BREAKING: PETA Pressure Ends Texas A&M Dog Breeding Program

The notorious muscular dystrophy (MD) laboratory at Texas A&M University (TAMU) is permanently shutting down its dog breeding program! This huge progress follows two and a half years of unrelenting pressure from PETA and hundreds of thousands of activists, who refused to be silent in the face of suffering.

Source: peta.org

Texas hounds chase down rhino poachers in South Africa

Dogs trained to run free in packs are revolutionizing anti-poaching efforts in Kruger National Park. At first, enforcement teams in South Africa’s Kruger National Park used foxhounds on leads to track rhino poachers. But the slow pace of the man-dog pairs meant that poachers often got away. After free-running hounds brought here from Texas arrived,         poacher arrests picked up dramatically.

Source: nationalgeographic.com

Four life-saving military working dogs receive prestigious medals for courage

The winners that receive nation’s top honors for Valor at American Humane’s 2019 Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage Award:
Military Working Dog Troll (El Paso, TX)
Explosive Detection Dog Sgt. Yeager (Cary, NC)
Military Working Dog K-9 Niko (Willow, AK)
Military Working Dog Emmie (Mechanicsville, MD)

Source: taskandpurpose.com

Beloved, Dog-Centric America’s Got Talent Act Returning as Wild Card with ‘Most Emotional’ Show

Lukas & Falco are back! Lukas, 23, and his 9-year-old border collie have been tapped as the final wild card act for this season of AGT, but they  returned to the competition show on Tuesday night. The beloved act, which features Lukas Pratschker and his dog Falco performed impressive tricks.

Source: people.com

Remembering the incredible story of hero dogs on 9/11

While many remember the heroic efforts of rescue workers who rushed to save lives as the World Trade Centre collapsed on September 11, 2001, the stories of hundreds of dogs who helped people are not as well known.

From rescue dogs finding survivors, to people being saved in the burning building by guide dogs, as well as finding items of jewellery that could be reunited with victims’ families, thousands had their lives changed by a man’s best friend.

Source: metro.co.uk

Billboard now up for Lexington ‘All-American’ dog winner

A 9-year-old dog has made it. Callie the Toy Australian Shepherd is now on a billboard in the city. She beat out thousands of other dogs across the country in the ‘All-American’ Dog contest. She was one of 10 selected across the country and quickly rose to the top.

Source: wtvq.com

Elite DC neighborhood votes to dismantle controversial dog park

A wealthy neighborhood in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., has voted to dismantle a controversial dog park after some residents complained about barking. The village spent $134,000 nearly a year ago to turn 15,000 square feet of land into a fenced-in dog park.

Source: washingtonexaminer.com

City in Spain enacts a tax on dogs to help keep streets clean

dog in SpainTired of bankrolling the costs of cleaning up dog poop from its streets, the city in northwestern Spain has imposed a tax on dogs to be levied starting next year. The number of registered dogs exceeds the number of children in Zamora, and the city thinks it’s time for dog owners to offset the expense of keeping the city clean and free of dog poop.

Source: ohmidog.com

‘Doors off’ NYC chopper flights for dogs spark outrage

The embattled FlyNYON company, which faces federal probes and wrongful-death lawsuits over last year’s watery wreck, is selling canine-and-companion rides for half off, meaning a dog and its owner can fly for the cost of just one full-price ticket. The critics claimed that the scheme puts dogs and humans alike in danger — all so riders can impress their pals on social media.

Source: nypost.com

4 Reasons Shelter Euthanasia Rates Are Down 75% Nationwide

As reported by the New York Times, euthanasia rates at shelters across the country have fallen by more than 75% since 2009. There are several reasons behind this extremely positive trend:
1. Fewer Strays
2. Adoptions are on the Rise
3. Rescue Groups Running Transports
                                               4. Dogs Being Returned to Their Families

Source: iheartdogs.com