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Genesis Awards honor DeGeneres, others in the name of animals

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 at 6:32 pm
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi accept The Wyler Award.

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi accept The Wyler Award.

Roll over Oscar and Emmy, because the 23rd annual Genesis Awards are here—or close enough, considering they just happened last Saturday. Presented by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the awards recognizing animal awareness in news and entertainment media were presented Mar. 28 in Beverly Hills. Among those taking top honors were Disney’s Bolt, the Simpsons, Grey’s Anatomy, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Tails cover girl Ellen DeGeneres and partner Portia de Rossi received the prestigious Gretchen Wyler Award, named for the Genesis Awards’ founder and given to a public figure making news in the name of animal welfare.


Oprah puppy update: Sadie returns home

In Animal News on March 30, 2009 at 7:36 pm

After about 2 weeks of treatment at the vet, Sadie, Oprah’s 3-month-old Cocker Spaniel puppy, has returned home and is recovering well. Sadie and her littermate, Ivan, contracted Parvovirus, which leads to diarrhea and severe dehydration. Unfortunately, Ivan passed away on the weekend of March 14-15.

Oprah adopted Sadie and Ivan from PAWS, a no-kill shelter in Chicago, where they were given all the appropriate vaccinations before being available for adoption.

Tails wants to send all the best to Oprah and Sadie as she continues to recover.
Amanda Degard

Nominations sought for Greyhound Adoption Person of Year

In Animal News on March 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Calling all Greyhound lovers, do you know someone who has dedication, compassion, and has helped place Greyhounds into loving homes? The Greyhound Track Operators Association wants to hear from you. The AGTOA is seeking nominations for their Greyhound Adoption Person of the Year for 2009.

The AGTOA is looking for someone who has given their time to help place retired Greyhounds into forever homes. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 28, 2009. The winner will travel to Las Vegas in March 2010 to be honored at the AGTOA annual meeting and will receive a $500 donation to the adoption group of their choice.

To find out more information and for an adoption form call Dennis Bicsak (561) 615-3916 or visit AGTOA.com.
Amanda Degard

Pet Pic of the Day

In Pet Pic of the Day on March 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm


“Barn Kitty” by flickr user pchorsedoc.

Want your pet’s mug to be our pic of the day? Join our flickr photo group and upload your images.

Poop patrol

In Animal News, Health and Safety on March 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm


Get out your pooper scoopers, because International Pooper Scooper Week is fast approaching, from April 1st through the 7th. The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws), founded in February 2002, has set aside this week as a time to drive home the need for dog guardians to do away with the brown factor in a responsible way.

Dog waste is nothing to pooh-pooh. America’s nearly 71 million dogs produce more than 4.4 billions pounds of waste per year. Peew! Offenses to the senses aside, many parasites posing serious health risks, especially to children, are transmitted through dog feces. So join the movement and scoop that poop!

Luxury Pet Pavilion’s best dressed dog

In Just for Fun on March 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm


Congratulations to Bobby Gorgeous, the five-year-old Pomeranian who won the Best Dressed Dog Contest at the 2009 Luxury Pet Pavilion Trade Show.

Think your pet has what it takes? It’s never too early to think about  next year! The contest will take place at the trade show on Friday, March 12, 2010 in LA. Visit the trade show website for more information.

Animals amid disaster get a new team

In Health and Safety on March 25, 2009 at 4:43 pm

A powerful trifecta has agreed to partner for the sake of animals in emergencies. The American Red Cross, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a way of laying the groundwork for cooperative action on emergency preparedness and response. The partnership allows for enhanced organization of emergency responders on behalf of animals in the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Under the terms of the MOS, responders will mobilize during both local and national efforts.

In major national disasters, such as hurricanes and forest fires, an average of 100,000 animals, including pets and livestock, become separated from their guardians or owners. One of the prime objectives of the MOU is to reduce these numbers. The AVMA will serve as technical adviser to the Red Cross regarding aspects of disaster response related to animals.

Emergency animal response underway in Red River Valley

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.

Guess what comes out on DVD today?

In Just for Fun on March 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm


My family and I saw Bolt in theaters a few months ago. We felt like the oldest people in the theater, but when the movie started we were laughing and smiling with the youngest of them. While Bolt is a Disney family-friendly comedy, all audiences are sure to enjoy the antics of Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino.

The movie stars John Travolta as the voice of Bolt, and Miley Cyrus as Penny, Bolt’s guardian.

Even if you’ve already seen the movie, you should check out the blu-ray or DVD, available now. It’s packed with special features, including an all-new short about hamster, Rhino (my family’s favorite character).
super-rhino-burst_4c-hr11So BOLT on over to your nearest store to buy or rent this “fully awesome” flick! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

San Diego police K9 stabbed in line of duty

In Animal News on March 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Friday started like a normal day for San Diego Police Sergeant Jess Havin and his partner of five years, Earp, but the day ended in an unimaginable way. Havin, a K-9 officer, was radioed to a domestic dispute, and Earp, an 8-year-old German Shepard, was by his side.

According to SignOnSanDiego.com, Earp, for the first time in his career, was ordered to bite the perpetrator. Earp approached William Bradley who was still holding the knife he used to kill his wife, when Bradley stabbed Earp in the throat. Two officers then shot Bradley to death after turning his attention to them.

Havin picked up his bloody partner, and quickly carried him to their car. It took Havin one minute to escape from the house, and with sirens blaring and lights flashing, drove eight miles in five minutes to the VCA Main Street Animal Hospital, where veterinarians were waiting to treat Earp.

One of Earp’s carotid arteries was severed and had to be repaired, so blood could continue to flow to his brain.

Earp is one month away from retirement, and is on a 14-day mandatory leave after his attack. Before Friday Earp had only scared people and searched for guns or drugs.

Upon retirement Earp will live with Havin in Alpine, CA.

Earp is stable and is recovering at Havin’s house.

Amanda Degard