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Buddha Dog Holiday 2009 Newsletter

The Happiest of Holidays to All!

Dear Friends,

I managed to finish the newsletter by the first day of winter! 

There is a lot of animal news as usual:  some good and some bad.  I hope you get a chance to check it out over the holidays and that you all enjoy the season and have the best New Year ever.

Thank you for all you do!

Peace & Love,

Buddha Dog Holiday Specials

Gift Certificates make great gifts for the holidays!


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* "Holiday Special" must be mentioned to get discounted rate if not purchasing here with Paypal (see below).  Appointments must be made by April 1st for this holiday rate, unless a gift certificate is purchased. Then, gift certificates must be used within 2 years of issue date.

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If you'd rather send a check, or if you'd like the certificate personalized, please email me at pam@buddhadog.com with the name of the animal. If you'd like me to mail the gift for you, please email me at pam@buddhadog.com and give me the recipient's address.

Any questions? Email me at pam@buddhadog.com or call me at (818)300-4478.


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The new Buddha Dog "Pet of the Month" in The Pet Press
is sweet Paloma from Forte Animal Rescue

Paloma's ad in The Pet Press, sponsored by Buddha Dog

The new Buddha Dog "Pet of the Month" in The Pet Press is beautiful green-eyed Paloma from Forte Animal Rescue. She is a sweet, smart, young Staffie mix that loves car rides and gets along with most dogs. She is stressed and losing weight from being kenneled for 2½ years, and is in desperate need of a foster or permanent home. Could you be the answer to her prayers?

An Historic Silent Protest of Barkworks and the Puppy Mills that Supply Them

On December 19, 2009, an historic silent protest organized by Companion Animal Protection Society- http://caps-web.org- and attended by 70+ concerned citizens and representatives of organizations took place.

We walked the Westside Pavilion in West L.A. in our red shirts showing the despicable store called Barkworks, who is supplied by puppy mills, that they cannot hide in a mall anymore.

Dogs in puppy mills are kept in cages their entire lives, being bred until they're dead, never knowing the joy of being a dog, all for callous human greed. Please don't spend an enormous amount of money in a pet store for a new family member. Always ADOPT and SAVE A LIFE!


[There is a picture and 2 videos below on the protest and where Barkworks gets their dogs from that are not showing on Internet Explorer as far as I can tell, but other browsers should work.]

This sign was actually posted in the window of Barkworks. It is truly heartbreaking to see them actually lie about the "quality" of shelter animals, as if any of them have stepped foot in a shelter.

photo by Carole Raphaelle Davis of CAPS

Here is a video made by a Best Friends volunteer that shows where the puppies from "Barkworks" really come from:  puppy mills in the midwest.

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Aquarium & Pet Center in Santa Monica Has Gone Humane!

The Hunte Corporation, the largest known commercial puppy mill, has lost another buyer!

On October 31st, after only three weekend protests, Aquarium & Pet Center in Santa Monica agreed to go humane and only offer rescued animals for adoption in their store!

photo by Carole Raphaelle Davis

On November 14th, the Companion Animal Protection Society and Animal Advocates Alliance celebrated the conversion of Aquarium & Pet Center in Santa Monica to a humane pet store that offers animals for adoption. The puppy mill dogs still in the store were available for adoption in order to make room for dogs from L.A. Animal Services.

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Puppy Mill Tipline to Report Abuse: 1-877-Mill-Tip

The Humane Society of the United States' toll-free puppy mill tipline, 1-877-MILL-TIP, was created to encourage anyone with any puppy mill information to contact The HSUS' Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force for help.

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Holiday Safety Tips
Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Marty Smith, DVM

We want the holidays to be a happy time for you and your pet, not a time for an emergency visit to your veterinarian. The food and decorations that make the holidays so much fun for us can be dangerous for your pet. We do not want this article to dampen your holiday spirits, but we do want you to be aware of the dangers and plan carefully to avoid these potential hazards.

Food - Related Items

Holiday foods we enjoy cooking and eating can be a problem for your pet.

Rich, fatty foods, like gravy or grease, can cause problems ranging from stomach upsets to pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas resulting in pain, vomiting, and dehydration. Dogs with this serious condition often require hospitalization for treatment.

Wine glass and chocolateAlcohol can cause serious intoxications in pets, and many dogs are attracted to it. Every year hundreds of dogs die after a single bout of alcohol consumption. Clean up glasses after holiday parties. Dogs are often attracted by the sweet taste of drinks, especially eggnog.

Chocolate, coffee, and tea all contain dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation. Chocolate, with theobromine, is especially a problem because dogs love its flavor. Problems from ingestion range from diarrhea to seizures and death. Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are the worst culprits, but all chocolate, fudge, and other candy should be placed out of your dog's reach.

Uncooked meat, fish, and poultry can contain disease-causing bacteria, such as E. coli, and parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii. These uncooked foods should not be given to your dog. For your own health, as well as your pet's, wash utensils that have been in contact with raw meat, and cook meat thoroughly.

Bones from fish, meat, or poultry can also cause problems if swallowed. Even small bones can splinter causing lacerations (tearing) throughout the intestinal tract. So, no matter how big or how little they are, be sure to keep bones (other than those that are specially sterilized and treated) away from your dog. Rawhides, Kong toys, and hardened, sterilized bones would be better alternatives.

Tobacco products can be fatal to pets, if ingested. Signs of poisoning develop within 15 to 45 minutes and include excitation, salivation, vomiting, and diarrhea. Pets may develop seizures, collapse and die from cardiac arrest. Keep cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, nicotine gum and patches, and ashtrays out of the reach of pets. Empty ashtrays frequently since cigarette butts contain about 25% of the total nicotine in a cigarette.

Uncooked yeast dough can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

Grapes and raisins contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys.

The artificial sweetner, xylitol, that is present in some gums, breath mints, candy, and other human food can be very toxic to dogs.

Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscles of dogs.

Remember, dogs have an exceptional sense of smell – juices on plastic or aluminum foil left on countertops are very tempting. If ingested, plastic or foil wrap (cellophane candy wrappers or food wrap) can cause choking or intestinal obstruction.

Meat-soaked strings from rump roasts are also enticing. Ingestion can cause a surgical emergency called a 'linear string foreign body' in the intestines.

To be safe, put away food immediately, and pet-proof your garbage. Garbage contains all kinds of other hazards for your dog such as plastic wrap and bags, 6-pack beverage holders that could cause strangulation, fat trimmings, bones, and pieces of ribbon or tinsel.

Feed your pet(s) before a party so they will not be so apt to beg or steal food.

Poisonous Plants

PoinsettiaWe all like making our homes more festive for the holidays. We enjoy the green foliage and colorful flowers of plants. Unfortunately, many of the plants we have in our homes during the holidays can be poisonous to pets. If ingested, holly (leaves and berries) causes stomach upset and can be potentially fatal to both dogs and cats. Mistletoe upsets stomachs and can cause heart collapse, while hibiscus may cause diarrhea. Poinsettias have an irritating sap that can cause blistering in the mouth and stomach upset. So when you brighten up your home, place these plants well out of your dog's reach, or use imitation holiday plants.

Decorations and Wrappings

All that glitters is not gold – it could be dangerous for your pet.

Ribbons, yarn, and string can cause intestinal obstruction and bunching of the intestine along the length of the string. These conditions require surgery and can be fatal. Ribbons around your dog's neck may be cute, but they can also be dangerous.

Adhesives and glues can be toxic and are often attractive to animals.

CandlesPotpourri contains oils that can be toxic to dogs if eaten. We may not think of eating it, but some curious pets may.

Candles can cause burns and fires. Never leave lighted candles unattended or within reach of your pet.

Few things are more tempting to a playful dog than a game of tug. This is not a good game, however, to play with the end of a tablecloth. Try to keep items such as tablecloths, table runners, etc., from hanging too low to the floor, and tempting happy dogs running by to grab an end and pull!

Gifts Under the Tree

Rawhide or other edible items left under the tree can be very tempting, and remember that companies (even Drs. Foster & Smith!) often package rawhide or other pet gifts wrapped in ribbon. Make sure to remove ribbons or ties before you present gifts to your dog. If played with and swallowed, yarn, ribbon, or string on gifts can cause intestinal obstruction, requiring surgery.

Perfume bottlesPerfumes and after-shaves contain ethanol (alcohol) and perfume also contains essential oils which can be very toxic to dogs if ingested.

Batteries for toys or other gifts can be toxic and cause intestinal obstruction. Keep in a safe place until they are ready to be inserted in the gift.

Christmas Trees

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how careful we must be. Christmas trees and their decorations can create hazards for pets.

Place Christmas trees in a stable stand, and attach the tree securely to a window or wall with something like fish line. We have known others who have hung their tree from the ceiling! To keep pets away from the tree, it may help to use a Scat Mat. While most dog owners use an indoor exercise pen to provide a safe place for a pet to play, during the holidays, some people place the pen around the tree. Even though you take precautions, make sure your dog is always supervised when in a room with a tree.

Tree needles can be toxic and cause mouth and stomach irritation. Even needles and the wire of artificial trees could pose a problem. Be sure your dog is not chewing on branches or eating fallen needles.

Tinsel's shininess is attractive. When eaten, it can cause blockages, which often require surgery to remove. Leave it off the tree altogether.

Angel hair, flocking, and artificial snow are mildly toxic. If consumed in larger amounts, however, they could cause blockage of the intestine. Try decorating with something less likely to cause a problem.

Electric cord and glass ornamentChewing on electrical cords, including cords of lights can cause problems ranging from burned mouths, to electrical shock to death by electrocution. Some larger lights can become quite hot, and could also cause burns. Unplug decorative lights when you are not there, use pet-proof extension cords, and spray cords with a product such as Bitter Apple or Chew Stop.

Dogs will often play with glass ornaments as if they were balls and serious oral lacerations can result. Sharp ornament hooks can also become imbedded in your pet's mouth or esophagus. Place ornaments that are shiny, or could be swallowed or broken high up on your tree. Larger, less intriguing ornaments can go near the bottom.

Decorating trees with food is asking for problems. Candy canes and gingerbread people can be as enticing to your dog as they are to children. We know of one diabetic dog who ran into some problems with regulating her disease because she was stealing candy canes off of the tree. Popcorn, raisin, or cranberry garlands are beautiful, but can cause an obstruction when eaten, requiring surgery.

Because tree preservatives are often sugar-based (and inviting to dogs) and because the water stands so long, the water in the tree stand often harbors potentially harmful bacteria. Fertilizers, insecticides, or flame retardants that were used on the tree may also get into the water. Cover the stand with a tree skirt or use other means to prevent access to the water.


Some pets love visitors and behave very well. Others may be fearful or aggressive. Some puppies may urinate when meeting people. Still, others may be too full of holiday cheer and over-exuberant. Plan for how your dog will react to visitors.

A quiet room, away from the commotion with water and food available will help fearful dogs be more comfortable.

Brushing up on obedience training before the holidays may help a dog who has become a little rusty. Be sure to inform your visitors of any household 'rules' or problem behaviors concerning your pets, e.g., sneaking out the door, jumping up on the couch, getting food from the table, etc.

For dogs who may not behave or could be aggressive, placing them in a separate room, using pet gates, or having them stay at a friend's house during a party, may be necessary. Sometimes, boarding a dog in a kennel may be the safest alternative.

Cleaning products such as disinfectants get a lot of use during the holidays as we spiff up our homes for visitors. Remember, many of these products can be toxic to your pets.

When inviting visitors, make sure they know you have a pet. If these people have allergies, you could help them by using a product such as Allerpet to decrease the dander in the house.

If you are traveling during the holidays, and need to leave your pet(s) at home, start to make accommodations for your pet(s) early. Many boarding facilities fill up very fast. Responsible pet sitters are a good alternative. If they are unfamiliar with your house or pet(s) have them come over and get acquainted before you leave.

New Pets

New pets are not good holiday gifts. If someone is thinking about getting a new pet, give the new prospective owner a variety of dog toys, food, or books on dog care. You may also wish to give a gift certificate so the person can choose his or her own pet after the holidays.

Similarly, if thinking about getting a new pet for yourself, remember pets need routine and a time to bond with you. With its noise, commotion, and special hazards, the holiday season is anything but routine. Think about getting your new dog after the holidays. We guarantee you will not have an after-holiday let down!

Why not make the holidays more enjoyable for homeless pets? Contact your local animal shelter to see if you can donate food, kitty litter, toys, or time.

Pet Gifts and Treats

Spending quality time with your favorite companion during the holidays will help keep your pet calmWhen choosing a holiday gift for your special friend, be sure it is safe – no small pieces that could come off and be swallowed. Choose healthy holiday treats for your dog and give them in moderation.

With all of the festivities, do not forget to relax and spend some quality time with your pet. Your dog will think that is the best gift of all.

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Los Angeles Kitties Keep Their Claws!

This billboard is at the intersection of Sunset & San Vicente Blvds. in West Hollywood. 

Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 762 on July 2, 2009.  This bill, co-sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), will not allow cities and counties to pass ordinances to ban "medical procedures", no matter how unnecessary, like declawing, and ear and tail cropping.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2010, and in the meantime, California cities are outlawing the declawing of cats at a fast pace. 

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Berkeley, Culver City, and Burbank have approved declaw bans.
Marin County is also considering recommending a declaw ban.  West Hollywood passed the nation's first declaw ban in 2003. 

Declawing is
a painful surgical procedure, also called onychectomy, that is not merely the removal of the claws, as the term "declawing" implies, but is a series of amputations. The last bone of each of the toes of a cat's paw is removed, and tendons, nerves, and muscles that enable normal function and movement of the paw are severed. 

from www.pawproject.com

Declaw surgery is so predictably painful that it is used to test the effectiveness of pain medications. Initial recovery takes a few weeks, but even after the surgical wounds have healed, there are often other long-term physical complications and negative psychological effects.

It appears that undermedicating cats after declawing is the norm. A survey of over 1000 veterinarians by Wagner and Hellyer (JAVMA Dec. 1, 2002) found that 44% administered no pain medication after declaw surgery. For those animals receiving pain medication there are potential problems. Some veterinarians have proposed the use of fentanyl patches. The patches, which are placed on the skin, contain a powerful narcotic. Their use in humans for post-operative pain was abandoned after several deaths occurred from accidental overdose.

An analogy in human terms would be cutting off each finger at the last joint. Declawed cats are deprived of the means to defend themselves or flee from danger. Declawed cats have been injured or killed by other animals when they could not climb out of harm's way or had impaired ability to protect themselves.

It may be that 25% or more of all owned cats are declawed. The reason for this high number is that many cat guardians have incorrect assumptions regarding the procedure. Many veterinarians perform declawing unquestioningly or actively market the procedure.

A survey of twenty Los Angeles area veterinary clinics, reported in the February-March 2003 issue of The Pet Press, found that 75% agreed to perform declawing without question and without any attempt to establish a medical, behavioral, or any other indication to justify the procedure. Not only is declaw-on-demand the norm, the staff at veterinary clinics commonly encourage clients, whose cat are scheduled for spaying or neutering, to "supersize" the procedure by adding declaw surgery for a discounted fee. Pet guardians typically report that neither the nature of the procedure, complications, nor non-surgical alternatives is discussed.

There is evidence that declawed cats are disproportionately abandoned at shelters, and that declawed cats may be euthanized more often because of the behavioral and physical problems that result from declawing. Pet guardians typically cite protection of their furnishings as being foremost among their reasons for having a cat declawed; however, they may not realize that the pain and other complications from the surgery can cause behavioral problems that are even worse than the problems for which the cat's toes were amputated. A cat can still bite a child and may become more prone to do so if they have no claws. A cat whose paws hurt when scratching in a litter box may avoid the litter box altogether, a behavior that may not be tolerated by the pet guardian.

Declawing is illegal in many countries around the world, because it is regarded as inhumane. There is growing support of the European Council's Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals, which prohibits declawing. To date, the Convention continues to gather signatories, and since its inception, countries including Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Norway and Germany have enacted laws expressly prohibiting declawing.

Thank you to The Paw Project for the information.

The Paw Project is commited to continuing active support of legislation to ban declawing of all animals and using every available medium to educate the public about the harmful effects of declawing.

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Small Animal Rescue Team (SmART) to the Rescue!

I am grateful to Lori Golden of The Pet Press for allowing me to write the cover story on SmART for the last issue of the year.  Please pick up your free copy at locations throughout Los Angeles until the end of January.  If you can't find one, let me know and I'll get one to you. 

Left to right, bottom to top: Officer Yvette Smith (“Smitty”), Ramon Garcia, RVT (“The Batman”), Officers Annette Ramirez (“Nett”), Ernesto Poblano (“Pob”), founder and team leader Armando Navarette (“Nav”), Sean McCarthy (“X”), and Andrew Redfield (“Reds”).

Here in Los Angeles, we (& the animals we love) are fortunate enough to have our own Small Animal Rescue Team (SmART)The dedicated team consists of six Animal Control Officers and a Registered Veterinary Technician from LAAS (Los Angeles Animal Services).  The team refuses to allow any obstacles to hinder them from saving any small animal in distress.  These courageous individuals will scale the tallest trees and buildings, descend down the steepest cliff or into storm drains and pipes, fight a flowing river, crawl under buildings and into attics, sledgehammer walls, or whatever it takes to remove animals from a dangerous situation.  SmART understands they are the last hope for these souls in peril, so they respond to emergency calls 24/7, they do it FREE of charge, and they have a 100% success rate!  To date, there have been 59 SmART activations (some are false alarms) with 47 animals being rescued.  Not only are their tenacious rescues impressive, but so is the fact that the team members pay all their expenses out of their own pockets!  So far, the team members have spent nearly $19,000 of their own money for equipment and training. 

Donations of gift cards from Home Depot and REI are always needed and appreciated.  Their list of required supplies is staggering, but a sample of their wish list with REI can be found here:  www.tinyurl.com/SmARTwishlist, or at REI.com (and in REI stores) under Team Leader Navarette’s name or the gift registry# GR204755. 

Team leader Navarette can be reached at the West L.A. District at 213-305-4095, by email:
animalrescueteamla@yahoo.com, and by mail:  SmART Team Leader Navarette, 221 Figueroa St., Ste. 500, L.A., CA  90012

Please follow SmART, and see their
AMAZING videos, pictures and rescue stories at www.myspace.com/smallanimalrescueteamla and www.facebook.com/SmART.LA.  Their page at LAAS is at www.laanimalservices.com/about_smart.htm.

Don't forget to read their cover story in The Pet Press too! 

Nett rescuing Bear, an 8-year-old, 100 lb chocolate Lab that had fallen 50 feet down a steep cliff in the Hollywood Hills and had to spend the night there.  Boy was he happy to be rescued!

Reds rescuing a kitten that had been stuck in a hole in a hot attic for 4 days without food or water.
The unweaned kitten was fostered out to a baby bottle foster.

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Judge's Ruling Impacts TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release of Feral Cats) in Los Angeles

Important Notice from Fixnation:

Judge's Ruling Impacts TNR in Los Angeles

FixNation wants you to know about an important development in Los Angeles concerning TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release of feral cats). Last week a local judge issued a ruling in response to a lawsuit filed against the City of LA by wild bird groups, ordering that the City of Los Angeles is suspended in supporting and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return as a means to help homeless cats.

TNR is a community-based, humane approach to controlling homeless cat overpopulation. It involves concerned citizens humanely trapping feral cats, getting them spayed and neutered (at clinics like FixNation), and then returning them to their natural environment so they can live out their lives. It is the humane alternative to trapping and killing cats at our city shelters, which is inhumane, consistently does not work, not to mention very costly to taxpayers like us.

While the city isn't stopping private citizens from doing their own TNR, this ruling will suspend the city shelters from distributing our clinic flyers to educate people about TNR or allowing shelter employees to encourage TNR as an alternative to people as they are there dropping off cats at the shelter. It also ceases any city coupon funding that our clinic can use towards homeless cats, which is critical in helping us cover the cost of spay/neuter services to make them free for you.

Without TNR and spay/neuter, the homeless cat populations in this city will explode exponentially, which means many more cats will end up being killed at our city shelters. TNR has been the "unofficial" policy for years, until just last week when this judge forced the city to suspend it. Already our city shelter euthanasia rates are through the roof due to a bad economy and home foreclosures. This will seriously exacerbate the situation.

People need to know this is happening, because we truly believe people will choose the humane approach and will work to get this ruling overturned. But we need your help to do so! Here's what you can do to help:

1) Please take a moment to sign the petition to show your support for TNR, and please share this with your friends and neighbors so they are aware.

Sign the Petition

2) We want to hear your great stories about how TNR has helped you and your neighborhood! If you have TNR'd homeless cats and have personally witnessed the positive difference this has made in your community, please take time to send us your story.


3) Finally, if you do live in Los Angeles, contact the mayors office, your city council members and city representatives. Make sure they clearly know that you do not support this ruling, you do not support the killing of more homeless cats and that you DO support TNR. Even if you don't live in California, please voice your opinion and support us. Post to Facebook, post to Twitter, please help us to get the word out.

Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street

LA, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 978-0600

Fax: (213) 978-0750


Carmen A. Trutanich, City Attorney

200 N. Main Street

8th Floor

LA, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 978-8100

Fax: (213) 978-8312


Directory of City Council Members

If we all speak up, this ruling can be overturned and overcome. It's not too late, and your voice counts!

With sincere thanks,


From Fixnation Founder and President, Mark Dodge S. Dodge, Esq.

Wild bird groups sued the City of Los Angeles in 2008 to stop its support of Trap-Neuter-Return, the humane, community based method to control feral cat overpopulation. They claimed that under the California Environmental Quality Act, the City of LA could not provide discount spay neuter coupons to feral cat caregivers or promote TNR without an Environmental Study and Impact Report, based upon the utterly false premise that if TNR is promoted by the City, fewer cats will be killed in shelters, meaning more cats left in the environment to kill birds.

Last week, after a summary trial of this action, Judge Thomas McKnew, of the LA Superior Court, bought into this spurious argument and issued an injunction preventing any City support of TNR.

Whether or not this decision is appealed and the injunction stayed, it is time for humane-minded reasonable citizens of Los Angeles to speak out against this decision and do everything possible to show the Judge and the wild bird extremists that we are opposed to anything but wholehearted, enthusiastic government support of TNR in Los Angeles.

The simple fact is that TNR does not produce more cats by "returning" them after surgery, as the wild bird advocates claim, it merely transforms cats already in the environment from being the prolific breeders they are, into sterile community cats, thereby reducing their numbers over time. The consequence is clearly not adverse to the "environment."

Without TNR, we would see more and more cats killed in shelters, while at the same time the homeless population would simply continue to expand. Moreover, the impact of cats on bird populations is miniscule as compared to habitat loss, high rise windows, airplanes, weather and other predators, contrary to the claims made by many wild bird advocacy groups in their blind opposition to TNR.

This decision, if not overcome via legal or administrative means, will not mean an end to TNR in Los Angeles, but as long as it remains in effect, it will produce a loss of City support and discount spay-neuter coupons for feral cats, outcomes which are unacceptable.

TNR brings the community together in a positive way, promotes humanity to be humane, takes the pressure off of municipal budgets and allows society as a whole to work positively toward a long term solution to the problem of pet overpopulation. It deserves to be supported by City of Los Angeles. Until that support can resume, we ask the citizens of Los Angeles to show their support for TNR.

For more details, read the full article at: http://fixnation.org/2009/12/judges-ruling-impacts-tnr-in-los-angeles

Visit FixNation at http://www.fixnation.org

for more information on how you can make a difference for homeless cats in your own community.

Please also take this survey for the Stray Cat Alliance.  The answers will be given to city council members.

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Last Month's Buddha Dog "Pet of the Month" in The Pet Press,
Big Sur from the Heigl Foundation, was Adopted!

Survivor was the "personal" dog of a hoarder in the Mojave desert, who had gone to jail on multiple counts of animal cruelty, leaving hundreds of animals needing rescue.  I was lucky enough to be the one to drive "Big Sur" away from that hellhole, and the wonderful Jason Heigl Foundation took him in.  They found him a caring foster family while he waited for his forever home.  Survivor's angel would be Clair, who saw his Buddha Dog "Pet of the Month" ad in The Pet Press, and knew they should be together right away.

Here is the letter Clair wrote that was published in the latest issue of The Pet Press:

Dear Lori,

I tore the page out of The Pet Press this week to write a big THANK you to you and to Pam from Buddha Dog Massage.  Because of the two of you, his foster parents and the Heigl Foundation, Big Sur, a handsome 12-year old Sharpei/Shepherd mix has joined out "pack"!  He has done well with our two dogs, Madison and Biscuit, rides well in the car, and does LOVE his toys!

BIG thanks should go to David and Lindsay who fostered him for months since he was rescued from a hoarder.  David took care of him since June and Big Sur's joyous personality shines through as a result.  Our cats have done "okay"; Ruffles is A-OK and KAT just looks at me like "who is coming next?"!

Thank you for your publication.  I get it monthly at the La Crescenta/Canada pet hospital. 

You, Pam, his foster parents and the Foundation are wonderful to help our pets.  Please ask the foundation to place a phone number in their information.  Without the ability to have reached Pam, who sponsored the information about Big Sur, we might not have been united with him.

Pam, thank you for sponsoring his ad!  David and Lindsay- thank you for caring for him and your other puppies!

-Clair G.

THANK YOU, Clair for being this sweetheart's angel!

Clair and I have talked about booking a session soon with him, so I eagerly await seeing Big Sur again soon! 

Would you like to sponsor a "Pet of the Month" in The Pet Press?
(These ads really work!)

Email PetPressLori@socal.rr.com
for more information to help special-needs animals find forever homes.


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Hallmark Hall of Fame's “A Dog Named Christmas”

On Sunday, November 29th, households across the country were moved to tears by the Hallmark Hall of Fame touching special shown on CBS called "A Dog Named Christmas", based on the book by Greg Kincaid.

“This is no place for a dog. They are just a distraction.” George McCray said it so often his friends were amazed to learn that a stray had been “invited” to spend the holidays with George, his wife Mary Ann and their son Todd on their Kansas farm. And no one was more surprised than George himself that a dog would lead him on a journey of self-discovery.

When Todd, a developmentally-challenged 20 year-old with an affinity for animals, hears that the animal shelter is looking for families to foster a dog for Christmas, he’s eager to sign up. But George says “no adoptions” – even temporary ones – claiming he wants to protect Todd from disappointment. Mary Ann knows better. Something else is troubling her husband – something he doesn’t want to face.

With Mary Ann’s support, Todd’s persistence pays off. He chooses a friendly yellow lab and names him “Christmas.” Bringing Christmas home is a revelation for George. The dog seems to know immediately that this is where he belongs. Watching Todd and Christmas together, George sees his son in a new light. And it soon becomes obvious that Christmas has actually “adopted” George, creating a bond that is stronger than past disappointments.

Todd  is concerned about all the dogs left to spend the holidays in cages and sets out to get the whole community involved. What begins as a small act of kindness becomes a valuable lesson for Todd’s parents – and the entire town – in the potential of one person to make a difference.

"A Dog Named Christmas" is a joyful movie that is destined to become a holiday tradition.

The DVD is now available in Hallmark stores, or online.

A Dog Named Christmas" inspired
Petfinder to start Fostering a Lonely Pet for the Holidays.
Foster a Lonely Pet
'Tis the season of giving! Open your home this holiday season to a homeless pet. Join Petfinder in Fostering a Lonely Pet for the Holidays by contacting one of the participating groups to give a homeless pet a home for Christmas week (and possibly forever). Visit Foster a Lonely Pet for more information.

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Play Bingo for the Animals!

Come play Legendary Bingo for the animals!  It is a BLAST and you can win awesome prizes!

Wednesday, January 6th from 7-9 PM for
Operation Blankets of Love

Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) is an award-winning non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity. They collect, transport and distribute recycled and new pet-related items to comfort stray, sick, neglected and abused homeless animals in shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries and foster groups. In addition, as an Emergency Response Team, they partner with those organizations to provide relief and comfort to animals that are displaced or endangered by catastrophe.

Wednesday, February 10th from 9-11 PM for
The Ozzy Foundation

Health care decisions for your pet should be based on quality of life, not finances. The Ozzy Foundation was formed with this belief in mind, to help pet guardians with the financial costs of veterinarian bills and provide a supportive place for those caring for a chronically-ill pet.

8288 Santa Monica Blvd- at Sweetzer in West Hollywood
Valet parking in restaurant lot
Full menu and bar

$20 donation at the door-
INCLUDES 10 REGULAR BINGO GAME CARDS (for nine regular games) AND TWO GRAND PRIZE BINGO GAME CARDS (for one grand prize game)!


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Buddha Dog Will Be a Part of Buddha Bark's Golden Globes Pampering Lounge

I'm looking forward to giving mini-doggy massages to the 4-legged attendees of this great event for a wonderful cause!

Golden Globes Pampering Lounge Event

January 15th & 16th 12-6 PM

Buddha Bark is the premiere wellness, pampering and gifting lounge for celebrities, media, tastemakers and their dogs to primp and prepare for the Golden Globe Awards. The Buddha Bark event series is the first to bring together top experts and brands from both the health and fitnesss world and the canine wellness community.  Intended to be fun and relaxing for guests, each event will benefit and draw attention to serious animal rights causes.
Buddha Bark is about extending the circle of compassion by educating and promoting a lifestyle of harmony and wellness between humans and their canine companions.

Celebrity and canine wellness experts will host a series of activities throughout both event days from 12 – 6pm. Dogs are welcome both days as are celebrities and VIP members of the media. The public is welcome to come and bring their canine companions on the second day – Saturday, January 16th. Only socially well-adjusted, friendly dogs with shots and papers will be able to attend.

Early Bird              
VIP $150.00

Limited tickets priced at $100 if purchased by January 1st or $150 afterwards.  Tickets include healthy food, beverage, lounge, entertainment, gift bags, fashion show and Barkie awards show attendance, entrance to wellness showcase and gardens, appointments based on availability with pet psychics, dog groomers, canine and people massage, mini facials, cleansing, and blowouts by Chaz Dean Studio. Gift bags to include Wen hair products, Buddha Balm, Yoga Fit, Daisy Fuentes Pilates DVD,  Gamila, Cookbooks, and more.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Best Friends Animal Society.

About the Event Venue:
Located in the heart of Hollywood, this private complex is a Zen-like refuge tucked away in a charming bungalow surrounded by bamboo and filled with the scent of eucalyptus and lavender.  Dean chose to have no signage at his studio. Instead you’ll find ivy-covered walls, lush foliage, trickling fountains, calming sitting areas and hanging lanterns.  The living room and parlor of this 1921 Craftsman home are filled with overstuffed velvet furniture in jewel tones and exquisite hand wrought iron surrounds the hanging mirrors at the stylist's stations. The salon’s services include hair color and cuts, conditioning treatments and makeup application and lessons.  Learn more at http://www.chazdean.com.

About Best Friends Animal Society:
Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit, membership organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the personal and financial support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation. In 2009, Best Friends celebrated its 25th anniversary. More information at www.bestfriends.org

Please visit www.buddhabark.com for guidelines on bringing your dog as well as activity and service details.

Strangest Angels Animal Rescue's First Red Carpet Event Was a Success

Elle Wittelsbach, the founder of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue, put on an incredible event at K9 Loft where lots of people turned out to support this small rescue with a BIG heart!

"A Night of Hope & Thanks for Furry Angels" awarded some well-known heroes in our movement for their contribution and dedication to helping animals.

Thanks to all that came and contributed to the success!

The event was hosted by Deborah Skelton and honored:

Dancing with the Stars' Joanna Krupa
Author and Comedian Carol Leifer & Lori Wolf
Author of "Skinny Bitch" & Activist Rory Freedman
Actor Charlotte Ross
Actor Emily Deschanel
Actor Lisa Edelstein

& Elle

Deborah, Carole Raphaelle Davis & Steve Postell

Honorees Lori Wolf & Carol Leifer

Honoree Charlotte Ross
photo by Monica Olofsson

       Honoree Joanna Krupa

Joanna gives some great advice

Here's the story of Strangest Angels in a wonderful film produced by Carly Lyn:

See all of Strangest Angels' adoptable animals waiting for a home here: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/CA1345.html.

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"Operation Baghdad Pups" (they help cats too!)

SPCA International started "Operation Baghdad Pups" to help both animals and our soldiers. 

U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan befriend local animals as a way to help cope with the emotional hardships they endure every day while deployed in a war zone.  The Operation Baghdad Pups program provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation requirements in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S. These important animals not only help our heroes in the war zone, but they also help them readjust to life back home after combat.

Operation Baghdad Pups program was featured in the Military Channel's special called "No Dog Left Behind".

Through the Operation Baghdad Pups program, SPCA International has rescued the dogs and cats of over 100 U.S. service members who were deployed in the Middle East.

Some of the lucky animals they've saved are:

Rescue Date:  6/1/09
Mission Number:  33

Hammer's Story:

When Captain Scott Eberlein and his unit were patrolling in the Diyala Province of Iraq, they came across a yellow puppy not more than three weeks old.  He was alone, dirty and starving.  The patrol, feeling sorry for the pup, pulled him into their Stryker.  With the help of an Army veterinarian and a lot of “TLC” from the guys in the unit, the puppy began to thrive.  They named the lucky pup Hammer, which is the company’s nickname, and obtained for him designation as a force protection canine.  “He was then one of us,” Captain Eberlein boasted.

In the course of his duty, Hammer sustained an injury to his right front leg.  A veterinarian set the leg, but when the cast came off the leg had not healed properly.  It was determined there was too much nerve damage to save Hammer’s leg.  With the help of a very special veterinarian, Hammer was taken to a combat army surgical hospital at a nearby forward operating base where a team of 12 medical professionals amputated Hammer’s leg.  Captain Eberlein was there the whole time to comfort his dog.

Being a four-legged dog in Iraq is tough enough, but the chances for a decent life when a dog has only three legs is pretty unlikely.  Therefore, the unit decided there was no way they could leave Hammer behind when it redeployed.  This wartime buddy had been a continuous source of hope and now, as he recovered from his injury, he was an even bigger inspiration.  Everyone that interacted with Hammer knew this dog deserved a forever home stateside.  Captain Eberlein agreed to give Hammer that home in Alaska with his family – a place quite different from Iraq to live.

“I could not imagine leaving this loyal, faithful and joyful friend behind,” Captain Eberlein explained in his initial email to SPCA International.  “For me, he was the best thing that came out of this war.”

"Operation Baghdad Pups" saves kitties too!

Miss Kitty
Rescue Date:  3/19/09
Mission Number:  22

Miss Kitty's Story:

She jumped through an open window at the security forces armory in Kirkuk, Iraq one evening. Exuding confidence, she proceeded to march through the building to a couch where she made herself at home and slept the rest of the night. This young tabby mix repeated the routine every day around sundown. And then, when the sun rose, she would jump back out the window and disappear for 12 hours.

While his unit initially referred to her as the heartbreaker, Al Uebel and the other soldiers who worked in the armory began to look forward to Miss Kitty’s nightly visit. She obviously was well-cared for, but they began to feed her anyway. They wondered if maybe another unit also had befriended her and when it came time to redeploy they left her behind.

After several months Al decided that this kitty was not one to leave behind. Al contacted SPCA International to make arrangements to get Miss Kitty to the states; all of his efforts conducted under the radar of the unit command. He shared pictures regularly that showed Miss Kitty hanging out with the guys and loving all the attention. After she arrived at her new home in Minnesota, it was discovered that Miss Kitty was pregnant. The veterinarian decided it was too risky to let Miss Kitty have kittens because she had a serious heart murmur. Al definitely saved Miss Kitty’s life by falling in love with the Iraqi heartbreaker.

Click to see many more rescue stories here.

Helping the Troops

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Donate to Operation Baghdad Pups

Without Operation Baghdad Pups, a majority of service members could not afford to bring their special companions home from the Middle East.

Your donations will help them provide soldiers with travel crates, vaccinations, transportation for their animal to the Baghdad Airport and transport home. Please, help today!

Operation Baghdad Pups Wish List

This is a list of the items that are used regularly when bringing animals from Iraq to the U.S. Donating these items will help reduce the overall program cost per animal and, in the long run, allow Operation Baghdad Pups to help more service members and their animals.

Fundraise for Operation Baghdad Pups

Join their team and support the troops!  You can set up a booth at your local fair, sign up for a run or walk or simply get your friends together for a house party!  There are many fun and engaging ways to fundraise for Operation Baghdad Pups. Their fundraising kit has all the tools and advice you may need to be successful.

Tell Your Friends

By telling your family and friends about Operation Baghdad Pups, you will spread the word about how important this program is to our troops – and increase the support we need to continue! You can send an email to your friends and family with a link to www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.html or you can use the social networking buttons to post information about Operation Baghdad Pups right on your MySpace, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn page.

Buddha Dog Relieves Local Pets' Tension Through Massage at Examiner.com

Thank you to Erin Auerbach for the article she wrote about Buddha Dog for Examiner.com!

Thank you also to Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR and Alpha Dog Shopper for her article about Buddha Dog on Examiner.com!

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The Antidote to Michael Vick

“Real men don't let their dogs do the fighting for them.”
-Strikeforce Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Contender Brett “Da Grim” Rogers

Rogers fights for man’s best friend by teaming up with For Pits’ Sake and the Knock Out Dog Fighting program.

Dogfighting Hotline to report any illegal dogfighting activity: 1-877-NO2FITE

More Antidotes to Michael Vick:

You can help raise funding and awareness for humane education programs that connect kids with animals to teach kindness, compassion and respect for all living beings.

Here's how it works:  Pet lovers visit www.athletesforanimals.com to enter a FREE DRAWING for autographed items donated by our team of professional athletes.  For each FREE entry, the program sponsors, The PETCO Foundation, PET-TABS Vitamins and Fetch! Pet Care, donate $1 to charities that teach kids to value and respect animals. 
The program is starting in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Redskins' Chris Cooley, the Washington Capitals' Shaone Morrisonn, DC United's Clyde Simms and the Washington Mystics' Nakia Sanford. The charitable beneficiaries are The Washington Animal Rescue League and The Washington Humane Society. Nationwide expansion is coming soon.
In addition to donating autographed items, participating athletes are visiting schools in underserved areas where kids are more likely to be exposed to, and influenced by, animal abuse.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about Athletes For Animals. If you haven’t already done so, please Enter the Drawing and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

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Alicia Silverstone's Kind New Book, "The Kind Diet"

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet

In The Kind Diet, actor, activist, and committed conservationist Alicia Silverstone shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever, and outlines the spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, from effortless weight loss to clear skin, off-the-chart energy, and smooth digestion. She explains how meat, fish, milk, and cheese- the very foods we've been taught to regard as the cornerstone of good nutrition-are actually the culprits behind escalating rates of disease and the cause of dire, potentially permanent damage to our ecology.

Yet going meat- and dairy-free doesn't mean suffering deprivation; to the contrary, The Kind Diet introduces irresistibly delicious food that satisfies on every level- it even includes amazing desserts to keep the most stubborn sweet tooth happy. Alicia also addresses the nutritional concerns faced by many who are new to a plant-based diet, and shows how to cover every nutritional base, from protein to calcium and beyond.

Alicia knows that changing life-long dietary habits is a process, and that each person progresses at a different pace. For that reason, The Kind Diet encompasses 3 separate levels, from Flirting to Superhero. Flirts learn to dip a toe into the vegan pool, reducing their meat-eating and swapping out a few key foods for plant-based substitutes to see quickly how even small changes can reap big results. Vegans get to experience the life-altering effects of forgoing animal-products entirely, while still enjoying many convenience foods and meat substitutes in addition to the wonderful grains, vegetables and fruits that form the core of that diet. True enlightenment comes with the Superhero program, based on the principles of macrobiotics and built on a foundation of whole grains, vegetables, and other yummy foods that Alicia describes in detail.

Whether your goal is to drop a few pounds, boost your energy and metabolism, or simply save the world, Alicia provides the encouragement, the information, and the tools you need to make the transition to a plant-based diet deliciously empowering.

Alicia Silverstone, perhaps best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated advocate on behalf of the planet and its animals, and was voted "Sexiest Vegetarian Alive" in 2004. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher, and their rescued dogs.

Join Alicia and Get Ready to Kickstart Your Health in 2010 with a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Diet!

Based on research by Neal Barnard, M.D., one of America's leading health advocates, this program is designed for anyone who wants to explore and experience the health benefits of a vegan diet. The Kickstart will give you an all-access pass to:

The Kickstart begins on Jan. 1, 2010.

Sign up here and see how easy it is to improve your diet in 21 days.

After going vegan, California schoolteacher Patricia Herrera lost weight, got control of her blood sugar, and lowered her cholesterol.  This Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reverse diabetes success story is based on Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes that is shown to be three times more effective than the American Diabetes Association dietary guidelines at controlling blood sugar.

Sir Paul McCartney's Plea for Change

Sir Paul McCartney is urging consumers – and the European Parliament – to fight global warming by practicing “Meat-free Mondays.” Urging people to eat plant-based meals at least one day a week, Paul is motivated by the clear evidence that raising animals for food is a major contributor to climate change. Sir Paul advised world leaders at the recent Copenhagen summit on climate change to regard a sustainable food policy as a key part of the fight to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"By making a simple change in the way you eat, you are taking part in a world-changing campaign where what's good for you is also good for the planet," says the former Beatle. "Having one designated meat-free day a week is a meaningful change that everyone can make… Above all, remember that the future begins with the actions we take now."

To read more about Paul McCartney's campaign, click here! 

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Thanks to irresponsible breeding, the passing trend for "pocketbook pups" and movies like "Beverly Hills Chihuahua", L.A. City Shelters are bursting at the seams with homeless Chihuahuas. Now there is a program to move these tiny sweethearts from our overcrowded kill shelters to shelters on the East Coast, where there is not such an abundance of these little dogs.

Angels love to fly and 20 more Chihuahua angels were flown to the East Coast on December 18, 2009, courtesy of Rescuer Laurel Kinder, The Heigl Foundation, and L.A. Animal Services.

On December 2, 2009, 25 Chihuahuas boarded an American Airlines Flight and quickly found new homes in New Hampshire. The maiden flight program was so successful that a second batch of 40 Chihuahuas are now ready to receive their boarding pass to the New England State.

Laurel Kinder, Kinder4Rescue (http://www.projectflyingchihuahuas.org), founded this program and has successfully obtained sufficient funding to fly a second batch of these cute little dogs for a one way journey to a New Hampshire Humane Society where they will find warm, loving homes. “My passion has always been focused on finding a solution to the thousands of Chihuahuas that get funneled into LA shelters,” stated Ms. Kinder, a rescuer for more than 15 years. “We are grateful to Actress Katherine Heigl for her compassionate donation to fund their flight and change their plight. We hope other charitable foundations will step forward to help support this humane endeavor.”


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4th International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of
Pet Population Control in Dallas in April

Registration is now open for the 4th International Symposium on Non-Surgical Contraceptive Methods of Pet Population Control!

The event will be held April 8-10, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. Click here to find out more or here to register now!

We're approaching the dawn of a new decade; let's make this the one in which we make non-surgical sterilization a reality for dogs and cats around the world! With this symposium we seek to both advance science and to help organizations evaluate and make the best use of available products. Please join us!


Registration rates for the symposium have been kept at a modest $259 and special discounts are being offered for:

  • Early bird registration

  • Organizational Partners

  • Full-time students of veterinary medicine and other disciplines related to the symposium content

  • Nonprofits based outside the U.S.

The first 50 people to register will also receive a free copy of Tears of the Cheetah, written by symposium keynote speaker Dr. Stephen O'Brien. (They'll have your book for you when you arrive in Dallas and there will be a book signing at the event.)


Just click to visit symposium quick links below:

‘Oreo’s Law’ Would Give Dogs a Second Chance at Life
After the ASPCA Took Hers

Oreo was dubbed "the miracle dog" because she survived being thrown from six stories.  The ASPCA in New York collected donations using her story, but after subjecting her to temperament testing (which I loathe if it will kill a dog), they decided to kill her even though a reputable sanctuary specializing in troubled animals offered to take her.  So, although her abuser wasn't able to take her life, the ASPCA did.

A bill to allow animal welfare organizations the right to request animals be given to their care when a shelter is planning to euthanize them was introduced in the New York State Legislature by Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner and State Senator Thomas K. Duane.

The bill is named Oreo’s Law in memory of a pit bull mix who became well-known after she survived abuse at the hands of her former owner, including a fall from a six-story building, but was eventually determined she was untreatably aggressive. Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill animal shelter located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, specializing in the rehabilitation and care of abused animals, offered to take Oreo, but the ASPCA refused the request.

“As a dog owner and a foster parent for an animal rescue group, I was heartbroken to learn that Oreo was euthanized. When a humane organization volunteers their expertise in difficult cases, a shelter should work with them to the fullest extent possible.” said Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner. “I am hopeful that Oreo’s Law will ensure that no animal is ever put to death if there is a responsible alternative.”

"The humane treatment of animals in the care of shelters is an issue about which I feel very strongly," said Senator Thomas K. Duane, who introduced Oreo's Law legislation in the New York State Senate. "No animal should be put down by a shelter if a reputable humane or rescue organization is willing to assume responsibility for its well being. Oreo's Law would make sure that in instances where animals aren't rabid or physically suffering, such organizations have the authority to take possession with the payment of the normal adoption fee, and that Oreo’s sad plight will not be repeated."

“We are deeply moved that Assembly Member Kellner and Senator Duane have taken up Oreo’s cause. We all need to be the voice for these innocent animals,” said Kerry Clair and Matt DeAngelis, Executive Co-Directors of Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary. “We have asked our local legislators to support the bill and we hope that Oreo’s tragic and unnecessary death will offer life to thousands of others.”

Oreo’s Law is modeled after a provision in California state law, adopted here in 1998 as part of a general animal welfare reform package known as the Hayden Law (named after Senator Tom Hayden, the author).

Oreo's law will save animals.  Visit petsalive.com/oreo

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H Welcome To Our Site


The Bark Avenue Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to ending pet overpopulation through spay and neuter, humane education and community outreach. The Bark Avenue Foundation needs volunteers,  donations and support to continue the expansion of these programs that
help people and animals.

Downtown Spay/Neuter Clinic is now open at their downtown location.
Come by and say hello to Dr. Taub and his staff and make an appointment for your furry friend!

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Veterinary Specialists of the Valley is Now Open in Woodland Hills

Veterinary Specialists of the Valley, located in Woodland Hills, is the premiere 24 hour veterinary specialty hospital providing Internal Medicine, Surgery and Emergency & Critical Care services to the residents of the San Fernando Valley.

22123 Ventura Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818-883-VETS (8387)

Between Shoup Ave. and Topanga Canyon Blvd.

From 101 South - Take Topanga Cyn. Blvd. Exit,
VSV will be a 1/2 a block down on your left

From 101 North - Take Topanga Cyn. Blvd. SOUTH Exit, Turn right on Ventura Bl.,
VSV will be 1 1/2 blocks down on your right

View Larger Map and get directions from Google Maps

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Trust- A Deadly Disease

There is a deadly disease stalking your dog, a hideous, stealthy thing just waiting its chance to steal your beloved friend. It is not a new disease, or one for which there are inoculations. The disease is called "Trust".

You knew before you ever took your dog home that he could not be trusted.
The rescue group that provided you with this precious animal warned you, and drummed it into your head. Dogs steal off counters, destroy anything expensive, chase cats, can take forever to house train, and must never be allowed off lead!!

When the big day finally arrived, heeding the sage advice of the rescue group, you escorted your dog to his new home, properly collared and tagged, the lead held tightly in your hand.

At home the house was "puppy-proofed". Everything of value was stored in the spare bedroom, garbage stowed on top of the refrigerator, cats separated, and a gate placed across the living room to keep at least one part of the
house puddle free. All windows and doors had been properly secured, and signs placed in all strategic points reminding all to "Close the door!"

Soon it becomes second nature to make sure the door closes nine-tenths of a second after it was opened and that it is really latched. "Don't let the dog out" is your second most verbalized expression. (The first is "No!")

You worry and fuss constantly, terrified that your darling will get out and disaster will surely follow. Your friends comment about who you love most, your family or the dog (of course he is family). You know that to relax your vigil for a moment might lose him to you forever.

And so the weeks and months pass, with your dog becoming more civilized  every day, and the seeds of trust are planted. It seems that each new day brings less destruction, less breakage. Almost before you know it, your gangly, slurpy puppy has turned into an elegant, dignified friend.

Now that he is a more reliable, sedate companion, you take him more places.
No longer does he chew the steering wheel when left in the car. And darned if that cake wasn't still on the counter this morning. And, oh yes, wasn't that the cat he was sleeping with so cozily on your pillow last night?

At this point you are beginning to become infected; the disease is spreading its roots deep into your mind.

And then one of your friends suggest obedience classes, and, after a time you even let him run loose from the car into the house when you get home. Why not?  He always runs straight to the door, dancing a frenzy of joy and waits to be let in. And, remember he comes every time he is called. You know he is the exception that disproves the rule. (And sometimes late at night, you even let him slip out the front door to go potty and then right back in.)

Years pass- it is hard to remember why you ever worried so much when he was a puppy. He would never think of running out the door left open while you bring in the packages from the car. It would be beneath his dignity to jump out the window of the car while you run into the convenience store. And when you take him for those wonderful long walks at dawn, it only takes one whistle to send him racing back to you in a burst of speed when the walk comes too close to the highway. (He still gets in the garbage, but nobody is perfect!)

This is the time the disease has waited for so patiently. Sometimes it only has to wait a year or two, but often it takes much longer.

He spies the neighbor dog across the street, and suddenly forgets everything he ever knew about not slipping out doors, jumping out windows or coming when called due to traffic. Perhaps it was only a paper fluttering in the breeze, or even just the sheer joy of running...

Stopped in an instant. Stilled forever- Your heart is broken at the sight of his still beautiful body.

The disease is trust. The final outcome:  hit by a car.

Every morning my dog bounced around off-lead exploring. Every morning for seven years he came back when he was called. He was perfectly obedient, perfectly trustworthy. He died fourteen hours after being hit by a car.

Please do not risk your friend and your heart. Save the trust for things
that do not matter.

Please read this every year on your puppy's birthday, lest we forget.

- Author Unknown

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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.

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