the right to sue again if the cruel exhibition returns. Meanwhile, we will continue working to end the use of farrowing crates and other cruel animal confinement systems that have become routine in modern animal agriculture.

Thank you for supporting the Animal Legal Defense Fund and our mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

Editorial Note:

This is one my very favorite animal advocacy organizations. 

Please visit to see the vital work they do on behalf of those that can't speak for themselves.


Yet Another Threat To Kill & Harm: Trump Hates Animals*


Yet Another Threat To Kill & Harm: Trump Hates Animals*

An independent agency dedicated solely to the protection of sea-dwelling mammals

– the Marine Mammal Commission –

is another one of the vital structures that are currently threatened by Donald Trump’s planned budget.

*unless they can make him some money. 



This federal agency protects the marine mammals living in and on the seas, like whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, sea otters, manatees, walruses, and polar bears. It was charged by the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972 and, since then, has provided vital science-based oversight of domestic and international policies and actions of federal agencies. It also looks into how humans impact the lives of marine mammals.

Throughout the 45 years of its existence, the agency has done a great deal of much-needed work to research marine mammals and spread knowledge about different species, helping us understand these fascinating creatures better. As highlighted by a petition on Care2, it also launched many collaborative efforts which have dramatically reduced the deaths of marine animals from things such as ghost fishing nets, ship and boat strikes, loss of habitat, and 

Trump & His Administration Are Idiots

Now, however, the President is worried that the agency, with its budget of just over three million dollars, puts a strain on the 1.1 trillion dollar budget of the U.S…

With just three commissioners and a very small staff, Marine Mammal Commission is obviously not a source of any potential financial difficulties for the country.

Serious difficulties, however, will be faced by the marine mammals if the precious work of the agency is stopped.


The Oil Companies, Again

The elimination of the commission would be great news to the offshore oil industry, the fishing industry, and simply everyone who thinks of marine mammals, not as living creatures that have to be respected and protected, but rather inconvenient things that thwart their quick profit.

It may feel like signing petitions is a very small thing – and surely one that we do a lot of, especially in the past months – but it is also the easiest action that each of us can and should do to make our stance clear.

 Click here to sign the petition to fully fund the Marine Mammal Commission for 2018 and beyond!



Facebook's Policy On Animal Abuse Postings

Just what is Facebook, anyway?  Most everybody uses it; its reach is frightening.  When I first got on Facebook, it was my friends and connections, now it seems to be a relentless series of ads and solicitations based on their big brother algorithms that record who we talk to, what we look at and sometimes based on a one-off search on Google or Ebay. 

I see Facebook as a necessary evil: don't much like it but it is the biggest game in town. Not participating with Facebook; posting, creating ads and sharing stuff that you or your org feels is important can leave hundreds, if not thousands, of contacts on the table.  Those contacts are the ones you need to get your message out there. 

Graphic Animal Abuse Images OK?

It seems as if there is a Facebook page for almost any interest: and some of the things that appear are nothing less than horrifying and tragic. So how does Facebook decide if a graphic image of animal abuse is 'OK' or acceptable in some sense, and where do they draw the line?

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From the Facebook Files :These previously unreleased guidelines are very curious.

Its policies on animal abuse are also explained, with one slide saying: “We allow photos and videos documenting animal abuse for awareness, but may add viewer protections to some content that is perceived as extremely disturbing by the audience.

Generally, imagery of animal abuse can be shared on the site. Some extremely disturbing imagery may be marked as disturbing.”

Photos of animal mutilation, including those showing torture, can be marked as disturbing rather than deleted. Moderators can also leave photos of abuse where a human kicks or beats an animal.

Facebook said: “We allow people to share images of animal abuse to raise awareness and condemn the abuse but remove content that celebrates cruelty against animals.”

As animal lovers, what do you think? 

  • Is it necessary to reveal the true horror and frequency of animal abuse throughout the world? 
  • Or are these pictures so cruel and graphic that they should be censored? 


Read the full Facebook Guidelines on Animal Abuse postings here:


Careful, really awful, and posted, picture at end of article. I guess this kind of stuff is OK to show....

The images they allow to be posted are NOTHING like this one. 

The images they allow to be posted are NOTHING like this one. 

Their approach to violence and child abuse are similar:  to read the full article 


Please do feel free to comment, even on the PetsAtHome Facebook page.

I'd love to know what you think.


15 Chain Restaurants & Drive Throughs Dog Friendly


15 Chain Restaurants & Drive Throughs Dog Friendly

While drive throughs may not e on the top of the Emergency Resources list, it can be helpful to know where you and your dogs can grab some food together:

  • Menu items or freebies may not be available at all locations.

  • Always check with your vet before feeding your dog something new.

  • Some of these items are on the menu while others are secret and must be asked for by name!


1. Starbucks “Puppuccino”

If you’re at the Starbucks drive-thru with your pooch in tow, add a Puppuccino to your order! No, it’s not coffee for your pup (which is one of those things they should never consume!). It’s a little whipped cream in a small cup that’ll serve as a tasty treat–as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant.


2. In-N-Out Burger

Dogs love burgers, just like humans. Only, they shouldn’t be eating all those extra toppings! That’s why this delectable burger chain will serve up a “Pup Patty” for your furry friend: an unseasoned burger, packed in one of their signature doggy bags.


3. Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles knows that everyone loves fresh baked goodies–even dogs! That’s why they make tasty cupcakes that are safe for canine consumption. They’re sugar-free, and complete with a layer of yogurt frosting.


4. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt


Summer’s here, the sun is out, and you and your pup are drooling at the thought of a cool snack! Head over to Handel’s, where many locations offer Dogsters in peanut butter or mint flavors. According to the chain’s Facebook page, these frozen treats are vet-approved.


5. Rock & Brews


Love music, beer, and dogs? Welcome to Nirvana. This chain is dog-friendly, with some locations offering a special dog menu. They offer dishes that include roast chicken, unsalted burgers, sweet potatoes, and even Fido-friendly (non-alcoholic) “beer” !


6. Shake Shack

This restaurant is committed to serving canine customers! According to their website, the special dog menu includes two items: the Pooch-ini®, a peanut butter sundae with dog biscuits, and the Bag O’ Bones, a handful of specially made biscuits from Bocce’s Bakery in NYC.


7. Johnny Rockets

This bark-friendly burger joint offers treats for your tail-wagger at certain locations. According to BarkPost, choices include dog-friendly burgers, ice cream, and pupcakes. Select locations have an extended menu.

8. Tim Hortons


Do-nut forget a donut for your dog! (Get it?) At Tim Horton’s, your pooch can grab a doggy donut hole, which is a sugar-free Timbit.


9. Dairy Queen

If  you’re craving a taste of ice cream royalty, you can bet your pooch would like a lick! Lucky for him, he can order up a Pup Cup (free with purchase!), which is a doggy-sized portion of vanilla ice cream. He may even get a treat on top!10. Culver’s

This food and custard restaurant is known for its dog-friendly drive-thru and area for seating. So it should come as no surprise that pooch-loving patrons like to treat their pups to a scoop of vanilla custard.

11. Sonic


If your dog loves car rides and digs drive-thrus, there’s no doubt that she’ll love to stop at the ultimate drive-in restaurant. Some locations offer doggy treats…although you’ll probably have to share a bite of your (plain) burger when you get those beggin’ eyes.


12. Chick-Fil-A


This company is known for its stellar customer service to people and pooches! Many drive-thrus will offer a snack for pup passengers. (And as you’re eating your sandwich, your furry friend will remind you that she loves grilled chicken, too.)


13. Dunkin’ Donuts

If you’re on a java run and your pup’s along for the ride, certain Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thrus keep dog treats handy. And according to some social media posts, some locations may even offer puppy lattes (whipped cream in a cup)!


14. Lazy Dog Cafe

Hungry dogs who come here can order from their very own menu! With locations in Las Vegas, Texas, and all over California, pup patrons can order up a nice bowl of brown rice, either plain or topped with chicken or a hamburger patty. And of course, bowls of water are on the house!


15. Le Pain Quotidien

This bakery has locations worldwide with patios that are dog-friendly. BarkPost explains that some have doggy treats within the customers’ reach, and if not, the waitstaff will be happy to throw your dog a bone.




How Would You Break Up A Dog Fight?


How Would You Break Up A Dog Fight?

Do You Know the Best Way to Break Up a Dogfight and Come Out Unscathed?


Story at-a-glance

  • The natural response of dog guardians is to try to break up a dogfight before one or both dogs are injured, however, it can be a dangerous proposition to attempt to stop dogs from fighting
  • There is no cookie cutter approach to breaking up a dogfight that works in every situation or with every dog. It’s up to each individual to decide if the risk of intervening outweighs the potential for injury
  • There are many methods people employ to try to separate two fighting dogs, many of which involve distracting one or both animals
  • The best way to prevent aggressive behavior in your own dog is to identify and address it while he’s still a puppy

By Dr. Becker

If you’re a dog lover and see two dogs fighting, your natural response is to want to physically separate them before someone gets hurt.

And this is especially true when one or both dogs belong to you.

However, as many, many people who have come before you will attest, it can be very risky business to try to break up a serious dogfight.

Even though they evolved as pack animals and are genetically programmed to get along in social groups, unfortunately, dogs do occasionally fight. When it happens, it can be a harrowing, dangerous situation for both the dueling dogs and their humans.

Don't Yell or Scream

The first response of many people who encounter a dogfight is to scream at the top of their lungs to try to put a halt to the action. If this doesn’t work - and it usually doesn’t, and can even cause an escalation in the fighting - the next reflexive move is to try to reach between the dogs to rescue the one who’s getting the worst of it.

Don't Try to Separate Them

Attempts to physically separate fighting dogs very often results in serious injury to the human, sometimes inflicted by his or her own dog – which only makes a bad situation worse.

However, it’s not realistic to expect a dog lover to simply stand back and watch a vicious dogfight play out. So what’s a person to do if and when a fight breaks out?

The Spit-and-Drool Match vs. the Serious Dogfight

According to acclaimed dog behaviorist, the late Dr. Sophia Yin, most fights between unfamiliar dogs or first fights between dogs who are housemates are simply “spit and drool matches” even if there’s a lot of noise and fur flying. If either dog goes further, it’s typically a quick bite-and-release.1

Go For the Tail, Not the Head

The major concern in these situations is to get the dogs separated without being bitten, when means you must avoid grabbing the head or neck area of either animal. According to Dr. Yin, the safest method is to grab the dogs by the rear end and quickly pull them away from each other.

Push Away, DON'T Kick

Alternatively, and depending on where you’re standing or how fast the dogs are changing position, you can place your foot on the rib cage of one of the dogs and push him away. This is NOT a kick to the dog - it’s simply using your foot against his side as leverage to push him away.

This approach is much safer than bending over either dog while trying to push them apart with your hands. It also leaves your hands free to get control of the other dog if possible.

If you have dog leashes close by, looping the leash under the back two legs of both dogs and pulling them apart from their back ends can also work.

Other Methods of Breaking Up a Dogfight

Other methods of separating fighting dogs involve distractions, including:

  • Placing a board or other object between them
  • Spraying the dogs with water
  • Banging a noisy object near them; blowing an air horn
  • Using an aversive spray like citronella (brand name Direct Stop™)
  • Tossing a blanket over one or both dogs
  • Quickly inviting one of the dogs to go for a walk or a ride in the car
  • Lightly popping one or both dogs on the top of the head with a newspaper or magazine
  • Ringing the doorbell or opening a door to the outside (if you have a fenced in backyard)

Dr. Yin stresses that in all cases it’s important to avoid taking any action that may cause the dogs to redirect aggression to you .

It’s also important to remember that no technique for breaking up a dogfight is foolproof, and all involve a certain degree of risk to both the dogs and the humans who try to intervene. It’s up to you to understand the risks, weigh the odds, and decide if the risks outweigh the potential for injury.

It's Not Over 'Til It's Over

Once the dogs are separated, it’s important to pay attention to whether one or both dogs want to keep battling, whether they calm down right away, or try to get away. If one dog clearly wants to keep fighting, he’s in need of intensive positive behavior modification training to prevent fights in the future.

Low-level tussles can progress to more dangerous fights in dogs with undiagnosed or unchecked aggression. Also keep in mind that most dogfights can be prevented by attentive guardians who notice when one dog is tense around another, and take immediate action to separate the dogs.

Signs of Interdog Aggression

Interdog aggression becomes a problem when a dog behaves aggressively with dogs in the same household, or more commonly, with unfamiliar dogs.

Some people consider a dog’s aggression toward strange dogs to be normal, however, without appropriate intervention and training, some dogs can become disproportionately aggressive due to learning and/or genetic factors.

Interdog aggression is more common in intact male dogs, and dogs of the same gender. The problem typically becomes apparent either when the dog hits puberty (from 6 to 9 months of age), or when he becomes socially mature at 18 to 36 months.

Common signs of inter-dog aggression include:

  • Growling
  • Crouching
  • Lip biting
  • Tucking the tail
  • Snapping
  • Licking the lips
  • Lunging toward another dog
  • Backing away
  • Fearful or submissive postures

In the case of interdog aggression between dogs in the same household, there are usually preliminary signs that indicate one dog is attempting to exert social control over another. For example, a dog may stare at and block the other dog’s entrance into a room.

The best way to curb a dog’s aggressive behavior is to nip it in the bud while he’s still a puppy.



Recognizing Aggressive Behavior in Your Puppy

During normal play, a puppy may play bow (lower his head while raising his rear end), present his front end or side to you, hold the front part of his body up, wag his tail, zip back and forth, give high-pitched barks and growls, and spontaneously ambush you or another animal in the house.

These behaviors are fun to watch and participate in with your puppy, unless they become too extreme.

Little twists on normal play that can indicate a problem include:

  • Prolonged, deep growling
  • Fixed gaze
  • Stiff posture
  • Aggression that is situational or stimulus-dependent rather than spontaneous

These aggressive behaviors may stem from fear, territoriality, conflict, or pain and should be evaluated immediately by you, your veterinarian, and/or a veterinary behaviorist.

How to Discourage Aggressive Puppy Play

In order to prevent a puppy with aggressive tendencies from growing into an aggressive adult dog, your puppy must learn how to play appropriately, and you can help him in the following ways:

  • Sidetrack bad behavior. Keep a toy on hand that will grab your pup’s attention as soon as he engages in inappropriate behavior. Offer him appropriate toys to mouth and chew on before he has a chance to make bad choices.
  • Give verbal cues followed by an action. If your puppy is biting too hard during play, loudly say “Ouch,” and stop playing immediately.
  • Give a time-out. If your pup isn’t responding to your attempts to stop a behavior, put him and a few toys in a separate room or his crate until he settles down.
  • Don’t engage in aggressive roughhousing or play. Some puppies have a low arousal threshold and can become very assertive, quickly. Avoid rigorous or intense play with these puppies, which can escalate into more mouthy play on their part, or nipping behaviors that are difficult to shut down.
  • Use leashes and head halters. You can use a leash indoors as well as outside to quickly stop a behavior. Don’t yank or jerk the leash – simply use it when necessary to gain control over the situation.

Head halters sometimes provide a more natural sense of control than collars do, but it’s important to match the collar, harness, or halter to the personality and training needs of each puppy.


Oppose Wild Horse Slaughter- NOW

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Oppose Wild Horse Slaughter- NOW

USA: Prevent Widespread Slaughter of Our Wild Horses!


On May 23 the Trump Administration released a shocking budget proposal to gut our nation’s Wild Horse and Burro Program,

which is run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Department of Interior. 

After decades of protection, these symbols of America’s free spirit are in serious jeopardy under this proposal and thousands of wild horses may end up slaughtered for human consumption overseas.

The BLM’s long, infamous history of mismanaging our wild horses has reached its ghoulish climax with this proposal to break up and kill off our treasured wild herds by transferring them to whomever will take them, including kill buyers for slaughterhouses.

This reprehensible direction from President Trump’s Interior Department is beyond the pale and cannot stand.

The BLM has foolishly ignored repeated calls for humane, proactive steps to control the growth of wild horse herds. Wild horses should not have to pay with their very lives for the incompetence of the BLM.

What You Can Do

We must make our voices heard to our elected members of Congress and to appointed government bureaucrats at the Department of Interior. Please take a moment to tell our government that we must preserve and overhaul the Wild Horse and Burro Program and never allow our protected wild horses to be sold for slaughter.

  1. Call your U.S. representative and two senators (find their names and numbers here). Say that you are a constituent and you strongly oppose the proposed gutting of the Wild Horse and Burro Program in the Trump Administration’s budget.
  2. Use the form below to send an email with the same message of opposition to your legislators and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

On behalf of America's wild horses, thank you.



Subject Line:Protect America's wild horses from slaughter!

Dear Legislators and Secretary Zinke,

I am outraged and deeply saddened that President Trump’s FY18 budget proposal includes a cruel death sentence for federally protected wild horses. The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management is charged with protecting and responsibly managing America’s wild horse population. That agency’s FY18 budget request instead calls for an end to the protection from slaughter and the wholesale killing of healthy wild horses and burros.

This is a betrayal of these icons of American freedom and an abdication of responsibility by the agency charged with protection and management of these symbolic animals. Please never allow this cruel direction from the Administration to become a reality.

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Animal Abusers Registry- YAY!

We have fantastic news for animals all across the country!

A number of United States jurisdictions have enacted an animal offenders registry due to a growing popularity.

The registry will publicly reveal the names of known animal abusers in a particular area, similar to how sex offenders are registered.

As of right now, Tennessee is the only state to have an animal offenders registry, but Suffolk County, New York and Cook County, Illinois have the registry at a local level. How does such a registry work? The Tennessee Registry is monitored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and can be accessed at the TBI or any other local country office.

Each animal abuser will have their name, date of birth, offense, conviction date, and expiration date listed. First-time animal abusers will be registered for two years. An additional five years will be added for every subsequent offense after the two years.

Suffolk County was the first in the country to develop an animal offenders registry. “We know there is a very strong correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence. Almost every serial killer starts out by torturing animals, so in a strange sense we could end up protecting the lives of people,” said Suffolk County legislator Jon Cooper.

Given the numbers, we need to take Cooper’s warning seriously:

  •  One study found that animal abuse occurred in 88 percent of homes where child abuse had been discovered.

  • Another study found that up to 83 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abusers also abuse the family pet.

  • In fact, animal abusers are five times more likely to abuse people.

By registering animal abusers, we will protect both helpless animals and the people animal abusers are more likely to abuse. While it is incredibly important to appropriately punish animal abusers, this would play an even larger role in changing the way we regard animals in our society.

If we consider the harm done to animals as equal to the harm done to members of our own species, we can begin to change cultural perceptions of animals and one day upgrade their status as “property” to that of individuals in their own right.

Share the great step of an animal abuser registry with all of the animal lovers you know!




This Is Why


This Is Why

Sometimes no matter how much you try to hang on, you can't.

And sometimes you do get them back. 

Nature vs Nature: The Animal Victims of the May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes

From Under The Rubble

It Took Weeks, But He's Home



Karma Is A Bitch: But I Like It

Couldn't happen to a better guy. Just sorry the elephant died.   Thenius Botha

Couldn't happen to a better guy. Just sorry the elephant died. 

Thenius Botha

Karma has really been a bitch to trophy hunters in Zimbabwe over the past couple of months. Early last month Scott Van Zyl, the owner of a South African trophy hunting operation, was eaten by the crocodiles he’d intended to kill.

On May 19, his friend Theunis Botha, the owner of another South African trophy-hunting company, was killed by an elephant at the Good Luck Farm, a canned hunting ranch near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

The group Botha was leading on a hunting safari unwittingly wandered into a breeding herd of elephants, the Telegraph reports.

When three elephant cows charged the hunters, Botha tried to shoot them. To stop him, a fourth elephant cow charged him from the side and lifted Botha with her trunk. One of the other trophy hunters fatally shot that elephant. She dropped Botha and collapsed on top of him, killing him.


Scott Van Zyl was the owner of SS Pro Safaris, a South African canned hunting facility that also organized trips to Africa so trophy hunters could kill magnificent animals and display them in their homes.

In a weird twist of fate, Van Zyl became the hunted earlier this month during a Zimbabwe safari. After he separated from a local tracker and approached the shore of the Limpopo River, he was eaten by crocodiles.

Unfortunately, three crocodiles had to die as well. The tracker had become concerned when Van Zyl’s dogs returned to the campsite without him. A few days later, searchers found Van Zyl’s footprints and backpack on the river bank, but divers and helicopter pilots were unable to find his body in the river.

“Permission was given for three Nile crocodiles in the area to be shot, and one of them contained Mr. Van Zyl’s remains,” Sakkie Louwrens, director of the Heritage Protection Group (HPG), a South Africa-based nonprofit that investigates, fights and prevents violent crimes, told the BBC. “Subsequent DNA tests have proved the remains to be those of Mr. Van Zyl.”

An investigation is underway to determine exactly how Van Zyl died. At least four people have been killed in Zimbabwe by crocodiles in the past year. Due to the unusually heavy rainfall, crocodiles have been moving away from rising rivers.

Our hearts go out to Scott’s wife and their two children,” said Phillip Bronkhorst, chairman of the Limpopo Hunters Forum. “Scott will be remembered for the passion he had for his profession and life in general.”

He may have had a passion for his profession, but it’s really difficult to understand how someone with a passion for life in general would have been willing to facilitate and profit from the killing of hundreds of animals.

“From elephants in Botswana to the smallest blue duiker in KwaZulu Natal, we do it all,” boasts the SS Pro Safaris website.

In a disgusting and graphic video — be warned that it’s really more like a snuff film — Van Zyl posted on YouTube in January 2016, various leopards are seen being shot to death on his “hunting preserve” – including one big cat as he innocently approaches his dinner.

Trophy hunters like Van Zyl often defend it by claiming they’re killing animals to help people. For example, Donald Trump, Jr. spent Earth Day killing prairie dogs, which are considered “agricultural pests” because they damage crops.

But in Montana, where he shot them, the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks lists them as a species of concern due to their decline in number. Prairie dogs are also an important part of the ecosystem: More than a hundred other animals depend on them for food or live inside the burrows they’ve created.

Not surprisingly, a recent study by Humane Society International found that trophy hunting in Africa does very little to help local economies.

As for the Nile crocodiles Van Zyl had intended to kill, they are considered the most dangerous type of crocodile, with the strongest bite in the animal kingdom. But are they any scarier than humans who want to kill animals only for sport?

With Van Zyl now resting in peace, hopefully SS Pro Safaris will be shut down so more animals can continue to live in peace.


Fur Farming to End in Germany


Fur Farming to End in Germany

Disgusting, unnecessary and sends a horrible message. 

Disgusting, unnecessary and sends a horrible message. 

Every year, millions of animals are killed for their fur for no reason whatsoever apart from human caprice. It’s estimated that 85 percent of these animals are raised on fur farms, places far more similar to grim fur factories. Minks, rabbits, foxes, and in some countries even cats and dogs, are confined to small cages and forced to live in unacceptable and unsanitary conditions until the moment they are, most often cruelly, killed. Many animals are either killed by way of electrocution or even by being skinned alive. However obvious this statement sounds, it still has to be made – there is no reason for us to wear other living beings’ fur.

Fortunately, in many places in the world, fur farming is already banned due to the issues of animal welfare and ethics. The first countries to introduce the ban were the U.K., in 2000 and Austria in 2004. Other places that banned fur farming include the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and Japan. In the U.S., only some states have introduced regulations in the case, like the prohibition of keeping foxes in captivity, or New York’s ban of electrocution of fur animals, according to Fur Free Alliance.

A Victory

Recently, a great victory against fur farming has been achieved in Germany where the leaders have voted to shut down of the last six working fur farms. This amazing news comes after years of struggle to make the ban reality – since its founding in 1994, PETA Germany had been lobbying for the outlawing of fur farming in the country. Now, it is closer than ever to becoming reality.

Germany’s last fur farms will close after the transition period that is to last five years. 

The legislation introduces fur farming regulations that are so strict that raising fur animals will no longer be viable for farmers and will, hopefully, lead to the closing of factories. This great news will save the lives of countless animals lives and is, without a doubt, a big step towards complete outlawing of fur farming in the country.

Now, what’s the rest of the world waiting for?

Take action for animals killed for fur! 




Pet Rescue & Adoption Act: California


Pet Rescue & Adoption Act: California

As you know, the U.S. faces a tragic companion-animal overpopulation crisis—millions of animals enter shelters every year. In California, taxpayers spend a quarter of a billion dollars annually to house homeless and unwanted animals at shelters. Every time someone buys a dog, cat, or rabbit from a pet store, an animal at the local shelter loses a chance to find a home. 

Many other homeless and unwanted animals—who are abandoned or neglected but never make it into shelters and so aren't counted as part of shelter statistics—suffer and die on the streets after being hit by cars, being attacked by other animals, succumbing to disease or the elements, or enduring other awful fates.

The California State Assembly is considering a proposed bill, called the "Pet Rescue and Adoption Act," that would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits, who mostly come from high-volume breeding mills, at pet stores and encourage retailers to facilitate adoptions of animals from local shelters instead. If it becomes law, this lifesaving piece of legislation would prevent the suffering, neglect, and needless deaths of countless animals throughout California. Please urge your Assembly member to support this legislation now.

The California State Assembly will meet today, May 22, at 1 p.m. in order to vote on the bill. Please call your Assembly member immediately and respectfully urge him or her to support AB 485. If you're not sure who represents you, please click here.

Thank you for your compassion for animals.