-- Nearly 600 RDO Day Events Will Be Hosted Nationwide This September; Also Participate Online During Virtual AKC RDO Days --
New York, NY Dogs are often viewed as members of the family, but its important to know what kind of commitment a canine companion requires. To help spread the word, AKC is proud to host AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days (RDO Days) sponsored by Motel 6, with a Flagship Event in Raleigh, North Carolina, a celebration on Facebook and more than 580 events planned across the nation this September.
We encourage families and pet lovers, along with their dog, to find an event to visit in their community, said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. Pick up dog training tips, meet many of our AKC breeds and have your dog take the Canine Good Citizen® test. Hundreds of our clubs are also offering microchipping at their RDO Days. With the recent rise in reports of pet theft, we encourage you to get your dog microchipped and enrolled in a pet recovery service like AKC Companion Animal Recovery.
To join in the celebration:
1) Find an Event in Your Area: Dog lovers everywhere will attend more than 580 events hosted in local communities by AKC-affiliated clubs, dog trainers, CGC® evaluators, shelters and other dog organizations.
Find an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event in your area at http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/events/.
Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique but many include obedience/agility/rally demonstrations, Canine Good Citizen® testing, low-cost microchipping clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog/police dog demonstrations, safety around dogs for kids presentations, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities. Attendees can speak one-on-one with experienced dog breeders and trainers that are active in AKC shows, clubs, and rescue groups.
2) Use Social Media to Celebrate Online: Well be hosting the second annual Virtual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To participate, share an Act of Responsible Dog Ownership with us on any of these pages via your smart phone, tablet or home computer during the month of September. Volunteer at the local dog park or give your dog a good grooming? Tell us on Facebook or tweet about it. You can also Like the AKCs Daily Act of Responsible Dog Ownership, which will be posted on Facebook, and sign the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise at http://www.gopetition.com/online/9290.html.
AKCs Flagship Event will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. In addition to all the festivities mentioned above, nearly 30 different AKC-recognized breeds will be on hand for AKC Meet the Breeds®, including rare breeds such as the Azawakh, Spanish Mastiff and Cirneco dellEtna.
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days are sponsored by Motel 6. Motel 6 will highlight its commitment to responsible dog ownership this September by working with event-hosting organizations across the country to provide resources and information for pet owners and participating in our flagship Raleigh event.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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About Motel 6
Motel 6 offers the lowest price of any national chain at more than 1,100 company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. For 25 years, Motel 6 has used the tagline, Well leave the light on for you®, earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 was the first national pet friendly chain, welcoming pets since 1962. Standard amenities include free local phone calls, no long distance access charges, free morning coffee and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer Wi-Fi Internet access, swimming pools and guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.
On September 17 Pilots N Paws, with much needed support from Petmate, will
relocate at least 200 animals from South Carolina to their new forever homes in
Washington D.C., Florida, New Jersey and Georgia. This Memorial Rescue Flight is
dedicated to the Chesterfield 22twenty-two dogs that were needlessly shot to
death in Chesterfield, South Carolina in March.
Since 2009, Petmate has been proud to partner with Pilots N Paws, a program that
gives dogs a second chance one flight at a time. This unique program brings
together planes, pilots and shelters to rescue and transport dogs (and other
animals) from overcrowded shelters, relocating them to organizations committed
to finding them homes.
Safe transportation is a life and death matter for all pets, says Petmate CEO
Joe Messner. And even more so for these rescued animals, whose lives truly
depend on this transportation. We feel a responsibility to help animals in need
and want to make this most important journey safe and comfortable.
Of the thousands of rescue flights Pilots N Paws has made since its inception,
the 3rd Annual Awareness Event is an acute reminder of why Pilots N Paws exists.
In March of this year, Deborah Farhi, a volunteer with the Chesterfield County
Animal Shelter in South Carolina, noticed many of the dogs in the shelter were
missing. Upon questioning, shelter volunteers accused four local animal control
officers of shooting at least 22 of the dogs in their care to death instead of
euthanizing them through the approved, humane methods.
Shortly thereafter, Farhi began uncovering these dogs from a shallow landfill
across the street from the shelter. Sheriff Sam Parker, who oversees animal
control, put all four officers on leave, and within weeks the state attorney
general asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to begin investigating
the allegations. Today, the case against Chesterfield County is still under
To honor the (at least) 22 animals that lost their lives in March, this years
awareness event will bring together 45 pilots and their planes in an effort to
save at least 200 dogs from seven different counties throughout South Carolina
on September 17. Additionally, hundreds of other pilots across the country will
fly rescue animals the same weekend as part of the event. Petmate will support
this amazing event by donating all of the kennels, collars, leashes and
seatbelts that the pilots need to ensure safe transport of the animals.
The rescue flights will start on Saturday, September 17 at 6:30 a.m. at the
Florence Regional Airport in South Carolina (www.florencescairport.com). In the
event of inclement weather, the flights will be postponed until Sunday,
Petmate also donated supplies to last years 2nd annual awareness event, which
was held on September 18, 2010, in New Orleans. Hundreds of volunteersboth
pilots and rescuescame together to change the lives of 171 animals. With 22
planes on the ground at the New Orleans Lakefront airport, many adoptable dogs
were successfully sent on their way to find a new family to love.
For more information about the Pilots N Paws Memorial Rescue Flights for The
Chesterfield 22, please visit www.pilotsnpaws.org.
About Pilots N Paws
Since the program began in February 2008, pilots have donated their time, planes
and fuel to fly thousands of dogs from shelters where they faced almost certain
death. Some areas of the country are more likely to have overcrowded shelters
and limited adoption opportunities. At www.pilotsnpaws.org, pilots can learn
about animals in need and work directly with shelters and rescue groups to
coordinate transportation. Nearly 7,500 shelters and rescues, along with 2,201
volunteer pilots are registered on the site.
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HSUS Grants to LSU Shelter Program Now Total $800,000
(August 10, 2011) BATON ROUGE—The Humane Society of the United States donated $200,000 to the shelter medicine program at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. The LSU-SVM’s shelter medicine program gives veterinary students the opportunity to learn about medical care for dogs and cats in animal shelters and develop primary care and surgery skills while providing their services and expertise to animal shelters in south Louisiana.
With the $200,000 grant from The HSUS, the LSU-SVM will extend its efforts to serve some of the shelters in areas outside of southern Louisiana, such as those in central and north Louisiana. The HSUS had previously given $600,000 to LSU-SVM in support of the shelter medicine program, which currently serves animal shelters or animal control centers in the parishes of Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafayette, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and West Baton Rouge.
“The HSUS grant will extend the reach of our program and allow our students and faculty to engage with the community in service partnerships that will help make the shelters better, and most importantly help more homeless animals find good homes,” said Joseph Taboada, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, associate dean for student and academic affairs at the LSU-SVM. “We are certainly grateful for the tremendous support of The HSUS in helping us to establish this program and for its ongoing commitment to sustaining excellence in this important program.”
The primary purpose of the grant is to provide veterinary students at LSU-SVM surgical and hands-on experience while also contributing to the needs of animal control facilities and animal shelters in underserved communities in Louisiana. Emphasis of this service learning initiative will be on animal wellness, pet population dynamics, disaster medicine, animal behavior and animal welfare.
“Superior veterinary care at public and private community shelters in Louisiana, and better access to spaying and neutering services, are signature goals of The HSUS, and crucial elements of our broader initiative to improve the lives of dogs and cats in the state, and to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets,” said Andrew Rowan, PhD, HSUS chief scientific officer. “A vibrant shelter medicine program at LSU-SVM, one that extends itself to underserved communities, is essential to those goals, and one of the most fundamental contributions we could hope to make to animal welfare in Louisiana.”
The Shelter Medicine and Population Control rotation at LSU-SVM is an elective student rotation that can be taken by third- and fourth-year students during the clinical portion of the veterinary curriculum. The rotation was developed using grants from The HSUS and the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and has evolved into one of the most popular elective rotations offered at the LSU-SVM. The program has approximately 120 to 130 students enrolled in this curriculum each year.
“This HSUS grant gives us funding for a shelter medicine fellowship position, which will help us expand into other parts of Louisiana,” said Wendy Wolfson, DVM (LSU-SVM 1986) veterinary surgery instructor and director of the shelter medicine program. “Our goal is to have decreased euthanasia rates in the shelters through better animal health care, provide healthier animals for adoption and encourage students to volunteer or seek employment in shelters once they graduate.”
The shelter medicine program has now grown to include 23 shelters, in some instances providing consultation on an as needed basis, while in others serving as the main source of veterinary/spay/neuter care. Over the past two years, the students on the shelter medicine rotation have evaluated over 3,500 animals and participated in over 1,400 surgeries at shelters. Nearly 1,500 surgeries on shelter and feral animals have been performed at the LSU-SVM. These efforts have undoubtedly had a positive impact on adoptions in the shelters served, as well as on the primary care and surgery skills of the students involved.
The Shelter Medicine and Population Control rotation has four main objectives:
- Expose veterinary students to shelter medicine in a service learning setting in which they develop an understanding of the role of shelters in the community and how a veterinarian can have a positive impact on both the shelter and the community through their involvement with the shelters.
- Supply veterinary care and consulting to shelters in south Louisiana and in doing so expose students to spay/neuter and other primary care learning opportunities.
- Through a partnership with Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), to supply the infrastructure to respond to emergency needs in the case of natural disasters affecting the region and to expose veterinary students to the role that a veterinarian can play in disaster response.
- Develop veterinary student communication skills through teaching opportunities with shelter personnel and local high schools.
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is a dynamic community dedicated to saving lives, finding cures, and changing lives through outstanding clinical and community service, educational excellence, and groundbreaking research.
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