Millions are dying, are you aiding it?

Let’s start out with a question… are your animals spayed or neutered? A lot of people just brush this question off and do not think of it as such a serious matter. WAKE UP! IT IS! There is plenty of myths out there about problems getting your animals spayed or neutered. Let’s discuss this a bit further.

  • One myth is that animals change completely and become extremely lazy and fat after the surgery. – WRONG. The surgery may mature your animal but they will be the same animal when you pick them up. Most likely they become fat because they are not exercising enough, or most likely being fed too much.
  • Another myth is that it is unhealthy. – WRONG. It has actually been proven that getting your animal spayed or neutered elongates their life span. They are also less likely to develop certain cancers in their reproductive system, which are very common.
  • “I want my dog to be protective” – WRONG. It is an animals natural instinct to protect their family.
  • “I don’t want them to feel less of male or female.” WRONG. Pets do not have a sense of sexual identity. Also when spaying or neutering them, they will be less territorial and less likely to get in fights with other animals due to mating, which happens ALOT.
  • “The surgery is too expensive, I cannot afford it.” WRONG, their is plenty of clinics and special organizations.

It is not too expensive, plenty of clinics and organizations offer plenty of top of the line veterinarians conducting low cost surgery to help this epidemic we are trying to fight. For instance did you know The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 6-8 million animals are being taken care of in animal shelters. From them 3-4 million are euthanized due to overcrowding. Why? Because their is much more animals being born daily then there are homes for them available. Stop breeding, we have animals in shelters dying every day. Let’s help them before bringing more into this world.

DO SOMETHING...

Here are links for organizations that offer low cost surgery and one where you can even put it in your zip code and tells you the closest one to where you live. I did the research… it’s your turn.

http://www2.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=now_aspcaspay

http://www.awanj.org/site/PageServer?pagename=clinic_faq

http://neuterspay.org/

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Hey we torture animals, buy our products!

Hello hello,
My previous entry was about the cruelty of animal testing. Here is a list of major brands that commit these hellish crimes. When buying cleaning products and all beauty products as well you should check for these brands and whether they are made by the following manufactures. Also if you do not see the brands then they might just have the perfect saying we all want to see, “We do not test on animals”. So doing some research and here is the brands that prominently torture animals:

  • Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight)
  • Bic Corporation
  • Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Kaboom, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Orange Glo International, Oxi Clean, Pearl Drops)
  • Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble)
  • Clorox (ArmorAll, Formula 409, Fresh Step, Glad, Liquid Plumber, Pine-Sol, Soft Scrub, S.O.S., Tilex)
  • Dial Corporation (Dry Idea, Purex, Renuzit, Right Guard, Soft & Dri)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC)
  • L’Oréal (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy)
  • Max Factor (Procter & Gamble)
  • Mead
  • Melaleuca
  • New Dana Perfumes
  • Olay (Procter & Gamble)
  • Pantene (Procter & Gamble)
  • Physique (Procter & Gamble)
  • Ponds (Unilever)
  • Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide)
  • Reckitt Benckiser (Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Spray ‘N Wash, Veet, Woolite)
  • Shiseido Cosmetics
  • Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s)
  • S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc)
  • Suave (Unilever)
  • Unilever (Axe, Dove, Lever Bros., Suave, Sunsilk)
  • Vicks (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz

 

 

Animal Testing – It’s not Necessary

Did you know over 100 million animals die from chemical, drug, food and cosmetic tests, biology lessons, medical training exercises, and curiosity-driven medical experiments every year? (Peta.org) They say exact numbers cannot be known because birds, rabbits, mice, and rats are the prime animals used and do not have to be recorded. Can you imagine one of your animals having to live that day to day life of being in a cold cage waiting for your next brutal experiment? It is inhumane and NOT necessary.

Peta has released this finding, “The federal government and many charities waste precious dollars from taxpayers and generous donors on cruel and misleading animal experiments at universities and private laboratories instead of spending them on promising clinical, in vitro and epidemiological studies that are actually relevant to humans.”

Even worse is that some of these tests were animals are blinded, dogs forced to eat pesticides, harmful and burning chemicals rubbed onto their skin and eyes are not REQUIRED by law. Scientists say that some of these test results are inaccurate findings. Animals do not deserve to be tortured day after day. With all of the technological advances we have made in our day, they are telling us there is not a better way of doing these experiments?

for more information: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/default.aspx

Kennel Cough

Hello everyone! So as my first entry discussed our new addition Bella, here                                                                                    is a little update. Her first vet visit was about three weeks ago to which the vet told us to keep an eye out for Bordetella (Kennel Cough) due to her runny nose. Within the next four to five days who began a very loud persistent cough? Yep you guessed it! Kennel Cough usually gets worse at night and that is when she started her symptoms. Other symptoms include:

  • Runny Nose
  • Eye Discharge
  • Persistent Cough
  • Sneezing

One good thing is that your dog will most likely not lose their appetite nor energy level. Of course my boyfriend took her immediately back to the vet where they gave her a few different antibiotics. Thankfully the pet store where we got her from had a 2 week grace period, where anything viral or bacterial that happens to the puppy they will cover the full bill. When buying an animal you should always look into this type of agreement, it saved us close to $300.

While Bella had a rough week, she is now all cleared up from her symptoms and is no longer coughing or bringing up mucus. But my story continues. Kennel Cough is VERY contagious. Bella was around my three dogs and lives at my boyfriends house with their other dog. Within a week of her diagnosis my youngest lab began his coughing and the other two shortly followed. My mom called our vet and they told her to put them on over the counter cough medicine. He said unless they start bringing up yellow or green mucus, their appetite declines, and they are very lethargic this will pass through their system within 7-12 days. We also learned that whenever one of my family members took a hot shower to bring the dog into the bathroom because the steam is very good for them. One way to check for Kennel Cough on your own is to press two fingers on their throat where they swallow and if they cough almost immediately, chances are your puppy is sick 😦 . As you can imagine a collar around their neck can become very irritable for them, so remove it when inside. Although Kennel Cough will usually run its course you should be careful for fluid in their lungs – pneumonia.

Quite a few rough nights later, we are seeing a change in our dogs for the better. Although Bella has stayed quarantine d at my boyfriends house since we are trying to contain this whole “epidemic” from going back and forth, it is hard! She wants to play non-stop and since my boyfriends other dog now has it as well, she is a bit limited. We are hoping by this weekend all will be well. And since the vet said that it can also transfer to cats, we are keeping a close eye out. You probably agree with me when saying seeing your babies sick like this is a horrible experience, but hey things could be worse!

For more information on Kennel Cough check out this website:
http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/kennel-cough-in-dogs?ecd=ppc_google_kennelcough_HealthyDogs_HealthyDogs-KennelCough_search&gclid=COKN09vv8aQCFdR65QodDVrh0g



Local Animal Events

It’s always good to lend a helping hand. I researched some local animal events that seem pretty fun and have gotten a lot of publicity. Here are some in the Philadelphia area within the next month or so.

  • PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) is hosting a few:

—> Saturday, October 30th
10 am 4th Annual Mutt Strut
FDR Park, 1900 Pattison Avenue Philadelphia, PA

* This event you can take your dog and walk them around the city, If you do not have a dog you can walk a foster one. (maybe fall in love and take them home 😉 )

8 pm to 2 am: 3rd Annual Ghosts + Goblins Halloween Party
Manayunk Brewery
4120 Main Street, Philadelphia
$2 of ticket price ($10.50) benefits PAWS

9 pm to 2 am: 6th Annual Vampires + Vixens Halloween Party
Tavern on Broad at the Bellevue
200 South Broad Street (at Walnut), Philadelphia
$2 of ticket price ($12.50) benefits PAWS

—> Saturday, November 18
11am to 3pm: PAWS Adoptions,

  • Donations/Wish List Item Collection
    With Pierre Robert and the MMaRmy
    Promotional Team

    LIVE appearance at Oxford Valley Mall
    2300 E. Lincoln Highway, Langhorne, PA
    Monetary donations, as well as the following items, gratefully accepted:
      • Paper Towels
      • Canned Cat, Kitten, and Dog Food (no dry food, please)
      • Heavy Duty/Contractor Trash Bags
      • Bleach
      • Laundry Detergent
      • Clay Cat Litter (non-clumping)

PAWS cats are also available for adoption every day of the week at:

  • the Cottman Avenue PETsMART (7422 Bustleton Avenue)
  • PETCO (Grant Avenue & Roosevelt Boulevard): Adoption hours at these locations: Mon-Fri: 6-8 p.m.; Sat/Sun: 11am to 3pm

for more information on these events please click here

Here are some events that PSPCA (Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals):

—> Saturday, November 6th
6:30 pm Good Dog Gala

The Good Dog Gala honors individuals and corporations who have championed animal welfare in Philadelphia, and raises much-needed funds for the care of abused and abandoned animals who rely on the lifesaving services of the Pennsylvania SPCA.

—> Saturday, November 13th
8pm-12am Party for Paws: A rock charity event

for more information on these events click here

Frustration on Animal Rescue

 

Bella - 8 Weeks

I’m an animal lover, maybe sometimes to the extreme. My family and I have two yellow labs, a bull terrier and four cats. We are all about the rescuing/shelter form of adoption. Recently though I have just encountered how difficult some of these people make it! My boyfriend just graduated college, all he has been talking about is getting a yellow labrador retriever. After months of hearing him, I finally began doing research on local rescues and shelters. Months go by of contacting them through e-mails, messages, and phone calls, I maybe got three emails back from probably the ten I contacted.  Everyone of those emails was directing me to something else and to submit an application with the $25 fee. But they also informed me that by the time they got to my application the dog might have been adopted or could be no longer available right now but to just submit it anyway. What is wrong with this picture? Here I am trying to do the right thing and help these animals, but the organizations do not HELP YOU! Finally after 6 months of exhausting every outlet and hearing no response, we gave into a local breeder. Of course I feel guilty but what was I left to do? When it comes down to it, those animals need homes as well. I just wish these rescues and shelters made it a bit easier to do the right thing. So we are welcoming our new yellow lab Bella into the family.

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