“Masson brings the behavior of his animal subjects vividly and enchantingly to life…Truly fascinating.”
– Dr. Jane Goodall on The Evolution of Fatherhood
“A masterpiece…the most comprehensive and compelling argument for animal sensibility that I've yet seen.”
– Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, on When Elephants Weep
“Masson's rare combination of passionate advocacy and scientific perspicacity makes this book unusually powerful. As a psychoanalyst, he addresses the psychological and emotional barriers that keep people from adopting a compassionate lifestyle - and one so manifestly in their own interest, as well as society's and the planet's.”
The Atlantic on The Face on Your Plate
What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Bestselling author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has delved deep into the unexplored territory of animal emotions, but in his new book he tackles the wildest creature of all – humans. BEASTS: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil (Bloomsbury; March 4, 2014) is an illuminating account of the relationship between humans, animals, and our perception of violence.
A given person might say they fear shark attacks more than his fellow man, but there is a glaring discrepancy with this prevalent misconception: sharks, orcas, big cats, and other fearsome predators are not nearly as aggressive as humans. We are the only species responsible for killing over 200 million of our own members in the last century alone.
Masson has taught us how to explore human emotions through animal behavior – the way dogs love, cats practice independence, and elephants grieve for their lost ones. In BEASTS, Masson examines the difference between the unchecked aggression and predatory behavior that separates humans from animals, and who the real beasts are.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, an ex-psychoanalyst and former director of the Freud Archives, is the author of numerous bestselling books on animal emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep. He lives in New Zealand, but will be traveling to the U.S. at publication.
ASPCA, NY Cares partner with NYPD Community Affairs Office
to help pets and pet owners in Queens
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) program is partnering with New York Cares and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Community Affairs Office to launch ‘Operation Gimme Shelter,’ a pilot program to provide free dog houses to at-risk pets.
New York City’s recent frigid temperatures and record-breaking snowfall has increased the number of reports to NYPD about dogs left outside without proper shelter. Working on such cases together, the ASPCA has learned from the NYPD that many pet owners lack the resources or knowledge to provide appropriate housing for their pets. In a proactive measure to help animals in need, the ASPCA is partnering with New York Cares and the NYPD Community Affairs Office to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a program designed to connect at-risk pets in the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens with appropriate dog houses.
“The ASPCA recognizes that providing free dog houses and support can be an effective means of creating a better environment for these animals,” said Allison Cardona, director of the ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program. “Much of what we do involves building trust so pet owners understand that our goal is to help both them and their animals. This is exactly the type of situation that the CIA program was built for—helping animals in need by providing critical resources to the people in charge of their care.”
“New York Cares is excited to team up with the ASPCA and NYPD to provide these important shelters to Queens residents,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director at New York Cares. “This partnership will help us continue to provide holistic and innovative support to communities throughout the five boroughs.
In addition to a free dog house, pet owners will receive ID tags, one bag of free dog food, behavioral support for their dogs, and educational materials. The CIA program will also be providing pet owners with information on the ASPCA’s free and low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary services.
Earlier this year, the ASPCA announced the full citywide rollout of its strategic and pioneering collaboration with the NYPD to provide enhanced protection to New York City’s animals. With this partnership, the NYPD takes the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in the five boroughs, while the ASPCA expands its direct care support for animal cruelty victims, including medical treatment, behavior assessments and rehabilitation, and housing and placement. For cases outside of the criminal justice system, the ASPCA continues to leverage its innovative CIA program that gets to the root causes of suffering, including intervention in cases involving hoarding and the provision of critical resources to pet owners who find themselves and their animals in unstable situations. Since its launch in 2010, the CIA program has assisted over 4,000 animals that would likely have otherwise become victims of neglect.
To report animal cruelty in any of the five boroughs, the public is encouraged to call 311 or submit an online complaint. For crimes in progress, individuals should call 911. For more information on the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org. For more information on New York Cares, please visit www.nycares.org.
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.
About New York Cares
New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer management organization. New York Cares runs vital programs for 1,300 nonprofits, public schools, and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs, and does so at no cost to the recipient organizations. Since 1987, New York Cares has made it easy for all New Yorkers to work together to strengthen the city.
New York Cares’ 59,000 volunteers are hard at work 365 days a year, teaching children the joy of reading, helping low-income students get into college, providing job training to unemployed men and women, giving companionship to elderly nursing home residents, revitalizing public parks and schools, serving meals to homeless and housebound people, donating coats, and more. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we also deployed an additional 15,000 volunteers to help with disaster response and relief. Last year, New York Cares helped more than 400,000 at-risk New Yorkers. To learn more, visit newyorkcares.org.
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K-10+ WATER SOLUBLE DOG SUPPLEMENTS REVOLUTIONIZE PET HEALTHCARE FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PRODUCT CELEBRATES NATIONWIDE PETCO LAUNCH
NEW YORK, NY – (February 3, 2014) – The recent nationwide launch of K-10+, the revolutionary new line of pre-measured, single serve water soluble vitamin packets for dogs, is a hit with dog owners. K-10+ has created an entirely new product category, and in the process has redefined what is possible with pet healthcare. The vet-approved, breakthrough proprietary formula dissolves in water, is up to 9x more effective than ordinary pills and chews. The easy to use packets solve a very common challenge for pet owners, are affordable and can be administered anywhere.
Ryan Holden Singer, founder of K-10+, shared, “I created K-10+ after realizing how difficult it was to get my dogs to take their medications and supplements. I heard from so many pet owners who relied on bizarre rituals and tricks to get their pets to swallow pills and chews. I had to find an easier and more effective way to care for my dog’s health.”
Designed for maximum hydration and palatability, K-10+ is easily added to a dog’s normal drinking water, creating a stress free experience for pets and pet owners. The packets are easy to open and dissolve quickly when emptied into a bowl and filled with fresh water. It’s that simple.
The complete K-10+ product line includes Calming, Multi-Vitamin, Glucosamine, Omega 3, UT Support, and Senior Care varieties, ensuring optimal vitality and wellness, enhancing health and longevity, and providing a higher quality of life for dogs and their owners.
Added Ryan, “The response from the team at Petco, our exclusive partner, has been overwhelmingly positive. From store managers to sales associates and their appreciative customers, we are hearing amazing stories every day of how easy and effective K-10+ really is. We’re so excited that word of mouth is spreading quickly and that we’re really making a difference in the lives of pets and their caregivers. “
K10+ is available in Petco stores nationwide and online at Petco.com. Each box of K-10+ comes with 28 packets for a one to two month supply, depending on the size of your dog. All K-10+ products are proudly manufactured in the U.S. with only the finest quality ingredients and are veterinarian recommended. To learn more visit K-10plus.com, ‘Like’ facebook.com/k10plus and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @ilovemyk10.
April is National Adopt- a-Greyhound Month
Thousands of Greyhounds In Need of Permanent Homes
Framingham, MA-A 40 mile per hour couch potato is just waiting to be adopted into a loving and permanent home. What better time than National Adopt-a-Greyhound month to welcome a beautiful, graceful and gentle greyhound into your family.
April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound month and the need to place surplus racing greyhounds has never been greater. The Greyhound Project is spreading the message of greyhound adoption awareness to ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds find caring homes.
Although many greyhound tracks have closed in recent years, the need to find homes for retired racing greyhounds has not diminished. Greyhounds retiring from the 22 remaining tracks located in seven states around the country still number in the thousands. These wonderful, elegant dogs are being cared for by adoption groups across the country as they wait to be adopted into their permanent homes.
“Greyhounds make great pets and companions,” said President of The Greyhound Project Melissa Cook. “They are graceful, gentle and can be a great addition to any dog-loving family. Many believe that regional race track closings have lessened the need to adopt these greyhounds into homes. That misperception results in a flood of retired racing greyhounds waiting to go to their permanent homes, particularly in regions with active tracks.”
“The need to move these dogs to non-racing states is critical and costs associated with accomplishing this present a real challenge. National Adopt-a-Greyhound month is a great time to welcome these wonderful Greyhounds into loving and permanent homes.”
The Greyhound Project works to support over 300 greyhound adoption groups nationwide. The charity also publishes Celebrating Greyhounds, an award-winning quarterly magazine written for greyhound adopters, owners, and supporters.
About The Greyhound Project
Founded in 1992, The Greyhound Project is a volunteer, non-profit organization. The mission of The Greyhound Project is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters, and the public. Please visit www.adopt-a-greyhound.org for more information.
Saturday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2014.
There are 312 days left in the year.
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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD® NATURAL DOG TREATS ADDS
GOURMET OFFERINGS TO THE CUPBOARD
New Gourmet Goodies Line Brings Boutique Bakery Flavors to Heritage Brand
(Tewskbury, Mass. – January 27, 2014) Old Mother Hubbard® is going beyond biscuits and adding three new varieties of artisanal doggie delicacies to the treat mix. Old Mother Hubbard Crispers®, Soft Bakes® and Fruit’ins® combine a variety of tastes and textures that will turn every Fido into a foodie – without a trip to the doggie boutique bakery.
The Old Mother Hubbard Gourmet Goodies line delivers irresistible flavors made with natural ingredients pooches will love. With seven new options to choose from, every day can be a new canine culinary adventure.
Old Mother Hubbard Gourmet Goodies are available in 6 oz. resealable packages for $5.99 in the U.S. in the following varieties:
Crispers: Crunchy, cheesy and savory, Crispers are available in Cheddar, Chicken & Rosemary and Parmesan, Bacon & Tomato.
Soft Bakes: Moist cookies come in three varieties -- Peanut Butter & Carob, Applesauce Oatmeal and Carrot & Pumpkin.
Fruit’ins: Two delicious cookie and fruit layers are available in Honey, Oatmeal & Blueberries and Honey, Apple & Bacon.
“Pet parents have trusted Old Mother Hubbard to give their best friends high-quality, natural dog biscuits, and now they can put that same trust into giving their pooches distinctive treats like those found in dog boutiques,” said Chanda Leary-Coutu, Marketing Communications Manager for Old Mother Hubbard.
Old Mother Hubbard natural dog snacks are available nationwide at pet specialty stores in nationwide and in Canada. To find an authorized retailer, visit http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/store-locator.aspx.
Old Mother Hubbard® – “Give ‘Em Some Snack Love®”
Since 1926, Old Mother Hubbard, a proud member of the WellPet family of brands, has used the same simple methods to bake our snacks for dogs. Each home-style recipe is carefully crafted from wholesome ingredients that allow dog owners to feel good about giving their dogs a reward that is healthy and heartfelt.
Saturday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2014.
There are 319 days left in the year.
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Pet Bed and Breakfast Owner Invents a Product to Help Keep Dogs Healthy
Woof Woof Castle didn’t have games in mind when introducing their pet safety product nicknamed, “Peek-a-Boo™”
Having a pet “Bed and Breakfast” certainly has its challenges and having years of experience in the pet care business would certainly support such an endeavor, but this pet care expert didn’t see this one coming.
For Peggy Sue Soutner, the owner of Woof Woof Castle, it was just another day in her life with her pet dog, Aussie. Until the day when she and her husband discovered their dog, Aussie, had consumed some of the waste contents in the cat litter. The dog quickly developed pancreatitis and became very ill. This event inspired Ms. Soutner and her husband to start thinking about how she and other pet owners could prevent this from ever happening again.
Introducing the very simple but effective Peek-a-Boo™ Pet Latch. This product is ingeniously designed to keep the door open just enough to allow the cat to enter the room but not the other larger animals. It is very easily installed on the door edge just above the door knob and the adjacent wall. The product comes with CD instructions for a straight forward installation by the everyday homeowner. The package includes all required hardware necessary for a secure latching mechanism with or without the use of screws.
If your circumstance presents a cat that is larger than your dog or you have an extra large more powerful dog, Woof Woof Castle suggests the following: for smaller dogs, install the product at a height that will be preventative; and for the more powerful dogs, two latches can be installed.
The costs of other litter protective products on the market are in the hundreds of dollars. The Peek-a-Boo™ Pet Latch retails for under $20 and is “shelf ready” in both a portrait and landscaping clam shell shaped plastic. Dealer volume pricing is available.
To learn more about the Peek-a-Boo™ product view video here
or visit www.woofwoofcastle.com
CATalyst Council’s “Spokescat,” CAT Stanley, Salutes the Felines who have Inhabited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to Mark President’s Day
(THE COMFY SOFA, My House, Annapolis, Maryland) February 14, 2014—The only thing that surprises me about the cats that have inhabited the White House over the years is how few presidents have had them! President Lincoln was the first to have a cat live with him while in office and he was our 16th president. After him, only 11 other presidents have had cats choose them.
I suppose all the hustle and bustle around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. may be too much for some cats, but personally I would love all of the attention and different people, not to mention the fame. In celebration of President’s Day, I have put together a brief history of the cats that have graced the White House with their presence.
As I previously mentioned, Abraham Lincoln was the first president to have a cat (“Tabby”) live with him at the White House. It is important to note that Lincoln was an avid cat lover; he frequently de-stressed by playing with kittens. When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln was reported to have offered the following one-word reply: “Cats.”
The first Siamese cat (“Siam”) to be brought into the country was chaperoned by President Rutherford Hayes, our 19th president, and was a gift. The first cat to receive an obituary notice from the press was President John F. Kennedy’s beloved Tom Kitten. Other presidents that have had cats reside with them at the White House are Theodore Roosevelt (“Tom Quartz” and “Slippers”), Calvin Coolidge (“Tiger”), Gerald Ford (“Shan”), Jimmy Carter (“Misty Malarky Ying Yang”), Ronald Reagan (“Cleo” and “Sara”), Bill Clinton (“Socks”) and George W. Bush (“India”).
With cats being America’s number one companion (owned cats do outnumber owned dogs in this country), I believe that all presidents should take a page from President Lincoln and adopt at least one cat. I understand that Malia Obama is allergic, so purr-haps the First Family could consider a Devon Rex or Siberian as they’re frequently hypoallergenic. I can imagine that being one of the most powerful people in the world has stressful, blood pressure-raising moments. Cats are known for their power to soothe jangled nerves and lower blood pressure, and would thus be an asset to any president’s inner circle of advisors.
For more information on CAT Stanley, visit his bio on the CATalyst Council web site at
CAT Stanley is the official “spokescat” for the CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations working on behalf of cats. For more information about the CATalyst Council, visit www.catalystcouncil.org.