Thursday, January 22, 2015


Pledges, donations, are collected while an animal is still in the shelter. Maybe a 'puller' will come along and take the pet out when these pledges are waved in front of them. And if one does, oh how they celebrate "RESCUED". But what is the reality behind it? This is but one, there are others, and it is happening all too often.

FORMER DEVORE DOGS IN NEED OF RE-RESCUE reads the facebook posting. You can't even count the responses in the comments and cross posts. And those pledges came too. Then the announcement that 'Hancock' had been rescued or rather pulled from Devore. Great news you think. Not the end of story.

Hancock was abandoned at Loma Linda Veterinary Clinic by the puller/rescuer/activist with a $4000 vet bill and four other dogs also abandoned there. They were abandoned December 8th and as of yesterday, they are still there. But the begging for pledges, once again, has already started.

The clinic agreed to release the dogs to the 'puller' for $2000 but the 'rescuer' said to send them back to Devore stating "maybe they'll get adopted again". Does this sound a little scammie to you? Revolving dogs, get money, pull, abandon, get money again. Not the first time and this blog has written about this before.

The most worrisome thing is that this person has pulled several dogs from San Bernardino City shelter as well and was accused of killing 10 dogs in Texas. And a well known advocate against the City shelter needs to explain her relationship with this person.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


This is a bone of contention for No Kill and shelters. Merritt Clifton has the explanation. May not be what we want to hear but reality often is that way.

The common element may be simply that agencies have insufficiently explained to rescuers how shelter space is allocated.

The trick,  for animal control shelter management,  is to have adequate capacity to handle whatever crisis comes.  This is often complicated because many animal control shelters are too small for their communities––even with more nonprofit humane societies,  no-kill sanctuaries,  and shelterless rescues helping to house impounded animals than ever before.  The total capacity of every dog and cat shelter and rescue in the U.S. today is under 500,000.  Total shelter arrivals run close to eight million,  16 times the available cage and run space.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


The Animals Are First Fund, AARF, a nonprofit started by the County of San Barnardino Animal Care and Control two years ago to raise money for animal control programs not covered by the County, has donated 5,000 microchips to SB ACC, and on Tuesday, it was approved by the Board of Supervisors.

This is one of three donations of microchips to the County shelters, the value of this one is over $27,000. The program has been successful in helping to reunite owners with their lost pets who come into the shelter. It also helps to reunite owners with their pets for less fees required by the shelter. 

The microchips are also offered at the weekend pet adoption events throughout the year.

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.