Monday, March 30, 2009

Kittens inspired by Kittens video

Need a laugh? Check out this little girl's interpretation of a picture book of kittens!

Friday, March 27, 2009

ABC TV Nightline on puppy mills TONIGHT

This Friday night, March 27, ABC's Nightline will be investigating puppy mills!

ABC Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi and investigators from Nightline travel the byways and back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - visiting numerous puppy mills and filming Main Line Animal Rescue's volunteers as they rescue breeding dogs and puppies from Lancaster County's notorious Amish commercial breeding facilities.

This promises to be a very special program. If you are involved in rescue, advocate on behalf of the millions of puppy mill dogs interned in our nation's commercial dog breeding facilities, or if you just simply love animals, you will not want to miss this.

Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed, on camera, an Amish breeder while touring his facility - a first for network television. With approximately 500 dogs housed on his property, this commercial breeder speaks openly about an industry cloaked in secrecy and suspicion - the cruel factory farming of man's best friend.

PLEASE tell your friends, your family, your coworkers - ABC Nightline investigates puppy mills - this Friday at 11:35 pm (Eastern Standard Time). Please take the time to forward this to all the rescues, shelters, and legislators in your area.

It has been almost one year since Oprah's puppy mill show aired. That program received the highest viewer response of any Oprah Show in years. Now we need to spread the word about this very special Nightline. Only by educating as many people as we can, will we be able to help these animals. And after you watch the program, please don't hesitate to contact ABC and Nightline to thank them for casting such a strong light on the plight of our nation's puppy mill dogs.

Emergency Animal Rescue Service

UAN Encourages Red River Valley Residents Threatened by Flooding to Include Pets in Evacuation Plans

Animals left behind can be injured, fall ill, starve and hamper human evacuation and rescue efforts

SACRAMENTO, CA (March 23, 2009) – As severe flooding threatens the Red River Valley in North Dakota and Minnesota, United Animal Nations (UAN) encourages residents to include their pets in their evacuation plans. Animals left behind during floods can get injured, fall ill, starve, die, and hamper human evacuation and rescue efforts.

Families that may have to evacuate are encouraged to:

Identify a place where you can evacuate with your pets. Many hotels and motels are pet-friendly, and those that aren’t often make exceptions during natural disasters. A searchable database of pet-friendly accommodations is available at or .

If you are planning to stay with friends or family, confirm beforehand that your pets will be welcome or find a professional kennel safely out of the flood’s reach where you can board them.

Assemble an animal disaster kit that includes food, water, medications, a leash or cat carrier for each pet, and photos of each animal with family members to prove ownership if they are lost.

Affix an identification tag to each pet’s collar so he or she can be more easily reunited with you if you are separated.

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"Animals left to fend for themselves during floods suffer terribly, and evacuees can compound their own stress by worrying about the pets they left behind,” said UAN president Nicole Forsyth. “For both human and animal safety, it is vital that every family include their pets in their evacuation plans.”

Through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), UAN provides free temporary sheltering for communities that become overwhelmed by natural disasters or other crises. EARS volunteers are specially trained to set up and operate temporary animal shelters, where they feed and care for displaced animals until they can be reunited with their families or placed in new homes.

Emergency management and animal control agencies in the Red River Valley can call UAN at (916) 429-2457 for temporary sheltering assistance.

Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and into care through a variety of programs, including emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services, financial assistance for urgent veterinary care and humane education.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Animals displaced by flooding in NW Minnesota

Animal Ark Called to Help Animals Displaced by Flooding

Emergency response for animals in the Red River Valley flood zone is officially underway, with animal rescue organizations preparing for the evacuation of at least 200 - 300 animals from the area.

According to rescue workers at least one animal shelter is potentially in the area of concern and needs to be evacuated. Additionally, as residents in the area begin evacuating, more animals have started arriving at animal shelters, increasing the demand.

A team from Animal Ark will be leaving for the flood zone early in the morning on Thursday, March 26 and 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.
Show Your Support:

Donate to Help


Bring donated items to Animal Ark Shelter. Needed items include:
Pet Food
Kitty Litter
Blankets & Towels
Pet Toys
Bring these items by 7 pm March 25 to:
Animal Ark
2600 Industrial Ct.
Hastings, MN 55033

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MN puppy mill legislation needs your support

Breaking News and Urgent Action Alert
House File 253 Passes Civil Justice Committee, Hearing Scheduled in Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee - Your Voice is Needed

On Monday, March 23, 2009 House File 253 easily passed out of the Civil Justice Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The bill was then referred to the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee. A hearing was immediately scheduled for Friday, March 27 at 8:30 AM.

Please contact the members of the Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Committee and ask that they support HF 253.

On Tuesday, March 24, the Minnesota Senate Committee on Agriculture and Veterans will hold a hearing on Senate File 7, the companion bill to HF 253.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WI deer killers face more charges

Snowmobile deer-slaughter suspect faces new charges
Associated Press

March 11, 2009

WAUPACA, Wis. - One of the men accused in the Waupaca County snowmobile deer-slaughter case now faces additional charges related to hunting violations.

Twenty-four-year-old Rory Kuenzi was charged Tuesday with six counts of taking a deer during the closed season.

He's also accused of possessing wild game during a closed season and resisting a conservation warden.

Kuenzi already faces six counts of felony mistreatment of animals. Those charges stem from a January incident in which he and two others allegedly ran down and killed several deer with their snowmobiles.

One co-defendant also had charges of taking deer during the closed season added to his own charges. Prosecutors say they plan to do the same with the third co-defendant.

Kuenzi's attorney didn't immediately return a message Tuesday evening.


Information from: The Post-Crescent,

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