Monday, November 10, 2014


There are horror stories galore about the transporting of pulled shelter dogs all over the country. Oregon wants it to stop.

Washington begs for spay/neuter legislation because of their pet overpopulation problem, yet we still keep putting in a UHaul and taking them there.

Don't believe the tales of these transporters that they are saving lives, they are taking the lives of local animals by taking homes away. Are these transporters making sure the pets are altered before turning them over in other states? Are the pets vetted for diseases that might infect another state? 

Maine, New Jersey, Connecticut have passed legislation recently out of their concern for these transports. It is past time that these transports be regulated.

This came from a thread regarding transports into Canada of pits bulls from California. A rescuer from Canada is talking.

""See the thing is that I've run a rescue up here for a long time...of she's around for more than two years and I've never heard of here. She is only importing dogs, not helping locally, otherwise I would have heard of her by now. I have no issue with people who responsibly rescue and while importing from another country isn't ideal, I'm not completely against it. We help loads of dogs from Northern BC which is much like you helping a dog from elsewhere in WA, or Oregon, or California for that matter. That being said, there are literally hundreds of pitbulls that die in the Lower Mainland of BC every year, our shelters are flooded with them so when someone who is clearly a rookie rescuer starts importing animals that our shelters are full of, she might as well be going to the shelters and killing the Canadian dogs herself because in essence that is exactly what she is doing...the issue I have is when shelter works and pullers (primarily in California from what I've seen) pull dogs and send them to people without checking with the ACTUAL rescue community in the area where this rescue is active and then acts surprised that they're not everything that they say they are. Rescues take a long time to mature, there are a lot of bumps along the road and a steep learning curve, everyone makes mistakes. While that can certainly be expected and forgiven, you have to be dealing with people whose hearts are in the right place and aren't just in it for the quick buck that they can make off dos that get sent up here from Cali shelters already vetted and ready to "adopt"...I've seen it SO many times with SO many rescues who come and go and when an adopter can't keep the animal, it ends up in the Canadian shelter system because there is no one there to back the dog up if the home doesn't work out.""

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


It finally has happened, a major accident with dogs being transported. Had this come under laws currently on the books regarding transports of animals, this may not have happened.

Are you the one who put these dogs on a transport to a country who still sells shelter dogs to research? Are you the one who sent these dogs to a country where 1 out of 3 citizens believe in eating dogs? Why didn't this Canadian 'rescue' pull from their own shelters, Canada has a pet overpopulation problem as well.

These 'rescues' in California don't know who they are dealing with, they don't know where these dogs end up and they don't care. They are with No Kill and the motto is outta sight, outta mind.

Pulling up regulations for transporting cargo in California, even if you aren't being paid, you are considered a commercial vehicle if you transport cargo especially for others. You need a commercial license. These regulations about securing and checking your cargo make complete sense. If the transporters did this, there might not have been an accident and dead animals.

Monday, July 14, 2014


As a rescuer, I place a radius of where I will  adopt. My view is that  you become an extended family member when you adopt out a pet that you have spent  time on. You need to be there for that pet if the family needs something. Pet transports take them away, outta sight and outta mind. But what happens to those pets? And why are they being transported into areas that are still euthanizing for time and space? Why are the receiving 'rescues' taking their own local animals and providing homes?

This article points out that transports are unethical when they are going  into places still having to euthanize for time and  space. There are many horror stories about pet transports, many. Can only make one think, how many more horror stories are out there that have been covered up.

 They even import, by the hundreds, dogs from the United States — one of the wealthiest, most educated, and most powerful nations in the world!

What does that say about us? With all our wealth, education and power, we can't solve a simple problem of pet overpopulation?

They do it with sensational media headlines, television cameras running, frantic pleas sent out via facebook for money, for fosters, for adopters. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Canadian dogs languish in shelters month after month, or are shot in annual culls across northern Canada, or are euthanized by the animal control facilities charged with their care and protection. And no one seems to give a damn. Certainly not the importers bringing truckloads of needy dogs into the country.

Please read this article and visit the writer's blog for even more.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Another article about the transports of pets from California to the NW. This is an unregulated industry, generating money. It is responsible for many scams and schemes, and the shelter pets are paying the price.

The On Your Side Investigators learned pet transport in Oregon is largely unregulated. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is responsible for making sure dogs and cats that come to Oregon pass a vet inspection - called a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection to prevent the spread of disease - but that's it. 

While the state does have laws on the travel conditions for pets, there's no one at the state to enforce them. The ODA also told KATU that no one at the state level tracks pet relocations.
Not only that, the ODA relies on local agencies to enforce animal abuse and neglect laws.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


May 2014
Upcoming Events

May 10
Lights, Sirens, Safety
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Ln
Redlands, CA

May 17
Spring Pet Adoption Faire 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial Park
1100 E. Foothill Blvd.
Upland, CA

May 31
SBSD Event
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Yucaipa Regional Park
Yucaipa, CA

All dates and locations scheduled are subject to change, events are also subject to cancellation; depending upon the availability of adoptable animals. Please contact ACC prior to going to a scheduled event to confirm that the event will occur."
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WE HAVE RAISED $2,810    
On behalf of the Animals aRe First Fund (ARFF) and the hundreds of homeless animals, I would like to take a moment and thank each and every donor who participated in the "GIVE BIG San Bernardino County" campaign. With your help and support, ARFF received $2,810 and ranked seventh in the total number of Unique Donors who supported our animal welfare charity and 32nd for the most funds received during this 24 hour campaign. We had some tough competition with 265 worthy non-profit organizations participating and your generosity clearly demonstrated that there are many within our community who care about our four-legged companions.
ARFF's next big endeavor will be to hold the 3rd Annual Homeward Bound Mega Pet Adoption event on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at the Yucaipa Regional Park. Along with our many lead sponsors, including the very generous support of our County's Board of Supervisors and Regional Parks, we hope to adopt more than 162 dogs and cats, thus exceeding the number of homeless pets adopted during last year's event. Please encourage your friends, family members and associates to support our upcoming events and remind those you know to consider adopting a homeless pet from a local animal shelter.
Once again, on behalf of our volunteers and the animals we serve, thank you so very much for your generous support. It is truly heartwarming to know that so many people care and want to make a difference for the animals we serve.
Brian Cronin
President ARFF
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Thursday, May 8, 2014


Give BIG San Bernardino County is a 24-hour online giving campaign taking place from 7 am on May 8 to 6:59 am on May 9, 2014. The Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign allows you to give to your favorite causes in our community, thus helping improve the quality of life for our community. Our goal is to get everyone who cares about the quality of life in San Bernardino County to help us raise $300,000 in just 24 hours. One day. One click. One community.

Currently the Devore and Big Bear shelters are 10th for donors. Please donate and make them number ONE. Donations will go to AARF, the non profit of the County's shelters. THE TOP TEN WILL GET ADDITIONAL FUNDS. 

UPDATE: As of a few moments ago, AARF had moved into 7th place. Thanks.

Every year thousands of animals are admitted to San Bernardino County Animal Shelter facilities, which include the Big Bear and Devore Animal Shelters. Last year alone, over 16,000 animals were admitted to these facilities. The homeless animals in San Bernardino County need your help and ARFF is the only non-profit charitable organization established to specifically aid and help the animals cared for at these facilities.

In calendar year 2013, the following are just a few of the many ways ARFF provided direct support to the animals cared for at the County’s Animal Shelters:
  • Paid for the spay/neuter surgeries for animals adopted during the County’s fifty two (52) off-site adoption events held in 2013. A total of 289 surgeries were paid for as a result of our donor’s generous support.
  • Sponsored the 2nd Annual Homeward Bound Mega Pet Adoption Event which was held in June 2013. Invited the County’s “animal rescue group partners” to participate in this event which resulted in 162 pets being adopted into new homes.
  • Sponsored additional “life-saving” programs in 2013, such as the "Pets to Patriots" adoption effort which matched homeless pets with veterans and their families.
  • Sponsored the "Furever Yours" Valentine’s Day pet adoption campaign.
  • Sponsored "Super Senior May – Never Too Old to Play" adoption program which matched senior pets with senior citizens.
  • Purchased educational materials and items that were used to promote the good work of Animal Care and Control.
  • Purchased "Microchips" that are implanted in each animal adopted; assisting in reuniting lost pets with their owners.
Our donors generous contributions have helped the County to provide many "life-saving" efforts and programs that would not have possible with their support.

The homeless animals in San Bernardino County need your help and financial support.