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Department of Revenue reverses decision that could have destroyed WA animal rescue groups

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Last Monday the Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) reversed its recent decision to require animal rescue groups to apply state retail taxes to adoption fees. The rule would also have required the groups to pay the taxes retroactively on past adoptions as well. If the rule had not been reversed, Washington rescue groups would have had to come up with tens of thousands of dollars to pay the retail tax for past adoptions and lost a significant portion of their revenue on future adoptions. As nonprofit rescue groups don't generally have large cash reserves, many of them would have had to Continue Reading

Well-behaved, older Lab available for adoption

Tyson is a sweet 12-year-old lab who has had a rough life. Can you give him a home? Image from Old Dog Haven

URGENT NEED: Please share! “Hello my name is Tyson. I am a black Lab (used to be black, anyway). Thanks to the woman who rescued me, I now weigh 75 pounds. I don’t keep track of my age-it’s just a number after all- but if I had to guess, I’m between 11-12 years old. Those are the basics about me. Please let me tell you my story. I used to have a very hard life. I lived outside most of the time with only a blanket to rest on. Every so often the humans would allow me to come in and lay by the backdoor but I was not allowed to make myself at home inside. I was not fed much or well and I Continue Reading

Struck by car, hit in head with a hammer, and buried alive, Eastern Washington dog manages to survive

Despite the severity of her injuries, Theia is doing amazingly well. Photo from Sara Mellado.

Washington State University announced today that its Veterinary Teaching Hospital treated a stray dog from Moses Lake that had been struck by a car, hit in the head with a hammer, and buried alive. The dog, a one-year-old pit bull mix, was a stray in Moses Lake. She was well-known in the community, and she had lots of fans, many of whom would feed her scraps. After disappearing for a few days, she showed up at a nearby farm "hobbling, dirt-covered and emaciated." And despite having "a dislocated jaw, leg injuries and a caved-in sinus cavity," she still managed to wag her tail when Continue Reading

Prosthetics allow quadruple-amputee dog to walk again

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A Rottweiler that lost the lower portion of all his legs due to frostbite has been fitted with prothetic legs that allow him to walk again. Brutus suffered from frostbite on all his paws when he was a puppy. His breeder decided to treat Brutus himself and cut off all his paws. Side note: This is another example of why you shouldn't buy puppies from backyard breeders. I hope this one was charged with animal cruelty for allowing a puppy to get frostbite and cutting off his paws. Fortunately, Brutus is doing well now, and he looks like he's taken to his new "legs." Thanks to OrthoPets in Continue Reading

Registration for free service & therapy dog eye exams starts on April 1

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Starting April 1, registration begins for the 8th Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event which will provide free screening/wellness eye exams to service and therapy dogs. All exams will be conducted in May. Among the types of service dogs that qualify for the exam are guide dogs, hearing assistance dogs, drug detection dogs police/military dogs, search and rescue dogs, and dogs assisting people with disabilities other than blindness. Since its inception in 2008 over 30,000 service animals have received free screening eye exams, over 7,000 in 2014 alone. The event is Continue Reading names Magnuson among 10 most “Amazing” dog parks in the US

Magnuson Off-Leash Area is the only dog park in Seattle with water access. The beach is on Lake Washington. Photo from Seattle DogSpot.

Last Friday USA Today released's list of the 10 most Amazing dog parks across the US, and Seattle's Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area. If you go to off-leash dog parks in Seattle and haven't taken your dog to Magnuson Off-Leash area, do it. Fully enclosed (except for its beach on Lake Washington) and approximately 9 acres, Magnuson has something for all dogs: long flat open stretches that can accommodate the longest throw from a Chuckit!, water access (the only dog park in Seattle with it), a small dog area, a pavilion, and an area to hose off your dog. Magnuson Off Leash Continue Reading