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5 Ways to Help Stop Animal Abuse

5 Ways to Help Stop Animal Abuse

One quick Google news search of the term “animal abuse” yields over 53,000 results. Animal abuse is a serious problem that many people are beginning to take notice of due to the horrific news headlines covering the stories. These allegations lately include such heartbreaking stories as animals being slammed, starved, beaten, and more. From undercover investigations taking place at big name food manufacturers to animal cruelty being reported by individuals in communities around the nation, many people are looking for ways to help bring an end to these horrific news stories.

"We have made it our mission to help catch those responsible for animal cruelty and bring them to justice,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “However, it’s a job that we don’t do alone. It is a collaborative effort to make it happen, but we have been quite successful at it.”

Winter Is Coming: Guardians of Rescue Amps Up Rescue Operations and Expands “Gimme Shelter Program”

Winter Is Coming: Guardians of Rescue Amps Up Rescue Operations and Expands “Gimme Shelter Program”

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 36 percent of households in America own dogs and 30 percent own cats. However, not every owner knows the proper procedure for winter pet care; every year thousands of companion and stray animals die from being left out in this extreme weather. These cases are investigated more by police and animal control agencies than any other form of animal abuse. A common misconception is the belief that the fur on animals’ back will insulate them from suffering in the cold winter temperatures or upcoming storm. However, without proper shelter, food and water, these domesticated animals’ chances of survival in frigid temperatures is greatly decreased. Guardians of Rescue, a nation-wide animal rescue organization, is expanding their “Gimme Shelter Program” to avoid the suffering of innocent animals this winter season.

Paws of War Expands to Start Therapy Dog Program to Honor U.S Air Force Veteran

Paws of War Expands to Start Therapy Dog Program to Honor U.S Air Force Veteran

Pairing service dogs with military veterans suffering from PTSD has proven to help the healing process. According to the National Center for Health Research, studies have shown that a dog’s presence, loyalty and love are known to improve heart health by lowering blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations. Paws of War, was founded to help those military veterans by training rescued dogs to be service dogs. Now, their mission is expanding to incorporate a Paws of War Therapy program, in honor and memory of US Air Force Veteran Duane Franzone.

“A few years ago, we saved a pitbull mix, Jada. She’d been living under a dirt crawlspace with a broken jaw. Jada was trained to become Duane’s service dog and she meant the world to him,” says Dori Scofield, executive director of Paws of War. “After Duane passed away, his family wanted to carry out his legacy of helping other veterans. That is what inspired us to start a therapy program.”

How to Feed Pets on a Restricted Diet

How to Feed Pets on a Restricted Diet

Purchasing pet food is something that millions of households do on regular basis across the nation. A portion of those making the purchase, however, are in need of food that will meet the needs of a pet that is on a restricted diet. Many pets suffer from a variety of conditions that prompt pet parents to seek out food to help with their symptoms. When it comes to feeding pets on a restricted diet, however, there is more to it than just switching food overnight and leaving it at that. Doing that will not help you determine if you made the right call and if it’s helping your pet.

“Feeding a pet that needs a restricted diet can be tricky, and most people are not sure where to begin with it,” explains Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Pet Foods. “While it may seem like a scary task to try and feed such pets, it’s not nearly as complicated as it may seem, especially if you follow a few guidelines with doing so.”

Here are some tips for feeding pets on a restricted diet:

Would you rather be with your dog? Now you can let the world know!

Would you rather be with your dog? Now you can let the world know!

Company offers “I’d Rather Be With My Dog” new line of clothing and accessories and a portion of the proceeds helps animal rescues and shelters

 

There are millions of people who would rather be with their dog than with other people or doing other activities. Now, they can proudly let the world know that while making a fashion statement at the same time. The company I’d Rather Be With My Dog has a line of clothing and accessories bearing its name, giving pet lovers the opportunity to let people know how they really feel.

“Many of us would rather be with our dog, so why not make it part of our dress and let the world know?” asks Doug Ratner, founder of I’d Rather Be with My Dog and a musician. “People love the idea of being with their dog and in letting others know they would rather be with the dog. It’s a great thing and a win-win situation for all.”

4 Mistakes Shoppers Make When Buying Pet Foods

4 Mistakes Shoppers Make When Buying Pet Foods

Around the country there is a lot of pet food sold each year. In fact, according to the Pet Food Institute, sales have reached over to over $20 billion annually, selling over 8 million tons of pet food. With over 71 million people having a pet dog and over 73 million having a pet cat, consumers shop for pet foods on a regular basis. What they may not realize, however, is that when they do so they often make mistakes that could lead their pets down a path of health problems.

“Our cats and dogs are just like us in that they need to eat a healthy diet in order to stay healthy themselves,” explains Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Pet Foods. “The good news is that there are healthy food options out there. Yet I’ve learned over time that most people are just not aware of it or what makes for a healthy pet food. That’s a mistake that could lead to issues over time.”

Here are 4 mistakes shoppers make when buying pet foods:

First Paleo Dog Treat Fuels the Industry, Provides Healthier Option

First Paleo Dog Treat Fuels the Industry, Provides Healthier Option

A quick Google search for the term “Paleo” yields over 40 million options. Paleo diets have increasingly become popular for people over the last few years, with millions of people making the effort to follow the more natural diet that our ancestors followed. Likewise, many people are searching for healthier options for their dogs, too, and they are finding them in product lines by such companies as I’d Rather Be with My Dog, which has the first line of Paleo dog treats on the market.

“Those who are looking to feed their pets healthier today have options that are readily available,” explains Doug Ratner, founder of I’d Rather Be with My Dog and a musician. “Forget feeding them treats that are not even fit for human consumption, such as cookies and items loaded with artificial and unhealthy ingredients. Paleo treats offer a healthy treat that dogs love and people can feel good about.”