A Chinese district government is giving dog owners a stark choice: Get rid of your pets or we’ll come to your home and kill them on the spot.
Even in a country where dog ownership is tightly regulated, the order issued this week by the Dayang New District in the eastern city of Jinan is extreme.
Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water and drool from the soggy outdoors.
“The kids thought it was funny. They’d chase the dog,” said Rein, of Larchmont, New York. “I’d run behind them all with towels. Buddy thought it was a game.”
Buddy is a New York City dog, accustomed to bedtime walks around the block on a leash. But on family vacations in rural Maine, I let her out the back door each night unaccompanied.
One night last summer, she was gone awhile. I called to her and when she finally stumbled back, she seemed stunned. Her fur and face glistened in the dark.
Ask anyone who fosters dogs and they’ll tell you that everyone says it.
“I hear it almost every time I adopt out a dog: ‘I don’t know how you do this, I wouldn’t be able to let them go,’” says Anne Auditore of Richmond, Virginia, intake coordinator for Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue.
It wasn’t up to Guinness World Record standards, but I was pretty shocked when the rescue dog we were fostering had 13 puppies. And although it was a ton of work, I resisted when the vet told me they usually divided such large litters among multiple temporary homes until they were old enough for adoption.
Petfest returns to Milwaukee’s lakefront on Aug. 29 for the second year in a row. The free, tail-wagging, lakeside pet-tacular takes place on Milwaukee’s Summerfest grounds, and those who attend can look forward to a bigger and better experience that’s definitely worth barking about. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with veterinarians, pet lovers, small business owners and each other in a show of furry camaraderie.
The American Humane Society in the Twin Cities is adding photos of stray dogs it takes in to a database that uses facial-recognition technology to reunite lost pets with their owners.
The Star Tribune reports the organization started adding photos to smartphone application Finding Rover’s database last week. Graham Brayshaw with the Animal Humane Society says it’s another tool in helping to find pets’ owners, in addition to collars, identification tags and microchips.