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  • New program in Kansas City cuts the number of dogs shot by police by 80%

    from Kc dog blog

    Wednesday September 10th, 2014 at 07:33 AM

    The headlines seem common. Family pet, shot by police officer. The family is upset about losing their family pet and the police are painted as uncaring, uncompassionate people.

    Being a police officer is tough work. By definition, they're often dealing with the criminal element. And often, find themselves caught in the situations where they have to make split-second, life or death decisions.

    A new program in Kansas City is helping to minimize the number of times these life-or-death decisions...

  • New video on breed-specific preemption bills

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday September 8th, 2014 at 01:44 PM

    Below is a good video put together that highlights much of the testimoy in South Dakota and Utah for the passing of their statewide bills that preempt municipalities from passing laws targeting specific breeds of dogs.

    The testimony tackles property rights issues and the state as a check of abusive local government policy. It tackles the issue of personal responsibility and accountability. And it tackles the issue of inconsistent laws that create scenarios where a person can be walking down...

  • Ideas I Love: Community Cat Photo Project

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday August 21st, 2014 at 09:26 AM

    I sawthis articlethis morning and I'm just captivated by the idea.

    Jason and Elizabeth Putsche have begun a photo project to help raise awareness for community and feral cats -- taking beautiful pictures of the cats in their natural environment ith the goal of changing perceptions toward feral cats and how they can be a symbiotic part of our world.

    While sometimes we think of outdoor cats as having tough lives and being full of disease and harm, the reality is, most live very good lives, are...

  • Very Good Sentences - on Fear

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday August 7th, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Last week, after nearly a year of review, the city of Reynoldsburg, OH decided to keep its ban on "pit bulls" -- even though police records note that the city has never enforced the ban until residents asks for a repeal.

    The Columbus Dispatch notes that the decision flies in the face of scientific research, and recommentdations from the AVmA, CDC, US Department of Justice, every humane organization in the country and the recommendations of its own commissioned committee.

    Why'd Reynoldsburg...

  • The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior issues statement on BSL

    from Kc dog blog

    Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 08:47 AM

    Experts from around the nation continue to speak out against laws that try to increase public safety by targeting dogs based on their appearance vs the behavior of the dogs and their owners.

    Experts, including Veterinarians, Dog Trainers, Animal Control Officers, Breeders and Humane Organizations,all universally agreethat targeted public safety measures for dogs based on behavior, not breed, is most effective.

    The latest official statement comes from the American Veterinary Society of Animal...

  • Why dangerous dog laws should be influenced by experts, not journalists

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday July 24th, 2014 at 03:53 PM

    Back in June, a woman and her dog were unfortunately attacked by an unconstrained dog in Wausau, WI. Her dog, a chihuahua, unfortunatelyl was killed in the attack.

    Because the dog was classified as a "pit bull", hysteria of the moment set in and the woman requested that the city of Wausau consider banning pit bulls from the community.

    Fortunately, Lisa Rasmussen, the chairwoman of the Wausau Public Health & Safety Committee said the city will not pursue breed-specific action.


  • Open adoption policies - redux

    from Kc dog blog

    Wednesday July 23rd, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote ablog post about open adoption policies and that I was pleased that other mainstream organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, Petsmart Charities, and the ASPCA, were becoming more accepting of open adoption policies. If you are not terribly familiar with what I mean by "open adoptions", please read the link above, it will give you an idea.

    Now, to be clear, this doesn't mean that the adoption process is a free-for-all and everyone gets a...

  • Very Good Sentences -- Is Better Possible?

    from Kc dog blog

    Friday July 11th, 2014 at 01:52 PM

    From the always enlightening Seth Godin, who never writes about animal sheltering, and yet often writes about animal sheltering:

    "Is better possible? The answer to this is so obvious to me that it took me a while to realize that many people are far more comfortable with 'no'.

    "The easiest and safest thing to do is accept what you've been 'given', to assume that you are unchangable, and the cards you've been dealt are all that are available. When you assume this, all the responsibility for...

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