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Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there
is not enough. We have a higher mission-to be of service to them
wherever they require it.”- Francis of Assisi

I have friends claim they would like to rescue an animal- but say they can't.
What they will often say is that they are too busy. But what this sometimes
really means is that they want the companionship-with none or few of the
responsibilities -the fulfillment of which is true love. It is easy to love
a teddy bear I suppose. But this is not true love. A teddy bear has no soul.
The important things money can't buy.

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Rx For A Better Life? Get A Pet, And Do It Now

Scientific studies have shown that having a pet has significant health benefits including fewer doctor's visits, lower blood pressure, better adjustment to serious illness after the death of a loved one, decreased feelings of loneliness and isolation, etc. Equally important is to realize that these benefits only occur in the context of a caring and responsible relationship between people and pets.

Ahimsa Dog Training
"Ahimsa is a Buddhist & Hindu word
often used by Mohandas Gandhi that
means "do no harm", "non-violence toward
all other beings", or "compassion".
The methods used at Ahimsa Dog Training
are based on motivating your dog to work
with you using something the dog wants.
If you want your dog to stop jumping on you,
for example, stop rewarding her for jumping
& find something else for her to do
(like sit politely) and motivate her to do that
automatically, instead of jumping."


American Veterinary Medical Association

Animal Care

Animal Land
ASPCA site for children that covers
pet care, humane education, animal
encyclopedia & animal rights issues.


The Animal Rescue Site
Focuses on providing food for some of
the 27 million unwanted animals given
to shelters in the US every year.


The Animal's Last Resort
New sanctuary for unwanted animals in
eastern South Dakota. Currently takes
unwanted pet birds & farm animals.


Animal Welfare Information Center

ASPCA

The American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
exists to promote humane principles,
prevent cruelty, & alleviate fear, pain,
& suffering in animals.


Baja Animal Sanctuary, A.C.
The Sanctuary's mission is to rescue
homeless & abused animals from the
streets of Rosarito Beach &
surrounding areas.


Canine Companions for Independence
Enhances the lives of people with
disabilities by providing highly-trained
assistance dogs & ongoing support
to ensure quality partnerships.


Cat Fanciers Association

Delta Society
Delta Society is dedicated to improving
human health through therapy & service
animals. We work to increase awareness
of the positive effects of animals, reduce
the barriers that prevent the involvement
of animals in everyday life and expand
the therapeutic and service role of animals
in health, service and education.


Doctors Foster & Smith

Dog.com

Dog Bite Law
Hosted by California attorney Kenneth
Phillips. Offers helpful information
to dog owners, dog bite victims, owners
of injured animals, parents, journalists,
lawyers, etc.


DogFriendly
Travel, sightsee, shop & work with your dog

Dog Names
Dog names searchable database &
lists.


Dog Owner's Guide

Dog-Play

Dogs and Ticks
Each year, thousands of dogs contract
Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and other
vector-borne diseases. With their furry
coats, proximity to the ground and love
of exploration, dogs are 50 to 100 times
more likely than humans to come in
contact with disease-carrying ticks.


Dogwise
Wide variety of current cutting-edge
dog books & products for serious
dog enthusiasts and trainers.


DoveLewis
DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital was
founded in 1973 by Mr. A.B. Lewis, in
cooperation with the Portland Veterinary
Medical Association, and in memory of Mr.
Lewis' late wife, Dove. In June of 1992,
DoveLewis opened its doors around the
clock to treat animals requiring emergency &
critical care, 24 hours a day.


Family Dogs New Life
NO KILL, alternative shelter in Portland, OR
that specializes in canine adoptions. There are
no dog runs or kennels here. We offer a warm,
home type environment for both our canine
residents and our potential adopters. From the
time you enter our cozy Lobby to until the time
you take your new friend home you will find
adopting a dog from our shelter to be a very
pleasant and relaxing process.


Freeplay

Greg Glendell's Companion Parrot
Care

Heart Bandits
Dog rescue organization devoted to the
American Eskimo Dog.

Hearts United for Animals
No-kill shelter, sanctuary & animal welfare
organization dedicated to the relief of suffering.

Herp & Iguana Care Information
Collection

Humane Society of the United States

"Dedicated to creating a world where our
relationship with animals is guided by
compassion. We seek a truly humane society
in which animals are respected for their
intrinsic value, and where the human-animal
bond is strong."


The Integrated Animal
Facilitates communicating with animals at a
deep soul level. In addition to a deeper
understanding of the soul connection between
human & animals, this communication can
be used to help resolve behavioral, health, & grieving
& loss issues. Lauren McCall brings a life-long love
of animals to her TTouch, Reiki & Animal
Communication practice. She is a TTouch
Practitioner, level 3, holds Second and
Fourth Degree Reiki and has studied with
a number of animal communicators.


The Jane Goodall Institute
"Founded by renowned primatologist Jane
Goodall, JGI is a global nonprofit that
mpowers people to make a difference for
all living things. We are creating healthy
ecosystems, promoting sustainable
livelihoods & nurturing new generations
of committed, active citizens around
the world."


Kyler Laird's Animal Rescue Resources

The Life of Kylie-One dog's journey
spanning half the globe.

Linda Tellington-Jones
The Tellington TTouch - is a method based
on circular movements of the fingers &
hands all over the body. The intent of the
TTouch is to activate the function of the
cells & awaken cellular intelligence - a little
like "turning on the electric lights of the body."
The TTouch is done on the entire body, &
each circular TTouch is complete within itself.
Therefore it is not necessary to understand
anatomy to be successful in speeding up
the healing of injuries or ailments, or changing
undesirable habits or behavior.


Marta Williams- Animal Communicator
"Animal Communication can be helpful
for many common problems with
domestic animals of all kinds and is
guaranteed to improve and deepen your
relationships with animals."


Natural Horse Magazine
Focus is on humane & natural alternatives
to today's traditional means of horse care.
Features a wide range of topics in
alternative & complementary medicines &
therapies as well as wholesome nutrition,
cooperative training, natural care &
maintenance of the horse and his
environment, book and video reviews,
special events, a children's section, & more.


NetVet & Electronic Zoo

North Shore Animal League
Rescues animals from local animal
control facilities & shelters. 

Petfinder
Searchable database of animals needing
homes & a directory of the animal
shelters & adoption organizations.


PETA
"People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) is the largest animal rights organization
in the world. Founded in 1980, PETA is
dedicated to establishing and protecting the
rights of all animals. PETA operates under the
simple principle that animals are not ours to eat,
wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in
which the largest numbers of animals suffer the
most intensely for the longest periods of time:
on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing
trade, and in the entertainment industry."


Pets 911
Listing of over 7,000 animal welfare
organizations.

Pets Alive
No-kill animal shelter, located in the foothills
of the Catskill Mountains.

Pets are Wonderful
PAWS is a volunteer nonprofit group that
helps improve the quality of life 
for people with HIV.


Petswelcome.com
Listings for over 25,000 hotels, B&Bs,
ski resorts, campgrounds,& beaches
that are pet-friendly.


PetShelter Network
Promotes the adoption of homeless
companion animals via the internet
by providing animal shelters, rescue
societies & individuals a software system
to post information about animals
available for adoption.


Primate Gallery

Project Wildlife
Project Wildlife cares for injured, orphaned, &
displaced native wildlife of San Diego County,
& releases rehabilitated animals back into
suitable natural habitats. 

Purdue Center for Paralysis
Research

Founded to both develop & test promising
methods of treatment for spinal cord injuries.
The Center utilizes its close affiliation with
the Department of Veterinary Clinical
Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine to
move basic laboratory methods into clinically
meaningful veterinary testing with naturally
occurring cases of dog spinal cord injuries.
These clinical trials have proven to speed
development of our techniques.


Second Chance Companions
Mission is to place needy pets in responsible,
loving homes; educate and assist with
spaying and neutering and provide other
services, including foster care to pets in need.


Sheldrake Online
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist & author
of Dogs that Know When Their Owners
are Coming Home, and Other Unexplained
Powers of Animals (1999)
, a sequel to his
book Seven Experiments that Could Change
the World (1994)
. His latest book is The
Sense of Being Stared At, And Other
Aspects of the Extended Mind (2003)
.


Shooter; My Heart's On Fire!

Shopcat.com
Dedicated to working cats everywhere.

Travel Pets
Online Directory to Pet Friendly Lodging
Worldwide.

Vet.com
Online pet resource providing services
that help veterinarians, pet owners, vet
students, & animal lovers navigate the
complexities of pet health resources
on the internet. Services promote pet
information exchange between pet owners,
veterinarians, & pet industry representatives.


Vetinfo
"We provide veterinary health information
relating to dogs and cats. We have an
extensive collection of information online
in our
Dog Health Information and
Cat Health Information pages. Our staff
members are the owners and employees
of a small animal veterinary hospital. We
have the training and experience necessary
to help you understand diseases, disorders
and health maintenance requirements of
dogs & cats. We believe that well informed
people take better care of their pets!"

World Animal Net Directory
The world's largest database of animal
protection societies, with over 16,000 listings
and more than 10,000 links to Web Sites.



The Canticle of Brother Sun

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, honor and blessings. To you alone, Most High, do they belong; no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures,
especially for Brother Sun, who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor, of You Most High, he bears your likeness.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars, in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

We praise You, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air, fair and stormy, all weather's moods, by which You cherish all that You have made.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Water, so useful, humble, precious and pure.

We praise You, Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom You light the night. He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth, who sustains us with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.

We praise You, Lord, for those who pardon, for love of You bear sickness and trial. Blessed are those who endure in peace, by You Most High, they will be crowned.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Death, from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in their sins! Blessed are those that She finds doing Your Will. No second death can do them harm.

We praise and bless You, Lord, and give You thanks, and serve You in all humility.

Canticle of Brother Sun, Saint Francis of Assisi

 

"The sun shines not on us, 
but in us," John Muir

Tasha at the Beach
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  Sindar & Tasha

 

 

Flea Control Product WARNING for Cat & Dog Households!

"Many (if not most) Over The Counter (OTC) or non-prescription flea control products are very toxic to cats and kittens- especially the ones only approved for use in dogs. Many people mistakenly buy these for their pet (it's not always their fault, the companies that make them want you to buy it, they don't really care about the dangers involved) so it pays to be extra careful when buying flea control products. Once again, for your money Advantage or Frontline for Cats are the best and SAFEST products you can use on your cat, so please stick to these..."

Brandon Brooks, DVM, former Staff Veterinarian, AsktheVet News Forum

According to Dr. Brooks, even though the cat or kitten does not have the OTC flea control product directly applied to it, the cat or kitten may still become ill through indirect exposure if it is applied to a dog in the household, household furnishings, bedding, etc.. Also, many OTC dog flea control products are not only toxic to cats, but dogs as well. 

See:
National Animal Poison Control Center; PetitionOnline: Hartz Flea & Tick Products - Dangerous for Pets  & Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products.

Final Note: While Dr. Brooks considers Advantage Flea Control for Cats and Frontline Flea/Tick Control for Cats relatively safe, these products may, in my opinion, have undesirable side effects in certain dogs, cats or other animals. Hence- use them and other flea control products sparingly, if at all, and with caution.- See: "Healthy pets, no fleas." 

 

Feline/Canine CRF

Feline CRF Information Center

If your cat has been diagnosed with Feline CRF (Feline Chronic Renal Failure) and/or if you have a cat that is over 5 years old, the Feline CRF Information Center can provide  very useful information and support for both you and your beloved cat.

Also:

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Administering Subcutaneous Fluids To Your Cat

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Cornell Feline Health Center

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Kidney Disease in Dogs

 

 


Lorenza

"People think they're like flowers. Or fish. Some kind of decorative object or conversation piece. They're nice. And if they're not nice after a couple of months, get rid of them." Ironically, Glendell said, "the same intelligence and sensitivity that attract people to parrots often ultimately drive them away. Left isolated and under-stimulated, sensitive, intelligent beings tend to lose their minds. This is the point at which a pet parrot's popularity tends to end."  - British parrot behavioralist Greg Glendell

From an August 27, 2001 Washington Post article by Laura La Fay entitled, "Bye-Bye Birdie : Parrots' Demands Often Prompt Owners to Take Flight." The article discusses the problem of growing numbers of parrots being abandoned by owners. Parrots have a lifespan of from twenty to eighty years. See also: BirdsFirst.

 

Philosophy of the Helen Woodward Animal Center

"The Center stands dedicated to the principle of a better world through the teaching of a humane philosophy towards all living things. Life is much richer when love and understanding exist as a bond between humans and animals." -Helen Woodward, founder

The Helen Woodward Center serves the San Diego/North County community through a wide variety of animal and human services including: Animal adoptions, Therapeutic riding for people with disabilities,  Pet encounter therapy for emotionally and physically disabled, Education for children and adults, Boarding and an Equine hospital. They can be reached at 858-756-4117.  See also: Adopt  A Pet!

 

RUFF
Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends
A Southern California based group dedicated to the care of unwanted pets, and promotion of pet responsibility through public education.


The Working Dog

My eyes are your eyes,
To watch and protect yours.

My ears are your ears ,
To hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
       
My nose is your nose,
To scent the invader of your domain.

And so you may live, my life is also yours.

Author Unknown


"If you try to impose a rigid discipline while teaching a child or a chimp you are working against the boundless curiosity and need for relaxed play that make learning possible in the first place... learning cannot be controlled; it is out of control by design. Learning emerges spontaneously, it proceeds in an individualistic and unpredictable way, and it achieves its goal in its own good time. Once triggered, learning will not stop-- unless it is hijacked by conditioning." -Roger Fouts, "Next of Kin"


"A relationship with a dog is open-ended and expansive, a unique opportunity that provides the means for enhancing the quality of life for both the dog and the owner. Each dog is an individual possessing possibilities that may truly surprise us.

Who really knows what the limits are in such a relationship?

If we pay attention to what really happens in the context of a relationship with a dog, we'll discover something new both about ourselves and life. Such a discovery can only prove to be enriching." - Monks of New Skete

 

Animal Rights

"The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." - Leonardo da Vinci

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Gandhi

"People who let their dogs and cats have litters in order to show their children the "miracle of birth" should come witness the "miracle of death" performed in the back rooms of animal shelters all over the country."-Phyllis Wright, Humane Society of the United States

"Does Every Creature Have a Soul? A tool in your hands I am dear God, the sweetest instrument you have shaped my being into. What makes me now complete- feeling the soul of every creature against my heart. Does every creature have a soul? Surely they do; for everything God has touched will have life forever. And all creatures he has held." - St. Francis of Assisi

"Out of such heart-breaking experiences that often shamed me there slowly arose in me the unshakeable conviction that we had the right to bring pain and death to another being only in case of inescapable necessity, and that all of us must feel the horror that lies in thoughtless torturing and killing. This conviction has become increasingly dominant within me. I have become more and more certain that at the bottom of our hearts we all think so, and simply do not dare to admit it and practice it, because we are afraid that others will laugh at us for being sentimental, and because we have allowed our better feelings to be blunted. But I vowed that I would never let my feelings get blunted, and I would never again fear the reproach of sentimentalism."- Albert Schweitzer

"In the legal sense, animals are regarded as 'things,' mere objects that can be bought, sold, discarded, or destroyed at an owner's whim. Only when animals can be regarded as 'persons' in the eyes of the law will it be possible to give teeth to the often-fuzzy laws protecting animals from abuse." -Jane Goodall

"So let us move into the next millennium with hope, for without it all we can do is eat and drink the last of our resources as we watch our planet slowly die. Instead, let us have faith in ourselves, in our intellect, in our staunch spirit. Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace impatience & intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.- Jane Goodall

"No greater crimes are committed by humanity than the crimes we practice against our own species. Yet the devaluation of life knows no boundaries. When we destroy our environment- plants, animals- when we devastate the earth's landscape, we are destroying ourselves because the earth and all life are profoundly one. This is true from all perspectives- ecological, biological and spiritual. As a species we have "toxified" the Earth- those chemicals have spread to every living organism. Every extinction beyond the natural order of things is a part of us dying. It is our very illusion of separateness that allows us to destroy- ultimately ourselves. This awareness is a call to action- not passivity and resignation."- Lowell Greenberg

Food, Inc is a documentary that graphically depicts the the death, disease and degradation to men, woman, children and workers caused by industrial farming & the domination of government by corporate agri-interests. It clearly draws the connection between agribusiness and dramatic increases in food born illness, environmental destruction and factory worker and farmer oppression. The factories used to produce our meat go beyond inhumane into the realm of genocidal nightmare- of which the moral, let alone health implications- are fundamentally destructive to the human species. Yet this system is unsustainable in the era of peak oil and global warming- and when it finally self destructs there may be even more starvation and resulting wars and destruction. This madness must stop! See also: Boss Hog- Rollingstone, 12/14/2006

“Animals are God’s creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God’s sight.”-Rev. Andrew Linzey, Oxford University Animal Theology, 1995

Animal Legal Defense Fund
For more than a quarter-century, the Animal Legal Defense Fund™ has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Founded in 1979 by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF™ has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts to push the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members.


The Animal Rights FAQ

Animal Rights Resource Site

Anti-Vivisection Society

Center for Captive Chimpanzee Care

Compassion in World Farming

DawnWatch
Animal rights news alerts

Doris Day Animal League

"Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating," Jane Goodall & Gary McAvoy, Time Warner Audio Books, 11/2005

In Defense of Animals | Action Center
Mission is to end animal exploitation, cruelty, and abuse by protecting and advocating for the rights, welfare, and habitats of animals, as well as to raise their status beyond mere property, commodities, or things.


The Jane Goodall Institute

Lab monkeys 'scream with fear' in tests. 2/8/2005

PETA

Peta2.com

Peter Singer Links

"Drop Of 30 Percent In Use Of Animals In Some Chemical Tests Could Be Quickly Achieved Through Use Of Cells," 10/01, NIEHS report.

Vegetarianism

World Animal Net Directory

Protect the Animals

Doris Day Animal League

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