Posts Tagged ‘animal welfare’

Wrapping Our Arms Around Greyhounds

November 7th, 2018

Wrapping Our Arms Around Greyhounds – Florida’s Brand New Law

On November 6th, 2018 Florida voters wrapped their arms around greyhounds on election night. Voters overwhelmingly supported an amendment that bans commercial dog racing. Amendment 13 won approval from roughly 5.4 million Floridians with a 69% to 31% victory.

The Committee to Protect Dogs, which lobbied for the racing ban, called the vote “a knock-out blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for nearly a century.” Florida is the site of 13 of the nation’s 17 dog tracks. Amendment 13’s implementation means that the industry will basically be wiped out by the end of 2021.

The “sport” of dog racing has been rife with drugging of dogs, abuse, and the abandonment of thousands of greyhounds. Dogs were often kept in cages for 23 hours a day and lived in deplorable conditions. Greyhound rescues exist around the country to address the need for rescuing and rehoming these animals.

Yes, greyhound racing is big business and opponents of the amendment argued that ending commercial dog racing would cost the state tens of millions in money from gambling. As commercial racing ends there will be thousands of dogs that need homes. So far, all parties concerned have promised to help the dogs get happy endings. There will be challenges. But, wonderfully, doing the right thing by the dogs won the hearts, minds, and votes of millions of Floridians.

The Tide is Turning – Towards Adoption

October 28th, 2018

The Tide is Turning – Towards Adoption

In 2007 only 14% of pets were adopted from shelters or rescues.

In 2017-2018, 44% of dogs and 47% of cats were adopted from shelters or rescues. 

These figures were gathered by Shelter Animals Count and represent a tremendous change in awareness about the need to save homeless animals and the joy of rehoming animals.

The growth in adoption is also part of dramatically lowering the euthanasia of friendly and healthy animals in US shelters. Just imagine the millions of happy ending stories that surround these statistics. WOW!

The animals are our heroes AND SO ARE THE ADOPTERS!!