Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mange Maddess & Victories

Back in 2007 a group of dogs opened our eyes to the serious effects of neglected manage. The 4 Lovely ladies had us all wondering, how on earth someone could let this go untreated? Sadly 3 years later, the cases of untreated manage are becoming more and more common and even more shocking.


Lovely was emaciated, completely bald, covered in oozing sores, and swollen all over, particularly in her legs and feet. As though she knew we were there to help, Lovely used her last vestiges of energy to lick the assessor's face and lean into her for comfort, before trying to take a few steps after her to the car. It was the last time she would be semi-aware and stand up to try to walk on her own. Lovely was let go in peace on the afternoon of May 24th, 2007.

From Lovely, came The Lovely Fund a fundraising plan to help get dogs like Lovely the help they need.

Currently Mason is in our program, neglected beyond comprehension it broke our hearts to see this senior in the shelter. His eyes completely swollen shut, missing hair, itching mess of allergies and covered in open sores. This boy was a mess but his heart was as clean, soft and warm as any we have ever seen. Mason is now recovering, his eyes are open (although we believe he is slightly blind) his hair is slowly starting to grow back and his temperament as solid as a rock.

Mason Before:
Mason Now

Mason still has a long way to go but if you want to help Mason recover please donate to The Lovely Fund.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

HSUS - It's about time!

After 145(?) Pit Bulls including Pit Bull puppies were "put to sleep" at the request of the Humane Society of the United States. This same organization has now FINALLY decided that maybe it's time to take a look at their policies, escpeially those concerning the handing of Pit Bulls taken from fighting busts and change them.

"The Humane Society of the United States on February 23 issued an interim policy recommending all dogs be evaluated as individuals, and is calling a meeting of leading animal welfare organizations concerning dogs victimized by dog fighting."

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"The new interim policy announced by the HSUS, pending the outcome of the meeting, recommends that local law enforcement and animal control evaluate such dogs as individuals rather than as a category before any decision is made regarding their future. "

"Julie Castle, director of Community Programs and Services for Best Friends said, “There had been more than enough airing of feelings and outrage that the dogs were not evaluated prior to being summarily euthanized. It was time to hit the reset button on this in order to move things forward in a constructive way. Mr. Pacelle was open and receptive to what we had to say and we are looking forward to our meetings in April.”

Whatever the reason, whether it be the negative response from the public on the handling of this case, the quick response and strong presence of Best Friends or maybe just maybe the big wigs of the HSUS all woke up with a conscience.

Either way this news comes too late for the dogs from Wilkes County .

Monday, February 23, 2009

Amazing or Common Sense?

Is whats happening in Calgary so amazing or is it all just common sense?

Reading though this article makes me smile because it is a shining example of the results you can get by stepping up to the plate and holding people accountable for their actions.

What Calgary has done is what every municipality should be doing and we have no more excuses, we know that these changes work, the numbers don't lie.

Wake up BC! it's time for us as a Province to start thinking proactive rather than reactive.

Click to read the City of Calgary's RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP BYLAW

Friday, February 20, 2009

Something To Smile About!!

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone that donated funds to help get our case heard at the Supreme Court level. Because of all of you that donated The Dog Legislation Council of Canada will now have another chance at having Bill 132 overturned. We will keep you posted on the progress. Keep your fingers and paws crossed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Come Meet With Us!

HugABull Advocacy & Rescue Society Orientation & Information Session

Sunday March 22, 2009
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West
3677 Kensington Avenue Room # 1 (same location as last year)
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Refreshments & Snacks Provided

Topics of Discussion:

  • Who is HugABull and what do we do

  • New additions to the team

  • The Pit Bull - Brief overview, Breeding Practices, Identifying a Backyard breeder and Finding a Reputable Breeder.

  • Who is a Responsible Owner?

  • Dog Aggression Vs. Human Aggression - There is a difference,

  • Acknowledgements – giving thanks,

  • Community Events Past and Present,

  • Spreading the Positive Pit Bull Word and how you can get involved – Volunteering Opportunities, BSL - What is it, Where is it and who does it affect?

  • Update on Ontario's BSL

  • What the Future holds for us and our dogs

This meeting is open to everyone, new and current volunteers, dog owners and dog enthusiasts. Whether you have a Pit Bull or are thinking about getting a Pit Bull this meeting will have a little something for everyone.

If you are interested in attending please email with your name and how many guests will be attending with you.

Also keep your eyes open for your upcoming poster; it will be hanging around town in no time