Posts Tagged ‘animal welfare’

Please Support This Puppy Mill Bill

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

by Lisa Stahr

     My dog Belle is a wonderful, sweet, and oh-my-god-so-timid black Lab who was pulled out of a high-kill shelter in Georgia by Golden Gate Lab Rescue in California.  Belle has been a card-carrying member of our family for over two years now and we love her wholly, deeply, and without reservation.. The problem, though, is that Belle is afraid of everything, including parked cars, garbage cans, telephone poles, even falling leaves.  The behaviorist we take Belle to, a veterinarian who specializes in animal behavior, thinks our girl might have been a breeder dog in a puppy mill, which is why she’s so fearful; being kept in a crate all her life with no time out for exercise or play made Belle unfamiliar with–and thus, deathly afraid of–all the things that the rest of us take for granted, like parked cars, garbage cans, telephone poles, and falling leaves. 
     I’m familiar with the horrors of puppy mills; I did an episode on puppy mills and animal hoarders on Scout’s House’s Internet radio show, Special Pets, Special Needs (to listen, please go to and listen to Episode 6:  The Making of Special Needs Pets).  It’s a truly horrible life these animals live, plain and simple.  And as an animal lover, I would love to see puppy mills shut down for good.  
     So it should come as no surprise that I strongly support S. 3424/H.R. 5434, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, introduced by Representative Sam Farr–and I urge you to support it to by signing this ASPCA petition:

And here is a nice summation of the S. 3424/H. R. 5434, courtesy of Anna Eshoo, congresswoman for California’s 14th District:

H.R. 5434 is designed to shore up restrictions on commercial dog breeders who evade animal cruelty regulations by marketing dogs directly to consumers. The bill would ensure that any high-volume breeder is required to provide dogs with sufficient space to exercise, humane and safe living conditions, and protection against forced activity unrelated to medical treatment.

Please take a moment to sign the ASPCA petition  Belle thanks you for it.  And so do I.

The Controversy Around No-Kill Animal Shelters

Monday, February 15th, 2010

How in the world could anyone oppose a no-kill animal shelter?   Join Scout’s House tomorrow, February 16th, at 1pm Pacific when we talk to Lisa Simmons, Executive Director of Pets In Need, a no-kill shelter in Redwood City, California, about the no-kill shelter concept and why some people hate the idea.  Only on PDX.FM

Living with a Lousy Economy: 7 Easy Ways to Give to Charity

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

by Lisa Stahr

            Sad fact:  this economic downturn has been brutal on non-profit animal welfare organizations, with a steep decline in charitable contributions made by individuals, as well as organizations. 

            If you’d like to help your favorite non-profit but don’t have the money you used to, consider these 7 Easy Ways to Give:


1)  Donate Smaller Amounts

            You’d be surprised how far your $5 or $10 will go with a non-profit.  Most of these places are used to operating frugally, and animal-related causes often rely heavily on smaller donations (they’re not exactly on the A-List at corporations with charitable giving programs).  And when coupled with $5 and $10 donations from lots of other like-minded people, wow!  The numbers really add up.


2)  Take Advantage of Donation Matching

            Many companies will match contributions you make to your favorite charity with contributions of their own.  Take the time to see if your company offers that benefit and then sign up.


3)  Put On Your Badge

            Put a charity badge on your website, blog, or social networking page to help your favorite cause.  A little icon that sits on your page, a charity badge makes it possible for your friends, fans, and visitors to simply “click” to donate to your cause.  Check out,, or to make a badge for your favorite charity today.  


4)  Recycle For Charity (an especially good one for kids!) 

            This an easy one, especially if you work in a place where people drink a lot of sodas.  Collect cans and bottles for recycling and donate the money you get for them to your favorite charity.  We’ve collected cans from Scout’s House and Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital for about 6 months now and have sent the cash to Pets In Need, a wonderful no-kill shelter in Redwood City, CA ( 


5)  Donate Products, Services, Supplies

            If you have a business that provides products or services that might benefit a local non-profit, call the Executive Director and offer to donate them.  And most animal groups can use things you might have extras of at home:  blankets and towels, office supplies, housecleaning supplies, leashes, collars, bowls, pet food, cat litter, anything dogs or cats consume or need to stay comfortable.  


6)  Organize a Fundraiser

            It can be as simple as a bake sale or as elaborate as an auction, a fundraiser for your favorite charity can be a wonderful, communal way to contribute.  I’ve seen kids in our neighborhood sell baked goods, lemonade, even their toys and DVDs for charity, and I had a friend who pulled together a very casual but very successful summer BBQ at her house for her favorite non-profit.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot—if you do an auction, for example, the items are usually donated by community-minded organizations.  But it will take time and commitment on your part, so match the event to what you can do.  


7)  Donate Your Time

            Last but not least:  give of yourself.  Nothing says “I care” like giving someone—or something—your time.  So get over there and help out.  I’ve never seen a single non-profit that couldn’t use an extra set of hands!