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PetsMart Charities and Winn Feline Foundation Partner to Help Shelter Cats

PetSmart Charities and the Winn Feline Foundation initiated a partnership to focus on learning more about shelter cats. I talk on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show HERE with Dr. David Haworth, president of PetSmart Charities in the U.S. and Canada and Dr. Vicki Thayer, executive director of the Winn Feline Foundation. Celebrating 50 years, the…

Leaving Dogs Unattended in the Cold Now Against the Law in Pennsylvania

The state of Pennsylvania is getting serious about severe weather with the passing of Libre’s Law, which bolsters penalties for animal abuse and neglect cases, including instances of pets that are left outdoors in extreme heat or cold. Under Libre’s Law, a dog cannot be left leashed or tethered outdoors and alone for more than…

Why Isn't Joliet Paying Attention to its Residents? Diminishing Halloween Anxiety for Pets

It’s International Cat Day, and I suggest that cats are the Rodney Dangerfield of pets on WGN Radio. Listen HERE to this Steve Dale’s Pet World. So, should you dress up your pet for Halloween? Should you go trick or treating with your pet? Well, maybe…but maybe not; it depends on the pet. Also, I offer…

Politicizing Puerto Rico or Telling the Truth?

Puerto Rico is a mess – there isn’t a report from the island which doesn’t indicate that. When I first interviewed certified animal behavior consultant/dog trainer and Puerto Rican resident Terrie Hayward for the piece which appears below, most people who I heard from expressed gratitude for shining a light on the truth. However, I…

Pet Companies Support Hurricane Relief

Veterinary Medicine is helping their own post Hurricane Harvey and , and pet owners. Helping the profession is the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Pharmaceutical companies and pet food companies have stepped up. Here are two of many examples both working with, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of…

Conversations with Veterinarians in Florida and Texas During Irma and Post Harvey

Hear my live conversation with Dr. Patrick Flynn of Zoetis from his house in Clearwater, Florida, on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN radio. He describes the scene and explains why he chose not to evacuate. It has to do, in part, with this question: Where do you go? Dr. Flynn has two dogs and an…

Animals Treated Better: Harvey vs. Katrina, But Many Are Lost

Because of the Hurricane Katrina response of rescuers often refusing to take pets, and watching people die as a result, culture and laws have changed. During the Harvey rescue, pets and their shelter mattered, and as a result lives were likely saved–both human and animal. Post Katrina, by law, FEMA rescuers are now supposed to take…

Rescuing Animals in Houston

Some animals are being rescued as evacuation efforts continue in Houston and other Texas communities as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The law mandates that, if at all possible, FEMA work to rescue pets during evacuations, but many rescuers are private, may not be trained to rescue animals, or may simply not want to rescue…

Frisbee Disc Competition, Why No Cat Statues, Dog Flu That is Not Flu, Rhino Bowling, and More

I talk about the dog statues on Michigan Avenue on WGN Radio’s Steve Dale’s Pet World. Check out the podcast HERE as I chat about the 54-inch-tall fiberglass dog statues of “police dogs,” which are a part of the K9s for Cops campaign to pay tribute to the canine unit, honor fallen Chicago police officers, and…

Trump Administration Removes Public Information on Animal Cruelty

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has removed public access to tens of thousands of reports that document the numbers of animals kept by research labs, companies, zoos, circuses, and animal transporters—and whether those animals are being treated humanely under the Animal Welfare Act. Henceforth, those wanting access to the information, for example, about an alleged…

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