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Prepare yourself for every step of the dog adoption process and make your new best friend’s life the happiest and healthiest it can be with these fostering and adoption tips and tales from dog-loving expert Victoria Schaffer.

Adopting a dog and making them the newest member of your family can sometimes feel like a daunting task. How do you know what dog is right for you? What do you need to know about the adoption process? And how do you make sure your new best friend has the best life possible while they’re settling into their new home? Pup Culture is here to help.

Pup Culture is a well-deserved ode to man’s best friend. Fostering-extraordinaire Victoria Lily Shaffer presents a wide-ranging collection of dog adoption and fostering tales, tips, handy checklists, heartwarming stories, and Q&A’s from both celebs—like Dan Levy, Glenn Close, and David Letterman—as well as everyday dog lovers.

These inspiring stories and lessons dig deep into the beloved relationships between dogs and humans, from exploring the harrowing journey of finding your perfect “fur-ever” companion to spotlighting the selfless, dedicated community of rescuers that help save and change lives.

Photograph by Meg Meyer

Victoria Lily Shaffer is no stranger to show biz, having practically grown up on the set of The Late Show with David Letterman. She’s the Vice President of Creative Development at Oso Studios where she most notably produced a Facebook Watch series entitled Extra Innings with Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray. Shaffer was the former host of Pet Life Radio’s Tails of the City, which streamed on iHeartRadio, and she’s also worked on productions such as the Tony Awards, the Emmy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, HBO’s Divorce, and Netflix’s My Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. Victoria has combined her love for show biz with her passion for animal rescue advocacy, creating content to inspire others to #AdoptDontShop. Follow Victoria on Instagram @VictoriaLilyShaffer to meet her latest fosters (usually involving large numbers of adorable newborn puppies). Pup Culture is her debut publication.

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The Benefits of Pets for Kids During COVID-19 

Many children are experiencing a lot of fear because of the pandemic which turns into various forms of anxiety and sadness.  Parents need to tune in to each child and create a loving and nurturing environment in these uncertain times. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and continuously tell them you are there for them is key to supporting well-being and social development.

As humans we all need to feel socially connected.  Creating special family and friend times over the computer, distance activities in the park, and engaging in art projects to express love and support to others supports human connections.  Long term we are uncertain have children will feel and each one is unique.  Emphasizing resiliency is key to our mental health.

In caring and loving a pet, all family members thrive and feel better through this personal connection: unconditional love.  Even teaching children how to care for an animal, creates an emotional connection and enhances our purpose to give to others.

Children and Youth of all ages are impacted by fear and loss of human interaction.  Older children have increased cognitive abilities to understand feelings but may feel more isolated and hesitant to share with their parents or an older sibling because they are worried about being judged. Supporting all children to express their feelings is the key with love and support in return creates the security we all need in these trying times.

Feeling in control with so much uncertainty about what will happen next about school, work or family life a pet can be a constant for everyone and make people happy, have purpose and an opportunity to give back.

Pets make all people feel wanted and loved and needed.

Many dogs and cats may need homes since shelters and rescues had to close or have limited staff.  First, sit down and make this a family decision and recognize that kids of all ages may say they will do the work to care for a per but in reality Parent(s) have to ultimately take responsibility for the care of any animal:  Do you have the time? What benefits do you see for all your children?  Can your family afford the costs of caring for a pet: food, medical and other items. Make sure you explore the responsibilities of taking on a puppy or kitten, an untrained or trained pet, and what is involved?  Also realize everyone gets attached to a pet and they may get sick or die at one point which will impact your family.  That is life but given the age of your children and the age of the pet exploring this issue as adults is important.

Focus on positive life experiences and recognize each child’s unique temperament which will enhance the mental and social wellbeing of everyone in your family.  Continue to connect safely with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors: always social distance, wash your and each child’s hands several times a day for at least 20 seconds, and Asking for Help is a Sign of Strength® call for emotional help at 1-855-427=2736 got Parents, Children and Youth!

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Second Act

STX Entertainment presents a PG-13, 103 minute, Comedy, Romance film directed by Peter Segal, written by Justin Zackham and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas with a theatre release date of December 21, 2018.

Movie review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

Instant Family

Paramount Pictures presents a PG-13, Comedy directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris with a theatre release date of November 16, 2018.

The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation is built of a group of inspired, motivated humanitarians who work tirelessly to fight animal cruelty by educating the public, animal rescue, and finding loving families to give the helpless a second chance at a happy life. Founded by Oscar nominated and renown animal activist Linda Blair to bring the much needed attention to the growing problems related to animal welfare and the work required to stop animal abuse and neglect.

 

What We Do…

Linda Using the Pet Walker-Plus

LBWF is a unique safe haven for animals providing top-quality, lifelong care to the animals it rescues.

We emphasize proper nutrition, provide first-class veterinary care, comfortable facilities, training, socializing, and of course, an abundance of love.

Using the media as an outlet for education, we hope to raise the level of awareness on important issues such as pet overpopulation and dog fighting, as well as debunking the unfounded, illogical and fear-based arguments that all too often lead to breed-specific bans and the heartbreaking extermination of beautiful animals whose only crime is having been born.

The recent economic recession and financial crisis have resulted in a record number of foreclosures and people aren’t the only ones to suffer in times like these. Homelessness is a harsh reality facing more and more animals, as people heartlessly abandon them or are reluctantly forced to leave them behind at already overcrowded shelters because they can no longer afford to care for them.

Please help us give these loving, loyal and wonderful animals a safe place to live a happy life. There are a variety of ways you can help, from making a tax-deductible cash donation, purchasing something from our CafePress store or bidding on one of Linda’s eBay auction items to volunteering at our facility or becoming a desperately needed foster family for our rescues.

Increasing Our Impact

After 3 long years of searching, the foundation’s journey came full circle with the acquisition of an A2 zoned property in Acton, CA. The property is beautiful and provides a wonderful temporary home to animals that have been through so much.

We’re very proud of how far we’ve come and incredibly thankful for the donations of both money and time from our dedicated supporters, friends and volunteers. Much has been accomplished, but we still have a long way to go!

We are constantly working to construct additional buildings to shelter our rescued animals from high desert winds and cold. We’re also busy installing additional fencing and plumbing, as well as creating new play yards – just to list a few of the ongoing projects that help us meet our animals’ most basic needs.

Always on our shopping list…

  • Wire Crates 42″-48″
  • Chain Link
  • Recycled Plywood
  • Trees for shade and wind protection
  • Dog food
  • Dog Treats
  • Dog Toys
  • Dog Beds
  • Blankets
  • Collars and Leashes
  • Stainless Steel Water and Food Bowls
  • Heavy Duty garbage bags
  • Paper towels

These gift cards can always be put to good use…

  • Home Depot or Lowe’s Gift Cards
  • PetSmart or Petco Gift Cards

Our “wouldn’t it be wonderful” wish list…

  • Cargo Van for transporting animals
  • Energy and Water Efficient Washer (top loading) and Dryer
Looking Into The Future

Ultimately our goal is to build a reliable and smooth-running facility that will allow Linda to focus much of her attention on educating the public about critical issues such as overpopulation, the importance of having pets spayed or neutered, animal abuse, neglect and the plight of woefully misunderstood breeds like American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier – often collectively referred to as “Pit Bulls”.

While our first priority is to provide a loving and safe environment for our rescued animals, fundamentally we hope to have an impact on a much larger and far-reaching scale. Ours is a mission of education that will help people develop the same respect, love and admiration for animals that we have.

Together We CAN Make A Difference!

 www.lindablairworldheart.org