Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Nearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have been sickened in an ongoing, mysterious outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China, federal animal health officials said Tuesday.

Most of the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes — although 10 cats have been sickened, too — after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats. The pace of the reported illnesses appears to have slowed, but federal Food and Drug Administration officials are now seeking extra help from veterinarians and pet owners in solving the ongoing puzzle.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Project Blue Collar Partners with PetHub on High Tech ID Tags

Tags help lost dogs get home faster—rescue dogs will ‘never be lost again’

CINCINNATI, OH—Project Blue Collar, a company devoted to improving the perception of shelter dogs and encourage adoption as the first option, has partnered with PetHub to launch a Project Blue Collar themed high tech dog identification tag.
PetHub dog tags provide three easy ways for your lost pet to get home faster. Each tag has a unique QR code and web address that link to your puppy pal’s free personal profile—providing crucial information about your pet, including your contact information, relevant medical information and the activation of optional $3,000 of emergency medical pet insurance coverage, if applicable. For the less tech-savvy, there is also a phone number for the 24-hour “Pet Found Hotline.”
“So many dogs end up at the shelter because they have been abandoned, surrendered or lost,” said Carole Feeny, president and co-founder of Project Blue Collar. “Once they are adopted and tagged with a PetHub/Project Blue Collar ID they’ll never be lost again.”

The Project Blue Collar branded tags retail for $16.75, with the option of a reasonably priced subscription with additional features—including email notification when your pet’s profile is accessed and GPS tracking of the location where your pet’s tag is scanned. The tags are available for purchase online at

“We are strong proponents of adoption—and proud to be a part of the Project Blue Collar movement,” said Lorien Clemens, PetHub’s Director of Marketing. “There are misconceptions associated with rescue dogs, and we can all play a part in dispelling these myths.”
Project Blue Collar’s mission is to elevate the status of rescue dogs—so they are recognized as wonderful pets and companions. Millions of dogs are put down in shelters each year due to low adoption rates and the high volume of breeders and puppy mills exploiting dogs for profit.
The company’s signature Support the Underdog® Blue Collars, which are similar to cause-related silicone wristbands, adorn a pooch’s neck to identify them as a rescue. The collars provide an opportunity for dogs and owners to show their rescue pride and share their positive adoption story. Project Blue Collar also offers an opportunity to raise money for the animal rescue community through their Shelter of the Month program

“The collars serve as a conversation starter to help build the movement,” said Kristin Waters, vice president and co-founder of Project Blue Collar. “Telling the story of your adopted dog inspires others to help, and encourages them to adopt, not shop, when adding a pet to the family.”
The collars, which are made in the USA, retail for $10—and are available for purchase online at Dog toys, apparel and car magnets— all aimed at raising awareness of rescue dog pride—are also available for purchase.
High resolution photos available upon request. 


About Project Blue CollarProject Blue Collar – Support the Underdog™ is a movement to celebrate rescue dogs and unite the communities and people who believe in their potential.  The company’s signature Blue Collars encourage adoption as the first option and offer an Opportunity for the animal rescue community to raise money through their Buy One Give one program. With each collar purchased, the movement grows and the more lives are saved. Since launching in October 2012, over 2,100 dogs have been Blue Collared in 40 states and 4 countries. Get your rescue dog (or someone else's) Blue Collared at

About PetHub
PetHub helps lost pets get home faster by providing the most comprehensive and affordable lost pet recovery system on the market today. In 2012, 97% of PetHub recovered pets were home in less than 24 hours, 25% reunited with their families in under an hour. PetHub ID tags provide multiple ways to help lost pets get home, including QR codes linking to a free online pet profile and a 24/7 Found Pet Hotline. 
Success stories can be found at Awards include Dog Fancy Magazine's "Editors' Choice," Pet Business Magazine's "Industry Award," Pet Age Magazine's "Retailer Silver Select Award," and "2013 Most Innovative Product of the Year." Visit to view some of its fan videos, including "Ullr’s Adventure."

Monday, March 18, 2013


Announcement follows Ted Williams’ remarks on poisoning cats in Orlando Sentinel op-ed

BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today thanked supporters for condemning the remarks made by former Audubon magazine editor-at-large Ted Williams in an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, which referenced poisoning feral cats with common household pain relievers. 

Alley Cat Allies appealed to supporters to show strength in numbers and demand that Audubon respond to the controversy. More than 31,000 Alley Cat Allies supporters responded by emailing Audubon or posting on social media urging the organization to dismiss and condemn Williams.

“In a Facebook post this weekend, Audubon announced that Williams was suspended from writing for the magazine and would be removed from Audubon’s masthead. This was the right move, and we thank our supporters for their quick action,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Williams’ remarks were depraved and irresponsible. No national group advocating for the protection of animals should be associated with endorsements of pain and cruelty.”

“We are satisfied with this outcome, but we will continue to remain vigilant in challenging any support for cruelty, or for policies that would lead to more cats being killed in pounds and shelters.  Killing cats will not protect birds or any other species,” said Robinson.

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide. Their website is

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


LOS ANGELES, CA—Facing a doggie dilemma or a cat quandary? The Pet
Matchmaker™ is here to help. Elaine Hendrix—award-winning actress,
lifelong animal lover and advocate—and her team of animal experts and
experienced animal enthusiasts are providing pet parents with 
information and advice to help them find an animal friendship to last a lifetime at

“It’s important that people are realistic about their lifestyles when
choosing an animal to adopt,” says Elaine Hendrix, The Pet Matchmaker™.
“This is a new, entertaining online resource that helps people pick the
pet best suited for them, and then gives them information to care for 
that pet their entire lives.”

The site outlines practical considerations and offers plenty of
“How-To” guides for pet adopters. Information any pet parent should
keep in mind, like ‘finances’ and ‘schedule,’ is designed to help
individuals and families make matches that will stand the test of time. 
The website then helps users locate local shelters and rescue groups with
animals available for adoption in their area.

Already found your animal match? The website provides visitors with 
ongoing animal care advice, pet-centric Nancy and Sluggo cartoons, illustrated 
by Guy Gilchrist, uplifting articles from a variety of regular 
contributors and much more! The engaging and dynamic layout makes the website easy 
to navigate whether you’re searching by animal or care topic, which 
includes nutrition, grooming and training, among many others.

In the Community section, animal lovers are invited to join The Pet
Matchmaker’s social network and create a personal profile to share
stories, photos and videos of their animals and connect with other pet
enthusiasts. The Community section is also the perfect spot to 
introduce and network animals who are looking for their forever homes. Young 
animal lovers have a special section with word games, coloring pages and
activities, in addition to articles written by kids for kids. Make the
“My Pet Forever” pledge and you’ll receive a downloadable
certificate—great for teaching children about the responsibility
associated with pets and an excellent conversation starter with friends 
on the importance of keeping pets in homes and out of shelters.

As The Pet Matchmaker™, Hendrix also hosts radio’s “The Pet Care
Minute,” where she shares with listeners her insightful and effective
tips for caring for their pets and ensuring their health, happiness and
safety. Topics include ‘litter box woes’ and ‘learning to speak
dog.’ Segments are available at

To learn more about Elaine Hendrix and The Pet Matchmaker™ team, please

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About Elaine Hendrix

With over 100 film, television and stage credits, Elaine Hendrix is 
best known for her roles in such films as Disney’s “The Parent Trap,”
“Inspector Gadget 2,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2,” SNL’s
“Superstar” and the cult classics “What the Bleep Do We Know” and
“Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion.” Her television appearances
include “Castle,” “The Mentalist,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,”
“Criminal Minds,” “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” “See Dad Run,”
“90210” and two years on the critically acclaimed CBS series “Joan of

Hendrix has five rescued pets of her own, is an outspoken animal 
advocate and guest lectures on animal rights issues at universities across the
country. Hendrix serves on the board of directors for Animal Rescue 
Corps and Stray Rescue of St. Louis. She has been honored for her 
humanitarian work on behalf of animals, including a Telly Award for hosting “Pets
90210,” the Guardian Award from the National Animal Rights Conference 
and a Key to the City and Proclamation naming December 4th “Elaine Hendrix
Day” in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

About “The Pet Care Minute”

“The Pet Care Minute” is produced and distributed by Benztown as a
keystone of its Feature Farm daily radio features offering. For more
information, visit

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Calls study sensational, distorted science that relies on old or discredited research

BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, responded to a biased study on cats and wildlife published in the journal Nature , which it called a veiled promotion by bird advocates to ramp up the mass killing of outdoor cats.

“This study is part of a continuing propaganda campaign to vilify feral cats,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.  “It seems as if the authors landed on a conclusion first and then cherry-picked through studies to support it.  Some of the research they cite is more than a half-century old.  They even cite discredited researcher Nico Dauphine, who was convicted by a D.C. jury for trying to poison cats and then fired from her job at the Smithsonian.  The researcher convicted of trying to poison cats worked for Marra, one of the authors of this study.”

“This so called ‘survey of research’ seems just another misguided attempt to draw attention to the decline of wildlife by manufacturing a fake debate.  The study conveniently sidestepped the primary culprit of decline of wildlife populations which, of course, is human activity including habitat destruction. 

“The authors also neglect to mention that their proposed ‘solution’ really endorses continuing the same failed policies of the last century which call for the mass killing of cats.  Tens of millions of healthy cats have already been killed in animal pounds and shelters, at great taxpayer expense, without achieving anything. A policy of just more killing can never be the right answer,” she said.

Robinson noted that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) does work to end reproduction and to stabilize the population of feral cats, and that is why every year a growing number of communities turn to TNR as an innovative, compassionate and common-sense approach.  

“Because of the success of TNR—which stabilizes and then reduces the population—places where there were once large colonies of feral cats have seen those colonies fade away.  There is good reason for cities to change from ‘catch and kill’ to ‘neuter and return.’

“The threats to birds and wildlife with real impact—pollution and habitat fragmentation and destruction—are the ones without ‘easy’ answers,” said Robinson.  “Americans should not be fooled by sensational headlines and bad science.  Killing cats will not save species of birds or mammals.”

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more nearly than a half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide. Their website is

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Our Place to Paws!