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Hate is Not Help

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This was my beloved dog Sarge (R.I.P.) in 2008. Sarge was 14 years old and being held at the Pennsylvania SPCA in protective custody after being seized from an alleged dog fighting case. I wish Sarge were here with me right now. I think about him every time people rant about Michael Vick, who came […]

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Motley Musings: January 5, 2014

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I’m starting a new feature called “Motley Musings” — an assortment of news, views, and other items that made me stop and think. It’s a collection of things that have challenged my existing views, introduced me to new perspectives, and influenced how I view animal welfare, community outreach, and social justice. I plan to share […]

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“When I’m Sixty-Four”

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“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?  – The Beatles, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ Below is a Facebook post I shared earlier this week. It touched a lot of people, so I’m re-posting it here in hopes that it’ll reach an even bigger audience. [I’m not looking for a pat on […]

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Register This: 15 Thoughts on Animal Abuse Registries

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Animal abuse registries are a hot topic. Since I have several dogs that were victims of abuse or neglect, people have asked me to support legislation that would require convicted animal abusers to register in a newly-created “animal abuse registry” with mandated reporting requirements. Sounds like a great idea, right? Who doesn’t want to prevent animal […]

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The Silent Tragedy: Lack of Pet-Friendly Housing

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“Cruelty, especially the blatant, sadistic sort, is a deep shock” to “the concerned public and staff within humane organizations,” Sociologist Arnold Arluke wrote in his book, Just a Dog: Understanding Animal Cruelty and Ourselves. “Big cases are particularly valuable because through them the institution, its staff, and its supportive public come to terms with cruelty. […]

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Craigslist

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Craigslist is one of the most popular and effective ways to connect adoptable pets with new families. But Craigslist catches flack from a small, but vocal segment of the animal welfare community because of misconceptions surrounding its usage. This post is intended to empower pet lovers to use Craigslist as a tool for helping pets […]

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Saving Money on Pet Care

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No matter how many times we say that “all they need is love,” the harsh reality is that dogs cost money. With more and more Americans struggling to make ends meet, dog owners are struggling to keep their dogs at home and out of animal shelters. Here are some tips to help dog owners save money! FOOD Buy […]

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Dogs of New York

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A few months ago I started a project called Dogs of New York (DONY). I’m taking photos of the dogs and dog owners I meet in the Big Apple, and sharing excerpts of our conversations. All my photos are unstaged, based on chance encounters I have walking the streets of NYC. DONY is about real people and […]

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“Briefing”: How a Tiny Drawing Reflects America’s Big Love for Pit Bull Dogs

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, this one speaks volumes about the public’s feelings toward pit bull dogs these days. Check out the “Briefing” section of the September 9, 2013 issue of TIME magazine: To illustrate the 367 dogs rescued in a recent animal cruelty case, the artist drew a pit bull dog and […]

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Guest Post: Invisible New Yorkers and the Pets Who Love Them

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I recently volunteered with Collide, a non-profit organization in New York City that supports homeless or transient people who have pets. The experience shed light on an invisible and under-served segment of the pet-keeping community. Jeff Latzer, a New York City resident and animal welfare advocate, has also volunteered with Collide. I asked him to […]

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