Dating With Pets Contest | #DateFauxPaws



It was a warm evening, so when my date arrived to pick me up, I suggested we walk to the restaurant.
“Great,” he said, “I probably won’t even need this jacket.  Can I leave it here?”
Seeing through his ploy but not really minding, I hung his jacket over the back of a chair and off we went.
Everything had been going so well.  We’d had a nice dinner, great conversation, and there was definitely chemistry between us.  Until we got back to my apartment. The smell assaulted us as soon as I opened the door. “Ugh – what the…?”…

2 Dog For Dog Talks Dog Food


Dog For Dog

In this highly customizable world where you can tailor practically everything to your specific likes, measurements and specifications, dog owners are increasingly viewing their pet as a reflection of themselves. Big guys have big dogs. Runners have dogs who like to run. Healthy people have healthy dogs.
People choose dogs to fit into their lifestyle. It’s long been said that  the term “pet owner” has been replaced by “pet parent.” And a  study by Pew Research shows that 85% of dog owners think of their pet as part of the family, and 94% had a “close” relationship with their dog.…

Volunteering with Animals: Volunteerism on the Rise Nationally

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Volunteer With Found Animals

It’s no secret that volunteering has many benefits, including confidence building, increased mental and physical wellness, networking opportunities, and a sense of social responsibility, to name a few. Reflecting on the last year at Found Animals, our team has been incredibly thankful for the amazing volunteer staff that help us keep things running smoothly each day. In 2014, Found Animals adopted out over 1,300 animals and served hundreds of thousands of pets between all of our programs, and we simply could not do it alone. It excites us to see that volunteerism continues to be on the rise nationally, particularly…

Meandering Through the Microchip Maze | 4 Golden Rules



Originally published in Pulse Magazine | November 2014
Written by: Deva Content and Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath.

Guiding Your Practice to Microchip Mastery
In spite of the myriad issues plaguing America’s microchip economy today, microchips are still the most reliable form of permanent identification for pets. Mass movement toward the ISO standard and increasing awareness of universal scanners and are chipping away at the number of microchipped pets that slip through the cracks in the system. As animals professionals, we have a duty to not only educate our clients on the microchip registration process, but also to implement…

2 January is Train Your Dog Month

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It’s January and you know what that means! It’s time to break your bad habits, but what about your dog’s?  Here at the Found Animals Foundation, it’s time for our pups to break their bad habits as well.  In honor of National Train Your Dog Month, we are answering some of the questions that are most frequently asked of our Adopt & Shop Culver City Trainer, Chelsea.
Do your dogs exhibit any of these bad behaviors?
1. My dog loves walks so much she can become over excited and uncontrollable – What should I do?
To begin, make sure every…

2014 – Over One Million Pets Served!



‘Tis the season for gratitude, reflection, and celebration and the team at Found Animals has one million reasons to raise a glass and toast 2014. We are wrapping up our year by achieving an incredible milestone – ONE MILLION PETS SERVED! That’s right, our programs funded by Dr. Gary Michelson, have now helped over one million pets and their people since 2008. Nearly 500,000 pets benefitted from our programs in 2014 alone, which is almost twice as many as last year.
Here are some of our 2014 highlights:

  • Michelson Prize and Grants program received its 300th Letter of Intent and

SAWA 2014 Annual Conference Symposium Recap


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Written By: April H.
Many of us have heard the famous quote by Albert Einstein “If you always do what you always did, you will always get the what you always got.”  If there was one theme to the symposium at the SAWA 2014 Annual Conference this year, it was challenging our current ideas and beliefs in the animal welfare industry.
For those of you that were not able to attend, the National Council on Pet Population Research Symposium sponsored presentation after presentation that focused primarily on the impact and application of Behavioral Science in animal shelters.  It is rare…

Found Animals Gala: November 1, 2014


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On Saturday, November 1, Found Animals hosted its third annual gala in celebration of “Leaders in Animals Welfare.” The black-tie affair, at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, CA, was hosted by Dr. Gary Michelson and his wife Alya to recognize the business leaders, politicians, philanthropists and individuals from around the country who are contributing to the cause of reducing euthanasia in animal shelters.
The evening’s honorees included:
The Honorable Herb J. Wesson, Jr., President of the Los Angeles City Council, for his work in promoting pet adoption.  Council President Wesson has played a critical role in giving a voice…

Together, We Raised Over $1 Million Dollars for Companion Animals



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The inaugural Michelson Saving Pets Challenge ended on October 30th, but we’re just now recovering from the excitement!
Together, the participating organizations raised over $899,658.  That means with Found Animals’ contribution of $115,000, we raised nearly $1,014,658 for pets.  It also marks the first ever, pet-focused Challenge in CrowdRise’s history.
In the final 24 hours, over $145,000 was raised by 39 charities vying for the grand prize.  Another $50,000 was raised during the final 10 minutes of the competition, making for an exciting end to the Challenge.   After all was said and done, Santa Fe Animal…

Pets for Patriots: Uniting Best Friends, One Hero at a Time



“There are no unwounded soldiers in war.  The end of your call of duty is just the beginning of your private battle.” – Charles Meshel, WWII Ball Turret Gunner 8th Air Force, 447th Bomb Group 708th Squadron, Phaneuf crew.
This sentiment, uttered by a WWII Veteran, underscores the important mission of our featured charity, Pets for Patriots. Pets for Patriots came to our attention during their participation in our Savings Pets Challenge, and after learning about their work, we couldn’t think of a better organization to highlight on this Veterans Day.
Pets for Patriots was born from an epiphany that…