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PAWS – Philadelphia's largest rescue organization in action – Audio Interview

PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. Philadelphia’s largest rescue organization and only no-kill shelter, PAWS is working to make Philadelphia a city in which every healthy and treatable pet is guaranteed a home. Through its adoption locations, special events, and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of animals each year.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from Adoption Center Manager, Allison Lamond and Development and Administrative Manager Sara Schoenleber. We’re excited to share with you Sara’s and Allison’s experiences, knowledge and projects in helping Philadelphia’s Pets.

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society  – http://www.phillypaws.org

Twitter: @phillypaws

Facebook: PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)

Interviewee: Allison Lamond and Sara Schoenleber / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
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Allison and Sara recommended websites:

Petfinder – www.petfinder.com

PAWS Philadelphia’s wish list of needed items is posted at amazon.com, listed under “Paws Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society”.

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Dogs share smiles and joy – with help from Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Therapy Dogs Inc. is a national organization with its corporate office located in Cheyenne, WY. The goal of Therapy Dogs is to provide registration, support and insurance for those who volunteer in animal assisted activities, which includes visiting hospitals, schools, special needs centers and nursing homes. Therapy Dogs services are valuable to caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring happiness and cheer to people. CHANGE TEARS INTO SMILES, HELP THE FORGOTTEN TO LAUGH.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from Administrative Manager Billie Smith. We’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping people with the work of therapy dogs.

Therapy Dogs Inc.  – http://www.therapydogs.com

Incorporated in 1990.

Interviewee: Billie Smith / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
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Found Animals Foundation – Pet Advisor – Interview with Aimee Gilbreath,

The Found Animals® Foundation is an LA-based non-profit organization devoted to saving the lives of animals and solving the problem of animal overpopulation. The foundation is dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. Founded by Dr. Gary Michelson,  the organization does everything from working with local shelters to finding homes for strays to offering multi-million dollar incentives for research on animal sterilization. The popular “Adopt and Shop” is just one of the successful projects of Found Animals Foundation, a pet shop with an integrated adoption center which opened up 2 month ago located in Lakewood CA 90712.

We had a great time interviewing and learning from Executive Director Aimee Gilbreath. We’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping animals.

Found Animals Foundation – http://www.foundanimals.org

Interviewee: Aimee Gilbreath (Executive Director) / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (PackPeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
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Facebook: Found Animals Foundation

Twitter: @FoundAnimalsOrg

Websites Aimee would like to mention are:

The Humane Society – www.humanesociety.org

Bad Rap – www.badrap.org

Please check out Found Animals Foundations upcoming events here: http://www.foundanimals.org/get-involved/events and don’t miss the big event in June:

Adopt-a-Thon Cat days of summer http://www.foundanimals.org/cat-days-summer/pet-adopt-a-thon

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Handmade leather dog collars by California Collar Co. in Los Angeles

California Collar Co. is a small artisan-run business located in Los Angeles which specializes in handmade leather dog collars, leashes, harnesses and dog accessories. Rilee, the owner, runs a dog boutique in Burbank where the gear is made, displays many different styles of her work and gives you a look into her workshop.  A very sweet, nice person, she takes the time to talk to you and discuss your ideas of the perfect collar for your dog and makes your dog’s new collar very special and unique. We are so glad that we found this young team of artists with a big heart for rescue dogs – Rilee supports local shelters and is a big fan of Pit Bulls – as well as excellent customer service!

Packpeople love the collars Rilee and her team creates  – we decided to go with the Isabella Leather Design with light green crystals for Samson, Lilly, Red and Ringo. We also recommend the Leather Cafe Lead. We’re excited to share with you her answers and insights.

California Collar Co. – Dog Boutique located in Los Angeles

http://californiacollarco.com

Facebook: California Collar Company

Interviewee: Rilee

This is a very unique online shop with customized collars, leashes, harnesses for dogs. Tell us about your products. What do you offer?

– We specialize in handmade leather goods for dogs, including collars, harnesses, leashes, multi-function leads and ID holders. Most of our products come with several leather, lining and hardware choices. With so many options to choose from, we’ve got something to suit just about anyone’s style.

When did you open your workshop here in Burbank and when did you launch your website http://californiacollarco.com?

– We opened our North Hollywood workshop in August, 2010 and our online shop was started back in 2008.

Why did you choose to start a pet business?

– I’m pretty sure this business chose me! I started out making things for my own dogs and everything just kind of took off from there.

Are your products carried only in the US, or they available worldwide?

– Our products are available worldwide through our website. We’ll ship anywhere you can imagine and have served customers from Denmark to New Zealand and just about everywhere in between.

What kind of materials do you use?

– We use 100% vegetable tanned English Bridle Leather for the foundation of our products. The hardware we use is either solid brass or stainless steel, and many of our collars and harnesses can be lined with super soft lambskin leather. We also carry about 40 different shades of Swarovski crystals for those who feel like getting a little fancy.

What inspired you to create this workshop? What kind of feedback are you getting from people?

– I feel like we’ve all become a bit disconnected from the things we buy, so I wanted to create a place where people could see where their dog gear is made and meet the people who actually make it. And after a couple of years of selling online, I really wanted to be able to interact with my customers on a more personal level. One of my very favorite things about the workshop is meeting everyone and hearing about how they met their dogs. It’s pretty amazing to see the effect a dog can have on someone’s life.

Why do you think there has been such an increase in demand for luxury pet products over the last ten years?

– I’m not quite sure about that, actually. My own dogs sleep on moving blankets and still eat out of the same plain steel bowls they’ve had for years, but I think collars are a little different. Every dog needs one and since it’s literally the only accessory they wear all day every day, why not make it a good one?

You carry a wide range of stylish products. What would you consider the most unique items you sell?

– I think the most unique items we sell would be our large breed dog collars. It can be difficult to find collars that are strong enough to handle the antics of a large breed dog while still serving up a healthy dose of style.

Do you offer a warranty on your products?

– We sure do. All of our products come with a lifetime structural guarantee. If any buckles, rivets or d-rings fail or the leather itself splits or breaks from material defect, we’ll repair it for free. If any spots, nameplates or ornaments come loose or fall off, we’ll fix those at no charge as well.

What sets your dog boutique apart from the others?

– The main difference between our shop and more conventional dog boutiques is that we make all of our products from scratch on site. Our customers can see the materials we use and can even choose their own custom color schemes. The workshop setting also allows us to give our customers more personalized attention than they’d normally find in a regular pet supply store.

Can you tell me a little bit more about the collar collections? What kind of collars do you offer?

– Our designs are inspired by the types of collars you’d see back in the early 20th Century, the ones that were made of high grade equestrian leather and adorned with brass studs and engraved name plates. I’ve always loved how distinguished dogs looked back then. We started off specializing in leather collars for large breed dogs, but have recently released a line of collars for small to medium breed dogs as well. Most of our collars are the popular standard buckle type collars and we also carry some specialty designs such as martingales, slip collars and ID holders.

What inspires you to create these collections?

– The thing that inspires me the most is my desire to make dogs look important. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Pit Bull fan, and it’s essential to me to help convey the image of cherished companion for Pit Bulls and other maligned breeds. l want everyone to look at a dog wearing one of my designs and think, “Wow, someone must really love that dog.”

What has been the greatest challenge in growing your business?

– I’d say the biggest challenge has been trying not to grow too fast. I don’t ever want to lose the level of quality and customer service we’re known for.

What advice would you give someone about to launch a new pet related business?

– Do it because you really and truly love it. Everything else will fall into place in time.

Do you have pets of your own?

– Of course! I have two dogs, my beloved Pit Bulls Mija and Daisy. Mija has taught me so much about the breed and about dogs in general. Daisy was supposed to be a foster dog, but she decided she’d rather stay with me and my partner Raz. She is now our honorary ‘shop dog’, so expect to see her if you swing by.

You also support shelters in Los Angeles and you have a foster dog? Would you tell us a little bit about that?

– Raz and I both volunteered with Los Angeles Animal Services for about four years, which is where we came to understand the gravity of the unwanted pet situation. We’ve recently decided to turn our attention to keeping dogs from winding up in the shelter in the first place. We foster dogs from time to time, our most recent being an American Bulldog/Pit Bull mix named Santos. He spent several months at our place recovering from Demodex mange, which was so severe that he couldn’t even walk without his skin cracking open. He’s all healed up now and has since made the trek down to Austin, TX so that Reunion Rescue can find him his forever home.

Why do you think adoption from a local shelter or rescue organization is important?

– I can say from experience that adopting a rescue dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Here in Los Angeles, there are literally thousands of dogs available for adoption on any given day. Until we can get pet overpopulation under control, adoption is the way to go!

Are you thinking to add new products to your design line and what are your future plans?

– We’re in the midst of designing a new line of harnesses, which we’re really excited about. And there will be several new collar designs coming out within the next few weeks, all with matching leashes. We’re also looking forward to attending many LA area festivals in the coming year so we can meet more of our fellow Angelenos. So if you see us out and about, stop by and say ‘hi’!

Which websites or pet related links would you recommend to packpeople?

www.DowntownDogRescue.org

www.laanimalservices.com

www.PBRC.net

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Assisting homeless dog owners in Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown Dog Rescue is a program within the non-profit Friends For Animals organization which assists homeless dog owners in spaying/neutering, vaccinating and licensing their dogs, runs a shelter facility with 30 dogs, and offers a variety of services (including crisis care) for the life of the dog in Los Angeles. Downtown Dog Rescue saves the lives of hundreds of dogs and adopts them out to loving homes – over 3000 dogs have found homes through Downtown Dog Rescue. We interviewed Lori Weise, Founder of Downtown Dog Rescue and we’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping dogs and homeless dog owners.

Downtown Dog Rescue, organization located in Los Angeles

http://www.downtowndogrescue.org

Founded in: 1996

Interviewee: Lori Weise / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:

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Facebook: Downtown Dog Rescue

Twitter: @DtownDogRescue

Websites Lori would like to mention are:

The Dawg Squad  –  www.dawgsquad.org

Karma Rescue  –  www.karmarescue.org

The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation – www.jasonheiglfoundation.org – Our dog RED is from this foundation 🙂

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We are Friends for Pets! Sporting Dog Breed rescue in action.

Friends for Pets Foundation is a fully volunteer, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to rescuing sporting breed dogs, who are abandoned, mistreated, neglected or left in pounds throughout California’ shelters providing veterinary care, comprehensive evaluation and placing dogs in loving homes. We interviewed Diane Monohan, Founder and Executive Director of Friends for Pets and we’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping rescued sporting breed dogs like Weimaraners, Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Pointer, Dalmatians find homes.

Friends For Pets Foundation, – 501-c3 non – profit organization located in Sun Valley, California

http://www.friendsforpets.org

Founded in: 1985

Founder: Diane Monohan

Interviewee: Diane Monohan / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out our highly interesting audio interview here:
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Facebook: Friends for Pets

Websites Diane Monohan would like to mention are:

PackPeople.com (Yay!)

Petfinder – www.petfinder.com

The Whole Dog Journal – www.whole-dog-journal.com

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Find your perfect dog with Ace of Hearts Rescue Foundation

Ace of Hearts is dedicated to rescuing dogs, up to the day they are to be euthanized, from various Los Angeles shelters and placing them in loving homes. We interviewed Kari Whitman, Founder of Ace of Hearts, and we’re excited to share with you her experiences, knowledge and projects in helping rescued dogs find homes.

Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue Foundation, – 501-c3 non – profit organization located in Los Angeles

http://www.acesangels.org

http://www.aceofheartsdogs.com

Founded in: 1999

Founder: Kari Whitman

Interviewee: Kari Whitman / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out our highly interesting audio interview here:
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Facebook: Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue

Twitter: @AceOfHeartsDogs

Websites Kari Whitman would like to mention are:

Greener Pup  www.greenerpup.com

Pet Friendly Travel  www.petfriendlytravel.com

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The amazing dog care services of the PAW Team

We’re pleased to have recorded this wonderful and informative audio interview with Wendy Kohn, Executive Director of the Portland Animal Welfare Team. As you listen to her share her experiences and the daily challenges faced in this work, you’ll learn more about how and why this amazing team is providing veterinary care to the pets of people who are homeless or in extreme poverty.

Portland Animal Welfare Team – Volunteer-based board of directors and a part-time staff helping dogs and owners on the streets of Portland and beyond.

http://www.portlandanimalwelfareteam.org

Founded in: 2003

Founders: Barbara DeManincor, AHT; Heather Dillon, DVM; Sal Jepson, DVM; Wendy Kohn, DVM; Larry Sams, DVM

Interviewee: Wendy Kohn, Executive Director / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out this insightful and interesting audio interview here:
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The PAW Team recommends the following web sites to our packpeople community:

Fido’s City Guide – www.fidoscityguide.com
The Pixie Project – www.pixieproject.org
The Pongo Fund – www.thepongofund.org
Fences for Fido – www.fencesforfido.org

as well as any local animal care and rescue organizations in your area.

Thank you PAW Team for your work and for this absolutely lovely interview!

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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!