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March 2012

From Tragedy to Triumph

I received my weekly e-newsletter today from Dog Times Weekly, a publication of Dogtime.com. There was an amazing story in there that touched my heart and I know will touch yours. It is about a dog, named Fiona, who was rescued from the trash in  southern Los Angeles by Audrey and Eldad Hagar. They got a call and raced out to save her. She was terribly matted, flea infested, terrified and blind. The couple, who run a non-profit organization called "Hope for Paws", brought her home, cleaned her up, took her to the vet and were able to get her sight restored in one eye.

Saving Pets One at a Time

SPOT, Saving Pets One at a Time, is 2 years old this month. They are  a non-profit all volunteer organization located in Oceanside, CA. During their 2 years in existence they have saved 550 pets. For a small organization this is remarkable. They do an incredible job, rescuing and adopting dogs out and setting up spay/neuter low-cost clinics. They have a great foster program and have fun and educational events all over North County. I encourage you to visit their websitewww.spotsavespets.org

Dogs and Cats Being Used in Medical Research

Although there is a law in place to stop government funding to any medical institution using dogs and cats in research testing. there is currently no protection for Class B "random sources" which includes shelter animals, rescues, free to a good home ads, and even your own "furry kid". It is still possible for greedy people  to adopt an animal from a rescue  or a shelter and sell them to medical institutions for research; or even to snatch your kitty while he is walking around the neighborhood, all to make a buck.

Hayden Law Protected

I got this great news today from Alley Cat Allies and want to share it with you.

Action Update Hayden Law Protected by Subcommittee Members

Good news! Last week, the California State Assembly Budget Subcommittee heeded the protests of the animal protection community and rejected Governor Brown’s proposed repeal of the Hayden Law.
We applaud the committee members for protecting this valuable legislation, which saves animals’ lives by requiring that shelters provide necessary medical care and by increasing opportunities for animals to be reunited with their caregivers or adopted.

Cruelty Free International

Kudos to Ricky Gervais for taking a stand against animal cruelty and speaking up for a global campaign to end animal testing in the manufacturing of cosmetics. Ricky said: "Animal testing for cosmetics is still allowed in most of the world. That means thousands of animals can continue to die for the sake of a new shampoo."

A new organization has been created to stop cosmetic companies around the world from abusing, torturing and killing animals to produce safe cosmetics.  It is called "Cruelty Free International"  and its goal is to end animal testing for the production of cosmetics in every country around the world.
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