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Gulf Coast cleanup gets hairy

In Animal News on May 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

A new cleanup effort is underway to help limit the damage being done by the oil spill in the Gulf Coast. MatterOfTrust.org has undertaken a worthy cause to collect hundreds of thousands of pounds of human and pet hair and fur that will be fashioned into super-absorbent, all-natural mats and containment booms.

Image courtesy of MatterOfTrust.org

The oil actually clings to the fur and hair, a discovery made by a hairstylist in 1989 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, allowing for a quick and effective cleanup (a pound of hair can collect a quart of oil in just two minutes).

MatterOfTrust.org is working with thousands of salons and groomers throughout the country, but is also accepting any personal donations of collected hair, fur, and nylons or mesh as well. The nylons and mesh are stuffed with the hair and fur and then attached to the sides of the boats moving through the spill.

Stopping by your local salons and dog groomers and asking for donations is a great way to champion this cause. To start now, sign up at MatterOfTrust.org, and you will be emailed information on where and how to send your donations. —Brendan Quealy

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Supreme Court upholds animal cruelty media

In Animal News on April 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday, April 19 to invalidate a federal law prohibiting the sale of videos, photographs, or other media depicting acts of animal cruelty.

The now-defunct law, the Depiction of Animal Cruelty Act, was created to prevent the commercial sale of such “entertainment” videos from stimulating a market for depictions of animal abuse and thereby encouraging acts of animal cruelty.

While the Supreme Court found that depictions of animals were protected forms of free speech under the First Amendment, the American Human Association disagrees. American Humane’s interim president and CEO, George C. Casey stated: “Deliberately killing animals for entertainment has nothing to do with freedom of speech.  Americans are within their right to keep blatant animal torture and killing out of the marketplace, and the Supreme Court should have made that the priority over the supposed protections of those who take sick pleasure in this material.”

The American Humane Association has urged the Supreme Court to reconsider the ruling, arguing that it will only be used to shield criminals from punishment for their crimes against animals. You can learn more about the Supreme Court ruling and the human cost of animal abuse at American Humane’s website at AmericanHumane.org. –Amanda Hughes

Through a Dog’s Eyes

In Animal News on April 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

You might want to make sure you have a handkerchief handy before sitting down to watch the PBS documentary Through a Dog’s Eyes.

Emmy Award winner Naomi Boak gives the viewer an inside and deeply personal look at the day-to-day lives of four families struggling with disabilities as they look for a bit of hope in the form of a service dog.

Through a Dog’s Eyes illustrates the importance of the human-canine bond and how, when fostered, that bond can grow into a beautiful, life-changing relationship,” said Boak.

The film follows four people in need of lifelong help and support: Bryson, a veteran of Iraq who was paralyzed in a car accident after he returned home; Aiden, a 6-year-old boy with a zest for life despite his cerebral palsy along with Destiny, who is suffering from constant low-level seizures, and twins Chase and Connor, who are dealing with a form of palsy known as spastic diplegia. They find their forever canine companions with the help of Jennifer Arnold, founder of service dog organization Canine Assistants.

Sponsored by Milk-Bone and narrated by Neil Patrick Harris, star of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother and a dog lover as well, Through a Dog’s Eyes airs April 21st on PBS. This documentary has been described as “heart-warming,” “inspiring,” and one that will “change the way people think about their own dogs. –Brendan Quealy

Mutt Madness

In Animal News on March 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Here's where I live!

Did little Hiccup get jealous when you sat down to take the 2010 census? Does she too wish to fill out that glorious form informing the government of her ethnicity and whereabouts? Well, Hiccup’s day has come. The 2010 Mutt Census gives the country’s some 38 million mixed-breed dogs a chance to be counted, just like their human counterparts.

The census is conducted by Mars Veterinary, the makers of Wisdom Panel Insights, an easy to use cheek swab test to determine a dog’s ancestry.

So far 13,617 mutts have been counted, and we don’t want little Hiccup to feel left out. To register your dog in the 2010 Mutt Census, head over to MuttCensus.com. Guardians can input the breed, age, size, and whether the dog is adopted or not. Other fun questions include: Where does your dog sleep at night? Who walks the dog most of the time? And do you regard your dog as a member of your family? You can also upload a picture of your pooch to the website.

The best part of the Mutt Census is the interactive U.S. map, which allows you to check out the results for each state, including most popular and most unique breed.

Registering your mutt can win you prizes as well. The grand prize is a Mars Petcare package with a retail value of $100, and weekly winners will receive a bag of Greenies dental chews valued at $10. —Sarah Hyde

Still willing to spend on our pets

In Animal News on March 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm

The one common subject that everyone in America can talk about is the current state of our economy. Complete strangers can easily relate because of people they know who have been laid off from their jobs, hardships they have faced, or cutbacks they have made.

Oddly enough, one of the few areas in which people do not seem to be tightening their purse strings is when it comes to their pet. With both Petco and Petsmart seeing consumer spending increase at a rate above 4 percent, it looks as though people are cutting back on their personal necessities and luxuries before sacrificing their pets’ needs.

In a recently released poll, which combined data gathered from more than 1 million people along with consumer spending habit statistics, Mint.com broke down the average pet guardian’s expenses throughout the year. The canine is still king, as more than 38 percent of Americans have a dog roaming the house, with the furry feline coming in second at just a shade less than 34 percent. Fish, birds, rabbits, hamsters, lizards, and others make up the final percentage, and each guardian is dropping an average of $120 every month on their pets.

With a willingness to spend $1,445 every year on our pets, why is it that we spend seemingly without restraint on our beloved animals? For most it is easy. The money spent is a small price to pay in comparison to the joy we get back. We are rewarded with wagging tails when we bring home a new toy or even walk through the front door. Our laps are kept warm after dinner as we sit on the couch and our houses are protected with barks, yaps, and hisses while we are away.

But the most important gift our pets offer is simple companionship and acceptance. In the survey, 94 percent said that their pet makes them smile more than once a day. That is quite an accomplishment, considering the fact that it seems worrying has become our national pastime.

Food, toys, veterinary care, and everything in between are seen as no cost to pet guardians across the country, but some are still forced to make the tough choice between providing for their pet or giving Fido up to allow someone more capable to provide. Many pets are taken back, given to shelters, or just abandoned, and if we can spare enough to spend on our dogs and cats, maybe we should set aside some money every month to help those who are not as lucky as our pets. —Brendan Quealy

TAILS is on Rosie O’Donnell’s blog!

In Just for Fun, Tails Press on March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Rosie O’Donnell’s new radio show on SiriusXM has quickly become my “go-to” show when I am getting ready in the morning. I find her views on everything from politics to social media, and life in general are interesting and entertaining. In addition, having 4 kids of my own, I definitely relate to her commentary on her own life with a houseful of kids, and what challenges and adventures she goes through on a daily basis. Last week I had the opportunity to call in and chat with Rosie–and it was oddly normal! It felt as if I was just talking to an old friend about marriage and other issues (the topic at hand.)

As our conversation wrapped up, and after she rewarded me with a dozen delicious Crumbs cupcakes, I mentioned how happy I was that she had a rescued dog, and let her know that we’d love to have her and her animals on the cover. She told me she’d check us out, and true to her word, she did. She went as far as to include TAILS in the wrap up of her show, and put a link to the magazine up on her website.

We are extremely proud that she enjoyed the magazine enough to include us, and we do hope to be able to bring you more about Rosie and her pets in an upcoming issue!

Check out Rosie’s blog for yourself!

Janice Brown, Founder

DeGeneres Teams Up with U.S. Postal Service for Stamps to the Rescue

In Animal News on March 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Stamps to the Rescue

Ellen DeGeneres has had some of the biggest stars and most influential people on her daytime talk show, from George Clooney and Meryl Streep to President Barack Obama. On the Ellen DeGeneres Show today, she hosts a national heavy hitter who isn’t on the program just make headlines, but he’s there to invite everyone in the country to participate in his pet project—literally.

U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter appears on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today to unveil Stamps to the Rescue, a social awareness initiative featuring “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” commemorative postage stamps, produced by the United States Postal Service. These 10 new stamps advocate for the adoption of rescue and shelter animals around the country and feature individual images of five cats and five dogs adopted from a shelter in New Milford, CT. The stamps will be available for purchase for a year at the post office beginning April 30.

DeGeneres, a staunch animal rights activist, will continue to play an integral role in the Stamps to the Rescue campaign by donating 1 million servings of Halo Purely for Pets Spot’s Stew to animals waiting to be adopted in shelters and rescues. Ellen is co-owner of Halo, an organic and holistic pet product company.

DeGeneres has publicly noted, “This is a subject that I am extremely passionate about. By working together, we can find good homes for millions of adoptable, homeless, and abandoned pets. And until they get adopted, I’m happy to say that Halo and I are giving 1 million meals to shelter pets waiting for you.”

On April 30, DeGeneres and Potter will host a kick-off dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. PST for the Stamps to the Rescue campaign at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, CA. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Approximately 300 million animal rescue stamps are slated to be printed. If 150 million are sold by May 30, the stamps will be reprinted. And even though the stamps won’t be available for purchase from the Post Office until April 30, they are available now for pre-order. For more information, visit USPS.com/shop or StampsToTheRescue.com or call (800) 782-6724. –Brendan Quealy

Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Texts Report

In Animal News, Just for Fun on February 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Yes, it’s Groundhog Day, and that famous prognosticating woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow and thus sentenced us to six more weeks of winter. Today also marked Phil’s foray into the world of text-messaging and Twitter. The psychically gifted groundhog Tweeted and texted his verdict this year from Gobbler’s Knob, PA.

Ask.com’s top pet questions

In Animal News on December 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm

In these days of the Internet age, pet parents are turning to search engines like Ask.com to answer some of their pressing questions. As the year comes to a close, Ask.com has released its top questions asked about pets:

Why do cats purr?
How long do dogs stay in heat?
Why do cats knead?
How do you potty train a puppy?
Do fish sleep?
What do lizards eat?
Can Guinea Pigs be trained?
How long do rabbits live?
Are dogs colorblind?
Can dogs take aspirin?

Curious? Visit Ask.com to search for the answers!

Vote for your favorite animal show!

In Just for Fun on November 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Peoples Choice

Tails upcoming cover star, Victoria Stilwell‘s show It’s Me or the Dog was recently nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Animal Show. Other nominees are Animal Cops, Dog Whisperer, DogTown,and Rescue Ink Unleashed. 

Visit PeoplesChoice.com to cast your vote! Voting ends Dec. 8 at 11:59pm, so vote now!

And be sure to check out Tails’ story on Victoria in the Dec/Jan issue, out soon!