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Buddha Dog Fall 2009 Newsletter

Fall is here!

photo by Terri Viltrakis

Hello Friends!

I hope everyone had a safe and fun summer. 

It has been an enjoyable summer for Buddha Dog with events like the North Central Animal Shelter Adoption Fair, the Santa Monica Pet Fair and Microchip-a-thon, the Silverado Pet Party featuring Oscar the Therapy Kangaroo in Calabasas, the Center for Spiritual Living's Annual CRITTER DAY/PET FAIRE event, and Camp JCA Shalom's Dog Day Camp.  October looks to be busy with some awesome events for the animals.   Buddha Dog will be a vendor again at the Save the Orangutans 5K - Run For Survival for Orangutan Foundation International on Saturday, October 11th from 8:30 to noon at Lake Balboa, and Pet Stop Rescue's HOWL-O-WEEN POOCH PARADE and PET EXPO on Halloween from 11-4.

This newsletter is full of legislation issues that need your input to become reality.  Passing animal protection laws is the best way to help animals at the largest scale.  I think our lawmakers took notice after Prop 2's landslide victory when it won more votes than any other ballot initiative in state history.  So many animal protection bills have made their way through the Assembly and State Senate and are just awaiting the governor's signature.  We can't assume it's a slam dunk because unfortunately, the governor has mocked at least one of the important bills.  Please take a few seconds to call Governor Schwarzenegger's office to voice your support for AB 241, AB 242, AB 243, AB 1122, SB 318, and SB 135: (916) 445-2841.  It's a small gesture that can help countless animals for years to come!  See more about the bills here and here.  And I know most of you will appreciate a bill going through Congress right now, HR 3501, the "Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years" (HAPPY) Act, that would allow tax-deductions of qualified pet care expenses up to $3500.  This allowance would help those having such a hard time financially taking care of their animals, and would prevent animals from being dumped at the shelter because their family can no longer afford to take care of them.

[*10/12 UPDATE on California Bills:

The Good News:

The Governor signed into law:

S.B. 135 (Bans tail docking of cows.)

S.B. 318 (Allows for forfeiture of property connected with dogfighting.)

A.B. 242 (Increases penalties for being a spectator at a dogfight.)

The Bad News:

These animal protection bills were VETOED by the Governor:

A.B. 241 (Limits number of intact animals a person can maintain.)

A.B. 243 (Prohibits a person convicted of animal cruelty from owning an animal.)

A.B. 1122 (Prohibits the roadside sale of live animals.)]

I am excited to have been named secretary of the board of the newly-formed rescue, Adoption 911, and to be a small part of helping so many.  The Ozzy Foundation is another organization I am proud to serve on the advisory board for, and it is really rewarding to be associated with a group doing the wonderful things they are doing for people having trouble paying their vet bills.  I've also been recently named secretary of the marketing committee for the new and exciting National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM), and am helping the Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition (FCCC) expand into the social networking scene.  I would consider any support of these organizations a huge personal favor, if only to add their page if you're on Facebook.  Spreading the word is so helpful and very much appreciated.  And of course, donations of ANY amount, no matter how small, helps more than you could imagine. Thank you!


Thanks so much for reading the newsletter, and for all you do!

Hope to see you all soon!

With appreciation,

p.s.  I need to thank two of my personal vets that I highly recommend to everyone:  Dr. Dody Tyneway of the Holistic Vet Center in Calabasas, and Dr. Janet Berens of the West Valley Pet Clinic in Woodland Hills.  They are both true, caring professionals and I feel blessed to have found them!

Table of Contents

September is “Adopt a Shelter Pet Month”!
Buddha Dog "Pet of the Month" featured in The Pet Press in Need Again! (& an update on Big Daddy)
Buddha Dog on MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory
Pilots N Paws
Buddha Dog in DogSport Magazine: "Massage & Your 4-Legged Athlete" by Denise Fleck
November is "Adopt a Senior Pet Month"
Buddha Dog Spotlighted by the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs (ACC&D)
Not Ready to Adopt?  Foster an Animal and Save a Life!
"DIY" Doggie iPhone Application
Buddha Dog on Facebook
Pet Insurance Covers Massage!
The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM)
The Largest Simultaneous Dogfighting Raid in History! (and anti-dogfighting bills to support)
More Animal Protection Legislation Awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's Signature to Become Law
HR 3501- Allow Pet Care Expenses to be Tax-Deductible!
Submit Your Animal Protection Law Idea by October 5th!
Much Love Honors Carole Raphaelle Davis & Carole Sax at their Bow Wow WOW Howlywood Event
The Shelter Pet Project
Strangest Angels Rescue Featured in The American Dog Magazine
Operation Blankets of Love's Comedy Store Benefit was a Hilarious Success
Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition
Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA)
The L.A. Zoo is Headed to Court Over Alleged Elephant Violations
Margo's Bark Root Beer- 100% of profits help animals!
John R. Wooden School Farm
Rescue Ink Unleashed! on the National Geographic Channel
Puppies Behind Bars
The Tour de Fur for "Fur Shui"
Some Buddha Dog Reminders
Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

September is
“Adopt a Shelter Pet Month”!

(Shouldn't every month be? :)

photo by John Brecher

On September 9th, Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 91, which declares the month of September 2009 as “Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.” ACR 91 received unanimous support from the Assembly and is awaiting consideration by the Senate.

Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)

In most instances, these dogs and cats are young, healthy, and friendly animals that are euthanized simply because there are not enough good homes for them,” said Assemblymember Lieu. “In addition, budget reductions have increased the strain on local animal shelter systems, threatening the lives of thousands of animals. This is why it is more important than ever to help local animal shelters by adopting a pet.”

Read more here.

Los Angeles City Shelters:  http://laanimalservices.com
Los Angeles County Shelters:  http://animalcare.lacounty.gov
Pasadena Humane Society/SPCA:  http://phsspca.org
Burbank Animal Shelter:  http://www.basv.org

Find an adoptable animal near you:

mp3: Assemblymember Lieu says animal shelters are being overwhelmed with pet drop offs.
• mp3: Assemblymember Lieu provides a few reasons why adopting a shelter pet is such a good idea.
• mp3: Assemblymember Lieu says the number of animals euthanized last year is staggering.
• mp3: Assemblymember Lieu calls on the Governor to sign his legislation, AB 1122, that would ban the roadside sale of pets.

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A Buddha Dog "Pet of The Month" Featured in The Pet Press is in Need Again!

Beautiful, overbred Eve was featured in the Buddha Dog-sponsored "Pet of the Month" ad in The Pet Press and was adopted after five long months at the Harbor Shelter in San Pedro, but now the family decided they can't keep her. A foster, rescue organization or adopter is DESPERATELY needed for this sweet girl.  Please contact me at pam@buddhadog.com if you can help her in any way. She deserves it!


photo by Karl Loveys- kloveys@sbcglobal.net

Remember Big Daddy from Strangest Angels Animal Rescue?

photo by Elle Wittelsbach of Strangest Angels

I am happy to report that former bait dog Big Daddy is living in his new loving home with cat and dog brothers and sisters and he couldn't look happier!

THANK YOU to The Pet Press, Strangest Angels, Carol Leifer and Lori Wolf, Big Daddy's wonderful trainer and everyone that had a part in saving this deserving boy!

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Buddha Dog on MTV's Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory

Airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on MTV

Rob's bulldogs needed some stress relief after some crazy happenings at the factory, so I massaged Beefy and Meaty to help them relax.  If the footage doesn't end up on the cutting room floor, it should be shown on an episode in the near future on the new season that started the end of August.  I had a lot of fun with the dogs, Rob and his cousin Drama and want to thank everyone at the factory for having me.  That place is awesome and so are Meaty and Beefy!

Rob Dyrdek holding baby Beefy with Meaty in the Fantasy Factory, a 25,000-square-foot industrial -- and fully skateable -- warehouse and office complex near downtown Los Angeles, where the biggest and most obscure dreams become reality.

Beefy and Meaty

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Pilots N Paws:
Saving the lives of innocent animals

Pilots N Paws is an all-volunteer program that transports animals to safety from high-kill regions to areas with homes available.  More than 680 pilots have donated their time, planes and fuel to relocate thousands of animals since Jon Wehrenberg and Debi Boies started the program in February 2008.  "Pilots N Paws 5000" was September 12th through the 20th and their goal was to transport 5000 animals to safety during this one week alone (the final numbers are still coming in.  Unfortunately, many of the flights were postponed due to weather).  The Pilots N Paws forum unites volunteer pilots with rescues and shelters in need.

Pilots N Paws is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Tax-deductible donations to continue their heroic work are always greatly appreciated.

Buddha Dog in DogSport Magazine: "Massage & Your 4-Legged Athlete" by Denise Fleck

Thank you to the amazing Denise Fleck for allowing me to be a part of her excellent article, "Massage & Your 4-Legged Athlete" for the July/August issue of DogSport Magazine, and to the wonderful Dr. Dody Tyneway of The Holistic Veterinary Center for her contribution also!

A copy of this issue can be purchased here.

See all the pages of the article here.

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November is "Adopt a Senior Pet" Month!

The most senior of all my seniors, 18-year-old American Bulldog, Grace.
I adopted her at 14 and she has been my miracle dog ever since.
Senior Animals Rule!

It's easy to find a senior animal in need.  You can go to petfinder.com and choose "senior" under the "age" drop down menu, along with your zip code, and your perfect soulmate is just a click away!  Many shelters offer a "Seniors for Seniors" program where the adoption fee is waived when a senior citizen adopts a senior animal.  Animals are called seniors once they are about 8 or so, though that is so young still.  It is wonderful to be able to give the gift of allowing an animal to live their golden years out with love, comfort and dignity.  Please see below for some positive aspects to adopting a senior.

Senior Golden Retriever The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PetFinder.com celebrate November as Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month.

At animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation, there are an abundance of healthy senior pets looking for a special home to cherish them for the rest of their lives. Although shaping the life of a youngster sounds appealing, giving a second chance to an older companion can be even more rewarding. They like to share quiet moments, are already trained and usually do not chew or scratch everything in sight. "Older pets have plenty to offer adopters – not the least of which is love," comments Jacque Schultz, ASPCA Companion Animal Programs Advisor.

The following are some thoughts about adopting a senior pet:

  • Dietary Intake: Nutritional requirements are important to an older pet. The caloric value needs to be less if they are to remain fit and trim. Rich foods, as a rule, should be avoided.Introducing your new senior pet

  • Matching Lifestyles: An adult animal's relatively calm demeanor and less intense exercise needs make them the perfect match for a full-time, working household or an older person seeking friendship and love. Older pets often make excellent or at the very least, agreeable companions for other household pets, as well.

  • Physical Demands are Low: Fortunately, many senior animals are not as demanding as a younger animal. Like any animal, they need quality time in the form of attention and exercise, but the length and intensity of exercise may not be as great. Older dogs, for example, may prefer quiet walks to running or active play and will usually not pull you around on the leash or jump up on you.

  • Previous Training: Adult animals often already know how to live harmoniously with humans. In general, adult pets require far less supervision and less constant care, which can make them ideal companions for people with already busy lives. They may already be litter box or housetrained. An older dog might also have some obedience training.

  • Size at Maturity is Known: Senior animals, e.g., dogs, cats, small mammals, and some reptiles have already reached their maximum size and weight and therefore will not require additional purchases anticipating future growth needs. For instance, a senior dog, unlike a growing puppy needs only one size collar, harness, lead, dog bed, or travel crate.

  • What You See is What You Get: With adopted older pets you will usually know about any behavior challenges or health considerations before you adopt. In other words, there are no surprises.

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Buddha Dog Spotlighted by the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs

From the latest issue of ACC&D's Organizational Partners Program News:

Organizational Partners Program News


OPP Spotlight


Buddha Dog Massage, Woodland Hills, California, USA


When Pam Holt of Buddha Dog Massage contacted us, we were delighted to welcome her business as Organizational Partner. Pam's commitment to helping dogs goes far beyond her work as a Certified Animal Massage Therapist. When she was exposed to the challenges and tragedies of the homeless pet problem, she dedicated herself to saving animals. In her Letter of Support for ACC&D, Pam wrote that "the thought of sterilization without surgery is a dream come true for all animal rescuers who need and deserve some help."

As an Organizational Partner, Pam quickly demonstrated her level of commitment when she wrote an article about non-surgical pet sterilization for The Pet Press, a Los Angeles area publication "for the people who love animals and the animals who need to be loved." Pam's wonderfully written article helped spread the word about the potential of non-surgical sterilization to a key audience in Southern California.

Thanks, Pam! 

To see the article originally published in The Pet Press,

click here.

If your organization would like to become an ACC&D Organizational Partner, Click Here.

Hold the Date!
4th International Symposium on

Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods

of Pet Population Control
April 8-10, 2010
Dallas, Texas

Symposium Sponsorship packet now available!

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Not Ready to Adopt? Foster an Animal and Save a Life!

Photo by Brianna Ewert

Shelters are such an unnatural environment for animals, and some take a turn for the worst when incarcerated for too long, no longer coming up to the front of the cage to greet people, and essentially giving up hope that they will ever be saved.  Perfectly well-balanced and healthy animals can soon develop illnesses and behavior issues (this is not to discourage anyone from adopting from a shelter because most illnesses are treatable and love can conquer a lot when it comes to mental health- PLEASE always adopt from a shelter or rescue!), as well as running the risk of injury or death at the hands of a cellmate since most shelters are overcrowded.  Foster homes save these animals from the horrors of living and dying in a shelter, providing a soft, warm place to sleep with love.  Stray animals used to living on the street can thrive in a foster home, learning how to become a part of a household in preparation for a forever home, decreasing the risk of being returned to the shelter/rescue because of issues the adopters aren't willing to try to fix.  The satisfaction that comes with giving a shelter animal a loving place to stay is beyond compare.  Nothing beats the feeling!  Expenses are paid by the rescue or shelter, so all you have to give is your time, your love and a part of your home and heart.  It can be difficult when the animal leaves to go to their new home, but I've found the best cure is to get a new foster.  Please save a life and foster!  You may even find your soulmate and become a foster failure as so many of us are.

No matter where you live, there are shelters and rescue groups in desperate need of good foster homes.  You can find organizations close to you by going to http://petfinder.com
and searching by your area code.

Please read and be inspired by this wonderful article:
The Joy of Fostering a Dog" by Carole Raphaelle Davis

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"DIY Doggie" iPhone Application

Buddha Dog will be included in the "Trends" section of the Premier issue of "DIY Doggie", the iPhone Publication for dog lovers that will be available to the 48 million+ iPhone users next month (around October 5th).  Check your iPhone app store after 10/5 and download DIY DOGGIE for only 99 cents.  Buddha Dog will be a contributing writer every month beginning with the December Holiday issue.  Other monthly contributing writers include the amazing animal communicator, Candi Cane Cooper, and "Beverly Hills Groomer", Artist Knox.  DIY Doggie is the brainchild of Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR and will also keep you updated on the latest trends for dogs from food, fashion, medical breakthroughs, travel and safety, issues surrounding the elderly and handicapped canines, performance and sport dogs, therapy and service dogs, and all forms of training.  

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Buddha Dog on Facebook

You can text "fan buddhadog" to FBOOK (32665) from your mobile phone (if you have Facebook on your phone), and you will be added as a "fan" instantly. Standard charges may apply.

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Pet Insurance Covers Massage!

Many companies offer an allowance for alternative therapies, including massage.  Check your policy or call your provider to see what your allowance is.  Petsecure Pet Health Insurance covers up to $350 a year for massage, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy treatments.  Petplan Pet Insurance also covers alternative therapies.

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The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM)

NBCAAM, a not-for-profit organization, was created for the purpose of establishing and upholding professional standards for animal acupressure and massage practitioners. The method by which NBCAAM certifies that a practitioner has met these standards is by developing standardized national certification examinations. Taking the examination is entirely voluntary. Information and the requirements for taking the examinations are available on the website: www.nbcaam.org   

Membership is available for practitioners and non-practitioners.

Follow NBCAAM on Twitter!

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The Largest Simultaneous Dogfighting Raid in History!

ASPCA Team members in Missouri assisting in the raid

The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) is credited for uncovering enough evidence to bust dogfighting operations across 8 states (Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas) with assistance from the HSUS, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the FBI, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorney on July 8, 2009The raid resulted in twenty-six arrests and four men have pleaded guilty so far.  The ASPCA, United Animal Nations and PetSmart Charities are assisting with the rescue and sheltering efforts of 400+ rescued dogs and 100+ rescued puppies that will be evaluated for placement with rescue groups or adopters. 

See how well Michael Vick's former dogs are doing with the help of Best Friends Animal Society: as the "Vicktory Dogs" and as they are featured on National Geographic Channel's "Dogtown". 

Thanks to the outrage in response to Michael Vick's

horrific hell known as "Bad Newz Kennels", anti-
dogfighting statutes have been enacted in 25 states. 
Animal Lovers in California are hoping our state will
be next.  
AB 242 by Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) 
would increase the penalty for the crime of being a
spectator at a dog fight from a misdemeanor to
imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year,
or a fine not to exceed $5,000, or both that
imprisonment and fine.

SB 318 by Assemblyman Charles Calderon,
(D-Montebello) would provide forfeiture procedures
for certain property that was acquired through the
crime of

All that is required for each of these bills
to become state law is Governor
Schwarzenegger's signature.

What You Can Do:

Please take a couple of minutes today to contact Governor
Schwarzenegger to ask him to sign these
bills into law.

Governor Schwarzenegger's Office:
(916) 445-2841

Click here for more Animal Protection Legislation awaiting
Governor Schwarzenegger's signature

[*10/12 UPDATE on California Bills:

The Good News:

The Governor signed into law:

S.B. 135 (Bans tail docking of cows.)

S.B. 318 (Allows for forfeiture of property connected with dogfighting.)

A.B. 242 (Increases penalties for being a spectator at a dogfight.)

The Bad News:

These animal protection bills were VETOED by the Governor:

A.B. 241 (Limits number of intact animals a person can maintain.)

A.B. 243 (Prohibits a person convicted of animal cruelty from owning an animal.)

A.B. 1122 (Prohibits the roadside sale of live animals.)]

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More Animal Protection Legislation Awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's Signature

AB 241 is the anti-puppy and kitten mill bill called "The Responsible Breeder Act" by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara).  This bill would make it a misdemeanor for any person to have more than a combined total of 50 adult unsterilized dogs and cats, in the state, for breeding or raising them for sale as pets, as specified. The bill would also prohibit a business entity from having more than a combined total of 50 adult unsterilized dogs and cats, in the state, for breeding or raising them for sale as pets, as specified.  Read the bill here.

Another bill from
Assemblymember Pedro Nava is AB 243, and with the governor's signature, animal abusers will be prevented from possessing any animals in the future.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter) sponsored the important SB 135, which would ban the cruel tail-docking of dairy cows.  According to the HSUS, 10-15% of California's dairy farms still practice this outdated method involving amputation of 2/3 of the cows' tails without anesthetic.  Although few dairy cows are milked by humans anymore, docking is done misguidingly to aid milkers and supposedly for cleanliness.  But the harsh truth is that cows need their tails to fan away flies.  Not being able to do this causes great distress for the cows and allows the flies to attack the cows causing many problems.  Don't we put these poor creatures through enough?  Tail docking is opposed by the AVMA (except in the case of medical necessity) because the practice "provides no benefit to the animal and that tail docking can lead to distress during fly seasons."

Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)'s AB 1122 would prohibit the sale of animals on streets and in other public spaces, exempting legitimate adoption events.  Puppy mills and unregulated backyard breeding place California's animal population at risk of disease, abuse, and neglect.  AB 1122 addresses this problem by banning the sale of live animals on a public street or open-air market. This bill will alleviate the suffering of animals while they are awaiting sale.

These bills have all passed the Assembly and State Senate and only need the governor's signature to become law!

It only takes a minute to let the governor know you support this legislation.  His office makes you feel like they really appreciate your opinion!:

Governor Schwarzenegger's Office:
(916) 445-2841

The animals of California thank you!

[*10/12 UPDATE on California Bills:

The Good News:

The Governor signed into law:

S.B. 135 (Bans tail docking of cows.)

S.B. 318 (Allows for forfeiture of property connected with dogfighting.)

A.B. 242 (Increases penalties for being a spectator at a dogfight.)

The Bad News:

These animal protection bills were VETOED by the Governor:

A.B. 241 (Limits number of intact animals a person can maintain.)

A.B. 243 (Prohibits a person convicted of animal cruelty from owning an animal.)

A.B. 1122 (Prohibits the roadside sale of live animals.)]

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HR 3501- Humanity & Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act
Allow Pet Expenses to be Tax-Deductible (up to $3500)

U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.)
proposed H.R. 3501, The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act that would allow tax-deductions of "qualified pet care expenses" up to $3500.

Qualified pet care expenses" is defined as "amounts paid in connection with providing care (including veterinary care) for a qualified pet other than any expense in connection with the acquisition of the qualified pet."

The measure, introduced on July 31, was drafted in conjunction with data from the American Pet Products Association's National Pet Owners Survey.  It has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) issued a Pet Alert on Aug. 5 supporting the proposal.  "Providing pet owners the opportunity to deduct pet care expenses is an important step towards ensuring that pet owners provide adequate veterinary and other necessary pet care," PIJAC stated. "It encourages responsible pet ownership and will hopefully reduce the abandonment of pets by people struggling as a result of the economic downturn."


Please sign this petition in support of H.R. 3501:

Please Ask House Committee on Ways and Means to vote in favor of H.R. 3501:

Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online to send an email to your U.S. representative and urge him or her to support and cosponsor the HAPPY Act, H.R. 3501.

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Submit Your Animal Protection Law Idea by October 5th!

Have you ever thought “there oughta be a law” to protect animals? Well, now is your chance to make your idea reality!

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) knows some of the best ideas for legislation come from “citizen legislators” who are animal-lovers like you, so they’re asking for your input for a new federal bill to help animals. Your concept could become the winning entry in the HSLF’s first-ever “There Oughta Be a Law” contest!

The winning entry will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges: Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and John Campbell (R-Calif.), and HSLF President, Mike Markarian. HSLF will announce the winner at the next Party Animals—their nationwide, house party event—on October 25. Join the party and you will be the first to know the first-ever winner!

The winner will receive a two-day trip to Washington, D.C. that will include a meeting with HSLF staff to discuss his or her proposed bill, a visit to Capitol Hill to lobby federal lawmakers and congressional staff, and a special feature in an upcoming edition of HSLF's bimonthly newsletter “Humane Activist.”

The contest ends at midnight EDT on October 5, 2009. Review the rules for submissions. Complete and submit your entry here.

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Much Love honors Carole Raphaelle Davis and Carole Sax at their Bow Wow WOW Howlywood 3rd Annual Benefit

Our beloved Caroles (Carole Raphaelle Davis and Carole Sax) were honored for their relentless anti-puppy mill work along with Priscilla Presley and Jacob Fenton at Much Love's "Bow Wow WOW Howlywood 3rd Annual Benefit" at The Lot in West Hollywood.  The night featured adorable adoptable animals, hilarious comedians Laura Kightlinger, Bill Burr, Matt Braunger and host Al Madrigal, delicious veggie food, cocktails, auctions, wonderful animal people and much more! 

photo by Elle Wittelsbach of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue
Carole Sax and Carole Raphaelle Davis, honorees for their efforts in shutting down unethical pet stores and turning others humane (where they offer rescued animals from shelters or groups instead of puppy & kitten mills). They are my heroes! :)

Carole Sax and Carole Raphaelle Davis' awards that they so generously shared with those of us that have stood with them at the pet store protests against puppy mills.

I regret not filming the whole speech. This is only the last half or so. Carole Sax paid a moving tribute to her father who was a veterinarian that I didn't get on film, sadly.

The whole speech can be seen here (from a little further away):

Elle Wittelsbach of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue and Priscilla Presley, who was also honored for her work for horses and other charitable efforts for animals. Thanks to Elle for the photo!

We are currently protesting Elite Animals, at 8729 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA (Parking at 901 Hancock: 1 hour free, 75 cents ea. 30 min after or meter parking) every Saturday or Sunday, either from 1-3 or 1:30-3:30. Come join us! Times may vary. You can email me at pam@buddhadog.com to confirm the time.  The protests HAVE been working!  We are close!

photo by Nora
Oscar with Carole Sax , me, Carole Raphaelle Davis, Sylvie Forrest, Catherine Eure, Danielle Libby and more friends, protesting Elite Animals

It seems that our next target will be "Pets of Wilshire" at 2010 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica (Wilshire & 20th) because they are selling puppies from an unlicensed puppy mill in Rosamond, CA (Kern County).

"If you stop buying them, they'll stop supplying them!"

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The Shelter Pet Project
The largest ad campaign for shelter animals in history!

A collaborative effort by Maddie's Fund, HSUS & The Ad Council, The Shelter Pet Project aims to save lives by changing minds. This groundbreaking ad campaign dispels the myths surrounding shelter pets, using captivating commercials to spread the word that animals at our nation's shelters make wonderful companions. Search for & fall in love with a shelter pet today. Send an Adopt-A-Gram, an interactive e-card, to everyone to encourage them to adopt, too!

Strangest Angels Animal Rescue Featured in The American Dog Magazine

Sylvie Forrest and Strangest Angels founder, Elle Wittelsbach

The latest issue of The American Dog, available October 1st, will feature one of my very favorite rescues, Strangest Angels Animal RescueStrangest Angels saves some of the hardest to place animals right off death row.  Many of these animals require expensive medical care, keeping the need for donations constant. 
The American Dog is sold at Barnes and Noble, Borders, and newsstands, or subscribe and mention "Strangest Angels" (on the first line that says, "Animal Charity Donation") and a portion will go to the animals!  It's only $20 for an entire year.

Cutie Cute is one of those animals in need as Strangest Angels has been treating her breast cancer with surgery and other methods.

Miss Beasie is in need of double knee surgery, but she gets around on her own, usually without the help of her wheelchair.

Strangest Angels made sure Casper got the surgery on his pelvis that he needed.

Brother and sister, Tasha and Toby, are in need of a foster or forever home!

Beautiful Oliver and Olivia were bought from a breeder, declawed, and then kicked out of their home.
Do you have room in your heart and home for them?

For more information on these or any other adoptable animals from Strangest Angels or to donate on Paypal:  STRANGESTANGELSR@YAHOO.COM

Donations can also be made (and are very much appreciated!) to Westlake Village Animal Hospital- 805-497-4900 under "Strangest Angels".


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Operation Blankets of Love's Comedy Store Benefit was a Hilarious Success!

I'm sorry to those that missed this night of huge laughs.  It was a great time for a wonderful cause, Operation Blankets of Love, a one-of-a-kind organization providing blankets, towels and other comfort items to homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, potbellied pigs and farm animals in Southern California shelters, rescues, feral communities and emergency situations.  Thank you to the very funny and entertaining comedians that generously donated their time and talents:  Bill Dwyer, Gene Pompa, Neil Edwards, Jerry Rocha, Carol Ann Leif, and Randy Kagan, and of course, the awesome Melissa Maroff.  A big thank you to Elle Wittelsbach of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue for helping the raffle and auction succeed (and to the donors of the prizes)!

Comedian Carol Ann Leif with Melissa Maroff and Operation Blankets of Love's Eileen Smulson

Lori Golden from The Pet Press leading the auction of a generous basket donated by Market West with Eileen

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Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition


FCCC is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports feral cat caretakers with workshops, providing food, help with trap, neuter and return (TNR) & adoption when possible, and much more!

FCCC's new online newsletter, "Voice of the Feral", will be launched for National Feral Cat Day celebrated on October 16th this year.

We are in the beginning stages of planning a fundraiser ("food"raiser to feed the kitties) for FCCC in June or July 2010.  Monthly meetings are being held at the West L.A. Shelter conference room at 11361 Pico Blvd. in West L.A., 90064.  Ideas are needed and greatly appreciated!  We will be needing donations for silent auction or raffle and possibly some incentives for top fundraisers if anyone has connections to businesses offering goods and services, animal-related or not, that might have a soft spot for the kitties that need help the most.

Please contact founder Dona Cosgrove Baker at
feralcatcare@aol.com if you or someone you know can help with a location, prizes, donation, or any other aspect of the fundraiser planning. 

Thank you!

Summer, a feral cat that a caretaker named Tina takes care of.

Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Bringing Reiki to animal shelters, sanctuaries and rescues worldwide.

SARA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose purpose is to support:

  • the growing number of Reiki Practitioners who wish to establish programs in their local shelters, sanctuaries and rescues.
  • the animals and staff of those organizations.
  • the people and animals of the community at large.

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IDA Files Grand Jury Complaint Against Los Angeles Zoo

UPDATEOn September 23, 2009, a three-judge panel of California's 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled that the lawsuit charging the Los Angeles Zoo with abusing elephants will be allowed to go to trial.

On August 4, In Defense of Animals (IDA) filed a civil Grand Jury Complaint against the Los Angeles Zoo seeking an investigation of the zoo for gross malfeasance and unethical behavior in its actions to secure approval of a $42 million elephant exhibit expansion.

Click here to read the full Grand Jury Complaint.

"The Los Angeles Zoo, a city agency, has engaged in a pattern of practice that includes repeated cover ups, illegal withholding of public records, tampering with public documents, and misleading City Council members in a way that may well have changed the outcome of the vote to keep elephants at the zoo," said Catherine Doyle, who filed the citizen complaint as a Los Angeles resident and IDA elephant welfare specialist.

Some of the charges against the zoo are:

  • Cover up of the fine paid to settle USDA citations for failing to provide adequate and timely veterinary care in the deaths of Gita the elephant and a chimpanzee named Judeo.
  • Violation of the California Public Records Act, withholding at least 15 pages of documents related to the USDA findings and fines, in response to an IDA request.
  • Tampering with public documents by censoring Gita's medical records to remove references to possible continuation of a terminal medical condition.
  • Misleading City Council and the Mayor as to the severity of Gita's zoo-induced medical problems.


If you live in the City of Los Angeles, please contact Mayor Villaraigosa and your city council member!!

If you do not live in the City of Los Angeles, please contact Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa only.


Express your outrage at yet another L.A. Zoo cover-up in the death of Gita and at the Zoo's negligence in failing to provide adequate veterinary care. Gita is the fourteenth elephant to die at L.A. Zoo.

Urge city council members to take action to revisit the issue of stopping the $42 million elephant exhibit and sending Billy to a sanctuary, based on the fact they were denied important information about the zoo's failure to provide adequate veterinary care for Gita. Urge the mayor to take the lead in reopening this issue.

Urge the mayor and city council to hold the zoo accountable for withholding critical information from city council and for its noncompliance with the California Public Records Act.

To locate your city council member, please visit http://www.lacity.org.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-978-0600
Fax: 213-978-0750
Email: mayor@lacity.org


Cher holds a "Free Billy" t-shirt at a Los Angeles City Council meeting to urge scapping construction plans on the Los Angeles Zoo's $42 million elephant exhibit. The City Council voted to finish the elephant exhibit and keep its lone pachyderm Billy at the zoo, despite pleas by activists and celebrity opponents to scrap the project. Billy supporters also included Bob Barker, Kevin Nealon, Madeleine Stowe, Mariana Tosca, Elaine Hendrix and many more notable heroes. Betty White is a misguided (in my opinion) supporter of keeping elephants at the inadequate zoo.

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Foreclosurepets.org's goal/mission is to help all homeowners facing foreclosure in the United States to find a new home and/or temporary adoption for their pets until they can get back on their feet.

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Margo's Bark Root Beer- 100% of profits help animals!

Margo is a lab/pit bull mix that started life abandoned in a Long Beach parking lot.  Luckily, things have been looking up for her ever since.  She was fostered until being adopted by Oscar Youd, now 8 years old, and his family.  She is the namesake of a wonderful philanthropic undertaking by Oscar and his parents, who made homemade root beer from a family recipe for Oscar's science project.  The all-natural root beer was such a hit that they decided to distribute it widely and give 100% of the profits to shelter animals.  Delicious Margo's Bark is available at Whole Foods, Bristol Farms and these locations.
  Pick up a copy of the August-September issue of The Pet Press to read the fascinating cover story on Margo's Bark.


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John R. Wooden School Animal Farm in Reseda

Ralphie the pig and some of his many friends at the farm.
photo by Missy Woodward

The John R. Wooden School Animal Farm has been an important part of the Reseda community for many years, and has brought hours of pleasure and enjoyment to its students and so many others.  The farm is currently in jeopardy of having the animals relocated due to lack of funding for food.


Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today to Revitalize Reseda, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so that the animals can stay.  Paypal is accepted.

City Councilman Dennis Zine and Ralphie
photo by Missy Woodward

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Rescue Ink Unleashed!

Season Premiere
Friday, September 25, 2009 at 10PM
on the National Geographic Channel

This new weekly series documents this unlikely group of animal activists on their crusade to save helpless, abandoned and abused animals. The eclectic band of brothers — composed of club bouncers, security guards and even a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) detective — is on call 24/7 to take on cases no one else will.  They’re not cops, animal experts or even animal control. They’re just big guys with even bigger hearts and a desire to save animals from deplorable living conditions and abusive or simply misguided owners.

“If you don’t like us from the way we look, we can’t help that. But if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, so stay out of the way.”
— Joe Panz, Leader, Rescue Ink

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Puppies Behind Bars

Since 1997, the New York-based non-profit organization called Puppies Behind Bars has been providing disabled people with service dogs trained by inmates.  Last year, war veterans started also benefiting from inmate-trained service dogs with their program called "Dog Tags: Service Dogs for Those Who've Served Us".

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The Tour de Fur for "Fur Shui"

I was thrilled to be a part of the "Tour de Fur" in celebration of Paula Brown's wonderful book that I recommend to everyone, "Fur Shui", an introduction to animal Feng Shui.

Below is our entry on the Tour de Fur blog.

Pam and her dog Shirley are quite the Fur Shui enthusiasts! Pam specializes in massage for her fur clients (Buddha Dog Massage) and must spend lots of time in the Helpful People life space healing all she touches! All is caaaaaalmmmm in Woodland Hills, CA!

Some Buddha Dog Reminders:

  • Referral Rewards (a complimentary massage session) are offered to any client referring a new client!
  • Group discounts are extended with a $10 per additional animal discount at the same location during the same visit.  The first massage will be regular price, and discounts apply to each additional session in the same visit.
  • Looking for something to do this weekend (or during the week) for a good cause?  Check the Buddha Dog Event Calendar regularly to see what animal events are happening around town.  Email me to add an event to the calendar.

Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

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