September 24th 2013 6:49 am
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By Caroline Golon @ halopets.com
There’s a new way for animal lovers to help raise awareness for the plight of homeless pets…..”Remember Me Thursday,” which takes place this Thursday, September 26, 2013.
This special international effort, organized by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, invites people across the globe to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of orphan pets we’ve lost and to shine a light on the millions of pets still waiting for their forever homes - the millions we can still save.
How can you get involved? Check out www.RememberMeThursday.org for details about how you can:
Light a virtual candle on Thursday
Organize a candle-lighting ceremony
Attend a candle-lighting ceremony
Spread the word about Remember Me Thursday via Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels, using the hashtag #lightforpets
And, just for kibblers, send an email to email@example.com with a photo and a few sentences about your shelter or rescue pet. Send to us by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. PDT. We’ll randomly choose one person to receive a 10,000 meal donation to the shelter or rescue of their choice!
Thank you for caring about pets!
For more information about Remember Me Thursday, visit www.remembermethursday.org.
September 2nd 2013 11:13 am
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Aug 29, 2013 by Allison Espiritu
Sinc e 1996, The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) has given former shelter dogs a second chance at life while training them to back to our communities. Their unique program truly transforms the rescued to the rescuer.
SDF founder Wilma Melville knew she had to take canine rescue into her own hands in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. Assisting in the search for survivors was her Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certified black lab, Murphy. There were only 15 FEMA certified search dogs on the scene, and only one survivor was found by a dog. That experience proved to Wilma that there was a great need for these dog's abilities, but they weren't being utilized to their fullest.
Returning home with a mission to change and flourish the make-up of the canine rescue network, Wilma founded SDF in 1996. Her goal was to strengthen disaster response in America with the focus in working with canines. She saw the talent, heart, ability, and assistance these amazing dogs could offer and knew others could benefit from it.
Wilma's program was based on recruiting rescued dogs and training them in search and rescue techniques. By improving the ways search dogs were chosen and trained, she prepared them to be partnered with firefighters and other first responders and key members of the team.
The devastation left in the wake of the 2010 Haitian earthquake presented a pressing need for canine disaster teams trained by SDF. Seven teams were put to work as soon as they set foot off the plane.Search Dog Foundation
Thanks to the excellent training given by SDF, the canine teams were able to bring 12 people to safety during their 16 day deployment, the greatest number of live finds ever made by an American search team. Since then, SDF canine teams have been called on to save lives alongside first responders in disasters around the globe including tornados, tsunamis, gas explosions, missing people cases, floods, hurricanes, and more.
Today SDF is the only organization in America utilizing former shelter dogs as first responders. Once trained, their talents are offered at no cost to fire, police, and emergency rescue departments. They now have over 60 teams located in California, Florida, Ohio, Washington D.C., and the State of Baja California, Mexico.
As we celebrate and observe Labor Day this year with barbecues and end of summer vacations, let's remember the heroic, hardworking dogs of SDF who've helped save lives. Thank you SDF for giving these lost dogs a purpose!
August 30th 2013 12:34 pm
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Aug 22, 2013 by Allison Espiritu
We've always seen our canine friends as our life long pals who'll always be by our side. We can all agree the bond we create with them, makes us realize we can't live without them. And it's not wrong to say they probably feel the same way and can't see life without us.
In times of need we've found ourselves to be there for them, and we know that they'll be there for us and others. They've proven this as both a companion but also as a professional, working alongside firefighters, policemen, and guard dogs for our homes and businesses.
But now you can also add one more job to their long list of duties, 911 dispatcher.
With their keen sense to empathize with their human counterparts and awareness of when we are in trouble, having a dog around has become a lifesaver. Whether we take a fall, experience a seizure, heart attack, or stroke, our four-legged friends instincts kick-in and they know when to call for help.
Making it one step easier for them to get the immediate response we need, a phone has been developed just for our pooch pals to call for help in these types of emergency situations.
Created for all types and sizes of dogs to access, the one-button design allows a dog to call an emergency dispatcher with one touch of their paw. It has become a simple innovation that's easy to teach our canines to use to get us out of sticky situations and even save our lives.
The way the system works is once a home is set-up with a dog-operated emergency phone-line, they are then flagged in an emergency system so dispatchers are aware that a call can be made from a dog within that home.