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August 19 2018

Barking for a Term Limit for Chicago’s Mayor

After Susan Russell was asked to resign (she didn’t so she was fired) from the position of Chicago Animal Care and Control Executive Director, it was clear that her boss, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hasn’t a clue about animal welfare, and doesn’t care. Mayor Rahm never met Susan, a City department chair – never even bothered…

July 1 2018

Chicago Alderman Sposato Comments on the Firing of CACC Executive Director Susan Russell

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual fired Susan Russell, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC)  after just over two years on the job. While the Mayor has the right to fire any city department head without consulting with anyone, none of the 50 aldermen had any idea until they read about it online (likely my…

April 12 2018

Help Find a Home for a Chiweenie, and Support Famous Fido's Celebration of LIfe

Help us to find Bella a home on Monday April 16, 9:10AM CDT on WGN radio with myself and Steve Cochran. Listen on air at 720AM or HERE. Bella is a sweet and affectionate female Chiweenie (a what? Chihuahua and something) who came to Famous Fido Rescue & Adoption Alliance us as a stray. She…

March 12 2015

Most Challenging Time for Pet Owners, End of Life

End of life is the most challenging time for many pet owners, and Dr. Mary Gardner agrees. She’s the co-founder of Lap of Love, a national organization of veterinarians with a special interest in end of life care, including palliative care, hospice, in-home euthanasia and maybe most important just advising clients about when the time…

February 13 2015

Experts Answer Pet Questions: North American Veterinary Conference

ORLANDO, FLA. — Experts converged to teach veterinary professionals at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando Jan. 17-21. Some of those renowned experts took time to answer your questions. Q: Molly, my 5-year-old Jack Russell, had her teeth cleaned previously with no problems. About a month ago, after having her teeth cleaned again, she…

May 5 2014

Veterinary Hospice: Lap of Love, Dr. Mary Gardner

Lap of Love is a network of veterinarians around the country whose goal is to empower every owner to care for their geriatric pets toward the end of life. Co-Founder Dr. Mary Gardner explains how their philosophy centers around the human-animal bond and the need for that bond to be as undisturbed as possible during this…

October 18 2013

Euthanasia: Knowing When It's Time To Say Goodbye to a Pet

End of life pet care – how do you know when it’s time? Listen HERE as Dr. Alice Villalobos talks about that topic on Steve Dale Dale’s Pet World.   She says when quality of life crashes, it’s time to look at a painless passing with a gift of euthanasia. Here a some bullet points, the…

March 11 2013

When To Euthanize, Reader Question

Q: My 13-year-old dog passed away last month. I’m grateful I was able to be with him when he passed away at home. My buddy did have a full checkup two months before. The veterinarian had asked about any changes in the dog’s behavior. While standing in the office, it was impossible for me to…

October 26 2012

Daniel's Law Passes in Pennsylvania to Ban Gassing Animals in Shelters

I’m not sure that most people are aware of how animals in some shelters in some states are killed (euthanized is too kind a word) – they go into gas chambers and where carbon monoxide is used. Most of the time, animals with their expiration date are just brought in, cats with dogs, large dogs…

May 11 2011

Euthanasia By Injection Is Preferred, Here's Why

Shelters for the most part euthanize animals the same way pet owners do, a painless and fast procedure, called euthanasia by injection. However, not all shelters do. Here’s a piece I wrote about euthanasia by injection, and why it’s preferred. Read the piece. And, if you can stomach it (and some of you won’t be…

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