Articles: animal shelters

Purina and Red Rover Want to Find Safe Space to Flee Domestic Violence

Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer at Purina, discusses on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show how Purina has gotten involved in the issue of domestic violence. I mean why would a pet food company make a concerted commitment to this topic? Venator explains that about a third of all women experience some…

New York State Could Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores

Lawmakers in Albany are looking to ban sales of dogs and cats from pet stores throughout New York state. “The animals that are sold in pet stores are, for the most part, produced through puppy mills, where there are abject horrible conditions,” said New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, one of the sponsors of the…

Gwen Cooper, My Life in a Cat House

While Gwen Cooper – a crazy cat lady in the best of all possible ways – was in town, she stopped by to talk about her newest book “My Life in a Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines“ on my WGN Radio Show. First, HEAR Gwen talk about Homer,…

All the Cats: The Million Cat Challenge

As recently as 20 years ago, cats were considered a kind of after thought at most animal shelters. To be honest, their value didn’t always quite appear equivalent to their canine cousins, and shelters didn’t completely comprehend their medical and emotional needs. Launched in 2014, the Million Cat Challenge set out to save the lives…

One Tail at a Time Growled at by Alderman Maldonado

One Tail at a Time is clearly a leader in the Chicago animal welfare community, and a founder of CRISP (Chicagoland Rescue Intervention and Support Program). It’s a fact, they save dogs. I was at an event at One Tail with Executive Director Heather Owen and then Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook…

Adoptable Dog from SPCA Puerto Vallarta: Mr. Personality

SPCA Puerto Vallarta has this special dog named Paulo. Of course, I realize shelters all over America and Mexico have special dogs every day. There’s a personal story here, which is why I am pleading for a good home for this little dude. I have written several times about my connection to the SPCA Puerto…

WGN Radio Dog Adoption Segment from Anti Cruelty Society

Three words to describe Estela are: affectionate, gentle, and sweet, and dog adoption. And she can be yours, from the Anti Cruelty Society. In our WGN Radio dog adoption segment tomorrow (Tuesday), 9:10 AM with Steve Cochran (on WGN Radio and CLTV). Tracy Elliot, new Anti Cruelty President will make his Chicago WGN Radio debut with…

Protecting Pets In Kennel Fires

When over 30 dogs were killed in a fire in West Chicago (Bully Life Animal Services or formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road on January 14, I thought this shouldn’t ever happen again. Indeed, this tragedy, and others like it – which do happen around the country – are often preventable. With…

Losing a Dedicated Force to Save Animals

Janice Chatterton, founder and President of the SPCA Puerto Vallarta, did in life what few do. She helped to change an entire culture and has saved lives. Chatterton, who was in her eighties, recently passed away after a sudden illness. Her sheer determination to rescue animals in need has saved a few thousand dogs and…

Pour Your Heart for Anti Cruelty

How do you raise money for homeless animals and also have a good time? You drink! Of course. The Anti-Cruelty Society presents the 6th Annual Pour Your Heart Out fundraiser benefiting homeless pets in Chicago, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Of course any event at the…

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