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Various agencies collaborate to place current shelter population
with rescue groups throughout region

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), through its Shelter Response Partnership program, is transporting more than 30 dogs from the Humane Society of Henderson County in Henderson, Ky., to several shelters and rescue groups throughout the region. Officials at the local shelter requested the ASPCA’s assistance in the transfer and placement of the current shelter population to enable them to house animals that were seized during a recent criminal investigation and allow the dogs a chance for adoption at other shelters through the transport operation.

The ASPCA Shelter Response Partnership program is a network of national and local animal welfare organizations that assists the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team by providing a second chance for animals rescued from overcrowded facilities and cruelty investigations.

“The ASPCA is grateful for our response partners who stepped up to help a shelter with limited resources and offer to help transfer and place the animals in permanent homes,” said Joel Lopez, senior manager of operations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “The transport and placement plan will allow the Humane Society of Henderson County to continue its daily operations without overcrowding its facility.”

The dogs—which include a variety of different breeds such as Labrador, shepherd, boxer and hound mixes—were medically examined and behaviorally evaluated by ASPCA responders in the past week. Dr. Pamela Reid, vice president of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior team, reported that the majority of the dogs were very friendly and will make great companions for individuals and families looking to add a four-legged member to their home.

“The ASPCA stepped in to ensure that the recent string of criminal court cases and seizures did not overpopulate our shelter, putting adoptable animals at risk,” said Joshua Cromer, shelter director of the Humane Society of Henderson County. “We are grateful that the ASPCA provided resources to help in the placement of our animals, and I’m confident that they will be placed into loving homes. We will be able to continue to do our work in speaking up and protecting homeless, neglected and abused animals that don't have a voice in our community.”

The ASPCA animal transport trailer, a custom-built 60-foot-long vehicle, will be making several stops during the transfer operation. Agencies assisting the ASPCA with placement include: Kentucky Humane Society (Louisville, Ky.); Capital Area Humane Society (Hilliard, Ohio); and SPCA Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio).

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org.

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 – Breed is Sixth Coonhound to Gain Full AKC Recognition –


New York, NY –The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) expanded its litter of registered breeds on January 1 to welcome the Treeing Walker Coonhound, growing AKC’s family to 174 breeds.


"The Treeing Walker is a fast, hot nosed, sensible hunter with a clear, ringing bugle voice," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson.  "The AKC welcomes this exceptional hunter to our family of breeds.”


The Treeing Walker Coonhound was bred originally -- like the other five AKC recognized coonhounds (American English Coonhound, Black and Tan Coonhound, Plott, Bluetick Coonhound and Redbone Coonhound) to help put food on the table.  See coonhounds recognized prior to 2012 on the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship which will be telecast on ABC Network Television on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Check local listings for airtimes. 


Historically the Treeing Walker Coonhound hunted raccoon, a principle source of fur and meat during the 19th and 20th centuries.  The breed assisted its owner in the hunt by “treeing” its quarry and announcing to the hunter with its bark that it had been found.  In fact this coon-hunting jargon is the basis of the present day idiom “barking up the wrong tree.”


Diane Lewis for AKC

Today the Treeing Walker is known as a fast and sensible hunter with superb endurance. The breed's coat is short, glossy and tri-colored - white, black and tan and requires minimal upkeep.  Intelligent, confident and sociable with family and friends the Treeing Walker thrives with regular exercise.  Be warned though, coonhounds are bred to be heard so if you are considering adding the breed to your household, be prepared for a voice loud enough to carry for miles through the woods.  For more information about this breed, visit the www.akc.org.

Diane Lewis for AKC

To become an AKC recognized breed there needs to be a certain number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S. and an established breed club to watch over them.  Breeds waiting to gain full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®).  More information on the process can be found at the AKC’s Web site.


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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.


AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.



Who Knew Being Bad Could Feel So Good? 

The Oster® Outlaw™ clipper is quickly revolutionizing at-home pet grooming.  After extensive research and listening to the needs of groom-at-home pet-parents nationwide, Oster is proud to launch the Outlaw which features an innovative new design and exceedingly high-level performance that you’ve come to expect from Oster. Designed to handle everything from general purpose grooming to precision clipping, this smooth, quiet, reliable tool keeps its cool and delivers high-quality performance for all coat types every time.


Offering precision, comfort and performance, the Outlaw features professional-quality blades, heavy-duty design, 2 speeds, and Whisper Quiet™ motor technology.  For added convenience, the Outlaw is also compatible with the A5® Cryogen-X™ and Elite Cryogen-X™ blades, as well as the wider Take Down Quick™ wide blade series. 

The new Outlaw features:


þ  a two-speed, heavy-duty rotary motor: 2,900 SPM to 3,300 SPM

þ      a cooler running housing and motor design, resulting in the less-often need for a blade change

þ      a lighter-weight housing, greatly reducing hand and wrist fatigue

þ  replaceable carbon brushes, extending the product’s life and allowing you to use the same clipper for years to come

þ  Whisper Quiet™ motor technology, keeping pets calm during the grooming process

þ  no air vents that blow hair around during your session


“We are thrilled to introduce the Oster® Outlaw™ clipper and all the tremendous benefits this innovative tool will offer,” comments Product Manager of Oster Professional Products Travis Brown.  “The Outlaw is extremely powerful and lightweight, with the ability to use all of the A5® Detachable blades that consumers know, trust and love to use.  We are confident that this next-generation tool works with any coat type and offers precision, varying speeds and comfort.”


Featuring two-speeds, the Outlaw clipper’s high speed can be used to easily cut through heavier, matted coats, and the lower speed is ideal for gently cutting and trimming around sensitive areas like face and ears.

The Wild West has finally met its match!

For more information on Oster Professional Products, and how it leads the pet grooming industry in several categories based on quality, innovation and a commitment to excellence, please call 1-800-830-3678 or visit www.osterpro.com.



Tammy Gagne is a freelance writer who specializes in the health and behavior of companion animals. She has authored more than 20 books about animals for both adults and children – including several titles in the Animal Planet Pet Care Library. In addition to books, Tammy has written dozens of articles for national pet care magazines, including Dog Fancy.

Although she has profiled numerous dog breeds – from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane, Tammy has a special fondness for spaniels. In 2006, her book The Cocker Spaniel (TFH Publications) was nominated for an award by the Dog Writers Association of America. Two of her more recent titles from this series include The English Cocker Spaniel and The English Springer Spaniel.

Tammy resides in northern New England with her husband, son, dogs, and parrots.


Saturday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2012.
There are 345 days left in the year.

 Jan. 18, 2012

 EAST LANSING, Mich. — Plagued with a defective heart valve that caused fluid accumulation in his lungs, Leo was in need of serious medical help.

 His loved ones opted for open-heart surgery. And after a successful operation, Leo is recovering nicely and leading a full life: Chasing balls, chewing toys and barking at friends.

 Leo, a nearly 2-year-old Australian Shepherd from Ann Arbor, was the first dog to undergo open-heart surgery last fall at Michigan State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Since then, Augusta Pelosi, a cardiac surgeon with the College of Veterinary Medicine, has led a team of more than 20 veterinary and human health experts in performing two more successful open-heart canine surgeries.

 She is one of the few veterinary cardiac surgeons in the world who performs the rare surgery on companion animals.

 “Our service provides an alternative that can save lives,” said Pelosi, who joined the college’s Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in 2008 after previously completing residencies in surgery and cardiology at MSU with pioneer veterinary surgeon George Eyster. “Medications can be used to treat a variety of cardiac conditions, but sometimes they can only do so much and come with side effects.

 “The only way to fully correct many cardiac defects is to target the problem itself with open-heart surgery.”

 After several years of training and research, Pelosi now leads about 20 veterinary professionals – specializing in critical care to cardiology to anesthesia – as part of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s open-heart team. Pelosi also partners with human health professionals from the University of Michigan’s cardiac surgery team.

 The result: A world-class team of experts performing surgeries for dogs to correct congenital and acquired diseases ranging from deformed valves in the heart to the abnormal narrowing of vessels.  

 In Leo’s case, he came to MSU for correction of a dysplastic mitral valve, a condition where a valve in his heart did not form properly during development and resulted in improper closure and fluid congestion of the lungs.

 Despite good response to medication, Leo’s condition progressed and would have shortened his life expectancy. Bari Olivier, an MSU cardiology section chief, recommended surgery to correct Leo’s condition.

 During surgery, a mitral valve ring was placed and secured in Leo’s heart to provide support to the valve, thus eliminating blood from flowing back into the atrium. After surgery, Leo was assigned to the critical care group of the open heart team led by Amy Koenigshof.

 Leo was assisted by a mechanical ventilator for a night; one week later he returned home and continues to do well. His owners report he is now eating normally and taking short walks outside.

 While the surgeries are of course risky, many owners are willing to provide the best services available for their pets. After surgery, dogs with cardiac defects often fully recover and go on to enjoy a normal life, Pelosi said.

“There is a perception that heart surgery does not work for animals,” she said. “In human cardiac surgeries, this perception also existed many years ago. We have the need, we have the skills and we have the ability to do it successfully.

 “While surgery is not an alternative to medical treatment or interventional procedures, it is an option that should be offered to our patients when it is the superior treatment option or other options have failed.”

 For more information on the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the services offered at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, go to http://cvm.msu.edu/.


 Michigan State University has been working to advance the common good in uncommon ways for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU focuses its vast resources on creating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

 For MSU news on the Web, go to news.msu.edu. Follow MSU News on Twitter at twitter.com/MSUnews.

- Jill Rappaport named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award.”-

(Greenwich, CT— January 17, 2012)— The American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) are pleased to announce that TODAY show correspondent and Animal Advocate, Jill Rappaport is the 2012 recipient of Global Pet Expo’s annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award”.

Rappaport will personally accept the award Thursday, March 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida at The Purina® Media Reception at Global Pet Expo. This media-exclusive event is held in conjunction with Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual tradeshow, taking place February 29 – March 2, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center. Global Pet Expo attendees include independent pet product retailers, distributors and mass market buyers, media and other qualified individuals from the pet industry.

Rappaport has been on TODAY for 20 years. She served as the entertainment correspondent for the first 17 years, but when her beloved dog Jack got bone cancer, her life and career changed forever. While chronicling Jack's illness on the show, she realized that animal welfare issues were her calling and so her path changed. In her popular, award-winning "Bow To Wow" series, shelter dogs get a makeover and a second chance at life, and through her work she has helped to save hundreds of horses that were severely abused. Since its inception, “Bow to Wow” has had a 100% success record, and even Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps has adopted one of the dogs from Jill’s segment. She also keeps TODAY viewers informed about the latest health trends for pets. She developed a clothing line for Pendleton for women and pets, which benefited the Jack and Jill Fund for animal cancer.

Rappaport and TODAY have received the coveted Genesis Award, which is the Oscars of the animal world, for her reporting on animal issues. Rappaport is also the best-selling author of "People We Know, Horses they Love," and has written three other books, including "Jack & Jill: The Miracle Dog with a Happy Tail To Tell," about her beloved dog Jack, and "500 Cats." She was named the first recipient of the "Voice for the Animals Award" for her work on and off the screen from the Humane Society of the United States, presented by Matt Lauer, and has received the coveted MSPCA-Angell Animal Hall of Fame Award in Boston.

Rappaport also received the New York City Parks Citizen award from the Mounted Auxiliary unit. She was honored for Outstanding Community Service from the LI Veterinary Medical Association, was just named the ASPCA Good Will Equine Welfare Ambassador, and ended 2011 with the coveted honor of ringing the NYSE Opening Bell for animal adoption. Ms. Rappaport lives on a farm with her four rescue dogs and six horses, whom she refers to as her "fur angels."

“We truly believe that this award was crafted especially for someone just like Ms. Rappaport and that her promotion of responsible pet ownership is directly inline with APPA’s mission,” said Bob Vetere, president of APPA. “Her dedication to improving the lives of pets and helping resolve animal welfare issues is evident and we could not be more thrilled to honor her with this year’s award.” 

The annual “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry Award” recognizes individuals in the media who have the power to influence millions of people and use this to positively promote the joys and benefits of pet ownership. Whether via print, broadcast or internet mediums, these distinguished members of the press produce stories that highlight responsible pet ownership and all the exciting services, products and activities that make spending time with our pets even more enjoyable. Past recipients include Victoria Stilwell, Rachael Ray, Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Marty Becker (Good Morning America/Vetstreet/Dr. Oz Show), Gina Spadafori (author/Pet Connection) and Janice Brown (The Tails Pet Media Group).

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Global Pet Expo, the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, is presented by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) and Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA). The 2011 Show featured 835 exhibitors, 2,380 booths and more than 3,000 new product launches. 4,691 pet product buyers from around the world attended. Global Pet Expo is open to independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers, and other qualified professionals. For more information, visit www.globalpetexpo.org.

 The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958.  APPA membership includes nearly1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises.  APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.

NBC plans to air a Super Bowl commercial that uses greyhound racing to show how fast Skechers' new sneakers are. But an undercover investigation has revealed that the Arizona track that serves as a backdrop for the commercial is notorious for extreme animal cruelty.

And with over 100 million viewers expected for Super Bowl XLVI, animal advocates fear the ad will effectively whitewash an industry so dependent on animal cruelty that it's outlawed in 38 states.

GREY2K USA recently published findings of an undercover investigation that exposed the Tuscon Greyhound Park’s shocking cruelty. Now, the group has started a petition on Change.org asking NBC not to air Skechers' commercial during the biggest American sporting event of the year. Will you sign GREY2K USA's petition telling NBC to take a stand against animal cruelty by refusing to air Skechers' new commercial, shot at the Tuscon Greyhound Park, during the Super Bowl?

When it learned Skechers was filming an ad at the Tuscon Greyhound Park, GREY2K USA wanted to draw attention to that specific track's terrible record of mistreating greyhounds. Through its undercover investigation, the group had already found that the track was:

  • muzzling greyhounds while they're warehoused in dark, cramped kennels;
  • providing inadequate exercise out of doors;
  • feeding dogs raw meat from diseased animals and animals dead before slaughter;
  • running dogs in dangerous conditions; and
  • ignoring a disturbing frequency (every 3-4 days) of serious injuries like fractured skulls, broken bones, dislocations and muscle tears.

Then, when GREY2K USA found out the ad was planned to air during the Super Bowl and had some of the biggest names in sports behind it, it became clear this issue was much bigger than just one track in Tuscon. Thousands of dogs each year suffer broken legs, cardiac arrest, spinal cord paralysis and broken necks in the dog racing industry. When the dogs are no longer profitable, they're killed.

Super Bowl ads are the most sought after slots on the air all year, NBC wouldn’t have any trouble replacing Skechers' ad with another. All that's needed is enough of a public outcry to get the broadcaster to drop Skechers’ ad promoting dog cruelty.

Please sign GREY2K USA's petition telling NBC not to air the Skechers Super Bowl ad promoting dog abuse next month.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Stephanie and the Change.org team


P.S. Thousands of people are starting petitions on Change.org every week. Here are some that need your support now:

 RALEIGH, N.C. (January 10, 2012) - The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), the most highly regarded organization funding sound, scientific research exclusively for dogs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shila Nordone, Ph.D., as its Chief Scientific Officer (CSO).


As CSO, Dr. Nordone will oversee CHF’s grant process, ensuring it remains rigorous and stringent. CHF awards grants in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, veterinary researchers, geneticists, and molecular biological scientists. Collaborative projects involving investigators from a variety of disciplines and/or institutions, such as human health researchers, are also encouraged to apply. Since its inception, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and educational programs. CHF’s goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives by conducting research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.


“Dr. Nordone brings a wealth of experience to CHF,” said Terry Warren, Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. “As a scientist and researcher Dr. Nordone has first-hand experience with hypothesis-driven research and the peer-review process, and she recognizes high-impact research. In addition, as a grant recipient and grant reviewer, Dr. Nordone understands that innovation and fiscal responsibility are not mutually exclusive, but rather, must work in tandem to drive success in the discovery of new treatments for our canine companions.” 


Dr. Nordone, a canine immunologist, comes to CHF with 10 years of experience in research and scientific training. She received her Ph.D. in immunology with a biotechnology minor from North Carolina State University (NCSU). Most recently, Dr. Nordone has been a Research Assistant Professor of Immunology with the Department of Molecular Biomedical Science at NCSU. As a director of independent research programs, a significant portion of Dr. Nordone’s research has focused on translational veterinary medicine.


If interested in applying for a CHF research grant, visit the CHF website at www.akcchf.org and click on the “Research” button.


Like CHF at www.facebook.com/akccaninehealthfoundation or follow us on Twitter at @CanineHealthFnd.




About CHF

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Pfizer Animal Health, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.



 LOS ANGELES, CA – It’s been noted that the great majority of animals euthanized in LA come from inner-city communities.  Numerous strays roam the streets, and animals are notoriously mistreated & abused in many inner-city areas.  Though an after-school program has partnered with an animal advocacy group, attempting to give the youths in these neighborhoods knowledge that will potentially change the future for the better.


After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) is a leading after-school program provider whose programs educate, enlighten and inspire thousands of students each day through after-school activities centered around health, fitness and nutrition; the visual and performing arts; and youth leadership and community service learning.


The organization brings innovative, cutting-edge enrichment programs to K-12 students that contribute to reducing drug use, crime and violence; while increasing their safety during the after school hours. The organization serves 5,000 students daily across 36 schools located in deserving areas throughout LA County.  Kobe Bryant is an ASAS-LA Program Ambassador.


In partnership with Voice for theAnimals, a non-profit animal protection organization that runs several programs dedicated to saving animals’ lives, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles students will learn about animal rights, safety, spaying and neutering.


Bob Ferber, a 32-year veteran prosecutor and the first full-time prosecutor in the nation that exclusively prosecutes animal abuse and neglect cases, will come to a school site each month to interact with the students, teach them, and assign community service projects to work on throughout the semester.  Fury animals will accompany Bob on all school visits.


“Inner-city youths face stray animals on a daily basis and sadly form many of their opinions based on the behavior of these anti-social (actually defensive) strays as well as guard or junkyard dogs they pass on the way to school each day,” says Ferber.


“I am beyond excited to have this partnership with After-School All-Stars,” he continues.  “Voice for the Animals is dedicated to educating the public about the humane treatment of all living creatures.  I view this as a way to potentially end animal abuse and euthanasia by educating the children in the communities where the majority of it originates.”


Last month, After-School All-Stars students had the opportunity to visit the South LA Animal Shelter, where they saw first hand the predicament that strays and unwanted animals face.


“We need as many people involved in this as possible—as many people willing to help,” says Ferber.  “You will find that the students do care about the animals, and maybe through empathizing, they will fully understand their part in being able counteract the outcome through prevention.”




For more information on After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles please visit: www.la-allstars.org


For more information on Voice for the Animals, please visit: www.vftafoundation.org


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