By

David Shapiro

The Scourge of Pet Obesity

Just one more treat.  That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it, when you’re sitting there with your pets? Just give ‘em one more treat. What harm could it do? But wait! Before you toss that treat, think about the ramifications. Fully...
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Painful Truth: The Problem with Puppy Mills

A warning: this article will discuss some things that are difficult to talk about. Neglect, injury, and suffering are par for the course with puppy mills, so steel yourself and read on. Adopt, don’t shop. It’s a nice little rhyme,...
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The Roots of Relinquishment

It’s never an easy thing to do. People who come to us to relinquish their pets are never just getting rid of a pet because they’re tired of it. They’re struggling, and they’re making an incredibly hard decision. As an...
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The only good microchip? A registered microchip.

Microchips are the best way to ensure that you and your pet get reunited in the event that they’re lost or stolen, but there are a few things you need to know first. 1. It’s not a tracking device Pet...
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A beautiful trio

Not every outreach case is something huge. Sometimes what people need isn’t something big; just some advice, maybe a few resources. It’s knowing that we’re here that makes all the difference. This was the case with Tony, Tina and their...
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Keeping your pet hydrated

July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month. Why? Because it’s so gosh darn hot. We’re sure you’ve heard how a human’s body is made up of 60% water, so it’s important to replenish your fluids by drinking lots of water....
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Back in the Saddle

When COVID-19 hit and we had to shut down and stop doing services, we were heartbroken. We did close to 11,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2019. To suddenly have to come to a complete halt meant that we couldn’t be a...
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Everything’s Different, Everything’s the Same.

Everything’s different.  We show up later, for one thing. The sun is already up when we get here, and has been for a little while, which makes the empty streets feel even stranger. Troost, normally bustling with traffic, is nearly...
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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

This pandemic started off with lots of stories of dogs being thrilled over their humans being home all the time. And while it’s been a great boon to a lot of folks to have their furry friends nearby during this...
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Staying at Home with Squeaks (and what I learned)

Cats get a bad reputation: for being aloof, for not listening, even for being spiteful. Despite the fact that I know my cats like me and enjoy me as a person, I leaned into this sort of “common knowledge” idea...
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