Protect Jaguar’s Southwestern Habitat – #BTC4A

Protect Jaguar’s Southwestern Habitat – #BTC4A

Jaguar - Photo: Kim Clune

Getting Catty

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the jaguar on the US endangered species list in 1997, after urging from the Center for Biological Diversity lawsuits and grassroots organizers.  Moving forward, U.S. Fish and Wildlife has  now proposed to protect a few key mountain ranges along the Mexican border as “critical habitat.” While  the Center for Biological Diversity calls the proposed areas vital, they also say these areas are “not nearly enough to ensure the big cat’s recovery.”

According to the Center for Biological Diversity:

The agency has omitted the best jaguar habitat north of the border – the wild Gila ecosystem of New Mexico and the adjoining Mogollon Rim of Arizona — as well as travel corridors that would allow jaguars to move freely between mountain ranges.

From Catty to Fishy

Why do you think that is? If you smell corporate favoritism, you’d be spot on. The Center for Biological Diversity goes on to say:

A foreign-owned mining corporation that wants to build the Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains, southeast of Tucson, Ariz., is lobbying hard to block protections there. This open-pit mine would strip thousands of acres of all life and leave a mile-wide hole in Coronado National Forest. A jaguar was seen last year in the Santa Rita Mountains, and a photo of a jaguar tail was taken in September southeast of Tucson.

Aren’t we all just a little tired of big money overtaking the Earth’s natural treasures?

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
“Protect all habitat needed for Southwest jaguar recovery.”

I just did.

Bloggers, Readers, Unite for Dog Rescue on July 23!

Bloggers, Readers, Unite for Dog Rescue on July 23!

Rescue Me

Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue

Let’s help homeless dogs find rescue volunteers, foster families, sponsors, and loving homes. Spread the word about the importance of dog rescue on July 23!

Not a blogger? Leave a comment on your favorite posts and share article links on your favorite social media networks!


Let’s do more than talk about the millions of beautiful, healthy dogs put down each year due to overcrowding in shelters. Let’s inspire people to feel good about being involved with rescue, in whatever capacity they so choose.

  • Tell a beautiful story about a simple volunteer experience or a dog you’ve personally fostered or rescued.
  • Write about a dog whose life is positively changed thanks to even the smallest bit of human intervention.
  • Share how a rescue dog has positively impacted his or her human.

Most people are aware that a overpopulation problem exists, but they can’t see themselves as part of the solution.  We all know that hands-on help is most needed, so add an easy call to action. Baby steps are fine.

If answering phones at a local rescue makes somebody fall in love with a furry friend, we can applaud one more dog saved through a meaningful connection and the addition of one more rescue advocate to our community. Because there can never be enough of either.


Thanks to Blog CatalogDog Rescue Success, and Be the Change for Animals for promoting this event. (click their links for more on how to participate.) And thanks to everyone who plans to take part. See you then!


The Honest Kitchen: A Gift of Change for Senior Pets

The Honest Kitchen: A Gift of Change for Senior Pets


Retaining good health has been a challenge in this household and is something we’ve grown to appreciate.  This is strongly influencing our gift giving this holiday season – for people and for pets.

For this reason, The Honest Kitchen’s limited-edition, all-natural Holiday Treat Pack is gracing our favorite dog-loving friends’ cupboard.


We had a special visitor recently, a lovely rescue dog named Quinn. Around these parts, we call her the Queen. You might recognize her eyes from the Be the Change for Animals logo. When founding BTC4animals, Amy and I chose Quinn as our mascot because her story embodied everything we wanted BTC to be about. Quinn is now a symbol of hope for abandoned pets everywhere and a celebration of local rescue.


Petland and Puppy Mills: Stop the Madness #btc4a

Petland and Puppy Mills: Stop the Madness #btc4a

Puppy Mill PupPuppy Mill. The term gets bandied about so often, I wonder, does the meaning get lost? Could you define one? Could you identify a dog who came from one? And did you know there are kitten mills too?

Puppy mills are large breeding facilities where dogs live in deplorable conditions, often without necessary food, water, or veterinary care. Melanie Kahn of the Humane Society of the United States says in the video below, “It’s a horribly sad experience.” These dogs often stand on wire mesh their whole lives, eat and drink from contaminated bowls, stand in their own feces, suffer from various injuries and infections, and they fear most everything.


As the video states, with an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the US, the industry rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Somebody is forking over a lot of cash to sustain this cruelty. So who’s buying?

It could have been you. Puppy mills provide vast numbers of animals to pet stores where demand is high. These pups look adorable behind glass, but they have often been bred so close in bloodline that they become riddled with physical ailments, infection due to filth and lack of immunity, and have various anxiety issues. Unsuspecting customers only see adorable puppies and buy, buy, buy – supporting the system time and again. And guess what happens to those pups that don’t sell before they grow up. They get returned to puppy mills, trading their glass box for one of chicken wire to churn out more puppies until they die.


In 2008, HSUS conducted an eight-month investigation revealing that many Petland stores across the country are marketing puppy mill puppies to unsuspecting consumers. On the heels of an HSUS followup investigation, “Animal Planet Investigates: Petland” broadcast HSUS footage while exploring the relationship between Petland and puppy mills. The program featured heartbreaking stories of families who had lost beloved puppies to illness and pointed to the root of Petland’s involvement with mass-breeding facilities.


On September 9th of this year, Petland Canada announced a change in policy. They had been dogged by animal advocates and the growing trend of bans on retail pet sales long enough. To no longer sell pups and kittens was the right move. It’s time Petland USA took the same message to heart. UPDATE: Petland Canada’s shift was based on slow sales, not advocacy, and not all stores are participating in the change. Read BtC4A: Not So Fast to learn more.


Mary Haight, a self proclaimed unexpected activist,  created a petition and publicized it with the help of Be the Change for Animals and Her cause is backed by a lot of community support too (see the link list below).

Join us!
Sign the petition.
Tell Petland USA to stop selling puppies!


Be sure to visit today and all this month for more ways to fight Petland and puppy mills!


Don’t buy puppies or kittens from a store. Ever. Don’t even buy other items from a store that sells puppies or kittens. Adoption will not only save the life of that dog or cat who won’t be euthanized for the sake of overpopulation, it also prevents the demand that churns the puppy mill machine.


The Honest Kitchen, the food I feed my dogs and cats, has a strong stance against puppy mills and the selling of puppies in retail locations. To that end, they have never allowed their products to be sold in such stores because, as they say:

9 times out of 10, these puppies come from mass breeding facilities where they live in squalor, are bred for unnatural traits (squishy noses, low-riding hips, etc) and are transported around the country – without proper socialization, during a critical period in their development. Then, they’re sold to the highest bidder. Puppy purchasers are not vetted to see if they have the time, resources and know-how to take care if their new companion.  In fact, some stores are only now banning ‘drunk puppy purchasing’. With the continued press on the puppy mill issue, including this recent study on the psychological damage of puppy mill dogs, it’s important we continue spreading the word, and educate our fellow pet loving friend about the cause. It’s up to us to give these pets a voice.

Today I learned something new. The folks at The Honest Kitchen read an editorial this month from a pet industry trade magazine, Pet Age, asking the industry to band together and support the sale of puppies in retail locations. The Honest Kitchen pulled their advertising, and founder Lucy Postins published her Letter to the Editor here.

All it takes is a little research.
Be a wise consumer.
Vote with your dollars for what you believe in.


Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals

Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals

Farm Sanctuary Walk for Change

This Fall, take a stand (and walk) to end the cruel and horrific practices of factory farming!

Farm Sanctuary WalkWALK FOR ANIMALS!

Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s life-saving work and brings together thousands of people to promote kindness towards animals. When you walk, you give hope to billions of farm animals who are suffering right now on factory farms. The Walk for Farm Animals is a positive way to speak out on behalf of animals who cannot speak for themselves and to make a real difference in their lives.