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Mother’s Day Campaign by Special Guest, Lu Parker

Special Guest, Lu Parker

Hello AWC friends,

The Lu Parker Project officially launched our campaign with the goal to outfit every homeless dog in LA with a bed and to give Mom a FREE gift for Mother’s Day!

Today, I am asking if you could please help us by spreading the word to friends, family, and co-workers.

Down below is a flyer to share via email, FB or Twitter. Bloggers too! You can also send people directly to our website

If you want to pass out fliers or hang posters, we can get them to you. Just let us know.

Thanks again as always!!! – We really appreciate everything you are doing for animals, especially the homeless ones.

Our deadline to sell and offer the free gift is Friday, April 27th. We are at 35 beds so far.

Don’t forget to Spread the Love!



California Lawmakers Move to Ban Bear and Bobcat Hounding

Feature post by Jennifer Fearing, California Senior State Director of the Humane Society of the United States.

Sending a pack of dogs into the woods to chase down and perhaps fight a bear or a bobcat remains legal in California, despite opposition by 83 percent of California voters. The state legislature is now moving to outlaw hunting with dogs, or “hounding.” This long overdue reform is Senate Bill 1221, and it needs your support to pass.

Please watch this video about hounding, and ask your California legislators to pass SB 1221 to end the practice of bear and bobcat hounding.

Hounding is an inhumane and unsporting practice that allows trophy hunters easy pickings at the expense of the safety of the dogs and other wildlife. The practice involves fitting dogs with high‐tech telemetry devices that allow bear and bobcat “houndsmen” to monitor the dogs’ movement remotely.

Dogs are released to chase frightened wild animals often for miles, across all types of habitat, including forests, private property, and into national parks. Dogs pursue their target until the exhausted bear or bobcat climbs a tree to escape or turns to confront the dog pack. Cubs or other animals who are unable to climb a tree may be mauled on the ground by the dogs. Following the radio signal on a handheld device, the hunter arrives at the scene to shoot the terrified animal off of a tree limb at point-blank range.

This is not “sportsmanship,” this is not fair-chase, and this does not exemplify the creed of being stewards of our shared wildlife, to which many hunters abide.

Bears, bobcats and other wild animals suffer immensely in the chase. It’s bad for the dogs, too. Viewed as hunting equipment rather than beloved members of the family, hunting hounds often live in pens or are tethered outdoors. They sometimes receive no exercise or socialization outside of hunting. Hunting hounds become lost in the chase and are sometimes never recovered. Dogs can be struck by vehicles or suffer from dehydration or die as a result of violent confrontations with wildlife.

Animal shelters have reported being overburdened by abandoned hunting dogs, particularly in rural areas during and at the end of the hunting season. These hounds arrive at shelters in poor condition, covered in ticks and fleas, and some have mange. Many are emaciated or test positive for heartworm. These dogs are often more difficult and even impossible to find homes for because they have little experience living as a household pet.

In a recent episode of National Geographic’s Wild Justice television show featuring the California Department of Fish and Game, a warden comes upon a bear hunting camp and says this of the tethered hounds: “I sure wouldn’t want to be one of these dogs. These dogs are chained up all night long. They work their asses off for their masters. And look how they’re treated. [Camera shows dirty/frozen water dish and underweight hounds]. These are just strictly for work. They’re tools. Just like throwing a wrench in a tool box.”

A Yosemite National Park ranger who cited houndsmen in four different incidents of bear‐hunting hounds running illegally in the park during the past two years said that “some of the dogs are really skinny” and that houndsmen may keep their dogs hungry to encourage their prey drive. In October of last year, Mendocino County Animal Care Services reportedly took in 30 hounds from a single kennel. Other California humane societies, SPCAs and animal care agencies have also experienced significant issues with hunting hounds, including picking up injured dogs who often go unclaimed by their owners causing a drain on shelter resources.

Hounding bears and bobcats is a reckless, inhumane practice, and it’s time to put a stop to it and institute fair-chase hunting rules in California. Please make a quick call to your California state legislators and urge passage of a Senate Bill 1221 to eliminate hounding from our fields and wildlands. In doing so, you can help end the unspeakable suffering of wildlife as well as the dogs that are abused in these “hounding” escapades.

Jennifer Fearing is the California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Don’t Shop ‘Til They Stop!

Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills and the first step to protesting against this horrible industry is to refrain from purchasing any product (food, toys, litter) from stores that sell puppies. By purchasing ANYTHING from a store that sells puppies, you are unknowingly supporting the puppy mill industry, where puppies are bred and left to live in horrible living conditions. Next time you see those adorable puppies in the window, think twice about purchasing a product there.

Dr. Annie and Animal Wellness Centers are active leaders in the fight to end puppy mill abuses. In 2010, we campaigned in favor of of Missouri’s Proposition B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which establishes common sense standards for the care of dogs in Missouri. We were proud when Prop B passed in November 2011 with 52 percent of the statewide vote. It was favored by a majority of voters in 18 of 34 state Senate districts, and in a majority of House districts as well.

Did you know that Animal Wellness Centers has an array of pet products available? Instead of purchasing at a puppy pet store, you can find anything from food to toys to shampoos at AWC, including Dr. Annie’s quality line of health and wellness products. Just visit our Marina location or view or products online here.

Animal Wellness Centers is a puppy friendly pet store that respects the humane treatment of all animals. We’ve signed the The Humane Society’s “Puppy Friendly Pet Stores Initiative” and ask you to get the word out as well to stop puppy cruelty.

About the Program

The Puppy Friendly Pet Stores initiative asks dog lovers everywhere to work with their local pet stores to encourage them to implement a “puppy friendly” policy by refusing to sell puppies in their store. Stores that already do not sell puppies can sign up to show that they are taking a stand against puppy mills and to make official their policy of not selling puppies. Stores that do sell puppies should be encouraged to help end pet overpopulation by stopping the sale of puppies and supporting their local shelters and pet adoption programs instead.

Store owners and managers who sign The HSUS’ pledge receive a sign proclaiming, “We love puppies; that’s why we don’t sell them,” to display in the store, as well as free materials for their customers about how to adopt a dog or find a responsible breeder. The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the puppy-friendly sign.

How You Can Help

You can help sign up stores in your community by taking a few simple steps:

  • Contact the Humane Society to get instructions and a copy of the invitation and pledge. Make sure to tell them your name, phone number, city and state.
  • Visit your local pet store(s) to explain the benefits of the program and invite them to sign.
  • Return the signed pledge to The HSUS Stop Puppy Mills campaign and HSUS will do the rest!

For more information on puppy mills, including signing a Stop Puppy Mills Petition, visit:

Download the invitation »
Download the pledge »

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

I’d Be Happy To Help With Any Herding…

Guest post by A. Border Collie

Lately, things have been a little slow. Just sort of been killing time by lying down, going on some walks, lapping up water. You know, same old, same old. I guess I’ve been a little bored, actually, and maybe feeling a bit antsy. You know what I mean by antsy, right? When you sort of want to get up and go, but you don’t really have anything to go to? It’s frustrating, right? Hey, actually, now that I have your ear, I’ve been meaning to ask: You don’t happen to have any herding you need a hand with, do you?

I only ask because it just so happens my calendar is wide open for the next few weeks, and if you have anything that needs herded, I would definitely be up to it. Really, there’s not a lot on my plate, and I figured this would be a great time to get in some quality herding, so you should definitely let me know if there’s work to be done. I’d be happy to lend a hand.

Any herding at all, really. I’m just trying to help.

Seriously, though, if you or anyone else has a bit of herding available, just let me know. I love herding. A lot. Big flocks, little flocks, any type of flock. You name it, I’ll herd it. Even if it’s just a one-off— a couple of sheep that need to be watched over for a few hours, or whatever—I’m ready to go. Seriously, anything. I mean, I’m here, I might as well herd, right?

Not just sheep, either. No way. I’ve been herding for years, and my feeling is they haven’t yet made an animal I can’t herd. I’d be happy to round up some cattle. I’m great with goats. Pigs, too. I’m not above herding pigs; I’ll circle ’em up and get them into one place without a single complaint.

I don’t mean to brag, but if you’ve got herding needs, I’m the dog for the job. I’ve got lots of field experience: I know the formations, I know how to hold a tight flank, and I certainly don’t tolerate stragglers. And I’ll prove it if you give me a shot. Seriously, just give the word, and I’ll head right out there to the huddle, get things under control with a few well-timed yelps, and we’ll be herding like there’s no tomorrow.

And I promise I won’t make a scene and bark like a madman, either. That’s not my style. You see, it’s all about picking and choosing the right times to bark, not using up all your ammo from the get-go by barking and snarling up a storm. Sure, you need to establish your dominance, but what happens if they start to get the idea that you’re all show? You don’t need that kind of risk, not when the herd’s on the line. The herding game is about gaining their respect. Once you lose it, you might as well be dead.

And, hey, no biting, gripping, or any other rough stuff. I swear on that. I know some border collies who play by their own rules, and to be honest, those dogs have terrible fetch and drive skills, which severely limits their eye-locking ability. I should stop there, because I’m starting to get pretty deep into herding theory, and this isn’t the place for that. All you have to know is that with me, what you see is what you get: top-notch, no-nonsense herding from a dog you can trust.

I should mention that if there’s no herding available, I’m pretty much willing to help out with anything. I’d be happy wrestle a branch away from you and then leave it somewhere, dig a series of holes, whatever you need. Really, I’ll do what needs to be done, but I have to say that my true passion is herding.

I can also herd geese. Forgot if I mentioned that.

Hey, I guess I’ve been blabbing for a while now. Obviously, I’ve made my case, so how about you just think things over for a bit and get back to me? Like I said, my schedule’s wide open, and no one’s going to do the job better, faster, or with more heart than me.

Oh, and my name’s Oreo, by the way. Great. Thanks so much for hearing me out. I really appreciate it.

Source: The Onion

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

In Loving Memory: Alice Schneider. We love and miss you, Alice.

Choose the People’s Hero

Do you know a courageous canine? Here are some of bravest dogs in the US that are nominated for the Fifth Annual Dogs of Valor Awards held by the HSUS. One of these sensational canine heros will win the title of Valor Dog of the Year.

Choose your favorite hero and vote for one of them here. Voting closes this Friday, March 9 at 5:00pm EST and the winners will be announced March 11.


Owner: Audrey Calloway
Mount Washington, KY

Last summer as Audrey mowed her 2.5 acre yard, her Labrador retriever, Benny, played near the house. As Audrey mowed the hill that ran beside the ditch and highway in front of her home, the mower’s plastic seat broke and slid off throwing Audrey into the path of the mower. Her left hand was completely severed. Bleeding profusely, Audrey crawled toward the road, collapsing in the ditch with her head on the side of the road. Benny dashed over and planted himself in the middle of the highway. A driver on his way to visit neighbors saw Benny and called them to see if the dog was theirs. Then he spotted Audrey. She was taken to the hospital, where they were able to save the rest of her arm.


Owner: Ted Moss
South Milwaukee, WI

Late one night during a blizzard, Ted’s truck became lodged in a snow bank, so he and his 5-year old Labrador retriever, Buddy, headed home on foot. Two miles in and only two blocks from home, Ted collapsed. Buddy kept him warm, barking nonstop. Around 5:00 a.m., a concerned neighbor tried to bring her inside. She led him to Ted whose core body temperature was 68°, and his clothes were frozen to his body. At the hospital, his heart stopped twice. After a week, Ted finally opened his eyes—when he heard Buddy whine the first time she was allowed to visit him.


Owners: Diana and Richard Carlino
Centerville, MA

Diana Carlino and her husband Richard were awakened by Chowder’s barking and agitation early one April morning. As she started to get up, Diana saw through her window that her elderly neighbor was clinging to her doorframe, her home in flames. The Carlinos rescued their neighbor moments before two windows exploded from the fire. The Carlinos credit Chowder not only with alerting them to their neighbor’s danger but also for saving their home from catching fire, too. The fire was so close the heat warped the siding on their house.


Owners: Hank and Virginia Falls
Blue Creek, WV

Fifteen minutes before their alarm was set to go off, 3-year-old Fancy woke Hank and Virginia with barks and growls. Harley and Virginia couldn’t find anything wrong in the house, but the little dachshund continued to bark and look up at the attic door. Virginia then noticed a sound like crumbling aluminum foil. Opening the attic door, she was hit by smoke and flames. Virginia grabbed Fancy, woke her nephew and his girlfriend, and everyone escaped. By 9 a.m.—the time the alarm was set to go off—the roof of their farmhouse had caved in.


Owner: McKenzie
Kansas City, MO

McKenzie’s raging boyfriend threw her through a wall and hit her with a hammer. When Hank, McKenzie’s young Great Dane, crawled on her to block the blows, the man turned on Hank, shattering several ribs and a hip. He dragged the gravely injured dog into a busy street and left him for dead. Back at the house, the man told McKenzie that if she called her dog he would shoot them both. McKenzie escaped to drive to a police station, her attacker following with a shotgun. McKenzie and Hank received treatment and were reunited at an emergency shelter for victims of violent families.


Owners: Lee and Elizabeth Littler
Hillsboro, OH

As Lee opened the back door to let the dogs out, he was taken aback to see Hercules, the sickly St. Bernard he’d adopted only 6 hours before, growl and charge through the screen door. Hercules then jumped off the side of the porch and over the outdoor stairwell leading to the basement. The next minute, he chased a man out of the basement and across the yard, biting his leg as he escaped over the fence. When the police arrived, they discovered that the intruder had already cut the phone and cable lines.


Owner: Debbie Denning (Daughter is Codi Robertson, baby Wyatt)
Idaho Falls, ID

Seven months pregnant, Codi was feeling nauseated and decided to sleep on the couch. In the early morning hours, she had a seizure. She remembers calling out to her mother, Debbie, just before passing out. Debbie was asleep and couldn’t hear, but Mickey sprang into action and woke her. Debbie rushed Codi to the hospital, where her baby was delivered two months prematurely. If Mickey hadn’t acted quickly, both Codi and baby Wyatt could have died.


Owners: Terry and Clare Lamb
Calera, AL

Clare had been under the weather and was resting in bed. Suddenly Quila, began scratching Clare’s son Andrew’s leg and turning to the door. Andrew got his father, Terry, and they followed Quila into the bedroom. They found Clare hanging off the bed, her nails and lips blue and her skin pale and ice cold. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with a grand mal seizure and pneumonia. Clare was told that another 5 to 10 minutes without medical attention, probably would have killed her. Now that she’s back home, Quila never leaves her side.


Owners: John and Gloria Benton
Lawrenceville, GA

Leaving for the family store every morning, John tells his 5-year old pit bull, “Go take care of Grandma!” Then Titan curls up on the bed where Gloria is sleeping. But one morning last July, Titan ran back down the stairs. John says, “He’d run up a few flights of steps and run back down just to keep me from going to let me know something was wrong.” John found his wife unconscious on the floor with a bleeding head. Doctors said that Gloria had suffered a brain aneurysm and fractured her skull—and that had John not found her then, she would probably have suffered brain damage or died.


Owner: Ida Moose
Little Rock, AR

One cold night, 78-year-old Ida and her elderly Cairn terrier mix, Trixie, went through the rain to fill the backyard bird feeder, when Ida collapsed face-down in the mud. The blind Trixie barked, but nobody came to help. Ida used a technique a physical therapist had taught her and “log rolled” to her house, but she couldn’t reach the doorknob. Trixie kept Ida warm for nearly 20 hours until someone heard her pleas for help. Doctors said Ida probably had a stroke and that it’s likely she wouldn’t have survived the night if Trixie hadn’t kept her warm.

Source: The Humane Society of the United States (

Dr. Annie Harvilicz and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind. Learn more here.

Commercial Sealing Industry Diminishes

Credit: HSUS, Brian Skerry

Special Guest Blogger, Rebecca Aldworth
Executive Director, Humane Society International/Canada

Days ago, I stood amidst the beautiful baby grey seals on Hay Island – a remote wilderness area off of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. As the trusting weeks-old pups played on the snow, touched noses and drifted off to sleep, I felt truly privileged to be there and to witness firsthand this stunning wildlife spectacle.

It wasn’t always this way. At this time of year, sealers normally descend on this tiny island with wooden bats and beat the defenseless pups to death. But in 2012, no companies stepped forward to purchase the furs of these baby seals, and the sealers decided to stay home.

The Hay Island seal pups are likely safe for this year. But within weeks, the much larger slaughter of baby harp seals is set to open on the ice floes off Canada’s east coast. If buyers emerge, sealers will set a deadly course for the seal nursery–and if that happens, we know what we will see.

For each of the past 13 years, I have witnessed the commercial seal hunt firsthand. This is a slaughter in which baby seals are routinely beaten and shot within view of each other, wounded and left to suffer in agony. Conscious seals are often impaled on metal hooks, dragged across the ice and cut open. The suffering is almost unimaginable.

The seals are killed for their fur, which is exported to fashion markets around the world. The skins of very young seals are the most valuable, and 98 percent of the seals slaughtered in the past five years have been less than three months old.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Protect Seals team is standing by, ready to expose the cruelty of this government-sanctioned carnage. We are doing so on behalf of the overwhelming majority of Canadians and people around the world who oppose the slaughter.

But as much as we dread the weeks to come, there is every reason for hope. Two and a half years ago, the European Union banned its trade in products of commercial seal hunts, and the impacts in Canada were immediate. The prices paid for seal fur plummeted and sealers said it wasn’t worth their while to participate in the hunt. More than 850,000 seals have been spared a horrible fate as a result.

Then, a few months ago, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus banned their trade in harp seal fur – the primary product of the Canadian seal slaughter. Government officials said the decision could spell the end of commercial sealing, and the largest seal fur buyer in Canada immediately cancelled a plan to purchase 100,000 harp seal skins.

The closing markets aren’t the only reason to end the seal slaughter. Sealers are commercial fishermen who earn almost all of their incomes from selling seafood, and only a tiny fraction from killing seals. To give them a clear economic choice, nearly 6,000 companies, and more than 650,000 individuals, have pledged to avoid some or all Canadian seafood until the seals are protected for good.

Climate change is yet another factor sealing the fate of the industry. Harp seals rely on sea ice to give birth to and nurse their pups, and climate change is causing sea ice cover in the northwest Atlantic to diminish. In recent years, the lack of ice has caused up to 100 percent mortality in pups born in key whelping areas. Ultimately, the sea ice, and the surviving seals on it, is receding north, beyond the range of the commercial sealing industry.

The Humane Society of the United States is proposing a plan to move Canada beyond commercial sealing. Through a government buyout of the commercial sealing industry, the seal hunt would be ended, sealers would receive immediate compensation, and economic alternatives would be developed. The good news is, polling shows a large percentage of Canadian sealers are already in support of the plan.

We are so close to winning this campaign, and with your help, we know we can restore peace to the ice floes. Help us stop the slaughter. Please take action for baby seals today.

About Rebecca Aldworth & HSI Canada

Rebecca Aldworth is Executive Director of Humane Society International Canada (HSI Canada). For the past decade, she has been a firsthand observer of Canada’s commercial seal hunt, escorting more than 100 scientists, parliamentarians and journalists to the ice floes to witness the slaughter. Ms. Aldworth has founded two animal protection groups in Canada, and she is a recipient of the 2004 Jean Taymans award for animal welfare and in 2006 was named one of nine Eco Heroes by Alternet.

HSI Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across Canada. They are an effective voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI Canada works to protect all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy, and field work. HSI Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International — one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally.

About Dr. Annie Harvilicz & Animal Wellness Centers

Dr. Annie Harvilicz is proud to serve on the Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Annie and her team of veterinary medicine professionals are revolutionizing animal healthcare with her forward-thinking integrative approach to health and wellness. The Animal Wellness flagship veterinarian hospital in Venice – Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, is a state-of-the-art clinic designed from the ground up with your pets’ perspective in mind.

Concern Voiced for Animals if Hayden Law is Repealed