October 29, 2018

Nobody WANTS to get surgery, but I am living proof that if you ignore something this necessary long enough, its going to jump out and grab you by the throat sooner or later.

I’m also writing this for anyone who has observed that after a period of intense devotion to my...

October 15, 2018

Kittens are also one of the most adoptable groups of animals. For example, at the Nevada Humane Society in Reno, Nevada, kittens are often adopted within hours of being put out on the floor even in the busy summer months. 

Kittens are at Risk in Most Shelters

That’s why...

August 18, 2018

I am writing this post in response to Carol Mither's "Are We Loving Dogs to Death" in the New York Times

In the conclusion to her piece, Mithers states, “With dogs as with much else, Americans cling to our simple, comforting narratives and our old and easy solutions.”


August 12, 2018

Mike Fry, the owner and proprietor of No Kill Learning tells me a story that is illustrative of how quickly a shelter can dramatically increase its live release rate by taking simple steps.  

A Pennsylvania Story

A small shelter in Pennsylvania was in trouble.  Reports h...

March 7, 2018

On January 15, 2018 the open admission Lake County Animal Shelter celebrated one year of No Kill with a 92% Live Release Rate.  Now they can claim official status as a No Kill shelter.  How did they do it?

The Campaign: In the Beginning

In 2012, Steve Shank, a forme...

January 9, 2018

Imagine what you would do if someone gave you 4 million dollars.  Would you get a beautiful home, luxury cars or travel the world?  For most people, this is just an enjoyable fantasy.  However,  if you are Dr. Ellen Jefferson and her organization Austin Pets Alive! you...

December 3, 2017

It was the late 70’s —probably around 1978.  By this time one thing about me was clear: I loved animals.  At the time we had three cats, a  dog and we leased a horse.  I loved horseback riding above all else in the world and I absolutely lived for time spent riding, ta...

November 21, 2017

An important research tool available to the public for anyone interested in identifying cases of animal abuse was to access USDA inspection reports.  That is, until the records abruptly disappeared from the USDA website in February.  An outcry ensued and a portion of t...

October 2, 2017

If ever there was an influential dog, it has to be "Sido."  Sido was eleven years old when she was surrendered to the San Francisco SPCA in 1979.  In most animal shelters at that time, dogs over five years old didn't stand a chance.  Even worse,  her owner had just com...

October 1, 2017

This hurricane season has been one of the worst we've ever seen we're all grateful to the people who work so hard to save not only people, but their beloved pets as well.  Austin Pets Alive "Bottle Babies" program is saving some of the most vulnerable of these pets: pr...

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