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Bad economy creates animal welfare crisis

A family puppy
golden ret.

A new survey from Petfinder.com, a network of more than 12,400 animal adoption organizations, finds that 84 percent of shelters and rescue groups are reporting pet surrenders because of the economic downturn, foreclosures and / or job losses.

And 74 percent said that they have seen an increase in pets being given away or abandoned since this time last year due to these economic trials.
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Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009
Under: Animal welfare, Cats, dogs, Economy, Pets | No Comments »

2009 California Animal Legislation: Will these laws affect you?

Deer by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, California
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2009 California Animal legislation as of March 29, 2009

** For copies of bills: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov. You can subscribe for updates.
** All legislators’ addresses: State Capitol Bldg., Sacramento 95814. Directory: 916-322-9900.
** To find the names of your Assembly Member and Senator: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
** E-mail addresses follow a formula. Examples: assemblymember.huffman@assembly.ca.gov. or, senator.pavley@sen.ca.gov. Letters, including hand written, by regular mail are always preferable to e-mail.
** Paw PAC 2008 California Voting Chart: http://www.pawpac.org.
** Compiled by: Virginia Handley
** Paw Pac: P.O. Box 475012, San Francisco, CA 94147; 415-646-0622

ASSEMBLY BILLS
AB 233 by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth re: Pet Adoption. SUPPORT.
Allows deduction of pet adoption fees up to $300 on state income taxes when adopted from shelters and rescue groups. To Be Heard: Assembly Revenue & Taxation. Assemblyman Charles Calderon, Chair. April 20. Write: Tell the legislators that encouraging spay/neuter will save cities/counties in animal control costs and will save countless animal lives.
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Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
Under: Animal protection legislation, Paw Pac, Pets, Wildlife | 5 Comments »

Top toxins for pets. Tips to keep YOUR pets safe

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Has your dog ever chomped on chocolate? Does your kitty like to snack on plants?

In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 15 to March 21), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sent me the following information that sheds light on the most common dangers your pets may encounter, and offers helpful advice for poison-proofing your home.

Read this carefully. It might even be a good idea to print out and post this information on your refrigerator door. After all … the life you save may be that of your special pet.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
Under: ASPCA, Cats, dogs, Pets, Poison, Poisonous plants | No Comments »

There will be NO California tax on veterinary care this year. Whew!

Jasmine visits her veterinarian, Dr. Brisbin.
kiki teeth age

Thanks for writing or calling the Governor to protest this unreasonable tax. As you can see, it helped! Thanks for caring. /Gary

The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) today thanked Gov. Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature for responding to the public’s opposition to a tax on veterinary care.

The state Legislature passed a 17-month budget that did not include the governor’s earlier proposal to broaden the sales and use tax to include veterinary services.
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Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2009
Under: Pets, Veterinarians, Veterinary Tax Proposal | No Comments »

Do you want to pay a TAX on your PETS?

Jasmine visits her veterinarian, Dr. Brisbin.
kiki teeth age

Gov. Schwarzenegger wants to TAX your PETS to help solve the state’s budget problems.

(I’m writing about this again because it’s important.)

Do you want your vet bill to be considered as “nonessential or luxury services” and be taxed 9 percent every time you have to take your pet to visit your veterinarian?
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
Under: Pets, Veterinary Tax Proposal | 5 Comments »

Sluggish economy: While dogs are declining as pets, cats are on the rise

Newman the cat
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Dear Gary:
The Obama family will soon join the 39 percent of U.S. households who own a dog, but the rest of the nation won’t be adopting as readily.

According to industry research firm IBISWorld, the total number of household pets (cats and dogs) will grow at a meager 3 percent from 2008-2013, (compared to 3.5 percent from 2002-2007) reaching 195 million. The drop in growth will likely be attributed to sluggish economic growth and an increase in the relative cost of pet care.
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Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Under: Cats, dogs, Pets | No Comments »

ASPCA reports top 10 pet poisons of 2008. Save this list!

It’s the second day of the new year and I just received the following press release from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York (http://www.aspca.org).

ALL pet owners would be wise to read this information carefully. I think you’ll be surprised at some of the potentially deadly things you may have lying around the house … just waiting for your cat, dog or bird to find them. Be careful, the life you save may be that of a beloved pet.
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Posted on Friday, January 2nd, 2009
Under: ASPCA, Cats, dogs, Pets | 1 Comment »

Pets & Holidays: How to make them safer for your pets

Our pets are important to us all
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Dr. Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM, from VetCare Emergency & Specialist Care Center, Dublin, Calif., sent me some important information about your pets.

Dear Gary:
This is a wonderful time of year during which we give thanks for our blessings and spend time with our friends and family. This usually means travel, and that means your pets are either traveling with you or are being cared for by a neighbor, friend, or family member.

I see the following situation commonly at this time of year.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
Under: Cats, dogs, Holidays, Pets | No Comments »

Gov. Schwarzenegger wants to TAX your PETS

Dr. Brisbin, DVM, gives Jasmine a checkup at Benicia Cat Clinic
kitten teeth

Mike Markarian’s blog — Animals & Politics — on Tuesday (Nov. 18) was about the vet services tax that’s being proposed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Yes, I didn’t know about this, either.

Markarian is the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, a non-profit that lobbies for animal welfare legislation and works to elect humane-minded candidates to public office.

If you’re like me and VERY concerned about this, please read on and find out all you can about the “Pet Tax” that Arnold is proposing so you can see what you can do about it. Do you want your vet bill to be considered as “nonessential or luxury services” and be taxed accordingly every time you have to take your pet to the hospital? I hope not.

What follows is an excerpt from Michael Markarian’s blog of Nov. 18. A link follows that so you can click on it and read the rest of his enlightening (and concerned) comments.
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Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2008
Under: Governor Schwarzenegger, Pet Tax, Pets | 12 Comments »

Let’s have a Live Chat Wednesday morning, Nov. 12, 8-9 a.m.

If you’ve been waiting for the chance to ask questions a little more directly and interactively, now’s the time!

If you’re up early Wednesday (Nov. 12), stop by ContraCostaTimes.com or InsideBayArea.com from 8 to 9 a.m. for a live chat with me. I’ll answer questions about pets, animals and anything else that comes to mind.

Anyone should be able to go to either http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_10955736 or http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_10955736

See you there! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
Under: Live Chat, Pets, Wildlife | 6 Comments »