In Animal News, Call for Submissions, Help the Animals on June 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm
Virtually Home Chicago, ALIVE Rescue Chicago, and Chicago Bully Breed Rescue are having a rummage sale this July. Proceeds from the sale will go to the organizations, and in turn the animals.
To donate to the sale, bring them to the drop off location located at 2001 N. Elston Ave., (at the corner of Armitage and Elston) on July 7 from noon to 2 p.m. and July 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. The rummage sale will take place in the parking lot across the street from the drop off location on July 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the event or to volunteer, call Cindy at (773) 203-0215. –Nicole Soszynski
In Animal News on February 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm
Melissa Wiley, managing editor at Tails, spoke with actress Bonnie Hunt about life, laughter, and the comical dogs who make Bonnie’s life whole. Here Melissa reflects on what it was like to interview Bonnie, who in addition to actress is an inspiring animal rescuer, writer, comedienne, and oncology nurse.
As seasoned a performer and comedienne as Bonnie Hunt is, there was nothing “on stage” about her demeanor when I spoke with her—no one could have been more down to earth. One of the first things I detected from her voice was real pathos, which only deepened as she spoke in more detail about the rescued dogs in her life.
Then, as she told me the stories of how she had rescued various dogs in her life, a lesser-known aspect of Bonnie grew in intensity—the writer. Her verbal wit was delightfully versatile. By equal turns, she created images both comic and heart wrenching. And as we continued to talk, I realized more and more how truly her ability to celebrate life through comedy comes from her extraordinary empathy with suffering. So when she briefly relayed her professional transition from oncology nurse to improvisational comedian on the Second City stage, it hardly came as a surprise, but seemed refreshingly consistent with Bonnie’s giving nature.
And true to character for someone like Bonnie Hunt, the resounding theme of our talk was her appreciation for the dogs in her life. She even remarked toward the end of the interview how dogs have “rescued” her many times. To which I responded that laughter too—which Bonnie specializes in eliciting from audiences everywhere—is often the best medicine, for any ailment. Bonnie graciously agreed, launching into further moving anecdotes about past dogs of hers who used to serve as therapy dogs. As the end of our talk drew near, I definitely got the feeling that there was no end to these stories. Of course, the interview ended in a note of humor and praise—for who else?—Charlie, the endlessly entertaining four-legged love of her life and co-cover star on this month’s issue of Tails.
Read Melissa’s interview with Bonnie—which appears in our March issue—here.
In Contests and Promotions on July 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Purina’s Rally to Rescue Doing More for Pets Rescue Stories Contest is going on now. Check out the video below then visit RallyToRescue.org to vote for your favorite rescue story!
In Animal News, Help the Animals on March 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm
People and animals in the Red River Valley are preparing for historic flooding that is expected to swamp the area in the next couple of days.
At least one animal shelter is located in the potential flood zone and will be evacuated entirely, while animal rescue organizations anticipate an influx of at least 200-300 displaced animals as residents withdraw from the area.
A team from Animal Ark No-Kill Shelter in Hastings, MN is assisting with emergency efforts and will leave for the flood zone early on Thursday, March 26. It expects to be deployed for about 72 hours.
A site has been designated to serve as an animal evacuation center. Donations, supplies, and volunteers are needed. Additionally, depending on the amount of damage that results from possible flooding, foster homes for affected animals may be needed.
For more information, visit AnimalArkShelter.com.
In Help the Animals, Just for Fun on February 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm
Bethel, Ohio-based Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue has found a unique way to raise funds—by selling art. But they’re not just any ordinary paintings, they are paw-painted by Mozart, spokesdog for the rescue and puppy mill survivor.
There are a variety of paintings available, each in an array of beautiful colors.
You can view all the available paintings here.
To purchase a painting email, email@example.com
In Help the Animals, PUPPIES! on January 26, 2009 at 8:26 pm
Rescuers in Mount Vernon, Wash. are soon to have an abundance of puppies on their hands. They recently rescued 600some dogs from puppy mills, only to find around 500 of them are pregnant—which could result in roughly 1,500 puppies!
All of the dogs will need forever homes and are being housed at the Skagit County Fairgrounds and the Everett Animal Shelter.
If you would like to make an online donation to help care for the dogs, you can donate to the KOMO Problem Solvers Fund or find out what supplies the shelter needs here.
In Animal News, Help the Animals, Just for Fun on November 13, 2008 at 3:57 pm
Tune in to the all American game show the week of Dec. 8! Wheel of Fortune will be celebrating Pet Lovers Week Dec. 8-12. Contestants will be show in pictures with their pets all week long. They will also have a chance to help the Petco Foundation donate money to various animal charities by landing the wheel on the Petco gift tag. Each time the wheel lands on the Petco Gift tag, $1000 will be donated to a group such as Heart of Texas Greyhound Adoption in San Antonio; Humane Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Los Angeles; Mutts-n-Stuff in St. Louis, MO; Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Merrimack River Feline Rescue in Salisbury, MA. To top off the excitement, animal activist and actress Betty White will make an appearance. For more information and photographic pleasure visit WheelOfFortune.com. —Jill Brodsky
In Just for Fun on October 28, 2008 at 5:44 pm
Was Papi rescued from a shelter?
I am a bad Chihuahua parent and fan—I have not yet seen Beverly Hills Chihuahua. I squealed with the 5 year olds when I saw the trailer for it before watching Wall-E, but I haven’t had a chance to make it out to the theatre again. (I blame being busy and not having any fellow Chihuahua-loving friends who want to see a G-rated movie with me).
While waiting in the check out lane yesterday I noticed the little dogs were once again gracing the cover of magazines. People magazine had a story about the star of the movie, but I couldn’t seem to find it on their website. Instead, I came across this article.
That National Enquirer is not the most credible source, but even if the story is made up, it’s still heartwarming. According to the Enquirer, the star of the movie, Papi (his real name is Rusco), was rescued from a shelter by a Hollywood animal trainer, minutes before he was going to be euthanized.
Even if the story is exaggerated, at least it’s promoting rescue and adoption, more than any other made up tabloid story can say!
In Animal News, Help the Animals on October 10, 2008 at 8:44 pm
I know, I know … if you hear the word “vote” one more time this election cycle, you’re going to scream. Well get ready to holler, because it’s time to cast your vote, not for the most persuasive politician, but for your favorite animal shelter or rescue group.
And in case you think your vote doesn’t count, get this. Care2, the contest’s sponsor, is giving $10,000 to the winning shelter. Democracy never sounded so good to the animals.
In Animal News, Help the Animals on September 25, 2008 at 9:32 pm
With yet another breed specific movie on its way into theatres, rescues and shelters across the nation are starting to get worried. You’d think a film like Beverly Hills Chihuahua would be harmless family entertainment, but just like similar movies in the past (e.g. 101 Dalmatians), what is supposed to be fun can turn into a tragic story.
As proven by Disney years ago with 101 Dalmatians, the sale of the particular breed goes up after the film’s release, and many of those dogs end up abandoned once the novelty wears off.
According to Robert Cabral of California-based animal welfare group Bound Angels, nearly 8,000 Chihuahuas found themselves up for adoption on Petfinder.org by the day of the LA premiere for Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Time will only tell what that number could change to after the release of the film nationwide, and once the novelty of the movie and the breed die away.
Chihuahuas certainly are cute, but they can be a handful. They are known to be loyal to a single person and best with other Chis but good with other pets nonetheless (although liking other animals is always specific from dog to dog). Some are more assertive than others, but they can be quite temperamental. They are not particularly good with strangers. The smaller Chihuahuas and the puppies in particular are very delicate and can be injured easily.
If you are thinking of getting a dog and a Chihuahua is on the top of your list, keep all of the breed traits in mind and don’t overlook the local animal shelter—an estimated 30-40 percent of shelter dogs are purebred, and rescue groups exist across the country specializing in Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes. Visit TailsInc.com for a list of shelters and rescue groups in your area.