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Camp Diggy BonesIn December 2013, 293 dogs were abandoned at a boarding kennel outside of Dallas, TX. They were abandoned by a rescue organization that ran out of funding and could no longer pay their boarding fees. The animal loving kennel owners spent their savings attempting to find homes for these abandoned animals. They were successful in placing 93 of the animals with local rescue groups and private homes. Now the remaining 200 face the risk of euthanasia without outside help. The kennel continues their efforts to get more placed and adopted, but without funds they are quickly running out of time.

Donations are desperately needed to pay for water, heat/air conditioning, electric, food, medicines and minimal staffing to feed, medicate, walk and exercise the dogs in play yards.

Most of the dogs are pits/pit mixes although there are about 50-70 that are "other" mixes. This makes it even harder to find placement. Some have been through the Prison Training Program.

Donations: can be made through a local non-profit, Paws of Hope, and their Happy Endings Relief Fund.
You can donate online at www.campdiggybones.com.

Checks can be mailed to:

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testimonyAs many of our supporters now know, SPCA International was honored to testify at the Congress of Deputies in Spain about Greyhound abuse issues in Spain on March 12th 2014. It was totally unexpected that we would have the opportunity to speak at this groundbreaking meeting, but we were delighted to get the chance to be a loud voice for Greyhounds of Spain and the rescue groups in Spain working diligently to stop the tradition of abuse and killing. We made brief spoken statements and also delivered an official letter that was submitted along with letters from six other organizations. The six letters introduced a multitude of complementary policy changes and ours focused on 1) that hunting with Greyhounds should be outlawed outright, and 2) new humane education programs should be implemented in the national curriculum.

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Up DogsThree years ago I was just another burned out cog in the advertising world. In my decade of working long hours at the computer producing ads for giant corporations with questionable practices, I did my best to balance the harm I was causing my body and the world by exercising, volunteering and fundraising for various charities, but I was starting to feel like Sisyphus in an unwinnable battle with the boulder of stress and dissatisfaction I was facing.

So I got out.

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Christmas petsHere at SPCA International, we love celebrating the holidays with our pets just as much as with our human families. We’ve compiled some of our favorite traditions and recipes to share with you and your family to make the holidays magical for everyone!

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How does one begin to thank two heroes who, by their generosity of spirit and tireless efforts, have forever enriched the lives of many strangers? Publicly acknowledging their important, selfless work is a start.

SPCA International VolunteersIt began three years ago in December, 2010, when I wandered into my local SPCA to deliver some much-needed supplies. We had sadly lost our wonderful Black Labrador, Jake, several months before and we were all missing him greatly, including our other dog, Stella. When Jake passed, Stella would lie in his bed, face the wall and stay there – disinterested in her regular routine of play and walks. By the time December rolled around, I knew we would need to get her a mate in the coming months. After dropping off the supplies, I mentioned I would start checking their site after the holidays to look for a suitable puppy for Stella. The woman immediately told me about an amazing litter of nine puppies that had just that morning been posted on their site for adoption...and four were already gone! Would I like to have a peek at the remaining pups...? At that precise moment, the Mom – a beautiful mix of Collie and Border Collie breeds was brought to the front for her daily walk. She looked and acted like the epitome of sweetness and calm – everything I would look for in a puppy. Of course, I would take a “look” at the puppies. Suffice to say, it was confirmed that my Christmas present from my family that year would be a playmate for Stella and on December 4, we welcomed a new puppy into her forever home.

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Du Yufeng is one Dog Meat Trade activist that we delivered financial aid to during our campaign against the Dog Meat Trade earlier this year. Thanks to the help of wonderful supporters like you, she has closed down many slaughterhouses, restaurants and shops selling dog meat. She continues to risk her life rescuing dogs and cats from the meat trade by going into the markets and slaughterhouses to educate the public on the torture and abuse these animals endure and to try to work with the Government on ending this despicable trade.

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Cole when SPCA International found him at Dog Condo, Thailand, and Healthy Now

 

There is something new sitting on my desk this morning.  At first glance, someone else would think it was a worthless piece of junk that should have been tossed in the garbage.  However, they would be wrong.  It is something very special a friend gave me that I would not part with for anything.

At some point, this blue chunk of hard rubber had been part of a dog bone toy.  It had obviously been well played with and all that remained was just the very end – now faded, cracked and dotted with teeth marks.  My friend found it yesterday morning, just before he was about to embark on a new journey.  We were taking a final walk together and for a few minutes, he ventured off on his own.  I figured he sensed a change was about to take place in his life and this pasture that we had taken walks in for weeks, had to be thoroughly canvassed one last time.  A few minutes later, he returned to my side, bearing a gift.

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By Meredith Ayan and Stephanie Scott, SPCA International staff members

Animal AwareFurry, happy faces greeted us on our most recent trip to Animal AWARE shelter in Guatemala. SPCA International and AWARE have had a wonderful relationship for the past 4+ years, and this was our first visit to see our friends in Guatemala since 2010.

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By Ana Johnston, SPCAI Guest Blogger & Traveling Animal Advocate

SPCA International at Sasha’s Rescue Dog Shelter in SerbiaI first heard about Sasha’s dog shelter when a fellow animal lover contacted me about an emergency in a shelter located in the city of Nis, in Serbia. There were four hundred dogs without food and we needed to do something right away…We immediately started a Facebook group to raise emergency funds and after contacting everybody we could think of, we were able to raise money for a week’s worth of food. We secured funds funds to help the dog shelter stay open, after the sole sponsor decided they could not help anymore.

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SPCAI Dog Rescue - ColeThis is Cole, one of the dogs that SPCA International rescued from Dog Condo in Thailand and brought to the U.S. this month. When we first spotted him, laying in a tiny, dilapidated rusted cage at Dog Condo he had no life left in him. A day or two more and he would have been gone. Part of the reason for him being so listless, was he had what looked to be a softball size tumor on his neck. Thankfully, a trip to a local veterinarian confirmed it was not a tumor but an enormous abscess, caused by continually scratching, brought on by an extremely bad case of mange. The mange had almost caused him, to scratch himself to death.

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The day after the last member of the Operation Baghdad Pups team left Iraq in May, the temperature was to be a blistering 120 degrees. This gave us even more of a reason to be grateful that we were able to spare more dogs the miserable life they would have had to endure had Operation Baghdad Pups not been able to save them. Once again this set of missions was a real team effort and without the support of our donors we would not have been able to bring 8 dogs (Leo, Kindhi, Snow, Jack, Brownie, Assy, Lady and Schu-Schu) to the states. It’s wonderful to be able to report that another mission has been successfully completed!

Leo

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How a Pitbull on the Kill List Inspired Action

RunwayA spontaneous decision to pull a Pitbull from Brooklyn ACC’s Kill List set a series of events into place that would ultimately create Rescue the Runway, a unique live music, fashion and animal adoption benefit that debuts in NYC on May 15, at a venue dedicated to rescue, the New York City Fire Museum.

A sleepless night on Facebook led me to the next day’s kill list, where a skinny dog with that trademark enormous lemon-shaped smile, red freckles and cow-like markings was staring back at me from my iPad. I had seen many like him, and had absolutely no intentions of adopting a second dog until that moment.

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walk the dogI am not sure about everyone else but I am taking full advantage of this beautiful weather to venture outside with my dogs. We have a 12 mile trail that starts just down the road from me and I have been taking my dogs on a hike at least twice a week. Not only is this great exercise for the both of us, it also allows my dogs to socialize with other dogs. If you allow your dog to socialize, be sure they are current on all vaccinations. Also, bring enough water for you and your dog to stay hydrated on the trails and take breaks if you or your dog seems to need one. My Anatolian Shepherd is only 16 months old but needs frequent stops. This gives me an opportunity to pullout my camera and take some pictures of Mother Nature at its finest.

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Recently, we alerted you to the atrocities being committed during the illegal, brutal capture and killing of over 18 million dogs and cats for human consumption. As our recent email explained, dogs captured for this trade are often boiled or skinned alive for profit. While this inherently cruel practice continues to exist predominantly in South East Asia, there has also been a very strong movement by animal advocates to eradicate this gruesome practice both locally and in the U.S.

SPCA International is proud to support some of the most extraordinary organizations we’ve learned are employing creative and sustainable solutions to regulate or help end the trade altogether.

We have found organizations that are able to intercept cross border transport of thousands of suffering dogs and cats. Those organizations then provide nourishment, hydration and treatment for these victims and work to place them in homes or sanctuaries.

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OliviaOlivia Engel was a friend to animals. She might have been another six year old that would grow up to be an adult with a deep compassion for animals and would jump in and become their voice when they were in trouble and unable to speak. She will never be all the things she could have been though. Olivia was one of the children killed on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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13 months ago Cody and I sold our belongings, quit our jobs, and set off on a trip that has been an eye opening experience. We had booked a one week stay at elephant nature park that turned out to be a 6 month stay, briefly caring for a baby elephant that was rejected by his mother, doing a lot of work for elephant conservation, visiting a government facility that was housing over 2000 dogs saved from the illegal dog meat trade, and volunteering with over 400 dogs at elephant nature parks dog shelter.

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Dog CondoMy first visit to Dog Condo was in December 2011 just after the catastrophic floods hit Bangkok. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see, even after having spent weeks at another disaster relief shelter where animals were sick and dying from cruelty, neglect and infectious disease left, right and center.

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Quick

Quick, a retired explosives dog rescued from Iraq this week, was reunited with his American friend Rob this weekend. Quick also got to meet the rest of his new family for the first time. He is one lucky dog!

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SteveThis week our Operation Baghdad Pups team is at it again. Two rescue experts will be flying into Erbil to rescue four pups for Americans serving in Iraq. Here's a story about one of the puppies named Steve - what a fuzzy buddy!

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My job provides me the opportunity to meet a lot of dogs. Everyone of them is a delight in their own way. Some it takes a little longer to get acquainted with, while others greet me as if we were long time friends. Our meetings are often times too short, but for the brief hours or days that we hang out together, I often learn something from these dogs. One that I just recently met, gave me another lesson in trust.

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