Nominations are now open for The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor Award, which honors rescued dogs or cats who have exhibited an extraordinary sense of courage by heroically helping a person in need.
“By honoring adopted or rescued dogs and cats from around the country who have heroically acted to help a person in need, The Humane Society of the United States’ Pets of Valor celebrates the human-animal bond,” said Betsy McFarland, vice president for companion animal issues at The HSUS. “We look forward to reviewing all of this year’s entries.”
Last year’s Valor Dog of the Year recipient was Hank, a Great Dane from Kansas City, Mo. Hank helped to shield his owner from her boyfriend during a vicious attack. Although Hank was injured, he provided enough of a distraction to allow the woman to escape. This year the award was broadened to include rescued cats.
Nominations can be submitted at humanesociety.org/petsofvalor. The heroic act must have taken place between Jan 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Deadline for entries is Friday, April 12 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. With the help of official HSUS Pets of Valor Award spokesdog, Uggie, who portrayed a loyal dog who courageously rescues his owner from a fire in the Academy Award-winning film “The Artist,” HSUS companion animal experts will select five finalists, based on the significance and impact of the dog or cat’s heroic act. The winner will be chosen by a public online vote that runs May 24-31, 2013.
All finalists will receive a custom sterling silver tag designed by Bella Tocca Tags. The owner of the animal chosen to be HSUS’ Valor Pet of the Year will also receive a custom crystal figurine designed by Custom Glass Etching.
Visit humanesociety.org/petsofvalor for more information and to submit a nomination.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty -- on the Web at humanesociety.org.
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Atlanta-founded nonprofit has placed more than 10,000 animals in loving homes across 18 states
ATLANTA—Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC) today announced AC Pup as its new mascot to help save homeless animals scheduled for euthanasia. AC Pup, a four-year old mixed breed “celebrity” in Macon, Georgia, will work in communities nationwide to spread the word about animal issues and enlist support using his network of more than 10,000 Facebook followers.
Founded in 1998 by Atlanta veterinarian Dr. Michael Good, Homeless Pet Clubs are free-to-establish and give students, civic leaders and business owners a way to share their love of animals by promoting animal rescue, responsible pet ownership, adoption of shelter animals and animal welfare. There are currently more than 300 clubs and more than 50 rescue partners across 18 states. Together with parent organization, The Homeless Pet Foundation (HPF), Homeless Pet Clubs has placed more than 10,000 animals in loving homes over the past 10 years.
The partnership between Homeless Pet Clubs and AC Pup utilize the dog’s social media popularity to inform, educate and persuade community members to actively engage in networking to find homes for all adoptable pets.
“We are proud to announce AC Pup as our new mascot,” said Dr. Good. “Homeless Pet Clubs works hard to engage within communities and having AC Pup as the face of our brand will help us build a vibrant, compassionate environment where adoptable animals are rescued, nurtured and placed in loving homes.”
Rescued as a four-week old puppy after being abandoned and exposed to freezing temperatures, AC Pup has served as mascot for Macon-area nonprofit Central Georgia CARES for four years. His duties include spreading CARES’s mission of emphasizing, among other beliefs, the need for spay/neuter of pets, the elimination of animal abuse and the inclusion of humane education in school curriculum.
AC Pup’s mascot responsibilities also include penning weekly columns for The Telegraph, a McClatchy newspaper and quarterly articles for Southern Styles magazine. Written from the perspective of a rescue dog, AC Pup shares photos of adoptable pets and was recently named Animal Grand Marshal for the Cherry Blossom parade held during Macon’s enormously popular Cherry Blossom Festival.
To learn more about Homeless Pet Clubs, AC Pup or to get involved, please visit www.homelesspetclubs.org.
ABOUT HOMELESS PET CLUBS
Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC) give students, civic leaders, and business owners a way to share their love of animals by promoting animal rescue, responsible pet ownership, adoption of shelter animals, and animal welfare. Response to the free-to-establish clubs has been overwhelming, with each club choosing pets to "sponsor" and promote for adoption. There are currently over 300 Homeless Pet Clubs and over 50 Rescue Partners with new clubs and rescue partners being added weekly. Together with parent organization, The Homeless Pet Foundation (HPF), Homeless Pet Clubs has placed more than 10,000 animals in loving homes over the past 10 years.
In February 2012, Seth Casteel's photos of underwater dogs stormed the Internet, taking over Facebook and Twitter for a combined 150 million views on social media sites. News outlets from National Geographic to the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and countless others have featured Casteel’s work. Just in time for the holidays, Little, Brown and Company is pleased to announce the publication of award-winning pet
photographer and animal rights activist Casteel’s UNDERWATER DOGS (on-sale October 23, 2012), a gift book featuring stunning photographs of dogs underwater.
Underwater Dogs is a collection of more than eighty portraits, dozens of which have yet to be seen by the world. Casteel’s work is unique among pet photographers—a new way of looking at an old friend, the water lending a vibrant kind of energy that you can’t look away from. On the surface, it seems to be a simple exercise: a dog’s leap, a splash, and then a wet head surfacing with a ball, triumphant.
But beneath the water is a chaotic ballet of bared teeth and bubbles, paddling paws, fur and ears billowing in the currents. From leaping Lab to diving Dachshund, the water is where a dog’s distinct personality shines through; some lounge in the current, paddling slowly, but others arch their bodies to cut through the water with the focus and determination of a shark.
Casteel captures a new side of our old friends with vibrant underwater photography that captivates the viewer. Each image bubbles with exuberance and life, a striking reminder that even in the most lovable and domesticated dog, there are more primal forces at work. In Underwater Dogs, Seth Casteel gives playful and energetic testament to the rough-and-tumble joy that our dogs bring into our lives.
About the Author: Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer with a passion for working with animals. His series of underwater dog photographs has brought him worldwide attention, entertaining and fascinating millions of animal lovers. As an established member of the animal rescue community, Casteel has been recognized by Time magazine, the Today show, and the Humane Society of the United States for his efforts, and his underwater dog photographs have been featured in the New York Times, on Animal Planet, and in hundreds of other outlets. He is based in Los Angeles and Chicago and is the proud “dad” to two dogs, Nala the Mini-Labradoodle and Fritz the Norwich Terrier.
By Seth Casteel
Little, Brown and Company
On-Sale Date: October 23, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-316-22770-4 .
– New Offering Features 11 HD Channels, Available atAPL.TV and on Connected Devices –
Silver Spring, Md. – Whether exhibiting human-like behavior or living an existence so foreign it is fascinating, the animal kingdom has the power to mesmerize. Today, Discovery Communications announces the debut ofAnimal Planet L!VE, featuring unfiltered, round-the-clock access to the compelling worlds of the beautiful, cute and misunderstood. The 24/7 digital experience builds on Discovery Communications’ long-standing success with live animal cams, including Penguin Cam and Shark Cam, and acts as a digital complement to Animal Planet and its on-air programming.
“Animal Planet L!VE marries the most popular Internet video category, animals, with the most powerful animal-related media brand in Animal Planet. This exciting new digital video experience advances Discovery Communications' mission of being the #1 nonfiction media company across allscreens,” said JB Perrette, Chief Digital Officer, Discovery Communications. “’Live’ is a key way that we connect with our audiences – on air and online, andAnimal Planet L!VE will feed audiences' passion for the animal world on their computers, tablets, smartphones and connected TVs. We’re delighted to bring this unprecedented breed of 'ambient entertainment’ to our viewers and superfans.”
Available today at APL.TV and on select Samsung Smart TVs tomorrow, Animal Planet L!VElaunches in partnership with Audubon Nature Institute,explore.org, National Aquarium,South MountainCreamery and theWashington Animal RescueLeague – with more cameras planned in the coming months. Starting today visitors can immerse themselves through 11, live HD cameras – powered byUSTREAM:
- Ant Cam: A childhood ant farm has nothing on this colony of leafcutter ants from Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans.
- Beluga Cam: In one of several cams from explore.org’s Pearls of the Planet collection, the sleek Beluga whales from Vancouver Aquarium are put in the spotlight, entrancing audiences.
- Calf Cam: Watch baby calves find their legs and explore a whole new world from the South Mountain Creamery in Middletown, Maryland.
- Chick Cam: Spring has sprung for these adorable chicks that, along with the calves, call the South Mountain Creamery home.
- Cockroach Cam:While feelings may be mixed on these creatures that have inhabited our planet since the Cretaceous period, viewers will be mesmerized by their activity and surprise setting inspired by the southern home of Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
- Kitten Cam: Launched in November 2012, the adoptable kittens from the Washington Animal Rescue League in the nation’s capital have pawed their way into the hearts of online audiences.
- Pacific Reef Cam: In partnership with National Aquarium, this cam lets ocean lovers visit a pacific reef habitat without the scuba gear or getting wet.
- Penguin Cam: Featuring the best-dressed ofAnimal Planet L!VE, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas shares their Rockhopper and African penguins, temperate climate birds who prefer warmer water than their cold water cousins.
- Puppy Cam: Debuting earlier this year in conjunction with PUPPY BOWL, the puppies featured from Washington Animal Rescue League (as with the kittens) are all available for adoption through Petfinder.
- Sea Nettle Cam: A living meditation for people who need a break in the day, this explore.org cam features the hypnotic Japanese sea nettles from the Vancouver Aquarium.
- Wild Bird Cam: Who will come visit theAnimal Planet L!VE birdhouse? Take your perch and see!
“Our success with Animal Planet on TV has been due in large part to listening closely to our audience. Their overwhelming response to PUPPY BOWL and ourPuppy and Kitten Cams led us straight to Animal Planet L!VE,” added Marjorie Kaplan, President and General Manager, Animal Planet. “Animal Planet L!VE is an exciting evolution and expansion of the Animal Planet brand. Whether you want the Pacific Reef Cam on during your house party or you'd rather wake up with the Wild Bird Cam chirping in the background, with this digital destination we’re bringing the cute, the cuddly, the mesmerizing and even the creepy to our fans 24/7 as only AnimalPlanet can."
Animal Planet L!VE currently is available across desktop and mobile platforms atAPL.TV and on Samsung Smart TVs this Thursday, and will be coming to Roku and Xbox LIVE in the coming months.
About Animal Planet
Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobilecommunity for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 96 million homes in the U.S.; www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 218 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 155 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leadingprovider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. Formore information, please visitwww.discoverycommunications.com.
About Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute is a private, not-for-profit member organization with a collection of
world-class family attractions dedicated to “Celebrating the Wonders of Nature.” Based in New Orleans, it operates the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Park, Woldenberg Riverfront Park,Entergy IMAX Theatre, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center and Audubon Insectarium at the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street. More than three million people each yearvisit Audubon Nature Institute’s facilities. Find out more by visiting audubonInstitute.org.
explore.org is a philanthropic media organization and multi-media division of the Annenberg Foundation. Created by filmmaker and philanthropist Charles Annenberg to champion the selfless acts of others, inspire lifelong learning and help people fall in love with the world again, explore.org is home to more than 300 original films and a massive library of world-class photography from all over the globe. In addition, explore.org is home toPearls of the Planet, a growing collection of live HD cameras that provide people with an unprecedented view into the lives of amazing animals and beautiful places around the world. As an advertising-free philanthropic media organization, explore.org prides itself on purity and regularly provides grants to organizations focused on improving the human condition and the planet.
About National Aquarium
National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. It champions environmental initiatives by engaging with visitors, volunteers, education groups and schools to actively participate in the preservation of the world’s natural resources and living-systems. National Aquarium, in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, delivers meaningful experiences through its engaging living collections; science-based education programs and hands-on conservation efforts in the field from the Chesapeake Bay to Costa Rica; and partnerships and alliances with like-minded organizations around the world. For more information on National Aquarium, visitwww.aqua.org.
About South Mountain Creamery
South Mountain Creamery is Maryland’s first on-the-farm dairy processing plant that delivers farm fresh and all-naturalproducts door to door. In operation since 2001, South Mountain Creamery is family owned and operated and delivers to over 8,000 home delivery customers in MD, VA, PA, WV, and DC. Products available for delivery include glass-bottled milk, certified humane eggs, meats, cheeses, yogurt, ice cream and much more. Located in Middletown, MD, Karen’s Kountry Farm Store sells the same products available for delivery and allows customers to feed baby calves, watch cowsbeing milked, and to take a guided tour. South Mountain Creamery’s goal is to instill healthy eating habits, educate about the benefits of local agriculture, and provide a sustainable future for our children. If you want your milk straight from the cow, you have to call South Mountain Creamery!
About Washington Animal Rescue League
The Washington Animal Rescue League, a private non-profit organization, was recently named one of the top ten emergency rescue partners in the nation by the Humane Society of the United States. Entering its 99th year, the League has a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, andrehome animals who have nowhere else to go. Its facility is painstakingly designed from the animals’ point of view to make it one of the most humane animal shelters in the world. The League is also home to a full-service Medical Center, serving the companion animals of income-qualified pet guardians, aswell as shelter animals. The League is located at 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW,Washington, DC. Visitwww.warl.org and lend your support atwww.warl.org/Donate.
Ustream is the leader in live social video streaming technology, powered by the company’s proprietary Ustream Cloud Platform. Ustream’s Pro Broadcasting and Premium services enable broadcasters of any size – from entertainers to consumers, to companies to non-profit organizations – to easily connect, broadcast, and engage in real-time. Founded in 2007, Ustream is a San Francisco-based company that has grown to more than 180 employees within their San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Budapest offices. Company partners include Panasonic, Samsung, Logitech, CBS News, PBS NewsHour, and Viacom. Ustream is a privately owned company. For more information on Ustream, visitUstream.tv, Twitter.com/Ustream, or Facebook.com/Ustream.
Clear Conscience Pet® is a multiple award winning pet nutrition company that developed the Sliders® treat line, theSuperGravy® line of pet food enhancing gravies, OSV™nutrient enhanced treats and chews, and Cruncherz™ Organic Gluten & Grain-Free Dog Biscuits. The company is based in Wilton, Connecticut and is family-owned by Founders Anthony Bennie and Amanda Malone Bennie. They currently market their pet food products to pet supply retailers, veterinarians, health food stores, and other pet specialty outlets.
Covert canine agents will stop at nothing to end inhumane puppy mills
NEW YORK–The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), as part of its national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign, today announced the launch of a national fleet of covert canine agents tasked with using interrogation tactics to sniff out consumers who support the cruel puppy mill industry by shopping in pet stores that sell puppies. Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, where they are kept in inhumane conditions and do not receive proper veterinary care. The ASPCA’s interrogating canines will not stop barking until this inhumane industry rolls over.
“Our highly skilled fleet of puppy interrogators will be instrumental in identifying consumers unwittingly backing the inhumane puppy mill industry with their purchases,” said Cori Menkin, senior director of ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “Our canine agents are ready to take this cause into their own paws, and it will be a dog day afternoon for anyone caught holding the wrong biscuit.”
The ASPCA’s national No Pet Store Puppies campaign has recruited a militant team of highly trained dogs to lead these covert operations. The ASPCA has already unleashed several of these undercover dog interrogators to tail pet owners who shop for pet supplies at pet stores that sell puppies. The campaign selected puppies who clearly have a bone to pick with the commercial breeding facilities that hold their canine comrades captive in such unsanitary, overcrowded conditions. Through the use of undisclosed tactics, the ASPCA agents will successfully eliminate consumer demand for puppy mill puppies.
One ASPCA agent, who preferred to remain anonymous, was asked what happens to puppy pet store shoppers who are found to be barking up the wrong tree. He responded, “It can get pretty ruff.”
Confidential footage depicting one such interrogation session was leaked earlier this week and can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/pwonWI8ctVE
To learn more about the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign and the fleet of puppy interrogators, visit www.NoPetStorePuppies.com.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
(ANNAPOLIS, Maryland) April 1, 2013—To mark the start of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, the CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations working on behalf of cats, is urging animal lovers to take action and help raise awareness in their communities. The month, championed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, aims to raise awareness of the plight of animals that are being treated cruelly across the country.
“During this month, we are imploring people to take steps, even if they are small ones, to help prevent cruelty and neglect in their own local communities,” says Dr. Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council. “Whether you have time to volunteer at your local shelter, donate items they might need or simply post information on your social media page, do something to help raise awareness. And cats represent an overwhelming need in most communities.”
The ASPCAon what you can do to help fight cruelty to animals, like getting to know the animals in your neighborhood, helping to advocate for stronger anti-cruelty laws in your state and teaching your children how to treat animals with respect and kindness. If you have an incident or situation that appears to be cruelty to animals or animal neglect, often the best place to start is by contacting your local law enforcement agency. They will be able to direct you to the agency or organization in your community that investigates these cases.
In addition,of abuse is important to ensuring you know when to alert local enforcement agents to a situation where an animal is being abused. These signs can range from an animal having an untreated or ongoing medical problem that the owner does not seem to be addressing to actually seeing an animal being mistreated by its owner.
“We need members of communities to be alert to the plight of animals in their area so that we can help those who need help,” says Dr. Brunt. “Ensuring that all pets get the love, respect and proper medical attention they deserve is just one way to make our neighborhoods better places for all creatures.”
The CATalyst Council is a national organization which includes a wide variety of animal health and welfare organizations as well as corporate members of the animal health industry that are working together to improve the health and welfare of America’s favorite pet. It was founded in response to troubling statistics released by the American Veterinary Medical Association that indicate an increase in our nation’s pet cat population coupled with a decline in veterinary care for those cats. More information about the CATalyst Council is available at.
Horde of feral cats by Greg Homel
(Washington, D.C., March 29, 2013) Despite public opposition, the Florida legislature is moving towards approving legislation that would authorize the public hoarding of cats by feral cat activists, in the face of potential public health and property value impacts, as well as predicted high mortality for native animals. The cost of cleaning up these areas could also fall on Florida taxpayers.
The Florida House passed H.B. 1121 on Wednesday, March 20 and the Florida Senate Committee on Agriculture is set to vote on S.B. 1320 on Monday, April 1. Both bills remove a significant impediment to public cat hoarding by making it much easier for irresponsible people to dump unwanted cats in hoarding areas without penalty, and by suspending liability for individuals who maintain the hoarding areas.
These public cat hoards are often cited by feral cat activists as an alternative to euthanasia of cats, but given the rate at which cats can reproduce, the result will likely be a rapid increase in Florida’s feral cat problem. Spay/neuter efforts will be unlikely to keep pace with the increase in cat abandonment and reproduction if the legislation were to pass.
The State effort was opposed by American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading bird conservation organization; Florida Defenders of Wildlife, a leading Florida wildlife advocacy group; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (who described the bill as a disaster for cats), and by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.
“This is shocking. Hoarding of animals in homes is prohibited in most places but we now have Florida encouraging it in public places such as city parks. There is no question that the health of local citizenry – including children - is being put at risk, property values in the hoarding areas will be impacted and local wildlife will continue to be devastated,” said Grant Sizemore, Cats Indoors Program Manager for ABC.
Sizemore pointed out that studies show that 62-80 percent of all feral cats carry the parasite responsible for the very serious blood disorder, toxoplasmosis – a disease of special concern for pregnant mothers. It can be contracted by coming in contact with areas that the cats have defecated on. Even more seriously, cats are also the leading transmitter of rabies among domestic animals in the U.S.
Sizemore pointed out further that: “Even if the threat of serious disease is not off-putting, the fact is that one in five Americans - about 48 million people - engage in birdwatching. None of those people will want to live in an area that has a state-sanctioned cat hoarding area. We continually get calls from people asking what they can do to get rid of the feral cats that kill the wildlife in their backyards that they so enjoy watching. It is not inconceivable that when word gets out to the wildlife community, birdwatchers may begin to avoid Florida as a birding destination with potentially significant economic impacts to small businesses."
Sizemore said that dozens of studies, mostly peer-reviewed and published in scientific journals document both the health and wildlife impacts of the 60 million feral cats and 60 million owned cats that have access to the outdoors. The most recent such study came from scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which named outdoor cats as the single greatest cause of direct, human-caused mortality for birds and mammals. The study, which is described as the most comprehensive analysis of information on the issue of outdoor cat predation, found that bird and mammal mortality caused by outdoor cats is much higher than has been widely reported, with annual bird mortality now estimated to be 1.4 to 3.7 billion and mammal mortality likely 6.9 – 20.7 billion individual animals.
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. ABC acts by safeguarding the rarest species, conserving and restoring habitats, and reducing threats, while building capacity in the bird conservation movement.