Category: Tail-Wagging Fun

Saving Pets Challenge Launches Today!


dog and cat in the grass

There’s some big news from Found Animals today – the Saving Pets Challenge to expand lifesaving programs in communities across the United States has kicked off!  We have put $100,000 of funding up for grabs in this first-of-its-kind program.  Competing animal welfare organizations use CrowdRise, one of the fastest growing online fundraising websites, to raise money for a program of their choice.
The three organizations that raise the most money during the challenge period get grants of $50,000, $20,000, and $10,000 from Found Animals.  Another $20,000 in bonus grants will be given out along the way.

One of the things…

Meet Lil BUB at Adopt & Shop Culver City


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Lil BUB is throwing a big party and it’s all going down at Adopt & Shop Culver City!

To help us kick off Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week, special needs phenom Lil BUB will be having an exclusive meet & greet for her fans. 100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to charity with 50% going to NKLA, and 50% to Lil BUB’s Big FUND at the ASPCA, which helps special needs shelter pets.
When? Saturday, September 20th at 4:00 p.m.
Where? Adopt & Shop: 4235 Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, 90230 (MAP)
You can purchase tickets online here. For $50, you’ll get…

8 Ways to Work Like a Dog Today


black miniature poodle

August 5th is National “Work Like a Dog” Day, so in honor of this prestigious holiday, we thought we’d share some friendly tips on how you can work like a dog and maintain a healthy, balanced life.
1. Be Energetic. Dogs have a lot of energy because they also get a lot of sleep. To ensure you feel well rested and energized throughout the day, get a good night’s sleep the night before with a doctor recommended 7-8 hours.

2. Be active. Dogs love to explore the great outdoors and expel their energy being active. If you’re short on time, …

“Life’s a Bark” Book Signing at Adopt & Shop Culver City


"Life's a Bark" Banner

We are excited to announce a special event at our new Culver City store! Award-winning author, Larry Kay, will be in the (dog) house signing copies of his new book Life’s a Bark on Saturday, July 12th, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
From the author: “We always hear about what we teach our dogs: how we train them, how we shape them into our ways of living. The funny thing is, we think we’re teaching dogs, but they’re really teaching us… about big things like life and love. That’s the idea behind Life’s a Bark.”

Larry will also be giving…

Against All Odds: Hope Spay Neuter is Going to Austin

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staff at Hope Spay Neuter

This guest post is written by Madeleine Laird; Executive Director of Hope for Animals Spay/Neuter Clinic in Fort Wayne, IN.
At HOPE for Animals Low-Cost Spay/Neuter & Wellness clinic, we believe in constantly continuing education and also team bonding experiences. In the past, when an applicable conference was on the horizon, we would always take as many staff members as possible. We found that learning new things together helped solidify buy-in and allowed us to develop more consistent policies.
For our first conference, put on by the Humane Alliance, six staff members attended. We rented a van and drove 10…

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day 2014


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One of the benefits of working in the animal welfare world is that our main office is pet-friendly. Having dogs in the office helps lower stress and also forces us out of our chairs for much-needed walks. We also have a couple cats that accompany their humans to the office. Though it takes a special kind of cat (one that enjoys car travel, and dogs, just to give you an idea) in the spring and summertime the office is also populated with foster kittens.
Bringing foster kittens to the office is encouraged because it helps with their overall socialization and…

Search Dog Foundation Breaks Ground on National Training Center


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On April 16th, our friends at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation officially broke ground on the future spot of the Disaster Training Zone, located within their new 125 acre training facility currently being built in the foothills of Santa Paula, CA. The National Training Center is the first and only facility of its kind in the country.
If you are aren’t familiar with the Search Dog Foundation, they are an incredible organization that I find difficult to sum up. The scope of their work is so multi-faceted, I don’t feel like I do them justice if I don’t cover…

Planning a Perfect Day at the (Dog) Beach


2 dogs playing at the beach

Even though it’s only May, many cities are already experiencing Hades-like heat (here in Los Angeles, the thermometer started hitting triple digits weeks ago.)
Between alternately crying into our ice cream sundaes and scuttling indoors to air-conditioning, we hit the dog beach!

Last year I made a map of dog-friendly beaches in the United States and encouraged readers to comment with beaches they frequent in their hometowns. Many of you responded and we were able to double the number of beaches on the map! I encourage you all to do the same this year, so we can make our map…

Barks N’ Arts


chris galligan paintings

Last week, we hosted an event especially for our friends from partner organizations who work along side us. We wanted to plan a unique evening and, much like a newborn baby, show off the new flagship Adopt & Shop store in Culver City.
So many of our guests had a direct hand in the development and execution of the shop, literally making it all that it is today, and we had a great time catching up, giving tours of the space, drinking wine, eating, looking at art and spending money for a good cause.

The event was called “Barks N’…

Are Circus Cats Coming to a City Near You?



Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending an acrobatic cat show and I finally got the answer to that centuries-old question, “can cats really be trained?”  The answer is, “sorta…”
First let me say, this is a show like no other.  As my squealing co-workers and I settled into our chairs and took in the stage, the scenery and the people, it was apparent we were about to witness something very special and unique.
The amazing Acro-Cats consist of 14 rescue cats (and one chicken) and their trainer, Samantha Martin.  Martin is an avid rescuer and foster volunteer, and…