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Go Daddy pulls controversial Super Bowl ad featuring lost puppy

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Go Daddy posted a disgusting ad this morning showing a golden retriever puppy riding in the back of a pickup truck in an unsecured cardboard box and getting thrown out of the back of the truck. Eventually it finds its way home, and its breeder is so happy because she just sold him online, which is how many unscrupulous breeders sell their puppies. After the commercial sparked outrage across the country, Go Daddy pulled the ad. At this point, I don't know if the ad will run during the Super Bowl of not. Go Daddy has a history of showing controversial ads, so I wouldn't be surprised if they Continue Reading

“Pup Up” cafe in Los Angeles combines coffee and dog adoption

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"Do you want a puppy with your latte?" That's what you could hear in The Dog Cafe, a temporary space in downtown Los Angeles where you can drink coffee and meet dogs available for adoption from the rescue group Wags and Walks. "Shelter dogs taken out of the shelter and put in a bright, happy environment without the bars, I think people are able to imagine them as their pets," said Lesley Brog, founder of Wags and Walks. I think it's a great idea. It puts the dogs in a much less stressful environment where they can interact freely with potential adopters. And even if you're not going to Continue Reading

New survey rates Seattle area veterinarians on price, service

Checkbook.org's survey shows

Last week Connie Thompson from KOMO News reported that the local consumer protection group Checkbook.org released a survey of Seattle area pet owners comparing local veterinarians on pricing, clinic staff, office wait times, self-help/prevention advice, and their overall competence. Executive Editor Kevin Brasler told KOMO that his team also conducted mystery shopper price checks, and found "there's often no relationship between cost and the quality of care your pet will receive." "This whole idea that well, you get what you pay for, that - 'If I go to a lower-cost vet I'm going Continue Reading

New video highlights dog training programs in prisons

Image from Dogs on the Inside.

Did you know that all prisons in Washington operate some kind of animal training or adoption program? Dozens of other prisons around the country have these programs as well. By pairing offenders with dogs from local shelters, these programs help connect them with living things which is a cornerstone of the Department’s Sustainability in Prisons Project. The programs benefit local communities, teach the offenders responsibility and provide an incentive to maintain positive behavior while incarcerated. As an added bonus, the programs trains dogs rescued from shelters and places them in loving Continue Reading

200 spay/neuter vouchers still available in Yakima County

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote that the Pawsitive Alliance and Yakima Humane Society are working together to help stop pet overpopulation by expanding affordable spay and neuter surgeries for the dogs of residents in south Yakima County. But last week the Yakima Humane Society told KIMA that "it's barely seeing anyone take advantage" of the low cost spay and neuter offer. About 200 vouchers are still available. "We want to be able to say, 'We don't have any money to return back, we used it all,'" said Nicole Papageorgiou, spokesperson for the Yakima Humane Society. "That would be Continue Reading