February 23, 2016
THE CITY animal shelter last month began a "Humane Housing" policy intended to save canine lives, but that reduces the number of cages for dogs. Reducing the number of cages in the shelter, with new dogs arriving every day, would seem to lead to higher euthanasia rates, which is not what we want. For an objective opinion, I called an expert at the Humane Society of the United States. Reducing the number of cages "seems counterintuitive," I was told by HSUS' Inga Fricke. "But when you give the animal more room, there is less stress, less disease and an ability to move the animal through the system much more quickly," she said.
February 14, 2016
Buzz Miller has evolved from legal to beagle. Miller, 74, retired as a lawyer and businessman and founded PACT for Animals, a Montgomery County nonprofit that will find a foster home for your pet. PACT for Animals matches your companion animal with a foster family if you are heading off to serve in the military, have a long-term health crisis, or enter a hospital. And it's free. Miller's next animal adventure? Working with retirement communities whose residents, he says, "would be perfect to serve as fosters for animals.
February 7, 2016
Founder and director Nancy Welsh likes to say that Almost Home Animal Shelter is where "little miracles happen every day. " But Almost Home is almost broke. And it may take a miracle for the somewhat makeshift facility - envisioned as temporary when it opened in a Pennsauken warehouse a decade ago - to survive. "It's very emotional for everyone," says Welsh, 56, of Collingswood. "This is a labor of love. We love what we do for the animals, and for people, too. " Having lost the last of its six municipal service contracts at the end of 2015, Almost Home stopped accepting new animals on Dec. 31. It may be forced to close at the end of March.
February 7, 2016 |
Dropping everything and heading west is a romantic notion people dream of but rarely carry out. Bucking the norm, a young South Philadelphia couple are preparing for just such an unlikely journey: a trek on the backs of a horse and a donkey, in the company of a dog. People can decide whether they're bold, or crazy, or simply not yet 30 years old. "We like to take plunges into things," easygoing Christian Muniz, 25, said. "Everybody who knows us says it makes sense," his hard-charging wife of eight months, Deidra Slough, 27, said.
February 1, 2016 |
The remains of untold numbers of dead horses, sheep, and other animals were found where they dropped. Burned carcasses poked out from underneath a woodpile. A trench was filled with bones. "Dead and dying animals were everywhere," said Judy McHale, one of the volunteers from the Lehigh Valley County Animal Response Team called in Jan. 22 by the Pennsylvania State Police to help transport the surviving animals in what rescue groups are calling one of the worst cases of neglect they have seen.
January 17, 2016
BAILEY, A SEALPOINT Siamese with a yen for adventure, sails the bounding main with his humans, Louise Kennedy and her partner, James. The seafaring feline blogs about his life on their sailboat, Nocturne, and has clawed his way to literary fame with his book, "Bailey Boat Cat: Adventures of a Feline Afloat. " The Museum of Maritime Pets even named Baily an Ambassador at Sea. Like any sailor, Bailey is skilled at climbing ropes and ladders. He also enjoys watching seagulls and other birds, as well as dolphins, and snacking on the occasional fish that lands on board.
December 28, 2015 |
When Princess Mononoke debuted in America in 1999, it offered a decisive argument against those who would dismiss anime as a juvenile genre. There had been plenty of other movies that could have proven such a point to the discerning viewer, but Hayao Miyazaki's richly textured fantasy was the first to break into the mainstream. The fact that Princess Mononoke reliably makes the rounds of midnight movie screenings, as it will at the Ritz at the Bourse Friday, speaks to the depth and breadth of its appeal.
December 22, 2015 |
Without saying a word, 13-year-old Nehemiah can bring a smile to your face. He is a joy to be around. He loves trains and envisions a career as a locomotive engineer, but he's just as interested in insects and animals and spends hours learning about them on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He also enjoys watching comedy movies, reading mystery stories, and listening to gospel music. Nehemiah can be quiet and timid when you first meet him, but once he gets to know you, he will engage in lengthy conversations on just about any topic.
December 20, 2015
On Nov. 19, the Pennsylvania SPCA hosted the third annual Bark & Whine, its signature fund-raising event, at the Philadelphia Horticultural Center. More than 400 guests joined event leaders and cochairs Anne and Matt Hamilton, Patty and Robert Isen, Wendy and Wade McDevitt, and Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, along with Jeffrey Buckley, CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA, in an evening for local animal advocates. Guests participated in a silent and live auction while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a sit-down dinner.
December 10, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A rally in the Capitol on Tuesday for a low-profile animal rights bill received a jolt of energy from a high-profile - and perhaps unlikely - guest: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick. The former Eagle, who was convicted for organizing dog fights in 2007 and served 21 months in prison, urged support for legislation that would make it a summary offense to leave pets in hot cars with the windows closed. All pets deserve humane treatment, Vick told the crowd, while acknowledging that it took him years to understand how to properly care for animals.