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Toni Eakes and the truth about A wish for Animals rescue

Hello dear animal lovers and friends,

In  2012 I wrote an article about Toni Eakes and her rescue and she threatened to sue me and I had to take it down.

I left this short post up to let people know why I took the previous post down.

For whatever reason, maybe because the universe wants it, this post ranks #1 in google when you search for “Toni Eakes” and I receive countless emails, phone calls  and blog comments from people seeking help with all kind of issues revolving around Toni Eakes and her rescue “A wish for animals”

I never worked with her or met her, but due to this overwhelming flood of people and authorities looking for help or information about her, I felt the urge to publish some of the emails sent to me without publishing names.

You decide whether you want to work with her, adopt from her or volunteer for her. I’m just helping the public and the animals in sharing these emails.

  1. Hello, I tried reading your blog but looks like it was taken down. I fostered for Toni 2 years ago in October of 2013. It was the worst experience of my life. I was wondering what your blog had said. I’d love to know that I wasn’t the only one who got screwed by her then harassed and threatened Thanks

  2. Toni Eake’s facility is actually located at 5930 jasmine St in Riverside. Its a hell hole.

  3. I worked for her and stayed at her property. Animal control was there the day I took these pics and did nothing. I’ve called everyone and sent these pics. Police and animal control don’t seem to want to help. Dogs with mange ticks injuries and illness. What more do they need to see? The matted dog was aced and shaved by a volunteer. Toni asked me to do it and I told her to have him anesthetized and groomed by a vet. Instead she bought ace promazine and had a volunteer do it. The last pic is what he looked like before they attempted to do anything. He came to the kennel clean and developed the mats over months in her care. Last Tuesday the director of services,  Frank Corvina told me he sent officers to the property the previous day to check on a litter of five week old puppies that were dehydrated to the point where the volunteers were giving sub cutaneous fluids to them. A volunteer informed me AC never even came.

  4. I would like to get a copy of your article.  I have been in rescue for many years and known that she was bad but i need to show others occasionally .  Thanks

  5. Hi. Can you please tell me more about Toni Eakes? A Wish for Animals has been pulling dogs with high pledges from southern California shelters. And most recently one of the dogs was deemed aggressive. The foster can no longer keep the dog and the rescue isn’t cooperating in taking the dog back. Any insights would be much appreciated. Thank you.

  6. To whom it may concern,
    Good morning, my name is L. and I am a proud Pitty adopter for the second time. In doing research on google about a Wish for Animals I found your post about having to take down the article about Toni Eakes. I unfortunately made the mistake of adopting a rescue from her and it may turn into a legal issue. What should be a joyous and happy event has turned into one of the worst experiences I have ever had.  I was wondering if you could help with some information and or any help in dealing with this group. Thank you.
  7. Hello, a woman has asked us for help with a foster she has had that belongs to Toni Eakes. This woman has paid for EVERYTHING for this dog. Toni has given her $0 towards the dog. She has had him over a year now. She must move & contacted Toni.Toni won’t take the dog back. Toni told the foster that she is in breach & is abandoning the dog. I always thought the rescue is the owner!  When the foster said she would re home the dog Toni told her that’s illegal cos she owns the dog. Whatever! I need some info so I know what to do to help this foster.

  8. Hi, I hesitate to write to you because quite frankly, the woman scares me.  However, I couldn’t agree more that she shouldn’t be involved in animal welfare.  I have a long sorted story regarding my experience with her and since it isn’t over, I would rather not go into details about it in this email. In fact, I would be much more comfortable talking about it, than writing it since I want to avoid a retaliation from her.  Once my involvement with her is over, I would like to help in whatever way I can, as well as sharing my story on your comment board.  In the end, there needs to be a way to get the word out about her.

  9. Hi thank you for responding. I recently adopted a dog with Toni and it turned into a nightmare. The dog was nothing like the dog that they described when I adopted him. He was not neutered, vaccinated, or microchipped. I was told that’s what the $350 paid for but Toni never returned my calls when I tried to contact her about getting these things done. Toni never responded to any of my communications. He got aggressive around my 5 year old and all other dogs.  He also bit my parents docile elder dog on several occasions. When I contactedToni saying this wasn’t the right home for the dog she got so defensive that she turned it all around on me. Verbally attacked me and said I had made the dog act that way and that I had put the dog in danger. She insisted that I return him by the end of that day. She was unwilling to refund my $350 so I could adopt another dog. I I cannot believe she gets away with it. I have been told to take her to small claims court but not sure if I will win because she says what I paid was a donation to a non-profit organization. Very frustrating. Thank you for the info!

  10. Hi, I am very concerned and discouraged after working withToni on Saturday. I would appreciate a phone call or and email with any information that can be provided.

  11. Hi, Thank you for putting an article together about Ms. Toni Eakes. I thought her lawyer might have contacted you and that is why I could not read the article. I met Ms. Eakes two years ago and the experience was horrible. I have a dog that is now, in decent health this is of course spending over 15,000. The story is a long one and I ended up going on a mission because of her crueltyto animals to get her shut down and I had no luck. I appreciate you taking the time to write an article and hope one day she will be stopped.

  12. Thank you for sharing. I was the one that called animal control on her in 2010 for the place in Laguna Hills. I had a report on her from Orange County Animal Control over 500 pages. I followed her for a awhile and called animal control at her home which again, animal control stepped in. I also got threats from her lawyer and my lawyer wrote her letter then, I never heard from her again. I was lucky my lawyer is an animal advocate. I am sorry, that this behavior of Ms.Eakes has continued for so many years. It is truly sad for the animals involved and the community. My hope is that her cruelty someday stops.

  13. Thank you for emailing me back so quickly. On Saturday, my ten year old and I met Toni and several of her dogs at a Petsmart in RSM. I filled out paperwork, which I assumed was to foster a dog. Before we left she had me sign it. Since I have a King Charles at home, I asked about his vaccinations, worms and flea/tick medicine. She assured me everything was up to date. With all the excitement, I did not get a copy of what I signed. Huge mistake!!! In fact, I did not bring home one piece of paperwork. The next day (Sunday), I called her and asked for a copy of what I had signed and proof of his vaccinations. She was rude and said that I was only fostering and did not have rights to the vaccine records. She also informed me in an email later that night that what I signed was not a foster agreement, but an adoption agreement. She said she had crossed out adoption and put foster on the form (without my knowledge) and asked me to sign it. She still refuses to give me a copy or any records on the dog I brought home. She has been extremely unprofessional and is insisting I sign the foster agreement. The foster contract holds me liable for neutering (which was done by someone already) and that “I must provide proper care (proper food, water & shelter), including necessary medical care, regular checkups and vaccinations as necessary.” It also states that, “I promise and agree to be solely responsible for these animals and to indemnify and hold harmless A Wish for Animals from any and all claims of liability for the conduct of this animal while in my/our home and care. THIS IS A BINDING CONTRACT ENFORCEABLE BY CIVIL LAW.” I find this unacceptable, especially since I am being refused any of the records. I am happy to train, provide a good environment for him to grow in and am in a situation where this would benefit the dog. Her website says foster parents will receive everything from medical care to food at no cost. I found that contradicting and concerning. In addition, on Monday night, two nights after bringing him home with my son and King Charles, I found out the dog had tape worms and fleas. She told me it was easy to take care of and all available at Petsmart. I did not know it would cost me $91. It had only been two days since I had brought him home! I should not be responsible at such an early stage for those costs. When I emailed her (I do have copies of these emails if you want to see them) about reimbursement, and contract concerns, plus I gave her updates on the dog, she refused to pay for the de-worming and flea meds and said I should have waited until this coming Sunday (which would have been 7 days later.) She said she could not afford it. This of course was not an option with my other dog. I didn’t want fleas all over my home or risk getting worms. She didn’t answer any other questions concerning the contract and just stated I needed to sign it. When I brought the dog home she told me he was a lab mix. After researching online, I discovered he is a Rot/Pit Bull Terrier mix. She had no response about my questions on that either. I was informed after bringing him home that he was about 1 1/2 years old and was a shy dog. Then after speaking with her trainer I was told he was most likely a puppy mill dog and knew no life except a cage. Toni was so rude when I asked questions. The dog seemed fearful of people, sounds and cowered like he had been beat. Toni said he had never been beat or aggressive. She treated me like his behavior was my fault. She then very rudely proceeded to lecture me about what I had to do to care for the dog, including which collar I had to use (which slipped right off his head). Not once has she shown gratitude, compassion, appreciation or excitement about the progression of this dog. The trainer who was keeping him for two weeks left him in a large backyard with her 6 Mastiffs. The trainer said a week ago he could not even be pet or walked. When I brought him home, he was clueless what affection was, did not know how to play and still could not be walked. He was nervous about being pet. He has never been in a home environment and was scared to death when I showered and washed dishes. I have worked so hard with him. I hate to give him back to her, but I do not feel like I have a choice. This is a good dog that has an opportunity to grow and be trained, but he is not ready to go into any home. He needs time to learn what home life is and be appealing for adoption. I do not want to make this about me or her. I just am floored by the legal stand point, her demands and unprofessionalism. I fear in the end the dog is going to suffer. I do not know what you recommend. There is more to my story, but those are the main points. I also have the emails as proof. I am an honest, loving, moral divorced mother of 1. I hate drama and avoid it at all costs. This has had a huge impact on me because I have not seen anyone behave so irresponsible, controlling, unethical, dishonest and rude as she is. It is truly disturbing. I have made great progress with the dog. He walks on a leash very well, has learned how to play, smiles, is potty trained, affectionate and discovering what being loved feels like. The progression is unreal. All she seems to care about is herself and money. Thank you for any insight or support you can give. I am very discouraged right now. I also filed a complaint with the BBB. She has had 3 other complaints and her record is an F with them.

Please leave a comment! Thank you very much.

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Get involved in animal welfare! – Interview with Debby from Generation Wags

Debby Hartten has created a platform to educate and inform the public about opportunities in animal welfare and rescue: Generation Wags. I met Debby through PackPeople and I liked her unique ideas of getting people engaged in pet rescue. Debby is a dedicated animal lover, and the founder of several programs supporting animal rescue, including the education of children to get involved and take responsibility. Her motto is:

Opening doors and minds for rescues through education, awareness, 
and engagement.

Her website contains tremendous information about projects, health, care and safety tips. We want to introduce her new business idea ‘Generation Wags’ to our online audience today, and share her thoughts regarding pet overpopulation and more.

How and when did your personal adventure with animal welfare begin?

My personal adventure with animal welfare began a few years ago, although I have had rescue dogs most of my adult life. As a real estate agent I incorporated rescue related efforts into my business through donations to rescues for transactions, along with a holiday drive Warm Hearts Happy Paws. WHHP will be entering its fourth year, and donation boxes are placed a number of pet supply stores and veterinary offices to gather needed items for numerous rescue groups in my area. Limited in what I could do as a realtor I started an online store Adore That Dog and other initiatives in the past year to make more strides. Generation Wags, my new e-zine, will hopefully serve as a place for dog and cat lovers to gain helpful information, along with learn about the issues along with fabulous efforts taking place nationwide to affect change. While there are so many challenges before us, it is encouraging and inspiring to learn about how many people are working daily to make a difference.

Your children’s program, WAGS kids, help kids make a change and learn about responsible pet ownership. How do you encourage children to make a change in animals’ lives?

I encourage children to get involved in helping in a variety of ways. My program Read For Rescues is a reading based program where kids get pledges for books they read (hopefully including some about pet rescues), and then use some/all of the money to donate to a rescue group they choose. While I sell a starter kit it is not required. I designed it so any child, anywhere can support any rescue. Read for Rescues is really a jumping off point for kids to get engaged in other ways from holding drives to collect blankets and toys to actually making toys for shelter pets or drawing pictures for shelter kennels, etc. Older kids can get involved with advocacy and even think about careers related to animal rights and more.

You also offer opportunities to companies to become a corporate WAGS Paw Pal. Tell us a little more about it.

My Wags Paw Pal program is a way to encourage companies to take even small steps to help support rescues. Most companies have staff who are pet owners, but most don’t give a second thought about how they can help improve the future of rescues. Companies can use this to their advantage to create team building activities such as volunteering for rescues, having donation drives in the office, adding rescue messaging to their email signatures, dedicating holiday parties to raise funds for rescues, or even have matching sustaining donations to rescues.

In general, why should people adopt from a rescue and what are the benefits?

The benefits of adopting a rescue are phenomenal! What better feeling is there than to give a loving home to animal that, through no fault of its own, is homeless. What most people don’t realize is that even if you are seeking a puppy, or a purebred, you can still find a rescue that matches what you are looking for, although you need to be patient finding the right one. And also people need to be aware that shelters and rescue groups have different adoption rules, so find one that works for you! But find one.

Can you share your thoughts on pet overpopulation in the U.S., and euthanasia?

Education is the key to getting control on overpopulation. Spay and neuter is essential, and we must find a way to get that message to communities and governmental bodies to help tackle this issue. Unfortunately, many areas where overpopulation is of the greatest concern are ones that are not finding humanitarian ways of dealing with the strays and surrendered pets. Many people don’t realize that gas chambers for example are still being used in areas to put animals to death. And that there are shelters that have one way tickets in. We can do better and we must! Euthanasia I believe is an unfortunate reality but should only be used in circumstances where an animal is dangerous and can’t be rehabilitated, or instances of injury or severe illness. It should not be a form of population control. There are regions in our nation that actually have a shortage of rescue pets for adoption. While there are issues to be overcome, we must find a way to work on a national level to get rescues in need of homes to those who are open to adopting them.

If you could give pet owners one piece of advice what would it be?

Realize that pet ownership is a big responsibility, but well worth it. Respect the life that you have taken into your home, add love and nurturing. You won’t regret it!

What is your personal goal?

To make a real difference in helping to raise awareness about the issues leading to homeless and abused pets and get people ENGAGED in creating change. Even as a lifetime dog owner I wasn’t fully aware of them myself. We need to get creative in tackling the problems. So much is being done, but so much more must take place. I believe we are seeing positive momentum of rescues groups becoming more organized and coordinated in their efforts which will go a long way.

Do you have pets of your own?

I have a rescue mixed breed dog (of course), and a purebred Pomeranian that my daughter purchased after a run of having several older rescues that had major health conditions that we had lost over time. A rescue will always be part of my life.

Links to Debby’s websites and programs:

Generation Wags – http://www.generationwags.com

Facebook: GenerationWags

Wags Marketing – http://www.wagsprandmarketing.com

Facebook: Wags PR & Marketing

 

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Rescued animals fly on the wings of love – Interview with Debi from Pilots N Paws [Audio]

Pilots N Paws is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by animal lover Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg, an online platform created to provide free plane transport for shelter and foster animals and rescue organizations – served by volunteer pilots. I remember last year when I was looking desperately for safe transportation for our little kitty “Thursday”, now “Luna”; her new family was in Florida and we were in Los Angeles. It was not an easy task to get Luna safely to her new family, but we were able to organize her transport by car. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the great services of Pilots N Paws at that time, and it took Luna 3 days to reach her family (read Luna’s story).

I heard of Pilots N Paws from a rescue friend and was thrilled that a non-profit organization was offering this free service of transporting animals by plane. I browsed through the website’s blog, stories and pictures and spent an hour looking at them and reading the happy stories. Pictures really do tell the story!

If you are looking for an opportunity to get your pooch, kitty, rabbit or piggy from one destination to another and don’t know how, you should visit Pilotsnpaws.org and request a flight (no long-distance flights). Today, a dedicated formation of 2466 pilots volunteer their time and donate free flights for Pilots N Paws furry or non-furry pawssengers. Animals can experience safe, fast and comfortable travel with experienced pilots. Flights are not scheduled, and there are no costs involved:) for participating groups.

I’m flying home!

Debi Boies and Pilots N Paws have received honors and awards from all over the country, including the Broadway Barks Award/Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, the American Dog Magazine’s 1st Annual Humanitarian Award, the Pets and Heroes award from the Amazing Grace Foundation and many more. She is listed as one of the top “25 Pet People of 2010” at Petside.com.

We had the great pleasure of talking to Debi, Co-Founder and President of Pilots N Paws and finding out more about this wonderful organization. Debi is the winner of the Pet Hero Award 2012  and her organization is Rescue Organization of the Year. Congratulations!

Please listen, learn and share how you can benefit from Pilots N Paws’s services, how you can join the organization, how you can request a flight and how the organization makes an impact on the plight of homeless animals. Debi also shared with us her special moments, and why she founded Pilots N Paws. Kudos to all volunteers, Debi and her team for their wonderful efforts!

You want to know more? The new book Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door just arrived at the bookstore.

Greyhound Janine is flying high.

Pilots N Paws is able to continue their terrific work through the help and support of their fantastic sponsors, Subaru and Petmate.

Take your time, visit and like Pilots N Paws’s Facebook Fan page and blog, read the stories, have a look at the pictures, read the guidelines and resources. I promise it’s worth it:)

Website: www.pilotsnpaws.org

Twitter: PilotsNPaws

YouTube Channel: PilotsNPaws

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Related posts: We also interviewed Pet Airways last year.

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A new rescue program launched by Ruff Ruff & Meow

What would your pet say if they could talk? Ruff Ruff & Meow? Let your pets express themselves through their apparel and allow them to make a statement and be heard!

Caroline Leedom, founder and president of Ruf Ruff & Meow explains to us her new rescue program to support animal rescues & non-profit groups. Not only does her program offer support but it also brings a creative and fun approach to doggie apparel.

Listen to the short 7 minute chat with Caroline and learn how you can save money and support a cause.

Get your favorite pic on canvas

You can learn how to support your favorite rescue group, get a discount on Ruff Ruff’s humorous doggie apparel or sign up your organization to receive a donation. Caroline also shares with us her new products like the canvas prints and the baby line.

Furthermore, we are happy to announce that Ruff Ruff & Meow partnered with PackPeople, YAY! We are going to list the top 25 items from Ruff Ruff & Meow in our upcoming PackPeople shop and donate 20% of our profits to small, struggling rescue organizations. For more information about this innovative company, you can listen to our audio interview with Caroline here.

Enjoy the chat and spread the word to help animals and rescues in need!
RUFF RUFF and MEOW Update – New Rescue Program launched by PackPeople

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What Shelter Revolution means – Interview with Thomas Cole [Audio]

Every time I’ve visited or volunteered at one of my favorite shelters/rescues, I leave feeling sorry for the dogs, sitting in their cold concrete runs behind steel bars. Looking at you, waiting to be taken out for a walk or to be patted. Dogs and cats kept in cages, barking and whining to get your attention and a little affection.

If you have ever visited a shelter or kennel facility you know what I mean. I have seen some ugly stuff and heard some ugly stories, but it always touches me; even I pretend to be tough. Most of the visits are heartbreaking. Visits to L.A. shelters are even worse knowing that most of these dogs and cats will get killed if they’re not adopted. I remember my first visit exactly, when one of the volunteer staff said: “After a few months, you get used to it.” I never got used to it.

Thomas wants an adoption center like this

Thomas Cole reached out to us a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share his new and innovative model of a communal open living area for dogs and cats.  A new adoption center concept – no cages, no isolated cats and dogs, no runs, no stressed dogs and cats. Sounds great, right? That’s what every animal lover wants to see. A peaceful environment where dogs and cats live together until they get adopted. When we heard about this new model and visited the shelter revolution’s website, my grandparents’ farm came to mind. We wanted to learn more about it.

We had the great pleasure of talking to Thomas Cole of Shelter Revolution, an expert, an animal advocate, a person who is dedicated to educating and changing the current sheltering model of homeless pets in the U.S. We talked about the pros and cons, we learned how shelters operate and how easy it is to implement this new innovative model.

Shelter Revolution by PackPeople NEW: We’ve made it even easier to listen to our audio interviews! This audio is 31.16 minutes of highly interesting and educational content. Use the little flags in the blue bar in the SoundCloud Player to navigate through the questions and content. Get this interview as a Podcast here.

Tom & Kula At Cub Foods

About the interviewee: ” I’m not trying to “reform” our nation’s animal shelters. I leave that to others. I believe a whole new model, a paradigm shift, is needed. Where laws and reform efforts focus on the bad guys, my Adoption Center model will appeal to the good guys. This new model will make far more impact than any laws ever can.” 

Thomas Cole is the Executive Director at Shelter Revolution and a Dog Rehabilitation Specialist at Dr Doolittle’s Safe Haven. He ran a large shelter & sanctuary with animal control contract and worked with farm, domestic and wild animals. As a visionary he is working hard to improve the animal shelter industry. Introducing new Adoption Center model to replace antiquated and failed shelter models. He is also dedicated to bring rescue groups and shelter togethers to end shelter killing through the rehabilitation of sheltered animals with behavior issues.

Memphis - New Facility (Filthy Cage)(Feb 28, '12
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Thomas’s recommendations:

Websites:
•  Cat House On The Kings (California)
•  Spirit Animal Sanctuary (New York)
•  Olympic Animal Sanctuary (Washington)

Shelter Revolution Videos:
•  Our Adoption Center model
•  Shelters as prisons
•  Progress? Where are we today?
•  “Boutique” shelters
•  “Big Four” Video

•  Austin’s “State of The Art” $12mm prison facility

Shelter Revolution

Web: http://www.shelterrevolution.org

Facebook: Shelter Revolution

Thomas Cole’s Blog: http://www.arc-na.org

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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

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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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Good scents to help your dog – Interview with Vicki Rae Thorne from Earth Heart

Earth Heart was one of the sponsors of this years BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta where they  caught our attention. We want to introduce you to a set of awesome products by Earth Heart, Inc. which are made to help your dog with anxiety issues, with sensitive skin, to keep your dog calm when you travel and to protect your dog from bugs.

Earth Heart currently have 3 different aromatherapy products available that were specifically designed for dogs by Vicki Rae Thorne, a certified aromatherapist and master herbalist.  Nearly 12 years ago, Vicki was approached by a kennel owner who wanted help with calming her canine visitors. The dogs missed their families and felt anxious, agitated, angry or depressed. The formula now known as Canine Calm was developed to diffuse in the kennel, and it worked from day one!

We had the great pleasure to interview Vicki Rae Thorne, founded Earth Heart in 1996 to help others learn how to safely and effectively use herbs and essential oils. Dogs can definitely benefit from aromatherapy. Listen to our great interview and learn how you can keep your dog away from chemical remedies, which Earth Heart Product could help to improve your dog’s life and learn how to use natural / herbal remedies safely and effectively.

Vicki also talked about their new shelter program they are introducing in 2012 and gave very helpful tips for the holidays and winter season. Very valuable information for PackPeople who are planning to travel with their pets to colder regions or who live in areas where it gets cold. Earth Heart Inc. – Interview with Vicki Rae Thorne by PackPeople

Earth Heart’s mists are made in the USA, packaged in BPA free containers, easy to use, and can be sprayed directly onto cloth, skin or fur without staining or leaving a sticky residue.

Tested Guard Well Product

PackPeople received a bottle of Guard Well for review. Please read our review here – Order online via PayPal from each of the products pages. To find a retail store near you, visit the Stores pages of Earth Heart. 

Get a  jumpstart on your healthy holiday with Earth Heart. Order one or more Earth Heart products by December 18th, and in ‘special instructions’ or ‘note to seller’ at check out, enter ‘Pack Thanks 2011’ and be sure to include the product name you wish to receive FREE with your order.

Earth Heart Inc. 

Web: http://www.earthheartinc.com

Facebook: Earth Heart

Vicki recommended some great online resources: 

PupCulture – http://www.pupculture.com

Mission Pets – http://www.missionpets.com

DogTipper.com – http://www.dogtipper.com

Bark Buckle UP – http://barkbuckleup.com

Four Legged Life – http://fourleggedlife.com

Raise a Green Dog – http://raiseagreendog.com

Animal World USA – http://www.animalworldusa.org

Champion of My Heart – http://championofmyheart.com

Dogs Naturally Magazine – http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com

Animal Wellness Magazine – http://www.animalwellnessmagazine.com

FIDO Friendly Magazine – http://www.fidofriendly.com

Modern Dog Magazine – http://www.moderndogmagazine.com

Tails Pet Magazine – http://www.tailsinc.com

Canines in Action – http://www.caninesinaction.com

Wet Nose Guide – http://www.wetnoseguide.com

Life with Dogs – http://www.lifewithdogs.tv

Dog Channel – http://www.dogchannel.com

Pets Weekly – http://petsweekly.com

Books: 

Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

Dog Sense by John Bradshaw

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