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The EPA Enforces Stricter Labeling on Pet Flea and Tick Product Manufacturers

Amid concerns from pet owners whose animals died after being treated with flea and tick products, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requiring stricter labeling procedures from companies Merck & Co., Bayer AG and Pfizer Inc, the makers of products Frontline Top Spot for Dogs, Promeris Canine Flea Control and Enforcer Flea Drops for Cats.  Linked to 44,000 reports in 2008 alone, the products continue to cause pet mortality rat

The Genesis Awards

The Humane Society of the United States just sent me a reminder about the upcoming Genesis Awards TV Special, and I'm glad they did! Every year The Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues.

Helping Pet Parents Who Face Financial Challenges

Of the many moving animal stories we hear these days, tales of people being forced to give up their pets due to these tough economic times are among the saddest. Like you, few of these loving pet parents ever imagined having to give up their pets. But for these victims of the economy who have unexpectedly found themselves unemployed or making far less income than that needed to survive, coming up with extra money to care for a pet can be next to impossible.

$150K Grant Will Help Salamanders Cross the Road Safely!

I love this piece of news I just read! The reason behind the happy news is sad, but the end result Happy! And I loooove happy!

Having an Evacuation Plan for Pets When Disasters Occur

Pet Evacuation PlanningLiving in San Francisco, we're only too aware of natural disasters that occur without warning and force people out of their homes at a moment's notice.  Heavy snowfall this winter season has caused a number of cities back East to flood and countless homes to be destroyed because of rising water levels.

Live Bunnies for Easter Is a Bad Idea

Buying bunnies to give to children on Easter is a bad idea unless a promise is made to care for the bunny through thick and thin, until its dying day.  In addition to being high maintenance, these furry creatures are prone to claw, chew, and spray everything around them if they are not spayed or neutered.  Although they appear cute and cuddly when they are small, their sharp claws need constant maintenance to prevent them from ripping through clothing, furniture, and their owner"s skin.  Indi

Is Faux Fur Really Faux?

Sad Cat Faux Fur BlogThe Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is crying foul.  The organization's tests have revealed that much of the "faux fur" sold by many retailers is actually anything but synthetic.  Tests have proven that the material often comes from fur-bearing animals in

Otherwise Engaged: How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding Plans

How To Include Your Dog in Your WeddingHe's been your devoted sidekick for as long as you can remember.  You've taken long walks on the beach together and have calmed each other's anxieties during the toughest of times.  You provided physical, emotional, and financial support to him after he had his leg operated on and he showed you gratitude