According to Albert Einstein, "Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act" and for Grouchy Puppy that means helping raise awareness of the awful crime of dog fighting. The ASPCA is leading a series of events that will teach how to recognize and report dog fighting.
The ASPCA has officially designated April 8th as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day to raise awareness about dog fighting brutality, and will be hosting a Google+ Hangout with national experts to discuss the underground world of dog fighting. The panel will be moderated by ABC News anchor Dan Harris and will include little-known truths about the blood sport and its continued prevalence in America.
Spring is here and it's traditionally a time of home and garden improvement. I tend to go through my dog's toys, unused collars and bedding etc. to see what can be donated. April also brings extra cleaning, the type that requires real effort, maybe a stepladder, and some dusting in hard to reach places. Therefore now is the perfect time to announce some housekeeping here at Grouchy Puppy.
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Having been significantly involved with Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) in San Francisco for three years, I have seen first hand the power of the human-animal bond at work between low income seniors, the disabled, and their companion animals. It breaks my heart to imagine anyone having to choose to feed themselves or their beloved furry (and often only) family member.
Today, thanks to an anonymous donor, a new partnership begins between the Helen Woodward Animal Center's AniMeals Program and The Angel's Depot, a San Diego county nonprofit serving the nutritional needs of seniors.
Get your tickets while you still can for San Francisco's chicest canine event of the year. On February 7th posh pooches will once again showcase couture outfits designed specifically for them by some of the Bay Area’s most prominent interior designers with exquisite fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) as they walk the runway at Haute Dog SF 3.
The evening is more than just a night of pretty faces strutting their stuff. This year it is also a chance for the SFDC to raise money for and awareness of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue. Read our exclusive interview with Rhonda Hirata, marketing director of SFDC and Alf Nucifora, Chairman of the Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco and learn how Muttville was chosen as a beneficiary, where the design teams get their inspiration, how they came up with this great event, and much more.[...]
Miss Jackie the MinPin with Sherri Franklin, Muttville Founder and Director
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue reached a milestone this week by rescuing its 2,000th senior dog. Varsha, a nine-year old cattle dog mix, was found wandering the streets of Oakland. A good Samaritan coaxed her into a car and got her to Oakland Animal Services, where she was given shelter. Covered in scabs with a large portion of her hair missing -- and considered geriatric -- Varsha was not going to be an easy case, so three days later, OAS's rescue partner Martha Kleinreached out to Muttville. Varsha possessed the mild-mannered temperament required of Muttville dogs, and Muttville rescued her.
In case you missed it, we're throwing an online party for the beautiful Grouchy Puppy muse, Cleo. This November marks eight incredible years together. Since the number eight is significant in many cultures and religions, we thought this is the year to do it up right. She is a living legend to many so we're planning to give our dog the equivalent of an Honorary Oscar.
What's a party without guests? This is a virtual party so we're welcoming friends from all over, including New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Pennsylvania, Canada, South Carolina, Japan and of course the San Francisco Bay Area. Haven't seen the event on our Facebook page yet? Consider this is YOUR personal invitation to join the party!! It's going to be epic..[...]
Last fall, Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) celebrated 25 years with a big party. This weekend, PAWS rolled out the welcome mat to their new permanent home in the Mission District of San Francisco and had a new annual fall fundraiser, PAWS After Dark.
John and Rodeo are ready to party!
PAWS began as a grassroots compassionate response to the AIDS epidemic, helping care for the pets of so many souls struck by the disease. Today this nonprofit still carries the same mission of supporting and nurturing the human animal bond for those most needy in the community, only now their clients include many more low income seniors and disabled.
Cleo is my first adopted dog, and all because of her, I would adopt again in a heartbeat. My experiences over the years with her have made me into a better person. I did not expect to be positively influenced by her, but this dog that someone else couldn't handle has been my dream come true. This shelter dog who could have easily been euthanized due to her age, breeds and size. Instead people at the country shelter saw the size of her heart and giving personality, and offered her a chance in the big city. As they say, the rest is history, and we'll forever be grateful for our life together.
To pay tribute to my shelter dog and her journey to us all those years ago, I'm sharing this new film from PetSmart Charities.
On September 26, 2013 animal lovers and animal welfare groups globally, are joining together to shine a light on pet adoption, and the millions of healthy dogs and cats waiting adoption. By lighting real or virtual candles on the exact same day we honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home. Learn more about this campaign and how you and your friends can join in, and shine your light.