NY: Senate Passes a Bill To Improve Pet Store Animals

Earlier this week the New York Senate passed a bill that will ensure that the health and safety of animals sold in pet stores is monitored and anti-cruelty laws will be enforced. This is a great win for those who have been lobbying for stronger anti-cruelty laws and the welfare of animals. Many pets purchased from pet stores are from puppy mills and puppy farms. The pets often require extra medical attention or suffer from problems from over-breeding and poor nutrition.

Dogs and cats that are sold by pet stores sometimes receive no exercise or very little, have none to little veterinary care, and are unprotected from diseases. The bill provides improved standards of the care that pet dealers must uphold until the animals are sold. Ideally, this will force pet store businesses to place pressure on the breeders that they acquire the animals from or look for better and healthier pets to sell.

The legislation will provide that any licensed dealer must do the following:

1: Designate a vet to care for the animals at the facility who is available for emergency care, weekend and holiday care, and regular visits.

2: Develop a statement of procedures that adhere to the prevention of diseases and injuries among the pets in their facility.

3: Provide an isolation area for animals that exhibiting signs of sickness and may be contagious.

4: Designate an employee who will observe animals daily and assess their health and well-being.

5: Maintain an exercise plan for dogs and cats.

6: Vaccinate animals in their according to state and local laws.

7: Not sell any animals that has been diagnosed with a congenital condition or contagious disease.

Pet stores that do not have a isolation ward, an exercise pen or place, and do not have a vet will have to revamp and meet all these requirements in order to continue selling animals. The bill now will go the Governor for his consideration. If you want to help, give the NY Governor’s office a call and let them know that S7268A should be passed for the sake of animals and sake of the owners. This is a step in the right direction towards better breeding standards, better care, and raising that our pets are not just consumer goods.

Contacts information:

(518) 474-8390

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor of New York State

NYS State Capitol Building

Albany, NY 12224


Dove Lewis: 2012 Run For The Love Of Dogs 

On Sunday June 10, 2012 the streets of northwest Portland, Or will be filled with the sounds of barking and tail wags. It’s the 2012 Run For The Love Of Dogs event. Participants will be jogging through the streets to support Dove Lewis, the 24 hour emergency hospital in the northwest part of the city. 

It’s a 5K run and runners can register with or without a dog. It is expected that there may be as many as 750 runners this year. The day starts at 9am and participants will be gathering at the Lucky Lab Pub located at  1945 NW Quimby in Portland. Registration is $30 for individuals. There are also group registration prices available if you are going to run with a team.  

A course map is available on the Dove Lewis website when you register as well as some additional details. There will be a professional photographer on hand to take pics of all the runners as well as a time keeper to see who places with the best time. Strollers are welcome if you have little ones who you want to take out with you as you do the course. 

All dogs who enter must be up to date with vaccines, socialized, and ok with big crowds. The race starts and ends at Lucky Lab so you’ll be able to grab some food and drink afterwards. 

For more information and to register please visit their website

Dog Parks in Tacoma, Wa

Heading to Tacoma or recently moved there? Finding a good dog park is important for you and your pup. There are several well-maintained parks throughout Tacoma where your pup can make new friends, run around, and have fun. Remember to always clean up after your dog, have proper ID tags on the collar, and watch for exhaustion or other mood changes in your dog.

Here are 3 dog parks you may want to check out:

Chambers Bay Off Leash Park and Beach is located at 62nd and Grandview. It’s open from dawn to dusk and is an acre. Your dog will have a lot of fun running around. At the moment, the park is under development with an anticipated completion date of 2014. The dog park is maintained by SUNdogs (Safe, Unleashed, Natural) which is a non-profit group. They ask that you clean up after your dog and make sure that your pet is up to date with vaccines. Also, if your pet is not neutered or not sprayed, please be mindful that other dogs may react negatively or harass your dog and cause problems. If your dog becomes agitated or causes an upset, please respond by removing your pet as quickly as possible to avoid injuries.

Rogers Dog Park is located at E L street at E WRight Ave and has a water fountain for your thirsty pup as well as bags for cleanup. There are benches and picnic tables for you to sit at while your dog plays. It’s a great park that measures about 1.5 acres in a residential area. You’ll meet some of the neighborhood dogs and their owners. The park is well-maintained overall and ask that you cleanup after your dog. The park is open from dawn to dusk. All dogs must be up to date with vaccines and licensed.

Point Defiance Park is located at 5400 N Pearl St. and is about 7 acres of located in the former Madrona Day Camp area. There is a fenced off area for small dogs to play aside from the larger dog park. There are also many trails to walk through the park, but keep your dog on leash if you go for a hike. The park is full of wildlife and your dog may want to chase or hunt the raccoons, birds, or other critters that live there. It’s a beautiful park that your whole family can enjoy. The zoo and aquarium are also located here for the times you go out with the family and leave fido home.

Pet Events For May

There are a number of events happening this May that you and your dog can participate in together. As the weather gets nicer, more outdoor family activities that include pets are taking shape and are great ways to bond with your pet, learn more about what’s best for your furry friends, and a way to have fun and meet other pet owners.

On May 2, 2012 in Morristown, NJ there is going to Bark Around The Clock, a 50s themed canine prom. It will run from 7am to 7pm. When bringing your dog dress her/him up in their best prom clothes and get ready for fun. There will be music, dancing, and prom photos.

Your dog will get to play in the pooch playground and splash in the indoor aqua center. Donate your gently used dress clothing to benefit SAGE who operates the NJ Meals on Wheels and Adult Day Care Service. Anyone who donates clothing will receive a $25 gift certificate for lodging, grooming, or daycare at the Morris Animal Inn.

All those who stop by with their furry buddies will also get a strawberry milkshake to drink as they watch their dogs romp and play. Admission for Bark Around the Clock is $59 and will be held at the Morris Animal Inn located at 120 Sand Spring Road in Morristown, NJ. For more information please call 973-539-0377.

If you’re near West Monroe, La, why not stop by the Northeast Louisiana Dog Show on May 5, 2012. It opens at 9am and is free. There will be police k-9 units from all over Northeast Louisiana that will be on hand doing demonstrations every hour on the hour till close at 3pm. There will also be giveaways and live bands, vendors, and contests.

Some of the contests scheduled are dog racing, dog marriages, the ugliest dog (but lovable), best trained, best lap dog, and owner-dog look alike.

The event is being held at Cheniere Lake located at 337 Well Road in West Monroe, LA. For more information please call 318-450-1055.

Pennies for Pets is scheduled for May 5, 2012 from 10am to 2pm at Woof Gang Bakery located at 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd in Orlando, Fl. Admission is free and the event benefits Pet Rescue by Judy. It’s the bakery’s first birthday and to celebrate they are hosting this fun event that will have raffles, food trucks, music, local artisans, and pet adoptions. Bring your whole family for the event and spend the day meeting and hanging out with fellow pet lovers.

For more information please call 407-363-5550.

Dog Parks in San Diego, CA

Not sure where to let your pup run around and play in San Diego? There are plenty of dog parks that are off leash and great places to meet fellow pet owners and for your dog to make new friends. Always remember to clean up after your pet, bring some water, and make sure your dog is up to date with vaccines. Supervise your pet at all times and if she seems exhausted or starts to get tired of playing then it’s time to go home.

Here are several dog parks in San Deigo, CA that your dog will love:

Morley Field is located at 2221 Morley Field Drive and Alabama St. southwest of the tennis courts. This park has a grassy lawn for your dogs to run and play frisbee, catch, and tag. There are several trees to find some shade and rest under after playing. The park is also near the Florida Canyon Trails, which you and your dog can explore after romping around.

Grape Street Dog Park is located at 28th St and Grape St. It is located in a residential area and spans 5 acres. The grassy field is surrounded by trees and has two water fountains. The off-leash area is not fenced and is open from 7:30am to 9pm Mon thru Fri and 9am to 9pm on the weekends.

San Diego Dog Beach at Ocean Beach is located at W Point Loma Blvd and Volatire St. It’s one of the most popular canine spots. Your dog can roam, dig, run, splash, and play 24 hours a day. Take care to clean up after your dog and leave the beach as you found it. After an afternoon of splashing around, there’s a dog wash two blocks away where you can clean your buddy up before heading home.

Capehart Park is located at Felspar and Soledad Mt Rod and is a 1 acre fenced in dog park. There are two areas for dogs to play, one for smaller and low energy dogs and one for bigger dogs and high energy ones. Both areas have water fountains, picnic tables, and benches. If your pup is the type that may run and run and run, a fenced in park is perfect to let her off-leash without worrying that she’ll roam too far away.

The Northwest Pet and Companion Fair

If you live in Portland, OR or will be passing through during the weekend of May 5th and May 6th this year, check out The Northwest Pet and Companion Fair. It’s Portland’s largest pet adoption and pet social expo and this is its 11th year showcasing wonderful pets looking for new homes, pet products, and and more. There will be exhibits and events scheduled for both days that range from products and stores to international brands of treats, clothing, and toys.

Some of the entertainment that will be at the expo:

A walk through aviary
An exotic animal display
Alpaca display
Petting zoo for the family
Facepainting, bounce house, and a slide for the kids

There will also be a tournament that you can enter your dog into with a cash prize of $200. Your dog must out-sniff the other dogs in the truffle hunt. Your pets are welcome as long as they are on leash, friendly, and up to date with vaccines. If your pet doesn’t like big crowds and busy places, leave her home and bring everyone else.

The Northwest Pet and Companion Fair is 100% locally owned and operated. The headquarters are in Portland, OR and the goal is to bring national members of the pet industry to Portland while also creating an environment where local companies can promote and educate the community. Aside from a weekend of seeing some amazing animals from rescue groups and shelters who need new homes, great toys and other products, and having fun, you can also help Animeals on Wheels. Bring a can of dog or cat food and contribute to the pet food drive.

The fair runs from 10am to 6pm Sat May 5th and Sun May 6th.

Adults is $8
Seniors $6
Kids 6 to 12yrs old $4, and Kids under 5 are free
Pets are a $1 or a can of pet food for the Animeals on Wheels.

It is being held at the Portland Metropolitan Expo Center located a 2060 North Marine Drive. Parking will be available or you can ride the Yellow Line to the Expo Center.

For more information and directions, go to http://www.nwpetfair.com/details.html.

More Pet Events For April

The rest of the month is jam-packed with pet events across the U.S. and dogs couldn’t be happier. It means a day out making new friends, learning new tricks, and getting lots of snacks and attention. Here’s a few events that look super fun and cool:

For the Love of Dogs
When: April 28, 2012 10am to 4pm
Where: 1369 4th Ave, Auburn Ga
Admission: Free but donations are appreciated
Benefits: Rescue groups

This is the 3rd annual For the Love of Dogs event in Ga. Come on down and you’ll see agility demonstrations, carting and herding dogs showing off, search and rescue talks and demonstrations, and rally work. You and your best friend can participate in some of the events as well, such as tracking, nose work, and frisbee catching. There will also be free obedience lessons for everyone. Aside from demonstrations and activities for you and your dog to do, shop the vendors and check out some of the newest toys and accessories for pets, talk to the trainers about best methods for training and caring for your pup, and if you’re curious, look at the rescue groups that have pets looking for forever homes.

For more information call 678-425-5530.

Mutt Strut
When: April 28, 2012 9am to 3pm
Where: 4790 West 16th St, Indianapolis IN
Admission: $20 to $40 depending on time of registration
Benefitting: Humane Society of Indianapolis

Mutt Strut is a great event that boasts over 7,000 humans and 5,000 dogs in attendance in the past two years. It’s a large fundraising event for the Humane Society of Indianapolis and is a nice opportunity for pets and owners to walk the 2.5 mile world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The schedule for the event includes search and rescue demonstrations, a pet fashion show, K-9 officer demonstrations, and music, food, and pet portraits. Indy car driver Sarah Fisher will be there as well as Graham Rahal who is the youngest race car winner in Indycar history.

For more information visit the website: http://indymuttstrut.org/.

2nd Annual South Austin Pitch and Pooch Family Golf Outing and Canine Extravaganza
When: April 28, 2012 12pm to 8pm
Where: Butler Park Pitch and Putt 201 Lee Barton Drive, Austin TX
Admission: Free but donations are appreciated
Benefitting: Dream Come True Foundation

There will be music, food, golf games (registration required), and contests. Sign up and dress up with your pup for the costume contest and pet parade. The theme is Jimmy Buffet, so get your best tropical attire together and strut your stuff. Donations and money raised from the silent auction benefit the Dream Come True Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that finds people who are on the edge of success and helps move them from poverty to a life of possibilities with mentoring programs and support.

For more information call 512-348-8328.

Pet Events: Weekend of April 14-15, 2012

There are some great pet friendly events happening this weekend that are guaranteed to be educational, fun, and good bonding time for you and your pup. Most of the events are family friendly and will give you all something to do if it’s too rainy for a hike or a romp in the park.

Houston Pet Expo
When: April 14, 2012 10am to 6pm
Where: Reliant Center, 1 Reliant Park, Houston Tx
Admission: Free, Parking is $10

Bring your pet to the Houston Pet Expo and enter contests such as the four-legged and two-legged races, shop for new toys and food, and get your dog a free nail trim. There will be prizes and giveaways and demonstrations from animal trainers throughout the day. There will even be a special appearance by Shorty Ross, from the tv show “Pit Boss” on Animal Planet. If you’re thinking of adopting another or a new pet, check out the several rescue groups and shelters that will have pets available for adoption. If you’re a pet owner or thinking of becoming one, this is the place to gather information, check out the latest gadgets and toys for pets, and learn how to be a responsible pet owner.

For more information call 1-855-PET-EXPO.

Great KC Pet Expo
When: April 14, 2012 and April 15, 2012 10am to 6pm
Where: Overland Park International Trade Center, 6800 West 115th St, Overland Park KS
Admission: $8, Kids under 5 are free

The Great KC Pet Expo will have more than 100 vendors with the latest pet products for sale as well as booths where you can learn tips ad tricks for better pet care. There is going to be a performance arena where dogs will do demonstrations of agility and tricks and contests for you and your furry buddy to enter like the Tiny Dog Contest, Ultimate Stay, and a Fashion Show. If you have been working with your dog to earn a Canine Good Citizen certificate, you can practice with trainers here as well. There is even going to be a lizard and parrot presentation for those of us who love them and want to know how best to care for and keep them healthy.

For more information call 515-778-4762.

A Dog’s Day
When: April 15, 2012 10am to 3pm
Where: Santa Rosa St and Oak St
Admission: Free

A Dog’s Day is part public outreach and part member outreach. Come on down and see some amazing tricks such as flyable demonstrations, agility rallies, and obedience tricks. The day promises to be filled with demonstrations, food, activities, contests, and educational resources for you and your pet. You can get your dog microchipped and take the Canine Good Citizen test as well. Learn about what foods to avoid feeding your pet, how to keep them slim and trim, and what to do with behavior issues like separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobias, and other things many pet owners experience.

For more information call 805-927-1512.

Pet Events in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, also known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, is well known for its casinos, shopping, shows, and dining. It’s also a pet friendly city and as you leave the main strip and head to the outer areas, there are beautiful houses, quiet parks to walk through. There are 5 dog parks, 9 community centers, and 4 golf courses for residents and visitors to use. If you live near or in Las Vegas, there are some great pet events planned for April that are worth checking out.

16th Annual Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon
When: April 7, 2012
Where: Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex 7901 W. Washington Ave
Registration: Adults $30 Students $15 Children under 12 are free
Time: Starts at 7am

The Las Vegas Valley Humane Society is hosting the annual Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon. It is a 1 or 2 mile walk with dog contests, exhibits, raffles, and a great opportunity to meet other pet owners and help out homeless pets. Your registration fee is tax deductible and your pet will have a fun day out and about. All dogs who participate must be at least 4 months old and kept on leash at all times. They also must be up to date with vaccines and spayed or neutered. You can register the day of the event or visit the website and register online.

Pet CPR Class at Paw Prints Pet Supplies
When: April 14, 2012
Where: Paw Prints Pet Supplies 1000 N. Green Valley Pkway #520, Henderson NV
Registration: $45
Time: 10am to 2pm

This is a 4 hour course that will show you the proper way to administer CPR on your pet. There will be over 50 actions shown that can help save a life including how choking management, seizures, how to assess your pet’s vital signs, rescue breathing, snakebites, and how to restrain and muzzle. You’ll also learn what situations require immediate veterinary care. By learning these techniques you could end up saving your pet’s or another pet in case of an emergency. A portion of the registration fee will benefit the German Shepherd Rescue of Las Vegas. All those who complete the one day course will receive a certificate that is good for 2 years. For more information and to register please call: 702-558-7297.

Ink for Animals
When: April 21, 2012
Where: Mastermind Tattoo 3111 S. Valley View Blvd
Cost: $30 for a paw print or stick figure zombie tattoo
Time: 12pm to 6pm

The Zombie Squad, a group in Las Vegas that “defends” communities from the walking dead will be on hand at Mastermind Tattoo to help educate and stop the pet overpopulation problem in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the event will benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Merchandise will be on sale as well as artists who will tattoo a small paw print or stick figure zombie on your body. If you’re looking for a tattoo that shows your compassion and love of animals, this is the event to get it done. No appointments are necessary, just head down between 12 and 6pm on April 21.

Pet Services in Chicago

Just moved? Looking for some places to bring your furry friend while you’re at work or where you can wash all the mud off after a crazy romp in the dog park? There are a lot of pet friendly businesses in Chicago.

Here are a few places that will give your canine some TLC:

Happy Hounds
is a dog daycare located at 2521 N Lincoln Ave and is open from 7am to 7pm Mon thru Fri and 11am to 5pm on Sat. They are closed on Sundays. Happy Hounds has two levels where dogs can play, romp, and make new friends. The first level is for small dogs and the second is for medium to large dogs. The dogs are supervised by staff that are all CPR certified. Happy Hounds also does boarding for when you need to take a trip for $50 a night with daycare included. If you are looking for training classes, they also offer those as well as a party space for your pup’s birthday! For more information call 773-477-2707 or visit their website.

Soggy Paws is the place to wash your dog, dry your dog, and go home happy. They are located at 1148 W Leland Ave and are open Tues thru Fri from 11am to 7pm, Sat 9am to 6pm, and Sun 10am to 5pm. They have a whole wash kit for your dog complete with towels and air dryers. If you are unable to wash your dog, they will do it for you. While you’re there you can also pick up some food, toys, treats, and leashes. If you have a dog that needs a new spring haircut, make an appointment and they will clip, wash, and make your dog look fabulous. For more information call 773-334-7663 or visit their website.

Get Pet is a dog walking service covering many neighborhoods in Chicago. Their goal is to provide one on one attention to each furry friend they meet and take care of for overnight stays or daily walks. Get Pet is located at 77 W Huron. The staff will work to reinforce commands, help with potty training, and customize the walks for each dog based on energy level, age, and health. For more information visit their website.

Photo courtesy of Soggy Paws