We're almost two weeks into Spring, and I have finally gotten the newsletter done! So much has happened since the last newsletter: we have a new president and will soon have a rescue dog in the White House; Californians overwhelmingly passed Prop 2 to give more room to confined farm animals; Ringling Brothers is finally on trial for cruelty; and there are a slew of humane bills in the California Legislature. The bills include Assemblymember Mike Eng's that would make hitting any animal with a vehicle and fleeing without trying to render aid or alerting authorities illegal; one that would allow us to deduct animal adoption fees from our taxes; a bill that would crack down on puppy mills, and another against dog-fighting; and a bill that would ban docking the tails of dairy cows, to name a few. This is an exciting time to be an animal lover! Please see my story on the new humane trend in pet stores, thanks to Oprah, and so many other heroes. I hope the news just keeps getting better and better for those that have always gotten the short end of the stick.
I hope everyone can make it to the PAWSTRONOMICAL Pet CPR Event on Saturday, April 18th from 10 AM to noon to learn a whole lot of life-saving information! See details below. Thank you for checking out the newsletter! Hope to see you soon.
Peace and Love,
P.S. Buddha Dog has a "fan page" on Facebook, and we'd love to see you there! : http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Woodland-Hills-CA/BUDDHA-DOG-animal-massage/10735303718?ref=s
Saturday, April 4th- 11 AM to 3 PM
The Dog House
17321 Dearborn St.
Northridge, CA 91325
You and your pet are invited to party at The Dog House!
Celebrated Photographer Pam Marks of Paw Prince Studios will be taking Easter Photos
Psychic Readings from Internationally acclaimed animal communicator
Candi Cane Cooper
Acupressure, TTouch, Stone Massage and Reiki from Buddha Dog Animal Massage
Doggie Merchandise from Pet Flys
Agility and other fun!
You can RSVP or get more info from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Paw Prince Studios
Denise Fleck, Sunny-dog Ink, Pet First-Aid Instructor / Author
Denise Fleck began teaching the life-saving skills of Pet First-Aid & CPR after her Yellow
Martin Small, DVM/Medical Program Director,
A lifelong lover of animals, Martin Small decided to become a veterinarian in Junior High School while all of his friends wanted to become medical doctors. Never wavering from that early resolution, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from UC-Davis in 1951. The Korean War delayed veterinary school for a while, but in 1955 he was accepted at his alma mater. He began practicing in
Molly Stretten, President, Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter
Brenda Castenada, Senior Animal Control Officer
VBAS strives to provide the best possible care for all animals at the
Book an appointment by June 1st, and SAVE!
Mention the "Spring Special" and receive $15 off an hour session, $10 off a half-hour session, $20 off a 90-minute session, or $5 off a cat massage!
One-Hour Session: $50 (Spring Special- $35)
Half-Hour Session: $30 (Spring Special- $20)
Ninety-Minute Session: $70 (Spring Special- $50)
Cat Massage: $25 (Spring Special- $20)
Two of the leaders in this movement are actor and author of “The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife”, and L.A. Director of CAPS, The Companion Animal Protection Society, Carole Raphaelle Davis, and Carole Sax, Volunteer Coordinator for CAPS.
On March 3rd, these two angels assisted Good Dog Animal Rescue at a puppy mill in
Don't miss this entertaining new show on Animal Planet about America's Greatest Groomer, Artist Knox (winner of the 1st Groomer Has It), that we are lucky enough to have right here in L.A.! My dogs Shug & Shirley and I had a great time with Artist, his brother Desmond, and his dog Bumpy when we gave them a crash course on animal massage. I look forward to seeing lots of my friends on other episodes!
Check out Artist's website: http://artistgrooms.com
I was honored to be a small part of the launch of Zen Evolution TV! I had a great time filming with Rocky and his dog Simon, and then again with my dog Grace, who will be 18 soon. My heartfelt thanks go out to Rocky, Stacey, Ben, Jim, Ana, Howard & Stephanie and the entire Zen Evolution TV Team! Below is a short clip, but the whole piece, along with a nice article by Stacey Kumagai, can be seen here: http://www.zenevolution.tv/buddhadogmassage.htm
Pam Holt / Buddha Dog Animal Massage
Pam is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Animal Massage Therapist that offers Acupressure, Reiki, T-Touch, and education.
See some great pictures from The 23rd Genesis Awards here.
Full List of Winners:
The Wyler Award
ELLEN DEGENERES & PORTIA DE ROSSI
GREY'S ANATOMY "Life During Wartime"
Sid Caesar Comedy Award
THE SIMPSONS "Apocalypse Cow"
HANDY MANNY "Manny's Mouse Traps"
TV Newsmagazine - National
20/20 "Elephant PTSD"
TV Newsmagazine - Cable
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL "Hidden Horses"
National News Feature
WORLD NEWS WITH CHARLES GIBSON "Monkey Business," "Person Of The Week," "Rescuing Racehorses," "Saving The Rhinos," and wolf segment
Local News Series (a tie)
KGO-TV (Bay Area) "I-Team Investigation: Battery Cages"
& KLAS-TV 8 (Las Vegas) "Elephant Abuse: Life on the Road"
Local News Feature
KHOU-TV Houston "Slaughtergate"
Unscripted Televison Series
30 DAYS "Animal Rights"
Brigitte Bardot International
THE MONG LAH CONNECTION
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW multiple shows
OUTSTANDING WRITTEN WORD:
Series of Newspaper Articles
USA TODAY multiple articles by Sharon L. Peters
NEWSWEEK "Extinction Trade" by Sharon Begley
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED "The Good News out of The Bad Newz Kennels" by Jim Gorant
Brigitte Bardot International - Print
DAILY MAIL (U.K.) multiple articles by Dr. Danny Penman
SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS multiple editorials
Buddha Dog will be doing massages at A CAUSE FOR PAWS to benefit Pet Stop Rescue. :)
950 Hampshire Rd. (Westlake Blvd. & Hampshire Rd.)
Westlake Village, CA
Admission & parking is FREE!
Dog adoptions, large raffles and silent auction, demos, vendors, free gift bags, barbecue wagon, food & fun for the whole family & their pets. Dogs on leashes are welcome (no retractable leashes please). Please bring a used or new blanket or towel for Operation Blankets of Love. For more info, call OBOL founder Eileen Smulson at 818-402-6586.
I will be doing a workshop on Animal Massage! :)
The Center for Spiritual Living is presenting their Second Annual CRITTER DAY/PET FAIRE event on Saturday, June 27, from 10 AM - 3 P.M.
This event is in conjunction with CRITTER MONTH, a month long celebration of our kinship with all life and our pets.
Adoptions! Education! Speakers! Vendors!
The purpose of CRITTER DAY is to bring awareness to the community regarding responsible pet ownership.
One Hour Workshops with pet trainers, veterinarians, acupuncturists, activists, groomers, nutritionists, psychics, etc. If you're interested in becoming a speaker, please send your bio, resume and brief description of your workshop to email@example.com.
Pleasant Valley Church of Religious Science
Center for Positive Living
221 Daily Drive, Suite 1
Camarillo, CA 93010
The number of healthy animals killed in shelters is far greater than the number of lives taken by any other “disease” known to dogs and cats. Despite this fact, animal health research has not traditionally focused on helping to ease the overpopulation crisis. Animal advocates hope change is on the way with news of The Michelson Prize in Reproductive Biology, an international competition that will award $25 million for a safe, permanent, non-surgical sterilization method. Spinal surgeon, inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Gary Michelson and his Found Animals Foundation are also offering an additional $50 million in grants to support promising research in non-surgical sterilization. “We’re killing millions of pets annually in the
Dr. Michelson’s foundation has teamed up with The Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D), a non-profit that has led the pursuit of non-surgical sterilization since 2000. ACC&D has brought together hundreds of representatives from animal welfare organizations, government agencies, and the veterinary and pharmaceutical industries to exchange ideas and research results at three international symposia they have held since 2002. According to ACC&D, researchers have been on the brink of discovering pet contraceptives for years, but development has been hindered by a lack of funding. The Michelson Prize can potentially motivate researchers to allow “for ground-breaking approaches in pet sterilization to emerge” says Joyce Briggs, President of ACC&D.
Although spay/neuter resources increase and awareness improves each year, the number of new babies born each day immensely surpasses the rate in which we can surgically sterilize animals, consequentially resulting in a surplus of homeless dogs and cats, most of which suffer fates they do not deserve.
Non-surgical sterilization’s greatest impact will be felt in the feral cat and dog populations, especially in developing countries where poverty and insufficient resources make the situation much more desperate. According to Briggs, “many pet caretakers don’t have access to basic veterinary care, let alone spay/neuter services. As a result, draconian measures, including poisoning, electrocuting, and shooting, are still used to control dog and cat populations abroad. A non-surgical sterilant could help end these unspeakable practices.”
Neutersol®, a Zinc Gluconate with L-Arginine compound, is the world’s first FDA- approved chemical sterilant and was to be launched here in the
Ark Sciences, a new animal health company, recently introduced the Latin American version of Neutersol called Esterilsol™ in
The Morris Animal Foundation has funded an ongoing study on a vaccine that would interrupt the reproductive cycle of feral cats by using the immune system to inhibit the action of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), and preliminary results have been promising. Similar GnRH vaccines are being developed by different pharmaceutical companies in various countries. Though there is still great life-saving potential with sterility lasting up to three years in cats, the vaccine is not ideal because it does not create permanent sterility.
The biggest dilemma animal advocates have had to face in this quest for easier sterilizing is the fate of animals used in development and clinical trials for these new sterilants. The creator of Spay Day USA, the Doris Day Animal League, who has always been a champion against animal testing, was given $14,000 by a generous donor that requested these funds be used for non-surgical sterilization research. DDAL turned to ACC&D for guidance on where the grant should go. SenesTech, Inc. was the chosen recipient to further develop ChemSpay™, an injection for female cats and dogs that prematurely ages the ovaries, making them permanently infertile. With DDAL’s new grant, SenesTech began a study with dogs that were adopted out to good homes from a shelter on the Navajo Nation reservation in
Another hurdle ACC&D has found is the lack of drive by veterinarians to get behind an alternative to spay/neuter surgery. ACC&D recently surveyed veterinarians and not surprisingly, the majority of shelter vets agreed there was a need for non-surgical alternatives, but most private practice vets didn’t feel there was much of a need for them. “Clearly, shelter vets who work with abandoned pets see the need more than general practice vets that engage pet owners,” says Briggs, “We’d like all vets to be more supportive because nonsurgical pet contraceptives could potentially have a huge impact on increasing the number of sterilized pets in our country.” The AVMA’s official position on non-surgical spay/neuter alternatives is supportive.
ACC&D always welcomes new organizational partners. If you are part of an organization that would like to get involved (they make it real easy for you), and for much more information, please visit www.acc-d.org.
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