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Community Issues with Pets
The plight of jaded dogs in our society is tragic. If you are interested in learning more or want to help, read on.
"Adopting Pit Bulls and Other Bully Breed Dogs" This link provides helpful guidance for adopting "bully breed" and other disreputable dogs from a shelter.
"NYCHA: Pit Bulls, 26 Other Breeds Prohibited from Projects" This link is for a press article about how the New York City Housing Authority banned residents from keeping or acquiring "at risk breeds" of dogs and how the ASPCA is against the policy.
"Pit Bull Rescue Central: Breed Information" This is a link for the Pit Bull Rescue Central organization. Learn more about this energetic and passionate breed.
"Stoking the Fires of Hate: How the Animal Protection Movement is Failing Pit Bulls" (.pdf) This article describes how abused, maligned, and misinterpreted the pit bull breed is and what a lesson for teaching compassion it creates.
"The Story of Mindy" (.pdf) This article is not for the faint-hearted but tells the tale of many a pit bull’s demise.
"What Dogs Want" (.pdf) Covers the delicate topic of things you can do if you see a dog that is less fortunate than your own.
Losing a pet, whether it is through death or that your pet is missing, is a very painful event. For support and tips for coping, read below.
"Lost/Found Pet Resource Guide" This link goes to the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s website, where there is a helpful guide for steps to take in finding a pet that has become lost.
"What to Do if Your Pet is Lost" (.pdf) Covers the basic steps for finding a lost pet.
"Lost Pet Advice: Strategy Plan to Find Your Pet" Provides a useful checklist for finding a missing pet.
"Lost Pet Amber Alert" Offers resources for sending an "Amber" alert for your pet.
"Lost a Pet? Found a Stray?" This link to Pets911 provides helpful resources for contacting those who may be able to help you find a missing pet.
"Pet Loss Support Page" Provides 10 tips for coping with pet loss.
The following nationally based websites can help you prepare for a disaster, including tips for getting you and your pets ready ahead of time.
"Disaster Preparedness for Pets" This Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) website provides guidance for everyday emergencies, a checklist for supplies you may need, advice on finding a safe place to go ahead of time, what to do if you are not at home for your pets, and more.
"Disaster Preparedness for Pets" (.pdf) Provides important information and checklists on preparing for and during the event.
"AVMA Disaster Preparedness" Provides further information on emergency preparedness and response, guidance on how to save the entire family, and disaster preparedness for veterinary practices.
"Disaster Plan Can Save Pets" This article is written about the central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team (MDART) and how the organization is looking for volunteers.
The following topics on community issues with feral cats were compiled by Nathan Winograd, author of "Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America," Director of No Kill Solutions, and former Executive Director of Tompkins County SPCA.
"How to Keep Cats Out of Your Yard" (.pdf) This article gives humane tips and tricks for diverting homeless cats from your yard.
"Do Feral Cats Have a Right To Live" (.pdf) Analyzes assumptions we make about the right to live for shelter animals from the perspective of the feral cat.
"Feral Cats on the Firing Line" (.pdf) Gives the compelling argument for a "not guilty" verdict for the contention that feral cats are responsible for the decline in native species of wildlife.
"Understanding Cats and Predation" (.pdf) Lends further voice to the argument that feral cats are not wiping out the songbird population (if they were capable of wiping entire groups of wildlife, why are there still mice in the world?).
"Neighbor Conflicts" (.pdf) Covers the most common human complaints about feral cats and offers ideas for addressing their concerns.
"Feral Cats & Public Safety" (.ddf) Answers fundamental questions about feral cats, such as "Do feral cats live miserable lives?" "Are they a public safety risk?" "Do they threaten birds?" and more.
"Feral Cat Relocation" (.pdf) Offers basic guidance on what to do if a feral colony’s location poses serious threats to the lives of the cats.