April 18, 2014
Are you an experienced cat owner in need of a fulfilling project? Joe is a gorgeous, brown, domestic short-hair, “tiger” cat with the most beautiful coat and face this side of the Mississippi. Appropriate that tiger is in his description, because he's a very active and physical sort of house cat. Joe is an older kitten. He dishes out some tough love, and his new owner will be meeting that with patience, training and an understanding of felines. Daily playtime is a must, and thank goodness, because that is fun!
February 7, 2014
Well, it has happened again - a family pet was taken by a wild animal in the middle of the night. This week it was on Hamline , three weeks ago it was on Lanark and there are lots of sightings of the predators. Many more are not reported but it's the same result, over and over. Every time I read one of these stories, I feel so sad for the poor pet, every night they are left outside to fend for themselves with no protection. They know what lurks in the hills, they know when something is nearby, they know their life is on the line, every single night.
October 1, 2013
In homage to the 2000 feature film “Best In Show,” Actors and Others for Animals presented a parody of the hit movie at its annual “Celebration of Caring” fundraiser luncheon held at the Universal Hilton Hotel and Towers this past Saturday. Stars of the film, Fred Willard and Jim Piddock, reprised their roles, serving as commentators as the animal welfare organization staged its own best-in-show competition that pitted the pets of numerous celebrities against one another with their owners making comedic pitches and showing video presentations on their behalf.
August 10, 2013
Denise Fleck - a longtime volunteer at the Burbank Animal Shelter who owns a business teaching people how to perform CPR on dogs and cats - is a finalist for "Woman of the Year" honors by a national pet industry organization. The Oregon-based Women in Pet Industry Network received more than 60 nominations across the country to recognize women working in the pet industry as groomers, dog sitters, veterinarians and pet advocates. "Regardless of who wins, I hope we'll leave a combined legacy of improving the lives of animals and the lives of the people who love them," Fleck said.
February 5, 2013
By joining the politically correct trend to ban puppy sales in pet stores, the City Council did a great disservice to the Burbank citizens it serves. Have any of our illustrious council members tried to adopt a dog at a shelter? Well, we did, several times. At the Burbank Animal Shelter, they distribute popular small dogs via a lottery system, sometimes getting as many as 30 families hoping to get one dog. At another Burbank rescue, our application was denied because we live in the hillside district, too close to coyotes.
February 1, 2013
Under a ban adopted Tuesday by the City Council, cats or dogs sold at Burbank pet stores must be obtained only from animal shelters or rescue organizations. The city is following a trend that has been growing in recent years across the nation, albeit perhaps too slowly in the eyes of people concerned about animal welfare. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been championing the cause, helping to write legislation in some states and dedicating resources to get the word out to all that commercial breeders do not always care about the animals.
January 30, 2013
Burbank this week joined the growing list of cities that have banned the retail sale of pets, but built in a six-month grace period for existing pet stores. Under the ban adopted by the City Council Tuesday, pet shops in Burbank can only obtain cats and dogs from animal shelters or rescues. During the six-month grace period, pet shops are required to obtain the animals from breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and must post the name, address and license number of the breeder, as well as information on how the consumer could trace the animal's origin.
December 28, 2012
We were shocked and very disappointed to learn that Burbank has not yet joined other progressive cities to ban the sale of mill animals from retail pet stores. With all the information about commercial breeding facilities available, it seems unbelievable that these barbaric places still exist and that a large percentage of the public are still unaware. The reality is state and federal laws are slow to change and it is easier to pretend this is not going on. This is why we depend on the Burbank City Council to listen to us and to make important changes that will trickle out and up. By individual cities banning pet stores from selling what are really substandard products, these breeding factories would cease to exist.