December 10th is International Animal Rights Day

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Each year, on December 10th International Animal Rights Day (IARD) is observed globally, reminding us that every creature on the planet deserves to be treated with compassion & respect. December 10th is the anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Today in many countries, laws are being drafted to demonstrate the moral imperative of extending fundamental rights to all animals & recognize them as sentient beings. IARD strengthens the animal rights cause by unifying specific campaigns under a global banner & generating solidarity between compassionate people world wide.

Want to get involved?   IARDs in the past have been a huge success thanks to groups who have joined in holding candlelit vigils at places like factory farms, slaughter houses, shopping centres and other public places.   Write your government representative & tell them you believe animal rights should be part of the law.  There are lots of other ways you can help. You can find more info at the International Animal Rights Day website.

You can also do your part every day of the year by for example making sure when buying cosmetics or cleaning supplies that they are not tested on animals. It only takes a second to check the back of the product for the ‘not tested on animals’ symbol.  Consider going vegan. Start with something little and together we’ll soon be making a huge difference!

CEO Olivia

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Give The Gift of Love ~ Sponsorship & Fostering

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Have you ever considered being a foster or sponsor to a shelter animal? A foster takes a dog or cat from a shelter into their home on a temporary basis. This is a very good thing to do. Fostering frees up space to make room for others in need. Fostering also provides a means of accessing an animal’s true nature which is often difficult to see in a high stress shelter environment. Many dogs & cats don’t cope well in a shelter environment & would do much better in a home setting. You can foster a mother with pups, or a senior, or an animal with special needs.

So how does one become a foster? First contact your local shelter or rescue group & fill out an application. Often this step can be done online. Next, you would be interviewed by a shelter personal . Once you’re approved you will be paired up with a dog or cat that you & the shelter staff feel would be a good fit. For example if you already have a dog then you will be matched with a dog or cat that is comfortable with other dogs.

Fostering can be short or long term. Again, this will be worked out between you & the shelter staff factoring such things as, for example, the animal’s needs, your schedule or your particular skills in training or health care. Sometimes, love is in the air & the foster turns into an adoption. This is often affectionately referred to as a ‘Foster Failure’.

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If you are considering becoming a foster, you should be realistic in considering what you can provide in regards to time, exercise & socialization for your guest. If a younger, energetic dog may be too much for you there are many senior dogs that would benefit from being fostered.

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Another option would be to be a sponsor. Sponsoring is offering financial support to a specific shelter, animal or animals. Perhaps you can provide food donations for your local shelter or help pay for medical bills. Whatever you do, it’s always valued, appreciated, & helps lighten the stress for the shelter & the animal.  It’s  just good karma.

CEO Olivia

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Service & Therapy Dogs

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german-shepherd-service-dogWhen we think of service dogs, usually we imagine a visual impaired person & their guide dog. However, there are several different kinds of service dogs, including guide dogs, hearing dogs, mobility dogs, seizure alert/response dogs, psychiatric service dogs, & autism dogs. There are also other types of dogs with jobs that help people, including therapy dogs & emotional support animals. Then there are police dogs & military dogs used for sniffing out bombs or drugs. There also cadaver dogs that search for bodies after a disaster & search & rescue dogs who sniff out survivors.

A service dog is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Some examples of work or tasks would be assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation & other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support to individuals with mobility disabilities, & helping persons with psychiatric or neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

A Therapy a dog provides therapeutic emotional support to a disabled or elderly person through companionship, unconditional love & affection. They don’t require a lot of training but they must have a naturally calm & affectionate nature. They can also be used to comfort children during stressful situations such as testifying in court or during medical situations like getting chemo therapy. Therapy dogs also will make visits to retirement homes to bring a little joy & unconditional love. Recently, therapy dogs have been helping former Soldiers suffering from PTSD.

There are many brilliant, working dogs out there. Myself, I’m just a CEO.

CEO Olivia

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