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An Inmate’s Best Friend

Nine Colorado prisons have enacted a program which allows inmates to train dogs. As Mark Strassmann reports, these canines have helped in the rehabilitation of the prisoners.

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Oct 07, 2010 | 0 | News, Training, Videos

Our Fund Raiser for the Stray Dogs and Cats of Thailand on Today

Wish us luck..

If you are interested in the after-life and have a love and concern for animal welfare – come along to this unique fundraising event in Darlinghurst (Sydney).

The psychic event

On Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 3-5pm, join two of Sydney’s top psychic mediums Imelda Penny (http://linkingtwoworlds.com/) and Marcia Quinton as they share messages between two worlds upstairs at the TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst.

Imelda and Marcia begin their spiritual mediumship demonstrations by explaining how they get messages from love ones that have passed on. They provide “evidential proof” of life after life during their “show”.

During the event, they will then do a number of readings for members of the audience as they pass on messages from the “other side”.

The TAP Gallery coffee shop will be open for coffee and cake.

The proceeds

The entry to this event will cost $25 or more (we do not want to limit the amount people want to donate). The proceeds will go directly to the Soi Dog Foundation (SDF), Phuket,Thailand.

‘Soi’ is the Thai word for ‘street’, so in English, Soi Dog Foundation means Street Dog Foundation – see http://www.soidog.org/

Sydney resident Lynne Williams who volunteers her time in Phuket during her four-week annual holiday each year said “there are no government or charitable agencies to protect animals from abuse in Phuket – only a few local animal lovers who house large numbers of them, using their own funds and manpower and Soi Dog Foundation”.

I first visited SDF in early July 2007 and saw first-hand the work that SDF perform on a shoestring budget. They are 100% reliant on donations and sponsors. When I visited the Centre and saw the injuries that the animals had had inflicted upon them and the diseases they were suffering from, I was horrified”, said Lynne.

When Lynne is asked “why don’t you help the dogs in Australia who are homeless and in need of help? she answers “it’s bad enough being a homeless animal in Australia. In Thailand, it’s just that much worse being a stray, what with animals regularly being poisoned, intentionally hit with motorbikes, having acid thrown on them and basically being ignored even though they are literally starving to death in front of your eyes on the streets and the beaches. Lately, the dogs of Phuket have suffered a spate of machete attacks where their tails have been chopped off, or – even worse – some dogs have survived attempted beheadings and we have been treating neck and throat injuries where the beheadings were unsuccessful.”

“Laws governing responsible animal ownership or animal abuse don’t exist. The only humane shelters are those set up by concerned ex pats. Soi Dogs Phuket needs to raise 7.6M THB ($222,000 US) to give the strays a permanent home because their current shelter is on leased land”, said Lynne.

This event is brought to you by Dogs and Cats http://dogsandcats.com.au/

Randa

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Aug 30, 2009 | 1 | News

Thai Organization Helps Strays – They Need Your Help

About the Soi Dog Foundation (SDF) http://www.soidog.org/:

There are no government or charitable agencies to protect animals from abuse – only a few local animal lovers who house large numbers of them, using their own funds and manpower.

Laws governing responsible animal ownership or animal abuse don’t exist. There are no humane shelters. Culling by strychnine poisoning is a shocking reality. Religious beliefs prohibit euthanasia, even in desperate cases.

Dogs and cats are being taken from streets and other rural areas to fill the growing demand for dog meat and cat fur where the method of slaughter is slow and inhumane.

Street and stray dogs have no protection in Thailand and fall victim to the most barbaric treatment and malicious abuse. Particularly skin disease is very prominent, resulting in immense suffering. Despite the fact that the prevailing Buddhist religion in Thailand does not allow for euthanasia, poisoning of these dogs happens daily and often involves a large number of dogs.

Usually the poison used is strychnine, which causes an extremely painful death.

The philosophy used to condone these practices is that the dog himself “chooses” to eat the poisoned food and therefore the person providing this food is not directly responsible for his death; when live animals are thrown into the feeding pits of crocodile farms – the crocodiles kill them, not us!

Policy introduced in 2001 by Bangkok’s Governor supposedly put an end to the nationwide practice of culling Soi Dogs with strychnine poisoning. For those wretched dogs, muscular cramps and uncontrollable vomiting were the last memories of this cruel world.

Sadly, although no longer officially sanctioned, this shocking practice still exists, even by monks on temple grounds, as it is a cheap and easy option to administer.

If you want to help our four-legged friends here, you can do a number of things like -

Aug 17, 2009 | 1 | News

Psychic Show with Funds to Thai Dogs and Cats in Need

If you are interested in the after-life and have a love and concern for animal welfare – come along to this unique fundraising event in Darlinghurst (Sydney).

The psychic event

On Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 3-5pm, join two of Sydney’s top psychic mediums Imelda Penny (http://linkingtwoworlds.com/) and Marcia Quinton as they share messages between two worlds upstairs at the TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst.

Imelda and Marcia begin their spiritual mediumship demonstrations by explaining how they get messages from love ones that have passed on. They provide “evidential proof” of life after life during their “show”.

During the event, they will then do a number of readings for members of the audience as they pass on messages from the “other side”.

The TAP Gallery coffee shop will be open for coffee and cake.

The proceeds

The entry to this event will cost $25 or more (we do not want to limit the amount people want to donate). The proceeds will go directly to the Soi Dog Foundation (SDF), Phuket,Thailand.

‘Soi’ is the Thai word for ‘street’, so in English, Soi Dog Foundation means Street Dog Foundation – see http://www.soidog.org/

Sydney resident Lynne Williams who volunteers her time in Phuket during her four-week annual holiday each year said “there are no government or charitable agencies to protect animals from abuse in Phuket – only a few local animal lovers who house large numbers of them, using their own funds and manpower and Soi Dog Foundation”.

I first visited SDF in early July 2007 and saw first-hand the work that SDF perform on a shoestring budget. They are 100% reliant on donations and sponsors. When I visited the Centre and saw the injuries that the animals had had inflicted upon them and the diseases they were suffering from, I was horrified”, said Lynne.

When Lynne is asked “why don’t you help the dogs in Australia who are homeless and in need of help? she answers “it’s bad enough being a homeless animal in Australia. In Thailand, it’s just that much worse being a stray, what with animals regularly being poisoned, intentionally hit with motorbikes, having acid thrown on them and basically being ignored even though they are literally starving to death in front of your eyes on the streets and the beaches. Lately, the dogs of Phuket have suffered a spate of machete attacks where their tails have been chopped off, or – even worse – some dogs have survived attempted beheadings and we have been treating neck and throat injuries where the beheadings were unsuccessful.”

“Laws governing responsible animal ownership or animal abuse don’t exist. The only humane shelters are those set up by concerned ex pats. Soi Dogs Phuket needs to raise 7.6M THB ($222,000 US) to give the strays a permanent home because their current shelter is on leased land”, said Lynne.

This event is brought to you by Dogs and Cats http://dogsandcats.com.au/

Aug 15, 2009 | 0 | News

Dogs Deemed Children’s Best Friend in Fight Against Obesity

I found this interesting article at theage.com.au

By Jill Stark

October 14, 2008

FORGET free fruit in schools and kiddies’ boot camp — the new frontier in the battle of the bulge could be the family dog.

As experts grapple with Australia’s escalating childhood obesity epidemic, new research has found owning a pet could keep children slim and healthy.

A Deakin University study found that young children who own a dog are less likely to be overweight or obese compared with those who do not have one in the family home.

The study of more than 1100 children aged five to 12 found they were in much better shape if they had a dog, even if they did not walk it regularly.

Head researcher, Associate Professor Jo Salmon, said the findings suggest even incidental play with the dog helped children keep the weight off. She said physical activity was the key to maintaining a healthy weight and the results were likely to be the same if children owned other pets such as cats or rabbits.

“For parents who are trying to get their kids off the computer and switching off the TV and getting out and playing, having a pet might be a really good strategy for doing that,” Professor Salmon said. “Social support for physical activity is vital, so this research suggests the extended family network — not just parents and siblings but also dogs and pets — is important for children’s health and their physical activity.”

Younger children gained the greatest health benefit, with 20% of those who owned a dog being overweight or obese compared with 25% of children who did not live with a pet.

Thirty per cent of 10 to 12-year-olds who did not have a dog suffered weight problems compared with 27% of their peers with a pet.

The study, published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, follows a previous paper from the same researchers that found young girls who owned a dog were physically active for 30 minutes more than those without a pet.

Michelle Fincke, a mother of four from Yarraville, concurs with the findings and believes her children shed countless calories playing with the dog, Hopi.

Stay tuned for more info soon.

 

Randa

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Oct 13, 2008 | 0 | News

English survey reveals 1.6 million pet owners have put their dogs and cats to sleep because they can’t afford vet and medical bills

I read a disturbing article recently in Halesowen News that published these figures. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Sainsbury’s Finance believes that there are two key reasons for this tragic problem. The first is that veterinary advances mean that the cost of vet fees is rising by around 12% per year(3). The second is that around 55% of cats and dogs are not insured(4), so owners cannot rely on an insurance policy to cover all or part of a vet’s bill and without this they may find it impossible to pay. Sainsbury’s Pet Insurance policy will pay up to £7,500 towards a vet’s bill.

We at dogsandcats highly recommend that pet owners consider taking out pet insurance.

Randa

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Sep 07, 2008 | 0 | News

Meet Our New Dog Candy

We’d like to introduce our new dog Candy who is from Monika’s Doggie Rescue. Can you believe she has only had one inquiry for adoption in the nine months she was there? With that face? I just love those ears!

This was her pciture (below) and this was the profile they had written:

“Candy is a very gentle, very sooky foxy girl. She is so well mannered and is house trained and super social with all sorts of dogs. She is even good with cats! She has a very slender physique, weighing 5.7kg. She comes desexed, C5 vaccinated, heartworm free and microchipped.” What more could we want?

We are very lucky – she and our other dog Lucy seem to have hit it off and she has not bothered the cats at all – rather, she is just ignoring them.

It was so lovely to see her run for probably the first time in a very long time when she went for her first walk this morning..

Candy

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Aug 17, 2008 | 0 | News