Star, ‘the unluckiest dog in Scotland,’ finds a home after five years. ‘To see the way he looks at his new dad with such trust and love makes the long search for Star worth it.’
A community cat sterilization program reduces killing by 83%. Ewing, NJ, is a member of the 90% Club. Connecticut is seeking to ban the retail sales of commercially-bred dogs and cats in pet stores. The “unluckiest dog in Scotland” gets adopted. Cats are as smart as dogs. The Detroit Police Department operates as a “dog death squad” according to a lawsuit. And dog pounds are unfairly labeling scared dogs “aggressive” and killing them when treating them kindly saves their lives.
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- A community cat sterilization program at six high-volume pounds/shelters saved 99% of the cats taken in to the program, with only 1/2 of 1% killed for health reasons. “Overall cat killing at all shelters decreased by a median rate of 83%.” TNR works.
- Ewing, NJ, is a member of the 90% Club, an important milestone on the road to No Kill. The shelter reported a placement rate of 97% for dogs and 95% for cats.
- Two states — California and Maryland — have banned the retail sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats (and, in CA, rabbits) in pet stores. Pet stores must partner with shelters or rescue groups if they want to have animals available for adoption. If successful, Connecticut will be the third under new legislation being considered.
- Star, dubbed “the unluckiest dog in Scotland,” has found a loving home after five years in a shelter. Groups like PETA say dogs like Star are better off dead. But a rep at the shelter where he was housed said: “To see the way he looks at his new dad with such trust and love makes the long search for Star worth it.” Exactly right.
- Cats are as smart as dogs. While cat lovers will claim they’ve known that all along, the science has been slow to prove it. Why? Even though cats perform as well as dogs on studies of social cognition, there are few studies because the cats won’t cooperate and quit at very high rates. “Some stopped paying attention. Others simply walked away from the testing site…”
- The Detroit Police Department operates as a “dog death squad” according to a lawsuit the City recently settled for $60,000 after killing a family’s three dogs. It isn’t the only case. It settled another for $8,000, yet another for $100,000, and another for $225,000. The record of dead dogs is shocking with one officer alone having over 70 kills.
And finally, dog pounds are killing scared dogs by claiming they are “aggressive” because those dogs are failing their temperament evaluations. In one pound, as many as 82% of scared dogs failed their test and were therefore tagged for killing. A new study, however, found that just being spoken to softly, given treats, petted, and played with can result in dogs passing those tests. After just five days of being treated kindly, “nearly all” fearful dogs passed the test at the same pound. Without enrichment, pounds are setting dogs up for failure. And death.
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