Companion Animals - Pets
What is a Puppy Mill?
While some animal advocates oppose all dog breeding, some find puppy mills especially objectionable. Here's why.
What is Animal Hoarding?
Animal hoarding is usually defined by three criteria, and may be a form of mental illness.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition
The Captive Wild Animal Protection Coalition opposes the keeping of exotic pets.