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  • 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...

  • The Changing Narrative of America's Dog -- Esquire Mag article on pit bulls

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday July 10th, 2014 at 04:18 PM

    Within the pages of this blog, I've written a lot aboutthe changing narrativeof Pit Bulls over recent years.

    It seems that while the mainstream media still likes to cover a pit bull attack story, they have also been farmore inclinedto alsoshow'pit bulls'in apositive light.

    This, along with thegrowth in popularity of pit bullsamong all segments of the population has really helped solidify pit bulls back in the position of truly being "America's Dog".

    In the August issue of Esquire, the trend...

  • Very Good Sentences -- on False Equivalency and being entitled to your opinion

    from Kc dog blog

    Wednesday July 2nd, 2014 at 08:27 AM

    This is agreat articlefrom Australian Lecturer in Philosophy Patrick Stokes in which he lectures his philosophy students that they are not entitled to their opinion -- but only the opinions they can argue for.

    "The problem with 'I'm entitled to my opinion' is that all too often it's used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for "I can say or think whatever I like" -- and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful. And that attitude feeds, I...

  • More deceit from Merritt Clifton attacking shelter pets, Information Availability - & how Time magazine got it wrong (again)

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday June 26th, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    This is a weird story. A long story. And it's hard to really decide where it starts. Or if it's really ended. There are more than enough villains to go around. And victims. But we're going to try to make some sense of this as three stories merged into one bizarre news story this week.

    Let's start with Merritt Clifton

    Long-time readers of this blog are familiar with Merritt Clifton. Few people have spent more time in their lives trying to villify pit bulls than Clifton.

    For 30 years, Clifton has...

  • More Acceptance for Open Adoption Policies

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday June 23rd, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    About a decade ago, long befoer we ever conceived of the idea of KC Pet Project, or running a shelter, or writing this blog, or me ever being much involved in the idea of advocating for animals, I had several run-ins with some of the challenges people often have in adopting from shelters or rescues.

    And over the course of many of these run-ins, I had an epiphany about shelters, rescues, and how many of them were actually hurting the animals they were claiming to help, by actually preventing...

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