By Connection Newspapers
Ken and Gail Gardner of Alexandria were the lucky couple who adopted a 12-year-old German Shepherd through the Baghdad Pups Program of SPCA International. They welcomed Blek, a retired Landmine Detection Dog into their home about a year ago. Blek was born in Texas where he spent his first two years in intensive training learning to detect the trace elements of numerous explosive chemical compounds used in anti-personnel and anti vehicle/tank land mines. Blek continued his training for an additional year located in the Netherlands where he advanced his detection skills and learned to respond to commands in Dutch language. Blek was then assigned to duty in Iraq and served there from 2004 through 2011 for a total of seven years actively identifying the location of various types of land mines and other unexploded ordnance. Blek performed detection duties in Basra, Baghdad and in northern Iraq.
By Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel
Six small puppies cluster together, whimpering on the side of a dirt road east of the Everglades.
They have no food. No shelter from the mid-day sun. And no mother.
Locals say they found her shot dead in a nearby field the night before.
A van pulls up.
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.
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