RALEIGH, N.C. (May 4, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month by providing free educational resources and research updates on canine cancer to dog lovers throughout the world.
“During the month of May, CHF focuses on providing news and information to help educate dog owners about the cutting-edge research and improved treatment options in the field of canine cancer, while also emphasizing the continued need for further research,” said Dr. Diane Brown, chief executive officer of CHF.
Canine cancer treatment options continue to improve and many have a One Health benefit, providing insight and better treatment options not only for our dogs, but for their human companions as well. For example, CHF has awarded a grant to Dr. Rowan J. Milner at the University of Florida to study vaccine development against osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer that is diagnosed in nearly 10,000 dogs per year and also afflicts children.
CHF recently learned of Mya, a German Shorthaired Pointer who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Mya received radiation and chemotherapy treatments that were originally developed to treat the same disease in children. Mya’s inspirational story speaks to the importance of canine cancer research and the benefits it holds for both species.
Since 1995 CHF has funded over $11.5 million in canine cancer research. Over 200 research grants have provided breakthroughs in treatment options and diagnoses, and have helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level, allowing veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively.
Dog owners and dog lovers can directly impact the future of canine cancer research by making a donation to CHF. New or lapsed donors who have not given to CHF since December 31, 2013 will have their contributions matched dollar for dollar by the American Kennel Club (up to $500,000).
Visit www.akcchf.org/caninecancer to access free resources and to learn more about canine cancer.
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For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.
RALEIGH, N.C. (January 27, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization committed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, more than $500,000 has been raised through the American Kennel Club (AKC) Donor Challenge program.
The AKC Donor Challenge program matched contributions dollar-for-dollar made to CHF during 2015 from new donors and donors whose last gift was prior to December 31, 2012. The campaign provided added incentive for dog lovers throughout the world to double their impact on canine health.
“We value our partnership with the American Kennel Club and we are grateful for their long-standing support of the Foundation,” said Dr. Duane Butherus, CHF board chairman. “The AKC Donor Challenge provides us a great opportunity to reach out to new donors and connect on our shared commitment to healthy dogs.”
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, CHF has dedicated more than $45 million in canine health research projects and educational programs. Funds raised by CHF support grants for canine health researchers who are working to help advance veterinary medicine by providing better care options and more accurate diagnosis for both common and complex health issues. Funds also provide educational resources for dog owners, breeders and veterinary professionals.
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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation is committed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases impacting all dogs while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.
Malibu, CA January 18, 2016 American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is celebrating its 16th annual World Turtle Day® on May 23rd. The day was created by ATR as an observance to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Since 1990, Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, the founders of ATR, have rescued and rehomed about 3,000 tortoises and turtles to caring homes. ATR also assists law enforcement when undersized or endangered turtles are confiscated and provides helpful information and referrals to persons with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles.
We launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the worlds oldest creatures, said Tellem. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade, says Tellem. We are seeing smaller turtles coming into the rescue meaning that older adults are disappearing from the wild thanks to the pet trade, so the breeding stock is drastically reduced. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world. (See slide show here.)
Tellem added, We are thrilled to learn that organizations and individuals throughout the world now are observing World Turtle Day, including those in Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK and many other countries.
Tellem notes that biologists and other experts predict the disappearance of turtles and tortoises within the next 50 years. She recommends that adults and children do a few small things that can help save turtles and tortoises for future generations:
- Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
- Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
- If a tortoise is crossing a busy highway, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
- Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to endangered sea turtle deaths.
- Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
- Report the use of tiny turtles as prizes at carnivals and other events. Its illegal.
- Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches. It is illegal to buy and sell them throughout the U.S.
Our ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade in turtles and tortoises around the world. Our first priority here in the U.S. is to ask pet stores and reptile shows to stop the sale of hatchling tortoises and turtles without proper information for the buyer, says Thompson. For example, many people buy sulcata tortoises as an impulse buy because they are so adorable when they are tiny. The breeders and pet stores frequently do not tell the buyers that this tortoise can grow to 100 pounds or more and needs constant heat throughout the year since they do not hibernate.
He added, We also need to educate people and schools about the real risk of contracting salmonella from water turtles. Wash your hands thoroughly every time you touch a turtle or its water, and do not bring turtles into schools or homes where children are under the age of 12.
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce the funding of an exciting grant which aims to better understand and prevent hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer in dogs. Three groups whose dogs have been affected by this cruel disease -- the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, the Golden Retriever Foundation, and the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation -- are taking a unique, collaborative stand against cancer by pledging $432,000 to support this research effort.
Dr. Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota will be leading a team of researchers on this project entitled, “A Novel Approach for Prevention of Canine Hemangiosarcoma,” which aims to pair two novel technologies consisting of a patented test to detect hemangiosarcoma cells in blood samples, and a treatment that attacks the cells that establish and maintain the disease.
According to Dr. Modiano, “Hemangiosarcoma is the cause of death for an estimated one out of every five Golden Retrievers in the United States. Portuguese Water Dogs and Boxers also have an especially high risk for this disease which is devastating for all dogs.” Dr. Modiano continues, “Hemangiosarcoma is incurable partly because the cancer is detected at a very advanced stage when it is resistant to conventional therapies. Thus, an unconventional approach to improve outcomes for hemangiosarcoma patients will involve effective methods for early detection and for disease prevention.”
“The Golden Retriever Foundation is honored to partner with the American Boxer Charitable Foundation and Portuguese Water Dog Foundation to magnify the effectiveness of all of our donors’ contributions through the power of collaboration, said Collette Jaynes, president, Golden Retriever Foundation. “We are particularly proud to continue our commitment to making meaningful strides against hemangiosarcoma.”This project will create tools to guide further development, licensing, and deployment of new paired technologies against cancer, specifically hemangiosarcoma, with an ultimate goal for disease prevention in all dogs.
“The Portuguese Water Dog Foundation (PWDF) is honored to be included in this unprecedented collaboration. The PWDF played a role in supporting Dr. Modiano’s 2005 research to develop a diagnostic test to detect hemangiosarcoma, and we are happy and proud to help take this research to the next level,” said Carol Mattingley, PWDF president.
“This novel approach to a particularly aggressive form of cancer in dogs has the potential to eventually change the landscape and improve outcomes for all dogs diagnosed with this terrible disease,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF chief scientific officer. “The unprecedented collaboration between these three breed club foundations and their dedication to canine health has really driven this project forward – together they are making a significant difference for all dogs.”
CHF supports the funding of this effort and will oversee administration of funds and scientific progress.
For more information about this grant, or to learn about the work of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, visit www.akcchf.org.
SMITHTOWN, NY – (November 6, 2015) – According to the Animal Welfare Institute, 2 million dogs are killed for food each year in South Korea and over 100,000 tons of dog meat is consumed annually. The South Korean culture favors the consumption of dog meat as an ancient tradition and is thought to promote good health and energy. Guardians of Rescue have been a powerful force of opposition against the dog meat trade in South Korea. Upon receiving a call from a local South Korean animal organization, Save the Korean Dogs, Guardians of Rescue stepped in to help rescue 17 dogs from death at a South Korean restaurant.
“Unfortunately, the South Korean culture continues to consume dog meat every day,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We have formed a campaign, “Real Men Don’t Eat Dog” to try to end this act and the cruel, unfair treatment of dogs. We’ve partnered with Save the Korean Dog and we’re seeking donations to continue this life-saving program.”
A couple weeks ago, an organization called Koreandogs.org received a message about a restaurant with banners advertising, “We Barbecue Whole Dogs.” Upon arriving at the restaurant, Nami Kim of Save the Korean Dogs found dogs living in horrific conditions.
Behind the restaurant, dogs were living in wire cages. Some of the dogs had resorted to eating the bodies of other dead dogs. The area contained dog bones and scattered leashes along with evidence of dogs being hung, slaughtered and barbequed.
On November 4, 2015, after sharing the horrific conditions with Guardians of Rescue, the two organizations jointly stepped in and rescued all 17 dogs from the restaurant. The dogs were immediately taken to a veterinarian office in South Korea to be examined and treated.
Guardians of Rescue is actively raising funds to transport all 17 dogs to the United States, where they will be safe and find loving homes. Other organizations are greatly encouraged to be a part of the rescue mission and assist in raising enough funds for the dogs.
“These dogs need to be safe and loved and transported to the United States, where they can hope to live long, happy lives,” affirms Misseri. “We can’t do that without the help of the community and dog-lovers everywhere.”
Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, or to donate to save Tera, her pups and others like them that face slaughter, please go to www.guardiansofrescue.org.
About Guardians of Rescue Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at www.guardiansofrescue.org.
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Animal Welfare Institute. The Dog Meat Trade. https://awionline.org/dogmeat
Cool Weather is Heading our Way!
Cool weather is upon us and the winter months will soon be settling in. It's time to prepare people and pets alike for the cold winter weather. Please remember to keep your pets warm and move them indoors during cold temperatures. To protect them from slippery ice, use kitty litter which will allow for traction and keep their delicate paw pads safe from irritation. Don't forget to check in on your senior neighbors and their pets too! Community is everything!
Changes in Animal Abuse Legislation!
Starting in 2016 the FBI will reclassify animal abuse in their reporting system, which means it will be a top tier federal crime. This change will allow them to track and quantify animal abuse case and will hopefully result in stronger punishment and accountability. You can do your part by reporting all signs of abuse or neglect to your local authorities.
National Pit Bull Awareness Month and National Pit Bull Awareness Day Oct. 24th!
This month is national pit bull awareness month and pit bull and pibble lovers around the country are making strides at educating folks about this loveable, snuggly breed! Interestingly enough, one large "animal protection" group has come out speaking against the breed. They have their own horrible, delusional, media seeking agenda. It's unfortunate and won't stand. The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation loves all animals and we must all continue to show what an amazing breed this dog really is.
Dream ending for circus lions rescued in South America:
Huge airlift to take 33 lions home to Africa
September 1, 2015 - Thirty-three lions rescued by Animal Defenders International (ADI) from ten circuses in Peru and Colombia are going home to their native Africa in the biggest ever airlift of its kind.
The lions, who endured years of confinement in cages on the backs of trucks and a brutal life being forced to perform in circuses, are heading to huge natural enclosures at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.
The airlift in October will be the culmination of ADI’s work with the Governments of Peru and Colombia to eliminate the use of wild animals in circuses. ADI evidence of the abuse of circus animals in Latin America led to legislation banning animal acts and then ADI stepped in to help enforce the laws.
Almost all of the rescued lions have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth because of their circus life, but they will retire in the African sunshine.
Jan Creamer, ADI President, who is leading the rescue mission in Peru, said: “We are delighted that these lions who have suffered so much will be going home to Africa where they belong. The climate and environment are perfect for them. When we visited Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary we knew this is a dream come true for ADI and, more importantly, the lions.”
ADI’s year-long Operation Spirit of Freedom, working with the Peru Government SERFOR and ATFFS wildlife departments, as well as police, has seen ADI raid circuses all over the country, facing violent confrontations, rescuing over 90 animals, travelling thousands of miles, and traversing the Andes with lions.
Nine ex-circus lions from Colombia will join 24 lions from Peru on the flight to South Africa. They are the first animals to be handed over following Colombia’s ban on wild animal circuses and taken into care by the CDMB regional wildlife authority in Bucaramanga. ADI assumed the lions’ care until the flight was finalized.
Home for the lions will be Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary set in 5,000 hectares on a private estate in Limpopo Province, South Africa. The sanctuary is already home to eight rescued lions and tigers in large acreage habitats of pristine African bush, has a no breeding policy and is not open to the public.
Savannah Heuser, founder of Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary says: “Mahatma Gandhi once said; 'Be the change that you wish to see in the world.' The change that is being offered to these 33 lions will change their entire world.
Their lives were forcibly wasted away in horrific tiny cages, the doing of mindless circus acts, I cannot start to comprehend the endless days suffering that these animals had to endure. They have a lot of lost time to make up for. They will live out the rest of their lives in a natural habitat, the closest they can ever come to freedom.”
ADI is chartering a Boeing 747 to transport all 33 lions with an ADI veterinary team, direct from Lima to Johannesburg and is funding the construction of habitats for the lions at Emoya, ready for the arrival of the lions in late October.
Over ninety animals have been rescued during the ADI operation, which also provided assistance to the Peruvian authorities on the issue of wildlife crime. ADI is concluding a huge construction program for over 50 native wild animals rescued during the operation in two parts of the Amazon, including bears, six species of monkeys, coati mundis, kinkajous, and a puma.
Jan Creamer paid tribute to governments, wildlife officials and the public in Peru and Colombia: “Seeing these lions go home to where they truly belong will be a testament to the commitment of wildlife officials and the governments in Peru and Colombia to change the treatment of animals.”
Peru’s wild animal circus ban was passed in 2011, and between August 2014 and July 2015, the ADI team identified and raided every circus with wild animals. Some circuses went underground as the raids commenced, but were eventually caught. Only one circus reported to have a lioness is still to be found, which was pursued into Ecuador by the ADI team in July this year. Wildlife officials and the local ADI team are on alert should the circus reappear.
ADI previously enforced Bolivia’s animal circus ban, relocating many animals within the country and taking 29 lions to two sanctuaries in the US, and a baboon to the UK. ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom in Peru and Colombia has been an even larger undertaking.
Savannah Heuser: “We at Emoya are deeply honored and privileged to be part of such a massive operation. We salute ADI for saving animals and ending suffering. Let's bring these 33 to Africa. Let's bring them home.”
Moving the lions to Africa increases the flight costs, but it is the ideal home for the animals and ADI believes, the right thing to do. An appeal has been launched to meet the increased flight costs as well as the enclosures for the lions.
Jan Creamer: “We really need financial support for this move. It is more expensive to relocate these animals to Africa, but who can put a price on taking them home to where they belong? It also sends such a clear and important message about protecting wildlife in their natural habitats and ranges.”
Until their flight, planned for end October, the lions will remain at the ADI Spirit of Freedom Rescue Center near Lima, Peru, where they will continue their rehabilitation under ADI veterinary supervision and enjoying their with grassy play pens, but the best is yet to come!
Please donate now to help get the lions home www.ad-international.org/hometoafrica
Multiple state and local laws violated—national nonprofit offers help to establish humane programs
BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today called for city leaders in Bloomfield, Neb. to reevaluate their policies for cats after a police officer unlawfully shot and killed a trapped pet cat. City officials fail to enforce existing state and local laws regarding animals.
The case involves a Bloomfield police officer, who admitted that on January 21, he trapped Larry, a two-year-old neutered cat who belonged to a local resident, shot him immediately and dumped his body behind a city maintenance shed.
“The Officer openly admitted this series of events took place, and was given a mere written warning. In other words, a sworn law enforcement officer received a slap on the wrist for violating several laws—that is unconscionable,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.
Local ordinances and state laws broken include Bloomfield ordinance § 6-112, which requires that captured and impounded dogs and cats should be “treated in a humane manner” and “kept and maintained at the pound for a period” of three to five days. According to local residents, this law is routinely violated, Robinson said.
Additional local and state laws broken by the Officer’s action:
- Bloomfield ordinance § 6-106—states that owners of cats and dogs found outside “shall be notified in writing by the Police Department of their violation,” meaning Larry should have been impounded and the owners notified that he was at large.
- Bloomfield ordinance § 6-107—authorizes the killing by officers of dogs and cats whose “capture is impossible.” Because the Officer was able to trap Larry, clearly capture was not “impossible,” and the killing was not authorized.
- Nebraska State Law R.R.S. Neb. § 28-1009, which states that “a person who cruelly mistreats an animal is guilty of a Class I misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class IV felony for any subsequent offense;” and defines cruel mistreatment as “knowingly and intentionally kill[ing], maim[ing], disfigure[ing],” and otherwise harming an animal.
“Laws that protect animals are on the books for a reason,” said Robinson. “They reflect our values as a society—and it is crucial that they are upheld. The fact that a police officer could so blatantly ignore the law is very disturbing and should be a huge red flag for residents and city officials.”
Alley Cat Allies has reached out to town officials and asked for a meeting to develop proper policy and programs to ensure laws are followed—and to provide educational training for staff and police.
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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org.
Washington D.C., February 3, 2014 -- Adam Roberts has been named CEO of Born Free USA today. The announcement was made by Will Travers, departing CEO of Born Free USA, and Prashant K. Khetan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Travers will remain on the organization’s Board of Directors and remain an active consultant.
According to Khetan, “It was a unanimous board decision to name Adam CEO, further enabling his strong leadership and depth of knowledge to benefit Born Free USA and the animals we serve. His determined and passionate voice in wildlife conservation and animal protection makes a huge difference and we know he will continue his mission – and that of the organization – to do everything in his power to keep wildlife in the wild.”
Roberts has been Executive Vice President of Born Free USA since helping found the organization in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the American public. The Foundation was established in 1984 by Will Travers and his parents Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free. Over the past decade Roberts has elevated the strength, force and significance of Born Free USA to become a recognized and impactful leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.
According to Travers, “Adam’s contribution to Born Free has been above and beyond anything we could have imagined when we decided to launch Born Free USA – starting as a volunteer, then a one-man operation with a laptop, and now a powerhouse with impacts across America and throughout the world. He is a brilliant voice to create change when it matters most and I could not be more confident in his abilities and proud to name him CEO.”
Roberts has over two decades of experience campaigning on international wildlife trade issues including the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger bone, and bear gallbladders. He has campaigned to list the African lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and to stop the trade in primates as “pets.”
In addition to his work at Born Free USA, he serves on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network where he chairs their press and financial committees, the bear working group, and the animals in captivity working group. SSN is dedicated to ensuring that the international wildlife trade does not cause overexploitation of animals and plants, and includes nearly 100 member organizations from more than 30 countries. He is also a founding member of the board and current chairman of the board of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing species-specific humane standards of care for animals held in animal sanctuaries, and accrediting facilities globally based on these standards.
In 2003, Roberts founded The $10 Club, a charity to fund poverty alleviation projects in developing countries. He runs the organization singlehandedly and as a volunteer. To date, the organization has supported work in more than 50 countries and has given out in excess of a quarter of a million dollars in grant awards. He began his animal protection career in Washington, DC in 1991 after graduating from Vassar College.
Roberts has written and presented over 50 articles for medical, legal, scientific, and advocacy organization publications around the world. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on issues concerning captive wild animals, compassionate conservation and the protection of animals. He is interviewed regularly by the international media about animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues.
He resides in Washington D.C. with his wife Stephanie, daughter Mia, two dogs and five cats.
Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.