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Companion Animals - Pets

Probably our closest relationships with other species are the relationships we have with our companion animals. As much as our society values companion animals, there are still many issues regarding cat and dog overpopulation, spaying and neutering, animal cruelty, feral cats, and exotic pets.

Why Adopt a Pet from a Shelter?
How many cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year? How adoption rescues animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, birds and other pets.

What is a Puppy Mill?
While some animal advocates oppose all dog breeding, some find puppy mills especially objectionable. Here's why.

Why You Should Not Give Pets Away Free to a Good Home
Giving animals away free to a good home can lead to your pets being abused, tortured, killed and/or used for experiments. Avoid placing "Free to a Good Home" ads, an instead, charge a small adoption fee.

What are the Arguments For and Against Keeping Pets?
Do Animal Rights Activists Want to Take My Pets Away? Because of pet overpopulation, just about all animal activists would probably agree that we should spay and neuter our cats and dogs. But there would be some disagreement if you were to ask whether we should keep and breed cats and dogs if all the shelters were empty and there were good, loving homes available.

What is Animal Hoarding?
Animal hoarding is usually defined by three criteria, and may be a form of mental illness.

What is Breed Specific Legislation, and What's Wrong With It?
What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and what's wrong with it?

Disaster Preparedness for Pets
Hurricane Katrina taught us that people will risk life and limb to save their pets in an emergency. In the U.S., state governments now must take pets into account in disaster prepardness plans, and there are steps we can all take to prepare ourselves and our pets for these emergencies.

Limit Laws
"Limit laws" are designed to protect people, pets and neighbors, but animal advocates oppose limit laws because they hurt so many innocent people and pets. There are better ways to achieve the same goals.

What is Pound Seizure?
What is pound seizure, and why is it illegal in some states while required in others?

Blog Index on pets, puppy mills, rescue and animal rights
Blog Index on pets, puppy mills, rescue and animal rights, 2008-2014

What to Do About a Dog in a Hot Car
What should I do if I find a dog in a hot car? What are the possible legal consequences of breaking a car window to rescue a dog in a hot car?

What is Pet Theft and Why Does it Happen?
Organized pet thieves are stealing dogs and cats - any dogs and cats they can get their hands on - for profit and for cruel purposes.

Animal Rescue Stories
Readers submit their favorite stories of rescued animals. See submissions

Poll: 14% Would Choose Pet Over Partner
A poll conducted by the Associated Press and Petside.com found that if asked to choose, 14% of Americans would choose their pet over their significant other.

Free Dog Food and Cat Food
Are you having trouble affording dog food and cat food? There are resources to help you get free dog food and cat food.

Why is the term “guardian” preferable to “owner”?
The state of Rhode Island and several towns across the U.S. have changed the word “owner” to “guardian” in their laws relating to companion animals.

Why do Animal Rights Activists Keep Pets
If animal rights activists oppose keeping pets, why do so many of them have pets?

The Truth About Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws
Some people believe that mandatory spay/neuter laws mean that breeders will be outlawed, and no one will have pets any more. That is absolutely not the case.

Ten Reasons Not to Buy a Live Easter Bunny
As parents, many of us want to do everything possible to put a smile on our children's faces. But at Easter time, a live Easter bunny is not the right way to do it.

What's Wrong with Dog Shows?
What are the arguments against dog shows, and how can both breeders and animal rights activists both say they are concerned about the welfare of the dogs?

Giving Pets as Gifts
That adorable puppy rolling around under the Christmas tree could be next summers chained up dog in the back yard

Why shouldn’t animals be considered “property” under the law?
Most Americans consider their companion animals to be part of the family, so changing the property status of animals will update the law to reflect societal values.

If we all spay and neuter our cats and dogs, wont they become extinct?
Cats and dogs will not become extinct because of spay/neuter campaigns, and here's why.

Are Animal Fostering and Rescue Expenses Tax-Deductible?
Are animal fostering and rescue expenses tax-deductible? After a June, 2011 U.S. Tax Court decision, it depends on several factors.

Arguments For and Against Horse Slaughter
While animal advocates argue against horse slaughter, some horse breeders and owners say that horse slaughter is a necessary evil.

Interview with Carole Davis, West Coast Director of CAPS
Interview with Carole Davis regarding puppy mills, the West Hollywood ordinance banning the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores, and advice for fellow animal rights activists.

Fact & Myths About Missouri's Prop B
Quite a few myths and fears surround Missouri's Prop B, the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, will be on the ballot on November 2, 1010, most of which have nothing to do with puppy mills. The full text of Prop B is here . Missouri's current dog law is available here .

Think Twice Before Giving a Live Easter Bunny
Your child may want a live Easter bunny, but are you and your child prepared to care for a live Easter bunny for the next ten years? Includes interview with Susan Mangold, of the House Rabbit Society’s “Make Mine Chocolate!” campaign.

Ten Reasons Not to Buy Baby Chicks for Easter
Crowing roosters, local livestock ordinances and salmonella poisoning are just some of the reasons not to buy a live chick for Easter.

TX Court: Pets Have a Special Value
A Texas Court has held that pets have a "special value" above and beyond market value, but still considers pets to be property.

Why Are Horses Sold for Slaughter?
Why are horses sold for slaughter? Unlike farms with cows, pigs and chickens, no one in the US seems to be breeding horses specifically for slaughter, so where do the horses come from?

What is Flystrike?
What is flystrike, and how can it be fatal to domestic animals?

Dog and Cat Overpopulation
Facts about dog and cat overpopulation, by In Defense of Animals.

Petfinder - Adopt a Rescued Animal
Instead of buying an animal from a store or a breeder, adopt one from a shelter or rescue group! Petfinder includes cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, horses, reptiles and more.

The Animal Rescue Site
Click to give free food and care to a rescued animal at a shelter or sanctuary.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter
Friends of Animals offers low-cost spay/neuter certificates.

Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies advocates trap/neuter/return for feral cats.

Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition
The Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition opposes the keeping of exotic pets.

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