Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

Spay and Neuter Clinic Under Political Attack

July 23rd, 2011
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While the phrase “spay and neuter your pets” is not new to anyone’s ears, there are still between 4-5 million animals that are euthanized each year across America. That number is down drastically from previous decades, when over 20 million dogs and cats were killed in U.S. Shelters. While countless people help spread this message, it really boils down to pet owners taking their pets to the vet to have the surgeries performed, and having the money to pay the bill.

While it shouldn’t be about politics, sometimes it is. Remind Alabama’s State Board it’s about the animals, and please take a moment to sign the petition and stay up to date HERE.

Low cost spay and neuter clinics have made a world of difference to our nation’s dog and cat overpopulation problem. Many vet hospitals charge an arm and a leg to spay and neuter a pet, and many of us rely on these clinics, especially in today’s economic condition. This is a good thing for people and the pets, right?

Surprisingly enough (and disappointingly) the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is actively trying to shut down local spay/neuter clinics. Their claim? The spay/neuter clinic is in violation of Alabama code because it isn’t owned by a veterinarian. Read the rest of this entry »

World Vets Japan Disaster Relief

March 17th, 2011

vets, sick petsOne of our favorite charities is in need of YOUR support. The first team of people from World Vets has arrived in Japan and have met up with Animal Friends Niigata . World Vets has been monitoring the situation in Japan with regards to the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that has recently hit the island nation. They are currently working to coordinate relief efforts for the animal victims affected by these unfortunate disasters. In addition, they have made contact with US Army veterinary associates stationed in Japan as well as Japan based animal charities and World Vets veterinary volunteers who remain on standby.

Your donations will help provide vet supplies and vet teams where they need help the most.
Also, if anyone in Japan or with connections to someone in Japan has a large space available (warehouse, modular building, large enclosures, etc.) where animals could be sheltered during this crisis, please either comment below or on the facebook page of World Vets, whichever is the easiest. We will make sure their CEO Dr. Cathy King gets the message.

They are working with several local resuce groups in Japan, and there is a need for additional space for animals that are being rescued (in the areas of Hikone, Shiga, and Niigata). Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Adoption Success Stories

March 14th, 2011

online vet reviews, online vet, ask a vetBaxter, the search and rescue canine

It was February 2006 when Baxter, a loveable and highly intelligent Golden Retriever was discovered by a member of a Search Dog Foundation in California. He was adopted and soon began training. He earned his canine search and rescue certification in 2007, and for years now Baxter and his handler Gary Durian have been traveling across the world to provide relief to those when disaster strikes.

Today, with Japan being under a national state of emergency, canines, firefighters, and paramedics are on their way. Baxter and his canine handler are one of many canine and human teams that arrived this past weekend in Japan to look for survivors buried underneath the rubble and debris as a result of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the country last Friday. Officials estimate over 1,000 people may have lost their lives.

While your adopted pooch certainly doesn’t have to be a search and rescue star to be the hero of your life, it is important to remember that shelter and rescue pets have the full potential of pets from breeders, or worse, mills. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Adoption Virtually Unleashed!

March 9th, 2011

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On March 15, 2011, pet adoption is taking over the internet! Well, not really, but Petfinder.com has started some pawesome momentum in celebration of their 15 year anniversary and all things pet adoption of course!

The day will be devoted to promoting pet adoption and helping homeless pets, and Dr. Jed and I are thrilled to participate.

As vets who have spent countless hours working with shelter pets, this truly is a cause we are behind 100%.

As every fun internet day should be, there will be prizes, contests, happy pet adoption stories, and furry features galore!

Stay tuned, as VetLIVE will very soon be launching a great deal you don’t want to miss out on in honor of the event and giving away approximately $140 worth of our ask a vet services in the form of second opinions!

Remember, adopt, don’t buy!

Jasmine Needs Your Help

December 21st, 2010

dog health problems, dog skin problems, dog health illness symptomsYou may remember her from her guest post “Leak under the Kitchen Sink.” Jana Rade is one of the most dedicated pet owners I have encountered, and now she and her family are in need of our help.

Today’s blog will be dedicated to helping Jasmine. Jasmine has had a difficult road as a dog, suffering from one medical mystery to the next. Lucky for Jasmine, she was blessed with truly loving and committed pet parents that didn’t stop when veterinarian after veterinarian dismissed their list of abnormal dog health symptoms.

Though it has taken many surgeries, and avenues of treatment, both traditional and eastern, Jasmine has pulled through each battle triumphantly. Now though they are faced with the horrible reality of being having no more financial funds and the decision is upon them that no pet owner ever wants to face: how far can we go for treatment?

For Jana and her husband Jerry, it really is a matter of can and not should. Jasmine is merely troubled by a skin infection this time, a fairly common dog illness, and they do want to continue treatment, but are simply tapped out. Please read their story here, and consider contributing. Every dollar helps.

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Pet Presents: Giving in it’s many different forms

December 15th, 2010
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Dogs in Diamonds: What's wrong with this picture?

As the holidays are right upon us, I have been nothing short of shocked at the ritzy and expensive gifts that are on the market for our four-legged family members.

Louis Vuitton pet carriers for $2100, doggy diamond collars for $378,000 and home pet spas for over $1200?

Actually this last one may have some hydrotherapy benefits depending on it’s features that could potentially save owners of dogs with limb injuries some money over the course of a lifetime.

I am honestly surprised a market for these extravagant gifts exists, but then again, I don’t have jewelry or Louis Vuitton on my Christmas wish list.

I guess the point of giving your pooch $3000 cologne is your pet will honestly love it. Of course, they would honestly love a new boomerang squeaky toy just as much, but it is without doubt that pets are much more gracious and appreciative at receiving gifts than we are as people.

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With pets, there is no baggage, no ulterior motives, and no fear of misinterpretation. Which is why we love our pets so much!

Unconditional love.

While we did spend some money on our pets this Christmas, I think their real joy will be some extra lap time and love, or for the dogs, a trip to the park off leash when we get our first big snow.

If you haven’t purchased a gift for your pets, consider giving something else entirely. Read the rest of this entry »

Euthanasias Gone Wrong: Just Mistakes or an Indicator of a Nationwide Illness?

November 20th, 2010

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Hero dog survives war but not U.S. shelter system

You  remember Mia’s story–the Rottweiler who survived euthanasia and was later adopted by another family who is financially capable of seeking medical treatment for her ailments? Happy ending to a shocking mistake, from a real lack-of-class-act veterinarian.

A mere month later, we mourn the loss of Target. Target was a true hero and saved the lives of American soldiers by preventing a suicide bomber access to a large room where soldiers were. She, along with a couple other stray dogs, had befriended the American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, and after their act of courage and loyalty proving to be man’s best friend, Target was brought over to the U.S. and adopted by Sergeant Terry Young, one of the soldiers Target helped save.

Target quickly earned a special place in the heart of Young’s family, as well as melted the hearts of many Americans after her appearance on Oprah. Her glory though, was short-lived.

Mass breeding only leads to mass murder. America is all too quick and eager to bring pets into this world, and all too quick to end their lives.

Target escaped from her owners last Friday. Her owners contacted local news channels to alert the public that she was missing. Friday night, Sgt. Young found Target’s picture on the local shelter’s website. He paid the fee via computer to adopt her, and mistakenly assumed the shelter was closed for the weekend.

Monday morning he went to rescue Target from the shelter, only to learn that she had been killed. Mistakenly. Read the rest of this entry »

This is your last chance to donate

November 15th, 2010

Donations for the blogathon end in one day. This is your last chance. Join us to make a change.  Dr. Laci has been asked to speak about puppy mills on a podcast on TheDogFiles.com tonight at 9PM and write about these issues for PetSide.com. We will do our best to persuade their audiences to donate also. Thanks so much and spread the word.  Also, don’t forget to enter all the prize posts!  Thank you so much for the amazing turnout- we never imagined we would get such a fabulous bunch of people to write such engaging comments and make such generous donations!

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This post is part of the 2010 Blogathon Fund Raising Charity Initiative.

VetLIVE is trying to raise money for National Mill Dog Rescue. National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has saved over 3828 dogs and counting. At National Mill Dog Rescue, “It’s all about the dogs.” NMDR has pledged to put an end to the cruelty and evil of the commercial breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy mills. Through educating the public and through the use of their 500 volunteers, NMDR is on the cutting edge of saving mill pets and helping improve the industry. NMDR is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Please simply press the “Donate” button below to contribute. All size donations are accepted!


VetLIVE Photo Contest!

November 14th, 2010

VetLIVE is hosting a pet photo contest on Facebook!

Enter your pet’s photo in our VetLIVE Photo contest.  The prizes include a $50.00 American Express Gift Card, and VetLIVE question and answers.

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Let’s help these guys

November 13th, 2010

This post is part of the 2010 Blogathon Fund Raising Charity Initiative.

VetLIVE is trying to raise money for National Mill Dog Rescue. National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) has saved over 3828 dogs and counting. At National Mill Dog Rescue, “It’s all about the dogs.” NMDR has pledged to put an end to the cruelty and evil of the commercial breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy mills. Through educating the public and through the use of their 500 volunteers, NMDR is on the cutting edge of saving mill pets and helping improve the industry. NMDR is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Please simply press the “Donate” button below to contribute. All size donations are accepted!