K9s For Warriors: Saving Veterans And Dogs

Group of vets with dogs (caption: K9s For Warriors: Saving Veterans And Dogs)

K9s For Warriors is a Florida-based assistance dog nonprofit. They rescue dogs from shelters across the United States and pair them with disabled veterans. To date, they have saved almost 1,200 dogs from a life of abandonment or euthanasia. K9s For Warriors’ motto is “we rescue the dog, and the dog rescues the veteran (from severe PTSD and suicide).” We love their success story and got the chance to chat with their Manager of Programs Greg Wells about all the incredible work they are doing. Learn more in our latest Top Dog interview…

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Animal Cruelty Facts: Laws, Stats And How To Report A Concern

Animal Cruelty Laws

When people think about animal cruelty, their minds usually start with an image of a dog chained up outside in the cold without any food, or some dog fighting ring where pit bulls are raised to attack one another viciously. However, there are millions of animals being abused by people who don’t intend to do the wrong thing. What can you do to help an animal in need?

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Top Dog Interview: American Ninja Warrior’s K9 Ninja, Roo Yori

Top Dog Interview: Roo Yori, American Ninja Warrior and rescue pit bull

Roo Yori competes on the hit NBC TV show American Ninja Warrior as the K9 Ninja to raise awareness for homeless dogs. His rescue pit bull Wallace became a World Champion frisbee dog and he adopted Hector, another pit bull, from the Michael Vick dogfighting case. Roo continues to build quite an impressive resume. Learn about his inspiring story and what led him down the path from rescue advocate to American Ninja Warrior in our exclusive interview…

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Dog Fighting Facts: We Need To Break The Chain

Matt Bershadker at dog fighting shelter

Many people see dogfighting as a relic of our distant past, or a sick phenomenon that ended the day Michael Vick was arrested more than ten years ago. Even if it exists, surely it occurs only in a handful of dark corners of our country, run by individuals too despicable to live as ordinary members of our communities, right?

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Dangerous Dogs Act: What Breeds Are Covered?

Beware of Dog Sign

The dangerous dogs act was a law passed in the United Kingdom in 1991 aimed to try to reduce the number of dog attacks by specific breeds.Parliament stepped in to create this Act after a slew of incidences where serious injury or death resulted from dog attacks of a particularly aggressive breed that were uncontrolled. This legislative response was designed as a way to protect the people; however, over time many have come to see this Parliamentary Act as being discriminatory and ineffective. Let’s discuss some of the specifics regarding the dangerous dogs act and whether or not this was an effective response to a societal concern…

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Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

In 2004 Wallace the pitbull was saved from near death at an animal shelter. His breed and high energy level were deemed a dangerous combination and put him on the fast track towards euthanasia. In 2007 Hector was one among many pit bulls saved from NFL football star Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring in Virginia. Both of these dogs were lucky enough to find people to accept them for who they were and in spite of their past to recognize the big hearts inside and adopt them into their forever homes. Learn more in the exclusive Canine Journal interview…

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Susie’s Hope Film: A Rescue Story

Susies Hope

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and we’re not the only dog lovers with canine rescue stories and animal humane treatment on the brain. RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC seems to have an interest in canine rescue, too. At their 2013 festival, RiverRun will be screening Susie’s Hope, a film, based on true events, that tells the story of Donna Lawrence and her adoption of a Pit Bull-mix puppy — a puppy that someone had set on fire and left for dead — just months after surviving a horrific Pit Bull attack herself…

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Stopping Puppy Mills In California And How You Can Help

Sad Puppy

A puppy mill, also known as a puppy farm, is a large scale dog breeding facility. The treatment of animals at puppy mills is often called into question. Specifically, these commercial breeding farms are known for their lack of medical care, and providing a proper diet for their dogs. The pups often do not receive the exercise and socialization they require at such a young age. Unfortunately, these large-scale breeding facilities also exist for other animals. For example, for cats, a breeding farm is referred to as a kitty mill. Believe it or not, an estimated 4000 puppy mills exist across the United States, which breed over half a million puppies per year.

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