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Department of Homeland Security Revises Plan -- WILL Screen Shelter Dogs!


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: americans, obama, animals, animal shelters, dogs, homeland security )

Michelle
- 1448 days ago - blogs.dogtime.com
It's a victory for shelter dogs and we helped make it happen. When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced it would be paying breeders to produce several thousand dogs.



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Julie van Niekerk (230)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 3:47 am
There are thousands of dogs in shelters and no need to breed more dogs for whatever reason. Breeding of all dogs and cats should stop for several years. Go look for yourself how many thorough bred dogs are abandoned.
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 7:41 am
Awesome!!!
 

Susan S. (191)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 10:05 am
Wonderful news. Now some dogs that might not otherwise get a chance may be rescued.
 

Trish K. (93)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 10:17 am
I agree, Moratorium on Animal Breeding for several years. Even tho this is a happy story about shelter dogs being used instead of breeding more ,the moral good is through a breeding moratorium. We won a really good battle this time. I hope it was a petition I signed. Thanks for the great news Michelle.
 

Andrea S. (2)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 10:40 am
Sweet.
 

Cindy C. (125)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 11:19 am
AWW BLESS
 

Terry B. (649)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:12 pm
Sounds good, but I trust the government about as far as I can throw a Buick.
 

Anna F. (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:26 pm
Great! Thank you so much.
 

Anna F. (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:28 pm
Oops-I also meant to add the same thing Terry-Great! But it does open a whole new potential for hidden abuse possibly?? Let us hope and pray that they give these guys the second chance that they deserve.
 

Laverne Wallace (59)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:36 pm
Don't tell me they have finaly grown a brain.
 

Margo Skinner (94)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:40 pm
great thanks for sharing.....
 

Susan Pernot (75)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:44 pm
Awesome news for shelter dogs, they have a chance. Shelter dogs are generally better breeds mixes than buying from puppy mills. It's about time the govt did something intelligent and worthwhile.
 

Roger S. (18)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:45 pm
Great news!
 

Judith H. (27)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:56 pm
I am elated about this, these dogs make great pets and service animals!
 

Shirley S. (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 12:58 pm
This is a very positive step. KUDOS to all those who helped this happen.
For the dogs --
shirley
 

Toni C. (508)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 1:03 pm
I think this is a great idea and I hope they will not overlook one breed with a bad reputation, and that's pitbulls. Pits are smart, loyal, and easily trained... you couldn't ask for a better dog for this type of work.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 1:39 pm
Good news. It's about time we realized how so many of these shelter animals are so productive, loving and loyal. They just need a chance. Wonderful.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 1:40 pm
Our Government rarely has a good idea but this one is great just as long as they follow through with it and don't change their minds.
 

Tamila mendoza (177)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 1:48 pm
YAY! PRAISE THE LORD. A second chance for them
 

Lyn C. (70)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 1:58 pm
Noted and sent over Face Book already! It was with great joy that I heard this wonderful news for shelter dogs. One more chance for so many of these wonderful dogs to show everyone they still have more happiness to give the world.
 

. (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 1:58 pm
Very good news. Shelter dogs getting a second chance seem to know it & respond by behaving above & beyond non-shelter pups . This was a great decision & I'm happy to hear it.
 

Marlene Dinkins (233)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 2:09 pm
fantastic!!!!!! beautiful news for dogs.! they are getting another chance in life.
 

Barbara F. (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 2:14 pm
Yeah! This is awesome. Bless all who are trying to stem the abusive back yard breeders. Go to any shelter and cage after cage after cage are abandoned Pit Bulls or pit mixes most who came from back yard breeders. They are the most maligned and mis understood and yet sweetest and most sensitive dogs I have ever owned. Adopt a shelter dog - any shelter dog!
 

Caitlin Mac Iver (103)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 2:28 pm
I hope everyone who reads this will personally contact their local shelters (via email or otherwise) to make sure they know to propose their dogs for this service. It didn't sound as the the gov is going to actively check out shelters directly, so the shelters have to take the lead. LET'S MAKE SURE OUR LOCAL SHELTERS GET THE SCOOP!
 

Jo Balltes (44)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 2:47 pm
FANTASTIC!! nice to read something nice for a change...really good! Thanks very much for sharing this interesting article. x
 

Sharon S. (8)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 2:58 pm
Thank you for the article and the "Dogtime.com" site. I commented and shared on facebook. So many good things going on. As for the foreclosure/animal rescue issue-the real estate people shoulde be held as liable as the owners for the abandoned animals. They know there will be a situation and They know who the owners are. The owners should be charged with felony animal abuse and abandonment of a former family member whose death will be at their hands through abandonment. This really needs to take off and should have been ongoing from the start. Thank God for the animal Angels who put up with the governmenta nonsense. There is no law about saving an animals life. Give me a break. How thoroughly rude to expect people to just allow their animals to die because the are assholes.
 

Linda G. (187)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 3:04 pm
A nice way to give these dogs not only a home and new lease on life.... but a job which most dogs are delighted to do. Most dogs want to be of service so hopefully this will be a win win situation.
 

Clare C. (6)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 3:17 pm
I'm with Cindy C. - Love the idea of this, but can we trust the Government to come through for Shelter Dogs??
 

Barbara K. (84)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 3:27 pm
So glad they decided to use shelter dogs. They can save some lives and these dogs are just as intelligent as purebreds, and healthier besides. These dogs deserve a new chance at life and will get it now. Wish they could take on more.
 

Alicia v. (181)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 3:40 pm
This is such a victory. Thank you for this it will make doggies sooo happy. They'll live and be doing a service which they'll do from their very heart and happy as happy can be. Hoooray.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 3:57 pm
This is excellent and your so right on the ball Caitlin about contacting our local shelters to tell them about this program. I bet each local shelter has a wonderful dog that would fit what they need and would like to get out of that shelter.
 

DawnMarie Perez DawnMarie Perez (17)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 4:14 pm
THIS IS FANTASTIC, SHELTER ANIMALS ARE GREAT!!! IM SO HAPPY!!!
 

Karen B. (84)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 4:15 pm
Wonderful news, give dogs already here a chance
instead of breeding MORE dogs, since the dog world is so very over populated
And so many of them can't find homes and are put down/
Kudos.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 4:22 pm
Finally! The DHS is doing something that makes sense! Way to go!
 

Christine Stewart (131)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 4:36 pm
Good news.
 

Patricia Poole (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 4:36 pm
Actually this sounds too good to be true!!!
 

Sher M. (23)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 5:07 pm
THINGS'RE LOOKIN UP !!! WOOHOO! :)
 

jacqie h. (0)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 5:39 pm
Good news for shelter dogs, better news is to know that the puppy mills will be shut down! Too many dogs in the world, not enough GOOD homes. Should be compulsory desexting all over the world, then there would not be feral cats and dogs killing wild life to survive, WE ARE TO BLAME FOR THIS HAPPENING, NOT THE ANIMALS! if you need a puppy, dog, cat or kitten, go to the shelters, all beautiful just waiting for you!!!
 

Patty K. (1)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 6:14 pm
Wonderful, that would save some lives of dogs instead of breeding more. There are some great dogs out there.
 

Melissah C. (389)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 6:53 pm
thanks
 

Genoveva M M. (332)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 7:24 pm
I hope this helps shelter dogs to have a better future life, and more consideration and respect they well deserve.
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (177)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 8:00 pm
I'm happy the shelter dogs are finally getting some recognition!!! :)
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 8:16 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Lynn C. (94)
Wednesday September 29, 2010, 10:01 pm
I'm glad you Care2 members who signed petition made a difference. I just shudder every time I hear "Homeland Security". Guess because I'm old enough to remember Nazi Germany's beginnings, and a very similar program for the same supposed reasons. Anyway, good to hear shelter dogs may be used, for whatever purpose. Better than puppy mills and "breeders".
 

NICKY MELVILLE (117)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 3:47 am
Michell, we really NEEDED some good news. Let's hope there will be some wonderful reprieves for many dogs. Thanks!
 

kye j. (41)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 4:00 am
It is about time.Shelter dogs and all animals are fabulous and need to be saved
 

Olga L. (8)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 4:05 am
very good news!!!!!! thx so much!
 

. (0)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 7:23 am
This is Good News, hope they follow through.
It just makes good sense to adopt the shelter dogs, stop the massive overpopulation of canines and felines, and balance them with re-homing, adoption, senior companionships, or in this case job matching.
BALANCE being the KEY word.... If balance was implemented in this situation, it would only make it better.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 9:47 am
very good news, happy dance! thanks for the update Michelle
 

Christene Du Preez (35)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 10:28 am
Great news indeed! there is a great concern for the number of dogs who all need a loving home and there are more dogs than there are families who are willing to take them in, so in order to try and neutralize the situation, dog breeding should be put on halt to a great extent. You cannot continue breeding when the supply is far greater than the demand. surely they should see the logic behind this but all they will argue is that this is their source of income and to have so many dogs suffer because of this is not ethical. first we should rather give the dogs a fair chance at finding a loving home before continously "over supplying".
 

Jennifer M. (78)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 11:40 am
Great news! NO MORE BREEDING! Even "responsible" breeding should be banned. There are just too many animals killed every year, why add more for a "designer" dog? It makes me sick to hear about people spending $1400 on a dog! Horrible. Everything is about vanity these days. Ugh
 

Latonya W. (83)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 12:21 pm
This is such a huge success ...Anything is better than nothing......Thanx to all that made it happen.....
 

Gloria H. (88)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 2:31 pm
If a terrorist ever hid a bomb in piece of cheese, my Lab would have been a hero!
 

gary leigh (0)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 4:22 pm
LOS ANGELES ANIMAL CONTROL WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU. THEY WANT TO SAVE ANIMALS HERE'S A ROAD. THESE DOGS WILL TEACH OTHERS OF THERE HERO ABILITIES. CAN'T WAIT!
 

Patricia C. (96)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 6:29 pm
I hope we had a part in pointing out the obvious; THANK you for the news Michelle!
 

Crystal T. (20)
Thursday September 30, 2010, 8:25 pm
Yes, let's not breed more dogs when so many are waiting to be useful and earn a home.
 

Joy McR (131)
Friday October 1, 2010, 4:37 am
Wonderful news, BUT lets hope they stick to their word, dogs need all the help they can get...I think all senior homes should have pets, makes ones life a little brighter each day to hug a furry friend... makes old people feel wanted...
 

janet f. (29)
Friday October 1, 2010, 8:11 am
Great news, but as we all know this must be followed up. When the gov't says it will do something it doesn't always follow through. But if they are truly committed to get dogs from shelters everyone benefits.
 

moggy w. (119)
Friday October 1, 2010, 4:54 pm
Just as I, too was celebrating the supposed great news, went back and read article: The Gov't said it will"CONSIDER" using shelter animals, and that shelters could propose any dogs they considered suitable. Gov't. did NOT say it was committed to using only shelter animals, and not using breeders. The breeders, I.m sure,,have a lobby. Shelter dogs do not. We don't have complete success yet, and as others have said, I don't trust the government.
 

Geynell Eskite (68)
Friday October 1, 2010, 5:42 pm
Awesome!!!
 

Colin Hope (244)
Saturday October 2, 2010, 2:09 am
The way to go!!
 

Roberto Vivas (48)
Wednesday October 6, 2010, 6:30 pm
Ha! Homeland Security got caught! lets see what else are they up to...I do not trust the government...we have to monitor them to save the animals and our skins.....good job Peta!...again...Ha!
 

J. R. (0)
Sunday October 10, 2010, 8:21 am
People Power does work - let's keep on fighting for animals and the envionment.
 

Dianne D. (463)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 11:43 am
Great news. Some well deserving dogs will get their chance. Wish they had jobs for cats to do.
 

Joy Dantine (13)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 12:51 pm
I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF DHS ANIMAL INITIATIVES I.E. THIS AND THE PROGRAM OF NOT BUYING BRED DOGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF WORKING DOGS USED BY DHS - THUS, ENCOURAGING SHELTER-DOG TRAINING. BEST GOVERNMENT PROGRAM YET - I THINK.
 
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