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Kids get involved! – PEP's new program is looking for little stars [Video]

Event today – News at PEP: Erica Callais is the founder of the Pet education project in Shreveport, Louisiana, a non-profit organization dedicated  teaching kids ins & outs of responsible pet ownership.

Each month children who have made a positive impact on the lives of animals in their community or pets in their home are nominated. Winners of this award are granted a special PEP! prize package and will be featured on the Pet Education Project’s website.

Take 6 minutes to watch the news in her latest video chat with Rufino. Learn about the PEP-Squad, PEP’s upcoming events and news.

Show your support and LIKE PEP on Facebook. Meet the PEP Squad now! You want to learn more about PEP? Check our full interview with Erica.

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At-risk teens, shelter dogs help each other – Interview with Flo from K9 Connection [Video]

A friend of mine told me that his cousin currently takes part in a 3-month program in Philadelphia where teenagers learn to overcome certain fears or work on aggressive behavioral issues – by working with shelter dogs. This piqued my interest: I know that animals are used in special therapy and training programs with children and young people, and are very successful.

The story of his cousin motivated me to look for programs where teenagers and dogs have the chance to work together and benefit from each other, and I found K9 Connection, a 501(c)(3) project of OPCC in Santa Monica, CA. It’s an experience-based program which educates and inspires at-risk teens through bonding with and training homeless shelter dogs in basic obedience and developing the skills to become adoptable.

We had the great pleasure of video chatting with Flo Stueck, Project Manager at K9 Connection. Flo introduced us to her organization’s work and answered questions including: Who can apply for K9 Connection’s services and who are considered at-risk teens? What are the key topics students learn? What kinds of things do they do to raise awareness about their organization? Flo also shared with us some of the more challenging aspects of her job and their upcoming events.

About the interviewee: Flo volunteered at The Pasadena Humane Society with their mobile adoption team socializing the animals, and has also worked with Labrador Rescue and The San Francisco Humane society in the Bay area.

She has run two companies that focus on safely shipping animals throughout the globe, and owned a dog walking and pet shipping consulting business in New York City. Currently she volunteers with WLA Animal Services. A few years ago she moved to Venice and rescued Dunkin, a black Labrador/Golden Retriever. Dunkin is CGC certified and in training to be a therapy dog as well!

Flo recommends:

Visiting the k9 connection “Links” page to find important resources including:

West Side German Shepherd Rescue www.wgsr.org

Los Angeles Animal Services www.laanimalservices.com

K9 Connection

Web: http://www.k9connection.org

Facebook: k9 connection

Twitter: @k9connect

We also interviewed Erica from PEP last year – her organization visits schools and teaches lessons about responsible pet owner ship.

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Exceptional Care and Dedication – Interview with Marlene from Animal Ark [Audio]

No-kill is resounding throughout the U.S. and many shelters are becoming no-kill or getting informed about the movement. We were searching for no-kill shelters and rescues to interview and found Animal Ark located in Minnesota. Unlike some other shelters, Animal Ark maintains a no-kill philosophy toward animal rescue and adoption. Most people didn’t believe that no-kill was possible… now it’s not only possible, but it’s happening in many areas of the country.

Animal Ark is a unique concept, and we would love to see more animals living and treated as per Animal Ark’s exceptional standards. Homeless pets (dogs, cats and rabbits) are housed in a home-like environment. There are no concrete and stainless steel runs/cages for dogs, cats live in large open kitty apartments and bunnies enjoy a luxurious life in bunny suites. Pets receive medical attention, training and socialization. Sounds like paradise for adoptable pets! Animal Ark is indeed a special, loving and caring place for animals on earth.

We were honored to speak with Marlene, the founder and President Emeritus of Animal Ark. Marlene talks about her shelter facility, the no-kill movement and educates us with deep insights in animal welfare.
Safe innocent life’s don’t kill! – Interview with Marlene from Animal Ark, Minnesota by PackPeople
NEW: We’ve made it even easier to listen to our audio interviews! This audio is 24 minutes of highly interesting and educational content. You can use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content.

Animal Ark's Campaign for 2012

Animal Ark, founded in 1977, is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to educating people about responsible pet ownership, the importance of spay&neuter and reinforcing the bond between humans and animals. A Community Platform was created to provide information, questions and fun stuff, where animal lovers meet virtually to share news, pictures and chat. The Animal Ark Thrift Store, an idea from the President Emeritus, Executive Director and Founder of Animal Ark, Marlene Foote, was established to help support the rescued animals by selling items donated by generous animal lovers. The shelter is located in Hastings, Minnesota; and you can find The Animal Ark Thrift & Pet Store on 809 E. 7th Street in St. Paul.

About the interviewee: A peace pole was dedicated to Marlene Foote, in honor of her years of service to companion animals. This says a lot about our interviewee Marlene Foote, an animal advocate with many strong convictions. Through her passion and dedication to animal welfare, Marlene has made a huge, positive difference in the lives of animals. She strongly believes that companion animals that are rescued should be helped, not killed.

Animal Ark

Web: http://www.animalarkshelter.org

Facebook: Animal Ark

Twitter: @MNanimalark

Marlene Foote’s links and recommendations: 

Redemption by Nathan Winograd

Irreconcilable Differences by Nathan Winograd

Not Fit for a Dog! by Michael W. Fox, Elizabeth Hodgkins and Marion E. Smart

Food Pets Die For by Ann Martin

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy

No Kill Nation – www.nokillnation.org

No Kill Advocacy Center – www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

Animal Wise Radio – http://animalwiseradio.com

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An animal professional educates the public – Interview with Lorna from PupQuest [Audio]

Last month I was waiting in the waiting area at our vet’s office when I recognized a woman with two little Maltese dogs sitting in the corner and crying. It touched me, so I walked up to her and asked her if I could help somehow. She told me that she had to get very expensive hip surgery for one of her dogs and she couldn’t afford it. The dog was on pain medication and also had some eye problems. I asked her how old the dog is and she said just 3 years.

The vet told her that her little Maltese, Snow White, could be a puppy mill puppy – many of which suffer from health issues as the result of being kept under such bad conditions. While I was waiting for my paper work she also told me that he got him from a pet shop in L.A. I sat down and asked her if she knew about puppy mills and she said I’ve heard about them. We talked for an hour – I was shocked how badly she was informed, as well as how careless: she even got a second dog from the same pet shop.

While I was driving back home I asked myself, Why aren’t veterinarians educating people? I mean, it’s not really a big deal to explain, and they have examples visiting their offices and clinics every day. Why aren’t they placing flyers on the front desk and informing people about the risks of buying a puppy from a pet shop, instead of advertising for flea and tick treatments? C’mon… it can’t be all about the money.

Searching the internet for educational platforms I found some terrific sources every animal advocate, dog owner and future dog owner should visit, and one of them is definitely PupQuest. This great resource was created by an animal professional, a veterinarian who dedicates time and passion to educate the public about puppy mills/farms, buying online, pet shops, breeders, dog training and many other topics. An excellent source we highly recommend.

We had the great pleasure of speaking with Lorna, the founder of PupQuest. She and one of her creative students interested in PupQuest’s efforts have created a platform to inform and empower consumers. PupQuest – Interview with Lorna by PackPeople NEW: We made it easy to listen to our audio interviews. This audio is 31 minutes of educational content. Use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content.

About the interviewee: As a veterinarian Lorna has served on the board of directors of open and limited admission shelters. During her long career, she has been a humane educator for a large SPCA, worked as a certified veterinary technician, chaired the education committee of a shelter and created one of the first in-house shelter spay/neuter programs in the country. In veterinary school she was one of 12 students who created an alternative to terminal surgery dog labs. She also teaches at a large university.

PupQuest

Web: http://www.pupquest.org

Facebook: PupQuest

Twitter: @PupQuest

PupQuest’s links and recommendations:

In addition to PupQuest’s website, Lorna recommends the following websites to our PackPeople audience:

Dog Star Daily www.dogstardaily.com

Dr. Sophia Yin www.drsophiayin.com

Victoria Stilwell Positively www.positively.com

HAVEN (Human/Animal Violence Education Network) www.havennetwork.org

PackPeople’s What to Know (before getting your new dog/puppy from a shelter or rescue) e-book

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How to win strong laws that animals desperately need – Interview with Julie from NIFAA [Audio]

Education is key! We’ve recognized how many people are involved in animal rights and joining campaigns for the betterment of animal welfare, and are grateful to have spoken with The National Institute for Animal Advocacy, a project of the Connecticut Council for Humane Education, Inc. NIFAA was launched in 2002 by Julie E. Lewin to fill critical voids in the animal rights and rescue movements: the lack of a political culture and the absence of political training for advocates and groups.

About the interviewee: Julie is a sought-after speaker at animal advocacy events. Many advocacy groups ―large and small―have hosted her for short presentations and half and full-day training workshops. She has been a presenter at many law schools, colleges and universities. In 2006 the University of Massachusetts, Amherst acquired Julie’s collected papers to establish a Julie E. Lewin collection on animal rights.

Listen to Julie E. Lewin’s audio interview and learn about organizing and strategizing a political animal rights group.

The National Institute for Animal Advocacy – Interview with Julie Lewin by PackPeople

NEW: We made it easy to listen to our audio interviews. This audio is 33 minutes of educational content. Use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content.

Order Julie’s book on their website and mention PackPeople to get a discount! Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need is a comprehensive and easy-to-read manual that many leaders in the field recommend as a must-have. Advocates say it changes their form of advocacy. Order your copy here.

The National Institute for Animal Advocacy

Web: http://www.nifaa.org

You can find information about Julie’s upcoming webinars here.

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Bring Loyalty Home – Interview with Pets for Patriots founder Beth Zimmerman

Founded in 2009, Pets for Patriots, Inc. is the inspiration of Beth Zimmerman. Through Pets for Patriots, the most vulnerable shelter pets are given a second chance at life while enhancing the lives of our veterans and service personnel. This very special organization saves at-risk dogs and cats and places them in the loving homes of those who serve and have served our country.

We had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Zimmerman, Founder, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pets for Patriots, a conversation we’re honored to share with our PackPeople audience. Among the topics discussed are her motivation for starting Pets for Patriots, how they reach out to military staff, how shelters and veterinarians can get involved, and issues encountered in the military community (such as stress) that have been served well by adopting an animal.

Please enjoy and learn from the interview here:

Pets for Patriots – Interview with Beth Zimmerman by PackPeople

Here’s an inspiring video by Pets for Patriots: Bring Loyalty Home

Also, this video by Pets for Patriots further demonstrates the importance of their work:

Pets for Patriots, Inc.

Web: http://petsforpatriots.org

Facebook: Pets for Patriots, Inc.

Twitter: @PetsforPatriots

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/PetsforPatriots

Links and recommendations:

In addition to www.petsforpatriots.org, Beth recommends the following websites to our PackPeople audience:

Freekibble www.freekibble.com

Halo www.halopets.com

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals www.aspca.org

Best Friends Animal Society www.bestfriends.org

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The Magic of Omega 3 fatty acids for dogs

Omega 3 fatty acids for dogs and cats. What are omega fatty acids?

– Fatty acids are specific types of polyunsaturated fats. Two main classes that are of particular importance to our dogs are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are found in fish and certain plants.  Fish oil, such as salmon oil, cod liver oil, and sardine oil, is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). Flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, and soybean oil are rich in Omega-3 too.

Omega-3 fatty acids include:
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

Fatty acids affect a number of body systems and conditions including allergies and autoimmune conditions, arthritis, inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory stomach disease, dull and dry hair coats, yeast infections, atopy and eye disorders.

What are the benefits of Omega fatty acids!
– Fatty acids are necessary for the normal function of many systems of the dog body and not all fatty acids have the same function. We’re highlighting Omega 3 acids, which can not be produced by the dogs body.
  • cardiovascular health
  • reduces inflammation
  • lowers the risk for cancer
  • almost no side effects
  • lessens allergies and autoimmune condition
  • Omega 3 oil is very effective in controlling allergies and skin disease
  • helpful in reducing arthritis
  • helps with dull and dry hair coats
  • good for joints and improves limb strength

Since they cannot be produced in the body, they must be ingested in the form of foods or natural supplements.

I’m feeding Dermapet Eicosaderm to Samson since 6 month and it’s amazing how he improved his walking and he even started to run a little on our morning walks. We believe that the fish oil we’re adding to his food is helping him with his joints, because we didn’t change anything else. I have written a post about Samson’s disease called Cauda Equina. We got fish oil for Lilly at the vet, because she is licking her paws obsessively and started to add to Samson’s as well. It has no side effects. Lilly’s coat is shiny and her skin got much better, but she is still licking. We’ll give homeopathy remedies a try.

Dermapet Eicosaderm liquid is available at entirelypets.com. I always buy it here because it is much cheaper then the vet. Order your fish oil HERE!