Friday, March 27, 2009
The breeder, who has around 500 animals on his property (the largest amount allowed by the state), will provide insight into an industry that is fueled by half-truths and suspicion.
Bill Smith, founder of Chester County's Main Line Animal Rescue, confirmed in an email on Wednesday that ABC News Correspondent Shannon Alfonsi and a crew have been shooting footage of commercial breeding kennels in Lancaster and Berks Counties for the segment. It was Smith who pushed to get Lancaster onto "Oprah," a publicity move that resulted in millions of people world-wide becoming more aware of the horrors of puppy mills.
The segment is scheduled to air at 11:35 p.m. tonight. However, it has been scheduled for the past several weeks, so there is a possibility it will be bumped to next week.
If you don't wish to watch "Nightline," the Animal Planet will be showing "Puppy Mills: Exposed" at 10 p.m. -- a special addition of "Animal Cops: Philadelphia."
Thursday, March 19, 2009
From March 31st - April 4, the ACHS is hosting Puppy Mill Awareness Week. If you're not familiar with puppy mills, I suggest checking out the HSUS's puppy mill initiative, www.stoppuppymills.org. The Web site has all the information you need to know about these inhumane breeding operations that mistreat animals and raise puppies in shockingly poor conditions.
To help spread awareness about these horrific conditions, the ACHS is actively trying to inform as many college students as it can about puppy mills and how to stop unknowingly supporting them by buying from pet stores. During Puppy Mill Awareness Week, the ACHS will have tables set up at the College Gate and Baker Center from Tuesday, March 31st to Friday, April 4 from 11a.m. - 4p.m. every day with readily available information for students.
On Thursday, April 2, there will be a fundraiser at the Crystal on Court St. from 4-8p.m. (for those of legal age). Donations will be accepted at the door, and all tips will go to ACHS. There will also be great drink specials, so enjoy the winding down of a busy week while supporting the cause!
Puppy Mill Awareness week will end with a peaceful protest against Petland on East State Street in Athens from 11a.m.- 1p.m. on Saturday, April 4. Anyone who would like to participate should meet in the empty lot next to Hollywood Video prepared with signs voicing their opinions against Petland and puppy mills.
Even though the horrors of puppy mills may seem far away, a bust last summer in Parkersburg, W. Va. resulted in 1,000 dogs being saved from scattered run-down sheds on the property, some without access to fresh water. The animals had not received any veterinary care or basic socialization with other animals or humans.
If you're disturbed by puppy mills and their inhumane treatment of dogs, please click the link at the top of this page to sign a petition against them!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
According the HSUS press release, the class action lawsuit was filed in a Phoenix federal district court after an eight month investigation by the HSUS into multiple Petland stores that were directly linked to puppy mills.
The complaint was 34 pages long and included examples of pets that got sick or died after being adopted. Petland, however, denies it practices false marketing of sick dogs or utilizes the services of puppy mills.
Considering Petland is the largest chain pet store that supports puppy mills and Hunte is one of the country's largest distributes of inhumanely bred dogs, this is a major step in the fight against puppy mills! For more information about the horrors of puppy mills, check out the HSUS's Stop Puppy Mills initiative.
Post to come soon about the Athens County Humane Society's upcoming "Puppy Mill Awareness Week."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Anyone interested in getting their pet spayed or neutered through the humane society should be sure to check the ACHS Web site regularly for information regarding registration for clinics. Here is some basic information regarding prices and the spay and neuter process.
The clinic requires that animals' rabies vaccinations be updated if not current. If your animal does not have a updated vaccines, the clinic will automatically vaccinate the dog/cat for an extra $7. If your pet's vaccinations are updated, bring a copy of the certificate (not tag) along with you to registration.
- Without rabies: $47
- With rabies: $54
- In heat/pregnant: an extra $5
- Without rabies: $37
- With rabies: $44
Under 20 lbs: $52 w/o rabies, $59 w/rabies
20-40 lbs: $57 w/o rabies, $64 w/rabies
40-60 lbs: $62 w/o rabies, $69 w/rabies
60-80 lbs: $72 w/o rabies, $79 w/rabies
80-100 lbs: $82 w/o rabies, $89 w/rabies
100-150 lbs: $102 w/o rabies, $109 w/rabies
In heat/Pregnant: an extra $5
Under 20 lbs: $47 w/o rabies, $49 w/rabies
20-40 lbs: $47 w/o rabies, $54 w/rabies
40-60 lbs: $52 w/o rabies, $59 w/rabies
60-80 lbs: $62 w/o rabies, $69 w/rabies
80-100 lbs: $72 w/o rabies, $79 w/rabies
100-150 lbs: $102 w/o rabies, $109 w/ rabies
Low income families that may not have the budget for spaying or neutering pets can apply for financial assistance through the ACHS. If you are receiving governmental financial assistance, bring a photocopy the ACHS can keep of necessary paperwork like a Social Securtiy Disability Letter, Ohio Works First schedule letter, WIC letter, or tax returns showing that you fall below the federal poverty line. If you do qualify for the spay and neuter subsidy, you must still pay a copay IN
Under 20 lbs: $30 (spay) $20 (neuter)
20-40 lbs: $35 (spay) $25 (neuter)
40-60 lbs: $40 (spay) $30 (neuter)
60-80 lbs: $45 (spay) $35 (neuter)
80-100 lbs: $50 (spay) $40 (neuter)
100-150: $85 (spay) $70 (neuter)
Over 150 lbs: $100 (spay) $85 (neuter)
*You are responsible for providing accurate weight information at registration
Remember, keep checking the ACHS Web site for information regarding clinic and registration times!!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Along with providing information, the page also gives visitors the option to purchase a t-shirt for an ACHS fundraiser. The ACHS is currently selling two t-shirts, one funny and one more serious, for only $10.00. They are only available until March 17, so check them out! All money goes to the ACHS's mission to help ensure animals in the county have the opportunity to be spayed and neutered. If ordering online isn't your thing, ACHS volunteer Kat Allen will be at the Baker Center Front Room on March 10 and 12 from 5p.m.-7p.m. and March 14 from noon - 2p.m.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
“No!” I said sternly.
She stared – lifted her paw to the edge of my glass.
“Noo…” I repeated.
Her eyes almost seemed to narrow in defiance as she reached into my glass and with one swift, fatal motion, knocked my drink over.
Then she ran away.
This situation (a game she seems to think) happens multiple times a day between me, my three roommates and our adopted cat, Tessie. My roommate, Shelley Goff, decided to adopt her from ACHS back in October 2008, and since then, even spilled milk can’t keep us from adoring every minute she spends at our home.
Tessie was born in a trailer park, and when she came to live with us she was only 10 weeks old and had fleas and worms. Now, over a year later, she is a healthy, slightly chubby (but in the absolute cutest way) part of our family.
Being raised by all girls – seven last year and four this year – she has certainly picked up some of our…bratty… behavior. Even though she has the “I want to be part of the action but you are absolutely not allowed to bother me” attitude of a 13-year-old girl, she still curls up with me in bed or joins us on the couch during movies.
“I love her so much more than she loves me,” jokes Goff after Tessie loudly objects to being picked up off the floor. Even though she scratches at furniture and never lets us hold her as much as we want to, having Tessie around our house has certainly helped cheer us up on many occasions. She knows our personalities, and plays with us each in a different kind of way. And, although it is annoying, spilling our drinks has even become a kind of humorous routine.
"I think she is just trying to tell us to keep the place clean,” Goff said.
It goes without saying that we think of Tessie as another roommate and not just a cat. I can’t help but feel that people often underestimate the importance of animals. They have distinctive personalities and interact with their owners on a daily basis, so not considering them a part of the family seems absurd to me. I admit it, we talk to Tessie as if we expect her to respond, and while sometimes she does meow back (particularly if we are yelling at her to stop doing something) it’s less of a need for a response and more of a desire for camaraderie that keeps us talking to her. Pets are loyal companions; I can’t even count how many times I have been in a bad mood and Tessie has jumped up next to me on the couch.
And besides, when I wake up and she is curled up next to my feet, how can I not say ‘good morning?’
Who could resist this face??