Here's a marvelous group located just on the outskirts of CLeveland (I wish there was one around Dayton!). http://www.saveohiostrays.org/Default.asp In the words of Teri F.: Sasha, My name is Teri and I am a foster home for Save Ohio Strays. We rescue animals from shelters on euthanasia day. Saved over 740 animals in 3 years, out of our homes. Pass on our website www.saveohiostrays.org in your area! Amazing journey!
Check it out guys! And feel free to share any other noteworthy Ohio Organizations.
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There are 45 cats and dogs for every person born. Only 1 out of 10 dogs born ever get a home. Only 1 out of 12 cats born ever find a home. 800 dogs & cats are KILLED each HOUR in the U.S, because there are not enough homes for them. Opt to adopt. Don't buy from a pet store!
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HB 223 DOG BREEDING (Hughes) To establish licensing requirements and standards of care for certain dog breeding kennels and dog intermediaries.
The committee heard testimony from opponents who filled the hearing room, and spilled into and filled an adjacent room as well.
Holmes County Commissioner Joe Miller voiced his board's strong opposition to the bill in its current form. The county in the heart of Amish country has 547 licensed kennels, and dog sales are a $9 million a year business. Mr. Miller predicted passage of the measure would close many kennels. "These new regulations will make it most difficult for our local kennel operators to abide by all the rules set forth," he said.
"We're a small community, a small county ... these people don't ask for anything from the government. All they want is an opportunity," Commissioner Miller said. "These people work hard and play by the rules. In a small community like ours there's not as much industry as there is in larger places and our people have to be very creative."
Rep. Skindell asked if commissioners had specific proposals for change in the bill that would ensure good operators were not severely impacted, while controlling operators who "are doing some inhumane things in raising dogs." Mr. Miller said many of the requirements in the proposal were "absolutely over the top about exercising dogs, walking dogs, how the water is given to the dogs." He offered to submit a list of specifics later.
Reagan Tetreault, deputy dog warden in Holmes County, told Chairman Daniels she agreed with some parts of the legislation. "There are some great things about this bill, such as size of cage. There are requirements about having a certain amount of sunlight," she said, and maintaining a 40-degree temperature through winter months. She cited as objectionable proposed costs of licensing and bonding, and said mandatory fingerprinting and background checks were "a little bit too much for the good breeders we have."
John Silva, president of the Ohio County Dog Wardens Association, said as "an obvious interested party" that the group would submit amendments to the bill. Mr. Silva, the chief dog warden in Cuyahoga County, cited the need for an equitable funding formula for existing local dog care and control authorities. "Counties currently receive 100% of the annual fee for registering a kennel of nine or more dogs," he said. "But (the bill) proposes that the state authority take over that licensing, and provide local governments with a minimum of 6% to 33% of the fees collected." Mr. Silva also pointed out that the bill exempts veterinarians, humane societies, and rescue groups from proposed standards of care, but there is no similar exemption for county dog shelters.
Norma Woolf of Ohio Valley Dog Owners Inc. in Lebanon agreed with proponents that substandard kennels exist in the state and should be closed. "Our differences arise because we oppose legislation that harms responsible breeders with baseless edicts about dog housing and care ... ," Ms. Woolf said. "It is obvious that (the bill) was drafted without the participation of the breeders it attempts to regulate because it treats breeders like potential criminals and does not recognize the differences between customary and acceptable canine husbandry practices and neglect or abuse," she said.
Ervin Raber, president of the Ohio Professional Dog Breeders Association, said the bill would burden kennels in part by requiring substantial sums of money be deposited into a fund to ensure compliance. "To create a new program, and the costs involved, will (also) place unnecessary burdens on the state of Ohio when merely enforcing the laws we already have in place will be plenty sufficient," Mr. Raber said.
Polly Britton of the Ohio Association of Animal Owners objected to descriptions of the legislation as the "puppy mill bill." She said proponents were trying to paint commercial dog breeders "as profit hungry people who abuse dogs" in their attempts to make money. "We are not puppy millers. We are dog breeders. We are the responsible, voting, tax paying citizens of this state who love dogs and raise them with much sweat and tears to subsidize our families' incomes," Ms. Britton said. She said the bill has been "packaged and promoted" as a way to make life better for dogs and people who buy them. "We believe this bill is actually a very well thought-out plan to bankrupt the commercial dog breeders of Ohio."
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There's still time to sign this. I've already emailed the petition, but I will also print it out and snail mail it since so many of you have signed since. Let these breeders (who claim to "care" about these dogs and not just profiteering off of them) what you think. Remember 800 dogs and cats are killed EACH HOUR because of unethical business practices such as these.
Most of us know what twisted madhouses puppy mills are. If you need more information, just click on the link in the petition description. Caution: it's very graphic and sad.
Ohio has a bill pending to help regulate these nightmares. Please sign to help these dogs! Let them know that the world is watching the state of Ohio, and we expect them to adopt tougher laws to help these dogs.
Stop the dog factories! Over 800 dogs per hour are put to death because of a severe overpopulation problem.
There must be SOMETHING WE CAN DO! Please sign this petition.
Puppy Mills Bill Number: OH H.B. 223 & S.B. 173 HSUS Position: Support Legislature Status: In Session
Requires a person operating a regulated dog breeding kennel to obtain an annual regulated dog breeding kennel license; establishes specified standards applicable to regulated dog breeding kennels and regulated dog intermediaries related to the feeding, care, and living conditions of dogs; requires inspections of regulated dog breeding kennels to be conducted without prior notification.
We still need a PLETHORA of PAW PRINTS on this PETITION!
Don't be shy! It's for the DOGS. Help them out. PLEASE SIGN!!!!!
It's a "diet" book, but it's also an awareness book. Don't let the name scare you. It's a great book to a least flip through. I had been feeling run down from my first desk job, so, being a vegetarian, I wanted a guide to healthy eating. Some rules that I could live by, not just something I could apply for a month or two and then go back to eating half of a cheese pizza and some candy for dessert.
I read this book, and the first thing I did was quit my coffee habit! Now, this is no small feat. I worship coffee! I've read long books on the history of coffee, like Uncommon Grounds (another great book, by the way, if you're at all a history buff). SO after my withdrawal symptoms including headaches, nausea, and BODY ACHES --- no one told me about these hellish body aches --- subsided, I went out and bought all organic vegan products from my local health food store. When I say "local," I actually mean about a half an hour away, so we stocked up!
I've been vegan for 2 weeks now. I don't consume refined white sugar or aspartame or high-fructose corn syrup or white bread, white rice, or white flour. I also don't buy any products with any of these things listed in the ingredients.
How am I doing?
Shockingly well! I have more energy now, I've been jogging 4 days a week and practicing yoga, and I feel good about the positive mental side effects: it's an anticruelty diet. That says a lot.
The cons? The rest of the world will think you're crazy! My husband Carl, who eats fish but is otherwise a vegetarian, nearly lost it completely.
"What are you going to eat?!! What CAN you eat? A twig?" "An organic twig," I tried to joke. "No, you'd be surprised..."
He had a couple of days to adjust and let his mind wrap around the VEGAN, organic way of life. It sounds a little frightening, like a Vulcan or something. Maybe vegans are a type of alien. You could certainly view being an alien as a drawback. Somehow (especially after reading the chapter entitled "You Are What You Eat" in Skinny Bitch) whenever I get invited to lunch gatherings to steak houses and the like and I see everyone mashing carcasses of previously abused animals into their mouths, I feel like I must be on the wrong planet. I like these people and I want to be polite, but... Spock: If I were human, I believe my response would be: 'go to hell'. If I were human. The Final Frontier ...thanks, Mr. Spock. But I don't think I'm quite there, yet.
But, it's a fun book that's easy to read but has a lot of impact.
I will keep you posted on my progress and share some of the great recipes we've discovered!
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destruction of the
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