Lassen County, CA

High Desert Wolves Rescue is a non-profit animal “sanctuary” in Northern California. However the owner of the organization was brought to trial for “puppy mill” charges earlier this year. According to lassennews.com, the dogs were kept in cages their entire lives and were not socialized. Furthermore, many of the dogs and puppies had parvo virus and distemper.

 

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Photo from High Desert Wolves Facebook page

A seemingly small breath of relief came when hearing that the dogs and pups were taken by authorities however that relief is short-lived. With the local government refusing to release the animals to any rescue groups for adoption, many of the dogs face euthanasia.

Change.org has published a petition for folks to sign, which would encourage the municipality to release the dogs into the care of rescue groups and prevent euthanasia. Click here to sign the petition.

There is also a gofundme account accepting donations to help with the cost of care and transportation of the animals for rescue attempts. To donate, click here.

Please help spread the news.

 

Generation Kind

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

I love what the RSPCA is doing in the UK right now. The RSPCA has launched a new program that they are calling Generation Kind.

Generation Kind is an awareness initiative that focuses on the UK’s youths, to educate and develop proper animal care/welfare behaviors.

The RSPCA was able to identify that a quarter of school children between the ages of 10 to 18 are being largely exposed to animal cruelty due to it’s ease of access on social media and the internet in general.

So what better way to take control of that situational overload, than to educate children on the many topics of animal cruelty? Why it happens, how it happens, and so, so much more.

Generation Kind is geared for children who have previously offended animal welfare laws. It is also for “disadvantaged” young people (USA: it’s okay to admit that we know what disadvantaged means, and the UK did not put quotes around disadvantaged either so I’m keeping it comfortable for you) and for all youth in general, in the UK’s school systems.

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Definitely not realistic to assume that all children in the UK go around holding goats like this young boy. But some .uk website thought it would make a good icon, so I did too! 

Through the Generation Kind program, the RSPCA is campaigning for an animal welfare education class to be included in their school’s curriculums, which is an amazingly fantastic idea that some day hopefully the US will imitate. They are asking for people to sign a petition (which I’ll include a link to) to help encourage the government to allow this type of education in all schools.

To find out more about this program, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is it Important to Spay/Neuter my pet?

Each year in the United States, 6 to 8 million dogs and cats are admitted to a shelter. Of those 6 to 8 million, approximately 4 million are euthanized simply because they were unable to find a home.

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To really see the big picture on how serious of a dilemma this is for our nation; each person would have to adopt 15 dogs and 45 cats, to ensure that every animal in America has a home. What is even more shocking, is that our world’s population in general is already significantly higher than ever before. Studies have shown that for every 20 minutes, 3,000 people are born in the United States each year and yet; the number of homeless dogs and cats still far outweigh even that! So, this is a very real issue.

I’ll give you a minute to digest that info.

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Each American = 15 dogs and 45 cats

Do you see how truly large of an issue this is? Many animal shelters, veterinarians, and animal experts try tirelessly to address it. Yet, the simplest way to help stop this growing issue, is to spay/neuter your pet.

Even as animal lovers, we would take in all 15 dogs and 45 cats, to help ensure each animal is loved and cared for. However the fact is,  that you have now put these animals in jeopardy by housing them in a hoarding situation. Although they may not face physical abuse, they certainly would face starvation, medical issues, and receive little to no attention, since it is simply unrealistic for one person to be able to care for that many animals at once.

 

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A Great Dane hoarder in New Hampshire. Dogs seized required up to $30,000 in medical care. Some were able to be saved and put up for adoption while others were not.

The owner of the Great Danes pictured above stood before her municipal judge in early 2018. She plead in her defense that she was only doing this to save the breed. She wanted to ensure that the majesty of the breed remain in history.

 

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Backyard Samoyed breeder in Iowa, Nov. 2018. All 170 dogs were seized by ASPCA

The American Kennel Club takes steps to ensure proper breeding without all of the neglect and feces. It has established guidelines for registered breeders to ensure that no inbreeding occurs, no over-breeding occurs, and that adequate care is provided to each dog involved.

So to recap: Each American = 15 dogs and 45 cats.

4 million animals are euthanized each year, regardless of their health or age, simply because they were unable to find homes.

The simplest way you can help is to spay/neuter your pet. If you want to go the extra mile, adopt from a shelter. If adopting from a shelter is not in your interest, (by the way there are purebreds in shelters, like those Great Danes and Samoyeds!) at the very least do not buy from anyone other than a registered breeder.

 

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Animals In Entertainment: The Godfather’s Stray

In the beginning of The Godfather film, Marlon Brando is seen holding, petting and even playing  with a silver tabby.

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Don Vito Corleone with his cat

Francis Ford Coppola explained in an interview with Time magazine that the cat had been found running around the studio. Coppola scooped up the stray and, “Put it in his (Brando’s) hands without (saying) a word.” Reportedly, the cat purred so loudly throughout the scene that Brando’s dialogue was almost inaudible.

Marlon Brando was a huge cat fan to begin with.  On one occasion, he was reported to have said, ” I live in my cat’s house.”

Marlon Brando and his cat

It’s no wonder Brando and the stray were able to create such a powerful opening scene. Which, for some people, lead to the development of a few metaphoric meanings behind it.

Not much is known about the cat’s whereabouts after the scene was filmed, but we can be sure that the cat knew he could go to Brando for “protection” if he needed it.

 

 

The Canary

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Yellow Canary

A Canary is a small bird that is descended from the wild Atlantic Canary. Part of the Finch family; Atlantic Canaries are primarily found in the places they originated: The Canary Islands, Azores, and Madeira. However some were brought by man-kind in the mid 1900’s to the northwest Hawaiian Islands and Bermuda, where they can be found as well.

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Atlantic Canary

A look into the history of the Canary Islands lends a great deal of information as to how these birds became their own “domesticated” breed.

When Roman sailors discovered the islands, there were a tremendous number of wild dogs roaming about a particular island. Therefore, the Romans named the entire chain of islands Canaria. With Canis meaning dog, Canaria means the Great Island of Dogs.

In the 1400’s Spain began their expansion efforts and very soon after they conquered the small Canary and Madeira Islands, (around 1500’s) They began to import it’s small, delightful and bright signing birds.

The little birds of Las Islas Canarias were quickly passed all over Europe. Noblemen and Monks began to extensively breed their song birds and quickly gave rise to 29 different types of domestic Canaries.

Current day Canaries are typically divided into three groups.

  1. Color
  2. Type
  3. Song

Color birds are known for their varying degrees of color. For example, one of the earliest forms of this selective breeding is the Yellow Canary, which dates back to 1670, and is the most common. Colors range from red, white, and orange.

The Type Category is comprised of birds such as the Yorkshire and Raza Esponala. These birds are bred for particular shape and sizes.

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Yorkshire Canary

And finally, Song canaries are bred for their singing abilities. These birds are the most sought after in all of the canary groups. The Harz Roller (German Roller,) The Waterslager (bred in Belgium from Harz Roller lines,) and The American Singer (circa 1930’s) are among the top performing canaries in this category. The Spanish Timbrado is reported to be able to sing a song containing up to 12 notes.

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Spanish Timbrado

Which leads to a forgotten history of the Canary. I’ll need the help of world-renowned musician Sting from his former band The Police to help me exemplify this next topic. “You live your life like a Canary in a Coalmine.”

What Sting is referring to in this song dates back to point in our worlds history when Canaries were used in coal mining. Canaries were used primarily in the UK to aid coal miners during their workday. Having a considerably smaller size and higher metabolic rate than their human counterparts, Canaries were placed in mines alongside working men. If any toxic gases had been unknowingly released via the digging process of mining, such as carbon monoxide or methane; the Canary would presumably stop singing and succumb to the toxic gases before the larger-bodied workers. Thus giving coal miners the ability to know of the impending danger and provide time for the men to safely exit the mine.

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Coal Miner and his Canary

A canary can live 15 years or more. They are very friendly, social birds and perfer warmer climates. As with other birds in this variety they enjoy fruit, veggies, and high-protein diets.

A canary is able to contract Cholera, Diphtheria, lice, and eye diseases. So be sure to take your canary to the vet if they tend to keep their head low or seem lethargic.

Canaries are timorous. They can easily become nervous so be weary when letting them fly around the house since they are more apt to bump their heads off of objects. Also, their timorous nature makes them more sensitive to changes made in the household (moving furniture, new smells, etc.)

For a listen to a Canary’s song, click here for a link to YouTube.