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PetSmart Announces "Buy A Bag, Give A Meal™" program

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PetSmart has just announced the launch of it’s “Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™” program. This philanthropic program will help thousands of rescues and millions of pets in need. For every bag purchased online or in any of its 1,500+ stores in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico, they will donate a meal to a pet in need. 

Human food banks report that nearly one in seven Americans must rely on food bank services to make ends meet. Since pet food is rarely donated to food banks, and pet food is normally not an eligible item for food assistance programs, families often use their own food to feed pets.

PetSmart's #ForTheLoveOfPets program will assist families in keeping their animals, even if they have fallen on hard times. 

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Why the Removal of USDA information Matters

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removal-usda-informationI don't get political on this site very often, but there are a few things I can't forgive - every one of those things deals with those that hurt animals or kids.

So when the current government administration removed the database of laboratories and breeders from the USDA website last week, you can bet I’m going to be upset... 

Here’s why this matters: In AZ (and OH, VA, MD, NJ, CT, LA and NYC), it’s illegal to sell puppies in pet stores unless they’re from a reputable breeder. This has not only allowed animal rescues to find amazing homes for millions of dogs and cats, but it’s helped (slowly) start to make an impact on the number of puppy mills around the nation.

Removing this critical information (all of which was gathered on the taxpayer’s dime), from a public website (also paid for by taxpayer dollars) means we can no longer look up anyone who sells puppies or kittens or horses or any other species, and see if they have any prior citations.  We can't look up laboratories that test on animals and their past citations. We can't track lion breeders or tiger breeders or those who breed thousands of animals in the space of a year under disgusting conditions. 

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Top 10 Luck O'The Irish Dog Names

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St. Patrick's Day (read about The Legend of St. Patrick here) is right around the corner and once again, Rover.com has shared some of the most popular Irish-themed names for dogs. 

Among the findings, we learned that Irish Dog Breeds are more likely to sport an Irish Name than other dogs (which is really not much of a surprise). But dog owners are not a group that will settle for mediocrity and in their search for the best Irish names, they have also taken to name their pets after Irish foods, like Stew and Bailey. 

Here are some other fun findings and a cute infographic that will prove that the Irish tradition is alive and well in the pet industry!

 What's in a name? Well, more than you might think...

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Blogpaws 2016: A guide to Arizona

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This year, I’m very excited that BlogPaws 2016 will be held in what is essentially my backyard.

As a person who has been in Arizona for over thirty years, I feel like I can call myself a native of the state (or as close as most native Arizonians, anyhow) and I’m very happy I'll be able to not only attend the event, but maybe even show off our beautiful state a bit.

However, I don’t know that everyone is as prepared as they should be for our summer heat. So I’m taking it upon myself to help you prepare your pets.

This post is going to sound very alarmist, but it doesn't matter how many ways I edit it, it will still sound that way. This is merely an attempt to educate you about some of our desert dangers so you can stay alert and be prepared.

And to round it out, I'm listing some really fun "insider tips" on fun things you can do while you're here!

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Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Shelter was Dark

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This is a Christmas poem that was written shortly after the ban on pitbulls was placed in areas of the country. It doesn't just apply to terriers though, it applies to everyone. I hope you'll read and share it to remind others what their animals go through when abandoned.

The author is not credited because they wrote it anonymously. If you know who the author is, please let us know so we can credit them appropriately.

This is a wonderful poem that deserves recognition and may help open the eyes of those who would like to see this breed outlawed.

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Twas the night before Christmas and the shelter is dark;

The whole place is silent, not even a bark.

The dogs are all locked in their pens for the night

The staff has gone home and turned out the light...

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