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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

PHOTOS: Pilots N Paws flies pets to rescue groups in Virginia

WARRENTON, Va. (WUSA9) --- Five volunteer pilots flew 26 rescue animals to Warrenton-Fauquier Airport,  Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. See photos of the take-off in the photo gallery. 

Forty-seven volunteer planes flew over 400 pets from high-kill shelters around Hinesville, Ga. to airports in Virginia, New Jersey and Florida. The pilots participated in a "Flyaway" event organized by Pilots N' Paws, a non-profit organization dedicated to transporting animals out of high-kill shelters.

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.

Does where you live impact your pet's longevity?

(USA TODAY) -- Some dogs sleep outside and guard the house. Others have wardrobes and spend their day in a purse.

It's not clear which lifestyle is pet-preferred, but a new study shows that dogs and cats have a better chance at a long, healthy life in some states than in others.

Louisiana and Mississippi have the shortest lifespan for dogs and cats, while pets in Colorado and Montana live longer, according to the 2013 State of Pet Health Report released by Banfield Pet Hospital, the world's largest veterinary practice.

Why the difference? Experts say states with the healthiest and longest living pets also have the highest neutering and spaying rates, more pets living inside and fewer regional infectious diseases.

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

 

Swank Designs' owners are inspired by world travels to create beautiful window treatments, accent pillows and children's bedding

After searching for decorative panels and accents and finding the available designs were just more of the same, Tabitha Mahaffey and Patricia Ulliman decided to combine their expertise and form Swank Designs, offering custom lines of pillows, panels and children's bedding. Together, they share a passion for using and incorporating fabrics in unexpected ways. 

AWLA Marks World Spay Day With Low Cost Services In February

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - Celebrate World Spay Day by doing the kind thing for your pet. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) will participate in World Spay Day, an international campaign, partnering with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, to promote the life-saving benefits of spay/neuter.

Throughout February low-cost spay and neuter services for cats, dogs and rabbits will be available at the League for pets of low income residents in the D.C. metro area.

Special World Spay Day pricing will include $25 for male cats, and $50 for female cats and male/female dogs. New this year, AWLA will also offer a limited number of rabbit spay/neuters for $60 per rabbit. World Spay Day participants will also be offered a rabies vaccination and microchip for $10 each (a mini-microchip for rabbits is $15 each).

Guardians of Rescue Offers 10 Tips for Taking Care of A New Puppy

Guardians of Rescue Offers 10 Tips for Taking Care of A New Puppy

 

Every holiday season, many people around the country get a new family gift that will last for the next 15 years or so. When they opt to add a puppy to the family, it may start out to be exciting, only to lead to numerous questions once the initial play-time wears off and it’s time to go to bed. Getting the right answers to those questions, however, can make a world of difference.

“Depending on where you get the answers to the questions, it can make a big difference in the relationship you create with your puppy,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “You want to get things off to the right start and help everyone adjust well, so it is important to stick to a few basic guidelines to make it happen.”

Here are the top 10 tips for taking care of a new puppy, right from the start: