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Friday, August 22, 2014

TNR - Is it a good idea for stray dogs?

TNR (trap, spay/neuter, return) is a well-known method used to help control stray and feral cat populations but did you know that it is also being used for stray dogs?

It is run in much the same way as TNR for cats in that the dogs are trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies, ear tipped or given a special collar for identification, then returned to where they were captured.

TNR has been a tough sell for use with stray and feral cats and it still is not widely accepted. It is an even tougher sell for use with stray dogs, even in places where it has been successfully used for cats. If I were to hazard a guess I think that it is because of the threat dogs on the loose pose for injuring or even killing people. The worst thing a cat is going to do is annoy you.

Wild Dogs in Thermal California

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spreading The Word About Pet Sterilization

Shelters around the world consistently report that more than half of the dogs and cats they receive are unaltered. Only one in every ten dogs born finds a stable loving permanent home. Millions of healthy cats and dogs are abandoned and euthanized at shelters every year.

Just as people aren't getting the message about leaving dogs in hot cars, there are also people who are not getting the message about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. This has to change.

Check out Myths and Facts About Spaying and Neutering.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

International Orangutan Day

Experts estimate that orangutans could be extinct in the wild in less than 25 years.

Orangutans only live on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Orangutans living on Sumatra are critically endangered as there are only an estimated 7,300. Orangutans living on Borneo are endangered as there are only an estimated 45,000 to 69,000.

Orangutans are being driven to extinction because of habitat loss and degradation, agriculture, logging, oil palm companies, poaching for the illegal pet trade, hunting, and human-animal conflict.

As always, there are many ways to help. The very least we can do is  help spread the word and raise awareness. Use #WorldOrangutanDay.

Daily Mail reader campaign helped rescue baby orangutans

They were rescued from this life

These are some of the organizations working to save these precious animals from extinction:

Deforestation Education - International Orangutan Day