by Stephen Bajza
If you've ever tried to transport an animal long-distance, you know that it's a complex process that can cost a lot of money -- and it can be even more difficult for servicemembers and their families, who must foot the bill for transporting pets due to frequent relocations, often to other countries. For some, the costs and logistics can be overwhelming, and it was for that reason that SPCA International (SPCAI), which has plenty of experience saving dogs and cats, has a new program assisting those needing to relocate their pets.
February 25 2013 - By CJ Grisham
This is a pretty neat and unique organization that I want to share with you.
The Crisis: When military families are ordered to a new base in the U.S. or around the world, moving bills pile up. The military pays for many moving costs, but they don’t help our military families relocate the family pet. The cost for pet transportation can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars. All over the United States shelters near military bases report high surrender rates when military families can’t afford to relocate their dog or cat. Military families are being torn apart.
By Nicholas Altstadt January 9, 2013
Imagine a one-acre mud pit filled with feces and urine, walled-in by a haphazard two-story tenement stifled not only by a tropical sun, but by the stench and body heat of over 1,000 dogs, 300 cats, a handful of rabbits and a couple of pigs.
Imagine living there and spending your days covered in filth, sweating your way through the never-ending task of simply trying to keep footpaths clear of excrement, removing dead animals and fending off the inevitable dog attack. And imagine at least once a week, stepping outside the walls to see yet another expecting bitch abandoned at the gate.
By Danyael Halprin, For the Calgary HeraldThailand’s Buddhist temples are known for being shelters for unwanted animals. Here, people drop off their dogs and cats, and street, or soi, dogs wander in instinctively knowing that they’ll be fed. But when the animal population grew out of control at Wat Suan Kaew, a temple on the outskirts of Bangkok, it became a place of dilapidation, disease and despair.
No Buddy Left Behind Terry Crisp, with Cynthia HurnLyons Press, 246 pp., $21.95
It began with a plea from an American soldier for help with a dog he had found on the streets of Baghdad. “Charlie” had provided solace and companionship for every member of his platoon. He had given them respite from the stress of combat — and deserved more than to be abandoned when the soldiers’ tour was over. SPCA International program manager Terri Crisp accepted the challenge to get Charlie home to the United States.
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