PETFINDER HAPPY TAIL OF THE WEEK: CAMPBELL'S POOCH
Vicky Campbell wasn't planning to adopt a pet. But when a friend was
looking for a dog, the Michigan resident found herself helping out with
the search. Vicky's first stop was Petfinder.com, the ASPCA's online
partner and searchable database of some 95,000 homeless pets.?
One pooch that piqued her interest was Mandie, described as an
"easygoing, huggable big lug." "Although Mandie didn't exactly meet my
friend's criteria," says Vicky, "I sent her Mandie's Petfinder page
anyway, with a personal note about what a sweet girl Mandie seemed to
be. Nothing came of that, though."
Six weeks later, the unthinkable happened. Vicky's own dog died from a
serious illness. "I thought once again of Mandie," she says. "I wondered
if she could possibly still be on Petfinder."
She was surprised to find Mandie still available for adoption. Then she
began to wonder why. "I thought to myself, 'What was wrong with her?
Could it be her age--she's eight--or the fact that she wasn't
Vicky e-mailed Sanilac Scoopers?in Peck, Michigan, where Mandie was
being cared for. "I asked a lot of questions about her," recalls Vicky.
"I found out that she had once been heartworm positive, but was
successfully treated and was now heartworm-free. Maybe that's what had
discouraged anyone from adopting her."
Vicky filled out an application and was approved. "I met Mandie, and she
was indeed a huggable big lug! She was also easygoing and a sweet baby,
just like her description on Petfinder said. I adopted her."?
And it's worked out great, to say the least. "She was so easy to
housebreak," reports Vicky. "She seemed happy to have a place inside
with people who wanted her, and she didn't want to soil our home and
hers. Try to get that from a puppy! We also didn't have to go through
months of a puppy's chewing and destruction.? Mandie is already
through that stage. I wish I could personally thank all the people who
didn't give Mandie a chance by adopting her. Their loss is our gain."
NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS: YOUR HELP NEEDED TO PASS TWO HUMANE BILLS
Good work, New Jersey animal lovers! Because of your quick response,
important humane legislation is on its way to passage:
The Senate Agriculture Committee has passed S. 1478, a bill to eliminate
the most cruel aspects of veal production.
The full Senate voted to support S. 592, a bill to create a list of
animal control officers convicted of animal cruelty. This is an
essential step in the effort to prevent those who have harmed animals
from being entrusted with the duty of protecting them.
The Humane Veal Bill will now be voted on by the full Senate and the
Assembly Agriculture Committee, while S. 592 is on its way to the full
Assembly. Your voice counts, New Jerseyans--so let your legislators know
that you support this humane legislation. Please visit our online
Advocacy Center, where you can send letters to your legislators today.
SORELY NEEDED: HELP FOR TENNESSEE WALKING HORSES
"The Tennessee Walking Horse is a wonderful breed," says author/former
horse trainer Eugene Davis in the current issue of ASPCA Animal Watch
magazine. "Unfortunately, many of them lead not-so-wonderful lives."
To educate the public about soring--a cruel practice that includes the
application of kerosene and diesel fuel to make Tennessee Walking Horses
perform their trademark high gait--Davis has written "From the Horse's
Mouth." The new book, told from the horse's point of view, has caused an
uproar in the industry. To find out why, read our interview with the
author at ASPCA online. To order the book, and to find out how you can
help stop the abuse, visit Rhoman Books.
CALLING ALL COPS: NEW VIDEO CAN HELP COMBAT ANIMAL ABUSE
"It is my hope that this is watched by every police department and
sheriff's office in the country," says the ASPCA's Ledy VanKavage of
Animal Abuse: Why Cops Can and Need to Stop It, a pioneering training
videotape recently produced by the St. Louis-based IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
The video was created in collaboration with the ASPCA and police
departments in Illinois, Arizona, Boston and Chicago to help law
enforcement agents nationwide recognize and investigate animal abuse.
Through graphic footage that helps illustrate the severity of these
crimes, the film takes officers step-by-step through an animal crime
scene, from collecting evidence to preparing for the courtroom. "Police
officers should treat animal abuse as seriously as any other ***
crime," says VanKavage, the ASPCA's Midwest Government Affairs and
Public Policy Director, who provides expert commentary in the video.
For more information, or to purchase the law enforcement training tape,
call (800) 462-5232 or visit In the Line of Duty online. Adds VanKavage,
"If police departments don't have the funds to purchase the tape, I hope
humanitarians will step up to the plate and purchase it for their local
THE CIRCUS ISN'T COMING TO TOWN... AT LEAST NOT IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
Good news! The Huntington Beach, CA, city council passed an ordinance
prohibiting *** and wild animals from performing for entertainment
purposes in their city. With the ordinance passing 6-1, Huntington Beach
became the first city in conservative Orange County to ban *** and
wild animal acts--and the 23rd city in the nation.
"We have all read stories in newspapers about circus animals escaping or
elephants going on rampages, killing or maiming innocent bystanders.
Unfortunately, these events come as no surprise when one examines the
life these animals typically lead and the treatment they endure in the
name of entertainment," says the ASPCA's Jill Buckley, Esq., Western
Regional Government Affairs and Public Policy Associate, who met with
council members and testified at public hearings to help get the
Huntington Beach ordinance passed. "Thankfully, the city of Huntington
Beach understood the importance of these worthy arguments and decided to
stop the circus from coming to their town."
WE'RE ON THE AIR: CATCH THE ASPCA ON ANIMAL RADIO NETWORK THIS WEEKEND
Tune in to the nationally syndicated Animal Radio Network this Saturday
and Sunday, November 30 and December 1, for a special segment on the
ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, a program that helps animal activists all around
the country lobby for humane legislation.
"Politics is not a spectator sport," says the ASPCA's Ledy VanKavage,
Esq., Director, Midwest Government Affairs and Public Policy and the
host of this weekend's show. "The animals can't contact their
legislators, but you can and should. Joining the ASPCA's Advocacy
Brigade makes it easy to keep up with legislation in your state." For a
list of stations that will air the program -- or to listen online --
WHO'S LEFT ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST? VISIT THE ASPCA STORE & CROSS 'EM OFF
Holiday shopping wearing you down? We can help! ASPCA-logo jerseys,
hoodies, mugs, bags and tiles are all on sale at the ASPCA Store now
through December 2. You'll also be able to take advantage of our $5
flat-rate super-saver shipping. Head on down--we're open 24/7! (And
remember, every purchase from the ASPCA Store helps support our programs
that promote humane principles and prevent animal cruelty and