Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Humane societies are no-kill

Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Humane societies are no-kill

We should first start with explaining that the term “humane society” is one that is used by many different types of organizations that are not necessarily associated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  If you do a trademark search on the term, you’ll see that no one organization controls the use of those two words.  The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term with a British origin and one that doesn’t exclusively point to helping animals. Yet there is a perception in the U.S. that any organization that calls itself a “Humane Society” is a no-kill facility, and […]
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Episode 43 – Lynn Molnar

Episode 43 – Lynn Molnar

Lynn Molnar joins us today from Thankful Paws, a pet food bank located in Baltimore Maryland who has been helping people in need for 7 years. Learn about the inspiration behind the start of this wonderful organization, the challenges as well as some tips on how you can help your local community. Check out their website to see how you can help! Rachael Wondra
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National Towel Day is today, May 25

National Towel Day is today, May 25

May 25 – National Towel Day   If you’re a fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then this day is not a new day for you. But for the rest of us, here’s a great infographic from our friends at Lemon.ly that gives you an idea of what the rest of them are doing carrying towels around. At the ARPA, we’d like to remind you of a different way to celebrate National Towel Day, by donating towels to your local animal shelter. Animal shelters across the country are always in need of towels. They have many different uses […]
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Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Pet store animals come from animal rescue groups

Rescue Myth vs. Fact: Pet store animals come from animal rescue groups

This one is clearly a myth right?  I mean nothing could be further from the truth.  Pet stores get their animals from puppy mills and breeders and have nothing to do with rescues.  Well the truth on this one is somewhat hazy as the lines have been blurred over the years. Fact: The concept of the typical pet store has changed over the years.  Let’s start out by stating that there are no absolutes in this.  Certainly there are pet stores that source their animals from puppy mills and we do not endorse puppy mills or any business that supports […]
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Episode 42 – Brigitte Thompson

Episode 42 – Brigitte Thompson

VT Dog Rescue has been around for just 3 short years and is targeted to triple the amount of dogs saved this year! You’ll learn how they make the adoption process personalized for each adopting family. Brigitte shares an inspirational adoption story for a fire-fighter who was at Ground Zero and how the local community came together to share the special moment. Brigitte and Chris talk about the problems of transportation and ideas on how to move dogs from the south to the north. There are many ways to volunteer, you don’t have to be onsite to help! https://www.vtdogrescue.com/ Rachael Wondra
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May is National Military Appreciation Month

May is National Military Appreciation Month

May is National Military Appreciation Month In the U.S. we celebrate Memorial Day during May so it’s fitting that May is also National Military Appreciation Month.  This is your opportunity to show your appreciation for all of the men and women in the U.S. armed forces both past and present. We also think it’s a great time to show our appreciation for the animals of the military that often go unnoticed and unappreciated for their dedication to their country and comrades in the armed forces as well. There are many animal rescue professional organizations dedicated to supporting the working dogs […]
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Horse Rescue Day is today May 16th.  What can you do to help?

Horse Rescue Day is today May 16th. What can you do to help?

At the Animal Rescue Professionals Association, we celebrate and support animal rescue professionals from all walks of life. Animals of all kinds need our help and today we bring attention to horses with an animal rescue day dedicated entirely to them. Founded by the RSPCA of Australia, National Horse Rescue Day seeks to raise awareness to the mis-treatment of horses and the challenges that running a horse rescue organization can bring. These majestic creatures can live to 25 or 30 years and they are expensive to own. Unfortunately many people are not able to afford proper care for the horse […]
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Episode 41 – Antoinette Rodriguez

Episode 41 – Antoinette Rodriguez

Rettung’s Haus Shepherds, located in Kenosha, WI is a volunteer based rescue that takes in German Shepherds who are left in high-kill shelters. Not only does she take them in but with some specialized training, many of these dogs go on to serve their community. Antoinette has also established a community outreach program for the youth, called Operation K9 Truth for Youth which is designed to teach fact from fiction regarding the bully breed nation. Please join us as she shares with us more about Rettung’s Haus Shepherds & Mega E. Rachael Wondra
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May is Photo Month – Show us your favorite animal rescue photo!

May is Photo Month – Show us your favorite animal rescue photo!

You oughta be in pictures The entire month of May is Photo Month so that means it’s time to get out your camera or put your iPhone into camera mode and snap some pictures of your favorite rescue animal.  Photo month should serve as your reminder that a picture truly does capture the moment. We know that true animal rescue professionals understand the importance of a quality photograph to capture the true essence and spirit of the rescue animals and we want to highlight and emphasize the importance of quality photos this month. There are a number of amazing organizations […]
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Rescue Myth vs. Fact: 501(c)(3) is the “Gold Standard” in animal rescue

Rescue Myth vs. Fact: 501(c)(3) is the “Gold Standard” in animal rescue

Ah the gold standard of animal rescue and apparently the way to tell the good animal rescues from the bad.  Checking to see if they are a 501(c)(3) approved IRS Public Charity.  You’ll see this stated on many a rescue site, shelter site and all sorts of other non-profit entities looking to garner your generous contributions.  “IRS approved 501(c)(3).”  But before you open your wallet thinking that those are the only ‘good’ animal rescue organizations, let us provide you with some additional perspective. Fact: 501(c)(3) defines taxability, not reputability.  Somewhere along the way, the 501(c)(3) moniker became the seal of approval […]
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